Category Archives: Politics

Another Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer “Rich People Don’t Create Jobs”

An interesting talk relating the the economic “trickle down” fallacy, deemed too “controversial” by TED to be included on their channel.

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Church to add Wonga funding to long list of inconsistent religious positions

What a confusing little book…

Some satire from Newsthump:

Upon hearing that the Church of England actually funded the growth of Wonga.com a day after claiming it would put it out of business, officials have said we should just ‘add it to the list’.

The latest completely inconsistent position of the religious organisation has led many to claim the only consistent thing about religion is its inconsistency.

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Archbishop of Canterbury confesses: Church’s Wonga investments are ‘very embarrassing’, says Welby

“He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”

So much for the church’s historical position on usury, eh?

Via The Independent:

The Archbishop of Canterbury said revelations that the Church of England has indirectly invested in Wonga were “very embarrassing”, coming just two days after he said he wanted to drive the payday lender out of business.

It emerged yesterday that around £75,000 from the Church’s pension fund was used to fund the firm, and the Most Rev Justin Welby said he was unhappy with the investment company managing their money.

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Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President

“If protesting was effective they’d try to make it illegal”… are we on the verge of an “American Spring”?

Via Huffington Post:

So I have some great news folks! The Republicans and the Democrats in Congress and the White House FINALLY came together and agreed on something. This is HUGE. These guys disagree on EVERYTHING! Getting them to see eye-to-eye is like getting the Jews and the Palestinians to do a trust fall together. Or getting Eskimos and polar bears to play Jenga.

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The Threat of Nuclear War, North Korea or the United States?

Michel Chossudovsky offers a sober analysis of who really has the potential to usher in nuclear war – the answer will come as no surprise to readers of this blog.

Via Global Research:

While the Western media portrays North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as a threat to Global Security, it fails to acknowledge that the US has being threatening North Korea with a nuclear attack for more than half a century.

On July 27, 2013, Armistice Day, Koreans in the North and the South will be commemorating the end of the Korean war (1950-53). Unknown to the broader public, the US had envisaged the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea at the very outset of the Korean War in 1950. In the immediate wake of the war, the US deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea for use on a pre-emptive basis against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in violation of the July 1953 Armistice Agreement. 

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How we are impoverished, gentrified and silenced – and what to do about it

A sobering but important piece from one of the few remaining mainstream journalists still writing with integrity.

Via John Pilger:

I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?”

“New system,” he replied, “I am no longer required simply to post the letters through the door. I have to approach every door in a certain way and put the letters through in a certain way.”

“Why?”

“Ask him.”

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Creating Change and Living off the Grid

Ever thought about ditching the rat race yourself?

Via Collective Evolution:

If you have any interest in moving beyond the current system that we are playing with, it’s more than likely that you have heard the term “Living off the Grid”. So what exactly does it mean? Nick Rosen, a living off the grid expert, sums up the term in an interview on “Coast to Coast” radio with George Noory very simply:

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