'The War Is Not Over'

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spocko

Oakland, CA

#287687 May 6, 2013
ABs wrote:
The FBI believes it disrupted a terror attack that was still in its "planning stages" when it raided a mobile home in Minnesota, it announced today. Agents descended Friday on the abode of Buford Rogers, 24, and found guns, Molotov cocktails, and what looked like pipe bombs, the AP reports. Had the FBI not acted, there "would have been a localized terror attack, and that's why law enforcement moved quickly," a bureau spokesman said.
The spokesman declined to comment further on the nature or target of the alleged attack. So far, Rogers hasn't been charged with anything terror-related; he's been slapped with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Help me out here, francis...if it is a felony for a felon to be in possession of a firearm that must mean there is a LAW against felons and handguns so how is it possible or even conceivable that this happenned??? Say it ain't so joe...perhaps more laws are needed???
Huh the hell are you rambling about?
MUQ

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

#287689 May 6, 2013
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...

Why Ecuador Loves Rafael Correa

It's not luck but good financial judgment that has set the president on the path to victory in forthcoming elections

By Mark Weisbrot

February 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - Rafael Correa is far ahead of his nearest rival in Sunday's presidential election in Ecuador, and expected to easily win another four-year presidential term. It's not hard to see why.

Unemployment fell to 4.1% by the end of last year a record low for at least 25 years. Poverty has fallen by 27% since 2006. Public spending on education has more than doubled, in real (inflation-adjusted) terms. Increased healthcare spending has expanded access to medical care, and other social spending has also increased substantially, including a vast expansion of government-subsidised housing credit.

If all that sounds like it must be unsustainable, it's not. Interest payments on Ecuador's public debt are less than 1% of GDP, which is quite small; and the public debt-to-GDP ratio is a modest 25%. The Economist, which doesn't much care for any of the left governments that now govern the vast majority of South America, attributes Correa's success to "a mixture of luck, opportunism and skill". But it was really the skill that made the difference.

Correa may have had luck, but it wasn't good luck: he took office in January of 2007 and the next year Ecuador was one of the hardest hit countries in the hemisphere by the international financial crisis and world recession. That's because it was heavily dependent on remittances from abroad (eg workers in the US and Spain); and oil exports, which made up 62% of export earnings and 34% of government revenue at the time. Oil prices collapsed by 79% in 2008 and remittances also crashed. The combined effect on Ecuador's economy was comparable to the collapse of the US housing bubble, which contributed to the Great Recession.

And Ecuador also had the bad luck of not having its own currency (it had adopted the US dollar in 2000) which means it couldn't use the exchange rate or the kind of monetary policy that the US Federal Reserve deployed to counteract the recession. But Ecuador navigated the storm with a mild recession that lasted three quarters; a year later it was back at its pre-recession level of output and on its way to the achievements that made Correa one of the most popular presidents in the hemisphere.

How did they do it? Perhaps most important was a large fiscal stimulus in 2009, about 5% of GDP (if only we had done that here in the US). A big part of that was construction, with the government expanding housing credit by $599m in 2009, and continuing large credits through 2011.

But the government also had to reform and re-regulate the financial system. And here it embarked on what is possibly the most comprehensive financial reform of any country in the 21st century. The government took control over the central bank, and forced it to bring back about $2bn of reserves held abroad. This was used by the public banks to make loans for infrastructure, housing, agriculture and other domestic investment.

MUQ

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

#287690 May 6, 2013
Contd.

It put taxes on money leaving the country, and required banks to keep 60% of their liquid assets inside the country. It pushed real interest rates down, while bank taxes were increased. The government renegotiated agreements with foreign oil companies when prices rose. Government revenue rose from 27% of GDP in 2006 to over 40% last year. The Correa administration also increased funding to the "popular and solidarity" part of the financial sector co-operatives, credit unions and other member-based organisations. Co-op loans tripled in real terms between 2007 and 2012.

The end result of these and other reforms was to move the financial sector toward something that would serve the interests of the public, instead of the other way around (as in the US). To this end, the government also separated the financial sector from the media the banks had owned most of the major media before Correa was elected and introduced anti-trust reforms.

Of course, the conventional wisdom is that such "business-unfriendly " practice as renegotiating oil contracts, increasing the size and regulatory authority of government, increasing taxes and placing restrictions on capital movements, is a sure recipe for economic disaster. Ecuador also defaulted on a third of its foreign debt after an international commission found that portion to have been illegally contracted. And the "independence" of the central bank, which Ecuador revoked, is considered sacrosanct by most economists today. But Correa, a PhD economist, knew when it was best to ignore the majority of the profession.

Correa has had some bad press for going against the conventional wisdom and perhaps worse in the eyes of the business press succeeding. The worst media assault came when Ecuador offered asylum to WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange. But here, as with economic policy and financial reform, Correa was right. It was obvious, especially after the UK government made an unprecedented threat to invade Ecuador's embassy, that this was a case of political persecution.

How rare, and refreshing, for a politician to stand firm against such powerful forces the US and its allies in Europe, and in the international media for the sake of principle. But Correa's tenacity and courage has served his country well.
MUQ

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

#287691 May 6, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
Things heating up between Syria and Israel, comrade...how do you see that playing out?
Just wait and watch.

Israel has "all the support" from All the world's Superpowers.

They have single out Syria alone because no neighbor is strong enough to help Syria.

So the odds are in their favours.

But

If the Syrians do not call for cease fire and continue this fight till either they all die or all Isreali die....there are MORE chances that Isreal will loose.

A country which could not "exterminate and defeat" HAMAS and HIZBOLLAH, how it can defeat Syrian army.

Other nations should wait and watch the outcome and let there be no cease fire and / or intervention, till the issues are settled once and for all.

And THIS time, It is Isreal who has been the aggressor, so they cannot play the "sympathy card" any more!!
henry

Bad Langensalza, Germany

#287693 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
If that is the case, why did the US have to play catch up in the race to nuclear weapons? And had the russkies or the z-crosses won the race, where would we be at now?
Now we have some 500 Nuclear AKWs and Fukushima does not be the last AKW accident in a nuclear Installation. Radiation you know is a silent but efficient killer. It does not hold on national boundaries. For instance cancer is a product of this Radiation. The mainstream press is Holding back with News about that where ever possible.
henry

Bad Langensalza, Germany

#287694 May 7, 2013
spocko wrote:
<quoted text>
Nothing more than hysterics and grandstanding - what a bunch of troglodytes! We have a constitution and laws in this country and there are very specific processes that go along with it.
Yes the "specific processes" not only in this Country are a small group of billionairs which determind really what is going on! For them "constitution and laws" are of no importance at all.
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287695 May 7, 2013
UidiotRaceMakeWorldPeace wrote:
<quoted text>One is Act or war AND OTHER is natural cause. US hAARP on Japan , as some professional critics even pronounce it get Japanese to rely on US oil export. We all know about communism! but captalistic model can be used for good and evil/bad? If you be so kind to talk about bad side of Capitalistic model , or are you prejudiced?
The only bad side I see is greed and corruption...
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287696 May 7, 2013
henry wrote:
<quoted text>
Now we have some 500 Nuclear AKWs and Fukushima does not be the last AKW accident in a nuclear Installation. Radiation you know is a silent but efficient killer. It does not hold on national boundaries. For instance cancer is a product of this Radiation. The mainstream press is Holding back with News about that where ever possible.
But radiation is and has always been present, ever before the dawn of the nuclear age...
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287697 May 7, 2013
MUQ wrote:
<quoted text>
Just wait and watch.
Israel has "all the support" from All the world's Superpowers.
They have single out Syria alone because no neighbor is strong enough to help Syria.
So the odds are in their favours.
But
If the Syrians do not call for cease fire and continue this fight till either they all die or all Isreali die....there are MORE chances that Isreal will loose.
A country which could not "exterminate and defeat" HAMAS and HIZBOLLAH, how it can defeat Syrian army.
Other nations should wait and watch the outcome and let there be no cease fire and / or intervention, till the issues are settled once and for all.
And THIS time, It is Isreal who has been the aggressor, so they cannot play the "sympathy card" any more!!
And once again you glaze over the obvious, with nuclear weapons at their disposal Israel all of Israeli will not die...or lose...why do you think Iran is so thirsty for a nuke? It is obvious, to assure mutual destruction...
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287698 May 7, 2013
News you not hear on IRNA or SMART TV...muslims killing muslims who don't pay for "protection"...

A bomb tore through an election rally in Pakistan's tribal belt yesterday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest incident yet in the violence-plagued run-up to this Saturday's election.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, but while other attacks have targeted liberal, secular parties, this one hit the Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, which has close links to the Taliban, the New York Times reports.

The Taliban says it targeted the candidate's rally because he had betrayed Arab jihadists, but government officials say they believe the Taliban is charging candidates protection money and attacking those who refuse to pay up.

So what is worse in the eyes of Allah, comrade MUQ? Betraying the muslim call to violent jihad or not paying jizya?

The Qur'an:
Qur'an (9:29)- "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth,(even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Bukhari (53:386)- The command for Muslims to spread Islamic rule by force, subjugating others until they either convert to Islam or pay money, is eternal: Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:-- "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master." This is being recounted during the reign of Umar, Muhammad's companion and the second caliph who sent conquering armies into non-Muslim Persian and Christian lands (after Muhammad's death).
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287699 May 7, 2013
According to the esteemed historian Ibn Kathir, Muhammad established the jizya as a means of compensating the "converted" Meccans for their loss of revenue following the total ban of other religions from the Kaaba. This ended the centuries-old tradition of pilgrimages by people of all faiths during the holy months, on which the local economy depended:

Allah, most high, ordered the believers to prohibit the disbelievers from entering or coming near the sacred mosque. On that,[Muhammad's home tribe of]Quraysh thought that this would reduce their profits from trade. Therefore, Allah, most high, compensated them and ordered them to fight the people of the Book until the embrace Islam or pay the jizya. Ibn Katheir, The Battles of the Prophet, p. 183-184


This practice enabled Muhammad and his successors to fund Islamic military expansion and the lifestyle of the religious class through extortion from non-believers. In 630, the prophet of Islam first marched an army into Christian lands in what came to be known as the "Battle of Tabuk." In fact, there was no battle because there was no opposing army. The residents were taken by surprise. Some were killed, and the survivors were forced to pay protection money to Muhammad.(Clearly abrogating the previous rule of "no compulsion in religion" that contemporary apologists are so fond of repeating).


Only eleven years after Muhammad's death, his companions swept through North Africa, putting to the sword those who would not submit to Islamic rule. In 643, Tripoli was conquered and the native Christian Berbers were forced to give their wives and children to the Muslims as slaves to satisfy the jizya.

This lucrative extortion racket was practiced down through the centuries and was a part of the brutal Ottoman rule over Christians, Jews and others. The Serbs of Europe were particularly hard hit and often had to hand over their children to satisfy the collector. The children were then converted to Islam and trained as Jihad warriors for use in foreign campaigns (the so-called Janissaries).

In India, well into the 17th century, Muslim tax collectors would also take the wives and children of impoverished Hindus and sell them into slavery for the jizya requirement. The only way for many to avoid losing their families was to convert to Islam. This tremendous discrimination is how Islam made inroads into populations that wanted nothing to do with it.

Technically, there is no such thing in Islam as an innocent non-Muslim, which makes those ballyhooed condemnations of "terror against innocent people" even more useless. There is a basis for protecting the "People of the Book" (originally Jews and Christians, but later extended to Hindus when Muslim leaders realized that killing them was not as profitable as taxing them). These would be those who place themselves completely under the rule of Muslims, relinquishing all rights and agreeing to finance the Muslim expansion. Unfortunately, even this has not been enough to spare religious minorities from extreme persecution and massacre...
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287700 May 7, 2013
News you not hear on IRNA or Smart TV cont'd:
Traditionally the collection of the jizya occurs at a ceremony that is designed to emphasize the subordinate status of the non-Muslim, where the subject is often struck in a humiliating fashion. M.A. Khan recounts that some Islamic clerics encouraged tax collectors to spit into the mouths of Hindu dhimmis during the process. He also quotes the popular Sufi teacher, Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi:

"The honor of Islam lies in insulting the unbelief and the unbelievers (kafirs). One who respects kafirs dishonors Muslims... The real purpose of levying the Jizya on them is to humiliate them...[and] they remain terrified and trembling." Islamic Jihad

British preacher, Anjem Choudary, points out that "the normal situation is for [Muslims] to take money from the kuffar" (at the time, he was encouraging believers in the UK to quit working and live on public benefits). The Qur'an also affirms that the collection of jizya is is the ideal relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims. The verse mandating this (9:5) occurs much later than the verse stating that there is "no compulsion in religion" (2:256), meaning that it takes precedence and abrogates the earlier verse. This is why Islamic purists such as Hamas and the Taliban wish to reinstate the jizya.

An Egyptian cleric on al-Hafaz TV said in 2013 that American foreign aid to that country was a form of jizya "owed" to them. He believed that Muslims should demand more money from the Americans so that, in his words, "we can leave them alone." Only when the jizya is paid will America "be allowed to to recognize its own interests, the ones we agree to."

Contemporary Muslim apologists frequently tout the earlier "no compulsion in religion" verse when attempting to portray Islam as peaceful, and are somewhat reluctant to admit that the jizya is a penalty for not being Muslim. They usually fall back on claiming that the jizya is merely a tax paid to the government - glossing over the fact that this "tax" was imposed on the basis of religious status and was nearly always a much greater burden than that required of Muslim citizens. The interesting thing about this rhetorical strategy is that it directly contradicts any pretense that Islam is merely a religion and not a political system.

Tolerance in Islam isn't free. The jizya is money paid by non-Muslims so that they can keep practicing their religion. Under Islamic law, if the money is not paid, the people are to be killed or enslaved.
ABs

Aiken, SC

#287701 May 7, 2013
spocko wrote:
<quoted text>
Huh the hell are you rambling about?
Let me slow it down for you pops.....if it is a felony for a felon to be in possession of a firearm that must mean there is a LAW against felons possessing firearms, correct? If there is a LAW against felons possessing firearms, how can it be that a felon has a firearm??? Perhaps more useless lwas will help???
henry

Altengottern, Germany

#287702 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
Hank, we have all ready discussed that...atheism is a religion which you have stated all religions are false therefore atheisnm is false making what you say false as well...got it?
Atheism is of course no Religion at all!
henry

Altengottern, Germany

#287704 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
Was Karl the older or younger brother of Groucho? I get them mixed up...
Don`t worry Fukushima was not the last nuclear big accident. So you don`t have to bother who is who!
henry

Altengottern, Germany

#287705 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
Things heating up between Syria and Israel, comrade...how do you see that playing out?
Well Israel has an unknown number of atombombs. Syria not!
henry

Altengottern, Germany

#287706 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
But radiation is and has always been present, ever before the dawn of the nuclear age...
Yes, but what about the Radiation while nuclear accidents??
spocko

Oakland, CA

#287707 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me slow it down for you pops.....if it is a felony for a felon to be in possession of a firearm that must mean there is a LAW against felons possessing firearms, correct? If there is a LAW against felons possessing firearms, how can it be that a felon has a firearm??? Perhaps more useless lwas will help???
Huh the hell are you rambling about?
If laws could make things disappear we'd surely pass one to eliminate stupidity which, I'm afraid, would be the end of you :-)
MUQ

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

#287708 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
And once again you glaze over the obvious, with nuclear weapons at their disposal Israel all of Israeli will not die...or lose...why do you think Iran is so thirsty for a nuke? It is obvious, to assure mutual destruction...
How come USSR "died" with so many nukes at her disposal?

Who told you that Nukes will provide "immortality" to ANY NATION?

It is standing up to truth and do justice on the land, that provides longevity to any nation, not its arms, armies, nukes of acting like a bully.!!!

Learn from the history of human nations of the past.
henry

Bischofferode, Germany

#287709 May 7, 2013
ABs wrote:
<quoted text>
Was Karl the older or younger brother of Groucho? I get them mixed up...
I think you get something mixed!

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