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Obama worst president ever?

Posted by picard578 on February 9, 2013

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Employers debunk Republican “job creator” myth

Posted by picard578 on February 8, 2013

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Employers don’t create jobs, customers do. This week, business owners themselves exploded the myth that they are the job creators.

Previously we’d offered the argument that businesses don’t create jobs. “Customers are the engine of capitalism and of jobs,” we wrote. “Employees are hired when a willing buyer shows up at the door. Jobs are not created for any other reason.” Now business owners have weighed in to provide corroboration.

Reporting this week in the New York Times, Mokoto Rich interviewed Jeffery Braverman, owner of Nutsonline, in Cranford, N.J.. Even a $4,000 tax cut would not cause him to hire anyone. “You still need to have the business need to hire,” says Braverman. “Business demand is what drives hiring.”

In the same piece Michael Kehs, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, said a tax advantage “does not drive our hiring.” Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of the high-tech company Nvidia concurred that tax breaks don’t affect his hiring decisions. Like many tech companies, he expects to increase his workforce “by twenty percent this year” based on customer demand.

When businesses are under-taxed, owners take the savings as extra profits. Under taxing doesn’t drive owners—or anyone else—to do civic good. It simply provides unearned income at another taxpayer’s expense.

Business blogger (and small business owner) Jay Goltz puts the final nail in the job-creator coffin. Noting that the people complaining about taxes are the same people who always complain about them, in good times or bad, he writes:

“Right now, my picture-frame and home-furnishing businesses employ 110 people, and they have certainly felt the effects of the recession and the housing meltdown, but if I have a problem it’s not with taxes and regulation. It is that I don’t have enough customers with money to spend. That’s why the most important aspect of the president’s plan is that it would inject $450 billion into the economy.”

Which brings us to part two of the phony right-wing jobs argument. It’s the myth that “certainty” is required for a strong business sector. Any entrepreneur will tell you that just the opposite is true.

World English Dictionary defines “entrepreneur” as someone who “by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits.” Not all business owners are entrepreneurs, sadly, but the most successful are. The highest profits are made when success is uncertain. The most profitable industries rely on uncertainty to give them the “win.” Obvious examples are the fear mongers who pitch gold on talk radio. They rely on economic uncertainty to scare you into buying. They profit from your uncertainty.

When a market segment functions with a high level of certainty, both customers and products are interchangeable. If that happens, vendors can only compete on price. Certainty lowers profits.

Republicans like to blame the bad economy on things they made up—like this myth of “certainty.” However, if they really believed it themselves, they’d compromise to get legislation settled. Yet they choose to obstruct even though obstruction itself is the primary reason for less certainty. It doesn’t pass the smell test.

Glen Greenwald writes eloquently about how business has enjoyed the certainty of low taxes and lax regulation for thirty years. Those years include two major recessions and two major bank bailouts. During the period, the boom came during the Clinton years, when taxes were reasonable and billions were made in our most volatile sector, technology. Technology continues to be one of the few bright spots in our economy (see Nvidia, above.) America’s most valuable company today, Apple, was near bankruptcy just a dozen years ago.

The only certainty in business is that certainty inhibits profits. But if Republicans really thought certainty was so important, they’d stop obstructing everything, wouldn’t they? If certainty was so necessary, wouldn’t it be worth compromising to get it? No, they’re simply arguing about something that doesn’t exist so they can avoid fixing something that does.

In doing so, Republicans conclusively debunk the claim that they are patriots.

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Comments on USNews carricatures – abortion

Posted by picard578 on January 9, 2013

1. Birth control is OK, but only in countries not having problems with too low number of births (entire Europe, for example, has to restrict immigration and introduce pro-natality policies; China and India, on the other hand, should introduce birth control, allowing no more than 1 – 1,8 births per woman)

2. Life starts with conception, so any abortion is murder, with severe psychological consequences for woman – regardless of wether she wanted baby or not.

3. When deciding about abortion, woman is not deciding about her own body, but about another human being.

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Free trade is for dupes and idiots (article by Zbigniew Mazurak)

Posted by picard578 on December 21, 2012

http://zbigniewmazurak.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/free-trade-is-for-dupes-and-idiots/

 

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The AVATAR – For God’s Sake ? REFLECTIONS ON | DR. BRITT MINSHALL |

Posted by picard578 on December 16, 2012

http://www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-avatar-for-gods-sake/article20993.html

by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall

My friend Hank and I were discussing our realization that today’s population seems ignorant with respect to America’s new role as a usurper and aggressor. While agreeing on our nation’s current posture; we disagreed as to why our people let it happen.

Hank felt that the people just did not have the information to judge or the knowledge to understand the ramifications of our actions. He believed: “if people only knew the truth they would challenge our leaders.”

I, on the other hand, argued that most people DO know what our government is doing: “How could they not, the evidence is overwhelming?” I believe most Americans are satisfied with the status quo, assuming our accelerated lifestyle depends upon our doing war and skullduggery the world over. I recalled the ancient Egyptians who accumulated wealth off the backs of their Hebrew slaves, thus they ignored the captives’ plea for freedom. Even after floods, famines and plagues, their hearts were hardened; they just could not let their slaves go.

Hank and I couldn’t settle the issue. Then I remembered the movie “The Avatar.” The 2009 saga depicted a mythical conquering nation of people from the future. While unidentified, these attackers looked strangely like us. The extraterrestrial victims were The Avatar (*), very different from their human invaders in all ways. On their planet they had never warred and knew no aggression or violence. The movie depicted the military invaders, dressed just like U.S. warriors, arriving to conquer an “insurgency” (native population). The invaders’ mission: “to free the Avatar’s natural resources for the aggressors use.”

The human types killed, destroyed, tortured and bludgeoned the unarmed innocent Avatar. As I watched the film I felt like I was viewing New York Times accounts of our actions in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

While the U.S. was never mentioned, within two weeks after its premier, PEOPLE REALIZED this was our story – a modern parable. TV commentators began to share the “dirty trick” the producers had pulled in letting our badness out in the clouded form of a fiction film. Some even suggested the producers had endangered national security. Attendance at theaters vanished and within a month the movie was off to Wal-Mart, where it died a slow death.

Note: “PEOPLE REALIZED;” we DID know and DO know how badly we’re acting, but we can’t face it for fear of losing our glutted lifestyles.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both spoke and wrote extensively on the evils of slavery, but failed to rid our country of it. Both men died not freeing their slaves. They and the rest of America realized what a godless thing slavery was. But, alas, we hid in our churches, behind our trumped-up version of god, reading and singing of justice, while millions suffered before our eyes.

By 1970 we ALL knew the evil, useless, damnable thing we were doing in Viet Nam. Thousands of our family members were being killed even as we butchered and burned an innocent population; forever we will languish on the wrong side of history. Many of us demonstrated against it, yet most Americans, knowing the war was a bad thing, called protestors “traitors!” Why? Because: just like the Egyptian and American slave owners, most Americans were enjoying the rewards they were getting from the war.

Sinclair Lewis once said: “A man won’t listen if he’s doing wrong as long as he’s profiting from it.”

If Hank had been correct, my efforts to inform our people that what we are doing, in sponsoring a “Warrior Empire Nation” is wrong, and that would have born fruit by now. Unfortunately, he was not right, most of us are already aware. Therefore, my task is to confront each American, not of our ignorance, which people accept as a teacher’s task, but rather of our sinfulness which is much more painful and infuriates them.

But do remember: In a Democracy, unlike the empires of old, where regular people, like us, had no say or accountability; you and I ARE responsible and accountable for what our country does and we will pay an awful price in the end. Every once of war profit we put into our pockets is stained with blood and it dirties our soul with deadly karma! America’s aggressive combat spirit is our personal transgression – not just our rulers’.

SIDEBAR: Now here’s the BIG secret I’m not supposed to share: “WAR MONEY IS WEAK MONEY, it vanishes as fast as the dead are carried away.”
(See next months FGS)

Our struggle, to face the truth, is not helped by leaders, on all sides of this issue, who spawn denial as a way to keep aggression alive. Last Friday, at the House of Representatives in Washington, I asked Dr Z. Brzezinski (former Sec. of State): “If the U.S. had not have pushed NATO membership for Poland, Estonia, Romania and Lithuania and had not attempted to plant a battery of missiles at Russia’s doorstep in Uzbekistan after the fall of the USSR, do you think we would have better relations with them now?” His answer: “Our actions had nothing to do with today’s bad relations.” Fortunately the other 300 people in the Caucus Room mocked his answer – they KNEW.

“Isn’t it time we ALL grow-up and muster the courage to examine our false ‘god and country’ myths, so necessary for doing war? Only a fool could suspect The Creator made us to destroy creation and each other! Let us attempt to love ourselves and all creation enough to share the world with everyone, thus stopping our quest to create a hell on earth that is destroying ALL of us.

So there you have it, the secret is out:” WE are the killers of the Avatar and obliterators of a world at peace.” Now that you know for certain, WE ARE all responsible to make it right, for ALL of us and For God’s Sake.

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Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff | UK Progressive

Posted by picard578 on December 16, 2012

Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff | UK Progressive.

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Hands off our Internet!

Posted by picard578 on December 12, 2012

Hands off our Internet!

>>As citizens of the world and Internet users, we call on you to reject any changes to current Internet regulations that would weaken or alter the free and open nature of the Internet, or give any government or body the ability to infringe on Internet users’ rights to free speech, free access to information or privacy. We also demand that any proposed changes to current international Internet regulations be publicly debated, and subject to citizen input and approval. <<

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Political cartoons

Posted by picard578 on December 2, 2012

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Road to EU: Welcome, new members.

Road to EU: Welcome, new members.

Translation:FREEDOM OF SPEECH!?
If you insult Black, it is rasizm.
If you insult Hebrew, then it is Antisemitism.
If you insult homosexual, it is intolerance,
If you insult your country, then it is treason,
If you insult someone of another nationality, it is hatred,
But when someone insults prophet Mohammed, then it is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

WHERE IS LOGIC THERE? :(

Translation: FREEDOM OF SPEECH!? If you insult Black, it is rasizm. If you insult Hebrew, then it is Antisemitism. If you insult homosexual, it is intolerance, If you insult your country, then it is treason, If you insult someone of another nationality, it is hatred, But when someone insults prophet Mohammed, then it is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH! WHERE IS LOGIC THERE? 😦

TRANSLATION: Straight from Government: a new public kitchen.

Straight from Government: a new public kitchen.

 

Look into the future. Shit in the view.

Look into the future. Shit in the view.

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US Republician Party

Posted by picard578 on December 2, 2012

…unfortunately Democrats aren’t much better.

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News: political correctness run amok

Posted by picard578 on December 1, 2012

 

UK foster parents lose children after identifying with right-leaning political party

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/27/uk-foster-parents-lose-children-after-identifying-with-right-leaning-political-party/#ixzz2DpJZPZf1

 

A British couple lost custody of their three foster children after social workers called them “racist” and said they were “unsuitable” caregivers — because of their political party affiliation.

The anonymous couple support the UK Independence Party (UKIP), a libertarian political party that seeks Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Joyce Thacker, the strategic director of children and young people’s services in the British city of Rotherham, defended the decision, specifically citing the party’s immigration policy.

“If the party mantra is, for example, ending the active promotion of multiculturalism I have to think about that … I have to think of [the children’s] longer-term needs,” Thacker stated.

 

UKIP supports a five-year freeze on immigration for permanent residents, and limits on new immigrants’ access to welfare benefits. It’s openly critical of multiculturalism and political correctness.

The three children are European immigrants under the age of 10.

According to the foster mother, the social worker told her that “[w]e would not have placed these children with you had we known you were members of Ukip because it wouldn’t have been the right cultural match.”

The couple have been foster parents to a dozen kids in seven years. They said they felt like “criminals” when social workers from the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council — which is controlled by the left-wing Labour party – removed the three children from their home.

The bureaucrats reportedly ordered the boy and two girls, removed from the home without any discussion.

 

Michael Grove, the Secretary of State for Education, blasted the decision, deeming it “arbitrary, ideological and indefensible.”

“If we say you cannot foster children because you’re a member of a mainstream political party or because you have views on multiculturalism then that’s utterly wrong,” Grove told the BBC.

The UKIP party leader, Nigil Farage, called the removal of the children “political prejudice of the very worst kind.”

A spokesman for the Rotherham borough council has stated that while the decision was made with “careful consideration,” they would “continue to keep the situation under review.”

In an interview with The Telegraph, the foster mother said she and her husband had “personally been slandered and we would like a public apology from Rotherham.”

“From a personal and selfish point of view, we would like the children back,” she said. “But we are more concerned with the children’s welfare, and we do not want them traumatized any more than they already have been.”

The Telegraph described her husband as a former Navy reservist who works with disabled people.

They said an attitude of political correctness has left many children “languishing” while bureaucrats worked to match them only to families from the same ethnic background.
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While I personally have nothing against immigrants as people, or different cultures, I do have against immigration. It has been shown time and again that it is very hard to get people from different cultures work together. Furthermore, diversity of cultures is, like biodiversity, one of greatest tresures this planet has, and one of keys of sustainance and development of human civilization.

Let’s take a look at different races: all races, while none is more worth than another, have particular biological characteristics that make them more suited for survival in certain environments. Thus, biodiversity can be thought of as being an “insurance policy”, making it easier for humanity as a whole to adapt to possibly major changes in the environment, making our survival as a species more likely in case some natural catastrophy happens. If all races merge into one single race, possibility of survival in case of such catastrophe is automatically reduced.

In that respect, cultures are the same: all cultures are worthy of existence and survival, as well as continuing development. And while exchange of ideas is perfectly acceptable, melting cultures into one “superculture” is not. Yet this is exactly what European Union has set out to do. One race, one culture, one mindset. Does that remind you of anything?

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