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Japan Follows US Lead In Crushing Rights As System Breaks Down

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Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is following the US in drafting plans which will attempt to remove peoples rights and impose duties along with beefing up police powers to maintain public order. Abe is drafting changes to the Constitution and specifically aiming to change Article 9 which would looses restrictions on the military. Its a worrying time as Obama recently signed into law the NDAA Act which enables US citizens to be arrested indefinitely without charge or trial and now Japan is making similar moves. The breakdown of the global monetary system is clearly worring the elities.

Reported from ZeroHedge:

If there was ever a clear sign that the leadership of Japan is fully aware that the country is about enter a terminal economic catastrophe this is it. Using the cover of currency devaluation and a rising stock market, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is attempting to make it easier to change the country’s constitution so that they can eliminate freedom of speech and set the stage for a military dictatorship.  Reuters reports that:

The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order.” The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”

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RIGHTS VS DUTIES

Critics see Abe’s plan to ease requirements for revising the charter and then seek to change Article 9 as a “stealth” strategy that keeps his deeper aims off the public radar.

“The real concern is that a couple of years later, we move to a redefinition of a ‘new Japan’ as an authoritarian, nationalist order,” said Yale University law professor Bruce Ackerman.

The LDP draft, approved by the party last year, would negate the basic concept of universal human rights, which Japanese conservatives argue is a Western notion ill-suited to Japan’s traditional culture and values, constitutional scholars say.

“The current constitution … provides protection for a long list of fundamental rights – freedom of expression, freedom of religion,” said Meiji University professor Lawrence Repeta. “It’s clear the leaders of the LDP and certain other politicians in Japan … are passionately against a system that protects individual rights to that degree.”

The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order”. The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”

One proposal would ban anyone from “improperly” acquiring or using information about individuals – a clause experts say could limit freedom of speech. A reference to respect for the “family” as the basic social unit hints, say critics, at a revival of a patriarchal system that gave women few rights.

“The constitution is there to tie the hands of government, not put duties on the people,” said Taro Kono, an LDP lawmaker often at odds with his party on policies. “There are some in both houses (of parliament) who don’t really understand the role of a modern constitution.”

ZeroHedge sums it up in one line

Let’s see, print money, make the stock market go up and keep people servile as you destroy the country and rip up the Constitution.  Sound familiar?

 

Source: ZeroHedge, Reuters

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Greece’s Electric Network On The Verge Of Being Cut Off

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The power generation companies in Greece for some time are struggling to pay their bills. This time the natural gas supplier DEPA has called enough is enough, pay up or else. It’s the last thing a struggling economy needs and hopefully disaster can be averted.

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country’s electricity and natural gas system.

“RAE is taking crisis initiatives throughout next week to avert the collapse of the natural gas and electricity system,” the regulator’s chief Nikos Vasilakos told Reuters.

RAE took the decision after receiving a letter from Greece’s natural gas company DEPA, which threatened to cut supplies to electricity producers if they failed to settle their arrears with the company.

Source: Reuters

Billionaire Hugo Salinas Price – elites plan to control the world

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Hugo Salinas Price, the Mexican Billionaire gave a very interesting interview on KingWorldNews regarding the elites plan to keep control over the world and of how socialism has destroyed the West. Unfortunately socialism will get worse leading to ration cards. Not a pleasant prospect, but he has laid it out on how we have got to hear basically because of the elites manipulations to hang onto power.

“Eric, the problems we are seeing in the West are not going to be resolved in any positive way.  What we have had in the West, in recent decades, has been the welfare state.  The welfare state is, in my view, what I would call, ‘socialism light.’  We’ve had ‘socialism light’ and now we’re going to transition to full-blown socialism.” 

“This could not be paid for out of taxes:  It had to be financed.  This is what has caused the explosion of debt in the West.  The people who are in power, the elite, do not want to relinquish their power.  They plan to retain it under full-blown socialism for the populations of the West.

This includes all countries that have central banks:  They are going to have to follow suit.  This is a very disturbing fact that is facing humanity.  It means the inevitable decline of industrial civilization, and the inevitable impoverishment of the world’s population.

This means that over time there will be a decline in the number of people on this earth.  That is the rather grim outlook that I see.  So, it’s socialism ahead.  And with that will come more government control and a centrally run economy.  This is inefficient and unproductive, and it will lead to impoverishment.

Nikita Khrushchev, when he came to the United Nations, said, ‘We will bury you’….

“Well, it’s not the USSR that buried us, it’s us burying ourselves, under the rule of our elite, who do not want to give up their control.  The furtherance of their control lies in socialism.

I think this comes from a central idea that has possessed the imagination of the world.  It’s the idea that authority comes from below.  In other words, that authority comes from the people.  This idea of authority from the will of the people is a myth of our civilization.  Excuse me for saying that it’s a myth, but I see that as a fact. 

They stay in power by giving people the illusion that they are in charge through democracy and they keep them happy through social welfare.

I’m just saying that those who control the world know they have to curry the favor of the people.  To do this they went the way of the welfare state, and democracy to give people the fiction they (the people) are in control.  Well, they are not and never have been. 

 We also have fiat money to fund the welfare state.  Then we have entertainment to distract the people.  We also have war to distract the people.  The airplanes bomb people, and the victims are just humans who are expendable.  This is how the elite see things.

 We will continue to see this from the elite, in order to maintain their power.  Remember, socialism impoverishes, it consumes capital, it does not accumulate capital.  So, you will have this de-capitalization that will come with socialism.

When you combine that with the probability that we are at peak oil, as that prime source of energy comes to a point where it begins to decline, you will see a decrease in the population.”

Ration cards are the way of the future.

Hugo Salinas Price also warned: “Italy and Spain have already imposed a limit on cash transactions.  Any transaction above 2,500 euros has to be paid with a credit card.  Now that’s ominous.  It confirms the socialist trend because in socialism you have very little use for money.  Everything is supplied by means of ration cards.

That’s what I see coming, and I see it in the United States as well.  Take, for example, the fact that there are 46.5 million people on food stamps.  You already have the ration card in action there.”

People need to look ahead and protect themselves.

He also added: “For those people who want to protect themselves, they are going to have to take some drastic measures.  They will have to be imaginative in trying to protect themselves in whatever way they can from this onslaught of centralized government.

Everybody should constitute a reserve of something that will function as ‘real’ money because there will be continued abuse of fiat money in order to fund the socialist state.  We will see more limitations on the use of cash, and people need to be prepared for that.”

 

Greek Government Provides Emergency Cash For Electricity Supplier

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Greece is on the verge of the electricity network collapsing, but the government is to provide €250 million in emergency funding to keep the lights on. You could argue that it was the fault of government policies that caused the situation in the first place. The power utility PPC was used as a property tax collector but ultimately many desperate people choose not to pay and have their electricity cut off instead. Greece also has to pay over the odds to secure fuel for generating power as a result of mistrust of suppliers of Greece paying its bills.

Greece will provide 250 million euros  in emergency funds to its ailing electricity providers to prevent a California-style energy crisis, government officials said on Friday.

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The temporary aid will shore up the accounts of main power utility PPC, allowing it to maintain operations and reimburse other suppliers of electricity and natural gas on whom the smooth functioning of the country’s energy system depends.

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Greece’s energy market has fallen into disarray due to a combination of stagnant power demand, rising fuel costs and a government decision to use PPC as a tax collection vehicle.
 
An increasing number of consumers stopped paying their electricity bills after the government started collecting a 1.7 billion euro property tax through them last year, in a desperate effort to meet its budget targets under an EU/IMF bailout.
 
Non-payments blew a hole into the accounts of PPC, which is Greece’s biggest power producer and its sole electricity retailer. PPC, which posted a record loss in the fourth quarter, is also the biggest client for upstart producers generating about 23 percent of Greece’s electricity.
Source: Athennews

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