quotes for today
Diogenes was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, “A spy upon your insatiable greed.”
Once Diogenes saw the officials of a temple leading away some one who had stolen a bowl belonging to the treasurers, and said, “The great thieves are leading away the little thief.”
When people laughed at him because he walked backward beneath the portico, he said to them: “Aren’t you ashamed, you who walk backward along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backward along the path of the promenade?”
One day Diogenes shouted out for men, and when people collected, hit out at them with his stick, saying, “It was men I called for, not scoundrels.”
Diogenes was knee deep in a stream washing vegetables. Coming up to him, Plato said, “My good Diogenes, if you knew how to pay court to kings, you wouldn’t have to wash vegetables.”
“And,” replied Diogenes, “If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn’t have to pay court to kings.”
Diogenes was once invited to dinner by a wealthy man. During the evening, one of the guests became so outraged by Diogenes’ general behaviour that he began to throw bones at him, calling him a “dog.” Whereupon Diogenes got up, went to the guest, cocked up his leg and urinated on him.
“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.”
He was asking alms of a bad-tempered man, who said, “Yes, if you can persuade me.” “If I could have persuaded you,” said Diogenes, “I would have persuaded you to hang yourself.”
Diogenes stood outside a brothel, shouting, “A beautiful whore is like poisoned honey! A beautiful whore is like poisoned honey! A beautiful whore . . . “. Men entering the house threw him a coin or two to shut him up. Eventually Diogenes had collected enough money and he too went into the brothel.
Diogenes was asked why he always begged. “To teach people,” replied Diogenes. “Oh yes, and what do you teach?” people would ask him scornfully. “Generosity”, he replied.
In the midst of serious discourse in the Craneum, Diogenes realized no one was listening. So he instead began to whistle and dance about to attract attention. Immediately, people flocked round him. Diogenes stopped and said, “You idiots, you are not interested to stop and pay attention to wisdom, yet you rush up to observe a foolish display.”
“I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.”
“The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.”
“We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”
Diogenes was asked, “Tell me, to what do you attribute your great poverty?”
“Hard work,” he replied.
“And what advice can you offer the rich?”
“Avoid all the good things in life.”
“Because money costs too much. A rich man is far poorer than a poor man.”
“How can that be?”
“Because poverty is the only thing money can’t buy.”
“Lions are not the slaves of those who feed them, but rather those who feed them are at the mercy of the lions: for fear is the mark of the slave, whereas wild beasts make men afraid of them.”
“Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad.”
“It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.”
The Budget Economy and Deluxury Package Deals
“If your news is coming from the main stream media you aren’t getting the news. What you are getting is what I call ‘the package deal’.
The Package Deal is available on a lot of levels besides the information highway with the walls on both sides so that it’s impossible to see the surrounding landscape or get any idea of what you are passing through on your way to wherever you are being herded.
Visible’s latest radio show here
The FED Now Promises $7.4 Trillion of Our Money
“Just months ago, most Americans were fighting the good fight of stopping a bailout for the housing crisis to the tune of $850 billion. We lost that one. Then a couple of weeks ago, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson announced to the country that the bailout plan was changing course and was not going to bailout mortgages, but buy up banks. And now today the U.S. government has announced that it is prepared to lend more than $7.4 trillion on behalf of us – the American taxpayers – to rescue the financial system since the credit markets seized up 15 months ago. Keep in mind that the current national debt is $10,670,133,369,927.79 when I blogged this. That promise is almost as much as the current debt! And that is only on one of our national books. There are actually three, but who wants to discuss social security at a time like this. No one wants to think about the fact that the full national debt on all of America’s books is more like $75 trillion.”
On Freedom’s Wings
Evil Concealed by Money
“The bottom line is that we’ve become a nation of thieves, a value rejected by our founders. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, was horrified when Congress appropriated $15,000 to help French refugees. He said, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” Tragically, today’s Americans would run Madison out of town on a rail.”
Walter E. Williams via Strike the Root
Obama’s jobs plan: A band-aid for an exonomic catastrophe
“The economic plan announced Saturday by President-Elect Barack Obama, with the goal of “saving or creating” 2.5 million jobs in 2009 and 2010, is a measure that has already been outstripped by events. The deepening crisis of American and world capitalism could destroy that many US jobs in the next six to nine months alone.”
In other words, these (top economic positions) selections demonstrate that Obama will pursue economic policies determined by the same class interests upheld by his Republican predecessor. The primary concern will be the defense of the financial system—i.e., the accumulated wealth of the financial aristocracy, embodied in the giant banks, hedge funds and other huge financial institutions, whose parasitic and speculative operations precipitated the current crisis.”
The End of the Experiment?
“What I mean by that is whether or not this blog will continue to pick up, post, and comment on the unending and ceaseless drivel of MSM lies and distortions. As you can see from below, the experience has been neither pleasurable or fun, and is in fact getting worse by the day. It is hard to believe; however, AmeriKa’s MSM is so far gone in deceptions that it is awful to have to sift through their horrible propaganda day after day. It is shallow propaganda, it covers up so many treacheries, and the outright lies are something to behold.
The problem with this activity I used to enjoy (it is hard for me to believe that I once viewed the Zionist-controlled garbage as fair and objective) is that the lies, obfuscations, and hurtful agendas that are pushed by the mouthpiece media are not harmless or irrelevant; they are hurtful to the world’s soul. They have anesthetized the AmeriKan mind with their Zionist-soaked garbage while propagating lies of such evil that I am reduced to raging profanities at the brazeness of such total disinformation and propaganda.”
“Refuse to Cooperate”: A Liberal Gets It!
“Rather than complaining, which is unproductive, he should just buy up as many guns as possible, as so many gun lovers are doing, and refuse to cooperate with the new administration.”
“And when my non-cooperation with more gun control becomes a felony, I will refuse to concede any more of my traditional liberty. Then, when the Feds come to my door to take my property or my life, I will resist. I will likely die in the attempt, but I’m not going to be the only one. Then, and only then, will the complacent gun owners who think the Constitution still protects them and their God-given inalienable liberties wake up and realize they have been betrayed by their own natural peaceable and law abiding natures. Then will they understand that “majority rule” without the restrictions of the Founders’ constitutional republic is merely three wolves and a sheep sitting down to vote on what, or who, to have for dinner.“
Mike Vanderboegh via Sipsey Street Irregulars and The War on Guns
Lurching Toward Gomorrah: More Signs of An Unstoppable Economic Meltdown
“Crisis denialists are still around but are slowly and grudgingly giving way to the reality that global capitalism is in serious crisis as recession lurches toward depression in a continuing downward spiral.
“This is Mr. Griffin’s analysis of the War on Terrorism and much more. Terrorism is a distraction for deeper issues. Both hawks and doves are playing into the hands of those who are using the conflict for their own hidden agendas. You will discover the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization that has dominated U.S. public policy since World War I.
You will learn about the ideology called collectivism that motivates this group and find that its members believe that the best way to bring about desirable changes in society is to engage in war. Mr. Griffin meticulously documents how these people, working within the American government, plotted to involve the U.S. in both World Wars. They even encouraged enemy attacks so they could claim the status of victim instead of aggressor.
The lessons and parallels for the ‘War on Terrorism’ are chilling.”
The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008
“2008 marks the 20th anniversary of Multinational Monitor’s annual list of the 10 Worst Corporations of the year.
In the 20 years that we’ve published our annual list, we’ve covered corporate villains, scoundrels, criminals and miscreants. We’ve reported on some really bad stuff.
But we’ve never had a year like 2008.”
Obama Would Put Thru a Peace Deal Tomorrow If Not for the American Jewish Community’ – MJ Rosenberg
“The best metaphor for the Jewish effect in Washington is when Rosenberg looks out of the little office that he shares with Brit Tzedek and the view is dominated by an eight story building being built “by a despicable billionaire named Sheldon Adelson from Las Vegas .” This is the building. “It is well and good that the polls of the Jewish community are what they are [on Iraq war, and Iran war] We are represented in Washington by AIPAC.”
AIPAC’s one issue now is Iran . “I think Israel for them became old hat.” Dramatizing the Iranian threat is everything for AIPAC right now.”
Vigilant Shield 09: A Cover for Illegal Domestic Operations?
“DHS Undersecretary Allen told U.S. Northern Command News that strengthening the relationship between DHS and NORTHCOM intelligence “will promote more efficient and effective information sharing,” and that “the American public benefits because the intelligence community at the federal level is working together in new and different ways.”
As if the militarization of society and the destruction of our civil liberties were something we should embrace! How’s that for an Orwellian twist on the phrase “public benefit”? But as the philosopher Voltaire once quipped, “the history of the great events of this world are scarcely more than the history of crime.”
“From before the time of the Revolution communities handled their own problems. Fraternal orders came into being; women’s clubs took on jobs, organizing either locally or nationally to ensure that their local community needs were met. Libraries were started, stocked with books; children were educated. Orphans were adopted by families. In 1853 The Children’s Aid Society undertook to meet the need of children abandoned on city streets. People took action, using the tools available and raising the money.
If a tool is not working you should notice that and get the right tool. Government is a tool. It is not working.”
The Bailout Surge
“We must remember that governments do not produce anything. Their only resources come from producers in the economy through such means as inflation and taxation. The government has an obligation to be good stewards of these resources. In bailing out failing companies, they are confiscating money from productive members of the economy and giving it to failing ones. By sustaining companies with obsolete or unsustainable business models, the government prevents their resources from being liquidated and made available to other companies that can put them to better, more productive use. An essential element of a healthy free market, is that both success and failure must be permitted to happen when they are earned. But instead with a bailout, the rewards are reversed – the proceeds from successful entities are given to failing ones. How this is supposed to be good for our economy is beyond me.
It is obvious to most Americans that we need to reject corporate cronyism, and allow the natural regulations and incentives of the free market to pick the winners and losers in our economy, not the whims of bureaucrats and politicians.”
The Sucker Bait Called Hope
“Most Americans, regardless of their political leanings or religion, would not recognize the common good if it bit ‘em in the ass. We have no genuine concept of common good. We really don’t. Toqueville observed that 170 years ago. He said that in America, no man owes another man anything. Nor is he owed by any other man. Where does that leave any movement toward the common weal requiring the cooperative efforts of more than one man?
We all know the answer — The Gubbyment. Which leaves the common good to greaseball politicos, banking and mortgage sharks, and a private cartel of behind-the-scenes hustlers called the Fed. Nevertheless, we have lived under the myth of rugged individualism so long we think we are in charge of our destiny — which in our utterly monetized American system, means our financial fate. No matter that we let unseen elites own and manage our hard-earned dough over quail and cognac on the 45th floor. They’re of the sort who know what’s best. You can tell them by their arrogance and their good looking trophy wives. And by their big limos. Americans know the superior man when they see it.”
“OBAMA’S “preference for General James Jones, a former Nato commander who backed John McCain, as his National Security Adviser and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, a supporter of the war, to run the Homeland Security department has dismayed many of his earliest supporters.
“The likelihood that Mr Obama will retain George W Bush’s Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, has reinforced the notion that he will not aggressively pursue the radical withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq over the next 16 months and engagement with rogue states that he has pledged.”
Obama Will Keep Bush’s Tax Cuts
“Is this really the “change” you voted for, America? Or what you thought you were voting for?
“Obama is said to be reconsidering one key campaign pledge – his proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. According to several people familiar with the discussions, he instead might let those tax cuts expire as scheduled in 2011“
Gee, Obama really took you Americans for a ride, didn’t he?”
The Brainwashing of American Children is no Myth
“The mythic system of the “war on terror” has been deeply programmed over decades using your own “popular” media against you.
The 9/11 Truth Movement has enormous amounts of evidence proving to an intelligent jury that 9/11 was a false flag operation of our own government. This operation requires a massive fraud employing control methods over mass media which is fully documented at the National Archives and through the Church Commission.
If you understand the issues of war and peace are largely controlled by mass media in modern society, you will begin to understand the enormity of this fraud. If such media is secretly controlled by entities within our own government, this becomes an enormously important constitutional violation.”
Rahm the Mechanic Goes to Washington
Ok, Emanuel may not be an Israeli Citizen, even though Israeli law grants citizenship to Jews who are born for Israeli parents abroad. As a matter of fact the Israeli Law of Return” Grants Israeli citizenship to any Jew who wishes to have it. As a matter of fact many American Jews in high power positions are dual citizens. One such is Douglas Feith, who ran the Office of Special Plans at the Pentagon, and who concocted the ‘Yellow Cake’ theory giving George Bush the ammo he needed to invade an Arab country. Another one coming to mind is Michael Chertoff, our Director of Homeland Security whose father fought in the Bitar Brigade, a Jewish terrorist group during the Palestinian Holocaust which by the way, started way before the so-called ‘Holocaust’ of Europe and which continues to this very day. No doubt the reader is inclined to call me an ‘anti-Semite’ despite the fact that there is more ‘semitism’ in one of my eyelashes than there is in the whole of European Jewish community because I said the “so called” Oh well, I guess I am one of those ‘self-hating’ Semites.
Hesham Tillawi via The Peoples Voice
“Israeli-made weapons have been confiscated from terrorists arrested near the Iran-Iraq border, an Iranian intelligence official says.
“Four members of a terrorist organization equipped with Israeli weapons have been arrested near Iran’s border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region,” the counter-espionage director of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said on Saturday.
“Continuity” Died Today
“Timothy Geithner who comes to the Treasury from the presidency of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, together with Ben Bernanke, will kill any chance of removing the Federal Reserve from it’s stranglehold over the US money supply.
Contrary to the parrots of mainstream news, Geithner will not bring continuity to anything: He will instead spearhead the seizure of virtually all that remains of the US Money Supply.
- The financial universe in this country has just put up razor wire around both the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, to keep information ‘IN” and the public’s prying eyes “OUT,” from the point of inauguration forward: Everything that shall happen as to ‘How,’ ‘When,’ ‘Where,’ and ‘Why’ our taxpayer’s money shall be allocated will remain under the very closely guarded ‘SECURITY,’ of the un- American variety.”
- Jim Kirwan
Speaking of that feeling….Israel continues to mete out collective punishment against 1.5 million Palestinians, more than half of whom are children, in blatant contravention of International Law. But weirdly, hardly anyone seems to notice!”
Haaretz: ‘Absolutely Everyone’ in Israel Is Implicated in Sinful Settlements
“Brilliant piece by Gideon Levy–only in Haaretz–saying that the peace camp in Israel has been feckless from the start, and all are implicated in the settlers’ movement. So much for the accidental empire claims of conscience. And when Levy says that Olmert says (and Emanuel too) there is no “partner for peace,” which side are they talking about?
But remember; no pressure on Israel from the U.S.”
“It’s easy to forget that the lose/lose for all concerned Israeli/Palestinian horror show has been THE social cancer that has metastasized to the entire planet.
Basically everything negative and destructive that has been happening all over the planet for several decades is either directly or indirectly related to this archetypal failure of civilized human existence.”
JFK murdered in cold blood 45 years ago today
And by coincidence, it’s End the Fed day.
‘The Austrians Were Right’
“Madame Speaker, many Americans are hoping the new administration will solve the economic problems we face. That’s not likely to happen, because the economic advisors to the new President have no more understanding of how to get us out of this mess than previous administrations and Congresses understood how the crisis was brought about in the first place.”
Ron Paul via Detain This
“Who and what motivated Japan’s brutal activities against its neighbors as described in part 14? Britain detrimentally meddled in Asia in the 19th century and America meddled in Asia in the 20th century – who was behind their actions? Kuhn, Loeb and Company financed Japan’s Russian invasion in 1905 while the European Rothschilds financed the Russians which somehow failed to receive timely armament delivery. Russia’s objectives, viable in 1895, were an ice-free Pacific port and the acquisition of just enough leased territory for the continuation of her transcontinental railway. The conflict decimated Russia’s economy, preparatory to the well-planned revolution based on philosophy from Karl Marx (1818-83). The House of Rothschild, since 1863, had headquarters in four cities: London, Paris, Vienna and Frankfort.“
“Mexican officials frequently lecture the U.S. about our supposedly loose gun laws that are blamed for spreading anarchy south of our borders. Mexican President Filipe Calderon has admitted that his country is experiencing a “gradual and growing disintegration of public and governmental institutions.”
Never having met an excuse for gun control that they did not like, officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) have set up computer terminals in American consulate offices throughout Mexico. Somehow, violating the privacy of American gun owners is supposed to help control crime in a corrupt and chaotic Mexico. Yeah, right.”
“Government, as we must never forget, is force. And as Simone Weil so memorably observed, force is that mysterious influence “that turns anybody who is subjected to it into a thing. Exercised to the limit, it turns man into a thing in the most literal sense: it makes a corpse out of him.”
Every government function, no matter how mundane or apparently harmless, carries with it the implied (and often overt) use of lethal force against those who do not submit.”
“We could feed every hungry malnourished child on the planet”
video via Rocker
“The financial parasites, the people who do not produce anything, the people who shuffle papers on their desks and files on their computer screens, get trillions in bailout taxpayer money.
The Congress shits flew their private jets to listen in to the big 3 CEO’s who also flew into Washington in their private jets.
On TV though, we do not hear about the Congress’ private jets (paid by us, the taxpayers) – but we do hear about the automakers’ CEO’s private jets.”
Netanyahu hires 2 of Obama’s advisors
“After designing a website similar to that of Barack Obama, Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has now hired two of the US president-elect’s advisers to help him in his election campaign.”
Yuval Karni via atheo’s blog
Switzerland accuses Israel of violating Geneva Convention
“Foreign Ministry spokesman Lars Knuchel said the demolitions violated the 1949 Geneva Conventions, regarded as the cornerstone of international law on the obligations of warring and occupying powers. The Fourth Convention states that occupying powers must respect the property of civilian populations under their control.“
Grim Reaper’s blog
Reports From Pakistan Say Rashid Rauf Has Been Killed In A US Airstrike
“Killing a suspected terrorist with a drone is a lot sexier than seeing him get killed in a bus crash. Bravo!
When the alleged “liquid bombers” get their next “fair trial”, their alleged al Qaeda contact still won’t be there to testify.
The British authorities must be breathing a huge sigh of relief.
“The past ten days have served to expose the real content of Obama’s “change you can believe in.” First came the appointment of Rahm Emanuel, the right-wing Democratic congressman and millionaire investment banker, as chief of staff. No sooner was he tapped for the post than Emanuel pledged to the Wall Street Journal that the Obama White House would “stand up to” the strengthened Democratic majorities in Congress.
Then came news that the transition teams at the Pentagon and CIA were headed, respectively, by supporters of the Iraq war and CIA veterans who were complicit in policies of torture and extraordinary rendition as well as in fabricating the phony intelligence used to promote the war against Iraq.
These developments, combined with the coterie of bankers and Washington insiders that is heading Obama’s transition, and the army of ex-Clinton-officials-turned-corporate-lobbyists who are trooping back into official Washington, are providing a preview of the administration that will take office just two months from now.
The conditions are being created in which illusions fostered by Obama’s rhetoric about “hope” and “change” will be dashed and a period of tumultuous struggles, driven by the economic crisis, will inevitably arise.”
Bill Van Auken
Obama’s CFR essay 2007
“After reading this I came to the conclusion that Obama will simply carry on (with some minor adjustments) the same global dominace agenda of the past.Much of the wording I imagine is with a wink and a nod to his future masters.
There is nothing ‘renewing’ at all just the same old bullshit.Especially this quote “our starting point must always be a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel, our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy”
Plea For Palestine-Final Draft
“I am writing with regard to the situation in Gaza and the West Bank which I have been closely observing over the past 4 years and have seen quickly deteriorating, especially over the last several months. Though I am baffled as to the reasons the state of Israel has been allowed to maintain and enforce policies that go against all international laws and treaties, including the Geneva Convention, which, as of 8-12-1949, it is a signatory, engaging in behavior that is rightly described as terrorism when carried out by any other nation, I’ve considered the possibility that you are ill informed and so take this opportunity to enlighten you.“
You’re Scaring Me, Obama: Let the Bush Years Die
“To be honest, Obama, you lost me when you voted for the PATRIOT Act reauthorization in 2006. You lost me again when you voted for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment in 2008. And you lost me every single time you voted for yet more war funding.
Don’t even get me started on your vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.”
Gazans Resist by Surviving
“This siege isn’t about ‘security’ or even about Hamas,” he says. “Israel’s ultimate aim is to separate Gaza from the West Bank and kill the Palestinian national project.”
Replacing Controlled Newspapers…
“I thought to myself: “If only they could be reading the truth about the issues that are crushing America. If only they could be learning about the agenda that the global government has against them, instead of more manufactured ‘news’ about the same, worn-out political bickering on editorial pages and in popular columns.”
We constantly hear “Hold them accountable” when referring to what is known as the mainstream media (MSM), which now includes cable networks like FOX, MSNBC and CNN. How much longer can America survive nothing more than wishful thinking? These are corporate giants who rarely bend and their agenda is set.”
Change: 20,000 Troops to Afghanistan Surge
“The commanders are looking for well north of 20,000 forces. Gates wishes to fulfill the commanders’ request.”
Notice how it mentions The commanders are looking for WELL NORTH of 20,000 troops? Kinda like Viet Nam? Well north to 500,000 eventually?”
Sounds like a bright future for America! So now I’ve stopped the building of my ark here in Florida to save me from global warming and have now taken to digging my underground bunker. Hope the apartment management doesn’t mind the half finished boat in the parking lot and the big hole behind my apartment. Oh what am I worried about, Obama is bringing hope.”
On Freedom’s Wings
“I have you pegged as a man of vice. C’mon buddy, where’s that famous smirk? There it is! But forget those drugs you hoovered up. Forget the kids you fucked and had killed. Forget the war and the misery, suffering, and death you inflicted upon millions. All of that. Forget about it. Let’s just go with gambling.
I’ll bet every penny I have that the audiences cheer. They’ll cheer when you’re whimpering in terror and they’ll cheer when your brains are spattered all over the walls. How about it George? You up?
Because that’s you mate. You are the guy in the movie whose grisly death would have the audience cheering. That’s you. Enjoy the rest of your worthless fucking life.”
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”
1. September 11, 2001 – Thanks to the power of the web and live broadcasts on television, the conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9/11 – when terrorists attacked the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington – have surpassed those of Roswell and JFK in traction. Despite repeated claims by al-Qaeda that it planned, organised and orchestrated the attacks*, several official and unofficial investigations into the collapse of the Twin Towers which concluded that structural failure was responsible and footage of the events themselves, the conspiracy theories continue to grow in strength. Telegraph
- In this segment of the 1994 painting, Full Fathom Five, most of the current “major powers” can be symbolically seen five fathoms down, as part of the ruins they shall soon become. From the cities on top to the archeological ruins of the past (now reburied); from the Great Wall of China, to the middle-ground of Washington that sits atop the Parthenon, behind the dome of Hagia Sophia supported by a black papal column and by a barren stone remnant from so many other religions that have vanished into history. This relic that commemorates the clash of various religions is constraining the rise of that ‘Sun’ that was once the core of all religions. Below this and to the left a structural-symbol of ancient Russia, and Russian Orthodoxy; just above the shadows that hold the shell of the Opera House of Sidney: All of this is only a small portion of what will soon find its way down to those depths that are reserved for failed empires and ruined worlds.
“U.S. policy is not about one individual, and no matter how much faith people place in President-elect Barack Obama, the policies he enacts will be fruit of a tree with many roots. Among them: his personal politics and views, the disastrous realities his administration will inherit, and, of course, unpredictable future crises. But the best immediate indicator of what an Obama administration might look like can be found in the people he surrounds himself with and who he appoints to his Cabinet. And, frankly, when it comes to foreign policy, it is not looking good.”
Many so-called primitive tribes make a ritual of ostracizing a member who has breached the most sacred shibboleths.Bush has been shunned by his peers. The loss of their respect might have required his ritual suicide in some eastern cultures. Just recently, Japanese and British commanders were expected to shoot themselves.”
Media Gone Gay and Ga-Ga About Obama
“And it’s not just MSNBC. Oh, no. All the liberal Jew media is now out in full-force propagandizing Obama into some kind of hero of the ages, even when he’s done JACK! One of the Jew’s many organs, Time magazine, has come out comparing Obama to FDR and even to good old Abe Lincoln himself, when the man has yet to even spend one lousy dam day in office! Can you believe the utter BS, anymore, people? I mean really.”
“Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is a member of the Saudi Royal Family.
In the 1990s Al-Walid bought shares in Citicorp. His holdings in Citigroup reportedly comprise half of all his wealth
Reportedly Al-Walid has made investments in such companies as AOL, Apple Inc., Worldcom, Motorola, News Corporation Ltd.
As of 2008, there are plans for the $10 billion construction of the Burj Al-Meel a skyscraper to one mile (1600m) in height.
Reportedly, Al-Walid is on the board of directors of the Carlyle Group. (Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG))”
Gutteredownarung: Notes on a Book You Won’t Read
“Unless BIG MEDIA and its enablers (Oprah, NYT Book Review etc.) decide you’re THE NEW ONE (usually a good-looking woman, preferably “ethnic” or Jewish, under 40), you’re at best, in the back stacks at B&N “The World’s Largest (and ONLY) Bookstore” like Pynchon, James Baldwin, Ken Kesey, Kathy Acker, et al.”
US missiles strike deeper inside Pakistan
“Missiles launched from an unmanned US drone killed at least five people on Wednesday in the Pakistani village of Indi Khel. The attack is the first outside the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that border Afghanistan.
The provocative strike marks a further escalation of US operations against alleged Islamist militants inside Pakistan. By extending its targets beyond the semi-autonomous FATA region, Washington threatens to destabilise broader areas of the country.”
“Al-CIA-Duh” Has outlived Its Usefulness
That’s the impression I got from this article.
The MSM must know we are on to them and their propaganda.
While not contradicting intelligence assessments suggesting that Al Qaeda remains a major threat with a strong presence in the tribal areas of Pakistan, the report says that the group “may decay sooner” than many specialists have assumed because of severe weaknesses: “unachievable strategic objectives, inability to attract broad-based support, and self-destructive actions.”
World leaders refuse to shake Bush’s hand
“Not only do the world’s most powerful leaders refuse to shake the POTUS’ hand, they also seem to refuse to even make eye contact. Heckuva job, Bush. Heckuva job.
I think I speak for the entire world (well, everyone other than the 20% dead-enders) when I say January 20th can’t come soon enough.” (with video)
SilentPatriot via Strike the Root
“Some weird terror scare is constructed in this: Somali Pirates’ Successful Business Model, Trade with Terrorists: UM Researcher
The Somali pirates are growing their business – expanding their area of operation, managing public relations, reinvesting in the enterprise – and appear to have a growing relationship with militant Islamic groups, says University of Maryland researcher, Jana Shakarian, who monitors political, social and security conditions in Africa.
Al-Shabaab is suspected to entertain relations with Al-Qaeda. … Al-Shabaab seems to profit from the piracy business …”
“See this for yourself. Obama clearly promises to do the neoconservatives’ bidding for Israel, as Israeli peace advocate Uri Avnery noted. Obama’s appearance before AIPAC, he wrote, was an appearance that “broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning.”
Bush took the nation to war against Iraq because, as Petras argues, “The Zionist elite in the Bush regime invented the pretext and the propaganda for war and most important, successfully designed and operationalized the US invasion of Iraq.” Now Petras can point out that Obama’s top advisers “have long and notorious links to the top echelons of the principal Zionist propaganda mills.” Members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations wrote the speech Obama gave in front of AIPAC and “formulate his Middle East policy.”
Due in large part to Jewish Lobby control over the Democratic Party, an unmistakable message was given to the country: “the strategy Bush actually committed to was that which was in line with Israel’s ‘strategic interest’ of extending its power and domination in the Middle East.” When new Democratic Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi hinted at holding back funding for Bush’s war, the Lobby sent a clear message against it, and Pelosi “swallowed the frog in silence.”
Edmund Connelly via atheo’s blog“I had a dream. Al Qaeda captured Bush and well……cooked him”
The Exoneration of Jimmy Carter…And a Challenge to Harvard Law School’s Bigot Numeral Uno
“Alan Dershowitz is kind of a braggart. He recently bragged that he was instrumental in the decision not to invite former President and weapon of mass humanitarianism, Jimmy Carter, to Obama’s Democratic convention. He also bragged that he was once permitted to observe a targeted assassination in progress of a suspected Palestinian Freedom Fighter. Right up until the time they pulled the trigger on the poor guy. I guess the Israeli’s didn’t want to implicate Israel’s self designated criminal offense attorney in this international war crime and asked him to leave at the critical moment.
How much does it cost those Zionist contributors each year to keep him in the hot dog seat at Harvard? Its got to be expensive. But rest assured this criminal is still free. Free to slander one of America’s greatest humanitarians.”
Liberal White Boy
Jimmy Carter: Friend or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?
“To those of us who are working to abolish Zionism (i.e. the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews from their native home in Palestine in order to make Israel a Jewish state based on an exclusively Jewish sovereignty and at least an 80% Jewish population) this raises a question: Is Jimmy Carter our friend or our foe? Does his use of the word “apartheid” to describe Israel’s occupation–something no other establishment American politician has ever done–mean that Carter, unlike all the others, is our friend, helping us to turn U.S. public opinion against our government’s pro-Israel foreign policy? Or is he pretending to be our friend–and agreeing to be sidelined at events like the Democratic Convention in order to make his friendship more credible–because he is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing?”
John Spritzler via Revelations
Quotes From Zionists
“We came here to a country that was populated by Arabs and we are building here a Hebrew, a Jewish state; instead of the Arab villages, Jewish villages were established. You even do not know the names of those villages, and I do not blame you because these villages no longer exist. There is not a single Jewish settlement that was not established in the place of a former Arab Village.” – Moshe Dyan, March 19, 1969, speech at the Technion in Haifa, quoted in Ha’aretz, April 4, 1969.
see more here at News From the West
China Has Carbon Credits To Sell Due To Aborted Babies?
“It seems that if you lower your population by not allowing human beings to be born, you save on carbon emissions. Great theory, eh? Chris Horner claimed that China had said publicly that their family planning policies had lead to their having these carbon credits and a smaller carbon footprint.
Carbon credits are a farce. Common sense tells any sane person that money doesn’t buy away pollution. So China wants a pat on the back and to have their policy looked at with favor for a theory that is bullshit. Watch for the changes coming in the new Kyoto treaty next year which President-elect Barack Obama already supports.”
On Freedom’s Wings
Dick Cheney wasn’t the first Vice President to shoot somebody: Aaron Burr is depicted here shooting and mortally wounding Alexander Hamilton during their 1804 duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, an “affair of honor” that came a couple of decades too late to save America from a lot of economic misery.
“Wisdom dictates that we preserve what we’ve earned by withdrawing from the dollar system (to the extent that we can), learn how to protect it and those close to us from predators both private and public, and find suitable refuge as we witness the death throes of the existing order.”
Organ donation could still be made automatic, Gordon Brown says
“While (the task force) are not recommending the introduction of a presumed consent system, as I have done, I am not ruling out a further change in the law. We will revisit this when we find out how successful the next stage of the campaign has been.”
Gordon Brown via Strike the Root
An OpEd in my university’s student newspaper
“Just because marijuana is illegal, that does not mean that it is immoral. Slavery was legal, yet immoral. Many other contradictory cases exist. It is easy to believe that one should not do something because the law prohibits it; but sometimes that is not enough.
One of the best arguments I have heard against smoking marijuana is that since it is illegal, instead of sitting in a room smoking, why don’t people go out and do something to make it legal? This is a great argument and there are groups on campus to join such as Students for Sensible Drug Policy.”
Jes via Drug War Rant
Why did the Democrats forgive Joe Lieberman?
“If you thought about Joe Lieberman for a few seconds you would get a sneaking suspicion that he is more pro Israel than pro USA.
The old PNAC plan called for America to do Israel’s dirty work for it, by attacking Iraq, Iran and Syria, in that order, no less.
The old PNAC plan called for America to do Israel’s dirty work for it, by attacking Iraq, Iran and Syria, in that order, no less.
The democrats bravely voted Joe out of the Environment and Public Works Committee (no bearing on Israel, national security and law enforcement).
But they cowed, and let him keep his chairmanship (he is the boss of) the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
It came from on high that Joe must stay as the boss of the United States Security.”
Irony of ironies? 2001 anthrax recipient appointed Puppet Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services
“Just when you thought that the ongoing saga of the President-elect Obama puppet show couldn’t get any more bizarre, it has now been reported that former Senator Tom Daschle has been appointed Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Before the attacks (and 9/11), the entire Bush Administration had suspiciously gone on the anthrax antibiotic, Cipro, and was attempting to ram the treasonous Patriot Act through Congress, of which both Daschle and Leahy were opposed to. Had they themselves and the entire nation not been terrorized by the anthrax attacks, Daschle and Leahy could have stopped the Patriot Act from being hoodwinked into law.
Is the appointment of Dashle to head the same department that is currently gearing up for a full blown anthrax epidemic be a mere coincidence? Is this some sort of a bizarre quid pro quo between Daschle and the criminal elites that are running this country? One could never be sure, but one thing is certain, strange times await us.”
“The marks will be hustled and the snake oil supplies depleted (until they can make up a new batch for the next show). But here’s what they’ll be doing with the hidden hand as our attention is redirected by their stage moves and incantations: They’ll make liberty disappear a little bit more. They’ll reinforce the hypnotic suggestion that the average person is just too untrustworthy and incompetent to keep and bear arms, and that they, the ruling class and their enforcers, are the “only ones” qualified to possess them.”
Shameless in London, obscene in Israel, stupid in Ramallah
“The decision by the Buckingham palace to bestow an honorary knighthood on Israeli President Shimon Peres should be viewed as a blatant disregard for propriety and moral conduct by Queen Elizabeth II and the British government. It is also a definitive sign of the decadence of our time.
The symbolic honorary title, we are told, is accorded to people who have made distinguished accomplishments in various fields, ranging from world peace to scientific achievements.
In the past few decades, however, the honorary knighthood was often bestowed on decidedly evil people who carry on their hands the blood of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of innocent people.”
Khalid Amayreh via The Peoples Voice
Requiem For A Lost Nation
“It is difficult to be inclined to the slightest wonderment at the defeat of John McCain and the Republican Party. This guy ran the most inept campaign in history. If I were a betting man I would bet that he was actually bribed by those with inimical vested interests to throw the campaign as a prizefighter throws a fight.”
Jim R. Schwiesow
The Mechanism of Silence
“Regarding the events and mechanisms of the actual 9/11 conspiracy, I am often asked how a plot of such proportions has been able to be kept secret. Shouldn’t there be dozens of “whistle blowers” revealing the true developments of 9/11? Not necessarily – not if the “whistle blowers” are blocked by effective implicit and explicit mechanisms.
First and foremost, I would cite the most significant implicit mechanism, the “Spiral of Silence,” a theory postulated by Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, a researcher in the field of communications. Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann was originally a journalist writing for the Nazi news publication, Das Reich, but was, incidentally, permanently suspended at Goebbel’s instruction. Noelle-Neumann’s position as a researcher gave her an insight into the following dangerous, totalitarian mechanism: People suspect, sense and anticipate the opinion that is expected of them and keep their lips shut tight. And the more people stay silent, the greater the pressure to stay silent in the future. Finally, it becomes unthinkable to lay hands on a solidified view. The time factor is also enormously important in breaking through the Spiral of Silence; the longer one waits, the harder it gets.”
Gerhard Wisneswki via Facts not Fairies
Marketing 101: Selling Israel for almost 50 years
“The Committee on Information and Public Relations of the American Zionist Council
carries on a major part of its work through highly specialized subcommittees composed of professionals in specific areas of activity who volunteer their services to the American Zionist Council. It is the subcommittee chairmen who have been instrumental, for the most part, in mobilizing these experts to serve with them to help interpret Israel to the general American public.”
“Will there ever be a world without the ‘art of war‘?”
“You have been told that Israel fought two major wars because they were attacked by their neighbors. The truth is the opposite. Israel fomented those wars for the purpose of gain. In the first war, Israel attacked an American intelligence ship and sought to blame it on someone else.
The bottom line is that Israel is a Murder Incorporated Killing for Profit and Sport Corporation. In what other ‘civilized’ nation on Earth do the police and military stand by and watch and protect insane settlers who beat people to death and throw them off of rooftops? In what other ‘civilized’ nation on Earth can groups of people arm themselves and cross borders for the purpose of injuring the citizens of another country? In what other ‘civilized’ nation on Earth do soldiers shoot pre-pubescent children for amusement and then empty their clips into their bodies? In what other ‘civilized’ country on Earth do snipers shoot little girls on rooftops who are gathering their laundry? In what other ‘civilized’ nation on Earth do bulldozer operators deliberately crush people standing in their way and then laugh about it and long for more opportunity?”
“Obama and those around him embrace the folly of the “war on terror.” They may want to shift the emphasis of this war to Afghanistan rather than Iraq, but this is a difference in strategy, not policy. By clinging to Iraq and expanding the war in Afghanistan, the poison will continue in deadly doses. These wars of occupation are doomed to failure. We cannot afford them. The rash of home foreclosures, the mounting job losses, the collapse of banks and the financial services industry, the poverty that is ripping apart the working class, our crumbling infrastructure and the killing of hapless Afghans in wedding parties and Iraqis by our iron fragmentation bombs are neatly interwoven. These events form a perfect circle. The costly forms of death we dispense on one side of the globe are hollowing us out from the inside at home….
Those clustered around Barack Obama, from Madeline Albright to Hillary Clinton to Dennis Ross to Colin Powell, have no interest in dismantling the structure of the imperial presidency or the vast national security state. They will keep these institutions intact and seek to increase their power. We have a childish belief that Obama will magically save us from economic free fall, restore our profligate levels of consumption and resurrect our imperial power. This naïve belief is part of our disconnection with reality. The problems we face are structural. The old America is not coming back.”
Chris Hedges via Chris Floyd
Obama advisers: No charges likely against workers who authorized harsh interrogation methods
Barack Obama’s incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush presidency. Obama, who has criticized the use of torture, is being urged by some constitutional scholars and human rights groups to investigate possible war crimes by the Bush administration.
Two Obama advisers said there’s little – if any – chance that the incoming president’s Justice Department will go after anyone involved in authorizing or carrying out interrogations that provoked worldwide outrage. AP
“It’s just another Bushonian Bitch Slap to the Republican Right.
What is ironic about this is that a regime – and a political party — which has so touted capitalism and whose very raison d’etre is to champion capitalism has been the regime to destroy it.”
“Before the nation’s governors, mayors and county executives propose furloughing or laying off police officers, school teachers, sanitation workers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, and recreation aides who care for our family members and protect public safety, there is one question that the public employee unions should demand answered: How much revenue from marijuana taxation are they throwing away in order to sacrifice those jobs and the families of public employees?
Eric Sterling via Pete Guither
How 9/11 Was Done
“It was a masterly plot, carried out by a handfull of Israelis and dual passport ‘Americans’. Larry Silverstein buys a nearly worthless WTC building complex (worthless due to the asbest the buildings were stuffed with) weeks before 9/11, makes sure it is over-ensured against terrorist acts, tellingly with a german ensurer, next hires an israeli security firm and in the 2-3 weekends before 9/11 cuts off power in all the WTC buildings with ‘maintenance’ as an excuse, so the buildings are virtually empty and the demolition experts can work undisturbed. At that moment the coast is clear to let a team of demolition experts from the israeli army led by Peer Segalovitz into the WTC buildings. These charges plus detonators had been prepared at the premises of the Urban Moving Systems company, a Mossad front. During these weekends these prepared charges were loaded into vans, driven into the basement of WTC next to the elevator shaft, unloaded into the elevator, and lifted onto the roof of the elevator through the openening in the elevator ceiling. Next the elevator moved from floor to floor while charges where being attached to the columns as displayed in this video from 0:22 onwards. The detonators of these charges were radiographic controlled and finally detonated from WTC7 on the day of 9/11.”
News From the West
John F. Kennedy and Pigs of War
“It was becoming clearer and clearer that John Kennedy did not take the loss of American lives as lightly as did those who ran the wars and the corporations that profited and the conspirators that pulled the strings behind the scenes.
On November 16, 1961 in Seattle, President Kennedy declared,
“We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient — that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind — that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity — and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.”
So, Iran will have a bomb when?
“Neocons for years in their various magazines have been scaremongering about an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon ever since the US-sponsored Shah got the boot out of Iran way back in October 1979. The neocons were saying then that Iran was only a few years away from having a bomb.
The one thing all these articles have in common is a total lack of any evidence whatsoever that Iran even has a nuclear plant up and going yet, let alone a nuclear weapons program. Despite nearly thirty years of propaganda and rhetoric about Iran’s nuclear weapon program there has been not one tiny piece of evidence that even remotely suggests that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.
Now, if you were to ask me about Israel on the other hand…”
“Obama repeatedly made clear that his differences with Bush were of a tactical rather than a strategic or principled character. He tacitly embraced the policy of preventative war, implying that he would employ it both to strike at targets inside Pakistan and to preempt Iran’s alleged quest for nuclear weapons.
And as the transition process advances, it is becoming increasingly clear that—tactical differences over US foreign policy notwithstanding—the pursuit of the global strategic aims of America’s financial oligarchy by means of military aggression and international criminality is not about to come to end when Obama enters the White House in January.
Rather, the change in administrations is seen within the ruling establishment as a means of bringing about changes that will make American militarism more effective while providing, in the person of Obama, a better political cover for the pursuit of American capitalism’s worldwide interests.”
“Where is it written in stone that bankers and traders have to be paid millions of dollars for their services? The gibberish about needing to pay that much just to keep superstars from fleeing to private-equity firms or hedge funds is just another Wall Street myth. The truth is most of them are lucky to have a job at all and they know it.”
William Cohan, Wall Street historian, Our Risk, Wall Street’s Reward, New York Times, November 16, 2008
If the President-elect is serious about taking that advice, he first might want to review the extensive evidence of Gates’s devious behavior and consider whether Gates deserves the trust of the American people – and their newly elected government.”
The Real Goal of Israel’s Blockade of Gaza
Eyal Sarraj, the head of Gaza’s Community Mental Health Programme, said this year that Israel’s long-term goal was to force Egypt to end the controls along its short border with the Strip. Once the border was open, he warned, “Wait for the exodus.”
California Wild Fires
“1. Tom Henegan (yes, I know he is shrill… scroll down to 11/16) claims the fires were deliberately set and alleges that French intelligence services have satellite images to that effect.
Reason given: to fulfull KBR contracts for $75 million, signed earlier this month, to provide emergency power to western states in case of emergency situations like earthquake, wildfires, etc. These wildfires also distract the American people from other important matters and give psyops news outlets plenty of things to talk about. Have you seen the breathless coverage on CNN? Catastrophe porn.”
‘Settlers See No Equivalence in the Moral Worth of a Non-Jew and a Jew’
“Yesterday my friend James North said to me again, Why have the western media accepted the term “settlers”? There is a precise description of what these people are, they are colonists. Settlers of course gives it a good sound. Orwell’s quarrel with Orwellian language was that it prevented people from thinking clearly. This is such an instance.”
Conflict of Interest for Hillary As Secretary of State
“Bill Clinton has his fingers in the piggie banks of so many foreign countries that one has to ask themselves wouldn’t there be a conflict of interest here for Hillary?
So it is not too difficult to connect the dots and see how favors are going to need to be repaid and asked for and since President Clinton is being secretive about contributions there must be something there that he really doesn’t want to have exposed. At least now we know why the Clintons were so happy to jump on Obama’s bandwagon. We all knew something big had been promised.”
On Freedom’s Wings
Wheels Within Wheels
“Looking back over the last four decades it’s clear that Bush was only the outgrowth of the depth-of-corruption that came before him; and yet for all the blind treachery of his darkest deeds what has been accomplished? So many sinister schemes and plans in which each ‘promised’ some major catastrophe; but still, these potential nightmares litter the landscape of the nation, seemingly without conclusions.”
“It is Spring 2009.
Just as many people have warned, a series of attacks using nuclear “dirty bombs” kills thousands of Americans.
Government intelligence agencies point to Iran, China and Russia as the source of the attacks.
The president and Congress set in motion plans for war against the 3 giants. A war which will undoubtedly cost tens of trillions of dollars, kill thousands of Americans, and cause untold misery for years to come.
Before we launch world war 3, ask yourself: would you care if Iran, China and Russia were really behind the attacks?
Of course you would.
Well, then you would also want to know whether Bin Laden was really behind 9/11, whether rogue elements within the U.S. allowed the attacks to succeed, or whether it was actually an “inside job”.
Think about it. If, like Howard Zinn, you say “I don’t care if 9/11 is an inside job”, you are really saying you don’t care if future attacks are real attacks or false flag attacks intended to justify war against a concocted enemy.
Is that what you’re saying?
In addition, false flag attacks – being aided and abetted by rogue elements within the government – can easily be prevented . . . just don’t aid and abet, and the attack won’t happen, or at least won’t succeed. So thousands of American lives can be spared if the topic of false flag terrorism is investigated and understood.”