Great artists, like true intellectuals, have overwhelmingly sided with the masses in their struggle against capitalism and plutocracy. Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES (1936) provided powerful insights about the dehumanization of labor during the period when speedups were first introduced as a “scientific advance” in production.
more – Gaither Stewart at The Greanville Journal
Members of the European Parliament recently took a critical view of proposals to upgrade the EU-Israel Association Agreement and put down amendments designed to toughen up the conditions. “It’s time for the Israeli Government to stop considering itself above the law and start respecting it,” warned Luisa Morgantini, the Parliament’s vice-president.
As a result the vote was postponed – “a political stunt”, said the frustrated Israel lobby. In the meantime all 27 EU ministers voted unanimously to approve the upgrade. However it is not a done deal just yet. The EU Parliament still has to vote on this.
Most citizens, myself included, are baffled by the way the EU operates. One thing is certain: it has little to do with democracy. I seem to remember that when they voted in 2002 to suspend the EU-Israel Agreement on account of Israel’s continual violation of human rights, they were ignored by the Commission and Council of Ministers… that’s western democracy for you.
9/11, Sierra Leone, diamonds and drugs
Sierra Leone has links to 9 11
Profits from diamonds in Sierra Leone were allegedly used by the CIA and its friends to help finance 9 11.
“The region’s warlords are being replaced by drug lords, many from Colombia. Circling like vultures around weak states, they are starting to use Sierra Leone as a base to ship drugs on to Europe and beyond.” (Life on 70 cents a day )
more – aangirfan
Shameless: AP in the Tank for Fascism
You’ve seen how their shoddy reporting trumpets corporatist sentiment; but as of 2:24 AM EST, December 19, The Associated Press has unquestionably and irreversibly shown its stripes. There can now be no denying that AP is a Ministry of State Propaganda.
Notice there are zero testimonials from any individual or group arguing against the proposed unconstitutional government actions. In fact, there’s not even one hint at the constitutionality of the criminal gangsterism. Dana Perino LIES by saying the president has legal authority to do it, but that is it.
This is not just par for the course for AP: it’s bad as it gets for the world’s largest news organization that has already shown itself to be straddling the fence between shoddy journalism and State-controlled agitprop.
This writer knows exactly which side they have landed on. Do you?
Esoteric Agenda – Symbolism, 2012, Mystery Religions, and Illuminati Bloodlines
How much of this is for real and how much fiction? Damned if I know, but it is interesting.
What I do know is that much of what was taught me in grade school, a lot of what was taught in high school and some of what was taught in college is either a lie, a deliberate distortion or misleading.
And about 98% of what the federal government says is BS. So, what’s left except to figure shit out for yourself?
His assertion that the tribe of Israelites was made up from three different pagan religions, one that worshipped Isis, one that worshipped Ra and one that worshipped eL, ISis RA EL is intriguing.
more – Greg Bacon
The Vampire Race Now Sucking This Country Dry
Okay, everyone should now have heard something about the Jew Scam artist Bernie Madoff (right) and his 50 billion dollar (or more) Ponzi Scheme by now. That’s 50 times 1000 Million dollars. Pretty good chunk ‘o change! Some Jews are calling it the “Greatest” Ponzi scheme on record, just like they’re bragging or something. But did you know that all this is pretty much par for the course with these people?
And how about the “good” Rabbi Dov Zakheim, the comptroller of the Pentagon when 2.3 trillion just happened to go missing from the books? One trillion (1000 billion) of the loss was reported on September 10, 2001. That’s right, the day before 9/11 and we haven’t heard one dam thing since. It appears that huge amounts of military equipment was classified as “surplus” and then given to or sold to the Israelis at pennies on the dollar. Rabbi Zakheim has had zero legal troubles over the matter and eased on into a high-paying gig in the military/industrial complex, with the firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Who do you think will one day soon have to pay for the Wall Street bailouts? The 750 billion is just what was reported openly. The Federal Reserve actually gave out an additional 1.3 trillion more (that we know for sure) to these New York “Financial institutions,” or someone, and Bernanke refuses to tell us where all this money went due to “privacy” concerns. Even though it will be us tomorrow and our kids and our grandkids on down the road who pays for it all, but not with government debt like before, but with our very birth rights as Americans.
more – Incog Man
The Failing U.S. Economy is Not a Financial Problem, It’s a Health Problem
In other countries, workers are willing to work for less money, executives are aggressive and well educated, and companies aren’t burdened with out-of-control health care costs that have been enforced by the Big Pharma / FDA conspiracy that seeks to keep Americans diseased and medicated.
The upshot is that, in many ways, America can no longer compete on the world stage, and it is now suffering the predictable effects of an economy built on mass consumer poisoning and the continuation of disease.
And modern medicine is, without question, destroying America. It’s destroying America’s cost competitiveness, America’s health and America’s future. Our “profit at all costs” medical system, if it is not ended, will spell the financial destruction of this nation.
This is not conjecture. It’s financial fact.
more – Mike Adams at Natural News
Paving the road to serfdom with the remains of destroyed civilian firearms: A US soldier presides over the destruction of confiscated guns in Bosnia. (Comeandtakeit.com.)
Of course, it was gratifying as it is to know that most of the combat veterans surveyed by Cunningham emphatically rejected the concept of domestic civilian disarmament by the military. However, the study did suggest the existence of a sizable pool of military personnel willing to carry out that mission.
As the depression deepens into the economic equivalent of a quantum singularity, and fear is finally transmuted into public outrage over the redistribution of wealth to protect the Swindler Class, a spark will be struck somewhere, and a population center of some size is going to go up in flames. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Regime’s huge population of informants and provocateurs include people eagerly spraying accelerant of some kind wherever promising examples of social friction can be found.
When the fire erupts – whether through spontaneous combustion or through the ministrations of the Regime’s paid incendiaries – the script will call for the government to deploy occupation troops, on the assumption that the best way to battle a social conflagration would be to suffocate liberty, rather than extinguishing the source of the fire.
The political issues posed by the mass protests in Greece
This mass social struggle, unleashed by the police murder nearly two weeks ago of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, is a harbinger of revolutionary upheavals to come, not only in Greece but throughout Europe and around the world.
Underlying its sustained and militant character is the response of millions of working people and youth who are seeing their conditions of life destroyed and their futures stolen by the unfolding of the deepest global capitalist crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Across Europe and worldwide, the younger generation is confronted with a society in which ruling elites have been able to enrich themselves enormously at the expense of the broad masses of people. Government budgets have been plundered and education and social systems gutted on behalf of a small, immensely wealthy layer which—with the help of corrupt states and parties and armed police—vehemently defends its privileges. Millions of high school and university students are denied meaningful education or a job that guarantees them a future. Instead, they face poverty, war and the militarization of society.
The fact that such problems are not limited to Greece but prevail across the globe poses the need to consider the days of rage in Athens and other Greek cities from a broader political standpoint.
Oy, your Auntie’le always has the tip of her finger on the kosher pulse.
“Tent cities are again sprouting up across the United States as the economy worsens.”
No one knows yet just how long our economic disaster is going to continue, and as a result just how many more people will be affected by it to the point of losing everything they’ve worked for over their entire lives. One thing we are hearing however, is that we won’t see the end of Bush-world anytime soon.
Knowing this, and knowing how difficult it is to find affordable housing in Nashville even when one is employed full-time at a minimum wage (or slightly above) job, we need camps that provide refuge, safety and opportunity for those who have nowhere else to go.
It isn’t hard to do and there are a number of cities where Tent Cities are officially established, so Nashville won’t have to reinvent the wheel here.
more – Stone Soup Station
Three New Books on JFK Assassination – One Gets it Right, One Tries Hard, One is an Utter Joke
Don’t be bamboozled by the three newly published books on the JFK assassination. Only one–“JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters”–is worth reading. The others–Gus Russo’s “Brothers In Arms” and “Legacy of Secrecy” by Thom Hartmann and Lamar Waldron–make outlandish claims and impugn unlikely plotters. So much so, that the application of a slight bit of common sense is all one needs to dismiss them. Simply put, the mechanics of the plot could not have been carried out by their supposed conspirators–the Castro brothers (Russo’s nonsense) and the Mafia (Waldron and Hartmann are scuffling about with minor leaguers in a big-league game).
If you read this blog, you know how I was, and still am, affected by Kennedy’s “peace” speech of June 10, 1963. Well, Douglass sees this as the watershed moment in the rift between Kennedy and the military-industrial-intelligence complex. No more wars, no more war profiteering, you say? No more president, they say.
more – Tom Fleming
The Fed’s two trillion dollar scam makes Madoff look like a piker
People seem to forget that those who run the United States government are nothing more than stewards and representatives for the American people. When the President and Congress spend money causing astronomical massive debt they ignore that it is not their personal debt but the collective debt of the American people which is now well over 12 TRILLION DOLLARS and counting.
The so called representatives of the American people in our government just gave out 2 trillion dollars to bailout failing and inefficient private corporations and yet are refusing to specify to the American taxpayers exactly WHO they gave all of our money to in these bailouts; Americans should not stand for it.
more – Vincent Giola
Russia develops new monstrous ballistic missile for USA
Russia will decline the modernization of strategic arms only if the United States gives up its missile defense plans.
more – Pravda
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