Ignorance in America

Ya, you morans! Such as..Reposted from Puppetgov and Global Research

By Prof. John Kozy~Global Research

Ignorance is pervasive in America; it affects the rich as well as the poor, the powerful and the powerless, the famous as well as the obscure. It’s prevalent in the suites of our nation’s CEOs, the Congress, the military, and even our universities. It defines this nation.

Christiane Amanpour, one of CNN’s stellar correspondents, presented a special in August 2008 titled God’s Muslim Warriors. It mentioned Syyid Qutb’s 1964 book, Milestones, which, she claims, “advocated violent jihad, even against Muslim governments” and inspired generations of Muslim radicals and the creation of the Muslim Brotherhood. She describes Milestones as “a moral indictment of America.”

Qutb, she says, “came to America in 1948 to study. But American culture shocked the scholarly Muslim poet and critic.” She appears to quote (the transcript doesn’t make this clear) Syed Qutb asking, “This great America, what is it worth in the scale of human values? I wish I could find somebody to talk with about human affairs, morality and spirit, not just dollars, movie stars and cars.” She quotes a person named Azzam saying, “He [Qutb] used to express in some of his letters about his feelings that the American society is losing its soul because of its materialism. He said that’s all they think about.” She says, “Qutb wrote that Islamic values are the cure for spiritual emptiness. He urged Muslims to purge the world of Western influence, if necessary, by force.”

She interviewed Fawaz Gerges, a Lebanese born Christian, who holds the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, who says, “Qutb resented the deep philosophical secular roots of American society. He resented the way women and men interact in society. He resented the obsessive nature of America materialism. He believed that America lacks ritualism.” He describes Qutb as “a man who found the country to be a spiritual wasteland,” and says Qutb‘s “views of America are terrifying . . . because they’re narrow. They present America in very simplistic dichotomies.”

But Ms Amanpour makes it appear as though Qutb wrote a book that contained merely two sentences: “America and the Western world have a moral problem because they look at the human being only from a materialistic point of view”—a statement that many Americans would agree with—and “Islamic values are the cure for spiritual emptiness.” How those two sentences could have inspired a jihadist movement and the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood is difficult to discern. Ms Amanpour tells us what happened because of the publication of Milestones but by reducing the book’s content to two sound-bite sentences, she leaves us completely ignorant of why happened. Such cavalier treatment of Milestones is a symptom of the value placed on books by Americans, and I recently realized just how curious the status of books in American society is.

Having passed the midpoint in my seventieth year of life, my wife and I decided that it was time to downsize, so we started looking at smaller houses. Over those seventy plus years, I had accumulated an extensive library—more than two, perhaps more than three, thousand volumes. So as we looked at houses, my eye always looked for places where books could be shelved. But not one house we were shown had been designed to accommodate the shelving of books. Apparently American architects, developers, and builders do not consider books to be something they need to make accommodations for in American homes. Their houses have kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, family rooms, entertainment and game rooms, but no book rooms, making it clear that books are not an integral part of American culture.

Books, however, are repositories of knowledge. People become educated by reading books. If homes lack books, the means to education are lacking. If a child finds that books are not valued in his home, why would he value them in school? If reading is not encouraged at home, how can teachers convince students of the usefulness of reading? If his family believes that what they learn from watching television is enough, why would any child believe differently? And the nation’s dropout rate provides strong anecdotal evidence that learning is not important to many Americans.

America has never been very good at educating its people. (Athletes receive scholarships; scholars do not.) Of yes, America has its marvelous, prestigious universities, but they don’t produce highly educated Americans. Most advanced degrees awarded by U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics go to foreign nationals.
[http://www.uschamber.com/international/agenda/immigration_policies.htm].

Our controversial reliance on H1B visas is well known. America takes credit for building the atomic bomb, but much of the science was developed in Europe and many of the scientists involved were Europeans who were educated there. The president, in his “Yes, we can!” oratory says “We put a man on the moon in ten years.” Yes, we did, but not without help from German scientists and engineers who many believe should have been tried as war criminals in Nuremburg at the end of World War II. The English built the first modern computer (secretly) and invented radar. A German designed the first operational turbojet engine. American colleges and universities do not graduate enough schoolteachers, nurses, or primary care physicians (many of which we now import from that intellectual giant named India). Even our nation’s financiers relied on a Chinese mathematician’s theorem to evaluate risk. (I have never heard anyone say that we lack enough MBAs.) When the nation’s financiers decided to use David X. Li’s Gaussian copula function to access risk, they led the world down a road to perdition. Li himself said of his own model: “The most dangerous part is when people believe everything coming out of it.” Such belief results from mathematical ignorance.

Although we have educated a few very well, we have not made education an integral part of our society. Not only have we taken to importing the products we sell, we have for decades imported the brains we use. Now we have even been reduced to having to import our own money. We have almost become an entirely dependent nation.

The American educational system won’t be improved by producing more teachers, building more classrooms to reduce class size, or creating programs such as head start and no child left behind. It can only be improved by a fundamental change in our cultural values.

Imagine what American athletics would be like if bats and balls of all types and the broadcast of athletic events were as rare in American homes as books. Americans need to recognize that no nation was ever made great by its entertainers, athletes, and shopkeepers; yet a nation of entertainers, athletes, and shopkeepers is what America has become. None of these is an intellectual pursuit.

America’s ruling oligarchs may believe that the public can be kept ignorant while they and their children can be learned, but they’re wrong. Ignorance is pervasive; it affects the rich as well as the poor, the powerful and the powerless, the famous as well as the obscure. It’s prevalent in the suites of our nation’s CEOs, the Congress, the military, and even our universities. It defines this nation.

How anyone can believe that America can continue to prosper in this state of ignorant dependency is a conundrum of Gordian-knot proportions. I believe it was Dean Baker (sorry, I lost the reference) who wrote, “We need to remember what happened to the British Empire. Having originated with the overseas colonies and trading posts established by England in the 17th century, by 1922, it held sway over one-quarter of the world’s population on whom ‘the sun never set.’ Yet by 1914 it had become a ‘nation of shopkeepers’ which could not then nor again in 1939 defend itself against much smaller Continental powers.” Those in power in America are ignorant of history, too.

John Kozy is a retired professor of philosophy and logic who blogs on social, political, and economic issues. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he spent 20 years as a university professor and another 20 years working as a writer. He has published a textbook in formal logic commercially, in academic journals and a small number of commercial magazines, and has written a number of guest editorials for newspapers. His on-line pieces can be found on http://www.jkozy.com/ and he can be emailed from that site’s homepage.

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Delusions of a failed democracy

Posted from http://northcountrypublicradio.org/

One of the things I admire most about America’s conservative movement is its longstanding commitment to democratic action.

Many progressives complain about the last two decades of Republican dominance — in Washington, in many state capitals, and in the media.

But those center-right gains came in large part thanks to grassroots activism, relentless organizing, and devout commitment to some core ideas.

Which is why recent trends within the GOP (and conservative groups allied with the GOP) are so troubling.

While many Republicans accept recent Democratic gains for what they are — evidence of their own shortcomings and the natural give-and-take of a healthy democracy — a growing number of conservatives are raising the specter of conspiracy.

– Some Republicans have continued to hint that Barack Obama may not be an American, pointing to discredited claims about the authenticity of his birth certificate. Others continue to suggest that he may be a closeted Muslim.

-Conservatives have continued to suggest that progressive ideas (about the economy and foreign policy) are foreign or “European,” implying that they reflect an external threat to our society.

(This point is ludicrous for two reasons. First, because progressivism has a long history in American politics; second because conservatives rely on foreigners for many of their core ideas.)

-Pundits like Fox’s Glenn Beck continue to talk about “losing” their country and feeling “surrounded” by liberals.

Beck suggested recently that “political correctness” led to the recent shooting rampage in Alabama.

“But as I’m listening to him [the mass-murderer], I’m thinking about the American people who feel disenfrachised right now,” Beck said in an interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

-Similarly, conservatives have staged anti-big government “tea parties,” suggesting that their struggles are akin to those of the American colonists, who suffered taxation “without representation.”

-A growing number of conservatives, including Rep. Ron Paul, have suggested that the Obama administration is part of the “Bilderberger” conspiracy, which aims to subvert American democracy and replace it with a world government.

-Many Republicans have suggested that widespread voter fraud essentially discredits the last two election cycles, pointing to the activism of groups such as ACORN. These claims have been thoroughly debunked.

Yes, voter fraud occurs. No, it does not occur on a scale that tips elections.

-Finally, conservatives insist that their ideas have been discounted wholesale by a biased mainstream media. This claim ignores the existence of Fox News, the conservative dominance of talk radio, and the powerful influence of conservative newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal.

The reality, of course, is that America just held an election, in which the candidates were given an exhaustive hearing by the media and fair treatment at the ballot box.

Americans should be proud of the fact that we are represented by the most stable, durable, and credible democratic systems every created.

(Our political system is far more fair, transparent, and honest that it was even a couple of decades ago.)

That system will eventually produce more conservative leadership. (And, cyclically, those conservative governments will also give way to future progressive governments.)

But the revitalization of the Republican Party won’t be helped or hastened by Chicken Littles, who claim that their failures at the ballot box are the product of secret cabals or shadowy conspiracies.

posted by Brian Mann @ 3/15/2009 10:29:00 AM

Web.bot and 2012

This is a must see video. I haven’t been able to find any major news articles supporting it, however the media is typically the last to report things, always when its too late for the people to respond. I believe this is the article that the gentlemen in the video is referring to…

From UK Telegraph ” Sun’s protective ‘bubble’ is shrinking”

But Dr McComas added that it was still unclear exactly what would happen if the heliosphere continued to weaken or what even what the timescale for changes in the heliosphere are.

He said: “There is no imminent danger, but it is hard to know what the future holds. Certainly if the solar wind pressure was to continue to go down and the heliosphere were to almost evaporate then we would be in this sea of galactic cosmic rays. That could have some large effects.

If you read the text closely, he is not sure what is going to happen. Nobody on Earth knows. So therefore, you cannot guarantee that any of this will NOT happen. We know that the world is in turmoil. And our all knowing, all powerful leaders in Washington and around the world have NO idea what to do except pump fictitious money into our “designed to collapse” economy. Whether or not you think something will happened, it is always wise to be prepared.

YouTube – KVIA Darren Hunt Arrested for filming a wreck

Just wow…

Bilderberg Fears Losing Control In Chaos-Plagued World

Factsnews – We typically do not repost from Infowars repeatedly, but we feel that Bilderberg 2009 is a very significant event for the Patriot Movement and a disastrous event for the Bilderbergs.

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Monday, May 18, 2009

Investigative journalist Daniel Estulin, whose information from inside Bilderberg has routinely proven accurate, states that the global elite’s plan to completely destroy the economy and ultimately lower global population by two thirds has stoked fears even within Bilderberg itself that the fallout from such chaos could ultimately result in the globalists losing their control over the world.

In a telephone interview, Estulin re-iterated his original points about Bilderberg’s 2009 agenda, which were released in a pre-meeting booklet to members. These include the notion that investors, whipped up into a false state of euphoria by the belief that the economy is recovering, are being suckered into ploughing their money back into the system as a set up for “massive losses and searing financial pain in the months ahead” as the stock market reverses its uptrend and plummets to new lows.

One of Bilderberg’s main topics of conversation at this year’s meeting was whether to oversee a long period of economic stagnation or to quickly sink the economy with a rapid depression.

Estulin called the “bank stress tests” recently conducted as being “little more than a shameless hoax based on the irrational assumption that the economy wont get as bad as it already is.”

Bilderberg are also intent in pushing through the Lisbon Treaty despite it being rejected by countries in Europe who allowed their population to vote on the issue, and are prepared to manufacture demonization campaigns against anti-EU pressure groups, namely the Libertas organization fronted by Declan Ganley.

One of Bilderberg’s primary concerns according to Estulin is the danger that their zeal to reshape the world by engineering chaos in order to implement their long term agenda could cause the situation to spiral out of control and eventually lead to a scenario where Bilderberg and the global elite in general are overwhelmed by events and end up losing their control over the planet.

Estulin said that the economic crisis is a vastly greater threat than a mere recession and that, as long as the present structure of the global economy remains the same, it will ultimately lead to a massive population reduction of two thirds within a generation or two.

Estulin said that such a massive crisis would bring many unknowns that “Scare and frighten some of the more savvy members of the Bilderberg inner circle who are wondering how far they have actually gone not only to destroy the world but perhaps even destroy themselves,” adding that this subject was a topic of conversation at this year’s meeting.

Estulin highlighted a phrase that he first ran across in Bilderberg documents many years ago but only came to understand more recently following the 2002 meeting in Chantilly Virginia, the term “demand destruction”.

Estulin said that a source connected to the World Bank explained to him that, “You destroy demand by destroying the world economy on purpose – which is what we’re witnessing right now,” added Estulin, “destruction of the world economy on purpose.”

Listen to Estulin’s interview with The Corbett Report http://www.infowars.com/bilderberg-fears-losing-control-in-chaos-plagued-world/#mce_temp_url#

F*** The RIAA! No Seriously…

This morning, the number one story on Digg is “The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict – Guilty”. 

Excerpt from TorrentFreak.com

Just minutes ago the verdict in the case of The Pirate Bay Four was announced. All four defendants were accused of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’. Peter Sunde: Guilty. Fredrik Neij: Guilty. Gottfrid Svartholm: Guilty. Carl Lundström: Guilty. The four receive 1 year in jail each and fines totaling $3,620,000. 

The court has found that by using Pirate Bay’s services there has been file-sharing of music, films and computer games to the extent the prosecutor has stated in his case,”said the district court. “This file-sharing constitutes an unlawful transfer to the public of copyrighted performances.”

Seriously, WTF? A group of very intelligent and talented individuals spent weeks fighting the case. Even though this cause has millions of supporters (even holding public demonstrations around the world!) the big companies won, in a Swedish court. 

Read that again, American big corporations overruled Swedish law. The Pirate Bay was operating legally in its own country, but despite that, were all given jailtime. 

For me, and most others, the issue comes down to this. The public found a way to distribute material on their own using a legal fire sharing technique called torrent files. These are used to send large files, uncopyrighted files too, to anyone on the net very efficienty. The big companies could not figure out a way around this. Instead of revamping their business model (like iTunes), they instead take out the innocent to safeguared their power and fortunes.

Welcome to world governorship by the corporations.

Thoughts about Easter…..

Posted by  FruitsForThought
Why do you believe the things you believe, and do the things you do? 

The chances are you never stopped to ask yourself that question. 
You have been taught since childhood to accept Easter as the chief of the Christian holidays. 
You have supposed it is part of the true Christian religion to observe Lent, “Holy Week,” “Good Friday,” to buy hot cross buns at he bakery, to have colored eggs, to dress up and go to Church Easter Sunday, perhaps to attend an Easter sunrise service! 

Because of the “sheep” instinct in humans, most of us believe a lot of things that are not true. Most of us do a lot of things that are wrong, supposing these things be right, or even sacred! 

What is the meaning of the name “Easter”? 
You haven been led to suppose the word means “resurrection of Christ.” 
For 1600 years the western world has been taught that Christ rose from the dead on Sunday morning. 
But that is merely one of the fables the apostle Paul warned readers of the New Testament to expect. 

The name “Easter” is merely the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar, ……. 

for more information go to:http://www.albatrus.org/english/festivals/easter/is_easter_pagan.htm