214 Years of War!

From The Activist Post

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As the world moves closer and closer to an offi­cial begin­ning to world war III, and as many peo­ple are seek­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to de-​escalate the sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, it is impor­tant to real­ize that the US state and the Amer­i­can peo­ple are sim­ply not equipped or con­di­tioned to pur­sue and real­ize peace. War is indeed the health of our state.

  • Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that Amer­ica was involved in some war dur­ing that cal­en­dar year.
  • No U.S. pres­i­dent truly qual­i­fies as a peace­time pres­i­dent. Instead, all U.S. pres­i­dents can tech­ni­cally be con­sid­ered “war presidents.”
  • The U.S. has never gone a decade with­out war.
  • The only time the U.S. went five years with­out war (193540) was dur­ing the iso­la­tion­ist period of the Great Depression.

Global Warm­ing and other Weather War­fare

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This arti­cle was first pub­lished by The Ecol­o­gist in Decem­ber 2007. Prof Michel Chos­su­dovsky sum­ma­rizes sev­eral in-​depth and detailed arti­cles writ­ten by the author on the HAARP program.

The debate on cli­mate change does not acknowl­edge the role of cli­matic war­fare, namely the delib­er­ate manip­u­la­tion of cli­mate for mil­i­tary use.

HAARP is a weapon of mass destruc­tion, capa­ble of desta­bil­is­ing agri­cul­tural and eco­log­i­cal sys­tems globally.”

Cash Ban: Greeks Face “Per­ma­nent Cash Con­trols and Com­pul­sory Use of Plas­tic Money”

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In a stun­ning move towards the elites’ endgame of ‘ban­ning cash’, Greek author­i­ties unveiled stricter cap­i­tal con­trols for civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers this week­end. By dras­ti­cally lim­it­ing cash with­drawals and forc­ing the more ‘con­trol­lable’ com­pul­sory use of plas­tic money, Greek author­i­ties hope to stop tax eva­sion through the use of ‘fake cash registers’.

As Keep​Tak​ing​Greece​.com reports,

A shock-​measure: civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers will be sub­ject to stricter cap­i­tal con­trols than the rest of the Greeks. They will be able to with­draw only €150 per week – with the cash with­drawal cap being €420 per week – that is a total of €600 per month. The rest of their wage or pen­sion they will have to spend by using debit or credit card.

The news fell like a bomb­shell on Sat­ur­day evening and spoiled the week­end of mil­lions of Greeks. It will prob­a­bly spoil the rest of their lives too.

Greek media revealed, that the Finance Min­istry plans to impose such a mea­sure in order to com­bat tax eva­sion, but of course, not the tax eva­sion com­mit­ted by the civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers as this is not pos­si­ble as the state deducts their share on tax before they receive wages and pen­sions but the tax eva­sion com­mit­ted by busi­ness owners.

Accord­ing to the Finance Min­istry plan, civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers will be able to with­draw in cash only part of their wages and pen­sions and the rest will have to remain in their bank deposit account. This remain­ing amount they will have to spend only through the com­pul­sory use of debit or credit card.

“The mea­sure will affect 2.65 mil­lion pen­sion­ers and 600,000 civil ser­vants,” notes news­pa­per To Vima that revealed the shock­ing plan.

The news­pa­per adds that with this mea­sure, the com­pul­sory use of plas­tic money, the busi­ness owner , whether a shop or a pro­fes­sional like doc­tor, plumber etc will not be able to evade taxes since all trans­ac­tions will be recorded in the bank­ing system.

The Finance Min­istry rea­son­ing behind this plan is first of all the assump­tion that the money – or large party of the money – it pays in wages and pen­sions is been used in real econ­omy with­out receipt thus with­out Value Added Tax and tax rev­enues for the state.

“Every month the State and the pen­sion funds pay for salaries and pen­sions of approx­i­mately €2.6 bil­lion, that is €30 bil­lion per year. The salary or the pen­sion comes into the bank account of the ben­e­fi­ciary, who can with­draw 420 euro per week due to the cap­i­tal controls.

This cash money is being used for the pur­chase of goods or ser­vices “and a large per­cent­age of these trans­ac­tions does not bring rev­enues to the state as the trans­ac­tions are being done with­out the issue of receipt or receipt are issued by so-​called fake cash reg­is­ters which are manip­u­lated to show less revenues.

In this way, the state suf­fers rev­enue losses of approx­i­mately 1520 bil­lion euro per year due to not col­lec­tion of Value Added Tax and income tax,” from busi­nesses and self-​employed.

With this mea­sure the state cal­cu­lates that it will receive in no time rev­enues from V.A.T. and will not miss a cent from income tax. The state expects to rapidly increase its rev­enues and “pro­ceeds to future reduc­tion of the tax rates of 8.500,000 taxpayers.”

The Finance Min­istry appar­ently con­sid­ers to exempt pen­sion­ers of over 75 years old from the mea­sure as well as those liv­ing in remote areas where the use of plas­tic money is limited.

If the mea­sure suc­cess­fully increases the state rev­enues and does not puts obsta­cles in the oper­a­tion of house­holds, “it can be extended also to salaries of the pri­vate sector.”

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The plan rev­e­la­tion trig­gered an out­cry and anger not only among the civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers but also among those not affected by it. But there is more…

Plas­tic money com­pul­sory for new companies

Another mea­sure is appar­ently under way in the fight of tax evasion.

Com­pa­nies that are founded from next year onward plus a range of sec­tors of the Greek econ­omy will only be able to accept pay­ment via debit or credit card, accord­ing to a plan being drawn up by the government.

The plan, which has yet to receive the final approval from the country’s lenders, fore­sees all new com­pa­nies hav­ing to be equipped with point of sale (POS) ter­mi­nals that can accept credit and debit cards. The same will apply to numer­ous pro­fes­sions like will include doc­tors, lawyers, elec­tri­cians and plumbers, which are all pro­fes­sions where tax eva­sion is thought to be rife.”

(full arti­cle ekathimerini)

Also in this case, the ambi­tious leg­is­la­tor will cre­ate 2 busi­nesses cat­e­gories and exclude form com­pe­ti­tion the new com­pa­nies as they will not be able to accept cash.

Who wins?

One has also to ask who wins from these mea­sures except the state and the rev­enues it cal­cu­lates to receive.

For sure the biggest win­ner are the banks: first of all, they will keep longer the amounts of pen­sions and civil ser­vants salaries. It could be 11.5 bil­lion euro per month. Sec­ondly, because they charge 2 euro per trans­ac­tion via debit or credit card.

China on Gold: “Troy Ounce No More”

On 28 Octo­ber, the Chi­nese cen­tral bank will launch their new 2016 gold and sil­ver Panda coins. An inter­est­ing detail dis­cov­ered by@BullionBaron is that these coins will not appear in one troy ounce size. Instead, they will be minted on a met­ric weight sys­tem with sizes vary­ing from 1 gram up to 1 kilo­gram. The one troy ounce ver­sion of the gold and sil­ver Panda coins are replaced with a coin weigh­ing 30 grams. That’s slightly less than a troy ounce, which equals 31.1034768 grams.

The press release on the People’s Bank of China web­site men­tions nine dif­fer­ent sizes for the gold Panda and three dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the sil­ver coin. All these coins have a 99,9% purity and will be pro­duced with a lim­ited mintage. For more details on mintage and the yuan face value, we refer to the press release on the cen­tral bank of China’s web­site. The his­tory of the troy ounce goes back to the Roman empire, where bronze bars were castes in a size referred to as ‘troy pound’. One twelfth of this size was called the uncia back then, orounce in Eng­lish. That is where the Eng­lish name troy ounce emerged, a weight defined as 480 grains or 31,1034768 grams. The troy ounce for­mat has been used ever since in the mon­e­tary sys­tem. It is known to be in use in Eng­land since about 1400. The Amer­i­can Con­gress rec­og­nized the troy ounce as a mea­sure of weight in the Coinage Act of 1828.

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100 Rea­sons To Shut Down The Fed­eral Reserve

Alter­nate Title: How you are enslaved with­out your knowledge

Decem­ber 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy. That was the day when the Fed­eral Reserve Act was pushed through Con­gress. Many mem­bers of Con­gress were absent that day, and the gen­eral pub­lic was dis­tracted with hol­i­day preparations.Now we have reached the 100th anniver­sary of the Fed­eral Reserve, and most Amer­i­cans still don’t know what it actu­ally is or how it func­tions. But under­stand­ing the Fed­eral Reserve is absolutely crit­i­cal, because the Fed is at the very heart of our eco­nomic prob­lems. Since the Fed­eral Reserve was cre­ated, there have been 18 reces­sions or depres­sions, the value of the U.S. dol­lar has declined by 98 per­cent, and the U.S. national debt has got­ten more than 5000 times larger. This insid­i­ous debt-​based finan­cial sys­tem has lit­er­ally made debt slaves out of all of us, and it is sys­tem­at­i­cally destroy­ing the bright future that our chil­dren and our grand­chil­dren were sup­posed to have. If noth­ing is done, we are inevitably head­ing for a mas­sive amount of eco­nomic pain as a nation. So please share this arti­cle with as many peo­ple as you can. The fol­low­ing are 100 rea­sons why the Fed­eral Reserve should be shut down for­ever… (Video and Text)

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