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  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/16/2014 8:05:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 14 replies
    io9 ^ | 9/16/14 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. 10. The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend [snip] 9. The Top Guy Isn't Always the Problem [snip] 8. Sometimes Making Concessions Leads To Rebellion [snip] 7. Two Downtrodden Groups Will Usually Be Fighting Each Other [snip] 6. Never Neglect the Practicalities [snip] 5. New Regimes Come With Crazy Ideology [snip]...
  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/15/2014 5:47:13 PM PDT · by walford · 42 replies
    Kinja ^ | 09/15/2014 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. 10. The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend Politics makes strange bedfellows. It even makes some unacknowledged bedfellows. Any repressive government — any government at all, for that matter — will prohibit something. It could be hard drugs, or it could be booze, or it could be untaxed salt, or it...
  • The Right to Resist Evil Leaders--The Christian History

    09/07/2014 11:45:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/07/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    Britain Developed the Foundation of Rights of Resistance Used by the Founders In this continuing study of the Right of Resistance against unjust authority, we now turn from the Continent, and the Lutheran and Huguenot stories, and examine the U.K.‘s additions. Given the times, and the fact that Europe arose and distinguished itself from Christian origins, it is unsurprising that the Right of Resistance would be justified by biblical arguments. Yet, all these arguments were buttressed by appeals to history, ancient societies, Roman law, and logical propositions.
  • Will Ferguson be a moment or a movement? (They are achingly desperate for a revolution)

    08/23/2014 1:46:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Professor Fredrick Harris
    When does a moment become a movement? Events such as the killing of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., can provide the moral shock that political movements need to build their ranks and bring attention to a community’s afflictions. They can be like the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 or the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998 — transformative episodes that remake perceptions and force a society to abandon abhorrent practices. Or they can be like the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers: a horrific moment that failed to create a sustained...
  • Rule Of Law vs. Rule Of Man (Larry Schweikart - A Patriot's History of the US)

    08/19/2014 4:24:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | You Tube
    Video: Beck invited historians David Barton and Larry Schweikart on the program to analyze what America can learn from tumultuous periods of history, and the two repeatedly warned that America is starting to view people as groups, rather than individuals, and doing so has been extremely destructive throughout history. “That’s where France was [in the 18th century] … and that’s why they went through so many revolutions so quickly,” Barton explained. “Whoever won the first revolution, that was the enemy for the second revolution. The second group came in and said, ‘They’re not of our group, we’ve got to get...
  • Ferguson, St.Louis Violence Continues: Protesters Warn "The Revolution Won't Be Televised"

    08/11/2014 1:49:51 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 106 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/11/14 | Tyler Durden
    A day of protests and vigils Sunday over the death of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was killed (allegedly shot 8 times) following an altercation with a Ferguson police officer, turned violent overnight with reports of riots and looting... and the violence is continuing today. As the following images suggest, there was a lot more bubbling under the surface of middle America than concern about one young man's death as Ferguson's full SWAT team is in force. As one young protester screamed, "the revolution will not be televised."
  • "Impeachment" - A Parody of the Beatles' "Revolution"

    07/30/2014 8:21:29 AM PDT · by mononymous · 7 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 7/30/2014 | Mononymous1
    You say you want his impeachment Well, you know We all want to replace the man You tell me that it’s a solution Well, you know We all want to replace the man ‘Cause when you talk about destruction Don’t you know that’s what he’s a-bout I don’t know if it’s gonna be alright Alright, not right You say there’s no other solution Well, you know Boehner’s got a suing plan The DNC wants a contribution Well, you know They know how to run a scam But if you want money from people with minds that hate All I can...
  • Duty, Ability, and Rights

    07/29/2014 12:34:41 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 2 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 27 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    These terms -- duty, ability, and rights -- are often conflated, as a result of French and American influences. In this show, I break down the differences between them, how they relate, and how they should be respected on a practical level, all within the Christian context. LISTEN ON YOUTUBE.(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start with quotes from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Abraham Lincoln, then transition into the corrupted philosophies found in American and French history. I define the terms, then lay out how they can be applied, especially in the case of anti-Christian persecution in the Middle East. I...
  • How a calamitous century helped win us our rights

    07/20/2014 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 11 replies
    JPFO ^ | 7-19-14 | Claire Wolfe
    When I'm in a, shall we say, mellow mood with friends, I can occasionally launch into accounts of politics in seventeenth-century England. This usually results in incredulous stares, followed by, "Oh, so sorry. Fascinating story, I'm sure. But it's really just hours past my bedtime." It's a shame anybody should feel that way, though. Because even in the hands of a dreary lecturer and deadly bore (um, not saying I am one), the story of seventeenth-century England is one of riotously awful chaos -- and the birth of modern freedom. Sit down. Have another drink. Let's talk about it.
  • Murrieta: City of Hate? Or Home of the New Revolution?

    07/15/2014 3:44:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/15/14 | Douglas Gibbs
    The illegal immigration protests in Murrieta, for the most part, have come to an end. The federal government backed down, deciding not to send bus loads of diseased migrants into our community anymore. Now, they are shipping them to local churches, and border patrol facilities in other States.
  • The Book that Caused the French Revolution

    07/14/2014 6:16:20 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 6 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 14 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In recognition of Bastille Day, I, in this special Monday episode, discuss "the book that caused the French Revolution": Les Liaisons Dangereuses (The Dangerous Liaisons), written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The book -- perhaps somewhat unintentionally -- set off pious sentiment against the Ancien Regime, and its influence carries on today. WATCH ON YOUTUBE(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start off the show with a brief primer on Bastille Day and immediately begin a summary of the characters and events in this novel, breaking down its story of lust and love. I then cite some of its distinctively Catholic elements....
  • The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776

    07/06/2014 8:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    kottke.org ^ | August 13, 2013
    For the Journal of the American Revolution, Todd Andrlik compiled a list of the ages of the key participants in the Revolutionary War as of July 4, 1776. Many of them were surprisingly young: Marquis de Lafayette, 18 James Monroe, 18 Gilbert Stuart, 20 Aaron Burr, 20 Alexander Hamilton, 21 Betsy Ross, 24 James Madison, 25 This is kind of blowing my mind...because of the compression of history, I'd always assumed all these people were around the same age. But in thinking about it, all startups need young people...Hamilton, Lafayette, and Burr were perhaps the Gates, Jobs, and Zuckerberg of...
  • What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War? A Fourth of July thought experiment

    07/05/2014 6:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 4, 2014 | Uri Friedman, senior associate editor
    The Fourth of July—a time we Americans set aside to celebrate our independence and mark the war we waged to achieve it, along with the battles that followed. There was the War of 1812, the War of 1833, the First Ohio-Virginia War, the Three States' War, the First Black Insurrection, the Great War, the Second Black Insurrection, the Atlantic War, the Florida Intervention. Confused? These are actually conflicts invented for the novel The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove, a prolific (and sometimes-pseudonymous) author of alternate histories with a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. The book is set in the...
  • A New American Declaration

    07/03/2014 10:54:03 PM PDT · by freebilly · 9 replies
    Vanity | 7/3/2014 | freebilly
    I will not be celebrating the 4th, this year. All freedom loving people should consider July 4th a day of national mourning. 238 years ago a group of men signed the most revolutionary document in the history of the world while pledging to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence". Pretty remarkable stuff for a group of landowners and attorneys, merchants, ministers and physicians who would without a doubt face death by hanging for treason should their act of rebellion fail. With this in mind, I am...
  • Watching The Revolution Unfold on Independence Day

    07/03/2014 6:39:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/14 | Judi McLeod
    With no Paul Revere to send out the warning bells, Independence Day 2014 progresses as the one in which a rogue U.S. president is lighting the match to toss into the dry tinder box called ‘The U.S.A Without Borders’.
  • This 4th of July, Forget the Fireworks, Safely fire Your Weapons Instead: 1776 Protest

    07/03/2014 4:31:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3 July 14 | Xzins
    Obviously, the safety issue is very important. But, I don't know a single gun owner who doesn't know when and where he/she can safely fire their weapons. Why do it? 1. America’s revolution was an armed revolution -- and not a fireworks display -- that led to the freedom of this nation. People died. People gave 'their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.' 2. Fireworks are nice, pretty, a crowd pleaser. And, for a country that understands their past, present, and future freedom, fireworks are a good reminder. When our own Veterans Administration can't remember that "Independence Day" is...
  • Local Murrieta Official Warns Immigration Protests Likely ‘Every Time’ Buses Arrive

    07/02/2014 10:38:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 2 Jul 2014
    MURRIETA (CBSLA.com/AP) — A dramatic scene in Murrieta that saw American flag-waving protesters prevent Homeland Security buses carrying undocumented migrant children and families from reaching a suburban processing center is likely to be repeated in the coming days, a city official said Wednesday. Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos told KNX 1070′s Dick Helton that the standoff Tuesday – which included several protesters holding U.S. flags and signs reading “stop illegal immigration,” and “illegals out!” – may occur every 72 hours as a new busload of immigrants are processed through Border Patrol. “I believe that there will be protests every time there...
  • The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

    06/26/2014 10:44:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | The July/August 2014 Issue | Nick Hanauer
    Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate...
  • Barack & Marx: Why Revolution is the Only Game in Town

    06/22/2014 5:13:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/22/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    Much like DeQuincy’s autobiographical Confessions of an Opium Eater, a true Marxist is addicted to Revolution. Why? Because only through revolution can a liberal hope to overturn government enough to force his fellow citizens into embracing socialism. But why the desperate demand for all persons to acquiesce to communism? Because Marxism is a religion, and a violently missionary one, at that.
  • Shooters in Metro ambush that left five dead spoke of white supremacy and a desire to kill police

    06/08/2014 7:41:53 PM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 54 replies
    Couple kill cops in cold blood - reportedly yell "This is the start of revolution".
  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this year’s midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • The Concord Fight and the Fearless Isaac Davis

    04/18/2014 4:01:39 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 3 replies
    Concord Magazine ^ | May 1999 | D. Michael Ryan
    "No, I am not and I haven't a man that is!" Thus on 19 April 1775 did Capt. Isaac Davis respond to the query if he was afraid to lead his Acton minute company and the colonial column "into the middle of the town (Concord) for its defense or die in the attempt". Details of the moments just preceding the eventful Bridge fight are limited or shrouded in the silence of time and report. It is certain that upon sighting smoke rising from Concord, Col. Barrett ordered Maj. Buttrick to march the assembled force into the town. How and why...
  • Ukraine crisis: Casualties in Sloviansk gun battles

    04/13/2014 3:06:56 AM PDT · by BurningOak · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 April 2014 | David Stern
    Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian armed men have traded gunfire in a battle for control of the eastern town of Sloviansk, the interior minister says. At least one Ukrainian officer was killed and both sides suffered casualties, Arsen Avakov said. Pro-Russian forces took over the town on Saturday, prompting Kiev to launch an "anti-terror operation". Kiev and Western powers accuse Moscow of inciting the trouble. The Kremlin denies the charge. Sloviansk was one of three towns in the Donetsk region to be hit by pro-Russian gunmen on Saturday.
  • ‘Turn,’ AMC’s New Series About America’s First Spy Ring, Is A Visually Arresting Historical Epic

    04/06/2014 9:42:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    The new AMC series Turn, which premieres April 6, is bewildering at first. We’re dropped smack in the middle of British-occupied New York. The year is 1776, and Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) is scraping by as a cabbage farmer and sometime innkeeper in Setauket, Long Island. He’s husband to Mary (Meegan Warner), and father to a young child. His father, Richard (Kevin McNally), is a local magistrate loyal to George III. Then the scene shifts. We’re now in New Jersey. A stunning overhead shot reveals a sprawling field of bluecoat rebel bodies lying next to a pool dyed red with...
  • A Call to Revolution

    04/04/2014 9:29:55 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 23 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 4/4/14 | Steve Berman
    As a conservative, it’s easy to see how our society has drifted away from its social and moral moorings. The liberals respond to lure of the injustice du jour that must have a response. They fix their eye on the end results: how they want society to look and function. Then they invoke practicality: how to get there? In their morality, unanchored by accountability to anything other than the vision, the means used to achieve the ends are always justified. Those means can be cruel, unjust, one-sided. By their nature, the means seek to disenfranchise those who stand in opposition...
  • The Left, the Right, and the Communist Agenda

    The history of all ancient societies is the history of class struggle. In each of these we find a complicated arrangement of people into various social, economic, and political orders. Ancient Rome had its patricians, knights, plebeians, and slaves. During the middle ages there were three orders; oratores, bellatores, laborares: this translates as "those who pray", "those who fight", and "those who work". In the 20th Century we have manage to simplify class antagonism via two distinctive groups who are hostile towards and in direct opposition to each others. They are known simply as The Left, and The Right. Therein...
  • The Religion of Liberalism - Hobby Lobby battles the True Faith

    03/27/2014 5:26:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor are concerned. They should be. The religion of liberalism is under attack. The Hobby Lobby fight in the high court? The tussle with the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue over gays pushing their agenda in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade? The latest skirmish over global warming, aka climate change? The controversy about government funding of Planned Parenthood and the group’s abortion stances? Common Core? The business of turning NASA from a space agency to an outreach group to Muslims? All of these and more are different parts of a wholly formed universe...
  • Stanford Libraries online archive expands access to French Revolution treasures

    03/22/2014 8:31:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Stanford University ^ | March 21, 2014 | GABRIELLE KARAMPELAS
    Participants, spectators and critics produced scores of historical documents during the French Revolution.   These items are now available in the French Revolution Digital Archive, a digital collection recently released by Stanford Libraries.   FRDA brings together two foundational sources for French Revolution research: the Archives parlementaires, a day-to-day record of parliamentary debates and discussions held between 1789 and 1794, and Images de la Révolution française, a vast visual corpus from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  The archive was a multiyear endeavor and was developed in response to expressed need by scholars for improved access to their sources, according to...
  • Barack "Don Quixote" Obama

    03/08/2014 9:49:06 PM PST · by kathsua · 21 replies
    Lawremce Journal World ^ | 03/08/14 | Reasonmclucus
    I had a dream last night in which Barack Obama was wearing a helmet and carrying a lance like the fictional character Don Quixote who had a reputation for attacking make believe foes. The only other clothing Obama had on was swimming trunks. He was riding a horse that had a remarkable resemblance to John Kerry As he moved his lance up and down he was chanting: "we must stop global warming." He continued to chant as the reading on the thermometer dropped below freezing and he began turning blue. He continued chanting "we must stop global warming" as the...
  • The face of the revolution in Venezuela?

    03/01/2014 9:02:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Tavern Keepers ^ | February 21, 2014 | John
    Genesis Camona was a 22-year-old college student who participated in the protests. She was also a beauty queen, having won the title of Miss Tourism in her home state of Carabobo. According to her uncle, she and her mother were peaceful protestors wanting an end to the 15 years of socialism that have plagued the nation. He stated: ‘There’s no food, no milk, no baby food … It is horrible what is happening in this country,’ Gil said. ‘That’s why she was out at the protest.’ During the demonstrations, she was gunned down by members of armed militias known as...
  • The Ukrainian Uprising is a Rebellion, Not a Revolution

    02/26/2014 8:08:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/26/2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Ceding to protestors' demands, Ukrainian parliament members voted last week to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych and hold early elections, which have been set for May 25. Online "slacktivists," keyboard warriors and various media outlets responded by breathlessly declaring the situation a "revolution" -- and in some cases even proclaiming it a successful one. Except that it isn't at this point. Far from it. Proponents of freedom and democracy would love nothing more than for Ukrainian citizens to fully control their own destiny. However, mere wishful thinking is no substitute for manifest reality, and semantics shouldn't replace substance. Otherwise,...
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  • UKRAINE: Liberty's Victory- in Pictures

    02/24/2014 3:30:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The Ukrainians got rid of a corrupt, delusional tyrant? Color me jealous... If you didn't see the pics of Yanukovych's tacky mansion, that's -here-  It's already been nationalized, and there's talk of turning into a 'Museum of Corruption'. Nobody knows where the deposed/impeached president is at still, most likely back in his power base of eastern Ukraine- an arrest warrant has been issued in his name. Tellingly, Yanukovych delivered his last, desperate TV address in Russian. And Ukrainian expats were roaming the streets of London yesterday, looking for a major Yanukovych ally (Rinat Akhmentov) they expect to see arriving at his extravagant London flat soon.  Akhmetov had received over 30% of government tenders... up until this last weekend, anyway....
  • Ukraine Parliament Moves Swiftly to Dismantle President’s Government

    02/23/2014 10:39:13 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 103 replies
    NYT ^ | FEB. 23, 2014 | By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    KIEV, Ukraine — A day after President Viktor F. Yanukovych fled the Ukrainian capital and was removed from power by a unanimous vote in Parliament, lawmakers moved swiftly on Sunday to dismantle the remaining vestiges of his government by firing top cabinet members, including the foreign minister. With Parliament, led by the speaker, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, firmly in control of the federal government — if not yet the country as a whole — lawmakers began an emergency session on Sunday by adopting a law restoring state ownership of Mr. Yanukovych’s opulent presidential palace, which he had privatized. Parliament voted to...
  • The Next Last of the Mohicans? [Tea Partiers too Polite?]

    02/21/2014 6:06:12 AM PST · by Paine in the Neck · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2014 | Deborah C. Tyler
    The revolutionary guerilla network, the Sons of Liberty, was a grassroots reaction to unjust taxation. It got off to a roaring start in 1765 by burning the Boston commissioner of stamps in effigy, and burning his home and offices to the ground. These first Tea Partiers invented American gonzo. Some smeared with paint and sporting feathers, in December of 1773 they dumped the equivalent of $1,000,000 worth of tea into Boston Harbor to protest the British Tea Act. But because the ships were owned by Americans, they were not damaged, and the decks were swept clean when the festivities ended....
  • The Muslims of the Central African Republic Face a Deadly Purge

    02/20/2014 6:20:19 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 77 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | Andrew Katz
    The anti-balaka have outgrown their name. These militias in the Central African Republic, once united under a moniker meaning “anti-machete” in the local Sango language, are exacting their own vicious revenge upon the mainly Muslim rebels who overthrew the government last March and waged months of terror against the Christian population. They are now accused of atrocities far worse than what first prompted them to take up arms. An Amnesty International report on Feb. 12 said attacks on Muslims in January by anti-balaka militias, made up of Christians and animists, had amounted to “ethnic cleansing.” Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at...
  • The Glorious Cause of America

    02/20/2014 10:34:27 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 10 replies
    BYU Magazine ^ | Winter 2006 | David McCullough
    THE GLORIOUS CAUSE OF AMERICA By David McCullough How a coarse, untrained army—“rabble in arms”—stood up to the world’s most powerful army. EDITOR’S NOTE: “If nations appointed historians laureate, David McCullough would surely be ours,” said Edwin Yoder, a professor of journalism and humanities at Washington and Lee University. Author of such historical works as The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Truman, John Adams, and, most recently, 1776, McCullough is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. For many years he was host of PBS’s American...
  • Twitter Photos Blocked In Venezuela, Users Say

    02/15/2014 10:19:25 AM PST · by iontheball · 4 replies
    BuzzFeed World ^ | posted on February 13, 2014 at 10:51pm EST | Rosie Gray, Conz Preti, Michael Rusch
    WASHINGTON — Twitter photos and videos appear to be blocked in Venezuela as the government there attempts to reassert control amid widespread public protests. Three people were reportedly killed this week in massive student demonstrations in the capital Caracas, as protesters react to falling living standards. President Nicolas Maduro has called the protests a “neo-fascist” coup attempt, and sought the arrest of an opposition leader. The Venezuelan government has not commented on, or claimed credit for, the apparent Twitter block.
  • Army sent in to Venezuelan cities as unrest prompts coup warning

    02/14/2014 11:34:27 AM PST · by iontheball · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 13, 2014 | Hannah Strange, Alasdair Baverstock
    Venezuelan troops fanned out across the capital, Caracas, and other major cities on Thursday after President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military clampdown against deadly unrest that he warned was part of a "fascist" coup plot. Piles of burning rubbish sat smoking along Caracas' main avenue as troops moved to secure the city following an outbreak of street violence that left three dead on Wednesday. Armed soldiers surrounded government buildings and diverted traffic, while riot troops guarded entrances to the shuttered subway system as residents picked their way through broken glass.
  • Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia House of Burgess, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775

    02/13/2014 4:55:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Lit2Go ^ | January 1817
    No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part I consider it...
  • Dictatorship and violence reign as Venezuela approaches a crisis

    02/13/2014 9:54:48 AM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 13, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The economy is almost beyond repair, with inflation exceeding fifty percent annually and getting worse. Shortages, corruption and censorship are endemic. Yesterday, approximately 10,000 demonstrators protested. The Chavista regime responded violently, the only way it understands.Daniel, as far as I am aware the only English language writer still blogging in Venezuela, posted an article late yesterday titled A new landmark date for repression in Venezuela: confirming the dictatorship. More from him shortly, but first these reports: BBC News -- Police were out in force at the anti-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday.According to the BBC News article linked above with...
  • Violence in Ukraine: Can Russia or the West Make it Stop

    01/25/2014 7:29:37 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 60 replies
    Time ^ | Simon Shuster
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, piped up on Thursday with a wake-up call for the Western world: Ukraine is now everybody’s problem. The turmoil in its capital, where pitched battles have raged all week between protestors and police, “threatens not only Ukraine and her neighbors, but Europe and the entire world,” he wrote in an open letter to the U.S. and Russian Presidents. He was certainly right about Europe, which now has a real dilemma on its hands. The only question is whether Ukraine’s neighbors can do much to resolve it. For the West, there are...
  • 'Imagine: Living in a Socialist America'

    01/21/2014 7:07:11 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    That's the title of a new book by Fred Jerome, a compilation of essays from these and other noteworthies: This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists-including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff- addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just. I suppose that's one way to describe their vision. I might ask the question, "fair and just for whom"?...
  • Tedd Cruz FULL Appearance on Crossfire - Clashes with Van Jones

    01/19/2014 6:57:30 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 10, 2013
    October 10, 2013 - Ted Cruz FULL Appearance on Crossfire - Clashes with Van Jones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJo8_P4Y6AQ
  • Iceland - Example for a new American Revolution

    12/19/2013 3:48:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/13 | Daniel Martin Gray
    **SNIP** Fine so far, that experience mirrors our own. Now, step into the unknown, at least unknown here at home. What if a mass movement put pressure on, and kept it up? What if their incessant and unyielding demands toppled yet more of the establishment? What if they formed a committee of average citizens, including a large percentage of the unaffiliated, and rewrote their Constitution? What if they arrested, prosecuted and jailed the bankers whose actions caused the crisis, instead of rewarding them with fat paydays? What if their actions, entirely peaceful, restored liberty and fiscal sanity to their country?...
  • Would Americans Actually Dare Revolt Against This Abusive Government?

    12/11/2013 9:34:25 AM PST · by IChing · 123 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 12/9/13 | Donald Joy
    America’s Founding Fathers spelled it out pretty clearly: The purpose of government is to secure the God-given, inalienable rights of men. They put that exact language into The Declaration of Independence. They also spelled out, exactly, that when government becomes abusive, and “destructive of these ends,” it is mankind’s right and duty to alter, abolish, or overthrow it. You may have seen the recent news about prominent and well-spoken experts testifying before Congress regarding the Obama administration’s shocking usurpations and out-of-control excesses, especially the utter lack of regard for Constitutional limits on the powers of the executive branch. The testimony...
  • A United States 'Spring' Coming?

    12/08/2013 8:59:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 5, 2013 | Matthew Dowd
    Could an "Arab Spring" type of upheaval be brewing in the United States? Is the frustration and anger toward our dysfunctional politics and economics beginning to reach a tipping point where young folks begin to push for profound change? Has our democracy become so broken that citizens are going to find creative avenues to express their feelings? Will we pass through the holidays and winter of our dysfunction to arrive at a spring of change? I sense a movement of social unrest growing strongly and quietly towards our own version of the Arab Spring. Let's take a look at some...
  • The Other America: "Taxpayers Are The Fools... Working Is Stupid"

    12/01/2013 4:20:24 PM PST · by blam · 165 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-30-2013 | Tyler Durden
    The Other America: "Taxpayers Are The Fools... Working Is Stupid" Tyler Durden 11/30/2013 19:25 -0500 While what little remains of America's middle class is happy and eager to put in its 9-to-5 each-and-every day, an increasing number of Americans - those record 91.5 million who are no longer part of the labor force - are perfectly happy to benefit from the ever more generous hand outs of the welfare state. Prepare yourself before listening to this... calling on her self-admitted Obamaphone, Texas welfare recipient Lucy, 32, explains why "taxpayers are the fools"... "...To all you workers out there preaching morality...
  • Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution - The Alinsky Model

    11/27/2013 2:06:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Discover the Networks ^ | 2009 | David Horwitz, Freedom Center
    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” - Barack Obama, election eve, 2008 ...In 1969, the year that publishers reissued Alinsky’s first book, Reveille for Radicals, a Wellesley undergraduate named Hillary Rodham submitted her 92-page senior thesis on Alinsky’s theories (she interviewed him personally for the project). In her conclusion Hillary compared Alinsky to Eugene Debs, Walt Whitman and Martin Luther King. The title of Clinton’s thesis was “There Is Only the Fight: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” In this title she had identified the single most important Alinsky contribution to the radical...
  • SPOILS OF WAR: POLICE GETTING LEFTOVER IRAQ TRUCKS

    11/25/2013 12:09:03 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 24, 2013 | MICHAEL VIRTANEN
    QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war. The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program. For police and sheriff's departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver...