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Posted on September 6 at 9:57 a.m.
Of 248 armed conflicts since World War II, the USA instigated 201, killing 30 million people, more than 90% of whom were civilians:
'Earth: 248 armed conflicts after WW2; US started 201 (81%), killing 30 million'http://www.examiner.com/article/earth...
So, on average — and considering that all 201 conflicts were illegal, as they were against countries that did not attack the USA and posed no threat to it — the USA has murdered about 500,000 people per year, every year for the past 70 years, and maimed and driven from their homes multiples more.
In the long run Washington DC will have to be dealt with for there to be any prospects of a genuine and lasting peace on this planet.
When the criminal oligarchs and warmongering politician-psychopaths in Washington DC are gone, all the problems that the nations of the world are now facing — al-CIAda, Boko Haram, ISIS, Ukraine Nazis, Muslim "separatists" in China, etc. — can be cleared up, most probably within a year.
Cut off the head and the many tentacled serpent dies.
'UKRAINE: Lois Capps gets her war: Neo-Nazis burn dozens to death in Odessa; Neo-Nazi armor heading east, attacking Russian-Ukrainians'https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/S...
On The Roots of ISIS
Posted on August 2 at 1:09 p.m.
'California Halts Fracking Waste Injections; Fears "Danger To Life, Health, & Natural Resources"'http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07...ZeroHedge19 July 2014
Industry lies go well beyond the environmental destruction.
Here's a whopper….
"There is so much oil in the Monterey Shale that it could create millions of middle-class jobs if North Dakota-style drilling were allowed."
…which is based on the industry lie that 25 times more oil can be recovered here than recent official figures indicate:
'U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96%'http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi...Los Angeles Times20 May 2014
The decline rate of fracked wells is unprecedented; in the Bakken, legacy decline is 71% of new production. This article, that includes four charts, details this (in regard to fracking in the Bakken):
'The Coming Bust of the Great Bakken Oil Field'http://srsroccoreport.com/the-coming-...SRSrocco Report16 November 2013
So the economic benefits — if any — are extremely short-term, but environmental damages can be forever.
Then there's this, regarding a Cornell University study:
‘New Research Strengthens Link Between Shale Drilling And Earthquakes’http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07...ZeroHedge7 July 2014
This article details the significant positive results of the cumulative actions of small towns acting independently in upstate New York:
'NY Anti-Fracking Ruling Deals Blow To Shale Industry'http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07...ZeroHedge1 July 2014
"In the past six years, towns and cities across New York have acted on their own, passing municipal bans. One, the upstate town of Dryden, was taken to court by an energy company after it prohibited fracking.
"By a 5-2 vote, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled that the actions taken by local communities to restrict fracking amounted to a 'reasonable exercise' of their zoning authority, particularly since high levels of drilling 'would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated small-town character of their communities.'
"The court decision could have a deflating effect on future drilling prospects in New York, even if the statewide moratorium is lifted. Although there are plenty of counties and cities that would support fracking, the patchwork of municipal bans could make drilling on a large scale difficult. Navigating the maze of municipal zoning laws could deter investment altogether."
On Taxpayers Should Oppose Proposed Fracking Ban
Posted on July 4 at 8:02 a.m.
Excellent points (and incidentally, regarding attempts to disparage this piece, or any other, based on what the author chose not to focus on (!), or baseless conjecture that, in using the term "imperial president" the author considers only the current president imperial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man ).
" 'There is extreme government lawlessness, disrespect for the Constitution, and an “imperial president.' ” :
As I suspect the author is aware, as certainly many are, the endless wars, including the sham "war on terror" increasingly directed at the population of "the Homeland" are one of the primary causes.
Among other reasons for these wars, both foreign and domestic: they provide massive welfare for huge corporations and the elite. Just two of them, Iraq and Afghanistan, have transferred $4 TRILLION from the 99.9% to the .1%.
Illegal military attacks against countries that did not attack us, and illegal domestic attacks against our civil liberties, are all driven by the USA federal government's cockamamie 9/11 conspiracy theory, a theory that, as early at 2003, polls indicated only 25% of New York City residents believe, and that dozens of foreign intelligence agencies have laughed at since its inception.
For distribution at 4th of July events, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth [ http://www.ae911truth.org/ ] just released [ http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d... ] a powerful brochure.
From the cover ( [ ] are mine, for the purposes of this comment ):
9/11 Truth - Good for America!
• Stops Wars of Aggression [i.e. corporate welfare: $4 trillion just for Iraq and Afghanistan]• Restores Our Economy [by eliminating most corporate welfare: $4 trillion just for Iraq and Afghanistan]• Terminates the NSA's Unconstitutional Global Spying• Restores Our Civil Liberties• Abolishes the Torture, Extraordinary Rendition, and Assassination of U.S. Citizens• Restores Our Country's Moral Foundation and Our Faith in Our Government
One can access the digital version of the brochure by clicking here:
(Use the left and right arrows to navigate to and from the cover, the two inside panels, and the back; click any page to enlarge.)
The brochure insert, highlighting the key evidence at *all three* collapsed buildings of the World Trade Center, can be accessed here:
( For more on 9/11, and why unravelling the USA government conspiracy theory regarding it is essential to restoring our freedoms, see:
On Happy Birthday, America
Posted on July 4 at 4:41 a.m.
ASchoen wrote:"If there are further questions on the specifics of the bill, please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com."
I suspect that, like myself, other participants here in this online public discussion hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent, whether they typically submit comments or not, might be wondering:
Other than working for the government, who the hell are you, and why do you feel it's appropriate to attempt to hijack this public discussion and take it private?
On Supes Back Williams Gun Bill
Posted on July 3 at 7:53 p.m.
DavyBrown wrote:"...fails to respond to my critique of the Russian religious-nationalist propaganda site.."
I've not responded to what you consider to be "critiques" because I'm 100% confident that *all* readers with average or higher IQs clearly understand that they certainly are not critiques, and that, in order to critique something, one must refute the *substance.*
But these puerile potshots at authors, the particular website a piece happens to be posted on (even if it's a guest post), and assorted other ad hominems and rubbish are becoming so tiresome that I'll spoon-feed this concept to you:
(1) Click here:https://paulwilkinson.files.wordpress...
(2) Linger, as long as required, at the first step, from the bottom, of the colorful pyramid. Then proceed to the second step, and repeat. Click here [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem ] if you're still confused, and read as many times as needed until there is some understanding.
(3) Go back here:https://paulwilkinson.files.wordpress...
(4) Work your way up the colorful pyramid, spending as much time on each step as needed for understanding.
On Nothing New in the West
Posted on July 3 at 6:56 p.m.
For those following Ukraine, some *possible* good news — out of Florida ;-) — thanks to Russia (particularly Foreign Minister Lavrov) working with Germany and France:
'Joint Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany'http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/201...
"The Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine strongly reconfirm their commitment to sustainable peace and stability in Ukraine. In this context they stress the necessity of a sustainable ceasefire, to be agreed upon swiftly and to be observed by all concerned, thus putting an end to violence in Eastern Ukraine.
"Ministers urge that the Contact Group should resume no later than July 5th with the goal of reaching an unconditional and mutually agreed sustainable cease-fire. This cease-fire should be monitored by the OSCE…
"…Commentary: potentially, this could be huge. Of course, considering that the Ukie side has, so far, violated every single agreement it signed, this could also be just one more irrelevant document. But, if the junta came to the realization that its offensive against Novorussia is going absolutely nowhere from a military point of view and that its only result is to worsen the junta's image in the general public opinion (it was, after all, the junta which resumed hostilities), then this might indicate that Kiev is slowly coming to realize that its plan to either defeat the resistance or draw Russia in is failing.
"…As Juan [author of the COMBAT SITREPS at 'The Vineyard of the Saker'] always says, this will get worse before it gets better, but there are increasing signs that the junta is coming to the realization that the US imposed strategy has very little, if any, chance to work."
[ Ukraine war protests in Athens, Paris, Sydney, Rome ]http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07...
I reported on some of the early protests in Europe and New York at the 'Santa Barbara Progressive Coalition' here, on 1 June (includes three images and an 83-second video of Germans heckling Merkel):
'UKRAINE: awakening to USA / EU / NATO lies; Germans resist USA Nazis; Kucinich; ANSWER; VFP petition'https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/S...
Posted on July 3 at 6:24 p.m.
Ken_Volok wrote:"Ray McGovern works with..."
Posted on July 3 at 6:14 p.m.
JarvisJarvis wrote:""Troubled owners" does need to include anyone using the psycho-trophic drugs now long linked to the commission of mass murders."
I'm 100% in agreement regarding the second half of the sentence above, and I like the adjective "neurotoxic" in reference to these substances produced and distributed by transnational drug dealers, up to 80% of which, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, are criminal organizations [ http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/... ]. Also see bottom of this comment.
But I'd need to know details of the mechanism, particularly whether due process would be employed, before supporting JarvisJarvis' first seven words above.
Regarding US military veterans, for instance, the federal government recently released a formal document essentially indicating that it considers all US military veterans to be "suspected terrorists."
Not only is the FBI, via its nationwide operation, 'Vigilant Eagle,' targeting veterans who speak out against illegal federal government policies [ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S... ], but one of the most corrupt members of the US congress, Dianne Feinstein [CA], is targeting veterans via her asinine suggestion that PTSD only affects veterans. More than 150,000 veterans have already been denied their Second Amendment rights, with no due process, some murdered by SWAT teams in the process, for responsibly seeking treatment for PTSD.
Shawn J Gourley, co-founder, Military with PTSD, writes [ http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-939519 ]:
"Senator Feinstein, your bill already has an exemption for retired law enforcement officers, but did you know nationwide, it's estimated as many as 18 percent of police are suffering from PTSD according to a CBS News article in 2012? So I ask you: Why are 100 percent of veterans being stripped of the right to own these types of firearms because of "no way to verify that there was no impairment of that individual," that might affect only 30 percent of that population, but you seem to have no problem allowing assault weapons [i.e. modern rifles with black plastic stocks] to law enforcement officers, of which 18 percent may be suffering from this same "impairment," as you say? PTSD in a veteran is the equivalent of PTSD in law enforcement officers. They all have the same symptoms."
At the bottom at this page...
…one can find Corporate Research Project rap sheets for:
• AstraZeneca • Eli Lilly• GlaxoSmithKlein• Merck• Novartis• Phizer
Posted on July 3 at 2:09 p.m.
nitrogen wrote:"...failure rate...In some regards it is far worse than fracking."
Assuming *failure rate* is not the same as *decline rate*, I wonder if the *decline rate* is similar or worse as well. If so, especially taking this into consideration...
^ includes map of California Monterey Shale formations
...people need to know (as they're certainly not going to be informed of this by the industry or the government) that this decline rate is unprecedented (in the Bakken, legacy decline is 71% of new production). So the economic benefits, if any, can be "flash in the pan," but environmental damages can be forever.
This article, which includes four charts, details this (in regard to fracking in the Bakken):
'The Coming Bust of the Great Bakken Oil Field'http://srsroccoreport.com/the-coming-...
On Water Contamination, Too
Posted on July 3 at 1:29 p.m.
Ken_Volok wrote:"...As for pop tarts, some people are really desperate to make themselves relevant..."
In the event any readers besides Ken_Volok are unfamiliar with the reference:
'Gov. Scott signs 'Pop-Tart' bill meant to curb student suspensions'http://www.orlandosentinel.com/featur...
Regarding government-sanctioned child abuse, I could probably assemble, in just a few minutes, fifteen or twenty articles from my browser bookmarks that detail how children as young as five years old are being seriously emotionally abused (and sometimes physically as well) in government schools for the most absurd "infractions." Essentially, they're being prepared for life in prison, whether that prison is housed in a building or is open-air, stretching from "sea to shining sea."
Those abuses increasingly include intense questioning, without a parent present, about the child's home life.