to date America’s military generals have yet to admit any culpability

.. Isn’t this the same mantra all America’s military generals used when covering up American atrocities regarding Abu Graibgh prison in Iraq … To his credit at least Murdoch admitted he failed … to date America’s military generals have yet to admit any culpability  

Rupert Murdoch Admits A ‘Cover-Up’ At The News Of The World, Says ‘I Failed’

 

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Posted: 04/26/2012 4:41 am Updated: 04/26/2012 9:38 am …http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/rupert-murdoch-leveson-inquiry-live-day-2_n_1454754.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=042612&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FeatureTitle&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

 

 

Rupert Murdoch told the Leveson inquiryon Thursday that there had been a "cover-up" at the News of the World, but claimed that he was a victim rather than an accomplice in the scheme. He also said that the phone hacking scandal will be a "blot on my reputation" for the rest of his life.

 

The second day of Murdoch’s testimony before the media ethics panel found the mogul facing far sharper questioning than he did on Wednesday. Murdoch did not back down from his insistence that he had known nothing about the extent of phone hacking at his newspapers. (Indeed, he said that he had essentially ignored the News of the World for over 30 years.) But he said that he had "failed" by being such a remote chief executive.

To his credit at least Murdoch admitted he failed … to date America’s military generals have yet to admit any accountability …

 

pass up an opportunity to utilize

 

…You don’t really expect that America’s aficionado military industrial corporate congressional complex will pass up an opportunity to utilize their latest “big-boy-war-toys” against a “target-rich-environment” like Iran … do you…?

 

U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran

04-28-2012  •  Wired

The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, inc

Why the need to compete…?

 

 

…ALLOPATHIC – – HOMEOPATHIC

  Why the need to compete…?

 

With each passing day, it is increasingly apparent that vaccines are based on scientific fraud. And that fraud has been around for a century (or more). Even the absurd claim that "vaccines cured polio" turns out to be provably false.

Here’s what your doctor never told you about the history of vaccinesbecause it reveals them to be based on fraud!
http://www.naturalnews.com/035715_vaccines_history_fraud.html

 

Homeopathy, on the other hand, has been increasingly shown to be safe and cost effective. Even the Swiss government has released an official report declaring homeopathic treatments for patients will save money for the nation:
http://www.naturalnews.com/035714_homeopathy_Switzerland_health_care.html

ought to legitimately address

… These are issues which “Mittens” ought to legitimately address as he stumps for the office of President …

10 Constituent Groups Mitt Romney Would Screw Over

 
By Mark Howard, AlterNet…Posted on April 25, 2012, Printed on April 29, 2012… http://www.alternet.org/story/155146/10_constituent_groups_mitt_romney_would_screw_over

Last week President Obama delivered a speech in which he reminded his audience that everyone who succeeds in America has done so with the help of other Americans. We are all mutually dependent on the resources and civic projects that keep this country humming. The president made the point that even he was a beneficiary of the social and economic collective advancement that’s historically been a part of our nation’s framework. He noted that “Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance.”

However, in the past few decades, something changed in our country. As Dylan Ratigan says in his book Greedy Bastards,

“[S]omething has gone wrong in America. For the last few decades, the rising tide has been lifting only the yachts. Almost anywhere you look, if you just open your eyes, you will see ordinary, hardworking people struggling. Not far away you’ll find a few greedy bastards making out like bandits. What defines greedy bastards? It’s not merely that they’re rich. [...] Greedy bastards have given up on creating value for others and instead get their money by rigging the game so that they can steal from the rest of us.”

That’s the heart, and what passes for the soul of Mitt Romney, who somehow extracted an interpretation of the president’s words which led to this absurd criticism: “This is a president more intent on punishing people than he is on building our economy.”

Even a cursory examination of the facts makes it clear that it is Romney who is The Punisher. His policies, if enacted, will punish a broad spectrum of Americans from almost every possible constituent group. For instance:

1. Women. Despite telling representatives of Planned Parenthood that he supported Roe v. Wadewhen he was running for governor of Massachusetts, he now says he believes that life begins at conception and that the historic Supreme Court ruling should be overturned. And while the healthcare plan he implemented as governor included coverage for abortions and contraception, he is now fervently opposed to such coverage. He has also expressed his opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Act that Obama signed in order to assist women seeking equal pay and relief from workplace discrimination.

2. The Poor. Earlier this year Romney famously declared that he is "not concerned about the very poor [because] We have a safety net there." Clearly Romney has never had to avail himself of the services provided to those reliant on the safety net, or he might be a little more concerned. He might also not have developed a tax plan that would further cut taxes for the wealthy while raising them for lower-income citizens.

3. Workers. Once again, Romney let his true feelings be known when he gushed that he “like[s] being able to fire people.” That being the case, it is no wonder that he regards unions as impediments to his goals. He blames unions for many of the nation’s economic problems and promised a policy to forbid union preferences in federal contracting beginning on his inauguration day.

4. Gays and Lesbians. Romney is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage and open homosexuality in the armed services. This is another position that conflicts with his record in Massachusetts, where in 1994 he campaigned for a senate seat saying that he would be even an stronger advocate of gay rights than Ted Kennedy.

5. Auto Companies/Employees. Romney considers Michigan, where his father was once governor, one of his many home states. Nevertheless, he was so against a stimulus package for the auto industry that he publicly stated his preference that it should be allowed to go bankrupt. The stimulus was provided by the Obama administration and today GM has retaken its position as the number-one car manufacturer in the world. That was achieved with no help from Romney who even traveled around the country giving speeches disparaging the company’s products, particularly the Chevy Volt which now receives high praise from industry experts and consumers.

6. Latinos. Romney has staked out an extremist position on immigration that will not endear him to Latinos. He has called Arizona’s SB1070, a law that nearly criminalizes having brown skin, “a model for the nation." Romney opposes the DREAM Act that would establish residency for immigrants who came to the United States as children and then served in the military or completed college. But a Romney administration would expect these people, and all immigrants, to self-deport.

7. Seniors. If you are 65 years old, or ever expect to be, Romney is intent on making your golden years somewhat less shiny. He advocates raising the retirement age to be eligible for Social Security benefits. He supports moving funds into private accounts that would fluctuate with the uncertainties of the stock market. And he has proposed tying increases to the Consumer Price Index rather than the Wage Index, which would significantly undercut the purchasing power of seniors dependent on a fixed income.

8. Anyone Who Cares About Civil Liberties. For anyone concerned about the rights granted by Supreme Court decisions, Romney carries a frighteningly extreme portfolio. He has said he would nominate more judges like Roberts, Alito and Scalia to the bench. Even more disturbing, he recently brought on Robert Bork as his new top legal adviser. Bork was the man behind the “Saturday Night Massacre” in which two Justice Department leaders resigned rather than fire the special prosecutor investigating Watergate. It was Bork who stayed and carried out Nixon’s orders. Bork also once called the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “a principle of unsurpassed ugliness.”

9. Residents of Earth. Three words: Drill, baby, drill. Romney is a staunch advocate of exploiting fossil fuels on land and at sea. He is a critic of off-shore oil bans and a supporter of the KeystoneXL pipeline that risks contaminating groundwater in order to enrich refineries that intend to ship the oil products overseas. Although he has said he believes in global warming and that it may be caused by human activity, he is opposed to addressing the problem with regulations he believes would impair economic growth. Because economic growth is more important than having a planet on which to grow.

10. Dogs. Just ask Seamus, the poor Irish setter who was forced to ride in a cage on the roof of the family station wagon for a 600-mile road trip.

Mitt Romney has a resume and an agenda that promises pain for average Americans. He would increase the financial burdens of the poor, reduce the protection of agencies that monitor everything from Wall Street to toxins in foods. He respects only wealth, and consequently, has assembled a program that could be called Trickle-Down on Steroids. Yet he has the audacity to accuse President Obama of wanting to punish people simply because the president’s plan asks billionaires to pay a few percentage points more on their wildly extravagant income.

Romney thinks it’s punishment to return to the tax rates of the ’90s when the economy was booming, but he can’t comprehend the punishment of millions of families losing their homes, thousands of students losing their grants, innumerable sick people unable to get necessary treatment, or communities across the nation being exploited by greedy corporations and politicians like Romney. In Romney’s world it is better to protect one American millionaire than a million Americans. It’s the code of the Greedy Bastards.

 

 

I don’t know about you … but I find this to be fantastic and a turn toward taking back control of our government …

I don’t know about you … but I find this to be fantastic and a turn toward taking back control of our government …

 

Public Distrust Of The Media At All Time High

04-29-2012  •  http://govtslaves.info, Paul Farhi

Charges of media bias have been flying like a bloody banner on the campaign trail. 

…is it just me, but do you also find this just a bit macabre…?

…is it just me, but do you also find this just a bit macabre…?

 

Pepsi Isn’t The Only Company That Uses Aborted Fetal Cells As Flavor Enhancers

04-29-2012  •  http://govtslaves.info, KipNews

Children of God for Life is calling on the public to boycott products of major food companies that are partnering with Senomyx, a biotech company that produces artificial flavor enhancers, unless the company stops using aborted fetal cell lines to te

… Is this really what we want and expect from our government…?

 

 

 

 

… Is this really what we want and expect from our government…?

1) Parents are being denied vaccine exemption rights in some states, where they would be *forced* to submit their children to vaccination. This is being covered on the Linderman Unleashed radio show today at www.NaturalNewsRadio.com

#2) A nutrition blogger in North Carolina is facing jail time for giving out nutritional advice on his blog! Government goons say he needs a "license" to offer dietary advice! The person targeted in this censorship agenda is the featured guest on today’s Robert Scott Bell Show, also being broadcast on www.NaturalNewsRadio.com 

Underhanded tactics

…Underhanded tactics … I’m not sure that is entirely true … certainly “big-tobacco’s” methods are unique and emphasize greed … but they appear to be legal according to current business philosophy…

 

Cigarette Companies and Their Underhanded Tactics

 

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE …

Sunday, 29 April 2012 11:10 … By David Donovan, Independent Australia | Op-Ed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0OOuRshZMME

The world’s biggest cigarette companies made their case in the [Australian] High Court, battling the Federal Government’s attempts to impose plain packaging on their product, fearful it may set  a worldwide precedent. Already, the UK is making plans to adopt similar legislation. One of their arguments is that since the Government stands to save money in the public health budget from people not dying or needing to go to hospital as a result of smoking, tobacco companies should to be compensated.

Managing editor David Donovan, a former tobacco company employee, gives an inside view about just how far big tobacco will go in their efforts to preserve their noxious trade.

As a former cigarette company employee, I have no sympathy for their attempts to challenge the Federal Government’s plain packaging. Cigarette companies have bribed and subverted the political process for too long. I know this, because for three years in the mid-1990s, I worked for a cigarette company in Brisbane, where I saw this company blatantly try to ensure employees, including myself, were hooked on nicotine, as well as their bribery of politicians and public officials.

…Read … Dumbing Us Down…

…Read … Dumbing Us Down…

 

 

Undergrads May Fail Critical-Thinking Test, but Academia Is Failing Them

Margaret Austin Smith, Truthout: "Undergraduate students are not improving their critical thinking skills in college, that this claim is sustained by the failure of a putatively representative sample of 2,362 students at 24 four-year institutions to increase their average score on standardized tests of critical thinking, and that this failure in critical thinking is affecting them negatively in the labor market and in civil society (as indicated by the percentage with full-time employment or graduate or professional school status, and by self-reported newspaper-reading habits)."

Read the Article

“police” force is designed to protect

 

 

Who do you believe our “police” force is designed to protect … If you say you and me … put on the dunce cap …

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UC Davis Students and Faculty Face Prison Time for Peaceful Protest Against Bank

 
By Mela Heestand, AlterNet…Posted on April 27, 2012, Printed on April 29, 2012 … http://www.alternet.org/story/155185/uc_davis_students_and_faculty_face
_prison_time_for_peaceful_protest_against_bank   

The pepper-spraying of University of California Davis protesters on November 18, 2011 promised to be a galvanizing moment for the student movement after University Police Lieutenant John Pike used military grade pepper spray at point blank range on seated protesters who had peacefully assembled to demonstrate against tuition hikes at UC Davis.  The world took notice. Not only did the Lieutenant Pike pepper-spray “meme” spread like wildfire on Facebook and Twitter, major news outlets gave the event coverage, to varying degrees of depth and understanding.

But it seems that the University administration has successfully evaded scrutiny of the role it played in a series of events that began in January at UC Davis when 12 protesters, some of whom had been pepper-sprayed in November, staged another peaceful sit-in at the campus branch of US Bank.  The sit-in was an important political action in defense of public funding of the University and against the replacement of that funding by private contracts with corporations.  The protestors won an enormous victory when US Bank closed it University branch on February 28, possibly breaking its agreement with UC Davis.

 

Banks have no place on University campuses for many reasons. Part of the function of the contract UC Davis had with US Bank allowed the administration’s continued shift of funding of the University from public to private sources. This is particularly problematic when the private source of funding is a corporate bank, because banks make money from rising tuition costs, in the form of interest from student loans.  In other words: university contracts with banks encourage tuition hikes, because banks stand to profit directly from rising tuition, while the administration comes to rely on funding from bank contracts.

This is a part of a vicious cycle that is destroying the public character of the UC system — and costing thousands of dollars to students in increased tuition and long-term debt every year.  Just six years ago, tuition at the University of California was $5,357. Tuition is currently $12,192. According to current proposals, it will be $22,068 by 2015-2016, amounting to a 312% increase in just 10 years. These tuition hikes increasingly force more and more students out of higher education altogether and put untenable financial burdens on those who must take out crippling loans and work extra jobs for an education that is now public in name only.

The protestors’ success in this fight against the privatization agenda of the University should be cause for celebration; however, on March 29, nearly a month after the bank pulled out of UC Davis, the 11 students and 1 professor involved in the sit-in received orders to appear at Yolo County Superior Court.  At the request of the UC Davis administration, District Attorney Jeff Reisig is charging the so-called Davis Dozen with 20 counts each of obstructing movement in a public place, and one count of conspiracy.  If convicted, the protesters could each face up to 11 years each in prison, and $1 million in damages.  The UC Davis administration is sending a clear message to protesters: dissent will not be tolerated.  And those who do protest will face a violence much more pernicious than pepper-spraying at the hands of Lieutenant Pike.

Unfortunately, this time around there is no graphic youtube video that could potentially go viral and capture the psychological and financial stress the protesters are under as they face the possibility of having to leave school and, even worse, say goodbye to friends, family, partners and children as they go off to serve time in the California penal system.  There is no video to elicit gasps of horror at the threat of a lifetime of financial ruin that the protesters face.  There is no video to show the unremitting repression of their democratic right to freedom of assembly and political protest. 

There is no video to capture the machinations of the UC Davis administration, under the direction of Chancellor Linda Katehi, who appears to be seeking retribution for the pending ACLU lawsuit against the university for the pepper spray incident.  Whereas no charges were filed against the protestors after the pepper spray incident, the District Attorney is now quite willing to prosecute the 12 demonstrators charged with “obstructing movement in a public place”.

Obstructing movement in a public place? That sounds a whole lot like an ad hoc law designed to silence dissent. And what better time for the UC Davis Administration to subject protesters to an absurd version of the law than when nobody is watching?  If the world were watching, surely we would ask why these peaceful protesters could be sentenced to 11 years in prison, which, for the sake of comparison, is the maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter in the state of California.  It bears repeating: students and faculty who put their educations, careers, families as well as their own bodies on the line to defend the accessibility of public education for all, now stand to serve the same sentence as a felon who has killed another human being. 

The pepper spraying of UC Davis students shocked the nation, but the persecution that the Davis Dozen protesters face is far worse.  It is life-altering for them. We cannot allow the story of the Davis Dozen to fall through the cracks, even though it might not strike a chord as immediately visceral as the now infamous video of Lieutenant Pike attacking students with a chemical agent. Let us reflect on the tragic irony that the state funding that should be allocated to aiding the intellectual growth and development of the 11 students involved in the sit-in might be funneled towards their incarceration.  The modest salary that is paid to a professor, committed enough to advocate for public education might be replaced by state money to keep this highly gifted professional locked up.

And indeed, if we look at where the state money paid by the people of California for services to foster the common good, we can plainly see that this scenario is a sinister microcosm.  In 2011, the UC and CSU systems account for $5.6 billion of state funding, while the prisons are receiving $9.6 billion dollars from the state.  The state spends about $50,000 per inmate each year.  We cannot look the other way and allow the boot of the penal system to fall on these protesters, while corrupt University administrators secure the way to enrich the 1% on California’s dime with impunity and at the expense of public education.  We must immediately demand that all charges be dropped against the Davis Dozen.

Their petition: http://davisdozen.org/petition.php

 

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