“Journalism isn’t a priesthood. it’s a function of reporting the truth to others.”
The second kind of witnessing is totally different, just the polar opposite. It is not that you hanker for others’ attention; on the contrary, you start paying attention to yourself.
You become a witness to your own being. You start watching your thoughts, desires, dreams, motives, greeds and jealousies. You create a new kind of awareness within you.
You become a center, a silent center which goes on watching whatsoever is happening.
You are angry, and you watch it. You are not just angry, a new element is introduced into it: you are watching it. And the miracle is that if you can watch anger, the anger disappears without being repressed.
My talk with Paul Craig Roberts, secretary to the treasury with Ronald Reagan, about the brutal arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Equadorian Embassy today, we also discuss the suppression of freedom of speech, the Washington coup in Venezuela, and the Brexit facade.
OMG that’s crazy, Paris seems to be perpetually burning?!
After my earlier positive post: Way to Start a Monday! Watch How Parrot Plays Peek-a-Boo with Neighbor’s Cat
didn’t want to talk about this… But, that’s life and this just in.
The symbol and pride of Paris, Notre-Dame, is on fire! Sad… Hope no casualties.
Live feed – ongoing:
LATEST: disaster! Notre-Dame seems being destroyed – its Spire collapses!
Too early to talk about who, how and why, and I know a lot of people don’t like hearing the truth; they prefer to hold on to the image of what is familiar to them and/or what used to be a long time ago…
BUT! The truth is: France isn’t what it used to be and it presently calibrates surprisingly low; this manifests in various problems, from the population’s hardship and protests to the oligarchic frontman Macron.
And now Notre-Dame: things like this are omens of changes (to put it mildly)…
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On September 11, 1791, sixteen men disguised themselves as women and waited patiently in a forest outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the local tax collector.
The tax collector’s name was Robert Johnson. And he was tasked with collecting the new Whiskey Tax that had recently been signed into law.
This was -very- early in US history; the Constitution had only been ratified two years early, and George Washington was barely into his first term as President.
At the time, the US was drowning in debt. The American Revolution was terribly expensive, and the national debt amounted to more $75 million… an extraordinary sum at the time.
In order to pay for it, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton convinced his colleagues to pass an excise tax on distilled spirits; and the so-called Whiskey Tax became law in March of 1791.
Whiskey was second only to God in America in the late 1700s. It was a staple of everyday life… used not only to kill brain cells, but as a medicine, disinfectant, and even a currency.
Whiskey was something that people assumed would always have value, so it was often used as a medium of exchange in trade. You could buy bread, livestock, and even pay debts with whiskey.
And farmers would frequently distill their excess grains into whiskey for extra cash. So it was surprisingly vital to the early US economy.
Taxing it proved extremely unpopular, and violent insurrection quickly followed.
It was only six months after the Whiskey Tax became law that the tax collector Robert Johnson was ambushed outside of Pittsburgh.
The sixteen assailants shaved his head, poured scalding tar on his skin, and covered him with feathers. And the deputy federal marshal who was ordered to serve arrest warrants on those same assailants refused to do so, fearing for his own life.
The insurrection quickly escalated, culminating in the US government sending 13,000 soldiers (most of whom had been drafted against their will) to put down the rebellion.
It was the first time in US history that the federal government would pass a highly unpopular tax due to its financial desperation, and enforce it at gunpoint.
Now, I said that the $75 million debt was considered a LOT of money back then. In 2019 dollars, that was about $2 billion, roughly $500 worth of today’s money for every man, woman, and child in America at the time.
Today the national debt exceeds $22 TRILLION, or more than $62,000 per person.
So, even as financially desperate as the government was in 1791, today the debt is over 100x worse on a per capita basis.
This makes higher taxes almost inevitable. And that’s worth considering as you file your annual tax return today.
Think about it: almost every penny that you send the government in tax goes to either pay interest on the debt, or towards completely insolvent programs like Social Security and Medicare (which the government estimates will run out of money in 15 years.)
There’s a few bucks left over for the military. But nearly ALL of the rest of government is funded with more debt.
That’s why the government had to borrow an additional $1 trillion last year… on top of another trillion the previous year.
Even the Treasury Department expects that it will increase the national debt by several trillion over the next few years.
Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that ‘in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ I would respectfully change that to “HIGHER taxes”.
The Bolsheviks that are rising to power in the Land of the Free want your money. The fiscal outlook is already far too dire, and on top of that they want to spend vast sums on their pet projects.
They’re looking for every penny they can get their hands on, and they’re already proposing all sorts of initiatives– higher corporate taxes, new wealth taxes, and radically higher incomes taxes.
Any rational individual really ought to plan on this.
Even if you’re the type of person who agrees with their politics, I hope we can at least take an honest appraisal of the government’s track record.
Maybe you think that the ‘Green New Deal’ is the greatest idea in history. OK fine. Enjoy that fantasy. But at least consider who you’re dealing with.
After all, these are the people who squandered $2 BILLION to build a website. It’s not just that, either. Absurd, egregious waste and pitiful execution is in every corner of government, big and small.
According to Senator Rand Paul, for example, the National Institutes of Health spent nearly $1 million of your money to study the sexual habits of quail that are high on cocaine. And another $2.5 million to study daydreaming.
So, no matter where your beliefs align, it’s important to recognize that much of what they collect in tax revenue will be flushed down the toilet.
That money will be put to much better use in your own pocket. Save it to invest in your own business or education. Donate it to charity. Set aside more money for your retirement (given that Social Security’s trust funds will soon run dry).
With taxes, there are ALWAYS legal means at your disposal to reduce what you owe.
If you own a business, you can set up a captive insurance company, saving potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
If you have any self-employment or side-business income, set up a solo 401(k) or SEP IRA, taking an extra $56,000 off the table annually.
And if you have the means, moving overseas or here to Puerto Rico can potentially eliminate your tax bill.
These are all completely LEGAL and sensible steps to take.
Even the Queen Bolshevik herself, Elizabeth Warren, maximized her retirement deduction last year, contributing $55,000 to her solo 401(k).
It seems she understands what’s coming next…
Safety first! Too much NSA snooping, best to own one’s own servers. 🙂
Russia to remain a part of the worldwide web, but to ensure safety and to prevent US manipulation/hacking of the Runet, Russia creates a fail safe mechanism, which takes the control over RUNET – the Russian segment away from the US! The US server is to become a secondary server to the dominant Russian servers.
I foresee that more countries will do the same. So far, it has been done only by China, however, the Chinese way remains a very invasive control of everything. It is essentially a totally separate system, with no real penetration of the outside world. The isolation and control are the key words. Not good.
The Russian way is much milder and much less invasive – and that’s the future for those countries who want to remain a part of the web…
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Thursday, April 11, 2019 by: Mike Adams
(Natural News) ANALYSIS: The arrest of Julian Assange was actually triggered by DOJ AG William Barr telling the world that yes, Obama’s deep state operatives spied on Trump campaign officials. Now, the deep state is in a total panic, and they are pulling out all the stops to try to frame Trump and derail the DOJ investigation that will reportedly lead to criminal indictments by June.
Those likely to be indicted include Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, James Clapper and many others who attempted to carry out treason against America, as President Trump stated today. They attempted a coup; they got caught; and now they are going to face the legal consequences of their lawless, criminal actions. (The entire left-wing media was also part of this criminal conspiracy against America… will the fake news journo-terrorists ever face arrest for their role in the plot?)
But the deep state isn’t dead yet. They still run large groups of operatives inside the State Department, the FBI and even the DOJ. And traitorous globalist criminal Barack Obama sits on top of all these groups, running “the resistance” from his command bunker near the Capitol in D.C. Make no mistake: Obama is behind the arrest of Julian Assange, and the gambit here is to pressure Assange to fabricate accusations that implicate President Trump in the “Russia collusion” hoax that has already imploded.
Corrupt Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has now declared Julian Assange to be “our property,” claiming it will, “be really good to get him back on United States soil.” Where, obviously, he can be tortured at will by Obama deep state operatives. Note that this Democrat senator refers to a human being — Julian Assange — as government “property” in much the same way plantation owners once categorized their own slaves as “property.” Is it any wonder the KKK was a creation of southern Democrats like Joe Manchin?
Julian Assange will now be physically tortured by Obama’s deep state operatives
If Assange can be forced to testify against Trump by inventing false “facts” that the media can run with, it could revive the Russia collusion hoax and pressure Barr to back off at the DOJ, thereby preventing Obama’s foot soldiers (Brennan, Clapper, etc.) from eventually turning on Obama and fingering the former president for his role in criminal treason against the United States of America.
Thus, the very next thing that’s going to happen is that Assange will be transported to a U.S. torture facility run by Obama loyalists, and he will be repeatedly tortured until he agrees to fabricate fake testimony against President Trump. This is what happens to journalists in a world run by corrupt Leftists like Obama and the Clintons, all of whom are globalist criminals with a long history of ordering executions of their political enemies. (The Clinton body bag “conspiracy” isn’t a conspiracy; it’s real history as former special prosecutor Ken Starr suddenly admitted yesterday.)
If President Trump pardons Assange, that act will be labeled “obstruction of justice” and set off calls for a whole new Mueller investigation. Remember, it was Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey that set off the initial Robert Mueller investigation that was launched for the sole purpose of destroying President Trump and reversing the 2016 election. Robert Mueller has known since at least the summer of 2017 that the Russia collusion conspiracy was a complete hoax, yet he fed the delusions of the left-wing media to keep the collusion alive, helping Democrats steal the 2018 elections and gain control over the House of Representatives. (Robert Mueller is a traitor who should be arrested and charged with treason. He has destroyed the lives of countless innocent Americans, including Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.)
For similar political reasons, Trump is very unlikely to pardon Julian Assange right now, even though that would be the ethical action here. Instead, Trump will likely work behind the scenes to apply pressure to the deep state operatives who have kidnapped and are planning on torturing Assange. If those individuals can be exposed and expelled from government, Assange may only face a relatively minor sentence for “hacking,” and an ethical judge might even grant Assange seven years of credit for “time served” as a prisoner in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
In effect, Assange could be set free, but he first has to survive the torture effort that will be used to try to force him to “compose” false testimony against Trump. There will be no holding back on the efforts to threaten, intimidate and physically torture Julian Assange because the deep state will do anything — absolutely anything — to take down Donald Trump.
Yes, we are now living in a world where Obama / Clinton deep state operatives TORTURE journalists
In case you aren’t fully grasping what I’m revealing here, yes, we are now living in a world where Obama / Clinton deep state operatives will do anything to destroy Trump, including killing or torturing journalists.
Have no illusions: The Obama regime was a criminal regime, and it never gave up power. Obama operatives are still alive and well inside the State Dept., the FBI, DOJ, IRS, EPA and every other corrupt government agency you can think of. They are all working tirelessly to destroy Trump, overrule the voters and establish permanent Democrat authoritarian rulein the United States of America by any means necessary.
Evil tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook are conspiring with the deep state to selectively censor all pro-Trump voices under “hate speech” rules, effectively silencing conservatives, Christians and constitutionalists. Sen. Ted Cruz is well aware of what’s happening and is now calling for investigations into widespread fraud being carried out by social media platforms and search engines.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald is already sounding off on all this, warning journalists that if they don’t stand up for Assange, they don’t really stand for journalism at all:
The UK police also confirm that they’ve arrested Assange “in relation to an extradition warrant on behalf of the United States authorities.” Dems cheering this are united with the Trump DOJ in an extremist action that the Obama DOJ refused to take: https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/1116302894259679233 …
If you’re a US media star who has spent 2 years claiming to be so concerned about press freedoms over Trump’s mean tweets about your friends, but don’t raise your voice in protest over this grave attack on press freedom, take a hard look in the mirror https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/09/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assange-it-would-be-wrong-to-extradite-him?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium=&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1554831501 …
The Guardian view on Julian Assange: it would be wrong to extradite him | Editorial
Editorial: The WikiLeaks founder has been in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012. Clear judgment will be required if he now leaves his self-imposed retreat
For the record, Julian Assange did exactly the same thing the New York Times did when it published the Pentagon Papers. The ability for a journalism organization to receive and then publish classified materials has already been well established by the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet when it comes to information the U.S. military industrial complex finds uncomfortable, they will stop at nothing to criminalize journalism (and may even attempt to execute or torture individual journalists who are involved).
Never forget: Obama’s deep state fabricated sex assault charges against Assange and pressured foreign jurisdictions to level those charges locally. These are the same people who fabricated the “Trump dossier” which was used to illegally spy on Trump campaign officials via FISA court abuses (all carried out by James Clapper, John Brennan, James Comey, Peter Strzok and the rest of the corrupt bunch of treasonous traitors).
Sadly, Julian Assange is now a pawn in a high stakes deep state ploy to halt the coming criminal indictments of Obama-era officials and try to turn the tables on Trump yet again, to get him thrown out of office.
The American people need to rise up and defend Julian Assange and denounce the deep state, Barack Obama’s countless crimes, and the entire left-wing coordinated coup that tried to overthrow the United States of America and turn it into a left-wing fascist regime run by criminals and tyrants.
I say it’s time to arrest and imprison every individual who took part in the attempted coup against President Trump, including the fake news “journalists” who directly colluded with deep state officials to lie to the American public and falsely accuse Trump of treason.
Be prepared to take America back. And be prepared to join Trump’s effort to locate, arrest and imprison all traitors who are actively working to bring down America from within. The left-wing media is the enemy of the People. And there are numerous mayors and governors who should all be arrested and imprisoned for their ongoing treason against America and their efforts to destroy the liberties of Americans.
Watch my “Blue flag” video to learn more:
And pray for Julian Assange. Demand he be set free, and demand real justice against those who tried to frame him.
While I am not opposed to immigration legally, (in an ideal world there’s only human beings, no one should be illegal for wanting to live a better life), there should be a balance. Trump’s solution is not half bad. 🙂
The White House has at least twice considered a plan to release detained immigrants into Democrat-led “sanctuary cities,” three people familiar with the idea confirmed Friday. After initial reports cited that this roundtable plan was just a mere suggestion, President Donald Trump doubled down on the proposal in a big way.
“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump tweeted.
“The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy—so this should make them very happy!” he continued.
Supporters say that the president has a point. How are Democrats upset about illegal immigrants coming into sanctuary cities? The liberal left opened up the potential for its cities to become safe havens for illegal immigrants.
In other words, Democrats have been “welcoming” illegals… until they actually show up? This is the mess they claimed they wanted, and never really wanted.
For years now, Democrats sat on Capitol Hill campaigning for relaxed measures on illegal immigrants and a ton of Democratic cities — almost all far away from the actual border — have voted to become sanctuary cities.
So-called sanctuary cities are places where local authorities refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, denying information or resources that would help ICE round up people living in the country illegally.
They include New York City and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco, who on Friday called the idea of shipping illegal immigrants to her district “unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a country, as a people, to address who we are — a nation of immigrants.”
Now there’s a dumpster fire on the southern border that everyday Americans have to deal with — and these liberal Democrats never had to worry about it.
The plan, which was first reported by The Washington Post, is one of many ideas considered by an increasingly frustrated White House in recent months as President Donald Trump has railed against the growing number of Central American migrant families crossing the southern border. Officials say they are running out of options, and have proposed and recycled numerous ideas that have never come to fruition.
Trump in recent weeks has discussed the idea of renewing his administration’s controversial family separation policy.
And he and aides are weighing forcing asylum-seeking families to choose between being detained together as their cases make their way through the courts or sending their children to government-run shelters.
There were at least two versions of the sanctuary city plan that were considered. One would have moved people who had already been detained and were being held elsewhere to places with Democratic opponents of the president, while the other would have transported migrants apprehended at the border directly to San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and other spots.
A Homeland Security spokesperson played down the reported idea, saying it was “floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.” A White House official echoed that language.
Former ICE Deputy Director Matt Albence, who on Friday was announced as the agency’s acting director, denied that the White House pressured immigration officials to implement the idea.
“I was asked my opinion and provided it, and my advice was heeded,” he said in a statement.
The Department of Health and Human Services said this week that it had started scouting vacant properties that could be turned into facilities for holding migrant children in several cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and San Antonio.
Those facilities would be licensed by each state and likely take several months to be approved and opened, separating them from the rapidly-expanding emergency shelter at Homestead, Florida, and the now-closed tent facility at Tornillo, Texas.
The Defense Department has also been reviewing a number of military bases to find a location that can house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children as the U.S. braces for a surge of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this spring.
Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted the request for space last month, as Homeland Security leaders warned that tens of thousands of families were crossing the border each month.
HHS has traditionally been responsible for providing temporary shelter to unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border.
ICE is tasked with arresting people living in the country illegally — including some who have been here for decades.
During his tenure at the Justice Department, Trump’s former Attorney General Jeff Sessions went after sanctuary cities, threatening to cut off their federal funding.
ICE arrested 32,977 people accused of crimes and 20,464 for immigration violations during the budget year 2018. There were 105,140 arrests of people with criminal convictions and 158,581 arrests overall. The most frequent criminal conviction was for drunken driving, followed by drug and traffic offenses.
By comparison, in the last budget year of the Obama administration, there were 94,751 people arrested with convictions, 6,267 arrests of those with pending charges and 9,086 on immigration violations. There were 111,104 arrests overall.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
You’ve heard me mention Puerto Rico’s amazing tax incentives about a million times by now.
Here I am, living in a beautiful place that’s part of the United States… yet I pay ZERO US federal income tax, only a 4% corporate tax for my businesses and ZERO capital gains and dividends tax.
And this is all perfectly legal.
I’m still a US citizen, but I’m not hiding out from the IRS, nefariously dodging Uncle Sam’s taxes. What I’m doing is 100% in line with tax codes and regulations. I’m simply using the existing rules to live a comfortable lifestyle in paradise.
You too can have this type of lifestyle and tax advantages… and we’ve just posted an in-depth article on how to take advantage of Puerto Rico’s tax incentives to our website.
Business owners, self-employed professionals, independent contractors, traders, consultants and investors: this is your rare opportunity to legally escape US taxes.
This opportunity is especially interesting for Americans, because the US is one of only two countries in the world that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income even if they aren’t residents. And Puerto Rico is one of the few legitimate ways around that.
But even non-US citizens could benefit from Puerto Rico’s incentives.
In this article I also share why right now is literally best time EVER to apply for Puerto Rico’s tax incentives. I know that might sound like a bunch of hype, but there are two very rational reasons why this is the case.
So if any of the above apply to you even just remotely, you owe it to yourself to check out Puerto Rico’s incentives right away.
Putin for President…. in Ukraine, LOL!
It was documented that in the 1st round many voters crossed off all the names in their ballots and wrote across ‘Vladimir Putin for president of Ukraine.’ Even though Putin never ran…
Meantime, Poroshenko plastered the entire Ukraine with billboards depicting him and Putin. The slogan he runs under: ‘It’s either me or Putin.’ I guess people heard him loud and clear and… Putin won. Only 16% voted for Poroshenko in the 1st round. And the consensus is that several percentage points were blatantly added to his real numbers, so he would bypass Timoshenko and get into the second round.
This means that 84% voted for Putin. CONGRATULATIONS, Vladimir Vladimirovich!
But 1st round defeat wasn’t enough. The new Putin vs. Poroshenko billboards all over Ukraine say: ‘April 21, final choice!’ Putin already won, but let’s confirm it again on April 21, lol.
Btw, per polls the vast majority of those…
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