Friday, December 26, 2008

Thoughts for a Friday Morning

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The Big Shock of 2008

1) 2008 saw that one lurking American suspicion is in fact true: that we are on our own. No matter what officials promise, no matter what individuals may believe about the goodness of officials, we have always been on our own and we always will be. For so many, this was stunning; for the liberty purists, being on our own is liberty, and must be invoked.

2) As if a series of disasters and a poorly performing disaster management weren't enough, more and more scandal shows that no one is on our side. What hurt thousands of good Americans was the unmistakable sense of abandonment, with a heavy accent of disrespect and defiance (read Looting).

more - John Longenecker


Myth Busted: Hitler Was Not a Vegetarian
It's common knowledge that Hitler was a vegetarian. Just ask anybody: They'll tell you so. Trouble is, the assumption is false. Hitler wasn't a vegetarian at all. Consider the historical facts:

• Biographers who wrote about Hitler (and who knew him quite well on a personal basis) openly describe his love for Bavarian sausages and game pie ("game" meaning wild meat from birds and other creatures).

• Hitler's own chef openly talked about Hitler's love for stuffed pigeon.

• In none of Hitler's speeches or writing did Hitler state he was a vegetarian or speak in favor of vegetarianism.

• Hitler was regularly given injections of a protein serum made from the testicles of a bull -- not exactly a treatment that would be tolerated by vegetarians.

• None of Hitler's lieutenants were vegetarians, nor was vegetarianism promoted in any way in the Nazi party.
More - Mike Adams at Natural News


Left and right and the American counter-revolution
War is no minor political oversight, a slipup, a boo-boo, as American Democrats must by now know. War is historically all-determinant. War has already destroyed the foundations of the American republic and undermined American democracy itself.

The worst and most blatant and disturbing example of ignoring the obvious is the USA, the world’s most powerful country controlled by a one-party system, where the very words Left and Right are shunned. America’s Republican and Democratic parties stand comfortably shoulder to shoulder on the Right, bolstered by religious extremists and myriad secret militias—those in the woods and those abroad like Blackwater—and the usual flag-waving patriots.

more - Gaither Stewart at Pravda


Hell in the Holy Land
It seems to be the tragic fate of this generation of Israel to teach the world, once more, the bitter lesson of the universality of human evil. This base drive to impose suffering on others -- out of fear, out of greed, out of the lust to dominate -- lives in us all, in every individual, every nation, every people, every tribe, every sect, every clan. It must be resisted at all of these levels -- beginning within, of course. And when it breaks out into the open, we must condemn it forthrightly, call it what it is, no matter what form it takes or who unleashes it.
more -Chris Floyd


Carlos Latuff, The Gaza Ghetto via Palestine Think Tank


Expecting IDF offensive in Gaza, Egypt boosts border security
Egypt has boosted the security along its border with Gaza, officials said Friday, in anticipation of an imminent Israel Defense Forces operation within the territory, fearing an Israeli incursion would result in a breach of the border.
more - Haaretz


Gaza gunman firing a mortar shell (Archive photo: AP) ynet


Film and Activism
For educators and activists who wish to inform people through film, Dr. Asimakopoulos recommends the following in his ‘Crushed by Capitalism’ film picks.
more - The Transformative Studies Institute (TSI)


GARRET MATHEWS / Courier & Press Stephen Ralph plays his expensive guitar he keeps for safe keeping at a local pawnshop. Ralph, a 37-year-old native of California, is homeless and lives at the United Caring Shelter in Evansville. When he is not at the library or looking for jobs, Ralph will visit his instrument and play outside the shop.
GARRET MATHEWS / Courier & Press Stephen Ralph plays his expensive guitar he keeps for safe keeping at a local pawnshop. Ralph, a 37-year-old native of California, is homeless and lives at the United Caring Shelter in Evansville. When he is not at the library or looking for jobs, Ralph will visit his instrument and play outside the shop. Stone Soup Station


Space to Breath
You have no leg to stand on. All your masks have been torn away one by one and they were many. You have lost credibility, respect, standing, value, and worth....so what the fuck are you preaching about ?

Fancy that ?! Telling the occupied what he/she should feel. Asking the victim to measure her words, her sentences, her idioms so you don't get too ruffled. Tone down the fucking injustice so you can keep a good face to the outer world and to yourselves. Tone it down you say...fuck you again. I will not tone it down. I will scream it as loud as I can, until you get tortured by it and go fucking insane. Just the same way you tortured us with your non-stop music banging at our heads in the dark cells...until we went insane...
more - Layla Anwar


Homeland Security Threats From AP (Applied Propaganda)

Homeland Security Forecasts 5 Year Terror Threats.   The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press. more ABC News

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