“Globalism depends, for its success, on the acceptance of Glob-u-lism.” – J Rappoport
Human beings tend to define themselves. They sum themselves up. They present themselves with a picture of what they are.
They may not do this with precision, but they do it. And the common factor is all about limitation because, after all, definitions involve drawing boundaries. Definitions describe what is inside those boundaries and exclude what’s outside. That’s limitation.
The most pervasive way this process is carried out is through making “the past” the great determinant of the present, as if the past is a series of links that, naturally, shape the ongoing Now.
“The past adds up to the present.”
Cause and effect.
It’s a nice neat package.
And if past history isn’t enough, people can resort to a vague idea of genetic determination. Or inherent and permanent IQ. Or the pressure exerted on them by their environment. More cause and effect.
Finally, you can add a cherry on the cake: open possibility for the future, if it exists at all, comes from the universe, or The Force, or the cosmos, squeezed out of a tube like toothpaste and passed to a person by the grace of a Something that responds to good behavior and patience. Continue reading
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Outside the New York Fed, September 17, 2012
What the New York Fed attempted to pull off this past Monday with its full-day conference for the execs of wayward Wall Street banks was a public relations stunt to switch the national debate from its culture to Wall Street’s culture. Styled as a “Workshop on Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry,” the event came less than a month after ProPublica and public radio’s “This American Life” released internal tape recordings made by a former New York Fed bank examiner, Carmen Segarra, revealing a regulator with no bark or bite.
ProPublica’s Jake Bernstein wrote that the tapes and a confidential report by an outside consultant demonstrated the New York Fed’s “history of deference to banks.”
But there is far more to this story. Wall Street banking executives, who elect two-thirds of the Board of Directors of the New York Fed and have frequently served on its Board, have structured the institution to be its sycophant. Consider the fact that Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, sat on the Board of the New York Fed from 2007 through 2012 as the regulator failed to follow through on three separate staff recommendations that JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Office undergo a thorough investigation, as reported this week by the Federal Reserve System’s Inspector General. Continue reading
James Corbett appears on “Breaking The Set” with Abby Martin to discuss his documentary film, “Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve.” James and Abby discuss what the Federal Reserve is, why it must be opposed, and how best to end the current system of debt servitude.
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What is the Federal Reserve system? How did it come into existence? Is it part of the federal government? How does it create money? Why is the public kept in the dark about these important matters? In this feature-length documentary film, The Corbett Report explores these important question and pulls back the curtain on America’s central bank.
“Extreme Palestinian misery is ignored. They’re dehumanized. Their lives and well-being aren’t important. They faced the world’s fourth most powerful army. They did so with light arms and ineffective rockets. Israel launched OPE. It did so lawlessly. Palestinians were victimized. It wasn’t the first time. It won’t be the last.” – S Lendman
On October 21, Reuters headlined “UN chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry.”
“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of UN sites to store weapons.”
Ban is a notorious imperial stooge. His credibility is sorely lacking. He supports powerful interests. He spurns Palestinian rights. More on his alleged intentions below.
Israel is a rogue terror state. It’s guilty of high crimes against peace. Longstanding militarized occupation is a crime against humanity.
So are Gaza’s blockade, collective punishment, and deliberately targeting civilians. Doing so is official Israeli policy.
Noncombatants are considered legitimate targets. Inviolable international law doesn’t matter.
A previous article discussed UN Human Rights Council President Baudelaire Ndong Ella. In August, he announced the formation of an “independent, international commission of inquiry” into war crimes committed during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.
International human rights law expert Professor William Schabas was appointed to chair a three-person panel. His special focus is genocide. It remains to be seen which side he’s on.
Israeli investigations whitewash high crimes too egregious to ignore. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights:
“Rather than uphold the rule of law, the Israeli investigative and judicial system is artfully manipulated to provide an illusion of investigative and judicial rigour, while systematically perpetuating pervasive impunity.”
“Here’s the bottom line: Someone tried to rescue the market last Wednesday. And it’s becoming a regular occurrence.” – J Crudele
Mysterious forces were trying their best, but they couldn’t keep the stock market from swooning Wednesday.
They failed in the morning, despite massive purchases of stock index futures contracts. Within minutes of the market’s opening, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 350 points. Later in the day — after a lot of shocking ebb and flow — the Dow bottomed out with a decline of 460 points.
It was only in the last hour of trading that the market saviors managed to trim the Dow loss to just 173 points. And they succeeded only after Janet Yellen’s private, upbeat remarks about the economy were leaked.
Welcome to a new kind of stock market — one that the average investor should refuse to be invested in.
Anyone whose investments tightly track the major indices is now losing money since the beginning of 2014. The Dow is down 1.1 percent on the year, with the S&P and Nasdaq up 3 percent for 2014.
Just for the record, I’ve been telling you for years that the stock market was in a bubble and that you should enjoy it while it lasts because bubbles always pop. Continue reading
Tom Sunic (Tomislav Sunic) is an author, translator, former Croatian diplomat and a former US professor of political science. Mr. Sunic has published books, essays and newspaper articles in French, German, English and Croatian on subjects of cultural pessimism, politics, metapolitics and European identity.
He joins us to discuss the banning of the National Policy Institute (NPI), conference in Hungary by the Hungarian government. NPI is an independent think-tank and publishing firm dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of European people in the United States and around the world. Based in the US, NPI hosts a number of events inviting top notch scholars and academics for the purpose of debate but the western establishment has labeled these scholars racists and extremists. Continue reading