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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

21 February - News Notes

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 We are the New World Order

BBC News: Come here for America in all its glory 

The most effective propaganda is invisible, passing itself off as reality even to those producing it.

David F. Noble
(guest blogger)
Don't breathe. There's a total war on against CO2 emissions, and you are releasing CO2 with every breath. The multi-media campaign against global warming now saturating our senses, which insists that an increasing CO2 component of greenhouse gases is the enemy, takes no prisoners: you are either with us or you are with the "deniers." No one can question the new orthodoxy or dare risk the sin of emission. If Bill Clinton were running for president today he would swear he didn't exhale.

Does the Left think we are stupid ? 
Left Wing Conspiracy : this from people who cannot agree on a definition of socialism and consider two War parties suitable choice for the populace ; and Left-Right no less ! It's enough to make one run as an Anarchist just for variety. Monbiot and Plimer - though entertaining - scarcely encompass the variety of thought available from Fire and Ice,Global Research.ca,JoAnn Nova,Aletho News,Biased BBC and more.
I haven't put everything I've posted in these files - the blog is Searchable - but here's a ragbag of both condemnation of 'Denierism' ( there's a framing proposition if I ever heard one ) and pushback against UN reeducation campaigns.
Posted on 21 February 2012 19:07 by opit

( I think you are stupid to call them the Left. That's not the usual catch phrase for right wing authoritarian extremists pushing global government by the usual murderous miscreants.
Huh ?  I get criticized for calling carbon credits energy tax "An International Tax on the Use of Fire" ; something about it being a cute quip. 
Nope. Blatant and Obvious Robbery is not that, though the hubris of such is outstanding.
Since China and the USA - and Canada - are not signing up, those who have have just given themselves a relative trading disadvantage which will shortly penalize them horribly when international capital investment is contemplated. That won't penalize Big Coal at all.  )

Representations of a self-represented litigant as an old man
Where teaching Politically Incorrect Thought is once again punished
"An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all." -- Socrates
"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

( Time was university was meant to stimulate individual initiative. Today...not so much. I'm reminded of the one and only time I tutored 3 Chinese students on writing book reports. Once they realized 'essai' { the Norman/French root of essay } described a diagnostic test indicating a demonstrated ability to work in English  { trial - or 'to try' } they were off and running....without me.  :)  )

Craig Murray
The invention of terrorism
For those in power terrorism must exist. It is a justification of much of their power and a great deal of state apparatus, not to mention a great deal of private profit. If nobody is being convicted, it is not because there is no terrorism – despite the fact that, plainly, there isn’t, nobody has been killed by a terrorist in mainland UK for seven years – it is a sign that the system is not working.
Now if nobody had been convicted for burglary last year, I would worry. There are lots of burglaries. But that nobody has been convicted for a crime that did not happen, seems to me a good thing. What is deeply, deeply worrying is that we have politicians who think there should be a regular flow of convictions for terrorism, whether there is any terrorism or not.
On which subject, I am troubled by the current large terrorism trial in Woolwich. The defendants entered a plea of guilty after being told that they would then face a maximum fifteen year jail sentence, and would probably serve just another six. If they pleaded not guilty and lost, they could serve twenty five years.
Forget that the charge is terrorism – I deeply resent the effective introduction of plea-bargaining into our justice system, with the obvious danger that innocent people will take the less risky course. For what it is worth, my impression from the evidence in this case is that these were fantasisers about terrorism who were unlikely actually to become dangerous, but were rightly pulled up. It is very wrong that they were dissuaded from having the evidence against them tested by a jury

British democracy : no better than Uzbekistan's
  1. 1.  We need to know who funds these thinktank lobbyists | George Monbiot
  2. 2. Jeremy Lin row reveals deep-seated racism against Asian Americans | Hadley Freeman
  3. 3. The paradox of Rick Santorum's conservative beliefs | Ana Marie Cox
  4. 4. How Cameron's NHS cheats waiting-list figures | Polly Toynbee
  5. 5. Squatting law will only criminalise the homeless. Let's demolish clause 130 | Tanya Gold
 Report from Lhasa
( Not much different from the fate of Palestinians, I shouldn't expect. This despite the fact that Tibetans have evolved to handle the local high altitude environment - and their tormentors haven't.  )

Will American Anti-Labor Policies Infect Europe?


USA Global GMO Cover-up

I'm a fan of Mike Adams (no relation) the Health Ranger and his Natural News website.
His latest story is on the USA and how it is attempting to outlaw non-GMO labeling of foods, thereby making it illegal for a non-GMO food product to even claim "non-GMO" on the label. If the U.S. succeeds in this global GMO cover-up, the FDA could seize any products in the USA that make "non-GMO" claims. Additionally, the USA could file lawsuits through the World Trade Organization against any country that allows non-GMO labeling or claims on its products. This includes us here in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Please have a look at the full story using this link
There is included within a petition to Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius) to urge them to halt the USA's nefarious attempts to install a global GMO deception. Please take the time to send this to them to let them know that people outside of the USA are aware and watching their action.

Monsanto's Bt GMO corn to be sold at WalMart with no indication it is genetically modified 

 Fluoride : Disposing of mining waste through your body


Der Speigel report says gas fracking is safe. Is it ?

( I didn't see my comment referring to notes on fracking in my Water and Energy files ) 


Published Monday, February 20, 2012
A Florida trade group calling itself the Florida Coalition for the New Economy is lobbying against municipalities having the right to provide high-speed internet, because they say it wastefully duplicates Internet access efforts, pitting government in “head to head competition with private industry."


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