Taxation Without Representation | Josh Silver

Today, millions of Americans will begrudgingly pay their taxes to a government that does not inspire confidence. With public trust in government at near historic lows, many Americans believe that their elected representatives don’t care what the average citizen thinks.

Unfortunately, they’re right.

For the vast majority of Americans, “taxation without representation” isn’t just a relic of high school social studies — it’s a perfect description of their relationship with a political system that’s been thoroughly corrupted by money.

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$14 Million an Hour for 13 Years: War on Terrors Astounding Cost | Alternet

December 29, 2014  |     In the 13 years since 9/11, the United States’ “war on terror” could be considered a failure. ISIS swept aside the US-backed Iraqi army earlier this year, the Taliban still launches deadly attacks, including an assault on a school last month that killed 145 people, and American interventions only seem to worsen sectarian bloodshed in the region.The geopolitical disaster has come at a tremendous cost to American taxpayers, according to a recently released report by the Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan government organization. The report estimated that since 9/11, American taxpayers have shelled out close to $1.6 trillion on war spending (that’s $14 million an hour), with almost 95 percent of that money going to projects related to Iraq and Afghanistan.

via $14 Million an Hour for 13 Years: War on Terrors Astounding Cost | Alternet.

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).

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.

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.

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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.’

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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.