Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beyond the Greek Impasse

Beyond the Greek Impasse

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By George Friedman
The Greek situation — having perhaps outlived the term "crisis," now that it has taken so long to unfold — appears to have finally reached its terminal point. This is, of course, an illusion: It has been at its terminal point for a long time.
The terminal point is the juncture where neither the Greeks nor the Germans can make any more concessions. In Greece itself, the terminal point is long past. Unemployment is at 26 percent, and more than 50 percent of youths under 25 are unemployed. Slashed wages, particularly in the state sector, affecting professions including physicians and engineers, have led to massive underemployment. Meanwhile, most new economic activity is occurring in the untaxable illegal markets. The Greeks owe money to EU institutions and the International Monetary Fund, all of which acquired bad Greek debts from banks that initially lent funds to Greece in order to stabilize its banking sector. No one ever really thought the Greeks could pay back these loans.
The European creditors — specifically, the Germans, who have really been the ones controlling European negotiations with the Greeks — reached their own terminal point more recently. The Germans are powerful but fragile. They export about a quarter of their gross domestic product to the European free trade zone, and anything that threatens this trade threatens Germany's economy and social stability. Their goal has been to keep intact not only the euro, but also the free trade zone and Brussels' power over the European economy.
Germany has so far avoided an extreme crisis point by coming to an endless series of agreements with Greece that the Greeks couldn't keep and that no one expected them to keep, but which allowed Berlin to claim that the Greeks were capitulating to German demands for austerity. This alleged capitulation helped Germany keep other indebted European countries in line, as financially vulnerable nations witnessed the apparent folly of contemplating default, demanding debt restructuring and confronting rather than accommodating the European Union.

Greece and the Cypriot Situation

For the Germans, Greece represented a dam. What was behind the dam was unknown, and the Germans couldn't tolerate the risk of it breaking. A Greek default would come with capital controls such as those seen in Cyprus, probably trade barriers designed to protect the Greek economy, and a radical reorientation of Greece in a new strategic direction. If that didn't lead to economic and social catastrophe, then other European countries might also choose to exercise the Greek option. Germany's first choice to avoid the default was to create the illusion of Greek compliance. Its second option was to demonstrate the painful consequences of Greece's refusal to keep playing the first game.
This was the point of the Cyprus affair. Cyprus had reached the point that it simply could not live up to the terms of its debt repayment agreements. The pro-EU government agreed under pressure to seize money in bank accounts holding more than 100,000 euros (around $112,000) and use that money to make good on at least some of the payments due. But assigning a minimum account balance hardly served to lessen the blow or insulate ordinary Cypriots. A retiree, after all, may easily have more than 100,000 euros in savings. And hotels or energy service companies (which are critical to the Cypriot economy) certainly have that much in their accounts. The Germans may have claimed the Cypriot banking system contained primarily Russian money, but — although it undoubtedly contained plenty of Russian funds — most of the money in the system actually represented wealth saved and used by Cypriots in the course of their lives and business. The result of raiding those accounts was chaos. Cypriot companies couldn't pay wages or rent, and the economy basically froze until the regulations were eventually eased — though they have never been fully repealed.
The Germans were walking a fine line in advocating this solution. Rather than play the pretend game they had played in Greece, they chose to show a European audience the consequences of genuine default. But those consequences rested on a dubious political foundation. Obviously the Cypriot public was devastated and appalled by their political leaders' decision to comply with Germany's demands. But even more significant, the message received by the rest of Europe was that the consequences of resistance would be catastrophic only if a country's political leadership capitulated to EU demands. Seizing a large portion of Cypriot private assets to pay public debts set an example, but not the example the Germans wanted. It showed that compliance with debt repayments could be disastrous in the short run, but only if the indebted country's politicians let it happen. And with that came another, unambiguous lesson: The punishment for non-compliance, however painful, was also survivable — and far preferable to the alternatives.

The Rise of Syriza

Enter the Coalition of the Radical Left party, known as Syriza, one of the numerous Euroskeptic parties that have emerged in recent years. Many forces combined to drive pro-EU factions out of power, but certainly one of them was the memory of the behavior of pro-EU politicians in Cyprus. The Greek public was well aware Athens would not be able to repay outstanding debt on anything even vaguely resembling the terms set by the pro-EU politicians. Cognizant of the Cypriot example, they voted their own EU-friendly leaders out, making room for a Euroskeptic administration.
Syriza ran on a platform basically committing to ease austerity in Greece, maintain critical social programs, and radically restructure the country's debt obligations, insisting that creditors share more of the debt burden. EU-friendly parties and individuals — and the Germans in particular — tended to dismiss Syriza. They were used to dealing with pro-EU parties in debtor countries that would adopt a resistant posture for their public audience while still accepting the basic premise put forth by Germany and the European Union — that in the end, the responsibility to repay debts was the borrower's. Regardless of their public platform, these parties therefore accepted austerity and the associated social costs.
Syriza, however, did not. A moral argument was underway, and the Germans were tone deaf to it. The German position on debt was that the borrower was morally responsible for it. Syriza countered that, in effect, the lender and the borrower actually shared moral responsibility. The borrower may be obligated to avoid incurring debts that he could not repay, but the lender, they argued, was also obligated to practice due diligence in not lending money to those who were unable to repay. Therefore, though the Greeks had been irresponsible for carelessly borrowing money, the European banks that originally funded Greece's borrowing spree had also been irresponsible in allowing their greed to overwhelm their due diligence. And if, as the Germans have quietly claimed, Greek borrowers misled them, the Germans still deserved what happened to them, because they did not practice more rigorous oversight — they saw only euro signs, just as the bankers did when they signed off on loans to Greece rather than restraining themselves.
The story of Greece is a tale of irresponsible borrowing and irresponsible lending. Bankruptcy law in European and American culture is a system of dualities, where expectations for prudent behavior are placed on both the debtor and creditor. The debtor is expected to pay everything he can under the law, and when that is ability is expended, the creditor is effectively held morally responsible for his decision to lend. In other words, when the debtor goes bankrupt, the creditor loses his bet on the debtor, and the loan is extinguished.
But there are no bankruptcy laws for nation-states, because there is no sovereign power to administer them. Thus, there is no disinterested third party to adjudicate national bankruptcy. There are no sovereign laws dictating the point where a nation is unable to repay its debt, no overarching power that can grant them the freedom to restructure debts according to law. Nor are there any circumstances where the creditor is simply deemed out of luck.
Without these factors, something like the Greek situation emerges. The creditors ruthlessly pursue the debtor, demanding repayment as a first priority. Any restructuring of the debt is at the agreement of creditor and debtor. In the case of Cyprus, the government was prepared to protect the creditors' interests. But in Greece's case, Syriza is not prepared to do so. Nor is it prepared, if we believe what the party says, to simply continue crafting interim lies with the country's creditors. Greece needs to move on from this situation, and another meaningless postponement only postpones the day of reckoning — and postpones recovery.

The Logic and Repercussions of a Grexit

A Greek withdrawal from the eurozone would make sense. It would create havoc in Greece for a while, but it would allow the Greeks to negotiate with Europe on equal terms. They would pay Europe back in drachmas priced at what the Greek Central Bank determines, and they could unilaterally determine the payments. The financial markets would be closed to them, but the Greeks would have the power to enact currency controls as well as trade regulations, turning their attention from selling to Europe, for example, to buying from and selling to Russia or the Middle East. This is not a promising future, but neither is the one Greece is heading toward now.
Many have made a claim that a Greek exit could lead the euro to collapse. This claim seems baffling at first. After all, Greece is a small country, and there is no reason why its actions would have such far-reaching effects on the shared currency. But then we remember Germany's primordial fear: that Greece could set a precedent for the rest of Europe. This would be impossible if the rest of Europe was doing well, but it is not. Spain, for example, has unemployment figures almost as terrible as Greece's. Some have pointed out that Spain is now one of the fastest-growing countries in Europe, which would be impressive if growth rates in the rest of Europe weren't paralyzed. Similarly, Spain's unemployment rate has fallen — to a mere 23 percent. Those who are still enthused about the European Union take such trivial improvements as proof of a radical shift. I see them as background noise in an ongoing train wreck.
The pain of a Greek default and a withdrawal from the eurozone would be severe. But if others see Greece as a forerunner of events, rather than an exception, they may calculate that the pain of unilateral debt restructuring makes sense and gives Greeks a currency that they can at last manage themselves. The fear is that Greece may depart from the euro, not because of any institutional collapse, but because of a keen awareness that sovereign currencies can benefit nations in pain — which many of Europe's countries are.
I do appreciate that the European Union was meant to be more than an arena for debtors and creditors. It was to be a moral arena in which the historical agony of European warfare was abolished. But while the idea that European peace depends on prosperity may be true, that prosperity has been lost. Economies rise and fall, and Europe's have done neither in tandem. Some are big winners, like Germany, and many are losers, to a greater or lesser degree. If the creation of a peaceful European civilization rests on prosperity, as the founding EU document claims, Europe is in trouble.
The problem is simple. The core institutions of the European Union have functioned not as adjudicators but as collection agents, and the Greeks have learned how ruthless those agents can be when aided by collaborative governments like Cyprus. The rest of the Europeans have also realized as much, which is why Euroskeptic parties are on the rise across the union. Germany, the country most threatened by growing anti-EU sentiment, wants to make clear that debtors face a high price for defiance. And if resistance is confined to Greece, the Germans will have succeeded. But if, as I think it will, resistance spreads to other countries, the revolt of the debtor states against the union will cause major problems for Germany, threatening the economic powerhouse's relationship with the rest of Europe.

Joel Rosenberg: ‘Something Is Coming, I Don’t Know What, But We Must Be Ready’

Joel Rosenberg: ‘Something Is Coming, I Don’t Know What, But We Must Be Ready’
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Do you also have the feeling that something really big is coming? Recently, there has been quite a bit of chatter on the Internet about what the second half of 2015 will bring.

During the last six months of this calendar year, we are going to witness a remarkable confluence of circumstances and events, and this is something that I covered in a previous article entitled “7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September“.

But in addition to all of the things that we can point to outwardly, a lot of very prominent individuals are also really feeling an inner “urgency” regarding what is about to happen to this country. For example, Bible prophecy expert Joel C. Rosenberg just posted an ominous message on his own personal blog in which he stated that “something is coming” and that “we must be ready”…

I feel a tremendous sense of urgency about this column.

The United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal.

Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way.

When I first read that, I thought that sounded remarkably similar to how I have been feeling.

Personally, I am feeling more of a sense of urgency about the second half of 2015 than I have ever felt about any period of time before.

And like Rosenberg, I am also convinced that “something is coming” and that this nation is hurtling towards severe trouble.

So what in particular has Rosenberg so concerned? The following are the items that he listed in his blog post…

Violence is exploding in our cities, schools and churches. The horrific mass murder inside the church in Charleston would be bad enough if it wasn’t just one of innumerable mass killings that have become epidemic in America.
Racism is tearing us apart, and it appears things are getting worse, not better.
The Supreme Court has now ruled on the definition and future of marriage —  I believe this could cause the Lord’s hand to turn against our country in a severe and profound way according to the moral laws found in Romans chapter one.
Abortions are occurring at more than one million in year and have put America on the fast track to judgment. Since 1973, Americans have murdered 57 million children through abortions. The blood of 57 million babies is crying out for justice, and they will get it in God’s sovereign timing. Could that be soon?
If all this wasn’t bad enough, marriages and families are imploding all around us. Poverty is growing. Drug and alcohol use is epidemic. And that’s just here at home. Abroad, Iran is closing in on The Bomb.
ISIS is exploding across the Middle East, and gaining ground in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
The Kremlin is growing more aggressive.
Yet our politicians continue to bicker, stall, or golf, even as many abdicate their Constitutional responsibilities.
And many Americans have little or no hope for the future, have little confidence in government, little confidence in the media or academia, and far too little confidence in the Church. Indeed, many see little or no reason to go to church, and are drifting from whatever faith they might have once had in the Lord Jesus Christ.
While, Rosenberg did not name a specific period of time in his article, other prominent voices have gone out on a limb and are pointing to the fall of this year. Just yesterday, I wrote about how Lindsey Williams, Martin Armstrong and Alex Jones are all warning about what is coming in just a few months.

But they are not alone. Like Joel Rosenberg, Ray Gano is also a Bible prophecy expert that is extremely concerned about what is rapidly approaching. In fact, Gano is convinced that we will witness an economic collapse “probably starting in the third quarter of 2015″…

If you have been a reader of mine, you know that I have been pointing to an economic collapse, probably starting in third quarter 2015.

Why third quarter?

US History shows that when the US suffers and economic meltdown of some sorts, it always seems to take place in September – October

Just look at history.

Shemitah Signs

Black Monday – October 28, 1929 – the stock market starts to destabilize and crashes thus beginning the Great Depression.

Black Monday – October 19, 1987 — stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped by 508 points to 1738.74 (1)

Black Friday – October 13, 1989

October 27, 1997 Mini Crash

September 11, 2001 – The economic effects arising from the September 11 attacks were initial shock causing global stock markets to drop sharply. The September 11 attacks themselves resulted in approximately $40 billion in insurance losses, making it one of the largest insured events ever. (2)

I strongly believe that 2015 will be a year that begins / creates financial crashes, economic chaos and possibly the start of the next great worldwide depression.

Last time around, not that many understood what was happening when the stock market crashed at the very end of the Shemitah year in 2008. But thanks to Jonathan Cahn’s work, this time around millions of people are talking about the Shemitah cycle that ends this September. For much more on all of this, please see my previous article on the Shemitah.

Others that take a more secular view of things are also deeply concerned about what is coming this fall. For instance, precious metals analyst David Morgan has been pointing to the month of September since the very beginning of this year…

When might the economy and the “debt bomb” explode? Morgan predicts this fall. Why? Morgan says, “Momentum is one indicator and the money supply. Also, when I made my forecast, there is a big seasonality, and part of it is strict analytical detail and part of it is being in this market for 40 years.
I got a pretty good idea of what is going on out there and the feedback I get. . . . I’m in Europe, I’m in Asia, I’m in South America, I’m in Mexico, I’m in Canada; and so, I get a global feel, if you will, for what people are really thinking and really dealing with. It’s like a barometer reading, and I feel there are more and more tensions all the time and less and less solutions. It’s a fundamental take on how fed up people are on a global basis. Based on that, it seems to me as I said in the January issue of the Morgan Report, September is going to be the point where people have had it.”

Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante is also warning about what is going to happen in September. The following is a quote from Berwick from one of his most recent interviews…

I think we’re getting very, very close to the next crisis collapse. I haven’t said that since 2008. I haven’t said it’s going to happen this year or next year… I’ve never really been warning that I think it really is now very close and I have been doing that lately… and I’ve actually predicted later this year in September.

There’s a number of reasons why I predicted that date. There are a lot of things going on… a lot of crazy things… to go into it all it’s just amazing how you can see these things being put into place.

So what does all of this mean?

Are we heading for a financial collapse (or something even worse) during the second half of 2015?

Pentagon Changes “Laws Of War” To Declare Journalists Enemy Targets

Pentagon Changes “Laws Of War” To Declare Journalists Enemy Targets

pentIt was recently reported that the Pentagon has changed their suggested code of conduct in times of war, in a way that allows them to persecute journalists. The “law of war” is an instruction book released by the Pentagon, explaining how enemy targets should be killed and imprisoned.
The book is 1,176-pages long and is officially known as “Department of Defense Law of War Manual.” In the manual various methods of murder including shooting, bombing and stabbing are listed as acceptable ways of dealing with an enemy, although chemical and biological agents are strictly forbidden.
One of the most concerning updates to the manual, includes the grouping of journalists with terrorists, allowing the government bring actions against them that would not typically be considered normal.
“In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents,” the manual says.
While the wording is vague experts have warned that this could be potentially dangerous for journalists who speak out against the dominant government narrative.
Professor of Journalism at Georgetown Chris Chambers recently told RT thatIt gives them license to attack or even murder journalists that they don’t particularly like but aren’t on the other side.”
Chambers explained that this new wording could contradict the Geneva Convention, and change journalists from civilians to possible enemy targets.
“The Geneva Convention, other tenets of international law, and even United States law – federal courts have spoken on this – doesn’t have this thing on ‘unprivileged belligerents’,” he said.
The manual also gives the military total permission to use drones as they wish, stating that there is “no prohibition in the law of war on the use of remotely piloted aircraft.”

John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.
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This Is What Terence McKenna Would Have Said About The Illuminati

This Is What Terence McKenna Would Have Said About The Illuminati

People talk about how we are controlled, but McKenna didn't believe it was even possible: here's what he had to say
We are living in a time of great upheaval on a global scale, but there is plenty to be positive about. While the seemingly endless oil wars rage on, people are waking up to the wool that has been pulled over their eyes. Fourteen years ago when 9/11 changed the world forever, very few people had heard of Bilderberg, or of any conspiracy theories surrounding a shadowy, tight group of international banking families who are so powerful they literally own our politicians, making the ‘democratic’ process a total waste of time. Things that most of us now take for granted as fact were not common knowledge a decade ago, and this in itself is positive.
During a couple of lecture back in the 1990’s, Terence McKenna spoke about control and the bigger picture. His humorous, simple wisdom is a great tonic to any feelings of hopelessness about what’s going on in the world today. In fact, everyone feeling paranoid and frustrated over current global events should listen to what he has to say on this matter:
“The real truth is that no-one is in control. Absolutely no-one. This stuff is ruled by the equation of dynamics and chaos. There may be entities seeking control: the world bank, the communist party, the rich…but to seek control is to take enormous aggravation upon yourself, because this process that is underway will take the control freak by the short and curlies and throw them against the wall. It’s like trying to control a dream, you see.”
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McKenna believed that our power hungry puppet-masters, our financial institutions, our war-mongering politicians…all of them are ultimately irrelevant. They can try to dominate us, and perhaps they’ll succeed for a time, but this obsession for power and control will eventually backfire on them.
McKenna goes on: “If I were dependent on the notion that human institutions are necessary to pull us out of the ditch, I would be very despairing. As I said, nobody’s in charge. Not the IMF, not the Pope, the Jews…No, no no. Nobody has their finger on what’s really going on.”
He then discusses what this means for us: “So then why hope? Isn’t it just a runaway train out of control? I don’t think so. I think the out of control-ness is the most hopeful thing about it. After all, whose control is it out of? You and I never controlled it in the first place!” As the audience laugh, McKenna quips: “If it’s out of control, then our side is winning.” It’s a lovely, logical, hopeful, and simple conclusion.
The speech is edited from two of McKenna’s lectures: ‘Dreaming Awake at the End of Time’ and ‘Eros And The Eschaton’. This beautiful video was created by YouTuber RevolutionLoveEvolve.

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Watch How This 1981 Film Accurately Predicted The Current State Of The World

Watch How This 1981 Film Accurately Predicted The Current State Of The World

A short clip from the film My Dinner With Andre makes some important observations

This clip from the 1981 film My Dinner With Andre is dubbed ‘A Highly Conscious Conversation’, and is one of those old classic cinematic excerpts (like Brave New World, The Network, or 1984) that provided an eerie, prophetic window into the future we are now living in. It touches on subjects such as media brainwashing, the death of intellect and emotion, the money system, and awakening to the truth.
It was directed by Louis Malle and written by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, who also star in the movie. My Dinner With Andre could be described as an artistic, intelligent, and very unusual piece of cinema. Wallace, a playwright, and Andre, a theater director, meet in a New York restaurant after years of lost contact, and spend two hours philosophizing about life, travel, theater, humanism, spirituality and everything in between. Although the conversation seems spontaneous and very natural, the entire dialogue was actually scripted over the period of a year, using authentic recorded conversations between the pair. The camera stays with the men for two hours as they eat and drink in ‘real time’, giving the viewer the sense that they are part of this intimate discussion. Critics of the movie might say this is all there is to the story, but they would be missing the point.
Wally, the more rational and pragmatic of the two, listens in astonishment as Andre describes various adventures he’s had traveling the world. The director talks of his experiences at Findhorn, a Scottish commune, in a forest in Poland, in the Sahara with a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and a performance piece he did on Long Island which led to him being buried alive. During the conversation, we get the impression that Wally begins to realize there are other ways of living, other ways of perceiving the world.
This short clip from ‘Educate Inspire Change’ begins with Wally asking Andre whether he believes humanity has become bored; whether we are all just like “spoiled children.” Andre replies that he believes we are. But why? Here’s his theory:
“Has it ever occurred to you Wally that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world may very well be a self-perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing created by a world totalitarian government based on money, and that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks?” Andre continues: “Somebody who is bored is asleep. And somebody who is asleep will not say no.”
Andre talks about how avoiding the media could be a healthy thing, because “everything you hear now contributes to turning you into a robot.” He talks of how big cities are effectively “concentration camps”, built by the people themselves to perpetuate their own slavery, with citizens acting as “both the guards and the prisoners”. He talks about the need to escape all of this, and the problem of where to go.
“See, the 1960s represented the last burst of the human being before he was extinguished,” Andre suggests. He talks about how we are now living in the early stages of a new dark age, but is hopeful that this era will include “pockets of light”, as awakened humans create a new future in spite of everything. “We’re talking about an underground [resistance]”, Andres tells Wally. “I keep thinking that what we need is a new language. A language of the heart.”
The movie is full of insightful food for thought, and it’s worth watching the whole film if you enjoyed listening to Andre’s observations. Let us know whether you agree in the comments section.

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California Moves to Require Vaccinations For School-Age Children

California Moves to Require Vaccinations For School-Age Children

Christine Rousselle

6/27/2015 2:12:00 PM - Christine Rousselle
California has some of the lowest child vaccination rates in the country, with pockets of the state seeing lower vaccination rates than war-torn third-world countries. That may soon change, as the California Assembly has recently passed one of the toughest mandatory vaccination laws in the country, banning religious and personal belief exemptions. (Medical exemptions, such as for those with allergies to vaccine components, remain legal.) An unvaccinated child would not be permitted to attend public schools, although they would be allowed to be home or privately schooled.
California was home to an outbreak of measles earlier this year that infected many people who were either unvaccinated or too young to be vaccinated against the disease. This sparked a public health conversation about vaccines in the state.
The anti-vaccine movement grew substantially following the publication of a (now thoroughly discredited) article that suggested the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine caused autism in children. Since then, despite mounds of evidence saying that there is no link between the vaccine and autism, parents have vaccinated their children at lower rates.
From the LA Times:
The measure, among the most controversial taken up by the Legislature this year, would require more children who enter day care and school to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough.
Those with medical conditions such as allergies and immune-system deficiencies, confirmed by a physician, would be excused from immunization. And parents could still decline to vaccinate children who attend private home-based schools or public independent studies off campus.
It is unclear whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the measure, which grew out of concern about low vaccination rates in some communities and an outbreak of measles at Disneyland that ultimately infected more than 150 people.
Medical experts, including Dr. Luther Cobb, president of the California Medical Assn., hailed Thursday's vote by the state Assembly as key to keeping deadly but preventable diseases in check.
“We've seen with this recent epidemic that rates of immunization are low enough that epidemics can be spread now,” Cobb said. “The reasons for failing to immunize people … are based on unscientific and untrue objections, and it's just a good public-health measure.”
California would become the third state to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines, and the 32nd to ban "personal belief" exemptions.
Good. There's no excuse (well, apart from allergy or severe, rare, illness) to deny your child a vaccine. Unvaccinated children can easily spread illnesses like whooping cough to children too young or medically fragile to be protected against them. Whooping cough is especially important to vaccinate against in schoolchildren to avoid passing on the illness to infants or very young other children that are at a higher risk of dying from the disease than their older peers.
Vaccinations save lives. It's high time Californians realized this.

The 6 Alien Species Currently Fighting for Control Over Earth

The 6 Alien Species Currently Fighting for Control Over Earth

Hundreds of sightings, abductions and first-hand accounts have made it possible to distinguish several distinct alien species that have been in cahoots with military forces, deciding our future without ever consulting us. Below are the least obscure ones we could find.

1. The Sirians

Hailing from the Sirius B star system, the Sirians are as advanced as they are ancient. Throughout history, they have imparted their knowledge to human civilizations of their choosing. They gifted the ancient Egyptians with medical and astronomical information and the great pyramids and temples are said to have been built with their help.
The Mayans also had a special relationship with the Sirians, who shared information with this enigmatic South American civilization. The extraterrestrial originating from Sirius B are believed to have played a part in the disappearance of the Maya, but not before ensuring they left behind amazing artifacts such as the crystal skulls.
Another earthly civilization that benefited from the Sirian presence were the Atlanteans; it is believed that during the cataclysmic event that sunk Atlantis, the Sirians were instrumental in leading the rescue operations. Other civilizations have been influenced by the Sirians, the most notable case being that of the Dogon tribe of West Africa.
Although they were more involved during our planet’s past, nowadays the Sirians play a more subtle part: technology exchange programs. They are often mentioned in connection with covert or exotic weapons research as well as time travel experimentation.

2. The Short Grays

Also known as the Zeta Reticulums, the Grays are some of the most well-known aliens and commonly depicted throughout alien pop culture. They are the authors of most alien abductions.
According to most descriptions, they stand 3 to 5 feet tall, have bulbous heads and over-sized black eyes. Although they possess a mouth, they seldom speak, as most communication is carried out telepathically. The short Grays are said to be a genetically-engineered worker race that are controlled by their superiors, the Tall Grays. Their telepathic abilities allow them to constitute a type of hive mind consciousness.
Being genetically-designed to carried out scientific missions, the short Grays are emotionless and cruel. They are also responsible for creating a human-gray hybrid race.

3. The Tall Grays

Standing 7 to 8 feet tall, the Gray Masters are the ambassadors of most meetings between human and alien forces. They are always present at any diplomatic agreements with the global shadow government. Sources claim they originate from a star system in the Orion constellation.
The Tall Grays supervise all abductions and human experiments but are seldom present during these events. They prefer to employ the services of their minions, the Short Grays. As it would seem, they are keen on developing a stable human-gray hybrid race, one worthy of inheriting Earth.
An advanced, self-centered race, they place little value on human life. They consider us their property.

4. The Alpha-Draconians

Corrupt and vicious, the Alpha-Draconians have infiltrated human society thousands of years ago. Although they came to Earth from their colonies on Alpha Draconis, their original home world is unknown.
A decidedly giant reptilian species, they measure anywhere from 14 to 22 feet tall. Weighing an estimated 1,800 pounds, their muscular bodies are covered in green or brown scaly skin. They are an intelligent race, with large heads and reptilian eyes. Some accounts describe them as having tails or even wings.
Contactee Alex Collier says he was allowed to share some details about these extraterrestrials:
The Draconians are the force behind the repression of human populations everywhere in this galaxy, instilling fear-based belief systems and restrictive hierarchies.
They’re extremely clairvoyant and extremely clever, and they can also be extremely sinister.”
The Draconians view themselves as the first intelligent species to evolve in the Milky Way galaxy. Competitive and expansive, they have populated many worlds. Their immense egos allows them to see themselves as the rightful rulers of lesser evolved worlds such as Earth.
Their continuous exploitation of the human race proves they consider us an inferior species.
Reports say there are actually two types of Alpha-Draconians divided into two castes: the giant ones are part of a royal caste called the Ciakar while the smaller ones (8 feet tall) form a well-trained warrior class.

5. The Native Reptilians

Often confused with the warrior caste of the Alpha Draconians, these reptilians are said to be native to Earth. The little information available for this species states that they were originally left behind by the Alpha-Draconians to colonize Earth.
Their interaction with mankind goes back thousands of years, sometimes offering assistance but more often than not using us as a commodity. They have infiltrated almost all aspects of human life and hold positions of power. Reptilians manipulate our elites and rule our institutions and organizations. They built the financial system and influence all religions.
The underground reptilian race is also said to control the media and all corporations. They are behind most crimes against humanity.

6. The Anunnaki

An elite race of beings that originated in another galaxy they called Illyuwn. Their home world was a planet called Rizq. When Rizq was destroyed, they built an intergalactic vessel they named Nibiru.
Before heading to Earth, the Anunnaki colonized the planets in the Orion star system. They arrived on Earth almost a million years ago, in search of gold and other valuable minerals that were scarce in the universe, but abundant here.
In need of a workforce, they are said to have created mankind. Through genetic manipulation and in vitro fertilization, they upgraded the genus Homo to sapiens quality. Present on Earth since our inception, the Anunnaki have influenced every aspect of human life. We’ve inherited their patriarchal culture of violence and vengeance, it’s in our engineered DNA.
The Anunnaki are in direct competition with the Draconians for control over mankind.
It’s comforting to know that ‘GOD’ fight for us.

Banks Quickly Abolishing Your Ability to Use & Store Cash

Banks Quickly Abolishing Your Ability to Use & Store Cash

jamie_dimonMany responsible citizens believe in paying with cash and storing their cash at home, in a bank, or in a safety deposit box. But banks & governments have suddenly become hell-bent on abolishing your use and storage of cash, by restricting the ways you can spend & deposit your U.S. dollars, and reporting countless cash transactions to the police & government. The question is, why? The frightening fact is, our government has recently instituted numerous programs to track your financial accounts anywhere in the world, but tracking cash is much harder. In addition, our government aggressively pursues numerous programs to confiscate citizen savings & wealth without due process, and it’s much easier to confiscate digital accounts. Thus, cash has become a huge target. So you better act now to move your savings & wealth out of cash and financial accounts, and into private physical assets like gold & silver, before you have nothing left to protect.

The Bankers’ War on Cash

damon_geller_authorWhen JPMorgan Chase recently informed customers that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes, it capped off a frightening trend in banker restrictions on cash usage & storage internationally:
  • Citi’s Willem Buiter recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates.”
  • Chase instituted a new policy which “restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans.”
  • The Justice Department has ordered bank employees to consider calling the police on customers who withdraw $5,000 dollars or more.
  • HSBC is now interrogating its account holders in the UK on how they earn and spend their money as well as restricting cash withdrawals for customers.
  • Banks in the U.S. are making it harder for customers to withdraw and deposit cash, with Chase imposing new capital controls that mandate identification for cash deposits and ban cash being deposited into another person’s account.
  • Chase banned international wire transfers while restricting cash activity for business customers (both deposits and withdrawals).
  • The French government announced it will restrict French citizens from making cash payments over €1,000 euros.

Why the War on Cash?

At the very least, banks imposing restrictions on the use of cash amounts to an attack on anonymity and an example of how financial institutions are positioning themselves to handle the fallout of the next economic crash – at the expense of customers. But it goes even deep than that. Consider the lengths to which our government has gone to track your money worldwide, and the extent to which they have confiscated citizen savings without due process of law.
As the U.S. spirals toward insolvency due to massive over-spending and Fed money-printing, the U.S. government is pulling out all the stops to gain access to your money – no matter where it is across the globe. First, the government started seizing citizen bank accounts with no due process. Then, the Department of Justice and local police started seizing cash from innocent citizens. Now, the IRS threatens foreign nations and financial institutions across the globe to turn over your private data and financial accounts, with the threat of financial warfare if they don’t comply. They’re even threatening our very allies, despite the fact that they have no authority whatsoever over foreign nations!
So in short, if our government is going to these lengths to track down your money and even confiscate citizen savings without due process, isn’t it much easier to track and control digital accounts than cash? Yes. So how does the government remedy this challenge? Join the banks in a war against cash.

Convert Your Savings into Gold & Silver

Yes, we’re all required by law to report our income and pay our taxes. But that doesn’t give the government & banks the authority to track every financial move we make and restrict our usage and storage of cash. These moves reek of absolute desperation on the part of the government & banks. And they have every reason to be desperate. Our national debt has reached the breaking point, and banks are once again gambling trillions on the outrageous derivatives that took down the global economy in 2008. And our entire financial system hangs in the balance.
So do you want to remain vulnerable to the whims of government & banks, or do you want to fully protect your savings & retirement? To get true protection, there’s one asset class that sits outside the system, is completely private, and cannot be tracked and controlled by the government or banks: physical gold & silver.
Physical gold & silver have been the world’s greatest wealth protectors for over 5,000 years, shielding citizens from government & banking collapse during the worst crises in history. And physical gold & silver cannot be instantly seized with the stroke of a keyboard. So invest in gold & silver now, before you have nothing left to protect.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Rebukes U.S. for Abandoning God and Christian Values by Promoting Homosexuality and Homosexual Marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin Rebukes U.S. for Abandoning God and Christian Values by Promoting Homosexuality and Homosexual Marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that a peace deal could be achieved in Ukraine by Friday (Photo: EPA)
Vladimir Putin (Photo: EPA)
President Vladimir Putin, former KGB Agent of a Once-atheist Nation, Rebukes America, a Once-Christian Nation by Saying that by Forsaking Traditional Christian Values and Putting Same-sex Marriage on the Same Level as Traditional Marriage with a Man, Woman, and Children, the Nation is Forsaking God and Believing in Satan and Will be Led into Degradation and Chaotic Darkness.
At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.”
More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.
“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
In his state of the nation address in mid-December, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into “chaotic darkness.”
As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers.
The law on religious sensibilities was adopted in the wake of a protest in Moscow’s largest cathedral by a female punk rock group against the Orthodox Church’s support of Mr. Putin. Kremlin-run television said the group’s “demonic” protest was funded by “some Americans.”
Mr. Putin’s views of the West were echoed this month by Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, the leader of the Orthodox Church, who accused Western countries of engaging in the “spiritual disarmament” of their people.
In particular, Patriarch Kirill criticized laws in several European countries that prevent believers from displaying religious symbols, including crosses on necklaces, at work.
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SOURCE: Marc Bennetts
The Washington Times

Wall Street Opens Lower as Greek Bank Shock Spreads

Wall Street Opens Lower as Greek Bank Shock Spreads

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Greece's Gordian Knot: Syriza Tackles Austerity (114)
With Greece possibly defaulting tomorrow, investors dumped US stocks, buying into US and German debt.
Kristian Rouz – US shares retreated at the open on Monday with the Dow Jones plunging as much as 200 points and banking sector among biggest losers, chiefly due to the increasing risks stirred by the debt deadlock in Greece.
The banking shutdown in Athens sent shockwaves across global financials with the common currency slumping below $1.10. The downward pressure on US stocks is also supported by the ongoing slump in Chinese stocks despite the monetary stimulus enacted by Beijing yesterday. In such circumstances, demand for safer assets is rife, with gold gaining ground insignificantly, and investors fleeing Greece for US Treasuries and Deutsche Bunds.
New evidence of Greece edging closer to exit from the Eurozone weighed on US equities early on Monday. Amid thick trading volumes, all three major US indices slumped just over 1% each. Among other riskier assets, commodities depreciated as well, with crude oil among biggest losers.
The Dow Jones index has lost so far 1.17%, or 209.56 points, down to 17,737.12, while the S&P 500 Index shed 1.14%, or23.91 points, to 2,077.58. Nine out of ten S&P sectors posted losses with only the utilities on the rise as cheaper energy and more stable consumer demand have turned the sector into S&P’s safest.
The NASDAQ Index lost 66.69 points, or 1.31%, down to 5,013.81 points. Investors abandon equities, as the widespread sentiment is that Greece is very likely to exit the euro. However, the meltdown could have been greater had the Greek government not announced some nation’s banks will open on Thursday to make payments to pensioners.
Greece has to pay some $1.8 bln to the IMF by tomorrow. If it fails to do so, a default is imminent. Further evidence of its ability to service the debt will have to be provided by Athens soon as well, making the situation even more complicated. Most market participants have lost their faith in Greece’s ability to reach a deal with creditors, and worse forecasts are turning into reality with investment capital fleeing for the US and German debt. Yield on benchmark US 10-year Treasury fell to its one-week lowest at 2.357% (-0.12%) today, while the paper is up 1 point in price. The longer-term US bonds advanced even greater, up 2 points in value, and yield down 0.12% as well, to 3.134%.
A similar situation in Germany, with Deutsch Bunds – Europe’s most privileged debt papers – adding 1.21 face amount, or 12.10 euros per 1,000. The yield slumped 0.13% to 0.79%, plunging to as low as 0.71% during the day.
This means that market volatility in Frankfurt and New York is declining, meanwhile, the global volatility index is rising dramatically, indicating terrible turbulence elsewhere – the worst in Southern Europe and China. Spain’s 10-year debt yield rose 0.23% to 2.34%, the greatest advance since early May. Yield on Greek papers skyrocketed 4.19% to 15.03%, highest since late 2012, but still below the March 2012 record highest of 44.21% when the nation’s debt was restructured.
The CBOE Volatility Index (known as VIX) jumped 16% to 16.27 points, and, though still below its historical average of 20 (Greece is a relatively small nation), it is at its two-month highest.
Meanwhile, the US economy sent another signal of acceleration with pending home sales at their 9-year highest. Though failed to support stocks, the data will come in handy after the Greek situation finally clears, so a major (and very speculative given the global turbulence) rally in US stocks is up ahead.

A Week of Crisis for Greece and Global Markets

A Week of Crisis for Greece and Global Markets

June 28, 2015
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After years of false starts it appears that the ‘Grexit’ is finally in motion. Yet when the dust finally settles, this week will be remembered for its market volatility – not as the time when Greece kicked itself out of the euro zone.

Cooler Heads Not Prevailing
Shrewd negotiating is what brought us to this point. Both sides are in a difficult position, and both would rather salt their own fields than be seen as bending to their opponent’s demands.
Luckily it’s not totally up to the politicians. The Greek people are poised to be the ultimate deciders of this latest act of a seemingly unending drama. Early polling shows clear support for accepting the Eurogroup’s offer in the upcoming July 5 referendum. One poll conducted over the weekend by Alco, a Greek newspaper, found 57% in favor of a deal, and another conducted by Kapa Research found 47% in favor and 33% opposed.
As far as Prime Minister Tsipras is concerned it’s a win-win situation, and this is something that has undoubtedly influenced his negotiating style. Many believe that his Syriza party wanted to default and exit the euro zone from the very beginning, though it had to drop this unpopular platform in order to be voted in by a Greek electorate still largely in favor of remaining in the euro zone. Walking away from the table in the early rounds was never an option; Tsipras had to appear like he was negotiating in good faith. But by driving an exceedingly hard bargain on Greece’s bailout conditions, he could either break the cycle of austerity or induce a ‘Grexit’ under circumstances that would rally Greeks against a cruelly vindictive Brussels establishment.
The tone and tempo of the Greek negotiating strategy supports this interpretation. IMF payments were lumped together and pushed back to the end of June, good negotiating time was needlessly wasted, and the first feasible proposal on the part of the Greeks came at the absolute last second. In short, every effort was made to drum up a sense of dire climax, and when it all predictably broke down, Tsipras turned to the Greek electorate to bless either a bad deal or a ruinous exit from the euro zone: win-win for Syriza, lose-lose for Greece.
Not to be so easily outdone, the Eurogroup negotiators have a few tricks of their own. With less than a week to go before a vote that could decide the future of the entire currency union, they played their trump card and withdrew emergency assistance to Greek banks. Now Greeks will have a stark preview of what life might be like should they vote no: empty ATMs, shuttered banks, and a deep and crippling uncertainty over what tomorrow may bring.

A Week on the Edge
We have not yet arrived at the point of no return.
Though there is no more European money to lubricate the Greek financial system, the problem has been temporarily circumvented by the government announcing a bank holiday until July 7 – two days after the referendum. By then it’s likely that the Greek people will have voted to accept the agreement and the gears will be in motion to institute the next round of the bailout.
Greece is required to pay $1.7 billion to the IMF on June 30, several days before the referendum. There have been conflicting reports as to whether or not Athens has the financial assets necessary to make the payment. If not, Greece would technically be classified by the institution as being in arrears, and not having defaulted. Again, Athens would be in a position to resume its payments should the ‘yes’ vote win and the bailout be reinstated.
Nothing conclusive has transpired yet, with everything still hinging on the Friday vote. Yet there is sure to be a black cloud looming over global equity markets all week; this is where we might see the uncertainty that many traders have taken for granted for years begin to have a more palpable impact. Bond markets in peripheral countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Italy merit particular attention. This is the frontline of possible contagion. Should debt yields here spike to unsustainable levels, European leaders will think again about whether the risk of a Greek default is actually firewalled. After all, in terms of investor sentiment, there’s an awful lot riding on just three words from Mario Draghi, words that are increasingly ringing hollow of late: ‘whatever it takes.’
It’s going to be a long week for Greece, Europe, and investors worldwide.

Gay Pride Participants Mock Jesus and the Bible in a Disturbing Way

Gay Pride Participants Mock Jesus and the Bible in a Disturbing Way

Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Tens of thousands participated at the annual Gay Pride march.
Participants marched through the heart of Brazil’s business metropolis, this year slogan was:”I was born this way, I grew up so I will always be like this: respect me.”
Organizers said they expected upwards of two million people to attend the event, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
Some marchers carried rainbow flags while one held aloft a giant banner proclaiming “proud to be a transvestite.”
Brazilian broadcaster Globo indicated the city authorities had spent in the region of $500,000 on helping to organize the event.
The parade also targeted Christians. Banners like “Christians are homophobe” “Jesus was Gay” etc…could be seen all over the parade.
Even a gay Jesus…
Some pictures!
Is this what the Supreme Court VOTED FOR?