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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ron Paul: Thank you for contacting my office regarding Barack Obama.

Posted on | July 8, 2011 | orlytaitzesq.com

Dear Mr. Sorensen:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding Barack Obama. My staff has researched the issue of his citizenship. Our research has led us to conclude that the state of Hawaii has issued a valid birth certificate showing that Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Of course, I remain committed to fighting for limited, constitutional government, and I am actively opposing President Obama’s big government agenda. Thank you again for contacting my office. Please feel free to do so in the future with any other questions, comments, or suggestions.


Ron Paul

Read the comments...

Read his book: PAUL IS NOW FOR AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS, which is why Tom Tancredo and the entire anti-illegal movement has dropped him like a ton of bricks. 

You either represent the people who you work for and keep your oath to the Constitution, or be spineless and let the tyrant have there way with us...

Ron Paul is one of the good old boys that doesn't want to rock the boat..
You may say that he's the best we have.. I say that's not good enough....

In his own words


Friday, July 8, 2011

U.S. Greater Depression Accelerates

Written by Jeff NielsonFriday, 08 July 2011 11:11

While the myopic U.S. propaganda machine and the “experts” who shill for it will use the word “surprise” to describe yet another dismal U.S. jobs report, the only people who could have been surprised by today’s news are those who have had their eyes closed for the past several months (years?).
The U.S. government has just completed its most massive fiscal “stimulus” in history – by several multiples. It continues the loosest, most-reckless monetary policy in the history of the world. And yet the data is clear. This unprecedented effort to attempt to breathe life into the dying U.S. economy has produced nothing more than a feeble, temporary “dead-cat bounce”.
On the employment front, as usual the real data has been sugar-coated with more fraud by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the BLS is pretending there was a paltry 18,000 (net) jobs created in the U.S. in June, that number has no basis in reality. Merely subtract the phantom jobs from the absurd “birth/death model” and the U.S. economy lost more than 100,000 jobs last month – and that is before we factor in any more of the BLS’s statistical perversions.
Naturally these heavily-doctored monthly jobs reports don’t begin to tell the story on U.S. (un)employment. To do that we need to look at more meaningful statistics, laid-out in long-term charts.
Looking first at the broadest measurement of U.S. unemployment (i.e. the statistic which actually counts most of the unemployed), the picture is clear: when the U.S. economy crashed, there was the largest spike in U.S. unemployment in 80 years. The most extravagant economic stimulus in history has done nothing more than put a tiny (and temporary) dent in that throng of unemployed.
The picture is even worse when we look at the “civilian participation rate” in the U.S. work-force. Here there hasn’t even been a dead-cat bounce. The number of workers “participating” in the U.S. economy continues to go lower and lower (while the number of people collecting some form of benefits are at all-time highs).
We see confirmation of the U.S.’s “Greater Depression” when we look at government tax receipts. We can do this in two ways. We can look back at what the U.S. state and federal governments have been taking in over the past few years, and we can look ahead via what is essentially a “leading indicator” for tax receipts: withholding taxes.

Looking at the chart of U.S. state taxes and total income taxes, we see the revenue crisiswhich I have been stressing in my own writing. Even pundits in the media who manage to get nothing else right in their writing have observed that it will never be possible to significantly reduce the massive structural deficits in the U.S. without substantial tax increases. Yet while the deadbeat charlatans in Washington continue their absurd “debt-ceiling” tango, almost all of the focus is on spending cuts.
Illustrating that the U.S. revenue crisis can only get worse going forward, “withholding taxes” in the U.S. have made a sudden U-turn (for the worse). These are the taxes which are deducted at the source from most U.S. payrolls, according to a specific formula. The current rate of pay is projected over the balance of the year, and deductions from paycheques are made accordingly.
These tax receipts surged markedly in March, at the tail-end of the dead-cat bounce created by U.S. economic stimulus. Then, as of May 17, receipts from “withholding” turned suddenly lower and have been falling ever since. This data is unequivocal, in that it is one of the few U.S. economic “statistics” which has not and cannot be “massaged” beyond recognition with the various statistical lies the U.S. relies upon in other calculations. Simply, the projection for the remainder of this year is for U.S. employment income to go down – and this is before the U.S. economy has even really begun the “stimulus withdrawal” it will experience as this massive fiscal crutch is pulled out from under the crippled U.S. economy. In other words, we should expect this statistic to deteriorate even further going forward.
As the U.S. dollar continues to teeter on the verge of an historic collapse versus other paper currencies, it’s important to totally dispel a myth which continues to be perpetuated by the U.S. propaganda-machine: that a falling U.S. dollar will “rescue” the U.S. economy through surging exports. In reality, the opposite is true.
Above, we see a long-term chart of the U.S. trade deficit, described as the “net exports of goods and services”. As we can see, historically it was when the U.S. had a “strong dollar” that the trade balance remained nearly neutral, while the collapse in the U.S. dollar has led to all-time record trade deficits – year after year.
To those engaging in simplistic/superficial analysis (i.e. the entire mainstream media), this may seem counter-intuitive. However, anyone viewing the U.S. economy in a more sophisticated manner would not be surprised in the slightest. To understand this we must identify several parameters.
First, the U.S. voluntarily destroyed its legendary manufacturing base, simply handing all of these (relatively) high-wage jobs and value-added production to Asia. It is this value-added manufacturing which (historically) has formed the basis of a solid trade balance for all nations. Simultaneously, the U.S. stopped exporting most of these goods and began importing them instead. On that basis alone, there was little hope for any “trade salvation” for the U.S. economy, but it gets worse.
Decades of gluttonous oil-consumption and  oil price-suppression by the United States has combined to drain the world of all its easily accessible oil reserves – permanently ending the era of “cheap oil”. When we combine the massive quantities of (imported) oil needed to satisfy U.S. oil gluttony with the much higher prices which are now here to stay, the “equation” for U.S. trade becomes a simple one. For every penny, which the U.S. dollar declines versus other currencies the added cost of importing oil with that weaker dollar will always greatly exceed the rise in exports.
This conclusion is demonstrated clearly when we look at the most-recent data from the chart above. First we saw a massive plunge to the worst trade deficits in history. This occurred as the U.S. dollar was plummeting to new lows all through 2007 and most of 2008. Following the Crash of ’08 and the absurd/spectacular rise in the value of the U.S. dollar, we see the U.S. trade balance radically improve. However, the moment that the U.S. dollar resumed its downward trajectory, so did the U.S. trade balance.
This leaves the U.S. economy with a choice to two poisons – both of which are deadly. On the one hand, as I and many other commentators have written, there is no possibility that the U.S. can continue to service its mountains of debts and liabilities as things stand today.
The only way in which the U.S. could even pretend not to “default” on these debts would be to massively devalue the dollar versus other currencies – so that the dollars being “repaid” by the U.S. would cost (and be worth) much less than the dollars it borrowed. However, as we see with a  chart of the U.S. trade balance, if it devalues the USD enough so that it is not bankrupted by making payments on its debts it will simply be bankrupted by massive trade deficits instead.
The final “nail in the coffin” of this consumer economy is that individual Americans are just as over-leveraged with debt as the government itself.
As can be seen above, U.S. individual debt-levels have soared to all-time extremes. There was atiny reduction in the total mountain of personal debt for Americans following the Crash of ’08. However, this minor debt-reduction was not the result of Americans repaying debt, rather it was a combination of two other factors.
On the one hand, we had an explosion of personal bankruptcies, foreclosures, and other forms of personal debt-default – that lowered the total amount of personal credit. On the other hand, the same Wall Street banks which promised to “increase lending” (when they were mooching $15 trillion in hand-outs/loss-guarantees/tax-breaks) ruthlessly cut-off credit to Americans. Thus this minor fiscal “improvement” was both involuntary and unhealthy.
This leads us to another set of “no-win” parameters for the U.S. economy. On the one hand, if U.S. financial institutions extend more credit to Americans (to fuel its consumer-economy) then this can only lead to a further explosion in bankruptcies and foreclosures. As the employment data indicates, Americans lack the cash-flow to possibly be able to service any more debt.
On the other hand, if individual Americans rein-in their spending and attempt to restore solvency at the household level, this directly implies a collapse in consumption. That collapse will, in turn, only cause the all-time record levels of U.S. mall-vacancies and mall-bankruptcies to soar even higher. This would lead to millions more lost jobs (10’s of millions?), and a deflationary collapse very similar to that of the Soviet Union.
Going all the way back to 2008, I have maintained that as a matter of arithmetic it was impossible for there to be a U.S. economic recovery. The various (terminal) structural defects in the economy, and near-infinite debts have made net U.S. economic growth totally unattainable. The faked “recovery” trumpeted by the U.S. propaganda-machine was never plausible to anyone viewing long-term charts (like those contained here).
With the Obama regime’s shotgun-stimulus now exhausted, and with the Fed’s hyperinflationary money-printing (supposedly) about to wind-down, there are no more “smoke and mirrors” which can hide the magnitude of the U.S.’s economic collapse.
I give it no more than a month before B.S. Bernanke’s latest “exit strategy” once again morphs into just more money-printing. This won’t “fix” anything, anymore than all the other $trillions printed-up by “Helicopter Ben”. It will, however, allow the U.S. government to hide its total economic collapse for a few more weeks/months.

Facebook Now Helping Governments Spy On And Arrest Peaceful Activists

Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

News reports confirm that governments are now being aided by Facebook to spy on activists who plan peaceful protests. One report reveals that over 300 activists were tracked, detained and in some case deported after organizing events on the popular social networking site.

As I previously reported, Pro-Palestinian activists planned a peaceful ‘Fly-In’ protest in a solidarity mission against Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestine territories. The story made news after 
Israel put security forces on a state of high-alert ahead of scheduled protests.

Also recall not to long ago Julian Assange, of Wikileaks fame, reported that Facebook is being used as spy machine for the US Government.

Julian Assange: Facebook is a “spy machine” for US Intelligence

While talking to Russia Today about recent revolutions in the Middle East and the role of social media, Assange explained that Facebook is “the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, and their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. Intelligence.”
In the interesting interview, Assange added that it’s not just Facebook, butGoogle and Yahoo as well as all other major U.S. organizations have developed built-in interfaces for U.S. Intelligence. It helps get around the costly and time-consuming serving of subpoenas.
Not that Facebook is run by U.S. Intelligence agencies, but instead of handing out records “one by one,” it saves Facebook time and money to have “automated the process” for spying. Assange believes that all Facebook users should understand that by adding friends, it connects the dots, builds the databases, and does “free work for United States intelligence agencies.”
It’s no surprise that U.S. Intelligence trawls millions of websites, Twitter feeds,YouTube, and blog posts, looking for connections between people, groups, and events. That job must surely be a madhouse right now.
Source: Dj PostL

At that point in time most dismissed Assange’s comments as anecdotal because they were a likely scenario that could unfold. At that point there was no evidence to prove that the government was actually engaging in such activities.

That is until today, when we get our first news report confirming that Facebook is in fact aiding government operatives in spying on peaceful activists.

According to a report by the Associated Press, that protestors have been stopped in their tracks after Facebook aided Israel in cracking down on the group of  activists from the UK, France and Belgium who planned their event using the popular social networking site.

According to the report,  Facebook allowed government agents to track the activists activities and  then create a black-list of people who participated in the planning of the protests.

The group black-listed people was then forwarded to airlines with instructions to prevent the activists from boarding air flights to Israel. Over 200 activists were prevented from flying after being added to the airlines terrorism watch list, according the the AP report.

Still, hundreds of people planning to participate in the protests were still allowed to fly to Israel. However, when they attempted to reach the West Bank on the peaceful solidarity mission they were met by Israeli security forces who participated in spying on the activists using Facebook.

According to the Associated Press reports, over 310 activists have been arrested after landing with several being detained until they can be deported.

The Star reports:

Israel uses Facebook to blacklist, detain or deport Tel Aviv-bound travellers
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe, questioned dozens more upon arrival at its main airport and denied entry to 69, disrupting their attempts to reach the West Bank on a solidarity mission with the Palestinians.

Israel had tracked the activists on social media sites, compiled a blacklist of more than 300 names and asked airlines to keep those on the list off flights to Israel. On Friday, 310 of the activists who managed to land in Tel Aviv were detained for questioning, said Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad. Of those, four were immediately put on return flights and 65 were being held until flights home could be arranged for them, she said. The rest were permitted entry, she said.

At one point during the operation, two planes from Geneva and Rome were diverted to a secluded area of the airport upon landing and boarded by security.

Organizers of the “Welcome to Palestine” campaign accused Israel of overreacting to what they said is a peaceful mission to draw attention to life under Israeli occupation, including travel restrictions. Israel controls all access to the West Bank.

She said she was the only member of a 40-member group on a flight from Britain who managed to enter Israel. “Unfortunately everybody else is in a holding bay and expected to be deported,” she said. “There are people from Belgium, France and the U.K.”
Anna De Palma, 44, a Portuguese citizen, said she passed border controls without problems, apparently because she didn’t identify herself as an activist. “I said I was coming to visit. That was it,” she said. “I am not a conspicuous person and we don’t have to be conspicuous about it.”

“I am going to participate in the mission on the call of civilian Palestinian society. To participate in specific demonstrations. To help the Palestinian people. To make a stand,” she said.

One of the organizers, French activist Olivia Zemor, said her group planned only nonviolent activities. “Welcome to Palestine” released a statement Friday calling the moves to prevent activists from reaching Israel “provocative, blackmailing and illegal.”

Israel has not publicized its criteria for denying entry, but has said peaceful visitors will not be deported. The large numbers of people who were blocked indicated that Israel was giving few activists the benefit of the doubt.

Visitors can reach the West Bank only through Israeli-controlled crossings, either through international airports or the land border with Jordan. Citing security concerns, Israel bars most Palestinians from entering Israel or using its airport, meaning they must travel to neighbouring Jordan to fly out.
At any given time, hundreds of foreigners, including activists and aid workers, are in the West Bank.
Travel restrictions in the Gaza Strip, ruled by the militant Hamas group, are even more rigorous. Israel allows few people to cross its border with Gaza, and most Gazans can travel abroad only by crossing into Egypt through their shared border.

Source: The Star

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