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    Today, 04:48 PM
    These responses are irrational to the point of being idiotic. Media suppressing the risk of nuclear war is not contradictory to provoking it. Rather, suppressing such risk helps to provoke it. The suppression encourages the actions that increase the risk. It encourages the reckless military interventions, the threats, the lies, etc.
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    Today, 04:42 PM
    The Broken Chessboard: Has Brzezinski Given Up on Empire? http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/25/the-broken-chessboard-brzezinski-gives-up-on-empire/ The main architect of Washington's plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. … Zbigniew Brzezinski's article … shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extend US hegemony … Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion … has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. … "As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture. "Five basic verities regarding the emerging redistribution of global political power … are signaling the coming of a new global realignment. … the United States is still the world's politically, economically, and militarily most powerful entity but, given complex geopolitical shifts in regional balances, it is no longer the globally imperial power." … The US is "no longer the globally imperial power." Compare this assessment to a statement Brzezinski made years earlier in Chessboard when he claimed the US was "the world's paramount power." … But why is "that era is now ending"? What's changed since 1997 when Brzezinski referred to the US as the "world's paramount power"? Brzezinski points to the rise of Russia and China, the weakness of Europe and the "violent political awakening among post-colonial Muslims" … he provides a rational explanation for terrorism rather than the typical government boilerplate about "hating our freedoms." … Brzezinski sees the outbreak of terror as the "welling up of historical grievances" …
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    Today, 07:54 AM
    Freedom is the Greatest Social Safety Net Chris Campbell http://lfb.org/freedom-greatest-social-safety-net/ … on any given night, there are 3,000 men, women and children sleeping on the streets of Baltimore. … Meanwhile, city officials bleed taxpayer money on temporary and wasteful pursuits like spending tens of millions of dollars to get the House of Cards to film in the city (only so they can pretend they’re in D.C.), putting on the Baltimore Grand Prix (which lost money every single year until they finally nixed it), “smart” garbage cans (another $9 million down the drain) and other idiotic ventures the Baltimorons from up high could cook up. The homelessness problem, of course, is compounded by the fact that homicides, muggings and burglaries run rampant. And the only solution the city ever has, no surprise, is to throw more money at it and build more prisons. This homelessness problem, though, isn’t limited to Baltimore. Every single major city in America I’ve been to is crawling with people who’ve been priced out of the marketplace and are whisked into the revolving door of the streets to the jailhouse to the streets to the hospital to the streets. … And, I thought at one point, naively, if it’s this bad in America — you know, the Land of the Free — I couldn’t imagine what it must be like in other, lesser developed, countries.
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    Today, 07:30 AM
    Shocker: The Most Libertarian State Has Lowest Poverty Rates in America http://lfb.org/shocker-libertarian-state-lowest-poverty-rates-america/ --Pop quiz time: Can you guess what the following state is? It has… The highest quality of life in the country and the lowest poverty rate… No income taxes or sales tax…
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    Today, 07:20 AM
    Provoking Nuclear War by Media: Crimes of the Fourth Estate By John Pilger http://johnpilger.com/articles/provoking-nuclear-war-by-media The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. … Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. … The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia … quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica. Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. … this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999. Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell … Denied heart surgery … his condition worsened and was … kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed. Milosevic was the victim of war propaganda that today runs like a torrent across our screens and newspapers and beckons great danger for us all. … vilified by the western media as the “butcher of the Balkans” … responsible for “genocide” … Prime Minister Tony Blair … invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against “this new Hitler”. … This was the justification for Nato’s bombing, led by Bill Clinton and Blair, that killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and television studios and destroyed Serbia’s economic infrastructure. It was blatantly ideological; at a notorious “peace conference” …, Milosevic was confronted by Madeleine Albright… her remark that the deaths of half a million Iraqi children were “worth it”. Albright delivered an “offer” to Milosevic that no national leader could accept. … foreign military occupation … with the occupying forces “outside the legal process” … neo-liberal “free market” …. be bombed. This was contained in an “Appendix B”, which the media failed to read or suppressed. …
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    Today, 12:01 AM
    Texas cannot just simply declare themselves seceded. I take it we all remember that little unpleasantness that broke out in 1860? I would point out that Pantex is in TX and they make all our nuclear weapons. No way the Feds would let that escape their clutches. TX: "We secede!" Feds: "Shut your yap." At that point TX would either fold like a cheap suit or be invaded and then fold like a cheap suit.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Oh gee... how surprising.
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    Yesterday, 10:37 AM
    Ron Paul has endorsed Rebekah Bydlak “I am pleased to endorse Rebekah Bydlak for Congress,” Paul said, “Rebekah’s commitment to, and experience in advancing, the principles of liberty show that she is the type of leader the GOP, Florida, and the country need.” “I am thrilled and honored to be endorsed by the godfather of the Tea Party,” Bydlak said, “Ron Paul’s name has become synonymous with the defense of the Constitution and reducing the size of government.” http://www.northescambia.com/2016/06/ron-paul-endorses-north-escambia-native-rebekah-bydlak-for-congress
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    Yesterday, 07:53 AM
    WWIII, Clinton & the Deep State http://www.internationalman.com/articles/doug-casey-on-president-hillary-clinton-world-war-iii-and-the-deep-state “Hillary didn’t just vote for Iraq,” Julian Assange reminds us on the Wikileaks page. “She made her own Iraq. Libya is Hillary’s Iraq and if she becomes president she will make more. “I have had years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton and have read thousands of her cables. Hillary lacks judgement and will push the United States into endless, stupid wars which spread terrorism. Her personality combined with her poor policy decisions have directly contributed to the rise of ISIS. “Pentagon generals objected to destroying the Libyan state. They felt Hillary did not have a safe post-war plan. Hillary Clinton went over their heads. Libya has been destroyed. It became a haven for ISIS. “The Libyan national armory was looted and hundreds of tons of weapons were transferred to jihadists in Syria. Hillary’s war has increased terrorism, killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians and has set back women’s rights in the Middle East by hundreds of years. Having learned nothing from the Libyan disaster Hillary then set about trying do the same in Syria. Hillary publicly took credit for the destruction of the Libyan state. “On hearing that the country’s president had been killed by her handiwork, she became wild-eyed and gloated ‘We came, we saw, he died!.’ In the momentary thrill of the kill, she had aped, of all people, Julius Caesar. “Hillary’s problem is not just that she’s war hawk. She’s a war hawk with bad judgement who gets an unseemly emotional rush out of killing people. She shouldn’t be let near a gun shop, let alone an army. And she certainly should not become president of the United States.” …
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    Yesterday, 02:43 AM
    I'm sure it's all a big coincidence. His ratings must have been low for months prior to the decision made months ago. It's CNN, after all. Oh crap... did I just channel TheTexan?
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    Yesterday, 01:30 AM
    He disobeyed the CNN Time-Warner directive: "Thou shalt not speak truth about Hillary"
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    08-25-2016, 09:15 PM
    Your apparently gratuitous use of "fascism" doesn't help you here in the least. Given that strong nationalism is a key element of fascism, your assertion regarding Clinton passes no muster. Given the key element of racism, I would say that at best you have not made your case with respect to Trump. As for point 3, do you mean to imply that "rais the LP profile a smidge" would be the defining characteristic and result of a Johnson presidency? Seems you are setting your sights pretty damned low. I cannot speak to point the fourth because I have no idea who that is.
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    08-25-2016, 09:00 PM
    That is not what I wrote. I wrote that I would not support anything I did not sufficiently understand. My precise words were: For Christ's sake... you'd think I was writing in Greek. In fact, lets try some Greek:
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    08-25-2016, 12:57 PM
    My words were clear.
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    08-25-2016, 12:11 PM
    Some great interview quotes from Vince Vaughn: http://anonhq.com/snowdens-a-hero-vince-vaughn-tells-it-like-it-is/ On the American government: “Edward Snowden is a hero. I like what he did. My idea of treason is that you sell secrets to the enemy. He gave information to the American people. Snowden didn’t take information for money or dogmas. Governments claim to write endless laws to protect us, a law for this, a law for that, but are they working? I don’t think so. The consequences are that there is a staggering loss of freedom for the individual. I look at the drug wars and they are absolutely f***ing ridiculous. There is a black market and the prisons are overcrowded and it’s not preventing drug use. There’s a corruption that goes all the way to the top.” On the American right to own a gun:
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    08-25-2016, 10:32 AM
    Illegal cucumbers, squash, vegetables: Family Uses Grassroots to Fight City Government $500/day Fine over Right to Grow Vegetables and Wins! http://www.naturalnews.com/055080_front_yard_gardens_government_tyranny_food_freedom.html (NaturalNews) A husband and wife from the Orlando, Florida, area were recently told by their City that they would have to uproot their beautifully manicured vegetable garden … The dutifully tended garden produces loads of nutritious fruits and veggies including cucumbers, squash and herbs. … "Basically, we decided to put in a front yard vegetable garden not realizing the city would then put us in violation saying they were going to charge us $500 a day if we did not remove the vegetable garden," … The city … argued that the garden was not aesthetically pleasing, despite the fact that it was well maintained … the couple stood their ground … The couple decided to craft a long list detailing the garden's benefits while illustrating that it was in no way a nuisance or harmful to their community. … the local government displayed little interest in their claims . It was all about what the government wanted … "Because they are in a position of power, they get what they want.” … One morning before work when the couple went to vote, they noticed that everyone from their district was present and thought to themselves, "What a great place to start a petition." And so they did.The petition fought for the right to grow food wherever the sun shines on a person's property. The couple pursued a grassroots effort and went door-to-door talking with neighbors and educating them on the issue. "We soon realized we aren't only fighting for our garden; we're fighting for everybody's right to be able to grow food," … they had received more than 10,000 signatures, forcing the city to back down from its demands. Since the ordeal, the couple has launched several grassroots initiatives, including a program that helps install gardens for residents with the agreement that they will donate 10 percent of the food to charity. Thanks to their efforts, it is now legal to grow food anywhere you want on your property within the City of Orlando.
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    08-25-2016, 10:14 AM
    A Search engine for indpendent/alternative media : http://goodgopher.com/ Some of the independent news websites included in GoodGopher: NaturalNews.com TruthStreamMedia.com ActivistPost.com TruthWiki.org TheBlaze.com LewRockwell.com
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    08-25-2016, 08:26 AM
    Sobs? Your response is textbook of the variety offered where there is nothing else to offer. I think the questions are valid, yet you appear to be deflecting. Why?
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    08-24-2016, 09:20 PM
    Without understanding the radiating effects, nope. Unlike many people, I am not THAT KIND of sucker. I am, unfortunately, a great big sucker for little girls. I have no power over them. Your question presupposes the tacit "rightness" of the top five bullets. They certainly SEEM desirable, but unlike Faust I am leery of selling my soul to the devil.
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    08-24-2016, 09:02 PM
    And THAT is where men need to live their lives, minute by minute. The moment it is no longer important enough to be a basic and conscious decision element of every quantum of one's praxis, he has lost respect for his fellows in some manner and degree. This is not to say that one wrings his hands over every nit of his daily minutiae, for obviously our lives would become untenably bogged down with the overhead of what would clearly be a severe neurosis. But the general habit of consideration for others should be second nature. The more significant the decision at hand in terms of potential effects upon others, the greater should be the deliberation on the issue. If I casually take a stick of my friend's chewing gum as I often do ( I despise chewing gum, just for the record), I need not sit for years contemplating the possible effects my choice may have upon my friend and, perhaps, world peace. But if I'm going to pull the trigger on my rifle, I damned better be certain that he is not downrange of my fire and that he is ready for the concussion of the muzzle blast, and so forth. And this should be a concern NOT because of the potential legal consequences, were I to accidentally send him to Jesus. This would seem as the most basic common sense, and yet the political devolution of humanity during the twentieth century, directly proportional to the rise of the modern nation-state, has rendered a vast plurality of humans either oblivious to it, or simply decayed to the point that they could care less. Without those fundamentals as one's second nature, I confidently assert that the rest becomes tenuous at best and more likely meaningless because without that sound and unwavering foundation, the basics of human relations becomes essentially negotiable from one moment to the next. This is one area where the Framers of the Constitution erred wildly, what with incorporating instruments by which the most basic fabric of the society could be altered if "the people" so chose at some time in the future. I can call such a flaw nothing better than pure buggery. It is an error so profoundly idiotic as to leave me doubting that they could have made it accidentally. Along with language skills, the basics of proper human relations should occupy center-stage in one's education such that by the time he graduates high school he is the functional equivalent of a PhD on the topic. Without such knowledge, the race of men is doomed and I offer the world as we find it this very hour as my proof positive of the central importance of such developed skill, as well as the proper attitude for approaching its daily application. Furthermore, it is one thing for the dregs to show a profound absence of such knowledge. It is something very different when the highest elected officials of the nation think and behave with equally ham-fisted and blindly ignorant boorishness.
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    08-24-2016, 08:22 PM
    Congressman Campaigns to “Stop the Madness” of U.S. Support for Saudi Bombing in Yemen https://theintercept.com/2016/08/22/a-congressman-campaigns-to-stop-the-madness-of-u-s-support-for-saudi-bombing-in-yemen/ Ted Lieu, a Democrat representing Los Angeles County, served in the Air Force and is a colonel in the Air Force Reserves. The brutal bombing of civilian areas with U.S.-supplied planes and weapons has led him to act when most of his colleagues have stayed silent. “I taught the law of war when I was on active duty,” he told The Intercept. “You can’t kill children, newlyweds, doctors and patients — those are exempt targets under the law of war, and the coalition has been repeatedly striking civilians,” he said. “So it is very disturbing to me. It is even worse that the U.S. is aiding this coalition.” … “Many in Congress have been hesitant to criticize the Saudis’ operational conduct in Yemen,” … On August 13, the coalition bombed a school in Haydan, Yemen, … “The indiscriminate civilian killings by Saudi Arabia look like war crimes to me. In this case, children as young as 8 were killed by Saudi Arabian air strikes,” he wrote. “By assisting Saudi Arabia, the United States is aiding and abetting what appears to be war crimes in Yemen,” Lieu added. “The administration must stop enabling this madness now.” … mere minutes after his office sent out the statement … The coalition had just bombed a hospital operated by the international medical humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders … That was the fourth MSF medical facility that the Saudi-led coalition … has bombed in the past year in Yemen. … The Saudi-led coalition had just bombed two weddings, killing more than 150 Yemenis. … “No progress has been made, tragically,” Lieu said. “A year after we first began seeing reports of widespread Saudi-led coalition bombings on civilians, the coalition is still bombing schools and hospitals.” … The State Department never responded to his requests. …
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    08-24-2016, 08:07 PM
    Jill Stein: In A Time Of Universal Deceit, "WikiLeaks Founder Assange Is A Hero" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-23/jill-stein-time-universal-deceit-wikileaks-founder-assange-hero Authored by Green Party candidate for President, Jill Stein Julian Assange is a hero. Like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and other whistleblowers facing government persecution, Assange has sacrificed his personal comfort and safety to bring us the truth. … “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Thanks to WikiLeaks, we know that powerful institutions have been abusing their power and lying to the public. … Secretary Clinton identified Saudi Arabia as a leading funding source for terrorist groups around the time she approved a whopping $29 billion arms deal with the Saudi dictatorship. WikiLeaks courageously published the infamous “Collateral Murder” video showing an American helicopter gunning down Iraqi civilians … just one of the many shocking war crimes whitewashed as “collateral damage” by the US government. WikiLeaks’ stunning revelations of how top Democratic National Committee officials conspired to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, in collusion with the media, shattered the illusion of a fair electoral process …
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    08-24-2016, 07:28 PM
    The Dangerous Temper Tantrums of US War Hawks http://thenewsdoctors.com/the-dangerous-temper-tantrums-of-us-war-hawks-steven-macmillan/ Similar to petulant children who do not get their own way, there is an increasingly choir of war hawks in the US who are pushing for a major escalation in the Syrian war. In response to the fading power of Washington in the world, and the success of the Syrian Army, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, in fighting terrorism in Syria, the war hawks in Washington are calling for blood. The fact that the government of Bashar al-Assad is still standing after the West has spent the last five years trying to overthrow it is too much for many in the US to accept. Furthermore, with a growing number of major powers forming strategic relationships outside of Washington’s control, US imperialists are increasingly terrified of how the geopolitical landscape is shaping up. … ormer Acting Director of the CIA and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member, Michael Morell … called for acts of aggression against a troika of powers – namely Syria, Iran and Russia. …
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    08-24-2016, 06:04 PM
    Then perhaps he should hold his yap on matters that result in auto-assassination. And how is it he picked an apparent gun-grabbing idiot as a running mate? I don't care if he's Jesus tap-dancing across the seven seas. His rhetoric is lousy and it is the only thing on which most of us have to base our assessments. In favor of a basic wage for all, regardless whether they work? How, exactly, does that speak to liberty when men with guns are ordering you to open your wallet and start shelling? He is no libertarian. He is either pandering or he is one of those milquetoasts who want freedom sans the costs of being free. Defend him all you like. Until someone demonstrates to me that he is either honest or not an imbecile, I will continue to hold him as a discount commodity. Oh, boo-hiss. This brand of cheap innuendo is pure FAIL. Attempting to link those who are not so easily fooled by the inept or the snake-oilers with the generation of millennial pansies gets nothing better than a hard face-plant.
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    08-24-2016, 04:37 PM
    That may be true, but I can only go on what I have heard and read. Besides, it is irrelevant whether it is one right or all of them because the moment you concede the one, you have in principle conceded them all. If Johnson were the perfect candidate in my eyes save for his expressed intention of removing the 2A from the Constitution, he would likely not have my vote. In truth, yes. But in Theire minds, not necessarily. People come to believe all manner of idiocies. At some point, truth becomes less important than what people believe to be true. Here I speak in purely pragmatic terms.
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    08-24-2016, 10:11 AM
    Turk's are invading. This has some potential for becoming very serious. PS: I bet this is chapping Bammy's ass big time.
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    08-24-2016, 10:01 AM
    The most recent February only results of all D.C. bar exam takers, including the repeat test takers, is not a reflection of all results of first time test takers, and especially not a reflection of 1973 results of first time takers. Nationwide, the vast majority of first time bar takers pass. If anything the comparison to recent results would merely indicate that Hillary performed worse than half of all recent test takers in D.C., and the D.C. area happens to include 3 law schools in the bottom quartile, and another in the bottom third.
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    08-24-2016, 09:38 AM
    It would appear that someone did not want any review of Hillary's link to the suiciding of Vince Foster.
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