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GOLD BASEL III: CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE!

This article was contributed by The Wealth Research Group.

I don’t know when it started for me, but at one point or another, my passion for traveling the globe became an obsession. Some people are fully content with their hometown environment, with their immediate surroundings, and feel no urge to explore other regions of the world; I’m not one of them. To the contrary, I really want to see as much as I can of Planet Earth and my next plans include Australia, South America, and Iceland in the next 24 months.

In South America, for example, on the shores of Peru, some five million seabirds, named cormorants and boobies, come to breed and form epic-sized colonies.

Each and every morning, the birds leave the land and head out to the deep blue, the Pacific Ocean, where a strong current, called the Humboldt, carries with it shoals of anchovies, which come to feast on the tiny krill.

Before they know it, though, the anchovies become prey themselves and are carpet-bombed by the seabirds, which, using the wind, can dive down to six meters (20 feet) and commence a feeding frenzy.

The birds are assisted by the dolphins, which are also attracted to the anchovy shoals and push them up to the surface. It’s a total double-whammy!

With today’s technology, sitting at home with your laptop in front of you, coffee in one hand, and headphones in your ears, one can watch this incredible event in a high-quality documentary film.

What I love about this ecosystem of seabirds, dolphins, anchovies, and krill is that it is undisturbed in nature. An observer can look at this from the sidelines and feel that it isn’t fair, that the anchovies should be more careful and less naïve, or that someone should alert sharks to the situation. It’s funny how an onlooker can always make a judgment call that there’s something “wrong,” an error that must be “fixed.” We feel an urge to add our input into an evolutionary food chain that has been in existence for tens of thousands of years.

In human societies, we aren’t left alone to our own devices either; every eco-system, be it a household, corporation, classroom, nation, or the stock market, an overruling body is creating limitations to the unrestricted rules of engagement.

Last year, these overruling bodies and governments forced entire countries and populations to remain confined to their homes, for instance.

This is causing all sorts of unintended consequences, reactions that could not have been foreseen to the initiatives that governments enacted.

Another example of creating an artificial eco-system goes on in the precious metals world, where the LBMA and COMEX allow derivatives of silver and gold to be traded in multiples of their real supply.

This leveraged marketplace has long been criticized by holders of physical gold and silver, since, in their view and according to most statistics and surveys, had this “paper” trading platform not been in existence, the price of gold, but especially of silver, would be far higher.

Basel III is a set of international regulations dealing with bank capital adequacy, stress testing, and overall market liquidity.

Basel III will go into effect on June 28, 2021, for European banks, and January 1, 2022, for UK banks.

The big change is that gold will become a risk-free Tier 1 asset, which will make it more expensive to buy and sell unallocated gold.

If this were a hurricane, the change would be labeled Category 5!

A tier 1 asset is the best description of gold, in my opinion, anyways. In three weeks from now, the rest of the world will adopt the Basel III regulations, which we believe is a critical milestone if you own precious metals!

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How Truth was Destroyed So Americans Would Crave Propaganda

This article was originally published by Don Via Jr. at The Free Thought Project. 

In this first installment of The Free Thought Project’s new investigative collection, Declassified: The Conspiracy Fact Series, we take an in-depth dive into understanding the nuances of controlled corporate media. Particularly in the United States, and how information warfare is used to shape public opinion.

One of the most vital fundamentals in understanding how the ruling elite/predator class facilitates their agendas is the role of controlled media to create perception. Perception is, in essence, reality. What is perceived is usually widely believed.

For example, the notion that the sky is blue. Scientifically speaking it actually is not, we only perceive it as blue due to the refraction of light waves through the earth’s atmosphere and into the retina of the eye. Ask anyone without an understanding of this scientifically fundamental fact and they will undoubtedly espouse that the sky is indeed blue — as that is the “reality” created by their perception. This is a harmless false perception, but others are not so.

The same is true for illusionary reality versus objective reality. Empirical observation of how the world really works as opposed to a manufactured perception based on incomplete or inaccurate information represented as authoritative and propagated in repetition.

Unfortunately however in our ever-increasingly polarized society, it is the manufactured perception that is espoused most fervently. In some cases, those who choose to ignore facts in favor of narrative, echo chambers, and tribalism, live in a somewhat alternate reality, albeit a willfully ignorant one.

A control paradigm plays a crucial part in this. And as this report will demonstrate, the current incarnation of US news media, by way of deliberate obfuscation facilitates this paradigm by default.

One stark example of this would be manufactured outrage. Manufactured outrage is a term to describe the intentional misrepresentation of events with the aim of invoking a furious reaction from one or more groups of people. Intentionally praying on the emotional vulnerability of the human condition, typically in the form of gaslighting. Done so in a way that those galvanizing the reaction would find beneficial to their own aims.

Manufactured outrage is a tactic used frequently by the media, typically as a tool of controlled opposition used within identity politics to maintain division.

As this article exemplifies the multiple facets in which the media has been co-opted for use towards these manipulative agendas, the context for the use of manufactured outrage will become clear.

But before we continue, this point deserves recognition —

When discussing the subversive nature of the MSM with critics they often tout the notion that we “distrust the media but site their articles when it benefits us”. While partly true, that notion lacks comprehension of delineation. Recognizing the media regularly purports propaganda does not necessarily denote they are untrustworthy all of the time. As with any proper research of sources, nuance is critical. It does mean however their reputation is sullied enough to warrant heavy scrutiny.

Ascertaining fact from fiction requires due diligence, discernment, and critical thinking to determine if what is being said can be affirmed by tangible evidence. If the entire truth is being told, or a half-truth. If it is impartial, or biased. So when mainstream media articles are used in part to back up a claim, it is because they are corroborated by other verifiable independent sources.

Over the years, evidence has emerged corroborating many so-called conspiracy theories, as this series is intended to demonstrate. From mass surveillance to propaganda, geoengineering, false flag attacks, and even shadowy government entities influencing the outcome of events. Despite the insistence of the mainstream media that people not think for themselves, in many cases doing your own research is a necessity no matter how ludicrous the claim may sound.

One such perfect example of this can be derived from a particular incident regarding arguably the world’s most infamous conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. Even those that haven’t followed Jones’s work will likely be familiar with his viral rant about “chemicals in the water turning the freaking frogs gay”. Despite Jones’ sensationalism, and a number of his shortcomings that we here at The Free Thought Project have criticized ourselves; this particular example itself is important because it demonstrates nuance. As the specific instance in question he was referencing is still factually accurate.

Jones was referring to a study from Berkeley University, which has since been corroborated by other scientific bodies, finding that the common herbicide atrazine had contaminated water supplies. Causing severe disruption to the hormonal balances and sexual biology of frogs and other animals.

Case and point; despite the absolutely ridiculous nature in which Jones presented the information, it is still in and of itself true. Hopefully, this simple example can serve as food for thought exercise in critical thinking as we dive further into this subject at large.

REGIME PROPAGANDA

It goes without saying corrupt regimes rely on state propaganda and loyal media assets to manufacture the public’s consent, or apathy, for their crimes. Get caught enough times doing this and it will inevitably foster distrust in the corporate media. As they become aware that propaganda has been used as a tool for social engineering by governments around the world in one form or another for centuries.

The same is true for the American Empire.

Social engineering is defined as “the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behavior of a society”. In layman’s terms, those in power promote aspects and ideas sympathetic to their intentions in order to influence a culture of normalization to certain aspects that would previously be considered unacceptable. Psychological manipulation, suggestive thinking, and propaganda play a key role in this process.

A relevant case of this would be America’s hunger for war. Once upon a time, organized murder was abhorred by the average American, the detestable increase to the national debt as a result of military spending, and the egregious loss of youths to a fickle foreign conflict was enough to turn off the citizenry from its barbary. But through the use of Hollywood and other means of glorifying war over generations, America’s war culture has become almost bloodthirsty. Wholly desensitized to the brutality hoisted upon our fellow man. Distracted by hubris and self-righteous delusions of exceptionalism.

In 2002 this psychological conditioning took on a more sinister role with the Pentagon Military Analyst Program. The PMAP was a covert propaganda campaign administered by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clark, on behalf of the Bush Administration. The goal of which was to manufacture public support for the coming invasion of Iraq. In hindsight, it, unfortunately, worked like a charm. After being exposed in 2008 the program has been referred to as “psyops on steroids”.

In the years since, the horror, destruction, and the loss of young innocent life to the feeble machinations of sociopathic oligarchs have become merely an afterthought; The might of the military-industrial complex, the atrocities of imperialist neocolonialism, and the state of perpetual war now going almost entirely unquestioned by the populace. The anti-war movement dissolving as a casualty of attrition in the information war.

Over the years, public trust in media has fallen to abysmal levels. The most recent data, from Edelman’s Trust Barometer, indicates that American public trust in corporate media has fallen to an all-time low of below 50 percent. Rightfully so as people begin to see through their fakery.

There are numerous instances demonstrating the chicaneries of the corporate press. Though one of the most profound in recent years is that of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

As covered by TFTP at the time, in early 2018 a video went viral showing a compilation of hundreds of local news stations around the country parroting the same script verbatim. Ironically, decrying the pervasiveness of so-called “fake news” and declaring “this is extremely dangerous to our democracy”. Fully illustrating the systemic and coordinated efforts of narrative control practiced by a corporate press in bed with the state and acting as an arm of the US intelligence apparatus.

Making the leap from a scripted corporate mass media to state-sponsored disseminators of propaganda is not as far-fetched as many would like to believe. Beyond this scathing example, their own documents prove this deceit as well.

OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD

Domestic propaganda operations in the US officially began in 1951 with a CIA project called Operation Mockingbird that went unknown for over two decades. In 1975, a U.S Senate committee hearing was undertaken to investigate misconduct of the intelligence community. Chaired by Senator Frank Church (D-Id), the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities is more commonly referred to as The Church Committee. Among many other damning revelations, it exposed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had assets working within the United States corporate media apparatus granting the agency a degree of influence.

In 1977, the program was exposed in even more totality by veteran reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame. His expansive 25,000-word exposé in Rolling Stone magazine thoroughly documented the collaboration between the CIA and the media during the Cold War years.

Officially, around that time, the program was supposed to have been shut down. However, on May 25th, 2010, a task force memorandum to the Director of Central Intelligence was authorized for declassification. The document, PAO 09-0586, dated December 20th, 1991, acknowledged that the agency still maintained an even greater influence over the realms of media and academia.

Stating on page 6 —

“PAO now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation. This has helped us turn some “intelligence failure” stories into “intelligence success” stories, and it has contributed to the accuracy of countless others. In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected National Security interests, or jeopardized sources and methods.”

A full 15 years after Operation Mockingbird was supposed to have ended, their own documents prove it was working stronger than ever. What’s more, evidence shows that it continues even to the present day.

In 2014 it was revealed that Ken Dilanian, a prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

Despite being disgraced by these revelations, and disavowed by the LA Times, Dilanian still finds employment as a correspondent for NBC.

In 2016, the release of a trove of internal emails from political advisor John Podesta by WikiLeaks revealed even further damning evidence of the collusion between the corporate media and the ruling class. From private dinners to requests of pre-publication approval, to direct evidence of election meddling. The emails demonstrated the true nature of the mainstream press’s role in politics: Not as impartial reporters of facts. But as partisan propaganda mouthpieces for the elite.

Even more recently, TFTP published a report exposing that mainstream media outlets still use mass scripted narratives to shape public opinion to this very day.

However, those are far from the only ties between the American mass media and the intelligence community

AGENCY SPOOKS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

In addition to calling the shots behind the scenes, in recent years deep state operatives have gotten all too comfortable working in front of the camera as well. Oftentimes admitting their former profession as Americans remain infatuated as ever, never stopping to question the sincerity of professional liars.

Some of the most prominent names in prime time news admittedly share ties to the very agency that maintains so much influence over their new employers. Since 2018 former CIA director John Brennan has been a national security advisor on MSNBC. Prior to joining CNN, Philip Mudd was an analyst for the CIA and ex-National Security deputy director for the FBI. Fox News contributor and conservative pundit Daniel Bongino is also a former senior member of the United States Secret Service, tasked with the personal protective duties of former President Barack Obama. Even the likes of Anderson Cooper and Tucker Carlson share some sort of affiliation with the agency.

With the former having been an intern for the CIA in his early twenties and Carlson who had applied to join the CIA while in college.

These and many more exemplify the wide-reaching consequences of those early infiltration operations decades prior. With several more names tied to the intelligence community, the likes of James Clapper, Chuck Rosenberg, Michael Hayden, Frank Figliuzzi, Fran Townsend, Stephen Hall, Samantha Vinograd, Andrew McCabe, Josh Campbell, Asha Rangappa, James Gagliano, Jeremy Bash, Susan Hennessey, Ned Price, and Rick Francona.

All are among assets to the agency currently permeating the media, as mentioned in a recent article by journalist and political commentator Caitlin Johnstone.

An excerpt reads —

“In totalitarian dictatorships, the government spy agency tells the news media what stories to run, and the news media unquestioningly publish it. In free democracies, the government spy agency says “Hoo buddy, have I got a scoop for you!” and the news media unquestioningly publish it.” …..

“Nowadays the CIA collaboration happens right out in the open, and people are too propagandized to even recognize this as scandalous.” …..

“This isn’t Operation Mockingbird. It’s so much worse. Operation Mockingbird was the CIA doing something to the media. What we are seeing now is the CIA openly acting as the media. Any separation between the CIA and the news media, indeed even any pretence of separation, has been dropped.”

An astute observation indeed, as the lines between political pundits and professional propagandists have not just been blurred, not only crossed, nay entirely obliterated. As state-sponsored presstitutes masquerade as arbiters of truth when in fact their social engineering and disinformation campaigns make them more akin to terrorists waging psychological warfare on the masses.

But for one to truly understand the incestuous relationship between supposed news pundits and purveyors of disinformation, it is necessary to explore the history of its origins. Prior to operation Mockingbird, even before the CIA’s very existence. To the dawn of mainstream press, and then to the revealing a dark untold chapter of American history from the second world war.

THE FATHER OF PROPAGANDA, AND THE NAZI ORIGINS OF MEDIA MANIPULATION.

The origin story of how the present US media came to be in such a dismal state is one of intrigue that reads almost like a bad James Bond novel. It begins in the 1920s.

The so-called father of public relations is a man by the name of Dr. Edward Bernays. In other circles, known as the father of propaganda. Brilliant in his own right, he is the nephew of world-renowned & infamous psychologist Dr. Sigmund Freud. But Bernays is credited in many circles with his work in psychology being applicable to use in PR tactics in media, and later, politics and psychological warfare. In 1928, he published his best-known book, aptly titled ‘Propaganda’. At the time the word did not have the negative connotations associated with it now.

Shortly after its publication advertisers were already adapting strategies developed by Bernays to plant subliminal messages in the minds of their target demographics encouraging them to consume more. From cigarettes to the jewelry industry, big oil and so much more, the corporatist class was essentially handed a how-to manual to curry favor from the public — This works with a simple trick of sensory misdirection. Through ad campaigns and other media, the subconscious mind is fooled into accepting a planted thought. This and other strategies are what the predator class employs to maintain a positive public perception and garner support for their agendas.

Think of that scene from the cult-classic film They Live, when Piper puts on his glasses to see the real world — the reality beyond the manufactured perception — He turns back to see the array of billboards and advertisements now simply read: “Consume. Obey. Stay asleep”.

Such is the art of deceptive propaganda developed by Dr. Bernays.

With that said, it is imperative to stress how crucial it is for the public at large to put forth the effort in educating themselves with regard to the nuances of psychological operations. There is no better weapon in protecting oneself against these tactics than understanding how these strategies are employed and the way in which the human brain functions when introduced to them.

For those in need of a starting point to garnering this most vital of insights, viewing the acclaimed 2013 documentary film State of Mind: The Psychology of Control is recommended.

To continue, Bernays himself is well noted having spoken on the role of these tactics in engineering society. Having famously said —

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

However most notoriously, Dr. Bernays’s work was first actualized to its full insidious potential during the dark days of Third Reich era Germany.

Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Joseph Goebbels was the Chief Propaganda Minister for Hitler’s Nazi regime. He had also become a staunch admirer of Bernays since his early work in the 1920s, despite his being a Jew.

Ultimately Edward Bernays himself personally refused requests to conduct American public relations on behalf of the Nazi regime (unlike other American companies who covertly worked on Hitler’s behalf). As he himself was concerned with the manner in which the tactics of mental manipulation he pioneered would be applied by the fascist government. But that didn’t stop Goebbels from adopting much of his publicly published strategies. He primarily applied Bernays’s work throughout all of Germany’s mass media during the reign of the Third Reich, to socially engineer and psychologically manipulate the public into blissful ignorance.

“This is the secret of propaganda; Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are being immersed in it.” – Joseph Goebbels.

This short story of the origin of Nazi propaganda is important to this article because it is also the progenitor to America’s most pervasive propaganda operations. Due to one post-World War II program in particular; Operation Paperclip.

In brief summation, Operation Paperclip was the program authorized by President Harry Truman in 1946, in an effort to get a leg up on the Soviet Union in the oncoming Cold War. The program authorized thousands of Nazis proficient in science, technology, and various other areas of expertise to be given amnesty from the Nuremberg trials and brought to America under new identities, in exchange for pledging to work for the United States government.

In a sense, this was a legal and authorized infiltration of America’s most secure halls of government by top Nazi officials, including within the Pentagon.
Before Operation Paperclip was officially authorized in 1946 it operated under the code name Project Overcast. During this time the fascists in American custody were placed to work in various departments, including the Office of Strategic Services.

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an agency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the United States first covert action agencies, was then shortly disbanded in late 1945 with its operational duties spread between the State Department, and the Department of War (now the Department of Defense). Until 1947, with the signing of the National Security Act, when the remnants of the OSS were built upon as the predecessor to the newly-formed Central Intelligence Agency. With the federal government’s newly acquiesced Germans being among its first employees.

You read that correctly — the creation of the CIA is directly tied to the Nazi infiltration of the United States of America. Authorized by our own government.

The point of explaining this is that just as the CIA itself is a product of America’s partnership with ex-nazis, so are some of their earliest and most nefarious operations; Including the aforementioned propaganda program Operation Mockingbird, which was directly based on the strategies utilized by Joseph Goebbels.

As we can see, this history of state-sponsored deception is a vast and sinister one. However, it doesn’t end there. As the years went on and these programs were refined what became of it was a monstrous offspring of collusion between fascist entities and America’s corporatist power structure.

CORPORATE CONGLOMERATION.

At the outset of Operation Mockingbird, there were close to 100 mass media companies that contributed to the mainstream. Despite this, most of them were still infiltrated and brought under the CIA’s umbrella of control. Corporate mergers and mass media consolidations had already been underway, but by the 1980s it had reached a fever pitch with only 50 major companies controlling the media.

Fast forward to today that number is only six. Six mega-corporations that control roughly 90% of what over 328 million Americans see, hear, & read on a daily basis. If that level of information control seems staggering, it’s because it is.

In 2012, an infographic was created in order to detail this vast amalgamation and the power it wields over society. Originally those six companies were GE, Disney, CBS, Viacom, News Corp, and Time Warner. But since then as other transactions and mergers have taken place, they are now Comcast, AT&T, Disney, News Corp, Viacom, and CBS. Technically, the actual number of corporations is five, given that CBS and Viacom are both owned by National Amusements Inc.

Giving just a few hundred executives and 15 billionaires almost complete control over the flow of information that controls the perception of the masses.

This is found to be even more concerning than originally postulated, as in January of 2018 WikiLeaks tweeted information from a chart that shows almost all of these conglomerates and media holdings are tied to one single unelected bureaucratic entity — The Council on Foreign Relations.

For those unaware, the CFR is one of the United States’ oldest and most establishment think tanks of the American “elite” predator-class. Often, they set the agenda on important policy questions and are incremental in maintaining positions such as perpetual war.

Being a central pillar in the trifecta unelected globalist policy groups alongside the Trilateral Commission, and notorious Bilderberg Group. So brazen they are in their sway over American journalists that that same year CFR member Richard Stengel, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the Obama Administration, openly suggested the media use propaganda against American citizens.

Stengel now ironically has a new position as a crusader against “fake news”. And is a distinguished member of the neocon think-tank the Atlantic Council — the same governmental body hired by Facebook to serve as its purveyor of government-funded censorship.

Finally, to top off this web of collusion and disinformation, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 signed by President Obama included a provision that essentially legalized the domestic dissemination of propaganda. Despite the insistence of mainstream voices such as the Associated Press that this was not the case; the plethora of evidence presented here both leading up to and after the signage of the law demonstrates whether legalized or not — the propagandizing of unwitting American citizens is indeed a common practice.

Worse still, yet again as TFTP reported in 2016, a similar provision was passed in that year’s NDAA. This time under the guise of “countering disinformation” it gave propagandists full reign to increase their dissemination and gave a green light to launch an all-out campaign against the alternative media. Paving the way for the now-infamous coordinated social media purge of October 11th, 2018.

Despite stating the obvious that they certainly didn’t need a law to propagandize their own citizens, these authorizations opened the floodgates. As we’ve seen in past years continuing through to today, the blatant flagrant lies of the mainstream media now know no bounds.

Even recently, the undercover reporters of Project Veritas revealed in an investigation bombshell admissions coming directly from the technical director of CNN. Caught on hidden camera, director Charlie Chester admits that their network engages in propaganda for everything from influencing the election, to promoting fear-mongering of covid-19.

From one example to another, the Mockingbirds in their respective cages are working harder than ever to parrot the status quo talking points.

CONTROLLED MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL AGE.

In recent years as society has continued to progress into the digital age, the flow of information has become much more abundant for the average individual. Thanks to the internet providing a gateway beyond the gatekeepers of the corporate press, the citizenry is now presented with an opportunity to educate themselves and scrutinize the talking heads. As the media’s reputation continue to drop and people began searching elsewhere to inform themselves, it became necessary to attempt to rein in this sphere of influence.

Hence the previously mentioned social media purges, these attempts to maintain control of the narrative appear to be the last breath of a dinosaur media going extinct. At a point which, if not for the state facilitated assets of Silicon Valley (Big Tech) keeping this industry alive, it would be all but obsolete already.

Despite years of intertwining infrastructure — From the Pentagon’s Information Operations Roadmap, a 2003 project designed to seize control of the net for use in information warfare and psychological operations; To covert programs such as 2010’s Operation Earnest Voice, used to disseminate pro-US propaganda throughout social media via an astroturfing campaign of “sock puppet” accounts. These attempts to influence the new age of digital media persist as they did in the age of traditional media, using much of the same tactics.

Even now, despite the storied entanglement of corporate technocrats and the bureaucracy — Established ties between the Pentagon and companies like Facebook psychologically abusing their users paving the way — The masses appear to be tuning out the “authoritative” voices that they are now aware are no longer trustworthy.

Others however remain hopelessly inured under the scope of these projects. Ever influenced by the degrading psychological implications of propaganda operations directing the Hegelian dialectic.

IN CONCLUSION.

It’s not hard to see why the promulgation of inauthentic information is such a prevailing issue. It’s used for everything from selling us overpriced goods at the store, to dividing us against our neighbors, to convincing us to support unnecessary wars that kill millions of innocent people. And when understanding the psychology behind such deceptions, it is easy to recognize why its purveyors negate responsibility for their own wrongdoing by projecting it upon their opposition.

Whereas certain biases are concerned this could be true in either case of the mainstream or the alternative; and why critical thinking and discernment are of the utmost importance for the individual to be their own arbiter of truth. It is an essential tool, upon the altar of free humanity to never allow any entity, institution, or individual; whether they be mainstream or alternative, to have so much influence over one’s mind that they are incapable of thinking for themselves.

Now more than ever the need for people to reclaim their emancipated intellectual sovereignty is paramount. In the age of information ignorance truly is a choice. False dichotomies begin and end with the information that we choose to ingest.

The old cliché is true that knowledge is power. We as people, as a society and a species, can only begin to reclaim our individuality and begin to work towards a better tomorrow once we have become conscious and aware of this most pertinent of truths.

When writing for The Free Thought Project, as well as for Break The Matrix, the real-life version of “the matrix” itself can probably be most astutely described as a false sense of reality —

“In the real world, outside of its cinematic counterpart, The Matrix is a construct. Made up of a false set of perceptions manufactured and perpetuated by an establishment to maintain supremacy, control, & dominance over the psyche of the masses. It is, quite literally, a fabricated version of how the world operates. Created by believing a web of lies woven by a fraudulent, corrupt system of power-hungry maniacs. Exposing their fallacies causes it to malfunction. Every time you speak the truth it causes a glitch in the matrix. When you live that truth, you break the matrix”.

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“Decided To Divide” – Chicago Segregates Restaurants For Un-Vaxx’d

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

If you want any more evidence COVID-19 has been a pandemic of inequality – take, for example, Chicago restaurant owners, who plan to introduce vaccinated and non-vaccinated sections, according to CBS Chicago.

This brings us back to the 1990s when there were restaurants offering smoking and smoke-free sections. The division is clear, and the vaccine is dividing us all.

Chicago officials are still in the reopening phase and plan to be fully open by July 4. Per new guidance from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, businesses can operate with no restrictions as long as there is a section for vaccinated people.

This weekend, at Moe’s Cantina Chicago, neon bracelets will be handed out to vaccinated people where they can mingle in an unrestricted section in the restaurant. For everyone else, the unvaccinated section will have socially distanced tables and partitions.

“We decided to divide, and you’re free to come on this side, go to the bar. You can be pre-pandemic,” said owner Sam Sanchez.

Sanchez said customers would have to show proof of their complete vaccination history to relax in a no restriction section that resembles a pre-COVID world.

The discrimination against people who are vaxxed and non-vaxxed is made part by Lightfoot’s liberal-run City Hall, who announced last week, “establishments can operate without COVID-19 restrictions within their establishment if only vaccinated patrons and employees are allowed in within that area.”

Sanchez serves as Chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association and says the direction the city government is taking “is to get the economy back to normal.”

Good intentions may very well lead to a two-tiered society where the “vaxxed” discriminate against the “non-vaxxed.”

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Government “Scientific Advisors” Admit To Using “Totalitarian” Tactics To Control People

Scientists in the United Kingdom who are working as advisors for the government have expressed regret for using what they admit to being “unethical” and “totalitarian” methods of instilling fear in the population in order to control the behavior of the masses. And they use the scamdemic as an excuse.

According to a report by The London Telegraph, the comments were made by Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B), a sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) the government’s chief scientific advisory group.

The report quotes a briefing from March 2020, as the first lockdown was decreed, that stated the government should drastically increase “the perceived level of personal threat” that the virus poses because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened”.

One scientist with the SPI-B admits that “In March [2020] the Government was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down. There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear.”

The unnamed scientist adds that The way we have used fear is dystopian.”

The scientist further confessed that “The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment. Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared.”

Another separate scientist on the subcommittee professed “You could call psychology ‘mind control’. That’s what we do… clearly we try and go about it in a positive way, but it has been used nefariously in the past.” –Summit News

So basically, the government is admitting that what they use is fear to manufacture consent for the slaves to remain enslaved and willingly submit to their own oppression. If you already understand that government is slavey (it can be nothing more and nothing less) then you already knew this. If you think this is limited to the UK government because they admitted it, the brainwashing has been effective:

“Right Now I’m Scared” – CDC Director Chokes Back Tears As She Fearmongers “Impending Doom”

CNN Admits To Fear Mongering The COVID-19 Scamdemic

Using fear as a weapon is nothing new.  Governments have done it for centuries because, simply, it works. It goes back to the Hegelian dialect. If you want to get people to willingly take a “vaccine,” for example, how can you do it? You tell me because I think we all are living through it now.

The Science of Fear: How The Elitists Use it to Control Us & How to Break Free

They come up with a problem, elicit a fear-based reaction, then step in with the preplanned solution, and sadly, this still works on a vast majority of human beings, who set their own discernment and critical thinking aside in order to obey the master out of fear. Hopefully, humanity will begin to see that they have been manipulated and controlled since birth.

Waking up is the first step.  There can be no solution if we cannot hone in on the problem, which is and always has been slavery. No one makes a rightful master and no one makes a rightful slave, and we need to realize that.

Click here to read the entire comprehensive report written by Steve Watson at Summit News. 

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Flip-Flopping Tyrant Fauci Says WE Are “Misinterpreting” The Muzzle Rules

Is anyone else tired of this totalitarian flip-flopper yet? Dr. Anthony Fauci says it’s not the clear-as-mud Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people chastizing him over his mask rules. It is actually OUR fault, because, apparently, we are “misinterpreting” the constantly changing and ridiculous muzzling rules.

“I think people are misinterpreting, thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It’s not,” Fauci told Axios on Wednesday. “It’s an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors.” Wait, what about this:

Fauci: Vaccinated People Can’t Dine Indoors Or Go To The Movies Still

Fauci Dubbed A “Petty Tyrant” For Saying Vaccinated People Can’t “Eat or Drink Indoors”

But the fear-mongering emotionally unstable CDC Director says otherwise:

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in making the announcement. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”

This is the same Walensky that cried and lied and tried to play on the emotions of the public in order to garner some obedience from the slaves:

“Right Now I’m Scared” – CDC Director Chokes Back Tears As She Fearmongers “Impending Doom”

Oh, and what about this study that the mainstream media “fact-checked” into oblivion:

New Study: A COVID Variant Affects The Vaccinated More Than The Unvaccinated

Fauci said it’s not people’s “fault” if they don’t understand the new guidance because, in many cases, people “either read them quickly or listen and hear half of it.”  So, it is our fault then. If we “read quickly” or only hear half of it, it’s our fault.  So which is it, Fauci? That is just one more example of yet another contradiction in one statement. If Fauci knew what was good for him and his already destroyed reputation, he’d quit talking.  But tyrants don’t care, so we will keep exposing them.

Some members of the public are incorrectly under the assumption, Fauci said, “that we’re saying: ‘You don’t need the mask anymore.’” So, what they are saying, is only those who took the experimental gene therapy jab can go unmuzzled. But those are the ones insisting they continue to muzzle themselves to protect against those of us who have not gotten the jab.

“That’s not what the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] said,” he added. “They said: ‘If you are vaccinated, you can feel safe — that you will not get infected either outdoors or indoors.’ It did not explicitly say that unvaccinated people should abandon their masks,” he said according to a report by The Hill. 

This world is insane, and you just couldn’t make this up if you tried. Common sense is not so common anymore. Critical thinking is an almost extinct skill.

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Why Your Grocery Bills Are Going Up (And Are Only Expected to Get Bigger)

This article was originally published by Hannah Cox at The Foundation for Economic Education. 

It’s official: food inflation has arrived. Food prices soared 3.9 percent in 2020, the Department of Agriculture recently reported.

Americans spent a lot of money on groceries over the past year—and it isn’t just because they were eating more meals at home. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food prices jumped 3.9 percent in 2020, nearly triple the rate of inflation.

Unfortunately, this trend seems poised to continue. The US Department of Agriculture estimates grocery bills could increase by another 3 percent in 2021, while some experts are betting on even longer-term problems.

“I think food prices are going to continue to increase for probably a good year, year, and a half,” warns Phil Lempert, founder of SupermarketGuru.com.

Shoppers are already feeling the crunch. Long Island resident John Kermaj recently told NBC News, “We used to buy this stuff for $30. Now it’s $60.”

Diet staples like wheat, corn, soybeans, and meat are among the products seeing the sharpest price uptick. Meat shot up 5.5 percent last year, and prices for fruits like apples, strawberries, and citrus went up by 11.3 percent.

This is no small matter.

Before the pandemic, the number of Americans experiencing food insecurity had been steadily falling. That trend was reversed last year. Northwestern University researchers estimate that food insecurity doubled during this time—placing 23 percent of households in danger of going hungry. It is likely this problem will only worsen as the cost of food continues to grow.

So, what’s causing the spike? A perfect storm, really. Bad weatherstockpiling, increased demand from China, global shipping interruptions, and inflation caused by the extreme money printing by central banks all get honorable mentions. But a significant number of the factors to blame can be traced back to the government’s lockdowns and regulatory policies.

Meat processing plants were one of the industries hardest hit by the lockdowns. Many were forced to close for extended periods of time, and others invested in expensive new equipment and technology to reduce their in-person workforce. These costs were of course ultimately borne by the consumer, and the closures led to supply chain disruptions. Both made the price of meat go up.

Northwestern University researchers estimate that food insecurity doubled during this time—placing 23 percent of households in danger of going hungry.

These closures not only affected the meatpacking plants and their employees but those of many related businesses in the food processing industry as well. The lockdowns also impacted farmers, shipment and distribution facilities, companies that produce the containers and plastic needed to store the meat, and grocers. In a market, one government action can have a ripple effect across hundreds of other industries, and that’s certainly what happened here.

The coronavirus and lockdowns didn’t necessarily cause all of the problems in the meat industry, but they did exacerbate existing issues. The industry was already struggling under absurd government regulations that force farmers to waste good livestock and block them from selling directly to consumers. Combined with the lockdowns, these policies began to threaten our supply chain.

Congressman Thomas Massie called attention to this problem more than a year ago and warned it could lead to a meat shortage. The Kentucky Republican urged Congress to support his PRIME Act to repeal these regulations, but his warnings went unheeded.

Other producers in the agriculture sector have struggled to obtain the workers needed to ramp up production. Across the country, small businesses have been unable to attract Americans back to the workplace as many remain on increased unemployment benefits that pay more than work.

Esteemed economist Thomas Sowell famously said, “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.” This principle has certainly been put on display during the pandemic, as the government made many trade-offs in its attempts to mitigate the crisis.

There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.

Ultimately, we know that many of their prescribed solutions—closing outdoor spaces, lockdowns, scrubbing surfaces with alcohol—were abject failures. But the trade-offs made in exchange for promises of increased security won’t be fading away anytime soon.

The current food price spikes, and the resulting food instability issues they have fueled, are only the latest in a long line of consequences Americans have suffered as a result of the government’s attempts at solutions in 2020.

Viruses are scary. But the surge in food insecurity is a reminder that all policies come with trade-offs—and that panic-fueled government interventions often only make a crisis worse.

WATCH: Freedom vs. Fear: Which Side Are YOU On?

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White House Tries To Ensure Vaccine Is Available Before The Election

The White House has taken even more steps to ensure a vaccine for the COVID-19 scamdemic will be available by the election, which is scheduled to take place on November 3. The Trump administration has removed Food and Drug Administration regulations that would prevent a vaccine from being ready before November.

Time is running out. There will be a vaccine and you will be expected to take it voluntarily. If you don’t, you will be punished until you comply. This has become all to obvious, but people are still under some delusion that they will be offered a reasonable alternative to accepting this vaccine.

At issue was the FDA’s planned instruction that vaccine developers follow patients enrolled in their trials for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval from the agency. A senior administration confirmed the move Monday evening, saying the White House believed there was “no clinical or medical reason” for the additional requirement.Market Watch

This means the safety rules in place (which aren’t that stringent for vaccines to begin with) are going to be removed in order to make sure a vaccine is pushed through by the election. Operation Warp Speed will be rolled out as soon as possible.

Trump: “The Military Is Ready To Deliver A Vaccine”

Only one drugmaker, Pfizer, has suggested it could have data on the safety and effectiveness of its vaccine before Election Day. And a number of variables would still have to align for the company to submit, and the FDA to review and approve, a vaccine application before Nov. 3. Pfizer’s competitors Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson are working on longer researcher timelines.-Market Watch

Moderna Says Their COVID-19 Vaccine Will NOT Be Ready Before The Election

Just because the vaccine may not be available by November 3, doesn’t mean one won’t be rolled out shortly afterward.  The Trump administration seems intent upon releasing a vaccine to the public before the election.

Trump Administration Is Stockpiling 3 Different Types Of COVID-19 Vaccines

If you intend to deny this vaccine, prepare. Stock up food and water because you probably won’t be allowed in stores or to work. It will not be voluntary by any measure of the definition of the word.  You will be forced to take it one way or another and if you don’t expect punishment.  Get ready if you don’t want it. It is coming and it will be shoved down our throats.

Medical Journal: Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Or Be Punished HARSHLY

Brace yourselves. This is going to get ugly in the next 30 days. Not just with the election, ut with this vaccine.  And any number of other calamities that could creep up before then. Prepare, be aware, and remain unafraid.

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New York Governor DEMANDS Compliance With His Totalitarian Rules

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the state will enact “aggressive enforcement” of COVID-19 protocols.  Cuomo has descended into a full-blown dictator and says he will close non-compliant businesses and schools.

Beginning this week, New Yorkers will be subjected to a police state and dictatorship never before thought possible in the “land of the free.” Queens, Brooklyn, Orange, and Rockland counties have all seen recent increases in positive coronavirus cases, which means politicians are taking new draconian measures against the people to maintain their grip on power.  These areas will be the target of direct enforcement,” ensuring businesses and citizens are abiding by mask mandates, social distancing orders, and other regulations in place in the state, according to a report by RT. 

“Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes. [New York State] will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday after a conference call with members of the press. “As we saw with bars and restaurants when the state initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased.”

As far as looting and rioting go, those will likely be left to destroy whatever they want.  But police will be aggressively enforcing the draconian COVID-19 rules shoved down the throats of the public. This is a sad dystopian nightmare for the people of New York.

The boot is on the neck of New York business owners, and those who survive this horrific tyranny will be the few fortunate ones. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also announced on Sunday he is seeking the governor’s approval to shut down schools and non-essential businesses in nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods where there has been an increase in positive cases. 

“We’re having an extraordinary problem – something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ the mayor told reporters of the uptick in positive cases.

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COVID-19 Exposed The Truth: Laws, Rules & Regulations Are Futile, Humans Were Born Free

The one good thing to come out of the COVID-19 panic is the increasing awareness of the general public.  The scamdemic has exposed the futility of most rules, laws, and regulations, as people have found out they don’t have to obey any ruler or politician because they were born free.

Regulations that needlessly restrict liberty, reduce innovation, and reduce Americans’ access to care are being suspended all over the country, and not because politicians woke up and decided to cede some power.  Instead, Americans have decided to disobey the laws into nonexistence. People are finally figuring out that ink on paper cannot control them useless they allow it to.  Since March, Isabelle Morales of Townhall has compiled over500 such examples of regulations that are nothing more than commands to the people the government wants to enslave. These regulations are being suspended in order to provide relief for care providers, hospitals, businesses, and citizens during the coronavirus plandemic.

Governors and other politicians recognize that the mere enforcement of these rules and laws places a heavy burden on some of the most important markets in the United States. Hence, their suspension is deemed necessary in these times of hardship. Ultimately, none of these regulations should have been created in the first place. Under other circumstances, the effects of these regulations go unnoticed because the strength of the market covers the government’s tracks. –Isabelle Morales of Townhall

Often, the markets will survive in spite of regulations, however, people are beginning to realize these rules were not created in their best interest, but in the interest of the state. Once people disobey in larger numbers, they will fully awaken to the fact that they’ve been controlled for their entire lives.  The fact that these regulations should have never been created in the first place, is a moot point. What’s important is that people are finally realizing that the government isn’t there to help them and protect them. It’s there to control and manipulate them, with the help of the mainstream media, of course.

Civil Disobedience Is Here: People All Over Are Getting Off Their Knees & Disobeying Tyrants

The only way out of this has always been, and will always be civil disobedience. It doesn’t matter how many rules, laws, or regulations, the government creates or eliminates because free people operate solely on their own morality. Free people already know they have no obligation to obey a command, especially ones that violate their individual God-given human rights.

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Tyranny Ends When We Say It Does, and That Time Is NOW With The Free Market

The totalitarians want us locked in our homes. They want us to not question them and mindlessly comply with the commands.  It’s not about health, it’s about control.  We have more power than we think and we can end it tyranny now and solve the pandemic at the same time.

The truth is, we can end their control over us right now.  We just have to stop complying with it.  We need to allow the free market to make more solutions to this virus as governments have failed epically.

This will get easier too, as more cops and military members refuse to force the elitists’ commands on us. As this movement grows, government power will erode. The sad truth is that we locked ourselves down by complying with tyranny. We did it to ourselves.  But the good news is that it’s easily reversed by disobeying and living free.

Stop giving the mainstream media your time. Stop letting them take your livelihood. Stop asking permission to feed your family. When you free your mind and escape the mental prison the media and the government have put around you, you will be able to more clearly see exactly what’s going on.

Land of the Free? Home of the Brave?

They lied to us. They told us to live in fear in our homes and most of us complied. Until now. People are finally realizing that they don’t have live as slaves to the government or elitists, and cops are figuring out that their forcing of these human rights violations is putting them on the same side of history as Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo.

The Establishment Doesn’t Fear Trump, And It Doesn’t Fear Bernie. It Fears You.

The best way to fight the pandemic is by voluntary action, not government force. The Foundation for Economic Freedom wrote:

It’s important to recognize how the private market has already stepped up to provide much-needed goods and services, and in a more efficient and cost-effective manner than the government ever could. And all without overly aggressive and unconstitutional government mandates. –FEE

Sadly, a lot of Americans have bowed to government and further enslaved themselves while demanding others comply with their enslavement too.  But others have opened their eyes to the disaster that is government and why you should never let another human have power over your life.  Innovation and the free market and free people will be able to handle the next pandemic much better than any government and their totalitarian polices could ever contrive.

One of the first products US stores ran short of after the crisis broke was hand sanitizer. In response, several large international distilleries began shifting production to alcohol-based hand gels instead of whiskey. According to Ann Mukherjee, a regional director for the North American division of Pernod Ricard SA, “I say to everyone on my team that a time of crisis is not what builds your character, it’s what reveals it.” –FEE

The current situation has shown both the ingenuity of the free market and the harmfulness of many government burdens placed on private industry.

Disobeying is going to become a way of life until no politician is left with any more power than any other person. Some people will remain blinded and submit to their slavery, but they won’t be able to enslave others with them. Once you are free, there is no going back. We can beat the pandemic and we can be free. And both of these can happen simultaneously the moment we realize it and the moment we go about our lives disregarding the immoral commands of the ruling class.

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The U.S. Economy IS RIGGED, & It Isn’t To Favor You

Most Americans correctly believe that the United States economy is rigged and manipulated.  While most don’t understand how (The Federal Reserve, lobbying, and taxation) it’s done, businesses and government regularly collude to create an economy most favorable to their own wealth and power goals.

Establishment elitists in both business and government collude regularly to run the American economy to their own advantages and have increasingly done so for decades.  It isn’t really a secret. Although while some media sites claim Americans have rebelled, that number is few.  Most are more than content to be used as tax cattle and cannot be bothered to put down their phone long enough to realize it.

The Political Parties Are An Illusion Designed To “Relegate The Governed To A Position Barely Above That Of Cattle”

The solution to this problem cannot be found then, in more government since they are the ones colluding to rig the economy in their favor. Laws are not written to control the elites, the elites write them to control everyone else.  When politicians, corporate executives, pundits, journalists, academics, and activists alike propose ways to make society more just or efficient or globally competitive, they invariably call for some kind of government-corporate cooperation, as written by National Interest. But the cooperation, once initiated, seems always to lead to collusion and an economy that will benefit those already at the top at the expense of those who are not.

Ron Paul: ‘When Our Financial System Crashes…The Elites…Will Suffer The Least’

This isn’t new.  But it is finally becoming common knowledge. Will humanity wake up to the disaster that government (yes, even democracy) has done to everyone?

HOWEVER INNOCENTLY and naturally these collusive, corporatist arrangements have developed in the United States, there can be no mistake about their origins. The approach was pioneered in the 1920s and 1930s, first under Benito Mussolini in Italy and later in Germany under Adolf Hitler. Popular imagination immediately and understandably links fascism to government-sponsored violence and worse. America is free from such horrors, but the economic impulse nonetheless looks remarkably similar.

The fascists wanted control of their economies. Having rejected government ownership of industry—the means by which the communists and socialists achieved centralized control—Mussolini, and after him, Hitler settled on something subtler. They allowed private ownership and acquired control by offering huge benefits to firms that cooperated with their agenda—government contracts, protections from foreign and domestic competition, freedom from certain regulations (even from the law), and help in calming labor disputes—effectively all the advantages of monopolies. It was a prize hard for managers and stockholders to resist. Fascist agendas were, of course, very different and far uglier from those of the United States, but that is a different matter from the means used to serve them. –National Interest

Americans are free from the abundance of violence seen in most fascist states, however, that won’t last. If they do ever figure out that they are nothing more than slaves to be abused and stolen from as the government sees fit, a real rebellion could occur.  And if history has taught us anything, they won’t give up power willingly.

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” It may be just this association that prompted President Dwight Eisenhower to warn publicly on January 17, 1961, of what he called a “military-industrial complex.”

On top of all of that, we have a police state that is all too happy to get paid with stolen money to make sure the elites stay firmly in power: whether corporate or government.

One of the best and most comprehensive books on the advancement of the police state was written by constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead. Battlefield America: The War On The American People is the harrowing tale of how we have gotten to a place of totalitarian control without most even realizing it. It has been done to ensure those in power remain in power and the rest of us serve them as they see fit.

Police forces across the United States have been transformed into extensions of the military. Our towns and cities have become battlefields, and we the American people are now the enemy combatants to be spied on tracked, frisked, and searched. For those who resist, the consequences can be a one-way trip to jail or even death. Battlefield America: The War on the American People is constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead’s terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself. In exchange for safe schools and lower crime rates, we have opened the doors to militarized police, zero-tolerance policies in schools, and SWAT team raids. The insidious shift was so subtle that most of us had no idea it was happening. This follow-up to Whitehead’s award-winning A Government of Wolves is a brutal critique of an America on the verge of destroying the very freedoms that define it. Hands up!?the police state has arrived.

Read The U.S. Economy Is Rigged by clicking here. 

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Economic Woes: 1 In 4 Renters Are Now Spending Over HALF Their Income On Housing

Rents are becoming unaffordable for many Americans, even those in the middle class. Because the cost of buying property, maintaining it, and covering property taxes has jumped, so have the costs of renting.

new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University calculates that 10.9 million renters spent more than 50% of their income on housing in 2018. That equates to one in four renters. Moreover, there were 6 million more cost-burdened renters in 2018 than in 2001. Households with incomes of at least $75,000 accounted for more than three-quarters of the growth in renters from 2010 to 2018.

Affordable housing will continue to be more and more out of reach as long the government keeps getting in the way.  Regulations and property taxes are a huge burden when it comes to affordable housing.

According to Market Watch, a renter is cost-burdened when she or he must spend more than 30% of her income on housing costs and severely burdened when they spend more than half of their income on those expenses. The problem is much more predominant among lower-income Americans — 72% of renters earning less than $15,000 a year were severely burdened as of 2018, as were 43% of renters earning between $15,000 and $30,000.

“Even as the overall share of cost-burdened renters has receded somewhat, the share of middle-income renters paying more than 30 percent of income for housing has steadily risen,” researchers wrote.

Nearly 56% of renters earning between $30,000 and $45,000 a year were cost-burdened as of 2018, up 5.4 percentage points from 2011. That was the largest increase in the share of cost-burdened renters across any income band in the country.

Among those who earn between $45,000 and $75,000 annually, this share increased 4.3 percentage points to 27%. The Pew Research Center defines the middle-income American household as a three-person family that earns between $45,200 and $135,600 annually. –Market Watch

“The spread of cost burdens up the income scale coincides with the ongoing decline in lower-cost rentals,” researchers wrote. “While the improving economy has increased the share of middle-income renters, earnings growth has not caught up with the rise in rents.”

Completely eliminating the unconstitutional property tax is only one step in making renting and housing, in general, more affordable. California could benefit from an elimination of burdensome regulations that have made building more apartments or houses impossible.  When supply is low, as housing is in California, demand is high increasing the price.  The simple and finite rule of supply and demand can be applied here, and when politicians start legislating, it will always prevent prosperity.

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