Monthly Archives: December 2010

Brad Manning Has Rights!

We need a smaller state with less state secrets.  It is widely demonstrated throughout history that the more secretive, corrupt, and despotic the government is, the more frequently people “disappear,” and it becomes a greater crime to expose the machinations of the state than any other actual crime against other civilians.

Keeping secrets – shutting down critics and eliminating public dissent – is the lifeblood of the state, and a reliable marker of totalitarianism. The mistreatment of Brad Manning while in military custody continues. As with others before him, Manning may be permanently physically and psychologically damaged before it’s over. This calculated destruction of a real human being is no accident. It is a widely practiced technique of despotic government at any level – whether in a disturbed family, in a prison or mental hospital, or by a government ostensibly put in place through a democratic process. Despotic government is sustained by silence, by blindness, by fear. It is destroyed by shared truth, by open eyes, and by a few courageous souls to lead the way.

Thus, Brad Manning is made out to be a different kind of criminal, one far more deadly to the state than international spies, profiteers, murderers and cheats. He angered the state when he exposed a few of its many crimes. Instead of thanking Brad Manning for revealing weaknesses in their secret-keeping mechanisms – the state became enraged and violent, and now demands his moral and spiritual destruction. Inseparable from Washington’s call for Brad Manning’s continued torture and deprivation of rights is Washington’s public political cheerleading for the detention and death of Australian Julian Assange.

The state believes that Brad Manning’s death, though tragic, will save lives of those the state deems valuable. Washington believes that Julian Assange’s death, while unfortunate, is necessary to maintain good order and discipline among the ruled.

via Brad Manning Has Rights! by Karen Kwiatkowski.

Breastfeeding and the Government

The purpose of non-Constitutional government is to enrich whoever is promoting any given program.

This is one of many examples we see of the government’s right hand working against its left. The Army Corps of Engineers destroys wetlands, while other federal agencies protect them. Milk and sugar programs push up food prices, while other programs subsidize food costs. Politicians complain about energy companies gouging consumers, yet federal ethanol policies push up energy costs.

And it will be like that until people start taking care of themselves and watching out for their own best interest, and we expect the government to do nothing except punish evil; no attempts to prevent evil or promote good, only to punish what evil has already been done.

via Breastfeeding and the Government | Cato @ Liberty.

WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

Cuba banned Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a “mythically” favourable picture of Cuba’s healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a “popular backlash”, according to US diplomats in Havana.

The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.

But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so “disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room”.

Castro’s government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it “knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.”

Sicko investigated healthcare in the US by comparing the for-profit, non-universal US system with the non-profit universal health care systems of other countries, including Cuba, France and the UK.

It was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature but was also castigated for being naive and tendentious.

Personally, I’m surprised anyone still thinks any of Michael Moore’s movies are documentaries.  He produces propaganda films, and any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental.

via WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system | World news | guardian.co.uk.

The Great Honeybee Conspiracy

The EPA is another un-Constitutional, and therefore, corrupt, illigetimate, corporate-controlled agency, that exists to help certain companies profit at the expese of everyone else.

And now we find out they have been aiding and abetting the destruction of the honeybee.

It was during this attempt that EPA’s Environmental Fate and Effects Division voiced concerns about the field study in the memo that was made available to beekeeper Theobald. Here’s a piece of what they had to say:

Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects that is, honey bees. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis.

Information from standard tests and field studies, as well as incident reports involving other neonicotinoids insecticides suggest the potential for long term toxic risk to honey bees and other beneficial insects.

The memo goes on to cite the problems with the Bayer study, which brings us up to date.

November 2010: EPA downgrades the field study upon which the conditional registration was granted from “acceptable” to “supplemental”; a new study is needed.

So now that the EPA recognizes the need for a new study, they’ll be revoking the original approval and stopping clothianidin use, right?

Fat chance. The EPA has said clothianidin will indeed keep its approval rating and continue to blanket corn crops all across the U.S. this spring.

And there’s little wonder why. The pesticide is a cash cow.

Bayer raked in over $250 million from it last year alone. The EPA is helping them maintain that profit margin despite the risks.

They should all be fired, their budget eliminated, and the entire EPA eliminated.

via The Great Honeybee Conspiracy.