Why We Oppose NATOBy Andy Thayer of The National Strategy Forum
(The National Strategy Forum (NSF) is a Chicago-based non-profit, non-partisan research institute that examines issues and trends affecting US national strategy and security.)
NATO is one of a handful of guises used by American politicians and their hangers-on to give the illusion of broad consent for policies whose real aim is to boost U.S. government power over other nations, peoples, and their resources.
It would be bad public relations for the U.S. government, which claims to speak for only 4% of the world's population, to nakedly assert its "right" to rule over the majority. History has shown that the most efficient way to rule is to fool populations into believing they have a stake in being ruled, rather than baldly asserting that rule through force. And so phrases like "international opinion" and "the world community" are bandied about by politicians and commentators to cover for a system ruled by a tiny minority, and driven by greed
Redistribute this video!My friends and fellow concerned human beings, I would like to ask you to widely redistribute this particularly disturbing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai2ra0HwSbQ It demonstrates, by showing various sources for proof, that President Obama supports and works in tandem with the RIAA - the very organization that has encouraged Internet Service Providers to take the judicial system into their own hands, and strip the world's freedom of information! Thank you, Steph-Team for providing me with the link - this video says it all.Redistribute this video!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I also encourage everybody reading this to sign this smaller petition to the RIAA directly: https://www.change.org/petitions/riaa-and-the-obama-administration-stop-isps-from-launching-a-massive-copyright-spying-scheme-this-july-12th# Thanks Xarti for this link
More Stuff to be Enraged AboutOkay, I don't know why people are not talking about Obama and his friends that are lobbying to censor the internet but here's some stuff that I found out.More Stuff to be Enraged About3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What Obama did in Spain link: http://torrentfreak.com/us-threatened-to-blacklist-spain-for-not-implementing-site-blocking-law-120105/
Yes, they are blacklisting Spain for not passing SOPA-like bill.
Now I found a new internet censor bill called, 'Cybersecurity Act of 2012,' sponsored by Senator Lieberman, inspired by Harry Reid, and our pal, Lamar Smith. A petition right here: http://petitions.conservativeactionalerts.com/6236/tell-congress-oppose-cybersecurity-act-2012-etc/
Then there's another internet censor bill that I forgotten it's name.
Now I found this: http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2012/03/obama-uses-irs-to-squash-critics/
Bad news you won't believe what the UN is doing: http://thenewamerican.com/tech-mainmenu-30/computers/10953-obama-quiet-as-un-a-dictators-push-to-control-internet
This bad guy needs to
Anonymous- Heroes or Enemies?It has now been posted in German news the capabilities of anonymous. But before I get into the question let's provide some background information.Anonymous- Heroes or Enemies?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Who is Anonymous?
Great question. Anonymous is an Internet group/ community that originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. It is also generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures, a way to refer to the actions of people in an environment where their actual identities are not known. Their actions have been of hacking into government officials for many reasons. Some is to uncover police brutality and make the lives of cops a horror. Next is to protect people and wikileaks from falling while providing wikileaks with info. Anonymous also protects themselves in an attempt to promote freedom and equality. Their symbol is well known across the web and is feared by many officia
Some news...http://www.theinternetvshollywood.com/ This. Sign it, spread it, spam it. We need as many signers as possible, ASAP. It's a petition that could finally make hollywood GTFO our interwebs. THIS IS CRUCIAL! Do not ignore this. Every signature, every voice matters. The more people who join the better.Some news...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
http://www.change.org/petitions/ukhomeoffice-stop-the-extradition-of-richard-o-dwyer-to-the-usa-saverichard And here's another petition, not quite as urgent time-wise, but it's also to stop persecution of innocent internet users.
Let's unite and remind them that the internet is OURS!
March 1st Inside the State BuildingPictures at http://occupysf.org/March 1st Inside the State Building3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fourteen of us emerged in handcuffs, after a contingent of students and teachers from Occupy SF and the Occupy Education coalition occupied the Hiram Johnson State Office Building in downtown San Francisco. We demonstrated to demand full funding of education, passage of the Millionaires Tax and an oil extraction tax, abolishing all student debt, and the right to peaceful assembly.
In the State Building lobby, we held a teach-in, a strategy session on the Occupy movement, and we submitted our demand letter be faxed to the Sacramento offices of Governor Brown and State Representatives Yee, Ammiano, Leno, and Ma. Each office agreed to fax out our demands, except Governor Brown’s office that was closed. Between two and three pm, protestors gathered in front of the building for the rally, while about twenty of us entered the building, dispersing to different floors in preparation for the 3:15 “mic-check” by retired school-teacher, Kathle
Anti-Net Censorship CONTEST (closed)Okay, as you should know, SOPA and PIPA are NOT dead. They have just been withdrawn and could be revived at ANY TIME. What you should also know is that while everyone was protesting SOPA, officials behind the curtain were trying pass an even more heinous censorship law- ACTA -to pass. On top of this, several other censorship laws, similar to SOPA and PIPA, have recently emerged (such as Bill C-11 a Canadian version of SOPA) and are trying to be pushed into passing.Anti-Net Censorship CONTEST (closed)3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
SUPER URGENT UPDATE!: There at it again, this time our enemy is the UNITED NATIONS! Or rader a devishon of them known as the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). On December 3rd the governments of the world plan to hand over complete control of the internet to the ITU were they would have the power to do whatever they wanted and they wouldn't have to tell us, until it was far to late for us to do anything. Among some of the tings that have already started to be discussed are legitimize monitoring an
Republicans have morality upside downBy Robert ReichRepublicans have morality upside down3 years ago in Personal More Like This
MetroWest Daily News http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/opinion/columnists/x140147463/Reich-Breakdown-of-public-morality#axzz1q6c82RGv
Republicans have morality upside down. They’re condemning gay marriage, abortion, access to contraception, and the wall separating church and state.
But the moral crisis in America isn’t a breakdown in private morality. It’s a breakdown in public morality. What Americans do in their bedrooms is their own business. What corporate executives and Wall Street financiers do in boardrooms and executive suites affects all of us.
We’re living through a new Gilded Age of financial fraud and conflicts of interest; exorbitant pay to executives, traders, hedge-fund and private-equity managers; tax loopholes that allow them to pay a lower rate than many middle-class Americans; and legalized bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign “donations.”
Greg Smith, the former Goldman Sachs vice president
GOP Nostalgia is a Symptom of PrivilegePosted on January 23, 2012 by Christian Piatt on patheos. com http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2012/01/gop-nostalgia-is-a-symptom-of-privilege/GOP Nostalgia is a Symptom of Privilege3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There’s an awful lot of talk in the political forum lately about restoring America to some nostalgic state of yesteryear, when supposedly everything was better. If we could only get back there, everything would be all right again.
I guess that depends on who you ask, doesn’t it?
Author Melissa Harris-Perry recently appeared on “The Colbert Report” to speak about her new book, “Sister Citizen,” which examines a number of stereotypes of African-American women. As he often does, Colbert teed up a common conservative talking point about “going back to he good old days.” Perry’s response kept ringing in my head for days afterward.
She said that there is no time in American History you would want to go back to as a black girl.
The point is simple but compe
...Your Call to Action"Consider this your call to action....Your Call to Action3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know that we all love this site as an expression of our individuality, but the fact of the matter is, we are under attack. And what we do is distracting us from that fact.
The American government now has all the records from Megaupload's servers. Do you know what that means for you? That means that if you have ever used Megaupload, the government has your fucking number. And they will come for you.
You doubt what I'm saying? The government has been after Jamie Rasset, a single mother, now for years for $1.9 MILLION for downloading 24 songs from Kazaa. She's been appealing, and they're still coming after her.
$1.9 MILLION. FOR 24 LOUSY SONGS. And they will not let off.
Now look at your music folder. How many songs do you have? How many movies, how many books? It's going to cost you $150,000 for EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. How much are you going to be out?
And you can't escape it. Even if you claim bankruptcy, you can't escape
Labor Is Not A Commodity!It’s Time to Revive an Old Rallying Cry: Labor Is Not A Commodity!Labor Is Not A Commodity!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
By Joe Burns on 'In These Times' http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/7239/labor_is_not_a_commodity
During last year’s strike against Mott's, the apple juice maker, Tim Budd, an employee on the bargaining team, heard a plant manager say across the bargaining table that employees were “a commodity like soybeans and oil, and the price of commodities goes up and down.” Mott’s management quickly disavowed their errant manager’s statement. After all, comparing workers to soybeans is not smooth, even for a unionbusting employer.
The verbal slip-up did, however, reveal a fundamental belief of management which has much to do with the future of the labor movement. To management, human labor is a simply commodity—nothing more, nothing less. A
Fairness for all AmericansBill Chatigny http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/x514651916/Fairness-for-all-AmericansFairness for all Americans3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We constantly hear Republicans talk about religion, patriotism, family values, socialism, class warfare and redistribution of wealth. They'll say that 47 percent of Americans pay zero taxes, but they won't say the middle class pays 61 percent of the federal budget, the poor pay 18 percent, and the wealthiest only pay 20 percent. They also won't mention the sales, property, state, gas and excise taxes we pay. Those get raised when the wealthy and mega-corps aren't paying on the federal level. When the feds aren't helping the states, taxes get raised locally, which places an unfair burden on the middle class and poor.
Republicans talk about cutting more taxes for corporations but never talk about those making billions in profit while paying zero taxes. Why? Because 83 of those top 100 corporations have paid zero taxes almost every year since 2004. In 2009 alone, the top 100 made $443 bil
When they say 'communist', you say 'whatever'US conservatives have ramped up their 'red-baiting' rhetoric - but the more they do, the less relevant they become.When they say 'communist', you say 'whatever'3 years ago in Personal More Like This
By John Stoehr on aljazeera. com http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/05/201255111327309595.html
Collectivism appears to be on the rise in the United States
New Haven, CT - When it comes to President Barack Obama's foreign policy, I'm of two minds. Killing Osama bin Laden? Thumbs up. Killing a US citizen who worked for al-Qaeda? Not so much. But at least he knows what's going on. When Mitt Romney talks about foreign policy, I get this sinking feeling that he believes the number one geopolitical foe of the United States is the Soviet Union.
Wait, he said that, didn't he? Well, he said "Russia", but he meant "Soviet Union", as the advice of his foreign policy advisers suggests. They also said Obama abandoned Czechoslovakia, which broke apart in 1993, but that's not the point.
Collectivism is in the air in the United States, as it has been since John McCa
LIWISI Act. Learn it, Write it, Send it.Although I normally don't talk to anyone other then my watchers this time I am talking to the world.LIWISI Act. Learn it, Write it, Send it.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In light of the recent acts of SOPA, PIPA, ANDD, and the ACTA laws/bills, the time has come to not only show ourselves and our opinions to the world but to speak them as well. After tomorrow the ACTA document will pass in the UK. Once that happens anyone caught crossing the border with music, movies, TV shows, or any kind of possibly pirated material on their MP3 Player, Iphone or Laptop can be arrested. Even if you just jail broke your Iphone you could be put in jail for up to five years. Videos on Youtube will be removed as well as accounts and the people all across Ireland and the United Kingdoms will be put in jail. And they're not taking into consideration that some of these supposed 'pirates' are college students and children. Children that might not even be aware they committed a crime by having a friend
SOPA/PIPA Opposition: WOW!!We witnessed history this Wednesday, all in the form of an inconvenience. So what if you couldn't access Wikipedia? If they didn't do what they did on Wednesday, we wouldn't be (temporarily) celebrating a huge victory not just for the Internet, but for free speech all around the world.SOPA/PIPA Opposition: WOW!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Wikipedia blacked itself out to protest two bills in the US Congress; the Stop Online Piracy Act (details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act) in the House of Representatives and the PROTECT-IP Act (details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protect_IP_Act) in the Senate.
The thing about these bills how bad they were. They were clearly written and supported by people who had no idea what the hell they were trying to legislate, and thus were threatening to, as one opponent said, result in "the end of the Internet as we know it". And for a while, it looked as though they were going to get away with it.
For the longest time, no major media company mentioned it, except
The Greatest Experiment in Capitalism: AnalyzedWhat gives the government the right to forcibly redistribute wealth from the rich to fulfill the needs of the poor?The Greatest Experiment in Capitalism: Analyzed3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The above seems to be the battle cry of many free market idealists, which inspired me to write this article. Surprisingly, many people who offer this contention aren't rich, and are unwitting beneficiaries of government control.
My initial thought was a bit cheeky. The middle class is currently paying about 50% of their income in taxes, while the rich pay about 15%. The rich buy politicians to keep it this way. What gives a rich person the right to steal from the middle class not for their needs but for sport?
Although there is a lot of truth to that, it's still important to address the main point: the aversion to the government using force to redistribute wealth. This sounds good in concept, and if you keep it in abstract terms it's hard to disagree with it. However, the supe