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    Daily Digest 12/19 – ‘Cash-Only’ Businesses Targeted By IRS, The Epigenetics of Terror

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    Saturday, December 19, 2015, 4:38 PM


Congress adds contested cybersecurity measures to ‘must-pass’ spending bill (richcabot)

“Once again, members of Congress are using the government funding bill to pursue their extremist agendas,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Sneaking damaging and discriminatory riders into a must-pass bill usurps the democratic process and is irresponsible.”

‘Cash Only’ Small Business Targeted By IRS: The Case Of Nick’s Roast Beef (Ian K.)

Nick’s Roast Beef celebrated 40 years of being in business, an amazing accomplishment for small business owners/partners Nicholas Koudanis and Nicholas Markos. Its single location in North Beverly, MA (about 20 miles north of Boston) is as noted for its sliced roast beef sandwiches as it is for the arduous navigation of its tight parking lot. The place is packed from 10:00 am until closing at 10:00pm and patrons not only rave about the food, they are evangelical about spreading the word globally. Photos throughout the restaurant depict tourists holding their “Nick’s Roast Beef” bumper sticker at locales ranging from Mt. Everest to the Sydney Opera House. It is “cash only” at Nick’s and an ATM in the corner accommodates the modern customer who carries more plastic than currency. On December 10, things took a bad turn for the restaurant’s owners. They were indicted on 17 federal criminal counts.

A Culture of Fear & the Epigenetics of Terror (richcabot)

We’re being fed a constant diet of fear: fear of terrorists, fear of illegal immigrants, fear of people who are too religious, fear of people who are not religious enough, fear of Muslims, fear of extremists, fear of the government, fear of those who fear the government. The list goes on and on.

All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization (Kevin J., reflector)

The Money Project aims to use intuitive visualizations to explore ideas around the very concept of money itself. Founded in 2015 by Visual Capitalist and Texas Precious Metals, the Money Project will look at the evolving nature of money, and will try to answer the difficult questions that prevent us from truly understanding the role that money plays in finance, investments, and accumulating wealth.

Gold Rises on Fed Interest Rate Hike, as Contrarians Predicted (Kevin J.)

Last week, Rob McEwen, veteran investor and executive chairman of McEwen Mining Inc., reiterated the role of low interest rates in keeping the price of gold down, “Interest rates are dragging along the floor and have forced investors and savers to desert their prudent ways and seek riskier investments in a frantic search for yield. . .Too many people believe the government can control interest rates and inflation. People are going to realize that the government is not telling us the truth about the economy, about inflation, about having the economy under control. When that happens investors will rush to diversify and put funds into gold and silver.”

The Ultimate Guide To MSM (richcabot)

Navigating the opaque world of mainstream media, it can be easy to get lost in the fray. With that in mind, RT offers its roadmap to the major MSM players to help viewers see the final destination that each has in store for the public.

A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone (richcabot)

The catalogue includes details on the Stingray, a well-known brand of surveillance gear, as well as Boeing “dirt boxes” and dozens of more obscure devices that can be mounted on vehicles, drones, and piloted aircraft. Some are designed to be used at static locations, while others can be discreetly carried by an individual. They have names like Cyberhawk, Yellowstone, Blackfin, Maximus, Cyclone, and Spartacus. Within the catalogue, the NSA is listed as the vendor of one device, while another was developed for use by the CIA, and another was developed for a special forces requirement. Nearly a third of the entries focus on equipment that seems to have never been described in public before.

‘PRESTON’ mass surveillance program started under Tony Blair – Snowden leaks (richcabot)

The Register’s investigation found that banks and airlines are included as authorized targets. Moreover personal financial details can be intercepted, stored, decrypted, and copied.

Some airlines, including British Airways (BA), voluntarily hand over their passengers’ information, while other companies are subject to tapping warrants, the Register claims.

Bombshell: UK Accused Of Plotting Syria War Back In 2009 (richcabot)

In a nutshell, Dumas claims it was President Assad’s anti-Israel stance that made Syria a target for Western-backed regime change. The crucial thing to note is that the so-called Arab Spring, which happened in 2011 and seemed at the time to be a wonderful example of people power, was potentially (with hindsight) orchestrated by the West: after all, we now know the CIA created a ‘Cuban Twitter’ in 2010 to bring down Castro’s government from the inside out. We also know that the USA has a very long history of overthrowing governments that don’t do as they are told. Therefore, Dumas’s claims that the UK, presumably along with the Pentagon, planned the Syrian invasion in 2009 could point to a similar manipulation of reality. This happened two years before the Arab Spring sparked protests against Assad’s government, which served as the green light for the West to go in and oust Syria’s leader, just as they did in Egypt and Tunisia.

Mexico’s monarch butterfly reserve lost 24 acres to logging this year (westcoastjan)

Illegal logging had fallen to almost zero in 2012. The butterflies depend on the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City to shelter them against cold and rain.

Aridjis called on authorities to stop all illegal logging in the butterfly reserve.

Cauliflower prices spike to $8 a head (PBD)

Cauliflower is part of almost all vegetable dishes at Chinatown’s Phuket Royal — dishes like pad thai, curry, and stir-fried noodles — but it’s now being replaced with other vegetables like broccoli or peppers, said the restaurant’s Kung Lim.

“We have no choice. The cost is too high,” she said. “It used to [be] $2 something, right, now it’s $8 — four times more. That’s crazy.”

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  • Sat, Dec 19, 2015 - 9:51pm



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    Taxes and Economy

    As Thomas Jefferson said (to paraphrase) "Tax Property, Sales or Income but only tax one for if you tax two or three you will surely kill the economy".  Given the convoluted tax scheme of the USA it is no surprise everyone tries to reduce the tax hit.  If you own a business, your capital gains are not adjusted for inflation so that argues to take money out as soon as possible.  Ergo economy suffers due to stupid tax policy.  Flat Tax on income like before 1911!

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  • Sun, Dec 20, 2015 - 8:34am

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    Australian government makes

    Australian government makes funniest shit ever

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    Wilkerson Interview: The MIC's insatiable need for greater war

    Interview with Colonel Wilkerson, former assistant to Colin Powell (who wrote the infamous anthrax speech).

    He now speaks out against the excesses of empire and the pernicious role of the MIC in maintaining and ever expanding endless warfare.

    He talks about his personal breaking point with being a servant of the empire:  torture.



    Lawrence Wilkerson: “The Empire is in Deep, Deep Trouble”

    Wilkerson describes the path of empires in decline and shows how the US is following the classic trajectory.

    The rest of of the world is awakening to the fact that the United States is 1) strategically inept and 2) not the power it used to be. And that the trend is to increase that.

    Wilkerson includes in his talk not just the way that the US projects power abroad, but internal symptoms of decline, such as concentration of wealth and power, corruption and the disproportionate role of financial interests.  He also includes the issues of climate change and resource constraints.

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  • Sun, Dec 20, 2015 - 10:59pm


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    Excellent material

    Great post Sand_puppy! We need more people like Colonel Wilkerson speaking out. Not short but well worth the time to listen to.


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