Monday, April 27, 2009

We don't really think about it.

Bob Herbert meant for the following quote to describe the USAmerican attitude toward gun violence, but I think it accurately describes the USAmerican attitude toward just about everything pressing, important, and horrifying.

We don't think.

We go through the motions.

We never really do anything about it.
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Actually, that’s our problem. We don’t really think about it. If the crime is horrible enough, we’ll go through the motions of public anguish but we never really do anything about it. Americans are as blasé as can be about this relentless slaughter that keeps the culture soaked in blood.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Marijuana "more dangerous" than alcohol or tobacco, US Attorney blows smoke up law students' asses

Of course, US Attorney Russoniello is right, marijuana is far more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, but not for any reasons that are given.

It is more dangerous for the simple fact that once you've tried pot and seen how absolutely un-dangerous it is, you realize that the US government lies to you.

And if it is willing to lie to you about something as relatively insignificant as the health implications of the occasional toke, how much more is the state willing to lie to you in matters of real importance --- like bailing out Wall Street banks with tax payer monies, invading countries that haven't threatened us, or pretending that carbon caps and trading will have any real effect on global warming.

Once you realize you can't trust the government, you start to wonder about your church and the local Chamber of Commerce. And then all hell breaks lose...
Joe Russoniello, US Attorney for the Northern District of California (a Bush appointee), says at a Hastings Law School forum that all medical marijuana dispensaries are profiteering operations in violaton of state law and therefore “fair game” for DEA raiders. He asserts that marijuana is “a more dangerous substance” than alcohol or tobacco... Dispensary operators who draw “reasonable compensation” and who only obtain their cannabis from and sell it to collective members hope they can be distinguished from “egregious offenders.”
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We need to create a new culture

To reverse what is happening, we must create strong alternative ideas and hardy alternative institutions and communities, a counter culture that rejects the myths of Washington and Wall Street just as, in the 1960s, a generation put the establishment on the defensive or in the closet.
In any case, we need to act, but independent of those responsible for the mess, those exculpating them, those offering remedies that are mere manipulated shadows of the failure, and those engaged in misleading or misguided organizing on their behalf even if with purportedly noble intent.
The collapse of American culture was an inside job. Its cure is to be found on the outside, in a counter culture that is clear and worthy in its goals, eclectic in its alliances, and which builds community, recovers integrity and helps us to sing again. If we can't save our culture, we can at least create a new one.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Banksters: We need $2 trillion, but we're solvent

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Geithner is publicly saying that it's going to take $2 trillion — a trillion is a thousand billion — $2 trillion taxpayer dollars to deal with this problem. But they're allowing all the banks to report that they're not only solvent, but fully capitalized. Both statements can't be true. It can't be that they need $2 trillion, because they have masses losses, and that they're fine.
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Global currency? Global bank?

Of course conspiracy theorists (as opposed to coincidence theorists, I guess) will "love" this, since it is precisely what "they" have been suggesting is in the works for some time.

I always thought that the prime measure of a theory's merit was how accurately it made predictions. Seems to me that the prognostications of the "conspiracy theorists" have been a lot more accurate than those put forward by the coincidence theorists in the MSM, especially lately.
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In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF's power to create money and
begin global "quantitative easing". In doing so, they are putting
a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any
sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.
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