In the second kind of society, importance is placed on creating or maintaining a population that is exclusively or predominantly of a particular appearance or background, religion or ethnicity. Such a society strays, mildly or moderately or extremely, from democracy, as its demographic project conflicts with people’s rights to immigrate, marry, practice or abandon religion, and speak and behave as they choose. Valuing some types of people over others leads toward anti-democratic positions and leaves a society open to easy manipulation through fear and prejudice, distracting energy away from real problems that might appear harder to solve. In extreme cases, this type of society becomes fascist. Hatred and violence become admirable. Lynchings and apartheid and Jim Crow and mass incarceration and sadistic punishment follow.
Only Israel benefits from Syrian War ~ link ~ We have allowed Israel to become a very dangerous parasite on the entire world!!! Stirling
As we documented here, Congressman Alan Grayson is correct that the Fed could cancel its own US national debt holdings of ~$2 trillion. This could begin public justice from how our current system transfers public assets into 1% private profits: currently conservatively estimated at $30 trillion held in tax-free offshore accounts, and satirized in South Park’s Emmy Award-winning episode on our bailing out the big banks with the catchline, “And it’s gone.”
If one understands the mechanics of canceling $2 trillion in debt, there’s equal wisdom to likewise cancel all ~$5 trillion of the debt held by Social Security and other intragovernmental holdings as simple book-keeping because we literally owe this to ourselves. And in this light, we could enact what is called “monetary reform” for the US Treasury to pay the outstanding ~$12 trillion of debt held by the public as it becomes due with debt-free currency created by the US government (criminal 1% elements in banking would be identified and their crime-gained assets seized).
Debt Ceiling: China calls for World to be "De-Americanised" ~ link ~ Also see this article ~ link ~ Such world changing things usually require a global economic collapse and/or a world war...we are apt to get both. Stirling
World top bankers warn of consequences if US defaults ~ link ~ Three of the world's most powerful bankers warned of terrible consequences if the United States defaults on its debt, with Deutsche Bank chief executive Anshu Jain claiming default would be "utterly catastrophic."
"This would be a very rapidly spreading, fatal disease," Jain said on Saturday at a conference hosted by the Institute of International Finance in Washington.
The True State of the US Economy ~ link ~ To say that no one believes in Obama’s recovery would be a gross understatement. Obama supporters feel duped, misled, and despondent. Obama is not the agent of change they’d hoped for. He’s expanded the wars, slashed vital safety net programs, exonerated Wall Street criminals, and continued the vicious attack on civil liberties. He’s done everything in his power to boost the profits of the big corporations and banks, but hasn’t lifted a finger to help ordinary working people. And his efforts have paid off, too. Just look at this from Huffington Post:“Corporate profits have increased by 18.6 percent over the past year…. In fact, corporate earnings now represent a larger share of GDP than during any other period in history…
Real wages have declined by nearly seven percent in the past seven years, according to data collected by the compensation research company Payscale. In other words, US workers have less buying power now than they did before the financial crisis…
Chancellor George Osborne to OK Chinese nuclear power stations to be built in the UK ~ link ~ see this about a demonstration in Japan against nuclear power ~ link ~ George...get a brain and a heart!!! You are dangerous! If anyone still thinks that nuclear power is safe, after the Fukushima nightmare, they are BRAIN DEAD!!! Stirling
Japan Professors: Worse case scenario at Fukushimo - Nuclear rods melted and went through reactor floors ~ link ~ That is what is called "the China Syndrome"!!! Stirling
Most of the deaths came from falling branches or collapsing buildings in the rains ahead of the 125 mph cyclone, but it initially appears that the evacuation of almost 1million people saved many lives.
Britain - Forecasts call for 'worst winter in decades, perhaps in 100 years' ~ link
Italy - Snow blankets Cortina d'Ampezzo ~ link
Scientists have identified the Hajj, where as many as 1.75 million foreign travelers live in close proximity before returning to their home countries, as a major potential flashpoint for the disease. Even in normal years, it’s quite common for pilgrims to return home the “Mecca cough.” More serious outbreaks like meningitis have also occurred.
Metals risk in baby formulas ~ link