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Guest Post: The Possible Outcomes Of The Shutdown Theater

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

Only a week ago, the consensus among most mainstream economic analysts and even some alternative analysts was that a government shutdown was not going to happen. The Republicans would fold in the shadow of President Barack Obama’s overwhelming drive for socialization, spending would continue to grow unabated, and the debt ceiling would be vaulted yet again to feed the bureaucratic machine with more fiat. Today, there is no consensus, very few people continue to be so blithely self-assured and even the mainstream is beginning to wonder if a much bigger game is afoot here.

As I discussed before the shutdown in a recent article, it is important to take all facets of this situation seriously, or risk being bitten by hidden dangers while entranced in one's own arrogant cynicism.

One rule I try to follow whenever possible is to always be open to possibilities beyond the expected and never assume that today’s dynamic will be the same as tomorrow’s dynamic. Even the Liberty Movement can at times be susceptible to group think.  In a world of staggering political and economic manipulation, one has to grasp hold of certain fundamental truths in order to survive. In my time working within the liberty movement and outside of the mainstream, these are a few of the cold, hard truths that have served me well.

It’s Always About Globalization

Every action the elites within our government take pushes the U.S. closer to globalism and away from sovereignty. We may not always see the bigger picture in the heat of the moment, but a look back tells us much. Seemingly simple changes in financial legislation render devastating fiscal shifts a decade later (as with the progressive erasure of Glass-Steagall). Shocking disaster events that appear random suddenly open doors for totalitarian legislation that had been prepared years in advance. Wars end with further calls for world “unification.” Nothing, and I mean nothing, happens within government that does not revolve around the desire of establishment oligarchy to achieve total global economic, political and social control.

The Bankers Did It

Central banks and international banks are the bedrock of globalization, and all greater political decisions eventually stand on this bedrock. One need only examine the cabinets of the past four U.S. Presidents; there you will find a regular carnival freak show of banking elites who would go on to revolve in and out of government and back into the international financial sector. Private central banks like the Federal Reserve dominate the very currency (and thus the economy) of most nations on the planet. Most wars and man-made disasters of the past several centuries have served only to further enrich and empower the merchant class, and the same holds true today. If you want to understand why a certain calamity has occurred, first look to who benefited most. Invariably, you will find the banker class smiling when all is said and done.

America’s Two-Party System Is Actually A One-Party System

If you do not yet understand that the elite of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party share the same foundational philosophy of globalism, then you will NEVER understand why our government does what it does. Public battles of words and legislation are nothing but rhetorical cinema. Ultimately, the goals of neocons and neolibs revolve around the centralization of power. All legislation is used either to further centralization or as a smokescreen to confuse the public while centralization is taking place. When has the leadership of either party, for instance, ever demanded a full audit of the Federal Reserve? When has the leadership of either party ever attempted to dismantle the Patriot Act or the despotic provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act or the President’s openly admitted assassination list? They may seem to disagree violently at times, but do not be fooled. The disagreement is likely just another means to gain more dominance.

The Goal Is To Destroy The American Economy

What you believe to be political blunders are often actually calculated and engineered events. What you believe to be chaotic disasters of coincidence are often actually deliberate acts of attrition warfare against the common people disguised as random catastrophe. Those you believe to be heroes are actually villains in friendly masks. Those you are told to be villains are actually good men and women who refused to be enslaved by the system. That which you see and hear is never exactly as it appears.

Nearly every concrete action our government and central bank have taken in the past several decades has led to the further erosion of the American economy. If this is all just the consequence of “stupidity” or “childish greed,” you would think our so-called leadership would have at least made a few good decisions by mistake; but they are incredibly adept at choosing all the wrong paths.

The reality is that collapses on the scale we are now witnessing in America rarely happen by accident.

The destruction of Glass-Steagall was a carefully crafted coup. The Federal Reserve deliberately and artificially lowered interest rates in order to allow banks to generate massive toxic debt through the derivatives markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission did little to nothing to stop the spread of cancerous mortgage instruments and ignored numerous calls for investigation. Ratings agencies like Moody’s and Fitch examined all of these toxic assets, knowing exactly what they were, and rated them AAA anyway. And banks like Goldman Sachs, knowing that the market was a sham, sold these bad assets around the world and then secretly bet AGAINST them later. Either this is economic warfare implemented with precision, or it’s all a string of coincidental blunders. I don’t believe in such coincidences.

America is being destroyed by design to make way for a new global system administered by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as a new global currency tied to the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights.

If you are able to accept this, the confusion surrounding events like the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate withers, and everything becomes clear. With that clarity in mind, we can now examine the possible outcomes of the shutdown theater.

Republicans Surrender At The Last Minute

Of course, since both parties are essentially one party, the idea of “brinksmanship” on the part of either is absurd. The GOP will surrender, or “stand fast,” because its serves the interests of the globalist establishment. There is no political battle here, only the empty chest-beating of a staged wrestling match.

Bets on a last-minute Republican reversal were in the majority for the past week of the shutdown, but that is slowly changing — and for good reason. Obama has stated that the Affordable Care Act is off the table in negotiations, while Republicans like Ted Cruz and John Boehner are now stating with surprising candor that debt default is on the table if Obama refuses to compromise.

Gee, it would seem we are at an impasse.

In the meantime, the GOP is also moving to wrap the debt ceiling debate into the shutdown fight, making a “diplomatic compromise” even less likely to make sense to the public. (Those who argued that the shutdown and the debt ceiling were two entirely separate issued should accept this reality and move on.)

If I were writing this bit of fiction, I would say I was writing myself into a corner and that a last-minute Republican white flag would be illogical to my audience. That said, not all stories are well-written stories, so a Republican rollover remains an option for the time being. The primary reason I can see for the establishment to instruct the GOP to retreat would be to set the stage for a new stimulus event, like a war, which still leaves the U.S. dollar on track to lose its world reserve status — just not as fast a track.

Default Occurs By Winter

This plot twist makes far more sense to me given the way our story has progressed so far. Why? Because it provides perfect cover for an economic collapse that was going to occur anyway, except in this version the banking elite avoid all blame.

Just look at all the angry rhetoric being thrown around in the mainstream media; red team versus blue team has returned as the pervasive American sitcom.

Conservatives blame liberals and Obama. Liberals blame conservatives and the Tea Party. We’re all too happy to blame each other. Certainly, both elements of our government share responsibility for any debt default or subsequent collapse. But who started this avalanche to begin with? What about the Federal Reserve? What about Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Citigroup, etc.? What about the globalists?

Debt default is no small matter. Such a disaster would indeed fuel a flight from U.S. Treasuries by foreign investors and eventually lead to the complete abandonment of the greenback as the world reserve standard. Austerity measures would be implemented at break-neck speed. Cuts to entitlement programs, pensions, State funding, etc. will hit the American people like a freight train.

The way in which the MSM is already painting “Tea Party” conservative as saboteurs should a default occur is actually a very practical strategy. Not only do the elites get their economic collapse, but they manipulate the general public to believe that Constitutional conservatives, their mortal enemies, were the CAUSE of the pain, rather than the banks.

Order From Chaos

Should the establishment decide this is the moment to pull the plug on our financial structure, expect some rather insane-sounding solutions to be presented as rational alternatives. When Obama was asked by reporters if he considered the 14th Amendment as an option to end the debt ceiling debate, Obama did not rule out the idea.

This should raise some eyebrows. By the 14th Amendment I can only surmise that they mean Section 4, which states:

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Some people, including CNBC’s Jim Cramer, think that this gives the President the power to raise the debt ceiling regardless of what Congress decides.

And Obama doesn’t appear to be dismissing the notion either. However, Section 5 of the 14th Amendment says:

The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Nowhere in Section 5 does it say that the President has the power to enforce the provisions of the 14th Amendment, but this may not stop the White House from twisting the law to insinuate more expansive controls.

Beyond the 14th Amendment, there are numerous executive orders and continuity of government programs that the White House could cite as authority to implement national emergency standards. This would probably start as a kind of “soft” martial law, and then grow from there. Each action will be rationalized as necessary for the greater good of the country, but will serve only the interests of the establishment oligarchy.

On the Republican side, there is another disturbing development that may be presented as a solution in the face of crisis — namely, the idea of instituting a Constitutional convention.

A Constitutional convention is essentially a complete rewriting of the document (which they call "amending") in the name of rebooting a government that has strayed too far from the wishes of the people. The concept is being promoted avidly by certain neocon talking heads and scholars, even on the FOX News circuit.

It sounds very noble on the surface, and neocons use very pretty language to candy coat the idea for legitimate Constitutionalists; but it is truly the most foolish action our country could take, opening the door to a complete erasure of Bill of Rights protections while offering no assurances that any meaningful provisions will be respected or afforded by the Federal government.  The people are given the illusion of potential redress when in reality a Con-Con produces only more centralized theater for the masses. If the liberty movement is suckered into a Constitutional convention, we will have been lured into writing our own destruction.

Another scenario could involve the Federal Reserve moving to take what they often call "extraordinary measures".  The Fed, being a private bank, may use the shutdown as an opportunity to paint itself as an economic "hero" (as unbelievable as that may sound), by instituting stimulus measures to the Federal Government regardless of Congressional or presidential impasse.  Given enough public desperation in the midst of default, the Fed may attempt to assert unprecedented financial authority in the name of "saving the country from it's own government".  The bankers then establish their role as the wise saviors and high priests of the fiscal universe, and cement private dominance over American political decisions as "acceptable" in the minds of the citizenry.

The most dangerous solution that will inevitably be paraded for the public will be a petition for aid from the IMF. The IMF has a long history of loansharking to indebted nations and then subsuming them and their natural resources in the process. The ignorant illusion that the United States is the sole power behind the IMF will be exposed all too late when a defaulting American Treasury is told to collateralize infrastructure to pay off creditors, while the dollar is bled completely dry and absorbed by the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights basket currency.

Whether default occurs or is avoided, watch vigilantly over the next few weeks. Do not blink. Do not be conned, and do not let fear or bias blind you to the bigger picture. The shutdown could amount to nothing immediate, or it could amount to everything we have warned about for the past five years. I personally believe the month of October may be a major turning point in America’s history. Whether it be for good or ill depends on how mentally and physically prepared we are.


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Thu, 10/10/2013 - 21:54 | 4043674 LetThemEatRand
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"there is another disturbing development that may be presented as a solution in the face of crisis — namely, the idea of instituting a Constitutional convention."

When fascism comes to America.

The document ain't broken.  The People just need to take it back.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:19 | 4043729 gonetogalt
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All through the '70s & '80s talking heads from cheesepope think tanks & universities were calling for constitional conventions, the John Birch Society was the loudest opposition in those years...who's going to keep this shit derailed now if they go full out for a CC?

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:26 | 4043742 LetThemEatRand
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Frankly, I don't think they'll bother.  They've figured out how to usurp it already.  When corporations (entities that have no personal responsibility) became People and bribery became legal so long as it is called a campaign contribution or lobbying, that was that.   It matters not who writes the laws.  It is who controls the issuance of currency that matters.  Those people can decide who we "elect."   Freedom, meet the Fed. 

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:29 | 4043766 gonetogalt
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I agree, a CC is unnecessary. The complete document has been hijacked in practice. As long as the Bill of Right gets lip service and the public feels those guarantees apply to them, all's well in Mayberry.

But, since a CC can't be limited to one or two issues, clauses or articles, opening one throws the entire document out. 

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 04:32 | 4044128 lakecity55
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Nothing wrong with the Instructions. As one poster said, we just need to take it back.

We also need to send all education back- to the States, where it belongs.

Those man on the street gigs infowars, howard stern, and others do are downright scary. It is really shocking to see so many citizens so ignorant.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 06:08 | 4044169 negative rates
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This basicly says, and it seems quite silly, that if we don't pay our debts, and the offending party attacks us for any reason, all those debts are null and void. Which in itself is enough to elevate the hostilities to a greater level, perhaps even a, trade war level.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 06:58 | 4044197 Harry Dong
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Not quite. The USA won't repudiate it's debt and nobody can question it. Now if cra-Cra uncle TeX in the basement signs up for the get-out-of-union all expense paid 10% interest revolving line of credit with the Krugman that's different. So when the aliens come to collect on the debt uncle fester racked up the USA will tell them to pound sand.

Of course we all know that inflation can take care of the most amazing fiat debt imaginable. :-)

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:37 | 4043975 runningman18
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True, but a Con-Con would be useful in coopting the Constitutional movement if it was played correctly.  Imagine a bunch of neocons suddenly taking charge of the operation just like they did with the Tea Party.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:10 | 4044211 BandGap
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It's not about modification, it's about overhaul. They will not have to waste a lot of time, or even shed blood, if they can rewrite the Constitution to suit their needs.

Just sayin'.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:20 | 4043879 Pandorable
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Facism is here...and keep the dates below in mind as they may provide some "unexpected" twists to events that will lead to the NWO faster:

Oct 16-17 and 23-24...Quantum Dawn II Cyber "drills" 

Oct 17 - The Great Shakeout Earthquake "drill"

Nov 13 - Gridex II Power grid failure "drill"

Surely a coincidence two of these "drills" are planned the same day as debt default. NOT.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 06:41 | 4043882 Harry Dong
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Pffft. Next you'll tell us that Chernobyl was a test. 

1:23:04 in the am is always a good time for an experiment.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 06:46 | 4044188 Tall Tom
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 I will also remind you that on 9-11-01 there was a Hijacked Airline Drill running concurrently with the WTC and Pentagon Attacks.


[Sarcasm] How coincidental. It was just all circumstance. [/sarcasm]


Fri, 10/11/2013 - 09:51 | 4044790 SquirrelButtDan
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Same thing in the UK on 7/7.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 13:56 | 4045883 el Gallinazo
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There were about a dozen drill simulations on 9/11 involving highjacked planes and/or interceptors based in the mid-Atlantic positioned elsewhere than the mid-Atlantic states.  These "drills" included putting false blips on the civilian air traffic controllers' radar.  They were on the horn constantly with NORAD trying to figure out if the blips represented a physical airplane or a virtual drill phantom.  This was all a coincidence.  I am certain of it.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 04:48 | 4044134 Doña K
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It may not be a NWO right away. It may be O'bummer pulls an O'Chavez on the US to save the country.


OB: US is in the brink of default and I must stop this. I therefore, declare martial law until the ceiling is raised.

People: cacophony. No clear message, leaderless

OB: I know that some think this is too strong, but when Amerika and Amerikans are in danger, it is my duty to intervene. Not to worry. No one will starve. We will have elections as soon as the new constitution is ready.

People: But......more cacophony

OB: All unemployed and all whose income is less than $250k per year, please go to and apply for unlimited food stamps.


Thu, 10/10/2013 - 21:56 | 4043675 max powers
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Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:00 | 4043678 orez65
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Hey, I'm first to comment on this article:

Bull shit!

Shit, now I'm third to comment!!

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:22 | 4043875 Harry Dong
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OK orez. You've been here almost 2 Yrs and you still get giddy by being the first to open your piehole?

I think this article is 100% on the mark and we're in for an epic (and welcome [And planned]) shitstorm. This is no time to put up drunk posts.

...but hey there, I'll spring for the next round of IPA if you stick around.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 04:27 | 4044125 lakecity55
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Mr Lehey: "There's a Shit Storm coming, Randy, the Mother of all Shit Storms! I'll have your pot operation shut down and both you and Julian in Jail forever. Sunnyvale will be free!"

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:10 | 4043706 Shibumi2
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Pretty succinct and well thought out piece.


I think the typical american's greatest FAILURE...of which there are many to the inability to see the subtle shifts and ploys of LONG TERM political gamesmanship. The typical mope is too busy trying to figure out how to work the remote to see nuance and strategy as it unfolds.


Only in america can the "lone gunman" theory be rolled out and taken seriously.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:55 | 4043925 GottaBKiddn
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Well done, Brandon.

The American people have failed to become diligent students of their own freedom, the cost of this failure is very high.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:14 | 4043717 g'kar
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Pretty obvious to me. Martial law.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:16 | 4043722 LetThemEatRand
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Please.  We call it "shelter in place," now.   

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:28 | 4043760 g'kar
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I thought that was only if you were having your house robbed? Not much difference I guess.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:32 | 4043768 LetThemEatRand
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Or if there is an unarmed guy hiding in a boat somewhere in your city.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:33 | 4043777 g'kar
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That guy in Boston was an amputee?

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:38 | 4043790 LetThemEatRand
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Didn't have a leg to stand on, after they shot it off.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:44 | 4043804 g'kar
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Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:36 | 4043784 greatbeard
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>> We call it "shelter in place,"

That works for me.  I always preferred drinking alone anyway.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:15 | 4043718 NoDebt
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It would be almost comforting to know that this is all somehow pre-planned by powers so wise and infallible that regular people should simply bow down (or bend over) and worship them.  

Yet, somehow, I don't buy it just yet.  UN, IMF, The Rothschilds, Bilderberg conferences.... all very western bogeymen.  I don't see them having much influence over China or the middle east or really anywhere that is unfamiliar to western ideas and influences.  

Yeah, the game's getting bigger, but it's not global just yet.  Maybe someday, just not yet.


Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:34 | 4043780 chindit13
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Exactly.  A malevolent deity is better than no deity, because any deity at all leaves open the possibility of a deal.  If all is just random chance, with no plan, and no malice aforethought, then all anyone has is dumb luck.  That scares people more than the devil, which is why we create gods or create conspiracies.  It's oddly comforting.

Yet again we have an author trying to paint a picture of the world run by a handful of nearly omnipotent, and absolutely callously and ruthlessly self-serving people, who pull all the strings and control all the variables and get the seven billion to behave as these uber mensch would like.  All those bewildered 1.3 billion Chinese, 1.2 billion Indians, and the hundreds of millions of Russians, Brazilians, Indonesians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, etc. are just pawns easily fooled and easily manipulated by the entrenched great powers.  Lucky for us all that some guy in his redoubt in Montana can see the truth and share it with us all.

The naivete that tries to pass for awareness and sophistication in some of these articles is simply absurd.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:01 | 4043847 dick cheneys ghost
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good point.......these guys are way Overthinking this NWO/One world currency crap......

let me boil it down for ya........these fucks are just stealing everything they can before the boat sinks......and they know its going down.......the dollar will soon be dead.........and when it is finally dead, we will all be singing.........FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE ARE FREE AT LAST, from the shackles of the dollar........

Pepe Escobar's latest...

''Xi stressed over and over again that China favors one FTA to cover all of the Asia-Pacific. And as far as Beijing is concerned, that won't be TPP - which is essentially a major US corporate racket that will lower tariffs across the spectrum to the sole benefit of US multinationals and not small and medium-sized firms in developing countries, all this under the cover of a dodgy "highest free trade standard".

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:26 | 4043871 socalbeach
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Even if you accept the idea that the elites are working for a NWO / One World government, the author lost me with the paragraph starting with,

The Goal Is To Destroy The American Economy

One could argue the Mideast and Asian wars based on false pretenses were a step in the direction of a NWO, but the U.S. was used as the military muscle to subdue those countries. Since the job in the Mideast, to say nothing of Africa and other regions, has not been finished, how are those other countries going to be conquered with a collapsed American economy?

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:42 | 4043905 Harry Dong
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I gave you a plus one for going there. Care to answer your own question? Or would a follow up question work? 

Who gives the UN it's teeth when the time comes? And it is now.


Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:09 | 4043946 socalbeach
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I don't agree with the majority view here that the US economy is on the verge of collapse.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:07 | 4043941 in4mayshun
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Wow Dick, I'd like to know what drugs you're taking cause they must be good. What world do you live in? Seriously? So you think when the world's reserve currency crashes, were going to be cheering on the sidelines and just start over -no big deal huh?

Let me know how that works out...

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:25 | 4044368 dick cheneys ghost
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hey asswipe, I never said it would be easy, but being free from the dollar is the first step.....of course assholes like you love fiat currencies

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:57 | 4044470 shinobi-7
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Well said. That is often the problem with these articles indeed. So little understanding about the world and its complexity. But thankfully, there is much better stuff on ZH!

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:13 | 4043719 max2205
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Signing up for that one way trip to Mars

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:17 | 4043725 apberusdisvet
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The truth hurts; but it's still the truth.  Right, MDB?

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:19 | 4043733 A Lunatic
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WWIII no longer a viable option I'm assuming...........

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:07 | 4043860 Harry Dong
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Too late for that. It is now 'it is what it is' fatalism.


Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:21 | 4043741 Omen IV
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I wonder if the authors of The Fourth Turning - saw the actual plans - it would have been just the right time in the early 90's - their depiction seems to be becoming true

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:34 | 4043779 The Persistent ...
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After arguing that the two party system is one party, he turns around and calls the tea party "constitutional conservatives"?

As long as the army is still standing, the drones are still flying, the NSA is still spying, they can still detain me, and I don't see the "constitutional conservatives" saying shit about most of the above, let alone all of the above, then they arent anything but a bunch of stupid blowhards, full of sound and fury, signifying and accomplishing nothing.


Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:42 | 4043799 i_call_you_my_base
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Right, where are they on stop and frisk?

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:44 | 4043978 runningman18
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No, he said that the establishment would use the gridlock to blame constitutional conservatives, which are associated with the Tea Party by the mainstream media whether they like it or not.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:48 | 4043816 QQQBall
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Jim Creamer said... hahahahhaaha! 

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:06 | 4043857 akarc
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Well ya know it could be..... but then again in may be......... so I would caution one to ..........

or at least consider........ cause like something is gonna happen..........and it will happen at some point in time...................

So of course preparation will be key.....................I mean like you do understand don't you how I managed to sound important covering all the bases without saying a damn thing worthwhile! 

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:33 | 4043897 Harry Dong
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Was this too vague for you? It's WWF and the ref is going to get his teeth knocked out by gorgeous Jeff Gordon (I may have my redneck sports conflated).

This APPEARS to be the fix is in. It's toast and the well is dry. Why kick the can anymore?

hope u have your beans bacon whiskey and ammo stocked. I don't but it was real. It was fun. But it wasn't real fun.


Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:47 | 4043986 runningman18
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Was pretty clear to me.  The elites have an opportunity to kick this horror show into overdrive, so don't discount the possibility.  The message wasn't muddled at all.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:20 | 4043866 TomGa
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Well, shit.  That's just great.   So, who's on X-Factor this week?


/sarc off

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:35 | 4043896 tony bonn
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yes random acts are well calculated - the murders of jfk, rfk, martin luther king jr, malcolm x, gerald ford - himself a murderer, ronald reagan - himself a murderer, john lennon, the murrah building, waco, ruby ridge, jonestown, levee breaks in new orleans, 9/11, beltway murderer, san antonio murderer, tylenol scare.....EVERY SINGLE ONE WERE US GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS!!!!!!

nor have i exhausted the list of us government terrorism - they are not accidents or random acts of evil....they are all plots by the bush crime syndicate, rockefeller nazis, and their craven minions.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:43 | 4043904 Flammonde
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Let's back up a taste.  The boneheaded political class is local.  These morons are selected and then selected again by equally moronic voters. Somewhere in this nexus is free will.  No one-for the nonce-insists that you stay to endure the consequences of the neighbors stupidity. Therefore, your avidity alone keeps you in this new Germany like others of your bloodsucking class.  Out to make a buck, own a home, send a kid to college to move up the social ladder you have only yourself to blame when the border closes and the Day Trading gods turn their countenace  from your hideous  features.  A glance at 100 years of history alone shows the waters that drown others are rising in your neighborhood and insurance does not exist to cover the cost.  You Americans, you talk and talk and talk about your exceptionalism and you still can't read the writing on the wall.  You forget the visible world is made of ashes.  How many other exceptional people have danced in the sun like so many may flies?  Oh yes I know it's different now because, well because.   The laughter ringing around you in languages you do not understand is the belly laugh from human history, first determined when the ape's child swapped a pretty shell for a pretty rock. 

But something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones ?

You hand in your ticket
And you go watch the geek
Who immediately walks up to you
When he hears you speak
And says, "How does it feel
To be such a freak ?"
And you say, "Impossible"
As he hands you a bone.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 23:53 | 4043919 q99x2
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Nice article.

Long live the revolution.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 02:20 | 4043921 ebworthen
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The rule-of-law?

What is this stuff of which you speak?

The end of October will bring nothing more than more QE and continuing collusion to fuck the citizenry.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:07 | 4043940 DOGGONE
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"Exceptionalism" will be showing this to the people:
The Public Be Suckered

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:15 | 4043951 screw face
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Fri, 10/11/2013 - 01:26 | 4044025 JLee2027
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This is a good article. It is important to remember do not fall for the current "group think" - this crisis is not staged. The outcome is unpredictable and unforseen events may dictate things. The most likely outcome is the the debt ceiling will be raised and default avoided (for now), however, default is a very real possibility and cannot be denied forever.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 03:14 | 4044091 shinobi-7
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The article is a pile of nonsense which confuse purpose and consequences.

The strenght of the elite is not to "have a goal", it is to "not have a goal" beyond staying where they are, co-opting whoever can be and for the rest be flexible and always push for the best possible outcome for their narrow interest.

The alternative is unworkable. It presupose more power than really is available as well as a consensus of what is the best outcome which does not exist.

Globalization is the best example. It cannot be a consensus "goal" since it means concentration of power which imply that some elite people will lose what they currently have. You can be fairly certain that they will resist with all their strenght. So in the end, our governments are indeed what they seems to be: An arena where different interests fight to increase their own share of the cake. And it is only the tragedy of the common, that our common wealth, Democracy, Nature and anything else that no one can put his hands on suffer in the process.

The founding fathers understood the complexity of the political process and put some limitations where they were needed to have the best possible outcome. Since, powerful people have had no other goal than to increase their power at any cost and abolish or go around these limitations. A process which has for the most part been successful.

Seen from this point of view, the shutdown of the government is not planned and the outcome is therefore unknowable. But it will be another opportunity to promote "ideas", as was Lehman or 9/11.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 05:36 | 4044154 Xandrino
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they knew it was coming. In 2009 already. They didn't do shit about it.


Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:02 | 4044198 Tall Tom
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Most are aware of the term, "Hegelian Dialectic". Some will even write Problem--->Reaction--->Solution.

But most leave out the Operational Process, the employment of the False Dilemma Fallacy.


It works as Problem--->Reaction--->False Dilemma. Each "Solution" creates a new Problem.


So it is more correct to write is as Problem--->Reaction--->Solution--->New Problem--->Reaction--->Solution--->New Problem...


The Two Party System provide the False Dilemma by taking "Opposing views", working in tandem, to achieve a previously agreed goal.


Wash Repeat and Recycle until the goal is achieved.


The method to defuse it is to remove the False Dilemma Fallacy in the proposed Solution Stage.


Other than that it is all Theater.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:10 | 4044310 shinobi-7
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Agreed. So we need to reform but the "system" doesn't want to be reformed and gets better at avoiding reforms by the day until it becomes so osified that it crumbles. This is the process we are witnessing right now and it is clearly at an advanced stage...

And then there is this misconception about the power of the 1% prevalent on ZH. This power is not personal, it is systemic and works as a soft consensus. Given the choice most people prefer to participate than rock the boat and a majority of people are therefore opted in, as I am, due to their lack of the strenght to say "no".

But how can you say "no" when your income depends on you "participating"? Also, most people understand intuitively that if they break the machine, they will reap chaos and probably won't live long enough to get the benefit of their short term sacrifices. Which is why a large majority fear the shut down of the government which they should welcome. Clearly it hasn't worked that well for them over the last 10 years and the prospects are even worse. But the fear of the unknown is stronger and the majority consequently prefer to keep a broken government system than question its fundations.



Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:45 | 4044422 GoldenTool
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+100 to you.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 09:14 | 4044557 shinobi-7
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Thank you. But because of the time difference, I will most certainly never get +100. By the time I write something people have already moved to the next subject! Never mind, with my controversial ideas, I would probably get -90 too ;-)

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 04:12 | 4044115 lakecity55
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Do not discount the possibility TPTB have ordered Boner to stand firm and allow the 'default' to happen, while Bath House 'grouses' about the 'evil' flip side of the party.

Acting on a grand scale.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 05:37 | 4044150 Xandrino
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Did anyone check out Jack Lew's testimony yesterday? What a lying fuckface! Pardon the language.

What a fucking cunt he is! " We need to raise the debt ceiling otherwise we will default on our debt"

The guy is lying out of his ass with anything he says.

What a dirty lying NWO pawn.


He couldnt even say how much of a debt ceiling raise they required. Then adding Congres should decide. Also he wants the ceiling to be raised, and then they will negotiate...

Country is being held hostage by a muslim extremist goat herder(and his NWO Soros buddies) who is not even American!

 the US is so fucked...It's all downhill from here. War/false flag is coming to a programming box near you!

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 05:44 | 4044160 greatbeard
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>> (as with the progressive erasure of Glass-Steagall)

So now Phil Gramm (R, Texas), Rep. Jim Leach (R, Iowa), and Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R, Virginia) are all progressives?  Sorry, I can't buy this tripe.  Toss me in the camp of folks who view this whole cluster fuck as a bunch of disparate, greedy people, all fighting will all their might for whatever they can get for themselves.  No grand scheme, just individual, runaway, self serving, greed.


Fri, 10/11/2013 - 09:16 | 4044567 g'kar
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If large, over-reaching government is what someone believes in, they are progressive. If the label fits.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 06:10 | 4044172 Gunga
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Let the feral government stay shutdown. That's a cleaner solution than the rest of us having to secede.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:45 | 4044420 Borrow Owl
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Unfortunately, the government hasn't really been shut down.

The so-called shutdown is nothing more than Kabuki theater designed to stir up the herd.



Fri, 10/11/2013 - 06:38 | 4044185 Heroic Couplet
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RomneyCare has been working successfully in Massachusetts for 7 years. People who use it don't want to go back to the former system.

Did the Democrats make a few simple mistakes? Sure. Take RomneyCare document to Kinko's, mark out "Romney" and put in health insurance exchange, then make 49 copies for the remainder of US states to idiotproof it.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:07 | 4044201 Ghordius
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"It’s Always About Globalization - Every action the elites within our government take pushes the U.S. closer to globalism and away from sovereignty."

a basic misrepresentation of the concepts of globalization, globalism and sovereignty which seems very common in the American discourse

the first two aren't the same, and the second one is a badly defined word whch would attempt to explain the forces (mostly from the left) which try to temper the effect of the first, besides being used nearly only for uncritical attack

and I've noted that sovereignty does not seem to be understood in the same way in America as in the rest of the world

using ill-defined words makes for very, very murky thought processes

anyway, +1 for remembering Glass-Steagall. bring back Glass-Steagall

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:25 | 4044230 Ghordius
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"The Bankers Did It - Central banks and international banks are the bedrock of globalization, and all greater political decisions eventually stand on this bedrock."

again a basic misrepresentation. while I agree with the gist of the message, I have to remind that most central banks are aren't private and are an expression of sovereignty. Yes, the FED is private, though under some political control. Yet the second most famous central bank is already the previously private Rothschild-controlled Bank of England. Which was nationalized after WWII. The third in line would be the Chinese CB, obviously a state bank. Which leaves the ECB, which is a confederation of cbs which are mostly state banks. and don't forget that I just mentioned 4 our of 110 central banks

globalization was not immediately a product of the efforts of the international megabanks. this is our second "spell" of globalization. the first one was during the golden years of the British Empire, and there you'll see more clearly that it was commercial and industrial interests that propelled globalization, with finance following up

globalization, as many might find unpalatable to envision, starts with calls of "free trade". starts with corporations becoming international megacorporation

anyway, +1 for the spirit of the message. break up the international megabanks. either by restricting them as in Glass-Steagall or by restricting them into national borders, or both

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:42 | 4044248 Ghordius
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"America’s Two-Party System Is Actually A One-Party System - If you do not yet understand that the elite of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party share the same foundational philosophy of globalism, then you will NEVER understand why our government does what it does."

again, I share the feeling but it eludes me why this wording is used. both parties are, viewed from the rest of the world, particularly from continental europe, extremely liberal. very little concepts in them which we would recognize as conservative or socialist. the biggest difference (to me) seems to be neo-Keynesianism vs monetarism, two extreme views which have both been labeled as Voodoo Economics

they don't share the same foundational philosophy of globalism, they both promote globalization, i.e. a financial-commercial empire. something that I don't necessarily see as good or evil, it's "just a system"

yet the author leaves it at that. without mentioning that this kind of political duopoly is a classical product of corruption mixed with the FPTP voting system

Britain has FPTP yet no duopoly. and the simplest way to get rid of most of this would be a different voting system, for example what is being used in the rest of europe, i.e. multi-party systems

this goes hand in hand with the extreme (for a country of this population size) centralization of politics in the US, mostly because 1913 senators stopped being the (confederative) expression of State Legislatures and started to be directly elected representatives they are now, bringing the US on the path of an unitary state

yet the author balks at making such international and historic comparisons, perhaps because he is busy catering to the tastes of a certain kind of readers

+1 for the attempt, yet I'd amend this to "you will NEVER understand why our government does what it does if you don't compare it with history and other governments"

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:46 | 4044256 Burticus
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The ruling elephant/jackass party already shreds & wipes with our current constitution.  A con-con would only allow them to legitimize their tyranny with a document incorporating Marx's Communist Manifesto.  The John Birch Society has been the lone voice warning about this for years. Do not be fooled by empty promises by the bought-n-paid-for E/J sock puppets and their central bank masters.  NO CON-CON!!!

The United State_ is so far gone, the only viable solution seems to be secession, with some states forming loose confederations for their mutual safety.  The "Florida League of the South" is the lone voice advocating secession in the state of Florida.  Leave BrainWashington, District of Corruption with the debt they incurred.

Sorry, China, yer screwd.  But, as a consolation prize, you may take everyone who has served in CONgress, the top levels of the executive branch and the Stupreme Court for the last 20 years, to do with as you see fit.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:09 | 4044282 Ghordius
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and another misrepresentation: "America is being destroyed by design to make way for a new global system administered by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as a new global currency tied to the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights."

an SDRs-like global currency or new monetary agreement is a Chinese/BRICs demand. only because Soros is advocating for concessions vs China does not mean that the Dems and the Reps aren't quite happy with the current setup, which is the Dollar Hegemony

for all their faults (and they are many) both the IMF and the World Bank are an expression of the financial dominance of the West, clearly visible in the voting rights inside those institutions and who is picked for chairmanship

in fact, China is busy setting up an IMF-like counterpart for Asia. what Soros is advocating (and his faults are also many) is to give some concessions before the BRICs disengage from the current imperial system

yet again the author would probably utterly lose his usual readers if he'd start to explain those ugly details, then his readers are staunch republicans (with the small R) which would hate to be called imperialists. they prefer to be blind to all kind of imperialist politics

the emperor is not naked. he is blind

and so the author is nevertheless right. because the empire (as a system) is starting to treat it's emperor just like the other vassals. so yes, it is a "crisis of sovereignty", in the US

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:36 | 4044398 shinobi-7
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The article has some good points and quite a few not so good ones. Mostly, it tries to find "intentions" to what is often unintended consequences. The vision of an all powerful financial system may be prevalent in the US but that is less and less the reality in Asia. Here, the IMF and the World Bank are not perceived as all powerful institutions trying to implement a world domination plan but as under-equiped engineers trying to mend a broken system. The vision is that given time, the shift of power to Asia will become irresistible. And it just might if only we had another planet available and if we were able to manage the complexity. But "that" I am afraid is the real source of our current crisis and if it is the case, i.e. the problem is "systemic, then political "solutions" will solve nothing.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 11:05 | 4045128 Ghordius
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excellent points. re "The vision of an all powerful financial system may be prevalent in the US but that is less and less the reality in Asia" - this vision has a reason, imho. financialization / financial capitalism are more advanced and powerful, in the US, followed by the UK. we continental europeans lag behind, in this, and so generally speaking share this Asian view

an example for this is the state of the US (and partly the UK's) insurance industry, as I found out in a discussion with Mediocritas on a different ZH article, where the process of demutualization shows how financialization is eating up what used to be a prevalent system. link here

"under-equipped engineers trying to mend a broken system" - interesting, I'm more used to hear them as fire-fighters, but the picture is similar. usually Americans moan about the IMF because "it costs something" to the taxpayer, but a lot of criticism shifted to "they have a world domination plan", as you can read. don't know the US enough to pinpoint the source, I'm afraid. I think this is a kind or rethoric that used to be contained there, for pure domestic consumption, and is spilling over thanks to the wonder called the internet

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 08:21 | 4044312 Zolko
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I think history is already written:

a new stimulus event, like a war (...) Republicans Surrender At The Last Minute (...) The way in which the MSM is already painting “Tea Party” conservative as saboteurs

The Syrian (non-)war was such a war: perfect timing (2 weeks before shutdown), perfect excuse (gee, chemical weapons !), perfect ennemy (no risk after 2 years of civil war) ... too bad these Russians have prevented it. Iran would have been a second iron in the fire, but the new Iranian president won't make it an easy sell, as the Irak war has demonstrated.

No, foreign wars are not reliable enough for such a sensitive event.

But attacks on US soil are much better, as 9/11, the Boston bombers and the numerous mass shootings have shown.

So it will be a terrorist attack in the US, and we can see how the dots connect: a gun-massaker (easy to believe) by an unknown neo-fascist group or individual (think Andreas Breivik) linked to the Tea-Party (think Golden Dawn), forcing the Tea-Party to make low profile and puts gun control on the bargaining table. Since guns are more important to the Republicans than Obamacare, they fold, and the can can be kicked down the road for the next 2 years.

Which explains the 6 weeks delay in the debt-ceiling debate: it will give time to organize this false-flag event.


Fri, 10/11/2013 - 09:13 | 4044550 lindaamick
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Personally I think the current faux political war between Repubs and Dems is merely another trial balloon designed to test the potential outrage of the US citizenry.

Many people are without paychecks now. far no pitchforks. 

Trial balloons help elites gauge their next steps towards the goal of stripping the 99% of ALL their hard earned monies and assets.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 11:20 | 4045168 g'kar
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Agreed. However, there are only pitchforks if the media chooses to report it. Many time you have to go to media sources outside the US to find out what is actually happening in the US.

For example from the English Pravda site:

Homeland security preparing for next Wall Street collapse?

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 10:32 | 4045023 AE911Truth
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A much bigger game is afoot here.

Google Karen Hudes for lots of info that says she has backing of the States and Nations of the World to tell the bankster criminals to follow the rule of law, or they will be taken out of power. Still need to address where the law itself is the problem...

Neil Keenan says he can prove trillions of Dollars of bankster crimes... enough to take them out.

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