The Senate Judiciary Committee held an open hearing today on the FISA Amendments Act, the law that ostensibly authorizes the digital surveillance of hundreds of millions of people both in the United States and around the world. Section 702 of the law, scheduled to expire next year, is designed to allow U.S. intelligence services to collect signals intelligence on foreign targets related to our national security interests. However—thanks to the leaks of many whistleblowers including Edward Snowden, the work of investigative journalists, and statements by public officials—we now know that the FISA Amendments Act has been used to sweep up data on hundreds of millions of people who have no connection to a terrorist investigation, including countless Americans.
Many well-meaning parents keep their kids in the dark about preparedness to avoid scaring them with descriptions of potential disaster scenarios. The problem with being too overprotective is that it underestimates children’s capabilities and could put your entire family at risk in an emergency.
The fact that opioid painkillers have addictive properties is not a secret. But the LA Times investigation revealed something that wasn’t widely known, and is perhaps more disturbing: the maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a dosing schedule that, as it turns out, makes it more likely for patients to become addicts.
But we all know how that really works out. When you have a government-imposed monopoly, there’s no need to provide decent service at all. After all, people have no other options. So why bother? Without any competition — and a legal ban on any entry of new firms that might offer competition — the imperative to offer quality service ceases to exist.
The reason the United States is hurtling toward the trash bin of history is that it has devolved into a society where many laws are aimed at law-abiding citizens rather than criminals and, at an accelerating pace, our once cherished Western civilization code of conduct is being dismantled.
We know that central banks and governments have lost the plot. When the crisis started in 2006, US short rates were 5%. In 2008, they were down to zero and have virtually stayed there ever since. A crisis package of $25 trillion was thrown at the financial system. This is what the likes of JP Morgan and Goldman told the Fed they had to do to save the bank(-ers). Ten years later the world financial system is in a mess that is exponentially greater. World debt has exploded, most governments are running deficits and the financial system is balancing dangerously on the edge of a precipice. $8 trillion of government debt is now negative and $16 trillion is below 1%.
Three-quarters of Republicans accept Donald Trump as their presidential nominee after an ugly primary season, a poll released Tuesday suggests. And that growing comfort level could be causing the presidential race to tighten up.
The thing is, when government game bureaucrats kill mountain lions, the lions cannot understand why they’re being shot. This is a futile gesture because you can’t even know this is the lion preying on the sheep. You just took a guess and pulled the trigger. I would say that’s exactly how the United States foreign policy is based: They just take a guess and pull the trigger.
The lies and campaign rhetoric would be laughable except for the fact that the only real contenders remaining are Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Both bend the truth, charitably speaking, and Clinton has proven to be an exceptionally adept liar. Little wonder she is considered untrustworthy by half of those polled on the issue.
Expected double-digit Obamacare health insurance premium hikes coming just one week before the November 7 election are expected to drag the program’s favorability ratings to new lows, as support from independents and Democrats continues to fade.
What is most disturbing is that he was dead serious when he said it, which is important, because it is finally obvious that central bankers are neither gods, nor magicians, nor even doing "god's work on earth", but plain and simple psychopaths. At least the magician he was right about one thing: "we give to the markets."
The U.S. Treasury raked in a record of approximately $1,914,651,000,000 in tax revenues in the first seven months of fiscal 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
Most people look at preppers and think that they’re crazy for believing that civilization could be destroyed by many different threats, leading to the deaths of millions of people, but it’s a very real possibility. It’s worth preparing for.
A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol.The study’s finding, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, is in line with a ProPublica analysis and story from March, which showed that physicians who receive industry money tend to prescribe higher rates of brand-name drugs — and thus, lower rates of similarly effective, more affordable generic drugs — when compared to peers.
THE MENTAL INFECTION known as “political correctness” is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it–and to some extent, still do–doesn’t diminish its venom one bit...
Shame on every politician, bureaucrat, and technician who is a shill for the U.S. government’s abuses and lies, and shame on every gullible American who keeps buying into the government’s propaganda, believing that it has our best interests at heart.
“Negative interest rates” have become a phenomenon with economists and the media. But I’m writing to tell you something about negative interest rates you haven’t heard. You certainly won’t hear about it in the mainstream press.