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Friday, July 14, 2017

Why And How To Get A Second Passport

In today's America your passport can be cancelled for many reasons: arbitrary, political, financial - and with no notification  

THE DAILY BELL
By Joe Jarvis
07/13/2017

If you don’t have options, you are helpless.


If you had only McDonalds to provide you food, you would not be able to make the choice to be healthy. If Monsanto monopolized the agricultural industry (which they are arguably attempting) then you could not help but consume dangerous carcinogenic pesticides.

And if the U.S. government controls your ability to travel around the globe, you have no choice in mobility. If the government cancels your passport, then you are done. You have no options for traveling outside of the United States.


But McDonald’s is not your only food choice, Monsanto thankfully does not control all agriculture, and the U.S. government is not the only choice for obtaining a passport. Sovereign Man has highlighted four options for obtaining a second passport.

This isn’t to say that the sky is falling; hopefully, you will never need a second passport. Hopefully, the U.S. government never targets you willfully or through an error.

And hopefully, you never have a house fire or a home invasion, but you should still have fire detectors and a gun.

A smart person will prepare for a hundred different situations that may never happen, feeling confident that they have a plan b if something does go wrong.

And there is plenty of precedent of passports being canceled for no legitimate reason, or due to a clerical error. A passport is one of those things governments consider a privilege, and no proof or due process is needed to take that away.


Warning:  The IRS can now revoke your passport

The best way to get a second passport depends entirely on your situation. Do you have extra money? You can basically buy one. Many countries offer citizenship through investment.

Do you have time to wait? This is another option. Some countries like Panama don’t even make you wait long under certain conditions, and you do not even have to own a residence there!

What does your family tree look like? Some countries like Italy grant citizenship based on ancestry. This should be the first method you look into if you have parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents from a foreign nation.

Are you a “flexible” person? Not in the yoga sense. Are you okay with being a bit creative and out of the ordinary in your pursuit for a second passport? Sometimes marriage, adoption, having a baby, or changing your religion can get you a second passport.

Options translate to freedom. If you cannot negotiate, if you cannot walk away from an interaction, or choose a better alternative, you are not free.




Getting a second passport is not about fear, or running away, it is the same as carrying home owner’s insurance, or diversifying your portfolio.

Ultimately it ensures that no matter what happens in the world, you always have a place to go.

The investment of getting a second passport will not just benefit you, but entire generations to come. There aren’t a whole lot of investments that pay that kind of dividend.

To get started, I encourage you to explore the ancestry option first, as it is oftentimes the quickest and most cost effective option.


Don't get trapped, always have options

If you are not part of the lucky bloodline club, I would suggest you strongly consider the residency (time) option.

Even if you don’t physically make the move, just having a foreign residency or second passport as part of your Plan B can make all the difference. It’s a crucial insurance policy.

For a much more in-depth description of how and why to get a second passport, check out Sovereign Man’s article.



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Trustees Project Biggest Social Security Increase In Years

The very same "trustees" that have presided over the LOOTING OF SOCIAL SECURITY  

AP
By Stephen Ohlemacher
07/14/2017

Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program.


After years of zero COLA increase, 2.2 percent is a pittance
and an insult
But older Americans shouldn't get too excited.

The increase is projected to be just 2.2 percent, or about $28 a month for the average recipient. Social Security recipients have gone years with tiny increases in benefits. This year they received an increase of 0.3 percent, after getting nothing last year.

Some good news for seniors: The trustees project that Medicare Part B premiums will remain unchanged next year. 


Most beneficiaries pay $134 a month, though retirees with higher incomes pay more.

Both Social Security's cost-of-living adjustment and the Medicare Part B premium are to be announced in the fall.

The trustees released the 2018 projections Thursday, along with their annual warning about the long-term financial problems of Social Security and Medicare, the federal government's two bedrock retirement programs.


More than 61 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and surviving children receive Social Security benefits. The average monthly payment is $1,253. Medicare provides health insurance to about 58 million people, most of whom are at least 65 years old.


Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security are estimated to run dry in 2034, the same year as last year's projection. Medicare's trust fund for inpatient care is projected to be depleted in 2029, a year later than last year's forecast.

If Congress allows either fund to be depleted, millions of Americans living on fixed incomes would face steep cuts in benefits.

Neither Social Security nor Medicare faces an immediate crisis — they both currently have surpluses. But the trustees warn that the longer Congress waits to address the programs' problems, the harder it will be to sustain Social Security and Medicare without steep cuts in benefits, big tax increases or both.




For example, in 2034, Social Security is projected to have a $546 billion shortfall, which would grow to more than $3 trillion in the first five years.

"Congress must act to ensure the long-term fiscal viability and sustainability and survival of Medicare and Social Security," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. "There are a great many ways that the situation can be addressed. The bottom line is that it must be addressed."

Republicans in Washington have long clamored to address the long-term financial problems of Social Security and Medicare, the largest benefit programs run by the federal government. But don't expect them to do much about it.




Over the years, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has insisted on overhauling the programs, proposing a voucher-like system for Medicare and calling for partially privatizing Social Security.

Now that Republicans control Congress and the White House, Ryan says he doesn't want to tackle Social Security. Instead, Republicans and the White House are focused on repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law.

President Donald Trump has promised not to cut Social Security or Medicare, though his budget proposal for next year would reduce Social Security's disability benefits by nearly $70 billion over the next decade. The savings would come from encouraging, and in some cases requiring, people receiving the benefits to re-enter the workforce.




But even if Trump finds the savings, it wouldn't come close to solving the program's long-term financial problems.

A big reason why Congress doesn't shore up Social Security and Medicare is that Democrats and Republicans don't agree on the urgency of the problem. Many Democrats and liberals focus on the fact that both programs are funded for years to come.

"Opponents of Social Security may once again try to use this report as an excuse to cut benefits, including raising the retirement age," said Max Richtman, who heads the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. "We must, instead, look to modest and manageable solutions that will keep Social Security solvent well into the future without punishing seniors and disabled Americans."




Republicans, meanwhile, note that both programs face steep shortfalls as soon as their trust funds run out of money.

"With an aging population, our nation's most critical retirement programs — Medicare and Social Security — are feeling an increased financial squeeze that puts their future viability at serious risk," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.


Over the past decade, Social Security and Medicare made up about 40 percent of federal spending, excluding interest on the debt — and that share is projected to grow in the future, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Fifty years ago, the two programs accounted for 16 percent of federal spending.


The programs are expanding in part because the U.S. is growing older.

In 1960, there were 5.1 workers for each person getting Social Security benefits. 

Today, there are about 2.8 workers for each beneficiary.


U.S. seniors, disabled are already being forced to eat dog and cat food to survive:  What is next?

In addition to Price, the trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and acting Social Security Commissioner Nancy Berryhill.



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Deep State, MSM Want Trump Out, War With Russia

CNN fake news frauds in a state of panic as they realise only WWIII will save them from WAR CRIMES TRIALS for lying and shilling Americans into Afghan, Iraq and Syria wars  

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
By Finian Cunningham
07/13/2017

Behind the sensational Western media coverage now linking the US president’s son to alleged Russian collusion in the American election, the real euphoria stems from relief that, at last, some «evidence» has been found.


For more than seven months now, the US corporate media have been running unrelenting claims that somehow Donald J Trump colluded with Russian state-sponsored hackers to get elected over his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton. 

The media campaign has been dismissed as a witch hunt by Trump. Perhaps more sinisterly, US-Russia relations have also become deeply toxic due to the allegations. 


Not even a friendly meeting between Trump and Putin at last weekend’s G20 summit in Germany seems able to lift the poisonous cloud over bilateral relations.

However, the never-ending "Russia-gate" story was, to be frank, at risk of boring people to death from the sheer lack of evidence to shore up the conjecture of Trump being a Russian stooge. Despite the fact that three separate government probes have been working on the issue, they have nothing to show for it.



Then this week the "Russia-gate" story-tellers got a lifeline with reports that the president’s eldest son, Donald Jr, held a meeting with a Russian lawyer over a year ago at Trump Tower in New York City. The disclosure came from emails sent by Trump’s son to a mediator who promised "dirt on Clinton" that would damage her election campaign.

Democrats, Republicans, supporters of Clinton and the anti-Trump media are now cock-a-hoop that they have a "smoking gun" to prove the narrative of Trump-Russia collusion. Trump Jr is being accused of betraying his country by consorting with a foreign enemy, Russia.


A Washington Post comment noted: "Donald Trump Jr’s emails are the clearest indication yet that Trump campaign officials and family members were willing to deal with a foreign adversary in their mutual goal of taking down Hillary Clinton, and their revelation is dramatic proof that the Russia investigation is alive with no end in sight." Meanwhile, the New York Times reported: "Rancor at White House as Russia Story Refuses to Let the Page Turn." 


It goes on to comment with a tone of satisfaction: "Every time the president tries to put the furor behind him, more disclosures thrust it back to the fore, and people close to him are anonymously blaming one another."

What the media outlets decline to say is that the Russia-gate story has not gone away precisely because the media have dutifully amplified leaks and anonymous intelligence claims – more accurately, innuendo – pillorying Trump as a Russian patsy.




The Deep State rulers of the US, comprising the military-intelligence apparatus, never wanted businessman Trump to become president. Unlike Clinton, Trump was insufficiently hawkish towards Russia. Ever since his shock election last November, the Deep State and its media machine have been full throttle to oust the "wrong president." The "Russian collusion" claims are the spearhead of this attack, an attack could qualify as a «soft coup» against the elected president.

With Trump’s son now admitting that he met with a Russian lawyer last summer as the head of his father’s election campaign, the anti-Trump campaign senses a mortal wound and are going full pelt to exploit it.

But the drama has the hallmarks of yet more media-driven sensation that is out of all proportion to the facts. Trump Jr’s lawyer dismissed the latest claims as "much ado about nothing."


CNN ratings plummet as a result of 24/7 bogus "Russian hacking" propaganda campaign

The Russian government, which has consistently rejected any claims of interfering in the US election, said that the speculation about Trump and the "Kremlin-connected attorney" is "making a mountain out of a molehill."

As Trump Jr. told Fox News this week, he held the meeting simply because he was interested in hearing "opposition research" on Hillary Clinton. As it turned out, no such information was forthcoming and the meeting ended inconclusively after only 20 minutes. That was the end of it. Apparently, Trump Sr wasn’t even told about the brief interview, so insignificant was it at the time.

It seems a fair and plausible observation that Trump Jr was simply doing what any political campaigner would do. Get dirt on opponents.


Delusional, clearly insane Clinton does not know when to shut her mouth and should now be fully investigated, prosecuted by DOJ

The US media are thus guilty of "protesting too much" about what is a rather prosaic matter. Apart from the obvious axe they want to grind against President Trump, the other reason for the media hysteria over the latest twist in the Russia-gate affair is that the Deep State and their media machine have, at last, something resembling hard evidence. This is why they are grandstanding. It is from relief that they have found something approximating a story to justify all the months of shrill speculation.

The hypocrisy of the pious media, pundits and politicians over Trump Jr’s betrayal is quickly revealed when one considers that Hillary Clinton’s campaign actively worked with the CIA-backed Kiev regime to dig up dirt on Trump during the election, as reported by Cristina Laila. "Where is the call for Hillary Clinton and her aides to be interviewed by the Senate intelligence panel," she asks.


Deep State, CIA control CNN fake news, dictate propaganda dissemination 

According to US media interviews given by Nataliya Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of the Trump brouhaha, she is adamant that she was not acting for the Kremlin. The Kremlin also denies knowing her. She maintains that she not did approach the Trump campaign to provide "dirt" on Clinton, but rather to lobby against US sanctions imposed on her Russian business clients.

The claim that Veselnitskaya was «acting on Russian government information to help Donald Trump» apparently stems solely from the assertion made by the former British tabloid journalist Rob Goldstone, who wrote to Donald Jr to set up the meeting. It was Goldstone who described the meeting with Veselnitskaya as conveying "Russian government information to help your father’s campaign."

In other words that is not "proof" of Russian government involvement. It is simply hearsay from a tabloid hack with self-serving reasons.


CNN fake news hacks are well aware that when the wars they started come to an end they will face retribution for the murder of thousands of U.S. military personnel, and would prefer to spark WWIII to save their own skins

Questions that the US media should be asking are: Was Goldstone hamming up his Russian government claims in order to sell Trump a mediation service and a scoop? Also, how did private emails between Goldstone and Trump end up in the possession of the New York Times? Did Goldstone flog them to the newspaper in order to cash in on the brewing Russia-gate scandal?

The lawyer for the family of Emin Agalarov, the Russian singer who asked Goldstone to set up the meeting between Trump Jr and Veselnitskaya, has now come out to rubbish the claims made by Goldstone.

"The vast majority of what Rob Goldstone said in email exchange with Donald Trump Jr is not accurate," Agalarov’s family attorney, Scott Balber, told RT. "The only thing that’s true is that Emin asked the meeting to be arranged. The rest of it is not true, it’s false."

As with so much else in the Russia-gate affair, the latest twist seems to be another concoction to turn wild speculation into the semblance of fact. It is as if the US media conceived the headline "Trump colluded with Russia" a long time ago, and have ever since been chasing to find a "story" to fit the headline.




There are too many holes in the whole Russia-gate affair for it to stand up. It is only the servile US media operating on the agenda of the powerful anti-Trump Deep State that make this non-story appear to stand up.

So desperate is the Deep State to oust Trump from office, it is willing to damage US-Russia relations beyond repair, to the point of risking all-out war.




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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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