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CIA gives Millions of “ghost dollars” to Afghanistan, WAKE UP PEOPLE!! April 29, 2013

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Ever wonder why the CIA needs so much of your hard earned tax dollars? Well according to Reuters here is the scoop.

Tens of millions of U.S. dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, according to the New York Times, citing current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.

The so-called “ghost money” was meant to buy influence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but instead fuelled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington’s exit strategy from Afghanistan, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying.

“The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan”, one American official said, “was the United States.”

The CIA declined to comment on the report and the U.S. State Department did not immediately comment. The New York Times did not publish any comment from Karzai or his office.

“We called it ‘ghost money’,” Khalil Roman, who served as Karzai’s chief of staff from 2002 until 2005, told the New York Times. “It came in secret and it left in secret.”

For more than a decade the cash was dropped off every month or so at the Afghan president’s office, the newspaper said.

Handing out cash has been standard procedure for the CIA in Afghanistan since the start of the war.

The cash payments to the president’s office do not appear to be subject to oversight and restrictions placed on official American aid to the country or the CIA’s formal assistance programs, like financing Afghan intelligence agencies, and do not appear to violate U.S. laws, said the New York Times.

There was no evidence that Karzai personally received any of the money, Afghan officials told the newspaper. The cash was handled by his National Security Council, it added.

U.S. and Afghan officials familiar with the payments were quoted as saying that the main goal in providing the cash was to maintain access to Karzai and his inner circle and to guarantee the CIA’s influence at the presidential palace, which wields tremendous power in Afghanistan’s highly centralized government.

Much of the money went to warlords and politicians, many with ties to the drug trade and in some cases the Taliban, the New York Times said. U.S. and Afghan officials were quoted as saying the CIA supported the same patronage networks that U.S. diplomats and law enforcement agents struggled to dismantle, leaving the government in the grip of organized crime.

In 2010, Karzai said his office received cash in bags from Iran, but that it was a transparent form of aid that helped cover expenses at the presidential palace. He said at the time that the United States made similar payments.

The latest New York Times report said much of the Iranian cash, like the CIA money, went to pay warlords and politicians.

For most of Karzai’s 11-year reign, there has been little interest in anti-corruption in the army or police. The country’s two most powerful institutions receive billions of dollars from donors annually but struggle just to recruit and maintain a force bled by high rates of desertion.

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From Boston To Cali, the Gov’t Militia are out in force April 26, 2013

Read the following link, less than a week after Military style police forces swept through nieghborhoods in Boston forcing innocent people at gunpoint from their homes, the Government has now focused in on Oakland. Look at these guys, they look like an army or dare I say a well organized militia conducting raids on people in California in order to remove guns from homes! Careful what you wish for, you might just get it!

 

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/04/fbi-conducting-gun-sweeps-in-oakland-2630356.html

 

Top 5 events that changed Wrestling forever!

Today’s top 5 list will be about those special moments in Wrestling history that forever sculpted the WWF/WWE. These are the moments us wrestling fans live for! Some of these are specific moments in time and some are time periods but you will all have to admit, these are why we watch, and if you notice we haven’t had a groundbreaking moment like any of these in recent memory, and that’s why the WWE product is so poor, Vince needs to remember what made the product so good to begin with! So here we go:

#5- The Sweet Chin Music Heard Round the World

We all love HBK, and one thing that made him so awesome was he had an awesome finishing move, Sweet Chin Music was just cool. It was devastating, it was show stopping, it could come from no where and that’s exactly where it came from during an episode of the Barber Shop on December 2nd 1991. Brutus Beefcake was trying to get the Rockers to come together as one, and it looked like it was working, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty gave each other a hug and just when it appeared the Rockers were going to go back into the Tag Team ranks HBK was born when he gave Jannetty one hell of a Sweet Chin Music, and then proceeded to toss Jannetty through the glass window of the Barber Shop! The reason this moment was so important was that The Rockers were a perineal crowd favorite and this tugged at the heart strings, it also gave rise to one of the biggest stars the WWF/WWE would ever have in Shawn Michaels, as this freed him up to work with Sherry Martel and enter into his notorious singles career. This clip also has one of the best commentary moments of all time after Jannetty gets face planted through the glass window Bobby Heenan says “Jannetty tried to dive through the window to escape, what an act of cowardism!” That’s brilliant!
Rockers divide on The Barber Shop

#4- Birth of the Attitude Era/Monday Night Wars

November 9th 1997 at the Survivor Series the WWE/WWF coined the term attitude era, but it had been coming for almost a year. The Monday Night wars were in full swing and the WCW was winning. The WWF hired a man named Vince Russo and though many wrestling fans hate Russo, he saved the WWF. With creative writing and a new take on what wrestling should look like Russo and McMahon brought forth some of the most notable characters in history, including Mankind/Foley, The Rock and of Course Stone Cold Steve Austin. This new era focused on an older crowd, ushered  in buckets of blood, and saw matches the likes of which have never seen before nor since. This era really kicked off with the rebirth of the Iron Man Match in 1996 when Bret Hart lost to Shawn Michaels in a match that lasted over one hour, we then saw a new type of Dead Man in the Undertaker. This era brought back the celebrity influence, when Mike Tyson began to appear in the ring. We also saw an influx of real fighter from the then brutal UFC such as Ken Shamrock and Steve Blackmon. Then of course we saw the amazing tandem of superstars in Rock/Austin/Mankind which gave us amazing, brutal, and unforgettable matches, that we will never have again in this PG era we are in. To bad too, because the epic Mankind Vs Taker Hell in a Cell was a spectacle that just cannot be recreated under todays family friendly landscape.

#3- Hogan Goes Heel

The idea was let’s do something that has never been done before, and the WCW did it, when Hulk Hogan the ultimate good guy turned his back on Macho Man on July 7th 1996, to embraced the Outsiders. First off, I just want to say this speaks volumes about The Macho Man as he is probably the only guys that could have given Hogan the bad guy push, if Hogan had turned on anybody else it probably would have turned them heel, but the Leg Drop hit Randy Savage and the crowd saw the writing on the wall. Hogan then gave his Billionaire Ted Speech and pledged his allegiance to the Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, with that, a new era of wrestling was ushered in. The Monday Night Wars was as much responsible for this turn as anything, because Eric Bishof new he had to do something to gain ratings, and the birth of Hollywood was the answer! Wrestling was forever changed, non wrestling fans begin to tune in to see what all the fuss was about, rating soared and a New World Order took over the Wrestling World. Unfortunately the WCW had the inmates running the asylum and things crumbled within a few years, however that day in 1996 without a doubt rocked wrestling to its core!

#2- McMahon Takes Over the World

It all started when Vince Jr purchased the then WWWF from his father in 1979, he renamed it the WWF and then in 1980 founded Titan Sports, He began recruiting talent from all the regional leagues and then acuired his centerpiece Hulk Hogan from the AWA. Wrestling at this point was a small time business, most wrestlers held other jobs and gathered in small halls for small shows, Vince had other ideas, he wanted to take the sport global, using television he took wrestling out of the Sportatorium and into Madison Square Garden. The visionary that is McMahon Jr. soon had accumulated all the talent from the regional groups and was set to deliver the final blow. He sold his time slot on television to Jim Crocket Promotions for one million dollars and with that money he set up the first Wrestlemania, a huge gamble that paid off. All of a sudden the once laughable WWF had become the place to be, the limelight, the real show.

#1- Hogan Beats the Shiek

Vince had the dream, he had the idea, but he needed a catalyst, and that was going to be Hulk Hogan. Freshly acquired from the AWA, Hogan saved crowd favorite Bob Backlund showing he was a babyface, and within three weeks he faced the Iron Shiek on January 23rd in Madison Square Garden. Hogan had appeared in the 1982 film Rocky 3. and had some level of stardom, but what was to follow nobody could have foresaw, except for McMahon. The match is not the greatest by any means, in fact it is pretty poor, but the spark was ignited and Hogan needed the Shiek to put him over as the fan favorite, his personality lifted his character and Hogan became a household name, everything Vince had wanted was coming to fruition. I do love the Shiek, he is classic and at a time that saw the Iranians as an axis of evil, it was the All American that brought him to his knees!

 

One more reason to hate Fox News April 25, 2013

I cannot stand any of the major “news” outlets in America, they are all corporations, with a bottom line to make money, they have become sitcoms, groping for ratings! They aim to entertain more than they aim to get you real news, this is a shame because over 90% of Americans look to only 3 sources for their news, which means roughly 30% of Americans turn to Fox news for this type of rubbish, good luck sheeple because according to Fox, we don’t need no stinkin Constitution!

 

America is a Modern day Rome, and we are burning April 23, 2013

Here is my thought for the day, America has become similar to Rome, we are spreading ourselves far to thin. We have been in an endless war since WW2, we have had the war on drugs, the war on terror, not to mention all the other international wars. Then after a war, we set up military bases in all these locations, we have bases in 160+ countries. This is where my Rome comparison comes in we have spread ourselves so thin and spend exponential amount of funds overseas when one in four American children don’t even know where their next meal is coming from.

Another point is why do we need bases in so many locations? We have zero foreign bases in the states, imagine if South Korea, or Saudi Arabia bought a few thousand acres of American soil to set up forces here at home. You think that would fly? You think the locals say in Texas, wouldn’t mind if the Saudi’s set up a military force outside of Houston? So imagine what all the locals think in those 160 locations that we have military bases. I have been living in Alice Springs, Australia for the past 6 months and there is a large US military base here, the locals can’t stand it, and this is in Australia, a sworn Ally!

Why do we have to be the world police? Why are we not focusing on our own problems which grow daily? I understand that we have foreign interests that have to be protected, but that is our own damn fault and what caused this issue in the first place. Rome spread too far and too thin, eventually it couldn’t control all of its interests and it crumbled, rather fast, the US is heading that way my friends. I am going for my Australian Citizenship and I am so happy to live in a Country that has money to feed its people. The Minimum wage here is $13 to $17 per hour depending on where you live, every single citizen has health care, teachers start at 60k per year, every item I buy at the grocery store is made or grown in Australia! I am done with America for now, you better open your eyes, or you feel the heat, just like Rome as it burned.

“The role of Government is to protect our liberties” Ron Paul

Here is a solution

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tBu8hb-HeHc

 

Conspiracy Theory breakdown – Silly nutters! April 22, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best, “If an argument lasts longer than 5 minutes, your both wrong” and it is so true. Conspiracy theorists are nothing more than people with an idea and insufficient data to back them up. I like conspiracy theories, not because I believe in them, but they are entertainment for me. Like watching a fiction movie, its interesting to see what some people can make up in their own minds. I find it funny that every conspiracy, from UFO’s, to the JFK assassination, to 9-11, to the Boston Bombing last week, “theorists” are all over these putting forth their ideas, yet nobody can prove anything, you know how I know they cannot prove any of these ideas, because if they could, they would have evidence, and it would be the accepted fact in society. I like how Theorists are always so confident in their ideas, they always say “open your eyes” without having one shred of actual evidence. Some things are just so astonishing that these people just cannot believe that they occur.

Whats even more confounding is once proof is given to disprove a conspiracy, such as mythbusters on the moon hoax, or the numerous debunking exercises done on UFO’s and the JFK assassination, these people still ignore the science, they run with their “theories” that have no solid backing. Boston last week is a great example, yes there were men in matching outfits, with earpieces in, you think it’s the first time that a large event such as the Boston Marathon had private security firms hired to add protection?

False Flags are a great idea that most conspiracy nuts always turn to, in fact they are the top reason used to explain every attack on our country in history according to conspirasists. The problem is this; never has any false flag been proved true in American History! Not even the Reichstag fire was proven to be a false flag. Now I am not saying that governments and others haven’t used major events to turn the majority to their side to execute their agenda, that happens for sure, but to say that the Government does these things only to further agendas, and having absolutely no proof of it is just hilarious!

UFO crash landing is the most absurd theory out there, your telling me that these creatures that mastered intergalatic travel and traversed billions of light years to reach Earth, crashed as soon as they got here? Think about that folk… you think that really happened? PLEASE!

The bottom line is this: come back when you have proof, not a theory, not a secondhand account, but proof!

 

Why Religion scares the hell out of me!

Here is the basic Idea, in 1000 CE Baghdad was the center of education and learning, all religions would get together, Jews, Christians, Arabs, Atheist would all gather and discuss Ideas. They would push each others ideas higher and higher and thus it became the scientific center of the world. Algebra was born, algorithms, Arabic Numbers that we still use today were born in this era and area. In fact two thirds of all stars in the night sky are named in Arabic! The islamic culture headed this enlightenment era. Then in the 1100’s a man named Hamid al-Ghazali, a muslim cleric, that codified the Islamic religion. He believed that using math was actually the work of the Devil, and Islam has never been the same since!

al-ghazaliHamid al-Ghazali

The 1.3 billion Muslims in the world can no longer use math, this idea is lost to them! Just for an example to prove my point, 25% of the Noble prizes for science have gone to the jews, you know how many Muslims have won these prizes? .3% for a total of 2, and only one of those was from the middle east! Imagine what could have been in our world had the Muslims not forfeited science for their god!

Now here is what really scares me, this is happening right now in America! The religious folks are doing everything in their power to infiltrate our schools and prohibit true science from being taught. When was the last time you saw scientist standing outside of a Church protesting god? Freedom of religion is an important thing, do not get me wrong, I firmly believe that you have the right to worship whatever Deity you want. However when you infringe upon myself, or my family in their rights to a scientific education, using facts, and not intelligent design to prove how the world works then we will have a problem.

Lets not move from fact people, lets not base our modern world on 2000 year old books that were written on second-hand accounts and altered throughout time to meet certain people’s agenda.

Just to shoot down Intelligent design, what about all the stupid designs? Childhood disease, tsunamis, earthquakes, what about our reproductive system… our sewers and our pleasure centers in the same organ?! And then there are people who believe Noah’s Ark story, and they believe that dinosaurs were on the boat! Or they argue that dinosaurs are planted in the earth by scientist in some large conspiracy to disprove god… Ummm, I don’t even try to respond to these people because there is no hope of any positive conversation.

Look at these American Statistics, among Americans that believe in god:

the average joe American – 85% to 90%

College Educated Americans – 60%

Scientists – 40%

Elite Scientist (physicists and the like)- 7%

What do these stats tell you? That scientists are going to hell? They tell me that the more you know, the more you understand about our world, the more you understand data, the more you know about physics, the more you understand about our physical world, the less you need to rely upon a deity for fulfilment.

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson put it best (as he usually does), in a letter to the New York Times in regard to the Church and State separation debate:

“People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah’s ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it’s about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers”