Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Monday, 15 April 2013 at 17h 30m 3s|
In 2011, Jon Cohn wrote a story called "The Two Year Window," about new research demonstrating the
importance of the first two years of a child's life. Roughly speaking, most child care that's
average or better is probably OK. But down in the bottom third, conditions are often bad enough to
cause permanent cognitive damage, sometimes at a biological level. One third is a lot of kids.
Appropriately, two years later Cohn is back with a follow-up, "The Hell of American Day Care."
Children who get proper attention and interaction, he says, "tend to develop the skills they need to
thrive as adults—like learning how to calm down after a setback or how to focus on a problem long
enough to solve it":
Kids who grow up without that kind of attention tend to lack impulse control and have more
emotional outbursts. Later on, they are more likely to struggle in school or with the law. They also
have more physical health problems. Numerous studies show that all children, especially those from
low-income homes, benefit greatly from sound child care. The key ingredients are quite
simple—starting with plenty of caregivers, who ideally have some expertise in child development.
[SOURCE: Kevin Drum | Mother Jones | 15
So if we pay $100 billion a year for universal Pre-K, we save ourselves the expenses of later years
when we will have to deal with the 30% or more of young adults who have substance abuse issues, are
involved in crime, have mental or psychological health issues, or are cognitively diminished. How
many of our prisons and how many of the homelessness on the street could be prevented from this kind
So is it "socialism" when government provides an important community service paid for with taxes?
And without the service, the community pays the costs of the lack of service two or three times
more. And each of these defective people affect others in the population in often negative and
|Monday, 15 April 2013 at 17h 19m 32s|
How to smuggle money into a state political campaign
Last fall, the California Fair Political Practices Commission revealed what it called "the
largest contribution ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history" after it
discovered that three nonprofits had funneled $11 million from Virginia to Arizona to California.
This $11 million got spent against prop 30 (increasing state taxes to pay for schools) and for prop
32 (which would have made union dues deducted from you paycheck illegal). This money came from a
"non-profit" in Arizona called "Americans for Responsible Leadership".
(what a misnomer? Here's a better one: self-serving greedy ideologues who hate the Middle
Ah but this group got it from another non-profit, who got it from another non-profit who got it from
an Alexandria, Virginia outfit called "Americans for Job Security."
But who are the "people" behind the funds? Well, that will come soon enough, thanks to a California
law that requires the names of all donors to California elections.
"Investigators recently issued a dozen more subpoenas to individuals and nonprofits in connection
with the case, the Huffington Post reported....After initially balking, the nonprofits are now
cooperating with investigators."
Americans for Job Security, founded by Republican operative Dave Carney, who ran Rick Perry's 2012
presidential campaign, is suspected of being little more than a slush fund for donors seeking
anonymity. After investigating AJS in 2009, staffers with Alaska's Public Offices Commission
concluded that AJS "has no purpose other than to cover various money trails all over the
country." Its M.O.: Donors give money to AJS with a cause or campaign in mind, AJS effectively
scrubs the donor's fingerprints, and then it spends the money. AJS paid $20,000 to settle the Alaska
case and promised not to encourage future anonymous giving in Alaska, but admitted no wrongdoing.
[SOURCE: Andy Kroll | Mother Jones | 15
This is how they hide the money of the uber-wealthy. They create these corporate charters and
solicit donations that are used under the smooth smart sounding name of the non-profit. Actually,
usually its the hired jackals who do this for them, like cleaning the kings toe-nails.
But hey, after all, these are Americans for Job "Security". They want to be Secure about those jobs,
you see. That's why they don't support measures that will make government work by paying for the
necessary services (prop 30). That's why they don't like unions. Because they want to be
absolutely "secure" about their control over the people who are on the payroll. They don't want no
back-talk from some upp-ity college grad who makes $30,000 a year typing numbers into a computer.
They don't want no 40 year old engineers telling them somethings wrong with the blueprints. Are you
telling me my money has stop growing because 2 plus 2 equals 4 ? This ain't about school boy logic,
son (or mam). This is about taking the money now while it's still fresh and paying the tiny fine
when we settle outta court later, so you just take what your master gives you and shut up. Damn
unions telling us business folk what to do
and when to do it. When did a union ever create a corporate charter in Delaware so it can break the
laws making money in the other 49 states and have legal cover? When did a union poison the
community by illegally dumping chemicals for 40 years, and then go bankrupt so it can form another
corporation and not have to pay any of the legal claims of the first corporation? When did unions
send legislators to extravagant vacations in Hawaii or the Bermudas or the Philippines complete with
booze and prostitutes and the blackmailing pictures to boot?
It's these gat damn unions that get in our way of doing whatever we want to do whenever
we want to do it. They keep reminding us that actions have consequences. That's why they gotsta
go. Ya dig.
|Saturday, 13 April 2013 at 12h 22m 41s|
Now that's what I call a Baseball fan
|Sunday, 7 April 2013 at 4h 48m 55s|
Yes, it is on purpose
"Centrist Democrats" Have they been right about anything?
The "centrist" Democrats often adopt the 'liberal' line on social issues like gun control or gay
marriage -- which, coincidentally or not, are also issues which have little or no financial impact
on their corporate and high-net-worth individual sponsors.
But what's the verdict on the core economic issues of our time?
Prof. William K. Black Jr. was understandably displeased by The New York Times' description of the
Third Way think tank as "center/left." Prof. Black writes that "Some lies will not die ... Third Way
is Wall Street on the Potomac. It is funded secretly by Wall Street (it refuses to reveal its
donors), it is openly run by Wall Street, and it lobbies endlessly for Wall Street."
Black adds that "Third Way, like every Pete Peterson front group, is dedicated to shredding the
safety net as its highest priority and throwing the Nation back into a gratuitous recession through
[SOURCE: Richard Eskow | Huffington
Post | 5 April 2013]
|Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 11h 29m 51s|
Offshore Tax Havens
Offshore Tax Havens are now like what casinos used to be in the not so distant past, only much more
comprehensive and powerful.
They are used to enable corruption so that officials can be bribed and kickbacks can be obtained
without any scrutiny. They are also used as mailboxes so that profits can be screened from
taxation. They are used to launder money and conceal the origins before the funds achieve their
ultimate destination, just like the Mafia used Restaurants to legitimize money derived from illegal
The leaked files provide facts and figures — cash transfers, incorporation dates, links between
companies and individuals — that illustrate how offshore financial secrecy has spread aggressively
around the globe, allowing the wealthy and the well-connected to dodge taxes and fueling corruption
and economic woes in rich and poor nations alike.
The records detail the offshore holdings of people and companies in more than 170 countries and
The hoard of documents represents the biggest stockpile of inside information about the offshore
system ever obtained by a media organization. The total size of the files, measured in gigabytes, is
more than 160 times larger than the leak of U.S. State Department documents by Wikileaks in 2010.
Got that. Most. Documents. EVER !!!
The extent of the scandal is incredible. So watch for the news media to be on the move to create
scandal to take the scent off the real one. I sense Justin Bieber exposees coming. Or Steroid use
in MLB or
maybe a few small-time local politicians getting busted in a FED sting. Or maybe its an epidemic of
that has affected the President's children. Something else will become the "official"
distraction (remember Terry Shiavo). Exposing the massive and systematic international connections
of global politicians being bribed by the global elite is not going to get the light of day. I hope
[SOURCE: DS Wright | FireDogLake | 4 April
A slideshow from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation makes the documentation easy to access.Click here.
Hmmm. Where's the NYTimes or the Washington Post on this story?
I'm sure the headline will be something like "Documents Reveal that Wealthy Avoid Taxes in offshore
bank accounts" if they have to bother with the story. If necessary, scapegoats will be found, and
this will turn into individualistic morality stories with some chosen bad actors ( like Oliver
North, Bernie Madoff, or Martha Stewart). They will avoid making the obvious larger connections to
international finance, corporations, world politicians and government officials. The system
produces it's own victims. The rhetorical virgins must be slaughtered by the high priests. The
marionette strings are never revealed
However, be not confused or distracted. This is not about Tax cheats. It's about corruption larger
than the scale of BCCI Banking Scandal and the Iran-Contra shenanigans during the Reagan years.
Look those up.
|Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 11h 34m 20s|
Who would have ever thought this discussion would ever have an actual basis? This is Blade Runner
The Story below from Brad Plumer at the Washington Post, gives a good view of whether driverless
cars would decrease or increase energy usage.
[SOURCE: Brad Plumer | Washington
Post | 30 March 2013]
|Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 11h 23m 58s|
Nothing wrong with borrowing
From Matthew Iglesias at Slate.com
just consider that there is some level of government spending that you consider appropriate. Imagine
that level of spending is achieved. Zero money is being spent on wasteful or useless programs, and
no good spending is being forgone. We're doing everything we ought to be doing. Now we need to
finance that spending with some mixture of taxes and borrowing. The Cooper viewpoint is that it's
always the case that the optimal mix is 100 percent taxes and 0 percent borrowing. But why would
that be? If the future is going to be richer than the present, there's a strong prima facie case for
borrowing. You don't pay 100 percent cash for your house or your college tuition, and there's no
reason you should pay 100 percent cash for your national defense or vital infrastructure either. How
much should you borrow? It has a lot to do with the interest rates. Not only is borrowing at a high
interest rate expensive, but government borrowing at a high interest rates crowds out private
capital investment. But if interest rates are low, then you don't need to worry much about crowding
out, and the economic burden of repaying the interest is likely lower than the economic burden of
So you borrow some money. Ronald Reagan did it. George W. Bush did it.
[SOURCE: Matthew Iglesias | Slate.com | 3
In other words, sometimes that which is called "government debt" is really just a decision to
include borrowing as a component of getting the necessary government revenue to pay for the things
that we decide government should do, or the things that government should invest. Framing the
argument as one of getting government to spend exactly what is raised from revenue without bothering
to "envision" what it is government should be spending or investing is as ridiculous a proposition
as tying a rope of unknown length around a tree of constantly changing width. The "serious"
discussions of cutting government mingles with cutting taxes when the actual decisions should be
agreement on what government should be spending and investing. Worry about how to pay for it once
that agreement is made.
Alas, as I say all the time, this rhetoric is not serious at all. The goalposts move all the time.
Cuts are made, but then "necessary" costs are added, and taxes are always cut (if only for the upper
few). The overall balance
of what government spends and invests is never made, but rather occurs in a myriad of byzantine
subsidies or tax credits in the name of "creating jobs" or maintaining "competitiveness". Military
costs and investments have almost no oversight. The budget is thus a compilation of various
different interests. There is no guiding oversight.
|Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 11h 10m 57s|
Paul Craig Roberts is not a kook
Dr. Roberts is an American economist and a columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is a former editor and
columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service.
So when he speaks about a 9-11 Cover up, you need to respect his point of view, and try to
understand that governments and politicians form cliques and keep secrets. History is proof.
A haunting quote from the interview "If you lie to cover up incompetence, then you could also lie
CLICK THE SOURCE BELOW.
[SOURCE: PaulCraigRoberts | The Corbett
Report | ]
A brief list of histories great conspiracies:
- Vietnam advisors began during the Eisenhower administration
- Augustin Pinochet topples Salvadore Allende's Chilean government with US aid and planning
assistance on September 11th ... in 1973
- The manhattan project during World War II
- The invasion of DDay -- the Germans thought it would come in Calais, 100 - 150 miles further North
- The USS Maine explosion in 1898 .. Admiral Dewey just so happened to have the US fleet off the
coast of Manila in the Phillipines
- The Germans send (smuggle?) Lenin to Russia on a train, to precipitate Russian withdrawal from
World War One and the beginnings of the Russian Revolution occur as an ancillary result
- Zachary Taylor had the American Army and Cavalry on the border of the Rio Grande, in what Mexico
considered Mexican Territory and refused to leave ... under orders from President Polk who wanted to
add Mexican Territory to the United States.
- Hawaii was turned into an American "protectorate" on January 17, 1893, in which
anti-monarchial insurgents within the Kingdom of Hawaii, composed largely of American citizens,
engineered the overthrow of its native monarch ... because the safety of the monarchy was in
"danger" of being taken by the European "Imperialists"
- Julius Caesar stabbed by every Senator, called to the Senate under a ruse of national emergency
-- "Et Tu Brutus" and the "Aides of March" are now legacies
|Thursday, 7 March 2013 at 21h 17m 7s|
5 predictions for the coming MLB season
- The Boston Red Sox will have a better record than the Yankees
- The Kansas City Royals win more than 90 games and have a top pitching staff
- The Milwaukee Brewers will make it to the world series as Carlos Gomez has a 30-30 season and
the pitching staff surprises everyone with a top 3 ranking
- Houston will win more than 60 games. Maybe 62.
- Seattle will challenge Oakland for the Western Division as both Texas and Anaheim fall apart
Bonus prediction: the world series will be Detroit or Kansas City vs. Milwaukee
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 at 18h 49m 33s|
Why did A New York Times Reporter Lie
This blows me away. A NY Times reporter is asked by Tesla Motors to test drive it's newest model
electric car, and the reporter does everything possible to make the car malfunction and then writes
a negative article about the car.
Then Tesla motors
easily proves this happened by producing data from the car logs.
[SOURCE: Elon Musk | Tesla Motors | 13
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