Common Sense

PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. -Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Common Sense, 1776

Saturday, February 04, 2012

American Prisons & Schools: Convergent evolution

More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour? --The US schools with their own police | World news | The Guardian
"The US is fast becoming one massive open air prison camp. Few realize that one by one their natural rights are being stripped by the fascist "criminal" law system. As we've noted in the past, more than 30% of those under 23 have been arrested as the fascist US Government works to ensnare as many as possible into permanent indentured servitude through a criminal record." --Panopticon Coming to a Neighborhood Near You! by Jeff Berwick

With each passing year, the difference between America's prisons and America's public schools becomes smaller and smaller.... in 2010 alone police down in Texas issued an astounding 300,000 tickets to school children... Unfortunately, what is going on in our schools is a reflection of the broader society as a whole. Our schools are being turned into prisons because our entire society is being turned into a giant prison... --19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested for in America
RELATED: Of COURSE you're free. Now shut-up

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Friday, February 03, 2012

IRAN: A Medley Against the MIC (MilitaryIndustrialComplex)

U.S. Defense Sec. Leon Panetta: Are they [Iranians] trying to develop a nuclear weapon? "No." --Panetta Admits Iran is Not Trying to Develop a Nuclear Weapon, CBS's "Face The Nation" Jan. 8, 2012

The Brookings Institute just a few months ago released extensive polls of what Arabs think about Iran. …They show that Arab opinion …”holds that the major threat in the region is Israel, that's 80 percent; the second major threat is the United States, that's 77 percent. Iran is listed as a threat by 10 percent. With regard to nuclear weapons, rather remarkably, a majority, in fact, 57 percent, say that …it would have a positive effect in the region if Iran had nuclear weapons.  --Iran: Parallax view

Notice Iran has no nukes while U.S. has 8,500 and Israel has an estimated 80. Unlike Iran, Israel didn't sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and won't allow ANY inspections of it's nuclear facilities.

The Buried Lead on Iran: All Nuclear Sites Routinely Inspected, No Violations

Iran to Allow Nuclear Inspectors Into Secret Military Complex
Iran has announced it will allow international nuclear inspectors to visit its secret Parchin military complex. Iran has long said its nuclear program is for civilian purposes only, but some international analysts have speculated Iran may be using the Parchin complex to do research relevant to nuclear weapons. It is not clear when inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit the site.  --Democracy NOW! HEADLINES, March 06, 2012

Retired Generals Sign Open Letter Opposing War With Iran
Eight retired U.S. military and intelligence officials have signed an open letter to President Obama urging him to say no to war with Iran. The letter was published as a full-page ad in the Washington Post on Monday. Signatories included Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief-of-staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Paul Pillar, a former CIA national intelligence officer.  --Democracy NOW! HEADLINES, March 06, 2012

U.S.: Iran Unlikely to Start Military Conflict
A top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that Iran is unlikely to provoke a military conflict but would respond if attacked. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess made the comment in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. --DemocracyNOW! HEADLINES, February 17, 2012

U.S. Intelligence Analysts: No Hard Evidence Iran Is Building Nuclear Bomb
In a front-page article published on Saturday, the New York Times reports U.S. intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb. According to the article, recent assessments by U.S. spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program years earlier. --Democracy NOW! Headlines | Monday, February 27, 2012

Is there a covert war against Iran? --Chris Matthews' Hardball<

 --The Race for Iran

So, what's this REALLY all about?

Is Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu really this misinformed -- or is he just running a war-scam?

What do YOU think - - - 
Panetta says Israel could strike Iran in spring: report.  --Yahoo

Report: Israel Won’t Warn U.S. Before Striking Iranian Nuclear Sites
The Associated Press is reporting Israeli officials have privately told the Obama administration they will not warn the United States if they decide to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.  ...Both Netanyahu and Obama are scheduled to address a conference organized by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The Wall Street Journal is reporting Obama is considering using his AIPAC speech on Sunday to more forcefully outline potential military actions against Iran. ...  --Democracy Now, HEADLINES, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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P.S. MICC? That's President Eisenhower's "MilitaryIndustrialCongressional Complex."

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

A Golden Future??

In a commentary published in Monday's Financial Times, World Bank President Robert Zoellick wrote that an updated gold standard could help retool the world economy amid tensions over currencies and the United States' monetary policy... --World Bank chief calls on G-20 to reconsider gold standard | Business | Deutsche Welle | 08.11.2010

NEWYORK (CNNMoney) -- A growing number of states are seeking shiny new currencies made of silver and gold. Worried that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. dollar are on the brink of collapse, lawmakers from 13 states, including Minnesota, Tennessee, Iowa, South Carolina and Georgia, are
seeking approval from their state governments to either issue their own alternative currency or explore it as an option.... --States consider alternative currencies of gold and silver - Feb. 3, 2012
--Gingrich: U.S. should look at return to gold standard, - Jan. 18, 2012
India is the first buyer of Iranian oil to agree to pay for its purchases in gold instead of the US dollar... sources expect China to follow suit. India and China take about one million barrels per day, or 40 percent of Iran's total exports of 2.5 million bpd. Both are superpowers in terms of gold assets. India to pay gold instead of dollars for Iranian oil. Oil and gold markets stunned


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