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MAS CONTEXT. The Cynic's Sanctuary. American Newspeak Self-described "weekly satirical e-zine celebrating the Orwellian face" of our times, full of prime examples scavenged from actual newspaper articles. People with paranoid tendencies should tread with caution. Anger Central Popular forum for people who need to rant. Everything's alphabetically arranged within each category. But try our own Cynic's Message Board first. At least we listen. B.S. Enjoy the folksy, laid-back cynicism of columnist B.S. The Comedy Zone "Dedicated to those who don't take things too seriously and have way too much free time. " Despair, Inc. At last, an online store that specializes in "demotivation" products!

The Devil's Dictionary The greatest cynical lexicon by a dead author, maybe even by ANY author -- now available for your perusal online. The Dilbert Zone Needs no introduction, but if you want to get there from here, be my guest. Ian Shoales Archive Interesting Ideas The Mencken Page The Onion The Daily Outrage What's the outrage of the day? Suck The Void. Who’s Pulling The Strings? « Zazen Life.

December 22, 2011 by phdinweed America is an oligarchy. The vast majority of us are ruled by a powerful few, and we know about virtually NONE of it. This video and the attached Venn Diagrams show just how royally screwed we are. Big government and big corporations alone would be bad enough, but when they work in tandem with each other, looking out for each other’s interests, that’s where it gets super scary. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention NDAA, for with the passage of that bill, the 10 requisite steps for establishing fascism have been accomplished.

If you’d like to learn more about SOPA, there’s a great article here. Now, far be it from me to tell anybody how to think, and I’m not saying I agree with everything the guy says, but the ONLY candidate running for President who has a history of integrity and standing up for liberty is Ron Paul. Ok, now that I’ve gotten my two cents out of the way, on to the meat and potatoes.

I kept the Venn Diagrams small to conserve space. Like this: 19 Vintage Advertisements That Wouldn’t Make Today’s Cut. They say time heals all wounds, which is obviously apparent when you take a gander at some of these doozies from the past. Before anybody knew what a lawsuit was, these types of custom print advertisements were a part of many major company marketing platforms. Just be sure you don’t add them to your next brochure printing order. Can I also get you a foot-rub honey? Or maybe you would like me to pay off your credit cards, sports car and golfing membership for the next 20 years … Oh, please can I? Nothing like some words of encouragement…from a 2-year-old. This one is wrong on so many levels. You can’t buy this type of pride for 15 cents anymore. If vitamins did this, we’d all be walking around with Brad Pitts and Megan Foxes under our arm. 30 days? It wasn’t enough that movie actors and children had to get in on the fun of filtered cigarettes.

Ah, stereotypes. What exactly were they going for with this expression anyway? …but obviously not the guy who forgot to bring his Cary Grant costume. What Are The Odds? Spiritual Counterfeits Project. One World Special Millennial Edition of When The World Will Be As One, with 40% new material and 211 photographs and graphics. by Tal Brooke One World explains why America's rapid descent is no accident, its virtues and values of yesteryear and the public memory of once great liberties and freedoms, erased like some vast hard drive. Now the anticipated signs of a techno-tyranny are beginning to emerge. Rhetoric about conservative values are used merely to placate the public. A New World Order could arrive virtually overnight and be unlike anything the world has ever seen, affecting every life on the planet and far from the utopian picture of universal brotherhood we are all being primed to expect.

One World uncovers the deep forces at work. The financial, political, military and spiritual arms of this powerful global agenda have an interlocking purpose that gives it almost irresistible power as history speeds toward world government. ISBN: 1-930045-07-7, 270 pages, 211 photos. Makes Me Think - Top Stories - Today's Thought-Provoking Life Stories. Anger. 8 Reasons Young Americans Dont Fight Back: How the US Crushed... The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.Bruce E.

LevineAlterNet Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. How exactly has American society subdued young Americans? 1. Today in the United States, two-thirds of graduating seniors at four-year colleges have student-loan debt, including over 62 percent of public university graduates. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

50 Life Secrets and Tips. Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.Develop an endless curiosity about this world.Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events.

Try new things. Read “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss.This book will give you the knowledge and instruction to be happy at all times regardless of the circumstances. Declaration of Independence. United States . Declaration of Independence Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library | Table of Contents for this work | | All on-line databases | Etext Center Homepage | In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. A DECLARATION By the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, In GENERAL CONGRESS Assembled. When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People. For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us: Attest. Famous Quotes at BrainyQuote. Summaries, Information Centers for 9/11, media, war, health, energy, elections cover-ups. Hidden in Plain SightVital Information to Transform our World is an educational website which provides reliable, verifiable information from respected sources on major cover-ups and corruption occurring in our world today. Almost all information is taken from the most reliable sources available with links provided for easy verification. As a means of dealing with this sometimes disturbing information, also presents a wealth of inspiring and empowering information to build a brighter future for us all.

For the best quick introduction to these cover-ups, we've developed both two-page and ten-page summaries for each category below. These summaries are designed to be printed directly from the Internet. Dynamic Online Courses Connect the Dots, Present Big Picture The developers of have created several free, online courses designed to deepen understanding of our lives and world. The Wisdom Courses Summaries of Individual Resources. LiveJournal: Discover global communities of friends who share your unique passions and interests. List of LiveJournal users. Some users of LiveJournal, or the journals themselves have become famous throughout the years for their especially interesting content, including political commentary and anecdotal advice on subjects ranging from household care to aquariums, or because they belong to otherwise famous or accomplished people, including many well-known writers, graphic artists, mass media personalities, and programmers.

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FBI: If We Told You, You Might Sue. Often when the government tries to suppress information about its surveillance programs, it cites national-security concerns. But not always. In 2008, a few years after the Bush administration's warrantless-wiretapping program was revealed for the first time by the New York Times, Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act. That act authorizes the government to engage in dragnet surveillance of Americans' international communications without meaningful oversight. As we've explained before (including in our lawsuit challenging the statute), the FISA Amendments Act is unconstitutional. In 2009, we also filed a Freedom of Information Act request to learn more about the government's interpretation and implementation of the FISA Amendments Act.

Last November, the government released a few hundred pages of heavily redacted documents. Two weeks ago, as part of our FOIA lawsuit over those documents, the government gave us several declarations attempting to justify the redaction of the documents. Litigation gone wild! A geologist’s take on the Italian seismology manslaughter case. The story has been in the news, and discussed in Steve Novella’s last post. Back on April 6, 2009, a Richter magnitude 5.8 (moment magnitude = 6.3) earthquake struck the province of Abruzzo in central Italy. It killed 308 people, injured 1173 more, and 65,000 were made homeless. The quake damaged almost 11,000 buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila, and caused about $16 billion worth of damage over the region.

This was the deadliest earthquake to hit Italy since the 1980 Irpina quake, a Richter magnitude 6.9 event in southern Italy, which killed 2914 people, injured over 10,000, and left 300,000 homeless. The L’Aquila event was preceded by hundreds of foreshocks, which caused much of the population to flee the city and seek shelter before the main quake. There were also hundreds of aftershocks, some of which were over 5.3 in Richter magnitude. Naturally, people were upset, and wanted someone to blame.

What’s going on here? Rating: 4.9/5 (17 votes cast) Litigation gone wild! A hidden world, growing beyond control. The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work. These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight.

After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine. The investigation's other findings include: * Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. An alternative geography. Welcome to DocuWatch! - DocuWatch. 10 Google Video Documentaries You Have To Watch. I love Google Video because they have so many great documentaries free to watch. Here are my favorite 10. Some are sad, some are wacky, but they are all very informative and entertaining (full disclaimer, I own 1. Dangerous Knowledge In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians - Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing - whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide. 2.

BBC-Dogfighting Undercover-August 30, 2007 Investigation into the secret and dangerous world of international dogfighting. 3. "Just Melvin, Just Evil" is a very hard to find documentary about the tormented family of Melvin Just, a man almost too evil to be believed. 4. Very interesting documentary about freemasonry in US from the very first days of independence. 5. Up Close and Personal with a Killer. 6. This one will intrigue you. 7. 8. 9. 10. Other News: DocumentaryStorm - Stream Full Documentaries.

10 Awesome Free Documentaries That You Can Watch Online. Free documentaries come in a number of different styles and are made for a variety of reasons. Most of them aim to educate the viewer on a particular topic: war; environment; health. Documentaries can also be used to enlighten viewers and give them a new point of view. Mostly they serve to highlight our previous mistakes so they don’t happen again “” which is why it’s important to watch them.

Many documentaries these days also try to incorporate stunning visuals and sound to keep the viewer’s attention as they’re watching. Here’s ten of the best free feature-length documentaries available to watch online. Sicko Michael Moore might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Sicko is a timely insight into the world’s medical systems. If you’re into Michael Moore, check out Bowling for Columbine too. Religulous Religulous is a documentary about the ridiculousness of organised religion. Keep your eye out for a notable interview with a senator which led to one incredibly stupid remark.

Earthlings Home. Home | THE OFFICIAL RESISTANCE - THE OFFICIAL RESISTANCE - THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WORLD - IN THE KNOW. Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation [OPINION] The Filter Bubble: How the Web Gives Us What We Want, and That's Not a Good Thing. By Maria Popova How the web gives us what we want to see, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Most of us are aware that our web experience is somewhat customized by our browsing history, social graph and other factors.

But this sort of information-tailoring takes place on a much more sophisticated, deeper and far-reaching level than we dare suspect. (Did you know that Google takes into account 57 individual data points before serving you the results you searched for?) That’s exactly what Eli Pariser, founder of public policy advocacy group, explores in his fascinating and, depending on where you fall on the privacy spectrum, potentially unsettling new book, The Filter Bubble — a compelling deep-dive into the invisible algorithmic editing on the web, a world where we’re being shown more of what algorithms think we want to see and less of what we should see. I met Eli in March at TED, where he introduced the concepts from the book in one of this year’s best TED talks.

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