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The Global Debt Crisis Is the New Cold War

The Bank of Greece in Athens

The Bank of Greece in Athens

From New York Magazine:

The news from Greece today is … well, it’s not good. Greek citizens are angry, European politicians are testy, equity investors worldwide are getting nervous, and the headlines are getting increasingly hysterical. This morning, things even took a dip into surreality when Greece’s Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos, frustrated by Germany’s criticism of his country’s accounting skills, actually whipped out the Hitler card.

“They [the Nazis] took away the Greek gold that was in the Bank of Greece, they took away the Greek money and they never gave it back,” he said. “I don’t say they have to give back the money necessarily,” he remarked to the BBC. “But they have to say thanks.”

Compared to that, the Times sounded like the voice of reason with their story pinning blame on our old friend credit default swaps, which prompted Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to announce he would investigate Goldman Sachs and financial institutions that might use instruments “in a way that intentionally destabilizes” the country.

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The Question of Questions

By Robert Singer Can Jared Diamond’s “Geographic Determinism” answer "Yali's 'Cargo' Question": Why "they" are so rich and "we" are so poor? Geographic Determinism: The shape and location of continents, flora, fauna, microbes, water, climate, topography determine history: Civilizations benefit because human populations with an east-west orientation (east-west) have a more consistent climate than those with a north-south orientation (Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared M. Diamond). No, it cannot.
Civilizations benefit because God and the House of Rothschild so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son to the human populations with an east-west orientation, that whosoever believeth in him shall not have to obey the laws of nature. Original sin entered the world when man went from trying to survive, to trying to justify his existence. "Cogito, ergo sum", less ambiguously translated: “I am thinking, therefore I exist", which is the foundation of Western philosophy.
Societies of civilized savages began when hunters and gatherers started farming and discovered toilet paper...
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Jared Diamond’s Noble Savage Collapse

by Robert Singer

Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his early writing contended that man is essentially good, a “noble savage” when in the “state of nature” (the state of all the other animals, and the condition man was in before the creation of civilization and society), and that good people are made unhappy and corrupted by their experiences in society. He viewed society as “artificial” and “corrupt” and that the furthering of society results in the continuing unhappiness of man.

Put another way, in the beginning civilized humans were hunters and gatherers, when we started wearing clothes made out of cotton, using deodorant, living in houses and using toilet paper we became savages.

The only difference between civilized “savages” and 20th century man is we used our opposing dumb to conquer Mother Earth.

The indigenous populations knew Nature was not ‘wild’ and hostile but was a benevolent friend. Then, by a twist of organized religious dogma, many began to think humans are the greatest and most important part of creation and they saw Nature as ‘fallen’ and sinful.   Since the end of the “dark age” man has attempted to divorce himself from Nature to the detriment of all creation.… Read the rest

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