Tuesday, April 30, 2019

IRS Insights

by D. Smith

            Do you like to be robbed? Do you appreciate being lied to and deceived? Well if not, take a few minutes and look upon one of the biggest mass thefts in history.
            This short paper deals with the ‘income tax’. Literally millions of people have found out the truth concerning what this tax is, and who owes it. Now, you can join that group. A few simple, clear legal principles and court rulings can clear away decades of lies and fraud. What you do with that information, once you understand it, is up to you.
            I will use only Supreme and major Federal Court rulings and definitions from legal dictionaries.

            First, the Supreme Court ruled many years ago that the federal government does not have the authority to directly tax people or their ability to earn a living. This legal maxim comes from several rulings, including the Pollock case.(Pollock v Farmers Loan and Trust, 158 US 106) This court (and several other courts) threw out the idea that the federal government could directly tax peoples’ earnings. The Constitution clearly states that representation and direct taxes must be apportioned among the states, not among the people of the states. (Article I, Section 2, paragraph 3) The federal government can directly tax states, but not people.
            Again, much more recently, in Charles C. Stewart Mach. Co. v Davis, 301 US 548, 582, 1937, the Supreme Court ruled that any tax that is not an impost, duty or excise must be apportioned to and paid by the states, not individuals. It is a long settled issue that the federal government may directly tax the states, but not people in the states.

            In 1913, the 16th Amendment was placed in operation. Few people understand what this Amendment did, so we will take a look at it. The Amendment says that the federal government has the authority to tax ‘income from whatever source derived’. But most people have a mistaken idea of what these terms mean. And, as we will see, the confusion is intentional.
            ‘Source’ has always been attached to ‘earning’. In Coppage v Kansas, 236 US 14, Adkins v Children’s Hospital, 261 US 525, 558, and other related cases, the Supreme Court ruled that ‘wages, salaries and commissions’ are ‘source’ or earnings. They are, then, not ‘income’.
            So what is ‘income’? Income has been defined, from a boil down of many court rulings on the matter, as ‘gain or profit from invested source’ or ‘capital’. So ‘income’ is not ‘everything that comes in’. It is ‘gain’ from investments. Again, the confusion is intentional. The courts and the IRS are well aware that the term is being intentionally misapplied.
            Just to be sure of what we are talking about, what ‘comes in’ or is earned is almost always defined as ‘revenue’. In the case of ordinary people, that would include ‘wages, salaries and commissions’, as well as receipts from sales, rents, etc. So these revenues are ‘source’, and not ‘income’ when we are talking about taxation.
            In fact, the specific term ‘income’ is not defined in the tax Code. The standing rule is, as common sense would dictate, that an item being taxed or regulated must be clearly defined. There are many items defined in the Code, such as ‘gross income’, but never the exact term, ‘income’. If they don’t define it, they may not tax it.
             In the Brushaber case (Brushaber v Union Pacific Railroad Co., 240 US 1, 1916) the Court decided that the (then new) 16th Amendment created ‘no new powers of taxation’.   That is to say, the Amendment did not change the definitions of terms nor did it alter the types of taxation. That Supreme Court referred back to the ‘Corporations Profits Excise Tax Act of 1909’. The Amendment is a tax law concerning corporations. It has been well understood since this ruling that the Court was saying that the federal government has authority over corporations and the profits of corporations.
            The basic issue is that of a creator. The federal government creates corporations. These are literally legal ‘persons’. And, since the government created them, it may control, regulate and tax them. The tax is an excise, a tax on a special, government created privilege of carrying on business as an incorporated entity.
            ‘Persons’ can be legally defined as ‘corporate entities’. “A ‘person’ equals a corporate entity, not a man or woman. The word ‘person’ in legal terminology is perceived as a general word which normally includes in its scope, a variety of entities other than human beings.”(emphasis added) (Church of Scientology v U. S. Dept. of Justice, 612 F 2nd 417)
            This term is another intentional delusion for trapping ordinary people is a net of government regulation. Free people cannot be regulated by their government. The mere idea of a collection of ‘public servants’ (which is what the government is supposed to be) could never regulate the daily activities or remove rights or apply taxation illegally. But that is what we live with every day.
            What the general population does not understand, and what they are purposefully kept ignorant of, is the simple fact that people are not corporations. Therefore, corporate taxes cannot be applied to people today any more than they could be when Pollock, Coppage of Adkins were ruled.

            The Code even defines what an ‘employee’ is for tax purposes. Section 3401 (c) defines an employee as a corporation, an officer of a corporation or certain government workers. That’s all. No other entities come under the definition of ‘employee’.
            It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the whole federal ‘income tax’ system is being falsely applied to ordinary people. This is a massive fraud, and it is intentional. If it were not, the IRS would have quit taxing most people after these facts were brought to the attention of the IRS and the Courts. The entire federal income tax structure, as it is being applied today, is legalized robbery.
            And these issues have already been made obvious to the courts and the IRS. Look up the name ‘Marcella Brooks’ on youtube. This lady was foreman (foreperson) of a jury in a federal case of ‘Willful Failure to File and Pay’ the ‘federal income tax’. The defendant was one Mr. Harold. His only defense, through a couple of years of IRS persecutions and investigations was basically, ‘Show me where the law (the Internal Revenue Code) makes an ordinary man like myself liable (requred), and I’ll shut up and pay’. The IRS and all its officials and agents never answered that foundational question. If one is not liable, they cannot owe. It’s that simple.
            The court allowed every manner of subterfuge during the trial, but Mr. Harold stuck with his basic argument; ‘Am I required’. The jury found Mr. Harold innocent on all charges. The youtube segment is a statement by Ms. Brooks on how the court made every attempt to illegally influence the outcome. But the people on the jury saw through the frauds and lies, and ruled the man had been arguing correctly all along. And the presentation you can see on youtube was not done in some secret place. It was recorded at the National Press Club! So, we may ask, why are the media not making the truth available to the public?

            One more mention of intended confusion is the often used term ‘voluntary compliance’ as it applies to ‘income tax’ issues. The term ‘voluntary’ clearly means ‘without coercion’ or ‘of one’s own choice’. ‘Compliance’ refers to a required action. The two are incompatible. One cannot volunteer to be forced, or be forced to volunteer. This was recognized in the ‘draft’ of men into the military years ago. We weren’t asked if we wanted to join the military and go to war. Volunteers into the Army at the time of the Viet Nam war had the prefix RA on their ID number. Draftees had US as their prefix. The difference is quite clear, once people understand the basics. So there can be no such thing as volunteering to do what you are required to do.

            Worse yet, it was uncovered a couple of decades ago that the 16th Amendment was never legitimately passed and added to the Constitution. It really doesn’t matter to ordinary people, since it has been shown that the tax does not apply to people, but only to corporations. But this is another example of intentional lying to the people over many decades. Since the IRS and federal lawyers refer to the 16th Amendment all the time in ‘income tax’ cases, the suggestion is that the tax people must file and pay is connected to the 16th Amendment.
            A couple of citizens, Bill Benson and M. J. “Red” Beckman, heard that the 16th Amendment had not been legally ratified by the required number of state legislatures. They decided to go to the capital of each state that was in the union at the time, and see what the actual record said. Over the next two years, they traveled, at their own expense, to all the capitals of the states involved. They made copies of all the voting records.
            To their surprise, they found that several states had not passed on the Amendment as it was originally worded. Some ‘passed’ what they would have liked to see, but not what was in the actual Amendment. So the required number of states did not actually pass the actual Amendment. So, how did the Amendment become part of the Constitution?
            The federal Secretary of State at the time was Philander Knox. It was his job to certify whether or not the required votes had been cast in favor of ratification. Knowing that the Amendment had not been ratified by the required number of state legislatures, he declared that it had been legally ratified! This was later found out, but the fact was intentionally buried. The proofs of all this can be found in a book that Benson and Beckman wrote. It is called ‘The Law That Never Was’, if you can find a copy. In the book, the authors document, with records of the state votes, that the required number of states never did ratify the 16th Amendment.

            The federal tax Code does not apply to ordinary people or companies. It only applies to corporations.
            The federal tax code does not apply to ‘source’, which is ‘wages, salaries and commissions’.

            The liars have developed several stories or reasonable sounding ‘arguments’ in defense of people paying the ‘federal income tax’. One favorite is the ‘fair share’ doctrine. Under this fraud, people have their conscience pricked by the con men. They say that it is only fair for people who enjoy the benefits of our supposedly free society to help pay the expenses. This would be true, except for two facts:
            The government, particularly the feds, have literally hundreds of different taxes. One newspaperman I know did a study of the many taxes, and filled the bottom third of a page of a newspaper with the names of different taxes. So the government already had and has lots of ways to raise needed revenue.
            The other side of that issue comes from a book by J. Peter Grace titled ‘Burning Money’. Thoughtful people remember Grace as the man who did a study of government waste for President Ronald Reagan. After he did the work, his findings were basically ignored. That is why he wrote the book. One fact that he brought out was that all of the revenue brought in by the ‘individual’ as opposed to ‘corporate’ income taxes goes to paying down the ‘national debt’. Not a dime goes for any useful service. The debt was generated by a Congress that literally ‘burns’ money, and then places us in debt to waste even more! And this is done against the expressed wishes of the people well enough read to understand what’s going on.
            So the ‘pay your fair share’ admonishment holds no water. First, we the people never asked or authorized the debt. And none of the ‘income tax pays for anything useful: only paying the debt created by a spendthrift government.

            Many former IRS workers have quit the robbery game and exposed the fraud. One is Joe Bannister. He was a career IRS agent until he came across the above information. Instead of blowing it off, he looked into the issue. He found that the above facts are accurate and correct. He wrote up a report on the issue and handed it to his boss at the IRS. He was told to ‘bury’ the report and shut up, or he would be fired. So he quit the IRS and made the report available on line at www.freedomabovefortune.com. He and other agents who have exposed the lies, fraud and open robbery of the American people have been persecuted by the IRS and other government agencies for their stand on honesty.

            I have only covered the basics in this paper, but it is enough for anyone to prove to themselves that the federal income tax is a scam above all other scams. Now you know the story and have been handed enough evidence to prove the issue to yourself. As my mentor in these issues said to me after I had researched these evidences, “When will you quit financing your own enslavement?”
            Because of the evidence and that statement, I quit filing and paying ‘the federal income tax’ a couple of decades ago. And I am only one of millions who have done the same.

                                                                                                                        WhoOwes       04/19

Friday, April 26, 2019

Will the Senior-Level FBI Agents, Who Placed Spies in the Trump Campaign, Ever be Held Accountable?

From:  UNZ.com

 • APRIL 24, 2019

Trump Has Murdered Over 40,000 Venezuelans With Sanctions


A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found that tens of thousands of Venezuelans have died as a direct result of Trump administration sanctions put into effect in August 2017, and that tens of thousands more are expected to die as a result of additional sanctions put into place in January of this year.
Some noteworthy points:
  • The sanctions are “depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports.”
  • The sanctions “reduced the public’s caloric intake, increased disease and mortality (for both adults and infants), and displaced millions of Venezuelans who fled the country as a result of the worsening economic depression and hyperinflation.”
  • The sanctions “have inflicted, and continue to inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018.”
  • That means 2019 deaths haven’t been added to this estimate. The year’s nearly half over, and more aggressive sanctions went into effect this past January.
  • Because of the sanctions, “some 22,000 doctors — about one third of the total — have left the country.”
  • “The loss of so many billions of dollars of foreign exchange and government revenues was very likely the main shock that pushed the economy from its high inflation, when the August 2017 sanctions were implemented, into the hyperinflation that followed.”
  • The massive number of already highly at-risk Venezuelans hurting from the 2017 sanctions “virtually guarantee that the current sanctions, which are much more severe than those implemented before this year, are a death sentence for tens of thousands of Venezuelans. This is especially true if the projected 67 percent drop in oil revenue materializes in 2019.”
  • “The United Nations finds that the groups most vulnerable to the accelerating crisis include children and adolescents (including many who can no longer attend school); people who are in poverty or extreme poverty; pregnant and nursing women; older persons; indigenous people; people in need of protection; women and adolescent girls at risk; people with disabilities; and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.”
  • The sanctions “would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory.”

To be clear, this unforgivable atrocity rests predominantly on the shoulders of the Trump administration. It is true that Venezuela has had deep economic troubles for years due to declining oil prices and other issues, and it is true that the sanctions in question follow a longstanding agenda of previous administrations and were built on the foundation of an Obama policy declaring the Venezuelan government an “extraordinary threat to national security”. But the report is clear in its assessment that what took the nation’s economy from a state of high inflation to hyperinflation was the August 2017 sanctions, and that’s what’s been causing these high numbers of deaths which will get even worse due to the January 2019 sanctions.
To put this in perspective for Trump supporters, 40,000 is also the number of people said to have died as a result of the disastrous Obama/Clinton interventionism in Libya. And, again, that number only covers 2017 and 2018, and death tolls are predicted to accelerate this year.
This would be the same President Trump, by the way, who recently vetoed a congressional bill to end the role of the United States in facilitating Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen. Research from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project indicates that up to 80,000 people had been killed in this war as of the end of last year. This number applies to deaths by military violence only, not to the other untold tens of thousands who have died of starvation and cholera as a result of Saudi Arabia’s inhuman blockades on imports and its deliberate targeting of farms, fishing boats, marketplaces, food storage sites and cholera treatment centers with airstrikes. Just for children under the age of five, the death toll due to starvation alone is believed to be over 85,000.
Is America great yet?

Sanctions are the only form of warfare where it’s considered perfectly acceptable and legitimate to deliberately target a nation’s civilian population with lethal force. The human corpses it creates are just as dead as the human corpses created by overt military violence, but because this form of violence happens in slow motion it’s not treated like the same kind of horrific assault as if Trump had ordered the carpet bombing of Caracas. The distinction makes no difference to the dead and no difference to their loved ones, but it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to manufacturing public consent for murderous acts of interventionism.
The way sanctions are discussed by the western political/media class, they can even get away with blaming the deaths on the government being targeted. They’ll say things like, “Maduro is starving his people by not stepping down.” That tactic would never work with other forms of lethal force. Imagine if Trump deployed a barrage of Tomahawk missiles onto the most impoverished parts of a densely populated city in Venezuela, then hearing anyone say “Well Maduro actually exploded those people, because he wouldn’t do what we told him to do.” It doesn’t work. Sanctions are a slower and more gruelling weapon of war than bombs and missiles, but they’re vastly superior when it comes to the matter of keeping the public asleep through depraved acts of mass slaughter. Which is why everyone’s yammering about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announcement right now instead of talking about this new CEPR report.
To this day I still run into defenders of Trump’s Venezuela interventionism (easily the most obnoxious and intellectually dishonest political group I’ve ever encountered, for the record) who insist that the sanctions are laser-targeted only at Venezuela’s elites, having no impact on the suffering of the Venezuelan people. This is exactly as stupid as believing that American bombs only kill bad guys. Attacking an economy hurts the people who depend on that economy to feed themselves and their children. Sanctions are an act of war which kill civilians just as dead as any other, and this latest report helps make that a stark and undeniable reality for us all.
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The history cleansing brigade

From:  Newsday

by Jonathan Zimmerman

April 26, 2019

Margaret Sanger is an American heroine. She opened our country’s first birth-control clinic and helped found Planned Parenthood, which brought reproductive services to millions of women. But Sanger also endorsed the racist pseudo-science of eugenics, promoting contraception and sterilization as a way to limit population growth among immigrants and African-Americans.

So should we take down statues and other memorials to her? That’s what 25 House Republicans said in 2015, petitioning the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to remove a bust of Sanger.  MORE

Monday, April 22, 2019

Police State Ecuador Under Lenin Moreno

Global Research, April 20, 2019

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Moreno
are world’s apart.
Correa expelled the Pentagon from his country, shutting down its Manta airbase, the region’s largest. Moreno invited what no country should tolerate on its territory to return.
Economist President Correa opposed IMF debt bondage. Moreno went the other way. Correa opposed privatization of oil, gas, water, electricity, and other government enterprises, what Moreno wants handed to corporate predators, most likely for self-enrichment.
Correa’s agenda included investing in public healthcare, education, and other social programs. Moreno believes anything government can do, business does better so let it, no matter how exploitive of and harmful to ordinary people.
According to Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) Solidarity Committee member Stansfield Smith, Ecuador for a decade under Correa was “transformation(al).”
His predecessors (and Moreno) “instituted neoliberal austerity and privatization programs, prompting inequality, poverty and unemployment to soar.”
Correa went the other way,
“carr(ying) out programs that peoples in progressive social movements have advocated throughout the West if not the world.”
“Ecuador’s Citizens Revolution…arose from a popular repudiation of neoliberalism and neocolonialism, similar to Chavista Venezuela…”
A new constitution was overwhelmingly approved by national referendum. Correa called its adoption “a day of national celebration, a victory for the people, for democracy.”
Its provisions included progressive social policies, including respect for Ecuador’s indigenous people and natural resources.
Correa rejected predatory IMF and World Bank debt entrapment, demanding structural adjustment harshness. He renounced nearly $4 billion in toxic debt he called illegitimate, wanting the funds directed to popular needs.
He raised taxes on wealthy Ecuadorians to make them pay their fair share, along with instituting a tax on capital flight.
The nation’s central bank repatriated billions of dollars in assets held abroad, bringing them back where they belong. He renegotiated oil contracts with foreign companies on more favorable terms to Ecuador.
He tripled investments in infrastructure spending and public services for housing, along with free education and healthcare for all Ecuadorians.
He diversified the economy away from dependence on oil, increasing its exports in other areas. Throughout most of his tenure, Ecuador’s economy grew by over 4% annually.
He reduced poverty, unemployment, and socioeconomic inequality – an agenda Washington opposes wherever it exists.
During his tenure, Ecuadorian indebtedness to foreign creditors was among the lowest in Latin America.
He called universal healthcare and “quality, free public education…the basis of a real democracy” – what Moreno destroyed after taking office in May 2017, spurning every populist promise made, why he’s widely reviled.
On Tuesday, Ecuadorians marched en masse in Quito toward the Presidential Palace. Police accosted them violently, supporters of Rafael Correa’s Citizen Revolution party involved, along with others opposing hardline Moreno policies.
According to provincial coordinator for Loja of the Citizen Revolution Movement Marck Iniguez,
“we are here against the misgovernment that exists, as well as (Moreno’s) betrayal of the government plan for which he was elected.”
“Ecuador has been sold to the IMF, taking measures against the Ecuadorean people.” Progressive MP Jota Lloret added: “The government’s orders are ‘shut up and attack those who demonstrate against us.’ ”
“Repression is what we live now, but we can not be silenced and stopped. We are the people and together we will recover our homeland.”
Protesters displayed banners, saying: “Out with Moreno. Out with the traitor.”
In cahoots with the US and UK, Moreno invented phony reasons to rescind Assange’s citizenship and asylum status – agreeing to hand him over to UK authorities for extradition to the US, flagrantly violating international law.
Betraying Assange was in exchange for a $4.2 billion IMF loan (with onerous loan shark of last resort terms) and other favors granted him, selling his soul for the right price.
Ecuadorian attorney general’s office issued an Interpol red notice on former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, an Assange supporter/vocal critic of Moreno’s hardline rule.
Out of the country, he wants him detained and extradited to Ecuador for the “crime” of supporting truth-telling journalism the way it should be, calling his actions instigation and incitement — what police state rule is all about.
Interpol rejected a separate red notice for Correa’s arrest and extradition from Belgium where he’s living, calling it incompatible with human rights, the same true for wanting Patino prosecuted.
On Wednesday, he left Ecuador for Peru. It’s unclear if he’s there or headed to another country.
Ecuador under Moreno in cahoots with US, UK, IMF, and World Bank hardliners is unsafe and unfit to live in.
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by L. Reichard White 

Even if you're not a Trump fan, there are some things you just shouldn't bring up in public and/or polite company. It isn't necessarily that they're impolite, it's just that you'll call unwanted and embarrassing attention to things best left hidden under the carpet.
Start with those 13 Russian “ ham sandwiches” Mr. Mueller—with a lot of help—managed to conjure up and then indict for “meddling” in the 2016 U.S. election in February of last year.
It's not that, as the justice system aphorism goes, a D.A. can get his Grand Jury to indict even a ham sandwich, it's that it took Mr. Mueller and Company over a year and a lot of taxpayer money to do it without a Grand Jury.
And it's not so much that he then attempted to block a defense motion for a quick trial. It's not even that, as the indictment admits, there was no collusion and no effect on the election.
No, what's embarrassing is the overwhelming U.S. media/pundit consensus that 13 Russian ham sandwiches somehow “threatened our democracy.”
In his final flurry of indictments, Mr. Mueller added a few more Russian nationals, dubiously connecting them to the DNC leaks.
Too much James Bond is it?
If the Russians are that scary and powerful, either we're doomed or maybe the DNC should hire them for the next election.
Besides, as nearly everyone knows, countries try to influence each other all the time. The U.S. Government is particularly influenced by Israel and their AIPAC, etc. And that's on a regular basis, not just during elections. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu put it, America is a thing you can move very easily.
Now that's embarrassing. Shhhhhh!
But it's in the “keep it under the carpet” department where the real problems lie.
It's the U.S./CIA record of messing in other folks' elections. For example, elections held by our archenemies Australia and New Zealand. As in the U.S. coup sacking democratically elected Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and messing with the re-election of New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange for example.
And when that doesn't work out, the CIA/government amalgam dials-up regime change and/or an assassination even in New Zealand.
The problem that needs to be kept under the carpet is that the U.S. Government does this sort of thing regularly and pretty much everywhere. Like this—
Since World War II, during a supposed golden age of peace, the United States military has killed some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 82 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries. The United States is responsible for the deaths of 5 million people in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and over 1 million just since 2003 in Iraq.—U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List
Given this championship U.S. Government/CIA “meddling ” as the standard, it might be more appropriate to claim the Russian amateurs participated in the 2016 election rather than meddled. If they really did.
So shhhhhhhh!
And there's another thing we don't want to call attention to. Mr. Trump's spotty record as chief U.S. arms salesman and head cheer-leader for Eisenhower's Military IndustrialCongressional Complex, you know, the “MIC”.
It's true, like the pro he is he has successfully pimped arms sales to Saudia Arabia and is helping them bomb yet another mid-east country, Yemen this time, back to the Stone Age.
As the Industrial part of the MIC knows, you can bomb people into prosperity: The people who make the bombs get rich.
And to his credit and against international law—which is now the U.S. Government standard—in two seperate actions, he managed to launch a total of over 180 cruise missles at targets in Syria. Which pumped Raytheon stock nicely. And he did it with inferior narratives and no credible evidence.
On the other hand, by naming the U.S./S.Korean so-called “joint military exercises” what they really are—“war games” and “provocations”—and making progress in denuclearizing the Korean peninsula by talking face-to-face with Kim Jong Un, he's endangering one of the biggest MIC boondoggles outside the continental U.S., namely the 35,000 troop S.Korean garrison and the military logistics to maintain it.
So shhhhhhhh! Do not talk about that Mr. Trump!!
In fact, whatever you do, don't talk to any folks who have been scripted as your enemies! Remember what happened when you talked directly face-to-face with Kim Jong Un for example.
Worse, as you pointed out in your much maligned media event with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, you might let slip that your enemy is really only you're competitor instead—and could even become your friend.
Be careful! As the MIC knows, this is very dangerous. Without Russia as the Essential Villain—and Kim Jong Un plus North Korea etc. as understudy and supporting cast—how would you bamboozle U.S. taxpayers into accepting that bloated trillion dollar “defense” budget with its huge yearly budget deficit?
So for goodness sakes Mr. Trump, SHHHHHHHHHH!
And there's another problem with Mr. Trump. As thoroughly demonstrated in his July 13 media event with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in London and again at the Helsiki event with Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump is opposed to nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump: Proliferation, to me, is the biggest problem in the world. I understand nuclear. I used to talk nuclear with my uncle. It is the biggest problem the world has, so if we can do something to reduce them, maybe it's a dream, but it's a subject I will bring up with him [Putin]. —Donald Trump-Theresa May press conference, July 13, 2018
Donald Trump: ...nuclear proliferation in terms of stopping, have to do it, ultimately that's probably the most important thing that we can be working on.... We [Russian and U.S. Governments] have 90 percent of nuclear power between the two countries. It's ridiculous. .... Transcript: Trump And Putin's Joint Press Conference : NPR
He and Mr. Putin were clearly on the same anti-nuke page in their two-hour closed door confab in Helsinki as well.
But that threatens the whole nuclear weapons industry including the on-going trillion dollar nuclear upgrade. For chrissake Mr. Trump, shhhhhhhhh!
Not to worry though, the MIC has skills. And it controls large swaths of U.S. Main Stream Media.
The most rabid anti-communists I've ever met are just about everyone who experienced first-hand the system which, as the unofficial mantra goes, “promised us worker's paradise but gave us the other place instead.”
None the less, fueled by the continuing propaganda they feed us, the MIC amalgam successfully exploits the confusion Americans have between the old communist USSR and today's anti-communist Russia.
So we need not fear for the MIC. It's managed to create and maintain enough paranoia to fuel debates like the one below, even betweem really serious thinkers such as Glen Greenwald of The Intercept vs. Joe Cirincione, president of prominent anti-nuke Ploughshares Fund—
You'd think anti-nuke Mr. Cirincione would be the one arguing the Summit was “Crucial Diplomacy Between Nculear Powers” but you'd be wrong. Score another one for the MIC!
And, as you can see, the media division of the machine has already managed to postpone another dangerous-to-the-MIC summit—
It's clear from these headlines that what has now metastacized into the MilitaryIndustrialCongressionalMediaBanking Complex— Deep State for short—is completely capable of protecting our elites' income and interests. They have managed to convince nearly everyone that a handful of amateur Russian ham sandwhiches who may have participated in a U.S. election are more important—and scarier—than nuclear annihilation.
They're right aren't they?
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