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Saturday, January 19, 2019

After releasing a damning draft memo that showed the Trump administration planned to "traumatize" migrant children with family separations and expedite deportation by denying asylum hearings, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday called for an FBI investigation into whether Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen lied when she testified before Congress about the policy. read more

316,000 Haitians died in their 7.0 earthquake and 1.3 million Haitians lost their homes. 300,000 live on a barren hillside. Almost 38,000 are still homeless 9 years after the earthquake. 500,000 new homes are still needed. Total amount of aid disbursed to"Haiti" by donors since 2010: $7,538,885,632. 55% of which was given to profit and non-profit companies inside the Beltway (Maryland, DC, Virginia). 2.3% was awarded directly to Haitian organizations or companies. read more

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Unlike our ape cousins, humans require high levels of physical activity to remain healthy. For two million years humans were required to work hard to hunt or grow food. Then civilization set in, with industrial agriculture and now we fill up on instant food. Binge watching Game of Thrones Will Cost You One Day on this Planet. Science has established that the absence of exercise contributes to chronic stress in the developed world, which in turn promotes obesity and disease. read more

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Democracy Index 2018: The eleventh edition of the Democracy Index reveals that political participation is on the rise in almost every region of the world. Whilst clearly disillusioned with formal political institutions, the population has turned anger into action, and turned out to vote, and to protest. The most striking advance has been in the participation of women -- in the past decade the indicator has improved more than any other single indicator in our model. This improvement takes place amid a deterioration of trust in democracy, evident in the worsening of most categories in this year's Index. read more

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dr. Williams examines theories that speculated on possible CIA interference with the Hammarskjöld mission, making the point that the anti-communist CIA had strong vested interests in wanting his African diplomacy to fail. Dr. Williams ends with a strong hint she believes western mercenaries brought down Hammarskjöld's plane, not the official conclusion of pilot error. Many incongruent aspects of the fatal night in Ndola, such as the closure of the local airport (even though it was expecting the Hammarskjöld plane) and the local witnesses on the ground spoke about hearing or seeing a large flash and bang before the "big plane" came down. read more


Not true, I haven't always thought so, but at this point, its clear that there have been numerous contacts and coordination of information and messages between Trump's campaign and Russia. Even Giuliani admits as much now. All this is clearly illegal, but only because Russia is foreign. Otherwise, propaganda is standard operating procedure for both parties. The US effort involves a billion dollars on each side, which Russia cannot compete with. Advertising agencies, Cambridge Analytica and the networks suck up all that money. Even Brad Pascal had a bigger budget than the Russians, who may have actually been on a secret Cohen payroll. So based on these facts I can say that while Russia may have leveraged their budgets effectively they were white noise compared to all the other players. Frankly its more suspicious that Republican controlled States in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin gave Trump the electoral victory by the thinnest of margins.

In my humble opinion the Russian threat is always exaggerated by the military establishment in order to grow their piece of the pie. Same with the Russian military. But, since the Berlin Wall came down Russia has been more interested in growing their economy than waging war, especially any nuclear confrontation. To accomplish this they need to trade with the West. That's why they favor Trump, who has tried to drop sanctions. But the the US Military Industrial Complex was alarmed by Trump behavior in this regard, which could collapse their destructive economy, and launched an all out attack on him. Trump quickly retreated by giving them extra money yet persists in improving relations with his Russian Bankers.

Sweden lost a President who was casually walking home from a movie theater when he was murdered by an unknown assailant, living without any security detail. That crime was never solved, but foreign powers including Russia are suspected. We know the Bulgarians that shot the Polish Pope John Paul could never have undertaken that attempt without Russian approval.

Russia kicked our butt in Syria. But, its possible to recognize that its a chicken and egg problem as in who started it? Everyone has the right to defend themselves, not just Israel and the USA.

Soros was interviewed on 60 minutes years ago. While he has a Jewish heritage, he is an atheist and said so clearly on 60 minutes. Calling him a Jew is a cheap shot designed to agitate those who already hate Jews. Soros has exploited the global financial system and is most famous for breaking the Bank of England and pocketing a billion dollars in the process. But he has gone on the spend his profits selflessly on promoting Democracy here in the USA and especially in the fragile former WARSAW block where he survived WWII with fake papers which hid his Jewish heritage. As a Hedge Fund operator, he is part of a financial system which is destroying any reasonable distribution of income based on productivity. But he is also a realist with a firm grip on what the world is and how it works, which he has used to maximize his personal profits.

Because Soros supports the concept of an "open society" (transparency in government) he has become an enemy of the Republican Party, which openly promotes secretive, unregulated rule by a wealthy minority. Soros is as wealthy as any of the greedy satanic Capitalists that are screwing up life on earth for all living things except themselves. For this reason he represents a threat to their power and profits and has become a focus of a hate campaign. Republicans are experts at using our mass media system to destroy their political rivals. They develop talking points through study groups and broadcast them across the country in a tightly disciplined manner which Democrats lack. There are plenty of people in this country which believe Republican BS. Many even post on this site.

Another cheap shot from Corky on brain freeze. My parents were Swedish immigrants, a country that takes the Russian threat seriously, though unlike Finland, they are free of Russian direct intervention.

JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations for one thing. Its really all the deep State in the USA and former KGB, for that matter, ever do. Anyway the long deep connections between the CIA, organized crime, assassination attempts of Castro, Cuba's passenger airliner, Iran's passenger airliner, Muslim clerics, democratically elected Presidents around the world, Oswald's connections to Military intelligence and the CIA are indisputable at this point in time. All else is speculation until transparency is established.

There is mounting evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. This was illegal and Obama's sanctions were a necessary and prudent response. Compared to the active programs of the Republican and Trump campaign the Russian effort was trivial. Furthermore, the US list of interference in the business of other nations includes propaganda and military intervention on a quantity and scale never before seen on the planet earth. Its silly for us to whine about what we do before breakfast every morning. That's just a sad fact.

Then there is the Democrat's selling out main street to Wall Street. I understand why Republicans always do that. Why did Clinton and Obama do it too? I think you are correct that Democrats remain the better of our two limited choices, but the consolidation of power which the duopoly has effected has crushed all semblance of democracy, now ranked 25th in the world. There is hope, evolving on the fringe of the Democrats and I hope it can capture the public's consciousness. There is no hope with the likes of Pelosi and Schumer. That's another sad fact.

The immigrant Trumph family wants to close the door on all immigrants EXCEPT their mail order brides. Its a ridiculous divide and conquer agenda that will achieve NOTHING.

There is no easy way to restore self determination, peace and prosperity South of our border. We have been using military force all around the world with devastating results for the innocent people we target .The political interference South of our border by the USA has been a source of US Corporate profits an endless political turmoil.

But, there is NO DOUBT, restoration of self determination, peace and prosperity around the world is the only way to end widespread immigration based on flight from violence and the USA is the main obstacle to achieving world peace. The history of man is the history of man's exploitation of man.

It did not start with the United States but, as the only superpower operating with 800 military bases around the world and countless others domestically which are our only true Defense Department, it must start with a change in the power of the deep state which continues to seek global domination for domestic profits of the 1%. These profiteers don't even care about their own population nd that includes Trumph.

Leave other people alone and slowly but surely things will resettle peacefully in each respective language and cultural group. History teaches us these changes will not happen peacefully quickly , but they will never happen as long as we demand everyone else practice a democracy defined by us, which we are incapable of practicing ourselves.

After a period of disorder, in September 1957 Dr. François Duvalier was elected President of Haiti. Known as "Papa Doc" and initially popular, Duvalier was President until his death in 1971. He advanced black interests in the public sector people of color dominated as the educated urban elite. He held power with the Tontons Macoutes who terrorized the populace and political opponents. 40,000 to 60,000 Haitians are estimated to have been killed during the reign of the Duvalier father and son.

Haiti's brief tourism boom was wiped out by the rule of Papa Doc Duvalier and his unstable government. When his son Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier succeeded him as President for Life, tourism returned in the 1970s. Haiti's proximity to the United States made it a popular destination until the Duvalier regime was ousted in 1986. More coups and fraudulent elections followed.

A former Catholic priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was elected President in Haiti's first legitimate general election in 1990 but he was overthrown by the military in another Haitian coup d'état in 1991. In 1994, a U.S. team negotiated the departure of Haiti's military leaders and the restoration of the democratically elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president. In 1995 René Préval was elected as president for a five-year term, winning 88% of the popular vote.

In a 2000 election returned Aristide to the presidency with 92% of the vote. But n 2004, a revolt began in northern Haiti. Aristide and his bodyguard, Franz Gabriel, stated that he was the victim of a "new coup d'état or modern kidnapping" by U.S. forces. Mrs. Aristide stated that the kidnappers wore U.S. Special Forces uniforms, but changed into civilian clothes upon boarding the aircraft that was used to remove Aristide from Haiti. René Préval was elected President in February 2006, following elections marked by popular protests.

Through all this political turmoil debt, earthquakes and hurricanes savaged the island nation. In recent decades elections were marred by violence which has been the primary mode of governance, except when Aristide was President. The Aristide administration has been accused of corruption, and the family lived better than the average Haitian, but compared to any other democratic or military government Haiti has ever had he was a Saint.

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