Aug 132015
Great thanks to The Daily Kos and Leslie Salzillo , Daily Kos member “Every day we see and hear lawmakers and people of ‘faith’ using the word of God to hurt others. These hypocrites spew hatred and pass laws against women, blacks, Muslims, LGBT, Hispanics, the mentally ill, the disadvantaged, and the homeless. Yet, if we look at religions, we find most originate in love. Over time, the positive messages of those religions have been twisted and interpreted to fit the selfish and extremists agendas of those who use religion to hate, bully, abuse, and kill others. In his quote, self-proclaimed Christian and Democrat Cory Booker sums up religious hypocrisy in a way that’s hard for anyone to deny.”     Read Complete Article Here Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Oct 162014
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.short URL Published time: October 15, 2014 11:52 A fisherman pulls in his net as an oil tanker is seen at the port in the northwestern city of Duba.(Reuters / Mohamed Al Hwaity) Rosneft Vice President Mikhail Leontyev: “Prices can be manipulative …Saudi Arabia has begun making big discounts on oil. This is political manipulation, Arabis is being manipulated, which could end badly.” A correction is in order; the Saudis are not being manipulated. What the House of Saud is launching is“Tomahawks of spin,” insisting they’re OK with oil at $90 a barrel; also at $80 for the next two years; and even at $50 to $60 for Asian and North American clients. The fact is Brent crude had already fallen to below $90 a barrel because China – and Asia as a whole – was already slowing down economically, although to a lesser degree compared to the West. Production, though, remained high – especially by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – even with very little Libyan and Syrian oil on the market and with Iran forced to cut exports by a million barrels a day because of the US economic war, a.k.a. sanctions. The House of Saud is applying a highly predatory pricing strategy, which boils down to reducing market share of its competitors, in the middle- to long-term. At least in theory, this could make life miserable for a lot of players – from the US (energy development, fracking and deepwater drilling become unprofitable) to producers of heavy, sour crude such as Iran and Venezuela. Yet the key target, make no mistake, is Russia. A strategy that simultaneously hurts Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Ecuador and Russia cannot escape the temptation of being regarded as an “Empire of Chaos” power play, as in Washington cutting a deal with Riyadh. A deal would imply bombing ISIS/ISIL/Daesh leader Caliph Ibrahim is just a prelude to bombing Bashar al-Assad’s forces; in exchange, the Saudis squeeze oil prices to hurt the enemies of the “Empire of Chaos.” Yet it’s way more complicated than that. Sticking it to Washington Russia’s state budget for 2015 requires oil at least at $100 a barrel. Still, the Kremlin is borrowing no more than $7 billion in 2015 from the usual “foreign investors”, plus $27.2 (more…)
Apr 042014
The new voting for dollars game. The United States Supreme Court – The best corporate management, or no management, money can buy. What did they just do? They took the cap off of political money, not just the parties and the pacs but the people as well. Yes, you are thinking there is still a cap on what individuals can contribute to this unbelievable game of “Political Money”. What nobody talks about is that the rules have changed for the individuals as well. What are the new rules for this game – Political Money? The player’s qualifications are one billion dollars or more in the bank. This must be verifiable. There must be candidates, everyone know what a candidate is, an unwitting individual that is sworn to fealty. Usually, this candidate/person is selected by others as a contestant for an office. The board of play is a hologram of the United States where every part contains every other part at the same time. This “hologram” is made up of other “holograms”. These “holograms” are amazing 5 dimensional “holograms”, that is; length, width, height, time and money. The levels of play are the political offices; level 1, the President , level 2, VP and Senator, 3 Representative, 4 Governor and 5 state legislators. The 5 levels/dimensions of the game. The object of the game for the players, is to purchase the fealty of as many candidates as possible before the election(s) The main arsenal for this game is the media in all forms big or little. How do the people fit into this? The people in mass are the forces that are conjured into movement by the candidates. The rules did not change for the players alone , the rules changed for the people as well. Here are my “New Political Money Rules for The People” Fees: new fees for my vote, my fealty, my fidelity to the “lord candidate”. Scale of fees for my vote: Level 1: President, $1,000,000, after ***taxes*** of course. Level 2: VP, Senator,$750,000 Level 3: US Representative, $500,000 Level 4: State Governors, $500,000 Level 5: State legislators, $250,000 Total fees for a national election is $3,000,000 per person for local elections $2,000,000. I must remind you is “one person, one vote”. As all votes are the same, all person’s fees are the same. Equal pay for women. Take Note: Buy the Bundle We do offer a (more…)
Nov 212013
TODAY’S NOTICE This is another attempt at the degradation of the people.  This agreement takes away all of your ability to create anything new and have it belong to you. The TPP takes your intellectual rights and makes it the “CORPORATIONS”.  The following countries have or are at the point of signing on the this agreement. Take Notice, do something! Tyranny exists only if you allow it. M Published on Nov 14, 2013 Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Wikileaks has released another bombshell – this time publishing a portion of text from the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership. Now that the text is out in the open – will lawmakers in Washington finally realize how devastating the TPP is to the American economy?   httpv:// More to notice The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although the TPP covers a wide range of issues, this site focuses on the TPP’s intellectual property (IP) chapter. The TPP suffers from a serious lack of transparency, threatens to impose more stringent copyright without public input, and pressures foreign governments to adopt unbalanced laws.” Alan Grayson On Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Secrecy Hides ‘Assault On Democratic Government’   “Unelected corporate officials are given access to negotiation documents by virtue of their positions on U.S. Trade Representative advisory panels. Corporate representatives account for about 500 of the “cleared advisors” on those panels, while representatives of organized labor, environmental and other groups account for about 100 others. These cleared advisers are not permitted to discuss provisions with the press or the public. On Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Michael Froman, Obama’s nominee to head USTR, asking the agency to release negotiation documents to the public. In the letter, Warren noted that the head labor advisory committee had complained of “severe restrictions” USTR had imposed on the panel’s access to negotiation information. Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 132013
If the us dollar is on the road to collapse, then here is an alert for all of you   Russian lawmaker seeks to ban US dollar, predicts 2017 collapse To protect Russians against the “collapsing US debt pyramid”, a Russian legislator has filed a draft bill to ban circulation of the currency in Russia. Once a Moscow mayoral hopeful, Mikhail Degtyarev, 32, likens the US dollar to a worldwide ponzi scheme which he says is scheduled to end in 2017. “If US national debt continues to grow at its current rate, the dollar system will collapse in 2017,” the submitted draft legislation says.  “In light of this, the fact that confidence in the US dollar is growing among Russian citizens is extremely dangerous,”  Degtyarev wrote in his explanatory note attached to the bill.   The bill would impose a ban on dollars within a year of its passage, and any private citizen holding accounts in dollars would either need to spend the money or convert it to another currency. There is no proposed ban on the euro, British pound, yen, or yuan. If one doesn’t exchange or transfer dollars within a year, the dollars will be seized by officials, and reimbursed in rubles within 30 calendar days.  Under the proposed legislation, Russians would still be able to use dollars abroad and have foreign bank accounts, as well as buy goods on the Internet in dollars.  The Russian government, Central Bank, Foreign Ministry, Federal Treasury, Federal Security Service, and other state branches would be exempt from the law.  To protect Russian nationals, Degtyarev proposes to end dollar transactions and deposits at Russian banks, which would give rise to the ruble, and end dependence on the world’s dominant currency.  Part of the bill aims to restore the prestige of the ruble, which has weakened as the Russian economy battles inflation and slow growth.  Raising the prestige of the ruble by nixing foreign currency isn’t a novel idea- it was practiced during the Soviet Union when holding foreign currencies was illegal. A similar ‘anti-dollar’ proposal was filed by Duma deputies in 2003, but completely flopped.  Moscow, a developing financial center is home to several international corporations, and many companies pay their employees in dollars, or ruble salaries pegged to the dollar.  If the bill garners enough support, it will continue onto as many as three preliminary hearings before being passed into law.  Degtyarev has made a name (more…)
Jun 222011
Published on Truthout ( Thursday 9 June 2011 by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report (Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t [3]; Adapted: Carl Mueller / Flickr [4]) Keith Starvrum stands on the banks of Willapa Bay, where the low tide has revealed long lines of mudflats speckled with empty oyster shells. The sun is making a rare appearance in southwestern Washington State, but the perfect spring weather fails to cheer up the lumbering Starvrum, whose loud outbursts and biting sarcasm keep his employees’ eyes rolling. He served overseas as a special ops soldier in his youth and he has some interesting things to say about the recent uprisings in Arab countries and the CIA’s dirty habit of quietly “rearranging” governments amid apparent political turmoil. But he has a lot more to say about oysters. Starvrum points to a lone oysterman gathering the day’s catch from neighboring mudflats and shakes his head. Starvrum used to harvest oysters from the thick mud exposed by the low tide, but he has not brought in a catch in three years. He refuses to participate in the lucrative business, a traditional mainstay of the local economy, because the pesticides sprayed on adjacent mudflats drifted onto his oyster beds. “That’s why we don’t sell our oysters, ’cause we know what they’re in,” Starvrum says. “But when we do, they will be 100 times better.” Other oystermen have used pesticides to kill pests for generations, but Starvrum did it differently. He harvested oysters by hand, without using chemicals, and hauled them right from the bay to the kitchen of a small hotel on the same property. The rest were shipped to natural foods restaurants. Starvrum says his oyster farm was “as organic as you can be in Willapa Bay.” The pesticides that finally drove Starvrum to cancel his oyster harvests were not sprayed by his fellow oystermen, however. State agencies sprayed the chemicals to combat a saltwater marsh grass “infestation.” Like industrial gardeners weeding a giant brackish plot, government workers came in boats and helicopters, slowly spraying thousands of gallons of herbicides into the bay’s shallow waters. Some call this grass spartina alterniflora and others call it cord grass. Fritzi Cohen just calls it “spartina.” Cohen runs the Moby Dick Hotel and Oyster Farm with Starvrum, and she loves spartina. Cohen says she used the grass to make homemade paper and compost for her garden. (more…)