Saturday, June 1, 2013

Perpetual War – and Obama’s Perpetual Con Game | Black Agenda Report

Perpetual War – and Obama’s Perpetual Con Game | Black Agenda Report: "President Obama’s perpetual scam machine is in high gear – which signals another expansion of war and war-powers accumulation. The president played the reluctant warrior who doesn’t really want the limitless powers he has arrogated to himself. But, what he’s seeking is formal authorization to escalate the U.S. offensive against world order and civil liberties."

European Union urges testing of U.S. wheat imports for unapproved strain - The Washington Post

European Union urges testing of U.S. wheat imports for unapproved strain - The Washington Post: "The European Union advised member states Friday to test certain wheat shipments from the United States, and South Korea joined Japan in suspending some U.S. wheat imports in response to the recent discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon."

OpEdNews - Article: Regret over Gary Webb's Demise

OpEdNews - Article: Regret over Gary Webb's Demise: "One of the Los Angeles Times reporters who joined in the orchestrated destruction of investigative journalist Gary Webb's career has acknowledged that the newspaper's assault -- joined by the Washington Post and the New York Times -- was a "tawdry exercise" amounting to "overkill," which later contributed to Webb's suicide."

Japan halts imports of U.S. wheat after USDA's shock finding of genetic pollution from GMOs

Japan halts imports of U.S. wheat after USDA's shock finding of genetic pollution from GMOs: (NaturalNews) "It has already begun: Japan has just cancelled a large contract to purchase U.S. wheat. "We will refrain from buying western white and feed wheat effective today," Toru Hisadome, a Japanese farm ministry official in charge of wheat trading, told Reuters."

OpEdNews - Article: Time For Holder to Resign/Be Fired

OpEdNews - Article: Time For Holder to Resign/Be Fired: "Eric Holder should resign. I say he should resign rather than be fired because it is totally obvious that Holder has been doing the work Obama has told him to do. Holder should resign to save his reputation. He should resign AND make it clear that he is resigning because he can no longer be Obama's "sin eater" as Jonathan Turley calls him in his USA Today article: FIRE ERIC HOLDER."

We Need to Address the Profound Stupidity That Afflicts America | Alternet

| Alternet: "This cultural stupidity in Florida isn't an all-American sort of thing that could happen anywhere—and probably has in a variety of forms similar to the recent mindlessness that led school officials to call the police who called the prosecutor who decided, over the phone, to have a 16-year-old girl arrested as an adult and charged with two felonies under state law because she did an outdoors experiment that blew up an 8 oz. water bottle with the force of a small firecracker, doing no damage and harming no one."

Friday, May 31, 2013

Turkey Blog Kamil Pasha» WTF

Kamil Pasha» WTF: Thousands of protesters who tried in vain to stop bulldozers from tearing up the 75-year old trees in Gezi Park were met by tear gas fired directly into the crowd by police who were there in massive force, also pressured water cannons.

Yet Another Explanation for the Killing of Ibragim Todashev - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

Yet Another Explanation for the Killing of Ibragim Todashev - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic: "Why was Ibragim Todashev, 27, killed as he was being questioned by the FBI in his Orlando apartment? Yesterday I pulled together numerous news reports documenting the contradictory explanations offered by law enforcement officials, many of them quoted on the condition of anonymity."

Yet Another Media Version of FBI Agent Shooting Unarmed Friend of Boston Bomber | Alternet

Yet Another Media Version of FBI Agent Shooting Unarmed Friend of Boston Bomber | Alternet: The incident raised questions from the start, but now it is approaching absurdity—maybe parody

Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who's Leading a Revival - of the "Common Good"

Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who's Leading a Revival - of the "Common Good": "Pastor Jim Wallis has been arrested for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, builds bridges between polarized politicians, and pushes Christians to worry less about gay marriage and more about justice. And even better - there’s a whole new generation following his lead."

Pennsylvania Borough Wastes No Time in Demonstrating Newly Acquired Police Power | PINAC

Pennsylvania Borough Wastes No Time in Demonstrating Newly Acquired Police Power | PINAC

Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens “Letter from Loretto” | The Dissenter

Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens “Letter from Loretto” | The Dissenter: "Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the US government’s use of torture under the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

St. Louis Protestors Rally Over Death of Honors Student Shot 25 Times by Police| Alternet

| Alternet: May 30, 2013 |
"Protestors rallied for the second time in a week on Wednesday over the fatal shooting by police officers of a 25-year-old, St. Louis man who witnesses say was “unarmed” at the time of his death last month, KMOX reports."

May 31, 2013 - RT News

May 31, 2013 - RT News: Venezuelan president claims plot to overthrow his government hatched in Colombia

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has announced claims of a plot to destabilize and overthrow his government, organized by the highest levels of Colombia’s government. In remarks made by the newly elected leader and heir to Hugo Chavez’s socialist party, Maduro has said that “he has lost his trust in president Santos” and that he would evaluate whether or not to continue Venezuela’s participation in the ongoing peace process between Colombian authorities and the FARC rebel group. According to Maduro, he has received evidence that Colombian ex-president Álvaro Uribe and Roger Noriega, former ambassador to the Organization of American States under George W. Bush, are conspiring with members of the Venezuelan opposition to sabotage his country’s economy. Henrique Capriles, who recently lost against Maduro in what the opposition calls a flawed presidential election, had been in Bogota to meet with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.

50 delicious Filipino foods | CNN Travel

50 delicious Filipino foods | CNN Travel: Filipino food may not be as famous as that of its Thai and Vietnamese neighbors. But with more than 7,000 islands and a colorful history, this archipelago has some delicious dishes of its own.

Monday, May 27, 2013

How the US Turned Three Pacifists Into 'Multiple Felony Saboteurs' | Alternet

How the US Turned Three Pacifists Into 'Multiple Felony Saboteurs' | Alternet"In ten months, an 82-year-old nun and two pacifists had been successfully transformed by the U.S. government from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestors accused of misdemeanor trespassing into felons convicted of violent crimes of terrorism."

OpEdNews - Article: Nonbeliever Nation, The Rise of Secular America

OpEdNews - Article: Nonbeliever Nation, The Rise of Secular America: According to David Niose, the author of a newly released book entitled The Nonbeliever Nation, s omething unprecedented has happened on the American political scene over the past three decades--the infiltration of the Religious Right into mainstream American politics

OpEdNews - Article: Jeremiah Wright Repeats MLKjr Condemning Predatory Capitalism's War on 3rd World

OpEdNews - Article: Jeremiah Wright Repeats MLKjr Condemning Predatory Capitalism's War on 3rd World: First, words from the mouth of Rev. King Jr., April 4, 1967,

The New Crime of Eating While Homeless

The New Crime of Eating While Homeless: By outlawing dumpster diving, Houston is making life impossible for the most vulnerable.

Let Us Mourn The Millions America Slaughtered, Then Mourn US Soldiers

Let Us Mourn The Millions America Slaughtered, Then Mourn US Soldiers: May 26, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - This veteran is waiting for the year in which the Veterans For Peace, in its Memorial Day Press Release, states that Veterans mourn first, the lives America took in poor countries, both the civilian men, women and children and the patriots that fought our illegal and criminal invasions since 1945.

15-year-old girl learns the truth about the holohoax, submits a report and gets an A

15-year-old girl learns the truth about the holohoax, submits a report and gets an A: A 15-year-old girl from Southern California who attends a public high school tells the story of how she recently became aware of questions concerning the holocaust. After hearing the establishment's version of the 'shoah' in her history class for weeks along with persistent rumors that Obamacare included provisions for microchipping all Americans, she was very upset at all the frightening and traumatizing details. But then she had an encounter which led her to question what she had been taught, and decided to conduct her own investigation.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

OpEdNews - Article: Memorial Day THIS

OpEdNews - Article: Memorial Day THIS: Imagine if at some point during the 1990s or 1980s the President of the United States had given a speech. And this was his speech:

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

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

"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