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OBLIGATED 04-11-2014 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by fitz (Post 1941267)
Aljazeera? Really?

Al Whor...Gore approves this message:D

Marcus 04-12-2014 12:05 PM

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Aljazeera is better than our MSM, even though it still has it's overlords controlling it.

jackpine savage 04-12-2014 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by fitz (Post 1941267)
Aljazeera? Really?

Did you read the article? What's your source for news? Faux News?

HARVESTER 04-12-2014 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by jackpine savage (Post 1941459)
Did you read the article? What's your source for news? Faux News?

JP, You truly are the new Chuam aren't you? Even Bill M jumped ship. Fox is a poop organization yes, but why be a dickhead? Why keep being a ostrich?


Don't you see that the MSM is completely compromised?

jackpine savage 04-12-2014 09:02 PM

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Originally Posted by HARVESTER (Post 1941506)
JP, You truly are the new Chuam aren't you? Even Bill M jumped ship. Fox is a poop organization yes, but why be a dickhead? Why keep being a ostrich?


Don't you see that the MSM is completely compromised?

I agree. He commented because I posted an article from Al Jazeera, criticizing it without reading the content. That's foolish. Read the article and if you find fault with it fine but don't slam it without reading it

Marcus 04-12-2014 11:05 PM

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It was a good article. Nothing wrong with it. The only problem is that you can't trust that organization to always be truthful. I've seen propaganda from them when the rubber hits the road.

Marcus 04-16-2014 07:51 PM

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An eye opening video interview with an alleged central banker insider and an interviewer that asks the tough questions. Incredible.


Catherine Austin Fitts - Gregg Hunter: Awesome video


Marcus 04-17-2014 08:12 PM

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A very interesting study here. How can anyone defend this corrupt fed gov't anymore??? Well, I know one person that would. :rolleyes:

Princeton Study Confirms 'US Is An Oligarchy'

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"...policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened...

...even when 80% of the population favored a particular public policy change, it was only instituted 43% of the time."...

Marcus 04-18-2014 10:31 PM

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Just Say the Magic Word

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It could turn out to be "the largest real property forfeiture" in US history.

In a breathtaking move, the US federal government was recently given the "right" to seize (also known as steal) a 36-story skyscraper in midtown Manhattan worth an estimated $500 million to $700 million.

It naturally raises the question:

How on earth could the US government confiscate such an incredible amount of private property without so much as a whimper of opposition or critical press coverage?

It is because they said the magic word.

And when you consider the totality of the consequences of using this word, it is indeed like magic.

Marcus 04-21-2014 12:06 PM

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Hubris. Greed. Distraction. Denial.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...raction-denial

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The wonder is that more Americans are not ticked off about the state of our country than whatever is happening ten thousand miles away. The disintegration of Ukraine would be best understood by Americans as a mirror of ourselves and our sclerotic republic, poised to sink into poverty and disorder. Everything we do and say rings hollow now. What used to be called The Establishment has run out of ways to even pretend to save itself. We have no idea whatís next, but itís not going to be more of whatís been....


OBLIGATED 04-21-2014 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Marcus (Post 1943492)

Im no fan of Iran but people need to realize that our government that we trusted has set up a lot of these dictators in power for their own gains.Then when the little monster gets out of line we go to war and the politicians line their pockets again while we bury our boys.Ron Paul was right about minding our own business.We would have a good economy if it wasnt for the scumbag politicians.

Marcus 04-21-2014 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by OBLIGATED (Post 1944073)
Im no fan of Iran but people need to realize that our government that we trusted has set up a lot of these dictators in power for their own gains.Then when the little monster gets out of line we go to war and the politicians line their pockets again while we bury our boys.Ron Paul was right about minding our own business.We would have a good economy if it wasnt for the scumbag politicians.

Roger that!

Marcus 04-23-2014 02:38 PM

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This Is How Empires Collapse
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...pires-collapse

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.Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

This is how empires collapse: one complicit participant at a time.

Before an empire collapses, it first erodes from within. The collapse may appear sudden, but the processes of internal rot hollowed out the resilience, resolve, purpose and vitality of the empire long before its final implosion.
What are these processes of internal rot? Here are a few of the most pervasive and destructive forces of internal corrosion:

1. Each institution within the system loses sight of its original purpose of serving the populace and becomes self-serving. This erosion of common purpose serving the common good is so gradual that participants forget there was a time when the focus wasn't on gaming the system to avoid work and accountability but serving the common good.

2. The corrupt Status Quo corrupts every individual who works within the system.Once an institution loses its original purpose and becomes self-serving, everyone within either seeks to maximize their own personal share of the swag and minimize their accountability, or they are forced out as a potentially dangerous uncorrupted insider.

The justification is always the same: everybody else is getting away with it, why shouldn't I? Empires decline one corruptible individual at a time.
3. Self-serving institutions select sociopathic leaders whose skills are not competency or leadership but conning others into believing the institution is functioning optimally when in reality it is faltering/failing.

The late Roman Empire offers a fine example: entire Army legions in the hinterlands were listed as full-strength on the official rolls in Rome and payroll was issued accordingly, but the legions only existed on paper: corrupt officials pocketed the payroll for phantom legions.

Self-serving institutions reward con-artists in leadership roles because only con-artists can mask the internal rot with happy-story PR and get away with it.

4. The institutional memory rewards conserving the existing Status Quo and punishes innovation. Innovation necessarily entails risk, and those busy feathering their own nests (i.e. accepting money for phantom work, phantom legions, etc.) have no desire to place their share of the swag at risk just to improve sagging output and accountability.

So reforms and innovations that might salvage the institution are shelved or buried.

5. As the sunk costs of the subsystems increase, the institutional resistance to new technologies and processes increases accordingly. Those manufacturing steam locomotives in the early 20th century had an enormous amount of capital and institutional knowledge sunk in their factories. Tossing all of that out to invest in building diesel-electric locomotives that were much more efficient than the old-tech steam locomotives made little sense to those looking at sunk costs.
As a result, the steam locomotive manufacturers clung to the old ways and went out of business. The sunk costs of empire are enormous, as is the internal resistance to change.

6. Institutional memory and knowledge support "doing more of what worked in the past" even when it is clearly failing. I refer to this institutional risk-avoidance and lack of imagination as doing more of what has failed spectacularly.

Inept leadership keeps doing more of what once worked, even when it is clearly failing, in effect ignoring real-world feedback in favor of magical-thinking. The Federal Reserve is an excellent example.

7. These dynamics of eroding accountability, effectiveness and purpose lead to systemic diminishing returns. Each failing institution now needs more money to sustain its operations, as inefficiencies, corruption and incompetence reduce output while dramatically raising costs (phantom legions still get paid).

8. Incompetence is rewarded and competence punished. The classic example of this was "Good job, Brownie:" cronies and con-artists are elevated to leadership roles to reward loyalty and the ability to mask the rot with good PR. Serving the common good is set aside as sychophancy (obedient flattery) to incompetent leaders is rewarded and real competence is punished as a threat to the self-serving leadership....


North Star 04-23-2014 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Marcus (Post 1944771)

Marcus - What you have there is a classic description of how fallen humanity always has functioned and always will function when left to itself. Human depravity is the reason why empires always collapse fall. America will be no exception.

The solution is a transformation of human nature and character into something different - something altruistic, not selfish; something principled, not corruptible.

Sin has corrupted us into a self destructive people. Christ came to save us from that and provide us with a new nature that would be altruistic and principled, and that would put doing right ahead of doing what is in my own selfish self interest at the expense of other people.

That is why we need to be born again. Many people fake it and use religion as the worst form of oppression (think Islam and corrupt Churches), but that does not invalidate true conversion, which moves people to love and serve their fellow man instead of greedily grabbing the riches and advantages of corruption.

If people followed the teaching and example of Christ and the Ten Commandments, the problems you describe would largely disappear.

I hate corruption as much as you do. I think true conversion to Christ is the solution. It is one reason why I continue to talk about it as much as I can. I think it is our only hope.

Marcus 04-23-2014 05:14 PM

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I'm not corrupt and I haven't been born again. I worked for a company once that had a corrupt owner. Left them. It takes a strong person to resist corruption. Only until you've been put to the test will you know.


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