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Understanding evil: From globalism to Pizzagate

Comet Ping PingI have spent the better part of the last 10 years working diligently to investigate and relate information on economics and geopolitical discourse for the liberty movement. However, long before I delved into these subjects my primary interests of study were the human mind and the human “soul” (yes, I’m using a spiritual term).

My fascination with economics and sociopolitical events has always been rooted in the human element. That is to say, while economics is often treated as a mathematical and statistical field, it is also driven by psychology. To know the behavior of man is to know the future of all his endeavors, good or evil.

Evil is what we are specifically here to discuss. I have touched on the issue in various articles in the past including Are globalists evil or just misunderstood, but with extreme tensions taking shape this year in light of the U.S. election as well as the exploding online community investigation of “Pizzagate,” I am compelled to examine it once again.

I will not be grappling with this issue from a particularly religious perspective. Evil applies to everyone regardless of their belief system, or even their lack of belief. Evil is secular in its influence.

The first and most important thing to understand is this — evil is notsimply a social or religious construct, it is an inherent element of the human psyche. Carl Gustav Jung was one of the few psychologists in history to dare write extensively on the issue of evil from a scientific perspective as well as a metaphysical perspective.  I highly recommend a book of his collected works on this subject titled Jung On Evil, edited by Murray Stein, for those who are interested in a deeper view.

To summarize, Jung found that much of the foundations of human behavior are rooted in inborn psychological contents or “archetypes.”  Contrary to the position of Sigmund Freud, Jung argued that while our environment may affect our behavior to a certain extent, it does not make us who we are. Rather, we are born with our own individual personality and grow into our inherent characteristics over time. Jung also found that there are universally present elements of human psychology. That is to say, almost every human being on the planet shares certain truths and certain natural predilections.

The concepts of good and evil, moral and immoral, are present in us from birth and are mostly the same regardless of where we are born, what time in history we are born and to what culture we are born. Good and evil are shared subjective experiences.  It is this observable psychological fact (among others) that leads me to believe in the idea of a creative design — a god.  Again, though, elaborating on god is beyond the scope of this article.

To me, this should be rather comforting to people, even atheists.  For if there is observable evidence of creative design, then it would follow that there may every well be a reason for all the trials and horrors that we experience as a species.  Our lives, our failures and our accomplishments are not random and meaningless.  We are striving toward something, whether we recognize it or not.  It may be beyond our comprehension at this time, but it is there.

Evil does not exist in a vacuum; with evil there is always good, if one looks for it in the right places.

Most people are readily equipped to recognize evil when they see it directly.  What they are not equipped for and must learn from environment is how to recognize evil disguised as good.  The most heinous acts in history are almost always presented as a moral obligation — a path towards some “greater good.”  Inherent conscience, though, is the greater good, and any ideology that steps away from the restrictions of conscience will inevitably lead to disaster.

The concept of globalism is one of these ideologies that crosses the line of conscience and pontificates to us about a “superior method” of living.  It relies on taboo, rather than moral compass, and there is a big difference between the two.

When we pursue a “greater good” as individuals or as a society, the means are just as vital as the ends.  The ends never justify the means.  Never.  For if we abandon our core principles and commit atrocities in the name of “peace,” safety or survival, then we have forsaken the very things which make us worthy of peace and safety and survival.  A monster that devours in the name of peace is still a monster.

Globalism tells us that the collective is more important than the individual, that the individual owes society a debt and that fealty to society in every respect is the payment for that debt.  But inherent archetypes and conscience tell us differently.  They tell us that society is only ever as healthy as the individuals within it, that society is only as free and vibrant as the participants.  As the individual is demeaned and enslaved, the collective crumbles into mediocrity.

Globalism also tells us that humanity’s greatest potential cannot be reached without collectivism and centralization.  The assertion is that the more single-minded a society is in its pursuits the more likely it is to effectively achieve its goals.  To this end, globalism seeks to erase all sovereignty. For now its proponents claim they only wish to remove nations and borders from the social equation, but such collectivism never stops there.  Eventually, they will tell us that individualism represents another nefarious “border” that prevents the group from becoming fully realized.

At the heart of collectivism is the notion that human beings are “blank slates;” that we are born empty and are completely dependent on our environment in order to learn what is right and wrong and how to be good people or good citizens.  The environment becomes the arbiter of decency, rather than conscience, and whoever controls the environment, by extension, becomes god.

If the masses are convinced of this narrative then moral relativity is only a short step away. It is the abandonment of inborn conscience that ultimately results in evil. In my view, this is exactly why the so called “elites” are pressing for globalism in the first place. Their end game is not just centralization of all power into a one world edifice, but the suppression and eradication of conscience, and thus, all that is good.

To see where this leads we must look at the behaviors of the elites themselves, which brings us to “Pizzagate.”

The exposure by Wikileaks during the election cycle of what appear to be coded emails sent between John Podesta and friends has created a burning undercurrent in the alternative media. The emails consistently use “pizza” references, and independent investigations have discovered a wide array of odd connections between political elites like Hillary Clinton and John Podesta to James Alefantis, the owner of a pizza parlor in Washington D.C. called Comet Ping Pong. Alefantis, for reasons that make little sense to me, is listed as number 49 on GQ’s Most Powerful People In Washington list.

The assertion according to circumstantial evidence including the disturbing artwork collections of the Podestas has been that Comet Ping Pong is somehow at the center of a child pedophilia network serving the politically connected. Both Comet Ping Pong and a pizza establishment two doors down called Besta Pizza use symbols in their logos and menus that are listed on the FBI’s unclassified documentation on pedophilia symbolism, which does not help matters.

Some of the best documentation of the Pizzagate scandal that I have seen so far has been done by David Seaman, a former mainstream journalist gone rogue. Here is his YouTube page.

I do recommend everyone at least look at the evidence he and others present. I went into the issue rather skeptical, but was surprised by the sheer amount of weirdness and evidence regarding Comet Pizza.  There is a problem with Pizzagate that is difficult to overcome, however; namely the fact that to my knowledge no victims have come forward.  This is not to say there has been no crime, but anyone hoping to convince the general public of wrong-doing is going to have a very hard time without a victim to reference.

The problem is doubly difficult now that an armed man was arrested on the premises of Comet Ping Pong.  Undoubtedly, the mainstream media will declare the very investigation “dangerous conspiracy theory.”  Whether this will persuade the public to ignore it, or compel them to look into it, remains to be seen.

The reason I am more convinced than skeptical at this stage is because this has happened before, and in past scandals of pedophilia in Washington, some victims did come forward.

I would reference the events of the Franklin Scandal between 1988 and 1991. The Discovery Channel even produced a documentary on it complete with interviews of the alleged child victims. The documentary was quashed before it was ever shown to the public. The only reason it can now be found is because an original copy was released without permission by parties unknown.

I would also reference the highly evidenced Westminster Pedophile Ring in the U.K., in which the U.K. government lost or destroyed at least 114 related files related to the investigation.

Accusations of pedophilia seem to follow the globalists and elitist politicians wherever they go. This does not surprise me. They often exhibit characteristics of narcissism and psychopathy, but their ideology of moral relativity is what would lead to such horrible crimes.

Evil often stems from people who are empty. When one abandons conscience, one also in many respects abandons empathy and love.  Without these elements of our psyche there is no happiness. Without them, there is nothing left but desire and gluttony.

Narcissists in particular are prone to use other people as forms of entertainment and fulfillment without concern for their humanity. Add in sexual addiction and aggression and narcissists become predatory in the extreme. Nothing satisfies them. When they grow tired of the normal, they quickly turn to the abnormal and eventually the criminal.  I would say that pedophilia is a natural progression of the elitist mindset.

Beyond this is the nature of cultism. It is not that the globalists are simply evil as individuals; if that were the case then they would present far less of a threat. The greater terror is that they are also organized. When one confronts the problem of evil head on, one quickly realizes that evil is within us all. There will always be an internal battle in every individual. Organized evil is in fact the ultimate danger, and it is organized evil that must be eradicated.

For organized evil to be defeated, there must be organized good. I believe the liberty movement in particular is that good; existing in early stages, not yet complete, but good none the less.

Recognize and take solace that though we live in dark times, and evil men roam free, we are also here. We are the answer to evil, and we have been placed here at this time for a reason. Call it fate, call it destiny, call it coincidence, call it god, call it whatever you want, but the answer to evil is us.

— Brandon Smith

Source: Will County News

Psychological warfare: How words shape our thoughts and actions

propaganda concept“But it is requisite that members of the common herd be imprisoned in abject ignorance, never doubting that they are ‘free and self-sovereign individuals’ who are in full control of their lives and families, and who can speak freely on any subject they choose, and worship whatever God their consciences dictate.” – Unknown

 

Of the many definitions of “word” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of them is “a verbal signal.” It is a great fallacy in our thinking when we assume that words are words whoever speaks them. This is the basis of gross deceptions.

A lot of my writing efforts are devoted to helping people break out above mental barriers (establishment words that I also call code words). If we are to overcome the totalitarianism which every day increases its grip over the workaday crowd, we must break the code words and phrases that inhibit the thought patterns of the crowd. We must all achieve a totally different (true) perception of reality.

Words are far more than verbal signals. Words trigger biochemical responses which authority uses for behavior modification. This is a principal weapon that authority uses against its own people, and has been for thousands of years.

Verbal signals (words) are electrical stimuli carried through sound invading the body and the biochemical response mechanism. This is invasion as surely as bacteriological warfare except that there is no defense or screening process against this type of invisible and esoteric aggression by government against the people.

The public mind has no way to object to the bombardment of organized thought patterns that set up modified behavior and predictable responses. The dominant thoughts of the public mind are nothing more than a program created by authority. This is psychological warfare that produces conformity of the human psyche.

Therefore, the purpose of the public and secondary education system and the mainstream media propaganda machine is not to produce inquiry but conformity. All invasion of the human mind by verbal signals is calculated to produce conformity.

There is such an avalanche of information bombarding the American people that it all has a mind-numbing effect. That, too, is by design. For the aim of the unseen powers is for the masses of people to believe essentially the same things.

For instance, most believe that they live in a free country (a “democracy”). Most believe that they have a political choice. Most believe they should pay their “fair share” of taxes. Most take at face value everything or most everything that the government and its politicians tell them.

That’s because years of pro-government indoctrination and propaganda have caused Americans to lose their mental capacity to evaluate reality.  Every bit of information we get from the very beginning of our existence “sells” us on authority. This goes on beyond “public education” and throughout life. The only acceptable social and moral thing to do is to accept authority, conform to authority and above all, never question authority, let alone its morality and its modus operandi.

The more generations that pass without open conflict with authority, the more the public mind conforms and the more the people and the government become one. Any “deviant” who questions authority is sure to encounter a hostile response from his friends and neighbors. He has defiled the Holy place.

Did you know that you may not meet more than a handful of people in your lifetime who are alert to the false belief system of the millions out there? And while the Donald Trump campaign has stirred an awakening among the people, that awakening is far from complete, as evidenced by the hostile reaction that comes from Trumpsters whenever the slightest criticism of Trump is uttered or written.

But even after people begin to see through the maze of propaganda it sometimes takes years for it all to come into full focus so that complete understanding can be achieved. Then you discover how different you are from your neighbor and old acquaintances.

The discovery of this difference makes most people become uneasy about their convictions because of the loneliness that they experience and their inability to share common sense reality with friends who will respond to the new information presented to them by shutting off communication or writing it off as “conspiracy theory.” (The term “conspiracy theory” is an old code word created by the CIA to stifle inquiry into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.)

I have written about code words and their use by the unseen powers many times and listed some of them for Personal Liberty® readers in “Code words,” and “More code words.” There are some new ones now entering the lexicon, and some old ones are taking on new meaning and I want to tell you about them.

Fake news – When employed by establishment politicians, social media bigwigs or the mainstream media, it means any news not coming from establishment politicians or the mainstream media, the real purveyors of fake news and government propaganda. It implies that they are the only sources of “truth” or “real news.” All other “news,” particularly that which doesn’t comport with established orthodoxy, is therefore fake. Fake news has replaced conspiracy theory now that people are learning that most of the “conspiracy theories” they have heard about have turned out to be real conspiracies.

Loophole – Any as-yet unregulated activity. Politicians use this term to great effect to create a negative connotation of unregulated activity, as in “gun show loophole,” or “tax loophole.” The existence of such “loopholes” is fiction but most often leads to greater government regulation.

White nationalism/white supremacy – A racist term used by the leftwing to delegitimize populism and the move to oust establishment politicians and halt globalism. The terms white nationalism/white supremacy were originally used to shut down, silence or intimidate anyone who opposed Zionism (the belief that the establishment of national Israel in modern history is the continuing fulfillment of prophecy). Now it is employed against anyone who supports strong borders, enforcement of immigration laws, rejects globalism and crony trade deals. (There is no connection between Zionism and Judaism, so anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, which is another code word.)

Uneducated white voters – A bigoted term used by pollsters and the political class designed to stereotype white working class Middle and Southern American (aka flyover country) people as ignorant boobs whose views of strong family, belief in God, strong work ethic, independence from government and love of country are outside the mainstream and therefore their opinions and/or “vote” are less valuable than college-educated people’s.

Racist – For the last eight years it has been used to attempt to stifle any criticism of President Barack Obama’s policies and agenda. Now more and more it’s being employed in conjunction with the terms white nationalism/white supremacy (see above).

White privilege – The false notion that one’s race automatically grants upon him at birth special privileges, entitlements or rights not possessed by others. It is  used as an attempt to make whites (white males especially) feel guilty about any success they have achieved and coerce them into a phony altruism so they will voluntarily surrender their positions in society and business and transfer their power, status and wealth to minorities and those deemed “less fortunate,” which is another code word.

Safe space – A place in which only thoughts or ideas that have been filtered through political correctness and conventional wisdom are allowed. No truths or facts are found in so-called safe spaces.

Propaganda in our time is super powerful. No matter the formal education or lack thereof, most Americans are just downright ignorant about the reality of their personal relationship to government.

The government is at total war against the American people in a thousand ways, and not one in a million even suspects it.

Source: Will County News

Big media writer promotes ‘media literacy’ for government schools

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A news columnist for Yahoo is calling for government intervention to teach public school children how to differentiate fake news from reliable sources.

According to Yahoo’s Matt Bai, it’s time for the nation’s schools to get in the business of teaching children how and where to read the news. Donald Trump’s election, he contends, represents the a new era of “truth-free media to go with our new, truth-free politics.”

To believe this, of course, one is forced to accept that both media and politics were relatively honest prior to Trump’s election.

But what Bai and other mainstream journalists are rallying against isn’t dishonesty— it’s an increasingly varied media landscape that requires extra care to understand.

He writes:

Think about it this way: 30 years ago, watching the news was like driving a car. Children weren’t born knowing how to do it, exactly, but it was intuitive enough that really any idiot could figure it out.

You had three networks, all of which aired the day’s news at roughly the same time and in the same studiously detached way. You had a major metro paper and a handful of national papers, which reported versions of the same stories, chosen by editors with the same basic objectives.

Today, he laments, there are far more options; and most of them are riddled with confirmation bias.

He isn’t wrong— but his prescribed fix is.

Bai wants government schools to create standardized ways to teach children how to pick news sources:

My kids will spend months of their young lives studying the Revolution and the Civil War and the advent of mass production, which is fine. In grade school, they spend some part of every year revisiting the social movements of the ’60s, which is noble and important.

But what’s called “media literacy” in the education world — the ability to consume torrents of information with some level of competence and sophistication — is still an outlier in social studies curricula, despite having been discussed now for decades. Even when it’s taught, it’s crammed into a high school unit, by which time today’s grade-schoolers will have been surfing YouTube for half their lives.

According to data compiled by the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts (where I happen to serve on the board of advisers), most high school civics teachers try to cover modern media in some way, but as of 2012, only a third of them said they were “very confident” they could do it successfully.

Given all that’s happened in politics and media since, you’d have to think the job hasn’t gotten easier. But training is scarce, and efforts to standardize the curricula are sporadic.

Here’s a radical thought: If President Trump is looking for a bold and useful education initiative that might serve the incidental purpose of redeeming what’s left of his soul, media literacy would be a pretty good place to start. Getting behind a nationwide push in K-through-12 classrooms could be an important and unifying priority for the incoming education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

Of course, you can probably guess which sources would be deemed acceptable under a plan like this.

Here’s a better idea. Eliminate the political correctness insanity that has taken over American education and begin again teaching children how to critically reason and debate even the most uncomfortable subjects. And forget media literacy… at least until schools throughout the country can handle teaching basic literacy and critical thinking skills.

Source: Will County News

Trump’s ‘new foreign policy’ promise must include abandoning regime change for Iran

iran and u.s. handshakePresident-elect Donald Trump told a Cincinnati audience last week that he intends to make some big changes in U.S. foreign policy. During his “thank you” tour, Trump had this to say:

We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. …In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests wherever possible…”

If this is really to be President Trump’s foreign policy, it would be a welcome change from the destructive path pursued by the two previous administrations. Such a foreign policy would go a long way toward making us safer and more prosperous, as we would greatly reduce the possibility of a “blowback” attack from abroad, and we would save untold billions with a foreign policy of restraint.

However as we know with politicians, there is often a huge gap between pronouncements before entering office and actions once in office. Who can forget President George W. Bush’s foreign policy promises as a candidate 16 years ago? As a candidate he said:

I am not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world saying ‘this is the way it’s got to be.’ … If we’re an arrogant nation they will resent us, if we’re a humble nation but strong they’ll welcome us.

Unfortunately as soon as he took office, George W. Bush pursued a completely different foreign policy, attacking countries like Iraq at the urging of the neocons he placed in positions of power in his White House and State Department.

Some people say that “personnel is policy,” and that much can be predicted about Trump’s foreign policy by the people he has appointed to serve his administration. That is where we might have reason to be worried. Take Iran, for example. While Trump says he wants the U.S. to stop overthrowing governments, on the issue of Iran both the candidate and his recent appointees have taken a very different view.

Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, has said the following about Iran: “I believe that Iran represents a clear and present danger to the region, and eventually to the world…” and, “…regime change in Tehran is the best way to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program.”

Trump’s CIA choice, Mike Pompeo, has said of President Obama’s Iran deal, “The Iranian regime is intent on the destruction of our country. Why the President does not understand is unfathomable.”

And Trump’s selection for Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, was even more aggressive, saying, “The Iranian regime in my mind is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East. …Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil in the region that ISIS creates.”

Donald Trump’s words in Cincinnati don’t seem to match up with the views of the people that he’s assigning to high places. At least when it comes to Iran.

While I hope we can take President Trump at his word when it comes to foreign policy, I also we think we should hold him to his word – especially his encouraging words last week. Will the incoming president have the ability to rein in his more bellicose cabinet members and their underlings? We can be sure about one thing: If Trump allows the neocons to capture the State Department, keeping his foreign policy promises is going to be a lot more difficult.

Source: Will County News

Lockport Love December 17th annual gift giveaway

Lockport Love December 17th annual gift giveaway

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Everyone is invited to join us at the Iron Horse Saloon at 9am on Saturday, December 17th for our annual gift giveaway.  After a breakfast sandwich and coffee we will travel with police cars, fire trucks, Dean’s RV, regular cars and Santa (AKA Alderman Deskin), to the Lockport Love homes to provide gifts for the children. We would like to get as many people as possible in Dean’s RV to minimize the length of our procession but you are free to drive your car if you prefer.

 

For those that are liaisons to a family, please let me or BJ know if we are stopping at that home on the 17th or if a silent visit is more appropriate. Also please have your presents wrapped and have names on them and carry them in the vehicle you will be riding in on the 17th when we give the gifts to the families.

 

Feel free to bring your kids as it is a great way to show them charity.  From those of us that have participated in the past, I think we get as much joy from it as the recipients.  Hope you can make it.

Source: Will County News

5 things you should know about Bitcoin

5 things you should know about Bitcoin
Jason Stutman Photo By Jason Stutman
Written Sunday, December 4, 2016
Referred to by some as “digital gold,” Bitcoin is one of the most controversial investment opportunities that exists today.

Over the past five years, the value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed nearly 25,000%, meaning if you had the foresight to buy and hold early, you could have earned as much as 250 times your initial investment.

That’s enough to take $10,000 and turn you into a multimillionaire…

But many investors are still keeping far away from Bitcoin, despite its historic rise. To the average person, it’s all just too unfamiliar, too intimidating, and too risky.

Yet after years of naysayers predicting that the sky will come crashing down, Bitcoin just keeps on chugging along.

Hard to believe, but the cryptocurrency has been around for almost a decade now, and at this point, it doesn’t seem to be going away.

In fact, Bitcoin’s bid as a serious investment has only matured in recent years as the digital currency has come of age. Once rightfully considered a virtual lottery ticket, Bitcoin has gradually cemented itself as a legitimate asset to consider for your portfolio.

This week, the cryptocurrency marked its longest stretch trading over $500 since its inception nearly a decade ago. For six months, Bitcoin has climbed well past that mark, now trading near $750.

If that makes you feel like you’ve been missing out, but you aren’t convinced just yet that Bitcoin is right for you, here are five things you should probably know about this unique investment…

#1: More and More People are Using Bitcoin Every Day

In its early days, Bitcoin was little more than a speculative bet for day traders hoping to turn a quick profit…

That’s because as a currency, Bitcoin had very little utility aside from on the black market. Like trying to pay your rent in yen, buying goods with Bitcoin was just something you didn’t do.

But after years of gradual adoption, more and more people are using Bitcoin for real-world transactions every day.

In January 2010, Bitcoin was averaging less than 200 transactions a day. Today, the digital currency is used in as many as 300,000 transactions per day.

Bitcoin Transations per day(Source: blockchain.info)

In other words, Bitcoin is no longer just a form of money in theory; it has become a form of money in practice. People are buying goods with it, just as they do with any other form of currency.

For long-term investors, this is great news, because after all, that’s where Bitcoin’s value exists. So long as adoption of Bitcoin as a currency continues to increase, its value should move in tandem.

#2: More Vendors are Accepting Bitcoin

There are two main reasons Bitcoin transactions have and will likely continue to increase. The first is a growing acceptance from legitimate vendors.

Since 2013 there have already been a number of major retailers that have taken the initiative to treat Bitcoin as a legitimate method of payment.

Notable companies include Expedia, which now accepts Bitcoin for all hotel bookings, Overstock.com, which began accepting Bitcoin for its products in January 2014, and Microsoft, which recently added Bitcoin as a payment option for its digital content.

Other major vendors include Dell, Subway, Newegg, TigerDirect, Tesla, PayPal, and REEDs Jewelers, to name just a few.

Even the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise now accepts Bitcoin online and at the Golden 1 Center arena. That means NBA fans can get tickets, jerseys, hot dogs, and, yes, even beer with their bitcoins.

#3: Volatility is Trending Down

On top of an increasing number of vendors accepting Bitcoin, price volatility is trending downward — and for long-term investors, that’s a good thing.

In 2011, the 30-day volatility of Bitcoin was nearly 16%, but today it’s closer to 2.0% on a dollar basis.

Bitcoin Volatility Trend(Source: btcvol.info)

This simply means the day-to-day fluctuations in the price of Bitcoin are decreasing and the value of Bitcoin is becoming more stable.

And for a form of currency, this is incredibly important, because it means consumers’ money is more reliable.

If a loaf of bread cost $4 yesterday, $2 today, and $7 tomorrow, chances are you wouldn’t have much faith in the dollar. The same rule applies to Bitcoin: the less volatile it is, the better it will fair in the market.

Of course, Bitcoin will continue to have bouts of volatility, and it is still years away from being completely stable, but as of today, its price stability is on par with the Mexican peso and South African rand.

For a 10-year-old currency, that’s not too shabby.

For decades, if not centuries, gold has been the go-to safe haven in times of economic uncertainty

#4: Bitcoin Has Been a Hedge Against Economic Uncertainty

When stocks go down, people buy gold. When economies collapse, people buy gold.

But investors have increasingly turned elsewhere in recent years in the face of economic turmoil.

When Cyprus’s economy tanked in 2013, Bitcoin soared.

When China’s yuan collapsed in 2015, it happened again.

And when Brexit sent tremors through the market in 2016, Bitcoin investors had a field day, as the currency’s value exploded as much as $100 in a day. In the month leading up to Brexit, fears sent prices from $400 to over $750.

Bitcoin tends to work as a hedge because it’s disconnected from the traditional financial system. It offers an easy way for people to exit economies that revolve around government money and bad monetary policy.

If you’re one of the many people worried that the U.S. dollar is on its last legs as the global reserve currency, Bitcoin isn’t a bad bet.

#5: Buying and Selling is Easier Than You Think

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a computer scientist to invest in Bitcoin.

Buying and selling the cryptocurrency is actually pretty simple: all you really need is a credit card, bank account, or PayPal to get started.

There are a number of easy-to-use platforms for trading and storing bitcoins. Some of the most reputable ones include Coinbase, Kraken, BitQuick, and Blockchain Wallet.

Buying and selling Bitcoin today is about as easy as trading stocks. Once you’re comfortable with whatever platform you choose, you can get started right away.

But remember, Bitcoin still carries plenty of risk and should only account for a small portion of your portfolio. The best investors are well diversified, and Bitcoin is just one place to potentially grow your wealth.

Until next time,

JS Sig

Jason Stutman

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Source: Will County News

This new app could save your life

Social media network concept.The seemingly endless amount of apps available in the App Store on my iPhone amazes me. Everyday I use Facebook, YouTube, Pandora and more. They keep me entertained, informed and, hopefully soon, healthy!

Skin cancer can look very harmless to the untrained eye. Luckily for us, there’s an app called SkinVision that analyzes pictures of the spots on a person’s skin and determines whether the person is at a low, medium or high risk of skin cancer using a dermatologist-approved algorithm that checks skin for irregularities in color, texture and shape.

This is welcome news considering skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer among men and women. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers combined. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and its rates have been on the rise for the past 30 years.

SkinVision isn’t currently available in the U.S., but the company says it will be soon. I encourage everyone to get this app as soon as it becomes available. Though an app like SkinVision can’t take the place of  an in-person visit to the dermatologist, it encourages people to examine their skin regularly and can help the untrained eye detect potentially dangerous moles or skin cancers.

While waiting for the SkinVision app to be available in the U.S., it’s important to get to know your skin very well and to recognize any changes in the moles on your body. Look for the ABCDE signs of melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment with a physician immediately.

Asymmetry — One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half.

Border irregularity — The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.

Color — The color is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown and black are present. Dashes of red, white and blue add to a mottled appearance.

Diameter — The size of the mole is greater than 1/4 inch (about the size of a pencil eraser). Any growth of a mole should be evaluated.

Evolution — There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding) or color of a mole.

There’s also been a big win for natural medicine in the fight against skin cancer. A common vegetable extract has been proven effective as a skin cancer treatment…

Eggplant extract, or BEC5, is especially potent against skin cancer. It bonds to a receptor on the surface of the cancer cell, making itself available as “food” for the cancer cell. However, as soon as the cancer cell digests the health benefits of eggplant extract, the BEC5 causes the cell to rupture. Once the cancer cell destroys itself, the body simply reabsorbs it.

And in terms of skin cancer prevention:

Vitamin A supplements could reduce the risk of developing melanoma. The reduced risk is more pronounced in women than men. Vitamin A is found in foods such as sweet potato, carrots, spinach, milk, eggs and liver.

A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide is a cheap and readily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person’s risk of non-melanoma skin cancers. The vitamin supplement also appeared to reduce the numbers of thick, scaly patches of skin that can become cancer. Nicotinamide is very different from a more commonly known form of B3, niacin. People who take high doses of niacin can suffer from headaches, flushed skin and low blood pressure. None of these side effects were  seen with nicotinamide.

 

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C 8th Grade Girls Basketball team headed to State Compete Saturday in Macon

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Dec. 8. 2016

The Homer Junior High School Lady Mustangs celebrate after earning the IESA Sectional Championship on Dec. 7.

8th Grade Girls Basketball team headed to State

Compete Saturday in Macon

 

The Homer Junior High School 8th grade girls basketball team is headed to State!

 

The Lady Mustangs defeated Romeoville’s Lukancic Middle School on Dec. 7 with a score of 35-22, earning them a trip to Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Tournament this weekend.

 

The Sectional Champs will play New Lenox’s Liberty Junior High School at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 10) at Macon Meridian High School, 728 S. Wall St, Macon. You can follow the games here.

 

The Mustangs enter the tournament with a record of 23-2 while the Patriots enter with a record of 18-8.

 

The Mustangs are coached by Melody Johnson.

 

 

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Source: Will County News

The teeth of the beast

Armed agents raid Rawsome Foods, a market in Venice, Calif.I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following appeared in the December 1997 issue. Way back then I was alerting readers to growing militarization of federal agencies. This activity expanded rapidly under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. As I reported to you readers of Personal Liberty, now even NOAA and the Federal Reserve have armed troopers. The EPA and FDA have both deployed their own SWAT teams to shut down activities as benign as collecting rainwater and selling raw milk. Even the Department of Education and National Institutes of Health have SWAT teams.  In 1996 there were 60,000 armed federal agents. Today there are more than 200,000. Is this not evidence the U.S. is a police state at war with its own people?

 

The U.S. Government has been quietly deploying unregulated agency armies against its own citizens. It is part of the ongoing invasion of our nation from within, by mass deceit and mass, uninformed consent. According to Joseph Farah of the Western Journalism Center:

In 1996 alone, at least 2,349 new federal cops were authorized to carry firearms… As a result of that record one-year surge, there are nearly 60,000 armed federal agents representing departments as diverse as the FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Postal Service.

Among the others packing heat against you and me are the agents of the seemingly innocuous U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. In fact, there is no such thing as a harmless federal agent nor agency. Just ask the surviving members of the Randy Weaver family.

Farah adds that the reason these feds are armed is that they are “in the business of seizing people’s personal property” on any pretense. It is not exactly benign behavior for a group supposedly sworn to preserve the blessings of liberty and our posterity. In this way, the federal armies among us are unregulated, doing what is unlawful under the color of law by the authority of bureaucratic agency rules. They are eating out our substance, precisely what the colonists complained of in their Declaration of Independence submitted to King George III.

Other agencies, if not actually using their guns, use the implied power of the gun to turn entire institutions and states to the federal or globalist will. These include the IRS and the Department of Justice. How bad is it? Benjamin Stein is the actor who does the “Clear Eyes” commercial on TV. He says:

Why was life so bad in Russia? I guess because people were not free. Life was fixed by quotas and government orders. You were who the government said you were, not who you could be… I wonder if some smart fellow… has ever studied the similarities between the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division recently and… the KGB. A very different approach to conflict resolution, to be sure, but certain similarities in the world view.

To be sure, there is indeed a similarity in world view because it is the religio-political world view of global collectivism. Yet there is more. The “conflicts” supposedly resolved by the federal government are not genuine but are set-ups in order to consolidate federal and globalist power over  individuals.

The State grand jury in Oklahoma City is now considering evidence in this regard. According to the testimony of former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) informant Carol Howe of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the government was aware of the pending attack on the Murrah Federal Building. Additional evidence points to deeper federal awareness and possibly even involvement in the bombing of its own.

Such a scenario is reminiscent of the maneuverings of Josef Stalin. He consolidated Soviet, communist, and personal tyranny by manufacturing conflicts and then brutally resolving them. There is a “velvet glove” covering similar abuses by the globalists, their U.N., and the U.S. government. After all, the feds are not communist, in name at least, but democrats. They are nevertheless revealed to be tyrants because of their official policy of bearing arms in every imaginable capacity against people who are ostensibly, again in name only, their fellow citizens.

Source: Will County News

Combating the Politics of Fear

Combating the Politics of Fear
Written By Tami Jackson   |   12.03.16
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The United States of America was founded as an extraordinary experiment in freedom balanced by an almost universal worldview — the Christian or biblical worldview — which supplied inward moral constraints and rendered heavy handed government unnecessary and even repugnant.

But today, over 240 years later, America is a battlefield of opposing worldviews: secular humanists who have no transcendent truth to constrain them, versus people of faith who still embrace a biblical worldview. That biblical worldview includes exhortation to all manner of good and godly works and attitudes.

But what of The Left? Those with no moral compass who subscribe to the situational ethics school of thought? How can Progressive leaders and gatekeepers motivate their followers? Simple: fear.

People, in general, are either motivated by love or fear. Many times a healthy dose of fear is not a bad thing: ask the parent who loves their child unconditionally, yet understands the efficacy of fear of consequences.

Consider the notorieties of The Left and some of their chronicled pronouncements intended to evoke fear.

National Review columnist David French writes of fearmonger Al Gore:

In January, 2006 — when promoting his Oscar-winning (yes, Oscar-winning) documentary, An Inconvenient Truth — Gore declared that unless we took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gasses, the world would reach a “point of no return” in a mere ten years. He called it a “true planetary emergency.” Well, the ten years passed today, we’re still here, and the climate activists have postponed the apocalypse. Again.

In case you missed seeing Al’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, here is the film’s synopsis:

Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with former Vice President Al Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary of the year.

An audience and critical favorite, An Inconvenient Truth makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don’t act now. Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way: often humorous, frequently emotional, and always fascinating. In the end, An Inconvenient Truth accomplishes what all great films should: it leaves the viewer shaken, involved and inspired.

Notice the hyperbolic language — cataclysmic — and the ultimate goal of the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth accomplishes what all great films should: it leaves the viewer shaken, involved and inspired.” Shaken. Indeed. Trembling with fear. Now that’s some motivation!

Now consider the collective works and declarations of Hollywood heavyweight (pun intended) Michael Moore. Take a look at the PR description of Moore’s 2009 film, Capitalism: A Love Story:

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores corporate greed, the global economic meltdown, and their disastrous effect on American lives. As he travels from the Heartland to the financial epicenter of New York and the halls of government in Washington, Moore delves into the price the country pays for its love of capitalism.

Moore’s earlier 2002 movie, Bowling for Columbine, delivers a foreboding message concerning guns in America:

Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn’t have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association.

Leftist Moore crafts his documentaries to support his radical worldview: capitalism is unadulterated greed which will destroy America and the globe; guns and the NRA and Charlton Heston are evil and the cause of violence in America. Each of Moore’s films seek to instill fear in the audience.

Another purveyor of fear, Nobel Peace Prize Winning Barack Obama has the bully pulpit and the Progressive mindset to disseminate chilling, but fictitious, dictums. With the looming danger of Islamic terrorism, Obama dons his blinders and preaches:

Today there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change.

. . .

No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

Secretary of State John Kerry warns:

It is [climate change], indeed, one of the greatest threats facing our planet today.

Even Veep Joe Biden gets in on the “scare-your-pants off with man-caused climate change doom” act:

Climate change is the threat multiplier.

Watch the video below with these and more scary quotes:

Now we all know we should live in fear and trembling of climate change, gun owners and capitalism. But wait, there’s more.

Slow Joe Biden warned the black community in August 2012, replete with his phony “black brother accent:”

[Romney] said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.

Thus Americans can add Romney and all Republicans to the list of phobias. But, don’t put down your pen — if you’re taking notes.

President Obama decried flyover folks in 2008:

And when he spoke to a group of his wealthier Golden State backers at a San Francisco fund-raiser last Sunday, Barack Obama took a shot at explaining the yawning cultural gap that separates a Turkeyfoot from a Marin County.

“…And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

So there you go. According to Obama, working class Americans are bitter, God-clinging, gun-clinging, xenophobics who should be objects of suspicion and loathing.

Our universities have been indoctrinating students for several generations with this nonsense, instilling fear of patriots and what were once considered solid American values. Colleges advertise “safe zones” and decry “micro-aggression and trigger warnings.”

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President, Dr. Everett Piper, wrote an excellent rebuttal to all the PC/Lefty nonsense in his 2015 article, This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!:

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.

This is not a day care. This is a university.

Let’s face it, The Left is motivated by, and only by, feelings — not facts nor solid intellectual argument. With a worldview wherein man is both intrinsically good and, strangely, the enemy of the planet, the best mode of motivation is fear. Pure, unsubstantiated fear.

Contrast that with the Judeo-Christian, the biblical, worldview. Those who revere the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, those who read the Bible and try to live out its precepts. Those people of faith believe in right and wrong, in sin and mercy and grace. And they believe in absolute, transcendent truth.

If The Left motivates through fear, how does The Right, Conservatives of faith, motivate? Love.

There are over 360 passages in the Bible which tells us to “fear not.” And with great clarity the apostle John writes:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Dr. R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries notes:

We are fragile mortals, given to fears of every sort. We have a built-in insecurity that no amount of whistling in the dark can mollify. We seek assurance concerning the things that frighten us the most.

The prohibition uttered more frequently than any other by our Lord is the command, “Fear not …” He said this so often to His disciples and others He encountered that it almost came to sound like a greeting. Where most people greet others by saying “Hi” or “Hello,” the first words of Jesus very often were “Fear not.”

Our culture may be a war zone as we wrestle against principalities and powers who wield fear as a weapon of control.

The antidote for that fear is truth and love. We must be apologists of truth, striking down the nonsense of the fear peddlers. As John Mark penned:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Sorry fearmongers, you don’t have a chance of winning: perfect love casts out fear.

Source: Will County News