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Socialism Cannot Save Anything

June 30, 2013

Somebody wrote a piece at The Sleuth Journal, a web site magazine that usually runs interesting and informative pieces about oppressive practices of government:

Socialism Can Save Our Cities & Small Businesses | TheSleuthJournal
http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/socialism-can-save-our-cities-small-businesses/#comment-1077

Socialism cannot save our cities and small businesses, since socialism/fascism caused the problems in the first place!

There’s already too much concentration of economic power in government and quasi-government hands, in lockstep with the very biggest bankers and corporate heads.

* Community owned mortgage banks, and credit unions, are helpless and hopeless against the power of the Federal Reserve Bank. By the way, the Fed is one of a couple hundred central banks around the world, and establishing such central banks was part of the COMMUNIST platform. Why did Karl Marx want to help the most devious of the bankers?

* County or City Owned Power Companies — Oh yeah, that’ll help, There are already a bunch of them, known for cronyism and corruption, because now the political bosses are in charge. They’re not magically made more pure just because they get to boss the lighting utiility, but now they don’t have to worry about saving the owners money, because they’re government!

* The Millionaires Tax — Oh yeah, that’ll help jobs. The guy doesn’t even try to pretend taxing 50% over a million has anything to do with helping the poor, except the proposal for a referendum. Never mind the ethics involved in all socialist and fascist proposals, of stealing money from somebody. Like the bloody Bonnie and Clyde, they “go where the money is”, except it’s less noble than Bonnie and Clyde because at least the robbers want it for themselves, whereas socialists just want to pull them down here to poverty with the rest of us!

How about let them use that money to give a raise to their workers, hire more workers, invest in more productive activity? So what if they sit on it? If it’s in savings, it’s getting loaned out to others doing much more productive activity than for warfare or for agents to spy on us.

* 25% solution — Finally, a good idea, cut down military spending. Better yet, Obama or the president could just order them home immediately, like Ron Paul said he would.

* Public funding of all elections — The worst idea yet. Let government determine who gets a chance at forming part of the government. The most radical election year was 1968 when McCarthy got five millionaire backers to challenge the warfare machine. Those donations would be against the law today, because we already have too much campaign finance reform.

Imagine that. A socialist proposing that legislators like John McCain make the rules for who gets money to campaign against them. Real smart.

* Medicare and dental care for all — except for the ones denied by the one gatekeeper with no recourse and no competition. Better to get government spending out of it altogether and nix the corporate deductions for it –they still today don’t let individuals get the deduction– so the prices will drop to affordable. Instead we got hikes in premiums with the Unaffordable Act, companies are dropping coverage, and dictates all around and the people get less choice than ever. Doctors dropping out too, the best ones that have enough are retiring.. Now functionally illiterate “graduates” of government schools who can’t read cursive are going to take care of us. Thanks a lot, socialism.

* Nationalized weapons industries. — Oh great. Make them as efficient as the post office. By cutting corporations out of the loop for the dictator, it’ll get better? The “profit” in war will be the political cronies. That’ll work as good as it did for education, and that’s going gangbusters, right?

==> I’m not a “talking head” or politician or Old Media. I’m a Ron Paul fan, anathema to Shadow Government. We cannot be accused of shilling for the richest. But socialism is a downhill slippery path to tyranny. There are over 100 million humans sacrificed in the 20th century to the god of government.

But. Socialist talking heads are indeed shills for the richest and most powerful clique of plutocrats on the planet. George Soros is no starving peasant, and he and his peers at the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and a lot more, they fund armies of writers and journalists to write articles that praise socialism on 100s of web sites all over the Internet.

I found that out when I battled the lies in 2009 when Honduras asserted its freedom and sovereignty against the socialist-orchestrated attack on it, when the Obama administration joined Chavez in trying to force that country to put the dictator Zelaya back in, who was running his own auto-coup against his own government and against his republic, using fraud for cover. And 80% of Hondurans backed Micheletti against that Chavez-puppet demagogue.

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More Dark Side from the Empire

June 29, 2013

From the Future of Freedom Foundation:
http://fff.org/2013/06/28/more-dark-side-from-the-empire/

I agree with all the article, but have a comment about this paragraph:

Let’s also not forget the cruel economic impact that the U.S. embargo has had on the Cuban people for decades. It’s been rationalized as a way to fight communism. Never mind that communist-type economic control over the American people is being used to combat communism in Cuba. That’s bad enough. But it also exposes the fake and false rationale of the welfare state and its foreign aid — that U.S. officials just love the poor, needy, and disadvantaged.

It’s impossible here in Miami, my home for the last 15 years, to get away from news about Cuba.

I support a complete lifting of the embargo, and free trade with Cuba. It would remove the embargo excuse for their socialist-derived poverty.

But I have to point out that Cuba’s problem is not just the U.S. embargo. If it were lifted, and Cuba allowed free market reforms –real ones– then they’d do lots better.

There is a story that illustrates it. An official ambulance one sped through the streets of one small town, and it screeched to a halt at a clinic. The occupants rushed to unload what looked like a patient. But it was a pig for the barbecue. An illegal pig. A couple of years ago they made a limited number of farm plots available for first come first serve, and they could grow and sell what they could.

They had trouble finding takers, because they had already done this three times before but then confiscated them again when they got better.

But there are way over 150 other countries that could trade with Cuba and Cuba with them. Their economics has a lot more to do with their socialism than it does the embargo.

The embargo is a cover in fact to give the Cuban regime an excuse for its socialism, somebody to blame it on.

–Alan

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Proven, timeless, pure, and “smart”

June 29, 2013

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Proven, timeless, pure, and “smart” —Amen!

 

politicalconnection

The Mozart effect research indicates that listening to Mozart’s music appears to induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning.” The research suggests that “listening to Mozart makes you smarter”, or that early childhood exposure to classical music has a beneficial effect on mental development. Don Campbell claims benefits far beyond improving spatio-temporal reasoning or raising intelligence, defining the mark as “an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being.” The term was first coined by Alfred A. Tomatis who used Mozart’s music as the listening stimulus in his work attempting to cure a variety of disorders. The approach has been popularized in a book by Don Campbell, and is based on an experiment published in Nature suggesting that listening to Mozart temporarily boosted scores on one portion of the IQ test. As a…

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Dark Reading punts at PRISM-Don’t know much about illegal hacking?

June 27, 2013

I just discovered this article at a “Dark Reading” web site. Funny how an author for a dark-side security information web site does not know much about the dark-side surveillance program the entire world just found out about, now weeks ago, even though there have been whistleblowers telling us about it many years ago now, including in a New York Times article in 2009.

But then again, maybe the title is just the author’s way of saying she wants to stay out of prison, and uses a rhyme to kind of get oblique about it. With what they probably know at Dark Reading, maybe they just want to keep their head attached to their bodies?

Getting Out Of PRISM :
http://www.darkreading.com/monitoring/getting-out-of-prism/240156391?cid=SBX_dr_related_commentary_default_compliance&itc=SBX_dr_related_commentary_default_compliance

…Multiply that by thousands of employees, and it’s pretty clear that nobody’s marching in perfect lockstep. (By the way, this is also why grand conspiracy theories are bunk: Nobody’s that good.)

So entities aren’t monolithic, and there is always something going on behind the scenes that you don’t know about — and that might change your opinion on what you do know. For anything that sounds wrong, there is generally a reason behind it that made good sense at the time. This is why I’m not going to opine about the topic of national surveillance: I don’t have enough background information (and I probably never will).

“Nobody’s that good”, they always say. If there was such a massive conspiracy, they couldn’t hide it.

And they roll right over the contradiction without thinking. Hey, guys! They DIDN’T hide it, because now we KNOW about it, and they’re EXPOSED. You think talking about tin-foil hats says anything about anything? You trust a stranger to follow your young girl’s whereabouts and teen parties?

It’s simple. Even for a geek. You’ve got “nothing to hide”, but do you open your bedroom curtains and put a web cam to broadcast your nightly dalliances? Why not? It’s all legal activity, isn’t it? Or is it? And how much of what you do every day is illegal? How do you know, there are 100s of 1000s of pages of laws in this here land now. How can you know you never do anything illegal?

That’s a copout, not that I blame you. I do my own cautionary behaviors. The title says “Getting out of PRISM”, a very clever title, because everybody wants to “get out of PRISM”. We all want a get-out-of-jail (prison) free card too. But pleading ignorance will not save us from guilt.

You don’t have to be an expert to know what is already publicly known.

#1. We know what PRISM is. You know what it is. Your write for a technical web site that purports to be a source for information on exactly this kind of security topic. Besides, by now maybe even your grandmother knows what it is.

[Insert note: With what I saw in a video clip of interviews with
college kids, maybe you don’t know]

You could at least say you’re against it. How hard is that? “I am against universal national surveillance”. See? Or do you know something we don’t? A national surveillance state easily becomes a national police state. This is not “rocket science”, and it’s not even technical. It’s easy.

You could even reference the Electronic Freedom Foundation. They do have plenty of experts that have plenty of background information about this program and its army of cousins, and maybe some that did not get the attention that Snowden did.

And keep in mind there were several whistle-blowers before this one. Back in the day, the Establishment Press could not contain itself enough in praising Elsberg for the Pentagon Papers. My, how things have changed. At this stage, we can tell who is “Establishment Media” by how much they support the official line of the government, or cover up its secrets, or spin an unfortunate spill of secrets. Yep, applies to this UBM web site too I guess.

But the future is not written in stone. There are reasons they did not want this publicized, and there are reasons they want to track each and every one of us. Note the questions the Intelligence Committee in the House did NOT ask the NSA guys in the hearing the other day.

Even the purported maverick Michelle Bachman showed her timidity in her questions and carefully avoiding the hard-hitting followups that should have been asked. Do you listen on calls, she asked. The answer was that they do not “routinely” blah blah. And as to listening in on phone calls, he said, they have to get court orders before they can use the content of phone calls or emails in the courts. Give it a name: The D.C. Two-Step. Dodge to the right, dodge to the left. Shimmy right, shimmy left. Enough to make you dizzy.

The Fourth.

www.trutherator.wordpress.com

Ethnic cleansing & Anti-Christian massacres– going on in Syria with USA help

June 25, 2013

Syria Militants Massacre Christian Village Population (Graphic Images) | Syria Report: http://syriareport.net/syria-militants-massacre-christian-village/

We have seen this before, with the annihilation of a town of 10,000 dark-skinned Africans in Tawarga:
http://news.antiwar.com/2011/09/13/disappeared-thousands-of-libyan-blacks-turn-up-missing-in-rebel-offensives/ Do you remember all those reports of “friendly fire” when United States forces fired missiles into caravans of refugees escaping from Kosovo during that war, resulting in hundreds of deaths of civilians?

It was well-known at the time that the “NATO” forces (almost all US military) were throwing their fire onto targets that the KLA were “marking” for them, coordinates that KLA forces on the ground were giving them. The KLA just months before had been on the USA official list of terrorist organizations.

What was criminally under-reported by international media then was that these were not actually “mistakes”. The KLA officers knew that those targets were caravans of people who were not just civilians, but mostly CHRISTIANS who were trying to flee from Kosovo Liberation Army governed areas.

So the USA helped the terrorist organization become the government in Kosovo.

We also know that the USA helped the Muslim Brotherhood take power in Egypt, it was not all so spontaneous as reported, the same organization that is also Hamas in the Gaza strip, in southern “Palestine” (at the south end of “Israel”).

We also know that American Special Forces joined with smaller numbers of their counterparts from other European nations in Libya to wage a war that was unconstitutional for the USA, and aided and abetted the genocide there against their darker-skinned population, which had been treated with some fairness apparently under Gaddafi, who had won their loyalty.

We now know that the “rebels” in Libya had a habit of cutting crosses into the corpses of the blacks that they killed. We also know that the Libyan arsenals are now scattered into the hands of the rebels across North Africa that Obama’s State Department aided with even more heavy weapons that have joined the rest of them in al-Qaeda type criminal organizations. These are not “Muslims” per se, they are a Mafia meant to enforce their own hegemony, not a “consensus” caliphate. The Jesuits have their secret operations but apparently has not come close to the depravity of these “rebels”.

We also know that attention to the scandal of the week is turning attention away from the other scandals. It is difficult to pay attention to more than one thing at a time. That’s why the administration spokesmen are now talking about “metadata” instead of the practice of listening to any phone calls of Americans on whim. Don’t look there, look here.

That’s why the scandals all have to be put into the framework of the real problem. That is, citizens do not have control over their own lives or who is watching them.

We also know that the major international news agencies and the Powers-That-Be-Approved “mainstream” international media did a major cover-up of many of these facts, because they are real news. Why? I do not pretend to know the motivations of each one who might have decided not to make a story of it or mention it. It did get out to many, however, obviously, but through the alternative media, the “New Media”.

Now, a lot of us have lived with Muslims. “Preventive measures” are not necessary against a predicted evil, because then the warmongers win. I felt more rapport with a Muslim co-worker at one place, than I did the other co-workers. We both were good-natured in our conversations about our respective beliefs, and respected each other’s rights to say and do, and even tried to “convert” each other. Free speech is all about convincing somebody, so ALL laws against “proselytizing” are laws against dissenting from whoever is in power.

America is best off if she brings all her troops home from overseas, TODAY. One “executive order” would do it. Why aren’t ALL the leftists demanding this? Because all or most of them are FALSE FRONT organization meant to control the population in psy-operations. Started with Karl Marx. Not until recently did I realize the disconnect between (1) the rhetoric about the poor and the working class, and (2) the demand in the Communist Manifesto platform for a Central Bank in every nation in the world. That number two, is a demand that all nations’ economies, and currencies, be put into the hands of a few bankers.

We have to tell the warfare-welfare state that the gig is up, give it up already, we don’t like getting spied on, droned on, and we want the Constitution respected instead of “case law”, we want the governments out of our bedrooms, our living rooms, our light bulbs, our houses, our pocketbooks.

 

Phil Zimmerman is in the news again… Get encryption

June 24, 2013

Phil Zimmerman has long been a hero to people who respect the right as recognized in the Fourth Amendment of the United States. He’s the one who open-sourced PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy“) that can protect your communications from private spying by others, but also apparently protects it from government.

Privacy services companies stand up against Big Brother — RT News:
http://rt.com/news/privacy-services-companies-boom-142/

Got nothing to hide? It seems like it’s the government that has plenty to hide –from US THE PEOPLE!

Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be

Persecution of liberty-minded by quasi-official state organizations too

June 24, 2013

Liberal State Bar Spends Three Years Going After Lawyer For Being Conservative Blogger: http://intellectualconservative.com/index.php/liberal-state-bar-spends-three

Michelle Malkin | Bloggers under fire: Arizona conservative lawyer/activist targeted by left-wing Arizona State Bar «
http://michellemalkin.com/2012/06/09/bloggers-under-fire-arizona-conservative-lawyeractivist-targeted-by-left-wing-arizona-state-bar/

Conservatives must learn that government is not their friend, the warfare machine is not their friend.

With the recent NSA revelations, it is now public knowledge that the Big Brother surveillance state is already here, and with the IRS revelations we see that the Big Brother police state is fast oncoming. The counter-balance is the fast-rising awareness of the public in the United States, and spreading around the world, of this regime and the attacks on liberty.

But the powers that be, the “they”, are neither omniscient nor omnipotent. That is why “they” are still in the shadows, whoever they are. But it is becoming ever more apparent to ever more people that the average European did not push their leaders to homogenize, but their “elites” and their political class foisted it on them. Americans are ever more aware that the political class does not do their bidding. To Americans it is becoming more clear with each passing week, that the elected representatives they send to Washington and to their state capitals seem to obey other interests instead of their constituents.

Maybe this is why Congressmen and news pundits say they don’t care about Big Brother watching

June 23, 2013
English: Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower

English: Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On – and Blackmailing – Top Government Officials and Military Officers | Washington’s Blog:
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spying-on-and-blackmailing-high-level-government-officials-and-military-officers.html

 

Whistleblower Says Spy Agency Targeting Top American Leaders

 

NSA whistleblower Russel Tice – a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping – told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frogs Post (the website of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds):

 

Tice: Okay. They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial. But they went after other ones, too. They went after lawyers and law firms. All kinds of–heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House–their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. international–U.S. companies that that do international business, you know, business around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. They went after NGOs that–like the Red Cross, people like that that go overseas and do humanitarian work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups. So, you know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this stuff in my hand and looked at it. And in some cases, I literally was involved in the technology that was going after this stuff. And you know, when I said to [former MSNBC show host Keith] Olbermann, I said, my particular thing is high tech and you know, what’s going on is the other thing, which is the dragnet. The dragnet is what Mark Klein is talking about, the terrestrial dragnet. Well my specialty is outer space. I deal with satellites, and everything that goes in and out of space. I did my spying via space. So that’s how I found out about this.

Collins: Now Russ, the targeting of the people that you just mentioned, top military leaders, members of Congress, intelligence community leaders and the–oh, I’m sorry, it was intelligence committees, let me correct that–not intelligence community, and then executive branch appointees. This creates the basis, and the potential for massive blackmail.

Tice: Absolutely! And remember we talked about that before, that I was worried that the intelligence community now has sway over what is going on. Now here’s the big one. I haven’t given you any names. This was is summer of 2004. One of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with, with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives right now, would you? It’s a big white house in Washington, DC. That’s who they went after. And that’s the president of the United States now.

 

 

What Prism Knows: 8 Metadata Facts – Security – Government and

June 21, 2013

What Prism Knows: 8 Metadata Facts:
http://www.informationweek.com/security/government/what-prism-knows-8-metadata-facts/240156956?pgno=2

This paragraph in particular caught my attention, and I don’t think it even includes the IRS-written additions to the tax code as passed by Congress:

With persistent surveillance, Marlinspike said one fear is that by capturing so much information on U.S. citizens, a determined investigator could likely find some type of charges to file against a suspect, given that legal experts estimate that on the books. “If the federal government had access to every email you’ve ever written and every phone call you’ve ever made, it’s almost certain that they could find something you’ve done which violates a provision in the 27,000 pages of federal statutes or 10,000 administrative regulations,” said Marlinspike. “You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet.”

And get this juicy bit, notice how this Mr. Lewis makes a real sneaky case, like an illusionist trick I’ll explain:

How much metadata should the government be allowed to capture or use? “The drafters of the Constitution did not propose some absolute right to privacy; they … saw privacy as a means to achieve a larger goal, to protect political liberties,” said James A. Lewis, a senior fellow and director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in a blog post.

His argument: if it safeguards people’s political liberties, then capturing metadata is a useful technique. “The essential political rights are freedom of expression and assembly, freedom from arbitrary detention, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” Lewis said. “If these four rights are protected, surveillance is immaterial in its effect on civil liberties.”

He points to four essential “political liberties” as if they are the ones that count, as if they are the only ones that count. Note that he left out another very important one, the one that is DIRECTLY violated by the NSA practices (and no doubt by every

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am4.html

Massive metadata collection is absolutely UNREASONABLE. We all know that. Blabbing on about these other four “rights” reminds me of the rich young ruler that obeyed four commandments, but he failed on the biggest one, because he loved his riches more than God.

Ron Paul on Obama’s Syria WMD Claim – YouTube

June 20, 2013
Ron Paul at the 2007 National Right to Life Co...

Ron Paul at the 2007 National Right to Life Convention, held at Crown Center Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, MO; June 15, 2007, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watch Ron Paul‘s comments about the Syrian escalation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0CgAP_gBEPQ#at=17