Anonymous Calls Gaddafi “Leader of the Free World” 3

From The Green Star.

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The ANONYMOUS video using a female robot voice, starts off with the following statement:

“People of the world, join us. Please forward this message to all embassies of green Libya, the UN, NATO, your governments, paliaments, [indistinct] etc. We are ANONYMOUS, we recognize Brother Leader of the Libyan revolution Muammar Qaddafi as the World Leader of the fight against [word indistinct], tyranny and oppression…”

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“NATO crimes must stop. The rape of Libyan must stop. The genocide of the Libyan population must stop. Organize yourselves. Go on the street. Now! Show us a green flag. Now! Distribute all free Libya videos telling it to your friends or strangers. For a free Libya for a free World. All people of good will all over the world stand for Muammar Qaddafi and his nation, for Libya.”

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The Will to Pander Reply

Article by Kathy Shaidle.

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Immigration is a hot topic up here in Canada right now.

It has been that way for decades if you’re a white, working-class “citizen” of Trudeaupia. But by order of our elite betters, our candid chatter about “those foreigners taking over the country” who are “breaking the law” and “living on welfare” is relegated to barrooms or around card tables.

(Dare to post an anti-immigrant “poem” on your website, and the nation’s thought police will shut it down and prosecute the webmaster. Then, without a hint of irony, they’ll proudly repost the dangerous, deviant “poem” on a Government of Canada website as a kind of game trophy. Yes, that really happened.)

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Multiculturalism Fails in Russia Reply

Article by Kevin MacDonald.

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An article in the Financial Times adds some interesting details about Rogozin and the situation in Russia (“Medvedev appeals for ethnic tolerance“). First, things are definitely heating up:

Opinion polls show that 55-60 per cent of Russians support the slogan “Russia for the Russians”, and nationalism threatens to become the new centre of gravity in domestic politics ahead of the December 4 elections.

The murder of an ethnic Russian by a gangsters from the Caucasus last December has resulted in mainstream politicians “flirting with nationalist messages.” Rogozin is said to in talks to join a group led by Vladimir Putin that would provide candidates for United Russia, the main political party in Russia. At a high level conference of Russia’s political elite “Rogozin [predicted]  the death of multi-culturalism in Europe and Russia in the wake of the London riots and the rise of far-right parties. ‘Immigration of huge numbers of unqualified workers has created immense pressures on our cities. … Multi-culturalism has not led to integration of minorities but to a creation of a fifth column from the south.’” (Medvedev, on the other hand, seemed to be doing his best David Cameron or Angela Merkel imitation, warning about the rise of “semi-fascist parties” in Europe.)

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Too Much Higher Education Reply

Article by Walter Williams.

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Too much of anything is just as much a misallocation of resources as it is too little, and that applies to higher education just as it applies to everything else. A recent study from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity titled “From Wall Street to Wal-Mart,” by Richard Vedder, Christopher Denhart, Matthew Denhart, Christopher Matgouranis and Jonathan Robe, explains that college education for many is a waste of time and money. More than one-third of currently working college graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree. An essay by Vedder that complements the CCAP study reports that there are “one-third of a million waiters and waitresses with college degrees.” The study says Vedder – distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and director of CCAP – “was startled a year ago when the person he hired to cut down a tree had a master’s degree in history, the fellow who fixed his furnace was a mathematics graduate, and, more recently, a TSA airport inspector (whose job it was to ensure that we took our shoes off while going through security) was a recent college graduate.”

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Americans Need the Truth About 9/11 Reply

Article by Eric Margolis.

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We Americans become like the moribund Hapsburg Empire which was said to have forgotten nothing and learned nothing.

Watching 9/11 commemorations, which have by now become an annual religious-political event, reminds us of this old adage.

One of the biggest tragedies within the tragedy of 9/11 is that the nation has not learned the real lesson of 9/11 – the reason why the 19 suicide hijackers attacked New York and Washington.

Before this attack, the hijacker’s ringleaders made clear their goal was to punish the United States for occupying the holy land of Saudi Arabia and for supporting Israel’s repression of the Palestinians.

A subtext of the deadly operation was to make America experience some of the suffering and damage it had long inflicted on the Mideast.

In short, the motive for the assault was entirely political. But the Bush administration and then Congress were unable or unwilling to accept the fact that America’s Mideast policies were the cause of the attacks. The US media cowered from discussing the true reasons for the attack as a third-rail that had to be avoided.

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China, The American Colony Reply

Article by Lewis Lehrman.

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(Editor’s Note: Lewis E. Lehrman has written a stunning article about the financial relationship between the US (Washington) and China. He asserts that, despite China’s status as the Number One creditor for Washington, it is actually an captive financial colony to the USA, just like India was to Great Britain. The article also shows in detail how impossible it will be for all the nations of the planet (who are also US financial colonies) to extricate themselves from the death grip of the US dollar reserve currency without a world financial collapse as the trigger.

Our stance is unwavering. A state that secedes and forms a gold/silver monetary system entirely independent from the world reserve currency will be the sole magnet on the face of the planet for stability and predictability. Wealth will pour into that new nation like nothing in the history of the world.

This is a somewhat long article with graphics. In a departure from our normal way of posting, we provide you with the link and ask you to click below and read.)

China: American Financial Colony or Mercantilist Predator?

Universities Receive Legal Warning About Anti-Semitism on Campuses Reply

Article by Alana Goodman.

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Campus anti-Semitism is a tricky issue to tackle, and not just because it usually hides behind the mask of anti-Zionism. Pro-Israel students on campus also grapple with a lot of other issues: should they respond to the insane and baseless attacks on Israel from anti-Zionist groups, or would that just give these organizations credibility? Should they try to play up the “positive” contributions Israel and Jews have made the world, or is that overly defensive and banal?

The pro-Israel legal center Shurat HaDin (which I previously profiled here) is taking a different and much blunter approach. If U.S. public universities don’t deal with anti-Semitism on campus, they’re going to have to deal with it in court:

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Use of Patriot Act Sneak-And-Peek Powers for Drug War Further Eclipsed Terrorism Uses in 2009 Reply

Article by Jim Cook.

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In a statement on January 26 2011, House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith declared that the extension of Patriot Act surveillance powers is necessary to stop terrorists:

The intelligence and law enforcement communities that are responsible for preventing terrorist attacks need to know that the tools they rely on to keep the American people safe will not be weakened or allowed to expire. We need the PATRIOT Act to prevent attacks and apprehend terrorists. This short-term extension is a step toward the long-term reauthorization of important and necessary national security provisions. It gives Congress time for an open and meaningful debate, while ensuring that our law enforcement and intelligence communities can continue to prevent attacks and save lives.

Available-ish evidence suggests otherwise.

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A Culture in Regression: We Don’t Need No Steenking Books Reply

Article by Fred Reed.

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The night closes in. Read the surveys of what children know, what students in universities know. Approximately nothing. We have become wanton morons. As the intellectual shadows fall again, as literacy declines and minds grow dim in the new twilight, who will copy the parchments this time?

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3 held in Detroit over bathroom trips on plane Reply

From the Seattle Times.

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ROMULUS, Mich. — Amid anxiety over the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, police detained three passengers at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport on Sunday after the crew of the Frontier Airlines flight from Denver reported suspicious activity on board, and NORAD sent two F-16 jets to shadow the flight until it landed safely, airline and federal officials said.

Also Sunday, NORAD sent two F-16s to escort a Los Angeles-to-New York American Airlines flight after three passengers made repeated trips to the bathroom, officials said. Flight 34 landed safely at New York’s Kennedy Airport. New York has been in a heightened state of security after receiving a tip of a car-bomb plot.

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The Founding Father of ‘Collective Responsibility’ Reply

Article by Thomas DiLorenzo.

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The phrase “collective responsibility” is rather pleasant sounding, with its implication that, perhaps, we should all collectively take responsibility for our own actions. What parents should not teach their children such things? But for at least the past 150 years “collective responsibility” also has a specific meaning with regard to U.S. military policy. In the military context, “collective responsibility” is a euphemism for the mass murder of innocent civilians. It is a phrase that was used by General William Tecumseh Sherman himself, long preceding today’s nonchalant dismissal of the murder of civilians in foreign countries as “collateral damage.”

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A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized Reply

Article by Radley Balko.

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New York magazine reported some telling figures last month on how delayed-notice search warrants — also known as “sneak-and-peek” warrants — have been used in recent years. Though passed with the PATRIOT Act and justified as a much-needed weapon in the war on terrorism, the sneak-and-peek was used in a terror investigation just 15 times between 2006 and 2009. In drug investigations, however, it was used more than 1,600 times during the same period.

It’s a familiar storyline. In the 10 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has claimed a number of new policing powers in the name of protecting the country from terrorism, often at the expense of civil liberties. But once claimed, those powers are overwhelmingly used in the war on drugs. Nowhere is this more clear than in the continuing militarization of America’s police departments.

POLICE MILITARIZATION BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11

The trend toward a more militarized domestic police force began well before 9/11. It in fact began in the early 1980s, as the Regan administration added a new dimension of literalness to Richard Nixon’s declaration of a “war on drugs.” Reagan declared illicit drugs a threat to national security, and once likened America’s drug fight to the World War I battle of Verdun. But Reagan was more than just rhetoric. In 1981 he and a compliant Congress passed the Military Cooperation with Law Enforcement Act, which allowed and encouraged the military to give local, state, and federal police access to military bases, research, and equipment. It authorized the military to train civilian police officers to use the newly available equipment, instructed the military to share drug-war–related information with civilian police and authorized the military to take an active role in preventing drugs from entering the country.

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Der Arbeiter (On Ernst Junger) Reply

From Open Revolt. Article by Alexander Dugin.

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Ernst Junger is a prominent contemporary German writer, whose literary and political fate is a classic symbol of everything avantgarde, lively, and nonconformist in European culture of the twentieth century.

A participant and witness to two world wars, one of the chief theoreticians of German Conservative Revolution in 1920s-1930s, inspirer of national socialism, who quickly turned into a “dissident from the right” after Hitler came to power, survived official disfavor during Nazi totalitarian rule, only to be ostracized by the victors during the “de-nazification” campaigne, whose talent and profundity of thought allowed him to overcome the bias of “democrats.” Today, Junger is by right considered to be the emblem of the twentieth century, a mouthpiece not only of the “lost generation,” but of the “lost century,” full of passionate and dramatic struggle of the last sacral splashes of national life against the suffocating profanity of contemporary technocratic universality.

Junger is the author of many novels, essays, articles, and short stories. He is diverse, versatile, complex, at times contradictory and paradoxical. But the main subject of his works always remains the same – the Laborer, central, almost metaphysical character, whose overt and latent presence is felt in all of his pieces. It is no coincidence that the best known and conceptual of his books, which he was editing and rewriting all through his life, is called “The Laborer.”

The Laborer, “Der Arbeiter,” is the central type of all those political, artistic, intellectual, and philosophical trends, which, notwithstanding their diversity, are brought together in the concept of “Conservative Revolution.” The Laborer is the main hero of the Revolution, its subject, its existential and aesthetic pivot. We are talking about a special type of modern man, which in a most critical experience of profane reality, being at the very heart of technocratic soulless mechanism, in the iron bowels of totalitarian war or hellish industrial labor, in the center of nihilism of the twentieth century, finds in himself a mysterious fulcrum, which takes him to the other side of “nothingness,” to the elements of spontaneously awakened inner sacrality.

Through intoxication with the modern world, Junger’s Laborer perceives the radiant immovability of the Pole, crystal cold of objectivity, in which Tradition and Spirit appear not as something old, ancient, but as Eternal, as eternal return to the timeless Origin. The Laborer is not a conservative or a progressive. He is not a defender of the old and not an apologist for the new. He is the Third Hero, Third Imperial Hero (according to Niekiesch), the new Titan, in whom, through the utmost concentration of modernism in its most venomous and traumatic forms, through industrial and frontal chaos, opens up a special transcendental aspect, which mobilizes him for a metaphysical, heroic act. The Laborers are people of the trenches, factories, “nomads of asphalt,” deprived of inheritance in technocratic civilization, taking the challenge of split reality and amassing in their souls special energies of a great rebellion,as brutal and objective as the agressive nature of industrial- bourgeois environment.

Ernst Junger is the creator of the politico-ideological concept of “total mobilization,” which became the theoretical and philosophical base for many conservative revolutionary movements. “Total mobilization” is the necessity for a general awakening of the nation for the purpose of building a new civilization, in which Heros and Titans, bearers of the flame of National Revolution born willfully from the abyss of social alienation, will be at the center.

But, according to Junger, “total mobilization” of masses, nations, peoples is based on a special, unique existential experience, without which the Revolution will either turn into a materialist degenerate form, or will be reanimated by inertial pharisaic conservatives. That is why the existential aspect is given priority in Junger’s works, which show an entire gallery of types of the”third hero” (novels “The Storm of Steel,” “A Heart in Search for Adventures,” “On Marble Cliffs,” “Escape to the Forest,” “Heliopolis,” etc.), who is following the way of inner Revolution, exploring the most extreme and risky forms – war, mysticism, drugs, erotism, borderland psychic states. Nietzsche’s formula “that which does not kill me, makes me stronger” is Ernst Junger’s credo in literature, as well as in life. Just like his characters, he calmly drinks champagne.

In 1995, Ernst Junger turned 100 years old. But time is not imperious in regard to his crystal intellect and dazzling talent. Not long ago, in a letter to the publisher of the Belgian magazine “Antaeus” Christopher Gerard, Junger wrote: “XXI century will be the century of Titans, and XXII – the century of Gods.”

These words contain a short resume of the creative work of a great contemporary writer, Laborer, and hero Ernst Junger.

Heartbreaking Pictures From New Jersey’s Homeless ‘Tent City’ Reply

From The Green Star.

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The dying “American Dream”…

More than 700,000 people are currently homeless in the U.S. and the number has grown 20 percent from 2007 to 2010.

A recent UN report says the way the U.S. denies its citizens access to water, basic sanitation, and criminalizes homelessness is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

So bye-bye, miss american pie.
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the day that I die.
“this’ll be the day that I die.”

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Is the Breakup of the United States imminent? 9

Article by William Van Nostrand.

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In his 1981 book, The Nine Nations of North America, Joel Garreau argues that, because of the vast differences between several parts of North America, the many national borders are irrelevant, and, that indeed, the United States and Canada are not just two nations, but nine nations.  In its time, the book was hailed as a classic text on the current regionalization of North America” by American intellectuals.

Garreau’s idea that borders are essentially artificial must be taken in the proper context; they are not to be used in a sentimental sense which would make them easily appropriated by people who advocate massive immigration between nations.  Quite the contrary, Garreau’s idea establishes the opposite: that in defiance of the widely-accepted idea of huge superstates encompassing many different peoples, a smaller and localized nationalism, maintaining the local character of the people is needed.

The nine hypothetical nations of North America, according to Garreau

Indeed, the borders of the United States and Canada are artificial, with even less historical justification than Russia’s dominion over Siberia or China’s over its various regions.  In the case of the latter, Russia permits certain areas to form autonomous republics, many of which have the limited right of nullification, or the right to enact legislation at odds with the federal constitution.  China allows some autonomy in its outer regions by designating them as “autonomous regions”.  The United States was formed by the westward expansion of the Federal Government, incorporating land formerly belonging to the Red Indians into the newly-formed nation.  The American system also differs considerably, with a bloated federal government which maintains a “one-size-fits-all” outlook on their authority.  In reality, then, the “United States” is just that: 50 sovereign states in a union and that union can dissolve just like the Soviet Union did.

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The Holy Healing Horny Homely Harlots of Phoenix 1

Article by Jim Goad.

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Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, and last Wednesday police in Phoenix arrested what appear to be some of the world’s oldest prostitutes. Judging from their mug shots, they may rank among the world’s unseemliest strumpets, too.

At least fifteen accused “sex workers” were hauled away in handcuffs from the Phoenix Goddess Temple, with three additional quinquagenarian alleged temple harlots busted at an affiliate purported New Age brothel in the flake-magnet vortex known as Sedona. Police are still seeking an additional 17 indictees who may have escaped into the astral plane or simply died of old age. Wednesday’s roundup was allegedly Arizona’s largest prostitution bust since law enforcement ensnared a ring of wizened gila monsters known as the “Desert Divas” back in 2008.

Wednesday’s arrests marked the culmination of a six-month undercover investigation allegedly spurred by a simultaneously hilarious and nauseating profile of the sex-positive House of Holy Holes published in February in the Phoenix New Times. On Thursday, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery triumphantly proclaimed that the Phoenix Goddess Temple “was no more a church than Cuba is Fantasy Island.”

“If the accused hookers are this uncomely, one can only shudder thinking what their clients look like.”

One marvels at law enforcement’s ace detective work in this case over the past half-year. I mean, it’s not as if Encylopedia Brown or The Hardy Boys could have figured it all out in ten minutes.

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Ten Years Later Reply

From Propaganda Lalaland.

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Ten years ago, the violence that the US perpetrates all over the globe finally came back to its shores.

I don’t remember where I was exactly when “I heard what happened”, and I couldn’t really care. What happened that day happens all the time in Palestine, Kurdistan, Sri Lanka, the Congo, Colombia (and usually with US backing). It’s also worth noting that far more people die as a result of neoliberal economic policies (starvation, workplace-related deaths, suicides brought on by horrid working conditions) than from acts of terrorism committed by guerilla organizations.

It’s just sick when remembrance turns into some nationalistic celebration. What’s even more disgusting is this constant notion that the US was this good little country that never did anything wrong to any other nation, and thus it was attacked purely out of some irrational, religious-fueled hatred. Baloney. Terrorism is the natural result of empire. Hijackings, bombings, shootings, labor violence, etc. doesn’t just grow out of nowhere. If you want to end terrorism then stop terrorizing.

What is a Post-9/11 World? Reply

Article by Darian Worden.

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It’s not uncommon to hear that “everything changed” on September 11, 2001. While it is not true that policies that came after September 11 were always different from what was done before, the tragic attacks on that day did lead to major changes. As we remember the events of ten years ago, we should also reflect on how to build a better world.

The attacks brought a disturbing feeling of vulnerability to Americans. A major question became how much liberty “we” should trade for safety. It was far less common to ask the underlying questions of how much it is even possible to trade liberty for safety, or how the circumstances of such a trade would affect real world outcomes.

Politicians sought to lead Americans in recovering from the sense of vulnerability through displays of force and forceful talk. Power was projected outward against the “Axis of Evil,” and projected inward by the fortification and surveillance of everyday life, with comforting symbols and words to reassure us of our greatness: the flag, “Liberty,” “Homeland,” and “God Bless America.” But this was just the continuation of politics in trying times.

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