The White Flag


Patriotism Becoming Nationalism
April 10, 2011, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Old Articles

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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