September 28, 2011
Deacon Christopher Herman News (DCHN) Presentations
note, opinion and commentary:
Christopher Herman, the son of our former spiritual father, Vladyka Michael
Peter Herman of reposed memory for providing us the articles and their various
We believe that what is presented is a step in
the right direction to bring our Orthodox Faith alive to all and a means to cure
some of the ills that separate our Roman faithful from the root, ground and base
of all things Christian: being Orthodox Catholic Christianity that began in the
A.D. 800's and culminated in the official schism of the Roman Jurisdiction of
the Catholic Church from Orthodoxy in 1054 A.D.
By presenting these
articles and informational pages and
subsequent, hoped for, weekly presentations, this endeavor will reach a wider
audience and provide a means for dialogue. For it is in and through the
Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior, that love, compassion and
understanding may come about. In saying this truth, it also means that we
make another attempt to fulfill the ideal of why we are called "Christian" ...
Orthodoxy is not a religion. It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true
Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA
is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our
religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World
Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found
that by "DATE" is a better format. Thus, the former entitled "Concerning"
below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating.
As Thou, Father, art in
me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)
"The markets are not reacting to a
“debt crisis.” They do not look at charts ten years out. They look at present
indicators of jobs and sales, which have turned persistently negative. Jobs
and sales are both dependent on “demand,” which means getting money into the
pockets of consumers; and the money supply today has shrunk.
We don’t see this shrinkage because it is primarily in the “shadow banking
system,” the thing that collapsed in 2008. The shadow banking system used to
be reflected in M3, but the Fed no longer reports it. In July 2010, however,
the New York Fed posted on its website a staff report titled “Shadow Banking.”
It said that the shadow banking system had shrunk by $5 trillion since its
peak in March 2008, when it was valued at about $20 trillion – actually larger
than the traditional banking system. In July 2010, the shadow system was down
to about $15 trillion, compared to $13 trillion for the traditional banking
Only about $2 trillion of this shrinkage has been replaced with the Fed’s
quantitative easing programs, leaving a $3 trillion hole to be filled; and
only the government is in a position to fill it. We have been sold the idea
that there is a “debt crisis” when there is really a liquidity crisis. Paying
down the federal debt when money is already scarce just makes matters worse.
Historically, when the deficit has been reduced, the money supply has been
reduced along with it, throwing the economy into recession.
Most of our money now comes into the world as debt, which is created on the
books of banks and lent into the economy. If there were no debt, there would
be no money to run the economy; and today, private debt has collapsed.
Encouraged by Fed policy, banks have tightened up lending and are sitting on
their money, shrinking the circulating money supply and the economy."
"Between 5 July and 3 August, the BBC
ran 30 stories on the famine in Somalia but without exception not a single
story recounts the history of Somalia or the role of of the West in creating
the conditions that have led to the unfolding disaster.
"Somalia was a pastoral economy based on "exchange" between nomadic herdsmen
and small agriculturalists. Nomadic pastoralists accounted for 50 percent of
the population. In the 1970s, resettlement programs led to the development of
a sizeable sector of commercial pastoralism. Livestock contributed to 80
percent of export earnings until 1983. Despite recurrent droughts, Somalia
remained virtually self-sufficient in food until the 1970s.
"The IMF-World Bank intervention in the early 1980s contributed to
exacerbating the crisis of Somali agriculture. The economic reforms undermined
the fragile exchange relationship between the "nomadic economy" and the
"sedentary economy" - i.e. between pastoralists and small farmers
characterized by money transactions as well as traditional barter. A very
tight austerity program was imposed on the government largely to release the
funds required to service Somalia's debt with the Paris Club. In fact, a large
share of the external debt was held by the Washington-based financial
"Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s and
Fitch focus mainly on stocks and on corporate, state and local bond issues.
They make money twice off the same transaction when cities and states balance
their budgets by spinning off public enterprises into new corporate entities
issuing new bonds and stocks. This business incentive gives the ratings
agencies an antipathy to governments that finance themselves on a
pay-as-you-go basis (as Adam Smith endorsed) by raising taxes on real estate
and other property, income or sales taxes instead of borrowing to cover their
spending. The effect of this inherent bias is not to give an opinion about
what is economically best for a locality, but rather what makes the most
profit for themselves."
"Libya had once been an impoverished
colony of Italy living under the boot heel of the fascist Mussolini. After the
Allied victory in World War II, control of the country was formally
transferred to the United Nations and Libya became independent in 1951 with
authority vested in the monarch King Idris.
But in actuality, Libya was controlled by the United States and Britain until
the 1969 revolution.
One of the first acts of the 1969 revolution was to eliminate the vestiges of
colonialism and foreign control. Not only were oil fields nationalized but
Gaddafi eliminated foreign military bases inside the country.
In March of 1970, the Gaddafi government shut down two important British
military bases in Tobruk and El Adem. He then became the Pentagon’s enemy when
he evicted the U.S. Wheelus Air Force Base near Tripoli that had been operated
by the United States since 1945. Before the British military took control in
1943, the facility was a base operated by the Italians under Mussolini.
Wheelus had been an important Strategic Air Command (SAC) base during the Cold
War, housing B-52 bombers and other front-line Pentagon aircrafts that
targeted the Soviet Union.
Once under Libyan control, the Gaddafi government allowed Soviet military
planes to access the airfield.
In 1986, the Pentagon heavily bombed the base at the same time it bombed
downtown Tripoli in an effort to assassinate Gaddafi. That effort failed but
his 2-year-old daughter died along with scores of other civilians.
The political, social and class orientation of the Libyan regime has gone
through several stages in the last four decades. The government and ruling
establishment reflected contradictory class, social, religious and regional
antagonisms. The fact that the leadership of the NATO-led National Transition
Council is comprised of top officials of the Gaddafi government, who broke
with the regime and allied themselves with NATO, is emblematic of the
decades-long instability within the Libyan establishment.
These inherent contradictions were exacerbated by pressures applied to Libya
from the outside. The U.S. imposed far-reaching economic sanctions on Libya in
the 1980s. The largest western corporations were barred from doing business
with Libya and the country was denied access to credit from western banks.
In its foreign policy, Libya gave significant financial and military support
to national liberation struggles, including in Palestine, Southern Africa,
Ireland and elsewhere.
Because of Libya's economic policies, living standards for the population had
jumped dramatically after 1969. Having a small population and substantial
income from its oil production, augmented with the Gaddafi regime’s
far-reaching policy of social benefits, created a huge advance in the social
and economic status for the population. Libya was still a class society with
rich and poor, and gaps between urban and rural living standards, but
illiteracy was basically wiped out, while education and health care were free
and extensively accessible. By 2010, the per capita income in Libya was near
the highest in Africa at $14,000 and life expectancy rose to over 77 years,
according to the CIA’s World Fact Book.
Gaddafi’s political orientation explicitly rejected communism and capitalism.
He created an ideology called the “Third International Theory,” which was an
eclectic mix of Islamic, Arab nationalist and socialist ideas and programs. In
1977, Libya was renamed the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. A
great deal of industry, including oil, was nationalized and the government
provided an expansive social insurance program or what is called a welfare
state policy akin to some features prevalent in the Soviet Union and some West
European capitalist countries.
But Libya was not a workers’ state or a “socialist government” to use the
popular if not scientific use of the term “socialist.” The revolution was not
a workers and peasant rebellion against the capitalist class per se. Libya
remained a class society although class differentiation may have been somewhat
obscured beneath the existence of revolutionary committees and the radical,
populist rhetoric that emanated from the regime.
As in many developing, formerly colonized countries, state ownership of
property was not “socialist” but rather a necessary fortification of an
under-developed capitalist class. State property in Iraq, Libya and other such
post-colonial regimes was designed to facilitate the social and economic
growth of a new capitalist ruling class that was initially too weak, too
deprived of capital and too cut off from international credit to compete on
its own terms with the dominant sectors of world monopoly capitalism. The
nascent capitalist classes in such developing economies promoted state-owned
property, under their control, in order to intersect with Western banks and
transnational corporations and create more favorable terms for global trade
The collapse of the Soviet Union and the “socialist bloc” governments of
central and Eastern Europe in 1989-91 deprived Libya of an economic and
military counter-weight to the United States, and the Libyan government’s
domestic economic and foreign policy shifted towards accommodation with the
In the 1990s some sectors of the Libyan economic establishment and the
Gaddafi-led government favored privatization, cutting back on social programs
and subsidies and integration into western European markets.
The earlier populism of the regime incrementally gave way to the adoption of
neo-liberal policies. This was, however, a long process.
In 2004, the George W. Bush administration ended sanctions on Libya. Western
oil companies and banks and other corporations initiated huge direct
investments in Libya and trade with Libyan enterprises.
There was also a growth of unemployment in Libya and in cutbacks in social
spending, leading to further inequality between rich and poor and class
But Gaddafi himself was still considered a thorn in the side of the
imperialist powers. They want absolute puppets, not simply partners, in their
plans for exploitation. The Wikileaks release of State Department cables
between 2007 and 2010 show that the United states and western oil companies
were condemning Gaddafi for what they called “resource nationalism.” Gaddafi
even threatened to re-nationalize western oil companies’ property unless Libya
was granted a larger share of the revenue for their projects.
As an article in today’s New York Times Business section said honestly:
“"Colonel Qaddafi proved to be a problematic partner for the international oil
companies, frequently raising fees and taxes and making other demands. A new
government with close ties to NATO may be an easier partner for Western
nations to deal with.""
"One member of the 9/11 Commission,
former Senator Max Cleland, responded to the constraints placed on the
commission by the White House: “If this decision stands, I, as a member of the
commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of
victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now
compromised.” Cleland resigned rather than have his integrity compromised.
To be clear, neither Cleland nor members of the commission suggested that 9/11
was an inside job to advance a war agenda. Nevertheless, neither Congress nor
the media wondered, at least not out loud, why President Bush was unwilling to
appear before the commission under oath or without Cheney, why Pentagon and
FAA officials lied to the commission or, if the officials did not lie, why the
commission believed they lied, or why the White House resisted for so long any
kind of commission being formed, even one under its control.
One would think that if a handful of Arabs managed to outwit not merely the
CIA and FBI but all 16 US intelligence agencies, all intelligence agencies of
our allies including Mossad, the National Security Council, the State
Department, NORAD, airport security four times on one morning, air traffic
control, etc., the President, Congress, and the media would be demanding to
know how such an improbable event could occur. Instead, the White House put up
a wall of resistance to finding out, and Congress and the media showed little
During the decade that has passed, numerous 9/11 Truth organizations have
formed. There are Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for
9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Remember Building
7.org, and a New York group which includes 9/11 families. These groups call
for a real investigation.
David Ray Griffen has written 10 carefully researched books documenting
problems in the government’s account. Scientists have pointed out that the
government has no explanation for the molten steel. NIST has been forced to
admit that WTC 7 was in free fall for part of its descent, and a scientific
team led by a professor of nano-chemistry at the University of Copenhagen has
reported finding nano-thermite in the dust from the buildings.
Larry Silverstein, who had the lease on the World Trade Center buildings, said
in a PBS broadcast that the decision was made “to pull” Building 7 late in the
afternoon of 9/11. Chief fire marshals have said that no forensic
investigation was made of the buildings’ destruction and that the absence of
investigation was a violation of law."
"For some time I have discussed acts
such as the Kennedy assassination as what I have called deep events: events,
obscured and/or misrepresented in mainstream media, whose origins are
mysterious but often intelligence-related, attributed to marginal outsiders,
but intersecting with large and powerful but covert forces having the power
and the intent to influence history.
Breivik’s mayhem on July 22, 2011, (henceforth 7/22) has forced me to clarify
my definition of a deep event, to distinguish between those which are merely
unsolved or mysterious in themselves, and those which have proved to be part
of a larger systemic mystery grounded in the structures of either society
itself, or its shadow underworld (demi-monde, Irrwelt), or in some combination
of the two."
"The most damning of these cables
memorializes an August 2009 meeting between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and
his son and national security adviser, Muatassim, with US Republican Senators
John McCain (Arizona), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Susan Collins (Maine)
and Connecticut “independent” Joe Lieberman.
McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, has in recent speeches
denounced Gaddafi as “one of the most bloodthirsty dictators on Earth” and
criticized the Obama administration for failing “to employ the full weight of
our airpower” in effecting regime change in Libya.
In the meeting held just two years ago, however, McCain took the lead in
currying favor with the Gaddafis. According to the embassy cable, he “assured”
them that “the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it
needs for its security” and “pledged to see what he could do to move things
forward in Congress.”
The cable continues to relate McCain’s remarks: “He encouraged Muatassim to
keep in mind the long-term perspective of bilateral security engagement and to
remember that small obstacles will emerge from time to time that can be
overcome. He described the bilateral military relationship as strong and
pointed to Libyan officer training at U.S. Command, Staff, and War colleges as
some of the best programs for Libyan military participation.”
The cable quote Lieberman as saying, “We never would have guessed ten years
ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar
al-Qadhafi.” It states that the Connecticut senator went on to describe Libya
as “an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies
sometimes make better friends.”
The “common enemies” referred to by Lieberman were precisely the Islamist
forces concentrated in eastern Libya that the US then backed Gaddafi in
repressing, but has now organized, armed and led in the operation to overthrow
"North Dakota has one thing that no
other state has: its own state-owned bank."
"So much urban property is sinking
into negative equity territory that a rise in property taxes will lead to even
more foreclosures and abandonments, and hence even lower fiscal returns. To
avoid this, cities are seeing Chapter 9 bankruptcy as the main route to free
themselves, especially from problems that stem from an unwarranted trust in
bankers to help them out of the earlier fiscal squeeze by putting them into
losing financial gambles."
"North Dakota, the one state that
currently has its own bank, is the only state to be in continuous budget
surplus since the banking crisis began. North Dakota’s balance sheet is so
strong that it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by
a combined $400 million and is debating further cuts. It also has the lowest
unemployment rate, lowest foreclosure rate and lowest credit card default rate
in the country, and it hasn’t had a bank failure in at least the last decade.
Revenues from the Bank of North Dakota (BND) have been a major boost to the
state budget. The bank has contributed over $300 million in revenues over the
last decade to state coffers, a substantial sum for a state with a population
less than one-tenth the size of Los Angeles County. North Dakota is an oil
state, but according to a study by the Center for State Innovation, from 2007
to 2009 the BND added nearly as much money to the state’s general fund as oil
and gas tax revenues did. Over a 15-year period, according to other data, the
BND has contributed more to the state budget than oil taxes have.
North Dakota is a conservative red state, not the sort you would expect to be
engaging in government enterprise. But the conservative justification for a
state-owned bank is that it preserves state sovereignty, allowing the state to
be independent of Wall Street and the Feds. The BND is not a business
competitor of the local banks but partners with them, helping with capital and
liquidity requirements. It participates in loans, provides guarantees, and
acts as a sort of mini-Fed for the state."
"The tiny island situated between
Saudi Arabia and Qatar serves as the base for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. The
Fifth Fleet, comprising 16,000 personnel and 30 vessels, is a staging ground
for US military projection across the Middle East and Central Asia. It also
monitors the sealanes of the Persian Gulf through which some 30 per cent of
the world’s total supply of traded oil passes every day.
Since the mainly Shia population of Bahrain took to the streets on 14 February
in protest against the unelected Sunni monarchy of the Al Khalifa dynasty,
Washington has given unrelenting support to the regime – invariably describing
Bahrain as “an important ally”.
Apart from the US Fifth Fleet, the US has a free trade agreement with Bahrain,
it sells some $20 million in weapons every year to the kingdom, and Bahrain is
a financial hub for American and global capital.
Bahrain returned all these favours by lending Washington and its NATO allies
diplomatic cover for the military intervention in Libya to oust Muammar
Gaddafi. Bahrain, along with the other Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar
and the United Arab Emirates, lined up dutifully behind the US/NATO
intervention to give it a veneer of Arab approval, and thus head off charges
that the aerial bombardment of Libya is a Western imperialist war of
aggression. The Gulf Arab monarchies have also performed the same political
function of providing diplomatic cover for the US/NATO sanctions and threats
of intervention against Syria.
Bahrain and the other Gulf dictatorships (despite the irony of that) have thus
played an important propaganda function. They have helped underpin the premise
that the US and NATO involvement in Libya and Syria is guided by defence of
human rights and democratic freedoms.
But now here’s the rub. Bahrain stands out as a glaring contradiction to
stated US government claims regarding its interventions in Libya and Syria."
"This attack on Medicare is on top of
Obama's previous Medicare slashing; the hundreds of billions of dollars he
took from Medicare as part of his now-infamous health care reform — one of the
many aspects of the reform that Republicans loved. In fact, Obama is achieving
the destruction of Medicare like no Republican before him. In defense, Obama
claims that the majority of his cuts fall on Medicare providers, dishonestly
implying that beneficiaries will be unaffected by massive cuts to doctors and
hospitals; of course the patients suffer in the end with less access to
doctors, less ability to stay in hospitals, less procedures being performed,
and less adequate overall care.
Also, if these additional cuts to Medicare are pushed through, the program
will be further undermined, opening itself up to new attacks. Medicare will
appear less functional as its funding is stripped, and the right wing will
then say, "Medicare doesn't work, let's cut it.” And they will be half-right,
since no under-funded program works as it should. "
"US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer,
blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and “unfair
trade practices.” However, it is US corporations that move their factories
abroad, thus replacing domestic production with imports. Half of US imports
from China consist of the offshored production of US corporations.
The wage differential is substantial. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, as of 2009, average hourly take-home pay for US workers was
$23.03. Social insurance expenditures add $7.90 to hourly compensation and
benefits paid by employers add $2.60 per hour for a total labor compensation
cost of $33.53.
In China as of 2008, total hourly labor cost was $1.36, and India’s is within
a few cents of this amount. Thus, a corporation that moves 1,000 jobs to China
saves saves $32,000 every hour in labor cost.These savings translate into
higher stock prices and executive compensation, not in lower prices for
consumers who are left unemployed by the labor arbitrage.
Republican economists blame “high” US wages for for the current high rate of
unemployment. However, US wages are about the lowest in the developed world.
They are far below hourly labor cost in Norway ($53.89), Denmark ($49.56),
Belgium ($49.40), Austria ($48.04), and Germany ($46.52). The US might have
the world’s largest economy, but its hourly workers rank 14th on the list of
the best paid. Americans also have a higher unemployment rate. The “headline”
rate that the media hypes is 9.1 percent, but this rate does not include any
discouraged workers or workers forced into part-time jobs because no full-time
jobs are available."
"The mainstream media is the most
obvious in its inherent bias and manipulation. The mainstream media is owned
directly by large multinational corporations, and through their boards of
directors are connected with a plethora of other major global corporations and
elite interests. An example of these connections can be seen through the board
of Time Warner.
Time Warner owns Time Magazine, HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN, among many others.
The board of directors includes individuals past or presently affiliated with:
the Council on Foreign Relations, the IMF, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund,
Warburg Pincus, Phillip Morris, and AMR Corporation, among many others.
Two of the most “esteemed” sources of news in the U.S. are the New York Times
(referred to as “the paper of record”) and the Washington Post. The New York
Times has on its board people who are past or presently affiliated with:
Schering-Plough International (pharmaceuticals), the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Wesco Financial Corporation,
Kohlberg & Company, The Charles Schwab Corporation, eBay Inc., Xerox, IBM,
Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly & Company, among others. Hardly a bastion of
And the same could be said for the Washington Post, which has on its board:
Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University and Chairman of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Warren Buffett, billionaire financial
investor, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; and individuals associated
with (past or presently): the Coca-Cola Company, New York University,
Conservation International, the Council on Foreign Relations, Xerox, Catalyst,
Johnson & Johnson, Target Corporation, RAND Corporation, General Motors, and
the Business Council, among others.
It is also important to address how the mainstream media is intertwined, often
covertly and secretly, with the government. Carl Bernstein, one of the two
Washington Post reporters who covered the Watergate scandal, revealed that
there were over 400 American journalists who had “secretly carried out
assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Interestingly, “the use of
journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence-gathering
employed by the CIA.” Among organizations which cooperated with the CIA were
the "American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the
Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers,
Scripps-Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami
Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald-Tribune."
By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials,
have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc. The CIA even ran a
training program “to teach its agents to be journalists,” who were “then
placed in major news organizations with help from management.”
These types of relationships have continued in the decades since, although
perhaps more covertly and quietly than before. For example, it was revealed in
2000 that during the NATO bombing of Kosovo, “several officers from the US
Army's 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg worked in the
news division at CNN's Atlanta headquarters.” This same Army Psyop outfit had
“planted stories in the U.S. media supporting the Reagan Administration's
Central America policies,” which was described by the Miami Herald as a “vast
psychological warfare operation of the kind the military conducts to influence
a population in enemy territory.” These Army PSYOP officers also worked at
National Public Radio (NPR) at the same time. The US military has, in fact,
had a strong relationship with CNN.
In 2008, it was reported that the Pentagon ran a major propaganda campaign by
using retired Generals and former Pentagon officials to present a good picture
of the administration’s war-time policies. The program started in the lead-up
to the Iraq War in 2003 and continued into 2009. These officials, presented as
“military analysts”, regurgitate government talking points and often sit on
the boards of military contractors, thus having a vested interest in the
subjects they are brought on to “analyze.”"
"The worst of the worst is that
Rumsfeld’s logic strikes directly at the foundations of our democracy and the
legitimacy of the War on Terror. The torture methods studied and adopted by
the Bush administration were not new, but adopted from the Survival, Evasion,
Resistance, and Escape program (SERE) which is taught to elite military units.
The program was developed during the Cold War, in response to North Korean,
Chinese, and Soviet Bloc torture methods. But the aim of those methods was
never to obtain intelligence, but to elicit false confessions. The Bush
administration asked the military to “reverse engineer” the methods, i.e.
figure out how to break down resistance to false confessions.
In the 2008 Senate Armed Services Committee report which indicted high-level
Bush administration officials, including Rumsfeld, as bearing major
responsibility for the torture at Abu Gharib, Guantanamo, and Bagram, the
“SERE instructors explained “Biderman’s Principles” – which were based on
coercive methods used by the Chinese Communist dictatorship to elicit false
confessions from U.S. POWs during the Korean War – and left with GTMO
personnel a chart of those coercive techniques.”
The Biderman Principles were based on the work of Air Force Psychiatrist
Albert Biderman, who wrote the landmark “Communist Attempts to Elecit False
Confessions from Air Force Prisoners of War,” on which SERE resistance was
based. Biderman wrote:
“The experiences of American Air Force prisoners of war in Korea who were
pressured for false confessions, enabled us to compile an outline of methods
of eliciting compliance, not much different, it turned out, from those
reported by persons held by Communists of other nations. I have prepared a
chart showing a condensed version of this outline.”
The chart is a how-to for communist torturers interested only in false
confessions for propaganda purposes, not intelligence. It was the manual for,
in Biderman’s words, “brainwashing.” In the reference for Principle Number 7,
“Degradation,” the chart explains:
“Makes Costs of Resistance Appear More Damaging to Self-Esteem than
Capitulation; Reduces Prisoner to “Animal Level…Personal Hygiene Prevented;
Filthy, Infested Surroundings; Demeaning Punishments; Insults and Taunts;
Denial of Privacy”
Appallingly, this could explain that even photos such as those of
feces-smeared prisoners at Abu Ghraib might not, as we would hope, be only the
individual work of particularly demented guards, but part of systematic
degradation authorized at the highest levels."
"Republican Senator Lindsey Graham
told reporters in 2004 of photos withheld by the Defense Department from Abu
Ghraib, “The American public needs to understand, we’re talking about rape and
murder here… We’re not just talking about giving people a humiliating
experience. We’re talking about rape and murder and some very serious
charges.” And journalist Seymour Hersh says: “boys were sodomized with the
cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys
shrieking that your government has.”
Rumsfeld resigned days before a criminal complaint was filed in Germany in
which the American general who commanded the military police battalion at Abu
Ghraib had promised to testify. General Janis Karpinski in an interview with
Salon.com was asked: “Do you feel like Rumsfeld is at the heart of all of this
and should be held completely accountable for what happened [at Abu Ghraib]?”
Karpinski answered: “Yes, absolutely.” In the criminal complaint filed in
Germany against Rumsfeld, Karpinski submitted 17 pages of testimony and
offered to appear before the German prosecutor as a witness. Congressman
Kendrick Meek of Florida, who participated in the hearings on Abu Ghraib, said
of Rumsfeld: “There was no way Rumsfeld didn’t know what was going on. He’s a
guy who wants to know everything.”
And Major General Antonio Taguba, who led the official Army investigation into
Abu Ghraib, said in his report:
“there is no longer any doubt as to whether the [Bush] administration has
committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered the use
of torture will be held to account.”"
"With regard to nuclear doctrine, the
concept of a US sponsored pre-emptive nuclear attack applies to a number of
countries or "rogue states" including Libya. An all out war against the
Qadhafi regime has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than 20
years, Moreover, Libya was the first country to be tagged for a preemptive
attack using tactical nuclear weapons. The Clinton administration's plan to
nuke Libya had been announced in no uncertain terms in a 1996 Department of
Defense press briefing:
"[The] Air Force would use the B61-11 [nuclear weapon] against Libya's alleged
underground chemical weapons plant at Tarhunah if the President decided that
the plant had to be destroyed. 'We could not take [Tarhunah] out of commission
using strictly conventional weapons,' Smith told the Associated Press. The
B61-11 'would be the nuclear weapon of choice,' he [Assistant Secretary of
Defense Harold P. Smith] told Jane Defence Weekly.
Clinton's Defense Secretary William Perry had confirmed in a statement to the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "the U.S. retained the option of using
nuclear weapons against countries [e.g. Libya] armed with chemical and
biological weapons." The Department of Defense's objective was to fast
track the "testing" of the B61-11 nuclear bomb on an actual country and that
country was Libya: "Even before the B61 came on line, Libya was identified as
a potential target".
While the 1996 plan to bomb Libya using tactical nuclear weapons was
subsequently shelved, Libya was not removed from the "black list": "The
Qadhafi regime" remains to this date a target country for a pre-emptive
("defensive") nuclear attack. As revealed by William Arkin in early 2002, "The
Bush administration, in a secret policy review... [had] ordered the Pentagon
to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least
seven countries, naming not only Russia and the "axis of evil" Iraq, Iran, and
North Korea but also China, Libya and Syria."
"Whatever one's views regarding Moamar
Gadaffi, the post-colonial Libyan government played a key role in eliminating
poverty and developing the country's health and educational infrastructure.
According to Italian Journalist Yvonne de Vito, "Differently from other
countries that went through a revolution – Libya is considered to be the
Switzerland of the African continent and is very rich and schools are free for
the people. Hospitals are free for the people. And the conditions for women
are much better than in other Arab countries." (Russia Today, August 25, 2011)
These developments are in sharp contrast to what most Third World countries
were able to "achieve" under Western style "democracy" and "governance" in the
context of a standard IMF-World Bank Structural Adjustment program (SAP)."
Is Turkey Going Rogue?
Daniel Pipes writes on
NRO: In a Middle East wracked by coups d’état and civil insurrections, the
"These days Evans-Pritchard sticks
more or less to the larger UK Telegraph "party line," which has to do with the
unraveling of the EU rather than who was behind the thing to begin with. But
understanding the reality of the EU's formation is important, too. It was set
up as a building block of world government and it was likely designed to fail
in order to create the impetus for a political union."
"Here's an excerpt from Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard's UK Telegraph article, circa September 2000:
Euro-federalists financed by US spy chiefs ... DECLASSIFIED ... American
government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in
the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Europe. It funded and
directed the European federalist movement. The documents confirm suspicions
voiced at the time that America was working aggressively behind the scenes to
push Britain into a European state.
One memorandum, dated July 26, 1950, gives instructions for a campaign to
promote a fully fledged European parliament. It is signed by Gen William J
Donovan, head of the American wartime Office of Strategic Services, precursor
of the CIA. The documents were found by Joshua Paul, a researcher at
Georgetown University in Washington. They include files released by the US
National Archives. Washington's main tool for shaping the European agenda was
the American Committee for a United Europe, created in 1948.
The chairman was Donovan, ostensibly a private lawyer by then. The
vice-chairman was Allen Dulles, the CIA director in the Fifties. The board
included Walter Bedell Smith, the CIA's first director, and a roster of ex-OSS
figures and officials who moved in and out of the CIA. The documents show that
ACUE financed the European Movement, the most important federalist
organisation in the post-war years.
In 1958, for example, it provided 53.5 per cent of the movement's funds. The
European Youth Campaign, an arm of the European Movement, was wholly funded
and controlled by Washington. The Belgian director, Baron Boel, received
monthly payments into a special account. When the head of the European
Movement, Polish-born Joseph Retinger, bridled at this degree of American
control and tried to raise money in Europe, he was quickly reprimanded ..."
"On September 13-14, the Brussels-based think tank BRUEGEL and the Peterson
Institute for International Economics hosted a conference on Resolving the
European Debt Crisis close to Paris. The conference assembled about four dozen
policy experts and practitioners, mainly from Europe and the United States.
Support for the conference was provided by Tudor Investment Corporation and
Black Rock Investment Management.
On the second day, a simulation game took place among the conference
participants in what amounted to a stress-test for European debt policy. As
the simulation unfolded, a powerful solution to fend-off speculative attacks
was found. The game was directed by Andrew Gracie of Crisis Management
Gracie is a former member of the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Group
with a strong track record in running simulated games for central banks
No sitting officials participated and the game was held under the Chatham
House rule. Participants played the roles of the governments of France,
Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain; decision-makers for the
ECB, IMF, and United States; and decision-makers in commercial banks in the
countries involved and non-bank financial market actors. In addition, in
response to successive rounds of the game as it unfolded, other participants
provided expertise in the areas of credit ratings, legal and accounting
issues, and political repercussions. As the simulation unfolded, a solution to
fend-off speculative attacks was found. (
In the war game the EU/IMF decided to expand the European Financial Stability
Facility (EFSF) to between $3 trillion (£1.9tn; 2.2tn euros) and $5 trillion
(£3.2tn ; 3.7tn euros). This was done by leveraging the 440bn euros supplied
under the EFSF legislation going through European parliaments this week, plus
match funding from the IMF. And by the ECB issuing "collateralised finance".
That is, by pledging around 700bn euros, they borrowed up to $5tn and then
lent it to European banks and countries, starting with Greece. They got the
money by mortgaging the assets of Europe basically, because $5tn is a lot.
They mortgaged the EFSF money, and then the ECB borrowed money against the
future tax revenues of Europe.
There were two interesting outcomes:
1. They saved the euro. Greece, Ireland et al stayed inside, now protected
forever - certainly for the lifetime of the participants, who were mainly on
the upside of 35 - by the wedge of money conjured from thin air.
2. It didn't solve the structural problems facing the periphery - but simply
gave them more time to sort it out.
An account of the game reports: "The large new lending facility was seen by
some players as free money for errant countries without sufficient
This Breughel document is doing the rounds in Washington DC, and contains an
uncanny blueprint for what might now be about to happen. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15051882
And what might be about to happen is that the Central Banks will start the
printing pressing rolling and devaluing currencies throughout the globe. This
will result in inflation and higher food and energy prices throughout the
world. This will result in more global unrest resulting in more war, death,
and destruction resulting in increased profits for the Bilderberg/CFR/RIIA
Military Industrial complex."
"As we've pointed out before, the
funding for Al Jazeera comes from the government of Qatar. That's the same
Qatar that hosts a huge American military base, one of the main ones for the
invasion of Iraq. The US helped the current Qatar regime take power, in fact.
Qatar is beholden to the US in manifold ways.
Then there's the staffing of Al Jazeera. When the news network went up, there
was a lack of qualified personnel. Fortunately, almost the entire staff of the
Saudi Arabia BBC went on strike as luck would have it, and many defected to Al
Thus we have the back story. A puppet US regime begins a "Middle Eastern" news
service staffed by striking journos from the BBC ... Home grown, Al Jazeera
isn't. But you kind of know that when you watch the station and notice how its
news choices parallel CNN and the BBC. They don't even bother to hide it."
"Under one version of the proposal,
the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) would be converted into a
licensed bank, which would then post its existing capital and sovereign bonds
as collateral with the European Central Bank, and receive still more cash in
return. That cash would be used to buy more debt, which would in turn be put
up as collateral for more central bank loans, and so on.
The ECB could accomplish the same thing by buying bonds directly with newly
minted euros, and some analysts have suggested that this is exactly what it
should be doing. But that would turn the ECB into a vehicle for funding member
states' budget deficits, which it is specifically barred from doing.
Instead, the alternative being suggested is to turn the EFSF into a kind of
leveraged buy-up fund for government bonds. This is supposed to achieve two
things: First, it could take euro-zone members out of the clutches of those
fickle and rapacious private investors. And, second, it would allow the ECB to
maintain a sheen of respectability, as it would merely be lending to this bank
against collateral, just as it does with other banks.
Here is where the Fannie Mae likeness begins to emerge—as a
government-guaranteed leverage machine for lowering the cost of a certain kind
of debt. The difference with Fannie is that this proposal involves sovereign
debt instead of mortgages, and the borrowing is being done directly from the
central bank. Fannie at least had to market its debt to private investors.
Now imagine a scenario in which this new super-bank borrows a few trillion
from the ECB to buy up government bonds—and then the bond prices go down.
Given the leverage built into this euro-zone Fannie bank, it wouldn't take
much in the way of interest-rate normalization to wipe out the capital
underlying all the capital that this euro-Fannie would start with."
"Tony Blair's six secret visits to
Gaddafi ... Tony Blair's close relationship to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has
come under fresh scrutiny after it emerged he had six private meetings with
the dictator in the three years after he left Downing Street ... Mr Blair is
coming under increasing pressure to make public details of all his meetings
and discussions with Gaddafi. It follows the disclosure in The Sunday
Telegraph last week that on at least two occasions Mr Blair flew to Tripoli on
a private jet paid for by the Libyan regime. Among the new meetings uncovered
by this newspaper is a visit to Gaddafi in January 2009, when JP Morgan, the
US investment bank which pays Mr Blair £2 million a year as a senior adviser,
was trying to negotiate a deal between the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA)
and a company run by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a friend of Lord
Mandelson. The multi-billion dollar deal, which later fell through, would have
seen the LIA provide a loan to Rusal, the world's largest aluminum producer."
"Obama was helped into office by a
wave of racial goodwill. Even many critics and skeptics, including your humble
columnist, celebrated his election as the surest sign ever that racism in
America was still dead. But if racism is dead--or, to be less hyperbolic,
completely marginalized--we're still hearing an awful lot about it, in large
part because the liberal left in America is obsessed with race."
"Several years ago, the police entered
the office of a young professor at a reputable university and arrested him for
an online crime. They took the professor away, booked him, and then offered
him a deal: admit guilt and get off easy. The professor said to the few people
to whom he was permitted to speak that this was crazy because he was innocent.
His lawyer warned him: fight this and you could get life; admit guilt and you
will get a suspended sentence. He took the deal. It was a trick. Now he
languishes in jail, his life wrecked as far into the future as he can see.
This doesn't happen in America, does it? Yes, it does. Not only that, it is
increasingly the norm. Those raised on a steady diet of courtroom television
shows believe that they are true to the way justice is meted out. This is
completely naive. Trials in federal criminal cases are rare. Nine in ten cases
are settled in pleas like the above case. Only three percent of the cases go
to trial. Among those that go to trial, the defendant wins once in every 212
"Every now and then the Indian
government reminds us of the reality of India – how corrupt the bureaucracy is
and how impoverished many of its people are. In this article we get a kind of
double-barreled blast. A government commission in its wisdom has decided that
something like 77 percent of India (that's the percentage of people that may
be living in poverty) can live on 66 cents a day. Could YOU live on 66 cents a
day – and your family, too? Didn't think so.
But that's what India's "Planning Commission" has told India's Supreme Court.
It's supposed to be "adequate for private expenditure on food, education and
health" in India's cities. Country folk get to live on 55 cents a day!
Only about 40 percent of Indians are said to be impoverished, but one reason
is because of the way government twists statistics. The poverty rate may be as
high as 70 percent. The Planning Commission needs to update its poverty
statistics to reflect India's nearly 10 percent core inflation rate. And thus
the need to downplay the amount of money that people need to live. The higher
the amount, the more the government has to spend on impoverished Indians.
One gets the feeling the Planning Commission would declare that India's
impoverished could live on a single cent a day if it could get away with it.
"This extremely low estimated expenditure is aimed at artificially reducing
the number of persons below the poverty line and thus reduce government
expenditure on the poor," well-known social activist Aruna Roy told The Hindu
newspaper (according to the BBC)."
"As we expected, Republican
front-runner and Texas Governor Rick Perry is starting to see his campaign
implode. That's what happens when you spend most of your political career as a
big-spending globalist and then try to run as a small-government conservative.
Once upon a time, you could get away with that sort of thing because the
mainstream media would cover you – if you were someone the elites had an
interest in backing.
But even with apparent support of American "king-makers," Rick Perry's
campaign is fast-diminishing into also-ran status. The Internet remembers or,
in many cases, doesn't forget. Between what's on the 'Net and stinging
comments from others in the race for the presidential nomination, Perry is
looking considerably battered and bruised.
Which is giving the Anglosphere power elite fits. It seems that they are just
as opposed to libertarian Congressman Ron Paul as they were last time round.
Then, Ron Paul didn't have much of a chance, but today he certainly does. In
fact, right now there's almost no one else. Paul runs well against Barack
Obama and the party faithful are as unenthused with "front runner" Mitt Romney
as they are with Rick Perry.
Ineluctably, Ron Paul is emerging as the candidate to beat, the front-runner
if you will. And that has sent the top Republican brass scurrying all the way
to New Jersey where they have prostrated themselves in front of tart-tongued
conservative Chris Christie. The governor of New Jersey has made a name for
himself as a no-nonsense, grown-up conservative. He can't see Russia from his
house (like Sarah Palin) and he's not born again (like Michele Bachmann). He
doesn't have a liberal record to run against and, unlike Mitt Romney, he never
passed a kinda/sorta version of Obamacare."
"How bad is American jurisprudence?
Well, according to the article, laws – especially at the federal level – are
so plentiful and offer such severe outcomes that what was once considered
"justice" is now merely horse-trading. Almost any offense can net 20 or 30
years and the system is predisposed toward guilty verdicts if a case actually
goes to trial (though fewer and fewer do)."
"Examine the "progress" that has been
made in the past century – the first full century of global fiat money
controlled by central banks. Fiat money produced by central banks is a kind of
monetary crack. It makes people feel good and business people overinvest as a
result. The hyper-stimulation makes people act crazy, in fact. They expand
their businesses far too rapidly and then lose everything when the eventual
Big corporations – entities that likely would not exist without overwhelming
judicial support – have the wherewithal to handle the downturns. The top
executives of these huge multinationals cut back in the down times. They lay
people off, draw down bank lines and generally use resources that are not
available to smaller entities.
If the worst happens, government officials themselves may step in to support
the largest companies until a turnaround can be effected. In our opinion, the
largest corporations are owned or at least controlled by the great central
banking families that have traditionally operated out of the City of London.
From what we can tell, there is substantial overlap between fiat-fueled
commercial banking and the largest Anglosphere corporations. These elite
families control Western governments, too."
"The road map to a Palestinian state
is simple. First, Washington must unequivocally support the aspirations of the
Iranian people for a new beginning free of the clerics who have robbed them of
life, liberty and economic prosperity. A democratic Iran at peace with Israel
is a fundamental prerequisite for the creation of a Palestinian state. Second,
a blueprint for rebuilding a new Palestinian state must be adopted. This can
be done by the participation of Palestinian professionals from all
subspecialties. For example, roads can be built, its water can be treated,
tourism can be established and, finally, the Gaza Strip, which abuts the blue
waters of the Mediterranean, can be turned into a Singapore or “Dubai by the
Med.” Third, a financial aid package from the rich Arab countries of the
Persian Gulf is essential. This Marshall Plan for Palestine can be led by
Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips threw his support behind the
candidate for the 2012 GOP nomination, who's candidacy suffered setbacks early
in the campaign.
Based on criteria including electability, conservatism, and whether the
candidate has a "plan to the vision to put forward plans to dismantle the
massive government bureaucracy that we have seen grow under both Republican
and Democrat administrations," Phillips winnowed down the qualifiers to
"Gingrich is the candidate who has the vision to fundamentally change the
Federal Government. Gingrich has the unique capabilities to be the field
general. He is the big idea man, much as Ronald Reagan was," Phillips wrote in
a blog post for the Tea Party Nation.
The Tea Party Nation organized the first National Tea Party Convention, which
was held last year in Nashville, Tennessee.
"It's interesting to note, then, how
"Islamists," such as Zayyat, who appear tenacious of upholding Sharia,
sometimes advocate positions that actually contradict it. To understand this
phenomenon, one must first understand "Islamism"—a hybrid abomination of
sorts, whereby the better principles of Western civilization are absorbed and
rearticulated within a distinctly Muslim paradigm. For instance, the Western
stress on human freedom, human dignity, and universal justice, is, for
Islamists, transformed into a stress on Muslim freedom, Muslim dignity, and
Muslim justice—all, naturally, at the sake of the infidel."
"The mainstream media's response to
the incident has included a lot of whitewashing, as well as a full-scale
damage control operation to reaffirm the supposed safety of Gardasil, which is
alleged by Merck to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) and some forms of
cervical cancer. But the cat is out of the bag as thousands of curious
Americans, many for the first time, are learning about the very real dangers
associated with the Gardasil vaccine.
Not long after the vaccine was approved back in 2006, Gardasil's deadly side
effects quickly began to emerge. Reports came in about young girls
experiencing seizures and developing chronic neurological problems, as well as
other conditions, immediately after receiving one or more of the three-part
Gardasil vaccination schedule.
And according to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny from NewsWithView.com, there were already
more than 1,200 adverse events from the vaccine logged in the US Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
less than a year after its release."
“…rage, hate, and insanity… will
emerge full-force against the candidate who takes on Obama, and will be
doubled if he wins. The Republican candidate will have to have a very strong
character to withstand that hate and to govern effectively. Does Romney want
to win badly enough to go down in history as "the man who defeated the First
Black President"? If he wins, will Romney spend his entire time trying to
appease liberal rage by governing as a liberal?”
You're all I
need! Obama at Congressional Black Caucus event. So President Obama is
using the Saile
"So here is the Obama-inspired DOJ
moving to block legislation Governor Perry designated an “emergency item”
earlier this year, with the blatant intent of facilitating Hispanic voter
fraud. Is GOP Presidential aspirant Perry going to defend his own State’s
The Stand With
Arizona blog gets right to the point: "Sneaking it in late on a Friday
afternoon on a
"Ryan argues that the tax laws make it
far cheaper for a corporation to purchase coverage for workers than for the
worker to buy a similar policy on their own."
The Stand With
Arizona blog gets right to the point: "Sneaking it in late on a Friday
afternoon on a
"The "Cell Phone Myth" of which
he spoke is itself a myth. His critique proved useful, nevertheless, in
providing the occasion for me to bring out several points: (1) Reported
cell phone calls were central to the creation of the claim that the
airliners had been hijacked. (2) The FBI had actively participated in
the creation of this claim. (3) The FBI, a few years later, renounced
its endorsement of high-altitude cell phone calls and thereby had to
make changes in its reports about several of the alleged calls---changes
that are most obvious with respect to the alleged calls from Tom Burnett
and Amy Sweeney. (4) These changes constitute an implicit admission by
the FBI that its original claims about cell phone calls from the planes
were false. (5) This admission should lead us to conclude that the whole
story about phone calls was an elaborate fabrication."
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"Although the core answers to that
remain a mystery, some good did come out of the experience. It was on this day
-- and this is a true story from my childhood -- that I realized America has a
serious IQ deficit.
And, importantly, the intelligence-impaired individuals in America outnumber
the rest of us by a frighteningly large factor. This ratio has not appreciably
changed in the 35 years or so since I was in the second grade, it seems, and
the really scary thing is that those very same people who couldn't count in
the second grade are now running the country -- where they still can't count
because we're now deep into the nation's deepest financial deficits ever!
Those second-grade classmates I grew up with, you see, are all in the forties
now, and they're probably working in government, or local businesses, or
perhaps even at the FDA. And while they probably eventually learned how to
properly count rotations and such, they no doubt fail to see the obvious in
other things such as the readily evident fact that the WTC 7 building was
brought down by demolition charges."
"Evan Burr Bukey opens this
fascinating book with a startling statistic: when the Nazi leadership planned
to complete the genocide of European Jewry at the Wannsee Conference on
January 20, 1942, fully two-fifths of the discussions were taken up with what
to do with the relatively small group of intermarried couples (one Jewish
spouse and one non-Jewish) and their “mixed” offspring. The answer, which
might surprise many, was that not much was done with them, at least in terms
of the exterminationist policy that was otherwise meted out to European Jewry.
On the one hand, for the Reich, and also for Vienna, according to the
statistics outlined by Bukey, between 85 and 90 percent of Jews with
non-Jewish spouses survived the Holocaust. On the other hand, as Bukey also
shows, the survival of so many intermarried Jews and their Mischling children
was not achieved without many attempts by Nazi radicals to overcome what they
saw as this blemish on German racial purity, nor without much suffering of
persecution, and fear of deportation and death, on the part of the
intermarried couples and their “mixed” children, especially toward the end of
the Nazi regime. "
Evan Burr Bukey.
Jews and Intermarriage in Nazi Austria. Cambridge: Cambridge University
"It’s eminently fitting the woman the
Palestinian Authority chose to formally launch its statehood bid is a proud
mother of five murderers, of whom one is now dead while the other four are
serving life sentences in Israel. After all, a woman who teaches her sons to
kill Israelis even at the expense of their own welfare is the perfect emblem
of a Palestinian state dedicated to destroying Israel even at the expense of
its people’s welfare. "
“This is a trend
that has been increasing: Aliya is younger and better educated,“ Jewish
"It is oftentimes complained,
partially unfairly, that the American lower classes are getting poorer and
poorer. But enough has been written, by practically every conservative
think-tank, about how the welfare state and anti-discrimination legislation
destroy neighborhoods and promote the business interests of those with poor
moral constitutions (leftists, primarily) by providing layabouts with an
arsenal of unreasonable lawsuits. This article, recognizing the above
socioeconomic maxims, will seek instead to show how two-income households have
played an equal, if not greater role in impoverishing American lower classes.
This aspect of American poverty has not been adequately addressed -- perhaps,
considering how feminism pushes women into the workplace, because it is now
culturally offensive to do so."
"Why do evolutionary biologists (not
to mention evolutionary psychologists) get away with extravagant and unmerited
extrapolations from the trivially obvious to all of biology (with, of course,
obligatory speculations about probable or possible “evolutionary pathways”
that are thoroughly unsupported with details concerning the generative
capabilities of the proposed mechanism)?"
academic training is not required to figure out how stuff works, or to be
qualified to r
"According to the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS), this considerable rate decrease is due
substantially to higher-than-expected use of therapy payment categories in the
first eight months of fiscal year 2011. The overpayments were detected using
claims and assessment data and have been confirmed since publication of the
proposed regulation in April.
The final regulation also expands the regulations for other Medicare required
assessments (OMRAs). Under current regulations, patients in SNFs with
seven-day treatment schedules must be discharged from treatment if they miss
treatment for three days. An assessment is required for the patient to restart
treatment. For example, if a patient receiving swallowing treatment received
no such therapy for three days (e.g., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), then an
assessment would be required, even though the OMRA serves no purpose as a
clinical management tool.
The final regulations extend this requirement to SNFs with five-day treatment
In its regulatory comments, ASHA indicated several logical reasons for missed
treatment on the first or last day of a work week (e.g., patient illness,
clinician illness, patient refusal, physician office visit) that could result
in a three-day interruption of services, and suggested revising the OMRA
requirement to four days to avoid unnecessary discharges and reassessments.
CMS chose to retain the regulation in the final rule."
"GOP businessman and former CEO of
Godfather's Pizza Herman Cain has won the Florida straw poll. See who is
funding his presidential campaign on OpenSecrets.org!"
"This is denied by the New World
Order's promoters of international unification. They have been planning for
this since the end of World War I. They have been actively implementing this
by stealth since the early 1950s. They used treaties to bring this political
unification to pass. They used economic unification as the bait. The hook of
political unification was always buried in the bait.
The threat facing the NWO is that the economic bait has turned out to be
poison. The EMU is based on a common central bank and a common fiat currency.
But without a common system of government, there can be no fiscal union. There
can be no central planning by Keynesian means.
The nationalism implied by Keynesian fiscal manipulation has led to the Greek
crisis. The EMU rested on an unlikely premise: the wisdom of Europe's
commercial bankers, who had spent their careers in highly regulated domestic
markets. Always before, bankers in large banks could count on their national
central banks to bail them out. But, in this new world banking order, the
European Central Bank does not have the flexibility to bail out all of the
large national banks that are now in big trouble. There are members of the
ECB's board who are part of the German-Dutch axis, which favors tighter money
and stable prices. The Board must placate them to some degree. This reduces
the ECB's response time."
"Who's to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process?"
asks Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin by way of introducing a prominent Democrat's
Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu--whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power,
and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian
Clinton, in a roundtable with bloggers today on the sidelines of the Clinton
Global Initiative in New York, gave an extensive recounting of the
deterioration in the Middle East peace process since he pressed both parties
to agree to a final settlement at Camp David in 2000. He said there are two
main reasons for the lack of a comprehensive peace today: the reluctance of
the Netanyahu administration to accept the terms of the Camp David deal and a
demographic shift in Israel that is making the Israeli public less amenable to
Clinton was singing a different tune a decade ago, as Newsweek reported:
Nearly a year after he failed to achieve a deal at Camp David, former
president Bill Clinton gave vent to his frustrations this week over the
collapse of peace in the Mideast. And Clinton directed his ire at one man:
Yasir Arafat. On Tuesday night, Clinton told guests at a party at the
Manhattan apartment of former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke and his wife,
writer Kati Marton, that Arafat called to bid him farewell three days before
he left office. "You are a great man," Arafat said. "The hell I am," Clinton
said he responded. "I'm a colossal failure, and you made me one."
The two statements aren't necessarily inconsistent. After all, Arafat is in
stable condition after dying at a Paris hospital, and it is logically possible
that the Arabs have grown more pacific and the Israelis more intransigent over
the past decade.
But we don't think that's the case, and we suspect Clinton knows better. So
what might be the former president's motives? For one thing, Netanyahu served
a stint as prime minister during his presidency, prior to the failed Camp
David efforts, and there was no love lost between the two leaders then.
For another, though, Clinton has a complicated relationship with President
Obama. As we noted Tuesday, Clinton often acts as a "frenemy" to the
president, defined as "that friend who's hanging out at your house using you
emotionally to make herself feel better"--in Clinton's case, by undermining
Obama's re-election efforts and thereby securing his own place in history as
the only Democrat since FDR to be elected twice.
Think about it. Jewish voters overwhelmingly backed Obama, but many now doubt
that he is a friend of Israel. The Democrats just lost a House election in New
York City, of all places, in large part because of that. Earlier this week,
Obama defended Israel in hostile territory, the U.N. General Assembly.
Obama's speech was strong enough that, as The Weekly Standard's Lee Smith
reports, one Palestinian journalist wrote: "The black president's speech was
blacker than the tar thrown at the Palestinians, because his main concern is
to guarantee Jewish votes and AIPAC's financial and propagandist support." His
aides were apologizing to the New York Times for his acting counter to the
stereotype of a left-wing appeaser:
The Arab Spring quandary, in particular, has been troublesome for Mr. Obama.
White House officials say that he has long been keenly aware that he, like no
other American president, stood as a potential beacon to the Arab street as
the ultimate symbol of the hopes and rewards of democracy. But since he is the
president of the United States, he has had to put American interests first.
And what does Clinton--whose wife, by the way, is Obama's secretary of
state--do? He reinforces the idea that Democrats are hostile to Israel. That's
not going to help Obama in Florida, Nevada or Pennsylvania.
"The next significant turning point in
this longstanding association between musicians and power elites was the
advent of mass media such as the radio and television which, together with the
development of recording techniques, made possible the commercialization and
dissemination of a uniformized musical content on a worldwide scale, and
tremendously increased the elites' control over art and culture. From that
point on, elites could finally achieve their dream of molding mainstream music
and use it as a powerful propaganda tool to directly manipulate people's
emotions and moods on an unprecedented scale, covertly injecting their memes
into young minds under the guise of entertainment. Not coincidentally, it is
also during this period that we see the rise of gigantic corporations and
statist institutions entirely devoted to the development and transmission of
One such institution was the Frankfurt School of Social Research, which
counted among its members leaders of the counterculture movement such as
Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and especially, Theodor Adorno. Perhaps best
known for his book, The Authoritarian Personality (1950), a blueprint for the
elites' plans which advocated the breakdown of the family and of nationalism
(allegedly as a way to counteract the development of fascist tendencies in
modern societies), Adorno was in fact trained as a musicologist.
Adorno came to the United States in 1939 to head the music division of the
Princeton University Radio Research Project, which was funded by the
Rockefeller Foundation with the official aim of analyzing the social effects
of new forms of mass media such as television and radio. Rather, this research
led to a fundamental transformation of these media by turning them into
efficient vehicles for cultural programming through the establishment of the
hit parade system which, according to Paul Hirsch (a scholar who reported on
Adorno's project), converted radio networks "into round-the-clock recycling
machines that repeated the top forty hits."
The Tavistock Institute is another institution, and probably the most
important one, whose whole raison d'être was cultural programming. There are
good reasons to believe that the Tavistock Institute and its affiliates
directed the hippie movement of the 1960s from behind the scenes, and covertly
promoted bands such as the Beatles in order to transmit their society-altering
values such as sexual liberation and the widespread usage of drugs. (For more
on this topic, see DB article, Is Paul Dead?).
In a modern reworking of the "musician-as-spy" arrangements of the
Renaissance, many of the biggest rock and pop stars of that period apparently
had close ties to intelligence agencies or to the military, as for instance
The Doors' Jim Morrison, whose father, George S. Morrison, was the commander
of the ships involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident that ignited the Vietnam
War. Doubtless similar associations still continue today."
"Here's the beginning of an article
from Global Research written way back in March 2009, when Facebook only had 20
million users but was well on its way to success:
Facebook - the CIA conspiracy ... Facebook has 20 million users worldwide, is
worth billions of dollars and, if internet sources are to be believed, was
started by the CIA. The social networking phenomenon started as a way of
American college students to keep in touch. It is rapidly catching up with
MySpace, and has left others like Bebo in its wake.
But there is a dark side to the success story that's been spreading across the
blogosphere. A complex but riveting Big Brother-type conspiracy theory, which
links Facebook to the CIA and the US Department of Defence. The CIA is,
though, using a Facebook group to recruit staff for its very sexy sounding
National Clandestine Service.
The story starts once Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had launched, after the
dorm room drama that's led to the current court case. Facebook's first round
of venture capital funding ($US500,000) came from former Paypal CEO Peter
Thiel. Author of anti-multicultural tome 'The Diversity Myth', he is also on
the board of radical conservative group VanguardPAC.
The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from venture
capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of
the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman
Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm established by the Central
Intelligence Agency in 1999. One of the company's key areas of expertise is in
"data mining technologies.""
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