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Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 11:22 am
@hightor,
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Obviously — they were coined a hundred years after the Constitution was written.

By the future father of Communism. What in the US Constitution leads you to think they would have agreed with Marx on his total control of people via the govt? Communism is the antithesis of our Constitutional Republic.

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The WPA and the CCC were, however, quite effective.

Both of which were short term programs and were not meant to be long term programs. They did what they were needed for and they were ended.

What about those shovel ready jobs Obama promised? How much taxpayer money was wasted on that scam?
hightor
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 11:42 am
@Baldimo,
My (only) point was that even Marx expected that everyone would make a contribution of some sort, as opposed to welfare state liberals who were happy to simply mail out checks — the only skills the recipients learned were how to stand in line while waiting to meet their case worker.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 11:47 am
@hightor,
Wrong, what Marx expected was people to be slaves to the govt. and do as their told. There was no freedom in such a system, and that's why it's failed everywhere it has been tried. Most people don't like the idea of "land reforms" or their business's being taken from them for the "greater good".
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 11:51 am
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:
Quote:
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs

Spoken like a true Marxist... these were not the founding principles of the US.


Acts of the Apostles wrote:
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 11:55 am
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:
Wrong, what Marx expected was people to be slaves to the govt. and do as their told.
The Marx quote is part of his posthum published letter Critique of the Gotha Program.

Your fantasy really is fantastic.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 12:00 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
It's the legacy of McCarthyism, once the Soviet Union became a threat all kinds of Socialist commentators, academics and governments were demonised. The simple minded still believe that ****.
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Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 12:05 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Quote:
The Marx quote is part of his posthum published letter Critique of the Gotha Program.

Your fantasy really is fantastic.

Fantasy? In which country has Communism lead to more freedom? Re-education camps? Bread lines? Communism killed over 100 million people in less than 100 years and you guys would be the first ones to go in a political purge...
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 12:07 pm
@Baldimo,
Its amazing how you seem to view a war as a career opportunity for a nations economy.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 12:09 pm
@farmerman,
Quote:
Its amazing how you seem to view a war as a career opportunity for a nations economy.

Where did I say such a thing? Exact quote please.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 12:22 pm
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:
Fantasy? In which country has Communism lead to more freedom?
Did you actually read the Critique of the Gotha Programme? Have an idea, about why this letter was written?

Baldimo wrote:
Communism killed over 100 million people in less than 100 years and you guys would be the first ones to go in a political purge..
If one compares the founding program (Eisenach Program) of the more Marxist-oriented Social Democratic Workers Party of 1869 with the adopted Gothaer Program of the Socialist Workers Party of Germany of 1875 and the Erfurt Program of 1891 (by the then Social Democratic Party of Germany [SPD], conclusions can be drawn about the effect of Marx and Engels on the programs.
Many demands can be found in all three programs, such as the legislation of the people, the Volkswehr, or the free justice system.
Marx's criticism of the draft of the Gotha programme was followed in the final version to a very small extent only.
For the first time, the Erfurt programme calls for the eight-hour working day, the prohibition of gainful employment for children under 14 years of age and the prohibition of night work for economic sectors that do not necessarily require it. In contrast to the previous programmes, for the first time men and women will be treated absolutely equally in all respects.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 12:56 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Then came WWI and then came the Nazi's and WWII... socialism for the win! Germany doesn't exactly have a stellar record in the 20th Century, but you can keep explaining Germany for us.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 01:16 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
You heard it here first, calls for equality between men and women in Germany are what lead to WW1.

We're very lucky to have Baldy to guide us on all things historical or we might believe all that bollocks about Franz Ferdinand playing in Sarajevo.
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RABEL222
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 01:25 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter. I get a kick out of the way you knock the props out from under our residents. They post b s that everyone knows is b s but let it ride. You post facts that render them speechless except for the fact they post even more ridicules b s. You are my hero. I wish I was as well read as you.
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Builder
 
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Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2019 03:46 pm
Interesting angle on the "war" between president and the federal reserve.

It also sheds light on the invasion of Libya, and the theft of their gold reserves.

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Various central banks have been converting their dollar reserves into gold, which reduces the demand for dollars and increases the demand for gold. Existing stocks of gold available to fill orders are being drawn down, and new mining output is not keeping pace with the rise in demand. Perhaps this is the explanation for the rise in the price of gold.

During the many years of Quantitative Easing the exchange value of the dollar was protected by the Japanese, British, and EU central banks also printing money to insure that their currencies did not rise in value relative to the dollar. The Federal Reserve needs to protect the dollar’s exchange value so that it continues in its role as the world’s reserve currency in which international transactions are conducted.

If the dollar loses this role, the US will lose the ability to pay its bills by printing dollars. A dollar declining in value relative to other countries would cause flight from the dollar to the rising currencies. Catastrophe quickly occurs from increasing the supply of a currency that central banks are unwilling to hold.

One problem remained. The dollar was depreciating relative to gold. Rigging the currency market was necessary but not sufficient to stabilize the dollar’s value. The gold market also had to be rigged. To stop the dollar’s depreciation, naked short selling has been used to artificially increase the supply of paper gold in order to suppress the price.

Unlike equities, gold shorts don’t have to be covered. This turns the price-setting gold futures market into a paper market where contracts are settled primarily in cash and not by taking delivery of gold. Therefore, participants can increase the supply of the paper gold traded in the futures market by printing new contracts. When large numbers of contracts are suddenly dumped in the market, the sudden increase in paper gold supply drives down the price. This has worked until now.

If flight from the dollar is beginning, it will make it difficult for the Federal Reserve to accommodate the growing US budget deficit and continue its policy of lowering interest rates. With central banks moving their reserves from dollars (US Treasury bonds and bills) to gold, the demand for US government debt is not keeping up with supply.

The supply will be increasing due to the $1.5 trillion US budget deficit. The Federal Reserve will have to take up the gap between the amount of new debt that has to be issued and the amount that can be sold by purchasing the difference. In other words, the Fed will print more money with which to purchase the unsold portion of the new debt.

The creation of more dollars when the dollar is experiencing pressure puts more downward pressure on the dollar. To protect the dollar, that is, to make it again attractive to investors and central banks, the Federal Reserve would have to raise interest rates substantially. If the US economy is in recession or moving toward recession, the cost of rising interest rates would be high in terms of unemployment.

With a rising price of gold, who would want to hold debt denominated in a rapidly depreciating currency when interest rates are low, zero, or negative?

The Federal Reserve might have no awareness of the pending crisis that it has set up for itself. On the other hand, the Federal Reserve is responsive to the elite who want to rid themselves of Trump.

Collapsing the economy on Trump’s head is one way to prevent his reelection.


source
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 12:56 am
Revealed: Republican lawmaker aided group training young men for 'biblical warfare'
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The group ‘Team Rugged’ offers ‘patriotic and biblical training’ that includes instruction on how to use knives and guns

The Republican politician Matt Shea connected close allies with a group offering training to young men in “biblical warfare” that includes how to use knives, pistols and rifles, with lessons based in part on the teachings of a Georgia-based neo-Confederate pastor, emails obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Shea, who is an elected Washington state representative, later made videos in support of the group, and appeared alongside them at a gathering at a religious community in remote eastern Washington. He also paid the founder of the group money from his campaign fund in 2018.

The emails, sent in July 2016, begin with an email from Patrick Caughran, who presents himself as the founder of a training group called Team Rugged. They were provided to the Guardian by a former Shea associate who was copied in on the exchange.

Caughran asks Shea to publicize a link to the group’s Facebook page, and put him in touch with “John Jacob Schmidt”, the nom de guerre of Shea associate, Jack Robertson. Robertson is a rightwing podcast host who advocates for conservatives to move to the “American Redoubt” in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana, and, with Shea, campaigns for eastern Washington to secede and form its own state.

On Team Rugged website, it is described as “a Christian organization that strongly believes in building manly character and the capability to stand in adversity in young men”.

In his email to Shea, however, Caughran offers a different description, saying that the group exists “to provide patriotic and biblical training on war for young men”.

He continues: “Everything about it is both politically incorrect and what would be considered shocking truth to most modern Christians.”

Caughran also wrote: “There will be scenarios where every participant will have to fight against one of the most barbaric enemies that are invading our country, Muslims terrorists (sic)”.

Caughran goes on to detail the group’s training regime, writing that “there will be biblical teaching (some taken from pastor John Weaver’s works) on biblical warfare, the responsibilities, regulations, principles and mindset. So that our young men will be better prepared to fight against physical enemies, and to do so, God’s way and with His blessing”.
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Builder
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 01:51 am

How deep is this rabbit hole?

source


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When Bill Clinton walked daughter Chelsea down the aisle in 2010, Ghislaine Maxwell beamed from a prime position.

Ms Maxwell was a friend of John F Kennedy Jr, hit up the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party in 2014 and was snapped with royalty and the Trumps.

For two decades, the Paris-born, Oxford-educated trust-fund daughter of media baron Robert Maxwell was also at the centre of the Jeffrey Epstein pedophile sex scandal, according to civil court documents.

Convicted sex offender Epstein, 66, hanged himself while awaiting trail in a New York prison on August 10, authorities say.

But the investigation into his proclivities is continuing, and reports say Ms Maxwell may be the next target.

Trouble is, there’s speculation those in charge have lost track of her.

“Authorities have had trouble” locating her, according to the Washington Post.

After telling friends she planned to vanish, she hasn’t been seen for “weeks” by neighbours at her homes in London and Salisbury, said the Telegraph.

“Those who know her say it’s possible she’s as much of a Houdini as Epstein,” reported Vanity Fair.

“Both of them liked having secrets and the way those secrets kept people off balance.”
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 01:58 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Sounds like an Al Qaeda training camp...
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 06:46 am
Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study
5 hours ago, AFP/Phys.Org
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-08-climate-deniers-media-scientists.html

Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fuelling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday.

From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to "natural" causes got 50 percent more ink than an equal number of top scientists, according to a study in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal.

Even in a more select group of mainstream English language news outlets with high standards of evidence—from the New York Times and The Guardian to The Wall Street Journal and the Daily Telegraph—sceptics were still cited slightly more often.

In reality, there has long been overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that global warming—caused mainly by burning fossil fuels—poses a major threat to civilisation and much of life on Earth.

An increase of only one degree Celsius had triggered rising seas and a crescendo of deadly extreme weather, and Earth is on track to heat up another three degrees by century's end.

"Climate change contrarians have successfully organised a strong voice within politics and science communication," noted the authors, led by Alexander Petersen at the University of California at Merced.

"Such disproportionate media visibility of contrarian arguments and actors misrepresents the distribution of expert-based beliefs," they continued.

"It also undermines the credible authority of career climate change scientists and reinforces the trend of climate change contrarians presiding over public scientific discourse."

Over the last year, public concern over global warming has grown dramatically, sparked in part by an October UN report warning that only a wholesale overhaul of the global economy and consumption patterns can forestall climate chaos.

In Europe, green parties running on a platform of climate action gaining nearly two dozen seats in EU parliamentary elections. Climate protesters drawing from the civil disobedience playbook of Marin Luther King and Gandhi, meanwhile, have spilled into the streets.

Sowing doubt

In the United States, a call for climate action has become a litmus test among Democratic candidates for president, and many young people have rallied around the legislative initiative known as the Green New Deal.

A handful of western governments have pledged to slash carbon emissions to "net zero" by mid-century.

But even today, established media continue to provide platforms for dubious or discredited assertions about global warming.

Last week, for example, US business magazine Forbes published an article on its website entitled "Global Warming? An Israeli Astrophysicist Provides Alternative View That is Not Easy To Reject".

The "alternative view"—that warming is caused by the Sun and not CO2 emissions—is thoroughly discredited, and the magazine was compelled within hours to remove the piece.

In testimony last month before the US Senate that took on confessional tones, long-time Republican Party strategist Frank Luntz revealed a key moment nearly 20 years ago in the campaign to blunt action against global warming.

"You need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate," he told party operatives in a memo during George W. Bush's first term in office.

The disquieting term "global warming", he further suggested, should be replaced with "climate change".

"I'm here before you to say that I was wrong in 2001," he told a Senate committee.

In the new study, Petersen and colleagues scanned 100,000 news items published from 2000 through 2016 for bylines, citations and mentions of 386 scientists, and 386 "contrarians".

"Tallying across all media sources we find climate change contrarian media visibility to be 49 percent greater than climate change visibility," they wrote.

The imbalance was made worse by the amplifying effect of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, they added.

More information: Alexander Michael Petersen et al. Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09959-4
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snood
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 07:39 am
Dotard is saying he is suspending the China Tariff so he doesn’t ruin Christmas for Americans.


If China is paying for the tariff, why would it ruin Christmas for Americans?
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blatham
 
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Reply Wed 14 Aug, 2019 03:43 pm
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In an attempt to defend his stance that there be no exemptions for rape or incest in abortion bans, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday mulled whether there’d be any population left without people born from such violence.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” he said at a speaking event in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/steve-king-reelection-2020-population-rape-incest-abortion

Yes. If Steve King's wife, daughters, female relatives and all those female Republicans who voted for him were gang-raped by large men of non-white ethnicities, that would constitute a robust moral good.

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