And, I'm not talking, normal government corruption, such as a few individuals who take advantage of the system. I'm talking a major coup d'etat that I believe began in full force after Reagan's election, and is reaching its final goal right about now; hence, the reason they're so blatantly stamping all over our rights. It matters not who is president...the plan continues to unfold.%0D %0D Here's the thing. Their blue blood, status, power, well-groomed appearance, and wealth only serves to veil some of the most ruthless "human beings" on earth. Once you open your eyes, and know the ultimate agenda, everything makes perfect sense. From Reagan's welfare queen to the savings and loan crisis to the deregulating and bubble creating 90s and welfare reform to the ridiculous Bush admin to 9/11 to the to the Patriot Act to Iraq to the erosion of the middle-class and the collapse of our economy and the banksters/corp elite who not only walked away scott-free, but profited more than they ever have to the increasing wars, and excuses to go to war to... %0D %0D It's horrifying, yet, at the same time, even though I'm sure people will remain blind to what's going on, it has given me a sense of confidence I didn't have before. I'm not confused anymore.
What will it take to wake you up to the fact that our government is beyond corrupt?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 119||02/02/2013|
You are giving them too much credit if you think they have a "plan." Sociopaths don't really plan, they are parasites of the moment.%0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 1||05/26/2011|
R1 you are so wrong.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 2||05/26/2011|
Indeed, living in the moment and not by plan enables them to respond to any circumstance. If they had an actual plan they might feel an urge to stick to it. But as soon as it becomes more useful to their immediate bottom line to pick a fight with China, the "free trade" bullshit will all disappear overnight and they will plunge us into nuclear war.%0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 3||05/26/2011|
Oh, and let's not forget Citizens United.%0D %0D The systemic, now mostly "lawful" corruption is top-down, from every branch of government.%0D %0D It's not all that hard to imagine how this occured over the past 40 years, and especially when you look at who seems to be running everything, throughout the entire period.%0D %0D Jeb Bush WILL be president in the next 8 years.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 4||05/26/2011|
Oh, there is a plan alright, howerver it's very flexible, and there are back-up plans.%0D %0D These people are light years ahead of us. They're super organized, and they KNOW a hell of a lot more than us, because they have spent the last 40 years dumbing us down to complete idiots without the abiity to critically think about what they're doing. %0D %0D And they're not all sociopaths. Some are just plain evil people who really believe they are superior to the "useless eaters". %0D %0D Do you feel guilty when you exterminate ants? Rats? Well, that's how they think of us.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 6||05/26/2011|
all of politics is corrupt. Government can rise above politics, but not in this age, unfortunately.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 7||05/26/2011|
R6, what do you think the definition of sociopath is?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 8||05/26/2011|
Although they have plans, at national and international levels, but they are becoming more incompetent in implementation of them each day.
The internet is exposing a lot of their shenanigans and shady deals. People can actually learn about the origins of the Federal Reserve, and the ways that powerful banking interests are draining money with government complicity and help. They can learn about how we were lied into both world wars, Viet Nam, and the middle east, reading about the assassinations of various leaders by the CIA to install US-friendly dictators.
The more people that realize that government is built on lies and blood, the sooner we can begin the process of exorcising it from society. It is a deadly fiction to believe that we cannot live peacefully without someone holding a gun to our head.
Humans are ingenious and cooperative when their interests are mutually beneficial, and reasonable and competent at designing systems to deal with conflict. When the government implements a "one size fits all" legal system, corrupt at the core, it turns men into cons and liars, since there is little punishment if discovered, and the reward of living at the expense of other people is too tempting to deny.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 9||05/26/2011|
It started with Johnson, not Reagan.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 10||05/26/2011|
To answer your question, when they come for our Twinkies, our HDTV and our cell phones.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 11||05/26/2011|
OP is just a freeper troll trying to get Dems not to vote by claiming their is no difference between the parties %0D %0D %0D %0D Wake me when Dems try to pass a "Don't Say Gay" bill, or when they try to defund Planned Parenthood or bust up unions
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 14||05/26/2011|
The Paultards are just a bunch of stupid right-wing rednecks.%0D %0D %0D %0D Ron Paul is a dumbass Bible banger who hates gays and wants to ban abortion and gay marriage. So much for his belief in "limited government"%0D %0D %0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 15||05/26/2011|
I really don't think that would stop them, r13. They just don't care when their power to rape trillions of dollars from Americans is threatened. They tell us the most ridiculous and insulting lies without batting an eye. After all, who has been successful in stopping them yet? But I do believe more and more people are starting to wake up and their days are numbered. It ain't gonna be pretty when it comes to a head.
Have you seen this new animated movie The American Dream?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 16||05/26/2011|
"But I do believe more and more people are starting to wake up and their days are numbered."%0D %0D %0D %0D The Ron Paul fans are the ones who need to wake up.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 17||05/26/2011|
Here's a link to the film on YT, r13. I haven't watched it myself yet, but will do so now. I just wanted to post the link.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 18||05/26/2011|
Tin foil is not your problem. It's thinking you're saying anything controversial or original enough to be accused of being a tinhat.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 19||05/26/2011|
THEY seem so powerful somehow.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 20||05/26/2011|
"His views- end the wars and occupations of foreign countries, end the war on drugs, get government out of the bedroom AND the boardroom, truly balance the budget- will get his a lot of support from Democrats"%0D %0D %0D %0D Cutting social welfare programs just to balance the budget will not get the support of Democrats. %0D %0D And Paul does not support getting the government out of people's bedrooms. He is anti-choice and a homophobe.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 21||05/26/2011|
Ron Paul is a racist idiot. I don't trust him or his supporters. Mother Jones has a good article on him and his extremist ideas.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 22||05/26/2011|
This was written in 2008 but is still germane. Paul is an objectivist looney who harbors outlandish and paranoid theories about blacks and gays.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 23||05/26/2011|
I agree with you OP
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 24||05/26/2011|
I agree with OP, but also r1.
We're not dealing with the brightest bulbs, but highly motivated sociopaths and manipulators who have been bred by Republicans for years and years. It's all about selfishness which has been translated into patriotism. The people who function that way are actually the dumbest people on the planet. What they ARE capable of is flummoxing the intelligent people with their selfishness and stupidity since intelligent people simply do not function the way sociopaths do. There is a fundamental and inherent physical difference in how Republican's brains function from the rest of the world, and they are coddled and raised to believe everything that they do is morally correct and right. They are, of course, absolutely wrong and should be put in exile on an island somewhere in the South Pacific never to be heard from again.
Doubtful that will happen though, and instead we'll see the collapse of America.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 25||05/26/2011|
To ignore the Democratic Party's actual history towards unions, as opposed to the smooch fest the leaders of each have before every election, is to bullshit yourself as to what side the Republican and the Democratic administrations both will chose when workers and the bosses go to war.
Consider Taft Hartley.
For those of you who may not know, Taft Hartley is an act Congress passed in 1947. It put strict limits on what unions could do by withholding their labor.
The Taft%E2%80%93Hartley Act prohibited jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary and mass picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns.
It also required union officers to sign non-communist affidavits with the government. Union shops were heavily restricted, and states were allowed to pass "right-to-work laws" that outlawed union shops.
Furthermore, the executive branch of the Federal government could obtain legal strikebreaking injunctions if an impending or current strike "imperiled the national health or safety," a test that has been interpreted broadly by the courts.
How does this play out today?
If factory workers in Madison wanted to strike in solidarity with the public workers under assault from the Republicans, the U.S. government can step in and break the unions.
If bus drivers in NYC wanted to strike to stop layoffs of teachers, they could get fired and their union busted. Thank you Taft Hartley.
Not just the strike in question, mind you. The U.S. government can disband the unions themselves -- or put them under government leadership, which would be far worse.
Although passed over his veto, Democratic President Harry Truman used the Taft-Hartley Act 12 times against labor unions. Twelve fucking times.
More recently, Jimmy Carter, a Democratic President, invoked Taft Hartley against a UMW strike, attempting and failing, because the miners told him where to put the pick axe.
If you want to know how the Democratic Party treats working people aside from the union issue, consider Clinton and NAFTA.
By any measure, NAFTA has been an absolute disaster for working people in Mexico and the United States, unless your only measure of success is how productivity and profits jumped because owners could ship ever-more crummy jobs around in search of cheap labor sources.
NAFTA never put a dime in wages or public services for the average person. Our schools got closed, and the bosses buy bigger yachts.
NAFTA made it all but impossible to unionize. How do you organize a rootless workforce always on the move to find work, any work, any work at any wages?
All the increased profits, under Clinton, Bush, and Obama, have gone straight into the pockets of the rich.
I challenge you to name one significant change in labor law that has permanently empowered unions under Clinton or Obama.
By contrast, how many laws have the Democrats passed that helped Wall Street and the very rich? Do not start naming bullets we dodged or might dodge soon because the Democrats were in power.
We deserve a better choice than, "For God's sake you have to vote for us -- the Republicans are worse than we are!"
Which is the choice we get every election.
If you do not count Obama Care, which I don't, because handing a billion with a "B" over to health industry so they will shut up about their lost profits, if you don't count Obama Care, there has not be one significant civil rights or social welfare legislation passed since 1970.
This is a selling point for an allegiance to a party that has done nothing for working people in 40 years? Enough is enough.
Check out the video on how to rebuild our nation through tax legislation. When is it we can see the Democratic Party campaign on a platform of redistribution of wealth?
"It never will," you say?" That's right. It won't.
But it also will not go to the wall, or across the street, for that matter, for the labor movement.
Remember EFCA? I do. The one thing unions wanted from Obama. He flipped us off.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 26||05/26/2011|
for me? probably mass graves. i think the situation at arlington cemetery hints that this is entirely conceivable in our current american society.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 27||05/26/2011|
No not beyond corrupt- the Kennedy political machine was perhaps one of the most corrupt political organizations- ever- LBJ too and he created the Great Society.%0D %0D Rather OP, what you are referring to is the modern conservative Republican party and evolving platform and programs over the years that had its origins in the Reagan administration, when he cut taxes and deregulated everything and increasedthe deficits with military spending. Remember deficits don't matter? He and other Repubs won elections OP. NOT a coup d'etat at all.%0D %0D So vote Democrat, vote left Democrat. By all means vote, vote, vote. Less than 40% of eligible voters in the US vote, as opposed to 80% in Europe. The apathetic are NOT as conservative as the Republican party. The country is not as far right as the last election cycle. Or rather, the government does not represent the electorate- which to a large degree doen't vote.%0D %0D My guess is about 50%, at best, of those on DL voted last November. Posters state all the time that there is no difference between Obama and Bush or the Republicans which is about as wrong as you can be. And we suffer because of it (those people use the excuse not to vote.)%0D %0D Therein is your coup d'etat. %0D %0D By the way, the Reagans and the Bushes did not get along well. And Karl Rove cannot stand Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.%0D %0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 28||05/26/2011|
[quote]By the way, the Reagans and the Bushes did not get along well%0D %0D That is becasue the CIA damned near successfully killed Reagan in March of 1981 and installed Bush in the White House eight years ahead of schedule. George H. W. Bush has been a constant presence in the executive branch from then to now. Clinton was his boy and so is Obama.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 29||05/26/2011|
People that still believe that voting can change things are delusional. The Republicrats love to try to convince people that they are on their side, while all the while selling them out to the highest bidder.
Every president since Kennedy has been a puppet, or a puppet master, and the difference between them is thinner than a dime. The define themselves in a Hegelian dialectic and then marginalize anyone who falls outside that dialectic, slandering them as "fringe" or "far right/left" or "racist". They offer tidbits - a marginal tax cut, or gay marriage, or subsidies to stimulate business, or welfare reform, or a 2% increase in social spending- but the BIG items, like the military, remain off the table.
Wake up, charlie, and recognize that you're just another one of the useful idiots these psychos need to stay in power.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 32||05/26/2011|
Ron Paul believes in Jim Crow. So FUCK HIM.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 33||05/26/2011|
I agree with R9.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 34||05/26/2011|
Sorry, I doubt Ron Paul gives a crap about the fate of black people. Don't like him, don't trust him.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 36||05/26/2011|
Hey Op, some of us know what is coming. It is going to be class warfare and ultimately we peons will win. There are simply more of us.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 37||05/26/2011|
Well, that's the whole point, R7. You're right politics is corrupt; therefore it's our job to keep those we elect accountable, and in check. We were so easily distracted by the bread and circus, not to mention our own greed, that we allowed this to happen.%0D %0D The sad thing is that most people are so brainwashed and so willing to let others think for them that these monsters will get away with their heinous plot to take over the world...and yes, THAT IS THEIR PLAN. %0D %0D Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. They pretty much have absolute power right the fuck now.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 39||05/26/2011|
RPT=dead wrong. The reason democracy doesn't work is non-participation by the public over a period of many years, especially by libertarians. You can't have a democracy if people don't take their civic responsibilities seriously.%0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 41||05/26/2011|
OP, you phrased your question wrong. It should have stated "that our government is completely corrupt."%0D %0D The charade is pretty much over, I think. I'm not sure what more it will take for citizens to rise up, and not in teabag, born again xtian way, but rational, intelligent adults saying we've had enough.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 42||05/26/2011|
RON PAUL IS THE BIGGEST PHONY THERE IS.%0D %0D Ron Paul is being trotted out by the same establishment that's plundering our economy. The gold standard will only concentrate the wealth in the hands of the few even more than it already is. %0D %0D The reason why right-winged aristocrats hired the snake oil salesman, Ron Paul, to promote the gold standard is that gold locks in the power and wealth of those who already have ALL THE POWER AND WEALTH, locking everyone else OUT! %0D %0D Here's the thing. The so-called pay-triot conspiracy movement all promote and try to sell gold, and Ron Paul. Take Alex Jones. 90% of what he says is true, however his ultimate agenda is gold.%0D %0D %0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 44||05/26/2011|
RPT, I suspect you are Ron Paul or on his payroll.%0D %0D [quote]There's nothing to fear from globalism, free trade and a single worldwide currency.... The effort in recent decades to unify government surveillance over all world trade and international financial transactions through the UN, IMF, World Bank, WTO, ICC, the OECD, and the Bank of International Settlements can never substitute for a peaceful world based on true free trade, freedom of movement, a single but sound market currency, and voluntary contracts with private property rights.... The ultimate solution will only come with the rejection of fiat money worldwide, and a restoration of commodity money. Commodity money if voluntarily and universally accepted could give us a single world currency requiring no money managers, no manipulators orchestrating a man-made business cycle with rampant price inflation." - Ron Paul, Congressional Record, 13 March 2001%0D %0D %0D %0D %0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 46||05/26/2011|
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 47||05/27/2011|
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 48||05/27/2011|
Because something happened first (civil rights legislation), then something else happened (increased poverty among minority members) does not show causation.
Everyone in this country except the top one percent has gotten poorer since 1970.
Our representatives since LBJ have not been busy enforcing civil rights legislation with the funding, police power, and new laws that would have provided the fulfillment of a decent start towards civil rights.
The civil rights legislation of the 60s was never designed to be a cure. It was designed to be a first step in a long treatment. What we got was a diagnosis, the first round of treatment, then a directive to stop making a fuss.
Over the last 40 years our legislatures, federal and state, have been busy passing law after law redirecting power and money to this top one percent, and zilch for the average person.
If one tenth of one percent of the money that went to the rich went into enforcement of civil rights laws instead of into the pockets of lobbyists writing laws designed to counteract the civil rights legislation, then we might have full employment, free education, socialized health care, and decent retirement for our aging population.
If one tenth of one percent of that money had gone, as an example, to providing free education from daycare through college for anyone who needed the money, this society would have been completely different.
The premise of libertarian thought is that individual freedom and individual responsibility is the best guarantee of individual freedom.
Is that a fair summation? That everyone working for his own good will create a good society?
Here is where libertarian thought runs into trouble. Here is the issue they dance around and can never answer.
To have a fair system that rewards the individual for his own success as he follows his own desires, then everyone should have the same starting line. Otherwise, those who start with an edge -- say white skin or well-to-do parents, will have a bit of an advantage, and those who start with a whole lot more will start with a huge lead.
How do we arrange things so that everyone gets off to an equal start?
To achieve a libertarian society, do we first have extreme government intervention so that all property is reassigned equally, then it's off to the races, everyone starts equal, and devil take the hindmost?
Do libertarians support that sort of wealth redistribution? If not, why not? If they don't, how do they suggest setting the same starting line for everyone?
Suppose it were possible to even things out for the start of some sort of mythical even-handed race through life. So off we go, racing against each other. What happens to people who stumble?
Suppose one very able person working in his own self-interest, assembles a large team of employees who dedicate their lives and their self-interest to create a successful business, then disaster strikes -- a flood wipes out the work of a lifetime for workers and their dependents.
Do they then get help to get back to the starting line? What about their children?
How about the next generation? Does the government, enforce the same starting line for each young person? Otherwise, the parent who is successful is going to pass on part of his success to his child who should have to prove his worthiness on his own.
Who makes the decision about what help to give to those who need to catch up? If no one steps up, are they justified in seeking self-help, forming a coalition that seeks power? If not why not?
That is what happens when people get shut out of a reward system and they conclude that it is not their fault. They organize to fight back Then the whole system may collapse -- taking down the front runners as well as the laggards.
Is that kind of conflict OK with libertarians?
It won't do to say that less government will make things better eventually. A government that can do something and stands aside rewards the power that exists now -- that inaction can be the most damaging act possible to society.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 49||05/27/2011|
I perceive that we have destroyed those individual powers which were able, single-handed, to cope with tyranny; but it is the government alone that has inherited all the privileges of which families, guilds, and individuals have been deprived; to the power of a small number of persons, which if it was sometimes oppressive was often conservative, has succeeded the weakness of the whole community.
The division of property has lessened the distance which separated the rich from the poor; but it would seem that, the nearer they draw to each other, the greater is their mutual hatred and the more vehement the envy and the dread with which they resist each other's claims to power; the idea of right does not exist for either party, and force affords to both the only argument for the present and the only guarantee for the future.
The poor man retains the prejudices of his forefathers without their faith, and their ignorance without their virtues; he has adopted the doctrine of self-interest as the rule of his actions without understanding the science that puts it to use; and his selfishness is no less blind than was formerly his devotion to others.
If society is tranquil, it is not because it is conscious of its strength and its well-being, but because it fears its weakness and its infirmities; a single effort may cost it its life. Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure. The desires, the repinings, the sorrows, and the joys of the present time lead to nothing visible or permanent, like the passions of old men, which terminate in impotence.
We have, then, abandoned whatever advantages the old state of things afforded, without receiving any compensation from our present condition.
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|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 51||05/27/2011|
"That is becasue the CIA damned near successfully killed Reagan in March of 1981 and installed Bush in the White House eight years ahead of schedule. George H. W. Bush has been a constant presence in the executive branch from then to now. Clinton was his boy and so is Obama."%0D %0D The CIA did not try to kill Reagan, a derranged and mentally ill man did Mr Conspiracy- G H W Bush and Clinton fought a pretty bitter election in "92, did you vote in that election Mr. Conspiracy? The became collegial after they both left the White House and boy, are their post presidencies different-could not be any more different. %0D %0D All the whipping up of rhetorical black clouds and evil powers behind the puppets (being the pols) does not substitute for voting for those pols you believe will not cotow to the powerful in the world. In this country the electorate still holds a helluva lot of power if they choose to. Last election they altogether abanodoned that power, and in general cede it far more than our fellow Western democracies- by not voting with excuses like the are all the same, they are all puppets and people like me a naive- hardly, I know all about power- money and the vote. Money is being used, the vote is not.%0D %0D While you may think Obama is a puppet, he is not of course. He chooses to listen to corporate America and at times he chooses not to. Vote for or against him or another candidate who represents your point of view. But do vote. I wonder if RPT and others who's cups run over with polemics vote in each and every election, pay as close attention to local as well as national elections?%0D %0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 53||05/27/2011|
Sometimes I wish the libertarians would have to display some knowledge of the great political and economic thinkers before we had to listen to them.
Show us that they know the great thinkers who saw societies in turmoil, wrote about what they saw, and reached conclusions. Then come to us and explain how those giants of intellectual history got it wrong and that libertarianism will work -- no government is good government Now they are getting elected to office.
I am not saying you have to agree with De Tocqueville, Adam Smith, or Marx. But you should know them.
If you disagree with the great political thinkers, you should be able state their facts, reasoning and conclusions in the best light possible and then refute them.
The way it is now, when the libertarians come on board, all connection to reality is lost immediately.
They think it is an admirable fact about they advocate a system that no one has ever tried, that has never worked, and there is no articulable manner of putting the ideals to work in a society.
None of that matters to the libertarians.
It as though we live in a community that faces a terrible health emergency. As the call goes out for people to donate blood, for medical people to assemble at necessary places, for people to donate supplies, a bunch of jokers run around saying that they have an idea:
"Let's everyone rub crystals all over our body's and be sure we read our horoscopes."
It cheapens the political discourse. It is the same as when we let creation theory into the classroom -- and no one calls them on it either -- both these cockamamie view points are put forward and listen to as though there is substance there.
Well, there isn't.
Here is what the media should be asking: "OK, Everbody for himself. That's the theory. How does that work in precise instances? How has it worked in the history of human organizations?"
"OK -- creationism. Why don't ancient texts, including the Bible mention dinosaurs?"
No, that would be taking sides, right? Every body is entitle to his opinion.
If everybody has an equal opportunity to be heard, then he who can afford the biggest megaphone wins.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 54||05/27/2011|
I've been awake for years, OP.
But what exactly do you propose we do about it?
I'm all ears.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 55||05/27/2011|
Civil disobedience, for starters. Organized disruption. Show of solidarity and numbers. Are you in? And for what, exactly?
But, OP, please don't be such a presumptuous twat. You're not as awake as you like to think, and we're not asleep.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 57||05/28/2011|
Charlie, honey, you are a terrible, terrible writer. Good lord!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 58||05/28/2011|
When did "Eclectic Anarchist" (gag) become "RPT"?%0D %0D Did I miss something?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 59||05/28/2011|
How old are you, charlie? 12?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 60||05/28/2011|
[quote]The CIA did not try to kill Reagan, a derranged and mentally ill man did
At Jodie Foster's behest!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 61||05/28/2011|
How dearly the American public clings to the soothing myth of the Lone Nut Assassin.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 62||05/28/2011|
I hope R63 is kidding.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 64||05/30/2011|
I hope he is not...
I want to hear about the wind as well.
Why would there not be wind on the moon?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 65||05/30/2011|
I've known this for decades OP. I realized it during the Clinton years when for the first time we had a Democrat in the WH and then Democrats in the House and Senate who were on the same side as the Republicans when it came to taking from the poor to give to the rich and deregulating the hell out of everything. Of course Obama has taken that to new heights and yes, much more blatantly.%0D %0D My question is there something we can do about it or is it too late?%0D
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 66||05/30/2011|
For the idiots, here's the flag on the moon explanation, directly from Nasa (see link).%0D %0D [quote]The best rebuttal to allegations of a "Moon Hoax," however, is common sense.%0D %0D "Common sense," of course, tends to be lacking in many people.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 67||05/30/2011|
The American government always has been controled by big busniss capitalism who present a puppet show called "The two party system" Who do you think is behind the Iraq war? Who do you think was behind NAFTA? The capitalist class. Makes no difference who's in the white house.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 68||05/30/2011|
In France when they get pissed off, they shut down the whole country.
When was the last time the American People did that? Huh?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 69||05/30/2011|
r63, that doesn't really look like wind to me. The top of the flag is straight (not waving).
I have no idea how flag material would behave in a weightless environment after being unrolled, but that photo makes sense to me.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 70||05/30/2011|
Thanks R18. Heres another.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 73||08/22/2012|
If you want it to be more corrupt by an order of magnitude, vote Republican.
If you want there to be SOME hope of things getting better (however slim), vote Democratic.
Alas, those are your only two choices at this point in time.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 74||08/22/2012|
All governments are corrupt.
That's why they should be as small as possible.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 76||08/22/2012|
OP is in junior high school. ONTD or L-Chat may be more your speed, OP, you know, full of very young people who think they've just discovered something no one else have ever thought of before.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 77||08/22/2012|
George Carlin - You are a slave
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 78||08/22/2012|
Thanks, r73, just watched it.
What do you think of all these government agencies buying a scary amount of hollow point bullets?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 79||08/22/2012|
R63 -- I remember Walter Cronkite telling a nation enthralled that the flag could wave thanks to a wire through he top edge.
Sadly, I understand the flag was blown over by the LEM's liftoff engines
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 80||08/22/2012|
R75, He's been more than impressive; especially since his election has obviously mobilized rabid-dog Repugs.
So stop trying to suppress our vote.
It's not happening.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 81||08/22/2012|
Our government is fearfully corrupt because people like these libertarians won't take a grown-up approach to politics.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 83||08/23/2012|
You're kidding, right, r76? Governments and government spending/deficits are HUGEST during supposedly "conservative" administrations.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 84||08/23/2012|
R83, libertarians realize that politics is just a form of theft.
R84, why do you think Ron Paul energized so many people, left and right? He was actually a threat to the big banks, big military contractors, big medicine, etc.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 85||08/23/2012|
Libertarians are operating on a fantasy planet with their own madeup rules. This makes it impossible to argue with them.
Start quoting facts that resemble the planet I live on, and maybe we can have a discussion.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 86||08/23/2012|
Libertarians are the ones who are attempting to destroy this country. Who are all the people behind this plot? Ayn Rand Freaks, that's who.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 87||08/24/2012|
The fantasy world you live in- where government is good and people are bad- is sad, sick and twisted.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 88||09/02/2012|
[quote] R81- what was most impressive? The escalation of the Mideast war, the authorization to kill US citizens, the domestic drone use, the bank bailouts or the way he has embraced big corporations?
The bank bailouts occurred in 2008 under Bu$h.
And, last time I checked, President Obama ended the war in Iraq.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 89||09/02/2012|
The second report, in the Post, informs us that the U.S. is significantly ramping up the number of CIA personnel and covert Special Operations forces in order to make up for reducing the American military and diplomatic footprint. These added covert personnel will be distributed in safe houses in urban centers all across the country. This represents a new way to exert U.S. power, but it is betting on the Iraqis not noticing the increased covert personnel. Really? This is a bad decision as it contradicts the reasons for the decision to reduce embassy staff.
The Iraqis have suffered for nine years as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation. The economic, educational and political systems in Iraq have been destroyed. Sectarianism, contrary to the belief of many in the U.S., has become the order of the day since the invasion. A significant percentage of Iraqis do not like us and do not want us to stay in Iraq. No Iraqi politicians want to openly be identified as pro-American.
Animosity toward the U.S. is on the rise because of the heavy U.S. presence in Iraq. Our projects in Iraq function to serve our interests, such as building and training security forces to keep the Iraqis in check (building the infrastructure for the promotion of democracy has taken a back seat). We have made sure that Iraq, for the foreseeable future, will depend on us for security equipment and spare parts, heavy industrial machinery, and banking. We built Iraq's security forces but made sure it has no air force. And the half-hearted democracy we built is a shambles; graft and corruption are still rampant.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 90||09/03/2012|
R89, Obama has extended and intensified the bank bailouts.
Are you really that brainwashed by the media?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 91||09/03/2012|
I already know OP, but I'm powerless. I just hope things won't get too bad for me or my loved ones in my life time. I'm a pragmatist.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 92||09/03/2012|
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 93||09/05/2012|
Who you gonna believe: Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld or your lying eyes?
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 94||09/05/2012|
OP the government of American has always been and will always be a government designed for the enrichment of the wealthy. The entire history of this country has been for the gathering of wealth at the expense of someone else. The expansion of the West. The mining operations in Colorado and California. The shipping empires of the Northeast. Slavery in the South. The founding fathers were all middle class or wealthy men who wanted to take control of the natural resources of North America and put it in their hands since the British certainly didn't know what to do with it. There was lip service to the majority of the people who believed they participated in government but it was a lie. It still is a lie!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 95||09/05/2012|
Only the details change.
The average human being is greedy, petty, uncreative, easily distracted and intimidated.
A flash of titty on the tv, some religious screaming on the radio, a boogeyman from far away who wants to eat your children, stage lights to make your great leader look majestic, and 2 goons per 1,000 people = control.
If it's always that easy, and it is, of course a handful of people are going to control everyone else, to their benefit.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 96||09/05/2012|
I'm not a paying member of DL, so I'm not sure what members see when they sign in, but there's an ad from a Rand Paul group asking people to sign a "Right to Work" petition ie. legalize slave labor.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 97||09/05/2012|
R92, you better pray.
The financial system is in BAD shape. Any of a hundred events will eventually produce a run on the dollar, and misery for all but the top .01%
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 98||09/06/2012|
That is not the "average person" R96, it's the 1% without exception.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 99||09/08/2012|
No, R99. The "1%" is, by and large, composed of good people.
It is the .01% that control 90% of the wealth that are sociopaths that use the government to control us.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 100||09/08/2012|
The candidacy of Jill Stein is opening more eyes than you realize.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 102||09/08/2012|
Government and corrupt are synonyms.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 103||09/26/2012|
And Libertarians are stone-cold idiots.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 104||09/26/2012|
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 105||09/26/2012|
Go read your insane scribbling, R105. There's your explanation.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 106||09/26/2012|
Well, turning on troll-dar on your R105 post and reading your rantings on this thread certainly supports R104's point where you're concerned.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 107||09/26/2012|
The Goldman Sachs unit Goldman Sachs Asset Management has hired Andrew "Buddy" Donohue, a former head of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, as deputy general counsel, according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters.
It's always nice to hire your former regulators.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 108||10/09/2012|
And the new head of the Bank of England is a former Goldman Sucks guy.
They know how to play the game!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 109||12/08/2012|
The PSY scandal: singing about killing people v. constantly doing it
Whatever else one wants to say, the US is a country that, for more than a decade, has loudly and continuously declared itself to be a "nation at war". It's not "at war" in any one county, but in many countries around the globe.
In the last four years alone, it has used drones to end people's lives in six predominantly Muslim country (probably more). Under its Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader, it has repeatedly wiped out entire families (including just this week), slaughtered dozens of children at a time, targeted and killed people rescuing and grieving its victims, and either deliberately or recklessly dropped bombs on teenagers (including its own citizens), then justified it with the most foul and morally deranged rationale.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 110||12/08/2012|
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 111||12/08/2012|
It's sick, R110.
They want to paint Bu$h and the Repukes as evil, but refuse to acknowledge that their own party and prez are just as bad.
Ron Paul called for ending ALL the wars, overseas and at home. He also wanted to restore the civil liberties we have lost since 2001. And end the war on drugs. And stop the bailouts of the big banks and powerful corporations.
But he was EVIL!!!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 112||12/09/2012|
Tell us what's Area 51.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 113||12/09/2012|
[quote]But he was EVIL!!!
No, just stupid. And economically illiterate. And wrong in all of his economic predictions for the past 30 years or more.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 114||12/09/2012|
Oh, and a hypocrite, since he routinely violated his own philosophies, e.g., in the case of abortion.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 115||12/09/2012|
Ron Paul, in 1981: "I believe such a standard [i.e., the gold standard] to be not only desirable and feasible, but absolutely necessary if we aim to avoid the very real possibility of hyperinflation in the near future, and economic collapse.
Ron Paul, in 2011: "Inflation will hit 50% "in the next couple of years."
Ron Paul, repeatedly and consistently wrong for more than 30 years!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 116||12/09/2012|
And racist too!
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 117||12/09/2012|
Credit expansion is the governments foremost tool in their struggle against the market economy. In their hands it is the magic wand designed to conjure away the scarcity of capital goods, to lower the rate of interest or to abolish it altogether, to finance lavish government spending, to expropriate the capitalists, to contrive everlasting booms, and to make everybody prosperous.
"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."
This first stage of the inflationary process may last for many years. While it lasts, the prices of many goods and services are not yet adjusted to the altered money relation. There are still people in the country who have not yet become aware of the fact that they are confronted with a price revolution which will finally result in a considerable rise of all prices, although the extent of this rise will not be the same in the various commodities and services. These people still believe that prices one day will drop. Waiting for this day, they restrict their purchases and concomitantly increase their cash holdings. As long as such ideas are still held by public opinion, it is not yet too late for the government to abandon its inflationary policy.
But then, finally, the masses wake up. They become suddenly aware of the fact that inflation is a deliberate policy and will go on endlessly. A breakdown occurs. The crack-up boom appears. Everybody is anxious to swap his money against 'real' goods, no matter whether he needs them or not, no matter how much money he has to pay for them. Within a very short time, within a few weeks or even days, the things which were used as money are no longer used as media of exchange. They become scrap paper. Nobody wants to give away anything against them.
It was this that happened with the Continental currency in America in 1781, with the French mandats territoriaux in 1796, and with the German mark in 1923. It will happen again whenever the same conditions appear. If a thing has to be used as a medium of exchange, public opinion must not believe that the quantity of this thing will increase beyond all bounds. Inflation is a policy that cannot last.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 118||01/12/2013|
PBS Frontline’s stunning report last night on why the Obama administration has refused to prosecute any Wall Streeter involved in the financial meltdown doesn’t just implicitly indict a political and financial press that utterly abdicated its responsibility to cover such questions. It also — and as importantly — exposes the genuinely radical jurisprudential ideology that Wall Street campaign contributors have baked into America’s “justice” system. Indeed, after watching the piece, you will understand that the word “justice” belongs in quotes thanks to an Obama administration that has made a mockery of the name of a once hallowed executive department.
The Frontline report is titled “The Untouchables,” a tongue-in-cheek salute to how that term once referred to those heroes who fought organized crime and yet now appropriately describes those doing the criminal organizing. Rooted in historical comparison, it contrasts how the Reagan administration prosecuted thousands of bankers after the now-quaint-looking S&L scandal with how the Obama administration betrayed the president’s explicit promise to “hold Wall Street accountable” and refused to prosecute a single banker connected to 2008′s apocalyptic financial meltdown.
The piece by PBS reporter Martin Smith looks at how Obama has driven federal prosecutions of financial crimes down to a two-decade low. It also documents the rampant and calculated mortgage securities fraud perpetrated by the major Wall Street banks, who, not coincidentally, were using some of the profits they made to become among President Obama’s biggest campaign donors.
|by No tinfoil required, just a brain||reply 119||02/02/2013|