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America - A Second-amendment Death Cult?

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This is a column by the Rude Pundit, in which he compares the NRA to Aztec high priests demanding death sacrifices.His conclusion:If we…Continue

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Biblical Family Values (AronRa)

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One of the most absurd and self-contradictory phrases out in the ether these days is that of "Family Values," usually thrown about by christians who challenge those who would attempt to make changes to usages and practices which they feel were…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2013 at 4:11pm

How the media let Israel get away with murder

"Between 11 and 15 January, 2013, four young Palestinians — aged 17 to 22 — were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces. The murders took place in theGaza Strip and at different points along Israel’s wall in the West Bank. In all instances the Israeli army justified the use of lethal force by invoking its need to protect the integrity of the wall and Israel’s borders.”

2012-09-?? Al-Darawish attempted to immolate himself in a desperate protest of the dire economic conditions Palestinians face.
2012-12-13 Muhammad al-Salaymeh, 17; slain by a border police officer in
2013-01-11 Anwar Mamlouk, 22 years old; Israeli soldiers gunned him down.
2013-01-12 Odai al-Darawish, 21, was shot to death; shot in the back.
2013-01-14 Mustafa Jarad, 21; shot in the forehead by an Israeli sniper.
2013-01-14 Samir Awad, 17; shot from behind in the head, torso and leg while running away from soldiers.

“reporter Isabel Kershner pivots the focus of Monday’s murder in Budrus away from Israel’s trigger-happy soldiers operating in a world of endless and unquestioned impunity and onto Palestinians’ “simmering restiveness”; their increased participation in “disturbances” of the “relative stability” that Israel has tried to maintain; and their ‘dire financial crisis that has prevented the Palestinian Authority … from paying … government workers.’”

WHY?
Thanks to Robert Riddle 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 12:13pm
"Trends among very high earners fuel growing wage inequality
Newly available data on the labor earnings of the very highest earners allow a look back to nearly the beginning of the last century, though the focus here is the peri-
od since 1947, and especially since 1979. e data cover annual earnings because they are drawn from the wage records in the Social Security system. Since these
data are for annual wages and salaries, the trends re ect both changes in hourly wages, which we have been exploring, and changes in annual hours worked (based
on changes in weekly hours and weeks worked per year)."

The State of Working America 12TH EDITION
http://stateofworkingamerica.org/subjects/wages/?reader
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 8:35pm

Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story: A Model f...

I couldn't get that load either so try this one. It is an important story that affected several countries that followed the advice of World Bank as told in Naomi Klein's book, "Shock Dotrine". In Latvia's case, they followed US advice,  (Chicago Boys means Milton Friedman and his henchmen.)

"A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the 1970s. In the last decade, the Bush Administration, seeking a Trojan Horse to privatize Social Security in the United States, applauded Chile’s disastrous privatization of pension accounts (turning many over to US financial institutions) even as that nation’s voters rejected the Pinochetistas largely out of anger at the vast pension rip-off by high finance.

"Today’s most highly celebrated anti-labor success story is Latvia. Latvia is portrayed as the country where labor did not fight back, but simply emigrated politely and quietly. No general strikes, nor destruction of private property or violence, Latvia is presented as a country where labor had the good sense to not make a fuss when faced with austerity. Latvians gave up protest and simply began voting with their backsides (emigration) as the economy shrank, wage levels were scaled down, and where tax burdens remained decidedly on the backs of labor, even though recent token efforts have been made to increase taxes on real estate. The World Bank applauds Latvia and its Baltic neighbors by placing them high on its list of “business friendly” economies, even though at times scolding their social regimes as even too harsh for the Victorian tastes of the international financial institutions.


Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/01/latvias-economic-disaster-as...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 14, 2013 at 6:58pm

Joan, I couldn't load that Latvia's Economic Disaster link.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 5:21pm

We have seen nothing yet; economic turmoil rises and it is no accident the economy is not going well. 

"Obama tapped his own chief of staff, Jack Lew, to replace Timothy Geithner. Lew was an executive at Citigroup from 2006 to 2008 at the time of the financial crisis. He served as chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments unit, a group that bet on the housing market to collapse.

"Lew has also long pushed for the deregulation of Wall Street. From 1998 to January 2001, he headed the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton. During that time, Clinton signed into law two key laws to deregulate Wall Street: the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

"On Thursday, independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont criticized Lew’s nomination, saying, quote, "We don’t need a treasury secretary who thinks that Wall Street deregulation was not responsible for the financial crisis."

Matt Taibbi & Bill Black: Obama's New Treasury Secretary a 'Fai...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 12:45am

"What they mean by “success” is slashing wage levels and leaving the tax burden primarily on labor and lightly on capital gains, without spurring a revolution or even Greek style general strikes. The success is one of psy-ops and engineering of consent Edward Bernays style, rather than of successful economic policy."

Latvia’s Economic Disaster Heralded as a Neoliberal “Success Story”...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2013 at 11:23pm

US top 1% still 'getting richer'


The income of the top 1% of US households has quadrupled over the last thirty years.

However, at the bottom end of the scale incomes have barely changed.

Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explained to Ben Thompson how evident inequality has become in the United States.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:47pm

National Rifle Association

So, they want armed guards at all airports, every school, every bank ... where do we stop arming guards, when each one of us has an armed guard or are armed ourselves? When are we going to stop putting guns in people's hands and begin stopping the flow of guns into the population?

The kinds of weapons available to the public includes virtual machine guns, and high powered runs that pierce protective clothing. 

This is so stupid. Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association should be held accountable for all the arms in hands of disturbed, crazy, insane people and in hands of foolish, overwrought, and impulsive people. Oh Yes! that makes me feel safe!

Wayne LaPierre Falsely Claims ‘All’ The NRA's Money Comes From Small Donors,” Chris Brown of Media Matters sneers in triumph.

Who benefits by this man's ethics? How does he contribute to ending gun misuse? Does money speak louder than words? Is he an accessory to murder? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:26pm

How the National Rifle Association Rates Lawmakers

Lawmakers, run National Rifle Association out of Washington, D.C. Every dollar from tax on weapons should be spent on training people how to solve problems non-violently, and to pay for the carnage bullets cause. Stiffen gun ownership laws and stop illegal sales of guns. Your child may be next, one never knows where insanity and stupidity will lead. Better education, more skill training, and more payments to victims of gun violence offers a start to end gun violence. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 1:05am

Six facts about guns, violence, and gun control

 “The most striking features of the data are (1) how much more violent the U.S. is than other OECD countries (except possibly Estonia and Mexico, not shown here), and (2) the degree of change—and recently, decline—there has been in the U.S. time series considered by itself.”

Kieran Healy, a sociologist at Duke University

 
 
 

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