Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Postcard from the End of America: Manhattan

by Linh Dinh / May 5th, 2014
Getting off the Greyhound bus at the Port Authority Terminal, I immediately saw a man in his mid 50′s digging through a garbage can. With his right hand, he held a plastic tray on which were placed whatever edible scraps he could find. Lickable flecks clung to his ample brown beard. Chewing while scavenging, he was quite leisurely with his task and no one among the many people sitting or standing nearby paid him any attention. Done with one trash can, he moved to the next, and since there were so many in this huge building, I imagined his daily buffet to be quite ample and varied.
Like central libraries, bus stations are daytime havens for America’s homeless, but the man described above is a throw back of sort, for his number has dwindled considerably ever since Giuliani decided to hose most of them away. Los Angeles has its Skid Row, San Francisco the Tenderloin, and you can find hundreds of roofless Americans sprawling all over Northwest DC, the showcase quarter, but much of Manhattan has become quite sanitized, purged of not just the homeless but any other kind of poorer Americans, as well as the artsy, Bohemian types, who have mostly migrated to Brooklyn. Pumped up by Wall Street, much of Manhattan has become off limits to all but the super affluent. You can work there, sure, after taking two trains and a bus, but don’t think of moving in, not even into a closet, or curtained off corner of a roach motel-sized, shared apartment. As the rest of the country sinks, this island is buoyed by bailouts and quantitative easing directly deposited into its too-big-to-fail swindling houses, but hey, the Bangladeshi cab drivers and CUNY-graduated waiters and bellhops also get their short stacks of nickels and dimes, so don’t bitch, OK? Dwelling in this Green Zone, it would be easy to think that this country’s near collapse is but a ridiculous rumor.
Speaking of Gotham cabbies, only 8% are native-born these days, and pointing to this fact, Pat Buchanan blames the liberal welfare state for the decline of the American work ethics. What he ignores is that the terms for driving a cab in New York are so bad, even many Pakistani immigrants have stopped driving. Instead of pocketing a share of each fare, most drivers must rent their vehicle at a fixed rate, so that they may even lose money at the end of a 12-hour shift. Thanks to an increasingly superfluous supply of labor, however, you can always get someone to do anything, and this is the direct result of having a porous border in a sinking economy. Globalism is not just about exporting decent jobs, but also importing cheap labor until everyone everywhere makes just about nothing. That’s the master plan, dude, so although ningún ser humano es ilegal is self-evidently true, it’s also a smoke screen to make slaves out of us all.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Media Pile On

Don Sterling Yes, the Empire NO!
by Phillip Faruggio / May 4th, 2014
Let me preface these new thoughts by stating that what another billionaire says or does because he feels ‘above the rest of we serfs‘ is never surprising to me. What Don Sterling, owner of the Clippers basketball team, said and implied is murmured to this writer many times by many people… always in either whispers or in secure settings. Racism is alive and well in Amerika, as it always has been since our founding. What cracks me up is how much television and radio time is reserved for this latest “major scandal”. One can understand the sports media jumping all over this incident. Yet, even they have devoted too much time in bombarding us with what this man said, past and present. Enough already! Oh, yes! The league is suspending him for life from the game, but… he will keep ownership of his team. But wait! They may push him to sell… for over $500 million for a team he bought for less than $20 million. Poor Don Sterling.

▶ Zero : An Investigation Into 9/11 - YouTube

▶ Zero : An Investigation Into 9/11 - YouTube

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lessons Learned as I Prepare for Retirement

I have looked forward to retiring for years. The idea of having control of my time to do what I want sounds about as good at it gets. As an obsessively organized person who likes to have a bit of control over things, I am not comfortable adopting a wait and see attitude, especially when it comes to something as important as planning for my retired life. I don't want to let retirement just happen. I want to do what I can to provide for the best second act possible.
About four years ago I began seriously researching retirement. I visited popular websites, read books, subscribed to newsletters and joined AARP in an effort to get a better handle on what was ahead. During the process I created a blog to share my discoveries and get feedback from those navigating their own personal retirement journey. What I have learned has caused me to adjust some of my initial perceptions and raised my optimism for the future.

Friday, April 25, 2014

14 characteristics of fascism

The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each: 1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. 2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. 3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. 4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized. 5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution. 6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common. 7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. 8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions. 9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. 10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. 11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked. 12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations. 13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders. 14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Postcard from the End of America: Bensalem

by Linh Dinh / April 20th, 2014

When I told my friend, Anwar, of my plan to traverse Bensalem by foot, he laughed, “You can’t even walk there. There are no sidewalks!” Though this is not quite true, I did find myself mostly schlepping on edges of roads or people’s lawns. To not get splattered by SUVs, sometimes I had to hop puddles or even step in mud. Covering twenty miles over two days, the only other pedestrians I encountered was a Mexican immigrant, a few derelict types, perhaps homeless, and a well-tattooed teen couple with bad skin and wearing black T-shirts. Since I didn’t chatter with them, I can’t tell you if they were going to their meth dealer, the Wawa or a bible study group.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bus driver ticketed after woman hit leaving bus at Alameda and Sheridan in Denver - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com

Bus driver ticketed after woman hit leaving bus at Alameda and Sheridan in Denver - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com

Indigenous/Native American/First Nations America's Great Indian Nations Full Film

Indigenous/Native American/First Nations America's Great Indian Nations Full Film

UFOs/Interdimensional/Ultraterrestrials UFO in the Radar Readings of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

UFOs/Interdimensional/Ultraterrestrials UFO in the Radar Readings of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The Odyssey of flight 33

This episode of the legendary early-1960s
American TV series, Rod Serling's 'The
Twilight Zone' was brought to my attention
by a friend and a subscriber to FKTV, as
the strangeness of the fictional plane's
journey portrayed in this episode reminded
her of the ever-changing story, re-hashed by
the Criminal Mainstream Media, as to the
ultimate fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,
en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing several
days ago, with the plane's whereabouts still
remaining "officially unknown".

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Postcard from the End of America: Chicago

by Linh Dinh / March 10th, 2014
I’ve been coming to Chicago forever, but always just for a day or two. The first time was when I was only a teenager and visiting an aunt in St Louis. Another time, it was to take a physical exam for now-defunct Midway Airlines. I was trying to get a job as a baggage handler. The day before, though, I had been at a Philly party where someone handed me a joint. Never one to refuse heartfelt hospitality, I inhaled, but somehow this didn’t prevent me from being hired by Midway. Perhaps they used the same urinalyst, piss parser or golden shower technician as Major Leagues Baseball, you know, the one that kept clearing Sammy Sosa even as he hit, like, 600 home runs in one season. In any case, I never took that Midway job, for I had found another while waiting for their decision. Back in the late 80s, it was that easy to find work, so even a no-skill, no-degreed, beer swilling and, occasionally, very occasionally, actually, pot smoking, coke inhaling or acid dropping bum like me could pick and choose. If you could lift stuff, no matter how awkwardly, you were hired.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Retirement -- The New American Luxury

America has always invented its own status symbols. A lifetime ago, status was being a two-car family or having air conditioning. A decade ago, it was huge houses with three-car garages. There was a time only the rich went on cruises, a status symbol whose cachet is long gone. Just like designer clothes and handbags, the aspirational aspects of American life have long been available to the masses.
But there's one luxury that only a few are still able to afford. And unlike fake designer purses, this luxury cannot be made in China and distributed to a vast group of demanding consumers.
That luxury is retirement.
And only a select few will be able to enjoy the reality of a life-ending decade or two, spent relaxing and pursuing hobbies. Retirement is truly the last exclusive luxury, increasingly available to only a limited group of people — a true status symbol.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’

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Most people haven’t heard of him.

But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

CHRIS HEDGES PREDICTS THE END TIMES

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Buy American! EVeryone

Please watch this video – it's less than 4 minutes and please share it as well.  It is simple and to the point and is exactly the message we need to spread across America

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's Not War, So Stop Saying That

 The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now - with somebody - and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

- Hunter S. Thompson

It's Not War, So Stop Saying That

How to remain secure against NSA surveillance | Bruce Schneier | World news | theguardian.com

How to remain secure against NSA surveillance | Bruce Schneier | World news | theguardian.com

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Jim Hightower

Monsanto Frankenwheat crops-up in Oregon

Cowboy hatBy Jim Hightower - Thu., 6/13/13 Bookmark and Share
Bob Dylan once sent a two-word lyric to Ben Harper, a talented songwriter he admired. "Well well," was the lyric, and Dylan challenged Harper to make a song of it.
... [read more]

The facades of Enniskillen

Cowboy hatBy Jim Hightower - Wed., 6/12/13 Bookmark and Share
These are hard times in Northern Ireland, where unemployment is rampant and Prime Minister David Cameron's corrosive austerity medicine is killing hope.
Yet, the people of a depressed town named Enniskillen... [read more]

A rebellion inside the corporate structure

Cowboy hatBy Jim Hightower - Tue., 6/11/13 Bookmark and Share
Corporate shareholders are revolting! In the very best sense of that term.
More and more investor groups today are rebelling against the top managers of some of the corporations they own.... [read more]

Seeing things at the Jersey Shore

Cowboy hatBy Jim Hightower - Mon., 6/10/13 Bookmark and Share
If you see things that really are not there – are you crazy? Maybe not. Maybe the ones who put the non-existent things there for you to see are the crazy ones.
... [read more]

The hopping hypocrite of Frog Jump

Cowboy hatBy Jim Hightower - Fri., 6/7/13 Bookmark and Share
I'll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," would've loved a current saga that I call: "The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump, Tennessee."
The... [read more]
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Antibiotic Alert: The Drug the Doctor Ordered Could Cause Deadly Side Effects by Joseph Mercola

Antibiotic Alert: The Drug the Doctor Ordered Could Cause Deadly Side Effects by Joseph Mercola

Bin Laden: AUTHENTIC INTERVIEW

Bin Laden: AUTHENTIC INTERVIEW

Scottish independence: Why would Scotland turn itself into Greece? - Telegraph

Scottish independence: Why would Scotland turn itself into Greece? - Telegraph

The Largest Economy In The World Is Imploding Right In Front Of Our Eyes

The Largest Economy In The World Is Imploding Right In Front Of Our Eyes

21 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is About To Go To A Whole New Level

21 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is About To Go To A Whole New Level

Greek protests and general strike: in pictures - Telegraph

Greek protests and general strike: in pictures - Telegraph

Big Brother is looking for a Cyber-Attack Pretext to Crack Down (Greenberg) | Informed Comment

Big Brother is looking for a Cyber-Attack Pretext to Crack Down (Greenberg) | Informed Comment

Malaria returns to crisis-torn Greece

Global health bodies have issued warnings to travellers to the worst hit region in the south of the country, with fears that Athens could soon be affected.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SNL mocks ‘undecided’ voters | _

SNL mocks ‘undecided’ voters | _

MERS Is Dead: Can Be Sued For Fraud: WA Supreme Court - Home - The Daily Bail

MERS Is Dead: Can Be Sued For Fraud: WA Supreme Court - Home - The Daily Bail

SNL mocks ‘undecided’ voters | _

SNL mocks ‘undecided’ voters | _

THE FED'S PONZI SCHEME



Guest Post: The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

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TAIWAN CLAIMS SENKAKU ISLANDS


Now Taiwan Is Also Claiming The Senkaku Islands: 70 Fishing Boats Set Sail To Stake Claim

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GREECE-THE GLOBALIST VASSAL COLONY


One Third Of Athens Businesses Shuttered

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SPAIN


The following is very straightforward.

Spain, through August has seen its tax receipts fall by a huge 4.6%
Spain's government spending has risen by 8.9%

Thus their budgetary deficit is 4.66% of GDP a rise from 3.81%.

Spain is in deep trouble

(courtesy zero hedge)


Spain In A Nutshell

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Join Up! - Clusterfuck Nation

Join Up! - Clusterfuck Nation

Zeitgeist Failure - Clusterfuck Nation

Zeitgeist Failure - Clusterfuck Nation

6 Movies That Make You Never, Ever Want to Have Children | Alternet

6 Movies That Make You Never, Ever Want to Have Children | Alternet

ENEMIES OF THE INTERNET

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NewAmericaNow: How "Crazy Survivalists" Make The World A Better Place

NewAmericaNow: How "Crazy Survivalists" Make The World A Better Place

Syrian Filmmaker Leaves Haunting Record of the War That Killed Him - NYTimes.com

Syrian Filmmaker Leaves Haunting Record of the War That Killed Him - NYTimes.com

Cole: America's 9/11 response subverted our values, liberties | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Cole: America's 9/11 response subverted our values, liberties | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

ClubOrlov: Suicidal Services

ClubOrlov: Suicidal Services

Obscure Film Mocking Muslim Prophet Sparks Anti-U.S. Protests in Egypt and Libya - NYTimes.com

Obscure Film Mocking Muslim Prophet Sparks Anti-U.S. Protests in Egypt and Libya - NYTimes.com

ClubOrlov: Extraenvironmentalist Episode #49: Developing Breakdown

ClubOrlov: Extraenvironmentalist Episode #49: Developing Breakdown

U.S. Government National Debt: What they Won't Tell You

U.S. Government National Debt: What they Won't Tell You

ClubOrlov: Le Vieillard Gros

ClubOrlov: Le Vieillard Gros

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fair trial for Gaddafi’s son in Libya ‘impossible’ – ICC lawyer — RT

Fair trial for Gaddafi’s son in Libya ‘impossible’ – ICC lawyer — RT

Libyan Update From a Libyan - A Failed State - YouTube

Libyan Update From a Libyan - A Failed State - YouTube

Army Manual Outlines Plan To Kill Rioters, Demonstrators In America :

Army Manual Outlines Plan To Kill Rioters, Demonstrators In America :

Report: Countrywide Used Loan Discounts to Buy Congress, Fannie Mae Execs, Other Government Officials - 12160

Report: Countrywide Used Loan Discounts to Buy Congress, Fannie Mae Execs, Other Government Officials - 12160

Asia Times Online :: Asian news and current affairs

Asia Times Online :: Asian news and current affairs

Activist Post: LIBOR: the 'mega-scandal of all mega-scandals' is upon us

Activist Post: LIBOR: the 'mega-scandal of all mega-scandals' is upon us

Charleston Voice: Carnegie Corporation: Globalist, Subversive of American Culture, Sovereignty, & Education

Charleston Voice: Carnegie Corporation: Globalist, Subversive of American Culture, Sovereignty, & Education

MF'ing Justice by Jim Karger

MF'ing Justice by Jim Karger

FOCUS | The West's Hypocrisy Over Pussy Riot Is Breathtaking

FOCUS | The West's Hypocrisy Over Pussy Riot Is Breathtaking

'Rapid Progress': Controlling the Imperial Military With Drugs « LewRockwell.com Blog

'Rapid Progress': Controlling the Imperial Military With Drugs « LewRockwell.com Blog

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012