Ding dong the EU/NATO witch is dead. The cabal that overthrew the U.S. Government in 2000 has had a long run laying waste not only to America but countries around the world. US Senate Republicans in concert with Senate Democrats stopped the rightful winner of the 2000 election from taking office and installed George W. Bush. From Miller Center:
George W. Bush - Americans votes in the 2000 presidential election. Vote differentials in several states are exceedingly close, with the Democratic and Republican candidates disputing many of those counts, leaving the final result inconclusive. November 07, 2000.
George W. Bush - 12/12/2000: In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court stops the recount of votes in several contested Florida counties. The Democratic candidate, Vice President Albert Gore Jr., concedes the election, leaving Governor George W. Bush of Texas, the Republican candidate, as President-elect. December 12, 2000
December 15, 2000, just three days after an extremely partisan and ideological Supreme Court stepped in and stopped the recount of votes cast in Florida, the U.S. Senate passed the Graham Leach Bliley Bill that deregulated derivatives trading, insurance companies and banking. No more meddlesome usury laws.
Oh, life was good for rightwing extremists. They not only had control of the governments of the U.S. and Britain, but they controlled all news media in both countries. C-Span became the mouthpiece of these extremists making every wild accusation against Saddam Hussein imaginable to justify the Iraq war. No accusation was too extreme when made by members of the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, Rand Corporation and all the think tanks that control the agenda of C-Span.
The Gore Commission Demanded Tougher Airline Security, But Airlines And Conservatives Said No: Janet Hessert
"The federal government should consider aviation security as a national security issue, and provide substantial funding for capital improvements. The Commission believes that terrorist attacks on civil aviation are directed at the United States, and that there should be an ongoing federal commitment to reducing the threats that they pose."
Gore Commission final report, February 12, 1997
…And the airlines made sure their views on costly anti-terrorism regulations were heard on Capitol Hill. The industry had contributed to the 1995-96 campaigns of 10 of the 12 members on the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation - - the committee that funds the FAA. The Senate Aviation Subcommittee had similar ties to the airline industry: eight of nine Republican senators serving on that subcommittee in 1996 had received airline PAC contributions; only one of the eight Democrats on that subcommittee did.
They went to great pains not to sound as though they were telling the president “We told you so.”
But on Wednesday, two former senators, the bipartisan co-chairs of a Defense Department-chartered commission on national security, spoke with something between frustration and regret about how White House officials failed to embrace any of the recommendations to prevent acts of domestic terrorism delivered earlier this year.
Bush administration officials told former Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., that they preferred instead to put aside the recommendations issued in the January report by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century. Instead, the White House announced in May that it would have Vice President Dick Cheney study the potential problem of domestic terrorism—which the bipartisan group had already spent two and a half years studying—while assigning responsibility for dealing with the issue to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh…
Yes, the Bush/Cheney Administration chose to ignore the two years of work of the bipartisan Hart/Rudman Commission and put “Vice President” Cheney and Bush’s “campaign manager” in charge of a new study.
Before the White House decided to go in its own direction, Congress seemed to be taking the commission's suggestions seriously, according to Hart and Rudman. “Frankly, the White House shut it down,” Hart says. “The president said 'Please wait, we're going to turn this over to the vice president. We believe FEMA is competent to coordinate this effort.' And so Congress moved on to other things, like tax cuts and the issue of the day.”
“We predicted it,” Hart says of Tuesday's horrific events. “We said Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers—that's a quote [from the commission's Phase One Report] from the fall of 1999.”....
Richard Clark, the counter-terrorism czar, said the threats were so great and urgent that he felt like his hair was on fire. Clark personally traveled to Crawford, Texas where Bush was on vacation, to deliver a verbal and well as written Presidential Daily Briefing of the threat. That later came to be known as the August 6th Presidential Daily Briefing. From Salon:
Ron Suskind’s “The One Percent Doctrine” is out this week, and the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman says it’s full of “jaw-dropping stories” about the Bush administration’s war on terror.
Or lack thereof.
We’ve known for years now that George W. Bush received a presidential daily briefing on Aug. 6, 2001, in which he was warned: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” We’ve known for almost as long that Bush went fishing afterward.
What we didn’t know is what happened in between the briefing and the fishing, and now Suskind is here to tell us. Bush listened to the briefing, Suskind says, then told the CIA briefer: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”
George W. Bush - 01/22/2001: In one of his first policy decisions, President Bush decides to reinstate the ban on aid to international groups performing or counseling on abortion. The ban was initiated by former President Ronald Reagan but is not enforced during the administration of President Bill Clinton. January 22, 2001
George W. Bush - 01/29/2001: By executive order, President Bush creates the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The new office will work to ease regulations on religious charities and promote grass-roots efforts to tackle community issues such as aid to the poor and disadvantaged. January 29, 2001
George W. Bush - 02/16/2001: United States airplanes attack Iraqi radar sites to enforce a “no-fly zone.” Bush calls the military action a “routine mission.” February 16, 2001…
Bush/Cheney came into office with an ideological “faith based” agenda as well as an agenda to remove Saddam Hussein and take over the Iraqi oil fields. But the signature accomplishment of the Bush Administration were tax cuts for the rich to the tune of almost $1.5 trillion dollars.
- President Bush signs a $1.35 trillion tax cut into law. Although the amount falls short of the $1.60 trillion the administration has been seeking, the bill does slash income tax rates across the board and provides for the gradual elimination of the estate tax.
So the Bush/Cheney Administration installed their ideological “Project for a new American Century” pals in the highest levels of government, particularly the State Department. When the Bush/Cheney cabal named John Negroponte as United Nations Ambassador, the U.S. was kicked off the Human Rights Council of the UN. Negroponte had overseen the death squads in Honduras in the Reagan Administration. From De Rechos:
John Negroponte was ambassador to Honduras from 1981-1985. As such he supported and carried out a US-sponsored policy of violations to human rights and international law. Among other things he supervised the creation of the El Aguacate air base, where the US trained Nicaraguan Contras during the 1980's. The base was used as a secret detention and torture center, in August 2001 excavations at the base discovered the first of the corpses of the 185 people, including two Americans, who are thought to have been killed and buried at this base.
During his ambassadorship, human rights violations in Honduras became systematic. The infamous Battalion 316, trained by the CIA and Argentine military, kidnaped, tortured and killed hundreds of people. Negroponte knew about these human rights violations and yet continued to collaborate with them, while lying to Congress.
President George W. Bush has nominated Negroponte to be US ambassador before the UN. Human Rights organizations in the US and Latin America have joined their voices in asking the US Senate to not ratify his nomination.
So many moons later, the “New American Century” is a proven failure that caused untold horror and death to hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S., Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Gaza, the West Bank, Ukraine, Syria, Somalia, and on and on.
The Federal Reserve Bank and their handmaiden the European Central Bank, along with the United States Senate have systematically taken over governments around the world and subjugated their populations into poverty, hunger, ignorance, joblessness, homelessness, and destruction. The damage to the world’s human and ecological system is incalculable.
But, the overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine was one regime change too many. The elected leader of Ukraine was removed in a CIA/State Department coup when he rejected an EU trade deal. From WorldSocialist Web Site:
Amid intensifying US and European Union sanctions and military provocations against Russia, the EU and the Western-backed government in Ukraine yesterday signed a pact that paves the way for brutal austerity measures and free market “reforms.”
The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is based on the deal that former President Viktor Yanukovych’s Ukrainian government rejected, leading to the US- and EU-instigated protests and violence that ousted him last month.
The pact, signed in Brussels, declares that the Ukrainian government must “embark swiftly on an ambitious program of structural reforms” and submit to “an agreement with the [International Monetary Fund].” The plans being drawn up are based on the “Greek model”—the savage cuts imposed on Greece by the IMF and the EU that have produced a massive growth in unemployment and poverty.
For all their claims of a “democratic revolution,” the EU leaders and Ukraine’s unelected regime of former bankers, fascists and oligarchs announced that they would delay finalizing the economic clauses of the EU association pact—and hence unveiling the austerity measures—until after elections in May.
The pact is another step toward realising the underlying objectives of the Ukrainian coup—Ukraine’s integration into the orbit of the Western powers, the transformation of the country into a cheap labour platform for global capitalism and the ratcheting up of economic and strategic pressure on Russia itself.
Well, well. “Ding, dong the EU/NATO witch is dead.” The EU/NATO died of an overdose of hubris. Guess what, the people of the world have finally had it with their lackey leaders coming down on their lives like a sledgehammer, while bankers are drowning in a glut of stolen riches.
|About 7,000 people marched toward the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB)|
So what is the “State of the European Union?” Let’s take a look, starting with the European Central Bank/Wall Street. From CNBC:
Wall Street Shaky on EU
It hasn't been a great year for European economies. Italy has slid back into a recession. German GDP contracted in the second quarter, and German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reportedly said on Thursday that the Eurozone's strongest economy is likely to miss its 1.8 percent growth estimate this year. Across the Eurozone, zero growth was shown in the second quarter, and recent manufacturing data indicates that the third quarter may not be much better.
Still, these bad numbers haven't been too damaging for global risk assets—after all, they have clearly increased the European Central Bank's appetite to stimulate the economy. But there may be a limit to how bad Europe can get before bad news becomes bad news once again.
You know what’s funny, the EU that was created by the “faith based” cabal in the U.S. Government has now ordered member states to count prostitution, gambling and illegal activity in their GDP to meet the GDP goals set by the EU. From LaRouche:
All European Union nations that don't already count drugs, prostitution, and other criminal operations -- legal or not -- in their national GDP figures, will be required to do so by September, Bloomberg reported June 3.
The 2010 version of the European System of Accounts is mandatory for EU nations reporting their GDP by September. The ESA regulations state: “illegal economic actions shall be considered as transactions when all units involved enter the actions by mutual agreement. Thus, purchases, sales, or barters of illegal drugs or stolen property are transactions, while theft is not.”
But Europe's problem may be political just as much as economic. On the back of the ECB's latest action, worries about whether the European Union itself can hold may crop up again.
Draghi said on Thursday that some nations were opposed to the ECB actions, and it has been reported that German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann voted against both the rate cut and the asset purchases. If tensions between Germany and the ECB fester, and the weaker Eurozone economies worsen, jitters about an EU breakup may return.
Ouch, jitters about an EU breakup may return. Dumb asses, they just got too greedy and Ukraine will be the destruction of the EU and NATO. The European Central Bank (ECB) response has been the mirror image of the Federal Reserve’s response in the US. Bail out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street. From CNBC:
The ECB's triple-interest rate cut and bond-buying announcement surprised investors on Thursday—and were still sparking debate a day later.
ECB President Mario Draghi said the council, which includes the central bank chiefs of each euro zone country, was "un-unanimous" in its decision to cut key rates to record lows and purchase covered bonds and asset-backed securities—a private-sector version of the quantitative easing practiced by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
First of all, what the hell is a “non-unanimous” decision and what in God’s name is a “private-sector version of the quantitative easing.” That is staggering. Sounds like another extremely expensive cheap trick. The Federal Reserve Bank has been removing trillions of unsecured debt from the books of Wall Street banks and transferring the debt to the US taxpayers. So how does a “private-sector version” work? From CNBC:
|Ha ha is this what your bank looks like?|
ECB-watchers were left in the dark as to which members voted against the measures. However, speculation was rife, as some countries' central bankers have previously come out as for or against further easing measures. One vocal critic is German Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann…
German economists, politicians and bankers have previously expressed skepticism about asset-buying by the ECB, mainly because they see it as a means of bolstering profligate southern European economies at the cost of frugal Germany.
No, German economists, the asset-buying is bolstering profligate billionaire bankers. Germany has the most to lose, but when the Federal Reserve holds your gold hostage, there’s not much you can do.
The EU is starting to look like a parasite feeding off their host nations. Quantitative easing has been devastating for U.S. particularly in its failure to create jobs. So how’s the unemployment rate in the EU? From FoxBusiness News:
ECB's moves unlikely to offer struggling Europeans much relief from low pay, high unemployment
WASHINGTON – For the struggling Spanish shopkeeper or the Portuguese restaurant owner, the European Central Bank's latest economic stimulus plans won't likely provide much relief anytime soon. If ever.
Confronting a stalled economy and painful unemployment across Europe, the ECB is doing what it can. It surprised economists and investors Thursday by cutting its benchmark interest rate to a record-low 0.05 percent. And it announced plans to pump money into the financial system by buying bonds backed by assets such as auto and credit-card loans.
So, what’s the message the ECB sends to the unemployed and underemployed? Drop dead we’re bailing out banks. And, if that wasn’t devastating enough for the people living in the EU states, it’s going to get much, much worse. Russian sanctions against EU’s produce in response to the failed EU sanctions on Russia, will cause a surplus of perishable goods in the EU.
Russian sanctions create surplus of European produce
Russian sanctions have left farmers in Europe high and dry. If they put their produce on EU markets, prices would likely crash. So what is to become of this year's harvest?
Dutch farmers are not the only ones having to find new ways to ensure their harvest doesn't go to waste in light of Russia's sweeping export ban. They need to shift their fruit and vegetables as quickly as possible, but dumping it on the domestic market would run the risk of a price collapse.
Greece, which usually ships half of its stone fruit harvest to Russia and is already ailing as a result of the European economic crisis, stands to be particularly badly affected by the embargo.
There are also concerns in Austria, where Maria Sauer of the East Austrian Farming Association says low prices have producers worried about their long-term chance of survival. Futures are in jeopardy.
Poland, as the largest apple exporter in the EU and which also traditionally exports to Russia, has launched a campaign under the motto: "An apple a day keeps Putin away."
The most important EU producers of the hard hit fruit are Italy, Spain, France and Greece. Collectively the union produces some 2.5 million tons of peaches and 1.2 million tons of nectarines annually.
Welcome to the new world order, starvation, joblessness, homelessness and endless war for profit. All wealth goes to the oligarchs of the US and EU. So, will the EU help the people living in member states? Fat chance.
So let’s take a look at the “state of the European Union” by member states. Let’s spin the old roulette wheel and see where it goes. Round, and round and round, first up the UE State of France:
French President Francois Hollande, right, greets the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi,
Hey France, so how has life improved for your people since the overthrow of Ukraine? From International BusinessTimes:
French unemployment levels continued to rise in the second quarter, drawing criticism towards Francois Hollande and his government's job creation programs and austerity cuts.
Unemployment rate, gauged based on International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards, edged up to 10.2% in the second quarter from 10.1% in the first quarter, according to statistics agency Insee.
The current rate is close to the 15-year high of 10.3% recorded in the third quarter of 2013.
Yawza, adjust those numbers to include the long-term unemployed and underemployed not counted in the statistic and the rate is about 20%. So is this acceptable to the French?
From Russia Times:
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, says the EU is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine as it forced the situation where Kiev had to choose between East and West…
“The crisis in Ukraine is all the European Union’s fault. Its leaders negotiated a trade deal with Ukraine, which essentially blackmailed the country to choose between Europe and Russia,” Le Pen told Le Monde daily in an interview.
Le Pen has been a long-standing critic of Europe’s foreign policy and does not see how Ukraine could join the bloc. “The European Union's diplomacy is a catastrophe,” Le Pen told RT's Sophie Shevardnadze in an exclusive interview in June.
“The EU speaks out on foreign affairs either to create problems, or to make them worse.”
“Ukraine’s entry into the European Union; no need to tell fairy tales: Ukraine absolutely does not have the economic level to join the EU,” Le Pen told RT.
In her fresh interview with Le Monde, the National Front leader had a positive attitude towards Russian President Vladimir Putin and the economic model he builds.
And, here is the most important observation by Le Pen:
“I have a certain admiration for the man [Putin]. He proposes a patriotic economic model, radically different than what the Americans are imposing on us,” said Marine Le Pen…
So what’s Hollande doing to address these problems created by the EU austerity measures imposed upon France? Fox News:
PARIS – President Francois Hollande is weighing his options after dissolving the government on Monday over open feuding in the Cabinet about how much cutting -- or spending -- will revive the country's stagnant economy.
Hollande is to announce a new government on Tuesday. The debate among French Socialists mirrors one taking place across Europe on whether to pursue a German-led model of fiscal austerity or use more government spending to spur growth.
Hollande has promised cuts to taxes and spending as well as reforms to make it easier for businesses to open and operate. The measures are meant to reduce the tax burden for companies and also contain the government's deficit, which is above the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP…
"The entire world is urging us --even begging us -- to end these absurd austerity policies that are plunging the Eurozone into an economic slowdown," he said in a statement to the press.
A total of 3.5 million people in France do not have a regular residence or have to live in inhuman condition
The entire world is begging France to end the absurd austerity policies of the EU, but Hollande is going for broke, staying with job killing tax cuts and more people killing austerity. So are the people of France in agreement? Reuters:
Hollande please don't run again, say 85% of French
Reuters/Yves Herman By RFI
8 out of 10 people in France do not want French President François Hollande to run for re-election in 2017, a new poll says. The Socialist leader's popularity this week plunged to an all-time low of 13 percent.
Well, well, well. Hollande’s approval is at 13% around the same as the U.S. Congress, and wait until Putin’s sanctions hit the people of France.
French farmers worry over Russian food embargo. France exports 50,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables to Russia each year.
Russia’s reprisal against Western sanctions has caused worry in France’s already struggling agriculture sector that a ban on exports could saturate the market at home.
Okay, so I’ll put France in my tinderbox column, ready to explode.
So, back to the roulette wheel for another spin, round and round we go, next stop Scotland.
Scotland will be the demise of the UK and subsequently the EU. The people of Scotland are sick of the fiefdom Britain has imposed and no longer sees any benefit to being part of the UK. From the Guardian:
Shortly after midnight, an email arrives. From a leading light of the campaign for Scottish independence, one who six months ago dreamed of nothing better than a decent showing for yes and an honourable defeat. It says simply: “This just might be happening.”
The pro-union camp can smell the smoke. It has seen the reports of midnight queues at council offices, as never-before voters demand they be registered in time to have their say on 18 September. They can see the blue and white placards and badges proliferating on every surface, they hear the talk of record-breaking turnout – and they fear the energy, the momentum, is for yes…
“The Conservatives have fucked this up from beginning to end,” he told me. You can’t sell to Scots a Scotland forced to live under cuts and privatisation, slashing the top rate of income tax and imposing the bedroom tax, he said. You can’t do all that and then turn to the referendum as if it were a separate, purely constitutional matter. Put another way, none of this would be happening if there were a Labour government in Westminster.
Aww, come on Scotland the UK needs your riches to continue their war based economy. From The Telegraph:
Breakaway Scotland could put UK defence jobs under threat
BRITISH defence jobs could be under threat if Scotland votes to become independent, the head of one of the largest suppliers to the UK military has warned.
Jean-Bernard Levy, chief executive of French defence group Thales which employs 7,500 people in Britain, said the company could reassess its commitment to the UK if Scotland breaks away following a “Yes” vote in the referendum on September 18.
“It is very difficult to make any sort of predictions, (but) it is clear that if it is cut off from Scotland, the rest of Great Britain will have fewer resources to devote to defence and this will inevitably lead us to re-examine our industrial framework,” he told Reuters.
Yes, that what Scotland’s “Yes” vote means, they are no longer willing to give up butter for guns. This is all about the Benjamin’s. Scotland has been the host and Britain the parasite. This isn’t about what is good for the Scottish people, this vote is whether to fund Britain’s imperialist EU ambitions at the expense of the people. From The Guardian:
One of the biggest targets for Scotland's independence campaign sits behind a high, intimidating wall of reinforced security fencing and curling banks of razor wire in the southern Highlands: Faslane naval base, home to Britain's nuclear missile fleet.
Stretched along the shoreline of a secluded sea loch underneath the gnarled mountains of Argyll, Faslane has been a focus for often large protests for decades. Tens of thousands of peace campaigners have laid siege to its gates, hacked at its fence and blocked nearby roads in protest; some have sneaked in by sea, once clambering inside a Trident submarine…
And just as David Cameron prepares to welcome NATO leaders such as Barack Obama to the defence alliance's summit at Celtic Manor in Wales on Thursday, the independence campaign landed a significant coup.
Dame Mariot Leslie, the UK's most recent ambassador to Nato, disclosed she planned to vote yes. A former director general of defence and intelligence at the Foreign Office, Leslie wrote to the Scotsman newspaper to say she was "in no doubt" that Nato's 28 members would welcome an independent Scotland.
Ha, ha, ha. Oh stop, my sides hurt, the UK’s NATO Ambassador is voting “yes” to Scotland shedding the financial yoke that is the UK under Britain. Now, that’s rich. And while we’re talking about Scotland’s possible breakaway from Britain let’s talk about who bailed out the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2008?
I’ll give you a hint, a crooked, unaccountable central bank that prints up greenbacks at no expense to the private bank, and unloads the trillions in debt on the American People. If you guessed the Federal Reserve Bank, you get a cigar. From Huffington Post:
Over and over again we hear from anti-independence campaigners (especially failed former Chancellor Alastair Darling) that an independent Scotland could not have afforded to bail out the Scottish banks. After all, Alastair knows best! He was in charge when they collapsed!
His argument relies on the assertion that banks are bailed out by the taxpayers of the country in which the institution is headquartered. This simply isn't true…
Yeah, you’ve got that right.
At the time of the crash, the media constantly told us that Barclays didn't need a taxpayer bailout at all. But in fact, Barclays Bank - yes, that English based bank - received the single biggest bailout package of any UK bank. It was just that most of it didn't come from the UK taxpayer. Instead, Barclays was bailed out to the tune of £552.32bn (at backdated exchange rates) by the US Federal Reserve and £6bn by the Qatari Government.
Why did the US Federal Reserve come to Barclays' rescue if it was not an American bank and so, on the face of it not its responsibility?
The credit crisis provides us with clear evidence that banks are not primarily bailed out by the government of the country hosting their brass plaque.
Hey America, is that what you voted for? Did you vote to bail out banks around the world that bought Wall Street’s worthless mortgage backed securities? That debt was unloaded on the U.S. taxpayers without their knowledge or consent. Thanks Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Tim Geithner.
You know this is so much fun, I could do this all day, but my post is getting rather lengthy, so I’ll wrap things up.
December 12, 2000 deserves a place in infamy, equal to Pearl Harbor, D-Day and the attacks on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. December 12th, five corrupt members the United States Supreme Court overturned hundreds of millions of votes and installed George W. Bush as President. They did so, with the complicity of the United States Senate. Today five members of the Supreme Court are millionaires as are most of the U.S. Senate.
Without the Supreme Court coup, the 9-11 attacks more than likely would been thwarted and there never would have been Bush’s trillions in tax cuts for rich, no Afghanistan War, no Iraq War. Had Al Gore been President, we would still have our homes, which would probably be energy efficient, we’d still have our pensions, jobs and enjoy the American way of life.
Instead, we have a lunatic cabal that has destroyed the World. The EU may be dead, NATO may be dead, but in America, we wish we were dead. That’s the new world order.
Ding dong, the EU NATO Witch is dead, and all it took was the invasion of Ukraine.
By Patricia Baeten