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My namesake... http://youtu.be/GgXzWhexJh0 ... If I were asked to recommend only one political / history book it would be this one... http://www.amazon.com/Treason-America-Anton-Chaitkin/dp/0943235006 ... Treason in America: from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman, by Anton Chaitkin. I do NOT endorse all of the views by Chaitkin external to this book, nor all of his actions, nor all of his associations, but I DO highly recommend this book. It is one every US citizen and everyone interested in its history should read. It it well written, meticulously sourced, and it is eye-opening -- even for those who consider themselves already knowledgeable. If you have not read it before, you need to read it, it is need-to-know information, and what it has to say is not going to be found in many places, if anywhere, else. That is my tip for whoever is passing by.

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That's kind of ironic.

Did you know that Gloria Steinem used to write a column called "Teddy Bear Tricks" for Glamour Magazine during the mid-1960s? I knew her writing from that column way before she was a famous feminist.

The photo below is of the September 1964 cover. In the bottom left-hand corner it says, "The Spy Story by Gloria Steinem... Plus Ways to Catch James Bond". It's very faint but I know that because a copy of that magazine recently sold on Ebay, which listed the cover articles in the description.

Long before she made history, Steinem was a New York City freelancer, writing about everything from mod haircuts to social policy. Glimpses of future feminism could even be seen in pieces she did for Glamour, like “The Student Princess (or How to Seize Power on the Campus of Your Choice).” Her then roommate Ali MacGraw remembers Steinem “working, working at her desk in the corner—I knew she was destined for great significance. She was a beautiful creature with so much substance.”

Oh, and... she also wrote for Cosmopolitan too -- for one thing that I know of, an interview with John Lennon in 1964, and possibly more.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:20 PM (1 replies)

I couldn't disagree with you more.

Nationalism is not an invention of the right, it's the concept all countries were based on up until recently, except maybe nomadic tribes. Just because some problems cross borders, that doesn't mean there shouldn't BE borders.

Nations are nothing more than logical units of government, just as states are, and nobody says there shouldn't be states, so what is so especially toxic about nations that they shouldn't exist? They are practical, making self-government possible. They are metaphorically like having "yards" which we can keep up and customize ourselves, rather than "open space" which is necessarily hired out and one-size-fits-all.

The more we coalesce into one globalist blob, the more we are prey to the wealthy vultures. It becomes harder for us to manage and defend ourselves, and it becomes easier for the vultures to scoop us out of one nest rather than many.

Up until rather recently, we functioned quite well as a nation, by making bilateral agreements with one other nation at a time, or at most a few, as needed. Each country should be first and foremost its own market, and then import what it doesn't have and export surpluses. That is how the American model was intended to work, and it did work. Now, as globalism spreads, it works less all the time, as the economies of the world compete for and cater mostly to, not their own populations, but the small percentage of affluent consumers in all countries. Gee, that must a coincidence, I suppose? (Not!)

Today, we very seldom even see LOCAL PRODUCE in the grocery stores, in an agricultural state. We have onions etc. (not special ones) from some other country. You know why? Because it's more convenient for the international grocery giants to order that way. Why should ordinary produce, which literally grows surrounding the store, be shipped and trucked from across the globe? And what is THAT doing for the environment? our health? our jobs? our future? And that's just one example.

We have outsmarted ourselves. People are only beginning to admit that fact. Those admitting that globalism is a failure, are not the problem. Those resistant to change are those holding onto globalism... it's a failed ideology which not only doesn't work now, it never will, just like "trickle down" economics never will. Because it's bullshit, fascist-serving bullshit.

Life is not a John Lennon song.

Btw, some liberals do not have so much of a "we're all in this together" mentality as they like to think -- they are very much attached to their niche politics -- the focus on minority rights over civil rights or human rights; and identity by interest-group communities rather than as Americans.

Also, the "invisible hand" has to do with laissez-faire capitalism, not nationalism. There is a difference. And nationalism does not mean "yay, we're the best!" It is maintaining, as much as possible, the autonomy of the nation as a political unit.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Mon Feb 23, 2015, 04:55 PM (2 replies)

Maybe POTUS will go on tv and tell all of us believers

not to get on our high horse about atheists too, for merely expressing outrage at the shooter.

It would be just about as relevant as the last time he did it, to Christians about the ISIS atrocities... not relevant at all.

Of course I mean to include along with Obama, the whole bandwagon of people here and elsewhere who did the same thing.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Feb 11, 2015, 01:50 PM (1 replies)

I'm not so sure

that there isn't another hidden hand one step up the food chain, pulling the Saudi's strings too. For one thing, the Saudis didn't really have a good enough motive for taking down the WTCs, but some in the US certainly did. Also, I can't quite see the fact of Prescott Bush and friends financing and creating Hitler, as a one-time scheme that didn't pay off for them afterward. (I'm sure it did pay off, as planned, and not in an obvious, traceable way.)

Something just tells me, even if the Saudis get caught red-handed at this level, the endpoint of it comes back to the US and/or London, and the bankers.

Then too, I happen to know that the "gas crisis" was phony, because I happened to be driving across country at that time, and strangely enough... the crisis was almost entirely on the coasts in the big cities. There were long lines for gas in California, and I didn't encounter another one until I got back to Maryland. Prices weren't even terribly high in between. The weird thing was, that nobody was reporting that. It was obviously a fraud, but it sure reallocated a ton of money in a big way... out of the pockets of people who earned it, to -- guess where.

And presto! at roughly the same time, terrorism broke out as a new thing internationally, and never quite went away.

Anyway, you never know what will start the web unraveling. If this gets disclosed... let's just say I believe that every now and then, the human race gets lucky, and the balance gets evened up a bit.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Feb 7, 2015, 04:28 AM (4 replies)

Russia leads U.N. initiative to target ISIS financing (Al Arabiya)

Al Arabiya English
By Louis Charbonneau, Reuters | United Nations
Thursday, 5 February 2015

Russia is leading a U.N. Security Council initiative to ratchet up pressure on countries to cut off the cash flow to Islamic State militants, Russia and council diplomats said on Wednesday.


Russia circulated a draft to the council’s other permanent members - the United States, Britain, France and China - and is expected to distribute it to the full council soon, Western diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity. They noted that Moscow rarely drafts council resolutions.


The resolution will focus on the three main sources of revenue for Islamic State: oil, the sale of antiquities and ransom from kidnappings.

The resolution will demand that countries not purchase oil from Islamic State, stop paying ransoms and not buy antiquities looted by the group.




Among other details, the article gives specific numbers about income from the three sources, and also mentioned two more: donations, and "illegal taxation" from captured areas (meaning, protection money I suppose). It states that the Russians are interested in doing this resolution about ISIS because of "the number of Chechens that have joined the group".

I'm putting it here because I thought it might be of interest to some, but also thought it might not fit in LBN.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Feb 6, 2015, 05:16 AM (3 replies)

Your "point" gives ISIS a pass.

Everybody does it, or has done it, so it's ok. Even if that was true, which it isn't, using the ISIS atrocities to make a self-indulgent point about hypocrisy, is lame beyond description. Is that what matters the most right now?

WTF is wrong with you? ISIS' PR cadre thanks you -- now it knows just what to say to manipulate more Westerners into their cause. And btw, I just heard POTUS make the same dumb point in a speech on tv.

(shaking head) How dumb ARE people right now? Is this puny little axe to grind so earth-shakingly important that you simply CANNOT refrain from grinding it to enable those killers at THIS particular moment? Really?

I usually like your posts, and as noted you aren't the only one who has said this, here and elsewhere. Until now, I had hoped it was just a person here or there having a thoughtless moment, and didn't comment, but no more. Stop it!

Or... next time you see one of ISIS' atrocities you can pat yourself on the back for doing your bit to give it the moral cover and psychological acceptance it will use to do more of the same.

Some people (speaking generally, where the shoe fits) who like to note endless responsibility for things should take stock of their own responsibility.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Thu Feb 5, 2015, 11:41 AM (2 replies)
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