The Retarded States of America

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wo 16 mei 2012, 19:29

Privatisatie, een teken van armoede

Het verval en de privatisering van Detroit
16 mei 2012 - 13:28
http://www.360mag.nl/in-het-nieuws/792- ... an-detroit


Detroit is zo arm geworden dat de burgemeester 2.500 ambtenaren wil ontslaan en alle overheidsdiensten wil privatiseren.

Detroit, ooit een trotse en welvarende industriestad, ziet er tegenwoordig uit als een kapotte stad in een oorlogsgebied. Detroit is zo arm geworden (de gemeente heeft een schuld van ruim 13 miljard dollar) dat burgemeester Dave Bing 2.500 ambtenaren wil ontslaan en alle overheidsdiensten wil privatiseren. Dat zou een besparing van 250 miljoen dollar per jaar opleveren.

Fotograaf en multimediajournalist maakte een fotoreportage over het verval van Detroit voor The Atlantic.

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di 22 mei 2012, 05:16

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Hooggerechtshof VS: torenhoge boete voor downloaden blijft staan
http://www.privacynieuws.nl/nieuwsoverz ... staan.html


Een Amerikaanse student die in 2009 werd veroordeeld tot het betalen van 675 duizend dollar (bijna 530 duizend euro) voor het illegaal downloaden en online delen van 30 muzieknummers, moet die boete gewoon betalen.

De student was aangeklaagd door de Recording Industry Association of America. Een jury legde hem in 2009 de boete van 22 duizend dollar per nummer op, maar een federale rechtbank schrapte dat later omdat de boete excessief en niet in lijn met de grondwet zou zijn.

Een aantal grote platenmaatschappijen, waaronder Sony BMG Music Entertainment en Warner Brothers, deden hun beklag over het schappen van de boete. Een federaal hof van beroep stelde hen in het gelijk, en oordeelde dat Tenenbaum alsnog moest betalen.

De student tekende hoger beroep aan, maar het Amerikaanse Hooggerechtshof weigerde vandaag het hoger beroep, te behandelen. Het Hof heeft dat besluit niet nader toegelicht.

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za 26 mei 2012, 03:57

Hoe geQ wil je het hebben, over een paar jaar word je elke avond op de bank vast gespijkerd om twee uur verplicht reclame te kijken.

Drie Amerikaanse tv-zenders klagen tv-provider Dish aan om een set-top box waarmee kijkers advertenties automatisch kunnen overslaan bij het kijken van vooraf opgenomen tv-programma's.
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25 mei 2012 20:19
http://www.powned.tv/nieuws/media/2012/ ... eclam.html


De digitale video recorder werd begin 2012 door Dish Network op de markt gebracht. Sinds 10 mei is daar de "auto-hop"-functie aan toegevoegd, die het kijkers mogelijk maakt om reclameblokken volledig over te slaan tijdens het kijken van opgenomen programma's.

Fox, NBC en CBS willen met de rechtszaak voorkomen dat ze inkomsten mislopen doordat kijkers hun adverteerders niet meer zien. De advertenties zijn volgens de tv-zenders hun belangrijkste bron van inkomsten.
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:silly: Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you (and they include 'pork', 'cloud' and 'Mexico')

Department of Homeland Security forced to release list following freedom of information request
Agency insists it only looks for evidence of genuine threats to the U.S. and not for signs of general dissent

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.

As well as terrorism, analysts are instructed to search for evidence of unfolding natural disasters, public health threats and serious crimes such as mall/school shootings, major drug busts, illegal immigrant busts.

The list has been posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center - a privacy watchdog group who filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act before suing to obtain the release of the documents.

In a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, the centre described the choice of words as 'broad, vague and ambiguous'.

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Mitt Romney’s Jewish rival stays in the race
By Ron Kampeas

May 23, 2012
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I met Fred Karger a year or so ago at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas.

He is determinedly cheerful although mindful that he is not going to get the Republican nod for president.

As Tablet and others have reported, Karger -- who is gay and Jewish -- is set on moving his party toward embracing rights for gays.

Still, Karger has shown greater staying power than Mitt Romney's other rivals.

He's running ads embarrassing the putative nominee on cable news channels in California, ahead of next month's primary.

Here, he likens himself to his former boss, Ronald Reagan, and Mitt Romney to PeeWee Herman -- for allegedly caving to anti-gay activists by sidelining a gay spokesman.

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How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren

Good News Clubs' evangelism in schools is already subverting church-state separation. Now they justify murdering nonbelievers


The Bible has thousands of passages that may serve as the basis for instruction and inspiration. Not all of them are appropriate in all circumstances.

The story of Saul and the Amalekites is a case in point. It's not a pretty story, and it is often used by people who don't intend to do pretty things. In the book of 1 Samuel (15:3), God said to Saul:

"Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."

Saul dutifully exterminated the women, the children, the babies and all of the men – but then he spared the king. He also saved some of the tastier looking calves and lambs. God was furious with him for his failure to finish the job.

The story of the Amalekites has been used to justify genocide throughout the ages. According to Pennsylvania State University Professor Philip Jenkins, a contributing editor for the American Conservative, the Puritans used this passage when they wanted to get rid of the Native American tribes. Catholics used it against Protestants, Protestants against Catholics. "In Rwanda in 1994, Hutu preachers invoked King Saul's memory to justify the total slaughter of their Tutsi neighbors," writes Jenkins in his 2011 book, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses (HarperCollins).

This fall, more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, are scheduled to receive instruction in the lessons of Saul and the Amalekites in the comfort of their own public school classrooms. The instruction, which features in the second week of a weekly "Bible study" course, will come from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club.

There are now over 3,200 clubs in public elementary schools, up more than sevenfold since the 2001 supreme court decision, Good News Club v Milford Central School, effectively required schools to include such clubs in their after-school programing.

The CEF has been teaching the story of the Amalekites at least since 1973. In its earlier curriculum materials, CEF was euphemistic about the bloodshed, saying simply that "the Amalekites were completely defeated." In the most recent version of the curriculum, however, the group is quite eager to drive the message home to its elementary school students. The first thing the curriculum makes clear is that if God gives instructions to kill a group of people, you must kill every last one:

"You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites (AM-uh-leck-ites) – people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left."

"That was pretty clear, wasn't it?" the manual tells the teachers to say to the kids.

The CEF and the legal advocacy groups that have been responsible for its tremendous success over the past ten years are determined to "Knock down all doors, all the barriers, to all 65,000 public elementary schools in America and take the Gospel to this open mission field now! Not later, now!" in the words of a keynote speaker at the CEF's national convention in 2010. The CEF wants to operate in the public schools, rather than in churches, because they know that young children associate the public schools with authority and are unable to distinguish between activities that take place in a school and those that are sponsored by the school.

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Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.
By DAVID K. SHIPLER

Published: April 28, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opini ... ted=1&_r=2



THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts.


But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.

When an Oregon college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, thought of using a car bomb to attack a festive Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the F.B.I. provided a van loaded with six 55-gallon drums of “inert material,” harmless blasting caps, a detonator cord and a gallon of diesel fuel to make the van smell flammable. An undercover F.B.I. agent even did the driving, with Mr. Mohamud in the passenger seat. To trigger the bomb the student punched a number into a cellphone and got no boom, only a bust.

This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones? Judging by their official answers, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are sure of themselves — too sure, perhaps.

Carefully orchestrated sting operations usually hold up in court. Defendants invariably claim entrapment and almost always lose, because the law requires that they show no predisposition to commit the crime, even when induced by government agents. To underscore their predisposition, many suspects are “warned about the seriousness of their plots and given opportunities to back out,” said Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman. But not always, recorded conversations show. Sometimes they are coaxed to continue.

Undercover operations, long practiced by the F.B.I., have become a mainstay of counterterrorism, and they have changed in response to the post-9/11 focus on prevention. “Prior to 9/11 it would be very unusual for the F.B.I. to present a crime opportunity that wasn’t in the scope of the activities that a person was already involved in,” said Mike German of the American Civil Liberties Union, a lawyer and former F.B.I. agent who infiltrated white supremacist groups. An alleged drug dealer would be set up to sell drugs to an undercover agent, an arms trafficker to sell weapons. That still happens routinely, but less so in counterterrorism, and for good reason.

“There isn’t a business of terrorism in the United States, thank God,” a former federal prosecutor, David Raskin, explained.

“You’re not going to be able to go to a street corner and find somebody who’s already blown something up,” he said. Therefore, the usual goal is not “to find somebody who’s already engaged in terrorism but find somebody who would jump at the opportunity if a real terrorist showed up in town.”

And that’s the gray area. Who is susceptible? Anyone who plays along with the agents, apparently. Once the snare is set, law enforcement sees no choice. “Ignoring such threats is not an option,” Mr. Boyd argued, “given the possibility that the suspect could act alone at any time or find someone else willing to help him.”

Typically, the stings initially target suspects for pure speech — comments to an informer outside a mosque, angry postings on Web sites, e-mails with radicals overseas — then woo them into relationships with informers, who are often convicted felons working in exchange for leniency, or with F.B.I. agents posing as members of Al Qaeda or other groups.

Some targets have previous involvement in more than idle talk: for example, Waad Ramadan Alwan, an Iraqi in Kentucky, whose fingerprints were found on an unexploded roadside bomb near Bayji, Iraq, and Raja Khan of Chicago, who had sent funds to an Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

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But others seem ambivalent, incompetent and adrift, like hapless wannabes looking for a cause that the informer or undercover agent skillfully helps them find. Take the Stinger missile defendant James Cromitie, a low-level drug dealer with a criminal record that included no violence or hate crime, despite his rants against Jews. “He was searching for answers within his Islamic faith,” said his lawyer, Clinton W. Calhoun III, who has appealed his conviction. “And this informant, I think, twisted that search in a really pretty awful way, sort of misdirected Cromitie in his search and turned him towards violence.”

THE informer, Shahed Hussain, had been charged with fraud, but avoided prison and deportation by working undercover in another investigation. He was being paid by the F.B.I. to pose as a wealthy Pakistani with ties to Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist group that Mr. Cromitie apparently had never heard of before they met by chance in the parking lot of a mosque.

“Brother, did you ever try to do anything for the cause of Islam?” Mr. Hussain asked at one point.

“O.K., brother,” Mr. Cromitie replied warily, “where you going with this, brother?”

Two days later, the informer told him, “Allah has more work for you to do,” and added, “Revelation is going to come in your dreams that you have to do this thing, O.K.?” About 15 minutes later, Mr. Hussain proposed the idea of using missiles, saying he could get them in a container from China. Mr. Cromitie laughed.

Reading hundreds of pages of transcripts of the recorded conversations is like looking at the inkblots of a Rorschach test. Patterns of willingness and hesitation overlap and merge. “I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Mr. Cromitie said, and then explained that he meant women and children. “I don’t care if it’s a whole synagogue of men.” It took 11 months of meandering discussion and a promise of $250,000 to lead him, with three co-conspirators he recruited, to plant fake bombs at two Riverdale synagogues.

“Only the government could have made a ‘terrorist’ out of Mr. Cromitie, whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in its scope,” said Judge Colleen McMahon, sentencing him to 25 years. She branded it a “fantasy terror operation” but called his attempt “beyond despicable” and rejected his claim of entrapment.

The judge’s statement was unusual, but Mr. Cromitie’s characteristics were not. His incompetence and ambivalence could be found among other aspiring terrorists whose grandiose plans were nurtured by law enforcement. They included men who wanted to attack fuel lines at Kennedy International Airport; destroy the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) in Chicago; carry out a suicide bombing near Tampa Bay, Fla., and bomb subways in New York and Washington. Of the 22 most frightening plans for attacks since 9/11 on American soil, 14 were developed in sting operations.

Another New York City subway plot, which recently went to trial, needed no help from government. Nor did a bombing attempt in Times Square, the abortive underwear bombing in a jetliner over Detroit, a planned attack on Fort Dix, N.J., and several smaller efforts. Some threats are real, others less so. In terrorism, it’s not easy to tell the difference.


David K. Shipler is the author of “Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America.”
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Romney's Mormon faith in spotlight
By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE

5/28/12 5:06 PM EDT
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76776.html


Mitt Romney wants voters to see him as the man to save the economy and right the country, the redeeming American hero riding in on the proverbial white horse.

Just not that White Horse.

That’s the one in the old Mormon prophecy attributed to Joseph Smith, which predicts that after the banks fail and when the Constitution is nearing collapse, Mormons flush with wealth — the White Horse, in the prophecy’s metaphor — will rise and lead America back to greatness.

(Also on POLITICO: GOP to Mitt Romney: Own your Mormonism.)

Now that Romney’s essentially secured the Republican nomination, the media attention to his religious beliefs has already kicked off a sort of national Mormonism 101. Deep into his second run for president, Romney’s Mormonism remains one of his great mysteries — and obstacles — in many voters’ minds. The Senate has more Mormons than Episcopalians or Lutherans, but polls consistently show that Romney’s religion has remained a factor.

And with religion flaring up in the 2012 race recently amid revelations about proposed ads linking President Barack Obama to his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright —some Democrats have lashed back with suggestions that discussing Romney’s religion is now fair game, too.

The White Horse prophecy itself was discounted by the church almost a hundred years ago but Mormon political figures like Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and even Romney himself still get asked about it from time to time. And even though it’s long been discredited by the church, there are pieces of the prophecy that echo with important themes of mainstream Mormonism today: church members believe the Framers were divinely inspired, and Mormons have a special role to play in preserving the Constitution and the nation as a whole.

Yet Romney, for the most part, has steered clear of answering detailed questions about his religious beliefs—referring to “people of different faiths, like yours and mine” in his commencement address to the evangelical Liberty University is about as far as he’s gone in the 2012 campaign.

That leaves journalists and other observers searching for clues, and the attention already going to Mormon views of the Constitution, which has percolated up from the blogs to the New York Times, provides a window into how this can play out on the campaign trail.

The idea that one day Mormons will be called upon to save the country when they see the Constitution “hang by a thread” is the controversial prophecy’s best-known line, and the source of what Brigham Young University’s Encyclopedia of Mormonism refers to as “an important oral tradition.”

It is well-known to many church members, and continues to be an active topic of conversation among Mormons today. That sense echoes through the speeches of Mormon leaders and the beliefs of rank-and-file church members, including top LDS leaders in the church and politics. Among them: Romney’s father, who said at the outset of his own presidential run that he believed in the special role Mormons had to play in preserving the Constitution.

If Mitt Romney believed that himself, he would be much like most other members of his faith. He’s mentioned the divine influence on the Constitution several times on the campaign trail—as when a woman accused Obama of treason and asked whether Romney would “restore our Constitution,” Romney responded, “I happen to believe that the Constitution was not just brilliant, but probably inspired.”

His campaign didn’t respond to requests for elaboration.

Of the many things that Romney, a former Mormon bishop, could be asked about if his religion becomes an election issue, the prophecy is one of the most debated, even among believers.

Like jazz and baseball, Mormonism has a distinctively American heartbeat. According to LDS beliefs, the Garden of Eden was located in Missouri. Joseph Smith found the Book of Mormon in upstate New York. And it’s up to the Mormons to save America when the country begins to collapse.

After warning signs of trouble in the Middle East and anti-Mormon sentiment pervading the government, “You will see the Constitution of the United States almost destroyed. It will hang like a thread as fine as a silk fiber,” the prophecy has Smith saying.

But “it will be preserved and saved by the efforts of the White Horse,” who will “stand by the Constitution of the United States as it was given by the inspiration of God.” There will be a Black Horse — American blacks, as the text is commonly interpreted — that sides with England and France, but eventually they’ll all submit to the White Horse as the religion fulfills its world-conquering destiny in an Armageddon-style war with the Russians—while keeping an eye on the looming threat of China.


The prophecy is apocryphal — it was supposedly said in May 1843, but not recorded anywhere until 50 years later — but Smith’s separate, fully documented comments that believers would be “the staff upon which the nation shall lean and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction,” is key to Mormons’ mindset, even if they’re not sure what to do with the White Horse itself.

“That’s a folklore — we’ve heard it, and I think everybody’s heard it. It’s been out there for many years,” said Robert McKim, a Republican Wyoming state representative and a Mormon. “The next question some people ask me, ‘Well, you think Mitt Romney’s that person?’ I say, ‘I don’t have no idea about that.’ I really don’t worry about it, because I believe we have prophets at the head of the church, and I think if that time comes, they’ll tell us. It’s a passing comment that you don’t speculate on, because you have no way to prove or disprove it.”
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David Campbell, a Mormon himself and professor at Notre Dame who has studied his fellow church members’ views on the prophecy, as well as the intersection of the church and politics, said McKim’s far from alone.

“If you asked a more general question, ‘Do you believe that one day the Constitution will hang by a thread and it will be a Mormon who saves it?’ we know from data that I’ve collected that many Mormons actually do endorse that idea, but they would not necessarily know that that came from something known as the White Horse prophecy,” Campbell said. “They just know that there’s going to be a time of Constitutional crisis maybe, and it will be a member of the LDS faith who will come and save things.”

McKim and a range of other Mormons interviewed say they have heard congregants at their churches and other friends bring up the prophecy as they talk about Romney’s candidacy. No, they don’t believe it themselves. Yes, they know people who do. No, they’re not thrilled to hear their fellow Mormons bringing up the prophecy, and they’re not anxious to have it get the wider exposure they’re confident Romney’s candidacy will create.

“I hear it from some of my colleagues who happen to be members of the church sometimes, and I choose to focus on the things over which we have control and try to do what I believe,” said State Sen. Jerry Lewis, a Republican and also a Mormon.

Romney’s only touched upon the issue briefly. In 2007, at the outset of his first White House run, he told the Salt Lake Tribune he hadn’t heard his name associated with the White Horse, and pointed out that the prophecy isn’t official doctrine. “There are a lot of things that are speculation and discussion by church members and even church leaders that aren’t official church doctrine. I don’t put that at the heart of my religious belief,” he told the paper.

Most people still don’t understand the religion — 50 percent surveyed in a November 2011 Pew poll said they know “not very much/nothing” about it. Some think it’s unnerving. Those Pew numbers showed 65 percent of people saying Mormonism was very different from their own religion, and nearly a quarter picking words to describe the LDS church like cult, polygamy, restrictive, strange.

That helps explain the undertow of anxiety beneath the wave of favorite-son pride washing through LDS wards around the country: They’ve already had more than their fill of polygamy jokes and mocking of temple rituals, and worry that the spotlight on Romney’s candidacy is about to produce many, many more.

“It is a mix of excitement and a little bit of concern, although I think most Mormons figure in the long run it will be for the good of the church. But with increased visibility will come more scrutiny, and probably more criticism,” said LaVarr Webb, a Mormon and former campaign manager for Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt. “Deep down there’s still this concern about, ‘Will we be accepted? Will we be viewed as strange?’”

The LDS Church distanced itself from the White Horse prophecy almost immediately. “It is simply false: that is all there is to it,” then-President Joseph F. Smith (not the original Joseph Smith) declared to a church leadership meeting in 1918.

But 70 years later, Ezra Taft Benson, who became the first Mormon Cabinet secretary when Dwight Eisenhower appointed him head of the Agriculture Department and later rose to be the 13th president of the LDS church, was still talking about the main idea behind the White Horse.


“I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith,” Benson said in a 1986 speech at Brigham Young University celebrating the anniversary of the Constitution. “It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church — men and women who will subscribe to and abide by the principles of the Constitution.”

The “hang by a thread” idea has been a constant. It made several appearances in the last election cycle, including in a mysterious mailer promoting the Senate candidacy of Mike Lee, and in the end-times rhetoric of Glenn Beck, who converted to Mormonism in 1999.
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Hatch didn’t get far into his 2000 White House campaign before feeling compelled to deny a White Horse connection. But when he referred to “the Constitution literally hanging by a thread” in a radio interview in the fall of 1999, The Salt Lake Tribune responded with a story headlined, “Did Hatch Allude to LDS Prophecy?”

“It becomes a joke, every time we have a prominent politician, Orrin Hatch or someone else, is going to save the Constitution,” Webb lamented.

George Romney got deeper and more direct early in his own run. In August 1967 — eight days before the famous Vietnam “brainwashing” comment that scuttled his campaign — the candidate was asked during an interview with a Mormon magazine for his interpretation of “a time when the Constitution will ‘hang by a thread’ and about the saving role of LDS leaders in the government during such a time.”

“Anyone can look at the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith in this respect,” Romney responded. “I have always felt that they meant that sometime the question of whether we are going to proceed on the basis of the Constitution would arise and at this point government leaders who were Mormons would be involved in answering that question.”

George Romney explained what he meant: “If that gets wiped out as a result of the state governments becoming dependent upon the federal government — mere appendages — you wipe out a major constitutional means of protecting human freedom and self-government.”

Aside from his comments to the Tribune in 2007, Mitt Romney’s only public discussion of the prophecy was in 1999, when Hatch was facing questions about the prophecy. Romney told the Tribune he’d heard similar questions during his father’s campaign and said his father didn’t believe in it.

The Romney campaign didn’t respond to questions about whether he puts any stock in the White Horse prophecy, his own take on the idea of the Constitution hanging by a thread or whether he agrees with the interpretation offered by his father.

“Maybe he believes the way I do, but for political reasons, he won’t say it,” said Rex Rammell, whose comment during his 2010 Idaho gubernatorial run about convening a meeting of church elders for a White Horse discussion drew a rebuke from Salt Lake City that the prophecy is “based on accounts that have not been substantiated by historical research and is not embraced as Church doctrine.”

The LDS church is eager to see the White Horse conversations stop.

“The Church perspective is this: It’s not our doctrine, it’s not taught in our meetings, and as we’ve said repeatedly, it’s not relevant to who we are as a people,” church spokesman Michael Purdy said in an email. “We’re certainly aware that there is a national (and perhaps international) conversation going on about the Church and its beliefs. We want to answer questions for those who have them but stay out of the politics.”

But for rank-and-file Mormons, the discussion about Romney, his place in the church and politics, and the White Horse prophecy is well underway.

“You’ll hear people say Romney has a special role to play, but the rhetoric is virtually indistinguishable from general partisan rhetoric,” said Joanna Brooks, a Mormon writer and progressive Democrat. She said she’s heard the White Horse come up in her San Diego LDS ward and elsewhere but attributes that to most Mormons tilting toward the GOP rather than the prophecy. “Is this special Mormon influence, or is this just the way Republicanism sounds these days?”
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wo 06 jun 2012, 03:49

Pensioenverzekeraar: ‘Pensioenleeftijd naar 80 jaar’
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http://moetenwenietwillen.nl/2012/06/pe ... r-80-jaar/


Juist. Truth blijkt toch altijd weer stranger te zijn dan fiction. Eerder schreven we al een satitrisch en licht *kuch* ironisch stukje over de ridicule pensioenleeftijdplannen van Henk Kamp. Pensioenleeftijd in stappen naar 96 jaar, haha. Leuk. Lachen. Maar nu is er dus een pensioenfondsbestuurder (oh, de ironie) die dit topic serieus heeft genomen. Hij heeft zeker de ironietekens niet gezien. Robert Benmosche (68), van pensioenverzekeraar American International Group, vindt dat de pensioenleeftijd eigenlijk op 80 zou moeten liggen.

Maar natuurlijk. We zouden willen dat dit ook een satirisch topic was, maar de beste man is bloedserieus. Deze uitspraak bewijst ten eerste dat verzekeraars ratten zijn. Allemaal. Geld incasseren kunnen ze prima, maar o wee als er uitgekeerd moet worden. Daarnaast zou dat betekenen dat u in Nederland met gemiddelde levensverwachting van 80,5 jaar welgeteld gemiddeld vijf (5) maanden(!!) van uw pensioen zou kunnen genieten. Denkt u zich eens in wat u in die vijf maanden zou kunnen doen! Dat is me de beloning wel zeg, na een leven lang hard werken.

Een echte verdiende rust, na 80 jaar actieve dienst voor de BV waarin u geboren bent. Wat lul je, werken zul je. En zo blijkt dat de crisis door overheden en financiële instellingen wordt gebruikt om allerlei verworvenheden van ons af te nemen. We noemen een ESM, of de in oprichting zijnde megalomane EU Superstaat. We wachten in spanning af wat het volgende initiatief gaat worden. We gokken op verplichte tewerkstelling door de overheid, foetusbelasting of gerantsoeneerd ademhalen om de crisis te bestrijden.
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Meeste zelfmoorden in leger VS in 10 jaar
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AMSTERDAM - Steeds meer Amerikaanse militairen plegen zelfmoord.

Dat meldt persbureau AP op basis van cijfers van het Pentagon. Daaruit blijkt dat bijna iedere dag een Amerikaanse militair zelfmoord pleegt.

In de eerste 155 dagen van dit jaar, werden er 154 zelfdodingen geteld. Dat is ongeveer de helft meer dan het aantal militairen dat wordt gedood in Afghanistan.

Het zelfmoordcijfer is in de afgelopen 10 jaar nog nooit zo hoog geweest. Posttraumatische stress, verkeerd gebruik van medicijnen, financiële problemen en blootstelling aan gevechten zouden mogelijke oorzaken zijn van het hoge zelfmoordcijfer.

Het Amerikaanse leger kampt ook met toegenomen seksueel misbruik, alcoholisme, huiselijk geweld en andere problemen.
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[quote=""combi" post=56336"]Meeste zelfmoorden in leger VS in 10 jaar
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AMSTERDAM - Steeds meer Amerikaanse militairen plegen zelfmoord.

Dat meldt persbureau AP op basis van cijfers van het Pentagon. Daaruit blijkt dat bijna iedere dag een Amerikaanse militair zelfmoord pleegt.

In de eerste 155 dagen van dit jaar, werden er 154 zelfdodingen geteld. Dat is ongeveer de helft meer dan het aantal militairen dat wordt gedood in Afghanistan.

Het zelfmoordcijfer is in de afgelopen 10 jaar nog nooit zo hoog geweest. Posttraumatische stress, verkeerd gebruik van medicijnen, financiële problemen en blootstelling aan gevechten zouden mogelijke oorzaken zijn van het hoge zelfmoordcijfer.

Het Amerikaanse leger kampt ook met toegenomen seksueel misbruik, alcoholisme, huiselijk geweld en andere problemen.[/quote]

Vergeet niet dat dat cijfers zijn van mensen in het leger, niet veteranen die terugkomen van het leger met PTSS die vervolgens medicijnen krijgen voorgeschreven met als bijeffect 'zelfmoord'.

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do 14 jun 2012, 01:46

Immortal Technique - Wake up

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Lyrics:
We're here because of you
We're here because you were there
We've arrived from every corner of the planet to this nation to seek the fulfillment of a promise of America
We were promised a better life in our home countries, where we were told that privatizing water and electricity will make things run more efficiently
Instead the quality remained almost the same and the price was increased until it became an unaffordable luxury
Some corporations are more efficient than government, but their motivation is not the health or the well being of the people; it's only about profit, everything else: their image, their human resources, their public relations, only exist to protect the reality behind it
Once upon a time, we were told that nationalization would prevent growth by limiting competition; that our countries were nothing without the companies that invested in us and so they privatized everything. Everything in our country was owned by people that had no connection to our culture, by those who never had our interests at heart, they didn't care about our survival or well being, they just wanted to turn a profit by raping our land, by exploiting our people, our industry and our resources
They took everything we built and made it theirs. First by creating racism to justify slavery, building the capital for capitalism, and then when they gave us what they call liberty, everything we had was still owned by them. Our governments told us that socialism was the real enemy and that we would have freedom, but the foreign powers and corporations were the ones with real freedom; the freedom to take all the wealth generated by our work and our land and gave us only a small percentage of the scraps from the table
Their lust for power and their greed drove them to betray not only us but themselves and the word of their own God
(Open your eyes before you die)
And while some used missionaries and donations to off set this abuse, other countries and companies were blatant with their crimes, using war, disease, and sanctions that killed millions. They supported corrupt governments that were almost like the old slave masters in their oppression of the people, because their loyalty was to those who enable them, restored them and kept them in power, they became the bastard children of American industry, kleptocracy, governments of thievery. They protected the corporations and went to war against their own people to preserve those profits
The puppet rulers were given billions of US tax dollars to fund civil wars, right wing death squads, execute political dissidents, sympathetic clergy and, even overthrow democratically elected governments. And so the age of revolution began again; they painted it as godless terrorist versus the free world and the market
But the free market has never been free, because the market does not regulate itself. It is manipulated like a puppet and it survives because of its image. Destroy the image and the enemy will die
Such is the same in the rap industry. But the major label super powers treat the underground like the 3rd world. When they need new assets, new artists to prostitute a side-ins and put on a shelf to use their songs
When they needed new concepts, music and publishing to steal from the producers, they came to the underground, to the 3rd world, they took our culture, our property and our industry and our resources, even using our own people to help them exploit us
But behind the mask of efficiency, they claimed that we need them to succeed. They're no better than us; they're economic advertising was always a lie, a few got rich but most were given an illusion of wealth, almost as if it was designed for failure
Opportunity comes at the price of soul and the music, so remember what they are underneath the fancy architecture, glittering rented jewelry, the cars, the IMF loans, the seeds with suicide jeans, 20 year contracts and oil blood money
Build your defenses my independent brothers and sisters. They’ll stop at nothing to get what they want. They paint the 3rd world (underground) as savage and backward. But the super powers are no less corrupt; they've just learned to disguise it better, ‘cause they fix elections too, they embezzle tax money, they go to war for resources, they fund terrorism for their own benefit, and when there's enough at stake... history's taught us that they'll even assassinate their own president

(WAKE UP!)

Ronald Reagan recording:

Just as the Columbia represents Man's highest aspirations in the field of science, so to does the struggle of the Afghan people represent Man's highest aspiration for freedom, and I am dedicating on behalf of the American people the March 22nd launch of the Columbia Space Shuttle to the people of Afghanistan
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