Aug 292014
 

How Much Does It Cost America To Blow Up American Weapons?    Demand destruction: Twenty-first century style.

A Tale of Two Markets: One for Wealthy Insiders, And Another For the Rest of Us    This is fraud that is deeply woven into the very fabric of the system, and is widely tolerated with a self-serving wink and a nod.

The Double Identity of an “Anti-Semitic” Commenter    Some civilian Israelis apparently are paid by the government to work the internet.

The Final Nail in the Coffin: The Death of Freedom in Our Schools    It’s happening in small towns and big cities alike every time a citizen gets stopped and frisked for no better reason than they “look” suspicious.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

The Fun of Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria    It’s as though the U.S. knew for certain all along that it wanted to fight in the war in Syria, and just needed a little time to figure out on which side it would fight. It switched sides virtually on a dime.

Suspect charged with murder after stray police bullet kills innocent woman    Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.

All’s Fair In Love And War And Oil    But it would not be the first time that Kurdish oil has found its way into the Israeli market.

Free speech takes hit in federal court decision upholding restrictions on Christian speech at Arab festival    The Bill of Rights is dead, buried and forgotten.

It Was a Wild and Crazy Summer of Criminalizing Campus Sex    The argument makes no sense—if all drunken sex constitutes rape, then both the accused and the accuser are equally guilty.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Medicare’s Scooter Scam    But even worse than Medicare’s lax oversight is that officials knew about the fraud regarding wheelchairs and still didn’t act.

Three Questions for Hamas    Why provide Israel with an argument for its massive military assaults by firing thousands of rockets that do minimal damage?    A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Full Spectrum Dominance Powerful Speech    Video du jour.

Authorities claim handcuffed man shot himself in the chest, ruled ‘suicide’    Police state du jour.

Click to Remove    Weirdness du jour.

Rescuing two dogs, a brother and a sister from life on the streets    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

1,000-year-old grave of Siberian warlord horseman who lost arm in battle revealed    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Truth and Justice    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

NYPD Officer Saves Dying Infant’s Life    Heroic cop du jour.

Beggs police chief given deferred sentence in domestic assault    Wife beater cop du jour.

Jewish settlers torch Palestinian agricultural lands    The real terrorists du jour.


Baltic stories… — Katarzyna Gritzmann

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Aug 292014
 

The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?

For AIPAC, it is crucial to appeal across the political spectrum. But Israel has become an increasingly divisive issue with the public. Credit Illustration by Matt Dorfman

On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The agenda of the meeting, which was attended by other Jewish leaders as well, was the war in the Gaza Strip. In the century-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the previous two weeks had been particularly harrowing. In Israeli towns and cities, families heard sirens warning of incoming rockets and raced to shelters. In Gaza, there were scenes of utter devastation, with hundreds of Palestinian children dead from bombing and mortar fire. The Israeli government claimed that it had taken extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties, but the United Nations was launching an inquiry into possible war crimes. Even before the fighting escalated, the United States, Israel’s closest ally, had made little secret of its frustration with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “How will it have peace if it is unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation, and allow for Palestinian sovereignty, security, and dignity?” Philip Gordon, the White House coördinator for the Middle East, said in early July. “It cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. Doing so is not only wrong but a recipe for resentment and recurring instability.” Although the Administration repeatedly reaffirmed its support for Israel, it was clearly uncomfortable with the scale of Israel’s aggression. AIPAC did not share this unease; it endorsed a Senate resolution in support of Israel’s “right to defend its citizens,” which had seventy-nine co-sponsors and passed without a word of dissent.

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Aug 292014
 

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Aug 272014
 

Police using deadly force are rarely convicted    And they don’t have to pay any of their own money when they sued because of it.

Chicago robberies drop 20% after concealed carry permits are issued    That’s bad news for the anti-gunners out there.

Muhammad – the Founder of Islam – Specifically CONDEMNED AS SINNERS Anyone Who Failed to Protect Christians or Interfered with Christians’ Ability to Practice their Own Faith    ISIS and other Islamic terrorists are not true Muslims, and they have disobeyed a direct order of Muhammad.

Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers    Humans need not apply.

Journalism is Under Attack, and Not Just in Ferguson    The Bill of Rights is dead, buried and forgotten.

Tobacco and a Free Society    In a free society, it is not the business of government to institute smoking bans in bars or restaurants.

Alabama Police Officer Assaults Man For Recording at Anti-Police Brutality Rally    Just another episode in their unending war against the Bill of Rights.

How to Provoke a Crisis    Imagine if China, Russia, Syria, Cuba, or Iran began flying surveillance planes along the east or west coasts of the United States, including taking pictures of U.S. military bases, planes, and weaponry.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Your Search for Truth    Even if the whole world goes insane, you have a holy responsibility to yourself to perpetually search for truth.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

U.S. news networks should explain WHY North Korea is so pissed off all the time    We in the U.S. must not delude ourselves into thinking that only North Koreans are subjected to propaganda, because like it or not, time and time again, we are not only inundated with it, but we also fall for it just about every time.

Bringing War Home to America    America’s militaristic approach to overseas conflicts can be found in many aspects of its domestic policies.

Over $455,000 Seized from Medical Marijuana Patient Slapped with Civil Asset Forfeiture    Video #1 du jour.

Pediatricians Recommend Poisoning Newborns in the Womb    Video #2 du jour.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Citizen to Cop: “Sir, I’m gonna need your license and insurance please…I smell marijuana in your car.”    Police state du jour.

Don’t pop it!    Weirdness du jour.

Largest California Farm Animal Rescue    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Zombie Ant Fungus ‘Knows’ its Host    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Why is there something rather than nothing? Why would there be nothing?    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

Riverside cop saves baby from choking    Heroic cop du jour.

Oklahoma City police officer accused of rape, sex assaults on patrol    Rapist cop du jour.

Eleven More Palestinians Kidnapped In The West Bank    The real terrorists du jour.


The Golden Pond — Henry Liu

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Aug 272014
 

Washington sabotaged its own “war on terror” by destabilizing the Middle East even as it coddled the U.S. allies who were actually sponsoring terrorism.

The rise of ISIS and the fall of Mosul have laid bare the central contradiction’s in Washington’s failed “war on terror.” (Photo: U.S. Army / Flickr)

There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention.

In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (better known as ISIS) on the Kurdish capital, Erbil. The U.S. would presumably do the same if ISIS surrounds or attacks Baghdad. But in Syria, Washington’s policy is the exact opposite: there the main opponent of ISIS is the Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds in their northern enclaves. Both are under attack from ISIS, which has taken about a third of the country, including most of its oil and gas production facilities.

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Aug 272014
 

This is part II of IV of Useful Idiots and The Something for Nothing Society. In part I, we covered the beginning of the evolution from a capitalist constitutional republic during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency a century ago into the progressive socialist state we have become today. This transformation has taken over a century and has been implemented in such an incremental manner as to be mostly imperceptible to the public at large. It began with the creation of the Federal Reserve (privately owned central bank owned by multi-century banking families) and UNSOUND money (which transformed money from a place to store your savings and labor and a store of value which moved your savings into the future, into an instrument of confiscation, theft and exploitation of the public. The other element of the road to serfdom was the personal income tax, also implemented at that time. This series is a connect the dots exercise designed to allow you to see the enormity and inevitability of the societal collapse we find ourselves in. Its causes, the system that is in place driving it forward and the reality of our situations, better allow you to see and prepare for its demise, hopefully benefitting from it. It is the greatest opportunity in history but requires a keen understanding of history and Austrian economics which has predicted it all. The history of this collapse of empires is being presented to you in this series.

Inhabitants of the developed world have experienced an IRON curtain of government policies crushing their futures and prohibiting prosperity. This plan has been in place and unfolding for over 100 years. It is a plan and the playbook is easily found and understood on the internet. It is central to creating USEFUL IDIOTS and a Something for Nothing Society. It is nothing less than the destruction of the American way, the taking of our freedoms, private property, future prosperity and destruction of any incentives to produce. It is a process where the elites which control society transform the public into modern day serfs and transform the fruits of your labor to themselves in a myriad ways. It is the implementation of socialism, which is the consumption of wealth and the destruction of wealth creation as we outlined in part 1.

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Aug 252014
 

Muslim Leaders Worldwide Condemn ISIS    Turns out they are loudly condemning ISIS … but our press isn’t covering it.

Is the $5 Bill the New $1 Bill?    I remember when penny candy used to sell at one cent.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

TPP: The “Trade” Deal that Could Inflate Your Healthcare Bill    This incentive may explain why pharmaceutical corporations have lobbied Congress for the TPP more than any other industry.

Israeli Teens Gripped by Virulent Racism    To which one student shot back, “If we’re not racist, that makes us leftists.” Sounds like the US.

Video: How to Teach Economics to Your Teenager    The government don’t want to teach high schoolers about economics.

How the US Helped ISIS Grow Into a Monster    The reality of US policy is to support the government of Iraq, but not Syria, against ISIS.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

A temporary turn of 180 degrees by the neocon hawks    The neocons realize that Obama is not determined to follow their lunatic plans for Russia they probably decided to give him some space and excuse to focus on the Middle East.

Militarized cops’ scary new toys: The ugly next frontier in “crowd control”    Imagine how great it would be if any time a crowd gathers and the government wants to shut it down, they can just zap it their ray guns.

Obamacare Manufacturing Facts:    85% of Firms Raise Premiums, 91% Raise Deductibles, 74% Raise Out of Pocket Maximum, 15% Decrease Employment

Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised    They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents).

Why “Good Cops” Stay Silent: The Persecution of Officer Adam Basford    Cops who kill, it appears, are considered worthier of support than peace officers who cross the Blue Line.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

America is Falling Apart    Video du jour.

Tax Payers Forced to Pay $5M in Damages After LAPD Executed Unarmed Man on Live TV    Police state du jour.

Watching Grass Grow    Weirdness du jour.

Welcome to Edgar’s Mission    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

This date in science: First view of Earth from the moon    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Robots Are People, Too    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

WSPD Officer Honored For Saving Woman From Burning House    Heroic cop du jour.

Former police officer found guilty in lascivious acts case    Pedophile cop du jour.

Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike    The real terrorists du jour.


Lunch… — Atif Saeed

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Aug 252014
 

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Sinclair Lewis once opined that if fascism ever comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. I was reminded of that comment when a good friend of mine recently wrote a letter to her local newspaper in Augusta Georgia decrying the killing of nearly two thousand Palestinian civilians in Gaza, describing the deaths as part of “the systemic erosion of the rule of law in our nation and across the globe” since 9/11. A devout Christian, she concluded how from her perspective “The world, it seems, has lost its moral compass.”

Unlike many letter writers, my friend has the life experience to back up her opinion, having served twenty-seven years as a United States Army lawyer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Much of her most recent work has involved the cases of Guantanamo detainees.

It would have been reasonable to assume that my friend’s letter would elicit a variety of responses, and one might have expected that there would be at least some agreement that a world in which killing and wars have become the norm is an unwelcome aberration. But it was not so. Out of the more than one hundred comments the vast majority were violently and caustically opposed to the principle that Israel and the United States have not exactly been role models for a peaceful world. Many of the comments were both personally insulting and, frequently, highly offensive. Some of the remarks clearly came from military veterans while others had a Christian context.

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Aug 252014
 

#11 – Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more people at higher levels than any in the history of the planet, there sure is a lot of groundless guilt in America.

Manifestations of that guilt abound. The example that peeves me the most is the one we often hear from well-meaning philanthropists who adorn their charitable giving with this little chestnut: “I want to give something back.” It always sounds as though they’re apologizing for having been successful.

Translated, that statement means something like this: “I’ve accumulated some wealth over the years. Never mind how I did it, I just feel guilty for having done it. There’s something wrong with my having more than somebody else, but don’t ask me to explain how or why because it’s just a fuzzy, uneasy feeling on my part. Because I have something, I feel obligated to have less of it. It makes me feel good to give it away because doing so expunges me of the sin of having it in the first place. Now I’m a good guy, am I not?”

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Aug 222014
 

‘Less-than-lethal’ ammunition makers profiting off unrest from Ferguson to Israel    The heavy-handed response to civil unrest highlights the overall trend amid the “wars” on terror and drugs in previous decades to arm local police departments with the fruits of the military-industrial complex.

Former Mafia Boss Who Did a Lot of Business with Wall Street: Buy Physical Gold and Silver, Because Wall Street Steals Your Money    From one sociopath warming you about another group of sociopaths.

The day the U.S. police became my enemy    He has finally woken up.

Idiot’s Guide to Austrian Economics    Lending is entirely based on whether or not banks believe they have a credit-worthy borrower that won’t default.

Ferguson is Everytown, U.S.A.    The killing of black men in incidents that begin as investigatory police stops are anything but unusual in America.

Oregon Deputy Arrests Man for Recording after Claiming it is a Crime    Just another episode in their unceasing war against the Bill of Rights.

Ten Facts About Coal You Probably Didn’t Know    8) US coal consumption is expected to grow by 2.5% to 949 million short tons this year.

Give Up Your Domestic Empire or Live Under It    The truth that foreign empires tend to foster domestic police states.

What States are the Biggest Job Winners and Losers in the Recovery?    Georgia is half way down in the losers section.

America Can See Its Future In The Mirror    The future is creeping up on them in small, slow and silent steps, until one day it will simply be there, no longer deniable or avoidable, and it will find them woefully unprepared.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

The Big Business of Consumer Drones    Infographic.

Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy    In a war zone, the soldiers shoot to kill, as American police have now been trained to do.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Why Good People Should Be Armed    Video du jour.

School Kid Suspended And ARRESTED For Imagining Shooting A Dinosaur    Police state du jour.

The Secret Door    Weirdness du jour.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Beagle Freedom Project: Rescue #6    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Neanderthals Coexisted with Humans for More Than 5,000 Years    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

The Veil of Scale    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

Hamilton officer comes to rescue of choking girl    Heroic cop du jour.

Houston police officer arrested in drug charges    Drug dealer cop du jour.

Israel demolishes 4 Palestinian homes near Nablus    The real terrorists du jour.


Horsefly — Jody Melanson

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