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Monday, November 16, 2015

Paris: The latest in a long list of really fucked up world events

THEY'RE HERE!!!  10,000 Syrian refugees have landed in Louisiana and are looking for shit to blow up! Well...not yet. Before you start having nightmares about swarthy Syrians climbing your ramparts with knives in their teeth, know this.  There have actually been 14 Syrian refugees settled in Louisiana since Jan 1, 2015, 13 of those in the New Orleans area.  As of Sunday, the U.S. government had resettled a total 1,809 Syrian nationals since Jan. 1, 2015 the State Department said. Thirty-two states have taken in Syrian refugees, with the highest numbers in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida. The 10,000 comes from the number of Syrian refugees Obama plans to take in. Not a popular decision on his part.  As of Sunday, In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Republican governors of Maine, Nebraska, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia, Illinois, Alabama and Michigan have said that they would no longer help settle Syrian refugees. One Democratic governor, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, joined them in rejecting Syrian refugees. By Monday, the number of states had risen to 23. Oddly enough, 16 of those states have accepted Iraqi refugees between 2012 and 2014. In 2012, one-fifth of refugees settled in the U.S. were Iraqi, but by 2013 and 2014 the figures were over 25 per cent. The 23 states that are currently refusing Syrian refugees welcomed 28,000 refugees from Iraq over the last few years. Rest assured though, all of them were thoroughly screened. Did you get that?

How Many Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Were Settled In Each State Since 2012, In 3 Maps

People have a right to be worried, it is a strange and frightening time; a time of paranoia fueled by the media and terrifying news of world events. We have a president in office that few have any confidence in, and we live among savages to whom human life isn't worth a plugged nickle. We have had our 9/11 and haven't forgotten about it and would just as soon not have another. One of the Paris attackers was a native Parisian who became radicalized. So, he went about his terrorism business not giving a damn whether he was killing neighbors or not. Another of the attackers was a Syrian refugee who had entered France via a roundabout trek through Greece.  These people need to be vetted and checked well.  After all, the Tsarnaev brothers (the Boston Marathon bombers) had immigrated to the United States as refugees from Chechnya in 2002 and said they had “self-radicalized” and had no ties with any of the known terrorist organisations. Just your average "boy next door" terrorists who learn to make bombs from the internet. Thinking statistically, if one in ten Muslims are radicals, that 1,809 refugees still doesn't bode know, mathematically speaking.

I consider myself a patriot.  I love my country, so skewer me.  I’m glad that I live in a country where I have the freedom to express unpopular ideas without fear of winding up with my head on a pole surounded by gibbering primitives.  Do I love the government?  Hell no, who in their right mind would? So, let’s not become blinded by patriotism or nationalism, too many people tend to develop tunnel-vision when it comes to finding fault in ourselves. Orwell said, “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them”. But here's the kink, our government has funneled billions of dollars into the pockets of puppet regimes who were run by “our kind of guys” for decades. Most of the time it turns around and bites us on the ass...well, just about every time. The much reviled Osama bin Laden was financed and armed by the U.S. to fight the Russians, when they ran out of Russians what happened? We got ass-bitten. The government puts people in power in foreign countries who are sympathetic to whatever agenda they are trying to push be it business or to fight perceived enemies without getting their hands dirty.  We were a supporter of Saddam until he stopped playing the game the way we wanted it played. Then he had to be spanked. It is all about business. I am not a conspiracy nut, but I do like to read and I read from a lot of sources. We (speaking of the U.S. government and us as citizens) have (directly or indirectly) caused genocidal massacres, governments to fall, economies to crumble, leaders to be assassinated, because we manipulate.  That’s what governments do, they manipulate.

In Noam Chomsky's book, "Rogue States: The Rule Of Force In World Affairs", he states that In 1997 President Clinton was credited for having brought foreign policy to a “noble phase” with a “saintly glow”. Meanwhile, NATO ally Turkey was carrying out atrocities against its Kurdish population, killing tens of thousands of people and destroying thousands of towns and villages. Clinton was providing 80 per cent of the arms, increasing the flow as the atrocities mounted. Since 1980, the U.S. has shipped $9 billion worth of arms to Turkey and provided $6.5 billion in grant and loan military aid to purchase U.S. equipment. Before 1999, Turkey had been the third largest recipient of U.S. military aid. In 1999, Congress phased out this type of military aid to both Greece and Turkey stating that these relatively well-off states could finance their own arms purchases. Noble phase indeed. Words...manipulation.

If you think that all the money that flows from the American taxpayer, into businesses and through our government doesn’t wind up in pockets all over the world, you are deluded. The charts are out there, look them up and see how much money we give Pakistan (our allies against terrorism…also where terrorists go to school) and other “friendly” or not-so-friendly countries. According to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, Pakistan is set to receive funding of $803,800,000 Fiscal Year 2016. The Congressional Budget Justification Fiscal Year 2014 states “as the United States withdraws its troops from Afghanistan, it is critical that the U.S. Government’s assistance program funding levels in FY 2014 reflect its continued robust engagement of Pakistan and its role in the stability and prosperity of the region". Worldwide, we have sent $19,286,636,619 in aid in 2015 alone with plans to send $33,703,168,000 in 2016. The top two recipients of U.S. military dollars are Israel at $3.1 billion and Egypt at $1.3 billion this year. If Turkey and Greece are wealthy enough to fund their own military, why aren’t Israel and Egypt? Syria comes in low at $470,587,978 in 2015 with $255,000,000 planned for 2016.
I spent it all buying friends.

The news media and their coverage, or seemingly biased coverage of recent world events have left some with a bitter taste in their mouths.  One day before the Paris attacks, Beirut, the capitol city of Lebanon, was hit by two suicide bombers leaving 43 dead and 239 wounded and there was hardly a ripple. In April, Garissa University in Kenya was attacked by gunmen leaving 147 students dead. Again, this incident didn’t carry the media weight that the Paris attacks did and some people are upset about this. I'm sure it's nothing personal, it's just business; and I guess these incidents didn't involve people we are in business with. The media is no longer simply journalism which is presented in an unbiased form, it has an agenda, that agenda is to sell and manipulate.  Johnny Carson (sure do miss him) once helped set the stage for what became known as The Great Toilet Paper Scare of 1973. No...seriously. There were a few rumors and some misinformation going around so, Mr. Carson made a joke about it on television. Well, things went to shit from there...manipulation. The militants who attacked the university in Kenya singled out Christians and shot them. Well, there we go again, killing in the name of an some imaginary entity. Will people ever stop trying to hide the fact that they are just really, really shitty people behind a veil of mythological religion? Now, before anyone gets all sanctimonious or feels left out, Christian militias have been perpetrating what amounts to genocide upon the Muslim minority in the Central African Republic, killing thousands and displacing thousands more since 2013. Did anyone get that rush of “damned right they are”? That’s that self-justifying mindset I mentioned earlier, the “our side is right and just and everyone else deserves to be annihilated because they're the devil” mindset.

Does any of this mean that I'm a sympathizer? Hell no, I'm just as paranoid as everyone else. I just like to dig in and try to find the truth in things. Like it or not, we are all manipulated. We are fed headline news and flashy stories with sexy, Hollywood-sounding titles. Not many people dig deep into world news or get news from different sources, preferring to stick with a news outlet that tells them what they want to hear. The news media is so overtly skewed and biased that it’s easy to see. All you need to do is listen closely and then change the channel and listen some more. From one station to another you will hear the same stories but with different spins, commentators and analyses. So many get their news from social media where it is shared by bloggers (ironic) or memes.  Anyone can make a meme, the app is free.
See? I made one myself.
I certainly do empathize with the victims of the Paris murders. But do I blame some mythical entity?  Absolutely not. Religion needed an adversary.  A perfect god wouldn’t create an imperfect world, if he did he wouldn’t be much of a god, would he? So...the origins of the devil. These terrorist’s actions are carried out by a deluded, fanatical fraction of humanity, not Satan. That’s just an easy cop-out. The Muslim handbook teaches them to be intolerant of any other belief…even non-belief. That’s okay, the same can be said of Christian teachings as well. Yeah, okay, start hurling Jesus stuff and love and all that shit at me. I'm used to it. How deeply do you know different religions?  Allah and Yahweh are the same entity coming from Abrahamic beliefs according to tradition. The difference is the way that the followers go about interpreting the writings.  Do they have the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda? Yep. Do Christians have snake jugglers, the KKK and Westoboro Baptist Church? Yep. People are easily susceptible to charismatic charlatans who prey on their weaknesses. The promise of an afterlife, being better than everyone else, being right while everyone else is wrong, exclusivity. People keep wailing about Mohammed being a pedophile, he probably was, he wasn’t shy about it in his writings. But calm down, the bible is rife with pedophilia, incest, rape, etc. So, pray for France, fidget with your rosaries, light candles, and kneel on your prayer mats, it won’t make any difference.  There are over 5,000 gods being worshipped currently, not a damned one of them ever stepped in to stop anything. Pray after the fact? For what? To whom? That’s okay, I’m sure that whatever god you’re praying to is the right one.
Man, I bet I get blamed for everything from now on.

I have been caught out several times because of a knee-jerk response to something I’ve seen and failed to fact check. Everyone has fallen prey to the old “this celebrity or that celebrity is dead” thing only to find out later that it was bullshit clickbait. Shit happens, although my old Pop used to like to say, “Not to me, it doesn’t”…but it does.


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