Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Humpday Humor: Silence Is A Political Stance

Lee Camp explains why "silence is a political stance"...

Check out more of Lee's political satire here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is "Intellectual Property" Actually Property?

Thanks to Stephan Kinsella for tipping me off to the mass seizure of website domain names by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

From last December:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations teamed with 10 foreign law enforcement agencies to seize hundreds of domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. 
The 706 domain names seized were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season. The operations were coordinated by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, D.C.
-Emphasis mine-

The ICE people are claiming that imitating & copying are criminal acts.  But would it be possible to have a comfortable lifestyle without copying?  If imitation is a real crime then Ford and General Motors owe a lot to the inventor of the wheel.  

The anti-copying propaganda campaign is well-funded by the likes of Sony Music, Disney Studios, Pfizer and Eli Lilly.

If you have ever questioned the propaganda and wondered if intellectual property is actually property then you should check out Mr. Kinsella's work.  He gives a great introduction here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Harry Truman Writing on Palestine

In 1946 U.S. President Harry Truman wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia about Palestine.  In his letter Truman writes:
The Government and people of the United States have given support to the concept of a Jewish National Home in Palestine ever since the termination of the first World War...
World War I had been over for nearly thirty years at the time of this letter.  This means that a Jewish home in Palestine has been "official U.S. policy" for almost a full century.

Harry Truman with Crown Prince Saud
Truman continues:

I do not consider that my urging of the admittance of a considerable number of displaced Jews into Palestine or my statements with regard to the solution of the problem of Palestine in any sense represent an action hostile to the Arab people. 

For over six decades the U.S. has chosen to walk the tightrope by supporting the Saudi Arab monarchy while also supporting Israel against Palestinian Arab's.  The world's largest military supporting and opposing Arab people depending upon where they stand on the earth has been and always will be a recipe for disaster.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Dictator's Greatest Source of Power

Have you ever wondered where dictator's derive their power from?

Based on this comment by Dr. Steven Greer it comes from their subjects passivity.

Clip from the Joe Rogan podcast.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Purpose of Television

Actor Richard Kind explains the entire purpose of television in under 20 seconds...

Clip from Kevin Pollak's Chat Show

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fair Reporting by the AP on Israel/Palestine?

Israeli soldiers detaining Palestinian children
in the West Bank (2012)

Eleven days into Israel's most recent invasion of Gaza the AP reports that one Israeli soldier has been killed.  He was likely gunned down by friendly fire.  Details can be found in the "The Big Story".

The same story provides the reader with the number of Palestinians killed by the hands of Israel....
...a conflict that has already seen more than 274 Palestinians killed in Gaza, around a fifth of them children.

So if you are scoring at home this "conflict" is 274-to-1.  

In a 2012 school shooting in Connecticut the score was 26-to-1.  Would anyone have called what that shooter did to those poor people a "conflict"?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sanctions Backfire On Those Imposing Them

File under: oops.

Western sanctions against Iran have had a dramatic negative effect on the U.S. economy.  In addition to restricting the Iranian people's access to trade, the two-decade long policy by the West has hurt people in the West.
According to the National Iranian-American Council the U.S. has lost one million new job opportunities thanks to the inability of the North American people to engage in trade with the Iranian people.

Is it worth putting up with twenty years of economic chaos because a few dozen politicians in the U.S., U.K., Israel and Iran are upset with each other?  

Find the full report at the NIAC.