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  • Gov't "Fusion Centers" Spying on Patriots in all 50 States

    03/21/2018 4:20:56 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 52 replies
    FPM ^ | 3/20/18 | Leo Hohmann
    Brenda Arthur received an unexpected visit on March 8 that, one week later, leaves her feeling more than a little uneasy. At her door that day was an officer with the West Virginia State Police. He wanted to know about her involvement in a Freedom of Information request regarding a local mosque. Arthur, who will turn 67 this summer, is leader of the West Virginia chapter of ACT For America, whose mission is to educate Americans about the advancement of Islamic principles in Western societies. As a Jewish American, she was concerned about a major expansion of the Islamic Association...
  • A breakdown of the Patriot Act, Freedom Act, and FISA

    03/07/2017 4:06:04 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Comparitech ^ | March 7, 2017 | Paul Bischoff
    How the US conducts surveillance and investigation of electronic communication media–particularly the internet–is largely shaped by three pieces of legislation: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act) Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) To give a very brief history, FISA was enacted in 1978–before the proliferation of the internet–and governed both the physical and electronic surveillance of primarily foreign powers and agents. The Patriot Act, enacted shortly after the September 11, 2001...
  • Game-Changer Leviathan Gas Field Sees Serious Delays

    02/26/2016 11:16:13 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-06-2016 | Leviathan
    The massive Leviathan gas field, nestled deep inside the Levantine basin off Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is considered a game-changer for both Israel and Europe, but a wide range of roadblocks is threatening development, and now production will be delayed by at least a year. Political hurdles, regulatory approvals and tricky investment decisions have already put production off until 2019, and there are now fears that all the problems surrounding a discovery that put Israel on the energy map for the first time in history will impact prospects for future foreign investment in the country. As the project landed in controversy,...
  • It’s time to kill the $100 bill

    02/16/2016 11:00:17 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2016 | Lawrence H. Summers
    Harvard's Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government, which I am privileged to direct, has just issued an important paper by senior fellow Peter Sands and a group of student collaborators. The paper makes a compelling case for stopping the issuance of high denomination notes like the 500 euro note and $100 bill or even withdrawing them from circulation. I remember that when the euro was being designed in the late 1990s, I argued with my European G7 colleagues that skirmishing over seigniorage by issuing a 500 euro note was highly irresponsible and mostly would be a boon to corruption...
  • Economic Forecasts and Faux Surprise

    10/27/2015 9:06:28 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 26, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As this is championship season in sports (yes, it’s always championship season for some sport), let’s begin our discussion with a sports analogy. Over the course of a game, we have seen our beloved Home team riddled with injuries. Our star players have been physically and emotionally clobbered, as the Visitors have used every tool at their disposal against us, regardless of the rule book. They tripped and tackled our starters, given us two broken legs and three broken arms, driving five of our best out of the game. Kicking our boys during time outs, shooting darts from dart guns,...
  • Tracking Down Leviathan

    07/06/2015 8:17:47 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | July 2015 | Tim Clarey, Ph.D.
    Tracking Down Leviathan by Tim Clarey, Ph.D. * What exactly was the leviathan described so vividly in Job 41? Was it a swimming reptile like a plesiosaur or a mosasaur, or something we have yet to unearth? We may never know the answer for certain, but the latest discovery of a large, semiaquatic dinosaur offers another possibility.1 Most specimens of the large theropod dinosaur Spinosaurus, made famous by the Jurassic Park movies as the dinosaur that defeated T. rex, are found in North Africa. Whether an encounter between the two would have had the same result in reality is highly...
  • How the Redefinition of Marriage Serves the Government Leviathan

    06/26/2015 10:32:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/26/2015 | By C. C. Pecknold
    THIS ARTICLE WAS FROM TWO DAYS AGO. IT IS JUST AS RELEVANT NOW THAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS MADE ITS DECISION The Supreme Court next week will hand down a decision on whether the Constitution provides citizens the right to same-sex marriage. As recently reported in the New York Times, Jeb Bush pledged, and rightly so, to support further debate “irrespective of what the courts say.” Whether the Supreme Court plays kick-the-can back to the states or follows the more likely path of inventing legal fictions that turn constitutional silence on marriage into a redefinition of it, conservatives especially should...
  • NSA Domestic Surveillance Program 'Likely' to Expire Tonight, Former Counterterrorism Official Says

    05/31/2015 1:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Erin Dooley and Arlette Saenz
    Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act -- the controversial law that allows the NSA to collect Americans' phone records and secretly track suspected terrorists – will likely expire tonight, a former White House counterterrorism official told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week.""What I think will likely happen tonight is the law will expire," Richard Clarke said Sunday morning. "And then later in the week, the USA Freedom Act, which is essentially the same as the PATRIOT Act with the exception of the telephony metadata program, that act will pass and most of the authorities will be restored." Though the White...
  • Governance is Not for the Squeamish

    12/31/2014 2:41:55 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 31, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the old country, life was predictable. If your father was a farmer, so were you. If your mother was a maid, so were you. If your father served in the House of Lords, so did you; if your father went off to war, possibly never to return, well… so did you. There were exceptions, in that feudal and post-feudal world, but not many. Poverty bred poverty; wealth bred wealth. There wasn’t much of a middle class, but merchants’ children did usually grow up to take over the family bakery, smithy, or cobbler shop, to be merchants themselves. Life was,...
  • Israel's Fortune is Putin's Horror

    11/29/2014 1:40:41 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/09/2014 | Arthur Herman
    If you think Vladimir Putin has enough worries on his plate ..., the turmoil in Ukraine and Russia’s sputtering economy, think again. A new potential source of trouble is brewing out in the eastern Mediterranean — one that could not only undermine Putin’s efforts to rebuild Russia’s influence in the Middle East, but his current strong hand in Europe. The threat: Israel’s recently discovered offshore gas deposits — one of the biggest global finds of the past decade. Those fields, dubbed Tamar and Leviathan, promise Israel an unprecedented degree of energy independence and a lucrative export market to its Arab...
  • Big Government Works Great... But for Whom?

    11/25/2014 9:38:35 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 25, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Ever since the Depression-era enlargement of the Leviathan, successfully marketed as the "New Deal," conservatives have argued against proposed government programs by shouting “They’re Unconstitutional!” and “They Don’t Work!” Such complaints often fall on deaf ears, because the Constitution is barely taught or respected nowadays, and the question of whether they work or not so often appears to be subjective. Perhaps it’s time for a new approach. I would submit that it’s time to stop saying that "Big Government Programs Don't Work".... because the fact is, they usually do. It usually isn't that they don't work, it's that they work...
  • 3 Basic Differences Between Conservatism and Neoconservatism

    12/28/2013 4:51:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | December 27, 2013 - 9:00 am | Dave Swindle
    … There are a number of differences between conservatives operating in the William F. Buckley Jr./Ronald Reagan tradition and neoconservatives operating in the Irving Kristol/George W. Bush tradition. Here are three, and I’ll use Kristol’s own words to explain it.* Neoconservatives believe the GOP should be converted to embrace a “modern democracy,” aka a welfare state in the mold of FDR and the Great Society. Neoconservatives don’t want to disassemble the federal government in order to rebalance divided powers between federal, state, and local governments; they just think they can pilot Leviathan better than the Democrats.Neoconservatives are largely secular intellectuals...
  • Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh

    11/30/2013 3:59:08 PM PST · by NYer · 123 replies
    Renew America ^ | November 30, 2013 | Matt C. Abbott
    Pope Francis recently issued the apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel." Click here to read it. Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh isn't pleased with the document, calling it "pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope." (Source) I sought comment on the matter from Father John Trigilio Jr., Ph.D., Th.D., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Below is Father's analysis (slightly edited). I often listen to Rush Limbaugh and find him to be an intelligent man and an erudite conservative journalist. He uses common sense and logic to expose the fallacious arguments of liberal progressives. Unfortunately,...
  • POPE FRANCIS ATTACKS CAPITALISM, CALLS FOR STATE CONTROL

    11/27/2013 3:29:16 PM PST · by navysealdad · 187 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Nov 2013, | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    In a far-ranging 50,000 word statement released by Pope Francis on Tuesday, he illustrated that he is sympathetic to the tenets of liberation theology and hostile to capitalism.
  • Yesterday the Middle East changed forever, and you didn’t know it (Israel producing natural gas)

    03/31/2013 4:26:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | March 31, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Israel now is pumping natural gas from one of the enormous offshore fields which will transform Israel into an energy-independent nation and a global energy powerhouse: Natural gas from the offshore Tamar field was pumped to Israeli shores for the first time Saturday, four years after its discovery, in preparation for its first use in the Israeli energy market — a move that could transform the Israeli economy. The Tamar deposit, discovered in 2009 some 90 kilometers west of Haifa, holds an estimated 8.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. On Saturday, hailed an “important day for the Israeli economy”...
  • Gas from Israel’s Tamar field starts flowing

    03/30/2013 3:41:14 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    JERUSALEM: Natural gas from the Tamar field off Israel’s Mediterranean shores began flowing yesterday, the head of a partner in the field said in a statement. Israel, once energy poor, is expected to become a gas exporter by the end of the decade, with the Tamar field holding enough reserves to meet the country’s gas needs for decades. The gas discovery in 2009 led to an exploration frenzy in the Levant Basin — shared between Israel, Cyprus and Lebanon — and the uncovering of a second bigger find, Leviathan, which prompted Israel to set up a natural gas wealth fund....
  • This Natural Gas Find Could Completely Change the World As We Know It (Israel-Cyprus)

    11/03/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by haffast · 15 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 3, 2013 | Tyler Crowe
    One thing that makes the energy sector so intriguing is the constant overlap between markets and politics. In many ways, energy security is synonymous with national security, and the supply and demand needs of the oil market can make the most unlikely bedfellows. One country that has been at the center of energy and politics for decades has been Israel. For years the country has been dependent upon foreign energy sources, but a major discovery by Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL ) and its partners has turned this situation on its head. Let's look how this massive natural gas find could...
  • No need to fear the dreaded government shutdown

    10/01/2013 8:07:52 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 1, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When budget negotiations come down to the wire – sorry, I mean the “Continuing Resolution” negotiations, since we haven’t had an actual budget in forty years – the Democrats always use the same mantra: “Those Wascally Wepublicans are forcing a government shutdown!” As if we should all be shaking in our boots at the prospect of the federal government shutting down for an hour, let alone a few days, or even a week or two. But should we really worry, and should we really hold the more adult party – the only one, after all, actually trying to RESOLVE our...
  • Richmond CA Proposes $55 Million In Mortgage Cash-out Refi Bailout At Investor/Taxpayer Expense

    08/30/2013 4:10:37 PM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    A while ago, I wrote about why using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages in Richmond California was bad economics and creates dangerous moral hazard incentives. Now we find out that almost a third of the mortgages targeted for seizure aren’t even underwater! And 63% were cash-out refinancings where borrowers where borrowers extracted $53 million from their homes. Data shows 31% of the 624 Richmond, CA mortgages being targeted for eminent-domain seizures by Mortgage Resolution Partners aren’t even underwater, according to a declaration filed in court yesterday by Phillip R. Burnaman II, a managing director at GreensLedge Group. • 63%...
  • Addicted To Fed: Retail Sales Rise, Treasury 10yr Yield Jumps Nearly 10 Basis Points

    08/13/2013 9:40:43 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/13/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Global sovereign yields jumped almost 10 basis points (except for Greece). wbm081313 And as of 11am EST, the US Treasury 10 year yield rose almost 9 basis points as retail sales rose in July for a fourth consecutive month. ust10081313 The US Treasury yield curve steepened (of course, it looks like the Treasury 10 year yield increase since the short-end of the curve is low and seemingly constant). 102081313 The Fannie Mae 3.0% agency MBS continues its fall from May 1, 2013. I reach a plateau since mid July but may start falling again. fannie3081313 And the Dow Jones is...