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I can't find in US Constitution where it says...

"homosexuals have less rights than heterosexuals", can you?

I can’t find in US Constitution where it says "non-Christians have less rights than Christians", can you?

I can’t find in US Constitution where it says "America is a Christian Nation", can you?

I can’t find in US Constitution where it says "Corporations are people", can you?

I can’t find in US Constitution where it says "Government cannot create jobs", can you?

I can’t find in US Constitution where it says "Government IS the Problem", can you?

Anyone want to add to the list? Twitter #NotinConstitution.

TENS of TRILLIONS stashed ILLEGALLY in tax havens

Yes, I know I've posted about this before but I'm doing it again because IT'S IMPORTANT!


"What's shocking is that some of the world's biggest banks are up to their eyeballs in helping their clients evade taxes and shift their wealth offshore," said Christensen.

"We're talking about very big, well-known brands - HSBC, Citigroup, Bank of America, UBS, Credit Suisse - some of the world's biggest banks are involved... and they do it knowing fully well that their clients, more often than not, are evading and avoiding taxes."

Much of this activity, Christensen added, was illegal.

He used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and central banks. The report also highlights the impact on the balance sheets of 139 developing countries of money held in tax havens by private elites, putting wealth beyond the reach of local tax authorities.

The research estimates that since the 1970s, the richest citizens of these 139 countries had amassed $7.3 to $9.3 trillion of "unrecorded offshore wealth" by 2010.

Private wealth held offshore represents "a huge black hole in the world economy," Henry said in a statement.


If you Google "rich - trillions - offshore" you'll find several print sources of this information. Note that you've heard nothing about it on Faux News or the MSM.

Trickle down, my ass. It can't trickle down because it's been hoarded away.

My take? These people have lost their souls (Mark 8:36). They want to force "austerity" and "vouchers" and benefit cuts on everyone else while they hide their pots of gold in tax havens.

Is this class warfare? You bet it is and the war is being waged against WE THE PEOPLE!

I forget. When did GREED and HATE become “Family Values”?

This really pisses me off because...

The RW Republicans are calling for the poor, the elderly, etc. to pay income taxes (the famous 47%) while many of their rich contributors are parking their money offshore specifically to EVADE taxes!

Apparently their elite private schools didn't teach them to share like my public schools did - not to mention their so-called "religious values".

This money is also not being used to "create jobs". Why? Because too many of the rich are not really "job creators", they're thieves, moochers, parasites, Scrooges (as in "Screw-you-I've-got-mine".

Insanely Rich Tax Cheats Hid Over $21 Trillion In Offshore Accounts

"Since most of the missing financial wealth belongs to a tiny elite, the impact is staggering," says Henry.
"For most countries, global financial inequality is not only much greater than we suspected, but it has been growing much faster."

Had this money been taxed as income, Henry estimates it could have brought in around $190 to $280 billion. That doesn't even include revenues from estate, capital gains or other types of taxes.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/insanely-rich-tax-evaders-have-hidden-over-21-trillion-in-offshore-accounts-2012-7#ixzz26xhal4B2"

I hope this link works for you: http://www.businessinsider.com/insanely-rich-tax-evaders-have-hidden-over-21-trillion-in-offshore-accounts-2012-7 if not, Google "Rich Trillion offshore" for several sources.

This is why we're hurting. WE'VE BEEN ROBBED!!!

Voter fraud is a myth but ELECTION FRAUD is a very real and ongoing danger.

There has to be a paper trail to verify the accuracy of voter counts. Otherwise we are just inviting fraud.

It could be a great JOBS BILL, also. Every two years, a lot of minimum wage jobs that are desperately needed. And no more waiting in long lines at polling places with an inadequate amount of voting machines.

I will accept electronic verification of registration information but I will not accept electronic voting at voting places run by political hacks of either party. They have a motive to cheat and you can be sure they will cheat if they think they can get away with it.

The Problem for Teachers of Advaita is How to Say Something About Nothing.

With Advaita, there is no dogma to learn or believe. The task for teachers of Advaita is to find ways to point as directly as possible at “that which has no name”.

Although nameless, many names or attributes have been given to “it” such as: God – Void – Emptiness – Consciousness as-it-is – Consciousness without an object – Pure Subject – Clear and open, Cloudless Sky (Dogzen) – Clarity – Capacity (Douglas Harding) – I Am – I Am That I Am – Tao – Awareness – Awareness of Awareness – Awakeness – Mindfulness – Bare Attention --No-Mind – Unborn – the No-Thing – Changeless, Infinite and Undivided (John Dobson) – the Unseen Seer – and many many more.

None of these names or attributes is “It”. They are just pointers to direct the attention of the seeker to look for what they are pointing to. This No-Thing is what mystics “see” when they are meditating. It is “That” in which all things appear and yet, when looked for, all that is “seen” or “experienced” is Nothing/Void/Empty/Clear and Open Space. THAT ART THOU.

Any teaching beyond this No-Thing [such as Karma, Reincarnation, angels, demons, etc.] are but ideas which come and go.

The mind (which is just an idea/thought indicating the presence of ideas/thoughts) hates the void, but the Void is the only thing that is real/Constant/Changeless. Everything else comes and goes, appears and disappears. The Void is “there” before, during and after everything else comes and goes. THAT ART THOU.

So simple, yet so easy to overlook or miss (i.e., “sin” as in “missing the mark”).

Compare the definitions of "consciousness" and the traditional religious definitions of "God" and

you'll find a lot of commonality. This is not a coincidence...it's SERENDIPITY!

The View from Now Here

Just as the ancients had a geocentric view of earth’s place in the cosmos, we naturally tend to have an egocentric view of our place in the world.

Two views:
What we can see is all there is.
There is more to it than what we can see.

The astrophysicists tell us that what we can see is barely 5% of what is “out there” (the rest they call Dark Matter and Dark Energy – invisible but very much there and measurable).

The Quantum-physicists tell us that the basis of matter is made up of teeny tiny strings of “stuff” separated by relatively vast distances of apparently empty space (actually, it’s much like the universe except we can see stars and galaxies).
Yet we must be very careful when attributing motives and personality onto “what-is”. It’s called “anthropomorphism” – the tendency to attribute human characteristics onto animals, plants, stones, rivers, mountains, natural phenomena and forces like lightning, earthquakes, etc. etc. This is all projection.

Religion/theology is the projection of human characteristics upon “what-is” and then to call it “God”.

The Lure of Ideology

Let’s face it, humans are run by faith (ideology) rather than facts. While we have some information from the past that allows us to have some confidence in predicting the future, that “confidence” is based on the faith (ideology) that things will continue to unfold in a way that is consistent with how they have unfolded in the past. However, from experience, we know that this is not always the case.

Understandably, we humans react to this fact as an existential threat and have developed “coping mechanisms” (religions, philosophies, social and political “systems”) to help us deal with this threat. These ideologies do not really help us deal with reality better, but they do help us deal with the terror we would otherwise have to continually endure without them.
Here is something to consider: Do you know what you will be thinking 5 minutes from now, or even one minute from now? No, you don’t. Are you certain that you will still be alive tomorrow? You can have faith and hope (ideology) that you will still be alive tomorrow, but that’s it. No certainty.

Let’s face facts: None of us (collectively or individually) are in control of our lives…and we never have been. Thus, the lure of ideology. It provides some comfort from the terror we would otherwise have to face.
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