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10 little habits that steal your happiness

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do. If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. 

Here are a few examples of the latter that will steal your happiness if you let them:

1.  Focusing on everyone’s story except your own.

Don’t be so satisfied with the success stories of others and how things have gone for them that you forget to write your own. 

Unfold your own tale and bring it to life. You have everything you need to become what you are capable of becoming. 

Incredible change happens when you decide to take control. This means consuming less and creating more. It means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and deciding for you. 

It means learning to respect and use your own ideas and instincts to write your passage.

If you want your life story to soar to new heights, you’ve got to clear a path, reduce the time-sinks and burdens weighing you down, and pick up the things that give you wings. 

Keep your best wishes and your biggest goals close to your heart and dedicate time to them every day. 

If you truly care about what you do and you work diligently at it, there’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish

2.  Waiting for the perfect moment.

Don’t buy into the myth of the perfect moment. Moments aren’t perfect; they’re what you make them. So many people wait around for the stars to align to do what they’re here to do. 

The perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect state of being, etc. Wake up! These states of perfection are myths. They do not exist.

Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection. 

You will come to succeed not by finding a perfect moment, but by learning to see and use life’s imperfections perfectly.  Read The Power of Nowhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=marandang-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1400077427.



3.  Working for nothing more than a paycheck.

Work without interest is imprisonment. Even if you aren’t super-passionate about your work, you’ve got to at least be interested in it. 

When you design a lifestyle in which your work is something you suffer through daily strictly to pay your bills, you end up spending your entire life wishing you had someone else’s.

Think about it. This is your life; your work will fill a large percentage of it. It’s not all about the money; it’s about you. 

Ignore the propaganda, especially from people who say, “Don’t let your work define you.” Reverse this message and mediate on it: “I will do work that defines me.” 

When the essence of who you are defines at least some slice of the work you do for a living, that work generates fulfillment.

Bottom line: Interest in your work puts quality in your output and happiness in your mind. Don’t settle for a paycheck. Shuffle around until you find work that interests you.

4.  Harboring feelings of hate.

As Martin Luther King Jr. so profoundly said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

Truth be told, when we harbor feelings of hate, it eventually gets the best of us. 

It takes control of us. We forget why we hate, what we hate, and whom we hate – we simply hate for the sake of hating. And then, naturally, we begin to hate ourselves too.

Everything and everyone you hate rents permanent space in both your head and heart. So if you want to eliminate something or someone from your mind, don’t hate. 

Instead, disconnect yourself, move on, and don’t look back. Read The Mastery of Lovehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=marandang-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1400077427. 



5.  Holding tight to worries and fears.

Someday when you look back over your life you’ll realize that nearly all of your worries and anxious fears never came to fruition – they were completely unfounded. 

So why not wake up and realize this right now. When you look back over the last few years, how many opportunities for joy did you destroy with needless worry and negativity? 

Although there’s nothing you can do about these lost joys, there’s plenty you can do about the ones that are still to come.

You will find that it’s necessary to let some things go simply for the reason that they’re heavy on your heart and soul. Let go of them. 

Don’t clamp shackles to your own ankles. It’s incredibly easy to enjoy more of your life right now, no matter what the situation. 

It’s just a matter of letting go of the layers of nonsense that are weighing you down. Let go of your worries and fears, of your rage and jealousy, of your need to always be right and control others. 

Let go of your pretentiousness and your need to have everything your way. 

Underneath all these layers of nonsense there is a happy, productive person. When you start peeling them off and simply appreciating everything for what it is, life can be wonderfully fulfilling.

6.  Dwelling on difficulties.


A bad day is just a bad day. Choose not to make it anything more. 

Times of adversity will inevitably affect the conditions in which you live and work; yet you don’t have to let it affect who you are and where you’re headed. 

Take note of the setbacks and adjust to them, but don’t expand on them by making them a bigger part of your life.

Every day brings new lessons and new possibilities. There is always a way to take the next step forward on the path you’ve chosen. 

Events may be terrible and inescapable at times, but you always have choice – if not when, then how, you may endure and proceed onward. 



7.  Constantly seeking fleeting contentment.

There are two variations of contentment in life – fleeting and enduring. 

The fleeting type is derived from instants of material comfort, while the enduring type is attained through the gradual growth of your mind. 

At a glimpse it might be difficult to decipher one from the other, but as time rolls on it becomes vividly obvious that the latter is far superior.

Enduring contentment sustains itself through life’s ups and downs, because through them your mind remains confident and at peace. 

On the other hand, when life’s fleeting changes have the ability to ruffle your mind into a frenzy, even the most elaborate physical comforts won’t make you any happier for very long. Read Stumbling on Happinesshttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=marandang-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1400077427.

8.  Trying to make a big difference all at once.

If you want to make a difference in the world, start with the world around you. Making a big difference all at once is usually impossible, and the process of trying is extremely stressful. 

However, instantly making a difference in a few lives is entirely possible and usually fairly easy. You just have to focus on one person at a time and start with the one closest to you.

Work to make a bunch of small splashes, and let the ripples spread naturally. If you want to change a person’s mind or mood, sometimes you have to change the minds or moods of the people around them first. 

For instance, if you make one person smile, their smile just might make others smile too. In this subtle way, you can touch the masses with your thoughtfulness without stressing yourself out.



9.  Holding on to someone who hurts you.

Sometimes you have to walk away from people, not because you don’t care, but because they do. 

When someone hurts you time and time again, accept the fact that they don’t care about you. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s necessary medicine. 

Do NOT strive to impress them any further. Waste not another second of your time trying to prove something to them. 

Nothing needs to be proven. Do not act with any thought of them ever again. Read 1,000 Little Things.

10.  Over-amplifying the importance of physical attractiveness.

Infatuating yourself with someone simply for what they look like on the outside is like choosing your favorite food based on color instead of taste. It makes no sense. 

It’s innate, invisible, unquantifiable characteristics that create lasting attraction.

Just as some people enjoy the smell of mint, while others prefer the scent of cinnamon, there is an undeniable, magnetic draw that attracts you to the qualities of certain people, places, and things. 

Sometimes it’s even the trials of life your soul shares with them that reels you in and creates the very hinges that hold you together in the long run.




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Atheists are now demanding school officials remove an 18-year old picture of children praying?

A painting on display in an Oklahoma middle school’s main office has caught the ire of atheist activists who are demanding that officials immediately remove it.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, sent a letter to district officials on August 25 complaining over the image, which features children praying in front of an American flag.

The poster, based on a painting titled “Faith in America” by artist Donald Zolan, has been hanging in Kenneth Cooper Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for nearly two decades.

But the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims it violates the U.S. Constitution. The district, though, doesn’t appear to be budging.

An attorney for the Putnam City Public School District responded to the atheist group September 29, noting that the complaint - reportedly based on a local family’s dissatisfaction with the poster -

Is the first ever the district has received in its 18 years of displaying the image.



“We cannot agree that the poster displayed in the office is a per se violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution,” wrote attorney Anthony Childers.

”Though, as you’ve pointed out, the title given to the artwork by the original artist is labeled ‘Faith in America,’ there is no text displayed with the poster which imputes the artist’s intent, theme, or title.”

Childers noted that the children’s stance in the poster is general and not sectarian and that it does not appear to be urging students toward any singular religious view or act.

Not only did the lawyer disagree with the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s stance, but the response notes that officials won’t be complying with its demand for removal.

“At this time, we do not believe that the image violates the Establishment Clause and the District will not agree to remove the image from its office,” Childers concluded.



Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel was less than content with this response, picking the district’s stance apart in a response delivered to Childers via email on October 3.

“This is posted in the office, where students are often required to go on school matters. 

They are forced into regular contact with the painting by the government,” Seidel wrote. “And in any school context coercion is virtually assumed.”

The letter concluded with the Freedom From Religion Foundation again demanding that the district remove the image to fall in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.

Communism can never take root in a predominantly Christian nation. The FFRF knows this and has set out to erode the Christian culture upon which this nation was built.

It is an Alinsky-type tactic and has nothing to do with any supposed reverence for the Constitution, which these people hate and are trying to dismantle.



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Michael Jackson street dance competition

You might wonder, “Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints train missionaries to do a lot more than preach?”

Because some of these guys have some serious skills.

This video was burning up Reddit Saturday morning, and it’s easy to see why: This Mormon missionary has some amazing moves.

According to the video description, the missionary is Elder Gus Garcia, and he holds his own against a Michael Jackson impersonator in the streets of Barcelona, Spain.

The dance video had more than 250,000 views on YouTube as of Saturday morning, and on Reddit, the posting had attracted more than 400 comments.

The top comment on Reddit noted that Mormon missionaries can have a wide range of surprising skills and linked to the video below, showing a two-man missionary team playing some intense pickup basketball.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jGLJuL49zYE



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In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.

Today is October 17th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $4 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Here's Obama's latest propaganda...

Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 10/17/2014...



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If a stock market crash is in view... according to history, now would be the time

In the early 1990s, researcher Steve Puetz looked into eight epic market crashes - starting with Holland's tulip mania of the 17th century, ending with Japan's meltdown in 1990 and including the U.S. crashes of 1929 and 1987.

Turns out every one of them took place within a few days of a full moon/lunar eclipse. And each time, that lunar eclipse took place within six weeks of a solar eclipse.

(We'll spare you the suspense: A solar eclipse is coming up on Oct. 23.)

Puetz ran the numbers and concluded the odds of these circumstances being sheer coincidence were 127,000-to-1.

We leave it to others to debate the validity of the "Puetz window" as a useful forecasting tool.

We'll note here the current one continues through the end of the week. We'll note further that while epic crashes tend to occur during Puetz windows, not every Puetz window results in a crash.

The next Puetz window, you wonder? Early next April. About six months from now.



As it happens, six months is the time frame we figure you have to prepare for the next financial crisis, based on the extensive discussions we've had with Jim Rickards.

We caught no shortage of grief for that declaration last week -- but Jim has let us in on a thing or two that he doesn't share in his extensive media interviews.

Don't get us wrong; he says many valuable things when he's on TV. It's good reinforcement of the things you read about here.

Example: "The next financial panic will be the largest in history," he tells Reuters."

I was involved in the Long-Term Capital Management affair, as a general counsel - and even then, we were hours away from taking down every market in the world.

That time, Wall Street bailed out a hedge fund.

"Fast-forward to 2008, and this time it was the Feds who bailed out Wall Street. Each bailout is bigger than the last. When the next panic happens, it will be bigger than the Fed.

And then what are we going to do? Just keep printing trillions of dollars?"



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Want to know what it's like... to be in the driver's seat at the NSA, spying on the citizens?

A German university student by the name of Christian Gross has created an interesting website. It's part of his bachelor's thesis in interface design.

What he's done is taken all of the information that's been revealed about mass surveillance programs and then used that to build an imaginary piece of software.

Why has he done this? What's the purpose?

In Gross' words, "This project intends to raise awareness by designing a fictional monitoring software and its possible consequences.

The main aim is to visualize how the surveillance agencies work and how easily a normal citizen with his or her personal data can come into focus of government agencies."

It's quite impressive. Here's an image from his site showing the "Suspects" page.



Big Brother is watching… and listening... and storing all of it for posterity.

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To get the full idea, though, you need to watch the three-minute video on his website. You can do that by clicking here.

Frightening, right?

It just goes to show that you need to be very, very careful what you do online.

There are precautions you can take, though. This is why some have created special reports on how to "Make Yourself Invisible to the NSA."

They claim they can tell you exactly what you can do today to safeguard your privacy and protect yourself online from government snoops.

Not sure that is even possible... but worth a try. Don't give up your rights without a fight.



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Small efforts being made to contain Ebola virus... but will it be enough to keep it from spreading?

We learned that Ebola screening will soon begin at these five U.S. airports:

John F. Kennedy International… Dulles International Airport… Newark Liberty International… O'Hare International in Chicago… and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.

These airports make up 94 percent of flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The three countries getting hit the hardest.

And we're pretty ecstatic about this. But the airports, according to some officials, are only a sliver of our problem.

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) head, Gen. John F. Kelly, warned that an outbreak in Central America or the Caribbean could cause a mass migration to the United States.

In fact, according to Kelly, many West Africans are already using established trafficking routes through Central America to get into the United States illegally.




Obama trying to blame his failure to properly handle the Ebola threat - by falsely blaming the Republicans for budget cuts

But there have been no budget cuts to the CDC. On the contrary, in the last budget, Obama requested $6.6 billion in funding - the Congress actually appropriated $6.8 billion dollars.

With the world reeling from a runaway Ebola outbreak and America’s health infrastructure failing to stop the virus’s spread, top federal officials are intently focused on the most pressing part of this crisis: finding someone else to blame. 

Nothing new here... Obama and the Democrats have no ethics at all. They're like spoiled little children - staging tantrums and diversions - when they don't get their way. 

This latest midterm elections’ ploy ignores the obvious. The budgets of the NIH and CDC have been anything but stagnant.

And the agencies themselves hardly focus their spending on vaccines and other key policy priorities. 



Here’s some of the Democrat's frivolous CDC spending: 

The NIH’s spending is even more laughable.

The institute granted $5 to $7 million for a gay-porn website designed to instruct about HIV, $667,000 for a study on the health benefits of rerun television, $1 million on the sexual proclivities of fruit flies…

$600,000 on why chimpanzees throw their poop, $350,000 on the importance of imagination while golfing, and $550,000 to determine that heavy drinking in one’s 30s can lead to feelings of immaturity.

Instead of focusing on core missions like an Ebola vaccine, Democrats would see the CDC expand their frivolous activities to new (and expensive) heights.



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The biggest letdown on Obama's watch has been stagnant incomes for the middle class 

Income measured this way correlates with other data. Median household income, adjusted for inflation, is still about 5% lower than it was in January 2009, when Obama took office, according to Sentier Research.

Stagnant incomes lower living standards because purchasing power declines. People work the same to afford less. That’s an immensely dissatisfying sensation
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And it explains why Obama’s approval ratings have steadily declined during his second term and why Democrats have lost credibility on their handling of the economy.

Top that off with endless Obama lies, deceptions and scandals... most Americans believe the Democrats have abused power and weakened America.



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Cool Photos


Workers clean the south face of Big Ben, the famous landmark at London's Palace of Westminster, on Tuesday, August 19.




Newborn panda triplets are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday, August 17. According to local media, this is the fourth set of panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China.




Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Tiga Pancur village, in the Karo district of North Sumatra province, on Oct. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes after a series of eruptions that began on Sunday.




A male red deer with antlers covered in bracken walks through undergrowth in Richmond Park, in southwest London, on Oct. 3. Over 600 red and fallow deer roam in the largest of London's Royal Parks, with their numbers managed in an annual cull each November and February.




People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas of Central, Hong Kong, on Oct. 9.

Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of the democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks were canceled because they're unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday.  




Steam rises from the Royal River as it flows past the Sparhawk Mill on a chilly autumn morning in Yarmouth, Maine, on Oct. 6. 




Landscapers trim grass in front of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's latest creation, an 82-foot white rabbit, as it leans up against an old aircraft hangar as part of the Taoyuan Land Art Festival in Taoyuan, Taiwan, on Sept. 2.

Hofman's big yellow duck drew millions of visitors as it toured the island last year and festival organizers are hoping the rabbit will do the same.




Spanish bullfighter Manuel Escribano stretches his hand towards a bull's horn during a bullfight in Toro, Spain, on Aug. 28. In August hundreds of villages around Spain celebrate their patron saints with bullfights, music and parties on the streets.




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Friday-funnies...

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

 “People shouldn’t be so scared about this virus from Africa. He only has two more years of his presidency.” -- Steve Howey

 The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. -- Solomon Ibn Gabriol

 Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.

 “We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.” -- Max Lucado



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 Democrat Mark Udall, has been dubbed "Mark Uterus" on the campaign trail. That's a big problem.

Women have caught on to the Democrats phony "War on Women" scheme, to get votes. Liberals don't care about women's rights - it's just a fake distraction.

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Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has talked about contraception and abortion more than just about any other 2014 candidate. Roughly half of his ads are about women's issues. 

The focus has been so intense that Udall has been nicknamed "Mark Uterus," with local reporter Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post joking that if the race were a movie, it would be set in a gynecologist's office.

In a debate between Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner last week, Bartels, who moderated, used the moniker to describe him.



For all of that focus - and the insistence from Democrats that Gardner's record on women's issues was the key to Udall's reelection - 

The incumbent has watched the race slipping from his grasp in recent weeks, an erosion that many strategists believe speaks to the limits of the "war on women" strategy.

If you look... issues of importance to voters heading into the Nov. 4 election, abortion and birth control just aren't hot-button issues. At all.

Voters view those issues with about as much urgency as climate change, which is to say with not much urgency at all.

It is pretty funny. I would have been inclined to try "Mark Uterall," which I think is a little wittier, but about 85% of the voters would have been too stupid to get it.




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 Parrot missing for four years... comes back home speaking Spanish

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

The Daily Breeze reported Sunday
the reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook the African gray parrot for her own missing bird.

Teresa Micco tracked Nigel's microchip to Darren Chick, a Brit who lives in Torrance.

Little is known about Nigel's whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird's British accent is gone and it now speaks Spanish.

It's the fifth parrot reunion facilitated by Micco, who has been running ads for her own missing bird for nine months.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt65WUL6zYw




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 Pure Capitalism vs Corrupt Politicians


It's All About Freedom

Detractors argue that capitalism is all about selfishness, greed and exploitation.

Not so...

Unlike government, business is about freedom and individual choice, not coercion. If you don't like a particular company or its policies, you don't have to work for them, sell to them or buy from them.

Every business exists to serve people. Capitalism promises that you can have anything you want if you just provide enough other people with what they want.

Most wealthy Americans achieved their affluence not by inheritance or real estate speculation but by starting and managing a profitable business.

Most of us don't have the time, the investment capital or the experience necessary to found and run a successful company, but we can still own a piece of one through the quintessential expression of capitalism: the stock market. 



Here Come the Politicians

Unfortunately, politicians are motivated by rational self-interest too.

Although they call themselves "public servants," what they really enjoy is exercising power, spending other people's money and being called "Congressman" or "Senator."

Most value incumbency only slightly less than oxygen.

Since they want to maintain their office and its many perks, they don't tackle problems that are political dynamite. They kick the can down the road past the next election.

In the private sector, rational self-interest is a good thing. In the public sector, not so much.

In short, Congress - with its 6% approval rating and 91% re-election rate - is doing exactly what you'd expect with our nation's toughest problems: almost nothing.

That will change only when voters hold them accountable and exact a price.

Then - and only then - will we get real reform at the national level. Nobody knows when that will be.




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 Bill Clinton campaigning for Democrats... says people's income is less now under Obama, than when he was president

Wow... even "Slick-Willie" Clinton now says the bogus Obama economy stinks!

Bill's actually giving out some truth, actually telling you that Obama has done nothing to grow the economy and create good jobs, in the past six years.

"The economy is coming back," said former President Bill Clinton in a moment of candor yesterday, "but nobody believes it yet because you don't feel it."

Then he invoked the "good old days" when he was large and in charge: "I don't expect anybody to vote on it or be happy because middle-class incomes haven't risen.

The average family is making less adjusted for inflation than they were the day I left office."

Incredibly, he said this during a campaign rally for Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), who, if polls are to be believed, is in danger of losing his seat four weeks from today. Heh...

The fact is, the economy has been kept afloat... by the Fed's injection of trillions of fake dollars... and the Fed's zero interest rate policy, forcing investors into the stock market.




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 "God Only Knows" ... a 48 year old Beach Boys song goes viral

In 1966, The Beach Boys released “Pet Sounds.” It was the 12th album from the icons of the “California surf sound.”

The eighth track on “Pet Sounds” is a song called “God Only Knows.” The song barely managed to crack the top-40 charts in 1966. Some speculate that the word “God” in the title was intimidating some radio programmers.

However, a star-packed, new version of the Beach Boys classic song is likely to find its way to the Billboard Hot 100.

On Tuesday, the BBC debuted a new service called BBC Music.

To launch the new project, the British Broadcasting Company gathered 17 music superstars to record a new version of the song, complete with a cinematic music video.

In less than two days, the video has been watched more that 3 million times. The song will also be released as a single and sold to generate funds for the charity, Children In Need.

It’s funny to see so many liberals utter the word “God” in a way that isn’t degrading.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-jo&feature=player_embedded




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 Fortune and Fame
by Tim Smith

I look out my window at the sun setting fast
Leaving all my worries, back in the past
The red glowing light, sparking a flame
Dreaming of fortune, dreaming of fame

My blinds have been opened, the window unlocked
The world is my oyster, be ready to be shocked
There's no stopping me now, I'm on my way
I'm heading for stardom, starting today





I will be grounded, I won't get a big head
I'll remember you all, my love will be spread
All the riches I gain, will be used for good
Giving to needy, down trodden, misunderstood

My mission is simple, my goals are set high
I am looking to soar, I'm looking to fly
Come along for the ride, we won't be defeated
Chugging along until our goals are completed.




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 Newly unveiled chopper can travel at record speeds


Helicopters have helped humans achieve things that would have never been possible before they took to the skies.

They’ve transported emergency patients to hospitals, taken journalists to report on events as they unfold, and even helped the U.S. take out 9/11 mastermind terrorist Osama bin Laden
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But as technology capabilities have become greater, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Quantico, Virginia, took on a new challenge.

That was to design a helicopter that could go faster without changing any of the basic features of the traditional chopper - a difficult task, to be sure.

Speeds that helicopters have been able to reach have been limited because rotor blades can only spin so fast without breaking the sound barrier.



At least until now.

Sikorsky unveiled the S-97 Raider yesterday, which will be capable of hitting speeds of up to 270 mph.

The Raider is different from other choppers in that it has two rotor blades on top, both spinning in opposite directions to ensure it doesn’t spin the chopper out of control.

The model also has a propeller on the back which increases its speed.

The fastest helicopter that exists today is the Lynx with a recorded speed of 248 mph. The Eurocopter X3 design would be capable of reaching 293 mph, but production of that design is years away, Foxtrot Alpha reported.



While Sikorsky doesn’t have a production contract or anyone to fund full production yet, the company hopes to catch the U.S. military’s attention.

Its aiming to replace the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, which has benefited the U.S. during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but is coming of age.

Congress saw the Raider as a viable replacement for the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior until sequestration cuts took effect, hitting the nation’s Defense Department the hardest.

After that Congress canceled considering it, citing financial concerns, Foxtrot Alpha also reported.

With sequestration now over, the company is pushing harder than ever to secure a contract with the federal government. That much is clear from the official unveiling yesterday.

When Obama heard about it, he said, "You didn't build that?"

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfggwmhcvC0&feature=player_embedded




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 Historians eviscerate writer's claim that Jesus was a mythical figure, who never walked the earth


Two prominent Bible scholars are hitting back at a writer’s claim that Jesus Christ was a mythical figure who never walked the Earth.

Writer Michael Paulkovich claims he analyzed the works of 126 ancient writers who lived during the first to third centuries and found no mention of Jesus, claiming that Christians invented Christ in order to have a central figure to worship.

But not everyone is buying into Paulkovich’s theory.

Dr. Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame and Dr. Joel Baden, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale University, argue in a new Daily Beast article that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

“Let’s get one thing straight: There is nigh universal consensus among biblical scholars - the authentic ones, anyway - that Jesus was, in fact, a real guy,” Moss and Baden wrote.

“They argue over the details, of course, as scholars are wont to do, but they’re pretty much all on the same page that Jesus walked the earth (if not the Sea of Galilee) in the 1st century CE.”



The scholars go on to note that some of the people on Paulkovich’s list of ancient sources actually preceded Jesus and, thus, wouldn’t have commented on the Christian savior.

Additionally, they noted that some of these people were philosophers - individuals not known to comment on current events. Many of the others were mathematicians, satirists, doctors or poets.

While some historians are among the bunch, Moss and Baden noted that few of their writings remain intact and that most of what historians have to go on are mere fragments.

“Long story short: of the 126 people listed by Paulkovich, there are only 10 or so whom we might expect to have written about Jesus,” they wrote.

“And it’s probably worth mentioning that there are, of course, writers from the first centuries CE who refer to Jesus, and even write quite extensively about him... 

But since those authors all got bundled into a collection called the New Testament, we should probably just dismiss them from the discussion.”

Moss and Baden also tackle the overarching question behind the claims of Paulkovich and others like him:

If Jesus was so important and pivotal, why did many of his contemporaries - outside of those who appear in the Bible - ignore him?



The Bible scholars noted that Jesus simply wasn’t seen as very important in his time.

“He was just another wannabe messiah who ended up on the wrong side of the authorities,” Moss and Baden wrote.

“The prime candidate for ‘Son of God’ in the Roman world was the emperor himself, who had coins, statues, and temples to back those claims up. Jesus had a small band of followers and a lot of stories about sheep.”

The authors concluded on a comical note, claiming that, by Paulkovich’s own logic, some might assume that he, too, doesn’t exist based on a lack of biographical information and virtually no web presence.

“It is safe to say that there are no historians that have, to this point, included Paulkovich in their writings (and let’s be honest, the chances going forward aren’t great),” Moss and Baden wrote.

“What’s more, not a single mathematician, poet, philosopher, or gynecologist ... refers to him even a single time?”

For those who believe, no proof is necessary...
For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.




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 FYF... "Forgive Your Foes"

The topic of the Sunday sermon was "FYF", short for Forgive Your Foes.

Preacher James Asher, after having spoken on the subject for nearly an hour, asked the congregation, "So how many of you present here are prepared to forgive your foes?"

Some people raised their hands. Not happy with the poor response, Preacher James preached some more and then repeated the question to the gathering. This time, many more people raised their hands.

Still not satisfied, Preacher James prolonged his sermon a little more and repeated the question once again. Almost everyone raised their hands this time, except for a grumpy little old man.

Preacher James asked the little man, "Mr. Walker, are you still not ready to forgive your foes?"

Mr. Walker replied, "I ain't got any."

Preacher James said, "That's strange. How old are you?"

Mr. Walker replied, "I am eighty-eight."

Preacher James said, "Mr. Walker, please come here on the podium and tell the gathering how one can get to the age of eighty-eight without having any foes."

Mr. Walker walked up to where Preacher James was standing, and said to the crowd, "Didn't have to do anything. I just outlived those jokers."







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 In London you can buy a hamburger for $1,700. Now, wait a minute, before you start bellyaching, yes, it comes with fries. It's $1,700. It's called the McSucker. -- David Letterman

 Today is the birthday of White House dog Bo. He had a wonderful party at the White House - only three intruders … I believe Bo is actually now distancing himself from the president ... It's a bittersweet day for Bo because he was recently trashed in Leon Panetta's book. -- David Letterman

 Right around the corner is the midterm elections. There's an anti-incumbent mood in the country. People are sick and tired of people who have been in the job too long and are lazy and overpaid and out of ideas. Wait a minute. I'm sorry. That's me. -- David Letterman

 This is kind of weird. This week Obama criticized the GOP for being the party of billionaires - while he was speaking at a fundraiser at a billionaire's house! -- Jimmy Fallon

 I don't see how that story could get any worse. But did you see the name of that billionaire? He was Rich Richman. Are you kidding me? Rich Richman is the guy's name? That sounds like a Batman villain. -- Jimmy Fallon 





 Tickets for the Obama fundraising event ranged from $1,000 to $32,000. For $32,000, you can meet President Obama. That seems very high, especially considering the fact that you can jump the fence at the White House and meet him for free. -- Jimmy Kimmel

 Apple will unveil a new iPad this month. The last new iPad was unveiled less than a year ago. Unless you can sit on this one and fly, I'm going to stick with the old one. -- Jimmy Kimmel

 It's interesting that in spite of all of Russia's troubles, Putin has an 80 percent approval rating, which I guess is something that happens when your pollsters carry machine guns. -- Jimmy Kimmel

 Tech experts say Facebook is planning to launch a service that lets users send each other money using the site’s messaging feature. Said moms, “Oh, so NOW you’re happy I’m on Facebook?” -- Seth Meyers

 Archaeologists in Arizona have discovered the remains of a 1,300-year-old village. They found dwellings, stone tools, and hundreds of ballots cast for Senator John McCain. -- Seth Meyers



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 Ebola is a threat not to be ignored

Within just a few months, Ebola will likely be so out of control that it will finally get the attention it deserves, but then it may be too late.

"Here's why: Ebola cases are doubling about every 21 days, the amount of time a person can take to show symptoms after being exposed.

"You can start almost anywhere on any day since the outbreak began and then see that the numbers double every three weeks.

That means that by the end of December, we should be looking at 300,000-400,000 cases, again with the number doubling within three weeks and then doubling again, etc.

Even the Centers for Disease Control has predicted a worst-case scenario of nearly 1.5 million cases by the end of January.

"With a death rate that is probably running at least 70% (despite other numbers you may have read, Ebola cases are vastly underreported).

It won't take 300,000 new cases of Ebola to cause most countries to shut their borders.




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The reality is, you can't depend on the inept and bloated Obama federal government to protect you

Here's the quick-and-dirty survivalist's guide:

1. Get out of any city when there are more than 10 Ebola cases, before it's surrounded by the National Guard.

2. The ideal retreat is far from the madding crowd and has a water supply you can access without electrical power.

3. You'll need at least six months of food (hint: You can fill that pantry quickly and easily and cheaply with a trip to Costco that involves 100 pounds of rice, 100 pounds of dried beans, several quarts of olive oil, 50 pounds of flour... 

A bottle of yeast and as many cans of tuna, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms as fit in your car. A few gallons of citrus juice and 10 pounds of dried fruits will keep the scurvy away. Don't forget the tea and coffee for comfort.

Short of making your way to a rural bolthole with a six-month supply of beans and rice, what can you do?

"Wash your hands every single time after you are in public places, where Ebola could be," Paul suggests. "You know, airplanes, airports, etc.

I told a friend who is taking a flight this week to carry sanitary wipes with bleach. Wipe down the hand rests and the serving tray with these wipes.

Why? Because bleach kills the Ebola virus."



"We are in completely unknown territory with this epidemic. The bubonic plague of the Middle Ages killed no more than a third of those who got it.

"This disease kills as many as 90%. Protecting the people who are trying to help has become a losing battle. About 75% of the health workers who have been fighting Ebola in Africa are dead from the disease.

If Ebola gets out of hand in the United States, there aren't enough hazmat suits to go around.

"We saw what one case in Dallas could do to the stock market in one day.

"Start multiplying that sort of scenario and see where you end up. Ebola is a threat to world order, to national order and to civilization itself.

We need to see this as the threat it really is - potentially far greater than anything we have faced - before it really is too late."




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 The U.S. economy is stuck on a knife's edge

"The Fed's remedies, are likely to lead straight to the kind of depression the Fed set out to avoid in the first place. The U.S. economy is resting on a knife's edge between depression and hyperinflation."

Yes, it's a depression, says Jim Rickards. And while he's hardly a Keynesian, he draws on John Maynard Keynes for backup on this one.

"The economy is in a phase not seen in 80 years," he wrote this year in The Death of Money - neither a recession nor a recovery, but rather a depression as Keynes defined it during the 1930s -

"A chronic condition of subnormal activity for a considerable period without any marked tendency either toward recovery or toward complete collapse."

No, there are no bread lines this time. They've been replaced by EBT cards: 46.2 million Americans are on food stamps, 14.8% of the population. That's down from the peak in late 2012, but not much.

There's no "tendency toward recovery" in this news item: U.S. banks have accumulated $1.99 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt. They've been net buyers for 12 straight months, according to Federal Reserve data.



In part, that's because they have nothing better to do with their money:

"Bank of America and Citigroup are among the lenders adding government bonds this year as loan growth fails to keep up with record deposits," Bloomberg News reports.

So if "recovery" is nowhere in sight, what about "complete collapse"? That brings us back to the knife edge Mr. Rickards mentioned earlier.

Or to borrow another analogy from The Death of Money: "The economy is like a high-altitude climber proceeding slowly, methodically, on a ridgeline at 28,000 feet without oxygen.

On one side of the ridge is a vertical face that goes straight down for a mile. On the other side is a steep glacier that offers no way to secure a grip.

"A fall to either side means certain death. Yet moving ahead gets more difficult with every step and makes a fall more likely.

Turning back is an option, but that means finally facing the pain that the economy avoided in 2009, when the money-printing journey began."




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 Your smartphones, computers
and tablets need your protection... keep things updated

Install antivirus software and keep it up to date

This should be obvious, but according to Microsoft’s annual Security Intelligence Report, one out of four PCs in the US is not running up-to-date antivirus software...

M
aking them nearly six times more likely to get infected than those that are.

The numbers for mobile devices are downright shocking - only one in 20 smartphones is protected, says research firm IDC
.

Malware scanners won’t catch everything, admits Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher for ESET North America, makers of security software for PCs, Macs, and Android devices.

But a properly licensed anti-malware program can protect you against the vast majority of online threats, even some “zero day” threats that have never been seen before, he adds
.

At the moment, malware that targets phones and tablets is still somewhat rare. Over the next couple of years, that is guaranteed to change.

Fortunately, there are plenty of security apps for your mobile devices, many of them free.



Some of the top iPhone security apps are made by Trend Micro, McAfee, and Lookout Mobile.

Aside from ESET Mobile Security, you can find highly recommended anti-malware Android apps from Avast and Avira.

Patch your software until it hurts

You know those seemingly constant reminders to update various bits of software? Odds are it’s because there’s a security hole that needs to be plugged. According to Secunia, one in nine software programs is left unpatched.

And two of the least frequently updated programs - Oracle Java and Adobe Reader - are also among the most vulnerable to attack.

Yes, updating software is a total pain. Fortunately for Windows owners, Secunia’s free Personal Software Inspector (PSI) can scan all your software, automatically locate any necessary updates, and install them automatically.

You’ll have to scan each computer on your network separately, and there are no consumer-friendly auto-patch options for Macs.




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 Grandma panhandler living the good life


A furious Oklahoma City man was caught on video confronting an elderly panhandler after he apparently saw her get into a “2013 car” after previously seeing her begging for money in the street.

“This is crazy!” the man, identified as Daniel Ayala, says in the video. “You are asking for money in the middle of street and you drive a 2013 car? … Listen, I work hard for my money.

I don’t appreciate this crap. And that’s why people like you take advantage of people like me. This is bullsh*t!”

Seemingly growing more angry by the second, Ayala then tells the woman that if he sees her car there the next day, he will “bust a window.”

“I work f***ing hard! 40 hours! I see you hungry, I give you, everyday, $3, $2 - Thursday, I did not eat to give you $4,” he added.

“I better not see this car tomorrow.”

Bet she doesn’t report her income.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=09R_iUrh3EE



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Thought for the day...


Vitamin D and Alzheimer's Disease

I like to study in the morning after I do my workout. It’s quiet, and the sun I get on my back patio here is warm and pleasant early in the morning.

It feels like my own personal bottle of vitamin D shining down on my skin.

I thought about that yesterday in particular as I was reading up on the newest research on Alzheimer’s disease and how I can help my patients and their spouses.

As I was browsing one database, I came across a new study in the prestigious journal Neurology.

Researchers from Exeter University in England and the University of Michigan followed 1658 people who were healthy when the study started, with no dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Of the 141 people who developed dementia or Alzheimer’s, they found a shocking 225% greater risk for people who got the least vitamin D.



If you’ve been receiving my newsletters to you for a while now, you’ve read a lot about vitamin D for its role in health. It prevents 17 different kinds of cancers, and helps you build strong bones so you can avoid osteoporosis.

Vitamin D also lowers inflammation, improves mood, boosts your immune system, lowers your risk of heart disease, and helps prevent diabetes.

And here we have another piece of evidence that staying out of the sun – our main source of vitamin D – is contributing to many of the diseases that are the most prevalent today.

People with Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, breast cancer and those who have heart attacks are also overwhelmingly short on vitamin D.

Problem is, if you don’t live in South Florida or another very sunny place, it’s going to be tough to get all the vitamin D you need for optimal health just from sunlight.



A study done in the city of Calgary – one of the sunniest places in Canada – almost every person measured had a vitamin D deficiency … 97 percent of them! It prompted Canadian authorities to encourage more vitamin D intake.

In the study I mentioned earlier, the group of people that had the least occurrence of Alzheimer’s had a blood level much higher than what mainstream medicine recommends.

The current national guideline that says minimum blood serum should be 20 ng/ml, which would mean getting 600 IU a day. The people who avoided Alzheimer’s got much more vitamin D.

So how do you get enough vitamin D to help prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s?

I still recommend you go outside for 20 minutes in full sunlight every day if you can. Take a walk for 20 minutes or do some exercise. Sit on a bench and read the morning paper. Or sit outside and read or study for a bit, like I do.

I also recommend you stay away from commercial sunblocks. They can have toxic ingredients that may increase your risk of cancer ... plus they stop you from making vitamin D from sunlight.

If you can’t get outside, or if you live someplace that doesn’t have enough sun, you can do something to boost your vitamin D that I learned years ago but I haven’t talked about a whole lot.



You already know that your skin makes vitamin D in response to sunlight shining on it. But what you may not know is that mushrooms, even after they’re picked, can do the same trick.

In fact, a few years ago I enjoyed reading the book Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by mycologist Paul Stamets.

He knows so much about mushrooms and health that he’s now an advisor at the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School.

I already knew mushrooms are the only vegetable with vitamin D. But Stamets did a study where he picked shiitake mushrooms that had been grown indoors and placed them gills-up in the sunlight for six hours.

Their vitamin D content shot up from around 110 IU of vitamin D per 100 grams to a pretty remarkable 46,000 IU.

That means all you have to do is eat around 10 grams of sun-dried mushrooms to get at least the 5,000 IU a day I recommend.

For cancer and Alzheimer’s prevention and brain health, try to get at least 10,000 IU (1 IU is equal to 40 micrograms).



Drying and storing the mushrooms is pretty easy to do.

First, I get some fresh organic shiitake mushrooms (you can also try maitake, shimeji, or oyster mushrooms if you like) from my local produce stand.

If you live up north you’ll have to do this in the summer, but I do it all year ‘round.

Just spread the mushrooms out in the sun on some parchment paper or flat pieces of wood (I don’t recommend aluminum trays) during the sunniest part of the day.

Before it gets dark, cover the mushrooms to stop them from getting dew on them the next morning.

Repeat the drying the next day.

When they’re kind of crispy (and you can put them in a food dehydrator if you have one to make sure they’re dried) and thoroughly dry, store them in a large glass container.

Add a spoonful of rice to keep the mushrooms dry, and seal it up. The mushrooms should be good for at least a year.

Then you can do like I do... and eat a few mushrooms to get a good start on the vitamin D you’ll need for the day.




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What I learned from the creator of Dilbert

Scott Adams has some unconventional advice: If you want to succeed, you should ditch your goals…

Because there's something much better you want to have.

In October last year, I read a provocative essay in The Wall Street Journal by Scott Adams, the creator of the iconic Dilbert cartoon.

Adams revealed some of the secrets to his success - and this included some unusual advice.

Want to get to the top? Be a failure. Think passion's important? Forget about passion.

Clearly, Adams was just joking… Right?

No, actually, he wasn't. He was being serious.



His article was timed to coincide with the release of his forthcoming book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

When I began reading his contrarian essay, I did so with a skeptical eye. But 2,500-odd words later, he'd sold me.

I had to hear more. So I immediately logged onto Amazon and pre-ordered his book.

It arrived a week or so later, and I quickly went from cover to cover.

It was wide-ranging, thoughtful, entertaining, and, most importantly, packed full of good advice.

I don't like using the term "self-help," but this is exactly how a self-help book should be written. I recommend checking it out…

Scott Adams then reveals his personal system he used to achieve success.

He wrote it down in his diary when he was a young man, fresh out of college.

"The idea was to create something that had value and - this next part is the key - I wanted the product to be something that was easy to reproduce in unlimited quantities.

I didn't want to sell my time, at least not directly, because that model has an upward limit.



And I didn't want to build my own automobile factory, for example, because cars are not easy to reproduce.

I wanted to create, invent, write, or otherwise concoct something widely desired that would be easy to reproduce."

Very smart. But there's a catch:

"My system of creating something the public wants and reproducing it in large quantities nearly guaranteed a string of failures.

By design, all of my efforts were long shots.

Had I been goal-oriented instead of system-oriented, I imagine I would have given up after the first several failures.

It would have felt like banging my head against a brick wall.

"But being systems-oriented, I felt myself growing more capable every day, no matter the fate of the project that I happened to be working on.

And every day during those years, I woke up with the same thought, literally, as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and slapped the alarm clock off.



"Today's the day."

Adams doesn't hold back in detailing these failures. He's very forthright about the mistakes he made and the lessons he learned (the "be a failure" credo may now make more sense).

But it was only having a system, rather than having goals, that enabled him to ultimately be successful.

In fact, he goes further than this and says:

"If you know some extra-successful people, ask some probing questions about how they got where they did...

I think you'll find a system at the bottom of it all, and usually some extraordinary luck."

What do you think of Scott Adams' advice?




This Week's Government Goofs & Goofballs
An Independent & unbiased accounting of our government 
& political mischief

Guess what citizen? Obama has illegally entered us into another endless war

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

--George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia

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Obama has scammed the world into war... again. He is unlikely to repeat the facilitating lie this time, however. It was too thoroughly and quickly debunked for him to take the risk.

Besides, there is no need. Iraq and Syria are already being bombed. Instead, the lie is now forgotten except by critics of Obama or of war.

The Lie And Why The Liars Told It

In early September, as he prepared to bomb Iraq and Syria - without approval from Congress or the United Nations - Obama faced a dilemma.

America had been actively at war for 13 years, ever since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The public was war-weary. And the public would be voting Republican or Democrat in only two months time. How could he bomb with public support and without losing the election?



The situation was especially problematic for three reasons...

• There was general consensus that the new military front on terrorism would consume years and might require U.S. boots on the ground.

• Iraq and Syria posed no provable or imminent threat to the American homeland nor did they commit an act of war.

• And Obama had no constitutional, congressional, U.N. or other authority to launch yet another war.

In an article (Sept. 28) entitled “The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria,” journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain explained how Obama solved his dilemma.

The solution “was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat... 'The Khorasan Group'.

After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat - too radical even for Al Qaeda! -

Administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS...

One that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland.

Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore. 

(Note: Khorasan is a former province of Iran. The term is sometimes used to reference a more general Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran region.)



The meticulous stripping of the lie came only 15 days after its debut. The debut: On September 13, about a week before the bombing of Syria began...

The Associated Press drew upon unnamed officials and classified (undisclosed) U.S. Intelligence assessments to warn of a new and deadlier terrorist threat.

“At the center is... the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters.”

The Khorasan group were “recruiting Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a U.S.-bound airliner” with explosives and destroy airplanes.

The AP continued, “The Obama administration has said that the Islamic State group [ISIS], the target of more than 150 U.S. airstrikes in recent weeks, does not pose an imminent threat to the continental U.S.

The Khorasan group, which has not been subject to American military action, is considered the more immediate threat."

In an anti-war.com article (Sept. 28) entitled “They're Making Up Stuff,” Justin Raimondo explained the new group's importance to Obama.

“What’s so fearsome about 'Khorasan'?” Raimondo asked.

“Well, they couldn’t care less about establishing a Caliphate... and as for overthrowing Assad, the Khorasanians won’t stoop to conquer.

No, nothing less than an attack on America, preferably using an airliner as a weapon of choice, will do.

What they lack in originality they more than make up for when it comes to the all-important Imminence Factor.”

Problems one and two were diminished, if not entirely solved.

Conveniently, the Khorasan group threatened the American homeland with violence, which is a traditional cause of war.

The terrorists-on-steroids roused enough public rage and fear to justify an extended campaign against them...

Or, at least, to quiet or confuse most objections to it.



Still One Stumbling Block

But what of problem three: the lack of Congressional and U.N. approval?

The Congressional problem remains. Congress is not rushing back to vote on war; it will stay on hiatus until after the November 4th election.

For one thing, the Republicans who dominate the House are mostly hawkish and probably content enough with the status quo.

They are also content to have Democrats absorb blow back or military disasters. Obama chose to bypass Congress so let the fall-out land on his shoulders.

No wonder Nancy Pelosi, the leading House Democrat, is calling for her colleagues to return early for a war vote. Their absence harms Democrats.

The U.N. problem remains. On October 3, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for “all warring sides in this brutal and bloody conflict in Syria...

“To redouble their efforts to bring this horrific conflict to an end and help reach a long-overdue political solution.”
In short, stop bombing.

Obama has tried to sidestep such criticism by organizing a coalition to support his Syrian policy; this gave the appearance of global consensus.

The Daily Mail reported “the U.S. is working with 60 other nations in these attacks against the terrorist group” as of September 28. 



Domestic Acceptance Is Constructed

The path around political problems is to secure popular opinion. The corporate mainstream media lost no time in stirring the panic that promotes war.

Airwaves, internet and print were filled with reports of the Khorasan's threat to average Americans. On September 20, a New York Times headline declared, “U.S. Suspects More Direct Threats Beyond ISIS.”

While admitting “there is almost no public information about the Khorasan group,” the article went on to state...

“It is the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack.”

On September 23, the Defense of Department (DOD) announced that the U.S. had expanded its “action in Syria to disrupt the imminent attack... against the United States and Western interests conducted... by the Khorasan Group -

Who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners.”

Even then, however, voices of skepticism spoke in the background. On the same day as the DOD's announcement, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace raised a red flag.

Noting that “the 'Khorasan Group' is a term that gained currency only in the past two week,” Carnegie remarked...

“What is being discussed is not a 'new terrorist group', but rather a special cell... of an already existing al-Qaeda franchise.”



The article concluded, “the sudden flurry of revelations about the 'Khorasan Group' in the past two weeks smacks of strategic leaks and political spin.”

As skepticism grew, the corporate mainstream media began to backpedal. Five days after pushing the Khorasan story, The New York Times (Sept. 25) questioned the group's existence.

It also observed that official accounts of the threat Khorasan posed “differed” and an attack on the American homeland was now being described as “aspirational” - rather than “imminent.”

The pivotal point came on September 28 when Greenwald and Hussain blew the lid off the lie.

They did so with such force that even liberal, pro-Democrat outlets such as Democracy Now! began running headlines such as...

“How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes, and the Corporate Media Went Along.”

Conclusion

In record time, a lie was born and died. But does the truth matter? The bombing goes on.

Perhaps the saga will convince some Americans to vote differently in November. Even if they do, will Republicans be any better on the war issue?

Whatever happens in America... the Iraqis and Syrians murdered by bombing raids that were launched... will never draw breath again.




 
 

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