The Israel Attacks Are Not Irrelevant

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Via Mark J. Grant, author of Out of the Box, “Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.” -Thomas Hobbes At the center of any military campaign is the art of deception. In the military nothing is done without a strategy, generally planned well in advance, and the misdirection of the enemy is always part of any campaign. I have studied enough warfare to understand the concept and it is often some grand deceit, properly implemented, that lies at the heart of winning a battle. “Israel may not believe in Judas Iscariot but they certainly know the story.” -The Wizard It would be a political disaster for Israel to attack Iran. We may begin our consideration with this premise. On the other hand, it would be politically acceptable for Israel to respond to any aggression that was inaugurated by Iran. Self-protection is always a respectable retort. Israel cannot and will not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons that can be delivered into the center of Tel Aviv. Iran, engaged in so many lies about its nuclear production that some divinity could not sort them out, continues to exhale its perjury. So to solve its problem Israel must find some way to call Iran out and get them to militarily invoke a crisis to which Israel can then respond. It seems to me that Israel has found its method in their attacks on Syria. Syria has no capacity to effectively harm Israel. So, screaming in agony from the Israeli insult, they turn to Iran for help. Iran, governed by a delusional crowd, come rushing in to help Syria and instigates some sort of conflict with Israel. Then Israel, claiming that it has been attacked by both Syria and Iran responds and forcefully responds. So as part of the military campaign Israel blows up the nuclear facilities in Iran justified on the basis that they were attacked first. It will not be nice and it will not be pretty but I have a suspicion that Israel is setting up for this sort of confrontation. Now outliers are funny things. They reside in a community with Black Swans and Pigs that fly. It is an Orwellian designed concept built and painted by Salvador Dali with additional construction provided by Escher. The civilized world rarely pays attention to these denizens because they almost never bother us. No need to make any allowance for these creatures if they are leaving us alone. Occasionally though, if you have been on the playing field long enough, there is the odd whiff of rancid air that floats past your nostrils. It is missed by most and then dismissed by even the few that notice. Yet I can smell the air and I have stopped to follow the scent. I believe Israel is putting the ball into play and some appreciation, if not scheme, might be concocted now to protect what you have in a world that could be spun on its backside. It is not a surety and it is not readily apparent but Israel has now attacked Syria twice and so it is not the outlier either that the markets deign as irrelevant. I will tell you; the Israeli attacks are not irrelevant. “So may the outward shows be least themselves. The world is still deceived with ornament.” -William Shakespeare Zero Hedge

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Crude Inventories Surge To Record High As Energy Demand Collapses

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A month ago we highlighted the somewhat stunning reality of the real economy via the EIA’s detailed energy supply and demand data. The key takeaway was that we hoped this did not represent the true state of the economy since the data was so dismal. Fast forward to today and the DOE just released a much higher than expected build in crude inventories that took the stuffed-channel of oil products to all-time highs. The 395.3 million barrels is higher than the previous record in July 1990. There appears to be a number of factors at play – none of which are positive. There is a surge in supply due to the incessant harvesting of shale oil (which could have its own problems as we noted here ). Second, we suspect there is a degree of ‘channel-stuffing’ occurring – if we pump it, they will buy – as producers and transporters are desperate to keep active and show incremental business (despite fading railcar loadings). But perhaps most important, as EIA data has shown , there has been a collapse in end demand for crude products not seen since the 1990s. Today’s surge in inventories appears to confirm demand remains subdued at best. Chart: Bloomberg Zero Hedge

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Public Debt and Economic Growth

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In the election of 1952 my father voted for Dwight Eisenhower. When I asked him why he explained that “FDR’s debt” was still burdening the economy — and that I and my children and my grandchildren would be paying it down for as long as we lived. I was only six years old and had no idea what a “debt” was, let alone FDR’s. But I had nightmares about it for weeks. Yet as the years went by my father stopped talking about “FDR’s debt,” and since I was old enough to know something about economics I never worried about it. My children have never once mentioned FDR’s debt. My four-year-old grandchild hasn’t uttered a single word about it. By the end of World War II, the national debt was 120 percent of the entire economy. But by the mid-1950s, it was half that. Why did it shrink? Not because the nation stopped spending. We had a Korean War, a Cold War, we rebuilt Germany and Japan, sent our GI’s to college and helped them buy homes, expanded education at all levels, and began constructing the largest public-works program in the nation’s history — the interstate highway system. “FDR’s debt” shrank in proportion to the national economy because the national economy grew so fast. I was reminded of this by the recent commotion over an error in a research paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. The two Harvard economists had analyzed a huge amount of data from the United States and other advanced economies linking levels of public debt to economic growth. They concluded that growth turns negative (that is, economies tend to collapse into recession) when public debt rises above 90 percent of GDP. That finding, in turn, fueled austerics, who insisted that the budget deficit (and debt) had to be cut in order to revive economic growth. But Reinhart and Rogoff’s computations were wrong, and average GDP growth in very-high-debt nations is around 2.2 percent rather than a negative 0.1 percent. A few days ago, the two offered a defense in an oped in the New York Times , asserting “very small actual differences” between their critics’ results and their own. Regardless, Reinhart and Rogoff seem to be correct in one basic respect: Economic growth does seem to be lower in very-high-debt countries. But the entire debate over their paper’s flaws begs the central question of cause and effect. Is growth lower because of the high debt? That would still make the austeric’s case, even without the magic 90 percent tipping point. Or does cause-and-effect the other way around? Maybe slow growth makes debt burdens larger. There’s evidence to suggest this is the case. If so, government should be fueling growth through, say, spending more — at least in the short run. As we should have learned from what happened to “FDR’s debt,” growth is the key. ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work of Nations.” His latest is an e-book, “Beyond Outrage,” now available in paperback. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. Follow Robert Reich on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RBReich Robert Reich

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“Prison Planet” by Beast 1333 (Prod. N

“Prison Planet” by Beast 1333 (Prod. Nevahmind) http://bit.ly/12QxxgK LYRICS- From Religion to Science no Science, Religions back Again Human Trafficking’s taking Place deep Inside the Vatican As Living organisms all Life is de… Video Rating: 5 / 5 Video Rating: 5 / 5

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Ranger Up Presents: The Damn Few Episode 12: Gun Control

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http://rangerup.com presents The Damn Few Episode 12: Gun Control. Our first feature length episode! The song “Gunslinger” is used with written permission by…

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Cartoon Conspiracy Theory | The Truth Behind the FairlyOdd Parents

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A quick and interesting theory. Dont forget to drop a like and tell me what show i should do next! Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin. http:/

Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin. http://bit.ly/Zggphj THE THING THAT STRUCK ME when I first met my cousin Houston was his size. He wasn’t much taller than me, if at all, and was slight of frame. On the other side of the visitors’ glass, he looked surprisingly small, young for his 22 years. The much more remarkable thing about him turned out to be his vocabulary, vast and lovely, lyrical almost—until it came to an agitated or distracted halt. In any case, all things considered, he seemed altogether extremely unlike a person who had recently murdered someone . AUDIO: Click on the button below to hear Mac McClelland read this story—or, download our free podcast here . The symptoms displayed by Houston (in my family, a cousin of any degree is simply “a cousin”; technically, Houston is my third) in the year preceding this swift and horrific tragedy have since been classified as “a classic onset of schizophrenia.” At the time, it was just an alarming mystery. Houston had been attending Santa Rosa Junior College, living with his mom, playing guitar with his dad, when he became withdrawn and depressed. He slept all day; his band had broken up, and suddenly he had no friends. His dad, Mark, who had once struggled with depression and substance abuse but was now a pillar of the recovery community, and his mom, Marilyn, tried to help, took him to a psychiatrist. Houston didn’t have a drinking problem, but he mostly stopped drinking anyway. He didn’t smoke pot anymore, or even cigarettes. His psychiatrist indicated possible schizoaffective disorder in his notes, but put Houston on a changing regimen of antidepressants over the next eight months. It didn’t make any difference. Houston had started stealing his mom’s Adderall. He said it helped him feel better. He got fired from multiple jobs. Marilyn kicked him out, and he moved in with Mark. Read more about America’s mental health care crisis: Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin. TIMELINE: Deinstitutionalization And Its Consequences MAP: Which States Have Cut Treatment For the Mentally Ill the Most? WATCH: Haunting Photographs From Inside Abandoned Asylums “This was not my nephew,” my Aunt Annette, Mark’s sister, says of Houston’s behavior then. “He was always solicitous and loving and talkative with me. Now, he was anxious, quiet, said very strange things. He would say things that seemed not to come from him. I asked him how his therapy was going, and he said, ‘Terrible.'” Toward the end of Houston’s devolution, he started having violent outbursts, breaking furniture; he tossed his mom across a room. Desperate now, Mark and Marilyn called the psychiatrist repeatedly and asked what to do. He told them to call the police. “You can call the police,” the deputy director of Sonoma County’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), David France, said when I asked him what options are available to a parent whose adult child appears to be having a mental breakdown. “The police can activate resources,” like an emergency psych bed in a regular hospital, or transport and admission to a psychiatric hospital in a county that, unlike Sonoma, has one. But only if the police decide your child is a danger to himself or others can they arrest him with the right to hold him for three days—what in California is called a 5150 , after the relevant section of state law. Otherwise you can be turned away for lack of space even if your loved one is willing to be admitted, or be left no good options if they’re not. Ninety-two percent of the patients in California’s state psych hospitals got there via the criminal-justice system. The photographs that accompany this story are part of photographer Jeremy Harris’ ongoing project “American Asylums: Moral Architecture of the 19th Century.” See a video interview with Jeremy here . But Mark didn’t want to call the police. For one, he didn’t think Houston was dangerous, just upset, despairing. Also, Mark read the news. The Santa Rosa cops had killed two mentally ill men…

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