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Prosperity: US Drops Out of Top Ten and Behind Even Conservative Led Canada

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Prosperity: US Drops Out of Top Ten
Via InstaPundit, we learn that for the first time, the United States does not rank as one of the world’s ten most prosperous nations, as rated by London’s Legatum Institute. The authors of the report found that the U.S.’s slippage is being driven by “a decline in the number of US citizens who believe that hard work will get them ahead.” Well, they’re right: in Barack Obama’s America, hard work doesn’t cause you to get ahead; being politically connected does. We are all paying the price for the corruption of the Age of Obama.

Consistent with this finding is the fact that for the first time in history, the average Canadian is wealthier than the average American. Canada has a conservative government, and they have passed us like we are standing still. Which we are, at best.

All of which raises the question: do Barack Obama and his minions want America to be one of the world’s ten most prosperous countries? If you believe, as I do, that actions speak louder than words, the answer is No.

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Senate Set to Introduce Bill for Broad Email Spying


Is there anyone surprised by this? This is the Democrat controlled Senate who voted 93-7 in favor of NDAA isn’t it? I don’t know how much more you need to see before you get off your butts and call / write your representatives and Senators and tell them how you feel about this!

By Tom Burghardt
theintelhub.com
November 26, 2012

A Senate proposal claiming to “protect” Americans’ email privacy from unwarranted secret state intrusions “has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law,” CNET revealed.

As provisions of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) are “updated” to better reflect the insatiable needs of our police state minders, law enforcement groups and corporate lobbyists are clamoring for greater access to our electronic communications.

While doe-eyed “progressives” claim that the reelection of war criminal Barack Obama portends an imminent “2.0 reset” by his administration, actions speak louder than words, particularly as they pertain to Americans’ constitutional rights.

Most recently the Hope and Change™ fraudster signaled his intentions by giving Israel a green light to murder Palestinians in the open air prison of Gaza.

The silence from “progressive” quarters was worse than deafening as writers Chris Floyd and Arthur Silber pointed out.

What about other “liberal icons,” stalwart champions of civil liberties; what have they been up to since the election?

CNET investigative reporter Declan McCullagh informed us that “Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns,” and that a “vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.”

Among the proposals found in the Leahy revisions are the following:

• Grants warrantless access to Americans’ electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.

• Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans’ correspondence stored on systems not offered “to the public,” including university networks.

• Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant–or subsequent court review–if they claim “emergency” situations exist.

• Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to “10 business days.” This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

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Can the USA Survive Obama’s Double Down Day? $21,253,754,097,826.16

NO OTHER PRESIDENT HAS EVER DONE IT BEFORE…CAN BARACK TAKE THIS COUNTRY TO A PLACE THAT NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE? Think of it this way …after Obama crashes the economy this country won’t elect another democrat for another 100 years! (I hope)

Can the USA Survive Obama’s Double Down Day? $21,253,754,097,826.16

Could Barack Obama achieve that rare feat as president – doubling the national debt during his term of office? And can the nation survive Obama’s Doubledown Day?

According to the Treasury, the national debt on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009, was $10,626,877,048,913.08. Yesterday it was up by 54 percent at $16,281,329,916,599.63. And counting.

That is 105 percent of the value of everything the U.S. makes and sells in an entire year. For comparison, the European Union’s anti-bankruptcy treaty says no member state may borrow more than 3 percent of GDP in a year or 60 percent in total.

If 16.3 trillion dollar bills 6.1 inches long were laid end to end, they would stretch all the way to the sun and back well over eight times, or to the moon and back almost 3,300 times.

If Obama continues to borrow at the current rate, his Doubledown Day will occur well before he leaves the White House. The comparatively insignificant spending cuts and tax hikes of the absurdly named “fiscal cliff” would not change the numbers much.

On Obama’s Doubledown Day, Uncle Sam’s debt will be $21,253,754,097,826.16.

Debt interest alone is running at $270 billion a year, around three times the entire education budget and close to $2,500 for each U.S. taxpayer. Outstanding debt itself is already $140,000 per taxpayer and will be heading for $200,000 per taxpayer on Doubledown Day.

And how have the “Democrats” been dealing with this crisis? They have been dealing with it. Oh yes, indeedy. They have been dealing with it most decisively and firmly – by fiddling the numbers.

Last year the dreadful Nancy Pelosi published a chart that went viral on the sinistrosphere, apparently showing that Obama was borrowing less than the previous four presidents. However, after critics pointed out that Pelosi had deducted a whole year from Obama’s term of office and added it to his predecessor’s, the bogus graph was hastily amended. CONTINUE THIS STORY HERE (CLICK)

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How Far Obama Has Fallen From historic figure to beleaguered incumbent in less than four years.


Peggy Noonan sums up the meteoric fall of Obama as only she can …the classic line from this story is this one:

“But whenever he went over the the heads of the media and Congress and went to the people, in prime-time addresses, it didn’t really work. He did not have a magical ability to sway. And—oddly—he didn’t seem to notice.

It is one thing to think you’re Lebron. Its another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

And that really was the problem: He had the confidence without the full capability”

Here is the full story …Enjoy!

“How Far Obama Has Fallen From historic figure to beleaguered incumbent in less than four years”

Peggy Noonan WSJ:

So where are we? A softly catastrophic storm left us, in the Northeast, shocked at the depth and breadth of its power to destroy. Everyone who could be was hunkered down Monday waiting it out, and at first we hoped it might not be as bad as we’d been warned, because we’d all seen higher wind and harder rain. But the waters rose and wouldn’t stop, breaching dunes, overwhelming barriers, filling the tunnels and subways like a bathtub, as somebody said on TV. It was—is—a true crisis. So far, our political leaders have done pretty well. But the hard part will be from here on in—getting things up and operating again without the original adrenaline rush. Continue the story here.

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The Think Tank Clown: Israel Lobbyist Patrick Clawson – We Need a False Flag to Start War with Iran!


To better understand Patrick Clawson; the “Think Tank Clown” please view the video a little further down the page: William Cook

SEND IN THE CLOWNS!

Clowns befuddle a crowd. They appear a pretense of the normal but caricatured to evoke laughter, surprise, at times derision, but always in context where they absorb self-deprecation, become the butt of jokes, become the audiences’ self, a make believe self, receiving the jibes, jests and buffoonery never allowed when alone. Thus do they become vessels of deep seated self- ridicule, inhibited expression, personal inadequacy, a self-conscious parody of the normal. They are used images, commodities to be bought and sold for the purchaser’s benefit, set amidst their fellows as manikins to be pinched and probed, facsimiles of all, but receivers of ridicule to protect their brethren.

Such is the figure of Patrick Clawson, Director of Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, as he appeared before his fellows, his scholarly brethren seated silently in respectful adulation at WINEP’s self-proclaimed international conference on near East policy. He appeared as all clowns appear from the side curtains, an Ichabod figure from Irving’s legend’s, lanky, thin, staccato stepping toward the podium, a believer in mystical gods, historical covenants, justifications of actions found encrypted in the yellow stained pages of ancient scrolls, called upon to deliver his sacred yet startling message to his colleagues.

They after all exist as aborted children of the State of Israel, a direct issue of AIPAC, a think-tank of intellectuals created for the sole purpose of extolling the State of Israel while condemning all who would question Israel’s policies or people. They are guardians of G-d’s chosen, paid exorbitant salaries to praise and justify Israel’s actions, a bastion of constant comment to blunt the cries of the world’s communities to bring Israel to justice. They labor hard and long to cloak their owners’ illicit behaviors, their illegal wars, their deception and deceit that it may continue with impunity. They like the clowns garb themselves in costumes to hide their true purpose; they create icons that mask their true intent, lease a suite of offices in prestige towers in the heart of Washington, ride in chauffeur driven limousines, dress in Italian styled pin striped suits, sit at mahogany desks behind sophisticated computers, and rest comfortably in cushioned chairs as the atmosphere is regulated to apt comfort levels. All this splendor belies their reality as the raucous romp of the clowns beneath the big top, surrounded by balloons and cotton candy and parade music, belies their function to become the receptacle of their audiences’ anxiety and frustrations.

Watch Clown Clawson amble to the podium, nonchalantly glancing to his presumed peers who sit at either side of the podium awaiting his intervention and words of wisdom as they face a crisis of apparent calamity, how to force the United States to attack Iran. Obama’s intransigence against an attack, while Netanyahu’s absolute determination to attack necessitates a swift mental solution, a strategy heretofore not considered, one for the unencumbered mental concentration of their Clown. “Send in the Clown” that he may perform before all the fools that incestuously congregate at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy.

As he gathers his wits mumbling at the podium, he notes the dilemma that confronts these masterminds of strategic planning, a stalled action plan against the Iranian people. How to solve it? Clawson acts like the trickster of Native myths, the buffoon brought forth to unveil the truth behind the intellectual drivel that poured from the scholars as they pontificated on the existential threat to Israel of the impending existence of an Iranian atomic bomb, of the unfortunate limits to an Israeli unilateral response and the consequent need for the United States to step into the breach, an act, indeed, of moral significance.

Send in the clown to unmask the hidden agenda that lurked beneath the recorded time of this conference, the unstated purpose of holding forth in discourse for the public’s benefit that the occupant of the White House might hear what his next step on behalf of the American people must be. After all, these intellectual presentations become tomorrow’s news and their presenter tomorrow’s expert guest on countless talk shows that all Americans might understand that they too are under existential threat, that their fear level should be rising to red, that there is no solution but the one afforded by these brilliant minds.

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You Are Being Lied too Please Be Smart Enough to Know It!


In our previous discussions about unemployment brought on by the ‘miraculous’ jobs report numbers that came out 2 days after Romney shellacked “Obama the Liar” in the first nationally televised presidential debate and the extreme (but well deserved) humiliation felt by his supporters who had spent the last 6-9 months crowing about Obama’s debating skills (using a standard “my dad can beat up your dad” argument style). Due to Obama’s inability to tell the truth about anything and propensity to be deceitful about everything, many people’s first reaction, myself included, to the unbelievable numbers in the latest jobs report was “NFW!” (No Effing Way).

The theory is that the Obama administration (David Axelfraud) cooked the unemployment numbers to change the topic from Obama’s pathetic showing in the debate back to a more controllable and complimentary one where the MSM could once again tell us all that Obama was great, Obama was fixing the economy, Obama was still the chosen one, …the messiah…the anointed one…and tough and manly??? Are you kidding… not only was he not the gay peter puffer with the lifetime membership to Chicago’s notorious gay bath house “Man’s Country” …HE was in fact still the testosterone filled Man’s Man who killed Osama bin Laden and had now single handedly brought the unemployment rate down under 8% for the first time since 2009 by the sheer force of his mighty will. (OK I admit that the last paragraph was added only to pull in gay people surfing for a bath house / steam room and not just to bad mouth Obama)

And that’s exactly what they did.

Local headlines (from Associated Press and the NYT) shouted out the news …sometimes using three different stories on 2 separate pages. “Obama single handedly lowers unemployment to 7.8%!”… (If they only knew how close to the truth that statement was)

Their argument was that there were too many people involved with generating those numbers for anyone to get away with cheating

When I showed how statistically unlikely it was that these newly released numbers were true…I then wrote about how easily these numbers were being manipulated by the government…not by compromising the integrity of the work done by the fine statisticians at the BLS …Noooo, the government has been able to render all of their hard work and results meaningless simply by changing the number of the most important underlying determinant: the “Net Labor Force Participation rate”…or in English it’s the percentage of the entire population who make up the entire labor force…

First some historical perspective … the NLFP has mostly been a very constant and seldom changing factor. For the 4 years leading up to 2001 that number used was a constant 67.1%   from 2001 to 2008 the number fell slightly from 66.8% (end of 01) down to 66.0% or roughly .1% per year leading up to Obama being selected. Realize here that every .1% growth, or .1% shrinkage of the civilian workforce represented by the NLFP is equal to approximately 250,000 people and a full 1% is equal to approximately 2.5 Million people.

Everybody with me?

When Obama took office the NLFP (the entire civilian workforce) was 66.0% … if this number were to follow historical patterns then in Obama’s 4 years it would have dropped as much .4% and no more ( During Bush’s term of office just prior to Obama, the number dropped by only .6% in 8 yrs)

So far after only 3 1/2 years of Obama and his socialist agenda the most important number used to determine the U-3 unemployment rate went from 66.0% to 63.6%. Simply by changing this number and reducing the size of the civilian workforce by almost 2 ½% the government is able to make almost 7 million unemployed people disappear!

Of course Occam’s razor notwithstanding there are those like my liberal progressive acquaintance; Russell, and other lefties who would like the truth to be something other than what it is they have jumped onto an explanation that they say explains this drop in the workforce (but what it really does is showcase how out of out of touch with the way Americans think)

“The answer is simple” they say

“the labor participation rate is going down because the labor pool is shrinking because of all of those retiring baby boomers aren’t being replaced by new workers (as far as you know) Think about it they say …”with the economy so bad and unemployment so high a lot of the older workers have given up and retired” makes perfect sense to them and everyone else who has no idea of what they are saying.  When I heard this from Russell my first thought was…”a bad economy and high unemployment and all of the things you just cited as reasons why the first of the baby boomers were just giving up and retiring are the same exact reasons I would give for why they would NOT be retiring. The economy has wiped out a lot of their retirement accounts…it is also responsible for the bottom falling out of the housing market (most retiring peoples #1 asset) people who were all set to retire in 07/08 have been so devastated they still can’t afford to retire still today. Inflation has taken a huge bite out of their retirement plans and if anything, in my opinion this age demographic would have seen a growth in their participation numbers …not a steep decline.

So in all fairness to my friend Russell’s theory which he no doubt based upon a quick reading of the headlines somewhere and combined it with his own counterintuitive –intuitive thinking I decided to have a look for myself. What I discovered really really surprised me …NO I wasn’t wrong …don’t be silly. (BTW The number of workers per retiree number will come into play some day …maybe as soon as 5 years from now …but not today or even tomorrow)The government isn’t cooking the books using the oldest demographic …they are doing it with the youngest demographic instead. 

 

If it were an aging population that was driving the percentage changes in labor force participation rates, then we would expect to see nothing happening with people below age 50, and the declining rates would be with people in their 50s, 60s and over.  But that isn’t what is happening at all.

On a percentage basis, the largest number of people “defined out of the workforce” by the government were 16-19 year olds.  In 2007, 41.3% of teens were counted for employment and unemployment purposes, but by January of 2012, it turned out that only 30.8% were in the labor force, a sharp reduction of 10.5%.  So 1.8 million teens were dropped from the labor force by definition, so they no longer existed for unemployment statistics purposes, and what every one of those teens had in common was that they didn’t have jobs

The next biggest percentage change was among 20-24 year olds, who had an abrupt decline of 4.6% in their workforce participation.  For some reason known only to the government, one million 20-24 years olds just lost all interest in work, and could be removed from the unemployment calculations.

In the largest age bracket, those 25-54 year olds in their prime working years, there was another mysterious participation rate decline of 1.5%.  While much smaller than the percentage declines with the younger workers, for the simple reason that there are so many 25-54 year olds (124 million), the greatest number of jobless people went missing – 1.9 million – from the unemployment calculations in what is usually the very heart of the labor force.

The 55+ age group actually saw minor increases in their workforce participation rates, with 55-64 year olds experiencing a 0.1% rise, and those 65 and up seeing a full 2.0% rise.  This change in behavior can be relatively easily explained by what has happened to retirement account values, as well as the currently very low level of interest rates, which slashes retirement income levels for many potential retirees who have followed the conventional retirement planning advice.

A generation that can’t afford to retire, doesn’t retire, and the government statistics reflect this with a very small increase in workforce participation rates among those 55 and older.  Frankly, given the state of retirement accounts and retirement income, it is curious and even remarkable that the increase in workforce participation is reported to have been so low in these age categories.   If, say, 10% more of the people turning 65 were actually wanting to stay in the work force in 2012 when compared to 2007, but couldn’t find jobs, then the size of the labor force – and therefore unemployment rates – would be significantly higher.

(Interestingly, 55+ is the very best place to “game” the workforce participation rates, precisely because it is the hardest to get “caught” there, and there are statistical reasons to believe that is exactly what is happening.  If true, then the degree of participation rate manipulation, and the millions of jobless people inappropriately removed from unemployment calculations, could be much larger than what is shown herein.  However, to keep this article from becoming book-length, that needs to be another topic for another day.)

Sorry Russell your people are shoveling horse and bull manure at us and that’s not OK. The happiness and stability of 300 million people is much more important than Obama cooking the books and lying to us just so he can continue to lie to us for 4 more years

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October 8, 2012 · 2:55 am

Optical Illusion of the Globalists: Al-Qaeda Attacking US Embassies Across the World


Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
September 17th, 2012
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On September 15th, Obama stated in his weekly address that the US “must also send a clear and resolute message to the world: those who attack our people will find no escape from justice.”

Obama asserts that: “We are in contact with governments around the globe, to strengthen our cooperation, and underscore that every nation has a responsibility to help us protect our people. We have moved forward with an effort to see that justice is done for those we lost, and we will not rest until that work is done.”

US Embassies across the globe are coming under attack with coordinated efforts by the CIA-controlled al-Qaeda. In weekly Sydney, Australia, 8 plants are being charged with inciting and participating in violent clashes with police and protesters at a rally sparked by the US-sponsored anti-Islamic film that is being blamed for this sudden uprising in the Islamic world.

The Tunisian government has come out to publicly condemn the attack in Libya. In their region, an American school and embassy compound was secured by Tunisian police against thousands of demonstrators who replaced an American flag with the flag of Islam admit looting and burning buildings.

The use of fake revolutionaries is also extending to Afghanistan at the US-British military complex where Prince Harry is stationed. Two Us Marines have been confirmed killed while NATO forces are fighting against Taliban forces.This attack is being fueled by the anti-Islamic film, as demonstrators have assaulted the compound.

Sounding the alarm and call for continued violence is the US-funded al-Qaeda in Yemen with a statement posted on Islamic militant websites inferring that al-Qaeda is moving toward pushing protests within the Muslim nations incited by a film produced by the Zionist pasty Sam Bacile.

The statement calls protests to “expel the embassies of America from the lands of the Muslims” and called on protests to continue in Muslim nations “to set the fires blazing at these embassies.”

The statement continues to incite “our Muslim brothers in Western nations,” urging them “our Muslim brothers in the Western to fulfill their duties in supporting God’s prophet … because they are the most capable of reach them and vex them.”

A day before the orchestrated attack on the US Embassy in Libya, Senator Dianne Feinstein was warning about the violence witnessed in Arabic nations since the US Embassy bombing in Libya that will spark outrage against Americans and the US. Feinstein said that according to the FBI and DHS these outbursts “could worsen in the coming days.”

In fact, the US government received warning about the pending attack on the US Embassy in Libya days before it took place and did not act to prevent it. The security military surrounding the Embassy compound were stripped of their live ammunition prior to the attack.

The RAND Corporation, globalist think-tank and originator of many false flag propaganda, surmise that between 2009 and 9/11, “the U.S. government reported forty-six incidents of “domestic radicalization and recruitment to jihadist terrorism.” RAND went on to claim that Americans are playing a high level operational role in al-Qaeda and aligned groups.

Globalists point to al-Qaeda as the origination of radicalization as evidenced with Anwar al-Awlaki who was purported to have opportunities to spread violent Islamic ideology in the US. The use of social media sites and evangelical preachers could cause a boon in terrorist groups as explained by counterterrorism experts.

In a US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report radicalization of Islam is spreading throughout American prisons. There is also a growing possible movement within the US military wherein active duty soldiers are recruited to commit crimes.

Mainstream media is reporting that the FBI informant Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a.k.a. Sam Bacile, has been taken for questioning. After Nakoula was imprisoned in 2009 for banking fraud, he was employed as an informant for the FBI just before he was used as a pasty in the making of the film Innocence of Muslims that the US government is claiming they had no hand in producing. In order to cover their tracks, and facilitate the psy-op that convinces the American public that Islam and al-Qaeda are legitimate terrorists, the FBI is holding Nakoula for questioning.

At first, the Zionist-controlled Israeli government tried to assert that Nakoula was not an Israeli citizen and according to their intelligence, there was no record of Nakoula being in California.

Now the story has changed and Nakoula is a real person who can be used as a pasty to be condemned by the US government to justify their “official” version of what is happening. As they create a fake revolution in the Islamic world with the aid of their fake terrorist group al-Qaeda, Nakoula is playing his part in the theater of lies.

The goal of the Zionists in the Middle East is to use fake Jihadists that are supported by NATO and the US against US embassies and military instillations to create the belief that radicalization of Islamic ideology has erupted and must be controlled.

The UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), articles 18 and 27, state that minority religions and rights must be respected. Based on this fact, an Iranian senior official is claiming that a lawsuit could be filed against Obama in response to the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” and the US government’s involvement in the production of the film.

The resurrection of al-Qaeda from the 9/11 attacks within the US is not arbitrary. The misrepresentation of this fake revolution is designed to convince American citizens that there is a movement toward extremism within the domestic US.

The use of the anti-Islamic film combined with the resurgence of al-Qaeda has become reality only with the sacrifice of American citizens such as US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and others with the goal of discrediting Islam as a complete fanaticism and not a legitimate religion.

This entire scenario is obviously controlled by the Zionist control grid with the use of their puppets in the US government. CIA-sponsored al-Qaeda creates a protest after a film funded by Zionists and produced by the US government is disseminated throughout the Muslim world. On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are faced with the outbreak of al-Qaeda once more; however this time it is the entire Muslim world in every country on every continent we need to be worried about. And this is the beginning of the absolute lockdown of the planet under the schemes of the Zionists with the aid of the US government. READ THIS STORY AND MORE RIGHT HERE

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