- a little more light shining through the veil, the light should be in just about everyone’s eyes by now. If not, take a minute to stop, look around and listen. A lot of good things could very well be getting ready to go down.
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Thing One: Trilateral Bildergerg Grove: They meet in secret to hatch their plans. They speak in a language all their own. The fate of the entire world is at their command. They are … the MIT-educated central bankers.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath and Brian Blackstone gave conspiracy theorists the heebie-jeebies this morning with a story about how the world’s top central bankers meet in secret regularly to talk about their crazy experiment of pumping money into the global economy to see what happens. The three leaders of this cabal — the Federal Reserve’s Ben Bernanke, the European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi and the Bank of England’s Mervyn King — all have spent time at MIT. This thing goes deeper than you can imagine, obviously. We’re through the looking glass, man!
Actually, it’s not all that surprising that our economies are run by econo-nerds, nor is it all that surprising that they’d talk once in a while. It’s also sadly not all that surprising that they are flooding the global economy with cash, taking all sorts of risks, because their politically elected counterparts are so busy working against the global economy, by ratcheting up austerity measures in the U.S., Europe and the U.K. Somebody’s got to do something, and that somebody is the econo-nerds.
via The Secret Rulers Of The World: Seven And A Half Things To Know.
- Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em
(Lucia Graves via The Huffington Post) – After Washington and Colorado passed measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, members of Congress are asking that the federal government respect state laws.
Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) were among the 18 members of Congress to sign a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart on Friday requesting that states be permitted to function as “laboratories of democracy.” An excerpt from the letter:
The people of Colorado and Washington have decided that marijuana ought to be regulated like alcohol, with strong and efficient regulation of production, retail sales and distribution, coupled with strict laws against underage use and driving while intoxicated. The voters chose to eliminate the illegal marijuana market controlled by cartels and criminals and recognized the disproportionate impact that marijuana has on minorities. These states have chosen to move from a drug policy that spends millions of dollars turning ordinary Americans into criminals toward one that will tightly regulate the use of marijuana while raising tax revenue to support cash-strapped state and local governments. We believe this approach embraces the goals of existing federal marijuana law: to stop international trafficking, deter domestic organized criminal organizations, stop violence associated with the drug trade and protect children.
While we recognize that other states have chosen a different path, and further understand that the federal government has an important role to play in protecting against interstate shipments of marijuana leaving Colorado and Washington, we ask that your departments take no action against anyone who acts in compliance with the laws of Colorado, Washington and any other states that choose to regulate marijuana for medicinal or personal use. The voters of these states chose, by a substantial margin, to forge a new and effective policy with respect to marijuana. The tide of public opinion is changing both at the ballot box and in state legislatures across the country. We believe that the collective judgment of voters and state lawmakers must be respected.
The missive comes after Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) sent a similar letter to the White House urging President Barack Obama to “respect the wishes of voters in Colorado and Washington,” and Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) drafted legislation exempting states with their own marijuana laws from the Controlled Substances Act.
via Marijuana Advocates Find Champions In Congress.
- something similar recently happened in Spain
(Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro via RT) - Thousands of soldiers in civilian dress have marched through Lisbon in protest of the austerity program that’s part and parcel of the country’s 2013 budget.
An estimated 10,000 active and retired military personnel rallied against the “unjustified cutbacks,” calling for President Anibal Cavaco Silva to veto the controversial austerity budget adopted by the center-right government. The quiet march carried banners calling to respect the military and “national sovereignty.”
“We are getting cut after cut and there is no light at the end of the tunnel,” one soldier told AFP.
Some officers complained that their monthly wages have been cut as much as 25 per cent.
Besides focusing on the military problems, such as a decline in finances for maintenance and training, the march also targeted disagreements over cuts to the social sphere, as well as tax hikes.
Portuguese military members gather in the central Restauradores Square (Independence Restoration Square) during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)
A number of associations representing the military called on the country’s Constitutional Court to review the legality of next year’s budget.
In July, the court ruled against a finance law and told the government to revise the measure, which stripped bonuses from civil servants, arguing that it violated constitutionally-guaranteed rights to equal treatment. Activists hope for a similar outcome with the austerity budget.
via Respect those with guns: Portuguese Army marches against austerity (PHOTOS) — RT.
- the slow steady drip of disclosure
(Los Angeles Times) — Adding to the litany of issues besetting neighboring nuclear rivals China and India, ranging from border disputes to the Dalai Lama to trade deficits, is a new one: UFOs.
“Over 100 UFOs seen along China border,” said a headline in Tuesday’s Times of India.
Indian troops guarding the often-tense 2,100-mile border between the two Asian giants say the objects seen in recent months are yellow spheres that appear to lift off from the Chinese side, slowly traversing the sky for three to five hours before disappearing. Indian military officials have reportedly ruled out Chinese drones — 99 of which reportedly were documented during the first 10 months of 2012 — or low-orbit satellites.
The acronym-happy Times of India says the UFO sightings have stumped the DRDO, NTRO, ITBP and other Indian military organizations. If they weren’t stumped, this would presumably make them IFOs, not to be confused with ULOs, short for unidentified luminous objects. That’s what other Indian new organizations have dubbed the objects, given the glow they reportedly give off “at day and by night.”
via On India-China border, reports of UFOs skyrocket – latimes.com.
- this is big, the tide is starting to turn
(Press TV) – Hundreds of Spanish police officers have taken to the streets to protest against harsh austerity measures imposed by the government.
Protesters held the Saturday demonstration outside the Interior Ministry in the capital Madrid to express their discontent with the budget cuts and removal of benefits.
“We came to express our anger at the way the government treats us, not only because they have removed Christmas bonuses, but also because they are eliminating our rights,” said Fran Estacio, a 33-year-old officer from Spain’s eastern city of Valencia.
Protesters were carrying banners that read, “Police officers can no longer take it.”
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s administration has implemented tough austerity measures during its nine months in office in a bid to tackle a debt repayment crunch and a bailout threat.
Public protests have grown in the country over speculation that the government will seek a Greek-style European bailout to keep its borrowing costs in check.
via PressTV – Spain police protest austerity measures in Madrid.