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Funny, I just read where the military or some such organization (as apposed to flesh & blood individuals) were cashing in on the death of our boys. Much like in that of the ballyhooed “Dead Peasants Life Insurance Policies”. I’ll have to hunt it down and post it, and don’t get me started on the whole semantic perversion of use of the word, “fallen” in this context…
“On January 19th, Barack and I will join thousands of people across the country for an extraordinary day of service,” begins the e-mail from Michelle Obama. “Whatever service activity you organize or take part in — cleaning up a park, giving blood, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or mentoring at-risk youth — you can help start this important journey.” We’re likely to hear more calls to service under the Obama administration, a New Democratic plan for reviving America.
The Democrats have become just as adept at using message control as their Republican counterparts. This call to service is a warm-up for the call for “universal citizen service,” an idea laid out in The Plan, Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed’s blueprint for changing America. “Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They’ll be asked to report for basic civil defense training in their state or community, where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical, nuclear, or conventional attack.” Not quite a draft, but the authors admit it will expose more young Americans to the prospect of military service, hopefully boosting enlistment.
This my friends, is exactly what the PTB do NOT want. Further, they will fight to stop it BY ANY MEANS necessary. Because, it would break the trance of psycho-spiritual-soul sickness and they would lose control of the whole rigged system asylum*, and never, ever, regain it. We would begin to heal. We would step out of what Gerjieff spoke of as the ‘corridor of madness’ and into a playground of true humanity.
“A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.” ~George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
Aviation D Bridges C Dams D Drinking Water D- Energy D+ Hazardous Waste D Inland Waterways D- Levees D- Public Parks and Recreation C- Rail C- Roads D- Schools D Solid Waste C+ Transit D Wastewater D-
America’s Infrastructure GPA: D
Estimated 5 Year Investment Need: $2.2 Trillion
Wait! How much have we spent on these wars? And for whose benefit? I blatantly stole this post from DU, but what the poster doesn’t know or didn’t seem to want to elaborate on, is that the elite agenda is going as planned, they have been, will, can and are, methodically, clinically and goddamn systemically, bankrupting the entire country; on purpose.
Just like they did,
Documentary on the events that led to the economic collapse of Argentina in 2001 which wiped out the middle class and raised the level of poverty to 57.5%. Central to the collapse was the implementation of neo-liberal policies which enabled the swindle of billions of dollars by foreign banks and corporations. Many of Argentina’s assets and resources were shamefully plundered. Its financial system was even used for money laundering by Citibank, Credit Suisse, and JP Morgan. The net result was massive wealth transfers and the impoverishment of society which culminated in many deaths due to oppression and malnutrition(*). Official name: Memoria del Saqueo by Fernando Solanas 2003.
Urinals How about them political elites, huh? Five million bucks for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, 15K just to rent the air-conditioned shitters — huge chrome and glass babies with hot water and everything. No gas masks and waxy little squares of toilet paper for those guys.
Yes, it looks big time from the cheap seats. But the truth is that when we are looking at the political elite, we are looking at the dancing monkey, not the organ grinder who calls the tune. Washington’s political class is about as upwardly removed from ordinary citizens as the ruling class is from the political class. For instance, they do not work for a living in the normal sense of a job, but rather obtain their income from abstractions such as investment and law, neither of which ever gave anybody a hernia or carpal tunnel. By comparison, the ruling class does not work at all. (emphasis added)
Moneywise, Washington’s political class is richer than the working class by the same orders of magnitude as the ruling class is richer than the political class. This gives the political class something to aim for. To that end, they have adopted the ruling elite’s behaviors, tastes and lifestyles, with an eye on becoming members. Moreover, it is a molting process that begins with the right university and connections, and culminates in flying off to Washington with the rest of your generation’s most privileged and ambitious young moths.
They make enough dough to at least fake it until they make it. Fifty-one of the 100 members of the US Senate are at the very least millionaires — probably more than that, since multi-million million dollar residences and estates are exempt from the official tally. For instance in the House, Nancy Pelosi’s net worth is either $13 million, or $92 million, depending upon who is counting. Why they bother to shave such large numbers is a mystery. Thirteen million, ninety two million, the difference is not gonna change our opinion of Nancy. Our opinion being that the broad is loaded. More than loaded. The comparatively poor members of Congress, like Barney Frank, are near millionaires. His publicly declared net worth is $976,000. For the life of me, I cannot see how they get by.
Along with the habits, the political class adopts the ruling class’s social canon and presumptions, especially the one most necessary for acceptance: That the public has the collective intelligence of a chicken. OK, so it may be very hard to disprove that at the moment, but we must maintain at least some egalitarian semblance here. Anyway, as a group, the political elites think, look and act alike, and act toward their own interests. That makes them a class.
Oh, and the bestest part?
And besides, the ruling class holds all the money, not to mention the media that informs the populace as to what is going on in our country. It controls our health care, our banking and retirement funds. It controls our education or lack of education, and it controls the price, quantity and quality of the food we eat(**). It controls the quality of the air we breathe, and soon, through pollution credits, even the price they will pay for that air. Most importantly, it holds concentrated legal and governmental authority, not to mention the machinery of both parties to grant itself more authority.
Like the prophet Carlin said right before his demise, they own you.
*malnutrition **quantity and quality of the food we eat
When I get the time I can cite many an anthropology paper that shows how to conquer and subdue a population by controlling the food (Think behemoths like Archer Daniels Midland Company and monsato) in the meantime, show of hands, how many know that the fine and noble R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company now owns most the food you smoke, er, I mean eat?
keep lapping it up America… would you like half a turnip with your irradiated cabbage soup comrade? Don’t forget either, that Congressional raises were quietly made permanent a few years ago…
“I was always astonished at the extraordinary good nature and lack of malice with which men who had been flogged spoke of their beatings and of those who had inflicted them…”-Dostoevsky (Memoirs From the House of the Dead)
Both Alexander and Gregg said that the Senate had been further polarized by the rising number of senators—now nearly fifty—who come from the House, rather than from governorships or other positions where bipartisan cooperation is still permissible.
It is astonishing to me how many Americans subscribe to the bullshit notion that if there was simply more “bipartisan” cooperation, things would be better. The most destructive, anti-democratic, and asinine laws and policies of the past few years have all enjoyed broad bipartisan support. Financial deregulation, the Patriot Act, disastrous perpetual war, our overseas empire of bases, the continuation of the failed War on Drugs – to name but a few – are all “bipartisan” in nature.
A 2004 study of the results of stock trading by United States Senators during the 1990s found that that Senators on average beat the market by 12% a year. In sharp contrast, U.S. households on average underperformed the market by 1.4% a year and even corporate insiders on average beat the market by only about 6% a year during that period. A reasonable inference is that some Senators had access to – and were using – material nonpublic information about the companies in whose stock they trade.
Under current law, it is unlikely that Members of Congress can be held liable for insider trading. The proposed Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act addresses that problem by instructing the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt rules intended to prohibit such trading.