|To: ggersh who wrote (62439)||2/3/2019 9:45:36 PM|
|From: Litore Lapis|
|Well, according to the case |
Judge Thomas Burnett, Sr et al v. The Islamic Republic of Iran et al
It was the Iranians who did 911.
I think there was a mix up on that case. It was the Shah of Iran and the monsters in his Savak security police that were the Nazi criminals in Iran. The Americans must have known that though as they were the guys who put him in power. It was the Ayatollah who chucked the Nazis out in that country. A case of mistaken identity perhaps?
So until those caves in Afghanistan are checked out once again, it's a mystery to me who could of dunnit.
You dont think it could have been an inside job could you ?.. There are a lot of conspiracy nutters out there -g-
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|To: Litore Lapis who wrote (62442)||2/4/2019 7:45:41 AM|
|ROFL....I keep forgetting to add Hollywood/CIA to those|
who believe in make believe.
Between MI6/CIA #10/DC City/WS MIC/? it all adds up
to corruption/profit/ego/power.......oh for the white man
God Bless the Queen!
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|From: Elroy Jetson||2/4/2019 12:16:23 PM|
|To evade drug charges in the US three Americans moved to enjoy the freedom of Acapulco, one of the violent centers of Mexico's drug trafficing - washingtonpost.com|
“There’s pockets of freedom all over the world if you’re willing to live in freedom”
Galton paid a high price for that freedom. He was gunned down Friday by a band of men who stormed his home in Acapulco, where he and his girlfriend had found safe haven from drug charges in the United States, as they explained in a March 2017 video interview with the conspiracy site Press for Truth. Joining a community of like-minded expatriates, Galton had sought to build a life as a self-made man.
He advocated drug liberalization and taught classes on cryptocurrencies. He was set to be featured in a documentary called “ Stateless.”
He envisioned himself as a prophet of American entrepreneurship — but freed from the constraints of the American nation-state. “Go for what you want to do," he suggested to Americans considering a similar move. "If you think it’s not possible, maybe you’re doing it in the wrong place.”
As for the locals, “They don’t seem to mind us living here. We’ve lived here a year with no issues."
His girlfriend, Lily Forester, nodded. Defending the once-glamorous Pacific Coast city now considered Mexico’s “ murder capital,” she said, “It’s not perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot better than anything I’ve experienced in the States.”
On Friday, she was left pleading for help after the rampage left her boyfriend dead and another man, Jason Henza, injured.
“If somebody’s listening, please, I just — somebody showed up right after we finished eating, and they shot John and Henza, and I was in the house, and John’s dead at the gate,” Forester wailed in video she posted on social media. She begged, “Somebody please come.”
Henza, 43, also recorded his anguished reactions to the attack. Appearing in a bloodied T-shirt, he stared into the camera and in a state of eerie resignation. “We were attacked," he reported. "I’ve been shot three times. I’m not doing so good.”
“Hopes and prayers, and all that stuff,” he added, speculating, “I think it’s backlash.”
Guerrero State police said in a statement Saturday that the survivors reported armed men showing up at a “cannabis greenhouse" and targeting Galton. The attorney’s office, which confirmed that Galton had been killed, said in a statement Sunday that it had found a marijuana laboratory on the premises, including white lights and gas tanks. No suspects had been named, and a motive for the killing remained unknown.
An email to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs wasn’t immediately returned. The Associated Press reported that Galton was in his 20s and that Forester is, too.
In a statement to CoinSpice, a cryptocurrency news site, Forester said, “I will release a statement when it is safe for me to do so. The news is wrong, but I have to wait to tell my story.”
Speaking to Dan Dicks of Press for Truth in the spring of 2017, the couple said that they had been in Mexico for about a year, and that they had fled a potential 25-year prison sentence related to marijuana. They said they spent the equivalent of $300 a month, in addition to utilities, for their hideout in Vista Hermosa, which they described as a “developing neighborhood” on the edge of the city.
“We didn’t hurt anybody, so we’re just going where we’re valued,” Galton said.
Interviewed last year for a crypto-anarchist show called the Vonu Podcast, whose host labeled the couple “self-liberators,” each described their path to anarchism.
Raised by “hippie parents” who were anti-government but simultaneously dependent on food stamps, Forester said she became interested in politics in college. She realized politics “weren’t changing anything,” however, so she dropped out and “one thing led to another.”
Galton said that he had always had libertarian leanings, but that his anti-state philosophy grew sharper during the several months he spent in prison, although he claimed that he had never committed a crime. His lawyer gave him several books that put him on a “fast track toward anarchy,” he said, including Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
The couple began using cryptocurrencies toward the end of 2011 and decided to “de-bank” in 2012, they said. Attempting to live off the grid — with only a “cheap smartphone" and the “occasional Google search” — they bounced around the Midwest.
In Detroit, where they experimented with gardening and tried to fight government land seizures, they ran afoul of drug laws nearly three years ago, they said. “We were just trying to live in peace with our use of the cannabis plant," Forester said. "We had the wrong things on us at the wrong time.”
They were charged with five felonies, Galton said, and faced the possibility of more than 25 years in prison.
That’s when they fled, heading first to California and then to Mexico. “Neither of us could afford to pay all of the money to bribe the judges,” Forester said. “Our only defense was to leave.”
They crossed the border with $50 in cash. Once in Acapulco, they found odd jobs in the tourism industry, while also amassing followings on Steemit, a blogging and social networking site. Forester built a business blowing glass into pipes. Among their projects were organizing “Meat Ups,” which advocated a carnivorous diet, and creating “an uncensorable Wikipedia.”
They were founders of Anarchaforko, an anarchist conference and spinoff of the more well-known Anarchapulco, which brings 3,000 people to Acapulco each year for discussions about ways to “live unchained.” Both were to take place this month.
A participant in last year’s events mourned Galton’s death — suggesting that he had been targeted by cartels because he was competing with them — but said he was not afraid to return to the resort town in the state of Guerrero, which had a homicide rate in 2017 of 64.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than twice that of Chicago.
“You gotta have common sense about it, but I’d say it’s safer than any big city I’ve lived in in the U.S., like way safer than Chicago or something like that,” Galton said in the March 2017 interview, titled “ John and Lily on the Run.”
Asked by Press for Truth whether there had been any contact from American authorities, Galton said, “We’re sure they know, like at this point, we’re trying to call out the corruption of the system."
“We don’t dislike America or anybody like that,” he said, explaining that his objection was rather to “statism.” He averred, “Taxation is theft.”
“And this is how they affect real people’s lives,” Forester said.
John Galton basking in the freedom and violence of Acapulco's drug center
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|To: Litore Lapis who wrote (62442)||2/6/2019 9:00:53 PM|
|From: Elroy Jetson|
|You never know what this random number machine will pop-out next.|
President Trump said Wednesday he now wants legal immigrants “in the largest numbers ever”.
Asked if he was changing his stance on legal immigration, Trump said “yes” because the US needs more workers in a booming economy.
“We need people in our country because our unemployment numbers are so low and we have massive numbers of companies coming back into our country – car companies, we have seven car companies coming back in right now and there’s going to be a lot more,” Trump said, "So we need immigrants." - Bing, bing, bing, boom, boom!
No one dared ask Trump how many employees have been let go from Trump businesses over the past month since Trump finally decided to comply with the government's e-Verify system to check the legal status of his workers.
Apparently we need a wall to keep them from escaping.
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|From: Elroy Jetson||2/7/2019 3:45:58 PM|
|German government rejects "nanny-state" autobahn speed-limit —— Geschwindigkeits? Nein, danke. - dw.com |
Germany's federal government has rejected proposals to impose speed limits on the country's autobahn network. Leaked proposals to introduce restrictions had triggered a heated debate in the car-loving country.
Germany confirmed on Monday the country will not be introducing a speed limit on its autobahn road network anytime soon. "There are more intelligent control mechanisms than a general speed limit," government spokesman Steffen Seifert told reporters in Berlin.
Proposals by a government-appointed committee on the future of mobility to impose a 130 kph (80 mph) limit were recently leaked to the media. Seibert pointed out that the panel had not finished yet. Its proposals are to be finalized by the end of March.
'Act of reason?'
Proponents said reducing the speed to standards enforced in the US and other European nations would reduce air pollution, help fight climate change and reduce the number of collisions.
The country's transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, said he vehemently opposes the idea, saying "it goes against all common sense."
The conservative lawmaker told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the principal of freedom has proven itself. "Whoever wants to drive 120 can drive 120, and those who want to go faster can do that too. Why this constant micromanagement?"
However prominent Green Party lawmaker Cem Ozdemir defended the speed limit proposal, calling it an "act of reason."
Berlin's inner-city AVUS is widely considered to be Germany's oldest autobahn. It was built between 1913 and 1921. Back then, it was only 10 km (6.2 miles) long. And because it was so short, many call the AVUS an autobahn prototype.
Germany is the only country in Europe with no official speed limit on highways. Some drivers hurtle along at speeds of over 200 kph. However, there are restrictions on some stretches, especially in and around cities and at roadworks.
The country could face EU penalties if it fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and poisonous nitrogen oxides. Observers consider the transport sector as a key to meeting emissions reduction targets.
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|From: marcher||2/7/2019 8:53:34 PM|
|important interview about the death of neoliberalism via davos:|
--When Rutger Bregman and Winnie Byanyima spoke out about taxes at Davos they went viral
...stats today from Gallup suggest that since the end of the 1990s, the vast majority of people in the US have wanted the rich to pay more taxes...there is a profound shift in the public mood.
...people in the past have known that maximising at the top means you are depriving somebody else further down...the growing challenge to a kind of bullshit narrative around wealth and poverty, access and power; it’s completely wrong and fraudulent, and it’s now crashing down.
...most real wealth is actually created at the bottom, by the working and middle classes and at the top there is a huge amount of wealth destruction and exploitation.
...this thing called neoliberalism actually started in the 1950s. Figures such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek gathered as part of the influential think tank the Mont Pelerin Society... after the financial crash of 2008, it became obvious that neoliberalism was founded on a huge amount of bullshit
...with the defeat of that communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the “end of history” was proclaimed, and politics was just going to become technocracy...now there is a new generation that’s not traumatised by the cold war...I think most people now understand that this “There is no alternative” talk is bullshit. An understanding seems to be rising that it’s not about left v right or communism v capitalism any more, but about humanism v plutocracy.
...there is anger about monopolies, political corruption and crony capitalism. There is anger about companies that talk a big game about belonging to communities, but actually make their decisions based on factors that have nothing to do with those communities.
...eradicating poverty is an investment that pays for itself. You spend less on healthcare costs, you spend less on crime, kids will do better in school... the most fundamental innovation has come about through government spending. The iPhone is a perfect example: every fundamental technology that has gone through the iPhone touchscreen, the battery, the mobile technology – it has all been invented by researchers on the government payroll.
...a quarter think their job doesn’t add anything of value. And four times as many people think that in the private sector as in the public sector.
...we should call [the death tax] a laziness tax. ...a huge class of people who haven’t actually done any real work themselves or contributed in any meaningful way to societies. They were just born into certain families. I’ve also been trying to reframe basic income as pro-work. It’s “venture capitalism for the people”, to use a Silicon Valley phrase. Everyone wants the ability to make different choices, to move to a different city, start a new company.
...never before have I had such a strong feeling that the zeitgeist is really shifting and now you can talk about things that were simply not possible just a couple of years ago. It seems like the window of what is politically possible is just opening up, or that what they call the Overton window is shifting. Ideas, according to theory that originated with political scientist Joseph Overton, are seen as somehow acceptable to discuss at a certain creative time, and the real political challenge is to move the window. The people behind such a shift are never politicians or mainstream writers, they are the radicals – those who are often seen as naive or bizarre, people who make you uncomfortable and angry. And they often pay a high price for doing this hard work. There are many examples throughout history, whether we are talking about the fight against slavery, or women fighting for the right to vote, or the establishment of the welfare state. Ideas that were first dismissed as ridiculous or too expensive or dangerous
...If you ask people from around the globe in what kind of country they would like to live, almost everyone says: “Somewhere like Sweden.” Much less inequality, more rights for workers, higher taxes on the rich, it doesn’t really matter whether you are asking people on the left or right... You only need to find a way to draw on that political energy. There was one political advertisement by Bernie Sanders, in 2016, that I really like, called Together. In it he says: “We should not allow them to define us.” The whole purpose of the campaign was to bring people together – black, white, men, women, that doesn’t matter. I think this is the very simple message that we need to keep on communicating: don’t allow them to divide us.
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|To: ggersh who wrote (62448)||2/8/2019 11:32:27 AM|
Michael Hudson: Venezuela was an oil monoculture. Its export revenue was spent largely on importing food and other necessities that it could have produced at home. Its trade was largely with the United States. So despite its oil wealth, it ran up foreign debt.
From the outset, U.S. oil companies have feared that Venezuela might someday use its oil revenues to benefit its overall population instead of letting the U.S. oil industry and its local comprador aristocracy siphon off its wealth. So the oil industry – backed by U.S. diplomacy – held Venezuela hostage in two ways.
First of all, oil refineries were not built in Venezuela, but in Trinidad and in the southern U.S. Gulf Coast states. This enabled U.S. oil companies – or the U.S. Government – to leave Venezuela without a means of “going it alone” and pursuing an independent policy with its oil, as it needed to have this oil refined. It doesn’t help to have oil reserves if you are unable to get this oil refined so as to be usable.
Second, Venezuela’s central bankers were persuaded to pledge their oil reserves and all assets of the state oil sector (including Citgo) as collateral for its foreign debt. This meant that if Venezuela defaulted (or was forced into default by U.S. banks refusing to make timely payment on its foreign debt), bondholders and U.S. oil majors would be in a legal position to take possession of Venezuelan oil assets.
These pro-U.S. policies made Venezuela a typically polarized Latin American oligarchy. Despite being nominally rich in oil revenue, its wealth was concentrated in the hands of a pro-U.S. oligarchy that let its domestic development be steered by the World Bank and IMF. The indigenous population, especially its rural racial minority as well as the urban underclass, was excluded from sharing in the country’s oil wealth. The oligarchy’s arrogant refusal to share the wealth, or even to make Venezuela self-sufficient in essentials, made the election of Hugo Chavez a natural outcome
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