It usually comes as a shock to people â especially diehard Americans who place infinite trust in their sacred Constitution â when they discover that the US dollar is not a product of the American government. Thatâs right, fellow consumers, that crumpled wad of dollars in your pocket is the product of the U.S. Federal Reserve, and despite the very official title, is about as âfederalâ as Federal Express. The reality is that the U.S. Federal Reserve is a profit-making venture just like Wal-Mart, General Motors or McDonaldâs.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
I spent 30-three years and four months in active military service... I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met today with Maj. Gen. Yair Golan of the Israeli Defense Forces Home Front Command (IDF/HFC), continuing to foster a working relationship with Israel and bolstering the exchange of information on common emergency management practices.
Administrator Fugate and Maj. General Golan will serve as co-chairs of an emergency management work group designed to discuss problems and issues and to exchange information on a variety of topics such as long-term community recovery, exercise programs, policies and procedures.
TVNL Comment: Why is this happening?
The prescription painkillers Percocet and Vicodin should be banned and use of Tylenol, sold over the counter, should be reduced because the ingredient acetaminophen is linked to liver damage, U.S. advisers said.
Outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 20-17 today in Adelphi, Maryland, for the ban on Percocet and Vicodin, which also contain a narcotic.
Democrat Al Franken won Minnesotaâs disputed U.S. Senate seat as a loss at the state Supreme Court prompted Republican Norm Coleman to concede.
âI congratulate Al Frankenâ on his victory, Coleman said at a news conference outside his home in St. Paul.
Precipitation, every last drop or flake, was assigned ownership from the moment it fell in many Western states, making scofflaws of people who scooped rainfall from their own gutters. In some instances, the rights to that water were assigned a century or more ago.
Now two new laws in Colorado will allow many people to collect rainwater legally.
TVNL Comment: How is that for a free nation; your rain is owned by the government!
Leon Panetta, the C.I.A.âs new directorâand the man who bears much of the responsibility for keeping the country safeâlearned the details of Cheneyâs speech when he arrived in his office, on the seventh floor of the agencyâs headquarters. An hour earlier, he had been standing at the side of President Barack Obama, who was giving a speech at the National Archives, in which he argued that America could âfight terrorism while abiding by the rule of law.â In January, the Obama Administration banned the âenhancedâ techniques that the Bush Administration had approved for the agency, including waterboarding and depriving prisoners of sleep for up to eleven days. Panetta, pouring a cup of coffee, responded to Cheneyâs speech with surprising candor. âI think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,â he told me. âItâs almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, itâs almost as if heâs wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think thatâs dangerous politics.â
LIKE all students caught up in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, I was riveted by the violent confrontations between the police and protestors in Selma, 1965, and Chicago, 1968. But I never heard about the several days of riots that rocked Greenwich Village after the police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in the wee hours of June 28, 1969 â 40 years ago today.
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