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Cyprus Banks Remain Closed To Avert Run On Deposits

By Michele Kambas and Karolina Tagaris | From Reuter.com | On Monday, March 25th, 2013

Anti-Troika protesters hold a "Hands off Cyprus" banner during a demonstration outside the EU offices in Nicosia March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Anti-Troika protesters hold a "Hands off Cyprus" banner during a demonstration outside the EU offices in Nicosia March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

(Reuters) – The president of Cyprus assured his people a bailout deal he struck with the European Union was in their best interests, but banks will remain closed until Thursday – and even then subject to capital controls to prevent a run on deposits.

Returned from fraught negotiations in Brussels, President Nicos Anastasiades said late on Monday the 10-billion euro ($13 billion) rescue plan agreed there in the early hours of the morning was “painful” but essential to avoid economic meltdown.

He agreed to close down the second-largest bank, Cyprus Popular, and inflict heavy losses on big depositors, many of them Russian, after Cyprus’s outsize financial sector ran into trouble when its investments in neighboring Greece went sour.

European leaders said a chaotic national bankruptcy that might have forced Cyprus from the euro and upset Europe’s economy was averted – though investors in other European banks are alarmed by the precedent of losses for depositors in Cyprus.

“The agreement we reached is difficult but, under the circumstances, the best that we could achieve,” Anastasiades said in a televised address to the nation on Monday evening.

“We leave behind the uncertainty and anxiety that we all lived through over the last few months and we look forward now to the future with optimism,” he told compatriots who face an immediate, deep recession and years of hardship unlikely to be milder than those experienced by Irish, Greeks and Portuguese.

Many Cypriots say they felt anything but reassured by the bailout deal, however, and are expected to besiege banks as soon as they reopen after a shutdown that began over a week ago.

Reversing a previous decision to start reopening at least some banks on Tuesday, the central bank said late on Monday that they would all now stay shut until Thursday to ensure the “smooth functioning of the whole banking system”.

Little is known about the restrictions on transactions that Anastasiades said the central bank would impose, but he told Cypriots: “I want to assure you that this will be a very temporary measure that will gradually be relaxed.”

Capital controls, preventing people moving funds out of the country, are at odds with the European Union’s ideals of a common market but the government may fear an ebb tide of panic that would cause even more disruption to the local economy.

Without an agreement by the end of Monday, Cyprus had faced certain banking collapse and risked becoming the first country to be pushed out of the European single currency – a fate that Germany and other northern creditors seemed willing to inflict on a nation that accounts for just a tiny fraction of the euro economy and whose banks they felt had overreached themselves.

Backed by euro zone finance ministers, the plan will wind down the largely state-owned Cyprus Popular Bank, known as Laiki, and shift deposits under 100,000 euros to the Bank of Cyprus to create a “good bank”, leaving problems behind in, effectively, a “bad bank”.

Deposits above 100,000 euros in both banks, which are not guaranteed by the state under EU law, will be frozen and used to resolve Laiki’s debts and recapitalize the Bank of Cyprus, the island’s biggest, through a deposit/equity conversion.

PRECEDENT SET

The raid on uninsured Laiki depositors is expected to raise 4.2 billion euros of the 5.8 billion euros the EU and IMF had told Cyprus to raise as a contribution to the bailout, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said.

Cyprus government spokesman Christos Stylianides said losses for uninsured depositors would be “under or around 30 percent”.

Laiki will effectively be shuttered, with thousands of job losses. Officials said senior bondholders in Laiki would be wiped out and those in Bank of Cyprus would have to make a contribution – setting a precedent for the euro zone.

Comments by Dijsselbloem on the need for lenders to banks to accept the potential risks of their failure had a knock-on effect in the euro zone, raising the cost of insuring holdings of bonds issued by other banks, notably in Italy and Spain.

Global equity markets and the euro retreated on his comment that the Cyprus bailout could be a template for solving other problems, by shifting more risk to depositors and stakeholders:

“What we’ve done last night is what I call pushing back the risks,” Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, told Reuters and the Financial Times.

A first attempt at a deal 10 days ago had collapsed when the Cypriot parliament rejected a proposed levy on all deposits, large and small. That proposal outraged ordinary Cypriots, leading to queues at bank cash machines.

The central bank has imposed a 100-euro daily limit on withdrawals from ATMs at the two biggest banks to avert a run.

PUBLIC SCEPTICAL

Russia signaled it would back the bailout even though it would impose big losses on Russian depositors, who by some estimates may hold a third of all deposits in Cypriot banks.

President Vladimir Putin ordered officials to restructure a loan Moscow granted to Cyprus in 2011 – having rejected Nicosia’s request for easier terms in crisis talks last week.

Among Cypriots sipping coffee in warm sunshine, there was a mood of wariness about the deal: “How long will it last?” asked Georgia Xenophontos, 23, a hotel receptionist in Nicosia.

“Why should anyone believe anything this government says?”

In the morning, a public holiday, residents of the capital lined the streets to watch a parade by soldiers and students to mark Greek Independence Day, waving the Greek and Cypriot flags.

“On this day I’m proud to be Greek, but at the same time I feel humiliated,” said Marios Charalambous, 56, a print-shop owner. “I’m worried what will happen when the banks reopen.”

Cyprus’ tottering banks held 68 billion euros in deposits, including 38 billion in accounts of more than 100,000 euros – enormous sums for an nation of 860,000 people that could never sustain such a big financial system on its own.

The U.S. Treasury, noting the importance to the United States of financial stability in Europe, its largest trading partner, said it was now up to Cypriots to rebuild their economy: “It is critical to lay the foundation for a return to financial stability and growth in Cyprus,” the Treasury said.

(Additional reporting by Luke Baker, John O’Donnell, Robin Emmott, Philip Blenkinsop and Rex Merrifield in Brussels, Costas Pitas in Nicosia and Lionel Laurent in Paris; Writing by Giles Elgood and Matt Robinson; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/25/us-cyprus-parliament-idUSBRE92G03I20130325

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Is The Govt Preparing To Take Down ‘Patriot Groups’?

For the time being, we’re treating this article as a “you decide” piece, since there isn’t audio or video available to back up the assertions made (yet) regarding the meeting discussed, but I do feel it is a must-read for anyone who visits this site. If  the events outlined in this article are indeed true, then our country is about to change drastically for the worse…

Federal action against patriot groups in US

http://uscrow.org/2013/03/13/federal-action-against-patriot-groups-in-us/

As always, we welcome discussion on this troubling story.

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

7 Habits Of The Effective Patriot

By Granite Prepper | From ModernSurvivalOnline.com | On March 8th,2013

These really are the times that try the soul…..much as Thomas Payne penned generations ago.  An out-of-control debt/deficit, a tyrannical over-reaching government and a society that is experiencing moral decay and rot at a pace never-before seen on these shores; it is a rot the likes of Caligula and Emperor Nero would stand in awe of!  However, with that being said, what are constitutionalists, libertarians, little “r” republicans and true liberals (in the mold of our founding fathers) to do to stand against this ever-encroaching tide??  That is the $64,000.00 question and one I’ve been struggling with for a number of years.  I read, and have for sometime, many blogs, websites and historical documents that give me a sense of the historical founding of the country and also the initial path we were started on years ago.  I’ve studied the rise and fall of civilizations stretching back to biblical times.  I’ve perused academic tomes about the sociology and psychology of mankind…..sadly both got their start with Karl Marx as he struggled to conceive of the utopian society.  Finally, I’ve searched my heart and plumbed the depths of both my beliefs and my convictions to come up with my solution to this conundrum.  What I’ve gleaned from this search is there are seven founding principles or, better described, steps to follow in order to prepare for battle with the afore-mentioned rise of evil…..and that ladies and gentlemen is what we are truly facing; evil in its many faces and forms is waging this many-pronged attack to sink from within the greatest society and home for good ever known to man…. truly Ronald Reagan’s shining City on the Hill.

Let me first provide a disclaimer that this isn’t a perfect list…..I’m not a perfect person.  You may agree with the steps in their entirety, you may vehemently disagree with them or you may fall somewhere in between…. and I say that is a very good thing because it is with the thinking and rationalization, the synthesis of where you fit, that we give birth to the true Patriot.  I will tell you it was my journey in formulating these steps that better enunciated my core beliefs and ultimately gave rise to my direction in life.  My sincerest hope is that not only do you use these steps to better cement your beliefs or path, but you take them and use them while talking and debating with others; both people you agree with and people you don’t……patriots win this titanic struggle through education and illumination.  But I digress, on to the meat and potatoes as it were…..

1.  Knowledge(or the “What”): I started this piece by explaining the synthesis of the article being grounded in history…..”Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” as George Santayana, a Spanish poet and essayist,  opined in his “Reason In Common Sense, The Life of Reason Volume I.”  This was prudent in the late 1800s and early 1900s and holds true through today.  We as Patriots must know from which well of hope our society sprung, the great leaders of its success, the villains that sought its demise and ultimately how and where we fit.  We must not only study our founding documents and their reason for existence, but must also know where THEY came from; what was the prevailing mindset and reason of the times.  The Articles of Confederation, The Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers and The Constitution are all great to use as a springboard but we must dig deeper and try to read as many letters and other forms of correspondence between the founders(ideally in their own words) as possible to understand, truly, the “WHAT” of history.  Once you’ve begun that journey, and in a concurrent fashion, endeavor to branch into the study of mankind; in other words the study of man scratches the surface of our founding and history, but reach further in your search by reading Aristotle, Plato, Freud, Nietzsche and Conte as a means to take history and couple it with a classical understanding of philosophy that has driven man for centuries….what ultimately is human nature.  As well, throw some tentative hands upon works of madmen:  Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot to name but a few.  Get a sense of the contrarian argument to individual freedom and the struggles of the uniqueness of man versus their views of collectivism, communitarianism and utopian shared sacrifice.  Finally, and not last on the list by any stretch, delve as deeply as you can into the Bible, the Koran, the Torah and other religious and pagan texts to grasp the history of faith, how that ties into the history of man(and US history) and how, ultimately, belief ties into the human spirit and condition.  Be aware too that this step isn’t a stand-alone enterprise….to try to pore through all of history, religious and otherwise, before moving on to the other steps would leave you very old, if not outright dead by its completion.  Begin this step as the foundation of your Patriot beliefs and continue this search even as you concurrently work the others…..the quest for knowledge isn’t a destination but rather the journey itself.

2.  Know Your “Why”:     This step is really the core step for any individual…..this provides the definition of each person’s existence.  Why were you born?  Why did you have a family(or not)?  Why did you get up today?  Why did you have the bean and onion burrito prior to the big sales presentation??  This is all about self-examination.  Do I go to work for love of the job or to make money?  Do I own the home I have because of it’s functionality or because of prestige?  Am I truly religious or only pretending to be for political or societal gain…..remind you of any politicians??  What is at the very core of my belief structure?  Do I believe in individualism, collectivism, abortion, sanctity of life, etc ad naseum….you get the picture.  A true Patriot, someone who will be the warrior for our constitution, must be firmly grounded in what they believe, why they believe it and, most importantly, solidly marching on the path that supports those belief structures.  Our society as a whole is made up of false people, with fake beliefs marching to the beat of someone else’s drum….we save our republic when we are grounded in our individual reality.  That is what provides the beacon of hope for other Patriots to rally to and gives the glue to hold that perpetual movement together.  Understand that this step requires brutal honesty…this is no-holds-barred combat between what you truly believe and what you THINK you believe.  You will need to challenge every facet of your knowledge and your belief structure….this will likely contradict much of what you learned during your public education and to that I say good!!  In the end, if the truth knows no agenda you need to confidently walk the path of your heart, conscience and spirit…..the truth will most likely surprise you but it will also set you free.  It will give you a sense of peace and stead-fast/unwavering confidence.  This peace, coupled with a strong knowledge of history will prepare you for…..

3.  Know Your Environment(Or the “How” and the “Where”):  Here is where the fledgling butterfly hatches, stretches its wings and prepares to re-enter the world.  It is at this stage you start to reach out in your local community…. using your new-found knowledge and beliefs to discover what is going on around you and, more importantly, why.  Find out what political persuasion your school board, city council and county commissioners are.  Do they support or detract from constitutional principles?  Is there any corruption in the system, why is it happening and who is responsible?  What is the feeling towards the business community?  Are the schools educating or indoctrinating?  What is the financial state of the school, city, county and state?  Are the various aspects of your community in line with your beliefs or diametrically opposed?  What laws are on the books and why are they there?  Read city/school charters and study the state constitution.  In my last article I spoke about the military concept of preparing the battlefield…..here is the first step in doing so…. knowledge of your surroundings or recon.

4. Know Your Resources(Or the “Who” and the “When”):  Now that the butterfly is winging about and has a sense of her surroundings, it is time to explore her options for growth and interaction.  In our world, we must now seek like-minded people.  In my case, Tea Party Patriots, Free-State New Hampshirites, small government conservatives, libertarian constitutionalists and every manner of man, woman and child who share the same values.  Again in military parlayance, and in my particular case of living in New England, I have been inserted behind enemy lines and must start building relationships with people in order to bring about constitutional change.  I can seek to become a member of the afore-mentioned groups and/or I can look to become a member of the local school board, city council , county commissioners or elected state agencies that will give me the greatest opportunity to affect local change.  Think too about the concept of tactical versus strategic(small rather than large, or local rather than national).  By this I mean any realistic change must truly start at the grass-roots or tactical level(while keeping an eye on the strategic or large-scale picture) and grow or develop into the strategic or larger stage movement that has both mass and inertia(much like a snowball rolling downhill).  This is the beauty of the internet….you can research, plan and initiate local action while networking with national-level or strategic friends to prepare the battlefield for the explosion of local ideals/ideas into a national platform.  I think it is important to note that this step requires the most faith and belief in what you’re doing as this is the perfect example of one man/woman making a difference.  However, it is also the easiest point at which a movement can be derailed…..The Tucker automobile, a truly revolutionary idea/concept, was scuttled because it was created by a small, upstart company with very little support that was up against a monster in the establishment US auto industry.  Constitutional principles are much like the Tucker in that there is little support in today’s world by either side of our political spectrum and so we must guard, during this step, against the desire to give up or take the easy path…..honor and integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching and especially when times are tough.  So, with that in mind let’s move on to…..

5.  the Individual(Or Taking Care of YOU):  This path we travel will, most certainly, take its toll on each of us so it behooves the Patriot to take a few precautions to prepare to make the payment.  In no particular order are the following:

  • Physical Fitness:  This process is not for the faint of hear and a strong back and constitution is imperative.  Walking, running, physical conditioning, martial arts, weight lifting and good posture(funny enough) all ensure you don’t exit the fight prematurely.
  • Sleep/Rest:  The human body can  only function so long, both physically and cognitively, on little to no sleep so getting as much sleep when you are able will help to off-set those times when you can’t.
  • Diet/Eating Smartly:  All things in moderation as my mother used to say is the pathway to health.  I am by no means a health food nut….I love my sweet and salty things too much for that…..but I try(emphasis on the word TRY) to balance those unhealthy foibles with fruits and vegetables so my body is balanced and strong.
  • Flexibility:  Before you start accusing me of being Richard Simmons, let me say I’m not referring to stretching…..at least no physically.  What I’m referring to is not be rigid in your thinking.  Be strong in your beliefs, but also flexible and adaptable to deal with the ever-changing battlefield.  I was taught at a young age, and then reminded in my time in the military, to adapt and overcome those things in front of me….and of course the old axiom of a plan not surviving first contact/engagement holds true.  Simply put, make sure you are flexible to our ever-evolving environment, don’t become target-fixated and are able to deal with any paradigm shift that presents itself.  We live in an asymmetrical world and as such we must be able to adapt quickly…..and decisively.

6.  The Family(Or the Foundation): This is a step that I struggle with on a regular basis…..not because I don’t love them, rather the truth is it is just the opposite.  I struggle because sometimes I fixate on what is going on in the world and how I can keep my family safe in today’s environment that I lose focus on enjoying the time I have with them…….limited as it can be.  My solution is to keep firmly focused on my family as one of my paramount “Whys.”  THEY are why I do what I do and am the person I am and am striving to become.  I use the love of and from my family as the nourishment for my mind and body…..it is my sustenance!   Sometimes it is like failing to see the forest for the trees……don’t lose sight of why you do what you do or are who you are.  That loss, for me, would be soul-crushing.  However, so would the loss of my…….

7.  Faith(Belief in Many Forms):  I don’t seek to preach to you because not everyone believes in religion…..and that is well and good.  However, I have met very few people who have no faith at all…. faith in self, friends, family, god, the universe, etc.  Life without faith at some level is life without hope…. it is the difference between laughter and sarcasm.  Life without hope is a bleak existence that leads people to stay in bed, fail to take risks and ultimately leads to stagnation.  As I’ve stated, I’m a religious man(though I haven’t always been) and it is my faith in God that nourishes my spirit and soul.  It is this faith that my hope and belief for a brighter tomorrow springs from and it is the life preserver I cling to when I feel adrift in hopeless seas.  My faith is also what allows me to turn sarcasm at something into humor….I try to take myself less seriously and laughter is the engine for that change!!  Also, while I have faith listed as an individual step, it is much like family in that it is something more all-encompassing.  Faith is the cocoon that enwraps me, nourishes me, protects me and buoys me.  In the end, I feel faith in something greater than yourself ties the individual to the family and the family to society as a whole.  This isn’t collective salvation by any means, rather it is the moral and ethical belief of loving thy neighbor and being a shelter during turbulent times and times of strife.  Look at the people of Mississippi, a group with strong faith and the belief in the individual, during Hurricane Katrina.  They banded together as families and local communities and took care of each other.  Compare and contrast this to the collectivist progressives of New Orleans(certainly not all but a large portion) who banded together to rob each other and loot local businesses; they also expected the government to rescue them versus looking to each other.  I’m sure I just riled up any number of Cajuns with that perspective, but my feeling is actions speak louder than words.

So here we are at the end of the article, the end of my ink, the beginning of my problems with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and, hopefully, the beginning of your journey to patriotic enlightenment.  I hope these ramblings will help to provide you, as it has me, with measures that can be taken to combat the takeover of our constitutional republic.  There is great evil in our world, but there is greater hope…WE each represent a spark of that good and that hope and together we will be as fire before the prairie winds!!  Until next time, I’ll leave you with the prophetic words of Patrick Henry…..”GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!”   We must all choose how to serve…….

Source: http://modernsurvivalonline.com/guest-post-7-habits-of-the-effective-patriot/

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Prominent U.S. Scientists Call For Eco-Dictatorship Under UN Rule

By Jurriaan Maessen | From BlackListedNews.com | On Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Upcoming Scientific Publication: “(…) governments can and even should move beyond existent levels of public permission in order to shift norms, allowing public sentiment to later catch up with the regulation.”

In a peer-reviewed paper by the American Institute of Biological Sciences titled “Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges” (available ahead of print), to be published in the march 2013 edition of the Institute’s yearly journal BioScience, a group of well-known scientists calls on government and scientists to start with the planned social engineering of “norms” and “values” in regards to environmental policies. In addition, they propose putting into effect all sorts of environmental fines and regulations in the spirit of Agenda 21 to hasten the social acceptance of increased governmental control. Also, they propose that the scientific community as a whole should align itself with government “through a concerted effort to change personal and social norms”.

The group of scientists involved in the upcoming publication include two Nobel Prize winners, economist Kenneth Arrow and political scientist Elinor Ostrom, as well as behavioral scientists, mathematicians, biologists- not to mention population scientists, the most well-known of whom are Paul Ehrlich and Gretchen C. Daily- whose professional relationship dates back to the Ecoscience days. The authors start out by stating:

“Some have argued that progress on these (global environmental) problems can be made only through a concerted effort to change personal and social norms. They contend that we must, through education and persuasion, ensure that certain behaviors (…) become ingrained as a matter of personal ethics.” Stating that education and persuasion are insufficient to accomplish behavioral changes, they note:

“Substantial numbers of people will have to alter their existing behaviors to address this new class of global environmental problems. Alternative approaches are needed when education and persuasion alone are insufficient. Policy instruments such as penalties, regulations, and incentives may therefore be required to achieve significant behavior modification.”

Proposing that “effective policies (…) are ones that induce both short-term changes in behavior and longer-term changes in social norms”, the collection of prominent scientists assert that “government is uniquely obligated to locate the common good and formulate its policies accordingly.”

The upcoming report however stresses that scientists are given the tools to have a hand in “government policies intended to alter choices and behaviors” such as “active norm management, changing the conditions influencing behaviors, financial interventions, and regulatory measures.”

Each of these policy instruments potentially influences personal and social norms in different ways and through different mechanisms. Each also carries the danger of backfiring, which is often called a boomerang effect in the literature—eroding compliance and reducing the prevalence of the desired behaviors and the social norms that support those behaviors”.

“Eroding compliance”, it is called. Anticipating that an increase in regulatory interventions by government are sure to create resistance among the target population, the scientists express confidence that their recommendations “can be carried out in a way that abides by the principles of representative democracy, including transparency, fairness, and accountability.”

Despite these on-the-surface soothing words, the authors stress that government (and the scientific community) should ultimately “move beyond” public consent when it comes to top-down regulations imposed on the American people:

“Some have argued that regulations are inherently coercive and cannot or should not exceed implied levels of public permission for such regulations. An alternative viewpoint is that governments can and even should move beyond existent levels of public permission in order to shift norms, allowing public sentiment to later catch up with the regulation”.

By admitting they are willing to “move beyond existent levels of public permission” to push ahead with draconian environmental policies, these prominent scientists (among whom we find two Nobel laureates and one Paul Ehrlich) have proven their willingness to deceive the American population for their “environmental” control model. As Aaron Dykes put it while interviewing Lord Christopher Monckton,, the environmental “cause” is nothing more than “an absolute valued pretext for their absolute control model”.

The engineering of public “norms” serves not so much any environmental cause, but another one, namely that environmental policies, even draconian ones, will finally be perceived by the US population as being consistent with their own personal norms.

The way in which government may go about it shifting norms, the scientists argue, is by on the one hand “managing norms” through “such things as advertising campaigns, information blitzes, or appeals from respected figures”. The other aspect involved is the use of financial incentives and disincentives with the aim of conditioning the public to accept an increasing governmental control over personal behavior. The paper continues by saying that the best way to alter existing behaviors is through persuasive government regulations “such as penalties, regulations, and incentives” in order to “achieve significant behavior modification.”

“Fines can (…) be an effective way to alter behavior, in part because they (like social norm management) signal the seriousness with which society treats the issue.”

By extension, the authors express hope that behaviors and values will “coevolve” alongside increased government control in the form of state regulations and “fines”:

“A carbon tax might (…) prove effective even in the face of near-term opposition. What needs to be assessed is the possibility that behaviors and values would coevolve in such a way that a carbon tax—or other policy instrument that raises prices, such as a cap-and-trade system—ultimately comes to be seen as worthy, which would therefore allow for its long-term effectiveness”

In the context of this idea that shifting norms will “coevolve” alongside increased government regulations, the authors state:

“Each of the government interventions can influence both personal and social norms, although they do so through different mechanisms. Only social norm management directly targets norms. Choice architecture, financial instruments, and regulations can all alter social norms by causing people to first change their behaviors and then shift their beliefs to conform to those behaviors.”

In other words: the scientists propose arousing the concept of cognitive dissonance in the minds of people in order to guide the herd towards “proenvironmental” citizenship.

“When it comes to environmental issues”, the scientists write, “two different types of social norms are at play in these dynamics: social norms of conformity or cooperation and proenvironment social norms. Only the first type need be present to induce proenvironment behaviors (although proenvironment personal norms may emerge from this through, e.g., cognitive dissonance, experience, or associating the positive feeling from social approval for an act with the act itself).”

In the upcoming publication the concepts of peer-pressure and cognitive dissonance are being brought into the equation as effective norm-determining factors:

“(…) norms of conformity and cooperation are far more universal than are proenvironment norms and are therefore far more powerful in inducing proenvironment behaviors that do not conflict with preexisting values or preferences. In other words, proenvironment values are not a necessary prerequisite to proenvironment behaviors.”

While the authors express their hope that government expands control through all kinds of environmental regulations, they argue that scientists (especially life scientists) should align with big government, join forces in an unrelenting campaign to gradually create changes in behavior so environmental policies will be more easily accepted over the course of some time.

“Life scientists could make fundamental contributions to this agenda through targeted research on the emergence of social norms”, the group asserts.

“(…) many of the empirical studies cited in this article originate in law, psychology, economics, behavioral economics, anthropology, political science, and sociology. We know, for example, that the effective management of any commons requires sensitivity to local conditions, sound monitoring, graduated sanctions, and conflict-resolution mechanisms.”

Who better to guide the sheep towards “good environmental citizenship” than those scientists specialized in social engineering:

“Life scientists have a role to play in this by extending their existing theoretical analyses. To be effective, scholars of all stripes will have to extend their capacity to collaborate with decision- and policymakers in order to ensure realism and relevance.”

The scientists would, in such an environmental dictatorship, also have a monitoring capacity:

“Scientists could (…) effectively examine how combinations of different policy interventions and of the relative timing of deployment play out.”

The paper is concluded with three distinct recommendations to both scientists and governmental agencies:

“(1) the greater inclusion of social and behavioral scientists in periodic environmental policy assessments; (2) the establishment of teams of scholars and policymakers that can assess, on policy-relevant timescales, the short- and long-term efficiency of policy interventions; and (3) the alteration of academic norms to allow more progress on these issues.”

This entire publication is a clear and unmistakable sign that a scientific dictatorship is emerging under the pretext of environmentalism. More government control through regulations and fines combined with a proactive scientific community, brainwashing people into accepting this increasing governmental control where they would otherwise reject it. And guess who should be the coordinating body of this scientific dictatorship, according to the report:

“Teams might be supported by permanent entities that maintain communication with policymakers; these will differ among nations but could be attached to the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies in the international context. One potential model is a national commitment of scientific talent in the service of United Nations agencies.”

The United Nations. Of course!

“These teams could also be charged with anticipating crises and evaluating potential policy responses in advance, since detailed evaluation in the midst of a crisis may be problematic; such emergency preparedness would probably focus on the immediate effects of policies on behaviors rather than on changing social norms, because this is likely to be of greatest relevance in a crisis.”

All this talk of putting the UN behind the steering wheel of American government and the American scientific community points to the coming of age of the dreaded scientific dictatorship, against which many observers have warned us.

Source: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Prominent_American_Scientists_Call_For_Eco-Dictatorship_Under_UN_Rule/24367/0/0/0/Y/M.html

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Company Designs Disturbing Targets For U.S. Law Enforcement

By Beckett Adams | From TheBlaze.com | On Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

What if I told you police in your town could desensitize themselves to the idea of shooting a (armed) child, pregnant woman, or young mother, for just a couple of bucks?” Reason’s Mike Riggs asks.

Sadly, Riggs isn’t simply being perverse. He’s being 100 percent serious:

Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. Markets Children, Pregnant Women Targets to Law Enforcement Community
(Law Enforcement Targets, INC.)

For less than 99 cents per target, police officers can now shoot at real-life images “designed to give [them] the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training,” according to Law Enforcement Targets, Inc.’s website.

The company calls it the “No More Hesitation” series:

Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. Markets Children, Pregnant Women Targets to Law Enforcement Community
Reason

“Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. provides training targets and supplies for military branches, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, training organizations, private ranges, gun clubs, and shooting enthusiasts in the United States,” a Bloomberg profile on the group reads.

Shortly after contacting the company to find out more about the series, the marketing team at Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. sent Riggs the following statement:

The subjects in NMH targets were chosen in order to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.

I found while speaking with officers and trainers in the law enforcement community that there is a hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition (one officer explaining that he enlarged photos of his own kids to use as targets so that he would not be caught off guard with such a drastically new experience while on duty). This hesitation time may be only seconds but that is not acceptable when officers are losing their lives in these same situations.

The goal of NMH is to break that stereotype on the range, regardless of how slim the chances are of encountering a real life scenario that involves a child, pregnant woman, etc. If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.

There are seven targets in the series: Pregnant Woman, Older Man 1, Older Man 2, Older Woman, Young Mother, Young Girl, and Little Brother.

Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. Markets Children, Pregnant Women Targets to Law Enforcement Community
Law Enforcement Targets, INC. (cached).

“Considering that the company has landed $5.5 million worth of contracts with the federal government,” Riggs notes, “it might also be interesting to know if these targets are being used by federal law enforcement agents.”

Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. could not immediately be reached by phone for comment. Also, as of 8:30 p.m. ET, it appears that their website is down.

This article was originally posted at http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/19/company-with-ties-to-the-federal-govt-designs-unsettling-targets-for-law-enforcement-community/

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Crumbling Global Economy Passes Point of No Return

By Lee Rogers | From BlacklistedNews.com | On Sunday, February 17th, 2013

As bad as the global economy is right now, it is unfortunately going to get far worse. Many central banks around the world are now racing to devalue their currencies through the implementation of debt monetization programs and low interest rates. Despite statements coming out of the G20 saying otherwise, many insiders and former insiders are fully admitting that there is an on-going global currency war and that this war is accelerating. The Bank of Japan’s recent announcement of a massive bond purchase program is the latest episode in an already sorry state of affairs. It is a historical fact that prosperity has never been obtained by devaluing a nation’s money which makes it all the more insane that the central planners are actually trying to sell the general public on these policies. In fact if monetary devaluation resulted in economic growth, Zimbabwe which recently experienced a period of rampant hyperinflation would easily be the wealthiest nation in the world instead of one of the poorest. Ancient Rome had a strong monetary unit when the nation rose to prominence but degenerated after the ruling powers decided to devalue its coinage. In more recent times both the British Empire and the United States reached great heights when they maintained a sound money system. With this said, you really don’t need to be an economics guru to figure out that the result of today’s monetary policies will eventually result in a complete disaster for the global economy.

Despite all of the absurd propaganda from the major news networks, there is no question that much of the world is in a depression. The only reason there has not been a total collapse of the system is because of the fact that central banks have maintained artificially low interest rates and propped up sovereign bond markets by purchasing bonds with money that they created out of nothing. Taxpayer bailouts, stimulus programs and other nonsense haven’t helped matters either. These policies which were implemented following the crash of 2008 have simply set the world up for a much larger collapse in the future. There would have at least been an outside chance to fix the system had the central planners not intervened but now the situation is becoming increasingly hopeless. Take for example what happened in Iceland immediately following the 2008 financial crisis. The Icelandic people voted against using taxpayer money to prop up failed Icelandic banks. Even though there was a great deal of short term economic pain with foreign depositors and foreign bond holders losing billions, the country is now on the road to recovery.

On the other hand, Ireland which decided to bailout its banking system with taxpayer money is still dealing with the after effects of the crisis. In 2010, Ireland actually had to accept a bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund because the government could no longer afford the burden. Just weeks ago thousands of people rightfully filled the streets of Irish cities protesting against the bank bailouts. Before the bailouts, Ireland had one of the stronger economies in the European Union with one of the lowest debt-to-GDP ratios in Europe. After the bailouts, the Irish economy has struggled even being mentioned in the same breath as Spain and Greece.

Sadly even with all of these monetary stimulus programs, the United States economy is barely treading water. It was recently reported that the U.S. economy shrunk 0.1 percent in Q4 of 2012 according to official numbers from the U.S. Commerce Department. Considering economic statistics from the government are questionable at best, it is quite possible that the real numbers are far worse. If the U.S. economy is actually shrinking with these types of monetary policies in place, it is painfully obvious that the Federal Reserve has no exit strategy from the status quo. Any attempt to defend the value of the U.S. Dollar by suspending debt purchases and raising interest rates would send the economy into a tailspin. Ben Bernanke the Federal Reserve Chairman once famously said that he would throw money out of a helicopter to keep the economy going so we should fully expect him to continue these activities. In fact, we already know through the Federal Reserve’s own policy statements that they will be continuing near zero interest rate policies well into the future. At this point that’s really all they can do since it is politically infeasible for them to tighten the purse strings so they just continue to print more and more money out of nothing.

The Federal Reserve’s bond purchasing programs have effectively fueled a rally in bonds pushing yields of various U.S. government debt instruments towards historical lows. This has fooled people into believing that U.S. government debt is a safe haven play which is astounding on so many levels. The rate of return on these debt instruments is actually negative when factoring in the real rate of inflation. The government and establishment media love to tout the Consumer Price Index or CPI as the ultimate gauge of inflation. However, the CPI doesn’t even include food and energy in its calculation thus making it a completely worthless indicator of true inflation. Maybe if people didn’t eat, didn’t use oil to heat their homes and didn’t fill their automobiles with gasoline the CPI might have some relevance.

In reality, there’s little question that that the CPI is a purposely manipulated figure designed to mislead people into believing that inflation is lower than it actually is. The CPI also provides the basis for cost of living adjustments that directly affects how much money Social Security recipients receive. This allows the government to get away with paying far less than if real inflation was used as the benchmark to calculate these adjustments. The true measure of inflation calculated using the same statistical models used by the U.S. government during the 1970s has inflation closer to 10% on an annual basis. Even if we were to assume that inflation is half of that figure, U.S. Treasury bond holders would still be getting a negative rate of return on their investment.

Cleary, this is a dangerous game that is being played by the world’s central banks. Looking specifically at the Fed they announced late last year that they would be purchasing $85 billion worth of securities on a monthly basis for an indefinite period of time until unemployment is substantially reduced. This adds up to roughly $1 trillion worth of bond purchases per year which is approximately what the federal government’s annual budget deficit has been under the Obama regime. The Fed is essentially monetizing enough debt for the federal government to finance its $1 trillion annual budget deficit. In other words they are creating close to $1 trillion new dollars out of nothing and dumping it into the system. The end result is that you have a larger supply of dollars chasing the same goods and services which ultimately means there will be higher prices because each dollar will be worth less.

This policy is essentially an invisible tax on the average person because it robs them of their purchasing power. Combine this with the fact that the Obama regime actually raised taxes on poor and middle class Americans as part of the recent fiscal cliff deal and the additional burden Obama’s universal healthcare plan has placed on businesses and it is no wonder why the economy is sputtering. Not only is the currency being devalued but they are financially damaging the base from which they collect taxes. Evidence of this economic reality can be seen from a leaked internal e-mail from a Wal-Mart Vice President who stated that sales were a total disaster and that February 2013 sales were off to its slowest start in the 7 years he’s been with the company. Since average people now have less purchasing power to buy things with, it shouldn’t be any surprise that we see reports like this.

One would think sanity would prevail and the Obama regime would at least end the costly foreign wars and make a few domestic spending cuts. Since we live in a world where insanity seems to be the prevailing thought process, we are not going to see this happen. At the recent State of the Union speech Obama actually proposed more spending programs including a ridiculous multi-billion dollar universal preschool initiative. With a debt over $16 trillion, unfunded liabilities that some have argued approach $100 trillion or higher and $1 trillion annual budget deficits where do they think they’ll get the money to pay for these new programs? Either this is pure stupidity of the most epic magnitude or they are intentionally trying to destroy what’s left of the economy. Regardless of what you believe, these policies are leading us towards disaster.

As a result of these crazy policies, huge bubbles are being created in the U.S. Treasury bond market, the U.S. stock market and most importantly in the U.S. Dollar itself. Since the Fed is buying an increasing amount of bonds it has artificially propped up the market causing investors to venture into the stock market for greater returns on investment which has resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting the 14,000 level. Contrary to what the talking head clowns on CNBC say, this is not the sign of a healthy economy but instead an indicator of gross manipulations by the Fed which has forced investors to take on more risk to achieve any real rate of return. At some point the market is going to reject these policies when fewer and fewer market participants are willing to purchase U.S. Treasury bonds at historically low yields while the U.S. Dollar is simultaneously devalued. This alone will cause the bond bubble to burst, yields to skyrocket and force the U.S. government to pay even more money to service the interest on the debt. Considering that the U.S. government is already having a difficult time making payments to service the debt with historically low yields, any reversal would be extremely problematic.

It is comical that there are still ratings agencies that rate U.S. sovereign debt with a Triple-A status considering the train wreck we are witnessing. S&P which was the one ratings agency that actually downgraded U.S. sovereign debt is now being sued by the U.S. government over inaccurate securities ratings leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. This is not an attempt to defend S&P by any means, but there are a number of questions as to why they are the only ratings agency being sued. All of the big ratings agencies were guilty of grossly exaggerating the quality of different types of securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crash. The only thing that differentiates S&P from the other ratings agencies is that they had the nerve to downgrade U.S. sovereign debt. This lawsuit appears to be retaliation against them for that downgrade and nothing else. If this isn’t the case, than why haven’t lawsuits been filed against all of the major ratings agencies? Clearly, each one of them was involved in some sort of chicanery leading up to the crash. With this said, there is no reason to trust what any of these major ratings firms are saying about U.S. sovereign debt. It is highly probable that their ratings of U.S. sovereign debt are being affected by the possibility that the U.S. government would threaten legal action against them if they fail to provide a favorable analysis.

It is also becoming more apparent that the central planners have been suppressing the gold and silver price as part of an effort to maintain the illusion that these debt based currencies still have value. The German Bundesbank recently announced its intention to take delivery of over half of its gold reserves by 2020 from the Fed and other central banks. The main question here is why would it take 7 years to complete this process? China has been buying huge sums of physical gold on the open market and so far have had no logistical problems receiving prompt delivery of their gold. This gives additional credence to the accusations that central banks have been leasing out physical gold as part of a scam to suppress the price. In other words, the gold that Germany is requesting delivery of is no longer available which is why the gold cannot be immediately delivered. In all likelihood, this is why an agreement was struck to deliver the gold over 7 years so the central banks could save face without having to transparently expose the gold manipulation fraud they are engaged in.

Either way, it is quite obvious that the gold and silver markets have both been manipulated for some time now. If you study the daily charts of gold and silver there are often huge price disruptions to the down side that have no fundamental explanation. If other countries follow suit and request physical delivery of their gold, this could put an end to these suppression schemes resulting in a massive upswing in the price of gold.

It is often said that gold goes where wealth is being generated. If we use that as a measuring stick it is clear that wealth is being transferred from the west over to Asia. Specifically of interest is the fact that gold is being purchased in large sums by both the Chinese and Russian governments. There is even speculation that the Chinese are preparing to officially back the Yuan with gold. We also see huge gold demand from India whose gold imports surged 23% this past January. In fact gold demand has been so strong that India just raised taxes on gold imports to try to reduce demand. Unfortunately for the west, these countries that are net buyers of gold are going to be in a very good financial position once the full effect of these debt monetization and low interest policies are felt. Gold is real money and stores value unlike the debt based garbage that these central banks are creating by typing digits into a computer.

There is very little question that the global financial system is at a point where it cannot be repaired. The policies of unlimited money creation that are currently being implemented by the Fed and other central banks are unfortunately going to continue until the entire system collapses. It is now inevitable that there will be a huge crash in the U.S. stock market, the U.S. bond market and eventually the U.S. Dollar. Gold, silver and other precious metals should perform very well as this scenario unfolds so there are safe havens available for people wishing to preserve their wealth. It is unfortunate that the only question remaining now is not if this collapse is going to happen but when this collapse is going to happen.

This article was originally posted at http://www.blacklistednews.com/Crumbling_Global_Economy_Passes_Point_of_No_Return/24285/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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New ‘Riot’ Software Allows Government To Track Users Of Social Media

By Liz Klimas | From TheBlaze.com | On Tuesday, February 12th,2013

A top government defense contractor revealed it created software that can sift through social media sites to collect information from “trillions of entities” in order to reasonably predict a person’s next move.

The spokesperson for the Massachusetts-based company Raytheon, Jared Adams, told The Guardian in an email that it developed RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology), which is “a big data analytics system design we are working on with industry, national labs and commercial partners to help turn massive amounts of data into usable information to help meet our nation’s rapidly changing security needs.”

The Guardian obtained a video showing Raytheon’s Brian Urch explaining the RIOT software and how it uses photographs that are embedded with location data (generally they’re taken by smartphones) to conduct analysis about where the person was and where they might be going next.

Raytheon RIOT Software Predicts Peoples Movements Based on Social Media Information
This image shows where a Raytheon employee had checked in with his smartphone. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

Urch explains in the video that the software uses Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. He tracks one of Raytheon’s own employees as an example. He shows all the places the employee — Nick — checked in with his smartphone. Then Urch goes to look for photos.

Raytheon RIOT Software Predicts Peoples Movements Based on Social Media Information
Now they can see what Nick looks like. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

“One of the things we’ve noticed is that when people take pictures and post them on the Internet using their smartphones that the phone will actually embed the latitude and longitude using the exif header data,” Urch said. “Now we know where Nick’s going, what he looks like, now we want to predict where he may be in the future.”

By using a “very basic analytic” called “get top places,” Urch shows a pie chart that breaks down the top 10 places where Nick checks in. He is able to analyze check ins at a specific place by month and day. For example, Nick checks in the most at the gym. June was found to hold his highest gym attendance, and he seems to go more frequently on Mondays and Wednesdays. And the “most interesting” bit of info is that Urch is able to show the time when Nick most likely would be there — 6 a.m.

Raytheon RIOT Software Predicts Peoples Movements Based on Social Media Information
A look into the specifics of Nick’s daily schedule based on check-in trends. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

“If you ever did want to try to get a hold of Nick or maybe get a hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6 a.m. on Monday,” Urch said.

The software also shows the people with whom Nick has some sort of connection, whether they be tagged in checkins or shout outs on Twitter.

Raytheon RIOT Software Predicts Peoples Movements Based on Social Media Information
A web of Nick’s connections with other people. Some phone numbers were included too. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

Watch the demo, which The Guardian says Raytheon did not want released as it is a proof-of-concept:

The Guardian reports that this software has not been sold, but it was shared with the U.S. government as it was part of a join research effort that took place in 2010 to develop a system that could analyze “trillions of entities” on the Web.

The Guardian dubs the software  a “Google for spies” given that it has a similar look and search function. The company filed for a patent for RIOT in December and is expected to feature the program at an industry conference in April, according to The Guardian.

If you haven’t come up with your own concerns over the use of such technology, here is what The Guardian reported the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s attorney Ginger McCall saying:

“Social networking sites are often not transparent about what information is shared and how it is shared,” McCall said. “Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead, it is being viewed by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the Riot search.”

While some have called it “stalking software,” ZDNet’s Steven Vaughan-Nichols pointed out it’s “business as usual”:

Here’s the simple truth: If you put your personal details on the Internet, especially on the social networks, it doesn’t require any fancy defense contractor software to track your every move. The social networks themselves can do it. Advertisers can do it. Anyone with a lick of computer sense can do it.

If you want to keep your private life private, you have to keep it off the Internet. It’s really that easy.

This also isn’t the first time that the government has had an interest in monitoring social media for national security measures. For several years the government has been monitoring Twitter and even has a media monitoring component that can tracks journalists who post publicly on traditional and social media.

This article was originally posted at http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/12/major-defense-company-develops-software-for-government-to-track-trillions-of-entities-for-national-security/

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List Of States Saying ‘No’ To Drone Flyovers

By Beckett Adams | From TheBlaze.com | On Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

A Predator B unmanned aircraft takes off in Arizona. The aircraft patrol the southern border of the United Sates. (Gary Williams/Getty Images).

A Predator B unmanned aircraft takes off in Arizona. The aircraft patrol the southern border of the United Sates. (Gary Williams/Getty Images).

What do Montana, California, Oregon, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, Florida, Virginia, Maine, and Oklahoma have in common? They are all currently looking to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on local authorities’ use of the technology.

Concerns mounted after the Federal Aviation Administration began establishing safety standards for civilian drones, which are becoming increasingly affordable and small in size.

Some police agencies have said the drones could be used for surveillance of suspects, search and rescue operations, and gathering details on damage caused by natural disasters.

Virginia lawmakers, for example, on Tuesday approved a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by police and government agencies.

Supporters of the legislation claim the use of drones could infringe on Virginians’ privacy rights. The legislation had the backing of the ACLU, the Tea Party Federation, and agriculture groups, while law enforcement organizations opposed the moratorium.

“Our founders had no conception of things that would fly over them at night and peer into their backyards and send signals back to a home base,” said Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, a sponsor of the Senate bill.

In a move to placate the law enforcement groups opposed to the two-year moratorium, Virginia legislators included a provision that would allow the use of drones only in the case of emergencies or missing children.

In Montana, a libertarian-minded state that doesn’t even let police use remote cameras to issue traffic tickets, Democrats and Republicans are banding together to back multiple proposals restricting drone use. They say drones, most often associated with overseas wars, aren’t welcome in Big Sky Country.

“I do not think our citizens would want cameras to fly overhead and collect data on our lives,” Republican state Sen. Matthew Rosendale told a legislative panel on Tuesday.

Rosendale is sponsoring a measure that would only let law enforcement use drones with a search warrant, and would make it illegal for private citizens to spy on neighbors with drones.

The full Montana Senate endorsed a somewhat broader measure Tuesday that bans information collected by drones from being used in court. It also would bar local and state government ownership of drones equipped with weapons, such as stunning devices.

The ACLU said the states won’t be able to stop federal agencies or border agents from using drones. But the Montana ban would not allow local police to use criminal information collected by federal drones that may be handed over in cooperative investigations.

The drones could be wrongly used to hover over someone’s property and gather information, opponents said.

“The use of drones across the country has become a great threat to our personal privacy,” said ACLU of Montana policy director Niki Zupanic. “The door is wide open for intrusions into our personal private space.”

Other state legislatures looking at the issue include California, Oregon, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, Florida, Virginia, Maine, and Oklahoma.

A Missouri House committee looked at a bill Tuesday that would outlaw the use of unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance on individuals or property, providing an exclusion for police working with a search warrant. It drew support from agricultural groups and civil liberties advocates.

“It’s important for us to prevent Missouri from sliding into a police-type state,” said Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey of Bethany.

A North Dakota lawmaker introduced a similar bill in January following the 2011 arrest of a Lakota farmer during a 16-hour standoff with police. A drone was used to help a SWAT team apprehend Rodney Brossart.

Its use was upheld by state courts, but the sponsor of the North Dakota bill, Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, said safeguards should be put into place to make sure the practice isn’t abused.

Last year, Seattle police received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to train people to operate drones for use in investigations, search-and-rescue operations and natural disasters. Residents and the ACLU called on city officials to tightly regulate the information that can be collected by drones, which are not in use yet.

In Alameda County, Calif., the sheriff’s office faced backlash late last year after announcing plans to use drones to help find fugitives and assist with search and rescue operations.

This article was originally posted at http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/06/here-are-the-states-saying-no-thanks-to-drone-flyovers/

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Cannibalism Claims Surface Amid North Korean Famine

While it’s certainly not the first allegation of cannibalism to come from North Korea, it’s equally as disturbing as those that preceded it. Troubling reports of a rise in starvation — and cannibalism — have emerged inside of a nation that continues to be intensely-secretive and shut off from the wider global community. According to an independent outlet called Asia Press, North Koreans are so desperate that they are increasingly turning to corpses and even murdering their own children for food.  One man allegedly dug up his grandchild’s corpse and ate it. Another purportedly killed and boiled his child for food. Of late, yet another individual has reportedly been executed for killing two of his children for the same purposes.  “In my village in May a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad,” one informant said of the latter incident.  According to the source, the father killed his daughter while his wife was away on business. Then, he killed the son because the latter child had witnessed his sister’s murder. When the wife came back from her trip, her husband said that they now had “meat.” After becoming suspicious, she contacted authorities who later discovered parts of the children’s bodies.  The “hidden famine,” as it has been called in North and South Hwanghae, is what appears to be driving this alleged horror. According to the Daily Mail, up to 10,000 individuals have lost their lives due to a lack of food — a figure that encapsulates the extreme desperation that may be driving the unthinkable.  Of course, the secretive and insular nature of the North Korean government makes it difficult to ascertain definitively whether instances involving human beings consuming one another are actually on the rise as some sources have claimed. Asia Press, the independent outlet issuing these reports, describes itself as a media venue that is trying to be “free from any dependence on capital and authority.”  While outlandish and unbelievable, this isn’t the first time the international community has heard similar stories. In the past, numerous reports about cannibalism have come from North Korea. The Daily Mail highlights some of these past instances:      In May last year, the South Korean state-run Korean Institute for National Unification said that one man was executed after eating part of a colleague and then trying to sell the remains as mutton.      One man killed and ate a girl and a third report of cannibalism was recorded from 2011.      Another man was executed in May after murdering 11 people and selling the bodies as pork.  In Oct. 2011, TheBlaze reported about Kim Hye Sook and the unbearable pain and emotional suffering that she endured during her 28-year detention in a secretive North Korean concentration camp. Brutal executions, starvation — even mothers killing and eating their children to ensure their own survival — were regular occurrences.  In an interview with CBN News, Sook recalled a mother boiling her 9-year-old daughter. In a separate fit of desperation, a woman killed her 16-year-old son, chopped him up and took him to a butcher to obtain some corn in exchange.

In this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, portly North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a consultative meeting with officials in the fields of state security and foreign affairs at undisclosed location in North Korea. Credit: AP

By Billy Hallowell | From TheBlaze.com | On Monday, January 28th, 2013

While it’s certainly not the first allegation of cannibalism to come from North Korea, it’s equally as disturbing as those that preceded it. Troubling reports of a rise in starvation — and cannibalism — have emerged inside of a nation that continues to be intensely-secretive and shut off from the wider global community. According to an independent outlet called Asia Press, North Koreans are so desperate that they are increasingly turning to corpses and even murdering their own children for food.

One man allegedly dug up his grandchild’s corpse and ate it. Another purportedly killed and boiled his child for food. Of late, yet another individual has reportedly been executed for killing two of his children for the same purposes.

“In my village in May a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad,” one informant said of the latter incident.

According to the source, the father killed his daughter while his wife was away on business. Then, he killed the son because the latter child had witnessed his sister’s murder. When the wife came back from her trip, her husband said that they now had “meat.” After becoming suspicious, she contacted authorities who later discovered parts of the children’s bodies.

The “hidden famine,” as it has been called in North and South Hwanghae, is what appears to be driving this alleged horror. According to the Daily Mail, up to 10,000 individuals have lost their lives due to a lack of food — a figure that encapsulates the extreme desperation that may be driving the unthinkable.

Of course, the secretive and insular nature of the North Korean government makes it difficult to ascertain definitively whether instances involving human beings consuming one another are actually on the rise as some sources have claimed. Asia Press, the independent outlet issuing these reports, describes itself as a media venue that is trying to be “free from any dependence on capital and authority.”

While outlandish and unbelievable, this isn’t the first time the international community has heard similar stories. In the past, numerous reports about cannibalism have come from North Korea. The Daily Mail highlights some of these past instances:

In May last year, the South Korean state-run Korean Institute for National Unification said that one man was executed after eating part of a colleague and then trying to sell the remains as mutton.

One man killed and ate a girl and a third report of cannibalism was recorded from 2011.

Another man was executed in May after murdering 11 people and selling the bodies as pork.

In Oct. 2011, TheBlaze reported about Kim Hye Sook and the unbearable pain and emotional suffering that she endured during her 28-year detention in a secretive North Korean concentration camp. Brutal executions, starvation — even mothers killing and eating their children to ensure their own survival — were regular occurrences.

In an interview with CBN News, Sook recalled a mother boiling her 9-year-old daughter. In a separate fit of desperation, a woman killed her 16-year-old son, chopped him up and took him to a butcher to obtain some corn in exchange.

This article was originally posted at http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/28/horrific-reports-of-people-cooking-eating-their-children-and-digging-up-corpses-come-amid-nkorean-famine/

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The Truth About Gun Control

Comments by “Nosleeper” from TheBlaze.com | On Gun Control Legislation

“First and foremost, it is about individual rights. These various laws and regulations are nothing more than an infringement on those rights, limiting one’s ability to exercise those rights. We have a duty, as citizens, to fight for our rights and not let the Government take them away. The Second Amendment is the keystone in this struggle since it gives the citizens the means to resist a tyrannical and oppressive government, should it come to that…the ultimate check and balance. If it falls, the rest will not survive.

Laws that restrict goods that the people want serve only to develop a thriving criminal network: Prohibition brought about significant growth in organized crime, the war on drugs allowed for the expansion of violent inner city gangs, etc. When the Government reduces the supply but the demand remains, prices go up to the point where it is worth the risk to break the law to provide the goods.
In the case of guns, laws and regulations only affect the legal gun owners and will serve to slowly disarm the populace over time. Criminals will still be able to get illegal guns, but at a higher cost which will, by necessity, be funded by increased criminal activity.

Keep your liberty; keep your guns.”

This wonderfully worded comment was originally posted at http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/24/dems-reintroduce-assault-weapons-ban-and-its-not-just-rifles-purpose-is-to-dry-up-the-supply-of-these-weapons-over-time/

The number one reason citizens who are anti-gun do not want to accept the truth about gun control is because they secretly DO NOT feel they should be burdened with the responsibility of their own self-preservation. -Ed.

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