Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The only terrorists left in that region of the world is the US/NATO forces. If I had these assholes on my streets, I too would take up arms....but that's just how the NWO like it- Axis4peace
I sometimes feel anarchists are like people who would throw away a remote when the batteries run out because they’re not standard AA or AAA, they’re those flat batteries you have to unscrew a panel to get to. “It’s too hard… I should stand up when I want to turn it on, anyway.”
Consider this: the government is a car. Yes, you can walk or even ride a bike, but if you want to get out of the tiny, piss-ant, backwards town you’re from, you need the car. The Egyptians didn’t build the pyramids as a hippy, tribal commune.
I believe in accepting not only the risk, but the inevitability of government abuse in exchange for the potential to do things our ancestors didn’t even dream possible, like going to the moon. It’s not that success requires abuse, merely that abuse of the power necessary to achieve enormous success has the potential to be as great as the success itself.
If you have trouble wrapping your head around this… odds are, if you’re reading this, you love guns, so… government doesn’t oppress people, people oppress people - and they will, especially if there is no government.
Taking the gun metaphor further: guns level the playing field. You can be weak, a woman, physically challenged (to a point), young, old, poor… whatever; if you have a gun, you can neutralize someone who is stronger, faster, richer or anything.
Of course, they can use it on you, too, but it’s best to have the playing field as level as possible.
Government (especially democracies) level the playing field better than any system yet devised. In fact, the only way I can imagine making it more level is to only allow those who are poor to vote, because those with money already have the power inherent in their wealth, which puts them at an advantage.
Oh wait, I forgot to translate it into anarchist… it creates a “hierarchy.”
I respect anarchist ideals, but why do they think we should throw the baby out with the bathwater? There’s literally a few things that need to be changed, that’s it:
- End the war on drugs
- End foreign interventionism
- Simplify the tax system
- Eliminate artificial barriers of entry in industry
This last one might not appeal to some of you, but I like it:
- Create a new police force whose sole job is to police the police
You could hire all those people laid off from ending the drug war. If I missed something major, let me know.
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.
It is a dangerous decision - one that, as the dissenting judges warned, could turn America into the sort of totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell.
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who dissented from this month's decision refusing to reconsider the case, pointed out whose homes are not open to strangers: rich people's. The court's ruling, he said, means that people who protect their homes with electric gates, fences and security booths have a large protected zone of privacy around their homes. People who cannot afford such barriers have to put up with the government sneaking around at night.
Judge Kozinski is a leading conservative, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, but in his dissent he came across as a raging liberal. "There's been much talk about diversity on the bench, but there's one kind of diversity that doesn't exist," he wrote. "No truly poor people are appointed as federal judges, or as state judges for that matter." The judges in the majority, he charged, were guilty of "cultural elitism."
The court went on to make a second terrible decision about privacy: that once a GPS device has been planted, the government is free to use it to track people without getting a warrant. There is a major battle under way in the federal and state courts over this issue, and the stakes are high. After all, if government agents can track people with secretly planted GPS devices virtually anytime they want, without having to go to a court for a warrant, we are one step closer to a classic police state - with technology taking on the role of the KGB or the East German Stasi.-The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS
The OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE / ELIGIBILITY/ OBAMACARE Rally in Washington, D.C. is for the purpose of exposing Soetoro/Obama and demanding that he proves that he is “Constitutionally eligible” to be President, or for the benefit of the 308 million citizens of the United States, to resign from office.
All individuals participating are requested to bring a copy of their Birth Certificate.
The crucial issues regarding Obama, the “IMPOSTER”, continue to grow. However, the most important issue is Obama not being Constitutionally eligible to be President: 1) not being “natural born” being born in Mombasa, Kenya; and 2) even more important the fact that Obama was “adopted” or legally “acknowledged” by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro, and his school record in Indonesia indicates the “Imposter’s” name is “Barry Soetoro”, his nationality being “Indonesia” and his religion being “Islam”. Obama, the Imposter’s legal name is “Barry Soetoro”. Obama must be stopped ! WE THE PEOPLE can, by way of the largest rally ever in Washington, DC, have a “Peaceful Revolution” and force Obama to prove he is “Constitutionally eligible” or resign from office. YES WE CAN !-Obama Birth Certificate Rally, Eligibility Rally, ObamaCare Rally, Washington DC, October 23, 2010
But no, as always it's the little guy, the person without any real power at all, and who has done nothing to harm anyone, who is treated like a common criminal. Fascism continues its so far successful rise in this country, while the masses continue to be obsessed with their sports, their beer and their video games.
Carter (not on chart) far outspent all previous presidents and put us into hyperinflation. Pseudoconservative Reagan outspent all previous presidents. Bush Sr. outspent him. Clinton went nuts. Bush Jr. continued the insanity. Obama is now King of the Spenders. The National Debt will be paid in the form of the Much Greater Depression. Each man, woman and child in America owes $200,000. Every family of four (including infants) owes $800,000. It’s hopeless folks. All debts get paid in the end, either by the buyer or the seller. Always.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
So you have a friend that you want to pull a prank on, but you just aren’t sure how to pull off something that will be epic (okay, at least not too lame). Well, there have been a lot of pranks over the course of my life that I have either participated in as the prankster, victim, or witness. In order to keep it somewhat interesting the pranks in this article have to involve the outside of the home (yards, garages, sidewalks, trees, and more are all fair game). I have broken down 10 common teenage pranks (not that there is an age requirement for pranksters).
1. Operation TP
Okay, this one is easily the most common prank involving homes. In order for this to work best, your victim must have plenty of trees in their front yard. If the land is barren, no worries I’ll make that work here in a sentence or two. You unravel a portion of the toilet paper and hold onto it as you throw the TP up into the tree repeatedly (don’t use really weak TP or your strands will be pretty short). If they are tree-less then you are forced to rip a sheet at a time and cover their front yard with small squares of toilet paper. For bonus points you take a window, a car, or even the ground and write a message to the victim in toilet paper. If the operation confuses you, well you are in big trouble.
There are 9 other "pranks" listed, including the messy sounding "Operation Let Go My Eggo’s", which involves wet waffles and syrup. I'd hate that one. I remember how pissed off I was a few years ago when some neighborhood loser kept throwing raw eggs at cars, hitting mine several times a week.
In one of the books I'm currently reading, there is the following episode:
One of the girl's made a command decision to "wrap" a neighbor's home in toilet paper. The technical name for this is "TP-ing".
When the girls returned home to go forward with the actual raid, they got busted.
So the mom learned of the plans, but then suggested they could TP some trees instead of houses. The mom even goes with them on the outing, then finds a motorhome in a drive she can't resist TP-ing herself. She almost gets caught by the owner, but he's distracted by his TPed tree.
Adults don't usually go along with the teenagers to assist in the mischief. They're usually the one who react (or overreact) after the fact. One time when I was a teenager, I was staying over at my grandmother's house. She had two neighbors that she didn't really get along with on either side of her, Mr. and Mrs. T and a chubby old lady named Pat. They had formed a kind of alliance against Grandma.
So, one morning we wake up and look out the front window, and Pat's two old jalopies that are parked on the street in front of her house are both covered in toilet paper. Pat treated it as if a major felony had taken place, calling Mr. T over to take photos of the damage and calling the police. I think that was one time that I really felt someone deserved to be a target of TP-ing (though I'm not saying I had anything to do with it).
Another time, in my early adulthood and born again Christian years, I was with the son of a friend of my Dad's from church. It was getting kind of late and the son (oddly enough named Pat) and a couple of his other friends were getting bored. So we all took off in his friend's mom's car (a station wagon) to go "do something". Since these were church kids and I was pretty fundamentalist at the time, I though it would be something "wholesome", so I was shocked when they suggested we newspaper some lawns. I'd never done that before, and besides being a "sin", I thought it was rather lame and boring, but they insisted. Trouble was, we had no newspapers. That was when phase one of the plan kicked in and we went to a newspaper recycling bin on a street corner and raided it, loading up the back of the wagon with stacks of old papers.
When we got back to Pat's house, his mom and dad were waiting in the living room. They asked us what we'd been doing. I didn't mention anything to them and just let the others do the talking, and they came up with a story to explain why they were all dirty with newsprint and out of breath. It was something about a broken recycling bin that had opened and let newspapers fly out everywhere across a parking lot and we'd stopped to gather them up and put them in a nearby dumpster. The parents didn't buy the story, and Pat got punished. At the time I thought maybe that would help set him straight and keep him out of Hell.
Later, he blamed me, as if I'd confessed or something. But I never said a word. The parents were curious as to why I was the only one of the group with clean hands, though. I think when we played Trivial Pursuit later that evening with the whole family there, I made the remark that newspapering lawns wasn't my thing, but how did I know anyone would make the connection!
A man who was hurt in a car crash but was misidentified as a cancer patient claims security guards at Prince George's Hospital beat him up when he tried to leave the hospital to avoid chest surgery he didn't need - "to have a potentially cancerous mass removed from his chest." He adds that one guard repeatedly called him "bitch" as he roughed him up.
Joseph Wheeler says a June 23 car accident put him in the hospital, which is owned by Dimensions Health Corporation. When he woke up hungry on June 24 and asked a nurse for food, she told him he couldn't eat because he was scheduled for surgery, Wheeler claims in Prince George's County Court.
Wheeler says the nurse checked his identification bracelet and told him the surgery was "to have a potentially cancerous mass removed from his chest."
Wheeler says his ID bracelet "contained a name that was different from Mr. Wheeler's, appeared to be that of a woman, and had a birth date that was 13 years prior to his own."
The complaint continues: "Mr. Wheeler, still in serious pain from the car accident and subsequent treatment from injuries sustained, was starting to fear for his safety as the hospital had misidentified him and he was being prepped to go into a surgery that he knew nothing about.
"At this point, Mr. Wheeler's wife, Felicia Ann Wheeler, came into the room to see her husband. Mr. Wheeler immediately told Mrs. Wheeler about what was taking place. The Wheelers decided that it was in their best interest to leave Prince George's Hospital Center and seek medical care for Mr. Wheeler elsewhere."
Mrs. Wheeler confirmed with nurses outside her husband's room that he was scheduled for cancer surgery, and when she told the nurses that she and her husband were leaving, "an argument ensued."
According to the increasingly bizarre complaint, Mr. Wheeler, "hearing the argument, took out his I/V, got out of the hospital bed, put his clothes on, and started to walk out of the room. He was bleeding from the spot on his hand where that I/V had been connected.
"Mrs. Wheeler and the nurse met Mr. Wheeler at the door. The nurse told Mr. Wheeler that he was not allowed to leave. She put a bandage on Mr. Wheeler's hand to stop the bleeding from the I/V spot, and then yelled for security.
"Mr. Wheeler, now bandaged and clothed, began to walk toward the exit of the floor while his wife gathered the rest of his belongings. As he moved toward the exit, two large men in security uniforms moved quickly toward Mr. Wheeler."
These men, defendants William Reese and Donovan Scott, worked for the hospital and/or defendant Broadway Services, according to the complaint. The Wheelers say the two security guards were "immediately hostile."-Nightmarish Hospital Visit Capped by Beating, Accident Victim Says
So the "nurse" told the patient he was "not allowed to leave". Hospitals are very scary places, and you should stay away from them if at all possible.
In spite of its enormous and quite traditional (and deserved reputation for) corruption, Mexico has always been much freer in many other ways compared to the U.S., with less centralized regulation of everyday life. Now, with lapdog Calderon in power, they begin the move to total tyranny that the American State has perfected so well over the decades.
President Felipe Calderon put forward the sweeping new measures Thursday to crack down on billions of dollars of the illicit money gained by the drug cartels and spent by them for more profit.
"This illicit money is vital for the criminal. That is what they seek, this money. It is also vital to finance their activities," said Calderon, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
If approved by the legislature, the legislation would not allow anyone to buy real estate in cash. Neither would it permit anyone to spend more than MXN 100,000 (USD 7,700) in cash on vehicles, boats, airplanes and luxury goods.
Violators of the new legislation would face up to 15 years in prison.-Mexico to ban payment in cash
Think about the enormity of this fact: there is a small group of people in this society which basically controls the evolution of popular culture, the formation of archetypes in the individual, even some of people’s most basic beliefs about themselves. I am talking, of course, about script writers and directors; the people who create the contents of the television, newspapers and movie media.
Apart from the imbecilic and juvenile rating system, this power is essentially an unchecked power, a blank check, exerted on societal narratives and beliefs. This is extremely powerful stuff, a power on par with that of the recognized major hierarchies in our society.
Certainly I am not saying that the power of the script writers towards the average person is hierarchical in nature. However, they tell us the lies and delusions that make those hierarchies palatable. And if we are serious about eradicating hierarchies, not just suppressing them for a time, we need to understand how they arise and what sustains them. Just as it would do no good to eliminate government just to have another one emerge from the muck, it would do no good to eliminate hierarchies as a whole without also nullifying or counter-balancing those tendencies in people and groups which create and sustain them.
If you look at television shows, for instance, the lies and delusions are hard to miss. The most popular shows on television right now are those which present narratives which glorify policemen and their work, as well as the “justice system” as a whole. Even though our “justice system” as a whole is a corrupt, authoritarian, unjust system, and policemen are basically nothing more than a legitimized mafia which routinely attacks innocent people, the picture that we are presented, and which penetrates the realm of our imaginary on a daily basis, is that policemen are stalwart agents of justice, and that the “justice system” is a fair and impartial system. How can this not fail to affect popular culture, and support for the law in general?
Consider the “reality shows,” which are half-fabricated, half-edited monstrosities; their basic goal is to portray man’s interests as being constantly in conflict, as a constant competition, that’s the reason why they’re interesting. Even those that have some sort of “redeeming” ending make a point of showing as much struggle as possible.
Even the so-called “news” are more entertainment than facts: the very structure of the news, much like the newspapers, dictates what sort of events are shown and not shown. There is a strong emphasis on crime, political bickering and rhetoric, unproven or even fake emergencies, and rarely do we see anything about what makes life worth living. More importantly, never are these news put in any kind of context or perspective, because they wish to appear “value-neutral.” This is a popular conceit amongst journalists, even though it is patent nonsense: the presentation of any event or phenomenon is necessarily and crucially value-dependent (this is perhaps the one good thing about politically partisan television, like FOX: at least you know what their values are, no matter how ridiculous those can be).
Most importantly, through their portrayals of modern archetypes, they create the ways in which we view others, which means in practice that they dictate the way people will act towards each other; through their portrayals of the past, they create most of our beliefs about history; they forge our present, but also our past and our future. Such a level of power, and especially power of this nature, should not be granted to any individual or group.
Some may argue that my position is inconsistent with a belief in total freedom, and that I am merely demonstrating that I’d rather “enforce” some artificial concept of equality rather than let people be free. But this is a misunderstanding. No one seriously argues that we should let people be free to defraud each other, and that trying to stop fraud is inconsistent with a belief in total freedom. Likewise, few Anarchists will disagree with me when I say that concentration of wealth in the hands of an elite is both inegalitarian and necessarily entails attacks on the freedoms of those who are not part of the elite.
Neither of these examples entail “enforcing” equality above freedom: in fact, this is impossible, since freedom and equality are merely two sides of the same coin. So it is with the power to mold people’s imaginary. The extreme concentration of this power, which we observe through the increasing concentration of mass media, necessarily will, and does, support attacks against our freedom, and therefore inequality as well.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Well, it looks like Iran is well on its way to creating nuclear power. John Bolton, that tool picked by the Bush Administration to be the UN ambassador, said that
weIsrael had 8 days to stop a nuclear Iran. Like there was going to be some big apocalyptic event that would destroy civilization as we know it. Sorry, but that honor is reserved to the banksters and the toolbag politicians who like their feet in reverence.
The problem with our foreign policy is that it is the most insane and stupid plan I've ever seen. You think that the United States' domestic policies were annoying, try applying them overseas with military force. Here we just have to put with the police if we go against the government, which in some ways is pretty bad, but overseas, they have to put up with the military which is always armed and has bigger guns than the police (although that gap is rapidly becoming smaller).
For some reason, following a series of total wars, our political class decided that we needed to police the rest of the world in order to fix things. This foreign policy is what many call interventionism and it crept into the conservative movement because of a nuclear bomb scare (thank you Julius Rosenburg) and William F. Buckley, Jr. Yes, the conservative icon of the 1950s would rather see the Soviet nuked than the policies of FDR revoked. And many social conservative politicians were all too willing to accept his help. A politician will love you so long as you provide ideas that expand their power. That's why Keynesian is still in vogue in DC.
The problem is that there is ultimately only one thing that will make other nations fear us enough to obey our every whim. The American people and the political class, however, are both unwilling to do this because they all do not wish such a horror to be unleashed on even the Devil himself. I speak, of course, of using nuclear weapons against our enemies.
Understand that I have no desire to see nuclear weapons used against anyone, anymore than I'd like to see 'conventional' bombings, guns, knives, swords, or rubber chickens inflicted on other people. I am a man of peace. But I'm also not a fool who plays games. If we are going to continue to insist on fighting people, we must be willing to use every weapon at our disposal. To do otherwise is, well, quite stupid and makes us look like pussies.
Because we are unwilling to use nuclear weapons, in other words go all out, in our foreign wars, 'rogue' nations will continue to act in defiance to us and build up their own arsenals to be used against us should we cross them in the future. If our central planners really wanted to stop Iran, they could have years ago and no one would have been able to do anything against it. They managed to bail out the banks, after all, and didn't suffer any real consequences.
All you warhawks, listen up: if you continue to insist on winning the 'wars' we are fighting overseas and don't call for nuclear bombings, then you are a coward and a fool. It's all or nothing, there is no in-between when it comes to war. Or rather, when there is a war not being fought to fullest, then you are just wasting the lives of soldiers. This is what Obama is doing right now with our troops overseas and this is what Bush was doing during his final term.
To my shame, I was a warhawk myself, like so many others. But now I've come to my senses and realized that I was wrong. It's a hard thing for people to admit they're wrong, but when the lives of literally millions of people are at stake, you'd better be right. And this time, you aren't.
Unfortunately, I doubt things will change for better because most people are selfish idiots. Not that there is anything wrong with either trait on its own (being blissfully ignorant has its benefits after all), but when combined, they make for a volatile cocktail of unpredictable nightmares. When you push that to a global stage, billions of lives are now hanging in the balance because of a few assholes who think they know better.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The San Diego “Complete Liberty Meetup” group joins other voluntaryists, private-property anarchists, and libertarians by declaring September 11th a day of remembrance: Government Blowback Day. This September 11, nine years will have passed since the price of the U.S. government’s meddling foreign policy was paid by innocent people. Despite the passing of time, gullible people still believe the Big Lie that was cooked up in the Washington, D.C. “lie factory” – namely, that the terrorists “hate us for our freedom.” What freedom? The spy cameras? Phone and email surveillance? The high taxes? The Patriot Act? The paranoia? The promise of endless wars and new terrorists to come? We are tired of the nonsense. On September 11, the first Government Blowback Day will remind the lunatics in Washington, D.C. that some of us know the real reasons for the attacks. The terrorists made no secret about why they attacked: (1) U.S. government support for the apartheid state of Israel, (2) the presence of U.S. armed forces in Islamic holy places, and (3) the U.S. sanctions that killed over 500,000 children in Iraq as of 1995 (and continued until Dubya started his “war on terror” that will never end with Obama).
September 11 is a day to remember the real cause of terrorism: the president, the congress, and their foreign policy.
Turns out, the couple she had been working for hammered 24 nails into the woman’s hands, feet and skull.
Was she caught stealing the lady of the house’s necklace? No, she had simply complained about the workload.
And you thought your job sucked and your boss was a slave driver…
The woman adds that the1-2 inch nails were heated before being hammered in. Sri Lankan officials are currently speaking with Saudi authorities… so in other words, nothing will probably come of this.
No word yet as to how she got through airport security metal detectors.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Don’t lie and go posting a comment as Random saying “I’m not white,” because we all know you’re a liar. And marrying a black person doesn’t count, let alone just having banged one in the past. Race isn’t sexually transmitted (but if you were banging black people, you might want to get tested for other stuff… I’m just saying, statistically…).
So, I was talking to my pals Mel Gibson and Dr. Laura, and we all agreed that the biggest invasion of privacy isn’t coming from the government. For years, private individuals have been invading the privacy of others, be they paparazzi or Orwellian Big Brothers who install cameras in and around their homes.
Every day, thousands of years of video is captured in America, primarily in fascist department stores. They watch you choose your food from behind spooky black bubbles that I thought had fish in them when I was a kid. Anyone else?
They scrutinize you from CCTV cameras fed to unseen viewers, often recorded and held for an undisclosed period of time.
They watch as you pick your nose, scratch your ass, and adjust your crotch. They see you out with the woman who isn’t your wife. They even oggle at you while you try on clothes. Oh yes, they leer at your electronically rendered nudity, and for the most part they laugh at it. The good stuff ends up online (and some of it is really good… plenty of Americans are in great shape).
But it’s understandable that no one cares, since people willingly share far more embarrassing stuff with the world. Kids today and their… MyFace or whatever. I tell ya, 15 year olds today smoke a lot of pot and wear some low cut shirts… and jeans. And why does every guy have “Good Fellas” and “Scarface” in his favorite movies? When did cocaine dealer become an aspiration? Buy some aviators, talk to a guy working at a motel, and you’re in. Why just dream?
The government is just tapping our phones… but who the hell makes phone calls anymore? I think just terrorists, drug dealers, and worst of all: old people.
The big question is, now that everything we do is recorded for all of history, will we be more forgiving? Will we realize it’s not a big deal if someone smokes a little weed, drops a little acid, eats some shrooms, drinks a bottle of cough syrup, inhales some whippits and sits in their room laughing at a zombie movie?
Privacy is an enemy of freedom, because people act so self-righteous when they think no one knows what they do in private. Ministers denounce homosexuals in their sermon, then retire to a hotel room with their 18 year old rent-a-boy and an 8 ball. Talk radio hosts denounce drug users while popping pain killers. Liberals denounce racists while making nigger jokes with friends over brandy.
Broadcast it all, and there will be too many bombshells for us to act appalled at them all. We need to burn out on mock outrage today so that we may live free tomorrow. Drop the baggage of guilty privacy, people.
We’ve all masturbated to questionable stuff, stuff that’s only legal in Holland. We’ve all took a shit when we meant to fart. We’ve all called our significant other words that would get us kicked off the air (except on HBO, where our ratings would soar).
Privacy is imprisonment, and the captive is the truth. Come on, how faggy do I have get here?
For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.
In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.
Of course, most blogs will never make any serious money, but then, most people who start a blog aren't in it for money. But think of all the other ways you might be able to earn an income (and having such options will become critical as this economic depression widens and deepens) if not for all the roadblocks (such as licensing laws) that the state puts up to make it difficult if not impossible.
So, I did the research myself, culminating in an email exchange I had with a woman whose husband was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. She shared with me scans of the newspaper clippings of her being interviewed, and explained the heart-wrenchingly short phone call he made from the in-flight phone (not a cell phone, which would not have worked). It wasn’t a missile that hit the Pentagon, it was a plane with this woman’s husband on board.
I timed the falling of the WTC towers using news footage, then calculated the speed of an object in freefall from such a height. The towers did not crumble as quickly as the online videos claimed, and it was clear they had not been rigged with explosives.
I also did research into the collapse of Tower 7, which had been so badly damaged by fire and debris from the other towers that its structural integrity was compromised. The fire burned out of control due to a lack of water to put it out and the simple fact that firemen were too busy helping possible survivors elsewhere to stop a blaze in a building that had been evacuated.
Then there’s the fact that nothing Bush ever did worked out as planned.
In the end, I had to become skeptical of the skeptics. It became clear to me that people wanted to believe Bush, Cheney, the Republicans in general, and/or Jew Bankers in Switzerland had perpetrated this crime. There was an underlying narrative held dear by the skeptics, and they were willing to ignore the truth in order to paint a picture they found pleasing.
In the end, they are not skeptics at all, merely people trying to push their own beliefs.
At some point, we must learn the difference between skepticism and scapegoating. There seems to be a post-modernist tendency in America to discount the first thing we are told as “the lies of the establishment,” and to then blindly accept the next proposed explanation.
These days, experts are just “pontificating intellectuals;” big words for people who claim to be simpletons, but particularly alarming to think that those who rant and rave online after having watched a 15 minute Fox News story think they know more about an issue than people who study that particular issue in great detail, day after day, for years on end.
This is the age of the outsider, and I’m not totally sold on the whole idea. I would never go to a doctor who considers himself a “medical outsider.” I wouldn’t have my taxes done by someone who claims to “completely redefine math.” In fact, the only occupation for which I would hire someone who lacks professional experience would be a prostitute.
In the end, people believe what they want to believe, but I encourage everyone to be as skeptical of skepticism as they are of anything else.
Acknowledging global warming doesn’t make you a liberal, it means that you trust scientists over politicians. Opposing the wars doesn’t make you unpatriotic, it means you care about our soldiers and the people of the Middle East (and the billions we spend not improving our own country). Criticizing what Obama has (or more accurately, has not) done doesn’t make you racist, it makes you part of the political process. Calling to end the drug war doesn’t make you a stoner, it makes you a humanitarian. Believing in evolution doesn’t mean you’re an ape, it means you paid attention in biology.
Skepticism is a necessary part of democracy, science, progress, and every other positive human endeavor. We must always question. But above all, be skeptical of skepticism, especially from the mouths of those who want you to be afraid and to take drastic or violent action.
If you’re going to be skeptical, start with questioning what you believe before moving on to the ideas of others. There is nothing more satisfying than realizing you were wrong, but knowing you will be correct in the future.
If 80% of the people who graduate from college aren't using their degrees in their career (I'm in the other 20% myself right now), then why do we continue to ruin our children by insisting that they attend college?
Most "children" would benefit more from entering the workforce immediately following high school. Leave college education to those who truly have exceptional abilities. If your kid isn't in the top 25 percent of his or her class, then he or she is probably wasting their time and your money (and their future income) going to college.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
"So--what do you do?"
"I help write a blog that aims to destroy the United States government, hopefully along with capitalism and religion...you gonna finish those fries?"
UPDATE: Gogulski interviewed on Russian TV!
(Apologies for the long hiatus--I now have a new OS and shouldn't run into any more computer trouble.)
Anarchists also tend to be young, perhaps lacking the experience of seeing how awful people can be.
So, in an effort to show my anarchic friends why the only old people with any kind of experience in this world who support anarchy are insulated intellectuals whose biggest concern is how best to plate caviar... I present to you:
People Are Insane
Full story here.
Monday, August 23, 2010
As the deficit grows so does the national debt, which is currently more than $13.3 trillion, according to official figures.
But the situation is actually much, much worse, according to Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff.
“Forget the official debt,” ... The “real” deficit - including non-budgetary items like unfunded liabilities of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the defense budget - is actually $202 trillion, the professor and author calculates; or 15 times the “official" numbers.
The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace and Twitter, too.
The document, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, makes clear that U.S. agents are already logging on surreptitiously to exchange messages with suspects, identify a target's friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, obtained the Justice Department document when it sued the agency and five others in federal court.
It seems like almost everyone is warning of a coming economic collapse these days. Do you remember Tony Robbins? He is probably the world’s best known “motivational speaker” and his infomercials dominated late night television during the 80s and 90s. He was always urging all of us to “unleash the power within” and to take charge of our lives. Well guess what? Now Tony Robbins is warning that an economic collapse is coming.-Is Tony Robbins Right About The Coming Economic Collapse?
h/t WC Varones
As a new survey showed that over a third of Republican Americans believe President Obama to be a Muslim, many have admitted that they are worried a lax Democrat approach to homeland security might mean that they too, are now Muslim.
The survey showed that 20% of Americans believe President Obama to be a Muslim, but that figure rises to 34% if you only ask right-wing voters who desperately want to believe all the bad things you hear about President Obama.
Concern has only been worsened by rumours that the number of Muslims in the US is growing at a rate that any sane person would consider completely insignificant.
One worried Republican told us, “There was a Muslim in my supermarket last week, and I think he might have given me Islam when he sneezed in my direction.”
“I’ve been bathing in Jesus water for an hour every day since, but I think it might be too late because I’ve had this strange desire to blow something up all week. Well, not blow something up, more shoot something, but that’s them Muslims too, right?”
Many Republican are already on the lookout for the rising number of Muslims, concerned they will seek to ruin the American way of life and traditional US pastimes such as over-eating, owning guns and being horribly misinformed about almost everything.
Missouri resident Walt Shaker told us, “I been hearin’ a lot on Fox News ’bout more and more people being one of them Muslims here in the US of A, but we only had one recent addition to the family, so clearly little Jethro must be that new Muslim.”
“As soon as he can talk, we’ll get one of them TV evangelists to burn it out of him. The $500 charge seems quite cheap for such a valuable service, praise the Lord!”
A week ago, the Federal Reserve initiated a new program of "quantitative easing" (QE), with the Fed purchasing U.S. Treasury securities and paying for those securities by creating billions of dollars in new monetary base. Treasury bond prices surged on the action. With the U.S. economy predictably weakening, this second round of quantitative easing appears likely to continue. Unfortunately, the unintended side effect of this policy shift is likely to be an abrupt collapse in the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar.-John P. Hussman Why Quantitative Easing is Likely to Trigger a Collapse of the U.S. Dollar
Sunday, August 22, 2010
What happened was, yesterday I was eating some nuts, raw almonds, and one time when I was chewing I bit down and one of my teeth with a crown on it, a gold crown actually, felt sort of funny. It felt funny all day after that, but I didn't worry too much. That tooth I had done back in 2004. It had a pretty deep cavity, and they had to put a crown on it. Every once in a while it would hurt just a little, but not too much or for too long. Then, a couple months ago, I got a bad toothache right from that tooth, but after a couple shots of whiskey it went away and never came back.
So, yesterday, while I was innocently sucking on a pop, some kind of a giant fruit flavored super rocket ice pop, I felt something come loose in my mouth. You never want to admit it when it happens, especially if you hate going to the dentist, but I couldn't deny what had happened, my crown had come off. I pulled it out of mouth and held it in my hands. The first thing you always do after that is feel around where that tooth is with your tongue. Felt strange to me, so I looked inside the crown and part of my tooth (the back half) was still sticking to the inside of it. I went to the bathroom mirror, but couldn't see much until I grabbed a small flashlight. It looked like half a tooth without a crown, but not as bad as I imagined, or maybe I was just in denial still.
The tooth wasn't hurting, so I put the crown in a plastic bag. I did wonder what I was going to do, since the dentist I normally go to has a big sign at the front desk that says FULL PAYMENT REQUIRED AT TIME SERVICES ARE RENDERED. Yeah, easy for you to say, Doc. I'm basically broke right now. Even with my crappy dental insurance it would be too much for me to afford if something major has to be done. I have a couple co-workers that I discussed dental work with a while back, and they both don't bother even going to the dentist because of the cost. One of them was told over a year ago that she needs a root canal, but she ignored the advice and still feels okay. The other guy said he hasn't been to a dentist in 15 years. He said if they want you to go regularly and take care of your teeth, they shouldn't charge so goddamned much.
So, for a while yesterday I thought I would do nothing, until I spoke to my sister who went to this place that lets people make payments. She gave me the phone number, so I'll call them.
I hate teeth, I really do. Teeth could be much, much better than they are, nearly indestructible, if there was an all-powerful god, that is.
The most offensive thing about the Dr. Laura call was not that she said “nigger” [eleven times] to a black caller seeking advice for handling racist relatives; it’s that Dr. Laura, a trained psychologist, kept rudely interrupting the caller and ended it all with the remark that people shouldn’t marry outside of their own race. Dr. Laura is a bigot (no offense to people from Normandy); Jennifer Aniston just made fun of herself.
The Special Olympics issued this statement on Jennifer Aniston’s remarks:
Special Olympics is always disappointed when the R-word is used, especially by someone who is influential to society. The pervasive use of the R-word, even in an off the cuff self-deprecating manner, dehumanizes people with intellectual disabilities and perpetuates painful stereotypes that are a great source of suffering and negative stigma.Of course, if Jennifer Aniston charged people money to watch mentally challenged people running around playing sports, that would make her a humanitarian. And what kind of stereotype is being perpetuated? The long held belief that retards like to play dress up? I thought retards like to smile and give people they just met big hugs.
The whole thing is rather dumb (no offense to people unable to speak). What kind of dick (no offense to private investigators) thinks giving people a hard time for the words they use will make the world a better place?
Frankly, I think the people who care about this kind of thing are a bunch of short-sighted (no offense to people with myopia) faggots (no offense to piles of sticks). Just because some people are born with mental disabilities does not mean it can be solved by acting like a jerk (no offense to masturbators).
These assholes (no offense to
Language is not the villain (no offense to those who dwell in villages). Let the mentally challenged speak for themselves, unless you do-gooder bitches (no offense to female dogs) think people with mental handicaps aren’t capable. That notion is far more dehumanizing than anything Jennifer Aniston said.
If Jennifer Aniston was talking to someone with a mental impairment, I would bet my life savings that she wouldn’t have said something to the tune of, “Retard, retard, retard, you should just get over it and learn to marry within your IQ range!” These whiney (no offense to arrows) Liberals (no offense to me) should quit being a pain in the ass (no offense to hemorrhoid sufferers) and get over it.
[I’d like to apologize to the members of the German National Socialists for the title.]
In recent years silver has grown to be regarded as the poor man’s gold. However we suspect silver will shake off this unfortunate shackle and give gold a “run for its money” as the old idiom goes.
There are key fundamental differences between gold and his poor cousin silver. Demand for gold is almost entirely from those holding for financial safety and protection of purchasing power and likewise from fabrication that preserves it. Gold is rarely if at all consumed. A base metal is the opposite, it is consumed. Like iron for example.
Here silver is unique, industry will consume it, and others will buy for financial gain and protection.
Read the fully loaded (charts and all) report here.
- September, 2010 "peace" meetings between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mamoud Abbas, and Hamas' role in the meeting
- Are Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations?
- Do Hamas and Hezbollah really "hide amongst civilians"?
- Does Israel target civilians?
- Origins of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon
- Role of Hezbollah and why they didn't participate in the 2008-2009 Gaza massacre
- Israel, WMDs and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
- Israel, WMDs and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
- Does Israel control the U.S., or vice versa?
- Religion -- "GOD SAID that the land belongs to the Jews"
- The United States' rejection of the U.N. and international law
- The Arab states' "recognition" of Israel
- Why doesn't Israel just abide by international law?
- Will Israel attack Iran?
Saturday, August 21, 2010
(H/T to John Loftus at Debunking Christianity.)
Everyone knows the world is coming to an end and paper money will soon be little more than toilet paper. Sure, you could buy gold, but can you feed your family gold? Can you drink gold? Can you wear gold when the chill of nuclear winter cancels out global warming?
Now there’s a commodity that will retain its utility despite the worst doomsday scenario you or Glenn Beck could ever imagine, and it is being offered by the self-proclaimed experts in fear-mongering: Bull-Line.
Bull-Line is the world leader in alarmist livestock sales. Since 1999, when they prepared you for Y2K with certified computer-free cattle, Bull-Line has been the go-to investment opportunity for people who stay up all night, clutching their shotgun in the dark.
Livestock has a proven history as currency and as stores of wealth. For thousands of years, since before mining was even invented, animals have even been a Biblically acceptable form of exchange. These animals provide raw milk that isn’t sterilized with pesky government regulations like “pasteurization.”
Operators are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to sell you your choice of male or female bovine, sheep or goat.*
Don’t think about it, just call: 1-800-GULLA-BULL
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Few American doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists will break rank or brave the new world of high-tech electronic abuse some of their patients report but evidence mounts that increasing numbers of innocent citizens targeted for U.S. state-sponsored terror are being secretly brain implanted with U.S. RFID chips without their consent for no-touch torture and mind control plus experimentation. One man evidenced this in court; won his case; and now prepares for a continuation in federal court, due to be equally explosive.
It is a more than a little suspicious that such an accusation would come out now, right when Wikileaks is announcing a new release of documents.
US officials have called the Wikileaks disclosures, including more than 70,000 documents detailing the war in Afghanistan, as one of the biggest security breaches in American military history.
The Pentagon said this month it would be the "height of irresponsibility" if WikiLeaks went through with a new threat to publish outstanding documents it had on the Afghan war.
It wants the site to expunge all classified material from the Internet and return the material it had to the US government.
News of the warrant came as the Wall Street Journal reported that Pentagon lawyers have concluded that Wikileaks acted illegally in disclosing the military documents, and are now considering possible criminal charges.
Several officials told the newspaper that the Defence and Justice departments were now exploring legal options for prosecuting Mr Assange and others involved on grounds that they encouraged the theft of government property.-Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
I absolutely love it! The world's largest criminal organization, the United States Government, guilty of murder and theft on the grandest scale imaginable, talks about issuing criminal charges and persecuting for theft, while its own criminal agents and assorted scumbags such as Bush and Cheney go free and live off the taxpayers. What a joke!
The above quoted article ends with some words about Messiah Obama:
Prosecuting Wikileaks would be a complex procedure, however, and expose the Obama administration to accusations of trying to stifle legitimate journalism.
Why should Obama care at this point, though? He still has no real opposition from all those who would be rioting in the streets right about now in hysterical outrage if George W. Bush was still in office doing exactly what Obama is doing now. The so-called "left" in this country is completely worthless!
Everything that comes out of this administration, from its pronouncements on the overseas front to its own unemployment numbers, is a lie: it’s all lies, all the time. Even in small matters, the default is a fib, such as in the case of the Pentagon’s denial that it was ever in touch with WikiLeaks about minimizing the alleged damage done by the next Afghanistan document dump. After all, why would WikiLeaks make up such a story? The feds just want the documents "expunged," thank you. I doubt they really believe it’s possible to "expunge" the Afghan war logs from the internet. If so, they are dumber than anyone has so far imagined. And so much for the myth that the Pentagon really cares about any danger to Afghan informants, who might be compromised by the release of more documents: Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have given them their chance to safeguard the identities of US collaborators, and the Pentagon flat out rejected it. So be it.
The feds hate WikiLeaks because they exposed the lies this administration has been putting out about how the war is going just fine: the true number of casualties, and the toll on innocent civilians, is online for all to see, and there’s more coming.-All Lies, All the Time
UPDATE: Sweden drops rape accusation against WikiLeaks founder
Swedish authorities say they have revoked an arrest warrant that had alleged rape against the founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
Assange is "no longer wanted" and "is not suspected of rape," Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne said in a statement posted on the agency's official website Saturday. He is also no longer arrested in absentia, the statement said.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Prohibition didn’t end in 1933, however. And since Richard Nixon declared that America was engaged in a “War on Drugs,” over 40 million people have been thrown in jail at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, billions of dollars have flowed into the hands of drug cartels, terrorists, and worst of all, hippies.
Be honest, wouldn’t it be nice to buy your weed from someone who has showered in the past 24 hours? Ugh, and no more awful Phish music playing in the background. When did stoners stop listening to real rock music?
But I digress.
We’re in the middle of a “recession” that will soon be a depression (if not a desperation or downright desolation). One thing that helped pull us out of the Great Depression (besides WWII) was the 21st amendment and the instatement of a tax on alcohol.
Legalizing drugs, even if it’s just marijuana, would provide several benefits:
- tax revenues from the legal sale
- decrease in public spending on law enforcement
- decrease in public spending on incarceration
- removal of major source of funding for organized crime
While I support legalizing every drug (and I make this from a position of having studied pharmacology, addiction, and treatment), I know this is a tough sell. It might be necessary to ease people into drug legalization, and weed is, coincidentally, a great gateway drug towards this end.
So, I’ll set aside the argument for legalizing all drugs in favor of focusing on marijuana (as tough as it can be to focus on cannabis, I’ll give it a shot…).
More people die from being arrested with weed, raped in prison, and contracting AIDS than from smoking weed itself. When looking at successful people, it’s almost harder to find someone who hasn’t smoked weed than someone who has:
Barack Obama… and those are just politicians. I defy you to listen to music made by pot-virgins for more than a week without shoving screwdrivers in your ears. On the other hand, if you have to be high to enjoy the music, then your music is like someone who is ugly and only gets laid when the other person is drunk.
George W. Bush
Al and Tipper Gore
John F. Kennedy
Pierre Elliot Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister, for all the Canuck stoners)
Wow, it’s hard to stay focused…
Perhaps the most important but least talked about issue in the drug war is the little problem of selective enforcement. A cop can’t arrest someone for being black, but if they have a little weed on them, that’s enough to drag them in and ruin their life. Whoops, did that person who looked black turn out to be a really tan college student? Well, I guess a warning will scare them straight…
But the worst abuses are often political. It is very well documented that Nixon kept close tabs on his “enemies,” from John Lennon to Jackie Gleason. Really any of those liberal pinko fags who spoke out against unpopular wars or government policies could expect to be watched like hawks, and files full of their illicit drug use were kept in the event they had to be “silenced.”
By making something that is nearly ubiquitous illegal, the government has the potential for arresting nearly anyone they want. And they don’t have to let a pesky little thing like “the truth” get in the way, because planting a bag on someone and putting an officer’s word against that of a suspect in court is usually enough.
So legalize it, and I promise: we’ll forget why we even banned it in the first place.
The fake "recovery" was nice while it lasted, says famous apocalyptic forecaster Gerald Celente, founder of the Trends Research Institute. But now the fun's over, and we're headed for what Celente describes as the "Greatest Depression."
Specifically, the always startling Celente says the country is headed for rising unemployment, poverty, and violent class warfare as the government efforts to keep the economy going begin to fail.
The crux of the problem, Celente argues, is that the middle class has been wiped out.-And Now We're Headed For The GREATEST Depression, Says Gerald Celente