Thursday, September 25, 2008

Can you have your house and spend it too?

"What remedy is there if we have too little Money?" asked Sir William Petty (the author of Political Arithmetick, designer of an ill-fated high-speed sailing catamaran, and cofounder of the Royal Society) in his brief Quantulumcunque Concerning Money in 1682. His answer, amplified by the founding of the Bank of England in 1694, resonates to this day: "We must erect a Bank, which well computed; doth almost double the Effect of our coined Money: And we have in England Materials for a Bank which shall furnish Stock enough to drive the Trade of the whole Commercial World."

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Why white supremacists support Barack Obama

If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack Obama by nearly ten percentage points, but the McCain and Obama camps probably haven't factored in the following fact: In an informal Esquire survey, three out of four white supremacists prefer Obama, while McCain is the clear favorite among black nationalists. (Sure, our methodology suffered from an extraordinarily low sample size -- limited to four white supremacists and one black nationalist -- but just because it wouldn't fly with Gallup doesn't mean there ain't a kernel of truth in there.) This is just one of many surprising views that emerged after we talked to extremists about this historic electoral showdown between a 46-year-old black man and a 71-year-old white man.
Tom Metzger
Who: Director, White Aryan Resistance
Likes: White people, karaoke, environmentalists
Dislikes: Race-mixing, Jews, the federal government, capitalism
Career Highlights: Was Grand Dragon of Ku Klux Klan in the 70s; won the Democratic primary during his bid for Congress in 1980; appeared on the episode of Geraldo Rivera's show in 1988 when Rivera's nose was broken in a brawl.
"The corporations are running things now, so it's not going to make much difference who's in there, but McCain would be much worse. He's a warmonger. He's a scary, scary person -- more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I've got the quote right here: 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's white race.' The problem with Obama is he's being dishonest about his racial views. I'd respect him if he'd just come out and say, 'Yeah, I'm a black racist.' I don't hate black people. I just think it's in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I'm a leftist. I'm not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person."
 
 

Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a 'duty to die'

The veteran Government adviser said pensioners in mental decline are "wasting people's lives" because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain.

She insisted there was "nothing wrong" with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society.

The 84-year-old added that she hoped people will soon be "licensed to put others down" if they are unable to look after themselves.

Her comments in a magazine interview have been condemned as "immoral" and "barbaric", but also sparked fears that they may find wider support because of her influence on ethical matters.

Lady Warnock, a former headmistress who went on to become Britain's leading moral philosopher, chaired a landmark Government committee in the 1980s that established the law on fertility treatment and embryo research.

A prominent supporter of euthanasia, she has previously suggested that pensioners who do not want to become a burden on their carers should be helped to die.

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Washington: Veterans for Peace take National Archive Building



  • “Arresting Bush and Cheney for war crimes will honor our oath to the Constitution,” vets say.

On Tuesday morning, September 23, 7:30am, at the front of the National Archives Building on Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C., five military veterans will risk arrest as they climb a 9-foot retaining fence and occupy a 35-foot high ledge to raise a 22x8 foot banner stating;
  • “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!”
The group has declared its intention to stay on the ledge, fasting for 24 hours “in remembrance of those who have perished and those still suffering from the crimes of the Bush administration,” according to a written statement. With a portable PA system, they will broadcast recorded statements from prominent Americans for the impeachment and/or arrest of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. “Citizens Arrest Warrants” will be distributed to people waiting in line to enter the National Archives.


The veterans emphasized they are taking this action because;
  • “Bush and Cheney’s serial abuse of the Law of the Land clearly marks them as domestic enemies of the Constitution…they have illegally invaded and occupied Iraq, deliberately destroyed civilian infrastructure, authorized torture, and unlawfully detained prisoners. These actions clearly mark them as war criminals…accountability extends beyond impeachment to prosecution for war crimes even after their terms of office expire.”
  • “We take this action as a last resort,” their statement added.
  • “For years we have pursued every avenue open to good, vigilant citizens to bring these men to justice, to re-establish the rule of law, and to restore the balance of power described in our Constitution. We are not disturbing the peace; we are attempting to restore the peace. We are not conducting ourselves in a disorderly manner; our action is well-ordered and well-considered. We are not trespassing; we have come to the home of our Constitution to honor our oath to defend it.”
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Doting over America's decline

If the American news media favors Cassandras, naysayers, and pessimists, then Fareed Zakaria, editor and columnist for Newsweek magazine and irrepressible optimist, is something of an anomaly. But the Indian-born Zakaria, who sits on the boards of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, two of America's most elite and elitist organizations that typically operate at cross-purposes to the interests of ordinary Americans, is also an insider's insider. From his vantage point at the pinnacle of the American establishment, this non-practicing Muslim from Bombay enjoys the privileged perspective of the select few who engineer the world we live in behind the scenes.

This is why Zakaria's newest book, The Post-American World, is essential reading for anyone seeking a true insider's take on where the United States — and the rest of the world — is being led (and misled). Written in Zakaria's typically transparent, fluid prose, and brimming with Big Ideas, The Post-American World serves up a vision of the present and near-future in which America no longer rules the global roost. The present is characterized by what Zakaria calls "the rise of the rest" — the surge into modernity of a host of new powers, from Brazil to India to portions of Sub-Saharan Africa — which is rapidly eating away at America's preeminence. Zakaria points out that a host of superlatives, from the world's tallest building (Dubai) and largest shopping mall (Beijing) to the biggest Ferris wheel (Singapore) and even largest corporation (China), are no longer in the United States. The gap between America and the rest of the world is shrinking rapidly everywhere but in the military sector, exactly as the proponents of globalization have been predicting, enthuses Zakaria. In effect, we are transitioning into a post-American world, in which America no longer enjoys full-spectrum economic, financial, industrial, and cultural dominance over the rest of the world.

Nor, according to Zakaria, is this necessarily a bad thing. For one thing, the rise of the rest does not imply that American vitality is diminishing. The future America of Zakaria's vision is not some enfeebled empire like Rome in its declension or the British Empire in the mid-20th century. Rather, America is destined to prosper far longer than empires past, because of her unparalleled institutions of higher learning, her geographical advantages, and a continued infusion of the best and brightest from all over the world. The British Empire, with whom we are often compared, enjoyed economic supremacy for only a few decades, Zakaria points out, whereas the United States has had the world's largest economy for more than 120 years. Moreover, although Britain's global empire was defended by the mightiest naval force the world had ever seen, her land forces — her armies — were nowhere near as dominant. By contrast, the United States military is dominant on land and sea, in the air and even in outer space. Nor does Zakaria see any likelihood that any other power — not a resurgent Russia, not China — will overtake or surpass the United States militarily anytime soon.

While America has seen some industrial capability migrate overseas, Zakaria acknowledges, she is far ahead of the rest of the world in technological innovation, especially in sectors like nanotechnology that are clearly going to be critical industries in coming decades.

As for the crises of our age, Zakaria points out (correctly) that ours is a far less violent, more secure era than any other in recent history. The world we live in may seem uniquely calamitous, but that is only because of the power of modern news media (cable TV and the Internet, especially) to amplify every tragedy as soon as it occurs, anywhere around the world. Terrorism is an ill, to be sure, but the occasional car bomb or hijacking cannot be compared to the deadly wars and pogroms of the 20th century. The war in Iraq is a fiasco, but it pales beside the horrors of Vietnam and Korea (not to mention the world wars).

In short, Zakaria's prognosis for the near and middle-term future is a litany of almost unalloyed optimism: things are great, and getting even better as the rest of the world takes advantage of the cornucopia that globalism proffers.

And yet, and yet. While the British Empire culturally is akin to our own, a more felicitous comparison (trite though it may seem) would be with Rome which, despite significant differences of its own, resembles the United States of America far more both historically and politically. For Rome, like America (and unlike Great Britain), was not a monarchy but a republic — a label the Romans clung to for centuries after the rise of Caesarism.
 

Parag Khanna: Embrace the Post-American Age

Here's one view of America circa 2008: The US is a modern-day Roman Empire — overstretched, underperforming, slowly crumbling into history's dustbin. Here's Parag Khanna's view: Nonsense. The geopolitical wooziness Americans are feeling isn't decline. It's realignment.

In his book The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, Khanna, 31, describes a planet dominated by a trio of superpowers: the US, China, and Europe. In this tripolar era, America's fate depends on tough national choices, not lame historical analogies. If the US wises up — by tightening trade and energy ties to the rest of the hemisphere, pursuing economic innovation at home, and establishing a "diplomatic-industrial complex" — it can grow stronger even as the globe becomes less red, white, and blue.
 
 

Threats used for coercive compliance

The movie BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE described how intelligence agencies, not national governments, actually worked together to control the world. In reality, the power elite (PE), not national governments, control the world using threats to coerce compliance with their will. Most people view world events in terms of the U.S. or NATO versus Russia or some other adversarial combination. However, the PE operates internationally above any nation and is comprised of individuals from the U.S., Europe, Russia, China, etc. who have no national loyalties, but rather are committed to their own power and control. At any given time, they may employ the military of any country to create a "threatening" situation in order to coerce compliance with their objectives. An economic threat may also be used, as Israel is militarily threatened by Iran, and the E.U. (represented by Javier Solana) probably threatened Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with fewer investments and loans if Israel didn't stop its final retaliation against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Similarly, the U.S. doesn't have a free hand against Communist China because the Chinese own a lot of our debt. The U.S. also can't simply withdraw from the global economy (which was created by the PE) because that would be disastrous economically (the stock market and people's 401Ks would crash because of heavy investments overseas). Sucking China into the global economy is likewise a goal of the PE, because once the Chinese economy is integrated with others, they can be threatened with instability as well if they fail to comply with the PE's wishes.

The threat against the West in general has been from Communism, as Lincoln Bloomfield's report to Secretary of State Dean Rusk (Rhodes Scholar) indicated that the West might lose whatever incentive it has for world government (which is the PE's ultimate goal) if the Communist dynamic were greatly abated. But globally, threats can be non-Communist as well, as India feels threatened by Pakistan and vice versa (watch Kashmir in the future).

Oil is a major component of the PE's threat mechanism. Oil-rich countries like Venezuela have felt militarily threatened by Colombian incursion, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia militarily were threatened by Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and Libya has been bombed by the U.S.

Historically, Iran's democratically elected leader was overthrown by revolution in the early 1950s because he nationalized the nation's oil supply. The PE instigated the revolution which put into power the puppet Shah of Iran with the blessing of Ayatollah Kashani. When the Shah was no longer useful, a revolution instituted by the PE replaced him with Ayatollah Khomeini (mentored by Kashani). Today regarding its oil and gas, Iran seeks military and economic allies in Russia and China because it feels threatened by the U.S. and Israel.

Concerning Afghanistan, PE agent Zbigniew Brzezinski lured the Soviets there in the late 1970s as part of a PE plan regarding Caspian oil and gas. American forces conducted maneuvers in Kazakhstan in 1995, two years before Brzezinski's THE GRAND CHESSBOARD (1997) was published describing the new "Great Game" for energy supplies in that region.

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In case you doubt the goal is a stalemate in Georgia, read carefully what PE agent Brzezinski wrote in his THE GRAND CHESSBOARD relevant to Caspian oil, gas and minerals. After referring several times to "ruling national elites," he explained "that America's primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space (Eurasia) and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it." Now one would think that Brzezinski as a former American national security advisor (and current Obama advisor) would like it if the U.S. (a "single power") controlled this geopolitical space, but that's not what he said. Rather, he emphasized "no single power" should control it. Remember that Brzezinski was David Rockefeller's first director of the Trilateral Commission, and Rockefeller in his MEMOIRS (2002) acknowledged about himself that he is "part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States… conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world."
 
As long as no nation or group of nations becomes too strong or independent, the PE will maintain its power and control. Military and economic (cutoff of energy supplies) threats keep nations compliant with the will of the PE, which seeks to control the activities of nations and move them inexorably into regional economic unions to be linked ultimately into a World Socialist Government under the PE's control. In order that Americans accept this World Socialist Government, the PE increasingly has to move the U.S. toward Socialism. This is being done via economic crises such as the recent federal takeover of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and American International Group (AIG). Government takeover of such major financial institutions is definitely a move toward classical economic Socialism. Nouriel Roubini, professor of Economics and International Business at New York University, has suggested we may enter a global recession, and banks may have to be nationalized – another step toward Socialism and fulfillment of the PE's plan. Also, the announcement on September 19, 2008 that the federal government is going to bailout Wall Street means that the taxpayer will pick up the tab for all that debt. This will mean inflation (an indirect form of taxation) and a devaluing of the dollar (another part of the PE's plan to institute regional currencies like the Amero).
 
 

They are worried the North Olympic Peninsula is becoming a police state

About 150 protesters gathered in Port Angeles at a Sept. 20 protest just five days after about 100 people gathered in Forks to speak out on the same subject — U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoints on the peninsula.

The traffic stops are an extension of a longtime presence at the international ferry terminal in downtown Port Angeles and have resulted in 25 arrests, 15 of which were for alleged illegal immigration into the country while the rest were for minor drug violations or standing warrants.

Customs and Border Protection spokesmen have indicated the checkpoints are within their jurisdiction, 100 miles from the border, and are a part of their effort to catch terrorists, instruments of terror and drug activity.

But as Border Patrol deputy chief patrol agent Joe Guiliano indicated in the past, "If we do find ourselves in a situation where we find an illegal immigrant from Mexico, Canada or any other country, we will not ignore the fact."

Many protesters, however, chanted that the agency has gone too far, targeting those who may appear to be from another country. Megaphones and cardboard signs called the checkpoints a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure, which is why officials need probable cause in order to receive a search warrant from the judicial system.
 

Baloch women buried alive for 'honor crimes'

Seven NOT Five Baloch Women Buried Alive

By Khadijah Shah

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: A Senate Committee hearing on the gruesome details of the live burials of women in Balochistan was notified on Friday that the number of women murdered could be SEVEN not FIVE or THREE as reported earlier.

Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel said that he was convinced that the number of murdered women might be seven not three or five as earlier reported and that a new version of the incident was being used to divert the attention from the burial of five women, who were said to be unmarried. He said, he had no doubt in his mind that a total of seven women might have been killed in the name of honour, and that the graves of five women are missing.

Jamal Laghari said if those girls were declared Kari, then where were those boys or men with whom they were suspected of having illicit relationships. He claimed that a big cover-up was in the making.

Rahim Mandokhel also wondered how could the girls be killed without identifying those with whom they were captured. He said this was a bogus story as Baloch traditions did not protect such killings and no woman can be killed without establishing the identity of the male. But, this is not the case in the killing of these women. He challenged the statement of the IG that a Jirga was held before the killings.

Prof Khursheed Ahmed also agitated over the cover-up being to save powerful people and wondered how many more versions of this story would be given to the parliamentarians.

IG Balochistan Asif Nawaz tried to offer his own defense by saying that he was recently posted to Balochistan and he was working with ill-trained police in the area, where this incident had occurred.

He also claimed that the investigations were still under process and he was giving the information to the authorities, which they were getting from the accused under investigation. Asif Nawaz said now he
had deputed good officers to investigate the case. He denied that there was any pressure on him to let the real culprits off the hook. But he could not reply to the questions that why PPP Minister Sadiq Umrani was so far not questioned although he was the first one to confirm these killings in his area.
The IG claimed that all the people accused of attending the Jirga had gone underground and he was trying to "lure" them.

But the senators refused to accept the IG's version of the events and expressed their total dissatisfaction over the police investigations.

Policeman Tariq Khosa said unless the state would not become a party to the honour killing and courts would disallow any compromises, women killing in the name of honour would not come to an end. Khosa said he was convinced that at some stage some powerful people had decided to kill those Baloch girls and that was why, now the case was registered under anti terrorism act so as to give maximum punishment to those killers. He assured that no pressure would be entertained. He told the senators that their useful input would now form the basis of future investigations.

Human Rights Activist Samar Minhallah also shared her own findings with the committee in the light of her own investigation. She said Baloch reporters who had actually unearthed this story and had shared
useful information were facing threats to their lives.

Tahira Abdullah also lauded the efforts of the members of the Senate body and endorsed the view of Haji Adeel that the number of women killed might be seven as there seemed to be three separate cases of honour killings, which were now being deliberately mixed to save the real culprits who enjoyed political clout.

Committee Chairman SM Zafar said the committee unanimously condemned the killing of these women. He also gave one month to the IG Balochistan to submit his final report to the committee.

However, the Committee on Human Rights was ignored totally by the PPP government as none of the three important ministers, who are active members of the Senate body, attended the meeting chaired by Senator SM Zafar.

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