10 votes

Wash Post Page One Monday: Rand Paul Distancing Himself From Libertarian, Tea Party Past... Developing...

On the front page of Drudge now.

By David A. Fahrenthold | September 14, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul wanted to eliminate aid to Israel. Now he doesn’t. He wanted to scrap the Medicare system. Now he’s not sure.

He didn’t like the idea of a border fence — it was expensive, and it reminded him of the Berlin Wall. Now he wants two fences, one behind the other.

And what about same-sex marriage? Paul’s position — such marriages are morally wrong, but Republicans should stop obsessing about them — seems so muddled that an Iowa pastor recently confronted him in frustration.

8 votes

James Foley Is Not A War Ad- He Was a Truth Teller About the Wars! Watch: Foley Interview Video

James Foley Is Not A War Ad
by David Swanson

To the extent that the U.S. public is newly, and probably momentarily, accepting of war — an extent that is wildly exaggerated, but still real — it is because of videos of beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Now James Foley is pushing back from the grave.

Here is video of Foley talking about the lies that are needed to launch wars, including the manipulation of people into thinking of foreigners as less than human. Foley’s killers may have thought of him as less than human. He may not have viewed them the same way.

12 votes

How Police Officers’ Military Uniforms Affect Their Mental State

New scientific research suggests the effect of militarized dress on cops is more profound than imagined. Here's why

by Geordie McRuer

In the weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, protesters have faced down a police force so militarized that it has made international headlines. Images coming out of Ferguson show police stationed atop military-style vehicles with assault rifles aimed at civilians. Journalists have been arrested while doing their job. Police have used tear gas, rubber bullets, wooden bullets, flash bombs, sound bombs and smoke bombs on unarmed civilians.

We entrust police offices with enormous power. Accordingly, we expect them to show more restraint, patience and care than other citizens. The images coming out of Ferguson depict failure on each front.

Part of the problem may be the way the police are dressed. As the saying goes, “the clothes make the man.” In Ferguson, the men who work as police dress like soldiers. Dressing police in camouflage is certainly ridiculous (John Oliver recently quipped, “If they want to blend in with their surroundings, they should be dressed like a dollar store”), but recent psychological research now indicates that the effect of militarized dress may be much more insidious.

17 votes

Sitting at an internet cafe in Santiago, Chile

You never know where life will take you. I constantly keep making shop owners laugh with my broken Spanish. It is humbling to experience what many foreigners go through in America every day. I will be documenting my trip and I will share at a later time.

Peace and Love,

22 votes

Ron Paul: Israel Created Hamas


We can learn a little something from this speech.

23 votes

Comcast Tells Customers to Stop Using Tor Browser

Embattled Comcast has another complaint about customer service to add to its growing list. The cable and Internet provider has been telling customers that their service will be terminated if they don’t stop using the Tor web browser. According to a report by Deep.Dot.Web, multiple accounts of Comcast customer service crossing into monitoring customer activity online have been reported to them.

11 votes

Pope Francis: "Piecemeal" World War III has already begun

Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

Pope Francis says that World War III has already begun in "piecemeal" fashion.

Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction.

20 votes

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 9/15/14: Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

Written By Ron Paul
Sunday, September 14, 2014

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank.

The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the conduct not only of Swiss monetary policy, but also of Swiss banking policy. Switzerland may be a small nation, but it is a nation proud of its independence and its history of standing up to tyranny. The famous legend of William Tell embodies the essence of the Swiss national character. But no tyrannical regime in history has bullied Switzerland as much as the United States government has in recent years.

The Swiss tradition of bank secrecy is legendary. The reality, however, is that Swiss bank secrecy is dead. Countries such as the United States have been unwilling to keep government spending in check, but they are running out of ways to fund that spending. Further taxation of their populations is politically difficult, massive issuance of government debt has saturated bond markets, and so the easy target is smaller countries such as Switzerland which have gained the reputation of being “tax havens.” Remember that tax haven is just a term for a country that allows people to keep more of their own money than the US or EU does, and doesn't attempt to plunder either its citizens or its foreign account-holders. But the past several years have seen a concerted attempt by the US and EU to crack down on these smaller countries, using their enormous financial clout to compel them to hand over account details so that they can extract more tax revenue.

7 votes

He Cometh For Thee

When the lights go out,
Shadows all about,
All the little sounds,
Grow by leaps and bounds,
Who will come for you?

When the door doth close,
And every moment slows,
You feel alone and small,
The fear grips you in thrall,
Who will find you there?

Does it matter if you’ve been bad,
Made your parents sad or mad,
Kissed the flag or said your prayers,
Folded you clothes in neat layers,
Do you think that he will care?

20 votes

WWI Casus Belli Revisited: History Corrected? Declassified UK Govt Docs show RMS Lusitania WAS carrying Explosives & Munitions!

Next year, come May 7th, 2015, will be the 100th 'anniversary' of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania...

New York Times front page about the Lusitania Outrage at civilian loss of life on the Lusitania is regarded as having hastened the US's entry into the first world war. Photograph: Mpi/Getty Images

By no means have I followed this deeply, but have been reading the headlines, and came upon these; recent, newly de-classified UK govt files revealed the fact that their 1982 salvage team feared the existence of live munitions exploding on them, during the salvage operations; was prompted by a reply on another thread:

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