Oct 172014
 

Are You A Fascist?    Don’t be ashamed of your fascism, be proud! No one has ever done it better.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Military Blasphemy    Our churches must be demilitarized.

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker    They didn’t do anything with billions of dollars?

American Foreign Policy: Still Crazy After All These Years    We had to nuke Korea in order to save Korea.

‘You Have The Right To Remain Silent.’ Or Do You?    The Bill of Rights is dead, buried and forgotten.

12 Charts That Show The Permanent Damage That Has Been Done To The U.S. Economy    As our economic fundamentals have deteriorated, our politicians have attempted to prop up our standard of living by borrowing from the future.

The QE4 Countdown Has Begun    Rinse, repeat, for round number 4 (or 5, or 6), in the process completely destroying what little is left of the middle class and making the rich, superer richer.

Here’s What 44 Countries List As The Greatest Danger In The World    Americans, and generally most European nations listed “inequality” as the world’s greatest danger.

‘Global warming scare’ declared ‘over’    It’s “past time” for the world to realize that and “stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat.”

So What Does the World Bank Do Exactly?    What is it, what does it do, and why is it important for the BRICS to challenge its hegemony in the development and poverty reduction arenas?

Crony Capitalism: Taxpayers Forced to Fund Virginia Brewery    You tax dollars are going to a corporation to build the restaurant.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Liberalism — be nice to others – or else    Yet “practitioners of the politics of kindness lose little sleep over those whose suffering is the collateral damage of liberal policies, such as whites denied educational or career opportunities because of affirmative action programs.”   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

US Policy Towards Iran Played Big Role in Rise of Sunni Extremism    After the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Tehran quietly put forward an offer for a comprehensive deal with the US. The Bush administration did not even bother to respond.

Me Is Mine, You Is Yours    Video du jour.

More drug war anal probes, this time in Tennessee    Police state du jour.

Here is today    Weirdness du jour.

Cows Play With Bouncy Ball    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Animal Sex: How Tree Frogs Do it    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

How We Victimize Our Victims Over and Over Again    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

NYPD officers save woman from Metro North train death    Heroic cop du jour.

Española police officer on leave over DWI charge    Drunk driving cop du jour.

IOF sniper kills 13-year-old Palestinian child    The real terrorists du jour.


Fly trap — Jim Hoffman

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Oct 152014
 

Libertarianism Is Not Atheist, Is Not Religious    The debate on religion within libertarianism needs nothing so much as a word that both true believers and true libertarians should agree upon: Peace.

Cuba Sees a Crisis, and Sends Docs; The US Sees an Opportunity and Sends Troops    Anyone who thinks this dispatching of US military personnel to Africa is about combating a plague is living in a fantasy world.

297 Congress Members Have Earmarked $3.8 Billion for Organizations Tied to Them or Family Members    Cronyism rules the day in Washington.

Americans Face Post-Foreclosure Hell As Wages Garnished And Assets Seized    Using a legal tool known as a “deficiency judgment,” lenders can ensure that borrowers are haunted by these zombie-like debts for years.

In Soviet Russia, Pravda punches you    Fish don’t know they’re in water.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”    The only thing they got in common is their relationship with the US Empire.

Criminalizing Creepy    The question isn’t whether this jerk is a hero, but whether he’s a criminal. He’s neither.

School Vouchers: The Double Tax    Education is a scapegoat for every failure and as a catch-all for every hope and expectation of society.

5 Reasons Oil Prices Are Dropping    1. The U.S. Oil Boom

Let go of grudges against Cuba, Iran    Kissinger embraced the classic American view that the United States has rights to intervene abroad that other countries do not have.

Here’s Why GOP Interventionism Is Back    The Republican flirtation with dovish noninterventionism is over. It wasn’t much of a thing.

They used to hate us because of our freedoms, but now they hate us because of our religion    Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher agree on something. The anti-Christ is born.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner – yes she’s female, and yes she’s Muslim!    If I had been shot in the face I would probably not have found the courage to continue preaching love and kindness, education and peace.

The Science of Climate Change – A Conversation with Dr. Patrick Moore    Video du jour.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

“Keep your hands where I can see them, don’t move. You hear me? You have a license? Show me your license now. If you do something, I’ll kill you here. You understand?”    Police state du jour.

Feed the head    Weirdness du jour.

Dancing Gretel    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Ancient village found at Arizona’s Petrified Forest    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Emergentism and generationism    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

EC sheriff deputies save life of heroin overdose victim    Heroic cop du jour.

Former NC sheriff’s deputy pleads to drug charges    Thieving cop du jour.

Settlers torch mosque near Nablus    The real terrorists du jour.


Pair of Little bee-eaters — Rick Du Boisson

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Oct 152014
 

Just about a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a post titled “It Can’t Happen To Me.” In it, I talked about the attitude I run into repeatedly, one that seems to be now as ingrained as the idea that people gotta breathe, which is that constitutional rights protect criminals. Nobody else needs them.

Because if you haven’t done anything wrong, then you’ve nothing to hide, nothing to fear.

Nevermind that non-white people have known pretty much forever that cops don’t just go after criminals. What white people believe runs this country. And white people haven’t suffered these problems of being stopped repeatedly, harassed, or killed for driving while black, kissing while black, or, increasingly, just being black, so they believe it doesn’t happen…very often.

Sure, they’ve heard of it happening, but they’ve never really borne the brunt of it. And they don’t really believe what some black people say about how bad it is. I mean, most cops are good, right? Most cops — so they say — won’t beat you at the drop of a hat, even if they stand around and do nothing while their brothers in blue beat the living shit out of people when the hat drops. Those good cops, though, will indeed not just stand there — they’ll cover for their homies when asked what happened, even if they have to lie under oath to do it.

They just won’t join in the beating. Because, they’re good cops.

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Oct 132014
 

Nobel Prize winner Malala told Obama U.S. drone attacks fuel terrorism    It don’t take brains to figure that one out.

Uncle Sam’s Vestigial Feudalism    The Bill of Rights is dead, buried and forgotten.

What Obama’s Ukrainian Stooges Did    He’s supporting racist nazis who are beheading their rivals.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Destroying a $30,000 Islamic State pickup truck can cost US $500,000    We can’t win for losing.

The US ranks #36 in the world for respecting property rights. Is this freedom?    United States is now rated less economically free than Jordan.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Cops, Cameras and The Thin Blue Lie    ”If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me.” ~ Officer Dan Page

The Capitalist Cure for Terrorism    Military might alone won’t defeat Islamic State and its ilk. The U.S. needs to promote economic empowerment.

Defense Dept. to Request $30-40 Billion a Year to Fight ISIS; History Lessons    Anyone recall how the war in Iraq would pay for itself? That was the US Defense Department estimate in 2003.

The Broken State and How to Fix It    Unsustainable mountains of debt, continuous meddling by the government and Fed to “stimulate the economy,” and the US dollar’s dwindling status as the world’s reserve currency are very real threats to Americans’ standard of living.

War is for Control    Control of the most valuable, renewable resource on the planet – people.

“Something Like 100 Years” — Christopher Hitchens in 1991 at Beginning of First Gulf War on How Long U.S. War With Iraq Would Last    He was right!

Ron Paul Predicts ISIS Takeover in Iraq … in 2002    ”As bad as Hussein is, he is enemy of the Al Quaida and someone new may well be a close ally of the Islamic radicals.”

Inflation over 270 years: It is hard to feel the tornado of price erosion when you are standing in the eye of the financial storm    In the last decade, the regular cost of tuition has gone up 59 percent. Yet wages and household incomes have gone stagnant.

The Science of Climate Change – A Conversation with Dr. Patrick Moore    Video du jour.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Video of the Day – NYPD Officer Steals Brooklyn Man’s Money Then Pepper Sprays Him    Police state du jour.

Don’t turn out the light.    Weirdness du jour.

A day in the office with Rescue #8    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Largest study into near-death experiences discovers awareness may continue even after the brain shuts down    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Possible Psychology of a Matrioshka Brain    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

LR police officer saves young mother’s life    Heroic cop du jour.

State recommends house arrest for ex-deputy    Lying cop du jour.

Israeli settlers beat young Palestinian woman picking olives    The real terrorists du jour.


Poison colors — Pere Rubio

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Oct 132014
 

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “War on Poverty.” It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, “We’re a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty.” Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak.

It seemed to work. The poverty rate dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent in the programs’ first decade. Unfortunately, few people noticed that during the half-decade before the “War,” the rate dropped from 22 percent to 17 percent. Without big government, Americans were already lifting themselves out of poverty!

Johnson’s War brought further progress, but progress then stopped. It stopped because government is not good at making a distinction between needy and lazy. It taught moms not to marry the father of their kids because that would reduce their welfare benefits. Welfare invited people to be dependent. Some people started to say, “Entry-level jobs are for suckers.” Many could live almost as well without the hassle of work.

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Oct 132014
 

On occasion I have referred to the US Empire as a police state and have received complaints that we are nowhere near a police state. This morning I was reading an article by the always wonderful Fred Reed when I read the following paragraphs.

NSA spies on us illegally and in detail, recording telephone conversations, reading email, recording our financial transactions, on and on. TSA makes air travel a nightmare, forcing us to hop about barefoot and confiscating toothpaste. The police kick in our doors at night on no-knock raids and shoot our dogs. In bus stations we are subject to search without probable cause. The feds track us through our cell phones. Laws make it a crime to photograph the police, an out-and-out totalitarian step: Cockroaches do not like light. The feds give police forces across the country weaponry normal to militaries. Whatever the intention, it is the hardware of control of dissent. Think Tian An Men Square in China.

And we have no recourse. If you resist, you go to jail, maybe not for long, not yet anyway, but jail is jail. Object to TSA and you miss your flight. They know it and use it. The courts do nothing about this. They too are feds.~ Fred Reed

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Oct 102014
 

Entrepreneurs Make Science Work    The role of markets can’t be emphasized enough, because it’s the profit-and-loss system that reveals the ultimate worth of an invention.

Little Girl’s Playset Is in Her Own Backyard, City Wants It Destroyed Anyway    This city is run by sociopaths.

Indiana trooper pulled over woman to ask if she’d accepted Jesus Christ as her savior    Christian Sharia Law comes to Indiana.

The Pillars of American Thinking – The “Father of the Constitution” and the “Father of Free Market Capitalism” – Both Warned Against Warmongers … 200 Hundred Years Ago    Those who call themselves “conservative” – but advocate military adventurism – are not really conservative at all.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

An Industrial-Sized Generator That Runs on Waste Heat, Using No Fuel    The generator makes use of a novel, highly efficient thermoelectric material discovered recently at the University of Michigan.

Kids Behind Bars: Israel’s Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors    In the West Bank there are two different systems of law for Israelis and Palestinians: Israeli civil law for the one, military law for the other.

Key Democrats, Led by Hillary Clinton, Leave No doubt that Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine    Senior Obama officials were openly and explicitly stating that America’s “war on terror,” already 12 years old, would last at least another decade.

Notice that ISIS Isn’t Beheading Swiss Citizens    What came first: the chicken or the egg?   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Texas Cop Pepper Sprays and Arrests Man for Video Recording    Just another episode in their nonstop war on the Bill of Rights.

How Islamic State Uses Oil To Fund Its Onslaught    ISIL — has become one of the wealthiest terror groups in history, netting somewhere between $2 million and $3 million every day.

Rushing to War in the Wrong Places    The U.S. military is a wonderful hammer, but many of the thorniest problems in the part of the world we are talking about are not nails.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Why Bill Maher’s Views on Islam Aren’t Only Racist, But Dangerous    Video du jour.

“Bathroom Cops” Arresting Men in Public Bathrooms After “Shaking Off” When Done Urinating    Police state du jour.

Hema sales page    Weirdness du jour.

96 Lives Saved START rescue transport    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

40,000 Year Old Rock Art Found In Indonesia    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Communion with Nature in The Grey and Godzilla    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

Kansas City officer saves man from collapsed home    Heroic cop du jour.

Sheriff accused of sexual assault    Rapist cop du jour.

Army Illegally Confiscates Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem    The real terrorists du jour.


Mistle Thrush taking shelter — Ron Coulter

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Oct 102014
 

Common wisdom would purport that those on the so-called “right” are and have always been hawkish and pro-war, while those on the proverbial “left” have always been the tree-hugging, peacenik, anti-war folks. For many conservatives, unfortunately, this is more or less correct. However, progressives have once again airbrushed their own past, which is about as anti-war as, well, war.

Much of this perception is relatively recent and primarily boils down to the Iraq War. The neoconservative warmongering was in full swing and for his part, Barack Obama gave a rather pleasant speech about his opposition to the war before it began. In his book, Obama elaborated,

What I sensed, though, was that the threat Saddam posed was not imminent, the Administration’s rationales for war were flimsy and ideologically driven, and the war in Afghanistan was far from complete.[1]

Not terribly bad, at least for a politician.

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