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The War in the Shadows
by Chris Hedges
A Swedish documentary filmmaker released a film last year called "Last Chapter--Goodbye Nicaragua." In it he admitted that he unknowingly facilitated a bombing, almost certainly orchestrated by the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, which took the lives of three reporters I worked with in Central America. One of them, Linda Frazier, was the mother of a 10-year-old son. Her legs were torn apart by the blast, at La Penca, Nicaragua, along the border with Costa Rica, in May of 1984. She bled to death as she was being taken to the nearest hospital, in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica.
The admission by Peter Torbiornsson that he unwittingly took the bomber with him to the press conference was a window into the sordid world of espionage, terrorism and assassination that was an intimate part of every conflict I covered. It exposed the cynicism of undercover operatives on all sides, men and women who lie and deceive for a living, who betray relationships, including between each other, who steal and who carry out murder. One knows them immediately. Their ideological allegiances do not matter. They have the faraway eyes of the disconnected, along with nebulous histories and suspicious and vague associations. They tell incongruous personal stories and practice small deceits that are part of a pathological inability to tell the truth. They can be personable, even charming, but they are also invariably vain, dishonest and sinister. They cannot be trusted. It does not matter what side they are on. They were all the same. Gangsters.
Continued at: http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/The-War-in-the-Shadows-by-Chris-Hedges-120820-917.html
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Aug 21, 2012, 06:18 AM (3 replies)
NaturalNews) Not content simply drugging its millions of victims with mind-altering chemical and biological inputs, the pharmaceutical industry is now developing ways to literally transform the human brain into a drug industry-controlled, biometric computer that will basically turn human beings into nothing more than mind-controlled robots.
The Financial Times reports that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the drug behemoth recently forced to fork over the largest ever amount in fines for its massive criminal conduct (http://www.naturalnews.com), is leading the way in unveiling what the industry is now calling "bioelectronics." The premise holds that certain diseases can be treated by injecting electronic devices within the body for the purpose of artificially controlling neuronal synapses and other activity.
"Moving beyond conventional drugs that interact biochemically with the body, will have built a big 'bioelectronics' business that treats disease through electrical signaling in the brain and elsewhere," writes Clive Cookson for FT.com about the concept, which is expected to eventually replace many common drugs.
"Neurological problems, from stroke and epilepsy to depression, will be treated through electronic implants into the brain rather than pills or injections. Even diabetes and obesity will be attacked in ways that seem like science fiction today, by sending electrical signals to malfunctioning cells."
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036740_Big_Pharma_bioelectric_implants_medical_trends.html#ixzz22zl4ppPo
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:10 PM (17 replies)
you wish. and so do I.
Anonymous & Wikileaks Hackers bring home the bacon
July 28, 2012
By Orbson Rice
Late last night, the mysterious group of hackers known as Anonymous successfully hacked the main database for the Internal Revenue Service. The group appeared to have a singular target- Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Romney has been criticized by both parties for his failure to produce more than one past tax return. According to Ann Romney on ABC’s “Good Morning America” they had no intention of ever disclosing the contents on those returns: “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life”. Anonymous however, seems to have thought that we “the people” might want to know a little more about the man who seeks the White House.
DISCLAIMER: This is an "Onion" kind of website, as in satire.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Aug 7, 2012, 03:26 AM (4 replies)
I found myself wondering today ... who ARE these people?
... who envision a world where everyone over 9 years old
is packing deadly force "just in case"?
Well, here they are, for the record. IMHO some of the most
evil beings on the planet.
Here's a pretty much randomly selected sample from the (55 total)
current NRA Board of Directors listed here, although it states
elsewhere on the website that there are a total of 76 (not 55), so
there are apparently 21 COMPLETELY INVISIBLE members of the
Employer: Former Republican Governor of Missouri, Consultant at Cassidy & Associates
Blunt joined the lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates as a consultant. Cassidy & Associates’ most high-profile client at that time was Teodoro Obiang, dictator of Equatorial Guinea. Obiang, who proclaimed to be in “permanent contact with the Almighty,” giving him the right to kill with impunity, paid Cassidy & Associates $120,000 per month to improve his image in the United States. Blunt’s father is currently serving as a U.S. Senator from Missouri and enjoys an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association.
Employer: President of Hornady Ammunition. Hornady Ammunition president Steve Hornday is the son of Joyce Hornady, the founder of the company. Joyce began manufacturing ammunition because he was dissatisfied with the quality of surplus ammunition following World War II. Steve Hornady joined his father’s business in 1970. Presently, Hornady Ammunition manufactures “FMJ” armor piercing bullets for sale on the civilian market.
Employer: Publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine
Robert K. Brown, born in 1932, served in the U.S. Army from 1954 through 1957 and again between 1964 and 1985, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Brown is the editor, publisher, and founder of Soldier of Fortune magazine, which has been in circulation since 1975. The magazine includes reporting on overseas conflicts and famously featured a classified section where purported mercenaries offered their services. The nature of the classified ads led then-Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (D-CO) to call for an investigation in the 1970s to determine whether the magazine published content that violated the “The Neutrality Act,” a federal law which prohibits United States citizens from performing mercenary work in foreign countries. Brown denied the allegations, purportedly saying, “Some State Department official stated something to the effect that Mr. Brown was staying within the bounds of the law, but not the spirit of it. Well, that’s tough shit.”
Employer: Founder of Americans for Tax Reform, Board Member of the Center for the National Interest (formerly known as the Nixon Center), former Board Member of American Conservative Union (CPAC).
Lawrence O’Donnell, host of “The Last Word” on MSNBC, has described Grover Norquist as, “the most powerful man in America who does not sleep in the White House” because of his ability to control Republican Party politics. Norquist, who was born in 1956 and grew up in Weston, Massachusetts, has been politically active from a young age. While a teenager, he volunteered for Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign before attending Harvard University. Since graduating from Harvard, Norquist has served in various roles as a small government advocate, although he has spent time on other issues, including working alongside fellow NRA board member Oliver North in aiding the Contra rebels.
Employer: Former Ohio Secretary of State, Vice Chairman of the Platform Committee of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council, Board Member of Club for Growth, Board Member of National Taxpayers Union
J. Kenneth Blackwell grew up in Ohio and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Xavier University. He first held elected office as a member of Cincinnati’s city council, before being elected as mayor of Cincinnati in 1979. Blackwell worked in the administration of President George H.W. Bush before returning to state politics in Ohio, where he served as State Treasurer and later Secretary of State. After losing to Democrat Ted Strickland in the 2006 Ohio gubernatorial elections, Blackwell ran (unsuccessfully) for Republican National Committee (RNC) chair in 2009. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of RNC’s Platform Committee and as Chair of Citizens for Working America, a Super PAC exclusively focused on electing U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) president of the United States.
Employer: Former United States Representative and Senator (R – ID)
Larry Craig served as a Member of Congress from 1981 to 2009. Born in Council, Idaho in 1945, Craig served in the Idaho National Guard from 1970-1972. He began his political career by serving as a Republican Idaho State Senator beginning in 1974. After serving three terms in the state senate, Craig was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980. He then went on to serve ten years in the House and 18 years in the Senate. Craig’s political career was derailed when his 2007 arrest for lewd conduct in an airport bathroom became national news. He initially said he would resign, but later decided to serve out the remainder of his term. While serving in the Senate, Craig was one of the gun lobby’s most important allies, shepherding numerous pieces of NRA-backed legislation into law. In 2006, he received the NRA Institute for Legislative Action’s highest honor. Chris Cox, the executive director of NRA-ILA, called Craig an “eloquent and fearless champion of the Second Amendment.”
Tom Selleck is an actor best known for his role in the 1980s television series “Magnum P.I.” He has also appeared in over 50 motion pictures. While serving as a member of the California National Guard, Selleck was activated during the 1965 riot in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. Selleck has claimed he is “not a spokesperson for the NRA,” despite his position on the organization’s board and the fact that he has appeared in numerous ads for NRA. Politically, he has described himself as a “registered Independent with a lot of Libertarian leanings.” Selleck endorsed the Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), in 2008.
Oliver North (no surprise here)
Employer: Fox News military analyst (host of “War Stories with Oliver North,” contributor to “Hannity”), contributor to Soldier of Fortune.
Oliver North grew up in Philmont, New York and attended college at the State University of New York at Brockport for two years before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. After seeing combat in Vietnam, North fulfilled a number of military assignments before joining the National Security Council (NSC) in 1981. North remained with the NSC until he was fired in 1986 when his role in the Iran-Contra Affair was revealed. In 1994 North served as the Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, losing to Democrat Charles Robb. Shortly before the election, former First Lady Nancy Reagan said North “lied to my husband and lied about my husband.” Since leaving politics, North has authored books and made television appearances to discuss military and political matters. In the 2010 NRA Board of Directors elections, North received more votes than any other candidate.
These are just 8 of the 55 board members who are willing to be publically known, and for each of these 55 board members the site provides additional background info with a heading entitled "Controversial Actions and Statements:"
The site also lists some other better known personalities who predictably are among this group as well, such as Chuck Norris, Charlton Heston, Ted Nugent, et. al.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jul 24, 2012, 11:35 PM (19 replies)
I've never focused on all this 2nd Amendment chatter, well ...
not since I fought for stricter gun control after working for
RFK and seeing him gunned down just before his almost
certain democratic ascendancy to the White House.
And we've seen how far that got. i.e. no where. Well,
no where good anyway.
Now, I'm forced to re-examine the 2nd Amendment in the wake
of the Aurora massacre; and for the first time, those two words
"well regulated" kind of jumped out at me ... like DING! DING!
I mean, come on people. If these words "well regulated" don't
at least suggest some kind of controls, if not spelling out in bold
red letters "MUST HAVE GUN CONTROLS" .. I mean really ... I can't
help but think that the Constitutional framers had SOMETHING in
mind, other than what we have now ... which is an ongoing string
of random mass murders by guns blazing psychopaths, with increasing
I totally fail to see ANYthing "well-regulated" about that.
And even if contemporary forms of gun controls aren't exactly
what they had in mind, it certainly seems to me to be WAY MORE than
enough of a valid constitutional basis for having some rational controls
in place, to avoid further scenarios like Aurora.
If only we have the will. Let's not blame the constitution. Let's expose
those who are either blind to certain parts they don't want to see, or who
are intentionally obscuring it's intent for personal gain and/or because
they are psychopaths intent on creating bloodshed and mayhem.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jul 24, 2012, 03:33 AM (111 replies)
This question is the elephant in the living room, the question just
WAITING to be asked, to be pushed to the front of the discussion.
I believe Rmoney is lying of course... and to prove he's lying all
an interviewer would need to do is ask him to "prove" what he's
saying by producing documentation of who WAS running Bain.
Surely -- if his claims of being 100% absent and irrelevant are
true -- he shouldn't have ANY trouble finding some documentation
to support that claim from Bain's own records.
Why isn't this question being asked? Or has it and I missed it?
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:36 PM (16 replies)
they'd be sitting around a bon-fire meditating, OM-ing,
chanting, and sharing their uniqueness to help lead
humanity FORWARD out of this Hell-hole.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jul 3, 2012, 07:30 AM (1 replies)
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Mon Jul 2, 2012, 06:47 AM (4 replies)
between ACA mandate, and the mandated insurance required for driving
an automobile, not to mention Medicare, which is NOT OPTIONAL. When
I turned 65, they stared TAKING (without my consent) $100 out of my
Social Sec. check. Actually, I don't think I have ANY choice in the matter.
Can any of the whiners about the mandate explain how ACA is any different
than the above two mandates?
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Thu Jun 28, 2012, 06:18 PM (23 replies)
I can think of no worse gaff to date of Romney's, that is in
the public domain for Obama 2012 to use to bring Romney
down, down, into the gutter where he belongs before Nov.
Romney is relentlessly grilled here by an affiliate of MSNBC's
Lawrence O'Donnell, questioning Romney's characterization
of Obama's position on the economy as waging "class warfare"
against the 1%. Romney totally takes the bait...
In effect, Mitt sez "Gawd forbid we ever actually discuss
the USA's abysmally torturous extremes of income disparity
(USA ranks 43rd worst) in public. These things should ONLY
be disussed in quiet rooms".
HELLO?? If we really want Obama to win, this will become the
sound-bite that bites Romney hard, in the butt, in November.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sat Jun 16, 2012, 04:12 AM (5 replies)