Posted by: quiscus | October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

1.  “As taught by Socrates, the pursuit of truth can only begin once you start to question and analyze every belief you ever hold dear. If a certain belief passes the tests of evidence, deduction, and logic, it should be kept. If it doesn’t, not only should the belief be discarded, but the thinker must also then question why he was led to believe the erroneous information in the first place. We’ve been purposely misled on what happened on 9/11/01 by the Government. Why? Truth was replaced with war profiteering, fraud, cronyism, and a lot more political corruption.

2.  “Trudeau’s War Measures Act: A Reminiscence

On Friday, Oct. 16, 1970, I woke up at about 7:00 a.m. and turned on the radio. At the time, I was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The news I heard shocked me. In the middle of the night, Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had invoked the War Measures Act. What was that? I had never heard of it. The radio announcer explained that by invoking this law, Trudeau had given himself the power to arrest anyone he wished and to hold any people he wished in jail indefinitely without charging them with a crime.


My thoughts on Trudeau’s invocation of the War Measures Act are relevant today because of what I learned from this: that my instinctive distrust of government officials who claim vast discretionary powers over their citizens is likely to be justified.


I learned in the newspaper the next day that the law also gave Trudeau the powers of:


(a) censorship, and the control and suppression of publications, writings, maps, plans, photographs, communications, and means of communication;
(b) arrest, detention exclusion, and deportation;
(c) control of the harbors, ports, and territorial waters of Canada and the movements of vessels;
(d) transportation by land, air, or water and the control of the transport of persons and things;
(e) trading, exportation, importation, production, and manufacture;
(f) appropriation, control, forfeiture, and disposition of property and of the use thereof.


In essence, then, the act gave Trudeau totalitarian power.

So, what’s the lesson? It’s to distrust government when it claims sweeping new powers.”

3.  “CIA paid Liverpool buyout tycoon millions…to use his jet for ‘torture’ flights


A jet owned by a senior executive in the US firm which has bought Liverpool Football Club was chartered by the CIA and used in flights allegedly linked to the rendition of terror suspects.

The plane is owned by Phillip Morse, 69, the vice-chairman of New England Sports Ventures, which bought the club on Friday for £300million.


An investigation has established that between 2002 and 2005 the CIA chartered the plane from Mr Morse for millions of pounds and made extensive use of it.”–use-jet-torture-flights.html

4.  “Why Military Spending Stays Off Limits

Obama’s military budgets are huge because there are no significant political obstacles to making them that way and there are no political incentives to make them smaller. A first, small step in changing the way we talk about military spending involves referring to military spending as just that. If military spending is ever going to be reduced, most Americans will need to acknowledge that the vast majority of military spending has a tenuous or non-existent relationship to the defense of the United States. At the very least, critics of that spending should avoid casually referring to it as defense spending, when that is not the purpose of most of these expenditures. ”

5.  “U.S. political ads stoke fear of foreigners

Democrats and Republicans pounding each other on the airwaves are sounding a nativist tone, castigating opponents as supporters of foreign corporations, illegal immigrants and workers abroad.”,0,1399379.story

6.  Of course they do – they live on a diet of bad faith:

“Wall Street, White House blame homeowners in foreclosure crisis”


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