The destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, 2001. The massive statues, which were carved into the side of a cliff, were ordered to be demolished by the Taliban in its attempt to destroy all false idols.
Can’t Stop, the third single from the album By The Way, was released nine years ago today.
American Democracy: 1776-2011.
It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare.
Sure, some independent media web sites and Jon Stewart warned us about this. Ron Paul & Son warned us about this. Amnesty International and the ACLU have been screaming from the rooftops, crying bloody murder. But the American people let it happen, because the vast majority of us simply didn’t find out in time.
And now President Obama’s advisers are saying he is withdrawing his veto threat against NDAA, so it will become law.
As will SOPA, since it is becoming ever more apparent that our “elected officials” in Congress are not satisfied with their 9% approval rating. They want a 0% approval rating.
I have no idea why Congress is pushing through anti-American legislation that is not only incompetent, but openly belligerent.
I have no idea why an American media blackout on NDAA is still in effect — Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly and the other broadcast “journalists” have been disgustingly silent on what is undoubtedly the most important news story of the past decade. The single most important news story since September 11th, 2001.
Combined, NDAA and SOPA simply destroy American democracy. That isn’t hype. That isn’t exaggeration. Within a few days, your freedom of speech will be gone — post something controversial online, and the government can legally “disappear” it.
Annoy the government too much, or criticize Congress’ infinite wisdom and mercy, and you may find yourself in military prison for the remainder of your life, without access to a trial or attorney. Even if you’re an American citizen on US soil.
This is a brave new world. Watch what you say. Be mindful of who you associate with. You may criticize your government within the privacy of your own home, amongst close family or friends, but do not post negative comments online. Do not assemble. Do not protest. Do not agitate. Do not give “comfort” to the “enemy.”
This is a sad day for all of us. All of our military spending, all of our fortresses and moats, and it turns out democracy was attacked from within, the historians will write someday. We didn’t even see it coming.
I honestly just want to sit and cry.
Someone front me the money for a passport and someone give me stay in Canada indefinitely. Fuck this bullshit ass country.
hey, who wants to put me up in canada… i figure I need to get out within the next year, year and a half. I’m serious about this.
The thing that’s important to realize about the NDAA is that the president currently already possesses the power of indefinite detention. Obama was never threatening to veto the bill because of this, he was threatening to veto this because the bill, before it was altered, would have taken away the power of indefinite detention from the president and given it to Congress. He didn’t want that to happen and now that the restrictions on his power are out of the bill, he’s withdrawn his veto threat. And by passing this bill, Congress will be giving him the permission to detain US citizens indefinitely (in the past, he only had this power because he gave it to himself).
Read more here. This is really, incredibly important to understand.
for sure. However, this among a lot of the other developments happening in the the US are what’s got me nervous. The gov’t has been able to do these things and has been doing these things for a long time. What wiggs me out is the fact that now a lot of these things are legal on paper. It’s now a time where they don’t give a fuck and they’re putting it out on the table.
I’ve already had friends that were raided by the fed’s for 12 hour straight, had the majority of their stuff taken including their children’s poetry, love letters, etc and issued a subpoenas for grand jury trials for terrorist activities a year and a half ago.
This shit isn’t going to stop me from doing what I’m doing, but this is a good excuse to GTFO. I’m getting tired of olympia anyhow
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WE ARE THE 1%
Individually, we each have so much money it would take four whole lifetimes to spend it all. Since we only have one lifetime, we use the rest to set the policies of the United States so that they are favorable to us in every single way. We must ensure that things continue pretty much as they are, for times are very, very good. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, we say. Lately, some have demonized us, but unfairly. We are not the bad guys. Please, take a few moments to get to know a few of our members and see for yourself:
Hello. I am Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast, and I was paid 31 million dollars last year. My company has probably the worst customer service record in the nation. Ask the millions of people who have no choice but to use us. You’ll find that we are, almost universally, reviled. Over the last decade, we have spent more than 10 million dollars on Congress to make sure we have absolutely no competition. This is, after all, a “capitalist” country. Haha.
I am Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE. Last year, we had profits of 14 billion, but paid absolutely no taxes on it. Not only did we not pay any taxes on our astounding profits, we were actually given an additional 3.2 billion of your tax dollars by the government. President Obama selected little ol’ me to advise him on creating jobs, most likely because I fed his campaign beaucoup bucks back in ’08. I’m good at creating jobs, too. As head of a vast international corporation, I helped transfer almost 2 million American jobs to China and other Asian countries. This helped China become the economic powerhouse that fuels our debt. If I hadn’t done this, where would the people of the U.S. have gotten my company’s 3.2 billion dollar bonus?
I am William Swanson, the CEO of Raytheon. I only made 7 million dollars last year, a tiny fraction of what most American CEOs are paid. My company, however, made a mind-numbing profit of over 25 billion bucks, mainly by building things for the military. Thank you, tax payers! Anyway, it is very important that we keep fighting the war in Afghanistan. Very, very important. Also, I understand that North Korea is lovely this time of year.
I am Al-Waleed bin Talal, Prince of Saudi Arabia. Using our incredible wealth, we will buy some 60 billion dollars worth of your finest military technology. I would like to thank you for spending so many of your tax dollars dropping bombs on our oil competitors. The only thing cooler than having all your neat military gear is not having to use it ourselves. Thanks again!
We are Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, etc. We’re here to make it seem like you have a real choice for the presidency. We all believe the exact same things, otherwise we wouldn’t be considered “legitimate” candidates. Although we’d like to take credit for it, we have to give kudos to our speechwriters, handlers, and marketers for making it seem like we’re different people with different ideas. God bless America and yadda yadda so forth.
I am Ron Paul. Some of my ideas are genuinely unique. Many would say that when it comes to politics I actually think outside of the box. I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.
I am Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. I use words and rhetoric to make it seem like I’m on your side, even though I’ve filled my staff with bankers and corporate lobbyists. Me and my buddy, the Federal Reserve, cut the largest check in the history of mankind and gave it to the very people who caused the worldwide economic crash. Thank you for blaming it all on the white guys.
Yes, we are the 1% and despite having all the money, power, and influence, the Occupy Wall Street movement has us worried. We have even told the corporate media, which we own, to ignore, denigrate, and mock the movement in the hopes that it will go away–this includes both brands of media, the openly right-wing media and the right-wing media pretending to be left-wing media to give the illusion of diversity of opinion. We have done this to no avail, apparently.
Republican Congressman Peter King sums it up well: “We have to be careful not to allow this [Occupy Wall Street movement] to get any legitimacy. I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the [genuine] left wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”
Max Stirner wrote that “the poor are to blame for there being rich men”, and it’s looking like the poor are beginning to realize this. They are waking up to the fact that we exist at their leisure.
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Covers of Time Magazine on May 7, 1945; April 21, 2003; June 19, 2006; and May 5, 2011 respectively.
This Picture Is Worth A Trillion $$
House Minority Leader pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleague splay solitaire last Monday night as the House convened to vote on a new budget. (AP)
The guy sitting in the row in front of these two, he’s on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.
These are the folks that couldn’t get the budget out by Oct. 1, and are about to control your health care, cap and trade, and the list goes on and on.
Should we buy them larger screen computers - or - a ticket home, permanently?
This is one of their 3-DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for (salary is about $179,000 per year).
This isn’t historical or anything, but I just want to put it out there for everyone to see.
How to Live Before You Die, Steve Jobs’s commencement address to Stanford, 2005.
President George Bush comforting firefighter Lenard Phelan, whose brother Kenneth was among the hundreds of missing firefighters, on his visit to Ground Zero on September 14