March 6, 2009
As of March 4, 2009, the American taxpayer has bailed out American International Group (AIG) to the tune of $163 billion (assuming that the Federal Reserve and the Federal gubmint are to be believed on anything anymore).
On March 3, 2009, this exchange took place in the august and hallowed halls of what used to be known as the Congress of a Constitutional Republic:
Senator Sanders: “Will you tell the American people to whom you lent $2.2 trillion of their dollars?”
Ben Bernanke: “No.”
One can only surmise Bernanke’s reasoning. He claims he doesn’t want to spook the banks and the markets or some such claptrap. I have another possible reason: Bernanke, being an Orthodox Jew, doesn’t want the American public to get any inkling of Israel’s share of the various bailouts.
AIG owns a company in Israel called Ezer Mortgage Insurance (EMI). EMI will insure/finance up to 95% of a private Israeli mortgage. Below is EMI’s nifty ad gizmo with some of the relevant text copy underneath the link. I’ve adjusted the figures to reflect current money values. Please alert me if you spot any problems with the math. (Warning – very annoying music):
EMI sets the premium as a function of the LTV (Loan To Value ratio) and the term of the loan. As a rule of thumb – for every $100,000 of a loan taken by a borrower, the borrower pays an additional $25 a month.
David Silberstein is an affluent Jew living in Florida, with a strong affiliation to the Jewish state; his children are even considering immigrating to Israel and serving in the Israel Defense Force when they tun 18. Consequently, David is keen on buying an apartment in Israel to strengthen his ties with the Land and to enable his children to live comfortably while in Israel. David has found a property that he likes carrying a price tag of $176,000. While David has sufficient equity to buy the apartment, he has chosen to use EMI’s financial instrument (credit insurance)!
Because it’s a smart choice: this way, he has money left over for additional investments and for spreading the risk! David knows that with EMI’s solution, he can buy an apartment without using up all his equity and continue to enjoy the standard of living to which he is accustomed. David and his wife have decided to invest start-up capital in the amount of 10% of the value of the apartment. Accordingly, the terms of the mortgage extended to them by the mortgage bank is as follows:
Property value: NIS 740,640
Property value in $: 176,070
Total loan NIS: 666,576
Total loan in $: 158,463
Total start-up capital NIS: 74,064
Total start-up capital in $: 17,607
LTV (Loan to Value ratio): 90%
Monthly payment including EMI premium: NIS 3,857
Monthly payment including EMI premium in $: 916.92
EMI premium out of total monthly payment: NIS 152
EMI premium out of total monthly payment in $: 36
Loan term of 25 years. 4.5% fixed interest rate
America, doesn’t it give you the warm fuzzies to know that while our economy is tanking, Israelis and Jews making aliyah to Israel will still be able to “enjoy the standard of living to which they are accustomed”?
For a little more insight into how the Israeli mortgage market works, see these two links:
From the first link:
For those who are building a home in Israel while paying a mortgage elsewhere, or alternatively while paying rent, most mortgage banks offer graces on the loans. Two types of graces exist in Israel – partial and full. Under the terms of a partial grace, only interest must be repaid during the grace period. Under the terms of a full grace, no payment is made during the grace period and any interest that should have been paid is added to the loan balance and is paid back as part of the loan once the grace period ends. Graces are not offered on the zakaut loans and some banks do limit graces to certain loan types.”
Question: Gee whiz, why don’t Americans get these ‘grace’ periods on their mortgages?
Answer: Because we need to give our last drop of blood to support and subsidize the holy, sacred Israeli mortgage market.
March 3, 2009
This was my last incarnation on reddit.com, a popular bookmarking/social site owned by Conde Nast:
Five posts down is this comment of mine, a response to this post on Obama’s lack of a birth certificate (he instead fooled the sheep with a ‘Certification of Live Birth’, a completely different animal from a birth certificate):
“In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.”
And heres’ the permalink for that comment, which yields the standard reddit “there doesn’t seem to be anything here” message when confronted with an empty comment section:
Reddit just removes the comment’s view from the rest of the world’s view while fooling the poster (me, in this case) into thinking it’s visible when logged in.
Fancy censorship by coding, eh? The poster I’m replying to is visible, but my reply has ‘disappeared’.
March 3, 2009
March 1, 2009
“If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God’s sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose.”
The drama continues.
Mr. Furious Buddha states that the Nuremberg Trial transcripts prove the existence of mass extermination by gas chamber. They do no such thing as no Holocaust historian today would ever think of claiming that gas chambers operated on German soil. Even Simon Wiesenthal said: “there were no extermination camps on German soil…”
As I stated elsewhere, many of us were taught as children that Jews were gassed to death in mass numbers in Germany. As we grew older, we then found that even though much of the narrative, proof (or lack of it) and facts of the 1960’s and 1970’s Holocaust legend had changed, we’re still expected to believe whatever is told to us about the Holocaust by the Anti-Defamation League, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (a museum about which I plan to write an entry soon), and all the other groups that have an interest in maintaining the official narrative, even though many of them have been shown to be wrong (if not outright liars) over all the years that the official narrative has been spun.
So, who am I to believe; my own common sense or a group of stories that have morphed in my lifetime into something unrecognizable from what I was originally taught?
The above question leads to another question, one which may be frightening to people like Mr. Furious Buddha:
Why do we continue to believe, without question, people that have never been very adept with the truth?
February 28, 2009
From: The Peoples’ Voice
American Indian activist Russell Means said President-elect Obama was selected by the colonial powers as president to improve the US image globally in the aftermath of George Bush. Further, Means said Obama’s appointments show that he is a Zionist controlled by Israel.
Speaking on Red Town Radio today, Means said what is happening now to Palestinians is what happened to American Indians.
“Every policy now the Palestinians are enduring was practiced on the American Indian,” Means said on Red Town Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Brenda Golden, Mvskoke Creek. “What the American Indian Movement says is that the American Indians are the Palestinians of the United States, and the Palestinians are the American Indians of Europe,” Means said.
Stating that the Zionists who control Israel now control the United States, Means added, “The power of the US in world politics diminishes every day.”
“Now they have found a house servant by the name of Obama,” he said.
Obama was selected as a “man in charge to take the heat,” because of the “bad cop” image that Bush put forth in the world.
“Now, all of a sudden, it is, ‘We’re so great. We elected a black man to be president.’” Means added that Obama is a black man who was raised by his white grandmother and has appointed Zionists to key positions.
Means said the US is headed for a new era of menial jobs. On Indian lands, Means said the only people who get ahead are those who sell out to the colonial system. Means said he has been in solidarity with Palestinians for about 30 years. Now, there is massive and sophisticated propaganda by Israel and the U.S. Both countries, he said, are liars.
In the US, American Indians have been shut out of history, philosophy and the arts, in a “total blackout.” The United States does not want to be reminded of the smallpox blankets, theft, colonialism and mistreatment of the American Indian, he said.
He said most Americans do not realize that the financial collapse of this country is only beginning. Americans cannot continue the lifestyles of consumers when there is no money. Low income jobs and menial jobs are the only ones left. Health care in the US reveals how the policies used as experiments on American Indians became US policies. The US health care system is now stringent and calloused, with constant refusals of treatment. This has always been the case with the Indian Health Service. Now it is the policy of the HMOs. Family ranchers and family farmers are now in the way of progress, the same way the American Indian was once viewed. Now, family farmers and family ranchers are being gutted, because they function on massive credit. They are trying to pay back debts, which is not possible with manipulated agriculture prices.
“The family farmer and family rancher are now going to be extinct.”
Means said the federal government also took over education. Americans don’t even know their own history. Along with this federal control, came the passage of English-only laws in many states. However, for Indigenous Peoples it is positive to know many languages.
“If you speak two languages, you are speaking with two brains. That is the way it is to us. That’s how we look at life.”
In the mid-Twentieth Century, US schools listened to the communities and local governing boards. However, now the US educational policy has taken away local control and mandated federal guidelines. So now education has become a matter of money. Meanwhile, the real history is silenced. While the United States attempts to portray itself as a peace loving nation, the fact is the United States is at war every year. The United States breaks a host of international laws every year, which has been the pattern since 1946. American Indians were aware of what the US was doing, because the US had already broken all treaties with American Indians; treaties guaranteed by the US Constitution.
Means said there is a great deal of propaganda about why the US broke away from England. But the fact is that George Washington, the largest landowner, along with the slave owners, broke with England so that the original treaties of England with American Indians in the west would not have to be honored. The US broke with England, to invade the west and take the land.
“The US was created to break international laws,” Means said, adding that it is obvious today that this is the pattern of the U.S.
Means said the United States was initiated as an outlaw and renegade nation. Today, its imperial policies mean that Israel is a surrogate of the US, receiving aid from the U.S. With the combined US and international aid, Israeli receives $12 billion a year for its “military and the settlers in the West Bank,” he said. He said 80 percent of the people in the West Bank are paid to stay there. It is America who pays them to stay there. But even in Israel, where there is a free press, not everyone agrees with Israel’s war on Palestine. He said 20 to 30 percent of the people in Israel are against the war on Palestine.
Like the United States, Israel has been at war every year of its existence. He said Israel is often referred to as the 51st state, of warmongers and imperialists. The United States and Israel are based on lies, resulting in massive deaths in Iraq. Now, the US and Israel are focused on Iran because of its oil reserves. Indian lands have become “open air concentration camps.” “If you chose to stay on the reservation, you are guaranteed to be poor, unless you are part of the colonial apparatus set up by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, set up the United States.” On Indian lands, everyone fights to be part of the tribal governments because that is where the money is. Everyone fights to be part of the colonial system.
“The only way you can be part of the colonial system is to obey.” Those returning home to Indian lands cannot “rock the boat,” demand their treaty rights or their rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.
The American Indian Movement made people aware that the US Constitution came from the Six Nations. However, the US Constitution only includes one-third of the Great Law of Peace. If all of the Great Law of Peace had been adopted, this country would be much different and much wealthier. However, it was turned into a country of consumers. He said what you get with a country of consumers is greed.
“What is going on in Palestine is going on in America. The United States is taking away the homes of the people.”
Now in the United States, there is “communism from the right” and “right wing socialism.” He said the problem with socialism is that it is bereft of consensus and complete spirituality.
Means said he is 70 years old and has experienced the US when it reached its zenith in the world in the 1950s. At that time, America was a productive country. In the years that followed, the ruling elite sold out the unions, as the labor movement was razor thin close to taking over politics in America. The most watershed event was Brown vs. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court ruling which desegregated schools.
“The white male started losing his power.” Then, in the social revolution that followed, white males lost control of their women and their women’s vote, and lost control of the work place. While civil rights was the chosen remedy of most social movements, American Indians remained dedicated to “sovereign rights.” Individual sovereign rights.
“We are the only ones that held on to the sovereign concept.” The other social movements were saying, “Please Mr. Male let me be equal to you.”
Means said things will be different now.
“Our grandmother the Mother Earth is tired of the human race. She is going to eliminate it and I champion her, Mother Earth.”
Means said matriarchy is what Indigenous people are all about. “We know that women are the givers of life and men are the takers of life.”
“We have to follow the woman in order to gain balance.” He said in a matriarchal society, there is a balanced society, as each celebrates their strengths together. “True individual freedom has to be done by consensus, otherwise it is mob rule.”
In the US, now there are fake elections. “The people are convinced they are actually electing a president.” However, it is the Electoral College that actually selects the US president. The charade is now coming to a close, as the Patriot Act means that the Posse Comitatus is dead and buried. Means said everyone has the responsibility to be free.
“You are free to be responsible. That is the essence of freedom.”
He said everyone should know their rights. Otherwise, they are guaranteed slavery.
Means said human brains are “doped up with all this ignorance and greed.”
“Einstein said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’” “That’s America, that’s the Indian reservation. That’s pathetic and an injustice to human beings.”
February 28, 2009
Rule by fear or rule by law?
by Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg
Monday, February 4, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.” – Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of “an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.”
Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.
According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of “all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.”
Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of “new programs” require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), “Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies,” gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to “a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order.”
The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of “terrorist” organizations, or who speaks out against the government’s policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.
Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure “continuity of government” in the event of what the document vaguely calls a “catastrophic emergency.” Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure “continuity of government.” This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.
U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic “war on terror.” Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to “examine and report upon the facts and causes” of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it.
According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it.
A clue as to where Harman’s commission might be aiming is the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that labels those who “engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights” as terrorists. Other groups in the crosshairs could be anti-abortion protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, environmentalists, peace demonstrators, Second Amendment rights supporters … the list goes on and on. According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center holds the names of roughly 775,000 “terror suspects” with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.
What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens?
The Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law.
Lewis Seiler is the president of Voice of the Environment, Inc. Dan Hamburg, a former congressman, is executive director.
February 28, 2009
(note: I received and deleted three replies from the Furious Buddha, each of which I deleted due to their being filled with nothing but but invective and ad hominem. I’d like to thank FB for playing perfectly to form. – jezekiah)
A Carbon Sutra for the Furious Buddha
My fellow pilgrim-
You’re correct. We’re all flawed jewels of Indra, each of us reflecting light in infinite arrays. The net from which the jewels depend is infinite, the number of jewels is infinite, the light bouncing from jewel to jewel is infinite. But thankfully, there is an end to our folly.
You’re correct. We don’t know each other. I had no idea that you existed until you chose to disparage me, someone you admit that you don’t know, instead of attacking my ideas. As I recall, my response was to ask you a simple question: “Why did Eisenhower, Churchill and de Gaulle fail to mention mass extermination by gas chamber in their memoirs of World War II?” In response, you chose to call me, someone you admit that you don’t know, an “insect”.
If the best response that can be mustered to a simple question is to call names, I can only assume that the answer to the question is a rather frightening one that you’d rather not address. I have much compassion for you, my Furry Buddha friend, as it indicates to me that you’re soon to experience a whirlwind change in perception. You have my best wishes that you will come through happy and whole.
And yes, Buddha, there are many people that would love to run as much of the world as they possibly can. Sometimes they band together in hyena-like gangs with scary names like The Seven Deadly WASPY Lawyers, The Bloodsucking Zionists, The Sheiks of Araby and The Toothy-Grinned Politicians. They perch in high government and corporate cliff regions with their armed retinues, swooping down upon the plains dwellers with a more frequent urgency. Being a simple folk, the plains dwellers think them gods and dare not question their predations and pronouncements. After all, someone might call them names for questioning the gods.
Thankfully, there is always an end to our folly.