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The government’s official lies and false reality

Official government lies...

The false reality constructed for Americans parallels perfectly the false reality constructed by Big Brother in George Orwells’ dystopian novel 1984.

Consider the constant morphing of “the Muslim threat” from al-Qaeda to the Taliban, to al-Nusra, to ISIS to ISIL, to Daesh with a jump to Russia. All of a sudden 16 years of Middle East wars against “terrorists” and “dictators” have become a matter of standing up to Russia, the country most threatened by Muslim terrorism, and the country most capable of wiping the United States and its vassal empire off of the face of the earth.

Domestically, Americans are assured that, thanks to the Federal Reserve’s policy of quantitative easing, that is, flooding the financial markets with newly printed money that has driven up the prices of stocks and bonds, America has enjoyed an economic recovery since June of 2009, which must be one of the longest recoveries in history despite the absence of growth in median real family incomes, despite the lack of growth in real retail sales, despite the falling labor force participation rate, despite the lack of high value-added, high productivity, high wage jobs.

The “recovery” is more than a mystery. It is a miracle. It exists only on paper. Fake paper.

According to CNN, an unreliable source for sure, Jennifer Tescher, president and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, reports that about half of Americans report that their living expenses are equal to or exceed their incomes. Among those aged 18 to 25 burdened by student loans, 54 percent say their debts are equal to or exceed their incomes. This means that half of the U.S. population has ZERO discretionary income. So what is driving the recovery?

Nothing. For half or more of the U.S. population there is no discretionary income with which to drive the economy.

The older part of the population has no discretionary income either. For a decade there has been essentially zero interest on the savings of the elderly, and if you believe John Williams of shadowstats.com, which I do, the real interest rates have been zero and even negative as inflation is measured in a way designed to prevent Social Security cost of living adjustments.

In other words, the American economy has been skating by on the shrinkage of the savings and living standards of its population.

Last Friday’s employment report is just another lie from the government. The report says that the unemployment rate is 4.4 percent and that June employment increased by 222,000 jobs. A rosy picture. But as I have just demonstrated, there are no fundamentals to support it. It is just another U.S. government fabrication.

The rosy unemployment picture is totally contrived. The unemployment rate is 4.4 percent because discouraged workers who have not searched for a job in the past four weeks are not counted as unemployed.

The BLS has a second measure of unemployment, known as U6, which is seldom reported by the presstitute financial media. According to this official measure the US unemployment rate is about double the reported rate.

Why? the U6 rate counts discouraged workers who have been discouraged for less than one year.

John Williams counts the long term discouraged workers (discouraged for more than one year) who formerly (before “reforms”) were counted officially. When the long term discouraged are counted, the U.S. unemployment rate is in the 22-23 percent range. This is borne out by the clear fact that the labor force participation rate has been falling throughout the alleged “recovery.” Normally, labor force participation rates rise during economic recoveries.

It is very easy for the government to report a low jobless rate when the government studiously avoids counting the unemployed.

It is an extraordinary thing that although the U.S. government itself reports that if even a small part of discouraged workers are counted as unemployed the unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, the presstitute financial media, a collection of professional liars, still reports, in the face of the government’s admission, that the unemployment rate as 4.4 percent.

Now, let’s do what I have done month after month, year after year. Let’s look at the jobs that the BLS alleges are being created. Remember, most of these alleged jobs are the product of the birth/death model that adds by assumption alone about 100,000 jobs per month. In other words, these jobs come out of a model, not from reality.

Where are these reported jobs? They are where they always are, in lowly paid domestic services. Health care and social assistance, about half of which is “ambulatory health care services,” provided 59,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality provided 36,000 jobs of which 29,300 consist of waitresses and bartenders. Local government rose by 35,000. Manufacturing, once the backbone of the U.S. economy, provided a measly 1,000 jobs.

As I have emphasized for a decade or two, the U.S. is devolving into a third world workforce where the only employment available is in lowly paid domestic service jobs that cannot be offshored and that do not pay enough to provide an independent existence. This is why 50 percent of 25-year-olds live at home with their parents and why there are more Americans aged 24-34 living with parents than living independently.

This is not the economic profile of a “superpower.”  The American economy that offshoring corporations and financialization have created is incapable of supporting the enormous U.S. debt burden. It is only a matter of time and circumstance until the US debt burden becomes completely unmanageable.

 

[From an article by Paul Craig Roberts, published by PERSONAL LIBERTY]

 

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Standing on principle vs. standing on nothing at all…

We call our blog This Is The New Normal because we are seeing seismic shifts in society occur right before our eyes in the United States of America today.

Just when you think you’ve become accustomed to a change in what’s normal, the ground seems to shift under your feet and normal shifts again with it.

Think about what Americans have seen happen just in the past several years:

– We elected a US president who had no real proof that he met the birth requirements to hold the job — in other words, the voters decided this requirement didn’t really matter.

– We elected a US president who had no experience in any kind of high-level (or even low-level) executive position prior to coming to the Oval Office.

– Americans somehow bought into Obama’s “hope and change” mantra without blinking an eye.

– Americans somehow decided to overlook the lack of experience and the lack of a detailed plan going forward in favor of the vague “hope and change” slogan.

– What Americans then got for their votes was a US president who told them lies at every possible opportunity, tried to circumvent Congress with executive orders at every opportunity, and who ignored the advice and counsel of the multitude of people who were, and still are, paid to provide that counsel.

– Further, Americans have seen a political divide in this country never before seen in modern times. We have seen Democrats and Republicans at each others’ throats in a new normal that brought the US government to a virtual standstill. Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have demonstrated again and again that nothing matters but the political outcome…because they have watched people like the Clintons practice that brand of politics for decades without ever being held accountable for it. (Oh, sure, Bill Clinton was impeached while holding the highest office in the land, but he was not convicted because too many of our finest politicians simply could not bring themselves to take that final step.)

– We used to have news media in this country who took pride in careful investigation and honest reporting; now we have news media who take pride in bending the news to their own agenda.

– We used to have a country in which “One Nation Under God” and “In God We Trust” actually meant something. The soon-to-depart occupant of the Oval Office has taken pains not to mention God and not to stand for anything Christian; rather, he has openly taken the side of Muslims whenever he could, and actively stood against the common good of our ally, Israel.

Americans, apparently, like being lied to by those they elect. Where have been the massive protests, the angry citizens gathering in front of the White House to denounce ANY of the above? All of us, surely, are not too young to remember the Vietnam War in the 1960s, when the US erupted into protests about a war many Americans felt was unjust and unneeded. Or think about the massive protests in this country when civil rights was the top issue. Our current Oval Office occupant has done more to resurrect civil discord in the US than any president in recent memory. Have we seen any protests at all? Any media stories worthy of our time to read them? None at all.

We take the time to point out all of the above, friends, because we are digging our hole deeper with each passing day. Our debt gets larger; our dollars become weaker; our friends around the globe become fewer; our military gets more and more unprepared to protect our homeland. Our economy cannot seem to find any traction, so we just keep slogging along in the wake of our last recession, hoping against hope that we do not see another one anytime soon. (A hope we believe will shortly be proven entirely futile.) Our government tells us it is going to bring to America’s shores and cities thousands of refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East, while it also tells us it has no practical way of vetting those thousands of people to weed out those who will seek to destroy us as soon as they get here.

Do you not see or understand what a different world this is than the one we were living in less than a decade ago?

Do you not see or understand the peril of doing nothing about that?

For God’s sake or for your own, CAST A VOTE next month which will MEAN SOMETHING. A vote for Hillary Clinton will deliver a very simple message to her: I like being lied to, I like watching elected government officials who do not care at all about those they are supposed to lead and protect. I especially like knowing that the people I elect are going to do everything they possibly can to leave office much richer, at the country’s expense.

 

There is an old saying:  If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

Discovering the truth of that statement in your own personal experience can be extremely painful.

We think it’s about time America stood for something. Again.

 

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Americans seem to agree on at least one thing: They REALLY dislike the US government!

If there is one thing that Americans can agree on these days, it is the fact that most of us don’t like the government.

 

CBS News has just released an article entitled “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever“, and an average of recent surveys calculated by Real Clear Politics found that 63 percent of all Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction and only 28 percent of all Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.  In just a few days the first real ballots of the 2016 election will be cast in Iowa, and up to this point the big story of this cycle has been the rise of “outsider” candidates that many of the pundits had assumed would never have a legitimate chance.  Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have all been beneficiaries of the overwhelming disgust that the American people feel regarding what has been going on in Washington.

And it isn’t just Barack Obama or members of Congress that Americans are disgusted with.  According to the CBS News article that I referenced above, our satisfaction with various federal agencies has fallen to an eight year low…

A handful of industries are those “love to hate” types of businesses, such as cable-television companies and Internet service providers.

The federal government has joined the ranks of the bottom-of-the-barrel industries, according to a new survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Americans’ satisfaction level in dealing with federal agencies –everything from Treasury to Homeland Security — has fallen for a third consecutive year, reaching an eight-year low.

So if we are all so fed up with the way that things are running, it should be easy to fix right?

Unfortunately, things are not so simple.

In America today, we are more divided as a nation than ever.  If you ask 100 different people how we should fix this country, you are going to get 100 very different answers.  We no longer have a single shared set of values or principles that unites us, and therefore it is going to be nearly impossible for us to come together on specific solutions.

You would think that the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution should be able to unite us, but sadly those days are long gone.  In fact, the word “constitutionalist” has become almost synonymous with “terrorist” in our nation.  If you go around calling yourself a “constitutionalist” in America today, there is a good chance that you will be dismissed as a radical right-wing wacko who probably needs to be locked up.

The increasing division in our nation can be seen very clearly during this election season.  On the left, an admitted socialist is generating the most enthusiasm of any of the candidates.  Among many Democrats today, Hillary Clinton is simply “not liberal enough” and no longer represents their values.

On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of Republican voters are gravitating toward either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  Both of those candidates represent a complete break from how establishment Republicans have been doing things in recent years.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am certainly not suggesting that we need to meet in the middle.  My point is that there is absolutely no national consensus about what we should do.  On the far left, they want to take us into full-blown socialism.  Those that support Donald Trump or Ted Cruz want to take us in a more conservative direction.  But even among Republicans there are vast disagreements about how to fix this country.  Establishment Republicans greatly dislike both Trump and Cruz, and they are quite determined to do whatever it takes to keep either of them from getting the nomination.  The elite have grown very accustomed to anointing the nominee from each party every four years, and so the popularity of Trump and Cruz is making them quite uneasy this time around.  The following comes from the New York Times

The members of the party establishment are growing impatient as they watch Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz dominate the field heading into the Iowa caucuses next Monday and the New Hampshire primary about a week later.

The party elders had hoped that one of their preferred candidates, such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, would be rising above the others by now and becoming a contender to rally around.

The global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland are also greatly displeased with Trump.  Just check out some of the words that they are using to describe him

Unbelievable“, “embarrassing” even “dangerous” are some of the words the financial elite gathered at the World Economic Forum conference in the Swiss resort of Davos have been using to describe U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

Although some said they still expected his campaign to founder before his party picks its nominee for the November election many said it was no longer unthinkable that he could be the Republican candidate.

The truth is that the Republican Party represents somewhere less than half the population in the United States, and today it is at war with itself.  Supporters of Trump have a significantly different vision of the future than supporters of Cruz, and the establishment wing wants nothing to do with either candidate.

A lot of people seem to assume that since Trump is leading in the polls that he will almost certainly get the nomination.

That is not exactly a safe bet.

It is my contention that the establishment will pull out every trick in the book to keep either him or Cruz from getting the nomination.  And in order to lock up the nomination before the Republican convention, a candidate will need to have secured slightly more than 60 percent of all of the delegates during the caucuses and the primaries.

The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles in which I discussed the difficult delegate math that the Republican candidates are facing this time around…

It is going to be much more difficult for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination than most people think.  In order to win the nomination, a candidate must secure at least 1,237 of the 2,472 delegates that are up for grabs.  But not all of them will be won during the state-by-state series of caucuses and primaries that will take place during the first half of 2016.  Of the total of 2,472 Republican delegates, 437 of them are unpledged delegates – and 168 of those are members of the Republican National Committee.  And unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you already know that the Republican National Committee is not a fan of Donald Trump.  In order to win the Republican nomination without any of the unpledged delegates, Trump would need to win 60.78 percent of the delegates that are up for grabs during the caucuses and primaries.  And considering that his poll support is hovering around 30 percent right now, that is a very tall order.

In the past, it was easier for a front-runner to pile up delegates in “winner take all” states, but for this election cycle the Republicans have changed quite a few things.  In 2016, all states that hold caucuses or primaries before March 15th must award their delegates proportionally.  So when Trump wins any of those early states, he won’t receive all of the delegates.  Instead, he will just get a portion of them based on the percentage of the vote that he received.

In 2016, more delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis by the Republicans than ever before, and with such a crowded field that makes it quite likely that no candidate will have secured enough delegates for the nomination by the time the Republican convention rolls around.

If no candidate has more than 60 percent of the delegates by the end of the process, then it is quite likely that we will see the first true “brokered convention” in decades.

If we do see a “brokered convention”, that would almost surely result in an establishment candidate coming away with the nomination.  That list of names would include Bush, Rubio, Christie and Kasich.

And if by some incredible miracle either Trump or Cruz does get the nomination, the elite will move heaven and earth to make sure that Hillary Clinton ends up in the White House.

For decades, it has seemed like nothing ever really changes no matter which political party is in power, and that is exactly how the elite like it.  Our two major political parties are really just two sides of the same coin, and they are both leading this nation right down the drain.

 

[by Michael Snyder, writing for The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  If it seems like the good ol’ USA is foundering like a ship in a storm, that’s because the USA very definitely IS foundering. Just like the Titanic, which although proclaimed unsinkable, hit an iceberg and took thousands of its passengers to a cold and watery grave, the USA, once the brightest light among countries anywhere on the planet, is very close to taking many millions of its own citizens to their graves. The demise of the Titanic was preventable by those at the helm. The demise of the USA is also preventable, but those at the helm are too busy re-arranging deck chairs while the ship they are supposed to be steering is heading straight for the rocks.

Americans used to have respect for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now we have no respect for life: We murder little human beings with hardly a thought, and since Roe v. Wade became law, we have murdered nearly 60 million of them. We obviously have no respect for liberty, because we continue to do our best to enslave those in coming generations who have not a prayer of being able to repay the monstrous level of debt we continue to heap upon them. As for happiness, just ask yourself this very simple question: Am I happy? Do I like the fact that the US government is more restrictive than ever before? Does it make me happy to see our economy prevent millions of us from getting a job? Does it make me happy to see our Oval Office Occupant favor Muslims over Christians? Am I happy with a government that is now so big and clumsy and oppressive that it simply cannot get out of its own way and protect its citizens, which is its most basic obligation? If you want to experience first-hand just how big and clumsy and inept the US government really is, just get sick and try to get good, effective, first-rate health care. You stand a better chance of getting well in 36 other countries, because the US is now ranked 37th in quality of healthcare. (That ranking comes from the World Health Organization, WHO, which has been ranking the world’s quality of healthcare for decades. WHO knows what good healthcare is.)

Are you not yet sick and tired of politicians who seek office for their OWN benefit, and not that of the USA? You SHOULD be fighting mad by now, unless it makes you happy to live like a doormat. Do you think God is going to look with favor on a country that continues to kill its unborn by the millions? That has removed prayer from its schools in an all-out effort to remove God from its children? That has spared no expense to remove all references to the Creator from the everyday lives of its citizens? That has absolutely no respect for the truth of the Bible? Think again. You are now living in a country which is showing you very clearly what ONE NATION UNDER NO GOD looks like, feels like, and will be like, next week and next year.

 

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Perfect illustration of just how far from reality the White House — and many in Congress — are operating…

Star members of the government's Reality Team...

Harry Reid says “Obama – Reid team is the greatest in US history.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday his partnership with President Obama will go down in history.

“The record book that records will be written about the eight years of Obama and Reid, never in the history of the country — never in the history of the country — have we produced more for a president and somebody that’s led his party than we’ve done together,” Mr. Reid said Friday on KNPR radio.

Mr. Reid, who announced he will not be running for re-election in 2016, was greeted with what was apparently a surprise call from Mr. Obama during the appearance.

Harry, this is Barack,” the president said.

“Well, I’ll be damned,” Mr. Reid said. “I’ll be damned.”

Mr. Obama then asked if he was allowed to say that on live radio, to which Mr. Reid replied: “Well, I’ll be damned. What a guy.”

“I think that when the story is written and when all is told, you’re gonna have somebody who has done more for Nevada and for this country as anybody who’s ever been in the Senate, and I could not be prouder of him — he did an unbelievable job on a whole bunch of really tough issues,” Mr. Obama said. “Saving this country from a depression, making sure millions of people had health care, makin’ sure that young people were able to go to college and he’s been one of my best partners and best friends and I’m really honored to have served him.”

Mr. Reid assured the president the feeling was mutual.

“We’ve done it as friends, we’ve done it as people who love our country. We love it as a couple of people who have backgrounds that are so unusual,” Mr. Reid said. “How in the world did Obama and Reid get to where they are? We talked last night — I have so much affection and admiration for Barack Obama, that we’ve proven that to each other, our mutual affection, and we have 22 more months to continue doing the best we can for our country.”

“That’s what we’re gonna do,” Mr. Obama said.

 

[by David Sherfinski, writing for The Washington Times]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  We’ve heard everything now, folks. The last 6+ years with Obama at the helm have been some of the best years in the history of the country. Do you believe it? Do you believe they have the gall to even THINK that? Over six years of deadlock in Congress, with Reid stacking bills on his desk rather than bringing them to a vote. (Don’t want to actually pass something the Republicans might be able to take some credit for, do we?) Adding not billions, but trillions, of dollars to the US debt. (No matter. It’s only paper, you know.)  Spending more than forty million (40 MILLION) dollars on Obama and family vacations. (How much did the average American get to spend on vacations? Nothing. Nothing at all. We didn’t take vacations. We were too busy trying to find jobs and keep a roof over our heads.)  Opening our southern border to illegal aliens by the thousands, so they could stay here, get steady jobs, and hopefully vote Democratic in upcoming elections. (The 2014 election showed just how well that theory worked, with Republicans taking over the Senate, the House, and a majority of governorships.) Pulling all our troops out of Iraq on a pre-announced schedule so the radical Islamists could move in right behind us. (The Islamic State now controls huge swaths of the entire Middle East, thanks to the opening we gave them in Iraq.)  Shoving Obamacare down our throats whether we wanted it or not, so that a small minority of Americans could finally get some healthcare by paying too much for it.  Spending US taxpayer money in Israel to defeat the Prime Minister, who was running for re-election.  (Another really good idea from Obonehead in the Oval Office.  Mr. Netanyahu won by a substantial margin, and the White House appeared dumber than ever.)  So…brace yourselves, folks. That wonderful White House team, led by you-know-who, wants to bring you another “twenty-two months of the best we can do for our country.”  May God help us…because He is our only chance.

 

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Let’s take a good and objective look at the world we now live in…it will be instructive to do so

To almost any dispassionate observer, the world we now live in is very different than it used to be.

Consider the evidence:

Today the president of the US routinely lies to America about everything. He thinks this is part of his job. (It is the only part of his job he is doing well.) He performs his job, if we can call it that, with absolutely no emotion or sign of real caring for the citizens of the US, and he takes a vacation at every opportunity at taxpayer expense. He seems more concerned with obstructionism than with progress. He wants to rule with “my pen and my phone” rather than rely on the US Constitution, the US legal system, or the network of advisers any normal president would want to consult. His own agenda takes top priority over the common good.

We now see a real and growing threat from an organized religion called Islam which claims well over a billion adherents. Members of this religion think nothing of killing other members of their own religion because those other members are not radical and aggressive enough in opposing other religions. Naturally, the preferred target of Islam is especially the unbelieving person of another religion entirely, and particularly Christians. Islam has even sought out opportunities to show its killings in public media and videos. Beheadings, burnings, gangland-style executions have all been recorded and shown to the world with ruthlessness and pride by practitioners of Islam who tell America that “we are coming to get you.” Islam bases its belief system on the Quran, which specifically tells Muslims to “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.”

Life today is cheaper than it has ever been. One of the primary reasons for this is that we legalized abortion in 1973. As of this writing we have killed almost 60 million babies since Roe v. Wade. (Planned Parenthood alone has killed 7 million of those.) Worldwide, since 1980, the number of babies killed by abortion is well over 1.3 billion. (That is, one thousand three hundred million.) How many of all these lives were destined to grow into world-changers? Only God knows. Because we value life so little, we now show more violence and murder on TV and in movies than ever before (we continue to call it “entertainment”), which, of course, only serves to cheapen human life even further.

We would have no Bible today were it not for the Jewish people and their insistence on accurately preserving the Hebrew scriptures over the centuries. We would have no Christianity today were it not for the insistence of the early believers, those who lived and walked with Jesus — the Jewish Messiah — to accurately record their time with the Savior and their experiences with God Himself. In spite of all of this, we continue to ignore the Bible and what it teaches, we continue to distance ourselves from God by removing all signs of faith from our daily public and private lives, and we live today as though there is no tomorrow. We treat the nation of Israel today, one of our strongest allies for well over half a century, as hardly an ally at all.

We do not value our Christian heritage nor its holy book, the Bible. We do not value human life. We do not value truth (or we would insist that our government also value it). We obviously do not value personal integrity (the man we elected to our highest public office has none, and we seem to have no real concern).

Consider this very present item of additional evidence. Remember Bill Cosby? Of course you do. We all bought his early comedy albums and played them for our friends. We watched his movies and TV shows. His portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable seemed to be not just well written, but the perfect portrayal of a contemporary father who was concerned with guiding and protecting his family. What do we discover today about Bill Cosby? That he was abusing and raping women for many years to satisfy his own unguided lusts. The evidence continues to mount:

In 1969 I met Bill Cosby while working in New York for the late film producer Ray Stark. I was a 21-year-old single woman in the world’s most exciting city. He was a 32-year-old internationally known comedian and television star, one of the most likeable and popular entertainers in the business. He asked for my number and I gave it to him.

We began hanging out, took in a movie, watched television and ate pizza and hot dogs in my apartment with my roommate. He was married to his current wife and he acted like a perfect gentleman who didn’t come on to either of us, which, I have to admit, made me wonder what his objective was.

One night we were going out to a movie. We agreed to meet at an apartment that he said belonged to a friend of his. I had a terrible headache but didn’t want to cancel the evening. He told me he had a miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache. He went into another room and came back with a capsule. I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, “Don’t you trust me?” Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby.

For more than 45 years I have tried to recall exactly what happened that night. To this day it remains a blur. I have a vague recollection of feeling like I was floating while walking through Times Square and watching some kind of Japanese samurai movie with him. I don’t remember where the theater was nor very much of the evening.

What I do recall, vividly and clearly, is waking up the next morning nude in the bed of his friend’s apartment and seeing Cosby wearing a white terrycloth bathrobe and acting as if there was nothing unusual. It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.

After some awkward small talk, I got out of there as fast as I could. Once in the elevator, I broke down crying, which I continued to do as I walked home to my apartment in the east 70s. It never occurred to me to go to the police. It was a different time and “date rape” was a concept that didn’t exist. I just kept asking myself over and over in disbelief why this had happened to me. Other than my roommate, I did not discuss that night with anyone for 36 years.

Like millions of people, I watched The Cosby Show at its zenith and was a fan. But as I watched Dr. Cliff Huxtable, so compassionate and kind, so honorable and wise, I could never reconcile that image with the Bill Cosby I encountered so many years ago.

Those who suffer from these types of assaults know the prison of shame, bewilderment and disbelief. Like so many victims, my way of coping was to shove the memory into the back of my mind. I only revealed nine years ago what happened that night to my husband of nearly 30 years after another woman went public with similar allegations and sued Cosby. I always thought I was the only one. I couldn’t believe he had done this to others. I told my story to our attorney, who is also a good friend, because I was considering going public then, but eventually chose not to because the case was settled.

This is the first time I have chosen to speak out about that night. It is also the last time I intend to address it publicly. I have no plans to sue, I don’t want or need money. I have no plans for a press conference or for doing any interviews.

So why speak out at all and why now? The simple answer is that it’s the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known. As I write this, more than 20 women have come forward, many with stories that are remarkably similar to mine. In response to these brave women, I have read comments like, “What took them so long?” and “What are they after now”? I would ask these people to remember that up until relatively recently, prosecuting rape was a “he said/she said” proposition where the victim was blamed for having worn “suggestive clothing” or questioned as to why she went somewhere with her rapist.

When this happened to me, the idea of drugging someone and raping them was almost fantastical. It was years before “date rape” drugs made the news, but it was a perfect modus operandi for a predator, rendering his victim unconscious or so incapacitated as to be unable to clearly answer police questions about the incident. After having done a lot of work on myself, I realize that we are only as sick as the secrets we keep. Once those secrets are spoken aloud, even if to just one person, they lose their power. I no longer feel the shame that kept me silent. Yes, I could have told my story years ago, and in hindsight I probably should have. It’s time now that my voice be added and to finally pull the curtain back from this dark moment in my life.

Having come of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s before marrying in the mid 1980s at 37, I certainly have a history. The difference is that any other relationships were consensual … my encounter with Bill Cosby was most certainly not.

In the years since that night I have crossed paths with Cosby only once, when my husband, a highly successful Oscar-winning film executive and producer, introduced me to him. I was shaking, wondering if he would recognize me by my unusual first name. His reaction spoke volumes. To Bill Cosby, I was just another stranger.

(This account is from Cindra Ladd in the Huffington Post)

 

Let us finish this post with a question: What lies ahead for the US and the world? Our society is changing for the worse and shows no signs of reversing that trend. Is God simply going to look the other way forever?

Absolutely not. Read (and study) the last book in the Bible to learn what’s ahead. Just ahead. As in SOON.
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Haven’t we heard “What difference does it make,” or something similar, a few too many times by now? The people who are saying that were elected to MAKE A DIFFERENCE, not to ignore the need for it…

Hillary Clinton

 

Harry Reid

 

Nancy Pelosi

 

Joe Biden

 

 

Obama

 

 

Democracy is for Democrats...

 

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You would think the Fed would be smart enough not to sell off America’s gold reserves…

That’s what most of us would think. But we would all be wrong.

Apparently the Fed has no interest in gold. On July 18, 2013, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testified to Congress that “nobody really understands gold prices, and I don’t pretend to understand them either.” And when former congressman Ron Paul asked Bernanke why, then, the Fed holds gold, he said it did so only because of “tradition.”

For the Fed, giving away our gold is no big deal.

But we think that’s a mistake of historical proportions.

Throughout history gold has always flown to where wealth was being created… from Athens to Rome to the Byzantine Empire.

Our huge gold holdings in the US after World War II were a clear reflection of our unique economic power.

Just look at what happened to Britain when it started selling off its gold…

The country was on the gold standard for nearly 200 years, from 1717 until 1914. That was a prosperous period for British Empire.

During that time, the country gave birth to the industrial revolution and ruled one fourth of the earth and its people.

The British pound was the reserve currency of the world…and this looked like it would last forever.

But Britain abandoned the gold standard in 1914 to start printing money. And it sold 30% of its gold from 1928 to 1931. That was the beginning of the end for the British pound as the world’s reserve currency.

Pretty soon the country was flat broke.

At one point in 1967 the British currency lost 14% of its value overnight. Inflation got out of control, reaching 27% a few years later.

There were endless strikes in nearly every sector, including grave diggers, trash collectors, and hospital workers. Things got so bad at one point mothers giving birth had to bring their own linens to the hospital.

In short, Britain’s whole economic system and society collapsed.

And now we’re on the cusp of reliving a similar history. We’re about to learn – the hard way – what the British discovered:

Empires Don’t Last Forever

If the U.S. still was a manufacturing superpower… if we still had one of the fastest growing economies… if we still had a thriving middle class, we’d be fine.

If our country was in great financial shape, having no gold reserves wouldn’t be a problem.

But we all know that’s not the case today.

Back in 1980, the U.S. national debt was less than $1 trillion. Today, it’s more than $17 trillion, which is the greatest debt in the history of the world.

And this doesn’t even account for our unfunded liabilities, which our government keeps off the federal balance sheet. But Laurence Kotlikoff, a well-known Boston University economist, has estimated our total debt. Here’s what he told me recently: “I estimate the US fiscal gap at US$200 trillion. The US is arguably in worse fiscal shape than any other developed country. Six decades of “take as you go” has led us to a cliff. This is effectively a nuclear economic bomb. Our country is broke. It’s not broke in 50 years or 30 years or 10 years. It’s broke today.”

Even a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has used such language as “unsustainable” and “train wreck” to describe the future of America’s finances.

So our country is not exactly a fortress of financial health. Far from it. For all practical purposes, the country’s only true collateral is its gold reserves.

But most of that is now gone.

And once the world discovers the truth about the Fort Knox fairytale…once it realizes our gold is gone and all we have to show for are trillions of debt that can never be repaid…

Trust in U.S. bonds and the dollar will be shattered in an instant, catching millions of Americans unprepared.

After that, our American psyche will never be the same again. Our nation will no longer be the world’s financial and economic powerhouse.

Because, whether you realize it or not, the “the full faith and credit” of our government is really the only thing backing the dollars in your wallet. Without trust, the dollar is worthless.

Most Americans don’t know this, but our paper dollars used to be freely convertible into gold coins. Take a look at this $20 dollar bill from 1905:

Its inscription reads: “This certifies that there have been deposited in the Treasury of The United States of America twenty dollars in gold coin payable to the bearer on demand.”

In and of itself, the paper money had no more value than any other piece of paper. It was the fact that this piece of paper could be converted directly into gold coins that gave confidence to our paper currency.

Of course, that’s no longer the case.

Pull any dollar bill from your wallet and take a closer look at it. Today’s Federal Reserve Notes are not backed by any real asset, and they omit any promise that they’re redeemable for anything.

Before 1971, at least the dollar was backed by gold. But since then, our entire monetary system has been based on nothing but trust.

The bottom line is this: If the “full faith and credit” of the US government is not to be trusted, then our currency will not be trusted, either. Not by other countries, and not by US citizens.

Sadly, that’s exactly what is about to happen.

Once that trust is lost, we will have nothing to fall back on. Demand for the U.S. dollar will fall off a cliff, driving the value of our currency much lower.

Remember, over the last three decades we’ve printed and exported a lot of dollars. It’s estimated that $3.7 trillion are held outside the U.S.

As trust in the dollar disappears around the globe, all the currency we’ve exported will race back into the country. The increased supply of money will bid up prices seemingly overnight.

Everything we consume will get much more expensive… all the gadgets, shoes and shirts we import from China… all the beer, wine and furniture we import from Europe…. and all the coffee, fruits and vegetables we buy from South America.

We can say goodbye to “everyday low prices.” We will no longer be able to find cheap electronics, toys and food in the shelves of Wal-Mart or any other retailer.

Oil will shoot toward $300 a barrel, pushing the price of gasoline towards $9.50 per gallon…things like corn, wheat, milk will skyrocket.

The standard of living of millions of people will collapse almost overnight… pension funds will be devalued, ruining the retirement plans of millions of Americans…global markets will plunge, as investors bail out of stocks.

Interest rates across the board will rise dramatically. Mortgage rates will climb up to 10%, killing the recovery in the housing market.

Higher borrowing costs will also kill consumer demand, sending our economy into a deep recession, much worse than the “great recession” of 2008.

With consumers spending less, businesses will be forced to initiate a cycle of massive layoffs. The unemployment rate will double- or worse.

Because of higher borrowing costs, our government will have to print even more money just to meet its obligations. This will only accelerate the run on the dollar.

And when all is said and done, when the shakeout finally settles, the global financial system will no longer be centered on the United States.

That change is happening now. Trust in the U.S. is waning fast.

Many nations have already started to abandon U.S. bonds. Take a look…

This past June, our two biggest creditors, China and Japan, dumped nearly $41 billion of their Treasury holdings. That was the largest net foreign decline on record.

They’re losing trust in America’s ability to manage its finances. For them, U.S. bonds are no longer risk-free assets.

In recent years, even companies such as Berkshire Hathaway, Proctor and Gamble and Johnson & Johnson have been able to borrow money at a lower interest rate than the U.S. government.

In other words, investors feel more confident lending money to certain companies than to our government. That has never happened before…. never.

Lenders have also started demanding a higher interest rate on American debt. This is another indication that our creditors are losing faith in our government. Take a look at this chart. Our borrowing costs have skyrocketed in recent months.

The yield on the U.S. Treasury benchmark bond – the 10-year note – went from 1.65% to almost 3%,one of the largest jumps in the history of our nation.

A few months ago investors were willing to lend money to our government for almost nothing.

But today nobody is willing to lend us money at such a low interest rate. Now our creditors are demanding a rate of almost 3%.

The recent debt ceiling debate, meanwhile, has tarnished our credibility even more. Following that debacle, a leading Chinese rating agency downgraded our debt, saying:

“The U.S. government maintains its solvency by repaying its old debts through raising new debts, which constantly aggravates the vulnerability of the federal government’s solvency. Hence the government is still approaching the verge of default crisis.”

Besides dumping U.S. bonds, other nations are also actively reducing their exposure to the U.S. dollar in other ways.

Many countries have made agreements that allow them to settle their trades in their own currencies, cutting the dollar out of the transaction completely. China, for example, has signed international currency agreements with 22 countries worldwide.

Because of these agreements, 17% of global trade in 2012 was completed using the Chinese currency, instead of the dollar.

Over the past couple of years, numerous global leaders have publicly criticized our currency. Chinese central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan, for example, said the world needs “a sweeping overhaul of global finance to replace the dollar as the world’s standard.” And during our recent debt ceiling debate, China’s state-run news agency issued perhaps its most dire warning to date on the subject:

“As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world.”

Russian leader Putin, meanwhile, has said that “the world has gotten itself into trouble with its heavy reliance on the dollar.” While members of OPEC have repeatedly raised the idea that “maybe we can price oil in euros.”

The UK’s newspaper The Telegraph recently published the following article: (SHOW Headline and highlighted sections) “The Sun is Setting on Dollar Supremacy, and with it, American Power”

The article pointedly concludes that:

“Rarely before has international dissatisfaction with the dollar’s role as reserve currency to the world been as great as it is now. A steady erosion of trust which began with the financial crisis five years ago has reached apparent breaking point. The search for long-term alternatives to the dollar is on as never before.”

As you can see, confidence in America’s fiscal state and the dollar is already eroding very quickly. It wouldn’t take much to flush the “full faith and credit” of the U.S. down the toilet.

And that’s exactly what the Fed’s big gold cover up will do.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note: This article makes the point that we will likely see the “big flush” begin in this month of April, 2014.

[From an article published by THE SOVEREIGN SOCIETY]

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