“Godzilla” Sunspot Takes Aim: X-Class Flare Thought To Be Responsible For Widespread Power Outages and Internet Problems

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by Mac Slavo

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A massive sunspot dubbed ‘Active Region 2192′ has rotated into an earth-facing position. NASA says the Jupiter-sized magnetic anomaly on the sun is crackling with energy and several days ago it fired off an X-class flare right in earth’s direction. Then, yesterday, it launched another flare that was measured to be five times more powerful than the first.

Though the classification of both flares was fairly low and rated in the 1.0 to 2.0 X-class range, the earth’s power and internet infrastructure has experienced some unusual effects over the last 48 hours.

As of this morning, numerous power outages have been reported by internet providers, electrical utility companies, cable companies and even large inter-networks like MSN.com and Amazon. The outages are being reported by users on Twitter all over the northern hemisphere, including from Canada all the way down to Boston. Many of the companies involved have suggested that the outages were planned or the result of wind storms, but what is curious is that at the very same time all of these outages were being reported on earth, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) announced that their space-based satellite systems stopped reporting data.

Coincidence? Perhaps.

But an alternate theory is that the solar flares emitted by AR 2192 have something to do with it. How else can we explain widespread outages for literally hundreds of thousands of people occurring almost simultaneously at key utility and internet nodes across thousands of miles on earth, and happening in tandem with a breakdown in communications from the NCEP’s weather monitoring satellite?

Video: Sunspot AR2192 causes Internet & Power Outages Worldwide:


(Via Steve Quayle)

An X-class solar flare designated in the 1.0 to 2.0 range doesn’t usually take down power grids and communications infrastructure, though they have been known to temporarily knock out satellites and cause problems with Global Positioning Systems and radio communications.

The outages being reported by users are more than likely temporary without any permanent damage to the physical equipment involved in carrying the signals from point-to-point.

However, historical examples of large-scale outages resulting from solar flares have been well documented. In 1859 a massive solar flare known as the “Carrington Event” left newly developed Telegraph systems inoperable and reportedly even led them to explode and set stations on fire. In 1989 a geo-magnetic storm caused the collapse of Quebec’s hydro electric power station. The flare that took only 90 seconds to bring the electric company to its knees was a fairly powerful x15-Class discharge.

Given these examples, it’s not out of the question to suggest that a solar flare directly targeting Earth could potentially take out many modern day systems hooked into the grid.

In fact, 18 months ago the sun emitted what researchers called a “Carrington Class” solar flare. It just slightly missed earth, but had the sunspot been earth facing at the time it could have been the Kill Shot that took the majority of the planet back to the stone age.

‘The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,’ Henry Cooper, who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defence, told Washington Secrets.

‘There had been a near miss about two weeks ago, a Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and basically just missed us,’ added Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission.

Major Ed Dames, who has long proposed that a massive solar event known as the Kill Shot will eventually hit earth, says that when it happens, expect widespread global outages. Unlike what we experience with lower classification X-flares, however a Kill Shot will be a long-term event:

Yeah, if any particular grid goes, they’re not all going to go down at once and some will never go down. The ones that are stretched out over long wide spaces, they will. They will under the right circumstances and the right circumstances are happening real soon, watch the solar flares from (sunspot) 2192 as a harbinger of what’s coming real fast.

When the grids go down, we’re looking at easily no less than 6 months, but probably 2 years. A lot can happen in terms of Mad Max scenarios.

(Full Interview and Transcript From Holly Deyo)
(Also see: Kill Shot, the documentary)

It’s a sentiment that has been expressed by many, including members of Congress, who say that that the threat of a massive solar flare is a clear and present danger to the United States and the world.

We are only one act of madness away from a social cataclysm unlike anything our country has ever known.
-Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), Senior Member House Armed Service Committee

EMP is one of the small number of threats that could hold at risk the continued existence of U.S. civil society.
-Dr. Robert Hermann, Commissioner US Congress EMP Commission

Just one violent active region on the sun can cause continent-wide, perhaps even planetary-scale impacts to our critical infrastructure.
-John Kappenman, Principal Investigator US Congress EMP Commission

The Likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100%.
-Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Senior Member House Homeland Security Committee

One study concluded that, because of our complete dependence on electricity for everything from food transportation to gas delivery, should such an event take place it could leave up to 90% of Americans dead within a year.

Tess Pennington, author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, says that if there’s one event that could cause the veritable ‘S’ to hit the fan, this is it:

So, what happens if and when the grid goes down for an extended period of time? Aside from the aggravation of not being able to determine what is happening through traditional media channels, for the Average Joe, his problems have only just begun. Our dependency to the grid doesn’t just stop at lack of electricity in our homes to power our appliances or an inability to charge our cell phones; it is much broader and affects every aspect of our lives.

We are regularly inundated with news reports covering outages that last several days or weeks resulting from inclement weather like snow storms or hurricanes, or heat waves in southern states that threaten to overload the system. During those times, when entire metropolitan areas or regions experience black outs, we get a glimpse into what a truly widespread emergency might look like. It is often the case that the first thing residents of affected areas do is rush to grocery and hardware stores hoping to acquire critical supplies like food, water, batteries, flashlights and generators. And while these supplies acquired at the onset of crisis may provide short term sustenance, any long-term grid-down situation that lasts for many weeks or months will prove dangerous, and perhaps fatal, to the unprepared.

Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

Tess goes on to suggest various strategies designed to prepare you for a widespread power grid outage occurs.

While such an event is unlikely, it remains a distinct possibility. Moreover, as Pennington notes, it is one of the only natural disaster events that would have near cataclysmic global consequences.

The AR 2192 sunspot is just a reminder that it can come at anytime.

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“This Is An Emergency Action Notification… Your Channel Has Been Force Tuned” Overtakes TV Stations For Thousands of Viewers

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by Mac Slavo

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Thousands of viewers in Atlanta, Austin and Dallas had their television service overtaken by the national Emergency Action Notification system today. According to Fox Engineers, the EAN can only be activated by the President of the United States, prompting questions about to how the system was able to force tune regularly scheduled programming when no emergency had been declared.

A statement from AT&T U-verse says the company is trying to figure out how and why the EAN system was activated on their network:

“Earlier today U-verse TV customers may have received an Emergency Alert notification. We have confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Viewers who saw the message appear on their television captured screen shots and sent them to local news stations and news web sites:

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Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson notes:

The Emergency Alert System is mandatory by law – stations have no control or power to block the signal once it is sent out by the federal government. Broadcasters are required to install and maintain FCC-certified EAS decoders and encoders at their control points, meaning the signal cannot be switched off or interrupted.

How sensible is it that the feds ‘mistakenly’ sent out an emergency alert – potentially causing panic – amidst national concerns about the Ebola outbreak in the United States?

The United States has several Emergency protocols that allow the government to take over communications systems at the behest of the President.

In 2010 Congress heavily pushed legislation that would have given the President authority to shut down the internet in the event of an emergency such as cyber attack targeting America’s financial system. The bill expired before a vote was taken, but it is believed by many that America’s domestic security agencies have already  developed and implemented an “internet kill switch” that would, among other things, give the government complete control of data across the public internet, including the ability to take major internet access points offline.

Cell phone networks have also been augmented to include Emergency Alert systems that can be initiated by the government. At Watson notes, the system malfunctioned in 2011 when messages sent to cell phone users warned their owners that they needed to take shelter because of an imminent catastrophe.

According to a report from 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have the capability to shut down entire cell phone subscriber blocks by working in tandem with device manufacturers and mobile phone companies. Hackers who infiltrated FBI records found lists that included the device identifiers, phone numbers, and address books for 12 million Apple subscribers. The infiltration suggests that the FBI has specific details about users and the networks they use to communicate, prompting fears that they could initiate this “geo fence” technology to shut down or overtake cell phone service in a specific city, region or the entire country.

Though Americans currently enjoy the ability to freely utilize their televisions, computers and cell phones as they see fit, during a nationally declared emergency everything can change within seconds.

Technology such as what the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security has implemented could potentially be used to not only alert Americans of potential emergencies, but to redirect the messages that are being broadcast to the public. Specifically, they now have complete access to shut down any news, information, videos or citizen reports that run contrary to the government’s narrative.

Those concerned with the possibility of losing communications with loved ones in an emergency should consider implementing alternate communication protocols.

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U.S. Army: Ebola Goes Airborne Once Temperature Drops

InfoWars
by KIT DANIELS

Ebola can go airborne but hasn’t in West Africa because it’s too warm, researchers conclude

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Image Credits: Adam Isserlis / Flickr (City background)

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.”

“Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”

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The study also referred to the 1989 Ebola outbreak at a primate quarantine facility in Reston, Va., in which the virus rapidly spread between unconnected rooms.

“While infections in adjacent cages may have occurred by droplet contact, infections in distant cages suggests aerosol transmission, as evidence of direct physical contact with an infected source could not be established,” the study added.

It is interesting to note this outbreak occurred in December 1989, when temperatures in Reston were usually below freezing, and it’s unlikely the indoor temperature in the vast quarantine facility was much higher.

The tropical climates of the world, including the Ebola hot zone of West Africa but obviously excluding the U.S. and Europe, which have also had cases of Ebola.

The tropical climates of the world, including the Ebola hot zone of West Africa but obviously excluding the U.S. and Europe, which have also had cases of Ebola. Credit: Me ne frego / Wiki

A 2012 study also by the USAMRIID, which exposed monkeys to an airborne filovirus similar to Ebola, reached a similar conclusion to the 1995 study.

“There is no strong evidence of secondary transmission by the aerosol route in African filovirus outbreaks; however, aerosol transmission is thought to be possible and may occur in conditions of lower temperature and humidity which may not have been factors in outbreaks in warmer climates,” the study entitled A Characterization of Aerosolized Sudan Virus Infection in African Green Monkeys, Cynomologus Macaques and Rhesus Macaques stated.

The study pointed out that filoviruses, which include Ebola and the Sudan virus used in this particular study, have stability in aerosol form comparable to influenza.

“Filoviruses in aerosol form are therefore considered a possible, serious threat to the health and safety of the public,” it added.

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And the Pentagon took this threat of airborne filoviruses so seriously that it organized a Filovirus Medical Countermeasures Workshop with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.

“The DoD seeks a trivalent filovirus vaccine that is effective against aerosol exposure and protective against filovirus disease for at least one year,” the executive summary of the workshop stated.

The Pentagon’s concern with airborne Ebola runs contrary to health officials who claim the disease can’t spread through coughing and sneezing, but according to the Army studies, that may only be true in tropical climates.

“How much airborne transmission will occur will be a function of how well Ebola induces coughing and sneezing in its victims in cold weather climates,” the web site potrblog.com suggested. “Coughing and nasal bleeding are both reported symptoms in Africa, so the worst should be expected.”

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Does Anyone Else Think the Stock Market Is Living on Reds, Vitamin C and Cocaine?

Washington’s Blog
by Charles Hugh Smith

This state of delusion would be amusing if it wasn’t so tragic.

The stock market’s wild swings of sentiment have got me thinking it’s living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine. This is a famous line from the Grateful Dead song Truckin’.

I’ve marked up a one-month chart of the S&P 500 (SPX) to illustrate what I mean:


Reds are slang for barbiturates, a class of depressants/sedatives (downers). Cocaine induces euphoric highs in which the cokehead feels he possesses god-like powers–for example, he might imagine he is a Federal Reserve member, or even its chairperson.

There are multiple interpretations of the role of vitamin C in the lyric, but for the purposes of the chart it serves as a modest dose of something healthy to keep the drug-ravaged market from crashing.

After multiple swings between cocaine highs brought to earth by downers, the market seems to be tripping on acid again. Though no one can know precisely what hallucinations are spinning through the manic-depressive sentiment of the market, it seems the market has responded to the withdrawal of its free-money cocaine–supplied of course by the Federal Reserve–by entering a drug-induced fantasy that everything’s been fixed in the global economy: Europe is growing again, China’s housing crisis has passed, U.S. corporate profits will feed corporate buybacks forever, and so stocks can loft higher again–a Bull Market without end.

This state of delusion would be amusing if it wasn’t so tragic. The acid will wear off soon enough, and a mega-dose of vitamin C will not be enough to restore the shattered health of a manic, drugged-out market careening between euphoria and fear.

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Weather Channel Co-founder Tells UCLA Forum: “There Is No Climate Crisis”

The New American
by Warren Mass

John Coleman
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In an open letter emailed to the officials of UCLA’s Hammer Forum, Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman (shown) stated straightforwardly: “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.”

Coleman sent his message to the forum officials four days before the October 23 event held at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, titled “Tackling Climate Change Nationally and Globally.”

A description of the event provided by UCLA revealed that it unabashedly took the “global warming is caused by man” side of the ongoing climate debate and that the only two presenters were well-known global arming alarmists:

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is a danger to the planet, little progress has been made to reduce CO2 emissions. Climatologists Brenda Ekwurzel and Michael Mann join us to examine the issue. Ekwurzel works with the Union of Concerned Scientists leading education aimed at increasing support for strong climate legislation. Mann shared the Nobel Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is the author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines and Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming.

Mann, a professor of meteorology at Penn State University, became famous (or infamous, depending on who does the defining) more than a decade ago with his hockey-stick graph showing temperatures spiking abruptly in the late 20th century after holding relatively steady for most of the last millennium.

However, many scientists, a congressional investigation, and even the 2009 Climategate controversy called Mann’s research methods further into question.

After National Review published a reprint of an article originally appearing on the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) website, Mann filed a complaint in 2012 against the journalists and their publishers for libel and the “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

Mark Steyn, the National Review columnist who had reprinted the CEI piece, wrote, “I noticed on the press release (published on his Facebook page) that Dr. Mann claimed to have been ‘awarded the Nobel Peace Prize’ and that on the complaint itself we are accused of the hitherto unknown crime of ‘defamation of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.’ ” When National Review asked the Nobel Foundation, it denied Mann has ever won a Nobel prize.

When Thomas Richard of The Examiner contacted Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Lundestad stated: “Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” Lundestad continued: “Unfortunately we often experience that members of organizations that have indeed been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize issue various forms of personal diplomas to indicate that they personally have received the Nobel Peace Prize. They have not.”

Yet, the Hammer Forum promotion’s description, “Mann shared the Nobel Prize,” clearly implies that Mann was a recipient.

Breitbart News published an article about the lawsuit on August 15 (headlined: “Mann v Steyn: If This Trial Ever Goes Ahead Global Warming Is Toast”) in which writer James Delingpole noted: “Michael Mann is exploiting the flaws in the US legal system to try to draw out proceedings as long as possible in order to exhaust — or bankrupt — Steyn into submission.”

Delingpole is optimistic about Steyn’s prospects, however, and writes: “Unfortunately for Mann he picked the wrong victim. Steyn is a fighter who knows his way round the courts.”

He continues:

This, if Steyn is successful, could be the moment the dam bursts: the one where the global establishment is finally forced to acknowledge the fraudulence, the corruption, the mendacity, the trickery, the deception, the junk science, the big money and the official complicity which for the last two or three decades have been underpinning the Great Climate Change Scam.

The other presenter at the forum, Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, is a “Senior Climate Scientist”at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), has been widely condemned by conservatives, libertarians, and even Dr. Jerry Falwell, who warned Christians against “falling for … global warming hocus-pocus” propagated in the mass media, with the UCS “leading the charge.”

A writer in Human Events on May 8, 2007 said of UCS:

For almost four decades, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has manipulated the high reputation of “science” to serve the low ends of politics. It has done a good job of cherry-picking scientific facts to stir up public fears to advance its agenda. This time it is promoting alarmist claims about global warming by leveraging the prestige of the “concerned scientist.”…

That UCS is a highly partisan operation — well funded by left-leaning foundations and Hollywood celebrities and happy to ignore established scientific methodologies for its own purposes—is apparently not newsworthy. The group has a long history of being just plain wrong on many scientific issues, and its current agenda conforms to the extremes of environmentalist ideology.

With Mann and Ekwurzel as its only presenters, the Hammer Forum on climate change was obviously stacked to present only one side of the debate. This prompted Coleman to write:

William Happer, Ph.D., Princeton University, Richard Lindzen, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Willie Soon, Ph.D., Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, John Christy, Ph.D., University of Alabama and 9,000 other Ph.D. scientists all agree with my opening two sentences. [That there is no manmade global warming at this time and efforts to prove that carbon dioxide is a significant “greenhouse” gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.] Yet at your October 23 Hammer Forum on Climate Change you have scheduled as your only speakers two people who continue to present the failed science as though it is the final and complete story on global warming/climate change. This is [a] major mistake.

Britain’s Express reported that Coleman based his research on the findings of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), a body of scientists that have joined together to offer an second opinion of the assertions made by the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). NIPCC is sponsored by three nonprofit organizations: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change; Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP); and The Heartland Institute.

A statement on the NIPCC website notes:

Whereas the reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn of a dangerous human effect on climate, NIPCC concludes the human effect is likely to be small relative to natural variability, and whatever small warming is likely to occur will produce benefits as well as costs.

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UN Day: Obama and UN Boss Urge Celebrations, More Power

The New American
by Alex Newman

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Citing multiple real and imagined crises facing the world today, United Nations boss Ban Ki-moon celebrated the 69th anniversary of the dictator-dominated outfit he leads by claiming it is now “needed more than ever.” In a statement, the UN said its festivities would highlight the orgaization’s focus on “education of global citizens.” Rabidly pro-UN President Obama, meanwhile, issued a presidential proclamation celebrating “UN Day,” urging America’s 50 governors and all officials under the U.S. flag to also “observe” the controversial day with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Obama and the UN chief both suggested that the would-be global government should be further empowered, too.  

Left unsaid by Ban and Obama, of course, is how much misery and tyranny has been inflicted on humanity by the scandal-plagued UN and its oftentimes barbaric member regimes — many of which continue to serve on the UN Security Council and the disgraced “Human Rights” Council. Indeed, from UN “peace” troops raping and murdering civilians around the world to growing UN assaults on U.S. sovereignty and liberty, the organization is increasingly out of control. And it will only get worse without strong action.

It is time for the United States to withdraw from the UN and defund all of its tentacles.

However, if Obama and Ban get their way, the UN will not only continue to perpetrate abuses with impunity and legitimize mass-murdering regimes, it will get more power and more U.S. taxpayer funding to do it. In recent years, for instance, despite $17 trillion in federal debt, Obama has been seeking to drastically increase the amount of American wealth funneled to the UN and its various organs — especially toward its ruthless “peacekeeping” machinations. The presidential proclamation on October 24 makes the administration’s agenda clear.

“In 1945, in the shadow of a world war and the face of an uncertain future, 51 founding nations joined in common purpose to establish the United Nations and codify its mission to maintain international peace and security, encourage global cooperation, and promote universal respect for human rights,” Obama said in his proclamation, without noting that the UN’s vision of human rights is entirely incompatible with the God-given rights guaranteed to Americans in the U.S. Constitution. “Nearly seven decades later, we once again find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history — a crossroads between conflict and peace, disorder and integration, hatred and dignity — dealing with new challenges that require a united response.”

“As we confront these global problems in an increasingly interconnected world, the United Nations remains as necessary and vital as ever,” Obama continued. “On United Nations Day, we recognize the important role the United Nations continues to play in the international system, and we reaffirm our country’s commitment to work with all nations to build a world that is more just, more peaceful, and more free.” By “nations,” of course, Obama is referring to the collection of governments, dictators, and mass-murderers that make up the UN’s largely totalitarian membership.

According to Obama, the UN “enables progress on the world’s most immediate threats and critical long-term challenges.” His first example — alleged man-made “global warming” — comes amid the ongoing implosion of the dubious theories underpinning climate hysteria and the failure of virtually every falsifiable prediction made by warming (and global cooling) theorists over the last four decades. Obama also claimed the UN helps “eradicate poverty,” which, of course, is ridiculous, as the overwhelming majority of poverty in the world today is caused directly by oppression and bad policy foisted on humanity by UN member regimes (often with UN support).  

“In this spirit of mutual interest and mutual respect, the international community must continue to find common ground in the face of threats to the prosperity and security of all our nations,” Obama added. “On this day, let us resolve to strengthen and renew the United Nations. Let us choose hope over fear, collaboration over division, and humanity over brutality, as we work together to build a tomorrow marked by progress rather than suffering.… By harnessing the power of the United Nations, we can build a more peaceful and more prosperous future for all our children and grandchildren.”

Obama did not bother to mention that much of the UN’s focus in recent years has been attacking the independence, liberty, and constitutional system of government bequeathed to the American people by the republic’s Founding Fathers. From calling on Obama to unconstitutionally overturn state laws approved by voters, to demanding “international standards” in America on everything from policing and water “affordability,” to attacking the God-given rights to self-defense and arms, to demanding that the federal government defy the Constitution that created it in the first place, the UN has completely discredited and exposed itself. Fellow civilized nations have also come under UN attack even as operatives for the world’s most brutal communist regimes are selected to lead UN agencies.   

Like Obama, though, UN boss Ban was similarly full of praise for the increasingly power-hungry Leviathan he leads, not-so-subtly calling for the organization to be empowered to control virtually every aspect of human activity. “Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll,” Ban claimed in his “UN Day” statement, with no reference to the tyranny, death, and horrifying suffering inflicted on humanity by UN member states. “Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.”

In other words, Ban believes the role of the UN includes everything from setting global labor standards and law enforcement to wealth redistribution and rationing emissions of what scientists call “the gas of life” (CO2, exhaled by every human being) supposedly under the guise of stopping non-existent warming. “The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future,” continued Ban, who earlier this year was rallying Third World dictators to create a “New World Order” based on global socialism. “There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realize the Charter’s vision. But we can take heart from our achievements.”

In an almost mind-boggling claim, Ban also claimed that the UN had “inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever.” In reality, of course, free markets, economic liberty, and voluntary charity are entirely responsible for reducing and eliminating poverty around the world. Studies show that taxpayer wealth showered on dictators and Third World regimes actually perpetuates poverty and oppression for the masses, while economic freedom lifts everybody out of poverty. That is why, for instance, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Hong Kong are among the wealthiest places on Earth, while Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, and various totalitarian-ruled African nations are among the poorest.

“At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable,” Ban continued, perhaps oblivious to the irony. “On United Nations Day, I call on Governments [sic] and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.” The “common good,” of course, has been the rallying cry of tyrants always and everywhere throughout human history. For a brief overview of the UN’s activities toward the “common good” in recent years, check out the “Related Articles” section below this for a tiny sample of news articles on the UN that have appeared in The New American.

But despite all of that, the UN and its establishment backers have much, much bigger plans for the future — and they have had such designs in mind since the UN’s founding. One of the key architects of the UN at its founding conference was John Foster Dulles, who would go on to become U.S. secretary of state. In his 1950 book, War or Peace, Dulles, who also served as a founder of the global governance-promoting Council on Foreign Relations, offered insight into the outfit’s true purpose.

“The United Nations represents not a final stage in the development of world order, but only a primitive stage,” he wrote. “Therefore its primary task is to create the conditions which will make possible a more highly developed organization.” Later on in the book, he noted that he had never seen any proposal with “teeth” in it to create a “world government” or “world federation” that “could not be carried out either by the United Nations or under the United Nations Charter.”

Instead of celebrating UN Day, Americans should redouble their efforts to get the United States out of the UN “dictators club,” and the UN out of the United States. Legislation in Congress right now, HR 75, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, would do precisely that. In the meantime, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives could stop all U.S. taxpayer funding to the UN and all funding for the implementation of its radical schemes within the United States.

Withdrawing from the UN would save U.S. taxpayers vast sums of money and would deal a massive blow to the plans of those who seek to use the outfit to extinguish the liberty and independence of these United States. 

The New American

Land of the Free – 1 in 3 Americans Are on File with the FBI in the U.S. Police State

Liberty Blitzkrieg
by MICHAEL KRIEGER

Zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes has led authorities to make more than a quarter of a billion arrests

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The sickening transformation of these United States into an authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. One of the posts that shocked and disturbed readers most, was published a little over a year ago titled: American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece.

Fast forward to fall 2014, and the Wall Street Journal has a powerful article about how children in schools systems across the U.S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for doing things that children have always done since the beginning of time. Things such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.

As a result of our insane societal obsession with authority and disproportionate punishment, the WSJ reports that “nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

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From the Wall Street Journal:

A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody.

In Texas, a student got a misdemeanor ticket for wearing too much perfume. In Wisconsin, a teen was charged with theft after sharing the chicken nuggets from a classmate’s meal—the classmate was on lunch assistance and sharing it meant the teen had violated the law, authorities said. In Florida, a student conducted a science experiment before the authorization of her teacher; when it went awry she received a felony weapons charge.

Over the past 20 years, prompted by changing police tactics and a zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes, authorities have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates. Nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

Did you catch that too? “Zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes.” Indeed, the big criminals go to Wall Street, crash the economy and then receive trillions in taxpayer bailouts. Or they get a top job in the Obama Administration, such as Jedi-master of cronyism, Tim Geithner, being chosen as Treasury Secretary.

Back to the WSJ…

At school, talking back or disrupting class can be called disorderly conduct, and a fight can lead to assault and battery charges, said Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of the Advancement Project, a national civil-rights group examining discipline procedures around the country.

If these rules were in place in my day, I would have been arrested about 150 times.

“We’re not talking about criminal behavior,” said Texas State Sen. John Whitmire, the Democratic chair of the senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, who helped pass a new law last year that limits how police officers can ticket students. “I’m talking about school disciplinary issues, throwing an eraser, chewing gum, too much perfume, unbelievable violations” that were resulting in misdemeanor charges.

According to the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights, 260,000 students were reported, or “referred” in the official language, to law enforcement by schools in 2012, the most-recent available data.

The number of school police officers rose 55% to about 19,000 in the 10 years to 2007, the last year for which numbers were available, according to a 2013 study from the Congressional Research Service.

The schools crackdown has had its intended effect. Victims’ surveys compiled by the Education Department show that there is a lower rate of violent crime committed in schools, falling to 52 incidents per 100,000 students in 2012 from 181 incidents per 100,000 in 1992.Supporters say that alone proves the worth of aggressive policing.

Well yeah, and pigs in a pen are easily controlled too, but are these the types of children we want to raise?

And what about the downside, such as:

Brushes with the criminal justice system go hand in hand with other negative factors. A study last year of Chicago public schools by a University of Texas and a Harvard researcher found the high-school graduation rate for children with arrest records was 26%, compared with 64% for those without. The study estimated about one-quarter of the juveniles arrested in Chicago annually were arrested in school.

A science experiment that went awry turned into a 17-month battle for Kiera Wilmot and her mother as they tried to clear the honor student’s arrest record. According to the police report, she was on school grounds outside the classroom trying out an experiment that hadn’t been authorized by her teacher. Ms. Wilmot, now 18, said she put a piece of aluminum inside a bottle with two ounces of toilet cleaner to see what would happen. The teen’s mother said she was trying to simulate a volcanic eruption.

“It popped,” blowing the top off the bottle, she said. She was handcuffed by the school-resource office, escorted out of the Bartow, Fla., school and taken to a juvenile facility where she was charged with possessing or discharging firearms or weapons at school and making, throwing, possessing, projecting, placing or discharging a destructive device.

Think about what sorts of lessons we are teaching talented students about experimenting and being creative. A modern Benjamin Franklin would most likely be rotting away in solitary right now.

So as we militarize the police, we police the schools. See the direction this is all headed in?

Keep chanting muppets.

Liberty Blitzkrieg

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