This surprised the hell out of me. What surprises me more is that Jolie isn’t taking this opportunity to call for a war on cancer. I don’t know how anyone touched by this disease doesn’t, at some point, wonder why the government spends trillions on banks and fighting terror but only millions on fighting the disease that is kills so many more people than terrorists do. We all know someone with cancer. I’ve known several. How many of us know victims of terrorists? Not very many.
I hope Jolie will do the next logical thing and demand we fight cancer with the same vigor that we’ve been fighting terror for the last 12 years.
Bernard von NotHaus, a professed monetary architect, will soon be sentenced for minting and distributing a form of private money called the Liberty Dollar.
And a bit more:
Described by some as “the Rosa Parks of the constitutional currency movement,” Mr. von NotHaus managed over the last decade to get more than 60 million real dollars’ worth of his precious metal-backed currency into circulation across the country — so much, and with such deep penetration, that the prosecutor overseeing his case accused him of “domestic terrorism” for using them to undermine the government.
So it’s legal for the Federal Reserve to create money but we, as American citizens, aren’t allowed to create competition for the USD? It’s not like the Liberty Dollar is created from thin air like the US Dollar is. The Liberty Dollar is paid for with USD. The difference, I believe is, that a Liberty Dollar will always be worth the gold it is made of.
Of course, that gold’s value can go up and down but not with the ease the USD is amde to go up and down by the Federal Reserve (some might find that debatable, I suppose).
Another of course is that if the USG goes after the Liberty Dollar guys, I wonder how long it’ll be before the Bitcoin offices get raided.
Sadly, real life is getting to be a pain in the ass and I’m finding myself forced to consolidate my efforts online even more than I already have. I’ll continue posting stuff like I have on Website666.com but I’ll be doing it on my lifeblog at http://thepete.com/life or on my Tumblr. So please follow me in either place or on Twitter.
This blog will stay up but I’ll probably transfer all the posts in it to my lifeblog and to my Tumblr. Eventually, I may take the blog down entirely just because I’m a bit OCD and I like things tidy.
Damn, I really wanted to keep this site going. I just have too much to do in real life and in my virtual one. 2011 has been the year of realizing the difference between what I am capable of doing and what time, itself, will allow me to do. That process has helped me decide what is most important to me as a creator and a concerned citizen. So, I hope you’ll check out my other projects at the links mentioned above. I’ll definitely carry on my contrarian thinking policies as that’s the only way to make the world a better place.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll continue to follow my exploits at one of the locations above. Take care and please remember to question everything!!
I’m having a really hard time understanding my country right now. I’m seeing an overwhelming amount of apathy, laced with immaturity, on a level that is unbearable.
Democrats, Republicans, and every other bastard in Washington (minus a few like Kucinich, Paul, Sanders) do not give a single shit for any one of us unless it makes them richer, or more powerful. For years they’ve continued on a path that makes them, and their friends richer, while letting the people they are elected to represent starve economically & figuratively.
Two months ago today, a small group of people started to protest, they’ve had enough. They decide to finally take a stand, in a way no politician has in decades. The small group, begins to grow. Do we welcome them with open arms? Some do, some don’t care and the rest condemn them. Call them lazy, smelly, unpatriotic, hippie scum, liberal idiots with no direction. I’m sorry, I thought this was the fucking Land Of Opportunity. What kind of bullshit American Dream exists where you graduate school with $80k in student debt, can’t find a job, can’t afford health insurance and when you stand up to protest, you are met with rubber bullets, pepper spray, and batons. Yet hardly anyone cares that their friends, family and neighbors rights are being tossed in the shitter. We have a President who openly supported Egypts right to free assembly, but doesn’t seem to care one bit that police across the country are playing batting practice on peaceful protesters. It’s entirely unacceptable.
I think it’s about time we redefine what “patriotic” is, because it’s not about wearing t-shirts will Bald Eagles breaking through them on fire holding an American Flag in it’s talons while shooting fireworks and drinking Bud Light, the official beer of freedom. Patriotism is caring enough about your country that you will stand outside for two months straight in an attempt to make a better, stronger, smarter country where everyone can succeed, and not just the ones who can afford a lobbyist in D.C.
One thing that’s been consistent, probably since America Day 1, is our country’s friendliness toward businesses. Pick up some real history books (ok this one) and learn about how the American government has always protected the rich and how American wars have always been a racket.
I don’t think it’s time we redefine “patriotism” at all. I think it’s time we redefine what is important to us as a species. Is it better that America respects human rights? Or that all governments on planet Earth do? Is it more important that the planet’s economy is strong? Or that we have something that maybe isn’t an “economy” at all that can better protect human rights and guarantee human advancement?
What we’re seeing now is the tipping point between Capitalism/Globalism kinda-sorta-working and it utterly crumbling around the ears of 99% of the Earth’s population. Does anyone really want to protect/support the country that was the Number One proponent of the Capitalist/Globalist system for nearly a century?
America has always been a tool for the rich. All our borders give us is an excuse to not care about the rest of the world.
As protesters find new ways to “Occupy Wall Street”, major financial firms have been busy handing out pink slips this week.
It’s the second week of what’s expected to be a brutal season for job cuts as big banks have already announced that there will roughly 75,000 fewer people working at their firms.
Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase commenced new rounds of job cuts this week, following the lead of Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and RBS.
Most of the layoffs at Bank of America this week came from the firm’s investment banking and capital markets divisions, according to a source close to the firm. A Bank of America spokesperson declined to comment. In September, Bank of America announced planned cuts of 30,000 employees over the next several years.
JPMorgan Chase’s spokesperson wouldn’t discuss whether any jobs had been cut or any numbers. “There were no job cuts beyond those previously announced months ago.”
In the firm’s third quarter earnings conference call, JPMorgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon said the firm would see a reduction in headcount but no major layoffs. Sources familiar with the bank’s activities this week said that a number of traders were handed pink slips this week.
“Things have gotten pretty bad, pretty fast,” said Richard Lipstein, managing director of the executive search firm Boyden. Lipstein said he’s seen a big uptick in jobseekers over the past two weeks, particularly among midlevel executives.
Mid-to-late November is typically the season for layoffs, as banks want to avoid making cuts during the holidays in December. By doing it before year-end, these employees aren’t eligible for bonuses. (more)
Silver lining: New dissidents for OWS.
They aren’t really thinking are they….
No, the rich folks just aren’t getting it. It’s like they WANT it to get so bad that violence happens. It’s like they really ARE stuck-up assholes like we’ve all been saying.
“I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.”—
BRING IT! I’m sick of people pretending that we don’t live in a corporate police state simply because America doesn’t look like the novel “1984”. These American frogs clearly need the water they’re cooking in to start bubbling or else they’re never going to realize that smell is them simmering in their own juices.
"The get a job" crowd clearly have jobs but zero imagination or compassion. Assholes.
1) We’re not born alone. Our mother is there and at least one other person, like a doctor or a midwife. Sometimes even our dad is there.
2) We don’t live alone. Even if we never marry and never have roommates, most of us have neighbors and, beyond that, every single one of our lives depends on the existence of other people.
3) Sure, some of us do die alone, but very rarely does it have to be that way.
4) That last sentence is so incredibly cynical that it’s almost not worth commenting on.
But seriously, if we were truly alone, we’d not have electricity in our homes, or food in the grocery store, or clothes to wear. Every damn moment of the day we are touched by other people. Just because Orson Welles was a great film maker, that’s no reason to ignore the fact that he was a self-centered white guy who was an egotistical drama queen.
We are not alone.
Only through our relationships with others can we make sure that none of us feel alone. Only through our own emotions, our acts of caring, and our lack of self-centered tendencies can we help each other and ourselves understand and feel like we are truly not alone.
It’s this kind of nihilistic BS that encourages selfish behavior. Orson, you could make a really good movie, but you were a freaking drama queen.
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America leaves so many "normal" people behind, it's sadly no wonder transgendered are, too.
This is beyond wrong, but utterly unsurprising. Found via btx91:
“The average life span of a transgendered person is twenty-three years. The statistic is shocking, until it begins to make sense. Gender non-conformists face routine exclusion and violence. Transgendered people are disproportionately poor, homeless, and incarcerated. Many of the systems and facilities intended to help low-income people are sex-segregated and thereby alienate those who don’t comply with state-imposed categories. A trans woman may not be able to secure a bed in a homeless shelter, for example. Spade writes that just as the feminist movement tended to “focus on gender-universalized white women’s experience as ‘women’s experience,’” the lesbian- and gay-rights movement has focused primarily on a white, middle-class politic, centered on marriage and mainstream social mores.”
FUCKING READ THIS SHIT. NEXT TIME ANYONE THINKS IT’S OKAY TO RAG ON TRANS* PEOPLE (BECAUSE LOLOL THEIR EXISTENCE IS JUST SO FUNNY, ISN’T IT FUNNY THAT SOME PEOPLE AREN’T EXACTLY LIKE ME), I AM GOING TO PRINT THIS QUOTE OUT AND STAPLE IT TO THE ASSHOLE’S FOREHEAD. Fucking read this shit and think hard, think as hard as you can, about how tragic this is. Your tittering and joking and mocking and bullying — which is, painfully obviously, motivated by an indoctrinated discomfort that you are too ignorant or complacent to question the morality of — is what facilitates violence against the trans* community. No, you don’t have to personally pull the trigger, or raise your fist, or deny care and shelter.
All you have to do is systematically dehumanize. All you have to do is deny the weight of your words and the pedestal of your privilege, ignore the suffering that you can conveniently shrug off after an insensitive SNL skit or forum post because what does it matter to me if these people are dying?
If you are not foaming-at-the-mouth angry right now, read that first sentence again (unless you’d like to protect your blood pressure, in which case have a soothing non-invasive hug from me right now).
Just a reminder: The USG likes to trump up Terrorist threats, like that last one.
I spotted this tweet two weeks ago and opened it in a tab but then forgot to blog about it. Basically, it’s proof, once again, that the USG doesn’t like to bother with actual terrorists. Instead preferring to pretend people with intent but without means deserve to be arrested for wrongthinking and being stupid enough to trust an FBI plant who is pretending to be someone he isn’t. So, here’s the tweet:
From @BreakingNews: “More: US officials say their assessment of some Iranian leaders’ plot knowledge is based on history, analysis, not hard evidence - @Reuters”
See, evidence is that thing you need to convict another human of a crime since all humans are guaranteed certain rights regardless of nationality, gender, religion or sexual preference. At least, I thought that was the case before American citizen Al-Awlaki got blown up by a drone. So apparently, you don’t need a court OR evidence to decide someone is a terrorist.
Trust in government is at an all-time low. That’s not because Washington is too heavy-handed with Wall Street. Quite the contrary! The American people are angry and disillusioned because they see our government act boldly to protect Wall Street CEOs but not ordinary Americans. When Wall Street needed a $700 billion bailout, the government was there for them. When working families need an end to excessive oil speculation and real relief at the gas pump, the government has failed to act.
The same Dodd-Frank bill that required commodity regulators to limit speculators included my amendment calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve from Dec. 1, 2007, to July 21, 2010, the period of the financial crisis. What we learned was that the Fed provided $16 trillion in secret, low-interest loans to every major American financial institution and to other central banks, large corporations and wealthy individuals. The audit provision was vigorously opposed by the Federal Reserve chairman. It was right, however, that the veil of secrecy at the Fed was lifted and the American people learned about its actions.
This sums it up. The USG effectively fails to oversee the Fed and giving out loans of $16 trillion seriously fucks with our economy. Think about it: 16 trillion new dollars injected into our economy. It’s a miracle the USD is worth anything at this point. It’s like we’re injecting water into our bloodstream because we think the more liquid is in our veins and arteries the more blood we have. So, when the USG doesn’t bother to audit the Fed like they’re supposed to and when the USG openly bails out big businesses and banks, it makes We, The People, wonder just what the hell government is there for.
"…for the people, by the people," my ass. More like "for banks and corporations, by the guys who used to run them."
Read the rest of Sanders’ piece on his website and learn about how oil prices are being artificially hiked by excessive futures speculation.
The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York’s OWS movement and protesters elsewhere. But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world’s transnational corporations (TNCs).
“Reality is so complex, we must move away from dogma, whether it’s conspiracy theories or free-market,” says James Glattfelder. “Our analysis is reality-based.” […]
The work, to be published in PloS One, revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships. Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What’s more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms - the “real” economy - representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues.
When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies - all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity - that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.
“Did God have a mother?” Children, when told that God made the heavens and the earth, innocently ask whether God had a mother. This deceptively simple question has stumped the elders of the church and embarrassed the finest theologians, precipitating some of the thorniest theological debates over the centuries. All the great religions have elaborate mythologies surrounding the divine act of Creation, but none of them adequately confronts the logical paradoxes inherent in the question that even children ask.”—
Awesome to see scientists brave enough to speak openly about the absurdities of religion. In science everyone and everything has a “mother”. It’s called causality. If God created the universe, who created God? If my child asked me, I’d explain: “We humans did because we felt too insecure about our own existence to believe that we were not created on purpose.”
To which, my child would likely reply: “But mommy said I was an accident.”
"Ah! Well, that doesn’t make you any less special, does it?"
Will Obama swap Bidon for Hillary Clinton? Interesting possibilities, and Woodward says it’s being discussed.
No, no, no way is Obama swapping Biden for Clinton. Back in 91, there was talk of HW Bush swapping out Dan Quayle for Dick Cheney. Ironically, Dick Cheney said he wasn’t interested in politics >_< The point is, there’s often talk of swapping out VPs, but has it ever happened? Seriously, I want to know, because I don’t ever remember it happening in my lifetime.
From Gideon Rose’s How Wars End, on U.S. public opinion toward Japan in 1944:
In response to a December 1944 poll asking “what do you think we sould do with Japan as a country after the war?” 13 percent of Americans wanted to “kill all Japanese” and 33 percent wanted to destroy Japan as a political entity. The poll’s comparable question on Germany did not even include the first option.
Of course it didn’t. Because killing all Germans? That would be monstrous.
And while the Japanese did commit war crimes, to the best of my knowledge, they didn’t have death camps like Germany. So, are we lame, or what?
OK, so it seems this grand announcement was premature, especially as the OPERA research had yet to be reviewed by peers in the field. It’s little wonder that a flood of publications contradicting the OPERA results hit the arXiv preprint server faster than the (alleged) neutrinos themselves!
But was this a bad thing? Did CERN deliberately jump the gun? Was it the media’s fault for blowing the whole thing out of proportion?
“A dramatic claim from a distinguished laboratory that turns out to be false reinforces the notion that somehow science is not to be trusted, that one can dismiss theories one finds inconvenient, even those whose predictions do agree with observations,” he said.
STUPID SCIENCE! So wrong!! I’m going go back to religion now. It’s NEVER wrong!!
“Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring — not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive.”—
This is why, for now, I think the human race is doomed. We seem to be terminally distracted by petty, useless things while our world nears a point where it can no longer support our existence. Hell, so many people treat the economy like a living creature with a right and a need to exist. No one ever points out that the economy exists to serve humankind—to help make our lives easier. So we piss on our planet because using a toilet would cost too much money.
If there was an alternative to Earth, I’d choose it right about now.
So no. No atheists can say whether there is a god or not. Instead they can repeat the same stupid answers, and assume a person asking this question is religious. There may be proof of evolution, there is no proof of where we came from, who caused this big bang, why there is water and sun and sex and science. Where is the proof of where all of these things came from.
Ignorant atheists, denying the existence of something else in the world is so narrow minded and boring. Isn’t it nice to sometimes wonder why you are at home sitting on a computer looking at people doing better shit than you, and how you got there?
I apologize for not being able to reply to your entire post, but I wanted to point out, this far into your reply that you’re describing a need for science, not for a god. And science has provided answers to most of the questions you bring up. Science explains why sex exists and how the sun came to be and even why we use religion to explain things we can’t explain with science.
Don’t call atheists ignorant because they don’t believe in a 2000 year-old book. Hell, don’t call anyone ignorant because that’s just rude. The point is, atheists need evidence to know that something exists. Religious types don’t. Religious types don’t need to do research or experiments to prove to themselves that there is a God. They’ve already made up their minds and many of them close those minds to the things science discovers.
Good scientists can’t have closed minds because science is discovering something new all the time. Science changing is proof that science has an open mind.
And if, one day, science can prove the existence of God, I’ll change my position.
I’ll try to reply more to your reply if I can cut a hole in my schedule. I apologize for not being able to do so now. Regardless, thanks for the reply.
“They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
Every year, on the second Monday of October, the United States celebrates Christopher Columbus’ landing in the Americas. Columbus’ official siting of new land was October 12, 1492.
Columbus, a native of Italy, scoured Europe for royal sponsors of his expedition to find the New World. Finally, in…
"LIAR" indeed, Falconieri. Aren’t we all educated enough to understand that it’s kinda lame celebrating the genocidal asshole who didn’t really discover America and only did that because he was looking for India? Yeah, let’s celebrate a man so greedy and cruel that he would order the hands of locals chopped off if they didn’t bring him gold.
It’s pretty disgusting how we still pat ourselves on the back for “taming” this continent.
If I had a dayjob, I’d go into work today, anyway.
“Forgive me if I don’t give a fuck about hippy protesting, I go the other route of busting my ass day & night to better my life.”
Adam Tilzer, lead musician of the Avon Junkies
Pardon me if I couldn’t give a fuck for your cynical, simplistic, hipster bullshit, but you can go fuck yourself. I’ve never even heard of you or your band so congratulations on all of your “ass busting”. It was really worth it. Now go fuck yourself you apathetic bastard.
Now, see what your attitude brings to the table? Animosity.
This is why people are protesting in the first place—because of all the animosity toward them. There needs and concerns are being ignored. And check it out, you just continued the circle. Congrats on being part of the problem!