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  • mafr commented on the blog post Koch And Friends Pledge To Spend Almost $1 Billion On 2016 Races

    2015-01-27 10:03:06View | Delete

    Obama, and associates, gave them the legislature.

    Legislature + Whitehouse = Keystone XL = Outlet for Canadian tar sands = $

  • mafr commented on the blog post Feinstein And McCain Want US Troops In Yemen

    2015-01-26 07:57:29View | Delete

    Thanks D.W.

    a few Yemen facts

    “The Republic of Yemen is one of the driest, poorest and least developed countries in the world. It ranks 140 out of 182 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index (2009). An estimated 42 percent of the people are poor, and one Yemeni in five is malnourished. Poverty is endemic, particularly in more remote and less accessible areas, The government estimates that each Yemeni’s average share of renewable water resources is 125 cubic metres per year. This is one tenth of the average in most Middle Eastern countries and one fiftieth of the world average. For rural women, collecting water for the household is one of the heavier burdens in a disproportionately large work load. In highland and mountain areas women and girls typically spend up to seven hours a day collecting water. ”

  • Thanks

  • “defence” link third last line does not work.

    Thanks D.S.

  • Aside from the often vague, and usually misleading content of his speeches

    I don’t think Obama is a very good public speaker.

    I don’t understand why people think he is. Voice is weak, and forced, modulations are predictable and boring, physical gestures are predictable, and hackneyed (pointing finger in the air, waving hand around)

    pronunciation is poor, ( “ta” for “to” for instance”

    I guess anything would seem outstanding after Bush junior.

  • As I recall, when the armed forces wanted to improve the armour plate on vehicles (humvees?) in Iraq, afghanistan cause of roadside bomb maimings and deaths, there was a delay, cause the US no longer had a steel manufacturer for the steel plate.

    probably made in China.

  • mafr commented on the blog post Richest 1% Set To Own Over Half Of World’s Wealth

    2015-01-20 16:20:39View | Delete

    “The Bolivarian Revolution”

    Carried out through the ballot box, and free fair elections.

    You’re right, The Cuban revolution, is a very good example. Maybe the only revolution using force, that has worked out for the common good.

    “I hope ‘we’ get there first and can create a nonviolent revolution,”

    same here.

    Gar Alperovitz is a person who gives many instances of changes that are occurring for the better in the USA. and how they are achieved.

    No big Al I don’t like the way things are. I just don’t think violence is a solution to anything.

  • mafr commented on the blog post Richest 1% Set To Own Over Half Of World’s Wealth

    2015-01-20 13:17:09View | Delete

    Can anyone point out who thinks revolution is a good idea point out one that actually resulted in anything other than murder, misery, new leaders, and similar or worse lives for average people?

    I’ve asked this question before.

    so far, no answer.

  • mafr commented on the blog post Richest 1% Set To Own Over Half Of World’s Wealth

    2015-01-20 10:53:00View | Delete

    one percent own more and more, with no end in sight, and in North America, we are slipping back.

    I think most human beings will put up with a lot of pain and misery, to avoid being gunned down, blown up, imprisoned, tortured.

    Think of Zimbabwe. or Nigeria, where the economy has been doing well, but the wealth, all of it, is stolen.

    so we have a country like India, where there is great wealth, and yet it is the world leader in infant deaths from starvation.

    Wall st journal “An individual with a BMI of 17 to 18.4 is “undernourished”, someone with a BMI of 16.0 to 16.9 is considered “severely malnourished” and a BMI less than 16 signifies a person is “starving”.

    Based on government estimates that 35.6% of Indian women and 34.2% of Indian men have BMIs less than 18.5, the Planning Commission’s India Human Development Report states, “If India is not in a state of famine, it is quite clearly in a state of chronic hunger.”

    and in this world we have unlimited money for war, but

    “Yet today, 750 million people – about one in nine – lack access to clean water. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet.

    More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.1
    2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation; 1.1 billion still practice open defecation.2
    Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.”


    also “In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated”

    so, if we accept that happening elsewhere, what’s to stop it from happening here?


    you know, first they came for … etc.

    I have no idea what the answer is, we people are at each other’s throats over nothing, while things that matter are ignored.

    and I agree, It would be great if the change started here in North America.

  • mafr commented on the blog post White House Approved CIA Hacking Of Senate Computers

    2015-01-16 09:19:43View | Delete

    It’s really hard to grasp what that means.

  • mafr commented on the blog post White House Approved CIA Hacking Of Senate Computers

    2015-01-16 09:11:24View | Delete

    So who has control of the CIA?

  • mafr commented on the diary post Lip Service – Caution Democrats At Work! by joe shikspack.

    2015-01-15 13:24:04View | Delete

    ” And this (trilateral) commission that put together this book was concerned with trying to induce what they called ‘more moderation in democracy’ – turn people back to passivity and obedience so they don’t put so many constraints on state power and so on. In particular they were worried about young people. They were concerned [...]

  • mafr commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 14th, 2015

    2015-01-15 10:08:21View | Delete

    hydrogen sulphide river 60 feet under water cenote mexico

    Jessica Williams is certainly a fine pianist.

    Have you listened to John Hicks?

  • mafr commented on the blog post Vladimir Putin Frontline’s Way

    2015-01-14 11:04:25View | Delete

    May 5th 2014, Forbes

    “What’s to stop Putin? The West is led by the modern equivalents of Chamberlain”

    Putin compared in a full article to HItler.

    For a short time after the fall of the Soviet Union, things were dicey. Completely fixed that now, and the ill informed citizens are thoroughly cowed, and trembling in fear.

    Re Frontline, remember Phil Donahue was canned, when he had the highest rated show, for disputing Bush and Cheney’s Iraq story.

  • “spent his career advising corporations on how to game the tax code and conduct corporate raids Weiss was not really qualified to be a regulator for domestic finance.”

    A career doing those things would probably be useful knowledge wise, in understanding how those things are done, and how to prevent them from being done.

    If a person was inclined and instructed to do that.

  • mafr commented on the blog post Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Continues With Nebraska Court Decision

    2015-01-12 15:17:20View | Delete

    America isn’t the only country with politicians, regulators, judges, etc, that are owned by the oil industry.

    There aren’t many countries in the world that have decided to not drill for oil, or gas, anywhere they find it, even under the Arctic ocean, (Russia, Norway) and build pipelines to move the stuff.

    I can’t think of one.

  • mafr commented on the blog post Jeb Bush Moves Ever Closer To Presidential Run

    2015-01-09 11:46:52View | Delete

    I guess this is why I/we have seen George Bush junior here and there, in the news, being treated with great respect.

    They have to get rid of the deadly stench of the disastrous invasion that clings to George Bush, for this to work.

  • mafr commented on the blog post The Real Winners Of The Recovery: The Superrich

    2015-01-06 17:42:21View | Delete

    No.52 is straightforward and easy to understand isn’t it?

    Thanks Hugh.

  • mafr commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 5th, 2015

    2015-01-06 09:28:33View | Delete

    “Mail & Guardian

    Inequality mocks SA’s freedom
    31 OCT 2014 00:00 SIPHO KINGS

    Oxfam’s latest report highlights the travesty of inequality and warns of dire and corrosive consequences to society.
    A black woman born into poverty in rural Limpopo is unlikely to escape penury, no matter how hard she works. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G)
    Oxfam this week released its report, Even It Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality. It starts with a case study from South Africa and compares a black woman born to a poor family in rural Limpopo to a white man born on the same day in a rich suburb of Cape Town.

    Using the United Nation’s World Development Report, it said the woman was one and a half times more likely to die in the first year of her life. The man, statistically, would live 15 years longer. He would complete 12 years of schooling and probably go to university. She would be lucky to complete one year of schooling. Her children would be stuck in the same place.

    The report said the two richest South Africans had the same wealth as the bottom half of the population. Johan Rupert, chairperson and chief executive of Remgro and chairperson of Richemont, is worth R82.35-billion, and Nicky Oppenheimer, chairperson of De Beers is worth R72.6-billion.

    Oxfam said: “In South Africa, inequality is greater today than at the end of apartheid.”

  • mafr commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 1st, 2014

    2015-01-02 11:58:15View | Delete

    “Nigerian Billionaire, Folorunsho Alakija has edged past Oprah Winfery as world’s richest Black Woman, with a fortune of $7.3bn. On the other hand, Oprah Winfrey is worth $2.9billion, according to Forbes.

    According to Ventures Africa magazine’s Rich List, Alakija generated her wealth from oil and gas.

    “It is widely believed that Alakija’s friendship with Maryam Babangida, the late wife of former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, played a huge role in her relatively inexpensive acquisition of the oil block back in 1993,” the magazine noted.”

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