The Saker Interviews Paul Craig Roberts

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Read it all.

H/t Sinclair.

SLL: The Party’s Over

A general view of the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Robert discusses the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its implications for US hegemony.

Excerpt:

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…Reports this morning suggest that the US, bowing to reality, will try to get the AIIB to work with the existing development banks it dominates. It amounts to a plea for one last drink, which never turns out to be the last drink. The US elite are a deluded, corrupt, self-important lot, addicted to power. The chances that they will sober up after this collective rebuke are minimal…
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Read it all.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

III Comms Update

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Sam K. is giving a good price on a new set; review here.

Details here.

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Guerrillamerica: OPSEC Webinar – Open Enrollment – Wed, 25 MAR

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Details.

Git sum.

Bracken: Operation Jade Conditioning

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From Matt Bracken:

Operation Jade Conditioning

First, let’s cover what Joint Military Exercise Jade Helm 15 is not: it is not a covert plan for the military to conquer the Southwest and institute martial law. And no, the hundreds of special operations troops and thousands of other military personnel taking part in Jade Helm 15 are not bad guys who are out to establish tyranny in America. Those are straw man arguments, posited to be rejected.

But the elimination of the straw men does not mean that Jade Helm 15 is benign. Reality check, please: does anybody reading this seriously believe that President Obama is contemplating dropping thousands of American troops across an area as vast as the space covered by Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Egypt? If you believe that, then I will give you a special discount when you buy any two of the eleven New York metro area bridges and tunnels that I currently own.

Many will say, “But the Green Berets have been doing this kind of thing with exercises like Robin Sage for years and years. It’s exactly the same thing. It’s no big deal.” These people are either paid shills, or well-meaning but naïve dupes. Note the motto of Jade Helm 15: “Master the human domain.” From our military to our intelligence agencies to federal law enforcement, Social Network Analysis is a booming field, a field which is now stretched to include imposters and liars paid by the post to influence social media trends. This government-sponsored social media influencing begins in the understandable realm of legitimate foreign counter-terrorism, but today the all-seeing eye is increasingly aimed inward at perceived domestic threats.

FTX Robin Sage and similar legitimate exercises typically take place across a few counties and involve coordination at the sheriff and state police level. The volunteer role-players are often old Special Forces guys or local farmers. One of them that I know was a decorated MACV/SOG hero who for years after his retirement played a mysterious guerrilla chieftain for the newbie Q-coursers. And in a younger age, I ran with a crowd that that pretended to blow up radio towers, bridges and fuel dumps with simulated demolition charges. We also did cross-country movements and escape and evasion training exercises in and out of uniform with a variety of weapons. This was done with the knowledge of the local authorities, to avoid people getting shot due to misidentification when crossing public and private spaces.

But Robin Sage and other training exercises were never scaled up to become regional show-stopping extravaganzas spread across six large Western states, requiring real-time coordination between multiple governors, state police departments, county and city law enforcement jurisdictions, federal law enforcement agencies, and active duty military units from all branches of the service. No, Jade Helm is not Robin Sage. It’s not even Robin Sage on steroids.

Will there be Robin Sage elements to Jade Helm? Of course. Embedded reporters will no doubt be sending back live video, visually establishing the overtly benign and beneficial impact of the exercise as Green Berets and SEALs freefall and fast-rope into their insertion points. An analysis of some of the information gleaned from the Jade Helm 15 informational packet suggests that some of the spec-ops troops will participate in cross-country movements of greater than fifty miles, humping rifles and rucks from Texas into New Mexico among other land routes. But that camo-paint and boot-leather Robin Sage visual is just camouflage for the genuine objectives of Jade Helm 15, which in my opinion are twofold:

First: conditioning Americans to accept increasingly frequent and intrusive military and paramilitary police actions up close and personal. These will include low-altitude over-flights by military aircraft at all hours, plus roadblocks, checkpoints and denied out-of-bounds areas declared during so-called “realistic military training exercises” in and around Anytown, USA. Some of the military participants might be dressed as civilians, or even as enemy terrorists—foreign or domestic. That is to say, the troops will not necessarily be identifiable to John Q. Public as good old G.I. Joe. Instead, they might be dressed up like Jihad John, or even Redneck Jake. We will be told to mind our business, stay indoors, and trust those in authority who can see “the big picture.”

Hey Martha, what’s all that noise and commotion? It sounds like World War Three is breaking out across the highway downtown!”

Oh, don’t worry, George. The Army is just doing another urban warfare drill. I saw it on TV.”

Google keywords like “military drill training exercise urban warfare helicopters” and see how many of our cities have already been treated to simulated “Black Hawk Down” battles, complete with booming explosions, midnight helicopters swooping at rooftop level, and plenty of ratatat-tat. Step by step we are being conditioned to living in a battlefield state of mind. Full dress rehearsals for all-out urban warfare are becoming the new normal in the Land of the Free.

To what purpose? Well, to what purpose does the chef slowly turn up the heat under the frog pot? If and when the time comes that the federal government decides to eliminate some pesky nests of sedition in the name of national security, folks living just a few miles away will simply yawn and change television channels, placid as cows chewing cud. Operation Jade Conditioning: mission accomplished.

The second objective of Joint Military Exercise Jade Helm 15 is to practice simultaneously operating all of the control levers of armed federal power on American soil, from major military units and federal law enforcement agencies down to the state police and local law enforcement. (Posse Comitatus? Heavens, no. It’s just a training exercise!)

When the time comes to eliminate those pockets of bitterly-clinging dead-enders standing in the way of social progress that Team Obama seems to hate with far greater vigor than it hates the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, the federal bosses will already know which county sheriffs and chiefs of police are “reliable.” That is, reliable in the KGB or Stasi meaning of the world. Click your heels, Sheriff, and set up the roadblocks as instructed. It’s a federal order! Do it just like we did it last year.

Again, it’s Operation Jade Conditioning. Ditto for our generals being conditioned to take orders from civilian bureaucrats for military deployments directly into American cities and towns.

That’s my opinion. Or, you can choose to believe that President Obama is actually getting our military primed and ready for simultaneous spec-ops team insertions across the entire Middle East from Egypt to Iran, and Syria to Yemen, the same geographical area covered by Joint Military Exercise Jade Helm 15.

It’s your choice to believe that, if you wish.

240 Years Ago Today

 
A reader sends and notes:

240 years ago, today. Note that this speech occurs a month before Lexington-Concord (19 April, 1775 – the original Patriot’s Day).

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MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

 

Codrea: Cities Using Work Permit Aliens To Enforce Gun Laws Against Citizens

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“…It’s fair to ask if this is what the Framers really had in mind when they recognized what was ‘necessary to the security of a free State.'”

InformOps: Comms 101

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Premise:

Having basic listening and communication capability in one’s local area is a critical survivability step in anyone’s personal or community defense preparedness plans. Without information, there is no intelligence, and without intelligence, you have sub-optimal defensive capability.

If you can operate your iPhone, you can quickly become proficient in basic radio communication.

Great stuff.

Bookmark it, then pass it near and far.

Stockman On The .Gov Debt

 
Via Jim Sinclair.

That which cannot continue won’t.

Now You Know

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Via Kenny.

Bracken Sends

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Two images created from their document.

I think we should always refer to Jade Helm as something like “Martial Law Training Exercise JADE HELM 15“.

Master the human domain? How about give them a call in their human domain. They put their contact info out there for “questions and concerns.” I say we contact them plenty with our questions and concerns.

Such as, “What happened to the oath you took to defend the Constitution?”

Matt

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UPDATE 2135EDT 23 MAR 14: But see WeaponsMan on the same subject.

Two From JC Dodge

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Beyond Bug-out – Or “What Next?”

Principles Of Clandestine Behavior

Enjoy your weekend.

Hope you’re training.

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Stalking, Political Version

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Local, local, local.

Habitats include Whole Foods, local board meetings, and the neighborhood coffee bar (both inside and the drive-thru).

Recce.

It’s what’s important now.

Tempus fugit.

Vegan Beans-And-Cabbage Stew Will Do That

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From the current Drudge hed.

Can you imagine?

Just Right For First Thing In The Morning

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“America is a nation of cowards when it comes to talking about race while buying wildly overpriced hipster coffee.”

Stilton looks at ‘Murika, 2015.

Obama Calls For Mandatory Voting In US

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The PTB know that they are autodelegitimizing.

They must negate those who opt out of the Voting Game.

2016 is the Year Of The Opt-Out.

Encourage others to do so as well.

By any means

Today’s Lesson: Don’t Wait To Fight A Communist Regime. Kill It Before It Takes Power.

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Taught by Comrade Ushanka.

모든 공산주의자를 죽여.

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Buppert: Rekindling The Flame After The Collapse

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Additions to the list will be noted below.

Win.

Then rebuild.

Leadership: The Proud Prussian Tradition of ‘Disobedience’

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Read it all.

And don’t miss this interview with General Balck.

Automatons work only in overwhelming numbers.

FREEFOR fortunately doesn’t have such a luxury.

The Spirit of De Oppresso Liber

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WM tells a tale of courage, integrity, and a meeting this coming Friday.

Be that guy.

However you can.

SLL: One Of These Is Just Like The Other

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Just keep on voting.

This time, it’ll be different.

Really.

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Any Brewers In The Audience?

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Stilton has an idea.

Announcement

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https://lookingglass.email

What is the big idea?
Crazy strong email security that is crazy easy to roll out.
Everything else either requires a pair of computer geniuses, or
does not offer the same level of security.

Why this instead of regular email?
Because you have tried to get crypto working in the past and it
has been an enormous pain in the ass.
Because you want your communications to go dark but don’t have
time for hours of training.

How crazy easy?
The tradeoff right now is either spend a few bucks (under fifty)
for the hardware, or learn enough to install the software on your
machine.
Once you get it running, it is just like webmail – you go to a
local website with your browser.

Who are you?
Somebody that’s been around the community a few years, trying to
train people up on secure online communications.

How much?
Code is free, under ten minutes to set up once that has been
downloaded.

Anything else?
LookingGlass is a platform we can grow: software radio mux,
online reputation broker, whatever the community wants to see.

Food For Thought x 2

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The Self-Selected Remnant

Come And Take It

Paradox:

1) Harden your heart.

2) Remain human.

America’s Fiscal Insolvency and Its Generational Consequences

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Read Laurence J. Kotlikoff’s latest.

Opener:

Chairman Enzi and Other Distinguished Members of the Senate Budget Committee, I am honored to discuss with you our country’s fiscal condition. Let me get right to the point. Our country is broke. It’s not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years. It’s broke today. Indeed, it may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece.

This declaration of national insolvency will, no doubt, shock those of you who use the officially reported federal debt as the measuring stick for what our country owes. After all, federal debt in the hands of the public is only 74 percent of the GDP. Yes, this is double the debt-to-GDP ratio recorded a decade ago. But it’s still a far cry from Italy’s 135 percent debt-to-GDP ratio or Greece’s 175 percent ratio.

Unfortunately, the federal debt is not an economic measure of anything, including our nation’s fiscal position. Instead, the federal debt and its annual change, the deficit, are purely linguistic constructs that reflect how you members of Congress choose to label government receipts and payments. To see this point, consider the almost $750 billion the government is collecting this year from workers under the heading ‘Social Security payroll taxes’ and the future Social Security transfer payments these FICA contributions secure. The $750 billion could just as well be called ‘government borrowing’ and the future transfer payments could just as well be called ‘principal plus interest’ on this borrowing, plus a future tax (positive or negative) if the future payments don’t correspond precisely to principal plus interest. This simple change in language would more than double this year’s reported federal deficit. Indeed, were we to go back in time and re-label all past Social Security taxes as borrowing, official federal debt held by the public would not be $13 trillion, but $38 trillion, which is 211 percent of U.S. GDP.

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Economic theory doesn’t tell us what language to use to discuss its equations. Whether we use English, French, or Chinese, the real economic outcomes predicted by the math are the same. Fiscal labeling conventions are simply a choice of language. And federal debt is a word game, not a well-defined measure of fiscal policy. Its use in understanding fiscal sustainability and generational policy is no different from driving in Los Angeles with a map of New York…

Read the rest.

Once you’re done, pass it to your friends who don’t get it.

‘Cuz they’ll be getting it soon.

Tempus fugit.