The Amherst Cauldron

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Posted on 24th February 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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 Via Club Orlov

Finishing school for Nazis

[This is a guest post by Albert.]

We have been fortunate to be outside the United States for these past three months, and able to take our news unfogged by the media cabal. The parallel universe occupied by US news is especially poignant when viewing something like the situation in the Ukraine. Lately we have been watching a rebel counteroffensive that had surrounded and slowly exterminated the NATO puppet army in the Donbass region, around the railway hub at Debaltsevo, in a military maneuver called “the cauldron.” It was executed by volunteer foot-soldiers who, armed with small arms and trophy mortars and rockets, scored a massive victory against attacking battalions of Empire’s tanks and heavy artillery backed by NATO drones and AWACs.

The Russians remember “the cauldron” all too well. In the winter of 1941-1942, during the Wehrmacht Blitz on Stalingrad, Germany’s northern offensive was stopped and surrounded in the Valdai Hills near the town of Demyansk. There, nine of Stalin’s armies attacked Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb’s Heeresgruppe Nord (Army Group North) with the objective of breaking the siege at Leningrad and pushing the invaders farther west, away from Moscow. The Germans were facing a vastly superior enemy while freezing in their threadbare summer uniforms.

A cauldron

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Existing Home Sales Plunge (and Don’t Blame The Weather)

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Posted on 23rd February 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Truth is treason in an empire of lies.

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With homebuilder sentiment slipping, blamed on the weather (despite improvement in the Northeast), Architecture billings down, and lumber prices down, it should not be totally surprising that existing home sales collapsed in January, which they just did tumbling -4.9% against expectations of -1.8% to a worse than expected 4.82 million SAAR (4.95 expected). This was the biggest January drop since 2010, and is the lowest existing home sales since April.

Oh – and before the talking heads blame the weather – the biggest drop in home sales was in The West (with its warm, dry, sunny home-buying climate). Considering that existing home sales most recent peak in 2014 failed to take out the previous government-sponsored peak in 2013 and remains 30% or more below the 2005 peak, and claims that the housing recovery is in tact are greatly exaggerated.

Lower highs and the weakest sales since April 2014

 

Last year it was the “weather’s” fault, when California led the decline. Guess what: in January 2015, California, aka the “West” again saw the biggest drop:

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IDIOCY OF AMERICAN PUBLIC ON DISPLAY

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Posted on 17th February 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Are you fucking kidding me? 84% of the ignorant masses actually believe 20,000 ragheaded camel jockeys in the Middle East who like to make gory Youtube videos and were funded and armed by the good old USA government are a CRITICAL threat to our country. That is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever read. Bernays was an absolute genius and his disciples have perfected the art of propaganda.

The US public education system has succeeded in dumbing down Americans to such an extent, they will believe anything they are told by the government and their MSM propaganda mouthpieces. I’m disgusted to be living amongst so many idiots and non-critical thinking believers. I sure hope it doesn’t take a majority to prevail, because we’re doomed if that is the case.

The Islamic State is seen as the gravest threat to the United States, according to a new poll from Gallup. The group released its latest horror video at the weekend, showing the mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya. The gruesome images have suggested that Isis is expanding its reach into North Africa, far from its current battlegrounds and havens in Iraq and Syria. Egypt carried out airstrikes in response to the beheadings.

84 percent of people in the US consider the Islamic State and international terrorism in general the most critical threats to American security. Iran’s nuclear ambitions and North Korea’s military strength follow with 77 and 64 percent respectively. The conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels has strained relations between Washington and Moscow in recent months, but nevertheless, tensions with Russia are lower on Americans’ list of potential threats.

Infographic: Americans View ISIS As Their Greatest Threat | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista


AMERICAN PROPAGANDA MACHINE NEVER STOPS

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Posted on 14th February 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The CDC’s mission to create hysteria and boost drug sales

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Posted on 4th February 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Via Police State USA

Outing the agency’s shameful use of propaganda to manipulate the public

Logo of the Centers for Disease Control.

Readers have undoubtedly heard the perennial reports of disease outbreak and impending danger to public health. The routine messages seem almost deliberately crafted to induce fear and provoke a consumer response. It turns out, that’s exactly how the bureaucrats designed it.

Official presentations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that the agency purposely designs its message to scare Americans into running to the doctor. What might appear as a routine press release may very well be an example of carefully designed propaganda spread with the intent of manipulating public perceptions and behavior.

Dr. Glen Nowak

This can be observed by analyzing the work of CDC’s Dr. Glen Nowak. Nowak served a variety of adviser and senior management positions for the CDC between 1999 and 2010, including the agency’s Chief of Media Relations.

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OBAMACARE WILL ONLY COST $50,000 PER NEWLY INSURED AMERICAN

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Posted on 28th January 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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How is the Savior doing?

Why isn’t this the lead news story on every mainstream media station in America? Why is the only story about this in a UK newspaper?

Obama declared in 2009 that Obamacare wouldn’t add one dime to the deficits. He was right. It is going to add AT LEAST $1.35 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years according to the usually wildly optimistic CBO. You can probably double that to get the real cost.

When Obama and his shills were propagandizing their healthcare plan to the ignorant masses, they declared that 30 million uninsured Americans would be insured. According to the CBO, 30 million Americans will still be uninsured in 2025, and we will have incurred $1.35 trillion of costs to insure some 25 million people over the next ten years. That is $50,000 per newly insured person.

And I don’t believe that either. The MSM and Obama keep blathering about 9 million people signing up for Obamacare. They aren’t newly insured. The majority have dropped plans they already had to get some “free” healthcare. Companies are booting people who had insurance to help their bottom lines and let the American taxpayer foot the bill.

Obamacare was a scam from the very beginning. It was sold to the American public with blatant lies, misinformation, and propaganda. How are you spending that $2,500 annual savings in healthcare premiums Obama promised in 2009?

The criminal class ruling this country will do anything to get what they want, pillage your wealth, and destroy the country. They even admit it:

“You can’t do it political, you just literally cannot do it. Transparent financing and also transparent spending. I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes the bill dies. Okay? So it’s written to do that,” Gruber said. “In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in, you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical to get for the thing to pass. Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” – Jonathan Gruber – Obamacare architect

Hat tip Thinker

Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report

  • Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years
  • Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade and take in $643 BILLION in new taxes, penalties and fees related to Obamacare
  • The $1.35 trillion net cost will result in ‘between 24 million and 27 million’ fewer Americans being uninsured – a $50,000 price tag per person at best
  • The law will still leave ‘between 29 million and 31 million’ nonelderly Americans without medical insurance
  • Numbers assume Obamacare insurance exchange enrollment will double between now and 2025 

DO YOU BELIEVE A GOVERNMENT DRONE?

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Posted on 27th January 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Did you ever notice that government reported numbers are revised downward in future months about 90% of the time? If they weren’t purposely reporting optimistic estimates, then revisions would be 50% up and 50% down. Not only is today’s “tremendous” new home sales a crock, but annual sales were flat with last year, and still linger 57% below the long-term average of 1 million home sales per year.

And now for the best part. There were only 34,000 new homes sold in the entire country versus the POLAR VORTEX devastated 31,000 last December. And only 13,000 of these new homes are actually built. The contracts can be cancelled before the sale goes through. Cancellation rates were close to 30% during the last downturn. The government actually reports this drivel with a straight face, despite admitting they are 90% confident the number they are reporting is within plus or minus 17% of the number they report. Basically they are taking a wild ass guess based upon some bullshit model. And it WILL be revised lower next month in the small print of the press release.

With Case Shiller reporting a decline in national home prices, I have a feeling there won’t be closings on all of those 34,000 new home sales. The lies, bullshit and propaganda is so deep you need hip boots.

Seven Consecutive Downward Revisions To New Home Sales Data Place Serious Doubts On Report Accuracy

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You will pardon us if we don’t “buy” the latest attempt by the Census Department to telegraph housing euphoria with the just reported number of 481K new December home sales, a surge of 11.6% compared to November, an increase which was expected by the consensus to be only  2.7%. In fact, the 481K print is now the “highest” since June of 2008.

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WE MADE SOME WALL STREET FOLKS RICH

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Posted on 21st January 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Facts are so inconvenient to douchebags like Obama and his lapdog mainstream media minions. Zero Hedge absolutely obliterates his entire 59 minutes of lies, misinformation, propaganda, and touchdown dancing. 

‘Everything Is Awesome’ SOTU Post-Mortem: “It’s Not Government’s Job To Make Everybody Rich”

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The only thing we did not get from tonight’s State of The Union speech was a “Mission Accomplished” flag… oddly some of the 6,493 words (the lowest word-count of his Presidency) were not entirely ‘factual’…

“Make A New America”

 

Some color…“The shadow of crisis has passed” – so why are Treasury yields at record lows and why does The Fed have ZIRP and keep threatening QE on every 5% drop in stocks?

 

“the stock market has doubled”

“our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999″

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CHRISTMAS SUCKED

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Posted on 7th January 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The classic Wall Street bullshit parade is under way. JC Penney made the dramatic announcement that same store sales during the holiday period grew by a whole 3.7%. They grew by 3.1% last year. The previous year they FELL by an astounding 31%. This year also had an extra day versus last year.

So let me give you some perspective. If their sales were $100 in 2011 and they fell by 31% in 2012, rose by 3.1% in 2013, and rose by another 3.7% in 2014, that means they are now at $74. JC Penney’s holiday sales were still 26% lower than they were in 2011 and the Wall Street shysters jacked the stock up by 20% overnight. Think about that for a moment. They are celebrating results that leave them 26% below their sales level from four years ago.

Here is what the jackoff CEO from JC Penney did not reveal in his press release. What was the customer traffic increase? I’m sure most of the increase came from on-line business and pricing. He did not reveal the tremendous profits these sales will generate. You know why? Because JC Penny used huge promotions and discounts to achieve their mammoth 3.7% increase.

JC Penney will be reporting massive losses for the fourth quarter. The Wall Street shysters will have already sold after the 20% surge, because the stock will tank again.

The proof that Christmas sucked is revealed in the chart below. Checkout the 4th quarter of 2012. There were 14 retailers who announced their earnings would be less than expected and 12 who announced better than expected earnings. Look at this year. There have been 24 retailers announce WORSE earnings than expected and 3 better than expected. Does that sound like a great Christmas season?

This destroys the economic recovery meme sold to the public by Obama, Wall Street and the captured MSM media. Profits talk. If there really was a strong jobs recovery and the “tremendous” savings from gas price declines, consumers would be spending. The proof they are not is in the chart. Don’t believe the bullshit being heaped on you every day. Nothing but lies and propaganda.


Shut Up Officer

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Posted on 2nd January 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Karl Denninger

“With the increasing number of ambush-style attacks against our officers, I am deeply concerned that a growing anti-government sentiment in America is influencing weak-minded individuals to launch violent assaults against the men and women working to enforce our laws and keep our nation safe,” said Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the memorial fund.

“Enough is enough,” he said in a statement. “We need to tone down the rhetoric and rally in support of law enforcement and against lawlessness.”

Bite me Craig.

Here are the facts.  There were 126 on-duty deaths reported among all officers in 2014.  There are approximately 1 million sworn officers between federal, state, county and local government entities (and another couple of million employees who are not sworn; that is, they are not officers and do not have arrest powers, such as dispatchers and clerks.)

This is a rate of fatality of 12.6 per 100,000.  Sounds bad, right?

Wrong.

If you’re a logger, you have a fatality rate ten times that of a cop.

A fisherman?  Almost time times — 117 per 100,000.

A pilot?  53.4 per 100,000.  Yes, really — it’s about four times as dangerous to fly a plane or chopper than be a cop.

The guy who puts your roof on?  40.5 per 100,000 — about three times as dangerous.

How about iron workers — you know, the guys who put up the buildings you work in?  Yeah, those dudes.  Three times the risk of a cop in dying, most from falls, being crushed by heavy materials or welding accidents.

Your garbage man has a risk of death twice that of a cop.  Why?  He gets hit by cars or crushed by heavy equipment (yes, it would suck to get caught in that trash compactor in the garbage truck!)

How about the lineman that repairs your power lines?  Slightly less than double the risk of a cop, and of course the means by which they die are falls and electrocution, mostly.

Truck drivers?  Close to double the risk, most from traffic accidents.

Farmers?  Same risk, roughly; getting caught in a combine is a ****ty way to die.

Or you could just be a construction laborer.  Your risk in that profession is materially higher than that of a cop (17.3 .vs. 12.6) as well but nobody cheers for you.  Never mind that without said laborers you wouldn’t have a house or an office to work in.

So let’s cut the crap, eh?  Being a cop isn’t particularly dangerous as occupations go.

Sworn officers are in fact officers of the court.  Lying is unacceptable among both them and any organization that represents them.  That means this butt-clown as well as the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in NYC and Patrick Lynch, their President.  Pathological liars are worthy of the middle finger, not respect, no matter who they are.

Further, these organizations are not going to get any sympathy from me as long as we have cops arresting anyone for “DUI” when they choose to sleep off their alcohol in a parking lot rather than drive, nor are you going to get to claim “valor” without a loud pushback from people like myself as long as there is even one cop who reaches a settlement for his alleged attempt to create pornography with the intended target being solicited as a means to void an alcohol possession citation.  That’s official corruption and if I pulled something like that I’d be prosecuted instead of being able to slough off the “settlement” on the taxpayers of the town.

Then there’s this sort of corruption:

It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage.

NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

So either 94% of the stops and summonses were never justified in the first place, in which case the entire NYPD is nothing more than a band of felons committing armed robbery by the tens of thousands a week or this “action” constitutes acting as an accessory to crime after the fact.

Either way these are not cops they’re crooks.  In either case every single one of these “officers” deserves to be arrested and thrown into prison for decades; odds are it’s the first of the two possibilities, by the way, which means that this “action” is as close as you’re going to get to an admission of tens of thousands of armed robberies committed by the cops each and every week.

If law enforcement officers want respect they can start by deserving it and that means cutting the crap — including false claims of “outrageously dangerous” working conditions that in fact are less hazardous on a statistical basis than the guy who picks my household trash, an immediate and complete cessation of false arrests on bogus charges and full prosecution of each and every member of such an agency who is alleged to have abused someone in the line of their duties.

Let me know when that happens and at that point my middle finger will be retracted — but not one second before.