Category Archives: History

Celebrating 100 Years of Fail

Is It Next Year Yet?

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Curse of the Billy Goat
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7th stretching – so it’s root, root, root for the cubbies…

never say die and let’s get some runs!
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Israel vs Palestine

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Cirque du distraction – Bundy Ranch

In this ring we have the infamous team of Hannity and Stewart
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Both Stewart and Hannity skipped, dodged and flipped over a lot of details that essentially makes them both political hacks – plenty of twisting and turning ensues.

You’ll need to catch up on this one…
Stewart: Apocalypse Cow!
Hannity: “He’s Obsessed with Me”


just a few obvious points:bundy-ranch-cow-facebook
Hannity made it sound like the BLM created a mass grave of cows – it was 6 – hardly a slaughter, and under the circumstances the BLM disposed of them properly. If you saw how your burgers are made this was not that big a deal; unless you’re a vegetarian then you already know and it’s probably why you’re a vegetarian. Then he presents more spin by showing pictures of a giant backhoe digging up the cows using just the right camera angle making the viewer think some hidden genocidal slaughter took place.

Stewart on the other hand refused to address that Bundy’s family herds have been grazing on the land for several generations, he then makes it sound like our benevolent government let him continue on for 20 years more – PURE SPIN – the question should have been, why the hell did this ineffective Federal Government drag its feet for 20 years helping to put an American Citizens in this horrible position? Talk about passive aggressive. That’s no way to run a government.

side note: Here’s another example of ineffective passive aggressive government.

This whole thing is a bullshit distraction from some very important issues, what should be or rather our lack of priorities: US sending troops into Poland, interfering in the Ukraine, droning people all over the middle east; including Americans, sending military into Africa, the NSA lies about spying on Americans; which makes Richard Nixon look like a saint, Israel/Palestine (stop laughing), allowing the continued torture of human beings whilst war criminals roam free, and the endless bailing out of crooked banks with no jail time for the crimes they committed.

All of the above reaffirms that the US is too big to fail and needs to be broken up – but be aware – there’s a push to unite the US and Canada (Russiaphobia) making the upper half of the continent  one country hovering in the background, (more on that conversation here).

Bottom line is this whole Bundy thing is a big Cirque du distraction.


okay then, so whatever – if this is how it’s going to go down, if this is part of a color or heifer revolution I guess as they say, let the games begin!


Steps in, Sean Shealy of Burning Man, he wants an after-party over at the Bundy Ranch where you can run naked, enter a contest to measure your penis and shit in the water – click

and things get ugly


Here’s something Stewart’s writers could have reported on – bringing some very needed attention, exposure and could have created a sense of comradery amongst us all through this man, 84 year old Shoshone Chief Raymond Yowell – an opportunity missed by the pretend left .


In this episode of Divide and Conquer the agenda continues as we gear up again for the no choices no voices 2016 right left campaigns.

Aren’t y’all tired of this crap, yet?

How about walking away from this beast and forming an alternative self-sustaining organic community?

- anyone want to get back to the basics?

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Banned in Switzerland

simply stated

if you don’t understand this by now shame on you
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Study – US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy

oligarchsMajor Study Finds That The US Is An Oligarchy
Zachary Davies Boren

The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.

After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.

The peer-reviewed study, which will be taught at these universities in September, says: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organizations: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”

The positions of powerful interest groups are “not substantially correlated with the preferences of average citizens”, but the politics of average Americans and affluent Americans sometimes does overlap. This merely a coincidence, the report says, with the the interests of the average American being served almost exclusively when it also serves those of the richest 10 per cent.

The theory of “biased pluralism” that the Princeton and Northwestern researchers believe the US system fits holds that policy outcomes “tend to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations.”

The study comes in the wake of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a controversial piece of legislation passed in The Supreme Court that abolished campaign contribution limits, and record low approval ratings for the US congress.
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Capitalism

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If you’re still supporting the two party duopoly in the US you are not only the problem you are a slave.
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sadists

ahSomeone asked me for a different word to describe bankers and the corporate super rich. Many words and phrases were offered, but after thinking about this for a number of weeks I arrived at the conclusion that bankers and the corporate super rich are sadists.

Sadism is a behavioral disorder characterized by callous, vicious, manipulative, and degrading behavior expressed towards other people.

Gandhi once said, “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

When you have a small group of people who hold so much wealth, not two or three times more wealth, but thousands of times more wealth, wealth given by the earth for free, transformed and manipulated, and when that wealth isn’t put to good and moral use spread amongst the people through raised living standards, education, good nutrition and accumulated health care from thousands of years of history and public research that makes you a fucking sadist.

If you are a moral human being you know there are absolutely no excuses in this age with all the knowledge and wealth we have accumulated throughout the whole of human history that can not be efficiently dispersed for the betterment of all humans beings on this planet. There are absolutely no excuses unless, you are a sadist.

And if you think these sadist have earned and deserve every penny of their wealth and opportunity; whether by the luck of a sperm, a large collection of suckers or just plan dumb luck, that makes you their degenerate sycophant (ds).
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It’s time to play your part, without any doubt in your words and with every gesture it’s time to decide where and with whom you stand.

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Hypotheses: The super rich control and own everything.
Observations: 2014 – The Bundy ranch made headway with the perceived threat of violence. 1968 – After the death of MLK black communities across the US made headway by rising up with outbursts of violence, unity under one cause. Numbers matter, Organization Skills Required, Leadership Skills Needed, United Philosophy/Cause, Doing The Right and Just Thing, Giving Up Is Not An Option.
Theory: When standing up to sadists and their boot licking toadies they will cower.
Test: TBA

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What to do with these sadists and their ds, thoughts?
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Bundy Ranch and State Secession

Prediction & Harolds

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Briefly: A friend made the argument that folks showing up with guns at the Bundy Ranch was a good idea, unlike #OWS where people showed up with cardboard, sharpies and their good will.

The observation he put forth was, which group made more progress?

He argued that for the FEDs if anyone ended up dead it would have been a nightmare. If Bundy died he would have been made a martyr, not to mention a lot of really really bad PR for the FEDs – and I say PR because Washington DC is nothing, but a big giant lying get-rich-quick ad campaign commercial. Most thinking people already know this and even the dim now suspect it -

The last thing Obama needs after the Big Insurance Gift of failed Health Care, torture, undeclared wars, droning Americans Citizens (albeit brown people), Benghazi, NSA Spying, NDAA, arming Al Qaeda in Syria, and the on going energy economic mess in the Ukraine, not to mention the endless bank bailouts – still going on – and this low wage bullshit economy is another Waco or Ruby Ridge.

So the BLM retreating was not only the wise thing to do it was a very smart thing to do.

BUT, I’m about to go Casandra on your ass – this, dear reader is in no way the end to the Bundy Ranchgate Bunkerville Standoffish Harassment.

Yeah, militia, Oath Keepers and 2nd Amendment Liberty Minded folk are feelin’ pretty damn good right now – they’ve been basking in the sunny Nevada sun and whooping it up, they are #WINNING!

However, most are bout ready to head on home after this glorious battle against armed and canine protected brown shirt bureaucrats. Woo Hoo!

But a lot of these old world Constitutionalists type protectors aren’t living in what 21st century thinkers would call ‘the modern world,’ or if you’re a Terry Gilliam fan, Brazil.

They don’t understand that the Corporate owned FED is forever, like Wall Street Banks they can wait you out on anything – they control the courts, the money, communication and all the red-tape, not to mention if needs be all the guns and weapons they have at their disposal.

In short, Bundy will lose in the end. The Fed will wait for him to die, meanwhile running up his fees and penalties. They will put a lean on his property; if they haven’t already, so he can’t sell unless he or someone else evens up his accounts with the government – Death And Taxes.

It get’s even sadder.

When he dies the FED, through the courts and IRS, will claim it all at the reading of his will and saddle his wife with the rest – she’ll lose everything and then some.

In this modern world there’s no hiding any digit – the best he could do is take what cash he has, buy some gold and silver and bury it somewhere no one would know except his wife. Yet, in this modern world she’d still have a hard time spending any of it, for the banks can easily monitor her buying habits and for everything else, there’s the NSA. Even if the guy took any treasure and socked it away for his grand kids – well… you’re not going to believe this.

So the militias left too soon, but they couldn’t help it, they have families to feed as well. You know it, I know it, and the government knows it.

So what’s the next step?

How many of these kinds of encroachments will Liberty Minded Folk keep dropping their lives for in order to defend the just over the unjust, until it becomes as feckless as #OWS?

There’s only one way out, and the Liberty Minded Folk may like the sound of this word; if it hasn’t been brewing since they became Liberty Minded – they will do what their forefather’s did, SECEDE from the “Empyre.”

Think about it: If Ron Paul ran for Governor of New Hampshire (pop 1.3M) the transformation of that state would be phenomenal. What if Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, or heck, even Michael Moore ran for Governor of Vermont (pop 600k). The city of Chicago has twice that population combined. Thinking people from all over the country would flock to those states if only they had moral and just leadership.

But, time is ticking, they need to start organizing and get moving now.

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another guy who doesn’t care for courts

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ernie wayne ter telgte tertelgte, The Montana Living Natural Man, on Oaths and Bonds
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Was Jerry Rubin a Libertarian?

Are Libertarians the New Hippies?

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You’re Not Going To Believe This

Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts
By Marc Fisher

A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.

When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.

The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.

No one seems eager to take credit for reopening all these long-closed cases. A Social Security spokeswoman says the agency didn’t seek the change; ask Treasury. Treasury says it wasn’t us; try Congress. Congressional staffers say the request probably came from the bureaucracy.

The only explanation the government provides for suddenly going after decades-old debts comes from Social Security spokeswoman Dorothy Clark: “We have an obligation to current and future Social Security beneficiaries to attempt to recoup money that people received when it was not due.”

Since the drive to collect on very old debts began in 2011, the Treasury Department has collected $424 million in debts that were more than 10 years old. Those debts were owed to many federal agencies, but the one that has many Americans howling this tax season is the Social Security Administration, which has found 400,000 taxpayers who collectively owe $714 million on debts more than 10 years old. The agency expects to have begun proceedings against all of those people by this summer.

“It was a shock,” said Grice, 58. “What incenses me is the way they went about this. They gave me no notice, they can’t prove that I received any overpayment, and they use intimidation tactics, threatening to report this to the credit bureaus.”

Grice filed suit against the Social Security Administration in federal court in Greenbelt this week, alleging that the government violated her right to due process by holding her responsible for a $2,996 debt supposedly incurred under her father’s Social Security number.

Social Security officials told Grice that six people — Grice, her four siblings and her father’s first wife, whom she never knew — had received benefits under her father’s account. The government doesn’t look into exactly who got the overpayment; the policy is to seek compensation from the oldest sibling and work down through the family until the debt is paid.

The Federal Trade Commission, on its Web site, advises Americans that “family members typically are not obligated to pay the debts of a deceased relative from their own assets.” But Social Security officials say that if children indirectly received assistance from public dollars paid to a parent, the children’s money can be taken, no matter how long ago any overpayment occurred.

“While we are responsible for collecting delinquent debts owed to taxpayers, we understand the importance of ensuring that debtors are treated fairly,” Treasury’s Schramek said in a statement responding to questions from The Washington Post. He said Treasury requires that debtors be given due process.

Social Security spokeswoman Clark, who declined to discuss Grice’s or any other case, even with the taxpayer’s permission, said the agency is “sensitive to concerns about our attempts to arrange repayment of overpayments.” She said that before taking any money, Social Security makes “multiple attempts to contact debtors via the U.S. Mail and by phone.”

Grice, who works for the Food and Drug Administration and lives in Takoma Park, in the same apartment she’s resided in since 1984, never got any notice about a debt.

Social Security officials told her they had sent their notice to her post office box in Roxboro, N.C. Grice rented that box from 1977 to 1979 and never since. And Social Security has Grice’s current address: Every year, it sends her a statement about her benefits.

“Their record-keeping seems to be very spotty,” she said.

Treasury officials say that before they will take someone’s refund, the agency owed the money must certify the debt, meaning there must be evidence of the overpayment. But Social Security officials told Grice they had no records explaining the debt.

“The craziest part of this whole thing is the way the government seizes a child’s money to satisfy a debt that child never even knew about,” says Robert Vogel, Grice’s attorney. “They’ll say that somebody got paid for that child’s benefit, but the child had no control over the money and there’s no way to know if the parent ever used the money for the benefit of that kid.”

Grice, the middle of five children, said neither of her surviving siblings — one older, one younger — has had any money taken by the government. When Grice asked why she had been selected to pay the debt, she was told it was because she had an income and her address popped up — the correct one this time.

Grice found a lawyer willing to take her case without charge. Vogel is exercised about the constitutional violations he sees in the retroactive lifting of the 10-year limit on debt collection. “Can the government really bring back to life a case that was long dead?” the lawyer asked. “Can it really be right to seize a child’s money to satisfy a parent’s debt?”

But many other taxpayers whose refunds have been taken say they’ve been unable to contest the confiscations because of the cost, because Social Security cannot provide records detailing the original overpayment, and because the citizens, following advice from the IRS to keep financial documents for just three years, had long since trashed their own records.

In Glenarm, Ill., Brenda and Mike Samonds have spent the past year trying to figure out how to get back the $189.10 tax refund the government seized, claiming that Mike’s mother, who died 33 years ago, had been overpaid on survivor’s benefits after Mike’s father died in 1969.

“It was never Mike’s money, it was his mother’s,” Brenda Samonds said. “The government took the money first and then they sent us the letter. We could never get one sentence from them explaining why the money was taken.” The government mailed its notice about the debt to the house Mike’s mother lived in 40 years ago.

The Social Security spokeswoman said the agency uses a private contractor to seek current addresses and is supposed to halt collections if notices are returned as undeliverable.

After hours on the phone trying and failing to get information about the debt Mike’s mother was said to owe, the Samondses gave up.

After waiting on hold for two hours with Social Security last week, Ted Verbich also concluded it wasn’t worth the time or money to fight for the $172 the government intercepted last month.

In 1977, Verbich, now 57, was in college at the University of Maryland when he took a full-time job in an accountant’s office. Because he was earning income, he knew he had to give up the survivor’s benefits his mother had received since his father died, when Verbich was 4. But his $70 monthly checks — “They helped with the car payment,” he said — kept coming for a short time after he started work, and Verbich was notified in 1978 that he had to repay about $600. He did.

Thirty-six years later, with no notice, “they snatched my Maryland tax refund,” said Verbich, a federal worker who has lived at the same address in Glendale, Md,. for 30 years and regularly receives Social Security statements there. The feds insisted that he owed $172 but could provide no documents to back up the claim.

Verbich has given up on getting his refund, but he wants a receipt stating that his debt to his country is resolved.

“I’ll put in the request,” a Social Security clerk told Verbich, “but in reality, you’ll never get anything.”

Grice was also told there was little point in seeking a waiver of her debt. Collections can only be halted if the person passes two tests, Clark said: The taxpayer must prove that he “is without fault, and [that] repayment of the overpayment would deprive the person of income needed for ordinary living expenses.”

More than 1,200 appeals have been filed on the old cases, Clark said; taxpayers have won about 10 percent of those appeals.

The Treasury initially held the full amount of Grice’s federal and state refunds, a total of $4,462. Last week, after The Washington Post inquired about Grice’s case, the government returned the portion of her refund above the $2,996 owed on her father’s account.

But unless the feds can prove that she ever received any of the overpayment, Grice wants all of her money back.

“Look, I love a good fight, especially for principle,” she said. “My mom used to say, ‘This country is carried on the backs of the little people,’ and now I see what she meant. This is really sad.”

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The US is too big to fail – Break It Up!
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Who is this #2

yet another chance to win my stuff
whois this2

winner announced/released Saturday or Sunday
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hint – he was a political figure
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fyi if you win you’ll have to send me your pobox to send you the stuff
us/canada only for the hard stuff sorry
for international I’ll send you a jpg or link to a video
but really this is just for the fun of it
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and once again no fair if you use NSA or facebook recognition software Mr. Zuckerberg
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RUSSIA AND THE OLIGARCHS

this is really worth watching – so much we don’t know

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How Vladimir Putin came to power
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Putin conspiracy
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The Putin System (conspiratorial)
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The Rise of Putin 1
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The Rise of Putin 3
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The Rise of Putin 4
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The Rise of Putin 5
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The Rise of Putin 6
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The Rise of Putin 7
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Banksy – The Advertisers

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‘People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are ‘The Advertisers’ and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs’. ~Banksy
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who is this? #1

I’ll send you some crypto or something if you guess correctly
whoisshe

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and no fair if you use NSA or facebook recognition software Mr. Zuckerberg
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hint - there are songs written about her
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winner announced Saturday 3/22
answer: Grace Darling
come back next week to try again and win some of my stuff
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is that all there is?


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blow your mind

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be the change, k?
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