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Demand Nazi Aid?
by Andrew Stergiou Thursday, January 22, 2009
Aid the Children? Christian Aid? World Aid? Nazi Aid?
The battles are raging, the rockets and cannons are firing, all forces military and civilian have been mobilized and Clara Barton can't wait for the battle to stop for her to rush out onto the battle field to attend to the wounded. These photos depict worlds at war, war that were created by those who fought them but my those who refused to fight them.
During World War Two, America good fight against fascism, and the Russian Peoples Great Patriotic War again invading fascist hordes, during Great Britain's finest hour in the Battle for Britain there were many who were not Nazis who sided with the Nazis in Ireland, Burma and India amongst others for twisted and perverse reasons that one can only determine as founded in hate. As I neither love war nor hate it and attempt to balance my perspectives regarding it I am a realist not an idealist, I principled as well as pragmatic unlike many of my left wing colleagues many of which have been tainted by rightwing and anti-Semitic rhetoric. ***
17 January 2009
04 September 2008
Carefully listening to speakers at the GOP convention with diligence and insight one is reminded every major scandal that has rocked the United States in the last forty years:
From Nixon, to Ford, to Reagan, Bush, GW Bush and John McCain.
One is reminded of the totally empty bankrupt promises of the Republican party, its demagogy, lies and distortions.
From Rudi Giuliani to McCain, Huckabee, Romney, there are no virtues in what for Republicans is an incestuous inside joke in their hate fest of ignorance and jingoism.
The Republican Party has long lost any proper basis of an American political party as they dictate in a one sided manner what is if it were all too serious nothing more than a joke in a travesty that should shame honest Republicans.
One has to ask that since they have so far succeeded based on lies and distortions then they will continue to do so. In hearing from Republican descriptions of doublespeak referring to a “liberal media” one is unsure as to they speak of the media in general or some specific portion of the media. Surely if the refer to the media in general one should wonder which country they are speaking of certainly not of the United States where the media has more and more consolidated under the umbrellas of giant billion dollar media corporations catering to the rich and a that has become corrupt under their leadership from top to bottom.
If one want to find a summary of all the pure lies and distortions the American have to endure in their day to day lives all one has to do is to chronicle Republican Party propaganda.
The Republican Party advertisements do not rise to the level of the Nazis of Hitler, nor those of the fascists and Mussolini but in essence perhaps they surpass them .
Where Barrack Obama stated at the Democratic Party convention that he would reduce taxes for 95% of the American people the Republican party advertisements for John McCain stated the complete opposite.
Where the George W Bush administration had come into office with the benefit of the country’s greatest surplus and without a deficit, and through mismanagement created the greatest deficit and had to borrow money from a long list of countries such as the Arabian States, China, Russia, and Mexico:
The John McCain Republican Party advertisements lie in claiming that the Democrats and Barrack Obama would create deficits and tax and spend policies when it is they the Republicans who they are talking about.
In issue after issue John McCain and the Republican Party must be made accountable for their lies and distortions in that they blame the Democrats, for what in actually the Republicans have done and put the nation at risk.
In the reality of the Republican Party, John McCain, and American Fascism and its police state was exposed not by some small cliché of petty bourgeois leftist intellectuals arguing as to exactly is fascism but by the very specific actions of right wingers truncheon batons, stun guns, tear gas, spies, provocateurs, lies and distortions.
Suppressing the protests of the democratic movement in the United States at the Republican Party Convention 2008 in St Paul Minnesota is merely another milestone in the reactionary history of the United State in repression that exists not by words but by very real action within time and space and reality.
Where the Republican Party is the main political party of reaction in the United States on the other hand they have received the generous assistance of the likes of Democrats like Joe Lieberman, and the lackluster acts of perhaps well meaning people like Al Gore, and John Kerry.
Where many of the leftist cliques that exist and control the left today are nothing more than PAPER TIGERS as Mao Tse Tung labeled them the right wing rules by default. Petty bourgeois intellectuals and their arguments are all well and good if only those were taken out of the physical material reality of time and space and placed solely with the realm of the intellect.
The long time progressive journalist Amy Goodman was thrown to the ground and arrested. Other journalists were arrested, and many people were arrested not for what they did, but preemptively for what they could do.
While the federal intelligence establishment spies online with both live online spies, and by high tech intrusions tapping people electronic online devices, as they like the Chinese security at the 2008 Beijing Olympics turn on devices that their owners shut off so as to tap those devices and more.
In a Tiananmen Square type crack down the St Paul Police
A PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN PURPORTED:
“anarchist group known as the RNC Welcoming Committee [supposed] had worked for months on strategies to disrupt the convention. Despite preemptive police searches over the weekend that resulted in six arrests, the group issued a statement Monday saying it was "moving forward with a national call to crash the convention."
But in reality the Republican party delegates and convention were said no to have been effected and such “anarchists” acted merely as provocateurs and dupes of the state.
While for the most Republican Party convention (like the Democratic Party convention) is merely a rubber stamp of an already choreographed script, hopefuls are partying drinking carrying on and yes fornicating within the St Paul, Minneapolis area conventioning while yet another hurricane reminiscent of the GW Bush mismanaged Katrina hurricane disaster threatens the American people and the world is yet in more turmoil.
While purportingly “supporting morality and family values”
“Republican John McCain, whose running mate disclosed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant”. McCain who “has opposed proposals to spend federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs and voted to require poor teen mothers to stay in school or lose their benefits.” Hypocritically McCain supports programs that would of made his running mate an unwed single mother who would also be a high school drop outs on one hand or lacking in their motherly duties and the Republican Party divides and splits hairs on the issues.
“Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's announcement Monday about her daughter, Bristol, was aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin's youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter's.”
Sadly the Republican Party does not represent the national interests of the American working class (nor of the American people) but the elite and its minions of dupes who are their slavish servants regardless of the issue, issues or truth of the matter.
Pathetically the Republican Party has acted once again in desperation dishonor and without ethics morality and principle except they jingoistic rhetoric in that they sin as sinners in their immorality 24/7 and then go to church as if supposedly that cleanses them makes them pure and justifies their actions.
They claim to be pro-life and pro-family but supporting the death penalty and policies that are to the detriment of families, working people, single mothers and children alike,
John McCain has within hours picked a right wing conservative extremist as his Vice-president running mate one heart beat away from the presidency of the United States. In what is purely a political move to satisfy the Republican party’s very vocal and active right wing he picked the governor of Alaska (one of the most unusual untypical and corrupt states in the United States).
John McCain has made himself the poster boy in an attempt to unite all factions right of center within the Republican Party with all the delusionary pretenses of alleged reformism, his party is heir to the business as usual party as Republicans who have been in control of Washington.
As Satan himself John McCain has created himself as all things to all people obscured in the rhetoric of Republican Party ads based on distortions of Barack Obama the Democratic Party and certainly the issues.
What the American people need are leadership education and discussion on the issues relating to that alone the Republican party has dismally and sadly failed it is a fast food of form without healthy substance.
For the most part McCain Supporters know relatively little if not nothing about John McCain!
My first windfall related to the 2008 presidential election was when I won $10 from a McCain supporter who wrongly thought McCain had been the governor of Arizona when that was the farthest thing from the truth, and undoubtedly they will say he single handed would of won the pointless war against Vietnam and the Vietnamese if only those weak bleeding heart liberals would of not been communist sympathizers and dupes because of course in their world of propaganda everything is white and black, good and evil.
American politics, religion, and philosophy is shallow for the most part because there is relatively no profit where there is no money and profits to be made.
Many Christians, Catholics, don’t even know their own bibles so as to distinguish good theology from bad, or Protestant biblical verse from Catholic ones.
They can not distinguish “thou shall not kill” from “thou shall not murder” nor actually make sense of it all in the twisted world of an intellect that for the most part stops developing when free public or parochial education ends.
One of my neighborhood postmen insisted that the right to life extended to undeveloped unborn fetuses but not to those fetuses which were born ill prepared for this world and were sentenced to be executed and death by the state.
So he and many say they can not vote for Barack Obama because Obama supports women rights to choose for themselves whether to have an abortion or not, and in that generally the Democratic Party opposes the death penalty.
“The Democratic party platform *** includes one particularly significant change from the platforms adopted by the party conventions of 1992, 1996 and 2000. During the platform-writing process, the drafting committee quietly removed the section of the document that endorsed capital punishment. Thus, for the first time since the 1980s, Democrats will not be campaigning on a pro-death penalty program.” (Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 by The Nation No Longer Pushing the Death Penalty
by John Nichols)
Clearly when people can claim to be “Pro-Life” when it regards the narrow religious views of rightist political interests but not when it comes to executions, war, and poverty there is a measure of hypocrisy involved that must be labeled and condemned as such.
McCain (as in Cain and Able) clearly is not a pro-life candidate when he as an Air Force pilot during the US war against Vietnamese people had no qualm at bombing thousands of innocent civilians by the push of a button from his death machine flying at high speed passing the real world at high speed.
What are the main questions related to candidiates?
Am I my brother’s keeper?
Am I providing leadership?
Am I facilitating understanding?
Am I honest?
To all these questions I have to say that John McCain represents the fast food of this year’s 2008 presidential elections of empty calories without substance.
“He McCain) flew bombing missions as an attack aircraft pilot, but he was not a "fighter pilot." (The error has appeared in numerous other Times articles the past dozen years, most recently on April 9 and on Dec. 15, 2007.)” (Huffington Post, August 12, 2008 10:38 AM, New York Times Revises McCain's Military Record With Correction, Jason Linkins).
“Navy pilot John Sidney McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.
His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while McCain III was being held prisoner of war. McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
During his relative short stunt on flight status, McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.”
What will he do with the USA as his aircraft?
What sort of Manchurian candidiate is he?
Little-Known Palin May Be Benefit or Bust for McCain's Campaign
Heidi PrzybylaSat Aug 30, 12:01 AM ET
Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- John McCain's decision to pass up conventional candidates and pick little-known, first-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket may appeal to undecided voters McCain needs to win. It also may blunt McCain's charges that Democrat Barack Obama isn't experienced enough for the White House.
Palin, 44, who wasn't high on conventional-wisdom rankings of potential vice presidential candidates, may soothe social conservatives in her own party and may appeal to some disappointed Hillary Clinton backers. She's younger than Obama, who is 47, and has served less than half of her first term as governor.
``It's either a grand-slam home run or it'll turn out to be a bust,'' said Stu Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report in Washington. The answer will be clear over the next few days, he said.
Palin opposes abortion rights and supports gun ownership, two core Republican issues. She also has no ties to George W. Bush, an advantage as McCain seeks to distance himself from the unpopular president.
Palin, who has a background in energy policy, was elected governor in 2006 by challenging Alaska's Republican leadership and vowing to clean up a government corruption scandal.
``As governor, I've stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies, and the good-old-boy network,'' she said at a rally yesterday in Dayton, Ohio, where she was introduced by McCain.
``She's exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics,'' McCain said.
`Off the Table'
Former Senator Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat and leading Obama advocate, said McCain's selection will make it more difficult for the Arizona senator to fault Obama for a lack of experience.
``It takes the whole experience issue off the table,'' Daschle said.
The next few days will be a critical test for Palin as the media and critics dig through her record, said Fordham University political scientist Costas Panagopoulos.
``Palin will face intense scrutiny by the media and by voters who need assurance that she is ready to assume the presidency at a moment's notice, if necessary,'' Panagopoulos said.
McCain's choice was applauded by social conservatives.
``We have a pro-life, pro-family ticket,'' said Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America. ``It's going to galvanize conservative evangelicals across the country.''
Skittish About McCain
Abortion foes have been skittish about McCain, who supports stem-cell research and has said he wants to broaden the party's plank on abortion to include exceptions in cases of rape and when the life of the mother is at risk.
Palin is a member of Feminists for Life, a group that works to make health-care and child-care resources available to ``pregnant or parenting students,'' according to the group's Web site.
``All the conservatives are happy, yet she kind of offers a working-class Republican ethos, which we wouldn't have gotten with Mitt Romney,'' said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University in Houston.
McCain's selection of Palin is also aimed at wooing female supporters of Clinton, some of whom have been reluctant to line up behind Obama after a protracted primary battle.
Palin is the second woman to be chosen as a major-party nominee for vice president. The first, then-Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, was nominated by the Democrats in 1984.
``Many Hillary Clinton supporters are desperate to break the glass ceiling for women,'' said Brinkley.
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano said McCain shouldn't assume women will vote Republican just because a female is on the ticket.
``The burden of proof, if anything, is a little bit higher, so I think there is a little miscalculation on that assumption,'' Napolitano said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's ``Conversations with Judy Woodruff.''
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlighted Palin's anti-abortion stance.
``She shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies,'' Pelosi said in a statement.
Energy industry groups lauded Palin's selection, saying it reopened the possibility the U.S. could begin allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
McCain has said he opposes opening the refuge to drilling, although new emphasis has been placed on domestic oil production as prices reached records this summer. Oil hit a record $147.27 on July 11.
Palin, a former beauty queen, high school basketball star and television sportscaster, began her political career in the 1990s as a city councilwoman and then mayor in her home town of Wasilla. The town's estimated population in 2007 was 9,780, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Considered a rising political star by state Republican leaders, she was appointed in 2003 to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a significant body in the energy-rich state.
Her biggest test may be proving her intellect, said Michael O'Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at Washington's Brookings Institution.
``Since we all know there's nothing there in terms of national security, does she have the intellectual ability to get up to speed quickly?'' he said. ``We're going to have to get a feel for how smart she is.''
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02 August 2008
04 June 2008
The title some what fictitious but the reality of possibilities is not very far from the truth.
With all the misplaced enthusiasm of adolescent perceptions in a political reality stating the world is what it is supposed to be (but is not so don’t hold your breath) the world is held captive in the turmoil generated by a corporate media that seems to hold little value in truth.
To judge the world by the headlines of the corporate media and most others that maintain those views which hold us prisoner to falsehood:
Thinking that “Barack Obama has locked up the Democratic Party nomination for the 2008 Presidential election” in what is misplaced because in truth that is the farthest thing from the truth unless you support the business as usual crowd for maintaining the status quo.
“Barack Obama has locked up the Democratic Party nomination for the 2008 Presidential election “
Is that really so? Is that way the Democratic Party will do it? Or is that what some would have us think in what is the jockeying for positioning related to the final voting.
One Super delegate offered his vote for sale for supposed altruistic reasons I am sure he is not the only one.
What all the wonderful over paid, over educated, over played, over valued, and worthless spin doctors and pundits (mainly of the mainstream corporate media) fail to state is that due to the brilliance of the National Democratic Party and its rules:
Super delegates on which Barack Obama is based can vote for whom ever they feel like in views that can change as often as those delegates can change their mind in preference up until the moment they vote at the National Democratic Party Convention for as long as it takes to reach a successful conclusion.
Imagine the possible headlines:
“Super delegates nominate FDR to run again with Bonzo as his running mate, as FDR is brought back to life due to advanced DNA cloning”
I do not agree with the super delegate system but as a realistic observer I am cognizant of it as a reality of real circumstances not imagined ones.
In theory the super delegates do not have to vote for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
So why have so many mainstream media sources chosen to illuminate us with such falsehoods, to simplify the political landscape so we can receive their simplified views in what is once again dumb and dumber?
Surely they will rationalize truthfully that most likely delegates will do this and that but not once will they challenge the underpinnings of on which all that political trash and waste is based!
Why is it that the most complicated country in the world embroiled in every corner of the world with the most subversive of intrigues is summarized into the most simplistic of explanations that most of the time is simply untrue and false, unethical and immoral?
Let us ask what Jesus would do!
Let us ask what Buddha would say!
Let us ask what ET would say and do!
But most of all let us ask why has America declined to such a low point of ignorant discussion as is maintain in the mainstream media.
The fact of the matter is that without super delegates neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama has enough support to be nominated as the rules currently stand. As Barack Obama has 1,765½ delegates (52%) and Hillary Clinton 1,639½ (48%) with approx 690 super delegates deciding the outcome as it now stands though that means the Democratic Party is not expressing the will of the people but the established circles of power..
But who says that being democratic or republican means one is supposed to be fair and egalitarian?
But do I hear anyone except myself discussing or calling for the elimination of the super delegate system?
The fact of the matter remains that if the super delegates decide in convention to change their votes to support Hillary Clinton she will become the Democratic Party’s nominee albeit one without a full mandate from the people just like Barack Obama will not have a mandate of the people if he was nominated on which grounds I oppose them as weak wasteful candidates currently destined for defeat.
26 January 2008
Fabian's Hammer: Grandson of adventurer denounces failed revolution
In that questionable article on a questionable intelligence type of blog, a Mr. Marc Cooper is said to provide a valuable translation of synopsis that appeared, briefly, on cubanet.org in actuality the translation of such said translation at first glance is draw into question because of the limited context of what appears as purely an emotional outburst by not a celebrity, not the offspring of a celebrity, but the grandson of a celebrity whom we certainly have a right and obligation to examine.
Canek Sanchez Guevara allegedly states without context:
"The Cuban Revolution died some years ago: it had to be killed off by those who act in its name to make sure it didn’t turn against them; it was institutionalized and smothered by its own bureaucracy, by corruption, nepotism and the rigidity of the much-celebrated Cuban ‘revolutionary’ state.
All of my criticism of Fidel Castro come from his walking away from the ideals of liberty, from his betrayal of his own people and his frightening zeal to place the interests of the state above those of his people.
Let’s be honest, a young rebel like Fidel Castro in today’s Cuba wouldn’t be sent into exile. He’s be shot."
I ASK AND SAY:
What do the privileged offspring of celebrities and millionaires know about reality?
Does Canek Sanchez Guevara live some lifestyle that is completely separate from the capitalist reality and its unbridled consumerism?
Does he live amongst the peasants of Chiapas? NO!
OF Bolivia? No!
No he is part and parcel of that intellectual elite that straddles the fence between heaven and hellat which he strikes out without guilt or confession of his complicity.
I am critical of western psuedo left here Canek Sanchez Guevara has joined embarassingly also Fidel's sister who was in the pay of I believe foreign intelligence making propaganda against Cuba.
Is Cuba perfect absolutely not are the criticism he makes things I would like to see corrected? He makes general assertions and so how can one comment.
I have watched the infiltration of US culture into Cuba via clips on youtube and else where and to tell you the trust if they were in the US they might be but ruffled but dead so much for sex drugs and rock and roll.
In the clips the complaint of rationale was that Cubans liked Latin conga music (eg salsa) better so the Hip Hoppers couldn't make money but that also in their naive view does not examine (not even examine) the extremely exploitative nature of the entertainment promotion field in the US where wrestling is entertainment and boxing the domain of monopolistic gangsters.
So who is Canek Sanchez Guevara kidding in presenting such a limited and narrow a perspective that I could not agree with if he paid me in that he use sentimentality in some attempt to influence people where they have nothing of what people in Cuba may take for granted who knows.
Maybe if Canek starts a revolution or even participates in one we would have reason to listen as such his words are empty and meaningless.
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CENSORSHIP AND SPAM by Andrew Stergiou
In the United States where threat of any major corporation being nationalized has not existed in any serious form for many years the dialogue of right wing politics centers on the Republican Party and to a lesser degree the Democratic Party not on a specifically nationalist political party. Nationalism discredited after World War II has not been the central focus of American policy because the central focus has been management, expansion, perpetuation, and use of the power and resources acquired at the end of World War II on behalf of the multi-national corporations which represent those interests.
Here in the US corporations face different degrees of regulation, taxation, inspection, even investigation but never nationalization whereas in other countries often rightist politics centers on some Nationalist Party platform and principles as the government is yoked allegedly for national concerns not international global corporate monopoly interests.
So the dynamics of American political interests often different is the product of a different experience.
Major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have often required subscribers to agree to binding terms which require such subscribers to comply with all laws federal, state, local, and foreign
in what is an impossible legal nightmare that can not every be complied with for to obey the laws of one local despot is to violate the laws of another. In times of war the problems only would get worse as the competition escalates into out right belligerency where such country often demand blind obedience under the harsh penalties of law (death by firing squad).
“intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law” (Yahoo Terms of Service governing subscriber conduct )
For years these Internet Services providers have been playing fast and loose in the United States with the average citizens rights just as they have aided in censorship of the peoples of other countries such the “Peoples Republic of China”. These ISPs impose demand and receipt of concessions as it suits their purposes regardless of the practical legal aspects they imply to average people but those double standards have been catching up to Yahoo and other ISPs:
Yahoo finally “Weighs in on Free Speech in China June 14, 2007 By DIKKY SINN
Associated Press Writer” not because they are in any real way altruistic but because of practical reasons that they were sued not in China but the United Stated in a prima facie comity of law that has grand international implications and respect but the matter will not end there.
Yahoo stated: that companies operating in China must comply with Chinese law or risk having their employees face civil or criminal penalties.” But then found itself in contravention of laws in others countries and sued in the United States
BUT YAHOO HAS NOT CHANGED ITS POLICY REQUIRING THAT SUBSCRIBERS OBEY THE AFOREMENTIONED Terms of SERVICE
“intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law”
Yahoo Terms of Service governing subscriber conduct
In whitewash and public relations Ploy to deflect criticism and legal complaints Yahoo insincerely lied in expressing its views when it said:
“China should not punish people for expressing their political views on the Internet” (APS DIKKY SINN Hong Kong)
When those statements resulted “a day after the mother of a Chinese reporter announced she was suing the U.S. company for helping officials imprison her son.” (Ibid.)
Yahoo criticized China in a brief statement that didn't specifically mention the case of jailed journalist Shi Tao, whose mother visited Hong Kong on Sunday. “(APS DIKKY SINN Hong Kong)
Though “The company has acknowledged sharing information about Shi with Chinese authorities” (APS DIKKY SINN Hong Kong)
Yahoo says it is dismayed that citizens in China have been imprisoned for expressing their political views on the Internet," the company said in the statement faxed to The Associated Press, which asked Yahoo to comment on Shi's lawsuit.”:
BUT The Internet company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., also said it has told China that it condemns "punishment of any activity internationally recognized as free expression.
When in actually in the United States zealous yahoo administrators have used their administrative power under the guise of enforcing their terms and conditions of service to punitively treat some subscribers without explanation of that service providers actions beyond some vague references to chapter verse and fine print that they themselves can not comply with namely the aforementioned obedience to what they require subscribers to not:
“intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law”
“Companies operating in China have to satisfy a government that restricts what searchers on the Chinese Internet can see, and what information they have access to -- the trade-off for entry into a lucrative market of some 110 million users.” (APS DIKKY SINN Hong Kong)
“Contrary to this public misperception, however, the grim reality of censorship and deception by the regime has not improved; instead the regime has managed to battle this new era of information technology through building the world’s most sophisticated Internet firewall system and by further tightening its vice-like grip on all media outlets in China. “ (SARS: Unmasking Censorship in China Erping Zhang 8/11/2003)
ON THE OTHER HAND YAHOO AND ALL OTHER MAJOR INTERNET PROVIDERS SEEMINGLY CAN NOT CONTROL THE PROLIFERATION OF SPAM ABUSE FROM THOSE COMMERCIAL ENTITIES THEY CATER TO.IN WHICH CASE THEY VIOLATE US LAW BY FACILIATATING AND ACTING IN CONCERT WITH CRIMINALS.
In closing it seems that Internet Services Providers are faced ironically with the paradox of either having to institute consistent policies that support users rights as user friendly in reverting back in policy to the dawn of the internet sans all the legal mumbo jumbo all to present today online which was drafted by their incompetent uncaring callous corporate legal counsel, or to accommodate every country in the world and or be found guilty of those same countries and policies that they cater to.
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23 February 2007
This is the house!
ThIS IS THE HOUSE ON CRACK
I am the therapist as a work in progress unaccomplished and meaningless until finished and done
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02 February 2007
When must I start to pray? By Andrew Stergiou
When must or should, or will I start to pray?
When I am no longer free, when I am no longer strong, when I am no longer brave, when I am no longer able,
When I can no longer able to be kind, when I am no longer able to be human, when I can no longer struggle,
When I can no longer live, when I can no longer work, when I can no longer die, when I can no longer eat,
When I must pray to Jesus, when I must pray to
When I am required to pray to Hashem,
When I must pray to the state, when I must pray to the church,
When the state tells me how, where when or how to observe prayer,
When I must pray to lies, when I must to god or the godless, when I must pray to Satan and his minions,
When prayers are incantations of the supernatural, when prayers are to hallow idols,
When prayers are dictated, and prescribed, when prayers are of form without substance,
When I can no longer drink, when I can no longer run, when I no longer can walk,
When I can no longer have the heart and innocence of a child, When I no longer have joy,
When I can no longer see, when I no longer understand, when I no longer can speak, When I can no longer hear,
When I can no longer think, when I can no longer know, when I can no longer be,
When I can no longer hold a sword, when I am no longer able to hold a pen, when I can no longer reason,
When no longer I can make peace, when no longer I can make war, when I can no longer walk,
When I can no longer breathe, when I can no longer hope, when I can no longer be brutal,
When I can no longer be crude, when I can no longer lie, when I can no longer dream, when I can no longer laugh,
When I can no longer cry, when I can no longer love, when I can no longer live, when I can no longer test myself,
When no longer I can suffer, when I can no longer be as the almighty created me, when no longer I can be kind,
When I can no longer be as the almighty intended me, when I no longer can see truth,
When truth no longer sees me, when I no longer hear, when I can no longer speak, when no longer I can write,
When no longer I can create, when no longer I see, when no longer I am, when I no longer survive.
When they do not let me pray, when they tell me where to pray, when they tell me how to pray,
when I can no longer see the shadows, when I can no longer see the light I can no longer praise the light,
When I can no longer curse the darkness, when I can no longer be what is right,
When prayer and prayers impose and are imposed on me
Until then I will be a the almighty created and intended me,
Until then I will be free, Until then I will strong, Until then I will brave, Until then I will be able,
Until then I will be kind, until then I will be human, until then I will struggle, until then I will live, until then I will work,
Until then I will eat, until then I will drink, until then I will run, until then I will walk
Until then I will have the heart and innocence of a child, until then I will have joy, until then I will see,
Until then I will understand, Until then I will speak, Until then I will hear, until then I will think, until then I will know,
Until then I will be, until then I will hold a sword, until then I will hold a pen, until then I will reason
Until then I make peace, until then I will make war, until then I will breathe, until then I will hope, P.O.Box 1615
Until then I will be brutal, until then I will be crude, until then I will lie, until then I will dream, until then I will laugh,
Until then I will cry, until then I will love, until then I will live, until then I will die, until then I will test myself,
Until then I will suffer, until then I will be as the almighty created me,
Until then I will be as the almighty intended me, until then I will see truth,
Until then truth will see me true, until then I will hear, until then I will speak, until then I will write,
Until then I will create, until then I see, until then I am, until then I will survive,
Until then they will not tell me when and where to pray, until then they will not tell me how to pray,
Until then I will see the shadows, until then I will see the light ,as I praise the light,
Untill then I curse the darkness, until then I can do what is right
Until then prayers will not be imposed on me or imposing.
Altoona, Pa, USA 16603
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27 January 2007
Yes, they did it again. The Senate defeated a clean minimum wage increase that is nearly 10 years overdue.
So, once again, millions of minimum wage workers have to wait for a raise while the House (which passed a clean minimum wage increase) and Senate work out the differences between their versions of the legislation.Low-wage workers have been at the back of the line long enough.
Tell your U.S. representative and senators to pass a clean minimum wage increase with no more business handouts.
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The posting continued saying “It seems that the Mexican Government is going to do what many Mexicans have been asking for since 1910” though one would ask why it continued if the people never wanted it. Surely someone wanted the corruption. Surely someone profited from the corruption, the drugs, the trafficking, etc, so continuing on to say that
- “the Mexican Government is going to do what many Mexicans have been asking for since 1910” – get rid of the corrupt, greedy and criminal element that has only added to the woes of the oppressed.”
- “The new president, Calderon is being praised for his hardnosed crack down on the drug syndicates that virtually control all the politics along the US/[Mexican] border.“
But those familiar with the Humphrey Bogart movie Casablanca could not for get the scenes where the chief of the police raided the casino he patronized, regardless of the bribes he took, and crimes he committed, which is not to suggest the current or past presidents of Mexico committed any crimes as it is not necessarily a field I am expert in.
The blog continued saying that:
“Today, there are 3000 troops in Tijuana enforcing the law. The local TJ Police have been disarmed and placed on suspension pending a stringent investigation that will leave many of the current police unemployed and possibly charged with crimes ranging from accepting bribes to murder. All police weapons were confiscated and are being tested for ballistic matches with crime scene evidence. Mexican] Military monitoring traffic and inspecting vehicles “
In what appears at best to many as martial law, dictatorially imposed from above, so then we can ask who are the tyrants those imposing themselves as federal authorities exporting law and order dictatorially from Mexico City to the border regions, in it finds it self between a rock and a hard place to satisfy US public opinion, or those who actually represent success of what has existed there for decades.
Though many state:
“I must take my hat off to Calderon for this unprecedented action, it is a positive step towards solving one of the major problems facing Mexico and can serve as an example to other Latin American countries. It is also a sure fire way to prevent a revolution, which has been on the verge of occurring in the past few months because of what has happened in Oaxaca.”
Also otherwise, the federal government would not appear to be acting fairly (not that local police care about appearances of fairness), but in that:
Green Ecological Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de México, PVEM) – a minor party with an environmental platform. During most of its existence the party has been controversially managed by a single family.
- “As the only Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1994, Mexico is firmly established as an upper middle-income country.”
Currently appearing in the media as the revelation of President Chavez of Venezula, while the reactionaries thinks pretentiously revolution is confined to Cuba, dictated in Cuba, and ruled over by Fidel Castro, in that they forget the radical Simone Bolivar and the historical movements of America de Sud, which hopefully will be resolved by the people of Mexico, not the gangs, generals, corporations, church, bureaucrats, or politicians.
Sorry folks my primary language is English, and for some time I have carried the Democrats.us banner on my web site http://zito.biz , but after reading “the Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee” first online ad I felt very uneasy. Because since `1956 the Republicans have not won elections Democrats have lost elections, as the democrats often have failed to grasp the significance of matters when they should have, but did not.
The immediate case in point exemplifying most USA politicians shallow presentations they start off on the wrong foot under estimating the common person’s perceptions, means, and inclinations, where then it is a small things that grows bigger and bigger that destroys them.Perhaps you agree, perhaps you do not agree but let’s start by examining the issues of the brief sparse information I found for it was a simple matter of logic. Firstly let it be known that in some sense I’d love to be able to believe at least one person in America can be trusted though bitterly I fear I will always be disappointed.
The ad for “the Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee” read:
“Let the Conversation Begin”, “Join Hillary Clinton for a live conversation about the future of our country. Please submit the following information to register for this event. All items marked with an * are required."
“The Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee” states in the next sentence that:“Due to the anticipated volume of inquiries we will not be able to answer each question individually or guarantee a personal response. Questions may be condensed and answered together in order to respond to as many submissions as possible.”
Clearly the first sentence represents a promise to that there will be a dialogue with the American people, who as a people will be represented by those attending the above entitled function, but then it will not be a free and open discussion but one of a controlled and limited natured, of docile prepared and scripted questions, and answers, not that I would subject even Senator Clinton to the rabid logic of the American right. None the less “the Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee” conversation contrived, and controlled, is not a real conversation by which I for one feel cheated, and regret as she maybe should stand face to face with some of these reactionary bastards, and suffer as we do.
I would have had preferred she face panel of mature ordinary citizens who after a life of maturity, education, and living have learned the biter disappointments of living in the USA so as to be angry, but also gained the wisdom of a tolerant, and well balanced wisdom by which they can temper that anger, and frustration, but allow them to speak and ask freely in a manner politicians are never spoken to. I do not real know who they would pick I am sure they will have views on the matter but in the end fearing the circumstances would refrain from doing so. So as I fear these things I pray Hillary gets it right though I fear there most often are not miracles of the type we need as the systemic political corruption of the USA is so wide spread in actually I don’t discuss election issues but demand investigations for I do not feel it can function without understand how the political system in the US has been undermined by the military-industrial complex, and the fascist police state that the Democratic Party has been bipartisan part and parcel in that they created it and can not separate themselves.
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23 January 2007
SCREW THE GRAMMYS: AN OPEN LETTER TO CARMINE D'AMICO by Andrew Stergiou
(Why are you being a jerk?)
Recently I received a message from Carmine D'Amico a distinguished notable musician acquaintance of mine of some accomplishment, that I had a link to from my Yahoo 360 blog page (http://360.yahoo.com/andrew_zito), where he and I have linked blogs, by what yahoo refers to as "friends", though we have never met.
Actually now he has pissed me off, and I don't mind letting him know, since he started it by "shooting his mouth off" then deleted me from his list of complacent friends when I rebutted him, as he closed off his comments section to postings by me. So I will post this response on my blog as I found him to be intellectually gutless which I don't mind saying:
As a musician I have great respect for my hard working fellow musicians (as all musicians should), but add what musicians earn a living from isn't always from being a musician. Often the distinction as to weither or not they earn a living is based on how well connected. There are musicians who earn money as studio musicians, producers, side men, orchestra musicians, or even in bar bands, which requires, and all too often entails not mere musical ability by political clot. An often rowdy musician up on stage acting out that bad boy image, isn't exactly what you find off stage as then they are tame and well behaved, as they are too busy trying to get away with indulging themselves, habits etc..
Generally their earning power is based on political clot that can diminish when one makes comments that are found to other disliking, like what happened to the Dixie Chicks some years back when they gave George W. Bush a few well earned blasts, or if they are sellouts they can parley themselves like Ronald Reagan,and so many super starts did.
Being that Carmine has much success, that according to his site releases includes winning 24 Grammy awards.
Carmine D'Amico has played (performed) guitar for/with the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, and Bill Crosby, his credentials might go on forever. Carmine played "guitar on 2 Marianne Faithful CDs, produced by Stones' guitarist Keith Richards." (Carmine's Blog), one can not deny his has been on the inside of the music world. Maybe he was there and got the inside story when Marianne Faithful allegedly "got the boys hooked on heroin" who knows.
In any case Carmine signed to Major Label at the age of 9 (Carmine site), which means he started working for that perhaps when he was 5 or 6, which means he has me beat by about 14-15 years considering I started playing when I was 19. Perhaps In a way he reminds me of my granddad who started working making and fixing shoes when he was 6 years old, as part of the work ethics of southern European Mediterranean peoples have, working to eat, even when they don't have to. Working if we need money, working just for the heck of it, it does not matter we need to do something just to keep busy and to prevent insanity, in the curse of Saint Agnes, for which we bury ourselves in WORK even if there is no money involved.
I seem to remember this guy Carmine from down in the Little Italy Section of SOHO Manhattan back in the days on Spring Street before it became trendy, and there were Italians, in little Italy and you din't have to import them from Italy. I seem to remember from his photo being in the window of Rudy's Music Shop on
I seem to recall some one else who was involved producing Grammy hits (like Cramine), and in that instance as he was only a 2-3 time Grammy winner he earned surprisingly a low $350 an hour as his standard rate for mercenary services to produce a major label record (according to him), as one would figure it might have been more, as there are many issues of royalties labeled producing fees, and the like that add up.
In any case a musician for the moment it was an honor to be communicating with Carmine and so as to say in his presence, BUT (and that is a big buttttt), but like all celebrity types with inflated egos I learned a long time ago in dealing people (who like getting their way like anyone else) it is a question of honesty, cause if they want to get their way that is one thing but if it goes against honesty and truth the are superficial and worthless which is how I peg Carmine.
So without pulling punches, and being as fair as possible, without being too nice I was very disappointed in receiving a message from Mister Carmine D'Amico as that message was very strange, regarding the war in Iraq and jingoistic rhetoric, though critically I have observed from a distance the sides involved as technically as of yet still I have not supported nor opposed the war in Iraq (you can see that right? Good!)
He wrote in short:
-------------Carmine D wrote:
> Do not Support Starbucks Cofee.Our Soldiers in
> no.Whether you support the war ,or not,Men,and women are being killed (Our people,and the Iraqi
> people)for us, Carmine
> Subject: Fw: NO COFFEE FOR THE MARINES ***The spelling errors are those of the person who > emailed Carmine
Like the Marines in
What the heck are you saying sending out that message on Starbucks when: I found on the Starbucks web site
"Starbucks Donates to Military Personnel Starbucks, our customers and partners believe that it is critically important to support our men and women serving the United States. There are numerous examples of Starbucks Coffee Company and our partners supporting the troops. Each week Starbucks partners receive one free pound of coffee. Many partners have collected their free coffee and shipped numerous pounds of Starbucks coffee overseas. For instance, partners in our
These are just a few of the many examples of our partners supporting the troops. We recognize and appreciate the very personal connection customers have with us and how they might miss their Starbucks Experience while serving overseas. Additionally, we are humbled that the troops request Starbucks coffee.
To enhance our partners' outstanding grassroots efforts in support of the
I wrote back to Carmine to say:
Carmine I don't know if you realize it but the military has attempted to use civilians (i.e. you and me) to influence things to their (policy wonkers) advantage by have paid propagandists hype issues, when in this case they as the "US MILITARY" can buy ship etc whatever they want.
In fact I was employed for a company that was a military supplier of their PXs, my family was in the military, and I have a $1000 that says there is no real basis to that concocted story you accidentally posted which in its demeaning manner trivialized the issues. in actuality for the duration of this undeclared war (another undeclared war, how many more undeclared wars) I have not either been for or against it hoping that it exposes the crazy politics of this country as the sides argue, I have succeeded but now add that the administration has been the most underhanded and dishonest, as Saddam Hussein was a friend of the US establishment then for merely money he wasn't. Tell me one thing: What makes those establishment creeps any better than common criminals, nor beholding to a different standard, where RICO for me, is not RICO for them, and as they commit criminal acts every day in lying?
Like many Carmine did not bother to go to Starbucks website but instead he shot his mouth off, closed the conversation, withheld further comment, deleted me from his list of friends, to prevent me from commenting, after actually he was the one who made the public comment on the state of the nation but couldn't back it up. If he likes I will give his sorry ass an opportunity to rebut anything said if he want to arrange an opportunity to telephone me where I can record the conversation for a pod cast until then I suppose we can call him a good musician who happens to act like a jerk.
22 January 2007
The Maiden Voyage of the Devil's Apprentice Departs
Enjoy! -- Andrew Stergiou
Minister, Minister episode
Enjoy! -- Andrew Stergiou
21 January 2007
07 January 2007
WHY THE WORLD HATES
The American courts which expects a certain measure of comity, in regards to American law, they base on it grand sense of "logic", that (1) directly affects the jurisprudence of all countries on major issues of the day, which that judge and American Jurisprudence most often has decided with the most senseless, brainless, naive, stupid, pretentious, improper of means:
That the world most often can clearly see as the travesty it is when America's system of justice, and leaders are judged by what they decide on the most basic levels, where most often there is no money available to represent the poor, the under-privileged, and the lower economic classes of a society at war with a world, that begins by claiming it is always better, gentler, kinder, most just, most fair, and of course best country in the world:
When from those decisions insight is derived into how the American "leadership (sic) Democrat, and Republican, will decide the larger greater issues of war, peace, progress, heaven, hell, language, truth, and justice.
Typical people before the courts in the
- infringe on the dignity of the court
- act in contempt of court
Typical courts are supposed to have the appearances of propriety that allows decisions of those courts to stand as dignified impartial bodies, which can be depended upon as being fair, just, and good, based on some
measure of truth and fairness.
What Justice Roberts starts with what I describe as insincere "crocodile tears" in his saying:
"No one is very happy about the events that led to this litigation. A twelve-year-old girl was arrested, searched, and handcuffed. Her shoelaces were removed, and she was transported in the windowless rear compartment of a police vehicle to a juvenile processing center, where she was booked, fingerprinted, and detained until released to her mother some three hours later all for eating a single French fry in a Metrorail station.
The child was frightened, embarrassed, and crying throughout the or-deal. The district court described the policies that led to her arrest as ''foolish,'' and indeed the policies were changed after those responsible endured the sort of publicity reserved for adults who make young girls cry. The question before us, however, is not whether these policies were a bad idea, but whether they violated the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. Like the district court, we conclude that hey did not, and accordingly we affirm."