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june shellene September 15, 2013 at 10:17 am
Yes, we do. I'll check on it. Thanks.
Jim January 1, 2014 at 06:29 pm
Jim January 1, 2014 at 06:45 pm
No surprises here either from June's point of view or from Leibovich. Societies come and go and oursRead More is going. Best thing to do for those who care is to figure out how to survive when it all comes crashing down. The political, economic, educational and cultural elements are corrupt and disintegrating. The politicians are mostly liars and manipulators, the economy exists only for a few, education is generally dumbed down and about money at every level. If movies are an index of cultural and moral decay, the major studios are putting out frank porn to general audiences ( see "The Wolf of Wall Street". When the news is about the reporters, movies and football, you know we are in deep.
Procrustes' Foil June 27, 2013 at 04:59 am
I agree. There is a greater issue here and that is the disastrous use of private contractors.Read More Private contractors have been responsible for many disasters: the torture of prisoners; rendition; the "disappearance" of millions of dollars in Iraq; shoddy facillities construction which caused the electrocution of many troups (Halliburton); failure to provide the services for which they were paid (they just took the money and ran); and more. Only two news media have reported on this issue: PBS News Hour and C-SPAN's Washington Journal. According to Bloomberg News, 70% of the Intelligence budget is paid to private contractors.That's right, 70%!! According to Scott Amey of the Project On Government Oversight, each private contractor employee is paid three (3) times more than what is paid to their government counterpart who does a far better job. Yes, there are many government employees who work hard and do an admirable job, especially in the face of corporations who control their work and our destiny! Private contractors are held harmless from their bad behavior. The private contractor system is nothing more than a jobs program for the friends (contributors) of unscrupulous lawmakers. So, let's speak up and follow the example of Texas State Senator Davis.
Procrustes' Foil June 27, 2013 at 05:23 am
One more thing, June. Large corporations own the intelligence apparatus, as well as most otherRead More "government" functions. You are naive to think otherwise.
Jordan S. Zoot June 20, 2013 at 11:12 am
Snowden violated his Top Secret clearance by the disclosure and that is potentially a criminalRead More offense in itself. I am glad that you choose to put Cheney and Obama in the same clasification..I agree. We learned today that the FBI is using drones to spy on US citizens on American soil. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57590065/fbi-director-acknowledges-domestic-drone-use. What's left....personally I don't see that the monitoring whether of electronic communications or drones is a gross violation of the Constitution. There clearly is a need for much of this monitoring in a post-9/11 world. My concerns are much more clearly focused on how and if the information is abused. Snowden did us NO favor my making it more difficult for the government to prevent terrorist attacks....for that he is a treasonous vermin that should be disposed of as such. I do hope he is brought to trial rather than summarily executed on an extra judicial basis.
june shellene June 22, 2013 at 01:11 pm
We live in different worlds, Jordan. I live in a world where 911 is a false flag. The terroristsRead More have hi-jacked, not a plane, but a government. Thus, we'll never see eye-to-eye.
Jordan S. Zoot June 22, 2013 at 02:56 pm
June....you are entitled to your opinion....I just don't agree and with the indictment of SnowdenRead More want to make a bet he is the subject of an extraordinary rendition...its only fitting.
Sully May 27, 2013 at 03:41 pm
FYI-Read More http://www.globalresearch.ca/illinois-illegally-seizes-bees-resistant-to-monsantos-roundup-kills-remaining-queens/5336210
Eric Lieberman May 29, 2013 at 01:51 pm
Sully - June and I visited Ingram last year and June published this article: http://egmow.org/?p=1 -Read More Eric
Sully May 29, 2013 at 02:26 pm
Interesting (and sad). Thanks for providing this, Eric!
Eric Lieberman May 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm
The best part is that former non-profits IRS head attempted to take the 5th amendment...but actuallyRead More and legally waived by making an ill-advised defensive statement first and then refusing to answer questions. Either she and her lawyers were really, really dumb, or, as you observe, they were trying to be entertaining. WHat a circus!
june shellene May 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm
Yes, let us be balanced in our exercising of the 5th, or any other amendment. Intelligent peopleRead More can agree on their views of the most beneficial function of government. The danger comes when the spin masters (the mainstream media) succeed in dictating a socially acceptable philosophy or viewpoint. Why has the American public agreed to having their rights taken away? Because, they are watching mainstream media...who have a very powerful influence on the masses. This is how it is done. Those who poo poo "conspiracy theorists" are not adequately educated as to how easily the masses are influenced....and in these days, outright, mind controlled, as TV and mass media are much more powerful that most realize. Ask any Waldorf parent...me...someone who has attempted to shield their child from the mainstream entertainment, "news" media...how strong that influence it. Indeed...our children are NOT our own...and our mind are not our own, unless we are working hard to divorce ourselves from the system which works so hard to shape our paradigm...not just our opinion...our paradigm...what is important in life...what is real, what is beneficial to one's life.
Jim May 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm
'Ineptocracy' A form of government in which the least competent and least capable are elected by aRead More nonproducing, uninformed and morally indifferent majority electorate for the purpose of transferring to themselves the wealth of the productive minority.
june shellene May 12, 2013 at 09:32 am
It's my feeling stripping law abiding citizens of guns will not work. Too many folks are now awareRead More that the powers that be have become desperate, and a move to disarm the public is just too obvious in their drive to abolish our remaining freedoms.
John May 13, 2013 at 03:09 pm
Thank you, June. Your article first and foremost hits the point lost on too many people...thinkRead More critically. Don't be a robot, think for yourself. Having just read about the IRS pursuing right leaning interest groups, before anyone says "good!", remember what it really means to our freedom and our ability to express for ourselves. Do we want to be suppressed?
june shellene May 14, 2013 at 01:53 am
John, Yes, this IRS revelation is very important news. Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me.Read More Evanston is a particularly difficult spot, as people are so addicted to the politically correct "liberal" view as to be virtually allergic to anything that might expose that view point as bogus, whether due to the AIPAC, ADL popularity in this region or to the over-all obedience to the Democratic machine run out of a very large and very corrupt city. I'm now in norther Michigan...and it's very different. However, no matter where you go, people need to be encouraged to become critical thinkers. Soon enough, many people all over the country will feel the sting of having "our sourced" their thinking.
Dan Solomon May 1, 2013 at 09:20 pm
Hi June: The question you raise is an interesting one. If things are so screwed up is it the faultRead More of the "system" or the people? But before I give my answer I would to say something this country. We should all celebrate the fact that we live in a functioning democracy where we are free to express our opinions, participate in the political process, and practice the religion of our choice. I think is is important to remind ourselves of this from time to time because many of us, including myself, are very critical of government so it is important to remind ourselves that there is a lot of good in our system. Anyway, now that I got that off my chest, in answer to your question I think that the problem is "the people". The reason is that every politician that is in Washington today was put there because they got the most votes. In other words they were elected by "the people". So if we don't like what the politicians are doing who else should we blame?
Procrustes' Foil April 27, 2013 at 08:59 am
I'm glad to see that you have discovered Matt Taibbi. GRIFTOPIA should be required reading forRead More anyone who votes. June, to add to your arsenal of valid information, I suggest you read Yves Smith's ECONNED. Taibbi and Smith have appeared together with Bill Moyers and are a powerful force in reporting how democracy is undermined by finance sociopaths.
Jennifer Fisher April 25, 2013 at 08:33 pm
June, your earlier post on the eye is now featured on the homepage, too. It simply got lost in theRead More shuffle. Thanks as always for your thought-provoking posts.
june shellene April 25, 2013 at 08:49 pm
Jennifer, Thanks for the note, and for your hard work. Good to know.
JellyBean1 April 13, 2013 at 04:26 pm
June- I love your posts. It's so refreshing hearing this from a (former?) Evanstonian- AnyRead More discussion with Jim Sinclair should be a treat. i look forward to reading about your visit. In case you or any of your readers are interested- My husband, Rich, writes a financial blog. Rich, originally from Linz, Austria, studied economics at Northwestern. Then, he returned to Europe and earned his banking credentials. He returned to America (for me, yeah!) and has been trading FX currency options for almost 15 years. He is now co-owner of a small trading group (as in not "too big" to fail and not connected to any government entity) at the Board of Trade. So fed up with the mainstream media reports on the economy, he decided to start a financial blog to help advise our friends and family. He doesn't receive any financial compensation from anyone for writing this blog. Rich, like you, follows JIm Sinclair and many other economists with real successful world experience (as opposed to the talking heads on TV who include many failed day traders). Today, he wrote a piece on monetary policy, stocks/bonds, housing, and currency/gold that got picked up by a German hedge fund blog that pushed it viral throughout the northern European countries. Clearly, the entire world is not asleep when it comes to the reality of the markets. The more people that can "wake up" before the crash, the better. Here's a link: http://rpreschern.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/land-of-confusion/
june shellene April 13, 2013 at 06:30 pm
Jelly Thanks...so good to hear from you. I will check out the link. Stay safe! My follow up blogRead More on seeing Sinclair should be posted any time now.
Procrustes' Foil March 22, 2013 at 09:46 am
Also read www.truthdig.com.
John March 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm
June, thanks for your post. Thanks for being a critical independent thinker.
Jordan S. Zoot June 16, 2013 at 09:52 pm
Drones serve a constructive purpose as does the electronic spying.....I will gladly trade privacyRead More for security.
june shellene March 11, 2013 at 05:15 pm
Thank you, Mr. Tech Exec.
John Brinkmann March 14, 2013 at 02:53 pm
I don't always agree with you June but as per usual, your posts are great food for thought----veryRead More good piece here!....keep writing and I'll keep reading
june shellene March 15, 2013 at 01:49 pm
John, Thanks so much...I get precious few comments, so it's nice to hear someone's out there. AndRead More yes, everything breathes all the time, so truth is an ever-moving, slippery little bugger, and I consider myself a beginner seeker of truth, at best. Plus, the last thing any thinking blogger would want would be "believers." Readers will do very nicely though.
Clif Brown March 1, 2013 at 06:43 pm
For the many of us who as young people got our story on Israel from the novel or movie Exodus, aRead More necessary corrective (the unvarnished truth) can be found in Israeli author Ilan Pappé's history, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. As for what's happening in Palestine today, view (with subtitling enabled for English) the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem's video <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/israeli-lecturing-palestinian.html">here</a>. http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/israeli-lecturing-palestinian.html Let's not forget liberty and justice for all.
Jeff Smith March 1, 2013 at 05:56 pm
Watched the Solari vid. Her second point, that the issue serves as divisive distraction, is valid.Read More Agree that some do desire to disarm the public, but recognize that there is a fair amount of public opinion chiming in, aided by some understandable reaction to sensational tragedies. Disagree with her first point, that the desire to disarm is based on fear that citizens will resist the revenooers comin' to collect higher taxes related to the fiscal cliff. I'd say it's more big-picture than even that. The renewed gun control debate does coincide with historic low American trust in government, the sprouting of relatively large political movements (Tea Party, Occupy) distrustful of both major parties and the system in general, and the consequences of failed policy on everything from Wall Street to climate. If there's a top-down drive to disarm, it's based more on -- ironically -- the same fears as preppers. But most grassroots gun control advocates I know just sincerely want to reduce the number of shootings. They just aren't looking carefully enough at the data. Read my post at tinyurl.com/geoguns
Jim February 14, 2013 at 03:12 pm
The fact of the matter is that our society is now based on images first, words second and actionRead More last. Unfortunately we are dependent on a corrupt media for the reporting of all three. As a result, voters do not know and/or do not care and Jeramiahs are not very popular as they interfere with comfort zones. It is not surprising that Hitler's "Big Lie" was effective when one sees what the socialist/fascist propaganda is accomplishing today. Usually when populations wake up, it is too late.
june shellene February 14, 2013 at 06:23 pm
John I would love to see you blogging on here. You're a good writer, and well-informed. Thanks soRead More much.
june shellene February 16, 2013 at 02:04 am
Jim AND John... The fog of political correctness and liberal brain-deadness is rampant here,Read More ushering in a fascist regime whose power will surpass all regimes that came before. I hope you start blogging here too. It's probably too late, but nevertheless, we have to do what we can.
june shellene February 5, 2013 at 05:47 pm
Thanks Eric! Thus the phrase try to see the forest...not just the trees. Or as your dad said, lookRead More for the force behind the tree...the force that made the tree. If we can't think more deeply about things, we'll never "see" past the fractious noise we call news, or, more laughably..reality. And as my dad used to say...Junie, when it's all said 'n done, it'll be the haves against the have nots. Ah, but had we been wizened enough when they were alive....we could have had some great conversations with them. But as we know, that will happen soon enough.
Jim February 8, 2013 at 04:25 pm
What is very wrong is that many people cannot abstract either to or from general principles on anyRead More level. Obviously any local issue has some relationship to national or state issues.
Jim February 9, 2013 at 04:05 pm
Getting back to a"local" issue with unintended but general consequences, read the articleRead More at the site below. Most people think the bag issue is simple. It is not. http://eeditionmobile.chicagotribune.com/Olive/Tablet/ChicagoTribune/SharedArticle.aspx?href=CTC%2F2013%2F02%2F07&id=Ar02501
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