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BEHIND THE VEIL Never-Before-Seen Footage of Secret Mormon Temple Rituals


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The Collapse of Mormonism: Why Millions Are No Longer Mormons


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Allen Ginsberg – Moloch #FuckYouWashington


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Bigots For The Governor: Rick Perry’s Radical Evangelical Extremist ‘Pastor’ Friends


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Fundamentalist Religion Will Destroy The World

By Frank Schaeffer (about the author) in opednews.com

Crossposted from Alternet.org (click here)

The deluded religious belief that any people or nation or church is a “chosen” people is the root of almost all our troubles. The earth bursts with life. Far right exclusionary religion bursts with death. If there is a creator of life He/She/It must hate fundamentalist religion. The countries in the world that are the most fundamentalist and religious, and/or those whose identity is most religion-based, are the world’s greatest troublemakers. Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Vatican City and the state of Israel come to mind. [more]

Are Health Insurance Companies Committing Genocide?


To all the philosophers out there I have a question.  What is the difference in essence between true pure democracy and true pure communism or true pure capitalism and true pure socialism given that there is no true or pure anything? The question may be moot given the notion of essence is chockfull of fallacies.  Even so, my answer is that there is little difference between them to the masses out there three paychecks away from having nothing.

The only use those political and economic buzzwords like communism and capitalism have achieved is to foster the same hate, cruelty, manipulation and inequity in the marketplace of ideas as organized religion has done.  When we all truly have a vote, then any system of politics, economics and religion will do.  We will all remain slaves to the marketplace of ideas as long as we rely on others to do our critical thinking for us.  No predigested half-baked ideas can serve a truly free society.

When you openly discuss an idea all the information must be laid bare.  What is the source of the information? Does big tobacco really care about your freedom or just your money?  Who sponsors the speaker and the sources? Does big business really care about the quality of your life? What is in it for them and me?  Can we really change the course of big government or of big business? We vote for government officials and vote with our dollars for the businesses we frequent. What if they are lying?  Do we have a choice of civil disobedience or boycott? How much discomfort will you take to be free?  If what they say is true, then what really is the worst that can happen? Will the world really end if we clean up the unethical decisions made by big business and big government?  These questions are just as valid in all systems.  You always vote by your actions.  If your action is to fail to act, then you deserve what you get because you have made your choice.

As soon as you hear the word unpatriotic watch out for your wallet and your freedom, because what the patriotic buzzwords mean is that they have no good rational reason for what they are saying. Buy American is one of those ideas.  What happened to free market capitalism and buying the best product for the money? We must support our government at all costs.  All costs?  Even at the cost of our freedoms? The rule of law is supreme.  What if we want to change or interpret the law to make it fair for all? States have rights reserved to themselves.  Even when they use those rights to enslave large segments of its population under a Orwellian ‘right to work’ law to support business interests? Don’t let the government touch my health insurance.  If the government never touched your health insurance, then you would never have insurance when you needed it. If you think this is all just semantics, then consider the word Medicare.

The interesting point in this line of thought is that the most abusive language that conservative’s slur liberals with, such as unpatriotic communist and socialist positions, are those positions held by our health insurance industry. They put people in communistic risk pools and through cost benefit analysis are allowed to commit genocide (i.e., on the sick and feeble) on large segments of the population. The government protects them in making these decisions that the government is not allowed to make.  Even if they are no longer allowed to do this as a protected monopoly, they will now compete to see whom they can kill in the most cost-effective manner.  This sounds a lot like the worst abuses of communism and socialism.

If this sounds a bit too strong a characterization of health insurance industry, then why would they be fighting so hard this clear attempt to help people? Why would they be pushing so hard to have an opt out option? They are an ethical business are they not?  They believe in a fair profit, right? They believe in the ideals of free choice, right? If abortion can be considered genocide, then surely the actions of our health insurers are as well. So what rational reason would the health insurance industry oppose the public option? Maybe they think it is unpatriotic or communistic? Clearly it is a conspiracy. I am sure this is the view of the true believers in our fascist state occasioned by the Republican administrations dismantling of the checks and balances which held corporatism at bay, but wait, the thugarchy of the right will spin this effectively into a liberal projection strategy.

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