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One in a million, George Carlin nailed the Right Wing criminals years ago, and NOTHING HAS CHANGED!  Wait, I take this back.  IT HAS GOTTEN EVEN WORSE, as demonstrated beneath these three classic Carlin commentaries.

"This Country was founded on the double standard"

Carlin on Bankers and Education:

We Like War - Bombing Brown People

WHY ARE WE IN WORSE SHAPE?  I wonder what George would say today?

1.  Here we are in 2012 with war drummers on both sides of our two party choices.  We are still bombing brown people every day with our new DARPA inspired drones, or so it seems from the news reports.

2.  Both parties have worked together to create the most invasive, wide-spread "Security Network" in our country's history.  Ironically, the same tools that provide us with information sharing freedom will likely be used to curtail our freedoms at some point in time.  

Specifically, our freedom from unwarranted surveillance and searches is gone.  There is NO anonymous anymore.  Technology has tossed these freedoms out the window.  And we, like deer in the headlights, embrace the tools used to surveil us.  It's all too enticing to refuse.  We're hooked.  In time, technology will be able to recreate the life of each and every citizen of our country from the moment of birth to the grave with the use of RFID like devices.

True story, my daughter's cell phone annouced our arrival in a popular store the other day and, within seconds up popped a 15% discount coupon on a text message.  Wow!

3.  There's a rumor, complete with a map, that there are drone bases throughout our country.  

American Drones have such catchy, non-threatening names:

Predator
Reaper
Raven
Shadow
Wasp

4.  Recently our civil liberties have been attacked by what I call the "A's"

NDAA
SOPA
PIPA
CISPA
ACTA

I'm more like Carlin in my thinking.  This stuff is already going on but Congress plays around with these acronyms as part of what Carlin calls the Freak Show to make us feel like we still have Republic institutions creating laws according to the will of the people.  Right!

Except Carlin is an UBER Genius and an Alpha Male on Beta Blockers

5.  Did I miss one?  Oh yeah, the expansion of NSA!  I live near this place.  This NEW NSA City, nestled in the hills of southern Salt Lake County is unbelievably HUGE.  I actually wonder if all the private contractors serving NSA will have their offices IN this facility, instead of the spook sprawl that is now surrounding DC.

6.  America is a tinderbox, thanks to media and corporate whores who know they will reap rewards if chaos errupts here.

With the exception of Pearl Harbor and 911, our belief that WAR is something that happens overseas is supported by history.  

Sadly, few know enough history to understand that a State Power that wages unending wars and supports warriors as a profession will, eventually, end in ruin and/or in the hands of tyranny.  

Why?  At some point, the treasury is drained and the ability to pay the professional soldiers dries up causing widespread discontent.  Hundreds of thousands of men/women, trained for war with little ability to support themselves without war, but highly trained to engage in war and occupation can cause problems.  It's not rocket science.

The professional soldiers are much more dangerouos than the disgruntled postal worker!

WHAT WOULD CARLIN SAY?

Austerity is our present Social Hysteria

Social hysteria used to take away our freedoms.

Yep, George Carlin is our modern day Philosopher.

"If your born in America, you get a front row seat to the Freak Show"

But, in the end, Carlin gave up on our species.  "The pile is too deep"

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO GIVE UP!  I don't agree with Carlin on this point:

Iceland cleaned up their mess without bloodshed.  Iceland did it the right way.

This May, 2012 article is a concise overview of how Iceland got rid of corruption in their country.  Wow! DailyKos diarist Deena Stryker's article is highlighted as a good resource for information.

Iceland’s Amazing Peaceful Revolution – Still Not in the News

Iceland’s peaceful revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world.

Read details about Iceland’s wonderful social evolution at DailyKos, here.
Another great article is  on Bloomberg.com.

Peace out, stop FreedomWorks, fire the DINOS, demand to have a voice in how things are run in our country.  Start with your town hall.

IN MY TOWN, we don't get to see WHERE the money is spent.  All we get to see is the BUDGET.

I don't think it would be that hard to rouse the citizenry up and DEMAND to see a full accounting of where every dime of our tax money was really spent last year.

I think the AUSTERITY hysteria has dropped this tactic onto our plates, regardless of whether we are liberal, progressive, conservative, or bat shit crazy fascists.

WE CAN UNITE AND DEMAND A FULL ACCOUNTING OF WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING, whose getting our money, for what, and how much, beginning in our own town/city halls.

If officials refuse to comply, it will further unite people locally and maybe, just maybe, FULL DISCLOSURE DEMANDS will smoothe out the path to end corruption and cronyism, and provide a less divided playing field for good people to feel safe if they want to help and even run for office.

The Cloud can make this easy to do.  Scan in the invoices, attach the Payment ID, store the info in the Cloud, and put access online at the Town/City website.

States and the Federal government can also comply with FULL DISCLOSURE.

It's our money.  We have a right to know, and be able to see, where every penny is spent.

Your ideas?

Originally posted to War on Error on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 01:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA, Progressive Hippie, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and German American Friendship Group.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 01:08:49 PM PDT

  •  Uhhhhh, One Other Little Threat Thingy. (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error

    These are professional trained VOLUNTEER soldiers who regard the citizens as "other," especially the significant number of evangelicals among them. Historically that is the worst of the threats a standing army poses.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 01:12:50 PM PDT

    •  Historically, they are only a threat IF (0+ / 0-)

      they have NO other profession that will support them and their families in times of peace.

      You point, however, is well taken.  Many are well aware of the Dominionist factions in high levels within our military.  It's an unsettling trend.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 01:16:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Iceland didn't do all that much better than (0+ / 0-)
    •  Iceland Got it right, Ireland forced on wrong path (1+ / 0-)
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      Read Krugman today

      Krugman looks at the example of Ireland, which followed the austerity program pushed by the Germans and so valued by advocates of things like the Ryan budget proposal.  

      THe Irish lost 28,000 public sector jobs, which when extended proportionally to the population ratio between Ireland and the U. S. would equal laying off 1.9 million public sectors workers here, and the result?  Ireland's unemployment rate (U-3 model) is at 14% -

      Ireland’s experience shows that austerity in the face of a depressed economy is a terrible mistake to be avoided if possible.

      ICELAND UNEMPLOYMENT down to 7.1

      Ireland Unemployment Rate is almost 14.5

      ICELAND GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 04:05:42 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, b/c they just happened to have the (0+ / 0-)

        currency to devalue. But it certainly helped with the unemployment.

        •  The currency devaluation, by the way, (1+ / 0-)
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          suuuucks.  Well, not for me, but for most people here, esp. combined with the imposed foreign currency restrictions.  It says to everyone, "Hey, guess what?  You're going to lose your savings and goods are going to get about 40% more expensive in the middle of a recession - enjoy!"

          Not saying it was necessarily the wrong choice.  But that doesn't mean it's a nice happy thing.

      •  Actually, Iceland's unemployment rate is 5.6%. (0+ / 0-)

        Your link is out of date.  But that's totally misleading.  Iceland has always had an abnormally low unemployment rate, sometimes even below 1%.  The highest it had ever been in the modern era before the crisis was something like 4.5%  So quoting it and saying "Look at how low it is!" is misleading.  Also making the numbers misleading is that there's always a big surge in summer jobs, since summer is the tourist/vacation season.

  •  Wow... (2+ / 0-)
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    A lot of Carlin mixed with other stuff...

    Love him, brilliant, incisive, fearless, brooks no bullshit!

    Two political parties and 20 types of bagels!!!

    Some of it these clips I've seen, others, not. Thanks for the compilation.

    Thanks, also, for the link to the drone base story. Had been hearing about this, but seeing a map kinda drives the point HOME so to speak.

    (Though to me, the names of the drones are plenty threatening.)


    I kinda screwed up with a careless uprate so (for now?) I'm a No Rate leper. So when I give a comment "+110% n/t", please consider that a recommend. (That's my workaround fix to participating in this community!)

    by The Angry Architect on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 09:50:26 PM PDT

  •  Ran across recently ~ uses George Carlin... (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error

    monologues in a voice-over mashup.
    Thought you might like to add it to your collection:


    I kinda screwed up with a careless uprate so (for now?) I'm a No Rate leper. So when I give a comment "+110% n/t", please consider that a recommend. (That's my workaround fix to participating in this community!)

    by The Angry Architect on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 02:16:40 AM PDT

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