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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, May 1, 2012

1 May - The Wages of Sin ( is Death )

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Presidential PropagandaPresidential Propaganda (Photo credit: indigoprime)
How do we give Political Freedom on the Intern...How do we give Political Freedom on the Internet (ZaoBao, 21st Sept 2008) (Photo credit: inju)
Scarcity Does Not Equal ValueScarcity Does Not Equal Value (Photo credit: Kevin Krejci)
Britain - spy nationBritain - spy nation (Photo credit: Clive Power)
A U.S. Marine and Iraqi Army soldiers watch ov...A U.S. Marine and Iraqi Army soldiers watch over the surrounding streets from a rooftop in Karabilah, Iraq, during Operation Steel Curtain on Nov. 11, 2005. The intent of Steel Curtain is to restore Iraqi sovereign control along the Iraq-Syria border and destroy the al Qaeda network operating throughout the Qaim region. DoD photo by Cpl. Neill A. Sevelius, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released) (Released to Public) Location: KARABILAH, AL ANBAR IRQ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
U.S. PSYOP leaflet disseminated in Iraq. It sh...U.S. PSYOP leaflet disseminated in Iraq. It shows a caricature of Al-Qa`eda terrorist al-Zarqawi caught in a rat trap. The caption reads "This is your future, Zarqawi" (هذا مستقبلك يا زرقاوي). Taken from http://www.psywar.org/ with permission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalio...U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division search for Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
العربية: أنور العولقي English: Imam Anwar al-A...العربية: أنور العولقي English: Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen October 2008, taken by Muhammad ud-Deen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You replied to Gsta

Again, your allegations, your rules.
The possibilities and likelihoods of unknown and uncalculated perturbing and/or moderating influences is not convenient to recognize nor theorize when one must allege knowledge of what is happening.
Modeling is an unproven and unprovable exercise in mathematical mental masturbation founded in hypothesis and flogged as revelation.
Identifying and quantifying processes are scientific endeavour. Proceeding to flaunt hubris of certainty and disallowing - and suppressing - consideration of shortcomings is not dialogue.
Propaganda is not an unconsidered evaluation in such a case. Nor does devaluing past ideas lend support to certainty about the new lot.

Why dad's bad habits may have wrecked your genes

Britain has worst social mobility in western world

70 firms fold each day as banks still refuse to lend

As a journalist, Ellen Brown's passion for research led her to ask a simple question about where our money and banking come from: Why do we repeat the cycle of privatizing bank profits in the good times, and publicly owning their losses in the bad times? Her answer may surprise you.
Ellen Brown challenges the inevitability and safety of a money system dominated solely by privately-owned banks.

December 8, 2011

"All things considered, the hypocrisy is plainly clear. It is therefore not only necessary but also imperative to oppose the dangerous propaganda and warmongering spread by the most aggressive factions within the U.S. and Israeli establishments, and ensure that truth prevails over rampant militarization."
by Benjamin Schett: In a pattern of propaganda now well-established in the mainstream media, fear-mongering against Iran is reaching an all-time

"Without knowing how we got here, we won’t be able to take back the political and economic system, and if we aren’t able to take back the economic system, then political freedom is meaningless."
by Devon DB: Freedom. It is a something that every person wants and deserves to have, from the freedom to speak their mind without fear of persecution to the freedom to practice their religion

"If left unchecked, this destructive militarism of the U.S. shall only led to the further impoverishment of the nation's already beleaguered working class, not to mention the grave imperilment of working people globally."
The British government’s announcement that it intends to spy on every email and phone call is old hat. The satellite vacuum cleaner known as Echelon has been doing this for years. What has changed is that a state of permanent war has been launched by the United States and a police state is consuming western democracy. What are you going to do about it?
by John Pilger: The prognosis is clear now: the malignancy that Norman Mailer called "pre fascist" has metastasized. 
As everybody knows by now (except the sheep that believe anything the fascist criminal run US government tells them as fact) the 911 attacks were a CIA/Mossad/Saudi Arabian false flag planned operation but the cover up also involves both th...See More
Kevin Ryan, a former site manager for Environmental Health Laboratories and a whistleblower on Underwriters' Laboratories involvement in the 
"...Recent media reports reconfirm that Kosovo to this date remains a bona fide "Mafia State" and that the protégé of Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton is a known criminal."

"The NATO military interventions in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Libya were and are colonial invasions masquerading as humanitarian endeavours."
by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya: Humanitarian wars, especially under the guise of the “Responsibility to Protect (R2P),” are a modern form of imperialism.
"Soldiers are dispatched to countries of which they know nothing, for oil and other interests, having been trained to see those in lands they occupy, uninvited, as lesser beings."
by Felicity Arbuthnot: March was another month of tragic, needless lives lost, the searing grief of mothers and fathers for lost sons and daughters.
As the scramble for Ugandan oil heats up, a documentary about Joseph Kony's 20 year campaign of terror has become an online cause celebre and is once again energizing the public for military campaigns abroad. But what is the public not being told about the background of US involvement in the region, and what will come of the public's growing support for military intervention?
The debate on Joseph Kony explodes in this week's must-see GRTV Backgrounder with James Corbett.
Since September 2001, Global Research has been bringing our readers a broad spectrum of voices analyzing global situations, from military threats against Iran and Syria, to the economic machinations of the financial elite. And we will continue to do so because we believe that access to information is the key to the truth.
Ultimately, we all have our own decisions to make on where we stand politically and economically, and the role our lives will play historically. Global Research gives you some of the important tools to make those decisions based on fact and real understanding.
As reported in the media, Gert Fylking, a well-known Swedish radio host, was suspended after his insinuation concerning Serbian similarities with the notorious mass killer Anders Breivik, calling them "damned pigs, psychopaths and retards."
When the dust around the scandal on Radio1 began to settle, the hate speech was reduced to a criminal justice problem for the relevant authorities.
"What the heck is going on in America? In less than a week’s time a second state has put a foot down making it clear that it will not cooperate with Federal Law which is blatantly unconstitutional. Yesterday Arizona became the second state to pass a nullification of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)."

As the so-called "international community" once again meets to mouth political platitudes about stopping nuclear proliferation, many are now pointing to the numerous pieces of evidence demonstrating that, contrary to their official position, these very governments are invested in the proliferation of nuclear materials and nuclear weapons around the globe.
This is the Global Research Backgrounder from GRTV.ca with host James Corbett
"Why does an ignorant American public think it knows more than experts? Why do Americans believe a government that told them the intentional lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction despite the fact that the weapons inspectors reported to President Bush that Hussein had no such weapons? And now we see the same thing all over again with the alleged, but non-existent, Iranian nukes."
by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: As the adage goes, a fish rots from the head. As the government rots, so does the United States of America.
Source: Naval War College Review, Vol. XXVII (May-June, 1975), pp. 51-108. Also in U.S. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States: 1950, Volume I. 
Companies like the U.S.-based Monsanto claim that their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer the most effective solution to feeding the world’s growing population, but on the ground, many small-scale farmers are losing their land.
Bitter Seeds explores the future of how we grow things, weighing in on the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture.
Owned & Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the internet. Showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and th...
"On March 29 in Ottawa, the Canadian House of Commons passed the federal government’s latest round of budget cuts and austerity measures. Highlights included chopping 19,200 public sector jobs, cutting federal programs by $5.2 billion per year, and raising the retirement age for millions of Canadians from 65 to 67. The justification for the cuts was a massive federal debt that is now over C$ 581 billion, or 84% of GDP."
by Ellen Brown: Even the world’s most resource-rich country has now been caught in the debt trap. Its once-proud government programs are being 
"Armed with their billions, these NGOs have waded into the world, turning potential revolutionaries into salaried activists, funding artists, intellectuals and filmmakers, gently luring them away from radical confrontation, ushering them in the direction of multi-culturalism, gender, community development—the discourse couched in the language of identity politics and human rights."
by Arundhati Roy: The corporate or Foundation-endowed NGOs are global finance’s way of buying into resistance movements, literally like shareholders buy shares in companies, and then try to control them from within. They sit like nodes on the cent


Obesity and Type 2  Diabetes cases take toll on children 
Before the 1990s, this form of diabetes was hardly ever seen in children. It is still uncommon, but experts say any increase in such a serious disease is troubling. There were about 3,600 new cases a year from 2002 to 2005, the latest years for which data is available.
The research is the first large study of Type 2 diabetes in children, “because this didn’t used to exist,” said Dr. Robin Goland, a member of the research team and co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She added, “These are people who are struggling with something that shouldn’t happen in kids who are this young.”

 Volta Volare GT4 is ready to fly
( Looks like a Burt Rutan Long Eze Hybrid )

The Shape of Everything

Digitopoly: JK Rowling blows up the eBookstore business.

"You purchase once and you can get the book on any device. And I mean any. Kindle, iPad (through iBooks), Google Play (whatever that is) and Sony who appear to have provided the technical grunt to get this working. There is no other major book that is available this way. Actually, probably no other paid book available this way.

So what does this mean? The whole concern over eBooks was potential device lock-in. We are worried about being tied to Amazon or Apple or what have you forever. This same thing is preventing entry or inroads by others such as Sony. The Rowling initiative breaks through all of that. It is device independent for the first time in this industry."

There's obviously other books that have gone this route- but nobody this big has done it before today. The future of publishing is awesome.

I just found out about Microsoft's SkyDrive from Macworld: "New and improved SkyDrive is a threat to Dropbox".

Since it works similar to Dropbox, I figured I'd try out syncing a VoodooPad 5 document from Mac to Mac. And sure enough, it worked just fine. I saw new pages being added and modified, without having to close a document.
Forbes: It's Time to End the Drug War:

"April 20 is the counter-culture “holiday” on which lots and lots of people come together to advocate marijuana legalization (or just get high). Should drugs—especially marijuana—be legal? The answer is “yes.” Immediately. Without hesitation. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 seized in a civil asset forfeiture. The war on drugs has been a dismal failure. It’s high time to end prohibition. Even if you aren’t willing to go whole-hog and legalize all drugs, at the very least we should legalize marijuana."

I'm tempted to quote the whole (relatively short) article since it touches on just about every reason I support full legalization of marijuana.

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