Headlines: 30th November 2015
‘Throughout the 18th century, for example, France was the greatest superpower in Europe, if not the world.
But they became complacent, believing that they had some sort of ‘divine right’ to reign supreme, and that they could be as fiscally irresponsible as they liked.
The French government spent money like drunken sailors; they had substantial welfare programs, free hospitals, and grand monuments.
They held vast territories overseas, engaged in constant warfare, and even had their own intrusive intelligence service that spied on King and subject alike. Of course, they couldn’t pay for any of this.
French budget deficits were out of control, and they resorted to going heavily into debt and rapidly debasing their currency.
Stop me when this sounds familiar.’
‘U.S. lawmakers are quietly advancing legislation that would penalize international participation in the growing movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel for human rights abuses against Palestinians.
With little notice, anti-BDS directives were injected into the “Fast Track” legislation that passed the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday night, despitebroad opposition to the bill, which gives the administration of President Barack Obama authority to ram though so-called “free trade” deals.
An amendment, included in the bill and sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), stipulates that, as a principle of trade negotiations, the U.S. should put pressure on other countries not to engage in BDS against Israel of any kind, including refusal to do business with settlements.’
‘Six years of crippling financial crisis have sent Greek students to the streets. However, not for anti-austerity protests but for sex. They allegedly “sell it very cheap,” for the price of “a cheese pie or a sandwich,” thus “offering the lowest prices of the industry across the Continent.”
“Some women just do it for a cheese pie or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry,” Gregory Lazos, professor of sociology at Panteion University in Athens told The Times and spoke about the results of a study he conducted.’
‘At least 18 riot police officers have been wounded in clashes with a stone-throwing crowd of people designated by Macedonian officials to be “economic migrants,” who have been protesting against the erection of a new fence on the border with Greece.
The violence was sparked by an incident with a Moroccan man who hopped onto the roof of a stationary train at the nearby station of Idomeni on the Greek side of the border, and electrocuted himself when he touched the high voltage cables above. The man was taken away with severe burns in a Red Cross ambulance.’
‘Australian taxpayers will be charged close to half a million dollars for this month’s brief royal tour.
Prince Charles and Camilla are due to fly out of Australia on Sunday after a five-day tour that took them to Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Albany.
But they’ll be leaving a hefty bill behind.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has confirmed it is covering the costs of the trip.’
‘Millions of Americans already believe that many federal officials are either criminals or people who engage in what would be considered criminal behavior if a private citizen were to do the same thing. Now, President Obama is set to put pen to an executive order that would place actual convicted criminals in the federal workforce that you pay for with your taxes.
In recent days, Obama – doing his best to continue “transforming America” right up to his last day in office more than a year from now – signed an order that forbids government agencies from inquiring about the criminal history of any applicant, effectively hiding past criminal convictions and behavior from the agency and its staff (and from the American people footing the bill).’
‘Chicago police officers deleted footage from a security camera at a Burger King restaurant located fewer than 100 yards from where 17-year old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed, according to a Chicago-area district manager for the food chain.
McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer on the night of October 20, 2014. Nine of the shots struck McDonald in the back, according to the Medical Examiners report.
The 86-minutes of missing video runs from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., according to the lawyers for McDonald’s family. He was shot at approximately 9:50 p.m.’
‘Taking money from people is called theft, but to the US government, it’s called raising revenue. The 16th Amendment of the US Constitution, passed in 1909 and ratified in 1913, granted Congress sweeping new powers to take the fruits of the people’s labor. America now operates on a system of taking, where the most successful politicians are the ones who convince the masses to give up the fruits of their labor for new government programs.
Americans supposedly live in the land of the free, but the bald eagle soaring high is now just a facade, because Americans are trapped in a birdcage. This is especially true now that Congress is granting the IRS the authority to rescind personal passports to keep citizens confined in the country. People from anywhere in the world are free to cross the border and come in, but many Americans might be targeted, fined, and now restricted from leaving the country, because the IRS has the power to ruin their lives.’