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United States of Newspeak – Obama Calls Executive Orders “Presidential Memoranda” to Avoid Scrutiny and Issues Most in History

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.39.49 AMIf there’s one thing we have learned about Barack Obama, it’s that he is a master of deception and absolutely loves to lie to the public. He seems to enjoy conning the plebs to such a degree, I think he actually receives blasts of dopamine every time he does it. The bigger the lie, the better the rush.

The latest example relates to his issuance of executive orders, or lack thereof, something that Obama Inc. has actively attempted to portray as evidence of his restraint when it comes to executive power. Here are a few examples from a USA Today article published earlier today.

First, from the man himself:

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The Line to See “Girls” Creator Leah Dunham at SXSW Was 10 Times Longer than for Snowden

Nothing against Leah Dunham, but the fact that the line to see her speak at SXSW was 10 times longer than the line to hear Edward Snowden (they spoke at the same time earlier today) reflects quite poorly on our society’s priorities.

Not that there was ever any doubt.

Earlier today, USA Today reported:

Update at 11:38 a.m. ET: We’re about 25 minutes away from the start of Snowden’s chat and lines are already forming.

But, according to USA TODAY’s Jon Swartz, reporting from SXSW, lines for a competing chat with Girls star Lena Dunham are 10 times longer than the the line for Snowden’s talk.

The Truman Show rolls on.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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You Can Now Buy a Plane Ticket with Bitcoin

Of all the Bitcoin adoption news that has emerged over the past couple of months, this is far and away the most exiting to me. Purchasing airfare is something that most people do at least once a year, and with the holidays coming up, something that is at the forefront of many people’s minds.

The big news here is that CheapAir.com is now accepting Bitcoin for online purchases of airfare on its site. When I read the news I thought it was almost too good to be true so I began to create an itinerary until the purchase options came up. Lo and behold, there it was, the “pay with bitcoin” option:

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USA Today covered the story, here are some excerpts:

An online travel agency in Los Angeles and a European private university have begun accepting payments in the popular virtual currency known as Bitcoin, a sign that businesses are moving into a new global economic era.

CheapAir.com, an online travel agency based in Los Angeles, began taking the virtual currency Thursday for the purchase of flights, and University of Nicosia in the capital of Cyprus began accepting tuition payments in Bitcoin.

“I’m excited about it,” says CheapAir.com CEO Jeff Klee. “I’m anxious to see how popular it becomes as we get the word out. We expect people to come to us specially because they can use Bitcoin.”

Christos Vlachos, the university’s chief financial officer, called digital currency “an inevitable technical development” that will lead to innovation in online commerce, international payments and global economic development.

Until a few months ago, Klee, a ground-breaking entrepreneur in online travel, knew little about Bitcoin. Then, a customer asked one of the site’s travel advisers whether CheapAir.com would accept Bitcoin as payment.

Klee researched what it would take for his company to accept Bitcoin. He said he liked the concept, but worried about Bitcoin’s volatility.

Klee found a vendor, Coinbase, that could administer the payment system and insulate him from the currency risk.

Notice the CEO’s comment about people coming to his site just because of Bitcoin. This is undoubtedly true, and as I have mentioned before on several occasions, it is a no brainer for a small business to accept bitcoin. It is early enough in the adoption phase that it will still drive tremendous press and buzz for your business and make you look technologically savvy. This is very, very big news.

Full article here.

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Mike

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The FBI Allowed Informants to Commit 5,658 Crimes in 2011 Alone

Using a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, USA Today has obtained a copy of the FBI’s 2011 Report and has unearthed some very troubling facts. For starters, the FBI granted its informants permission to break the law 5,658 in one year, which amounts to a shocking 15 times a day. While I think we all understand that some of this activity is necessary in law enforcement, this seems to be a pretty lofty number for an agency supposedly so concerned with the rule of law.

More importantly, I think we might all feel a little bit better about the whole thing if the FBI actually nabbed a single person responsible for let’s say the destruction of the U.S. economy, war crimes, IRS targeting, Benghazi or spying and lying to Congress? Nope, no big bankers are in jail, nor any high-profile politicians or defense contractors. None of them. So the FBI is allowing folks to break the law at least 15 times a day to catch who exactly? Aaron Swartz?

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.

The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking crimes by its informants more than a decade ago, after the agency admitted that its agents had allowed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for information about the Mafia. The FBI submits that tally to top Justice Department officials each year, but has never before made it public.

Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies. FBI officials have said in the past that permitting their informants — who are often criminals themselves — to break the law is an indispensable, if sometimes distasteful, part of investigating criminal organizations.

USA TODAY obtained a copy of the FBI’s 2011 report under the Freedom of Information Act. The report does not spell out what types of crimes its agents authorized, or how serious they were. It also did not include any information about crimes the bureau’s sources were known to have committed without the government’s permission.

Now here is where it gets really scary…

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Number of Homeless Iraq, Afghan Vets Doubles

Yep, taking care of our troops.  So sad, I can’t imagine the pain and heartbreak that these poor kids experience once they realize that the wars have nothing to do with defending freedom and they are simply being used by the corporate state and political oligarchs to defend the Petrodollar.

From the Army Times:

The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing a roof over their heads has more than doubled in the past two years, according to government data.

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Army, Navy Suicides at Record High

We are now averaging more than one suicide per day for active duty military.  This is a topic I have covered before, most recently in my post Anti-Suicide Nasal Spray Coming to Keep Troops From Killing Themselves.  This is an absolute national disgrace.

From USA Today:

With six weeks left in the year, the Army and Navy are already reporting record numbers of suicides, with the Air Force and Marine Corps close to doing the same, making 2012 the worst year for military suicides since careful tracking began in 2001.

The deaths are now occurring at a rate faster than one per day.

When Army suicides among those on active duty and demobilized status are combined, the number exceeds the 207 soldiers who have died so far this year in Afghanistan, a difference further skewed because some of those combat zone deaths were also suicides.

We are living in a sick society that is getting sicker and sicker each day.  We must turn this around and the only way to do so is to get the facts to people and shake them out of their apathy.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike