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Welcome
May 1, 2011, 3:36 am
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Law Enforcement Impeded by the Troublesome Law Itself
December 5, 2011, 5:08 pm
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As an American I constantly hear other Americans say that they do not have any power as an individual, that no one person has the ability to change anything. Yet, there are lobbyists who single-handedly fluctuate the tides in Washington all the time. In fact, more often than not, the only thing curbing the pressure lobbyists’ put on our Representatives, are independent organizations of people concerned about specific issues. In essence, the only place where power can be found is in the individual.

People have little hope in their dreams for a better world becoming reality. This is due in part to the fact that they do not have the money to fly their local senator to an expensive resort to meet for lunch, in order to persuade him/her on an issue. The truth is American citizens do not have to do anything that flashy to make their point because we are the voters. The people decide who takes office so officials will be sure to consider what the people are concerned about, for their own sake.

The people in Detroit are often frustrated with the police because they often fail to show up on time and act diligently. However, the police chief reminds the people of Detroit that if they do not call, no one will ever come. In the same way, if we choose not to vote we can be sure nothing will happen.

Sending your representative an e-mail regarding issues that concern you takes a matter of seconds, but it has an incredible amount of potential. The government will not keep itself in check, it is up to the governed to ensure their freedom. It is a fundamental fact that what we receive is, for the most part, dependent on what we ask for; and this holds true in politics. You certainly have the right to refrain from speaking your voice if you believe that your insights are worthless. Although, when matters get worse, and a person has done nothing, are they not in-part to blame?
-The White Flag

U.S.

Best quarter ever!!!!
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported last week that American companies recently had their best quarter ever, earning profits at an annual rate of $1.659 trillion in the third quarter.
http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/11/29/companies-sit-on-record-profits-while-millions-are-jobless/

Senate fails to extend tax-cuts exclusively to those earning under $200,000. It is most likely due to the hard times big business is facing.
http://www.truth-out.org/bid-limit-tax-cuts-middle-class-and-poor-fails-senate65658

LIVE feed to the Wikileaks controversy.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/30/wikileaks-cablegate-live-_n_789789.html

Maybe not the best idea, but it is an American putting his mind to a problem instead of relying on the bureaucrats in Washington to figure it out. I know, ‘they would not be senators if they were not qualified,’ and Glenn Beck is unable to lie on television.
http://ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2010114726/here-my-deficitdebt-plan

The government’s stance is that everyone at Wikileaks is a criminal.
http://www.truth-out.org/obama-weighing-criminal-action-against-wikileaks-principals65516

Nutrition in school lunches is not a debate about our children’s health, no, that is what democrats want you to think, it is really about government overreaching its constitutional duties.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=12291930&page=1

More to the smear campaign, or is it possible that Wikileaks is endangering innocent soldiers and not just officials who are not being honest with the American people.
http://www.truth-out.org/us-iraq-envoy-worried-about-new-wikileaks-release65452

Two year ban on earmarks; progress?
http://www.truth-out.org/how-earmark-ban-already-changing-capitol-hill65456

Dateline: To Catch a Terrorist.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2010/1127/Feds-Somali-born-teen-plotted-car-bombing-in-Oregon

Republicans and the Tea Party are for less government and less taxes, but the small print reads; “…only on the thing’s we don’t want to spend tax dollars on, and the areas of society we want less government in.” The trick there is, that is how any political party feels.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/02/tea-party-caucus-took-1-b_n_790892.html

Civil Liberties

Israel is putting the people of Gaza on a diet.
http://www.truth-out.org/israeli-government-documents-show-deliberate-policy-restrict-food-gaza65472

The International Police take on an exception to their usual cases, going after a rape charge against Wikileaks owner Julian Assange. Assange is doing Americans a favor by revealing the deceit of their own government, and forcing officials to take accountability for their actions. We would not even know we have troops fighting in Pakistan, and that head government officials had been lying about it if it were not for Wikileaks. We live in a Democracy, and it can only function properly if citizen are given accurate information so they are free to determine the meaning of a situation. How can we judge the necessity of, and/or oppose, a war we–the American people–do not even know exists? We cannot.
“In order to maintain as politically neutral a role as possible, Interpol’s constitution forbids its involvement in crimes that do not overlap several member countries, or in any political, military, religious, or racial crimes. Its work focuses primarily on public safety,terrorism, organized crime, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes, piracy, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime,intellectual property crime and corruption.” – from Wiki.
http://www.interpol.int/
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Interpol_orders_arrest_of_Wikileaks_founder_to_face_rape_charges

It is not that our two political parties cannot work together, they just need to find something they agree on. The Obama Administration worked, along with republicans, to stop Spain from pursuing a civil rights case against several Bush Administration officials. Keep up the good work!
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/wikileaks-cable-obama-quashed-torture-investigation

War detainees were given dangerously high doses of mefloquine, which induces a plethora of harmful side-effects including, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and it is even possible that a few inmates might have died from this practice.
http://www.truth-out.org/controversial-drug-given-all-guantanamo-detainees-amounted-pharmacologic-waterboarding6558

There is another way! The Netherlands uses body scanners that do not blast the recipient with radiation nor does it make a nude image of the people.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/24/AR2010112404510.html

The FBI can, and is, tracking use of credit cards, car rentals, customer loyalty programs, and cell phones with no warrant, and no requirement of disclosure.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/feds-credit-cards-without-warrant/

War

Continuing a path of aggression.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/world/asia/27korea.html?_r=1&src=me&om_rid=Nsfi8C&om_mid=_BM8R$eB8V8yUK1

America was at war in Pakistan: America has always been at war in Pakistan.
http://www.truth-out.org/the-not-so-secret-anymore-us-war-pakistan65606

The ethical dilemma on where to fight; it is humanitarian to desire a world free of terrorists, however, it is also humanitarian to desire an end to global war.
http://jurist.org/forum/2010/12/where-is-the-battlefield-in-the-war-on-terror-the-need-for-a-workable-fr

Progress

Petition: Free the innocent.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-fayiz-al-kandari-to-the-care-of-the-kuwait-government-now/

Article and petition: whistle-blowers more often than not, are doing what they do for the sake of public oversight and rule of law, and they need your help.
http://www.whistleblower.org/blog/31-2010/860-report-shows-exactly-why-federal-whistleblowers-need-protecti

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed, and sent to the President to be passed into law; despite Republican crys in the House that we must not pass this bill for the sake of today’s children.
http://www.truth-out.org/157-republicans-vote-against-deficit-reducing-bill-that-gives-free-healthy-meals-to-hungry-kids65628



Free Telescreens For All!
May 1, 2011, 4:41 pm
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United States

Wikileaks: The Guantanamo Files
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Fair and Balanced (Conspiracy Theories)
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“A Media Matters review of Fox News’ opinion programs found that in recent weeks, the network devoted nearly two hours and 20 minutes to [the myth of Presidents Obama’s Kenyan childhood], and in the vast majority of the cases, the hosts either espoused birther conspiracies or did not challenge or correct false claims about Obama’s birth that aired on their shows. By contrast, when possible GOP presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee similarly questioned — but subsequently walked back — Obama’s origins, Fox devoted just over five minutes of coverage to Huckabee’s false claim that Obama was raised in Kenya.”

Once the rich have all the money my children and I will have all we ever wanted. Well, that is what republican leaders of Michigan are saying.
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“The Michigan House of Representatives passed a series of bills Thursday that will revamp the state’s tax structure, shifting $1.8 billion in taxes from businesses to individuals, including a new tax on pensions.”

General Electric, designing extremely expensive chariots of death, that we, all Americans, have to pay for, about a million dollars a day. Oh, did I mention GE paid no TAXES last year?
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“The Department of Defense appears to have to scored a rare victory for fiscal sanity by taking out the F-136. ‘It took 2 SecDefs, 2 Admins & 5+ years, but Extra Engine contract finally terminated, saving taxpayers $1M per day,’ tweeted DOD spokesman Geoff Morrell. But if the Pentagon won a battle for Joe Taxpayer, the episode suggests it’s losing the war against wasteful spending. After all, how did it even get to the point where $3 billion was spent on a contract of questionable utility that virtually everyone claimed to hate? And what’s it say about our ability to control costs on more popular defense projects?”

“Last year, [GE] tumbled from being the nation’s 24th biggest defense contractor to being the 33rd, pulling in $844 million in defense dollars. In 2001, it lost the $4 billion competition to provide engines for the JSF; that contract went to Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies (the 21st largest defense contractor, with $1.47 billion in annual military contracts).”

“On April 15, the Pentagon told Congress that it expected the JSF program to cost taxpayers $1 trillion, plus another $382 billion for development and production, assuming a 30-year lifespan for the first batch of aircraft. ‘Most of the cost of our programs is in ‘having’ them, not in ‘acquiring’ them,’ the DOD’s top arms buyer, Ashton Carter, told a crowd at the Heritage Foundation last week. In other words, while Congress debates defunding NPR and Planned Parenthood, it’s putting taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions to maintain and repair a planned fleet of 2,443 Joint Strike Fighters. (In comparison, China reportedly has 1,300 fighter aircraft; Russia has 748.)”

Business

Children are begging to work longer hours and be paid less for them, and a minimum wage job is far more important than an education, so I say let them. It is for the children…
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“But Governor Paul LePage is promoting legislation this year that would move toward deregulating non-adult employment. The Maine legislature is considering bills that would remove any limit on the number of hours children 16 or older can work on school days, raise their maximum hours each week to 24, up from 20, and allow them to work until 11 p.m., rather than 10 p.m.”

“In addition to loosening the limits on hours of work, another bill now being considered in the legislature would allow employees younger than 20 years old to be paid a ‘training wage’ of $5.25 per hour for up to 180 days. That’s far less than Maine’s $7.50 per hour minimum wage. LePage has expressed support for this overall approach as well, although he has expressed concerns about whether it would be consistent with federal law.”

“State Representative Mark Bryant, a Democrat and leading critic of the idea, says that even though decades have passed since the nation’s industrial era, the fundamentals of the debate are the same. ‘We don’t want to have our youth working more hours while they’re trying to go to school, and working for less money,’ he says. ‘That’s just unacceptable.’ ”

Finally the nation is on the right track, it takes the entire bottom 50% of families to equal the wealth of the top 400, if only we could get the percentage to be closer to 99% our nation would be fabulous.
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“Moore is almost right when he said the Forbes listers have as much wealth as the bottom 50% of the population. As you can see from the chart below, in 2007, the bottom 50% of American households (that is about 57 million households) had $1.61 trillion in wealth in 2007, the latest period for which such data is available. The Federal Reserve defines wealth as all financial and nonfinancial assets, including bank accounts, investments, houses, cars and debt.”

Economic growth slowing…
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“The 1.8 percent pace of increase in gross domestic product in the first quarter, according to a Commerce Department report Thursday, is down from a 3.1 percent gain in the final months of 2010. It is also lower than the level of growth that, over time, would be expected to drive down joblessness. The U.S. economy needs to grow about 2.5 percent annually to keep unemployment steady given continual growth in the labor force and in worker efficiency; even stronger GDP growth is needed to bring unemployment down.”

“The job market was a bright spot in the first quarter, despite the soft growth in economic output, with the unemployment rate falling and job growth coming in strong. But the number of people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has been edging up in recent weeks. The number of new jobless claims rose to 429,000 last week, the Labor Department said in a separate report Thursday, the highest level since January.”

Civil Liberties

Sure he never broke the law, and he was forcibly rapped by his captors who were also our enemies, and he is only a young boy, but he might know something!
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“According to his file, the Afghan detainee said he was running an errand for his father when he was kidnapped by 11 men who hailed from a group called ‘Samoud’s people.’ The men, according to the detainee, ‘forcibly raped him at gunpoint’ and brought him back to their village, where they made him do manual work. Three days later, the group’s members, tipped off about an imminent U.S. raid of their camp, forced the detainee and some other people to stay behind and fight the Americans while the group members themselves fled. The file indicates that the detainee had an unfired weapon on him when U.S. forces stormed the camp. The detainee was shipped to Guantanamo in January 2003 for what seems like a rather vague and flimsy reason– ‘his possible knowledge of Taliban resistance efforts and local leaders.’ ”

Justice will only be achieved when Americans adopt the cruel tactics of their enemies.
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“For the other 578 prisoners, information has at least been revealed through the release of the government’s allegations against the prisoners, and the transcripts of the tribunals and review boards used to assess their significance, which were released in 2006 (with follow-ups in the years since), but for these 201 prisoners, many of the stories are being related for the very first time. These are mostly dispiriting revelations about how children as young as 14 and old men in their 80s were rounded up and sent to Guantánamo, joining farmers, taxi drivers and unwilling Taliban recruits — hordes of the innocent or the insignificant, whose stories help to confirm the folly of Guantánamo.”

“They include ‘high-value detainees’ like Abu Zubaydah,waterboarded 83 times and held for four and a half years in secret CIA prisons, and Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, tortured in Egypt until he falsely confessed that there were connections between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein (used to justify the invasion of Iraq in March 2003), who was finally sent back to Libya to be murdered.”

“As for the rest of the 171 men still held, 47 of whom are being held indefinitely without charge or trial by President Obama on the basis that they are too dangerous to release, even though no evidence exists that can be used in court, these documents reveal how the distortions engendered by Guantánamo continue to erode all hope of a rational settlement to the vexed question of when Guantánamo will actually close.”

Of course terrorist detainees and Bradley Manning are being mistreated while they wait for trial, they are guilty! (If you did not know, trials are conducted to present evidence of a person’s wrong doing to a judge, who determines if the accumulated evidence does, in fact, prove the person is guilty.)
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“The majority of the 779 detainees at Guantanamo were nowhere near the ‘worst of the worst,’ as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld characterized them. In fact, at least 150 people were completely innocent: an 89-year-old man suffering from dementia; a photographer for al-Jazeera news service, held for six years and questioned mostly about that organization; 20 children; and dozens of farmers, rug sellers, cooks and taxi drivers.”

“One key piece of evidence against detainees, mentioned in 50 detainee reports, was – get this – they wore a cheap Casio F-91W watch. This is the type of watch used by al Qaeda as a timer to set off bombs. It also is the type of watch worn by millions of people in that part of the world (and this one as well.)”

“[…] as the Washington Post reported over the weekend, thanks to the illegal interrogation techniques, there is ‘court-worthy’ evidence to try only about 20 of them. This is likely why 47 men are being held indefinitely without charge or trial.”

“Then again, we also are utterly mystified at the willingness of Obama to allow the mistreatment of the Army private who allegedly provided the government documents to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, not to mention Obama’s astonishing statement last week that Manning ‘broke the law,’ when Manning has not yet been tried.”

Our fellow Americans are terrorists, hurry take away our rights.
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“San Francisco cops assigned to the FBI’s terrorism task force can ignore local police orders and California privacy laws to spy on people without any evidence of a crime.”

The United States is getting attention, the good kind, for human rights abuses.
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“In an address to the Brazilian Senate on Thursday, Patriota criticized ‘developed countries’ for their history of human rights abuses and urged them to re-examine their rights practices.”

“In October of last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the first time called on the United States to shut down its notorious Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba over accusations of human rights violations in the detention facility.”

“Former and current detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp have reportedly been abused and tortured on numerous instances.”

Health

Multiple pesticides may be male hormone disruptors.
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“Released last week in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study found that 30 of the 37 pesticides tested blocked or mimicked male hormones. The 37 pesticides are those most commonly found as residues on European produce.”

Ever read the ingredients of your food to find loads of poison, no? That is probably because it is marked incorrectly, instead of reading poison the label says things like, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or aspartame. The link provided is to a movie about the dangers of consuming large amounts of refined sugar, in particular, HFCS. In recent decades health related diseases and obesity have increased, so has our consumption of HFCS. Dr. Lustig presents elaborate and compelling evidence that these problems are directly related to the increased consumption of processed foods containing HFCS. If you are an avid soda drinker this video may just change your life.
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Hate taxes? Form a corporation.
April 24, 2011, 4:39 pm
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In order for Adolf Hitler to attain dictatorial authority over Germany he used the event of the Reichstag fire; the Reichstag is the German Parliament. He convinced the people of Germany that the fires were caused by political enemies, and that they were in danger. However, there was no need to worry because Hitler knew how to make them safe, he just needed to be given powers beyond that which he was granted by the German Constitution.

Likewise, our leaders have turned the events of 9/11 into a political tool to subvert the rule of law. American politicians are pushing for more and more laws to make American citizens safer in the face of terrorists. The government needs no court to permit it to break the 1st and 4th or any other amendment, they simply need the words that strike a chord of fear in the mind of Americans. The President has the authority to deem anyone, including American citizens, enemy combatants, hold them without telling them what they have been charged with, send them to a military tribunal to be tried, and deem the evidence secret so that the person on trail cannot defend themself against the supposed evidence. This is just one thing our government has done by manipulating a tragic event in human history.

Afraid we may be, however we must remain confident that the founding fathers of this nation had wisdom in what they wrote to protect American freedom. They were aware on some level of what a tyrant uses to control people, I imagine much better than we do today in America because very few of us have ever experienced a totalitarian society. From their experiences they decided that we the American people do not have the right to give up our freedoms, in order to protect Americans from the tyranny of the majority. That is why the Constitution and the Bill of Rights exists to ensure that at all times Americans receive what were seen as apparent basic human rights to the Framers of the Constitution.

Yet, our modern political leaders have accomplished what the Framers tried to prevent. We are slowly giving up our inherent freedom for safety, and of this Benjamin Franklin stated, a person who would forfeit freedom for safety, deserves neither.

Many people wonder what the government would get out of taking away freedom from the American people, and why the government would want to spy on them. For most people, the government probably has no interest in them because they live mundane lives. But, there are people in the world who are involved in politics, who want all sorts of things that may be in opposition to what the American government desires. For instance, often times antiwar groups are infiltrated by undercover agents, there are many stories of antiwar group members being put on watch lists, and so on. There are many examples of ex-President Nixon saying many horrible things about war protesters. For whatever reason ($$$), presidents often support war, and a president with dictator like powers will do whatever they can to achieve their noble ends.

Thus, all presidents are more than likely in favor of being given the power to run the nation as they please, for they believe they know what is right and how to accomplish their right goals. And it is also obvious that a dictator would stomp out any flames of rebellion because they threaten the dictator’s ability to complete his noble goals.

People who spread dissent about the government, oh say, maybe this website, are the reasons the government would want to spy on people, and have the power to imprison whomever they wanted. Stalin and many other dictators of the past have done this, that is, attack political enemies. Presidents have agendas, and people who interfere with that agenda are best removed from society. Presidents would prefer people were passive, subservient, and so on because they have goals, good goals, and to stop that is to stop good. So, in a sense to stop the President from doing what he sees as the good, is pretty much an evil. Only evil stops good, right?

President Bush once said, “If this were a dictatorship, this would be a heck of a lot easier.”

Be skeptical of your government, it helps protect your freedom, i.e., your way of life.

– The White Flag

United States

Everything must be done expediently in times of war, it is a good strategy. Never look before you leap, it is the best way to unwittingly jump into a large pile of gold, at least that is what they always say.
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“Last week, the Defense Logistics Agency awarded Air BP, a division of BP Products North America, a $42 million contract to supply fuel to Dover Air Force Base for the next month and a half. BP is the biggest supplier of fuel to the Defense Department.”

“According to government contracting regulations, ‘an unusual and compelling urgency precludes full and open competition’ and ‘delay in award of a contract would result in serious injury, financial or other, to the Government.’ ”

“BP won the most recent contract even though the company’s federal probation officer petitioned a US district court judge last November to revoke the company’s probation over a 46,000 gallon oil spill that occurred at BP’s Lisburne facility on Alaska’s North Slope in November 2009.”

“Furthermore, last September, BP was found to have violated the terms of a settlement agreement it entered into with government regulators six years ago to make certain safety upgrades at its Texas City refinery, where an explosion in March 2005 killed 15 people and maimed and seriously injured 170 others. The Justice Department refused to pursue a probation revocation case in that incident, opting instead to give BP another year to make the upgrades at the refinery.”

Civil Liberties

Rights are great and all except they are the primary tool of our enemy, terrorists. Unless you want to be scared of a bomb terrorists failed to explode, or one that did work on the other side of the planet, then you should mail your congressmen begging them to take away our individual rights, to make America safe, also remind them that corporations should keep their rights because they need them.
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“The Michigan State Police have a handful of portable machines called ‘extraction devices’ that have the potential to download personal information from motorists they pull over, and the ACLU would like to know more about them.”

“The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.”

“To that end, it’s petitioning the MSP to turn over information about its use of the devices under the Freedom of Information Act. The MSP said it’s happy to comply, that is, if the ACLU provides them with a processing fee in excess of $500,000. That’s more than $100,000 for each of the five devices the MSP says it has in use.”

Cell phone information extraction devices (yes, a device that can download all sorts of information from your phone, even GPS if your phone tracks it, like the iPhone) may be more of a concern for minorities, although, I do not know who would mind getting pulled over for speeding and subsequently forfeiting all of the personal information they keep on their phone.
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“ ‘Alright, so one day after learning of a hidden iPhone feature that tracks your every single move, there’s new concern that tracking technology purchased by police can lead to racial profiling,’ Roberts said. ‘You are looking at what’s called the Universal Forensic Extraction Device. It can copy the entire content of a cell phone including text messages, contacts, GPS data and do it in just minutes. Michigan State Police purchased this device, though we don’t know how exactly they’re using it but civil liberties groups worry that the device endangers the privacy rights of blacks and Latinos. A Nielsen study shows blacks talk on average twice as much each month on their cell phones as white counterparts.’ ”

Terrorism is scary, did you know on average less than a thousand people die from terrorist attacks each year, terrifying, huh? All this panic about terrorists is making me crave a cigarette.
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“This week, the feds are looking to start talks about keeping the expiring provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. The bill they passed last time allegedly strengthened civil liberties in reality, it fails to make any meaningful improvements to the Patriot provisions that violate citizen’s basic rights. Strangely, the Obama Administration is playing a significant behind the scene role in opposing stronger civil liberties protections, directly contradicting Obama’s positions as a Senator.”

“A new bill introduced in this 110th Congress is designed to extend the USA Patriot Act allowing what many experts say are illegal provisions which will continue to allow the FBI, DEA, ICE, ATF, U.S. Military and other federal agencies to spy on investigate and arrest innocent Americans.”

“According to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) the law dramatically expands the ability of states and the Federal Government to conduct surveillance of American citizens. The Government can monitor an individual’s web surfing records, use roving wiretaps to monitor phone calls made by individuals ‘proximate’ to the primary person being tapped, access Internet Service Provider records, and monitor the private records of people involved in legitimate protests.”

“PATRIOT eliminates Government accountability. While PATRIOT freely eliminates privacy rights for individual Americans, it creates more secrecy for Government activities, making it extremely difficult to know about actions the Government are taking.”

“PATRIOT authorizes the use of ‘sneak and peek’ search warrants in connection with any federal crime, including misdemeanors. A ‘sneak and peek’ warrant authorizes law enforcement officers to enter private premises without the occupant’s permission or knowledge and without informing the occupant that such a search was conducted.”

“The federal government has turned American freedoms into a world wide mockery with their unchecked spying on ordinary Americans, part of a broad pattern of the executive branch using ‘national security’ and or ‘suspected terrorism’ as an excuse for encroaching on the privacy and free speech rights of Americans without adequate oversight.”

All enemy combatants will be sent to a special court, where the enemy combatant (the defendant) will not receive the rights of a normal citizen because they are an enemy combatant. The special courts are to determine whether the enemy combatants are guilty of in fact being enemy combatants, and after being determined that the enemy combatant on trail was an enemy combatant they figure out his punishment. Sounds wonderful but what I have a problem with is if these military courts are so great then how come normal criminals cannot be tried by them? As a nation we should not allow our government to deprive American criminals an obviously better way of determining their guilt.
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“ ‘The only right way’ to bring [the terrorists] to justice, he wrote, ‘was with the very system they sought to destroy and so many courageous Americans have died defending. Instead, we … lost faith in our own courts and laws’ (April 5). As Amnesty International reminds us, ‘Real justice comes from real courts.’ ”

“Yet, the very day after 9/11, President Bush pledged: ‘We will not allow the enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.’ ”

“In view of the military commission’s lower standards of admissible testimony and other proof of guilt, the Guantanamo prisoners are still not privileged to have the standard American protections of due process […]”

“ ‘I had thought the purpose of the trial was to determine whether the defendant (actually) was an unlawful combatant, but Mr. Allred seems to have presumed guilt before any defense has been presented.’ ”

War

President Obama was never against secret prisons, just the ones Bush was running because Obama knows Bush is not that great at keeping secrets.
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“The US military has finally confirmed the existence of such prisons across this war ravaged country. They reportedly hold detainees at the facilities for nine weeks. Then they are moved to Bagram jail or to Guantanamo Bay.”

“Rights groups only know that prisoners are deprived of sleep, made undress in public and they have no charges filed against them.”

No evidence in the world could make me believe the American Government under Comrade George W. Bush sacrificed human lives for a commodity, oil, that him and his running mate, Dick Cheney, were intimately involved with. That is why all this nonsense from the UK cannot be real. Ignorance is patriotism.
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“ ‘The secret papers, obtained by an oil campaigner and published by The Independent, are minutes of meetings between senior oil executives and Labour cabinet members, and highlight for the first time the hollow nature of Western governments’ public denials of national self-interest in the decision to invade Iraq.’ ”

“[…] Baroness Symons, then the British trade minister, told BP that the government believed British energy firms should take a share of Iraq’s enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Mr Blair’s military commitment to US plans for regime change.”

“The minutes reveal that she also agreed to lobby the Bush administration on behalf of BP because it feared being ‘locked out’ of discussions and deals purportedly being thrashed out between the US, France and Russia, and their oil companies.”

They cannot disclose information about illegal activity of the American government, do they not know that even uttering the United States and Afghanistan in the same sentence will lead to the death of NATO troops!
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“The Ministry of Defence has been ordered to disclose its involvement in the US-led rendering of terror suspects seized in Iraq and Afghanistan to prisons where they were likely to be abused or tortured.”

“The tribunal, which hears disputes arising from Freedom of Information Act disclosure requests, says it was ‘difficult to see how any responsible government … with whom we have friendly relations could take offence at open disclosure’ of the terms of agreement or arrangements over the practice ‘to ensure that the law is upheld.’ ”

“An internal MoD review concluded in 2008 that there was no evidence of unlawful rendition. A year later, it admitted that two detainees captured by British forces in Iraq had been rendered to a notorious jail in Bagram in Afghanistan.”

Business

Trickle down is real, but some times it takes several decades before the rich can figure out how they are going to spend all their money.
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“New data released by the IRS reveals that, over a period of 12 years, tax rates for the richest 400 Americans were effectively cut in half. In 1995, the richest 400 Americans paid, on average, 29.93% of their income in federal taxes. In 2007, the last year for which the IRS has released data, the richest 400 Americans paid just 16.63%.”

“As their tax rates plummeted, the total income of the richest 400 Americans skyrocketed. In 1995, the combined income of the richest 400 was just over $6 billion. By 2007, the combined income of the richest 400 was almost $23 billion.”

What industry is not causing humans cancer anymore? I for one think profits of energy companies should come before public health. If DDT pumps gas out of the ground the best, then let us use it.
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“The commonly used gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, frees up more natural gas by injecting mostly water and sand, along with undisclosed chemicals, deep into natural gas wells to fracture tight geological formations. The process has been increasingly scrutinized because of concerns about groundwater contamination.”

“Between 2005 and 2009, the nation’s 14 leading natural gas drilling service companies used hydraulic fracturing fluids containing 29 different chemicals regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as potential human carcinogens, according to a new congressional report released Saturday.”

Do not worry about the environmental effects someone is going to pay for the oil spill disaster, and when they do a small portion of that money will be given directly to the poisoned dolphins so they seek out the best veterinarians money can afford.
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“Dispersants like Corexit do not eliminate oil, but break it down into tiny, more biodegradable droplets that are less visible on the surface and can sink to the bottom. Nalco, the company that currently manufactures Corexit, claimed the chemicals were safer than dish soap and would decompose in 28 days. Scientific research conducted since the disaster, however, shows components of Corexit and dispersed oil lingered in Gulf waters much longer and could still be in the food chain.”

“Corexit applied in deep water was trapped in layers of the ocean and traveled on ocean currents, and a team of researchers with the University of Georgia found one chemical component of Corexit had not degraded by December 2010. This persistence, the FWW report claims, raises concerns about long-term impacts of the dispersants and shows that wildlife and seafood eaters may have been exposed to the chemicals for a longer period of time that previously thought.”

“The FWW points out that, on March 11, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an ‘unusual mortality event’ after more than 80 dead dolphins washed up on Gulf state shores between mid-January and early March. As of April 7, 153 dead dolphins were found, and experts believe the actual death count to be as high as 7,650. Many of the dolphins were premature, stillborn or newborn. The carcasses of hundreds of turtles and other endangered species were also found.”

“Corexit 9527 was one of the dispersants used to clean up the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. Nearly 7,000 cleanup workers reported feeling ill with breathing problems at the time, and chemicals in Corexit have long been suspected to be the culprits. FWW reports that the average age of death for Exxon Valdez cleanup workers is 50 years.”

Science should not be treated like a democracy, that is, the person with the most money decides what is good science. For that matter, a democracy should not be treated like a democracy.
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“Discussion around GRI and whether or not BP can influence this Long Term Research Program ($US$500million) to undertake the studies we believe will be useful in terms of understanding the fate and effects of the spill on the environment, e.g. can we steer the research in support of Restoration Ecology? Liz provided the context around GRI [Gulf Research Initiative], i.e. that it was set up as an independent research program, to be managed by a Board of Trustees, independent of BP. It may be possible for us to suggest the direction of the studies but without guarantee that they will be done.”

“An email from Russell Putt — an Environmental Professional with BP — sent two days after Ragoonan-Jalim’s, reiterated BP’s position and desire to influence the $500 million research program: Can we ‘direct’ GRI funding to a specific study (as we now see the governor’s offices trying to do)? What influence do we have over the vessels/equipment driving the studies vs the questions?”

“What is known, according to anecdotal evidence cited by AFP, is that cleanup workers have complained of headaches, nausea, vomiting, memory loss and a variety of ear, nose and throat issues.”

“ ‘I was exposed to those chemicals, which I questioned, and they told me it was just as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid and there was nothing for me to worry about,’ she said of the BP bosses at the job site.”

Progress

Check out this website, it lists a bunch of companies who got out of paying taxes despite enormous profits.
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You did not hear this on the news? That is because it was about some silly issue, a few people were mad that companies like GE, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America, did not pay taxes. Who cares right?
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“Bank of America hasn’t paid a nickel in federal income taxes for the past two years, and in fact raked in an additional $1 billion in tax ‘benefits.’ The bank is enjoying these profits after accepting $45 billion from taxpayers, which the company then got to count as a deduction when they paid back the money.”

“This is why two-thirds of corporations in America pay no federal income taxes. If they were forced to, we’re told, the whole country would suffer. Jobs would be lost, salaries slashed. Thank heavens we’ve avoided such calamity by allowing corporations to shape legislation in their favor.”



Capitalism: Leave Your Hopes and Morals at the Door
April 17, 2011, 4:37 pm
Filed under: Old Articles

The narrow minded push their agenda hard in America, however, it is not the confused citizen who is to blame. For, citizens do not wish to pollute the environment, citizens to not wish to expose themselves to toxic chemicals, and citizens are not normally filled with glee as they poison themselves; it is corporations which benefit from selling cheap hazardous products to the public.

Where are the fail safes of the free market? In a time when the richer are more rich than ever, the working class should also have more than ever, yet this is not the case. The working class have less, are paid the same, and do more work for it.

The free market is no longer controlled by the customer because the customers has little means to inform themselves of whether the stores they shop at support political groups they oppose, how their workers are treated, what the company does with its profits and so on. So, the market does not have informed consumers who shop at the places with the best business practices. In fact, many of us find ourselves purchasing whatever costs least in these hard times, with no room to decide who sells the best products and has the best business practices.

Furthermore, consumers in America usually buy products they are comfortable with buying, things they have seen numerous advertisements for. The logic here is probably that the best company has the most excess of wealth to purchase all these ads, so many more people stick with that product because the ads they viewed, not because of any attributes the products attained.

Also, today’s businesses are traded on the public market, which means investors give companies money in hopes that one day they will make returns on that money. This means that companies are now obligated to raise stock prices to obtain more investments, some companies even go as far as to “cook their books” (meaning they make up profits), in order to artificially inflate their stock price. With 401 K’s and the public itself trading stock hoping to make high returns, even the public maintains the attitude that companies should raise stock prices above all else (not to mention the mantra of economic gurus and the media is the best, most profitable company is the one with the best business practices, making the notion entirely reasonable). So, you can see that the customer is now secondary to a companies real goal, which is to keep the cost of running a business as low as possible to inflate stock prices, to attain more investments that can be used to purchase public opinion to buy the companies products.

To sum this all up, a quote:

“There is, of course, no reason why the new totalitarian should resemble the old. Government by clubs and firing squads, by artificial famine, mass imprisonment and mass deportation, is not merely inhumane (nobody cares much about that now a days), it is demonstrably inefficient and in an age of advance technology, inefficiency is a sin against the Holy Ghost. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude.”
– Aldous Huxley

The White Flag

United States

Listen to Bernie Sander explain the new budget. (VIDEO)
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They did it, Congress finally passed a budget that did not tax those who can most afford it and did not make America a better place to live in the process.
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“About one-fourth of House Republicans and more than half of Democrats opposed the deal, with Republicans arguing the cuts were not deep enough and Democrats fearing they would hurt lower-income Americans.”

“The House vote came after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office circulated a new estimate that found the budget deal’s actual impact on government spending was likely to fall short of the agreed $38 billion cut.”

Republicans = less government and fiscal responsibility. They must have attained some advice from Fox News; have an empty slogan people can latch onto, but have no actual intention of fulfilling that goal.
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“The fiscal 2012 budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) drew the support of all 235 Republicans present and voting Friday, as well as the opposition from all 193 Democrats in attendance. That means 235 members of the House GOP are now on record in favor of slowing the growth of domestic discretionary spending and Medicaid, shrinking the deficit gradually through fiscal 2015, and sharply reducing federal spending as a percentage of the economy over the long term.”

“Fiscal year 2021: $23,105,000,000,000[is our estimated debt].”

Representative Markey gives a speech pleading with American citizens to do their part in protecting the Internet. (VIDEO and a transcript is included)
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Finally, a bill that will protect my privacy… except from the government, who else is worried about what I am doing? It is like armor that blocks everything, except bullets.
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“[…]one feature of the bill (PDF) sponsored by senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) that has gone relatively unnoticed: it doesn’t apply to data mining, surveillance, or any other forms of activities that governments use to collect and collate Americans’ personal information.”

“[…] the measure applies only to companies and some nonprofit groups, not to the federal, state, and local police agencies that have adopted high-tech surveillance technologies including cell phone tracking, GPS bugs, and requests to Internet companies for users’ personal information–in many cases without obtaining a search warrant from a judge.”

“In January, the Justice Department announced that investigations ‘are being frustrated’ because no law currently exists to force Internet providers to keep track of what their customers are doing. A month later, the FBI outlined its push for expanded Internet wiretapping authority.”

“Last week, the Justice Department said it opposed proposals–backed by AT&T, Google, Microsoft, eBay, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Americans for Tax Reform–to protect Americans’ privacy by requiring a search warrant to access online files and track Americans’ locations. Then, on Friday, the Justice Department renewed its opposition to being required to use a search warrant to access the Twitter accounts of Wikileaks volunteers.”

“The FTC would also be given one year to set up a ‘safe harbor’ program, which would be administered by approved non-governmental organizations. Companies that participate in the safe harbor, as long as it includes similar data use restrictions, would be ‘exempt’ from the more restrictive aspects of the bill.”

Business

The company with the most money is the most honest company that gives the most quality product, that is how capitalism works.
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“Levin accused Goldman of profiting at clients’ expense as the mortgage market crashed in 2007. ‘In my judgment, Goldman clearly misled their clients and they misled Congress,’ he said, reading glasses perched as ever on the tip of his nose.”

“ ‘Blame for this mess lies everywhere — from federal regulators who cast a blind eye, Wall Street bankers who let greed run wild, and members of Congress who failed to provide oversight,’ said Coburn, the subcommittee’s top Republican.”

“It said Washington Mutual — which became the largest failed bank in U.S. history in 2008 — embraced a high-risk home loan strategy in 2005 while its own top executives were warning of a bubble that ‘will come back to haunt us.’ ”

The nation is hitting a hard time, so sacrifices must be made, however, some officials are the equivalent to royalty and obviously should not have to worry about making sacrifices, that job should be primarily on the serfs, aka middle class and below families.
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“Christie earns $175,000 per year, receives a $75,000 stipend for expenses, and may use two state-owned residences: a mansion in Princeton and a summer beachfront home in Island Beach State Park. Christie’s calls for ‘shared sacrifice’ to alleviate New Jersey’s budget problems have been a marquee theme of his governorship, but he’s said that any reduction to his own salary would be ‘of little or no consequence.’ ”

BP intended to manipulate science so that the studies were in their favor. I have no idea why they would do a thing like that, this is probably a complete fabrication by the media. The phrase is ‘nice guys finish first,’ is it not?
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“Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials openly discussing how to influence the work of scientists supported by the fund, which was created by the oil company in May last year.”

“Other documents obtained by Greenpeace suggest that the politics of oil spill science was not confined to BP. The White House clashed with officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last summer when drafting the administration’s account of what has happened to the spilled oil.”

“But Kert Davies, Greenpeace US research director, said the oil company had crossed a line. ‘It’s outrageous to see these BP executives discussing how they might manipulate the science programme,’ Davies said. ‘Their motivation last summer is abundantly clear. They wanted control of the science.’ ”

Does capitalism work for you? As our society evolves it would only make sense that the way we trade would also evolve. What does not make sense is the idea that society can infinitely expand, which is what capitalism requires. At some point Earth’s resources will run out, if you look you will find we are coming to an end of oil, phosphorus, readily available fresh water, coal, and so on. The way people live is going to drastically change within the next one hundred year, meaning, we will be feeling the effects much sooner. The world of the future depends on the actions we make now. The video presented here is long, however, extremely informative and thought provoking. Definitely worth viewing. (VIDEO)
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If taxes are raised then CEOs will have to take larger bonuses, which will hurt job growth and no one wants that, so no new taxes or regulations for the good of America. There is no other solution to this problem, like holding corporations and their executives accountable because if that were the case no one would want to be an executive with all the risk of being jailed, so let massive companies do what they want, it is patriotic.
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“Florida’s Everglades Forever Act of 1994 drives one of the major environmental cleanup efforts in the state. Everglades Forever implementation so far has cost the state of Florida $1.8 billion. Of that, Florida sugar companies have pledged to contribute $300 million in tax revenue. (The Fanjuls own 40 percent of Florida’s sugar industry, though no hard numbers exist on how much each company has offered to the effort.) Put another way, the industry that is almost entirely responsible for both the historical destruction of the Everglades and continual pollution of the ecosystem thanks to fertilizer runoff is footing less than 20 percent of the bill to clean up the mess.”

“The billions that have been spent and the billions that have yet to be spent are meant to reverse the massive ecological changes that came about when nearly 2 million acres of the Everglades were razed, predominately to make room for sugar development. The money is also used to cut down the concentration of phosphorus that ends up in Florida waterways after being dumped on fields of sugar cane. Phosphorus is a nonrenewable central element in the production of fertilizer and is already in short supply all over the world — it’s also one of the many contributors to record-high food prices.”

“Between 1990 and 2009, U.S. prices for raw sugar averaged out to almost exactly twice the global average: 21.56 cents a pound, as compared to 10.85 cents a pound for the rest of the world. In recent months, however, food shortages, crop failures and the economic growth of sugar-producing countries like India and Brazil have driven global prices up to levels close to the artificially-inflated U.S. prices.”

“The Fanjul family’s political connections — and, it could be said, the Florida sugar industry’s diminished role in paying for the Everglades reconstruction projects that were crafted in the ’90s — become rather more open when it comes to Alfy Fanjul’s longstanding ties to the Clinton family. The campaign donation records of Alfy Fanjul, a Democrat, show he gave extensively to both the Senate and presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton. He has also given money to the William J. Clinton Foundation, was the co-chair of Bill Clinton’s 1992 Florida campaign and has hosted Clinton fundraisers in the past.”

Civil Liberties

Permitting torture? That is hardly a crime, why don’t you come back when a real law has be broken like jay walking!
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“Yesterday a Spanish judge chose to dismiss a politically charged case against six former Bush administration officials for their part in creating a legal framework that permitted the torture of detainees held in U.S. custody. Judge Eloy Velasco made his decision claiming the U.S. would conduct its own investigation, freeing Spain from the obligation of investigating under its universal jurisdiction law. He based this on a mere seven-page submission by the U.S. despite its clear statement that ‘the Department of Justice has concluded that it is not appropriate to bring criminal cases with respect to any other executive branch officials, including those named in the complaint, who acted in reliance on [Office of Legal Counsel] memorandum during the course of their involvement with the policies and procedures for detention and interrogation.’ ”

“This decision is a cowardly political act by a judge afraid to pursue justice under his country’s own laws. He is hiding behind the fig leaf of the U.S.’s scant seven-page response, but the submission made clear the U.S. has no intention of investigating these crimes or holding higher-level officials accountable for torture.”

“Judge Velasco asked for opposing views but then issued his decision without even looking at our detailed submission refuting the U.S. claims. We will fight this decision and continue to demand accountability for torture.”

A vote for the drug war is a vote for death as the head of the DEA claims that a spike in child death is a sign that the war on drugs is winning. If that is the case I personally would prefer we were losing horribly.
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“The children’s rights group estimates that 994 people younger than 18 were killed in drug-related violence between late 2006 and late 2010, based on media accounts, which are incomplete because newspapers are often too intimidated to report drug-related crimes.”

“U.S. and Mexican officials say the grotesque violence is a symptom the cartels have been wounded by police and soldiers. ‘It may seem contradictory, but the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs,’ said Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The cartels ‘are like caged animals, attacking one another,’ she added.”

The American government would never investigate someone who had not committed a crime, that is why I now believe at points the local police of America were able to find thousands of terrorists on Facebook a day.
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“ ‘Unfortunately, there are no reporting requirements for the modern surveillance methods that make up the majority of law enforcement requests to service providers and telephone companies,’ Soghoian wrote. ‘As such, this surveillance largely occurs off the books, with no way for Congress or the general public to know the true scale of such activities.’ ”

“Soghoian found through his research that law enforcement agencies requested more than 30,000 wiretaps between 1987 and 2009. But the scale of requests for stored communications appears to be much greater. Citing a New York Times story from 2006, Soghoian wrote that AOL was receiving 1,000 requests per month.”

Can a person claims to be pro-life if they are against ALL abortion, which includes scenarios such as these: 1) If the baby is not aborted both mother and child will die, 2) Mother will die and father does not want the child, 3) Mother again dies and child is born with a debilitating disease which causes them to suffer their entire life? If these cases are consistent with being pro-life, then being pro-life is not really about being against evil, or suffering, or concerned about a person’s quality of life, but just the right fetuses have to make it entirely through their development despite whatever horror awaits them at the end; a belief only a humanitarian could have.
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“State senators struck down a measure that would have expanded medical care to low-income women and children yesterday. The measure was struck down because of concerns that ‘expanding the [insurance] program might provide funds for as many as 22 more abortions.’ The bill would have expanded coverage to about 1,300 more children and 250 pregnant women.”

“The legislation is in response the indictment of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion provider who was charged with murdering seven infants.”

“The Indiana legislature approved legislation yesterday that would ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks. The law has an exception for when the mother’s life is in danger due to the pregnancy. Current law allows an abortion up to 24 weeks, which is considered to be around the time of fetal viability.”

Progress

The government and corporations are like people, they will do whatever they are likely to get away with. If we allow them to take away worker’s rights, avoid taxes, and leave the burden of debt on the people with the least money they are likely to do it. Tomorrow (Monday, April 18th) there will be protests all over America to say the American people will not stand for it any longer. Please, be apart of true change, it will not come from a single vote every four years, it will come from individual activism. Follow this link to a list to find a protest nearest you.
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Science

Coming closer to understanding the origins of life; RNA in space.
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“Crucially, tC19Z can copy pieces of RNA that are almost half as long (48 per cent) as itself. If an RNA enzyme is to copy itself, it has to be able to copy sequences as long as itself, and tC19Z is closing in on that goal.”

“In a neat twist, Holliger’s team also showed that tC19Z can make copies of another RNA enzyme, which then worked correctly. That suggests that, once the first self-replicating RNA had appeared, it would have been able to surround itself with additional molecular equipment, kick-starting the evolution of more complex life.”



Patriotism Becoming Nationalism
April 10, 2011, 4:35 pm
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The people of Afghanistan are as angered by the deaths of loved ones as are we here in America. Innocent citizens of Afghanistan that fall in the massive black hole, known as the war on terror, are tortured, detained with no trail, certainly they receive harsh interrogations, and if they are lucky their interrogators will realize they have made a mistake, and they will finally be dropped off in the desert.

People who are the most informed are the most adapt to succeed, for instance, the greatest lawyer is the one who knows the law most adequately.

And, our freedom is what people love, and seek out when they immigrate to America, whether it is economic freedom, individual freedom, or religious freedom.

So, how is it that the people of America have been lead to believe war is peace, ignorance is strength, and freedom is slavery?

Since 9/11 we have created a global war that has so far expanded major military operations into five countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia – along with many smaller operations in other countries all over the planet including the United States. All of this murder is done in the names of Americans, and will be paid for by today’s youth of America, all for our safety; peace.

Americans allow injustice to take place in their name and do not concern themselves with the repercussions it has on those people, and the likely future complications (say another 9/11 from radical Muslims tired of what seems to be a war on Islam, which the media twists to incite irrational fear of all Muslims as though one billion people can easily be written off by the actions of a psychotic few; must it be said that people must be judge on their individual actions?). It is almost as if Americans have conformed to the national agenda, as though, whatever reason the government had for breaking the law, that is, torture, indefinite detention, aggressive war, murdering of innocent civilians, was a good one; strength.

Furthermore, we believe our freedoms are our own worst enemies, “they are useless, except for protecting the guilty.” Our privacy is but worthless for the innocent they have nothing to hide for their government, yet the American Constitution clearly had the intention of protecting us from having our private lives be put under a microscope. Are we to believe we have more wisdom than the nations framers? No, those who feel this way – that privacy should be secondary to the expediency of law enforcement – think privacy inhibits investigators abilities and it is imperative in this time of great threat that our nation have access to information quickly. If we have our freedom the terrorists will win; slavery.

We must be rational, and critical of our government. While our nation’s leaders drag the name of America through the dirt it is important that people are not blinded by their pride, nor are paralyzed by their fear. For, if we stand by and do nothing, the hate the world has for America will fester as they believe the citizens not only allow the government to commit atrocities, but they agree with it. That hate will not bring peace, it will not make the world a more just place, nor will it make America a freer, better place to live.

A quote from a true “patriot”:

“There is a road to freedom. It’s mile stones are obedience, endeavor, honesty, order, cleanliness, sobriety, truthfulness, sacrifice, and love of the Father land.”
-Adolf Hitler

I feel as though we can draw parallels from our own nation’s leaders while they drum up support for their own motives. Politicians try to use words to provoke emotions in the people of America, yet it is important that people stay focused and rational, which will make them more able to see the truth.
-The White Flag

United States

Who cares about the environment? When it is of no use we will buy a new one!
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“The Senate voted Wednesday against a measure that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new regulations on greenhouse gasses — a move that further cripples efforts by lawmakers to weaken the agency’s regulatory authority.”

“In a statement, the White House said Wednesday’s Senate vote ‘rejected an approach that would have increased the nation’s dependence on oil, contradicted the scientific consensus on global warming, and jeopardized America’s ability to lead the world in the clean energy economy.’ ”

Change is finally coming, President Obama plans on widening the gap between the super rich and the rest of rest more than has ever been seen, meanwhile he will simultaneously break a second record of creating the largest debt the nation has ever had. Can we get this guy another award?
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“House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan would get about two-thirds of its more than $4 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years from programs that serve people of limited means, which violates basic principles of fairness and stands a core principle of President Obama’s fiscal commission on its head.”

The government would love to tell us they are breaking the law to keep us safe, but if they do the “bad guys” will find out. So, we must wait to hear the truth until it is a politically sound move for the government to do so, that will stick it to the “bad guys” and keep us safe.
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“After Congress enacted the Patriot Act, FBI officials swore to a court that national security would be compromised if the FBI revealed how many times it had used a particularly controversial surveillance power. But when then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft realized that he could use the statistic to discredit critics of the act, he volunteered the statistic at a press conference. Similarly, the CIA filed affidavits in various lawsuits insisting that national security would be compromised if the government officially acknowledged its network of secret prisons, but at a subsequent press conference President Bush did exactly that. In a suit involving the CIA’s ‘extraordinary rendition’ program, then-CIA Director Michael Hayden filed an affidavit asserting that the CIA could neither confirm nor deny allegations concerning clandestine interrogation techniques. But after disclosure became more politically palatable than continued concealment, Hayden confirmed publicly that three prisoners had been waterboarded in CIA custody.”

We have always supported military tribunals, it was really the Bush Administration that did not trust military tribunals because they were working with the terrorists. Great Leader Comrade President Obama only appeared not to support military tribunals to oppose Bush and the terrorists. It is called double speak.
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“When the Obama administration on Monday reversed itself and announced that it would prosecute the plotters behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in military tribunals rather than in civilian courts as Obama promised during the 2008 campaign, it was the latest episode of President Obama embracing policies that candidate Obama had vowed to overturn.”

“Obama pledged to monitor the rendition program to guard against the use of torture, but continued its use. Obama also declared that the U.S. would not torture terror suspects, though he carved out an exception that would allow it in limited circumstances approved by the president.”

Civil Liberties

Are you a threat to the U.S.? Below is a list of things criminals, mainly terrorists, are doing. Make sure you give Big Bother a call if you, or anyone you know is experiencing the following dangerous, and borderline psychotic behaviors.
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Click here to see if you are a threat.

  • Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)
  • Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership, holding a CCW permit)
  • Survivalist literature (fictional books such as “Patriots” and “One Second After” are mentioned by name)
  • Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)
  • Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items)
  • Religious views concerning the book of Revelation (apocalypse, anti-Christ)
  • Expressed fears of Big Brother or big government
  • Homeschooling
  • Declarations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties
  • Belief in a New World Order conspiracy

The UK is defending the rights of Bradley Manning, more than likely, it is because they too are terrorists sympathizers.
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“Manning is being held in military detention in solitary confinement for all but an hour every day, and is stripped naked each night and given a suicide-proof smock to wear to bed.”

“ ‘All people who are detained in custody deserve to be treated in detention according to the highest international standards, and we certainly expect nothing else, nothing less, from the United States,’ British Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham told lawmakers”.

“In early March, the Army filed 22 new charges against him, including aiding the enemy, a crime that can bring the death penalty or life in prison. However, Army prosecutors have notified the Manning defense team that it will not recommend the death penalty.”

“Bellingham confirmed that Manning is a British citizen, but said he has not requested formal help from the U.K. government. Though born in Oklahoma, Manning moved to his mother’s native Wales when his parents separated and qualifies as a British citizen under U.K. law.”

War

Like paying high taxes? Like it when those taxes are used to buy really expensive tools for murder? Who does not? That is why now rethinkafghanistan.com is offering you an online tax calculator to approximate how much you spent on the war in Afghanistan, then you can send that information along to your representatives. (It is incredibly easy.)
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“According to our friends at the National Priorities Project, 27.4 percent of our income taxes will go to pay for the Afghanistan War and other military spending. Already the taxpayer is on the hook for $107.3 billion just for this year, and just for the hugely expensive Afghanistan War.”

“The military reportedly is pushing the president to pull out only an ‘insignificant’ number of troops, despite the fact that it will cost us $1 million per troop to keep forces in Afghanistan this year. Bleeding that many resources on a war that’s not making us safer all the way until 2014 is losing, regardless of what General Petraeus’ spin shop tells us. We’re losing the future in Afghanistan.”

Why do you not want a camera in your house? Are you doing something illegal, because all of us who are not breaking the law would love to have cameras in our houses. In fact, I feel safer with a camera, then the government can make sure I am okay, and being a good citizen 24 hours a day.
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“Mainstream orthodoxies, harmless ideas, and inoffensive platitudes require no protection as they are not, by definition, vulnerable to censorship. But as has been repeatedly seen in history, ideas that are despised and marginalized are often proven right, while ideas that enjoy the status of orthodoxy prove to be deeply erroneous or even evil. That’s why no rational person trusts the state — or even themselves — to create lists of Prohibited Ideas. And those who endorse the notion that ideas they hate should be forcibly suppressed inevitably — and deservedly — will have their own ideas eventually targeted by the same repressive instruments.”

“The whole reason for free speech protections is to safeguard such ideas — despised by the majority — from suppression. Burning the Koran is despicable, but it’s every bit as much core political speech as burning the American flag or an effigy of a hated political leader, or tearing up a picture of — or publishing cartoons unfavorably depicting — a religious leader.”

“ ‘ . . . we should also remember that this war has no end, and that therefore the liberties taken away by wartime are permanently taken away.’ In addition to the body count and the vast sums of money, this inevitable erosion of liberty from our continuous wars — and the always escalating wall of secrecy that enables it — must be counted when deciding whether to support them. Wars degrade a nation’s character and the fabric of its political culture; Endless War has that effect exponentially.”

Business

Now that the million and billionaires have all of our money they can probably afford to buy local and support small businesses, right?
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“Business taxes were cut from 46 to 34 percent 25 years ago, according to ProPublica. But today, 115 of the big 500 companies listed on Standard and Poor’s stock index paid federal and other taxes of less than 20 percent over the last five years, according to David Leonhardt of The New York Times.”

“Last year, John Paulson, a hedge fund manager ‘earned’ $4.9 billion, according to The New York Times. Ten years ago, it took 25 such managers to collectively earn that much. Last year, the top 25 hedge fund managers pocketed (a much better word) a total of $22 billion. It would take over 440,000 people each earning $50,000 a year to match that amount.”

“According to the Financial Times, there are now more people living in poverty in the US than at any time in the last 50 years. Foreclosure filings were nearly four million in 2010, up 23 percent since 2008, according to RealtyTrac.”

Health

Scientists use organisms in the wild to study pollution, and other things, known as bioindicators. This is an article about how a widely used pesticide in America, Atrazine, has been disrupting the endocrine systems of frogs, particularly turning males into females. You can also go here to see if your drinking water has tested positive for Atrazine.
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“Atrazine, one of the world’s most widely used pesticides, wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, emasculating three-quarters of them and turning one in 10 into females, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists.”

“Though the experiments were performed on a common laboratory frog, the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis), field studies indicate that atrazine, a potent endocrine disruptor, similarly affects frogs in the wild, and could possibly be one of the causes of amphibian declines around the globe, Hayes said.”

“Some 80 million pounds of the herbicide atrazine are applied annually in the United States on corn and sorghum to control weeds and increase crop yield, but such widespread use also makes atrazine the most common pesticide contaminant of ground and surface water, according to various studies.”

“More and more research, however, is showing that atrazine interferes with endocrine hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone — in fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, laboratory rodents and even human cell lines at levels of parts per billion. Recent studies also found a possible link between human birth defects and low birth weight and atrazine exposure in the womb.”

If it does not have harmful side effect attributed to it then how can it be medicine?
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“This research suggests that changes in diet could reduce both heart disease and cancer by as much as 90%.”

“The FDA has imposed its ‘Extended Label’ rule on food producers and dietary supplements manufacturers. This rule does not allow the circulation of truthful scientific information about food and nutrient health benefits.”

“In February 2008, the FDA even obtained a court order to silence 29 cherry orchards. The FDA held that any discussion of the health benefits of cherries automatically turned cherries into ‘unapproved’ drugs. Moreover, the Agency says that any ‘claim’ made for an ‘unapproved drug’ is by definition ‘false’ and legally actionable, even if the claim originates at the Harvard Medical School.”

Exploring this website about the dangers of chemical found in our food is very interesting. If you have a minute, check out the “what’s on my food” scroll box to the right, extensive data is provide on my different kinds of food, and data about the differences in chemical levels between organics and non-organics is provided.
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Something About Eggs
April 3, 2011, 4:33 pm
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United States

Only 1% of the population are really Americans, the rest of us are here just to work for the real Americans. (Video Included)
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“With Congress returning to Capitol Hill on Monday to debate steep spending cuts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations must do their share to help bring down our record-breaking deficit.”

“Sanders said it is grossly unfair for congressional Republicans to propose major cuts to Head Start, Pell Grants, the Social Security Administration, nutrition grants for pregnant low-income women and the Environmental Protection Agency while ignoring the reality that some of the most profitable corporations pay nothing or almost nothing in federal income taxes.”

“Sanders has called for closing corporate tax loopholes and eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas companies. He also introduced legislation to impose a 5.4 percent surtax on millionaires that would yield up to $50 billion a year. The senator has said that spending cuts must be paired with new revenue so the federal budget is not balanced solely on the backs of working families.”

You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet and you have to let thousands of children die to run a country.
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“We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying.”

No trial or evidence needed, American soldiers have been thoroughly trained in the art of smelling guilt. Now if a guilty person, like a terrorist, walks in a room NATO soldiers can smell the non-innocence, it is too bad we are not employing these same tactics back in the States.
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“Treated as punchbags without rights when first picked up, mostly in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the 172 men still held at Guantánamo are still treated with scorn by the administration of Barack Obama, the standard bearer of ‘hope’ and ‘change,’ who promised to close Guantánamo and to do away with ‘the dark halls of Abu Ghraib and the detention cells of Guantánamo, [where] we have compromised our most precious values.’ ”

“[…] Mohammed Hassan Odaini, a student who had been seized while staying the night wth [sic] other students at their universtiy [sic] dorm in Faisalabad, Pakistan, in March 2002. Many of the other students staying in the dorm are still held, but Odaini was lucky because a judge reached the point where he was satisfied that he could make a ruling on his habeas petition, and forcefully explained that the US government had no reason for having deprived Odaini of eight years of his life, when intelligence officials knew, almost from the moment of his capture, that he was an innocent man.”

“[…] Judge Kavanaugh, who wrote the judges’ opinion, declared, as ProPublica stated, ‘that the government doesn’t need direct evidence that a detainee fought for or was a member of al-Qaeda in order to justify a detention.’ ProPublica added that the court ‘determined that circumstantial evidence, such as a detainee being in the same location as other al-Qaeda members, is enough to meet the standard to hold a prisoner without charge.’ ”

“Interpreted by the Supreme Court, in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, in June 2004, as ‘clearly and unmistakably’ authorizing the detention of individuals, the AUMF therefore provides the rationale for holding prisoners neither as criminal suspects, to be put forward for trials, nor as prisoners of war protected by the Geneva Conventions, but as what Bush called ‘illegal enemy combatants,’ […] terrorists are criminals, whereas those involved in the Taliban’s military conflict with the Northern Alliance, which morphed, after 9/11, into a global war against the US, were nothing more than soldiers, and should have been held as such according to the Geneva Conventions. ”

What does it matter if the FBI is wrongly investigating an innocent person, this is American, no one has ever been convicted of a crime they did not commit, so no worries.
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“FBI Director Robert Mueller testified about the Bureau’s desire to extend three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act — PATRIOT Section 215, authorizing secret court orders for the Internet and financial records of innocent Americans; the ‘lone wolf’ wiretapping provision, which unconstitutionally allows foreign intelligence investigators to bypass traditional wiretapping protections and spy on people inside the U.S. who have no link to any foreign organization; and the ‘John Doe’ roving wiretap provision, which allows blank-check wiretapping orders that don’t identify the suspect or the particular phone or Internet connections to be tapped.”

“[…] the FBI, in a case where use of a ‘John Doe’ roving wiretap was authorized, monitored the conversations of ‘young children’ for ‘approximately’ five days.”

Business

No one wants to pay taxes right? All taxes do are provide roads, schools, police, firemen, and the rest of the structure which our society was built on, taxes are hardly of any use at all.
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“General Electric paid no tax at all in America last year and even managed to get a $3.2billion ‘rebate’ from the government.”

“The utilities giant allocated just 7.4 per cent of its $5.1billion U.S. profits in tax – around a third of what others companies its size are paying.”

“But through a complex series of measures GE, which is America’s largest company, will not even have to hand that over.”

“Across the whole of America such strategies have pushed the corporate share of the nation’s tax receipts down from 30 per cent in the mid 1950s to just 6.6 per cent today.”

“ ‘We are committed to complying with tax rules and paying all legally obliged taxes. At the same time, we have a responsibility to our shareholders to legally minimise our costs.’ ”

Once taking a photo was legal, then it could put you on a watch list, now taking a photo in the wrong place and you could end up in jail.
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“Iowa and Florida are considering bills that make it illegal to film or photograph inside factory farms without permission. Are the CAFOs afraid their unhealthy conditions and animal cruelty will be exposed?”

“In a CAFO, animals are crammed by the thousands or tens of thousands, often unable to breathe fresh air, see the light of day, walk outside, peck at a plants or insects, scratch the earth, or eat a blade of grass. They are notorious breeding grounds for disease and thus overuse antibiotics, and they pollute the environment in terrible ways.”

“As author Erik Marcus points out, CFEs render the horrors of battery cages, veal crates, and gestation crates completely legal. Likewise, they allow cruel practices such as castration without anesthetic, beak searing, and the deliberate withholding of lifesaving veterinary care. […] New York Times food writer Mark Bittman recently discussed the inequity of laws that protect companion animals, but allow unconscionable abuse of farm animals.”

“SB 1246 would make it a first-degree felony to photograph a farm without first obtaining written permission from the owner. Farmers say the bill is needed ‘to protect the property rights of farmers and the “intellectual property” involving farm operations.’ ”

“The second set of bills, from Iowa (HF 589, and its companion in the Iowa Senate, SF 431), criminalize ‘animal facility interference’ for shooting a photo or video without facility owners’ consent or knowledge, and ‘animal facility fraud’ for people who obtain employment in order to shoot videos or take photos. Penalties include fines and prison sentences”

Health

Hyperactivity a problem for your child? Do not worry about their diet, go to your primary pediatrician and ask for the strongest amphetamines they can give your child, that will fix him or her right up. Side effects may include an addiction to speed, but that is much easier than bothering to make sure your child is eating healthy.
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“Research, says the FDA panel, is insufficient to conclude that food dyes cause hyperactivity. Despite much concern about this issue in Great Britain, the FDA will not put a warning label on foods that contain the dyes.”

“Ben Feingold, a physician in California, said that a diet devoid of food colors would help calm kids down. The Feingold Association still encourages that diet.”

“Parents of hyperactive kids can easily do their own experiment and see if removing food colors helps calm their kids down.”

“Food dyes have no health benefits that I can think of. Kids don’t need to be eating those foods anyway. Kids will not be harmed by avoiding food dyes.”

“It would be nice to have more conclusive research. In the meantime, read food labels!”

War

We may think the war in Afghanistan is separate from the American life, yet the atrocities our soldier commit in Afghanistan now will surely breed more of the hate for the American people which ultimately lead to the attacks on 9/11. In the wake of another attack will we wonder why they hate us? Will we still believe that the ‘War on Terror’ was separate from the lives of us Americans?
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“I must report that Afghans do not believe this to be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe that the brutal actions of these ‘kill teams’ reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-American sentiment among ordinary Afghans.”

“The ‘kill team’ images will come as a shock to many outside Afghanistan but not to us. We have seen countless incidents of American and Nato forces killing innocent people like birds. For instance, they recently killed nine children in Kunar Province who were collecting firewood. In February this year they killed 65 innocent villagers, most of them women and children. In this case, as in many others, Nato claimed that they had only killed insurgents, even though local authorities acknowledged that the victims were civilians. To prevent the facts coming out they even arrested two journalists from al-Jazeera who attempted to visit and report from the site of the massacre.”

“Once you know all this, and once you have seen the ’kill team’ photos, you will understand more clearly why Afghans have turned against this occupation. The Karzai regime is more hated than ever: it only rules through intimidation, corruption, and with the help of the occupying armies. Afghans deserve much better than this.”

“This resistance is inspired by the movements in other countries like Egypt and Tunisia – we want to see ‘people power’ in Afghanistan as well. And we need the support and solidarity of people in the Nato countries.”

World

Canada legislators say “no” to propaganda that claims to be the “news.”
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“The Harper government was quietly attempting to change this rule to make broadcasting false news illegal only in cases where it could be proven that the broadcaster ‘knew’ the news was false prior to broadcast.”

Pastor Terry Jones believes Islam is a religion of hate that is why him and his congregation joined together in the loving, and peaceful act of burning the Koran.
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“Friday’s incident began when three mullahs, addressing worshipers at Friday prayers inside the Blue Mosque here, one of Afghanistan’s holiest places, urged people to take to the streets to agitate for the arrest of Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who oversaw the burning of a Koran on March 20. Otherwise, said the most prominent of them, Mullah Mohammed Shah Adeli, Afghanistan should cut off relations with the United States. ‘Burning the Koran is an insult to Islam and those who committed it should be punished,’ he said.”

“Gen. Abdul Raouf Taj, the deputy police commander for Balkh Province, where Mazar is located, put the death toll at eight foreign United Nations staffers, but said there had not been any beheadings.”

“The mob also burned down part of the United Nations compound, toppled guard towers and heaved blocks of cement down from the walls.”

Civil Liberties

The only people worried about the American Government taking away suspected terrorist’s rights are terrorists! Because us law abiding citizens do not have to worry about being labeled as terrorists, that only happened a few times. (Audio File)
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“A memorandum from the Obama Department of Justice further whittled away Miranda rights (you have the right to remain silent, etc.) for terrorism suspects, allowing investigators to hold suspected domestic terrorists longer than others without reading their rights.” Note: Do not forget, the president is also able to deem any one he sees fit as a terrorist.]