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The U.S. Should Require All Citizens to Vote - Norman Ornstein. But if it won't, here's one possible incentive: Your voting receipt could become a Mega Millions lottery ticket. Counting ballots in Melbourne. Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State. Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face.

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State

Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. Government Shutdown and Appointment of Janet Yellen Guarantees Flow of Funds to Wall Street: They are reducing “two-thirds of this country to subsistence level”, Chris Hedges. It’s no secret that the only reason the markets have been roaring – since bottoming out in March 2009, the DOW is up approximately 125% and The S&P 500 approximately 120% - is because of unlimited quantitative easing to the tune of $85 billion a month, a last resort, desperate measure that the FOMC began in 2012 to maintain its ‘growth’ targets.

Government Shutdown and Appointment of Janet Yellen Guarantees Flow of Funds to Wall Street: They are reducing “two-thirds of this country to subsistence level”, Chris Hedges

The end result of this program has essentially been the transfer of wealth from Main Street to Wall Street. “In terms of types of financial wealth, the top one percent of households have 35% of all privately held stock, 64.4% of financial securities, and 62.4% of business equity. The top ten percent have 81% to 94% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and almost 80% of non-home real estate. Since financial wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets, we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America.” click to enlarge - source As for how we can stop this madness? Talk - Dr. Doug Rokke - Depleted Uranium (DU) What’s the Matter with Libertarianism? Thomas Barnett: Rethinking America's military strategy. According to U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.)

Steal This Article. Girl Stealing Grapes, Henriëtte Willebeek le Mair (1915) “Stealing is stealing.

Steal This Article

I don’t care if it’s on the Internet or you’re breaking into a warehouse somewhere—it’s theft.” —United States Senator Patrick Leahy If a rich person has something you need, you should take it. And if a big corporation has something you want, you should steal it. The rich people who run these big corporations like to act as if we live in an age of austerity. The 2005 Bankruptcy Bill: Knowing a Financial Crisis Was Imminent, Banks Lobbied Government to Pass Laws to Preserve Their Wealth.

Our government representatives would like us to believe that the subprime mortgage crisis(2, 3, 4, 5) could not have been predicted.

The 2005 Bankruptcy Bill: Knowing a Financial Crisis Was Imminent, Banks Lobbied Government to Pass Laws to Preserve Their Wealth

The truth is, the collapse was expected and authorities were well aware that crimes were being committed. I. Introduction It is said that if you want to find the corrupt, follow the money. This catchphrase, however, cannot be used as a preventative measure; it can only be used in retrospect to punish perpetrators of a crime. In our current centralized economic system, the best way to avoid pitfalls and preserve wealth, improving lifestyle, is to pay close attention to changes in laws and be mindful of their implications. On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. Ever had the feeling that your job might be made up?

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

That the world would keep on turning if you weren’t doing that thing you do 9-5? David Graeber explored the phenomenon of bullshit jobs for our recent summer issue – everyone who’s employed should read carefully… On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine - Part 1 of 6. Howard Zinn as seen on DEMOCRACY NOW. “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control. Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him.

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after his death. “None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia–Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation.” Baucum apparently did. On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. Sal Culosi’s last words were to Baucum, the cop he thought was a friend: “Dude, what are you doing?” Countdown: Special Comment 10-18-06 MUST SEE.

Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over “Bee Apocalypse” Coming Soon. The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war. According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation ( MNRE ), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations.

“It is clear that these chemicals have the potential to affect entire food chains. ABC commissioned world renowned environmental toxicologist Dr. The shit show that is Afghanistan: “We will survive. But they will be taking the war back to America!” An excellent article and documentary on Afghanistan now available through Vice: ”This Is What Winning Looks Like” . It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen of every country that was involved in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. It shows life from our and our allies perspective – the honest, the honorable, the gullible, the liars, the politicians, the occupying forces, the Afghan security forces , the war lords, the addicts, the desperate, the corrupt, the child molesters, the murderers, the government – the fantasy that has been defined as victory.

The documentary is well worth watching and should be sobering for anyone who has not yet come to terms with what has been unleashed. Amazing Events Unfolding in Guatemala: “All of the crimes that Rigoberta Menchú just described were crimes not just of General Ríos Montt, but also of the U.S. government" For those who have been following the story , below you will find the initial impact of the genocide conviction of ex-Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt.

Amazing Events Unfolding in Guatemala: “All of the crimes that Rigoberta Menchú just described were crimes not just of General Ríos Montt, but also of the U.S. government"

The majority of the coverage in the two videos linked below is with Rigoberta Menchú , the woman largely responsible for making sure that Ríos Montt was brought to justice. It is a powerful interview with an amazing individual, a testament to her courage, and a fitting tribute to the victims of genocide. In the second segment , Allan Nairn joins the discussion for a short commentary, the highlight of which is the following: “All of the crimes that Rigoberta Menchú just described were crimes not just of General Ríos Montt, but also of the U.S. government.

Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Hails Genocide Conviction of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Ríos Montt Allan Nairn: After Ríos Montt Verdict, Time for U.S. to Account for Its Role in Guatemalan Genocide. No Remembrance, No Remorse for the Fallen of Iraq. CIA Agent Exposes How Al-Qaeda Dosen't Exist. News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier. In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets.

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. That's why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. News misleads. We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press.

News is irrelevant. News has no explanatory power. Glenn Greenwald Analyzing causes and effects of the Boston Bombing Part 2 Moyers And Company - Ai. The Secret Government. What is this, Comedy Central? On this tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a reminder, according to the UN charter, the invasion was illegal. The war in Iraq is not over, not by a long shot.

On this tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a reminder, according to the UN charter, the invasion was illegal

For decades to come we will have to deal with what the United States and its allies have unleashed. It’s anyone’s guess if those responsible for this war of aggression (crime against peace) will ever be held accountable for their crimes, what we do know however, is that the decision to invade Iraq has transformed the global political landscape (emphasis added): Argo and the Stolen Truth About Iran. This year’s Oscar-winning movie ‘Argo’ recently spurred Iran’s former president, Abolhassan Banisadr to write an article about the ‘October Surprise’.

Argo and the Stolen Truth About Iran

In it, he discusses the secret deal between Ronald Reagan and Ayatollah Khomeini which, by delaying the release of the hostages being held in the US embassy in Tehran, swayed the results of the 1980 US presidential election to favour Reagan over the incumbent Jimmy Carter. Banisadr argues that through ‘falsifying, misrepresenting and taking critical facts out of context,’ the film ‘delivers a pro-CIA message,’ and that by portraying Iranians as irrational and aggressive people it prepares the US public to support a war should the current nuclear negotiations fail. The day after Banisadr’s article was published, Robert Parry, who had written previously about the ‘short-sighted history of Argo’, wrote a second article supporting these arguments.

This may seem puzzling at first. The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder - Trailer. Instant Runoff Voting. Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Weighed 'Guerilla' Manifesto, Justice Official Tells Congressional Committee. A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz that Swartz's "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto" played a role in the prosecution, sources told The Huffington Post.

Swartz's 2008 manifesto said sharing information was a "moral imperative" and advocated for "civil disobedience" against copyright laws pushed by corporations "blinded by greed" that led to the "privatization of knowledge. " "We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. It’s For Your Own Good! by Cass R. Sunstein.

Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly Cambridge University Press, 206 pp., $95.00 In the United States, as in many other countries, obesity is a serious problem. Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex. Rare media articles expose how the mass media manipulate public opinion - National US Intelligence. "Media manipulation currently shapes everything you read, hear and watch online. Everything. " -- Forbes magazine article on mass media influence, 7/16/2012.

Lt. Ehren Watada on Citizen Responsibility. Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship. Noam Chomsky, Why It's "Legal" When the U.S. Does It. Credit the Arab Spring and what’s followed in the Greater Middle East to many things, but don’t overlook American “unilateralism.” The Not-So-Lofty Origins of the Evangelical Pro-Life Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated by US govt: King Family civil trial verdict - National Nonpartisan.

GOP Brags About Tactics That Lose Them The Vote, But Win Them The House. If you had any doubts about the Republicans rigging elections, a recent report released by the Republican State Leadership Committee should lay all doubts to rest. Larry Correia refutes the gun controllers once and for all. The Real Cuban Missile Crisis - Benjamin Schwarz. Everything you think you know about those 13 days is wrong. George Packer: The Political Isolation of the American South. Blogs - Adam Curtis - SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME. Impressions de Gaza. NOAM CHOMSKY était en visite à Gaza du 25 au 30 octobre 2012 : « Une seule nuit en prison suffit à donner une idée de ce que veut dire le fait de se trouver sous le contrôle absolu de la même force extérieure. Et il faut à peine plus d’une journée à Gaza pour commencer à apprécier ce à quoi doit ressembler de tenter de survivre dans la plus grande prison en plein air du monde... ... où un million et demi de personnes, dans la région la plus densément peuplée du monde, sont constamment soumises à la terreur générale, souvent sauvage et aux châtiments arbitraires qui n’ont souvent pour but que d’humilier et avilir, ainsi que de faire en sorte que les espoirs palestiniens d’un avenir décent soient anéantis et que soit réduit à zéro le soutien mondial majoritairement favorable à un arrangement diplomatique censé accorder ces droits.

L’humiliation intentionnelle n’est pas nouvelle non plus, bien qu’elle adopte continuellement de nouvelles formes. Et c’est ainsi que vont les choses. The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent. There is no such thing as redistribution. The blogosphere is ablaze with discussions of redistribution: who redistributes to who, how much redistribution is happening, and so on. Failed_War_On_Drugs1.gif (GIF Image, 640 × 3645 pixels) "Public Health versus Private Freedom?" by Peter Singer. Revolt of the Rich. Five things government does better than you. Deliberative Democracy - Most People Are Rationally Ignorant. Ryan, Romney and the Veil of Opulence. Ivan Krastev: Can democracy exist without trust? Pussy Riot V. Putin: A Front Row Seat At A Russian Dark Comedy.

Texas GOP Declares: "No More Teaching of 'Critical Thinking Skills' in Texas Public Schools" The Secret Online Weapons Store That'll Sell Anyone Anything. Southern Europe Plagued by Corruption and Political Mismanagement. The racism of the respectable. House Panel Seeks To Silence Journalists. The 6 Most Popular Crime Fighting Tactics (That Don't Work) Dreaming of a World Without Intellectuals - The Chronicle Review. The Loudest Person at The Citibank Was the Undercover Cop that Arrested the Woman Outside. Can Americans Escape the Deception? Uganda Welcomes Oil, but Fears Graft It Attracts. A new role for the 1%

Mark Twain's Radical Liberalism - Jeffrey A. Tucker. » Bob Barr Files Lawsuit Against TSA Over ‘Drudge’ Controversy Alex Jones. 8 Lies Republicans Want Us To Believe. JFK Speech on Religion and Politics Part 1: Separation of Church and State (1960) Leaked docs: Heartland Institute think tank pays climate contrarians very well (updated) Barbara Ehrenreich: Preying on the Poor. So then Who in the Hell Are We? How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform. May 05th to May 12th, 2012 Poverty is not an accident. - Nelson Mandela. The Great Capitalist Heist: How Paris Hilton’s Dogs Ended Up Better Off Than You. Copyright kings are judge, jury and executioner on YouTube. Bringing 'political intelligence' out of the shadows - Feb. 17. Leave room for the unbelievers. Will multinational corporations someday end up owning all our land?

If this country is so free, I can burn your flag wherever I please. GlobalResearch.ca - Centre for Research on Globalization. The Inside Story on Climate Scientists Under Siege. Constitution.jpg (JPEG Image, 720×720 pixels) ‘Not on my watch’: applies to banks and the navy. Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons. The Joy of Quiet. North Korean Labor Camps. An 18th Century Quote Defines Today's Truth. Agence Global-Article. 100 Things You Can Say To Irritate A Republican. Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle Review.

The Common Sense Coalition. North Korean Film Madness. President, Senate, House Updated Daily. Koch-Fueled Americans For Prosperity Plans Protest Against 'Extremist' Kids Flying Kites In Support Of Wind. Stop-and-Frisk and New York’s Freedom Deficit. How Bryan Fischer is Making Mitt Romney More Conservative. PICS THAT DON'T SUCK!!! D: USAnonreligion. Jonathan Chait on Liberal Disappointment. Police Oust Occupy Wall Street Protesters at Zuccotti Park. NATO in Chicago: Congratulations for subversively preventing free speech and the right to peacefully assemble.