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THE ATTEMPT TO END FINANCIAL PRIVACY WORLDWIDE Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Do you want the Obama administration sharing all of your financial information with the Russian, Chinese and Saudi Arabian governments? You may be thinking, not even President Obama would go that far. Not so, read on.

This past week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its full proposal for a global standard for the automatic exchange of financial information. The rationale behind this despicable idea is to more effectively enable governments, such as that of France and the United States, to identify tax evaders.

This might sound like a good idea until one realizes that every individual and business will be stripped of all of their financial privacy if this becomes the law of the land - and it is very close to being just that.

Under the OECD proposal, all of the information that financial institutions now report to the U.S. government to try to ensure income-tax compliance, including your account balances, interest, dividends, proceeds from the sale of financial assets - would be shared with foreign governments.

The United States and other governments will, of course, claim that your sensitive financial information will remain confidential - and that you can trust the governments.

It is bad enough when American officials leak or misuse sensitive financial information about U.S. citizens and businesses, but just think what is going to happen when all of those corrupt officials in foreign governments get ahold of it.
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CORRUPTION IS BAKED INTO THE VA CAKE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

CNN's Drew Griffin, whose reporting on secret waiting lists at the medical center in Phoenix led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, concluded that VA dysfunction and corruption are so widespread and deeply ingrained that just making a change at the top won't change much. 

 "I don't know how you fix this...other than I would throw out every senior manager in the VA," Mr. Griffin told CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin June 23.

When he made that remark, the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency set up to protect whistleblowers, was investigating 10 cases where VA employees said they were punished after reporting abuses to management. OSC now is investigating 67 charges of retaliation at 45 VA facilities in 28 states, its chief told the House Veterans Affairs Committee July 12.

After she told Congress data was being falsified to hide long delays and errors in processing veterans' claims, she was retaliated against, Kristen Ruell, a quality review specialist in Philadelphia, told the House Veterans Affairs Committee July 14.

"The VA's problems are the result of morally bankrupt managers that through time and grade have moved up into powerful positions where they have the power to, and continue to, ruin people's lives," Ms. Ruell said.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/25/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 25 July 2014

We start with a news bulletin.  Yesterday (7/24), software developers at a company called Division Six in Oregon - some of whom are TTPers - announced the release of a smartphone app called the Covert Christian Bible.

It is a KJV (King James Version) Bible that is hidden in your smart phone, camouflaged to look like another harmless application such as a calculator app. Only a secret code known to the user reveals the Bible is there. 

The app's social networking features enable Christians to create their own study group or accept an invitation to join another that interests them anywhere in the world. For example: A person in Kansas can form a Bible study group with members in Toronto, Jerusalem, and London. A person in Dallas could join a Bible Study group started in China.

The World Net KJV is free.  Right now there's only a version for Android phones; an iPhone/iPad version will be out shortly.  And it's only in English at first, with the KJV in other languages to come (I'm bugging them for Arabic and Chinese in particular).

The HFR congratulates the software team of Division Six for their brilliant contribution to the protection of Christians under persecution around the world.

Okay, it's been an intense week so let's go -- and you get only one guess as to who's the HFR Hero of the Week.
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GOLDBRICS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Yesterday (7/23), an article in the prestigious foreign policy journal The Diplomat began:

"Although the tragic incident of MH17 now attracts global attention, the real big news last week was the establishment of the BRICS development bank at the BRICS summit in Brazil."

Although the article displays the blatant bias of its author as a professional Chicom apologist (Dingding Chen is a professor of government at China's University of Macau), there are many in the West and the US who agree - particularly among those who root for the collapse of the dollar.

Despite Mr. Chen's hyperbole, the BRICS' New Development Bank is worth paying attention to as a possible competitor to 1) the IMF & World Bank, 2) the SWIFT international banking transaction network, and 3) the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The key word in the sentence above is "possible" - for when you examine each of the BRICS individually (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) you begin to see what's possible here is not very probable.  Competition for the SWIFT/IMF/US$ hegemonies is to be welcomed - but it is very unlikely it will be provided by this crowd.

Far more possible is the group will become known as the GOLDBRICS, given Webster's definition of "goldbrick" as: a worthless brick that appears to be of gold; something that appears to be valuable but is actually worthless.

Let's begin with their "R" - Russia.
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PUTIN'S CRIME, EUROPE'S COWARDICE Print E-mail
Written by Bernard-Henri Levy   
Friday, 25 July 2014

In eastern Ukraine, Vladimir V. Putin has been playing with fire.  He has mobilized the worst elements to be found in the region.

He has taken thugs, thieves, rapists, ex-cons and vandals and turned them into a paramilitary force.

He has permitted ad hoc commanders of separatist groups to kill or chase off intellectuals, journalists and other moral authorities in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

He has watched as a vodka-soaked rabble army destroys or takes over public buildings, hospitals, schools and municipal offices of the country it is pretending to liberate.

He has allowed a veritable gang war to take hold - without caring that he is losing control of the forces that he has unleashed, with rival bands pitted against one another and carving out fiefs amid the growing anarchy.

Most troubling of all:
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WHY ARE THEY NOT IN JAIL? Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Obama administration is arguably the most corrupt administration in U.S. history.

Corruption destroys civil society and economic growth by undermining the rule of law and protection of private property. Corruption takes many forms, from the simple payment to a government official for a favor, to the failure of government employees to do what they are paid to do, to gross abuse of power.

Eric Holder's  "Justice" Department is involved in a $100 billion shakedown racket against the big banks. It has been able to greatly expand its budget outside the legislative process by obtaining financial "settlements" from the private sector, through threats, intimidation and asset forfeiture.

This is corruption on a massive scale. The real question should be: Why is Mr. Holder not in jail?

If regulatory agency officials are not doing what they are legally required to do, why are they not in jail?

Those in government who waste or misspend funds for which they have a fiduciary responsibility are stealing from their employer - the American taxpayer. Why are they not in jail?
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DO YOUNG PEOPLE REALLY BELIEVE GOVERNMENT LIES? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"The border is secure," say both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as thousands of illegal aliens swarm across it.
 
Barack Hussein Obama is "absolutely" the most transparent president in history, claims White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, as the administration was flying illegals to secret locations without informing the governors of the states or the mayors of the communities in which they would be housed.

As Syria, Iraq and Libya all fall into chaos; Russians blow commercial airliners out of the sky in Ukraine; full war breaks out between Israel and Hamas; Egypt and Saudi Arabia turn away from the U.S.; and intelligence officials warn al Qaida is stronger than ever, Press Secretary Earnest said President Obama has "substantially improved the tranquility of the global community." 

We understand why politicians stretch, trim, hedge, massage or ignore the truth when it's difficult for us to learn it. But why do they lie so blatantly when the truth is smacking us in the face? Do they think we're so stupid we'll believe them, rather than our lying eyes?

Evidently, many of us are. The Reason Foundation completed recently a survey of "Millennials" (18 to 29 year olds).
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WHY PUTIN WILL GET AWAY WITH MURDER Print E-mail
Written by Erick Erickson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

It is certain that a Russian made anti-aircraft missile fired by Russian armed, trained, and commanded Ukrainian "separatists" shot down Malaysia Air flight MH-17 last week killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard.

Yet even if this was a conscious act perpetrated by the Russian government under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, we already know what is going to happen to Putin in particular and Russia in general. Nothing.

Despite widespread disgust at Russia's involvement in this act of terrorism the odds are that Putin simply toughs it out and moves on. 

The Kremlin's standard strategy will work once again:  1) obfuscate and confuse the truth by spreading several made-up disinformation stories; 2) delay or block any attempt to find out what happened; 3) depend on European (and now American) cowardice in confronting the Kremlin; 4) double down in the face of criticism.

Putin realized from the earliest moments that his thugs in eastern Ukraine, if not his army, were behind this operation. The last wreckage from MH-17 had hardly stopped bouncing when Russian media was reporting two different stories. These were for the consumption of its domestic audience and of subscribers to Ron Paul's newsletters.
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PUTIN IS A BRUTE WHO MUST BE SHACKLED Print E-mail
Written by Sir Max Hastings   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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News of the destruction of Flight MH17 and the appalling murder of 298 people gave Russia's president Vladimir Putin a chance to step back from a precipice.

He could have stood up before the world and denounced the crime; endorsed a full investigation and punishment of the guilty.

Instead - yet almost inevitably, given the nature of the man - he presented his stone face. He asserted, against all logic and evidence, that Ukraine and its rulers were the guilty parties.

He lied, as he has lied all his life since he was first schooled in deceit and brutality by those masters of the art, his old employers at the KGB.

Putin probably felt that no path was open to him save denial, because the facts point blame for this huge tragedy squarely at the Kremlin.

Putin has acted throughout his tenure of power on the assumption that European leaders are marshmallows, to be defied with impunity.

It is time, and beyond time, to prove him wrong.
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RUSSIA MUST END THIS WAR Print E-mail
Written by Amb. Samantha Power   
Monday, 21 July 2014

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[This is the statement of US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power delivered to the UN Security Council on Friday, July 18]


Yesterday, we were all shocked by the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. All 298 people aboard - 283 passengers and 15 crew - were killed. As we stared at the passenger list yesterday we saw next to three of the passengers names a capital "I." As we now know, the letter "I" stands for infant.

To the families and friends of the victims, it is impossible to find words to express our condolences. We can only commit to you that we will not rest until we find out what happened. A full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation must begin immediately. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. They must not be sheltered by any member state of the United Nations.

Let me share with you our assessment of the evidence so far.
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WHAT MH17 MEANS FOR RUSSIA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Tom Nichols   
Monday, 21 July 2014

Here's what the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff. The moment Flight 17 exploded was the moment that Putin's foreign policy officially went over the ledge, and with it his dreams of restored Russian greatness.

Putin is deflecting blame, of course. He has no choice: he armed, paid, and unleashed a ragtag army of goons in eastern Ukraine, under the command of a Russian intelligence officer who was supposed to provide some adult supervision. Now they've betrayed the Kremlin and screwed up.

Putin, a typical and mediocre product of Andropov's KGB, will never again be able to portray himself as a savvy, cool broker in international affairs, nor Russia as just another great power. Now, he's just another Soviet-era thug, a perception that was already growing before the Malaysian airliner plunged out of the sky.

No matter how the current crisis ends, Putin's name will forever be tied to this outrage, and his personal bid to create a more respected Russia through violence and intimidation is permanently defunct.
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OBAMA TO THE RESCUE OF HAMAS Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began last Thursday (7/17) night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore.

As an example, Hamas tunnels have been found with shafts rigged with bombs located directly under Israeli kindergartens.

As a member of the Moslem Brotherhood, Hamas is not a stand-alone terror group. It is part of a much larger web of Islamic jihadist terror groups including al-Qaida and its affiliates as well as the Shi'ite Hezbollah. Like Hamas, all of these threaten several major Sunni Arab states.

Due to their recognition of the threat Hamas and its allies pose to the survivability of their regimes, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have taken the unprecedented step of supporting Israel's efforts to defeat Hamas.

Israel is making good progress.  But it hasn't completed its missions. It needs several more days of hard fighting.  Recognizing this, Israel's newfound Moslem allies - Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE - have not been pushing for a cease-fire.

In contrast, the Obama administration is coming to Hamas' rescue by insisting on concluding a cease-fire immediately.
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THE NORKS ARE NOT AMUSED Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 25 July 2014

Earlier this month, a Chinese kid named Zhang recently returned to his hometown of Suzhou after studying at Kyonggi University in South Korea. 

While there, he got a bellyful of constant Nork threats on the ROK that were always coupled with deificatory praise of Nork Supreme Dear Noble Great Leader Marshall Kim Jong-un. 

So back home Zhang decided to have some fun and make a parody video photoshopping the Great Un's head as he break dances, drops trou, holds hands with Osama bin Laden, and gets his ass kicked by Obama.  The music is by a techno-pop Chinese group called The Chopstick Brothers.

When it began to go viral in China, Pyongyang wrote an angry letter to whoever they thought ran the Chicom Internet, demanding it be deleted.  The reply, according to newspapers in Seoul:  "Beijing was unable to oblige."

This week it began to go global.  The whole world is laughing at Un like they did at his dad singing "I'm So Ronery - I'm so sadry and ronery arone" from Team America.  The Norks can't stand it - which adds to the fun you'll have watching this:


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HALF-FULL REPORT 07/18/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 18 July 2014

"Murder In The Air" was the cover of Newsweek when the Kremlin shot down Korean Air 007 on Sept. 1, 1983.  To this day, the Kremlin has never apologized for what Reagan termed "the savagery of their crime against humanity."  

Sound familiar?  This morning we learned that there are recordings of pro-Russian separatists talking with a Russian GRU (military intel) colonel about their shooting down the Malaysian airliner yesterday (7/17), and that they have recovered the airliner's black box and sent it to Moscow.  Putin Huilo promptly blamed Ukraine for the atrocity - while refusing to deny his mercenaries in Ukraine did it.  Indeed, he denies any of his total sponsorship of the "rebellion" in eastern Ukraine.

The fallout of  the MH17 shootdown is that Russia economically and Putin Huilo politically are both seriously screwed...

... But when, we ask, will Zero be screwed?  On Monday, the liberal paper of  Capitol Hill, The Hill, helpfully answered in a story headlined:  Obama The Pariah.  Yet to realize just how much a pariah Zero has become, there's the feel-good story of the week, that of Peggy Joseph...

... The HFR gives three cheers for three countries this week.  First is, believe it or not, for France!

... The puzzle of the week:  How can such a teeny-tiny fraction of folks in the US be so fascistically powerful?  ...And here's the best news of the week:
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THE REVOLUTION WE NEED Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 17 July 2014

From the time of the Ancient Greeks, this time of year has been known as the "dog days," when the heat and humidity caused "the seas to boil, wine to turn sour, dogs to go mad, and men subject to burning fevers, hysterics, and frenzies."

Much of the US is certainly not experiencing such climate misery this week, with record low summer temps from Arkansas to Minnesota.  But in terms of what is happening to our country politically, economically, culturally and morally, these are indeed the Dog Days of America.

And there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight.  Zero, rather than backing off in the midst of his growing unpopularity and unending scandals is "just getting started," according to Bryan Preston.  He's "going Soviet."

Yet, the illegal, tyrannical, and unconstitutional acts of Zero's Imperial Presidency are not the cause of America's current crisis - they are the culmination of it.  The Reign of Zero is simply the apotheosis of a crisis that's been building since the 1880s.

The crisis we face now is a cancer that has been growing slowly and steadily for 126 years, until finally under Zero it has metastasized perilously close to terminal stage.  Which means that if Zero were to vanish tomorrow, the cancer would still be there. 

We need radical surgery to cure it, a Revolution.  It can certainly be peaceful - by no means need it be violent. For the Revolution We Need is a legal one that attacks the crisis at its foundation.

So - what is the target of the Revolution We Need?  It is not Zero.  It is what makes him and his Imperial Presidency possible.  It is what is destroying any basis for Constitutional Government.  Indeed, it is eating our Constitution alive.  It is a medieval atavism in modern guise.  It is...
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