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PTSD & Vietnam

Although this made me laugh, as a Viet Nam vet I also realize that this is a very serious issue.

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Peace, Love, & Pepper Spray | Interview with Amber Lyon

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Oligarchy will never cancel the debt we owe

“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.” -Anon

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Occupy Wall Street activists buy up Americans’ personal debt – Rolling Jubilee

(Agence France-Presse, December 1, 2013)
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The idea? Buy up the personal debt of those who are struggling to fulfill their basic needs, like health care or housing. . . . For the New York-based group’s first anniversary, it announced this month that in one fell swoop it had bought up the equivalent of nearly $13.5 million in medical debt that some 2,693 people owed to hospitals and medical offices. . . . The group purchased the debt for only $400,000 — mainly paid for by small donations made to the organization over the Internet. . . . In the United States, when a bill is not paid within 90 days, a bank can attempt to reduce its losses by selling the loan at a discounted price to professional debt buyers. These are then resold on a secondary debt market. . . . On its website, Rolling Jubilee says that “banks sell debt for pennies on the dollar on a shadowy speculative market of debt buyers who then turn around and try to collect the full amount from debtors.” . . . According to Strike Debt member Ann Larson, “for every dollar of debt we abolish, we paid only two cents.” . . . The group has no idea whose debt it was purchasing: sales are made anonymously and it’s not until the end of the transaction that Strike Debt has access to the addresses to which it will send letters, such as the one it mailed to Logsdon. . . . Medical bills are one of the leading causes of personal bankruptcy in the United States. . . . In 2013, one in five Americans will have struggled paying medical bills and more than 35 million people will be contacted by debt collectors, according to a study by NerdWallet, a company specializing in personal finance and credit options.

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Joe Rogan: Same-sex marriage foes are ‘weak-*ss b*tches posing as men’

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Actor and comedian Joe Rogan called opponents of same-sex marriage “weak-*ss b*tches” with arguments so terrible they seem intended to discredit their beliefs. . . . Rogan, who appeared in the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio” and hosted the network’s “Fear Factor” reality show, was discussing opposition to same-sex marriage on an episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast. . . . “It’s so stupid, it’s hard to believe,” Rogan said. “It’s so stupid that people, in this day and age, decide what two people can’t do because of their sex. If marriage is legal, OK – and I’m not sure it should be – but if marriage is legal, why shouldn’t it be legal for gay people?” . . . Rogan dismissed arguments that same-sex marriage might somehow cost taxpayers more money, and he said most warnings about its societal cost were so ridiculous that they sounded made up by gay rights advocates to discredit their opponents. . . . “It’s working, clever move,” Rogan said. . . . Rogan told a story about how he moved from San Francisco to Florida as a child and immediately learned his new home was less tolerant than his previous one. . . . The 46-year-old Rogan recalled a friend’s dad reading about gay rights advocates pushing for the right to marry, slamming down the newspaper in anger and complaining bitterly. . . . “I was 11, and I was like, what a silly man you are,” Rogan said. “You’re a grown man and this is something that bothers and concerns you? I remember thinking as an 11-year-old boy, wow, there’s a lot of weak-*ss b*tches out there posing as men.”

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Lorenzo on the Joe Rogan Podcast

Joe Rogan Live

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Guest: Lorenzo Hagerty

JRE #419 – Lorenzo Hagerty (Part 1) from JoeRogan on Vimeo.

Part 2

JRE #419 – Lorenzo Hagerty (Part 2) from JoeRogan on Vimeo.

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Wise Words from Russell Brand

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Bible scholar claims Christianity invented as part of ancient Roman psy-ops campaign

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The Christian faith is the result of the most successful psy-ops program in history, according to a self-professed American Bible scholar. . . . Joseph Atwill will present his controversial theory Oct. 19 in London that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats as part of a sophisticated government project to help pacify Jews in occupied territories. . . . Atwill, author of “Caesar’s Messiah,” claims he’s found ancient confessions by the scriptures’ authors that they invented Jesus Christ and his story as basically a form of propaganda. . . . “Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of violent insurrection during the first century,” Atwill said. “When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That’s when the ‘peaceful’ Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to ‘give onto Caesar’ and pay their taxes to Rome.” . . . He says that Jesus was not based on an actual historical figure, but Atwill argues that the events of his life were overlaid on top of actual events from the First Jewish-Roman War, waged by Emperor Titus Flavius in Palestinian territories. . . . “The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar,” he says. . . . Atwill said he understands that his theory is bound to upset Christians, and he’s hoping skeptics will come to challenge him after his lecture as part of a symposium, “Covert Messiah,” along with Kenneth Humphreys, author of “Jesus Never Existed.” . . . “Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history,” Atwill says. “To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East.”


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Anarchy is Order Without Power

Selected Writings of P. J. Proudhon
Here are a few interesting thoughts from P.-J. Proudhon that are worth spending some time to think about.

“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

” ‘Capital’ … in the political field is analogous to ‘government’… The economic idea of capitalism, the politics of government or of authority, and the theological idea of the Church are three identical ideas, linked in various ways. To attack one of them is equivalent to attacking all of them . . . What capital does to labour, and the State to liberty, the Church does to the spirit. This trinity of absolutism is as baneful in practice as it is in philosophy. The most effective means for oppressing the people would be simultaneously to enslave its body, its will and its reason.”

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