Coincidence all the original ‘Too-Big-To-Jail’ Bankers were portrayed as Magi adoring Jesus?

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The fathers of our banking system – The ‘banchieri’ Medici family. Here 3 generations are shown being the “Wise Men” worshiping baby Jesus. By the time Pius II became pope, he said of Cosimo Medici (the man at Jesus’ feet), “Political questions are settled at his house. The man he chooses holds office…He it is who decides peace and war and controls the laws..He is king in everything but name.”  Between 1397 and 1420, they made a 32% profit on money lending per year.

 

http://totallyhistory.com/adoration-of-the-magi-by-botticelli/

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40 years later, U.S. couldn’t change a small island in the Caribbean with sanctions yet we think it’ll work on oil rich Iran?

love your enemiesWhen governments impose sanctions, the officials implementing the policy want to harm the dictator or bad guy heading the other country’s government. That’s the goal. What they do to achieve it is by intentionally or unintentionally harming many innocent people in those countries by cutting them off from food, medicine, and other goods that they need or value.

And what is the result? What do people in embargoed countries do when they find out that foreign governments threaten their survival? They don’t repent. They don’t change their government. They get angrier and blame sanctioning foreign government(s) for their woes.  They respond in kind. That should be no surprise, its human nature. There is no case in history where as a result of sanctions imposed by government A on people in country B, country B’s people overthrew their own government.

Increasing sanctions on Iran enables the Iranian government the opportunity to change the subject — from their failed policies to nationalistic pride. That is what nuclear energy symbolizes for them anyway.

The current Western policy is counterproductive. It is pushing Khamenei in the wrong direction by increasingly cornering him. Researchers agree. A recent report by the RAND Corporation documented a growing corollary between the power of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (a military branch associated with much of Iran’s corruption) and sanctions. In fact, “INCREASED U.S. sanctions on Iran are exactly what the Revolutionary Guard wants.” says Michael Axworthy, a lecturer in Middle Eastern and Iranian history at the University of Exeter in England. Increased sanctions on Iran will not serve U.S. interests.  But isn’t this a tell on human nature: we do it anyway!

For all the pain they impose, sanctions usually do not succeed. There is a long history of failure to prove it. Lets review some: In 1935, The League of Nations sanctions imposed sanctions on Italy to force it out of Ethiopia. It failed. In Burma, sanctions have caused babies to die, young women to succumb to AIDS and families to go hungry. In Iraq, countless hundreds of thousands died. Child mortality sky rocketed!  And we never changed their behavior.

More recently, UN sanctions have failed to induce Libya to turn over two citizens for trial in the Lockerbie airliner bombing, or to induce Iraq to substantially modify its policies. Unilateral sanctions, imposed by a single state, are even more likely to fizzle. The United States grain embargo against the Soviet Union in 1980 did not produce a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, nor have the long and punishing sanctions by the United States against Cuba resulted in political change on that island. Sanctions are often ignored or circumvented by traders chasing a high profit margin. China is now a huge trading partner with Iran.

Sanctions empower dictators, they don’t remove them.

Unilateral sanctions can even backfire, harming exporters in the sanction-imposing country most of all. In the 1980 grain embargo, US farmers suffered more than Soviet consumers! It called “collateral damage” and it happens all the time to 3rd States.

12 years of sanctions on Iraq, 14 years of sanctions on Burma, 16 years of sanctions on Iran, 40 years of sanctions on Cuba.

What is the solution short of war?

The best way to change a regime is by killing them with kindness not punishment. Isn’t positive reinforcement accepted as the best way to rear children as well as pets?  Why do we ignore that truth therefore when dealing with ‘enemies’?

Maybe here we can all learn something from the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament. Jesus gave us the secret of how to win against the bad guys. He said, “Do good to your enemies.” ..”By the measure you use, it will be measured unto you.”.. “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” And later, the New Testament meets Old when Paul quotes Proverbs:

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.

The best way to destroy evil is not by doing more evil – its by doing good. Its reverse psychology and it works.  Kill them with kindness. The Carrot gives better results than the stick.

Want a more western friendly government? Kill them with free market kindness. Trade more, not less!

A study noted the USA is the #1 initiator of economic sanctions and that just in the period 1993 to 1996, 61 US laws and executive actions were enacted authorizing unilateral economic sanctions. We sanctioned 42 % percent of the world’s population!

You can’t expect good if you sow darkness. Punishing entire populations even to death is not the moral high ground. The unilateral United States trade embargo of Cuba, in force since 1962, is currently opposed by a large majority of the world’s countries. In 1996, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution again condemning the embargo by the largest vote ever — 117 ayes, 3 nays.

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Read more:

http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/7311

http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/64405-why-increased-us-sanctions-on-iran-dont-work#ixzz2MzjRMn3p

http://www.globalpolicy.org/images/pdfs/Sanctions_An_Analysis.pdf

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/29/why-iran-sanctions-wont-work/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10742109

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$1.1 trillion in loopholes and deductions cost more than Medicare and Medicaid combined

 

 

 

Tax breaks offered by the federal government tend to overwhelmingly favor the richest segment of the population, while entitlement benefits and other federal social benefits are more evenly distributed.

Families earning more than $1 million before taxes receive $447,259 from tax breaks By contrast, for taxpayers earning $10,000 or less, the average break amounts to $427.

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GOP propose cutting access to birth control although studies show it will greatly increase abortion rates???

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Providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduced unplanned pregnancies and cut abortion rates by 62 percent to 78 percent over the national rate.

Obamacare’s birth control provision, which went into effect on August 1, eliminates co-pays for contraceptives. Nearly one in three U.S. women report they have stopped using their preferred contraceptive method, or used it less consistently and effectively, because they could not afford it.

Lowered rates of unintended pregnancy are directly related to increased access to contraception. Therefore Obamacare greatly reduces unintended pregnancies and abortions.

“The impact of providing no-cost birth control was far greater than we expected in terms of unintended pregnancies,” says lead author Jeff Peipert, MD, PhD, the Robert J. Terry Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “We think improving access to birth control, particularly IUDs and implants, coupled with education on the most effective methods has the potential to significantly decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country.”

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/10/04/abortion.rates.plummet.with.free.birth.control

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/10/us-gop-birthcontrol-idUSBRE82813620120310

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New 50 State study shows States with the MOST gun control laws have the FEWEST gun-related deaths and suicides

Boston, Mass., March 6, 2013-In the United States, the states with the most firearm legislation have the lowest rates of firearm-associated deaths overall, as well as the lowest rates of firearm-associated suicides and homicides, according to a new study by Boston Children’s Hospital. The states with the most laws have a mortality rate 42 percent lower than those states with the fewest.

“Our hope is this study will help inform the ongoing public debate related to firearms,” says Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, of Boston Children’s Hospital, lead investigator of the study published online March 6 and in the May 15 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study is the first to look at the relationship between firearm legislation and firearm-associated fatalities state by state between 2007 and 2010.

Fleegler and fellow researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, analyzed all firearm-related deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and data on state firearm legislation aggregated by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Between 2007 and 2010, firearms were responsible for 31,224 to 31, 672 fatalities a year, with an average annual death rate ranging from a high of 17.9 per 100,000 individuals in Louisiana to a low of 2.9 per 100,000 in Hawaii. In 2010, firearms killed 68 percent of the homicide victims and 51 percent of the suicide victims.

“We found that the states with the greatest number of laws not only had dramatically lower firearm-associated homicide rates, but dramatically lower firearm-associated suicide rates as well,” says Fleegler.

Findings from the study include:

· States with the most firearm legislation had a 42 percent lower overall firearm-associated mortality rate than states with the least legislation.

· The firearm-associated homicide rate was 40 percent lower, and the firearm-related suicide rate 37 percent lower, in states with the most legislation.

· There was no increase in non-firearm-associated fatalities in states with the most firearm legislation as compared to states with the least legislation.

· The types of legislation associated most clearly with decreasing rates of firearm-related homicides and suicides involved universal background checks and requiring permits to purchase firearms.

· States with the most firearm laws had the lowest levels of household gun ownership.

Fleegler notes that the study did not determine cause and effect, but instead established the association between firearm laws and firearm fatalities.
Compared to states with the fewest laws, in states with the most there were 6.25 per 100,000 fewer firearm deaths from suicide and 0.40 per 100,000 fewer firearm deaths from homicide.

“Though the numbers may appear small, with 300 million people living in our country that adds up to thousands of people each year who may not have died if they lived in states with the most gun laws,” says Fleegler.

The other authors of the study are Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH; Michael C. Monuteaux, ScD; David Hemenway, PhD; and Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH.

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http://news.yahoo.com/more-gun-laws-fewer-deaths-50-state-study-224508338.html

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New Treasury Sec gets bonus by Citigroup if he quits for gov regulatory job. And conservatives fear Obama socialism?

Jack Lew‘s Golden Parachute

Like all other administrations before him, there is an incestuous relationship between Wall Street and the White House.

” Most companies include incentives for top employees not to leave, but in this case his Citigroup employment contract was written to reward give Mr. Lew a bonus guarantee if he left the bank for a “high level position with the United States government or regulatory body.”  He actually gets paid more if he leaves to work for the government!”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323384604578324442830547044.html?KEYWORDS=Lew+golden+parachute

 

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