The western model is broken

“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity…

Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The “Nuclear Option” Against Russia

Europe’s leaders, we assume under pressure from Washington, appear to be making a big weather-related bet with their taxpayers’ lives this winter.  As they unleash funding sanctions on Russia’s big energy producers, Europe has pumped a record volume of natural gas into underground inventories in an effort to ‘outlast’ Russia and mitigate any Napoleonic “Winter…

CDC Issues Level 3 Travel Alert As ‘Largest Ebola Outbreak In History’ Spreads

Things appear to be going from worse to worst as the deadly Ebola epidemic surges on. The CDC has issued a Level 3 – Avoid All Non-Essential Travel – warning. CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone because of an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola. An outbreak of Ebola has…

Bernaysian manipulation of the human psyche

Edward Bernays was the master of influencing and shaping public opinion who developed upon the ideas of earlier social psychologists and the work of his uncle, Sigmund Freud, in order to create techniques to manipulate the subconscious desires of the masses. Throughout his 103-year lifespan, the “father of public relations” was at the pinnacle of his…

‘What does ISP mean?’

GIH: Shocking information has come forth that government officials responsible for cybersecurity initiatives do not have basic knowledge about the internet, such as what an “ISP” is.  How can those who know nothing about a topic regulate or execute it? One of the world’s leading cyberwarfare experts has warned of the damaging lack of government…

NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?

GIH: Can income inequality actually be a major factor, if not the primary cause, of complete civilization collapse?  It can, according to a NASA funded study.  While many see the struggle of haves and have nots as ethical, or somehow sociological, actually it can be about survival for our species.  In a similar way how…

Ukraine’s new leaders begin search for missing billions

GIH: Is the Ukrainian revolution a Slavic version of the occupy movement?  Now that a new government has been installed, documents are surfacing showing that the former president (claiming to be the current president but in another country..Russia) squandered away billions, hiding in various offshore banks and building a lavish lifestyle for himself and his…

The Drugging Of America Summarized In 19 Mind-Altering Facts

GIH: The below statistics give a new perspective to the term ‘zombie nation.’  Previously, we’ve seen correlations between cocaine and the financial services industry.  But with a growing number of Americans on some form of mind altering drug, it seems there are few who are not under the influence. Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American…

If 3 inches of snow can cause this much chaos in Atlanta, what will an economic collapse look like?

GIH: The recent snows in the south have demonstrated how vulnerable the US infrastructure and economic system is even to the smallest event.  A few inches of snow is rare in the South, but it does happen.  Gridlock ensued on roadways, businesses shut down, there were supply shortages, and a general shutdown (although temporary) to…

Dark lands: the grim truth behind the ‘Scandinavian miracle’

GIH: While Scandinavian Society is heralded as a model for economic prosperity, it’s not all as it’s presented.  Here’s another view on some of the cracks in the supposed utopian model for Scandinavian socialism. For the past few years the world has been in thrall to all things Nordic (for which purpose we must of…

Who Has the Time and Motivation to Comprehend the Mess We’re In? Almost Nobody

GIH: As we slip into a global crisis, paradigm shift, climate change, social upheaval, and a myriad of other unprecedented circumstances, many simply do not have the time or motivation to even follow what’s going on.  This is both tragic and frightening, because society will need an intelligent mass of productive human capital to rebuild…

The Sheer Idiocy Of The Markets In One Chart

As if many of us needed any proof, the below report shows the low level of intelligence used by investors, purchasing a company that ‘sounds like’ a Google takeover target, but is actually not related at all. When Google bought Nest (for its smart, intrusive thermostat technology that gives the NSA a front-row seat into…

Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For

The new generation is being hit hardest by the crisis.  Many of them took student loans only to find no jobs.  Due to the economic boom, and proliferation of online schools like Phoenix, college attendance is at an all time high.  But much of this is financed by banks.  Millennnials are coming into a different…

FBI moves from policy of Law Enforcement to National Security

The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security”…

Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point?

While the mainstream media continues to tout economic data pointing to a recovery, such as the 7% unemployment rate, the reality for many Americans is quite different.  Record numbers of people from all demographics are unemployed, underemployed, or depend on government assistance. Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog: In America today, there are…