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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity

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Keep Fear Alive

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Kudlow’s 12-Step Path to Prosperity

http://www.cnbc.com/id/39236467/

Kudlow’s 12-Step Path to Prosperity

Ahmadinejad unwitting

Ahmadinejad unwitting 

http://www.adn.com/2010/09/21/1464430/ahmadinejad-says-capitalism-faces.html

Ahmadinejad says capitalism faces defeat

UNITED NATIONS - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Tuesday that capitalism faces inevitable defeat and called for the overhaul of "undemocratic and unjust" global decision-making bodies.
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In a speech on the second day of a U.N. anti-poverty summit, the Iranian leader blamed capitalism and transnational corporations for "the suffering of countless women, men and children in so many countries."
Ahmadinejad's speech to the 192-member General Assembly never mentioned the Millennium Development Goals - the U.N. targets set by world leaders in 2000 to combat global poverty by 2015 - that are the focus of the three-day summit called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to spur their implementation.
The U.N. chief has expressed satisfaction that the world is technically on track to cut extreme poverty by half, the No. 1 goal, though some critics say it's mainly because of the tremendous improvements in China and India. Many recent reports show that the world's poorest countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, have made little progress in eradicating poverty.
And in Africa, Asia and Latin America there also has been a lack of progress in meeting other key goals including reducing mother and child deaths, increasing the number of people with access to basic sanitation, and promoting women's equality.
According to the U.N., the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day in developing countries fell from 46 percent in 1990 to 27 percent in 2005 and should reach the target despite the recent economic crisis. "However, even if these positive trends continue, in 2015, roughly 920 million people would still be living under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, as adjusted by the World Bank in 2008," the U.N. said.

Ahmadinejad said world leaders, thinkers and global reformers should "spare no effort" to make practical plans for a new world order that would reform international economic and political institutions.
To spotlight the importance of this effort and the need for all countries to participate, Ahmadinejad proposed that the United Nations name the coming 10 years "the decade for the joint global governance."
In his brief speech, intertwining philosophy and religion with the current state of the world, Ahmadinejad declared: "The undemocratic and unjust governance structures of the decision-making bodies in international economic and political fields are the reasons behind most of the plights today humanity is confronting."
"It is my firm belief that in the new millennium, we need to revert to the divine mindset ... based on the justice-seeking nature of mankind, and on the monotheistic world view...," the Iranian leader said. "Now that the discriminatory order of capitalism and the hegemonic approaches are facing defeat and are getting close to their end, all-out participation in upholding justice and prosperous interrelations is essential."
While Ahmadinejad blamed the world's problems on powerful capitalist nations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid much of the blame on developing nations.
"It is in their hands whether aid can be effective," she said. "Therefore, support to good governance is as important as aid itself."
Merkel told the leaders that while the goals must be implemented rigorously, "unfortunately, today we have to admit that we will not achieve all the Millennium Development Goals by 2015."
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, one of the world's poorest nations that has made progress because of the goals, said Africa "still has far to go" but if efforts are intensified "we will, ultimately, achieve them."
"My message is this: As we renew our resolve in 2010, we must recognize the need for inclusive economic growth. We need rapid, stable, and sustained growth that creates jobs, especially for youth and in sectors that benefit the poor, and expands opportunities for women," she said.
In the first day of the meeting, French President Nicolas Sarkozy implored leaders not to return to their "old bad habits" of ignoring global poverty.
He was the first to accept the secretary-general's challenge for nations to deliver more resources to combat global poverty, ignorance and misery. He pledged on Monday to boost France's annual $10 billion contribution to the world's poorest people by 20 percent over the next three years. He urged other leaders to join him.
In his opening address Monday, Ban called for political leadership and more resources, saying the goals can be achieved.
With world economies clawing back from the worst recession since World War II, the U.N. chief said "We should not balance budgets on the backs of the poor."
"We must not draw back from official development assistance - a life-line of billions, for billions," Ban said.


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Julius Caesar

"The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.

A quote from Act 3, scene ii of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

State Jobless Rates Rise; Nevada's Hits New Record High

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State Jobless Rates Rise; Nevada's Hits New Record  High

Published: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 10:36 AM ET
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After months of modest improvement, most states showed an increase in unemployment rates in August, with Nevada hitting another record high, according to government data Tuesday.
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Twenty-seven states reported unemployment rate increases in August, while 13 states registered decreases; ten states and the District of Columbia showed no change, according to the US Labor Department.
The July report released a month ago was slightly better, with 18 states and the District of Columbia showing decreases in their jobless rate, 14 states with increases, and 18 states with no change. That capped a trend that began in May.
Unemployment hit a record 14.4 percent in Nevada in August, up from 14.3 percent in July, giving it the highest unemployment rate in the country for the fourth straight month. Michigan, the previous leader, remained No. 2. (Nevada also leads the nation in home foreclosures.)
"The 2010 Census began to wind down, bringing an end to employment for about 1,900 workers, while local government shed about 1,000 jobs, brought on by continued budget cuts,” said Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation in a statement

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Twenty-seven states showed jobless rate increases in AugustNevada had the highest unemployment rate in the nation
Michigan's rate held steady at 13.1 percent from the month before.
California was third with a 12.4-percent jobless rate, followed by Rhode Island (11.8 percent), Florida (11.7 percent) and South Carolina (11.0 percent). (See the top 10 in our slideshow.) Once again, North Dakota had the lowest rate in the country at 3.7 percent.
With some 15 million Americans unemployed, and the national jobless rate at 9.6 percent, the economy—especially job creation—has been a trouble spot for the Obama administration.
In a televised CNBC Town Hall on Monday, President Obama said that the stimulus measures his administration has taken have "worked" to create jobs, but said they're considering additional incentives to spur hiring. Last week, the Senate passed a small business stimulus plan that would create a $30 billion lending fund to help with spending and hiring.
"It’s slow and steady as opposed to the quick fix I think people want to see," Obama said.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

John Adams

There are only two creatures of value, on the face of this earth:
Those with a commitment, and those who require the commitment of others.
                                           --John Adams, 1776

If you think you can, or, if you think you can’t, you’ll be telling the truth.
                                           --Anonymous

Pagan festival focuses on nature-based beliefs

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=248514


Pagan festival focuses on nature-based beliefs


Event includes music and interfaith talks




Reading Eagle: Susan L. Angstadt
Keynote speaker Selena Fox leads a ritual in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, as part of Saturdays Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival at Stoudtburg Village in Adamstown.

As Americans on Saturday remembered those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, a group in Adamstown celebrated one of the basic freedoms upon which America was founded - freedom of religion.


Nearly 200 people turned out for the opening of the second annual "Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival" at Stoudtburg Village.

The free event, sponsored by the Reading Pagans & Witches, focused on honoring and explaining nature-based and alternative religions.

The event was free of conflict, unlike the inaugural event last year when two Christian groups organized a "wall of prayer" around Stoudtburg and some village merchants refused to open their shops during the festival.



There were no protesters Saturday.


"I think they protested because they didn't know what we were," said the group's founder, Jen Anderson-Wenger of Muhlenberg Township. "We were different and they were concerned."


This year vendors and residents didn't seem to have the same concerns, said Marjorie Shark of Reinholds, manager at the Village Scoop and Cafe.


"I think people were concerned about how others would react to the group being here," she said of last year's difficulties.


Saturday's festival included a Sept. 11 memorial, an interfaith discussion, music, vendors and prayers.


The event is an opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about Paganism, regardless of age or religion, Anderson-Wenger said, adding that members do not try to convert others.


Organizers said Paganism is an umbrella term for religions that fall outside the mainstream traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. They said Pagans do not believe in Satan. Some common Pagan traditions include Wicca or witchcraft, Asatru, and Druidry.


The festival continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stoudtburg is located along Route 272.


People are asked to bring nonperishable food and personal care products, which will be shipped to Pagans serving overseas in the U.S. military. Perishable food items will be donated to a local food bank.


The day's keynote speaker was Selena Fox, who heads the Lady Liberty League. The group advocates for Pagan civil rights and religious freedoms.


"I'm hoping that on September 11th that we find a way not only for remembrance and healing, but also is a time that connects us to basic freedoms this county was founded on," she said.


Contact Greta Cuyler: 610-371-5042 or gcuyler@readingeagle.com.

Show your Pagan pride in New Smyrna Beach

http://www.news-journalonline.com/lifestyle/religion/2010/09/18/show-your-pagan-pride-in-new-smyrna-beach.html

Area Wiccans and Pagans will celebrate their spirituality during the annual Volusia County Pagan Pride Day.
One purpose of the event is to raise public awareness about Paganism, which is an umbrella term that embraces many nature-oriented religions, including Druidism and Wicca (as practitioners of one type of witchcraft call their spirituality).
Paganism, according to the website volusiapaganpride.com, also includes "people who base their religious practices on those of indigenous tribal religions, mostly European."
Pagan Pride Day events are held in September throughout the United States, Canada and other countries.
Volusia County Pagan Pride Day will be noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the New Smyrna Beach Lodge, 471 Old Mission Road, New Smyrna Beach. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 386-427-8174.
The event will feature an autumn harvest rite in celebration of the autumn equinox, music by singer-guitarist Treblehawk and others, free workshops on healing, crystals, the ritual use of music and more, plus food vendors and a charity food drive.
For more information, go online at volusiapaganpride.com or paganpride.org.

Weddings get personal

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/weddings/weddings-get-personal-20100908-150h6.html

Weddings get personal

September 8, 2010
Personal touch ... Jessica Bryant and Jonathon Coleman's vintage themed wedding. Personal touch ... Jessica Bryant and Jonathon Coleman's vintage themed wedding. Photo: April Werz
Celebrant Lynda Payne has conducted goth weddings, married couples in the middle of forests and performed a viking ceremony.

There really is no limit to the weird and wonderful ways couples can tie the knot.

Payne even goes undercover for surprise weddings.

"I have got a masquerade ball coming up ... I am actually going to be part of the entertainment, people (will) think I am a hypnotist and I am going to ask for volunteers to come down to the front and they are actually going to be the witnesses," Victoria-based Payne says.

"I love exciting weddings ... I enjoy a challenge, I love things that are different.

"I did a wedding in a labyrinth, it was deep in a forest, these people were tree-huggers and the trees were all decorated, we did some pagan ceremonies in it as well."

She has conducted a wedding on the back of a steam train, married a couple out in the middle of a remote 226,000 hectare property and even conducted a ceremony as a cyclone came roaring in.

"The heavens opened, we all got drenched, we ran inside and did the ceremony and ran off," she says.

Even though celebrants are not wedding planners, conducting a non-traditional wedding requires a lot of research, Payne says.

For a Viking wedding, where the couple followed the pre-Christian indigenous faith of the Norse peoples - Asatru - Payne did hours of research.


"It was very, very interesting, I had to research rituals that they did, I had to research how we could incorporate their religious side with the legal side," she says.

There is a trend away from traditional weddings, head wedding planner at Staging Connections, Anthony Del Col, says, with couples opting for personalised civil ceremonies or themed weddings.

"Halloween is a popular one that pops up every year (they may want) a gothic theme or black and orange, pumpkins in the middle of the table," says Del Col, who will be exhibiting at the annual Ultimate Wedding Planning Party to be held in Sydney on September 15.

"Some people will even go to the extent of doing a Star Wars theme wedding, it's not for everyone obviously, it is for light-hearted characters.

"There is no limit to what people can do when it comes to their wedding day."

The most important part of a themed wedding is choosing the right venue.

"The venue or location plays a huge part in helping you create that feel ... if you want a garden-themed wedding you are not going to do it in a ballroom," Del Col says.

"You can do an Alice in Wonderland theme where you are set up in a garden with multi-coloured chairs and coloured tea cups."
Top wedding trends

* 1 in 4 Australians opt for traditional church wedding.

* Gardens are the most popular location for Australians to tie the knot, followed by the beach.

* In the 1970s, 85 per cent of weddings took place in churches. This figure dropped to 35 per cent in 2010.

* In 2003 there were 3500 civil marriage celebrants in Australia, now there are over 10,000.

* Women are less likely to choose a religious venue than men.

* Women worry more than men about rain on their wedding day but men are more worried than women when it comes to drunken guests.

* Rain, drunken guests or family disagreements are more likely to upset a bride and groom than the celebrant pronouncing their names incorrectly.

*Source: survey of 1,500 people conducted by PureProfile, commissioned by Australian Marriage Celebrants.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The German Military Believes ‘Peak Oil’ May Bring About the End of Democracy and Free Markets

http://www.disinfo.com/2010/09/the-german-military-believes-peak-oil-may-bring-about-the-end-of-democracy-and-free-markets/

The German Military Believes ‘Peak Oil’ May Bring About the End of Democracy and Free Markets

Posted by Good German on September 3, 2010
Hubbert Peak Oil
Hubbert peak oil plot. Chart: Hankwang (CC)
Der Spiegel reports that a German military think tank believes ‘peak oil’ may occur this year, and that it could cause the collapse of both democracies and free markets within 30 years.
The political and economic impacts of peak oil on Germany have now been studied for the first time in depth. The crude oil expert Steffen Bukold has evaluated and summarized the findings of the Bundeswehr study. Here is an overview of the central points:
  • Oil will determine power: The Bundeswehr Transformation Center writes that oil will become one decisive factor in determining the new landscape of international relations: “The relative importance of the oil-producing nations in the international system is growing. These nations are using the advantages resulting from this to expand the scope of their domestic and foreign policies and establish themselves as a new or resurgent regional, or in some cases even global leading powers.”
  • Increasing importance of oil exporters: For importers of oil more competition for resources will mean an increase in the number of nations competing for favor with oil-producing nations. For the latter this opens up a window of opportunity which can be used to implement political, economic or ideological aims. As this window of time will only be open for a limited period, “this could result in a more aggressive assertion of national interests on the part of the oil-producing nations.”
  • Politics in place of the market: The Bundeswehr Transformation Center expects that a supply crisis would roll back the liberalization of the energy market. “The proportion of oil traded on the global, freely accessible oil market will diminish as more oil is traded through bi-national contracts,” the study states. In the long run, the study goes on, the global oil market, will only be able to follow the laws of the free market in a restricted way. “Bilateral, conditioned supply agreements and privileged partnerships, such as those seen prior to the oil crises of the 1970s, will once again come to the fore.”
  • Market failures: The authors paint a bleak picture of the consequences resulting from a shortage of petroleum. As the transportation of goods depends on crude oil, international trade could be subject to colossal tax hikes. “Shortages in the supply of vital goods could arise” as a result, for example in food supplies. Oil is used directly or indirectly in the production of 95 percent of all industrial goods. Price shocks could therefore be seen in almost any industry and throughout all stages of the industrial supply chain. “In the medium term the global economic system and every market-oriented national economy would collapse.”
  • Relapse into planned economy: Since virtually all economic sectors rely heavily on oil, peak oil could lead to a “partial or complete failure of markets,” says the study. “A conceivable alternative would be government rationing and the allocation of important goods or the setting of production schedules and other short-term coercive measures to replace market-based mechanisms in times of crisis.”
  • Global chain reaction: “A restructuring of oil supplies will not be equally possible in all regions before the onset of peak oil,” says the study. “It is likely that a large number of states will not be in a position to make the necessary investments in time,” or with “sufficient magnitude.” If there were economic crashes in some regions of the world, Germany could be affected. Germany would not escape the crises of other countries, because it’s so tightly integrated into the global economy.
  • Crisis of political legitimacy: The Bundeswehr study also raises fears for the survival of democracy itself. Parts of the population could perceive the upheaval triggered by peak oil “as a general systemic crisis.” This would create “room for ideological and extremist alternatives to existing forms of government.” Fragmentation of the affected population is likely and could “in extreme cases lead to open conflict.”
Read more at Der Spiegel

Most Progressives and Liberals Fail to Grasp Basic Economic Concepts

http://www.disinfo.com/2010/06/most-progressives-and-liberals-fail-to-grasp-basic-economic-concepts/

Most Progressives and Liberals Fail to Grasp Basic Economic Concepts

Posted by Join Or DIE on June 15, 2010
Chart: SilverStar (CC)
Chart: SilverStar (CC)
Max Borders writes on the Washington Examiner:
Who’s smarter than a fifth grader in economics? Not the progressive left, according to pollsters and one academic economist. Daniel Klein had a revealing must-read piece in the Wall Street Journal detailing the dearth of economics knowledge among the so-called “reality-based” community. The upshot? The people running our country probably don’t understand basic supply and demand, much less the benefits of trade.

Honestly, I am a little bit surprised by this result. If I’d tried to predict the outcome, I would have said that most people who lean left are at least aware of economic realities but that ideology compels them to ignore these considerations. It turns out, we can’t even be that charitable. Most progressives are just plain economically illiterate — and that is not an ad hominem attack. It is an unfortunate but statistically accurate statement.

Now as it happens, this survey goes very far in explaining a lot of things — like why we get so many economically destructive policies coming out of Washington (not to mention why popular sovereignty ain’t all it’s cracked up to be).

These results also support Bryan Caplan’s thesis that people are “rationally irrational” voters. That is, when there is no direct consequence (e.g. harm) for them to vote for an economically-challenged person or program, it may be “rational” for them to do so — particularly if they feel good when they do. For example, the overwhelming evidence is that open, cross-border trade benefits all parties involved and economies taken a whole. But people so often resist this truth during recessions.
Read more at the Washington Examiner

Warren In Office But Not In Power As Banksters Cheer Tepid Rules On Anniversary Of Lehman’s Fall

http://www.disinfo.com/2010/09/warren-in-office-but-not-in-power-as-banksters-cheer-tepid-rules-on-anniversary-of-lehman%E2%80%99s-fall/


Warren In Office But Not In Power As Banksters Cheer Tepid Rules On Anniversary Of Lehman’s Fall

Posted by Danny Schechter on September 19, 2010
“This sounds so bleak when I say it, but we need some delusions to keep us going.”—Woody Allen in the New York Times
“The former chairman of Lazard in London who is now chairman of Barclays, once said that the only two things that would survive a nuclear war were cockroaches and Lazard.  On the evidence of the past few years, he underestimated the tenacity of the rest of the investment banking industry”—William Wright, Editor, Financial News, London
Hooray, Elizabeth Warren is to become a Special Assistant to President Obama in charge of setting up the Consumer Protection Bureau that she conceived. Alas, it is not to be the independent agency she wanted but a bureau within the Federal Reserve Bank, a branch of government that is really run by big banks which and did virtually nothing to protect consumers when they needed help the most.
For the Obamacrats, this is a good move in political terms because the White House had been battered by the Democratic base to appoint the outspoken Warren to the job, Asked about the issue at his recent press conference, he was his usual coy and cautious self. He said he hadn’t decided.
Now he has—but not to appoint her to the job she deserves but to a post in the Executive Branch under his control and with oversight by Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, and Rahm Emanuel et. al. (The White House worries that they could not win a protracted confirmation battle.)
So she’s in, but hardly in charge, or able to be an independent force. Remember that quote from the Godfather taken from Chinese military strategist Sun Tsu: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”
The usually on-target blog, Naked Capitalism, suggests that the Warren appointment was just a way to sideline her, not put her in a position of real power. In any event, the new Bureau’s rules will not be in effect until 2012, if then.  So much for urgency!
At the same time, Warren has posted positively about her new job on The White House website and reports having had several meetings with President Obama.
Nevertheless, economics analyst Yves Smith warns not to believe the hype: “It is now official that Warren is at best a placeholder; she cannot have much impact. She can’t make much in the way of policy or personnel choices; that would encroach on the authority of an incoming director. And even her ability to influence the choice of a nominee is questionable. Her taking the advisory role now assures that the nomination of the permanent director will come after the midterm Congressional elections. Given the virtual certainty of Democratic losses, the odds are high that Team Obama will settle on a “conservative” meaning “won’t ruffle the banking industry” choice, and argue its hands were tied.
On the right, Warren, a former Republican, is pictured as a bring down the banks revolutionary. The financial industry hates her, perhaps because she is too smart for them,
Progressive critics fear the Consumer Protection Bureau is only a way to placate the public by containing abuses but without doing too much harm to the bankers.  One example: Credit card “reforms” do not roll back usurious interest rates. Requiring disclosure is not the same as ordering the restructuring of loans to make them affordable.
The banksters are publicly unhappy but privately know they are getting off easy. According to the Financial Times, “The full impact of the new global bank capital rules announced at the weekend is likely to be 30 per cent tougher than the headline ratio suggests, according to regulators and industry participants who have studied private banking data.”
Just 30 percent! Most Americans don’t realize the global dimensions of the crisis and the fact that many in the world are suffering more than we are because of unchecked speculation on Wall Street.
And, so much for the international bankers at Basel forcing their American kin to impose the tough rules that are needed. What they have achieved has been characterized as bringing forth a mouse.  There is nothing in place that will stop a recurrence of the Lehman collapse two years this week, There is no real debate about whether more institutions will fail, only when,
I watched an interview on BCC’s Hard Talk program with the head of Britain’s Hedge Fund Association who told a hostile interviewer (or maybe an interviewer posturing as hostile”) that (a) The industry realizes regulation is in its interest and (b), the reforms in America are not that tough.”
When you hear a banker say that, you know that regulations so far are more of a show than anything else.
The Financial News reported that the men (and some women) once labeled the “big swinging dicks” on Wall Street are doing well, thank you. The magazine features a “where are they now” spread showing that many of the top CEOS responsible for the loss of Trillions have landed on their feet, and are now in jobs/sinecures in new firms, and live free of any fear of prosecution.
In fact the new compromised and watered down rules has actually helped the banks prosper. Here’s one headline in the FT: “US financials boosted by new bank rules.”
At the same time, as the economy continues its jobless non-recovery, the overall situation is bleak according to a more substantive report in the same newspaper:  “Big US banks are nearing the end of another disappointing quarter for their trading businesses that has deepened fears over job losses on Wall Street.”
New figures show a significant rise in poverty with one in seven barely making it.  That represents 44 million people.  47 million Americans are on food stamps. One out of five children are in this group.
Earlier this week in Britain, Mervyn King the Governor of the Bank of England spoke to the Trade Union Congress. He admitted that it was unfair when banks were bailed out while there was no help was provided to workers who lost jobs when factories were closed.
Nevertheless, he appealed to the workers to accept tough austerity measures that will lead to public service cutbacks and job losses.
One union leader attacked the TUC for inviting him, calling him the devil and comparing his own union convention to church that invites Satan to give the sermon.
So called “conservatives” in the US are promoting austerity policies similar to the ones being pursued in Britain including those tax cuts for the rich. Meanwhile, there is push back as 300 economists and analysts warn that the “deficit hawks” who appear to be gaining the upper hand in our economic debates are threatening to turn an already deeply painful recession into a full-blown depression.
“The experts warned that the American economy now stands at a crucial juncture. They acknowledged that public debt is mounting, and presented a choice of two different paths to right the ship: imposing fiscal “austerity” today, in the midst of the most serious downturn since the Great Depression, or investing in the American economy — with public spending over the short term — in order to grow our way out of the red ink.”
The alternatives are clear. Which side are you on? Denial is no longer an option
A group called One Nation is mobilizing a march on Washington for jobs and justice on October 2.  Will it be big enough and noisy enough to make a difference?
Filmmaker and News Dissector Danny Schechter edits Mediachannel.org.
For more on his film Plunder: The Crime of Our Time and companion book The Crime of our Time, visit plunderthecrimeofourtime.com.

Pentagon Tries To Stop Book By Buying All Copies

http://www.disinfo.com/2010/09/pentagon-tries-to-stop-book-by-buying-all-copies/

Pentagon Tries To Stop Book By Buying All Copies

Posted by majestic on September 15, 2010
Thanks to Isaac Hils for this. As publishers, this story definitely appeals to us at disinformation: Authors with books the Pentagon wants to stop, take note! From the Guardian:
It’s every author’s dream – to write a book that’s so sensationally popular it’s impossible to find a copy in the shops, even as it keeps climbing up the bestseller lists.
And so it is for Anthony Shaffer, thanks to the Pentagon’s desire to buy up all 10,000 copies of the first printing of his new book, Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory. And then pulp them.
The US defence department is scrambling to dispose of what threatens to be a highly embarrassing expose by the former intelligence officer of secret operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and of how the US military top brass missed the opportunity to win the war against the Taliban.
The department of defence is in talks with St Martin’s Press to purchase the entire first print run on the grounds of national security.
The publisher is content to sell the books but the two sides are in a grinding dispute over what should appear in a censored version and when it should be released.
Now St Martin’s Press says it will put the partly redacted manuscript on sale next week whether or not the defence department likes it – and there doesn’t appear much the authorities can do.
The army had cleared the book by Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer, about “black ops” in the Afghan war when he was based at Bagram in 2003, for publication after relatively minor changes.
But when the intelligence services and defence department officials saw it they were alarmed.
They said it contained highly classified material including the names of American intelligence agents and accounts of clandestine operations, and demanded the book be withdrawn on the grounds it “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to national security”…
[continues at the Guardian]

President Obama removes 'Creator' from the preamble of the Declaration of Independence

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/09/president_obama_removes_creato_2.html

President Obama removes 'Creator' from the preamble of the Declaration of Independence

Jason McNew
Hobbes, Locke, and Cicero be damned.  President Obama single handedly overturns Natural Law.


Friday evening President Obama addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.  At around 22:30, he incorporates part of the preamble of The Declaration of Independence, removing "Creator".

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal..... endowed with certain unalienable rights, life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"

After President Obama says "created equal...", there is a long pause during which he scowls and blinks several times.  For once, he may actually have opted to not read something that was on the teleprompter.  It looks like he is disgusted and decided it would be better not to read what the preamble actually says.

President Obama, if our Creator is not the purveyor of our human rights, then who is?  The government?


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Why Does Obama Tell Muslims America Is Nation of ‘Non-Believers’?

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/71605

Why has President Barack Obama on at least two occasions told specifically Muslim audiences that America is a nation of—among other things—"non-believers"?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(Commentary) - Why has President Barack Obama on at least two occasions told specifically Muslim audiences that America is a nation of—among other things—“non-believers”?

The Pledge of Allegiance says America is one nation under God, our national motto says in God we trust, the Declaration of Independence says we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. Since the time of George Washington our presidents have placed their left hands on the Bible as they raise their right hands and swear to defend our Constitution.

The Census Bureau’s official Statistical Abstract of the United States says a miniscule 0.7 percent of American adults—or 1,621,000 out of 228,182,000--are atheists.

If you accept the Pew Hispanic Center’s March 2005 estimate that there were 11 million illegal aliens in the United States back then—and assume for the sake of argument there are still roughly that many today after another half decade of unsecured borders—then a person randomly passing you on an American street is about seven times more likely to be a foreign national illegally residing here than an atheist.

If representation in the resident population is the measure, then it is more plausible to say America is a nation of foreigners than to say America is a nation of non-believers.

Yet President Obama has virtually made a mantra of saying that Americans are, among other things, “non-believers.”



In his inaugural address, Obama said, “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers.”

A week after his inauguration, in an interview with Al Arabiya, an Arabic-language television network based in the United Arab Emirates, Obama said: “So what I want to communicate is the fact that in all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I have come to understand is that regardless of your faith—and America is a country of Muslims, Jews, Christians and non-believers—regardless of your faith, people have certain common hopes and common dreams.”

On Nov. 7, 2009, four days before Veterans Day and two days after U.S. Army psychiatrist and radical Muslim terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 12 U.S. troops and one civilian and wounded 29 others at Fort Hood, Obama took pains to publicly state his belief that the American veterans who fought in Muslim territory at Ramadi, Iraq, and Kandahar, Afghanistan, included “non-believers.”

“In tribute to those who fell at Ft. Hood, I’ve ordered flags flying over the White House and other federal buildings to be lowered to half-staff from now until Veterans Day next Wednesday,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Veterans Day is our chance to honor those Americans who’ve served on battlefields from Lexington to Antietam, Normandy to Manila, Inchon to Khe Sanh, Ramadi to Kandahar. They are Americans of every race, faith and station. They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers.”

On Aug. 13, hosting an Iftar dinner for Muslim guests at the White House, Obama not only suggested that he approved the building of a mosque next door to Ground Zero in New York, but he also said this: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus—and non-believers. “

Is Obama’s repeated declaration—including to Muslim audiences—that America is, among other things, a nation of “non-believers” truly accurate? Does it comport with Obama’s professed strategy of reaching out to the Islamic world and improving America’s standing there by increasing understanding of our true nature as a nation?

The answers are: No and no.

In America, we have no established religion, and the First Amendment guarantees its free exercise, but we are and always have been an expressly God-fearing nation.

Thomas Jefferson, who wrote of our God-given rights in the Declaration, later said in his “Notes on the State of Virginia”: “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”

The Census Bureau does not ask Americans their denomination, but relies on the American Religious Identification Survey, which interviewed 54,461 American adults in 2008, to estimate the nation’s religious demographics. ARIS discovered that 76 percent of Americans said they were Christians, 1.2 percent said they were Jewish and 0.6 percent said they were Muslims.

Fifteen percent said they did not affiliate with a religion—which is not an indicator of disbelief in God. Only 0.9 percent said they were agnostic and only 0.7 percent said they were atheists.

Obama’s insistence on giving the 0.7 percent atheist population equivalent status in his public declarations to America’s Christians and Jews, whose religious tradition is central to our nation’s worldview and heritage, may help promote non-belief in the United States, but it surely does not promote the American cause in the Islamic world—where our radical Muslim enemies, starting with al-Qaida, falsely claim Americans are infidels.

Certainly, Obama is not purposefully seeking to diminish America’s standing in the Muslim world. But his words—on their face—seek to diminish God’s standing in America.

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Muslim Rapes Christian Toddler for Refusal to Convert to Islam

http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/02/muslim-rapes-christian-toddler-for.html

Muslim Rapes Christian Toddler for Refusal to Convert to Islam


Christian girl aged
21/2 raped then left to die for the greater glory of Allah.

For some reason the BBC didn't report this story, probably to avoid damaging Community Cohesion.
"Baby Neeha, at the age of 21/2, was raped by the son of her father's employer and left to die by the roadside, he said. No one was arrested for the crime.
These horrific events took place because her father, who was Christian, refused to give in to pressure from his Muslim employer to convert to Islam," El Shafie said.
The family went underground in Pakistan to hide from Muslim extremists who were seeking revenge for their non-conversion, he said.
"The family has lived for years in hiding and in constant fear of being discovered by the employer's family or Islamic extremists," El Shafie said. "We are thrilled that she's finally in Canada."

For those of us seeking a better understanding Islam, there are a few points to note:

The rapist wasn't prosecuted, because according to Islamic law he hadn't committed any crime. The 'prophet' Mohammed was a child-rapist, and Mohammed is the perfect man and role model for all Muslims. Also, rape is a legitimate weapon of Jihad, especially against children, as we saw in the Beslan school attack.

Not only had the rapist not committed any crime, but his action was actually commendable from the Islamic point of view, because spreading Islam (by whatever means may be necessary) is the greatest good which justifies ANY action. The system of morality (if it can be called that) in Islam is totally different from that in any other religion.

This attack also shows a common Islamic trait of getting at Christians by attacking children and other vulnerable people (as at Beslan and in the 'Street Jihad' intifada by young Muslim men).

No compulsion in religion
The fate of baby Neeha should make us wary of Muslims who tell us that the Koran says there should be 'no compulsion in religion'. Yes the Koran does say that, but the statement is null and void, as the Muslim propagandists (but not the gullible infidels) very well know.

The Koran is full of contradictions, and later violent verses (such as 'Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them') abrogate (cancel out) the earlier peaceful ones.

The early peaceful verses were written when Mohammed was trying to recruit his fellow citizens of Mecca to join his cult. But he didn't have much success among the people he'd grown up with, because they knew he was a nutjob.

So he moved to Medina and adopted a different strategy of recruiting criminals and psychopaths by promising them lots of rape, murder and pillage in the service of Allah. This worked perfectly and gave us the version of Islam we see in action in the world today.

Quoting abrogated parts of the Koran to deceive the infidels is one of the tactics of taqiyya (lying and deception in the cause of Islam).

As I said before, increasing the power of Islam justifies ANY action, which includes lying as well as rape, murder and anything else you can think of.

Consequently, Jens Orback is living in fluffy-bunny-land if he thinks that if we are nice to the jihadists when they're in the minority, they'll be nice to us when we're in the minority.

IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, STOP ISLAM!

Otherwise there will be many thousands of baby Neehas and other violated kuffar children as Islam spreads throughout Europe, as the following links demonstrate...



Islamic Gang Rape and Pedophilia as a 'Community Activity'
"Of course every culture produces rapists and child molesters, but in non-Muslim societies these are usually isolated loners. In contrast, Muslim rapists and pedophiles are well-organised and these predators often hunt their prey in rape-gangs in a tradition of Muslim razzia going back to the 'prophet'....


Beslan - Child rape, torture, enforced urophagia and murder in the name of Islam"Young girls were gang raped. Young girls were raped with gun barrels and other objects. Many young girls did not survive these rapes. Children were forced to drink their own urine before being executed... "


Man boy sex (Pederasty) in Islam
"In Muslim societies women are kept covered in burkhas, so the prettiest things that most unmarried Muslim men ever see are beardless pre-pubescent boys. Beardless boys are not regarded as male, so sex with them is not considered as homosexuality as it is between adult men.

Bacha bazi feminizes these boys in order to degrade them. By forcing them to perform in women's clothes and by raping them, this tradition not only seeks to humiliate these boys for the pleasure of wealthy men, but also to reinforce the idea that women are inferior and for a boy to have feminine affectations is degrading for him.



Muslim pedophile gangs prey on British Children
Pedophilia is socially acceptable in Islam because 'the perfect man' Mohammed was a pedophile. In addition, pedophile attacks on 'kuffar' (non-Muslim) children are seen as a legitimate form of jihad, inflicting humiliation and demoralisation on the children and their parents.



Mufa' Khathat - cleaning up the mess after thighing Ayesha
Mohammed married Ayesha when she was six but could not 'consummate' until she was nine. In the meantime he 'thighed' her then made her wash his semen off his clothes - a fact that is well documented in Islamic scriptures.

Islamic Ritual Murder and Human Sacrifice
Human sacrifice is an integral part of this evil cult


Inbreeding, Incest and Cousin Marriage in Islam
Young girls are sold as sex-slaves to older cousins and uncles to ensure that the bride purchase transaction money remains within the family.


Islamic Child Sexual Abuse: Muslim Pedophilia
Women are kept in purdah, and must be accompanied by a male relative whenever they leave the house. Wealthy older men acquire the youngest brides (often young cousins), with polygamy ensuring that young women are always in short supply for impoverished young men.


Islam is powered by Muslim sexual repression
Proponents of wars and terrorism in the name of Islam often exploited the frustration of sexually deprived young males and tantalised them with the prospect of captured women as ‘war booty’ if they succeeded. If they died, 72 lovely virgins in paradise as ‘houris’ would be provided to them which makes these boys ready to die for it, as suicide bombers.

Charlene Downes Allegedly Pimped, Raped, Murdered by Islamic Pedophile Gang then minced into burgers and fed to kuffars.


95% of Pakistani Truckers have sex with Boys
Young boys are prostituted and abused in The Land of The Pure


Muslim sex criminals are above the law
Muslim pedophile gangs are immune from prosecution as police do not want to risk damaging 'community cohesion'.
Hypermasculine Muslims - Islam and hypermasculinity
Predatory
and domineering, Islam is a brutal, hypermasculine, barbarian, tribal warrior cult that glories in murder, mutilation, rape, genocide, terrorism, destruction and anarchy. Women, girls and all the feminine aspects human nature are chattelised and subjugated. Weakness is despised and seen as ripe for predation. A woman or girl is to be owned, not treated as an equal. If she punctures the fragile inflated ego of her owner, then she must be killed to restore the man's 'honour' among his peers. Kuffar women and children are war booty.

Islam is bullying, swaggering, predatory, wife-beating thuggery, which is the destroyer of all that is beautiful, spiritual, gentle, innocent and vulnerable.





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Stupid Students - part 3

More excerpts from student essays.

During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe. Later the Pilgrims crossed the Ocean, and this was known as Pilgrims Progress. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by the Indians, who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried porpoises on their backs. Many of the Indian heroes were killed, along with their cabooses, which proved very fatal to them. The winter of 1680 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.
One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. During the War, the Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over stone walls. The dogs were barking and the peacocks crowing. Finally, the colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.
Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He invented electricity by rubbing cats backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
George Washington married Martha Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country. Then the Constitution the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. When Lincoln was President, he wore only a tall silk hat. He said, "In onion there is strength." Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. Fourteenth Amendment gave ex-Negroes citizenship. But the Clue Clux Clan would torcher and lynch the ex-Negroes and other innocent victims. It claimed it represented law and odor. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented electricity and also wrote a book called Candy. Gravity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are falling off the trees.
Bach was the most famous composer in the world, and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
France was in a very serious state. The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened. The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolution, and it catapulted into Napoleon. During the Napolenonic Wars, the crowned heads of Europe were tremoling in their shoes. Then the Spanish gorillas came down from the hills and nipped at Napoleon's flanks. Napoleon became ill with bladder problems and was very tense and unrestrained. He wanted an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn't bear children.
The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplatory of a great personality. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.
The nineteenth century was a time of many great inventions and thoughts. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Samuel Morse invented a code of telepathy. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radium. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx brothers.
The First World War, caused by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by a surf, ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.

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