Liberty Movement Rising
“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.” – Thomas Paine
The label of “fringe” is a common one used by statists, bureaucrats and paid shills in order to marginalize those who would stand against government corruption. The primary assertion being sold is that the “majority” joyously supports the establishment; and the majority, of course, is always right.
The liberty movement, which is a collection of numerous freedom organizations and political activists brought together by a shared philosophical bond, has been accused of “fringe” status for quite some time. With corporatist dominance over the mainstream media for decades backing an elitist machine in Washington and a global banking cartel footing the bill with money created from thin air, any such accusation can be made to seem “real” to those who are unaware.
The problem has always been a matter of physical action giving rise to an acknowledgment of numbers.
We have all heard the old story of the debate within the ancient Roman government over the idea of forcing the slave population to wear distinct armbands so that they could be more easily identified among the regular population. The concept was rejected on the realization that if the slaves were given a visual confirmation of their considerable numbers and strength, they would be encouraged to revolt against the Roman tyrants. That is to say, as long as the slaves felt isolated, they would remain apathetic and powerless. Of course, that was not always the case. Sometimes, a small group would stand up despite their supposed isolation, and the rest of the world, wide-eyed and astonished, would take notice.
The liberty movement has just experienced one of its first great moments of realization and empowerment in Clark County, Nev., and millions of past naysayers have been shell-shocked.
I covered my views in detail on the Bundy Ranch saga in Nevada in my article “Real Americans Are Ready To Snap,” amid the usual choir of disinformation agents and nihilists desperate to convince Web audiences that the liberty movement would do nothing to stop the Bureau of Land Management’s militant assault on Cliven Bundy’s cattle farm. This assault included hundreds of Federal agents, helicopters, contractors hired essentially as cattle rustlers and even teams of snipers.
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US Guantanamo detainee killed in Syria while leading NATO-backed death squad.
The Long War Journal reported in its post, “Former Guantanamo detainee killed while leading jihadist group in Syria,” that:
Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released to Moroccan custody, has been killed while leading a jihadist group that fights Syrian government forces.
Bin Shakaran, who is also known as Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, and Brahim Benchekroune, was “martyred, Insha’Allah, in battles for Hilltop # 45 in Latakia,” according to Kavkaz Center, a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.
Bin Shakaran led a jihadist group known as Sham al Islam, which is based in Latakia and is comprised primarily of fighters from Morocco, according to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Bin Shakaran created the group “not only to recruit fighters for the Syria war, but also to establish a jihadist organization within Morocco itself.”
Sham al Islam has been fighting alongside the al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, as well as Ahrar al Sham and the Army of the Emigrants and Supporters in an ongoing offensive in the coastal province of Latakia.
Curiously absent from The Long War Journal’s report is any mention of how Bin Shakaran made it into northern Syria in the first place. Clearly this is because it would involve mentioning Turkey, a long-standing NATO member, with NATO being the organization that invaded and occupied Afghanistan, and whom Bin Shakaran had been fighting and ultimately fled from before being captured.
The Long War Journal also makes mention of the Kavkaz Center, calling it “a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.” Only the Kavkaz Center had been backed by the now defunct US National Endowment for Democracy-funded ”Russian-Chechen Friendship Society.” While The Long War Journal poses as a stalwart fighter of terrorism, its Western-backed counterpart, the Kavkaz Center is promoting terrorism in Russia.
“The Long War Journal” itself is a project of the Neo-Con Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). The FDD has counted among its membership US politicians and policy makers such as current US Vice President Joseph Biden, William Kristol, Steve Forbes, Charles Krauthammer, Paula Dobriansky – many of whom were signatories of the now notorious Project for a New American Century and who had been the chief proponents of the so-called “War on Terror” and the two costly conflicts fought in its name – the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The detention center in Guantanamo is part of the “War on Terror’s” legacy, a continuous point of contention between the US government and rights activists, and clearly a failure in its alleged role of keeping dangerous terrorists off the battlefield.
Much more HERE.
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April 17th 1964: Ford Mustang debuts
On this day in 1964, the Ford Motor Company introduced their new sports car – the Ford Mustang – to the public. The Mustang was one of the first ‘pony cars’, which are smaller sports car-like coupes. The car had debuted two years earlier at the United States Grand Prix, but Ford introduced their new car to the public at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Ford received over 22,000 orders from around the world on the first day, and the car’s popularity only increased from there. The model’s fame was cemented when a Mustang appeared in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ in September 1964. The Mustang is now approaching its sixth generation, and has changed a lot since the 1964 version. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this legendary American car, and Ford are celebrating with a limited edition 50th anniversary 2015 Mustang GT (pictured above).
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How Harmless Bacteria Learned to Eat Human Flesh
Three decades ago, A. streptococcus was a bacteria that could cause a bit of strep throat, but not much else. Today, it can eat your flesh.
Its odyssey from essentially benign bacteria to flesh-eating terror was just chronicled by researchers at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in the largest bacterial genome study ever and was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A. streptococcus is a good bacteria to study for a couple reasons: It’s extremely common, infecting some 600 million humans each year, infects only humans, and, as I’ve already noted twice, it’s the leading cause of necrotizing fasciitis, a “rapidly progressive,” horrifying disease that the Centers for Disease Control says “destroys muscles, fat, and skin tissue.” Research centers around the world also have samples of it from the last 30 years or so—all those popsicle sticks stuck down people’s throats during strep tests were not in vain.
Let’s get this out of the way quickly—most people infected with the bacteria do not develop flesh-eating disease. Most get strep throat, which is easily treated with antibiotics. But if it somehow infects a different part of the body, which happens in as many as 3 percent of cases, it can be much worse—of that 3 percent, about 1 in 5 will have necrotizing fasciitis. Overall, you’re looking at several hundred thousand cases of flesh-eating disease each year.
In recent years, scientists have been warning about antibiotic resistance eventually leading to untreatable bacterial diseases and more pathogenic microbes. That’s not what happened with A. streptococcus, according to lead researcher James Musser—instead, it appears that four likely random “genetic events” led to the bacteria becoming more fearsome.
“I think it’s unlikely humans have contributed to this. These largely random events have produced a pathogen that’s better able to spread and cause disease, and they have been effective at elevating this organism to another plane, pathogenically-speaking,” he told me. “This used to cause minor pharyngitis, now it can be a flesh eater.”
To track its evolution, Musser sequenced the genomes of different samples of bacteria through the last three decades. The first two “genetic events” or mutations that originally gave the bacteria its flesh-eating capability came from bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect bacteria. These bacteriophages fundamentally changed strep’s DNA and made it produce two types of toxins. A third event, a single-nucleotide change in the genome (basically, a minor mutation), coded for the bacteria to produce another toxin.
“The fourth and final event,” Musser said, which occurred sometime around 1983, “was the acquisition of another foreign piece of DNA that encodes for a toxin called streptolycin,” which is key in the breakdown of human flesh.
“These events have taken a reasonably good pathogen and made it a much more virulent pathogen that is able to spread and cause disease,” he said.
So, why delve into the evolutionary history of a bacteria? Because by finding out what mutations made it more dangerous, researchers can be proactive instead of reactive, Musser said. Genomes can be cultured as infection strikes, and new medicines can be made more quickly. Another mutation could theoretically start an epidemic (if it becomes even more pathogenic or more transmissible), and if researchers can identify it earlier, they have a better shot at quelling it.
Beyond that, it’s cool to be able to tell the story of how a relatively harmless bacteria became so fearsome.
“The fact is, nowadays, we don’t have to guess about what transpired,” Musser said. “We can precisely delineate the exact molecular steps involved in this.”
Read it with the live links and much more HERE.
Publicly Funded College Pays Socialist Hack $225,000 a Year to Lecture and Whine About “Income Inequality”
Economist Paul Krugman — who frequently uses his New York Times column to preach that rich people and Republicans are oppressing the poor with their capitalist policies — has been hired by City University of New York, which will pay him $225,000 to work on the ironically-named income inequality initiative.
His contract with CUNY was first reported by Gawker. He will be paid $225,000 for two semesters of work each year, or about $25,000 per month.
He is not required to teach during his first year of employment. Instead, the darling liberal pundit will be handsomely compensated for making media appearances and garnering publicity for CUNY’s Luxembourg Income Study Center.
CUNY also plans to reimburse Krugman $10,000 each year for travel expenses. A part-time researcher, or team of two researchers, will also be made available to him.
Krugman frequently writes about how the 1 percent are harming the economic interests of the rest of society. His new salary is four times higher than the average income in New York City.
The infamous “1%” includes anyone making $343,927 or higher a year. Krugman’s new salary places him in the top 4%.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
Ethics Panel Caught Violating the Very Laws They Exist to Ensure People Follow
A Colorado ethics commission charges five times what is allowed by law for copies of records obtained under the state open records act.
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission was recently in the spotlight for letting Gov. John Hickenlooper off the hook on a complaint filed by a conservative group.
The IEC charges $1.25 per paper copy, according to its own written policy available on its website. If the staff must supervise the copying, the policy continues, the price per page doubles.
But a 2007 law caps the fee state agencies can charge at $.25 per page.
The ethics commission is tasked with ensuring that state officials follow state law.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
“Duck Dynasty” Contest Cancelled Due to One, Single Complaint
A&E’s Duck Dynasty remains a ratings powerhouse, and co-star Willie Robertson’s film God’s Not Dead is one of 2014?s biggest sleeper hits.
That wasn’t enough to prevent a Michigan utility company from scrapping aDuck Dynasty look-a-like contest after a single complaint, according to Fox News.
The decision was made in light of controversial remarks by a Duck Dynasty cast member against the LGBT community,” the public utility said in a statement. “The BWL is committed to diversity and respect community differences, and we regret if the contest offended anyone.
The utility announced the contest on Monday. One local citizen complained about it later that day, connecting the event to star Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality in GQ magazine.
Read the full story at Breitbart.com.
From Slavery to Freedom
As another Passover begins, the echoes of “Once we were slaves and now we are free” and “Next year in Jerusalem” resound briefly and then fade into the background noise of everyday life. We can board a plane tomorrow and fly off to Jerusalem. Some of us are already there now. But will that make us free?
Since Egypt we have become slaves again, lived under the rule of iron-fisted tyrants and forgotten what the very idea of freedom means. And that will likely happen again and again until the age ends. What is this freedom that we gained with the fall of a Pharaoh and the last sight of his pyramids and armies?
Freedom like slavery, is as much a state of mind as a state of being. It is possible to be legally free, yet to have no freedom of action whatsoever. And it is possible to be legally a slave and yet to be free in defiance of those restrictions. External coercion alone does not make a man free or slave, it is the degradation of mind that makes a man a slave.
What is a slave? A slave is complicit in his own oppression. His slavery has become his natural state and he looks to his master, not to free him, but to command him. Had the Jews of Egypt merely been restrained by physical coercion, it would have been enough to directly and immediately smash the power of the Egyptian state. But their slavery was mental. They moaned not at the fact of slavery, but at the extremity of it. When their taskmasters complained to Pharaoh, it was not of slavery, but of not being given the straw with which to build the bricks.
The worst slavery is of the most insidious kind. It leaves the slave able to think and act, but not as a free man. It leaves him with cunning, but not courage. He is able to use force, but only to bring other slaves into line. And most hideously, this state of affairs seems moral and natural to him. This is his freedom.
The true slave has come to love big brother, to worship at the foot of the system that oppresses him. It is this twisted love that must be torn out of him. It is this idolatry of the whip before which he kneels, this panting to know who his superior and who his inferiors are, this love of a vast order that allows him to be lost in its wonders, to gaze in awe at the empire of tomorrow which builds its own tombs today, that must be broken. These are his gods and he must kill them within himself to be free.
Read it all HERE.