Saturday, May 5, 2012

1,600 Palestinians on hunger strike and the world doesn¿t even bat an eyelid: Compelling eye witness dispatch from the Israeli internment jails threatening a new Arab Spring | Mail Online

1,600 Palestinians on hunger strike and the world doesn¿t even bat an eyelid: Compelling eye witness dispatch from the Israeli internment jails threatening a new Arab Spring | Mail Online: "The last letter Thaer Hahlaleh wrote to his wife Shireen was delivered by the Red Cross a few days before he began to refuse all nourishment on February 29."

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Bahrain arrests main human rights activist Nabeel Rajab — RT

Bahrain arrests main human rights activist Nabeel Rajab — RT: "He claimed that major Arab channels have been ignoring the crackdown on protesters in Bahrain because they are controlled by the same ruling families, who do not want to see any pro-democracy uprisings in their kingdoms. “When it comes to Bahrain, this is the last thing the Saudis want to see – a revolution in Bahrain… which is going to have a negative impact on Saudi Arabia.”"

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OpEdNews - Article: New York Times Publishes Hate Ad

OpEdNews - Article: New York Times Publishes Hate Ad: "New York Times Publishes Hate Ad
Shame doesn't adequately describe it. by Stephen Lendman

The Times notoriously provides one-sided Israel/Palestine coverage. Jewish rights and all things Israel matter. Palestinians don't count. "

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Two Kentucky teens plead guilty to hate crime after targeting gay man | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com

Two Kentucky teens plead guilty to hate crime after targeting gay man | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com: "According to a federal indictment returned this week, the two men wanted to attack Pennington and got the two women to lure him to go with them, on the promise they would help Pennington buy Suboxone, a pain medication used to treat addiction to opiates. Many people abuse it.

The four took Pennington to a secluded spot at Kingdom Come State Park, and Jason and Anthony Jenkins dragged him out of the pickup and beat him, according to court documents."

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‘Beyond Debate’ - NYTimes.com

‘Beyond Debate’ - NYTimes.com:

'via Blog this'This treatment was indisputably cruel, inhumane and shocking, in breach of the minimum standard required for anyone in American custody, especially a citizen. Some of it was torture, though Mr. Padilla should not have had to prove that to show his treatment was unconstitutional.

Another March to War? | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

Another March to War? | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone: "You can just feel it: many of the same newspapers and TV stations we saw leading the charge in the Bush years have gone back to the attic and are dusting off their war pom-poms. CNN’s house blockhead, the Goldman-trained ex-finance professional Erin Burnett, came out with a doozie of a broadcast yesterday, a Rumsfeldian jeremiad against the Iranian threat would have fit beautifully in the Saddam’s-sending-drones-at-New-York halcyon days of late 2002. Here’s how the excellent Glenn Greenwald described Burnett’s rant:"

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Erin Burnett: Voice of the People - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Erin Burnett: Voice of the People - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: "Here’s some background about this former NBC News business reporter and current CNN news host, from an article last week:"

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Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy

Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy: "Salon's Glenn Greenwald, who has written extensively on U.S. media coverage of Iran in recent weeks, described the Post story as a "monument to mindless stenographic journalism" and -- along with a Foreign Affairs piece on an al Qaeda-Iran connection -- as part of "a concerted media-aided fear-mongering campaign aimed at Iran.""

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Erin Burnett: Worst of the worst - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Erin Burnett: Worst of the worst - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: "The CNN host speaks on the "frightening" Iranian threat in ways that have to be seen to be believed VIDEO"

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NBC News’ top hagiographer - Salon.com

NBC News’ top hagiographer - Salon.com: "The role of Brian Williams is to glorify political and military leaders, but he really outdid himself last night
BY GLENN GREENWALD"

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More federal judge abdication - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

More federal judge abdication - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com: "The abdication of U.S. federal judges in the post-9/11 era, and their craven subservience to Executive Branch security claims, has been a topic I’ve written about several times over the past couples of weeks. "

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Killing 21 civilians by Israeli troops was ‘not a war crime’ – says Israeli Army | An Phoblacht

Killing 21 civilians by Israeli troops was ‘not a war crime’ – says Israeli Army | An Phoblacht: "THE Israeli military have cleared their troops of any wrongdoing over the 5 January 2009 killing of 21 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip."

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Cagle Post » Carnival Cruises Pay Below International Standards

Cagle Post » Carnival Cruises Pay Below International Standards: Carnival Cruise staff on UK ships are paid $1.20 an hour or $400 a month in basic wages, according to new documents seen by the Guardian newspaper. These workers lose their tips, which work out to roughly 15 percent of wages, unless they get at least a 92 percent favorable rating from customers.

Maher to Romney: Giving to your ‘ridiculous church’ doesn’t count as charity | The Raw Story

Maher to Romney: Giving to your ‘ridiculous church’ doesn’t count as charity | The Raw Story

Friday, May 4, 2012

Activist Post: 5 Liberal Celebrities Recently Burned By The Obama Administration

Activist Post: 5 Liberal Celebrities Recently Burned By The Obama Administration: "Five in one week...

You've probably heard about a couple of the run-ins the following celebrities experienced. It's not just the ire of celebrities that catches media attention, but the fact that it's liberal celebrities angry at Obama, and quite a few of them recently.

Yeah, yeah, celebrities schmelebrities – but what is it about the Administration that has liberal celebrities so outspoken about the country's head they once wholeheartedly supported?

And how is this "public servant" handling it?
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If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made | Intrepid Report.com

If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made | Intrepid Report.com: On April 23, speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama told his assembled audience that as president “I’ve done my utmost . . . to prevent and end atrocities.”

Thursday, May 3, 2012

World Press Freedom Day: The U.S. Must Lead By Example | Electronic Frontier Foundation

World Press Freedom Day: The U.S. Must Lead By Example | Electronic Frontier Foundation: But as the State Department touts its press freedom record in a press release today and encourages other countries to improve their own laws, it’s also important to critically look at the U.S.’s current approach to press freedom, in particular their statement that “the United States honors and supports media freedom at home and abroad.”

Alleged US Army doc: re-education camps and psy-op missions aimed at activists — RT

Alleged US Army doc: re-education camps and psy-op missions aimed at activists — RT: The PDF made available is dated February 2010 but has only now been leaked online. A copy of the document has been uploaded to the website PublicIntelligence.net for viewing, and additionally a version appears to be hosted on the US Military’s Doctrine and Training Publications page at armypubs.us.army.mil, although access to papers published there are unavailable to those without the Pentagon’s authorization, therefore making it impossible to verify the authenticity of the manual at this time. The military site that appears to host a copy has also implemented security measures on its servers that it cautions visitors are “not for your personal benefit or privacy.”

The United States Military ... a Crusader Force?

The United States Military ... a Crusader Force?: Confidential MRFF sources have conclusively confirmed that VMFA-122 F/A-18 Hornet jets have just been repainted to reflect last month's name change. Base commanders have confirmed that the new artwork is identical to that shown in images from 2004, which have been uncovered online, which depict designs on the vertical stabilizers (tails) of the Hornets boldly displaying a white medieval kite shield bearing the red Knights Templar cross against an Old Glory blue backdrop.

OpEdNews - Article: How Jon Stewart & Comedy Central Advanced The Far Right Agenda.

OpEdNews - Article: How Jon Stewart & Comedy Central Advanced The Far Right Agenda.: Progressives who watch the nightly Daily Show on Comedy Central generally enjoy Jon Stewart's caustic comments about right wing hypocrisy. Most progressives also know Jon is not shy about pointing out that some liberal and progressive politicians too, are often guilty of doing one thing and saying another.

Federal Judge Threatens Sanctions Against Oakland Police For 'Military-Type Response' To Occupy Protests | ThinkProgress

Federal Judge Threatens Sanctions Against Oakland Police For 'Military-Type Response' To Occupy Protests | ThinkProgress: The Oakland police department has received more than 1,000 misconduct complaints since the Occupy protests began, most have which have become backlogged. The department has been under court-ordered external monitoring and review since 2003, after four officers were accused of planting evidence, fabricating police reports and using excessive force. Henderson’s mandate sets strict deadlines for the department to clean up its act while continuing to comply with the reforms that stemmed from that 2003 case:

Cartagena, Beyond The Secret Service Scandal

Cartagena, Beyond The Secret Service Scandal: Latin Americans don't have to read U.S. scholarship to recognize that Washington supports democracy if, and only if, it conforms to strategic and economic objectives, and even when it does, favors "limited, top-down forms of democratic change that did not risk upsetting the traditional structures of power with which the United States has long been allied â(euro) [ (in) quite undemocratic societies," as neo-Reaganite scholar Thomas Carothers points out.

Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow: Moncef Marzouki (E3) - YouTube

Julian Assange's The World Tomorrow: Moncef Marzouki (E3) - YouTube

OpEdNews - Article: Friendly Advice to CNN -- Change Everything

OpEdNews - Article: Friendly Advice to CNN -- Change Everything: CNN just had their lowest ratings in a decade. They are in disastrous shape. When I was on MSNBC, we would beat them with a stick. Even after "pro-CNN" stories like revolutions in Egypt and Libya, Japanese nuclear meltdowns and the killing of Osama bin Laden (CNN does much better when major news or international stories break out), we still beat them. Now they're doing so poorly I might even catch them on Current.

In God We Trust? - YouTube

In God We Trust? - YouTube

OpEdNews - Article: "We Did Not Choose This War" and Other Hypocrisies

OpEdNews - Article: "We Did Not Choose This War" and Other Hypocrisies: Coming out of the mouth of the President of the United States, these words are nothing more than nationalistic propaganda -- designed to justify an aggressive war of choice launched against a sovereign nation. Somebody chose this war, and it certainly wasn't the Afghan people -- 92% of whom have never even heard of the events of 9/11.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Top Ten Reasons Israel tried to Censor Bob Simon’s Report on Palestinian Christians | Veterans Today

Top Ten Reasons Israel tried to Censor Bob Simon’s Report on Palestinian Christians | Veterans Today: Here are the top ten reasons Israel’s Likud Party would have wanted to censor American television news on this occasion (and of course we don’t know all the occasions they have successfully done so):

Report: “Israel Killed Five and kindapped 285 In April of which 45 children” | Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Report: “Israel Killed Five and kindapped 285 In April of which 45 children” | Occupied Palestine | فلسطين: Tuesday May 01, 2012 13:04 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli soldiers shot and killed five Palestinians, including a 4 year old child, and kidnapped more than 285 Palestinians in April 2012 according to The International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights (Tadamon).

Up w/ Chris Hayes: Search and destroy... by remote

Up w/ Chris Hayes: Search and destroy... by remote

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Wealthy Americans Queue to Give Up Their Passports - Bloomberg

Wealthy Americans Queue to Give Up Their Passports - Bloomberg: About 1,780 expatriates gave up their nationality at U.S. embassies last year, up from 235 in 2008, according to Andy Sundberg, secretary of Geneva’s Overseas American Academy, citing figures from the government’s Federal Register. The embassy in Bern, the Swiss capital, redeployed staff to clear a backlog as Americans queued to relinquish their passports.

OpEdNews - Article: Why I Interrupted Obama Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan

OpEdNews - Article: Why I Interrupted Obama Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan: So I stood up and in a calm voice, spoke out.

"Excuse me, Mr. Brennan, will you speak out about the innocents killed by the United States in our drone strikes? What about the hundreds of innocent people we are killing with drone strikes in the Philippines, in Yemen, in Somalia? I speak out on behalf of those innocent victims. They deserve an apology from you, Mr. Brennan. How many people are you willing to sacrifice? Why are you lying to the American people and not saying how many innocents have been killed?"

OpEdNews - Article: Fox Is Everywhere I Go and Nobody Objects?

OpEdNews - Article: Fox Is Everywhere I Go and Nobody Objects?: I've spent the last three days in the Dallas, Texas area. On this particular trip I've been struck by how many TV sets in public places are playing the Fox News Channel. TV sets in the airline terminals, in my hotel lobby, in the beer-and-peanuts burger joint where I ate -- it's damned near everywhere. But for these random exposures, I rarely watch TV news. So forgive me if my shocked impressions are "old news," but doesn't anybody care that Fox News is propaganda?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

OpEdNews - Article: Real Politics Must be in the Streets: The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama

OpEdNews - Article: Real Politics Must be in the Streets: The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama: As we slog towards another vapid, largely meaningless exercise in pretend democracy with the selection of a new president and Congress this November, it is time to make it clear that the current president, elected four years ago by so many people with such inflated expectations four years ago (myself included, as I had hoped, vainly it turned out, that those who elected him would then press him to act in progressive ways), is not only a betrayer of those hopes, but is a serial violator of his oath of office. He is, in truth, a war criminal easily the equal of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and perhaps even of Bush's regent, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

  Celebrating our “Warrior President”       : Information Clearing House

  Celebrating our “Warrior President”       : Information Clearing House: Just ponder that: not only the Democratic Party, but also its progressive faction, is wildly enamored of “one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.” That’s quite revealing on multiple levels. Bergen does note that irony: he recalls that Obama used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to defend the justifications for war and points out: “if those on the left were listening, they didn’t seem to care.” He adds that “the left, which had loudly condemned George W. Bush for waterboarding and due process violations at Guantánamo, was relatively quiet when the Obama administration, acting as judge and executioner, ordered more than 250 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2009, during which at least 1,400 lives were lost.”

KFC Ordered to Pay $8.3 Million to Australian Girl Paralyzed After Eating a Twister Wrap | | AlterNet

KFC Ordered to Pay $8.3 Million to Australian Girl Paralyzed After Eating a Twister Wrap | | AlterNet: Monika Samaan was seven when she suffered salmonella encephalopathy -- a brain injury linked to food poisoning that also left her with a blood infection and septic shock.

OpEdNews - Article: Consumers Dump Kellogg's "Natural" Kashi After GMO Report

OpEdNews - Article: Consumers Dump Kellogg's "Natural" Kashi After GMO Report

Source: www.opednews.com

Jeremy Scahill: US Has Become 'Nation of Assassins' | Common Dreams

Jeremy Scahill: US Has Become 'Nation of Assassins' | Common Dreams: During his speech, journalist Jeremy Scahill, who has done in-depth reporting on the US drone program in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, questioned the Obama Administration's policy of assassination. "What is happening to this country right now?" asked Scahill after noting that recent legislation in the US Congress opposing the assassination of US citizens abroad without due process received only six votes in the House of Representatives. "We have become a nation of assassins. We have become a nation that is somehow silent in the face of -- or embraces, as polls indicate -- the idea that assassination should be one of the centerpieces of US foreign policy. How dangerous is this? It's a throwback to another era -- an era that I think many Americans thought was behind them. And the most dangerous part of this is the complicity of ordinary people in it."

THE US SPONSORED "PROTEST MOVEMENT" IN MALAYSIA

THE US SPONSORED "PROTEST MOVEMENT" IN MALAYSIA: Protests rocked the streets of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, April 28, as an estimated 25,000 people took to the streets in support of Bersih [1], an organization fighting to reform the nation’s electoral system.

Tiwy.com - April 15, 2012 - Latin American Perspective on US-Invented Open Government

Tiwy.com - April 15, 2012 - Latin American Perspective on US-Invented Open Government: It is impossible to overlook the fact that no human rights activists and journalists with views on international relations, government openness, and corruption different from what the US Department of State believes in are invited to the partnership project. Otherwise, one could, for example, expect to see on its board people like Piedad Esneda Córdoba Ruiz, Columbia's former liberal senator who contributed to the release of hostages held by FARC guerrillas, or Eva Golinger who often risks her life for free speech and honest reporting in Latin America. Apparently, neither fits with the Open Government Partnership due to their independent thinking and conduct

THE US SPONSORED "PROTEST MOVEMENT" IN MALAYSIA

THE US SPONSORED "PROTEST MOVEMENT" IN MALAYSIA: Protests rocked the streets of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, April 28, as an estimated 25,000 people took to the streets in support of Bersih [1], an organization fighting to reform the nation’s electoral system.

A sweet lesson on patience. A NYC Taxi driver wrote: I…

Nicolas Lajule - Google+ - A sweet lesson on patience. A NYC Taxi driver wrote: I…: "A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
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This is the ‘Christian love’ we are up against: NC Baptist preacher calls for beating the gay out of kids | Pam's House Blend

This is the ‘Christian love’ we are up against: NC Baptist preacher calls for beating the gay out of kids | Pam's House Blend:

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Gregory House On Religion - YouTube

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Wife of Active Duty Marine Shot 37 Times by Local Deputy and CHP Can Proceed to Trial

Courthouse News Service: SAN DIEGO (CN) - A wrongful death suit against a San Diego deputy sheriff is proceeding to trial after the deputy along with a group of California Highway Patrol officers killed an active duty Marine who was a veteran of the Iraq war, by shooting him 37 times after pinning his car at the side of the freeway.

HOW MUCH FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS THERE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES? « Desertpeace

HOW MUCH FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS THERE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES? « Desertpeace: Posted below is a response to the advert which appeared on the Pages of The New York Times (See THIS post) …. also see this hateful video to know what we are dealing with. Presented is a letter sent to the Editor at the Times. Let’s see if it is fit for them to print, or would they prefer to get it in the form of an ad with a check enclosed …
Just how much Freedom of the Press is there?

http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/how-much-freedom-press-there-new-york-times#comments

AZ Lawmakers Lash Out At Imaginary United Nations Conspiracy With Assault On All Poverty & Environmental Laws | AlterNet

AZ Lawmakers Lash Out At Imaginary United Nations Conspiracy With Assault On All Poverty & Environmental Laws | AlterNet: Earlier this year, Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz touted a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming that George Soros secretly partnered with the United Nations to eliminate the game of golf. Seriously, we aren’t making this up.

Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! - The Daily Beast

Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! - The Daily Beast: Tough shit for you guys, because I’m not tired of talking about it. I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar. It’s true that some rich folks put at least some of their tax savings into charitable contributions. My wife and I give away roughly $4 million a year to libraries, local fire departments that need updated lifesaving equipment (Jaws of Life tools are always a popular request), schools, and a scattering of organizations that underwrite the arts. Warren Buffett does the same; so does Bill Gates; so does Steven Spielberg; so do the Koch brothers; so did the late Steve Jobs. All fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Mosquitoes Blamed For Captive Killer Whale Deaths | Care2 Causes

Mosquitoes Blamed For Captive Killer Whale Deaths | Care2 Causes
According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), new evidence suggests that in recent decades at least two orcas housed at SeaWorld parks perished due to mosquito-borne illness from West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses. The findings raise renewed questions about the appropriateness of keeping large aquatic mammals in such restrictive holding tanks — which experts say, contributed to the transmission of the diseases.

OpEdNews - Article: Brewing a Conflict with China-Paul Craig Roberts

OpEdNews - Article: Brewing a Conflict with China
China's rise is a great boon to the US military/security complex, which governs america in which there is a pretense of "freedom and democracy." China is the profitable replacement for the "Soviet threat." As the days go by, the presstitute media will create in the feeble minds of Americans "The CHINA Threat."

Soon whatever little remains of the US living standard will be sacrificed to Washington's confrontation with China, along with the seizure of our pensions and personal savings in order to deter "the China threat."

If only Americans were an intelligent people. Then they might have some prospect of holding on to their incomes, remaining wealth, and liberty. Unfortunately, Americans are so thoroughly plugged into the Matrix that they present as a doomed people, incapable of thought, reason, or ability to comprehend the facts that the rest of the world sees clearly.

Can reality be brought to the American people? Perhaps a miracle will occur. Stay tuned.

Mission Creep at the TSA: From Airport Groping to Bag Checks and Roadblocks | | AlterNet

Mission Creep at the TSA: From Airport Groping to Bag Checks and Roadblocks | | AlterNet: Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists have shouted down all constitutional or human rights objections with the mantra "If you don't like it, don't fly!"

Notable Quotes

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the car I drove....but the world may be different because I was important in the life of the animals and the creatures on this earth." -Unknown

“I am not even an atheist so much as an antitheist; I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches and the effect of religious belief, is positively harmful. Reviewing the false claims of religion I do not wish, as some sentimental materialists affect to wish, that they were true. I do not envy believers their faith. I am relieved to think that the whole story is a sinister fairy tale; life would be miserable if what the faithful affirmed was actually true.... There may be people who wish to live their lives under cradle-to-grave divine supervision, a permanent surveillance and monitoring. But I cannot imagine anything more horrible or grotesque.”
Christopher Hitchens



"Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us; they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them."- Hunter S. Thompson

"Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that."--George Carlin

"I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse."--George Carlin

"Recent history has repeatedly proven that nothing said by Washington and its officials should be accepted at face value. No other government in the world has been implicated in so many egregious lies as the United States."
-- Bill Van Auken

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The unwilling, led by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the indifferent and the ungrateful." -Anonymous Grafitti

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem.": -Howard Zinn

"If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." -Anatole France

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."- Frederick Douglas
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"Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent, in fact, I am religious."- Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe." -Albert Einstein

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin

“Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole,”- Marx

“I heard too many lies spewed out by Ronald Reagan and the State Department to justify these killings. And by the time I was in Gaza, looking at the twisted limbs of dead women and children and listening to Israeli and U.S. officials describe an Israeli airstrike as a “surgical” hit on Islamic militants, it was over. I knew the dark heart of America.

I knew who we were, what we did, what we actually stood for and the terrifying and willful innocence that permits most Americans to think of themselves as good and virtuous when they are, in reality, members of an efficient race of killers and ruthless profiteers.”-Chris Hedges. American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner.



"Tis better to remain silent and be thought the fool than to speak and remove all doubt".-Johnson, Lincoln, Twain????

"He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity." -Voltaire

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."- Anatole France

“The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston

"The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." --Frank Zappa

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." -- John Adams

"The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free."--Aldous Huxley

“An accumulation of wealth at one pole of society indicates an accumulation of misery and overwork at the other”. --Karl Marx

"Americans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world."- Neil Postman


"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." - Carl Sagan

"I have as much authority as the pope, I just don't have as many people that believe it." -George Carlin

"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike." --Huang Po

"Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms - of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. "- Frederick Douglass

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."- John Steinbeck

"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."- Malcolm X

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."- Howard Zinn

"Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time. ”
George Carlin

"Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention." -- Molly Ivins


"Prayer seems to me a cry of weakness, and an attempt to avoid, by trickery, the rules of the game as laid down. I do not choose to admit weakness. I accept the challenge of responsibility. Life, as it is, does not frighten me, since I have made my peace with the universe as I find it, and bow to its laws... It seems to me that organized creeds are collections of words around a wish. I feel no need for such. I know that nothing is destructible; things merely change forms. When the consciousness we know as life ceases, I know that I shall still be part and parcel of the world. I was a part before the sun rolled into shape and burst forth in the glory of change. I was, when the earth was hurled out from its fiery rim. I shall return with the earth to Father Sun, and still exist in substance when the sun has lost its fire, and disintegrated into infinity to perhaps become a part of the whirling rubble of space. Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever changing, ever moving, but never lost; so what need of denominations and creeds to deny myself the comfort of all my fellow men?" - Zora Neale Hurston

"Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life.It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant,self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse."-Mark Twain

"Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts."-Molly Ivins

"The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." - Carl Sagan