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Repugnicans & Democraps

Once upon a time... to be an American was something to be proud of, alas no longer

I am NOT American; and for that I am thankful.

Given that I am not American my knowledge of the American political arena is superficial, maybe a little deeper than just superficial. But that is not to say I haven’t made some observations along the way as the system gears up for the elections.

Notably, of course, is the current round of caucuses for a nominee to challenge the incumbent Obama. Of the six candidates, five aren’t worth considering. And how the hell Mitt Romney got to where he is after Iowa and NH will remain for me a mystery.

This is how I currently see America

There is only one candidate who is challenging the status quo. It is this status quo that has got America so close to being covered in shit that to continue is catastrophic.

Therefore any vote that does not seriously challenge the way things are is a vote for the inevitable.

Now, I am not saying that the Democraps are the flavour of the day either; but the Repugnicans are just as bloody dangerous, both parties will ensure the total collapse of America.

The American people have got to see through the façade of both parties, they are tarred with the same brush, their ideals are the same, they are both hell bent on the ruination of the country to benefit their masters.

The government does not run the country.

That is a myth.

Both parties sold out to the corporations years ago. The fact that the USA is a democracy is a farce, it’s a joke; the whole world can see it but the American people can’t. The American people have been led to the chopping block like Thanksgiving turkeys fed and fattened on American Idol instead of corn.

The corporations have no conscience, they are raping and plundering the country beyond redemption.

CEOs earning $XXX million dollars, NO MAN is worth that amount of money. The money and bonuses paid to these bastards is OBSCENE! It is an insult to intelligent people.

The only hope that America might be salvaged is to rid the system of both parties, a complete purge. Any person who votes for either party is a domestic terrorist, a traitor to the nation. The answer, at least the minimal hope that America has is the Independent candidates not affiliated to the corporations. They are the only hope of ridding the country of the cancerous scourge that currently purports to be the government.

Occupy Wall Street was a great idea. It was the voice of the people who wanted to be heard. It was the voice of people who were prepared to stand up and say “This is wrong!”

But the myopic apathetic “American Dreamers” have let them down.

Occupy Wall Street was America’s chance, but you blew it!

If you are thinking on becoming an Independent, you are not alone…

The American independent: A voter on the rise

Ron Paul's support was buoyed by independent voters

Independent voters are at an all-time high in the US. But who are they?

This week, the Gallup organisation reported that more Americans identify as “independent” than ever before, and now well outnumber their Republican and Democratic counterparts.

Forty percent of Americans defined themselves as independent voters, compared to 27% who said they were Republicans and 31% who said they were Democrats, according to Gallup.

In the New Hampshire primary almost half the voters identified as independent, buoying support for the eventual second-placed candidate, Ron Paul.

The rise of independent voters speaks to the electorate’s increasing frustration with the current political climate. But it is also a particularly American phenomenon based on centuries of political and social narrative.

Proud decision

“Independent” is more than a political label indicating [someone who is] not identified as a Democrat or Republican, says Nancy Rosenblum, professor of government at Harvard, in an email to the BBC. “It broadcasts wholesale anti-partisanship.”

In that sense, calling oneself “Independent” is as much about declaring an identity as rejecting one.

Source: BBC News Read more

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A Christmas Message From America’s Rich

by Matt Taibbi
“It seems America’s bankers are tired of all the abuse. They’ve decided to speak out. True, they’re doing it from behind the ropeline, in front of friendly crowds at industry conferences and country clubs, meaning they don’t have to look the rest of America in the eye when they call us all imbeciles and complain that they shouldn’t have to apologize for being so successful. But while they haven’t yet deigned to talk to protesting America face to face, they are willing to scribble out some complaints on notes and send them downstairs on silver trays. Courtesy of a remarkable story by Max Abelson at Bloomberg, we now get to hear some of those choice comments.

Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, for instance, is not worried about OWS: “Who gives a crap about some imbecile?” Marcus said. “Are you kidding me?”

Former New York gurbernatorial candidate Tom Golisano, the billionaire owner of the billing firm Paychex, offered his wisdom while his half-his-age tennis champion girlfriend hung on his arm: “If I hear a politician use the term ‘paying your fair share’ one more time, I’m going to vomit,” said Golisano, who turned 70 last month, celebrating the birthday with girlfriend Monica Seles, the former tennis star who won nine Grand Slam singles titles.

Then there’s Leon Cooperman, the former chief of Goldman Sachs’s money-management unit, who said he was urged to speak out by his fellow golfers. His message was a version of Wall Street’s increasingly popular If-you-people-want-a-job, then-you’ll-shut-the-f**k-up rhetorical line: Cooperman, 68, said in an interview that he can’t walk through the dining room of St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, without being thanked for speaking up. At least four people expressed their gratitude on Dec. 5 while he was eating an egg-white omelet, he said. “You’ll get more out of me,” the billionaire said, “if you treat me with respect.”

Finally, there is this from Blackstone CEO Steven Schwartzman: “Asked if he were willing to pay more taxes in a Nov. 30 interview with Bloomberg Television, Blackstone Group LP CEO Stephen Schwarzman spoke about lower-income U.S. families who pay no income tax. “You have to have skin in the game,” said Schwarzman, 64. “I’m not saying how much people should do. But we should all be part of the system.” There are obviously a great many things that one could say about this remarkable collection of quotes. One could even, if one wanted, simply savor them alone, without commentary, like lumps of fresh caviar, or raw oysters.

But out of Abelson’s collection of doleful woe-is-us complaints from the offended rich, the one that deserves the most attention is Schwarzman’s line about lower-income folks lacking “skin in the game.” This incredible statement gets right to the heart of why these people suck. Why? It’s not because Schwarzman is factually wrong about lower-income people having no “skin in the game,” ignoring the fact that everyone pays sales taxes, and most everyone pays payroll taxes, and of course there are property taxes for even the lowliest subprime mortgage holders, and so on. It’s not even because Schwarzman probably himself pays close to zero in income tax – as a private equity chief, he doesn’t pay income tax but tax on carried interest, which carries a maximum 15% tax rate, half the rate of a New York City firefighter.

The real issue has to do with the context of Schwarzman’s quote. The Blackstone billionaire, remember, is one of the more uniquely abhorrent, self-congratulating jerks in the entire world – a man who famously symbolized the excesses of the crisis era when, just as the rest of America was heading into a recession, he threw himself a $5 million birthday party, featuring private performances by Rod Stewart and Patti Labelle, to celebrate an IPO that made him $677 million in a matter of days (within a year, incidentally, the investors who bought that stock would lose three-fourths of their investments). So that IPO birthday boy is now standing up and insisting, with a straight face, that America’s problem is that compared to taxpaying billionaires like himself, poor people are not invested enough in our society’s future. Apparently, we’d all be in much better shape if the poor were as motivated as Steven Schwarzman is to make America a better place.

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Democracy is Dead

During my lifetime, I have been witness to many changes; I am sad to say that none are good, not one, and the trend is getting worse.

From my carefree childhood where we had little to no parental supervision nor interference and were able to be kids; we have become totally paranoid and trap our kids in a false world of safety where they are stifled and can’t grow and develop.

But the worst changes are political ones, powered by the megalomaniacs that we put in power through the imagined freedom of elections. They have raped and plundered all we have worked for.

The symbol is a powerful one, hateful, a despicable reminder of what we fought against  just six decades ago and now it is no longer just lapping at the shores of the USA and the world, it is pervasive and has invaded all you know. It has eroded the American dream, fed on it and destroyed it.

What are these trends?

“Climax Time: The Top 12 Trends for 2012”

by Gerald Celente

“Hold onto your hat, your wallet, and your wits. After a tumultuous 2011 in which many of the trends we had forecast became headline news around the world, we are now forewarning of an even more tumultuous year to come. While it would give us great pleasure to forecast a 2012 of joy and prosperity – all brought about by the wisdom and benevolence of our fearless leaders – since we are not running for office or looking to profit by gulling the people, we tell it as we see it in our 12 Top Trends 2012. One megatrend looms on the near horizon. And we forecast that when it strikes, it will be a shock felt around the world. Hyperbole it’s not! Our research has revealed that at the very highest levels of government this megatrend has been seriously discussed. Read on:

1. Economic Martial Law: Given the current economic and geopolitical conditions, the central banks and world governments already have plans in place to declare economic martial law … with the possibility of military martial law to follow.

2. Battlefield America: With a stroke of the Presidential pen, language was removed from an earlier version of the National Defense Authorization Act, granting the President authority to act as judge, jury and executioner. Citizens, welcome to “Battlefield America.”

3. Invasion of the “Occtupy”: 15 years ago, Gerald Celente predicted in his book Trends 2000 that prolonged protests would hit Wall Street in the early years of the new millennium and would spread nationwide. The “Occtupy” is now upon us, and it is like nothing history has ever witnessed.

4. Climax Time: The financial house of cards is collapsing, and in 2012 many of the long-simmering socioeconomic and geopolitical trends that Celente has accurately forecast will come to a climax. Some will arrive with a big bang and others less dramatically … but no less consequentially. Are you prepared? And what’s next for the world?

5. Technocrat Takeover: “Democracy is Dead; Long Live the Technocrat!” A pair of lightning-quick financial coup d’états in Greece and Italy have installed two unelected figures as head of state. No one yet in the mainstream media is calling this merger of state and corporate powers by its proper name: Fascism, nor are they calling these “technocrats” by their proper name: Bankers! Can a rudderless ship be saved because technocrat is at the helm?

6. Repatriate! Repatriate!: It took a small, but financially and politically powerful group to sell the world on globalization, and it will take a large, committed and coordinated citizens’ movement to “un-sell” it. “Repatriate! Repatriate!” will pit the creative instincts of a multitude of individuals against the repressive monopoly of the multinationals.

7. Secession Obsession: Winds of political change are blowing from Tunisia to Russia and everywhere in between, opening a window of opportunity through which previously unimaginable political options may now be considered: radical decentralization, Internet-based direct democracy, secession, and even the peaceful dissolution of nations, offering the possibility for a new world “disorder.”

8. Safe Havens: As the signs of imminent economic and social collapse become more pronounced, legions of New Millennium survivalists are, or will be, thinking about looking for methods and ways to escape the resulting turmoil. Those “on-trend” have already taken measure to implement Gerald Celente’s 3 G’s: Gold, Guns and a Getaway plan. Where to go? What to do? Top Trends 2012 will guide the way.

9. Big Brother Internet: The coming year will be the beginning of the end of Internet Freedom: A battle between the governments and the people. Governments will propose legislation for a new “authentication technology,” requiring Internet users to present the equivalent of a driver’s license and/or bill of health to navigate cyberspace. For the general population it will represent yet another curtailing of freedom and level of governmental control.

10. Direct vs. Faux Democracy: In every corner of the world, a restive populace has made it clear that it’s disgusted with “politics as usual” and is looking for change. Government, in all its forms – democracy, autocracy, monarchy, socialism, communism – just isn’’t working. The only viable solution is to take the vote out of the hands of party politicians and institute Direct Democracy. If the Swiss can do it, why can’t anyone else?

11. Alternative Energy 2012: Even under the cloud of Fukushima, the harnessing of nuclear power is being reinvigorated by a fuel that is significantly safer than uranium and by the introduction of small, modular, portable reactors that reduce costs and construction time. In addition, there are dozens of projects underway that explore the possibility of creating cleaner, competitively priced liquid fuels distilled from natural sources. Plan to start saying goodbye to conventional liquid fuels!

12. Going Out in Style: In the bleak terrain of 2012 and beyond, “Affordable sophistication” will direct and inspire products, fashion, music, the fine arts and entertainment at all levels. US businesses would be wise to wake up and tap into the dormant desire for old time quality and the America that was.”

Merry Christmas

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Grinding to a Halt

Everywhere I look these days, everything I see and read points to one thing:

The planet is

.

The biggest culprit is global control.

The perpetrators: USA, Israel and China.

Femme Fatale

The US and Israel are lying in the same bed, but America hasn’t woken up to the fact that Israel, like the praying mantis, will consume it’s mate after consummation.

Once Israel has succeeded in using the US for its own agenda, it will devour it.

China is attempting to erode Asia, challenging the area with territorial ambitions and undermining peace.

The Eurozone is collapsing, the American financial system is a mess. Economic growth across the world is slowing to zero.

Corporations own the governments, Monsanto owns everything that you eat; the FDA lets you swallow any crap the drug companies produce; the TSA cops a free feel every time you fly; the media only tells you what the government wants you to know; your police don’t protect you anymore they are better armed and equipped than the armed forces to control the people, Wall Street and the banker bastards have been allowed to run amok and Coca Cola even owns Santa Claus.

The government has reduced the Constituion to this

You don’t have any rights anymore. Ask anyone from an OWS encampment.

Thinking Americans are abandoning the country like never before in history. The US/Mexican wall is not to keep Mexicans out, they’re going home in droves, it’s to keep Americans in.

Why is the USA building concentration camps all over America? To detain ‘domestic terrorists’.

Who are the domestic terrorists?

Not the Taliban, not al-Qaeda, the domestic terrorist is anybody who questions or tries to buck the authorities… btw, that’s you and me; me because I am writing this shit and you because you are reading it.

Too late to run and hide

Don’t think they don’t know. Because they know every time you fart while at the keyboard; they know every time you use you cellphone, they know exactly where your GPS tells them you are.

So you can’t run and hide. It’s too late!

And we haven’t even considered environmental and social impacts yet.

The shit is about to hit the fan big time and everyone, and I mean everyone had better run for cover, because shit stinks.

Slowly, surely and irrevocably the planet is imploding socially and financially.

The only ones who will avoid the stench are those who run now.

Abandon the cities, get back to your roots, raise, grow and educate your own because the rot has set into the very timbers of society, it is on the verge of total collapse.

The average person on the street has no idea of what’s ahead, because the media don’t tell them.

Because very soon, it’s going to be like the finale on Looney Tunes…

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At Last a Judge with Balls

Citigroup-SEC $285m toxic mortgage deal rejected

Citigroup's settlement was to compensate investors who lost money on mortgage assets

A US judge has rejected a $285m (£184m) settlement between Citigroup and Wall Street’s regulator, the SEC, over the sale of toxic mortgages.

Federal court judge Jed Rakoff ordered a trial, saying the settlement was “neither reasonable, nor fair, nor adequate, nor in the public interest”.

The SEC claimed Citigroup sold $1bn worth of mortgage assets and then bet that their value would fall.

Neither the SEC nor the US’s third-largest bank had any immediate comment.

In a written opinion, the Manhattan judge said the allegations against Citigroup should go to trial.

Under the settlement, agreed in October, Citigroup was to pay $285m to compensate investors for losses on the mortgage assets, which plunged in value months after the bank sold them in 2007.

Investors lost $700 million, according to the SEC, while Citigroup made about $160 million in profits.

The trial would seek to establish clarity about the financial markets and the Security and Exchange Commission’s responsibility to uncover the truth, the judge said.

“Although this [settlement] would appear to be tantamount to an allegation of knowing and fraudulent intent… the SEC, for reasons of its own, chose to charge Citigroup only with negligence,” Judge Rakoff said.

He said that the settlement, in which Citigroup did not admit or deny the accusations, did not give him enough information to know whether the deal was fair or correct.

“The court concludes, regretfully, that the proposed Consent Judgment is neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest,” the judge said.

Source: BBC News

Opinion:

It’s about time that some of these bastards were brought to book!

Actions like this are what is needed to right the wrongs of the financial world. These banks and corporation MUST be made accountable.

It is this shit that Occupy Wall Street is about.

These ‘settlements’ are bullshit, make them pay, make them reimburse every last cent, fine them, bring them to their knees if necessary to protect the people!

 

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This is NOT a Police Force – It’s an occupation force

This is NOT a Police Force

This is not a police force meant to protect the people, this is a police force to protect the 1% from the people.

The American people have been sold down the river, by everybody, the government, the bankers, Wall Street, your elected politicians (who, incidentally are supposed to be ensuring this type of thing doesn’t happen); absolutely everybody.

And the 1% are wining and dining while Americans are crying for work, bread and housing.

For fuck’s sake America WAKE UP!

 

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USA Using Chemical Weapons

Yes, the ‘protectors’ of law and enforcement are using chemical weapons, the same chemical weapons it condemns other countries using against them.

But this is not happening in Iraq nor Afghanistan. It is happening in the USA, and what is even worse is that it is being used against non-combatants, US citizens, peaceful protesters.

Things are getting out of control. And, I don’t mean the protesters, I am talking about the AUTHORITIES! The ones who are supposed to be protecting the American people.

Check this out:

US university investigates campus pepper spray use

A US university says it is launching an investigation into the use of pepper spray by riot police trying to clear a demonstration.

An officer appeared to spray the protesters at close range

Video of the incident at the University of California, Davis, shows officers blasting seated protesters in the face with the chemical at close range.

The university chancellor, who had called in the police, described the pepper spray incident as “chilling”.

The protest, on Friday, was in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

It was intended to show solidarity with protesters at another branch of the Univeristy of California, in Berkeley, who were hit with batons by police on 9 November.

The footage of the pepper spray incident, which has been circulated widely on the internet, has caused outrage among students.

(Watch this video clip, these are the cries of Americans!  These are the ones trying to change things for YOU!)

The protesters are seen sitting in a line on the floor with their arms interlocked, refusing to move.

They try to cover their faces as officers in riot gear walk along emptying canisters of the spray onto them.

‘Excessive force’

Linda Katehi, Chancellor of the University of California, Davis, near Sacramento, says she is forming a task force to investigate what happened.

“The use of pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this,” she said in a message on the university’s website.

The Davis Faculty Association, which represents academic staff, has condemned the University of California’s approach to protests on several different campuses.

“This week, we have seen excessive force used against non-violent protesters,” said a statement on the association’s website.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

When this kind of thing happens in Tienanmen Square, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen, your government cries “Foul!” Then the hypocrites do the same thing to American people… there’s something bloody crazy going on.

The police departments have been bought lock, stock and barrel by the 1%, the 99% don’t count, they are the troublemakers.

Sure, the 99% are troublemakers, because the other 1% are immune criminals and nobody is trying to bring the bastards to justice, or using pepper spray on them.

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Here’s the punch line

in case you missed it in the Huffington Post article:

Why are you treating us like terrorists?

“The Occupy movement has remained adamant about not drafting a list of demands because terrorists make demands, and we’re not terrorists,” said Pope, a graphic design student. “We shouldn’t have to demand a democratic process.”

Source: Running ‘Cause I Can’t Fly Read the rest of “Common Sense And The Rapidly-Incoming Tide”  by Karl Denninger.

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