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  • Israel's Action in Gaza: 'Is This Not a War Crime?'   1 day 2 hours ago

    rs allen wrote:
    It's getting, actually past, the point where people like me could care less if Israel were to disappear from the face of the earth. They have never tried to find or a way to make peace with their neighbors since the area was carved out for them. 

    Then you are ignorant of history. Have you not heard of the Camp David accords? Or their treaty with Jordan?

  • Marijuana and mangoes   1 day 2 hours ago

    How Black Pepper relieves Cannabis Anxiety
    http://cannabisdigest.ca/black-pepper-relieves-cannabis-anxiety/

    In the heyday of the 70's people used to tell me hot drinks kept the buzz going. I could never distinguish any real difference. Mango's have been getting press the past few years and they have science explaining it. I think Ed Rosenthal did an article on it if I can find it I'll post it. Personally other than mango's tasting good, I have found no difference. Stressful things bring you down and that is why I choose not to toke and drive. Why waste a good buzz on idiot drivers. But the only thing I've found to increase the buzz is to smoke better pot. Not more of the same. Although I would imagine getting stoned and winning the lottery would probably increase the buzz.

    PS: I'm not saying Mango's have no effect on some people. I've just never felt it.

  • "OBAMACARE HIKES INSURANCE RATE BY 411 PERCENT FOR MISSOURI’S MALE MILLENNIALS"   1 day 2 hours ago

    That's a load of crap.

    PNHP Co-founders Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein published this definitive study of the administrative costs of the U.S. health system in the August 21, 2003 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. After analyzing the costs of insurers, employers, doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and home-care agencies in both the U.S. and Canada, they found that administration consumes 31.0 percent of U.S. health spending, double the proportion of Canada (16.7 percent). Average overhead among private U.S. insurers was 11.7 percent, compared with 1.3 percent for Canada’s single-payer system and 3.6 percent for Medicare. Streamlined to Canadian levels, enough administrative waste could be saved to provide compressive health insurance to all Americans.

    Read “Costs of Health Administration in the U.S. and Canada” (pdf)

  • "OBAMACARE HIKES INSURANCE RATE BY 411 PERCENT FOR MISSOURI’S MALE MILLENNIALS"   1 day 3 hours ago

    polycarp2 wrote:

    Dexterous wrote:
    Interesting that Hartmann "leaked that his company insurance premiums rose 30% over the previous year. Followed by, "I pay 100% of their premiums", but probably that is actually calculated into their salary". He actually sounded like he understood how a business operates and calculates cost of having employees. Two questions Thom, 1. Why, when spreading mandatory insurance over the entire population was supposed to reduce costs, are you receiving a 30% premium increase? In my entire working life, I never saw anything close to a double digit increase in yearly premiums, let alone a 30% rise in a single year. 2. Are you also paying the new higher deductibles for your employees? $2500/per individual before any insurance payments are made which is now very common.

    Understand how crony capitalism works.

    Ins. co's. have to pay 80% of their premiums to medical care providers such as hospitals.They may keep 20% of the premium.

    Whenever ins. co.'s increase payments to medical care providers,  the premium may be adjusted upward.

    20% of a $1,000 premium is $200 profit. 20% of a $2,000 premium is $400. Increased payouts to providers and increased profits from the justified higher premiums both come out of the policyholder's pocket.

    Insurance co.'s didn't write ObamaCare to limit their profits. Profits of hospitals and ins. co.'s will go through the roof...courtesy of the mandated purchase of policies. You should probably buy stock in health ins. co's and hospitals. etc. Profits will soar right along with premium costs.

    Inexpensive unversal health care, eliminating that huge profit potential, was of course, off the table.

    The nation of scams does what it does best...scams.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

    This works as Poly stated, in the absence of a fair market, with honest products, and transparent pricing. The genius of the Romneycare/ Heritage Foundation free market is people are informed, products are uniform, and consumers can shop comparing apples to apples.

    A pound of salt is a pound of salt, it tastes the same no matter the label, brand or packaging. The same is true now for a ACA eligible, Silver level plan. Consumers can compare prices. And business owners are being better served, because now they see what the real prices are, and they can shop, compare, and armed with knowledge they are on better footing with brokers.

  • The Rise of the American Taliban   1 day 3 hours ago

    I've complained for some time about the rise of christian fundamentalism in this country; I'm glad that somebody important - Thom - has finally said something about it. Personally, I think fundamentalists are traitors to the Constitution, and freedom in general; they should all be charged with conspiracy, rounded up, and nailed to whatever religious icon is appropriate. Or maybe just deport them.

  • Will GOP try "wicked witch's guards" tactic to reinvent itself as tipping point looms?   1 day 3 hours ago

    Rather than being bogged down in left and right, liberal or conservative, and even centrist, let's cling to a new label:

    Inclusive Americans

    If we frame everything in those terms, spelling out the methods of inclusion inherent in what we put out there, we back them into a corner. If they are not Inclusive Americans, then whom does the American flag on their car NOT stand for? Is their intent that that flag is for them 80% Confederate?

    With the 1% vs. 99% we encapsulated the essense of a struggle. With the Inclusive American meme, we try to convince conservatives that we are trying to make their lives better too, regardless of any ways we might disagree. We need to achieve a post-hate America, and that includes us vs. conservatives.

    That doesn't mean that we can be driven by all the horrible lies, hypocrisy, and racism that CORPservative politicians toss out with regularity. The key is to focus on these individuals and how they taint the Republican brand. And in the next breath we point out that these travesties of integrity not only go unpunished by the Republican Party, they are accepted as viable tactics towards their endgame.

    This is how we connect the dots; link the bad things Republicans do with the degeneration of all our communities, water, air, schools, and Main Street businesses. We must make people understand that we struggle through austerity so billionaires experience easy prosperity, and that Republican politicians are the conduit to that process.

  • F*** The EU - Neocons And The Neonazi Ukrainian Coup   1 day 4 hours ago

    I'm sorry I don't know of any book that has this information in book form. There are bits and pieces like Niall Ferguson's books on the Rothschild dynasty. Or David Rockefeller's autobiography Memoirs.

    By the way, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, besides being a prominent Hillraiser, and a Trustee of the (John) McCain Institute for International Leadership, she was also on the Democratic Platform Committee, which selects candidates for the Democratic Party's primaries.

    Quote:
    (NYTIMES BLOGS) A Democratic Baroness Endorses McCain-Palin Ticket
    By MICHAEL FALCONE
    September 17, 2008 4:12 pm
    September 17, 2008 4:30 pm

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild (Photo: Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency)

    Though she said she might otherwise be “lunching,” Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the American-born baroness spent part of her afternoon defecting – from her political party’s presidential candidate – in full view of the press and a spray of television cameras.

    Ms. de Rothschild, a personal friend and prominent backer of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and a member of the committee that helped draft the Democratic Party’s platform, announced on Wednesday that while she intended to keep her party affiliation, she would not be voting for Senator Barack Obama.

    “It is the last place in the world I thought I would be in October 2008,” Ms. de Rothshchild, the New Jersey-born businesswoman who married into the British banking family, said at a press conference in Washington, D.C. organized by the McCain campaign.

    “We have got to make the right choice about who goes to the White House,” she continued. “So this decision to vote Republican for the first time in my life has been after a lot of thought. I have looked at all four candidates very carefully and I have no question about what I am doing today.”

    For months, Ms. De Rothschild been signaling her displeasure with Mr. Obama. In June, she told The New York Times that she could not “fall in line,” behind the Democratic nominee.

    And on Wednesday, flanked by four American flags and wearing a McCain pin, she took herself out of line and positioned herself firmly in the G.O.P.’s corner.

    “I believe that Barack Obama with MoveOn.org, and Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean have taken the Democratic Party too far to the left,” she said. “I’m not comfortable there.”

    Had she talked her decision over with Mrs. Clinton who urged her supporters to stand with Mr. Obama?

    “No, no,” said Ms. de Rothschild, smiling and shaking her head. “Not since the convention.”

    “I’m sure she is not pleased with what I’m doing today,” she conceded. “But you know what, I have to do what I believe in.”

    And though she acknowledged that she and Mr. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “disagree on some issues,” Ms. De Rothschild declared: “I love Sarah Palin,” adding, “I think she’s pretty cool.”

    Ms. de Rothschild, who is the director and C.E.O. of E.L. Rothschild Limited, a British investment firm, spent much of her career as a telecommunications entrepreneur. She served for two years on President Bill Clinton’s advisory council on the country’s information infrastructure during the early 1990’s.

    On Wednesday Ms. de Rothschild said she had already informed her family and business colleagues that she intended to spend the rest of the election season actively campaigning for the Republican ticket.

    And although she stopped short of quitting her party entirely, Ms. de Rothschild, who ended the press conference by quoting a G.O.P. icon, seemed at least partially converted.

    “Right now I feel a little bit like Ronald Reagan who said, ‘I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.’ “

  • Palestine National Charter of 1964   1 day 4 hours ago

    Israel was not created by Britain and America after WW2

    The Zionist movement founded before 1900 had decided
    Palestine was the homeland of the Jews.

    The British government's Balfour Declaration of 1917
    stated that Britain would support such a homeland provided...

    "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done
    which may prejudice the civil and religious rights
    of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine"

    This was a place for jews to live, 
    not an idependent state.

    By 1936 the steady flow of Jewish migrants led
    to the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine.

    Essentially, the Arabs wanted the British out and no more
    Jewish imigration to their country.
    Britain agreed that immigration was too high and moved to limit it.

    WW2 of course changed things.
    The post war flood of Jewish refugees could not be stopped
    without  violence and prison camps.

    That was not an option for Britain, with memories of
    Nazi death camps and ghettos still very fresh.

    There was also the hope of course,
     that the Jews and Arabs could get along.

    In 1948, the mandate given by the League of Nations
     (later United Nations) to Britain, to run Palestine, ended.

    The well armed and well organised,Jewish settlers declared
    much of  Palestine as now being their country, Israel.

    There was no international agreement to create Israel.

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   1 day 5 hours ago

    Antifascist: Thanks for those links. I watched that video of the falling plane. Some of the comments were on the order of that it could not have been MH17 because it was cloudy that day where MH17 went down. And this video, at first, looked like a clear day. And, if you look at other videos showing the thick smoke from MH17, it was in fact partially cloudy that day. Thing is about the first video is that the camera location, angle, and resolution of the camera may not have been able to resolve clouds. If you look carefully, it did look like there was something that could have been caused by clouds in the area around the falling plane. It was also using telescopic lens to zoom in on the plane which would not have resolved something as amorphous as clouds. So, I can't say I necessarily believe that this is MH17... but could be. If you pause the video at various points, it is easier to see that it is the engine that is blazing. So, that could add to the speculation that it was shot down by a heat seaking missile...most likely from that Ukrainian SU-25.

    On the other hand, I have seen, in one of the crash site videos, a side of the fuselage held up by a couple of men, that showed that it was riddled with punctures, as if by shrapnel. That would be a case for the ground-launched SA-11 missile from a BUK missile launcher. But, of course, those puncture holes could have been put there by the Ukrainian military after the fact to make it look like it was the work of an SA-11. But I doubt it.

    By the way, some of the initial claims that MH17 changing course was due to bad weather in the path of the original flight path was most likely bogus. However, if you checkout this site showing the weather at Sevastopol, Ukraine it was mostly sunny and clear and only started to develop thundershowers at about 5:00pm local time. The normal flight path would have been over the Sea of Azov which was between Sevastopol and where MH17 crashed. Kiev was sunny and clear the whole day.

    http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/ukraine/sevastopol/historic?hd=20140717

    http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/ukraine/kyiv/historic?hd=20140717

    But, actually, the flight path, as recorded by flightaware, shows that it had been changed on the 14th of July and that MH17's paths on the 14, 15, 16, and 17 flew over the same war zone and not over the normal flight path over the Sea of Azov.

    It had been reported that the Ukrainian military was sneaking their war jets into the war zone behind the passenger airliners...most likely during 14, 15, 16, and 17th of July. And I wonder if orders had been given by someone to change course for that very reason...to act as a diversion or cover for the war jets because they had previously had so much trouble in the past ...being shot down.

    And that very wealthy Israeli who owns all those planes and property at the Kiev Airport, but who lives in Switzerland, may have had a part in this. After all, look at all the war crimes the Israeli NeoNazis are doing in Gaza.

  • Palestine National Charter of 1964   1 day 5 hours ago

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    One of the Koranic verses provided states that Allah gave the Holy Land to the sons of Israel until the Day of Judgment (Surah Al-Ma’ida, verse 21), and the other (Surah Al-Shara’a, verse 59) says that the land was bequeathed to the Jews.

    Well, if the Koran said it, it must be true. LOL.

    Can we please stop finding excuses for both sides to murder each other? Does anyone really think the words in a religious book should be relevant except to explain why something as dumb as this conflict really exists? If the Israeli constitution is the Torah and the Palestinian constitution is the Koran, these two countries are divided by much more than a man-made fence and they will not stop killing each other.

    I say we forcefully integrate the two peoples into one. If they kill each other quicker, then it's a quicker resolution to the decades of war that have been their legacy and demonstrates the divisive nature of faith, as a lesson to the rest of us. If they learn to get along, then they can prove what a liability their gods and governments were to them all along, another lesson for the rest of us.

  • Israel's Action in Gaza: 'Is This Not a War Crime?'   1 day 5 hours ago

    Oops! I'll be back... I'm baa-aa-ckk...(had a computer goof up. Sorry 'bout the edit.)

    gumball edited wrote:

    If one side of a conflict's only position is that the other side no longer exist, does that not render all other questions moot?

    (Please forgive my edits of your, I assume, typos —in italics, above; I needed to do that in order to understand your question.)

    The thing is, gumball, that's not their "only position," which you would understand had you read any of the articles and comments we've posted here.

    Embedded in your question is another fallacy: Your framing: it posits only "one side" as having that intention and desire, when it's clear from Israel's behavior that Israel intends to disappear Arab Palestinians living within proximity to Israel, and intends genocide, to say nothing of never allowing Palestinians to create a state of their own.

    After all, it was the coalition between Hamas and Fatah, their forming of a unity government, as well as Mahmoud Abbas’ signing, a few months ago, of “15 international conventions that could pave the way for a renewed attempt to gain United Nations statehood,”  that had Israel chewing its nails, threatening to take "unilateral action;” now we see what that meant. That’s Israel despising the idea of a Palestinian state.

    Can you see that the mere suggestion of a viable Palestinian state, as well as international recognition of such, has Israel’s fingernails chewed to bloody stumps whenever it threatens to be realized?

    gumball edited wrote:

    Am I wrong in my characterization of Hamas's position?

    Um, yeah...  in fact, you’re wrong in your entire perspective on the issue, wrong, because you fail to look at reality. You prefer the fantasy presented by Israel’s persistent propaganda efforts.

    Tell me this: Do you consider the Palestinian people to be human persons who have a right to defend themselves? Do you think the Palestinian people should have a Palestinian state too? Do you think the blockades on the borders of Gaza, those rendering Gaza the largest open-air prison on the planet, those designed to keep Palestinians on the verge of starvation, dehydration, jobless, economically stranded and hopeless...do you think it’s morally sound? Do you think an entire population, including women, children, the wounded, starving and thirsty, should be punished for the acts of a few radicals? Or, can you really blame an entire population, even if they are unified behind those who wish to defend their human rights?

     

  • Buy Norwegian Bonds?   1 day 5 hours ago

    You do understand that incomes can't exceed productive output, don't you? Money is merely a symbol of real stuff. Money can represent a car. and be exchanged for it.......and money  isn't the car. Without the car,  money represents nothing. Same with spending trillions into the economy.

    The nation may spend, without borrrowing, any amount that can utilize idle production or labor.

    Currently, economic production is about 75% of productive capacity. That translates into several trillions per year. Government may buy the idle production to repair bridges, buy wind generators, rail systems, and the like. The production of real goods/services generated by that backs the money.

    If you prefer, government can simply buy everyone a new auto, refrigerator or washing machine and obtain the same result...without borrowing. The result being, full use of the nation's economic capacity and labor. Every dollar spent represents something tangible to back it.

    Money, without something to buy with it is useless. Goods without money to exchange for them are just as useless. They'll rot in a warehouse.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

     

  • Buy Norwegian Bonds?   1 day 6 hours ago

    polycarp2 wrote:

    Hartmann is right. We can add trillions to our debt and have no problems...depending on what the debt is utilized for.

    Do understand that a guaranteed income can't exceed a nation's production of goods/services. Currently only $200,000 annually for each family of four...not several million dollars.

    If debt doesn't matter, why cap it at $200,000 guaranteed income?

    polycarp2 wrote:

    Business having no faith in D.C. is a pretty lame excuse for lack of job creation. Any entrepreneur seeing a potential untapped customer base with money to spend  will cater to it.

    An entrepreneur is one thing, P&G, 3M, Medtronic, etc. expanding in this country, are totally another.

    polycarp2 wrote:

    A billionaires take on the myth that the super rich create jobs:

    It is easy to create, or destroy, the illusion you desire when you have billions in the bank. I suspect you may find a billionaire or two that may refute your selection of gurus.

    polycarp2 wrote:

     If you'd rather stash your cash in a gambling U.S. Bank  instead of Norwegian bonds....go for it.

    I have, and do, with stop/sell provisions that protect it to a level that is comfortable for me and my heirs. Doubling a fair amount of it in the last five years is reminiscent of the Jimmy Carter era minus the onerous interest rates business and homeowners paid.

    polycarp2 wrote:

    No doubt the warnings in his recent book about  pitchforks coming out should be heeded.

    I refuse to participate in a "live in fear" style environment.  I find it is counter productive to living a healthy lifestyle.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Israel's Action in Gaza: 'Is This Not a War Crime?'   1 day 6 hours ago

    rs allen wrote:

    While certainly not the only or the worst of sins but one of the things I find so offensive and galling about the situation is the almost completely one sided widely held view of the Israeli position as so tenuous as they should be allowed to do as they please. Be it economic blockades, military forays and juntas or just outright usurping land and resources at will. They are given a free pass, at least in the western/eurocentric ideology.

    Exactly. This is not revisionist history, it's revisionist reality. To treat the Israelis as under seige because they are, as is often said, "surrounded by enemies" is to ignore the pimp hand that they possess in the area, thanks to Western hardware and support.

    Only with some well written propaganda can the Israelis be considered to be under seige. No objective consideration of the facts could lead a person there.

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    It's getting, actually past, the point where people like me could care less if Israel were to disappear from the face of the earth. They have never tried to find or a way to make peace with their neighbors since the area was carved out for them. 

    You don't have to make peace when you're the bigger guy. There's a thing I heard once that a man will never back down from a fight he thinks he can win. Well, what's a bigger guaranty of victory than being a chosen people, backed both by God and America (often claimed to be one and the same)?

    No, Israel has found itself a winning team and all of those children upon whom their shells and missles land are just sore losers. We who advocate for the victims are considered to be anti-American or anti-Jewish, as if our gods and countries are betrayed by our humanity. If that's the case, gods and countries are the problem, not the solution. In that sense, a two-state, two-god solution is just twice as stupid.

  • "OBAMACARE HIKES INSURANCE RATE BY 411 PERCENT FOR MISSOURI’S MALE MILLENNIALS"   1 day 6 hours ago

    polycarp2 wrote:

    You should probably buy stock in health ins. co's and hospitals. etc. Profits will soar right along with premium costs.

    I have, for the last twenty years or more.

    polycarp2 wrote:

    Inexpensive universal health care, eliminating that huge profit potential, was of course, off the table.

    There is no such thing as inexpensive universal healthcare.  No free ride for everyone Poly, someone has to pay for it. If the government shuts down all health insurance companies do you believe they will not hire x 5 what is currently in place in the private sector to run that giant sector of the economy? Replete with bureaucrats, IRS style vacations, bonuses, paid pensions, and all the trimmings.

     

  • Tom Woods interviews Ralph Nader on Left-Right cooperation   1 day 6 hours ago

    Personally, I vote Green Party. Why would I vote for a Dem when I loath what they've been standing for over the past 30 years? The Outsourcing King, Great De-Regulator and Dismantler of the New Deal was a Dem....Bill Clinton. He did what Repugnants couldn't get away with while Dems cheered him on.

    Obama said his take on Soc. Sec. was the same as Romney's...and offered it on the chopping block the last time the debt ceiling had to be raised.

    No one takes my vote from the Dems. I haven't voted for them since the late 70's. I would have voted for Kucinich if Dems hadn't bumped him in favor of a neo-liberal fool.

    If there wasn't an acceptable alternative to voting for Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum...Dems or Repugnants....I wouldn't vote. No one takes away my vote from the Dems except the Dems themselves.

    The Dem Party of FDR is long dead.  Someone should bury the rotting corpse to get rid of the stench.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

     

  • WILDFIRE MAP & SATELLITE IMAGES...MANY FIRES CURRENTLY IN OREGON, WASHINGTON, IDAHO, COLORADO AND ARIZONA   1 day 6 hours ago

    OMG...LOL....YES IT WAS FROST!   :-)  Then I started H.S. at Churchill but got excepted at Cass Tech

  • F*** The EU - Neocons And The Neonazi Ukrainian Coup   1 day 7 hours ago

    Thanks for the links...all very interesting articles!

    Americans Elect was a right wing organization that tried to capitalize on voter discontent of both mainstream parties...but they were more in line with the Republicans than the Democrats. But, their propaganda tended to snare more left-leaning people than right-leaning ones.

    I guess no one (in numbers anyway) fell for Americans Elect especially after they found out that anyone selected on-line would have to be screened and approved by the Americans Elect board.

    But, they are still at it and just morphed into another organization.

    http://irregulartimes.com/2014/07/23/nick-troiano-the-mayday-pac-america...

  • WILDFIRE MAP & SATELLITE IMAGES...MANY FIRES CURRENTLY IN OREGON, WASHINGTON, IDAHO, COLORADO AND ARIZONA   1 day 7 hours ago

    MrsBJLee wrote:
     the middle school I went to in Livonia is now a YMCA!
    Was that Frost?  I went to Holmes in 71-73

  • Buy Norwegian Bonds?   1 day 7 hours ago

    How Israel (with unconditional support from the U.S.A.) kills children. Oh yes, buy bonds:

    http://www.democracynow.org/es/2014/7/17/horror_on_gaza_beach_new_york

    There’s no way I can express my horror, my disgust, my sorrow at the murderous actions of Israel and the United States. Yes, the USA is equally guilty with Israel. Just read today’s Democracy Now headlines:

    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/headlines

    Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730

    Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian death toll has reached at least 732. Israeli forces killed an estimated 73 people on Wednesday, including at least 31 in the southern town of Khan Younis. Another 25 people, including three children, were killed in a separate strike on the area earlier today. Hundreds of civilians are said to be trapped in the village of Khuzaa, which has seen heavy violence.

    U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd Time

    The latest attacks in Gaza come after Israel rejected a U.N. request for a brief humanitarian pause. The United Nations says at least 75 percent of the dead are civilians, including an estimated 168 children. In the last two days, Palestinian children have been killed at a rate of one per hour. More than 4,500 Palestinians have been wounded, and more than 150,000 have been displaced. Israel’s recent targets have included an apartment building where 19 children from one family were killed, mosques, a hospital and Gaza’s sole power plant. The United Nations says that a school for girls has been hit for the second time in three days.

    U.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War Crimes

    As the bombing of Gaza continues, the United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to investigate Israel for potential war crimes. The vote was 29 to one, with 17 abstentions. The United States cast the lone "no" vote. In Washington, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters: "We will stand up for Israel ... even if it means standing alone."

    U.N. Rights Chief: Israel May Be Committing War Crimes

    Speaking at the United Nations, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Israel may have committed war crimes in its attacks on civilians in Gaza. She also renewed calls for Israel to lift the seven-year blockade that has crippled Gaza’s economy and infrastructure.

    High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay: "Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The crippling effects of the Israeli blockade and other measures linked to the Israeli occupation of Gaza suppress the ability of the people to go about their daily lives and prevent them from rebuilding their lives and communities after repeated military operations. I reiterate my numerous calls for this blockade to be lifted once and for all."

    Pillay also condemned rocket fire by Palestinian militants into Israel, which have so far killed three Israeli civilians.

     

     

  • F*** The EU - Neocons And The Neonazi Ukrainian Coup   1 day 7 hours ago

    Roger C., do you know the name of a good catalog or book that lists all of the oligarchs on the earth by country, industry, worth, etc.? If you have already posted one I must have either missed it or misplaced and forgotten it, and I apologize.  If so, would you please be so kind as to post it again when you have the time?

    Thanks.  :)

  • "Reading, Writing, and Rockets? The UN Discovers 20 Rockets Hidden At School In Gaza"   1 day 7 hours ago

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/while-israel-held-its-fi...

    "GAZA CITY — It was a brief, one-sided lull. ... After more than a week of steady attacks, Israel halted its air attacks at 9 a.m. Tuesday, heeding an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire. ...But Hamas militants did not agree to the cease-fire. The military wing of the Islamist organization started lobbing mortar rounds at Israel within minutes after Israel’s attacks stopped. During Abu Ali’s visit home, the sound of Hamas rockets passing overhead reverberated through the skies.

    It was clear that Hamas’s defiance would be answered, but the few Palestinians who had supported a cease-fire found themselves loudlyshouted down.

    At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.

    "

    Emphasis mine.

  • Buy Norwegian Bonds?   1 day 8 hours ago

    Dexterous wrote:

    polycarp2 wrote:

    State budget surpluses ended with the "Reagan Revolution". The middle class is following suit, or haven't you noticed?

    Bullcrap.  Ronald Reagan is not responsible for states spending over the last 25 years. 

    polycarp2 wrote:

     Hartmann is right. We can add trillions to our debt and have no problems...depending on what the debt is utilized for.

    In my opinion, Hartmann is dead wrong.  I don't care what the debt is utilized for. Debt will break a country, and really fast if interest rates rise to a level they become overwhelming. You and I both know that is not sustainable.

    You continually refuse to answer the question, If debt is not an problem, why not just issue everyone a government guaranteed two million dollar per  year income?  Things ought to move along swimmingly with that kind of cash in the economy.

    polycarp2 wrote:

    Do understand that Norway had a successful welfare state (general well-being) prior to its oil finds. Amazing things happen when a nation's wealth is broadly circulated rather than being stripped from the economy by a few individuals...as in the U.S.

    Comparing Norway, a country with the entire population equal to a medium sized US city, gifted with tremendous natural resources, hard living conditions with respect to weather, people with a tremendous work ethic and pride in their country, to a city or State in the US, is not possible. You tend to jump even further and compare it to our entire country.  Ain't gonna happen.

    polycarp2 wrote:

    I expect poverty in the U.S. to continue its annual increase for some time to come as the middle class falls into its grasp.

    You are correct as long as business has no faith in the leaders in DC.

     

    Do understand that a guaranteed income can't exceed a nation's production of goods/services. Currently only $200,000 annually for each family of four...not several million dollars.

    Business having no faith in D.C. is a pretty lame excuse for lack of job creation. Any entrepreneur seeing a potential untapped customer base with money to spend  will cater to it.

    A billionaires take on the myth that the super rich create jobs:

    https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=TED+talk+middle+clas+are+job+creators&...

    No doubt the warnings in his recent book about  pitchforks coming out should be heeded.

    I do understand that Norway's per capita GDP is $5,000 more than in the U.S. It also hasn't outsourced its production to lower it....and as the Gini co-efficient shows, the national  income is distributed fairly equitably among the population giving Norway much higher living sandards, longer life expectancy and higher quality of life...for everyone.

    "Welfare state" Norway has a surplus budget projected into the next 84 years...with the highest living standard on the planet. Amazing what tax policy and equitable wealth distribution can provide. No doubt, the U.S. with its upside down economic thinking, will see it's poverty rate continue to rise.

    If you'd rather stash your cash in a gambling U.S. Bank  instead of Norwegian bonds....go for it.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

     

  • "OBAMACARE HIKES INSURANCE RATE BY 411 PERCENT FOR MISSOURI’S MALE MILLENNIALS"   1 day 8 hours ago

    So why post it under this topic if you want the information seen?

  • "OBAMACARE HIKES INSURANCE RATE BY 411 PERCENT FOR MISSOURI’S MALE MILLENNIALS"   1 day 8 hours ago

    Speaking of cronyism:

    This will be the 5th time I've posted this same content but I want as many people to read it as possible:

    There’s no way I can express my horror, my disgust, my sorrow at the murderous actions of Israel and the United States. Yes, the USA is equally guilty with Israel. Just read today’s Democracy Now headlines:

    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/headlines

    Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730

    Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian death toll has reached at least 732. Israeli forces killed an estimated 73 people on Wednesday, including at least 31 in the southern town of Khan Younis. Another 25 people, including three children, were killed in a separate strike on the area earlier today. Hundreds of civilians are said to be trapped in the village of Khuzaa, which has seen heavy violence.

    U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd Time

    The latest attacks in Gaza come after Israel rejected a U.N. request for a brief humanitarian pause. The United Nations says at least 75 percent of the dead are civilians, including an estimated 168 children. In the last two days, Palestinian children have been killed at a rate of one per hour. More than 4,500 Palestinians have been wounded, and more than 150,000 have been displaced. Israel’s recent targets have included an apartment building where 19 children from one family were killed, mosques, a hospital and Gaza’s sole power plant. The United Nations says that a school for girls has been hit for the second time in three days.

    U.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War Crimes

    As the bombing of Gaza continues, the United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to investigate Israel for potential war crimes. The vote was 29 to one, with 17 abstentions. The United States cast the lone "no" vote. In Washington, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters: "We will stand up for Israel ... even if it means standing alone."

    U.N. Rights Chief: Israel May Be Committing War Crimes

    Speaking at the United Nations, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Israel may have committed war crimes in its attacks on civilians in Gaza. She also renewed calls for Israel to lift the seven-year blockade that has crippled Gaza’s economy and infrastructure.

    High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay: "Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The crippling effects of the Israeli blockade and other measures linked to the Israeli occupation of Gaza suppress the ability of the people to go about their daily lives and prevent them from rebuilding their lives and communities after repeated military operations. I reiterate my numerous calls for this blockade to be lifted once and for all."

    Pillay also condemned rocket fire by Palestinian militants into Israel, which have so far killed three Israeli civilians.