May 252016
 

Dec 26, 2009 A Christmas Eve Battle for Freedom     Past links du jour.    A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abortion Laws     Video du jour

What would happen if we shut down the Federal Reserve?     Economics du jour.

VIDEO: School Cop Maces and Beats 15-year-old Girl Over Expired Elevator Pass     Police state du jour.

Blue ball machine     Weirdness du jour.

Watermelon OREO Cookies How to No-Bake Summer Snacks | My Cupcake Addiction     Cooking du jour.

Cattle Puppies Rescued From Storm Drain – Sydney, Mathilda & Gabriella At Play     There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Forget Gasoline, Diesel Demand is the Hottest Right Now     Energy du jour.

Did solar superflares spark life on Earth?     I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

CRITICAL THINKING – Fallacies: Straw Man Fallacy     I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

鈴木愛理DVD「新嘉坡」ダイジェスト     Japanese music du jour.

The Price of Perpetual War     Warmongers du jour.

Heroic Police Officer Saves Firefighter From Burning Wreckage [Video]     Heroic cop du jour.

Los Banos Police officer arrested on multiple charges of sex with minor     Pedophile cop du jour.

Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threat     Israel acting like Nazi Germany du jour.


Siffleur Falls Canyon — Adam Kis



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Aug 282015
 

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Nov 122014
 

Virus that ‘makes humans more stupid’ discovered    Now we know why people keep turning to government, even though its failures are repeated throughout history.

Another Military Holiday    Another holiday to worship at the alter of all things military.

Samsung ‘Smart TV’ Records “Personal” Conversations & Sends Them to Third Parties    Privacy is so last century.

Why the US Postal Service Turned Spy    If you want privacy – of any type – you won’t find it in the US.

How Much Do Taxpayers Pay For Police Misconduct?    Hundreds of millions of dollars.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

If Everything Is Just Fine, Why Are So Many Really Smart People Forecasting Economic Disaster?    Millions of Americans that are willingly blind to our problems are going to have their lives absolutely destroyed when they get blindsided by the coming crisis.

Jon Stewart, Jester for the Warfare State    Stewart really wants young people, otherwise known as his audience, to obey the orders of the nation state.

Republicans Take Senate, Likely To Push For More War — War That Will Never End    ”The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous.” ~ George Orwell

How San Francisco’s Progressive Policies Are Hurting the Poor    San Francisco now has one of the nation’s most expensive markets, with median home prices at $1 million.

The System Is Terminally Broken    The Fed has formally “ended” QE, but it hasn’t really.

ISIS is America’s Dream Rebel Army    ISIS is a massive mercenary army trained and funded abroad by the US with its support laundered via Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Obamacare Architect States That The Law Was Only Passed Due To “The Lack of Transparency” and The “Stupidity of the American Voter”    He got that one right!

Petro Dollar = ISIS Dollar, Saudi Arabia, Sunni Salafist Wahhabism and US Foreign Policy – Connect the Dots    In fact, many western elites admire the ability of tyrants like the House of Saud and Islam to control populations while guarantying that the people never revolt for liberty.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

The Economics of the Police State    Video #1 du jour.

The Truth About Veteran’s Day    Video #2 du jour.

Woman: Officer Beat My Face In After Receiving ‘Yelling’ Call    Police state du jour.

Hot-Dog Legs    Weirdness du jour.

1st Day of Rehabilitation for Bernard Rescued From Hoarding    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Planet Mercury: Facts About the Planet Closest to the Sun    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

Why not Stoicism?    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

Police officer saves man from burning car    Heroic cop du jour.

Cleveland Officers suspended, accused of thefts from local store    Thieving cops du jour.

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea    The real terrorists du jour.


Ant — Shu-Shin Chin

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Oct 312014
 

In the current geo-political climate, many express a fear of religious extremism. Especially in the light of ongoing Islamic terror attacks, many lump together all those who take their religious beliefs “to the extreme.” The assumption is that the more dedicated one becomes to his religion in general, the more likely he is to commit indiscriminate acts of violence in the name of that religion. Is this true?

The answer to the above question depends on several things. First, what does it mean to be extreme? Is it the devotions of the believer that are extreme or that to which the believer is devoted? Second, by what measuring rod should one determine his devotion to his religion? Religious propositions are the same as any other propositions; that is, they are either true or they are false. In many cases, religious extremism results from large segments of a religious community believing certain propositions to be true. For example, many Jews, Muslims, and Christians believe that God wants His followers to make converts. This proposition is either true or false.

This essay will address the above questions, starting with a discussion of the paradigm example of Islamic extremism. Then I will argue that one should not expect the same type of actions to result from Christian extremism as from Islamic extremism. Finally, this essay will determine whether or not one is justified in lumping Christian extremism in with Islamic extremism.

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Oct 062014
 

Inflation, defined as an expansion of the supply of unbacked money, is an elementary evil, always and everywhere that it occurs.[1] It is the ignored and core cause of numerous problems in the economy and in society, including:

1. Inflation Causes Booms and Busts

Increasing the money supply that involves the granting of more credit means that new money is created by credit that is not covered by savings. This causes interest rates to fall more than would be the case without an expansion of the money supply. The result is an artificial economic boom, which politicians and the general public initially welcome. Investments are triggered that would not have been carried out if the invested capital had to be saved up first, prior to such investments. Therefore, there are insufficient resources available to bring all the projects thus begun to completion. In addition, resources — which are by their very nature scarce — are not brought to bear where they are most needed — in the most urgent projects. When interest rates climb again, the malinvestment comes to light, and a crisis — a bust — results. To overcome the bust, the central bank then reduces the interest rate again. A crisis that would clean things up is thus not allowed to happen, because it is politically undesirable.

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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 042014
 

As an apparently war-minded people, Americans (or at least, our American political leaders) have been comfortable framing parts of the domestic policy agenda as wars for decades. Two of the most prominent have been the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs.

Despite the similarity in their names, there is an important difference between the two. The War on Poverty is not a real war. The War on Drugs is.

The War on Poverty is not a real war because there is no enemy that we are attacking to fight poverty. Quite the opposite. The War on Poverty identifies poor people and them gives them stuff. Sometimes it is income. Other times it is food, or health care, or education.

If some analogy to war is made, the War on Poverty is more like the Marshall Plan that provided aid to the victims of war regardless of any fault in causing the war. If people are victims of poverty, the War on Poverty gives them stuff, perhaps with the idea that the stuff can help them escape poverty.

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Jul 302014
 

Israel is facing what many fear could be a point of no return. It must now decide which is the greater danger to its existence: the crude rockets fired from Gaza and immobilized by Israel’s Iron Dome, or the right-wing thugs running through the streets shouting “death to the Arabs” and beating up Israeli Palestinians and Jews protesting Israel’s deplorable and merciless assault on Gaza. Israel is fast slipping into a kind of neo-fascism. Is this what we Jews have learned from our own dreadful experience at the hands of the Nazi fascists, to become like them? We Jews, who suffered so mercilessly under fascism, ought to be especially alert to the danger signs of this menace stalking Israel. But are we?

These are the facts: Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank is illegal under international law. Period. Full stop. And Israel’s seven-year siege of Gaza is simply occupation by another name. Israel completely controls Gaza from the land, sea, and air, making it the world’s largest outdoor prison. The blockade is responsible for devastating the economy and infrastructure of Gaza’s 1.8 million people who have survived through sheer tenacity under unbearable living conditions. Throughout its illegal blockade, Israel has placed severe limits on critical food and medical supplies – measures that have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries, as well as malnutrition, disease, and other severe health risks – all of which have gone unreported in the mainstream media.

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Jul 282014
 

Israel Losing Support from Its Biggest Ally: American Evangelical Christians    Wake up, Christian slaves!!!

Are We Addicted to Failure?    Like all addicts, Central Planners are confident they can manage the monkey on their back. But this is a self-serving illusion.

For Hospital CEOs, Retirement May Mean Never Having to Lose Your Paycheck    More and more this compensation seems to denote how these organizations have been taken over by insiders who make it a priority to benefit themselves.

Colombia and Mexico: The Wrong Lessons from the War on Drugs    Massive herbicide spraying destroyed coca, but also livelihoods and protected natural areas, and impacted food security, health and the environment.

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense    The United States, since Israel’s establishment in 1948, has vetoed in the U.N. Security Council more than 40 resolutions that sought to curb Israel’s lust for occupation and violence against the Palestinians.

Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect    In theory, a spoonful of water containing these nanoparticles could store up to a terabytes worth of data.

The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century    The wars of this century are less and less likely to resemble the wars of the last.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

Americans Content with Loss of Freedom    Simply put, most Americans are cowards. Yes, the majority prove they are stupid by choice.   A God Zilla’s Pick!!!

DEA Agents Fail at Intimidating Man Recording Federal Building    Just another episode in their unwavering war on the Bill of Rights.

Why do Israelis continue to kill Palestinians?    Chaya Hatnovich: “There isn’t a more beautiful picture than those of dead Arab children.” Israel is a nation of sociopaths.

It’s time for my annual medical tourism trip to Europe    Symbicort that only gouges Americans by charging us 3.5x what they charge the French. That’s what counts as a “bargain” in Big Pharma-land.

Science’s 10 Inventions that Could Have Changed the World    Video du jour.

Pennsylvania man shot by police during warrant service for parking tickets    Police state #1 du jour.

SWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong Home    Police state #2 du jour.

Cute Coyote Pups Rescued and Cared For    There’s hope for humans after all du jour.

Tyrannosaur ‘Gangs’ Terrorized Ancient Landscape    I decided that I didn’t want to be stupid anymore du jour.

A Wrong Turn, A Hundred Years Ago    I wanted to be self-actualized du jour.

Waterloo police officer saves boy from canal    Heroic cop du jour.

Pacific Patrol Officer Charged In Drug Thefts    Junkie thieving cop du jour.

Merciless Israeli mobs are hunting Palestinians    The real terrorists du jour.


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Jul 232014
 

In the minds of many people around the world, including in the United States, the term “capitalism” carries the idea of unfairness, exploitation, undeserved privilege and power, and immoral profit making. What is often difficult to get people to understand is that this misplaced conception of “capitalism” has nothing to do with real free markets and economic liberty, and laissez-faire capitalism, rightly understood.

During the dark days of Nazi collectivism in Europe, the German economist, Wilhelm Röpke(1899-1966), used the haven of neutral Switzerland to write and lecture on the moral and economic principles of the free society.

“Collectivism,” he warned, “was the fundamental and moral danger of the West.” The triumph of collectivism meant, “nothing less than political and economic tyranny, regimentation, centralization of every department of life, the destruction of personality, totalitarianism and the rigid mechanization of human society.”

If the Western world were to be saved, Röpke said, it would require a “renaissance of [classical] liberalism” springing “from an elementary longing for freedom and for the resuscitation of human individuality.”

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