“Insanity,” according to a famous definition, is a condition revealed by the habit of doing exactly the same thing repeatedly in earnest anticipation of a different result. A closely related form of derangement is megalomania, a prominent symptom of which is an individual’s self-exalting belief that he is the divine exception that can make that different result occur.
When it’s displayed in private pursuits, megalomania is a harmless if pitiable condition. When coupled with political power, it becomes the propellant of large-scale social experiments that ruin societies and kill people by the tens of millions.
Barack Obama suffers from an acute case.
more – Will Grigg
Poor Familites Pressed Into Vaccine Trials by Drug Companies; 12 Babies Die
(NaturalNews) Major pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of pressuring poor Third World parents into enrolling their children in experimental drug trials that have led to the deaths of at least 12 infants.
The company is currently testing an experimental pneumonia vaccine on children under the age of one in Argentina, Colombia and Panama. According to the Argentine Federation of Health Professionals (Feprosa), poor Argentinean parents have been “pressured and forced into signing consent forms.”
“In most cases these are underprivileged individuals, many of them unable to read or write, who are pressured into including their children,” said Juan Carlos Palomares of Fesprosa.
“This occurs without any type of state control [and] does not comply with minimum ethical requirements,” the federation said.
At least 12 Argentinean babies enrolled in the study have died in the past year.
more – David Gutierrez at Natural News
Wikipedia censorship makes technical workaround a must
If you’re British and having a bit of trouble accessing Wikipedia today, you can thank the censors for your research roadblocks. The Internet Watch Foundation, a regulatory organization that calls itself “an independent self-regulatory body, funded by the EU and the wider online industry,” added a Wikipedia page to its almost universally used (in the UK) “notice and take-down” service, essentially putting the page on the forbidden list for British Internet users. That’s all the more reason to get acquainted with technologies specifically designed to defeat censorship.
more – J.D. Tuccille
Ali Abunimah in Electronic Intifada, riffing on Avraham Burg and Abba Eban’s description of ’67 borders as “Auschwitz borders.”
the constant references to the Holocaust reminded me of Eban’s powerful analogy. I confess, however, that it evoked the walls, watchtowers and barbed wire caging 1.5 million Palestinians into the Gaza Strip. Let me be clear: these “Auschwitz borders” do not literally enclose a Nazi-style death camp and Israelis are not Nazis.
Rather, these borders mark the beginning of a zone where the human beings inside have been completely dehumanized, where they can be starved and killed with impunity and even a sense of righteous justification, and most “decent” people outside who have the power to act choose instead to do nothing if they are not condoning Israel’s actions as “self-defense” by a people still haunted by Holocaust fears.
more – Philip Weiss
Who Rules GM?
The GM web site reveals, in recent years GM’s board of directors has included the following U.S. Establishment (businesses) and businesspeople:
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, BP and Union Pacific, Northrup Grumman, DuPont, Ernst & Young, (see complete list)
So don’t be surprised if the corporate folks who still rule the privately-owned, not yet-nationalized, GM eventually get a big corporate welfare grant from the U.S. Establishment’s federal government—before GM’s rulers once again start laying-off more of its U.S. factory workers in 2009 who are members of the UAW.
more – Bob Feldman
America on Trial Before an Israeli Fifth Column Congress: The Nuremberg Trials of the Big Three
The Jewish controlled Congress is humiliating the heads of the American auto industry in order to humiliate American industry in general, and to scapegoat American labor for the Jewish orchestrated destruction of the American economy. Though they wish to scapegoat the Goys, hide the crimes of the Jewish bankers, and humiliate America, the Jews and the Jewish controlled Congress are to blame for the collapse of the auto industry in America.
more – Christopher Jon Bjerknes
A famous line from the 1960’s was “The Revolution will not be televised!” It appears that this ancient bit of folk wisdom was wrong. It was and is being televised each and every day; the problem is that “the Revolution” is not coming from the people but from the government that seeks to own us all.
By the time it comes to this, the owners shall have convinced enough members of the herd that this illusion is reality and that it is we who are the flawed illusions in their grand scheme of greed and international conquest. After all, we have let them steal the entire treasury without so much as a whimper-and without even a nod to the public that “must pay” TRILLIONS for all these bailouts, while we ourselves are being fired, starved, extorted, and lied-to at every possible turn. ‘Transitions’ are coming, just in time to finalize their victory over the Republic that they have fought over for so long. Just six more weeks until they have it all!
more – Jim Kirwan
Peres: Iran leaders cannot feed their kids uranium for breakfast
“The leaders of Iran cannot give their children uranium for breakfast,” Peres said, adding that the world financial crisis would hamper Iran’s progress toward nuclear capability.
“As the price of oil declines, Iran doesn’t have as much money to invest in uranium, missiles and terrorism,” he said.
more – Haaretz
Blackwater Merc Indictments Miss the Mark
When Saddam was being tried, sentenced, and executed, guess whose role in arming and abetting Saddam was concealed, downplayed, or falsified? The same infallible U.S. government responsible for the death of half a million Iraqi children through a decade of sanctions (prior to the March ‘03 invasion and subsequent deposition of said tyrant).
more – Detain This
Wal-Mart’s Walton Family: The Beasts of Bentonville
The Walton family, which founded and today controls Wal-Mart, lives on blood money. Operating jointly with the City of London-Wall Street bankers, it became the world’s wealthiest family by decimating the U.S. and world physical economies, and by applying ferocious austerity, driving wages and living standards beneath the level needed for existence. Forbes magazine places the worth of the family at greater than $100 billion.
The threat posed by the Waltons is not merely in the size of their fortune. Older monied families such as the Mellons, Rockefellers, and the corrupted Ford family fortunes have been more powerful politically and financially, as have also been the much smaller family nest-eggs of George Soros and Michael Steinhardt. But the danger today is that the Waltons, with such a storehouse of wealth available to them, will use it, for one thing, to build even more Wal-Mart stores, with even more devastating effects on the world economy! But not only that:
- The Waltons are using their enormous leverage to carefully construct a banking empire, under tight family control.
- They are bankrolling a vast neo-conservative political network. For example, John Walton, who is worth more than $20 billion himself, was the largest single individual contributor to Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2002 Florida gubernatorial race.
- They are the principal financial force in the effort to privatize the public school system, through school vouchers, which would wreck public education. They would create a School-Mart.
- more – Richard Freeman via After Armageddon
“I mean even if it [US GOVERNMENT COMPLICITY IN THE 9/11 ATTACKS] were true, which is extremely unlikely, who cares? I mean it doesn’t have any significance.” -Noam Chomsky
more – Rock the Truth
“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
—Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940