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Americans Live In A Fascist Society

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See? Check (American flag pins); Check (Guantanamo Bay/drones); Check (Muslims/Hispanics/Homosexuals); Check (spending more than the next 10 countries combined/”Global Force for Good”); Check (constant assault on Women’s reproductive rights/no equal pay); Check (corporate-controlled media); check (NSA spying/”Department of Homeland Security”); check (Republicans); check (Congress owned by the 1%); check (anti-Union assaults by Republicans); check (anti-intellectualism in the Republican Party and the South); check, check, check (2000; 2004 – both stolen by Bush).

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Evil Banks, Politics

BBC News – Four sentenced to death over $2.6bn Iran bank fraud

Four people have been sentenced to death for their roles in Iran’s biggest-ever bank fraud scandal.

Two other defendants received life sentences, while 33 more will spend up to 25 years in jail, the chief prosecutor was quoted as saying.

The scandal involved forged documents reportedly used by an investment company to secure loans worth $2.6bn.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year denied allegations that his government was involved.

The identities of the defendants have not been made public.

via BBC News – Four sentenced to death over $2.6bn Iran bank fraud.

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Economic Corruption, Economics, Europe, Evil Banks

Libor scandal explained and what rate-rigging means to you – USATODAY.com

A new scandal in the banking industry is undermining its image, already tarnished by rogue trading at JPMorgan Chase and the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse. At the heart of the scandal: manipulation of Libor, the most widely used interest rate in the world. In congressional testimony Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he thought the Libor system was “structurally flawed.” USA TODAY reporter John Waggoner explains the Libor scandal and what it means to you.

via Libor scandal explained and what rate-rigging means to you – USATODAY.com.

Very important read. Please share as well.

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Economic Corruption, Economics, Evil Banks, Frauds, Inequality in the US, Religion

Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

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New International Version (©1984)

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

New Living Translation (©2007)

I’ll say it again–it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

English Standard Version (©2001)

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

International Standard Version (©2008)

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God.”

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)

“And again I say to you that it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

I can guarantee again that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

American King James Version

And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

American Standard Version

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible

And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation

and again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to enter a needle’s eye than a rich man into the kingdom of God.

English Revised Version

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Webster’s Bible Translation

And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Weymouth New Testament

Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

World English Bible

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”

Young’s Literal Translation

and again I say to you, it is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle to go, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.’

via Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.".

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Europe, Evil Banks, Politics

Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras: ‘It’s a war between people and capitalism’ | World news | The Guardian

“I don’t believe in heroes or saviours,” says Alexis Tsipras, “but I do believe in fighting for rights … no one has the right to reduce a proud people to such a state of wretchedness and indignity.”

The man who holds the fate of the euro in his hands – as the leader of the Greek party willing to tear up the country’s €130bn (£100bn) bailout agreement – says Greece is on the frontline of a war that is engulfing Europe.

A long bombardment of “neo-liberal shock” – draconian tax rises and remorseless spending cuts – has left immense collateral damage. “We have never been in such a bad place,” he says, sleeves rolled up, staring hard into the middle distance, from behind the desk that he shares in his small parliamentary office. “After two and a half years of catastrophe, Greeks are on their knees. The social state has collapsed, one in two youngsters is out of work, there are people leaving en masse, the climate psychologically is one of pessimism, depression, mass suicides.”

But while exhausted and battle weary, the nation at the forefront of Europe’s escalating debt crisis and teetering on the edge of bankruptcy is also hardened. And, increasingly, they are looking towards Tsipras to lead their fight.

via Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras: 'It's a war between people and capitalism' | World news | The Guardian.

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2012 Campaign, Capitalism, Commentary, Economic Corruption, Economics, Evil Banks, Frauds, Idiot America, Inequality in the US, Politics

It’s So God Damned Simple

You should all read “The Communist Manifesto.” Karl Marx got a lot right in his interpretation of what’s happened under (relatively) unregulated capitalism (and lax enforcement). Wealth became concentrated, and the people with nothing are blamed for economic woes. This is obviously ridiculous and a trick by the ruling class. They cut taxes for the wealthy, which robbed the government of revenue, which lead to deep cuts in social safety net programs, which meant less people had disposable income, so they couldn’t afford to buy anything which put people out of work. Add to that the Wall Street criminals (and not one has gone to jail) destroying the financial system, and here we are. It really is that simple.

The 50s were the “best” according to everyone — the same decade when the New Deal was in full place (with some minor changes) and unions were strong and businesses were better regulated (in some respects). The New Deal made the 50s the 50s. We stripped it away and arrived back at the 1920s. How sad and shortsighted we were. We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

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2012 Campaign, Abomination, American Fascism, Capitalism, Collapse, Corporate Oligarchs, Corruption, Economic Corruption, Economics, Evil Banks, Frauds, Politics

This Hits the Nail on the Head

From Americans Against the Tea Party.

This encapsulates the “larger” version of what I have been trying to articulate for a while now, but never managed to express it in this very direct way. I agree with this quote down to the core.

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