The Intellectual Insurgent
in·sur·gent (n-sûrjnt) adj. One who acts contrary to the established leadership (as of a political party, union, or corporation) or its decisions and policies
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Quote Of The Day
Friday, August 17, 2007
Save Darfur - False Advertising?
Last week, the British Advertising Standards Authority upheld a claim brought by the European Sudanese Public Affairs Council (ESPAC) and against the Save Darfur Coalition, ruling that the Coalition's advertisements claims that 400,000 innocent people were slaughtered in Darfur was based on mere speculation and, thus, constituted false advertising.
The ESPAC’s evidence pointed out that of the various estimates of the numbers of deaths in Darfur, the US General Accountability Office had judged a study by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), which is affiliated with the World Health Organisation, and not the study by the Coalition for International Justice, to be ‘the most objective and methodologically sound’. The CRED’s report, published in May 2005, estimated that 120,000 deaths were attributable to the conflict over a 17-month period, from September 2003 to January 2005. And these 120,000 deaths were not all amongst ‘innocent men, women and children’: they included deaths of combatants as well as violent deaths of civilians and deaths from malnutrition.
The ESPAC also put forward evidence to show that mortality rates have decreased in Darfur since 2005. It cited a report in the World Health Organisation’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin from 2006 which said that the number of excess deaths in Darfur had fallen below emergency levels. It also presented comments made by Jan Pronk, a UN Sudan Special Representative, who said that mortality and malnutrition rates had decreased dramatically after 2005, largely as a result of aid received and the setting up of refugee camps (5). This would mean that the Save Darfur Coalition’s adverts were shocking for two reasons: first, they were allegedly based on ‘deficient’ data; second, they were aimed at raising awareness about the ‘SLAUGHTER’ of an alleged 400,000 people at a time when the number of deaths in Darfur had fallen below emergency levels.
Should we be surprised that another attempt to justify the invasion of an oil rich Muslim country is based upon bullshit?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
The Prime Rate
The Prime Interest Rate is the interest rate charged by banks to their most creditworthy customers (usually the most prominent and stable business customers). The rate is almost always the same amongst major banks. Adjustments to the prime lending rate are made by banks at the same time; although, the prime rate does not adjust on any regular basis.
It is adjusted when the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, says so.
The Fed creates liquidity, then demands payment on margin calls, and when the inevitable consequence of consuming on debt predictably occurs, the Fed charitably "bailsout" the American consumer from the disaster the Fed created.
And Americans call this a free market. Laughable.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The True Rulers Of America
Controlling our currency, receiving our public money, and
holding thousands of our citizens in dependence...would be
more formidable and dangerous than a military power of the enemy.
Click here if you have 3 1/2 hours to receive a real education.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
A City Without Billboards
In 2007, the world's fourth largest metropolis and Brazil's commercial capital, Sao Paolo, became the first city outside the communist world to put into effect a near-complete ban on outdoor advertising.
Can you imagine if only America's major cities started following suit? Have you ever paid attention to how much visual pollution there is on any given stretch of highway?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Think Outside The Bottle
As it turns out, the water in these bottles is the same water each one of us uses for our shower - TAP WATER.
Except that when water is taken from you and resold to you in environmentally-unfriendly, oil-wasting packaging, the mark-up is about 7000%. A half-liter of Pepsi's Aquafina at a Tucson convenience store costs $1.39. The bottle contains purified water from the Tucson water supply. From the tap, you can pour over 6.4 gallons for a penny.
You do the math.
In whose interest is it to convince you that tap water is not as good as bottled water even though, more often than not, it is actually the same thing? Read more here.