Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Assigned Reading on Russia, Putin & Eastern Europe

A revolution has taken place in Ukraine this February. The tyrant has fled, an interim government is installed. Crimea has been taken by Putin. The country is the battlefield between the premodern East and the postmodern West



On April 16, 2014, SACEUR, General Phil Breedlove, invoked NATO's Article 5 speaking on reassurance measures taken in response to the Ukrainian crisis. Full half hour version at: http://bit.ly/1hNpTNN


UPDATE: Trifecta for assigned reading about Russia, Putin and the situation in Eastern Europe:


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oklahoma Militia Joins the Battle for Bundy Ranch

When a government is no longer on the side of the people, and the people have the inalienable right to freedom, this is what you get, folks! Hashtag #BundyRanch



Infowars reveal that Senator Harry Reid and his son are involved in a deal with a Chinese state energy company to build a solar farm on the same land to which ranchers have common law grazing rights.

UPDATE:

EARTH DAY: Our Number 1 Fav Tweet

When natural purity is your moral standard and dead material your supreme value you might celebrate Earth Day!



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Trail of Dead Bankers: couple shot in Belgium

A spate of deaths and suicides in the financial sector is setting off speculations and conspiracy theories about approaching collapse of the monetary system


Prominent bankers are dying in droves. Here's the tip-off that this is a very big story: the mainstream media is not covering it. 

UPDATE: Today in Belgium a double bill - h/t @1Holland

Late Friday evening around 11 PM a child, 9 years old and a man, 37, a banker, were shot in a hamlet in the Eastern province of Liege in Belgium. A woman, his wife and related to the child, was injured and later died in hospital of her wounds. An unknown gunman fired seven shots. Law enforcement have very little to go on. The victim, a banker, has been identified as Benoît P., the woman as Carole H. (also 37). Both had an excellent reputation. The man was a director of a major branch of  BNP Paribas Fortis; the woman also worked for the bank.  Law enforcement are investigating if there was more than one shooter. Apparently a car had been waiting for them to get home. Then seven shots were fired from an automatic pistol. (Source)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Great Capitalist Inventions: the Airplane

Wright Brothers First Flight (1903). On Jan. 1, 1914, one commercial passenger flew on one commercial flight. On Jan. 1, 2014, an estimated 8 million people flew on nearly 100,000 flights



On December 17 1903, news came through that two brothers had flown a curious air machine for more than a minute. The footage used in this film is actually from their flight in 1908. 

Statistics from the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, show that some 3.1 billion people flew in 2013, surpassing the 3 billion mark for the first time ever. That figure is expected to grow to 3.3 billion by 2014 and represents about 44 percent of the world’s population. But it’s not just people who fly. An estimated 50 million tons of cargo are transported each year, representing an annual value of some $6.4 trillion (or 35 percent of the value of goods traded internationally). Meanwhile, the aviation industry supports more than 57 million jobs and generates $2.2 trillion in economic activity. According to IATA, the industry’s direct economic contribution of around $540 billion would, if translated into the GDP ranking of countries, place the industry in 19th position. (Source)


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

War On Cynicism: "Happy"

Pharrell Williams - ♪♫.¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ Happy (Official Music Video)



Performed, Written and Produced by Pharrell Williams 

From the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Check out http://24hoursofhappy.com to experience the world's first 24 hour music video! Directed by We Are From L.A.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

John Galt's “Nine Satanic Statements”

Objectivism, the philosophy developed by Ayn Rand has a very specific world view only shared by Aristotle, the classicist Thomas Aquinas and others in their traditions


Yet journalists and other critics insist on trying to refute the philosophical tenets while failing to grasp the first basic principles. 

UPDATE: Just when you thought this was getting a wee bit boring, here comes the Acton Institute with an entirely new angle! A mystic one at that!

Over the past few years, Anton LaVey and his book The Satanic Bible has grown increasingly popular, selling thousands of new copies. His impact has been especially pronounced in our nation’s capital. (...) Perhaps most are unaware of the connection, though LaVey wasn’t shy about admitting his debt to his inspiration. “I give people Ayn Rand with trappings,” he once told the Washington Post . On another occasion he acknowledged that his brand of Satanism was “just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added.” Indeed, the influence is so apparent that LaVey has been accused of plagiarizing part of his “Nine Satanic Statements” from the John Galt speech in Rand’s Atlas Shrugged . Devotees of Rand may object to my outlining the association between the two. They will say I am proposing “guilt by association,” a form of the ad hominem fallacy . But I am not attacking Rand for the overlap of her views with LaVey’s; I am saying that, at their core, they are the same philosophy . LaVey was able to recognize what many conservatives fail to see: Rand’s doctrines are satanic. (Source)

DUTCH PREPARING 3 F-16 FIGHTERS FOR UKRAINE

As a free country Ukraine has the right to decide to which power bloc it wants to belong (if any). The Russian strategy of ethnic politics is bankrupt and will only lead to balkanization



F16s of the Netherlands Royal Airforce

UPDATE: During the next three weeks three jets will be prepared for a mission in the Ukraine border area. The destination is probably one of the NATO member states: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary or Romania. The wildcard is Belarus. The tyrant Alexander Lukashenko has always been a loyal sock puppet to Putin. But not anymore. He also fears Vladimir's Heim-Ins-Reich policy. To be continued.


EU/NATO ASKED NETHERLANDS FOR 4 F-16S

EU and NATO have asked the Dutch Government for four fighter jets. Apparently the Dutch can muster three. Peace dividend, anyone?


DUTCH SENDING THREE F-16S TO UKRAINE

The Dutch Government has decided to station three F-16 fighter jets to defend Ukrainian sovereignty. More details later today. Watch this space!


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Objectivism: Money Is The Root of All Good

Those who believe that "money is the root of all evil" have no understanding of the nature of money: a container of value, a tool of traders and a means to exchange value for value


Speech of Francisco D'Anconia at a party about money in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"!

"Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters. The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably. The man who respects it, has earned it. Run for your life from any man that tells you money is evil. It is the leaper's bell of an approaching looter."


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