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  • Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
    • Shouldn't the news media inform the public with front page headlines and new breaking TV news when Congress takes such actions: "The US Congress will simply pass “supplemental” funds to make up any loss and will create tax incentives to visit Israel. The President–whoever he may then be–will sign the bill."

      Oh, I forgot. The billionaires controlling the news medias and the US Congress (government) wouldn't allow it. They're part of the private corporation, The Federal Reserve" that will loan the money to the US Government to give to Israel and charge interest that keeps America in debt and makes the evil billionaires richer and more powerful.

      Oh, second thing. The news medias are not about real news, only propaganda by the billionaires to keep Americans unconscious and brain washed for easy control.

  • Falluja and Gaza: Why Counter-Terrorism fails when the Problem is Political
    • In short, the US government and many if not most of its military leaders don't know what the hell they're doing most of the time.

      The intelligence that the President get is not really intelligence, just ignorant opinions from individuals that don't know what they're talking about. Why isn't the US government and military consulting with Juan Cole and others like him that have lived in the various Middle East countries, that speak and read the native languages and that really understand what's going on? Because the US government and military are run by the corrupt billionaires and their puppet millionaires that get richer and more powerful with the useless and/or illegal wars.

      Obama is either stupid or just another evil corrupt millionaire.

      When is America going to wake up and start voting in intelligent, honest individual that will eliminate all the secrecy and corruption?
      America cannot wake up until the corrupt major news medias are replaced with honest and real news medias. Enough of the crap, lies and propaganda that the billionaires approve.

      A majority of Congress should be replaced.

      I'm tired of the continuing polite, intellectual discussion on this site without specific suggestions and actions on how to get rid of the billionaires controlling the news media and the US government.

  • The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu
    • Question to the World 07/15/2014 at 5:13 am

      "Let's dream.............", Let's continue the intellectual blabbing and do nothing while innocent Palestinians and billions of others around the world are killed and controlled by the insane billionaires ruling the world for their profit and power.

      Why can't the US government legally recognize Netanyahu's crimes against humanity? Because it's as guilty with its illegal wars, torture, corrupt corporations, phony Federal Reserve, etc.

      Justice, honesty and wisdom have basically disappeared from America and the world. Power, money and fear rule.

      Technology is killing humanity with its uncontrollable hunger for more profit and power.

    • Why doesn't someone or a group kidnap Netanyahu and bring him to a country that would legally recognize his crimes against humanity and that would arrest, jail, try and sentence Netanyahu to life in prison or death?

  • Bush Trifecta lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding
    • So much talk about nothing that will bring peace and prosperity the 98% of the world.

      The secrecy of governments, corporations allows them to the play the sick game of wealth, wars, depressions, etc.

      Real democracy and capitalism do not exist in America nor in most of the world.

      Real democracy includes:
      1. All people "honestly informed" so that they can "consciously vote" for "honest leaders". Honesty without secrecy is the key.

      2. Equal treatment and equal rights for everyone.

      Who controls the money, the banking system controls the people.
      A major turning point in America occurred in 1911 when the Federal Reserve Act was slipped through Congress during the Christmas holidays when the billionaires and millionaires seeded Congress. The control of money in America was given to the privately banks of the rich.

      Close down the Fed and IMF, return the control of money back to the people, to their honest government.
      Close down the Military Industrial and Intelligence complexes.
      Close down the billionaires and millionaires: tax them and spread the wealth to all.
      Replace the phony elections with honest elections with honest information on all candidates.
      Take the money out of elections.
      Eliminate all secrecy in governments.

      Honesty, honesty, honesty.........
      No secrecy in governments. No secrecy in governments.

  • Afghanistan and the Artificial US War on Terror (Anand Gopal's New Book)
    • After reading this article, some of Anand Gopal and the questions and answers at the Firedoglake link I come to the conclusion that the military actions and wars in the Middle East were and are staged by the corrupt rich in Middle East and the corrupt American billionaires and their puppet millionaires to make them all richer including Congress members, US and foreign politicians and Middle East leaders, dictators, war lords.

      All wars make the rich richer and the average American poorer.

      The US should pack its bags, all military equipment and all personnel and get out of the Middle East. Let a restructured, powerful UN arrest and try the terrorists in the Israel government and those soldier following terrorist orders. Soldiers must be trained not to follow terrorist orders.

      I don't listen or read the news, no TV. I recently listened to the news on the major radio stations. It made me angry hearing the news commentators (female and male), some in the Middle East giving their ignorant opinions and/or prepared script about what's going on. The script is approved by the billionaire owners for brainwashing and controlling how the average American thinks about the illegal wars and military actions. Reading Informed Comment and some of its Interlocutors keeps me informed.

      The trillions of dollars that will be spent over the next decade or two is not acceptable since any democracy and voting in the Middle East will be controlled by the rich. In America democracy is absent: money buys/controls votes and lobbying, thus no equality between all Americans. Get the money out of elections. Congress has been failing most Americans for over 50 years.

      I don't believe this will be published. I only comment to activate critical thinking vs more useless comments on the stage plays.

  • Neo-Zangid State erases Syria-Iraq Border, cuts Hizbullah off from Iran
    • Religions with only men in the hierarchy appear to be anything but religious. Thus wars and wars and wars. Oh, apply that to governments and wars and wars and wars. I must be too naive. Men controlling corporations, banks, military...............

      I hope there's some wise, spiritual and powerful aliens that can bring real wisdom, knowledge, love and cooperation to the idiots on Earth.

  • As US Pressures Maliki to Resign, will Iraqi Gov't Collapse?
    • The American government doesn't have the knowledge nor wisdom to suggest, pressure, demand and mandate government changes to the citizens and present rulers of Iraq. Most of the government cannot speak nor read the language.

      1. For the last 50 years, most of the US legal and illegal military actions have made things worse and have not been won.
      Any doubt, read Tom Engelhardt, "A Record of Unparalleled Failure" & "Don’t Walk Away from War".
      link to tomdispatch.com

      2. Americans do not have a democratic government. We vote but are choices are limited to the rich, millionaires and billionaires. Nor is everyone treated equally and with equal rights. Money buys votes, elections and power.

      The Congress of the US government does not represent nor relate to 98 or 99% of Americans. Half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires with "Illegal Inside Information", III. Congress represents and relates to the evil billionaires. Congress consists of evil, dumb millionaire puppets to their billionaires masters. They don't experience real joy nor real love.

      3. The US Military Industrial Complex has trained and armed many that are, were or became terrorists and corrupt dictators.

      4. America and the world are being ruled by the corrupt billionaire families that own and/or rule most of the governments, the banking corporations (the Federal Reserve, the IMF, etc), a majority of the large and giant corporations (news, food, health, education, power). Who gets richer and more powerful during the depressions and recessions?

      5. The austerity economic programs in Europe and in other countries are not working. They are proof that austerity economics will not work in America. They mainly make the rich richer. Who has bought up the home and business foreclosures?

  • Georgia Courthouse is shot up by Sovereign Citizen after GOP backs Bundy, Open Carry
    • Give guns and deadly weapons to mentally ill individuals (insane, crazy) and they will do something deadly insane.

      Give guns and deadly weapons to mentally ill governments (insane, crazy) and they will do something deadly insane:
      The illegal Middle East wars
      Spend trillions on faster and more powerful weapons.
      Steal from others.

      Watched a video on the V-22 Osprey helicopter, both a plane and helicopter. The eyes of many of the soldiers and officers show that "nobody's at home". Most are trained robotic killers that are trained, brainwashed not to think. Thus, when many of the enlisted and officers return home from the Middle East illegal wars they begin thinking. They are diagnosed (labeled) with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

      PTSD is a convenient lie for messing with an individuals morals. When an individual starts thinking again, they start feeling the emotions of killing that were suppressed while they were brainwashed, acting without any consciousness.

      The insane government is basically killing, making many individuals brain dead.

      Conclusion:

      It's the insane, crazy billionaires ruling America and the world that need to be treated for mental illnesses. This includes most of Congress.

  • 9 Questions about the 1%, the Unemployed and why the one produces the Other
    • The billionaire bastards' corrupt Federal Reserve and IMF Bubbles are gigantic money bubbles that will cause world wide depression, anarchy and useless nuclear wars unless corrected. The Fed and IMF cannot continue loaning out money that they have no collateral for. Only the false, ignorant belief and trust of the uninformed public prevents world wide runs on the phony, illegal
      banks of the billionaire bastards.

      Solutions

      1. Earth is visited by individuals from an alien planet that have the wisdom, intelligence and power to enforce a program that will
      end the control of Earth by the corrupt Billionaire bastards and their corrupt and useless Fed and IMF. The program would include eliminating all weapons of destruction, thus ending wars and the damaging of Mother Earth.

      The major actions include cooperation, working together and sharing the common wealth of Earth to bring peace, hope, honesty and a good livelihood for all on Earth.

      2. For a group of world citizens to come together and complete the objectives listed in Solution 1 for the World.

      3. For a group of Americans and others to come together and complete the objectives in Solution 1 for America. Such a healing of America would result in other countries mimicking America's healing. This may be the best initial solution.

      Otherwise, world wide depression, anarchy and useless nuclear wars that may kill humanity and Mother Earth.

  • Pakistan: CIA "Bin Laden" Unit's Fake Vaccination Ploy Sparked Polio Crisis
    • If true, heads should roll and top executives and those envolved should be tried by the UN world court and sent to prison.

      Obama should be held responsible since I'm sure that such a dangerous plan had to be approved by him.

      Tired of the corrupt US government and all its illegal wars.

  • Fox News asks Rand Paul if Reid is right to "call Americans" "Domestic Terrorists"
    • Congress is corrupt.

      Half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires with inside information.

      Can America ever start voting in people that will represent the 98% of Americans, not the corrupt billionaires and their corrupt families, news medias and corporations?

      Please someone tell me how this can be done?

  • Dear America: Climate Change is threatening Water, Plants, Animals & doesn't care what Party you belong To
    • The reality that uncontrolled climate change will destroy Earth if the world does not reduce it's out pour of CO2, carbon dioxide will not be understood nor accepted by most Americans until the illegal news medias which are violating anti-trust laws, federal and state are replaced with honest organizations that present honest news based on the best honest information available, the best scientific proof available and the best honest thorough analyses.

      Honesty, honesty. Not the crap that the criminal rich put out.

      Steps of Actions to Bring Honest News to Americans

      1. Breakup and close down, bankrupt the illegally controlled news media corporations. Jail time and large fines for the white and blue collar criminals. Americans needs honest news not the controlled brainwashing or sensational instant crap that many Americans swallow without any serious thinking.

      2. Replaced the useless millionaire Congress members and other members that are becoming millionaires with inside information with honest individual that will represent the 98% of Americans instead of following orders of the criminal rich millionaires and billionaires and their corporations including the Federal Reserve-a private corporation and their stooges.

      3. Phase out the Military Industrial Complex, aka MIC that gets rich on illegal wars and policing the world, sometimes illegally with drones. Replace it with a strong United Nations with the power and military to enforce world approved treaties and laws. No nation should have the power to rule the world, the USA has proven this.

      4. Close down the Federal Reserve, a private corporation.

      5. Include a permanent course in independent thinking and critical analysis in all public and private schools and in all higher degree institutions. People need to question with critical thinking more of the information they are fed and brainwashed with.

      6. America needs a single daily newspaper online and printed that contains honest news that is based on the best information available, the best scientific proof available and the best thorough analyses. There's too much information and news based on lies, hearsay, heresy, unsubstantiated opinions or on crap from the criminal billionaires or their millionaire stooges ruling the world.

      Instant news is often, instant crap.

      Honesty, honesty. Not money, money, money.

  • Dick Cheney Broke US Military, now blames Obama for Cuts
    • Legal and illegal wars make the rich sickly richer and give more power and control to the ruling trillionaires/billionaires and their lackey millionaires.

      Keep avoiding the main problem, rule and control by the corrupted, insane rich.

      Who controls money controls EVERYTHING: governments, people, banking, corporations, news media, education, etc..

      The Federal Reserve/IMF control the money thus they control ALL.

      The private billionaire and trillionaire owners of the Fed are thus the most evil people on this planet and must be exposed and sentenced to life in a regular prison, not in a yacht club.

      The Federal Reserve Act was illegally snuck through Congress while most members were on Christmas recess in 1913.

      Not much will change until the Fed/IMF are nationalized and their owners and contributing white collar criminals are brought to justice. White collar criminals must receive their just rewards.

      See "Secrets of the Federal Reserve":
      link to apfn.org

      Another gigantic problem is patriarchy, rule by men. Some research and investigation into the history of the pyramids and other megalithic and gigantic structures around the world suggests that there have been ancient civilizations with advanced abilities. Egypt's golden era may have been matriarchy 50 to 60,000 years ago instead of only 5,000 years ago.

      I find it easy to consider a golden era under matriarchy. Often male rulers and men in power are excessively greedy and use military force to rule.

      Don't know if females participated in the Jekyll Island meeting that drafted the Federal Reserve Act.

  • Dovish SOTU: Obama will Veto AIPAC Iran Sanctions, Pledges Afghanistan Wind-Down
    • President Obama left out of his State of the Union address discussion and solutions for the most important concerns and problems of most Americans, about 98% +/-.

      1. The US government does not represent nor relate to most Americans. About half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires with inside information!
      Millionaires and billionaires cannot represent nor relate to most Americans. Even if they didn't get healthcare coverage for life, they would never feel the costs increases, they're too rich. Many live in gated communities which are "segregated" from the surrounding communities.

      SOLUTIONS: Prohibit millionaires, billionaires from holding any government and public office, federal, state or local.

      2. The US government is controlled by money.

      SOLUTION: Take the money out of politics, campaigning, special interests groups, etc. All qualified candidates get equal time, exposure in all media, speeches and appearances. No paid for or free idiot TV blast commercials which are prohibited in some European countries.

      All special interests meetings are to be recorded on video and made available to the public. No deals made on the golf course. TAKE THE SECRECY OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT.

      3. End all antitrust violations, criminal control and propaganda by the news media conglomerates.

      SOLUTION: Breakup the conglomerates, prison time of at least 10 years and fines up to 50% of their wealth for the executives. The lack of real investigative news left Americans without real knowledge. The rich make money off of wars, possibly many Congress members wanted and want the Illegal wars.

      4. Americans are sick of illegal and/or useless wars.
      The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is controlled by the billionaires and their puppets that get sickly rich on illegal wars.

      SOLUTION: Close down the Military Industrial Complex.

      And so on......Federal Reserve, a private corporation/consortium.

  • Obama Era a new Gilded Age, with Rich Getting Richer, Poor Poorer
    • All boring comments. Except for blabbering, do any of you have suggestions on how to replace the corrupt rich oligarchy that is ruling America and the world, and stealing the wealth away from hard workers of all classes?

      Presented below are some solutions. The problem is how to initiate the solutions. All suggestions welcomed. Who's got the guts and wisdom to step up and begin solving the problems? Some Occupy movements?

      Problems/Solutions

      1. Money controls Congress and the news media with their useless headline news and propaganda that keeps many if not a majority of Americans believing that Obama, Congress and politicians are do their best. For whom?

      1. Take the money out of politics. No stupid paid for advertising in any media, no more spin, instant TV blast ads. All campaigning free in all public media.

      All candidates must meet all requirements for the specific position and thus will get equal time, space, interviews, debates, etc.

      2. Congress is half millionaires, the other half becoming millionaires with "inside information" for "inside investments".
      Many if not most Congress members cannot and do not relate to the working 98% of Americans, nor represent them. And it appears than some don't know what their doing and don't consider the long term results.

      Simply prohibit millionaires, their families, corporations and wealth from running for government and public offices.

      3. Is Obama using executive orders to fight the corrupt rule by the rich have on America and the world? No.

      Americans to demand that the President issue executive orders to get rid of the corrupt rule by the rich billionaires and millionaires. Some Occupy movements without disruptive secret agents planted by the FBI, CIA and policing authorities.
      The Occupy movements "must focus" on solutions by supporting candidates for government and public offices that will replace the corrupt millionaires and billionaires.

      4. The Military Industrial Complex is a money making machine for the millionaires and billionaires. It's not too big to stop.

      Stop fighting useless wars with the Military Industrial Complex. Strengthen the United Nations so that it has the negotiating and military power to stop crimes against humanity in all countries. There must be UN inspections ongoing in all countries. Nuclear bombs are to be eliminated before they begin destroying the world. How stupid can humans be?

      5. The Federal Reserve is a private corporation. Try to buy stock in it......It's not too big to replace. Incomplete audits....

      Replace the Federal Reserve with a US government department and state banks similar to the North Dakota State Bank..

      Money is the Root of Much Evil.

  • NSA bribed Encryption Companies to Install Back Doors: Was the Law Broken? Did Obama Know?
    • Of course Obama knew.

      Obama lies, spins the facts and has all his history hidden.
      Why hidden? If you can't answer this, you're very studpid!

      When is the US going to elect a real honest president to represent the 99% of Americans?

      I'm bored with all the useless comments.

      How can Americans repair our Country? I can list the changes neede, but don't know how to make them. The Occupy movement showed that the bank system, the Fed and Wall Street needs to be changed, but apparently no change was or will be made. The banks and the rich bought up most of the foreclosures and are creating another mortgage crises by renting theim to the homes and not maintaining them.,

      1. Take money out of politics.
      2. Eliminate the Military Industrial Complex.
      3. Replace Federal Reserve with a US Government department.
      4. Establish State Banks like North Dakota.
      5. Let Congress members pay for their healthcare, eliminate their free healthcare for life.
      6. Base healthcare costs, other public fees and fines on fixed per cents of your family gross income, your monthly or annual wealth, liquid assets, etc. Includes auto reg/license, court fees, public utilities, etc. LET EVERYONE PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE especially the rich, millionaires and billionaires that caused the financial crises.

      If America doesn't wake up, there will be a revolution.
      Our fore fathers left Europe because of taxation without representation which is what's been happening in America and getting more and more serious.

      The rise in the price of homes is artificial due to the illegal purchase of foreclosures by the banks and Blackstone.

  • The Sixth Mass Extinction: Why Climate Scientists' Hair is on Fire
    • Reduce vehicle CO2 emissions by increasing miles per gallon by
      changing the maximum freeway speed back to 55 mph

      Use 20% less gasoline, less wear on engines, less accidents.
      Adds only 1.68 minutes, 101 seconds for each 10 miles traveled.
      20% less gasoline is a big reduction of gasoline.

      Each 10 miles:
      55 mph takes 10.91 minutes
      65 mph takes 9.23 minutes
      Difference 1.68 minutes

      I very seldom have to stop for traffic lights since I arrived at the light as it changes to green or behind the cars ahead as they start moving. 99% of drivers rush to the red light. I drive at 57 mph on the freeways and get 30 mpg. The turtle beats the hare.

      For a 100 mile trip at 55 mph, it takes me 16.78 minutes longer than at 65 mph. What the rush for?

      It's the herd instinct, all the cows commuting 20 to 60 miles are rushing to save 3 to 8 minutes.

  • Sec. Hagel threatens to cut $1.6 bn Pakistan aid b/c Drone Protests Blocking NATO Convoys
    • I do not have to provide evidence since I did not "--reach the very precise conclusion that "99 percent" of Americans are against the drone strikes."

      I did not state how many are against the drone attacks.

      In short, the 99% of Americans have little to no input as to what our Government does--fighting illegal wars, killing civilians that try to help the first drone attack victims, supporting dictators and corrupt governments, bailing out corporations and the banks that caused the financial crises, allowing tens of millions of hard manual working Americans to lose their jobs and homes to off shore sources, borrow money with interest charges from the Federal Reserve which is more a private corporation than a US Government Department that most Americans think it is.

      I don't waste my time writing my Congress person since I know that many do things according to special interest groups(money) and to how they think which I believe is often without wisdom and heart.

      The majority of politicians represent the rich and are smooth talking egomaniacs after money and power. Half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires.

      The end.

      Stop thinking and you may become wise.

    • For a few minutes, imagine you're a non-combative, innocent Pakistani civilian and someone in your family or a similar neighbor friend is accidentally(?) killed by a silent killing US drone. How the hell would you feel? Perhaps it would lead you to becoming a terrorist against the US? Or at least have you very angry at the US. You may even be too scared to walk outside in the open.

      Perhaps an emergency vote by all citizens of the United States could tell Congress what the 99% of Americans really feel regarding the drone attacks that are killing innocent civilians.

      It's time for Americans to decide since Congress does not represent the 99% of Americans and has not many decades..

  • GOP: No Climate Change because, Bible
    • Yes. Real complaints and many corruptions.
      But no suggestions of real sound solutions.

      Reading this site is getting boring, it's a broken record playing the same song over and over--complaints, corruption, criminal actions by the US government, the MIC-military industrial complex, corporations, big oil, big money, etc.

      Most important first step, take the money out of all elections.
      Some European countries have done this. But the damn billionaires, millionaires and their puppets won't give up their control of Americans nor the money and wealth they're stealing.

      Second start a new party to elect people to represent the 99% of Americans which means voting out most of the Democrats and Republicans.

      Third, base healthcare insurance costs and non-covered costs on fixed percents of the family's or the individual's gross income, average wealth and average liquid assets. You get the picture?

      The third step should be applied to property taxes, all types of insurance policies, public licenses, education costs/loans, public utilities, fines, etc. Pay your fair share.

      Please, all of you so called intelligent commenters, give at least one solid action that could possibly result in changes for each complaint you comment on.

      Whose going to get the ball rolling? Maybe a real President, not a useless smooth talking lawyer. Prohibit lawyers from elections.

      Why did the Occupy Wall Street fail?
      Are there any honest, intelligent and wise vigilantes?
      The bankers keep stealing the money.

  • Our Gasoline thirst fuels Mideast Fundamentalism, Violence - EVs are the Answer
    • All Green actions to reduce and replace the dependence of the US and of the world on petroleum is suppressed by the Oil Industry, the Military Industrial Complex and the Banks.

      The Billionaires will not give up their lucrative war games and their oil monopoly. Thus, Green industries must not be monopolized by the Billionaires' corporations and families.

      Appears that the move to Green Energy will save our planet, dry up the Middle East wars and allow the US to remove all military equipment including nuclear weapons out of Israel that came as or was purchased with US foreign aide.

      Yes, it's time for the corrupt US government to stop cooperating and supporting governments that are criminal and committing crimes against humanity: Saudi Arabia, the gulf oil monarchies, Bahrain, Israel....

      Other actions to help millions of Americans still experiencing the financial crises and its depression include creating new jobs that will be paid for, funded with new, good money for public projects such as new, repaired and replaced roads, dams, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, state banks, etc.

      Good Money: The US government is to print and circulate good money, not borrow money from the Fed, a private corporation. Both the Fed and the IMF need to be replace.

      Making profit off of student loans is wrong. About half of the students never complete, obtain the four year degree. Better yet, free public education to be extended four to six years for completion of a BS/BA degree or of a work/study program.

      Occupy the Government.

  • Scrooge Republicans prefer Pentagon White Elephants to Food Stamps for Poor Children
    • Corrections to my comments above:

      America needs a real honest President and an honest Congress without secrecy, just honest facts in context with full disclosure, no propaganda, spin, lies nor politicking.

    • Hungry and malnourished kids grow up to be adults, often angry, mentally disturbed, hopeless, criminal that become uncalled for burdens on society.

      Try going without food for one just one day or for 2 meals, observe your mental and emotional states. You may soon find compassion for the street people, for those without jobs or money for food.

      Austerity doesn't work. European countries trying austerity end up with their economies getting worse with increasing unemployment. Haven’t heard about austerity measures in the news - not a great news nor money making story.

      Honest Solutions To Improve Economy - Not Simple
      Corrupt Politicians/the Rich Would Block

      1. Shut down the Military Industrial Complex (MIC)! President Dwight D. Eisenhower's exit speech on Jan.17,1961 warned Americans of the Military Industrial Complex. The MIC only makes Congress members and other millionaires and billionaires richer. And the MIC appears to make America less safe with more enemies and terrorists. America is loosing the support of many countries.

      2. Have the American government circulate new good money by funding construction of new public works projects and repair of existing roads and bridges, levees, schools and colleges, hospitals and other public works projects.

      3. Provide affordable, if not free college education or work-study programs for 4 to 6 years for all. Not everyone is able to begin and complete a college education. About 50% of college students never complete college:

      link to nces.ed.gov
      "Among full-time, first-time undergraduate students who began seeking a bachelor's degree at a 4-year degree-granting institution in fall 2005, the 6-year graduation rate was 57 percent at public institutions, 65 percent at private nonprofit institutions, and 42 percent at private for-profit institutions."

      4. Stop the US government from borrowing money(bonds) from the Federal Reserve that charges interest keeping America in debt. Nationalize the Federal Reserve which is not a government department.

      5. Send all the corrupt bank executives to jail for selling phony mortgages that they knew would fail since workers salaries would not keep up with the ballooning interest on non-fixed interest loans and mortgages. And the corrupt Secretaries of the Treasury, other problems and crimes to correct………...

      6. Take the money out of politics.........Prohibit millionaires from political office. Special interests……

      7. Replace all the corrupt millionaire/billionaire Congress members, both republicans and democrats with new independent individuals that will represent the 99% of Americans.

      8. Increase the taxes to the rich and corporation that never suffer.

      9. Bring back manufacturing of ""quality product that last to America. Stop manufacturing planned obsolescence. Cars can be built to last 5 to 10 years, 300,000 miles. An economy based on consumerism and fighting stupid wars is a stupid and failing economy that corrupt politicians and the rich thrive on.

      10. Eliminate the secrecy in the US government by following the Constitution, basically without exceptions. Get rid of the corrupt Supreme Court justices.

      11. Prosecute "all" found guilty of crimes including crimes against humanity such as drones' second attack killing civilians responding to those injured or killed.

      12. Eliminate the illegal monopolies like the news media monopolies. Existing antitrust laws should be enforced.

      13. If there are new Occupy movements, have the Occupy focus on independent candidates and honest incumbents that will represent 99% of Americans and replace the garbage in Congress.

      America needs and real, honst President and Congress.

      The US Government is broken.

      Enough.

  • Iran's Rouhani: Not Seeking the Bomb, Willing to show Flexibility
    • I'm so tired of hearing and reading about what the “US” and all other “countries” around the world want. This is crap. 99% of the average people in all countries want to work, raise their families, educate their children, have a few extras and enjoy life. They don't want wars, nuclear weapons, embargoes, secrecy, etc!!

      It's the damn politicians, mostly millionaires or becoming millionaires and their corrupt millionaire/billionaire rulers that continue with the war games and manipulation of the controlled news media that brainwashes their 99%.

      The US needs political reform. I don't have the knowledge or wisdom but it seems like such reform would include getting rid of the professional politicians, reducing their salaries to a couple hundred thousand, limiting terms of office, making all special interest groups include average Americans, not the corporations, the millionaire or billionaires, the MIC, the corrupt FDA, etc.

      And no more secrecy, everything public! No under the table deals, closed sessions. Let Americans hear the crap that goes on which will mean real news, not entertainment.

      I worked in Iran and have talked with a some Iranians in America--the average Iranian just like the average American does not want nuclear weapons.

      All you commenters should not use the terms, Iran or Iranians; US or Americans want nuclear weapons or this and that. Specify the Iranian government, the US government wants this or that. "The corrupt governments."

      All this so call intelligent talk is about the less than 1% of the population and is hogwash. The average person is not represented by any of the government.

      Please no nit-picky comments or intellectual BS.

  • Brazilian President Snubs Obama: How US Cyber Espionage will Destroy the Internet
    • The NSA is part of the corrupt Military Industrial Complex, the billionaires war game. What else can you expect?

      And the US Congress is extremely corrupted. They no longer represent the average American. They represent the rich since half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires. America is loosing its middle class and integrity. America sets the best example of how to get rich and ugly.

      Obama is just another rich kid with a forked tongue without heart. All show and smooth talk, "signifying nothing".

  • Summers withdraws from Fed consideration; Won't be Rewarded for Beggaring Us All
    • The Federal Reserve is a private corporation....
      A majority of Americans believe it's a US Gorernment Department.

      President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert both wanted to nationalize, close down the Fed. Both were assassinated.

      Criminal billionaires are controlling the US government, the corrupt financial industry(the FED and the IMF), the news media(propaganda media), all the major corporations, the FDA(the Federal Death Administration), the education industry, the entertainment industry, etc.

      Search: "federal reserve" "private corporation"

  • How Putin Saved Obama, Congress and the European Union from Further Embarrassing themselves on Syria
    • Why wasn't this solution proposed a year or more ago by any of the hundreds of politicians or Obama or any of the think tanks?

      Because they have no wisdom, nor useful intelligence.

      Looks like America is being torn apart by buffoons.

      A law degree suggests that the holder can tell great stories, is very cunning and can spin the truth. Little wisdom, but a lot of useless intelligence.

      Bar them all from political office.

  • Defecting Saudi Prince: Royal Family in Panic at Arab Revolts, Thousands imprisoned
    • Again, no real news. Just phony sensationalism, diversions.

      "Russia Today got a scoop on Monday---"
      “Defecting Saudi Prince: Royal Family in Panic at Arab Revolts, Thousands Imprisoned”

      Scoop? 17 days after "Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud announced his defection from the Saudi Arabian royal family on July 27." He was already disinfected from royalty.

      link to goldenageofgaia.com

      Sounds like Prince Khalid Bin Farhan is only a prince in name, not with wealth or power. The King years ago, stopped supporting the princes except for those of the 2,000 families that share the wealth and controlled power. Since there are about two to four thousand princes in Saudi Arabia, that leaves a thousand more or less without lots of money and controlled power.

      As far as the "Royal Family in Panic--Thousands in Prison" I doubt if there's any panic and that most of the 40,000 in prison has accumulated over the last decade and not "in the recent weeks"

      The uprisings in Bahrain in the last few years(decades?) which had some coverage here clearly exposed the corruption of both the Saudi and the US governments--the 5th Fleet is stationed at Bahrain. BFD, move it and the heck with Saudi Arabia and Israel.

      Another waste of reading and time. Professor you're getting sloppy.

      By the way, I worked in the Middle East in the late 70's, Riyadh for a year.

      Again, all moves and plays by the Billionaires controlling the world.

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  • No Atheists in Foxholes, no Climate Change Deniers at front Lines of Wildfires
    • How many of you know the size of a 200,000 acre fire?
      Probably 1 in a 10,000 or 0.01%.
      How many of you hear, really hear the news?

      News Reporters: Please report fire size in mile lengths.

      200,000 acre fires = area of 31 miles long, 10 miles wide.
      ------------
      200,000/640 = 312.5 square miles. DON'T REPORT SQUARE MILES.
      ------------
      31.25 miles long by 10 miles wide
      15.63 " 20 "
      Calculator: sq.rt. 312.5 = 17.68 mi X 17.68 mi = 17.68
      Or relate to a city, in this case New York City and:
      Augusta 302.5 sq mi of land
      New York City 302.6
      Kansas City 313.5
      Memphis 315.1
      San Francisco 46.9 x 6.7

      I've emails this info to many TV and radio news shows telling them to report fire size in terms of miles in length and width. But the lazy ignorant people don't understand and don't give a damn about reporting the actual understandable news and/or understanding the news they report.

      For about two weeks, one station reported fire size in miles and then it went back to reporting acres. No one took the time to make a chart or give the simple math.

      I have no idea how big 200,000 acres is unless I divide by 640, the number of acres per square mile which I forget, and then take the square root of that number. Forgot that a 10,000 acre fire is 15.625 sq miles or about 4 miles by 4 miles which I'll forget in a week most likely.

      Remember: 10,000 acres, 16 sq miles, 4 miles by 4 miles.

  • Can the Boston Bombings increase our Sympathy for Iraq and Syria, for all such Victims?
    • Don't have cable TV, seldom listen to the radio and don't read newspapers since most American public news media is useless, controlled and propaganda from the corrupt ruling billionaires and their world governments, corporations, Congresses, etc.

      My initial reaction to first hearing about the Boston Bombing here on Informed Comment was that probably most of the "Boston refusing to be cowed" didn't hesitate to run out and help those injured - unlike at Obama's drone attacks which often include additional drones to kill those coming to aid innocent bystanders or even those ID'd as unofficial US enemies by the President.

      Everyday in the Middle East there are killings by US forces and drones. The Military Industrial Complex continues to grow and amass more and more wealth and power.

      When will the UN become the peace caretaker of the world instead of the USA? Never as long as the Billionaires control the world governments, the MIC, the Fed/IMF (the banking industry is a Ponzi scheme), the corporations, news media, the food industry, etc.

      Take money, religion and politicians out of politics.

  • How the Pentagon Helped Make Afghanistan the Most Corrupt Country on Earth (Hiro)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 04/03/2013 at 1:31 am

      This is real news. Not the crap, the daily news that most Americans get shoved up their rears.

      It's not just the Pentagon, the White House of the Military Industrial Complex that has helped make Afghanistan the most corrupt country in the world, but also the phony and corrupt President Obama, most members of Congress, many bankers, the American useless mass news media and other corrupt rich Americans, millionaires and billionaires.

      Americans have and continue to loose their jobs, homes, education and health care for their kids because of the greed and corruption of Congress, politicians, corporations(news, food, industrial, etc) and on and on.

      Shut down the Military Industrial Complex.

      Shut down the Federal Reserve.

      Replace all the corrupt and rich Congress members with honest people. My wild guess is that 75% of Congress are corrupt and rich.

      Obama's austerity program is fantasy as Europe is proving.

      Can any of you readers make this expose viral on the web?
      America needs to clean house ASAP - As Soon As Possible.

      America needs to Occupy the Pentagon, the White House and Congress now.

      Who's got the guts to step up?

      Enough is enough.

  • Viral Video on America's Incredibly Skewed distribution of Wealth
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 03/26/2013 at 9:17 pm

      The rich billionaires, millionaires and their families, corporations and rich puppets will never approve increasing taxes on themselves. They all helped created the crises.

      Half of Congress members are millionaires and the other half becoming millionaires.

      Solutions:
      1. Get money out of politics.
      2. Prohibit millionaires from all political offices, appointed or elected.
      3. Raise taxes between 50 to 85% on the rich, our corrupt Congress members, corporations and others that created and help to continue the financial crises, foreclosures, offshore manufacturing and lost of US manufacturing.
      4. Limit political terms of office, elected and appointed to 4 years.
      5. Discontinue free health insurance for life for all Congress members and all government positions. Let them all pay as most Americans do. Congress is corrupt.
      6, Nationalize the Federal Reserve, a private corporation whose only goal is making their criminal billionaire owners and private share holders filthy rich.
      7. Close down the Military Industrial Complex. No more illegal wars by the Us.
      8. No more phony bailouts.
      9. Bring back and support unions, fair wages and work condition.
      10. Replace the corrupt, puppet mass news media with all its lies and propaganda with honest news investigation and reporting.
      11. Establish a Federal Department of Honesty and Truth to maintain honesty and truth in all levels government to eliminate the lies, deception, spin and corruption now running rampant in all government offices and work.
      12. Start arresting white collar criminals.

  • Hagel Confirmed, but Bloodied by American Nationalists Seeking Wars & World Dominance
    • The time to clean house is now or else America and the world will experience a very serious depression.

      How stupid can the US Government be in cutting services and be frugal. Money can be printed and used to pay for services rendered including rebuilding roads and bridges, building new schools and hospitals, giving students government issued interests free loans on the condition that they take and complete required courses in learning how to learn in high school so that they don't drop out of college.

      No more Billionaires and multiple millionaires.

      Get the money out of politics!!!!!!!!!!

      Kick out the corrupt Democrats, Republicans, the illegal Obama, nationalize the Federal Reserve and the phony banking system running the world largest and oldest Ponzi scam, close down the insane Military Industrial Complex, replace the conflict of interests executive of the Food and Drug Administration(aka the Federal Death Administration), breakup the illegally controlled mass news media and tax the corporations and billionaires between 60 and 80 percent, etc.

      Obama's father was the not a US citizen, thus he is not a "natural born citizen, a constitutional requirement for only two offices, that of the President and the Vice President.

      All the white collar criminals and murders must be prosecuted, jailed and stripped of their illegally obtained wealth and all possessions, aka the American Billionaires including their families, corporations, news medias, their Fed, etc.

      Time to tax white collar criminals and murderers to Hell.

      Obama is an illegal and phony President.

      The Billionaires, Congress and the phony US government are responsible for the 1929 depression, for the lost of the American manufacturing industry and millions of jobs, the foreclosure scandal and on and on.

      America needs a real President and a real Congress.

      Who in the hell is going to come forward?

  • WaPo says Gasoline Price Increase Mysterious, Ignores US blockade of Iran Oil!
    • What's mysterious?

      The news media which is a propaganda machine is controlled by the Billionaires that control Congress, that own the Federal Reserve and most banks that are responsible for the all the depressions, that run the Military Industrial Complex, etc. Do the large oil companies ever experience hard times? The Billionaires and their puppet millionaires just keep getting richer and richer.

      The bankers and investment industry created the mortgage crises. Yet, Obama and Congress lets those damn "white collar criminals" work out a recovery plan for their criminal actions which is part of the greatest ever Ponzi Scam, the Federal Reserve, a private corporation.

  • Afghanistan 2014: How the US will Lose Yet another fruitless War (Jones)
    • Here's some good solutions to corruption in America: Stop the money profiteering of phony wars, elections, politics and of corporations that manufacture offshore. Stop the stealing of Americans' taxes to support the endless wars of the corrupt Military Industrial Complex which make filthy rich the corrupt Billionaires ruling Congress which is half corrupt millionaires, the other half becoming millionaires; ruling the phony mass news media; ruling the illegal Federal Reserve which is a private corporation; ruling the FDA with its conflict of interests; etc.

  • 8,775 Firearm Murders a Year in US, Equiv. of 290 in UK
  • 200 Dead, Many Children, in Syrian aerial bombing of Halfaya
    • I'm fed up with all the illegal, legal or justified wars in the Middle East and was too tired early this morning to look it up info who supplied the jets. Read that the US government and corporations supply 60% of the military equipment/supplies that are used in fighting the Middle East wars. The Rich get richer.

      I make mistakes. But, does it really matter who supplies the military equipment since it's going to be used to kill and put the rich in control. For Pete's sake, if the US would have invested half of the trillions of dollars spent in the Middle East wars, most of the countries would have raised their standard of living for the common people.

      Possible reasons for wars include eliminating tyrants, helping a the common people and last but not least making the corrupt Rich richer.

      The US government is very corrupt. It does not relate to nor represent the 99% of Americans.

      Here's a quick review of US Government Corruption 101:

      1. Money rules elections. Obama's father was not a US citizen. When Romney became a possible presidential candidate I googled his work with Bain. He made millions of dollars by consolidating businesses, some thrived and some went bankrupt resulting in layoffs of tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of workers and those businesses supporting the workers. There are now new ghost towns in America.

      2. The Federal Reserve is a private corporation that illegally controls money and creates depressions which produce more millionaires and makes the Rich richer. Both President Kennedy and his brother Robert wanted to nationalize the Fed, shut it down. Hint, both were assassinated.

      Educate yourself about the Fed, watch the real story in the movie, "International Banking Cartel (II)" which came out on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

      link to knowingtest.blogspot.com

      3. The Military Industrial Complex is stronger than ever and very corrupt. Look at the failures of the generals in winning any of the Middle East illegal wars and other wars.

      4. The corrupt mass news media keeps Americans dumb.

      5. Guess who is controlling the Fed; the MIC; the mass news media; most of the major corporations and industries including entertainment and health care; the FDA, aka Federal Death Administration; the Supreme Court, etc?

      The corrupt Billionaires and their old families, corporations, and their puppet millionaires including Congress. Half of Congress are corrupt millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires and more corrupt.

      6. The Presidents and Congress for the last 30 years have been supporting offshore transfer of many big American industries that were providing jobs to millions of Americans and the income bases for many cities, some which are now ghosts towns. Congress made it easy for companies and did not bother to increase profit taxes nor place tariffs on materials made using foreign workers. Studies show that Coca Cola did not hire more people in America with the extra profit. More crap from corporations.

      7. The banking industry and Wall Street knew what was going on with the phony mortgages and offshore industries. The Presidents, the Treasury Secretaries, the financial executives knew what was happening, all guilty of negligence of duty. The Fed loans more money to the US government and/or prints money backed by nothing, fractional reserves. More crap.

      Excuse my errors or mistakes, corrections are appreciated. I only have two degrees. But I've lived and worked in the Middle East for over 2 years, Vietnam vet 4 years and have done some world traveling.

      The controlled American mass news media does not educate Americans, it brain washes them and makes them dumb. And you hear that various news media are getting more consolidated and bigger. What's happened to anti-trust regulations?

    • I assume the US government will not do anything to stop the Syrian government from bombing and killing innocent children and adults, standing in line to buy bread.

      I assume the jet fighters were made in America and supplied by the US government or US corporations.

      Oh, the US only supplies 60% of the military equipment being used by both sides in the Middle East wars and feuds.

      If you're not sick and tired of the corrupt US government, you're either totally dumb, brain washed by the corrupt mass news media, uninformed or too busy to give a damn.

  • UN Security Council Condemns Further Israeli Squatting on Palestinian Land, with Rogue State US Vetoing
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 12/20/2012 at 7:33 pm

      My uninformed and politically ignorant opinion of the European tape which I watched last night is that it is boring, without emotion or conviction and without any mention that the US is the only member not issuing a statement condemning Israeli plans for extensive, illegal theft of Palestinian land in the West Bank including "---installing squatters on it, in a step designed to cut the West Bank in two and make forever impossible a two-state solution to the problem of Palestinian statelessness."

      I guess speaking against the lack of condemnation by the US is not politically and financially safe for most of the countries.

      My ignorant suggestion: The US government should immediately withdraw and move to a more honest, more democratic and less corrupted country "all" the military equipment, supplies and weapons including nuclear bombs supplied to Israel by the US or purchased with US foreign aide.

      Problem is that the corrupt Billionaires controlling the Federal Reserve, a private corporation and all the major banks around the world are controlling all money, including the depressions, recessions and the economies. They also control the major corporation, most governments, the US Congress and Supreme Court, the Military Industrial Complex, all the mass news medias in the US and around the world and probably most elections around the world including in America.

      Is this corrupt control every going to be replaced with honest, informed democracy?

      Is the US every going to have a real honest President with integrity, intelligence and wisdom? Or just continued puppets to the world ruling Billionaires?

  • Israeli Vets on Israeli Treatment of Gaza & Palestinians: "It's Mostly Punishment" (Breaking the Silence)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 11/26/2012 at 11:34 pm

      If only a quarter of this article is true I would still be seriously disturbed and disgusted with the US government and the mass news media. If all or the majority of this article is true, then I'm all for replacing Obama, Congress, the Billionaires and their puppet millionaires, their mass news media, their private corporation - the Federal Reserve, their Military Industrial Complex, their corrupt FDA (the Federal Death Administration), their corrupt Supreme Court, etc should all be replaced or shut down.

      I'm angry with the Billionaires that are killing America and the world.

  • Gaza's Health Crisis and Israel's Crimes Against Humanity
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 11/20/2012 at 3:46 pm

      "This Arabic-language report says that Israeli warplanes targeted the Jordanian field hospital late on Monday. I have not been able to find confirmation for this report, but if it is true, and deliberate, it would be a war crime."

      Professor Cole, please follow up on confirmation.

      If confirmed, the US Government must immediately break all diplomatic relations with Israel, cease all trade and demand that the military personnel and officials involved in the attack be brought to justice in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations.

      The US must also remove all US supplied military aircraft, equipment, supplies and nuclear weapons from Israel and place them in a lawful, responsible country.

      Israel is guilty of continuing international crimes and crimes against humanity and must be dealt with as appropriate. Enough crap from the corrupt US Government, Congress and the illegal President Obama whose father was never a US citizen as required by the Constitution.

  • Iran Sanctions may be 'Crippling,' but they are not 'Working' (Cher)
    • The 1941 US embargo on all oil to Japan including from Indonesia(Dutch East Indies) forced Japan's military leaders to attack Pearl Harbor since they had less than two years of bunker oil(reserves) remaining before the shutdown of power production and all industry.

      Apparently the corrupt US government and its Military Industrial Complex along with the corrupt and criminal Israeli government are tightening and expanding the oil and financial embargoes and their financial cyber attacks on Iran.

      Are these questionable oil embargo and financial cyber attacks going to result in a significant portion of the reasonable and intelligent Iranians supporting dangerous retaliations to Israel and America just as the US oil embargo on Japan resulted in the Pearl Harbor attack?

  • NYC Hospitals Lose Power Once; in Gaza, it is a Constant Crisis
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 11/01/2012 at 3:45 am

      Simple answer: The US Government and Congress are professional corrupt, thieves.

      Half of Congress are corrupt millionaires and the other half are becoming corrupt millionaires. Millionaires should be prohibited from government offices.

      The political debates are not debating what should be debated and on and on.

      enough.......

  • Severe Weather, Climate Change and Corporate Greed (Solnit)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 10/29/2012 at 4:45 pm

      No replies? Where are all the nebulous comments of the educated, academic and/or politically experienced commenters? What's the matter? No comments on truths?

      The real problems are explained in the third paragraph:
      "---Whatever caused that season of clarity, once elected, Obama promptly sank into the stale, muffled, parallel-universe language wielded by most politicians, and has remained there ever since.---"

      My political ignorance suggest that Romney would continue Congress's support of the rich, making them richer and the 99% of Americans poorer and would absolutely mess up the Middle East, Iran, Palestine and the world.

      The Obama dream or fantasy never ended. If Obama is selected by the corrupted Electoral College, the Federal Reserve, a private corporation will continue the phony money game for the Billionaires and their puppets. Half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires.

      1. Take the money out of politics.

      2. Increase taxes on the Rich and Corporations to 70 to 80% which has proven to stimulate the economy and jobs over and over again.

      3. Nationalize the Federal Reserve which both John F. and Robert Kennedy wanted to do, but were assassinated.

      4. Reduce the Military Industry Complex and turn over policing the world to a new United Nations' military force.

      5. Introduce government control over the controlled and corrupt news media, maybe a new Department of Honesty, Truth and Spin Control.

      6. Jail all executives with conflict of interests in the FDA that are or have been executives of food and drug corporations.

      Otherwise, make some real honest changes.

      Enough.

  • Gaza Aid Ship Estelle Commandeered by Israeli Navy; Israel kidnaps European Members of Parliament
    • What the US government does and "does not do" reflects on the corruption our educational system which is turning out ignorant, (intelligent?) rich robots that are incapable of thinking which is what the corrupt rulers want.

      Being rich, consuming more and continual expansion can only end in overpopulation and destruction of the world. Peace comes within in helping ourselves and all others in doing our individual best without judgment. A good cook serves great meals that are healthy. Great politicians serves all of humanity, not a select group. Great teachers develop the thinking skills of each student, not just their memory skills. Too many non-thinking skilled technicians are being manufactured in our schools and colleges for the dictators. Ignorant, non-thinking people often if not always end up with a dictator & a corrupt government.

      Your daily blog should be a mandatory read 3 times weekly for students in Administration of Justice, Anthropology, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism,
      Legal, Media Communications, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc. Two reports would be required:
      one after one month and the final second report at the end of the semester. Both reports including on how Informed Comment applies and pertains to your individual major and how its made you think differently and more about some subjects. Of course additional reports would be acceptable for extra credit or to counter poor tests results.

      For students in the course list below, weekly reads once or twice a week should be enough to open their minds. Use same report schedules as above.

      Art, Business, Computer Science, Computer, Counseling, Information Systems, Counseling, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, Health and Human Services, Health Education, Kinesiology, Library Studies, Medical Assistant and Office Tech, Music, Nursing, Real Estate(global & local), Speech.

    • A Fed Up Swimmer 10/21/2012 at 7:07 am

      I only read the first two paragraphs, enough is enough.

      Israel has taken its 20th or 40th last step over the line.

      It's time for Obama to show his "FIRST real honest action" as the President of the United States. He must demand that the Israel government immediately: release all 30 persons kidnapped from the Gaza aide ship Estelle and allow delivery of its cargo of aid; replace the criminal Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and all of his cronies with honest politicians; and reach within 3 months a two state solution with Palestine or else the United States will begin immediately cutting all its ties with Israel. This would begin with removing all the military equipment and nuclear weapons given to Israel that established it as the Middle East keystone military base.

      Of course another country would have to be selected by the US government to replace Israel's role. Are there any honest governments available? Are there any individuals in the US government that could make intelligent and wise choices? Perhaps a collective effort by the UN and NATO with a group of 6 or more countries would work better. I'm politically ignorant, nevertheless wouldn't have any clue from the crap that the corrupt, controlled mass news media dishes out.

      Thus, I'm like most Americans that want honest, wise and intelligent individuals that can relate to and represent the 99% of Americans and that can stop making the same mistakes decade after decade. Or are the mistakes not mistakes just plans by the ruling billionaires and millionaires?

      There's excessive secrecy and greed in governments.

  • Creepy Israeli Planning for Palestinian Food Insecurity in Gaza Revealed
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 10/19/2012 at 12:39 am

      I am politically ignorant. Don't have the ability to brush up - dysfunctional memory. Most of my comments come from my heart, common sense and from what I read here and google.

      I'm simple minded. I see the game of politics as a diversion by the billionaire dictators ruling America and the world.

      Half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are becoming millionaires who can't(won't) relate nor represent the 99% of Americans.

      The Federal Reserve, a private corporation keeps its owners and select group of share holders rich and richer by loaning money(out of thin air) to the US government.

    • Excuse my political ignorance, but:

      Can't the US Government break all ties with Israel and its corrupt government?

      "--Palestinians in the Occupied Territories under Israeli control face conditions much worse than those suffered by African-Americans in the Old South under Jim Crow."

      link to aljazeera.com

      Could the US Government replace Israel with another country to be the keystone military power maintaining peace in the Middle East that would be provided with the military power that would include relocating all the military power, equipment and nuclear bombs that the US has located in Israel through foreign aide? Most, if not all of the nuclear bombs should be retired. Whose crazy enough to start a nuclear war?

      Israel is maintaining peace in the Middle East?

      1. How is the mass news media allowed to continue spreading the out and out lies and propaganda of Netanyahu?

      2. Why does Israel annually continue to received the largest amount of US foreign aide of all foreign countries?

      3. Why hasn't Israel signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

      4. 132 UN members recognize the State of Palestine, but the Security Council keeps vetoing it's membership. The Security Council should be reformed, more democratic. Many instances that required immediate attention didn't get it and tens of thousands of deaths occurred. This is more BS.

      "The United States is working to gather enough United Nations Security Council members to resist a planned Palestinian statehood bid so as to avoid having to use its veto power, Israeli and U.S. sources said on Saturday." What the hell is going on? The corrupt billionaires, MIC and others keep trouble available. The billionaires' get rich game disguised as the phony game of world politics and the MIC.

  • The Republican Assault on Minority Voting Rights (Goulka)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 10/15/2012 at 5:21 pm

      Has or will the mass news media ever give justifiable attention and news time to this critical information that Republicans are passing voter ID laws to suppress voting, not fraud?

      Please tell me that I wrong in assuming that most judges would not give a fair hearing to rescinding the passed voter ID laws and preventing more such voter ID laws around the country. I make the weak generalization that more judges are republicans since they're income puts them in the 1%, not in the 99%.

      I don't have a TV anymore since I can't stand the commercials and the corrupt, controlled new that is presented on the controlled, corrupt mass news media.

  • Annals of Settler Colonialism (5): German Namibia #savagesunite
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 10/01/2012 at 2:51 am

      The US Government should immediately demand a two state settlement to the Israel-Palestine tragedy, a regime change consisting of the arrest, trial and imprisonment of Benjamin Netanyahu and all of his cronies found guilty of crimes of inhumanity against the Palestinians.

      Otherwise, the US government will remove all the military equipment and weapons given to Israel including nuclear bombs, put an embargo on all trade with Israel and end all diplomatic ties with Israel.

      After reading Informed Comment for the last few weeks, how can an sane individual not agree with the above. If you disagree, then you could be found guilty of conspiring with terrorists.

      The dangerous game of the Rich with their wars, politics, phony terrorism has to end. The corrupt billionaire and their puppet millionaires have to be stopped.

  • Obama set precedent with Drone Killings for Romney to become Terminator-in-Chief (Ross)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 09/30/2012 at 2:49 pm

      One lie buried in what appears to be truths can often be accepted as a truth. The Occupy movements are secretly controlled by the US government using the FBI, CIA and/or Home Security agents disguised as normal Americans.

      I wouldn't be surprised if some of the Commenters on Informed Comment are attempting to confuse, misdirect and discredit truths and are corrupt millionaires or billionaires or their puppets.

      "--The US does not deliberately target civilians, but that some are hit in pursuit of militants is squarely the fault of the militants. And on what evidence did the New York Times report base its conclusion that “all military-aged males are held to be militants.”?"

      Proof in New York Times unless linked article is of lies:

      link to nytimes.com

      ---"The president’s directive reinforced the need for caution, counterterrorism officials said, but did not significantly change the program. In part, that is because “the protection of innocent life was always a critical consideration,” said Michael V. Hayden, the last C.I.A. director under President George W. Bush.

      It is also because Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, ACCORDING TO SEVERAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.

      Counter terrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good. “Al QED is an insular, paranoid organization — innocent neighbors don’t hitchhike rides in the back of trucks headed for the border with guns and bombs,” said one official, who requested anonymity to speak about what is still a classified program.

      This counting method may partly explain the official claims of extraordinarily low collateral deaths. In a speech last year Mr. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s trusted adviser, said that not a single noncombatant had been killed in a year of strikes. And in a recent interview, a senior administration official said that the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under Mr. Obama was in the “single digits” — and that independent counts of scores or hundreds of civilian deaths unwittingly draw on false propaganda claims by militants.---"

  • Netanyahu 2002: Iraq has Centrifuges 'the size of Washing Machines' to Produce A-Bomb
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 09/30/2012 at 1:39 am

      Excuse my political ignorance, but:

      1. How is the mass news media allowed to continue spreading the out and out lies and propaganda of Netanyahu?

      2. Why does Israel annually continue to received the largest amount of US foreign aide of all foreign countries which includes military aide?

      Could the US Government replace Israel with another country that would be provided with the military power to keep the peace in the Middle East, of course this would include relocating all the military power, equipment and nuclear bombs that the US has located in Israel through foreign aide?

      3. Why hasn't Israel signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

      4. 132 UN members recognize the State of Palestine, but the Security Council keeps vetoing it's membership. The Security Council should be reformed, more democratic. Many instances that required immediate attention didn't get it and tens of thousands of deaths occurred. This is more BS.

      "The United States is working to gather enough United Nations Security Council members to resist a planned Palestinian statehood bid so as to avoid having to use its veto power, Israeli and U.S. sources said on Saturday." What the hell is going on? The corrupt billionaires, MIC and others keep trouble available. The billionaire's get richer game disguised as a phony game of world politics.

      "--Palestinians in the Occupied Territories under Israeli control face conditions much worse than those suffered by African-Americans in the Old South under Jim Crow."

      link to aljazeera.com

  • Muslims are no Different, or why Bill Maher's blood libel is Bigotry
    • In a big nut shell:

      The main reason for the corrupt stirring up of religious anger and bigotry, for the corrupt and illegal wars, for the existence of phony terrorists, for the corrupt US government, the corrupt Military Industrial Complex (MIC), for the corrupt Federal Reserve, for the corrupt Banking industry is to make the corrupt politicians and the corrupt Billionaires and Millionaires richer.

      Half of Congress are millionaires and the other half are working on becoming millionaires. Congress will never approve increased taxes on the rich and their corporations.

      Will the Bush Era Tax Cuts ever end?
      Can money be taken out of politics?
      Will white collar criminals be taken out of government and punished?
      Will the court system ever be honest and legal?
      Will America ever have democracy?

  • The Gospel of Jesus' Wife and Sacred History from Judaism to Islam
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 09/21/2012 at 5:52 pm

      I believe and have experienced that the central purpose of all spiritual practices is Love: helping humankind to live in peace by helping ourselves and all others that we directly or indirectly come in contact with to do our individual best towards perfection without causing any pain: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, sexual, psychological, etc.

      When possible, being present in the here and now without the past or future will often bring you peace and allow you to do your best towards perfection. I gave up engineering to become one of the best certified nurse aides in the San Francisco Bay Area since I learned how to work with my heart and be present. I have done what others are unable to do with patients and children.

      When you're really present, perfection and experiencing miracles often follows. Perfection is not a goal but a result from opening your heart and repeatedly opening and trying to keep your heart open under all situations.

      Forgive yourself and others for all the pain that you and others have caused. Feel and think with your heart, not with your mind, bank account nor with fear of any kind such as being without food, help and support, a home and family, a job, some money, etc. Drop all you judgments of yourself and of all others and understand that you and others cause pain because of the lack of help and support(love) and/or because of any of the fears.

      Cole wrote in memoriam to Hal Davidon, Sep 2, 2012:
      “What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love“. It's just not now, but the world "will always need" love as Kathleen commented. Governments are full of power and lack a lot of love. Love, altruism should be taught in schools and colleges. link to juancole.com

      All government work, meetings should have 2 daily 3 minute breaks for remembering what real love is. Not the lust that is brainwashed into our young kids and teenagers by their parents, movies, TV, celebrities, the mass news media, etc. Lust is becoming a systemic disease in America.

      Please, Americans wake up. Quit setting poor examples to the world. Many politicians have no Love, just lust for power and money.

  • Romney & Bush Disappearance (Bill Maher Poster)
    • "-- I might feel better if I regarded the GWBush presidency in the same way some people regard the alleged moon landings…--"

      You error in comparing the moon landings to the criminal GW Bush presidency which resulted in death, pain, suffering and misery to millions of Americans. His presidency included millions of cohorts, white collar criminals like those of the corrupt banking industry that got and continue to receive bonuses, bailouts....

      You appear to be educated, intellectual, knowledgeable and possibly rich. And arrogant, unable to truly relate to or represent the average American, the 99%. You prefer to ignore the corrupt presidency which resulted in the deaths of ten's of thousands of Americans that thought they were fighting for their country, the millions of Americans that loss their homes and/or jobs due to the corrupt financial/banking industry, and the millions of citizens that lack health care including native, natural born or naturalized citizens, aliens that have successively completed the legal process of which many if not most Americans would fail without extensive studying.

      My point, what are you and other educated, intellectual, knowledgeable individuals doing about the current idiot elections? Ignoring it or accepting the status quo? Or simply, nothing because you can't or won't.

      Is Obama a sleeper that is going to do miraculous things if the Democratic party gains control of Congress?
      I would appreciate answers and suggestions to these questions. Please ignore my ignorance and correct errors.

      Could Obama have forced the banking industry to rent homes to those that have or are facing foreclosures like the British government did instead of completing the foreclosures and tossing the families out on the streets, into bankruptcy or into the struggle of moving, etc? Why can't America learn from the success of other countries? Maybe because the corrupt billionaires/millionaires have their corrupt plans.

      Could Obama have used or can he still use the presidential executive orders? to tax the rich and their corporations? end the Bush Era Tax Cuts to the rich? Will he get money out of elections and education?

      Clinton raised the taxes on the rich and corporations which resulted in the greatest expansion of America's economy, jobs and wealth. Will the new Congress that is half millionaires and the half becoming millionaires, refuse all tax increases to the rich and their corporations and the end to the Bush Era Tax Cuts to the rich?

      For the truth about the Bush Cuts see: link to cbpp.org

      Romney should be in jail for his lies(disguised as ignorance or mistakes), excessive spin and manipulation of the truth. His ignorance, real or bogus, about the Middle East and Iran alone should make him ineligible for running for any political office. But the average American including the 50% of Americans that are working class, not in the middle class, expects some spin and lies is unable or does not sift through the garbage of the mass news medias for the truth. They listen or watch the evening news or in their cars. They don't blog or search for the truth.

      It's becoming clear that a majority of wars in the Middle East and around the world are just a source of income for the corrupt billionaires and their: royal families, their Military Industrial Complex, their controlled mass news medias, their puppet millionaire & billionaires and their corporations, including the Federal Reserve and the IRS are, apparently private corporations. Add to the list of corrupt control the FDA, Hollywood, the health industry, education, etc.

      Bush got elected because the corrupt billionaires control the mass news media which controls/manipulates what the majority of Americans think and do. They also control the majority of corporations and other systems required to produce and maintain the necessities of life and supply the luxuries.

      enough

  • Top Ten Repeated Paul Ryan Lies
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/31/2012 at 12:33 pm

      Has anyone read my above post? Or is this blog just for blowing your own horn? Is this blog reaching and inspiring any actions, changes in our government?

      Is Professor Cole the only reader of my post? Is this blog only reaching a few thousand expert thinkers, many that may be rich that would not approve increased taxes on the rich and corporations nor end the Bush Era Tax Credit for the rich? I'm feeling disappointed that I get no responses, that I'm wasting my time commenting.

      I believe that most, if not all of the 7 items are valid needed changes that would help if not stop the economic downward spiral of America and the world.

      Please, some of you informed and educated commenters tell me I'm wrong believing that Obama with the Democrats controlling Congress would NOT make some of my 7 changes and others that would stop the downward economic spiral?

      I can't believe that Romney is the best that the Republicans can offer.

      Am I delusional in believing that the Occupy movements could help elect honest, intelligent and wise individuals into our government at all levels to represent the 99%?

      Am I correct in believing that Congress WILL NOT END the Bush Era Tax Cuts nor increase taxes for the rich and their corporations?

      Am I correct in believing that Obama is not seriously trying to represent the 99% of Americans, nor would he even with a Democrat controlled Congress?

      If I don't get any responses I will cease and desist from offering my uninformed, ignorant comments that are apparently achieving nothing. I'm under the delusion that some of my comments may encourage real action by one or a few of the commenters to this blog.

      Is Obama a sleeper that will take control with a Democrat controlled Congress and seriously represent the 99%?

      Please, comment and correct errors and delusions of my 7 items.

      Have to go swim.

    • The corrupt power and money of the billionaires, their corporations and puppets are killing America and the world.

      This "power and money virus" is spreading like wild fire amongst the puppet millionaires including the half of Congress that are single or multiple-digit millionaires and the other half that are becoming millionaires.

      How in the hell can anybody believe that Congress members would approve increased taxes on themselves and an end to the Bush Era Tax Cut for the rich?
      See the facts: link to cbpp.org

      I believe that a real economic recovery plan that will work and prevent a massive depression will have to include most of the following and other items. Excuse my political ignorance and errors. Corrections appreciated.

      1. Shrink, downsize the Military Industrial Complex. Upsize and strengthen the UN's military and responsibility.

      2. Increasing taxes to the rich and corporations as Clinton did which worked. I know, different times, but.

      3. End Bush Era Tax Cuts. See the true facts, not the GOP lies: link to cbpp.org

      4. Nationalize the Federal Reserve/the US banking complex, a private corporation.

      5. End the corrupt control of the mass news medias, the FDA, the education system, etc.

      6. Pass a new election law excluding multiple millionaires from elected or appointed positions

      7. Last but not lease, replace all corrupted politicians with honest, intelligent and wise individuals not committed to a single party, but committed to representing and relating to the 99% of Americans. The party system is broken since millionaires(money) control both parties. Get the money out of politics, period.

      Such real action must be taken to end the spread of the billionaires money/power virus.

      For action, I suggest that the Occupy movements be inspired and organized into supporting and recommending individual candidates for all federal, state, county and local elections that are honest, intelligent, "wise" and that would represent and relate to the 99% of Americans. Over whelm and force the mass news media to present the real news if possible.

      I know that the constant complaints, informed comments and chatter on this blog are not reaching many Americans nor are they going to change much of anything. Over half of Americans are of the working class that don't blog and that many if not a majority are brain washed by the mass news medias into to believing that voting democratic is the lesser of evils and that Obama will do something with Democratic Party in control of Congress. What's his track record? How many effective presidential execute orders has he issued?

      Will Obama make real changes if the Democratic Party controls Congress? I don't think so, I'm politically ignorant.

      Any better solutions? Please present them. Enough complaints. Have the Occupy movements spread validated and honest information about Romney, other candidates and all the issues. The mass news media, ugh.

      Any mistakes, corrections appreciated. I'm too fed up, too old and tired to do much of anything even proof reading.

  • Top Ten Pieces of Bad News for Romney on Eve of Convention
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/28/2012 at 1:12 pm

      Both Romney and Obama represent the corrupted rich who are killing themselves and America by stealing more and more from Americans that create and maintain their wealth.

      The power and control of corrupt billionaires/millionaires over the government, politics and the lives of Americans must be ended - thus, Occupy movements.

      A real way to end this corruption is for the Occupy movements to be inspired and organized into supporting and recommending individual candidates for all federal, state, county and local elections that are honest, "wise" and that would represent and relate to the 99% of Americans.

      America with a debt of 15 trillion dollars cannot borrow its way out of debt.

      The controlled mass news medias are brain washing Americans.

  • Islamic Shariah & Todd Akin/ Paul Ryan on Abortion & Legitimate Rape
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/21/2012 at 7:20 pm

      Romney and Ryan are confused, corrupted fools. How can any sound thinking American consider voting for them?

      Abortions must be made legal for all conditions.

      The decision to have an abortion in most situations should be made by the mother, not by the father, partner, family, government nor religion or spiritual practice.

      A fetus requires loving care and support to be born a healthy human physically, mentally, emotinally and psychologically with heart and compassion.

      All of the below are my "unexperienced opinions" subject to revision/correction by rape and abortion experienced women, mothers, fathers and families.

      Problems: A young 14 year old girl that has been raped may not be of sound mind for months, years or never(?). If she wants the baby she may not realize all the difficulties, humiliation, prejudice, anger, etc she would experience in school, with friends, in the public and even in her family.

      I believe that the laws on rape and abortion should be written by women and familes that have experienced rape(s), an abortion(s) "and both" including laws covering minors, unwedded mothers, mentally unsound, physically unsound, dangerous births, etc. Religions and spiritual practices and beliefs are to have no binding legal authority.

      The rape victim's decision to have an abortion should be accepted, no matter if underaged. How many rape victims will want the child? No rape victim regardless of age should be forced to have the child. I would assume that most rape victims are not going to be mentally sound for months or years.

  • Anonymous Billionaires are Stealing Your Election with Attack Ads
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/20/2012 at 5:44 am

      "It shouldn’t be allowed in the United States of America for a handful of billionaires to buy the election."

      Okay. I've read you repeated complaints about the elections and the candidates for many months. Are you or any of your commenters taking any actions, or just continuing the complaints?

      I've made suggestions, but have received no comments or suggestions. I don't have the intelligence nor ability to do much of anything. Too old and poor.

      Somehow, get the Occupy movements to start endorsing candidates with honesty, real intelligence, wisdom and other attributes for the Presidency and other positions in all elections, federal to the local.

      The Democratic and Republican parties are corrupted beyond belief. Money is ruling and killing America.
      doing about it Billionaires have been controlling the mass news media, Congress, the FDA, the financial industry and other large corporations/industries including those of food, health care, education, pharmaceuticals, ect for decades.

      How can Americans vote intelligently if they're given crap, lies, spin in most of the news. Over 50% of Americans do not blog and end up voting based on information from the mass news media.

  • Israeli President Peres Smacks down PM Netanyahu on Iran Attack, Supports Obama
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/19/2012 at 9:45 am

      Simplistically, after reading parts of "International law and Israeli settlements" in Wikipedia I have questions?

      Are the Israeli settlements and actions in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights that have and are forcibly removing Palestinians, illegal? Most countries of the world and the UN consider them illegal, violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Of course Israel and a few others don't.

      If so, the US Government must formally acknowledge the crimes of Israeli and advise them to stop all illegal actions and make retribution to the Palestinians or else face removal of all military equipment and weapons including nuclear bombs and an end of all diplomatic ties and trade.

      Israel receives the largest foreign aid of all countries in the world in the disguise of military equipment and weapons.

      Corruption: Money + Power = US Military Industrial Complex
      contributes to destroying the economy of America.

      Of course this would require a strong President, not another legally educated smooth talking individual.

  • Ann Romney: No More Tax Returns! (Jamiol Cartoon)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/17/2012 at 8:12 pm

      Who is Romney, the GOP, other billionaires/millionaires and puppets fooling with their lies, spin and deceit about taxes and ways to repair the economy?

      Not many if any of the bloggers here nor those that peruse Cole's "Friends and Interlocutors" or other similar web sites attempting to present the truth of what's really going on, exposing the corrupt mass news media, politicians and their parties.

      I can't believe that Romney has any chance of winning. Obama's chances are slim since his actions speak quite clearly and loudly when heard - his drones, allowing the bankers and financial idiots that led America and the world into the crises to repair their own damage, people still in crises, etc.

      What about the 50% of the US population that is the working class with a yearly income less than $30,000? What about the lower middle class?

      Elections suggest that a large portion are believing the lies, spin and/or deceit of Romney and the GOP.

      To the point: below are some real solutions on past crises that worked and will work again.

      In the 1990s, Clinton began balancing the budget and paying down the national debt.

      From the RollingStone, November 9, 2011:
      “How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich”

      “—After taking office, Clinton immediately seized the mantle of fiscal discipline from Republicans. Rather than simply trimming the federal deficit, as his GOP predecessors had done, he set out to balance the budget and begin paying down the national debt. To do so, he hiked the top tax bracket to nearly 40 percent and boosted the corporate tax rate to 35 percent. “It cost him both houses of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections,” says Chafee, the former GOP senator. “But taming the deficit led to the best economy America’s ever had.” Following the tax hikes of 1993, the economy grew at a brisk clip of 3.2 percent, creating more than 11 million jobs. Average wages ticked up, and stocks soared by 78 percent. By the spring of 1997, the federal budget was headed into the black.—”

      link to rollingstone.com

      The “artificial crises” is quite painfully and real to about 220 million Americans, 70% of the current US population of 314 million - 50% is the working class and 20%, a portion of the middle class.

      Pains: lost job, looking for jobs that aren't there, lost/losing your home, moving, new schools, losing health care benefits, college ruled out for teen, etc.

      Probably most of you reading this are not experiencing any pain. Is that why you have so much intellectual talk without any solutions or actions? Diversions.

      Why don't the Occupy movements select and support honest, wise, intelligent individual candidates for all elections that will represent the 99%, not the parties nor money? Is this avoidance a carefully executed plan by those against the Occupy movements? The corrupt US government, billionaires, etc? If it is, it's working and looks like another 4 years of corruption.

      Romney and the other corrupt billionaires and millionaire don’t feel much pain. What the hell is the difference between spending $100,000 or $10,000,000 a year on non-essentials?

      –”It’s difficult to imagine today, but taxing the rich wasn’t always a major flash point of American political life. From the end of World War II to the eve of the Reagan administration, the parties fought over social spending – Democrats pushing for more, Republicans demanding less. But once the budget was fixed, both parties saw taxes as an otherwise uninteresting mechanism to raise the money required to pay the bills. Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford each fought for higher taxes, while the biggest tax cut was secured by John F. Kennedy, whose across-the-board tax reductions were actually opposed by the majority of Republicans in the House. The distribution of the tax
      burden wasn’t really up for debate: Even after the Kennedy cuts, the top tax rate stood at 70 percent – double its current level. Steeply progressive taxation paid for the postwar investments in infrastructure, science and education that enabled the average American family to get ahead.—”

      70% for the billionaires and now it’s only 35%.

      The best growth and economical times have been during the highest taxes especially for the rich and corporations. Would have quoted the articles, but couldn’t find them.

      Tax all the billionaires, the corrupt and criminal 85% and the honest 70% and those that kept jobs in America 60%.

      Read more the RollingStone and you’ll agree, Romney and most of the GOP should be tarred and feathered for their lies, perjury regarding taxes and the US economy and growth.

      link to rollingstone.com

  • Mr. Romney, Here's why Your Tax Returns Matter
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/17/2012 at 5:27 pm

      President Obama should read my above post and especially the RollingStone post, and then take real honest action even if it means losing his reelection. If he doesn't he should be exposed for his ignorance or most likely his corruption and not be supported nor reelected.

      The billionaires, millionaires and all their puppets that caused and are still contributing to the crises must pay. They are all white collar criminals and should pay for their crimes with fines, jail time and in many cases, loss of their fortunes and property. They have caused pain, suffering, loss and deaths that will continue for years, some that can't be recovered from. Our government and country must be purged of these white collar criminals - that is or was the real goal of the Occupy movements.

      But I assume I'll be ignored and things will continue to go down the drain.

      Now is the time for another Clinton type to step up and save America and the world from the corrupt billionaires. Any takers or suggestions??????????

      link to rollingstone.com

    • In the 1990s how did Clinton balance the budget and pay down the national debt that again play major causes of the current "created artificial crises"?

      From the RollingStone, November 9, 2011:
      "How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich"

      "---After taking office, Clinton immediately seized the mantle of fiscal discipline from Republicans. Rather than simply trimming the federal deficit, as his GOP predecessors had done, he set out to balance the budget and begin paying down the national debt. To do so, he hiked the top tax bracket to nearly 40 percent and boosted the corporate tax rate to 35 percent. "It cost him both houses of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections," says Chafee, the former GOP senator. "But taming the deficit led to the best economy America's ever had." Following the tax hikes of 1993, the economy grew at a brisk clip of 3.2 percent, creating more than 11 million jobs. Average wages ticked up, and stocks soared by 78 percent. By the spring of 1997, the federal budget was headed into the black.---"

      link to rollingstone.com

      The "artificial crises" is quite painfully real to about 220 million Americans, 70% of the current US population of 314 million. 50% is the working class plus 20%, a portion of the middle class.

      Pains: losing a job then looking for another or another, losing your home and moving, losing health care benefits, college costs, etc. Probably most of you reading this are not experiencing any pain. That's why you have so much intellectual talk without any solutions or actions?

      Romney and the other corrupt billionaires and millionaire don't feel much pain. What the hell is the difference between spending $100,000 or $10,000,000 a year on non-essentials?

      --"It's difficult to imagine today, but taxing the rich wasn't always a major flash point of American political life. From the end of World War II to the eve of the Reagan administration, the parties fought over social spending – Democrats pushing for more, Republicans demanding less. But once the budget was fixed, both parties saw taxes as an otherwise uninteresting mechanism to raise the money required to pay the bills. Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford each fought for higher taxes, while the biggest tax cut was secured by John F. Kennedy, whose across-the-board tax reductions were actually opposed by the majority of Republicans in the House. The distribution of the tax
      burden wasn't really up for debate: Even after the Kennedy cuts, the top tax rate stood at 70 percent – double its current level. Steeply progressive taxation paid for the postwar investments in infrastructure, science and education that enabled the average American family to get ahead.---"

      70% for the billionaires and now it's only 35%.

      The best growth and economical times have been during the highest taxes especially for the rich and corporations. Would have quoted the articles, but couldn't find them.

      Tax all the billionaires, the corrupt and criminal 85% and the honest 70%.

      Read more the RollingStone and you'll agree, Romney and most of the GOP should be tarred and feathered for their lies, perjury regarding taxes and the US economy and growth.

      link to rollingstone.com

  • Your Election is being Bought by 47 Billionaires (and they are Buying War, Climate Change)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/14/2012 at 11:57 pm

      Yes, the greed for money and power is killing America.

      A solution is to vote in a presidential candidate and other candidates that want to and will take money out of politics.

      With my limited knowledge and experiences I know of one individual that has gone on record for taking money out of politics, Professor Juan Cole, author of this blog.

      He posted on 07/06/2011:
      "10 Ways Arab Democracies Can Avoid American Mistakes".

      His first way describes taking money out of Politics:

      "1. Contemporary political campaigns in the US depend heavily on television commercials. In the UK these ads are restricted, and in Norway they are banned. Consider banning them. But whatever you do, do not let your private television channels charge money for campaign advertisements. Television advertisements account for 80-90 percent of the cost of a senate or presidential campaign in the US, and the next presidential campaign will cost each candidate $1 billion. The only way a candidate can win is to fall captive to the billionaires and their corporations, leaving the people powerless and victimized by the ultra-wealthy. Consider putting a ban on paid radio and television political ads in the constitution, because otherwise if it is only a statute, the wealthy will try to buy the legislature so as to overturn it."

      The remaining 9 ways will accelerate the rebirth(birth) of democracy in America. All 10 ways should be adopted in America.

      Read the blog at: link to juancole.com

      And, if you read Cole's biography you most likely will agree with me that Professor Cole would become a great President. He graduated high school valedictorian and summa cum laude at the University of Michigan. He's gifted with intelligence, wisdom, honesty and spirituality. And speaks a dozen Middle East languages and dialects.

      link to juancole.com

      Please read the above links and help convince Professor Cole to run as a presidential candidate.

    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/14/2012 at 3:48 pm

      CORRUPTION

      The Federal Reserve - a private corporation owned and controlled by corrupt billionaire families and their puppet millionaires and private foreign and American banks.

      The Military Industrial Complex.

      US Congress: corrupt millionaires and other puppets.

      The FDA with its executives and their conflict of interests.

      The corrupt controlled mass news media.

      And other corruptions.

  • Paul Ryan was for Big Deficits before he was against them (graphic)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/12/2012 at 4:48 pm

      Ryan, Romney & most of the GOP are liars about the deficit.

      They and most of the GOP should be tried for perjury. But, white collar trash and criminals are not subjected to criminal arrests and punishment. The bankers should also be jailed for at least 10 if not 20 years for the pain, suffering and deaths they have caused.

      Figure 1 from the CBPP is the whole truth and nothing but the truth! "The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs. It is supported primarily by foundation grants."

      Any questions or doubt read the following:

      1. CBPP Aug 11, 2012 post "Ryan Roundup: Everything You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan’s Budget" at link to offthechartsblog.org

      2. CBPP May 10, 2011 post "Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits -
      Economic Recovery Measures, Financial Rescues Have Only Temporary Impact" It is a very long post and I believe substantial evidence of the perjury committed.

      link to cbpp.org

      3. The "About" and "Experts" links of the CBPP at the top of link to cbpp.org

      4. The long RollingStone article of November 9, 2011 with more truths about the Bush-Era Tax Cut and "How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich - The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent."

      link to rollingstone.com

      White collar crime, especially big liars must be punished!

      Cole's Figure 1 was updated, showing more deficit due to the Bush-Era Tax Cuts and has pages of proof.
      link to cbpp.org

      More than enough.

  • Poisoning the Seas to get out Oil that Poisons the Atmosphere (Banerjee)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 08/03/2012 at 5:43 am

      "---After all, no one actually knows how to clean up an oil spill that happens under the ice in the harsh conditions of the Arctic Ocean. Despite that, the Obama administration has been fast-tracking Shell’s dangerous drilling plan, while paying remarkably little attention to the ecological fears it raises and the potential devastation a major spill or spills would cause to the native peoples of the north.__"

      How in the hell can the Obama administration approve any oil drilling in the Artic Ocean without an approved clean up plan for an oil spill under the ice? Oh, no one knows how to or how long.

      "It is estimated that it could take more than 20 years to restore the environment around the Gulf of Mexico to the state it was in prior to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion----". In the Artic, maybe never.

      Obama is another idiot politician that's also trying to get reelected. The President should not belong to any party.

      Prohibit legal educated individuals from becoming the President, they tell too many stories and lies. Presidential candidates, academics in engineering, life sciences, history and other areas that work mostly with hard knowledge and facts.

      Artic Future Oil Spill

      "---When a spill happens, and it’s minus 35 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind’s howling at 65 miles per hour, and sea ice is all around you and moving, the idea that a highly trained dachshund or federal inspector will be able to do a thing is pure fantasy. Believe me, I’ve been there under those conditions and if the worst occurs, this won’t be a repeat of BP in the Gulf of Mexico (bad as that was). Help will not be available.---"

  • "Kuwait Stock Exchange" (Andreas Gursky Photograph)
    • A Fed Up and Pessimistic Swimmer 07/29/2012 at 3:17 pm

      My initial intuitions of the Kuwait Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade photographs are the worshiping of their common God, "money". Just as money and power are the Gods of Worship at the rallies of the demoncratic and republican parties.

      Money rules and destroys. Democracy not in America since Americans only have two choices for President, General Obama or ignorant billionaire Romney as presented by the controlled news media. There's no chance of an honest, wise, truly intelligent and spiritual president. The corrupt billionaires and their corrupt: millionaires, families, Military Industrial Complex, bankers and their private corporation, the Federal Reserve will continue to rule America and the world. America does not spread democracy. Its shows how money and power rule.

      Look closely at the Kuwait Stock Exchange close-up and you'll see lots of fat reared men, no women present.o

      Look carefully at the

  • Top Ten Most Distasteful things about Romney Trip to Israel
    • A Fed Up and Pessimistic Swimmer 07/29/2012 at 3:34 pm with 2 replies

      The idiot Romney must be part of the Democratic party's plan to get General Obama elected. Otherwise, who in their right mind could consider the bumbling, ignorant, business billionaire Romney.

      It's time for another view of Cole's "10 Ways Arab Democracies Can Avoid American Mistakes" but viewed as 10 Ways America can elect an honest, wise, truly intelligent president: link to juancole.com

  • Flow Chart of Authority in Today's Egypt (!!!)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 07/02/2012 at 5:56 am

      The "Flow Chart of Authority in Today's Egypt (!!!)" triggered some mental image flashes:

      The resultant fear, anger, ugliness, corruption that a "Flow Chart of Authority in Today's America would expose.

      "Pandora's Box", too dangerous to open and acknowledge?

      Do more people throughout the Middle East have belief in their God or Gods than Americans?

      Has God in America been basically replaced by $$$ and fear?

      Any chance for the Golden Rule?

  • Fox Smears Mursi with "Jerusalem Capital" Lie (Murphy)
    • A Not So Fed Up Swimmer 06/25/2012 at 9:53 pm with 1 replies

      Yes, the mass comedy news shows are sick, dangerous, hypnotic propaganda, controlled by the insane billionaires and their corrupt millionaire puppets.

      Vote in honest, intelligent, wise, heartful and caring academics, engineers, cultural anthropologist and others that are not part of the insane rich elite that corruptively support, protect and insure themselves and only their kin perpetuation to the end of time or of America.

      Get rid of the phony, story telling, lying legal educated politicians and candidates that are insane millionaires and billionaires that don't and can't relate nor represent the 99% of Americans.

      Keep this pertinent real news and solutions coming about the systemic corruption in the US Government and throughout America in all forms of mass news media shows, the elections and politics, the financial industry with its Federal Reserve-a private corporation, the FDA with its conflict of interest executives, etc.

      Get rid of the phony, story telling, lying legal educated politicians and candidates that are insane millionaires and billionaires. Ban the rich and their money from politics.

      My preference are people that are spiritual, heartful and caring over the seriously religious.

      We are here on Earth to help others and ourselves do our individual and collective best striving for and sometimes reaching perfection, without judgment. When you experience perfection you will know it by recall. Nothing lasts. Just keep allowing your judgmental to pass, don't grab hold of them or block them. Without judgment you'll glimpse freedom.

  • Campbell: Israeli PM Sharon Threatened Bush with Nuking Iraq (Mearsheimber & Walt vindicated)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 06/23/2012 at 12:29 am

      Not Iraq.

      Apparently, supposedly according to the US Government, FBI, Aljazeera and/or others, most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis that probably received training in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan, not Iraq. The hijacking pilots received training in Florida. Blah, blah, blah.

      Forget the simple mistakes.

      The point made, "wrong country", why?

      Solutions to corruption?

    • I'm sure that Sharon was exaggerating. He would bomb the hell out of Iraq, but not with nukes. Are the great leaders and politicians that dumb or power crazy?

      Imagine one single Iraqi SCUD or the equivalent bomb dropped or hand delivered and set off in any American city. Immediate reprisal, but not with nukes.

      America got painfully hit by terrorists flown aircraft and took questionable reprisal, seriously bombing and invading the wrong country. The terrorists were and are apparently from Afghanistan, not Iraq. With the corrupt help of and direction by the Military Industrial Complex, America for some unknown reasons(control of oil) went into to Iraq and avoided focusing on Afghanistan. More money and years?

      For the trillions of dollars that have been spent in the Middle East and in Iraq, couldn't America and the world have focused on replacing Saddam Hussein and "loaning" a few billion dollars to the Iraqis to get their economy rolling, their oil would cover the loan?

      Just a quick comment, early in the morning.

  • Despite Airport Incident, Henry Kissinger is Wrong about Libya
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 06/05/2012 at 5:47 pm

      Often what the Western press presents is politically adjusted or biased by the US government.

      I had an experience similar to Cole's experience when back in 1978 I flew into an airport in or near Lagos, Nigeria to perform a geotechnical field investigation in Lagos.

      On arriving, I found the air terminal being closed down by the Nigerian Army. I was stopped from making any calls, but found an English speaking World Health Organization official, got a taxi with him and share a hotel room. In the morning made calls, got picked up and went to work.

      What was presented in the Western press was exaggerated and manipulated from what I experienced for the next 3 months in Nigeria.

      US government often manipulates and controls the press.

      Digression with some humor, but a significant conclusion at the end.

      The drilling equipment was carried in on poles on the shoulders of Nigerian laborers. I was in front, enjoying cutting the bush with a big machete and leading the group, the great white warrior in the swamp. But got stung by hornets. Turned around and the natives had already moved far away. Gave the machete to a native and went to the rear as a humbled, stung engineer.

      On President's Island I was touring on the beach going to a historical ship wreck site and was robbed by two natives carry machetes, one short machete and the other long. I thought about throwing sand in their faces but decided it is wasn't worth the danger. Threw my wallet to the guy in front since I was prepared for a possible robbery with nothing of much value in my wallet. But the robber behind me with the small machete grabbed my gold framed glasses. Got angry. Luckily I always traveled with spare glasses. Didn't throw the sand, not that angry or stupid. A big Nigerian helped me chase the robbers, but they disappeared into the bush. Great experience. My first robbery attack which I spontaneously handled with care, no fear, just the correct response.

      Gave up engineering after 18 years and became one of the best, if not the best CNA in the San Francisco Bay Area. Found my real innate ability is working with my heart as a CNA, Certified Nurse Assistant, in caring for babies and young kids in hospitals and as a volunteer at Children's Hospital. Did things that others didn't do and had not received real education, experience nor knowledge for: mental telepathy, intuition, spiritual help, spontaneous support for those making the transition. Dying, such an ignorant negative word, there's no heaven nor hell. Catholic Church does beautiful things, but is run by greed for power, control and wealth like most, if not all governments - and with lots of propaganda: sin, hell, heaven, etc.

      Trust and listen to your heart. Perhaps, changing your job is what is best for you and others. Hint, hint.

  • "All Wars are Follies" (Benjamin Franklin Poster)
    • Thanks Professor Cole and Kat for Benjamin Franklin and Charles Sumner. I read Wikipedia on both and was extremely impressed. Both were honorable individuals, "exceptional statesmen" that stuck to their positions, morales and kept them.

      Ralph W. Emerson wrote of Sumner: "---In Congress, he did not rush into party position. He sat long silent and studious. His friends, I remember, were told that they would find Sumner a man of the world like the rest; "it is quite impossible to be at Washington and not bend; he will bend as the rest have done.’ Well, he did not bend. He took his position and kept it....---"
      link to en.wikipedia.org

      I'm not well read, politically ignorant.
      Who are the "exceptional statesmen" of today, if any?
      Please list a few.

      I prejudicially believe that most politicians spend the majority of their time working with special interests for their future reelections and for their personal gain in wealth and power. There's so much bending in Washington.

      Enlighten me, thanks.

    • A Fed Up Swimmer 05/27/2012 at 3:37 am

      Oh my gosh. The only problem without wars, the billionaire and millionaire owners, share holders and corporations that makeup the American Military Industrial Complex would loose billions if not trillions of dollars annually. The annual costs of MIC just keeps adding to the National Debt of 16 trillion dollars, taking away funds that could be invested in America's economy, growth and prosperity.

      Thus, arbitration and peace is avoided at all costs as illustrated by the spin and lies by Congress and the mass news media on how Iran will soon become a nuclear threat. Note, that the last time Iran attacked and invaded a country was one or two hundred years ago. I did not, but may read all 61 oomments of the "Israel - Iran Military Comparison" at: link to juancole.com

      I'm just a 71 year old swimmer, politically ignorant that's fed up with the failure of the politicians, Secretaries of the Treasury and other so called experts in screwing up, not performing their jobs, aka negligence of duty nor representing and relating to the 99% of Americans for almost 100 years if not for decades more.

      100 years: the Federal Reserve Act was signed in 1914 and marks the birth of history's greatest Ponzi scheme or scam.

  • The Great Fracking Catastrophe in Rural America (Cantarow)
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 05/22/2012 at 12:22 am

      How in the hell can corporations get away with their "Town-Busting Tactics", giving a township only 0.0004%(4/10,000) four ten-thousandth of what the company will gross, making people sick and leaving the environment damage and useless?

      I'd like to see the corporate executives sent to jail for life. America needs to bring the hammer down on white collar crime now.

      The US Federal government should make EIS's and EIR's, environmental impact statements and reports, mandatory for "any type of use" of public and private property including any type of mining that will change the environment. Probably Federal law since some states are negligent in .

      The individual property owner and the small towns MUST BE PROTECTED from abuse and the bull crap of corporations. It should not be necessary for an individual property owner or the small town to hire lawyers, mandatory EIS's and EIR's.

      I can't believe what has and is happening in the last decade. The damn politicians are taking bribes, gifts or whatever from the corporations. The corporations' executives and the corrupt politicians should receive jail sentences, large fines and held totally responsible for any present and future damages. They should be required to post bonds for present and future health problems and for the restoration of the lands. We're talking about bonds on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars.

      Mountains excavated can always be replaced using the same excavation equipment such as 44 cubic yards capacity, self-loading scrapers plus large sheepfoot compaction equipment to compact the backfill to specs. Back in 1975, it was not that uncommon to placed/compacted to specs over 50 feet of engineered fill on which expensive houses were built.

  • Saudi ban on women’s sports blamed for rising obesity (Zambarakji)
    • Saudi Arabia has strict limits on women's freedom in violation of various treaties that the government have signed.

      Why doesn't the US boycott trade with Saudi for such blatant treaty violations? Oil.

      Well, can America hurrying up its replacement of gasoline with battery run motors? Probably not because the oil industry doesn't want to be replaced by batteries???

  • Minority Births the Majority? On how the whole idea of White People is Made Up
    • Belonging becomes a disease when you can't find peace and satisfaction within yourself and if what you're doing doesn't include helping others and yourself to do your best.

      Belonging to a culture, a country, a country club, a team can become a disease.

      Watch the Americans at republican or democratic rallies screaming and cheering for their candidates to win or when they win. All the insane, manic screaming is saying, "We now have a chance for peace and satisfaction." "We will succeed."

      Having a mate, children, a job you enjoy, a home, a car and other things will help. But unless you are "helping others", the peace and belonging soon evaporates, you get bored. Then you try a new mate, new and more possessions, more respect for you, but no lasting satisfaction. Nothing is permanent.

      The Beetles, John Lennon's song "Imagine" has some guides to mankind's' desires for peace and belonging.

      A country to die for. A group to belong to. A team to support and help you go crazy when they win. When the US military wins you feel great. Only problem, what the military is fighting for is not peace but continual wars to keep the billionaires and millionaires rich.

      Lyrics of Imagine

      Imagine there's no heaven
      It's easy if you try
      No hell below us
      Above us only sky
      Imagine all the people
      Living for today...

      Imagine there's no countries
      It isn't hard to do
      Nothing to kill or die for
      And no religion too
      Imagine all the people
      Living life in peace...

      There's no heaven nor hell. BS to control people.

      What we each becomes and what we do is strongly influenced by our environments: parents, friends and enemies, culture, country born in, school, etc.

      Born in Iraq and your wife and kids are killed by US military, chances of you becoming a terrorist are increased. No heaven nor hell.

      Enough

      Beded at 10:30pm, up at 5am.

  • Legalize Pot, Save Public Education, and end Student Indebtedness
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 05/15/2012 at 2:16 pm

      America should have free higher education, including all areas of education and work-study for non degree education for plumbers, carpenters, artists, etc. The length not fixed to 4 years for a BS degree, but according to the individual's learning ability which for some will be 5 or more years. Costs in America should be basically free, such that a per cent of the families and/or individuals annual gross income is charged so that there is no need for loans and no excessive burdens. All students, not just those from wealth families would then be able to become doctors, scientists, etc.

      Higher education in America is too expensive for almost 50% of American families, unless they make major sacrifices such as shortchanging their retirements.

      link to bankrate.com

      I believe that a major cause for the lack of government funds for education is due to the annual cost of the corrupt Military Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned Americans about on January 17, 1961 that is very much alive and responsible for starting and maintaining illegal wars and spending trillions of dollars.

      The Military Industrial Complex must be replaced with a defense military and a limited offensive military. The UN military should be reorganized and strengthened to take on the responsibility of maintaining peace and world governments representing the people, not the rich and militarys in all countries.

  • Top Ten Ways the US Military can Avoid Teaching Hatred of Muslims
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 05/14/2012 at 8:07 pm

      What's new, a corrupted military? President Eisenhower warned in 1961 about the Military Industrial Complex, MIC.

      The US military is strongly influenced, if not controlled by those controlling the MIC, the billionaires whose main goal is to make themselves and their puppet millionaires filthy rich by all means, legal and illegal including illegal wars.

      Maybe some of these billionaires strongly influence or control the out-and-out "fraud" in the financial industry, the FDA, the Federal Reserve, a privately owned corporation.

      Money, wealth, power and egomania ARE THE ROOTS OF ALL EVIL.

      America needs a president and politicians that are honest, non-secretive, truly intelligent, humble, experienced, traveled and with wisdom, integrity and spirituality that will represent the 99.4% of Americans. Out with the story telling, manipulative and lying legally educated bums. In with such qualified academics. Such a president would truly help to heal America and the world. He would have the chance to become the greatest president in American history.

      Guess who for President?

  • US arms Sales to Bahrain Undercut Criticism of Russia, Iran on Syria
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 05/13/2012 at 4:27 am

      Most Americans would not approve the sales of military weapons to the Bahrain government which is guilty of killing, arresting, jailing and torturing peaceful protesters?

      Both news of the military sales and the Bahrain government's illegal actions were kept out of the mass news media or suppressed until the sales and torture became headlines or main stories online, abroad, in print or on talk shows.

      Then, US government spin begins.

      "US officials said among the sales now allowed to go forward would be harbor security vessels and upgrades to turbo-fan engines used in F-16 fighter aircraft as well as legislation which could pave the way for a future sale of a naval frigate. Items still on hold, besides the missiles and the Humvees, include teargas, teargas launchers and stun grenades."

      link to dailytimes.com.pk\13\story_13-5-2012_pg4_3

      Missiles to a government that kills peaceful demonstrators?

      Oh, forgot. The US 5th Fleet is stationed in Bahrain and Iran is a threat. The US Military Industrial Complex is alive, thriving, seeding and starting wars and killing.

      How to stop this crap?

  • Romneynejad: We didn't have gays in the 1960s
    • A Fed Up Swimmer 05/12/2012 at 12:01 am

      Sherm you're a out of context. Unusual for you, hard day?

      "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,"--"You know, if someone doesn't give me a good service that I need, I want to say, 'I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.'"

      Romney muddles, makes mistakes. Not presidential qualities.

      However, the main point is that he "likes" firing people. Who in the hell wants a president that likes to giving pain to people. If you're not providing the quality service contracted, a fair employer will advise you to immediately provide the quality contracted or they give you the choice to leave or they'll fire you.

      Perhaps, Romney "liked" putting thousands of workers out of jobs in order to produce more profit? Out of context?

  • Romney v. Carter (Jamiol Cartoon)
    • Stephen, perhaps much of the stupidity and gullibility of Americans is due to the controlled mass news media. Many Americans are too busy working at break neck speeds, keeping their jobs in an excessively competitive world and just trying to raise their families in the computer age.

      They don't have the time nor energy to question what they watch. Thus, turn on the TV, watch the controlled mass news media and continue sleepwalking. Even the PBS NewsHour is junk that keeps them ignorant and brainwashed with lies, deceit and the propaganda of the ruling billionaires.

      How many Americans take the time and energy to search the web for truths? 10% ????? Many Americans vote democratic since it's the lessor of two evils.

      How many have heard or watched Informed Comment??
      I've asked several hundreds and only 2 or 3.

      Have you read Cole's biography? He added it sometime in the last week or month. I only read it 3 days ago and was totally amazed at how well qualified he is for the presidency. He would make a great president if not one of the greatest. For areas that he is inexperienced in he would delegate, delegate to get his real experts and academics to search, analyze and provide him with the truths so that he can make wise, informed decisions.

      Am I wrong about Obama? Why didn't he put a freeze on foreclosures his first, second or third week, month or year? In Britain the government stopped foreclosures and rented the homes to the owners so that mortgages could be modified keeping the owners in their homes? Win win?

      Has Obama made it public knowledge that the Federal Reserve is a privately owned corporation whose main goal is keeping their owners, 10 American and foreign big banks and the old established billionaire families or what ever they are, excessively rich while the masses struggle, many losing their jobs and homes. Nationalize the Fed and banks?

      No. Keep those responsible for the failures and crises in control.

      Forgot, President Kennedy and brother Robert wanted to nationalize the Fed, but they were assassinated. Coincidence or not? Perhaps this scares off honest candidates.

      "--Furthermore, Obama brazenly undermined the power of Congress by insisting his authority came from the United Nations Security Council and that Congressional approval was not necessary. “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question.””

      Is Obama playing Congress and will become a great president? I don't think so. Am I wrong?

      Honestly, I am politically ignorant, 71, have dysfunctional memory and fed up with the dangerous controlled politics and news media in America.

      Please, "Reply" corrections to all incorrect observations.

    • Romney makes so many mistakes in talking about the Middle East and also about many or most other issues. He displays confusion, ignoranance, anger, phony smiles and crazy solutions.

      How in the heck can any sound, thinking individual even consider him as a candidate for the presidency?

      I suggest a boycott of all ignorant, lying, spinning, manipulating and deceitful political candidates and incumbents. Maybe 10% would be exempt from such a boycott?

      Concentrate on political candidates and incumbents that are honest, intelligent, wise, truthful, non-manipulating, without spin and with wise solutions.

      Why so much corruption? Perhaps because the average? American listens to the mass news media that no longer investigates and verifies most of what they report. Thus, Americans don't know the actual news and facts. The controlled mass news media reports as directed and approved by their billionaire/millionaire owners. Freedom of the mass news media, not in America. The PBS NewsHour, a sick tragedy show of propaganda.

      Excuse any mistakes. I'm political ignorant, 71, have dysfunctional memory and fed up with the dangerous controlled politics and news media in America.

      I guess most Americans are so busy working, being soccer moms or whatever that they don't have time to search for real news and information. They turn on the TV or listen to the news in their cars, but only get propaganda and lies.

      How many Americans read Informed Comment or other sources of honest, relatively verified news and information? 1%?

      Are Americans addicted to sensationalism because it makes them feel alive?

      Take the sound effects and background music out of movies and I believe many Americans would fall asleep with many movies since the acting is crap. I enjoy many movies directed by Clint Eastwood since the sound effects and background music is kept to a minimum. Hollywood should have mandatory ratings for sound effects and music:
      Excellent = no music, only real sound effects, no abnormal sound effects for punching, no super strength scenes.....

  • Romney wants to Fight Whole Muslim World, not Concentrate on Bin Laden
    • Romney as President would lead America into chaos. He's made so many mistakes talking about the Middle East and is often confused, forgetful or is just plain dumb. Money nor degrees do not make you intelligent, wise, honest, incorruptibility nor spiritual. Consider that about half of Congress are millionaires. Congress, the Secretaries of the Treasury, the so called financial experts and giant corporations have failed Americans for over 30 years and still failing.

      Obama is backing the billionaires and their puppet millionaires and MIC, the Military Industrial Complex. He also afraid of taxing the rich or is just following orders.

      "Some of the most prosperous periods in US history (1950s and 1960s) have come during periods of super-high marginal income tax rates. And some of the most disastrous periods in US history (1970s, 2010s) have come after periods of super-low income tax rates." (especially for the rich)

      "Do Low Tax Rates On Rich People Actually Ruin The Economy?"
      link to articles.businessinsider.com

      Excellent long article about taxation and the Federal Reserve, a private corporation that keeps their owners and share holders rich and America in debt:

      "How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich"
      link to rollingstone.com
      link to rollingstone.com

      Who in American would make a great President?

      Hell, I believe Juan Cole would become a great president. He's got an excellent education for governing: history degrees--not like the law degrees of most politicians which is an education for lying and telling the best stories. Juan Cole is honest, intelligent, wise and spiritual. Yes, he makes an occasional mistake, he's human. But he owns up to his mistakes. I just now read Juan Cole's autobiography. Wow! He definitely would make a great President. He is exactly the person that America needs as the next President. Read his autobiography and if you don't agree than I have to say you're nuts. He would bring peace to the Middle East without any doubt. Read it!

      Excuse my simplicity, I'm 70, just a swimmer and politically ignorant.

      Seriously, please "Reply" to this post as to your best choice for president for America and the world. America needs a strong, will have serious problems with 4 years of a corrupt Democratic or Republican president.

  • Obama: Clark Kent at home, Imperial Superman Abroad (Engelhardt)
    • Support the dozen or more Congress members that want to impeachment President Obama for sending military and drones into foreign countries, starting wars without the approval of Congress per the US Constitution.

      It's late and I present one example of a dozen or more impeachable actions by Obama.

      Goggle: "Past 24 hours" and similar to: impeach* Obama Libya, for 2,260 results.

      "Despite promising otherwise, Barack Obama committed U.S. military resources to overthrow Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi without any kind of congressional authorization whatsoever and without citing any evidence that Libya under Qaddafi was a threat to the security of the United States. Furthermore, Obama brazenly undermined the power of Congress by insisting his authority came from the United Nations Security Council and that Congressional approval was not necessary. “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question,”"

      link to infowars.com

      "One problem in regard to this movement concerns the use of our military. Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power "To declare war," but last year that restriction was ignored under Obama’s authorization of military force in Libya.

      Ten members of Congress filed a lawsuit against the President because his administration failed to seek congressional approval for military action in Libya, which is a violation of the War Powers Act."

      link to examiner.com

      Obama, Congress and both parties have been failing Americans for over 30 years.

      Occupy Elections

  • Saudi-Egypt Crisis Points to Conflict between New Democracies, Old Autocracies
    • A Fed Up Nobody 04/29/2012 at 8:24 pm

      The Saudis are saying they don’t mind some demonstrations but that the demonstrators should treat them with respect (i.e. they don’t get it).

      "They don't get it" that the demonstrations are usually if not always by groups that are being abused and not being respected by their rulers or their temporary Saudi bosses.

      The Saudis, the royal royalties, the billionaires are saying don't say anything negative about our country or government, be quiet, do your jobs, no complaints and kiss our royal rears or you won't work in Saudi or get our oil. Sounds similar to fiasco in Bahrain that resulted in deaths of innocent demonstrators that the US press ignored because the US has its 5th Fleet stationed their. More US crap.

      The guest-worker population is probably doing work that the Saudis don't have skills for or that the Saudis won't do for such low wages.

      I worked as a geotechnical engineer from a California firm in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Nigeria. Occasionally I collected payments or made contributions, both in Saudi Arabia. I found the Saudi rich with their rears high in the sky, just like many rich all over the world and the billionaires, millionaires in America: the politicians, Congress, the President, millionaire puppets, etc.

      What to do?

      Real working suggestions would be appreciated.

  • A Full Spectrum Confrontation World? (Escobar)
    • A Fed Up Nobody 04/28/2012 at 2:30 pm

      Too much to take in and understand.

      Perhaps, if the US had worked on cooperation instead of on imperialism via the Military Industrial Complex for the last 70 years America would have gain real strength, friends and support. But with deregulation, money and manufacturing left America in the dust. Too much concentration on military powder and power.

      Also America's billionaires showed the world's rich how to use pseudo democracy to become wealthier and more powerful. The stupidity and greed of the ruling billionaires is beyond comprehension. Oh, forgot it's their addictions, their lack of honesty, integrity, wisdom, heart and spirituality.

      Not only did the politicians and so called experts ruin America's standard of living, but they have just about guaranteed America's demise and more serious wars.

      Violence produces more violence most of the time.

  • Rubio Calls for War on Iran, Syria-- as Israeli Army Rejects Strike
  • Bahrain: little change since ‘brutal crackdown’ as Formula 1 begins (Serle)
    • "Cries of hypocrisy and complicity rang out but the likes of Britain and America, which has its Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, stayed silent."

      There's always some reason, excuse or complications for not taking the honest and wise actions: America, "has its Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain". Let the innocent protesters be jailed, tortured or killed in Bahrain. Let the Chinese invade and take over Tibet.

      America stayed silent as ordered by the 7 or two dozen billionaire families ruling America and the world with money and because the US government continues playing the dangerous corrupt game of money controlled politics, elections, wars, news media and of most other major areas including finance(the Federal Reserve which is a private corporation), food and drugs(FDA=Federal Death Administration), entertainment(movies), education, etc.

      Both the democratic and republican parties and most politicians, incumbents and candidates are controlled by money and are unable to stop the money control, the Federal Reserve, the Military Industrial Complex or act out of honesty, integrity, wisdom and heart. They cannot think with honesty and wisdom.

      The so called experts and politicians have been failing for over 30 years and will continue to fail Americans.

      America must vote out all corrupt politicians and candidates.

      OCCUPY ELECTIONS

      Vote in candidates with honesty, integrity, wisdom and heart that will relate and represent 99% of Americans.

      Or else more of the same money controlled games.

      I'm 70, politically ignorant and totally fed up with being ruled by money and corruption.

      Probably some mistakes and faulty information: "Reply" corrections.

  • What We Lost in Iraq and Washington (Van Buren)
    • A Fed Up Nobody 04/10/2012 at 1:54 am

      A real solution to most of the corruption and military BS ongoing in the Middle East and in America is relatively simple, but next to impossible to achieve:

      "Occupy Elections"

      Replace most of the corrupt incumbents and existing candidates with individuals with honesty, integrity, wisdom and heart.

      For over 30 years America has been ruled by corrupt, deceitful and ignorant politicians representing and relating to the billionaires, their families, corporations and puppet millionaires, puppet mass news media, etc.

      Yes, there are a few honest individuals, democrats, republicans(?) but avoided by the mass news media.

      "Occupy Elections"

  • Arab revolutions Continue
    • A Fed Up Nobody 04/04/2012 at 4:33 am

      Couldn't sleep....

      My first real response: If my family's home had been one of the 15 dwellings destroyed and/or any of my family killed I'd tried to roundup the survivors and make an attempt to assassinate Assad.

      Reading the other responses of how to make the next move in the insane game of politics/war makes me sick of our government and all others government.

      Bahrain: I assume the trouble in Bahrain is between the poor Shiite majority and the ruling Sunni monarchy, millionaire politicians, oil tycoons, and the banking hub owners. Similar to the troubles between America's 99% and the 1% bastards.

      In the New York Times, Apr 4:

      "--The crackdown won a tactical and perhaps ephemeral victory through torture, arrests, job dismissals and the blunt tool of already institutionalized discrimination against the island’s Shiite Muslim majority.

      But in its wake, sectarian tension has exploded, economic woes have deepened and American willingness to look the other way has cast Washington as hypocritical. Taken together, the repression and warnings of radicalization may underline an emerging dictum of the Arab uprisings: violence begets violence.--"

      Appears that people have been illegally jailed and killed.

      But of course it's the base for the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet, an oil producing country, a major? banking hub and therefore the US looks the other way.

      So what if people are illegally jailed and killed.

      Would any of you willing sacrafice your home or a family member?

      The US looks the other way. The insane game of war and politics continues. It has to stop...............

  • Medvedev slams Romney for "Number one Enemy" Slur
    • A Fed Up Nobody 03/29/2012 at 4:13 pm

      Here's one real solution how to defeat the "robber barons’ that rule America and the world.

      Next action of "Occupy the SEC" & OWS: "Occupy Elections".

      Send tens of thousands of emails to the 7 individuals of j"Occupy the SEC" that wrote the "absolutely astonishing 325-page comment letter on the Volcker Rule" and ask them to
      make their "next action" and that of the Occupy movements the selections of a third party or write in presidential candidate and candidates for all elections: federal, state, county and city. Call the movement "Occupy Elections".

      “On Feb. 13, seven writers who described themselves as "concerned citizens, activists and financial professionals” filed a 325-page comment letter to financial regulators, outlining their concerns about loopholes in the “Let’s Try to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis”
      proposal known as the Volcker rule.”
      link to bloomberg.com

      Actual 325 page letter and complete information: link to occupythesec.org

      I'm almost certain that a majority if not 99% of Americans would get behind such a movement to get the corrupt politicians out of all of our governments.

      A major road block would be the fear that replacing the corrupt politicians might mean removing most of the existing politicians and most of those running for elections resulting in chaos. But don't many Americans already have chaos in losing their homes, jobs,
      healthcare, etc? But, realize that it's the majority of existing politicians that have failed 99% of Americans for the last 30 years.

      Many if not a majority of existing politicians and candidates are useless and/or corrupt. But, there are some honest and true politicians with real knowledge and wisdom which are beginning to shine brightly in the dark cloud of corruption.

      America needs to clean house of the robber barons(corrupt billionaires and their families, corporations, puppet millionaires and puppet news media, Federal Reserve(a private corporation), FDA aka Federal Death Administration, etc.

      "Occupy the SEC is the wonky finreg arm of Occupy Wall Street, and its main authors are worth naming and
      celebrating: Akshat Tewary, Alexis Goldstein, Corley Miller, George Bailey, Caitlin Kline, Elizabeth Friedrich,
      and Eric Taylor. If you can’t read the whole thing, at least read the introductory comments, on pages 3-6, both
      for their substance and for the panache of their delivery." George Bailey is a pseudonym.
      link to blogs.reuters.com

      Any errors, "Reply" corrections.

      I'm doing my best swimming at 70 with a dysfunctional memory.

    • All sane individuals, sane news media and sane blogs should boycott Romney.

      How dumb are Americans, the mass news media, the so called intellectuals and the general population?

      Romney is a dumb blabber mouth billionaire that would collapse America.

  • Obama, GOP won't Tell Americans that Iran Sanctions drive Gas Prices
    • A Fed Up Nobody 03/22/2012 at 5:41 pm

      I'm fed up with all the balant lies and spin that the Obama, politicians, candidates, news media including PBS, bloggers and other continue to present to the public.

      America needs a Department of Truth that would fine and jail those found guilty of lies, out of context misleading information and confusing spin. The computer age makes it very easy to confirm the truth of information.

      Obama is also not presenting the truths.

      He is not worthy of the Presidency.

  • SBC's Land: Romney's Mormonism "Like Islam" (Here we go Again)
    • A Fed Up Nobody 03/22/2012 at 5:17 pm

      JTMcPhee, thanks. I made a mistake with my wording. I thought democracy means or includes representative government with honest elections, not elections controlled by money, the billionaires and puppet millionaires.

      Correction: The politicians and government that America has had for about 30 years must be replaced with politicians and government that relate to and represent the 99% of Americans and not the billionaires and their millionaire puppets.

      I don't care what you call or label a true representative party. Call it the Donald Duck party. Both the democrats and republicans have been failing the 99% of Americans.

      Please excuse any mistakes - provide corrections.
      I’m 71, politically ignorant, have dysfunctional memory, and just doing my best.

      Possible Solution to Crises

      “On Feb. 13, seven writers who described themselves as “concerned citizens, activists and financial professionals” filed a 325-page comment letter to financial regulators, outlining their concerns about loopholes in the “Let’s Try to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis” proposal known as the Volcker rule.”

      I believe that there’s a chance for real recovery and honest government if the group that prepared the “325-page comment letter” takes the initiative to make their “next action” and that of the Occupy movements to be selecting a third party presidential candidate(s) that will have the wisdom, courage, honesty and a Congress to lead America and the world out of the Dark Ages of Corrupt Governments. Such candidates would represent over 99% of Americans.

      Otherwise, more of the same crap.

      link to bloomberg.com

      I believe that the healing and recovery of America must include the following:

      1. Politicians and government representing the 99% of Americans. Not rule by and representation of the billionaires and their millionaire puppets.

      2. Nationalization the Federal Reserve and maybe most of the banking system. The Federal Reserve is a privately owned corporation whose main goal is making its owners and share holders rich. It's evidently owned by 10 large American and foreign banks. But, who really controls these banks?

      The Fed loans billions of dollars to the US government and charges 6%(?) interest. Thus, the Fed keeps America in debt and maintains control of the financial system.

      Watch "The Secret of Oz", a documentary movie, winner of 4 film awards. It presents some history of the past and present financial crises, of other crises and more on the illegal Federal Reserve(a privately owned corporation).

      link to documentarywire.com Written and directed by Ben Still.

      Beloit International Film Festival 2010 Best documentary(BIFF)
      Yosemite Film Festival 2010 Silver Sierra Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
      Accolade Competition 2010 Award of Merit La Jolla, California
      Nevada Film Festival 2010 Silver Screen Award
      Nathan's Economic Edge, 2009 Excellent review at a world top economics blog.
      British premier Oct. 1, 2010 At prestigious Bromsgrove conference

      3. The Military-Industrial-Complex(MIC) is alive, growing exponentially. It must be reined in.

      In Afghanistan:
      "450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet.
      The Pentagon’s Afghan Basing Plans for Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops"
      By Nick Terse" link to tomdispatch.com

      4. Take the money out of politics(federal, state and local), special interest groups and lobbying.

      Again: Please excuse any mistakes - provide corrections.
      I’m 70, politically ignorant, dysfunctional memory, and just doing my best.

      5. The millionaires, billionaires and corporations MUST help Americans recover from the financial crises that they help create through corruption, greed or/and ignorance.

      New Total Taxes (federal, state, luxury, etc)

      Millionaires, billionaires: 40% to 80%

      Corporations: 35% to 55%

      From 1945 to 1986, America experienced its greatest real growth in history with the highest taxes on corporations, the rich (over $20,000 in 1945)and on millionaires and billionaires.

      Right after WWII, “1945: 94% tax on income over $200,000 – absolutely astounding. It stayed over 90% until 1964 when it was lowered to 77% and had been consistently falling until …”

      More than enough, I'm getting dizzy.

    • A Fed Up Nobody 03/22/2012 at 12:37 pm

      Super390, if what you say is the real truth, then I would also scratch Ron Paul as a candidate.

      But do the apparently real and useful changes that Paul has been advocating for over 30 years including nationalizing the Federal Reserve and bringing the uncontrolled exponential growth of the Military-Industrial-Complex(MIC) out weight the slight inconvenience of some of his de-regulatory ideas.

      If not, scratch Paul, but I still feel that none of the candidates do or would represent the 99% of Americans.

      Hasn't the deregulation of the financial, banking systems and the exponential growth of the Military-Industrial-Complex(MIC) been two of the major causes of the financial crises and the illegal wars/imperialism of America?

      I'm just a senile, political ignorant 71 year old Nobody. Please educate me. But before you comment, please watch and listen to the following items and then correct me if I off track or have been misguided:

      1. "The Secret of Oz" an award winning documentary that presents the history of money and information on how the Federal Reserve, a privately owned corporation that illegally controls OR strongly influences the financial system which has failed the 99% of Americans while making the secret owners and share holders of the Fed sickly rich.

      link to documentarywire.com
      Written and directed by Ben Still.

      Beloit International Film Festival 2010 Best documentary(BIFF)
      Yosemite Film Festival 2010 Silver Sierra Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
      Accolade Competition 2010 Award of Merit La Jolla, California
      Nevada Film Festival 2010 Silver Screen Award
      Nathan's Economic Edge, 2009 Excellent review at a world top economics blog.
      British premier Oct. 1, 2010 At prestigious Bromsgrove conference

      2. Watch Nick Turse's comments on the exponential growth of the Military-Industrial-Complex(MIC) in the Middle East and around the world

      "450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet.
      The Pentagon’s Afghan Basing Plans for Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops"

      link to tomdispatch.com

      The Military-Industrial-Complex(MIC) is very much alive and growing exponentially making the billionaires sickly richer.

      3. "How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich"

      "The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent."

      link to rollingstone.com

      I was reluctantly resistant to a friend’s recommendation to watch anything from the Rollingstone, but did and was educated or misguided. I didn’t read the whole article, but glad that I did.

      Again, please correct me if I’ve been misguided. Thanks

    • Romney and all other candidates represent the ruling billionaires and their puppet millionaires, excluding maybe Ron Paul.

      America needs a President that has the wisdom, courage and honesty to lead America and the world out of the Dark Ages of lies, deceit, deregulations, and corrupt ignorant rule by the billionaires and their families and corporations.

      “On Feb. 13, seven writers who described themselves as “concerned citizens, activists and financial professionals” filed a 325-page comment letter to financial regulators, outlining their concerns about loopholes in the “Let’s Try to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis” proposal known as the Volcker rule.”

      The seven writers include: Caitlin Kline, Kaye Scholer, Kamlesh Tewary, George Bailey, Alexis Goldstein.

      link to bloomberg.com

      I believe that there’s a chance for real recovery and honest government if the group that prepared the “325-page comment letter” takes the initiative to make their “next action” and that of the Occupy Movement to be selecting a third party presidential candidate(s) that will have the wisdom, courage and honesty to lead America and the world out of the Dark Ages of Corrupt Governments. And, will represent over 99% of Americans. Otherwise, more of the same crap.

      Politics must be replaced with democracy.

      google: “Occupy Vigilantes Write New Volcker Rule Script”

  • Obama's Hypocritical Message to Iran
    • A fed up Nobody 03/21/2012 at 9:05 pm

      Another useless speech by Obama. I listen but hear and feel nothing of any substance. No inspiration.

      Obama as well as all of the presidential candidates are not worthy of the presidency. Their words are empty and have no substance.

      America needs a President that has the wisdom, courage and honesty to lead America and the world out of the Dark Ages of lies, deceit, deregulations, and corrupt ignorant rule by the billionaires and their families and corporations.

      "On Feb. 13, seven writers who described themselves as “concerned citizens, activists and financial professionals” filed a 325-page comment letter to financial regulators, outlining their concerns about loopholes in the “Let’s Try to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis” proposal known as the Volcker rule."

      link to bloomberg.com

      I believe that there's a chance for real recovery and honest government if the group that prepared the "325-page comment letter" takes the initiative to make their "next action" and that of the Occupy Movement to be selecting a third party presidential candidate(s) that will have the wisdom, courage and honesty to lead America and the world out of the Dark Ages of Corrupt Governments. And, will represent over 99% of Americans. Otherwise, more of the same crap. Politics must be replaced with democracy.

      The seven writers include: Caitlin Kline, Kaye Scholer, Kamlesh Te wary, George Bailey, Alexis Goldstein.

      google: "Occupy Vigilantes Write New Volcker Rule Script"

  • Syria Revolt Enters Second Year as World Stands Feckless
    • Anybody. Please explain the following to me.

      "This week, a bipartisian group of seventeen U.S. Senators delivered a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta expressing grave concern about $1 billion in contracts the U.S. government signed with Rosoboronexport — the Russian arms dealer that supplies the Syrian government with weapons capable of targeting homes and streets and murdering thousands of innocent Syrian civilians — and he didn't have an answer."

      link to secure3.convio.net

  • Romney's "Across the Board" Tax Cuts benefit the Super-Rich
    • Romney like most, if not all of the candidates cannot relate nor represent the 99% of Americans. Millionaires should be barred from politics.

      The millionaires, billionaires and corporations MUST help Americans recover from the financial crises that they help create through corruption, greed or/and ignorance.

      From 1945 to 1986, America experienced its greatest real growth in history with the highest taxes on corporations, the rich (over $20,000 in 1945)and on millionaires and billionaires.

      Right after WWII, "1945: 94% tax on income over $200,000 – absolutely astounding. It stayed over 90% until 1964 when it was lowered to 77% and had been consistently falling until …"

      "--$200,000 in 1944 is the equivalent of $2,290,909.09 in 2006 according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator)."

      link to bargaineering.com

      Partial Solution to Financial Crises

      Total Taxes (federal, state, luxury, etc)
      Millionaires, billionaires: 40% to 80%
      Corporations: 35% to 55%

  • Top Ten Catholic Teachings Santorum Rejects while Obsessing about Birth Control
    • The Catholic religion and perhaps many Christian religions are Sunday religions. Many Christians "wear their faith on their sleeves" and practice it on Sundays or when it suits them.

      I see no spirituality or religiouness in almost all of the politicians. The legal education of majority of them teaches them how to tell the best stories or lies.

      I totally respect and honor the Muslims for saying their prayers 5 times daily. Length of prayers varies 3 to 30 or more minutes. When: pre-dawn, noon, late afternoon, sunset, evening before retiring. Sounds like a very good practice. I'll adopt a similar schedule for my own prayers and meditation. How about yourself?

      Imagine what could happen if a majority of Americans began saying prayers of their choice 5 times daily. An atheist prayer could be: "I will do my individual best to help others and myself do are best towards perfection with less and less judgment." There would be more peace, honest communication, joy and growth. Sounds like Congress should have 5 minutes of prayers every 2 hours.

      I was brought up as a Catholic and gave it up with all other beliefs. I have experienced many things in my travels around the world and with a couple of years of work in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.

      I've found that Muslims are slightly more spiritual and have their hearts more opened than Christians and Americans. Spirituality or religion, your choice.

      Muslim evidently do not proselytize their religion.

  • The Generals try to stop an Iran War
    • Anonymous Patrick Henry 02/04/2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Carl.

      At last someone hits the nail on the head. Not the intellectual hyperbole of hidden agendas inaccordance with the War Game Conference of 1812, the Bank of England Conference or whatever.

      Are most of the intellectual, expert commenters just pawns in a game they don't control?

      Who are the small group of rulers silently controlling the Federal Reserve, the oil industry, the military-industrial complex and the major industries and corporations of the world? Who corrects these dictators?

      Israel with a population of 8,800,000 and 7,992 sq miles compares to the state of New Jersey with 8,900,000 and 7,354 sq miles. Why does Israel continue to receive about 3 billion dollars of foreign aid every year?

      Why does the US keep arming Israel? Ya. It keeps peace?

      Nuclear weapons are beyond insanity, suicidal.

      Shouldn't the U.S. deal with the fact that three nuclear powers Israel, India, and Pakistan have not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?

      Iran has not attack any country for centuries, peaceful. Israel not so peaceful. The US must stop Israel from threatening Iran. A missile from Israel must be stopped and the individual source eliminated. What would the release of a second missile be the start or end of?

  • Dear Republican Candidates, You Have us all Wrong
    • Best politically 'plain talk' I've read in decades.

      Each discussion is short, to the point and easy to understand even to someone like me who is politically ignorant and not too educated.

      Please follow with 'plain talk' on:

      1. Obama

      2. The Democrats

      3. The financial world including the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, Wall Street, bankers and all the other idiot financial experts that allowed and allow banks to use mortgages and other loans to create assets based on nothing and to loan out 9 times the amount of each asset. Excuse my errors.

      After watching the 5 parts of YouTube "Web of Debt - Ellen Brown" at link to youtube.com and reading pros and cons by others I got confused.

      1. Does America need the Federal Reserve, its banking system and its experts to lead America further into financial disaster?

      2. Why do Americans pay the Federal Reserve to print money?

      3. Why America's only state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota fiscally sound and doing well?

      4. Are derivatives just a way to gamble with the hard earned savings of Americans?

      Sounds like America's banking system keeps Americans and America in debt for life.

      Please, Professor Cole more 'plain talk'.

  • Jahanpour: As US and Iran Confront Each other, where is the Diplomacy?
    • Over 99% of Iranians have no interests in war, nuclear weapons and fighting anyone. They, just like most Americans just want to work, provide for their families, have a few extras, have some fun and live. I worked in Iran for over a year and met many great peoples. Also have a few Iranian friends in America.

      It's only the insane leaders and politicians that use war and the Military-Industrial Complex to increase their wealth and power, continuing their insanity.

      The American Government is broken and most politicians are insane: puppets to the insane billionaires, multiple millionaires and their families, corporations and their Military Industrial Complex.

      Americans are waking up and will not accept government by the insane Democrats or Republicans any longer. Obama, the insane puppet.

      The 2012 American Spring movements will include Occupy the White House or Occupy Congress.

      The 3rd Parties must stop their childish quibbling and unite to replace the rule of America by the insane.

  • Egyptian Women Rally against Police Brutality
    • I support, pray for and admire the Egyptian women and men that are protesting and marching against the military rule of their country including those that have died.

      How often do any of you readers say a prayer for them and their families? Only takes a minute or less while you're lying in bed.

      Do American women and men have the guts to march against the Military-Industrial Complex that is a major part of the broken US government, the financial crisis, the foreclosure crisis?

      The Military-Industrial Complex is a major financial burden on American tax payers. Annual budget for the 865 US military bases abroad is $102 billion. 227 US military bases in Germany. link to thenation.com

      Total Cost, Middle East Wars Since 2001: $1,297,662,771,877
      See: link to costofwar.com

      The illegal, unsanctioned bombing and invasion of Iraq has made trillions of dollars for the billionaires and millionaires that supply the weapons and materials for the illegal wars.

      Do Americans have the guts to protest, Occupy The White House, home of the Military-Industrial Complex?

      Maybe, but the local police and the mass media would not give support.

      A friend of mine has two brothers with advanced degrees, married with families that are working part-time and have been looking for full time jobs for 4 and 12 months. They are in Obama's 2010 and 2011 Depression.

      I'm sick of hearing about the bailouts of banks and business and the bonuses to the executives. How about bailing out Americans?

      The American Government is broken.

      Obama has his fund raising dinners with some of those bastards that are receiving bonuses or profiting from the wars. Pure crap.

  • Gingrich slots MEK terrorists' supporter John Bolton for State
    • How can Gingrich even campaign and get news coverage, he helped Bush organize the illegal bombing and invasion of Iraq? How insane are many Americans? More illegal wars?

      This shows how corrupt the US government and the mass news media are. Are Americans that insane?

      I believe the only solution to the corrupt US government is to vote out all republicans and democrats replacing them with honest 3rd party candidates that will represent the 99% if Americans.

      Can this be done under the existing election laws and processes? Would the manipulated electoral Congress prevent 3rd party candidates from winning?

      Changes must be made so that honest 3rd party candidates can qualify to be placed on election ballots(local to Federal), campaign and win.

      Take the money out of politics.

      All qualified candidates get equal free exposure, time on all public mass news media. Eliminate money control of campaigns. Only intelligent debates, not Quiz Show quickie answers debates. The public must be awakened to the importance of experiencing if and how candidates might perform thorough and researched analyses on debate topics to make intelligent decisions. This is what needs to be shown. Perhaps one topic per debate. Candidates prepare answers with their teams, submit them to Debate Review Board for review and acceptance and copies to all candidates, etc. Real debates showing how candidates would deal with problems. Not the crap of the manipulated debates.

      The US government is failing.

      If Obama is reelected, more of the status quo.

      What can be done?

      Force Obama to issue presidential executive orders changing the election laws and processes? Eliminate the electoral Congress which is obsoleted by the computer age?

      I'm asking for solutions. I'm too politically ignorant to understand how white collar crime is ignored, bank bailouts, secret dealing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc.

      Most people I know have given up on the US Government and some will just vote Democratic. The Democrats are almost as corrupt as the Republicans.

      Democracy in America? Tell that to those that have lost their jobs and homes, and not necessarily in this order.

      Politicians, those with law degrees are not educated to run this country. They only learn to tell the best stories and lies.

  • Assassinating Dreams in Egypt: Amr
    • Looks like Americans are facing a similar impossible task just as the Egyptians are losing hope and massing strength for democracy to the strangle hold on elections and manipulation by Field Marshall Tantawi and his military.

      America is facing both the militarizing of the police forces and the strangle hold on election by the Republicans and Democrats.

      Is there any chance that Americans can vote out the corrupt Republicans and Democrates, that is vote in both third party candidates and a third party President?

      Or, do Americans urgently need to speak loudly and in mass to force Obama to change the election laws and processes so that third candidates can run, be on the ballots including the presidential ballot and win? Is it only possible if money is taken out of campaigning and elections?

      I'm political ignorant. I would appreciate answers.

      Most people I know have either given up or think that by voting Democrat they can help. I don't believe there are any honest and true Demoacrat candidates that would represent and govern for 99% of Americans. Almost half of Congress are millionaires that don't relate and/or are corrupt.

      thanks

  • Gingrich Urges War with Iran and Skyrocketing Oil Prices
    • John, a swimmer 11/23/2011 at 5:15 pm

      I read somewhere that GINGRICH helped Bush plan the illegal, insane imperialistic bombing and invasion of Iraq. What was his involvement?

      I like most of the 312,658,000 Americans and the world population of 6,976,852,000 don't want another war whether drone, conventional or nuclear. War is becoming obsolete?
      See link to census.gov

      How can any sane, slightly informed person even consider him? or any Republican or Democrat?

      I guess if your only exposure to news is the corrupt mass news media, you're a potential target for the propaganda of the Billionaires and their puppets.

      If you're reading this I assume you're quite informed.

      How do we spread the existence of this site and others similar to it to the masses? How about an article or two in the mass news media? Time, Newsweek, local papers?

      Only 1 out of 157 people that I have mentioned Juan Cole or any of his interlocutors and friends to have recognized them. I'm reclusive and only a swimmer.

      What to do? Puts signs on my car, bike and backpack?

  • OWS under Pressure: Banks Bailed out, People Sold Out
    • More of the same comments and disclosures of corruption. Verbal eloquence with intelligence, knowledge and skill leading where? Nowhere. The status quo. A Depression?

      Here's an urgent timely, potent change.

      Force Obama to use Presidential executive orders to change election laws and processes to end the strangle hold that the corrupt Republican and Democratic Parties have on elections.

      The changes will guarantee that the 2012 Presidential ballot & all elections have multiple parties and candidates in addition to those of the Republican & Democratic parties.

      The Republican and Democratic parties have failed Americans especially in the last decade in all areas: employment, finance, mortgages, safety, education, food, health.....

      These urgent needed elections changes can and would be acknowledged, brought alive, ignited and accomplished by the combined effort of the 98% of angry or discouraged Americans, the Occupy Wall Street movement, by word of mouth, and by honest blog sites like Juan Cole's Informed Comments, Josh Marshall's TPM(Talking Points Memo), The Nation, DailyKos, Kevin Drum's Mother Jones, Salon.com, etceteras.

      Come on wake up! It's late, but not too late for many.
      And we can then help those that have lost their homes, jobs, their life's savings and their belief in America.

  • Police Crackdowns on OWS Coordinated among Mayors, FBI, DHS
    • John, a swimmer 11/16/2011 at 5:53 pm

      I believe THE MAIN END GOAL OF THE OWS MOVEMENT is to make the US Government representative of and responsible to the 99% of Americans and not of and to the Rich Billionaire Dictators, Corporations, etc and their puppets.

      Correct me if I wrong, but maybe one of the best actions to start working on this goal is the immediate change of the election laws and processes by presidential executive orders so that Americans can start voting in honest and responsible politicians and a 2012 President representing the 99% of Americans.

      The changes in election laws and processes must make it possible for multiple parties and candidates to be on all Federal, State and local ballots so that Americans can start voting in honest, intelligent candidates and a President that will represent 99% of Americans. The legal education of most politicians enables them to manipulate and tell the best stories or lies. No more slick, lawyer talking, verbose presidential candidates.

      Got a better solution to start the change or corrections to my solution please "reply" them to me so other readers can start giving and supporting solutions. I'm politically ignorant. Thus, excuse my errors and give corrections.

      Spend more time, energy and space giving and supporting solutions, less complaining. Too much complaining without solutions. That's what children do.

      Solutions and support.

      thanks, John, a swimmer

    • Oh, one of my questions in my posted uninformed comments yesterday was totally correct and yet I received no replys.

      "Possible killing blows were struck upon the Occupy Wall Street movements in many America cities this last weekend when mayors closed down parks and areas of OWS occupation with their police illegally arresting and attacking non-violent protesters.

      Were these individual actions part of a planned coordinated action by the mayors, the “powers that be” and other higher authorities to kill the OWS movement?"

      Totally correct. Hmmm.

      Here's my full comment of yesterday which is worth a read and may encourage many of you to action or at least to share it with others, especially changing the election laws and processes, perhaps one of the only ways we can change our corrupted government and protect our future.

      Read it and comment. Thanks, John, a swimmer.

      Possible killing blows were struck upon the Occupy Wall Street movements in many America cities this last weekend when mayors closed down parks and areas of OWS occupation with their police illegally arresting and attacking non-violent protesters.

      Were these individual actions part of a planned coordinated action by the mayors, the “powers that be” and other higher authorities to kill the OWS movement?

      It appears that the lack of a specific goal is resulting in the growth of individual groups with more focus, some on aggression. You must realize that many of the “powers that be” want to shut down the OWS movement. For them to seed the OWS with “trouble makers” is not hard to believe. Add this to the negative publicity, the cold weather and that many homeless and street people are mixing in with the OWS protesters to take advantage of the OWS services, food and supplies resulting in some minor clashes which discourages or turns away many serious OWS supporters and gives the mayors excuses for police actions.

      Will the combination of the mayors aggressive, illegal actions of closure with the above observations result in a temporary or more serious halt of the OWS movement?

      Are we going to see any more massive OWS weekend marches and protests which are the blood and strength of the OWS movement that keeps it alive and strong?

      My own conclusion and action consists of bringing to the attention of all OWS supporters and of the 99% of Americans what I believe should be their immediate prime goal that addresses all their individual goals:

      Change election laws and processes so that both multiple parties and candidates can run and be elected in 2012.

      America must replace the corrupt Republicans and Democrats with politicians that will represent the 99% of Americans.

      Is it too late? Gerrymandering and the electoral Congress must be stopped, eliminated.

      Congress would fight these changes.

      Could a united movement by 99% of Americans forced Obama to issue presidential executive orders changing election laws?
      Or would Obama ignore the voice of 99% of Americans?

      Americans must change election laws and processes to save the future of America & the world.

      enough.

  • NYPD Attack on OWS and the End of the First Amendment
    • John, a swimmer 11/15/2011 at 5:40 pm

      Possible killing blows were struck upon the Occupy Wall Street movements in many America cities this last weekend when mayors closed down parks and areas of OWS occupation with their police illegally arresting and attacking non-violent protesters.

      Were these individual actions part of a planned coordinated action by the mayors, the "powers that be" and other higher authorities to kill the OWS movement?

      It appears that the lack of a specific goal is resulting in the growth of individual groups with more focus, some on aggression. You must realize that many of the "powers that be" want to shut down the OWS movement. For them to seed the OWS with "trouble makers" is not hard to believe. Add this to the negative publicity, the cold weather and that many homeless and street people are mixing in with the OWS protesters to take advantage of the OWS services, food and supplies resulting in some minor clashes which discourages or turns away many serious OWS supporters and gives the mayors excuses for police actions.

      Will the combination of the mayors aggressive, illegal actions of closure with the above observations result in a temporary or more serious halt of the OWS movement?

      Are we going to see any more massive OWS weekend marches and protests which are the blood and strength of the OWS movement that keeps it alive and strong?

      My own conclusion and action consists of bringing to the attention of all OWS supporters and of the 99% of Americans what I believe should be their immediate prime goal that addresses all their individual goals:

      Change election laws and processes so that both multiple parties and candidates can run and be elected in 2012.

      America must replace the corrupt Republicans and Democrats with politicians that will represent the 99% of Americans.

      Is it too late? Gerrymandering and the electoral Congress must be stopped, eliminated.

      Congress would fight these changes.

      Could a united movement by 99% of Americans forced Obama to issue presidential executive orders changing election laws?
      Or would Obama ignore the voice of 99% of Americans?

      Americans must change election laws and processes to save the future of America & the world.

      enough.

  • GOPers Promise you War on Iran & Torture & Poverty
    • John, a swimmer 11/14/2011 at 11:19 pm

      AMERICANS MUST BOYCOTT THE RIGGED DEBATES that do not show how candidates would function as the President.

      Professor, your debate comments are pertinent, concise, clear and easily understood since you take the time needed to prepare thorough and researched informed comments. I wouldn't be surprised if before blogging your comments you discuss them with your peers and with experts in areas you lack expertise in.

      Your preparation is what the candidates must do to show to the listeners how they would function as the President, not as a quiz show contestant.

      The debates are rigged Hollywood quiz shows with time limits and that also favor candidates with positive or negative questions. These debates entertain but at the sacrifice of showing how the candidates would actually perform as the President. They present useless indications of how they perform under pressure with time constraints without any real in depth study, research, analyses or preparation. Who gives a damn about this showmanship aspect?

      Hasn't America witnessed enough of how the smooth talking, lawyer educated Obama has or hasn't performed on issues? Some of his decisions appear corrupt and do not show thorough, researched and analytical results.

      The public must be awakened to the importance of experiencing if and how candidates might perform thorough and researched analyses on debate topics to make intelligent decisions. This is what has to be seen and determined.

      In the real world, the President's decisions and actions are probably based most of the time on thorough understanding of each issue which includes making assignments, having discussions, meetings, written and verbal summaries and reports, and lots of interchange. Very seldom decisions in one or two minutes.

      Thus, the following reformat for "Intelligent Debates"
      Let the delegates sit at tables. Who wouldn't get a wee exhausted standing for two or more hours?

      1. Only 1 debate topic. Two if topics readily debated.

      2. Extend debate time to about 2 hours with a break.

      3. Topic delivered to candidates 5 week prior to debate.

      4. Candidates will deliver NLT 29 days prior to debate complete answers including charts, tables & references to the Debate Review Board and to all candidates. All submitted answers will be reviewed for clarity, truth, mistakes and malarkey. The Review Board will return material with written notes on each paragraph indicating:

      a. Paragraph accepted.

      b. Paragraph needs proof and references, otherwise barred from Debate.

      c. Paragraph verbose, not pertinent. Correction required or barred from Debate.

      d. References with web addresses must be available for instant view online. Otherwise material barred from Debate.

      Debate Calendar
      Days to Debate Mandatory Action
      35 Candidates receive Debate topic.

      29 Each Candidate delivers initial answers to
      all candidates and Debate Review Board.

      23 Review Board delivers first review of "all
      submitted answers" to each candidate.

      17 Each candidate delivers their first revised
      answers to all candidates & Review Board.

      11 Review Board delivers second review of "all
      submitted answers to each candidate.

      5 Each candidate delivers final revised
      answers to all candidates & Review Board.

      1 Review Board delivers final review of "all
      submitted answers to each candidate.

      Any paragraph not accepted during final review is barred from Debate. Candidates and their staff should know what's acceptable or not after two reviews, otherwise tough luck.

      To make it clear, each candidate will receive copies of all other candidates initial, reviewed and revised answers. No surprise material during Debate allowed. But if the majority of both the referees and the candidates approve by vote, each candidate can speak on 2 or 3 new or forbidden articles.

      Approximate Timing for Each Candidate
      1. Presentation of formal answer each topic 3 minutes
      2. Answer questions for candidates 5 "
      3. Answer questions from moderator 3 "
      4. Answer questions from audience 3 "

      Total Debate Time on the order of 2 hours.

      Get it. The candidates will show how they might really perform working with their staff doing actual research and analyses.

      No more circumlocution, bureaucratese, goggledygook from the candidates and moderators.

      Why not throw in an automatic off button so that if 2 of 3 referees judge that a candidate is not answering an open question from the audience or from an opponent or not sticking to the subject matter, his speaker is turned off and he's asked to make his point clear and concise.

      more than enough

  • Perry's Lapse likely owing to Bad Faith and Destructive Politics
    • john, a swimmer 11/10/2011 at 4:03 pm

      To all you commentors:

      I don't give a damn about any of the Republicans candidates.
      Almost all the Democrats and Republicans are liars, puppets for the 1%'ers, the Dictators. Both Parties are dying.

      What alternative parties and candidates would represent the 99%'ers?

      You have to be crazy to listen to the childish debates.

      Very Rough Draft of Intelligent Debate Format, the times are estimates.

      1. Specific debate topics are given to candidates two or more weeks before debate. They can therefore prepare their succinct and complete answers with charts, etc. Number of topics would be on the order of three to five.

      2. A three person referee team to turn off candidate's microphone when "not staying on topic per their submitted answer", not answering questions from other candidates", being deceitful, rambling on or telling lies.

      3. Perhaps to avoid rambling on, the candidates must submit their answers to the debate topics a week in advance of the debate to a committee to check that the answers are pertinent and not political crap.

      4. Each candidate is given 5 minutes to present their prepared answers to the debate's main subjects.

      5. Each candidate is given 2 minutes to answer each live question from other candidates.

      6. All candidates will be sitting down and have an assistant to facilitate live answers. The assistant would have communication with a group that works on answers, off stage.

      7. The debate would be at least 2 hours long and maybe 3 hours. The American people deserve real, honest debates. Not the crap of most political parties..

      Get the picture ?

      Enough reality for the Day.

  • Greenwald: Koch Brothers Fund Voter Suppression for Minorities, Elderly, Students
    • John, a swimmer 11/09/2011 at 12:47 am

      What the Koch Brothers are doing in the US is criminal in many countries. The US can learn from others.

      The Right to Vote must be protected and enforced by aggressive legislation on voting registration, laws and processes which will make it illegal and criminal to inhibit, make more difficult or unfair the processes of voting.

      Congress is very corrupt, much by the Republican Party. Thus, the suggested legislation below may be achievable only by Presidential executive orders.

      All individuals, groups and governments of all levels inhibiting the voting processes would be subject to criminal charges, fines and imprisonment. Those found guilty would be barred from all goverment positions and work for life. Currently gerrymandering is going which should be stopped since unfair and without doubt, illegal and criminal.

      Suggested Immediate Legislation
      by Presidential Executive Orders

      Some from Juan Cole's: "10 Ways Arab Democracies Can Avoid American Mistakes"
      link to juancole.com

      1a. No elections on work days or weekends.
      Many workers need their weekends off.

      1b. Make election day a national holiday with pay.

      1c. Some other plan.

      2. Compulsory, government run voter registration at age 18

      3. Enforced compulsory voting. Absentee ballots must be timely mailed or a fine of 0.1% of individual's or family's gross income. In the world, 32 countries have compulsory voting but America doesn't. America can learn from others.

      4. ID cards with photo to be provided free by each State for those that do not have driver licenses.

      5. Enforce the Bill of Rights. Violations of individual rights are routine in America.

      6. Regulate public radio and TV stations to stop news being biased by the Democratic & Republican parties, by corporations and by the Dictators and their puppets. The news on PBS NewsHour is controlled by the 1%'ers.

      I don't know how the this will be done.

      I'm 70, a little slow, but still give a hoot about America.

  • Newt's new Crusade against the Arab Spring
    • John a swimmer 11/07/2011 at 8:12 pm

      All I know for certain is that both the Democratic and Republican parties are corrupt and controlled by the Dictators, the 1%'ers. Obama, dictator or puppet?

      Please correct me if I'm wrong----no Republican has any chance of becoming the President.

      I also doubt that a Democrat has a reasonable chance if the majority of Americans wake up to the fact that the mass news media is a puppet to the 1%'ers, the dictators.

      The bailing out of banks, corporation and the continuing news of executives receiving outrageous bonus or making millions of dollars by selling stocks before they start
      dropping in price are outright crimes. All such bonus and stock sales are illegal and the billions of dollars must be collected and returned to the American people and the criminals jailed for life. White collar crime is more serious than murder, more individuals are seriously injured.

      All Congress is corrupt. One of the goals of the OWS, Occupy Wall Street Movement is to stop the corruption and the control of our government by the 1%'ers, the Dictator billionaires, the Wall Street and Corporation Maggots and their puppets: most of Congress, the military generals,
      the corrupt mass news media and the many unconscious Americans that only listen to the mass news media and do not even know about juancole.com, Truthdig, The Nation,
      DailyKos, Tomdispatch.com, MichaelHudson's Middle East Institute, Kevin Drum's Mother Jones, Salon.com, Think Progress and many other sources of true information, news.

  • Godzilla Carbon Emissions in 2010 Unprecedented
    • John a swimmer 11/06/2011 at 3:33 am

      If the democrats or the republicans win the 2012 election, the status quo will continue. The 1% dictators will remain in power, that is the Rich and their Corporations will continue to rule with their puppets, Congress and the mass news media continuing their insane roles.

      Thus, the insanity of wars, environmental pollution, phony economic bailouts, more crap from politicians and ecetera will continue.

      A new party is a must for sanity and recovery.

      My uninformed comment.

  • Would Obama Greenlight an Israeli Attack on Iran?
    • John a swimmer 11/05/2011 at 9:06 am

      Insanity: Attack on Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities.
      US Dictators considering or posturing on attack.

      Such an attack could result in World War III.
      Consider that a terrorist or anyone explodes a couple
      suitcase nuclear bombs in America during the attack.

      Would the US know who to blame?

      The above is stated as info for the so called military experts since using planes as bombs was evidently not considered as a possible terrorist weapon to defend against by our military experts, even though that's exactly what Japan did on Pearl Harbor.

      What forced Japan to attack Pearl Harbor? The US put an oil embargo on Japan on August 1, 1941. In a month or so all industry in Japan would shut down.

      Main Interests of 99.75% of Iranians of Most of the World:
      Raising their families
      Good job and income
      Owning a home
      College education for their kids
      Enjoyable life
      A few luxuries

      Main Interests of Dictators, the 1%'ers and Puppets:
      Wealth
      Power
      Megalomania, a delusional mental disorder marked by feelings of personal
      omnipotence and grandeur.

      America's illegal bombing and invasion of Iraq was a act of insanity by President Bush and an act of mass insanity by Congress and many Americans. The news media controlled by
      the 1%'ers, the dictators and their puppets is responsible for the mass insanity.

      The insanity of Congress was due to negligence of duty, not knowing the actual facts and megalomania, a delusional mental disorder marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.

      Does the world need to have another World War that could end up destroying much of the world before war becomes obsolete? Mass weapons of destruction and drones in the
      hands of terrorists?

      No. A strong unified military controlled by the United Nations' military to replace all militaries of the world. This may be the best answer to the US military forces under
      the corrupt control of the Dictators, the 1%'ers and their puppet generals.

      enough.

      Excuse wordiness.

    • john a swimmer 11/04/2011 at 4:53 pm

      All this talk about attacking Iran is total crap.

      99 to 99.75 percent of Iranians don't want war.

      They're interested in the basics: having a job to support their families, owning a home, making sure their kids get an education(for some a college education), having some fun and enjoying their lives with a few luxuries. Just like the 99%'ers in America and the world.

      I worked in Iran for a year during which I met and talked with most classes of Iranians except the 1%'ers, the ruling class and their dictators and puppets. Wait, their 1%'ers are probably closer to 1/4 of a percent, the 1/4%'ers.

      It's the dictators, the 0.25 to 1 percent that rule the countries and the world that often have or develop addictions to wealth and power that result in megalomania, a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.

      Thus, we have all the posturing of war and sometimes war, legal or illegal.

      If the US can continue to develop weapons of mass destruction and drone kill "anyone" they casually name as a terrorist without due process of the law, why shouldn't any other country? Oh, excuse me. The United States knows what it's doing? Bull shit.

      enough

  • Surprises of the Tunisian Election
    • Professor,

      Would be helpful if you sent Tunisia's constituent assembly/government a copy of your 10 Ways Arab Democracies Can Avoid Aerican Mistakes:

      link to juancole.com

      I don't know how to do this.

      john

  • Pro-Perry Evangelical Leader says Romney not a Christian, Mormonism a Cult
    • I not politically knowledgeable and a little confused, so bear with me.

      Questions
      1: Is there a presidential candidate that will represent
      the 99'ers and prevent economic collapse and anarchy?

      2: Would Ron Paul truly represent the 99'ers?
      Or would he just become another puppet or puppeteer?

      I think the 1% dictators don't clearly understand that they're destroying their source of wealth, the working 99'ers which could result in anarchy, a police state.

      America and the world are quickly becoming conscious of the lies and dictatorship of the 1%'ers(the puppeteers), the rich, corporations, politicians. Their puppets include the news media and others that vote for or blindly support the Republican and Democratic parties. Many politicians begin as puppets and later become puppeteers.

      Can America and the world recover if another Democratic or Republican puppet president is voted in? Or will America be elected into anarchy?

      Help!

  • Best of the Web on Widening Wall Street Protests
    • Professor, feel free to edit. If you think some of my comments could put me on the spy and/or hit list of the 1% Dictators use "anonymous" as name and delete any reference to my email. Thanks

      Surprised, definitely not. "Corporate mass media is hostile to the movement." Anything that doesn't support the elected Republican and Democratic puppets and their 1% Dictators is either given spin or ignored by the mass media.

      PBS Newshour and Talk of the Nation, programs on national public TV and radio stations are suppose to be unbiased.
      I haven't watch the Newshour for months. When I watched Shields and Brooks give their analysis of the Occupy Wall Street on Monday or Tuesday, all I saw was spin. Mark Shields and David Brooks sounded washed out and dead, I felt sorry for them. They must realize that they're both sad clowns and just puppets to the 1% Dictators. They stopped being authentic news people years ago. Before they lose all consciouness, both of them should listen to Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005: link to youtube.com

      The speech is about 14 minutes.
      Here a couple quotes from it:

      Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You got to find what you love and that is as true for work as it is for you lovers. ——– The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking and don’t settle.”

      “My third story is about death. When I was seventeen I read a quote that went something like “If you live each day as if it was your last someday you most certainly will be right. It made an impression on me and since then for the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, if today were the last day of my life would I want to do what am about to do today. And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ———

  • Steve Jobs: Arab-American, Buddhist, Psychedelic Drug User, and Capitalist World-Changer
    • An inspiring and heartfull memorial on Steve Jobs. I didn't know who he was, but since I trust and respect you I goggled and ended up watching Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005: link to youtube.com

      A few of the gems, brilliant and powerful things he says are at 12:32 to 12:42, 7:58 to 9:24 of the video:

      "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

      "Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You got to find what you love and that is as true for work as it is for you lovers. -------- The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking and don't settle."

      "My third story is about death. When I was seventeen I read a quote that went something like "If you live each day as if it was your last someday you most certainly will be right. It made an impression on me and since then for the past 33 years, I've looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, if today were the last day of my life would I want to do what am about to do today. And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." ---------

      Would be great if the paragraph above would be read and practiced daily by all people.

      But, I would settle for the President and all those elected and appointed could be open and honest with themselves.

  • 5000 Birds fall out of Sky in Arkansas

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