More Euro problems soon to wash ashore at a bank near you:
"How would you feel if you opened the paper to be told that the new Sino-Japanese 'Fiscal Stability Commission' in Washington had just slashed your grandma's Social Security checks by one-third, scaled back federal highway repairs, and that it would impose a 10% national sales tax?,' Arends said. 'That is, after all, effectively what is being offered to the people of Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.'"
Bad news for our elected reps:
“An overwhelming 64 percent of people surveyed said big government was the biggest threat to the country, compared to just 26 percent who said big business is their gravest concern and 8 percent who picked big labor.”
The sharp spike in Democrats resulted in an overwhelming number of Americans fearing Big Brother, providing an interesting commentary on Mr. Obama's first term in office. The fact that so many Americans consider the government to be “a threat” may have something to do with unconstitutional power grabs like the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act 93-7 in the Senate. It goes much deeper than that, of course, the numbers falling dramatically with each “budget crisis” that usually ends up with the Fed either printing money or the Congress borrowing a shitload until the next crisis.
So unless I'm missing something here, the Senate considers American citizens to be a threat and wants to loose the military and overturn the Constitution because of it, and the voters who put them in office think their alleged representatives are the real threat to the country but can't figure out a way to fix the problem by voting for Reds and Blues. They are perplexed, but have also become infuriated about their impotence to change their own destiny politically according to polling data. This notion of a responsive government, of the people, by the people, and for the people, is nothing more than nostalgia. The disconnect is painfully obvious, and here's more evidence of it:
“'The NPS has an obligation to the American people to explain the decisions that were made regarding the Occupy DC protesters in McPherson Square. The NPS allowed the protesters to camp in McPherson Square and kill newly planted grass that had been funded by the stimulus,' Issa wrote.”
Congressman Issa just showed how disconnected some legislators can become. His concern for lawn is ridiculously misplaced. The stimulus money was intended to make improvements. The Occupy protest was an exercise of constitutional rights. And you, Mr. Issa, are presiding over a thoroughly corrupt bank regulation system that rewards major financial institutions for ripping off their customers and the taxpayers. The irony is astounding when you consider that many trillions of dollars will disappear just like the investments and savings of Americans in 2008 because of an oversight structure that simply charges a fee for the service of protecting, and financing, the banking industry.
This is the natural result of this symbiotic relationship that only became more perverse with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Main Street has a hard enough time competing with Wall Street. This was a signal that a level playing field is as obsolete as the Bill of Rights.
“This is bullshit and I want my money back!”
Viva General Electric. Several months before Occupy Wall Street made headlines, Bill Maher saw into the future calling for an awakening.
Times Editor and executive vice-president Russ Stanton out:
“The newspaper did not provide a reason for Stanton’s sudden departure or indicate his future plans.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70401.html#ixzz1gTKZn8oE
Maybe the Los Angeles Times is changing their editorial view to be more in line with Justice Louis Brandeis’s philosophy that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” Perhaps their affiliation with the Central City Association and its member banks is a story looking for that sunlight. The Times is in a unique position to shed light on some of the issues discussed here. So we will bid adieu to Mr. Stanton and hope for the best.
Orwell wouldn't believe this shit:
“I really wish the high-tech American police state was just a conspiracy theory, but it is not and we are doing ourselves, and our nation, a disservice by pretending otherwise.”
Supreme Court decision soon:
“This is why the Supreme Court’s decision is critically important for the future of privacy for every citizen in the United States for the entire foreseeable future, as deciding that parking in a public place removes any 'legitimate expectation of privacy' we can easily expect the act of owning and using a mobile phone to be treated similarly.”
“I don’t think you have to be a card carrying member of the ACLU to be concerned about a world in which every citizen of the United States can be tracked on the whim of a curious police officer, for any reason, or no reason at all,” Crump told the BBC.
There are lots of skeptics regarding the use of surveillance, but when has technology not been used to whatever extent was possible within or without the law enforcement community? There is plenty of evidence that Department of Homeland Security has even overstepped the boundaries of the Patriot Act repeatedly and deliberately.
” . . . (T)he U.S. issued more 'content removal requests' to Google than China,” according to a recent article found below:
This is the Department of Homeland Security’s Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.
Here's an interesting take on what would replace the status quo. It is also worth repeating that non-violence has always been the foundation of social change in America and must continue to be the foundation of the Occupy movement as well.
"You can't blow up a social relationship. The total collapse of this society would provide no guarantee about what would replace it. Unless a majority of people had the ideas and organization sufficient for creation of an alternative society, we would see the old world reassert itself because it is what people would be used to, what they believed in, what existed unchallenged in their own personalities.
“Proponents of terrorism and guerrillaism are to be opposed because their actions are vangaurdist and authoritarian, because their ideas are wrong or unrelated to the results of their actions, because killing cannot be justified, and finally because their actions produce either repression with nothing in return or an authoritarian regime."
Forbes on Fascism:
And this last add from Forbes, many sources in agreement on the fascist roots, and intent, of the NDAA
“Remember the Pinkertons, uniformed private thugs the bosses used to hire to bust union organizers’ heads? Now Monstanto hires them to snoop around private farms, testing farmers’ crops to see if they contain any genetic material from engineered seeds under patent.”