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Antifa Groups Tweet Threats, Smears Targeting GOP

Authored by Nikita Vladimirov via Campus Reform,

Antifa groups across the country are blasting a Republican bill targeting their preferred approach to political violence, calling the GOP lawmakers “fascists” for proposing the legislation.

The “Unmasking Antifa Act,” which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 8, seeks to “provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise, and for other purposes.”

“Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both,” the bill reads.

The language ensures that violent agitators cannot avoid the extra penalty by simply waiting until their target is done actively demonstrating and then accosting them in retaliation for their earlier expression, as some Antifa groups have done in the past.

Numerous Antifa organizations have taken to social media to voice their disdain for the legislation, smearing lawmakers behind the initiative and even implying that violent resistance might be an appropriate response. 

After the bill was was covered by mainstream publications in early July, “Antifa USA,” an activist group based out of Arizona, tweeted an image of what appears to be an Antifa member surrounded by an arsenal of military-style weapons. 

“I don’t think the #Fascists & their collaborators comprehend the gravity of the situation, our resources, nor dedication to #Antifascism,” the organization tweeted

US And Allies Planning Evacuation Of White Helmets From Syria

Perhaps we are about to witness the final chapter to the controversial White Helmets saga?

As we’ve detailed many times before both the West and the group’s leadership have long claimed it’s nothing but a humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to rescuing Syrian’s in the midst of war; however, new reports reveal the US and UK are mulling plans to evacuate the group’s members who, far from being a “neutral” NGO, are funded by Western governments which have simultaneously sought the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US government officials say White Helmets members are in “imminent danger” and face the threat of assassination as pro-government forces advance deeper into southwest Syria.

White Helmets members filmed celebrating alongside al-Qaeda terrorists. 

CNN reports the following based on diplomatic sources:

The fate of some 1,000 volunteers and their family members, and the need to plan a possible evacuation for them, has become a focus of discussions of several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, according to a diplomatic source familiar with the subject and two administration officials.

And CNN reports further that President Trump broached the subject at the NATO summit in Brussels last week:

In the plans under discussion, the volunteer rescue workers, who are officially named the Syrian Civil Defense, would be resettled in several countries; two diplomatic sources mentioned the possibility of resettling some of the group in Canada and the United Kingdom, while another two sources said Germany is expected to take some rescuers.

President Donald Trump discussed the possible need to evacuate members of the group during his meetings at the NATO summit last week, a source confirmed. There were several conversations between the US and UK about the issue during the summit, the source said, adding that Western delegations have convinced the US to help lobby both Israel and Jordan to find escape routes for besieged rescuers.

Among the consistent criticisms leveled at the group has been that its rescuers only operate in al-Qaeda and anti-Assad insurgent held territory — this while being caught on film multiple times bearing arms alongside insurgents and even assisting in al-Qaeda conducted field executions — and the group has received large sums from Western governments even while presenting itself as a homegrown “first-responder” organization. 

Mauldin Warns “This Debt Train Will Crash”

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com,

We are approaching the end of the debt Train Wreck series. I’ve spent several weeks explaining why I think excessive debt is dragging the world economy toward an epic crash. The tracks ahead are clear for now but will not remain so. The end probably won’t be pretty. But there’s good news, too: we have time to get our portfolios, our businesses, and our families prepared.

Today, we’ll look at some new numbers on just how big the problem is, then I’ll recap the various angles we’ve discussed. This problem is so big that we easily overlook key points. I hope that listing them all in one place will help you grasp their enormity. Next week, and possibly a few after that, I’ll describe some possible strategies to protect your assets and family.

Now on with the end of the train.

Off the Tracks

Talking about global debt requires that we consider almost incomprehensibly large numbers. Our minds can’t process their enormity. How much is a trillion dollars, really? But understanding this peril forces us to try. (more…)

May Avoids Defeat By 3 Vote Margin As Even More Brexit Chaos Breaks Loose

Just over a week after Theresa May narrowly survived a revolt by Brexiteers which saw several resignations including that of Brexit minister David Davis and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, on Monday evening May faced another cabinet rebellion, this time by Tory “remainers“, when May barely scraped through Customs Union amendments with a nail-biting margin of just 3 votes, and only after 3 Labor MPs voted with the government. More from the Guardian:

The government majority was reduced to just three votes on the most controversial amendment after leading Tory remainer Anna Soubry complained that the prime minister had lost control of events by making concessions to the rightwing European Research Group of MPs.

The reason for the Remainers ire is that earlier in the day, May unexpectedly had caved in to Brexiters by accepting their amendments to a customs bill to head off a leadership challenge before the summer break. The most important of the four amendments proposed earlier in the day from the hardliner Brexiteer European Research Group of MPs, or ERG chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg, had been designed to frustrate May’s compromise proposals over customs arrangements agreed at Chequers and had been initially been opposed by the government until Downing Street made a sudden U-turn in the afternoon.

But wait, weren’t Brexiteers furious last weekend precisely because May sided with remainers when she presented her controversial white paper? Why, yes, it is: what happened is that in the span of ten days, May went from angering Brexiteers, who threatened to overthrow May, to infuriating remainers, in the hope of placating Brexiteers.

Or as political correspondent Emily Ashton writes, “the government has narrowly avoided a defeat – by three votes! – from Tory Remainers over an amendment that it only backed in order to avoid a defeat from rebel Brexiteers.”

And some say US politics is confusing.

In any case, what happened earlier in the day is that Theresa May accepted all four amendments by the Conservatives’ European Research Group to today’s taxation/customs bill. The amendments were as follows:

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Comey Calls For A Coup? “Patriots Needs To Reject The Behavior Of This President”

President Trump’s language and demeanor at Monday’s summit in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin sent his detractors on both sides of the aisle into fits, just 72 hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian officials for hacking the DNC. 

Trump’s position has more or less been that peace with Russia is more important than election meddling, which didn’t influence the election – and that the United States has been meddling in elections for a long time, so perhaps let’s mend fences and move forward as two nuclear superpowers. Also Hillary sold Russia 20% of American uranium after a bunch of people connected to the transaction heavily contributed to her foundation, which was approved by a rubber-stamp committee, four months after Bill Clinton collected $500k in a speech to a Russian investment bank during a trip where he hung out with Putin at his house. All pre-Crimea of course, so no biggie. 

After former CIA Director John Brennan called Trump’s performance “nothing short of treasonous” earlier in the day, former FBI Director James Comey issued what may be construed as a call to action against a sitting US President. 

“This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country,” adding “Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.” 

While this appears to be the first time Comey has suggested citizens rise up against a duly elected sitting President – the extreme end of which becomes a coup, Brennan suggested last July that White House officials refuse to follow direct orders in the event that President Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

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Ron Paul Warns When The “Biggest Bubble In History” Bursts, It’ll “Cut The Stock Market In Half”

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

When this bubble finally bursts, will we witness the biggest stock market crash in U.S. history?  “The bigger they come, the harder they fall” is a well used phrase, but I think that it is very appropriate in this case.  From a low of 6,443.27 on March 6th, 2009, we have seen the Dow nearly quadruple in value since the last financial crisis.  It has been a remarkable run, and it has lasted far longer than virtually any of the experts anticipated.  But what goes up must come down eventually. 

This stock market bubble was almost entirely fueled by easy money from the Federal Reserve, and now that easy money has been cut off.  The insiders can see the handwriting on the wall and they are getting out of the market at a pace that we haven’t seen since 2008.  Could it be possible that the day of reckoning is finally at our door?

Of course we have been hearing warnings like this for a very long time.  In fact, I have been warning about a market crash for a very long time.  Just the other day, one of my readers insisted that if something was going to take place that “it would have happened by now”.  In the Internet age, we have been trained to have very short attention spans, but financial bubbles don’t care about the length of our attention spans.  They all inevitably come to a bitter end, but they don’t reach that end until they are good and ready. (more…)

Bourdain’s Parting Words: “Piece Of Sh*t” Bill Clinton Is “Entitled, Rapey, Gropey, Grabby, Disgusting”

Four months before Anthony Bourdain’s June 8 suicide, he sat down with Popula‘s Maria Bustillos for a wide-ranging interview which was finally published on Sunday. In it, Bourdain excoriates the Clintons, has harsh words for Obama and even calls Richard Branson “kind of a douche.”

Asked about whether Bill Clinton should have been removed from office after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Bourdain said that despite Clinton being “A piece of shit,” who was “Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting” should have still kept his job despite “the way that he – and she [referring to Hillary Clinton] destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along” was “screaming in apparent hypocrisy and venality.” 

How you can on the one hand howl at the moon about all these other predators. And not at least look back. OK, let’s say, well, it was all consensual: powerful men, starstruck women, okay fine, let’s accept it at its most charitable interpretation. Fine. He is a very charming man, I met him, he’s fucking magnetic. -Anthony Bourdain via Popula

Bourdain expounded on Hillary, noting “When you’re in the room, you think wow, she’s really warm and nice and funny. But the way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth…

As the Washington Examiner wrote in 2016: 

But Mrs. Clinton took a very different approach herself 25 years ago as the wife of then-Gov. Bill Clinton, leading the effort to discredit women who came forward with their own stories of harassment or assault by her husband. (more…)

The Myths Of Stocks For The Long Run, Part VII: The Problem With Psychology

Authored by Lance Roberts and Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

The Problem Of Psychology

During this series so far we have primarily discussed the more mechanical issues surrounding “investing myths” over the duration of an individuals investing “life-span.” 

Individuals are often told:

“There has never been a 10 or 20-year period in the market with negative returns.”

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Netflix Crashes As Subscriber Growth Slows Sharply; Cash Burn Soars And Outlook Is Slashed

Maybe hiking monthly fees without providing a quality line up of new shows and movies wasn’t the best idea.

After three consecutive quarters of massive earnings beats and surging subscriber additions, Netflix stock is tumbling, down 13% in response to Q2 earnings, which beat on earnings while missing on revenue, but mostly as a result of sharp miss and slowdown in new subscribers, coupled with Q3 projections that were well below expectations.

Specifically, in Q2, NFLX reported EPS of $0.85, beating expectations of $0.79 but missed modestly on the top line, reporting $3.91BN in revenue, below the $3.94BN expected.

Far more concerning, however, was the number of subscribers which missed not only Wall Street estimates, but its own guidance from just three months ago, on both domestic and international and slowed dramatically both Q/Q and Y/Y, reporting only 5.2MM new users and missing estimates by over 1 million subs.

  • Q2 total net streaming additions 5.15MM, a drop from last quarter’s 7.41MM, and below the Exp. 6.27 MM
    • Q2 domestic net streaming additions 0.67MM; missing badly Wall Street exp. 1. (more…)

SELCO: What You Need to Know About Survival Caches

This report was originally published by Selco at The Organic Prepper

I have used survival caches as part of my prepping for a long time. This is because my experience that says no matter how well you are prepared, one day you may find yourself out with only what you have on you, so any help that you can get in that moment will be important.

Why should you have survival caches?

There is a big talk behind having your important stuff hidden somewhere in case that you might need it, but let’s try to simplify it.

Mistakes

A really big SHTF event will usually come as a surprise for us, no matter how much we like to thing that we will recognize the moment.  In a situation that comes suddenly, you will make mistakes for sure.

You will not operate 100% in accordance with your survival plan – no one does. So even if today you think that you covered everything in great detail you will (because of many reasons) most likely fail in some field.

In a situation like that, some equipment hidden in couple of places can give you a lot of help.

Actually, it can save your life.

Losing everything

No matter how hardened you think that your home is, your stuff inside your home can change in a matter of days, or sometimes in a matter of minutes actually.

You can be in one moment the best prepper on your street, with everything that your family needs to survive, and next day you can be evicted with only the things that you can carry in your pockets.

Or you may be forced to run for your life, leaving everything in your home, all your preps, no matter how wll armed you are. Some people like to think this can never happen but they are wrong.

You may be even labeled when the SHTF as a person who by the law needs to give all your preps to the “goverment” or who ever gonna have force on their side in a particular moment.

You never know. 

Bugging out 

People usually think about bugging out like it is gonna happened just like they imagined it or planned it, while in reality, it may be completely different.

Caches on your bug-out route should help you to resolve that change of plans.

Not to mention that your bug-out trip may start out with you not at your home, or without all your bug out bags for another reason.

The philosophy of survival caches

We should simplify it and use the words why, what, where, how, and when.

We went through the why details above, and you have also to add your own personal circumstances there, just like always.

What?

One basic rule that I like to implement is: never cache something that you can not afford to lose.

So for example, if you have only one weapon, and you want to cache it, your survival philosophy might be wrong and you need to reconsider it.

The usual response here is that you do not have enough weapons, so you need to work on solving that, not to mention that it is pretty strange not to have that one and only weapon close to you, not buried somewhere.

Another thing that I use is the rule that the cache (if someone else found it) cannot be traced to me, so no, I am not caching my important papers there.

However, I do keep there some tools that are illegal to keep it at my home (or wherever) with me, but that can help me a lot when SHTF.

It might look like this:  you go through your prep list, choose items from every pillar of survival that will cover your basic needs in a particular amount of time (three days, week, month?) and put it in survival cache. Your money is the only limit.

For example:

  • Medicine: antibiotics treatment, wound treatment, your existing medical condition treatment, antidiahrrea pills, water treatment,  etc
  • Fire: fire cubes, lighters, flints, matches…
  • Food: power bars, MREs, quick soups, canned goods

And so on and so on.

It is completely based on your wishes and the amount of money you want to invest in this.

I do not like big caches. I would rather have more small caches. It is partly because of my budget, but the bigger and more important reason is that based on my experience it is better to have more chances. Usually half of your caches will be inacessible to you when SHTF.

Either it is going to be dangerous to go there, or you are not gonna have a chance to go and take it, or any combination of this.

If your main reason for having survival caches is as a help on your way to BOL you need to factor in the very high probability that the route that you plan and the route that you will take to your BOL will be different, This could be because of many reasons (angry mob, looters, police, fire, whatever). It’s better to have more caches that are not on the planned route but also on alternative routes there.

How?

There is advice like “you need to bury it” or “never put it in building” or similar.

But remember that all of this is very specific to your situation and surroundings. You need to check how things work in your case only.

For example, I  have two caches in an abandoned building 10 kilometers from me. It works for me because the building has been abandoned for the last 15 years. It probably will be abandoned until someone buys the land and destroys it. Hopefully, I will learn of that on time and remove my stuff from there, but even if not, I can afford it to lose that stuff.

Of course, the most common way is to bury it, but do not blindly look to bury it if that does not work for your own case.

For burying, I use water pipes (PVC), combined with plastic bags (bags in bags).

Are there better ways?

Yes of course, there are probably very good brand name survival cache containers that will last much longer and keep stuff much better but I cannot afford it, and even if I could, I would invest that money in something that I find more important.

Where?

If you have more of the caches, you need to have some system of keeping the data where you planted all of that.

A GPS system works great for that, but remember that it can be gone one day. Having a map marked with places works well too, but in the wrong hands, it can leave you without anything.

The best thing is to keep it in your head, but again if you have a lot of caches, it might not work.

I heard a long time ago about a system of keeping track of your caches with photos.

In each place where you hid something, you take a photo of yourself with your family, dog or whatever. Just a regular photo from sightseeing, hiking, or taking a nature walk.

Then you will have a memory about the place of your cache that looks like a regular day out.

You can even add on the back of photo sentence of two in simple code so you can know what is in that cache.

Here is your imagination only limit.

I mean, having a map in your pocket or on your book shelf with red circles and words like “gun, ammo, bandages, MREs” is very helpful but sometimes could get you into trouble.

Having a wall with photos above your desk with of you and your friends or family looks just like that – photos.

When?

It is question that is the easiest to answer.

NOW.

Survival caches are things that you might never use, but if you gonna need it you probably gonna need it very hard, so start to work on it now.

Again, you can start small, with very small caches, based on your budget and see where that will lead you.

Don’t rely only on caches to survive

Survival caches are just one aspect of survival preparedness. They are not most important one, so do not invewst a lot in it and fail to invest in something maybe more important.

I mean do not find yourself in the middle of the night when SHTF without everything useful just because all your cool stuff is buried 25 miles from you.

It is about balance.

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About the Author

Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution. In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today. He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations like Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months. Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world. Read more of Selco’s articles here: https://shtfschool.com/blog/ And take advantage of a deep and profound insight into his knowledge and advice by signing up for the outstanding and unrivaled online course. More details here: https://shtfschool.com/survival-boot-camp/

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