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The entire Mediterranean is on fire. More than that, it's not just the surrounding countries of the Mediterranean. It also spreads up here. You have U.K. and Ireland already with riot in the street. You have Russia with a bombing.Well, now, let's see -- let's play this through. What do you think happens? These two collide. They quite honestly, they could make us collapse financially. Just these two colliding. Let alone, if this is on fire as well, our forces there? What do we do? This is colliding. We're pouring all of our money into here and here and trying to keep things stable. China pushes this direction. Here's China pushes this direction, just says knock it off, guys. These guys are pushing this direction. This is all pushing up into the middle, into the Mediterranean, into Spain. This becomes a caliphate. This becomes China dominant. This becomes Muslim caliphate. If they think Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, possibly Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, are now some sort of a Muslim caliphate. If anyone begins to think that is a chance, what happens to the overwhelming radical population of the U.K., of radical Islamists? What happens? Do they just sit around on their hand or do they see an opportunity? When you take the Marxist and you combine them with the radical from Islam, when you combine those forces, which is exactly -- we'll show you this week -- what is happening here, the whole world starts to implode. Does Russia push across this way? And what do we do? This is not just happenstance. This is not just poor people mad at rich people. This is coordinated. Tunisia was the beginning. I think there is a chance that Tunisia is our Archduke Ferdinand moment that I've been telling you about, warning that it would start in some place that wouldn't look like anything, and most of us wouldn't understand it. He was the guy assassinated in Sarajevo, June 1914. A month later, Austria and Hungary declared war against Serbia and the rest is called World War I. I believe a snowball is being formed, and it is starting to roll.

Just because you in Washington and you who are so out of touch with life in the media, just because you don't believe in anything doesn't mean nobody else does. We do. You know why you're confused by this show? It's because I believe in something. You don't. Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don't. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep's clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends. You've been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you. They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they're revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.

Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus -- band -- Do, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, "Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore," and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realize, "Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death." And you know, well, I'm not sure.
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9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes. These things should really be common knowledge, but it's surprising as to how many people aren't aware of the information.

Furthermore, Why is the Federal Reserve forking over $220 million in bailout money to the wives of two Morgan Stanley bigwigs? To quote the article: "In the coming months, when you watch Republican congressional stooges play out the desperate comedy of solving America's deficit problems by making fewer photocopies of proposed bills, or by taking an ax to budgetary shrubberies like NPR or the SEC, remember Christy Mack and her fancy new carriage house. There is no belt-tightening on the other side of the tracks. Just a free lunch that never ends."
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The death of capitalism?

From the article: Is the free market the best economic system in the world?

That's the question Toronto-based public opinion firm Globescan began asking people in 2002. The company's annual survey now stretches across 23 countries. Back then, the answer for most Americans was: "Why, of course it is." In fact, a world-leading 80 percent of those Americans polled by Globescan in 2002 said that capitalism and the free market was the best economic system to bring prosperity to the world.

But what happens when ten years passes, income inequality continues to rise, scandals repeatedly sweep through big corporations and across Wall Street, unemployment jumps to above 10 percent, and the U.S. economy stumbles to its darkest period since the Great Depression?

Support for free markets goes down, of course. Way down.

According to Globescan's latest survey released today, only 59 percent of Americans said they they "strongly" or "somewhat" agree that the free market is the best economic system for planet earth's future. That's now below popular opinion in the surging economies of China (67 percent) and Brazil (also 67 percent).


And really, the first comment says it all:

Is this what happens when you repeatedly call things "socialism" that are not? After a while people begin to think that if "capitalism" is the way things are now, that maybe "socialism" might not be so bad?

Well, fucking duh.

Good.

Feb. 26th, 2011 02:30 am
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This makes me happy. HIPAA Bares Its Teeth: $4.3m Fine For Privacy Violation

It's very simple. These are the rules. Obey them.
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This was my response to this:

I've always preferred New Model Army's "Vengeance":



Top-dog fascist gets the boys in the corner
Plants poison where there was just confusion
Walks away scot-free and laughing
Rides on the tide as the cancer grows


Oh hey, it's Glenn Beck! and his theocratic fascism!

And the business man on corruption charges
With millions of dollars in dirty money
Gets a thousand pound fine after months in court
While the lawyers get fat and the law gets bought


Oh look, modern American business!

But don't worry, there's the refrain:

I believe in justice!
I believe in vengeance!
I believe in getting the bastard!
Getting the bastard!
Getting the bastard!
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There's this guy on LJ that I frankly despise. He calls himself a conservative, but he really isn't; he's just a nativist and one of the many who feel 'cheated' by the way life turned out for him. He's a white lower-to-middle class male, probably Protestant but not terribly devout. He feels he is constantly picked on by liberals and Democrats and centrists and they are "out to destroy America". He has frankly commented on how liberals should be dragged out in the street and shot for treason. And don't get him started on Obama.

But if anything, his invective and ire is currently even more focused on Republicans and conservatives in general. When the Tea Party came to the fore, he denied being a Partier but in the same breath relentlessly advocated for them. When the election came, he was gravely disappointed and is now angrier than before. And who is he angry at?

He's angry at establishment Republicans. Y'know, the majority of the party. He gets angrier and angrier every day on the subject, to where he now refers to them solely as "ruling class Republican neo-monarchists"

Why does this make me laugh my ass off?
Because, really, other conservatives (like myself) have been telling this guy for years, "You are not the establishment. You are not someone who Republican leaders will pay attention to. Yes, there IS a ruling class and It Ain't You."

The American Spectator put this guy's anger (We'll call him M.) very succinctly back in July:

Never has there been so little diversity within America's upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America's upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably of one mind on any given matter. The Boston Brahmins, the New York financiers, the land barons of California, Texas, and Florida, the industrialists of Pittsburgh, the Southern aristocracy, and the hardscrabble politicians who made it big in Chicago or Memphis had little contact with one another. Few had much contact with government, and "bureaucrat" was a dirty word for all. So was "social engineering." Nor had the schools and universities that formed yesterday's upper crust imposed a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed. All that has changed.

Today's ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the "in" language -- serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America's ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.


Well, no shit, Sherlock. In the first place, American aristocracy has pretty much been mostly based on wealth of some type, with few exceptions. In the beginning, it WAS diverse and unconnected. What M (and the American Spectator) seem to have never figured out is that if you have an aristocracy of any type, be it noble, wealth, or talent, the suckers will eventually intermarry and form a singular aristocracy. There won't be any more divisions between Boston Brahmins and California land barons, between Southern gentry and Midwest politicians. It's all the same thing. It takes some generations to do so, but by this time, by the 21st century, all that shit is complete.

And people like M and others dissatisfied with their lot in life have been left out. Tossed. By the wayside. Even though they resemble the ruling class in looks and form, even in technology, they're not part of it. They're not super-rich. They're not groomed at private schools. They don't have "ins" and connections to plum corporations and government agencies. This pisses them off; this makes them angry. They think it should be their birthright or even available to them and they're p.o.ed that all the doors are closed.

What they fail to understand is that this ALWAYS happens when you finally have an established and stable nation-society. And aristocracy, literal or virtual, always establishes itself. It is humanity's nature to form hierarchies. It is the nature of those who rule to make sure they continue to rule. M doesn't understand this or refuses to accept this; the result is the same.

Even worse for him and his ilk, it truly doesn't matter if his Tea Party wins or not. Even if the Tea Partiers won and returned things "back to a Constitutional government", they would just be making sure they sat in the ruling seat in the future. Oh, sure, a few ideologues would adhere to their principles - but it wouldn't be enough. Within 3-4 generations, it would be the Tea Partiers' descendants going "Oh, these plebeian American citizens, they just don't have the capacity to understand our superior political thinking. Pass the caviar and arrange for us to be conveyed to our winter home in Florida." Today's O'Donnells and Palins would be tomorrow's Bushes and Rockefellers. See the Soviet Union for a modern-day example of that.

Now some would say, "Well, Jefferson was right, then! The tree of liberty needs to be regularly refreshed with the blood of patriots!" Some would advocate that, to prevent such an aristocracy from forming, that we would need a revolution of some sort every generation or so.

Sorry, it's been tried too. See Mao for a modern-day example. His ongoing revolution left him and his ideas to be totally shit-canned after his death and to go straight back to developing an imperial system. China is communist now in name only; they run more like Imperial China during an interregnum than anything else. Also, revolutions are BLOODY. Very few outside the fanatics and ideologues want to get their hands dirty.

So I laugh at M and on some level I feel sorry for him. It used to be that people like him would pick up and go to the frontier, but there's no frontier on Earth anymore and no existing other frontiers that can be managed. So instead he will rot and stew, impotent in his own anger.

But it still makes me laugh. That's schadenfreude for you.

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