We need to insist on impartiality by preventing outside actors from influencing investigations, especially when the outside actors (and their products) are the ones being investigated.
So all of a sudden there’s a big push to “attack” ISIS, or ISIL, or Islamic State, whatever the MSM and the government wants to call them (was there a focus group conducted to determine what sounds scarier to us?). Now I understand the need to take down these crazy head chopping animals, but the FUD everyone’s pushing is off the charts…WSJ Polls supposedly show 2/3 of the public agree with attacking ISIS…My issue with polls is that they can be manipulated to bolster a particular viewpoint. For example, you can easily say you’re polling 1000 registered voters but the makeup of the voter pool can be (without telling you, the reader) 60/40 Republicans/Democrats, thereby skewing the poll towards Republicans…and they can take another 1000 registered voters a month later, but change the makeup 80/20. Most Republicans would probably vote for going after ISIS. And so by doing two polls, a month apart, but changing the makeup of the 1000 polled, you can show an increase in the number of voters approving an attack.
My point is, it’s hard to trust what you read. Everyone has a motive. Most of the time, the motive is money. Going to war allows for the Military Industrial Complex to increase military spending, thus more money going to all industries that are supported by wars. The media can benefit from a new story to follow, more people will read the articles, watch the news shows, all spewing the same FUD.
Ok so here’s my latest government run amok gripe. I received my property assessment and guess what? My property taxes are going up! Here’s what I don’t get…NYC has a budget. The tax burden amongst us property owners should be shared. If more property is being built, and there are certainly plenty of condos going up where I am in North Brooklyn, you would think that would bring in more property tax revenue so the overall tax burden is spread across more property owners, thus it should get less for each individual owner. But no, it goes up! Yet for huge corporations like Google, their property taxes go down, despite what the City’s own assessors say!
Fair? Hell no! What I would like to see is how the increase is being used to better my local community. Are there more trash collectors to pick up the extra garbage that’s going to be produced in my area due to the influx of condos? Is the local waste treatment plant ready for the influx of more crap? Will my kid’s public school get more teachers? More police? Firefighters? What I would like to see is a before and after breakdown. A list showing what services we had before the tax hike and what we’re going to have after. Do we have that type of transparency?
As taxes increase, and my already huge monthly mortgage goes up, who do you think will actually be paying for the increase? The renters! So now you’ll have people who actually drive the economy with less money to spend in local businesses.
Thank you, new Mayor Bill DiBlasio. I guess someone has to pay for the $170,000 salary for the First Lady’s new Chief of Staff!
It’s funny how the Yahoos, Googles, Microsofts, Apples, and Facebooks say that they did not give the NSA “direct access” to their servers. That doesn’t mean they didn’t replicate the data to the NSA servers!
Let’s face it. There will never be peace in the Middle East. Or any where for that matter. Why? Because the vast military–industrial complex needs wars and conflicts to continue to make money. Tanks, jets, missiles, arms, ammunition, etc, don’t get sold to countries that are at peace. They get sold to countries in battle. Not just military equipment though. Then comes the reconstruction equipment. The building materials. The bulldozers, diggers, and cranes. If there’s peace in the Middle East, if there’s no body to fight, what would happen to all these companies? What would happen to all the factory workers? What would happen to the Congressmen who represent the states that have these factories? The money would dry up. They would all become irrelevant. They won’t let that happen.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. — President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Doesn’t it make sense to have those who advocate science on the House Science Committee? Of course it does. So why do we have knuckleheads such as these:
Republican Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, who, at his church and on video, has said:
“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
We also have the wonderful Representative Todd Akin, Republican from Missouri. He, this past August, had claimed that women who are victims of “legitimate rape”, cannot get pregnant because their bodies go into some sort of defensive mode and that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
As I have said before…TERM LIMITS people. It’s the only way to get the corrupt (and in this case, stupid) officials out of politics.
You can read more about the Anti-Scientists on the House Science Committee here – The Institute for Southern Studies.
Well, I figured the media would give Romney the “win” for the first debate. But Obama really did lousy. I mean, as soon as Romney mentioned he would cut PBS, the President should have shot back saying millions of kids grow up watching and learning from Sesame Street.I don’t know about your kids Gov. Romney, but my kids grew up watching Sesame Street and learned alot from it.
How could you cut back on educational programs yet increase spending on the military? Especially when money for the military can be gained from the draw downs of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. And point out how Republicans want to keep building tanks that the Army doesn’t want?
When Gov. Romney apologized for calling the Affordable Care Act “ObamaCare”, the President should of retorted, “ObamaCare, RomneyCare, same thing! Call it what you want”.
The President should have explained more on how the Affordable Care Act has helped insure millions who did not have insurance or had trouble getting insurance. He should of associated that with it being a moral obligation to help those who are less fortunate.
Can’t wait for the Biden/Ryan debate! I think Biden will be more forceful and enthusiastic.