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How bankrupt govt steals your money in 8 steps

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As news on the Great Cyprus Bank Robbery keep getting worse, the latest being the country’s corrupt finance minister Michael Sarris saying that as much as 80% of “large” bank deposits can be confiscated, Americans should be on the alert to copycat moves by our feral government and bankers. All the more because the American Left are applauding the theft of Cypriots’ bank savings.
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge warns us that when bankrupt insolvent governments “run out of fingers to plug the dikes,” history shows that they fall back on a very limited playbook.
Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog has enumerated 8 steps in the playbook of bankrupt governments:
1. Direct confiscation: As Cyprus showed us, bankrupt governments are quite happy to plunder people’s bank accounts, especially if it’s a wealthy minority. Aside from bank levies, though, this also includes things like seizing retirement accounts (Argentina), increases in civil asset forfeiture (United States), and gold criminalization.
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2. Taxes: Just another form of confiscation, taxation plunders the hard work and talent of the citizenry. But thanks to decades of brainwashing, it’s more socially acceptable. We’ve come to regard taxes as a ‘necessary evil,’ not realizing that the country existed for decades, even centuries, without an income tax. Yet when bankrupt governments get desperate enough, they begin imposing new taxes… primarily WEALTH taxes (Argentina) or windfall profits taxes (United States in the 1970s).
3. Inflation: This is indirect confiscation– the slow, gradual plundering of people’s savings. Again, governments have been quite successful at inculcating a belief that inflation is also a necessary evil. They’re also adept at fooling people with phony inflation statistics.
4. Capital Controls: Governments can, do, and will restrict the free-flow of capital across borders. They’ll prevent you from moving your own money to a safer jurisdiction, forcing you to keep your hard earned savings at home where it can be plundered and devalued. We’re seeing this everywhere in the developed world… from withdrawal limits in Europe to cash-sniffing dogs at border checkpoints. And it certainly doesn’t help when everyone from the IMF to Nobel laureate Paul Krugman argue in favor of Capital Controls.
5. Wage and Price controls: When even the lowest common denominator in society realizes that prices are getting higher, governments step in and ‘fix’ things by imposing price controls. Occasionally this also includes wage controls… though wage increases tend to be vastly outpaced by price increases. Of course, as any basic economics textbook can illustrate, price controls never work and typically lead to shortages and massive misallocations.
6. Wage and Price controls– on STEROIDS: When the first round of price controls don’t work, the next step is to impose severe penalties for not abiding by the terms. In the days of Diocletian’s Edict on Prices in the 4th century AD, any Roman caught violating the price controls was put to death. In post-revolutionary France, shopkeepers who violated the “Law of Maximum” were fleeced of their private property… and a national spy system was put into place to enforce the measures.
7. Increased regulation: Despite being completely broke, governments will dramatically expand their ranks in a last desperate gasp to envelop the problem in sheer size. In the early 1920s, for example, the number of bureaucratic officials in the German Weimar Republic increased 242%, even though the country was flat broke from its World War I reparation payments and hyperinflation episode. The increase in both regulations and government officials criminalizes and/or controls almost every aspect of our existence… from what we can/cannot put in our bodies to how we are allowed to raise our own children.
8. War and National Emergency: When all else fails, just invade another country. Pick a fight. Keep people distracted by working them into a frenzy over men in caves… or some completely irrelevant island.
~Eowyn

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U.S. intelligence says Iran is *not* building a nuclear bomb


Here’s something really strange.
As the drumbeats for a U.S. war against Iran — ostensibly to prevent Iran from going nuclear — grow ever louder, yesterday came this piece of curious news:

U.S. intelligence agencies don’t believe Iran is actively trying to build a nuclear bomb!

Ken Dilanian reports for the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 23, 2012:

A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003.

The most recent report, which represents the consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, indicates that Iran is pursuing research that could put it in a position to build a weapon, but that it has not sought to do so.

Although Iran continues to enrich uranium at low levels, U.S. officials say they have not seen evidence that has caused them to significantly revise that judgment. Senior U.S. officials say Israel does not dispute the basic intelligence or analysis.

But Israel appears to have a lower threshold for action than Washington. It regards Iran as a threat to its existence and says it will not allow Iran to become capable of building and delivering a nuclear weapon. Some Israeli officials have raised the prospect of a military strike to stop Iran before it’s too late.

It’s unclear how much access U.S. intelligence has in Iran, a problem that bedeviled efforts to determine whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The assessment that Saddam Hussein had secretly amassed stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and was seeking to build a nuclear weapon, cited by the George W. Bush administration to justify the invasion, turned out to be wrong.

Iran barred inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog group, from visiting Parchin, a military site, this week to determine whether explosives tests were aimed at developing nuclear technology.

An IAEA report in November cited “serious concerns” about “possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program,” but did not reach hard conclusions. 

Lest we forget, the C.I.A. also did not anticipate the collapse of communism across the Soviet bloc.
What it comes down to is that we are faced with two options:

  1. Either U.S. intelligence agencies are wrong, once again; or
  2. Our intelligence agencies are correct, which means we are being told yet another lie to justify yet another war.

Be it 1 or 2, neither is good news.
~Eowyn

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What's Up? Watsonville, CA Jan 20th 2012


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Heartwarming Story of the Day

When I woke up early this morning after spending yesterday sick in bed, I saw an amazing interview on CBS with a humble woman who works with SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups to reunite our soldiers with the battle-zone dogs and cats they had befriended in Iraq and Afghanistan but were forced to leave behind.
Her name is Terri Crisp and the book she’s written about her experience is No Buddy Left Behind.

In an interview with SPCA International, Crisp explains how her mission began with a dog named Charlie. Here is Charlie’s story:

Crisp discovered that the only way to get Charlie out of Iraq was if she flew there and escorted Charlie to his new home.
As of May 2011, Crisp has made 36 trips into Iraq and 1 trip to Afghanistan. While writing the book she lived in Iraq for almost 6 months and can personally attest to the brutal conditions our GIs endure. She can now say from experience what a 140-degree day, during the middle of the summer, feels like in Iraq.  As she put it: “It was brutal.  If there were a way for me to set up my computer in the shower and write while water spayed over me, I would have.”
I’ve explained in my post, “Muslims Declare Jihad Against Dog,” that Muslims have this perverse conviction that dogs are “unclean animals” and so mistreat, abuse, and even kill man’s best friend.
Crisp confirms that: “Many of the animals that were befriended by U.S. troops were discovered just in the nick of time. If they had not been in the right place, at the right time, they would not be alive today. I remember one soldier telling me early on that he felt that the number one pasttime for children in Iraq is throwing rocks at puppies. When I think of how many children in Iraq have lost a parent, or both, to the war – not to mention other family members and friends, I think of the comfort a dog could provide if only the children knew how to love a dog instead of hurting them.”
Crisp emphasizes that although readers will tear-up reading her book, there are also many “feel-good” moments: “One of those moments was when a father sent a puppy his unit had befriended in Iraq home to his family. The soldier’s son had been having a tough time adjusting to his dad being gone. His grades dropped, he acted out a lot, and he just would not talk much – all unusual behavior for this 9 year old. Just before the soldier handed the puppy over to Operation Baghdad Pups, he gave him a great big hug. While the puppy was flying to his new home, the dad called his son and told him, ‘When the puppy gets there I want you to give him a great big hug and pretend it is me hugging you back.’ The puppy did the trick – the child’s behavior returned to normal.  This was not something that was intentionally planned. It just happened and one family will forever be grateful to a stray puppy from Iraq for filling in until a father returned from the war.”
But for Crisp, the highlight is witnessing some of the reunions between a dog or cat with a soldier returning home: “I have had soldiers ask me after weeks or months have passed whether their four legged wartime buddy will remember them. I always tell them, ‘Be prepared!’ I have seen some of the biggest, burliest men knocked over by a dog that went completely ballistic when they laid eyes on their buddy again.  No doubt, they do not forget.”
Here’s an example:

Recognizing the sad reality that animal shelters in the United States have countless dogs and cats waiting for a forever home, Operation Baghdad Pups nevertheless believes that its program is justified and worthwhile. As an example, a mother whose son was deployed to Iraq four times was asked why he wanted to bring a dog home from a war zone and not adopt one from his hometown.  She said, “Because the dog in Iraq saved my son’s life and made it possible for him to come back home to me with a smile on his face.”
The difference Operation Baghdad Pups has made in the lives of hundreds of men and women, plus the animals that made the time they were deployed in Iraq less of a hell on earth, fully justifies the resources it took to save them.
Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause, Operation Baghdad Pups. Go here!
Get your copy of No Buddy Left Behind, here! It’ll make a great  Christmas gift 😉
~Eowyn

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