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The people hit back...literally (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/25/2009
Security "roughs up" a soccer fan...soccer fans "rough up" security.  Watch here »
Maddow hits Obama hard on his "detention" plan (Video)
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 05/24/2009
--This was a beautiful speech from President Obama today with patriotic, moving, even poetic language about the “rule of law” and the Constitution…AND one of the most radical proposals for defying the Constitution that we have ever heard made to the American people.  Watch here »
This is unbelievable. I mean seriously, is this accurate?

Is the Federal Government REALLY claiming that it has the right to detain and hold you indefinitely based on ZERO evidence of ANY crime whatsoever?

...Not based on a crime that you have committed, not based on evidence that you "conspired" or attempted to commit a crime, but based only on the "charge" that it THINKS you will do so in the future!??
US Association of Physicians calls for Moratorium on GMO Foods
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 05/23/2009
In a just-released position paper on GMO foods, the AAEM states that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk’ and calls for a moratorium on GMO foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes ‘there is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects’ and that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.’ The report is a devastating blow to the multibillion dollar international agribusiness industry, most especially to Monsanto Corporation, the world’s leading purveyor of GMO seeds and related herbicides.  Read full article »
Skeptical Conservative radio host gets waterboarded - in 7 seconds admits "it's torture"
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 05/22/2009
--"I wanted to prove it wasn't torture," Mancow said. "They cut off our heads, we put water on their face...I got voted to do this but I really thought 'I'm going to laugh this off.' "

The upshot? "It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that's no joke," Mancow told listeners. "It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back...It was instantaneous...and I don't want to say this: absolutely torture."
 Read full article »
On the "they cut off our heads" statement, I'd just like to point out (for the hundredth time) that the US government paid Afghan warlords thousands of dollars for each “suspect” the warlords produced.

In other words, don’t confuse those who ARE guilty of committing heinous crimes with the goat herders and other innocent “suspects” who were / are guilty of absolutely nothing.

If you haven’t seen “Torturing Democracy” (Brought to you by George Washington University) it’s well worth your time.
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/torturingdemocracy/program/
How many does it take to control the "News?" (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/22/2009
Fox News whistleblowers lose their job for refusing to kill story about Monsanto's "Bovine Growth Hormone."  Watch here »
After you've watched the link above, you might want to check out this one too. (Dan Rather speaks about the corrupt "mainstream media.")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ckeqIoZz9c
Obama's Trail of Broken Promises
Source: Counterpunch Submitted: 05/21/2009
--The change that we are witnessing is in Obama, not in policies.

--Obama said he would close the torture prison, Guantanamo, and abolish the kangaroo courts known as military tribunals. But now he says he is going to reform the tribunals and continue the process...

--The policy of kidnapping people (usually on the basis of disinformation supplied by their enemies) and whisking them off to third world prisons to be interrogated is to be continued.

--Obama has defended the Bush/Cheney warrantless wiretapping program run by the National Security Agency and broadened the government’s legal argument that “sovereign immunity” protects government officials from prosecution...

--In a signing statement this month, Obama abandoned his promise to protect whislte-blowers who give information of executive branch illegality to Congress.
 Read full article »
The Great Water Heist (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/21/2009
The sponsors call it the "Clean Water Restoration Act."

It's kind of like calling the shredding of the Bill of Rights under Bush II, the PATRIOT Act.

If the federal government takes control over all the non-navigable water in the US and the land adjoining it, then it will have the right to seize it and give it away.

Give it away to who?

Well, that multi-trillion dollar deficit has to be paid off somehow.

Look to the Feds to to try to take control of more and more private property in the months and years to come.

Just say no.
 Watch here »
I linked to YouTube so people could comment, but the text above was taken from this page:
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/625.html
Arbitrary 'no-fly' list may soon become a 'no-guns' list
Source: Examiner Submitted: 05/20/2009
--The poor quality of the no-fly list, the arbitrary nature of the inclusion of names on the list and its impact on innocent people is no secret, having been covered by mainstream media and litigated in the courts for the past half decade plus. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and co-sponsor Rep. Steve Israel, both of New York, can't claim that they don't know that the no-fly list is a civil liberties nightmare that serves only to seriously inconvenience people, violate rights and generate headline-grabbing news stories.

So it's fair to conclude that Rep. McCarthy has no problem with the arbitrary denial of individual rights, so long as such denial furthers her crusade against gun ownership.
 Read full article »
Confessions of an Economic Hitman (Audio)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/19/2009
Alex talks with economist and author John Perkins. Perkins says that he “was an ‘economic hit man’ for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinational corporations cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. Perkins writes about his experiences in his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.  Listen here »
Ventura: If waterboarding is fine, why don’t cops do it? (Video - Highly Recommended)
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 05/18/2009
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, making a guest appearance on ABC’s The View, gave co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck a lesson or two about the torture technique known as waterboarding.

Ventura, who underwent a barrage of torture techniques at the military Survival, Evade, Resist and Escape (SERE) school, confirmed for Hasselbeck that waterboarding is torture and not just an “enhanced interrogation technique.”
 Watch here »
Here is another story that ties in well:

"DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners"
http://www.truthout.org/042709J
UPDATE: So-called "Patriot Act" in action
Source: Wired.com Submitted: 05/17/2009
--The arrest of Lundeby’s son stoked widespread outrage on the internet after Raleigh, North Carolina’s WRAL-5 reported on the case...

Much of the online fury was triggered by Lundeby’s incorrect claim — uncritically reported by the station — that the boy was being held without any legal rights on the authority of the 2001 USA Patriot Act. In truth, making telephone bomb threats has been a federal crime since 1939. The teenager is being held without bail in Indiana, but he’s been formally charged, has a court-appointed attorney, and has already made three appearances in front of a judge. The case is sealed because the suspect is a minor.

Responding to the internet outrage on Thursday, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Indiana issued a press release (.pdf) emphasizing the the teenager is not being held on terrorism charges. The case “alleges a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e), which prohibits sending false information about an attempt to kill, injure or intimidate any individual or to unlawfully to damage any building through an instrument of interstate commerce,” the prosecutors wrote.
 Read full article »
I'm guessing the kid's mom will say that she was originally told her child was being held under the Patriot Act and the government changed its tune due to all the pressure. How we'll ever know for sure, that's tough to say. (Regardless, the kid has a right to be charged, tried, and convicted or acquitted in court.)

The original story (as we posted on May 5th) can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9zGhYSIAP8
Protecting The Children (CPS & "Cash for Kids")
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/17/2009
This is a short segment from a recent interview with Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer about the “Child Protective Services” industry.

In this 14-minute clip, you’ll hear about foster families that just warehouse kids for the checks they receive, how easily kids can be taken from their parents (without any due process) and the increased likelihood of abuse (often sexual) that these “legally kidnapped” kids face.
 Listen here »
If you decide you want to listen to the entire interview, it is available here:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/georgia-senator-nancy-schaefer-talks-about-cps-alex-jones-show.html

Side note: Somebody wrote me today and asked if I ever "get depressed" about all this stuff. I figured it was worth sharing some of my reply here:

"I don't get depressed about the things I can't do anything about (there will always be thieves, rapists, murderers, war profiteers, pedophiles, etc.) What does sometimes bring me down is how little others are willing to do in order to defend themselves (and ultimately their kids) against these criminals...

The masses are willing to accept that PEOPLE can be ignorant, dangerous, dishonest, selfish and irresponsible...so they assemble a group of PEOPLE, call it "government," and act as if they've solved their problem."

"Suspect" Tortured Until He Signed a "Confession" He Never Read
Source: WashingtonsBlog.com Submitted: 05/15/2009
The NBC News analysis shows that more than one quarter of all footnotes in the 9/11 Report refer to CIA interrogations of al-Qaida operatives who were subjected to the now-controversial interrogation techniques. In fact, information derived from the interrogations is central to the Report’s most critical chapters, those on the planning and execution of the attacks. The analysis also shows - and agency and commission staffers concur - there was a separate, second round of interrogations in early 2004, done specifically to answer new questions from the Commission.

9/11 Commission staffers say they "guessed" but did not know for certain that harsh techniques had been used, and they were concerned that the techniques had affected the operatives’ credibility. At least four of the operatives whose interrogation figured in the 9/11 Commission Report have claimed that they told interrogators critical information as a way to stop being "tortured." The claims came during their hearings last spring at the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...
 Read full article »
If you can torture, you can force confessions.

If you can force confessions, you don't need that pesky little thing called "EVIDENCE."
Disinfo in the media (Video - Recommended)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 05/15/2009
William Schaap gives expert, informed testimony on the US Government's use of the media to disseminate disinformation. (Lies cooked up by the CIA and FBI to manipulate the American people.)  Watch here »
Patent for killer chip denied in Germany
Source: PressTV Submitted: 05/14/2009
On Wednesday, a German Patent Office spokeswoman said the application was received on October 30, 2007 and published 18 months later, as required by law, in a patents database. But inventions that are unethical or a danger to the public are not recognized.

Reporters said the document proposed that tiny semiconductors be implanted or placed by injection under the skin of people so their whereabouts could be tracked by global-positioning satellites. This could be used to prevent immigrants overstaying.

A model B of the system would contain a poison such as cyanide, which could be released by remote control to "eliminate" people if they became a security risk. The document said this could be used against terrorists or criminals.
 Read full article »
"Omerta" on steroids? Maybe this is how the corrupt elite control their underlings...
Legality of "Machine-Based" Vote Counting Will Go to Trial
Source: We The People Foundation Submitted: 05/12/2009
--It must be noted that this is the first federal lawsuit ever to be approved for trial directly challenging the constitutional integrity of a state’s official election procedures which are totally dependent, almost without exception, upon machine-based vote counting.

In the complaint, WTP supporters from all fifty states participated as plaintiffs arguing that the People have a fundamental, natural Right to know their votes are being accurately counted, and that it is unconstitutional for the Government to count our votes in secret -- which is precisely what happens when the “hidden” mechanisms of a machine (whether electronic or mechanical) counts the votes and produces a total.
 Read full article »
The Federal Government Owns Your State
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 05/11/2009
For the first time ever federal aid now funds the majority of state government spending. ...It wasn't supposed to be this way.

* Government was supposed to be local, close to the people

* Federal government was supposed to be small compared to the combined states

* The 10th Amendment limits the federal government to 20 functions, leaving all other matters to the states and the people. To see the list of these functions, go to DownsizeDC.org's Enumerated Powers Act campaign (and) click on the "Talking Points" tab.

It's bad enough that Congress has exceeded its constitutional limits. It's potentially worse that they now fund the majority of state spending too. Funding usually means control, so the consequences are huge . . .
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Media Censoring Lethal Side Effects Of Flu Remedies
Source: AmericanFreePress.net Submitted: 05/10/2009
Donald Rumsfeld’s Tamiflu pushers (just as they were in 2006) are set to be the big winners in the GSFS (great swine flu scare of 2009) lottery. Shares of Swiss drug-maker Roche Holding had fallen sharply after their latest cancer drug failure—but the GSFS came just in time to give their falling stocks a boost—just as the great bird flu scare of 2006 did.

--Now the World Health Organization (WHO)—courtesy of ever-suffering U.S. taxpayers—wants to “save” billions of people by spending billions of dollars for: 1.) Roche’s flu drug Tamiflu; and 2.) a rush to concoct a vaccine for a virus they claim is a mystery to science. The leading contender to get that juicy vaccine contract is Baxter—the same company that almost unleashed a deadly pandemic on the world less than six months before the GSFS.
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If you missed the story about the "accidental contamination" of flu vaccines by Baxter, you can read about it here:
http://joeplummer.com/vaccine_contamination.html
On "Regaining Control"
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 05/09/2009
-- It has been argued that the Founders' intent was to make it the right and DUTY of a jury to "judge of the justice of the law and to hold all laws invalid that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating or resisting the execution of such laws." -Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury

To better guarantee this "right and duty," a jury ought to be given a choice of THREE verdicts that it can return in court: Guilty, not guilty, or NOT PUNISHABLE. This third verdict would render useless the government's practice of passing laws that nobody asked for and few support. It would also provide citizens the ability to stop punishing "crimes" that are no longer considered criminal. (Like refusing to fund or obey an openly criminal and unaccountable government.)
 Read full article »
Would you believe it's this person's JOB to "watch after" the Fed? (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 05/09/2009
Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.  Read full article »
The so-called "Federal Reserve System" is nothing more than a "system" of financial control put in place BY bankers FOR bankers.

If you have enough insight to understand why defense contractors should NOT be in charge of our nation's foreign policy, you have enough insight to understand why bankers controlling our nation's monetary policy isn't such a "great idea" either.

There is a short / free book on the FED (available in HTML and PDF format) here:
http://joeplummer.com/meet_the_system.html
Fraud in Academia
Source: GMU.edu Submitted: 05/08/2009
Soon college students will come home and present parents with their grades. To avoid delusion, parents should do some serious discounting because of rampant grade inflation. If grade inflation continues, a college bachelor's degree will have just as much credibility as a high school diploma.

-- Some college administrators will tell us that the higher grades merely reflect higher-quality students. Balderdash! SAT scores have been in decline for four decades and at least a third of entering freshmen must enroll in a remedial course either in math, writing or reading, which indicates academic fraud at the high school level. A recent survey of more than 30,000 first-year students revealed that nearly half spent more hours drinking than study. Another survey found that a third of students expected B's just for attending class, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the assigned reading.
 Read full article »
Here is a test for ya...

Which is easier:

1. Increase the quality of the education system, OR

2. Decrease the difficulty of the tests?
Rockefeller: Internet dangerous, shouldn't have been invented (Video)
Source: Cspan Submitted: 05/07/2009
.  Watch here »
I saw a great comment regarding this video:

"Well, The Government needs to move on to their OWN internet and leave the rest of us alone."

Great point. It should be much easier for them to create something that only THEY have access to. ....much smaller, much easier to control / regulate.

But of course, that assumes they're not after something else. ...claiming they need to heavily regulate OUR web to "keep us safe," when in fact it's the Alternative Media (constantly exposing their lies) that is the real target.
Did Chrysler's Creditors WANT Chrysler to go Bankrupt?
Source: Huffington Post Submitted: 05/06/2009
The White House, auto executives and union representatives were all able to come to an agreement last week to keep Chrysler out of bankruptcy. But the car company's creditors -- Wall Street banks and hedge funds -- refused repeated compromises and drove the company under.

The refusal doomed a major American auto company to bankruptcy, but it may have been a smart business move for the lenders.

Many of the Wall Street firms holding Chrysler bonds may also own credit default swaps that they bought to hedge their bets. These swaps, which are essentially like an insurance policy on the bonds should Chrysler default, were likely mostly issued by AIG.

AIG, thanks to the government bailout, has paid off swaps in the past at 100 cents on the dollar. Under the deal they would have had to accept with Chrysler, the bondholders would have received as little as 30 cents on the dollar, for example. ...Why take 30 or 35 cents on the dollar from Chrysler when you can get the whole buck from the American taxpayer?
 Read full article »
So in the simplest terms:

I loan a company $1 million but I'm not totally sure the company will be able to pay me back. So, just in case, I take out some "insurance" on the loan. If the company I loaned the money to burns to the ground (goes bankrupt) then the insurance company (say AIG) will owe me a million dollars.

As I feared, the company starts to get shaky and wants to renegotiate what it owes me...WHY would I do that if, when the company goes broke, I will get 100% of what it owes from the insurance policy? (Never mind that I'll be paid with money stolen from the taxpayers...that's not my problem.)
The so-called "Patriot Act" in action (Video)
Source: WRAL News 5 Submitted: 05/05/2009
--The family has been told they have no rights to see their child and, under the USA PATRIOT ACT, the child has no rights to even defend himself. They claim the Constitution does not apply to this 16 year old, natural born, American citizen.  Watch here »
UPDATE: According to this article at Wired.com, the news story (above) contained inaccuracies.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/teenage-bomb-threat-suspect-was-an-internet-prank-phone-call-star
"Homeland Security" Document Lists "Alternative Media" as Potential Terrorists
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/04/2009
--In the same breath as radical Cuban Communists, the “decentralized terrorist movement,” “lone terrorists,” “racist skinheads” and the Mexican separatist movement, we find an entry for “alternative media,” alongside the blurb, “a term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets.”

That’s right folks - the federal government is training its enforcers that people who don’t believe everything they see on Fox News, CNN or read in the New York Times are to be treated as a “threat” and a potential violent domestic terrorist.
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The ( ? ) to keep and bear arms (Video)
Source: Infowars Submitted: 05/03/2009
As Lou Dobbs notes here, Obama is in favor of the ratifying CIFTA, the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms. On its face, the treaty sounds reasonable because it would “prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials” (emphasis added). However, upon reading the bill we discover the following:  Watch here »
Another Scientist Debunks the “Official Government Version” of 9/11 (Audio)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/02/2009
Alex talks with Associate Professor Niels Harrit (Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.)  Listen here »
Downsize DC Progress Report
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 05/01/2009
* The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,004 -- that's a new increment of 1,000

* We grew by a net of 302 new members during April

* 710 people registered to use the Educate the Powerful System, which beat April of 2008 by 233

* We pounded Congress with 31,730 messages (in April)

We're constantly growing, despite our recent technical difficulties. But is it fast enough? Not yet. The feedback we got about growth goals seems to average out as follows . . .

* 100,000 members would probably give us a "critical mass" that would allow us to grow very rapidly

* And 1 million would probably give us sufficient strength to win major victories and start making our message heard by everyone, everywhere, every day
 Read full article »
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FLASHBACK - Bayer Knowingly Distributes AIDS (Video - Recommended)
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 04/29/2009
.  Watch here »
Olbermann pressing on Hannity's waterboard offer
Source: AP Submitted: 04/29/2009
After Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity made a seemingly impromptu offer last week to undergo waterboarding as a benefit for charity, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann leapt at it. He offered $1,000 to the families of U.S. troops for every second Hannity withstood the technique.

Olbermann repeated the offer on Monday's show and said in an interview Tuesday that he's heard no response. He said he'll continue to pursue it.

"I don't think he has the courage to even respond to this — let alone do it," Olbermann said.
 Read full article »
NBC Affiliate Meteorologist Rips MSNBC for Apocalyptic Global Warming Special
Source: BusinessandMedia.com Submitted: 04/28/2009
--Steffen rebutted claims of the MSNBC special saying that ice in the Antarctic has actually been expanding and that polar ice melting alone would not cause sea level to rise as depicted in the “Future Earth.”

“Keep in mind that if the Polar icecap (without Greenland) melted…it would hardly cause sea level to rise, because the icecap is currently displacing water in the Arctic Ocean,” Steffen wrote.

Steffen also pointed out, as many others have, the financial stake NBC Universal’s parent company General Electric (NYSE:GE) has invested in cap-and-trade becoming law.

--“Interesting note: In the fourth quarter of 2008 as GE/NBC stock fell 30 percent, GE spent $4.26 million on lobbying — that’s $46,304 each day, including weekends, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Steffen wrote. “In 2008, the company spent a grand total of $18.66 million on lobbying. Reviewing their lobbying filings, GE’s specific lobbying issues included the ‘Climate Stewardship Act,’ ‘Electric Utility Cap and Trade Act,’ ‘Global Warming Reduction Act,’ ‘Federal Government Greenhouse Gas Registry Act,’ ‘Low Carbon Economy Act,’ and ‘Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.’ Do you think this ‘big business’ is just concerned about the environment?”
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Why You’ve Never Heard of the Great Depression of 1920 (Video)
Source: Thomas E. Woods (Author of "Meltdown") Submitted: 04/27/2009
.  Watch here »
This is very important, especially considering our current "economic crisis."

It is not a perfect comparison to our current situation because we still had REAL money at the time (instead of a money supply based entirely on debt) but that in itself is just another indictment against our current monetary system.
Flu Kills The Torture Memos
Source: LegitGov.org Submitted: 04/26/2009
-- Scientists said the virus combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before. “We are very, very concerned,” World Health Organization spokesman Thomas Abraham said. “We have what appears to be a novel virus and it has spread from human to human,” he said. “It’s all hands on deck at the moment.”

Guess where the first swine flu outbreak occurred? That's right, Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1976. Also likely created in a US Army lab. Thirteen soldiers died, leading the US government to force a questionable vaccine on the population -- backed by a legal liability escape clause mandated by and for the pharma-terrorists. Next, people started dying not from the flu -- but from the *vaccine.*
 Read full article »
UPDATE: Special thanks to a visitor who notified us the death toll from the 1976 swine flu at Fort Dix was only 1...not 13 as reported in the story at "legitgov.org."

...That it was only ONE soldier makes it that much MORE unacceptable that the government tried to roll out a mandatory nationwide inoculation program.

My original comment that appeared with the story appears in quotes below, followed by another update:

"...just something to distract the public from the torture story? ...not sure I'd buy that.

Something that our military created? Now THAT wouldn't surprise me a bit.

Something that was released for some other sinister purpose?...sadly, that wouldn't surprise me either.

Guess we'll have to wait and see how bad it gets and what kind of new "emergency powers" the government seizes (using this as a justification.)"

This brings up another angle to consider: The effect this crisis will have on government vaccine purchases.

The "normal flu" has killed nearly 14,000 people so far this year...but no panic. How many have died due to this new "outbreak?" Less than two hundred? Does the situation really warrant this level of hysteria or is it just another case of "hype for gain."
Harvard Conference: "Supporters of Capitalism Are Crazy"
Source: Mises.org Submitted: 04/25/2009
--In short, the conference was about this: “Why do people still think the interaction of free individuals is a superior economic system to one directed by Harvard Ph.D.s like us? I mean, apart from the failure of central planning in every case in which it's been tried, a failure so staggering that only a blockhead could miss it, why would people cling to the idea that being herded into a collective run by the experts isn't the best way to live?"

So by assuming from the outset the very thing that needs to be proven — namely, that the current state of the economy just occurred spontaneously, as the result of wicked market forces — our betters relieve themselves of the need to consider that central banking, a government-established institution, just might have had, you know, a little something to do with what happened.
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Still not sure how our "fractional reserve" central banking system causes chaos in the economy? Want an EASY / short introduction to the topic?

http://www.amazon.com/Dishonest-Money-Joseph-Plummer/dp/1439214115
The Judgment on Vaccines Is In? (Recommended)
Source: Jim Carrey Submitted: 04/23/2009
--I've also heard it said that no evidence of a link between vaccines and autism has ever been found. That statement is only true for the CDC, the AAP and the vaccine makers who've been ignoring mountains of scientific information and testimony. There's no evidence of the Lincoln Memorial if you look the other way and refuse to turn around. But if you care to look, it's really quite impressive. For a sample of vaccine injury evidence go to www.generationrescue.org/lincolnmemorial.html.

We have never argued that people shouldn't be immunized for the most serious threats including measles and polio, but surely there's a limit as to how many viruses and toxins can be introduced into the body of a small child. Veterinarians found out years ago that in many cases they were over-immunizing our pets, a syndrome they call Vaccinosis. It overwhelmed the immune system of the animals, causing myriad physical and neurological disorders. Sound familiar? If you can over-immunize a dog, is it so far out to assume that you can over-immunize a child? These forward thinking vets also decided to remove thimerosal from animal vaccines in 1992, and yet this substance, which is 49% mercury, is still in human vaccines. Don't our children deserve as much consideration as our pets?
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The article above is very well-written.

My thoughts on this issue are pretty straight forward: Mercury is a DEADLY neurotoxin. So, of all the “preservatives” that vaccine manufacturers could have chosen, why would they choose mercury?

Are we really to believe there were no other ingredients on the face of the earth that could have been used instead? Put another way, if there WERE non-toxic ingredients available, WHY did they choose to inject you and your children with a known poison?

After presenting nearly an hour of evidence about the known dangers of mercury and its effect on "population growth," David Ayoub, M.D. asks the same question. It then leads him to an even more upsetting question: --Is there any evidence that mercury in our vaccines serves another purpose? (Here is a short clip from his talk) http://libertyradio.com/video/mercuryclip.wmv
Ed Griffin interview, today at 3:00pm EST
Source: Republic Magazine Submitted: 04/23/2009
.  Listen here »
Listen live today at 3:00 pm EST. If you miss the show, they should have an MP3 posted at the same URL by 6:00pm EST.
Pot vs. Booze: A Former Police Chief's Take
Source: AlterNet Submitted: 04/22/2009
--First, a disclaimer: I am a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, but I don't officially represent the organization in this forum. That said, I can't very well check my affiliation, or beliefs, at the keyboard when I sit down to blog. We at LEAP are current and former cops and other criminal justice practitioners who have witnessed firsthand the futility and manifold injustices of the drug war. Our professional experiences have led us to conclude that the more dangerous an illicit substance -- from crack to krank -- the greater the justification for its legalization, regulation, and control. It is the prohibition of drugs that leads inexorably to high rates of death, disease, crime, and addiction.  Read full article »
Republic Magazine interviews me about the Fed (Audio)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 04/22/2009
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This interview is an hour long...covers a lot of ground.
FBI workers accused of spying on dressing room
Source: AP Submitted: 04/21/2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

-- Organizer Cynthia Woodyard said volunteers, donors and participants are angry. "I can't even begin to put words around what I consider an unspeakable act, the misuse of surveillance by a branch of our government in a place we felt so secure," she said. "Never in a million years would we have thought something like this would happen. We're in shock."
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Wiretap Recorded U.S. Rep Promising to Intervene for AIPAC
Source: CQ Politics Submitted: 04/20/2009
Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.  Read full article »
Welcome to “how it works” at the top. Ambitious politicians use their “influence” to do “favors” for special-interest groups that promise them “favors” in return.

In this case, we have a so-called “United States” representative agreeing to intervene on behalf of two people accused of spying against the United States. To me, that sounds like the representative is actually “representing” another country. And the scariest part is, it was allegedly done with the understanding this “representative” would be awarded a much higher position in our government for her efforts. (Where she could presumably do many more “favors” for the foreign interests that helped land her the new job.)

But it doesn’t end there…because this particular “US representative” had helped squash a story about the Bush administration’s ILLEGAL wiretapping program, a very grateful Attorney General (Alberto Gonzales) intervened on HER behalf to kill the investigation against her.

–These are our “leaders” folks. Next time you see one of your political idols doing something that doesn’t make sense to you, just remember how things really work in Washington.
How the FED created the housing bubble (10-minute Audio clip)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 04/19/2009
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I know it's not technically a "podcast" yet (still working on doing the "feed" thing) but hopefully you'll find the info useful just the same.
"Suspect" waterboarded 183 Times in One Month
Source: Emptywheel.firedoglake.com Submitted: 04/19/2009
--The CIA wants you to believe waterboarding is effective. Yet somehow, it took them 183 applications of the waterboard in a one month period to get what they claimed was cooperation out of KSM. That doesn't sound very effective to me.  Read full article »
Taken from:
http://joeplummer.com/on_torture.html

--"Torture is really good at producing ONE thing: confessions. Confessions eliminate the need for evidence. (Most human beings will confess to anything if tortured long enough - It makes no difference whether they’re a suspected heretic, witch, or enemy combatant.) Once a nation accepts this type of “justice system,” full-blown despotism is only a stone’s throw away.

Speak out against the torture regime? –Dare to challenge its policies? You might as well declare yourself a person who cares nothing for the safety of the nation. You might as well declare yourself a “terrorist sympathizer.” (Now, it is YOU who is the suspect.) Off to the gulag with you and your kind; where “evidence” of your evil plots (confessions) will be gathered via the enhanced interrogation techniques described in the article above."
Man refuses illegal orders at "checkpoint" (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 04/18/2009
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Fast forward to about 25 minutes in and you’ll see he is finally let go without a search.

I understand that these videos make people squirm because it seems like the person who is “refusing to cooperate” is just being a jackass…that is not the case.

It is against the law for the government (without a warrant and/or without probable cause) to stop you and search you or your vehicle. If you cooperate, you are encouraging the government to break the law and you’re making it harder on those who expect the government to obey the law.

Nobody should be put in a position where they have to make the difficult decision to resist in this way…but they should be commended for doing so. The bottom line is, if everyone simply goes along with these illegal East German tactics, soon everyone will be EXPECTED to do so and the violations of our rights (in frequency and severity) will quickly escalate.

Assuming this account is legitimate, things didn't work out so well for this other guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUzd7G875Hc&feature=channel
Is Secession 'Anti-American'?
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 04/17/2009
In response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's defense of states’ rights, State Rep. Jim Dunnam (D-Waco) says secession is anti-American. He even threw in a gratuitous race card to try to vilify the governor.

It should go without saying that the United States of America began with a series of thirteen secessions. The founding document of the American union is itself a collective "declaration of independence" that affirms unilateral secession to be part of our inalienable right of liberty. The U.S. Constitution (to which Rep. Dunnam has pledged an oath) affirms that the federal government's authority is both "enumerated" and "delegated," while the powers of the states are "reserved."

In other words, according to the Constitution, the states are the boss of the union, not the other way around. This is why leaders of the Texas state legislature, backed eloquently by Gov. Rick Perry, are reminding the bloated federal apparatus of its proper place as servant of the states. And Texas is not alone.
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Kettling: Arrest everyone, ask questions later
Source: OpenDemocracy.com Submitted: 04/16/2009
--"kettling"- the practice by police of cordoning off city blocks at both ends and containing protestors for hours before arresting them for all intents and purposes, had its US debut five years ago during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

--The policy of mass arresting and detaining protestors was deliberate and premeditated, as revealed in NYPD documents released in 2007 under court order. The intention was to disrupt, discourage, and ultimately, disperse the protest presence from the streets by creating a climate of fear.

-- Independent filmmaker Mike Hall caught the whole experience on film and turned it into a short documentary, 16th Street Tactical. The imagery will be familiar to anyone who witnessed the G-20 protests. It shows the police cordoning off the block, refusing to let anyone leave, and then steadily mass-arresting everyone.

--In the end, the actions in New York amounted to little more than the criminalization of dissent. Everyone was a target, everyone was guilty before proven innocent, and everyone - even the innocent and the neutral - lost their rights and freedoms in one way or another.
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Freedom Watch Tax Day w/ Napolitano, R. Paul, P. Schiff, Lew Rockwell, more (Video)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 04/15/2009
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Here are the other segments:

part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVboJmwzYx0&feature=channel_page

part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ4NbiFs3lw&feature=channel_page

part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga8eZhZMtw0&feature=channel_page

part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_O6rsq0_lM&feature=channel_page

part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEfw7CGOEXs&feature=channel_page
9/11 Commission Counsel: Government agreed "not to tell the truth about what happened."
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 04/14/2009
--Make no mistake, Farmer is not saying that 9/11 was an inside job, however, Farmer’s testimony, along with that of his fellow 9/11 Commission members, conclusively demonstrates that, whatever really happened on 9/11, the official story as told to the public on the day and that which remains the authorities’ version of events today, is a lie - according to the very people who were tasked by the government to investigate it. This is a fact that no debunker or government apologist can ever legitimately deny.  Read full article »
...We'll have to wait and see how far he goes with the book. (Somehow, I don't expect "full disclosure.") At the very least, it will hopefully get people who've yet to even consider that they were lied to about the attacks to start looking deeper.

Who knows, maybe some will even stumble across the ever-growing community of senior military, law enforcement, and government officials; engineers, architects, scientists, pilots and professors, 911 survivors, family members and ordinary citizens, all calling for a new investigation based on the irrefutable evidence of a cover up.

More on that here: http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
April 15, 2009 Tea Party Directory
Source: TaxdayTeaParty.com Submitted: 04/12/2009
There are many reasons why millions of Americans will take to the streets on April 15th. Some people think it is about party politics and displeasure with the current administration. While a great many are fearful where our country is headed, it is not party politics. It is a fundamental disagreement over government’s role.

In particular, we believe the government is far too big already. Yes, this includes the previous administrations excess spending and the idea of bailouts to banks. The plans of the current administration are to make it even bigger. We resent the intrusion and control of government into our lives and liberties. This is a key factor prompting protests.
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If you'd like to join in a local protest, visit the link above and choose your state from the right side of the page.

Digg.com recently had a story demonizing the tea party movement. Beneath the story a lot of "diggers" posted comments attacking the "selfish people" who plan to participate in the protests. (Typical stuff like "look at Somalia if you want to know what our country would be like without taxes" and "you ungrateful traitors who don't want to pay your fair share should just leave" and "taxes are the price you pay to live in a civilized society" etc.)

The Digg article was written to elicit these types of responses...so, I posted the following to (hopefully) turn some attention back toward the real heart of the issue.

"How many of you here were FOR the first trillion dollar banker bailout? ...or the now 10 TRILLION more that you're on the hook for? Is that "the price you pay to live in society?" ...to be raped by well-connected criminals?

Did you know there was ZERO income tax in these United States prior to 1913. ...was America "uncivilized" then? Were we like Somalia?

And were the Colonists just a bunch of ungrateful traitors who didn't want to pay their "fair share" to the King of England? I suppose they should have just kept funding his abuses...he would have eventually seen things their way I'm sure.

And you too. Just keep telling yourself that your money is being used to benefit our country (instead of the criminals who OWN it) and everything will be just fine. They'll eventually stop abusing their power and breaking the law. (Just ask them...one more election cycle and they'll bring us the "change" we've begged for.)"
Obama and habeas corpus -- then and now
Source: Salon Submitted: 04/12/2009
--So that Barack Obama -- the one trying to convince Democrats to make him their nominee and then their President -- said that abducting people and imprisoning them without charges was (a) un-American; (b) tyrannical; (c) unnecessary to fight Terrorism; (d) a potent means for stoking anti-Americanism and fueling Terrorism; (e) a means of endangering captured American troops, Americans traveling abroad and Americans generally; and (f) a violent betrayal of core, centuries-old Western principles of justice. But today's Barack Obama, safely ensconced in the White House, fights tooth and nail to preserve his power to do exactly that.

I'm not searching for ways to criticize Obama. I wish I could be writing paeans celebrating the restoration of the Constitution and the rule of law. But these actions -- these contradictions between what he said and what he is doing, the embrace of the very powers that caused so much anger towards Bush/Cheney -- are so blatant, so transparent, so extreme, that the only way to avoid noticing them is to purposely shut your eyes as tightly as possible and resolve that you don't want to see it, or that you're so convinced of his intrinsic Goodness that you'll just believe that even when it seems like he's doing bad things, he must really be doing them for the Good.
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20/20's anti-gun special "If I only had a gun"
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 04/11/2009
The ABC piece opens with a simulated school shooting.

Armed students are "tested" against a "shooter" in the classroom to see how they'd do, but the scenario shown is totally unrealistic. (The "shooter" used for this demonstration is obviously a highly-trained marksman with tactical experience. He bursts into a room full of 20 people, seems to know exactly which student is armed, and "takes him out" with beautifully placed head and chest shots within seconds…)

After a few of these exercises (different students, same basic result) the show implies that unless you can perform at the same level as the shooter they have shown, having a gun will do you absolutely no good.

Even if their demonstration wasn't a farce, their claim would still be laughable.

Have all the murderers who’ve attacked schools, malls and churches possessed the skills of ABC's shooter? If not, then the show's assertion is demonstrably false. (That is, the untrained murderers have had no problem “shooting people" despite their "ordinary skills" with a gun.) If these criminals can hit their targets, it is dishonest to suggest their victims can't do the same.
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