Thinking about happiness and unpleasantness by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gpln.com
August 5, 2011

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Thinking about happiness and unpleasantness

  • If you are committed to maintaining a clean house, you have to, from time to time, go around looking for dirt.  No one likes to clean, but if you don’t look for dirt you can’t clean up the mess, and if you don’t clean up the mess, you won’t live in a clean house.
  • If you ignore the liars, cheats, and thieves who take advantage of the weak and defenseless, they will become very successful at what they do.   Continue reading

Trouble by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gpln.com
July 21, 2011

Stamp of Moldova: 50th anniversary of the Univ...

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Trouble!  We got trouble, my friends, right here in River City!  Trouble, trouble… trouble.

Politicians these days seem to end every address they make with the prayer… “… and God Bless America!”   God hears.

Trouble.  We got trouble.

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War, Treason, Redemption by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gpln.com
July 11, 2011

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We are in the middle of a war.  We are being attacked by a relatively small number of people, many of whom have been able to acquire great wealth and power… or hope to do so.  Their mercenaries are various governments, corporations, and militaries – including our own US government/military/ industrial complex.  They are working to control as much of the earth’s people and resources as they can.  In the process, they commit unconscionable crimes without regard for what in the world gets destroyed or who in the world gets hurt.    Continue reading

America is America Because of You by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gpln.com
May 29, 2011

America is not dead because others have lost their belief in the Constitution; the Constitution is alive because it lives in you. Regardless of how or why our leaders sometimes lose their way, some Americans remain true to their ideals. As long as there is one or two of us who believe in the rule of law, justice lives. Some citizens have forgotten their ideals and their aspirations but many have not. Continue reading

Time to Tell the Truth: Obama Ought to be Impeached by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gpln.com
May 19, 2011

change in chains

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I would agree that we have no elected officials who have the courage to tell the truth, but that shouldn’t mean that we citizens should give up on the truth too, just because it is no longer popular to believe in it in this country. If you want to live in a country that lives by the Constitution and the rule of law, then you have to believe in the truth and support the rule of law. Early on in his administration Obama broke the law when he failed to prosecute his predecessor. It’s called being an Accessory After the Fact. It’s a crime.
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Why is the Fed Managing the Economy? by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gpln.com
May 14, 2011

Puppies Against the Fed

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The Fed is essentially a private organization made up of private banks whose job it is to manage monetary policy. Monetary policy means managing the supply of money in the economy. There’s only so much the Fed can accomplish by changing the supply of money in the economy. In addition, the Federal Reserve is really a misnamed organization, given that it is not really an arm of the government, but rather a privately controlled organization. It seems totally inappropriate that the Fed should be put in charge of solving our country’s economic woes, particularly when you consider that it was the Fed’s irresponsible gross mismanagement of the banks that crippled the economy in the first place.

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The TSA is a Terrorist Organization by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
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May 7, 2011

TSA Sucks

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What is a terrorist organization if it’s not an organization that uses terror to intimidate people into altering their behavior and political beliefs until they are brought into alignment with the terrorist organization? I accuse the TSA of being this because I know that the TSA does not protect citizens from terrorists but rather induces fear and causes people to give up their sense of security, making them willing to surrender and abdicate their basic rights, freedoms, sense of well-being, and happiness. I can prove this by just pointing out a few obvious facts:

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What You Need To Know To Save Your Ass – Part 2 by Mark A. Goldman

Puppies Against the Fed

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by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://www.gpln.com
April 24, 2011

In Part I, I talked about how the Fed creates money and why it doesn’t make sense for banks, bank employees and/or their private owners to benefit personally from the interest received on funds that banks are able to create out of nothing, which they then lend to bank customers (which in some cases is the government). The bankers were given authority to create those funds out of nothing in order to control the supply of money for the sole benefit of The People. Bankers, when they make loans, (to the extent they are creating and lending newly created money) are acting as agents of The People. The People are the true and sovereign owner of those funds and so it is The People, (i.e., the government), that should be the recipient of those interest payments.

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What You Need to Know to Save Your Ass by Mark A. Goldman

Cover of "Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth...

Cover of Web of Debt

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://www.gpln.com
April 20, 2011

The political and economic strategies this country is pursuing are not sustainable and the folks who hold the reins of power know it.   They are pursuing strategies designed to facilitate the ability of big money interests to drain as much wealth as possible from those who have the least political clout to those who have the most and they will take those strategies as far as they possibly can.

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I, Juror by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
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April 5, 2011

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Yesterday, 3/29/2011, I was a juror and today I feel like I’m the one who put the last nail in the coffin of justice.  I did my job, but I couldn’t deliver justice.  I participated in a system that no longer works and by doing so allowed the illusion to persist that we are a nation of laws and that justice in America is blind.  In so doing I helped validate a system that allows injustice to persist.  I can’t change today what I did yesterday.  And yet I can’t honestly say that had I done something else, it would have made any difference at all.  My heart is breaking.

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Blood, death and failure by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://www.gpln.com
January 19, 2011

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It was reported today that President Obama confronted the president of China, Hu Jintao, about China’s human rights record.

There is no question that China’s record on human rights is nothing to be proud of, but by my way of thinking, Obama’s record on human rights ought to have earned him his walking papers by now… by way of impeachment . Continue reading

Obama’s continued disrespect for the rule of law by Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
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Dec. 17, 2010

Free Bradley Manning Rally

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Bradley Manning, the alleged Whistle Blower accused of releasing classified documents to Wikileaks, is reportedly being mistreated as he awaits trial. [see video below]

President Obama and Congress continue to disappoint as they fail to uphold the letter and spirit of the law. Bradley Manning is being punished for a crime of which he has yet to be found guilty.

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The Lesson of Repression By Mark A. Goldman

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://www.gpln.com
Nov. 18, 2010

If you want to fly these days, there’s a high probability that you will be given two choices.  The choices are:  subject yourself to potentially harmful x-rays as you allow a stranger to view your naked body or,  be patted down by someone you don’t know in a manner that others have described as humiliating, demeaning, and emotionally debilitating.  To touch someone the way a TSA official touches people (http://www.ourlittlechatterboxes.com/2010/11/tsa-sexual-assault.html) would be a crime in any other setting, but no longer is classified as such when a TSA employee does it.  How America is being protected by having a TSA agent touch your penis, vagina or breasts is not explained.

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Reflecting on Soros by Mark A. Goldman (2009)

by Mark A. Goldman
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published at www.gpln.com on Nov. 7, 2009
Sept. 30, 2010

I’m writing in response to the George Soros lectures recently given at the CEU and made available at the Financial Times web site.

I have a degree in economics and an MBA in Finance, both from highly regarded schools. It’s been 40 years since I got my Wharton MBA and it’s taken me almost that long to figure out that my degree was designed more to help me make money for people, (many of whom extract more from society than they contribute to it), than it was to help me understand the dysfunctional institutions they own or manage.

I think Soros made some excellent observations during his lectures and his ambitious attempt to formulate a new economic theory is noteworthy. My view is that his observations are not only insightful, as they obviously contributed to his success in business, but I think his theory, once expanded, will be helpful in preventing another debacle like the one we’re going through now. In any event, he’s right that something needs to change, as most of the economists we hear from in the main stream media operate inside a box that would best be dismantled. I think he made that point as well.

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