“Although low inflation is generally good, inflation that is too low can pose risks to the economy – especially when the economy is struggling.” - Ben Bernanke
“The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.” – Alan Greenspan
There you have it – the wisdom of two Ivy League educated economists who are primarily liable for the death of the American middle class. They now receive $250,000 per speaking engagement from the crooked financial parties their monetary policies benefited; write books to try and whitewash their legacies of failure, fraud, and hubris; and bask in the glow of the corporate mainstream media propaganda storyline of them saving the world from financial Armageddon. Never have two men done so much damage to so many people, so quickly, and are not in a prison cell or swinging from a lamppost. Their crimes make Madoff look like a two bit marijuana dealer.
The self-proclaimed Great Depression “expert” Ben Bernanke peddles pabulum about inflation being too low and posing dire risk to the economy, but is blasé that swelling the Federal Reserve balance sheet debt from $900 billion in 2008 to $4.4 trillion today with his digital printing press poses any systematic risk to the country and its citizens. Either his years in academia have blinded him to the reality of his actions upon the lives of real people living in the real world, or his real constituents have not been the American people, but the Wall Street bankers that pulled his puppet strings over the last eight years.
Brain-altering drugs and digital “indoctrination” pose a potential threat not only to the stability of many individuals but of society itself. At least 10 percent of all Americans over six-years-old are on antidepressants. That’s more than 35 million people, double the number from less than two decades ago. Anti-psychotics have meanwhile eclipsed cholesterol treatments as the country’s fastest selling and most profitable drugs, even though half the prescriptions treat disorders for which they haven’t been proven effective. At least 5 million children and adolescents use them, in part because more kids are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This raises some troubling issues: Are a growing number of people experiencing psychological troubles? Have we just become better at recognizing them? Or is some other dynamic at work? One possibility is that the criteria for what constitutes a mental illness or disability may have expanded to the point that a vast number appear to have clinical problems. But there’s an even more insidious development: the drugs being used to treat many of the new diagnoses could cause long-term effects that persist after the original trouble has been resolved. That’s the case made by Robert Whitaker in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic:
Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Speaking of long-term impacts on the brain, we’re also heading toward a world where humans are directly linked with computers that profoundly influence their perceptions and ideas. Despite many potential benefits, there is danger here as well. Rather than simply augmenting our memories by providing neutral information, the brain-computer connection may lead people into separate realities based on their assumptions and politics.
Brain-altering drugs and digital “indoctrination” – a potent combination. Together, they pose a potential threat not only to the stability of many individuals but of society itself. Seduced by the promise that our brains can be managed and enhanced without serious side-effects, we may be creating a future where psychological dysfunction becomes a post-modern plague and powerful forces use cyberspace to reshape “reality” in their private interest.
~oops greg likes the *F* word so if you don’t like that word, don’t watch ;) also I’ve been listening to the same noise for over 20 years now as they subdivide all the ranches that were surrounding & ummm putting in low income housing as a deal with the county in order to crowd everything together a bit more~jude
Ok, we’ve been patient in the Miracle Mile area since a greedy developer backed by some bank that no doubt got bailout money started this project on Olympic Blvd.
Five years ago they demolished this cute single family home, to lay a massive subterranean concrete bunker, er parking garage for a failed condo project to finally spend a month tearing it all out. I don’t think noise levels this high are even legal but since I’m not a lawyer and have to work for a living I don’t have time to pursue it. Seriously… who the hell is in charge in LA?
A sign of the times, our recovering economy. At least these contractors have some work.
“Why, God, why should I read another article about evolution!”would some readers exclaim at the mere sight of this article’s title. Yet, evolution is one of the cornerstones of modern Humanism, the main ideology behind the atheist states called Western Democracies. Evolution is where some of our times’ greatest athei
sts hide in; their texts reveal a major logical fallacy that is adapted and repeated day and night by these governments on every possible issue. Logical fallacies were used to market the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Logical fallacies are used by the USA government to explain 9/11. Not surprisingly, schools in Western countries don’t teach logics, leaving Western citizens susceptible to government attacks on us.
God at Work
A Big Bang of Evolution
Western Ideals and Lies
Many scientists fail to see that religion and science can live together in peace. They consider religion a threat. Their most troubling claim is: “We know how the universe works; therefore there is no God.” Richard Dawkins in his “The Blind Watchmaker” was one of the loudest advocates of this school. He claimed that if there were a God, He would be a blind watchmaker, since there was no place for Him in a world defined by exact physical rules. He would be to the world as a blind watchmaker to the watches: useless. That was a suspiciously simplistic claim for such a formidably trained mind, who regularly appears at atheists’ conventions with the success of a rock-star. His argumentation is paramount to claiming that since I know how a television set works, then “Sony”—the creator of the set—couldn’t have created it, and in fact doesn’t exist.
In logics, this type of argument is called a “Non Sequitur” (Latin for “it does not follow”). This is an argument whose conclusion does not follow from its arguments; the entire argument is fallacious because there is a disconnection between the premise and the conclusion. In other words, Sony does exist, they created their own television models, and Richard Dawkins is attempting to bluff us into soulless atheism.
by Alexander S. Holub, Nov 20, 2004 Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 05:35:11 PM
The next time you hear from some fundamentalist Christian talking about how the United States of America was founded by a group of church-going Christians, as the fundamentalists claim they are, think about this:
The revolution against England was NOT a popular idea. Most people in The Colonies were quite happy with the way things were going. The people who were concerned about the taxes were those who would have to pay the majority of the taxes: the wealthy, the factories, and the shop owners. The majority of people in this country worked either for themselves or for someone else. The Boston Tea Party, you will recall, occurred because of the tax on tea. The fact of the matter is that most of the people in The Colonies didn’t drink tea. It was mainly the wealthy who retained that habit. It was, though, symbolic for the continued taxing to pay for the British nobility’s excesses. Fundamentalist Christians have this mistaken idea that when The Declaration of Independence was signed, everyone stood in line to sign it. Actually, it took over 5 years for everyone to sign it. That was well after the Revolutionary War was won. Part of the problem was transportation the other part was that many of the signers weren’t sure that breaking away from England was the best thing to do. After all, England was the greatest military and naval power in the world and their protection was an asset. So what if they taxed The Colonies? The taxes were necessary for having the British military and navy ready to defend them.
Now, what about the Founding Fathers of the United States?
Something like 98% of the Founding Fathers of the United States were MASONS. Their main religious affiliation was UNITARIAN. The rest were either Catholic or Church of England. If you will look at the Masonic rolls of Boston (MA), New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Richmond (VA) and a dozen other cities lining the east coast, it reads like a Who’s Who in American History. Many of the historical figures who came to help The Colonies in their break from England (e.g. Lafayette from France and Polaski from Poland) were also Masons. In fact, many of the officers who were fighting on the British side were also Masons. Masons, at that time, were DEISTS. A deist is one who believes that a God created the world but that same God doesn’t interfere with it. Most Christians are theists. A theist sees God interfering with or can interfere with what’s happening in the world. (This isn’t any different than the Pagans who believed that the gods interfered with the lives of humans.) In other words, the Founding Fathers of this country saw that what happens here was up to them. It wasn’t God’s will that The Colonies break away from England. It wasn’t God’s will that there be a United States of America. Nor was Manifest Destiny God’s will. It wasn’t God’s will that the United States eventually become a world power.
“He owes them for everything. Everything he’s got – they gave to him. Everything. The guy’s Manchurian to the shoes on his feet.” -WHI
Note: For the past two years we have been receiving information from a longtime Democratic Party operative who has worked at the highest levels of American politics -including direct access to presidential administrations. Once closely allied to the Clinton machine, and then later playing a significant role in helping to elect Barack Obama in 2008, this individual came to realize just how inept and dangerous was the then-newly elected President Obama and his circle of closest advisers, namely Valerie Jarrett. Since that time this insider has time and again shared information that has later proven accurate, including rampant White House infighting, re-election strategies, Obama’s strained relationship with Democrats in Congress and the U.S. military, and more personal details specific to Barack Obama the man – a figure who suffers from emotional extremes including depression and who spends far more time in his second floor White House study than he does working in the Oval Office as President of the United States.
Here now is Part One of our most recent face to face interview with White House Insider…
UM: We agreed to a series of word associations to start this off. You still ok with that?
WHI: Sure – yeah. Fire away.
UM: Mitt Romney.
WHI: The next President of the United States. He better be – or…or people don’t know – they don’t realize how bad – how dangerous things will get. And fast.
Is Barack Obama a brilliant orator, captivating millions through his eloquence? Or is he deliberately using the techniques of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis developed by Milton Erickson, M.D.?
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“Tales of Mystery and Imagination Edgar Allan Poe” (Narration Orson Welles)
For my own part, I have never had a thought
Which I could not set down in words
With even more distinctness that which I conceived it.
There is however a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy
Which are not thoughts and to which as yet
I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt to language.
These fancies arise in the soul,
Alas how rarely, only at epochs
Of most intense tranquillity
When the bodily and mental health are in perfection.
And those mere points of time
When the confines of the waking world
Blend with the world of dreams.
And so I captured this fancy
Where all that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.