Saturday, August 28, 2010

In by email from Darren Wolfe:


This image didn't come in by email from Darren Wolfe, it was stolen [from here]

Why Philadelphia’s Licensing and Taxing of Blogs is Creeping Fascism

The recent decision by the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to require a Business Privilege License (cost $300) of blogs and that the blogs be taxed on any profits has generated a well deserved outcry from free marketers across the country. Many have invoked Chief Justice John Marshall’s famous words, "The power to tax involves the power to destroy." They are right, this will be the end of independent blogging in Philadelphia and around the world when this spreads across countries.

http://theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/2010/08/why-philadelphias-licensing-and-taxing.html


Restore liberty,
Darren

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Is Obama biting the Corporate/Bankster hand that feeds him?



The below re-posted from [Opednews.com]
Promoted to Headline (H3) on 8/22/10: Permalink

Obama: "We Cannot Allow the Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy"




By Barack Obama (about the author)



This is the transcript of President Obama's weekly address to the nation.

As the political season heats up, Americans are already being inundated with the usual phone calls, mailings, and TV ads from campaigns all across the country. But this summer, they're also seeing a flood of attack ads run by shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names. We don't know who's behind these ads and we don't know who's paying for them.

The reason this is happening is because of a decision by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case a decision that now allows big corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections. They can buy millions of dollars worth of TV ads and worst of all, they don't even have to reveal who is actually paying for them. You don't know if it's a foreign-controlled corporation. You don't know if it's BP. You don't know if it's a big insurance company or a Wall Street Bank. A group can hide behind a phony name like "Citizens for a Better Future," even if a more accurate name would be "Corporations for Weaker Oversight."

We tried to fix this last month. There was a proposal supported by Democrats and Republicans that would've required corporate political advertisers to reveal who's funding their activities. When special interests take to the airwaves, whoever is running and funding the ad would have to appear in the advertisement and take responsibility for it like a company's CEO or an organization's biggest contributor. And foreign-controlled corporations and entities would be restricted from spending money to influence American elections just as they were in the past.

You would think that making these reforms would be a matter of common sense. You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections wouldn't be a partisan issue.

But the Republican leaders in Congress said no. In fact, they used their power to block the issue from even coming up for a vote.

This can only mean that the leaders of the other party want to keep the public in the dark. They don't want you to know which interests are paying for the ads. The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.

Well, we cannot allow the corporate takeover of our democracy. So we're going to continue to fight for reform and transparency. And I urge all of you to take up the same fight. Let's challenge every elected official who benefits from these ads to defend this practice or join us in stopping it.

At a time of such challenge for America, we can't afford these political games. Millions of Americans are struggling to get by, and their voices shouldn't be drowned out by millions of dollars in secret, special interest advertising. Their voices should be heard.

Let's not forget that a century ago, it was a Republican President Teddy Roosevelt who first tried to tackle the issue of corporate influence on our elections. He actually called it "one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs." And he proposed strict limits on corporate influence in elections. "Every special interest is entitled to justice," he said. "but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office."

We now face a similar challenge, and a similar opportunity to prevent special interests from gaining even more clout in Washington. This shouldn't be a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is an issue that goes to whether or not we will have a democracy that works for ordinary Americans a government of, by, and for the people.

Let's show the cynics and the special interests that we still can.

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Why now? What is transpiring? What does he know? Is the shit so bad, it will soon hit the fan, and is Obama doing some quick back peddling to save his own skin? Connecticut US Senator Chris Dodd has been seen behind Obama in many photo ops at the White House. Dodd is bought and paid for by banksters and is prominent on the Senate banking committee. What about this?:
http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/taunting-us-police-state.html

This blogger's response to Obama's Corporate Takeover of America speech video:


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Links relating to above video:

My open letter to Obama sent July 2009, and link to George W. Bush open letter mailed 9-15-01:
http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2009/07/letter-mailed-off-today.html
I, Steven G. Erickson, was arrested for resisting being mugged, 10-11-01, and received a year in prison for that "offense", losing my home, business, and family.

Should US taxpayer dollars be used by police to pay State Registered Confidential Informants to beat up and kill citizens who make police misconduct complaints? Connecticut example:
http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2007/01/beyond-ridiculous.html

http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Test-Are-elected-official-by-Steven-G-Erickson-100812-317.html

http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-blacklisting-in-usa-and-uk.html

http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2010/01/target-on-enemies-list.html


Chris Kennedy talks about the corrupt court system that breaks up families for profit:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=25c_1267083446&c=1

Richard Hettler was ripped off by a bankster, Tom Petters and Minneapolis, Minnesota, Judge Montgomery. Millions were stolen from Hettler. He was then railroaded to prison to cover up the judicial misconduct and bankster scheme. Federal and local law enforcement went to Hettler's house after his release from prison, holding guns to his head, threatening him if he didn't keep quiet about the judge and about all his money being stolen by the system. Video and more:
http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/ponzi-scheme-movie.html

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com


The picture posted in above video response [found here]
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http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Ground-Zero-Mosque-Distrac-by-Steven-G-Erickson-100824-314.html

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Prosecute Tony Blair for War Crimes


Image [found here]

Colonization of other countries is illegal occupation. It is a war crime. Torture is a war crime. Plain and simple, Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be prosecuted for war crimes. The US is the most powerful country in the world, this should not exempt its leaders from prosecution for committing crimes. It is amazing that the majority of the American people believe the crap reporting of the mainstream media. The below video tells the truth.

Riz Khan - The last US combat forces in Iraq


Text with video:
AlJazeeraEnglish | August 21, 2010

US combat forces have left Iraq, but who should be held accountable for the invasion and occupation that has left hundreds of thousands dead? Veteran investigative journalist John Pilger joins the show to discuss.

US Troops are being replaced by mercenaries paid with US tax dollars, so this is just bait and switch.

Kill teams, Scalpel operations


Text with video:
RTAmerica | August 20, 2010

US Special Forces around the Middle East are given no restrictions when they are on a mission to capture or kill their target. The Cold War is gone but the legacy lives on through the CIA Secret operations. United States servicemen and women who are not in Special Ops have to be on their best behavior when working with the local population of Afghanistan. Why the need for these "Capture Kill Teams"?

The US intelligence community uses cellphone GPS to target individuals on their "Blacklist", and they kill them. Killer drone, unmanned airplanes, are used. So, are missiles, and other means. Citizens in the US can be targeted using such methods just for speaking out. Most aren't so openly killed in the US when on the secret police arrest on sight enemies list. They're just railroaded to prison to rot, their lives ruined forever. Taxpayers fund their own abuse, enslavement, and are literally paying for an out of control government bent on torturing people, raping, robbing, beating, and killing.



http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-blacklisting-in-usa-and-uk.html

http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/text-sent-to-vermont-congressman-peter.html

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Governments subject to the people


Text with video:
RTAmerica | August 19, 2010

The SPLC says a group of American citizens feel they have no obligation to obey the laws of the United States, especially laws imposed by the Federal Government. A new study found out that this movement has already about three hundred thousand strong and is growing. Robert Kelly says that as the historical reference says they live above government and it's about recognizing that people are the government.

Friday, August 20, 2010

War Whores, COINTELPRO Lives ETC


James Evan Pilato

War Whores, COINTELPRO Lives, Whole Wheat Wins - New World Next Week


Text with video:
corbettreport | August 18, 2010

Welcome back to the New World Next Week - the video series from CorbettReport.com & MediaMonarchy.com. This week:

Story #1: geopolitiks/warwhores: powderkegs looking for sparks
http://ur1.ca/16g6n
Related: Bolton Says Israel Has 3 Days to Strike Iran
http://ur1.ca/16g71

Story #2: 'hate blogger' hal turner burned by government he served
http://ur1.ca/16g7f
Related: How to Divide and Conquer
http://ur1.ca/16g7n

Story #3: wheat bread sales top white bread for first time
http://ur1.ca/16g7q
Related: Dave's Killer Bread Story
http://ur1.ca/16g7z

Now you can go to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com to get high quality episodes for your device of choice. And as always, stay up-to-date by subscribing to the feeds from Corbett Report http://ur1.ca/kbj1 & Media Monarchy http://ur1.ca/kuec Thank you.



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http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/taunting-us-police-state.html

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Death of a Good, Independent News Site, Opednews.com?


Image [found here along with bottommost pic]

Rob Kall recently posted a plea to ask for donations to help save his creation, Opednews.com. I posted the below as a comment:

Loss of Jobs, Loss of Donors

Many of us who want to donate have lost their jobs. I owned rental properties and had a contracting business before 9-11. After being blacklisted in Connecticut, I got prison. Many would be donors could be victims of job losses and/or for their political activities or Free Speech. I have fears this site and others on the Internet will be censored or driven out of existence with the Google Verizon merge, not that there wasn't enough funding.

Google currently offers "free" blogs and "free" video uploads. Since they have a monopoly, they weren't charging anything to prevent any competition from rising up, so would be competition can't afford to not charge anything for a number of years.AOL tried to be the only gateway to the Internet, we could have a worst disaster than that looming. Home Depot when they first started moving up into New England, were offering a five gallon bucket of joint compound for less than $5. I was paying $14 at my paint supplier at the same time. Doing that is called offering a "Loss Leader". It is unfair as a business practice. Good local businesses are now dead. Just more proof that the US government is for corporations, not us.

Google and Verizon have become the biggest gamblers at the poker table. They've offered free food and a dazzling show. That is the Internet. Now Google and Verizon will shut off Free Speech, free content, and no competition can come up to undo their damage. Opednews could just be another "Mom and Pop" shop eaten up in the New America where small business and the individual is dead. Getting contributions in may help this site and others, but it is a band-aid on a worn out tire. We the people need to stand up against the world tyranny and take over. We either stand up now, or forever we will be like coal miners having to use script at the company store. The Google Verizon, Bankster, War Corporation World Government will issue us paper money that we will owe interest on for life. We are slaves. Let's have a slave uprising.


Rob's plea, re-posted [from here]
This is how progressive sites die.
Diary Entry by Rob Kall (about the author)

I don't check our numbers every day, not even every week, because generally, our readers generously support our relatively minimal financial needs. But I just checked and while we're about halfway into the month, we have raised less than $250 in contributions-- and that includes one donation for $100. We really, urgently need your help this month.

We need to raise about $4000 a month in contributions to pay our costs and we're not even close. Remember, other sites are reporting that they're paying their top people $500,000, $220,000 a year-- $18,000-$40,000 a month or more. Wow!! That's not happening at OEN.

That $4000 a month covers a lot of our expenses that ads don't.I took under $25,000 in pay last year. OEN is the most efficient high traffic progressive site on the planet, but we still need your help.

I know that together we can get through these tough times. Please don't assume someone else will step up to the plate. If you can't afford to contribute, we still value your support as a reader and commenter. You can still click on ads and tell others about us.

No, we're not going to die tomorrow, but it's my job to keep the site afloat financially. I do it by reaching out to our readers. Even our conservative readers give to the site because they know OpEdNews.com really is committed to open, vital, truthful discussion of the widest range of issues. I think OEN is worth supporting. I hope you'll take a few minutes to show you do too.

Another way you can help is to leave a comment on why you value OEN.

Thanks to those of you who responded to a shorter version of this message sent out in yesterday's newsletter.

Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and site architect of OpEdNews.com, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), President of more...)


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Has there been a corporate take-over of the Internet?


The below [found here]

Net News: Will Google Verizon Deal End The Free Web?

By Analee Newitz, io9.com. Earlier this week Google and Verizon pledged to uphold a set of network principles that could transform the internet into a husk of its former self. Let’s look down the barrel of the Googlezon* future. {Click On Image For Full Story}

The Original Article Appeared On io9.com

Keep in mind that the two-page Googlezon proposal, which you can read here, isn’t law, though both companies have requested that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) turn it into a formal regulation. Even if it isn’t law, though, Googlezon has stated it will follow the proposal’s principles. And mostly those principles are harbingers of a dystopian media future.

Quick backgrounder on net neutrality
The Googlezon agreement was written partly in response to public interest groups and lawmakers lobbying for the US government to mandate “net neutrality.” In a nutshell, net neutrality means that internet service providers like Verizon have to deliver everything – data, services, whatever – in a “neutral” way. For example, if we had net neutrality laws in the US, Verizon wouldn’t be allowed to do things like make Gmail run faster than Facebook. Neither would Verizon be able to “prejudice” its consumers against certain services, for example by making any peer-to-peer traffic run really slowly.

How the Google/Verizon proposal could kill the internet in 5 years Google has always been a staunch supporter of net neutrality, since its income depends on people being able to access the company’s services quickly online. Imagine if Verizon demanded that Google pay extra to prevent YouTube from giving you the annoying twirly circle. Google’s business model would be crippled, and you would probably have to start paying for YouTube access.

But nobody has successfully implemented net neutrality laws in the US. So if Google wants to protect its business, it has to make deals with companies like Verizon. And here’s where things get ugly.

The internet becomes a pay-to-play medium
The the Googlezon agreement includes a section where both companies pledge to keep the “public internet” completely neutral. Verizon says it won’t privilege some services over others (unless they are “special services” or “mobile services,” but we’ll get to that). And for its part, Google pledges that it will keep all of its services on the public internet.

But what the hell is this “public internet”? Isn’t all of the internet public? Obviously there are internal business and government intranets that are private, and pay-to-play services, but the internet itself is by definition public. So why all this talk from Googlezon about how they’ll keep the public internet neutral?

One simple answer, my friend: Googlezon is redefining the internet as a tiered service, like cable. And this new thing called the public internet is the lowest tier. Kind of like network television is the lowest tier in your television service options. From here on out, you will start to see the internet equivalent of cable service online: For an extra ten dollars, you can get the “movie lovers” package, where your ISP privileges Netflix and Hulu traffic, giving them to you super-fast. For another ten dollars, you can get the “concerned parent” package, which blocks peer-to-peer traffic as well as websites that they consider to be pornographic. And so on.

The “public internet” is for the poor
Pledging to keep the “public internet” neutral is great, but what happens when companies stop wanting to offer their services on it? Googlezon has the answer: In their proposal, they say that it’s perfectly OK for companies and consumers to buy non-neutral, non-public “special services” online. If you’re a media company that streams videogames, for example, your customers want a guarantee that the game won’t stall out because of a crappy “public internet” connection. So you make your game available only to people with the special service “gamer package.” Your customers pay you; you pay Googlezon; now there’s a superfast connection for the privileged few with money to burn.

And what happens when news websites start delivering their pretty pictures and infographics in 3D? Verizon has already suggested 3D is a perfect “special service” to deliver in a non-neutral way. In five years, the public internet is going to look boring and obsolete. Where’s the 3D? Where are all the cool games and streaming viddies? The public internet? Yeah, that’s just for poor people.

But guess what’s going to remain on the public net, the place where you go when you don’t have money? Certainly there will be educational resources like Wikipedia. But mostly it’s going to be advertisement-saturated free content from major entertainment companies. And of course there will be many opportunities to give your personal information to Facebook, or gamble away your non-existent savings on Zynga games. (Sorry – did I say gamble? I meant “pay for premium poker game content.”) Put in brick-and-mortar terms: There won’t be any produce markets on the public internet, but there will be plenty of liquor stores.

Big corporations truly rule the web
Though few businesses start without any seed money, it is still possible for a somebody with a good idea to launch their project online and attract investors once it becomes popular. When the internet is a tiered service, however, this will no longer be possible.

As Columbia law professor Tim Wu points out in the New York Times:

Just consider the power and public role of firms like Verizon or Google (especially if they work together). Sitting atop the web, they can influence what firms succeed or fail — by making sites load faster or slower, or end up on page 10 of search results. It goes further — in subtle ways, the information carriers have the power to influence elections and even censor speech they don’t like.

What he’s suggesting is that Googlezon will be a gatekeeper not just for new web services but also for content. The companies can choose to support services from any small business they like, and block others. Same goes for sites providing news or entertainment. Googlezon might make an agreement with the New York Times to load its pages faster than the Washington Post. And Googlezon might not load io9 at all, unless of course you’re reading this blog via the Google Reader (as part of the “special service” package called “blogs and podcasts”).

Googlezon could even strike a bargain with democratic political candidates to carry only their websites and block others. They could justify this by saying that people who want to get political information from conservatives can switch to another network that doesn’t block them – or they can subscribe to the special “conservative service” package.

Your mobile is a battleground
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the Googlezon agreement is the companies’ statement that there will be no net neutrality on mobile networks. Given that mobile networks are the future of how most people will go online, this section of the agreement is the most pertinent to any prediction about how this agreement will affect the internet.

Quite simply, the Googlezon agreement means that if you access the internet via your Android phone (or other mobile device), there will be no public internet at all. Your access to the web will be determined by your carrier, who may or may not offer special services – and who may decide to block any content it likes.

Googlezon proposes that every carrier or ISP will have to be transparent about what services it’s privileging or blocking. But that doesn’t mean these companies won’t obfuscate their policies behind legalese. And even if your ISP honestly says, “We are blocking all websites run by Republicans,” you may be locked into a three-year contract with them already.

Consumer choice when it comes to mobile networks is almost non-existent. Yes, you can sometimes switch networks, but in many areas of the world there is only one network that has coverage in your area. Besides, even if you research the local networks and choose the one whose policies fit your needs, there is no guarantee they won’t change what they block once you’re locked into a contract. And you could get locked into hardware platforms too – “get our movies and games package at half price when you buy a Droid!”

A burning vision of the internet in 2016

Map Of The Internet

The public internet is basically overrun with 4Chan-like social networks that run very slowly and are drenched in advertising and spyware. You can watch some TV on the public internet, if you’re willing to wait through long “buffering” times and bad commercials. You can play casual games, especially if you want to fork over a few bucks. There’s webmail, though sometimes all your saved messages disappear – for “guaranteed backups” you need to subscribe to the special mail service via Googlezon. Plus, the only way to get to the public internet is with an unwieldy laptop, which sucks.

Most people go online with their mobiles. Anybody who wants to get access to games, movies, news, or other services online has to buy separate “special service” packages to make sure they run fast. Premium services guarantee you can watch movies on your Droid, or do your mail and calendaring on your Nexus SE234. An informal market in special service minutes springs up anywhere that people are too poor to get a mobile that does more than make phone calls.

Ironically, the public internet is the least public place online: It’s an antisocial space, a crumbling, unsupported legacy network, full of ads and graffiti. Googlezon has succeeded in creating a caste system in the online world, and the public is the lowest caste of all.


For The Original Article Click Here.

* Google’s blog post on the proposal is here.

The Googlezon proposal also includes a lot of suggestions for changing the role of the FCC in regulating the internet, which EFF’s Cindy Cohn explains admirably here.

Ars Technica has done a terrific job summarizing how the Googlezon agreement destroys net neutrality.

There is a great collection of opinion pieces on the agreement at the New York Times (which you can still access without the “special news service” package).

*Many years ago, futurists Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson made a video called EPIC 2014 about how media culture would be destroyed after Google and Amazon joined forces and became Googlezon. Today we face a similar threat, from a slightly different pairing – but the mashup name of the two companies remains the same.



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At the same time I posted the above, I watched these videos:

The Other US Eco Disaster: Mountain Top Removal (Part 1)


Text with video:
RussiaToday | August 15, 2010

(Part 1 of 2) A multi-award winning film, Mountain Top Removal documents one of the greatest environmental and human rights catastrophes in American history. In the coalfields of Appalachia, West Virginia, individuals, families and entire communities are being driven off their land by flooding, landslides and blasting resulting from mountain top removal coal mining.

A film by two-time EMMY winner Michael Cusack O'Connell.

Awards won by Mountain Top Removal - Charlotte FF, Mion Solutions Environmental Film Award, Wild & Scenic FF Award, Reel Current Award, Woods Hole Film Festival Award, Appalachian FF Award and Indie Grits FF Award.



The Other US Eco Disaster: Mountain Top Removal (Part 2)


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From Wikipedia.com:

The West Virginia Coal Wars (1920-21), also known as the Mine Wars, arose out of a dispute between coal companies and miners. It represents one of the first times that the United States Federal Government violated the Posse Comitatus Act of 1874 [1].

On May 19, 1920, a shootout in Matewan, West Virginia, (known as the Matewan Massacre) between Baldwin-Felts detectives and local miners, who were to later join the United Mine Workers of America, sparked what became known as the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest insurrection in the United States since the American Civil War.

Every year, the shootout is re-enacted in Matewan, West Virginia.

These events are dramatized in John Sayles' 1987 film "Matewan".

[edit] References

  • Corbin, David Alan. Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1922. New ed. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1981. ISBN 0252008952
  • Corbin, David Alan, ed. The West Virginia Mine Wars: An Anthology. Charleston, W.Va.: Appalachian Editions, 1990. ISBN 0962748609
  • Laurie, Clayton D. "The United States Army and the Return to Normalcy in Labor Dispute Interventions: The Case of the West Virginia Coal Mine Wars, 1920-1921." West Virginia History. 50 (1991).
  • Lee, Howard B. Bloodletting in Appalachia: The Story of West Virginia's Four Major Mine Wars and Other Thrilling Incidents of Its Coal Fields. Morgantown, W.Va.: West Virginia University Library, 1969. ISBN 0870120417
  • Savage, Lon. Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920-21. Pittsburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1990. ISBN 0822936348
  • Scholten, Pat Creech. "The Old Mother and Her Army: The Agitative Strategies of Mary Harris Jones." West Virginia History. 40 (Summer 1979).
  • Shogan, Robert. The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America's Largest Labor Uprising. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2004. ISBN 0813340969
  • Sullivan, Ken, ed. The Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars. Charleston, W.Va.: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1991. ISBN 0929521579


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This post expanded:
http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Classic-Combination-Prost-by-Steven-G-Erickson-100815-93.html

http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2010/08/test-are-elected-officials-for-us-or.html

http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2008/10/pedicure-or-toenail-painting.html

http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/taunting-us-police-state.html

http://judicialmisconduct.blogspot.com/2008/06/nepotism-and-corruption-in-connecticut.html


My email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Federal Average Pay, $123,049, as America Collapses


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PAY RATES


Federal workers earning double their private counterparts [source]

At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.

Public employee unions say the compensation gap reflects the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs and the government contracting out lower-paid jobs to the private sector in recent years.

"The data are not useful for a direct public-private pay comparison," says Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

Chris Edwards, a budget analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, thinks otherwise. "Can't we now all agree that federal workers are overpaid and do something about it?" he asks.

Last week, President Obama ordered a freeze on bonuses for 2,900 political appointees. For the rest of the 2-million-person federal workforce, Obama asked for a 1.4% across-the-board pay hike in 2011, the smallest in more than a decade. Federal workers also would qualify for seniority pay hikes.

Congressional Republicans want to cancel the across-the-board increase in 2011, which would save $2.2 billion.

"Americans are fed up with public employee pay scales far exceeding that in the private sector," says Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the second-ranking Republican in the House.

Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., says a pay freeze would unfairly scapegoat federal workers without addressing real budget problems.

What the data show:

Benefits. Federal workers received average benefits worth $41,791 in 2009. Most of this was the government's contribution to pensions. Employees contributed an additional $10,569.

Pay. The average federal salary has grown 33% faster than inflation since 2000. USA TODAY reported in March that the federal government pays an average of 20% more than private firms for comparable occupations. The analysis did not consider differences in experience and education.

•Total compensation. Federal compensation has grown 36.9% since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8% for private workers.





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The worse the economy gets, the more the private bank, The Federal Reserve, makes in interest. There is no incentive to have fiscal responsibility. The private bank somehow owns elected officials, as they don't seem to listen to, or care about, the plight of the average American.

http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2010/08/test-are-elected-officials-for-us-or.html

[click here] for:
NASA Maximum/Cheap/Stealth Kill Memo July 2001?

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"To The Brink Of Collapse"


Text with video:
TheAlexJonesChannel | August 12, 2010

Fed Leads America "To The Brink Of Collapse"




Paul Joseph Watson
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/
Thursday, August 12, 2010

When even the New York Times and CNN are admitting that the United States faces not only a double-dip recession but potentially a new great depression, any alarm bells that have not been rung should now be sounding loudly.

Following in the footsteps of the New York Times' David Krugman, who in June wrote that the United States had entered a third depression similar to the Long Depression of the 19th century, CNN Money carried an article yesterday brazenly entitled, Is this finally the economic collapse?.

The piece, written by Keith R. McCullough, points out that the Fed's announcement that it will start buying Treasury debt, is a "crossing the Rubicon" moment and "could lead the country to the brink of collapse".

"Crossing the 90% debt/GDP threshold is the equivalent of crossing the proverbial Rubicon of economic growth. It's a point from which it's almost impossible to return," states the article, adding that the market has not responded to quantitative easing so to engage in more of the same would be completely futile.

"With 40.8 million Americans on food stamps (record high) and 45% of the unemployed having been seeking employment for 27 weeks or more (record high), what's left if (or when) QE2 doesn't kick start GDP growth? Should we start begging for QE3? Should we cancel the bomb of the National Association of Realtors' existing home sales report, scheduled for public release on August 24th? Or should we bite the bullet and accept that current economic policy dictates 0% returns-on-savings, even as Washington continues to lever-up our future to the point of economic collapse?" writes McCullough.

The Dow Jones slipped by 265 points yesterday as both the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve indicated that, as we predicted all along, the happy clappers who blithely talked of "robust recovery" were in fact completely wrong and now that the futile and transitory life-support machine of quantitative easing has been turned off, the picture looks almost as bad as when the crisis began in 2008.

Predictions on GDP growth seem to be shrinking by the day as Ben Bernanke greases the skids for QE2 -- a fresh round of printing money out of thin air, destroying the long term value of the dollar which has already had 9 consecutive down weeks since June but ensuring the central bankers that run the United States continue to reap lucrative interest payments on the spiraling national debt. The U.S. government, via the taxpayer, paid out nearly $20 billion in interest on debt last month alone, as the Federal Reserve enjoys record profits, only 20 per cent of which is returned to the Treasury.

With Barack Obama's political dynasty crashing and burning just as fast as hopes of an economic recovery combust, while rhetoric and tension with Iran reaches a crescendo, from different directions these three developments race towards an identical and ominous consequence -- war.

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Just as the Great Depression was only really neutralized by the involvement of American forces in World War II in 1941, conflict on a similar scale could be the only tool with which to reverse the decline.

The elitists who run the planet would seemingly prefer to opt for a slow, suffocating, anemic decline that gradually lowers living standards and stealthily deflates the American dream without the victims being able to sufficiently rouse themselves from their fluoride-induced slumber to do anything about it. But with the pace of events seemingly now getting out of hand even for the custodians of the new world order, more drastic action may be called for.

With the agenda for world government frustratingly behind schedule, the more daring move would be to launch another catastrophic global war in a desperate effort to kill innumerable birds with one huge stone. The consequences would of course be horrific for mankind, but from the ashes of world war three, the globalists would be able to re-build the globe in their image.

The stakes have not been this high for some 70 years, and as Marc Faber advised recently, the best things to do to prepare for whatever is coming are to buy gold, move away from urban areas and purchase farmland, and be prepared to defend that land with force should civil unrest and food riots occur, as many are now forecasting.
http://www.infowars.com/fed-leads-ame...



Part 2


Part 3

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Test: Are elected officials for us or the corporatist criminals?



Text emailed to Vermont US Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders:

Who should I report theft of taxpayer dollars to? Should a [State Police helicopter pilot be able to threaten to kill police officers and blow up aircraft at an airport and remain flying]? Should police officers be able to steal Homeland Security tax dollars in overtime not worked and not be punished or have to pay back the money when caught? Should the State Police Commissioner cover this up and not be punished? Should the court system be rigged for revenue collection and retaliation, not justice? Should the US be in a Depression because there are human rights violations, illegal wars of occupation going on in Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq? [Video embedded here] Why are US taxpayers paying to be domestically spied on, falsely arrested, terrorized, and falsely imprisoned as political prisoners in America if they exercise legal Free Speech as I have, or for contacting elected officials such as you, redressing grievances? I’ve posted a video interview of a journalist talking about the war spending and world abuse fiasco funded by US taxpayers, and links to what I am talking about. I request that my case be looked into as well as information that I posted in an open letter to you on Opednews.com for you and your staff here:

http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Test-Are-elected-official-by-Steven-G-Erickson-100812-317.html

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
Brattleboro, Vermont USA
stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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Steven G. Erickson questions Phil Donahue


Text with video:
SvenVonErick | July 12, 2008

I ask him a question about 20 seconds in at the NCMR Free Press Event, Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minneapolis Convention Center June, 2008.

The topics of discussion are Phil Donahue's Documentary, "Body of War":
http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com...

Should Bush be arrested for being a war criminal and crimes against humanity?

What about Free Speech, a Free Press, the economy, and our youth not be unnecessarily harmed and killed?



-MUST WATCH- Chris Hedges on Obama and the rise of Fascism


Text with video:
IWantDemocracyNow | February 06, 2009

Is economic despair the vehicle for totalitarianism?

Plummeting unemployment rates mark this economic crisis around the nation which is resulting in a political crisis on Capitol Hill, as Democrats and the GOP debate the stimulus. Some analysts say that this economic despair is creating a vehicle towards totalitarianism, which was evident during the Great Depression. But during that depression, the nation had strong labor unions and a vibrant independent press. Without those traditional tools, what might we face in the coming years? Chris Hedges is the author of American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America, and a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist. He is pessimistic about he says is a growing movement towards fascism in the US.

This blogger just watched the above and found it embedded [here]



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[click here] for:

'Let's get real, the US is bankrupt'


Laurence Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University

The US is bankrupt. It can't afford to pay its future bills. Big words can be used, and a big complicated explanation can be given. America consumes horrendously, it produces less and less. Math has struck back.
-Steven G. Erickson

[video, click here]

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Waffle Boy" Obama?


Above photoshop image stolen [from here]

Why don't we the people demand a referendum regarding removing Barack Obama from office immediately using paper ballots? A popular vote to remove Obama would allow us to collectively say, "Obama, you're fired!".


The below re-posted [from here]

Obama vs. Obama On Endless Wars: Who Wins? (VIDEO, POLL)

Obama

Back in early 2007, when the Bush administration was insisting that its military intervention in a faraway land was not open-ended, Senator Barack Obama wasn't buying it.

So the freshman from Illinois used then-secretary of state Condoleeza Rice's appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an opportunity to raise some probing questions about the exit strategy from Iraq. Senator Obama was particularly skeptical about the administration's alleged "benchmarks" for success. He wanted to know exactly what they were -- and what would happen if they weren't met. And he wanted to know the answer to this question: "At what point do we say: 'Enough'?"

Three and a half years later, that's an excellent question for President Obama, about Afghanistan. But he doesn't have an answer.

In this video, Huffington Post Video Editor Ben Craw interweaves edited clips of Senator Obama questioning Rice about Iraq in January 2007 with comments President Obama has made about his own Afghan exit strategy in a speech in March 2009, an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" in March 2009, an address to the nation in December 2009, remarks to the troops in Afghanistan in March, an interview with ABC in April, and an appearance on ABC's "The View" in July.

Who do you think gets the best of this exchange? Vote in our poll, below the video.

Video produced by Ben Craw


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Image stolen [from here]

The Pentagon has been stealing trillions from US taxpayers to accomplish the above around the world. Taxpayers are being denied the services they're paying for. Their day's work, their future, and all their offspring's futures have been stolen. The Pentagon/CIA is bankrupting the US to be the world government. Bases are being built with US taxpayer money instead of spending what little money is left on where it is supposed to go. CIA- Corporatist Intervention Assholes

Web exclusive: US opening 2nd base in Kyrgyzstan


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RTAmerica | August 10, 2010

The United States plans to build a new military base in Kyrgyzstan, the US originally planned to open the base before Kyrgyzstan's former leader was ousted. US defense secretary Robert Gates says the US will decrease spending, so why are they continuing with this base? Rick Rozoff says that the United States is doing this in order to gain stronger footing in the region, especially in Afghanistan.



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Using Google to complain about Google's (The Military Industrial Complex/CIA/Spy Internet 2) take over of the Internet and the "Free" World? Blogspot is Google. and so is youtube. So, one switch can be thrown to shut us all off. Or, we can individually be censored and/or blocked access.


Alex Jones: Big brother is watching you


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RTAmerica | August 10, 2010

Verizon and Google have announced that they hope to regulate the internet by controlling access and the speed of the internet to different websites. In other privacy news, Air France has announced that they will install cameras into every seat to watch their passengers; civil rights activists are crying foul saying it invades people's privacy too much.



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A sign of America's "Planned Future"?:


http://www.tug44.org/tugboats.trawlers/prison-barge-vernon-c-bain/

Vernon C. Bain - Prison Barge




The Vernon C. Bain is a prison barge operated by the City of New York, and houses some 800 prisoners in a medium and maximum security facility. She was built in 1992 at a cost of $ 161 Million, which as usual, means it would have been cheaper to send the inmates to Harvard instead.



Since the jail is not permanently moored to the shore, Coast Guard regulations require that she have 3 maritime crew on board at all time, including a mate, an engineer and an oiler, which adds $ 650,000 per year to the costs.



The Vernon C. Bain has all the amenities, including a huge kitchen, law library, recreation rooms, and as seen here, a basketball court on the top deck.





See the NYC Dept of Corrections website at: http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doc/


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A second Wall St./Pentagon theft of Trillions of US Taxpayer Dollars on the Horizon? What are the new "Liar Loans"?

Keiser Report on Bizarre Robot Traders


Text with video:
RussiaToday | August 10, 2010

In Episode 67 of his show Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at the scandals of the summer sequel of bankers returning to the scene of the crime to demand another, bigger ransom in "Deflationary Black Hole: The Sequel." In the second half of the show, Max talks to documentary filmmaker, Bregtje van der Haak about her film "Time for Change", in which ordinary people respond to the crisis of banking and bankers with their own solutions.



Time for Change (Bregtje van der Haak, VPRO Backlight 2010)


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VPROinternational | March 04, 2010

Meet the new revolutionaries of the Do-It-Yourself cultures in Barcelona, Tallin and Jakarta. They are modern day heroes. They do not wait for political parties or institutions to change their world; they simply do it themselves, by creating new local currencies, by working in social networks or by simply robbing the banks and redistributing their money.

The world economy is in crisis and public trust in financial institutions has hit rock bottom. As commercial banks were bailed out with billions of taxpayers money and continued to practice their old vices, many people lost faith in bank managers and politicians. They got angry at the speculative financial system that brings extreme wealth to a few and instability and unemployment to many.

Could this dissatisfaction lead to social change? Can we imagine viable alternatives? Backlight goes on a worldwide search, with sociologist Manuel Castells and philosopher Peter Sloterdijk.

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It is time for [Agorism] in America, it is the only way to live in modern America, and to protest the organized crime US government's masters. It is time to stop funding their evil deeds.



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http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/text-sent-to-vermont-congressman-peter.html

http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/ponzi-scheme-movie.html


http://thesrv.blogspot.com/2010/01/corporate-thugs.html

There is an amazing video on how to fight back against the Big Banks at the bottom of this post:
http://www.opednews.com/Diary/How-to-fight-against-Big-B-by-Steven-G-Erickson-100810-580.html

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New Civil War brewing, The Fed v. States


Image stolen from [here]

Text with below video:
RTAmerica | August 09, 2010

As the United States Federal government continues to lose touch with the American public, is there a potential Civil War ahead? George Hemminger (George4Title) says that the Obama administration has continued to polarize the public, Arizona is trying to defend its borders and as the patriot movement gains steam, it is likely a conflict will occur.



US Civil War: Fed vs. states


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(Unrelated) Is today's US censorship worse that during World War II? Censorship example, World War II:
http://www.thenation.com/blog/153941/press-censorship-how-truth-was-hidden-about-nagasaki-65-years-ago

http://thesrv.blogspot.com/2010/08/innocently-contacting-elected-officials.html
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