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Forum Post: Improbable Revolt

Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 20, 2019, 6:31 p.m. EST by agkaiser (2443) from Fredericksburg, TX
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The problem is: the 99% are so conditioned to believe in the superiority of the !% that most of us think we are lazy, stupid and undeserving of having more. Most believe the propaganda of the rich that claims the 99% are responsible for our own condition. They aren't rich by taking the profit of our hard work. It must be divine intervention as reward for their virtue. That is, of course, almost everyone else but me believes that shit. Yes, each of us knows we should be rich but have been unfortunate somehow. We, like our rich idols, despise the indolent fools, excepting self, of the 99%.

George Orwell's "1984" population was less well conditioned than today's Americans. Those poor souls knew they would face retribution if they spoke or otherwise indicated recognition of the truth. When American's blame ourselves for struggling to get by on the leavings of the rich, we believe in our responsibility for our own condition. We believe the mendacious propagandas of the ruling class of Wall St. Oligarchs are the truth.

We are free to say whatever we want but if we speak the real truth, no one believes it. Why do we lie to ourselves? Is it pride? That would be ironic but no one gets the joke. OK. I get it. I'd rather say the alcohol turned to because I was homeless is the cause of my fall. I've heard homeless disparage themselves or otherwise admit to failure to explain their place. One woman said she chose freedom over the normal measure of achievement. But what are the real odds of success, for those others who play by the rules?

To simplify the math, I'll set the limit to wealth at twice the average net worth and income and define wealthy as possession of that amount. In that world, if 50% of the population were rich, the other half would have nothing at all. They could only live as welfare recipients or permanent slaves, equally at the mercy of the masters. The real world of debtors and lenders is much worse than that. I'll leave the expansion of the mathematical certainty of our zero sum reality as an excercise for the reader.

Evidence of the failure of Capitalism is the growing bankruptcies due to the high cost of medical/pharmaceutical corporate profits. The progression towards cradle to grave indebtedness in general should start to become apparent to even the blindest mind-eyes of the believers. One specific and one general instance of taking the profit from the labor of ordinary people to further enrich the ruling elite parasites is all you need from me. That's the story of civilization, the meaning of the metaphor of original sin.



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[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

AOC: “We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center, or a center-conservative party” - excerpted from this tweet …

ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

By OWS' OccupySEC off-shoot's Alexis Goldstein ...

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''Erik Prince, the security contractor close to the Trump administration, recruited former U.S. & British spies to help infiltrate liberal groups''! by Mark Mazzetti & Adam Goldman:

e tenebris - tenebris?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

''Oligarchs Are Gaming Democracy!''

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23227) 4 months ago

Student Loan Debt, "The Incredible, Rage-Inducing Inside Story of America’s Student Debt Machine":


"A decade after McIlvaine and scores of others began paying into the program, many are only barely closer to their goal of being debt-free. And some are even more in debt than when they started." Outrageous!

All student debt should be eliminated asap so people can get on with living dignified and fulfilling lives.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

"The alternatives to market capitalism are out there .. and the thing is, they actually align much more closely to the natural human tendencies toward reciprocity and sharing. The theories behind modern economics have left us with a burning planet and with skyrocketing inequality, it’s time to put them to rest." - from this useful item by R. R. Raymond in compliment of your link re. Debt Burden, above:

e tenebris ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23227) 3 months ago

How Sanders eliminates student debt:


Tax Wall Street Gambling to Cancel All Student Debt and Pay for College for All

We can guarantee higher education as a right for all and cancel all student debt for an estimated $2.2 trillion. To pay for this, we will impose a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators who nearly destroyed the economy a decade ago. This Wall Street speculation tax will raise $2.4 trillion over the next ten years. It works by placing a 0.5 percent tax on stock trades – 50 cents on every $100 of stock – a 0.1 percent fee on bond trades, and a 0.005 percent fee on derivative trades.

If Wall Street can be bailed out for several trillion dollars, 45 million Americans can and will be bailed out of the $1.6 trillion burden of student loan debt and we can provide free college for all. Some 40 countries throughout the world have imposed a similar tax, including Britain, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Germany, France, Switzerland and China.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

And btw "Joe Biden Is Not a Blue-Collar Candidate!'' ... by Malaika Jabali:

Biden is also OK with Americans in a life-time of debt, as he's a Class Traitor!


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23227) 2 months ago

Bernie, stay in. Biden is weak. He is unwinding daily.

If you don't stay in, then go Third Party please.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

Bernie is not quitting; indeed he continues to fight for The 99%! See his most recent speech here:

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23227) 1 month ago

Still Vote For Bernie in upcoming primaries.

Biden will flag and DNC will look to replace him. Why hand it to Biden?

It absolutely does no harm to vote for Bernie. No one knows what will happen in the coming months. The more delegates Bernie can amass, the better. He technically can still be the candidate.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"Why hand it to Biden?" is a great question because it is absolutely true that: "Biden will flag and DNC will look to replace him"! In the Alaska Primary and - AFTER Bernie had declared his intention to pull out of the race (after yet another strange private conversation with Barack Obama), Sanders still got 45% of the vote!! Amongst other things, the Alaska result also showed that crooked ballot rigging is just so much more difficult when Electronic Voting Machines aren't used!!! To back up your points, even further ... see:

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23227) 1 month ago

UK & USA suffer same problems of democracy.

The power of the few is used to subvert the desires of the many. The people wanted Corbyn & Sanders but power structures within the LabourParty and the DNC took them both down.

Traitorous! Now let's get justice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

US/UK demoCRAZY is a SHAMocracy deMOCKERYcy and that is being revealed by the CV19 Pandemic ever more clearly everyday! This can't go on!! There has to be a System Reset & soon!

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23227) 1 month ago

NY Primary canceled after Bernie Sanders was removed from the ballot. So, COVID19 is even being used as an excuse to rip us of our democracy.

"New York Board of Elections strikes Sanders from ballot, cancels Democratic presidential primary"


Sad day. Need a System Reset for sure.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

The DNC's actions are beyond "sad" tbh bw - it's Criminal & Corrupt! And meanwhile this:

The "headlines scream at us about the trauma, pain and loss from an historic explosion of capitalist unemployment. Unemployment always stood as a mocking indictment of capitalism. Unemployment also threatens capitalism. This system rewards employers with profits from the waged labor of employees. Yet it fails to keep them working and thereby undermines its profits. Worse, that failure recurs quite regularly — a phenomenon known as the business cycle.

''Its cycles expose capitalism as intrinsically socially irrational. Unemployed workers continue to consume, albeit in reduced quantities. They just stop producing. It would obviously be better to keep workers producing what they keep consuming. Capitalism cannot do that during its recurring cycles despite countless efforts, including Keynesian economics and policies since the 1930s. The cycles repeatedly cause much suffering and loss.''

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 4 months ago

Regarding the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren was passed over and thus wronged by the Uncle-Tom-in-Chief in collusion with the blood-sucking MoscowMitch who had helped put extremely retarded pussy grabbers ( I have nothing against wankers due to my self-governance-freedom rule but having attempted rapes and then lying and denying them vigorously on national television crossed a line ) in the highest offices as well as being hyperpartisan and obstructionist (Party over Nation! What a fucked-up vermin) so the U.S. got its governmental Lost Decade ( which may very well have global catastrophic climactic consequences for posterity as Red Fuckgina's carbon emission relative to the U.S. has gone from near parity to nearly DOUBLE now in the past decade; the result of all that coal from Australia sold to Red Fuckgina certainly has infernal boomerang consequences for "the Fire Continent." ) It's why you should consider supporting Elizabeth Warren in her bid for the Presidency. I'm sure that she has the fire in her belly to steer the U.S. in the correct direction.

My main concern about Bernie is that he easily falls for "Socialist" lies from the Red Fuckgina claiming that the non-Chinese non-Communist political-career-opportunist-and-no-fun-Party had "lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese out of poverty." I'm afraid that he would let Red Fuckgina lie, cheat, and steal again as the carpetbaggers and moronic drunkards who had occupied the White House did. Bernie may not have the stamina to catch up with the new world reality of many blatant bigots and liars being in executive-power positions worldwide.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

Warren is a 'more of the same' option and re. your irrational Bernie-phobia - refer to our exchange here..

et temet nosce!

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 5 months ago

Pootin the Great ( who had probably missed out on the chess-playing training as the well-cultured Russians seemed to have gotten it, but maybe not from the thugs of the KGB; Nazi Germany had a similar situation with the oldschool-Germany "Mein Bruder hat auch so einen Pullover!" part of the Kriegsmarine contrasting with the Gestapo; the Kriegsmarine rescued thus captured and the Abwehr interrogated my Dad, not the Gestapo--lucky for him!) was the founder of the billionaire beggars' clan dispersed worldwide. It's undeniable that the U.S. still remains as the Land of the Free with so many billionaire beggars eating freebies at the hotel front lobby's exclusive restaurant.

Applying Pauli's Exclusion Principle to the identical fermions ( electrons surrounding the nucleii of the atoms, i.e. chemical elementons which are elementary and thus preserved { aside from possible scrapes, dents, and bumps on their electronic surfaces} in chemical reactions involving energies clustering near one electron-volt per interaction between a pair of atoms, electrically charged or otherwise; the chemical reactions are guarded by the energy gap on the order of a million electron volts to the next rung on the renormalization ladder for the nuclear reactions ) which the billionaires have consumed, I know that after a while of their gorging and creating me-thane for global warming, they would have to go to visit the white porcelain throne room of our cat begging for relief unless they can spew out the reorganized fermions from a newly created bodily orifice ( with the male ones largely becoming topologically female with the fistula so that they can be fucked on an equal basis as women; topological conversion therapy can work wonders for creating new fucking opportunities.)

Being bottom-oriented { which derived its authority from the fundamental quantum principle from Wolfgang Pauli since we're mostly dealing with matter made of identical fermions so outputs must be considered first; it's also biblically mandated as "the last shall be first"; a process is unimportant and can be deleted to save resources if its outputs, informational or otherwise, can be stored or sent to nowhere } I personally prefer the Indian approach to Ur-anus to flush out the Kling-ons thus bypassing the CCP's monopoly on renminbi paper ( too slippery and "high-quality" but I do like Mao's "beautiful" red portrait, though; I wonder why Americans love soft and absorbent toilet tissue paper but the Brits and some of their colonies use cold and glossy non-absorbent toilet tissue paper; yeah, the world of knowledge is seemingly endless so it's yet another anthropological research topic for another day; was it due to the American preference for "soft power?") Identify your own topology, look at the illustrations carefully, select the appropriate insertion orbit, and follow the instructions closely.

I had my close encounter of the third kind with a bidét ( I suspect that it was due to the Japanese tourists' influence although the Muslims and the French might have had a hand in it too, but making it button-triggerable and shoot a high water stream was probably a Japanese innovation ) in my childhood going to a wedding banquet with my Big Brother together representing my Dad. With high water pressure, a butt hose or hand-held bidét can easily get out of hand and become a flying ¿dragon? rocket spewing UFOs every which way ( my first encounter with such a beast was during a hot-water shower; after switching on the hot water, I suddenly realized then that Newton wasn't joking around with his third law of motion as applied to the shower head; it was good that I hadn't freshly pooped and could aim at "the wriggling dragon head" spewing too-hot water and grab to hold onto it fairly well; anatomically a dragon is similar to a snake with legs { which were added by the Supreme Artist after having created a most perfect snake in order to transcend it beyond perfection } so grabbing it by the tail can control it while one stays away from its fire-breathing mouth; my wriggling 911-"fire-breathing" ¿dragon? head had its tail anchored to the 1-800-HOT-HOTT spout sticking out from the wall so I knew that I would have a second chance even if I were to miss grabbing at its neck; my Mom told me that the outer covers of clothing tended to be worn out earlier than the inner linings so those who crave appearances tend to be found out as being inadequate sooner than the ones who don't; everyone likes to shoot arrows at the back of the leader but absolute dominance at 22:0 can exist if one controls one's fears; no one gets out of life alive and our cat on the white porcelain throne has already reached beyond its life expectancy; other countries claim their thousands-of-years-old ( but with behavioral restraint at juvenile {70, not 5000 years} level!) historical imagined cultural and racial-"purity" supremacy, let Greater America just roll over and crush these arrogant piglets with our sheer weight! Cultural inbreeding is as much a curse as reproductive inbreeding is. Our destiny is not to dominate but to haunt; however, if haunting doesn't work, utter domination will suffice, too; we know what we are about--let the piglets find out for themselves what that means ) so hold on tightly and aim well. "Don't shoot till you see the white of their eyes [or the darkness of their butt eyes]."

Wow, Red Fuckgina does fuck with childishness: on a blustery day, Wang Yi has been sentenced to prison ( not his own bedroom in Scantilia ) for nine years! How much does it cost? Is there a discount for the New Amsterdamers? Why was there a sign with "Mr. Sanders" on top of Winnie the Pooh's house?

Violence begets violence but it does largely end for a long while with annihilation via genocides. My Mom used DDT and cups of hot water for solving an infestation. With the capability to move away and disliking chemical warfare ( like the very-chemical-savvy { Germany was undoubtedly the most dominant and advanced country in chemical knowledge before the wars of the 20th century } Germans who use very little bleach in their homes and keep Germany forest-green,) I used a strategic retreat with hair blowdryer heat isolation on every item with crevices. My invisible "wall" worked better than my Mom's chemical disinfection as we didn't use "multilateralism" coordinating with our neighbors in the multi-unit building and still had a few of the critters around in our dwelling later albeit in vastly reduced quantity ( i.e. definitely not in cups and cups full of critters having been steamed from the ceiling and fallen into the scalding hot water.) Mom did have the mass-killing chemical warfare done pretty well. We all vacated the premise except that she had stayed behind, shut the only window, and sprayed our entire dwelling with much DDT before she slammed the door shut and left. Upon returning a long while later, she used a broom and dustbin to sweep up the critters' carcasses but a whole bunch had scurried up to the ceiling ( DDT vapor probably has a higher molecular mass than that of an average air molecule so it gathers at higher concentration near the floor.) Collecting the remnant escapees to the ceiling into cups of steaming hot water worked well.

Global Plutonium Association Lesson Nine: The path to mass nuclear weapon proliferation winds through the creation of plutonium which is produced on an industrial scale by irradiating with neutrons the uranium isotope with atomic mass of 238. In a nuclear-fission reactor, there are many neutrons released from the nuclear fission reactions. If the reactor uses light-water ( light-water is the generic name for dihydrogen monoxide ) cooling, the single proton at the center of a hydrogen atom in dihydrogen monoxide has affinity to stick with a neutron coming nearby and form a deuterium nucleus made of a proton and a neutron. If a neutron hits a deuterium nucleus, it often bounces off rather than sticking to the nucleus so the neutron has a chance of creating plutonium should it hit a uranium-238 isotope's nucleus and makes it into plutonium. Heavy-water is dideuterium monoxide so it's as if it has already been irradiated by neutrons and turned into nuclear "ash" so it seldom absorbs neutron which maximizes the production rate of plutonium to nuclear bombs. A light-water-cooled nuclear reactor produces less plutonium and hence is less suitable for proliferating nuclear bombs. Note that plutonium is also an excellent fuel so a light-water reactor is less fuel-efficient than a heavy-water reactor but we already have far too much plutonium already than we need for generating electricity. It's understandable why Japan wants to keep plutonium for potential electricity generation because Japan has "no oil, no gas, no choice." It can also be made into nuclear bombs to deter its nuclear-armed neighbors. If the DPRK is serious about pursuing civilian development to generate more electricity but producing less highly toxic plutonium ( it's the problem at Fukushima, Chernobyl, etc; plutonium has a radioactive half-life of twenty-some thousands of years; it's short enough if compared to uranium's half-life so plutonium is far more radioactive than uranium but its half-life is so long when compared to the lifetimes of well-organized human institutions which can safeguard it,) a light-water nuclear reactor is suitable.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

"The rise of Modi and the Hindu Far Right" - by Arundhati Roy:

maybe your mom's DDT went to your head - as U are unreadable.

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Most believe the propaganda of the rich that claims the 99% are responsible for our own condition.

In a way - We the majority "are" responsible = for letting this imbalance continue unopposed. (yes this reply could fill a book or several)

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 6 months ago

It's literally true in the U.S. The bigger the disaster, the greater the recovery looks like after wiping things out to a clean slate. The most important task is the suppression of the truth about the real cause. If it has to be known, let it be known as the proverbial wrathful Mother "Nature-made disaster." Everybody naturally gets hungry and cold after a while. Life is electric fire burning slowly in water. All fires burn themselves out of their fuel eventually as surely as candles burn themselves out of their wax and die.

"When will the U.S. meet its reckoning?" is the interesting question left. We need to understand the ancient knowledge of sustainability accumulated since the end of the Ice Age by Original Americans ( the U.S. is itself far too young and illiterate to have accumulated or discovered the wisdom { although Teddy Roosevelt seemed to have been privy of it, } still remember the Dust Bowl? yep, it's yet another wrathful Mother "Nature-made disaster." ) I made a dreamcatcher, did you?

"San Francisco" arrangement has the comment by Nick Petersen: "I feel it too, I'm 28 and grew up with the negative judgements of the hippie movement and all the stigma of psychedelic drugs...Chased the dollar and avoided meaningful relationships....Then I was given a certain psychedelic, the entire meaning of my life seemed to flip upside down....In one way my depression seemed to be gone, but in another it was there in a different form, I now realized what was truly important was relationships and love and people, and I didn't have any of those things... I think that as people come to realize what's actually important, the era of the 60's will be back but even more powerful."

Looking up things from the bottom up presents an entirely new perspective. Are Australians really upside down as perceived by the dwellers of the northern hemisphere? How could that possibly work, with an Australian's head on the ground and walking with legs in the air? As a pupil, I wondered about that after reading what books'd said about Australia. Of course, Australians largely walk on their legs and keep their heads in the air, just like we do! Why?

If we sail too far away from our U.S.A, can we fall off of the edge of Earth?

Many conservatives, being de facto flat-earthers, could never conceive of the possibility that the Australians can be oriented differently from us the Northerners and yet live normally.

The DPRK is, of course, "the happiest country" on Earth, being protected from the scourge of the miserable peoples all around by the powerful weapons and deadly fences, lest these Mongolian hordes should invade and overwhelm the Shangri-La that the DPRK is. Osaka-Busan BiNukes.

I, having seen hundreds if not thousands of swastikas, in a monastery or nunnery ( frankly, I went with my Mom to pray so I hadn't done my scientific experiment or "due diligence" to find out for myself by grabbing at crotches under the gowns! ) where no one was bothered at all, came to the conclusion that the problem with swastikas is what they connotate in the minds of the viewers. Wherever no ill-willed intentions were possible and the people who came to pray took that to their hearts, the monastery or nunnery became a very peaceful place despite all of the swastikas being around. It's our remembrance of the horrors associated in a relationship with the swastikas that caused our fear. In my opinion, the German Fascists ( i.e. National Socialists ) usurped the swastika symbol since the monastery or nunnery was probably old enough to pre-date the usurpation. Paranoia can be overcome by the mind. Don't "fly off the handle" until it has become clear or ascertained who had put the swastikas there. Many graffiti swastikas are plainly created to provoke but the ones carved into ornate stone railings with lichen patches or those on expensive and beautiful silk embroidery are highly unlikely to be the intended-to-aggravate kind.

Our shantytown neighborhood and surroundings were populated by gods and goddesses of multiple religions so don't even ask me what religion I had followed in my childhood because I myself didn't know the differences between the different religions. I can now guess that it had involved at least four "religions." This is why I can fit in well with the U.S. First Amendment because any and all religions can be made to work together well with the appropriate compromises while keeping the state out of religions and vice versa ( in order to avoid at least centuries and probably millennia of wars our forebears had fought, been wounded and scarred, and died for, largely for power -- the Almighty willed Jerusalem to be the sacred sanguine navel of the earth for human strifes and sufferings; on the other hand, countries having been tucked away in hard-to-reach no-gold no-silver no-precious-stone no-oil places tend to have avoided armed conflicts much more easily than the ones near the sacred site of multiple monotheistic hence likely intolerant religions.) We can always carve a new god or goddess if we truly need a new one. I saw the gods and the goddesses being sawed and chiseled out of wood, sanded smooth, and painted. Yeah, the arguing kids were correct -- gods and goddesses were made of wood, stone, clay, mud, jade, porcelain, ivory, plastics, copper, bronze, silver, gold, etc. and their powers vary. Don't throw a wooden god into a fire and expect it not to be charred or burnt.

"The Russian government seems hell bent on preventing Russia from ever joining the club of [rich] advanced nations even though the country has the potential to do so. It is blessed with abundant natural resources and a K-12 education system that rivals the US for quality. Russia needs a 21st century revolution."

K-12 education system of the U.S. has been targeted to achieve mass mediocrity -- "No Child Left Behind" so everybody needs to learn the multiply-by-two method to accompany the child and score high in the mandated tests of understanding. I heard of "Math is hard!" and discovered to my dismay that it was indeed extremely hard because the paragraph that needed to be written to explain the method used rivaled the English composition classes' homework in verbal prose. The Math. was easy but the Advanced English Composition combined with Math. and algorithmic analysis was indeed hard. In the Beginning, God created the Amber Alert for the Electron but not the Election... And then there was Light...

I nearly fell off of the "math truck" in grade school. The teacher stayed behind after school had ended to teach me one-on-one in person. I wasn't left behind with the whole class reduced to my level of bottom orientation and bored the scores of the other kids to distractions. Germany's rise to an industrial manufacturing powerhouse could've been predicted by their principalities' efforts to improve early childhood education upon facing the challenges from their British cousins' manufacturing industries. Their legacy was enshrined in the now-"fossilized"-in-education word 'kindergarten' as well as the intense and disastrous rivalries of the 20th Century between Germany and Great Britain. Without the industrialization powered by coal, the last two centuries' history would have been very different with far fewer people having been born and killed in wars.

My Mom got a most beautiful perfectly non-scarred ¿Mao-cauterized-via-anus? arctic fox fur scarf with a small skull decorated with two black beady eyeballs after we had gone to watch a James Bond movie. I suspect that it was likely one of the reasons why my Mom liked me being used as her "cudgel" [in an argument with the nonloser] very much. If Dad had been a loser, he would have probably spun out in anger instead, as Mom had said to me before, regarding why she didn't give a loser a hard time.

Our shantytown neighborhood's topology was truly a burglar trap! A burglar stole the money from my Big Brother's trousers hung at our home ( in those days, we didn't even close the door; it sounds amazing but the other people in our neighborhood did the same thing, too; we were poor but largely equally poor; besides, we could often "borrow," too, so possession wasn't as big a deal as my Big Brother made it out as; I as a three-years-old just didn't know enough to follow the protocol to distinguish borrowing from stealing which was forbidden ) but couldn't find his way to get out of our neighborhood and started cursing aloud. In that very wide dead-ended alley, people didn't curse aloud ( at least I'd never heard it ) so everyone there instantaneously recognized that the burglar was a stranger up to no good so he was questioned, caught, and brought to my Mom to return the money and for her to sentence. She took the money and let him go free after telling him that we were a poor neighborhood so he shouldn't come back to steal from us because he wouldn't get much money at all. Justice means returning what doesn't belong but one has taken. An arctic fox hunt may be in order. We have a U.S. national at stake. Human rights are what matter. Going to war ( including global thermonuclear war, if need be, because it'll be a new global experience ) to secure human rights is very well justified. Live as human or die like animal.

The U.S. Constitution clearly gives the Commander-in-Chief wartime emergency powers to secure and defend domestic tranquility. The stripped-stark-naked people playing the sensuous midnight-all-lights-out basketball game are all very visible and interesting even after they've moved to the sidelines.