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Thanks to the  “Bible Believers Newsletter 819” for this gem


How much does a Miracle Cost?

 

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way six blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big Red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was busy at the moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice? ‘I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’

Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. ‘He’s really, really sick . . . and I want to buy a miracle.’

‘I beg your pardon?’ said the pharmacist.

‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?’

‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little.

‘Listen’ the girl said. ‘I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.’

The pharmacist’s brother, a well-dressed man, was standing there. He stooped down and asked the little girl, ‘What kind of a miracle does your brother need?’

‘I don’t know,’ Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.’

‘How much do you have?’ asked the man from Chicago.

‘One dollar and eleven cents,’ Tess answered, barely audible. ‘And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I have to.’

‘Well, what a coincidence,’ smiled the man. ‘A dollar and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.’

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said ‘Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.’

That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, who specialized in neuro-surgery.

The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

‘That surgery,’ her Mom whispered, ‘was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost’.

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost—one dollar and eleven cents—plus the faith of a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need. A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.

I hope you’ll keep the ball moving! Here it goes. Throw it back to someone who means something to you! A ball is a circle, with no beginning, no end. It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends. But the treasure inside for you to see is the treasure of friendship you’ve granted to me. Today I pass the friendship ball to you. Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.

 

 

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Thaks to James Petras …

 

The Obama Regime’s Fabricated “Terror Conspiracy” in Defense of the Police State

 

08.13.2013 :: United States

 

Introduction Representative democracies and autocratic dictatorships respond to profound internal crises in very distinctive ways: the former attempts to reason with citizens, explaining the causes, consequences and alternatives; dictatorships attempt to terrorize, intimidate and distract the public by evoking bogus external threats, to perpetuate and justify rule by police state methods and avoid facing up to the self-inflicted crises.

 

 

Such a bogus fabrication is evident in the Obama regime’s current announcements of an imminent global “terrorist threat”[1] in the face of multiple crises, policy failures and defeats throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia.

 

Internet ‘Chatter’ Evokes a Global Conspiracy and Revives the Global War on Terror

 

The entire terror conspiracy propaganda blitz, launched by the Obama regime and propagated by the mass media, is based on the flimsiest sources imaginable, the most laughable pretext. According to White House sources, the National Security Agency, the CIA and other spy agencies claimed to have monitored and intercepted unspecified Al-Qaeda threats, conversations by two Al Qaeda figures including Ayman al Zawahiri[2].

 

Most damaging, the Obama regime’s claim of a global threat by al-Qaeda, necessitating the shutdown of 19 embassies and consuls and a world-wide travelers alert, flies in the face of repeated public assertions over the past five years that Washington has dealt ‘mortal blows’ to the terrorist organization crippling its operative capacity[3] and citing the US “military successes” in Afghanistan and Iraq, its assassination of Bin Laden, the drone attacks in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and the US-backed invasion of Libya. Either the Obama regime was lying in the past or its current terror alert is a fabrication. If, as Obama and the NSA currently claim, Al Qaeda has re-emerged as a global terrorist threat, then twelve years of warfare in Afghanistan and eleven years of war in Iraq, the spending of $1.46 trillion dollars, the loss of over seven thousand US soldiers[4] and the physical and psychological maiming of over a hundred thousand US combatants has been a total and unmitigated disaster and the so-called war on terror is a failure.

 

The claim of a global terror threat, based on NSA surveillance of two Yemen-based Al Qaeda leaders, is as shallow as it is implausible. Every day throughout cyberspace one or another Islamist terrorist group or individual discuss terror plots, fantasies and plans of no great consequence.

 

The Obama regime fails to explain why, out of thousands of daily internet ‘conversations’, this particular one, at this particular moment, represents an ongoing viable terrorist operation. One does not need a million spies to pick up jihadist chatter about “attacking Satan”.

 

For over a decade, Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen have been engaging in a proxy war with Washington-backed regimes and over the same time the Obama regime has been engaged in drone and Special Forces assassination mission against Yemeni militants and opposition figures[5]. In other words, the Obama regime has magnified commonplace events, related to an ongoing conflict known to the public, into a new global terrorist threat as revealed by his spymasters because of their high powered espionage prowess!

 

It is more than obvious that the Obama regime is engaged in a global fabrication designed to distract world public opinion and, in particular, the majority of US citizens, from police state spying and violations of basic constitutional freedoms.

 

By evoking a phony “terrorist threat” and its detection by the NSA, Obama hopes to re-legitimate his discredited police state apparatus.

 

More important, by raising the specter of a global terrorist threat, the Obama regime seeks to cover-up the most disreputable policies, despicable “show trials” and harsh imprisonment of government whistle blowers and political, diplomatic and military defeats and failures which have befallen the empire in the present period.

 

The Timing of the Fabrication of the Global Terror Threat

 

In recent years the US public has grown weary of the cost and inconclusive nature of the ‘global war on terror’, or GWOT. Public opinion polls support the withdrawal of troops from overseas wars and back domestic social programs over military spending and new invasions. Yet the Obama regime, aided and abetted by the pro-Israel power configuration, in and out of the government, engages in constant pursuit of war policies aimed at Iran, Syria, Lebanon and any other Moslem country opposed to Israel’s erasure of Arab Palestine. The “brilliant” pro-war strategists and advisers in the Obama regime have pursued military and diplomatic policies which have led to political disasters, monstrous human rights violations and the gutting of US constitutional protections guaranteed to its citizens. To continue the pursuit of repeated failed policies, a gargantuan police state has been erected to spy, control and represses US citizens and overseas countries, allies and adversaries.

 

The “terror threat” fabrication occurs at a time and in response to the deepening international crisis and the political impasse facing the Obama regime – a time of deepening disenchantment among domestic and overseas public opinion and increasing pressure from the Israel Firsters to continue to press forward with the military agenda.

 

The single most devastating blow to the police state buildup are the documents made public by the NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, which revealed the vast worldwide network of NSA spying in violation of US constitutional freedoms and the sovereignty of countries. The revelations have discredited the Obama regime, provoked conflicts within and between allies, and strengthened the position of adversaries and critics of the US Empire.

 

Leading regional organizations, like MERCOSUR in Latin America, have attacked ‘cyber-imperialism’; the EU countries have questioned the notion of ‘intelligence cooperation’. Even dozens of US Congress people have called for reform and cutbacks in NSA funding.

 

The “terror threats” are timed by Obama to neutralize the Snowden revelations and justify the spy agency and its vast operations.

 

The Bradley Manning “show trial”, in which a soldier is tortured, often with forced nudity, in solitary confinement for almost a year, imprisoned for three years before his trial and publically prejudged by President Obama, numerous legislators and mass media (precluding any semblance of ‘fairness’), for revealing US war crimes against Iraqi and Afghan civilians, evoked mass protests the world over. Obama’s “terror threat” is trotted out to coincide with the pre-determined conviction of Manning in this discredited judicial farce and to buttress the argument that his exposure of gross US war crimes “served the enemy” (rather than the American public who Manning repeatedly has said deserve to know about the atrocities committed in its name). By re-launching the “war on terror” and intimidating the US public, the Obama regime is trying to discredit Bradley Manning’s heroic revelations of documented US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan by focusing on nebulous Al Qaeda terror threats over the internet!

 

In the international political arena, Obama has suffered a series of repeated political and diplomatic defeats with far-reaching implications for his fanatical empire building project. The Obama-backed and Al Qaeda-led Islamist mercenary invasion of the sovereign nation of Syria has suffered a series of military defeats and his proxy jihadist ‘freedom-fighters’ have been denounced by most prestigious human rights groups for their massacres and ethnic cleansing of civilian populations in Syria (especially Christians, Kurds, Alevis and secular Syrians). Obama’s Syrian ‘adventure’ has backfired, and is clearly unleashing a new generation of Islamist terrorists, armed by the Gulf States – especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, trained by Turkish and NATO Special Forces and now available for global terrorist “assignments” against US client states, Europe and the US itself. In turn the Syrian debacle has had a major impact on Obama’s NATO ally, Turkey, where mass protests are challenging Prime Minister Erdogan’s military support for Islamist mercenaries, based along the Turkish border with Syria. Erdogan’s savage repression of hundreds of thousands of peaceful protestors, the arbitrary arrest of thousands of pro-democracy activists and his own “show trials” of hundreds of journalists, military officials, students, intellectuals and trade unionists, has certainly discredited Obama’s main “democratic Islamist” ally and undermined Washington’s attempt to anchor its dominance via a triangular alliance of Israel, Turkey and the Gulf monarchies.

 

Further discredit of Obama’s foreign policy of co-opting Islamist “electoral regimes” has occurred in Egypt and is pending in Tunisia. Obama’s post-Mubarak policy in Egypt looked to a “power sharing” arrangement between the democratically elected President Morsi of the Moslem Brotherhood, the Mubarak-era military and neo-liberal politicians, like Mohamed El Baradei. Instead, General Sistani grabbed power via the army, overthrowing and jailing the civilian President Morsi. The Egyptian army under Sistani has massacred peaceful pro-democracy Muslim protestors and purged the parliament, press and independent voices. Forced to choose between the military dictatorship composed of the henchman of the former Mubarak dictatorship and the mass-based Muslim Brotherhood, US Secretary of State John Kerry backed the military take-over as a “transition to democracy” (steadfastly refusing to use the term ‘coup d’état’). This has opened wide the door to a period of mass repression and resistance in Egypt and severely weakened a key link in the “axis of reaction” in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt).

 

Obama’s incapacity to deal with the new peace overtures by the recently elected President Rouhani in Iran was evident in the Administrations capitulation to a Congressional vote (420 – 20) in favor of further and more severe sanctions designed, according to the bill’s AIPAC authors, to “strangle the Iranian oil economy”. Secretary of State Kerry’s offer to “negotiate” with Iran, under a US-imposed blockade and economic sanctions, was seen in Teheran, and by most independent observers, as an empty theatrical gesture, of little consequence. Obama’s failure to check the Israeli-Zionist stranglehold on US foreign policy toward Iran and to strike a deal ensuring a nuclear-weapon-free Iran, ensures that the region will continue to be a political and military powder keg. Obama’s appointments of prominent Zionist zealots to strategic Middle East policy positions ensures that the US and the Obama regime have no options for Iran, Palestine, Syria or Lebanon– except to follow the options dictated by Tel Aviv directly to its US agents, the 52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations, who along with their insider Zionist collaborators, co-author the Middle East policy script for the US Congress and the White House.

 

The Obama regime’s Israeli-Palestine peace negotiations are seen by most observers as the most distorted and bizarre efforts to date in that cruel farce. Washington has purchased the leaders of the Palestinian ‘Authority’ with multi-million dollar handouts and gave way to Israel’s accelerated land grabbing in the occupied West Bank and ‘Jews only’ settlement construction, as well as the mass eviction of 40,000 Bedouins within Israel itself.

 

To ensure the desired result – a total fiasco, Obama appointed one of the most fanatical of pro-Israeli zealots in Washington as its “mediator”, the tri-national Martin Indyk, known in diplomatic circles as “Israel’s lawyer” (and the first US Ambassador to be stripped of security clearance for mishandling documents.)

 

The breakdown of the negotiations is foretold. Obama, caught in the web of his own long-term reactionary alliances and loyalties and obsessed with military solutions, has developed a knack for engaging in prolonged losing wars, multiplying enemies and alienating allies.

 

Conclusion

 

The result of prolonged unpopular wars of aggression has been the massive built-up of a monstrous domestic police state, pervasive spying around the world and the commission of egregious violations of the US Constitution. This, in turn, has led to crudely concocted “terror plots” to cover-up the repeated foreign policy failures and to slander and persecute courageous whistle blowers and threaten other decent American patriots. The recent declaration of another vast ‘terror plot’, which served to justify the illegal activities of US spy agencies and ‘unify Congress’, produced hysteria lasting less than a week. Subsequently, reports began to trickle in, even in the obedient US mass media, discrediting the basis of the alleged global terror conspiracy. According to one report, the much-ballyhooed ‘Al Qaeda plot’ turned out to be a failed effort to blow-up an oil terminal and oil pipeline in Yemen. According to regional observers: “Pipelines are attacked nearly weekly in Yemen”[6] And so an unsuccessful jihadist attack against a pipeline in a marginal part of the poorest Arab state morphed into President Obama’s breathless announcement of a global terrorist threat! An outrageous joke has been played on the President, his Administration and his Congressional followers. But during this great orchestrated ‘joke’, Obama unleashed a dozen drone assassination attacks against human targets of his own choosing, killing dozens of Yemeni citizens, including many innocent bystanders.

 

What is even less jocular is that Obama, the Master of Deceit, just moves on. His proposed “reforms” are aimed to retrench NSA activities; he insists on continuing the “bulk collection” (hundreds of millions) of US citizens’ telephone communications (FT 8/12/13 p2). He retains intact the massive police state spy apparatus, keeps his pro-Israel policymakers in strategic positions, reaffirms his policy of confrontation with Iran and escalates tensions with Russia, China and Venezuela. Obama embraces a new wave of military dictatorships, starting, but not ending, with Egypt.

 

In the face of diminishing support at home and abroad and the declining credibility of his crude “terror” threats, one wonders if the ever-active clandestine apparatus would actually stage its own real-life bloody act of terror, a secret state supported ‘false-flag’ bombing, to convince an increasingly disenchanted and skeptical public? Such would be a desperate act for the State, but these are desperate times facing a failed Administration, pursuing losing wars in which the Masters of Defeat can now only rely on the Masters of Deceit.

 

The Obama regime is infested with the “toxic politics of terrorism” and this addiction has driven him to persecute, torture and imprison truth seekers, whistle blowers and true patriots who strive (and will continue to strive) to awaken the sleeping giant, in hopes that the people of America will arise again.

 


 

[1] ‘BBC News’ 8/16/13; Al Jazeera 9/16/13

 

[2] ‘La Jornada’ (Mexico City) 8/16/13, p. 22;FINANCIAL TIMES 8/10-11/13”T he exact threat to US missions has yet to be made public..”

 

[3] ‘Financial Times’ 8/8/13, p. 2 and ‘Financial Times’ 8/10-11 2013 p 2; ‘McClatchy Washington Bureau’ 8/5/13

 

[4] Information Clearing House Web Page

 

[5] ‘Financial Times’ 8/8/13, p. 2.

 

[6] ‘Financial Times’ 8/8/13, p. 2.

 

The Official James Petras Website

 

 

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Much of what Brasscheck reports is dark, but the purpose of our reporting is not to make you despondent. We’re simply covering elements of reality that the corporate/government news media withholds from you.

Before positive productive action can be planned and taken, accurate assessments of conditions have to be made.

Brasscheck is designed to stimulate discussion, encourage future research and inspire positive action.

If you’re seeking an answer to the question “What can I do?” here’s a five point course of action from the simplest actions to the most complex that might stimulate your thinking.

1. Study reality and dismantle propaganda

That’s what Brasscheck TV videos are designed to do. Sometimes they are complete packets of information. Sometimes they are springboards for additional research.

Realize that it’s a process that never ends – because propagandists and professional liars (PR people, “journalists,” paid-for scientists and doctors, government officials etc.) never stop manufacturing new self-serving bullshit.

2. Use what you learn to protect yourself, your family and friends and your community – and to make their lives better

Sometimes it’s immediately obvious what to do in response to information. Sometimes it’s not. Act on what you can act on.

KEY POINT: Support positive alternatives for yourself and others. Create them too.

For example, most people are all but enslaved to the products of a toxic corporate food industry. You can start weaning yourself off that today and it will have many positive effects both in your own life and beyond.

See our sister channel The Real Food Channel for information and ideas.

3. Don’t cooperate with evil doers

Ignorance is a form of cooperation.

Giving the authorities “the benefit of the doubt” is a form of cooperation.

Getting swept up in a wave of corporate/government media-generated hysteria on any subject is a form of cooperation.

Doing business with unethical banks and companies is a form of cooperation.

You can help – and help a lot – by simply withdrawing your cooperation and consent.

4. Help victims

Many entirely innocent people have been and continue to be the victims of the corporate/government. You don’t have to look far to find them. If you’re so inclined, you can share your resources with victims directly or find reliable groups that do good work.

Note: Large “non-profits” like the Red Cross are not generally good organizations to give money to.

5. Work to undermine The System

Notice I didn’t say “fight.”

The System loves nothing more than for people to fight it.

Why?

They have exponentially more guns and gun thugs and it won’t be even a remotely fair fight.

So how do you undermine The System?

Review the first four action points and use your own creativity and imagination. Ideas will come to you. It’s a life’s work, not something you figure out in a minute or a day.

 


 

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Believe it ? … or not?

 

Who Are … “We the People”

By  W J Anthony

 

Since most of  “We the People” in “America” are descendents of the people of nations in other countries – especially those in Europe – many of the customs and organizations of those countries were adopted by the founders and leaders of American society.

Since we began to grow up as children, some customs of those cultures have been instilled in us to believe that truth and justice will triumph eventually – because our Government is “of the people, by the people and for the people” and it “shall not perish from the Earth”.  Each of our erroneous beliefs has failed to permanently rule “we the people”.

The wars of empires eventually failed because their masters’ pride and greed stretched the empires’ powers of domination beyond the trust of the ignorance that holds people in subjugation by fear and violence.  Empires limit the standard of living of their subjugated people, so as to consist only of the goods and services that are necessary to maximize the production of what feudal or slave laborers can accomplish.

Empires are destined to meet failure if their masters assume that their descendents will faithfully continue their dominant power, the threat and use of violence against any change.

 

The cousinship powers of European empires ruled humanity worldwide through the use of gunpowder and the violence that subjugated peoples.  With gunpowder, the arrogant elite of Europe assumed that Europe’s empires were destined with a divine mission to persist in the successful domination of humanity.

Europe’s emperors also used religion to control the peoples of their colonies. The indoctrination of children and adults with the formalized ethics of submission as Christians, was expected to vanquish the aspirations of subjugated Christians to throw off the domination of Europe’s empires. 

Certain Biblical seeds of truth, as stated by Christianity’s Jesus, were deliberately avoided to prevent the people of Europe and Europe’s colonies from understanding the advice of Jesus: “Seek the truth, and you shall find it, and the truth shall set you free.”

Truth instilled a conviction in some colonists to examine the self-evident truths expressed in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. 

When the American Declaration of Independence was published, the European empires were in their bloom of prosperity and enrichment, due to the vast profit received from their colonies. Through their use of gunboat persuasion as their dominant form of diplomacy, the Empires of Europe extended their collection of colonies to most of the continents of the Earth.  Governments, which had been established during previous ages, were soon forced by gunboats to yield to Europe’s forms of empire.

Europe’s pursuit of multiple empires was kindled by the claim of success by the British aristocracy, which claimed that the sun never sets on the British Empire.  History registered it as true, but as an ultimate criminal indictment.

From that background, America emerged as the United States into the present day in history, when “We the People of the United States”, as well as people in all the former empires of Europe, are facing their economic and social decline as governments that are based on self-determination and as functional nations with legitimate international influence. Based on our ethics, wars accompanied the rise of Europe and America; wars deceived us as a People and as nations, shaping US to serve money as our master. 

Did Christianity’s Jesus teach US and Europe to assume that our wars and schemes of conquest could be forgiven after we achieve victory? 

Do We the People understand the Biblical meaning in Matthew 6: 24 when Jesus said: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one; and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

The apostle Luke quotes Jesus as saying the same thing, in Luke 16:13.

What is mammon?  Wealth, riches, money?  If we love wealth, riches and money, what would we serve and what would we hate and despise?

Who and what did “We the People” serve in the 200 years of US history?  Was it God or mammon?  Who and what do we serve at the present time?

Who and what did the People in the countries of Europe serve in their two thousand years of war?  What can we do to build or destroy the works of creation that feed and improve our lives and those of our descendents?

Why is China prospering while “We the People” – the heirs of Europe – are losing our standard of living?  What provides an appropriate standard of living for all People throughout the world? 

It is self-evident that our standard of living is determined by the cooperation and labor of humans, using resources to provide the means by which people can produce and distribute the goods and services that comprise an appropriate and accessible standard of living for each of US – the People. 

Thievery and wars do not, and can not successfully guide and influence the cooperation of the human efforts that are necessary to accomplish the abundant production of goods and services that each of us, humans, need to pursue our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and our pursuit of Happiness.

That sounds like the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.  It was what. Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam discovered when he worked as a laborer in New York during his early years as a young man.   In fact, he was so impressed with the meaning of the words, that he incorporated the words of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence into the Constitution of the Government of North Vietnam.  Why, then, did the US Government choose to destroy the nation of Vietnam when Ho Chi Minh was its leader? 

During America’s 20 years of total war against Vietnam, which killed millions of Vietnamese people and caused the deaths of many thousands of American servicemen and thousands of wounded American servicemen …  Why did we go to War? 

Was the war intended to enable America’s Government to secure the unalienable rights of American people or the unalienable rights of the People of Vietnam?  Did the war and murder in Vietnam accomplish that?

Does the Declaration’s second paragraph say: “That to secure these rights (to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness) Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

“Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety an happiness.”    

Did America have the right to alter or to abolish other Governments? … such as the Government in Vietnam?

Did – We the People of the USA – treat Vietnam as if it should be our colony? Did We the People of the USA use our form of “gunboats” as our form of diplomacy to capture Vietnam as our colony?

Prior to Vietnam, how many People were killed and how many People suffered as slaves, in how many countries of the world, due to the brutal rulers of Europe’s colonial empires?  … and in the colonies of the USA, such as Cuba, the five southern US states that were formerly part of Mexico, the Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, in South and central America, the Pacific trust territories and South Korea? 

All of which brings US … We the People … born of revolution … to consider and compare the dramatic success of China today … also born of revolution … by We the People. 

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 —–Forwarded Message—–
From: Ernest DeJonge
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To: undisclosed recipient
Subject: CHINA’S NEW BRIDGE-

 

Scary, isn’t it?  I mean about China’s place in the world.

 

CHINA’S  NEW  BRIDGE

 

Has China’s engineering and architecture advanced past the US?

 

Imagine the mindset of those who worked on this BRIDGE at these heights

Note that the person below is 1102 feet above the ground and is sweeping the dirt off this twenty first century
Engineering marvel with a broom that was designed centuries ago and has no safety line.
Blasting and coating this steel superstructure in a couple of decades will be an interesting project.
Aizhai Bridge in Hunan province is 336 m (1,102 ft.) high and has a 1,176 m (3,858 ft.) span.
It connects two traffic tunnels in the mountains, cutting the time needed to traverse the canyon
From 30 minutes to 1 minute. Construction took five years.
Work finished at the end of last year, making it the world’s longest and highest suspension bridge.
A brave worker put the final touches on the Anzhaite Bridge . The bridge, which connects to two tunnels,
Was built to ease traffic.  People and traffic during the Opening ceremony. Vehicles motor along a two-way,

 

four-lane motorway. Pedestrians walk along it on a special walkway under the road.

 Chinese Supremacy

 

This article, though aimed at a US audience, gives a scary insight into China’s growing economic power.

A Little Known Reality.

June 8, 2013. Source: Michael Snyder, Guest Post

In future China will employ millions of American workers and dominate thousands of small communities all

Over the United States. Chinese acquisition of U.S. Businesses set a new all-time record last year, and it is

On pace to shatter that record this year.

The Smithfield Foods acquisition is an example. Smithfield Foods is the largest pork producer and processor

In the world. It has facilities in 26 U.S. States and it employs tens of thousands of Americans. It directly owns

460 farms and has contracts with approximately 2,100 others. But now a Chinese company has bought it for

$ 4.7 billion, and that means that the Chinese will now be the most important employer in dozens of rural

Communities all over America.


Thanks in part to our massively bloated trade deficit with China, the Chinese have trillions of dollars to spend.

They are only just starting to exercise their economic muscle.

It is important to keep in mind that there is often not much of a difference between “the Chinese government”

And “Chinese corporations”. In 2011, 43 percent of all profits in China were produced by companies where the

Chinese government had a controlling interest in.


Last year a Chinese company spent $2.6 billion to purchase AMC entertainment – one of the largest movie theater

Chains in the United States. Now that Chinese company controls more movie ticket sales than anyone else in the world.


But China is not just relying on acquisitions to expand its economic power. “Economic beachheads” are being

Established all over America. For example, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc. Recently broke ground

On a $100 million plant in Thomasville, Alabama. Many of the residents of Thomasville, Alabama will be glad to have

Jobs, but it will also become yet another community that will now be heavily dependent on communist China.

And guess where else Chinese companies are putting down roots? Detroit. Chinese-owned companies are investing in

American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores,

And hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers

And their suppliers. If you recently purchased an “American-made” vehicle, there is a really good chance that it has a

Number of Chinese parts in it. Industry analysts are hard-pressed to put a number on the Chinese suppliers operating in

The United States.

China seems particularly interested in acquiring energy resources in the United States. For example, China is actually

Mining for coal in the mountains of Tennessee. Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group spent 616 million dollars

To acquire Triple H Coal Co. In Jacksboro, Tennessee. At the time, that acquisition really didn’t make much news, but now

A group of conservatives in Tennessee is trying to stop the Chinese from blowing up their mountains and taking their coal.


And pretty soon China may want to build entire cities in the United States just like they have been doing in other countries.

Right now China is actually building a city larger than Manhattan just outside Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

Are you starting to get the picture? China is on the rise. If you doubt this, just read the following:

# When you total up all imports and exports, China is now the number one trading nation on the entire planet.

# Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars.

# China has more foreign currency reserves than anyone else on the planet.

# China now has the largest new car market in the entire world.

# China now produces more than twice as many automobiles as the United States does. After being bailed out by

U.S. taxpayers, GM is involved in 11 joint ventures with Chinese companies.

# China is the number one gold producer in the world.

# The uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

# 85% of all artificial Christmas trees the world over are made in China.

# The new World Trade Center tower in New York is going to include glass imported from China.

# China now consumes more energy than the United States does.

# China is now in aggregate the leading manufacturer of goods in the entire world.

# China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined.

# China is now the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe.

# China produces 3 times as much coal and 11 times as much steel as the United States does.

# China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements.

# China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of any national defense system.

# In published scientific research articles China is expected to become number one in the world very shortly.


And what we have seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg. For now, I will just leave you with one piece of advice –

learn to speak Chinese. You are going to need it !

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Former Air Force Analyst: Drone Pilots Can’t Tell The Difference Between A Shovel And A Weapon

 

December 30, 2013 by Sam Rolley 

 

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re piloting a lethal drone, everyone looks like a dangerous militant. That is, according to a former employee of the U.S. drone program.

 

In a commentary published in Sunday’s The Guardian, former U.S. Air Force imagery analyst Heather Linebaugh offers a firs-hand account of the moments of uncertainty drone pilots face as they decide whether the people on their computer screens will live or die.

 

Drone operators and analysts routinely make life or death decisions while sitting thousands of miles away from targets that they cannot always clearly identify even under the best operating conditions, according to Linebaugh. The former drone analyst contends, despite the claims of politicians and military officials, that civilian casualty rates from drone strikes are high because the pilots are often unable to get a clear picture of the targets they kill.

 

She writes: “What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. One example comes to mind: ‘The feed is so pixelated, what if it’s a shovel, and not a weapon?’ I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts. We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian’s life all because of a bad image or angle.”

 

Linebaugh says that the underreported shortcomings of drones have disastrous consequences not only for the civilians killed in strikes but also for the people operating the drones.

 

“UAV troops are victim to not only the haunting memories of this work that they carry with them, but also the guilt of always being a little unsure of how accurate their confirmations of weapons or identification of hostile individuals were,” she writes.  

 

“Of course, we are trained to not experience these feelings, and we fight it, and become bitter. Some troops seek help in mental health clinics provided by the military, but we are limited on who we can talk to and where, because of the secrecy of our missions,” Linebaugh continues. “I find it interesting that the suicide statistics in this career field aren’t reported, nor are the data on how many troops working in UAV positions are heavily medicated for depression, sleep disorders and anxiety.”

 

A report released in October by Human Rights Watch titled “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda: The Civilian Cost of US Targeted Killings in Yemen” examined six U.S. drone strikes in Yemen, one from 2009 and the rest from 2012-2013. The report found that two of the drone strikes killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war. The other strikes, according to the report, targeted people who were not legitimate military targets and caused avoidable civilian deaths. The Human Rights Watch report also provided grisly details and firsthand accounts of botched U.S. drone operations in the region in which it says at least 57 of the 82 people killed were civilians. One 2009 attack noted in the report claimed the lives of 41 civilians.

 

 

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Wow ! ….

 

Ignored Reality Is Going To

Wipe Out the Human Race —

Paul Craig Roberts

 

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Ignored Reality Is Going To Wipe Out The Human Race

 

Paul Craig Roberts

 

To inform people is hard slugging. Everything is lined up against the public being informed, or the policymakers for that matter. News is contaminated by its service to special interests and hidden agendas. Many scientists or their employers are dependent on federal money. Even psychologists and anthropologists were roped into the government’s torture and occupation programs. Economists tell lies for corporations and Wall Street. Plant and soil scientists tell lies for agribusiness and Monsanto. Truth tellers are slandered and persecuted. However, persistence can eventually win out. In the long-run, truth sometimes emerges. But not always. And not always in time.

 

I have been trying to inform the American people, economists, and policymakers for more than a decade about the adverse impacts of jobs offshoring on the US economy. The word has eventually gotten out. Last week I was contacted by 8th grade students competing for their school in CSPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Contest. They want to interview me on the subject of jobs offshoring for their documentary film.

 

America is a strange place. Here are eighth graders far ahead of the economics profession, the President, the Congress, the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, and the financial press in their understanding of one of the fundamental problems of the US economy. Yet, people say the public schools are failing. Obviously, not the one whose students contacted me.

 

Is it too late? I know much, but not all. So this is not the final word. I think it might be too late. When skilled jobs are sent abroad, the skills disappear at home. So do the supply chains and the businesses associated with the skills. Things close down, and abilities are lost. Why take a major in college for a job that is offshored. A culture disappears.

 

But we can start them back up, right? Perhaps not. When a First World country exports its technology and know-how abroad to a Third World country in order to benefit from lower cost labor, how does the First World country get the work back? Living standards and the cost of living in Third World countries are much lower than in First World countries. The populations of First World countries cannot pay their mortgages, car payments, student loans, medical care, and grocery bills with the wages of Third World countries.

 

When First World wages drop, mortgage, car, credit card, and student loan payments do not drop. Americans cannot live on Chinese, Indian, and Indonesian wages. Once the technology and know-how is transferred, the low wage country has the advantage in the absence of tariff protection.

 

For America to revive, our economy would have to be walled off with high tariffs, and subsidies would have to be provided in order to recreate US industry and manufacturing. But many corporations now produce offshore, and America is broke. The government has been $1 trillion dollars in the hole each year for the last 5 years.

 

Jobs offshoring diminished the US tax base. When a job is sent abroad, so is that job’s contribution to US GDP and tax base. When millions of jobs are sent abroad, US GDP and tax base cannot support government spending levels. To the extent that there are any replacement jobs, they are in lowly paid domestic services, such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks, and hospital orderlies. These jobs do not provide a tax base or consumer spending power comparable to manufacturing jobs and tradable professional services such as software engineering and information technology.

 

Republicans and increasingly Democrats, as both parties are dependent on the same sources of campaign contributions, blame “entitlements.” By entitlements they mean welfare.

 

In fact, entitlements consist of Social Security and Medicare. Entitlements are funded by the payroll tax, approximately 15% of payroll. The fact that a person pays the payroll tax all his working life is why the person is entitled to Social Security and Medicare if they live to retirement age. Welfare, such as food stamps and housing subsidies, are a small part of the federal budget and are not entitlements.

 

Ever since President Reagan was betrayed three decades ago by Alan Greenspan and David Stockman, both of whom sold out to Wall Street and raised the Social Security payroll tax above what was needed to pay Social Security benefits in order to protect Wall Street’s stock and bond portfolios from exaggerated deficit fears, Social Security payroll tax revenues have exceeded Social Security payments. As of today, Social Security revenues exceed payments to beneficiaries by an accumulated $2 trillion. The money was used by the federal government to pay for its wars and other spending programs. The Social Security Trust Fund holds non-marketable IOUs from the Treasury. These IOUs can only be made good from an excess of tax revenues over expenditures or by the Treasury selling $2 trillion in bonds, notes, and bills and paying off its IOUs to the Social Security Trust Fund. This is not going to happen.

 

The Federal Reserve could not care less about the US population. The Fed was established for the purpose of protecting and aiding banks. Currently, the Fed, as if America were a Banana Republic which America appears to be becoming, is printing one thousand billion dollars per year in order to support the banks and to finance the federal deficit.

 

This is bad news for Americans, as it means that their fiat money is being created at a far greater rate than the demand for the dollar. The implication for our future is a drop in the dollar’s value. As there are no jobs, a drop in the dollar’s value means high inflation on top of unemployment and double the misery of the Great Depression.

 

As bad as this is, it is minor compared to the destruction of the planet’s environment. Online information shows that the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem is in crisis after the BP spill and use of Corexit, a dispersant used to hide, not clean up, the spilled oil. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Gulf-ecosystem-in-crisis-a-by-Dahr-Jamail-Corporation-BP_Ecosystems_Gulf-Oil-Spill-Disaster_Gulf-Shrimping-Industry-131020-15.html

 

The Fukushima catastrophe has hardly begun. Yet already the radioactive water pouring into the Pacific Ocean has made fish dangerous to eat unless a person is willing to accept a higher risk of cancer.

 

Fukushima has the potential of making Japan uninhabitable and of polluting the air, water, and soil of the US with radioactivity. Yet the crisis is seldom mentioned in the US media. In Japan the government just passed a law that could be used to imprison Japanese journalists who report truthfully on the dire situation.

 

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the online information about Fukushima.. According to the presstitute media, Americans face threats from Iran and Syria and from whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden. The real threats are simply not in the news.

 

If you search Fukushima, you will find information that the presstitute media hides from you. See for example, http://www.globalresearch.ca/28-signs-that-the-west-coast-is-being-absolutely-fried-with-nuclear-radiation-from-fukushima/5355280

 

There are a number of other threats to the environment on which our lives depend. One is the effort to extract more productivity from the soil by use of GMOs. Monsanto has altered the genes of several crops so that the crops can be sprayed with RoundUp to eliminate weeds. The results have been to deplete the soil of nutrients, to destroy the micro-biology of the soil so that new plant diseases and funguses are activated, and to produce superweeds that require heavier doses of the glyphosate in RoundUp. The heavier dose of RoundUp worsens the aforementioned problems. US agricultural soil is losing its potency.

 

Now we come to chemtrails, branded another “conspiracy theory.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory However, the US government’s efforts to geo-engineer weather as a military weapon and as a preventative of global warming appear to be real. The DARPA and HAARP programs are well known and are discussed publicly by scientists. See, for example, http://news.sciencemag.org/2009/03/darpa-explore-geoengineering Search Chemtrails, and you will find much information that is kept from you. See, for example, http://www.globalresearch.ca/chemtrails-a-planetary-catastrophe-created-by-geo-engineering/5355299 and http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org

 

Some describe chemtrails as a plot by the New World Order, the Rothchilds, the Bilderbergers, or the Masons, to wipe out the “useless eaters.” Given the amount of evil that exists in the world, these conspiracy theories might not be as farfetched as they sound.

 

However, I do not know that. What does seem to be possibly true is that the scientific experiments to modify and control weather are having adverse real world consequences. The claim that aluminum is being sprayed into the atmosphere and when it comes to earth is destroying the ability of soil to be productive might not be imaginary. Those concerned about chemtrails say that weather control experiments have deprived the western United States of rainfall, while sending the rain to the east where there have been hurricane level deluges and floods.

 

In the West, sparse rainfall and lightning storms without rain are resulting in forests drying out and burning down. Deforestation adversely affects the environment in many ways, including the process of photosynthesis by which trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. The massive loss of forests means more carbon dioxide and less oxygen. Watershed and species habitat are lost, and spreading aridity further depletes ground and surface water. If these results are the consequences of weather modification experiments, the experiments should be stopped.

 

In North Georgia where I spend some summers, during 2013 it rained for 60 consecutive days, not all day, but every day, and some days the rainfall was 12 inches–hurricane level–and roads were washed out. I received last summer 4 automated telephone warnings from local counties not to drive and not to attempt to drive through accumulations of water on the highways.

 

One consequence of the excess of water in the East is that this year there are no acorns in North Georgia. Zilch, zero, nada. Nothing. There is no food for the deer, the turkeys, the bear, the rodents. Starving deer will strip bark from the trees. Bears will be unable to hibernate or will be able only to partially hibernate, forced to seek food from garbage. Black bears are already invading homes in search of food.

 

Unusual drought in the West and unusual flood in the East could be coincidental or they could be consequences of weather modification experiments.

 

The US, along with most of the world, already had a water problem prior to possible disruptions of rainfall by geo-engineering. In his book, Elixir, Brian Fagan tells the story of humankind’s mostly unsuccessful struggle with water. Both groundwater and surface water are vanishing. The water needs of large cities, such as Los Angeles and Phoenix, and the irrigation farming that depends on the Ogallala aquifer are unsustainable. Fagan reminds us that “the world’s supply of freshwater is finite,” just like the rest of nature’s resources. Avoiding cataclysm requires long-range thinking, but humanity is focused on immediate needs. Long-range thinking is limited to finding another water source to deplete. Cities and agriculture have turned eyes to the Great Lakes.

 

Los Angeles exists because the city was able to steal water from hundreds of miles away. The city drained Owens Lake, leaving a huge salt flat in its place, drained the Owens Valley aquifer, and diverted the Owens River to LA via aqueduct. Farming and ranching in the Owens Valley collapsed. Today LA takes water from the Colorado River, which originates in Wyoming and Colorado, and from Lake Perris 440 miles away.

 

Water depletion is not just an American problem. Fagan reports that “underground aquifers in many places are shrinking so rapidly that NASA satellites are detecting changes in the earth’s gravity.”

 

If the government is experimenting with weather engineering, scientists are playing God when they have no idea of the consequences. It is a tendency of scientists to become absorbed by the ability to experiment and to ignore unintended consequences.

 

Readers have asked me to write about Fukushima and chemtrails because they trust me to tell them the truth. The problem is that I am not qualified to write about these matters with anything approaching the same confidence that I bring to economic, war and police state matters.

 

The only advice I can give is that when you hear the presstitute media smear a concern or explanation as “conspiracy theory,” have a closer look. The divergence between what is happening and what you are told is so vast that it pays to be suspicious, cynical even, of what “your” government and “your” presstitute media tell you. The chances are high that it is a lie.

 

About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

 

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.

 

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It’s up to … US …

 

The Arithmetic of War

 

 

 

The Pentagon plans ahead …

 

 

 

For those with the courage to look ahead …

 

 

 

The US explained in 7 minutes …

 

 

 

Thanks to … BRASSCHECK …

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/war-is-a-racket-1/the-arithmetic-of-war.html

 

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The Shalom Report

 

Mandela, the Jews, & the Future:  WHICH Jews?

Seeking Peace or Refusing in 1990,

Seeking Peace or Refusing Now

Last week, the NY Times ran an article called “In The Day a Newly Freed Mandela Came to New York” which glorified New York City’s welcome to Nelson Mandela in 1990.

But the Times overlooked an empty chair at the welcome table.  Not a single “mainstream” Jewish organization in New York was willing to meet with Mr. Mandela during that 1990 visit.
That was because he had criticized the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.

This abject ethical failure by the “official” line-up of Jewish organizations was a rejection of the broadest human ethical standards, as well as a denial of the prophetic tradition at the heart of Torah from the resistance to Pharaoh forward.

Perhaps more important, it was not only a blemish upon the New York Jewish community thirteen years ago, but raises some continuing profound questions about the stance of the American Jewish community today.

For the same reasons Jewish “officialdom” shunned Mandela’s pursuit of peace and justice 13 years ago, today it is shunning the search for peace and security today – peace and security for and among Israel, Iran, and the USA today.

At the end of this essay, The Shalom Center and I are asking you to act on behalf of the Torah’s command to “seek peace and pursue it.”  To walk step by step along the path that we honor Mandela for learning to walk.

Back in 1990, some 50,000 people waited at Kennedy International Airport and along the motorcade route. About 100,000 crowded the streets in Brooklyn as Mandela approached a high school for an appearance; 400,000 packed the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan as the ticker-tape parade passed by; and 200,000 jammed the ceremony outside City Hall.

But New York’s Jewish organizations were absent — except for one small Jewish school named for Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and committed to his prophetic values, whose faculty and students marched in the ticker-tape parade. You can see them in this photo provided us by Rabbi Jonah  Geffen, who was then himself a young student at the Heschel School:

 

Heschel School in Mandela parade, 1990, NYC

In response to this failure of official Jewry, an ad hoc group of progressive Jews emerged, and not only responded to Mandela but went on to create a vigorous organization, “Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ).”

JFREJ remains vital and important in NYC. It has, for example, been deeply involved in the struggle to end the NY Police Department’s racially oppressive practice of “stop and frisk.”  

Outside New York as well, the strand of prophetic Judaism continues to grow.  The Shalom Center, of course, which opened in 1983, continues to define ourselves in exactly those terms, trying to live up to that vision –

  • in the activist path of the ancient prophets like Amos, Isaiah, and Jeremiah;
  • in the ancient rabbis —  Akiba, Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel , Rabbi Yishmael the High Priest, and seven others  who were tortured to death by the Roman Empire for teaching and doing Torah;
  • in Rabbi David Einhorn who in the 1850s was driven out of Baltimore by his own congregants because he called for the abolition of slavery;
  • in Martin Buber and Abraham Heschel, who in the 20th century struggled against oppression of the Jews and oppression by the Jews.

But the “sha shtill” syndrome – “Keep quiet!” – still afflicts some major elements of American Jewish life. Not only did the New York Times fail to mention this space that the official Jewish world left empty in 1990; so did the Forward, America’s leading Jewish newspaper. 

The Forward  honored Mandela’s memory and celebrated the warm relationship that emerged –- but only after the end of Apartheid –  between him as President of South Africa and the South African Jewish community.

The Forward even published an article by Judge Richard Goldstone, one of the few Jewishly focused South Africans who struggled against Apartheid, reminding us that till Apartheid collapsed most of the organized Jewish community there supported it or stood silent. 

But the Forward failed to mention, let alone analyze, the 1990 failure of the American Jewish community.

And it is the analysis that is important. For the past is not only the past; it is really the present and future as well.

What is the analogous issue today? Not Mandela, of course: since he succeeded in leading the transformation of South Africa by peaceful means, official American Jewish organizations today are glad to honor him. 

Today the analogous issue is Iran.

That is, the possibility of a peaceful arrangement with Iran’s new government that makes certain Iran’s nuclear research is for civilian and peaceful purposes, while step by step ending sanctions against Iran and welcoming Iran into the peaceful circle of international community. 

The grass roots of flesh and blood American Jews support the diplomacy that is reaching for that kind of peaceful settlement.

But some powerful American Jewish organizations are actively opposing it, and others are standing silent.

Why? Because the Israeli Prime Minister has publicly and fiercely attacked the negotiations, poured contempt on the new Iranian president, and continues to talk of war – though his own military and intelligence-apparatus leaders publicly say this policy is daft.

In the US, the question now comes down to whether American Jews inflame and support  – or oppose – Congressional efforts to impose still more draconian sanctions on Iran. Most US diplomats think that such sanctions would signal to the Iranians that negotiations will never satisfy an America anxious not to make peace with them but to destroy them. So worse sanctions instead of fuller negotiations would lead to a greater chance of war.

Yet some of the most important American Jewish organizations – AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, even the Jewish Council on Public Affairs  –-  choose to follow the Prime Minister of Israel rather than either the best Israeli military/security planners or the Torah’s command to “seek peace and pursue it.” Of course, in a democracy they have the right to be wrong, foolish, and destructive. – But is it wise?

Because of them, it is important to support the 118 Rabbis and other Jewish clergy who have called for a policy of “Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran” – shalom for Israel, for the US, for the region, and for Iran.

This statement was initiated by The Shalom Center, but these Rabbis represent something deeper, older, newer, ever renewed – the Prophetic impulse that rises in every Jewish generation. They are today what JFREJ was in 1990 – an ad hoc Jewish group emerging when the “official” Jewish world has failed to carry forward the Jewish mission.
We appeal to our Jewish members and readers to support these rabbis in their practical wisdom, their pursuit of shalom rather than yet one more immoral and self-destructive war. We ask you to click to  –

https://theshalomcenter.org/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=4&reset=1 and join 118 Rabbis, Cantors, and other Jewish clergy to sign the statement: “Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran.” We will make sure this statement reaches some key members of Congress and the broader public.

Nelson Mandela was not always committed to the path of nonviolence, peace, and reconciliation. He grew into that path.

If we truly honor him, we should also be growing into that path.

Please click now: https://theshalomcenter.org/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=4&reset=1

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Believe it … or !!

 

The Anti-Empire Report #122

 

By William Blum – Published November 7th, 2013

 

National Security Agency – The only part of the government that really listens to what you have to say

 

The New York Times (November 2) ran a long article based on NSA documents released by Edward Snowden. One of the lines that most caught my attention concerned “Sigint” – Signals intelligence, the term used for electronic intercepts. The document stated:

 

“Sigint professionals must hold the moral high ground, even as terrorists or dictators seek to exploit our freedoms. Some of our adversaries will say or do anything to advance their cause; we will not.”

 

What, I wondered, might that mean? What would the National Security Agency – on moral principle – refuse to say or do?

 

I have on occasion asked people who reject or rationalize any and all criticism of US foreign policy: “What would the United States have to do in its foreign policy to lose your support? What, for you, would be too much?” I’ve yet to get a suitable answer to that question. I suspect it’s becausethe person is afraid that whatever they say I’ll point out that the United States has already done it.

 

The United Nations vote on the Cuba embargo – 22 years in a row

 

For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an “international pariah”. We haven’t heard that for a very long time. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution which reads: “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”. This is how the vote has gone (not including abstentions):

 

Year

Votes (Yes-No)

No Votes

1992

59-2

US, Israel

1993

88-4

US, Israel, Albania, Paraguay

1994

101-2

US, Israel

1995

117-3

US, Israel, Uzbekistan

1996

138-3

US, Israel, Uzbekistan

1997

143-3

US, Israel, Uzbekistan

1998

157-2

US, Israel

1999

155-2

US, Israel

2000

167-3

US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2001

167-3

US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2002

173-3

US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2003

179-3

US, Israel, Marshall Islands

2004

179-4

US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2005

182-4

US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2006

183-4

US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2007

184-4

US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau

2008

185-3

US, Israel, Palau

2009

187-3

US, Israel, Palau

2010

187-2

US, Israel

2011

186-2

US, Israel

2012

188-3

US, Israel, Palau

2013

188-2

US, Israel

 

Each fall the UN vote is a welcome reminder that the world has not completely lost its senses and that the American empire does not completely control the opinion of other governments.

 

Speaking before the General Assembly, October 29, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez declared: “The economic damages accumulated after half a century as a result of the implementation of the blockade amount to $1.126 trillion.” He added that the blockade “has been further tightened under President Obama’s administration”, some 30 US and foreign entities being hit with $2.446 billion in fines due to their interaction with Cuba.

 

However, the American envoy, Ronald Godard, in an appeal to other countries to oppose the resolution, said:

 

“The international community … cannot in good conscience ignore the ease and frequency with which the Cuban regime silences critics, disrupts peaceful assembly, impedes independent journalism and, despite positive reforms, continues to prevent some Cubans from leaving or returning to the island. The Cuban government continues its tactics of politically motivated detentions, harassment and police violence against Cuban citizens.” 1

 

So there you have it. That is why Cuba must be punished. One can only guess what Mr. Godard would respond if told that more than 7,000 people were arrested in the United States during the Occupy Movement’s first 8 months of protest 2 ; that their encampments were violently smashed up; that many of them were physically abused by the police.

 

Does Mr. Godard ever read a newspaper or the Internet, or watch television? Hardly a day passes in America without a police officer shooting to death an unarmed person?

 

As to “independent journalism” – what would happen if Cuba announced that from now on anyone in the country could own any kind of media? How long would it be before CIA money – secret and unlimited CIA money financing all kinds of fronts in Cuba – would own or control most of the media worth owning or controlling?

 

The real reason for Washington’s eternal hostility toward Cuba? The fear of a good example of an alternative to the capitalist model; a fear that has been validated repeatedly over the years as Third World countries have expressed their adulation of Cuba.

 

How the embargo began: On April 6, 1960, Lester D. Mallory, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, wrote in an internal memorandum: “The majority of Cubans support Castro … The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. … every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba.” Mallory proposed “a line of action which … makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.” 3 Later that year, the Eisenhower administration instituted the suffocating embargo against its everlasting enemy.

 

The Cold War Revisited

 

I’ve written the Introduction to a new book recently published in Russia that is sort of an updating of my book Killing Hope. 4 Here is a short excerpt:

 

The Cold War had not been a struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. It had been a struggle between the United States and the Third World, which, in the decade following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, continued in Haiti, Somalia, Iraq, Yugoslavia and elsewhere.

 

The Cold War had not been a worldwide crusade by America to halt Soviet expansion, real or imaginary. It had been a worldwide crusade by America to block political and social changes in the Third World, changes opposed by the American power elite.

 

The Cold War had not been a glorious and noble movement of freedom and democracy against Communist totalitarianism. It had typically been a movement by the United States in support of dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and corrupt oligarchies which were willing to follow Washington’s party line on the Left, US corporations, Israel, oil, military bases, et al. and who protected American political and economic interests in their countries in exchange for the American military and CIA keeping them in power against the wishes of their own people.

 

In other words, whatever the diplomats at the time thought they were doing, the Cold War revisionists have been vindicated. American policy had been about imperialism and military expansion.

 

Apropos the countless other myths we were all taught about the Soviet Union is this letter I recently received from one of my readers, a Russian woman, age 49, who moved to the United States eight years ago and now lives in Northern Virginia:

 

I can’t imagine why anybody is surprised to hear when I say I miss life in the Soviet Union: what is bad about free healthcare and education, guaranteed employment, guaranteed free housing? No rent or mortgage of any kind, only utilities, but they were subsidized too, so it was really pennies. Now, to be honest, there was a waiting list to get those apartments, so some people got them quicker, some people had to wait for years, it all depended on where you worked. And there were no homeless people, and crime was way lower. As a first grader I was taking the public transportation to go to school, which was about 1 hour away by bus (it was a big city, about the size of Washington DC, we lived on the outskirts, and my school was downtown), and it was fine, all other kids were doing it. Can you even imagine this being done now? I am not saying everything was perfect, but overall, it is a more stable and socially just system, fair to everybody, nobody was left behind. This is what I miss: peace and stability, and not being afraid of the future.

 

Problem is, nobody believes it, they will say that I am a brainwashed “tovarish” [comrade]. I’ve tried to argue with Americans about this before, but just gave up now. They just refuse to believe anything that contradicts what CNN has been telling them for all their lives. One lady once told me: “You just don’t know what was going on there, because you did not have freedom of speech, but we, Americans, knew everything, because we could read about all of this in our media.” I told her “I was right there! I did not need to read about this in the media, I lived that life!”, but she still was unconvinced! You will not believe what she said: “Yes, maybe, but we have more stuff!”. Seriously, having 50 kinds of cereal available in the store, and walmarts full of plastic junk is more valuable to Americans than a stable and secure life, and social justice for everybody?

 

Of course there are people who lived in the Soviet Union who disagree with me, and I talked to them too, but I find their reasons just as silly. I heard one Russian lady whose argument was that Stalin killed “30, no 40 million people”. First of all it’s not true (I don’t in any way defend Stalin, but I do think that lying and exaggerating about him is as wrong)*, and second of all what does this have to do with the 70s, when I was a kid? By then life was completely different. I heard other arguments, like food shortages (again, not true, it’s not like there was no food at all, there were shortages of this or that specific product, like you wouldn’t find mayo or bologna in the store some days, but everything else was there!). So, you would come back next day, or in 2-3 days, and you would find them there. Really, this is such a big deal? Or you would have to stay in line to buy some other product, (ravioli for example). But how badly do you want that ravioli really that day, can’t you have anything else instead? Just buy something else, like potatoes, where there was no line.

 

Was this annoying, yes, and at the time I was annoyed too, but only now I realized that I would much prefer this nuisance to my present life now, when I am constantly under stress for the fear that I can possibly lose my job (as my husband already did), and as a result, lose everything else – my house? You couldn’t possibly lose your house in Soviet Union, it was yours for life, mortgage free. Only now, living here in the US, I realized that all those soviet nuisances combined were not as important as the benefits we had – housing, education, healthcare, employment, safe streets, all sort of free after school activities (music, sports, arts, anything you want) for kids, so parents never had to worry about what we do all day till they come home in the evening.

 

* We’ve all heard the figures many times … 10 million … 20 million … 40 million … 60 million … died under Stalin. But what does the number mean, whichever number you choose? Of course many people died under Stalin, many people died under Roosevelt, and many people are still dying under Bush. Dying appears to be a natural phenomenon in every country. The question is how did those people die under Stalin? Did they die from the famines that plagued the USSR in the 1920s and 30s? Did the Bolsheviks deliberately create those famines? How? Why? More people certainly died in India in the 20th century from famines than in the Soviet Union, but no one accuses India of the mass murder of its own citizens. Did the millions die from disease in an age before antibiotics? In prison? From what causes? People die in prison in the United States on a regular basis. Were millions actually murdered in cold blood? If so, how? How many were criminals executed for non-political crimes? The logistics of murdering tens of millions of people is daunting. 5

 

 

 

Let’s not repeat the Barack fuckup with Hillary

 

Not that it really matters who the Democrats nominate for the presidency in 2016. Whoever that politically regressive and morally bankrupt party chooses will be at best an uninspired and uninspiring centrist; in European terms a center-rightist; who believes that the American Empire – despite the admittedly occasional excessive behavior – is mankind’s last great hope. The only reason I bother to comment on this question so far in advance of the election is that the forces behind Clinton have clearly already begun their campaign and I’d like to use the opportunity to try to educate the many progressives who fell in love with Obama and may be poised now to embrace Clinton. Here’s what I wrote in July 2007 during the very early days of the 2008 campaign:

 

Who do you think said this on June 20? a) Rudy Giuliani; b) Hillary Clinton; c) George Bush; d) Mitt Romney; or e) Barack Obama?

 

“The American military has done its job. Look what they accomplished. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. They gave the Iraqis a chance for free and fair elections. They gave the Iraqi government the chance to begin to demonstrate that it understood its responsibilities to make the hard political decisions necessary to give the people of Iraq a better future. So the American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions which are important for their own people.” 6

 

Right, it was the woman who wants to be president because … because she wants to be president … because she thinks it would be nice to be president … no other reason, no burning cause, no heartfelt desire for basic change in American society or to make a better world … she just thinks it would be nice, even great, to be president. And keep the American Empire in business, its routine generating of horror and misery being no problem; she wouldn’t want to be known as the president that hastened the decline of the empire.

 

And she spoke the above words at the “Take Back America” conference; she was speaking to liberals, committed liberal Democrats and others further left. She didn’t have to cater to them with any flag-waving pro-war rhetoric; they wanted to hear anti-war rhetoric (and she of course gave them a bit of that as well out of the other side of her mouth), so we can assume that this is how she really feels, if indeed the woman feels anything. The audience, it should be noted, booed her, for the second year in a row.

 

Think of why you are opposed to the war. Is it not largely because of all the unspeakable suffering brought down upon the heads and souls of the poor people of Iraq by the American military? Hillary Clinton couldn’t care less about that, literally. She thinks the American military has “succeeded”. Has she ever unequivocally labeled the war “illegal” or “immoral”? I used to think that Tony Blair was a member of the right wing or conservative wing of the British Labour Party. I finally realized one day that that was an incorrect description of his ideology. Blair is a conservative, a bloody Tory. How he wound up in the Labour Party is a matter I haven’t studied. Hillary Clinton, however, I’ve long known is a conservative; going back to at least the 1980s, while the wife of the Arkansas governor, she strongly supported the death-squad torturers known as the Contras, who were the empire’s proxy army in Nicaragua. 7

 

Now we hear from America’s venerable conservative magazine, William Buckley’s National Review, an editorial by Bruce Bartlett, policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan; treasury official under President George H.W. Bush; a fellow at two of the leading conservative think-tanks, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute – You get the picture? Bartlett tells his readers that it’s almost certain that the Democrats will win the White House in 2008. So what to do? Support the most conservative Democrat. He writes: “To right-wingers willing to look beneath what probably sounds to them like the same identical views of the Democratic candidates, it is pretty clear that Hillary Clinton is the most conservative.” 8

 

We also hear from America’s premier magazine for the corporate wealthy, Fortune, whose recent cover features a picture of Clinton and the headline: “Business Loves Hillary”. 9

 

Back to 2013: In October, the office of billionaire George Soros, who has long worked with US foreign policy to destabilize governments not in love with the empire, announced that “George Soros is delighted to join more than one million Americans in supporting Ready for Hillary.” 10

 

There’s much more evidence of Hillary Clinton’s conservative leanings, but if you need more, you’re probably still in love with Obama, who in a new book is quoted telling his aides during a comment on drone strikes that he’s “really good at killing people”. 11 Can we look forward to Hillary winning the much-discredited Nobel Peace Prize?

 

I’m sorry if I take away all your fun.

 

http://williamblum.org/aer/read/12285

 

Notes

 

  1. Democracy Now!, “U.N. General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly Against U.S. Embargo of Cuba”, October 30, 2013
  2. Huffingfton Post, May 3, 2012
  3. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI, Cuba (1991), p.885
  4. Copies can be purchased by emailing kuchkovopole@mail.ru
  5. From William Blum, Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire (2005), p.194
  6. Speaking at the “Take Back America” conference, organized by the Campaign for America’s Future, June 20, 2007, Washington, DC; this excerpt can be heard on Democracy Now!’s website
  7. Roger Morris, former member of the National Security Council, Partners in Power (1996), p.415
  8. National Review Online, May 1, 2007
  9. Fortune magazine, July 9, 2007
  10. Washington Post, October 25, 2013
  11. Washington Post, November 1, 2013, review of “Double Down: Game Change 2012”

 

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Thanks, Nathanael !!

 

Who Runs … the US ?

 

4 Point Plan To Stop AIPAC
By Brother Nathanael Kapner
Copyright 2013

 

While the world welcomed peace with Iran, the attack dogs of Aipac fanned out through Capitol Hill to bring the hacks into subjection.

 

It’s an ‘in your face’ operation. And they’re right up front about it too showing the shills just who’s boss.

 

[Clip: “To see so many people who love Israel coming all together at one time is an amazing thing to see.”

 

“Where else can you see Prime Ministers and Presidents, Secretaries of State, Leaders of Congress? The only place that you can see that is here at AIPAC policy conference.”

 

“For the first time in AIPAC history we’ll be holding Lobbying meetings with all one hundred Senators and every single member of the House of Representatives.”

 

“This is democracy at work.”]

 

Their mission? To force Congress into enacting even more sanctions against Iran.

 

Just last week Aipac poster boy Chuckie Schumer promised his synagogue buddies that “ratcheting up the sanctions” is Jewry’s top goal next to military action where only the Goys die young.

 

[Clip: “Bibi Netanyahu says nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel, and must, must, must, be avoided at all costs.

 

“So we are putting as much pressure as we can on the Secretary of State not to give up on sanctions, to keep ratcheting them up and hopefully when we get back to Congress…we’re going to break for Thanksgiving tomorrow…when we get back we will actually pass legislation that will increase the sanctions.

 

“We hope we won’t have to use military action, that sanctions are preferable, but we cannot, cannot, cannot allow a nuclear Iran not only for the sake of Israel, but for the sake of the United States.”]

 

And it’s no surprise that Senator Menendez joins the attack seeing Aipac keeps his campaign coffers overflowing with ‘vote Jewish’ money. The ’suck up’ starts here.

 

[Clip: “Thank you to AIPAC for the warm welcome you have always given me at every event that I have attended. I appreciate your advocacy.”]

 

He appreciates their money too.

 

They all got the message a long time ago when Senator Charles Percy got bounced for pursuing an America-First policy as head of the Foreign Relations Committee in 1985.

 

Jewish ‘Money and Media’ won the day replacing Percy with yes-man Simon. If you don’t play ball with the Jewish Lobby then you can kiss your political career goodbye.

 

But I’ve got a 4 Point Plan to stop Aipac once and for all.

 

1. Require AIPAC to register as a foreign agent and thus cut off their political contributions.

 

2. Jews with dual-citizenship—like many in Aipac—must choose one or the other.

 

If they remain Israeli citizens they must not be allowed ‘constitutionally’ to hold office nor be allowed to vote.

 

3. Jews who choose US citizenship must sign a loyalty oath based on the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1953 which requires “renunciation” of allegiance to a foreign country.

 

With this in place, Aipac could no longer draft Israel-First legislation for all their ‘bought’ hacks to pass.

 

4. All Synagogues issuing Appeals to financially support Israel must also register as foreign agents or lose their tax deduction status.

 

No Church is allowed to do this, much less plot the overthrow of governments and establish a country of their own through theft, fraud, murder and war.

 

But Jews get away with murder here in America…the murder of our democratic process via the intrigues of the political beast…Aipac.

 

It’s time we slay the beast.

 

My 4 Point Plan wields the blow and breathes new life into our once-free America.

 

My 4 Point Plan is a WORKABLE, LEGAL, CONSTITUTIONAL, PRACTICAL Plan to STOP the Jews from MURDERING our democratic process here in Jewmerica.

 

Like the shill said in the clip at the AIPAC Conference:

 

“This is democracy at work”…that is…BRIBING, BLACKMAILING, INTIMIDATING every single Senator and every single Congressman to do the will of Freedom-Hating Jews.

 

My 4 Point Plan To Stop AIPAC SLAYS the BEAST Once & For All!
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