Well, this is no different. We, as individuals, must now summon all our reserves of courage, insight and compassion to face what is to come.
How many will succumb to this entity depends on each individual’s own inner qualities. Unsurprisingly though, with a few notable exceptions including Ahmadinejad, most of our political leaders are already in his thrall.
Make no mistake however. This writer is not just speculating because the figure referred to is already in the public arena, being prepared for higher elevation in the world of politics.
Although I won’t name him just yet, he is located in North America. Precisely where and when spiritual researcher and teacher Rudolf Steiner said he would incarnate.
Read more @ The Truth Seeker
cue the lightning bolts
the only question that matters: is it true?
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16
From Cryptogon. One almost doesn't even know what to say. It's all hanging out in the open now. - Ed.
Last night President Obama hailed the meeting as "a turning point in our pursuit of global economic recovery". He told the press: "By any measure, the London summit was historic. It was historic because of the size and the scope of the challenge that we face and because of the timeliness and the magnitude of our response."
The President said that "former mortal enemies" had come together to agree a common path out of recession. "I am very proud of what has been done, but this alone is not enough. The actions we take in our individual countries is vital." He added: "It's hard for 20 heads of state to bridge their differences. We've all got our own national policies, our own assumptions, and our own politics. But our citizens are hurting – they need us to come together."[Forehead slap.]
Read more @ The Independent
Look at the photos.
Inside the halls of power it's all smiles, hugs, fancy clothes, shiny tables and fine dining. Outside? Crowds, blood, police attacking the people who are being raped by the people having fun inside.
The board that sets U.S. accounting rules voted yesterday to let financial firms report higher values for some troubled assets, a controversial step likely to increase some banks' reported earnings but also heighten suspicions that the companies are concealing problems.
Read more @ Washington Post
People are the enemy. All you people. All of us. And we are/will be treated accordingly by jack-booted thugs who call themselves officers of the law. - Ed.
April 3 (Bloomberg) -- Strasbourg, which is playing host to President Barack Obama and other leaders for a NATO summit, has become a fortress city, with police barricades and locals discouraged from waving flags with the message “PEACE.”
The medieval French city with its 13th-century cathedral and canals has banned anyone displaying protest symbols close to the summit venue. About 40,000 people, who live in what has been declared a security zone, have been screened by the authorities. Traffic has been barred from the area which is patrolled by riot police with water cannon. The clampdown in the city of 273,000, one of three venues for the two-day summit starting today, has drawn fire from some organizations.Read more @ Bloomberg
If you’re really busy, the shorter is: We must bomb Iran because those smart bastards outwitted our diabolical debt trap. - Ed.
by Ellen Brown
On October 25, 2007, the United States announced harsh new penalties on the Iranian military and its state-owned banking systems. Sanctions, bellicose rhetoric and the implicit threat of military action are goads for another war, one that critics fear is more likely to ignite a nuclear holocaust than prevent one. The question is, what makes Iran such a serious threat? The official explanation is that it is planning to develop nuclear weapons, but the head of the UN watchdog agency IAEA says he has “no concrete evidence” of an Iranian weapons program.1 Moreover, even if there were one, a number of countries have tested or possess nuclear weapons outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including Pakistan, North Korea, India, and probably Israel; yet we don't consider that grounds for military action. Iran would just be joining a long list of nuclear powers.
Read more @ Global Research
This is more on how the Hegelian dialectic works, the theme of the day. People are in on the game on both sides. - Ed.
It must be obvious to anyone that it is rather trivial today to curry favor from the ruling elite – become their shill and bleat the mantra of ‘Islamofascism’, delve deeply into some arcane aspects of it but keep that very axiom intact. One will surely get noticed eventually, and perhaps acquire a chair at the Hudson, or get employment at the RAND. Minimally, one will get invited to speak at JINSA and Heritage, get published in mainstream news, and variously earn tangible and intangible benefits. And if one would rather play dissent to win over the odd rabble rouser and ‘malcontent’, composing something like “Between Imperialism and Islamism” (as Pervez Hoodbhoy did in the Himal Southasian, October-November 2007 issue), will surely lead to invitation at the 911 memorial in New York to speak to ‘Muslim-terrorism’.
Read more @ Dictatorship Watch
With Netanyahu and his extreme right-wing fellow Zionists now in power in Israel the notion of two states, Israel and Palestine living side by side, is now dead.
The reality, however, is that it was never at any stage actually alive. For the most part the idea was merely a ploy to buy more time; indeed, it still is as the US continues to push the idea despite it being made quite clear by Netanyahu and his cohorts that it will not happen.
Read more @ Telling the history of the 21st century as it really is
Jews: Don’t try to read the copy in the brackets, that’s for Whites only. Thank you. [In a desperate bid to scare off the Jew trolls that comment here, I've decided to play the Jew shrink and explore some dark corridors of the Jewish psyche. I can only hope that they click on the "read more" button and become crazier than they already are, committing themselves to that home for the Jewish criminally-insane (Israel) and never visit the INCOG MAN again.]
Whitey talk, continued. [I'm forced to do all this, since my listing of ISP numbers for SPAMMED Jews, has grown so gargantuan that WordPress has demanded that I delete a few million numbers, just so I don't crash the WordPress servers, bringing down blogs all over the world!]
Criminal negligence abounds, but a thoroughly mind-controlled population is now blind to the obvious. Alpha-level brainwashing is so powerful, that you will not see the forest for the trees. Nazi Mind Control operates precisely where you least suspect in your own "popular" media. Do you have the rational mind to understand the real Monster Plot of 9/11?
Read more @ RobertsCourt.com
My take on this here. - Ed.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has moles in the Obama government which report back to him from the Pentagon, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh told NPR and MSNBC on Tuesday.
Speaking with NPR's Terri Gross, Hersh revealed that the former Vice President -- who he characterized as "really smart" -- has individuals that report back to him from key positions in government. He called these individuals "stay-behinds," an intelligence term generally applied to insiders left behind in foreign governments after the occupying power is driven out.
Read more @ SOS
By RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Last year, former Washington Post reporter T.R. Reid made a great documentary for the PBS show Frontline titled Sick Around the World.
Reid traveled to five countries that deliver health care for all – UK, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan – to learn about how they do it.
Reid found that the one thing these five countries had in common – none allowed for-profit health insurance companies to sell basic medical coverage.
Frontline then said to Reid – okay, we want you to go around the United States and make a companion documentary titled Sick Around the America.
Why is the Center for American Progress cavorting with neocons? Oh right, because they are on the same team.
The Hegelian Dialectic at work. - Ed.
(Gee. I really hate being right all the time. (no, actually I don’t) Let’s not forget the CAP’s “progressive” blog/free focus group, Think Progress, has been called out, by this blogger, as a neocon/neolib echo chamber for years now.)
by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Report
The Center for American Progress, which was founded by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta in 2003, masqueraded as a “progressive,” semi-anti-war organization through the dark years of the Bush administration when it required little political courage to oppose the White House and wars that were portrayed as Bush’s or the Republicans’. While feigning opposition to the Iraq war, CAP refused to confront Democrats over their continued funding of that war. After Obama’s election, Podesta, of course, headed the transition team, which swiftly appointed hawkish Democrats from the Clinton era, kept on Robert Gates and other Republicans, sidelined progressives and in doing so won praise from neocons and other Republicans. Now that “their” guys—big “D” Democrats—are back in power, CAP has assumed its rightful place as a partisan front group for the Democratic Party’s power structure and for selling Obama’s wars to “progressives.”
I told you this was a stage-managed collapse and the money laundered out... my guess? Oh, I have a good working theory on what went down. At some point, I will sit down and jot it all down. But here is the latest news:
A House oversight panel is investigating the role Bush administration officials and regulators played in the collapse of American International Group. The first step of the investigation begins Thursday, House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) tells the Huffington Post, when the committee hears testimony from former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg.
The commentary from Jordan's Queen Noor, in particular, is extremely insightful and articulate, virtually never heard (as the participants note) on American television, and underscores how unbalanced and incomplete is the debate most Americans hear concerning this issue of vital importance to American intersts (i.e.: virtually unquestioning American support for Israeli actions). Bill Moyers apparently received among the most intensely angry response that he has ever received as a result of his quite balanced criticism last week of Israel's war in Gaza -- including a written "rebuke" from the Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman that disgustingly accused Moyers of "anti-Semitism"-- and Moyers intends to respond on his PBS show tonight.
Read more @ Salon
To: The Wall Street Journal
Re: “The Fed Didn’t Cause the Housing Bubble”
By: Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Dated: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In his article on your opinion page, “The Fed Didn’t Cause the Housing Bubble,” Alan Greenspan attributes the housing bubble to lower interest rates between 2002 and 2005. That’s amazing to me.
World Bank President and Bilderberg elitist Robert Zoellick openly admitted the plan to eliminate national sovereignty and impose a global government during a speech on the eve of the G20 summit.
Speaking about the agenda to increase not just funding but power for international organizations on the back of the financial crisis, Zoellick stated, “If leaders are serious about creating new global responsibilities or governance, let them start by modernising multilateralism to empower the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank Group to monitor national policies.”
A former quantitative analyst at Harvard Management Company, the university's once-vaunted endowment manager, tells the Harvard Crimson she was fired for voicing concern to then-university president Larry Summers' chief of staff about the money manager's risky use of derivatives the traders didn't understand.
Read more @ TPM Muckracker
Have any of you ever wondered why Judaism is counted among the worlds great religions? Christianity has over 2 billion subscribers, Islam about 1.5 and we secular non religious types number over a billion. Even the Sikhs, Juche and Spiritist's out number the subscribers to Judaism estimated at only 14 million. So how can Judaism even be mentioned among great religions? And what is a Jew anyway? Someone who subscribes to Judaism or is it an ethnic identity? Before 9/11 my short answer to these questions of course would have been...who gives a shit? These folks whoever or whatever they are represent zero percent of the worlds population(rounded). Why are we wasting our time talking about this? But then of course 9/11 happened and my view of Israel and many of it's Jewish citizens would change radically as many of you may have noticed.
Read more @ Liberal White Boy
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has
condemned the words of a Brazilian Catholic Archbishop who suggested in a magazine interview that "more Catholics than Jews have died in the Holocaust, but this is usually not told because Jews own the world's propaganda."
Read more @ Jerusalem Post
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel's new foreign minister angered Palestinians and raised the prospect of tension with Washington by saying on Wednesday Israel was not bound by a deal to start negotiations on establishing a Palestinian state.
Read more @ Yahoo News
Most Americans would prefer to keep their lights on than to personally finance Israel’s existence
It finally seems acceptable, even within polite circles, to discuss the role of the Israeli Lobby on US foreign policy. AIPAC’s recent success in deposing the almost National Security Chief Chas Freeman stimulated much free thought worldwide.
Freeman made it clear that he blamed certain “unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country whose aim is to prevent any other view other than its own from being aired.”
uh huh. - ed.
Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taleban, threatened yesterday to launch an attack on Washington that would “amaze everyone in the world” as he claimed responsibility for the raid on a police academy in Lahore and boasted of a new regional militant alliance.
Mr Mehsud, for whom the United States offered a $5 million reward last week, said that Monday's raid, which killed seven police officers, was retaliation for US drone attacks on Pakistan's northern tribal areas, now the main hub of Taleban and al-Qaeda activity.
When Congress amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last year, it enacted a requirement that the Inspectors General of agencies that participated in the Bush Administration’s warrantless surveillance program must prepare a comprehensive review of that program, which was conducted from 2001 to 2007 outside of the FISA legal framework that normally regulates intelligence surveillance.
Read more @ Secrecy News
In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama. The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly—or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities itself.
“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told me. He said the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a “hinge of history” and added that “Western civilization” will have failed if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons.
by Charles Hugh Smith
We cannot hope to understand the forces which will shape the Great Transformation unless we examine what might be called "ontological forces": structures of Nature which work not just in organisms but in human societies and history, and ontological states which can be characterized as "the politics of experience." By ontological I mean these are forces that are not limited to certain eras or cultures; they act upon human societies in all era and locales.
Read more @ of two minds
• 'MAINSTREAM' REALISES IT IS BEING LIED TO AND MANIPULATED
• PRE-G-20 MEETING VIBES CONTINUE TO 'GO PEARSHAPED'
Read report @ Global Analysis
We believe that everyone should be able to understand how the financial crisis came about, what it means for all of us, and what our options are for getting out of it. Unfortunately, the vast majority of all writing about the crisis - including this blog - assumes some familiarity with the world of mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, and so on. You’ve probably heard dozens of journalists use these terms without explaining what they mean. If you’re confused, this page is for you. Over time, we will be adding more explanations and more links to external sources, so check back for updates. (Some of the explanations on this page are simplified and not 100% accurate; their goal is to explain the key concepts to a general audience.)
Read more @ The Baseline Scenario
Gordon Brown has made an overtly religious call for a new world order based on the 'deep moral sense' shared by all faiths.
Making the first speech by a serving Prime Minister at St Paul's Cathedral in London, he quoted scripture as he urged people to unite to forge a new 'global society'.
The Prime Minister argued that through all faiths, traditions and heritages runs a 'single powerful modern sense demanding responsibility from all and fairness to all'.
He quoted the Christian doctrine of 'do to others what you would have them do unto you' and highlighted similar principles in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.
'They each and all reflect a sense that we share the pain of others, and a sense that we believe in something bigger than
ourselves - that we cannot be truly content while others face despair, cannot be completely at ease while others live in fear, cannot be satisfied while others are in sorrow,' he said.
At 5.00 pm Israeli time today Israel’s extreme right-wing government headed up by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be sworn in.
Netanyahu’s government will likely be the most overtly right-wing government the nation of Israel has ever had. It is outwardly racist, insisting that the state of Israel is exclusively a Jewish state, and has no intention whatsoever of ever allowing the Palestinian people to have a state of their own preferring instead to eventually be able to incorporate the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in to what they hope will become Greater Israel as the openly expansionist Zionists move into the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Read more @ Telling the history of the 21st century as it really is
April is almost here. The day after tomorrow is April Fools Day. I hope we don’t get fooled again… as the song goes, more or less. There are great stinking piles of excrement all over the place. The world has become a marsh of hog lagoons and you’ve got to watch your step. The problem is, when people are watching their step they tend to notice shit; pun intended. That’s not good for the people who put it there and nothing will take the mind off of the smell quite as well as the smell of blood.
Read more @ Smoking Mirrors
On 10 March 2009, Seymour Hersh revealed that, during the Bush years, the US military ran an "executive assassination ring" which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Raw Story Hersh: 'Executive assassination ring' reported.
"Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them..."
Dick Cheney was Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.
One hopes he had nothing to do with the deaths of the following:
hanks to Miguel for forwarding this incredible map. (Strange Maps) The Bible contains at least two stories equating the aquatic with the amoral. As Red Sea pedestrians, Moses and the Israelites didn’t even get their sandals moist, while the Lord did some expert smiting on the pursuing Egyptians, by way of the gurgling waters closing in on them. And a few thousand years earlier, Noah kept his binary boatload afloat while all the rest of humanity (and the now extinct species of the animal kingdom) met their watery grave.
Read more @ Palestine Think Tank
You can't even be homeless anywhere you want! - Ed.
Dozens of Ontario police and code enforcement officers descended upon the homeless encampment known as Tent City early Monday, separating those who could stay from those to be evicted.
Large, often confused, crowds formed ragged lines behind police barricades where officers handed out color-coded wristbands. Blue meant they were from Ontario and could remain. Orange indicated they had to provide more proof to avoid ejection, and white meant they had a week to leave.
Read more @ LATimes
There is no historic parallel that can be drawn, nothing compares with the accomplishments of the Bush family. No dictator or tyrant can equal the suffering and destruction they have wrought on humanity, as they are not mere tyrants themselves, but the makers and breakers of tyrants, the organizers and profiteers of war and death. They are not alone and solely responsible for creating the present day military industrial complex, however since 1915 the Bush family has been directly involved in World War One and Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, numerous CIA secret wars, the Gulf War, and now a “Never Ending War”. The past four generations of this one family have had a hand in promoting and profiting from most of major wars that America has waged since the beginning of the industrialized age.
Read more @ Global Research
h/t Greg Bacon
The machine gets a lube job. - Ed.
by Steve Simpson
Braced from your latest e-mail communication from Obama/Axelrod/Plouffe and still tingling from the latest toke from your fave bookmark, recovery.gov, you're driving your underpowered hybrid automobile with frugal pressure on the pedal and one eye on the goal of energy independence from sneering foreign despots, the other on beating your personal mpg record.
Read more @ Adweek
By F. William Engdahl, 30 March 2009
US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has unveiled his long-awaited plan to put the US banking system back in order. In doing so, he has refused to tell the ‘dirty little secret’ of the present financial crisis. By refusing to do so, he is trying to save de facto bankrupt US banks that threaten to bring the entire global system down in a new more devastating phase of wealth destruction.
Read more @ Geopolitics & Geoeconomics
Before exploring the possible answer to that question, consider that the G20 is meeting this week in London, and most interestingly, the Metropolitan police has contacted a number of protest groups days in advance, warning that the main day of protest, Wednesday, 1 April would be "very violent". Senior commanders have insisted that they are "up for it, and up to it", should there be any trouble. Furthermore, the police have refused to rule out the use of anti-terror legislation (how lucky it was in place!), and have ignored the efforts from the protest groups to start a dialog. The police operation will involve thousands of officers from six forces armed with Tasers.
Let's stop to think about this for a second, bearing in mind everything we know so far as outlined above and from the last few months. How could the London police possibly know that a demonstration would turn violent in advance? Are they provoking the demonstrators, do they have insider knowledge about agents provocateurs, or both? Two UK members of Parliament correctly - albeit a bit naively - observed:
Read more @ SOTT
'How to break through police lines'
G20 protesters are circulating detailed pamphlets advising people on how to win street battles against riot police and what to do if arrested.
Thousands of people are expected to bring the City of London to a standstill on Wednesday and Thursday, as popular anger over government bailouts of the banking sector reaches fever pitch.
The vast majority of protests are likely to be peaceful but the Metropolitan Police claims extremist and anarchist groups might resort to violence.
Economic Crisis Fueling Civil Unrest in US
Five people have been shot dead in California in what appears to be another sign of a social crisis on the back of falling US economy.
Two others -- a child and an adult -- suffering from bad wounds, were transferred to a nearby clinic Sunday night.
According to the police the shooting spree is thought to be part of a murder-suicide, with the gunman believed to be among the dead, CNN reported.
The Santa Clara home shooting in California came at a time, when the US society is already marred by an emerging social unrest mainly because of the credit crunch.
Five held over suspected plot to disrupt G20 summit with explosives stunt
Five people have been arrested in connection with a suspected plot to use explosives made from fireworks to disrupt the G20 summit.
The three men, aged 25, 19 and 16, and two women, both 20, all live in Plymouth and the surrounding area. They are political activists unaffiliated to any terrorist organisation, and were arrested at addresses in Plymouth. They are being held under terrorism legislation. The explosive devices were made from simple fireworks, police said.
Most people would probably read over the AP piece below without thinking twice about the mention of GM’s new Chairman of the Board:
Board member Kent Kresa, the former chairman and CEO of defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., was named interim chairman of the GM board.
Woh. Hold on there. Who is Kent Kresa?Read more @ Cryptogon
Well, there's quite a lot of competition for 'the greatest lie ever told,' but I'll agree we can put it in the top 10. - Ed.
By Christopher Booker
If one thing more than any other is used to justify proposals that the world must spend tens of trillions of dollars on combating global warming, it is the belief that we face a disastrous rise in sea levels. The Antarctic and Greenland ice caps will melt, we are told, warming oceans will expand, and the result will be catastrophe.
Although the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) only predicts a sea level rise of 59cm (17 inches) by 2100, Al Gore in his Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth went much further, talking of 20 feet, and showing computer graphics of cities such as Shanghai and San Francisco half under water. We all know the graphic showing central London in similar plight. As for tiny island nations such as the Maldives and Tuvalu, as Prince Charles likes to tell us and the Archbishop of Canterbury was again parroting last week, they are due to vanish.
Russia has become the first major country to call for a partial restoration of the Gold Standard to uphold discipline in the world financial system.
Arkady Dvorkevich, the Kremlin's chief economic adviser, said Russia would favour the inclusion of gold bullion in the basket-weighting of a new world currency based on Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.
Chinese and Russian leaders both plan to open debate on an SDR-based reserve currency as an alternative to the US dollar at the G20 summit in London this week, although the world may not yet be ready for such a radical proposal.
Peter Chamberlain @ There Are No Sunglasses
EVIDENTLY, I HAVE BEEN BLOCKED-OUT FROM READING THIS ARTICLE IN HAARETZ, SINCE I COULD ONLY ACCESS IT THROUGH THE HIDDEN PATH ACCESS POINT. PERHAPS IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH MY PREVIOUS ARTICLE SLAMMING THE LAST VERSION OF THIS STORY, ABOUT IT BEING CARRIED-OUT WITH PUNY HERMES DRONES. THIS IS BEGINNING TO UNFOLD LIKE ALL ISRAELI AIR FORCE STRIKES (ALLEGED SYRIAN REACTOR), WITH THE SUBSERVIENT BRITISH LEADING THE WAY WITH BULLSHIT STORIES.
NOTICE THAT NO MEDIA SOURCE ANYWHERE EVER MENTIONS THE 18 HUGE CRATERS LEFT BEHIND BY THE ATTACK, SINCE THE ORIGINAL REPORT IN THE EGYPTIAN PRESS.Read more
1. What Israeli Holocaust™ historian stated that the 4 million Jews died number used about Auschwitz was a deliberately created myth?
Israeli Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer said this in the Sept. 22, 1989 Jerusalem Post article "Fighting the Distortions."
2. What about the stories about the Nazis using human skin to make lampshades and soap?
Another myth perpetuated by the holocaust industry.
3. How many Holocaust™ survivors were there in 1945?
4. How many Holocaust™ survivors are there today, 64 years later?
Read more @ Goon Squad
by Gilad Atzmon The following is an attempt to present my own personal dictionary of what seems to be the most charged terminology and concepts attached to the Palestinian solidarity and anti-war discourse. Palestine- a piece of land on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. For many years Palestine was the home of the Palestinian people: Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived in peace and harmony for hundred of years. In the late 19th century, in the light of emerging European nationalism, a few Jews had decided that Jews should not be left out. They then invented the notions of: “Jewish people”, “Jewish history” and “Jewish nationalism”. They decided to settle the majority of world Jewry in Palestine. Throughout the years the Jewish national project, i.e., Zionism, had become more and more sinister and ruthless. In 1949 70% of the indigenous Palestinian population had already been ethnically cleansed. Nowadays the majority of Palestinians are living behind barbed wire in a state of terror guarded by Israeli soldiers.
The following is an attempt to present my own personal dictionary of what seems to be the most charged terminology and concepts attached to the Palestinian solidarity and anti-war discourse.
Palestine- a piece of land on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. For many years Palestine was the home of the Palestinian people: Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived in peace and harmony for hundred of years. In the late 19th century, in the light of emerging European nationalism, a few Jews had decided that Jews should not be left out. They then invented the notions of: “Jewish people”, “Jewish history” and “Jewish nationalism”. They decided to settle the majority of world Jewry in Palestine. Throughout the years the Jewish national project, i.e., Zionism, had become more and more sinister and ruthless. In 1949 70% of the indigenous Palestinian population had already been ethnically cleansed. Nowadays the majority of Palestinians are living behind barbed wire in a state of terror guarded by Israeli soldiers.
Frequent oftwominds.com contributor U. Doran sent in a link to this fascinating essay, which was published in the depths (Year 7) of the Great Depression: Isaiah's Job by Albert Jay Nock (from The Atlantic Monthly, 1936)
In the year of Uzziah's death, the Lord commissioned the prophet (Isaiah) to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. "Tell them what a worthless lot they are." He said, "Tell them what is wrong, and why and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don't mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them."
"I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you," He added, "that it won't do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life."
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Read report at Global Analysis
Michael S. Swenson
March 29, 2009
In what has become a bit of a disturbing trend this week, yet another computer infiltration article was posted today on CNN.com.
According to the article, "nearly 1,300 computers in more than 100 countries have been attacked and have become part of an computer espionage network apparently based in China, security experts alleged in two reports Sunday."
The mysterious network, dubbed "Ghostnet" by researchers, has many dubious capabilities, including the ability to see everything in a network, as well as "hear the people using it", according to the article. "GhostNet is capable of taking full control of infected computers, including searching and downloading specific files, and covertly operating attached devices, including microphones and web cameras," the report says."
Officials of Tibet's government-in-exile say that information from computers of the office of the Dalai Lama appeared to end up in the hands of the Chinese government. Computer analysts called to Dharamsala, India, to investigate the cyber intrusion led to the exposure of what is being termed a sophisticated China-based on-line spying network that penetrated more than 100 countries.
Read more @ VOA News
LONDON — A Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation into allegations that six former high-level Bush administration officials violated international law by providing the legal framework to justify the torture of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.
Read more @ NY Times
Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You'll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for anti-psychotic or sleep problems? Forget about it.
What's more, you can discover that if you lie to an insurer about your medical history and drug use, you will be rejected because data-mining companies sell information to insurers about your health, including detailed usage of prescription drugs.
For decades the evangelical movement has been a powerful force in our politics and culture. And it seems poised to continue to wield influence over American life, as a new spate of rising stars fill the ranks vacated by aging and dead leaders.
But in a recent article published on AlterNet from the Christian Science Monitor, Michael Spencer, a "post-evangelical reformation Christian" argues that evangelicalism -- both as a political movement and an ideology -- is done for.
A busy two weeks in the global economy as the taps were opened by governments busy creating new money. Sadly they decided to use it to buy government bonds and worthless "toxic assets" rather than employ and train citizens and build much needed national infrastructure.
Inevitably, with new money flowing into the system inflation will grow further eroding the value of savings and wages, while mobile money will seek a home in commodities thereby adding a double boost to the cost of living for us all. Governments seem to be clinging to the hope that excess supply will dampen the inflationary pressure; a forlorn hope. China and Russia called for a new global reserve currency clearly losing patience with the US pretense at global economic leadership.
The US Congress became "a rat's nest of grandstanding" on the issue of AIG bonuses while remaining silent on the secrecy of the Federal Reserve as to who's been receiving the trillions in bailout money and on Goldman Sachs receipt of over $12 billion in AIG bailout money.
Read more @ SOTT
By Philip Bethge
A mysterious illness is causing calves to bleed to death on German farms. Veterinarians are stumped over what is causing the deaths: vaccines, genetically modified feed or perhaps even the first mother's milk?
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From Pimpin Turtle
"A satirical, fictitious interview with an uber-capitalist."
By Jason Miller
While it’s a commonly held belief that “everyone has a nonbiological twin somewhere in the world,” I wonder if we all have an antithetical “anti-twin” as well. Because I recently met someone who could easily be mine. Ironically enough, it was at the public library, one of my favorite haunts.
It’d been a particularly cold winter and the mercury had finally inched up to where it was light jacket weather, so I decided to spend a day prowling around an area called The Country Club Plaza, a Kansas City “landmark.”
Picture the Plaza as a physical incarnation of the spiritual realm where all the souls of the “good” members of the bourgeoisie will transcend once they’ve run themselves to death in the race to acquire the most toys.
Featuring rather exotic-looking architecture styled after that of Seville, Spain; retailers who demand credit approval and notarized validation of net worth exceeding six figures prior to entry into their establishment (so as to prevent “the rabble” from invading their luxurious fiefdoms); and restaurateurs whose appetizers cost enough to feed a family of four for a month, this “shopping district” is at the nexus of what some people refer to as Kansas City’s “old money.” Suffice it to say that the inhabitants of the palatial estates lining nearby Ward Parkway and State Line Road enjoy extensive insulation from the current “economic downturn.”
In fact, before his approval ratings fell off a cliff and he became a pariah to his own party, George Bush paid a visit to The Plaza en route to the home of Scott Ward, the local candy magnate who maintains co-controlling interest in the privately held Russell Stovers corporation, a company the “journalists” covering the business beat for the Kansas City Star (our daily corporate fish wrap) would characterize as an “engine of the local economy.” Bush came that day in 2006 to raise money for Missouri’s Republican candidate for US Senate. As one of the several hundred members of the “hoi polloi” who showed up to protest “all things Bush,” I was actually very fortunate. Not just because I was within earshot of Bush’s motorcade when I yelled profanities at that pusillanimous sociopath. But also because I had the “audacity” to step outside the “protest zone” and scream at a cop that he was a fucking fascist protecting a war criminal, yet somehow I managed to avoid getting tasered or arrested.
I’m meandering a bit here, but I do have a point. Armed with at least a notion of The Country Club Plaza and its demographics, you now have a context into which you can place Jacob Arnst, my anti-twin and a resident of the Plaza area, whom I’m about to introduce.
Addicted as I am to reading, learning, studying, and researching, my feet naturally made their way to the Plaza branch of the Kansas City public library during the course of my wanderings. As I was perusing the well-worn book spines for names like Best, Jensen, Zerzan, Marcuse, Adorno, Mills and a host of other anti-capitalist malcontents, my eyes happened upon a rather harsh looking older man with a stocky build, squatty stature, thin and wispy gray hair that was well on its way to extinction, taught and leathery skin that gave him a rather reptilian appearance, a well-manicured moustache contrasting sharply with a heavy five o’clock shadow, and a badly coordinated but obviously expensive outfit. His bright orange Baby Alpaca cardigan, though of exceptional quality, didn’t quite match his Agave Cowboy denims, his purple Prada distressed suede ankle boots, or his black dial Rolex Migauss. His ensemble, which also included an ostentatious gold rope chain that would have looked more at home on Kanye West, made for a very odd-looking combination. I noticed that he’d lingered in the same aisle as me for about ten minutes, so I initiated a conversation with a hello and an inquiry about his reading preferences. He didn’t seem too open to talking. Without even glancing my way he grunted a barely audible “hi” and mumbled something about finance, investment and economics. I wondered why the hell he was searching shelves lined with books by Marxists, anarchists, socialists, and anarcho-primtivists.
When I politely pointed out to him that he wasn’t likely to find Warren Buffet’s latest tome amongst these texts, he looked me directly in the eye and defiantly proclaimed that he wanted to see what the terrorists, Communists and traitors were writing about. Seeing an opening, I told him that I was a sociopolitical writer and online publisher. I told him I wanted to know what the people who formed the bedrock of capitalism and the American Way of Life were thinking. I gestured toward a nearby table that was tucked away in an alcove (hence offering a modicum of privacy) and asked him if he’d submit to an interview. Obviously flattered, he consented, but only under the condition that I agree not to disclose his real name or any of his personal information. He told me that he was quite “well off” and didn’t want “creeps” or “freeloaders” finding him through the Internet. I told him I’d honor his request.
As we sat down across the narrow table from one another, I scrutinized him with the cautious enthusiasm of a scientist observing a lethal strain of bacteria under a microscope. I was face to face with a parasitic capitalist overlord. “Is his disease contagious?” I mused to myself. We shook hands as he was telling me how affluent he was and how he’d made his money. His touch was oddly effeminate, more of a caress than a shake, and his grip was surprisingly feeble for a ruthless business man who had acquired his fortune with a “take no prisoners” attitude. It was a creepy scenario.
We made small talk for a few more ticks of the clock, which is how I gleaned the details about his wardrobe. He was delighted to boast that his attire for the day cost him over $1500.00 and that these were his “bumming around clothes.” When I told him I paid about $100.00 for what I was wearing, including my “expensive” vegan tennis shoes, he guffawed slightly before realizing his “social faux pas” and quickly apologizing. He then fidgeted with his watch, nervously cleared his throat a couple of times, and lowered his gaze to avoid my eyes. I smiled and told him not to worry about it, putting him at ease again. Funny how even the most callous and mean-spirited individuals can lapse into moments of self-consciousness.
Seizing the momentary pause in our discourse, I informed him we needed to get started on the interview as the increasing intensity of the sunrays cascading through the westerly windows indicated it was growing late in the afternoon. He nodded his assent.
Note: Jacob Arnst is an alias for my “library friend.” I am keeping my promise not to reveal his true identity or specifics about his business or personal life.
Jason Miller: All right, let’s start with a rather broad question. What do you think of the impending global economic collapse?
[Much to my surprise, Jacob burst out with a gut-busting laugh.]
Jacob Arnst: Is that what you think it is? Boy, oh boy, did you drink the Commie Kool-Aid! This is nothing more than a down-turn. In fact, it’s nothin’ compared to the Great Depression. Our economy goes in cycles. We’ve hit a valley and we’re on our way out of it. Plain and simple.
JM: How is this “valley” affecting you?
JA: Actually, I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s made my life BETTER. Some of my investments are off, but my business, which is a rather large enterprise and represents the core of my financial holdings, is booming. There are many ways to profit from the losses of others. For instance, I give you permission to at least tell your readers that I’m making a killing off of the rash of home foreclosures.
JM: Don’t you feel guilty that you are prospering at the expense of human misery?
JA: Nah, I don’t look at it that way. God gives us all a mind, body, soul, and five senses when we’re born. What we do with it after that is our own responsibility. I can’t help it if Bob the factory worker, who’s now laid off, was too damn lazy to get an education or start his own business. And if I can improve my position because he made stupid decisions that caused him to lose his house, I’m going to do it. It’s really no different than playing chess. Bob left an opening and I check-mated him. Too bad, Bob. You lose; I win.
JM: What about “Bob’s” family?
JA: Well, first of all, his damn wife should have chosen a better mate to be her bread-winner.
JM: And their children?
JA: The state’ll take care of them. That is why I pay outrageous property and capital gains taxes, my friend. Before you judge me too harshly, remember that I pay thousands of times the taxes that you and the “Bobs” of this world do. I pay taxes so I don’t have to worry about the plight of lazy, stupid, insignificant people.
JM: What are your thoughts on the eco-crisis?
JA: I don’t think there is one. Senator James Inhofe, a highly respected man, along with many leading scientists, have proven that global warming is a hoax.
JM: Global warming aside, what do you think about the Sixth Extinction? Is that a hoax too?
JA: No, that’s not a hoax. We can observe that some types of plants and animals are dying. But that’s just part of the natural order of things. Just like in business. Some companies can’t hack it, so they fold. The animals and plants that are disappearing just don’t have what it takes to survive. It’s a brave new world and only the tough make it.
JM: How do you view the problem of human overpopulation?
JA: I’m not worried about it. Some sort of catastrophe will take care of all those excess Africans and Asians. Those of us who are intelligent and live right will be fine. The ones, like your “Bob” you were so worried about, who make idiotic decisions, will reap the consequences. For many of them, that will mean death, which will be a good thing for the rest of us.
JM: Wow, Jacob. I’m trying hard to remain an impartial interviewer here, but that’s incredibly barbaric.
JA: Call it what you will, but I’m a realist. You don’t get to my position in life by feeling sorry for people. Let them pull themselves up by their bootstraps, just like I did. If they can’t make it, I’m sorry, but that’s the way the ball bounces in life. God’ll take care of ‘em in the hereafter anyway.
JM: As a dedicated vegan, I have to ask, what are your thoughts on exploiting animals?
JA: God put the animals here for our benefit. He told us that in Genesis. Besides, look around you. Everything of significance and value on this planet was invented, created, or made by people. Quite frankly, I don’t even like animals. My wife insists on having a cat, but I refuse to allow dogs into my home. And humans were made to eat meat. Everything else is just filler.
JM: Aren’t you concerned about the skyrocketing global demand for “meat,” the extensive damage “meat production” does to the environment, and the suffering of “factory farmed” animals?
JA: Jason, none of those issues are of any consequence to me. Not one. I could give a fiddler’s fuck if some Chinaman goes hungry because he doesn’t have a hotdog or a burger to eat. Green technology is going to clean up the environment. The Earth is durable and renewable. We haven’t put a dent in the vast resources God provided for us. And as for the cows and pigs that we raise for food, they wouldn’t even exist if we weren’t going to eat them. They’re lucky to be alive. Besides, we provide for their basic needs, giving them more food than they need, shelter from harsh weather, and medicine when they’re sick. They certainly have plenty of interaction with others of their kind too. But what does concern me though is that those Commie Chinese are sticking their chop sticks onto my plate of steak instead of keeping them in their rice bowl; that the governments are over-regulating businesses to the point that we can’t get at the abundance of resources on this planet; and that we coddle the animals that we farm for meat.
JM: I’d like to shift gears and talk about foreign policy for a bit.
JA: Fine by me.
JM: What do you think of US imperialism?
JA: I think it’s a figment of vivid Marxist imaginations. The US has ALWAYS been on the side of freedom and democracy and we’ve NEVER invaded and colonized another country. We only send our forces in when it’s necessary to right wrongs and crush tyranny. Look how we saved the world from Hitler.
JM: You do know that Russia lost over 20 million people defeating Nazi Germany compared to our 600,000, don’t you?
JA: That’s irrelevant. We provided the industrial and economic muscle. If it hadn’t been for the US of A, it would have been game over and Stalin and the whole lot of those damn Reds would have been learning to speak German.
JM: What about the one million or more Iraqis who’ve died as a direct result of the US invasion and the four million whom have been displaced?
JA: What can I say? War is hell. I think Bush and his staff under-estimated the strength of resistance they’d meet, but Hussein is deposed and properly hanged, we’re withdrawing our troops, and a fledgling democracy is in place. Sounds to me like we did some very good things in Iraq.
JM: I’d like to hear your opinions about Israel.
JA: I’m highly critical of the state of Israel. I’m enraged actually. We’ve sent them billions of our hard-earned tax dollars for years and they still haven’t managed to solve their Palestinian problem. Their leniency is an outrage. If I were calling the shots, I’d have unleashed hell on Gaza and the West Bank until every last one of those rat bastards died or capitulated. They’re all terrorists, plain and simple and they’re squatting on land that belongs to God’s chosen people. They need to be thankful for what they’ve got and toe the line.
JM: Anything else you’d like to add to this impromptu “man on the street” interview?
JA: Sure, I want to say that I appreciate the opportunity to straighten out an obviously misguided young man. And even if you’ve learned nothing from me today, that’s what makes this country great. You have a right to continue being wrong.
JM: Jacob, if you’re trying to provoke an angry response from me or spark a debate, you’re failing. I told you at the outset that this was going to be an interview for publication on my highly controversial anarcho-vegan blog, Thomas Paine’s Corner. While I disagree with almost every one of your views, I’m not here today to argue. I’m simply going to write an intro and publish it along with our Q&A so that readers can see for themselves how an outrageously cruel and twisted soul justifies his contemptible existence.
JA: Just see to it that you don’t put my name on it. I’m going to the country club to eat the most succulent T-bone you could ever imagine. Then I’m going to drive my Porsche Carrera GT to my 75,000 square foot mansion and fuck my 25 year old wife who has the body of a Greek goddess. I hope you choke on your Tofu burger you goddamned tree-hugger!
JM: You’ve given me plenty of material. I think we’re done here. Thanks for your time.
Jason Miller is a relentless anti-capitalist, vegan straight edge, and animal liberationist. He is also the senior editor and founder of Thomas Paine’s Corner.
h/t usxp. Thanks to Jason Miller for permission to publish at AA News.
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