“The almighty Dollar is looking less mighty these days. By almost every measure, the purchasing power of the US Dollar is in precipitous decline. The following infographic, whose contents should be well-known to our readers, visualizes the sad state of affairs that the average American seems to have ignored for far too long. And since the whole world is now engaged in the 4th year of all out currency debasement one can safely channel Lester Burnham and say it’s “all downhill from here.””
Via Zero Hedge
Schools beat the drum for equity
“Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.
Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.
“Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”
Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years. “
Via Portland Tribune
“Independence and self-sufficiency is built into the very fabric of any pioneering nation or society. The modern world, by contrast — particularly the U.S. — is in a dangerous predicament as life on the homestead has been traded for lives in suits within urban environments.
Running in tandem with this reduction in physical self-sufficiency is the emergence of global governance that seeks a post-industrial world where people are destined to be centrally managed along with resources by a comparably tiny but powerful group of elites.
Clearly it is becoming more difficult to achieve personal independence. But it is still possible with knowledge and planning. In order to achieve personal independence, it is essential to first identify the obstacles being presented, then do everything in our power to find ways over or around what is being put in our path to freedom.”
Via Activist Post
“Here it is – Why Are You Trying to Survive? With the news being what it is, the world has now come to the point at which a huge shake-up is undeniable – to anyone who has 2 cents worth of brain matter between their ears. So hoards are joining the stampede to become “survivalists”. The movement has even spurred the development of the “survival industry”, with commercials now being played on mainstream media stations for freeze-dried storage foods and solar generators.
There is an old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” So if you are going to go the path of being a “survivalist”, first you’ll want to know where you are going – and why.”
Via Alt Market
“While watching the political conventions over the past couple of weeks, JPMorgan’s Michael Cembalest wonders aloud: What if, something like the CBO’s Alternative Case scenario came to pass; debt markets were no longer willing to fund trillion dollar deficits, so the deficit had to be reduced to 3% of GDP by 2020; taxing the rich was the only thing the country could agree on doing? If this happened, how high would top marginal Federal income tax rates have to go? The answer, after some number-crunching: 71% for the top bracket, and 57% for the second highest bracket. Adding state, local, and payroll taxes, and in ‘Blue’ states like NY and CA, income taxes will approach 80%.
This is not a projection, but an illustration that there are not enough Americans subject to the top brackets to reduce the deficit to 3%.
Eventually, the US will more likely have to adopt broader-reaching tax reform (e.g., raising taxes on the middle class), larger spending cuts than those already adopted, and/or Federal Reserve monetization of the public debt.”
Via Zero Hedge
“The Labor Department’s August employment report showed that the U.S. unemployment rate is 8.1%, down from 8.3% in July. But while many celebrate these numbers, others warn a more troublesome statistic is being overlooked – record numbers of people who have simply quit looking for a job.
The latest employment report shows that the number of Americans “not in the civilian labor force” in August hit a record high of 88,921,000. The Labor Department regards a person as not in the civilian labor force if they are at least 16 years old, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and have not actively looked for a job in the last four weeks.
119,000 fewer Americans were employed in August than there in July. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 142,220,000 Americans working in July but in August there were only 142,101,000 Americans working. There were 155,013,000 in the U.S. civilian labor force in July. That number dropped to 154,645,000 in August.
Combined, these numbers indicate that 368,000 people simply dropped out of the labor force last month and did not even look for a job. The reason for an improved unemployment number is because so many people dropped out of the labor force and stopped looking for work. The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labor force who did not have a job.”
“A well done and interesting video on the tactical search for resources during a grid down or full collapse scenario. I hope this conveys two important messages; one, that it is important to think FAR ahead when it comes to materials needed for general survival. If you stockpile now, you won’t need to scavenge later. Two, it is important to think in an analytical way if and when you do have to scavenge. One man’s trash may be your life saving treasure if you are resourceful. Regards to FullSpectrumSurvival.com for this vid:”
Via Alt Market
“The US Air Force document entitled Psychological Operations published in 1999 explained how for the purpose of hiding in plain sight, psy-ops are a “low-cost, high-impact” way of conducting military operations without having to deal with questions by the American public.
The control of “selected information” being leaked out to the public through mainstream media, press conferences and other designated outlets has ensured that the targeted audience will support the governmental campaign out of ignorance. Of late, reports and rumors about foreign troops in America working with our armed forces have been surfacing. And in response, the US government has (at first) dismissed the claims. Now, official reports are confirming what eye witnesses have been seeing.
The question is: why are foreign troops training with US military forces for urban warfare, civil unrest and disturbance?”
Via Activist Post
“On August 15, federal district court Judge Cormac Carney dismissed a class action ACLU of Southern California/Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR) lawsuit.
Fazaga v. FBI charges lawless FBI surveillance. More on what’s involved below. Southern California Muslims were targeted for praying to the wrong God.
In his ruling, Judge Carney didn’t say illegal surveillance hadn’t occurred. Nor did he agree that First Amendment provisions, illegal searches, privacy rights, and other constitutional principles weren’t violated.
Instead, he ruled for Washington’s “state secrets” privilege. It’s anti-democratic legal mumbo jumbo. The Justice Department and administration routinely invoke it to conceal government crimes and other abuses from scrutiny. Courts routinely go along.
In September 2010, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an extraordinary rendition lawsuit. State secrets were invoked. “
Via Activist Post