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  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   19 hours 2 min ago
    Quote RichardofJeffersonCity:

    ultrax and Lysanderspooner joined Thom's forum on the exact same day July 31, the exact same year 2007 and the exact same time 3:01 pm. Is there something I don't understand or is this an extraordinary coincidence?

    The forum has undergone a few upgrades... and the powers that be set the date of old accounts for the same date. You'll see that issue raised here

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/08/new-website-design#comment-279755

    and the explanation here

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/08/new-website-design#comment-279757

    The best I can determine I created my account June 26th 2006.

  • Why F___ You is best   19 hours 24 min ago

    I use dickhole to describe people I don't like. I believe, I've heard it prior to using it myself, but my wife said she's had never heard anybody refer to another person as a dickhole until I started using the term a few years back.

  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   19 hours 37 min ago
    Quote RichardofJeffersonCity:

    ultrax and Lysanderspooner joined Thom's forum on the exact same day July 31, the exact same year 2007 and the exact same time 3:01 pm. Is there something I don't understand or is this an extraordinary cioncidence?

    I've noticed several other member with this same d/y/t that joined Thom's forums. Is that the date Thom's forum started?. I've yet to find a date before July, 31, 2007. Could somebody explain please..

  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   19 hours 50 min ago

    ultrax and Lysanderspooner joined Thom's forum on the exact same day July 31, the exact same year 2007 and the exact same time 3:01 pm. Is there something I don't understand or is this an extraordinary cioncidence?

  • Dog Eats Thom's Homework... Again - American Empire From Nigeria To Haiti   20 hours 5 min ago

    Boko Haram - can you say Strategia Della Tensione?

    Quote Wikipedia:The strategy of tension (Italian: strategia della tensione) is a theory that Western governments during the Cold war used tactics that aimed to divide, manipulate, and control public opinion using fear, propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, agents provocateurs, and false flag terrorist actions in order to achieve their strategic aims.[1]

    The theory began with allegations that the United States government, the Italian government, and the Greek military junta of 1967–1974 supported far-right terrorist groups in Italy and Turkey, where communism was growing in popularity, to spread panic among the population who would in turn demand stronger and more dictatorial governments.

    On the CIA background and spymaster General Ibrahim Babangida:

    (GLOBALRESEARCH) “Humanitarian Intervention” in Nigeria: Is the Boko Haram Insurgency Another CIA Covert Operation? Wikileaks
    By Atheling P Reginald Mavengira
    Global Research, January 25, 2015
    African Renaissance News
    Region: sub-Saharan Africa
    Theme: Intelligence, US NATO War Agenda

    We have already been regaled with reports provided by Wikileaks which identified the US embassy in Nigeria as a forward operating base for wide and far reaching acts of subversion against Nigeria which include but not limited to eavesdropping on Nigerian government communication, financial espionage on leading Nigerians, support and funding of subversive groups and insurgents, sponsoring of divisive propaganda among the disparate groups of Nigeria and the use of visa blackmail to induce and coerce high ranking Nigerians into acting in favour of US interests.

    But beyond what we know from the Wikileaks report, what many Nigerians do not know is that the US embassy’s subversive activities in Nigeria fits into the long term US government’s well camouflaged policy of containment against Nigeria the ultimate goal of which is to eliminate Nigeria as a potential strategic rival to the US in the African continent.

    According to wikileaks article on ACRI which portrays the ACRI as a counterweight which was set up by the US to instigate mistrust in Nigerian dominated ECOMOG; the sense of Nigerian led anti-American opposition was first observed during the bush administration, when Nigeria without support from the west or UN led the first ever African intervention force on peacekeeping mission to Liberia while at the same time engaging Sierra Leone in forced peace combat, with predominantly Nigerian troops( over 90%) being spearheaded by then Military ruler Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

    In this regard, the report further recalled Nigeria’s role in helping to liberate the southern African countries in the 70’s and 80’s in clear opposition and defiance to the interests of the United States and its western allies which resulted in a setback for Western initiatives in Africa at the time.

    Both concluded with a recommendation that the US Government in conjunction with its allies should seek to contain the growing influence of Nigeria in the sub-region by forming a parallel organization to ECOMOG. But in order not to unduly alarm and antagonize Nigeria which the report admitted still had considerable influence in the region, the US government was advised to go about this using quiet diplomacy and instigating false propaganda.

    Years, later the CIA while tactically taking advantage of growing sectarian violence in Nigeria, recruited jobless Islamic extremists through Muslim and other traditional leaders offering training indirectly to the group by use of foreign based terror groups. A detailed analysis is done below.

    However, there many dots left to be joined together to find the truth:

    * In December 2011 an Algerian based CIA wing gave out 40 million Naira as a planned Long term partnership with Boko Haram with PLEDGE TO DO MORE.

    * On June 29, 2009 a United States cable leaked by Wikileaks showed that the CIA publicly predicted the onslaught of deadly terrorist attack by Boko Haram, i.e even 2 months before Boko Haram started terrorist actions.

    * Disregarding advice from experts, the US armed Saudi Arabia who in turn armed Libyan rebels who in turn armed Malian rebels and Boko Haram, a chain tactically predicted by the CIA. US=>SA=>LIBYA=>BOKO HARAM.

    * Spy files a Wikileaks document indicates that SS8 a surveillance company in the US was producing viruses (Trojans) that hijack individual computer and phones (iPhone, blackberry, android, etc), take over the device, record its every use, movement, GPS info and even sights and sounds in the room it is in. This software was however bought by the and used as tools by the CIA in its eavesdropping games on Nigerian politicians, thus detecting corrupt practices. As good as that may sound, but whichever politician refused to hijack policies in favour of the US was made to face financial espionage or “corruption charges”.

    * It is however remarkably outstanding or rather coincidental how Nigerian SSS agents' personal information, including address, bank information, mobile numbers, etc. were leaked and published on the web when the SSS where jointly working with the CIA to gather intelligence Boko Haram thus compromising the identity/security of the agents as well as that of their family.

    * It is also important to note the “miraculous escape of Kabiru Sokoto” from a secret top security facility whose location was known to the CIA.

    In the aftermath of the unfortunate bombings and sporadic attacks that took place in Damaturu the Yobe State capital and environs on the last Sallah Day, the Embassy of the United States in Nigeria hastily put out a public statement declaring that such like bombings should be expected in three well known hospitality establishments in Abuja the nation’s capital.

    To discerning observers not only did that score high marks for bad manners as that was hardly what a nation still grieving and coming to terms with its losses expected from a supposedly friendly nation, but that the US embassy was being economical with information on what it actually knew about the incident, and more significantly, the role the US government itself has been playing in the whole gamut of acts of destabilization against Nigeria.

    We have already been regaled with reports provided by the Wikileaks which identified the US embassy in Nigeria as a forward operating base for wide and far reaching acts of subversion against Nigeria which include but not limited to eavesdropping on Nigerian government communication, financial espionage on leading Nigerians, support and funding of subversive groups and insurgents, sponsoring of divisive propaganda among the disparate groups of Nigeria and the use of visa blackmail to induce and coerce high ranking Nigerians into acting in favour of US interests.

    But beyond what we know from the Wikileaks report, what many Nigerians do not know is that the US embassy’s subversive activities in Nigeria fits into the long term US government’s well camouflaged policy of containment against Nigeria the ultimate goal of which is to eliminate Nigeria as a potential strategic rival to the US in the African continent.

    Today as Nigerians are reeling from the negative effects of the insurgency that has befallen our dear country and earnestly seeking answers to what all this portends for the future, the GREENWHITE COALITION a citizen’s watchdog can reveal the true nature of this silent, undeclared war of attrition waged against Nigeria by the Government of United States of America.

    BACKGROUND TO US SUBVERSIVE ACTS AGAINST NIGERIA AND TIMELINES

    From ACRI to AFRICOM

    ACRI stands for Africa Crises Response Initiative and it was set up during the Bush Jr. Administration as a counterweight to the Nigeria led ECOWAS Monitoring Group on the Liberian Civil War or ECOMOG as it is more popularly known.

    ACRI came to being from the secret reports and recommendations respectively (and separately) by the Africa-America Institute and the Brookings Institute commissioned by the Central Intelligence Agency, the American Government’s Directorate responsible for organizing foreign subversive activities, on the Liberian civil war and the intervention of ECOMOG.

    Both reports zeroed in on the pivotal role Nigeria was playing in the ECOMOG initiative and noted pointedly the phenomenal success recorded by ECOMOG in containing the Liberian crisis without any significant role or intervention from any of the major western powers including the United States.

    The report concluded that should ECOMOG be allowed to go the whole hog, the major beneficiary will be Nigeria and that might form the basis for a pax Nigeriana in the West African sub-region eclipsing the influence of former colonial powers France and Britain. The reports also called on the United States Government to note that Liberia being its creation should not be allowed to fall into Nigerian hands with consequences to US strategic interests in the country and the region.

    Specifically both reports noted that should Nigeria be allowed to have a foothold in Liberia, it would further embolden Nigeria to challenge the US and the West in carving its own sphere of interest at their expense. In this regard, the report further recalled Nigeria’s role in helping to liberate the southern African countries in the 70’s and 80’s in clear opposition and defiance to the interests of the United States and its western allies which resulted in setback for Western initiatives in Africa at the time.

    Both concluded with a recommendation that the US Government in conjunction with its allies should seek to contain the growing influence of Nigeria in the sub-region by forming a parallel organization to ECOMOG. But in order not to unduly alarm and antagonize Nigeria which the report admitted still had considerable influence in the region, the US government was advised to go about this using quiet diplomacy.

    During the secret congressional hearing organized to consider the reports by both institutes on Nigeria’s role in the ECOMOG, the inter agency team comprising representatives from the CIA, Pentagon and State Department formed to push the case, endorsed the recommendation that Nigeria be kept out of the alternate arrangements on Liberia that was being proposed. The strategy was to win away some key African countries from participation enthusiastically in the ECOMOG initiative. The sweeteners for this were the promise and delivery of military and humanitarian aid.

    This was the line the then US Secretary of State Warren Christopher pursued when he visited a number of African countries excluding Nigeria to sell the ACRI idea. Thus ensued, the stalemate in ECOMOG operations with some of the participating countries foot dragging in their commitment to the force and operations. On the diplomatic front, the US along with its allies namely Britain and France using the engineered stalemate as cover, proceeded to sell the idea that the ECOMOG initiative needed to be reviewed and given a new direction. The US and its allies then argued that the intervention of outside powers such as the US and its western allies was the tonic needed to move the ECOMOG operation forward. But in order to prevent any worldwide backlash against this blatant interference in what should be a regional African initiative, the US and its allies sought to present it under the auspices of the United Nations with a select Asian and Latin American countries participating.

    By the time the tallies were counted, the US had achieved the one objective of all the diplomatic and strategic maneuvers; the containment of Nigeria led ECOMOG initiative to resolve the Liberian Crises. It was on the platform of this surreptitious American intervention in the Liberian crisis that the US Africa Command or AFRICOM was formed. African Crises Response Initiative and the new African Security (Dis)order {AJPS} Unlike its precursor, the ACRI which sought to disguise US intentions in Africa particularly as it pertains to Nigeria under the cloak of multilateral humanitarian intervention, AFRICOM which came to being on October 1, 2008 is clearly programmed to serve US military-strategic interests especially with regards to the ever expanding global reach and influence of China in direct competition with the United States.

    In response to the growing influence of a rapidly expanding industrial China in Africa, the goal of AFRICOM is to seize key strategic areas in Africa and bring them under US control in order to block China’s access to vital energy and mineral resources for its expanding economy. But to effectively carry this out, such African countries of strategic importance must first of all be weakened internally and made to feel so vulnerable that they would have to inevitably seek US protection or intervention. A spur to this interventionist programme provides that any targeted African country that does not see the wisdom or resists the need to seek US “protection” will then have to suffer dismemberment with the pliant area carved out of the supposedly hostile area and given US“protection”. We have seen this happen in the great lakes area where US Special Forces have been deployed ostensibly to protect the countries there from so-called insurgents who in the first place were sponsored by the same US.

    In Sudan we have seen how a blanket cover of international humanitarian cries orchestrated by the United States on the so-called Darfur crisis served as a prelude to the dismemberment of Sudan to punish the government of El-Bashir for daring to conclude oil deals with the Chinese to the detriment of American companies. We have also seen how Libya and Gaddafi was put to the sword for daring to sidetrack American oil interests.

    {See: NewsRescue-The NATO “liberated” Libya Terror “tidal wave” over North Africa}

    But the greatest prize for AFRICOM and its goal to plant a PAX AMERICANA in Africa would be when it succeeds in the most strategic African country, NIGERIA. This is where the raging issue of BOKO HARAM and the widely reported prediction by the United States Intelligence Council on the disintegration of Nigeria by 2015 comes into perspective.

    BOKO HARAM: A CIA COVERT OPERATION

    From the 1st October 2010 bombing that rocked Abuja till date Nigeria seems to be locked in a vice like grip of a growing and intractable insurgency manifested in bombings of public places and sporadic attacks on public institutions resulting in the loss of scores of lives and destruction of properties. Predictably there has been a discernible growth in panic and tension in the country and not a few people are beginning to think that perhaps the country seems headed inevitably for a long drawn insurgency leading to a split. With the exception of the 1st October 2010 bombing incident, a shadowy group which goes by the name Boko Haram has laid claim to most of the subsequent bombings that have occurred in the country.

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    The seemingly intractable nature of the Boko Haram outrage has prompted a lot of questions from Nigerians. What really is this Boko Haram thing and what are their grievances if any? Why have they chosen to remain faceless in spite of the devastating effects of their activities on the psyche of the nation, and entreaties from Nigerian authorities to come forward for negotiations? Why are they able to perpetrate their attacks with relative ease and why has there not been a single clue at the scene of their acts to lead to them?

    For sure, Nigerians are not unused to sectarian violence. But the ones we have witnessed in this country have been predictable and the modus and fault lines have been well known to the authorities who have always done well to keep them within tolerable limits.

    The Boko Haram of Mohammed Yussuf which predated this new one can be so categorized and was well known through its operations, leadership and locations.

    But how did a ragtag collection of largely half literate unsophisticated persons operating mostly on Okada transform literally overnight to being able to design, manufacture and deploy bombs in buildings and in vehicles costing in excess of a million naira and carry out attacks in several locations around the country???

    Related: News Rescue- Boko Haram – More Complicated Than You Think – Richard Dowden (RAS}

    How have their reach grown from just a corner of Nigeria to virtually everywhere in the country? For them to be able to mount such a sophisticated operation, they must necessarily have a well structured command and control system which in spite of their best efforts at concealment cannot remain undetected for long. So how have they seemingly defied the best efforts of combined security agencies in the country in detecting and foiling their activities?

    The GREENWHITE Coalition can reveal that the current Boko Haram campaign is a covert operation organized by the American Central Intelligence Agency, CIA and coordinated by the American Embassy in Nigeria.

    For some time now, the CIA has been running secret training and indoctrination camps along the porous and vulnerable borderlands of Niger, Chad and Cameroon. At these camps youths from poor, deprived and disoriented backgrounds are recruited and trained to serve as insurgents. The agents who supply these youth lure them with the promise of better life and work of Allah and further indoctrinated to believe they are working to install a just Islamic order from the ungodly one that currently holds sway in Nigeria.

    The American CIA programme officers of this project prudently remain in the background, leaving the day to day running of the camps to supervisors of Middle Eastern origin specially recruited for this purpose. After several months of indoctrination and training on weapons handling, survival tactics, surveillance and evasion techniques, the insurgents are now put on stand by for the next phase of the operation.

    Related: News Rescue- Boko Haram linked to Qatar, Western Powers

    The next phase of the operations involves the identification and selection of the targets which had already been mapped out by the American Embassy. If buildings are the targets for attack, the weapons and technical equipment to be used are kept in safe houses.

    The countdown to the attack involves ferrying of the insurgents and quarantine at safe houses for the H hour. After the attack, in the ensuing panic, the insurgents make their escape into safe houses to dispose the weapons and disappear and dissolve later into the local population. The technical angle of sending out e-mails and messages of responsibility for the attack to the media in the name of Boko Haram is done through secure telecoms equipment by the American programmers of the operation which can hardly be traced.

    If the selected target is to be bombed by an IED, the building is cased for days and the devise inserted when security is lax. The devise is then detonated by an in-built timing mechanism or by a hand held detonator some distance away from where the bomb is placed. If on the hand, the attack is to be carried out by a suicide bomber, the person to carry it out would have been severely drugged with CIA manufactured LSD to disorientation. In his state of mind he would have no clue as to what he is programmed to do having been turned into a veritable human robot.

    HOW THE US PLANS TO DISMEMBER NIGERIA BY 2015

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    It is neither a coincidence nor guesswork that the National Intelligence Council of the United States Government estimated that Nigeria will disintegrate by the year 2015. The whole report actually is a coded statement of intentions on how using destabilization plots the US plans to eventually dismember Nigeria.

    The whole goal of the destabilization campaign is to ensure that Nigeria is weakened internally by intractable crises leading up to 2015 when the next general elections are expected to come up. By that year there will be so much mutual suspicion among Nigerians that the elections itself might not hold or if they did at all will set the stage for a full rapture of the Nigerian state. By its calculation and design, the Nigerian state will be so fractious by then; it will be fully ripe for intervention and break up. It is in actualization of this plan that the US strategic planners on Nigeria have devised a three stage plan of implementation.

    Stage 1: Pakistanizing Nigeria

    With the scourge of Boko Haram as an existential reality, in the coming months the spate of bombings and attacks on public buildings are likely to escalate. High value symbolic targets like churches, mosques and large congregations of people of both faiths will be targeted. There will also be escalation in provocative statements and incitements by groups to violence. For good measure and effect, the bombings and attacks will be staged on days of observance of religious activities. The goal is to exacerbate tension and mutual suspicion among adherents of the two faiths in Nigeria and leading to sectarian violence. This pattern of destabilization operation is taken out of the Pakistani manual of destabilization where a sustained spate of CIA sponsored bombings and sectarian violence stretched the ability and resources of the law and order agencies to cope rendering the country weak and vulnerable to foreign intervention.

    Stage 2: Internationalizing the Crisis

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    Having the set the stage for an intractable sectarian violence pitting Christians against Muslims and between the various disparate groups in the country, there will be calls from the United States, European Union and United Nations for a halt to the violence. A plethora of advocacy groups around the world will struggle for the photo opportunity to mouth concerns about the carnage and humanitarian catastrophe. They will try to make a great show of providing humanitarian aid. For effect, there will be carpet bombing coverage by the International media on the Nigerian crisis with so-called experts discussing all the ramifications who will strive to create the impression that only benevolent foreign intervention could resolve the crisis.

    There will be a deluge of international conferences at various capitals around the world all ostensibly aimed to save Nigerians from themselves. Meanwhile away from all the public flurry of activities, the US which initiated the crisis in the first place will be secretly drawing up plans to carve outNigeria for its strategic and economic benefits.

    Stage 3: the Great Carve out under UN Mandate

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    Following worldwide outrage at the scale of carnage resulting from all out war among various sections of Nigeria secretly induced by the United States and its allies, the stage will now shift to the United Nations where debates will take place on how the world body will work to resolve the crisis.

    There will be proposals first for an international peace keeping force to intervene and separate the warring groups and or for a UN mandate for various parts of Nigeria to come under mandated occupying powers. Of course behind the scenes the US and its allies would have secretly worked out which areas of Nigeria to occupy guided as it were by naked economic interests.

    It is trite really which power or powers eventually occupies Nigeria for whatever reasons. By the time the UN comes to take a decision to hand over Nigeria for occupation under its mandate, no part of Nigeria will emerge or profit truly from the exercise. The rump areas of Nigeria will all come under occupation and puppet governments will then be set up at the behest of the occupying powers. Nigeria’s fall will be like that of humpty-dumpty, into pieces beyond recognition.

    The main beneficiary will of course be the United States which started all this in the first place and which will be there to profit at the end. By engineering the break up of Nigeria, the United States would have eliminated a potential continental rival paving the way to the institution of a Pax Americana in Africa and secondly it would have limited its main global strategic rival China from direct access to badly needed energy and other mineral resources on the resource rich African continent.

    QUESTIONS WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES AS NIGERIANS

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    Against this background Nigerians need to stop and ask critical questions:

    What real purpose does it serve to deliberately leak a supposedly classified report from a US Intelligence organ normally restricted to only a handful of US policy makers only, to the media and for good measure ensure its wide circulation in the country against whom the action is targeted?

    Does that not indicate a statement of intent by the country that originated the report to serve as psychological intimidation for the purpose of softening up the targeted country making it ripe for intervention?

    In any routine investigation of an act, investigators usually call in the statements of material witnesses before or after the act whether deliberately uttered or inadvertently; does the statement by the United States National Intelligence Council on the break up of Nigeria in 2015 not amount to culpability in this regard especially in view of the escalation in the seemingly intractable acts of subversive violence taking place in Nigeria after that statement was released and also in view of US antecedents in matters such as this around the world?

    Why is it that a country which has always been known for its resilience and ability to resolve its problems without outside interference? Is this not indicative of the very Nigerian saying that the witch cried in the night and the child died in the morning?

    Why is someone somewhere hell bent on engineering Nigerians to form the un-Nigerian habit of harbouring and perpetrating desperate, extreme and unforgiving actions against themselves?

    Should we all 160 million of us stand idly by and allow the United States achieve its selfish and diabolical aim of sowing discord in our country leaving us with widows, orphans and humanitarian problems as it has done in other places? Are we going to allow the labour of our heroes past which bequeathed us a nation second to none and reputed to be the backbone of Africa to die in vain?

    From Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan and Latin America, America’s track record around the world has been nothing but ugly. In the words of its own statesmen, America has no permanent friends but permanents interests which translate into a healthy and utter disregard to the sensitivities and interests of other countries. That has pretty much formed the basis of US interaction around the world. The same situation will play itself out if we allow them in to our country.

    Nigerians let us stop and think before we allow the big bad wolf in, for we will have nobody but ourselves to blame when our chickens start to get missing.

    WATCH OUT FOR THE NEXT REPORT FROM GREENWHITE COALITION:

    FOCUS ON TERENCE P. McCULLEY, AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN NIGERIA.

    A few Posers;

    He is one of America’s top Foreign Service officers and in the parlance of the State Department, an “old Africa hand”. Do you know that Terence P. McCulley, the current United States Ambassador to Nigeria was one of the architects of the Africa Crisis Response Initiative, ACRI which sought to undermine Nigeria’s involvement in ECOMOG?

    Do you also know that he was also among the prominent resource persons that worked on establishing AFRICOM?

    Do you also know that Ambassador McCulley’s alternate designation is State Department Coordinator of the AFRICOM from which position he is to diplomatically sell and smoothen the way for the entry of AFRICOM into Nigeria?

    Do you know too that his main brief as Ambassador to Nigeria is to coordinate activities of the United States Government using the convenient cover of the Embassy of the United States inNigeria?

    Do you also know that the full classified report by the United States National Intelligence Council on the possible break up of Nigeria which parts were only selectively released contains details of how the US plans to carry out this desired end?

    The full details of the bombing of the UN Building in Abuja; who did it and how it was done.

    You might also need to know real mission of the so-called foreign security experts who came to “investigate” the bombing. Did they really come to investigate the incident and provide the details of their actual findings to Nigerian authorities or their real brief was mop up any stray evidence from the bombing site in order to obscure the involvement of those who sponsored the act?

    The US Embassy in Nigeria operates a network of so-called safe houses all over Nigeria from where it runs various subversive operations including electronic intelligence, surveillance, planning and carrying out of covert operations in Nigeria.

    We will provide details of the locations and addresses of such safe houses in Nigeria in the next GREENWHITE COALITION Report.

    About the GREENWHITE COALITION.

    The GREENWHITE COALITION as the name implies, is inspired from the colours of the Nigerian flag and has set out to rally Nigerians to the flag in defence of the greater interest of the Nigerian nation in the face of plans by the United States to destroy our country and our future.

    It is a citizen’s volunteer watchdog made up of Nigerians of all ethnic groups and religious persuasions who are alarmed at the dark plans of the United States of America to break up our dear country.

    We have taken it upon ourselves to spare no effort to expose and thwart the United States Government from carrying out its diabolical plans in Nigeria. For this we are dedicated to ferreting out information and plan counter actions against any untoward moves by the United States Government in Nigeria.

    In this endeavour we are fortunate to count on the support of well placed functionaries of the United States Government and other highly informed sympathizers who supply us with valuable inside information on the intentions of the United States Government as it affects Nigeria. These persons are themselves alarmed and appalled by the fact that the Government machinery of the United States has been hijacked by rogue elements denying the vast majority of American citizens their fundamental constitutional rights as envisaged by the founding fathers of America. Needless to say that these persons among who are those who served America diligently are aghast at the foreign policy of the American government which purports to act in protection of the American people but in reality protects the corrupt corporate elements that have taken America and Americans hostage.

    In the coming days and months the GREENWHITE COALITION will manifest in many ways legally in the Nigerian public domain in its efforts to prevent our country from coming under the American boot.

    This write up is the first in the series. Many more will come with pinpoint expose of the American Government plans against Nigeria.

    The United States Government is hereby put on notice; we will not allow our women to be turned to widows and our children orphans as in Iraq, and elsewhere. We will not be turned to refugees at the mercy of so-called humanitarian charities. Nigeria must take its place under the sun.

    Atheling P Reginald Mavengira is founder and Chairman of APRM Capital Holdings. APRM-Capital Holdings is a brokerage and investment advisory firm.

  • The Post-Citizens United Era.   20 hours 32 min ago

    Mark J. Saulys ~ How true! After all, it all started with COINTELPRO. If we learned tomorrow that sources within that old agency were behind most of these bogus theories and claims, it wouldn't surprise me in the least.

  • Each of us scalped, each and every day, by publicly traded companies........   20 hours 44 min ago
    Quote Dexterous: Yesterday, I spent the day on the golf course with a cardiologist born and educated in Canada. She left her family and ran to the US to practice when she saw the limited options and lead times for her recommendations to improve her Canadian patients lives.
    Neither one of you must have had your Canadian/English translation booklet in you golf bag. Let me translate:

    "I want to make more money than I do in Canada."

  • Greeks Reject Austerity   20 hours 45 min ago

    Overextended has never been quite so grand and glorious, and if we can avoid the tsunamis, the world will be better when the system breaks and falls apart.

  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   20 hours 49 min ago

    The whole idea of ownership instead of sovereignty. Get the economics out of the value and dignity of human life. Make it be the other way around.

  • Greeks Reject Austerity   20 hours 51 min ago

    The Troika (the ECB, EU, and IMF) have much more to lose with a Greek exit than Greece does. It will benefit them to sweeten the pot with a government that is much more apt to force a negotation on better terms. The banksters do not run Greece anymore!

  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   20 hours 51 min ago

    Let's look at this a different way because I really don't understand what you're saying. Maybe we are using different defintions of words.

    Was slavery wrong? If so, why?

  • Greeks Reject Austerity   20 hours 55 min ago

    Either way, coalition or not, "austerity" is getting its just consequences and I hope the Notherners don't think that those getting the austerity stick in the eye have more to lose if it all goes down for the Euro than those with healthy bank accounts and trade surpluses. The have too litttle to care, which is the oppostite of "too big to fail."

  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   21 hours 4 min ago
    Quote LysanderSpooner:If you don't understand the difference between theft and charity, then you are lost. Is taking money from one person against their will moral when the takers have good intentions or have a majority on their side.
    Once again we see that your libertarian dementia depends on the narrowest definition of certain concepts. Taxation not theft if we understand that some of one's wealth comes from public investments. You negate that reality so you can then call it theft.

  • Each of us scalped, each and every day, by publicly traded companies........   21 hours 8 min ago
    Quote Dexterous:Please don't bother to respond because you will be wasting your effort...
    I know I'd be wasting my effort since you've inoculated yourself against any and all facts you don't want to deal with. So given this reality, I fully expect you to run away from this discussion rather than face the sad truth that the private sector is milking us dry and not providing the health outcomes we're paying for.

    Like the blind right wing partisan you are, you don't give a shit. You'll never ask why our system is so expensive and doesn't have the health outcomes to show for it... but you're sure to damn Canada or the concept of Single Payer every chance you get.

  • Each of us scalped, each and every day, by publicly traded companies........   21 hours 10 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:The flaw in your "logic" is you're ignoring the fact Canada covers everyone for about 60% per capita of what we in the US pay to not cover perhaps 30 million... or where would we be with our current system if we cut expenses to 60%?
    Sorry, my 60% number was from a 2005 study. Canada spends in 2008 spent 54% of the US on a per capita basis.... $4079 vs $7,538.

    So the question remains... if our health care outcomes are not that good for the money we spend... how bad would they be if we shrunk our budget to 54% of what we now spend? Or how much better would Canada's be with our budget?

    http://www.pnhp.org/single_payer_resources/CAN_Comparison_Sheet.pdf

    http://www.nber.org/bah/fall07/w13429.html

  • Why F___ You is best   21 hours 16 min ago

    A factually challenged example, conservative or tea party? (aka multiplicity #4)

  • Michael Moore on American Sniper   21 hours 21 min ago
    Quote al3:Now there's an antiwar video. But I think he “pulled an Olbermann,” i.e. once Dems gained power back in 2008, he rode off into the sunset, not wanting to attack Obama for doing the same things Bush did. Hopefully he and Olbermann will come back if the GOP gains total control ’16. I’d like to see some more anti-war protests like in the video above. Also whatever happened to Cindy Sheehan? All these ultravocal anti-war voices disappeared into the woodwork when Obama was elected. Or maybe they just gave up.

    al3 ~ In 2013 Michael Moore signed a $10 Million deal with Annapurna Pictures to make a documentary on the history of Socialism called, "Go-Karting With Karl." The movie was supposed to promote:

    Quote The Daily Currant:

    Tentatively entitled Go-Karting With Karl, the film will explicitly call for ending private ownership of real estate, the nationalization of manufacturing, and a 95 percent tax on banking and oil profits.

    According to an Annapurna press release Go-Karting will "trace the story of the worker's struggle against bourgeois oppression through the actions of humanitarian heroes like Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Castro."

    It also hopes to "open a dialogue with a global audience about the wisdom allowing out-of-touch fat cat millionaires to dominate today's economy and politics."

    http://dailycurrant.com/2013/05/01/michael-moore-signs-10-million-deal-for-documentary-on-socialism/

    Of course, I haven't heard anything else about the project since it was announced. It was supposed to be completed in the fall of 2014. There may be some delay.

    If you live in California you know exactly what Cindy Sheehan has been up to lately. She just finished running for Governor against Jerry Brown. No easy task. Although Jerry pretty much won in a landslide, Cindy got my vote.

    http://www.dailycal.org/2014/05/28/former-berkeley-resident-peace-mom-runs-governor/

  • Misleading Production Tests May Have Helped Fuel The Shale Boom   21 hours 28 min ago

    What, hype and poopery in the promotion of this "bridge to nowhere?" Gambling at Rick's never ends.

  • Michael Moore on American Sniper   21 hours 30 min ago

    Hollywood may be "socially liberal," but its take on war, commie threats and even in the glorification of fabulous lifestyles and a mixed record on Wall St. and greed where we have to ask if it wasn't approved before it was criticized.

    To claim that popular movie entertainment vehicles have criticized the exercise of power and wealth in America is to miss everything about the "liberal media" and Hollywood as the enemy of Tea Party America. Gay Rights, ok, but with a all the macho posturing and slut fem reactionay shit because it sells.

    TV is awash in cop shows that reinforce fear and force, not community policing. The tech lab stuff is supposed to keep the brutality in the background while it reassures us that if we trust our expert saviors, all will be well. Any empowering messages that are realistic instead of hyper optimism Horatio Alger? Any "solutions" that do not require a lot of capital formation rather than collectivism? Not in this world.

  • How to practically, and morally, implement Libertarianism into THIS society   21 hours 59 min ago

    How about reading Graeber so we can do more than exchange fixed points? I find your perspective infantile and unrealistic, so rather than just get pissed at having to lecture the ignorant and stubbornly closed-minded, I would perfer a learning environment on our Thom site to what has been the form with you.

    I am so glad to hear that you were saved from "non-thinking progressive-type(ness)" and could find your Gospel Home of Mature Wisdom and Final Answers. Actually, having worked in the field, I am sorry for you. I hope you tire of banging your head against the box of why cannot "they" understand why what I offer could/would save the world if only they would "get it." You remind me of some sincere Jesus sales reps who had the answer to whatever question was being asked because it was always the same answer.

    My "ownership" of my body is not a subject I discuss other than to protest any other claim of "ownership." I have sovereignty over my body, but I have entered into a marriage where our bodies have mixed microbes and have been given mutually in important ways. Sovereignty, which may appear to be about my borders and my autonomy, is acutally how we engage in mutuality by respecting each other rather than dominating or coercing each other. But, interdependence demands of us that we do what it takes to keep things working together without letting selfishness get in the way.

    With "ownership," I can be leveraged into bondage. With "sovereignty," I have the authority to resist that and to insist that mutuality be the game instead of winner take all. "Sovereignty" is democratic and closer to what you posit in property rights than what you get with property or with "ownership" of your own body. Your body is not for sale. It is the temple of the soul, for God's sake!

  • Michael Moore on American Sniper   22 hours 8 min ago
    Quote aliceinwonderland:Both the right and left, al3? How do you figure THAT? What you’ve just described is classic right-wing pathology. If you’re gonna stick us on the left with the blame for right-wing bullshit, that makes “right” and “left” pretty meaningless. And frankly, I think “liberal Hollywood” is a bit of a stretch. Corporate media has stereotyped Hollywood that way, but considering the source, I’d take that with a “grain of salt”. You’re using too broad a stroke, man. Some people in Hollywood are lefties, others are right wingers. Would you call Charlatan Heston (tsk) the gun nut a "leftie", or Clint Eastwood or Ronald Reagan?! Gimmie a break.
    Charlton Heston or Eastwood are oddities in Hollywood. I believe Hollywood’s portrayal as largely a liberal bastion is valid, aliceinwonderland. At least with the social issues. We’re getting off subject, but I remember after Adam Lanza played out his real life video game at Sandy Hook Elementary, how the left howled about the availability of guns, and how the fact that Lanza spent most of his time in a violent video game fugue couldn’t be a factor, no. He recorded 83,000 “kills” in one video game if his records were correct. Well, the left won that one, because Lanza’s gaming seemed to fade in importance vs. the gun availability factor. I’d imagine that was because Dems were in relative control. I will tell you that I have jousted with “gun nuts” here, and I believe we need tighter restrictions on purchases and liability responsibility for gun owners, but to ignore the violent gaming history of Lanza ignores common sense. But of course, creative artists create violent video games, and nobody wants to muzzle creative artists, no that’s not the American Way, not to mention that more blood, more guts, more violence usually means higher profits. And that’s the real American Way……

    Quote aliceinwonderland:Sorry, but I just can’t swallow a blanket assessment like that. I find it unpalatable and undigestible. Reaity is a lot more nuanced than that, my friend. Only a right-wing idiot would characterize shooting and killing as “fun” and “a game”. Shit like that is completely opposite and at odds with my understanding of leftist values, and my background from that side of the fence goes back a lifetime. I accept no blame for this sickness, and by “I”, I mean not only myself but those who share my values. You insult us with that projection, whether you intend to or not. As a creative person, I would not dream of using my creativity to crank out the kind of fascist filth you have described.
    Keep in mind, aliceinwonderland, I don’t suggest you do anything of the sort, nor most “creatives.” Just like most gun owners are likely decent people, and in fact supportj common sense gun regulations. However, creatives need to make a livingn, like everyone else…and those military themed blood and guts games do sell well and create jobs….and IMHO condition kids well to be good real life combantants over in Iraq or Aghanistan, or anywhere else someone that disagrees with the free market needs to be killed. I’d be curious if Kyle was a military themed video game nut as a kid……

    Quote aliceinwonderland:Kyle is a dead man all right, as well he deserves to be. What goes around comes around. And I’ve no sympathy for his wife and family. What about all those grieving Iraqi wives left widowed by Kyle’s sniping, and grieving children left orphaned? They don’t have multimillion-dollar estates to cover funeral costs and pay all their bills like Ms. K. That’s who’s got MY sympathy, al3. And anyone who idolizes a fascist, murdering thug like that needs his head examined.
    Please reread my posts, aliceinwonderland. Nothing I wrote remotely suggested I “idolized” Mr. Kyle. Again, I don’t shed a tear for Kyle’s death; my view is “live by the gun, die by the gun” far as I’m concerned. If it makes the left feel better to kick Kyle’s corpse, so be it. We will never agree there. I can just imagine the fireworks on the left were Kyle still alive and doing the talk show circuit. I’m used to taking barbs from both sides, so at least my porcupine coat of barbs is symmetrical. But that’s OK. I agree witm many of your posts, so we’ll just have to kiss and make up in another thread where we agree.

    Quote aliceinwonderland:Kudos to Michael Moore, for telling it like it is once again!!!!! Sorry if the truth hurts. – AIW
    When was the last time we heard from Michael Moore? Seems like about 8 years ago. I wish he’d just stick with books, movies and videos like he did with this excellent work in 2003: ….scroll down to view video.

    http://main.systemofadown.com/post/103158844991/boom-directed-by-michael...

    Now there's an antiwar video. But I think he “pulled an Olbermann,” i.e. once Dems gained power back in 2008, he rode off into the sunset, not wanting to attack Obama for doing the same things Bush did. Hopefully he and Olbermann will come back if the GOP gains total control ’16. I’d like to see some more anti-war protests like in the video above. Also whatever happened to Cindy Sheehan? All these ultravocal anti-war voices disappeared into the woodwork when Obama was elected. Or maybe they just gave up.

  • A Knife of warm air slices the Polar Vortex in two.   22 hours 13 min ago

    Just as long as I wouldn't have to waste time on Lone Liberal with your clone group rep.

    The point, ahole, was that most of the people who find themselves with racist thoughts are embarassed about them. We carry a load of unconscious and embedded images and ideas, and even when we think we are clear on an issue, we don't know what it is like to live as the people in other roles in this story. I was reporting what people have told me about carrying racist images and reacting against their idealism in "real life." These are the incident you cons love to cite to show how hypocritical those who pretend not to be racists are. Of course that does not justify racism, which is all in our heads. We just have a Sharpton ap implanted.

    Why people don't want to hear Good News might have something to do with why they also avoid Bad News about the Bubble they are living in. They have the good guys and the bad guys sorted out, and the moral code and religious culture of the 20th Century is what God gave to Moses on Sinai and Jesus Certified. It is all very exciting to have life figured out so neatly.

    I really don't make Reagan the fall guy. He was just the actor hired to front for what was really done, and it goes a lot deeper and earlier than Ronnie Boy.

    As to the War on Women, I cannot help what the Right keeps doing. I would have thought their own women would have kept the boys from being so fratboy crude. I cannot see these pampered tea baggers as biker material. It would have been off topic had you not misunderstood why I compared Climate Deniers with Racists to the favor of racists.

    So, what's new in the polar vortex?

  • The Post-Citizens United Era.   22 hours 30 min ago
    Quote D'Anne Marc:

    Then it occurred to me that the REAL conspiracy is the existence of these conspiracies theories themselves. What better way to control the population than distract them with fear, anxiety, and the feeling of helplessness? Paralyze the population with fear so to speak. When you look at it that way, the minor investment made in these productions have a rather high return on investment for the establishment.

    Or to discredit conspiracy theorizing in general so when someone happens upon the real story, "wolf!" has been cried too many times already.

  • A Knife of warm air slices the Polar Vortex in two.   22 hours 36 min ago

    Well done. Few, if any, could manage to weave racism into a discussion about global warming and the polar vortex.

    Now, if you could only filter in mormons (you know how they are), the war on women, and Ronald Reagan into this thread, you have the makings of a leftie radio show.

  • Each of us scalped, each and every day, by publicly traded companies........   22 hours 39 min ago

    As pointed out, Harper's Canada is not a good example of an undamaged social healthcare or welfare system. Your anecdotal evidence from your golfing friend reflects some of the damage done by Canadian austerity under Harper, and the dollar is now above theirs, so don't try to make Harper's Canada the comparison.

    She is also a surgeon, not a nurse or general/family practice medical professional, and while I like them all, the surgeons I have know have had a fairly narrow perspective on how medicine works compared to the GP's, and the nurses know a lot more. So, what I hear are typical elite perspective comments and not what the average American has to deal with to get healthcare now. Our wait times are not a great comparison with others, and the disincentives to come to the doctor's office are serious.

    Single Payer, not for profit, and funded like it was equal to "national defense," because it is with far more authority than "war." Extending healthcare to all does not make it fun to go to the doctor or to need a hospital bed. Encouraging us to go instead of delaying should pay for itself. Not PayGo, but an investment that will bring back more than it cost in value and money.

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