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Think about it in terms of cold, hard cash...

The true meaning behind the NSA scandal and the Military Industrial Complex is more about the upward distribution of wealth than it is about anything else.

Now you can sit there and ignore this point as you rhapsodize over your poor lost "freedoms", but the fact is that, as long as we live in a country where we gauge a person's intrinsic value on a scale of their wealth, your so-called freedoms will always be defined in ways which won't harm that systematic wealth distribution for those in which it serves the most.

Once you try to redefine the system of value and worth with something like... I dunno, democracy, that's when things begin to get problematic for the people who actually run the show.

Which is where we come to systems of control: The lopsided redistribution of wealth, the restriction of voting rights, a constant stream of propaganda to convince you that you're under threat internally and externally, false narratives and distractions, "entertainment", divide and conquer techniques, massive pharmaceutical distribution, so forth and so on.

NSA surveillance is about transferring wealth and building a self-sustaining intelligence infrastructure which will do anything to justify its continued existence. It's a bureaucracy whose first obligation is to perpetuate itself and justify its own existence, even though there really is no reason for it to exist at its current size and scope. The creation of new invasive techniques only happens because the system of procurement demands an ever increasing diversification and application of capability. They're always looking for new ways to build a better mousetrap.

It's no accident that the private sector has been outsourced as a facilitator of this Intelligence State. It's already happened to a much greater extent with the Defense industry. Why do you think that the Pentagon Budget is so big and why the government is always looking for circumstances in this already volatile world to insert and facilitate that volatility with a steady supply of fresh arms? If not us, it's going to be the other guy and we'll always contend that when opposing sides are willing to destroy each other, they should use the best killing machine that money can buy, good old American armament, baby!

Since the very same people are both in charge of enhancing that capability and ensuring that the money spigot is always turned on, that inhibits them from adhering to their other responsibility; oversight and the protection of civil liberties. You can tell what's most important to them by the way they're moving the goalposts to accommodate the former.

It's being used to facilitate those systems of control that I mentioned earlier. It's a tool to create a sense of danger in things that are as not as dangerous as other things that cause real harm. It's not like they're using the NSA to prevent the tens of thousands of deaths from gun violence in this country, right? Of course, not. The people who run things aren't really concerned about that, because gun violence isn't a threat to them, it's a threat to the rest of us.

So, have your guns, for all they care. (Speaking of guns, stop giving the gun lobby your money and try to manufacture your own arms for a change. If you can. Then see how long the NRA will stand up for people who are taking food out of the mouths of their gun industry masters)

What they want is your fear and your fervent adherence to the cultural and economic status quo.

So, again. Think about the money, where it's going: To contractors that benefit overwhelmingly from the creation and perpetuation of the Security State and where it's not going, to facilitate real economic security for all.

Now, I'll tell you a secret: Everyone in Washington is in on it. Because if anyone gets the idea that they can change the game, they can easily be replaced. Our current system of binary political factions and privately financed elections guarantees it. The only choice is no choice, so it seems.

So, get your head out of politics when it comes to this NSA issue. It's way beyond politics. It's about money, who's running the show and the system by which they're controlling the definition of right and wrong and who has influence over all of that. You, me and everyone else, on the other hand, are merely the field on which the controllers play until we all do what we must to wrest that control away from them.

Power concedes nothing without a struggle. Never forget that.

Courage v. Cowardice

"QUICK, get in! There's no time to explain!"

Mother Surprised Son Needs So Much Ammunition For First Day Of School

VERSAILLES, PA—With a list of back-to-school supplies that included an AR-15 rifle, three Walther P22 pistols, and four X-15 skeletonized drum magazines, local mother Amy Bromka asked her 15-year-old son, Tyler, Monday if he really needed all that ammunition for his first day of school. “Honey, can you even fit all of that in your backpack?” Bromka reportedly asked of the near 40 pounds of smooth-feeding 30-round speed loaders Tyler said he “totally needed.” “It just seems like a lot of guns and ammunition, sweetie. And I don’t think you need more than two three-subject notebooks, either.” At press time, Tyler’s best friend Ben had just given his mom a similar list.


When I watched the March ceremony in DC, I really missed being there

That would have been a special time to be back in the city with everyone.

When in doubt...

This Week In Disco Trivia...

FINAL SCORE: 1 scared White customer wins a victorious rout over 25 peaceful Black customers

Blacks Asked to Leave Wild Wing Cafe because White Customer Felt Threatened

Once again we are witnessing the true power of social media. You are hearing about this story because one man posted about his experience on Facebook at a Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston, SC, where his friends and family suffered some “1960′s” style discrimination.

A group of 25 Black people waited two hours to get in a Wild Wing Cafe restaurant in North Charleston, South Carolina, only to be asked to leave almost immediately after entering the restaurant because a white customer felt “threatened” by their presence. One member of the group, MIchael Brown, took his complaint to Facebook when the corporate office of the restaurant did not call him back after placing several calls.

Mr. Brown says he was celebrating his cousin’s last day in Charleston last month at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston. He says after his party of 25 peacefully waited two hours for a table, the shift manager told them there was a “situation.”

“She said there’s a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party, so she asked us not to seat you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” explains Brown. “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”

Brown says while he was talking to the shift manager, someone in his group began videotaping the conversation. Brown says that’s when the manager became upset and refused to seat them.

“I asked her I want to be clear with you,” says Brown. “I said so you’re telling me I have to leave. She said I have a right to deny you service. I said so you’re asking me to leave because you’re upset because he was recording you, after we’ve waited for two hours, and after you’ve already pretty much discriminated on us, and she answered yes.”

- See more at: http://www.radiofacts.com/blacks-asked-leave-south-carolina-restaurant-white-customer-felt-threatened-video/#sthash.cp6Ho5Kk.dpuf

If you understand, as I do, that one is born with their own particular gender identity...

And sexual orientation, then quite plainly, any honest person would conclude that the person that we now know as Chelsea Manning has ALWAYS considered herself as female, even when we only knew her as "Bradley".

Quite simply, Manning didn't "change" into a female, Manning has been a female since day one. It's not like it's a "choice."

A transition isn't about changing anything that has to do with an already established self-identity. Transition is about adjusting various physical, cultural and legal attributes of a person to match established "norms" with what a person's gender identity already is.

Now we can have a discussion about how screwed up our current system of binary based, rigidly enforced and utterly inappropriate definitions of gender identity, and of course, it's quite clear that for most people... Even those that would rather chose not to be transphobic, there's always stuff to learn. I'm sure that it would be a lively and highly informative discussion... As long as all involved have open minds and are respectful.

So, in the interest of being as informative as I can, I'm adding a few graphics and links about the subject at hand from Tumblr, which I think is a great source of information because it relays the perspectives of trans people themselves.




AND here's a vid:

Yes, it can all be confusing, but I think that we're all capable of learning.

By the way, I was born a straight man, but despite of that I do have a choice... I choose not to be narrow and uninformed.

Pvt Manning's revelation as a transgender military person should start a conversation...

Although I doubt that the military command wants ANY conversation about transgender troops in the ranks.

It should come to no surprise that there are, as we speak, military personnel who are pre-transitioned transgender. There have been several cases where members, once leaving the ranks, sought transition. Many vets, of which performed in the most dangerous and hazardous duties and served honorably and with distinction.

That he-man super-soldier that you know... That person COULD be transgender while in uniform and is pretty much forbidden to reveal that fact. If their true status were to be revealed, it would irreparably destroy their lives and careers under the current policies, in spite of the end of DADT.

It should be of no surprise that Pvt. Manning revealed her own status as a transgender person after being convicted to 35 years in Federal Prison. Shoot, what ELSE can the military do to her?

Anyway, here's a vid that talks about the issue. Enjoy.

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