February 1, 2012
By Karen De Coster
Public education, in its current state, is based on the idea that government is the “parent” best equipped to provide children with the values and wisdom required to grow into intelligent, functional adults. To echo what former first lady Hillary Clinton professed, these public school champions believe “it takes a village” to cultivate a society of competent human beings.
As Hebrew University historian Martin van Crevald points out in his book, The Rise and Decline of the State, nineteenth-century state worshippers who wanted to impose a love of big government ideals upon the youth popularized the archetype for state-directed education. Additionally, there was an overall appetite for discipline of the “unruly” masses that reinforced the campaign to take education out of the hands of individuals. After all, the self-educated masses might resist government decrees, and this kind of disarray would be undesirable in the move toward building a powerful, controlling state apparatus. Prussia’s Frederick William I and France’s Napoleon discerned this, as did a legion of other despotic rulers throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In a recent article published on the American Daily Herald “Dumberer and Dumberest,” Glenn Horowitz writes:
If you’re not familiar with it, the Prussian system was a teaching methodology designed to stamp out good little worker bees assembly-line fashion, trained to be complacent with their station in life and compliant with every demand of the State. An elite of those better educated but still proven unquestioningly loyal to the State were promoted to lead the proletariat, rewarded with elevated status and material success commensurate with their skills and the zeal they demonstrate in supporting the system. It specifically avoided developing creativity and independent thought, reasoning these were skills the worker classes didn’t need in their roles as mass produced labor.
Modern education is built upon a foundation set forth by tyrants. What is most disquieting about the public education mindset is that those who believe most strongly in it are convinced that there are no other suitable alternatives to the compulsory schooling provided via the public domain. The egalitarian core belief of these public education proponents is that society is responsible for obtaining, maintaining, and paying for the process of equally developing young minds.
Since the laws of the modern state that control the educational system lean heavily toward equality, federal compulsory schooling is necessarily a bias against the best and brightest of America’s children. Federalized education sustains the philosophy that schools have the obligation to treat all students as pure equals – equal in intelligence, work ethic, performance, and desire.
Such nonsense is refuted by H. George Resch in his article “Equality vs. Equity” on the Separation of School and State website. Mr. Resch contends that compulsory, government-controlled education is trying to achieve ends that are not possible due to the fact that general equality is not only impossible to define, but that biological, environmental, and cultural differences among us are so vast that a compulsory, standardized public education poses difficulties that cannot be overcome, and certainly not by a government-run school system.
It’s obvious that public schooling is neither beneficial to most students, nor is it efficient. Education is an acquired good, a good that has to meet the needs of the consumers or else face rejection in the free market. Accordingly, there is a necessity for unique, private educational institutions that cater to the urgencies of the marketplace, or home schools that provide a quality environment for each student’s direct needs.
February 1, 2012
By Chris Moody
Dillard, a 29-year-old Ron Paul supporter from this suburb near Orlando, arrived to vote at his precinct at Winderemere Baptist Church early Tuesday morning. Pulling into the parking lot, Dillard noticed a man outside the polling place with a Gingrich sign. He decided to run home, slip into his “Ron Paul Rocks America” T-shirt, grab a “Ron Paul 2012″ sign from his garage, and return to give his candidate some representation outside the precinct after he cast his vote.
Dillard found a quiet spot along a sidewalk lined with tiny American flags and held up his sign. Little did he know, Newt Gingrich had chosen that very spot to make his first Primary Day campaign stop.
When Gingrich’s bus pulled up, Dillard stood silently holding his sign and watched the news-media horde swamp the candidate. Gingrich stepped down from the bus and made a beeline for Dillard. He stopped in front of Dillard and his sign and parked himself for a round of handshaking and pictures with voters. The placement couldn’t have been worse. There was Gingrich, standing with his wife Callista at their first event of the day, and a giant Ron Paul sign floated inches from their crowns.
Noticing the awkward optics, Gingrich aides and security personnel swarmed Dillard, trying to intimidate him into moving. One of Gingrich’s security agents stepped in front of him. When Dillard didn’t budge, the agent lifted his heeled shoe over Dillard’s bare foot and dug the back of it into his skin, twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette. Shocked, Dillard kept his ground and took a picture of the agent with his phone, which was quickly knocked out of his hand. Dillard slipped off his flip-flop to pick up the phone with his foot, and a Gingrich supporter kicked the sandal away.
“Don’t kick me!” Dillard said to the man who knocked away his sandal. More members of Gingrich’s security retinue approached, shoving their shoulders and chests in front of him.
“Just block him!” a Gingrich campaign aide said. “Everyone step on his toes!”
Gingrich supporters handed a “Newt 2012″ yard sign up to the front to put in front of Dillard’s Paul sign. The two signs, zipping back and forth inches from Gingrich’s head, circled each other in the air like a fighter jets in a dogfight.
February 1, 2012
By Kurt Nimmo
“How could anyone think that fluoride in the water is a good idea? It’s madness.” –KTRN
Despite numerous studies showing the danger of fluoride and cities and municipalities deciding to no longer poison their citizens with the neurotoxin, officialdom in New Jersey has moved to add it to the state’s water.
Disregarding the warnings of environmentalists and utility officials, New Jersey’s Health Committee, at the behest of Assemblyman Herb Conaway, a Camden Democrat, has required the state’s water companies to add fluoride.
Prior to the move, New Jersey was one of nation’s least fluoridated states, with 1.1 million of its 8.7 million residents living in communities that add the toxin to the public water supply. Forced fluoridation in the remainder of the country is at 70%.
Increasingly, state and local governments are calling for a reassessment of fluoride in drinking water. For instance, in October, commissioners in Pinellas County, Florida, voted to end the seven-year practice of putting fluoride into drinking water.
In fact, even the United States government has called for lower levels of water fluoridation following a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, which found that increased fluoride consumption led to decreased IQ in children, Andre Evans wrote for Infowars.com in November.
The case against fluoride only gets more persuasive. Earlier this month, we reported on groundbreaking new research that has linked sodium fluoride to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. The research revealed that fluoride stimulates the hardening of arteries, a disease commonly known as atherosclerosis.
Previous studies have linked fluoride to brain and neurological damage. It is also “indicative of a potential for motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and/or learning disabilities in humans,” Dr. Phyllis Mullenix noted in 1995. Numerous studies conducted in China, India, Iran, and Mexico have determined that fluoride exposure is associated with IQ deficits in children.
February 1, 2012
By Ian Simpson and Lily Kuo
“The government does not want the protests to continue – here is just one more example that showcases this to be true.” –KTRN
A federal judge denied a petition on Tuesday that would have allowed anti-Wall Street protesters to keep camping — at least temporarily — in two parks in the nation’s capital where they have lived for months.
The National Park Service had banned protesters with the Occupy DC movement from camping in McPherson Square, a few blocks from the White House, starting at noon on Monday.
Scores of protesters have vowed to remain entrenched at the square and at a second site, Freedom Plaza. The demonstrators have been camped at the parks since October.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg rejected a motion by Dane Primerano, of Riceboro, Georgia, for a temporary restraining order halting enforcement of the no-camping rule based on constitutional guarantees of free speech.
While similar “Occupy” protests against social and economic inequality in other U.S. cities have been shut down by police, the demonstrations in the capital have survived an unusually warm winter and a permissive approach by federal authorities reluctant to provoke confrontation.
The judge, in declining to halt enforcement of the no-camping rule, cited a 1984 Supreme Court ruling that barred demonstrators from camping in Lafayette Park next to the White House to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.
February 1, 2012
Las Vegas Sun
By Ron Paul
“Why would anyone vote for anyone other than Ron Paul? Who wants to pay more taxes?” –KTRN
During any presidential election year, taxes are sure to be a large part of the debate. That’s especially true during these tough economic times.
One side argues that high-income earners aren’t taxed enough and advocates higher taxes on this group to balance our budget and get our economy moving.
The other side argues that taxes are too high and advocates for lower taxes on businesses, high-income earners and virtually all Americans as a way to stimulate our economy.
But there’s one sector of American workers who are often overlooked by both sides during the never-ending debate on taxes.
That’s service-industry workers, who, despite often being underpaid and overworked, are always overtaxed.
According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, there are more than 300,000 service-industry workers in Nevada — nearly 30 percent of the entire state workforce, which is larger than any other sector.
The truth is the majority of service-industry workers are paid low hourly wages and are expected to earn the rest of their income from tips. However, unlike regular wages, a service-sector employee usually has no guarantee of, or legal right to, a tip. Instead, the amount of a tip usually depends on how well an employee satisfies a client. But even good service doesn’t always guarantee a tip — especially during tough economic times.
February 1, 2012
By Roger Marsh
“Another UFO sighting. They keep coming.” –KTRN
A Long View, NC, witness reports observing a 100-foot-long, oval-shaped object flying under 200 feet that moved over Highway 70, turned, “shrank to a black dot and then disappeared as if it shot forward at an impossible speed about 11:15 a.m. on January 30, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness had just turned onto westbound Highway 70 when the object was first noticed and assumed to be an airplane moving just above the high tension power lines between 150 and 200 feet in the air and traveling left to right.
“I first thought the object was an airplane coming from the nearby Hickory Airport,” the witness stated. “I did wonder why it was so low and that caught my attention.”
The witness described the object.
“The object was oblong, oval, maybe 100 feet long and bulged in the middle to maybe 30-40 feet at the center. The sun was behind me and glaring off the craft and I thought at first that the sun’s glare was hiding the wings. The object was whitish in color but seemed to reflect the sun like metal.”
The object moved over the roadway that the witness was driving on – and about one-quarter mile ahead.
“It then turned and this is when it got interesting. It did not turn the way an airplane turns – it pivoted around its midsection. It got right over the center of the highway, then rotated until it was in line with the road.”
The witness had a different view of the object now.
“The object was oval from the side, but as it turned I could see it was like a sub bun and looked circular from behind. It had no wings at all. I could see this clearly now. The back of the craft was the same white metal color, but in the center rear of the craft was a black featureless circle.”
The object then seemed to disappear quickly.
February 1, 2012
By Anthony Gucciardi
“If it says “all natural” – read the ingredients and the maker of the food. If it’s a mainstream food company, stay away.” –KTRN
Does the term ‘all natural’ really mean anything when it comes to food labeling? Increasingly, the evidence says absolutely not.
A new lawsuit launched from New York highlights the real lack of meaning behind the ‘all natural’ marketing stunt, stating that Frito-Lay’s popular ‘all natural’ snack foods like Tostitos and SunChips are actually made with genetically modified ingredients.
Chris Sakes leads the suit against the mega snack corporation, filing a class-action lawsuit that sheds light on the ‘all natural’ labeling scam.
Shake said that Frito-Lay products are not natural at all, as they contain corn oils and genetically modified plants. What is this phony ‘all natural’ claims worth? About 10 cents more than competing brands that do not claim to be all natural, which contain virtually the same ingredients.
The lawsuit reported that independent testing actually confirmed the presence of corn and vegetables oils as well as GMOs within the popular snack brands.n>
Genetically Modified Ingredients — Far From Natural
In response, a Frito-Lay spokesman stated that the ‘all natural’ statement on its packaging “complies with all regulatory requirements.”
February 1, 2012
By Stephen Lendman
Consensus 9/11 seeks “best evidence” proof to dispel official story falsehoods. It’s founded on:
(1) The opinions of respected authorities, based on professional experience, descriptive studies, and reports of expert committees.
(2) Physical data in the form of photographs, videotapes, court testimony, witness reports, and FOIA releases.
(3) Direct rather than circumstantial evidence.
Determining “best evidence” depends on “integrating individual professional expertise with the best available documentary and scientific evidence.”
Simplified Delphi methodology is followed. It’s often used “where published information is inadequate or non-existent.” As a result, experts use “best evidence” to determine truth.
9/11: The Seminal Event of Our Time
Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps (ret.) calls 9/11 “the watershed event of our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes.”
Calling the official explanation “impossible,” he cited “evidence of government complicity in the lead-up to the event, the failure to respond during the event, and the astounding lack of any meaningful investigation afterwards, as well as the ignoring of” subsequent evidence perhaps causing “the end of the American experiment….(O)ur republic and our Constitution remain in the gravest danger.”
Evidence revealed contradicts the official 9/11 story. It spawned a nightmarish decade of wars, torture, military tribunals, extraordinary rendition, assault on democratic freedoms, millions of deaths, and incalculable human misery.
Official 9/11 claims “are contradicted by facts that have been validated by a scientific consensus process,” using “best” and other strong evidence.
For example, bin Laden was blamed for 9/11. However, FBI charges against him excluded it. In fact, then FBI investigative publicity head, Rex Tomb, said no hard evidence connected him to it. Moreover, the 9/11 Commission also produced none.
Another example involves blaming jet impacts, fuel, and resulting fires for bringing down the Twin Towers. In fact, jet fuel reaches maximum temperatures no greater than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Steel begins melting only at 2,700 degrees or higher.
Yet, official reports claimed otherwise. They also said three causes only downed the buildings: jet impacts, fires and gravity. However, best evidence disproves this and other official claims.
WTC 7′s collapse is especially important. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initially blamed structural damage combined with jet fuel fire. Then its final report blamed fire alone.
February 1, 2012
By Heather Callaghan
It is the writer’s hope that this last installment of our Lyme series connects people to real help in getting their lives back from this menacing, covered-up disease. The first part delves into complications of detection and the last part into things to be careful for and some real options for relief.
The corrupted Infectious Diseases Society of America wrote guidelines on tickborne diseases that included Lyme, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis. But the rise of Babesiosis, Ehrlichia (moving through Wisconsin and Minnesota), and other newly discovered vector-borne disease are more threatening in the lack of early symptoms and undetected presence in blood supplies. So those suffering from the many tickborne infections are going to have the same runaround as Lyme victims. Those with the malaria-like Babesiosis parasite and other vector-bornes can also have Lyme and vice versa — plus a variety of debilitating co-infections.
Actually, there are around 137 different strains of Lyme and its sister tick-borne diseases, but only two are the most investigated and treated. Since it’s so shrouded in silence and ignorance, most blood banks don’t even screen for it and untold many don’t know they are infected.
One Northern US naturopath said in a phone interview that he helps with 2-3 cases per month and the clients don’t realize it’s there. Many don’t recall a tick bite, never saw the bullseye-rash, and sought his help after being diagnosed and unsuccessfully treated for Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the “incurable” neurological diseases that are alarmingly on the rise in young people. He had to help his wife with undetected Lyme, and Lyme is no longer a part of her life.
Prevention is ideal, but obviously not foolproof. It can be spread through not only ticks, but mosquitoes, blood transfusions, sexual contact, and even flies. A tick bite or rash need not be present to have Lyme. This is all crucial information denied and silenced by the IDSA mob. Imagine if the world still did not understand AIDS, and it continued to spread by these means with no help offered by conventional doctors – except for their approved drugs. Then they tell the AIDS patient, after a couple weeks, that they are cured and any issues must be in their head. That is the situation we are currently facing.
February 1, 2012
By Tony Cartalucci
“It makes you wonder if the US lost that drone in Iran on purpose – just for an excuse to get into another war.” –KTRN
“…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.) ” — US foreign policy makers in the Fortune 500 funded Brookings Institution’s “Which Path to Persia?” report, pages 84-85.
Considering that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a deliberate fabrication to escalate the Vietnam War, one many members in Congress are shown to have acknowledged and debated even at the time, or the more recent Iraqi WMD hoax, there is certainly a historical precedence to create such provocations when targeted nations refuse to provide them.
With this in mind, and noting an overt, ongoing series of bold acts of war carried out by the US and Israel inside of Iran, along with sanctions and planned blockades, also acts of war, the corporate-financier oligarchs have been confounded by what seems to be infinite Iranian patience to endure such provocations.
US foreign policy makers have noted for years now that Iran in actuality poses no threat to US or Israeli national security and their acquiring of nuclear weapons serves more of a deterrence against future military incursions against the Islamic Republic by the West, than a means to launch unprovoked attacks against nations that each possess nuclear deterrents of apocalyptic scale.
While Iran endures an increasing torrent of unprovoked attacks, they steadily advance their defensive capabilities to ward off what seems like an inevitable invasion by the West, who has already invaded and occupied for years nations to its east and west on false pretenses, and have for the past year fueled foreign-funded revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. Time is on the Iranians’ side, as Western attempts to destabilize and destroy Syria drag on, and an increasing number of people around the world begin to understand the true source of instability behind the so-called “Arab Spring.”