|31 Aug 2007 @ 21:55, by vaxen. Government, Public Sector
"...To murder the state you need strong citizens who understand their rights, have honed their abilities and stocked their mental and physical arsenal, and have adopted the quiet determination and moral confidence that often appears as fearlessness, but is not.
"We might take a lesson from the growing Iraqi insurgency and the response of that nation nearly destroyed by our pretext-laden invasion and the American neo-Jacobin possession of that country..."
"How do the Iraqi insurgents do it? How are they defending themselves from the oppressive U.S. managed state in Baghdad? How are they killing it?
"They know what they don't want, and have made a personal commitment to resist it..."
"...All are qualified to resist. None are excluded.
"French-born composer and musician Nadia Boulanger, a major influence on American music in the 20th century, once said:
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
"Liberty" is also a concept George W. Bush favors. He said "liberty" fifteen times in his 2005 inaugural speech, second only to his 25 mentions of "freedom." Bush didn't specifically advocate the murder, or even the restraint, of the state. On the other hand, perhaps he did.
"The way ahead is clear. We should promote our Great Leader's love of liberty and resist, resist, resist!" --
June 15, 2005
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of
civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson, 1816.
REPUBLIC vs. DEMOCRACY
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. "Republic" is the proper description of our government, not "democracy." I invite you to join me in raising public awareness regarding that distinction.
The distinction between our Republic and a democracy is not an idle one. It has great legal significance. More >
|19 Aug 2007 @ 21:15, by a-d. Government, Public Sector
'In Debt We Have Trusted'
...For Over 300 Years
8-18-7 /// Posted on [link]
After decades of searching for the lynch-pin that literally holds everything about this corrupted world together; this morning brought an answer in a
Forty-seven minute video. It asks a seemingly very simple question:
Where Does Money Come From?
The answer is equally simple but devastatingly obvious, once the players and their rules are clarified. (1)
This also tangentially explains just how it is that the Corporatocracy and the Banks continue to demand that "growth must always increase" every hour, every day, every year and every decade. This is impossible because under the laws of nature nothing can go up forever-and yet that is exactly what our entire monetary system is based on-along with its shadow partner-the ever-expanding debt of individuals, companies, corporations, and especially governments.
One explanation of how such a flawed design could ever hope to work is quoted in the video: "In the child's game of musical chairs, so long as the music continues-no one loses." This is what was being threatened on the markets all last week-the music was about to stop; because credit-everywhere was drying up.
Most people work and live in a world of tangible labor; thinking that the reward for that labor is as real as the sweat of their efforts to obtain it. But the answer to 'Where Does Money Come From' shreds that cloak of secrecy that has hidden this shell-game from the general public for centuries.
Brasscheck said the following in introducing this video:
"What do Presidents John F. Kennedy, James Garfield and Abraham Lincoln, and Congressman Louis McFadden all have in common?
They all believed in the necessity of dismantling what has evolved into what is now known as the Federal Reserve Banking System ("The Fed")
They were unique in that they all had the understanding and power to act on their beliefs, but never got the chance to because they were assassinated before got the chance.
|19 Aug 2007 @ 19:12, by vaxen. Government, Public Sector
One entry found for nirvana.
Main Entry: nir·va·na
Pronunciation: nir-'vä-n&, (")n&r-
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: Sanskrit nirvAna, literally, act of extinguishing, from nis- out + vAti it blows -- more at WIND
1 : the final beatitude that transcends suffering, karma, and samsara and is sought especially in Buddhism through the extinction of desire and individual consciousness
2 a : a place or state of oblivion to care, pain, or external reality; also : BLISS, HEAVEN b : a goal hoped for but apparently unattainable : DREAM
- nir·van·ic /-'vä-nik, -'va-/ adjective
Got the following from msnbc who got it from newsweek who got it from someone else who got it...
Do you get it? My question to these pimps is why is America not revolting though America is revolting (As in; "Yuck are you revolting or what!?") in more ways than one!
I say: Sue the damned airports! Stupid Americanos! Mui Estupido! Well, should say stupid people of the world allowing these bastards to do this. The Marcabian invasion force is alive and well and everything is going to schedule on planet Earth. And Rowling is writing crime novels. All is good...
Smile … Or Else
‘Behavior Detection Officers’ are now watching passengers’ facial expressions for signs of danger. It’s a new level of absurdity for America.
By Patti Davis
Special to Newsweek
Updated: 12:40 p.m. ET Aug 16, 2007 More >
|10 Jul 2007 @ 00:38, by Unknown. Government, Public Sector
The view of Michael Copps, like FCC fellow commissioner, Jonathan Adelstein, is that "Democracy is premised on giving people sufficient depth and breadth of information that they'll generally make intelligent decisions" for their own good or "for the good of the country."
"We are skating perilously close to denying folks that kind of information, in no small degree because of media consolidation," Copps says. More >
|5 Jun 2007 @ 21:40, by vaxen. Government, Public Sector
Guidelines for Ethical OSINT Contracting
Recent experience has shown us that unethical practices on the part of vendors, and inattention on the part of government, are leading to a corruption of the emerging OSINT contracting environment. Here are a few guidelines intended to help the government get the best possible OSINT services as the lowest possible cost. Resurfaced for the benefit of those who are evidently not paying attention to the ethics of OSINT contracting (nor proper price to localized access ratios).
1. Government should not meet vendors privately for lunch, nor accept any offered capabilities briefing, without first doing a Request for Comments via FedBiz, and affording the same courtesy to all respondents. The same applies to White Pqpers. If the government chooses to accept a proferred White Paper, it should immediately do a Request for Comments inviting others to submit White Papers on the desired topic.
2. Government should consider hosting two industry days, one now, to provide a broad outline of its planned direction, a second one in 90 days after its plans take firmer shape.
3. Government should not use Statements of Work, especially complex Statements of Work, provided by the vendor. These will contain buried "hooks" (for example, a specific mix of web engineers, or a specific mix of Ambassadors and PhDs) that the unethical vendor can use to protest an award to a better company offering a better deal. In the worst case, the government will end up paying both the unethical company for a settlement, and the winning company for the desired service.
4. Government should write its own Statements of Work, and keep them simple. They should focus on desired outputs, not inputs. They should define the generic results desired, not how to solve the problem. In general the government is spending too much on cleared US citizens with poor language and knowledge skills, too much on proprietary information technologies, and not enough on indigenous foreign access and generic web-based access. Proprietary solutions should be avoided--the era of application-oriented network systems is here to stay. Open source software, open source information, open spectrum, and Open Access copyright approaches will yield the greatest long-term value and also the best inter-agency collaboration and information sharing results.
5. Government can and should consider expanding its existing contracts with beltway bandits that it has a close working relationship with, but it should demand that they employ qualified sub-contractors and specified key personnel and methods, rather than redirecting poorly qualified in-house personnel. In a worst case example, we have seen a major beltway bandit send unqualified people to the Library of Congress, with the direction "get what you can, don't spend any money." More >
|23 Apr 2007 @ 05:20, by vaxen. Government, Public Sector
Americans are living in what is called the richest nation on earth, yet they seem to always
be short of money. Wives are working in unprecedented numbers, husbands hope for overtime
hours to earn more, or take part-time jobs evenings and weekends, and children look for odd
jobs for spending money. The family debt climbs ever higher and many Americans live from
paycheck to paycheck or live only by borrowing on credit cards. Psychologists say one of the
biggest causes of family quarrels and breakups is caused by 'arguments over money.' Much of
this trouble can be traced to our present "debt-money' system. We have all seen the
devastaion done by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The primary reason that the death toll
was over 1000 is because those people did not even have enough money to get bus
transportation out of the city to save their lives. The state and federal government also
failed to help them so they just literally "drowned in debt."
ALL of our money has been created and issued by an illegal method that will eventually
destroy the United States if it is not changed. Prior to 1913, America was a prosperous,
powerful, and growing nation, at peace with its neighbors and the envy of the world. But, in
December of 1913, Congress, with many members away for the Christmas holidays, passed what
has since been known as the FEDERAL RESERVE ACT. Omitting the gruesome details, it simply
authorized the establishment of a Federal Reserve Corporation, with a Board of Directors
(The Federal Reserve Board) to run it, and the United States was divided into 12 Federal
This simple, but terrible, law completely removed from Congress the right to "create" money
or to have any control over its "creation," and gave that function to the Federal Reserve
Corporation. This was done with appropriate fanfare and propaganda that this would "remove
money from politics" (they didn't say "and therefore from the people's control") and prevent
"Boom and Bust" from hurting our citizens. The people were not told then, and most still
do not know today, that the Federal Reserve Corporation is a private corporation controlled
by bankers and therefore is operated for the financial gain of the bankers over the people
rather than for the good of the people. The word "Federal" was used only to deceive the
Since that "day of infamy," more disastrous to us than Pearl Harbor, the small group of
"privileged" people who lend us "our' money have accrued to themselves all of the profits of
printing our money -- and more! Since 1913 they have "created" tens of billions of dollars
in money and credit, which, as their own personal property, they then lend to our government
and our people with high interest. "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" had become
the secret policy of our National Government.
This section of the Outlaws website will show you the process of "money creation" and then
its conversion into the people's "debt". The knowledge you obtain here will help you to keep
your head above water.
These money-lenders, the Rosthchilds, for example, say to themselves: If we lend a hundred millions sterling to the queen and parliament of England, it will enable them to murder twenty, fifty, or a hundred thousand people in England, Ireland, or India; and the terror inspired by such wholesale slaughter, will enable them to keep the whole people of those countries in subjection for twenty, or perhaps fifty, years to come; to control all their trade and industry; and to extort from them large amounts of money, under the name of taxes; and from the wealth thus extorted from them, they (the queen and parliament) can afford to pay us a higher rate of interest for our money than we can get in any other way. Or, if we lend this sum to the emperor of Austria, it will enable him to murder so many of his people as to strike terror into the rest, and thus enable him to keep them in subjection, and extort money from them, for twenty or fifty years to come. And they say the same in regard to the emperor of Russia, the king of Prussia, the emperor of France, or any other ruler, so called, who, in their judgment, will be able, by murdering a reasonable portion of his people, to keep the rest in subjection, and extort money from them, for a long time to come, to pay the interest and the principal of the money lent him.
This business of lending blood-money is one of the most thoroughly sordid, cold-blooded, and criminal that was ever carried on, to any considerable extent, amongst human beings. It is like lending money to slave traders, or to common robbers and pirates, to be repaid out of their plunder. And the men who loan money to governments, so called, for the purpose of enabling the latter to rob, enslave, and murder their people, are among the greatest villains that the world has ever seen. And they as much deserve to be hunted and killed (if they cannot otherwise be got rid of) as any slave traders, robbers, or pirates that ever lived.
In addition to paying the interest on their bonds, they perhaps grant to the holders of them great monopolies in banking, like the Banks of England, of France, and of Vienna; with the agreement that these banks shall furnish money whenever, in sudden emergencies, it may be necessary to shoot down more of their people. Perhaps also, by means of tariffs on competing imports, they give great monopolies to certain branches of industry, in which these lenders of blood-money are engaged. They also, by unequal taxation, exempt wholly or partially the property of these loan-mongers, and throw corresponding burdens upon those who are too poor and weak to resist.
Thus it is evident that all these men, who call themselves by the high-sounding names of Emperors, Kings, Sovereigns, Monarchs, Most Christian Majesties, Most Catholic Majesties, High Mightinesses, Most Serene and Potent Princes, and the like, and who claim to rule "by the grace of God," by "Divine Right" -- that is, by special authority from Heaven -- are intrinsically not only the merest miscreants and wretches, engaged solely in plundering, enslaving, and murdering their fellow men, but that they are also the merest hangers on, the servile, obsequious, fawning dependents and tools of these blood-money loan-mongers, on whom they rely for the means to carry on their crimes. These loan-mongers, like the Rothschilds, laugh in their sleeves, and say to themselves: These despicable creatures, who call themselves emperors, and kings, and majesties, and most serene and potent princes; who profess to wear crowns, and sit on thrones; who deck themselves with ribbons, and feathers, and jewels; and surround themselves with hired flatterers and lickspittles; and whom we suffer to strut around, and palm themselves off, upon fools and slaves, as sovereigns and lawgivers specially appointed by Almighty God; and to hold themselves out as the sole fountains of honors, and dignities, and wealth, and power -- all these miscreants and imposters know that we make them, and use them; that in us they live, move, and have their being; that we require them (as the price of their positions) to take upon themselves all the labor, all the danger, and all the odium of all the crimes they commit for our profit; and that we will unmake them, strip them of their gewgaws, and send them out into the world as beggars, or give them over to the vengeance of the people they have enslaved, the moment they refuse to commit any crime we require of them, or to pay over to us such share of the proceeds of their robberies as we see fit to demand.
Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain -- that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.
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|7 Apr 2007 @ 11:05, by jazzolog. Government, Public Sector
Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.
Tu Fu comes from a saner, older, more secular culture than Homer, and it is not a new discovery with him that the gods, the abstractions, the forces of nature, are frivolous, lewd, vicious, quarrelsome, and cruel, and only men's steadfastness, love, magnanimity, calmness, and compassion redeem the night-bound world.
The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.
I first became aware of the chief weapon of the new conservative around 1960. The weapon is mockery and it was used effectively against my friends and me at Bates College. The school had a requirement to attend chapel a few times a week for programs of a non-religious character---but it was a chapel of vaguely Christian architecture. You also had to take a couple religion courses and fees were collected from all students to support the Christian Association. The CA had a locked bulletin board, to which I had a key and where I used to post rather leftist material.
The emerging leaders of culture war attacked all of this. Their models and mentors appeared to be Ayn Rand and William F. Buckley Jr. Buckley particularly was on television all the time debating liberals. His method of discourse always was a sneering dismantling of the bleeding heart of concern for the downtrodden. If you are lazy and stupid you should expect to be trod upon in this life. I remember 2 hours of excruciating embarrassment as Buckley mocked out James Baldwin for his passion on civil rights. I recall Buckley concluded one of his "Firing Lines" by warning the audience America is being watched on all sides by greedy eyes in faces "upon which there are no smiles." Mockery was established firmly upon a foundation of fear.
When questions arose surrounding the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, the phrase "conspiracy theorists" showed up. We learn there always will be unanswerable questions about such events carried out by lone nutcases, and if you won't accept that reality you will be mocked. Questions about 9/11 and the Twin Towers? Same deal. We don't have time for this stuff: we must put it behind us and move forward. Weapons of mass destruction. A mushroom cloud could result if we delay our preemptive war. The Christian right delivered Shock And Awe, and there was talk of Judgment Day in the Cradle of Civilization. (At this time of year, one wonders why Jesus didn't move preemptively against Judas.) More >
|11 Jul 2006 @ 19:20, by swanny. Government, Public Sector
July 11, 2006
at the lib...
well we've spoke of leadership before...
and heart or conscience is a fair good leader
as Martin Luther was bent to....
but then there is the evolution of democracy
which some still say is only majority rules
but in truth or intent was the greatest good
for the greatest number....
and yet how do we determine greatest good?
Which makes the question on the ballot a 2 parter
so Natural global leadership is needed to balance the
long term aspirations and needs with the short term
and restore some honesty and honor to the equation
and institutions.... so
forming a Natural global Democracy....
a take on the United Democracies of Earth but
still what is the greatest good....
and then still what is the greatest good for the greatest
well these things I have been pondering
but we have achieved this....
look around.... still a bit rocky and sucky
but this is somewhat more sustainable than before
though a little taken for granted but
look around , we have achieved "this"....
and for that we should give thanks
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|10 Jul 2006 @ 08:53, by jazzolog. Government, Public Sector
I fell in love with the wings of birds
The light of spring on them!
In the light of flowers
Just for the sake of traveling.
The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it.
The author in Providence last weekend among friends and a couple of generations too.
Some replies received to the post I put out yesterday, which was sort of about global warming but involved a sense of futility as well, have motivated me to get my act together. I didn't start out writing on the Internet about political things, but somehow or other during these Bush years, when concerns about the "mainstream media" in this country come from all sides, I started sending stuff to friends and contacts that I hoped would be helpful in keeping discussion going. I think that media problem may motivate much of the blogging revolution for people. Where do you find out what's really going on in the world? Ordinarily I sprinkle links and footnotes all over such pieces, which is how I learned to do research for social studies papers and debating. I'm not going to do that this time because I need to speak from my own history and experience. I see no other way to address those replies.
I know a couple guys online I've never met face-to-face who like to keep things jumping with really basic questions. I hesitate to summarize what they stand for...and they are very different people...but they share a sort of warrior mentality. They live in the US---I think---and seem ready to survive, if necessary, with a knife and some matches...or with nothing if those luxuries are not available. So whenever I post about a political solution to something, one or the other or both generally jump in with both feet.
One of the guys grew up in the inner city but now lives in the Arizona desert, very close to the recent fires. His nickname is Bushman, for a couple of reasons probably...but I think he is available to do landscape work and tend your bushes. He wrote back the following: "It's all right here. Cleansed by fire, again." And he included a link to some Hopi prophecies. He means he's ready to ride it out with things as they are, rather than muck about with government agencies trying to regulate everything.
The other fellow changes his nickname about once a month and currently is going by Darklander. Here's what he has to say: "Fear is a good tactic that all hierarchs love to use to keep the sheeple in line. Stop voting for these dingbats (sure doesn't do you any good!), disband the military, stop sending your sons and daughters to Moloch, quit the 501 3C 'Corporate' churches, find out who you really are... be free from the lot of the rot. Nah, easier to blame it on, ah, global warming..."
Now I like both these guys a great deal. For one thing, they have great wit and keep me laughing. Nothing is better in the midst of argument and struggle. I have a friend here in Athens something like Bushman and Darklander, who just retired from 3 decades of teaching industrial tech and intends to move into a cave and become a cannibal. What do I say to people like this...and why does it matter? More >
|26 Jun 2006 @ 01:09, by vaxen. Government, Public Sector
I hear -- is dead. Yet... the beat goes on. Darfur, Somalia, and a dozen other 'hot spots' outside the immediate 'middle east.' Who invented all this consternation anyway? More >
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