Study Finds No Scientific Basis for Transgenderism – Left Attacks Scholars

Study Finds No Scientific Basis for Transgenderism

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Aug 24, 2016 by  Raven Clabough

 

The Left often likes to use science — or rather, a modified version of science — in arguments related to atheism, evolution, abortion, climate change, etc. But just how it will deal with a new scientific study on transgenderism remains to be seen. According to a new report published in The New Atlantis journal, transgenderism — the latest hot button social justice “ism” — is not supported by science.

The report was co-authored by former Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Dr. Paul McHugh and Arizona State University Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics Lawrence Mayer. They concluded that “gender identity” is not separate from biological sex.

“Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” the report prefaced.

“The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence,” stated the researchers.

This is not exactly groundbreaking news to those who exercise common sense, of course. Simply because an individual purports to identify as something doesn’t make it true, particularly if it is biologically impossible. It does not take a scientific study to confirm that a person who identifies as a horse, for example, is not a horse, or one who identifies as a chair is not in fact a chair. But the study should provide some weight to the common sense approach to transgenderism, while simultaneously exploding the beliefs of some social justice warriors who may have difficulty reconciling this scientific study with their own sense of reality.

The New Atlantis report is sure to provoke some controversy, as it challenges a number of theories that have been readily accepted by the general public in recent years, including what the authors dub the “born that way” hypothesis: “The notion that homosexuality or heterosexuality is in any given person unchangeable and determined entirely apart from choices, behaviors, life experiences, and social contexts.” According to the authors, that view is not “well-supported by research.”

The authors also take issue with the criteria found in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children, and the interventions used in the treatment of gender dysphoria despite the lack of scientific evidence behind them.

At particular issue for the researchers is how transgenderism is being foisted on America’s youth, as the scientists note that most children outgrow gender confusion, and efforts to advocate transgender acceptance are sure to create further confusion. “Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood,” the report stated.

“There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification,” wrote the researchers. “There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”

The report argued that enabling acceptance of transgenderism through medical intervention is particularly harmful. “An area of particular concern involves medical interventions for gender-nonconforming youth. They are increasingly receiving therapies that affirm their felt genders, and even hormone treatments or surgical modifications at young ages,” the authors observed.

These sentiments are similar to those found in a position statement released by the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) on March 21 entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” in which the writers observed that any policies that foster the belief that gender dysphoria is anything beyond a psychological problem are in fact harmful.

The authors of that position statement made several scientific observations, including that human sexuality “is an objective biological binary trait.” Children who use hormones to attempt to mimic a sex that is not their own have a number of dangerous physical and mental risks, the position statement advised, adding that “conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful” can be classified as child abuse.

According to The New Atlantis study, in fact, conditioning anyone to accept impersonation of the opposite sex via surgery or chemical influences is harmful. The authors observe that adults who choose to have sex-reassignment surgeries have “a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes.” They cite a study that found that sex-“reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.”

Interestingly, PJ Media did a piece earlier this week on some of the real-life victims of what it dubbed the transgender “cult.” These” victims” were encouraged to embrace their gender confusion in their youth and are now living with the repercussions of those decisions.  “I am a real, live 22-year-old woman, with a scarred chest and a broken voice, and five o’clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman. That’s my reality,” Cari Stella confessed in a YouTube video. “Gender was done to me, gender was traumatizing to me, I don’t want anything to do with it anymore,” she declared. She admitted, “When I was transitioning, I felt a strong desire — what I would have called a ‘need’ at the time — to transition.”

Stella now contends that her transition only made things worse. “It can be damn hard to figure out that the treatment you’re being told is to help you is actually making your mental health worse. Testosterone made me even more dissociated than I already was,” she said.

Stella is a prime example of an observation made by the authors in The New Atlantis study. They wrote, “The potential that patients undergoing medical and surgical sex reassignment may want to return to a gender identity consistent with their biological sex suggests that reassignment carries considerable psychological and physical risk.” The report ultimately concluded that politics and culture have been far too influential in the understanding of transgenderism and LGBT-related mental health problems, and encouraged individuals to take a more scientific approach to these issues.

The researchers wrote, “While there is much controversy surrounding how our society treats its LGBT members, no political or cultural views should discourage us from understanding the related clinical and public health issues and helping people suffering from mental health problems that may be connected to their sexuality.”

They readily admitted that better research is required to determine the best ways to help lower the rates of poor mental health outcomes in the LGBT community, but noted that despite the scientific uncertainty behind sexual orientation and gender identity, “drastic interventions” continue to be prescribed and delivered to patients.

In June, McHugh noted that despite the lack of biological or physical basis for sexual identity, scientists struggled to persuade others that transgenderism is a psychological disorder because “there is a deep prejudice in favor of the idea that nature is totally malleable.”

The authors of the article welcomed “spirited responses” to their report, and it is likely they will be barraged with exactly that.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/23934-study-finds-no-scientific-basis-for-transgenderism


Scholars who smashed ‘born that way’ hoax to be ‘punished’
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Experts fear for authors behind landmark study

It’s an analysis rooted in science, but it’s likely to create a political firestorm. And the first shots have already been fired.

Liberals are already criticizing a landmark study on gender and sexuality. Authors Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins University found no evidence for the “born that way” theory and warned against putting children through a “transgender” transformation.

In response, Samantha Allen at the left-wing site the Daily Beast sneered at McHugh’s involvement in the study in a piece titled, “The right’s favorite anti-LGBT doctor strikes again.”

She bemoans the “predictable far-right lovefest” and questions McHugh’s expertise.

“The Washington Examiner and other conservative media outlets would have you believe that McHugh’s statements on LGBT issues are significant because he is a ‘prominent psychiatrist,’” she smirks, using scare quotes.

McHugh is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was for 25 years the psychiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Experts warn such criticism is likely only the beginning.

“The researchers who have dared to publish this study have tremendous courage,” professor Paul Kengor told WND. “They have basically committed professional suicide. The forces of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ among the LGBTQ brigades will now harass and demonize these researchers with the vitriolic sexual-gender McCarthyism they have mastered. They destroy any critics and dissenters. The researchers have committed heresy in the church of secular progressivism. They will now be punished.”

Kengor, the author of “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” said the study challenges the homosexual lobby’s entire agenda. Therefore, he argues, the counterattack will be vitriolic and swift.

“If this research is indeed accurate, then its implications would be profound,” he told WND. “The nature redefiners and fundamental transformers on the progressive left badly want to reinvent everything from marriage and sexuality to gender and unborn life. Any data by any serious researcher that stands in the way of their grand project will be treated with great hatred.”

Carl Gallups, a pastor, talk-show host and author of “Be Thou Prepared: Equipping The Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble,”  said the study is a victory for “reality.” He stresses he has no problem respectfully relating to people who identify as homosexual or transgendered.

However, he does have a problem with being told such behavior is normal. And he says the persecution of dissenters is likely to increase, regardless of the facts.

“The problem I do have is with the politically correct insanity that insists the rest of us call ‘normal’ what clearly has never been the ‘norm’ at any time in history, nor in any culture,” he told WND. “I, along with millions of other Americans, also have a problem with the radical homosexual agenda insisting that our culture actually celebrate the anomaly. And that same radical agenda continually lobbies to pass laws, and issue edicts, mandating the acceptance of it – regardless of one’s cultural and faith-based beliefs – under penalty of criminal and civil law.

“Now, once again, in this latest study, the world is faced with reality. Real scientists, medical doctors, and psychological professionals have yet again concluded, and published for peer-review, that homosexuality and transgenderism are absolutely not connected to genetic markers. Once again the hard science, and the obvious historical facts, are staring us in the face. If the gay lifestyle is not a matter of genetic predisposition, then, logically it would have to be predominately a matter of choice – or a learned behavior.”

Gallups said although he is a man of faith, he believes it is the homosexual lobby that bases its actions on feelings and wishful thinking rather than objective reality.

“I am certain the radical agenda’s outrage will be imminent,” he warned. “And, more than likely that indignation will be based upon appeals to feelings, ‘fairness,’ what ‘should be,’ and what is now the ‘new norm’ – rather than to the observable, demonstrated, repeatable, and falsifiable scientific truth. Predictably, they will attack the messenger, rather than dealing with the facts of the message.”

Gallups does not fear only for researchers Mayer and McHugh. He believes Christians as a whole are being targeted, a theme of his book, “Be Thou Prepared.”

“I think it is no small coincidence that the vast majority of today’s radical homosexual movement actively engages in attacking and contorting the truths of God’s Word regarding this matter,” the pastor told WND. “For it is in this Word that we discover our Creator’s true plan for marriage, home, family and the sexual identification of human beings. Homosexuality and transgenderism are never celebrated, in any fashion, in the Word of God. Indeed, they are soundly condemned as an atrocity of God’s truth regarding the foundation of humanity and civilization itself. Yet, the opportunity for God’s love, healing and forgiveness is also held out from the hand of our Creator.

“This issue is truly something spiritual, emotional and psychological … rather than something mandated by DNA. The sooner our nation can come to terms with this fact, the sooner we can reach a balance of decency and sanity. If we continue down the path of ignoring the facts that right in front of our face, the quicker our national demise will be.”

Michael Brown, a WND columnist and talk-show host, has written a number of books on the topic of homosexuality, including the recent “Outlasting the Gay Revolution.” As a longtime observer of how the homosexual lobby operates, he says what will happen to the researchers of this study is predictable.

“How will gay activists respond?” he asked rhetorically. “They will shoot the messengers. Watch and see. We’ve seen the pattern for years.”

Brown said the homosexual lobby uses personal attacks to discredit any individual or group that disagrees with their agenda or presents evidence that contradicts their claims. Once the ad hominem attacks take effect after circulation by the media, the homosexual lobby can safely dismiss critics, calling them “discredited” even when they are nothing of the sort.

Brown specifically identified the far left Southern Poverty Law Center as a key part of the process. The supposed civil rights organization has labeled a number of well-respected, pro-family groups as “hate groups” for opposing homosexual marriage, including the Family Research Council and the American Family Association. In 2012, the Family Research Council was attacked by Floyd Lee Corkins, who said he picked the FRC as a target because it was listed as an “anti-gay” group by the SPLC.

Brown defended the credentials of authors Mayer and McHugh and dismissed claims they were politically motivated right-wingers. Instead, Brown claimed these “formidable scholars” are the ones being targeted by politically motivated activists.

However, Brown said ultimately “the truth will triumph.”

“In ‘Outlasting The Gay Revolution,’ I say we need to keep propagating the truth until the lies are dispelled,” Brown told WND. “We need to follow the truth wherever it leads. Those who want to know the truth need to study this report. And those choosing to shoot the messengers will only hurt themselves in the end.”
http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/scholars-who-smashed-born-that-way-hoax-to-be-punished/

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Globalists Want Trump to Get Fake Intel – “Protocol 12” cover up jihadist attacks in the West

In Suspicious Move, Globalists Want Trump to Get Fake Intel

In Suspicious Move, Globalists Want Trump to Get Fake Intel

Aug 24, 2016 by Alex Newman

 

In what analysts are suggesting is highly suspicious, establishment voices want American intelligence agencies to feed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “fake” briefings. As the Republican and Democrat nominees begin receiving classified intelligence briefings, questions surrounding the accuracy and completeness of the information Trump is getting may indeed be warranted. For one, top officials and prominent voices, including Democrat Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, have openly and repeatedly called for intelligence agencies to supply “fake” briefings to the Republican nominee.

There are other reasons to be concerned. Even before the classified information began flowing, Trump had made explosive comments that — while true — implicated the highest levels of the U.S. government in major criminal activity. Speaking on the rise of the Islamic State, or ISIS, for example, Trump had already highlighted on numerous occasions the massive role played by the Obama administration and his then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Once Trump has more smoking guns about the lawless behavior of top Obama officials, it is reasonable to wonder whether the GOP contender, assuming he truly is the “anti-establishment” candidate he portrays himself as, would be able to morally keep that information to himself. Indeed, some analysts have suggested that such concerns may be the reason that “intelligence” bureaucrats and establishment politicians want to feed Trump fake information.

One of those sounding the alarm was the editor of Technocracy News, which documents the global push for imposing technocratic-style totalitarian rule on humanity. “The Intelligence community does not dare to share their corrupted and illegally-gathered intel with outsiders, because it would expose their rogue underbelly,” the editor said in a post. “The answer? Give Trump fake reports.” It is at least plausible, and maybe even probable.

Indeed, U.S. intelligence agencies have been caught in dangerous, extreme, and criminal activities over and over again. Fromtrafficking drugs and weapons to supplying WMDs for mass-murdering dictators and backing violent revolutions, from mass-murder programs and propaganda operations to illegally spying on Americans and possibly treasonous support for officially designated terrorist organizations, among other crimes, Washington, D.C.’s hugely expensive “intelligence” apparatus has gone increasingly rogue in recent decades.

The CIA has even become “one hell of a killing machine,” according to one of its own officials, who spoke anonymously to theWashington Post about the agency’s mass-murder operations spanning the globe. Even American citizens, including children, have been murdered by the “intelligence” bureaucracies — often without even being formally charged with a crime, much less having a fair trial. Would Trump be shocked to learn who is on Obama’s wildly illegal but officially acknowledged assassination list? Maybe.

So it is perhaps no surprise that the enablers, supporters, beneficiaries, and participants involved in such outrageous behavior — all done in secret, allegedly to “keep America safe” — would seek to hide that incriminating information from people who may spill the beans. And while there is no guarantee that Trump would in fact expose criminal activity within government, the establishment appears very concerned that, at the very least, it might not be able to control and manipulate him.

The first major establishment figure to propose fake intelligence briefings for Trump appears to have been Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” Reid exclaimed in an interview last month with the ultra-statist Huffington Post, which posts a note at the end of articles dealing with Trump accusing him of being a “racist,” “misogynist,” “rampant xenophobe,” and more. “Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information.”

Ignoring Clinton’s favors for the Kremlin and its operatives while serving as secretary of state, Reid suggested Trump might actually be an agent of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. “This guy, he’s part of a foreign power,” complained Reid in an attempt to justify his call for providing fake briefings to Trump. “We knew he liked Putin before this, but this is quite ridiculous.” In a later interview, Reid remained adamant. “I’ve said publicly, give him fake briefings,” the retiring senator said.

Intelligence officials have made similar remarks. According to John Heilemann, managing editor of the establishment mouthpiece Bloomberg Politics, “some intelligence officials” have suggested that “they are concerned about Donald Trump having these briefings.” Considering what is known publicly about the activities of the U.S. government’s “intelligence” agencies, that should not be a surprise. Evildoers, of course, are always afraid of their activities coming to light.

Republicans, meanwhile, have expressed concerns over Hillary Clinton’s briefings, too. The Democratic Party nominee was even publicly slammed by FBI chief James Comey for mishandling classified information. In a bizarre press conference in which he argued against criminal charges despite outlining serious statutory crimes Clinton committed, Comey said Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling classified e-mails.

Citing Comey’s comments about Clinton’s tenure as Obama’s Secretary of State, House Speaker Paul Ryan sent a letter to top intelligence officials urging them not to give Clinton any classified information. In the letter, sent in July, Ryan noted that there was no legal requirement that she receive classified material. He also said it would “send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation’s secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI’s findings.”

Trump even joked about it. “You can’t brief her,” he said about Clinton at a campaign rally after referencing her mishandling of classified information. “Let’s protest.” Attendees at the rally responded with laughter. “Lock her up” has become a common chant at Trump rallies, too, as Clinton critics urge that she be prosecuted for a wide range of crimes.

Former CIA officer and briefer David Priess, speaking to the unabashedly pro-Clinton CNN, noted that this election season was somewhat unique. “You have a candidate who seems to say what he thinks without a filter,” he said, referring to Trump. On the other hand, he noted that Clinton has already been in hot water over mishandling classified information.

General Michael Hayden, the former NSA and CIA boss who once boasted of murdering people with drones based on their “metadata,” claimed there was a “body of evidence” suggesting that Trump was, as Clinton put it, “totally unfit and unqualified to be commander-in-chief.” Still, he said Trump, as the GOP nominee, was entitled to intelligence briefings.

“It’s a necessary idea,” Hayden said in an interview with establishment media service CBS. “It’s not quite what the Constitution requires. It’s not written down, but it is our protocol. You get the nomination of one or both of those parties, [then] you are entitled to some classified information.”

When asked about calls for Trump to receive “fake” briefings, Hayden appeared to disagree with the idea. “The sitting president has to treat both candidates perfectly equally,” he said, suggesting the Obama administration would have to provide Clinton and Trump with exactly the same information.

However, while top secret information will be available, there is much that neither candidate will get access to. “The briefings between now and the election will be very vanilla; they will be ‘classified lite,’” Hayden said, adding that neither candidate would be receiving the same daily briefings as Obama gets. “This is going to look like one of those think-tank seminars on steroids,” he added. “This isn’t going to be ‘Let me show you the covert actions.’”

Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said both candidates would be receiving the exact same briefings. “It’s not up to the administration, and it’s certainly not up to me personally, to decide on the suitability of a presidential candidate,” he said. In a July letter responding to House Speaker Ryan, Clapper also noted that briefings for the candidates “will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis.” He said neither candidate needs a security clearance to receive the information.

Of course, if what Trump learns from his “intelligence” briefings is sufficiently evil, illegal, or immoral, he might have a moral and legal duty to blow the whistle and expose it. And considering what is already known publicly about the reckless, lawless, and oftentimes criminal behavior of so-called “intelligence” agencies, spy chiefs and establishment politicians like Reid calling for “fake” briefings are probably right to be worried.

The American people, though, should be even more concerned about what is being perpetrated in their names and with their money under the guise of secret “intelligence.”

Photo of Donald Trump: AP Images  

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, politics, and more. He can be reached atanewman@thenewamerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU.

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INTERNATIONAL POLICING PROTOCOL: DON’T LINK TERROR ATTACKS TO ISLAM OR ISIS

Globalists use “Protocol 12” to cover up jihadist attacks in the West

Aug 25, 2016 by Wayne  Madsen

International Policing Protocol: Don't Link Terror Attacks to Islam or ISIS

The global public is unaware of the fact that many of their governments have either subscribed to or aligned themselves with international policing protocols that prevent their national and local law enforcement agencies from describing terrorist attacks committed by Islamist radicals as “Islamic State/ISIS-related” or “jihadist inspired.”

The Council of Europe’s Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on combating racism established in 1994 the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

A majority of the Council of Europe’s 47 members have ratified Protocol 12, which is also open to signature and ratification of observers of the Council of Europe, including the United States, Canada, Vatican City, and Japan, and non-affiliates like Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Japan, and Mexico.

A number of non-Council members have ratified Council of Europe resolutions, including the United States, Canada, Vatican City, and Australia.

Protocol 12 has resulted in ECRI and the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia applying pressure on international law enforcement agencies, such as the European Police Office (EUROPOL) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) adopting measures preventing them from referring to ISIL/jihadist terrorists as Muslims, jihadists, members of the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, or even as “terrorists” because of protocols and rules against stereotyping individuals based on their religion or race.

International policing protocols even inhibit law enforcement’s ability to refer to criminal suspects based upon their “physical appearance.” Physical descriptions are key to any investigation of crimes.

Nevertheless, physical descriptions that include the mufti often worn by Muslims, including burkas, niqabs, hijabs, jilbabs, chadors, abayas, shalwars, mundus, and dupattas, are frowned upon in police reports on terrorist acts, as are terms like “Muslim-looking” and “dark skinned.”

Police in Belgium, a hotbed for jihadist terrorism, including the attack on Zaventem Airport and the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels; France, which has seen repeated deadly jihadist terrorist attacks; Greece; Germany; the United Kingdom; Austria; Serbia; Hungary; and Spain have come under incessant fire from Council of Europe, European Union, and Muslim anti-xenophobia organizations for “brutality” against Muslims.

This pressure has resulted in police being unable to properly investigate suspected jihadist terrorists and take action against them before they carry out their deadly attacks.

Protocol 12 has also resulted in police agencies around the world from describing attacks by jihadists as Islamic State-inspired or “terrorist-related.”

Instead, police routinely issue press statements calling jihadist perpetrators “mentally ill” or “lone wolves,” even though many had previously been the subjects of police criminal investigations and had extensive dossiers maintained on them.

Examples of jihadist terrorist attacks committed this month alone being downplayed by police as a result of Protocol 12:

  • Smail Ayad, a French Muslim, yelled “Allahu Akbar” after stabbing to death a female British national and critically wounding a male British national at a backpackers’ hostel in Queensland, Australia. Ayad had recently been in Thailand, a country recently plagued by Islamist terrorist attacks against resorts frequented by foreign tourists. Although Ayad is a Muslim, Queensland police, involving Protocol 12, stated there was “no indication of Islamist radicalization” in the attack. Instead, police indicated the French Muslim was romantically infatuated with the woman he stabbed to death.
  • Waqil Farooqui attacked a couple at an apartment complex in Roanoke, Virginia. Farooqui attacked the couple with a knife and slash marks around the male victim’s neck indicated that Farqooqui attempted to behead the man. The couple survived their injuries. Farqooqui yelled “Allahu Akbar” while attacking the couple, who he apparently chose at random. The local police and FBI invoked Protocol 12 and suggested that Faraooqui was not a jihadist because he “heard voices” in his head before the attack, implying he was mentally ill.
  • A 62-year old rabbi in Strasbourg, France, the headquarters of the Council of Europe, narrowly escaped death after a Muslim man shouting “Allahu Akbar” stabbed him. French police, under the restrictions imposed by Protocol 12, did not name the Muslim attacker but discounted terrorism by stating that the man had a psychiatric history.”
  • A 42-year old Muslim man physically assaulted an elderly couple in Cannes, France while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The incident was disconnected to terrorism by police, who cited the “homelessness” of the man as a cause for his attack.
  • A 29-year old Muslim from Kosovo named Dijar Xhema attempted to pull three pedestrians into his car in Vlore, Albania, and threatened to kill them while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
  • A 60-year old German national stabbed two men at an Austrian rail station in Vorarlberg, Austria, injuring both. Austrian police denied the man had any connection to radical groups and said he was “mentally confused.” A partial photograph of the man was snapped by Agence France Presse and his profile certainly indicates someone of Middle Eastern/Turkish/North African origin, although it is against the anti-xenophobia intent of Protocol 12 to “profile” his profile:
    A smiling Osama Bin Laden
    Man arrested for train attack in Vorarlberg [left] and Osama Bin Laden [right]. Law enforcement requires a “nose” for terrorist noses but Protocol 12 forbids it. Neither of the above are German or Austrian noses.

      • A 27-year old man who later died of his injuries, attacked passengers with a knife and acid, killing one woman, on a Swiss train in Salez, St. Gallen canton. The Swiss national, who resided in neighboring Liechtenstein, was determined by Swiss and Liechtenstein police not to have any ties with Islamist groups. Liechtenstein has signed but not ratified Protocol 12 but it still awaits Switzerland’s signature and ratification.
      • A Norwegian national, a migrant to Norway from Somalia and a Muslim, stabbed to death a female American tourist in London’s Russell Square and injured five others. A New Scotland Yard spokesman stated there was “no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism.” It was essentially the same terminology used by the Queensland police after the “Allahu Akbar” attack on British nationals. Adhering to Protocol 12, the London police claimed the Somali man suffered from “psychiatric” problems.

    There are other numerous examples of Protocol 12 being used to cover up jihadist attacks in France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

    Last month, 86-year old French priest Father Jacques Hamel died after his throat was slit by one of two jihadists who stormed his church in Normandy in France.

    Initially, the names of the attackers were not released by French authorities, even though ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.

    One of the men was later identified as Adel Kermiche. Kermiche, who tried to join ISIL in Syria in 2015, had been ordered to wear an electronic device and he was restricted to his parents home in the afternoon and at night.

    However, he was permitted free movement between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. His and his colleague’s assassination of Father Hamel occurred at 9:40 a.m.

    Last month, a 19-year old migrant from Afghanistan attacked train passengers in Wurzbürg, Bavaria with an axe and a knife.

    The Afghan migrant, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack was shot dead by German police.

    In May, another man, shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “infidels,” attacked four people, killing one and injuring three, at a Munich rail station.

    Police, invoking Protocol 12, merely said the 27-year old attacker, a German citizen, “suffered from psychiatric issues” and had no links to any Islamist extremist groups.

    The above incidents are but a few of those where transparency by the police and the police investigations have been adversely affected by Protocol 12 and its various implementing statutes and protocols around the world.

    In support of Protocol 12, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has just announced that female Muslims on its force can wear the hijab with their uniforms.

    If police have any chance of preventing and investigating acts of Islamist terrorism, Protocol 12 must be denounced by governments that have either ratified it or informally ascribed to it.

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VIDEO Next Batch From Assange – FOIA Farce: State Dept Stonewalled Donor Story 3 Years – “Partners in Crime”

The Farce That Is FOIA: The State Department Stonewalled The Associated Press For Three Years On Foundation Donor Story

StateDepartmentI recently discussed the implications ofAssociated Press story on access given to donors to the Clinton Foundation. However, what is not getting much attention is that the Obama Administration delayed these journalist investigators for THREE YEARS in seeking this information from the State Department. Three years and the AP had to go to court to secure what is clearly public information.

The Obama Administration is not unique in its resistance to disclosures, even in what President Obama once pledged would be the “most transparent” government in history. FOIA has long been reduced to a farce by bureaucrats who force public interest, reporters, and legal groups to go to court to secure information. The lack of outrage over what the AP was put through is ample proof that the government has won in harassing efforts to use FOIA. Only the most organized groups tend to persist in such efforts.

Hundreds of FOIA requests directed at the Clinton period at State appear to have been ignored. The Obama Administration had continued its litigate-first approach to FOIA. Indeed, it has asked for years of delay even when pulled into court.

Regardless of how you feel about the findings of the AP, the continued pattern of obstruction of FOIA should outrage all citizens.

The Farce That Is FOIA: The State Department Stonewalled The Associated Press For Three Years On Foundation Donor Story


New Book “Partners in Crime” Exposes Clinton Crime Family

New Book "Partners in Crime" Exposes Clinton Crime Family

Aug 25, 2016 by  Alex Newman

Partners in Crime: The Clintons’ Scheme to Monetize the White House for Personal Profit, by Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Washington, D.C.: WND Books, 2016, 320 pages, hardcover.

By now, almost everybody, even Clinton supporters, realizes that the prominent political couple is a shady duo. But the reality is much, much worse than that. The Clinton family and its scandal-plagued “foundation” are basically a gigantic criminal enterprise through which the Clintons and their cronies enrich themselves, sell political favors, and sell out America — all while ripping off taxpayers in the United States and around the world. If participants in this “vast criminal conspiracy” are not brought to justice, the Clintons intend to expand their criminal operation and run it from the White House, putting all Americans at risk. So justice must be served — and it can be.

Those are the conclusions of the devastating new book by investigative journalist Dr. Jerome Corsi, Partners in Crime: The Clintons’ Scheme to Monetize the White House for Personal Profit. The book is neatly divided into 10 chapters, most of which focus in on one particular Clinton scam or fraud — at least the ones that occurred after reputed sexual predator Bill Clinton, who has apparently been enjoying himself with his wealthy fellow perverts at “Orgy Island” in recent years, left the White House. Those include the “Canada scam,” the “HIV/AIDS Scam,” the “State Department Scam,” the “Haiti Scam,” the “India Scam,” and the most recent scam, the “Hillary for President 2016 Scam.”

In each of these explosive chapters is more than enough evidence — much of it taken from “mainstream media” sources that have been extremely pro-Clinton — to convince even the most skeptical reader that the next stop for the Clinton crime family needs to be behind bars rather than at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Taken together, though, it becomes clear that the corruption of the Clintons goes beyond even what Americans would consider extreme for dictators in Banana Republics. It is enough to make one’s head spin. Basically, in broad daylight, the Clintons have been scamming humanity out of millions of dollars, fleecing taxpayers, creating a huge “slush fund for grifters,” and putting their countrymen at risk in the process — all while using the cover of “charity” and pushing an extreme left-wing, internationalist ideology.

“The Clintons have advanced a criminal scheme since leaving the White House in 2000 that has enabled them to amass hundreds of millions of dollars in personal net worth, while building a $2 billion empire in the Clinton Foundation and raising an additional $1 billion to fund their political campaigns,” Corsi says. “The victims are countless thousands of honest people who contributed their hard-earned money to what they thought were philanthropic causes, while the Clintons used the Clinton Foundation to exploit for their personal profit impoverished millions in the United States and around the world, victims of earthquakes in India and Haiti, and sufferers of HIV/AIDS in the Third World.” In all, the Clintons appear to have made close to one-quarter of a billion dollars on “speaking” fees, “consulting” jobs, and book deals — and that is just what is known publicly.

Corsi’s book meticulously documents how the Clinton family has been diverting foundation money — much of it extracted from taxpayers around the world — to subsidize and enable their luxurious billionaire lifestyle of private jets, limos, celebrities, and five-star resorts. He calls the foundation a “massive criminal fraud” that serves as a “private piggy bank for Clinton family members and their friends.” Specifically, Corsi outlines numerous instances of a crime known as “inurment,” where “charitable funds” are diverted to benefit either the Clintons themselves, or their top associates, such as Doug Band, Ira Magaziner, Cheryl Mills, and Huma Abedin.

There are so many examples of such schemes, it is hard to keep track of them all. And the evidence in the book likely only scratches the surface, with the Clintons having used shady tactics such as shell corporations in Delaware and “pass-through” bank accounts to conceal much of their scheming. Ironically, some of that information was revealed by Obama’s research team when he was running against Hillary in the 2008 presidential contest. Corsi and others suggest that the suspicious entities and transfers should have been a giant red flag to any auditors or regulators examining the books. It is also hard to keep track of the perpetually shifting corporate structures involved in the Clinton Foundation scam — something that, while interesting, becomes tedious to read considering its mind-numbing complexity. Clinton operations feel a lot like a shell game.

Building on the explosive revelations in another book exposing the Clinton political dynasty, Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, Corsi’s work provides even more compelling information suggesting massive bribery schemes spanning the entire globe. Basically, if some billionaire or dangerous foreign government needed a political favor, they could just deposit “donations” in the Clinton Foundation, or pay obscene amounts of money for a “speech” or “consulting,” and get whatever they needed. “Favors” ranging from favorable regulatory treatment and access to important players to help from the State Department and legislation in Congress appear to have been doled out by the Clintons like candy, at least to those with the means to pay.

It might sound outrageous, but despite public appearances, after reading Corsi’s book, family no longer even feels like the right word to describe the Clinton criminal enterprise. Among many other sources exposing Clinton cited in the book, Corsi quotes Daniel Halper, author of the explosive 2014 book Clinton, Inc. Halper described the Clintons as “dueling CEOs of a multi-million dollar empire, Clinton, Inc.” And considering Bill Clinton’s well-known sexcapades and involvement with other women — including the multiple women who have accused him of sexual assault over the years — that certainly seems to be an accurate characterization.

Indeed, after reading Corsi’s book, it is hard to avoid the impression that the Clintons are not really a married couple in the sense that ordinary people think of it, but rather a team of psychopaths or sociopaths who have teamed up for mutual benefit in trying to satisfy their insatiable lust for wealth, power, and prestige. Considering the fact that one of them is once again within striking distance of the White House, the thought should send shivers down the spines of those who love America, the Constitution, and even common decency.

One of the sources that Corsi relied on heavily in the book is Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel, who conducted a comprehensive study of the Clinton Foundation’s financial reports. His analysis of the outfit’s public filings, along with the charts that are included in the book, are immensely helpful in trying to understand the enormity of the Clinton team’s corruption. “All years from 2001 onward when the Clinton Foundation operated are not audited as required, so it is difficult to be precise, but total Clinton Foundation fraud runs to hundreds of millions of dollars, with diversions for political purposes and personal enrichment likely to exceed $200 million,” Ortel is quoted as saying. The analyst also studied another phony “charity” the Clintons were involved with, known as the “American India Foundation,” which Ortel refers to as a “false front,” used to divert unknown sums of money and manufacture deductions for cronies.

Among the important Clinton cronies featured in Corsi’s book is Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra, who funneled tens of millions of dollars or more into Clinton coffers while allowing the Clintons to jet around the world in fancy private jets he owned (many other “businessmen” did the same thing). While Giustra is just one heavyweight among many involved in the Clinton scams, his story is extremely alarming because of the national security implications. He understood the benefits of being involved with the Clintons. “All of my chips, almost, are on Bill Clinton,” Giustra is quoted as saying in the book. “He’s a brand, a worldwide brand, and he can do things and ask for things that no one else can.”

Giustra was not exaggerating, as his involvement with the Clinton crime family shows. To make a long and complex story short, Giustra took Bill Clinton with him on a trip to Kazakhstan on his private jet. The goal was simple: Get the nation’s oppressive ruler to allow Giustra to buy into three uranium projects controlled by the regime. It worked. On the other side of the world, Hillary Clinton was using her influence in Washington, D.C., to make sure there were no issues on the U.S. side. Once the deals were done, Giustra funneled massive amounts of money into Clinton, Inc. in the form of supposed “speaking fees” and “donations” to the foundation — tens of millions of dollars at a time.

The Giustra-Clinton shenanigans get even more outrageous, according to the book and the sources cited. Essentially, after acquiring the Kazakhstan investments and making a fortune in the proc­ess, the Kremlin’s Russian State Atomic Nuclear Agency began negotiations to buy into Giustra’s company, then known as Uranium One after a merger. By 2010, Uranium One had purchased so many uranium assets in the United States that it was on track to own more than half of all U.S. uranium output. Then, Bill Clinton went to Moscow, gave a $500,000 “speech” at a Kremlin-controlled bank, and suddenly, the relevant U.S. government agencies, including the Clinton-controlled State Department, were ready to approve the sale of those crucial uranium assets to Moscow. The national security and energy implications are massive.

On the subject of Canada and shady international deals, there are also some major scandals involving America’s neighbor to the north. In an apparent scheme to conceal the identity of various international mega-donors, the Clintons established another “foundation” in Canada. The excuse was that it was needed to secure a tax benefit for certain donors. However, investigations and reports cited in the book suggest that the claim of needing it for tax benefits was not true. Instead, it appears that establishing the Canadian outfit was an “elaborate scheme to hide both the identities of the Giustra-related donors and the facts of their contributions to the Clinton Foundation from the public,” Corsi reported in the book. It has also emerged that Clinton Foundation claims about Canadian law allegedly prohibiting disclosure of donors’ identities were false as well.

Aside from all the money flowing in from cronies, another troubling element of the saga is how taxpayers around the world were ripped off by the Clinton crime syndicate. One of the big transfers of taxpayer wealth to the Clintons came from an outfit known as UNITAID, a partnership between more than 30 national governments involving the United Nations and the UN World Health Organization. Under the guise of fighting HIV/AIDS, more than half of a billion dollars was funneled from the scheme into the Clinton Foundation’s coffers, the overwhelming majority of it coming from taxpayers around the world. Of that, it appears that at least $75 million was diverted, according to financial statements from the outfit and the Clintons. When the Indian pharmaceutical company that was working with the Clintons was confronted with concerns about defective medicines being peddled as part of the scheme, one of the firm’s executives was quoted as saying, “Who cares? It’s just blacks dying.” Eventually, Massachusetts shut down the Clinton HIV/AIDS scam in that state by revoking its authorization to do business there. But much remains to be done.

Perhaps the most troubling single section of the book is the “State Department Scam,” which outlines some of the ways in which the Clintons sold out America in exchange for “speaking fees” to Bill and “donations” to their family criminal enterprise. While occupying the secretary of state position, Hillary “used the office for Clinton family profit, continuing throughout her term to actively coordinate with Clinton Foundation principals.” The chapter documents, among other corruption, how the Clinton Foundation continued to accept foreign donations and six-figure “speaking fees” for Bill from foreigners — many of whom benefited from decisions made by the State Department — all during Hillary’s term leading the department. In total, Bill Clinton received almost $50 million in acknowledged “speaking fees” while Hillary was running Obama’s foreign policy, including almost $10 million donated by companies or governments that at that moment had pending matters before the State Department. Suddenly the illegal Libya war and so many other difficult-to-explain schemes make more sense.

The e-mail scandal also takes on a new twist here. “The e-mails Hillary received and sent on her private e-mail server while secretary of state demonstrate how she and her top aides, including Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, maintained open lines of communication with the Clinton Foundation from the start,” Corsi continued, adding that the e-mails to foundation officials also apparently included classified information. All of this was in direct defiance of a “Memorandum of Understanding” Clinton signed as a condition of taking the Cabinet post. However, the document, which promised that the foundation would stop accepting foreign donations to avoid even the appearance of corruption, apparently was not legally binding.

The book is depressing beyond measure, because it shows that Americans are being robbed blind and sold out by common criminals who are flagrantly doing it all out in the open. There is good news, though. Partners in Crime concludes with a solution to the horror and a call to action, urging readers to contact their state attorneys general with complaints about the criminal scam that is the Clinton Foundation. And with the evidence compiled in the book — all of it meticulously documented in a massive bibliography — successful prosecutions for a wide range of crimes across a large number of jurisdictions should be a slam-dunk. The book even contains the contact information for America’s state attorneys general, along with instructions on how to file a complaint. All that is needed now is public awareness of the crimes to put pressure on officials, and a brave prosecutor or two willing to do their job and enforce the laws as written — even against one of the most powerful crime families in America.

That might be easier said than done, though. As longtime readers of this magazine know well, the Clintons are no strangers to serious crime and mega-scandal. The infamous Chinagate scandal, for example, involved the transfer of some of America’s most sensitive nuclear and military technology to the ruthless Communist Chinese dictatorship — all in exchange for illegal campaign contributions. Then there was Libyagate, Whitewatergate, Filegate, Fostergate, Travelgate, Troopergate, Lincoln Bedroomgate, Bimbogate, Pardongate, Wacogate, and more. Unfortunately the book only offers a brief review of some of the Clinton scandals of past decades, leaving a political novice in the dark about crucial information showing that the Clinton crime family has been at this for a very long time. So far, thanks in large part to their political connections and fearsome reputations, the Clintons have managed to escape justice. At some point, though, it is likely to catch up to them. Even GOP presidential contender Donald Trump, as a Clinton benefactor, apparently has standing to get involved if he wants.

“Any one attorney general in any state in the Union can get a temporary restraining order from a state judge to call a stop to the Clinton Foundation nationwide, simply by placing the Clinton Foundation in receivership until the state attorney general seeking the temporary restraining order from a state judge has the time required to conduct a thorough law enforcement examination of Clinton family philanthropic fraud accomplished not just in the state bringing the action, but also on a global scale,” Corsi explained. “I wrote Partners in Crime to encourage all patriotic and law-abiding Americans to understand it is not enough for Hillary Clinton to withdraw from the 2016 presidential race in disgrace. A national campaign to ‘Shut Down the Clinton Foundation’ must be launched, even if Hillary is indicted for criminal charges or drops out of the presidential election for other reasons.”

Of course, a number of Clinton associates have already been ensnared by their corrupt scheming, and even the Clintons couldn’t save them. Some of those crooks, including corrupt “businessman” Rajat Gupta, who served alongside Bill Clinton on the board of the “American India Foundation (AIF),” are right now sitting in federal prison for corrupt dealings. Indeed, it’s astounding how many charlatans, felons, and criminals seem to surround the Clintons, with many of them discussed in the book. The truth is increasingly trickling out, and polls show America knows that the Clintons are “crooked.”

Dr. Corsi, the author of two New York Times bestsellers, does a masterful job exposing the Clinton crime family and building a foundation for a legal case for their prosecution. While the book will no doubt be ignored or dismissed by the Clinton camp and its “mainstream” media allies as a partisan attack, just like the other scandals that Hillary infamously attributed to a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” it is nothing of the sort. Instead, it is likely just scratching the surface behind what has become one of the most powerful criminal syndicates in the world. For the sake of America and humanity, this crime family must be exposed before it wreaks even more havoc on America and her liberties — not to mention the rest of the world. Corsi’s book is yet another valuable tool in that effort.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/books/item/23906-new-book-partners-in-crime-exposes-clinton-crime-family


ASSANGE: NEW HILLARY INFO COULD SWING ELECTION “IF IT CATCHES FIRE”

Next Wikileaks data dump could be a ‘game changer’

Aug 25, 2016 by Paul Joseph Watson

According to Julian Assange, the next batch of information Wikileaks releases about Hillary Clinton could swing the election if it “catches fire”.

Asked by Fox News host Megyn Kelly if he thought the information in Wikileaks’ possession could be a “game-changer” in the U.S. election given that Hillary is currently ahead in the polls, Assange responded in the affirmative.

“I think it’s significant, you know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and in the media,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Assange vowed that the information would be released before November 8 and that there was “thousands of pages of material” which would be released in staged batches.

“People have a right to understand who it is they’re electing,” said Assange, adding that the information comprised of “a variety of different types of documents, from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles that are quite interesting, some even entertaining.”

Assange may be referring to information about Hillary Clinton’s ill health, a topic which the campaign has been forced to respond to after our videowent viral, attracting over 3.4 million views.

Wikileaks has already begun releasing emails from Hillary’s private server that suggest the presidential candidate was suffering from “decision fatigue” and sought information about a drug used to treat Parkinson’s and sleepiness.

Other leaks could come from the additional 14,900 emails in the possession of the FBI. On Tuesday, Wikileaks tweeted that it would be releasing some of this “bombshell” information.

As we documented in a previous video, Assange appears to be concerned over his safety given the importance of the information in Wikileaks’ possession. He has mentioned in previous interviews about how Hillary is kept constantly updated about his activities.

Earlier this week, UK police took two hours to respond to an intruder at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Assange is exiled despite there being a police station just two minutes walk away from the building.

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VIDEO Trump’s NH: Clinton Corruption, Sabotage of Inner Cities – Immigration – Hillary Attacking ‘Millions of Decent Americans’

Trump’s New Hampshire Speech: “Clinton Corruption and Sabotage of Inner Cities” (transcript) …

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Everyone is trying to figure out the difference between the Trump speeches and Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway’s media presentations in discussion of them.  Many are perplexed.  However, it all appears to be part of a larger campaign strategy.

Campaign CEO Steve Bannon is in charge of the speeches, the content, the messaging and delivery therein.  Followed by Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway in charge of how the campaign engages with the media in response to those speeches.  It’s a bad cop, good cop scenario (per se’).

Trump/Bannon attack the establishment, then Conway sells it as a call out to the more moderate middle (hence the appearance of “pivots”). Each role-player with a unique role to play.

It’s a little bit funny because depending on your source of media, there are two simultaneous campaigns.

If you watch TV (traditional media) you get mostly the softer message, the “moderate middle” conversation.  However, if you actually watch the event rallies -and take the messaging from the direct sourcing- you get the more coarse version, the brutally honest version, the “vulgarian/anti-establishment conversation”.

It’s an entirely new era, a new paradigm in campaigning. A great example today in New Hampshire: Continue reading


Senator Jeff Sessions Discusses Trump Immigration Plan (Video 8/25/16)…

Senator Jeff Sessions appeared on Fox and Friends this morning for an interview.  Topics included the current presidential race and Donald Trump’s immigration proposal(s):

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Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton Attacking ‘Millions of Decent Americans’ with Racism Charge

Donald Trump addressed Hillary Clinton’s upcoming remarks on the “alt-right” movement during his campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, saying it’s “the oldest play in the Democratic playbook” and that although Democrats always return to that same well, “the well has run dry.”

Trump stated:

The news reports are that Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and the millions of decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists. It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. It’s the last refuge of the discredited politician. They keep going back to this same well, but the well has run dry.

“She’s attacking all of the decent people — of all backgrounds — that support this incredible, once in a life-time movement,” he added, saying she isn’t just attacking him.

Trump called on the voters — including African Americans and Hispanics — who have been disenfranchised by the Democratic Party to “reject the politicians who have failed them and vote for change.”

The Republican nominee said that four in 10 African American children are living in poverty and more than 58 percent of black youth aren’t working. “I’m for change. She doesn’t want change.”

“Every policy Hillary Clinton supports is a policy that has failed and betrayed communities of color in this country. But she just doesn’t care – she’s too busy raking in cash from the people rigging the system,” Trump charged.

Trump railed against Clinton’s controversial relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation during her time as secretary of state, which some suggest shows a pay-for-play scheme, declaring that “It’s time the Clintons were held accountable for their inappropriate conduct.”

The crowd chanted, “Lock her up! Lock her up!” a number of times during the rally.

The New Yorker said it’s important to vote for him on Nov. 8 and not to allow Clinton to be elected as President of the United States. “No risk to America was too great.”

“We must vote on November 8th to keep the American government from being sold to the highest bidder,” he stressed. “Vote to save your country.”

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/25/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-attacking-millions-of-decent-americans-with-racism-charge/


 Farage Responds To Clinton Attack: ‘She Should Spend Less Time On Me And More Time Talking to REAL People’

United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has lashed out at UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during a speech at a rally today. Mr. Farage has told Breitbart London her comments are “extraordinary” and suggested she spend more time speaking to working people in her country than attacking him.

Mrs. Clinton has ranted about the outgoing UKIP leader who appeared at a rally for her political rival for the presidency Donald Trump. Clinton slammed Trump for having Farage appear on stage to talk about the Brexit vote and even went as far as to suggest the former UKIP leader of being in bed with Russian president Vladimir Putin because he had appeared on Russian television broadcasts.

“Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, a man named Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum to have Britain leave the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi,” Clinton said.

“Farage has called for a ban on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are quote “worth less” than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race — that’s who Trump wants by his side.The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President Vladimir Putin. ”

“The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President Vladimir Putin,” she concluded.

Mr. Farage has told Breitbart London exclusively: “I think Hillary Clinton is running scared. Her attacks on me are completely baseless. She sounds rather like Bob Geldof and can’t accept Brexit.

He added: “Perhaps Mrs. Clinton should spend more time speaking to normal, working people in her country than trying to attack me using dodgy half-quotes”.

Mr. Farage did not actually ever suggest that the children of legal immigrants are banned from public schools, but rather suggested that people who have not paid in to the UK tax system should not be the beneficiaries of public money until they have paid in. His comments, used widely out of context by Mrs. Clinton, also included the idea of having private insurance to use Britain’s public services – a common thing in the United States.

He has previously stood by the idea that women who take maternity leave are perceived by employers to be “worth less” than men, though never opined on whether or not that was fair or just. He also supports scrapping EU discrimination law, but has stood by the fact that the British parliament could easily enact these laws, if necessary, themselves.

Her comments linking Mr. Farage and Mr. Trump to Vladimir Putin were reported on by Breitbart London recently. It was a “Project Fear” tactic used by the ‘Remain’ campaign during the European Union referendum which Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama’s side lost.

Mrs. Clinton’s speech was aimed at the “alt right” and Breitbart, though Mr. Farage has never claimed to be a member of the “alt right” and has actively distanced himself from many public figures who are perceived as such. His party, UKIP, which is 23 years old, has consistently stood by the position that left and right are now useless monikers in politics, and that the battle is now about the corporatists and globalists versus average people.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/25/hillary-clinton-nigel-farage-bed-vladamir-putin/


‘MR. BREXIT’ NIGEL FARAGE SPEAKS AT DONALD TRUMP RALLY IN JACKSON, MS

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‘Mr. Brexit’ Nigel Farage Speaks at Donald Trump Rally in Jackson, MS

Also, watch Infowars’ interviews with Nigel Farage during the RNC in June:

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VIDEO Hillary: Clueless On Alt Right – Visits West Philly’s 30 Blocks Of Squalor….But Even There, Nobody Came!

Hillary Visits West Philly’s 30 Blocks Of Squalor….But Even There, Nobody Came!

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I haven’t provided a 30 Blocks of Squalor update in a while, but to my delight none other than Hillary Clinton made an appearance on the 30 Blocks this past week, spurring me to ponder her level of commitment to the black families of West Philly. She gave a stirring anti-capitalism speech at West Philadelphia High School. The purported reason for the rally was a get out the vote event. In the corrupt cesspool of Philadelphia that means having black voters casting more votes for their Democrat candidate than there are registered voters. Obama won 102% of the vote in 2008 and 2012 in West Philly. Hillary should hire the Black Panthers who did such a bang up job encouraging white voter turnout in 2008.

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Due to an accident on the Schuylkill Expressway, I happened to drive by West Philly High on the morning of her speech. I had to dodge gaping potholes, ignorant double parked squalorites and SEPTA buses on Chestnut Street while driving my five year old Honda Civic on the 30 Blocks of Squalor to my job. Hillary flew into Philly on a private jet, stepped into a stretch limousine driven by a chauffeur, surrounded herself with dozens of armed Secret Service agents and campaign apparatchiks in black SUVs, and proceeded to create gridlock as traffic laws don’t apply to the ruling elite.

West Philly High’s gymnasium only holds a couple hundred people to begin with. So it would take a tremendous effort on the part of CNN (Clinton News Network) and the rest of the in the bag for Hillary liberal media to give the appearance of a tremendous crowd. They’ve had a lot of practice at photo misrepresentation, as Hillary attracts dozens to her rallies while Trump attracts tens of thousands, with many turned away at the gates.

Gaze at the adoring throng scrambling to get in to see Hillary give one of her screeching shrill diatribes against the very banks and corporations who have been bankrolling her lifestyle of the rich and famous for the last 16 years. The unbridled enthusiasm of this raucous horde of adoring fans was palpable.

When the Democrat candidate for president comes to a city run by Democrats for the last 50 years, with 776,000 registered Democrat voters, 90 days before the election, you would expect thousands of Hillary worshipers desperate to get a glimpse of the next president and hear her inspiring message of change. Instead she drew a few dozen liberal drones, programmed to cheer when told to do so. The press practically outnumbered the attendees. Hillary is forced to pick extremely small venues in order to make it seem like an overflow crowd. Never has a candidate produced less enthusiasm from her supposed base.

When she opened her mouth hilarity ensued. I wonder how she is able to make the following statements without cracking up. Hillary Clinton going after Wall Street to pay their fair share is like the pope going after God to reduce sinning in the world. The hypocrisy is so outrageous, only a crowd of low IQ liberals wouldn’t understand. And Hillary found such a crowd.

“We’re going after the corporations. We’re going after Wall Street to make sure they pay their fair share.”

Let’s put this in perspective. Hillary and Bill left the White House in 2000. Hillary declared they were dead broke and in debt when they left the White House, just like most of the people in West Philly. She could feel their pain. She was one of them. She has had two jobs since then. As a U.S. Senator she made $174,000 per year. As Secretary of State she made $186,000 per year. Bill hasn’t had a job in 16 years. Somehow, they’ve managed to accumulate over $100 million during that time. Selling access and favors can be quite lucrative. The people living on the 30 Blocks of Squalor should take note and implement the same plan.

Hillary stands in front of a few dozen poor and downtrodden citizens of West Philly wearing a $12,000 pants suit from her Mao Collection and railing against the evil Wall Street cabal and how she is going to bring them to their knees. Immediately upon stepping down as Secretary of State in 2013 to plot her path to the presidency, she went on a two year corporate/banking “speech” tour where she raked in $21.6 million for 92 speeches. Those evil banks paid her $1.8 million for 8 “speeches”, including 3 to Goldman Sachs (the vampire squid on the face of America).

Her standard fee for a 1 hour “speech” was $225,000. Have you seen her speak? I wouldn’t pay $2.25 to hear her rehashed socialist drivel. As she publicly rails against banks and corporate America, she was assuring Lloyd Blankfein and his cronies that she had their backs. That’s why there are no transcripts of these speeches. Her requirements for delivering a one hour speech as outlined by her ad agency are:

  • $225,000 in small bills
  • Travel by private jet, preferably a Gulfstream 450 or larger
  • First class tickets for all her staff and hanger-ons
  • Two staff on site three days prior to the speech with transportation and meals included
  • She must be booked into the presidential suite of a five star hotel, with separate rooms attached.
  • And an unlimited supply of 18 year old interns and cigars, if Bill tags along.

She’s clearly one of us. Does anyone in their right mind not understand the $21.6 million are bribes for future services? The average annual salary for people living in West Philly is just over $20,000. While these people cheer Hillary as their savior, do they realize she collected more bribes in 60 minutes from criminal Too Big To Trust Wall Street bankers than they make in 10 years? The blatant hypocrisy of her words when compared to her actions reveals a person with no integrity, no morals, and no soul. She is rotten to the core.

Philadelphia has been under the complete control of the Democratic Party machine for over 50 years. Blacks now account for 44% of the population, with whites at 32% and Hispanics at 14%. Asians and others account for the remainder. The poverty, joblessness, crime, drug infestation, failing schools, political corruption and overall degradation and decay of a once great city can be placed solely at the feet of Hillary and her liberal Democrat minions, whose welfare state policies have enslaved the black population in the chains of dependence and squalor.

In Philadelphia, murders are up 7% YTD after rising by 13% in the previous year. At the current rate, homicides will top 300 for the first time since 2009. Another Obama success story. Virtually all the murders will be committed by black men against other black men. And still, Hillary and the inept Democrat politicians will use the race card and obtain 90% of the popular vote in West Philly. It’s insane.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results”

After her usual campaign speech pablum, Hillary was whisked away by her entourage of heavily armed (it’s OK for her protectors to have guns, but not us) SS agents and campaign sycophants, away from the riff raff as quickly as possible. Why didn’t she press the flesh along the 30 Blocks of Squalor? I’m sure the adoring throngs would hail their new female savior. Obama certainly elevated their lives over the last 8 years. Oh yeah. The percentage of non-working blacks has increased from 41.6% in 2007 to 43.6% today. The median household income of blacks has declined by more than any other race under the reign of Obama.

The percentage of black people living in poverty has never been higher. The number of people on food stamps when Obama entered office was 30 million. Today it stands at 45 million. This is considered a success by liberals, as the cost of this welfare “solution” rose from $50 billion to $75 billion. The Great Society hasn’t been so great for the people of West Philly living in dilapidated hovels along garbage strewn, crime ridden streets, with water and sewer pipes bursting to provide the monthly entertainment. At least the government is run by incompetent, untalented, unresponsive bureaucrats who have driven the city towards bankruptcy while suffocating the remaining businesses and citizens with an ever increasing tax burden while proving incapable of even timing the stop lights on the 30 Blocks of Squalor.

Liberal (aka socialist) solutions always involve spending taxpayer money on programs or structures which are supposed to fix the problems created by their previous solutions. They always know what’s best for the peasants, as they have been blessed with the knowledge and understanding to solve all of man’s ills. Freedom, liberty, and self sufficiency are seen as dangerous attributes by these corrupted control freaks. The very West Philadelphia High School tainted by the appearance of the most crooked politician on the face of the earth is the perfect example of the warped failed solutions of liberal know it all politicians.

I wrote a story about the old West Philly High School in 2012, detailing it’s outstanding educational credentials. Built in 1912, it resembled a prison, with bars on the windows to keep out the same teenagers who entered through the front door. Many of its prestigious graduates and dropouts now occupy actual prison cells. It was located on Walnut St. and 47th Street in the heart of West Philly. It closed in 2011, as a brand spanking new West Philadelphia High School was constructed on Chestnut St. at 49th Street. It remains vacant and unoccupied five years after being shuttered.

I noted in the previous article that enrollment was 900, with 268 freshman and only 130 seniors. It seems 50% of all students who entered West Philly High School dropped out before graduating. I’m sure they found more lucrative careers in the pharmaceutical distribution industry. More than 78% of students scored below basic for math and 69% below basic for reading. In 2010 there were 350 kids eligible to take the SAT exam, but only 94 geniuses (the best of the best) took the exam. Their average scores of 350 for math and 349 for verbal were beyond pathetic. The state averages of 482 for math and 473 for verbal were below the national averages of 515 and 500, dragged down by the terrible scores “achieved” throughout the Philadelphia public school system.

Rather than address the real problems creating the atmosphere of ignorance and failure in West Philly, liberal politicians and irresponsible school district administrators decided it was the building that was the problem. If you provided these West Philly scholars with an ultra-modern facility of higher learning, they would surely thrive and become smart. So, they took $66 million from the $800 billion Obama porkulus plan and built a 170,000 square foot Shangri-la, with 3 levels, dozens of modern high tech classrooms, two gyms, and science labs to promote their Hybrid X automotive program to create fuel-efficient cars.   The building was designed to focus on three West Philadelphia High School academies: urban leadership, creative and performing arts, and business technology.

This new institution of higher learning opened in 2011. The picture above is a perfect representation of the “new” school. The trees obscure the bars over the lower level windows and you have two Philadelphia police vehicles in front, probably there to arrest some fine upstanding West Philly youths selling drugs or assaulting someone. You can take the West Philly youths out of an old dilapidated school and put them in a brand new modern facility, but you can’t take the West Philly culture of ignorance out of the youths. On an annual basis there have been 30 to 65 serious crimes(assaults, drugs, weapons, theft) within this building since opening. It is probably worth noting that 96% of the student body is black, with only 1% white. Imagine being one of the 7 white students walking the hallways of this fine institution.

According to the US News & World Report Scorecard, this is one of the worst public high schools in the nation. Despite the fancy new digs, enrollment has dropped to only 661, but at least only 32% dropout before graduating. With all the high tech classrooms, science labs, fantastic library and student to teacher ratio of only 13 to 1, surely these students should be thriving academically according to liberal orthodoxy. But a funny thing happened on the way to making West Philly kids smart again. It seems only 11% are proficient in Math (state level is 60%) and 24% in English (state level is 70%). Perfect future Democrat voters – ignorant and easily manipulated. They are proficient in rap music, ebonics, texting on their iPhones and the use of illegal firearms.

It seems after a $66 million taxpayer funded capital investment, the best efforts of 51 overpaid union drone public school teachers, and the daily involvement of their married supportive parents (just kidding – the only thing you are less likely to see in West Philly than a kid carrying a school book is a woman with a wedding ring), the kids in West Philly are even dumber than before. Only 68 young scholars took the SAT exam in 2015 and averaged 348 in Math and 344 in Reading. Just slightly below the national averages of 513 and 497. It seems the old facility may not have been the problem, as their scores dropped over the last five years.

According to US News and World Report only 3.2% of West Philly High graduates are ready for college. But thanks to Obama and the doling out of hundreds of billions in taxpayer funded student loans, 42% of all West Philly High graduates enroll in college. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. There is zero chance that 99% of these enrollees ever graduate college and a 100% chance you will end up paying for the loan losses. When confronted with the facts proving the complete and utter failure of their “solution”, liberals always respond with the need for more funds for Pre-K, head start or some other bullshit government program that won’t work.

The liberal mantra of spending millions on new buildings, gold plated union teacher contracts, common core curriculum, free breakfast and lunch, and a myriad of other government initiated drivel under the banner of “Doing It For the Children” has proven to be nothing but false promises. The proof is four blocks further down the 30 Blocks of Squalor at 45th and Chestnut Street. There sits another old building built in 1916 and still in use. It houses the faculty and students of West Catholic.

It has enrollment of 349 students who pay approximately $8,000 per year to attend. It’s student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1 isn’t much lower than West Philly High. The other commonality is only 1.7% of its students are white. Over 80% are black. It is drawing from the very same neighborhoods as West Philly High. It’s teachers are paid significantly less than public school teachers. It’s facility is 100 years old and looks it.

Somehow this school, with almost identical student demographics as West Philly High, with underpaid teachers, in a century old building, has virtually all of its students taking the SAT and achieving average scores of 425 in Math and 448 in Reading. Those aren’t world record setting scores, but they are 22% to 30% higher than West Philly High’s average, with virtually all eligible students taking the exam. Their 84% college enrollment rate is twice the West Philly High rate. How do liberals explain this divergence? They can’t. More money, more union teachers, and more government involvement is not the answer.

Liberal Democrats don’t want to hear the answer because they hate facts, logic, math, and understanding how existing welfare policies incentivize the very behavior that perpetuates ignorance, dependency, poverty and crime in West Philly and every Democrat controlled urban ghetto in the country. In order to send their child to West Catholic a black family has to pony up $8,000 for tuition. Only married working black couples who care more about their children than leasing a Cadillac Escalade, spending $300 per month for an iGadget, or getting all the pay cable channels and the NBA supreme package, can give their kids a better shot to climb out of the West Philly ghetto.

The fact is that 72% of all black children are born out of wedlock. The number of single parent (mother) households in West Philly is astronomical, as black men shirk their fatherly duties just as their fathers did before them. A culture of ignorance and dependency has grown since LBJ’s Great Society programs were rolled out 50 years ago. The warped welfare policies in effect today reward black women in West Philly for having more children out of wedlock. And the liberal socialist reaction is to play upon white guilt to extract more taxes (Phila soda tax) “for the children”. It’s actually “for the teacher’s union”.

It’s always for the children. Why do white men living in the suburbs, working at jobs, staying married, raising their own kids, and paying obscene levels of taxes need to subsidize the sloth, ignorance, and failure of black men in West Philly to raise the children they bring into the world? Until the people of West Philly are forced to accept the consequences of their damaging actions, nothing will change. Making them even more dependent upon the Federal government is Hillary’s get out the vote master plan. As George Carlin profoundly stated:

“There’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, ever be fixed. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.

That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that! Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.”

Education sucks and will continue to suck because your owners, and their representative Hillary Clinton, want a dumbed down populace who can be manipulated easily through mass media propaganda. Despite her best efforts to pander to blacks by saying she carries hot sauce in her $5,000 purse, Hillary Clinton is nothing but an establishment neo-con, beholden to Wall Street bankers, mega-corporations, the military industrial complex and the wealthy elite owners who run this country. She is a soulless psychopath who will do and say anything to grasp the reigns of power over this country and inflict her demented agenda upon the iGadget distracted masses.

You may have been wondering why watermelons were referenced in the title of this article. I know associating black people and watermelons is considered racist in this politically correct social justice warrior world we inhabit. But what if you arrive at the stop light at 34th Street and Mantua Avenue and witness a black entrepreneur having pulled their truck over, extracting two cinder blocks and placing a wooden board on top with cut hunks of watermelon for sale as black guys put their hazards on at the red light, get out of their cars and glory in their good luck? Is that racist?

I’m sure the watermelon entrepreneur had the proper permits, licenses and paperwork from the city to undertake such a venture. I’m also sure he was charging and remitting the 19% watermelon tax passed by city council last week. It’s too bad Hillary had already flown off to her next pandering event in her Gulfstream 450 or she could have arranged a black watermelon entrepreneur photo op to prove she’s just like the people of West Philly.

The 30 Blocks of Squalor will continue to deteriorate no matter how much of other people’s money is squandered on failed welfare programs designed by the Democratic party to keep blacks enslaved in their urban plantation and voting for their continued enslavement. They’ve been brainwashed to believe Hillary Clinton and other feckless liberal politicians actually care about their plight and know what’s best for them. They’ve chosen government provided subsistence to freedom, opportunity, educational choice and self respect. Bad choices lead to bad outcomes.

“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?”― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/hillary-visits-west-phillys-30-blocks-of-squalor-but-even-there-nobody-came/

https://lisaandrews1968.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/30-blocks-of-hillary-and-watermelons-by-jim-quinn/

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2016/08/22/30-blocks-of-hillary-watermelons/


WATCH: Hillary Clinton Supporters at ‘Alt-Right’ Speech Don’t Know What It Is

RENO, Nevada — Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters lined up to hear her deliver a speech about the “alt-right” and Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. Few, however, seemed to have any idea what the “alt-right” actually is.

Breitbart News spoke to over a dozen Hillary Clinton fans outside the Truckee Meadows Community College. None knew exactly what the “alt-right” is; a few had a vague idea that it referred to Republicans, or that Democrats were trying to connect it with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Most simply had not heard of the “alt-right,” and some misidentified it completely. (Breitbart covered it here.)

They simply did not know what the “alt-right” was until later, when Hillary Clinton told them, and told them it was bad. (Some were willing to believe in advance that it was bad, merely because they knew she would tell them it was.)

The video below shows the interviews in exact chronological order. Only one interview was omitted, at the interviewee’s request, when she was embarrassed that she could not answer the question, and asked Breitbart News to delete the video of her response.

The video is below:

A local press representative for the Hillary Clinton campaign declined to answer questions about the alt-right.

The mood outside was festive, occasionally punctured by protests from about a dozen anti-Hillary Clinton protesters.

In her remarks, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump and Breitbart News in particular, attempting to associate both with a “fringe” that includes the “alt-right” and figures like David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan.

“The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the ‘Alt-Right,’” Clinton claimed, referring to the recent appointment of Breitbart chairman Stephen K. Bannon as CEO of the Trump campaign. (Bannon is on leave from Breitbart until after the election.)

“A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party,” she added.

The accusation of “extremism” is a frequent refrain for Democrats. In 2011, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was caught on a hot mic telling others that he would begin referring to the Tea Party as “extreme” because “that’s what the caucus instructed me to do the other week.”

Trump responded:

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/25/alt-right-hillary-clinton-supporters-struggle-explain/


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http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/25/tinfoil-hillary-alt-right-alex-jones-brexit-putin-global-conspiracy/

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/08/25/hillary-clinton-alt-right-embarassment/

http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/08/25/milo-to-hillary-you-did-this/

http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/hillarys-state-sponsored-graft-racket-exposed/

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Venezuela Isn’t Just in Crisis, It Faces “Total Societal Collapse”

Aug 24, 2016 by Shaun Bradley

 

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Editor’s Comment: Obviously, things aren’t going to just get better. The people of Venezuela, forced to wait in long lines for basic necessities, are under the thumb of what has now proven to be a ruthless dictator. He has killed, and will increasingly use violence (and any means necessary) to hold onto power.

Eventually, Maduro will likely be ousted, but only after forcing his people into literal starvation. Yes, the U.S. likely is waging economic war on Venezuela, with tanking oil prices putting on the pressure; yes, the U.S. is involved in coups all across Latin Americas, but Venezuelans are now between a rock and a hard place. It is just indecent, and the world’s attention has been turned elsewhere.

Total Societal Collapse: What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Venezuela

by Shaun Bradley

Life in Venezuela now consists of empty grocery stores, record rates of violent crime, and widespread shortages of just about everything. The economic and political conditions have been deteriorating for years, but recent stories coming from this once-rich nation are astonishing. Bars have run out of beer, McDonald’s can’t get buns for their Big Macs, and rolling blackouts are a regular occurrence. The average person spends over 35 hours a month waiting in line to buy their rationed goods, and even basics like toilet paper and toothpaste are strictly regulated.

The fiasco began when the price of oil collapsed and sent Venezuelan finances into chaos. Theoil-dependent nation, despite its imposing government policies, couldn’t prevent the fallout. The current problems are further compounded by rampant corruption throughout the Venezuelan government. The likelihood of a peaceful resolution is decreasing by the day, and political dissents are likely to be met with brutal crackdowns. The desperation of the masses could explode violently under the right circumstances, and there are few things more dangerous to a nation than a hungry population.

The food lines seen throughout Venezuela are reminiscent of the Great Depression. Thousands fill the sidewalks and wait for hours to get their hands on basic staples. Tensions have risen so dramatically that several people have been killed in recent food riots and lootings. Dogs, cats, and birds are finding themselves on the menu, and a group even broke into the Caracas’ Caricuao Zoo to slaughter the animals for meat.

In an effort to relieve some of the pressure, President Nicolas Maduro briefly opened the borderwith Colombia, prompting over one hundred thousand people to pour across in search of products that have gone extinct in their own country. The border was originally sealed back in 2014 in an attempt to prevent the smuggling of food and people. The uncertainty of what the future holds has forced people to spend what little savings they have on securing enough food to get by. Without access to the resources needed for production and distribution, commerce has come to a complete standstill, and food shortages aren’t the only consequence.

The Venezuelan healthcare system, once a symbol of socialism’s success, has been crippled by vast medical supply shortages. Gloves, soap, and antibiotics have all vanished, with power often only working one or two days a week. The economic woes have created a full-blown public health emergency. Malnutrition combined with doctors’ inability to treat patients effectively has led to outbreaks of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. With such extremely limited resources, many patients are falling through the cracks. Even simple illnesses are going untreated, leading to dangerous complications.

Jason Marczak, director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative, spoke about the crisis:

“When people are literally going hungry and children are dying at birth because there aren’t the right medical supplies … when basic things like Tylenol aren’t even available … this causes a huge amount of angst in the population.”

Yet another disturbing pattern has developed since traditional forms of birth control have become unavailable in stores. Record numbers of women are resorting to sterilization to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Local clinics have hundreds on the waiting lists for appointments. Aside from the financial burden, the possibility of watching their children starve is too much to handle and has prompted many women to take drastic action. This means the current economic depression is going to have long-term effects on generations to come.

Life in Venezuela is now built around waiting in lines. As much as the lines have become the key to survival, they are also hotbeds for violence. Crimes are often committed in broad daylight, with assailants meeting little resistance. For other people in line, the risk of leaving their spot to intervene is just too high. Their dependence on government has literally robbed them of their ability to help others in need.

“These days, you have to put the line above everything,” said pharmacist Haide Mendoza, who witnessed a murder in the line at her store, CBS News reported.

The hyperinflation currently affecting the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, is undermining every function of the government and economy. The inflation rate is now the highest in the world and is expected to hit 1,600% by next year. Despite the government raising the minimum wage three times to appease workers, the move has only fueled a rise in prices. In a highly controversial move, the government imposed forced labor policies to keep food production going. Maduro’semergency decree promises severe punishments for those who refuse to work in the fields without pay. The social contract appears to have no end when it comes to the ‘greater good.’

It’s always interesting to see the selective coverage the media rolls out, but the struggle of people on the ground is getting too severe for them to ignore. The same policies increasingly pushed by Western governments are on display in Venezuela as the country descends into chaos.

In the coming months, this story of societal collapse will likely force its way into the mainstream. Food shelves haven’t been restocked, the police haven’t restored order, and the food lines continue to grow. The faith in the State that was the cornerstone of stability underHugo Chavez has been completely eroded. If oil prices surge, it may provide some relief, but the symptoms plaguing their economy are past the point of no return.  The only way to remedy this type of repression is to hold the criminal government officials in power responsible for their contributions to the crisis.

This article was written by Shaun Bradley and originally published at The Anti-Media.

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EU Chief Blasts The Very Notion Of National Borders In The Latest Call For Globalism

EU Chief Blasts The Very Notion Of National Borders In The Latest Call For Globalism

Ioannes_Claudius_Juncker_die_7_Martis_2014For years, European Union advocates denied allegations that they were trying to erase national borders and create a single country with a shared military. Then recently proposals for a single military emerged — just before Britain left the EU. One of the most effective criticisms made against the EU before Brexit was to challenge voters to actually name the people in charge of the EU and policies affecting their lives.

Now, the head of the EU has gone out of his way to confirm the worst suspicions of critics. The much-maligned EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has publiclydenounced the very concept of national borders as the “worst invention ever.

We recently discussed Juncker drunken appearances in public. Now he is proclaiming the very globalism and world government that is fueling demands to break up the EU. Speaking at the Alpbach Media Academy Juncker said: “Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians.”

Juncker’s contempt for the notion of national identity is a touchstone of the new globalism that has taken hold in Europe — and encouraged voters in Britain to leave the EU. Many people have a pride in their national identity and want to control the laws that govern their nation and their lives. The image of a drunken, dismissive uber-bureaucrat in Brussels will hardly improve the situation for the EU. It also shows precisely how little accountability or restraint EU leadership feel in Brussels. The arrogance and erratic behavior of Juncker would not be tolerated in a politician who was subject to local or national elections. However, his audience often seems a circle of EU bureaucrats in an echo-chamber for globalism. The feel for civil libertarians is that such remoteness couple with rising power can be a threat to not just national identity but liberty.

What do you think?

EU Chief Blasts The Very Notion Of National Borders In The Latest Call For Globalism


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