1 May 2013

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay

US Poll: 29% Think Armed Rebellion Might Soon Be Necessary

Sahil Kapur: Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years, according to the results of a staggering poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.
The survey, aimed at measuring public attitudes toward gun issues, found that 29 percent of Americans agree with the statement, In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” An additional five percent were unsure.
Eighteen percent of Democrats said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” as compared to 27 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans. Support levels were similar among males and females.

Non-partisan Initiative To Legalize Gold Coins As A Second Currency Alongside The Swiss Franc

“The Swiss franc - a success story”
Prof. E. Baltensperger1
...but it's future is uncertain.
“A franc-gold-combination would bring more security”
Prof. P. Bernholz2
The Problem
The Swiss Franc has lost roughly 90% of its value during the last century. It's future is uncertain and not only depending on the Swiss National Bank's strategy, but also on the developments in the international monetary system and in particular on European and American politics.
The Idea
The existing monetary system is based on the principle of paper money and greatly depends on political factors. Gold coins on the other hand are a commodity money and possess a intrinsic value independent from politics. They can complement the existing currencies ideally, as an investment opportunity as well as an alternative means of payment.

THE UK PAEDOFILE: Police investigating the previous police investigation which investigated the one before that find themselves investigating the Police Complaints Commission

Can thirty years of failure in Richmond really be down to incompetence?

copspt The Slog: As the evidence of paedophile child-trafficking cover-ups in Richmond goes from slightly sneaky to the multiply slimey, the absence of any arrests is getting harder and harder to explain.
The Exaro news site reveals how police in 1983 took no action against a child abuse complaint at a Richmond care home despite corroborating evidence from the victim’s friend. Then how a 2003 team reopened the investigation, got nowhere…and are now being investigated by contemporary Plod….who is also investigating his own IPCC about a 2004 complaint relating to the case that they didn’t follow up. I wonder if anyone has spotted the fact that the cops are a bit, um, lacking in objectivity when it comes to investigating themselves.
In the understated comment of the millennium, former Richmond child services director Terry Earland said “In normal circumstances yes, I’d say that would be unusual”. He didn’t expand on what abnormal circumstances would make it usual procedure.

Mozilla may take legal action against company behind FinFisher for masking surveillance virus as Firefox

By Madison Ruppert: Mozilla recently said that they are likely going to take legal action against the Gamma Group, the company behind the FinFisher surveillance virus, for making the malicious software appear to be Firefox.

Mozilla called it “doubly offensive” that FinFisher tricked users into thinking it was actually Firefox, and thus a legitimate application, and plans to issue a cease-and-desist order notice very soon.
“We found what Gamma was doing to be highly offensive,” Alex Fowler, Mozilla’s chief privacy officer, told Ryan Gallagher of Future Tense.
“The trust that people have put into the Mozilla brand, the Firefox brand, is one of our most important assets—it’s what people put a lot of faith in. So for a company using those brands and trademarks in a way that is playing off of that trust and brand to surreptitiously surveil citizens living in countries with repressive regimes—it’s doubly offensive,” Fowler said.
This decision was not made hastily. Indeed, one researcher pointed it out on July 25, 2012 via Twitter, even posting a screenshot demonstrating how FinFisher was masking itself as Firefox.

20 Signs That The Next Great Economic Depression Has Already Started In Europe

By Michael Snyder: The next Great Depression is already happening - it just hasn't reached the United States yet.  Things in Europe just continue to get worse and worse, and yet most people in the United States still don't get it.  All the time I have people ask me when the "economic collapse" is going to happen.  Well, for ages I have been warning that the next major wave of the ongoing economic collapse would begin in Europe, and that is exactly what is happening.  In fact, both Greece and Spain already have levels of unemployment that are greater than anything the U.S. experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Pay close attention to what is happening over there, because it is coming here too.  You see, the truth is that Europe is a lot like the United States.  We are both drowning in unprecedented levels of debt, and we both have overleveraged banking systems that resemble a house of cards.  The reason why the U.S. does not look like Europe yet is because we have thrown all caution to the wind.  The Federal Reserve is printing money as if there is no tomorrow and the U.S. government is savagely destroying the future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have by stealing more than 100 million dollars from them every single hour of every single day.

FLEE!: Connecticut Begins Gold Dealer Shutdown

By Jeff Berwick: If you don't own gold yet, you might really want to hurry up and get some. We keep saying it, but this time it's not just because physical precious metals are getting incredibly scarce. Purchasing gold may become outright illegal if what's going on in Connecticut is any indication. Even if Connecticut's plan to track all gold sales isn't a harbinger for a modern day Roosevelt-like ban on gold ownership, it will at the very least drive gold bullion dealers out of business with the cost of complying with the new regulation. That will create artificial scarcity in Connecticut and could set a precident for other US States.
From the Connecticut General Assembly website:
An Act Concerning Precious Metals or Stones Dealers.
To require precious metals or stones dealers to provide a periodic statement of transactions in an electronic format to the local licensing authority and retain any goods purchased for at least ten days, and to make the requirements applicable to precious metals or stones dealers similar to those applicable to secondhand dealers.
Introduced by: Public Safety and Security Committee

Nigel Farage on "wholesale, violent revolution" in Europe

sovereignman: Nigel Farage spoke at the Sovereign Man: Offshore Tactics Workshop in Santiago, Chile, on March 30 - April 1, 2013.

CRIME PAYS AFTER ALL: Lloyds posts £2bn profit by losing less and stealing more

It’ll take 65 more years like this one to get our money back
The Slog: Everyone seems jolly happy with the Lloyds Banking Group results: profits are up almost tenfold to around £2 billion before tax, embezzlement, dodgy accountancy, brave faces and brass necks are taken into account. Appallingly idiotic investment bets halved to a mere billion quid – and there was a satisfying absence of any fresh charges related to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance. That scandal  will very likely cost LBG £6.8bn by the time they’ve finished.
However, dig beneath the headlines and the whole thing looks less fragrant:
1. The management declined to give any firm guidance on when dividends might recommence.
2. They also declined to comment on when the UK government might start selling its 39% stake in the group.
3. 35% of all profit came from selling government bonds, which is sort of more of our money going round in circles.

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Ted Nugent: Obama's Hitler Type Deceit

AJ: Alex talks with rock music icon and Second rights advocate Ted Nugent about the ongoing effort by Congress and Obama to force gun control on the American people. Source

Nuclear Warmongers: 'Israeli bias makes US policy irrational'

Press TV has interviewed James Fetzer, professor (Emeritus) University of Minnesota, Madison about Egypt walking out of NPT talks in protest of Israeli nukes. Source

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Boeing 747 crash at Bagram Airfield caught on tape

By Bill Chappell: The final seconds of an American 747 civilian from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan Monday — resulting in a crash that killed all seven crewmembers — were apparently captured by a dashboard camera. In the video, the aircraft is seen in a steep climb, until it fails to gain altitude and plummets into the earth.