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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Thu Dec 08th 2011, 10:10 AM
To you and me -- and to Hannah Bell and a great many good DUers who've been given the ziggy for responding to attacks on their integrity and observations -- DU is a Truth Machine. Posters who come here for laughs and to dump on Democrats and those who believe in democracy are not really contributing. What they don't realize is their own words give them away.

    That word is Oblomovism.

    Now, when I hear a country squire talking about the rights of man and urging the necessity of developing personality, I know from the first word he utters that he is an Oblomov.

    When I hear a government official complaining that the system of administration is too complicated and cumbersome, I know that he is an Oblomov.

    -- Nikolai Dobroliubov, "What Is Oblomovism?" (1859)

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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Tue Dec 06th 2011, 10:07 AM
Nixon and the Chiefs

That's another government conspiracy that hasn't made it into the history books. But, you can learn about it on DU.




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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Sun Dec 04th 2011, 10:33 AM
...is how the cartoon character Hank Hill puts it about his son, Bobby.

Seems that Joshua Holland hopped aboard the conspiracy bashing express a while back:

3 Good Reasons (and 1 Bad One) Why I Don't Buy Into Your Conspiracy Theories: Conspiracy theories often pre-empt substantive analysis of the real political structures that shape our society.

Good pay for a writer, planting important ideas that we need to move on from by "ill"-uminating the unimportant and ridiculous, I'd venture to guess.

PS: The image is from the latest Bartcop. Now THERE'S a man amongst men.
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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Sat Dec 03rd 2011, 11:12 PM
Look how much they spent on ECHELON -- and that was global surveillance and collection with pre-911 technology and budgeting -- what Frank Church warned us about. They'll spare no expense to spew propaganda today, either. They'll add as many noisemakers to MOCKINGBIRD as they can find.



I'm more than saddened that Joshua Holland has made going after Naomi Wolf, of all people, to leave his mark as somebody who knows how to shoot down a conspiracy theorist. If that's how he wants to make his journalistic chops, it will make him a friend of the Sunsteins and Zelikows of this world for his "neutrality" and "fairness." It's sickening.

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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Sat Dec 03rd 2011, 08:04 PM
But the biggest distortion is what he said he saw when he was one of the few persons in the world privileged to see the Abraham Zapruder film that Saturday morning, November 23. In his narration of the film as part of CBS nationwide television coverage, Rather said the President's head "went forward with considerable violence." This narration confirmed the so-called "Oswald position" for the nation, but he said nothing about the violent backward motion of the President's head which would have strongly suggested a second gunman at that early date. Rather does take care to tell us again that he took no notes.

Dan Rather Blinked
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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Sat Dec 03rd 2011, 01:58 PM
5 Ways to Make Banks Pay for Their Secret $7 Trillion Free Ride

By Eliot Spitzer, Slate
Posted on December 1, 2011, Printed on December 3, 2011

Imagine you walked into a bank, applied for a personal line of credit, and filled out all the paperwork claiming to have no debts and an income of $200,000 per year. The bank, based on these representations, extended you the line of credit. Then, three years later, after fighting disclosure all the way, you were forced by a court to tell the truth: At the time you made the statements to the bank, you actually were unemployed, you had a $1 million mortgage on your house on which you had failed to make payments for six months, and you hadn’t paid even the minimum on your credit-card bills for three months. Do you think the bank would just say: Never mind, don’t worry about it? Of course not. Whether or not you had paid back the personal line of credit, three FBI agents would be at your door within hours.

Yet this is exactly what the major American banks have done to the public. During the deepest, darkest period of the financial cataclysm, the CEOs of major banks maintained in statements to the public, to the market at large, and to their own shareholders that the banks were in good financial shape, didn’t want to take TARP funds, and that the regulatory framework governing our banking system should not be altered. Trust us, they said. Yet, unknown to the public and the Congress, these same banks had been borrowing massive amounts from the government to remain afloat. The total numbers are staggering: $7.7 trillion of credit—one-half of the GDP of the entire nation. $460 billion was lent to J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley alone—without anybody other than a few select officials at the Fed and the Treasury knowing. This was perhaps the single most massive allocation of capital from public to private hands in our history, and nobody was told. This was not TARP: This was secret Fed lending. And although it has since been repaid, it is clear why the banks didn’t want us to know about it: They didn’t want to admit the magnitude of their financial distress.

The banks’ claims of financial stability and solvency appear at a minimum to have been misleading—and may have been worse. Misleading statements and deception of this sort would ordinarily put a small-market player or borrower on the wrong end of a criminal investigation.

SNIP...

Only now, because of superb analysis done by Bloomberg reporters—who litigated against the Fed and the banks for years to get the information—are we getting a full picture of the Fed and Treasury lending. The reporters also calculated that recipient banks and other borrowers benefited by approximately $13 billion simply by taking advantage of the “spread” between their cost of capital in these almost interest-free loans and their ability to lend the capital.

Please go to the original article at the link above for details and links.

BTW: Have you gotten any multibillion dollar interest-free loans you could use any way you want to lately?
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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Thu Dec 01st 2011, 03:39 PM
...or misplaced in the minds of the masses.

From the only government official to prosecute anyone on charges related to the assassination of President Kennedy:



Jim Garrison, Playboy Interview

Playboy, October, 1967

EXCERPT...

"What worries me deeply, and I have seen it exemplified in (the assassination of President Kennedy), is that we in America are in great danger of slowly evolving into a proto-fascist state. It will be a different kind of fascist state from the one of the Germans evolved; theirs grew out of depression and promised bread and work, while ours, curiously enough, seems to be emerging from prosperity. But in the final analysis, it's based on power and on the inability to put human goals and human conscience above the dictates of the state. Its origins can be traced in the tremendous war machine we've built since 1945, the "military-industrial complex" that Eisenhower vainly warned us about, which now dominates every aspect of our life. The power of the states and Congress has gradually been abandoned to the Executive Department, because of war conditions; and we've seen the creation of an arrogant, swollen bureaucratic complex totally unfettered by the checks and balances of the Constitution.

In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We're not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn't the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same.

I've learned enough about the machinations of the CIA in the past year to know that this is no longer the dreamworld America I once believed in. The imperatives of the population explosion, which almost inevitably will lessen our belief in the sanctity of the individual human life, combined with the awesome power of the CIA and the defense establishment, seem destined to seal the fate of the America I knew as a child and bring us into a new Orwellian world where the citizen exists for the state and where raw power justifies any and every immoral act. I've always had a kind of knee-jerk trust in my Government's basic integrity, whatever political blunders it may make. But I've come to realize that in Washington, deceiving and manipulating the public are viewed by some as the natural prerogatives of office. Huey Long once said, "Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism." I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."

CONTINUED...

http://www.jfklancer.com/Garrison4.html



Weird how little people care, considering the government's own files indicate a conspiracy in Dallas -- meaning perpetrators are still out there, running free.
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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 10:02 AM
Russell Mokhiber brings up some news that certain quarters would like forgotten:
Namely, how's it possible for lobbyists to basically control Washington through the promise of jobs.



Gee. If the promise of jobs works so well for Capitol Hill,
who's to say how it applies to America's beloved corporate CEO class?

And what about all those jobs going to China?



Scapegoat for a Corrupt System

Jack Abramoff, Whipping Boy


by RUSSELL MOKHIBER
CounterPunch
November 29, 2011

EXCERPT...

“One of the most effective ways for us to control a Congressional office is to offer the chief of staff a job when they decide to leave Capitol Hill,” Abramoff said. “And for the time they remained as the chief of staff, we were in control of that office. He or she wasn’t going to allow anything to happen that wouldn’t featherbed where they were going later. They went out of their way. They overperformed in many cases. It is really an incredibly corrupt aspect of what goes on out there. There are a lot of reasons why the revolving door has to be slammed shut. But that alone is a good enough reason.”

The chief of staff is being paid $100,000 on the Hill. When they leave for K Street, they will be paid $300,000. Isn’t that the career path of most chiefs of staff?

“Yes,” Abramoff said. “Ninety percent of the people I encountered up there had that in mind.”

SNIP...

“No lobbyist, no company or person who hires a lobbyist, no person who has their hand out for taxpayer money, for contracts, or any kind of relationship other than the normal citizen relationship with the government, should be permitted to give one dollar in political contributions,” Abramoff says.

CONTINUED...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/11/29/jac... /



Most of all, I want to know why no one goes after the guy’s cronies in Washington, Texas, Alabama or wherever the crooks and traitors run free.


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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Tue Nov 29th 2011, 08:01 AM
If you know Lem, you're gonna love this.



Stanislaw Lem gets animated Google doodle treatment

Alison Flood
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 November 2011 05.43 EST

A spiky-haired, bespectacled animation of the Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem marches across Google's doodle this morning, as the search engine marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of his first book, The Astronauts.

Lem remains best known for his cult novel Solaris, the story of an incomprehensible intelligence encountered on an alien planet. It has been adapted for cinema twice, by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, 30 years later, and was first published in 1961, during the author's most fertile period, when he also produced his most famous works including Hospital of the Transfiguration, The Invincible and Tales of Pirx the Pilot.

CONTINUED...

Wish more people in the USA knew about Stanislaw Lem.

Thanks, Google!
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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 10:39 AM
Background on the Champion of the Overdog from the good folks at MotherJones:



Newt Gingrich Goes to the Congo

Newt Gingrich isn't ashamed to tout his background as a historian, but few Americans probably know that he received his history PhD for a dissertation about the Belgian Congo. Foreign Policy's Joshua Keating has read Gingrich's 1971 dissertation, "Belgian Education Policy in the Congo: 1945-1960," and reports that he found the young Gingrich's attitude toward colonialism to be "remarkably benign, often drifting into 'White Man's Burden' territory." Morehouse poli-sci professor and Congo expert Laura Seay drew a similar conclusion after she read the thesis, which Gingrich appears to have written without setting foot in the former Belgian colony (then Zaire).

Hearing of Gingrich's paper reminded me of another apology for colonial Congo: Tintin au Congo (Tintin in the Congo), a notoriously racist comic book starring the beloved Belgian boy reporter. First published in the early '30s, it was later mildly revised but went unpublished in English for decades. It remains a stain on the career of its creator, Hergé, as well as that of his soon to be even more famous protagonist. (A Belgian court recently rejected an attempt to have it banned for being racist.)

CONTINUED w/links...

http://motherjones.com/mixed-media/2011/11...

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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 02:15 PM
You're too kind, NYC_SKP. You should see the people Noot works for. Now there's evil. And they pay for his brain, "as is."

Remember his words to use when describing Democrats and repuglians? Language -- A Key Mechanism of Control.

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Posted by Octafish in General Discussion
Mon Nov 21st 2011, 11:01 PM


Looking back, when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 48 years ago today, I can see how the tragedy became this nation's turning point.

Contrast what John Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke of in his inaugural, a future where humanity could work together in peace to fight "the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself" with George Herbert Walker Bush, who said our nation has "more will than wallet" and shouldn't even try (of course, later, he would find all the money needed to bail out the S&Ls his son Neil and their cronies had looted).

What's even more troubling, we went from a nation that believed every human life has equal value to an empire where money trumps peace. That's not just un-American. That's Nazi.
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A few important things to know about the assassination of President Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy was proud to be a Liberal Democrat who worked every day he was in office to keep the peace and to make life better for all Americans. As President, Kennedy worked to make ours a stronger nation and this a better world.

Many in the country opposed him for his Liberal perspective on civil rights. Kennedy ordered the integration of more than college campuses, he ordered the FBI and Secret Service to hire African American agents.

Others opposed his Liberal policies towards other nations and regions. Kennedy favored economic development of the Third World, rather than the past approach of siding with a particular nation's strongman or oligarch to more economically steal the natural resources. In Africa, his policies were to help people learn to feed themselves, read to their kids, and take care of the sick and elderly. That policy, Kennedy believed, would make the United States longer and better allies. Most, if not all, of his successors returned to the traditional policy of stealing all that a nation had to offer.

JFK also made enemies with the most frightening elements of the psychology that is the United States. The monied elite that owns the contracts and politicians that put the pork on the table for their sponsors are no strangers to violence. They make their biggest money off of the most horrible thing there is.

So, for his less than three years as President, John F. Kennedy faced the War Party, the military-industrial-governmental complex that did all it could to make the Cold War Hot.

Still, the War Party tried to have war over the Bay of Pigs. Kennedy said, "No.

The War Party tried to have war over the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy said, "No.

The War Party tried to have war in Vietnam and southeast Asia. Then, as well, Kennedy said, "No."

Of course, all along -- even when they pushed for nuclear war with the Soviet Union -- President Kennedy said, "No."

The War Party presented Kennedy with Operation NORTHWOODS, a plan that suggested the US Government kill Americans and make it look like Cuba did it as a pretext for war with Cuba and the Soviet Union. Kennedy said, "No." And he fired the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who submitted it.

Then came November 22, 1963 and Dallas.

After President Kennedy was dead, the War Party made out like Lee Harvey Oswald did it. And the FBI, CIA and Warren Commission (as revealed through Dulles' "Mighty Wurlitzer") left a trail of "fixed" evidence to make it out Oswald was working for Cuba and its master, the Soviet Union.

Yet, that is merely a falsehood perpetuated by the nation's political elite and mass media. For according to the records of the United States Government, Oswald worked for the United States.


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Thanks for stopping in to check out this journal. I'd also like to thank DU for making it possible.

The reason it's here is to get people aware of what the Bush Transnational Criminal Enterprise does to destroy the United States of America; how they loot the nation's Treasury; impoverish We the People; cover our planet with war; work to enslave our children; and kill those who oppose them. My journal also is here to try and help prevent the world these pirates, slavemasters and warmongers work night and day to create.

Please feel free to spread the information, opinions, ideas and links. Please let me know if I've made a mistake or if you disagree with me.

Please also chip in to add to the evidence against these treasonous, warmongering, mass murdering, profiteering gangsters I refer to as the Bush Family Evil Empire. That name is a bit of a misnomer as they operate to enforce the will of a global ruling elite. To them, evil "is only business."

- Octafish
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