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The Empire 845

1. Signs of an Emerging Police StateTop 25 of 2013Oct 10, 2012digg Since the passage of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, the United States has become increasingly monitored and militarized at the expense of civil liberties. The 2012 passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has allowed the military to detain indefinitely without trial any US citizen that the government labels a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism, while President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order has authorized widespread federal and military control of the national economy and resources during “emergency and non-emergency conditions.” Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security’s If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign has encouraged the public to report all suspicious activity to local authorities, even though actions that the DHS identifies as “suspicious” include the constitutionally protected right to criticize the government or engage in nonvio…

The Empire 844

The United States no longer makes the list of the 10 most prosperous countries in the world, according to a new study by the Legatum Institute.
The Legatum Prosperity Index found that while prosperity increased globally, the U.S. fell to 12th place in its rankings. With less than a week to go before the U.S. presidential election, the report writes:
As the race for the White House reaches fever pitch, the latest findings from the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index reveal that the American Dream is in jeopardy. In an unprecedented fall, America drops to twelfth position in the worldwide prosperity rankings – with weakening performance across five of the Index’s eight sub-categories. The Legatum Institute published its first Prosperity Index six years ago, ranking countries based on material wealth and personal well-being. The 2012 index analyzed 142 countries in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship & opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, sa…

'Deskundigen' 19

De ondertitel van Geert Mak's reisboek: 'op zoek naar Amerika,' is misleidend, en wel omdat Mak zich beperkt tot in wezen het blanke christelijke deel van de VS. De oorspronkelijke bewoners bijvoorbeeld, de indianen, komen er bekaaid van af. Op pagina 317 constateert Mak dat de overwinning van de Sioux op  de troepen van generaal Custer in 1876 'een slag' is geweest 'die schijnbaar telkens opnieuw moet worden uitgevochten.'  Een schrijver of een historicus zou hier zijn verhaal beginnen, maar bij Mak eindigt het omdat hij zich te weinig heeft verdiept in de geschiedenis van de genocidale politiek van de Europese kolonisten tegenover de oorspronkelijke bewoners van Amerika. Waarom moet die 'slag... telkens opnieuw worden uitgevochten'? Wat is er dan onverwerkt gebleven in de geest van wat Mak 'de Amerikanen' noemt? Is er een schuldgevoel, net zoals de Duitsers zich schuldig voelen aan de genocide op de joden? Mak zwijgt. Het resultaat van die…

New York City Marathon

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Controversy Brewing in NYC – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is under fire for moving forward with plans to hold the New York City Marathon this Sunday, in spite of post-Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro blasted Mayor Bloomberg's decision to divert needed supplies from Staten Island to this Sunday's New York City marathon. The race’s staging area is on Staten Island. “My God. What we have here is terrible, a disaster,” Molinaro said Wednesday. “If they want to race, let them race with themselves. This is no time for a parade. A marathon is a parade. Now is the time to put your shoulder to the wheel. … Do you realize how many police officers you need for a marathon? There are people looting stores on Midland Avenue. There is looting taking place in the homes on the South Sh…