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US Debt

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US Debt as of Feb. 28, 2011 at 7:49 AM EST.

The Fed

The Federal Reserve is a wholly illegal and unconstitutional enterprise. It is used by the global cabal of financiers to extract trillions from the US economy for these robber barons! Right now the Fed is pumping trillions of dollars into the economy, driving up inflation, raising interest rates and further devaluing the US dollar which in turn raises the price of petroleum since it's pegged to the US dollar. This is one of the greatest criminal conspiracies in world history. When will the American sheep wake up and open their eyes to this truth!?

Western Democracy

    Just listened to the radio segment "Sunset of the West" on the NPR radio program   The Brian Lehrer Show .   Author Dambisa Moyo argues that through short-sightedness and folly the West has  contributed to its decline.   Some thoughts: For Western style democracy to work it needs a majority of the people to be educated  and to have a certain level of morality.    None of the longest lasting empires in history were democratic. The Greeks  experimented with some democratic ideas, but only in a very limited way. And of  course most of Greek society was excluded, unless they were a powerful Senator.  The Greeks believed in essentially top-down rule. They had slavery and women were  treated as outright property in Greek society. Their plight bettered somewhat  during Roman rule. There was still slavery and minority groups like Jews and  Christians were expected to tow the line and submit to Caesar. If minority groups  pushed for any degree of autonomy they would be ruthlessly

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) review

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This is a great Western. It portrays the showdown between US Marshal Wyatt Earp, his brothers and friend Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday against cattle rustler Ike Clanton and his men in Tombstone, Arizona. Stand out performances by Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in the leads. Also features appearances by a very young Dennis Hopper and DeForest Kelly (Bones from Star Trek)! Holliday's family was struck hard by the Civil War and his parents gave everything they had left to send him to dental school. He became a dentist, but stopped seeing patients apparently because they complained about his cough. Doc likely had tuberculosis. He carries around a picture of them in a pocket watch and is clearly wracked with guilt and shame over what he's become - a gunfighter. His parents are dead, yet he feels he's let them down and contributes to a feeling of self-hatred and worthlessness. Explains why he is drinking, smoking and gambling himself into an early grave through such ha

"The Mechanic" (2011) review

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This remake of the classic version from 1972 with Charles Bronson had some things right, but overall it really falls short of even competing with the original, let alone besting it. The 1982 film had a sort of detached coolness and a more visceral grittiness. These were professionals who did not get emotionally involved with the assignment. Jan-Michael Vincent's Steve wanted to prove he had what it took to be at, what he perceived, an elite level. Also there was a late 60s, early 70s counter-culture subtext to his motivation. And that was really interesting. Whereas the analog in this remake comes off more as a listless wanderer who has no clear idea what he wants to do, but he thinks it would be cool to kill people and he is emotionally overcome by the revenge aspect. Another fault I found was in the actual killings themselves. There was no detachment and precision. It was just raw death by torture in many cases. Sloppily fighting with the target, or shooting your way out o

Presidents' Day

This is another thing that irks me. Why did they eliminate Lincoln and Washington's days? These were extraordinary men who deserve special recognition. To lump them in with all the presidents in one day is a disgrace!

On social dynamics - could you become a dictator?

This study is fascinating. The research doesn't surprise me. "...people primed to think of themselves as well-off were worse at reading other people's emotions than people primed to think of themselves as poor." This is so true, in my limited empirical experience, and there is something going on in the pysche were people with power and wealth tend to become more self-involved self-obsessed and put less effort into reading others emotional states. When one is rich they can afford to act rude, smug and treat others badly. Their messed up values tell them that they are superior because of their status/wealth. If you question many of these people the attitudes they share on those "beneath them" are are the same as during Victorian times where the poor and assumed to be immoral, lazy, unintelligent and even deserve their lot in the life. Social darwinism is evil and treats people as things to be exploited for our own selfish gain. This dovetails in with odiou

Very heart warming commercial

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um9KsrH377A This is probably the most beautiful and touching commercial I've ever seen.The ad, "You Can Shine",  is from Thailand and for Pantene Chrysalis shampoo. The main actress is 18 year old Pimchanok Leuwisedpaiboon (พิมพ์ชนก ลือวิเศษไพบูลย์). Her nickname is Fern/ Baifern (ใบเฟิร์น ). Recently she received several Thai Star Awards for her movie "Sing Lek Lek Tee Reak Wa Ruk" (A Little Thing Called Love). Here is a higher quality HD version Note: If you can't access YouTube here is a local copy of the file you may download: You-Can-Shine-HD.mp4 Music : Canon in D Major from Johann Pachelbel and JS Bach CREDITS : Advertiser: P&G Brand: Pantene Chrysalis shampoo Agency: GREY Thailand Executive Creative Director: Sajan Raj Kurup Creative Director: Sajan Raj Kurup Copywriter: Sajan Raj Kurup, Thanonchai Sornsriwichai Agency Producer: Bee Director: Thanonchai Sornsriwichai Production Company: Phenomena,

On Man's Quest for Truth

"On Man's Quest for Truth" knowledge an ephemeral thing thought a broken vessel who shall rise from their waking dream what tenuous bonds hold us tight the familiar masks a richer truth a reality hidden revealed to some who submit to the Creator a terrifying journey madness? the unknown most retreat full of fear clinging to a structure laid down by blind watchmakers never illuminating the core on faith step out plunge into the void a dark abyss beyond time and space beyond reason behold the One connections infinite topological unity beneath man's dim view shines a light brighter than imagination raging hot pure energy pure mind through the Spirit one can break the veil supreme ignorance of arrogant man a part taken as the whole self-delusion the altar of science exalted a false security a failed ontology the edifice of fools a broken epistemology cloaked in robes of learning an incomplete cosmology never gaining tru

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

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This movie is hilarious! Best part: dude: Oh my God! Shit! woman: Oh my God! dude: Noooooooo! Noooooooooo! woman: Oh mai Gawwd!

Abortion

The silent holocaust, the forgotten holocaust of abortion rages on in America. All those tens of millions of women and the doctors, nurses and anyone else connected with abortion will have to answer to God for their great evil and the ocean of blood they've created! Lord may they turn from their great iniquity, repent and come to salvation. Protect the innocent babes Oh Lord we ask you! AMEN!

Fidei / Faith

Real faith is a dynamic relationship with Christ and it affects all aspects of your life and being. So I pray you dear reader come to saving faith in Christ if you aren't already saved. Religion and all works of man are dead and cannot save anyone. Only by being born again can you enter the Kingdom of Heaven.We are saved by God's grace through faith in Christ. Christ was born of the virgin Mary the God-Man (fully divine and fully human), He lived and died on the Cross at Calvary so that our sins may be washed away, an atonement for our evil. Jesus rose on the 3rd day and ascended unto Heaven. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father and will return to Earth one day to judge the living and the dead. COME TO FAITH NOW! Confess your sins, ask Jesus to forgive you and to be your personal Lord and Saviour and He will send His Holy Ghost to live in your heart and be your helper. Trust now in the Lord of Lords and King of Kings! If you've done this you are now a new cr

Multiculturalism is a misguided failure - Muslims in Europe

I agree. Muslims DO NOT WANT to integrate into the societal milieu and cultural norms. They want to have their own separate universe where retrograde sharia law is enforced, where women are second class citizens, where preachers are free to spread hatred and calls for outright violence against non-Muslims, where non-Muslims are told they are not welcome to live, etc. Multiculturalism and giving refuge to tens of millions of Muslims was the biggest mistake Europe has made since the World Wars in my view. Sarkozy, Cameron, Merkel and other leaders are realizing this now, but it's too late. Unless drastic change happens the problem will only get worse.

Support Family Farmers

We live in a very greedy world. Companies will exploit and even defraud consumers and their own shareholders for more profit. Huge agro companies like Monsanto have largely put the family farms (small and medium) out of business! They have no qualms about using nasty pesticides or hiring illegal aliens, anything to squeeze out more profit! We need morally restrained capitalism, absolute capitalism will lead to despotism. Look at the increasing gulf between the richest and poorest in this country, it is accelerating just as in China!

The Mission

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"The Mission" (1986) This film is a true masterpiece. I easily place it within my top 100 films of all time. The story is very human, and while some reviewers think this picture is a critique of faith, particularly the Catholic Church, I do not agree. Yes colonialism had its problems and was a flawed vehicle for the Gospel, but the Indians came to beautiful faith genuinely. Also the priests had an abiding love for these Indians as people, not as mere numbers to add to their scrolls. Real faith is not something which can be forced. And in the end of the movie the Indians and priests give one of the most compelling and loving scenes of martyrdom I have ever witnessed on film. Yes it is sad how they are cut down, but they gain far more than they lose, and in doing so show that true faith cannot be destroyed. I should state that I'm a Protestant, but I have known priests, and the character Jeremy Irons plays reminds me of several dear priests I've encountered. DeNiro ga

Democracy in the Middle East

Last night i tweeted ,"The Middle East wants freedom, freedom to be oppressed by Islamic theocrats!" Sad, but so true. Western style freedom and pluralistic democracy doesn't work in Islam, even if you look at the most socially advanced Muslim countries like Indonesia, Egypt and Turkey you still have absolutely shameful treatment of non-Muslim minorities, especially oppression of Christians. And you have strong Islamic terrorist networks there. The type of freedoms and values we embrace will only be accepted in Islamic world once Islam goes through a major structural reformation and unequivocally purges itself of violence and intolerance as legitimate forms of expression. Remember that democracy can be a tyranny. I wonder what these groups gushing over the recent events in Egypt will say if the Muslim Brotherhood has a significant presence in the new government and the Islamists make inroads and enact more of sharia law over time.

ode to bany's blog post on a squirrel

"ode to bany's blog post on a squirrel" a solitary squirrel huddled, in nature's warm embrace a whithered oak outside, rage bitter winds snow gently blankets the hard ground a primal impetus to survive to live another season yes we shall - Zachary Uram (c) 2011