The U.S. economy has been in bad shape for a long time. Now, even government's very flawed GDP statistic (which incorrectly counts government spending as a positive) came up negative for Q1. A recession may be imminent, with skyrocketing inflation at the same time. The Fed and the politicians keep painting themselves into a corner by foolishly trying to control a market that cannot be controlled.
The US Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it is creating a "Disinformation Governance Board" to fight "disinformation." Heading up the new outfit is, not surprisingly, a highly political Democratic Party operative who is herself a spreader of disinformation. What could go wrong? Also today: Germany caves to EU on Russia oil embargo and...another day another aid package to Ukraine: Biden asked for $33 billion!!!
EU officials have warned Elon Musk that he faces steep fines or an outright ban if he follows a "free speech" model once his purchase of Twitter is complete. How far will authorities go to restrict freedom of expression? Also: Twitter's top censor breaks down in tears at the thought of her reign coming to an end. And finally: Wimbledon's racism.
Elon Musk's seemingly successful bid to purchase Twitter and his claim to return it to a free-speech model has been met with fury and terror among that part of the population that used to champion free speech: the progressives and the left. Even the ACLU issued a warning. What are they afraid of? Also today, NATO countries are massively escalating in their war with Russia through Ukraine. The UK parliament's armed forces chief gave Ukraine a green light to use UK weapons to launch attacks inside Russia. What could go wrong...?
US Secretaries of State and Defense made a surprise visit to Kiev over the weekend to declare that Russia had already failed and Ukraine had already succeeded in the two-month conflict. Promising additional weapons transfers, the US is becoming ever more engaged in the war. Dangerous? Also today, some NATO officials openly declare the goal is to "bleed Russia." And...Finland in NATO? Good idea?
The Ukraine War is a Racket
By Ron Paul
“War is a racket, wrote US Maj. General Smedley Butler in 1935. He explained: “A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
Gen. Butler’s observation describes the US/NATO response to the Ukraine war perfectly.
The propaganda continues to portray the war in Ukraine as that of an unprovoked Goliath out to decimate an innocent David unless we in the US and NATO contribute massive amounts of military equipment to Ukraine to defeat Russia. As is always the case with propaganda, this version of events is manipulated to bring an emotional response to the benefit of special interests.
One group of special interests profiting massively on the war is the US military-industrial complex. Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes recently told a meeting of shareholders that, “Everything that ‘s being shipped into Ukraine today, of course, is coming out of stockpiles, either at DOD or from our NATO allies, and that’s all great news. Eventually we’ll have to replenish it and we will see a benefit to the business.”
He wasn’t lying. Raytheon, along with Lockheed Martin and countless other weapons manufacturers are enjoying a windfall they have not seen in years. The US has committed more than three billion dollars in military aid to Ukraine. They call it aid, but it is actually corporate welfare: Washington sending billions to arms manufacturers for weapons sent overseas.
By many accounts these shipments of weapons like the Javelin anti-tank missile (jointly manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin) are getting blown up as soon as they arrive in Ukraine. This doesn’t bother Raytheon at all. The more weapons blown up by Russia in Ukraine, the more new orders come from the Pentagon.
Former Warsaw Pact countries now members of NATO are in on the scam as well. They’ve discovered how to dispose of their 30-year-old Soviet-made weapons and receive modern replacements from the US and other western NATO countries.
While many who sympathize with Ukraine are cheering, this multi-billion dollar weapons package will make little difference. As former US Marine intelligence officer Scott Ritter said on the Ron Paul Liberty Report last week, “I can say with absolute certainty that even if this aid makes it to the battlefield, it will have zero impact on the battle. And Joe Biden knows it.”
What we do see is that Russians are capturing modern US and NATO weapons by the ton and even using them to kill more Ukrainians. What irony. Also, what kinds of opportunities will be provided to terrorists, with thousands of tons of deadly high-tech weapons floating around Europe? Washington has admitted that it has no way of tracking the weapons it is sending to Ukraine and no way to keep them out of the hands of the bad guys.
War is a racket, to be sure. The US has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, going so far as overthrowing the government in 2014 and planting the seeds of the war we are witnessing today. The only way out of a hole is to stop digging. Don’t expect that any time soon. War is too profitable.
1913 was a fateful year for freedom in America. Both the Income Tax & Federal Reserve were created. The dreaded Income Tax made everyone's hard-earned money the property of the federal government first. The earnings that government allowed people to keep would then be persistently stolen by The Fed's inflation. Freedom was put in a vice in 1913, and after 100 years, there's almost nothing left to be squeezed.
Former US Marine intelligence officer and former Chief UN Weapons Inspector for Iraq Scott Ritter joins today's program to discuss the Russia/Ukraine war and the massive US push to control and shape the narrative through mainstream and social media.
In a blow to press freedom and decency, a UK judge has today approved Julian Assange's extradition to the US to face espionage charges for his role in exposing US war crimes in Iraq and elsewhere. Also today: Biden wants to send ANOTHER $800 million in weapons to Ukraine! Also: Pentagon admits there is no way to track weapons once delivered to Ukraine - is Europe about to face a major terrorist threat due to this negligence?
By Chris Rossini
After two years of unnecessary, illegal, illogical, and unconstitutional mask tyranny, the "mandate" has finally gone up in flames.
It's a bittersweet moment.
It's sweet in that it's never a bad thing when tyranny is rolled back. It's really wonderful that those who don't want to wear a mask are no longer compelled by an overreaching government to do so.
That's really how it should have been from the beginning. If you want to wear a mask, wear it. What other people do and how they assess the risk of covid to themselves is none of your business.
But, of course, for those who have authoritarian passions that they can't (or don't want to) control, that's not good enough. They impose themselves on you. It's not "live and let live"; but rather "live as I say you should live". Even worse, they attempt (and sometimes succeed) in using the force of government to coerce you to live as they say you should live.
The tyrants at the top may get all the headlines, but they don't operate in a vacuum. They have plenty of petty tyrants and minions who support and want to oppress other people too. In our fallen world, those at the top simply need to light the initial match. If the minions below are given permission and enough encouragement, they'll torch everything in sight.
We saw what ordinary Americans (when propagandized with enough fear) are willing to do to other ordinary Americans. It was stunning and sad. Actually, that's too soft of a description. It was sickening!
That's why it's so important never to give tyranny a single inch. Give it 15 days and it'll gladly snuff 2 years of your life away from you...or worse, if permitted.
Once the emotional hold of fear sets in, all logic is tossed aside. Logic and truth become faint whispers out in the wilderness. Only the few and courageous will seek them out.
Meanwhile, the destructive emotion of fear takes center stage, and it's the hottest ticket in town. That's when the tyrants really have their field day.
When logic and truth are removed, feeding the emotional fire of fear is all that's necessary from that moment on.
Suffice it to say, those who direct the massive propaganda apparatus that surrounds us from every direction are very, very good at feeding the fire. Considering that this latest episode encompassed the entire world, the case can be made that they've mastered their twisted and nefarious craft.
If they could, they'd surely feed the fire forever --- and enjoy power grabs without end!
But all emotional fires burn out. They all have their time limits. The law of diminishing returns cannot be abolished.
The mask charade took 2 whole years to finally burn out. In a vast majority of American minds, it burned out long ago, but the government finally put a fork in it yesterday.
But Americans should seriously reflect on what has transpired here.
Do we live in an America where politicians and bureaucrats can simply "mandate" clearly unconstitutional and tyrannical measures without fear?
After all, in this case we had to wait YEARS for the "mandate" to be declared illegal, even though it was obvious from the very start!
When something so despicable can take YEARS to get rid of, does this tell politicians to stay with the "mandate" playbook?
Does this make them think: "Don't worry about it being legal or illegal; we'll get a good couple of years out of it either way."
If that's the case, then freedom in America has a big problem.
We can't afford to sit around and hope that a judge MIGHT repeal a tyrannical "mandate" someday. That's not a country that operates under the rule of law, or under a Higher Law.
The lesson better be learned sooner rather than later:
Never give tyrannical "mandates" an inch.