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From its pyramid-shaped throne on the back of a dollar bill…
By Tony Norman, @Common Dreams
“I am the god of the 1 percent. You shall have no other gods before me. I help those who help themselves and visit poverty over many generations to those who would redistribute the wealth that I have freely given to those who luxuriate without guilt in my love. I reward the spirit of material excess because I hate poverty and the poor who have rejected my ways.
“I am a vulgar god who never tires of the misery perpetuated by those who exploit the resources of the planet for tax breaks and personal gain. The smoke of belching coal plants and runoff from hydraulic fracturing pleases me. Let those who refuse to rape the earth that I have made in six days be accursed.
“I am the god of ‘In God We Trust.’ You shall have no other gods before me. Give to the poor (if you must) out of your excess and at your discretion. Don’t be compelled by guilt. The poor don’t need a safety net as long as I, the god of the Koch brothers and Ayn Rand, lives in the heart of every patriotic American. It is money that I love, not mercy for its own sake. Mercy without conditions offends me.
“I am the god of the morally upright. I abhor homosexuals, Democrats, mimes and all who believe in global warming. Those who have AIDS can give all glory to me. It is by my hand that every dread disease except obesity and cancer is visited upon the earth. Do not be fooled: I loathe the followers of Lady Gaga. Women who refuse to submit to male authority are an abomination.
“Those who believe in me know evolution is a lie straight from hell. The dinosaurs drowned during Noah’s day because the ark couldn’t contain them. This is not a mystery if you believe science is evil with all your heart.
“I am the god of war. I love violence and the mindless proliferation of guns in every home. Horses and bayonets proclaim my glory over the whole earth. That is why America is my blood-stained footstool. Guns don’t kill — I do.
“I am the god of the Invisible Hand. I hate the 47 percent who siphon the productivity of my blessed Job Creators. On Election Day, I will pour out my wrath on those who receive the mark of the Kenyan Keynesian. Repent of your idolatrous liberalism, or else.”
Forty-three years ago I got a Social Security Card and went to work on a cattle ranch a hundred miles the other side of Burns. When I first cashed that first paycheck, I entered into a social contract with The United States Government – specifically that if I pay into the system for the next forty-five or fifty years, then after forty-five or fifty years of paying into the system the system will pay me back. I faithfully met my part of the contract, I faithfully paid into the system.
Now the government wants to take away what I’ve paid for the past forty-three years, just seven years short of honoring its end of the social contract… to steal it from me and give to the bankers, the trustfunders, and the jews. Violate the social contract we entered into forty-three years ago. Rip me off, and give it away.
Be forewarned, take from me what I have in good faith paid into the system, and I will no longer consider myself a part of this country, nor bound to its laws, its standards or its mores. Rip me off, and I will collectively rip you a new asshole.
Who better to fight the revolution, than a dishonored Vietnam Veteran?
Via “The We Party,” Minimum wage is not enough for a person to live on in this country, let alone a single-parent or a married couple with only one spouse working. (graphic) Oregon is seventy-one (71) hours a week, though that’s mitigated somewhat by our state $9.50 minimum wage.
This guy (warning, reich-wing terrorist):
Read all of the incredible, sick-making story — which includes some perfectly typical and disgusting bile spewed by some of the violence-supporting left-wing animals who think things like this are just peachy — and gird your loins. Because it’s going to come down to shooting with these vermin eventually, if we’re to retain any rights at all. Patterico wouldn’t like me saying that, I’m sure; I don’t much like having to say it myself. But it’s a mere acknowledgment of current reality: we are in a cold war with neo-Marxists who are trying to steal our country, have already done enormous and probably permanent damage to it, and will stop at nothing –absolutely nothing — to see to it that our voices are silenced. That war must inevitably go hot, unless we’re willing to surrender to them.
“[I]t’s going to come down to shooting … The war must inevitably go hot….”
Change “Marxist” to Colonist and “left” to right and there isn’t much there I have to disagree with. That and it has been my experience that “lefties” are not supportive of violence (which is why I am not a “leftie”). But my oh my won’t they be surprised when they find 1) that some of us are not “lefties” and 2) shoot back. Bring it on, bitches. Half-breed savage, life-long bear hunter, logger, biker and VietNam Vet. I’m pretty sure I can handle whatever you throw at me. Though the friends and neighbors I swore an oath to defend do not “support violence”, I do.
And you started the war.
TPM: Members of Congress aren’t sounding any smarter. In fact, the 112th Congress speaks collectively at a 10th grade level, down from that of a high school junior in 2005, according to a Sunlight Foundation study released this week.
Congress’ conservative members speak, on average, at the lowest grade level. Moderates from both parties tend to speak at the highest level. But collectively, the legislative body speaks at a higher level than the average American, who reads at between an 8th and 9th grade level.
Here’s a little context: most major newspapers clock in at between an 11th and 14th grade level. The Gettysburg Address was at a 11.2 grade level. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was at a 9.4 grade level. President Obama’s State of the Union addresses come in at an 8th grade level, according to the study.
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) grabs the top speaking level at 16.01. Rep. John Mulvaney (R-SC) bring up the rear at 7.95. It would seem silly to suggest that a politician’s speaking level is an indicator of his or her legislative success. Especially when the study concludes that the more words individual members speak on the floors of Congress, the simpler their speech tends to be. The grade levels were calculated using the Flesh-Kincaid readability tests, which equates longer words and sentences with higher speaking levels. The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization interested in increased government transparency.
First up: Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, announced Monday he would resign from the five-member commission that oversees US nuclear power plant safety after a tenure in which he wrangled with other members of the commission over the direction of safety regulations.
Mr. Jaczko’s chairmanship, which began with tumult three years ago over the NRC’s controversial decision to cancel the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository – now concludes on the heels of a tumultuous year attempting to implement “lessons learned” from the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns. He announced his resignation amid an ongoing battle over his proposals to tighten safety regulations at US nuclear power plants in the wake of the Japanese disaster.
Reassuring , aeh? And Fukushima and the massive radioactive fallout bombarding Cascadia that the corporate mainstream media isn’t telling you about?
More than a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a massive nuclear disaster, experts are warning that Japan isn’t out of the woods yet and the worst nuclear storm the world has ever seen could be just one earthquake away from reality.
The troubled Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is at the centre of this potential catastrophe.
Reactor 4 — and to a lesser extent Reactor 3 — still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground, and exposed to the elements.
A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool, and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site.
The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first.
The incredible heat generated from that blaze, Gundersen said, could then ignite the older fuel in the cooling pool, causing a massive oxygen-eating radiological fire that could not be extinguished with water.
“So the fear is the newest fuel could begin to burn and then we’d have a conflagration of the whole pool because it would become hotter and hotter. The health consequences of that are beyond where science has ever gone before,” Gundersen told CTVNews.ca in an interview from his home in Vermont.
There are a couple of possible outcomes, Gundersen said.
Highly radioactive cesium and strontium isotopes would likely go airborne and “volatilize” – turning into a vapour that could move with the wind, potentially travelling thousands of kilometres from the source.
The size of those particles would determine whether they remained in Japan, or made their way to the rest of Asia and other continents.
“And here’s where there’s no science because no one’s ever dared to attempt the experiment,” Gundersen said. “If it flies far enough it goes around the world, if the particles stay a little bigger, they settle in Japan. Either is awful.”
Essentially, he said, Japan is sitting on a ticking time bomb.
Oregon’s own Willard “Mitt” Romney, a trustfunder punk who’s never done a day’s real work in your life, this blood is on your hands. Pro-life, my rosy red ass.
Fools… ”The wealthiest 400 people own more wealth than the bottom half of the American people — more than 150 million people.”
“If you can believe it the bottom 60% of the people who will be hurt by what’s coming out of this conference own 1% of the wealth of this country.”
“And the situation is getting worse.” ~Senator Bernie Sanders
Colleges, like the financial services industry, have become increasingly extractive: whatever financial benefits accrue to getting an undergraduate education, they are more and more captured by the schools, though their ability to persuade students to go into hock to get a degree. And like late housing bubble borrowers, more are defaulting early on, meaning the loans were badly underwritten (ie, many should probably have never been made because it the odds of default were high):
Nearly one in 10 borrowers who started repayment in 2009 defaulted within two years, the latest data available — about double the rate in 2005.
[This NY Times story] in its understated way, depicts clear predatory behavior: students told by colleges not to worry about the costs, to see education as an investment (with nary a thought as to whether the kid wants to major in something that has a snowball’s chance in hell of leading to a decent paying job). Even worse, not only do schools deliberately avoid telling students what debt service costs will be, they even avoid language that reminds the college candidate that he is taking on a potential millstone:
College marketing firms encourage school officials to focus on the value of the education rather than the cost. For example, an article on the cover of Enrollment Management, a newsletter aimed at college admissions officials, urged writers of admissions materials to “avoid bad words like ‘cost,’ ‘pay’ (try ‘and you get all this for…’), ‘contract’ and ‘buy’ in your piece and avoid the conflicting feelings they generate.”…
The financial aid award letters to newly admitted students can also be a minefield for students and parents sorting through the true costs of a school. Some are written in a manner that suggests the student is getting a great deal, by blurring the line between grants and loans or not making clear how much the student may have to pay or borrow.
I warned both the
corporate rags “news”papers here two years ago they weren’t doing the unemployed any favors by encouraging them to enroll in the corporate tool here and go into debt with no guarantee of a job on the other side of it, and now we have students graduating with nominal certifications and degrees, massive debt, and no jobs on the other side of it. Way to go, Bullshiten, The “Source”.
You know that old canard about bankers jumping from office windows on Black Tuesday? It’s just that, a canard, history rewritten by those in a position to get away with it. They didn’t jump. They were thrown. Rightfully so.
Come summer, there will be blood in the streets.