Citing its Billionaires Index, Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the world’s 500 wealthiest people became almost $1 trillion richer ― that’s $1,000,000,000,000 ― in 2017, thanks largely to booming stock markets. For comparison, that’s over four times as much wealth as they gained last year.
Get used to it all you fools who voted for Trump. Ain’t any of their money, power or kindly looks coming your way.
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By, December 28, 2017
There has been a recent buzz promoted around the so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) – a coalition of sorts counting the United States, India, Australia, and Japan as members. Promoted by familiar corporate-financier funded policy think thanks, the Quad is being portrayed as a step past Washington’s ill-fated “pivot to…
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The past year the US and global ‘real’ economies have enjoyed a moderate recovery. Much of that has been due to China stimulating its economy to ensure real growth in anticipation of the Communist Party’s convention, which has just ended. China’s president Xi and central bank (Peoples Bank of China) chair, Zhou, have announced, post-convention, that China’s real growth will slow and have warned a global ‘Minsky Moment’ (i.e. financial crisis) may be brewing. China will now try, once again, to tame its shadow bankers and speculators who have been feeding China’s debt and bubbles, and prepare for the global financial instability that is brewing.
The global financial bubbles–in stocks, bonds, currencies (crypto and real), derivatives, real estate, etc.– have been fueled since 2008 by capitalist central banks–led by the US Federal Reserve and…
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Last week, a federal prosecutor told a jury that a journalist’s knowledge of terms like “black bloc” and police “kettling” was cause for suspicion. Photojournalist Alexei Wood faced 50 years in prison for getting swept up in a mass arrest during the inaugural protests. He was acquitted Thursday, but 188 others who were arrested during the J20 protests still face 50-60 years each, accused of conspiracy for merely attending.
While perpetrating a massive redistribution of wealth, the US government isn’t simply trying to stifle protest, it is attempting to criminalize our ability to discuss protest. In the face of such fascistic repression, front line movement coverage has never been so crucial.
At Truthout, we have laid the groundwork to fight on our front: to defend the greatly reduced landscape of independent news. We cannot allow the only narratives about this political moment to be molded by corporate forces. We…
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Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors.
The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during the American Civil War. It read in part:
Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power and chattel slavery destroyed. This, I and my European friends are glad of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborers, while the European plan, led by England, is that capital shall control labor by controlling wages.
Slaves had to be housed, fed and cared for. “Free” men housed and fed themselves.
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While this case turned upon an inadequate foundation for introduction of “business records” into evidence, I think the real problem here for Keystone National Association was that they did not and never did own the loan — something revealed by the usual game of musical chairs that the banks use to confuse and obscure the identity of the real creditor.
When you read the case it demonstrates that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court was not at all sympathetic with Keystone’s “plight.” Without saying so directly the court’s opinion clearly reveals its doubt as to whether Keystone had any plight or injury.
Refer to this case and others like it where the banks treated the alleged note and mortgage as being the object of a parlor game. The attention paid to the paperwork is designed by the banks to distract from the real issue — the debt and who owns it…
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The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty.
By Ed Pilkington
December 26, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – We are in Los Angeles, in the heart of one of America’s wealthiest cities, and General Dogon, dressed in black, is our tour guide. Alongside him strolls another tall man, grey-haired and sprucely decked out in jeans and suit jacket. Professor Philip Alston is an Australian academic with a formal title: UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
General Dogon, himself a veteran of these Skid Row streets, strides along, stepping over a dead rat without comment and skirting round a body wrapped in a worn orange blanket lying on the sidewalk.
The two men carry on for block after block after block of tatty tents and improvised tarpaulin shelters. Men and women are…
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Beijing to set up oil-futures trading in the yuan which will be fully convertible into gold on the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges
By Pepe Escobar
December 26, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Petrodollars have dominated the global energy markets for more than 40 years. But now, China is looking to change that by replacing the word dollars for yuan.
Nations, of course, have tried this before since the system was set up by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in tandem with the House of Saud back in 1974
Vast populations across the Middle East and Northern Africa quickly felt the consequences when Iraq’s Saddam Hussein decided to sell oil in euros. Then there was Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi’s pan-African gold dinar blueprint, which failed to create a splash in an oil barrel.
Fast forward 25 years and China is making a move to break the United States petrodollar…
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Donald Trump’s reckless policies, belligerence, volatile personality, and rejection of diplomacy have brought the world to the brink of war in Korea. Such a war could rapidly turn nuclear, killing hundreds of thousands or millions of people, spreading deadly radiation across the planet, and likely involving China and Russia. North Korea will never give up its nuclear and ballistic missile program under pressure, as it views the program as an indispensable bulwark against U.S. aggression.
The following timeline reveals how dangerous the situation is—a situation artificially ratcheted up by U.S. President Trump and his fellow warmongers. The world needs to unite against Trump and his war plans, which pose an imminent threat to humanity—just as the world united against Trump’s illegal and counterproductive declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump threatens apocalypse—
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in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun,
and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.
Christmas Day, The Once Again Reborn Sun of God
There is a very interesting phenomenon that occurs around December 25th, or the winter solstice. From the summer solstice to the winter solstice, the days become shorter and colder.
And from the perspective of the northern hemisphere, the sun appears to move south and get smaller and more scarce. The shortening of the days and the expiration of the crops when approaching the winter solstice symbolized the process of death to the ancients.
It was the death of the sun.
On September 21st every year, the Autumn Equinox (equal moon), where their is 12 hours of daylight…
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The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one. The Roman Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered that a census be conducted. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem so that they could be counted. There being no room for the couple at any of the inns, they stayed in a stable, where Mary gave birth to a baby boy, Jesus.
Unfortunately, Jesus was born into a police state not unlike the growing menace of the American police state. And when he grew up, Jesus did not shy away from speaking truth to power. Indeed, his teachings undermined the political and religious establishment of his day. He was eventually crucified as a warning to others not to challenge the powers-that-be.
Yet what if, instead of being…
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Satanic ritual abuse is not a myth. It is tied not only to low-lifes in drug rings, but to politicians, to perverted wealthy celebrities, doctors, police and the injustice system that protects it.
Children that are kept in these rings are not only sexually abused but are forced to abuse and kill other children.
I’m sure you’ve asked yourself how ‘judges’ can allow paedophiles to walk out of court without even a slap on the wrist for raping children, but the job of the injustice system is to protect it’s masters.
Governments and media around the world have attempted to dismiss testimony of individual’s first hand accounts of Satanic ritual abuse, however more and more accounts are coming to the fore. How long can this evil be ignored?
These paedophile rings use code words and symbolism to communicate to each other their preferences in children.
You can learn more by…
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Homeowners seem to have more options than they think in an unlawful detainer action based upon my analysis. It is the first time in a nonjudicial foreclosure where the foreclosing party is actually making assertions and representations against which the homeowner may defend. The deciding factor is what to do at trial. And the answer, as usual, is well-timed aggressive objections mostly based upon foundation and hearsay, together with a cross examination that really drills down.
Winning an unlawful detainer action in a nonjudicial foreclosure reveals the open sores contained within the false claims of securitization or transfer.
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British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Geneva in honor of International Human Rights Day cited the need to:
“Build a new social and economic system with human rights and justice at its core. Deliver climate justice and a better way to live together on this planet. Recognise the humanity of refugees and offer them a place of safety. Work for peace, security and understanding. The survival of our common humanity requires nothing less.”
Thank you Paul for that introduction. And let me give a special thanks to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Your work gives an important platform to marginalised voices for social justice to challenge policy makers and campaign for change.
I welcome pressure both on my party, the British Labour Party, and on my leadership to put social justice…
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The mystery man known as Satoshi Nakamoto, who’s believed to be the inventor of bitcoin, could become the richest person on the planet, ahead of Forbes’ list billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.
With the cryptocurrency’s booming price, the fortune of Nakamoto who is reportedly sitting on $17 billion could turn him into the world’s first trillionaire.
The price of the world’s most valuable digital currency bitcoin is up 1,800 percent this year. Last week, it rocketed above $19,000 for the first time. With a market value of more than $288 billion, the cryptocurrency was trading at $17,254 on Wednesday.
Nakamoto is believed to hold nearly one million bitcoins, and he’s never spent a single coin, according to media reports.
The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonym for the author of the research paper that conceived bitcoin about nine years ago, remains a mystery. To date, nobody knows who…
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Dear elders and leaders and people for Southern Africa,
This is our last report for 2017; the good news is that after 4 years, all the paperwork is just about done; and, then Southern Africa will be on par with America and the works of Judge Anna von Reitz; see https://paulstramer.net/ and https://annavonreitz.com/
However, before we do the finishing touches, we are taking a well-deserved break in this long swim to freedom — from the law of the sea back to the law of the land; deep gratitude to those people who have made it possible for us to take a break and smell the roses for a few weeks; you know who you are;
Education is the most powerful weapon we the peaceful can use to bring about change, dear people; already we are seeing changes in small ways; and, the more people that speak out and take action against an evil system, the greater the changes and reforms will be; so, pay no attention to disbelievers and naysayers; for, if we did we would have given up long time ago; in 2018, we intend going more public and a few projects are in the pipeline;
Now, ask yourself, is the present system of governance based on the will of we, the people? NO!!! Of course not; we have no lawful government; not until the Freedom Charter and RDP have been fulfilled; do yourself a favour, read these 2 documents that represent the last will of we, the people upon which the post 1994 Republic for South Africa is supposed to be based; see: https://giftoftruth.wordpress.com/constitutional/
We were supposed to have local self-governance; community banks; community courts free from the Divided BAR; direct representation by means of referendums; by, for and of the people; that is what “the people shall govern” means;
However, instead of a lawful Republic wherein the people are sovereign, we have a cabalistic “sovereign state”; a “democracy” that claims we have given all our rights to a handful to do as they wish; this is an absolute despotism; mob rule; it’s time to take back what is ours;
Further, we have no lawful banking system; instead, a global bankruptcy-for-profit Ponzi scheme; therefore, we must nationalize SARB and restore the people as its lawful shareholders; and, develop value-backed alternatives; no formal education is required as Milton Friedman rightly said in his essays on positive economics;
Further, we have no lawful court system; not until people’s common and customary law of the land has been restored, unjust laws are overturned and the Divided BAR legal system scrapped;
It’s time we wake up to the truth that politics was designed to divide, conquer and rule we the people; and, attracts the greedy and power hungry willing to sell their families as well as the 99% down the river in favour of the global elite cabal; the new world old world order; corporate feudalism; predatory capitalism; feudal imperialism; mystery Babylon;
If, you think you are free, just try and remove your name from the voter’s roll; see: https://giftoftruth.wordpress.com/voter-deregistration/
Also, it’s time we take a good honest look at ourselves because this evil system can only continue because we have become morally and ethically corrupt; as above, so below; as within, so without; it’s time to do some house-cleaning; take responsibility, stop blaming others, get rid of middle-men and third party interlopers; otherwise, the very fabric of society will unravel and collapse as the 32 known civilizations before us have;
And, no we are not “doing it for you”; this is a collective effort; and, the journey begins within; put that ego on a leash; curb that forked tongue; still the mind and listen to your all-knowing heart; the natural laws are written in our hearts, dear souls; there are no spectators in this game called Life; we are all in the same boat, together;
Always do your best; be impeccable with your word; make no assumptions; take nothing personally; and, then you will see the final fall of Babylon and the new earth rising, wherein righteousness dwells;
Peace be unto you and your loved ones;
In peace, the administrator – UZA
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has selected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader.
The country’s deputy president defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mr Zuma’s ex-wife, after a marathon voting process.
Mr Ramaphosa is in a strong position to become president in 2019 polls.
The leadership battle caused fierce political infighting, raising fears the party might split before the election.
Mr Ramaphosa defeated Ms Dlamini-Zuma by 2,440 votes to 2,261, an ANC spokesperson announced.
The result triggered celebrations among party delegates in Johannesburg and also on the streets of the city.
Mr Zuma’s future looks uncertain.
In theory he could remain South African president until national elections in 2019, restricting Mr Ramaphosa’s room for manoeuvre.
But it’s extremely likely that a victorious Mr Ramaphosa will seek the “recall” of President Zuma by the ANC.
If that happens, then things could move very…
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The bank playbook is very simple: keep it as complicated as possible. That way the court and even the homeowner will come to rely on what the banks and so-called servicer say about names, places, documents and money. That’s how they sold the initial fraudulent MBS and around 10 million foreclosures.
If you had a high success rate and you succeeded in scaring most homeowners off from contesting fraudulent foreclosures, what would you do? You would keep going based upon a strategy of creating the illusion of complexity. The only really complex thing is the fact that the foreclosing parties make inconsistent assertions not only from case to case but from one pleading to another in one case.
What is simple? That the only two real parties in interest in this whole affair have been investors on one side and homeowners on the other side. Everyone else is an intermediary…
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