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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Sun Jan 27th 2013, 02:36 PM

Chiune Sugihara, Japan Diplomat Who Saved 6,000 Jews During Holocaust, Remembered

Posted: 01/24/2013 7:15 am EST  |  Updated: 01/26/2013 3:28 pm EST

Most Americans know of Oskar Schindler, the German businessman who saved more than 1,200 lives during the Holocaust by hiring Jews to work in his factories and fought Nazi efforts to remove them.
But fewer know about Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who disobeyed his government's orders and issued visas that allowed 6,000 Jews to escape from Nazi-occupied territories via Japan.
On Sunday, as Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a growing and widespread community of Jews -- linked by their gratitude toward Sugihara for saving them or family members -- remembers a man once forgotten.
"Without him, many of the most accomplished minds of our world would not exist today. His legacy produced doctors, bankers, lawyers, authors, politicians, even the first Orthodox Jewish Rhodes Scholar," said Richard Salomon, a board member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The museum holds artifacts from Sugihara as part of its permanent collection, and will honor him on Sunday along with others who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Sat Jan 05th 2013, 10:35 AM

Associated Press – Fri, Jan 4, 2013

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden will honor its World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg with an annual commemoration day in recognition of his achievements in saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis in Hungary.
Wallenberg, who would have turned 100 this year, was on a diplomatic mission in Hungary when detained by Soviet authorities in 1945. He is believed to have died in captivity, though the time and circumstances of his death remain a mystery.
Wallenberg is credited for saving at least 20,000 Jews by giving them Swedish travel documents, or moving them to safe houses. He was also instrumental in dissuading German officers from massacring the 70,000 inhabitants of Budapest's ghetto.
Swedish Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth said Friday that the country will earmark Aug. 27 as an official Wallenberg day.

A true mentsh.

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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Sat Dec 15th 2012, 05:20 PM

A Jewish Perspective on G.W. Bush
 by Robert Lederman

<8> Today this history is suppressed by the corporate media which depends on advertising from the very same companies that put Hitler in power, but prominent Americans were not always shy about being fascists. In the 1930's America's industrial elite was so openly pro-Hitler that in 1937 William E. Dodd, US Ambassador to Germany was quoted in the NY Times as saying: "A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime.... " <8> Immediately following WWII, the US government brought thousands of Nazis to America, provided them with false identities and established them in the newly formed CIA, in universities, in the media, in medical and psychological research institutions and in the US military. 
<9> Former Presidents Bush, Reagan and Nixon used many of these former Nazis as advisors, fundraisers and campaign aides and they were an essential element in building the extreme right wing of the Republican party. 
<10> After WWII Allen Dulles, a Bush associate who was instrumental in financing the Third Reich, became the first CIA director. His brother, John Foster Dulles - the largest stockholder in Standard Oil/IG Farben after Rockefeller - became US Sec. of State. Reagan's CIA director, William Casey - who worked with the Dulles brothers in bringing Nazis to the US. - created The Manhattan Institute - the think tank that invented GW Bush's political agenda and advises him on a daily basis. 
<11> It was the first Bush administration which gave Sadamn Hussein the chemical and biological weapons we've spent the past decade trying to locate in Iraq. It was the anti-Semitic, anti-Christian Arab oil partners of the Bush family that our soldiers risked their lives to protect in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. The corrupt dynasties which oppressively rule these Arab nations were among Hitler's closest allies in WWII. 

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Posted by formercia in Political Videos
Wed Oct 19th 2011, 11:53 AM

We come full-circle again.
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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Sun Oct 16th 2011, 06:09 PM

I gave him what little money I had. His face flushed red, and I could see that he was holding back tears. Sometimes it's not possible to suck it up any more. It gets to the point where even a recent Combat Veteran just can't take it.

What has this Country come to?
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Posted by formercia in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Oct 08th 2011, 09:30 AM

By Aaron Task | Daily Ticker – 20 hours ago


Beyond the Fringe

There are a lot of whackos in the movement but if you look beyond the fringe there's also a lot of people just like you and me: Working class and college-educated people who have a stake in the system but feel the playing field has been titled way too far in favor of the wealthiest Americans and their corporate brethren.

One critique of the protest is it lacks a unified message or mission. Indeed, in my reporting I found evidence of people supporting any number of issues, including:

Higher Taxes on the Wealthy
Prosecution of Financial Fraud
Anti-Fracking and other "Green" issues
Mortgage Modifications
Campaign Finance Reform
Universal Healthcare
Student Loan Forgiveness and, of course,
Jobs, Jobs Jobs

So, sure, maybe the Occupy Wall Street movement is a bit unclear in its views and lacks leadership. But to those who mock the protesters, I have to ask: What exactly is it that you're defending? Crony capitalism? Bank bailouts? Rising income inequality and the slow death of the American dream?

To everyone out there dismissing the Occupy Wall Street movement, I say it's time we stop, and say 'hey what's that sound'
everybody look what's goin' down.


Watch the video. Great kudos for OWS.
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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Wed Oct 05th 2011, 09:06 AM
The PTB saw the message on the wall, long ago and realized their days were numbered, their only solution was to loot as much as they could and place as many barriers, in order to give them as much time as possible to do their dirty work. The T(errorist) Party is one example.

Something similar happened in Germany in WWII. The Nazi leadership and Industrialists saw the end coming, even before D-Day. They did everything they could to prolong the War to give them time to loot the conquered Countries. At the end, the Allies found huge caches of loot, Trains loaded with Treasure headed for safe hiding.

The T(errorist) Party was created to divide the opposition and make them fight among themselves.

You're right in thinking that the citizens who fell for the Propaganda need to see the light. When that happens, the end will be near, at least in the US and Europe. Just like many Nazis who packed up their loot and went into hiding, the boys will do the same and try to set up shop elsewhere, where the labor is cheap and a strong Military is available to propagate their agenda. India is a prime candidate.
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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Wed Sep 28th 2011, 05:57 PM
I've seen first hand how it has been used in the real World to completely change the perception of the reader in very subtle ways. Take, for example, a Manifesto. The government decides that an author is a problem to be dealt with. The Manifesto he has written has limited distribution within a close circle of associates. What is done is to get a copy and rewrite it in very subtle ways, so by the time a reader finishes it, the original intent has been deflected or turned on it's head. The next step is to make thousands or Millions of copies that are indistinguishable from the original, except for the subtle change, right down to the type of paper, ink and binding. Even the author, examining a copy in detail would recognize it as his own. By the time he realizes what has happened, he has been discredited and the movement has lost valuable momentum, if not destroyed.

This has been done many, many times, and will be done many times to come, because the Powers That Be have the resources, experience and talent to do it, and they will most likely do it using your Tax Dollars.
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Posted by formercia in Latest Breaking News
Wed Sep 28th 2011, 07:18 AM
Spellman's War

The real reasons behind Viet Nam War:



The Cardinal's message was clear. The fall of Vietnam brought the day closer when Communists would dominate the United States. "We shall risk bartering our liberties for lunacies, betraying the sacred trust of our forefathers, becoming serfs and slaves to the Red ruler's godless goons," he swore.

The other speakers needed no introduction: Madame Chiang Kaishek and Admiral Arthur W. Radford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was a familiar figure at the Powerhouse. Both speakers were friends of the Cardinal and shared his conservative views. Madame Chiang lamented that the Soviets had corrupted the "minds and souls of those who became its puppets--the Chinese Communists." Radford asserted that the United States should be ready to police the world. The audience wildly applauded each speaker, but it was Spellman who brought them to their feet in a thunderous ovation. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Cardinal asked the legionnaires to pray for God's intervention. If Eisenhower wouldn't listen to Spellman, perhaps he would heed the Almighty. "Be with us, Blessed Lord," the Cardinal intoned, "lest we forget and surrender to those who have attacked us without cause, those who repaid us with evil for good and hatred for love."

The day after the convention the impact of Spellman's address was noted in the press. New York Daily News columnist John O'Donnell, for example, reported: "From a political viewpoint-- global, national and New York State--the speech delivered by Cardinal Spellman was by far the most significant and important heard here at the convention....''


Not the first Crusade, and it won't be the last.
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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Mon Sep 26th 2011, 01:01 PM
Since I wasn't allowed to reply to Backscatter's thread, I will do so here.

The trolls can't be stopped from asking questions, no matter how obtuse they may be. The retort is to present a valid counterpoint to deflect or neutralize their argument, no matter how twisted it may be. It's like the Police trying to provoke the protesters to violence. The only thing the protesters can do, is not react in a negative manner to the provocations.

I'm reminded of a scene from the anti-war demonstrations during Viet Nam, where a photo showed the protesters putting flowers in the muzzles of the rifles held by National Guard troops standing at the ready with fixed bayonets. It brought into focus the abject polarization of Society.
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Posted by formercia in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Sep 09th 2011, 05:23 PM

Red-zone advertising pack angers residents
Last updated 05:00 12/07/2011
A "tasteless" mail drop has angered Christchurch homeowners hardest hit by the earthquakes.

Envelopes addressed to "Red zone resident" have been delivered to mailboxes in the city's hard-hit eastern suburbs. Inside was advertising material and an invitation to weekend seminars with insurance, home-removal and property firms.


Christchurch Central Labour MP Brendon Burns said the mail drop was "poorly executed, to say the least".

"I think that they have every right to be angry about that – people are feeling pretty vulnerable there at the moment."

Warren Stephens, chief executive of the Lifetime Group, which was one of the companies involved, said there had been a "fantastic" response to the information pack and he rejected suggestions it was ill-conceived.

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As Marc points out, Steve Green at Vegas Inc. has one possible answer to that question, which suggests one very big little problem with this throw-’em-under-the-bus strategy:

Ninety-eight. That’s the number of Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuits in which Righthaven CEO Steven Gibson was one of the attorneys of record for his own company.


But this is a new one. Can you actually throw yourself under the bus? Now that would sure flatten you good. And — again — it would be Mr. Gibson who would be doing the throwing:

In fact, Righthaven is half owned by Gibson and half owned by investors who are part of the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens. He and his family also own Stephens Media.


Warren Stephens
Net Worth $2.5 B As of March 2011

Owns investment bank Stephens, Inc. founded by uncle W.R. (Witt) in 1933 with $15,000 to start underwriting and dealing muni bonds. Father Jackson (d. 2005) joined in 1946. Brothers paid $5.4 million for Arkansas-Oklahoma Gas in 1954. Plowed earnings into private equity. Investment criteria: "Whim and caprice." Famously underwrote Wal-Mart's public offering in 1970. Warren grew up in the business, became chief executive 1986. Witt died 1991. Bought out cousins' stake in 2006. Adding to private equity stakes like Stephens Media, which owns 30 newspapers including Las Vegas Review-Journal. Golf nut built ultra-private Alotian Club on 1,000 acres outside of town. Also a wine aficionado, he sold 5,000 bottles in Sotheby's auction 2007. His favorite quaff: 1959 Chateau Latour.

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Goldman, Citigroup Employees Big Givers To Deficit Super Committee

If money does buy influence, the financial services industry should be in pretty good shape when the 12 members of a new Congressional “Super Committee” start meeting to decide how to trim at least $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade.


A new analysis by MapLight, a not-for-profit which tracks political money, shows that the Political Action Committees and employees of six public companies— five of them entirely or partly in financial services—rank among the 10 largest organizational givers to the 12 politicians from 2001 through 2010. The five are Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and General Electric.

The top organizational giver, according to MapLight, was the fervently anti-tax Club for Growth, which gave $990,066 to the 12. Most of that went to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) who served as president of the Club before winning his Senate seat in 2010. Here too, the financial sector presumably has some influence; the current chairman of the Club is Jackson T. Stephens, a member of the Arkansas Stephens Inc. investment banking family. (His brother, Warren Stephens, is on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, as was their father, before the father’s death in 2005.)


Those Stephens folks really get around, sort of like the Koch Brothers.
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Posted by formercia in Israel/Palestine
Fri Sep 09th 2011, 07:09 AM
Source: Al Jazeera

Turkish prime minister says he is ready to deploy warships to accompany Gaza-bound vessels delivering humanitarian aid.
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2011 08:07

Turkey's naval forces would escort Turkish humanitarian aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister has said, following Israel's refusal to apologise for its deadly raid on an aid flotilla heading to the besieged Palestinian territory in May 2010.

"We have humanitarian aid to be sent there. And our humanitarian aid will not be attacked anymore, as happened to the Mavi Marmara," he told the Al Jazeera on Thursday.

"Turkish warships will be tasked with protecting the Turkish boats bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip."

Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara, the ship which aimed to break Israel's naval blockade, and killed nine people - eight Turks and one US citizen of Turkish origin - in international waters, causing a diplomatic row between the two countries.


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Bound to happen.
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Posted by formercia in General Discussion
Mon Sep 05th 2011, 05:52 AM
Officer who had sex on car fired by NM police
APAP – Sat, Sep 3, 2011

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state police officer has been fired after security cameras caught him having sex with a woman on the hood of a car.

Officer Bert Lopez's dismissal from the New Mexico state police was confirmed by The Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) on Saturday. The newspaper said Lopez has 30 days to appeal the firing.

The surveillance photos were taken from a motion-triggered security camera positioned at the front gate of the county-owned La Bajada Ranch south of Santa Fe. The encounter was at the remote Canyon Ranch.

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Posted by formercia in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed Aug 03rd 2011, 09:44 AM
Our view: Governor discredited by his own anti-media tirade
Gov. LePage's unwarranted attack makes him come off looking like a bully, not a leader.


His target this time was not Portland, but the news media, which he accused of failing to get his side of the story before going to print with allegations made by outgoing Commissioner of Marine Resources Norman Olsen. When MaineToday Media State House reporter Rebekah Metzler challenged LePage -- she had made numerous calls to his office seeking his comment on the story -- LePage lashed out at her personally, charging, preposterously, that "you have never written an honest thing since I've been governor."

That is an outrageous falsehood, and one that the governor couldn't back up if he tried. But he didn't try, instead turning his back and walking away from the reporters, once again, without taking questions.


LePage's latest tantrum may have played well with his most ardent supporters, who see the governor as a plain-spoken straight shooter who tells it like it is. But the majority of Mainers -- 62 percent of those who voted in the 2010 election, don't forget, voted for someone other than LePage -- undoubtedly view his antics as offensive and embarrassing.

More at the Link:

Old Shovel Dick does it again.
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