https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/Economy/?tempskin=_atom b2evolution 2021-09-27T10:19:56Z The Beast from Jekyll Isle: It's Time to End the Globalist Banker-Controlled & Completely Unaccountable Federal Reserve Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/Economy/the-beast-from-jekyll-isle 2018-10-13T20:53:00Z 2018-10-13T20:53:39Z

Did you know that the Fed only increased interest rates, once, during Obama's entire 8 years in office, but has increased interest rates eight times, since Trump was elected only two years ago?

"It's The most blatant scam of all history: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. ~ G. Edward Griffin


ZeroHedge

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog


Donald Trump just made one of the most brilliant moves of his entire presidency.  By accusing the Federal Reserve of “going loco”, he is placing the blame for the coming stock market crash and horrifying economic downturn squarely where it belongs, and he is firing up millions of true conservatives among his base at the same time. 

For many, many years, a lot of us have been trying to educate the American people about the deeply insidious Federal Reserve system.  As Ron Paul once so astutely observed, it is actually about as “federal” as Federal Express is.  The Federal Reserve is an unelected cabal of central bankers that is running our economy into the ground, and the only way we are going to fix our long-term economic and financial problems is if we abolish it. 

So for those of us that understand these things, it is extremely exciting to hear President Trump use language such as this

President Donald Trump knocked the Federal Reserve for continuing to raise interest rates despite some recent market turbulence.

“I think the Fed is making a mistake. They are so tight. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president said after walking off Air Force One in Erie, Pennsylvania for a rally.

That may be one of the greatest things that Donald Trump has ever said.

And if Trump feels like his base is really responding to this sort of rhetoric, he may start using it as a campaign tactic.

Could you imagine thousands upon thousands of supporters chanting “End the Fed” at Trump rallies leading up to the 2020 election?

That would definitely be a beautiful thing.

Without a doubt, the Federal Reserve has created “the everything bubble”, and when it bursts the economic pain is going to be off the charts.

Of course, the left is going to want to blame Trump, and so Trump is being very smart by pointing a finger at the Fed for aggressively raising rates at a time when the U.S. economy is already slowing down.

And you know what?  CNBC’s Jim Cramer actually agrees with Trump

“I agree with President Trump that the Fed needs to tighten less aggressively, even as he probably shouldn’t have said those nasty things in public because he’s making it harder, not easier, for Jerome Powell to give him what he wants,” he said. “When you look at the economy empirically right now, you start to see real problems.”

Following those comments, Cramer offered some examples of the “real problems” that he is seeing throughout our economy

Sources within the auto industry, in addition to major suppliers PPG Industries and Trinseo, have suggested to the “Mad Money” host that there is a “definitive slowdown” in auto sales.

“Housing is either pausing or down for the count,” he said. “We know this because it’s what Lennar, the largest homebuilder in America, told us. Lennar has its pulse on every market.”

Key economic building blocks — things like packing materials and plastic — are either stagnant or dropping in price, indicating a slowdown in shipping, a leading barometer for the state of the economy, Cramer said.

Needless to say, criticizing the Federal Reserve is a very dangerous thing to do, and there is a reason why previous presidents have never dared to do so.

But that is one of the great things about Trump.  He simply refuses to be controlled, and he will not be intimidated by threats.

We desperately need a president that is willing to stand up to the elite and call for the abolition of the Federal Reserve.  For a long time it appeared that doing something about the Fed was not on Trump’s radar, but now that may be changing.

So let us hope that Trump’s war with the Federal Reserve escalates significantly because we want this to be a top national issue during the 2020 presidential election.

The following is a list of 101 reasons why the Federal Reserve should be shut down that is an updated version of an earlier list from one of my previous articles

#1 We like to think that we have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but the truth is that an unelected, unaccountable group of central planners has far more power over our economy than anyone else in our society does.

#2 The Federal Reserve is actually “independent” of the government. In fact, the Federal Reserve has argued vehemently in federal court that it is “not an agency”of the federal government and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

#3 The Federal Reserve openly admits that the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks are organized much like private corporations“.

#4 The regional Federal Reserve banks issue shares of stock to the “member banks” that own them.

#5 100% of the shareholders of the Federal Reserve are private banks. The U.S. government owns zero shares.

#6 The Federal Reserve is not an agency of the federal government, but it has been given the power to regulate our banks and financial institutions. This should not be happening.

#7 According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Congress is the one that is supposed to have the authority to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”. So why is the Federal Reserve doing it?

#8 If you look at a “U.S. dollar”, it actually says “Federal Reserve note” at the top. In the financial world, a “note” is an instrument of debt.

#9 In 1963, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 11110 which authorized the U.S. Treasury to issue “United States notes” which were created by the U.S. government directly and not by the Federal Reserve. He was assassinated shortly thereafter.

#10 Many of the debt-free United States notes issued under President Kennedy are still in circulation today.

#11 The Federal Reserve determines what levels some of the most important interest rates in our system are going to be set at. In a free market system, the free market would determine those interest rates.

#12 The Federal Reserve has become so powerful that it is now known as the fourth branch of government“.

#13 The greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history was when there was no central bank.

#14 The Federal Reserve was designed to be a perpetual debt machine. The bankers that designed it intended to trap the U.S. government in a perpetual debt spiral from which it could never possibly escape. Since the Federal Reserve was established 100 years ago, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.

#15 A permanent federal income tax was established the exact same year that the Federal Reserve was created. This was not a coincidence. In order to pay for all of the government debt that the Federal Reserve would create, a federal income tax was necessary. The whole idea was to transfer wealth from our pockets to the federal government and from the federal government to the bankers.

#16 The period prior to 1913 (when there was no income tax) was the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history.

#17 Today, the U.S. tax code is about 13 miles long.

#18 From the time that the Federal Reserve was created until now, the U.S. dollar has lost 98 percent of its value.

#19 From the time that President Nixon took us off the gold standard until now, the U.S. dollar has lost 83 percent of its value.

#20 During the 100 years before the Federal Reserve was created, the U.S. economy rarely had any problems with inflation. But since the Federal Reserve was established, the U.S. economy has experienced constant and never ending inflation.

#21 In the century before the Federal Reserve was created, the average annual rate of inflation was about half a percent. In the century since the Federal Reserve was created, the average annual rate of inflation has been about 3.5 percent.

#22 The Federal Reserve has stripped the middle class of trillions of dollars of wealth through the hidden tax of inflation.

#23 The size of M1 has nearly doubled since 2008 thanks to the reckless money printing that the Federal Reserve has been doing.

#24 The Federal Reserve has been starting to behave like the Weimar Republic, and we all remember how that ended.

#25 The Federal Reserve has been consistently lying to us about the level of inflation in our economy. If the inflation rate was still calculated in the same way that it was back when Jimmy Carter was president, the official rate of inflation would be somewhere about 10 percent today.

#26 Since the Federal Reserve was created, there have been 18 distinct recessions or depressions: 1918, 1920, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1990, 2001, 2008.

#27 Within 20 years of the creation of the Federal Reserve, the U.S. economy was plunged into the Great Depression.

#28 The Federal Reserve created the conditions that caused the stock market crash of 1929, and even Ben Bernanke admits that the response by the Fed to that crisis made the Great Depression even worse than it should have been.

#29 The “easy money” policies of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan set the stage for the great financial crisis of 2008.

#30 Without the Federal Reserve, the “subprime mortgage meltdown” would probably never have happened.

#31 If you can believe it, there have been 10 different economic recessions since 1950. The Federal Reserve created the “dotcom bubble”, the Federal Reserve created the “housing bubble” and now it has created “the everything bubble” which threatens to plunge us into the worst economic downturn in world history once it bursts.

#32 According to an official government report, the Federal Reserve made 16.1 trillion dollars in secret loans to the big banks during the last financial crisis. The following is a list of loan recipients that was taken directly from page 131 of the report…

Citigroup – $2.513 trillion
Morgan Stanley – $2.041 trillion
Merrill Lynch – $1.949 trillion
Bank of America – $1.344 trillion
Barclays PLC – $868 billion
Bear Sterns – $853 billion
Goldman Sachs – $814 billion
Royal Bank of Scotland – $541 billion
JP Morgan Chase – $391 billion
Deutsche Bank – $354 billion
UBS – $287 billion
Credit Suisse – $262 billion
Lehman Brothers – $183 billion
Bank of Scotland – $181 billion
BNP Paribas – $175 billion
Wells Fargo – $159 billion
Dexia – $159 billion
Wachovia – $142 billion
Dresdner Bank – $135 billion
Societe Generale – $124 billion
“All Other Borrowers” – $2.639 trillion

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What Did Obama Know? FBI Refuses to Release Dozens of Uranium-One-Related Memos in Ongoing Efforts to Protect Corrupt Obama Administration Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/politics/what-did-obama-know-fbi 2018-10-03T00:37:00Z 2018-10-03T00:37:37Z

ZeroHedge

by Tyler Durden


The FBI has refused to declassify 37 pages of materials related to the Uranium One deal, citing national security and the privacy issues, reports The Hill's, John Solomon. The documents are thought to contain information regarding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's involvement, as well as the Obama administration's knowledge of the controversial deal. 

The existence of the documents became known after a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release of related material contained an entry entitled "Uranium One Transaction." The publicly available portion includes benign material, such as public letters from members of Congress who demanded information on the Uranium One approval. 

Perhaps the FBI’s unexpected “release” — and I use that word loosely, since they gave up no public information of importance — in the FOIA vault was a warning flare designed to remind America there might be evidence worth looking at.

One former U.S. official, who had access to the evidence shared with CFIUS during the Uranium One deal, said this to me: “There is definitely material that would be illuminating to the issues that have been raised. Somebody should fight to make it public.”

That somebody could be President Trump, who could add these 37 pages of now-secret documents to his declassification order he is considering in the Russia case. -The Hill

William Campbell and the FBI 

In October of 2017, John Solomon and Alison Spann broke the story of former CIA and FBI undercover agent, William D Campbell - who remained unnamed until this year. Campbell was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry while Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI - which paid him a $51,000 "thank you" award for his service.

For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell noted in his testimony, which was obtained by this reporter. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information. In the 1990’s I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.-saracarter.com 

While undercover, Campbell was forced by the Russians (with the FBI's blessing) to launder large sums of money - which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian "nuclear money-laundering apparatus." Campbell claims to have collected over 5,000 documents along with video evidence of money being stuffed into suitcases, Russians bragging about bribing the West, and millions of dollars routed to the Clinton Foundation. 

The evidence was compiled as Secretary Clinton courted Russia for better relations, as her husband former President Clinton collected a $500,000 speech payday in Moscow, and as the Obama administration approved the sale of a U.S. mining company, Uranium One, to Rosatom. -The Hill

Campbell initially discovered that Moscow had compromised a Maryland-based uranium trucking firm, Transport Logistics International (TLI) in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – which bribed a Russian nuclear official in exchange for a contract transport Russian-mined U.S. uranium, including "yellowcake" uranium secured in the Uranium One deal.

He delivered bribes from TLI in $50,000 increments to Russian nuclear official Vadim Mikerin of Tenex. Under orders from the FBI in order to maintain his cover, Campbell fronted hundreds of thousands of dollars he says he was never reimbursed for. As a result of Campbell's work, TLI co-president Mark Lambert was charged in an 11-count indictment in connection with the scheme, while Vadim Mikerin, who resides in Maryland, was prosecuted in 2015 and handed a four-year sentence.

Second, Campbell says that Russian nuclear officials revealed a scheme to route millions of dollars to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through lobbying firm ARPCO, which was expected to funnel a portion of its annual $3 million lobbying fee to the charity. 

“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.“ -William Campbell

Campbell told Congressional investigators that the Uranium One deal along with billions in other uranium contracts inside the United States during the Obama administration was part of a "Russian uranium dominance strategy" involving Tenex and its American arm Tenem - both subsidiaries of state-owned Russian energy company Rosatom. 

“The emails and documents I intercepted during 2010 made clear that Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One – for both its Kazakh and American assets – was part of Russia’s geopolitical strategy to gain leverage in global energy markets,” he testified.  “I obtained documentary proof that Tenex was helping Rosatom win CFIUS approval, including an October 6, 2010 email …  asking me specifically to help overcome opposition to the Uranium One deal.” 

“Rosatom/Tenex threw a party to celebrate, which was widely attended by American nuclear industry officials. At the request of the FBI, I attended and recorded video footage of Tenma's new offices,” he added.

Officials with APCO - the lobbying firm accused of funneling the money to the Clinton Global Initiative, told The Hill that its support for CGI and its work for Russia were not connected in any way, and involved different divisions of the firm. 

What did Obama know?

As Solomon notes, a giant question remains that may be solved by the release of the 37-pages of classified information; what did the Obama administration know about this? 

Did the FBI notify then-President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other leaders on the CFIUS board about Rosatom’s dark deeds before the Uranium One sale was approved, or did the bureau drop the ball and fail to alert policymakers?

Neither outcome is particularly comforting. Either the United States, eyes wide open, approved giving uranium assets to a corrupt Russia, or the FBI failed to give the evidence of criminality to the policymakers before such a momentous decision. -The Hill

Campbell says that his FBI handlers assured him that Obama had been briefed by then-FBI Director Mueller on Rosatom's criminal activities as part of the president's daily briefing, however, "politics" was the reason that the sale was approved anyway. 


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Killing Marxism: Why the Media's Lying to You About Trump, Obamanomics, the Tea Party, Globalism & Big Corp's Investing in Hyper-Regulation Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/2018/09/23/title-287 2018-09-23T23:34:00Z 2020-07-08T19:08:16Z  

CRN Politics

By Barry Secrest


The headline read: "800,000 people are about to flee New York and California because of taxes, say economists."

The title adroitly but indirectly explains exactly what Trump has been doing in order to smooth out the competitive playing field domestically while cracking down on mercantile Maoism in authoritarian nations like China.

Free trade in China, only flows in one direction--and that's outward---making it not only severely un-free but also uber-dumb-trade for us, but, Trump is about to change all that.

President Trump also knew that frugalizing taxes would catch the US economy on fire while simultaneously etching a pathway, via the tax code, towards outing states participating in soft-socialism.

Remember how states like New York, traditionally a big tax-promoting socialist haven, suddenly began howling in protest when the uber-wealthy could no longer write-off their property taxes from their federal forms completely?

But, we thought your huddled masses were all about even more Massive taxation, New York! What happened?

Trump's plan is working--depopulating states that huddle in mass with the so-called elites--via their massive revenue-streaming machines will automatically result in those states losing their religion rather rapidly while simultaneously bolstering states operating within traditional American principles.

Trump's brilliant maneuver, in this regard, approximates one of the best ways to splendidly dilute the elitist superhavens of Leftism, which is also why those shrieking sounds we're hearing is reaching a fever-pitch.


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The Transformation of America

In fact, severe draconian regulation is one of several major steps towards the Marxist transformation Obama and his globalist minions were seeking. Moreover, the dirty little secret that no one talks about is the fact that much of this regulation was brought about, not by leftist politicians, but rather by the same massive international companies who now control most of our media and many of our politicians.

These Big Corp companies and their agenda has been not so much about Marxism but rather about stifling and forcing out upstart but smaller competitors. 

A Globalist Manifesto: The Advent of A Completely Radicalized One-World Democrat Party

This is how they stay on top and it's also how they try to keep the small business competition down while using naive Leftist politicians and greedy Rino's to further their self-serving goals.

This is also one of the reasons that those big globalist corporations despise Trump, who has ejected more regulations from the books than another president in US history.

Big Corporations are, in fact, a major source for hiring vast armies of lobbyists in order to buy politicians off. This, in fact,  also represents, in a major way, one of the golden bridges of globalism that ties big international companies like the Koch Brothers in with big Leftist companies like Google.

This grand tie-in represents, at least in part, the strange bedfellows we often see and try to understand but can never quite wrap our minds around. Like skilled mesmerists, these companies often use the figurative equivalent of an attractive magician's assistant to deflect our attention away from what's really happening, while watching the pretty thing at center stage.

A Classic Case of Misdirection...

For instance, the Koch brothers have forever hidden behind the US flag as a form of camouflaged protection, while adhering behind the scenes to figurative globalist precepts like global warming (regulation/control/carbon fees), open borders (globalized cheap wages), and the mass influx of illegal aliens(more big-regulation ' left-wing voters /  cheap wages)

This was also one of the several measures undertaken by Obama in what he described as his "transformation of America."

However, Obama was stopped almost cold by a new American revolution.

Obama's recently been out trying to claim Trump's outrageous economic success while also trying to convince a now fully employed America of what a terrible job Trump is doing.

It's fun to watch the cognitive dissonance from the left, dancing eerily in front of us whenever the left tries to explain how a now super-charged US economy, somehow, was built by  Mr. Barack  "You-Didn't-Build-That" Obama.

To wit, probably one the biggest reasons that Obama's America didn't decline into a semi-Cloward-Piven collapse was the patriotic US political takeover by the traditional American-inspired Tea Party movement of 2010, 2012, and 2014, (and you can thank us later for that, Lefties.)

The greatest endowment for this new movement? An unshakeable belief in God and the wisdom of America's founders.

By the time the dust cleared, in 2014, Obama could barely make a political move, and only then, with the establishment-political class' globalist-consigned assistance from Rino politicians like Paul Ryan.

Remember Obama's "I have a pen and a phone," remarks? Well, there you go.

2016, moreover, marked a new beginning for the now-matured Tea Party movement in the election of one of the most conservative presidents of this century, in Donald Trump.

Populism My A**!

The trend, over the last decade, has been towards, not "populism," as all of the Mockingbird-media talking heads contend, but in fact, traditional American Conservatism--the greatest and most consistently successful political/ economic movement on the planet AND the reason why the US economy is on fire and surprising all other economies across the globe.....at this very time.

242 years of super-power history cannot be wrong, folks

So, don't listen to all this "populism" nonsense--it's merely a revisionist deception that almost all of the pundits have bowed to, largely because the lot of them are rarely if ever, right, in their political prognostications. 

By the way, can you recall any other time that anyone in America consistently used the word "populism" to describe what was happening politically? Me neither, and there's a reason for that--and it emanates from the Bilderberger meetings like an infestation.

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

They'll never tell you the whole truth--largely because they consistently refuse to see it...and they'll never tell you the rest of the truth which is about how the twin-headed serpent of globalism & communism interact almost as one. There's also another set of reasons for that, by the way, but, that's for another time, perhaps. 

New World Order Strikes Back: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Publishes Children's Indoctrination Book Titled "Communism For Kids"

The reason the talking heads insistently refuse to tell you the whole truth is simply because they all typically work for and are paid by, the same Big Corp broadcast & Big Media companies ( owned by (6) international corporations) who practice it, as it is with most of the pundits, writers, opinionists, and on-air talking heads, etc. out there.

That's also why they're doing everything they can to take out Alex Jones and Infowars, by the way.

One other point might be that when one looks at a historical listing of globalist precepts as laid out beside published communist precepts, the basic tenets of both are virtually identical.

....And therein lies the rub.

 

Related:

 Killing America: A Shadow War Between Establishment Globalists & Citizen Insurgents Has Begun  

 

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Heavily Politicized National Academy of Sciences in DC Issues Veiled Summertime Warning for Global Governance & Worldwide Socialism to Avert Hothouse Disaster Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/climatehoax/heavily-politicized-national-academy-of 2018-08-11T00:51:00Z 2018-08-11T01:06:42Z

Point-in-fact, we’ve noted repeatedly over the last decade–that the hidden hands behind all of the climate change sensationalism’s true goal is, in fact, one of a centralized world government and totalitarian Socialism financial system worldwide.

A former treasurer of a major world organization even admitted to the fact that global economic changes were the actual goal being sought–so, it’s not surprising that when the searing heat of late Summer arrives, all of the indoctrinated academics start clucking that the sky is literally falling.

The climate hasn’t changed, nor has the true science, however, the cult of individuals trying to gain authority over it, along with pretty much everything else, have.

It’s the Hegelian Dialectic on full display…

 ~ Refocus Notes


The Daily Caller

By Michael Bastasch | Contributor


While scientists and environmentalists debate when global warming may turn Earth into a “hothouse,” conservatives and other experts were skeptical of renewed warnings of a “tipping point.”

Why? Because scientists warning of “hothouse Earth” veered from presenting a scientific case (a dubious one) for alarmism into political activism.

The “hothouse Earth” paper that’s made waves in the media calls for a “deep transformation based on a fundamental reorientation of human values, equity, behavior, institutions, economies, and technologies.” Many conservatives took that to mean global government and socialism.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance co-founder Michael Liebreich, who’s not a skeptic of man-made warming, called the paper “a crock,” adding “as a conservative I can’t be bothered to read it.”

 (RELATED: Scientists Issue ‘Absurd’ Doomsday Prediction, Warn Of ‘Hothouse Earth’)

 When challenged, Liebrich doubled down, quoting directly from the paper that called for “collective human action” on global warming.

The paper Liebrich is referring to was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A group of scientists warned of a global warming tipping point at 2 degrees Celsius — the goal of the Paris agreement.

The authors call for “fundamental societal changes” to human society while generating alarming media headlines.

Even liberal environmental writer Eric Holthaus tweeted the “hothouse” paper had “some @DemSocialists shit,” referring to the Democratic Socialist of America political party.

The Global Warming Policy Forum, the political arm of a U.K.-based think tank co-founded by former conservative Member of Parliament Nigel Lawson, blasted the “socialist agenda of climate alarmism.”

Conservatives weren’t the only ones calling out the “hothouse” paper’s political tinge. Alex Trembath of the ecomodernist Breakthrough Institute noted his skepticism of the paper.

University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke, Jr. noted the lead authors of the “hothouse Earth” paper put out a similar essay in 2013, calling for an “institution (or institutions) operating, with authority, above the level of individual countries to ensure that the planetary boundaries are respected.”

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Anti-Trump~Pro-Globalist Koch Brothers Howl in Anger & Disappointment After Trump Rips GOP Control Away from Koch's Open Borders Political Machine Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/politics/anti-trump-pro-globalist-koch 2018-07-30T00:16:00Z 2018-07-30T00:16:13Z  

It's always been a series of overlapping issues for the Kochs and their waning globalist political establishment machine, as they hide behind the flag whenever its monetarily feasible and secretly stomp it whenever it's not.

These are the same control freaks who actually blocked Trump from their massive GOP database and flirted publically with the idea of voting for Hillary when Trump came on the scene...they are the ones who pull Paul Ryan, and many others' reins...

Eyes Wide Shut: Stunning Koch Brothers GOP Nod To Hillary Clinton Exposes Ruling Class Deceptions

~ Refocus Notes

 

Christopher Bedford | Editor in Chief

The Daily Caller News Foundation


Colorado Springs, Colo. — Anger and disappointment with the Republican Party is palpable at Colorado Springs’ historic Broadmoor Hotel, where Charles Koch is hosting over 500 donors for the largest-yet summer meeting of his Seminar Network.

“People are taking us for granted,” Charles Koch Foundation President Brian Hooks told a room of high-dollar attendees. “This network has got to lead.”

Citing tariffs on trade, immigration policy, and a $1.3 trillion budget, Hooks listed libertarian disappointments with the Republican Congress and Trump administration.

“Many of you watched in disgust,” Hooks said, as a record-breaking budget was passed “by a Republican government … We supported some of these guys!”

In May, the Koch-run Americans for Prosperity (AFP) activist group targeted Republican Rep. Lou Barletta, a close Trump ally who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania and voted for the spending bill. He was among 10 Republicans and seven Democrats targeted by AFP radio, television and internet ads for their vote on the budget.

In June, AFP ran ads thanking Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for co-sponsoring legislation to roll back Dodd-Frank regulations championed by the left. Heitkamp, who voted for the $1.3 trillion budget deal and against tax reform, is in a very close race against a Republican challenger in a state Trump won by more than 36 points.

“The fact that we’re willing to do this during an election shows we’re dead serious,” AFP CEO Emily Seidel told attendees. “This network will no longer follow anyone’s lead or be taken for granted.”

While the libertarian network has a long history of working in non-partisan areas, including education, criminal recidivism and poverty, it is made up of largely center-right, conservative and Republican donors.

“I know this is uncomfortable,” Seidel told attendees.

The move represents a return to emphasising Charles Koch’s libertarian beliefs and a retreat from the partisan politics his network had emphasized since the tea party in 2010 and later Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential run.

In 2015, Charles Koch and his brother, David, announced a planned $889 million in campaign spending– a figure that would put their network on par with the Republican and Democratic parties. As now-President Donald Trump rose in polls, however, these plans were scuttled.

Center-right politicians and operatives who’d expected the spending to go through, including a number of Koch network alumni, were left disappointed in the shift in focus from the GOP after years of efforts, with some believing the network should have spent against Trump and others believing they should have spent more on Republican election fights. In the lead up to the conference, James Davis, who heads the Koch network’s communications arm, In Pursuit Of, emailed reporters Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek’s essay “Why I Am Not A Conservative” and an explainer on the classical liberalism, a political and economic policy stressing liberty and individualism.

“In the past, this network has done a lot,” Hooks said. “Perhaps more than anyone else to slow the decline of our country … But we’re not here to slow the decline, we’re  here to change the trajectory of this country … The need for a new and different approach couldn’t be any clearer.”

Seidel also lamented the Republican failure to repeal Obamacare, apologizing to donors: “We didn’t do it on health care, we didn’t lead. That won’t happen again.”

There were bright spots on the national agenda, however, with Seidel citing tax reform, deregulation and access to experimental medicine, and Concerned Veterans of America Deputy Director Mark Lucas lauding Department of Veterans Affairs accountability reform.

“So we work with the Trump administration when they are doing things that we think are in harmony with [our ideals] … and we oppose them when we don’t,” Charles Koch told reporters.

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Trump Tough-Loves UK Prime Ministers Squishy-Soft-Brexit Deal in No Holds-Barred UK Interview: "She Wrecked It --The US Trade Deal is Off" Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/politics/trump-tough-loves-uk-prime 2018-07-13T00:32:00Z 2018-07-13T00:32:30Z

UK SUN

By Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor in Brussels


DONALD Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal.

The US President delivers his incendiary verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun.

In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr. Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.

And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely. 

Mr. Trump said: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.”

His comments, damaging to the Prime Minister, come as he delivers his most brutally honest verdict yet on Britain in which he also:

Mr. Trump’s remarks come as he prepares to meet the PM for a working lunch at Chequers.

He will then board a helicopter for Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before flying up to Scotland for a private two-day visit. 

Thousands of people are expected to take part in a series of protests during his stay in the UK.

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THERESA May’s new soft Brexit blueprint would “kill” any future trade deal with the United States, Donald Trump warns today.

Mounting an extraordinary attack on the PM’s exit negotiation, the President also reveals she has ignored his advice on how to toughen up the troubled talks.

Instead, he believes Mrs. May has gone “the opposite way”, and he thinks the results have been “very unfortunate”.

His fiercest criticism came over the centerpiece of the PM’s new Brexit plan — which was unveiled in full yesterday.

It would stick to a common ­rulebook with Brussels on goods and agricultural produce in a bid to keep customs borders open with the EU.

But Mr. Trump told The Sun: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.

“If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made.”

Mr. Trump made the bombshell intervention during a world exclusive interview with The Sun — the only British media outlet he spoke to before his arrival in the UK for his first visit as President.

It will pour nitroglycerine on the already raging Tory Brexiteer revolt against the PM.

And in more remarks that will set off alarm bells in No10, Mr. Trump also said Mrs. May’s nemesis Boris Johnson — who resigned over the soft Brexit blueprint on ­Monday — would “make a great Prime Minister”.

A big US-UK trade deal, long promised by Mr. Trump, is cherished by Leave campaigners as Brexit’s biggest prize.

But the President said Mrs. May’s plan “will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way”.

He explained: “We have enough difficulty with the European Union.

“We are cracking down right now on the European Union because they have not treated the United States fairly on trading.

“No, if they do that I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States.”


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President Trump Schools Fakestream Media Reporters in Two Surprise News Conferences: "The Mueller Investigation Has Been Completely Discredited" (Youtube) Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/2018/06/15/president-trump-schools-fakestream-media 2018-06-16T00:32:00Z 2018-06-16T00:32:45Z

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The Great Political Climate Hoax is Coming to an End: Global Cooling From Less Sun Spot Activity Has Now Officially Begun Say Researchers Barry https://conservativerefocus.com/blogs/index.php/climatehoax/title-283 2018-04-21T23:34:00Z 2018-04-21T23:34:57Z

While the global climate cultists will continue their efforts in earnest, what they’ve predicted and what has actually happened, with the world’s temperatures, will simply be too much for them to overcome.

They will argue that we’re seeing record low temperatures due to climate change, however, no one has forgotten that climate change is merely a revisioned way of saying global warming, and the globalists will not be able to escape this simple fact.

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Around 1250 A.D., historical records show, ice packs began showing up farther south in the North Atlantic. Glaciers also began expanding on Greenland, soon to threaten Norse settlements on the island. From 1275 to 1300 A.D., glaciers began expanding more broadly, according to radiocarbon dating of plants killed by the glacier growth. The period known today as the Little Ice Age was just starting to poke through.

Summers began cooling in Northern Europe after 1300 A.D., negatively impacting growing seasons, as reflected in the Great Famine of 1315 to 1317. Expanding glaciers and ice cover spreading across Greenland began driving the Norse settlers out. The last, surviving, written records of the Norse Greenland settlements, which had persisted for centuries, concern a marriage in 1408 A.D. in the church of Hvalsey, today the best preserved Norse ruin.

Colder winters began regularly freezing rivers and canals in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Northern France, with both the Thames in London and the Seine in Paris frozen solid annually. The first River Thames Frost Fair was held in 1607. In 1607-1608, early European settlers in North America reported ice persisting on Lake Superior until June. In January 1658, a Swedish army marched across the ice to invade Copenhagen. By the end of the 17th century, famines had spread from northern France, across Norway and Sweden, to Finland and Estonia.

Reflecting its global scope, evidence of the Little Ice Age appears in the Southern Hemisphere as well. Sediment cores from Lake Malawi in southern Africa show colder weather from 1570 to 1820. A 3,000-year temperature reconstruction based on varying rates of stalagmite growth in a cave in South Africa also indicates a colder period from 1500 to 1800. A 1997 study comparing West Antarctic ice cores with the results of the Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two (GISP2) indicate a global Little Ice Age affecting the two ice sheets in tandem.

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The Siple Dome, an ice dome roughly 100 km long and 100 km wide, about 100 km east of the Siple Coast of Antartica, also reflects effects of the Little Ice Age synchronously with the GISP2 record, as do sediment cores from the Bransfield Basin of the Antarctic Peninsula. Oxygen/isotope analysis from the Pacific Islands indicates a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature decline between 1270 and 1475 A.D. 

The Franz Josef glacier on the west side of the Southern Alps of New Zealand advanced sharply during the period of the Little Ice Age, actually invading a rain forest at its maximum extent in the early 1700s. The Mueller glacier on the east side of New Zealand’s Southern Alps expanded to its maximum extent at roughly the same time.

Ice cores from the Andes mountains in South America show a colder period from 1600 to 1800. Tree ring data from Patagonia in South America show cold periods from 1270 to 1380 and from 1520 to 1670. Spanish explorers noted the expansion of the San Rafael Glacier in Chile from 1675 to 1766, which continued into the 19th century.

The height of the Little Ice Age is generally dated as 1650 to 1850 A.D. The American Revolutionary Army under General George Washington shivered at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78, and New York harbor was frozen in the winter of 1780. Historic snowstorms struck Lisbon, Portugal in 1665, 1744 and 1886. Glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana advanced until the late 18th or early 19th centuries. The last River Thames Frost Fair was held in 1814. The Little Ice Age phased out during the middle to late 19th century.

The Little Ice Age, following the historically warm temperatures of the Medieval Warm Period, which lasted from about AD 950 to 1250, has been attributed to natural cycles in solar activity, particularly sunspots. A period of sharply lower sunspot activity known as the Wolf Minimum began in 1280 and persisted for 70 years until 1350. That was followed by a period of even lower sunspot activity that lasted 90 years from 1460 to 1550 known as the Sporer Minimum. During the period 1645 to 1715, the low point of the Little Ice Age, the number of sunspots declined to zero for the entire time. This is known as the Maunder Minimum, named after English astronomer Walter Maunder. That was followed by the Dalton Minimum from 1790 to 1830, another period of well below normal sunspot activity.

The increase in global temperatures since the late 19th century just reflects the end of the Little Ice Age. The global temperature trends since then have followed not rising CO2 trends but the ocean temperature cycles of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). Every 20 to 30 years, the much colder water near the bottom of the oceans cycles up to the top, where it has a slight cooling effect on global temperatures until the sun warms that water. That warmed water then contributes to slightly warmer global temperatures, until the next churning cycle.

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Those ocean temperature cycles and the continued recovery from the Little Ice Age are primarily why global temperatures rose from 1915 until 1945 when CO2 emissions were much lower than in recent years. The change to a cold ocean temperature cycle, primarily the PDO, is the main reason that global temperatures declined from 1945 until the late 1970s, despite the soaring CO2 emissions during that time from the postwar industrialization spreading across the globe.

The 20 to 30-year ocean temperature cycles turned back to warm from the late 1970s until the late 1990s, which is the primary reason that global temperatures warmed during this period. But that warming ended 15 years ago, and global temperatures have stopped increasing since then, if not actually cooled, even though global CO2 emissions have soared over this period. As The Economist magazine reported in March, “The world added roughly 100 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750.” Yet, still no warming during that time. That is because the CO2 greenhouse effect is weak and marginal compared to natural causes of global temperature changes.

At first, the current stall out of global warming was due to the ocean cycles turning back to cold. But something much more ominous has developed over this period. Sunspots run in 11-year short term cycles, with longer cyclical trends of 90 and even 200 years. The number of sunspots declined substantially in the last 11-year cycle, after flattening out over the previous 20 years. But in the current cycle, sunspot activity has collapsed. NASA’s Science News report for January 8, 2013 states,

“Indeed, the sun could be on the threshold of a mini-Maunder event right now. Ongoing Solar Cycle 24 [the current short term 11-year cycle] is the weakest in more than 50 years. Moreover, there is (controversial) evidence of a long-term weakening trend in the magnetic field strength of sunspots. Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory predict that by the time Solar Cycle 25 arrives, magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed. Independent lines of research involving helioseismology and surface polar fields tend to support their conclusion.”

That is even more significant because NASA’s climate science has been controlled for years by global warming hysteric James Hansen, who recently announced his retirement.

But this same concern is increasingly being echoed worldwide. The Voice of Russia reported on April 22, 2013,

“Global warming which has been the subject of so many discussions in recent years may give way to global cooling. According to scientists from the Pulkovo Observatory in St.Petersburg, solar activity is waning, so the average yearly temperature will begin to decline as well. Scientists from Britain and the US chime in saying that forecasts for global cooling are far from groundless.”

That report quoted Yuri Nagovitsyn of the Pulkovo Observatory saying, “Evidently, solar activity is on the decrease. The 11-year cycle doesn’t bring about considerable climate change – only 1-2%. The impact of the 200-year cycle is greater – up to 50%. In this respect, we could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years.” In other words, another Little Ice Age.

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