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There are lots of reasons why nations fail. America's Achilles heel is the guaranteed tenure of rotten-to-the-core Supreme Court justices.
Once again, the US Constitution is on life support. This time the president is not Abraham Lincoln, and it will not survive. The Constitution is being destroyed by a Supreme Court majority that is arguably the most corrupt in our history.
For the first time in history, 5 members have told a despicable and demonstrable lie to defend what may be the most damaging decision to the democracy.
There are over 20,000 nuclear weapons in existence, sufficient destructive power to incinerate every human being on the planet three times over. There are more than 2000 nuclear weapons held on hair-trigger alert ready to fly at a moments notice. There are 9 states with nuclear weapons. Every moment of every day the system is primed for nuclear Armageddon by accident, misjudgement or malicious intent. The missiles travel at over 1000 miles every 4 minutes and there is no way of detecting them except by electronic means – and we all know, from our own experience that all electronic systems are subject to malfunction.
We citizens are told by the political instigators and sustainers of this lunatic system that it is there to keep us safe. Can you get your head round that?
"Buying Influence," A Special Report Released: ALEC Corporate Slush Fund Pays for State Lawmakers' JunketsBy Lisa Graves, PR Watch | Press Release
Corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have funneled more than an estimated $4 million in gifts to state legislators for travel, hotel rooms, and meals at posh resorts since 2006, according to estimates based on internal ALEC records. The corporate lobby front group is already facing an Internal Revenue Service review of claims that it violated federal law by posing as a charity.
A new report by the Center for Media and Democracy(CMD), Common Cause, and DBA Press says hundreds of "scholarships" provided to lawmakers by ALEC were actually expense-paid junkets to resorts where ALEC hosted meetings to advance its pro-corporate legislative agenda.
Last week Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen struck a terrible blow to freedom of the press when he decided to sponsor $75,000 worth of ads to support Rob Mckenna's Republican campaign for governor.
It must have been an embarrassment to the owners of the company when the first to speak out against the move were the newspaper's own staff! 100 reporters and Seattle Times staff signed a letter condemning the subsidy to McKenna's campaign.
Frank Blethen now seems like a throwback to the bad old days of William Randolph Hurst when newspaper publishers used the press to promote their own personal politics. Citizen Kane rises again...
Dear Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly,
A few Sundays ago, on October 7, I was arrested, along with 24 others, mostly U.S. military veterans, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza. At the time of the arrests, we were peacefully and solemnly reading the names of those who had fallen in the Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and laying white carnations in honor of all those killed in these wars. Prior to that, a number of speakers, including an Afghanistan war veteran, two Iraq war veterans and three Viet Nam combat veterans, expressed their sense of betrayal at being lied to and deceived by our government as those wars began and raged on.
Those of us who were there had a peaceful mission that night. We wanted to express our opposition to 11 years of war and waste in Afghanistan, to oppose all U.S. wars of aggression, to honor and remember the fallen and to stand for our right to do this and our First Amendment right of assembly.
|We, the People||Wealthy Few|
|One Person One Vote||One Dollar One Vote|
|Taxes on the Wealthy||Tax Cuts for the Wealthy|
|Jobs programs||Bank Bailouts|
|Express Lanes for 2 or More People||Express Lanes for 2 or More Dollars|
This video discusses the major investors are in a company that owns the Ohio voting machines. I do not say it's just Tagg Romney, as many people have been saying. There are now articles going around saying the Tagg Romney story is bullshit, which it may very well be. But as far as I've seen, no reliable source has debunked the main thrust of my video, nor the FreePress article where I got the info. That main thrust is that HIG Capital owns a controlling stake in Hart Intercivic, which makes the voting machines. HIG Capital is almost entirely ex-Bain Capital people along with the Romney family. And HIG Capital is the sixth largest donor to the Romney campaign. I have yet to see an article that says otherwise. Here's the Free Press article (reprinted in TruthOut) where I got most of my info.
Like many scientists, I am aghast at an Italian court's conviction of geoscientists on criminal charges for their judgements made about seismic risks prior to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that descimated the L'Auqila, capital of the Abruzzo region, and killed more than 300 people in 2009.
Anyone who lives there knows that L'Aquila lies in a tremendously seismically active area of Italy. In fact, Italy is one of the most earthquake-prone regions of the world-- dozens of earthquakes occur every day there though many are low magnitude and not felt by human beings. But sizeable seismicity is recent history: a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Eboli, south of Naples, in 1980, killing more than 2,700 people and another major quake struck the Molise region in 2002, killing 28 people, including 27 children who died when a school collapsed.
The recent high profile capture of the Mexican drug kingpin Ivan Velazquez, also known as "El Taliban," garnered headlines around the world. He was a senior leader of the Zetas drug cartel with a 2.34 million bounty on his head. In a set piece press conference and photo opportunity that has become de rigueur in the war on drugs, Velazquez, clad in a bulletproof vest, was flanked by two soldiers wearing black ski masks. In front of the men was a table stacked high with guns, cash, and drugs.
The arrest of Velazquez won't end the gruesome violence of the Mexican drug war. If anything, it could set off a bloody, internecine struggle for power among other senior leaders of the Zetas.
What has the potential to end the war on drugs in Mexico is la Caravana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad. The Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity that toured the United States this summer was an enormous step forward in challenging the core assumptions of the war on drugs in Mexico and the United States.
Romney doled out lavish executive bonuses as Bain was failing, then threatened the FDIC. This parody covers Rolling Stone's explosive disclosures (9/13/2012) with supporting FDIC documents. See www.campaignwatch.org for references and a link to FDIC documents. This parody is based upon the song "King of the Road," words and music by Roger Miller. The production is on-the-fly, but the story behind it is of major consequence for the upcoming US election and the nation's future.