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Universal Basic Income Is Inevitable, Unavoidable, and Incoming”

The last time I saw universal basic income discussed on television, it was laughed away by a Conservative MP as an absurd idea. The government giving away wads of cash responsibility-free to the entire population sounds entirely fantastical in this austerity-bound age, where “we just don’t have the money” is repeated endlessly as a mantra. […]

In this world, universal basic income seems like a rather distant prospect. Yes, there are some proposals, like Switzerland and Finland, both of which are holding a referendum on universal basic income. But I expect neither of them to pass. The current political climate is just too patriarchal. We live in a world where free choice is unfashionable. The mass media demonizes the poor as feckless and too lazy and ignorant to make good choices about how to spend their income. Better that the government spend huge chunks of GDP employing bureaucrats to administer tests, to moralize on the virtues of work, and sanction the profligate.

But this world is fast changing, and the more I study the basic facts of economic life in the early 21st century, the more inevitable universal basic income begins to seem.

And no, it’s not because of the robots that are coming to take our jobs, as Erik Brynjolfsson suggests in his excellent The Second Machine Age. While automation is a major economic disruptor that will transform our economy, assuming that robots will dissolve jobs entirely is just buying into the same Lump of Labour fallacy that the Luddites fell for. Automation frees humans from drudgery and opens up the economy to new opportunities. Where once vast swathes of the population toiled in the fields as subsistence farmers, mechanization allowed these people to become industrial workers, and their descendants to become information and creative workers. As today’s industries are decimated, and as the market price of media falls closer and closer toward zero, new avenues will be opened up. New industries will be born in a neverending cycle of creative destruction. Yes, perhaps universal basic income will help ease the current transition that we are going through, but the transition is not the reason why universal basic income is inevitable.

So why is it inevitable? Take a look at Japan, and now the eurozone: economies where consumer price deflation has become an ongoing and entrenched reality. This occurrence has been married to economic stagnation and continued dips into recession. In Japan — which has been in the trap for over two decades — debt levels in the economy have remained high. The debt isn’t being inflated away as it would under a more “normal” rate of growth and inflation. And even in the countries that have avoided outright deflationary spirals, like the UK and the United States, inflation has been very low.

The most major reason, I am coming to believe, is rising efficiency and the growing superabundance of stuff. Cars are becoming more fuel efficient. Homes are becoming more fuel efficient. Vast quantities of solar energy and fracked oil are coming online. China’s growing economy continues to pump out vast quantities of consumer goods. And it’s not just this: people are better educated than ever before, and equipped with incredibly powerful productivity resources like laptops, iPads and smartphones. Information and media has fallen to an essentially free price. If price inflation is a function of the growth of the money supply against growth in the total amount of goods and services produced, then it is very clear why deflation and lowflation have become a problem in the developed world, even with central banks struggling to push out money to reinflate the credit bubble that burst in 2008.

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Much, much more is coming down the pipeline. At the core of this As the cost of superabundant and super-accessible solar continues to fall, and as battery efficiencies continue to increase the price of energy for heating, lighting, cooking and transportation (e.g. self-driving electric cars, delivery trucks, and ultimately planes) is being slowly but powerfully pushed toward zero. Heck, if the cost of renewables continue to fall, and advances in AI and automation continue, in thirty or forty years most housework and yardwork will be renewables-powered, and done by robot. Water crises can be alleviated by solar-powered desalination, and resource pressures by solar-powered robot miners.

And just as computers and the internet have made huge quantities of media (such as this blog) free for users, 3-D printers and disassemblers will push the production of stuff much closer to free. People will simply be able to download blueprints from the internet, put their trash into a disassembler and print out new items. Obviously, this won’t work anytime soon for complex objects like smartphones, but every technology company in the world is hustling and grinding for more efficiency in their manufacturing processes. Not to mention that as more and more stuff is manufactured, and as we become more environmentally conscious and efficient at recycling, this huge global stockpile of stuff acts as another deflationary pressure.

These deflationary pressures will gradually seep into services as more and more processes become automated and powered by efficiency increasing machines, drones and robots. This will gradually come to encompass the old inflationary bugbears of medical care, educational costs and construction and maintenance costs. Of course, I don’t expect this dislocation to result in permanent incurable unemployment. People will find stuff to do, and new fields will open up, many of which we are yet to imagine. But the price trend is clear to me: lots and lots of lowflation and deflation. This, ultimately, is at the heart of capitalism. The race for efficiency. The race to do more with less (including less productivity). The race for the lowest costs.

I’ve written about this before. I jokingly called it “hyperdeflation.”

And the obvious outcome, at the very least, is global Japan. This, of course, is not a complete disaster. Japan remains a relatively rich and stable country, even after twenty years of deflation. But Japan’s high level of debt — and particularly government debt — does pose a major concern.  Yes, as a sovereign currency issuer borrowing in its own currency the Japanese government runs no risk of actual default. But slow growth and deflation are stagnationary. And without growth and inflation, the government will have to raise taxes to cover the deficit, spiking the punchbowl and continuing the cycle of debt deflation. And of course, all of the Bank of Japan’s attempts at reigniting inflation and inflating away that debt through complicated monetary operations in financial markets have up until now proven pretty ineffectual.

This is where some form of universal basic income comes in: ultimately, the most direct stimulus for lifting inflation and triggering productive economic activity is putting cash in the people’s hands. What I am suggesting is that printing money and giving it away to people — as opposed to trying to push it out through the complicated and convoluted transmission mechanism of financial sector lending — will ultimately become governments’ major backstop against debt deflation, as well as the temporary joblessness and economic inequality created by technological acceleration. Everything else, thus far, has been pushing on a string. And the deflationary pressure is only going to become stronger as efficiency rises and rises.

Throw enough newly-created money into the economy, inject inflation, and nominal tax revenues can rise to cover the debt load. Similarly, if inflation gets too high, cut back on the money-creation or take money out of circulation and bring inflation into check, just as central banks have done for the last century.

The biggest obstacle to this, in my view, is the interests of those with lots of money, who like deflation because it increases their purchasing power. But in the end, rich people aren’t just sitting on hoards of cash. Most of them do have businesses that would benefit from their clients having higher incomes so as to increase spending, and thus their incomes. Indeed, in a debt-deflationary spiral with default cascades, many of these rentiers would face the same ruin as their clients, as their clients default on their obligations.

And yes, I know that there are legal obstacles to fully-blown helicopter money, chiefly the notion of central bank independence. But I am an advocate of central bank independence, for a variety of reasons. Indeed, I don’t think that universal basic income should be a function of fiscal spending at all, not least because I think that dispassionate and economically literate central bankers tend to be better managers of monetary expansion and contraction than politically motivated — and generally less economically literate — politicians. So everything I am describing can and should be envisioned as a function of monetary policy. Indeed, what I am advocating for is a new set of core monetary policy tools for the 21st century.

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The Dramatic Life of Refugees: Winter, Rejection, Crime, Radicalization, Terror and Death

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THE BRUTAL WINTER is aggravating the situation of thousands of refugees (including children), who are living under extreme weather conditions along European borders.

The Dramatic Life of Refugees: Winter, Rejection, Crime, Radicalization, Terror and Death

 

THE BRUTAL WINTER is aggravating the situation of thousands of refugees (including children), who are living under extreme weather conditions along European borders. In Places like in Lesbos (Greece) and Belgrade (Serbia), the snow falls and the temperature is as low as 20-degrees celsius(-4°F).

Numerous European governments have offered shelter to an insufficient number of refugees (many of them children). UN’s and Medicines Sans Frontiers have criticised the European Union for not preparing properly for the life-threatening winter weather.

“Europe should stop making the lives of migrants and refugees more miserable,” a statement from Medicins Sans Frontieres read.

“Saving lives must be a priority and we urge state authorities across Europe to do more to assist and protect refugees and migrants,” a UNHCR spokeswoman, Cecile

The UN is warning that an important number of refugees may soon die if the European Union does not assist them. Refugees often do not have the adequate clothing, food and shelter to withstand the low temperatures.

“Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. It’s about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements,” Sarah Crowe, a spokeswoman for the UN children’s agency UNICEF told a UN briefing in Geneva. “The dire situation right now is Greece.”

As if that were not enough, refugees are suffering abuse by police agents and criminal gangs, including kidnappings, physical abuse, threats and extortion.

UN’s has reported 5 confirmed deaths since the start of the year, two Iraqi men and a young Somali woman in Bulgaria, and a 20-year-old Afghan man, who was crossing the Evros river between Turkey and Greece.

The UN has reiterated its call on the European Union to assist all refugees as soon as possible before it becomes a catastrophe.

“The UN Refugee Agency is today reiterating its call to accelerate the moving of asylum seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland,” Edwards said at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.”The need for better protection will become all the more acute this weekend when temperatures on the islands are expected to drop. We are worried,” said UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards.

“We are worried,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for UNHCR said in Geneva.”Slowness in registration or identifying vulnerable individuals and, previously, a shortage of suitable spaces on the mainland have been factors delaying moves. Among other things this has contributed to serious overcrowding of facilities built for far fewer people, and increased protection risks,”

NGO’s and numerous international organisations are insisting that to refuse assistance to refugees isa violation of international law. Apparently, European countries are more interested in domestic affairs than in refugees. In countries like Germany, the growing social discontent against refugees has forced the government to debate whether to expel thousands of refugees or not.The decadence of Angela Merkel and the upcoming German presidential elections will influence the final decision.

In many cases, the traditional and far-right media are contributing to the criminalisation of all therefugees coming from the Middle East.

Brief Analysis of two cases:

1.BREITBART’S FALSE ARTICLE.

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ON JANUARY 3rd Virginia Hale, a journalist from Breitbart News, wrote the following false article:

“Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve

“At New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dortmund, a mob of more than 1,000 men chanted ‘Allahu Akhbar’, launched fireworks at police, and set fire to a historic church,” Breitbart News reported.

Breitbart also claimed that a video posted by a Ruhr Nachrichten journalist showed them holding up a flag of al-Qaeda and Isis collaborators. In fact, the video shows the contrary, a man holding a flag widely flown by those opposing the current government.

The local newspaper, Ruhr Nachrichten, said that its online reporting on New Year’s Eve had been distorted by BreiBart to produce “fake news.”

The justice minister of Hesse state, Eva Kühne-Hörmann, said“the danger is that these stories spread with incredible speed and take on lives of their own.”

Tens of thousands clicked and shared the false Breitbart.com story with the headline,“Revealed: 1,000-man mob attack police, set Germany’s oldest church alight on New Year’s Eve”.

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Days later, Breitbart supposedly amended the article to make a few corrections.

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However, it decided to keep all the falsehoods spilt over Syrian refugees about terrorism. Since its creation, Breitbart has become the American newspaper, which most fabricates false stories.

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NOTE: The chief strategist and Senior Counsellor for the presidency of Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, is the co-founder of Breitbart. Com. It suggests that he will use his new position to amplify fake stories to criminalise honest immigrants.

2.MODAMANI’S CASE.

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MONTHS AGO, the far right propaganda, like Noch.info, from Germany and other countriessuggested that Angela Merkel had taken a selfie with a terrorist, “Anas Modamani, a Syrian refugee”, The false claims soon spread on social media and went viral.

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The 19-year-old was accused of terrorism and other criminal activities, including him being one of the perpetrators of the March bombings in Brussels, and was linked to the Christmas market attack in Berlin. The accusations were soon catalogued as false, but the people of social media refused to halt the spread of the false news related to his case, allowing many users to continue spreading it even in the present day.

On his part, Modamani has recently sued Facebook for not doing enough to stop the fake news and reestablished his honour.

Modamani Stated, “I was first linked to the attacks when my picture was circulated, claiming I was one of the Brussels attackers due to perceived resemblances between us,”

“When the claims started being circulated on social media, I was in Munich visiting friends.

“Some friends advised that I stay at home and avoid going out in public, which I did.

“Others encouraged me to go to the police and report what was being said about me.

“But I kind of just hoped it would go away on its own.”

“Facebook is doing a very poor job with fake news,”

“Not all fake news is illegal, but when it amounts to slander, as I believe this does, then it should be taken down.”

“Facebook has repeatedly refused to take the posts down, saying they do not violate the company’s rules,” Modamani’s lawyer said.

A Facebook representative said: “We received a takedown request from Mr Jun alleging that a specific item of content on our platform violates Mr Modamani’s right of personality.”

“Access to that reported content was quickly disabled, so we do not believe there is any basis for him to seek an injunction.”

Germany’s justice ministry is considering new policies to crack down on “fake news” by making Facebook and other social media companies criminally liable for failing to remove hate speech.

“Facebook should be treated as a media company rather than a technology company,” the justice minister said in November.

As in the previous case, some newspapers have amended the false articles, but Modamani’s honorability will never be fully restored.Thousands of people accused him of terrorism and spread it on the social media and not everyone who uses social media read newspapers, which means that there are still many people, who still think that he is a terrorist. Modami’s case shows the enormousinfluential capacity that social media has over people.

NOTE: The president-elect Donald Trump won the last U.S. elections thanks to several factors like the incompetence of Hillary Clinton. However, Trump would not have won the election without false news and the social media to spread them.

The cases of fake news mentioned in this article, represent a sample of hundreds of thousands that are spread everyday on social media.media. For many organisations, the main goal is to convince European citizens that refugees are terrorists and criminals. Unfortunately, there is a significant number of people, who already believe those falsehoods.

EUROPEANS POLITICAL LEADERS and citizens tend to forget that, during the WWII, thousands of Europeans fled to countries like Syria, Egypt and Palestine(the Middle East) seeking shelter. Therefugee camps in the Middle East were operated by MERRA (Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration) 

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Seventy years ago, the Middle Eastern community warmly welcomed hundreds of thousands of European refugees who needed shelter. Today, to the contrary, European countries are neglecting refugees from the Middle East, alleging security issues. They believed that some terrorists are camouflaged among refugees. However, the facts show that majority of the terrorist attacks in Western countries were perpetrated by locals, who radicalised themselves.

Experience from many conflict zones teaches us that the longer these refugees are left to languish in despair in camps, the more prone they become to radicalization.

In fact, these camps are often used by terrorist organisations to attract new members. Without them, terrorism might soon be defeated. The best way to fight terrorism is by assisting refugees. European society should not forget the assistance that the Middle East gave them in the past.

The different communities in the world should work together to better understand each other regardless of their political and religion orientations.

After all, we are all human beings.

By Rester.

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Why Is Obama Moving Troops Into Poland And Provoking A War With Russia ?

Why Is Obama Moving Troops Into Poland And Provoking A War With Russia Right Before The Inauguration?

January 20th cannot come soon enough.  Instead of stepping back and trying to ensure a smooth transition for Donald Trump, U. S President Barack Obama has decided to go hog wild and use every ounce of presidential power still available to him.  

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He has been establishing a bunch of new national monuments, and on Thursday he even took time to give Joe Biden a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  

But one of the things that has people around the world  the most concerned is his endless provoking of Russia.  Every few days it seems like Obama is doing something else to aggravate Russia, and if he wasn’t leaving office in about a week I am sure that the mainstream media would be full of speculation about a possible war.

Out moving presidents are not supposed to make risky moves like this once a new president has been elected.

On Thursday, we learned that U.S. troops have been permanently deployed to Poland for the very first time

American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.

Some people waved and held up American flags as U.S. troops in tanks and other vehicles crossed into southwestern Poland from Germany and headed toward the town of Zagan, where they will be based. Poland’s prime minister and defense minister will welcome them in an official ceremony Saturday.

Poland was once a key member of the Warsaw Pact alliance, and the Russians are quite alarmed that U.S. troops will now be stationed so close to the Russian heartland.  The following comes from ABC News

“These actions threaten our interests, our security,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. “Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It’s not even a European state.”

And it has also been announced that NATO troops will arrive in Lithuania in late January.  If you will remember, Lithuania was actually part of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

All of a sudden, Russia has become enemy number one.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton say that Russia is to blame for Clinton’s election loss, and so at the end of December Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the country.

That is the sort of thing that you do before a war starts.

Over in Europe, they are so freaked out about potential Russian interference in their elections that they are “erecting defenses to counter possible Russian cyber attacks”

Nations in Europe, where Germany and France this year hold elections, are erecting defenses to counter possible Russian cyber attacks and disinformation to sway Western politics, but intelligence experts say this might be too little and too late.

The issue of Russian “influence operations” has taken on new urgency after U.S. intelligence agencies released a non-classified assessment that President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to move the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump.

European nations and NATO are setting up centers to identify “fake news”, bolstering cyber defenses and tracking use of social media which target Russian-speaking communities, far-right groups, political parties, voters and decision-makers.

Back in 2012, Barack Obama mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia was a serious threat to our national security.  He even joked that the 1980s were calling Romney because they wanted their foreign policy back.

At that time, Barack Obama boldly declared that the Cold War had been over for 20 years.  But now here we are just four years later and Barack Obama has gotten us into a new Cold War.  The crisis in Ukraine, the civil war in Syria, the price of oil, cyber-espionage and a whole host of other issues have brought tensions between the United States and Russia to a boiling point.

Many are hoping that relations with Russia will improve during the Trump administration, but the truth is that things could go either way.

It is important to remember that Trump will be surrounded by military people that are virulently anti-Russia.  For example, retired Marine General James Mattis has been nominated to be Defense Secretary, and this week he told Congress that Russia is the “principal threat” to U.S. security…

While much of the hearing has so far been without controveries, in the most striking moment so far, Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Russia stands as the “principal threat” to the United States’s security. He said this is because of its actions and efforts to “intimidate” other countries.

Senator John McCain questioned Mattis to get his opinion on how much of a threat Russia represents. Mattis response was that the world order is “under biggest attacks since WW2, from Russia, terrorist groups, and China’s actions in the South China Sea”, agreeing with the neocon senator that Russia is trying to break up NATO.

“I’m all for engagement” with Russia, “but we also have to recognize the reality of what Russia is up to,” Mattis told Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island).

There is a great deal of concern that Trump’s view of Russia could be significantly shaped by strong military men such as Mattis.  Both Democrats and Republicans want Trump to become much more anti-Russia, and let us hope that he does not give in to the pressure.

Over in Russia, they view U. S very negatively as well.  A Gallup survey taken in mid-2016 found that current U.S. leadership (the Obama administration) only had a one percent approval rating in Russia.

Yes, you read that correctly.

You can’t get much lower than one percent.

The Russians consider themselves to be the great force for good in the world, and they consider the United States to be the great force for evil.  They openly talk about the possibility of nuclear war on their news broadcasts, and on one recent broadcast people were actually encouraged to locate the closest nuclear bomb shelter to their homes.

And in response to U.S. troops being deployed to Poland, the Russian government has deployed advanced anti-aircraft missile systems around Moscow

Russia has deployed anti-aircraft missile systems around Moscow to protect the capital from attack in the latest sign Vladimir Putin is preparing for war.

The s-400 Triumph air defence system has been providing air cover for Russian forces in Syria since November, and is now being deployed on home soil.

It is capable of hitting moving airborne targets including planes and incoming missiles and has a range of 400km.

We should be very thankful that Barack Obama is leaving office, because right now we are on a path that leads to war between U. S and Russia.

Every one should be hoping that Donald Trump will work to greatly improve relations with the Russians, but all it would take is one wrong move for things to start deteriorating once again.

A new Cold War has begun, and the stakes are incredibly high…

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Declaration of War’ II

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United Nations Security Council’s resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory has triggered a brutal and messy diplomatic fight between President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and now President-elect Donald Trump,  the U.N and the Countries voted for it. 

The war of words got even nastier, when Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a high-profile speech warning that Netanyahu’s settlement policy could doom any chance at a peace deal and threaten Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.

“The status quo is leading toward one state and perpetual occupation,” Kerry warned. “The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme element.”

Netanyahu immediately shot back that Kerry’s speech was “biased against Israel” and “obsessively focused” on settlements, and “barely touched upon the root of the conflict — Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries.”

So who’s right? And why are both countries so angry? 

It’s a complex answer that involves geopolitical maneuvering, international legal issues, and a healthy dose of seemingly nonsensical diplomatic language, so you’d be forgiven for feeling a little bit lost trying to sort out exactly what’s going on.

What follows is a simple guide to the issue:

1) What did the Obama administration do at the UN?

The United States on Friday abstained on a vote over a UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. By abstaining — instead of vetoing the resolution, as the United States has reliably done to similar measures for decades — the Obama administration allowed the highly symbolic measure to make it through the chamber by a unanimous 14-0 margin.

It was the first time in nearly 40 years that the Security Council has passed a resolution critical of Israeli settlements. It was also a firm rebuke of both Netanyahu, who had strongly argued against the resolution, and Trump, who had taken the highly unprecedented move of weighing in on Thursday, before the vote, and pressing for the measure to be vetoed.

The Jewish communities in question are in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, both of which were captured by Israel during 1967’s Six-Day War. They range in size from small outposts of just a few dozen people to Ariel, home to some 20,000 people and a thriving university. Two of the more controversial settlements lie inside and adjacent to Hebron, a large Palestinian city that houses the burial place of Abraham, making it one of the holiest sites in both Judaism and Islam. Dozens of Jews and Muslims have been killed in political violence there in recent decades.


Israel’s construction of new neighborhoods throughout East Jerusalem is technically as illegal as its settlement building elsewhere in the West Bank, but many American policymakers from both parties have long acknowledged that Jewish neighborhoods in that part of the city would remain under Israeli control in any peace agreement. That’s particularly true of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, home to the Western Wall, the most religiously important place in Judaism.

It’s important to note that the settlement population is enormous and rapidly growing; nearly 600,000 Jews live in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a figure that has grown by 100,000 just since Obama took office in 2009.

Citing those statistics, administration officials pretending they had to act now because the population is so big that it would soon be basically impossible for Israel to withdraw from any meaningfully large parts of the West Bank — helping to doom the already faint chances of a peace deal.

2) What did the resolution actually say?

UN resolution 2334 is a long document full of diplomatic jargon (you can read the full text here), so we’ll just skip to the important parts.

The resolution demands that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” and declares that the establishment of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”

This is far stronger language than the United States has ever officially used to describe Israeli settlement activity before. Although the standard US position has for three decades been that such settlements, which are built on land intended to be part of a future Palestinian state, are “obstacles to peace,” the United States has always stopped short of describing them as “illegal” under international law.

The resolution condemns “all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.” It lists among those measures “the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions.”

The text also calls on all member states “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967”.

Finally, the measure includes a request that the UN secretary general report to the Security Council every three months on the resolution’s implementation — all but guaranteeing that there will continue to be regular engagement on the issue.

3) What practical effect (if any) does the resolution have?

The resolution’s effects are primarily diplomatic and political, though there are some potential legal implications in the longer term.

To begin with, it’s a non-binding resolution. That means it’s basically just a strongly worded statement that doesn’t impose any sort of sanctions or other punishments on Israel for its past settlement activity, nor does it put in place such measures to punish Israel for any future settlement activity. Those would have to be included in a separate Security Council resolution, and it’s virtually certain that both Obama and Trump would veto such a measure.

The whole point of the resolution is to further solidify the longstanding international consensus that Israel’s settlement activity is illegal and a roadblock to achieving a peaceful solution to the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict — in other words, to isolate Israel and show it that the whole world thinks what it is doing is wrong. The hope is that this will make Israel change its policies in order to get back into the good graces of the international community.

But Israel is free to completely ignore the resolution and tell the international community to stuff it. And indeed, Israel’s government initially looked like it would do just that, announcing Monday that it planned to move ahead with the construction of nearly 6,000 new homes in the predominantly Palestinian eastern Jerusalem, with 600 settlements due to be approved Wednesday.

“We remain unfazed by the UN vote, or by any other entity that tries to dictate what we do in Jerusalem,” the city’s deputy mayor, Meir Turgeman, told the newspaper Israel Hayom. However, on Wednesday, Netanyahu reportedly instructed the Jerusalem municipality to wait on approving new housing units in an attempt to avoid further inflaming US-Israeli relations.

Still, the resolution could potentially have some longer-term legal and economic implications for Israel. For instance, Tel Aviv University law professor Aeyal Gross writes at Haaretz that the resolution could encourage the International Criminal Court to be more aggressive in its examination of settlement construction.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is currently working on a report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it is not a full-scale investigation, and no criminal case has been brought against Israel. Gross explains that this could potentially change due to the new UN resolution.

“The consensus that the resolution represents on the illegality of the settlements and the description of their construction as a ‘flagrant’ violation of international law may convince Bensouda that she has strong grounds to pursue the matter before the ICC,” writes Gross.

And indeed, Palestinian leaders are already saying that they’ll use the resolution to seek International Criminal Court indictments of Israeli leaders, push for a formal probe into whether Israel is violating the Geneva Conventions, and get foreign governments to ban the import of any products made in Israeli settlements.

4) Why is this resolution happening now?

The push to bring this resolution before the Security Council in the last few remaining days of Obama’s term as president seems to have been a calculated move by Palestinian diplomats.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “As early as October, Palestinian diplomats at the UN began assessing prospects for a Security Council resolution. They drafted two resolutions: one that would condemn Israel’s rapid expansion of settlements in disputed territories of West Bank and East Jerusalem, and another that would recognize Palestine as a state at the UN.”

Arab diplomats told the Journal that the Palestinians ultimately decided to drop the statehood resolution because they believed it would inevitably be vetoed by the Obama administration.

The Palestinians appear to have seen a path forward all the same, believing that Obama’s long-held opposition to the Israeli settlements — and deep animosity toward Netanyahu — meant the US president might allow a slightly watered-down resolution to make it through the Security Council.

James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and an influential pro-Palestinian activist, told Al Jazeera, “Knowing that the Obama administration was not going to restart the peace process, we told them that the least they could do is resurface the issue surrounding the illegality of settlements, something which hasn’t been said since the Carter administration.”

It was decided that Egypt, as the only Arab member of the Security Council, should be the one to sponsor the resolution. And indeed, Egypt was the measure’s initial sponsor. However, on Thursday, just one day before the vote was scheduled to take place, Egypt suddenly announced that it was delaying the vote indefinitely.

This was apparently in response to an unprecedented intervention by Trump, in the form of a personal phone call to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi urging him to table the vote. Netanyahu, who has developed a close relationship with Sisi, also pressed the Egyptian leader to withdraw the measure.

The resolution was then reintroduced on Friday by four of the other non-permanent members of the Security Council — New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Senegal — but not Egypt. That resolution is the one that the US abstained on, and which ultimately passed.

5) Why didn’t the US veto the resolution?

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US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said in a statement after the vote that “it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground — and is consistent with U.S. policy across Republican and Democratic administrations throughout the history of the State of Israel — that the United States did not veto it.”

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, explained further to PBS Newshour:

We’ve had failed peace processes after failed peace process, and the pace of settlement construction has accelerated significantly. And just recently, you had the Israeli prime minister saying that this is the most pro-settlement in administration in Israeli history, the Israeli government that is currently in place.

We believe that at this pace, a two-state solution could be put at risk. We believe that would be profoundly bad for Israel and its security. And so, that’s why the president took the position that he did.

But beyond the White House’s formal statements on the matter, the move was widely seen as Obama’s parting shot at Netanyahu, with whom the president repeatedly clashed throughout his tenure.

Zeeshan Aleem of Vox writes, although the Obama administration gave Israel a bigger military aid package than any US president in history, and has vetoed past UN condemnations of settlements, Obama had a “tense and at times outright hostile relationship with the right-wing Netanyahu.” Among other things, they clashed over Israeli settlement expansion and the terms of the controversial Iran nuclear deal.

But Obama’s parting shot was also aimed at Trump, who has indicated he wants to take a much stronger pro-Israel stance. For instance, he has said he wants to move the US embassy to Jerusalem — a step “every US government has refrained from doing because the future of the disputed city is meant to be resolved as part of direct talks between the two sides for a final status peace deal.”

And Trump’s newly named ambassador to Israel, David Friedman — who has been a personal friend of Trump’s for about 15 years — is staunchly pro-settlement and has said he opposes the two-state solution that has been a cornerstone of US policy about ending the conflict for decades.

It’s possible that Trump’s stunning intervention — directly meddling in a major US foreign policy decision before he has even taken office — may have played a role in ultimately pushing Obama to take the dramatic step of abstaining on Friday’s vote.

But even if so, it’s almost certainly not the main reason. As Kerry stated in his speech defending the decision to abstain on the vote, “We did not take this decision lightly.” The resolution is directly in line with Obama’s own view on Israeli settlements, and the vote was essentially Obama’s way of making a symbolic last stand on an issue that has long concerned him but that he proved wholly unable to do much of anything about during his time in the White House.

6) How did the Israeli government react to the vote?

Not particularly well. In fact, they’re royally pissed.

Speaking in a televised address at a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony on Saturday, Netanyahu angrily denounced the Obama administration for having carried out what Netanyahu termed a “disgraceful anti-Israel maneuver.”

“The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. The statement also said that Israel “looks forward” to working with the incoming Trump administration to “negate” the resolution’s “harmful effects.”

Then over the weekend, Israeli officials went even further. David Keyes, a spokesperson for Netanyahu, told Fox News on Sunday that Jerusalem had gathered “iron-clad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States and in fact they helped create the resolution in the first place.”

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer later told CNN that they would present this evidence of Obama’s plot against Israel to the incoming Trump administration. “If they want to share it with the American people, they are welcome to do it,” Dermer said.

Netanyahu immediately summoned US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro as well as ambassadors from 10 of the 14 countries that voted in favor of the resolution and have embassies in Israel — Britain, China, Russia, France, Egypt, Japan, Uruguay, Spain, Ukraine, and New Zealand — to protest the resolution. The prime minister also instructed the Foreign Ministry to suspend any Israeli diplomatic trips to countries that supported the resolution and reduce contact with their embassies.

The Israeli government also lashed out at the UN, announcing a series of retaliatory moves aimed at correcting what it sees as unfair anti-Israel bias within the institution and declaring it would halt 30 million shekels — about $7.8 million — in funding to five United Nations institutions that are “particularly hostile to Israel,” such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Finally, Netanyahu warned nations against taking any further actions on this issue, declaring that “Israel is a country with national pride, and we don’t turn the other cheek.”

The Israeli leader capped off his attacks at the Obama administration with his blistering public response to Kerry’s speech Wednesday. What the secretary of state did, Netanyahu charged, “was spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace.”

7) Why does Israel care so much about this?

There is strong international consensus on the illegality of Israeli settlements. This is based on the Fourth Geneva Convention, which bans nations from the moving of populations into and the establishing of settlements in the territory of another nation won in war.

Israel’s right-wing government, however, disputes that settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are illegal, and maintains that their final status should be determined in future negotiations on Palestinian statehood, not by the United Nations.

The government’s rightward shift toward a more pro-settlement stance in recent years is in part a result of the rapid growth of Israel’s settler population.

According to data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the annual growth rate for the settler population (excluding East Jerusalem) in 2013 was more than two and a half times higher than that of the overall population in Israel: 4.4 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. Kerry, in his speech Wednesday, noted that the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, not including East Jerusalem, has increased by nearly 270,000 since the Oslo peace accords (signed in 1993 and 1995), including 100,000 just since 2009, when Obama took office.

As Vox’s Johnny Harris notes, “Over time, and especially as Israeli politics has shifted rightward, the settler movement has become an institutionalized part of Israeli society.”

But there’s another reason the Israeli government cares so much about what happens at the United Nations in particular: Israel government and Policy makers believes that they are meant to rule the world and in fact they are doing so, since long with America always in their backing and United Nations Mute role on Israel’s atrocities.

Now, as the things are gone a bit out of hand Israel is blaming the international community as biased against Israel, and that it unfairly singles out Israel for censure while ignoring egregious actions by other countries. (which countries they are talking about?).

This latest action by the UN, then, is interpreted by the Israeli government as part of a broader campaign to delegitimize Israel on the international stage. That the United States, Israel’s closest and most powerful ally, stood aside and let the resolution pass — and, according to Netanyahu, may have even been instrumental in bringing the measure to the Security Council in the first place — makes it even more painful.

8) Could Trump overturn the resolution when he takes office?

Trump has indicated that after he takes office on January 20, “things will be different” at the United Nations.

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not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!

And once in office, Trump could theoretically repeal the resolution by introducing a new resolution at the UN that completely revokes this one. He would then need to get at least eight other countries to vote for it, as well as ensure that none of the Security Council’s other permanent members — Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and China — veto it.

Trump’s pick to be the next US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, would almost certainly support such a move. Haley is perceived as being staunchly pro-Israel: As governor of South Carolina, she passed legislation against the so-called BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) movement — an international campaign aimed at punishing Israel economically for its actions and policies toward the Palestinians.

She also publicly supported Netanyahu’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal when she delivered the Republican Party’s official response to Obama’s last State of the Union back in January. Haley said that if the GOP were to control the White House, “we would make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around.”

But it is extremely unlikely that Haley and the Trump administration would actually be able to get eight other countries on the Security Council to support a measure revoking this most recent resolution. That’s because, as mentioned above, the truth that Israeli settlements are illegal under international law is widely held by UN member countries.

Finally, even if the Trump administration did manage to get eight other countries to support such a measure, a permanent member veto would be likely, as Russia, China, Britain, and France — all of whom have veto power — all supported this measure, which passed 14-0.

9) What does this mean for US-Israel relations going forward?

Republican lawmakers immediately condemned the UN resolution and threatened consequences. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who heads the Senate panel in charge of US payments to the UN, said he would “form a bipartisan coalition to suspend or significantly reduce” funding. He added that countries receiving US aid could also be penalized for supporting the resolution.

Sen. Ted Cruz vowed on Twitter to cut US funding to the United Nations until the vote is reversed.

An array of powerful Democrats have also condemned the move. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Democratic minority leader, took to Twitter to argue that it was “[e]xtremely frustrating, disappointing & confounding that the Administration has failed to veto the UN resolution.”

Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was “very disappointed by the United States’ acquiescence to a one-sided, biased resolution at the United Nations Security Council.”

“This resolution places the blame for the current impasse in negotiations entirely on Israel, asking nothing of the Palestinians,” Engel added.

However, by directly accusing the Obama administration of being behind this UN move, Israeli officials made the fight personal.

As Vox’s Yochi Dreazen explains, “That puts Israel’s allies in the Democratic Party in a bind. Many of those lawmakers would normally condemn the UN vote, but Netanyahu’s attacks on Obama mean that criticizing the measure would look like they were criticizing their own president, too.”

“Netanyahu has also publicly embraced the incoming administration to a degree never done before by an Israeli leader,” writes Dreazen, “leaving no doubt that he believes the new president will be friendlier to his country than Obama had been.”

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President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel! 🇮🇱🇺🇸@IvankaTrump@DonaldJTrumpJr https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/814114980983427073 

Kerry spent much of his speech repeatedly noting his personal support for Israel, and stressing that “[n]o American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”

“Regrettably, some seem to believe that the US friendship means the US must accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles,” Kerry said, adding, “Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect.”

“This administration has been Israel’s greatest friend and supporter,” he insisted. The ferocity of Netanyahu’s response, however, showed that those feelings don’t appear to be mutual.

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It’s Official: Trump Wins Electoral College Vote — 1EarthUnited

Donald Trump: 45th President of the United States. It’s Official At 7:49 PM EST the final count was confirmed: Donald Trump has 304 votes; Hillary Clinton has 227 votes; 7 votes went to others. Donald’s Trump victory was confirmed at 5.30pm EST

UPDATE: 5.30pm EST Its official, Donald Trump has surpassed the required 270 votes. 36 of 38 Texas electors voted for Trump. 

One voted for Ron Paul and another for John Kasich.

Latest news confirm that Donald Trump has surpassed the 270 electors vote required to become the 45th president of the United States.

UPDATE: 4.44pm EST: Trump is two votes away from away from being elected president of the United States. Sofar Trump has not lost a single Elector’s vote. Hillary Clinton has lost 4 Electoral votes. 

As of 4.20pm ET,  electoral college voting has been finalized in “at least 43 states, with 259 votes for Donald J. Trump and 115 for Hillary Clinton.” (NYT, December 19, 2016). 

UPDATE: 5.26PM EST. Texas will be reporting votes within the next few minutes, which will confirm Trump’s 270 required votes. At the moment, prior to the Texas results, Trump has 268 votes.

UPDATE: The latest figures at 4.30pm EST:  Donald Trump has 265 votes; Hillary Clinton has 160 votes. There are 109 votes pending. It’s not yet official but these results suggest a Trump win of the College Vote.

UPDATE: Dec 19, 2016 4:44 PM EST  Montana has cast 3 votes for Donald Trump.

Soft Protests

US news media report protest movements of several hundred in several state capitals urging College Electors not to vote for Trump. No significant mass movements took place. No shift in votes has occurred in relation to Trump.

The propaganda “fake news” campaign led by the mainstream media (with the support of Obama and CIA Director John Brennan) portraying Trump as a Russian agent has failed dismally.

The NYT acknowledges that:

 Despite calls for electors to defy the voters in states carried by Mr. Trump, the only signs of “faithless” electors have been in states that Mrs. Clinton won. (NYT, December 19, 2016)

The most pernicious “hate news” attack on Trump was on NBC’s Saturday Night Live which intimated that if Donald Trump becomes president, “he will  kill us all”. 

According to the reports:

There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump appeared to cruise toward 270 votes in the Electoral College on Monday — ensuring he will become America’s 45th president.

Even one of Trump’s fiercest Republican rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said it was time to get behind the president-elect.

In Madison, Wisconsin, protesters shouted, cried and sang “Silent Night.” In Augusta, Maine, they banged on drums and held signs that said, “Don’t let Putin Pick Our President,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But despite the noise outside state Capitols, inside, the voting went pretty much as planned.

With more than 30 states reporting, neither Trump nor Hillary Clinton had lost a single elector.

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Republican electors have been deluged with emails, phone calls and letters urging them not to support Trump. Many of the emails are part of coordinated campaigns.

Some [democrats] have also tried to dissuade Trump voters by arguing that he is unsuited to the job. Others cite the CIA’s assessment that Russia engaged in computer hacking to sway the election in favor of the Republican. (ABC news)

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UPDATES (Courtesy kiro7.com)

  1. Dec 19, 2016 4:44 PM EST  Montana has cast 3 votes for Donald Trump. He is two Electoral votes away from being elected president of the United States.
  2.  Dec 19, 2016 4:36 PM EST  From the Associated Press: “A couple of hundred protesters are gathering outside the California state Capitol ahead of Monday’s Electoral College meeting.”
  3.  Dec 19, 2016 4:30 PM EST  The count: Donald Trump has 265 votes; Hillary Clinton has 160 votes. There are 109 votes pending.
  4.  Dec 19, 2016 4:25 PM EST  Iowa cast 6 votes for Donald Trump.
  5.  Dec 19, 2016 4:12 PM EST  From The Associated Press: “Democrat Hillary Clinton received eight votes, former Secretary of State Colin Powell got three, and Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder in the Yankton Dakota tribe, got one. Clinton won the state’s popular vote.”
  6.  Dec 19, 2016 4:10 PM EST  Prior to the vote of the last handful of states — Texas included — the only faithless electors have been Democrats.
  7.  Dec 19, 2016 4:08 PM EST  Massachusetts cast 11 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  8.  Dec. 19, 2016 4:05 PM EST  Iowa, Montana and Nevada began voting at 4 p.m. ET.
  9.  Dec 19, 2016 3:59 PM EST  Alaska has cast 3 votes for Donald Trump.
  10.  Dec 19, 2016 3:49 PM EST The count: Donald Trump has 256 Electoral votes; Hillary Clinton has 135 votes. There are 143 votes pending.
  11.  Dec 19, 2016 3:46 PM EST New Jersey cast 14 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  12.  Dec 19, 2016 3:47 PM EST Four Democratic voters in Washington chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton, becoming “faithless” voters. Clinton took the other 8 votes in the state. Three Democratic electors have tried to be “faithless” by not voting for Clinton. One in Maine, one in Minnesota and one in Colorado. Those votes were changed and registered for Clinton.
  13.  Dec 19, 2016 3:42 PM EST  Colorado has cast 9 votes for Hillary Clinton.
  14.  Dec 19, 2016 3:29 PM EST  Nebraska electors cast 5 votes for Donald Trump.
  15.  Dec 19, 2016 3:22 PM EST  Missouri has cast 10 votes for Donald Trump.
  16.  Dec 19, 2016 3:10 PM EST  The Maine elector who voted for Bernie Sanders has his vote ruled “improper.” He has switched the vote to Clinton.
  17.  Dec 19, 2016 3:03 PM EST  Voting began at 3 p.m. in Alaska, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Texas and Washington.
  18.  Dec 19, 2016 2:50 PM EST  The Second District of Maine cast 3 votes for Hillary Clinton. The First District of Maine cast 1 vote for Donald Trump.
  19.  Dec 19, 2016 2:48 PM EST  The count: Donald Trump has 240 Electoral votes; Hillary Clinton has 115. There are 183 pending.

 

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Cashless Monetary System means Absolute Power over you

Why the Governments Will Implement the Cashless Monetary System

Of all who are working to bring your nation into a cashless monetary system, the desire to do this is greatest in the hearts of those who would rule over us and the world.

Governments, Bankers, Elites and Capitalists will become more Richer and more powerful but the average citizens will bear the burnts.

Absolute Power

Those who dream of absolute power over the masses realize that in order to achieve their goal, it is necessary to have absolute control of the world’s economic system. Tyrants know that if they can effectively separate every individual from his or her wealth, requiring the approval of the system for every financial transaction, that they can control the world. They have been, and are, continually working to develop and implement this system.

While banks, businesses, and others will gain financially from an electronic cashless monetary system, government will exponentially increase its power over the people.

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 The people who wield power within government are those who are most able to effect this fundamental change in the way the world does business. This is because it will be those in government who will determine, by law, the type of system that will be used to control buying and selling and the form of currency that will be used.

Let us consider a few of the reasons why those who desire power over others want to implement a system of trade that they can control completely.

“Government” Money

Since government does not produce wealth, it must take the money it needs to operate by taxing those who produce wealth; that is, those who work.

The innumerable layers of taxes that have been heaped on the worker have caused him to render unto Caesar much of his hard earned wealth. Not only is the worker’s income taxed by the government, but in most cases he must pay taxes on his income to the state and sometimes even to the local government.

Property taxes must be paid regularly if he wants to keep his property. Other taxes are imbedded in the cost of the goods and services and are paid by the consumer when an item is purchased. Then there are sales taxes that must be paid to state or local governments when an item is purchased. All taxes are paid to the government, and while few people know it, all taxes come out of the pockets of those who produce wealth — again the workers.

While we like to think of ourselves as “the land of the free”, the truth is that there is almost nothing we can do that isn’t either taxed, or regulated in some way by some level of government.

The Income Tax and Power

The income tax system as it now exists is one of the most burdensome, corrupt, confusing, and oppressive methods of taxation ever devised by man. One reason for this is that the system is used not only for the collection of money to operate the government, but it is also a mechanism by which those who are in power may increase their power. It is so complex that it is understood by no one. It is easily manipulated by those who write the laws and has been used by politicians to reward friends and punish enemies.

Over the years, it has metastasized so that its tentacles now reach into every part of our lives, and the farther it reaches the more it controls.

From time to time many have suggested, and some have worked very hard, to replace this monstrosity with tax systems that would be simpler and less intrusive. All of these attempts have failed. The reason every attempt to replace the graduated income tax with some other form of taxation has failed can be summed up with one word: power. The graduated income tax gives those who control it the power to control every segment of the economy and thereby the ability to control every part of our society and even the behavior of individuals.

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They say it would enable our economy to grow by leaps and bounds and would increase our liberty and privacy, but it would actually increase the power of those who use the present system of taxation to oppress and control the people.

Under our present system of taxation, every part of a person’s life is open to the government. The requirements of reporting income and expenditures for tax purposes creates a record of a company’s or an individual’s life. The government requires that any and all information that is demanded by the tax collecting agencies be supplied to them. This information gives the government the ability to examine not only a person’s financial dealings but their personal and political lives as well.

With the present system, there are various tax rates, deductions, exemptions, and tax credits, enabling those who write the tax laws to exert forces upon the economy, society in general, organizations, and even the individual. Sometimes this is done in order to force industry and individuals to make decisions based upon tax considerations rather than what would otherwise be best for the business or the individual.

The power to reward friends and punish enemies is perhaps the most misused power derived from this complicated and easily manipulated system. Many favors can be bestowed upon those who support the right party, politician, or program. Much misery and even financial ruin can be visited upon those who don’t.

The Collection of Taxes

In order to make certain that people don’t spend their earnings before they meet their tax obligations, employers are required to withhold a portion of each employee’s earnings. The money that is withheld from the employee’s earnings is sent by the employer to the government’s tax–collecting agencies. This enables the tax–collecting agencies to claim their share of a person’s earnings before the person gets possession of their earnings.

Problems Collecting Taxes

When it comes to the payment of taxes, companies and persons who are self employed operate under a different set of rules. The rules under which a company, or someone who is self employed are based somewhat on the honor system. This system requires them to pay taxes based on their estimated income.

 This gives them access to their money before the tax–collecting agencies of the government. This arrangement means that the government must rely on the honest reporting of income by companies and those who are self-employed. It is also gives the dishonest taxpayer opportunity to conceal income. This is especially so when the business is conducted on a cash basis.

Ever since there have been taxes, there have been those who evade the payment of taxes. Government has had to implement enforcement measures to ensure that it collects the amount of money it demands of the people. Those who are charged with collecting taxes are always seeking better and more efficient ways to collect the revenue they believe should be paid to the government.

If the government becomes lax in the collection of taxes, then few, if any, people would pay taxes. The age old problem for governments when it comes to tax collection is that with cash or some other medium of exchange that allows individuals to deal directly with others, transactions are easily concealed from the government. Many people attempt to conceal profits from the tax–collecting agencies of the government by simply failing to report income. Also, by its very nature, income derived from illegal activities is not reported, unless it is reported as having come from some other activity that is legal. The fact that there is a great amount of economic activity concealed from the government creates problems in the area of tax collection.

To minimize tax fraud, the tax collecting agencies must develop accounting procedures and investigative methods that will ensure all income is reported. This is a very complicated and costly undertaking, since it requires the creation a huge bureaucracy which must try to monitor all economic activity. If tax–collecting agencies had a way of knowing about every transfer of money or goods from one entity to another, tax fraud would be eliminated. This would result in a huge windfall of money for the government as a result of increased collections. Tax evasion, though, can never be entirely eliminated as long as our present economic system is in place, because financial transactions can still be conducted privately by the use of cash, or the transfer of other items of value.

No Place to Hide Wealth

Once the cashless monetary system is in place, hidden cash transactions will no longer be possible because cash will no longer exist.

All financial activity will take place within the computers of the new electronic economic system. Every financial transaction, no matter how small, whether it involves funds credited to, or debited from a person’s account, will be known by the government. All income and expenditures will be carefully monitored and examined by the government’s computers. The tax–collecting agencies will know all there is to know about every company’s or individual’s financial dealings. They will know the sources of all income. They will also know when, how, and where all money is spent. This will ensure that taxes are paid on all income.

Such a system will enable governments to subject everyone to a continual financial strip search.

Instant Tax Collection

Since all currency will consist of electronic credits that cannot be removed from the system, the tax–collecting agencies will no longer have to depend on voluntary reporting of income by companies or those who are self-employed.

 The government will not have to rely on the honesty of those who are reporting income. Tax–collecting agencies, by the use of computers, will be able to immediately calculate for themselves the amount of tax owed by companies and the self-employed.

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This will be done by comparing revenues to expenditures. Once the amount of tax owed is determined, the amount will be automatically debited from the financial account of the person or business. This will enable the government to claim the taxes that it determines are owed on a more frequent basis than the present system. Tax payments will be transferred from the taxpayer’s account to the government as frequently as the tax–collecting agencies desire. This means that the government will be able to confiscate money on a daily basis, if this is the desire of those who collect taxes. This will prevent a company or an individual from coming up short when taxes are due. These features of the cashless system will eliminate the problem of delinquent tax payments. It will also eliminate tax evasion.

Maintaining the Money Supply

Manufacturing paper currency and coins is a very expensive task. Physical currency must be designed and manufactured in such a way as to make counterfeiting as difficult as possible. It must also be manufactured in sufficient quantities to supply the demand of the economy. Since physical money wears out with usage, recalling and replacing worn currency is a continual process. Distribution of money once it is created is expensive in that it must be transported, and security must be provided as it is moved from the treasury to the banks.

Since much of our economy’s business is already transacted electronically, only a portion of the money that is presently in circulation actually exists as paper currency and coinage. Those who control the monetary system know that elimination of all paper money and coins is necessary in order to obtain the power they desire.

This transition is already well underway.

First of all, the creation of electronic credits is much easier and faster than creating physical money. Creating electronic credits and adding them to the money supply is a very simple task that could be accomplished with a few keystrokes on a computer’s keyboard or by a program that will make automatic adjustments to the money supply. It does not involve the purchase of expensive paper, inks, or metal as does the creation of physical money. It does not require complicated and expensive printing presses or dies. It also eliminates the lag between the decision to adjust the money supply and the actual adjustment.

Electronic currency is not subject to wear and tear so it never needs to be replaced. While physical money must be transported from place to place, electronic currency is moved instantaneously to any place on earth through communication networks. By eliminating paper currency and coins and replacing them with electronic currency, the huge expense of creating and maintaining the physical money supply will be eliminated.

Controlling the Economy through Wage and Price Controls

Since all commerce will be conducted within the closed electronic monetary system, wages, the prices of all goods and services, as well as the profit margins of companies could be set at particular levels or within certain ranges, there are many who subscribe to the notion that the pressures of supply and demand can be regulated in this way. With a closed monetary system, controlling wages and prices will be very easy, and the temptation to use this power to attempt to control inflation and other economic pressures will be too great to resist.

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Since all transfers of funds must be approved by the system, any wage, price, or profit margin that is deemed too high will result in the transaction either being refused or automatically adjusted to be within the allowed limits. This will be the end of free enterprise and will eventually reduce the availability of goods and services.

Cashless Monetary System + RFID = Absolute Control

The main objective of tyrants is to have the ability to force the populous to comply with every command. This goal will be attained when absolute control of all buying and selling is achieved by the convergence of the closed cashless monetary system and the RFID system of inventory control.

This will be done by interfacing these two systems so they will perform as one system.



To accomplish this goal requires that the transition to a cashless monetary system be completed, and for all items produced or offered for sale to be identified with RFID chips. This will mean that in order for an item to be sold or for ownership of an item to be transferred from one person to another, it must contain a chip and the item must be registered with a database that is controlled by the government. This will be done to eliminate any possibility of a black market that might circumvent the closed monetary system of trade.

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Once this system becomes operational, buying and selling apart from the closed monetary system will become impossible.

Bartering will also be impossible, since ownership of items will be recorded within the system. Money laundering will also become extremely difficult, if not impossible The reason for this will be that since the government will have an inventory of all items produced and all items possessed by individuals, they cannot be sold unless they are deleted from the inventory of one person’s possessions and added to another person‘s inventory.

If an item does not have an RFID chip registering it with the inventory system, it cannot be sold. This will be because when credits are to be transferred from one person’s financial account to another person’s financial account, there must be a corresponding transfer of goods which takes place at the time of sale. Even items offered for private sale must first be tagged with an RFID chip and then registered with the government‘s inventory system before there will be an authorization of payment to the seller. Unless these steps are performed, the item cannot be sold.

With the closed cashless system in place, those who control the system can implement any law or program they desire. It will be a simple matter to use the closed monetary system as the engine of social and political change, and as the weapon for enforcement.

If a particular activity is deemed to be good by the powers that be, then it will be permitted, or even encouraged.

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 This will be done by allowing the approved activity through the use funds stored within the system. If an activity is determined to be in inappropriate, for example certain religious or political activities, then the funds that are needed by the individual or group to engage in these activities will be denied.

 All expenditures, and therefore every activity, will not only be monitored, but must also meet the approval of the authorities who will control the closed cashless monetary system.

Once the closed monetary and RFID systems are completed and interfaced one with the other, those who would rule the world will have absolute economic power over us, and with this power they will force compliance with their edicts. The cashless/RFID system will enable the ruling power to do this without a large military or police force.

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Indian Government has No Clues of Black Money in India

Indian Government has No Estimation ever of Black Money in India

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There is no official estimation of black money either before or after November 8 — the day government announced scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Parliament on Dec 16.

“There is no official estimation of the amount of black money either before or after the government’s decision of November 8, 2016 declaring that bank notes of denominations of the existing series of the value of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 shall cease to be legal tender with effect from November 9,” he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

And You are very much aware that the Indian Government is not even sure how much counterfeit currency was rolling in India before Demonetization and how much rolling now.. All they have stated that the govt had been informed of a mint in Peshawar where only fake Indian currency notes are printed every year by which Pak pushes Rs 70 crore worth of fake currency every year into the Indian economy.

And according to RBI, there is only Rs 400 crore worth of counterfeit currency in India.

Then Why Demonetization?

According to the Indian prime minister, there are two objectives. One is (curbing) terrorist financing and counterfeit currency—and the second is that the black economy has become very large and it is the source of poverty and all the problems in India so we need to get rid of the black economy.

The question isdoes demonetization overcome these two problems. As far as counterfeit notes are concerned, they are only 400 per million, which is very tiny. And according to RBI, there is only Rs 400 crore worth of counterfeit currency.

Total currency in circulation is Rs 17.5 lakh crore. Its not even oont ke muh me zeera, as they say in Hindi. Its negligible.

Terrorists need financing. So they print these fake notes and circulate it. But once they have given the money to another person, it’s circulating within the economy. So they have to print more and more money. That is what you have to stop.

And how do you stop that?

Not by demonetization, because there are state actors involved in counterfeiting. They can counterfeit the new currency notes also.

Then & Again Why all this Drama and Ho-Hoopla of Demonetization in India ?

The Answer has been already given by us in our post Indians towards Modern Slavery on 8th November, the day India announces Demonetization.

All this has been done for just one single objective “pave the path to Cashless Economy” just for the benefit of the Global Bankers who are now the Shadow Government in India along with some of the Super Rich and ultra powerful people.

The US has had acute trouble dealing with black money and dirty cash for over a hundred years now. Yet, not once has it declared its currency illegal since it began issuing notes in 1862. That is the strength of its financial system, on which the entire world relies.

But Indian Rulers have not only sold the Indians to the Global Bankers they also exposed the strength of its financial system as well the reliability of their own currency.

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A currency note is a promise that must be kept, whatever the circumstances.  This trust has also been broken in India.

Only to bring Cashless Economy in a Camouflaged way.

No Debates, No Discussions, No Public Opinion, No Bills…. Withot looking at the Drawbacks.

Mind you.. it’s not the Government but the Shadow Government going full throttle for Cashless Economy in India.

And Don’t be fooled.. You are always at risk in Cashless Economy and you will never be the absolute owner of your own wealth..There are a lot more things you need to know about Cashless System which will really make you cashless..

more to come…

Read further:
Indians towards Modern Slavery
https://arresteddevelopments.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/indians-towards-modern-slavery/
Demonetisation Loot And Plunder Says Manmohan Singh
https://arresteddevelopments.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/demonetisation-loot-and-plunder-says-manmohan-singh
The cash crunch may paralyse economic activities in India
https://arresteddevelopments.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/the-cash-crunch-may-paralyse-economic-activities-in-india

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PizzaGate Is it 100% Real

Tweet by conservative : Pizzagate is a worldwide investigation. It cannot be stopped
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PizzaGate is entirely real, which is perhaps why the massive mainstream media cover-up attempt – to label PizzaGate as a “fake news onslaught” (whatever that is) without reviewing ANY of the pertinent facts or Wikileaks emails – is so troubling for those of us with a moral compass. They’re covering for a child trafficking and abuse ring operating in Washington, DC. That is not okay. None of this is okay.

Now take the other side of the Pizza story

What Is Pizzagate?

The Insane Child Sex Story That Led a Man to Fire a Rifle in a Restaurant, Explained by SPIN

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Sunday, Edgar M. Welch brought a rifle into a Washington, D.C., restaurant and fired it once inside, according to police. Welch drove to Comet Ping Pong from his home in Salisbury, N.C., inspired by a conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate,” which holds that the neighborhood pizza joint and ping pong emporium is the epicenter of a child sex trafficking ring with connections to John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and to Clinton herself.

Pizzagate began gaining traction last month, around the time of the presidential election, when  vigilant citizens on 4chan and Reddit discovered that James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong appeared several times in the cache of hacked emails belonging to Podesta that were published by Wikileaks. All of the emails to Alefantis were related to a fundraising dinner for the Clinton campaign, which is not surprising. He is something of a celebrity chef in D.C., and the only actual fact on which the Pizzagaters have based their theory is his adjacency to Democratic power brokers. He is a casual acquaintance of Podesta’s brother Tony, according to the New York Times, and he was once in a romantic relationship with the prominent Clinton ally David Brock. That said, Alefantis is very far from the candidate’s inner circle, and has never even met Clinton herself, he told the Times.

Reddit has since deactivated a board devoted to Pizzagate theorizing, and the Reddit post that seems to have first popularized the Pizzagate idea, on /r/The_Donald, has been removed. (“We don’t want witchhunts on our site,” reads the message you receive when you try to access /r/Pizzagate.) Reddit’s belated clampdown was not enough to deter the peddlers of conspiracy theories and fake news that got in on the action, however, generating headlines like “Pizzagate: Podesta pedo perps and Clinton’s international child sex trafficking ring exposed” (Sott.net), and “Pizza Gate- Clintons run a child sex trafficking ring” (Steemit.com).

Low-level political boosters like Alefantis are a dime a dozen in D.C., on both sides of the party divide. How did a passing connection to the Podesta brothers turn him into a deviant mastermind, presiding over grease-stained child sex parties for the Democratic elite? The evidence, as laid out by Pizzagate believers, is startlingly thin. “There’s a good chance that you’re not familiar with this, because you’re probably not a pedophile,” the narrator of a popular YouTube Pizzagate video intones. “But ‘pizza’ is actually a term used by pedophiles, to describe pedophilia, or child porn.”

If you take this ridiculous assertion to be true, Podesta’s inbox is suddenly brimming with discussion of pedophilia: an invitation to a pizza lunch and discussion of the upcoming Supreme Court session at Georgetown University (Predators in the halls of academia!), an advertisement for “everyday low prices in the frozen pizza aisle” at the supermarket chain Safeway (I don’t know how this “frozen pizza” works, but it sounds disgusting and painful for everyone involved!). A lost handkerchief emblazoned with a pizza design mentioned in one Podesta email clearly signifies a preference for underage sex, according to the narrator of the same YouTube video.

If all of this seems like a wild leap of imagination to you, well, that’s just the territory we’re in. Anti-Clinton conspiracies have populated the fringe right-wing media since Hillary’s husband was in office. The Pizzagaters are also deeply invested in the idea that John and Tony Podesta participate in occult sex rituals—based on an email from Marina Abramovic, a world-famous performance artist who sometimes uses violent and sexual imagery in her work. Once you earnestly believe that your political enemies are capable of murdering their own staffers, as one particularly tenacious theory accuses the Clintons of doing, or that they spend their Saturdays beheading small animals and bathing in the blood, an elaborate system of culinary codewords for child rape might not feel so far off.

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Alerted to the abuses that were supposedly being carried out by the Clintons and their allies at Comet Ping Pong, self-appointed investigators began scouring the social media accounts of Alefantis and his employees, generating even more “evidence” against them. A photo of what looks like Comet’s walk-in refrigerator quickly was taken to be some sort of sex dungeon. The crossed ping-pong paddles pictured on the restaurant’s menu refer not to the actual ping-pong tables inside the restaurant, the Pizzagaters claimed, but an arcane symbol supposedly used by pedophiles to safely self-identify to each other. Believers began leaving threatening comments on social media and obscenity-laced messages on Comet’s phone line. “From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault,” Alefantis told the Times last month, weeks before the shooting.

Another photo, pulled from Alefantis’s Instagram account, shows a man holding a toddler. According to the annotations supplied by a Pizzagate believer on Twitter, the yellow beads the man is wearing around his neck are not an ordinary necklace, but a “sex bracelet,” signifying his passion for analingus, presumably with the child he is holding. The photo is also branded with the word HOMOSEXUAL, in big block letters, and many other pieces of supposed evidence against Alefantis and Comet are also characterized by latent or outright homophobia. Another YouTube video notes an Instagram photo of apparently lesbian graffiti in the Comet bathroom as potential support for the idea that young girls are abused there.

Eventually, supporters began “investigating” businesses on the same block as Comet, including an NGO focused on helping Haitian orphans, Snopes points out. One of the more fanciful theories holds that there are underground tunnels connecting the buildings, forming a vast subterranean sex chamber.

All in all, Pizzagate seems like a perfect confluence of several related factors. Long-running paranoia about the Clintons, enabled by Donald Trump’s assertions during the presidential campaign that Hillary should be sent to prison, sets them up as the sorts of evildoers who might partake in pedophilia. The amateur sleuths that run rampant on Reddit and forums like it, responsible for everything from Westworld fan theories to the false accusation of an innocent man after the Boston marathon bombing, dig for clues to support the wild claims. The fake news industry, with access to an audience of millions via Facebook, give these claims the veneer of objective reporting and fact. The post-Gamergate right-wing culture warriors wage coordinated harassment campaigns against their targets, determined to enact justice themselves if the PC liberal media won’t do it. Second-amendment fanaticism suggests armed resistance as a reasonable course of action when your government acts in ways you don’t agree with.

 

But thousands of people are convinced that a paedophilia ring involving people at the highest levels of the Democratic Party is operating out of a Washington pizza restaurant.

The story riveted fringes of Twitter – nearly a million messages were sent last month using the term “pizzagate”.

Tweet by Cernovich: Pizzagate is not going to go away!

 

 

sources: https://truthseeker1313.com/2016/12/07/pizzagate-is-100-real-why-is-media-lying/

http://www.spin.com/2016/12/what-is-pizzagate-the-insane-child-sex-conspiracy-theory-that-led-a-man-to-fire-a-rifle-in-a-restaurant-explanied/

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HOLD ON FOLKS- THE MEDIA IS LYING ABOUT WHAT TRUMP SAID LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO! — THE MARSHALL REPORT

So many people are continuing to get sucker punched by angry liberal media who say what the globalists tell them to say! Does anyone actually believe that now that Trump won the election the globalists who own the media and hate him are going to smile and say Trump’s a great guy? No.

What they are doing is cherry picking sound bytes to resemble something Trump said and skewing it to mean something entirely different than what is actually taking place.

Recently the jabber is about Romney the awful “never Trump” town crier to have been appointed secretary of state.  This is another bunch of bull to stir up Trump supporters. It will most likely be Ruddy who is appointed to that position.  Not a turncoat globalist lap dog like Mitt.

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Another media spin is that Trump is not seeking charges against Hillary Clinton.  The truth is Trump did not say this. What he said was – it wasn’t his job to seek charges against Hillary Clinton but it was his job to appoint a capable attorney general and FBI director to pursue any charges by any and all means necessary.

Trump’s advisor, Conway,  said, “President Trump has better things to do.  He’s got plenty of capable people who will handle law enforcement properly, unlike the current administration.

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What this shows is Trump is capable of operating a chain of command and Clinton will be dealt with by the proper authorities.  There will be no dog and pony power struggle show only law and order the way it is supposed to operate.

The truth is this nation has been operating under such lawlessness there has been no chain of command….only mandated dictates from the oval office.  Those days are over!

What you are watching is a ruthless media putting out more lies in an effort to disillusion Trump supporters.  Don’t fall for the toxic Kool Aid!

Dianne for The Marshall Report

 

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Demonetisation Loot And Plunder Says Manmohan Singh

Demonetisation Monumental Management Failure, Organised Loot And Plunder, Says Manmohan Singh

Criticising the Narendra Modi government for demonetisation, former prime minister Manmohan Singh called the process of demonetisation “organised loot and legalised plunder” and also said that it was a “monumental management failure.”

“It is monumental management failure. It is a case of organised loot and legalised plunder. It is not my intention to pick holes. I sincerely hope prime minister, even at this late hour, will find a solution,” the former prime minister said.

Listing out the pitfalls of the demonetisation process, Singh said, “The GDP of the country can decline by two percentage point, this is an under estimate not an over estimate. It is no good that everyday the banking system comes up with new rules, it reflects very poorly on the PMO and the RBI.”

“It is important to take note of the grievances of the ordinary people who have suffered. I say so with all responsibility, we do not know what will be the final outcome. The prime minister says we should wait for 50 days. Fifty days is not a long time. But for the poor even a short period of 50 days can be disastrous. Till now 60 to 65 people have lost their lives,” Singh added.

“I would like to know from the prime minister, in which country where people have deposited their money in their banks but have not been allowed to withdraw,” Singh said, adding, “Would further like to point out that, in my opinion, this scheme of demonetisation will hurt agricultural industry and small industries.”

Dismissing the government’s defence that in the long run demonetisation is good for the country, Singh said, “For those saying this is good in the long run, it reminds me of John Keynes’ words, ‘In the long run we are all dead’.”

Fifty days is not a long time. But for the poor even a short period of 50 days can be disastrous.

However Singh also said that he was not against demonetisation. “I do not disagree with objectives of demonetistion. But in the process of demonetisation monumental mismanagement has been undertaken,” said.

Urging the prime minister to take action he said, “I urge upon the prime minister to find practical ways and means to release the distress of the people, who happen to be the great majority of our people.”

This comes after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Thursday again because of the ruckus created by the Opposition parties, demanding PM Modi to speak.

I would like to know from the prime minister, in which country where people have deposited their money in their banks but have not been allowed to withdraw

While Singh had earlier in the day asked the Speaker of the House to speak on demonetisation, he was not allowed to do so by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

“If it is on the demonetisation issue let the opposition resume the debate and let Dr. Manmohan Singh speak. If there is no debate, nobody from the opposition is going to be allowed to speak,” Jaitley said.

Later when the House was resumed at 12 noon, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also criticised the prime minister’s silence saying, “Democracy means dialogue not monologue. We have heard the prime minister’s thoughts from Japan and in Parliament. He is the prime minister of the entire country not just BJP. We are not against demonetisation, we are against the problems people are facing, you went ahead with the plan without preparations.”

Both Houses of Parliament had been adjourned till noon as a united opposition continued its tirade against the government over demonetisation.

The opposition in the Rajya Sabha has insisted that it would allow no discussion on the ban on high-value currency without Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence.

The Prime Minister told his Cabinet last evening that a survey conducted on his app saw record participation and proved that people back his effort to crackdown on black money and corruption by removing the old high-denomination notes.

The opposition, however, said the survey excludes lakhs of people, who live in rural India and don’t have access to smartphones.

The opposition has also alleged that the questions were framed in a manner to ensure a positive response for the government.

Watch Manmohan Singh’s full speech at the Parliament below.

 

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Gods get richer

https://arresteddevelopments.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/gods-get-richer-as-black-money-pour-in

Why BJP Govt’s Demonetization Move Is An Absolute Disaster

https://arresteddevelopments.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/why-bjps-demonetization-move-is-an-absolute-disaster

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