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Bill Maher Mocks Occupy Wall Street: Says Stop Camping, Start Participating (VIDEO)

Bill Maher Mocks Occupy Wall Street: Says Stop Camping, Start Participating (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 19:40:48 in Comedy

“Well, let me quote Frederick Douglass here: "those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

So we need a popular uprising.

However, there needs to be a critical mass of awareness in order for anything significant to happen. It's like in the movie, as long as people don't recognize the 'Matrix', live in their bubble, think that a vote can change things, they won't fight. The trick of the 'Matrix' is its sheer monstrosity. If literally everything is a lie, your hard drive exlodes.

However, I'm pretty certain that change can't come without the imminent collapse of the current (monetary) system. When that happens - and it will happen - a window of opportunity opens up. Things will get a lot worse before they can get better.”
Bill Maher Mocks Occupy Wall Street: Says Stop Camping, Start Participating (VIDEO)

Bill Maher Mocks Occupy Wall Street: Says Stop Camping, Start Participating (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 16:51:39 in Comedy

“Problem:

"That America's wealth (not just America's btw) is increasingly in the hands of a tiny kleptocratic priesthood of finance cowboys and the politicians they buy, protected by a free fire zone of rules they wrote themselves, feeding on the republic from within [...]."

Offered solution:

"Instead of organizing interstate hootenannies, maybe it's time for Occupy Wall Street to actually participate in the American political process. (audience applause) That means boring stuff, like canvassing neighborhoods, raising money, running candidates for office [...]."

I like you, Bill. But if you're serious, you're playing the Mafia's game. You can't agree on the premise that politicians (and the mainstream media, by the way) are simply part of a fundamentally antidemocratic system (I shall dismiss terms like 'organized corruption' as uncalled-for euphemisms), and suggest that the best way to deal with it is running for office. Whether you're aware of it or not, as long as you're suggesting solutions from the Mafia's divide and conquer textbook, you're certainly helping the wrong people.

It's about time we understand that this is not about 'left' vs 'right', but about the Mafia vs the people, about neo-feudalism vs democracy, slavery vs freedom. They have really perfected their game to play people off against each other, and as long as we don't recognize that, and still engage in fruitless, narrowminded battles about small things - social issues and stuff - they will win. Time for a paradigm shift.”

Trompe loeil on Jun 10, 2012 at 18:16:21

“So what's your plan? How do you intend to change the system?”
Leon Panetta: U.S. Officials 'Reaching The Limits Of Our Patience' With Pakistan (VIDEO)

Leon Panetta: U.S. Officials 'Reaching The Limits Of Our Patience' With Pakistan (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 11:05:25 in World

“3afwan ;-)

Any efffective activism must involve a paradigm shift, i.e. turning their weapons of linguistic programming against them in order to deconstruct their propaganda. It's important to understand that 'WE' are the terrorists, and so should be our language. As the government's ability to conduct these crimes against humanity still depends on their ability to brainwash Western public (at least to a certain degree, as long as they still need to pretend that we live in a democracy), I regard this deconstruction as absolutely vital.

U 2 take care”
Leon Panetta: U.S. Officials 'Reaching The Limits Of Our Patience' With Pakistan (VIDEO)

Leon Panetta: U.S. Officials 'Reaching The Limits Of Our Patience' With Pakistan (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 08:49:01 in World

“Yes, only one remark: please use inverted commas when talking about 'insurgents' and 'terrorists'. You've said it yourself, these are labels used to denigrate the local resistance to Western occupation and legitimize 'our' 'intervention', sorry, imperial wars.”

kodimirpal on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:19:47

“Shukran Jonathan for the endorsement and understanding of the sad realities of brutal neo imperial wars and the misery that millions go through due to wrong policies which are meant to help the super rich involved in the Military Industrial complex of USA. Take care”
Leon Panetta: U.S. Officials 'Reaching The Limits Of Our Patience' With Pakistan (VIDEO)

Leon Panetta: U.S. Officials 'Reaching The Limits Of Our Patience' With Pakistan (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 16:48:45 in World

“Pretty close. There are of course many reasons why wars are fought (resources, geostrategic issues, somebody foolishly accepting a currency other than the dollar for his oil, etc.), yet funding indeed is one of the most crucial points. Wars are not to be won, wars are to be fought. Cui bono? Follow the debt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KvzuDbG-TQ

kodimirpal on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:40:12

“Wars are not to be won, wars are to be fought.
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I have been under the impression that American wars are not to be meant for winning but for destroying and devastating a disobedient country and turning it to stone ages and make the nation take some 40--50 years to rebuild and beg americans again for financial help. What was the purpose of Vietnam war in which Americans killed some three million innocent people, and the Iraq war and the Afghan war and war on Nicaragua, the main purpose is destroying and punishing not winning”

jistinnkees on Jun 7, 2012 at 17:56:27

“Good, nice tobe pretty close. You spot on.”

Susan Shaffer on Jun 7, 2012 at 17:27:32

“lol, foolishly accepting a currency other than the dollar for his oil”
Mitt Romney, RNC Raise $76.8 Million In May

Mitt Romney, RNC Raise $76.8 Million In May

Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 13:39:19 in Politics

“Wall Street has changed its mind.”

blurredmolly on Jun 7, 2012 at 13:47:31

“won't make any difference.

obama/biden 2012”
David Cameron And Other G8 Leaders Discuss Eurozone Woes

David Cameron And Other G8 Leaders Discuss Eurozone Woes

Commented May 20, 2012 at 01:02:06 in UK

“Another option: break up the Euro, back to national currencies. In the long turn, it's actually the only viable path going forward, and eventually it will happen. It's a matter of time, as the alternative would be something along the lines of civil war. Unfortunately, before sanity can ultimateley prevail, the Eurocrats have the ESM in store for us here in Euroland.”

cantabria on May 20, 2012 at 02:47:09

“How do they decide how much of the Euro pot goes back to each country?”
Champions League Final 2012: Chelsea Look To Rain On Bayern's Munich Parade

Champions League Final 2012: Chelsea Look To Rain On Bayern's Munich Parade

Commented May 19, 2012 at 04:27:29 in UK Sport

“While I agree with you on the corrupt and disreputable UEFA - I don't think anyone would disagree - I disagree with the idea of anything being unfair with Bayern being allowed to play a final they have deserved to reach in a stadium that was selected some two years or so ago. What's your proposal? If you wanted to prevent such a (very rare) occurrence, your pool of possible stadiums would be pretty small, or at least you'd have to exclude many of the major European stadiums. Or an alternative stadium for that rare case? Logistical nightmare.

Besides, I don't see as huge an advantage for Bayern as is often suggested. The crowd will be mixed, and there's also something to the additional-pressure argument that it might also turn out to be quite a burden on Bayern's shoulders.

Anayway, games like these are decided through other things.”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 12:35:24 in Business

“I have NOT avoided your points. You may not like it as it's not in tune with your ideological standpoint, but that's the reason why inflation didn't go up, simple as that.

Way to go calling me names while thinking that it's me who has the big ego.”

Yank in France on May 18, 2012 at 13:33:46

“The LTROs were meant to bolster banks' balance sheets, which they did. It would have been much better and smarter for European govts to participate in a real stimulus program, which Krugman and a majority (now, at last!), recognize is needed. That did not happen, as unfortunately expected, but NO ONE expected the LTROs, by themselves, to create strong consumer or business demand. And even if more of that money found its way into the real economy, that does not mean the money would have circulated much because demand is just plain depressed. And the austerity measures here are depressing that demand even more. Under those circumstances, the ECB is wrong to focus on inflation, as Paul Krugman has pointed out again and again!”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 11:57:34 in Business

“Peter Boehringer? The "Goldseiten" blogger? Or somebody who like the blog?”

Peter Boehringer on May 18, 2012 at 23:51:19

“That is actually my name. However, I am not the precious metal expert, although I have read his blog. Three of us have the same name, the other one is a German photographer.”

JonathanStuartLeibowitz on May 18, 2012 at 12:00:15

“likes”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 10:50:25 in Business

“Pretty spot on too, pshakkottai;-)”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 10:15:37 in Business

“Is that supposed to be an argument?”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 10:14:59 in Business

“No, it didn't raise inflation. The reason for that was simply that hardly any of the liquidity reached the real economy.

"The European Central Bank expressed disappointment Wednesday that the liquidity it has pumped into the banking system in recent months has not fed through into the real economy more quickly.

"We had hoped the LTRO money would go faster into the real economy," ECB president Mario Draghi told the European Parliament's Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs."

http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-public-debt.g63

Go shout at somebody else.”

Yank in France on May 18, 2012 at 12:14:36

“You have avoided my points, but experience shows that it is better to let tender yet big egos alone.”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 09:37:48 in Business

“Pretty much spot on. However, please note that this one-size-fits-all euro is a one-size-fits-none currency - which many economists have warned of before the introduction of it, yet they were ignored. It doesn't even fit Germany, which is why your otion of euro/mark isn't quite accurate. The euro fits the German export industry quite well, in that respect it is true.

However, the majority of the German people aren't on the winning side. One reason for the 'success' of the German export industry is wage restraint, as we have a decrease in net wages since the year 2000 which German workers were forced to accept. So the gainings of the German export industry have by and large come at the expense of Joe Sixpack.

Countries need to have their own currencies, currency devaluation and devaluation are essential - or rather existential - tools in the monetary box. Deprived of that, countries can only resort to internal de- or revaluation. But that's a very limited possibility. If Germany wanted to revalue the currency to a degree that would meet the common inflation target, wage increases of an annual 4.5% until the year 2022 would be needed. In Greece, pretty much vice versa. It's an impossible task.”

pshakkottai on May 18, 2012 at 10:35:34

“Good analysis, JonathanStuartLeibowitz!”
Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Paul Krugman: The Euro Can Still Be Saved -- If European Leaders Make Major Changes Now

Commented May 18, 2012 at 08:52:01 in Business

“Well, Krugman is wrong on several counts, one thing being that European central bankers hate the idea of inflation, which the ECB has made very clear in it's double QE spree in December and February in the area of 1 trillion euros.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/feb/28/european-central-bank-euro-eurozone

However, his more blatant 'mistake' is this:

"Think of it this way: Failure of the euro would amount to a huge defeat for the broader European project, the attempt to bring peace, prosperity and democracy to a continent with a terrible history. It would also have much the same effect that the failure of austerity is having in Greece, discrediting the political mainstream and empowering extremists."

It's the very same scare tactics which we in Europe consistently hear from our dear Eurocrat leaders. It's the same stupid formula that Angela Merkel can't stop repeating: If the Euro fails, Europe fails. Regardless of all the misery and pain that this elitist project - designed to make the political union inevitable - has brought to the continent, regardless of the obvious fact that the euro is pitting peoples against each other, who no longer meet each other as partners and on eye level, but as creditors and debtors. "Peace, prosperity and democracy"? I'm afraid you got it backwards, Paul. Go to Athens, go to Madrid or the south of Italy, let them show you. Soon enough, you may also go to Germany...”

swift goat pet for truth on May 18, 2012 at 09:50:02

“ummm... I believe Dr. Krugman has been to Germany this year already.”

Yank in France on May 18, 2012 at 09:37:58

“The two LTROs did NOT reignite inflation in Europe which remains totally depressed! And the ECB has consistently claimed that it has one and ONLY one mandate: keep prices under control. It refuses to acknowledge any need to include maintaining unemployment low, as is the case in the United States and virtually all other developed countries.

I don't know what ideological standpoint your are coming from, but you are totally out to lunch!”
Santander Downgrade: Moody's Credit Agency Reduces Rating Of 16 Spanish Banks, Including UK Arm

Santander Downgrade: Moody's Credit Agency Reduces Rating Of 16 Spanish Banks, Including UK Arm

Commented May 18, 2012 at 08:10:44 in UK

“And some candid talk from Greece today. Alexis Tsipras: Dear European partners, hand over the money already - or else we'll drag you down into the depths...

"Our first choice is to convince our European partners that, in their own interest, financing must not be stopped," Mr. Tsipras said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. He said Greece doesn't intend to take any unilateral action, "but if they proceed with unilateral action on their side, in other words they cut off our funding, then we will be forced to stop paying our creditors, to go to a suspension in payments to our creditors.

"Whatever we do, things will be difficult. But it will also be difficult at the same time for all of Europe because the euro will collapse" if Greece's funding is cut off, said Mr. Tsipras. Both sides should step back "before we reach that point," he said, and find a "European solution."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303879604577410301931020894.html?mod=WSJEurope_hpp_LEFTTopStories

I can't blame him, you're playing your cards as best as you can. I even somewhat like the bluntness in which he's rubbing it in the Eurocrats' faces how broken a system they've created.”
Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Commented May 18, 2012 at 07:18:47 in UK

“Exactly. And we shouldn't talk about "Germany" or "Germany's money", but rather about the German taxpayers' money. Which is an important distinction because one major reason for the 'success' of the German export industry is wage restraint, as we have a decrease in net wages since the year 2000 which German workers were forced to accept. So the gainings of the German export industry have by and large come at the expense of the 'man on the street'.

What's more, the German taxpayer is actually even paying for these exports himself! The reason for that is hidden in the nitty-gritty details of the ESBC, or more specifically the Target2 mechanism.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/the-hundred-billion-euro-bomb-euro-zone-central-bank-system-massively-imbalanced-a-818966.html

The whole system is a desaster, and the taxpayer is footing the bill. And we haven't even talked about the upcoming monstrosity called ESM...

Get rid of the whole Euro system, get rid of the Euro. Restore democracy and the right of self-determination of peoples, restore freedom. We're headed for catastrophe.”
Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Commented May 18, 2012 at 06:46:12 in UK

“Should have been more precise myself. It is very much my intention to attack certain groups of people, but these groups aren't defined by their nationality. Quite to the contrary, they have subscribed to an elitist agenda, unimpressed by popular will, and they will do what it takes to push it.

The 'national' blame game that we can see all around is taken right from their toolbox, the tool's name is "divide and conquer". We must not fall for it.”
Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Commented May 18, 2012 at 06:01:26 in UK

“No worries. It's just so convenient to talk about nations as unitary entities, it just makes things a l lot easier. I routinely fall into that trap myself;-)”
Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Commented May 18, 2012 at 05:53:47 in UK

“First of all, I don't "hate" the French, I'm just stating the historic fact, it was a demand of Mitterand. And I understand the French position at the time, it was simply a formulation of a national interest. They were afraid of a too strong Germany with a way too strong Deutsche Mark, and German domination as a result from that (just as much as the British were). So neither sympathy nor antipathy involved.

So I don't blame "the French" for this mess. There are many scapegoats, and many easy political points to score, but that's not my intention. The Euro is a political project, not an economic one. It's designed to make the political union inevitable, or, in less diplomatic terms, to force it onto the people, which in their vast majority do not want it. Remember that only the Danish and the Swedish got a referendum on the Euro, and they both rejected it. As would have been the case with the Germans, had they been asked.

Yes, the ECSC - which included Italy and the Benelux states - was way before unification and the Euro, so? What's your point? I'm not against the common market, I'm against the Euro and the EU in its current shape and form, which is definitely anti-democratic and actually anti-European, as it's pitting peoples against each other and deprives the people of their freedom.”

JonathanStuartLeibowitz on May 18, 2012 at 06:46:12

“Should have been more precise myself. It is very much my intention to attack certain groups of people, but these groups aren't defined by their nationality. Quite to the contrary, they have subscribed to an elitist agenda, unimpressed by popular will, and they will do what it takes to push it.

The 'national' blame game that we can see all around is taken right from their toolbox, the tool's name is "divide and conquer". We must not fall for it.”
Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Europe Will Do 'All It Takes' To Keep Greece In Euro, Says Jose Manuel Barroso

Commented May 17, 2012 at 14:17:49 in UK

“Slow down a bit. I can assure you that there's no such thing as a "German desire to have a Federal Europe". Most people in Germany don't want the political union, and they're definitely becoming more and more sick of the Euro - which has never been in Germany's interest in the first place, but was a French condition for agreeing to German unification. So please, be at least a little more precise. It's German politicians and the export industry who want this. The German people in their majority don't.”

victormeldrew on May 18, 2012 at 04:22:03

“Apologies ! (for the generalisation) ! However, I take your point about it being the politicians and export industry .”

Hugh Albert on May 18, 2012 at 03:47:52

“Everyone loves to hate the French:even the French hate other Frenchmen! Can we really put the whole EU mess on one pair of shoulders, though? Before even the Common Market we had the Iron And Steel Union between France and Germany. That was the base of the Common Market, and it was in place before Re-Unification, as far as I remember.”
Euro Crisis: David Cameron To Question Viability Of European Single Currency

Euro Crisis: David Cameron To Question Viability Of European Single Currency

Commented May 17, 2012 at 12:17:47 in UK Politics

“You got that right. Well, he was a little more precise: Germany must do more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAbZqgHSC78&feature=youtu.be

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/

Greetings from the bogeyman.”

jackbutler5555 on May 17, 2012 at 13:27:35

“So, Merkel says she's open to doing something on Wednesday; Cameron on Thursday says she better do something.”
Euro Crisis: David Cameron To Question Viability Of European Single Currency

Euro Crisis: David Cameron To Question Viability Of European Single Currency

Commented May 17, 2012 at 10:14:02 in UK Politics

“I don't think many people realise just how bumpy it's really gonna get. Simply a matter of time that it's going to look like in Greece today; I'm learning from someone living there that the banks are already running out of cash. Now, some might think of the Greek tragedy as an isolated problem. It isn't.”
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