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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Sun Dec 04th 2011, 02:48 PM
Please acknowledge that, and tell us if you will be consistent in your thinking and demand alcohol etc. be made illegal. Furthermore: The world sucks. Lots of children have rotten parents, and most of them aren't rotten because they use drugs. Many of us grew up with rotten parents. Astonishingly, most of us who did, still love their parents and are grateful the state didn't intervene. In most cases, having child services snatch the child away from the rotten parents will only make things wors...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Sat Dec 03rd 2011, 02:03 PM
due to the Wall Street and Anglo-American banksters' MBS & derivatives fraud-plunder-and-crash of 2002-2009, and the resulting economic disaster. The key moment in this development came with the fatal decision of the nation-states in 2007-2009 not to liquidate all of the zombies, haul in as many of the perpetrators as could be pinned for fraud, and create a new public financial system to replace the ruinous situation the banksters had created. Instead they bailed out the criminal institutions ...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Sat Dec 03rd 2011, 11:02 AM
Where do you get the absurd idea that the US government supported the Egyptian uprising against Mubarak? Are you confused by the way they gave up their attempt to save Muabarak during the last couple of days, when his position was no longer sustainable? Of course, the US is now supplying the military junta with the weapons used against the continuing uprising in Egypt. The Saudi Arabia to which the US sells advanced weapons is leading the efforts to strangle the Arab uprisings and poses no th...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Fri Nov 25th 2011, 08:53 PM
If the killer had used a printed classified ad or a telephone to lure his victims, would they be calling him the Verizon killer, or the New York Times killer? Despite all the gun deaths, you almost never hear about the Smith and Wesson killer. The only brandname routinely attached to murder in the headlines is Craigslist. The corporate media are on a crusade against Craigslist, because it provides services for free that used to cost money.
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Fri Nov 25th 2011, 12:27 PM
after the king attempted to dissolve the Estates, the Assembly convened in response, the people of Paris rose up and empowered the Assembly, a constitutional monarchy was established, enormous reforms were enacted to secure the rights of the people, a large part of the nobles and the church joined the military attack on France by a coalition of reactionary powers led by Austria, and the king was found to be collaborating with this attack and its agenda of restoring absolutism and massacring the ...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Fri Nov 25th 2011, 12:10 PM
It had to provide a public space - public - in exchange for getting around zoning regulations on setbacks.
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Tue Nov 22nd 2011, 10:22 AM
Zorra has posted this a couple of times but it's so funny and worthy of discussion it deserves its own thread. How many of these have you heard? How do you respond? (Image)
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Tue Nov 22nd 2011, 10:16 AM
with its essential function of accumulating more life-giving debt and destroying surplus lest we drown in it? If the Glorious American Consumer On Whom The World Rests doesn't buy a lot of junk on Friday, EVERYTHING COLLAPSES!!! Why do you hate freedom? Why do you WANT poor workers everywhere to STARVE? You MONSTER!!! Next you'll be implying that people shouldn't watch the Superbowl, or worse, telling us that the game matters more than the Festival of Big-Budget Commercials it keeps interr...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Sat Nov 19th 2011, 04:20 PM
All this should have happened right after the biggest fraud in all history was executed in public view with trillions of dollars defrauded and directly causing the biggest global financial and economic crash in eighty years. Then the perpetrators were bailed out and rewarded and allowed to take even greater charge of the government in all the ways that count. If you don't get it, then I feel sorry for you. The funny part is that the Occupy "demands" have always been obvious. You don't have t...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Sat Nov 19th 2011, 12:15 PM
You don't have to be there long or spend much time looking at pictures of the signs people are holding to get it. All of it's related. Just the name already says two things: that the ruling institutions are illegitimate and won't respond, unless you occupy rather than merely protest or vote (nothing against voting - not much for it either). And that the target is the high finance industry - Wall Street. If you have to figure out why Wall Street at this point, after the biggest fraud in all histo...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Fri Nov 18th 2011, 02:55 PM
and then we might be debating another TARP for the banksters... this time with five times as many protesters in the streets to stop it. Direct banker rule - like we're seeing in southern Europe, and already saw in the US for a couple of months back in 2008 - is a very precarious thing. If it's a vampire squid, too much sunlight kills it. All it would take to end Goldman would be to have its books thrown open and the money run away.
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Tue Nov 15th 2011, 01:21 PM
(Image) Resist Austerity - Reclaim the Economy - Recreate Our Democracy - and - Show some solidarity with our Greek sisters and brothers who will be occupying central Athens in protest of the country's new, unelected, Troika-imposed bankster regime. On the anniversary of the 17 November 1973 Politechnio protests that spelled the beginning of the end of the junta, no less. The peoples of Greece (and a number of other countries) have it in their power to liberate themselves from the present i...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Tue Nov 15th 2011, 12:54 PM
for all parks, prompting protests at TSP and leading to the TSP police riot of August 6, 1988. Before that, you had open parks everywhere in the city. The police state paradigm for New York really got going under Koch, and this was perhaps the most important of all steps. After this, TSP was the only park not under the nighttime curfew. Many weeks of protests at Washington Square Park failed to open up WSP. TSP was subsequently the site of massive confrontations over homeless encampments and whe...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Sat Nov 12th 2011, 12:53 PM
I'll also give odds that they are employed adults. In the eyes of the law, anyway, since they're indubitably hateful morons. I'm saying that merely based on past incidents. No telling anything until they are identified. Right now it could be anyone. The Daily News found someone in the neighborhood who immediately pinned it on OWS. (Because it exists, see? Whatever happens is the fault of those hippies! I hear they're calling for cold weather soon -- it will be their fault!)
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Wed Nov 09th 2011, 05:07 PM
management of the capitalist economy in a fashion that benefits the most people (if that's really possible), or engendering GDP growth, or balancing public budgets. No matter how many times they claim things like that. They may be stupid and ideological, but their policy proposals are too consistent in their impacts, and the justifications too transparently illogical, for all of it to be a matter of mere stupidity and ideology. This is about taking sides in a class war. The Republicans all k...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Wed Nov 09th 2011, 10:26 AM
Supported the (further) banking deregulation (such as the Glass-Steagal repeal and the failure to regulate derivatives) that set up the frauds and disasters of the subsequent decade. Wage stagnation since 1970s continued throughout the 1990s. Lots of talk about "new economy" prosperity (bubbles, froth, easy credit, financial arbitrage, scams) even as the median US household went nowhere and the jobs were shipped overseas. Entered NAFTA and advanced WTO. Didn't create a peace dividend. By end...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Wed Nov 09th 2011, 10:26 AM
Supported the (further) banking deregulation (such as the Glass-Steagal repeal and the failure to regulate derivatives) that set up the frauds and disasters of the subsequent decade. Wage stagnation since 1970s continued throughout the 1990s. Lots of talk about "new economy" prosperity (bubbles, froth, easy credit, financial arbitrage, scams) even as the median US household went nowhere and the jobs were shipped overseas. Entered NAFTA and advanced WTO. Didn't create a peace dividend. By end...
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Tue Nov 08th 2011, 12:00 PM
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Fri Nov 04th 2011, 12:48 PM
Some of those countries have been sustaining single-payer universal health care, at half the total cost to GDP as that of health care costs in the United States and with a fraction of the costs going to "administration" (profit), for more than 80 years! The financial troubles currently in Europe are thanks to the financial fraud and resulting meltdown of 2007-2009, and the fatal decision there to "bail out" the perpetrator institutions (i.e., allow plunder of the national treasuries and the use...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Tue Nov 01st 2011, 10:39 AM
Yes vote means debt slavery for generations, privatization of everything, and a country run by remote control by banks in Frankfurt, Paris, London and New York. Also, a signal to the rest of the world, especially the Indignados and Occupy movements: Surrender, Dorothy! Still, the odds favor a No, and you gotta wonder why Papandreou would go for it. I'm of several minds on the question. Does he think his side can fix it? Does he think this is the only chance he has not to be swept away? Is it a ...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 05:10 PM
The "violence" that the current austerity provoked was mainly the work of provocateurs working with the police, or who were themselves police in masks -- as even the Greek conservative and corporate media have often acknowledged. So in claiming "violence" in Greece you are parroting yet another lie of the anti-Greek propaganda. There seems to be no lie you are unwilling to tell about Greece, and no defamation you won't direct against the Greek people. Again, the IMF-inspired debt slavery and a...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 12:06 PM
and not only the case of Greece. This is not happening in a vacuum due to the "antics" of Greeks. (That kind of rhetoric defaming a nation deserves a much stronger answer, but I don't want this post deleted.) This is happening in dozens of nations, and Greece is merely the poster child for a program that eventually will also be imposed on the American people. When they come to cut Social Security here, it will be attributed to the "antics" of spendthrift Americans. Your CNN-assisted talking po...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 11:55 AM
Greece is not me. A nation is not a household. The creditors of Greece are definitely NOT a landlord. The first two are excusably mindless metaphors, if you're willing to dispense with them. The latter is a very, very curious metaphor on your part. I'll say it again: the creditors are not landlords. They do not own Greece and rent it out to the Greeks. They don't get to evict the Greek people. (In their fever dreams, they get to own all the public assets as collateral.) Now, if we cou...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 09:52 AM
Now explain Ireland. Or all the other crises happening at the same time. Greece is not isolated. It's a global economic disaster caused by the banksters, an attempt to impose debt slavery on all nations. As each nation is taken down by the financial regime, excuses will be found: they ate too well, they're lazy and irresponsible, etc. It's the Greek taxpayers who are of course being screwed, so naturally there's a right-wing talking point out there denying that they even exist. And you're repeat...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 07:50 AM
Your examples in no way correspond to the actual Greek case. Businesses can lose their value entirely. Nations never do. What Greece is worth is what can be pulled out of the nation and its labor, forevermore. A business gets to declare bankruptcy and the owners are then cleared of debt. Liability is limited. If a Slurpee's franchise fails, the owner gets to default and start over, and more importantly: The workers are NOT forced to work at half the wages and pay half of that to the store's cr...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 07:37 AM
Or longer. The country's slavery to odious debt is being enforced. The banks have decided what the maximum is that can be paid by the Greeks, as they once did with Bolivia or Brazil in classic IMF austerity regimes. The idea is to take everything Greeks make that could possibly be taken sustainably, forever more, and stick it straight into debt payments. They were never going to get 100 percent of the impossible debt payments. The game is to later own 100 percent of Greece, and have Greek lab...
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Posted by JackRiddler in General Discussion
Sun Oct 23rd 2011, 06:52 PM
Too bad about the shareholders. They take the risk, they reap the profits, they take the losses. The entities responsible for the biggest financial fraud of all time should have never been rescued, and allowed to continue their plunder. They control more of the financial sector today (at a cost to the legitimate financial players -- what about their shareholders?!) and exercise greater influence on politics than ever before. The minimum price of a bailout (which I would have never supported) sho...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Wed Oct 19th 2011, 09:57 AM
This is about shock doctrine politics as you say: disciplining states to impose austerity on labor (ultimate effect of cutting wages) and to serve the interests of private capital in every way (subsidize corporations, privatize profit and socialize debt and loss). And privatizing everything public to create new (albeit cannabilistic and temporary) profit centers for a capitalism in perpetual crisis. Again, the ratings agencies are at the center of the great financial fraud. They should have be...
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Posted by JackRiddler in Latest Breaking News
Tue Oct 18th 2011, 11:53 AM
What's to make of an economic order wherein although constant growth is an impossibility, any even temporary slowdown in what is defined as "growth" (the all-holy GDP) can and does result in disinvestment, layoffs, offshoring, public sector cuts to the needy, tax cuts to the wealthy, right-wing hysterias, bubbles and scams, and panics?
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