For the last several days, I have been hearing a bark or two in the distance. Nothing alarming. I kept telling myself that they wouldn’t bring them back.
But guess what? She has 4 dogs in small pens now. Is this any better?
Excuse the language.
Most important video: There Will Be No Recovery
Report: Pre-K needed to increase military recruitsBy MARIA BURNHAM – Associated Press Writer
JACKSON, Miss. — National security is threatened by soaring obesity rates among young people, a lack of early education and by high juvenile crime rates, a group of retired officers says in a report. About 75 percent of Mississippians aged 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve in the military mainly because of these three factors, according to the report issued by Mission: Readiness, a nationwide nonprofit group of retired military leaders. That number matches the national percentage. If that trend continues, in 20 years the military will be significantly understaffed, said retired Army Brig. Gen. Augustus Collins of Madison. “We need to support long-term strategies to help our young people maintain healthy lifestyles and keep them on the right side of the law,” Collins said at a news conference at the state Capitol. The best way to do that in Mississippi is through increased early education, in particular state funded pre-kindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, the report says.
Read more at The Sun Herald
Lazy, fat asses better shape up so you can ship out. They NEED your kids to fill the ranks and you are letting them down. They have a long-range plan to coincide with their new hundred years wars and they need their next 15 year “crop” in decent shape for the grinder.
But let me ask you something. Wonder why your kid is so fat to begin with? Think it may have anything to do with the fact that it is cheaper to feed them a fast food hamburger than to buy, cook and serve a decent meal of fresh vegetables? That chips are cheaper than carrots?
MUST WATCH: Food Inc.- Hungry For Change?
From Information Clearinghouse: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-issues.php Posted February 09, 2010
That movie tells it all about Big Farming and how corporations rule everything in the process, especially the very food (plant or animal) that you put in your mouth. If you watch that film you will come away with the same disgust for fast food as I have developed in the last few months. Especially in regards to the change in my diet the last couple of weeks to this paleolithic diet. Food tastes so different. So much better. Just the elimination of added sugars (I haven’t eaten any processed foods… only stuff we meticulously prepare here) has made a major difference (not to mention the elimination of salt, which has actually enhanced my sense of taste). I feel so much better and now look forward to eating.
I prove it to myself and you can prove it to yourself, as well. But you will PAY for it. It costs us MUCH more to eat this way than to go to a fast food restaurant at every meal. By far. That movie will explain why that is.
I want to point out a couple of things that I didn’t know until recently. 1st, We are killing ourselves with cancer by the way Big Food adulterated their products (milk and meat). Did you know that US milk is banned from all of Europe? And most don’t want our meat either?
… About 20 percent of our milk is genetically engineered. Technically this is known as rBGH, the small r stands for recombinant, BGH, is bovine growth hormone… This [milk] contains very high levels of a natural growth factor known as IGF-1… IGF-1 stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. So growth factor 1 is a natural growth factor and is responsible for normal growth but when you drink rBGH milk, you have very, very high levels of this natural growth factor. When you drink it, the IGF-1 survives digestion and is readily absorbed from your small intestine, into your blood. Increased levels of IGF-1 have been shown to increase risks of breast cancer and we have about 20 publications showing this; risk of colon cancer [shown] by about 10 publications; prostate cancer by about another 10 publications. And a further concern: increased levels of IGF-1 block natural defense mechanisms against early cancers, [mechanisms] known as ‘apoptosis.'” The scientific evidence of the dangers of rBGH milk is explained in great detail in Dr. Epstein’s book What’s in Your Milk?, published in 2006. “Based on the concerns which I have just briefly summarized, in 1999, the United Nations Food and Safety Agency, which represents a hundred nations worldwide, ruled unanimously not to set safety standards for rBGH milk, and effectively this has resulted in an international ban on U.S. milk. – Dr. Joseph Mercola
Secondly, Health Insurance Companies invest BIG BUCKS in fast food companies. Yep! They know where to put all that dough they take from you. They put it right back into some of the main reasons you are getting so fat, sick, diabetic and dead.
(NaturalNews) – Did you ever wonder how health insurance companies drum up future business? It’s easy: Just invest in companies whose products cause chronic degenerative disease, driving people towards more health care needs and therefore more health insurance. And that’s exactly what the health insurance industry is doing.
A new article published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that U.S. and Canadian health insurance giants own nearly $2 billion worth of stock in fast food giants like McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and others. So profits made by health insurance companies are reinvested in industries that make people sick and diseased, bringing them back to buy more health insurance down the road.
It’s a pretty clever business model for an industry that seems focused on the almighty dollar and obviously has no concern whatsoever for the actual health status of its customers. If anything, these health insurance companies hope you get sicker!
The simple fact is that our entire health “care” system is totally built around treating illnesses… NOT preventing sickness. It is all PROFIT motive. Why do other countries that have far better health stats fare so much better than the USA (which spends more per capita than any other developed country for health care)? Because they provide and insist on preventative care. They know that if you eat healthy, you don’t need all the meds and procedures. It costs less.
We are a bunch of lazy fat asses (me included) on the most part. 1/2 of young people in Mississippi are obese and this is why the military is worried. One of their poorest, most dependent portions of society is getting too fat for their slaughter mill and they want to remedy that.
Personally I am torn. Altho I don’t want those kids to die for a very long time, it may be better to get fat as hell and have a heart attack than join them and die from a bullet to the head over their Empire.
Maybe that’s just me.
But the other side of the evil coin (pharmaceutical companies) has the answer for our fat assed woes… EVEN MORE MEDICINE:
Now, to hear mainstream medicine pushers say it, the only reason Americans are so sick and diseased right now is because — get this — not enough people are taking enough medications! Yes… if they could only convince more parents to drug more babies and toddlers; or if they could get more teens on four, five or six drugs at once; or if they could convince nursing homes to pop a dozen different meds into the mouths of senior citizens then we’d all be healthier!
America, you see, suffers from a medication deficiency. That’s the line of mainstream medicine: More meds = less disease. And now, they’re trying to convince everyone that even healthy people now need meds (statin drugs) even if they show no symptoms of disease.
So now — get this — being healthy is no longer enough to avoid medications! We’re ALL supposed to be medicated, whether we’re healthy or not. Mainstream medicine, you see, isn’t satisfied to just treat sick people with its medications, radiation machines and surgical procedures: It wants to put all the healthy people on pills, too.
And what will be the result of all this? Imagine in your own mind, for a moment: What will be the result if, say, Americans start taking twice as much medication as they do right now. Will Americans be healthier? Of course not. They will be more diseased. More medicated and chemically contaminated.
The fish downstream will be even more polluted with pharmaceutical runoff and the bio sludge human waste “compost” products now being put on farms will be even more heavily saturated with medication chemicals. Will that create health for America? Of course not.
Mainstream medicine does not work. And pushing mainstream medicine onto more people will only cause more sickness, more suffering and more bankruptcies across American households. It will, however, accomplish one very important thing: The obscene financial enrichment of a few powerful corporations like Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
And that, my friends, is the entire point of mainstream medicine: To mainline the profits for Big Pharma, sideline the legitimate health problems of the American people, and streamline the criminal soaking of the rich, the poor and the recently-insured in order to turn sickness into profit.
That’s mainstream medicine for you. I’m sure glad I don’t use it.
I have been harping on breaking the “Faux Two Party Paradigm” (that aggravates a certain teacher friend of mine that reads here). Every where I go and the discussion leads to politics (maybe 50% of the time lately) I make the point that until Americans stop voting for either of the two complicit corrupt and criminal “Parties”, we are nothing more than a dumb ole ping pong ball being hit back and forth, still getting the hell, knocked out of us.
I have told everyone who will listen about this idiotic effect it has on us… how it seemingly makes us very gullible for any sort of lie they tell us. We almost NEED to choose between them, as if we couldn’t dare consider some other potential source. Of course there are plenty of reasons why this is true (I broad brush it calling it “brainwashing”, but it is a very deep psychological control they have on a mass of us, whatever you call it). Maybe some people just need an “easy” choice, instead of actually having to think about important issues. Having someone you “trust” to make decisions, even when it is apparent that nothing any of them ever do seems to turn out in any good way.
I call them thieves and liars and scum and all sorts of ugly words. Some actually believe the shit they spew, but many more know what they are doing is foul and simply for gain. But when you look right down to it, if we put the two ruling “parties” on the road by cleaning house; by swearing to NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, we could make change. Even if 50% of America did this, it would end the stranglehold.
I mentioned this over at American Everyman and a friend mentioned that a new media to compete or replace the current MSM (but not the internet) should be pursued and would be the fastest route to accomplishing what I think will make the change. I disagree in the time line. I believe it would take a very long time to establish such a media and that we better use the internet to catalyze other current media outlets by force (they simply cannot avoid certain issues forever… even 911 is getting a bit more play at local levels lately).
But, in the span of two years, 4 at most, a movement to totally avoid those parties would gain enough seats to enact real debate (and change) into the system. Election reform, term limits, campaign finance reform, not to mention real investigations into all the thievery and criminal activities that have occurred in the past decade or two. To obtain BACK our rights that we, as gullible little slaves, turned over to them with as much trouble as a bad salad run comes out your ass.
Think of it. It is possible.
Or is it? Chris Hedges thinks (and I tend to agree with him from all available evidence) that Americans are too illiterate to understand the difference n=between their lies and what little truth is available:
When America Leaves Reality Behind
Pulitzer-prize winning foreign correspondent Chris Hedges argues that our country is undergoing an economic, political and moral collapse. He says most Americans “cannot differentiate between lies and truth” because they’ve abandoned literacy and print culture.
I am torn. I am torn by my own vision and understanding and not understanding why others can’t or won’t see what I see (and realize how dire things truly are). I was part of one conversation this morning that highlighted that some people simply do not WANT to think about it. For me, I cannot imagine not thinking about how my America is being ravaged right before our eyes and most of my fellow Americans can’t, won’t or don’t give a fuck enough to do anything about it.
There is some evidence that we are getting pissed off.
By Hiram Lee
23 April 2010
A series of recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center shed new light on the scope of the economic crisis in the US and the level of hostility the majority of the American population holds for the US government.
Released in March, before the passage of the Obama administration’s health care legislation, a survey entitled “Health Care Reform—Can’t Live With It, or Without It” indicates that 92 percent of Americans give the national economy a negative rating. No fewer than 70 percent of the respondents report having suffered job-related and financial problems in the past year, an increase from 59 percent the year before. Fifty-four percent report someone in their home has been without a job and looking for work in the past year, up from 39 percent in 2009.
The poll saw an aggravation of conditions in every area of economic life studied the year before. Increasing numbers of people are reporting difficulty receiving or affording medical care (26 percent) or paying their rent or mortgage payments (24 percent). More Americans faced problems with collections and credit agencies (21 percent), or had mortgages, loans or credit card applications denied (19 percent).
As could be expected, the poorest Americans are suffering the most. Some 44 percent of those making $30,000 per year or less report difficulty obtaining medical care, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 per year or more. A similar gap can be found in the category of rents and mortgages, with 37 percent of those making $30,000 or less reporting difficulty making rent or mortgage payments, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 or more. However, the percentage of those facing difficulties paying rent has increased dramatically for both groups since 2009…
More at the link.
So, yeah, there are some who are pissed, but there are also a few loud mouths that have made some movements like the Tea Party a laughing-stock (even without the MSM’s help). But, the movement began with an ideology I DO agree with. Unfortunately, there will be those that want to circumvent such a movement. Take advantage of it and try to hijack it to become a part of the system. Look at how the Republican Party is taking over the Tea Party making it irrelevant in any real change oriented way.
A CBS poll portrays the Tea Party movement as white, middle age, and Republican. Not Libertarian, but Republican. If we can believe the poll members of the Tea Party movement favor Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and even George Bush over Ron Paul. Yes, George Bush, the man who presided over two wars. Even John McCain did better than Ron Paul according to this poll.
Maybe ppl should smarten up and see that their rage will be hijacked and consumed by the very Party that turned its back on them long ago. Maybe, instead of swallowing the shit that the corrupt assholes who commandeer them spew from every orifice and at every opportunity, the Tea party ppl should finally grow a real brain and critically think about how far removed from reality the GOP is and if they allow the GOP to take them over (as it seems), that you will again be relegated to the shithole of irrelevancy. How about calling them on the bullshit and express that the best thing that movement could do is distance itself from those monsters, as fast as possible.
Whatever. That movement is basically toast if they allow the reTHUGlicans to take them over. Probably the same people who would donate to “The Restoration of Stephen Baldwyn” (yes, real). Some will be forever forgotten due to their ignorance.
The best move would have been to follow my advice about Ralph Nader. Or someone like him. Someone who actually cares about you and has proved it his entire life.
I did everything locally I knew to do as a seemingly sole voice of reason in this little country town. I was the ONLY one in the county that canvassed and got enough signatures to help get him on the TN ballot. People would listen to me and agree, then go in the booth and vote for whichever of the bogus lying parties convinced them they were the real Truth purveyors. Lemmings.
If you go to that particular link on Ralph above at American Everyman (this video is hitting all over the place so I won’t bother putting it here), you will see someone asking the right questions about these criminals.
Why aren’t corporate crimes prosecuted?
Because they own the two party system, which protects them.
I don’t know. Maybe Nader is too “liberal” for you. Maybe someone like Bob Barr, a libertarian, or Cynthia McKinney, or Chuck Baldwyn were more politically in your favor.
The point is that we MUST look elsewhere. We must abandon the Demublicans. We must help our fellow Sheople get past their sleepy little trance.
Maybe this is a way?
What is The Liberty Coalition?
The Liberty Coalition is not a new registered party. We are an electoral alliance of activists from liberty caucuses, minor parties and grassroots movements. We are independent-minded Americans. We refuse to follow the unwritten rules of politics which the Two Parties, the Mainstream Media and Corporations have established.
Our short-term goal is to establish our own Political Action Committee (PAC) to endorse and support Liberty Candidates across all party lines who agree with our Four Points of Unity.
Our long-term goal is to reach one million Americans who support our vision. Once we reach this milestone, the Leadership and our grassroots supporters will decide how the Coalition will act as an unregistered Third Party movement. This Coalition will be a broad alliance of Liberty-loving Americans committed to winning national elections for our candidates outside of the media-controlled Two-Party process.
The Coalition will not replace existing third parties, caucuses or independents. It will EMPOWER them by joining forces in a grand alliance.
Any input on this group?
Can you agree that it is high time we “Clean House”? Never vote for an R or D again.
GE is really hurting in their American operations (so they say). But let’s look a little closer to make sure we see that the truth is that they are able to manipulate paperwork to make sure they don’t have to pay any taxes, all the while making hundreds of Billions in profit.
Washington’s Blog tells us that “After Getting Bailed Out By American Taxpayers, General Electric Pays ZERO U.S. Taxes, Pretending that All of Its Profits are Overseas”
General Electric got bailed out by American taxpayers.
So you’d think that GE would return the favor by paying American taxes, right?
Wrong. GE paid no U.S. taxes for 2009.
As CNN points out:
GE had plenty of earnings last year — just not in the United States. For tax purposes, the company’s U.S. operations lost $408 million, while its international businesses netted a $10.8 billion profit.
It’s not just GE. Continuing to quote from the Washington Post the Blog explains that it is far worse than we can imagine:
About two-thirds of corporations operating in the United States did not pay taxes annually from 1998 to 2005, according to a new report scheduled to be made public today from the U.S. Government Accountability Office…
In 2005, about 28 percent of large corporations paid no taxes…
Dorgan and Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) requested the report out of concern that some corporations were using “transfer pricing” to reduce their tax bills. The practice allows multi-national companies to transfer goods and assets between internal divisions so they can record income in a jurisdiction with low tax rates…
[Senator] Levin said: “This report makes clear that too many corporations are using tax trickery to send their profits overseas and avoid paying their fair share in the United States.”
Don’t that sting you a little bit? To know that you have been laying down around 30% (ONLY considering income taxes) and they skip on theirs? (BTW: the estimate for Corporate Income Taxes is claimed to be almost 40%, but how does that jive when many skip out totally… more importantly, who makes up the difference?)
What about that criminal outfit that owns you and your credit card? Should they pay any taxes when they show a $4.4Billion profit? Of course not:
April 17, 2010
Posted on 07 April 2010
By Sara Flocks
California Labor Federation
Around this time every year, Californians scramble to finish doing their taxes and pay what they owe to the government.
But not everyone is paying their fair share. Forbes Magazine recently analyzed the tax returns of the top 25 U.S. companies and found out that they’re not paying much in taxes. In fact, corporations such as Bank of America, General Electric and Citigroup will not be paying ANY taxes this year — they’re actually getting money back from the government. Forbes explains:
How did Bank of America not pay any taxes on $4.4 billion in income? Because of deductions like $860 million in tax-exempt income, $670 million in low-income housing credits and a $600 million loss on shares of foreign subsidiaries. With a provision for credit losses of $49 billion, Bank of America probably won’t be paying taxes for a long time.
After taxpayers bailed out Bank of America to the tune of $45 billion and helped boost their income to $4.4 billion, Bank of America is using every possible tax loophole to get out of paying their fair share.
Bank of America isn’t alone in using tax loopholes, shelters and other shell games to get out of paying taxes. A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that two out of every three U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes from 1998 through 2005.
h/t America 20XY
Will people ever grow enough brain cells to realize they need to Walk Away from these criminals? That these very monsters are the reason this country is falling apart? Matt Taibbi explains this very well in the series of videos found at BrassCheckTV
I also recommend listening to Webster Griffin Tarpley’s April 17 radio broadcast as he gets in to this topic and several others.
But while you are waiting for the next bit of entertainment, please note the following graphic which expresses itself quite clearly:
You don’t think there is some sort of connection to how the man has conducted his efforts (aka “failures”) and this list above, do you?
Naaa. Couldn’t be. Especially that top bank that is getting a little heat right now. I mean, they were forced to pay a whopping ONE PERCENT tax. That’ll learn ’em.
HOLD EVERYTHING: Goldman has its defenders…
And now Lehman Bros has its detractors:
You REALLY need to watch this, if you haven’t seen it already:
(who let this dude sneak in to testify?)