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  1. Slash gets a neck tattoo for new years...

    The Gingerman Tavern on Clark St.
  2. Big guns on CD2?

    Silkworms was an ode to the former band members.
  3. Putin may not be so bright, after all....

    News stories portray the South Stream plan's collapse as a defeat for Vladimir Putin. They're partly right — but the Russian leader is once again turning what should be a loss into a strategic victory. The South Stream pipeline was going to be one of two routes through which Russia would deliver gas to Western Europe. The “Nord Stream“ pipeline to Germany opened in 2011. Gas to the continent's southern tier currently has to go through Ukraine. South Stream would have bypassed that country's problems by going under the Black Sea and emerging in Bulgaria.Nearby Hungary and Moldova were big South Stream supporters. European Union authorities in Brussels were less receptive and tried to delay the project. Here is the lead from a story in today's New York Times. MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia's South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country's dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia's increasingly toxic relationship with the West. Note the Moscow byline. That may be where the NYT reporter wrote the story, but Putin was in Turkey at the time. That is significant, as I will explain in a second. Furthermore, Putin didn't say he would “scrap“ the project. He said the opposite. Click through to the NYT story and view the short video of Putin speaking. The English subtitles say: “ ... even though this project needs more work, I think it's possible to carry it out.“ Later in the NYT story, we see this. Even in retreat, Mr. Putin took the offensive. “If Europe does not want this to be realized, then it will not be realized,“ he said of the pipeline during the news conference, which was televised live across Russia during prime time. He said it would be “ridiculous“ to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the pipeline to bring it to Europe through Bulgaria only to have to abandon it because of political differences. “We believe that it does not coincide with Europe's economic interests and harms our cooperation,“ Mr. Putin added. “But such is the decision of our European friends. They are, in the end, customers. It is their choice.“ Here again, Putin is pinning blame on the EU. Of course, reality may well be that Russia can't afford to finish the pipeline, but Putin is very cleverly disclaiming responsibility. His apparent invitation to continue the project could be a bluff. Nevertheless, what Putin has done here is give people in Moldova, Hungary and Bulgaria reasons to blame the EU and look east for leadership ... much like they did before the Soviet Union collapsed. Even if South Stream doesn't happen, Russian gas will still find its way to Europe. Putin also announced a plan to build another pipeline through Turkey and all the way up to the Greek border. Will the financial terms be less generous to Moscow? Yes — but Putin will still get to sell his gas. Bloomberg has an opinion piece by Leonid Bershidsky saying this is another Putin defeat. President Vladimir Putin is trying to turn defeat into victory, after Bulgaria's intransigence forced him to abandon the planned South Stream natural gas pipeline. Yesterday, Putin said he was scrapping the project in favor of an alternative route to Turkey. That should show those pesky Europeans he doesn't need their custom: Russia can still do business with other authoritarian regimes. This is mostly correct, though it was more than “Bulgaria's intransigence“ at work and, as we saw above, Putin denies abandoning South Stream. Let's think about another point, though. Who is this “authoritarian regime“ with whom Russia is doing business? It's Turkey — a key member of the NATO alliance. Given the Ukraine tension and “new Cold War“ talk, the real story here is that Putin is quickly becoming best pals with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is supposed to be NATO's guy, but Bershidsky himself says later in his column that Erdogan's “methods of governing and deeply conservative views are similar to Putin's.“ So, we have a NATO member state whose leader is now “similar to Putin.“ Isn't that big news? Especially when Turkey is refusing to cooperate in the U.S. fight against the Islamic State — right across its borders with Syria? I think some in the U.S. media are so eager to paint Putin as a loser that they're missing the big picture. Putin just took another big step forward in his dream of re-assembling the Soviet Union. http://rt.com/business/210483-putin-russia-gas-turkey/
  4. Forget Orwell And Rand, Weve Gone To Full On Plato If we fight for absolute truth we will win absolute freedom Lately, we hear a lot about Orwells 1984″ and Rands Atlas Shrugged but perhaps the best crystal ball to our current state of affairs is Platos Republic. You see both Rand and Orwell were describing a world outside of themselves. A world they couldnt understand or accept. And while those works are brilliant and incredibly prophetic, I expect that to understand a world borne of narcissistic sociopathy one must examine the construct of such a world by a narcissistic sociopath. Fortunately Plato, perhaps the worlds most (in)famous narcissistic sociopath, provided us a vivid illustration and explanation of his ideal state in Platos Republic. Plato provides us the why to Orwells and Rands unideal states. Plato provides the arguments for the philosopher kings. He also describes various levels of reality, arguing that each societal demographic must live within the reality level delegated to them. He argues each demographic has a limited intellectual capacity and thus can only handle the reality level provided to them. With the philosopher kings being the only societal demographic with the right to and capacity for absolute truth. Likewise, the philosophers kings in the world we find ourselves today control each and every aspect of life including our subsequent perception of the world. There is no such thing as happenstance. The market moves a certain direction not because of unexplained market forces but because the philosopher kings have made it so. Economic policies are creating incredible wealth for the already wealthy while destroying the middle class not because of honest misjudgements or the need for more time but because the philosopher kings make it so. The Fed dropped the U3 unemployment rate as a benchmark because it does not meet their standard of truth but expects the rest of us to consider that true unemployment. Declining GDP is ignored while adjusted indicators signalling GDP is healthy are paraded all over the street because the philosopher kings make it so. A Malaysian airliner is shot out of the sky not by things yet unknown but because the philosopher kings make it so. As in Platos Ideal State, todays philosopher kings are the only ones with the right to and capacity for (as decided by them) absolute truth. The rest of us live within the realities provided for and to us. We are handed the explanations and when the explanations dont suffice the subject matter disappear altogether; refer to Ukraine, Ebola, Malaysian airliner, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, IRS criminality, NSA, Breitbart and the Constitution, etc. We the people take what we are fed in stride and in line with our respective places in the hierarchy of truth. If we dare challenge the hierarchy of truth, as men like Snowden have attempted, we are exiled with a bounty on our head. Or for minor offences such as providing the truth behind declining same store sales your career is taken from you like Bill Simon, ex Walmart CEO who was fired for stating that Americans are buying less because they have less income than before. The philosopher kings make it so. The facts are we will never know the facts. We will know but a shadow of truth as ascribed to us by the philosopher kings as described by Platos Cave Parable. This is how a handful of men and women control billions of people, the same way 20 cowboys control 30K head of cattle. We are provided food, shelter, safety and fear and in return we are provided a certain reality from which we must live. So long as we remain within our respective realities we will be granted comfort. However, if we attempt to break through a level of truth or worse bring others with us, the heavy hand of the philosopher king will find us by way of the guardian class. In our world we become a threat to national security and once we adorn that scarlet letter all rights that were once guaranteed by the Constitution disappear. The Constitution states no person or law supercedes it, however, by way of executive order the chief philosopher king has granted the philosopher kings a level of authority that supercedes that of the Constitution. And as comfortable cattle do, we paid no attention but strode forward with the herd. So for those inclined to not only reflect on the prophetic worlds of Orwell and Rand but to understand the arguments for such a world by the philosopher kings themselves, refresh yourself with a read of Platos Republic. For wars are won not by force of might but by force of knowledge. Plato was correct in understanding that freedom is found in knowledge. If we accept a shadow of truth we will enjoy a shadow of freedom. But if we fight for absolute truth we will win absolute freedom. http://www.firstrebuttal.com/2014/11/21/forget-orwell-and-rand-weve-gone-to-full-on-plato/
  5. THE COVERT ORIGINS OF ISIS The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari'ah law. The mass executions, beheadings and even crucifixions that they are committing as they work towards this goal are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see. This is the new face of evil. Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power? Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them? Would it interest you to know why? This story makes more sense if we start in the middle, so we'll begin with the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. While a great deal media attention has focused on the fact that the State Department did not provide adequate security at the consulate, and was slow to send assistance when the attack started, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh released an article in April of 2014 which exposed a classified agreement between the CIA, Turkey and the Syrian rebels to create what was referred to as a "rat line". The "rat line" was covert network used to channel weapons and ammunition from Libya, through southern turkey and across the Syrian border. Funding was provided by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. With Stevens dead any direct U.S. involvement in that arms shipment was buried, and Washington would continue to claim that they had not sent heavy weaponry into Syria. It was at this time that jihadist fighters from Libya began flooding into Syria as well. And not just low level militants. Many were experienced commanders who had fought in multiple theaters. The U.S. and its allies were now fully focused on taking down Assad's government in Syria. As in Libya this regime change was to be framed in terms of human rights, and now overt support began to supplement the backdoor channels. The growing jihadist presence was swept under the rug and covered up. As the black-clad terror troupe ISIS rages on, its greater role concerning the policy planning of those in Washington, Tel Aviv and Britain is rapidly being revealed. This is the world in hyper-drive-destruction, and the propaganda machine is in full swing. They dont want any compromise, because what are their main strategic aims? Remember, their main strategic aim is to destroy Syria as a functioning independent state, because at the moment Syria is part of the alliance with Iran and Hezbollah. Now, Hezbollahs independent existence, which was shown by Hezbollahs defeat of Israel in 2006, that is the one thing protecting the Palestinians from Israel just unilaterally imposing some kind of once-and-for-all peace deals on the Palestinians that would condemn them forever to living in little cantons in a sea of Israeli settlements the one thing preventing Israel from doing that is the existence of Hezbollah, the arming of Hezbollah by Iran and Syria. Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah himself, said that Syria was crucial in the 2006 victory by Hezbollah against Israel. So the West is determined to keep this war going, to destabilize Syria, to make sure that they cannot any longer play the role that it has been playing in supporting the Palestinians and preventing a successful Israeli attack on the Palestinians, on Lebanon and on Iran. Once Syria falls, the hope is for the West and for the Zionists that they will then have a free hand to go and implement, to go ahead and roll out, that program of a final solution for the Palestinians, destruction of Southern Lebanon, destruction of Iran. Syria is a kind of link that so far is preventing that. They do not want a peaceful solution. Now weve learned that Israel claimed its largest land grab in 30 years, in an area known as Gevaot, as a part of a continued expropriation of land on occupied West Bank land, apparently since 2000. http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/09/10/isis-hype-false-threats-staged-executions-while-israel-expands/ Many critics of Israeli expansion have cited the Yinon Plan of 1982, as the blueprint for a future border changes in the Middle East. It was a plan that some suggest made its way to the forefront and was set in motion by the PNAC planners, who crafted the invasion of Iraq in 2003, along with those in Israel. When looking at the evidence, it appears as though ISIS and Hamas have opened the door to Israeli border expansion whether Israel admits it or not. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/The%20Zionist%20Plan%20for%20the%20Middle%20East.pdf This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme. This theme has been documented on a very modest scale in the AAUG publication, Israel's Sacred Terrorism (1980), by Livia Rokach. Based on the memoirs of Moshe Sharett, former Prime Minister of Israel, Rokach's study documents, in convincing detail, the Zionist plan as it applies to Lebanon and as it was prepared in the mid-fifties. Israel's Sacred Terrorism. By Livia Rokach http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20831.htm
  6. The US Dollar Turns 100 Years Old

    Gets rather old, don't it?
  7. The US Dollar Turns 100 Years Old

    The value is being propped up by the barrel of a gun.
  8. The US Dollar Turns 100 Years Old

    Its value has dropped by 98% since its introduction, its only worth about 2c today.
  9. Russia enters Ukraine

    Bitches and bread, couldn't be simpler, bitches and yeast infections.
  10. Revolution - Russell Brand

  11. Russia enters Ukraine

    Russia will send long-ranger bombers on regular patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, according to military officials. Following moves by NATO in response to the crisis in Ukraine, Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defense for the Russian Federation and General of the Army, said “we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.” In June, U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers off Alaska and California. Earlier this week, the European Leadership Network released a report, Dangerous Brinkmanship: Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West in 2014, stating there has been an increase in military encounters between Russian and NATO since the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March. The foundation supported think tank says three out of nearly 40 incidents had a “high probability” of triggering military confrontation. It reports the incidents “include harassment of reconnaissance planes, close overflights over warships, and Russian ‘mock bombing raid’ missions.” The increased flights are designed to demonstrate Russia is capable militarily as NATO increases its military cooperation with Eastern European nations on its border. “It’s interesting the way these multiple violations have been quite carefully choreographed to show it can encircle NATO,” Justin Bronk, a research analyst for the Royal United Services Institute think tank, told Channel 4 News in October. “They forced as many players within NATO as possible to deploy intercepts.”
  12. Most of them have already made provisions for the fines, business as usual.