Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars that most people had assumed was voluntary or part of a marketing scheme for the NFL, has actually been a money-making scheme for the NFL. The U.S. military has been dumping millions of our dollars, part of a recruitment and advertising budget that's in the billions, into paying the NFL to publicly display love for soldiers and weaponry.
Of course, the NFL may in fact really truly love the military, just as it may love the singers it permits to sing at the Super Bowl halftime show, but it makes them pay for the privilege too. And why shouldn't the military pay the football league to hype its heroism? It pays damn near everybody else. At $2.8 billion a year on recruiting some 240,000 "volunteers," that's roughly $11,600 per recruit. That's not, of course, the trillion with a T kind of spending it takes to run the military for a year; that's just the spending to gently persuade each "volunteer" to join up. The biggest military "service" ad buyer in the sports world is the National Guard. The ads often depict humanitarian rescue missions. Recruiters often tell tall tales of "non-deployment" positions followed by free college. But it seems to me that the $11,600 would have gone a long way toward paying for a year in college! And, in fact, people who have that money for college are far less likely to be recruited.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 2nd that he approves of U.S. ‘Defense’ Secretary Ash Carter’s proposal to quadruple U.S. armaments and troops in Europe, against ‘Russian aggression.’
When establishment candidate A defeats upstart candidate B by six coin toss wins, a 1.6% likelihood or virtual impossibility, red lights flash fraud.
A February 5 Des Moines Register editorial highlighted it, saying “the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about (Clinton’s) coin flips” victory.
What happened reeks of election-rigging. “(R)efusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal” provides disturbing evidence.
Democrats “must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt” - or cast serious doubt about Clinton’s victory, making the caucuses look like a preordained anointment, blatant electoral fraud, winning an election by stealing it. Razor-thin results demand a complete audit and release of raw vote totals. “Did we win the popular vote,” Sanders asked? He wants full disclosure, everything made public.
Last Monday’s results (a virtual dead heat) were the closest in Iowa Democrat caucus history. After initially congratulating Cruz on his victory, Trump lashed out at him, saying “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa. He stole it.”
Governor Christie signed a controversial bill Thursday that will make it easier for towns to sell their aging drinking water systems to for-profit companies by eliminating a public vote on such sales.
The extension of the anti-Russian sanctions was a mistake, Horst Seehofer, the prime minister of the German federal land of Bavaria, said on Thursday. "We need to take into account the current situation, we cannot lift the sanctions immediately," he told reporters. "We should seek the cancellation of sanctions by political means.""We should continue dialogue,""Many problems, including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, cannot be resolved without Russia."
China’s purchase of 24 new Russian Su-35 aircraft is essential for Beijing. The Chinese Air Force will not only get new jets that could affect the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait, but may also allow the Chinese military to assess the progress and development of J-11.. The purchase of 24 in the amount of about $2 billion is the second largest transaction between the Russian and Chinese militaries.
Germany's wealthiest federal state is interested in strengthening economic ties with Russia, according to Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer at a meeting with President Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Seehofer said his visit concentrated primarily on improving the economic interests of local businesses in his state. The Bavarian leader stressed that it was his duty to represent interests of the region, as 20 percent of Russian-German trade is with Bavaria..
In accordance with the perverse logic that governs the stock market, where bad news for the real economy is regarded as good news for financial speculation, Wall Street’s Dow Jones index fell by more than 200 points on Friday on the back of the US jobs report showed job growth of 151,000.
Maryland is the only state in the country that taxes the amount of rain that falls. HB 987 or the Stormwater Management-Watershed and Restoration Program, the “rain tax” – passed by the state legislature and signed into law on May 2, 2012 – was in response to a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate aimed towards reducing the pollution levels in the Chesapeake Bay. This tax is an annual fee on impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, garages, any other surface that could create drainage problems and water contamination situated on property owned by an individual or a business
The Saudi Arabian monarchy Thursday declared it is prepared to send ground troops into Syria under the pretext of prosecuting the US-declared war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The stepped-up military operations in and around Aleppo have sent a stream of refugees heading toward the Turkish border, less than 40 miles to the north. Moscow has charged that Turkey in active preparations for invasion of Syria. Saudi monarchy and Turkey recently set up a military coordination body. dramatically increase danger of Syrian conflict spiraling out of control into a full-scale regional war, pitting Saudi Arabia and Turkey against Iran.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden: United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. Turkey has begun preparations for an invasion of Syria, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Saudi Arabia said it was prepared to send its ground forces into Syria.. The entry of the United States and its allies risk confrontation between the two largest nuclear powers on earth.
NYPD’s enforcement of a little-known law allows the department to kick people out of their apartments without charging them with a crime or even arresting them. The process, known as nuisance abatement, is used almost exclusively against people of color: police can take civil action to shut down the use of places they believe are being used to commit crimes, using as little as affidavits from anonymous confidential informants as evidence...
The fighting looks set to create a new wave of refugees bound first for Turkey and ultimately for a beleaguered Western Europe. “Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing.”
A member of Russia’s parliament accused the Obama administration of essentially spending a year bombing the Syrian desert as opposed to Islamic State group targets, that American-trained “moderate rebels” had all run off to join terrorist organizations. “(Senator John) McCain accused us of striking out at US-trained insurgents… However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible,”
Video preview: They Killed Him October 25 marked the 10th anniversary of Wellstone's death. Was it accidental or an assassination to silence a sadly missed principled voice? Convincing evidence suggests foul play. More on that below. On October 25, 2002, The New York Times headlined "Minnesota Senator Is Among 8 Dead in Crash," saying: Wellstone "was killed today when his campaign plane crashed approaching a small airport in a wooded region in the northern part of his state." Campaigning for a third term, he "perished along with seven other people when the chartered King Air A100 went down near Eveleth around 10:20 a.m. Central Time, the Federal Aviation Administration reported."
After exploring the Caribbean, Columbus returned to the island of Hispaniola in 1498, known today as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He had left his brothers Diego and Bartholomew in charge and according to Columbus, conditions had deteriorated in his absence. He decided to increase the terror campaign against the Taino people, ruling with excessive cruelty, causing resentment from the colonists and local indian chiefs alike. Complaints of his brutality reached the Spanish monarchs and in 1500 a Chief Justice was dispatched to bring him and his brothers back to Spain in chains. But Columbus was soon forgiven for his atrocities and granted a fourth and final expedition back to the island of Hispaniola. Upon his arrival Columbus conducted an unparalleled campaign of torture and mass murder. By the time he finally left the island in 1504, the Taino had been reduced from eight million down to 100,000, making Columbus the most prolific serial killer in history. He and his men committed some of the cruelest atrocities against another race ever recorded. Columbus used any pretext as an excuse to kill and torture. Those poor souls who could not pay tribute to him had their hands cut off and were left to bleed to death. Columbus was documented by the chronicles of Las Casas, know as Brev’sima relaci-n, to have partaken in mass hangings, roasting people on spits, burnings at the stake, and hacking young children to death as punishment for the most minor of crimes. He and his men massacred the natives, sometimes hundreds at a time for sport, making bets on who could split a man in two, or cut a head off in one blow. By 1542 there were only 200 Taino remaining on the island and soon afterwords they were considered extinct. The truth about Christopher Columbus - Video
Bill Holter from JS Mineset joins us to cover the unfolding global economic collapse. "This is it. We're watching the meltdown. This is history being made." Bill says.
Holter explains, "The Fed has lied themselves into a corner. They raised rates and here we are a month later, the system is imploding and they have no bullets left. They are going to have to do QE4, they are going to have to do negative interest rates."
"I believe this is it. The margin call, the meltdown, we're watching it in real time... I guess the best way to look at where we are right now is, we're standing at the gates of Hell."
David Bowie, whose ground-breaking sound and chameleon-like ability to reinvent himself made him a pop music fixture for more than four decades, has died January 10, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. Bowie had just released his latest album, 'Blackstar,' on Friday, his 69th birthday. It shot to no. 1 on the iTunes chart in the U.K. and no. 2 in the U.S.,He was theatrical, flamboyant,without parallel in his showmanship. http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/11/entertainment/david-bowie-death/index.html
Public banking expert Ellen Brown warns that people are more at risk in the U.S. to lose their savings because the five biggest banks have nearly $250 trillion in derivatives. In a financial calamity that could cause mass bankruptcies, recent legislation says the derivative holders will be paid first. Brown explains, “The have super priority over everything. . . . All the creditors’ money will be taken in a bail-in. A bail-in is the opposite of a bankruptcy. In a bankruptcy, the bank is liquidated in order to pay off the creditors. In a bail-in, the creditors’ money is taken in order to keep the bank alive. So, we get to die while the bank lives instead of the reverse. They specifically say ‘creditors’ which means shareholders and bond holders, but what most people don’t realize is depositors are also considered creditors. When you put your money in a bank, it becomes the property of the bank, and all you have is an IOU.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Ellen Brown of EllenBrown.com. All links can be found on http://usawatchdog.com/end-of-capitalism-is-here-ellen-brown/
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