" There is no direct archaeological evidence for the existence of Solomon's Temple. This building is not mentioned in extra-biblical accounts which have survived."”
Craig Gosling on Dec 31, 2012 at 12:03:53
“Helen - Your last comment was right on target and I agree with everything your wrote. I wish there were more ethical religious people like you who do not discriminate against those of a different religion. I wold add one thing, there are about 20% of Americans who associate themselves with no religion. Atheists are Americans too and deserve the same rights and respect as religious persons.”
“He was elected in a 3 way race with a popular independent and a caricature Dem. He got in with 39% of the vote. We've got anti-LePage bumper stickers up here proclaiming our membership in the 61%. He doesn't care. He's even betrayed his Tea Party supporters by apointing the biggest corporate lobbyists to govt positions.
But please don't turn this partisan. Our current rulers could care less about policy positions or political labels. They write the loopholes into the laws and hand those over to their lawyers for fun and profit. ALL ELSE is part of the Divide and Conquer game. We have to stop playing that game. It's our only hope.”
“All this over less than 1% of the proposed budget?!?!?!!!!
None of these people are leaders! They're total lunatics! This is bizarro world.
And all you people commenting in favor of one side or the other are sucked into this insanity. What will it take to wake you up? None of this will change until you change. Come on, get a grip. Get off your ego trips. We've got communities we're trying to have here, lives and stuff.
All this really should have very little impact on our lives. But we give it so much power that we lose our own power. Take it back and most of this becomes irrelevant. What's left would be understandable and manageable in a democratic fashion.
“I agree with your first sentance. But how about using the money spent for defense contractors and big bank bailouts to fund education? Makes alot more sense and there's a helluva lot more money there!”
phill273 on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:55:00
“High-speed rail projects are a waste of money.”
okim5150 on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:53:54
“Yep and infrastructure projects create jobs and facilitate the movement of goods and services, they are a real benefit to the country.”
“The more these guys talk the more I'm feeling they are trying to provoke a revolt. Then they can declare martial law and suspend that pesky Constitution once and for all. Just gets in the way of "job creation" and all, with its anti-slavery nonsense and such.
And I don't want to let Dems off the hook, either. They're actually afraid to stand up against this blather. Of course, if they keep their mouth shut then the corporate campaign contributions and stock tips keep rolling in.
A pox on all yer houses!”
paultec on Dec 11, 2011 at 21:00:33
“Yeah that payoff money is pretty adicting stuff.”
“Has the document on that link been endorsed by any Occupy general assembly?”
nowoccupy on Nov 20, 2011 at 17:38:34
“I do know that many cities are looking at it. I'm not sure of the status. I think that if they were smart they will add it to their toolkits. The doc itself is above Occupy. They can use it if they want but it wasn't written just "for" them.”
“This debate will never be resolved without a general understanding of how "money" comes into existence in our economic systems. Since 1913, with the Federal Reserve Act that created the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Note, we have had a debt-based system. Money isn't printed into existence by the government. It is borrowed into existence. The law allows big banks to create "money" based on the borrowers signature. Big borrowers are often governmental entities (alledgedly the people), but also big corporations and other big banks. Since all money is created through a loan with interest that must be paid in money, there can never be enough money to retire the debt unless new debt (money) is created.
If it sounds like a never ending circle, it is. The bankers make a living (a very very good one) by exploiting a legally created fiction; they do not contribute real goods and services to any economy. They have pushed their security overhead and other costs onto the taxpayers. They are the ultimate socialists, and they care not to share their socialist advantages.
The federal government has the right to create money without attached debt. They could print it into existence. The peoples' representatives could take back monetary policy decisions. They could balance the resource needs of all people.
We need to get rid of socialism exclusively for the bankers. Socialism for all or socialism for none!”
megwright on Nov 18, 2011 at 13:45:57
“Good info, Jim. Thanks.”
acajoe on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:57:05
“hence the "economic problem" too much of the money supply is going out of the country for exports. or being held in the banking system for investment and not circulating through the whole of the economy.
when this happens the government has to either print more money (devalue the money already in existence) or borrow.”
Hally on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:37:21
“Also, thanks for the explanation, and yes it does sound like a never ending circle and kinda ponzi-schemish-like.
I'm guessing things were different under "the gold standard"--whatever that was.”
Hally on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:35:19
“Where can those who aren't expert in "monetary policy" and the federal reserve system learn more about what you write? Is there a book or article(s) you'd recommend?”
“Ms Kennedy, I appreciate you letting us know about this story. I watched the movie 'Crude' a year or so ago and first learned about this massive corporate crime and the aftermath, as well as the lawsuit. The movie ends with the Ecuadorean lawsuit nearing a decision (if I remember right) leaning toward the plantiffs (the victims).
I very much appreciate the update, that the American courts have shot down Chevron's dastardly efforts to override Ecuador's sovereignty and autonomy. I'm also pretty sure that this is the first time ever that American courts have declined to enforce American imperialism, especially on behalf of Big Oil. That's almost encouraging.
But since I just finished reading Howard Zinn's 'A People's History...', and how he continually makes the point that the "System" continually bends (makes concessions as required for its own survival) but never breaks, I am compelled to point out the ingenious "bending" you make at the end of this piece:”
Dec 27, 2011 at 23:41:09
“Cocaine's a helluva drug.
(Cuz she's like a star, ya' know, from, like the 80s n'stuff, ya' know, and, like when coke was the big thing in, like SNL 'n'stuff, and like she was pro'ly doin' it 'n'stuff, and, like, Rick James was, like, big in the 80s, too 'n'stuff, and he said the thing about cocaine, like what I said first 'n'stuff, and I saw it on Dave Chappell's show. So, like, OK)”
“The Tea Party (original, not Koch funded astroturf BS), London riots, Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy the world, Greece, Italy, now Russia. It's time for the Powers That Were to get outta the way. There's a lotta diverse voices and positions out there, but they're honest, sincere. The voices of the ruling elite are corruption and lies only. They'll say anything, mean nothing except "Keep us in power." We're all saying NO! NO Way! NO MORE! It'll be messy and sloppy, with lots of mistakes. But it'll be real democracy, not crumbs for the masses.
“It's nice to see the private sector getting it efficiently and effectively right. Government publications are so full of typos and unreadable grammar and stuff. Outsource everything we can to make a profit out of it. If we can't figure out how to make a profit, it just shouldn't be done. It's just objectively rational; don't even try to argue any other position.”
Nov 13, 2011 at 21:08:22
“Here's a man semmingly who has chosen fear and hatred over love and forgiveness. May he find his way as we are all trying to do.”
fluteprincess on Nov 13, 2011 at 21:52:25
“I don't hate the entire race of people (like I know some do), but as far as the group who PARTICIPATED in the event, I think hatred is a much better route than love peace and roses. Sorry, I'm not loving or forgiving the people that ended 3000 innocent civilian lives. They don't have to like our government, but any individual (of ANY race) that decides that all civilian American citizens are their target is someone I want dead. Consider my way "found".”
“I think your headline is a bit overhyped but it's an important story. Small network certainly, but it's a start. PACs pay premium bux during political season for ad spots, and TV/media corps have their gravy trains. Good to see at least one of these outfits prioritizing truth over cash.”
“I'm not an Xtian Fundy; I read the Bible the same way I read other ancient texts. There's wisdom in there. In this case, Yahweh declared that every 50 years ALL debts would be forgiven. It was called the year of Jubilee. A debt reset, if you will.
It's been almost 100 years since we allowed private bankers to create the Federal Reserve, a non-Federal, non-governmental privately owned corporation with negative-balanced reserves, legislated with conflicting goals of maximizing return on investment for the owners AND determining and implementing US government monetary policy for the good of all. Simply put, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 legalized a conflict of interest advantage for the richest men in the world. The Bretton Woods agreement later allowed the next generation of bankers to extend this authority across the globe, thus paving the way for the American Empire based on the Federal Resrve Note (FRN).
The people behind the FRN have pushed this fiat currency farther into debt-based theft than any other fiat currency EVER! Truly an extrordinary feat of wizardry! Like every other fiat currency before it, the FRN will fail. But it's fail will be legendary, like no other, and we will experience abject devastation or a golden age depending on our willingness to forgive and cooperate, or not.”
“Aasif Manvi just did a piece on Stewart's show about this very topic, just as I was readin git! Cool, huh.
No link yet but if they isolate the bit I'll update with a link. It's as funny as a screen door on a Koch-funded subversion.”
chrisd3 on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:06:10
“The whole first segment of the show was about BEST, Climategate, and crazy Republicans.
I don't understand how the "Republican strategist" Mandvi interviewed is able to feed herself, much less appear as an informed pundit on TV. I have NEVER seen a political operative make such a complete fool of him/herself on Stewart's show. And that's a really impressive accomplishment. She had to best many years of people making fools of themselves.”
“You can't compare these 2 movements. The TP was/is an astro-turf spectacle, financed by Koch Bros and a few other political policy purchasers. Occupy is truly a grass roots affair, which is why it was ignored, then ridiculed by the media until it became too big to hide.”
“Sounds like Newt's using his remaining stage time polishing his stand-up routine. I doubt his campaign has another 30 days life left. He'll need a job but he's so far gone and irrelevant that he can't even get work as a corporate lobbyist.”
bobwo50 on Oct 11, 2011 at 22:58:01
“Another Huffington Post wanabe”
tbsa on Oct 11, 2011 at 22:54:20
“He can always pay his campaign staff with some of his wife's gifts from Tiffany's”
“Gotta hand it to Beck. He's combined shock jock schlock with right wing conspiritardiness. He had a good run (entertainment-wise, audience-generation-wise) but he's washed up now. He's a one trick pony; he should be grateful that his fifteen minutes lasted a few years. Hope you didn't spend it all, Glenn. Yer' gonna need it.”
SOD on Oct 11, 2011 at 00:36:00
“You are aware he has his own media network now right?
He's the conservative and mostly sane Tyler Durden.”