What we all were taught since grade school is ‘ Voting is the most important civic duty we have ‘ . Sadly, nothing was instilled in us about our rights of free speech, assembly and dissent. Ben Franklin himself stated ‘ Dissent is the lifeblood of democracy’ . The other day this guy comes to our door handing out flyers for some local candidate he refers to as a ‘ Real conservative…. She supports Fair Taxes ‘ . Oh, I said, you mean she wants to get rid of the federal income tax ( obviously, since Florida has no state income taxes ) replacing it with Sales Tax Increases. ‘ No ‘ , this genius parrots back, ‘ We want a Consumption Tax , much fairer than the income tax. ‘ Oh, I reply, you mean , like I just said, she wants a sales tax increase to make up for not having a federal income tax. He wouldn’t budge on the wording Sales Tax, so I went along with his tag. I asked him if he ever noticed how much we all pay at the gas pump in taxes, out of the nearly $ 3.00 a gallon we fork over. He did not have a clue as to what this all meant. Continue reading →
I was completely astounded this evening when I came about an article that questioned the “scientific inquiry” into the sinking of the Cheonan, the South Korean corvette allegedly sunk by the North Korean navy. The validity of the investigation was questioned by two American investigators from John Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. Researchers J.J. Suh and Seung-Hun Lee cast doubts over the investigation conducted by the South Korean Joint Investigation Group (JIG). According to Suh and Lee: Continue reading →
WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary AWD, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.
Renowned linguist and political critic Noam Chomsky delivered this address by pre-recorded video to the attendees of the United National Peace Conference in Albany, New York on July 24, 2010.
Video by Charngchi Way, Authority Smashers Collective http://www.authoritysmashers.wordpres…
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Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector,” is a former network TV producer, radio newscaster, and edits MediaChannel.org. He has written nine books on media themes. His latest, ‘Plunder’, was inspired by his latest film, In Debt We Trust: America Before The Bubble Bursts