Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Thoughts for a Tuesday Morning

http://beinart.org/artists/michael-cheval/gallery/michael-cheval-3.jpg art: Michael Cheval

Sen. Daschle's Tax Blunders Reveal Elitist Mentality among Washington Lawmakers

Sen. Tom Daschle admitted today that he failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes to the IRS. Oops. Another slip on the pen, huh? It's just the latest in a long line of elitist lawmakers caught breaking the very rules they would throw ordinary citizens in jail for breaking.

Practically every Senator and statesman (or woman) in Washington D.C. has hired a nanny off the books, or written off more deductions than they should, or mysteriously forgotten to pay taxes on money they received from corporations as "speaking fees" or "consulting fees" or whatever.

The point is this: The Little People (that would be you and I) are threatened with imprisonment if we don't follow these rules, but the elitists in Washington flout them as a matter of practice. And when they get caught, they get off with an apology instead of arrest and prosecution.

The message from Washington D.C. is clear: Don't do what we do, do what we say! (And we'll do our own thing behind closed doors, just to keep the wealthy elite wealthy and elite.)
more - Mike Adams at Natural News


Are the States Really Broke or Hiding Assets?

"It's very possible you'll see the end of the United States as we know it. If the Fed doesn't bailout the States when their cash dries up and the banks don't loan them money, then our States will be left in financial ruin. This would be a tragic and unprecedented event never experienced in the United States."

An all too familiar refrain. California is getting the highest visibility. A state run by a nit wit governor who has continued to rubber stamp the mass fleecing of taxpayers year after year by the Democrat controlled state legislature. Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro aka and so forth, is claiming that Republican governors are begging for the gang rape "economic stimulus package." Actually, governors of both parties want their share of the booty, some $176 BILLION dollars that doesn't exist.

more - Devvy Kidd


Competing Ideologies: Davos v. Belem

Founded in 1971, the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) meets annually in Davos, Switzerland to bring together top business and political leaders as well as mostly neoliberal minded intellectuals, economists, journalists, and others.

WEF calls itself "an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas." It aims for "world-class governance (read dominance)." Its motto is "entrepreneurship in the global public interest (read for the top 1%)." This year's theme - "Shaping the Post-Crisis World" - a tall order addressing what they caused that's heading the world for a calamitous depression.

Annually, Davos becomes headquarters for the world's power elite to meet and review past achievements, challenges, and prospects for greater exploitation of world markets, resources, and people everywhere. Or put another way, to use money to create more of it, for themselves, of course.
more - Steve Lendman


Myths of the Global Market

At the end of 2006, the UK-based journal of world economic affairs, The Economist, produced a banner issue on ‘Happiness and Economics’. Not surprisingly, the magazine concluded that human happiness and market economies are closely linked. But in arguing the case the lead article unwittingly revealed the market’s Achilles heel. Orthodox economics has no means of separating the universal needs of human beings from junk commodities for the masses, or gold toilet-seats for the rich.

Not even consumers in the developed world are made happier by ever more market commodities. Robert Lane’s study The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies shows that human satisfaction actually declines as income and commodity consumption rise beyond need. But the message does not compute to mainstream economists or policymakers.

Neoclassical economics is based on the premise that market growth produces more happiness as more commodities are bought. If this baseline assumption is false, the paradigm collapses. So the ground shifts to other claims. The Economist, for example, explains that many ‘goods’ can be ‘only enjoyed if others don’t’ [have them]. The falsehood of the first premise is diverted to the nasty fact that some can only enjoy what they have at the expense of others. In the end all that matters is the willingness to pay if you can afford it. This is the only measure of human welfare that exists in market and neoclassical doctrine.
more - John McMurtry at The Greanville Journal


Glasnost In London - War Fever In Washington

LONDON – What used to be called "Cool London" looks more like "Crash London" these days. Of all the leading industrial nations, Britain has so far suffered more than any other nation, even the United States.

Most major banks, even venerable names like Barclay’s and Lloyd’s, are on life support. The financial district around Canary Wharf is beginning to look like a ghost town, as offices close and whole floors of financial drones are fired. Gloom pervades just about everywhere.

Meanwhile, two senior British officials have created a sensation by finally speaking some hard truths that contradict all the lies spewed out by Washington and London about the bogus "war on terror."

Many Britons are calling for war crimes trials against their former leaders and are angered by plans to send more British troops to Afghanistan. Britain’s soldiers have become as much auxiliaries in the American military machine as were Nepal’s renowned Gurkha troops in the British Empire.

While glasnost sweeps London, in Washington, it’s déjà vu and love your government. President Barack Obama vowed to continue President Bush’s war policies in Afghanistan and intensify the eight-year-old conflict by doubling the number of US troops and aircraft there in coming months.
more - Eric Margolis


Putin: America is repeating Soviet mistakes

Putin said at Davos:

In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.

Repeating it is exactly what the dimwits in charge of the U.S. government are doing.

from disinter


Spark it up, Michael Phelps

In a perfect world, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps would respond to the publication in the News of the World of a photo of him smoking from a bong with a loud call for drug legalization. Can you see the quote: "Hey, if I can win 14 gold medals while smoking grass, how bad can it be?"

I know that's unrealistic. Sure, there are some athletes, like former NFL lineman Mark Stepnoski, who have made a name for themselves as advocates of legalization. But Stepnoski was a pro who, presumably, banked his paydays and can now thumb his nose at the drug warriors. Phelps is enjoying his paydays now through endorsement contracts with a host of companies that are potentially skittish about being associated with marijuana in even the most minor way.

But what a spokesman Michael Phelps would make. A top-notch athlete who dominates his chosen sport -- clearly suffering few, if any, ill effects from the recreational use of an intoxicant that just happens to be out of favor with the current gang of powers-that-be. He would be a powerful example that moderate use of marijuana and other for-the-moment illegal intoxicants can be harmless -- and even beneficial.

Maybe Phelps could testify to marijuana's power to lower tension, reduce stress and really help him achieve his goals.

Of course, in a truly ideal world, Phelps wouldn't have to worry about sponsorships. That photo in News of the World would have had big marijuana companies clamoring for his endorsement.

more - J.D. Tuccille


Yes We Can

Yes we can make you believe in anything we want

Yes we can lie incessantly through the unquestioning media

Yes we can brainwash your minds with propaganda

Yes we can make you unemployed

Yes we can destroy your lives, your families and your futures

Yes we can repossess your homes

Yes we can steal your money and give it to the ‘fat cats’

Yes we can make you live in a constant state of fear

Yes we can erode your quality of life

Yes we can suck you dry

Yes we can systematically attack your civil liberties

Yes we can give most of our foreign aid to Israel

Yes we can sit on our hands while Palestine is bombed disproportionately

Yes we can criss-cross the skies with chemtrails

Yes we can spy on you from every street corner

Yes we can dismantle your privacy

Yes we can pollute your rivers, lakes and oceans with plastics and chemicals

Yes we can make you believe and feel responsible for the global warming myth

Yes we can meet secretly every year at a Bilderberg conference

Yes we can make you bend to the will of the New World Order

Yes we can fly planes into the World Trade Centre sacrificing thousands of innocent people

Yes we can galvanize public support into accepting any war we wish to perpetrate

Yes we can make murders look like accidents or suicides

Yes we can make you dance to our insane tune

Yes we can make you believe that Al Qaeda really exists

Yes we can bring to extinction a vast number of species

Yes we can genetically modify your food, threatening wildlife and biodiversity

Yes we can assassinate those who spout ideas of love and peace

Yes we can detain people indefinitely without charge and without trial

Yes we can turn the masses into gormless sheep

Yes we can make you work mundane jobs for little reward

Yes we can make this world a living hell

Yes we can have Osama Bin Laden as a ‘poster-boy’ for terrorism

Yes we can invade Iraq and surprisingly not find any weapons of mass destruction

Yes we can worship a giant stone owl at Bohemian Grove

Yes we can obfuscate the truth of human history

Yes we can limit the true nature of human potential

Yes we can run the global economy into the ground

Yes we can saddle the third world with an insurmountable debt

Yes we can enforce biometrics on an unsuspecting public

Yes we can VeriChip your children

Yes we can overload a child’s immunity with vaccinations

Yes we can perpetuate the glorification of war

Yes we can make people follow murderous megalomaniacs in times of depression

Yes we can dumb you down

Yes we can stifle your free speech

Yes we can rig elections

Yes we can have two-sides of the same political coin

Yes we can divide you by class, culture, language, race and religion

Yes we can hypnotize you into accepting this reality, this façade you call life

Yes we can have no place for common sense

Yes we can keep you in a perpetual sleep

Yes we can make a lot of money from war, oil and opium

Yes we can make countries by simply drawing lines on a middle-eastern map

Yes we can remove democratically elected leaders by force

Yes we can live by double standards and hypocrisy

Yes we can smuggle cocaine

Yes we can rape and murder our MK-Ultra sex slaves

Yes we can spend billions of dollars on defence while your infrastructure crumble

Yes we can play the HAARP to shake you up

Yes we can insert our symbology into your popular culture

Yes we can hide the truth in plain sight

Yes we can make you worship a false concept of God

Yes we cannot have you understand the true nature of infinite consciousness

Yes we can have you study a false conceptualisation of the universe

Yes we can make you obsessed with the materialistic and the superficial

Yes we can make you blind and ignorant

Yes we can detonate nuclear weapons on your beautiful blue planet

Yes we can fill your skyline with bland, soul-sapping architecture

Yes we can make you suffer whenever we wish

Yes we can kidnap and torture you

Yes we can kill you in the millions

Yes we can distract your mind with the trivial

Yes we can distort your priorities in life

Yes we can make shallow one-dimensional system servers

Yes we can have the pretentious oozing their stench of self importance

Yes we can have sycophantic lapdogs licking at our heels

Yes we can take ourselves far too seriously

Yes we can turn this world into a global fascist police state

Yes we can take away your freedom

Yes we can treat peaceful protesters with a heavy hand

Yes we can put our lackeys in uniform

Yes we can enslave the human race

Yes we can make you just a number

Yes we can have the ‘thought police’ repress open-discussion

Yes we can hammer down the nail that sticks out

Yes we can hide the real criminals within the establishment

Yes we can make you accept a global currency

Yes we can use ‘false flags’ to kick-start our agenda

Yes we can deem any given human behaviour as illegal

Yes we can have the soulless and the greedy rise to the top

Yes we can vilify those who have alternative viewpoints and/or lifestyles

Yes we can have you ruled by insanity

Yes we can question reason and justify madness

Yes we can dismiss criticism with a supercilious grin

Yes we can make you subservient to hierarchy

Yes we can impose the will of the few over the many

Yes we can hide in the Shadows

Yes we can make you like dogs, chasing your own tails

Yes we can do what we want

Yes we can!

Winston Smith
The Corbett Report

from Facts Not Faires


  1. Don’t leave out all of the lobbying Daschle did for one of the world’s biggest agri-companies, Archer Daniels Midland.
    Daschle was such a staunch backer of ADM that his colleagues started to referring to ADM as Archer DASCHLE Midland.

    And guess what? ADM is one of the biggies in the ethanol industry, that “alternative” fuel Obama promised to get behind during the campaign.
    And you thought he was talking about Wind and Solar energy.

    Hell, there’s no money in that wind and solar stuff, but there is in grain futures that are controlled by the USDA.

    Think that box of corn flakes is high now? Just wait until we devote even more of our arable land to ethanol.

    Oh, BTW, ethanol production takes a bunch of drinking water to turn grain into fuel. It takes anywhere from 5-8 gallons of drinking water to turn that grain into ONE gallon of ethanol, depending on the process.

    But who needs water?

    P.S. When I spell checked my reply, it offered up this for Daschle:

    diastole noun Physiology
    the phase of the heartbeat when the heart muscle relaxes and allows the chambers to fill with blood

    Yes, we’re going to get filled with something, but it won’t be blood.

  2. Daschle learned to play the game well, if he wasn't in on it from the beginning, with the anthrax attacks.

    That 'terrorist' attack brought a lot of Congress in line and the fear of bucking the powers continues to this day.