By Jeff Harris
One of the oldest stories in human history is encapsulated in the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale made famous when it was included by two German brothers named Grimm in their “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” children’s book first published in 1812. The original story is thought to be over 4,000 years old and remains relevant today because it fascinates the human brain to imagine it’s actually possible to create enormous wealth without the bother of hard work, sacrifice and self-discipline.
As you’ll recall the gist of the Rumpelstiltskin story has to do with a mysterious little man who comes to the aid of a beautiful grain miller’s daughter by spinning straw into Gold at the Kings command. The age old “something for nothing” meme never loses its appeal for greedy humans.
But the Rumpelstiltskin story is not alone in man’s eternal quest for “something for nothing”. The earliest known mention of the Philosopher’s Stone was in an ancient book known as the Cheirokmeta circa 300 AD. You may recall from your high school history that the Philosophers Stone was a mystical potion that supposedly enabled Wizards and Mystics to transmute base metals like lead and mercury into pure gold!
These ancient Con Artists understood human nature. They knew greedy men wanted to believe in their alleged powers. The “Wizards” used sleight of hand tricks to “prove” to their gullible audience that with their magic Philosopher Stone they had the power to turn lead or mercury into Gold! They would offer to sell their secret knowledge for large sums to greedy men who desperately wanted to believe.
Once the Wizards had been paid they slipped away quietly leaving their marks with vials of mercury, small boxes of lead, and worthless “Philosophers Stones”. Ironically, they had indeed acquired wealth from practically nothing using lies, deceit and their victim’s greed for “something for nothing.”
Evil men have long known that the human desire for “something for nothing” is a powerful tool that when properly harnessed can make them indescribably rich! Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve is our modern day Rumpelstiltskin. Jerry and his minions are busy beavers working hard to maintain the aura of their alleged magic power to thwart economic law. They claim they have the ability, like the Wizards of old, to create massive wealth from nothing.
And for a while it may appear they are indeed Wizards because their conjuring seems to work. Their modern day Philosophers Stone is debt. With enough debt financing you don’t need to produce anything to enjoy a wealthy lifestyle.
But sooner or later the house of cards they’ve created with virtually unlimited money printing, money for nothing, will prove disastrous. And from a variety of indicators the collapse may be coming sooner rather than later. And that’s why they strenuously resist an audit that would expose them for what they are, Con Artists just like the ancient wizards of old.
Yesterday the Senate Foreign Relations approved a massive $300 million per year in military aid to Ukraine, even as the conflict in eastern Ukraine looks set to blow apart. The Biden Administration is packed with anti-Russia fanatical hawks. This week an apparent US-backed coup attempt on Russia's ally Belarus was broken up. Does Washington believe Russia will bend to its will? What's the next step? Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi joins today's Liberty Report with his analysis.
Things are moving fast. Great reset. Build back better. Cancel culture. Media power. Big tech. How can we search for truth in what appears to be a time of deception? RPI Board Member, filmmaker, and philanthropist Gary Heavin joins today's program.
By Chris Rossini
The surest way to sentence yourself to a life of constant frustration is by attempting to control that which you cannot control.
On the flip side, the surest way to living a fulfilling life is by staying focused on that which you can control, and making your choices accordingly.
For example, let's say that you open your weather app and see that a hurricane has formed and is heading your way. Current projections have it hitting your area in a couple of days.
You have absolutely no control over this hurricane. You cannot direct it, micromanage it, or dictate what it will or will not do.
Your opinion of the hurricane means virtually nothing. You can complain that it exists and complain that it's not fair, but it changes nothing.
The only thing that matters with regards to you and the hurricane is how you adapt to it. Will you leave your home and get out of its path? Or will you stay and take the risk?
Your control lies with how your perceive your local situation, how much you value your life, and what choices you will take.
No one else controls the mental processes that lead to your decisions and actions. In fact, your next door neighbors may come to the exact opposite conclusions that you do.
Same hurricane. Different interpretations. Different actions.
Pretty straight forward, right?
Well, let's take the hurricane out of the picture, and replace it with "other people."
In the same way that you have no control over a hurricane, so do you have no control over other people.
This is a hard one for many to accept. It's known as a 'hard truth.'
Those who refuse to accept this 'hard truth' are referred to as 'authoritarians.' These are the individuals who sentence themselves to a life of constant frustration and failure. For they can never reach their goal of controlling other people, no matter how hard they try.
The reason for this is actually quite simple to understand.
Each and every individual human being has internal purposes, desires, and goals that they want to achieve. Each has internal ideas on how they want to achieve their desires. Each then chooses the means that they will use in order to achieve those desires.
None of these internal processes are visible. None of them are tangible. You can't touch a desire, or idea, or choice. You can't observe them or put them into a database before they occur. You can't place an idea into another person's hand.
These internal processes take place every single second of every single day, multiplied by about 7+ billion individual human beings. This limitless world of ideas and choices takes place in real-time.
Hopefully you can see why it's impossible to control other people.
In order to control something, you must know all of the variables involved. But when it comes to human beings, the internal variables not only can't be known; there are no limits to them!
You can't put a fence around the imagination. You can't limit the limitless!
Refusing to accept this 'hard truth' has cost humanity dearly. The history of mankind is filled with countless stories of authoritarians who set out to limit the limitless.
The result, each and every time?
When you attempt to control the uncontrollable, the uncontrollable must win. You have no chance.
Human beings can only control themselves.
Individual Liberty is the way.
Yesterday's final report by Washington, DC's chief medical examiner that Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick did not die from being beaten with a fire extinguisher - a claim echoed throughout the mainstream media - but rather died from "natural causes" the day after the January 6th melee at the Capitol has destroyed the MSM narrative that an armed and deadly insurrection had taken place. Will the media apologize for lying repeatedly for months? Will they be held to account for their lies? What is truth?
By Ron Paul
Last week President Biden announced a “full” US withdrawal from Afghanistan – the longest war in US history – by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States. While this announcement is to be welcomed, the delayed US withdrawal may result in Americans and Afghans dying needlessly for good PR optics back home. We all remember how many Americans died after President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” stunt in Iraq.
The war has been a disaster from day one. So why wait to end it?
The previous Trump Administration had negotiated an agreement for the US to be out of Afghanistan by the first of May, but in its obsession with tossing out anything associated with Trump, President Biden will continue to keep US troops in harm’s way in this pointless war.
The Taliban have kept their end of the “Doha Agreement” signed under then-President Trump: no Americans have been killed in Afghanistan for more than a year. However, the US side under President Biden will formally violate the Agreement by keeping US troops in-country after May 1st. The Taliban has announced that it will hold the US “liable” for remaining in-country after the agreed-upon departure date. That means more Americans may be killed.
The outcome of the war will not be altered in the slightest by keeping US troops in Afghanistan four additional months. The withdrawal is already announced and no one paying attention expects the corrupt US-backed Kabul government to survive. It is another Saigon moment, proving that the intellectually bankrupt US foreign policy and military established has learned absolutely nothing from history. So if another American is killed, who is going to explain to the grieving family why their loved one had to remain in harm’s way for a good 9/11 photo-op?
A recent article in the Military Times lays out the massive disaster of the US two-decade war on Afghanistan: more than two trillion dollars spent – much of it going to fund crooked practices in Afghanistan and here at home. And even worse, the Cost of War Project has estimated that a quarter of a million people have been killed in the war.
We do applaud President Biden’s decision to ignore the demands of all the neocons who have flocked to support his Administration, but as is most often the case, when it comes to Washington you have to really read the fine print when something sounds too good to be true. In this case, the fine print is that the US will not actually be leaving Afghanistan at all. As a recent article in The Grayzone points out, the Afghan war will continue with US special forces, CIA paramilitaries, and guns-for-hire taking the place of US soldiers. The war is not going to end, it’s just going to be “privatized.”
My philosophy has always been simple: we just marched in, so we can just march out. As we have learned recently, that is exactly what President Trump tried to do in the final days of his presidency, only to get cold feed after his military and national security “experts” told him it was a terrible idea. When the history of the Trump Administration is written, it will sadly be filled with stories of Trumps’ excellent instincts tossed aside by his inability to demand that those working for him follow his orders. It’s tragic.
We need to be completely out of Afghanistan. Yesterday.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was fond of accusing former President Trump of inciting insurrection with his speech on January 6th. However over the weekend Waters flew to Minneapolis and encouraged already violent street protesters to continue and even become "more confrontational" if a jury does not hand down a murder charge against police officer Derek Chauvin who is accused of causing the death of George Floyd last May. Is this incitement to violence and possibly insurrection?
Government is always limited to how much it can tax the people directly. People will ultimately rebel against high taxes. So, as a workaround, a monopoly was granted to The Federal Reserve. If the government wants money, The Fed can just print it. The people will still pay for this, of course, but not directly. They'll pay when they see rising prices in the marketplace. The government can just blame something else as the cause. Inflation is the worst tax of them all.
Just two days after speaking with Russian President Putin by phone, and suggesting a summit, President Biden has hit Russia with another round of sanctions - including an attack on the Russian currency. The reasons given for this "national emergency" include the seven year old return of Crimea to Russian control and the still-unproven allegations of Russian election meddling, hacking, and placing bounties on US soldiers' heads in Afghanistan.
Orange County officials have announced that they are launching a "vaccine passport" system to make people feel "safe." While Biden has claimed no interest in a federal system, will increasing pressure, primarily from "blue" states, push the Administration to change its tune? Which state or county is next to demand us to "show your papers!"?
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