The Deep State: How They Got Their Power To Manipulate For Ultimate Control

While many in the United States firmly believe that the government just isn’t working, it is. But it’s only working for the powerful and rich elites in the government and the media who have a desire to cling to their oppressive control of others and the money many are willing to allow them to steal.
The fight has never been between the republicans and the democrats. As Americans choose sides, their rights and freedoms are sold to the highest bidder. According toIntellectual Takeout, the fight is between ‘us’ and the deep state; not those on the right and those on the left. More and more often we are seeing bureaucrats, lobbyists, and elected officials of both parties circle the wagons in an effort to prevent any true reforms of the government. They constantly write laws they exclude themselves from, come up with inventive ways to tax us to our breaking point and destroy the healthcare system. And this is all by design.
According to Joost Meerloo in his seminal book The Rape of the Mind, the author discusses the psychology of brainwashing that’s allowing every American to succumb to tyranny right before their eyes and not only not realize it, but beg for more oppression. ‘The burning psychological question is whether man will eventually master his institutions so that these will serve him and not rule him,’ said Meerloo in his discussion of the Deep State or the ‘administrative machine’ published in 1956.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 3rd, 2017.

Facebook Exposed – “You” Are The Product

At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users. That number, the company’s preferred ‘metric’ when measuring its own size, means two billion different people used Facebook in the preceding month. It is hard to grasp just how extraordinary that is. Bear in mind that thefacebook – its original name – was launched exclusively for Harvard students in 2004. No human enterprise, no new technology or utility or service, has ever been adopted so widely so quickly. The speed of uptake far exceeds that of the internet itself, let alone ancient technologies such as television or cinema or radio.
Also amazing: as Facebook has grown, its users’ reliance on it has also grown. The increase in numbers is not, as one might expect, accompanied by a lower level of engagement. More does not mean worse – or worse, at least, from Facebook’s point of view. On the contrary. In the far distant days of October 2012, when Facebook hit one billion users, 55 per cent of them were using it every day. At two billion, 66 per cent are. Its user base is growing at 18 per cent a year – which you’d have thought impossible for a business already so enormous. Facebook’s biggest rival for logged-in users is YouTube, owned by its deadly rival Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), in second place with 1.5 billion monthly users. Three of the next four biggest apps, or services, or whatever one wants to call them, are WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, with 1.2 billion, 1.2 billion, and 700 million users respectively (the Chinese app WeChat is the other one, with 889 million). Those three entities have something in common: they are all owned by Facebook. No wonder the company is the fifth most valuable in the world, with a market capitalisation of $445 billion.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 2, 2017.

Harvey and Carmageddon: GM, Toyota, Subaru Kick Butt. FCA, Nissan, Hyundai Get Crushed

It gets complicated. But there’s a curious tidbit about prices. On August 24, as hurricane Harvey was barreling into one of the largest urban areas in the US, Kelley Blue Book forecast unperturbed that new-vehicle sales would rise 1.5% year-over-year in the US to a total of 1.53 million units, based largely on the fact that August had one more selling day than a year ago.
‘August should be the first year-over-year increase of 2017,’ it said bravely.
It wasn’t rose-colored optimism though. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR), which accounts for that extra selling day, would fall 3% year-over-year to 16.6 million units, it said.
But it was the eighth month in a row that forecasters were woeful unprepared for reality – though there was finally some good news from GM.

This post was published at Wolf Street on Sep 3, 2017.

Are Grocery Chains About To Join The Retail-Bankruptcy Bloodbath?

Amazon officially assumed control of Whole Foods Market on Monday and by noon, channel checks at WFM stores revealed that its new tech overlords had already slashed prices by nearly 50%, sending bonds of its grocery-chain rivals reeling as grocers confronted a new dilemma: either slash prices to the point of unprofitability, or hold the line and risk seeing sales evaporate.
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And as bonds of even highly rated grocery chains have underperformed this week, Bloomberg is questioning whether the WFM acquisition has fundamentally changed market dynamics in what was previously an island of stability in a retail sector beset by bankruptcies.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 2, 2017.

Gold to S&P 500 Ratio Flashing Major Buy Signal

Since 1971 when President Nixon allowed the dollar’s purchasing power to sink and asset prices to rise exponentially:
The S&P 500 Index has risen from 100 to 2,480 Gold prices have risen from $42 to $1,300. Most consumer prices have risen substantially. S. Government official national debt has increased from $400 billion to $20 trillion. S. government expenses, and welfare, warfare and entitlement programs have rapidly increased. Examine the 46 year log scale graph of the S&P 500 Index and observe the consequence of devaluing dollars.

This post was published at GoldStockBull on August 31st, 2017.

Macron wants a Federal Budget for All of the Eurozone

French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron is coming out arguing for the total federalization of Europe proposing that there should be a budget for the Eurozone of hundreds of billions of euros. Macron’s position is that this budget should represent several points of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Eurozone. It should be possible, Macron said, to collect money together in the markets and ‘allocate it with sufficient force’ for all.
He also has made it clear that the GDP of all euro area countries was 10.7 trillion in 2016 according to Eurostat. He makes it clear that the Eurozone is far too restrictive in its budget policy when compared with the policies of China, Russia or the United States. He has made it clear that this is the cause of the high unemployment in Europe among the youth.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Sep 3, 2017.

Red Cross Admits It Doesn’t Know How Hurricane Harvey Donation Money Is Spent

Though the Red Cross has a historical reputation for providing relief to victims of natural disasters and other emergencies, the organization’s practices have tarnished its name over the last few years.
Amid the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Red Cross reportedly accepted nearly $500 million in relief money but built only six homes with the funds even though they claimed they had provided homes to 130,000 people. These failures prompted some Haitians to advise the world against donating funds to the Red Cross.
The organization was accused of diverting resources and supplies to bolster its public image during Hurricane Sandy. As an investigation by NPR and ProPublica found:
‘The Red Cross national headquarters in Washington ‘diverted assets for public relations purposes.’
A former Red Cross official managing the Sandy effort says 40 percent of available trucks were assigned to serve as backdrops for news conferences.’
The outlets reported that ‘[d]istribution of relief was ‘politically driven instead of [Red Cross] planned,” noting many organizational failures.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 2, 2017.

Why You Should Sell to Companies That Buy Houses

When it is time to sell your home, you have many options. You can sell it yourself or involve a real estate agency. The third option, which is even faster, is the option of selling to companies that buy houses. These companies strive to take the hassle from the process of selling houses. After contacting them, they will evaluate your home and give you an offer. If you accept the offer, the deal can be closed in as little as seven days. This is a great option if you are pressed for time or if you need money fast. Here are some of the key reasons why you should consider the option of selling to companies that buy homes.
Get cash fast
The main reason is to get the cash fast. Selling through an agency requires that you make changes to your home and advertise widely. Even after doing all this, your house can remain on the market for months or even years. Agencies that buy homes make sure that you never have to wait too long to get the cash. When you accept their offer, you will have the money in your pocket within a week. Regardless of your situation, these agencies buy homes on cash basis. There is no need to worry about bank financing, which takes too long.

This post was published at ZenTrader on September 2, 2017.