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Saturday, April 30, 2016

ADL Targets Trump: Saying “America First” is Anti-Semitic...

Chris Menahan
Information Liberation
April 30, 2016
According to the Anti-Defamation League, Trump needs to stop using the phrase “America First” because it’s “anti-Semitic.”
The ADL press release shared yesterday urged Trump “to reconsider his use of the phrase ‘America First’,” saying it was used by so-called anti-Semites “seeking to keep the nation out of World War II.”
“The most noteworthy leader of the ‘America First Committee’ was Charles Lindbergh,” the ADL said, “who sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes.”
Incidentally, the hysterical Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake we reported on yesterdaytook almost the exact same angle in his column, saying Trump using the term “America First” was reminiscent of the “Nazi era.”
Via ADL.org:
New York, NY, April 28, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged presidential candidate Donald Trump to reconsider his use of the phrase “America First” as a slogan describing his approach to foreign affairs, citing its anti-Semitic use in the months before Pearl Harbor by a group of prominent Americans seeking to keep the nation out of World War II.
The most noteworthy leader of the “America First Committee” was Charles Lindbergh, who sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes, including assertions that Jews posed a threat to the U.S. because of their influence in motion pictures, radio, the press, and the government.
“The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “However, for many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history. In a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised.”
In a letter to Mr. Trump, ADL urged him to refrain from using the slogan in the future.
As a 501(c) (3) organization, ADL does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
While this is obviously a smear attempt, I’d guess when most people hear “America First” they think of exactly what the term says: putting America first and advocating for our own interests, serve ourselves rather than try to act in the best interests of the whole world, or countries who have bought off our politicians. Other than that, they at most think of Patrick Buchanan, Lindbergh’s speech was 75 years ago, most people who heard it at the time are now dead.
You can read Charles Lindbergh’s speech which they claim is “anti-Semitic,” there’s nothing anti-Semitic about it, he simply said America’s interests and those of Great Britain, Roosevelt, and certain Jewish leaders pushing for war are not one and the same.
“I am not attacking either the Jewish or the British people. Both races, I admire. But I am saying that the leaders of both the British and the Jewish races, for reasons which are as understandable from their viewpoint as they are inadvisable from ours, for reasons which are not American, wish to involve us in the war.”
“We cannot blame them for looking out for what they believe to be their own interests, but we also must look out for ours. We cannot allow the natural passions and prejudices of other peoples to lead our country to destruction.”
Wow, what a vicious anti-Semite!
Israel and America are different nations with different interests, saying so is not “anti-Semitic.”
For example, most Americans do not believe giving billions to Israel every year is in their interest, earlier this month 61.9% said the US is giving “too much” foreign aid to Israel.
What Americans view as in their interest is the inverse of what our leaders view as in their interest.
According to the ADL’s interpretation of history, pointing out this divergence makes you an anti-Semite.
This is why smearing someone as an “anti-Semite” no longer carries any weight.
Fact is, there is no reason the President of America should put any other country but America first, that the ADL would suggest any differently shows where their allegiance lies.

L.A. Times Frets That Mexican Flags at Anti-Trump Protest Will Have ‘Unintended Consequences’...

Mark Tapson
Truth Revolt
April 30, 2016
The Los Angeles Times is fretting that Mexican flags displayed in the violent anti-Trump protests in Costa Mesa, Mexifornia – er, California – Thursday night will have “unintended consequences” come election time.
First, the Times noted the violence that plagued the protest:
Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. At least 17 were arrested.
Traffic came to a halt as protesters walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle and at one point, tried to flip a police car.
Video footage showed some demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup. One group carried benches and blocked the entrance to the 55 Freeway along Newport Boulevard, with some tossing rocks at motorists near the on-ramp.
Newsbusters reports that the Times went on to demonstrate less concern about the rioting and more about the possible pro-Trump blowback. Here is the leftist rag suggesting a scary (for Democrats) scenario:
It’s hard to know how such protests will impact the GOP race.
Some conservatives pointed with outrage to the use of the Mexican flag during the Costa Mesa protest.
During the anti-Proposition 187 rallies of 1994, the flying of the Mexican flag may have increased support for the initiative, which would have denied public services to immigrants here illegally. It was passed by voters but overturned by the courts.
Protesters carrying the Mexican flag during the 2006 protests also sparked debate.
As those protests continued, there were fewer Mexican flags and more American flags. That happened in part because Spanish-language DJs who promoted the demonstration during their radio shows urged participants to carry American flags to show their patriotism.
“If we want to live here, we want to demonstrate that we love this country and we love the American flag,” DJ Eddie “El Piolin” Sotelo said at the time.
As Newsbusters points out, the subtle message there is:
Psst! Could you protesters/rioters at least fake patriotism by waving American, not Mexican, flags? It’s only temporary in order to fool public opinion.
By waving those ubiquitous Mexican flags during their violent rampage, those protesters did more to drum up support for Donald Trump than any number of rallies he could have attended.

Paris massacre terrorist BOOED by Muslim inmates because he didn’t detonate his suicide vest...

Euan McClelland
Daily Mail
April 30, 2016
The man accused of being the logistics chief behind the Paris terror attacks was booed by radical Muslim inmates after arriving in jail – because he failed to carry out his suicide bombing.
Salah Abdeslam spent his first night in Fleury-Mérogis prison on Wednesday after being extradited from Belgium.
He was arrested over last November’s attacks in the French capital which claimed 130 lives.
Upon arriving behind bars, the 26-year-old was whistled and jeered by extremist lags enraged by his alleged failure to detonate his suicide vest during the Paris onslaught.
Investigators say Abdeslam told them he had arranged logistics for the November 13 bombing and shooting attacks and had planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium there but backed out at the last minute.
He is suspected of having rented two cars used to transport the attackers to, and around, the French capital. He will remain in custody in the southern Paris jail – Europe’s largest – until his next court hearing on May 20.

Russians ‘barrel roll’ over another U.S. Air Force plane...

Barbara Starr
CNN
April 30, 2016
Washington (CNN) A Russian SU-27 conducted a “barrel roll” Friday over the top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 which was flying a reconnaissance mission in international airspace above the Baltic Sea, the Defense Department said.
The Russian SU-27 approached alongside within 25 feet of the U.S. aircraft and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side, Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson, said in a statement.
“The SU-27 intercepted the U.S. aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side then proceeded to perform an aggressive maneuver that posed a threat to the safety of the U.S. aircrew in the RC-135,” Baldanza said.
The U.S. considers this a very unsafe aerial maneuver and is expected to voice its concerns to the Russians, a U.S. defense official told CNN.
This is the second barrel roll maneuver over a U.S. aircraft by the Russians this month. On April 14, a Russian jet “performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers” as it flew within 50 feet of a U.S. aircraft’s wing tip, Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for U.S. European Command, said in a response to a question from CNN.

Chart of the Day- The Real Story Behind The True Magnitude of The New Home Sales Collapse...

Lee Adler

Comparing the growth in the number of full time jobs versus the growth in new home sales starkly illustrates both the horrible quality of the new jobs, and how badly ZIRP has served the US economy.
Growth in new home sales has always been dependant on growth in full time jobs. For 38 years until the housing bubble peaked in 2006, home sales and full time jobs always trended together, subject to normal cyclical swings. With the exception of 1981-83 when Paul Volcker pushed rates into the stratosphere, new home sales always fluctuated between 550 and 1,100 sales per million full time workers in the month of March.
New Home Sales and Full Time Jobs - Click to enlarge
That correlation broke in the housing crash of 2008-09 when sales fell to a low But in the housing crash in 2007-09 sales fell to a low of 276 per million full time workers. Since then the number of full time jobs has recovered to greater than the peak reached in 2007. In spite of that, new home sales per million workers remain at depression levels.With 30 year mortgage rates now at 3.6% sales are lower today than they were when mortgage rates were above 17% in 1982. Sales have never reached 400 sales per million workers in spite of the recovery in the number of jobs, in spite of ZIRP, in spite of mortgage rates often under 4%.
ZIRP has actually made the problem worse. It has caused raging housing inflation which has caused median monthly mortgage payments for new homes to rise by 20% since 2009. ZIRP has enabled corporate CEOs to game the stock market to massively increase their own pay while encouraging them to cut worker salaries and shift higher paying jobs overseas. That leaves the US economy to create only low skill, low pay jobs that do not pay enough for workers to be able to purchase new homes.
The perverse incentives of ZIRP are why the housing industry languishes at depression levels.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Trump Test...

The reaction to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s much-awaited foreign policy speechfrom the Washington elites was all-too-predictable: 
they sneered and snickered that he had mispronounced “Tanzania.” The more substantive criticisms weren’t much better: perpetual warmonger Lindsey Graham, whose presidential bid garnered zero percent in the polls, tweeted “Trump’s FP speech not conservative. It’s isolationism surrounded by disconnected thought, demonstrates lack of understanding threats we face.” For Graham, anything less than starting World War III is “isolationism” – a view that gives us some insight into why his presidential campaign was the biggest flop since the “new” Coke. This is the party line of neoconservatives who have long dominated Republican foreign policy orthodoxy, to the GOP’s detriment. Neocon character assassin Jamie Kirchick,writing in the European edition of Politico, put a new gloss on it by claiming to detect a Vast Kremlin Conspiracy as the animating spirit behind the Trump campaign.
Which just goes to show that having Roy Cohn as your role model can lead one down some pretty slimy rabbit holes. I guess that’s why the editors of Politico put Kirchick’s smear piece in the European edition, where hardly anyone will read it, saving a more reasonable analysis by Jacob Heilbrunn for the US version. (Although, to be sure, a piece by neocon-friendly Michael Crowley limns the same McCarthyite theme in Politico’s magazine.)
Heilbrunn is the editor of The National Interest, publication of the Nixon Center, which has been a sanctuary for the outnumbered – but now rising – “realist” school of foreign policy analysts. The Trump speech was sponsored by TNI, and Heilbrunn gave a very interesting if somewhat defensive explanation for the motives behind their invitation to Trump, succinctly summarizing its significance:
“His speech did not deviate from the themes he has already enunciated and it showed that he is willing to go very far indeed. Nothing like this has been heard from a Republican foreign policy candidate in decades. Trump doesn’t want to modify the party’s foreign policy stands. He’s out to destroy them.”
This is why the Republican Establishment hates Trump: it’s no accident that the same neocons who lied us into the Iraq war and profited personally and professionally from that disastrous adventure are now in the vanguard of the “Never Trump” brigade. As Heilbrunn points out:
“This is why perhaps his most significant statement was: ‘I will also look for talented experts with new approaches, and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war.’ What Trump is talking about is dispensing with an entire wing of the GOP that has controlled the commanding heights of foreign policy over recent decades.”
This is my favorite part of Trump’s peroration. Here he is openly telling the neocons, who have inveigled themselves into every administration since the days of Ronald Reagan, that they will be kicked to the curb if and when he takes the White House. Which is why they are even now returning to the Democratic party, channeling the long departed spirit of “Scoop” Jackson – and good riddance to them. If ever a group of failed ideologues deserved their comeuppance it is this gang, which led the nation into the Middle East quagmire and steered the GOP to a series of humiliating defeats.
Pledging to “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy,” Trump started out by saying he would “invite new voices and new visions into the fold.” And while I think Heilbrunn’s somewhat overstates the case, it is certainly true that what follows is something we haven’t heard from a Republican frontrunner is quite a long time. Adopting a campaign slogan that has the neocons and their left-wing internationalist enablers in a lather, Trump reiterated his theme of “America First” – a phrase with a long and largelymisunderstood history in the annals of American conservatism, and one which he gives new life and new meaning.
Trump gives us a capsule history of US foreign policy, from World War II to the end of the cold war, that is light on nuance but true in essence: we “saved the world” twice, and then crashed on the rocks of hubris and miscalculation:
“Unfortunately, after the Cold War our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which led to one foreign policy disaster after another.
“They just kept coming and coming. We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.
“We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism, thousands of Americans and just killed be lives, lives, lives wasted. Horribly wasted. Many trillions of dollars were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill that void much to their really unjust enrichment.”
A more perceptive summary of the post-Soviet post-9/11 policies that have led us to disaster would be hard to imagine: indeed, Trump’s critique parallels what we have been saying on this web site ever since its founding in 1995. To hear it coming from a Republican candidate for President who is not Ron Paul is astonishing: and that it is being said by the GOP frontrunner, who spoke these words after winning every county in five Northeastern states, is simply breathtaking.
I’ve covered Trump’s views on NATO in this space, but in this speech he gives us a new perspective. He is constantly bewailing the fact that Obama’s America projects weakness – a standard Republican line – but here he makes clear that he’s not just talking about how our enemies perceive us, but also how our alleged friends see us
“Our allies are not paying their fair share, and I’ve been talking about this recently a lot. Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so.
“They look at the United States as weak and forgiving and feel no obligation to honor their agreements with us. In NATO, for instance, only 4 of 28 other member countries besides America, are spending the minimum required 2 percent of GDP on defense. We have spent trillions of dollars over time on planes, missiles, ships, equipment, building up our military to provide a strong defense for Europe and Asia.
“The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice.”
Billions of dollars in “defense” spending are tied up in NATO contracts: the power and prestige of Washington’s foreign policy “experts” are inextricably linked to maintaining the Atlanticist bridge that binds us to our free-riding European client states. And now the candidate most likely to win the GOP presidential nomination is threatening to take it all away from them. No wonder they hate his guts and will do anything to stop him.
A major push by the neoconservatives and their left-internationalist allies in the Clinton camp has been a campaign to demonize the Russians and restart the cold war. Trump made it clear he is having none of that:
“We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests.
“Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries.
“Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great – not good, great – for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out.”
While much attention is paid to the Middle East, the real threat to peace is the possibility of a stand off between Washington and Moscow. A new arms race is in the works, and the threat of nuclear conflict – which Trump correctly says is the biggest threat of all – looms larger by the day. That Trump seeks a rapprochement with Russia is a very big plus – and a major reason why the War Party has mobilized against him.
When it comes to the Middle East, Trump is proposing a new turn:
“Unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct. You cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy. A superpower understands that caution and restraint are really truly signs of strength. Although not in government service, I was totally against the war in Iraq, very proudly, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, and the biggest beneficiary has been has been Iran, who is systematically taking over Iraq and gaining access to their very rich oil reserves, something it has wanted to do for decades.
“And now, to top it off, we have ISIS. My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations. That’s why I also look and have to look for talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people.”
Out with the neocons – and in with a new foreign policy that promotes peace, prosperity, and the radical idea that we have to put American interests first. Trump was explicitly making an appeal to anti-interventionists when he said:
“The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends and when old friends become allies, that’s what we want. We want them to be our allies.
“We want the world to be – we want to bring peace to the world. Too much destruction out there, too many destructive weapons. The power of weaponry is the single biggest problem that we have today in the world.
“To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership. Again, many Americans must wonder why we our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than in defending their own.”
And then there’s this:
“No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down and will never enter.”
Now I can imagine some libertarians will cringe at the idea that the nation-state is a foundation for any kind of happiness, but they fail to put this in context: we’re talking here about a nation-state founded as a result of a victorious American Revolution – the only successful libertarian revolution in history.
Which brings us to the darker side of Trumpian nationalism, with its all its contradictions – some of them potentially fatal.
Like all nationalism, Trump’s is ambidextrous: the American variety is usually inward-looking, with its European cousin mostly expansionist-minded. And yet itcan be bellicose when it perceives a threat, a characteristic that fits neatly with Trump’s public persona. There are certain advantages to this: as one of my Twitter followers put it, “For better or for worse, Trump’s anti-interventionism works because he doesn’t project sympathy for the enemy.” Opponents of America’s wars have been regularly subjected to the argument – a smear, really – that they’re working on behalf of America’s enemies. About Trump the War Party can make no such accusation.
Yet this immunity also confers contradictions, and Trump’s speech is rife with them. He has said he opposes sending ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS, and yet he insists ISIS will be defeated during his presidency – although he’s unwilling to say just how. We’re too “predictable,” he avers, but don’t the American people have the right to know what his plan is?
He wants to “rebuild” the military – as if a country that spends 40 percent of all the money spent on “defense” worldwide requires it. Yes, he says he wants to ensure US military “dominance” so that no one will ever dare to attack us – and therefore we’ll never have to actually use our military – and yet if one is constantly preparing for war, then war will surely come. Trump, like Ron Paul, is constantly talking about our huge national debt: unlike Paul, however, he wants to “invest” in the military because it’s the “best” investment and he’s vowed to spare no expense. Suddenly the debt is conveniently forgotten.
Trump rightly points to the power of modern weaponry – specifically, nuclear weapons – as the biggest threat to our security, and yet in his speech he called for ramping up and “modernizing” our nuclear deterrent. This project, already undertaken by the Obama administration, involves miniaturizing nukes and therefore making them more “usable” – a dangerous development indeed.
Trump rails against the Iran deal: it’s a “bad deal,” the “absolute worst,” he insists. And yet Iran has abided by it, to the letter. War has been avoided: and he himself has said he wouldn’t rip it up, as his rival Ted Cruz has vowed. While saying we shouldn’t go abroad seeking enemies, his fearmongering over the alleged threat from Iran tells a different story. The reality is that there’s no evidence Iran is seeking to build a nuclear arsenal: our own intelligence community has confirmed this. Yet to listen to Trump, you’d think they’re about to nuke the Trump Tower. So there’s another contradiction – and they’re adding up.
His fearmongering over Iran is tied to his pandering to Israel, which he glorifies as “the only democracy in the Middle East.” In Trump’s world, Israel is blameless: its occupation of the West Bank, its merciless attacks on defenseless Gaza, its apartheid-like domestic regime – all this ignored. While it’s true that he says he would be “evenhanded” in trying to negotiate a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how seriously can we take this pledge when his pro-Israel rhetoric is so over-the-top? Indeed, he attacks the Obama administration for its supposedly ill treatment of Israel, and yet they are just trying to be as evenhanded as he says he wants to be.
American nationalism is a schizophrenic creature: on the one hand, it is pacific, inward-looking, and benign. On the other hand, it can be vengeful, aggressive, and malevolent. Like Trump himself, it is often unpredictable. And therein lies the danger – and the opportunity.
Nationalists of the Trumpian sort see America as an exceptional nation, but unlike the aggressive nationalists of the neoconservative variety they don’t believe the American system can be exported, and certainly not by force of arms.  As Trump put it in his speech:
“Finally, I will work with our allies to reinvigorate Western values and institutions. Instead of trying to spread universal values that not everybody shares or wants, we should understand that strengthening and promoting Western civilization and its accomplishments will do more to inspire positive reforms around the world than military interventions.”
This rejection of catholicity is the core of the nationalist insight: it accounts for their views on immigration as well as their noninterventionist foreign policy. Trump weaves these strands into a pattern of thought that is challenging – and displacing – the militant universalism that unites both neoconservatism and modern liberalism.
For all his faults as a candidate, Trump is forcing a sea change in the American political discourse. His campaign for the presidency has certainly shifted the terms of the debate over foreign policy, not only in the GOP but generally. Senator Rand Paul’s candidacy was dogged by questions about his lack of “orthodoxy” on foreign policy issues. That orthodoxy has now been smashed to smithereens, and future Rand Pauls will face no such suspicious inquiries. Candidates will no longer be required to sing, in unison, “the false song of globalism” – and we have Donald Trump to thank for that.
The task of anti-interventionists is not – as some would have it – to sit on the sidelines, or to join the “Never Trump” neocons and Clintonistas in attacking the Trump phenomenon as somehow beyond the pale. It is, instead, to push the discourse even further. We must take advantage of the opening provided by Trump’s campaign to point out the contradictions, recruit Trump’s supporters into a broader movement to change American foreign policy, and break the bipartisan interventionist consensus once and for all.
That is what I have been trying to do, in my own small way, for the past few months – much to the consternation of a rather sectarian and demoralized section of the libertarian movement, which cannot adapt to new conditions and doesn’t want to see the opportunity that is right in front of their eyes. They would much rather retreat into their little circles, uncontaminated by contact with the unwashed masses and safe from the need to examine their tactical and strategic acuity.
That is not an option open to me, or to Antiwar.com. This site was founded on the idea that it is necessary to build a single-issue anti-interventionist movement – and that ridding ourselves of the albatross of empire is the first and most important step along the road to a free society.
For the past twenty years, movements have arisen to challenge American imperialism: the campaigns of Pat Buchanan, the antiwar left that arose during the Bush years, the Ron Paul campaigns that energized many thousands of young people and put some meat on the bones of the libertarian movement. You’ll note the pattern: the Buchanan movement was small yet vociferous, the antiwar left was much bigger and yet more diffuse, the Ron Paulians were (and are) substantial in size and highly focused and well-organized – yet all crested without achieving a mass character, falling short of their goals.
The Trump movement is different: it is massive, and it is capable of winning. That’s what has the Establishment in such a panic that they are considering denying Trump the nomination and bringing in a candidate on a “white horse” to steal the GOP from the Trumpians. If that happens, the system will be shaken to its very foundations, its very legitimacy in doubt – a perfect storm as far as libertarians are concerned.
But there is more to it than that. If we step back from the daily news cycle, and consider the larger significance of the Trump phenomenon, the meaning of it all is unmistakable: we haven’t seen anything like this in American politics – not ever. Revolution is in the air. The oligarchy is tottering. The American people are waking up, and rising up – and those who try to ignore it or disdain it as mere “populism” will be left behind.
Yes, the road ahead is going to be rough, largely unpaved, and strewn with pitfalls. It would be easy to fall prey to the errors of pandering, of over-adaptation, or their opposite: sectarianism, and strategic inflexibility. Ideological entrepreneurship is an art, not a science, and it takes a skillful player to distinguish between opportunism and taking advantage of legitimate opportunities.
Yet there is no alternative, because abstention means extinction. Libertarians – and anti-interventionists of every political stripe – must intervene, or die out. Natural selection will take care of those who cannot or will not adapt to the new reality.
And this kind of sectarianism is absolutely unforgivable, because the new reality is far from a hostile environment. It is, in many ways, far more conducive than the old left-right paradigm, which is seeing the last of its iron grip on political consciousness loosened and dispelled.
We are living in revolutionary times. Every political movement and tendency will be put to the test. Some will be found wanting, and they will fall by the wayside. Others will adapt and prosper. Whether we have the courage to face the future is an issue that will soon be decided, and it is we who will do the deciding – because our fate is in our hands.

The Woodstock Of Crony Capitalism...

It’s been a while since I've attended the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK:NYSE) annual meeting. Between the tedium of little kids asking questions about how to live life, to the feel-good nature of the thing, I simply got repulsed. Why do a bunch of hard-nosed capitalists choose to act like Ned Flanders for a weekend—in Omaha of all places? It’s illogical and completely artificial.
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Then, a few weeks back, as friends asked if I was attending this year, I had a certain realization—all this play-acting is simply Buffett, the puppet-master at his most brilliant. As he plows capital into highly regulated industries, he has the upper hand because he has skillfully crafted the image of the Mid-Western grandfather that can do no wrong. He can cozy up to regulators and politicians and get what he wants—without the added costs and distractions of lobbyists and consultants. Who wouldn’t want to get their permits in half the time and with a fraction of the cost? Want to block a Canadian pipe-line that would compete with your cherished rail-road? Become the President’s “economic advisor.” Want to abuse tax loopholes? Bemoan that your secretary pays a higher tax rate than you. You want to obstruct solar energy in Nevada? Elon Musk is a foreigner, Omaha is as American as it gets. Your railroad has an atrocious safety record? Well, at least we don’t have to worry about global warming from that pipeline...
I can go on and on, but I went from disgusted to awestruck. In this horribly overregulated world of ours, Buffett has evolved into the apex predator. Why wouldn’t he? Over his career, he’s consistently gone where the opportunities were. He’s gone from investing in “cigar-butts” when few other investors knew how to look for companies trading for less than cash, to branded products with pricing power that could thrive during the increasing inflation of the 70’s and early 80’s to a diversified book of high return on capital businesses during the great bull market that began in 1982. Over this time, he realized that he could leverage his bets with an insurance business that not only gave him access to cheap capital, but removed the headaches associated with bond maturities and margin calls.
Over the past fifteen years, the US has undergone a massive increase in pernicious regulation. Therefore, it seems only natural that opportunities would exist in the most regulated sectors of the economy. If you can get your permits and deny those permits to others, if you can avoid environmentalists and NIMBYs, if you can dodge taxes, if you can charm the cliques in Washington, you have an opportunity to earn outsized profits—especially if you have an endless fire-hose of cheap insurance float to deploy.
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Crony capitalism is highly lucrative and as a Berkshire shareholder, I’ve reaped the rewards. Now, I once again want to sit at the feet of the master. How do you make people like you to the point that they give you a free pass on whatever you want? When you call up a regulator, do you even talk about the issues? Or do you talk about your Ukulele skills and Omaha little league? You have to admire what he’s accomplished and I will be there to watch him amuse the petite bourgeoisie. I see a world that continues to become more regulated—where a cloistered elite uses special interest groups to crush opponents and destroy businesses. Either you’re calling the shots, or you’re getting abused like a peasant.
The Koch Brothers spend hundreds of millions on elections. Soros spends similarly on fringe groups that break windows and overturn cars. Neither really accomplishes his goals. Buffett gets what he wants. In Davos, they chug bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and plot how to pillage small nations. At Berkshire, we will eat Dilly bars and plot how to pillage the middle class. Capitalism is beautiful and crony capitalism is the end product of politicians who prostitute the laws. I don’t have the power to change the current rules, but I can certainly learn to thrive within them.
This is a long-winded way of saying that after a few years of sitting out the meeting, I’ll be there. If you want to grab a drink, email me and I’ll tell you where I am. Beer with friends is fun—free beer at someone else’s party is the true definition of value investing.

What Happens If Everybody Pulls Their Money Out Of The Bank Today?...

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Mike Maloney 


For every dollar that you have in the bank there is actually 0.00061 dollars available...in other words, there's 6 cents for every
$100 dollars of deposits that you have at the bank. Got Gold? Got silver? If you enjoyed watching this video, be sure to check out the Hidden Secrets of Money website at https://www.hiddensecretsofmoney.com/. It’s a world-leading educational series by Mike Maloney, the bestselling author of the Guide to Investing in Gold & Silver. As Mike explains in the series and his book, we live in an economic system that is made complicated by design. Basically, it’s set up so most people don’t even try to understand it. In Mike’s videos, he breaks down these concepts using easy-to-follow analogies, real pages from history, and animations that tie it all together. 

Target Stocks Slide After One Million Boycott Retailer Over Transgendered Policy...

Target could lose over $1.5 billion annually
Kit Daniels
Prison Planet.com
April 29, 2016
Target’s stock price has plummeted after over one million people pledged to boycott the retailer over its transgendered bathroom stance.
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The company’s stock dropped from $83.98 per share on April 19, when Target announced its new policy, to around $81.33 on April 28 when the petition hit one million signatures.
Target’s new policy allows “transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the retailer stated in a press release which sparked nationwide condemnation.
“Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims, and with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women’s bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?” The petition drafted by the American Family Association states. “Clearly, Target’s dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters.”
“We think many customers will agree.”
It certainly appears so, but just how bad will Target’s bathroom policy hurt the company’s bottom line?
Given that the average Target customer spends $62 per trip, according to credit card records, and that the customer conservatively visits the retailer twice per month, a boycott of one million people will likely cost the retailer $1.5 billion annually and perhaps even more.
“We should also consider that most people who decide to move their business from Target to some other retailer will likely never sign a petition,” Mark West with the Patriot Post reported. “They’ll simply leave Target in disgust as they see a company that has abandoned common sense values.”
“So it’s not far fetched to conclude that at the end of the day, the total financial impact to Target will be $5-10 billion in lost revenue annually, approximately 10% of its annual sales.”

CIA Operation "Wizard of Oz": Terminate VMRO Leadership - Part 2...

Mirka Velinovska, Dnevnik
Macedonianonline

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


"Wizard of Oz" plan for May 4th and 15th.

Everything that was done by the Umbrella thus far is well known. The next phases of their plan were cut short by Macedonia's president which the US State Department is now politely asking to retract his order. The State Department was doing well with the SPO: After "Titanik", "Tortura", "Transporter", "TNT, "Tvrdina"... "Teflon" was the latest case that was announced (each fraudulent case begins with a T).

According to the original script, Nikola Gruevski and three of his associates were suppose to be detained on April 13th. As the primary suspects, a judge set up and approved by Jess Bailey would have ordered the detainment. Protests and chaos was expected which would have resulted in either a civil war or disintegration of the VMRO-DPMNE, which ironically would have been taken out with a well known VMRO tactic. This would have defocused the public from elections. The next step would welcome foreign intervention which will bring a qusling Government selected by a specialist such as Victoria Nuland.

This scenario was cut short by Ivanov with a stroke of a pen, as a result the Umbrella has a difficult time opening up.
It's pouring outside, but the inspirer is in a stop-cadre while the sponsor is panicked. The only thing moving is the canopy with its paid-for wild ordes. The masonic symbol of 13, plus April appeared to be unlucky. 

But the main organizers are not idling and are preparing for two major events both from inside and outside. These events are planned for May 4th and 15th. The dates coincide with two new migrant waves. One is from Egypt and the second in Turkey which consists of mainly Kurds and Turkmen that Erdogan is trying to remove and gift to the intoxicated and incapable EU.

Because Macedonia is in the line of fire, defending itself and Europe at the same time and because it deals with the corporate wild ordes of 'anarchists', 'leftists', resistors trained by royalists and colonialists, the Umbrella believes this is the perfect time to strike and take away the immunity of Gruevski, Ivanov and few other important authorities in VMRO-DPMNE as well as their personal security. The main idea was to have them eliminated via a straight forward assassination or the classic traffic accident.

This is the information of foreign agencies who are exchanging information with the Macedonian security service. 
This is it. If the Umbrella is not successful, we are heading to normal elections where there will be political parties that win, and those who lose, while Macedonia will continue on its road as a free, self reliant country.

The defeated Umbrella will enact sanctions, restrictions. They will cause problems through their favorite proxy, the Albanians, however these are problems that can be resolved. 
Cleaning up the trash that's left after the Wizard of Oz will be the task of all citizens. 

Territory 

In 1998, Macedonia in the European trade register was inserted as a territory, not a country. Seven years after our candidate status, Macedonia, together with Turkey and Egypt is registered as a third party country. That means, neither one of these countries will ever become a member of the "exclusive club".

More importantly, as a third party country and a natural corridor, the country is expected to have specific neutral position, something Macedonia already has.


VMRO tactics
Already mentioned in Part 1, the Wizard of Oz is studying the strategy of VMRO during the reign of the Ottoman empire and what the Macedonian revolutionaries did to undermine the empire.

Namely, VMRO created a parallel country. It had its own taxation office, set up a system of whoever had the possibility and means to fund the organization, to fund the country, within the country. The death penalty was prevalent. Abuse of the money collected from taxation was punishable by death. The penalty was issued by a central committee, execution was carried swiftly without firing of weapons (knife was used). VMRO had its own Court system. It moved from village to village and solved people's problems so they don't have to visit the Ottoman Courts.

The Enigma with SPO's cases
The enigma of the fact that every imaginary SPO case brought forward "accidentally" begins with the letter "T" is solved. The Umbrella revealed that it's been working on creation of a legal framework to take its hybrid war to forcibly remove the Government in front of the UN. This way, the Umbrella will attempt to cover up its tracks starting with the Coup and "revolution", but will also close the name issue. Macedonia is registered under "T" in the UN. //Mirka Velinovska, Dnevnik

CIA Operation "Wizard of Oz": Terminate VMRO Leadership - Part 1...

Mirka Velinovska, Dnevnik
MacedonianOnline
Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Macedonia found out about the attempted coup, the blackmails and wiretapping straight from its Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski after he was visited by the opposition leader Zoran Zaev with the now infamous statement "We were given wiretapped conversations, if you don't leave your post we'll play these to the public".
Many speculated as to the similarities between 2001 and today, as well as the origins of these wiretapped materials.  We heard of statements by SDSM officials that once the tapes went public, the Government would collapse in less than three days.

This all changed after Macedonian police uncovered communications between foreign agent Zoran Verushevski and his coca-cola assistants in DBK in which he told them of a Ukrainian scenario under way.
Gruevski promised he would tell the nation who is behind the coup and the forceful attempt to bring down a democratically elected Government. 

 Gruevski, however did not keep his promise. Instead, in a shocking manner with three other party leaders (similarly to 2001) signed the Przino agreement after which the crisis not just did not end, rather it increased which brought us to the second phase of this hybrid war of regime change.

The reason for the second phase is because the coup sponsor has not achieved its objective. Worst yet, no Macedonian politician has had the courage to name who the main actors are in this sabotage. The only people discussed are locals, better known as "field players", while the outsiders are termed as "foreigners". 

Things begun to unravel when Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov, the only functional official with Constitutional prerogatives gathered the courage to cut the gordian knot by dealing a major blow to the coup planners. Ivanov's pardoning of all politicians materialized into snow which unveiled to everyone the tracks of the monsters that are waging a hybrid war in Macedonia. Apart from the SDSM and Soros, the US State Department issued one hysterical statement after another asking Ivanov to reverse his decision. Namely, with Ivanov's decision, the second phase of their plan had difficulties proceeding. 

The question SDSM journalists can ask themselves is: Is it logical for Zaev and the US State Department to have the same interests? It isn't, otherwise we wouldn't be in a hybrid war.

Who, and why is waging a war in Macedonia.

We're in the second phase of Macedonian regime change, an operation the CIA is calling "The Wizard of Oz".
Who is waging a war in Macedonia?
The "Umbrella" is. Our typical symbolism of an umbrella is of an item that protects you from the rain. We already know that Zoran Zaev seats under the Umbrella so he doesn't get poured on. However, the symbolism of the brain behind the operation is somewhat different. 

An "Umbrella" is a code word of a military-intelligence operation to prepare an area for destabilization. As a symbol first appeared in Italy back in 1904. This, the schemas, matrix and other conditions are nicely explained by Curzio Malaparte in his book "Technique du coup d`etat". In the simplest terms, the Umbrella is a symbol for a network, hierarchy during a coup, an assassination of a country. The handle is the coup sonsor, the stretcher and the wires are the logistical and operational support, whereas the canopy are the lowest level, the so called protesters (mercenaries, criminals, the naive, fanatics, pyschos, narcos... whoever wants to make a quick buck). 

If after this deciphering our azoic Zaev looks like Lee Oswald or those Saudis who took a basic course and managed to fly Boeings into the NY twin towers, then you're on the right path.
Zaev's job is that of a suicide bomber. He will be used only once. Luckily for Macedonia, we are all aware that behind Macedonia's hybrid war is Washington's liberal-neofascist lobby which gravitates primarily around the Clinton clan, supported from George Soros, Rockefeller, the State Department through USAid and others

The brain of this hybrid war is a national security advisor and CIA officer in president Obama's cabinet. The Umbrella's button is pressed by former ambassador Philip Reeker and his wife who are both CIA agents
For this purposes Philip Reeker resides in Milano, Italy, which is the chosen location out of which the operation for Macedonia's destabilization is controlled from. In the same building is housed the British MI6 whose responsibilities include Macedonia and Greece. More specifically, Macedonia wiretapping is the work of MI6. MI6 takes credit for the numerous attempts of several thousands migrants to storm the Macedonian border. However, many of those leftists and anarchists have since been relocated to Skopje.
They also trained the so called army of "revolution". 

In Macedonia, Soros and USAid finance the "fighters" from Canvas and the Sorosites from "Open Society", in addition to Zaev and Kosovo based criminals and terrorists.
The United Kingdom, since it's "noble", finances the good and noble terrorists. Apart from financing anarchists, nihilists and since Laurance of Arabia times are managing and using the "savages in the islamic world", in particularly the Muslim Brotherhood and its derivatives.

Germany, Italy, France, Holland, the EU and OSCE take a smaller part in the Umbrella. They are tasked with logistics, in particularly media propaganda and decor so the protests can gain international weight
How these countries work in unison and under command is perfectly illustrated with their identical orchestrated media statements in Skopje.

CIA Clash between two Wings

This hybrid war in Macedonia has an annex. In the fight for prestige and business interests, two wings at the CIA representing separate corporate interests clashed.
The fight is which American oligarchy will rule with Macedonia's natural resources: mines, gold, rivers, lakes. The ultra rich mine of Alshar in particular is seen as a big prize. It is enough for now to tell you that one of the candidates is George Soros. As Joe Biden received Western Ukraine in the most recent military conquest, Albright and Wesley Clark received Kosovo's coal mines in their conquest. 

It's about geopolitics for a given area. The Anglo American axis wants to rule the world through access of the waterways. This way, they have strategic advantage when designing their defense, but also for wars of conquest. Countries with no access to water are an easy prey because their defense is only through land. The primary reason why Macedonia was split in Bucharest is simple, to deny it access to sea. This peace of land now called Macedonia which was not meant to be a country in the eyes of the Umbrella is located in something called "natural corridor". Countries who have found themselves in these natural corridors have been targeted and attacked by United States. Example: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey, Macedonia... They have all been targeted with similar Umbrella operations.
It is of no importance that the US declaratively calls these countries "friends" or "partners". What is important is that through these countries pass energetic, infrastructure, trade-financial corridors from Asia and Africa through Europe and reverse. 

 For this purpose, a complete control of these countries is needed. That's the first reason. The second which is especially interesting for us is that we are the only country which is unaware of its value. Namely, Macedonia in both Washington and London is considered a very dangerous success story.Macedonia is the only country, in the face of one of the biggest financial crisis ever to see its economy continually increase with very stable currency, financial discipline, proving it is self reliant. More importantly it set an example for everyone that with good policies anyone can be self reliant, without giving up control of their country to western creditors

Despite unfrliendly neighbors who are practically bankrupt, facing all sorts of orchestrated blockades, blackmails, officials removed from power, the country continues to maintain its internal and external security.
According to the information we received from the regional CIA office for SE Europe, there are three reasons for this success:

The first is Gruevski's politics, second is VMRO-DPMNE connection with the country, third is the collective spirit of Macedonians. Because of this holy trinity, the coup was initiated, mercenaries were brought in, the "tent revolution" was initiated. Multiple terrorist attacks were prevented in Skopje and Ohrid during Easter last year, and Kumanovo. Because of this, the SPO was created, in addition to the paid anarchists. 
During each phase of orchestrated attacks which started in 2008, VMRO-DPMNE's leader Nikola Gruevski and six of his closest associates were targeted. Now president Gjorge Ivanov is a target as well.
Our sources explained that the CIA has studied VMRO's revolutionary tactics since the Ottoman period. For two reasons, the first is to better prepare for an internal conflict with the establishment, while the second is to implement the same tactic when destabilizing the next country. For instance, the CIA heavily utilizes the neo-nazi Right Sector in Ukraine by recruiting the nephews of Ukrainian fascists from WW2, whereas in Iraq it employed the remnants of Saddam's police. To internationalize ISIS, the CIA recruited religious fanatics and psychos.

The CIA failed wherever it went, because the success of the VMRO tactic and organization is something that's embedded in the genetic code. Such dimension you cannot replicate and 3d print. The ideological foundation of VMRO was brotherhood and solidarity among civilizations and cultures.  The VMRO and the Macedonians fought for independence, something you cannot remove from their psyche. 

The second mistery for the CIA is the Macedonian, his psychic-map, and the collective spirit because we see ourselves as separated, at odds with each other, whereas what the coup sponsors see from outside is a different collective spirit. All of CIA's field analaysis gives them information which further confuses them. They are upset because Macedonians are not falling for the tricks dished out by the "Wizard of Oz".  to be continued...  //Mirka Velinovska, Dnevnik