Jupiter Trines Uranus on September 25th, 2014 – Ka-ching!

Jupiter-UranusIt seems the world is watching Iraq, these days. Could this Jupiter-Uranus aspect bring about the long-awaited RV/GCR?  It seems that the planets are aligning… -LW


What makes this cycle of Jupiter moving through Leo even more dazzling is the fact that three times over the next year Jupiter will create a gorgeous supportive trine to the planet of surprises, Uranus. When the planet of luck collides with the planet of sudden developments it literally suggests a swift and major windfall! It’s no wonder that astrologer’s have dubbed Jupiter-Uranus contacts the “Lottery Aspect.” In a certain area of your life, with Jupiter in Leo trine Uranus in Aries you will most certainly feel as if you’ve hit the jackpot!

Obviously we’re not all winning the lottery this year – so please don’t take the terminology literally. What you can count on however, is that Jupiter and Uranus working together will assure you that if you follow your heart and pursue your bliss then you’ll surely be rewarded. Essentially, Jupiter in Leo connected to Uranus in Aries will support all of your efforts to shine your authentic, creative light.

The dates of these amazing Jupiter-Uranus trines are:

  • September 25, 2014
  • March 3, 2015
  • June 22, 2015

So go ahead: Live, laugh, play, love, and take a leap of faith that supports self-actualization. Jupiter in Leo wants you to have a grand affair over the next year with the most important person of all – YOU!

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Jupiter in Leo – Remapping the Middle East

JupiterThis month is already seeing a lot of activity in the Middle East. Historically, Jupiter in Leo involves Middle Eastern countries and oil, as this article describes. -LW


From July 11 2014 until August 11 2015 Jupiter, the largest planet of the solar system, will travel through the tropical sign of Leo. Jupiter in Leo has an undeniable connection with western incursions into Middle East nations, especially where oil and political manipulation is involved.

The king planet was moving through Leo when English geologist George Reynolds tapped a 75-foot gusher in the remote Persian desert sands at Masjed Soleyman during the pre-dawn hours of May 26 1908. It was the first significant oil discovery of the Middle East, and set the pattern for years to come.

The British government became the secret investor in the oil company and their interests became paramount in the subsequent remodelling of the Middle East following the WWI defeat of the Ottoman Empire. The Conferences of London (Feb 12-24 1920) and San Remo (April 19-26 1920) that created the new boundaries of the Middle East, took place with Jupiter in Leo. As they did, Jupiter was appropriately conjoined with the planet of oil – Neptune.

The British Foreign Secretary, Lord Curzon, summed up the colonial attitudes towards these countries. In the 1919 Anglo-Persian agreement he explains “why Persia should not be left to herself and allowed to rot into picturesque decay, the answer is…her geographical position, the magnitude of our interests in the country, and the future safety of our Eastern Empire.’

In what earmarked western attitudes to Middle East countries for generations to come, Curzon continued, “there is every reason to fear that she would be overrun by Bolshevik influence from the north. Lastly, we possess in the southwestern corner of Persia great assets in the shape of oil fields, which are worked for the British navy and which give us a commanding interest in that part of the world.”

It was during a much later circuit of Jupiter through Leo, beginning September 5 1978, before this pervasive western influence was exorcised from Persian soil. On September 8, Iranian troops killed 122 protestors in Teheran Square. This slaughter did nothing to prevent the Iranian Revolution – it ignited it. Jupiter is also the planet of religion, law and philosophy. Iran became, and remains today, a theocracy.

PAN ARABISM

Not only Iran, but also another British mandate of the 1920’s – neighboring Iraq – strongly feels the influence of Jupiter in Leo. In what the non-believers may consider a cosmic coincidence, both US led invasions of Iraq, (Jan 15 1991 and March 19 2003) began with Jupiter in almost the same degrees of Leo. The second invasion deposed Saddam Hussein – Iraq’s self proclaimed ‘lion of Baghdad’. Hussein came to power originally on July 16 1979, as Jupiter was moving through Leo. It was a year of leadership change in both Iran and Iraq, and set the nations on a road to war.

Now, as Jupiter returns to Leo, Iraq is again experiencing a civil war and political crisis, which may well result in new subdivisions. In the original subdivision of 1920 a homeland was also promised to the Kurds. It has taken eight further revolutions of Jupiter through Leo for that to appear a genuine possibility. But when it comes to Middle East politics, Jupiter in Leo is a veritable celestial alarm clock for regime change.

General Abdul Nasser became the Egyptian President with Jupiter in Leo on June 23 1956. Nasser was a proponent of Pan Arabism, a unification and alliance of the countries of North Africa and Western Asia. The charismatic leader vowed the return of Palestine and on July 26 1956 nationalized the Suez Canal creating an international crisis.

One Jupiter Leo cycle later, on May 23 1967, Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, blockading the Red Sea coastline. Nasser’s actions were a precursor to the Six Day War, beginning June 4 1967. The brief war led to a decisive Israeli victory, increasing their landmass by one third. The war also created ongoing tensions, which remain unresolved today. But the imminent transit of Jupiter into Leo and the New Moon of July 27 is sure to spotlight such issues.

BATTLES FOR INDEPENDENCE

The famous Arab Riots of Jerusalem began from around 10.30 am on the morning of April 4 1920. They were as a result of self-determination being denied to the Palestinian people, as the British were playing two hands by also supporting the Zionist movement. During the riots, anti Zionist speeches were accompanied by shouts for independence. It is revealing to read the press statement of the British High Commissioner, Sir Herbert Samuels, immediately preceding the riots.

“They have assumed that Mahomedans and Christians will be placed under the government of a Jewish minority, and that the present possessors and cultivators of the soil will be disposed of their property. That the ownership of Mahomedan and Christian holy places will be affected and that the Jews will fill the administrative offices to the prejudice of others.” Samuels considered that the opposition to Zionism did not go deep, and did not take it seriously. Instead the riots were a potent sign of things to come.

“They have assumed that Mahomedans and Christians will be placed under the government of a Jewish minority, and that the present possessors and cultivators of the soil will be disposed of their property. That the ownership of Mahomedan and Christian holy places will be affected and that the Jews will fill the administrative offices to the prejudice of others.” Samuels considered that the opposition to Zionism did not go deep, and did not take it seriously. Instead the riots were a potent sign of things to come.

In the same time frame the British ‘Black and Tan’ constabulary were dispatched to Northern Island to quell the Irish War of Independence. Years later the ongoing war would result in the assassination of Lord Mountbatten via an IRA bomb on August 27 1979 again with Jupiter in Leo. It’s not unusual that on 18 September 2014 neighboring Scotland will be staging an independence referendum.

RACE AND RIOTS

Insurrection by the collective, feeling oppressed, has been a feature of Jupiter in Leo, extending to the USA. Prohibition was introduced with the judicial planet in this fiery sign, with catastrophic results. In the same year of 1920, over 4,000 suspected communists and anarchists were held without a trial following security raids across several cities in the US. When Jupiter was last in Leo in 2002 the Homeland Security Act was made law.

Between July 23 and 27 1967, street riots made downtown Detroit a battlefield. They began with the police raid of an unlicensed bar. The ensuing racially based riots claimed forty-three lives with hundreds more injured and two thousand buildings destroyed. On March 3 1991, with Jupiter again in Leo, amateur video captured LA police beating black motorist Rodney King.

TURKEY

Turkey is another nation who are strongly affected by Jupiter transiting through Leo. It was here for the Young Turk Revolution of July 3 1907. It returned when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on April 23 1920. The National Assembly horoscope will experience it’s Jupiter return on August 25 this year. On August 10 2014 Turkey will vote for a new President. Turkey’s Prime Minsiter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who assumed office the last time Jupiter moved through Leo, on March 14 2003, is hoping to get the position. Erdogan has plans to rewrite the Turkish constitution.

So as Jupiter again transverses the royal sign of Leo, heads of state are again bound to change. The announcement of a new caliphate on the eve of Jupiter’s ingress into Leo is consistent with the historical record of this planet affecting major change in the Middle East. And forced inequality of the Palestinians again comes into focus as it has so many times before. If there is a time to right the wrongs it is now. The justice of Jupiter has waited far too long to arrive. For an upbeat take on Jupiter in Leo for you, please check your solar scopes below.

ON A PERSONAL LEVEL

Aries – Jupiter is gracing your solar house of self-expression supporting creativity to the max. The joy of Jupiter, in your house of fun, says time to really start living it up. If romance has been a missing ingredient, the year ahead advises following your heart. Let your inner child throw off the shackles of self-doubt. You only live once. If your heaven is to be brought down to earth it’s by living in the moment and allowing your inner light to shine forth. Jupiter is revealing your hidden talents and taking them to the public.

Taurus – Feeling boxed in? Time for a more expansive outlook! Is your family environment encouraging, or stifling, your life path? Jupiter enlightens you on the domestic front and also assists shoring up your security in some way. If you’re not happy where you are you may seek to move to bigger more supportive surrounds. The year ahead is generally a positive time for real estate investment for Taurus, providing you stay within reasonable limits. Finding a genuine comfort zone is top priority and the force is with you to succeed.

Gemini – Life is a learning experience. What classes will you be taking to improve your skill base? Jupiter is about to propel you onto the information superhighway. Learning equates to enjoyment in this optimistic Jupiter phase. You’re building confidence through improving your communication abilities and intellectual understanding. Take advantage of fresh opportunities to network with new and interesting contacts. Develop your sense of local community. You could be changing your resume, qualifications and even transport across the year ahead.

Cancer – You’ve had some incredible insights during the past year. New potentials, partners and/or futuristic ideas emerged. You may have enjoyed a growing recognition in your field, found increasing support, or learnt something that will prove invaluable further down the road. The benefactor planet, Jupiter, is now empowering your money zone. It’s time to turn that expertise and vision toward practical purposes. Gathering the resources that you need for the journey ahead is top priority. Financial opportunities are beckoning. Build and consolidate.

Leo – It’s time to take of the training wheels, readying for your test run. Personal development coach Jupiter is putting life on fast-forward. Past sacrifices are due for reward. The year ahead advises, broaden your outlook, act on dormant potential, and begin taking chances on immediate desires. No longer tramp a treadmill existence or deny yourself the right to those jupiteresque joys of living. The growth planet’s enlightened vision provides the ignition that cuts through the darkness. The reward factor of Jupiter may play out in just proportion to your own self-belief.

Virgo – Within the depths of our unconscious mind is a shining light just waiting for our arrival. Socrates knew it when he wrote that knowing oneself is the key to all knowledge. Unraveling our hidden failure scripts makes a friend of ourselves. The deep lesson for Virgo lies with the journey of the spirit. Positive subliminal suggestions, turning what were once fears into new strengths – that’s your Jupiter jewel. Even dreams have a deeper message, so try sleeping with a pen under the pillow.

Libra – You’ve been truly learning on, and because of, the job. The year ahead sees positive co-operation within a more collective framework. You function successfully with a sense of teamwork. Unity is strength. You’re about to encounter new playmates, and dedicate increasing time to those who share the ideals you hold closest to your heart. Opportunity arrives through friendship and attachment. There’s a hint of some of cherished wishes manifesting over the next year via these positive networks.

Scorpio – Opportunistic Jupiter is now navigating the most public area of your solar chart. The year ahead can present an appealing promotion or location to a new area that offers greater scope or influence than before. Travel may be involved, possibly at someone else’s expense. Some useful advice! Work may come thick and fast. Beware the overload factor in feast or famine times. Authority figures are more accommodating and recognise your greater potential. Status and career are in for a boost.

Sagittarius – Once upon a time sailors kept to familiar waters fearing that if they sailed too close to the edge of their world, they would fall off. Magellan convinced them they wouldn’t. Neil Armstrong put it beyond all doubt. This year New Horizons will photograph far distant Pluto. It’s also easy, and advantageous, for you to set your sights on a distant target – to take the first step on pilgrimage or project that you once never dared too. You’re not sailing off the edge at all – simply exploring alien territory. Travel, ambitious plans, study and creative ventures may well be part of this.

Capricorn – Jupiter is navigating the astrozone that ancient astrologers dubbed legacies and inheritances. In a way it’s the karma of your investments – the affluence or influence of the company you keep. It is also a time of giving up some of our long cherished beliefs, simply because they are outdated and wrong for you now. And you’ll find it easier and enlightening to do that. So chuck the ballast overboard and take on some new perspectives embodied by the immediate people you’re associating with.

Aquarius – Jupiter is radiating through your house of influential others. It’s introducing some ‘larger than life’ characters into your life story. When the ‘Guru’ planet is involved, they may appear as teachers, advisors or mentors. It’s always a good idea to pay extra attention to your partner now, as the message is likely to be advantageous. The ‘greater benefic’ can be attracting those who have a positive effect, even if for their infectious enthusiasm alone. Legal affairs, foreign influence and traveling partners are all increased possibilities.

Pisces – If you do what you love, then your life will be an ongoing love affair. Jupiter is encouraging a productive move in that direction. It’s about finding meaning in the mundane and pleasure through the simple things. Jupiter’s educational bias promotes a greater awareness around your health, nutrition and fitness. In fact anything you do of a repetitious nature is now subject to the Jupiter reward factor. Small steps can lead to major changes providing you’re persistent. You truly can change the habits of a lifetime with one single decision.

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Vatican preparing statement on extraterrestrial life

Pope Francis is reportedly preparing a major world statement about extraterrestrial life and its theological implications. Rosana Ubanell from Voxxi News today reported that due to advances in scientific detection methods for the discovery of extraterrestrial life, Pope Francis wants to be ready with a statement about “First Contact”. Ubanell reports that details have yet to be officially announced but that the Vatican’s interest in extraterrestrial life is well documented through recent astrobiology conferences the Vatican Observatory has sponsored or participated in. Father Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit astronomer and one of the leading Catholic proponents for preparing for the scientific discovery of extraterrestrial life, on July 18, won the Carl Sagan science medal from the American Astronomical Society. Pope Francis, a fellow Jesuit, regularly consults with Consolmagno and other leading Vatican astronomers about scientific issues. It is likely that Pope Francis is preparing an “Urbi et Orbi” speech – Latin for “to the city [of Rome] and the world” – about First Contact with extraterrestrial life.

The Vatican’s scientific interest in extraterrestrial life was publicly revealed for the first time in May 2008 when the head of the Vatican Observatory, Fr Gabriel Funes, also a Jesuit, gave an interview to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Funes made a series of startling statements about how extraterrestrial life is likely to be more ethically evolved than humans, and can be welcomed as brothers. In his interview, which was titled “The extraterrestrial is my brother,” Funes said that intelligent extraterrestrial life may not have experienced a ‘fall’, and may be “free from Original Sin … [remaining] in full friendship with their creator.” This makes it possible to regard them as ‘our brothers’ as Funes explained:

Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth, there can be other beings, even intelligent, created by God. This is not in contrast with our faith because we can’t put limits on God’s creative freedom… “Why can’t we speak of a ‘brother extraterrestrial’? It would still be part of creation…

Most importantly, Funes’ statement makes possible the idea that Christianity can be exported to extraterrestrial worlds that have not experienced a ‘fall’ and are free from original sin.

Just over a year after his interview, Funes was the organizer of the first ever Astrobiology Symposium held by Pontifical Academy of Sciences in November 2009. Consolmagno and Funes have ever since played leading roles for the Vatican Observatory in presenting a theological perspective on the discovery of extraterrestrial life. Most importantly, both have been leading advisors to Pope Francis about scientific issues concerning the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

What is likely to be the content of Pope Francis’ upcoming statement or possible “Urbi et Orbi” speech about alien life? An important clue is a forthcoming presentation by Fr. Consolmagno at a September 18-19, 2014, astrobiology symposium organized by NASA and the Library of Congress that is titled: “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Implications of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.”

Consolmagno is a featured presenter and will discuss the theological implications of discovering alien life. His topic, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” suggests that Pope Francis agrees that extraterrestrials are capable of the higher ethics involved in understanding the Christian message and becoming Christians.

If Pope Francis is indeed preparing a statement about extraterrestrial life, it is likely to emphasize that there is no incompatibility in Christian teachings with a belief in extraterrestrial life as Fr. Funes proposed in May 2008. More importantly, Pope Francis is likely to emphasize themes of extraterrestrials: not sharing in original sin; being more ethically evolved; and being capable of sharing the Christian message, and being our brothers.

Not all will welcome a statement from Pope Francis advocating extraterrestrials as brothers and worthy of being baptized into the Christian faith. According to Chris Putnam and Tom Horn, authors of Exovaticana, Pope Francis I is preparing to lead the Catholic Church to embrace aliens as “brothers in Christ” – reflective of the 1950s and 1960s contactee reports of benevolent “space brothers.” Putnam’s and Horn’s Exovaticana portends a future religious war between those accepting extraterrestrials as “brothers in Christ” and those believing them to be returning demons about to enslave us. Despite the extensive scholarship found in Exovaticana, it unfortunately skews data towards an overly negative assessment of the motivations of extraterrestrial visitors. Thankfully, the Vatican’s evolving public position, as reflected by statements from its leading astronomers, shows a far more enlightened stance on how to consider the discovery of alien life from a theological perspective. A statement or “Urbi et Orbi” speech from Pope Francis expounding on various themes associated with the view that extraterrestrials are potential “brothers in Christ’ is a welcome position to take on a controversial issue with major world significance.

© Copyright 2014. Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.

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Argentina to get $1bn in currency swap with China before end of 2014

Argentina will receive the first tranche of yuan worth up to $1 billion in a massive currency swap with China before the end of this year. The deal will boost the troubled economy’s foreign reserves.

It comes as part of a loan worth $11 billion signed in July by Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during his Latin America tour – shortly before the country fell into its second default in 12 years.

The Central Bank of Argentina announced that the value of the first disbursement will be between $500 million and $1 billion, according to La Nacion newspaper.

Once it’s got the money Argentina has two options – it could convert the yuan into to dollars in Hong Kong or London, or it could hold the yuan as part of a package of currencies comprising the international reserves of the Central Bank – as Chile and Bolivia have done.

The head of Argentina’s central bank Juan Carlos Fabrega, met his Chinese counterpart in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday to discuss the mechanism for the currency swap.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (R) and her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shake hands after signing a bilateral agreement at the Casa Rosada government palace in Buenos Aires July 18, 2014. (Reuters/Enrique Marcarian)

The deal is aimed to increase the national foreign currency reserves as Argentina has been suffering from capital flight and a dollar shortage since 2011, making it difficult to legally trade pesos for US dollars.

After Argentina fell into economic collapse in 2001-2002 and the currency devalued it became almost impossible for the country to attract international loans at the market rate.

In order to meet its international payments Argentina was forced to use foreign reserves plunging them to their lowest level in more than seven years.

Adding to its financial woes the country fell into technical default in July after a US court blocked a coupon payment to holders of its debt because of a legal fight with US investment funds who rejected the bond swaps that followed the country’s record 2002 default.

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Carl Boudreau: Status for September 6th – A Post Script to Yesterday’s Astrology Status

As you are probably aware, Carl retired from producing monthly astrology videos, earlier this year. This is probably one of the most hopeful predictions he has made in some time. -LW


Some simple messages, often the most important ones, I fear, get lost in the effort to present an overview. So I would like to add this relatively brief post script to yesterday’s status. It gets closer and more directly to my core astrology message for the times ahead.

Let me dispense with all the usual cautions, provisos, qualifications and disclaimers and get right to it – all those things one feels obliged to say so that one can’t be accused of being overly pessimistic or overly optimistic, etc.

That is the message I don’t want to get lost.

Things are going to stop getting progressively worse. At some deep level, they are going to start getting progressively better, despite all surface appearances to the contrary. They already have. Those deeply destabilizing forces with which we have been dealing for nearly a decade and which have inflicted so much hardship and loss are rapidly abating.

Our efforts to heal and recover and to get our lives in order will no longer be so consistently and persistently undermined or upended by worsening turmoil.

We are in the process of returning to average levels of life difficulty. We are also about to begin benefiting from the efforts of those many people who never stop working to improve our lives.

As you lay there going to sleep at night or gathering your courage and determination before rising, you should remind yourself that things are going to stop getting worse and start getting better. They already are.

And, oh, yes. You all have to get up everyday and go do your part to make this work.

That is what I want to be the take away message from yesterday’s astrology post.

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Evil Conservative Radio: What Power Does the Common-Law Grand Jury Hold?

There has been a lot of buzz this weekend after Carl Swensson and the common-law grand jury he convened in Georgia this weekend created a presentment of findings against Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro aka Barry Sutoro. A lot of the commentary that I’ve read has been dismissive of the efforts of Mr. Swensson, and so I thought I’d pass along a few viewpoints on this matter. Frankly, whether the presentment against Obama gains traction or not really isn’t the point… but rather that Americans are becoming so fed up that they are becoming creative in the effort to use our constitution for its intended purpose – limiting the power of our benevolent overlords in government who pretend to be above the law. May a thousand more Cark Swenssons rise up across America in the coming weeks to shed light on the darkness that has become our government.

Opinion 1:
In discussing that power and unique independence granted to the grand jury, the United States Supreme Court, in United States v. Williams, 504 U.S. 36 at 48 (1992), Justice Scalia, delivering the opinion of the court, laid down the law of the land:

“‘[R]ooted in long centuries of Anglo-American history,” Hannah v. Larche, 363 U.S. 420, 490 (1960) (Frankfurter, J., concurring in result), the grand jury is mentioned in the Bill of Rights, but not in the body of the Constitution. It has not been textually assigned, therefore, to any of the branches described in the first three Articles. It “`is a constitutional fixture in its own right.'” United States v. Chanen, 549 F.2d 1306, 1312 (CA9 1977) (quoting Nixon v. Sirica, 159 U.S. App. D.C. 58, 70, n. 54, 487 F.2d 700, 712, n. 54 (1973)), cert. denied, 434 U.S. 825 (1977). ‘ “

Scalia also stated, that “the grand jury is an institution separate from the courts, over whose functioning the courts do not preside…” Id.

And finally, to seal the deal, Scalia hammered the point home:

“In fact, the whole theory of its function is that it belongs to no branch of the institutional Government, serving as a kind of buffer or referee between the Government and the people. See Stirone v. United States, 361 U.S. 212, 218 (1960); Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 43, 61 (1906); G. Edwards, The Grand Jury 28-32 (1906). Although the grand jury normally operates, of course, in the courthouse and under judicial auspices, its institutional relationship with the Judicial Branch has traditionally been, so to speak, at arm’s length. Judges’ direct involvement in the functioning of the grand jury has generally been confined to the constitutive one of calling the grand jurors together and administering their oaths of office. See United States v. Calandra, 414 U.S. 338, 343 (1974); Fed.Rule Crim.Proc. 6(a). [504 U.S. 36, 48] “

This miraculous quote says it all, “…the whole theory of its function is that it belongs to no branch of the institutional Government, serving as a kind of buffer or referee between the Government and the people.” The Constitution of the United States, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, gives rise to a FOURTH BRANCH of Government, THE GRAND JURY. We the people have been charged with oversight of the government in our roles as grand jurors.

Opinion 2:
I want to draw your attention to a law review article, CREIGHTON LAW REVIEW, Vol. 33, No. 4 1999-2000, 821, IF IT’S NOT A RUNAWAY, IT’S NOT A REAL GRAND JURY by Roger Roots, J.D.

“In addition to its traditional role of screening criminal cases for prosecution, common law grand juries had the power to exclude prosecutors from their presence at any time and to investigate public officials without governmental influence. These fundamental powers allowed grand juries to serve a vital function of oversight upon the government. The function of a grand jury to ferret out government corruption was the primary purpose of the grand jury system in ages past.”

An article appearing in American Juror, the newsletter of the American Jury Institute and the Fully Informed Jury Association, citing the famed American jurist, Joseph Story, explained :

“An indictment is a written accusation of an offence preferred to, and presented, upon oath, as true, by a grand jury, at the suit of the government. An indictment is framed by the officers of the government, and laid before the grand jury. Presentments, on the other hand, are the result of a jury’s independent action:

‘A presentment, properly speaking, is an accusation, made by a grand jury of its own mere motion, of an offence upon its own observation and knowledge, or upon evidence before it, and without any bill of indictment laid before it at the suit of the government. Upon a presentment, the proper officer of the court must frame an indictment, before the party accused can be put to answer it.’ “

Back to the Creighton Law Review:

“A ‘runaway’ grand jury, loosely defined as a grand jury which resists the accusatory choices of a government prosecutor, has been virtually eliminated by modern criminal procedure. Today’s “runaway” grand jury is in fact the common law grand jury of the past. Prior to the emergence of governmental prosecution as the standard model of American criminal justice, all grand juries were in fact “runaways,” according to the definition of modern times; they operated as completely independent, self-directing bodies of inquisitors, with power to pursue unlawful conduct to its very source, including the government itself.”

So, it’s clear that the Constitution intended to give the grand jury power to instigate criminal charges, and this was especially true when it came to government oversight. But something strange happened on the way to the present. That power was eroded by a lie enacted by the legislative branch. The 5th Amendment to the Constitution still contains the same words, but if you sit on a grand jury and return a “presentment” today, the prosecutor must sign it or it probably won’t be allowed to stand by the judge and the criminal charges you have brought to the court’s attention will be swept away. And the reason for this can be found in a legislative lie of epic proportions.

Mr. Roots weighs in again:

“In 1946, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure were adopted, codifying what had previously been a vastly divergent set of common law procedural rules and regional customs.[86] In general, an effort was made to conform the rules to the contemporary state of federal criminal practice.[87] In the area of federal grand jury practice, however, a remarkable exception was allowed. The drafters of Rules 6 and 7, which loosely govern federal grand juries, denied future generations of what had been the well-recognized powers of common law grand juries: powers of unrestrained investigation and of independent declaration of findings. The committee that drafted the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure provided no outlet for any document other than a prosecutor-signed indictment. In so doing, the drafters at least tacitly, if not affirmatively, opted to ignore explicit constitutional language.”[88]“

Rule 7 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCP):

“An offense which may be punished by death shall be prosecuted by indictment. An offense which may be punished by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or at hard labor shall be prosecuted by indictment…”

No mention of “presentments” can be found in Rule 7. But they are mentioned in Note 4 of the Advisory Committee Notes on the Rules:

“4. Presentment is not included as an additional type of formal accusation, since presentments as a method of instituting prosecutions are obsolete, at least as concerns the Federal courts.”

The American Juror published the following commentary with regards to Note 4:

“[W]hile the writers of the federal rules made provisions for indictments, they made none for presentments. This was no oversight. According to Professor Lester B. Orfield, a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure, the drafters of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 6 decided the term presentment should not be used, even though it appears in the Constitution. Orfield states [22 F.R.D. 343, 346]:

‘There was an annotation by the Reporter on the term presentment as used in the Fifth Amendment. It was his conclusion that the term should not be used in the new rules of criminal procedure. Retention might encourage the use of the run-away grand jury as the grand jury could act from their own knowledge or observation and not only from charges made by the United States attorney. It has become the practice for the United States Attorney to attend grand jury hearings, hence the use of presentments have been abandoned.’ “

That’s a fascinating statement: “Retention might encourage…the grand jury [to] act from their own knowledge or observation.” God forbid, right America? The nerve of these people. They have the nerve to put on the record that they intended to usurp our Constitutional power, power that was intended by the founding fathers, in their incredible wisdom, to provide us with oversight over tyrannical government.

And so they needed a spin term to cast aspersions on that power. The term they chose was, “runaway grand jury”, which is nothing more than a Constitutionally mandated grand jury, aware of their power, and legally exercising that power to hold the federal beast in check, as in “checks and balances”.

The lie couldn’t be inserted into the Constitution, so they put it in a statute and then repeated it. And scholars went on to repeat it, and today, as it stands, the grand jury has effectively been lied into the role of submissive puppet of the US Attorney.

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Ron Paul on “Off the Grid” with Jesse Ventura

In this interview, Ron Paul says he doesn’t see any major changes in the upcoming 2016 elections. What do you think? -LW


Jesse Ventura welcomes back an old friend to #OffTheGrid, the former U.S. Representative from Texas, Dr. Ron Paul (www.voicesofliberty.com) to discuss what Barack Obama should actually be sued for, if Sarah Palin can possibly lead an impeachment charge against the President, and if our economy is on the verge of massive inflation.

Part Two

In this second part of their #OffTheGrid conversation, Jesse Ventura and Ron Paul (voicesofliberty.com) discuss how we need to legalize marijuana at the state level, if the U.S. government is preparing for martial law, why we need to abolish the CIA, and if the only hope for 2016 is a cataclysmic failure of our government. Got a question for the Governor? Message him at http://www.ora.tv/offthegrid/askjesse.

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John Rubino – Imagine a World Without Central Banks and Fractional Reserve Banking

Originally posted on wchildblog:

Source: FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com:

John Rubino writes in the Money Bubble, “In a very real sense, it is fractional reserve banking and not money itself that is the root of so many of today’s evils. Whenever fractional reserves are permitted, the banking system – including the one that exists today throughout the world – comes to resemble a classic Ponzi scheme which can only function as long as most people don’t try to get at their money.”

A Better System: “Now, is this critique of the current monetary system just impotent ideological whining over something that, like the weather, can’t be changed? Or could fractional reserve banking and the resulting need for economic central planning actually be replaced by something better? Specifically, how could a banking system without fractional reserve lending accommodate depositors’ demand that their money be there when they want it and borrowers’ desire for 30-year mortgages which…

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What’s The Point Of Hiding It Any Longer?

Light Worker 29501:

This is where your money goes, hidden in the CAFRs . . . -LW

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:

Compare and contrast.

From the Chicago Mercantile Exchange 2012 10-K:

Customer Base

Our customer base includes professional traders, financial institutions, institutional and individual investors, major corporations, manufacturers, producers and governments.

And from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange 2013 10-K:

Customer Base

Our customer base includes professional traders, financial institutions, institutional and individual investors, major corporations, manufacturers, producers, governments and central banks.

And there you have it, but in case anyone is still confused, here is some more:

At this point why even pretend there is a “market”? The “market”, and by “market” we mean stocks – it has long been known that central banks actively trade bonds, FX and commodities – is whatever central…

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Warning To The World: Rothschild’s Washington, NATO, & European Union Vassals Are Insane!

Light Worker 29501:

More on the Putin – Barroso phone call . . . -LW

Originally posted on Political Vel Craft:

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Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination.

If we have “ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.”

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