19 votes

How to Live Without Irony

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/how-to-live-...

If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living.

The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). He harvests awkwardness and self-consciousness. Before he makes any choice, he has proceeded through several stages of self-scrutiny. The hipster is a scholar of social forms, a student of cool. He studies relentlessly, foraging for what has yet to be found by the mainstream. He is a walking citation; his clothes refer to much more than themselves. He tries to negotiate the age-old problem of individuality, not with concepts, but with material things.

He is an easy target for mockery. However, scoffing at the hipster is only a diluted form of his own affliction. He is merely a symptom and the most extreme manifestation of ironic living. For many Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s — members of Generation Y, or Millennials — particularly middle-class Caucasians, irony is the primary mode with which daily life is dealt. One need only dwell in public space, virtual or concrete, to see how pervasive this phenomenon has become. Advertising, politics, fashion, television: almost every category of contemporary reality exhibits this will to irony.

23 votes

Petraeus: A Phony Hero for a Phony War

Opinion from the New York Times
By Lucian K. Truscott IV

FASTIDIOUSNESS is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexander’s time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold braid decorated the brim of his cap than he did about how many bodies he left on beachheads across the Pacific. Next came Westmoreland, with his starched fatigues in Vietnam. In our time, Gen. David H. Petraeus has set the bar high. Never has so much beribboned finery decorated a general’s uniform since Al Haig passed through the sally ports of West Point on his way to the White House.

“What’s wrong with a general looking good?” you may wonder. I would propose that every moment a general spends on his uniform jacket is a moment he’s not doing his job, which is supposed to be leading soldiers in combat and winning wars — something we, and our generals, stopped doing about the time that MacArthur gold-braided his way around the stalemated Korean War.

And now comes “Dave” Petraeus, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. No matter how good he looked in his biographer-mistress’s book, it doesn’t make up for the fact that we failed to conquer the countries we invaded, and ended up occupying undefeated nations.

30 votes

Journalist: TSA agents wearing badges upside down to stay anonymous

Writer threatened with arrest after asking for agent and supervisor’s names

Steve Watson | Infowars.com
Nov 19, 2012

A prominent talk radio host and author who has had previous run ins with the TSA noted Sunday that many TSA agents are wearing their identification badges upside down, making it more difficult for travelers and anyone attempting to film the agents to identify them ahead of the Infowars led Opt Out And Film Campaign this week.

Read more @ Infowars.com

25 votes

One way to retire debt - call it immoral

I love the irony.

All those Americans suffering under repressive loan arrangements could perhaps take a leaf out of the George Bush playbook. Faced with the inconvenience of a huge debt incurred by Saddam Hussein when Bush took over Iraq, he just declared all the debt as immoral and refused to pay it.

The link below details how Ecuador successfully applied the same strategy against debts to an American Company (the United Fruit Company) and Bush / Obama were forced to back down.

74 votes

The Hill: Retiring Ron Paul to take his case for Liberty to college campuses next year

Retiring Rep. Ron Paul plans to deliver speeches on college campuses next year and beyond, continuing his message of liberty and reducing the size of the federal government.

In an interview with The Hill, the Texas Republican clearly indicated that he isn’t ready for the rocking chair.

56 votes

Oklahomans Prepare for New Law That Will Make Guns a Common Sight

In a state with 142,000 men and women licensed to carry concealed weapons, the scene at Beverly’s will most likely become commonplace as Oklahomans take advantage of the law by displaying their handguns while they shop for groceries, eat at restaurants and walk into banks.

“This enhances Oklahomans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said the Republican state senator who wrote Senate Bill 1733, Anthony Sykes. “I think the evidence is clear that gun owners are some of the most responsible people, and they’ve shown that in not just Oklahoma, where we’ve had conceal carry for quite some time and there’s never been an incident, but in these other states as well.”

55 votes

Dr. Paul like you've never seen him before!

Screaming fans!
Beautiful people everywhere!
Dr. Paul in uncompromising positions!
All set to awesome music!

So I finally got around to putting together a gallery of my photos from Dr. Paul's May 4th event at UCSD (University of Commiefornia San Diego). Because my site wasn't even around then, and the fact that they were all shot on film, well it's no wonder it took me so long. Hope you enjoy them!

http://vincebodie.com/images/ron-paul-ucsd-may-2012/index.html (pics alone)

http://vincebodie.com/film-photography.html (music is here)

112 votes

Man Facing 80 Years In Prison On Federal Charges Over Medical Marijuana In Montana!

By state law, medical marijuana is legal in Montana. Federal law, however, is another matter, as Chris Williams sadly found out.

http://youtu.be/wZCWHxmph80

Opinion from the New York Times, By Rebecca Richman Cohen
November 7, 2012

Our federal marijuana policy is increasingly out of step with both the values of American citizens and with state law. The result is a system of justice that is schizophrenic and at times appalling.

32 votes

Obama Unilaterally Gives Cybersecurity Powers to the Military

Washington Post: President Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyber­attacks on the nation’s web of government and private computer networks.

Presidential Policy Directive 20 establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace, according to several U.S. officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record. The president signed it in mid-October.

57 votes

Skyscraper on fire in Dubai - No Pancake Effect

Burning for 8 hours, no pancake effect.

Washington Post: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rescue crews in Dubai safely evacuated a 34-story residential tower Sunday after a fire gutted portions of the building, police said.

The blaze charred the outside of the structure and send gray smoke drifting over a major development known as Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a cluster of high-rise apartment buildings and shops on the southern edge of Dubai.

Video below:

31 votes

"The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages"

122 votes

I have been identified by the US. Department of Health and Human Services

I received a letter over a month ago from the US Department Health and Human Services (DHHS). They were very excited to announce that my household had been selected to conduct a National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Here is the letter:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/89689736@N08/8196808230/
(I have leaflets and other information that accompanied this )

The letter said 200,000 interviewed and the leaflet says 70,000.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/89689736@N08/8196863866/

It further explains that this is the Federal Governments primary source of national data on the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substances.

The survey also contains questions on health and illegal behaviors and other topics associated with substance use.

According to the letter approximately 70,000 individuals, 12 years old and older, will be randomly selected and asked to voluntarily participate.

Included was the name of an organization named RTI that had been contracted to solicit this information from me. They were going to come to my house and ask me or my family members some questions. In return, they would pay each person that participated $30.00 "CASH" for their time.

Yes you heard me right, they want to send a stranger unknown to me, come to my house, sit down with my kids and ask them behavioral questions. In return, they have bribed us with $30.00 each of your money to do this. The whole idea creeps me out!

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2 weeks ago I was cleaning my garage when a vehicle pulled into my driveway and a female with a company credential pinned to her chest that said RTI got out of her car and approached me. She said "Sir, may I speak to you for a moment?" I politely said "how may I help you"?

66 votes

Final Answers to all 32 of Ron Paul's Questions? Review and let me know. Thx!

1. Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?

Allowing individuals to self medicate using a plant that can be grown naturally would cut into the profits of the corporate-government legal drug monopoly (Big-Pharma) and would eliminate a major justification for the overwhelming number of paramilitary police that now roam the streets and raid the homes of Americans in Anytown, USA. Prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of drugs does nothing to curtail the manufacture, transport, sale, or use of drugs. Prohibition of Alcohol instituted with the ratification of the 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919 failed so miserably that on December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was passed which repealed the 18th Amendment. Alcohol Prohibition did not stop people from drinking booze, it increased the power of organized crime by generating enormous sums of money in the Black-Market. When laws are passed that make selling a product with a high consumer demand illegal, in all situations, whether its cigars from Cuba, medicine from Canada, or marijuana from Mexico, the power of organized crime increases and the flow of cash into the black market explodes. Repealing prohibition redirected the flow of money generated by the sale of alcohol from organized crime to State and Federal Governments, and also weakened the power of organized crime. Alcohol prohibition provided America with nearly 15 years of real world experience on the unintended consequences of prohibiting its sale while consumer demand remained very high. Alcohol, is no different than marijuana or prescription pills in the purpose that they serve. Just because alcohol has been arbitrarily chosen by the people in power as a drug that Americans can consume without the risk of being put in a cage, it doesn’t magically change the fact that alcohol is a drug that is used for the exact same reasons that people use marijuana or take prescription pain pills. In fact, historical evidence and most independent studies conclude that using alcohol regularly is worse than almost any other recreational drug when taking into account the damage done to the human body and the ever present role that alcohol plays in the destruction of families and other personal relationships. These facts all beg the question, why would the Federal Government continue its so called “War on Drugs”? Using the 15 years of experience gained during Alcohol prohibition, we can now look back and know for a fact that making a substance illegal when consumer demand remains high has no effect on the stated purpose of reducing consumption. Criminalizing the freedom of individuals to choose what they want to put into their own bodies is totalitarian tyranny of the first order. Legislating social behaviors is illogical immoral, and increases the power of organized crime. Legalizing marijuana would weaken the power of organized crime and redirect the flow of money generated by the sale of the plant from Black-Markets and International Drug Cartels to both State and Federal Governments. The only logical reason why our Federal Government refuses to even consider ending the prohibition of cannabis has got to be because they are making more money, and exerting more control over the population by continuing the prohibition of marijuana than they would if marijuana was legalized, taxed, and regulated by the State. Here’s why and some of it may be shocking to those that still think our Government is all about protecting us, and doing everything they can to help us live long and prosper. If tomorrow all drugs were decriminalized “The War on Drugs” would no longer be needed. The amount of money that corporations, government officials, and 1000’s of people in positions of power steal from that program alone is staggering. The last thing our government wants to do is end any “War”. Smedley Butler wrote a book called “War is a Racket”, published in 1935. If you have never read it, read it here:http://www.scuttlebuttsmallchow.com/racket.html
Essentially, “The War on Drugs” is one of the largest government programs ever created to extract money from the American people again, under the guise of protecting us. The cost of “The War on Drugs” , not counting the billions of dollars that are extracted from taxpayers to fund countless agencies like the DEA, and all the other “drug task force” agencies has exceeded 1 Trillion dollars since it began in the middle 70’s. Common sense would indicate that we stop wasting money on a problem that can’t be solved no matter how much money we throw at it and we the American people should start exercising our constitutional rights and living free! So, in fact, ending “The War on Drugs” would enable our Government to save Billions of dollars each year. Billions that could be used to fund legitimate government programs (assuming such things exist) but instead are funneled to people in power all around the world who “partner” with our covert alphabet agencies to maintain and control the international drug trade. This is why our government does not want to legalize drugs. I can promise you that it has nothing to do with “protecting you from yourself”. In reality, “The War on Drugs” is really “The War on Liberty” and keeping drugs illegal allows the elite to “invest” in an business that makes them millionaires and billionaires. These “investments” and the profits they rake in are staggering. These massive cash reserves are mostly held outside the US in offshore accounts (banks, brokerage firms, and fraudulent corporations that primarily exist for the purpose of hiding their ill gotten booty. “Son Of BOSS” Tax Avoidance Schemes are common. (The “Son of Boss” Scheme is just one of several Tax Avoidance Schemes that Mitt Romney has been accused of participating in) For more information on “THE SON OF BOSS TAX SHELTERS” this go to this link for a .pdf downloadable paper. http://www.son-of-boss.com/SOB_Docs/Son_of_Boss_Description_... And for the record, drugs are only illegal for “we the people”. Not only do the elite control the international drug trade to enrich themselves, it also provides them with an endless supply of free drugs for their own recreational use. And when was the last time you heard of a politician or a person in a position of power go to jail for smoking pot or snorting cocaine? Think about that as approximately 1.5 million Americans are sitting in cages because of the greed and hypocrisy of the ruling class.

2.Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?

The FDA is a huge government program created to extract wealth from the American people under the illusion that a select group of “regulators” can guarantee all food and drugs will be safe when they enter the marketplace. There are no legitimate independent studies supporting the governments’ position that allowing dairy farmers to forgo pasteurization and sell “unregulated milk” would cause an increase in dairy related illness and/or disease. In fact there is growing evidence that drinking raw milk from smaller, local dairy farms provides many nutritional benefits and a decreased risk of consuming milk that contains steroids and other undesired substances. Most raw milk is currently sold by small, local, independent farms (which specifically because of their independence and smaller size) offer a far superior environment for the cows, and a much more sanitary environment for the collection of milk, than what is available from the assembly line, “profit first”, dairy farms that are managed by large corporations. Offering raw milk from smaller independent farms would cut into the profits of the corporate-government monopoly of large dairy conglomerates. Millions of dollars in sales would be shifted from large corporate controlled dairy farms to local/regional raw food co-ops. The dangers of drinking raw milk which are put forward by the FDA and enforced by the threat of incarceration increases the power of the Federal Government. Since consuming raw milk would not increase dairy related illness and/or disease, people would begin to question the need for the FDA in general and it would shed light on one of the largest Government programs that extracts wealth from the American people under the illusion of protecting them from themselves. Also, as is mentioned a number of times in these 32 questions, “Selling Fear” is constantly used by the State for controlling the population. People jump out of airplanes all the time just for the thrill of it. Rock Climbing is dangerous yet very popular. Driving a race car and losing control at a high speed has caused many driver deaths. People have fatal heart attacks after running, playing tennis, or after working out. 100 thousand individuals die each year from adverse reactions or side effects from drugs that are “Doctor recommended”, and legally prescribed to their patients! This “War on Raw Milk” is so completely absurd that it’s hard to believe it’s actually true. Keep in mind that the “War on Raw Milk” is not much difference than the “War on drugs”. The motives behind harassing Americans selling raw milk follow the same disturbing pattern of instilling fear into the population and capitalizing on that fear by creating more government programs, hiring more “enforcers” and writing more new laws, all designed to exact money from unsuspecting taxpayers under the illusion of protecting them from themselves.

3. Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?

Hemp is variant of the cannabis plant (of which marijuana is related) but hemp is not used, smoked, or consumed as a recreational drug. However, because one of the primary purposes of “The War on Drugs” is to keep the population in a constant state of fear, hemp has been (falsely) but strategically lumped in with the marijuana variant of the cannabis plant that can and is used for pain management and/or recreational use. Historical evidence indicates that hemp is far superior for making clothes, paper, and many other consumer products. Products made from hemp would create competition for products currently made with cotton, plastics, and nylon. Legalizing hemp would cut into the profits of some of the largest corporations in the world. Corporations, (through favorable legislation they literally write for themselves and pay our members of congress to sign and pass into law) and, unnecessary government agencies that are a part of “The War on Drugs” are used to extract wealth from the American people. The legislation drafted by and for the corporations helps them maintain a monopoly over their segments of the consumer market. Allowing hemp to be grown would reduce the power and control of the Federal Government. It would also shine a light on how closely large corporations and the Federal Government work together to extract money from unwitting consumers. Average Americans would begin to discover that the Government and large corporations do not have the best interests of the consumer or the general public in mind when creating legislation. Everything Government does is done with one of two basic principles in mind, extracting wealth from the American people and increasing Government power.

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