Militarism and military spending are everywhere on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new “threats” that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda.
Here are just a few examples:
The German government announced last week that it would purchase 100 more “Leopard” tanks – a 45 percent increase in the country’s inventory. Germany had greatly reduced its inventory of tanks as the end of the Cold War meant the end of any threat of a Soviet ground invasion of Europe. The German government now claims these 100 new tanks, which may cost nearly half a billion dollars, are necessary to respond to the new Russian assertiveness in the region. Never mind that Russia has neither invaded nor threatened any country in the region, much less a NATO member country.
The US Cold War-era nuclear bunker under Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, which was all but shut down in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, is being brought back to life. The Pentagon has committed nearly a billion dollars to upgrading the facility to its previous Cold War-level of operations. US defense contractor Raytheon will be the prime beneficiary of this contract. Raytheon is a major financial sponsor of think tanks like the Institute for the Study of War, which continuously churn out pro-war propaganda. I am sure these big contracts are a good return on that investment.
NATO, which I believe should have been shut down after the Cold War ended, is also getting its own massively expensive upgrade. The Alliance commissioned a new headquarters building in Brussels, Belgium, in 2010, which is supposed to be completed in 2016. The building looks like a hideous claw, and the final cost – if it is ever finished – will be well over one billion dollars. That is more than twice what was originally budgeted. What a boondoggle! Is it any surprise that NATO bureaucrats and generals continuously try to terrify us with tales of the new Russian threat? They need to justify their expansion plans!
So who is the real enemy? The Russians?
No, the real enemy is the taxpayer. The real enemy is the middle class and the productive sectors of the economy. We are the victims of this new runaway military spending. Every dollar or euro spent on a contrived threat is a dollar or euro taken out of the real economy and wasted on military Keynesianism. It is a dollar stolen from a small business owner that will not be invested in innovation, spent on research to combat disease, or even donated to charities that help the needy.
One of the most pervasive and dangerous myths of our time is that military spending benefits an economy. This could not be further from the truth. Such spending benefits a thin layer of well-connected and well-paid elites. It diverts scarce resources from meeting the needs and desires of a population and channels them into manufacturing tools of destruction. The costs may be hidden by the money-printing of the central banks, but they are eventually realized in the steady destruction of a currency.
The elites are terrified that peace may finally break out, which will be bad for their profits. That is why they are trying to scuttle the Iran deal, nix the Cuba thaw, and drum up a new “Red Scare” coming from Moscow. We must not be fooled into believing their lies.
Copyright © 2015 by RonPaul Institute
By Jack De Feo
April 9, 2014
(Waianae, Hawaii) At Tuesday night's Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board meeting, a majority of board members voted in favor of taking a position against any extension of the rail surcharge.
In a 5-0-2 decision, board members voted "to take a position against any legislation that would extend the rail surcharge, including House Bill 134 and Senate Bill 19". A quorum satisfying vote of 5 in favor of the motion included Chairperson Perry and board members Frenzel, Smith, MacDonald, and
Endo. Gates and Silva abstained.
Testimony by the community was unanimous in favor of the board's motion with most citing their dismay with the management of the project, cost overruns, perceived lack of transparency and misinformation. During the meeting, board member Frenzel stated that he and most of people he hears from aren't against rail in general, "just this rail project as it is currently being managed". He stated, "I'm not against rail, I'm against stupid rail. The project is $900 million over budget already and it [rail] has barely been started. . . . If legislators vote to extend the rail surcharge at this time, they are just endorsing the City's current mismanagement of the project." Frenzel asked that legislation to extend the surcharge be delayed at least a year, until the real numbers come in on how much the project will cost. "They [City and County] have no idea what the total costs are going to be, or at least say they don't”. A Community member said after the meeting ”I’m tired of politicians exploiting the west side by saying that the rail is meant to help us with our traffic problems. No one west of Makakilo will benefit from rail except a few union workers and then for only a few years."
Chairperson Perry questioned whether the surcharge was intended to also cover operations and maintenance costs and not just construction costs. Legislators present in the meeting did not provide an answer. The Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board represents the furthest leeward communities of Waianae, Makaha, Makua, and portions of Maili.
Apr 6, 2015
Russia Today introduction: The US Pentagon has wasted $10 billion on a missile defense project, the sea-based X-Band Radar (SBX), which turned into a major flop, according to media reports. The missile defense failures also appear to threaten US security.
The Pentagon's $10-billion bet gone bad [Los Angeles Times] April 5, 2015
Real Jew News
Whether one is a Christian, a Jew, an atheist, a believer, or any shade of personal life philosophy in-between, including "none at all," an understanding of Christianity and Judaism is crucial to better understanding the world situation and one's place in it.
Here Brother Nathanael gives a brief overview of the tension between Christianity and Judaism, a tension of which most Christians are largely unaware. Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity when a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, lives in Colorado, and says he has read the Bible cover to cover over 100 times.
Jews, Israel & Zionism (Collection of articles) [Hawaii Political Info]
This week the Justice Department announced it would not charge former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress. Some members of Congress requested that Lerner be charged with contempt after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing investigating her role in denying or delaying the applications for tax-exempt status of “tea party” and pro-limited government organizations.
Cynics might suggest it is not surprising that a former government official would avoid prosecution for refusing to tell Congress about how federal employees abused their power to help the incumbent administration. These cynics have a point, but the problem goes beyond mere partisanship. Government officials are rarely prosecuted for even the most blatant violations of our liberties. In contrast, federal prosecutors routinely pursue criminal charges against whistleblowers. For example, the only American prosecuted and imprisoned in relation to the government's use of torture was whistleblower John Kiriakou!
While some officials like Lois Lerner who find themselves at the center of a high-profile scandal or partisan dispute can expect harsh treatment from Congress, this is the expectation, not the rule. Executive branch officials usually receive deferential treatment from members of Congress. I recall one hearing on government surveillance where a representative actually apologized to a government official because Congress had the gall to ask that official to testify about the government’s ongoing surveillance of the American people.
In contrast, private citizens called before Congress are harangued and even bullied. Congress should stop using the hearing process to intimidate private citizens and start using it to intimidate those government officials who are threatening our liberty. For example, Congress should continue to investigate the IRS’s ongoing attempts to silence organizations that work to advance free markets and individual liberty.
My Campaign for Liberty organization has had to battle an IRS demand that it hand over personal information regarding some of its top donors. The IRS is either ignoring, or ignorant of, the numerous precedents protecting the right of organizations like the Campaign for Liberty to protect their members’ privacy from government officials.
The IRS is drafting a new regulation that would empower the agency to revoke an organization's tax-exempt status if that organization sends out a communication to its members or the general public mentioning a candidate for office by name sixty days before an election or thirty days before a primary. By preventing groups from telling their members where candidates stand on issues like Audit the Fed and repeal of the PATRIOT Act, this anti-First Amendment regulation benefits those politicians who wish to hide their beliefs from the voters.
Since the IRS’s power stems from the tax system, the only way to protect our liberty from this agency is to eliminate the tax code. Promising to end the IRS is a popular applause line for politicians wishing to appear as champions of liberty. This week, John Koskinen, the current IRS commissar, responded to these cries to end the IRS by pointing out that shutting down the IRS would deprive Congress of the revenue needed to fund the welfare-warfare state. Koskinen has a point. Congress cannot shut down the IRS until it enacts major reductions in all areas of government spending.
Politicians who vote for warfare abroad and welfare at home yet claim they want to shut down the IRS should not be taken seriously. Freeing the people from the IRS’s tyranny is one of the best reasons to end the welfare-warfare state and return the federal government to its constitutional limitations.
Copyright © 2015 by RonPaul Institute
The New York Times
April 3, 2015
NAGANO, Japan — Kaname Harada was once a feared samurai of the sky, shooting down 19 Allied aircraft as a pilot of Japan’s legendary Zero fighter plane during World War II. Now 98 years old and in failing health, the former ace is on what he calls his final mission: using his wartime experiences to warn Japan against ever going to war again.
This has become a timely issue in Japan, as the conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has called for revising Japan’s pacifist Constitution. On a recent afternoon in this alpine city near his home, Mr. Harada was invited to address a ballroom filled with some 200 tax accountants and their business clients.
After slowly ascending the stage with the help of his daughter, he stopped to hang up hand-drawn war maps and a sepia-toned photo of himself as a young pilot in a leather flight suit glaring fearlessly into the camera.
Kaname Harada recalls the horrors of the Battle of Midway for a Hawaiian audience [Hawaii Political Info] Jun 6, 2010
Published on Sep 27, 2012
Conspiracy of Silence, a documentary listed for viewing in TV Guide Magazine was to be aired on the Discovery Channel, on May 3, 1994. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies.
Many children suffered the indignity of wearing nothing but their underwear and a number displayed on a piece of cardboard hanging from their necks when being auctioned off to foreigners in Las Vegas, Nevada and Toronto, Canada.
At the last minute before airing, unknown congressmen threatened the TV Cable industry with restrictive legislation if this documentary was aired. Almost immediately, the rights to the documentary were purchased by unknown persons who had ordered all copies destroyed.
A copy of this videotape was furnished anonymously to former Nebraska state senator and attorney John De Camp who made it available to retired FBI Agent Ted L. Gunderson. While the video quality is not top grade, this tape is a blockbuster in what is revealed by the participants involved.
By Laurence M. Vance
The headline reads: “Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, pedophilia and homosexuality.” And the headline is accurate. The 130-page songbook contains 70 songs with titles including Pubic Hair, The Kotex Song, Bestiality, and The S&M Man (set to the tune of The Candy Man, it describes sexually mutilating women). The book is bound to look like an official Air Force publication, but the bottom of its pages are labeled “For Unofficial Use Only.”
Hey women: Stay out of the military. You are safer in the midst of a street gang on a dark inner-city street in a large American city.
Hey men: You too. Men get sexually assaulted in the military as well.
Hawaii Political Info introduction: The U.S. is supposed to be more tolerant of unconventional views than most countries—it has the tradition and protection of the First Amendment. Young David Cole, a Jew, found that when his research into the Holocaust didn't produce the politically correct view, he didn't face jail time as he would in many countries such as Sweden, Australia and Germany. But his life was in danger—right here in America—from a well-known segment of his fellow Jews, he says. He recanted, changed his name and assumed a new identity.
Rory Carroll of The Guardian tells his story.
By Rory Carroll
May 3, 2013
Hollywood conservative unmasked as notorious Holocaust revisionist
Republican Party Animals operator David Stein says he is really David Cole, and that he still holds controversial views
To those who knew him, or thought they knew him, he was a cerebral, fun-loving gadfly who hosted boozy gatherings for Hollywood's political conservatives. David Stein brought right-wing congressmen, celebrities, writers and entertainment industry figures together for shindigs, closed to outsiders, where they could scorn liberals and proclaim their true beliefs.
Over the past five years Stein's organisation, Republican Party Animals, drew hundreds to regular events in and around Los Angeles, making him a darling of conservative blogs and talkshows. That he made respected documentaries on the Holocaust added intellectual cachet and Jewish support to Stein's cocktail of politics, irreverence and rock and roll.
There was just one problem. Stein was not who he claimed. His real name can be revealed for the first time publicly – a close circle of confidants only found out the truth recently – as David Cole. And under that name he was once a reviled Holocaust revisionist who questioned the existence of Nazi gas chambers. He changed identities in January 1998.
Confessions of A Jewish Holocaust Revisionist: From David Cole to David Stein to David Cole (1 hr 40 min interview with David Cole)
Ernst Zündel interviews Young David Cole-part 1 [YouTube] (10 min) This was before Zundel was deported from Canada to Germany where he was immediately incarcerated for years for his politically incorrect research results on Jews and the Holocaust. Suspicions remain that he had prior to that been deported from the U.S. to Canada for the same reason.