AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
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1) End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).
2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.
3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money, End the Fed
4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts
5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties
7) End All Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland
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To my readers: Have a Merry Christmas.
Iran launching "massive" ten day War Games tomorrow in close proximity to (CVN-74) USS John Stennis super-carrier battle group ~ link ~ As the rest of the world enjoys Festivus or whatever celebration one indulges in, Iran is launching a "massive" 10 day war games naval exercise right in the belly of the beast. From Xinhua: "Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Thursday announced the upcoming launch of ten-day massive naval exercises in the international waters, the local satellite Press TV reported. Sayyari said at a press conference on Thursday that the naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 will start on Saturday and will cover an area of 2,000 (1,250-mile) km stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden, the report said. This is the first time that Iran's Navy carries out naval drills in such a vast area, he was quoted as saying. He said that the exercises will manifest Iran's military prowess and defense capabilities in the international waters, convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries and test the newest military equipment among other objectives, said the report. He added that the newest missile systems and torpedoes will be employed in the maneuvers, adding that the most recent tactics used in subsurface battles will also be demonstrated. Iranian destroyers, missile-launching vessels, logistic vessels, drones and coastal missiles will also be tested, said the Iranian commander, according to the report." And while conventional wisdom is that the market is focused on what the upcoming closure of the Straits of Hormuz means for tanker routs and oil prices, there is another more disturbing possibility: with all those Iranian canoes, and soapboxes floating around, one wonders if one is bound to have a close encounter with USS CVN-74 John Stennis, which as the updated naval map below from Stratfor shows, will be smack in the middle of the action.
Western-Backed Terrorists Kill 30 in Syria Attack - with video ~ link ~We continue to head right into World War III thanks to the Global Banking Cartel and their political whores in Washington and NATO and the evil government of Netanyahu. This is a good article, take the time to read it all at the link. Stirling
These very real possibilities are too oft ignored by people promoting preparedness, likely because they realize that they’re not going to be able to sell you a year’s supply of food while telling you the reality of the situation in the United States.
With all of the pieces in place, when will the hammer drop? ~ link ~ Over the past few months, those who have been paying attention have witnessed some of the most disturbing developments in modern American history unfold at breakneck speed.
This includes the explicit codification of indefinite detention without charge or trial as well as rendition under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Fiscal Year 2012, the KBR move to create a team of sub-contractors to activate the so-called FEMA camps on a moment’s notice and the designation of American citizens as the enemy under Continuity of Government (COG) plans created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Unfortunately, the file revealing the FEMA COG plans, entitled “National Continuity Programs (NCP) Program and Mission Support Services (PAMSS)” was quickly removed from the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) official website, according to Infowars.
Did Congress just endorse Rendition for Americans ~ link ~ Yes.
Port of Los Angeles shutdown: The Holy Grail of West Coast Occupy Movement ~ link ~ The recent West Coast Port Shutdowns revealed several key points about the future of Occupy Wall Street in the West, and also gave a tantalizing glimpse of what may eventually be possible nationwide (even worldwide, if we dare to dream) given the attempted participation of Houston. What I am going to argue here is that peacefully shutting down the Port of Los Angeles is the natural strategic focus of all Occupy West of the Rockies, and further that it is one essential prong of an eventual three-pronged nationwide General Strike. I will not sugarcoat how tall an order this is - quite the contrary, I will be exhausting my talents exploring precisely that, but will nonetheless show that the objective is sine qua non.
UK flexes nuclear muscles against Argentina ~ link ~ Also see: Mercosur bans Falklands flags - with video ~ link ~ Now is NOT THE TIME to be bringing up the dispute over the Falkland Islands/Las Malvenas. The southern South American nations of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay need to keep a low profile as the World heads into the Third World War for the sake of their people. Stirling
Warning: Neocon push for War with Iran - video ~ link
The Israeli Defense Firm that Tallies the Iowa Caucus Votes ~ link ~ As that "sweetheart" Stalin said, "It does not matter who votes, it only matters who counts the votes." Stirling
US alone as Israel condemned in UN Security Council ~ link ~ Israel needs to reconcile itself to live within its borders, quit stealing land from the Arabs, and begin to build a safer "neighborhood" for itself in the Middle East. Stirling
Iran Attack: Downfall of Zionist Israel ~ link ~ Actually, it could be the downfall of the Human Race if it triggers global biowar and WWIII. Stirling
A war with Iran would be different from the one with Gaza; it would mean the downfall of Zionist Israel, Norman Paech wrote on the German-based daily Jung Welt. Paech said that in a study released on 12 February 2009, the CIA predicted that if Israel persists with its trend of warmongering policies in the Middle East, it would be destroyed within 20 years. Referring to the recent remarks by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, Paech said Washington is facing a real dilemma with regards to Tel Aviv.
Paech said on the one hand the US wants to save the Israeli regime, which is increasingly showing signs of a “failing state”, and on the other, they want to eliminate the Iranian government that is growing more and more dominant despite the sanctions engineered by Washington.