AMAZON FRESH ON THE 30 BLOCKS OF SQUALOR

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Posted on 25th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Earlier this week I was making my normal daily commute through the badlands of West Philly on my way to work. I made my normal right turn onto Fairmont Avenue at 34th street, where the famous gated low income housing shangri la of Mantua Square is located. The hovels in the block before Mantua Square look like this:

Every third house is boarded up. Trash and garbage litter the streets. You rarely see a soul stirring, especially at 7:30 am. No one on this block hustling off to work. The buildings are literally falling down. As I’ve noted before, the median household income in this neighborhood is less than $19,000. More than a third of the people haven’t even graduated high school. The home values are less than $35,000, as if someone would actually buy in this neighborhood. The true unemployment rate is above 60%. Everyone is living on the government dole. This is truly a major encampment for the Free Shit Army.

But still, most of the cars parked on the streets are nicer than mine. There are BMWs, Cadillacs, Volvos, and numerous vehicles with new temporary tags in their rear windows. All of the hovels have Direct TV satellite dishes. The youths I see wandering the streets all have iPhones. Many are wearing Air Jordan sneakers. They get out of luxury automobiles to line up for free food every Thursday at the local church.

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“Render Unto Caesar that which Is Caesar’s” …. Means Caesar Will Soon Be Bankrupt!

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Stucky in Economy |Politics

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The event below, one of the very best known Jesus stories, appears in all three Synoptic Gospels. I would guess that 98% of Christianity interprets the story thusly; Christians, as well as all people, should pay their taxes to the government. I believe this is an incorrect application of the story. I believe the opposite is true; that Jesus in a round-about way instructed his followers to NOT pay taxes to Rome.

Let’s look at the full text from Matthew 22: 15-22 (New King James Version)

 “Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher [Rabbi], we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.”

THE PLAYERS

The Pharisees: The Pharisees wanted to do more than just “entangle” Jesus. They wanted to see him killed for his response. But, they were cowards and didn’t go. Perhaps they were afraid of yet again being called hypocritical vipers and filthy rotten corpses. So, they sent “their disciples” and the Herodians. The Pharisees despised Rome, but would cooperate with them whenever it suited their devious purposes.

The Herodians: The Herodians held political power and they supported the Herods, and therefore, indirectly, Rome. To the Pharisees, this compromised the idea of Jewish independence. So, the two groups hated each other. The Gospels state that even Jesus avoided when possible the territory of Herod’s rule. But, the two groups were united in their hatred of Jesus. The Romans wouldn’t believe the Pharisee accusation of Jesus, because the Romans knew the Pharisees hated them. They needed pro-Roman witnesses to testify that Jesus was an insurrectionist. The Herodians were more than happy to go along.

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Pictorial Essay: YEMEN

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Posted on 25th April 2015 by Stucky in Economy

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I did one of these on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. I think Yemen deserves one, dontchya think?

The Saudi’s are bombing the piss out of Yemen … with Amerikan-made warplanes, bombs, and artillery. Don’t think for one goddamned minute that this “war” (one sided slaughter) would be executed unless the USA!USA!USA! demanded it, and approved it. If you’re a taxpayer you’re helping fund it … not voluntarily, not approvingly … but you think that matters to the people below? So solly.

Take the poorest country in the region, and destroy it. Why?  Does it really matter anymore?  I’m positive no new terrorists are being created. 

There’s a Yemeni family here in New Jersey, about 37.52 miles from where I live. We have our eye on them. From what I hear, they are now scared shitless … and behaving themselves.  See? Amerika is SAFE!!  God, I love the smell of Yemeni smoking bodies in the morning.

And, yes, the county is being destroyed.  It is a large country — just a bit smaller than Texas — but it only has 7 cities with a population greater than 100,000,  and only one greater that 1 million, the capital Sana’a at 2.5 million.  Those cities are being destroyed.  From official reports;

“Civilian infrastructure has been destroyed, damaged and disrupted as a result of the fighting, including at least five hospitals, 15 schools and educational institutions [Yes! It is very very important to destroy skools! Fuck ’em!!], the three main national airports, bridges, factories and mosques. Reports have also been received of damage to local markets, power stations, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. Yemenis have always suffered from a lack in basic services such as electricity cuts and water shortages, but the war causing consecutive days of electricity outage has intensified their suffering and put the lives of patients at hospitals at risk.”

Read all about here; — ‘WE WALK AROUND DEATH” … tweets from Yemen! … thank God for Algore and the internet.

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/04/19/we-walk-around-death-tweets-a-yemeni-blogger-about-the-horrors-of-war/

We have a neocon asshole (Mark)  in the other Yemen thread who says the only solution for these people is genocide.  He should just love these pics!! Warning: some are quite gory.  What? You want a nice and clean genocide?

Without any further commentary (is any really needed?), here ya go.

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IRS BONUSES

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Posted on 25th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

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WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 25th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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This seems to be the only Back-2-Back nobody wants any part of in this world.

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The line between MILF and embarrassing is a very thin one. The key ladies is to stay classy not groupie trashy.

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This guy looks like he played a mean jazz saxaphone…but on Sesame Street.

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QUOTES OF THE DAY

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Posted on 25th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

“Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.”

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

“However, not only external expansion of state power is brought about by the ideology of nationalism. War as the natural outgrowth of nationalism is also the means of strengthening the state’s internal powers of exploitation and expropriation. Each war is also an internal emergency situation, and an emergency requires and seems to justify the acceptance of the state’s increasing its control over its own population. Such increased control gained through the creation of emergencies is reduced during peacetime, but it never sinks back to its pre-war levels. Rather, each successfully ended war (and only successful governments can survive) is used by the government and its intellectuals to propagate the idea that it was only because of nationalistic vigilance and expanded governmental powers that the “foreign aggressors” were crushed and one’s own country saved, and that this successful recipe must then be retained in order to be prepared for the next emergency. Led by the just proven “dominant” nationalism, each successful war ends with the attainment of a new peacetime high of governmental controls and thereby further strengthens a government’s appetite for implementing the next winnable international emergency.”

Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy

“But Empire building also bears the seeds of its own destruction. The closer a state comes to the ultimate goal of world domination and one-world government, the less reason is there to maintain its internal liberalism and do instead what all states are inclined to do anyway, i.e., to crack down and increase their exploitation of whatever productive people are still left. Consequently, with no additional tributaries available and domestic productivity stagnating or falling, the Empire’s internal policies of bread and circuses can no longer be maintained. Economic crisis hits, and an impending economic meltdown will stimulate decentralizing tendencies, separatist and secessionist movements, and lead to the break-up of Empire. We have seen this happen with Great Britain, and we are seeing it now, with the US and its Empire apparently on its last leg.”

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

“Contrary to any claim of a systematically “neutral” effect of taxation on production, the consequence of any such shortening of roundabout methods of production is a lower output produced. The price that invariably must be paid for taxation, and for every increase in taxation, is a coercively lowered productivity that in turn reduces the standard of living in terms of valuable assets provided for future consumption. Every act of taxation necessarily exerts a push away from more highly capitalized, more productive production processes in the direction of a hand-to-mouth-existence.”

Hans-Hermann Hoppe


Four Swedish Cops on Vacation in NYC Teach the NYPD a Lesson in Humanity

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Michael Krieger

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We’ve all seen the stats by now. U.S. police killed more citizens in March alone than UK police have killed in 100 years. We’ve seen the plethora of videos documenting unnecessary police brutality. There are so many in fact, I can’t even begin to document them all. We’ve also seen the militarized police in all its ghoulish display in Ferguson.

We’ve seen the wrong way to police in New York City, most recently when an unarmed Eric Garner was choked to death on the street in broad daylight for selling untaxed cigarettes. Now, finally, we see how real policing is supposed to be done, courtesy of four Swedish police officers who were on vacation in NYC.

First, a little background from the Free Thought Project:

New York, NY–  Four Swedish police officers vacationing in New York City were on the subway on Wednesday when a fight broke out. The train operator asked if there were any police riding who could help with the situation.  The Scandinavian patrolmen were very soothing and non-aggressive as they de-escalated the situation instead of escalating it, the way we have seen so often from our own men and women in blue.

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Great! Now you never really “own” your car either

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Stucky in Economy

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GM thinks that because they hold a copyright to some software, that somehow gives them ownership over what you do with the copy you legally purchased with the car itself. Once that purchase is concluded, the vehicle owners should be seen to have given up any proprietary interest in the single vehicle you bought. But thanks to copyright and Section 1201, that’s an issue that faces “uncertainty.” And that’s a problem.

From the comments section;  “The logical next step is to disallow the use of the car without a software-license from the manufacturer, rendering most cars unsellable on the second hand market without paying large sums to the car-maker.  Further steps: yearly license payments to operate your vehicle & payments per designated allowed driver.”

Here’s the GM statement:

Proponents incorrectly conflate ownership of a vehicle with ownership of the underlying computer software in a vehicle…. Although we currently consider ownership of vehicle software instead of wireless handset software, the law’s ambiguity similarly renders it impossible for Proponents to establish that vehicle owners own the software in their vehicles (or even own a copy of the software rather than have a license), particularly where the law has not changed.

First, EMP can knock out your car. Now, this. When were computers first put in cars?  Mid 1970’s?  I wouldn’t be surprised if one day there isn’t a huge demand for pre-1975 vehicles.  Really, who needs this shit?

GMES

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150421/23581430744/gm-says-that-while-you-may-own-your-car-it-owns-software-it-thanks-to-copyright.shtml


 

FRIDAY FAIL

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Why I Think The World Should End

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Stucky in Economy

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Prince Ea …. formerly known as Richard Williams …. never heard of him before today.

The video below “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” …. just released …. hit 35 million views on Facebook in 48 hours.  Nails Fux Newz and Sarah Palin.  Always appreciate that.  Save a Tree?  I think his heart’s in the right place, not so sure about the rest.  The problem isn’t too few trees …. it’s way too many hoomans!

I like this one a lot more;

 


FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Via Lonely Libertarian


A Mountain of Debt and no Growth

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Too Many Geezers

So far, we’ve proposed two reasons why the 21st century has been such a dud …

First … the developed nations are cursed with too many geezers. We have nothing against old people (especially as we hope to be one ourselves all too soon). But old people do not build a new economy; young people do. And today, there are not enough young people to power the kind of economic growth we’ve gotten used to.

Second… rules, regulations, subsidies, laws and orders now protect established financial interests against upstart competitors. Businesses get older along with the population, as government creeps over more and more of the economy.

The feds use monopoly force to prevent competition and reward today’s voters and capital owners. The baby born in 2015 finds himself subject to debts, obligations and restrictions that were meant to benefit his grandparents. Today, we give you another reason for the flop that is the 21st century. As you will see, they are all related…

 

1-2014-3_FR pages_webimage2013Pages in the Federal Register. There was a brief reprieve from over-regulation in the Reagan era, but shortly thereafter the regulatory State went into action again at full blast. Capitalism is slowly but surely asphyxiated, and with it any chance to escape the debt trap is dying with it (chart source: the George Washington University regulatory studies center) – click to enlarge.

 

Caveat Creditor

We begin with this report from Fox Business:

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What Will Happen to You When the Dollar Collapses?

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

What Will Happen to You When the Dollar Collapses?

By Jeff Thomas

Historically, when a nation’s debt exceeds its ability to repay even the interest, it can be assumed that the currency will collapse. Typically, governments exacerbate the situation by printing large amounts of currency notes in an effort to inflate the problem away, or at least postpone it.

The greater the level of debt, the more dramatic the inflation must be to counter it. The more dramatic the inflation, the greater the danger that hyperinflation will take place. No government has ever been able to control hyperinflation. If it occurs, it does so quickly and always ends with a crash.

Although there are observers (myself included) who frequently discuss what a reserve-currency crash would mean to the world, there is little or no discussion as to how this would impact people on the street level, and perhaps that discussion should begin.

When currencies crash, the state often tries to float a new currency. Sometimes, it’s accepted, sometimes not. Generally, the people of the country (and those trading within the country) move immediately to “the next best thing.” In 2009, when the Zimbabwe dollar crashed, several currencies were used, but the US dollar was the clear favourite, as it was the world’s reserve currency and therefore the most “spendable” currency.

Not surprisingly, the Zimbabwean government fought the use of the dollar, as they wanted to retain control of the economy and the people. People were therefore penalized for using the US dollar and other currencies.

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