Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart
* HOMELAND SECURITY PREPARES FOR CIVIL WAR
By Jack Swint, OpEdNews
Its Clear Our Military Is No Longer The Nation’s Only Standing Army When It Comes To Killing Power
[…] After being bombarded with questions wanting to know why the feds are procuring stockpiles of ammo, their half-hearted excuses came down to needing this ammo for training and qualification purposes. That answer only raises more questions. Like, why does anyone need to practice or qualify with expensive “hollow point’ rounds. Manufacturers make “practice’ rounds that are considerably cheaper.
According to an article published by war decorated Army Major General Jerry Curry (Ret), the feds explanation about the bullets fails to pass the smell test. “Hollow point bullets are so lethal that the Geneva Convention does not allow their use on the battle field in time of war.” Hollow point bullets don’t just stop or hurt people, they penetrate the body, spread out, fragment and cause maximum damage to the body’s organs. Death often follows. “Notice that all of these purchases are for the deadly hollow nose bullets. These bullets are not being purchased and stored for squirrel or coyote hunting.
“This is serious ammunition manufactured to be used for serious purposes.”
He goes on to write that” “In the war in Iraq, our military forces expended approximately 70 million rounds per year. In March DHS ordered 750 million rounds of hollow point ammunition. It then turned around and ordered an additional 750 million rounds of miscellaneous bullets including some that are capable of penetrating walls.”
His final claim is food for thought “This is enough ammunition to empty five rounds into the body of every living American citizen.”
General Curry raises 3 additional good points.
1. We have enough military forces to maintain law and order in the U.S. even during times of civil unrest. We have local police, backed up by each state’s National Guard, backed up by the Department of Defense.
2. In addition to all these forces, why does DHS need its own private army?
3. Why do the SSA, NOAA and other government agencies need to create their own civilian security forces armed with hollow nose bullets? […]
* SOCIAL CONTRACT THEORY FOR OCCUPIERS: WHAT LAW, CULTURE AND HISTORY TELL US
By C.S. Herman, OpEdNews
The social contract, like the contract we think of in ordinary legal parlance, is what the law dictionary terms ‘commutative’ — “in which what is done, given, or promised by one party is considered as an equivalent to or in consideration of what is done, given, or promised by the other” (Black’s Law, 6th, emphasis added). Of special interest to theory is the fact that this use of the word ‘consideration’ is recent, and reflects in this writer’s estimation an oversight serious enough to be largely responsible for the recent world-wide financial crisis, and in consequence the on-going Occupy movement. The oversight was, in particular, one of dismissing the linkage between the original use of that word and the idea we have always referred to as stewardship.
In good theory every contract requires a pair of relations, each featuring adverse reliance in which the parties to the agreement risk mutual disadvantage requiring mutual assurances — what legal scholars originally took to calling ‘considerations’ — against predation by the other. “Consideration, according to the traditional definition,” noted James Barr Ames, once Dean of Harvard Law, “is either a detriment incurred by the promisee or a benefit received by the promisor in exchange for the promise.” Why each was once a consideration says a great deal about the early legal concept of stewardship.
Of the two adverse relations, one is introduced by the promisor and is rooted in universal human experience where self-aggrandizement is so often feared from those requesting partners in acts ostensibly for mutual benefit. It is a bit cynical because those developing it lived at a time when it was seriously negligent not to watch one’s back. By day a man was expected to thwart burglars; caught by night, their punishment was more severe, reflecting the cowardice of more easily evading the owners. The other adversity arises from the nature of the contract itself. Going to the doctor presupposes adversity if only because the doctor has knowledge and skills placing her in a position to take advantage. […]
* A COMMUNITY ON OVERDOSE
In a journey across expendable communities and people – the collateral damage created by an elite oligarchical and political class – Chris Hedges, along with illustrator Joe Sacco, trenchantly and compellingly write of an America in which democracy has become a façade, not a functional tool of change. Read an excerpt, below.
By Chris Hedges, Truthout
A World of Hillbilly Heroin: The Hollowing Out of America, Up Close and Personal
During the two years Joe Sacco and I reported from the poorest pockets of the United States, areas that have been sacrificed before the altar of unfettered and unregulated capitalism, we found not only decayed and impoverished communities but shattered lives. There comes a moment when the pain and despair of constantly running into a huge wall, of realizing that there is no way out of poverty, crush human beings. Those who best managed to resist and bring some order to their lives almost always turned to religion and in that faith many found the power to resist and even rebel.
On the Pine Ridge Lakota reservation in South Dakota, where our book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt opens, and where the average male has a life expectancy of 48 years, the lowest in the western hemisphere outside of Haiti, those who endured the long night of oppression found solace in traditional sweat lodge rituals, the Lakota language and cosmology, and the powerful four-day Sun Dance which I attended, where dancers fast and make small flesh offerings.
In Camden, New Jersey, it was the power and cohesiveness of the African-American Church. In the coalfields of southern West Virginia, it was the fundamentalist and evangelical protestant churches, and in the produce fields of Florida, it was the Catholic mass. […]
* PARADE MAGAZINE DECRIES POOR STATE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES
By Ross Eisenbrey, Economy in Crisis
The following originally appeared on EPI.org. Parade Magazine published an excellent report by Barry Yeoman about the sad state of the nation’s school facilities. It’s a surprisingly detailed look at a deficit—the backlog in school maintenance and repair—with much bigger consequences for our children than the federal budget deficit. By some estimates, the nation would have to spend $271 billion just to bring the public schools up to a decent state of repair, while a state of world class excellence would require investments several times larger.
All of the talk about testing our way to educational excellence has only diverted attention and funding from the desperate state of the nation’s school buildings and grounds. Crumbling, antiquated facilities are, as Yeoman makes clear, hostile to learning and depressing to the children and teachers who spend so much of their lives there.
State and local governments too often look the other way or blame teachers for the educational shortcomings of the students. Education seems to be the place where many people don’t believe “you get what you pay for.”
Today, more than 14 million children attend class in deteriorating facilities; the average U.S. public school is over 40 years old. In the worst of them, sewage backs up into halls and classrooms, rain pours through leaky roofs and ruins computers and books, and sinks are off the walls in the bathrooms. As Mary Filardo, CEO of the 21st Century School Fund, puts it, they are “unhealthy, unsafe, depressing places.” […]
* THE TRUTH BEHIND JUNCKER’S LIES: IN THE SECOND LARGEST GREEK CITY, 1250 COMPANIES HAVE BEEN SHUTTERED
By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge
European viceroy of various neo-colonial territories Jean-Claude Juncker, best known for being a self-professed pathological liar, just concluded a press conference in which he did what he does best: lie. Here is a sampling of the soundbites along with our commentary:
- EU’S JUNCKER SAYS TRUTH IS GREECE SUFFERS CREDIBILITY CRISIS – coming from a pathological liar, this one is our favorite
- EU’S JUNCKER SAYS CONVINCED GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE ALL MEASURES. “all measures” = “all gold”
- EU’S JUNCKER: FULLY CONFIDENT GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ALL EFFORTS “all efforts” = “all gold”
- EU’S JUNCKER SAYS GREECE MUST OPEN UP CLOSED PROFESSIONS. Chimneysweep? Bootblack? Telegraph Operator? Tax Collector? Prosecutor? Uncorrupted muppet?
- EU’S JUNCKER SAYS BALL IS IN GREEK COURT; IS LAST CHANCE. The ball will be repoed to the ECB shortly […]
* ABDHULLAH A.
By Eirene, A Place Called Space
My heart goes out to Abdhullah A., an Iraqi immigrant who, in the last few days, got a real taste of state hospitality.
Abdhullah A. was arrested in Athens under the Xenios Dias operation and taken to Komotini with the view to being expelled. When it was discovered that his papers not only allowed him to stay in Greece but that he also had a work permit (yes, I know, the question is obvious but here it is anyway, why did they not check his papers before arresting and transporting him?) he was released.
Given that his arrest was unlawful, the least the arresting authorities could have done would have been to help him get back to Athens. As such help was not offered, and as he had no money, he decided to hitch hike back to Athens.
He managed to get as far as Xanthi where he was attacked by truncheon-wielding motorcyclists who beat him up and left him on the roadside.
Passing motorists took half-unconscious Abdhullah to hospital where he received treatment and where the staff had a whip-round and bought him a ticket back to Athens. […]