The Tax Policy Charade

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Tax policy discussions are meant to do what? Arrive at a rational policy, or garner votes. I think it is the latter. What is lost in all the debate over tax increases versus tax cuts, is science. Contrary to what most people may think, there is some scientific study of taxation. Applying The Laffer Curve […]


Venezuela Threatens To Cut Off Oil Exports To Us

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February 21th, 2006 by Elif Ozdemir On Sunday, Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, threatened Condoleezza Rice. Last Friday, he also made treats to discontinue exporting crude oil to America if they will still try to undermine his administration. This is his response to previous statements made by Condoleza Rice that relationship of Venezuela with Cuba […]


The Democratic Ideal And New Colonialism

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful concerned individuals can precipitate change in the world … indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” (Margaret Mead) “Democracy” is not the rule of the people. It is government by periodically vetted representatives of the people. Democracy is not tantamount to a continuous expression of […]


Thanks Mankind

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I got to thinking today and i have to say, we rock! Humans I mean. For some reason, as I sat there, eating my McDonalds, I started thinking about technology. Man was I impressed! We have so much, and we dont think about it enough. I suppose it really doesnt make much of a difference […]


Knowledge And Power

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“Knowledge is Power” goes the old German adage. But power, as any schoolboy knows, always has negative and positive sides to it. Information exhibits the same duality: properly provided, it is a positive power of unequalled strength. Improperly disseminated and presented, it is nothing short of destructive. The management of the structure, content, provision and […]


The Semi Failed State

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The US State Department’s designation of “rogue state” periodically falls in and out of favor. It is used to refer to countries hostile to the United States, with authoritarian, brutal, and venal regimes, and a predilection to ignore international law and conventions, encourage global or local terrorism and the manufacture and proliferation of weapons of […]


Bush S Holy Cronies Have Feet Of Clay

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DETROIT — Deception, arrogance, greed, hubris, corruption, incompetence and isolation — the seven deadly sins of political life — snared President George W. Bush and his cronies long ago. That’s how they gained and maintain power. While praying and thumbing their Bibles, loudly proclaiming their virtue and righteousness, the faith-based Busheviks claim to be the […]


Nitwit Nation Is America Too Dumb For Democracy

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Most Americans are enthusiastic supporters of their own civic rights, but few bother to meet any would-be democrat’s (or any would-be republican’s, if you prefer) number-one responsibility: that of keeping oneself sufficiently literate and well informed to be able to vote rationally and knowledgeably. Mountains of too-long ignored evidence show that the vast majority of […]


A Dialog About Anti Semitism And The Fate Of The State Of Israel

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Rabid anti-Semitism, coupled with inane and outlandish conspiracy theories of world dominion, is easy to counter and dispel. It is the more “reasoned”, subtle, and stealthy variety that it pernicious. “No smoke without fire,” – say people – “there must be something to it!”. In this dialog I try to deconstruct a “mild” anti-Semitic text. […]


Lincoln Group Republican Party Cia Spies Garfield Media Talking Head

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CONSPIRACY, intrigue, bribery and influence that may go clear up the ladder to Presdient George W(eak) Bush, Lincoln Group seems to have it all. A company that seems to have materialized from out of the mist snags major DOD contracts, including one for a 100 million dollars in psyhops work. Included on their board is […]


America S Second Civil War

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Reprinted with permission from: “The Second Civil War in the USA and its Aftermath” by Sam Vaknin (second, revised impression, 2029) Summary of Chapter 83 “The polities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries swung between extremes of nationalism and polyethnic multiculturalism. Following the Great War (1914-8), the disintegration of most of the continental empires – […]


The Inertia Of Power

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I hate it when Saddam Hussein gets proved to be right … Buried in all his pre-invasion bluster was a promise that Iraqis would give the Americans ‘another Viet Nam’ if they tried to occupy the country. To many, this sounded like just another empty threat, but I took note when he said it. The […]


Wanted And It Had Better Be Alive

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Pakistan did the USA a favor recently … All they got for it was a surprise rocket attack on their own soil. The situation is well-explained by London’s Sunday Telegraph in its 29 Jan 06 edition: Pakistan ‘delay let bin Laden escape US raid’ By Massoud Ansari in Karachi (Filed: 29/01/2006) “Prevarication by the Pakistani […]


The Madman And The Iraqi War

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It is the war of the sated against the famished, the obese against the emaciated, the affluent against the impoverished, the democracies against tyranny, perhaps Christianity against Islam and definitely the West against the Orient. It is the ultimate metaphor, replete with “mass destruction”, “collateral damage”, and the “will of the international community”. In this […]


The Caveman And The Alien

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When Chancellor Kohl’s party and Edith Cresson are suspected of gross corruption – these are labelled “aberrations” in an otherwise honest West. When NASA in collaboration with its UK counterpart blow a 130 million US dollars spacecraft to smithereens having confused the metric system for its pound/feet archaic predecessor – people nod their head in […]


Third World Debt A Solution

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Let’s not pretend that third world debt is about wise investment of borrowed money in order to develop a country’s economy more quickly. If it were so, the countries which borrowed the most would be the ones doing well. Without getting into statistics, I’ll just point out that debt is more often hurting these economies […]


Uae S Imbalanced Demography Poses Concerns

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Even as Dubai’s rising expatriate population is being projected as a measure of its association with the outside world, many historians, media experts and political observers are looking at the same phenomenon with some concern these days. Very recently, an editorial in the Gulf News stated how eight out of every ten people living in […]


Contenders For Iraq And The Potential For Civil War

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Iraq stands at the junction of three different and competing cultures for the control of the country. Kurds, Shia and Sunni Arabs all want to control their own affairs and that of the Iraqi state. Since each of them have their own distinct identity and their own supporters the potential for conflict is great. The […]


Nuclear Energy The Green Solution

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The United States with less than 5% of the world’s population consumes roughly 25% of the world’s energy. Some might argue that this is egregious, while others would say that it is simply a yardstick by which the world’s largest economy is measured. But for whatever the reason for our vast consumption of energy, the […]


The Clash Of Islam And Liberalism

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Islam is not merely a religion. It is also – and perhaps, foremost – a state ideology. It is all-pervasive and missionary. It permeates every aspect of social cooperation and culture. It is an organizing principle, a narrative, a philosophy, a value system, and a vade mecum. In this it resembles Confucianism and, to some […]