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G. Edward Griffin’s

2011 MAY 21 – 27

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US: Congress passes and Obama signs a 4-year extension of the misnamed Patriot Act. Amendments introduced by Senator Rand Paul to protect personal rights were soundly rejected. [One of Paul’s amendments would have restricted the government’s power to obtain gun-ownership records of law-abiding citizens. The National Rifle Association, a so-called conservative and gun-rights organization, sent letters to lawmakers saying it was not taking a position on this issue.] Yahoo 2011 May 27 (Cached)

G-8 countries, following the lead of the U.S., will spend $40 billion to topple Arab regimes unfriendly to G-8 governments and their corporate partners. [They claim they are bringing democracy to these nations, but their version of democracy is a New World Order with little regard for the people. G-8 countries are staggering under debt and economic crisis. This funding will add to that burden.] USA Today 2011 May 27 (Cached)

US: Federal judge rules that banning corporate donations to political candidates is unconstitutional, because corporations have the same rights as people. Yahoo 2011 May 27 (Cached)

New Jersey withdraws from 10-state “climate pact” that is slated to implement cap-and-trade policies. [Bravo! Now, for the other 9.]
New York Times
2011 My 26 (Cached)

US: Congressional Democrats push bill to speed up military withdrawal from Afghanistan. [Pardon our cynicism, but if they are in such a hurry, why have they passed every funding bill for the war without question? Could this be just another show to look good to the voters in the upcoming election year? Both parties have had the power to end these wars if they really wanted to. As Lenin said: “Words are one thing. Actions another.”] McClatchey 2011 May 26 (Cached)

Google is launching ‘tap-to-pay’, a cashless cell-phone payment system that is leading toward the end of physical currency. [Just think how wonderful it will be when your every purchase, no matter how small, will be recorded in a computer along with the time of day and your physical location.]
2011 May 26 (Cached)

US: Senator says there is a “secret” Patriot Act, which means the public’s understanding of it is different than how it is interpreted by government. His amendment requiring the Attorney General to explain the legal basis for collecting data on Americans was blocked by the Senate.
Secrecy News 2011 May 25 (Cached)

US: Obama announces plan to merge Department of Homeland Security with the Pentagon and

NSA to give it expanded power to monitor and control civilian use of the Internet – to protect against terrorism, of course. InfoWars 2011 May 25 (Cached)

The European Parliament wants PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece & Spain) to pledge their gold as collateral for bank loans of fiat money. When they default on their debts, those clever bankers walk away with thousands of tons of gold in exchange for their paper money created out of nothing. ZeroHedge 2011 May 25 (Cached)

Texas legislature previously proposed a bill to prohibit TSA abusive searches at airports, and everyone cheered. Now the federal government has threatening to cancel all flights in Texas if the legislation is passed. Now, the sponsor of the bill has withdrawn his support, and the issue is dead.
2011 May 25 (Cached)

Two new studies show that medical doctors may be hazardous to your health. They often make mistakes because they are sleep deprived, and they are biased toward pharmaceuticals as treatments of choice when non-toxic therapies may be better and safer. [Also cheaper.] NaturalNews 2011 May 25 (Cached)

Hedge-fund managers are buying huge swaths of farmland globally in anticipation of doomsday famine and skyrocketing food prices. [This is causing rising prices for farmland and, in turn, is increasing food prices; thus, helping to fulfill its own prophecy.] NaturalNews 2011 May 23 (Cached)

US: Federal government is considering a proposal to require all new cars to include a data recording device, known as a ‘black box’, that will keep a record of your driving performance, including speed and steering. Most cars with airbags already have one. Wired 2011 May 23 (Cached)

Researcher says the Japanese government and TEPCO covered up a meltdown at Fukushima #1 reactor for almost 2 months.
Mainichi Daily News
2011 May 23 (Cached)

US: State and local governments have run out of federal so-called stimulus money and are broke. Unless they go back begging to Washington, they will have to cut 450,000 government jobs in addition to the 300,000 already cut this year. [That would be a hardship for 450,000 people but a big boost for everyone else.]

Reuters 2011 May 23 (Cached)

Utah becomes the first state to officially legalize gold and silver as currency. Twelve other states now are now considering similar legislation. [This is a positive step in the right direction. However, be aware that this article makes the gold standard sound like a bad idea. In truth, a gold standard set by market forces and not manipulated by government is a very good idea, indeed.] Raw Story 2011 May 23 (Cached)

US: Senator Rand Paul gives a crystal clear explanation of how the Patriot Act is being used to snoop on US citizens’ bank records, e-mails, and phone conversations under the excuse of fighting terrorism. YouTube 2011 May 23

Internet companies are lobbying to remove child privacy-protection laws that prohibit kids under 13 from joining Facebook and other social networks. Why? Because children are defenseless against advertising, and they represent a potentially huge market. DigitalLife 2011 May 23 (Cached)

US: A lawsuit is pending against the federal government on behalf of families of the victims of 9/11. It seeks to build a case for the claim that Iran was complicit in the terrorist attacks. The prosecution is basing its case on the testimony of three Iranian defectors. Yahoo 2011 May 23 (Cached)

The US Department of Agriculture has threatened to fine a family more than $90,000 because they sold over $500 worth of rabbits in a year, which allegedly is in violation of some law that was not identified. The family sold $4600 in rabbits last year and made $200 profit. If they do not pay the $90,000 fine within a few days, penalties and additional fines will be added to total $4 million. [Collectivism is strangling America.] NaturalNews 2011 May 22 (Cached)

US: Plague of stink bugs is reeking havoc on crops in 33 states. Apple harvest is one-fifth destroyed, and the bugs are now attacking cherries, tomatoes, grapes, lima beans, soybeans, green peppers and peaches. [This, plus floods, droughts, chemical pollution from the sky, and crushing government regulations add up to food shortage in the near future.]
2011 May 21 (Cached)

Japan: Radioactive sludge from damaged nuclear power plants is being disposed by selling it to manufacturers of cement. It is not clear how dangerous this may be for those occupying structures made with this cement, but experts claim that radiation levels are dropping rapidly and are not expressing concern. Ex-SKF 2011 May 21 (Cached)

CIA Director puts a gag on his staff against providing information on the bin Laden raid. Whistleblowers are threatened with imprisonment. [Of course, this has nothing to do with covering up the fact that Bin Laden actually died several years ago. It is only to protect information that could jeopardize future similar operations. Right?]
Hindustani Times
Posted 2011 May 21 (Cached)

UK: Cell phones now are used to make payments for small items. This is a pilot program that is expected soon to replace bank cards. [Don’t worry about the banks. They still still will be in the middle of clearing payments between accounts. This is the next big step toward a cashless society in which all transactions will be processed by computers. Financial privacy soon will be history.] IBTimes Posted 2011 May 21 (Cached)

Mighty rabbit attacks large snake and chases it into a tree. Hard to believe. YouTube

China is investing aggressively in US natural resources including minerals, oil, gas, precious metals, and rare-earth elements. They also have been active in stealing American technology and are planning “Special Economic Zones” inside the US. [The Chinese government still considers the U.S. as a nation to be subdued.]
New American
Posted 2011 May 21 (Cached)

Tennessee police commit highway robbery by stopping vehicles and confiscating cash, under the excuse of the ‘War on Drugs’. Many who are stopped are not even charged with a crime. Police are paid out of the money they confiscate.
Posted 2011 May 21


Reports and commentaries that look beyond the news to identify historical facts and trends that must be understood to place the news into perspective. This is our “think-tank” section that makes it possible to anticipate future events.

The continuing US military intervention in Libya remains unchallenged by Congress and setsdangerous precedents for future wars and dictatorial power to wage them.
PPJ Gazette
2011 May 27 (Cached)

US: Man gets food stamps even after winning the lottery. [Is that proper? The state says his winnings are an asset, and that makes it OK. Otherwise those with equity in their homes (assets) would also be cut off even though they have minimal income. Should they be denied welfare just because they own their homes? The bigger question is: should ANYONE get food stamps from the government (taxpayers)? Is the proper function of the state to re-distribute wealth? Think about it. As usual, the real issues are behind the headlines.]
2011 May 19 (Cached)

Nevada planning committee member says federal Bureau of Land Management has become an arm of “The Crown” which is an investment consortium of the world’s largest banks controlled from “The City” which is the financial center in London. He says they have acquired vast water and gold rights in his state, and most people are totally unaware. [Includes short video explaining the “Crown.”]
PPJ Gazette 2011 May 17 (Cached)

College Conspiracy is a new documentary about the coming bubble in college debt, the futility of a college education in the coming crisis, and the value of a real education on-line. NIA 2011 May 14