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Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

April 12, 2014

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

The roundup began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Federal officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend, and Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.

By Sunday, April 6, one of Bundy’s sons, Dave Bundy, was taken into custody for refusing to disperse and resisting arrest, while hundreds of other protesters, some venturing from interstate, gathered along the road few miles from Bundy’s property in solidarity. Dave Bundy was later released.

But clashes between demonstrators and authorities took a violent turn on Wednesday, with cell phone video showing some (demonstrators) being tasered at the site, including Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy.

As the movement grew by the day, and demonstrators rallied together, bonding by campfires at night, local protest leaders warned people not to wear camouflage and keep their weapons inside their vehicles.

“It’s about the freedom of America,” said another of Bundy’s sisters, Margaret Houston. “We have to stand up and fight.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” Kornze said.

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EDITOR”S NOTE: Although we are touched by the BLM’s “serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” their decision to stand down also happens to coincide with new information made public today that reveals connections between BLM Director Neil Kornze, Senator Harry Reid, and Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Group that has plans to build a large-scale solar energy farm on the public lands where Bundy has been grazing his cattle.

Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted on the website Free Republic is a BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” which specifically states that the presents of Bundy’s cattle impacts the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities on public lands.”

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Zombification of America – the Collapse Will Be Sudden

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April 07, 2014

by James Quinn

I was a late arrival to the “Walking Dead” television program. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves.

Last year, a friend told me I had to watch the show, and I was hooked immediately. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meaning, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

How can you not see the parallels between American society and the zombies in the Walking Dead?

Walk down any city street in America and you will see hordes shuffling along, staring with blank faces and glazed over eyes at their iGadgets.

On Black Friday, Americans flock to malls across our apocalyptic suburban sprawl landscape. They proceed to stampede, gouge, and punch their way to a fantastic bargain on a Chinese slave labor-produced microwave that they must have in order to cook the toxic “Frankenfood” that was created by our corporate conglomerates.

The Black Friday crowds actually make the zombies from the Walking Dead seem well behaved.

What you note after watching a few episodes of the Walking Dead is that collapse happens suddenly. The show highlights the life-threatening difficulty of enduring on a day-to-day basis without the certainty of shelter, food, water, and fuel.

The average asleep American isn’t prepared to last one week without the basics of modern life.

They haven’t stocked any food, water or fuel in case of an emergency. Their normalcy bias keeps them from even considering the high likelihood of even a natural disaster caused by a hurricane, snowstorm, or earthquake.

Recent examples of most people’s complete helplessness are the snow and ice storms that struck this past winter, and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Without power and access to food and water, modern society breaks down quickly, with chaos, looting and anarchy only days away.

The fragility of our debt financed, oil dependent, just-in-time global supply chain system is beyond the comprehension of the average zombie American. The most highly educated zombies will be the most shocked when they realize that the reality they believed was all an illusion.

When our central banker masters trigger the next financial system collapse…the resulting chaos will be epic when ATMs stop spitting out $20 bills and EBT (“food stamp”) cards for 47 million people stop functioning.

We got a glimpse into the future this past October when the EBT system went down in several states for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Zombies began to ransack Wal-Mart stores, attempting to steal as much as they could get away with. Chaos, anger, and criminal behavior was virtually instantaneous.

A vast swath of EBT-dependent zombies live in our numerous urban ghettos, and when the EBT system goes down permanently, violence will quickly erupt.

Police will be vastly out-numbered. Hungry mobs will become armed gangs of violent looters burning down their ghettos and stealing everything that isn’t nailed down.

Suburbia will turn into a lawless landscape where neighbors turn on each other because they have failed to create real communities. The isolation and seclusion that have marked suburban existence for the last thirty years will contribute to the creation of criminal gangs who loot and pillage stores, businesses, and unprotected homes.

After the collapse, the only people likely to survive relatively unscathed are rural folk. No one will thrive in the world coming our way, but those not dependent upon or tied to our modern societal paradigm will have a better chance.

Times that will “try men’s souls” are on the horizon. The choices we make as individuals and communities will matter.

Every human being has the capacity for good or evil. We will be alone in deciding whether we gravitate toward the dark side of our character, or make a stand for all that is noble and decent.

Retaining our humanity during the trials and tribulations that await us will be crucial for creating a community that is sustainable and a future worth living and fighting for.

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The New Washington (Iowa) War Machine

April 08, 2014

In Washington, Iowa, local police have recently acquired a Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle through a Defense Department program that donates excess vehicles produced for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to local police departments across the United States.

The MRAP weighs an impressive 49,000 pounds, stands 10-feet tall, and possesses a whopping six-wheel drive. Originally designed to resist landmines and IEDs, it sure seems like the MRAP will come in handy for the notorious war zone otherwise known as Washington County, Iowa.

Washington police officials have tried to justify possession of a vehicle they clearly have no use for. The excuses range from school shootings to a terrorist attack happening in central Iowa – because if there’s any place that seems ripe for a high-profile terrorist attack it’s Washington, Iowa, population 7,000.

The police could come up with better reasons to use their MRAP/machine of doom.

For example, drunken high-school house parties could be broken up by ramming the MRAP into the side of the building. People who have been trying to curtail underage drinking should consider the deterrent caused by a soulless war machine demolishing your kitchen.

In all seriousness however, this does highlight some disturbing trends in the American cultural landscape.

A collective paranoia has gripped post-9/11 America so tightly that small-town Iowa police officers are convinced that, any minute, the whole state could become engulfed in some Red Dawn-style conflict requiring the use of a device such as the MRAP.

It also reflects the out-of-control militarization of the police that has been occurring across small towns and big cities from Los Angeles to Waterville, Maine.

Radley Balko, author of the book “The Rise of the Warrior Cop,” found that in 2006 alone, the Pentagon “distributed vehicles worth $15.4 million, aircraft worth $8.9 million, boats worth $6.7 million, weapons worth $1 million and other items worth $110.6 million to local police agencies.”

The effects of cops moving from handguns to assault rifles and being equipped with tanks, bazookas, and Kevlar armor has been twofold.

First, civil liberties have absolutely been eroded, with police-brutality rates skyrocketing in last decade, according to the Justice Department.

Secondly, with the influx of military gear into local police forces, cops have begun to view themselves as soldiers whose main job is combat rather than keeping the peace.

How else can you explain the rise in police shootings since 9/11?

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Armed Feds Prepare for Showdown with Cattle Rancher

April 07, 2014

A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy.

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Vowing to take a stand for, “your liberty and freedom,” Bundy says he is prepared to be killed as authorities surround a 600,000 acre section of public land as a result of his violation of a 1993 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ruling which changed grazing rights in order to protect the endangered desert tortoise.

“With all these rangers and all this force that is out here, they are only after one man right now. Whether they want to incarcerate me or whether they want to shoot me in the back, they are after me.” Bundy said.

Bundy’s refusal to recognize federal authority over the land under dispute, and his failure to pay tens of thousands of dollars (to the BLM) in grazing fees, stems from his assertion that his family’s history trumps bureaucracy.

“My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley ever since 1877. All these rights I claim have been created through preemptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and water. I have been here longer. My rights are before the BLM even existed,” Bundy said.

Accusing feds of seizing Nevada’s sovereignty, Bundy says he has fought the battle legally, through the media, and is now gearing up to fight it physically.

Bundy asserts that his case is emblematic of how America has been transformed into a “police state.” Hundreds of federal officials, aided by helicopters, low flying aircraft and hired cowboys, began rounding up Bundy’s cattle as he accused them of “trespassing.”

Officials have created a taped off “First Amendment Area” wherein demonstrators can voice their concerns. A sign placed inside the area reads “Welcome to Amerika – Wake Up” alongside a hammer and sickle logo.

“The rights were created for us,” Bundy told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “I have the right to use the forage. I have water rights. I have access rights. I have range improvement rights, and I claim all the other rights that the citizens of Nevada have, whether it’s to camp, to fish or to go off road.”

The standoff has echoes of the 1992 Ruby Ridge incident, during which Randy Weaver, accused of selling an ATF agent two illegal sawed-off shotguns, became embroiled in a tragic confrontation with the US Marshals Service and the FBI, resulting in the death of Weaver’s son Sammy, his wife Vicki, and Deputy U.S. Marshal William Francis Degan.

The story also brings back memories of New Hampshire couple Ed and Elaine Brown, who were involved in a nine-month standoff with armed law enforcement and feds as a result of their refusal to pay income tax.

The Browns were later convicted of “plotting to kill federal agents” because of their refusal to surrender and were both given de facto life sentences.

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Panopticon

March 17, 2014

by Ben Hunt

In 1791, Jeremy Bentham published a book describing a revolutionary design for prisons, factories, schools, and hospitals – any institutional building where a few administer, discipline, or care for the many. This design Bentham called a “Panopticon.”

A Panopticon has a large circular watchtower in the middle of a larger circle of cells, offices, classrooms, or whatever functional task space is needed.

The outer circle of cells has inner walls and doors made of transparent windows, and the reverse is true of the central watchtower, which is completely opaque as seen from the outside.

From the watchtower, you can see perfectly into every cell, but from a cell you can see nothing in the watchtower. Importantly, any occupant of a cell can see pretty much every other occupant of every other cell.

The beauty of the Panopticon, per Bentham, is that the occupants of each cell soon come to police themselves.

It’s not necessary for a guard or overseer to watch each prisoner at all times; what is necessary is for each prisoner to live in a perfectly transparent cell, so that he thinks that he is being watched at all times.

As Bentham wrote, the Panopticon design is a means of controlling the minds of prisoners or workers through mental force, as opposed to the traditional goal in 18th century prisons and workhouses of controlling bodies through brute force. What he added to the calculus of social control was the important catalyst of transparency.

Thinking of transparency and openness as an instrument of social mind control is a hard pill to swallow in an era of social media and reality TV.

So many of us embrace personal openness and the sharing of our thoughts. So many of us run toward a camera instead of away, that it seems impolite and certainly anti-modern to maintain privacy and secrecy in our social relationships.

We live in an age where transparency is lauded as a personal virtue and touted as a hallmark of liberty. Public confession is a celebrated ritual and a trusty engine of popular entertainment. Our employers expect that our private lives will merge with our business lives to allow constant access and attention.

Transparency has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with control. And the more “radical” the transparency is, the more willingly and completely we police ourselves in our own corporate or social Panopticons.

This was Michel Foucault’s argument in his classic post-modern critique “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.” The human animal conforms when it observes and is observed by a crowd – at first from fear of discipline, but ultimately because that discipline is internalized as a belief and expectation.

Transparency is not a bad thing for society or the institutions that enforce it. Simply call it by its proper name – an extremely powerful instrument of social control, not a “benefit” to those who are being watched.
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Iceland’s Auroracoin: a New Kind of Independence

March 28, 2014

by Patrick L. Young
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Norse money-god Niord was famed for being able to give riches to anybody he wanted. In modern Iceland…Bitcoin’s Nordic cousin, Auroracoin, is raining digitally from the Icelandic sky.

Similar to Bitcoin with a total circulation of 21 million coins, Auroracoin has two key differences.

Half of the coins were “pre-mined” (i.e. produced in private without the public being permitted to join the mining process), and Auroracoin’s distribution is initially restricted to Icelandic citizens.

When the pre-mining phase was completed, every Icelandic citizen became eligible to claim an equal share of Auroracoins, worth around $360 US per person.

Now Auroracoin can be mined (with a computer) by anybody – although Iceland is ideally placed to mine most efficiently because its data centers are powered by geothermal energy (mining computers generate a lot of heat and the cost of cooling them can be very expensive – EDITOR).

A fascinating experiment has been unleashed in Iceland – a national crypto currency for an island beset by significant economic problems.

When Iceland’s economic bubble burst in 2008, the country’s banking sector fell apart and the government uniquely (and sensibly) let banks fail. This defining capitalist act was anathema to Western politicians, who wouldn’t let their banking cronies down.

A recovery of sorts has led to the economic status quo being almost restored in Iceland. However, it came at a colossal cost to Iceland’s currency. The krone has depreciated by 99.99 percent compared to gold since 1960.

Auroracoin represents a fascinating experiment. Every Icelander can have 31.8 free coins to begin the process, thus creating a ready pool for trade to take place.

The idea is to remove the failed banker-government nexus from the supply chain of money. Move beyond banking, and you reach the peer-to-peer world to power a new age of finance.

As the Auroracoin manifesto notes: “Crypto currencies are a very important milestone in the fight for liberty. They bring the hope of a new era of free currencies that are immune to the meddling of politicians and their cronies.”

Iceland has 96% internet penetration – the world’s highest. With only 330,000 citizens, the entire nation is as populous as a small city elsewhere.

Already there has been an overwhelming rush of Icelanders who are clamoring for their free Auroracoins. They are at the forefront of the new era of money, a new era of freedom to choose.

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Pushing Toward the Final War

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March 28, 2014

by Paul Craig Roberts

We are on the road to World War.

One hundred years ago, the creation of a world war by a few had to be done under the cover of deception. Germany had to be caught off guard. The British had to be manipulated, and people in all countries involved had to be propagandized and brainwashed.

Today, the drive to war is blatantly obvious. The lies are obvious, and media and governments are participating.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper openly lied on Canadian television that Putin had invaded Crimea, had threatened Ukraine, and was restarting the Cold War. The host of the TV program sat and nodded his head in agreement with these bald-faced lies.

The script that Washington handed to its Canadian puppet has been handed to all of Washington’s puppets, and everywhere in the West the message is the same. “Putin invaded and annexed Crimea, Putin is determined to rebuild the Soviet Empire. Putin must be stopped.”

The extraordinary and transparent lie that Russia sent an army into Ukraine and annexed Crimea is now accepted as fact everywhere in the West, even among critics of US policy toward Russia.

Obama and his handlers are relying on the total historical ignorance of Western peoples in order to fashion “news” that controls their minds.

Obama recently declared that Washington’s destruction of Iraq – with up to one million killed, four million displaced, the infrastructure in ruins, and sectarian violence exploding – was nowhere near as bad as Russia’s acceptance of Crimean self-determination.

Obama’s speech on March 26 at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels was beyond hypocrisy.

The return of a Russian province, under its own volition, to the mother country where it had previously existed for 200 years, was presented by Obama as being a dictatorial, anti-democratic act of tyranny.

Here was Obama, who has shredded the US Constitution, speaking of “individual rights and rule of law.”

Where is this rule of law?
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It is not in Kiev, where an elected government was overthrown by force. It is certainly not in the United States, where the executive branch has spent the entirety of the new 21st century establishing a federal government that is above the law.

Habeas corpus, due process, the right to open trials, and the right to privacy, have all been overturned by the Bush/Obama regimes. Torture is against US and international law, yet Washington set up torture prisons all over the globe.

Washington is the government that invaded and destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies.

Washington financed and organized the overthrow of the Libyan and Honduran governments, and is currently attempting to do the same to Syria and Venezuela. It attacks people with drones, and bombs populations in Pakistan and Yemen. It has surrounded Russia, China, and Iran with military bases.

The warmongering collection of Washington war criminals now asserts that it is standing up for international ideals against Russia.

No one at the press conference in Brussels applauded Obama’s nonsensical speech. But for Europe to accept such blatant lies without protest empowers the momentum toward war.

Obama demanded that more NATO troops be stationed in Eastern Europe to “contain Russia,” despite the fact that no one expects Russia to invade Poland or the Baltic countries.

Obama said that a buildup of military forces on Russia’s borders would reassure Poland and the Baltic states that, as NATO members, they will be protected from Russian aggression.

Obama doesn’t say what effect the US/NATO military buildup and numerous war games on Russia’s border will have on Russia. Will the Russian government conclude that Russia is about to be attacked, and strike first?

This is the way that wars start.

People seem unable to learn from history. The world is once again being led down the garden path by lies and propaganda – this time on behalf of American world hegemony.

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EDITOR”S NOTE: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.

Why Did BRICS Back Russia on Crimea?

March 31, 2014

BRICSThere has been no shortage of reports and commentaries on the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea, and Russia’s role in it. Yet one of the more notable recent developments in the crisis has received surprisingly little media attention.

The BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) has unanimously and, in many ways, forcefully backed Russia’s position on Crimea. They made this quite clear during a BRICS foreign minister meeting in The Hague last week.

Just prior to the meeting, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop suggested that Australia might ban Russia’s participation in the G20 summit later this year as a means of pressuring Vladimir Putin on Ukraine.

The BRICS foreign ministers warned Australia against this course of action in the statement they released following their meeting.

The statement said, “The escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions, and force does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful solution, according to international law, including the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter.”

As Oliver Stuenkel at Post Western World noted, the statement was a “clear sign that the West will not succeed in bringing the entire international community into line in its attempt to isolate Russia.”

Besides backing Russia in the foreign ministers’ statement, the rising powers also took time to harshly criticize the U.S. (not by name) for the cyber surveillance programs that were revealed by Edward Snowden.

Although the West celebrated the fact that the UN General Assembly approved the resolution condemning the Crimea referendum, the fact that 69 countries either abstained or voted against it should be a wake-up call.

It increasingly appears that the Western dominated post-Cold War era is over.

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