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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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War With Russia Is On The Agenda

By Paul Craig Roberts
August 26, 2008

Thinking about the massive failure of the US media to REPORT TRUTHFULLY is sobering.  The United States, bristling with nuclear weapons and pursuing a policy of world hegemony, has a population that is kept in the dark--indeed brainwashed--about the most important and most dangerous events of our time.

The power of the Israel Lobby is an important component of keeping Americans in the dark. Recently I watched a DOCUMENTARY that demonstrates the control that the Israel Lobby exercises over Americans view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

As a result of the US mediaҒs one-sided coverage, few Americans are aware that for decades Israel has been ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their homes and lands under protection of Americas veto in the United Nations.  Instead, the dispossessed Palestinians are portrayed as mindless terrorists who attack innocent Israel. 

If one reads Israeli newspapers, such as Haaretz, or publications from Israeli organizations, such as the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, one gets a radically different view of the situation than the propagandistic version delivered by US media and evangelical pulpits.

Most Americans know of the 2000 attack by Muslim terrorists on the USS Cole in Aden harbor that resulted in 17 dead and 39 wounded American sailors. But few have heard of Israel’s 1967 attack on the USS Liberty that left 34 American sailors dead and 174 wounded.  Pressured by the Israel Lobby, President Johnson ordered Admiral McCain, father of the Republican presidential nominee, to cover up the attack. To this day there never has been a congressional investigation. 

The failure of the American media is again evident in the coverage of the Georgian-Russian conflict.  The US media presented the conflict as a Russian invasion of Georgia, whereas in actual fact the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian military launched a sneak attack to kill and to drive the Russian population out of South Ossetia, a separatist province. 

Russian peacekeepers, together with Georgian ones, had been stationed in South Ossetia since the early 1990s. On orders from Mikheil Saakashvili, the American puppet presidentӔ of Georgia, the Georgian peacekeepers turned their weapons on the unsuspecting Russian peacekeepers and murdered them.

This action by Saakashvili, elected with money from the neoconservative National Endowment for Democracy, an election-rigging tool of US hegemony, was a war crime.  In truth, the Russians should have hung Saakashvili, as he is far more guilty than was Saddam Hussein.  But it is Russia, not Saakashvili, that the US media has demonized.

Americans have become perfect subjects for George Orwells Big Brother.  They sit stupidly in front of the TV news or the New York Times or Washington Post and absorb the lies fed to them.  What is wrong with Americans?  Why do they put up with it?  Are Americans the nation of sheep that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano says they are?  Americans flaunt ғfreedom and democracy and live under a Ministry of Propaganda. 

Two decades ago, President Reagan reached agreement with Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to end the dangerous cold war.  But every one of ReaganԒs successors has sought to pick a new fight with Russia.  In violation of the agreement, NATO has been taken to Russias borders, and the US is determined to put former constituent parts of Russia herself into NATO.  In an effort to neutralize Russia’s nuclear deterrent and compromise her independence, the US is putting anti-ballistic missile bases on Russias borders.

The gratuitously aggressive US military policy toward Russia will lead to nuclear war. I am confident that if Americans elect John McCain, or the Republicans steal another presidential election, there will be nuclear war in the second decade of the 21st century.  The neocon lies, propaganda, macho flag-waving, and use of US foreign policy in the interests of a few military-security firms, oil companies, and Israel are all leading in that direction.

The November election is perhaps the last chance to avoid nuclear war. But the opportunity might already have been missed.  The Republicans have chosen as their candidate one of the most ignorant warmongers alive.  The DemocratsҒ choice was between one of the most divisive women in America and a man of mixed race with a funny name.  Considering Americans taste for war, the Democratic candidate could fail to defeat the GOP war candidate.

Many Americans will vote against Obama because he is black.  Why does mixed ancestry confer the black label?  If AmericaҒs population was predominantly black, would Obama be considered white?

Race and propaganda are more likely to determine the outcome of the November election than any awareness or consideration of real issues by voters. 

The real issues are suffocated by the media.  The American middle class is being destroyed by jobs offshoring and work visas for foreigners, while the incomes of the super rich are soaring. The US dollars reserve currency status is eroded. The US is massively in debt at home and abroad.  Health insurance is unaffordable for the vast majority of the population. Injured veterans are being nickeled and dimed, while HalliburtonҒs profits escalate. Americans are losing their homes, while the US government bails out banks. Wars with Iran, Russia, and China are being planned in order to secure US hegemony. 

Americans no longer have a government that is for the people and by the people. They have a government for and by special interests and an insane ideology.

But Americans have war, which lets them take out all their frustrations, resentments, and disappointments on Muslim terrorists and Russian aggressors.  Few Americans are disturbed that 1.25 million Iraqis and an unknown number of Afghans have died as a result of American invasions based on Bush regime lies and deceptions. Even Americans, like Senator Biden, Obamas selection for vice president, who understand that the wars are based on lies, still want the US to win.  So, it was all a mistake and a deception, but letԒs win anyway and keep on killing.

“I know people who still complain that the US did not nuke North Vietnam.  When I ask why Vietnam should have been nuked, they reply, if we had nuked them we would have won.”

What would America have won?  The answer is world loathing and the loss of the cold war.

For many Americans, war is like a sports contest in which they take vicarious pleasure and cheer on their side to victory.  Millions of Americans are still bitter that the liberal mediaғ and war protesters caused America to lose the Vietnam war, and they are determined that this wont happen again.  These Americans have no realization that there was no more reason for the US to be fighting in Vietnam 40 years ago than to be fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan or tomorrow in Iran. 

Obama, if elected, is no guarantee against nuclear war.  Obama has shown that he is as much under the Israel LobbyԒs thumb as McCain.  Obamas foreign affairs advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is not a neocon, but he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and has the Pole’s animosity toward Russia.  The Bush administration has already changed US war doctrine to permit preemptive nuclear attack. With the US government determined to ring Russia with puppet states and military bases, war is inevitable.

Presidential appointees face confirmation in the Senate. Any of Obamas appointees who might be out of step with plans for US and Israeli hegemony could expect opposition from large corporations and the Israel Lobby.  There is no assurance that an Obama administration would not be positioned on Ғthe issues by the same special interests that have positioned the Bush administration.

Americans are filled with hubris, not with knowledge.  They have no awareness of the calamity that their government’s pursuit of hegemony is bringing to themselves and to life on earth. 

Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is a former Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal, a 16-year columnist for Business Week, and a columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service and Creators Syndicate in Los Angeles. He has held numerous university professorships, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France and the US Treasury’s Silver Medal for outstanding contributions to the formulation of US economic policy.

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Twenty Ways To Survive A Layoff

One day you’re employed, the next you’re not. One writer provides tips on how to deal with aspects you may not have thought about.

By Ron Nutter,
IDG News Service
August 25, 2008

Editor’s note: On Feb. 20, IT manager and Network World columnist Ron Nutter was called into his boss’s office and told he was being let go—that day. Once the initial shock wore off, Nutter launched an aggressive search for employment in the Kansas City area. Over the next 76 days, Nutter applied for 85 jobs, and had 16 interviews before landing a new position. He chronicled the job search in a daily blog. Now that he has had some time to reflect on the experience, Nutter offers these 20 tips for surviving a layoff.

1. As you’re being laid off, take notes
This can be difficult to do, because losing a job can be a very EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. Nevertheless, while everything is still fresh in your mind, writedown all the details you can remember. For example, I was told I would be paid for the full two-week pay period plus my remaining vacation and sick time. When my last check arrived, there were discrepancies. Having written notes helped me when I went back and reminded my former boss and the Human Resources folks of their commitment.

2. Take some time for yourself
Take a few days for yourself. A traumatic event has just happened to you, and you NEED TO GET OVER the initial shock before you jump into the fray to search for a new job.

3. Review the paperwork from the company that laid you off
You need to attend to several important things rather quickly. One is finding out how to file for unemployment. Another is determining how long your company-paid health insurance will be in force before you have to consider paying for COBRA insurance.

4. Update your resume
This is something we should all do, but it doesn’t always get the attention it should. I was told a long time ago that a resume should be more than two pages with a maximum of three bullet points per employer. That may work in some cases, but not in all.

I have found that some recruiters and employers use software that counts how many times a particular word, such as Cisco, or a word describing a certain type of experience appears in a resume. I can attest this is happening to a degree. During a previous job search, a recruiter had me rewritemy resume just about completely to list specifically all the different types of Cisco hardware I had worked with. It was interesting to note how the callbacks increased after I did that.

You may find it necessary to keep more than one type of resume, each tailored to the type of job you are pursuing.

5. Get a handle on monthly bills
Although I had a little money put by for a rainy day, I went through my recurring bills to see if there was any room for saving more. I found that by shopping around for automobile and homeowners insurance, I could keep the same coverage and reduce both bills. I had been thinking about doing this for a variety of reasons, but being unemployed helped push it to the top of the list.

6. Cut food costs
If you live by yourself, this will be easier to do. If you have a family, everyone will need to sit down and understand they will all have to help out until you can get another job. Not that I ate out a lot while I had a job, but I did eat out sometimes. When I was laid off, that stopped. The one treat I allowed myself each week was to stop by a local pizza place that made the pizza but you took it home to cook in your own oven. I made sure to take a coupon with me each week to take a couple dollars off the cost of the pizza.

I also shopped at my local Costco and bought the food I needed in bulk so I had to shop only once a month. Having a freezer make this easier to do. For example, I would buy a 3- to 5-pound tray of fish, which I would portion out into individual meals using a vacuum-sealing machine. Another suggestion: Buy several gallons of milk at one time and put them in the freezer. Pull one gallon out at a time, and it will still be good. I have been doing this for more than a year and have yet to notice a difference in the taste.

7. Look at health insurance options
Your company-supplied health insurance will come to an end. My former employer’s health insurance ended a few days after I was separated from the company. Worse yet, I wasn’t due to receive COBRA information until after my company health insurance had lapsed. Because my previous employer also had been processing my claims, I wasn’t comfortable with it having any further access to my medical records. Doing a little research on the Internet, I found a single health-insurance policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield for half the price of the COBRA policy my former employer was going to offer me and with better coverage.

8. Check with your financial adviser
I have worked with an excellent person at Smith Barney for several years. Because I knew I might need to access my credit line to help pay bills, I wanted to give him a heads-up on my situation so that he could be looking at other options to keep the use of the credit line as a last resort.

9. File for your income-tax return refund
Another thing to consider, depending on the time of year you are laid off, is to use your income-tax return as a one source of money for paying bills. I haven’t been a fan of paying for electronic filing, but this year I did spend the money so I would get the tax refund a little sooner.

10. File for unemployment compensation
This is something I delayed doing a little bit—partially because of pride and partially because I didn’t anticipate job-hunting to take more than three months. As someone pointed out to me, you have earned this money and you should take advantage of it. In my case, filing was complicated because I had moved from another state in the previous 18 months. The unemployment folks go back that far in figuring out where someone should file for unemployment. That potentially had me talking with three states’ unemployment departments. I spent several days on the phone with the two states that would be involved in my situation. As painful as it may be to deal with this part of your unemployment, the sooner you start, the sooner the money will come in in to help pay the bills until you get another job.

11. Check the job boards
During my job search, I looked at CareerBuilder, Craigslist, Dice, and Monster. I found NO JOB LEADS FROM MONSTER in my career area. Several of the HR folks I talked to during the process told me they used Monster very little, in part because of the higher fees the site charged for posting a job compared with other job boards, and in part because of the generally poorer quality of applications they received from Monster. I found some new job-postings on Dice, but with a significant number of jobs cross-posted on other boards, I didn’t find Dice to be a significant source of potential job leads. One source I wouldn’t have thought to check was Craigslist. More than one recruiter told me he had good results from posting jobs on Craigslist. Set aside time each day to do this.

12. Make the job boards work for you
Dice has a feature where you can make your resume searchable by companies and recruiters with a position to fill. I got some calls from that. CareerBuilder recently followed suit. Dice lets companies and recruiters repost a job every day so that it looks new, but in some cases this makes identifying the jobs a little harder. Turn the tables in your favor by making changes to your rsum periodically so that when it is searched it will show up as new or changed; this could get you looked at by a company or recruiter that might have passed you by the day before.

13. Prepare for the interview
One thing I have done when PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW is to research the company, as well as the companies, sectors, and industries it serves. If it is a publicly listed company, read some of its press releases from the the past quarter or two to see any changes that have occurred and new directions it is heading in. The responses I received from several companies indicate it makes a good impression that you are interested in finding out about the company before an interview. It may seem like a small thing or something that you should do anyway, but there seem to be quite a few people looking for a job who don’t do this.

In addition, have several copies of your resume with you at an interview. This becomes even more important once you see your resume as the client or recruiter does after they have downloaded it or printed it out from the job-board application: The formatting is pretty much gone. To make matters worse, the rsum’s paragraphs or bullet points will look like a series of poorly written, run-on sentences that may cause distinctive or unique information about you to be overlooked.

14. Deal with recruiters
I encountered a couple of RECRUITERS who would give used-car salesmen a bad name, but as a general rule, I found them pretty decent to work with. Several positions I was approached about were not on the job boards and sometimes were from only a single recruiter. The trick I learned was to identify the same end-job when it came from different recruiters. One situation you want to avoid is having more than one recruiter pitching you to the same client for the same job. Most recruiters usually will tell you early on who the actual end-client is.

15. Accept help from family
Your pride may make it hard for you to accept help, but keep in mind that your unemployment affects them to a degree as well. Depending on their ages, your unemployment may be a new thing to them. There was a time—unfortunately long-gone now—when the company you first worked for was the only company you worked for in your entire career. How much help you accept from family is something you will have to decide. Look at it this way: Whatever help they do give you is that much less you will have to spend for food.

16. Keep good records
This suggestion came from a letter from the unemployment department telling me I would need to provide some basic information. I set up a spreadsheet in OpenOffice with three tabs. At the first tab I kept track of the jobs I had applied for by date, source of the job, how the job was applied for, company name if known, job name, contact name, and job number if provided. At the second tab I kept track of the recruiters I talked to; HR folks I had contacted for the jobs to which I had applied directly; and anything else, such as job fairs I attended. This information was helpful when I was audited by the unemployment folks to make sure I was looking for another job. At the third tab I recorded when I filed my unemployment claim each week, when I received the check, and the check number and when it was deposited.

17. Get your personal records in order
When you accept a job offer, one of the things you will have to deal with is the I-9 form that proves you are allowed to work in this country. If you haven’t seen the I-9 form lately, get a copy so you can see what documents you will need. If you can’t find your Social Security card, now would be an excellent time to order a replacement. This will take several weeks to process. The sooner you receive it, the sooner you will have it ready to produce when you start your new job. Another documentyou want make sure you have, even if you don’t need it for the I-9, is a copy of your birth certificate. This might take a little while to get. I didn’t know until recently that, depending on when and/or where you were born, there are two types of birth certificates—one the hospital does and one that’s done when the birth is registered with the local authorities. You will want to get a copy of the certificate on file with the local authorities.

18. Don’t wait for the phone to ring
This may be one of the harder things to do. Keep in mind that recruiters and HR types move at their own pace, which can be very slow. When you first apply for a job, it could be several days or more before you get the first contact. Waiting for the phone to ring will have you climbing the walls in short order. Sometimes you will get a call within hours of applying for a job, but expect that to be the exception. There are always things you can do while you wait for movement on the job front, and some of them may be done at little to no cost—that little bit of touch-up painting you have never gotten around to, or the trimming around the yard that always needs to be done. You need to stay active—don’t just sit around and watch the clock move forward.

19. Get out of the house at least once a day
At some point you will run out of things to do around the house or will simply need to get out. There will be the occasional job fair, but that won’t take a large amount of your time. You can knock on the doors of companies that you would like to work at, but with the price of gas hovering around $4 a gallon depending on where you live, that can be an expensive trip to make for an unknown return. Do some things you enjoy, such as going to a museum or sports game. The main thing is to get out to keep from getting cabin fever.

20. Never give up
Don’t leave any stone unturned. You just may find that a company that today passed you over in favor of another applicant may come back to you when that person leaves to move onto greener pastures. I never would have thought that could happen, but I have seen it happen twice in the past year.

Nutter is an IT executive in Kansas City. He is also one of the editors of Network World’s IT Asked & Answered. He can be reached at nww networkref com.

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The False Logic of Hopelessness

In ominous times truth always finds a way out from darkness into light. Always. Through truth knowledge grows into the power and strength to question the actions of governance. In times that try mens souls it is those who seek enlightenment who are truly free. Given the choice of possessing ignorance or knowledge, even when ignorance would lead to an easier life, I would choose knowledge, thus escaping the life of sheeple, escaping the bondage of not knowing, not caring and not understanding.
- Valenzuela’s Veritas

Why the Elephant Should Stand Up to the Mouse

George Washington’s Blog
May 28, 2008

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that our country is GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. That the Iraq war was a mistake. And polls show that the majority of Americans questions the government’s version of 9/11 and other basic tenets of the “war on terror”.

So why aren’t people doing anything to fix things?

It is largely because people are hopeless . . . they don’t think there is anything they can do to turn things around and improve our situation. Also, many people believe that they should just “lay low” until things get better, and that the only thing that standing up will accomplish is getting whacked in the head.

Apparently, it is not only ordinary Americans who believe they are powerless. Members of Congress also apparently believe they are powerless. See THIS and THIS.

Is Laying Low the Safest Path?

You find a black widow spider in your garage. You are afraid of it, so you decide to stay out of the garage and park your car out front. You hope that if you ignore it, it will go back outside and leave you alone.

Smart decision?

Not if it raises a family, and not if they move into the main part of your house. By ignoring the small threat (one spider), you might soon have a much bigger threat: a whole bunch of black widow spiders infesting your house.

This is where the expression “kill the monster while its small” comes from. Its a lot easier to face something scary in the early stages than when it has really gotten out of hand. (And this is why Neville Chamberlain is detested for trying to appease Hitler).

Similarly, the wanna-be fascists are consolidating THEIR POWER AND ABILITY TO IMPOSE MARTIAL LAW AND IMPRISON DISSENTERS. Indeed, they are apparently working on new ways to instill the SENSE OF HELPLESSNESS in people. They may also very well use BIGGER AND MORE DEADLY FORMS of fake terror in order to justify their agenda.

In the meantime, they are destroying the economy, America’s reputation in the world, and our way of life.

So “laying low” and pulling a Neville Chamberlain instead of killing the monster while its small will backfire . . . it will make things much worse than taking action now.

And IF YOU THINK that bad things will only happen to “someone else”, YOU’RE WRONG. Remember that “lawyers and professors, publishers and journalists, gun owners, illegal aliens, foreign nationals, and a great many other harmless, AVERAGE PEOPLE MAY BE IMPRISONED if the NEOCONS institute martial law.

The only safety is in standing up and stopping the madmen before they escalate their unconstitutional actions. The only safety is in massive action.

Why Doesn’t the Elephant Stomp the Mouse?

See if you can find the humor in this situation:

· The majority of Americans—hundreds of millions of people—don’t think they can do anything to stop a handful of anti-American neocons who are so far out of the mainstream of what anyone (conservative, liberal, green, libertarian, independent, etc.) wants that their long-standing nickname is “the crazies”

· Congress—which is a co-equal branch of government under the Constitution—is intimidated by a White House whose policies are less popular than salmonella

That’s like an elephant being afraid of a mouse. The elephant is many times bigger and stronger than the mouse, but it ACTS LIKE THE MOUSE IS A MORTAL DANGER.

Believing that we—the elephant—are threatened by the mouse, and that there is nothing we can do about it, is false logic. The mouse—the handful of Neocons who have taken over our country—has somehow hypnotized and convinced the giant American public that it is bigger than we are.

In reality, the American people outnumber the anti-American Neocons by many millions to one. If we want, we can simply throw the bums out, and throw them in jail for their crimes. If Congress wants, it can impeach them, hold them in contempt, and throw them in jail. They serve at our pleasure, and if they are acting in a manner treasonous to our country and the people’s interest, we should evict them.

True, they may have their finger on the button of a whole lot of weapons. But they can’t use them on millions of American citizens. For example, with all of the big toys in the world, they couldn’t do anything if we STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS.

We need only to wake up from the dream that we are powerless. See THIS, THIS, THIS and THIS.

Note: Please do not mistake my “kill the monster” or spider analogies as advocating violence. I do not advocate violence. Moreover, I am not advocating the overthrow of the government. I am calling for a RETURN to the American, Constitutional form of government and the rule of law, and removal of individuals who are traitors to the Constitution and the best interests of the nation, no matter how high and mighty they may be.

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