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An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
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Archived News Monday April 2nd, 2012
Are We Oppressed by Technology? posted 04/02/2012, 9:01 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Do we really need an iPad 3 after it seems as if iPad 2 was released only a few months ago? Was it absolutely necessary that Google give us Google+? Do phones really have to be "smart" when the old cell phones were just fine? For that matter, is it really necessary that everyone on the planet be instantly reachable by wireless videophone?

The answer to each question is no. No innovation is absolutely necessary. In fact, the phone, flight, the internal combustion engine, electricity, the railroad — none of this is absolutely necessary. We could freely choose to live in a state of nature in which most children die in childbirth, those who do not live only a few decades and "medicine" amounts to sawing off limbs if you are lucky enough to have a tool that can accomplish the deed.

It's true that those people who bemoan the pace of technological development are not really longing for the state of nature. They are just sick of being hounded, badgered, hectored and pushed — as they see it — constantly to learn new things, acquire new gizmos, keep up-to-date and buy the latest thing.

A survey from Underwriters Laboratories last year revealed that half of consumers "feel high-tech manufacturers bring new products to market faster than people need them." There are many concerns such as privacy, safety, finances and the like, but mostly, I suspect that what's behind the report is a more inchoate kind of unease.

Learning new things can be uncomfortable. People sense that they were getting along just fine with the technology of the last few years, so why should they upgrade? They sense that always going for the new thing implicitly casts aspersions on our current or past lifestyles.

I get this all the time when I talk to people about new stuff. Their first response is often: "No thanks. I've had it with all this techno wizardry and digital age mania. Whatever happened to a world in which people had authen
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The Hutaree Case: Next, Time, They'll Send in the Drones posted 04/02/2012, 9:01 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Next time the Regime identifies a group of people as "domestic terrorists," the result might be a summary mass execution, or imprisonment in military custody, rather than a trial. This is one very plausible result of the dismissal of "seditious conspiracy" charges against members of Michigan’s Hutaree militia.

Thanks to the legal environment created by the NDAA, the Feds won’t have to run the risks involved in submitting the next "domestic terrorism" case to the s
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World's Largest Solar Plant, With Second Largest Ever Department of Energy Loan Guarantee, Files For Bankruptcy posted 04/02/2012, 9:01 PM (ZeroHedge)
[Category: Economy]
Solyndra was just the appetizer. Earlier today, in what will come as a surprise only to members of the administration, the company which proudly held the rights to the world's largest solar power project, the hilariously named Solar Trust of America ("STA"), filed for bankruptcy. And while one could say that the company's epic collapse is more a function of alternative energy politics in Germany, where its 70% parent Solar Millennium AG filed for ba... (more)

Understanding The Slave Mentality posted 04/02/2012, 9:00 PM (Alt Market)
[Category: Commentary]
In the initial stages of nearly every recorded tyranny, the saucer eyed dumbstruck masses exhibit astonishing and masterful skill when denying reality. The facts behind their dire circumstances and of their antagonistic government become a source of cynical psychological gameplay rather than a source of legitimate concern. Their desperate need to maintain their normalcy bias creates a memory and observation vacuum in which all that runs counter to their false assumptions and preconcepti... (more)

BitTorrent Crackdown Center Prepares to Punish Pirates posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a few months millions of BitTorrent users in the United States will be actively monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all the major ISPs. Those caught sharing copyright works will receive several warning messages and will be punished if they continue to infringe. Today the center responsible for administering the scheme announced its Executive Board, which surprisingly enough doesn’t include any neutral executives.

Starting this summer, the Center for Cop
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'Massive Wealth Destruction' Is About to Hit Investors: Marc Faber posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (CNBC)
[Category: Economy]
Runaway government debts have triggered uncontrolled money printing that in turn will lead to inflation that will decimate portfolios, according to the latest forecast from "Dr. Doom" Marc Faber.

Investors, particularly those in the "well-to-do" category, could lose about half their total wealth in the next few years as the consequences pile up from global government debt problems, Faber, the author of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, said on CNBC.

Efforts to stem the
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Marc Faber Previews Q2, Is Long Japan, Cautious The US And Gold, And Sees A 5-10% Increase In Inflation posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (ZeroHedge)
[Category: Economy]
Mark Faber was on Bloomberg TV earlier, presenting his latest outlook on markets and the economy, but first he summarizes 2011's first quarter which as repeatedly observed here before has so far been a mirror image of 2012, with the only different that while it ran up on 2010's QE2 back then, now it has surged on the transitory flow (not stock) impact of two back to back $1.3 trillion LTROs. "I think that if you look back at a year ago we made a peak of 1370 on S&P on May 4 an... (more)

RICHARD RUSSELL: A Massive Stock Market Collapse Will Wipe Out 60 Years Of Inflation And Leveraging posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (Business Insider)
[Category: Economy]
Richard Russell, writer of the Dow Theory Letters, is just looking for the right time to buy stocks.

But that time isn't now. And until that time comes, Russell will be keeping his wealth in gold.

Forget SOPA, You Should Be Worried About This Cybersecurity Bill posted 04/02/2012, 8:59 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
While most folks are looking elsewhere, it appears that Congress is trying to see if it can sneak an absolutely awful "cybersecurity" bill through Congress. We've discussed how there's been some fighting on the Senate side concerning which cybersecurity bill to support, but there's a similar battle going on in the House, and it appears that the Roge... (more)

White House calls for new law targeting 'offshore' Web sites posted 04/02/2012, 8:58 PM (CNET)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Only weeks after protests over two digital copyright bills demonstrated the political muscle of Internet users, the White House is publicly endorsing new copyright legislation that also would target suspected pirate Web sites.

After the unprecedented outcry against the ... (more)

Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax posted 04/02/2012, 8:58 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Resistance]
Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax.

The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party.

Emotions ran raw as police backed by officers on horseback stopped demonstrators from entering the Dublin Convention Centre. Many protesters booed and heckled
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Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches OK for Minor Offenses posted 04/02/2012, 8:57 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
In a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it is permissible for jailers to strip search people arrested and jailed on minor offenses, even if they have not violated the law.

Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority when he said that when an arrested person is to be put into the general jail population, “courts must defer to the judgment of correctional officials unles
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Ron Paul: "I’m trying to save the Republican Party from themselves because they want perpetual wars. They don’t care about presidents who assassinate American citizens. They don’t care about searching our houses without search warrants" posted 04/02/2012, 8:57 PM (Daily Caller)
[Category: Resistance]

“And there’s no way I’m going to give up on the effort to get the Republicans back to their roots,” he said. “You know, probably, in some ways they say, ‘Well, why don’t you give up and this will help the Republican Party.’ The truth is, I’m trying to save the Republican Party from themselves because they want perpetu
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Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all posted 04/02/2012, 8:54 PM (The Independent)
[Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions]
A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.

"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to ju
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Harshly worded letter from SC trooper raises concern posted 04/02/2012, 8:54 PM (WSOCTV)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — A harshly worded letter written by a South Carolina state trooper is raising concerns with the state Highway Patrol.

Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the letter after a man was stopped for reckless driving in York County. That driver did not want to talk about the incident, or have his name used in this story.

French Constitutional Court Bans Law Enforcement Use of National Biometric ID Database posted 04/02/2012, 8:53 PM (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Last week, the Conseil Constitutionnel, the highest authority on the French Constitution, declared the provisions of a law permitting judicial and police use of a centralized national ID database to be unconstitutional. 200 members of the French Parliament referred the law to the Conse... (more)

China says U.S. has no authority to impose unilateral sanctions on countries dealing with Iran posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (Activist Post)
[Category: Geopolitics]
China has wholly rejected the new sanctions from the United States which take aim at all foreign banks and financial institutions which continue to deal with Iranian crude oil.

“The Chinese side always opposes one country unilaterally imposing sanctions against another according to [its] domestic law. Furthermore, it does not accept the unilateral imposition of those sanctions on a third country,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement on Saturday, according to the Ass
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China arrests over coup rumours posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (BBC)
[Category: Geopolitics]
Chinese police have arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumours were spread that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing, officials say.

Federal agents serve warrants at Oakland medical cannabis school posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (Los Angeles Times)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Federal agents descended early Monday on Oaksterdam University — California's first cannabis industry training school — securing the downtown Oakland facility as they served search warrants.

New York yoga studios face sales tax posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (Wall Street Journal)
[Category: Economy]
The New York Department of Taxation and Finance decided that yoga studios fall into a category of businesses -- specifically weight control or health salons -- that must pay the city's levy, officials said.

MPAA Targets Fileserve, MediaFire, Wupload, Putlocker and Depositfiles posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It is no secret that the MPAA was a main facilitators of the criminal investigation against Megaupload. But while the movie studios have praised the actions of the US Government, they are not satisfied yet. Paramount Pictures’ vice president for worldwide content protection identified Fileserve, MediaFire, Wupload, Putlocker and Depositfiles as prime targets that should be shuttered next.

Palm Beach Elections Overturned After Hand-Count Reveals Op-Scans Mistallied Results posted 04/02/2012, 8:51 PM (Brad Blog)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The computers got it wrong. The losing candidates were declared and certified as the "winners." But they didn't actually receive more votes than their opponents. This time, we happened to find out.

Kim Dotcom Back Online, Prepares To Release Music Album posted 04/02/2012, 8:50 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Resistance]
A New Zealand court has granted Kim Dotcom some basic rights following a hearing today. The Megaupload founder will now be allowed to access the Internet and have a daily swim to help ease a back problem. Dotcom will also be allowed to finish a music album he’s been working on. TorrentFreak was given a sneak preview and we liked what we heard.



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