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Hour 2 -- Patrick Wood (August Forecast & Review) on Technocracy trends and analysis; Also, latest article: Pending Bankruptcy Of Largest Solar Company Puts Alternative Energy Industry Into Full Meltdown Mode
Hour 3 -- Darryl Perry and Austin Petersen (both running as Libertarian Candidates for POTUS) come on the show to debate libertarian issues and their respective campaigns
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Hour 2 -- Patrick Wood (August Forecast & Review) on Technocracy trends and analysis; Also, latest article: Pending Bankruptcy Of Largest Solar Company Puts Alternative Energy Industry Into Full Meltdown Mode
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy.
He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
Wood remains a leading expert on the elitist Trilateral Commission, their policies and achievements in creating their self-proclaimed "New International Economic Order" which is the essence of Sustainable Development on a global scale.
An economist by education, a financial analyst and writer by profession and an American Constitutionalist by choice, Wood maintains a Biblical world view and has deep historical insights into the modern attacks on sovereignty, property rights and personal freedom. Such attacks are epitomized by the implementation of U.N. policies such as Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and in education, the widespread adoption of Common Core State Standards.
Wood is a frequent speaker and guest on radio shows around the nation. His current research builds on Trilateral Commission hegemony, focusing on Technocracy, Transhumanism and Scientism, and how these are transforming global economics, politics and religion.
SunEdison solar project
WRITTEN BY: PATRICK WOOD APRIL 15, 2016
The darling industry of Sustainable Development is solar energy and wind turbines. The global policy of Sustainable Development (aka Technocracy) is to a) destroy carbon-based energy and b) replace the deficit with alternative energy.
The first problem is that Technocracy is a crackpot vision of Utopia that has never been tried, much less tested, in the real world. There is no concrete evidence that it would ever work, even under ideal conditions. And yet, Technocrats everywhere, including the United Nations, assure us that this is the hottest thing since the invention of electricity.
The destruction of carbon-based energy sources is already under way, creating the first wave of energy deficits, which leads to the second problem. Simultaneously, the first wave of solar development was also underway with glorious promises, scads of eager investors and scientists in white coats leading the parade of fools. The nilly-willy stampede rivaled the tulip mania of 1637 in Holland.
After all, everybody loves a sure thing.
Much to their chagrin, the industry has reversed field and is in full retreat. The largest solar company in the world, SunEdison, is on the ropes and headed toward bankruptcy. It may take the rest of the industry with it.
Since last July, SunEdison's stock has lost ninety-eight percent of its value, despite a recent rally off its low. Excuses and accusations abound.
Will the global warming and Sustainable Development 'believers' give up their pipe-dreams? Hardly. If anything, it will harden their resolve to do it better the next time.
The irony of this whole debacle is that those who swear that they are 'saving' the world are actually destroying it. Now would be a good time to slap some sense into these Utopian dreamers.
The headlines below reveal additional details.
SunEdison Bankruptcy Whispers Char SolarCity, First Solar, SunPower
SunEdison's (SUNE) inferno continued Wednesday, a day after rumors flared that it might be in debtor-in-possession talks with creditors — often seen as a precursor to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
In the stock market today, SunEdison stock plunged 15% to 1.27 and near its all-time low of 1.21 touched on Feb. 26. Shares have crashed 96% since July 20, when SunEd announced a bid to acquire installer Vivint Solar (VSLR).
Shares of Vivint Solar and of SunEd yield company TerraForm Power (TERP) fell 11% and 3.8%, respectively. The conflagration also charred SolarCity (SCTY), SunPower (SPWR) and First Solar(FSLR) stocks, which tumbled 10%, 7.6% and 4.3%, respectively.
More broadly, IBD's 21-company Energy-Solar industry group felt the burn, falling a collective 4.3%, its biggest single-day drop since Feb. 11.
Axiom Securities downgraded SunEdison stock to a sell rating and lowered its price target to 22 cents from 39 cents. Intraday, Stifel Nicolaus suspended its rating on SunEdison stock.
On Tuesday, SunEdison executives declined to comment on "market rumors and speculation."SunEd is reportedly negotiating with holders of $725 million in second-lien loans, according to a report by Debtwire, cited by Reuters.
Financial Turmoil at SunEdison Imperils Solar Projects Worldwide
In November, solar energy giant SunEdison reported that its project pipeline had grown by 75% in just a year, the result of an aggressive growth strategy.
Now, five months later, many of those projects are imperiled as SunEdison reportedly prepares to declare bankruptcy.
SunEdison's rapid growth in planned capacity—from 4.5 gigawatts to 7.9 GW in 12 months, according to a company press release—was propelled by an acquisition spree and aggressive underbidding of rivals on projects. Put in perspective, a typical nuclear power plant has a capacity of 1 GW.
Among the deals now in question is a solar plant under construction for the central Texas community of Georgetown. SunEdison initially told officials there it would self-finance the project, but now wants to make alternative funding arrangements.
At SunEdison's request, the city last month authorized financing through Morgan Stanley MS -1.68% , but the financial services firm has yet to agree to the arrangement.
In February, Hawaiian Electric Company HE 1.74% cited project delays in canceling a contract with SunEdison to purchase power from three solar facilities the company was building on the island of Oahu.
The sad story of how the biggest solar company in the world fell to its knees
SunEdison, the biggest solar-energy manufacturing firm in the entire world, is nearing bankruptcy.
Its decline has been swift and brutal, taking some of the most legendary names in finance with it.
The stock that was once a hedge fund darling has turned into Wall Street's nightmare.
A company that was once worth more than $10 billion is now valued at $150 million, with close to $8 billion in long-term debt.
This is because the company's business structure, which was once considered quite complex, was in a matter of months found to be quite simple — it simply could not generate enough cash.
The simple truth started to reveal itself to Wall Street in July, when SunEdison's stock started its 98% descent. The tip was a deal. The company wanted to pay a 52% premium for a residential-solar firm called Vivint.
Not only was that too expensive for investors to stomach, but they felt residential assets were not part of SunEdison's more lucrative commercial vision.
So they sold, and sold, and sold.
Now the company is facing challenges on all sides.
The SEC is investigating whether the company may have lied to investors about its cash position during some of its darkest times last fall.Billionaire investor David Tepper of hedge fund Appaloosa Management, an investor in one of SunEdison's subsidiaries, is agitating for change at the company. And now the company is preparing to file for bankruptcy.
But we'll get to that in a moment. First lets talk about the deal that brought it all down.
Hour 3 -- Darryl Perry and Austin Petersen (both running as Libertarian Candidates for POTUS) come on the show to debate libertarian issues and their respective campaigns?
Darryl Perry and Austin Petersen
Both running as Libertarian Candidates for POTUS, they will square of on the issues. See below for BIO's, webpages, and platforms for each...
Darryl W. Perry was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding area; graduating from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 1996. Darryl attended Jefferson State Community College on a Scholarship with the Speech Team (Forensics Team), and later on a Management Scholarship with WJSR-FM, the college radio station, of which Darryl was Station Manager from Summer of 1997 until he graduated in 1998.
Darryl has spent most of his adult life as an advocate & activist for peace and liberty.
Darryl is an award winning author, publisher & radio/TV host. He is a regular contributor to several weekly and monthly newspapers. He hosts the daily newscast FPPRadioNews, the podcast Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, the weekly news podcast FPP Freedom Minute, and is a regular co-host on Free Talk Live.
Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party, and was on the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party from 2008-2012. He was the longest serving member of the National Committee, and was twice elected Chair. The BTP dissolved in July 2012 after Perry resigned as Chair.
Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications, a business he started in June, 2009 with the purpose of ensuring a FREE PRESS for the FREEDOM MOVEMENT. Since then FPP has republished several libertarian/anarch classics as well as new books, both fiction and non-fiction, many of which have won awards and other recognition.
The goal of the Darryl W. Perry for President campaign is to run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history, to promote the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible, and to give as many people the chance to vote for an actual libertarian in November 2016!
2016 Presidential Campaign Platform
Statement of Principles:
…that all coercive forms of taxation should be eliminated, and government programs should be funded voluntarily.
…that people should be allowed to travel freely without government interference; this includes the right of individuals to choose where they decide to live.
…in the right of self-determination; that is the right of "determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status."
…that every person and/or group of people should be allowed to decide for themselves if and/or how they will be governed.
…that men do not need leaders, we are all capable of leading ourselves. Governments only get in the way of allowing this to happen.
…that the United States government, as it exists today, should be abolished!
I support reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and oppose increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose. While recognizing that change often takes the form of increments and transitions, the policies in the planks that follow are to be taken as quickly and efficiently as possible without interruption or delay.
1. CIVIL LIBERTY AND CIVIL ORDER
I oppose abortion for moral reasons, however I do not believe it should be illegal. Supporting the legal status of an act does not mean that individuals approve of or support it. Forcing individuals to fund a practice they find abhorrent is unacceptable; as with any medical process, I oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion. I also oppose taxpayer funding of organizations that offer "abortion alternatives" (i.e. organizations that encourage adoption). Government created barriers to adoption should also be eliminated.
I would like to see more anti-abortion advocates focus on education as a way to reduce the number of babies that are aborted. Additionally, just as a mother can waive parental rights upon birth by putting the child up for adoption, the father of the child should likewise have the legal option of either waiving parental rights, or having the first opportunity to adopt the child if placed for adoption.
Copyright & Intellectual Property
Current copyright and patent laws are flawed, and must be repealed to respect the free flow of information. When you use information to guide your action or configure your own property, the originator of the idea still has the idea.
All peaceful prisoners should be released, so long as their offense does not have a victim. Police should no longer arrest or ticket people for offenses with no victim, and such crimes should be eliminated from federal statutes, state statutes and local ordinances.
DC Voting Rights
The residential areas of Washington, D.C. should be retro-ceded to so that all residents are in Maryland. The District should only contain offices, museums and parks.
The "War on Drugs" costs the federal government over $15 billion per year, State and local governments spend an additional $25 billion each year. These costs include the incarceration of nearly 1 million people for drug offenses; the vast majority of these individuals have harmed no one.
Individuals with drug addictions should be treated medically for these addictions, they should not be treated as criminals.
There were no federal drug laws until the early 20th Century. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was ruled Unconstitutional in 1969. In 1970, however, President Nixon was successful in getting Congress to pass the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, and States were forced to adopt the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. These sets of laws are a blatant violation of the 9th and 10th Amendments.
ALL laws regulating the production, distribution and/or use of any substance should be repealed.
The Federal Department of Education should be abolished, and all voucher programs should be abolished. Parents should take a more active role in the education of their children, something as important as education should not be handed over to a government.
Equal Protection Under the Law
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by any government entity on account of race, creed, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Freedom of Association
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association and that no one may be compelled to belong to an association. This freedom of association includes the right of business owners to refuse service to any person for any reason; however no business owner should be compelled by law to deny service.
Freedom of Speech, and of the Press
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. I oppose all forms of censorship, whatever the medium involved; this includes laws and/or regulations that stifle the expression of ideas, especially ideas that are dissenting or political in nature, regardless if the person expressing the idea is doing so on their own accord, as part of a group, or as a member of the media.
Governments should be transparent and free of corruption. I believe the Downsize DC Agenda is one methods for bringing about this reform.
Further, all individuals have the god-given right to life, liberty & pursuit of happiness, whenever governments become destructive of these rights, the people have the right to alter or abolish it. The federal government has been destroying rights since 1791, therefore I believe that the federal government should be abolished!
I believe that people should be allowed to travel freely without government interference. This includes the right of individuals to choose where they decide to live.
Current federal immigration laws are convoluted and give preferential treatment to individuals from certain countries. The current system also relies on quotas, hosts and in some cases an immigration lottery, as well as preferred treatment to athletes and refugees. This must change, and there should be one uniform immigration law. I believe the best model law is the "wet foot, dry foot rule" in place for people fleeing Cuba. Under this rule, anyone from Cuba who makes it safely into the United States, is allowed to stay; however, the aspect of this rule that I would end is that the Coast Guard patrols the waters looking for people with "wet feet" in order to redirect them back to Cuba. The immigration policy of the United States of America should once again resemble the words written on the Statue of Liberty
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
An aside: most of the people who argue against eased immigration standards point to the "abuse" of the welfare system. That is actually an argument against welfare, not an argument against immigration!
Encroachments on privacy by government should be eliminated so far as it is possible to do so. Electronic and other covert government surveillance of citizens should be restricted to activity which can be shown beforehand, under high standards of probable cause, to be criminal and to present immediate and grave danger to other citizens. The national census and other government compilations of data on citizens should be conducted on a strictly voluntary basis, and the census should only ask the question: "How many people live at this address?".
Secession and Self-Determination
I fully support the right of self-determination; that is the right of "determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status." Though there are no established guidelines regarding how a group of people exercise their right of self-determination. During the 1860's several States attempted to leave the United States of America, several counties in these States took secession one step further and seceded from their seceding State. It was this act of self-determination that allowed West Virginia to become a State, it also led to several "Free State's" throughout the Confederacy.
The United States of America was founded on the principles of self-determination. Not only has the U.S. government violated the self-determination rights of the Native Americans, but also the people of Hawai'i, Guam, Puerto Rico and many other people who have become dependent on the U.S. government. I believe that every person and/or group of people should be allowed to decide for themselves if and/or how they will be governed.
As a Life Member of the Second Amendment Foundation, I support the right to privately own and possess firearms or any other weapons for self-defense purposes. I oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, transport, or transfer of firearms, ammunition, or any other tool that could be used for self-defense. Additionally, I oppose all laws requiring registration of firearms or ammunition, and oppose any government efforts to ban or restrict the use of other self-defensive tools, including (but not limited to) pepper spray, stun guns, tear gas (mace). I further oppose all attempts to ban weapons or ammunition.
2. TRADE AND THE ECONOMY
Budget & Economy
I fully support abolishing the Federal Reserve, IRS and all unconstitutional spending. I support a repeal of legal tender laws, and a free-market monetary system of competing currencies.
I also oppose any attempts to regulate virtual currencies.
I oppose all governmental subsidies and bailouts, direct or indirect, to business, labor, or any other special interest; a business should be allowed to succeed or fail without governmental interference.
Energy & Oil
I support the use of alternative energy sources. While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. I oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and/or production.
I share the opinion of Dr. Mary Ruwart "The environment would benefit immensely from the elimination of sovereign immunity coupled with the privatization of land and beast. The third and final step in the libertarian program to save the environment is the use of restitution both as a deterrent and a restorative."
I support the existence of free-market certifications and believe such certifications are helpful to those looking for qualified health care.
I believe that individuals should be free to choose the medical care they believe is best for themselves. This includes the freedom to seek alternative forms of treatment, such as holistic, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture, shaman, or any other form of treatment they choose. Governments should not mandate what qualifies someone to give medical treatment, nor should any government use force, or the threat of force, to prevent an individual from seeking treatment from an "unqualified" practitioner.
I support the repeal/abolition of the FDA, Medicare, Medicaid, forced vaccination, mandatory health insurance laws, and any other governmental dictate that interferes with than individuals right to choose the medical care the wish to seek.
Infrastructure & Technology
Government should not be involved in this area, this is an issue best left to private industry.
It is not the job of any government to create jobs. This is an issue best left to private industry, without interference from government.
Social Security is nothing more than a Ponzi-scheme, whereby a fraudulent investment operation pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation.
Every individual should be responsible for his/her own retirement. Therefore, everyone should be allowed to opt-out of the Social Security system. Those who decide to opt-in to Social Security should have their contributions placed into a private account, such as a 401k or Money Market Account, which they control.
I wish to phase-out the system altogether to remove the coercion of government from an individuals retirement.
I support abolishing the IRS and all forms of coercive taxation (this includes tariffs, excise taxes, payroll taxes, etc), and government programs should be funded voluntarily.
Welfare & Poverty
The welfare state, supposedly designed to aid the poor, is in reality a growing and parasitic burden on all productive people, and injures, rather than benefits, the poor themselves.
I oppose government-enforced charity such as welfare programs and subsidies, but heartily applaud those individuals and private charitable organizations that help the needy and contribute to a wide array of worthwhile causes through voluntary activities. Taxpayer funding for welfare should be phased out as quickly as possible.
3. FOREIGN POLICY
There is a saying "If goods don't cross border, armies will." I believe American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Peace will never be achieved through force. Libertarians seek the withdrawal of troops from the 900+ military bases in over 130 nations around the world.
I support an end to taxpayer funded foreign aid.
Free Trade does not require a treaty, rather a lack of government involvement. I support real free-trade (not the bureaucratic version of "free trade" that exists under NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, etc). To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, I support peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
I support abolishing the Department of Homeland Security. Constitutionally, the military is responsible for protecting the country; however, I do not support a standing army, rather I support calling up a military only in times of declared war or in cases of imminent defense.
I support the immediate withdrawal of the United States government from, and an end to its financial support for, the United Nations. Specifically, I oppose any US policy designating the United Nations as policeman of the world, committing US troops to wars at the discretion of the UN, or placing US troops under UN command. I oppose US government participation in any world or international government. I oppose any treaty under which individual rights would be violated.
War & Peace
I am opposed to war for moral and philosophical reasons, not for political reasons. Force is only justified in defense of person or property; preemptive use of force is always wrong.
The foundation of libertarianism is mutual respect. It is a principle that extends to our relationships with people throughout the world.
All American troops currently stationed around the world, excepting those troops who are protecting embassies, should be brought home immediately.
My silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination, including the existence of any particular governmental system, should not be construed to imply approval. In every matter, I adhere to the consistent application of the principle of the non-initiation of physical force or fraud.
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Austin Petersen is a constitutional Libertarian who believes in economic freedom and personal liberty. Petersen's passion for limited government led him to a job at the Libertarian National Committee in 2008, and then eventually to the Atlas Economic Research Foun- dation. After fighting for liberty in our nation's capital, Petersen took a job as an associate producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show FreedomWatch on the Fox Business Network. After the show's cancellation, Austin returned to D.C. to work for the Tea Party institution FreedomWorks, and subsequently started his own business venture, Stonegait LLC, and a popular nation- al news magazine The Libertarian Republic.
Reduce economic inequality by lowering barriers to entry in the marketplace, licensing, taxation, and fees. Urge congress to adopt the "Penny Plan," across the board spending cuts of 1% per program. Abolish the existing, complicated tax code that discriminates against the most productive Americans, and replace it with a simple, flat tax at the lowest rate necessary to support the core functions of government. Seek voluntary ways to fund public services where possible, lotteries, tolls, etc.
Strengthen national security by reducing/ending foreign aid to nations hostile to the USA. Reconsider overseas troop deployments in areas not important to US national security, and audit the Pentagon. Reform the Veteran's Affairs administration.
The American people have sacrificed enough blood and treasure in the Middle East. No more nation building. Obey the Constitution, and only go to war if it's declared by Congress. Consider constitutional Letters of Marque and Reprisal to deal with terrorists.
Lower barriers to trade with foreign nations, and allow American companies the leeway they need to develop domestic energy production, in order to create good paying jobs at home
Audit the Federal Reserve first. End it through competition last. Institute a Monetary Commission devoted to studying the implications of replacing central banking with "Free Banking," and abolishing laws of legal tender. Allow gold and silver to circulate as a currency, removing them from the commodity list, and make precious metal coins free of taxation. Let digital currencies compete against Federal Reserve notes.
Streamline our immigration system by following updated "Ellis Island" styled protocols. Security check. Disease check. Done.
Work with congress to institute new protocols that will protect national security while placing the balance of weight towards due process and individual rights. Rein in the NSA, and demand accountability in our security agencies so as to protect our 4th Amendment rights.
Reclassify the war on drugs as a medical problem, not a criminal problem. Deschedule all drugs at the federal level and end the federal War on Drugs once and for all.
Allow young people to opt out of Social Security.
Overturn Obamacare. Seek out market alternatives to problems of health and wellness.
Encourage a culture of life, and adoption, and educate Americans about the "consistent pro-life ethic," which also means abolishing the death penalty.
Austin Petersen's philosophy is that of a free market libertarian, in the style of our third President Thomas Jefferson: fiscally conservative, and socially tolerant. Austin will fight to restore limited government values, and help create jobs by lowering barriers to entry into the marketplace.
Meet 2016 Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen: