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‘While Americans squabble over irrelevant political diversions, a revolutionary breakthrough in human healthcare has yielded its first FDA approval – a therapy that literally cures otherwise incurable leukemia.

It is the first of many therapies that re-engineer human cells in living patients to reprogram more resilient immune systems and even repair damaged or aging organs.

What would seem like headline news has instead squeaked through as a whimper – not because it is insignificant – but because of how this monumental breakthrough has been hijacked by special interests and how these interests plan on making Americans pay twice for its development behind a smokescreen of public ignorance.

Thanks to a media focused more on dividing and distracting Americans regarding irrelevant political charades, due diligence in researching the story was either sidestepped intentionally, or a result of unprofessional and incompetent journalism.’

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‘Government has, for thousands of years, refined its methods of extracting wealth from people, perhaps with no greater efficiency than in 20th century America. The Federal Reserve, corporatism, and consumerism proved a winning combination for achieving what is known as The Great Fleecing.

While this brought about the largest transfer of wealth in history from the middle class to the 1 percent, through taxes it has also fueled the growth of an incomprehensible leviathan. The Pentagon alone “spends” (actually borrows from the Fed) $600 billion a year using our tax dollars to perpetuate endless war, and it’s never been audited.’

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I HAVE NO PROBLEM PAYING TAXES. I’M AN
ADULT AND THAT’S PART OF THE DEAL!

The real deal is you are a dolt, who probably does not have a clue about where and how the bulk of the money you pay in taxes is spent, nor how those taxes cripple our economy.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM PAYING TAXES ­ ROADS DON’T PAVE THEMSELVES!

Few Americans understand a simple fact: annually, taxpaying Americans pay hundreds of billions of dollars more than is required to keep all our roads paved and in good shape.

Still, however, we have deteriorating roads from one end of our country to the other. In fact, the US infrastructure is creaking in every state of our union.

About one-third of our roads are in sub-standard condition.

We even have 4,095 dams that are at risk of failing.

Many of our freeways, harbors, transit systems, bridges, rail lines, buildings, sewers, electrical grids, atomic power plants, and water treatment facilities are falling apart, with hundreds of billions of dollars of long deferred maintenance.

The World Economic Forum ranks America’s infrastructure as twenty-third amongst all nations.

All this decay is occurring in spite of confiscatory taxes on individual hard-working American citizens.

Nevertheless, there seems to be no limit to the amount of money our government will spend on destroying the infrastructures of Middle Eastern nations.

WAR ISN’T FREE!

PAY YOUR TAXES, TEABAGGERS!

No, war is not free. Its costs, however, far exceed its financial drain on our US economy. Because of its loss of life, its destruction of infrastructures, its foul poisoning of the world’s environment, and the rabid enemies we are making around the world, wars have costs far beyond what is easily imaginable.

For every so-called terrorist we kill with a drone, we create thousands of new enemies. For every mother and child we burn to death with our bombs, we create many more of new enemies, all with a growing hatred of us and our constant war on humanity.

Meanwhile, back in America where our public resources are still being squandered in perpetual wars on defenseless nations, the nescient of our country continue buying the big lie: We have to make enemies around the world in order to maintain our nation’s security.

This broadly promoted conventional narrative is imposed on us from the Democrats (promoters of high taxes, sodomy, and baby killings) and the Republicans (defenders of fractional reserve lending, usury, and compound interest), thus we are prevented a clear view of the reality that could end the madness.

Why have Americans allowed taxes on their income, while at the same time acquiesced to their government’s deficient spending? Any people that would allow that has long lost their ability to ensure a prosperous society.

Additionally, there are sales, property, estate, gift, pet, vehicle, telephone, food, drink, inheritance, marriage, utility taxes, and about thirty-five more.

The highest tax of all, however, is inflation which is caused by “our” irresponsible government’s deficient spending ­ primarily for wars.

Inflation, which will only get worse, has brought down the buying power of the 1913 dollar to three pennies.

No longer can young couples do what my aunt and uncle did: they bought a beautiful, spacious two-story home within walking distance of a church, a theater, two drug stores, a grocery-deli market, a library, and a high school, for $6,500. And, they could walk to these conveniences with without any fear of the street crimes “our” government’s inflation and taxes have helped to bring into existence.

Yes, wage earners are paid more today than they were prior to 1913, when there were no income taxes at all; but much of that great difference is lost with a communist plank in the US Tax Code: the Progressive Income Tax ­ which allows the government to tax us at a higher rate the more income we earn.

And then, of course, the rest of today’s increased wages are dwarfed by the government’s continual generation of inflation.

Why have Americans allowed “their” government to steal so much money from them, which has been used to destroy so much life, liberty, and happiness, not only in our country, but across the world?

Could ignorance be the answer? If so, how ignorant are the ignorant?

J. Speer-Williams

Jsw4@mac.com

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FOUR HORSEMEN is an award winning independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.

As we will never return to ‘business as usual’ 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and explain how to establish a moral and just society.

FOUR HORSEMEN is free from mainstream media propaganda — the film doesn’t bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. It ignites the debate about how to usher a new economic paradigm into the world which would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

“It’s Inside Job with bells on, and a frequently compelling thesis thanks to Ashcroft’s crack team of talking heads — economists, whistleblowers and Noam Chomsky, all talking with candour and clarity.” – Total Film

“Four Horsemen is a breathtakingly composed jeremiad against the folly of Neo-classical economics and the threats it represents to all we should hold dear.”
– Harold Crooks, The Corporation (Co-Director) Surviving Progress (Co-Director/Co-Writer)

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The US government spends taxes paid by Americans on the accumulation of weapons for waging wars across the globe, an analyst writes for Press TV.

“They (the Americans)…know that their national economy has been hijacked and over-exploited to the point of no return due to massive investment in the bottomless pit of military spending,” Tim King wrote in an article for the Press TV website.

Saying that “taxpayer contributions” are massively utilized for production of “weapons of war,” he added, “This is the reality of the modern American military and electing an African-American president from the Democratic Party has had almost no positive impact on the deteriorating national landscape.”

The political commentator stated that the United States levies taxes on people in order to aid the Israeli regime and countries committing “crimes against humanity.”

“In fact the US embraces countries that routinely abuse people over gender, religion, culture and sexual orientation, like Saudi Arabia,” the analyst wrote.

He said the US government’s wars abroad have taken a “terrible toll” on “human health.”

King referred to the use of depleted uranium in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan to kill and deform people, saying, “Add to that the fact that one out of every ten Americans lives within 10 miles of a contaminated military base, and veterans all over the nation are dying of cancer from toxic military base contamination, and you begin to see the non-winnable pattern that is at hand.”

Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and attacked Iraq two years later.

 

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service handed out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues — including more than $1 million to employees who didn’t pay their federal taxes, a watchdog report says.

The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said 1,146 IRS employees received bonuses within a year of substantiated federal tax compliance problems.

The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.

Employees’ tax problems included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income,” the report said.

more @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/22/irs-bonuses-employees-delinquent-taxes/8012195/

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of  ‘Zero Hedge’, with Acknowledgments.

It almost happened in 2008… but as this excerpt from Casey Research’s Meltdown America documentary notes, it appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar. As Scott Taylor warns, “…if the carrot (of credit worthiness) is fading, and the stick (of military threat) is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry…” which leaves a serial economic mis-manager only one option to ‘secure’ the empire.

To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US.

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US to pump $300mn into Afghanistan to end ‘war economy’ – report

10 Feb 2014 Washington will announce on Monday a massive aid package to Afghanistan, which it hopes will assist the war-torn country get back on its feet after 12 years of playing host to foreign troops, Reuters has learned. The US Agency for International Development (USAID aka CIA-front group) will announce three new development programs worth almost $300 million to wean Afghanistan off its ‘war economy,’ which is heavily subsidized today by opium exports — a trade that had been practically squashed while the country was under Taliban rule. [AND revived by the US after their invasion/occupation. USociopaths slashed food stamps, will not extend unemployment insurance, won’t help Detroit, and can’t fix a pothole — and yet, there’s $300 million to turn over to US mercenaries in Afghanistan to protect the CIA’s poppy fields and opium routes?

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After billions in U.S. investment, Afghan roads are falling apart

30 Jan 2014 They look like victims of an insurgent attack…but the patients who pour daily into the Ghazni Provincial Hospital are casualties of another Afghan crisis. They are motorists who drove on the road network built by the U.S. government and other Western donors — a $4 billion project [of contractor welfare] that was once a symbol of promise in post-Taliban Afghanistan but is now falling apart. Despite those concerns, ***the U.S. government is still building new roads in Afghanistan***, multimillion-dollar projects whose funds were allocated years ago.

Gee, too bad Detroit isn’t in Afghanistan!

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Your tax dollars at work: 55 percent of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition

Afghan girls via Shutterstock

Poor nutrition in first two years has permanent effect on growth and development, and could spell disaster for country

Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation, whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country’s feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas.

More than half of Afghan girls and boys suffer damage to their minds and bodies that cannot be undone because they are poorly fed in the crucial first two years of life, doctors and experts say. The revelation raises serious questions about the legacy of more than 10 years of western involvement in Afghanistan.

“After the age of two years, stunting is largely irreversible, and has an impact on growth and development and cognitive function,” says Carrie Morrison from the World Food Programme. “Over the longer term, it can have a very damaging effect on the national economy. Young people are not able to attain what they should be able to attain. Women who marry young and are stunted themselves give birth to a small infant and the cycle goes on.”

The problem of children who are not getting enough nutrients from their food is known as chronic malnutrition. It afflicts poorer countries worldwide, but in Afghanistan it is particularly widespread and persistent.

A decade after the fall of the Taliban, 55% of the country’s children are stunted because of inadequate food, Afghan government and UN data shows.

The statistic is damning for western powers which have poured billions into Afghanistan to fund development and reconstruction. The US alone has spent $90bn (£54bn). Such funding aimed to transform Afghanistan from an impoverished, unstable country of largely subsistence farmers into a more modern nation, but return on that spending has been low.

With troops soon to head home, the returns have been limited. Violence is spreading and Afghanistan remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with low life expectancy and poor healthcare for mothers and young children.

The malnutrition problem is caused by the basic poverty of those who can’t afford healthy food, as well as poor hygiene and healthcare, child marriage, and a web of other issues.

“We have whole families where food insecurity means they are all malnourished, but we [also] even have rich families that have one child who is sick,” says Alam Mohammad, a 25-year-old doctor who swapped the chance of an easy city practice to work in Feroz Nakhchair, on the gruelling frontline of a fight for the country’s future.

Half an hour’s drive down a dirt track from the nearest country road, in a valley on the fringes of Taliban territory, he sees dozens of cases a day like Mojabeen, whose leopard-print dress beneath her burqa seems incongruous with her life of constant hardship; at 19, she has three children and the family live in a one-room house on a flood plain that is periodically inundated.

Her husband earns $2 or $3 a day, if he can find work, which is not enough to feed the small family. “My second child is living with my mother, as we can’t provide for him,” says Mojabeen, as she waits for her baby to be weighed and examined.

Her children were at a disadvantage even before they were born because Mojabeen was so starved of nutrients that she could not pass on what they needed during pregnancy. In a district of around 13,000 people, the problem is so widespread that a programme set up for around 100 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers is already serving more than four times that number.

Nevertheless, it can be hard for charities and the government to focus attention or funds on chronic malnutrition when the country is battling a more dramatic type of hunger, which is also easier to address: acute malnutrition.

In clinics nationwide tens of thousands of babies and toddlers have experienced such severe shortages of calories that they have the protruding bones and distended stomachs familiar from photographs of famine victims. Acute malnutrition affects more than one in four children in some areas, but it can usually be resolved relatively quickly with a steady supply of high energy Plumpy’nut feeding paste.

In some ways, chronic malnutrition is harder to tackle as the children suffering from it often don’t show their desperate need for help.

“You might see a child who appears underweight, or short for their age, but it doesn’t really tell you much unless you line them up against a well-nourished child. But it prevents them growing up to lead a more productive life,” says Morrison.

But appearances are disastrously deceptive. “It prevents them growing up for a productive life,” she adds.

A lack of iron, which affects three-quarters of Afghan children, reduces activity and productivity. In young children, it disrupts brain development with effects including “stunting, sickliness, poor school attendance, and lower levels of concentration and memory”. A lack of iodine “is the world’s leading cause of preventable mental impairment”, and a lack of vitamin A hobbles the immune system, pushing up death rates among children under five.

So severe is the damage that tackling it by lacing basic foods such as salt and flour with micronutrients has been rated one of the most economical ways to do good. “In the worst-affected countries, the benefits of supplementation with vitamin A and zinc can be up to 100 times higher than the costs,” according to a research paper on the impact of giving children “micronutrients” – generally known in the west as “vitamins and minerals”.

Recently, the government launched a five-year programme to fortify flour used to make ubiquitous nan flat bread – often the only daily food for poor families – oil and other foodstuffs. Gradual progress with women’s education, healthcare and hygiene education is expected to bring slow but important progress.

A recent World Bank study found a direct link between sanitation and height: a five-year-old child in a community where everyone uses a toilet is on average more than 2cm taller than a child from one where people defecate in the open.

But poverty is also a pressing problem, in a country where a third of all citizens do not always know where their next meal will come from. A recent UN study found even a minimally healthy diet was beyond the reach of the majority of Afghans; in some provinces, only one in five could afford balanced meals.

And while the government and aid workers try to address problems that can take years to solve, healthworkers are often hobbled by a focus on more apparently pressing problems.

“We do worry about chronic malnutrition, but all we can give them is advice,” says Nehmatullah Majidzafa, a nutrition nurse at an Oxfam-supported project in the shadow of the ruined ancient city of Balkh, where most funds support feeding the children in most obvious need.

That includes hands-on demonstrations, with nurses chopping onions into a basic pressure cooker before adding lentils, rice and vegetables, and warnings to spend spare money on protein rather than the cookies and cakes that many lavish on their children.

The information does help, because “parents don’t know much about health here”, says Mohammad, the doctor in Feroz Nakhchair, but still it troubles him to see those who arrive beyond the reach of his help. “If a child comes in after too long with chronic malnutrition, he cannot fully recover. We can only teach the parents so they take more care it doesn’t happen with the other kids.”

Hunger in Afghanistan

Extreme poverty and a harsh climate mean many Afghans go hungry. One-third of the population do not get enough food to live healthy, active lives, and another third hover around the borderline of “food insecurity”, or not knowing where their next meal will come from. But the food shortages are particularly damaging to young children, who need to develop fast.

International studies show that children who are properly fed can earn between a third and a half more as adults than those who did not get a proper diet, the World Food Programme’s Morrison says.

And overall malnutrition shaves 2%-3% off Afghanistan’s national income each year, the World Bank says. That’s around half a billion dollars lost to an already very poor country.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2014

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Speaking on the Finance Bill 2013 in the Dáil, People Before Profit- ULAFinance spokesperson, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, told the Minister for Finance that the measures in the Finance Bill 2013 will further strengthen the welfare of Corporations in this country who have already avoided substantial amounts of tax on profits made while ordinary citizens and workers will continue to bear the brunt of austerity.

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