While the guests on Friday’s CNBC closing bell were giddy with excitement about earnings, US stocks, and ‘the recovery’ being “a lot stronger than people give it credit for”, Rick Santelli asked a simple question, if it’s all so great why is the Fed still printing billions of dollars each month? A disquieted crowd of asset-gatherers attempted a response but made the mistake of uttering the most inflammable 7 words Santelli could hear… “Where would we be without the government?” What ensued is worth the price of admission…
Please share this video. This is of Ukrainian protesters in Kyiv, only a few moments ago (5:30 EST) getting gunned down by police with live ammunition; these aren’t just rubber bullets, this is a hail of gunfire with the intent to kill.
This is what fucking happens when you don’t keep your right to bear arms
Exclusive Edward Snowden interview with Norddeutscher Rundfunk. A few notable excerpts:
"When you are on the inside and you go into work everyday and you sit down at the desk and you realise the power you have - you can wire tap the President of the United States, you can wire tap a Federal Judge and if you do it carefully no one will ever know”
I can track your username on a website on a form somewhere, I can track your real name, I can track associations with your friends and I can build what’s called a fingerprint which is network activity unique to you which means anywhere you go in the world anywhere you try to sort of hide your online presence hide your identity, the NSA can find you
If I am a traitor who did I betray? I gave all of my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason I think people really need to consider who do they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy.
What [Obama] doesn’t say is that the crimes that he has charged me with are crimes that don’t allow me to make my case. They don’t allow me to defend myself in an open court to the public and convince a jury that what I did was to their benefit. The espionage act was never intended, it’s from 1918, it was never intended to prosecute journalistic sources, people who are informing the newspapers about information that’s of public interest. It was intended for people who are selling documents in secret to foreign governments who are bombing bridges who are sabotaging communications not people who are serving the public good. So it’s I would say illustrative that the president would choose to say someone should face the music when he knows the music is a show trial.
"If someone wants to know why their own government has gone on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document — through the library books that you read, the phone calls that you’ve made, the emails that you’ve sent — this legislation gives the people no right to appeal such a search in a court of law….This is just plain wrong." — Senator Barack Obama, 2005
Senator Obama would have a few bones to pick with President Obama.