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Posted on July 10 at 4:22 p.m.
Grape vines grow and last anywhere from 10-30 to over 120 years!!!
Instead of rotating crops, organic wineries in northern california have found that ground cover cropping systems have been able to protect soils from erosion, provide aeration, nutrients and improve soil structure and water holding capacity as well as help deter pests without the use of pesticides.
On Back Door Prohibition
Posted on July 10 at 4:13 p.m.
"I'm still trying to figure out why the fishermen are so angry about the whole thing"
I'm guessing because farmed fish are being passed off as something that they caught wild out in the ocean?
On The Bait and Switch of Seafood Fraud
Posted on July 10 at 4:07 p.m.
lol, we "help" other countries... Ya, we help them install violent dictators who kill and take away the rights of their own citizens and then provide financial and military aid so they can go to war with countries that don't support the globalists' business interests so we can go install dictators there.
Yep, real helpful we are..
And why on earth would I want to go move to another country just so I can be terrorized by the country I already live in?
On Tea Party on Parade
Posted on July 10 at 4:02 p.m.
"All you leftist anti-Americans should go live somewhere else."
Funny, I'm more conservative politically than even you are.
Posted on July 10 at 12:45 p.m.
9. World's Largest Drug Dealer: The American empire is the largest drug dealer in the world? Say it isn't so. Well, in addition to forcing legal drugs and genetically modified organisms on nations, usually under the cover of foreign aid, America also leads in the illegal drug trade. In fact, many researchers reveal that the war on drugs is only utilized to control and monopolize the illicit drug trade. The US government has been caught multiple times shipping in cocaine, colluding with certain cartels to control the industry, and now openly protects and transports opium from Afghanistan. In fact, Global Research points out that in 2001, "according to UN figures, opium production had fallen to 185 tons. Immediately following the October 2001 US led invasion, production increased dramatically, regaining its historical levels." This month, the U.N. announced that Afghanistan now provides 93% of the world's opium production; up 61% compared to 2010 to a whopping 5800 tonnes. Although the empire tries to keep it secret, they can't hide the hypocrisy forever.
10. World Reserve Currency Prison: Although using Weapons of Mass Debt is a non-violent form of expanding the empire, it's perhaps the most brutal and effective form of control. Requiring foreign nations to purchase oil and other imported commodities with US dollars wields immense power. Because all nations must acquire dollars to purchase critical resources, they quickly become indebted to the US Federal Reserve, their affiliate central banks, and the IMF. Before long, the entire world is colonized by debt. It seems that only the nations that don't need or refuse credit from Western banking institutions are the ones in danger of facing the wrath of the imperial war machine. Incidentally, most oil-rich nations in the Middle East have outlawed usury (lending money with interest), making them impossible to conquer diplomatically through debt. Controlling the world reserve currency means controlling the tap of life itself, which is a dangerous weapon in the hands of an aggressive empire. Debt is the ultimate WMD the empire uses to enslave the world, which leaves dissidents with two clear choices: slavery or death.
Posted on July 10 at 12:44 p.m.
4. Suppression of Dissent: All tyrannical regimes throughout history have suppressed homeland dissent. As government oppression grows bolder at home and abroad, more citizens will naturally express outrage, resulting in even more oppressive controls. This is happening in the United States through the all-seeing eye of the Department of Homeland Security with warrantless spying, arbitrary watch lists, citizen spy campaigns, and TSA molestation to travel anywhere. Additionally, in an attempt to squash free speech, they arbitrarily seize websites and violently confront peaceful protesters. Unfortunately, as awareness of the topics in this very article expands, the U.S. will likely become even bolder in their pursuit of stifling dissent. In other words, the worst is yet to come, and history will judge the U.S. as not quite the beacon of freedom they have pretended to be.
5. Elimination of Habeas Corpus: Say goodbye to the notion of being innocent until proven guilty, the right to face charges and your accuser, and the right to a free and fair trial. Habeas corpus, considered the only humane path to "which a prisoner can be released from unlawful detention," has been eliminated for those vaguely labeled 'enemy combatants' of the empire. As Guantanamo prisoners rot under such pretenses, prominent lawmakers in the empire propose the exact same lack of rights for American citizens if they're labeled an 'enemy belligerent'. Similar to the Spanish Inquisition, now you're guilty until you're tortured to admit your guilt. Can it get more evil? Why yes, it can.
6. Assassinating Citizens: That's right. No judge, no jury, no conviction; just straight to execution. (more at link)
8. Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction: How ironic that the world's policeman for weapons of mass destruction is the only one to use them on a mass scale. The United States is on record using chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons. From the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII, to Monsanto's Agent Orange in Vietnam, to the depleted uranium used in Afghanistan and Iraq, America only condemns itself when speaking about the evils of WMDs.
Posted on July 10 at 12:43 p.m.
10 Reasons America Will Be Judged as the Most Brutal Empire in History
1. Support of Dictators: For all the happy talk of spreading Democracy and protecting human rights, the empire has repeatedly not only supported dictators, but in many cases overthrew popularly elected leaders and replaced them with puppet tyrants. Examples range from secretly funding the Nazis, to installing the Shah in Iran, Pinochet in Chile, supporting Musharraf in Pakistan, and their everlasting love affair with the brutal Saudi royal family, to name a few. Actions speak louder than words to those who can navigate the storm of propaganda with a moral compass set to recognize good from evil. Dictators and freedom cannot coexist.
2. Preemptive Wars of Aggression: It could be said that all wars are preemptive in nature because so many entities benefit from war. Yet, even before America's latest crusades, they covertly and surgically attacked countries that never threatened them. This allowed them to maintain the moral high road in the public's eye while constructing the foundation of their empire. That was until the Bush Doctrine; the use of preemptive military action to confront possible threats was unofficially adopted to be the new foreign policy for combating terror. Since then, America has become the violent aggressors, having officially invaded two countries -- Afghanistan and Iraq -- without legitimate provocation. Violent aggressors have always been judged by history as evil. But it gets worse....
3. Torture: Torture has never been acceptable by those promoting a high moral standing in the global community. Nazis and Japanese soldiers were convicted and executed for engaging in the exact same torture techniques that America has redefined as 'enhanced interrogation'. "I was just following orders," was not a justifiable excuse for such inhumane behavior, much like it wasn't a good enough defense for the low-ranking patsies who took the heat for the sinister Abu Ghraib torture scandal even though their actions were approved at the highest levels. Can state-sanctioned torture of prisoners held without charges ever be viewed as anything less than brutal?
Posted on July 10 at 12:25 p.m.
"I have yet to witness the Great Catholic Church stand tall and promise to care and raise all of these born and put-out children as a direct results of Anti-Abortion Laws." -dou4now
"In several states, Catholic Charities have had their licenses revoked to provide foster care and adoption services."http://www.miamiarch.org/ip.asp?op=Ar...
If the government restricts churches from providing foster care and the church takes care of the children anyways, the government will send men with guns and kidnap them and put them in a cage.
Maybe we should stop using government violence to solve societal problems.
I'm actually pro-choice, but I do see pro-life individuals who put up valid arguments against abortion. Is there a difference between murdering a newborn baby and one that is 7 or 8 months along? When does a fetus become a person? These are all difficult questions that require much soul searching, but ultimately I don't think that the government should be invading a woman's womb. I don't like the idea of the government investigating a miscarriage which is often a very sad, tragic and PRIVATE event for a woman.
On Reagan’s Abortion Quandary
Posted on July 10 at 12:08 p.m.
Well EastBeach I completely agree with you about American Exceptionalism, in fact I think our country is a violent military empire used as a tool by the elite for their own profit and control of the world. We have more prisoners in this country than the rest of the world combined and most of them are non-violent drug offenders. That is not freedom, that is tyranny and nothing to celebrate. In fact, I think it is pretty dumb to even celebrate the 4th of July, we are not independent from anything, the banks completely control our country and our government.
The people who understand the Constitution the least are the politicians in Washington. The Tea Party, generally, has a much better understanding of the Constitution.
Aggressive wars and military occupations are unconstitutional.
The Patriot Act and NDAA are unconstitutional
The Federal Reserve is unconstitutional
Spying on citizens is unconstitutional
Federal healthcare mandates are unconstitutional
Federal income tax is unconstitutional
Federal gun restrictions are unconstitutional
Posted on July 10 at 11:29 a.m.
Am I the only one here who thinks that both groups should have been allowed to participate in the parade? I think they are both highly appropriate.
The Tea Party generally believes in returning to our Constitutional roots as a nation as the Founding Fathers who helped free our nation intended.
Our Founding Fathers also intended that we stay away from foreign entanglements and not become a military empire, so I believe the Founding Fathers would support both the Tea Party and Veterans for Peace.