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  • human commented on the diary post On John Kerry, Tamerlane, and Genghis Khan by Ohio Barbarian.

    2015-03-02 08:57:32View | Delete “The U.S. government was criticised for doing nothing to protect the museum after occupying Baghdad. Dr. Irving Finkel of the British Museum said the looting was “entirely predictable and could easily have been stopped.” Martin E. Sullivan, chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee on Cultural Property, and U.S. State Department cultural advisers Gary [...]

  • If you like your court transcript, you can keep your court transcript.

  • You’re not exactly well versed in international relations, are you:

  • “ACA is more likely to be a net positive as far as effect this November.” That crystal ball of yours still giving you problems, erik?

  • I will not play their game and will continue to use only health care professionals who will take direct payment.

  • human commented on the blog post Under Sanctions American Sales To Russia Increase

    2014-07-30 11:30:22View | Delete

    What make and model of crystal ball are you usin’ there, erik? My seems to be broken. It just gives me the same answers when I ask Democrat or Republican!

  • “With the White House choosing the sidelines, a DOJ investigation,…” Huh? The DOJ _is_ still a cabinet level department, isn’t it???

    And please stop referring to our form of government as a democracy. This is serious, continuing misinformation.

  • human commented on the blog post Germany Boots CIA Station Chief Over Spying Scandals

    2014-07-11 06:53:10View | Delete

    What an incredibly racist, authoritarian and useless post. I request that the moderators remove it.

    If you wish to be “safe,” confine yourself to a guarded, plastic bubble.

  • human commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: The Saudis and 9/11 – More New Info?

    2014-07-06 06:54:15View | Delete

    How’s the KoolAid?

  • human commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: The Saudis and 9/11 – More New Info?

    2014-07-05 10:02:18View | Delete

    Thanks. I’ve been keeping an eye on this.

    Here’s something else for erik to ponder:

    Behind the Sound Bites Lies the Hideous Truth,

    And for Phoenix Woman:

    Chertoff’s Cousin Penned Popular Mechanics 9/11 Hit Piece,

  • human commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: The Saudis and 9/11 – More New Info?

    2014-07-05 08:49:46View | Delete

    “In order for all the bullcrap the wingers claim to be true about 9/11, the entire framework of our nation would need to be built upon a lie,” and your point is?

    There is an entire body of peer reviewed, independent research out there regarding the events of 9/11/01 and clear coverup.

    as Fire Engineering editor Bill Manning so succinctly put it:

    $elling Out the Investigation
    By Bill Manning

    “Did they throw away the locked doors from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire? Did they throw away the gas can used at the Happyland Social Club Fire? Did they cast aside the pressure-regulating valves at the Meridian Plaza Fire? Of course not. But essentially, that’s what they’re doing at the World Trade Center.

    “For more than three months, structural steel from the World Trade Center has been and continues to be cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial evidence that could answer many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance under fire conditions is on the slow boat to China, perhaps never to be seen again in America until you buy your next car.

    “Such destruction of evidence shows the astounding ignorance of government officials to the value of a thorough, scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world history. I have combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall.

    “Hoping beyond hope, I have called experts to ask if the towers were the only high-rise buildings in America of lightweight, center-core construction. No such luck. I made other calls asking if these were the only buildings in America with light-density, sprayed-on fireproofing. Again, no luck-they were two of thousands that fit the description.

    “Comprehensive disaster investigations mean increased safety. They mean positive change. NASA knows it. The NTSB knows it.

    “Does FEMA know it?

    “No. Fire Engineering has good reason to believe that the “official investigation” blessed by FEMA and run by the American Society of Civil Engineers is a half-baked farce that may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure. Except for the marginal benefit obtained from a three-day, visual walk-through of evidence sites conducted by ASCE investigation committee members- described by one close source as a “tourist trip”-no one’s checking the evidence for anything.

    “Maybe we should live and work in planes. That way, if disaster strikes, we will at least be sure that a thorough investigation will help find ways to increase safety for our survivors.

    “As things now stand and if they continue in such fashion, the investigation into the World Trade Center fire and collapse will amount to paper- and computer generated hypotheticals.

    “However, respected members of the fire protection engineering community are beginning to raise red flags, and a resonating theory has emerged: The structural damage from the planes and the explosive ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not enough to bring down the towers. Rather, theory has it, the subsequent contents fires attacking the questionably fireproofed lightweight trusses and load-bearing columns directly caused the collapses in an alarmingly short time. Of course, in light of there being no real evidence thus far produced, this could remain just unexplored theory.

    “The frequency of published and unpublished reports raising questions about the steel fireproofing and other fire protection elements in the buildings, as well as their design and construction, is on the rise. The builders and owners of the World Trade Center property, the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey, a governmental agency that operates in an accountability vacuum beyond the reach of local fire and building codes, has denied charges that the buildings’ fire protection or construction components were substandard but has refused to cooperate with requests for documentation supporting its contentions.

    “Some citizens are taking to the streets to protest the investigation sellout. Sally Regenhard, for one, wants to know why and how the building fell as it did upon her unfortunate son Christian, an FDNY probationary firefighter. And so do we.

    “Clearly, there are burning questions that need answers. Based on the incident’s magnitude alone, a full-throttle, fully resourced, forensic investigation is imperative. More important, from a moral standpoint, for the safety of present and future generations who live and work in tall buildings-and for firefighters, always first in and last out-the lessons about the buildings’ design and behavior in this extraordinary event must be learned and applied in the real world.

    “To treat the September 11 incident any differently would be the height of stupidity and ignorance.

    “The destruction and removal of evidence must stop immediately.

    “The federal government must scrap the current setup and commission a fully resourced blue ribbon panel to conduct a clean and thorough investigation of the fire and collapse, leaving no stones unturned.

    “Firefighters, this is your call to action. Visit WTC “Investigation”?: A Call to Action, then contact your representatives in Congress and officials in Washington and help us correct this problem immediately.”

  • This is, of course, in addition to the some $7TN the US taxpayer is on the hook for for Afghanistans destabilization and the restoration of opium production (the worlds’ liquidity/walking around money). Remember, it’s all about GOD, Gold, Oil and Drugs.

  • So…let’s analyze your conclusion:

    If non-violent protest leads to violence, who is doing the violence? Could it possibly be those who do not believe in absolute individual rights?

    BTW, this is why anarchy (direct democracy) is disparaged. Think Libya.

  • “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy

  • human commented on the blog post John Oliver Gets Schooled in Imaginary Time From Stephen Hawking

    2014-06-16 13:35:53View | Delete

    Just think of all that additional data being assimilated by the google bots.

    There is an axiom in the programming profession that if a programmer has done his best, he is not capable of debugging problems in his own program. Alternately, a researcher can not determine the IQ of someone more intelligent. Analogous to this, when a machine becomes more intelligent than the most intelligent humans, how will we know?

  • human commented on the blog post Exchanges’ Achilles Heel: Health Literacy

    2014-06-16 13:07:57View | Delete

    Just another Orwellian term.

    In time (recently) past, when one did not feel well or were injured you called a doctor (shaman, midwife, etc) precisely because you were not the expert. You then paid in livestock, crops, labor…

    It is now all but illegal to deal with the doctor directly.

  • human commented on the blog post And now let this be on your conscience…add it to the tab

    2014-06-11 15:38:54View | Delete

    His principled stand against the Invasion of Mexico notwithstanding, his famous platitude, currently paraphrased as “United We Stand,” is little more than great oratory. Designed to appeal to the emotion of the populace, rather than good policy. Of course, policy was in a bit of turmoil at the time.

    What cost Lincoln his life was refusal to accept a republic. It was union or nothing.

  • human commented on the blog post And now let this be on your conscience…add it to the tab

    2014-06-11 07:38:33View | Delete

    The US of A had a war over the right of its’ individual states to make and enforce their own laws absent specific Constitutional restraints. Saint (/s) Lincoln put an end to this.

  • human commented on the blog post House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

    2014-06-11 07:22:49View | Delete

    This is in line with extremists recently winning an upsetting number of elections in the EU. A clear call for radical change.

    Interesting times we live (exist) in.

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