What They Won’t Tell You About Baltimore Riots

Published on Apr 29, 2015

After admitting a “safe space” was given to violent mobs hellbent on destruction, police officers in Baltimore reportedly told journalists that they were ordered by the Mayor not to stop looters during yesterday’s riots.

We saw the same stand down when riots took place in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

Now activists groups say they are preparing for an even more violent summer. The founder of Hands Up United says, “People have become more radical. They’ve realized the power that they have. They’re no longer afraid of the police, the state, but also you have a police and a military force that’s been training for a year to deal with this type of circumstance.” Warning that activists are not only prepared for more unrest but with the violent state oppression that will surely come along with it.

Since it’s been revealed that George Soros donated $33 million to bankrolling Ferguson demonstrators, creating an ‘echo chamber’ to keep events and messages at the top of news agenda and drive national protests, there’s no denying there’s a bigger play going on.

Take a look at this passage from Capitalist Conspiracy Booklet written in 1971 by G. Edward Griffin:

“If those who seek world dominion can stimulate leftist mobs into violent confrontation with local law enforcement, and also provide exhaustive news coverage so that the entire nation can see and tremble, then the peaceful and freedom loving majority can be programmed to accept a vast expansion of government powers and even a national police force offered supposedly to end the violence.”

As race riots and civil unrest continue to fester nationwide, can you say with certainty JADE HELM 15 and other “training exercises” aren’t preparation for martial law?




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Are You A Human Angel? – in5d.com – 4-26-15

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Are You A Human Angel?

Found at: http://in5d.com/are-you-a-human-angel/

Human Angels have certain characteristics that make them different from the rest of society. The following is an excerpt from the book, ‘We are Human Angels.’

If since childhood you have wanted to change the world and have not stopped believing…

If you have always dreamed of relieving the sorrows of all living beings…

If you feel that you have a special talent to help others…

If you have an out of the ordinary sensitivity…

Are You A Human Angel? | In5D.comIf you have overcome difficult trials in your life…

If you think that despite everything, life should be lived with joy…

If, while always trying to give meaning to your suffering, you believe that there must be a way to stop yours and others suffering…

If in your heart there is no room for hatred and resentment…

If you always try to change evil into good and darkness into light…

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MEGA vs Dropbox: head-to-head review

MEGA vs DropboxMEGA and Dropbox are cloud storage services that let you access your files anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

They both have similar features, such as file sharing and synchronization.  MEGA is a bit new to to the cloud storage industry, having been launched in January 2013.  Dropbox has been in business since 2008, giving it a 5 year lead.

Which should you choose to store and share your files?  I’ll take a look at these two services in this head-to-head comparison.

Ease of Use

Winner: Dropbox

With Dropbox, there’s only one folder.  Put stuff in your Dropbox folder, and it syncs to the cloud and all your other devices.  It’s as simple as that.

MEGA is slightly more involved.  You can choose which folders to sync on your hard drive.  There are more options in the sync client and web interface, while Dropbox takes a minimalist approach.  For instance, if you right click on a file in MEGA you’ll get an option to add a star, view properties, and download as a ZIP.  Dropbox doesn’t have any of that.

It’s also easier to restore deleted and changed files in Dropbox.  You can right-click a file and select Previous Versions, or click the Show Deleted Files button at the top of the screen.  MEGA puts deleted files and previous versions in a “Rubbish” bin.  The folders are organized by date, but there’s no clear organization for the files within the folders.  It’s more difficult to choose the correct file to restore with MEGA.

I was impressed with how easy it is to share files in both services.  If you right-click on a file and click “Share,” a link will automatically be created and copied to your clipboard.  It’s pretty neat.

Free Space

Winner: MEGA

Dropbox gives users 2 GB of free cloud storage space.  This can be increased up to 16 GB by referring friends.

MEGA gives users 50 GB of free space, making Dropbox’s 2 GB look puny by comparison.


Winner: MEGA

MEGA has slightly more features than Dropbox.

Both services will let you:

  • Sync files between all your devices
  • Share files and folders
  • Collaborate on files
  • Restore previous file versions
  • Access files from mobile apps

Features specific to MEGA are:

  • Selective folder sync (sync any folder on your hard drive)
  • Set file sharing permissions: read-only, read/write, etc.
  • End-to-end encryption


Winner: Dropbox

Overall, Dropbox offers more space for a lower price.

Dropbox’s Pro plan is 1 TB for $9.99/month.  There are also business plans available, at $15/user/month for “as much space as needed.”

MEGA prices are in Euros, so I will list the prices at current conversion rates (Sept 2014), rounded to the nearest dollar.

MEGA’s lowest priced plan is the Pro I, which offers 500 GB for $13/month.  The Pro II plan gives 2 TB for $26/month, and the Pro III gives 4 TB for $38/month.


Winner: Tie

Both Dropbox and MEGA are very fast.  They will sync files as fast as your internet connection allows.

In my speed tests, they were both able to max out my upload speed at about 8 megabits per second (Mbps).  Dropbox downloaded my files at 30 Mbps, while MEGA downloaded my files at 27 Mbps – not enough of a difference to matter.

Operating Systems

Winner: Dropbox Tie

Dropbox has sync clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

MEGA only has a sync client for Windows, although they say Mac and Linux clients are coming soon.  Update: MEGA now has software for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Mobile Apps

Winner: Tie

Both MEGA and Dropbox have apps for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry.  Dropbox also has an app for Kindle Fire.  Using the apps you can download, upload, view, and stream your files from anywhere.

I tested the performance of the Android apps, and I felt both services did a pretty good job designing them.  There’s very little difference between them, and they both give you easy access to your files.


Winner: MEGA

MEGA promotes itself as “The Privacy Company,” so it’s no surprise it beats Dropbox’s security.

MEGA uses end-to-end encryption, which means your data is encrypted and decrypted only on the client-side.  Since MEGA doesn’t know the encryption keys, they can’t view your files even if they wanted to.  This type of encryption protects you from hackers, the NSA, and anyone else who might otherwise have access to your files.

Dropbox uses 256-bit AES encryption to store your data, and transfers it over SSL.  However, it’s still their encryption – not yours.  Dropbox does offer two-factor authentication, to help secure your account, while MEGA does not.

MEGA vs Dropbox: Which should you choose?

Do you want simplicity?  Go with Dropbox.  It found it easier to use, because there’s only one folder.

Do you want tons of space?  Better security?  Go with MEGA.  MEGA smashes Dropbox when it comes to storage space.  It also has much better privacy while storing files in the cloud, due to the end-to-end encryption.

Get MEGA at www.mega.co.nz

Get Dropbox at www.dropbox.com

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of BackupReview.com. He is a cloud fanatic and regularly reviews online backup services. He believes backups should be easy, affordable, and automatic.

The War on Cash: Transparently Totalitarian

by Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor | April 29, 2015

When asked what he thought the future might look like, George Orwell said “imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

Not exactly a cheery thought, and one I don’t agree with.

While the forces pushing for centralization of power have been prevailing for decades, they haven’t won a total victory yet. Technologies that empower the individual and that tend toward decentralization—including the Internet, encryption, 3D printing, and cryptocurrencies—offer a powerful ray of hope, reasons to be optimistic about the future.

So the tug of war between the collectivists and the rest of us continues.

One thing that would tip the scales heavily in favor of the collectivists would be victory in the War on Cash. Their goal is to eliminate the use of hand-to-hand currency, so that governments can document, control, and tax everything.

It’s exactly like what Ron Paul said: “The cashless society is the IRS’s dream: total knowledge of, and control over, the finances of every single American.”

One way they are waging the War on Cash is to lower the threshold at which reporting a cash transaction is mandatory or at which paying in cash is simply illegal. In just the last few years…

  • Italy made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal;
  • Switzerland has proposed banning cash payments in excess of 100,000 francs;
  • Russia banned cash transactions over $10,000;

  • Spain banned cash transactions over €2,500;

  • Mexico made cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos illegal;
  • Uruguay banned cash transactions over $5,000; and
  • France made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000.

I recently spoke about this with Dr. Joe Salerno, an Austrian economist with the Mises Institute. Joe is the best chronicler of the global War on Cash and is here to offer an Austrian rebuttal to the economic nonsense peddled by advocates of this war.

I am happy to bring you his informed insight.

Until next time,

Nick Giambruno
Senior Editor

Questions or comments? Send them to service@internationalman.com.

Nick Giambruno: What is the War on Cash?

Joe Salerno: The War on Cash is the attempt by governments to phase cash out of their economies. Governments hate cash because they hate the financial privacy cash makes possible. And they prefer that you keep your money in a bank to help prop up an unsound fractional reserve banking system.

Nick: How did you get interested in this topic?

Joe: I noticed that every time there was a war on something—a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror and so forth—the more the government encroached on financial privacy. The US government has long been waging a hidden war on cash.

One symptom of the war is that the largest denomination of US currency is the $100 note. US currency used to be issued in denominations running up to $10,000 (including also $500; $1,000; $5,000 notes). The US government stopped printing large denomination notes in 1945 and officially discontinued their issuance in 1969, when the Fed began removing them from circulation.

Since then, the largest currency note available has a face value of $100. But since 1969, the inflationary monetary policy of the Fed has caused the US dollar to depreciate by over 80%, so that a $100 note today has less purchasing power than a $20 bill in 1969.

So in addition to lowering the nominal size of the largest bill, they also reduced the bill’s purchasing power through inflation.

Despite this enormous depreciation, the Federal Reserve has steadfastly refused to issue notes of larger denomination. This has made large cash transactions extremely inconvenient and has forced the American public to make much greater use than is optimal of electronic-payment methods. Of course, this is precisely the intent of the US government.

Nick: Looking around, what are the latest examples of the War on Cash?

Joe: One right here in the United States occurred in 2011. It flew under the radar for a while. The State of Louisiana banned “secondhand dealers” from making more than one cash transaction per week. The term has a broad definition and includes Goodwill stores, specialty stores that sell collectibles like baseball cards, flea markets, garage sales and so on. Anyone deemed a “secondhand dealer” is forbidden to accept cash as payment. They are allowed to take only electronic means of payment or a check, and they must collect the name and other information about each customer and send it to the local police department electronically every day.

Nick: What about Europe?

Joe: In France recently, the limit on cash transactions was lowered from €3,000 to €1,000. The reason given was the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. It turns out that those attacks were financed in part by cash. Well, what a big shock that criminals use cash to finance their operations. They also use, of course, public sidewalks and automobiles, they buy clothing and so on. So this whole thing is ridiculous. It’s just a way of obscuring the government’s true goal, which is to get rid of financial privacy. Governments don’t really think that by lowering the limit of legally allowable cash payments that it’s somehow going to cut down on terrorist attacks. That’s just the narrative we’re given.

Nick: What is the mindset of someone who would advocate the elimination of cash?

Joe: Let me give you an example. Recently Willem Buiter—a prominent economist for Citibank—came out with a proposal to abolish cash. The reason is to enable the Fed to push interest rates into negative territory. He suggested that we could have avoided a lot of the problems with the financial crisis if the Fed could have set the interest rate at negative 6%.

But of course the availability of hand-to-hand currency would get in the way of that plan. People would say “I’m not going to put my money in the bank and have them take 6% every year.” They would avoid the bite of negative interest rates simply by holding hundred-dollar bills.

This really shocked me, that a prominent economist would make a case for abolishing cash, so that the central bank could set interest rates at a negative level. This is really crazy thinking, but it’s their mindset. It’s nuts.

Nick: Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff made a similar argument. Did you hear about that?

Joe: Yes, I did. In fact, Buiter took his cue from Rogoff. But there are a number of hyper-Keynesian economists who want to remove all barriers to negative interest rates, so that you’ll hurry up and spend whatever cash you have. But the only way they can do that is to corral everyone’s money in to the banking system.

It’s absurd, and they’ve gone way beyond Keynes with this craziness.

Nick: It reminds me of how Paul Krugman advocated for faking a space alien invasion as an excuse for the government to waste money on countering it. Or how he later supported minting a trillion-dollar coin. The real scary part is that he—and his juvenile solutions—are taken seriously by many people. Krugman, Buiter, Rogoff and their ilk have the government’s ear, they are presented respectfully by the mainstream media and are given Nobel prizes in economics. How do people not see what they are advocating, like eliminating cash, as transparently totalitarian?

Joe: I think that harkens back to the progressive era, from 1900 or so to the end of World War I. Government-employed experts supposedly were disinterested and dispassionate and would apply their knowledge and skills to do what was best for society. They would be the technocrats.

That’s how they pulled the wool over the American people’s eyes, by saying, well, you know, we are fixing the economy’s problems. This has nothing to do with politics. This has nothing to do with totalitarianism. We are trying to make the economy better for you and for everyone else.

That was just a bunch of nonsense, and it still is. People who believe it are still living in the 1930s, always worried about deflation, rather than worrying about thereal problem, which is, of course, the Fed’s monopoly control of money and the inflation the Fed promotes.

Nick: What is the response of Austrian economists to this way of thinking?

Joe: Fortunately, the free market provides the prospect of an escape from the fiscal police state that seeks to stamp out the use of cash through either depreciation of central-bank-issued currency combined with unchanged currency denominations or direct legal limitation on the size of cash transactions. As Carl Menger, the founder of the Austrian School of economics, explained over 140 years ago, money emerges not by government decree but through a market process driven by the actions of individuals who are continually seeking a means to accomplish their goals through exchange most efficiently.

Every so often history offers up another example that illustrates Menger’s point. The use of sheep, bottled water, and cigarettes as media of exchange in Iraqi rural villages after the US invasion and collapse of the dinar is one recent example. Another example was Argentina after the collapse of the peso, when grain contracts priced in dollars were regularly exchanged for big-ticket items like automobiles, trucks, and farm equipment. In fact, Argentine farmers began hoarding grain in silos to substitute for holding cash balances in the form of depreciating pesos.

Austrian economists would think that the War on Cash is really absurd and unscientific. We would say, allow people to choose the form of payment they want to use, whether that be cash, gold, debit card, or something else. We want to remove all barriers to people using different kinds of currency, take all excise taxes, sales taxes, capital gains taxes off gold and silver and off foreign currencies. And also get rid of all legal tender laws. You can keep the dollar in existence, but allow people to use currencies that compete with the dollar.

So we want to move in the exact opposite direction from abolishing cash. In fact, we want to encourage people to withdraw money from banks they don’t trust. Fractional reserve banking, apart from the ethical question, is unsound economically.

Nick: We recently published an article from Doug Casey on sound and unsound banking.

If you look at all the skirmishes in the War on Cash in recent years in so many different countries and map it all out, it looks like there is coordination among those governments. Is that right?

Joe: Formation of the Better than Cash Alliance in 2012 is one piece of evidence. The partners in the Better than Cash Alliance include the Ford Foundation, USAid, Citibank, MasterCard, Visa, and a number of UN agencies. They want to abolish the use of cash and force all payments to be made electronically, especially in emerging nations. These are international organizations that influence almost every government in the world. They could be the basis of coordinated efforts to discourage the use of cash.

They are promoting the idea that the use of cash excludes poor people from the economy. But that’s nonsense. Poor people don’t have checking accounts or credit cards; they depend on cash.

Also, so deeply ingrained is cash in the Italian culture that over 7.5 million Italians do not even have checking accounts. The Italian government will continue to attempt to dragoon these “bankless” Italians into the banking system. That way the notoriously corrupt Italian government can more easily spy on them and invade their financial privacy.

Nick: What happens next?

Joe: I don’t see any end in sight. What keeps this movement going are wars—made-up wars—like the war on terror, the war on organized crime, the war on poverty, war on drugs. That’s what allows governments to ratchet up the intrusiveness into our financial affairs. So I don’t see an end in sight to that. I see the US right now with its Russia policy, for example, goading Russia and inviting more hostility. This feeds a warlike atmosphere in the US so that people just give in, time after time, as the laws become more despotic and intrusive.

What might save us is that we’re due for another crash, we’re due for another financial crisis. In the aftermath, politicians might be forced to move to more free-market-oriented policies. I don’t think that’s a done deal, but I’m hopeful.

Nick: What can International Man readers do to protect themselves from the sociopaths waging the War on Cash?

Joe: I think keeping a good part of your assets outside the banking system is extremely smart. Keeping some cash in a safe is also smart, especially in an era when financial crises are likely. I wouldn’t encourage that as a strategy for earning income, but as a way of protecting yourself and your family.

Nick: One solution I like is the 1,000 Swiss franc note (picture below). It’s the most purchasing power you can pack into a single bill of a relatively sound currency. So if you want to hold cash outside the banking system, having a stash of these might make sense. Any last thoughts?

Joe: The War on Cash reflects the desperation of governments. They want to squeeze every last penny out of their citizens. And they are at wits’ end on how to cure the stagnation of the global economy that began in the 2008 financial crisis. So it really says that they are bankrupt, both literally, in the sense that they can’t pay what they’ve promised, and intellectually.

Nick: I completely agree. Joe, thank you for your time.

Joe: My pleasure.

Editor’s Note: International diversification is the best way to protect yourself from the destructive actions of a desperate government.

Wealthy families have been doing it for centuries. Today, with modern communications, international diversification is within everyone’s reach.

You don’t even have to leave your living room to do it.

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The Silent, Peaceful Sage

Openhearted Rebellion

Credit: Zenponies.com

By Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I define a “sage” as someone who uses their awareness, which they find in stillness and contemplation, to subtly and quietly create positive change. The sage embodies material transcendence and expresses him or herself through love and peace, and everything flows to this quiet, still embodiment of divine perfection.

The sage who’s successfully opened their mind and allowed their heart-centered wisdom to pour through gains a greater understanding of the nature of reality, and in my opinion, we don’t have to accomplish anything to become a sage.

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Obama Fights to Spread GMO Foods Throughout Europe

News for the Revolution

Eric Zuesse
April 28, 2015
Washington’s Blog

5a57a-obama-the-warmongerOne of the major barriers blocking U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign for his mammoth international trade deals — the TTIP with Europe, and the TPP with Asia — is: other countries want the freedom to make up their own minds about the safety or dangerousness of the foods they allow to be sold within their borders. 

The Obama Administration is insisting that no nation have that freedom. In fact, all participating nations would be removed from that responsibility and authority. The Obama trade deals propose to replace that national authority, and basic national sovereignty on these important matters, by decisions that would instead be made by international panels, whose members will be appointed by international corporations, which have their own profits at stake in these matters. Consumers and others will be ignored: they will not be represented in the proposed panels. Nor will…

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