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2008 DECEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 26

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US: Retail sales plummet during Christmas season despite aggressive discounts and sales. WSJ 2008 Dec 25 (Cached)

US: Government allows GMAC to become a bank so it can receive bailout money from taxpayers.
Washington Post
2008 Dec 25 (Cached)

Los Angeles Republican Party replaces old-line leadership with coalition of Freedom Force Members, Ron Paul supporters and other freedom activists. Unfiltered News Posted 2008 Dec 24

China: Government arrests leader of newly formed opposition party. Collectivism allows no opposition. Epoch Times 2008 Dec 24 (Cached)

Greece: Shots fires, police car toppled, 2000 students demonstrate against government. Yahoo 2008 Dec 24 (Cached)

Bush rescinds pardon of real estate developer after it became widely known that his father was a heavy donator to the Republican Party.
Houston Chronicle
2008 Dec 14 (Cached)

Bush pardons real estate developer who scammed hundreds of families into unrealistic loans, the kind that has brought the mortgage industry and the nation to its knees. Washington Monthly 2008 Dec 23 (Cached)

US: American Express gets $3.39 billion bailout of taxpayers money. No one in Washington seems to care. Bloomberg 2008 Dec 23 (Cached)

US: Home prices continue to fall at record rate, reminiscent of the Great Depression.
Bloomberg
2008 Dec 23 (Cached)

As temperatures continue to drop worldwide, global-warming mythmakers still hard at work. Human Events 2008 Dec 23 (Cached)

US: Army has prepared for massive civil unrest and plans to "re-orient priorities" for the population.
New York Post 2008 Dec 23 (Cached)

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US: Santas disable traffic cameras in Tempe, Arizona. Their message: "Ho Ho Ho! Death to the surveillance state! Free movement for all people!"
YouTube
2008 Dec 23

US: Banks refuse to tell where the bailout money has gone, and no one in Washington seems to care.
Yahoo
2008 Dec 22 (Cached)

Depression hits Detroit: Average home price now $18,513; unemployment 21%.
Tribble Ad Agency
2008 Dec 21 (Cached)

US: Biden says there is no reason to prosecute Bush Admin officials for approving torture. Does anyone really think there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats? Think Progress 2008 Dec 21 (Cached)

Japan: Exports are falling rapidly as industry stumbles under the blow of a global economic slump. Exports to the U.S. fell by 34%. NYTimes 2008 Dec 21 (Cached)

Detroit: Homeless people are committing crimes for the purpose of being jailed so they can get out of the cold and get free lodging and meals. Yahoo 2008 Dec 20 (Cached)

Divers find 4 million rounds of military ammunition in hold of sunken Lusitania from WWI when she was headed from U.S. to England. She was not just a passenger ship as widely believed. This confirms claim made in chapter 12 of Creature from Jekyll Island.
Mail Online
2008 Dec 20 (Cached)

Famous global investor explains why U.S. economy cannot recover until Federal Reserve is abolished. Brasscheck/YoiuTube 2008 Dec 20

US: Government spending now consumes one-fourth of entire gross national production - and is growing. At the end of this process is total government.
USA Today
Posted 2008 Dec 20 (Cached)

     

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NEW DVD: Katanga: The Untold Story of U.N. Betrayal. The story of how the U.N.
so-called peace-keeping forces attacked the peaceful state of Katanga in the Congo.
Reality Zone 2008 Dec 16

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COFFEE DURING PREGNANCY
I just read the article about caffeine in pregnant mice that you linked to in your latest issue of Unfiltered News. I have to say as an expectant mother who does at times indulge in coffee, the title scared me. When I read the article, though, I was somewhat relieved. The mice in the experimental group were not ingesting caffeine; it was being injected into them. There is a difference in how the body metabolizes an injected substance vs. how the body metabolizes an ingested substance that needs to be further researched before we can conclude that coffee may be bad for unborn children. I would like to see the same study repeated where the mice are eating the caffeine (it could be added to their chow) rather than getting caffeine injections. Until then, I'm not sure it's worth getting too excited. Having said that, I do believe there are other studies which show caffeine might be a risk factor in pregnancy. The pregnancy books generally recommend mothers-to-be limit their caffeine intake but outside of the Weston Price Foundation (which I actually consider to be the nutrition gold standard), I haven't seen anyone advocate for total abstinence. The Weston Price Foundation founder believes any amount of caffeine or alcohol is bad for everybody. I'm a believer in exercising moderation for those things, and even more moderation during pregnancy. Anyway, I just wanted to mention that the study's conclusions may be premature. I'm open to the possibility of that being true, but I believe they should have the mice taking caffeine the same way humans do in their next study. I suspect the impact of ingested caffeine isn't as pronounced as the impact of injected caffeine is, and it may even be undetectable. Pregnant women should definitely avoid taking caffeine injections!
Fernanda Powers, 2008 Dec 20

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Re; SOMETHING OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS IS HAPPENING
by Tim Wood 2008 December 1

Hello Edward, Below are brief comments re your recent news letter regarding the posting by Tim Wood.

The money circulating in most countries on this planet is owned and totally controlled by the elite - the bankers and their cronies and minions. We simply rent it from them - the rent is called interest. That ownership has been sealed with the blood of Presidents. Make no mistake about it. The Federal Reserve has to tell us nothing, and there is no one who will force it to tell anything. Only the unbearable pain of total collapse will wake people up.

The Myth of German Culpability is an excellent look at the flip side of the coin. Don't forget as well, that Germany could not have gotten far in it's war efforts without an incredible amount of support from American industry and banking - Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Prescott Bush for example.

General Motors must get special mention. GM’s wholly-owned company, Adam-Opel, during WWII, was one of Germany’s main manufacturers of tanks, trucks and bomber engines. In 1938, just months after the NAZI annexation of Austria - James Mooney (President of GM Overseas Corp) was decorated by Adolph Hitler with the highest Medal Germany could give a Foreigner - the Order of the Eagle with Cross, and in 1942, W S Knudsen (president of GM 1937 - 1940) was recognized in a special way by the U.S. Army. No he wasn’t arrested for conflict of interest or conspiring to arm the enemy, he became the first civilian to be made a U.S. Army General.

John Theobald, 2008 Dec 20

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GERMANY IN WW II - THE GLEIWITZ INCIDENT
This is in response to a letter which appeared in your edition of 12/19/08.
With regard to the claim that Germany was the innocent victim in WW II, the article by Michael Walsh repeats the old Nazi claim that Poland attacked the German radio station at Gleiwitz. A Google search turns up much evidence that this was a false flag operation, in which German convicts were dressed up in Polish uniforms and machine-gunned so that they could be photographed for propaganda purposes. Gleiwitz was the excuse for the German invasion of Poland in 1939, just as the totally imaginary Tonkin Gulf Incident was the excuse for the Vietnam War, and just as the false flag attacks of 9/11/01 were the excuse for the Neocons to mislead the U.S.A. into attacking Afghanistan and then Iraq.

For anyone not yet convinced that false flag attacks are routine in international maneuvering, I would suggest Googling "U.S.S. Liberty" and "Operation Northwoods."

Pearl Harbor falls on the cusp of this category - the Japanese really did attack, but the FDR administration forced their hand as an excuse to get into WW II.
Jim Shawvan, 2008 Dec 19

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WAS HITLER RIGHT?
Edward, I have met you, purchased and read some of your books and listened to some of your tapes. Today I read an article (in Unfiltered News) by Tim Wood 2008, Dec. 1 castigating and vilifying Hitler. I hate war as it is almost always perpetuated for the love of money and control. This latest article by Michael Walsh and Gunther Kumel in my view and research really puts the blame where it should be, on the Money Masters whom you know and have written much about. Tim's article in the realm of your Reality Zone in my opinion does not add credence to your many
publications.
Donald Neuls, 2008 Dec. 17
Regina Saskatchewan.

REPLY FROM EG:
Donald, I agree that the financial elite and collectivist political leaders in Europe and America at the time were deeply to blame for bringing on World War II, but that does not make Hitler and his collectivist regime innocent victims. The Nazis had eagerly planned for war as a means of pursuing their own agenda as well. Nevertheless, in the spirit of not censoring the news or stifling opinions that differ from ours, we are posting the link you sent that leads to the article by Michael Walsh. Reader comment is invited.
The Myth of German Culpability

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WHO SHOULD OBAMA APPOINT TO HIS CABINET?
Hello G. Edward Griffin,
I have been trying to spread the message of freedom since 9/11 but often when I tell people that the CFR and the Federal Reserve have infiltrated our government and are pursuing a globalist agenda I am met with a response that members of the CFR and Federal Reserve get cabinet positions and are appointed to positions of power because they are the most qualified to hold those positions. I am sometimes challenged with the question "who is more qualified than candidate X"?, and honestly I don't know who is more qualified. So I ask you, who are the candidates for freedom which are qualified to serve in the president-elect's cabinet that don't subscribe to a globalist agenda? Are there enough to fill a cabinet? Of course Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinic would be great choices but I am looking for other not-so-obvious picks.

Thanks,
Don Kiter, 2008 Dec 12

REPLY:

Hello Don.
The question is loaded. It implies that selecting the most qualified candidates will make a difference. In the real world of politics, by the time candidates are available for choosing, the game is already over. The real action goes on every day all year long within the political parties, the media, the educational system, and all other power centers of society. There are few freedom-qualified candidates for office or appointment, because the channels of selection are in the hands of collectivists. Even Kucinich is a collectivist, although not a globalist.

Unless the stranglehold of collectivism is broken, nothing will change. That’s why Freedom Force is focused on gaining influence in the power centers and is not trying to generate support for the least ill-qualified of the existing appointees. It’s the same dead-end game as voting for the lesser of two evils. We lose no matter who is selected.

Ron Paul would never be appointed and could not serve if he were. Cabinet members, regardless of their personal convictions, will follow the CFR agenda or be expelled.
Ed Griffin

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FUNNY BUT NOT REALLY

At first, I thought this was funny...then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end!

Tax his land, Tax his bed,
Tax the table At which he's fed.
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes Are the rule.
Tax his work, Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts Anyway!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat,
Tax his pants, Tax his coat.
Tax his ties, Tax his shirt,
Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, Tax his beers,
If he cries, Tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas,
Find other ways To tax his ass.
Tax all he has Then let him know
That you won't be done Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him 'til He's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he's laid.
Put these words upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me to my doom...'
When he's gone, do not relax,
Its time to apply the inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax - CDL license Tax - Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax - Dog License Tax - Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax - Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax - Food License Ta x - Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Ta x (44.75 cents per gallon) - Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax - Inheritance Tax - Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax - Luxury Taxes - Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax - Personal Property Tax - Property Tax
Real Estate Tax - Service Charge Tax - Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax - Sales Tax - Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax - State Income Tax - State Unemployment Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non- recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax - Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax - Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax - Well Permit Tax - Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had no national debt, had the largest middleclass in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
James Jaeger, 2008 Dec 9

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BAILOUT REDUX  (from David Hoyt, 2008 Dec 12)
Last week’s “Black Friday,” the busiest day of retail shopping in America, saw three percent greater sales revenue, compared to last year. The jump led most news outlets to sheepishly speculate that a consumption surge may stave off the impending recession awhile longer. Perhaps the worst is behind us.

The more likely explanation of Friday’s sales spike is that Black Friday’s bedlam is less painful than paying full retail. If that is indeed the case, quarterly retail sales will total less than last year’s. In the current economy, ... (More)

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NATURALIZED AMERICAN CITIZEN DECLARED ILLEGAL ALIEN 
(from Alberta Phillips, 2008 Dec 2)
I signed on for a travel assignment (nursing) with an agency in Nebraska. I was to start this assignment in January. All the forms have been signed and I thought it was a done deal. Suddenly on November 26 I was told that they use a pilot program called E-Verify to ensure that all hirees are authorized to work in the U.S. - well I was informed that I was non-confirmed. Which means that I am not authorized to work in the U.S. according to Homeland Security. I called the social security administration and talked to a Mr Mannis who assured me that he could see no reason why I would have been flagge. I felt encouraged and related this to my employer. They sent me a form that I had to sign - which said that I either chose to contest the Homeland Security designation or not to contest it. If I chose not to contest it, they would put me in a category called final nonconfirmation which would immediately take away my right to work. Of course I signed that I contested the designation and immediately sent it back to the employer.

Now a little background, I was born in Toronto, Canada in 1954. I was brought to the U.S. in 1956 when my mother married an American citizen. She went thru the immigration process and I went thru the naturalization process and became a naturalized citizen in 1966 (if my memory serves me on the date) anyway I was adopted by my father in 1958 as well. I never really thought about it much since then. I applied and received a social security card, received it without any questions, and essentially have gone thru life til now, thinking all was well. I thought I was an American, patriotic and supportive of this country, it is all that I have ever known. (More)

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SOMETHING OF HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS IS HAPPENING 
(from Tim Wood, 2008 Dec 1)
I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied history all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten - fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two years. We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why? (More)
 

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NEW DVD:
KATANGA; THE UNTOLD STORY OF U.N. BETRAYAL

This tells how the U. N., from 1960 to 1962, waged an unprovoked war against the peaceful state of Katanga and forced it under the Communist state of the Central Congo. Top U.N. personnel boasted in their public speeches and memoirs of how they pretended to be preserving law and order while actually carrying out a military operation to crush the tiny nation, all in the name of peace. The great irony in this was that the free world was told – and the American people firmly believed – that the U.N. army had been sent to the Congo to “protect it from Communism.” The reason this story needs to be told after all these years is that we have not seen the last of the U.N. so-called peace-keeping forces. Unless the further development of what is called the New World Order can be stopped, we are going to see a U.N. army used more and more to bring its peculiar brand of peace to the world. The best way to envision the future is to know the past. Black-and-white. 1991 introduction by G. Edward Griffin. Originally released as a VHS tape, this program has been re-mastered in DVD format. (More)

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UNSTOPPABLE GLOBAL WARMING (EVERY 1500 YEARS)
This New York Times Best Seller is a data mine of scientific facts showing that global warming is not caused by human activity but by solar activity and cosmic radiation – and the cycle has been occurring for millions of years. The recent rise in temperature has created the most ideal climate for civilization that Earth has ever experienced. The next cycle will be colder and much less beneficial for mankind. (More)

THE GREAT GLOBAL WARMING SWINDLE

First broadcast over Great Britain’s public service TV station, this documentary deconstructs the myth that Global Warming is caused by human activity. World-class scientists explain that it is caused by solar activity, and that similar cycles have occurred many times in history. Solar activity recently was high, so higher temperatures are the expected result. In previous years, when industrialization was increasing at its greatest rate, temperatures went down. (More)

SECRETS OF ANTIGRAVITY PROPULSION

This is a history of theories and experiments regarding antigravity travel. It is a virtual encyclopedia of data, blueprints, and photographs. Includes information on electrogravitic effects now used in advanced military craft, such as the B-2 bomber, and in missiles. Everyone with an interest in the science of harnessing gravity should have this book for the sheer enjoyment of the unfolding story and as a serious reference volume. (More)

THE DANGEROUS SERVANT;
A Discourse on Government by
G. Edward Griffin
“Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington

G. Edward Griffin responds to questions from a camera crew creating a video documentary on the U.S. Constitution. He answers the most difficult questions imaginable in the fields of political and social science. The depth and clarity is amazing, especially considering he is speaking extemporaneously without script or notes. In an era when many people are just now waking up to the WHAT of current events, here are issues for the brain that go far beyond that shallow pool into the deep water of WHY and HOW. (More)

THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND; A SECOND LOOK AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE
by G. Edward Griffin
Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story – which it really is, but it's all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of history. (More)

THE FEDERAL RESERVE
A Discourse by G. Edward Griffin

The author of The Creature from Jekyll Island; A Second Look at the Federal Reserve adresses such issues as: Who created the Fed? How is money created?
What impact has this had on the American Dollar? Should our currency be backed by gold or silver? Where does government get most of its funding? Why do bankers get away with it? What might happen if we continue on our current path? What might come from a return to constitutional money? (More)

FIAT EMPIRE; The Federal Reserve vs. The Constitution
This documentary shows how the Federal Reserve creates inflation, destabilizes the economy, causes wars, and enriches financial elitists at the expense of the common man. You will learn that the Fed is not a government agency but a banking cartel, and you will understand why many Americans view it as a sophisticated form of organized crime. (More)

INVISIBLE BALLOTS;
A Temptation for Electronic Vote
Fraud.   Governments are installing computerized voting systems with no paper record to verify accuracy. Elections will be controlled by companies that do not allow voters to inspect their software. If vote counting becomes privatized, there may be no way to get it back. High-tech vote fraud is already a reality. If you value your vote, you absolutely must get this information to your friends – and fast! (More)

THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO GLOBAL WARMING AND ENVIRONMENTALISM
Here is scientific proof that: the Earth often has been hotter than it is now; only a tiny portion of green-house gases are man-made; most of Antarctica now is getting colder; the media only recently abandoned the global "cooling” scare; and more. These facts counter the global-warming junk science that is scaring people into meekly accepting more government. (More)

TORTURED IN RED CHINA
The Persecution of Falun Gong
The Testimony of Charles Lee
Dr. Charles Lee is one of the few political prisoners held in Chinese prisons who has survived to tell about it. After receiving a medical degree in China, he came to the U.S. in 1991 for graduate study and soon thereafter became an American citizen. In 2003 he returned to China to proclaim the truth about government persecution of Falun Gong, a non-violent, spiritual movement dedicated to “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance”. He was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in prison where he was beaten, force-fed, and tortured, which he describes in gruesome detail in this video interview by G. Edward Griffin. On January 21, 2006, Charles was released and returned to San Francisco. Now he is a leader in the movement that has motivated millions of members of the Chinese Communist Party to resign. (More)

HEALTH MYTHS EXPOSED

A former drug-design chemist confronts ten myths that prop up a sick health-care industry. He shows that FDA-approved drugs are NOT safe and effective, pharmaceutical drugs do NOT improve the quality of life, cholesterol is NOT bad for you, and other myths. There is a surprising bonus in the section on the real cause of obesity and why dieting and appetite suppressants usually don’t work – and the author shows what does. That section alone is worth the price. (More)

WASHINGTON YOU'RE FIRED!
This documentary focuses on the growing police state in America and shows how the Bill of Rights and the Consti-tution literally have been cancelled by recent legislation and executive orders. With the next crisis, the President will have power to confiscate all private property including homes, cars, and money; all commercial property; all means of transportation; and can round us up into work brigades. Anyone who criticizes can be imprisoned without legal defense. Presidents now have more dictatorial power than King George had when Americans fought the Revolutionary War to rid them-selves of him. This program includes a plan for restoring the Constitution without armed revolution. (More)

UN-COUNTED
The New Math of American Elections.
This documentary shows how the elections of 2004 and 2006 were stolen and who did it. This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s the real thing! The people who perpetrated this fraud remain in place to do the same thing in 2008 – and every election thereafter. This has nothing to do with Republicans vs. Democrats. It is about controlling the electoral process so that the common citizen will never be able to break the grip of those who control both major parties. This grip CAN be broken, but only if more Americans become aware that it exists. That’s where you come in. Acquire this video and show it to your friends. (More)

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