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Nation

‘A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party’: Ed Driscoll
Nancy Pelosi strongly backed gun-runner for terrorists: WZ
Does Harry Reid have Dementia?: IJR

The Horrendous Criminal Enterprise Known As The Democrat Party: Nice Deb
Brace Yourself For More Obama Executive Orders: Katie Pavlich
Obamacare Navigators Helping People Enroll At Mexican Consulates: PatUpd

MSNBC and Obama Tanking Together: R. S. McCain
A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On: Michelle Malkin
Don’t Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits: Jonah Goldberg

Our Time Is Up: Liberty’s Torch
House Leaders Sideline Anti-NSA Lawmakers: DefenseOne
Will South Carolina Retire “Liberal Lindsey” Graham?: NewAm

Economy

Obamacare: Taxpayers in the Hole for $ 1.5 Trillion: Ed Morrissey
Teacher Describes Bullying, Intimidation for Opposing Common Core: MoTorch
U.Va. student sues state, ABC agents for $ 40 million: Richmond Times

Scandal Central

Leland Yee (D): The craziest criminal complaint against a lawmaker you’ve ever read: Freddoso
Harry Reid’s Payments to His Granddaughter Have Doubled : PJM
Reid’s Kin May Have Benefited Beyond Gift Purchase: RCP

Illegal Immigrants Released into Texas to Ease Over-Crowding: Breitbart
Democrat Campaign Workers Charged With Fraud, Forgery: MenRec
IG finds ex-ATF official took outside job while on federal payroll: CNN

Climate & Energy

The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate: AT
The EPA Must Be Defunded: Bridget Johnson
Climate Scientist Demands IPCC Remove His Name From Report: Cove

Media

President Obama’s War on Journalists: AIM
Ebony Editor: I Don’t Talk To Whites or Conservatives: TR
Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership: Stephen F. Hayes

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 12): KeyWiki Progressive/Marxist Profile: Trevor Loudon
This Week In Quotes: Double Edition (March 14 – March 27): John Hawkins
NYT Compares Obama to the Pope: Each ‘Burst’ Forth ‘as a History-Making Change Agent’: NB

World

U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines: JW
Lining Putin’s Pockets: Senators Want Obama to Call Off Contracts with Russian Arms Giant: PJM
No Food but New Hairstyle for North Korea: Politisite

Showdown In Ukraine: Putin’s Quest for Ports, Oil, Pipelines & Gas: ZH
Obama Gives Pope Vegetable Seeds, Francis Gives Obama Writings on Morality: CNS
Doppler effect analysis on Satellite pings disclosed MH370′s final route: Aviationist

Top US Official: China Will Soon Place Long-Range Nuclear Missiles On Submarines: AFP
Obama And Nuclear Terrorism: RWN
Victim Breaks Down in Footage From Aftermath of Brutal Anti-Semitic Attack in France: Algemeiner

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Microsoft brings Office to iPad, makes iPhone version free to all: Ars Technica
Twitter sneaks in photo-tagging feature: Register
Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences: Slashdot

Cornucopia

Will you fire on American citizens?: Dave Hodges
From a Reader: Western Rifles
Top 10 Worst Vehicles to Drive in a Zombie Apocalypse: AutoGuide

Image: A scene never to be repeated again: a sky filled with black stealth fighter jets
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QOTD: “The California Department of Motor Vehicles is setting up new facilities to process driver’s license applications for illegal immigrants alone.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill…, which will allow illegal immigrants to obtain the documents beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

The bill was signed along with a number of others laws seen as favorable to undocumented immigrants.

As part of the driver’s license application process, immigrants will have to acknowledge that they are undocumented. But [the bill] protects applicants from criminal prosecution.” –Chuck Ross

Doug Ross @ Journal

Market Crash In the Works: “A Canary May Have Just Keeled Over”

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As holiday shoppers raided Black Friday sales and internet retailers ahead of Christmas, the establishment media heralded a new era of economic boom for the 2013 shopping season.

But things are not at all as they may seem if all you do is follow official government statistics and propagandized mainstream news report.

In the week leading up to Christmas, for example, retail analysis firm ShopperTalk advised that brick & mortar retail traffic was down over 20% this year.

…In-store retail sales decreased by 3.1 percent from the same week last year. Retail brick-and-mortar shopper traffic decreased by 21.2 percent compared to the same time period in 2012.

Some would argue that much of this foot traffic jumped to the internet to make their holiday purchases, but according to the National Retail Federation sales online were only slated to rise 3.9% this year, which is nothing to write home about considering annual retail sales for the last 10 years rose an average of 3.3%.

Consumers, it seems, are starting to feel the pinch of widespread job losses, wage reductions, cuts to government assistance and termination of unemployment benefits for millions.

But the cuts in consumer spending don’t just stop with traditional American holiday staples like electronics, brand name clothing and furniture.

It is affecting all consumer markets.

The National Association of Realtors reported that the month of September saw its single largest drop in signed home sales in 40 months. And that wasn’t just a one-off event. This month mortgage applications collapsed a shocking 66%, hitting a 13-year low.

Something is amiss, and despite claims of economic recovery emanating from pundits far and wide, the numbers on Main Street, where they really matter, suggest that we are in for a rough ride.

Eric Peters Autos, which analyzes political and economic trends, notes that trouble is brewing all over and it may soon have an overt impact on what many consider to be the only measure of economic health in America: rising stock markets.

A canary may have just keeled over. Not in the coal mine – but in the stock market.

Shares of Ford – healthiest of the Big Three automakers – are down 8 percent, according to Bloomberg. And it’s not just Ford, either. GM, Honda and Toyota stocks are down, too.

Could it be related to the gloomy news that the number of new mortgage applications has just hit a 13 year low? That the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries is a barely break-even-with-inflation 3 percent? That there are almost1.5 million fewer Americans employed full-time today than there were in 2006, even as the population has increased by 16 million since then?

The buying power of the average American – not just his ability but his inclination – is the decisive factor. And the buying power of the average American is going down – not up. Lower household income; higher cost of necessaries (food especially). Higher – and new – taxes (in particular, the ObamaTax). The very real specter of Zimbabwean inflation at any moment. It is enough to give a sensible person pause.

Interest rates? Forget about it. When they begin their inevitable uptick – expect this to happen by summer – it will be impossible to sweep under the rug.

And it will probably do to the car industry’s fortunes what Bernie Madoff did to his “investors.”

Grab onto something. It’s going to get bumpy.

(Read the full commentary)

Any way you slice it, whether it’s car sales, home sales, retail sales, employment, or monetary stimulus, the warnings are everywhere. The canary in the coal mine is going into cardiac arrest.

Back in 2007 trend forecaster Gerald Celente warned the world of the “Crash of 2008.” He based his analysis on many of the aforementioned data points. We’re seeing a similar pattern develop in late 2013, suggesting that 2014 could be the year it all goes critical:

There’s fear and hysteria running through the entire global financial community, because as everybody knows all they did was postpone the inevitable.

I’m saying to everybody out there, If you don’t have your money in your pocket it’s not yours.

And as for the international scene… the whole thing is collapsing.

That’s our forecast.

We are saying that by the second quarter of 2014, we expect the bottom to fall out… or something to divert our attention as it falls out.

Moreover, if you were to compare stock market charts from 1929 to present day, you’d note that they are eerily similar:

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Chart by McClellan Financial Publications via Modern Survival Blog

Our economy as it exists today is wholly unsustainable. The government and Federal Reserve will soon run out of bullets and their efforts to stabilize the system will be revealed for the abject failures they really are.

Is 2014 the year?

We’ll soon find out.


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Experts Fear Nuclear Famine: “A Disaster So Massive in Scale that No Preparation is Possible”

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At last count, there are eight countries in the world that have officially designed, developed and tested nuclear weapons. Another two (Israel and Iran) deny they have built or are building such weapons, but the probability that Israel has them and that Iran is building them is believed by members of the international community to be extremely high.

That being said, it’s only a matter of time before a madman at the helm in any of these ten nuclear-armed states decides to push the button. With the global economy in shambles, the world’s super powers mobilizing military assets, and hundreds of trillions of dollars in unservicable debt soon to be realized by the financial community, how long before history rhymes with previous large-scale events that culminated in the fall of the Roman empire or the World Wars that  devastated tens of millions of lives in the 20th century?

War, it seems, is inevitable. Not just because of the many problems faced by mankind, but because of the nature of mankind itself.

Whether that war is a widespread nuclear conflict involving the world’s super powers, or a more limited event in the middle east involving Pakistan and India, according to a new report published by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a nuclear engagement (even a limited one) would lead to widespread destruction across planet earth, with at least 2 billion people at risk of starvation or death.

The kicker? The effects will be so long-lasting, according to the author of the study, that there’s pretty much nothing we can do to survive it:

The threat of nuclear war has been embedded in global consciousness since the invention of the atomic bomb. Most fears are focused on blast radius and radioactive fallout; but the long-term effects of a nuclear conflict could be far more concerning.

According to new research from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians for Social Responsibility, a phenomenon known as “nuclear famine” is keeping experts up at night. The study estimates that more than 2 billion people are at risk.

Its author, Ira Helfand, says even a limited nuclear war could lead to “the end of civilization.”

Helfand theorizes it could occur in stages. The first is climate change. Existing literature shows that a regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan could drastically affect temperatures throughout the world. A 2007 study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics predicts that the soot created by such an event could reduce temps by 1.25°C per year for at least a half-decade.

This would wreak havoc on global crops.

The final stage of this catastrophe is starvation.

With his best guess, Helfand breaks the at-risk into three groups: (a) 870 million people already facing malnourishment, (b) grain-importing nations, and (c) the entire population of China. The first group gets more than 75% of its nutrition from grain, and a significant portion would not be able to afford higher prices.

Grain-importing nations, like South Korea, Japan, most of North Africa, and the Middle East, would be hard hit by trading partners who suddenly decide to stop exporting. Additionally, China’s 1.3 billion citizens would use up their rice and wheat reserves in a few months, and international hoarding may make open-market purchases impossible.

As Helfand has said: ”This is a disaster so massive in scale that really no preparation is possible. We must prevent this.”

With the vast majority of the world’s nations still unable to build the bomb, a blanket approach could work. ICAN pleads that the “very survival of humanity depends on nuclear weapons never being used.”

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The nuclear-armed nations of the world didn’t just build these weapons so they can look at them. Sure, our leaders may claim these weapons are merely deterrents designed to prevent war, but the fact is, advanced weaponry has always been used for the purposes of conquering. Our modern era is no different.

We came dangerously close during the Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960′s. Cooler heads prevailed that day.

And even if starting a war is unintentional, it could happen. On at least one occasion, in 1983, the United States and Russia were literally minutes away from a full-scale confrontation under both country’s policies of mutually assured destruction. It turns out that was a false alarm - but the world was almost destroyed as a result. This is one of the incidents we know about, and given the secrecy behind such military operations, it’s quite possible that there have been more.

The bottom line is that we must assume these weapons will be used at some point – that should be a given. What we don’t know is the scale of the nuclear engagement. It could be that Russia, the United States, Israel, China and North Korea just start lobbing intercontinental ballistic missiles by the hundreds, in which case we’re all pretty much toast. Or, it could be a limited war, with the conflict in India and Pakistan finally coming to a head.

Whatever the case, even if those dropped bombs detonate thousands of miles away from you, there is a strong likelihood that you will feel the direct effects in the form of an almost immediate climate change, food scarcity, extreme price rises, and the riots and looting that are sure to follow.

As with any disaster, whether its a nuclear war, global financial collapse, or a natural disaster, we can fully expect the worst of the worst. As the IPPNW report notes:

We would have to expect panic on a far greater scale following a nuclear war, even if it were a “limited” regional war,  especially as it became clear that there would be significant, sustained agricultural shortfalls over an extended period.

It is probable that there would be hoarding on an international scale as food exporting nations suspended exports in order to assure adequate food supplies for their own populations.

Though the report suggests it is impossible to prepare for such an event, one could argue that survival is certainly possible.

Assuming we survive the nuclear impact and fallout because we live in a strategic location (or just got lucky!), your most immediate concerns would be food, water and self defense, all of which must be considered before such an event occurs if you intend to improve your odds of survival.

Surviving a nuclear winter will, of course, not be easy. According to the report, two billion people could die as a result – probably within a matter of months or a year. A similar scenario would play out should a disaster like a Super EMP weapon or solar flare take out our national (or global) power grid.

Regardless of the disaster, the aftermath, like any crisis or emergency, is survivable.

From the standpoint of preparedness, this means having long-term food stores and a preparedness plan to go along with them. You’ll first need to survive the initial “die-off” as millions of people search for food and resources. Then, when your own food stores run out, you’ll need to be able to produce your own by way of micro-farming and raising your own livestock.

What it will boil down to is adaptability. We can’t predict what will happen or what we will face. But understanding the potential threats, how to mitigate them when they occur, and the options we have available should our best laid plans fail gives us a much better chance of surviving disasters than just pretending like they can’t ever happen.


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Fmr. senior Israeli official writes oped for New York Times: “A Most Dangerous Deal: The Iran Agreement Does Not Address the Nuclear Threat.”

NYT_home_bannerYaakov Amidror stepped down last month as Israel’s National Security Advisor. He was — and remains — one of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s most trusted advisors.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed by him. It was an important message to the U.S. and the Western world, but it may very well have been missed because of the holidays.

Here are critical excerpts. I commend the entire column to your attention.

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“Just after the signing ceremony in Geneva on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran declared that the world had recognized his country’s ‘nuclear rights.’

He was right.

The agreement Iran reached with the so-called P5+1 — the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia, plus Germany — does not significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Iran made only cosmetic concessions to preserve its primary goal, which is to continue enriching uranium. The agreement represents a failure, not a triumph, of diplomacy. With North Korea, too, there were talks and ceremonies and agreements — but then there was the bomb. This is not an outcome Israel could accept with Iran.       

Harsh sanctions led Iran to the negotiating table. The easing of those sanctions will now send companies from around the world racing into Iran to do business, which will lead to the eventual collapse of the sanctions that supposedly remain.       

Might economic relief, reduced isolation and new goodwill lead to greater pressure on the Iranian regime to reach a fuller agreement later? I doubt it: As recently as last week, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, denounced Israel as a “rabid dog,” a jab that Western leaders failed to condemn.       

The deal will only lead Iran to be more stubborn. Anyone who has conducted business or diplomatic negotiations knows that you don’t reduce the pressure on your opponent on the eve of negotiations. Yet that is essentially what happened in Geneva.       

Iran will not only get to keep its existing 18,000 centrifuges; it will also be allowed to continue developing the next generation of centrifuges, provided it does not install them in uranium-enrichment facilities. Which is to say: Its uranium-enrichment capability is no weaker.       

Under the deal Iran is supposed to convert its nearly 200 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent purity — a short step away from bomb-grade material — into material that cannot be used for a weapon. In practice, this concession is almost completely meaningless.       

The agreement does not require Iran to reduce its stockpile of uranium enriched to 3.5 percent, not even by one gram. Transforming unprocessed uranium into 3.5 percent-enriched uranium accounts for more than two-thirds of the time needed to transform unprocessed uranium into weapons-grade material. And given the thousands of centrifuges Iran has, the regime can enrich its stock of low-level uranium to weapons-grade quality in a matter of months. Iran already has enough of this material to make four bombs.

The Geneva deal, in short, did not address the nuclear threat at all. This was Iran’s great accomplishment. No wonder Mr. Rouhani boasted that the world had recognized Iran’s nuclear rights.

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