An… interesting… portion of W.Wilson’s 1917 war speech to Congress.

We have no quarrel with the German people. We have no feeling towards them but one of sympathy and friendship. It was not upon their impulse that their Government acted in entering this war. It was not with their previous knowledge or approval. It was a war determined upon as wars used to be determined upon in the old, unhappy days when peoples were nowhere consulted by their rulers and wars were provoked and waged in the interest of dynasties or of little groups of ambitious men who were accustomed to use their fellow men as pawns and tools. Self-governed nations do not fill their neighbour states with spies or set the course of intrigue to bring about some critical posture of affairs which will give them an opportunity to strike and make conquest. Such designs can be successfully worked out only under cover and where no one has the right to ask questions. Cunningly contrived plans of deception or aggression, carried, it may be, from generation to generation, can be worked out and kept from the light only within the privacy of courts or behind the carefully guarded confidences of a narrow and privileged class. They are happily impossible where public opinion commands and insists upon full information concerning all the nation’s affairs.

Personal Gain Index- graciously provided by ballotpedia.org

“For the first time in history, the majority of America’s elected officials in Washington, D.C. are millionaires.[1][2] At the same time, 50 percent of Americans cannot afford to spend $5,000 in an emergency.[3]

The median American citizen[4] saw his or herhousehold net worth decrease from 2004 to 2012 by an annual rate of -0.94 percent, whilemembers of Congress experienced a median annual increase of 1.55 percent. Congress saw a total increase of $316.5 million in assets held by all members in the study.[5]

This page is about changes in net worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives during their time in office. The data goes from 2004 through 2012.

This is the first part of the Personal Gain Index. The Personal Gain Index is a four-part study that examines the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have individually prospered during their tenure as public servants.”

-Ballotpedia.org

Shit-damn.

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tsk tsk tsk…

NYPD managed to score $137.2 million in lawsuits. Last year 9,502 New York City residents filed complaints against the department, that is an average of 10 per day.

Peter Valentin, a very dedicated cop, racked up almost $1.3 million in SETTLEMENTS.  Well, to be fair when you work 3 1/2 months over-time, you might overlook some rules too. In 2013 he received $126,000 for his purposeful disregard for the constitution.

With an eerie semblance to the Stephen Woods catastrophe China executed a 18 year old male for a rape/murder that he did not commit. It was only overturned due to a  miraculous CONFESSION by a completely overlooked party. Of course, this kind of thing happens all the time.No big deal. China boasts an almost 100% conviction rate, leading to 2,400 people being executed in 2013. In 1989, one man was killed for supposedly killing a woman who wasn’t even dead. The woman turned up in her village a few years later, saying she had been kidnapped.

China rules Hong Kong apparently. Haven’t figured out why yet…

The health care industry is booming! Yay! Due to this Obama Care wonderfulness, the hospitals are getting more money. They keep their rates high and more patients are insured. Well, it takes time for the rates to go down…lots of paperwork I’m sure. Meanwhile, the premium on a family health plan has risen 73% in the last decade. The worker’s portion has risen 93%. And the average spent on a family health plan (both the employer and worker portion) is $16,834

Belgium shut down its transportation today for 24 hours. Due to $13.8 billion in cuts. The [welfare state] government is planning to raise the retirement age, cancel the wage rise needed to compensate for inflation, in addition to cutting health and social security benefits. Who needs those?

In even better news, Spain’s Congress passes anti protest law, effectively abrogating democracy. It will now go to Senate, where it’s expected to pass with flying colors. You are not allowed to take pictures of police, protest peacefully, climb any monuments or buildings without permission, I could go on and on. Here is a link to a site that itemizes what is prohibited.

Last, but not least Kim Jong-Un is not happy about his head being blown up in The Interview, or so I’m assuming, since he declared the 40 million dollar budged Sony movie an act of war. Who would have thought he had no sense of humor.

Till next time.

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