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Obamacare and its malcontents

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Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 revolution, said in a interview with the Christian Science Monitor that “Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the “October Surprise,” which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place. The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the election in favor of Reagan. Two of my advisors, Hussein Navab Safavi and Sadr-al-Hefazi, were executed by Khomeini’s regime because they had become aware of this secret relationship between Khomeini, his son Ahmad, the Islamic Republican Party, and the Reagan administration.”

Not too surprisingly, Iran released the hostages on January 20, 1981, at the exact moment Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. That, of course, was the deal the agents for Khomeini and Reagan made, and not because the Iranian government feared Reagan.

This was a “keep the hostages and we’ll give you military weapons” moment. The Reagan campaign went out of its ways to successfully undermine negotiations between the government of Iran and the government of the United States. After winning the presidency via treason, Reagan hypocritically announced that he would never deal with terrorists. However, this was Reagan’s so-called October Surprise, and the first great victory of the 1 percent against the 99 percent. The result of this treason was Reagan’s arms for hostage crisis, also known as the Iran-Contra scandal.

Treason is how low the 1 percent will go to in order to successfully wage war against the 99 percent. Carter was leading Reagan in all the polls before October. He would have won reelection had the hostages been released because his poll numbers would’ve only gone up more had the hostages been released before the election, and the US would have continued to be a progressive nation.

Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye, head of the Iran-Contra congressional investigative committee, famously stated at the beginning of the investigation that his committee would not investigate back further than 1983. This suggests that plenty of people in congress, including Inouye, knew or suspected, treason had taken place back in 1980. It also suggests where the Democratic Party establishment sympathies lay, and it wasn’t with the 99 percent.

As shown by Bani-Sadr, those involved in this treason did not care that people died because of their actions. Getting political control over the United States was more important.

Notice also, the US corporate propaganda media isn’t jumping on this story, with the exception of course of the honest journalists at the Christian Science Monitor and Truthout.org.

Check out the links below for more on this issue.

Argo-helps-Iran-s-dictatorship-harms-democracy/(page)/2–Christian Science Monitor

without-reagans-treason-iran-would-not-be-a-problem–Truthout.org

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Why Costco Closes on Thanksgiving

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Income and wealth inequality is a big concern throughout, as a poll by the Pew Research Center shows. It should be pointed out that income and wealth inequality is growing because so many politicians have been purchased by the 1 percent to achieve this inequality.

Income and wealth distribution is a function exclusively of political power. Government’s sets the rules, and then reset them, mostly to benefit the 1 percent over the 99 percent.

People throughout the world have serious concerns about income and wealth inequality, according to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, and as the graph to the side shows. Notice in Greece 84 percent of the population are concerned about this issue. Also note that government corruption is a massive problem in Greece, and note that it’s the 1 percent that does the corrupting and receives all the benefits of this corruption, and all at the expense of the 99 percent.

The same corruption, and at the same or similar scale, is occurring in the United States government, and at all levels, but the people of the US are less concerned about income and wealth inequality than the folks in Greece. That’s because the US corporate media is also corrupted, and it serves its owners and shareholders, who are members of the 1 percent. So the US corporate propaganda media dutifully keeps the American public ignorant. The other reason why citizens of the US are less concerned about inequality and government corruption that brings it about is because the 1 percent has not sucked them as dry as the 1 percent of Greece has sucked the 99 percent as dry there.

As of 2011, the United States rated as the 75th worse nation in the world in terms of income distribution. Greece was rated 39th. Why are the Greeks protesting in the streets and Americans are not? Who knows? We can throw a few guesses out there. As mentioned above, Americans are starved for information and kept, for the most part, deliberately ignorant by the corporate propaganda machine about these issues compared to the their Greek counterparts.

Of course, the US is larger in territory and greater in natural resources than relatively tiny Greece, and these factors may play a role in giving Americans a higher standard of living than the people of Greece. So, in a way, income in the US can be legislatively redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent, as has been the case for the last thirty-two years, and Americans can still have a higher standard of living than the Greeks. Of course, it is possible the US social safety nets might be stronger, as well.

Most likely it is a combination of these and other factors that see Greeks rise up while overweight Americans sit in their chairs, a GMO loaded hotdog in one hand and a beer in the other, while watching the television shows, and sports and news programs intended to distort their reality.

Notice when it comes to inequality, Canadians have as much concern about this issue as US citizens, and yet Canada ranks 30th in the world in income inequality, way ahead of the US. It’s interesting that Fox News was banned in Canada because of a law there that makes it a crime for a news organization to lie to the public. Currently, Fox has a limited broadcast area in Canada. It is much bigger in the US where Fox is the most glaring example of a propaganda machine for the 1 percent. That is, in fact, the sole reason for its existence, or, at least, it seems to be.

This suggests perception is very important, and the US propaganda machine (we erroneously call the news media) plays a big role in suppressing dissent in the US by keeping our minds off certain subjects, such as income and wealth distribution and redistribution. This also suggests the US propaganda machine has done its job well.

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What Does a Libertarian Factory Look Like?

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