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November 30, 2017 / No Black Pete

One Article on Bosnia

U.N. tribunal seeks answers

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – A U.N. tribunal that was stunned by the courtroom suicide of a Bosnian Croat war criminal said on Thursday it was working with Dutch investigators to piece together how he smuggled a fatal dose of poison into the high-security building.

Slobodan Praljak is seen during television broadcast of the appeal trial in the Hague, Netherlands, for six Bosnian Croat senior wartime officials accused of war crimes against Muslims in Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Slobodan Praljak, 72, died on Wednesday at a hospital in The Hague within hours of drinking a vial of liquid during the reading of his appeals judgment at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. [L8N1NZ2YM] Read more…

November 28, 2017 / No Black Pete

Mercenary Hands

Organized Crime - ProhibitionFarbrekhers in America: The Americanization of Jewish Blue-Collar Crime, 1900-1931
By Anton Hieke, Aspeers, 2010, pp.97-115 [Edited]

Abstract: The mass immigration of Eastern European Jews between 1880 and 1924—some two and a half million came to the United States—caused a thorough change in the nature of New York Jews. Following wealthier German uptown Jews, it was now marked by poor Polish or Russian Jews living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Their quarters functioned as the hinges between Eastern Europe and the US. Practicing Jews constituted a small minority of American society; their criminal structures, however, became one of the most influential factors of modernization of crime from the fringes to the center of American society. Through the development of their underworld, as well as the professionalization and the struggle for respectability, the phenomenon of Jewish crime itself experienced an Americanization.

In the public perception, the 1920s and ’30s in the US are strongly linked to the era of Prohibition (1919-1933). Literature, Hollywood movies, and reminiscences of criminals Read more…

September 28, 2017 / No Black Pete

Mental Path

freedom, murica ! yea ! - ImgflipFrom The Greatest American Paradox

[Edited]

In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. —George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946)

Imagine, if you would, an average American. We’ll call him “Ed.” Ed is in his mid-thirties, works in an office, and is standing at the paper shredder. He’s holding a stack of paper in one arm while feeding the paper shredder with his other. Suddenly, he drops the stack of paper all over the floor and just stands there, rigid, mouth hanging open and eyes as wide as silver dollars. Staring into nowhere in particular, he begins babbling faintly to himself. He giggles slightly with a faint smile, and then he looks around with an intense expression of perplexed distress.

Ed’s coworkers, who are standing around him, have become quite concerned and a bit upset with what they are seeing and hearing. “What’s wrong with Ed?” they whisper to each other. “What’s wrong, Ed?” one of them asks him. Ed looks past his concerned coworker and babbles on, muttering something about “destroying” and “saving” the whole world. Read more…

September 27, 2017 / No Black Pete

A Gog of A Son

The Strange History Behind The Pledge Of Allegiance

“Face the flag with your right hand over your heart, and then, as we say my flag, raise your arm in the air like so.”

The twenty children, ranging in age from five to thirteen and decked out in Little House on the Prairie attire, obeyed. With hands over their hearts, they pivoted toward the American flag in the corner of the room and began — making sure to extend their right arms when uttering the expression “my flag”:

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands — one nation, indivisible — with liberty and justice for all.

Wait. What?

At an early age, most of us were taught the Pledge of Allegiance. However, what many people don’t realize is that the Pledge we currently recite isn’t the original version. In fact, it’s been revised at least twice since it was first written.

The Bellamy Pledge (1892) Read more…

September 25, 2017 / No Black Pete

A Son of A Lie

Historical Maps of the Ancient GreeceHerodotus: Father of History, Father of Lies

By David Pipes [Excerpted]

It was in the early days of the Peloponnesian War that Herodotus completed his History and published it. It was something new, something unique. It was not a chronicle, nor was it a local history. It was historia — researches into a major event of the past. It is no coincidence that Herodotus wrote his work at this time. In his History Herodotus tells of the Persian Empire, its rise to the height of imperialism, and its faltering and ultimate collapse. Some say that Athens, too, had reached the height of her imperialism, and the Peloponnesian war would bring to Athens what the war Herodotus wrote about brought to Persia. The author of the History wanted to do more than retell the events of the past, he want to prove a point and make sure the people of the future remembered and learned from the events of the past. Read more…

August 20, 2017 / No Black Pete

High Lie Society

Greenwald then drew upon this passage from Orwell's Notes on ...AMERICAN COLONIZATION SOCIETY

By Douglas Harper [Edited]

Abolitionists may talk twaddle till the crack of doom, but after all, Colonization is to be the great cure of negro slavery in this country, or it remains uncured. You may free the [enslaved] in the South, but he is nevertheless [enslaved] North or South. His shackles are only to be cast off by returning to the land of his forefathers. Here he is surrounded by a wall of prejudice as indestructable as the everlasting hills. The fires of the volcano are not more inextinguishable than this prejudice, and we would therefore remove the black man from its influence, instead of encouraging him to break it down by an insolent bearing towards those who are in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, his intellectual superiors. �newspaper editorial, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1854.

Ever since pre-Revolutionary times, white Americans had discussed sending freed [Africans] back to Africa. The notion became a formal movement in December 1816, when delegates from several states met in Washington, D.C., and organized the American Colonization Society. They voted to immediately begin seeking voluntary removal of U.S. black people to Africa or whatever place Congress thought fit. Read more…

August 19, 2017 / No Black Pete

High Society

Marcus Garvey: Life and Lessons

Edited by Robert A. Hill and Barbara Bair, 1987

Lesson 8

The Social System

Society is an organisation of mankind to safeguard and protect its own interest.  When society is organised and is made evident by regulations, rules, and laws, every member of that society must obey the said rules, regulations and laws. Always, therefore, live up to the organised system of society of which you form a part.  The only alternative to this is rebellion.  You should never join rebellious movements against society except there is good reason and justification for it.

Society is intended to maintain the greatest good for the greatest number, and that is always uppermost so that in thought you may have to reform.  Any society must be calculated to bring about the greatest good for the greatest number, and you must obey its laws, otherwise you are an evil genius living in the midst of that society and that society will seek to destroy you or compel you to obey its rules, Read more…