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walking cadence was contrived to give a straight lace up front demeanor. Notice how Friday walks with his hands right next to his body. He does not swing his arms on purpose. He's almost like the physical manifestation of a truth zombie
Whether you're an agnostic, atheist or religious person the Penn State situation is the personification of immorality and wrong. The iconic images of a red horned demon or disfigured being is nothing more than an entertainment concept and artistic representation of what evil is throughout time. The real evil beings in our lives look just like us no matter what station of life you are in. Disguise is the best subversion.
I do realize that the concept of evil is a religious idea and that it is actually distilled down to what is good and bad or right and wrong. But bad deeds can reach unimaginable heights, as well as good deeds, know no particular type of clothing fashion, color of skin or condition of the physical body.
or colleges of theology. I know the basic answer from an atheistic perspective.
In Genesis when God said "Let there be light." why did he not also instill the knowledge of the light blub in Adam? He is, after all, God.
Why did it take mankind until just 110 years ago to come up with the concept? Evolution of the mind maybe?
When a person is healed it always seems to be of a sickness or raised from the dead. Why do you never hear of an amputee having their limbs grow back? Wouldn't that be on YouTube with a million or so hits if a televangelist performed this act?
I realize these questions seem rhetorical but my question is, are these types of logical ideas ever discussed when ministers and priests are educated.
The BOA Federal reserve transfer of funds is finally exposing the common practice of obfuscating the manipulation of pools of money. The majority of us have no idea what goes on in the conference rooms and boardrooms of financial institutions. You can go to a university and get you degree in economics and accounting with honors. But you will never have a true concept of what happens in the real world until you are in that conference room. It compares to a soldier training to kill but will never understand what the reality is until he actually kills someone. I know that is an extreme but what is happening is extreme.
When your 401K or any other investment loses money it does not disappear. Just like matter takes another form when it is burned or destroyed the flow of finances takes another form. That $25,000 that you lost on your 401K is actually transferred into someone else's pocket.
If you borrow money to get your business going and don't pay it back the lender can repossess. They may not receive full value but the entity controlling them almost always does. It's call playing the odds, dealing in bulk and buying low. Finance is a cynical practice and the possibility of negative human impact is not considered unless it touches the bottom line.
These practices are not illegal but need to be controlled to prevent negative impacts to the average person that trust these financial institutions that handle their money. That is why regulation is needed and important. Some people have gamed the system and need to go to jail.
My own opinion is that the current regulations in place need to be aggressively enforced and Glass Steagall needs to be brought back and even enhanced. The FDIC has become the lapdog of the mega banks and a tool to make sure the big banks don't lose money.
Moving your money to a credit union is good until money becomes worthless.
"Before World War I Germany was a prosperous country, with a gold-backed currency, expanding industry, and world leadership in optics, chemicals, and machinery. The German Mark, the British shilling, the French franc, and the Italian lira all had about equal value, and all were exchanged four or five to the dollar. That was in 1914. In 1923, at the most fevered moment of the German hyperinflation, the exchange rate between the dollar and the Mark was one trillion Marks to one dollar, and a wheelbarrow full of money would not even buy a newspaper. Most Germans were taken by surprise by the financial tornado." Copyright © 1981 by George J. W. Goodman. All rights reserved. (Better known as Adam Smith.)
The OWS movement is making people in power nervous. History has presented itself with another opportunity for the controlling financial powers in the world to attack a country and steal the headlines from the peoples movement and making money for war contractors.
If we were to attack Iran there would be more heat from the hawks and war mongers because the spin would be, 'We need to come together and not protest our country or it's ecomony while or soldiers are in harms way.'
I think the plot was real but the timing was calculated to arrest and indict the perpetrators. Something seems cockeyed with the way the plot was carried out and the time line of the decision to arrest.
Ahmadinejad is actually using his own propaganda by saying it is a 'fairy tale' and a 'diversion from the American protests'.
I do not believe it is a child's tale or fairy tale but it is an opportunity for those in power that are on the edge about attacking Iran to jump over that edge.
Hope I'm wrong.
People that do not know or understand what the demonstrations are about are part of the problem. It's called denial.
It's either denial or they know what it is about and won't admit it because they are the 1%.
Statement of Occupy Wall Street as read by KO on Current TV.
"As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies. As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members. That our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors. That a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people, and the Earth, and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.
We come to you at a time when corporations -- which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality -- run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here as is our right to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in workplaces based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is, itself, a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut worker's health care and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams, but look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products, endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives, or provide relief in order to protect investments that have
already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully kept people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners, even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City general assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble, occupy public space, create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard."
Here are two examples I have noticed in the last 24 hours.
1.) I saw Kasich, the 'man boy' governor of Ohio, on the morning news spouting the anti collective bargaining propaganda for government workers. His line was this. I'm paraphrasing. 'Why should government workers be guaranteed a pension and retirement when people in the private sector have to pay for their own?' Well, how about your guaranteed pension Mr. Kasich? You'll just work a few years and you're set for life. You do damage to your underlings then retire to the golden golf golden in the sky. Also, there are people in the private sector that not have only guaranteed pensions but golden parachutes.
2.) I happened across an ACLJ propaganda piece on TV yesterday. They right wing answer to the ACLU. Jay Sekulow, it's illustrious leader, was interviewing so-called experts on Sharia law. Of course they were all saying the US is in danger of being taken over by Islamic Sharia law. The thing that was obvious, that I don't think Kool Aid drinking wing nuts understand, is that they were making an excellent case for separation of church and state. I always hear these people say that God is being removed from American society yet they argue against religious law being forced on the people and government.
I see 'little' hypocrisies all the time on both sides of the political spectrum. It seems obviously enormous hypocrisies are always on the right yet I rarely see a reporter or interviewer challenge the big ones.
I think the old saying 'strike while the iron is hot' is very appropriate in this instance. I know this is not something new but it has opened a door to correctly frame the "corporations are people" debate.
Romney's rhetorical reply to the obviously upset lady by saying, "Who do you think corporations are? People." This is a twisted spin on the corporattions are individuals concept. What Mitt has admitted is that people who work for corporations have two individual rights. One as the employee or owner of a corporation and one as a private citizen of the United States. No where in the Constitution does it say anyone has two individual rights. That would mean a double right to free speech or privacy or the right to bear arms along with all other individual rights. If that were true I would have voted against George W. Bush twice.
That is the absurdity of the Supreme Court ruling that I have not heard addressed by anyone. It has been addressed by Democratic politicians since the ruling but not in a way that changes the debate to become an opportunity for politicians and pundits to truly attack the concept.
I hope it is not another missed opportunity.
I sincerely doubt a rich right wing movie actor like him has actually taken out or needs a reverse mortgage. He actually says, "Take it from me..." As if he knows from personal experience a reverse mortgage is the thing to do. I know some of you may know someone who has done this or maybe you have done this yourself. It's not something one should do lightly. If someone needs a check every month because they have little income it could be an option.
Here's the deal. It's an annuity. It's the same thing as you taking your savings, giving it to a financial institution or insurance company and they give you a check based on the amount you give them divided by the average lifespan. $50,000 will get you about $300.00 a month. If you have an expensive house that is paid for, say $500,000, you would get quiet a lot. The thing is they are betting you will die before the money runs out. They also make interest.
If you have an expensive house that's paid for you're rich already.
People who do this give up control of their property and equity. In this economy it's a the wrong thing to do.
"A reverse mortgage should be the last option, not the first, when all else has been exhausted. If you're talking about a family with younger members of means, it is generally better to have them financially help out aging relative than to have a broker or salesperson take advantage of the senior with a reverse mortgage." Clark Howard
Standard and Poors had to answer questions in July about the possible downgrading of the U.S. government's credit rating if Congress and President Obama did not make progress in the current debt ceiling and budget deficit reduction debate. So our President is taken to the woodshed by an organization that totally supports right wingnut corporate fascists? S&P, along with all of the other corporate fascist organizations like ALEC, is apparently the arbiter of knighthood. Money is power.
"With offices in 23 countries and a history that dates back more than 150 years, Standard & Poorís is known to investors worldwide as a leader of financial- market intelligence."
So that means investors are less intelligent than S&P and S&P leads the world and controls it's economy.
"Notable Quotations from George Santayana
'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.'
Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, page 284"
Torture will be privatized and administered by corporate fascists unless the people stop it by electing politicians that are willing to investigate the war criminals that infested our country for 8 years.
Health insurance companies are nothing more than banks. They do NOT provide health care. They handle money. Their agents are also deeply involved in financial corporations. Yes, I mean insurance agents that sell insurance. They sell annuities which are nothing more than bets that use peopleís life savings to fund. They are betting that people will die before the money they used to buy the annuity runs out. Death equals profit. The financial institutions also buy stocks that fund the war machine. Death equals profit.
We do not need to "Drive down the cost of health insurance." We need to end he insurance corporations involvement in health care.
That is the current foundation of politics and world society today. If this course is not changed soon, we will witness world wide corporate fascism within our lifetimes. Exploding oil platforms, nuclear power plants built on earthquake faults and near oceans, levees built on sand in Texas and inadequately in Mississippi will pale in comparison. That is currently and will continue to be our future if nothing changes.
The billionaire living on his or her Blackwater reinforced island won't give a goods ratís ass about slave labor in China.
having to sacrifice a golf membership and a pedicure so they can balance their personal budget in this economy. He used that as a comparison to what the government has to do. How about granddad and grandma having to to sacrifice the needed medicine, food and shelter because rich SOB's won't pay their taxes and because Halliburton is more important than the average citizen.
He also said we need to fund the military that is fighting everyday to protect our freedoms. The military has not fought to protect
our freedom since World War II. All wars and conflicts since then have been testosterone filled political wastes of lives and money.
9/11 did not happen because "They hate our freedom." it was retaliation to make us get out of their lives because we have a history of interfering in other countries because we want their trade and to sell them armaments. All I ever hear from most non American citizens is that they want our freedoms. They want a democracy and representative government like ours. Look at the middle east and Africa right now. People in those countries
are dying for freedom.
I am not disrespecting the military. I think our military is being used by people that have a blood lust for anyone that looks different and doesn't want a picket fence and mom's apple pie.
Duncan is currently the President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specializes in statewide real estate auctions.
Are we now forgetting history and destined to repeat it.
George Santayana, best known today for his remark that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
Anderson Cooper dismissed Congressman Steve Cohen's statement outright. Some on DU poo poo the comparison.
I'm not saying death camps are in the future but consider who is dying because they can't get health care.
Consider who is dying and injured because they hate the government and fly airplanes into buildings.
Will it the repeated lie 'concept' never apply again? Wasn't there a terrorist bomb found in Spokane, Washington Monday?
Wasn't there a right wing terrorist on his way to kill people in the Tides organization that was a Glenn Beck lover?
Are we now saying lies are NOT being repeated?
Lies are being repeated and repeated and repeated on 'the network I will not mention' and by Limbaugh, Savage and others of their ilk.
Are we living in a fantasy world or did these things happen and will they continue to happen?
As far as I'm concerned Congressman Steve Cohen is absolutely right. It's time to wake the hell up and stop doing the Orwellian shuffle
saying yes means no and no means yes.
To quote Jesus, "Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Anything more is from the evil one."
Even if you don't believe in Christ his sayings ring true. Democrats are Matthew Matthew 25:31-46 Republicans are Leviticus.
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What the hell - let's have a post for North Carolina!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, DU 2!
Any fellow Texans still here?
Getting kinda lonely in these here parts.....
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Would answer your posts but all I get
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