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Daughter Pelosi Mocks Gadsden: “Don’t Tread on My Obamacare”

By Mac Slavo Originally Published at SHTFplan The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Christine Pelosi, the daughter of California Senator Nancy Pelosi, seems to be right on board with the movement to further centralize all aspects of American life. In a recent Twitter post Pelosi proudly displayed aRead the Rest...

Gunships Over Miami: “Machine Gun Fire, Strafing Runs, Troops Rappelling From Choppers, and...

Mac Slavo
January 28th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 20,780 people

Gun control advocates say deadly assault weapons have no business being on the streets of America.

But, apparently, those same people who would restrict you of your ability to defend yourself have no objections to fully loaded military gunships flying over American population centers.

That’s exactly what happened in Miami, Florida recently when the U.S. military, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, staged an “urban training exercise,” justifying the action as as preparation of our troops for deployment overseas.

If we’re supposedly pulling our military out of Afghanistan and Iraq, which urban environment is it that the military and local police are training for?

Military “exercises” in populated urban environments are now so routine, so commonplace, they are no longer reported by the national media and are left as “human interest” stories for local news stations.

For instance, in Miami last Thursday, units of the military industrial complex staged yet another training exercise.

“Diving Blackhawks, blank rounds of machine gun fire, strafing runs, troops rappelling from choppers, and road blockades,” writes Karen De Coster. “All over the skies of Miami at night, just a few days ago. According to this local TV clown in the video, this event was for the purposes of ‘meeting requirements,’ preparing for overseas military drills, and making sure the equipment is in check.”

In the above video, we hear the staccato of door guns pounding away as “military-style choppers” swooped a couple hundred feet above traffic on I-395 in downtown Miami.

From the local CBS disinfo ministry:

The training is designed to ensure that military personnel are able to operate in urban areas and to focus on preparations for overseas deployment. It also serves as a mandatory training certification requirement.

Source: Kurt Nimmo at Infowars.com

The U.S. military has remote training installations all over the world. Why, then, would it be necessary for them to be engaging in exercises over a major U.S. city?

We are being systematically desensitized to a domestic police state. From being violated by security agents at our nation’s airports, to heavily armed hybrid security teams being deployed in martial red zones around the country, the government is reshaping our perceptions of what  ”normal” means.

In this context it’s important to note that Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano recently said that we no longer need to worry about Al Queda as a threat to America. Rather, DHS security and intelligence resources are shifting to the domestic front:

“There’s been a lot of evolution over the past three years,” she said. “The thing that’s most noticeable to me is the growth of the lone wolf,” the single attacker who lives in the United States or elsewhere who is not part of a larger global conspiracy or network, she said.

She named no examples, but it’s a phenomenon that is increasingly the focus of international anti-terror operations.

As has been previously noted, the US military, including the National Guard, have been training for domestic policing actions for many years, and have been actively war gaming large scale economic collapse and civil unrest scenarios.

Make no mistake. The goal of this live environment exercise is not to stop a terrorist threat from Al Queda or some other rogue foreign element.

It’s to stop you.

Hat tip: Infowars, Beyond Collapse

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 20,780 people
Date: January 28th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Doom Economist’s Asset Protection Strategy: Buy A Machine Gun… and a Tank

Mac Slavo, SHTFplan.com | When most economists talk about asset diversification they’ll often recommend a portfolio of stocks, bonds and cash. Marc Faber, however, isn’t your everyday mainstream economist. Appropriately named...

End Result: “The Total Devastation of Everything That You Know”

by Mac Slavo Originally Published at SHTFplan If you are an observer of the goings-on in the world and how the political, administrative and business elite operate, you have likely come to the conclusion that the whole situation is mind-boggling. Millions of hard working Americans and our counterparts around theRead the Rest...

Sun Goes Wild: NOAA Issues Alert: Earth Directed X-Class Flare Is On Its Way;...

by Mac Slavo Originally published at SHTFplan This morning The Daily Sheeple reported that the biggest sun spot in recent history had been identified on the sun and that it had moved into position facing earth. The spot is so large that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says itRead the Rest...

Gov SWAT Teams Target “Rugged Individuals” Who Grow Their Own Food, Produce Their Own...

by Mac Slavo Originally published at SHTFplan.com The dream of many Americans is to get out of the hustle and bustle of the daily city grind. And what better dream to have then to move your family outside of city limits to the countryside so that you can grow yourRead the Rest...

The Coming Food Stamp Riots

Riot Control - Photo by James McCauleyIt may not happen this month, or even this year, but food stamp riots are coming to America.  In fact, we got a small preview of the coming food stamp riots this past weekend when a "temporary system failure" caused food stamp cards to stop working in 17 U.S. states.  Within hours, there were "mini-riots" at Wal-Marts and other retailers that rely heavily on food stamp users.  So what would happen if food stamp benefits were cut off or reduced for an extended period of time?  As you will see below, if Congress had not pushed through a "deal", the USDA would have started cutting off food stamp benefits on November 1st.  Considering the fact that 47 million Americans are on food stamps and more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government, that could have sparked massive rioting.  So the good news is that the coming food stamp riots will probably not happen in November.  The bad news is that the "deal" in Congress only delays the political fighting until after Christmas.  In just a few months we will be dealing with a potential "government shutdown" and a debt ceiling deadline once again.

Most Americans have no idea what almost just happened.  According to Reuters, the state of North Carolina had already cut off some welfare benefits for the month of November...

North Carolina has become the first state to cut off welfare benefits to poor residents in the wake of the partial federal government shutdown, ordering a halt to processing November applications until a deal is reached to end the federal standstill.

More than 20,000 people - most of them children - receive monthly benefits aimed at helping them buy food and other basic supplies through North Carolina's welfare program, called Work First, which is fully funded by the federal government. Recipients must reapply each month.

And as Mac Slavo recently detailed, the USDA was already planning to cut off food stamp assistance to millions of Americans on November 1st...

We say next month because the USDA, which oversees the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has just issued an order to SNAP agency directors calling for their respective States to implement an emergency contingency program because of government funding issues. In a letter obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center food pantry, the USDA is directing state agencies to, “delay their November issuance files and delay transmission to State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.”

What this means is that should Congress fail to increase the debt ceiling this week, come November there will literally be millions of people in the United States who will have exactly zero dollars transferred to their EBT cards.

What will happen to the nearly 50 million people who depend on these benefits to survive?

In fact, there have been quite a few news reports that have confirmed this...

In Utah, Fox News 13 in Salt Lake City reported that a local provider recently received a letter from the USDA sticking to the November 1 cut-off date.

“This is going to create a huge hardship for the people we serve here in our food pantry,” Bill Tibbits, Associate Director at Crossroads Urban Center, told Fox News 13.

“What this means [is] if there’s not a deal, if Congress doesn’t reach a deal to get federal government back up and running, in Utah about 100,000 families won’t get food stamp benefit,” added Tibbits.

The USDA letter says in part, “in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing states to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to state electronic benefit transfer vendors until further notice.”

So what would have happened if tens of millions of Americans suddenly had their food stamp benefits cut off without warning?

Well, what happened last weekend can give us a few clues.  Just check out what happened at one Wal-Mart in Mississippi...

Customers staged a disturbance then walked out of a Mississippi Walmart store with groceries that hadn’t been paid for Saturday night after a computer glitch left them unable to use their food stamp cards.

People in 17 states found themselves unable to buy groceries with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a temporary system failure.

Shortly after the mini-riot, managers decided to temporarily close the store, citing customer safety.

Due to this technical glitch, many parents were left wondering how they were going to feed their families.  If this is the kind of anger that is unleashed over a single failed trip to the grocery store, what would we see if this kind of thing went on for an extended period of time?

At some Wal-Mart stores down in Louisiana, EBT cards were not showing any limits on Saturday night, and within two hours many store shelves in the grocery section were completely cleared of merchandise...

Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.

The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, "It was worse than any black Friday" that he's ever seen.

Sadly, this was only a very small preview of the massive food stamp riots that are eventually coming to America.  I like how Mike Adams explained what we are likely to see in the future...

Why does any of this matter? Because this is exactly the same way these people will behave when the federal government goes into default and nearly 50 million EBT cards stop working nationwide.

Fifty million. Consider that for a moment. Most of those 50 million people live in high-density cities. Many are proud owners of Obama phones, Obama food stamps, Obama unemployment checks and Obama subsidized housing. They have absolutely no clue that the government upon which they wholly depend to put food on the table is teetering on the verge of permanent collapse. (Seriously, they cannot conceive of the idea of government "running out of money" because they do not understand where money comes from.) Because of this distorted belief, they do not prepare for any future events other than more Obama handouts. Their entire "preparedness" plan is to vote for Democrats, because that's who they know will give them the most handouts. And they will always win the popular vote, too, because any politician promising to restore responsible fiscal spending to the government by cutting programs will be viciously accused of being "mean" or involved in "hating poor people." So the government handouts will only ratchet higher and higher, ensnaring more and more people, until the entire system is unsustainable and collapses under its own weight.

When that system of dependence fails, those who depend on it will panic in mere hours. As proof of this, consider the fact that this mass looting of Wal-Mart stores happened in less than three hours after the Saturday EBT card glitch struck. Police had to be called in to prevent the situation from getting completely out of control, and it was offline for only part of one day.

Now imagine what will happen when EBT cards go offline for 24, 48 or even 72 hours. And imagine it happening in every U.S. city simultaneously.

Of course not all Americans would go wild when food stamp benefits are cut off.

Other Americans express their desperation in other ways.  According to Bloomberg, an increasing number of people are starting to sell hair, breast milk and their own eggs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet...

Hair, breast milk and eggs are doubling as automated teller machines for some cash-strapped Americans such as April Hare.

Out of work for more than two years and facing eviction from her home, Hare recalled Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century novel and took to her computer.

“I was just trying to find ways to make money, and I remembered Jo from ‘Little Women,’ and she sold her hair,” the 35-year-old from Atlanta said. “I’ve always had lots of hair, but this is the first time I’ve actually had the idea to sell it because I’m in a really tight jam right now.”

The mother of two posted pictures of her 18-inch auburn mane on www.buyandsellhair.com, asking at least $1,000 and receiving responses within hours. Hare, who also considered selling her breast milk, joins others exploring unconventional ways to make ends meet as the four-year-old economic expansion struggles to invigorate the labor market and stimulate incomes.

We have moved into a time when things are becoming increasingly unstable and when people are becoming increasingly desperate.

In an attempt to keep order, the authorities will become increasingly forceful in the years ahead.  At this point, many law enforcement officers already believe that there is very little that they cannot do to exert their "authority" over the rest of us.  Just check out video of a drunk off-duty police officer "arresting" a woman that refused to go out on a date with him right here.  Sadly, this type of behavior is becoming way too common these days.

And it looks like major financial institutions are getting ready for the chaos that is eventually coming as well.  In fact, according to an article by Paul Joseph Watson, Chase Bank is now placing a limit on cash withdrawals and is banning business customers from sending wire transfers out of the country...

Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending international wire transfers from November 17 onwards, prompting speculation that the bank is preparing for a looming financial crisis in the United States by imposing capital controls.

Numerous business customers with Chase BusinessSelect Checking and Chase BusinessClassic accounts have received letters over the past week informing them that cash activity (both deposits and withdrawals) will be limited to a $50,000 total per statement cycle from November 17 onwards.

Fortunately, the chaos that would have been unleashed if Congress had not made a deal has now been delayed for a few months.

But by kicking the can down the road, our politicians continue to make our long-term problems even worse.  Either we are going to have tremendous pain now, or we are going to have even worse pain later.  Peter Schiff explained the choice that we are facing this way...

If Republicans were to inexplicably prevail, and the federal government were to cut spending so that its expenditures matched its tax revenues (a truly radical idea) the country's financial mess would be laid bare. The government would have to weigh the relative costs and benefits of making interest payments on Treasury debt (primarily to foreign creditors) or to trim entitlements promised to U.S. citizens. But those are choices we will have to make sooner or later anyway. In fact we should have dealt with these issues years ago. But generations of mechanistic debt ceiling increases have allowed us to perpetually kick the can down the road. What could possibly be gained by doing it again, particularly if it is done with no commitment to change course?

The Democrats' argument that America needs to pay its bills is just hollow rhetoric. Paying off one's Visa bill with a new and bigger MasterCard bill can't be considered a legitimate payment of debt. At best it is a transfer. But in the government's case, it doesn't even qualify as that. Treasury debt is primarily bought by the Fed, foreign central banks, and major financial institutions. None of that will change with a debt ceiling increase. We will just go to the same people for greater quantities. So it's like paying off your Visa card with a bigger Visa card.

We are living on borrowed time that has been purchased by stealing money from future generations.

We are literally destroying the future in order to make the present more palatable.

But whether it is this year, or next year or the year after that, at some point we are going to experience the pain that results from decades of incredibly foolish decisions.

I hope that you are getting ready.

ALERT: Government Freezes EBT Funds: Orders States to Withhold Transfers to Food Stamp Recipients

Mac Slavo
October 15th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

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welfare-stateThis weekend America witnessed a limited crash in the computer systems that manage electronic benefit transfers across the country. Within hours of the crash panicked food stamp recipients who were left with no way to feed their families rushed grocery store shelves to obtain everything they could while the system was down.

The outage lasted less than a day, but it proved what many already knew, that America had become a nation so dependent on government subsidies that any glitch in the system could lead to total pandemonium.

But if you thought that isolated incident was bad, imagine what could happen next month.

We say next month because the USDA, which oversees the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has just issued an order to SNAP agency directors calling for their respective States to implement an emergency contingency program because of government funding issues. In a letter obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center food pantry, the USDA is directing state agencies to, “delay their November issuance files and delay transmission to State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.”

What this means is that should Congress fail to increase the debt ceiling this week, come November there will literally be millions of people in the United States who will have exactly zero dollars transferred to their EBT cards.

What will happen to the nearly 50 million people who depend on these benefits to survive?

Think this past weekend and multiply it across the entirety of the United States of America.

In the State of Utah the immediate effect of the USDA’s contingency plan will be a freeze in benefits for 100,000 people. Richard Phillips, a homeless man who depends on the government’s monthly distributions, warned what would happen next:

It’s going to cause problems… because then you’re going to come to find out that you’re going to have people starting to steal and do what they have to do to survive. 

Video Report via The Daily Sheeple:

(Watch at Youtube)

Here is the USDA letter in full:

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ALERT: Government Freezes EBT Funds: Orders States to Withhold Transfers to Food Stamp Recipients

Mac Slavo
October 15th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 43,086 people

welfare-stateThis weekend America witnessed a limited crash in the computer systems that manage electronic benefit transfers across the country. Within hours of the crash panicked food stamp recipients who were left with no way to feed their families rushed grocery store shelves to obtain everything they could while the system was down.

The outage lasted less than a day, but it proved what many already knew, that America had become a nation so dependent on government subsidies that any glitch in the system could lead to total pandemonium.

But if you thought that isolated incident was bad, imagine what could happen next month.

We say next month because the USDA, which oversees the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has just issued an order to SNAP agency directors calling for their respective States to implement an emergency contingency program because of government funding issues. In a letter obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center food pantry, the USDA is directing state agencies to, “delay their November issuance files and delay transmission to State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.”

What this means is that should Congress fail to increase the debt ceiling this week, come November there will literally be millions of people in the United States who will have exactly zero dollars transferred to their EBT cards.

What will happen to the nearly 50 million people who depend on these benefits to survive?

Think this past weekend and multiply it across the entirety of the United States of America.

In the State of Utah the immediate effect of the USDA’s contingency plan will be a freeze in benefits for 100,000 people. Richard Phillips, a homeless man who depends on the government’s monthly distributions, warned what would happen next:

It’s going to cause problems… because then you’re going to come to find out that you’re going to have people starting to steal and do what they have to do to survive. 

Video Report via The Daily Sheeple:

(Watch at Youtube)

Here is the USDA letter in full:

ebt-funds-freeze

(click for full size image)

welfare-state

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Author: Mac Slavo
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Watch: They Will Clear The Shelves Within Hours: “Like a Tornado”

Mac Slavo
October 14th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

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ebt-frenzy2(Image courtesy Infowars - Panicked shoppers raid local Walmarts)

This weekend the nation’s Electronic Benefits Transfer crashed, leaving millions of Americans around the country wondering where they would get their next meal.

One woman, interviewed just minutes after she learned the system was no longer functioning, complained that she was unable to put food on the table. “How am I going to feed my family,” she asked, noting that she has six kids to feed.

There is a long-held theory that we are just nine meals from anarchy and that within 72 hours of any significant crisis which takes down our ability to conduct commerce we’d see a total destabilization of our society and way of life.

The events of this weekend have proven this theory wrong.

Should a serious crisis strike we won’t have three days.

It’ll be more like three hours, which is about how long it took panicked food stamp recipients with non-functioning benefits cards to completely raze the shelves of their local Walmarts.

Watch the following video and you’ll get an idea of exactly what to expect if and when the worst happens.

Well known survival expert James Rawles has discussed this thin veneer of civilization on numerous occasions:

What is underneath is not pretty, and it does take much to peel away that veneer. You take your average urbanite or suburbanite and get him excessively cold, wet, tired, hungry and/or thirsty and take away his television, beer, drugs, and other pacifiers, and you will soon seen the savage within.

It will happen fast, as noted by Tess Pennington in Anatomy of a Breakdown:

As preppers are well aware, when the needs of the population cannot be met in an allotted time frame, a phenomena occurs and the mindset shifts in people. They begin to act without thinking and respond to changes in their environment in an emotionally-based manner, thus leading to chaos, instability and a breakdown in our social paradigm.

When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it.

This weekend a single system serving nearly 50 million Americans crashed, leading to panic across the country.

Now consider what would happen if the financial system was hit with a “glitch” or a cyber attack that restricted access to the bank accounts and ATM machines of 300 million Americans.

For those who think this is not a possibility, consider the words of outgoing head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

Outgoing Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano issued an ‘open letter’ to her successor warning that a cyber or physical event that knocks out the power grid will occur – and it is not a question of “if” but “when.”

When that day comes the EBT crash will look like a walk in the park.

It is for this reason that we urge Americans who have not yet done so to develop a long-term preparedness plan that includes food storage for when grocery stores are emptied, water in case utility plants are taken offline, silver and gold as a mechanism of exchange when commerce systems fail, and self defense armaments and home defense strategies for when the looters come knocking.

Failure to prepare will be nothing short of horrific.

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Watch: They Will Clear The Shelves Within Hours: “Like a Tornado”

Mac Slavo
October 14th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 27,953 people

ebt-frenzy2(Image courtesy Infowars - Panicked shoppers raid local Walmarts)

This weekend the nation’s Electronic Benefits Transfer crashed, leaving millions of Americans around the country wondering where they would get their next meal.

One woman, interviewed just minutes after she learned the system was no longer functioning, complained that she was unable to put food on the table. “How am I going to feed my family,” she asked, noting that she has six kids to feed.

There is a long-held theory that we are just nine meals from anarchy and that within 72 hours of any significant crisis which takes down our ability to conduct commerce we’d see a total destabilization of our society and way of life.

The events of this weekend have proven this theory wrong.

Should a serious crisis strike we won’t have three days.

It’ll be more like three hours, which is about how long it took panicked food stamp recipients with non-functioning benefits cards to completely raze the shelves of their local Walmarts.

Watch the following video and you’ll get an idea of exactly what to expect if and when the worst happens.

Well known survival expert James Rawles has discussed this thin veneer of civilization on numerous occasions:

What is underneath is not pretty, and it does take much to peel away that veneer. You take your average urbanite or suburbanite and get him excessively cold, wet, tired, hungry and/or thirsty and take away his television, beer, drugs, and other pacifiers, and you will soon seen the savage within.

It will happen fast, as noted by Tess Pennington in Anatomy of a Breakdown:

As preppers are well aware, when the needs of the population cannot be met in an allotted time frame, a phenomena occurs and the mindset shifts in people. They begin to act without thinking and respond to changes in their environment in an emotionally-based manner, thus leading to chaos, instability and a breakdown in our social paradigm.

When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it.

This weekend a single system serving nearly 50 million Americans crashed, leading to panic across the country.

Now consider what would happen if the financial system was hit with a “glitch” or a cyber attack that restricted access to the bank accounts and ATM machines of 300 million Americans.

For those who think this is not a possibility, consider the words of outgoing head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

Outgoing Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano issued an ‘open letter’ to her successor warning that a cyber or physical event that knocks out the power grid will occur – and it is not a question of “if” but “when.”

When that day comes the EBT crash will look like a walk in the park.

It is for this reason that we urge Americans who have not yet done so to develop a long-term preparedness plan that includes food storage for when grocery stores are emptied, water in case utility plants are taken offline, silver and gold as a mechanism of exchange when commerce systems fail, and self defense armaments and home defense strategies for when the looters come knocking.

Failure to prepare will be nothing short of horrific.

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Video: EBT System Crash: 16 States Out of Service: “How Am I Going to...

Mac Slavo
October 12th, 2013
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(Pictured: Grocery stores and retailers are posting signs for shoppers about the Electronic Benefits Outage)

The Electronic Benefits Transfer system responsible for providing 50,000,000 Americans the means to put food on the table has crashed.

The outage is reportedly affecting at least sixteen states.

Via The Organic Prepper:

Abandoned carts full of food were a frequent sight in grocery stores Saturday morning, as the EBT food assistance debit system stopped working without warning.

According to a Xerox spokesperson, a routine system check by the vendor resulted in system failure, leaving assistance recipients across the country with no way to buy food.

Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed via email Saturday afternoon that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. She said technical staff is addressing the issue and expects the system to be restored soon. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage is not related to the government shutdown. Xerox runs EBT card systems for 17 states and all were affected by the outage. (source)

Users of EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards in California, Ohio, Michigan and several other states are unable to make purchases due to connectivity issues.

But it gets worse…

Xerox is notifying retailers to revert to the manual system, meaning SNAP customers can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. SNAP recipients should call the 800 number on the back of their card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process. (source)

However, that system is not working either – it’s “closed for maintenance.”

Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits, said fellow shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said.

“That’s a problem. There’s a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. “No one should put maintenance in during the daytime.” (source)

Despite the fact that government workers report orders from the Obama administration to “make life as difficult for people as we can”, the nation is assured that the EBT failure is in fact due to server issues and NOT due to the government shutdown.

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If you ever wanted to know what the United States might look like and how people will react should the EBT system fail, then pay close attention

I go to the register and they ask me “how you going to pay.”

I said with food stamps.

“Oh, we’re shut down, you can’t pay with food stamps.”

I got kids to feed. You know?

And because the government’s down I can’t feed my family?

What’s going on with America? Now they trying to starve us to death?

…This is crazy

…I got six kids I have to feed.

I’m just trying to figure out how to get something to eat.

More from Zero Hedge via The Daily Sheeple:

This is six hours after the EBT system crashed.

It is reportedly a glitch that should be resolved soon, but what would happen if it doesn’t get resolved?

What if the system is down for 72 hours? How about 72 days?

Via Daisy Luther:

This is your 72 hour warning. If you don’t already have a two week supply of food and water, now might be a good day to go stock up, just in case this is the beginning of a bigger crisis. The first three days after a major event are your window of opportunity to get prepared, based on the just-in-time food supply in grocery stores and the amount of food most people store in their homes.

If the EBT failure continues, look for the situation to get progressively worse.

We’ve warned about this being a real possibility because the EBT system is directly connected to the internet and any number of events could cause the system to completely crash including a cyber attack, a natural disaster or the national power grids going out of service.

Look how people are reacting on the day of. They are wholly unprepared for such an event.

If it were to go on for three days or more, we could have pandemonium in the streets as hungry, angry and panicked individuals rush grocery stores for resources… And once those are cleaned out, they’ll come for your home food storage.

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Date: October 12th, 2013
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Video: EBT System Crash: 16 States Out of Service: “How Am I Going to...

Mac Slavo
October 12th, 2013
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(Pictured: Grocery stores and retailers are posting signs for shoppers about the Electronic Benefits Outage)

The Electronic Benefits Transfer system responsible for providing 50,000,000 Americans the means to put food on the table has crashed.

The outage is reportedly affecting at least sixteen states.

Via The Organic Prepper:

Abandoned carts full of food were a frequent sight in grocery stores Saturday morning, as the EBT food assistance debit system stopped working without warning.

According to a Xerox spokesperson, a routine system check by the vendor resulted in system failure, leaving assistance recipients across the country with no way to buy food.

Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed via email Saturday afternoon that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. She said technical staff is addressing the issue and expects the system to be restored soon. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage is not related to the government shutdown. Xerox runs EBT card systems for 17 states and all were affected by the outage. (source)

Users of EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards in California, Ohio, Michigan and several other states are unable to make purchases due to connectivity issues.

But it gets worse…

Xerox is notifying retailers to revert to the manual system, meaning SNAP customers can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. SNAP recipients should call the 800 number on the back of their card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process. (source)

However, that system is not working either – it’s “closed for maintenance.”

Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits, said fellow shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said.

“That’s a problem. There’s a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. “No one should put maintenance in during the daytime.” (source)

Despite the fact that government workers report orders from the Obama administration to “make life as difficult for people as we can”, the nation is assured that the EBT failure is in fact due to server issues and NOT due to the government shutdown.

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If you ever wanted to know what the United States might look like and how people will react should the EBT system fail, then pay close attention

I go to the register and they ask me “how you going to pay.”

I said with food stamps.

“Oh, we’re shut down, you can’t pay with food stamps.”

I got kids to feed. You know?

And because the government’s down I can’t feed my family?

What’s going on with America? Now they trying to starve us to death?

…This is crazy

…I got six kids I have to feed.

I’m just trying to figure out how to get something to eat.

More from Zero Hedge via The Daily Sheeple:

This is six hours after the EBT system crashed.

It is reportedly a glitch that should be resolved soon, but what would happen if it doesn’t get resolved?

What if the system is down for 72 hours? How about 72 days?

Via Daisy Luther:

This is your 72 hour warning. If you don’t already have a two week supply of food and water, now might be a good day to go stock up, just in case this is the beginning of a bigger crisis. The first three days after a major event are your window of opportunity to get prepared, based on the just-in-time food supply in grocery stores and the amount of food most people store in their homes.

If the EBT failure continues, look for the situation to get progressively worse.

We’ve warned about this being a real possibility because the EBT system is directly connected to the internet and any number of events could cause the system to completely crash including a cyber attack, a natural disaster or the national power grids going out of service.

Look how people are reacting on the day of. They are wholly unprepared for such an event.

If it were to go on for three days or more, we could have pandemonium in the streets as hungry, angry and panicked individuals rush grocery stores for resources… And once those are cleaned out, they’ll come for your home food storage.

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The Game Will End Quite Suddenly — All That Will Be Left is the...

Mac Slavo
March 26th, 2013
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Paper is poverty, and merely the ghost of money.
Thomas Jefferson

The majority of Americans, and citizens of the world for that matter, have no concept of what money is or how it actually works. For most, money, whether in a paper roll or represented by digits on their computer screen, means wealth.

That the very issuance of money is creation of debt is simply not something most people can understand, or want to. For if they did, their entire world view would necessarily change.

Chris Duane of Truth Never Told explains the difference between modern money, wealth, and real assets:

The men that own this world know that in order to maintain control they must keep all the wealth to themselves, and have us chase after illusions of wealth.

This process has taken nearly a century to detach humanity from understanding what real wealth is.

Today there are very few that have ever even held a gold coin, much less owned one. Many of the objects that they have are merely consumer products that are almost worthless the day that they buy them.

The criminal elite first replaced real wealth of gold and silver, with paper receipts for them in the form of gold and silver certificates. They then removed the claim of the real wealth by creating fiat paper backed by legal tender laws and the threat of violence.

We know right off the bat that if someone has to threaten you to use it, it’s probably something you wouldn’t do willingly.

Now our money has become so detached from reality that most never even touch the paper claims on wealth that does not even exist.

At the end of all these schemes there will come a time where it is no longer profitable to maintain the illusion of wealth, and the game will end quite suddenly.

It will send shock waves through every aspect of our lives and nothing will ever be the same again.

All that will be left is the real wealth that you have in your friends, skills, and assets.

When the paper currency schemes of elite bankers come crashing down like they did this month in Cyprus or last month in Argentina, you’ll be positioned to thrive in a society that will be in a state of hopeless panic, as everything they believed to be reality is exposed for the illusion that it is.

Watch: You Will Never Look At Money The Same Again (via SGT Report):

It’s time to prepare for an environment where money as we have been taught to understand it no longer exists. Position yourself now with post-collapse skills and  assets that retain real value when the system goes belly-up.

Once they ‘tax’ your personal deposit or close your bank for a ‘holiday’ it’ll be too late.

The ‘event’ will come suddenly, when no one expects it.

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Watch: Fall of the Fourth Reich — Empire of Debt (Micro-Doc)

Mac Slavo
March 22nd, 2013
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A new documentary from Future Money Trends highlights the similarities between modern day America and the German Weimar Republic, one of the most infamous examples of out-of-control hyperinflation in history.

The chickens were coming home to roost. Life was hard for many people.

The national debt had risen to a point that it could not be realistically paid back.

The war had cost more than expected.

There was high unemployment.

Products and services increased in price.

Production had decreased significantly.

The government acted, providing liquidity to banks and inflating the currency.

Having left the gold standard, uncertainty loomed and the country’s economy began to spiral out of control.

Sound familiar?

This was Germany, 1920.

Watch the micro documentary: Fall of the Fourth Reich – Empire of Debt

Watch this micro documentary at the Vision Victory Youtube Channel

Visit Future Money Trends

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Date: March 22nd, 2013
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The Crisis Is Contained: “No Major Risk to U.S. Financial System or U.S. Economy”

Mac Slavo
March 22nd, 2013
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At this juncture . . . the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the subprime markets seems likely to be contained.

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman
March 28, 2007

At the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), Ben Bernanke assuaged fears of a potential government confiscation of depositor holdings in America by suggesting that such an event is “unlikely” to take place.

When asked whether the government of the United States could implement a “depositor tax”  similar to Cyprus, Bernanke downplayed the possibility. Citing depositor insurance programs maintained by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), which insures bank accounts up to $250,000 in the event of a bank failure, the Fed Chairman indicated that the crisis taking hold in Cyprus and the Euro Zone poses no risk to the U.S. financial system.

By all expert analysis the situation is contained, just as it was in 2007…

I don’t think that the impact has been enormous… we are monitoring very carefully, but at this point we are not seeing major risk to the U.S. financial system or the U.S. economy.

I don’t think that these issue… have direct implications for the U.S. economy. The only way they would create a problem would be if the runs became contagious… if depositors in other countries lost confidence.

At this point I’m not aware of any evidence that is, in fact, the case.

In terms of the United States, the FDIC was founded in 1934 and insured deposits and are very proud of the fact that no one’s ever lost a dime in insured deposits…

So, I consider that to be extremely unlikely in the United States.

Of note is that the question posed to Bernanke regarding a “tax” on depositor accounts has nothing to do with FDIC insurance. Are we to believe that should the US government implement a Cyprus style “tax” (aka theft) of personal bank accounts, that the FDIC will then step in to compensate account holders for the loss of that money?

Bernanke’s claims are ridiculous.

Not only does the FDIC not insure deposits against government theft, but even if it did, there is not enough money in the insurance program to cover any serious losses. As noted just a few days ago by Zero Hedge, the FDIC currently has $25 billion in reserves available to cover depositor losses, however, some $9,283 Billion dollars are currently on deposit with US banks:

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Thus, the notion that the FDIC could cover any sort of serious bank run in the U.S. is laughable.

In any case, according to Bernanke, this can’t happen because the situation is contained. There is no mass panic in Cyprus, and there will be no loss of confidence by the people of Europe.

It’s contained!

Move along, Doomers.

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The Streets of America in the Very Near Future…

Mac Slavo
March 21st, 2013
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We’ve seen it time and again over the last five years. Governments overstepping their authority and punishing their people because of the actions of elite banking conglomerates, dirty politicians and bought-off regulators.

Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Argentina, Spain, and Portugal have all been pillaged in the name of purported recovery and stability.

Today we’re seeing it in Cyprus, where Euro Zone financiers have threatened to not only rob the populace of their personal savings, but shut off access to bank accounts indefinitely. And, as we’ve seen elsewhere, the people are having none of it.

Like the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it took a mere 72 hours of restricted access to funds, and thus essential goods, before the people took to the streets in mass protest and rioting.

The following pictures depict what’s in store for the United States in the very near future, when our own banking system re-collapses and Americans are left with no ability to access their money or are restricted to how much cash they are able to withdraw.

When the banks close your only option will be ATM’s, most of which will be empty:

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(Images Courtesy of Zero Hedge)

And within 72 hours, when the realization of the magnitude of this event takes hold, people will no longer stand in line peacefully, but rather, will storm their banks and government offices, just as they have done in Cyprus (and elsewhere).

There is one key distinction to consider between the rioting in Cyprus and what we’ll experience here in the United States.

You see, the US government and the Pentagon have been actively war-gaming this very scenario for years. They know an economic  collapse and the civil unrest that follows is an inevitable outcome of our current paradigm. Thus, they have spent the better part of this crisis training the National Guard to respond to mass riots, along with coordinated exercises that involve local law enforcement and military forces.

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There’s a reason that Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled nearly two billion rounds of ammunition.

What’s waiting for Americans when this goes down is starkly different from the response by government officials in other parts of the world.

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A financial collapse in this country cannot be avoided. Do everything you can now to ensure you aren’t part of the mob when it happens.

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Date: March 21st, 2013
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It’s Coming: “A Pan-Global Collapse Is Inevitable” *Must Watch Video*

Mac Slavo
March 20th, 2013
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Gregory Mannarino explains the devastating impact of America’s debt based economic model – and what the final outcome of trillion dollar deficits will be.

If you want to understand the economic and monetary policies that brought us to this breaking point, watch every minute of the following video.

You don’t need a degree in rocket science to figure this out.

The debt will continue to be added until it explodes.

This debt has built an alternate reality. We’ve borrowed monies from the future to live a better now. This bill is coming due.

We see what’s going on in Cyprus, what’s going on in Europe.

When it comes here to roost in the United States, and we’ve already seen cracks in the debt bubble, it’s going to make all that look like a walk in the park. 

The United States is going to be devastated.

The middle class is being systematically destroyed by the Federal Reserve, by the Obama administration.

Understand… this is not sustainable. This is not sustainable…

A pan global collapse is inevitable.

It’s coming.

There’s no way out of it.

Whether it happens next week, next month, or next year, it is coming. And, governments are going to become more and more desperate. Like Cyprus, this is going to sweep the Eurozone.

And it is coming here to the United States – right to your front door. 

We borrowed monies to live a better now… and it’s time to pay the piper.

Video via SGT Report


(Watch at Greg Mannarino’s Youtube Channel)

When the fiat monetary scheme of the U.S. central bank collapses – and it will – commerce as we know it will come to a complete halt.  Even in the event that, by some miracle, we avoid a total meltdown in the US dollar, never ending debt commitments and trillions in monetary easing will lead to massive price increases for essential goods like food, gas, and utilities. As noted by Greg Mannarino, we’ve already seen a 400% increase in gas prices since 1990, an effect experienced in other American staples like milk and eggs.

That inflation is destroying the purchasing power of Americans cannot be denied. What’s more, with the tripling of our debt in the last twenty years, the pace at which prices rise is accelerating.

This means, according to Mannarino, that the only protection you have against this exploding debt bomb is to own hard assets.

If you’re still in fiat currency and you refuse to believe that gold is going to continue to rise here, then you have got a serious denial problem.

You need to get out of fiat currency. You need to become your own central bank.

For those with excess fiat currency holdings, physical gold and silver are undoubtedly excellent investment vehicles to protect one’s wealth as the US dollar continues to degrade.

As more dollars – to the tune of trillions a year – are introduced into circulation, the only possible outcome is continued price increases for those items we utilize the most.

Thus, hard assets, for those who have neither the money or desire to invest in precious metals, can include anything from long-term supplemental and reserve food stores, to development of personal trade skills that will be in high demand in a post-collapse environment.

Hard assets – those things that become money when the system collapses – will be all that matter when global merchants and governments no longer accept the US dollar in trade.

Make sure you are prepared to deal with a world where life as you know it today no longer exists.

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Date: March 20th, 2013
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Police State Raids Family’s Home: “The Fight Has Officially Been Brought To My Front...

Mac Slavo
March 20th, 2013
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When certified firearms instructor Shawn Moore posted a photo of his 11 year-old son on Facebook the last thing he expected was a SWAT style raid on his home. The picture showed his son, a licensed hunter, holding his new birthday gift, a .22 caliber rifle.

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While Moore’s son proudly displaying his semi-automatic personal defense rifle was completely legal, an anonymous tipster contacted New Jersey’s Department of Children and Family Services and declared that the Moore family was neglecting and abusing their child, an unfounded accusation that led to the mobilization of local police who were apparently not at all concerned with the unconstitutionality of their actions which violated numerous protections of the Moore family including their right to bear arms, their right to be secure in their homes, their right to speak freely, and their right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Of critical importance is that the police who raided the Moore home never even saw the photo.

“It was all hear say. Just a phone call saying someone saw a pic of a child holding a gun,” reports Moore.

Shawn Moore recounted the incident at the Delaware Open Carry forums:

The fight has officially been brought to my front door.

Last night I was out with a buddy of mine. I got a text from my wife that the cops and DYFS [Division of Youth and Family Services] are at the house and they wanna check out my guns and needed me to open my safe.

I’m instantly on my way. I get in contact with [attorney] Evan Nappen on the way. I explain the situation.

I walk in my house and hand the phone to the first cop I see. Then direct all of them outside. DYFS got a call because of a pic of my son holding a gun.

They wanted to look around and check all my guns out, make sure they were all registered.

Obviously that didn’t go well because I refused.

I had Nappen on speaker phone the entire time so they had to deal with both of us. They kept trying to pressure me to open my safe. They had no warrant, no charges, nothing.

I didn’t budge.

I was told I was being “unreasonable” and that I was acting suspicious because I wouldn’t open my safe. Told me they were gonna get a search warrant. Told em go ahead.

Nappen (my lawyer) asked me for the DYFS workers name. She wouldn’t give it. I asked for credentials and she wouldn’t show them. I tried to take a pic of her and she turned around real fast and walked away.

After a while of them threatening to take my kids, get warrants and intimidation they left. Empty handed and seeing nothing.

People it can happen that fast.

Police and Family Services overstepped their bounds when they illegally entered this man’s home, demanded he open his gun safe, and threatened to take away his children because of an anonymous tip based on absolutely zero evidence. 

This is the world in which we now find ourselves, where an American exercising his right to bear arms is considered suspicious simply because he refuses to give up his Constitutionally protected rights.

If you resist in any form or fashion you are immediately considered a criminal or terrorist.

The government and its storm troopers will continue to act brazenly, violating the rights of Americans until they are held accountable. As citizens, we are left with no other choice than to resist the tyranny and fight back, just as Shawn Moore did when they came for his guns AND his children. We can do this by understanding the laws of the land, and by documenting every interaction with officials of the government, who will stop at nothing to pursue their agenda and stroke their own egos.

They will come to each of our front doors, and when they do, we must resist. We must fight back with every tool our Founding Fathers afforded us.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 24,212 people
Date: March 20th, 2013
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CONFISCATION: Panicked Europeans Rush ATMs as Leaders Move To Seize Funds Directly From Bank...

Mac Slavo
March 16th, 2013
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Over the last few years political and financial leaders in Europe and the United States have implemented policies, regulations and bailouts costing global taxpayers trillions of dollars with the promise that these measures would lead to economic growth and recovery.

What happened in Europe today is yet further proof that nothing they’ve done has fixed the underlying fundamental issues surrounding the events that led to the crash of 2008.

For those who don’t believe the government is prepared to take extreme measures that may include the seizing of retirement accounts, cash savings or even gold, look no further than Cyprus, the latest recipient of bank bailouts.

As of right now, citizens of Cyprus are scrambling to withdraw funds from their bank accounts after the EU, with agreement from the Cypriot government, announced they will decimate funds held in personal bank accounts to the tune of up to 10% of existing deposits.

You read that right.

The European Union has made the determination that the people of Cyprus are now responsible for the hundreds of billions of dollars in bad bets made by their government and bank financiers, and they are moving to confiscate money directly from the bank accounts of every citizen in the country.

Restrictions have been imposed to stop people emptying their accounts or moving their money out the country after the Cypriot government announced that up to ten per cent of deposits will be seized and used to bailout the island’s crisis-hit banking system.

The deal with other eurozone finance ministers is the first time that ordinary citizens’ deposits have been directly raided in this way.

One furious expat said: ‘This is plain theft. I’d love to hear someone explain to me why it isn’t.’

Under the deal, all bank deposits over €100,000 will be hit with a levy of 9.9 per cent. Those with smaller savings will pay 6.75 per cent.

The move sparked panic and violent protests yesterday as crowds desperately tried to withdraw their money at cash machines. 

‘Why would you risk putting your money in Greek, Spanish or Portuguese banks after this?’

British expats were stunned by the news, with many left high and dry by the restrictions on accounts.

Cash machines had been working, but many ran out of notes because of the panic withdrawals.

But financial experts said the raid – designed to stop Cyprus crashing out of the euro, potentially destroying the currency – would send shock waves through the eurozone.

If savers in other troubled nations fear their accounts might be next, they could withdraw their money and spark a catastrophic run on the  banks.

Source: Daily Mail

They’re calling it a “tax.”

As Market Ticker’s Karl Denninger notes, “Like hell that’s a tax.  That’s direct confiscation of the funds of people who did nothing wrong!”

It should now be obvious. There is no recovery. There never was.

No matter where you live, your government is likely preparing measures to deal with the coming financial and economic collapse. This means they are going to be coming for anything of value that they can get their hands on.

If you have the majority of your net worth allocated in bank accounts, money market funds, retirement plans, stock markets or the host of other ‘safe’ assets recommended by your financial adviser, then you are playing Russian roulette.

And in this version there’s a bullet in every chamber.

When they come, they will take everything they can.

Author: Mac Slavo
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Date: March 16th, 2013
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No Time to Panic: Strategic Survival Expert Joel Skousen Survives Plane Crash

Mac Slavo
March 16th, 2013
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Former Marine fighter pilot and well known strategic relocation survival expert Joel Skousen (WorldAffairsBrief.com) was flying home from Las Vegas this week when his experimental Glasair I aircraft experienced an unrecoverable problem with the plane’s fuel flow system. According to first responders on the scene the plane was, “completely totaled in the wreck, after flipping and partially detaching the wings.”

“It’s the first time I’ve done an accident, an engine-out landing to a field,” said Skousen.

“When I slowed down to put the landing gear down and went to put power back on, to reach speed, it wouldn’t come back up.”

“As a longtime pilot for many, many years, you read about a lot of accidents,” he said.

You’re trained to go through these procedures of trying to get that engine restarted, throwing on the pumps, throwing the booster, checking the fuel. And so you really don’t have time to panic because you are going through procedures.

Skousen was not seriously injured in the crash, receiving only a few cuts and bruises. He was not transported to a hospital.

“Emotionally, it’s really tough to go through an accident,” Skousen said.

I’m very blessed. There’s no other way to describe coming out of that with only a couple of scratches.

Source: KSL Utah

Images of Mr. Skousen’s mangled aircraft:

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As Joel Skousen himself notes, the accident could have been much worse than it was. Providence and a little bit of ‘luck’ played a significant role in his coming out of this nearly unscathed.

His efforts in the midst of the emergency, however, should not be downplayed. Having trained as a fighter pilot for years, Skousen is well versed in the procedures required to counter-act such a situation. He had a plan and followed procedures step-by-step, even in the midst of what must have been a very high intensity, high stress environment.

His training paid off. He didn’t panic. His focus during a far-from-equilibrium crisis no doubt played a role in his surviving the crash, because had he panicked he may have made mistakes that could have led to a completely different set of circumstances.

Plan. Prepare. Practice. It may save your life.

Editor’s Note: We’re thankful Mr. Skousen walked away with minor injuries. Thousands of people have benefited greatly from his willingness to share his wisdom and knowledge. We wish him the very best. When asked by reporters what he would do next, Skousen smilingly replied, “I got two more kits in the hanger, build another airplane and go at it again.” It’s a testament to his die-hard spirit. You can visit Joel Skousen’s web site at World Affairs Brief.

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Date: March 16th, 2013
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An Exercise In Propaganda: “Living On the Streets of Modern Day America” *VIDEO*

Mac Slavo
March 14th, 2013
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The engineering of consent is the very essence of the democratic process, the freedom to persuade and suggest.
Edward Bernays, 1955

In his 1928 book Propaganda, Edward Bernays, the architect of modern day public relations and marketing, argues that manipulation of public opinion is necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in society. It’s a strategy that his been implemented for centuries, but most notably during the last hundred years. Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Hussein found propaganda to be an extremely effective mechanism of control over their populations, as have modern-day governments of the Western world where “freedom of the press” and government transparency are supposed to be a key tenet of an open society.

It’s often a soft-sell strategy, repeating a message hundreds, even thousands of times, so that the consciousness of an entire people can be shifted to accommodate the plans of those in positions of power.

Sometimes, however, the propaganda is so over the top that it leaves you wondering if it’s even real. The following video from notorious ‘Axis of Evil’ member North Korea leaves no doubt that propaganda is alive and well in our modern world.

According to the following documentary, reportedly disseminated to millions of North Koreans, conditions in the United States are so deplorable that Americans are being forced to eat wild birds and drink snow coffee just to survive.

This ridiculously blatant example of government manipulation is a must-see, not necessarily because of the irony of it being from North Korea, where Western journalists have reported that hundreds of thousands of people themselves are starving to death, but because it demonstrates how far leaders are willing to go to ensure their narrative is the only one that’s accepted by the masses, rendering all alternative opinions moot or conspiratorial.


(Watch at Youtube)

Before we start pointing the finger at North Korea’s propaganda machine, however, we must look at our own government, and the manipulations regularly proclaimed as truth to the American people.

One of the most infamous and well known lies perpetrated by our own government has led to a decade’s long war, taken the lives of thousands of Americans, hundreds of thousands of civilians and left our country trillions of dollars in debt.

Watch, as former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides justification for why we must take our country to war, a move he later acknowledged was “one of my most momentous failures, the one with the widest-ranging impact.”

As Colin Powell later realized, the propaganda was so widespread that not even he was aware of it, having been manipulated by his superiors just like the American people.

Lies and half-truths abound, even in a society where the information is purportedly free-flowing.

Make no mistake – if you see it on TV, and the same information is being repeated over and over, you are being fed a line of complete bull.

It’s all theater:

Pushing the envelope:

It should make every one of us question the legitimacy of what we’re being told.

Is our economy really on its way to recovering like our best and brightest say it is? Is the war in the middle east really coming to a close and will our soldiers really be coming home soon? Is the agenda to remove Americans’ access to semi-automatic rifles really because it will reduce gun violence?

Don’t believe any of it for a second. In today’s day and age we must be our own investigators if we want to know the real truth, because our government and their propaganda alphabet news agencies are doing everything they can to hide what’s really going on.

It is sometimes possible to change the attitudes of millions but impossible to change the attitude of one man.
Edward Bernays

Author: Mac Slavo
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Date: March 14th, 2013
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“Like All Sleight-of-Hand Games It Cannot Continue Forever”

Mac Slavo
March 11th, 2013
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Spring is in the air, stock markets are driving higher than ever before, and happy days are here again.

Or are they?

The facts are that last night Japanese machinery orders fell 13% in January, despite the Japanese government pledging to “beat deflation” with new monetary operations (read: printing money) that has driven the Yen weaker by some 20% in the last couple of months.  That move started in December and as such should have been reflected in January’s order figures – if anyone believed it in Japanese business.

They clearly don’t.

Then there’s China.  They have a major property bubble problem, which is what always comes when you start printing cheap “money” (really credit) and allowing it to go into the real estate market.  In China’s case it’s built to the point of literal cities with nobody living in them.  That will eventually burst, and when it does you’ve got trouble.  China has the “luxury” of having an effective command economy since they’re a communist nation, but even that won’t change the laws of mathematics.

Finally we have Europe.  It’s a basket case.  Europe has failed to deal with its banks, it has failed to deal with its budget deficits and it is still trying to find a way to “pull forward demand” to fill fiscal holes.  It’s not working because it can’t — the leverage was never taken out.  Not there and not here.

We’re “printing” $85 billion a month and yet can only muster a 0.1% GDP print?  Let’s assume we manage to “rebound” and get a 2% GDP number.  We’re diluting purchasing power by ~8% annually!  Where is that going?  Right into the middle class and below’s pocketbook; like a thief in the night it comes and steals their buying power and that ultimately has to reflect in what they purchase — and thus what people sell.

There are those who argue that the housing market has “turned.”  Really?  Look at Las Vegas, where there are tens of thousands of homes sitting with people in them who haven’t made a mortgage payment in three years!

… The key question: Is this a stable environment or is it another bubble that will bust when cap rates fall?  And if the latter, and you erroneously bet on a “housing recovery”, are you going to get reamed twice in a decade?

In short what we have here is a market that is levitating upward not due to an improving macro environment but rather due to Fed monetary games.  This can and has worked for a while, but like all sleight-of-hand games it cannot continue forever, and won’t.  The structural imbalances that have been built over the last four years set the table for a snapback move worse than 2008.

This morning CNBS is playing a card that we “should” put forward fiscal policy mirroring The Fed’s views.  These clowns actually believe that the laws of mathematics have been repealed?

Give me a break.  The guy who decides he doesn’t need more than 2 hours of sleep a night and starts shoving coke up his nose to achieve that outcome may indeed produce more work with less sleep and appear to be more productive.

For a while.

But eventually he has a heart attack, and the question becomes this: What are you going to do when you collapse due to the abuse you have heaped on your body and now are able to produce nothing?

Our economy is experiencing chest pains and rapidly-escalating amounts of coke are going up the nose on a daily basis.

Source: Karl Denninger’s Market Ticker

Fundamentally, nothing has changed since 2007. The only thing keeping the stock market rising and the economy seemingly stable is the literal Trillions of dollars of funny-money being slammed into the system on a regular basis. They did it in the U.S., in Europe and in China.

As Karl Denninger points out, this is akin to a cocaine addict continuously snorting to maintain their high. It always ends badly for the addict, as it will for us.

There is a strong chance that we see a stock market crash, or at the very least a massive correction, in coming weeks or months.

But, there is also the possibility that it keeps going higher, an effect of the Fed’s monetary easing and cheap money being given to banks who then leverage that money in stocks and other financial instruments. In this scenario, as we’ve seen since 2008, prices for essential goods continue to rise. What won’t rise is wages commensurate with the price inflation, which means that things like food, gas, and electricity become so expensive that disposable income shrinks to near zero (or goes negative) for the majority of Americans.

There is no way out.

All roads lead to a detonation of the financial, monetary and economic systems as we have come to know them.


(Watch at Youtube)

When the economies of the world’s ‘super regions’ finally collapse, and hundreds of millions of people are left destitute and with no hope of recovery, the end result may very well be nuclear engagements across the globe.

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Views: Read by 1,388 people
Date: March 11th, 2013
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Mark Levin: Government Is “Simulating the Collapse of Our Financial System, the Collapse of...

Mac Slavo
March 8th, 2013
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Along with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, leading conservative radio host Mark Levin reaches tens of millions of listeners weekly, and what he talked about recently on his nationally syndicated show has sent shivers down the spines of many of them.

A few years ago this was fringe theory, restricted only to the sphere of alternative (conspiracy) news.

Warnings of a massive economic collapse, government stockpiling of weaponry, and the idea that Americans could be broadly classified as terrorists and then detained indefinitely or killed often fell upon deaf ears.

Today, as more information ‘leaks’ into the mainstream, it is no longer just conspiracy theory. We now have some of the most influential journalists and commentators in the country alerting Americans to the possibility that everything the government has been preparing for the last several years may soon be realized.

I’m going to tell you what I think is going on.

I don’t think domestic insurrection. Law enforcement and national security agencies, they play out multiple scenarios. They simulate multiple scenarios.

I’ll tell you what I think they’re simulating.

The collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets, because that’s what happens when an economy collapses.

I’m not talking about a recession. I’m talking about a collapse, when people are desperate, when they can’t get food or clothing, when they have no way of going from place to place, when they can’t protect themselves.

There aren’t enough police officers on the face of the earth to adequately handle a situation like that.

I suspect, that just in case our fiscal situation collapses, our monetary situation collapses, and following it the civil society collapses – that is the rule of law – that they want to be prepared.

There is no other explanation for this.

Sourced via Red Flag News

The Pentagon and military have been war-gaming large-scale economic collapse and civil unrest for nearly four years. Those within our government who understand the ramifications a massive breakdown in our systems of commerce, transportation and justice are preparing by stockpiling weapons and ammo, tens of millions of food rations, and even emergency shelters. They are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on continuity of government programs and exercises, preparing for what they know is coming.

Now why would the government be doing this if there wasn’t a reasonable chance that such events could come to pass?

We’ve urged our readers to prepare a well thought out contingency plan for the very scenarios our government is spending your hard earned tax dollars on.

The government may be stockpiling and preparing, but understand that none of these emergency supplies are reserved for you and your family. Only essential personnel involved directly with government operations will have access to these critical survival supplies.

So you’d better have your own reserves. For those who fail to prepare, it will be horrific.

Hat tip Posse

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Views: Read by 44,464 people
Date: March 8th, 2013
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Hidden Video: Cops Nationwide Say: “You’re On Your Own”

Mac Slavo
March 7th, 2013
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The investigative journalists at Project Veritas are at it again, and this time they visited local police departments across the nation and asked law enforcement officials what residents should do if they are threatened by a break-in, armed robbery or other violent crime.

Most of the localities visited, like New York and New Jersey, have restrictive gun laws, so you can imagine that the answers were… quite creative (and not very encouraging).

What happens between the time I call 9-1-1 and the time you get there?

Law Enforcement Officer – Bronxville, NY: “It takes a couple minutes to get there.”

Project Veritas: “OK, in the two minutes, though, what do i do?”

LEO: “In the two minutes what do you do?”

PV: “Yeah:

(awkward pause)

LEO: “That’s a good question.”

PV: “Basically, in just that two minutes I’m on my own?”

LEO: “Yeah.”

LEO: “Look on the internet about how to get a gun permit.”

PV: “How long does that take to get?”

LEO: “In New York? About a year.”

Via Lew Rockwell:


(Watch at Youtube)

Here are some other suggested self defense techniques you can apply in the event your life is threatened and police are minutes away:

“It’s 2013. It’s the United Stated of America. You lock your doors and hope nothing happens.”

“That’s why we have call boxes. That’s why we have safe zones. That’s why we have the whistles.”

“Lock yourself in a room and call us.”

“Just make noise. I would just make noise. It generally scares people off.”

“I would scream. Let somebody know I was there.”

“Lock yourself in a bedroom. Start yelling and screaming, so maybe the guy breaking hears that somebody’s home and runs out the door.”

“If you pick up a bat and start hitting somebody if he comes in your home. You’re allowed to do that.”

“If you just take your cell phone out, put it up to your ear, and call 9-1-1, a lot of times that makes people think twice before they do something.”

“You could leave the home if you can get to an exit. You know, you could leave the home.”

“Put some kind of two-by-four stick or something in the window so you can jam it up.”

“In case of emergency, I’m gonna do what I have to do. Go get some bleach. Go get some ammonia.”

… “[you're on your own] unless you have a dog”

“If a man enters your home, all bets are off.”

“You’re just asking questions that I can’t answer for you.”

According to a recent city-by-city response time report at American Police Beat, it takes police in major metropolitan areas about 10 minutes to respond to an emergency 9-1-1 call. And in some areas, police response times are so slow that neighbors have been forced to organize themselves into patrols.

If you live in a state where it’s still legal to carry a personal self defense firearm, you can feel comfortable being “on your own.”

If not, you may want to head down to your local hardware store and pick up a two-by-four, some bleach, and a whistle.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 26,944 people
Date: March 7th, 2013
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Three Things That Doomsday Preppers Should Ask Themselves

Mac Slavo
March 6th, 2013
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Daniel Ameduri (www.FutureMoneyTrends.com) has spent the last six years warning Americans about the coming economic collapse, signs to look for, and how to prepare. He is the producer of numerous micro documentaries seen by over five million people via his Vision Victory Youtube Channel and regularly hosts interviews with some of the world’s leading contrarian thinkers including G. Edward Griffin, Peter Schiff, Jim Rogers, John Williams and Doug Casey.

In his latest message to viewers he discusses the three things preppers should be asking themselves.

1. What are you going to do with your wealth?
2. What are you going to do with your life?
3. Where do you draw the line?

Many of us expect a continued decline in our economy, depreciation of our currency and a significant shift in the world as we have come to know it. As a result, we’ve taken the time to prepare ourselves for any number of potential ‘events’ that could take down our power grid, leave our system of commerce at a standstill, and cause widespread civil unrest.

We’re always preparing in one form or fashion.

But one of our most important assets – our time – is often overlooked. And, rather than enjoying our lives, we may often delve so far down the rabbit hole that it’s hard to get back out.

Daniel addresses this and other issues that preppers face, including the one question that is likely on the minds of many Americans: Where am I going to draw the line?

This is the worst thing to possibly talk about. But it has to be said.

Where are you going to draw the line?

Start thinking about that now.

I’m willing to allow the government to take roughly 35% to 40% of my income, because if I don’t allow them to do that I’m not going to be able to spend any more time with my wife and kids…

I don’t like it. I think it’s wrong. I think they’re thieves. They’re bullies.

But where is the line going to be drawn. Is it going to be drawn if they come to get my weapons? Think about that. If they come to get just your weapons, and you don’t know this is going on around nationally, likely most of you will give up your weapon.

However, if it’s on the news that they’re taking everybody’s weapons, that’s a game changer. That might be where everybody says ‘no, no’ this is enough.

For some of you, you may be looking at me like I’m crazy saying ‘no way, if they knock on my door the only thing I’m going to surrender is the lead.’

Are you going to draw the line when they tax you too much? Are you going to draw the line when they want to immunize your children without you giving them consent?

Where are you going to draw the line?

That’s a rough question.

It sure is, and it’s one that each of us needs to consider, and we need to do so in a realistic manner.

Watch: The 3 things that Doomsday Preppers should ask themselves


(Watch at  VisionVictory on Youtube)

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Views: Read by 32,020 people
Date: March 6th, 2013
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Guns And Ammo Production Maxed Out: “This is a Society Preparing For War”

Mac Slavo
February 14th, 2013
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President Barack Obama is, arguably, the best gun salesman ever. Over 65 million guns have been purchased since the President took office in 2009. FBI background check statistics indicate that, over the last twelve months, Americans purchased a new gun every 1.5 seconds, a figure which suggests there is much more to the recent panic buying than people just stocking up to go hunting or sports shooting.

The following guns and ammo industry report indicates that every major gun and ammunition manufacturer in the country is running at 100% capacity, with many so far behind that they’ve stopped taking new orders altogether.

Smith & Wesson-is running at Full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols. They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages.

RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days.

FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1. Remington-Maxed out!

Armalite: Maxed out.

DPMS: Can’t get enough parts to produce any more product.

COLT: Production runs increasing weekly…bottle necked by Bolt carrier’s.

LWRC:Making only black guns, running at full capacity…can’t get enough gun quality steel to make barrels.

Springfield Armory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind.

AMMO: Every caliber is now Allocated! We are looking at a nation wide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ of 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by L.E. and civilians are third in line.

MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon.

RELOADERS… ALL Remington, Winchester, CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extra’s for reloading purposes… it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up. Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted…

Many who have exercised their Second Amendment protections are first time buyers concerned with Federal and State gun grabs being spearheaded by politicians who are using the Sandy Hook school shooting as a pretext to restrict access to personal defense rifles, larger capacity magazines, and even ammunition.

But this may only be a part of why there’s so much demand. There are millions of Americans who are genuinely concerned with not just the government taking their guns, but all of their other Constitutionally protected freedoms as well.

We understand what happens in regimes that disarm their people. We’ve seen the democide of the last century, which left hundreds of millions of people dead or displaced when their governments turned on them.

We are determined to prevent it from happening in the land of the free.

Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn’t come close to keeping up with market demand.

It wasn’t just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants—of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20—were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone.

This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war.

Source: Bob Owens via SteveQuayle.com

With over 300 million firearms in America in the hands of private citizens, the people are sending a loud and clear message to their government.

Back off. Stop encroaching on our personal liberties. Limit yourself to your Constitutionally granted powers and nothing more.

You’re not the only ones that are armed.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 36,999 people
Date: February 14th, 2013
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The Next Generation of Surveillance: “Everything That Is A Moving Object Is Being Automatically...

Mac Slavo
February 13th, 2013
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The following video highlights one of the scariest surveillance technologies you’ve ever seen.

With Congress having recently authorized 30,000 drones to patrol America’s skies by 2015, this technology will soon become available to law enforcement officials all over the country.

It’s creator, Yiannis Antoniades, says that it’s the next generation of surveillance and as you’ll see, it’s capabilities are so advanced that it can actively scan an area encompassing 15 square miles – about the area of a medium sized city – from an altitude of 20,000 feet.

Moreover, it tracks every single moving object in its field of view, streaming the high definition video back to monitoring stations on the ground.

With 1.8 billion pixels it is the world’s highest resolution camera. ARGUS fits inside the belly of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Also known as Wide Area Persistent Stare, Argus is the equivalent of having up to 100 predators look at an area the size of a medium sized city at once.

Everything that is a moving object is being automatically tracked… You can see individuals crossing the street. You can see individuals walking in parking lots. There’s actually enough resolution to be able to see people waving their arms or what kind of clothes they wear.

You can pick the location of where you produce these images anywhere in the entire field of view.

Antoniades can open up to sixty five windows at once and see objects as small as six inches on the ground.

ARGUS streams live to the ground and also stores everything. One million terabytes of video per day.

ARGUS may be mounted on an armed UAV, a long range platform, or a developmental craft called the solar eagle that may some day stay aloft for years at a time.

We’re moving towards an increasingly electronic society where our movements are going to be tracked.

If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.

But, with hundreds of thousands of laws on the books and definitions for terrorist activity expanding to everything from minting your own silver coin to bringing a toy bubble gun to school, just about everyone is a terrorist or criminal in America today.

Now, consider this technology in the context of extra-judicial drone strikes initiated by artificial intelligence assessment parameters that automatically determine if you are a threat or not, and you can see how dangerous drones armed with these imaging systems will become.

How long before these military grade assault weapons of mass destruction are used on American citizens right here at home?

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 10,390 people
Date: February 13th, 2013
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Ron Paul On State of the Union: “It Was Rather Depressing” ; Serious Problems...

Mac Slavo
February 13th, 2013
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Dr. Ron Paul may no longer be a congressman, but he still understands the core problems facing the United States of America.

Despite President Obama’s promises for a better, more prosperous future for our country, as with his previous State of the Union addresses, it was light on substance and heavy on the rhetoric.

If you’re one of those who feel that hope and change has turned to despair and more of the same, you’re not alone.

Ron Paul is right there with you.

I didn’t come out of that very optimistic. It was rather depressing.

It was terrible. It’s like a circus…

The jumping up and down and the ritual they go through… it sounds like the world’s been saved. If you had walked in, just being on that floor, it would be so distorted. But that’s about the way Washington is. It’s so distorted. They live in their own little bubble and they don’t know that there’s anybody like you who might have questions about what’s going on in this country.

And, certainly, we didn’t get any answers tonight.

The truth is, after listening to a speech like that, we should be convinced that this spending isn’t going to quit before we have a calamity.

That’s what I think is going to happen.

But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to change people’s minds.

But, to think that next year or two years from now we’re going to have more members of Congress and we’re finally going to come to our senses and we’re going to vote against some of this largess for all the special interests, and that we’re going to bring our troops home, and they’re going to repeal and restrain the President from assassinating American citizens – his so called right to do that – that’s not going to happen.

There’s going to be a serious problem – economic and a crisis here…

I think it’s inevitable…

Video Interview With John Stossel (Via: SGT ReportADG UK News:

After 35 years in Congress, Ron Paul says that it all got worse – spending always went up, government got bigger, more wars, more printing of money, more power the to The Fed, and more central economic planning.

Now, after decades of government interference, we will, as a nation, experience the blow back.

A three year old with a pocket calculator can figure out we’ve got a one way ticket to collapse.

At this point, there is no fixing it.

Nature will take its course and the economic, financial, and political free markets will soon correct the imbalance.

As Dr. Paul warns, it’s inevitable.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 12,524 people
Date: February 13th, 2013
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Unprecedented Demand: Americans Purchase a Gun Every 1.5 Seconds

Mac Slavo
February 6th, 2013
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For the last two months Americans have been lining up in unprecedented numbers at gun shops and gun shows across the country. In fact, demand has been so massive that the FBI’s background check system in a number of states crashed as a result of being overwhelmed.

In January, some 2.4 million requests were sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which ranks last month as the second busiest in U.S. history.

It was second only to the 2.7 million people who purchased guns in December 2012.

Even before the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last year, which prompted government officials on all levels to introduce legislation that would restrict access to semi-automatic personal defense rifles and other firearms deemed too dangerous for America’s streets, demand had been rising at a rapid pace.

In the last twelve months, over 20 million background checks have been performed by the FBI.

That amounts to a gun being purchased in America about every 1.5 seconds.

Considering that many states allow face-to-face sales and transfers of firearms without requiring a background check, we could easily be looking at 25 million or more guns having exchanged hands since this time last year.

ncis-background-checks(Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

This is what happens when government attempts to inject itself into the private lives of law abiding Americans.

Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, said the explanation for the dramatic spike in moves to buy guns was self-evident. “This one’s easy. If the American population thinks that a product that they want – whether firearms or DVDs – may not be available in the near future, they will go for it.”

In this case, what appears to be sparking a degree of panic buying are the proposals emanating from the White House and a bi-partisan group of US senators to ban a range of military-style assault weapons including the kind of AR-15 used by the Newtown shooter to wreak carnage at Sandy Hook elementary school. senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, has proposed reinstating the 1994 assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004 with stronger wording that would take 158 specific models of semi-automatic assault rifles, shotguns and pistols off the market.

Of the top 10 entries, all but two have been recorded on or since the day of the Newtown shooting.

Via: Raw Story

The President and Vice President have made it a point to pursue a policy of disarmament, even though Joe Biden was recently caught without his teleprompter suggesting that legislation to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles and other guns would essentially do nothing to curb gun violence:

Via The Daily Sheeple

Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what it is now.

Americans have sent a clear message to Washington D.C. and legislators in their state Capitols.

We are not sheep that will follow your commands blindly.

We will not allow you to disarm us, to restrict our access, or to make us criminals.

Our right to bear arms is unalienable.

It’s as simple as that.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 1,128 people
Date: February 6th, 2013
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Assignment: Design a Flag for a New Socialist/Communist America

Mac Slavo
February 5th, 2013
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american-flag-communist

Parents and educators are outraged over an electronic curriculum system being used in Texas public schools after a recent classroom assignment called for students to design a flag for a new socialist/commuist nation.

A lesson plan for 6th graders reads as follows:

Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?

The CSCOPE curriculum is used in 875 school districts across Texas. At a recent Texas Education Committee meeting, Senators and witnesses questioned the effectiveness of the program used as a primary tool to educate millions of impressionable minds.

Committee Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, called it “a mess.”

One witness compared the system to “mind control,” and an algebra teacher wept as he described quitting because he felt he was “aiding and abetting a crime” by using CSCOPE in his classroom.

A string of witnesses before the Senate Education Committee criticized the program for promoting liberal values they said are anti-Christian at best and openly socialist at worst.

They also complained that it is hard for nonteachers to get a look at the program.

“Discontent is rampant across the state,” said Peggy Venable, a frequent critic of public schools and the Texas director of Americans for Prosperity.

Source: Ft. Worth Star Telegram

There exists a double standard within the halls of the American indoctrination centers we refer to as public schools.

A hearing impaired three year old was recently suspended for violating a school weapons policy because the hand sign for his name resembled a gun. Just a few weeks ago, a six year old was expelled from a Texas school when she brought a pink bubble gun to school for show and tell. Administrators justified the expulsion by claiming that her actions constituted a “terroristic threat.”

Fundamental bedrock American principles protected under the US Constitution, such as the right to bear arms, are vilified by our government sponsored education system.

Yet, promoting Communism, a system responsible for the democide of hundreds of millions of people over the last century (ironically, by way of the gun) is perfectly acceptable.

Children most certainly need to be taught about the dangers of socialism and communism, but our education system needs to use some common sense when doing so.

How many of the educators giving this assignment to their students mentioned the fact that the economics of Communism leads to strife and loss of liberty? That the laws within those systems are implemented through violence and much suffering?

How many of them explained that the only way to prevent such systems from taking hold is to have an armed populace that can fight back against the tyranny?

This is what we’re up against in America today. Sixty years ago we were holding Congressional hearings in an effort to identify Communists in this country.

Today, we’re electing them to the highest of political offices.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 3,859 people
Date: February 5th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?

Mac Slavo
February 4th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 31,925 people

Civilian Security Force
(Image courtesy of DaleToons)

Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years. Moreover, as the White House and their cohorts in Congress contemplate the disarming of American citizens, the very assault weapons purported to be so dangerous in the hands of law abiding gun owners are being purchased in mass quantities by local and federal law enforcement agencies.

So what is the purpose and motivation behind the government’s continued efforts to stockpile so much firepower?

One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

But that brings us up to 2013 and the highly unusual stockpiling of firearms and ammo by Homeland Security – firearms and ammo that Obama would like to deny to ordinary citizens who are not members of his domestic army.

Well, I hate to say it, but I may have predicted this, too.

In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”

I wasn’t joking. I was deadly serious – so serious, in fact, that I did something I pledged I would never do: Vote for Mitt Romney. It was a matter of self-defense and self-preservation. I said then that a second term of Obama might mean we would never see another free and fair election in America. (I’m not even sure we saw one in 2012.) I suggested due process would go the way of the horse and buggy. I said I expected Obama would move to shut down or destroy all independent media. I even speculated that his biggest critics would eventually be rounded up in the name of national security.

Think about it.

Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need billions of rounds of ammunition?

This is the agency that is responsible for policing the border. But it doesn’t.

This is the agency that is responsible for catching terrorists. But it doesn’t.

So why does Homeland Security need so many weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?

Excerpted from Josefph Farah of WND

The official explanation?

Target practice.

As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” (link)

While the majority of Americans will take this explanation at face value, there are some key facts that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing for a significant future action against the American people.

  • The US military has been actively war-gaming worst-case scenarios that include economic collapse and civil unrest, going so far as to simulate wide-scale food riots. 
  • Just last month the military deployed gunships over Miami and executed a training exercise with local police departments. A few days later, similar exercises were held in Houston, TX. Last year these “exercises” also included ground forces, armored personnel carriers and tanks on the streets of St. Louis.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition, there is an overt and focused movement to disarm Americans of their right to bear semi-automatic personal defense rifles and any other firearms deemed dangerous to the public. Those calling for this disarmament qualify their positions by claiming these weapons are not necessary for sporting, hunting, or personal defense. As if this provision of the US Constitution doesn’t even exist, there is a total blackout on the fundamental intent of the Second Amendment, which allows for citizens to bear arms to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
  • Heavily armored vehicles have been spotted all over the country, and many local law enforcement agencies have taken possession of these vehicles, normally reserved for military engagements, and have put them to use in neighborhoods and communities around America.
  • Congress has authorized the deployment of some 30,000 surveillance drones in the skies of America, to be available for use by intelligence agencies by 2015.
  • The National Security Agency is building a massive spy center capable of recording, aggregating and analyzing every digital interaction on the planet – phones, internet, purchasing patterns, travel, and even what we say in the privacy of our own homes. A 30 year veteran of the NSA says the data mining program is so vast it will “create an Orwellian state.”
  • The US government, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, has created legislation that directly targets American citizens. The Patriot Act makes it possible for anyone who is identified as attempting to subvert government legitimacy as a terrorist, and also allows for the warrantless wiretapping of everyone for any reason. Under the Patriot Act and expanded government definitions, just about anyone now qualifies as a domestic terrorist.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act takes the Patriot Act even further, allowing the government to detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist indefinitely and without trial – this includes American citizens living in the United States.
  • And, as Joseph Farah points out, the President specifically claimed he would create a civilian national security police force as large as the US military. If he meant it, then we’re talking about 2 million or so civilians that will be armed, deputized and backed by the government. To do what? We’re not quite sure, but apparently we need these civilians for something important, or else the President wouldn’t have brought it up.

These are but a few examples of what our government has been up to. There are hundreds of others.

Now put all those together and the complete puzzle begins to emerge.

This surveillance infrastructure and control grid are being designed not for foreign terrorists or rogue nations that may do harm to America. They have been designed for you.

You, my fellow American, are the enemy.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 31,925 people
Date: February 4th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?

Mac Slavo
February 4th, 2013
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Read by 18,138 people

Civilian Security Force
(Image courtesy of DaleToons)

Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years. Moreover, as the White House and their cohorts in Congress contemplate the disarming of American citizens, the very assault weapons purported to be so dangerous in the hands of law abiding gun owners are being purchased in mass quantities by local and federal law enforcement agencies.

So what is the purpose and motivation behind the government’s continued efforts to stockpile so much firepower?

One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

But that brings us up to 2013 and the highly unusual stockpiling of firearms and ammo by Homeland Security – firearms and ammo that Obama would like to deny to ordinary citizens who are not members of his domestic army.

Well, I hate to say it, but I may have predicted this, too.

In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”

I wasn’t joking. I was deadly serious – so serious, in fact, that I did something I pledged I would never do: Vote for Mitt Romney. It was a matter of self-defense and self-preservation. I said then that a second term of Obama might mean we would never see another free and fair election in America. (I’m not even sure we saw one in 2012.) I suggested due process would go the way of the horse and buggy. I said I expected Obama would move to shut down or destroy all independent media. I even speculated that his biggest critics would eventually be rounded up in the name of national security.

Think about it.

Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need billions of rounds of ammunition?

This is the agency that is responsible for policing the border. But it doesn’t.

This is the agency that is responsible for catching terrorists. But it doesn’t.

So why does Homeland Security need so many weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?

Excerpted from Josefph Farah of WND

The official explanation?

Target practice.

As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” (link)

While the majority of Americans will take this explanation at face value, there are some key facts that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing for a significant future action against the American people.

  • The US military has been actively war-gaming worst-case scenarios that include economic collapse and civil unrest, going so far as to simulate wide-scale food riots. 
  • Just last month the military deployed gunships over Miami and executed a training exercise with local police departments. A few days later, similar exercises were held in Houston, TX. Last year these “exercises” also included ground forces, armored personnel carriers and tanks on the streets of St. Louis.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition, there is an overt and focused movement to disarm Americans of their right to bear semi-automatic personal defense rifles and any other firearms deemed dangerous to the public. Those calling for this disarmament qualify their positions by claiming these weapons are not necessary for sporting, hunting, or personal defense. As if this provision of the US Constitution doesn’t even exist, there is a total blackout on the fundamental intent of the Second Amendment, which allows for citizens to bear arms to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
  • Heavily armored vehicles have been spotted all over the country, and many local law enforcement agencies have taken possession of these vehicles, normally reserved for military engagements, and have put them to use in neighborhoods and communities around America.
  • Congress has authorized the deployment of some 30,000 surveillance drones in the skies of America, to be available for use by intelligence agencies by 2015.
  • The National Security Agency is building a massive spy center capable of recording, aggregating and analyzing every digital interaction on the planet – phones, internet, purchasing patterns, travel, and even what we say in the privacy of our own homes. A 30 year veteran of the NSA says the data mining program is so vast it will “create an Orwellian state.”
  • The US government, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, has created legislation that directly targets American citizens. The Patriot Act makes it possible for anyone who is identified as attempting to subvert government legitimacy as a terrorist, and also allows for the warrantless wiretapping of everyone for any reason. Under the Patriot Act and expanded government definitions, just about anyone now qualifies as a domestic terrorist.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act takes the Patriot Act even further, allowing the government to detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist indefinitely and without trial – this includes American citizens living in the United States.
  • And, as Joseph Farah points out, the President specifically claimed he would create a civilian national security police force as large as the US military. If he meant it, then we’re talking about 2 million or so civilians that will be armed, deputized and backed by the government. To do what? We’re not quite sure, but apparently we need these civilians for something important, or else the President wouldn’t have brought it up.

These are but a few examples of what our government has been up to. There are hundreds of others.

Now put all those together and the complete puzzle begins to emerge.

This surveillance infrastructure and control grid are being designed not for foreign terrorists or rogue nations that may do harm to America. They have been designed for you.

You, my fellow American, are the enemy.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 18,138 people
Date: February 4th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register; “Largest Act of Civil...

Mac Slavo
January 25th, 2013
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Resistance Begins

With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing legislative actions to curtail access to firearms protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced to register firearms with their child’s school under threat of criminal penalties. In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional representatives have already passed legislation that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition, and Governor Cuomo has floated the idea of gun confiscation.

Now, in what is sure to be a growing trend across the entire country, New York gun owners are organizing a resistance against what many believe to be the most, “brazen infringement on the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the nation,” according to The New American:

Preparations are already being made for mass resistance.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the New York Post.

Even government officials admit that forcing New Yorkers to register their guns will be a tough sell, and they are apparently aware that massive non-compliance will be the order of the day. “Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that,’’ a source in the Cuomo administration told the Post, adding that officials expect “widespread violations” of the new statute.

Threats of imprisoning gun owners for up to a year and confiscating their weapons are already being issued by governor’s office, headed by a rabid anti-Second Amendment extremist who suggested before the bill passed that “confiscation” of all semi-automatic rifles was being considered. If tens or even hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens refuse to comply, however, analysts say New York would either have to start raising taxes and building a lot more prisons, or give up on the scheme that experts say will do nothing to reduce violence and that lawmakers say is aimed at eventual confiscation.

Activists involved in the state-wide boycott against the unconstitutional statute who spoke to the Post almost taunted authorities, saying gun owners would essentially dare authorities to “come and take it away.”

According to the paper, leaders of some of the state’s hundreds of gun clubs, dealers, and non-profit organizations, citing the New York Constitution’s guarantee that gun rights “cannot be infringed,” are currently involved in organizing the resistance. Among the primary concerns is that, with registration, authorities would know where to go for confiscation, an idea already proposed openly by Governor Cuomo himself.

“They’re saying, ‘F— the governor! F— Cuomo! We’re not going to register our guns,’ and I think they’re serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,” explained State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, who also serves on the National Rifle Association board of directors. “They’re taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they’re taking it away.”

Opponents of the right to bear arms, take heed. The American people know what you’re up to and they will not stand for it.

The resistance has begun.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 81,033 people
Date: January 25th, 2013
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Photos: American Presidents Packing Heat

Mac Slavo
January 25th, 2013
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Not everyone in the Oval Office is anti-second Amendment. In fact, until recently, most American Presidents embraced our historically pro-gun culture.

Here’s a collection of images that include U.S. Presidents enjoying some of our country’s most treasured past times – shooting, hunting and sharing an appreciation for really kick-ass guns.


George Washington once said guns “deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” He probably felt the same way about this cannon:

President Washington

President Theodore Roosevelt loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, and very much enjoyed going on Safari to Africa. Here he is posing with a favorite rifle in 1885. Notice the ammo belt – because you just never know when you’re going to need more ammunition:

Theodore Roosevelt

President Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed popping off some rounds every so often. Here he is (2nd in prone position) in 1919, when he was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, taking in some target practice at a Marine Corp range:

Franklin Roosevelt

Before he was President, the man who dropped two nukes on Japan was a Senator. Here is President Harry Truman showing off a pair of his revolvers in 1938. The guns once belonged to infamous outlaw Jesse James:

Harry Truman

President Dwight Eisenhower was no stranger to firearms. Here he is (3rd from the right) along with Winston Churchill and General Omar Bradley having some good old fashioned fun at a British shootin’ range in 1945 (back then you could still have guns in the UK!). The trio was reportedly firing at targets 200 yards down range. Out of 45 targets, they recorded 29 hits:

Ike

Incidentally, President Eisenhower was such a fan of firearms that he built a skeet shooting range at Camp David while serving as President. Here’s President John F. Kennedy having some fun at that very range in 1963:

JFK

Somebody better tell President Kennedy that there are no assault rifles allowed in the Oval Office! Then again, it was 1961, so it was still legal for JFK to be in possession of an M15 militarized weapon of war:

JFK Checks Out an M15

Stop the presses. Is that President Jimmy Carter in 1978, at the height of his Presidency, shooting rifles with CHILDREN watching? Wait, hold on a second. Are some of those kids armed?

Jimmy Carter

Who does this cowboy think he is, some actor in an action movie? Didn’t somebody tell President Ronald Reagan that he’s holding a deadly AR-15 assault weapon? Someone needs to put this rifle on a ban list one of these days:

Ronald Reagan

President Bill Clinton loves styling like the Arkansas militia when he goes duck hunting. These days clothes like that might get you red listed as a domestic terrorist on a DHS watchlist:

President Clinton

Here are President George Herbert Walker Bush and his son President George Walker Bush doing a bit of quail hunting:

George HW Bush

GWB

And, while he may not have been President, Vice President Dick Cheney often hunted with the Bushes. He even shot a friend of his in the face once with a shotgun by accident. But it’s all good – it was only bird shot. But, if you ever going hunting with the former VP, be sure to wear one of those orange vests, just in case:

VP Cheney

Oh, and last but not least, who says President Barack Obama doesn’t know how to have fun with guns, and be safe while doing it? (Is that a high-capacity water magazine? Mr. President, let’s hope Dianne Feinstein doesn’t see this picture!)

Obama

The above photo of President Barack Obama reportedly struck fear deep into the marrow of the bones of Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Vladimir Putin

Via SHTFplan.com

Images made available via various sources including the Library of Congress, Mother Jones, and Google Images

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 11,157 people
Date: January 25th, 2013
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Intent: A Free People “Should Have Sufficient Arms and Ammunition to Maintain a Status...

Mac Slavo
January 24th, 2013
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“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
George Washington

We’ve all heard the argument from those who would disarm America that the Second Amendment is an archaic law that should be repealed, or at the very least re-written. They say that you should turn in your ‘militarized assault’ firearms because they are not necessary for sporting, hunting or personal defense. They tell us that the protections afforded by our right to bear arms are ambiguous and unnecessary in our modern-day society.

But those who support dismantling our rights under the U.S. Constitution rarely cite our Founders’ reasoning for this fundamental law of the land – whether due to ignorance or because it doesn’t play into their ideologies of an all-knowing, benevolent centralized government.

The following compendium of quotes from our Founders are so clear and succinct that even the most outspoken of gun grabbers would find it impossible to argue the original intent of this essential Constitutional Amendment.

Via Infowars:

“The Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” - James Madison, The Federalist, No. 46

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” 
– Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

“Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense?” – Patrick Henry

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
- George Washington

Those who would supplant our right to bear arms – the one Amendment that makes it possible to ensure the authority of all the others – are no different than dictators like Stalin, Mao, and Hitler who are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people – all of whom had no means of defending themselves when the henchmen of tyranny kicked in their doors.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 10,450 people
Date: January 24th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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The Ban List: AR-15, AK-47, AR-10, Saiga12, Bushmaster, Ruger, Beretta, HK, Smith & Wesson,...

Mac Slavo
January 24th, 2013
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When rumors emerged about coming assault ban legislation just one day after the re-election of Barack Obama, many scoffed at the notion that the reports were real. As we now know, they were very real, and today the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, aimed at disarming Americans, has been introduced in Congress.

The list is a veritable who’s who of premier semi-automatic assault rifles that are owned by millions of Americans and include 2nd Amendment staples like the popular AR-15 and AK-47.

In addition to the some 150 semi-automatic rifles, handguns and shotguns on the list, the bill aims to reduce magazine capacities nationwide to 10 rounds or less.

While the new legislation would not force Americans to turn in guns they own that are on the ban list, it would require registration in a national database, which includes a background check even if you already own the gun.

Owners of banned firearms would also need to submit photo identification and a fingerprint for the national registry.

Here is the ban list as it stands now:

Weapons Ban List

(Click for larger image)

Dianne Feinstein explains why you only need 10 rounds to defend yourself (Jan 23, 2013):

The Feinstein show (Jan 24, 2013):

*Related: The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 23,177 people
Date: January 24th, 2013
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Obama to Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems: “It Will Be Open Season for...

Mac Slavo
January 23rd, 2013
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As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows.

Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace.

The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD),  and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a number of missions including detection of drug smuggling and preservation of the air sovereignty of the continental United States.

According to Exelis Systems Corporation, the company that built and jointly maintains TARS with the U.S. Air Force, the government has ordered a complete shutdown of Aerostat flight operations:

The government also indicated its intent that aerostat flight operations will cease on March 15, 2013, and that the remainder of the fiscal year will be used to deflate aerostats, disposition equipment, and prepare sites for permanent closure. We are currently reviewing all the details of the RfP and evaluating the possible impacts on the program and our workforce. We continue to communicate with the government on this matter, and we will have more information in the coming days and weeks.

An Exelis employee close to the TARS project had this to say about the closure of the sites:

“Not only will this closure mean hundreds of people will be out of jobs, but it also means our borders will not be safe, especially along the remote U.S. Mexico Border like in Texas.

These defense radars detect low flying aircraft infiltrating our borders.

Without these defense radars, low flying aircraft will go undetected.

It will be open season for any drug/gun/slave smugglers, terrorists flying in with nukes, low altitude missiles, or even a full scale low elevation invasion/attack against America.”

With China actively and openly deploying Russian-made low altitude strategic bombers, designing EMP weapons capable of disabling the country’s power grid infrastructure, and establishing economic zones within the United States, it’s difficult to imagine the motivation behind the move to further weaken U.S. air defenses on the southern border.

If September 11, 2001 was any indication of our air defense capabilities, and considering that any ground invasion of the United States would originate on our southern border, then wouldn’t we want as many early warning systems as possible to be actively protecting our country in these specific areas?

The U.S. government has chosen to shutdown this outward facing surveillance system, and has instead turned the surveillance inward, on the American people.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 23,958 people
Date: January 23rd, 2013
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Shock Claim: “The New Litmus Test Of Leadership In The Military Is If They...

Mac Slavo
January 22nd, 2013
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Had the following comments been made on a fringe corner of the internet most would dismiss them as outright conjecture. However, what you are about to read comes from one of the world’s foremost philanthropists, Jim Garrow, who has spent tens of millions of dollars of his own money to help over 35,000 Chinese baby girls from near certain death under China’s one-child-per-couple policy.

He was one of the 206 nominees for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which was ultimately awarded to President Barack Obama.

Garrow, who has friends in high places, including the U.S. military, made a startling claim on his Facebook page Sunday, which if true, should leave no doubt about why the Obama administration is moving full force to seize firearms from law abiding Americans and why the US government’s law enforcement and security assets have been making preparations for years in anticipation of social breakdown and widespread civil unrest.

According to Garrow, the Obama administration has been rapidly retiring or re-assigning US military leaders based on a new ‘litmus test’ of their loyalty:

I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks.

“The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”.

Those who will not are being removed.

Dr. Jim Garrow – January 21, 2013

When pressed for the source of his information and asked why the senior military leader would not reveal his name, Garrow responded by saying, “I believe that the gentleman has done what he should and allowed all of us to sound the alarm.”

He revealed only that the man who shared this information, “is one of America’s foremost military heroes,” suggesting the source is a public figure.

Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars notes that this new ‘litmus test’ comes at a time when millions of Americans are already suspicious of the government’s motives behind a number of actions, including the most recent push to disarm the population:

Garrow’s claim is even more explosive given that the country is in the throes of a national debate about gun control, with gun rights advocates keen to insist that the founders put the second amendment in the Constitution primarily as a defense against government tyranny.

It also follows reports on Sunday that General James Mattis, head of the United States Central Command, “is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”

Would Jim Garrow put his reputation on the line by spreading a rumor or simply make this up to garner attention?

Or, is it possible that he does in fact have a high level military source who is privy to this information – someone who has himself been removed from his position because he didn’t pass the litmus test?

Should the Obama administration take Executive Actions against Americans in the event of a scenario where gun confiscation becomes reality or a collapse of our economic system leads to a complete meltdown of law and order on the streets of America, the administration would likely deploy military assets under martial law to subdue any uprisings or riots.

The only way this could be done is if military leaders are willing to command their subordinates to deploy against the American people and fire on them if necessary.

If Garrow’s claims are true, one can only shudder at the thought of what the end-game may be.

Author: Mac Slavo
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Date: January 22nd, 2013
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Martin Luther King Jr. — Just Another Holy Man… Who Dared to Be a...

Mac Slavo
January 21st, 2013
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Read by 188 people

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Like many freedom fighters, rebels and enemies of the state that came before and after him, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died standing up, a free man; not as a slave on his knees.

He, and those who’ve risked everything to spread the message of love, liberty, and peace, knew their duty – and the price they had to pay.

On this day, as the country remembers the works of Dr. King, we offer you the following from the late Floyd Westerman.

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Views: Read by 188 people
Date: January 21st, 2013
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New Proposal Will Force Gun Owners to Store Assault Weapons At Government Authorized Storage...

Mac Slavo
January 18th, 2013
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Read by 19,913 people

Because you can never have too many laws, regulations and mandates, Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky has filed a new bill that would, among other things, force gun owners to undergo mental health background checks, acquire liability insurance, pay an additional 25% tax on all forms of ammunition, and require firearms categorized as “assault weapons” to be stored outside of their homes and only at government approved storage depots.

“This bill is a comprehensive effort to reduce all types of gun violence – murders, intentional shootings, accidental shootings and suicides.  There is not one solution to reducing gun violence – we can’t eliminate it – but there are a lot of common-sense steps that we can take to significantly reduce the everyday tragedy of gun violence and deaths,” said Linsky.

“I have spoken with hundreds of people over the past few weeks in developing this legislation – victims, police officers, criminologists, physicians, and yes – gun owners and sportsmen,” stated Linsky. “There are a lot of good ideas out there. We should all have one goal – reducing gun violence and trying to keep more tragedies from happening.”

Provisions in the bill include:

  • Having one standard of the issuance of all gun licenses, giving local police chiefs the ability to evaluate all aspects of an application for a gun license.
  • Requires proof of liability insurance for possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun.
  • Requires that all large capacity weapons and grandfathered assault weapons must be stored at gun clubs or target ranges.
  • Requires live shooting as part of the curriculum for a basic firearms safety course; this is not a current requirement.
  • Requires all applicants for gun licenses and FID cards to sign a waiver of mental health records for review to be destroyed after decision.
  • Imposes 25% sales tax on ammunition, firearms, shotguns, and rifles; dedicates funds towards firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services.
  •  Brings Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
  • Limits gun buyers to one firearm purchase per month.

Source: Natick Patch

Bills such as this one are being filed by irrationally driven anti-gunners all over the country.

They are targeting every aspect of firearms in an effort to first reduce ownership, and then to ultimately ban it altogether.

They’ll expand the definitions for mental health to include basic forms of stress and normal human mood fluctuations and designate these as mental health conditions that would disqualify you from owning a gun.

They’ll tax gun purchases and ammunition like they’ve done with cigarettes (tripling the cost over a decade) and require huge insurance premiums, making ownership unaffordable for most Americans.

They’ll track the sale and transfer of all firearms through registration, with unjust punishments for anyone engaging in black-market trading.

And, eventually, another crisis – likely one that purports to threaten the very security and stability of the government of the United States – will be used in an attempt institute a complete roundup of the majority of modern firearms.

A full out assault on the Second Amendment is underway.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 19,913 people
Date: January 18th, 2013
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New Proposal Will Force Gun Owners to Store Assault Weapons At Government Authorized Storage...

Mac Slavo
January 18th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 12,941 people

Because you can never have too many laws, regulations and mandates, Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky has filed a new bill that would, among other things, force gun owners to undergo mental health background checks, acquire liability insurance, pay an additional 25% tax on all forms of ammunition, and require firearms categorized as “assault weapons” to be stored outside of their homes and only at government approved storage depots.

“This bill is a comprehensive effort to reduce all types of gun violence – murders, intentional shootings, accidental shootings and suicides.  There is not one solution to reducing gun violence – we can’t eliminate it – but there are a lot of common-sense steps that we can take to significantly reduce the everyday tragedy of gun violence and deaths,” said Linsky.

“I have spoken with hundreds of people over the past few weeks in developing this legislation – victims, police officers, criminologists, physicians, and yes – gun owners and sportsmen,” stated Linsky. “There are a lot of good ideas out there. We should all have one goal – reducing gun violence and trying to keep more tragedies from happening.”

Provisions in the bill include:

  • Having one standard of the issuance of all gun licenses, giving local police chiefs the ability to evaluate all aspects of an application for a gun license.
  • Requires proof of liability insurance for possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun.
  • Requires that all large capacity weapons and grandfathered assault weapons must be stored at gun clubs or target ranges.
  • Requires live shooting as part of the curriculum for a basic firearms safety course; this is not a current requirement.
  • Requires all applicants for gun licenses and FID cards to sign a waiver of mental health records for review to be destroyed after decision.
  • Imposes 25% sales tax on ammunition, firearms, shotguns, and rifles; dedicates funds towards firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services.
  •  Brings Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
  • Limits gun buyers to one firearm purchase per month.

Source: Natick Patch

Bills such as this one are being filed by irrationally driven anti-gunners all over the country.

They are targeting every aspect of firearms in an effort to first reduce ownership, and then to ultimately ban it altogether.

They’ll expand the definitions for mental health to include basic forms of stress and normal human mood fluctuations and designate these as mental health conditions that would disqualify you from owning a gun.

They’ll tax gun purchases and ammunition like they’ve done with cigarettes (tripling the cost over a decade) and require huge insurance premiums, making ownership unaffordable for most Americans.

They’ll track the sale and transfer of all firearms through registration, with unjust punishments for anyone engaging in black-market trading.

And, eventually, another crisis – likely one that purports to threaten the very security and stability of the government of the United States – will be used in an attempt institute a complete roundup of the majority of modern firearms.

A full out assault on the Second Amendment is underway.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 12,941 people
Date: January 18th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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MUST SEE: Citizens Against Senseless Violence: “Join Us! Tell Everyone Your House Is Completely...

Mac Slavo
January 17th, 2013
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Read by 16,072 people

This is one you don’t want to miss.

Citizens Against Senseless Violence goes door-to-door and asks supporters of gun control legislation to join the movement by putting signs in front of their homes letting everyone know that they proudly live in a gun free zone.

The group visits a host of key anti-gun proponents including the publishing team at the Journal News, which recently posted a public map of homeowners with registered weapons. They also visit the home of our very own Attorney General Eric Holder who has said we need to “brainwash” people about gun ownership, yet ironically, was the lead law enforcement officer in charge of an operation that transferred (without a background check or registration, no less!) military style assault rifles with high capacity magazines to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel.

All have called on President Obama and Congress to disarm Americans.

While they’ve been quite vocal about ensuring that Americans give up their guns through reeducation, intimidation and policy, as you’ll see, they are not exactly receptive to the idea of letting everyone else in their neighborhood know how proud they are to be gun-free.

Since these reporters and editors did not consider it a violation of the privacy and safety of others to reveal which homes have guns and which homes don’t, we went to see which of them would be willing to put up a sign publicly declaring their homes to be gun free zones.

While we didn’t find any members of the media with the strength of their convictions, we did find quite a few guns and some good explanations for why they might be necessary.

Video by Project Veritas via Activist Post

Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 16,072 people
Date: January 17th, 2013
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MUST SEE: Citizens Against Senseless Violence: “Join Us! Tell Everyone Your House Is Completely...

Mac Slavo
January 17th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 13,922 people

This is one you don’t want to miss.

Citizens Against Senseless Violence goes door-to-door and asks supporters of gun control legislation to join the movement by putting signs in front of their homes letting everyone know that they proudly live in a gun free zone.

The group visits a host of key anti-gun proponents including the publishing team at the Journal News, which recently posted a public map of homeowners with registered weapons. They also visit the home of our very own Attorney General Eric Holder who has said we need to “brainwash” people about gun ownership, yet ironically, was the lead law enforcement officer in charge of an operation that transferred (without a background check or registration, no less!) military style assault rifles with high capacity magazines to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel.

All have called on President Obama and Congress to disarm Americans.

While they’ve been quite vocal about ensuring that Americans give up their guns through reeducation, intimidation and policy, as you’ll see, they are not exactly receptive to the idea of letting everyone else in their neighborhood know how proud they are to be gun-free.

Since these reporters and editors did not consider it a violation of the privacy and safety of others to reveal which homes have guns and which homes don’t, we went to see which of them would be willing to put up a sign publicly declaring their homes to be gun free zones.

While we didn’t find any members of the media with the strength of their convictions, we did find quite a few guns and some good explanations for why they might be necessary.

Video by Project Veritas via Activist Post

Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 13,922 people
Date: January 17th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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With the Stroke of a Pen: Obama Moves to Ban Sale and Manufacture Of...

Mac Slavo
January 16th, 2013
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Read by 21,692 people

Within two days of the President having been re-elected, reports of coming gun control legislation championed by liberal California Senator Diane Feinstein began to surface across the internet. Believed to be just rumors at first, the Newtown school shooting brought the proposals to the forefront of American politics.

Today, those rumors became reality.

President Obama has moved to introduce new legislation, by way of Congress and delegated Executive Orders, that promises to completely re-write the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

From universal background checks and gun registration for all firearms sold and transferred in the United States, to empowering healthcare practitioners with the ability to make determinations for who should or shouldn’t own a gun, the Obama administration and Congress are making a full spectrum assault on law-abiding gun owners.

Included in the initiative will be legislation to ban semi-automatic rifles, restrict magazine capacity to 10 rounds, and close ‘loopholes’ that allow individuals in certain states to freely and without government interference buy, sell and trade firearms.

In the days ahead I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them [gun proposals] a reality.

If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try. And I’m going to do my part.

As soon as I am finished speaking here I will sit at that desk and sign a directive giving law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals and the public health community some of the tools they need to reduce gun violence.

If you want to buy a gun, whether it’s from a licensed dealer or a private seller, you should at least have to show you are not a felon or someone legally prohibited from buying one. This is common sense, and an overwhelming majority of Americans agree with us on the need for universal background checks.

Second, Congress should restore a ban on military style assault weapons and a ten round limit for magazines.

(queue applause)

We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And, we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.

(Editor’s note: It is not yet clear if this provision would apply to the sale of weapons by DEA and ATF officials to Mexican drug cartels)

Let me be absolutely clear. Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. I respect our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen.

This will be difficult.

There will be pundits, and politicians, and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty. 

Not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear, or higher ratings, or revenue for themselves. And, behind the scenes they will do whatever they can to block any commonsense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.

This is the Land of the Free, and it always will be…

Video via www.TheDailySheeple.com

There’s been no word on whether universal background check provisions will also be implemented for the sale and/or transfer of weapons to Mexican drug cartels or militant extremist rebels in the middle east.

Likewise, laser guided drone attacks that often target scores of civilians including men, women and school-age children for no other reason than a quick intelligence assessment will continue until further notice.

“So this is how liberty dies… With thunderous applause”

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 21,692 people
Date: January 16th, 2013
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With the Stroke of a Pen: Obama Moves to Ban Sale and Manufacture Of...

Mac Slavo
January 16th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 20,725 people

Within two days of the President having been re-elected, reports of coming gun control legislation championed by liberal California Senator Diane Feinstein began to surface across the internet. Believed to be just rumors at first, the Newtown school shooting brought the proposals to the forefront of American politics.

Today, those rumors became reality.

President Obama has moved to introduce new legislation, by way of Congress and delegated Executive Orders, that promises to completely re-write the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

From universal background checks and gun registration for all firearms sold and transferred in the United States, to empowering healthcare practitioners with the ability to make determinations for who should or shouldn’t own a gun, the Obama administration and Congress are making a full spectrum assault on law-abiding gun owners.

Included in the initiative will be legislation to ban semi-automatic rifles, restrict magazine capacity to 10 rounds, and close ‘loopholes’ that allow individuals in certain states to freely and without government interference buy, sell and trade firearms.

In the days ahead I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them [gun proposals] a reality.

If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try. And I’m going to do my part.

As soon as I am finished speaking here I will sit at that desk and sign a directive giving law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals and the public health community some of the tools they need to reduce gun violence.

If you want to buy a gun, whether it’s from a licensed dealer or a private seller, you should at least have to show you are not a felon or someone legally prohibited from buying one. This is common sense, and an overwhelming majority of Americans agree with us on the need for universal background checks.

Second, Congress should restore a ban on military style assault weapons and a ten round limit for magazines.

(queue applause)

We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And, we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.

(Editor’s note: It is not yet clear if this provision would apply to the sale of weapons by DEA and ATF officials to Mexican drug cartels)

Let me be absolutely clear. Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. I respect our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen.

This will be difficult.

There will be pundits, and politicians, and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty. 

Not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear, or higher ratings, or revenue for themselves. And, behind the scenes they will do whatever they can to block any commonsense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.

This is the Land of the Free, and it always will be…

Video via www.TheDailySheeple.com

There’s been no word on whether universal background check provisions will also be implemented for the sale and/or transfer of weapons to Mexican drug cartels or militant extremist rebels in the middle east.

Likewise, laser guided drone attacks that often target scores of civilians including men, women and school-age children for no other reason than a quick intelligence assessment will continue until further notice.

“So this is how liberty dies… With thunderous applause”

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 20,725 people
Date: January 16th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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The Facts: “This Is Something You Don’t Hear On The News Because They Want...

Mac Slavo
January 15th, 2013
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Read by 9,241 people

The media conglomerates and political machine have their agenda, and it’s not to tell you the truth.

There are a lot of statistics being spewed about gun violence in America, much of them coming from purportedly credible news sources watched by millions of misinformed Americans.

Do you want to know what’s really happening – where we find the highest levels of violent crime, gun violence, and the underlying causes?

I think it’s important to also look at the overall violent crime. This is something you don’t hear on the news because they want to pick and choose the stats that meet their agenda. But, when you look at violent crime, the UK has much, much more than ours.

So, less guns does not necessarily mean less violent crime.

One thing I’ll tell you is our media and our politicians have not been clear with this. They make it seem so much easier than it is.

There are a few things we do know.

Over the past twenty years our violent crime rate has dropped by 50%.

We know where the crime is coming from – metropolitan areas with population of over 250,000.

We know that the UK has a higher violent crime rate. We also know that we have six times more large metropolitan areas than they do.

All of those factors have to be considered.

I feel like our media isn’t being honest about this. They’re using the public airwaves to spread their agenda and wrong information…Piers Morgan.

As well as our politicians that are already introducing legislation before they understand what the problem is… Diane Feinstein.

Did you know, in 2011, out of the homicides that were caused by firearms, only 3.5% were caused by rifles? And the AR-15 is a subset of the rifle group. Way to pinpoint the problems.

I’m gonna tell you what.

If they want to solve violent crime they need to put on their boots and go to those neighborhoods and figure out how to improve the poverty level, how to create jobs, and how to improve the education system.

That is how you’re going to reduce violent crime in these neighborhoods.

The facts don’t lie.

Watch Amidst The Noise blow holes through the entire anti-gun argument:

The approach to the problem being taken by policy makers is completely backwards. In New York, they have outlawed assault rifles and reduced maximum magazine capacity to seven (7) rounds of ammunition, essentially turning law abiding Americans in criminals overnight.

Do they really think this will curb violent crime? Really?

Ask the people of Chicago how gun restrictions are working out. The entire city is, as local police officers have described it, a domestic war zone, with over 500 people killed last year.

The issues are and always have been population density and lack of socio-economic opportunity – not the fact that Americans are allowed to own and carry semi-automatic weapons.

It’s time to end the debate about which guns Americans can or can’t possess, and start talking about how to ramp up production to meet demand.

You want to stop gang violence, random killings, home invasions, and thuggery in America?

Let law abiding citizens arm themselves to the teeth.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 9,241 people
Date: January 15th, 2013
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By Decree Of The King: “There Are Some Steps That We Can Take That...

Mac Slavo
January 14th, 2013
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Read by 13,416 people

President Obama, much like his predecessors, has implemented scores of policy changes by way of Executive Order, a legal technique that allows the Commander-In-Chief to delegate legislation that, just like a bill passed in Congress, has the full force and authority of law.

Presidents have used executive powers to delegate authority over all sorts of issues since Abraham Lincoln first used this Executive power to mobilize troops against rebels operating in southern states. Franklin Roosevelt declared the possession of gold illegal by way of executive order in the 1930′s. A recent order by President Obama authorizes the seizure of farms, energy resources and skilled laborers in the event of a declared national emergency. An order authorizing the use of force and war in Kosovo was issued by President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Thousands of such orders have been issued, with President Obama having signed 144 of them so far during his first term.

But, arguably, there will be no Executive Order as significant and impactful as the one the President is promising to implement next.

According to assessments by Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama, they believe they have the authority to utilize this Constitutionally provided method of decree with respect to Americans’ right to bear arms:

My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence.

Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action.

And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week.

But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then i want to go ahead and take it.

They may not have the ability to outlaw firearms, but you can bet they are exploring every legal loophole possible to restrict access to semi-automatic weapons (handguns and rifles), the acquisition of ammunition, and the private sale of guns and accessories between individuals.

THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

Our only hope once done is that the Supreme Court will quickly move to reject the President’s decrees.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 13,416 people
Date: January 14th, 2013
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Stealth Wear: New Counter-Surveillance Clothing Makes You Invisible to Drones

Mac Slavo
January 11th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 21,401 people

In early 2012 the U.S. Congress authorized the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. Within this bill is a provision calling for the deployment of some 30,000 robotic drones over the skies of America by 2015, arguably the boldest overt domestic surveillance initiative to have ever been introduced in the land of the free. With an average of some 600 drones allocated per state, this future network of highly advanced surveillance systems promises to give law enforcement, military and intelligence assets unprecedented video and audio access into the lives of every single American.

Privacy advocates are justifiably outraged.

But whenever government attempts to institute a ban on contraband items, or pass draconian laws, or introduce new tracking and surveillance methods, rebellious elements within the target populace rapidly develop counter-strategies and technologies to marginalize the threat.

Oftentimes, billion dollar government initiatives and development projects are rendered almost useless by low-tech strategies and designs.

Artist and fashion designer Adam Harvey, who objects to the authoritarian nature of the global surveillance state, has done just that.

In an effort to  counter the high-tech integrated drone surveillance systems soon to be fused into intelligence networks across the country, Harvey and a group of partners have developed a line of clothing dubbed Stealth Wear.

Making its debut on January 17th, the Stealth Wear line will include hoodies, scarves, hats, and t-shirts that will make the wearer invisible to thermal imaging cameras widely used throughout the unmanned aerial vehicle community.

The idea is that the material blocks heat signatures, captured using infrared sensors, which give people away to surveillance helicopters or drones from the skies above. [link]

The flagship Stealth Wear line will include:

  • The anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: Garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.
  • The XX-shirt: A x-ray shielding print in the shape of a heart, that protects your heart from x-ray radiation
  • And the Off Pocket: An anti-phone accessory that allows you to instantly zero out your phone’s signal

Via: Adam Harvey Projects

Harvey and his project team aren’t just limiting the scope of their work to anti-drone technology either.

They’ve introduced new techniques to counter computer vision (CV), also known as facial recognition.

CV Dazzle is camouflage from computer vision (CV). It is a form of expressive interference that combines makeup and hair styling (or other modifications) with face-detection thwarting designs. The name is derived from a type of camouflage used during WWI, called Dazzle, which was used to break apart the gestalt-image of warships, making it hard to discern their directionality, size, and orientation. Likewise, the goal of CV Dazzle is to break apart the gestalt of a face, or object, and make it undetectable to computer vision algorithms, in particular face detection.

Because face detection is the first step in automated facial recognition, CV Dazzle can be used in any environment where automated face recognition systems are in use, such as Google’s Picasa, Flickr, or Facebook

Source: CV Dazzle

 

They’ll also be launching a product called Off the Pocket for your cell phone, a technology that is capable of zeroing out your phone’s broadcast signal, making it invisible to GPS and mobile network triangulation.

Building off previous work with CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection, Stealth Wear continues to explore the aesthetics of privacy and the potential for fashion to challenge authoritarian surveillance. Presented by PRIMITIVE at TANK MAGAZINE HQ will be a suite of new designs, made in collaboration with NYC fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield, that tackle some of the most pressing and sophisticated forms of surveillance today.

Source: Primitive London

Accompanying each project will be videos and tests revealing the process behind each technology and counter technology.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 21,401 people
Date: January 11th, 2013
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Shade: “Nothing In This World Works The Way You Think It Does” (Official HD...

Mac Slavo
January 9th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 13,242 people

For hundreds of years an elite group of oligarchs have ruled the land, fueled by a legacy of sex, money, power and greed…. in the last 60 years their power has become more consolidated as they have become more organized. 

Their own white papers and other documents show the diabolic plans they have in store for the population.

Nothing in this world works the way you think it does. Nothing.

Governments do not operate the way you think they do.

Banks do not do what you think they do.

The police department is not here for what you think it is.

Nothing in your world works the way you think it does.

Knowledge is power and this is why so many people, in America especially, feel powerless…

Because they have no knowledge.

Shade: The Motion Picture (www.shadethemotionpicture.com)
Available February 15, 2013

Watch the latest official trailer in HD:

Watch more trailers, learn more about the film, get it on DVD at: www.shadethemotionpicture.com

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 13,242 people
Date: January 9th, 2013
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Ron Paul: 2nd Financial Bubble To Burst Soon

By all appearances notes SHTFPlan.com’s Mac Slavo, President Trump is doing his damnedest to turn around the economy, revitalize jobs and bring back prosperity....

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How far will they go to destroy this country? Liberals and globalists are already plotting several moves ahead. If Donald Trump beats Hillary, they are...

UN Official Accidentally Crushes His Own Throat

Call it a conspiracy theory, coincidence or just bad luck, but any time someone is in a position to bring down Hillary Clinton by...

Orlando Killer’s Father Knew Obama?

How close was presumed killer Omar Mateen to the bizarre world of Washington politics? Close enough to raise your hackles about what is really going...

Nations of the world are drowning in debt, and a massive global avalanche of...

The global economy may be about ready to take a massive hit if a series of imminent crises converge in just the right —...

Russia Is Going To Pass A Law Formally Dumping The U.S. Dollar

Michael Snyder (RINF) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced legislation that would deal a tremendous blow to the U.S. dollar. If Putin gets his way,...

Is The U.S. Food Supply Cursed?

Michael T. Snyder RINF Alternative News Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production? This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys...

About RINF Alternative News

Launched in 2004 RINF Alternative News is one of the UK's first completely self-financed and 100% independent news organisations. If you'd like to get in touch...

CONTAGION: Second Ebola Case Suspected In Dallas: “This Is Real”

Mac Slavo Less than 24 hours after the first US-based Ebola infection was confirmed in Dallas, TX it is being reported that another individual who...

Liberia Running Out Of Room For Ebola Patients

Michael T. Snyder RINF Alternative News There is not a single empty bed available for an Ebola patient in Liberia right now, but thousands more cases...

Surveillance Video And The Picture They Didn’t Show You: Michael Brown Goes Gangsta’

Mac Slavo  RINF Alternative News This morning we learned that Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police force is the officer who shot an unarmed Michael Brown...

Video: This Is What Happens When You Call The Cops

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News Watch as producer Rob Hustle combines beats, lyrics and video footage in an effort to highlight the injustices and brutality of the modern...

Racial Animus: Blacks in Chicago Turn on Obama: “Worst President Ever Elected”

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News When your own voter base turns on you and lambastes you as “the worst President ever elected,”, it probably means you’ve...

UN Accelerates Plan For Global Gun Confiscation After Collapse

The United Nations is gearing up for gun confiscation in the event of a societal collapse in numerous countries by hiring “disarmament, demobilization and...

Pushing the Button — Pulling the Trigger

If we believe we could push the Red Button then we should close our 401k and/or IRA accounts and stop funding these unConstitutional wars, the drug lords that are supplying our children with heroin and bootleg merchandise and most importantly help stop funding these criminals on Wall Street and in Washington DC.

How to Survive Skyrocketing Meat Prices (Without Becoming a Vegetarian)

Do escalating meat prices mean that you have to become a vegetarian? Does it mean that you have to eschew healthy hormone-free meats and go with the toxic grocery store offerings? Not at all.

The Austerity Diaries

Refuse to take part in the nation's economic collapse. Take control of your life by taking control of meeting your own needs.

The Last Line of Defense: New Organization Aims to Protect Citizen Journalists: “We Will...

"The Press" in America is no longer an exclusive club of "professional" journalists.

Report: Food Prices Skyrocket: “We’re Going to Have a Major Problem Coming Into the...

There is no ability in the economy to absorb such price increases as productivity and unit labor cost figures have shown. Instead, what this will produce is recession -- deep recession.

Gov Web Bots To Scour Internet For Hate Speech: “Could Potentially Criminalize Thoughts And...

Mac Slavo With the capability to intercept every digital communication sent over the internet or telephone it’s no surprise that Big Brother is pushing to...

Watch: This Is What Happens When the Good Guy Has a Gun

Mac Slavo As anti-gun lawmakers the country over work towards achieving a Utopic society without the Second Amendment, the fact is that those who would...

Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring The Internet

With revelations that the National Security Agency has collected some20 trillion phone calls and emails via an expansive nationwide surveillance network, most Americans have already...

The Risks Are Massive: “Will Likely Lead to Famine and Civil Unrest”

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News With China’s debt now bursting at the seams and the economic outlook in the United States signaling a major recession the governments and central banks...

The Reckoning: “All Evidence Points to US Economic Failure in 2014″

There are terrifying events on the horizon. Most people haven't a clue and won't until it's already too late to act.

Michelle Obama’s School Lunches In Pictures: “Is That Photo Taken From Death Row?”

Do you want to see what Michelle Obama considers eating right? Check out these pictures and comments - sourced directly from government run cafeterias around the country.

Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries: What to Do Before Rationing Starts in...

What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries?  And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now.  The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding”Read the Rest...

TSHTF Inflation: “What YOU Will Pay for What You Need to Survive”

This extremely informative article has been generously contributed by John Galt. Follow his John Galt FLA website for essential news, informative analysis and a truly unique perspective on global happenings. Be sure to check out his widely popular The Day The Dollar Died series available for free online, as well as John’s latest The YearRead the Rest...

After Several Near Misses, Experts Warn The Next Carrington Event Will Plunge Us Back...

Most people have absolutely no idea that the Earth barely missed being fried by a massive EMP burst from the sun in 2012, in 2013 and just last month.  If any of those storms would have directly hit us, the result would have been catastrophic.  Electrical transformers would have burst into flames, power grids [...]

Should Your Kids Know How to Bug Out…from School?

There are many alarming trends throughout the American public school system, and one of the most unsettling relates to “terror drills.” Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars wrote last week about “lockdown drills” run by the DHS: The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its operations by running unannounced school lockdownRead the Rest...

Breaking: Connecticut Police Officers Refuse To Confiscate Guns

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News With so many news stories circulating about brutality and injustice at the hands of the militarized police state, it’s often...

It Doesn’t Take Much For People To Start Behaving Like Crazed Lunatics

If an ice storm can cause this much panic in our major cities, what will a real crisis look like?  The biggest news story in the United States right now is the "historic ice storm" that is hammering the South.  Travel will be a nightmare, schools and businesses will be closed, and hundreds of thousands [...]

A Foreshadowing of Future Mass Panic in America: This Is Why We Prepare

Mac Slavo  RINF Alternative News Every year somewhere in our country tens of thousands of Americans experience an emergency resulting from any number of scenarios that...

Ready For War: Parks and Wildlife Officers Now Heavily Armed As Military-Style “Force Multipliers”

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News You best not be a terrorist or homegrown radical extremist hiding out in the boonies of the Texas wilderness, because if...

What if all this prosperity was just an illusion? (Micro Documentary)

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News We may think we live in the richest country in the world because of easy access to consumer goods, cars,...

Watch: “Good Americans with Concealed Pistols Translates Into Crime Reduction”

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News It's easy for supporters of anti-gun polices to suggest that all law abiding citizens be disarmed and for gun ownership...

Shock TODDLER Video Highlights America’s Cycle Of Violence and Thuggery (Caution: Profanity, Obscenities, Racial...

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News In a recent article author Michael Snyder discusses twelve signs of extreme social decay in America noting that our country is...

Cover Up: “The Levels of Radiation In the Place Are Through the F*cking Roof”

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News  It'd be humorous if it weren't such a tragedy. In the spirit of saving money Japan's power company Tepco has resorted...

Watch: Detroit Police Chief: “Good Americans with Concealed Pistols Translates Into Crime Reduction”

Mac Slavo  RINF Alternative News It's easy for supporters of anti-gun polices to suggest that all law abiding citizens be disarmed and for gun ownership to...

Gov SWAT Teams Target “Rugged Individuals” Who Grow Their Own Food, Produce Their Own...

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News The dream of many Americans is to get out of the hustle and bustle of the daily city grind. And what...

How Will The Economy Improve In 2014 If Almost Everyone Has Less Money To...

Michael Snyder RINF Alternative News Is the U.S. consumer tapped out? If so, how in the world will the U.S. economy possibly improve...

Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get...

Michael Snyder RINF Alternative News In America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more...

Market Crash In the Works: “A Canary May Have Just Keeled Over”

Mac Slavo  RINF Alternative News As holiday shoppers raided Black Friday sales and internet retailers ahead of Christmas, the establishment media heralded a new era of...

Push of a Button: This Is How Fast They Can Lock Down the Entire...

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News Late last week it was learned that some 40 million charge cards were obtained using physical processing systems located in...

Experts Fear Nuclear Famine: “A Disaster So Massive in Scale that No Preparation is...

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News At last count, there are eight countries in the world that have officially designed, developed and tested nuclear weapons. Another...

An Act of War: CIA Leak Gives “Incontrovertible Evidence” That 9/11 Was State Sponsored

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News If you have ever questioned the official narrative for the September 11th attacks then you have, without a doubt, been...

Security Breach: Truck Carrying “Extremely Dangerous” Radioactive Material Hijacked In Mexico

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News With America's borders completely exposed and open for anyone willing to cross the Rio Grande, smuggling humans or drugs into the...

VAPORIZED: Detroit Obliterates Retirement Funds: 80% Cuts to Pensioners: “This Is Going to Affect...

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News Though a decade ago civil servants and union members would never have believed it could happen, the stark reality of the...

Secret Globalist Treaty Threatens Internet Freedom

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comNovember 13, 2013 Wikileaks has released a 95 page, 30,000 word document spelling out details on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The secret globalist...

Breakdown: “It’s Like The End of The World… People Are Walking Like Zombies Looking...

Mac Slavo SHTFplan.com November 12, 2013 Destitution, death, looting, mob rule, and a complete breakdown of law & order. That's what's happening in the aftermath of Typhoon...

What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S....

About the Author: Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the...

The Coming Food Stamp Riots

It may not happen this month, or even this year, but food stamp riots are coming to America. In fact, we got a...

Watch: They Will Clear The Shelves Within Hours: “Like a Tornado”

(Image courtesy Infowars - Panicked shoppers raid local Walmarts) This weekend the nation's Electronic Benefits Transfer crashed, leaving millions of...

Video: EBT System Crash: 16 States Out of Service: “How Am I Going to...

(Pictured: Grocery stores and retailers are posting signs for shoppers about the Electronic Benefits Outage) The Electronic Benefits Transfer system...

Report: Security Breakdown In America’s Nuclear Command Centers: “Not Taking the Job Seriously Enough”

Last month a high level source speaking with Infowars revealed insider details of a nuclear weapons transfer within the...

Obamus Caesar: “No Limits On the Power of the President if He Calls for...

“President Obama is prepared to take power and begin to rule from day one.” -Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Should...

Brits Lose Control of Nuke Reactors: “Unbelievable… Seriousness of a Major Radioactive Release”

After the world witnessed a widespread radioactive disaster following the Tsunami that took down power systems at the Fukushima...

Outrage: Government Forces Homeowners To Leave Private Residences Amid Shutdown

With America having hit its debt ceiling yet again, the Executive Branch has determined that a closure of certain services is necessary to keep...

U.S. Treasury Warns of What’s to Come: “Catastrophic Effect… Could Last for More Than...

The next time someone tells you that the US government is operating in a fiscally sustainable manner and that our economy is growing strongly...

Dark Web Rising: McAfee Founder To Launch New “NSA Killer” Privacy Device

Their tentacles are everywhere. If it's plugged into the internet there is a near 100% chance that the National Security...

Millions Try to Sign Up For Free Health Care: “This Demand Exceeds Anything We...

For over three years, since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has spent considerable time and effort...

Swiss Army War-Games Economic Collapse and Refugee Invasion: “21st Century Threats”

Switzerland has revealed that they, like the US government, have been simulating collapse fall-out scenarios that could stem from widespread economic collapse, violent uprisings...

Visa Goes Anti-Gun: Restricts America’s Largest Gun Store From Processing Transactions

The assault on the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment continues. This time big business is getting into the mix and they're aiming for gun...

Gov Targets Private Bank Accounts: Seizes Funds Of Innocent Americans Without Charge or Trial

Mac Slavo SHTFPlan.com September 27, 2013 Do you still keep a hefty portion of your savings in a U.S. bank? If so you may want...

Ohio State Gets Armored Fighting Vehicle: “Specifically Designed for Asymmetric Warfare”

If we're not living in a militarized police state, then please explain what Ohio State University could possibly need...

School Madness: Students To Be Expelled For Shooting Airsoft Guns At Home

The madness of the government indoctrination machine is no longer limited to school grounds. With children and teens across the country being regularly suspended for...

World Citizen Asks United Nations to Disarm America: “The World Cannot Stand Idly By”

(Pictured: Henry Porter, World Citizen) In his latest article, London Observer writer Henry Porter denigrates American gun owners by calling...

Breaking Point: President Obama Reportedly Sedated Following Mental Meltdown

Reports are emerging that President Obama suffered an emotional and mental breakdown last Friday. According to several White House sources...

WATCH: American Dependency: “Give Me My Food Stamps”

As of this week fully 25% of American households – about 48 million people – are dependent on government...

Outrage Forces Mayor to Kill Plan to Fly Chinese Flag at City Hall

City of San Leandro cannot mention “Christmas,” but councilors wanted to celebrate communism Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comSeptember...

Kalifornia City to Fly Chinese Flag: “To Honor Formation… By Communist Leader Mao Zedong”

Some might not consider it that big a deal, but one California city is planning to raise a Chinese...

Get Out There And Start Shopping: “No Possibility of Falling Back Into Recession”

It's not all doom and gloom out there. In fact, the U.S. economy is doing so well there is nothing...

Lend Your Support to “The Americans For Whatever Barack Obama Wants to Do”

Check out the following humorous satire discussing critical geo-political issues.. You'll want to share this one with friends and...

His Plan Was Never Good: “Obama…Can’t Tell the Difference Between Showbiz and Strategy”

The President, as expected, has back-peddled on his threats to attack Syria. After immense pressure from thousands of calls...

The Disaster Myth Narrative: No One Panics, No One Loots, No One Goes Hungry

SHTFplan Editor's Note: There will be no panic. The government will be there to help when everything around you falls apart. Those really smart...

Map: Where You Don’t Want to Be When It Hits the Fan

When it hits the fan America's population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order. It's a theory put forth...

Military Repositions Nukes: “They Don’t Move All of These Assets Unless They Plan on...

Amid a widespread global mobilization of troops and equipment, an investigative report from Infowars indicates that the United States...

Celebrate Those You Love: Life Only Goes Around Once… But Never Again.

As our family prepared a Labor Day feast today, I happened across my wife Tess sitting in front of...

BLINK: Prez Buckles: Puts War on the Back Burner Until Congress Reconvenes on September...

President Barack Obama has back-peddled on threats to strike Syria in response to a chemical attack reportedly initiated by...

“The World Understands that the American People Are Being Zombified”

What exactly is President Obama doing and why all the delays? Is he looking for a way out, in essence telling the Syrians and...

Study: “Beginning of the Longest Period of Economic Decline in American History”

Mac Slavo SHTFPlan.com September 6, 2013 Economists will often argue that booms and busts are cyclical. Every depression or recession we’ve ever experienced in...

Russia Has Equipped Syria With Their Most Advanced Anti-Ship Missiles

Russia has sold Syria highly advanced rocket launchers, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles. In fact, the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Russia has equipped...

U.S. Web Attacks Skyrocket Ahead of Mid East Action: 81% Above Normal

Mac Slavo SHTFplan.com August 28th, 2013 Outgoing Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano ominously warned of a coming “cyber event” in an open...

More Surveillance: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Buses

Mac SlavoSHTF PlanApril 5, 2010 Senator Joe Lieberman, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press,...

Go Time: “Pentagon is Making the Initial Preparations for a Cruise Missile Attack”

Two words for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: Get Out. It should be clear based on reports this week of US soldiers...

Presidential Meeting Signals Catastrophic Event: “There Is a Crisis Unfolding Somewhere in the Background”

If there’s one thing we know about how the US government operates, it’s that the American people are often...

Why Is The Government Leaving Our Most Critical Infrastructure Wide Open To Terror Attacks?

If the federal government is so concerned about the threat of terrorism, then why is it doing so little to protect our most critical...

You Can Call Me a Doomer, You Can Call Me Whatever You’d Like

If you follow alternative news and share or discuss it with your friends, family and acquaintances, there is a...

Shock Video: The New Common Core Obama Math Standard: “3 x 4 = 11″

Earlier this year President Obama detailed his new educational initiatives aimed at “closing America’s school readiness gap.” As with all things Obama, it seems...

Your Future: “We Are Now at a Point Where the Crisis Will Happen Almost...

With individual Americans underwater, unemployed, and on the edge of complete disaster, the future for millions is looking bleak. This...

Watch: Marine Colonel Warns: “Homeland Security is Pre-Staging Gear and Equipment”

We live in a seemingly free country, so we’re told. But that may be because the majority of us...

Beck Warns Of Mass Chaos: “The Likes of Which the Globe Has Never Seen”

There will come a time this decade when everything that we have come to believe about the stability of...

Virologist: “There Will Be More Infections… We Need to Be Vigilant” *Interview With Infectious...

New viruses are one of the more prominent threats that mankind faces. With the H7N9 flu virus now spreading...

Dr. Doom Warns Of Major Market Crash This Fall: “20 Percent, Maybe More”

He made the crash call ahead of the 2008 crash, and predicted the market turn-around in 2009 to the...

Victim Disarmament Zone: Apartment Management Firm Prohibits Residents From Owning Firearms and Weapons

Imagine you’ve been living in your home or apartment for several years. You’re an avid hunter, sports shooter, or...

FEMA Demanding 24 Hour Delivery of Emergency Food Reserves

Feds preparing for calamity? Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comAugust 6, 2013 The Federal Emergency Management Agency...

The When: “The Economic Collapse Cannot Be Predicted By Looking at Stock Market Charts,...

Most astute observers and analysts understand that the world is on the brink of a widespread economic collapse. Our debt, the expansion of the...

Either Through War Or Financial Collapse: “It Will Be Very Painful”

Well known contrarian economist Dr. Doom Marc Faber weighs in on the state of the global economy and current...

FEMA Insider: A Large Number of Truck Drivers Have Vanished While Delivering Weapons, Grenades,...

It’s no secret that the U.S. government has been domestically stockpiling unimaginable amounts of ammunition and weapons. So much ammunition, in fact, that it surpasses even what the military uses on a yearly basis in the mid east theaters of war.

Overwhelmed: Leading Ammo Manufacturer Temporarily Suspends Production: “There Is No Conspiracy To Shut Us...

Citing extreme demand over the last year the Hornady Manufacturing company, one of the leading producers of ammunition globally,...

Empowering Citizens and Deterring Crime, One Free Shotgun At a Time

The 400 homeowners of the Oak Forest neighborhood in Northwest Houston were terrorized by 107 home invasions last year....

What Would You Do If A Bank Stole Everything You Owned?

With millions of Americans across the country facing default and foreclosure banks are hiring outside firms to take possession...

Fired For Standing for Freedom: “I Got Into Law Enforcement to Serve and Protect,...

How do you know you’re living in a Police State? When whistle blowers, truth advocates and government officials are vilified,...

Top U.S. General Warns: “The Decision To Use Force Is No Less Than An...

For those politicians in Washington and their supporters who think engaging the Syrian army with a “kinetic action” akin...

Total Failure Of Foreign Intelligence As Spy Agencies Miss Massive Al Qaeda Prison Break

Mac SlavoSHTFPlan.comJuly 23, 2013 They’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars to monitor the activities of every...

Epic Fail: Total Breakdown In Foreign Intelligence As Spy Agencies Miss Massive Al Qaeda...

They’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars to monitor the activities of every single American by turning their listening...

Watch: This Is Your Future: Ordering a Pizza In 2015 (NSA Style)

As your personal data from hospitals, insurance companies, banks, retailers, phone carriers, traffic records and every other manner of electronic interaction is merged into...

Update: FAA Responds To Drone Hunting: “Could Result in Criminal or Civil Liability”

(Pictured: Draganflyer X6 domestic surveillance drone over Mesa, CO) In response to overwhelming public support for a new ordinance in...

Bernanke Confirms: “If We Were To Tighten Policy, The Economy Would Tank”

Financial analysts have opined that the United States is well on the road to recovery. They cite various data...

Town To Issue Licenses and Bounties To Shoot Down Drones: “They Fly In Town,...

(Pictured: Deer Trail Mayor Franks Fields displays proper drone-hunting technique) The President, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security may think...

Nothing Can Stop It: “An Economic Collapse that is Going to be Worse than...

Before anybody in America ever cared about AIG, credit markets or bailouts, Karl Denninger had warned that the fuse was burning and had “gone...

Pressure Cooker: “This Place is On the Edge of Chaos”

Since his seminal publication of The International Man in the 1970′s Doug Casey has been an advocate for liberty,...

Bernanke Confirms: “If We Were To Tighten Policy, The Economy Would Tank”

Mac SlavoSHTFPlan.comJuly 19, 2013 Financial analysts have opined that the United States is well on the...

Here Comes the Pain: Detroit To “Significantly Cut Vested Pensions” For Retirees

Mac SlavoSHTFPlan.comJuly 12, 2013 During the summer of 2011, as Ben Bernanke and his mainstream propaganda...

They Will Seize Your Food and Resources: “Hoarding of Just About Anything Can Be...

In March of 2012 President Obama signed an executive order which, among other things, gives the federal government authority over every resource and infrastructure element in the United States.

Russian Forces to Provide “Security” At US Events

FEMA signs deal with Russian Emergency Situations Ministry to “exchange experts” Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comJuly 1, 2013...

Foreign Boots on American Soil: Russia To Share Military “Security Experts” With United States...

Rumors have circulated for years about the possibility of foreign troops being deployed on U.S. soil in the event...

Alarming Results of New WH Study

by Mac ...

We’re Going Into the Greatest Depression: “They Will Not Be Able To Pull Off...

Look around and you can’t miss it. The world is on the brink… politically, economically, financially, monetarily, and militarily. Events are...

White House Study Finds Guns Save Lives: “Consistently Lower Injury Rates Among Gun Using...

Though statistics prove time and again that disarming a free people leads to more violent crime and the potential...

Hidden Tariff On American Citizens In New Immigration Bill: Millions More Stand To Lose...

Mac Slavoshtfplan.comJune 27th, 2013 Leave it to the best and brightest in Congress to craft legislation...

Bulls Eye: Smith and Wesson Sales Sky Rocket: “We Are At Maximum Capacity”

Economic growth from the first quarter may have just gone boom as American wages collapse and the prospects for...

Report: Hidden Tariff On American Citizens In New Immigration Bill: Millions More Stand To...

Leave it to the best and brightest in Congress to craft legislation that does more harm than good. Amid a...

Dr. Doom: “A Lot Of Problems Are Coming… Revolution… Social Strife…”

Mac SlavoSHTFPlan.comJune 25, 2013 Famed economist and investment guru Dr. Marc Faber of the Gloom, Boom and Doom Report weighs...

Food, Guns, Gold

by Mac ...

Russia: “Syria Will Be Armed With Weapons That Have Never Been Seen Before In...

Mac SlavoSHTFplan.comJune 22, 2013 Last week, Noble Peace Prize winner President Barrack Obama advised that his...

Food, Guns, Gold: “The Record is Rather Clear On the Side of Commodity Money”

If you’ve been watching U.S. financial markets the last few weeks you may have come to the conclusion that...

Food, Guns, Gold: “The Record is Rather Clear On the Side of Commodity Money”

If you’ve been watching U.S. financial markets the last few weeks you may have come to the conclusion that...

Watch Your Cash: New BAIL-IN Rules Will Force “Failed Bank Losses on Investors”

When the Cypriot government forced account holders to cover bank losses earlier this year most of the world assumed...

Detroit Goes Under: “There Is No Way Out But Collapse”

Though most Americans go through their day thinking everything is now returning to normal, the fact of the matter...

Gold Buying Panic In China: 10,000 People Wait In Line For Their Chance to...

One day in the near future Americans will finally realize that their money is being devalued at a rapid pace. For the time being...

Look What This ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ Had To Say Back in 1984: “A Disgusting Procedure...

Back in 1984, well before most Americans had ever heard of mobile phones or used a computer, the Federal government was hard at work...

Watch Your Cash: New BAIL-IN Rules Will Force “Failed Bank Losses on Investors”

Mac Slavo SHTFPlan.com June 18, 2013 When the Cypriot government forced account holders to cover bank losses earlier this year most of the world assumed...

Watch Your Cash: New BAIL-IN Rules Will Force “Failed Bank Losses on Investors”

When the Cypriot government forced account holders to cover bank losses earlier this year most of the world assumed...

Detroit Goes Under: “There Is No Way Out But Collapse”

Though most Americans go through their day thinking everything is now returning to normal, the fact of the matter...

Gold Buying Panic In China: 10,000 People Wait In Line For Their Chance to...

Mac SlavoSHTF PlanJune 14, 2013 One day in the near future Americans will...

Gold Buying Panic In China: 10,000 People Wait In Line For Their Chance to...

One day in the near future Americans will finally realize that their money is being devalued at a rapid...

Look What This ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ Had To Say Back in 1984…

Back in 1984, well before most Americans had ever heard of mobile phones or used a computer, the Federal...

Must See Commentary: “I Don’t Know What We’re Going To Wake Up To Tomorrow…”

With seemingly endless scandals rocking the country, economic malaise spreading across the world, and super powers positioning their military...

Recovery: Record 23 Million American Households Receive Food Stamps

(Pictured: Depression era food line) Just when you thought America was coming out of recession… The number of American households on...

Twenty TRILLION Phone Calls: “They’ve Been Collecting Data About ALL Domestic Calls Since October...

Mac SlavoSHTFPlan.comJune 11, 2013 “The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in...

Watch Nancy Pelosi Lie Through Her Teeth: “I Don’t Remember Saying that Everybody in...

Just a few weeks ago the honorable Congresswoman from San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi, made the stunning claim that health...

Pentagon Blackout: “Large American Military Force” Deployed to Syrian Border

The catalyst for the next great war will likely occur somewhere in the middle east. The Americans know this....

Watch Nancy Pelosi Lie Through Her Teeth: “I Don’t Remember Saying that Everybody in...

Just a few weeks ago the honorable Congresswoman from San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi, made the stunning claim that health...

Watch Nancy Pelosi Lie Through Her Teeth: “I Don’t Remember Saying that Everybody in...

Just a few weeks ago the honorable Congresswoman from San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi, made the stunning claim that health...

Pentagon Blackout: “Large American Military Force” Deployed to Syrian Border

The catalyst for the next great war will likely occur somewhere in the middle east. The Americans know this. As do the Russians and the Chinese. And as with the last two ‘great wars,’ the groundwork is being laid well ahead of time.

Descent Into Tyranny: The Fate of Free Humanity Is At Stake *Micro Doc*

A Descent Into Tyranny: (Video follows excerpts) Welcome to the future. The police and military become indistinguishable in the effort to...

Imminent: “I Don’t Think Obama is Going to Finish His Second Term Without the...

One year ago this month it was revealed that throughout the course of this crisis some 40% of all...

Descent Into Tyranny: The Fate of Free Humanity Is At Stake *Micro Doc*

A Descent Into Tyranny: (Video follows excerpts) Welcome to the future. The police and military become indistinguishable in the effort to...

Imminent: “I Don’t Think Obama is Going to Finish His Second Term Without the...

One year ago this month it was revealed that throughout the course of this crisis some 40% of all...

The Best Opportunity This Decade: Maximum Gold Profits

It should be clear that our economic and monetary systems are wholly unsustainable and will lead to continued impoverishment...

A Shocking Wake Up Call: This Is How Far The Police State Has Come...

(Image courtesy Dees Illustrations) We often talk about the destruction of American values and the rule of Constitutional law as...

Watch: Former Teacher Speaks Out, “Everything I Loved About Teaching Is Extinct”

Parents aren’t the only ones fed up with the education system in America. Teachers often get a bad rap for...

They’re Going To Attempt This One Way or Another: Will You Send Your Sons...

(Photo: Eric Fefferberg/AFP/Getty) Most people think that World War I started as a result of the assassination of Archduke Franz...

The Preparedness Review: 17 Must-Read Preparedness Strategies (Spring 2013 Edition — Free Download)

In the Spring 2013 edition of the (free) Preparedness Review from Todd Sepulveda, founder of the Prepper Website and Education After the Collapse, leading...

The Best Opportunity This Decade: Maximum Gold Profits

It should be clear that our economic and monetary systems are wholly unsustainable and will lead to continued impoverishment...

A Shocking Wake Up Call: This Is How Far The Police State Has Come...

(Image courtesy Dees Illustrations) We often talk about the destruction of American values and the rule of Constitutional law as...

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For the month, the falls yesterday led to gold being 0.4% lower in dollar terms in January. It was also lower in euro terms but eked out strong gains against the pound and Japanese yen both of which saw falls on international markets.

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While the euro has strengthened against the dollar and pushed the dollar index to its lowest level since the end of December – both currencies look vulnerable to further falls against gold in 2013.


Gold Spot $/oz, 5 Days, Tick – (Bloomberg)

A higher close this week may help the negative technical and overall sentiment towards gold due to the recent price weakness.

U.S. nonfarm payrolls are published at 1330 GMT and a negative number should see more safe haven gold buying as was seen after the poor GDP number this week. 

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Economic growth in emerging markets, along with “aggressive” monetary policies in developed countries, led to increases in interest-rates disparities and more expensive exchange-rate hedging costs, they noted.  

The World Gold Council has long been at the forefront of providing excellent research showing gold’s importance as a hedge, diversification and store of wealth for investors and savers.

JPMorgan Sees Gold At $1,800 By Mid 2013 As South Africa “In Crisis” And “Escalating Instability” In Middle East  
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GoldCore's Webinar on Gold and Silver in 2013
Dominic Frisby, Money Week’s gold expert, and GoldCore's Head of Research, Mark O'Byrne conducted a one hour webinar on Wednesday which discussed the outlook for gold and silver in 2013 and beyond.


Central Bank Gold Buying May Lead To Higher Prices in 2013 – GoldCore Webinar Slide

Frisby and O’Byrne presented a series of interesting slides. Both remain bullish in the long term but were cautious about the short term – primarily due to the poor recent technical action.

The webinar was extremely well attended and question and answers were again increasingly popular. Some of the interesting and important questions posed to both Frisby and O’Byrne included the following:

>> What is your opinion of the reasons for the German gold repatriation & why do you think it is going to take 7 years to do so?

>> What is your opinion regarding tungsten gold bars?

>> Do you believe the gold market is manipulated by bullion banks and central bankers who do not want to see gold going up? 

>>  If metals are going so high why only recommend 5, 10, 15% allocation in portfolio?

The  webinar can be watched and listened to by registering to view the recording at this link

NEWS
Gold headed for weekly rise; US jobs data in focus - Reuters

Gold futures rise ahead of U.S. jobs data – Market Watch

COMMODITIES - Profit taking hits grains, gold; index up 3% in January – Reuters

LBMA, IGE urged to end Iran-Turkey Gold trade – Bullion Street

Gold Seen Countering Emerging Market Currency Risk - Bloomberg

COMMENTARY
Gold mitigates foreign-exchange risk when investing in emerging markets – World Gold Council

A Wager on Metal's Silver Lining – The Wall Street Journal

Forget the slowdown in the US – the UK is the real worry – Money Week

The 10 Minute Gold Standard: It’s Much Easier Than You Think - Forbes

Rush To Safety: Americans Buy Nearly Half a Billion Dollars Of Gold and Silver In January – 24H Gold

Video: Should You Buy Precious Metals? - CNBC

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Mehdi’s Morning Memo: Cable Vs Cameron

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 17 January 2013...

1) CABLE VS CAMERON

First there was an American diplomat. Then a German politician. Then a former British ambassador. And then, of course, a group of eurosceptic Tory backbenchers. Everyone seems to have something to say on Britain's relationship with Europe ahead of David Cameron's 'tantric' speech on the subject in the Netherlands tomorrow.

Tonight, just a few hours ahead of the PM's address, it's Vince Cable's turn. As Ned Simons and I report:

"In a speech to business leaders on Thursday, the Lib Dem business secretary will say it is a 'terrible time' to have the 'diversion and uncertainty' which build up to a referendum would entail.

“'Uncertainty is the enemy of investment. At a time of extreme fragility in business confidence such uncertainty would add to the sense of unresolved crisis and weaken Britain’s ability to deliver more reform inside the EU,' he will say.

"... Taking aim at eurosceptic Tory backbenchers, Cable will use his speech on Thursday evening to say that it will be “next to impossible” to safeguard the UK national interest in the Single Market if London tries to disengage from its existing commitments.

“'The eurosceptic calculation is that British permission is necessary for closer integration- via treaty change- and that this permission can be traded for the negotiating objectives. That seems to me a dangerous gamble to make,' he will say."

There aren't many Tories who like Vince Cable and there'll be even fewer after he delivers tonight's speech in Oxfordshire. A senior Lib Dem official tells us that the the party wants "to give the Tories enough rope to hang themselves with".

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports:

"In the runup to the [Cameron] speech, a group of prominent City figures have written to the Telegraph in support of an in-out referendum, and a group of 30 pro-European Tory MPs, including Ken Clarke and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have written a letter charging the prime minister with jeopardising Margaret Thatcher's foremost European legacy, the single market. The MPs warn: 'We fear that a renegotiation which seems to favour the UK alone would force other capitals to ask why they cannot simply dispense with those parts of the single market that don't suit them, potentially endangering Margaret Thatcher's defining European legacy.'"

2) 'THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF'

The Tories' seem pretty divided on Europe - something Ed Miliband was keen to highlight during prime minister's questions yesterday. But what's Labour's position? We may found out today when shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander gives his own speech on Europe (yep, everyone's at it!) in which he will say:

“The gap between the minimum the Tories will demand and the maximum our European partners can accept remains unbridgeable."

Meanwhile, his boss, the Labour leader Ed Miliband, has told the Financial Times that David Cameron was about to take Britain "to the edge of an economic cliff" with a promise of an EU referendum, which he believes will also reawaken "collective" hysteria" in the Conservative Party.

Miliband told the FT that he is "not in favour now of committing to an in-out referendum - it wouldn't be the right thing for our country. The priority for this country is to focus on our economic difficulties and getting out of those difficulties and you don't do that by putting a big 'closed for business' sign around Britain."

Cameron "should be listening to the CBI and not Nigel Farage", the Labour leader added.

Oooh...

3) COLLECTIVE (IR)RESPONSIBILITY

Europhobes in the cabinet (IDS? Owen Paterson? Chris Grayling?) will be delighted - from the Guardian:

"The prime minister has refused to confirm or deny claims that he has given cabinet colleagues freedom to campaign for Britain to exit the European Union in a future referendum."

It could be 1975 all over again...

4) 'ROM THEIR WAY'

That's the headline in the Sun this morning, which reports:

"Up to 350,000 Romanians and Bulgarians could flock to Britain when restrictions are lifted at the end of this year, a report warns today.

"The influx would equal a city the size of Leicester.

"A new analysis estimates 50,000 Romanians and Bulgarians could arrive each year — or 250,000 over the next five years. But that figure could hit 70,000 annually — or 350,000 over five years, according to..."

Hmm. According to who? Yep, you guessed it:

"...campaign group Migration Watch."

But earlier this week, the prime minister said that the detail for such calculations "wasn't there yet" and as the BBC reports:

"Sarah Mulley, of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank said that although it was 'very difficult to predict migration flows with any degree of confidence in these circumstances' the estimates put forward by Migration Watch 'look high'.

"She said: 'The UK is opening access to its labour markets along with the rest of Europe and the process of opening up to Bulgaria and Romania has been a gradual one, in contrast with 2004 when the UK was the only large EU country to open its labour market and when borders and labour market access were opened at the same time.

"'So it would be very surprising if net migration from Bulgaria and Romania was on the scale predicted by Migration Watch.'"

Watch this space.

5) BARACK OBAMA VS THE NRA

Second-term Obama seems to have found his cojones - from my HuffPost colleagues in the US:

"In a bold and potentially historic attempt to stem the increase in mass gun violence, President Barack Obama unveiled on Wednesday the most sweeping effort at gun control policy reform in a generation.

"'This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged,' Obama said. 'We can’t put this off any longer.'

"... [T]he president recommended requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; eliminating armor-piercing bullets; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies. The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds."

The NRA isn't happy. Prior to the president's announcement, America's largest gun lobby released a TV ad in which

"... a narrator argued that the Secret Service protection provided to Obama's two daughters, Sasha and Malia, is evidence that the president is an 'elitist hypocrite,' who wants armed guards for his own daughters, but not for other people's children. The ad was widely panned as soon as it was released, and White House spokesman Jay Carney called it 'repugnant and cowardly.'"

"Has the NRA lost it entirely?" asks Salon's Joan Walsh.

Er, yes.

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR...

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6) AFGHAN REDUX?

From the Times splash:

"British special forces were on standby last night to mount a rescue mission after al-Qaeda militants in Algeria took scores of foreign workers hostage, including up to five Britons.

"One British citizen was killed in the bloody siege at a BP gas plant in the East of the country — the worst terrorist crisis of David Cameron's premiership and one of the largest foreign kidnappings of recent times. The militants, from neighbouring Mali, claimed that they were responding to a decision by France, supported by Britain, to attack al-Qaeda Islamists in their country."

The paper adds:

"In a move that could increase tensions further, MPs approved plans yesterday to send a small number of British military personnel to help to train Mali's demoralised army as it battles to reclaim the sprawling north of the country from jihadists.

"Britain has contributed two transport aircraft to help the French mission, but was expected to send a small number of soldiers to Bamako, the Malian capital, as early as next month under proposals drawn up by the European Union."

But the Daily Mail's leader argues that "it would surely be disastrous for Britain to commit more of our overstretched men and equipment to a cause not obviously our own". It says:

"Indeed, in the rapidly escalating conflict in Mali, where France will triple its troop deployment 'within days', aren't there chilling echoes of Afghanistan? There, too - where the bloodshed continues after more than a decade - Britain took arms against a tribal enemy as a gesture of solidarity with an ally.

"In Mali, as in Afghanistan, the insurgents are proving a more formidable foe than expected, armed as they are with heavy machine guns, Kalashnikovs and rocketpropelled grenades.

"... As France calls for more international support, is it too much to hope that David Cameron will remember the British lives lost and the sobering lessons of our oh-so-recent history - and just say No?"

7) LABOUR'S IRON MAN?

The cover story of the Guardian's G2 supplement has a rather startling headline this morning: "Could Ed be Labour's Thatcher?"

Author Andy Beckett, a long-time Miliband-watcher, draws a fascinating comparison between the Labour leader and the Tories' most famous, successful and right-wing leader. He writes:

"Members of Miliband's unusually small inner circle are also open about their preoccupation with – and even sometimes admiration for – what Thatcher subsequently achieved in her 15 years as opposition leader and prime minister."

The whole thing is worth a read - and not just because Beckett plugs my biog of the Labour leader in the opening paragraph.

8) AUSTERITY WATCH, PART 129

From the Times:

"More than 100,000 disabled people will lose basic home support under government reforms of social care, leading disability groups are warning.

"Five charities including Scope, Mencap and Leonard Cheshire argue that the care system is already underfunded by at least £1.2 billion and “is on the verge of breakdown”.

"... In a report published today the charities say that 40 per cent of disabled people are already failing to get the basic care they need, such as help with washing, dressing, cooking and eating."

9) FORMER ISRAELI PM ACCUSES CURRENT ISRAELI PM

From the Daily Beast:

"Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says the government of Benjamin Netanyahu spent almost $3 billion in the past two years preparing for a war against Iran's nuclear program that it probably never intended to wage.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Olmert said the sum was above and beyond the billions allocated to the defense budget and helped raise Israel’s fiscal deficit to heights it hadn’t reached in years. As a result, he said, Netanyahu would be forced to make broad spending cuts, if reelected next week..."

Now that's what I call a deficit debate...

10) 'MY MATHS ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH'

From the HuffPost UK:

"Wonga's head of regulatory and public affairs has told a committee of MPs that he could not work out the interest on a loan from his own company because 'my maths isn't good enough.'

"Henry Raine, head of regulatory and public affairs at the payday loans company, defended his business to the House of Commons Public Accounts committee, where he was grilled by chair and Labour MP Margaret Hodge on the effectiveness of consumer credit regulation."

PUBLIC OPINION WATCH

From the latest Ipsos-MORI poll:

Labour 43
Conservatives 30
Ukip 9
Lib Dems 8

That would give Labour a majority of 124.

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

@DanHannanMEP The lobby is covering the PM's coming speech in terms of party management. They're missing the epochal significance of an In/Out referendum.

@edballsmp When David Cameron gets so desperate he has to claim Labour wants Britain to join the single currency, you know he's really losing it..

@TheOnion On Tonight's ONNCast: NRA Fights Legislation That Would Ban Gun Sales To Those Currently On Killing Sprees

900 WORDS OR MORE

James Forsyth, writing in this week's Spectator, says: "Cameron’s European moment has come – a year late."

Peter Oborne, writing in the Telegraph, says: "Tony Blair’s record in the Middle East is a sorry one – it’s time he quit."

Slavoj Zizek, writing in the Guardian, says: "The west's crisis is one of democracy as much as finance."


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