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When Your Bank Goes Bust…Run! Or… How Congress Already Stole Your Savings.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.”

                                                                                                            – Bertolt Brecht

Daily, a thus distracted public is told that the financial patsy for the growing worldwide economic disaster is simply a virus. As Americans fearfully watch passively as the US Congress throws the ever-mounting trillions in Bail-out funds so quickly at the feet of their puppet masters, the paltry cash reserves of all American bank depositors have never been more at risk.

“I’m sorry, Sir. We are unable to cash this check,” were the rather ominous words delivered to me by a fresh-faced, none-too-friendly, Wells Fargo Bank assistant manager. He had just kept me waiting ten minutes while in consultation with others about my pending transaction. Returning to his Wells’ colored cubicle he sat down quickly, straightened in his chair and then looked at me intently through narrowed eyes before delivering the bad news.

Four feet away, between us and in front of him, were three forms of my personal identification face up. Looking down, this budding banker particularly glowered at two personal checks, also laying on the desk before him, written to me as payment by a client and drawn on his bank. Not being a “Wells” customer I had expected a shake-down, hence I had brought with me multiple forms of ID including passport.

These two checks totalled the small sum of almost US$8,000.00. Not expecting this much difficulty I insisted on a reason, to which he now looked up from once again carefully considering the two checks and replied, “I’m sorry, but the bank does not have sufficient funds on-hand to cash these checks.”

Oh, dear.

                                                                                

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Trapped! (You, too.)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.”  ― Alexander Solzhenitsyn

To divorce one’s self- finally- from nationalistic illusionary comfort. There is no harder decision any world citizen will ever make. To “up and go” is a decision that pits one’s developed reason against that propaganda; self-preservation against nationalism, fact against friend, and history against ignorance. These conflicts boil together night after night when one’s mind wrangles throughout with this grinding web of conflict thus further inspired by an acute understanding of past deeds and surreptitious capitalist motives perpetrated by an Empire gone mad.

Within another sleepless night, whilst again wrestling with the incredible facts of this new “crisis” being incubated by an acute understanding of the draconian history of “exceptionalism,” in the dead of night one’s own faculties also come into question within the all-enveloping gloom.

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BLIND…Dumb and Stupid!

BLIND…Dumb and Stupid!

Not Jewish Enough To Be An American.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

                                        

To be purely an American first and foremost is a threat to Israel. As Jewish/Israeli influence continues to grow in the halls of Congress and the White House, the false, excoriating allegations made against US Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, show the true, uncompromising,   demands of the Israeli lobby on Congress in America. Their words this week, and those of the Israel lobby, reveal the depth and reality of Israel’s American political intentions; to further dominate and control American foreign and domestic policy via the of the power of AIPAC on all American politicians. Quantitatively, Israel is well on its way.

 

Two quotes by Chuck Hagel have been splashed across almost every mainstream media news service in... Read More

CLINTON VS. OBAMA: A Continued Crisis in Leadership.(Part Two)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

In recent days Obama has appointed his first Supreme Court Justice in Sonjia Sotomayor.  Clinton’s first Supreme Court appointment was smooth sailing in sending Ruth Bader Ginsburg to join the Brethren virtually uncontested.  His second choice, however, was George Mitchell. Here, again, the parallels continue.

 

A career liberal Democrat and former Senate majority leader Mitchell was considered untouchable by both sides of the aisle. His long-standing reputation as a consensus builder throughout Congress and his very liberal voting record made him a liberal favorite.  His detractors, even in the Republican ranks, were few. Despite Mitchell’s clear liberal leanings on virtually all issues, and a voting record to prove it, he was considered likely to pass confirmation easily.

 

Suddenly, prior to the confirmation... Read More

BILL CLINTON VS. OBAMA : A Continued Crisis in Leadership.(Part One)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

Recent commentary on the first hundred plus days of the Obama administration have almost exclusively drawn comparison to those of FDR.  A closer and, it would seem, more accurate comparison would be that of Bill Clinton.

 

In 1992, “Change We Can Believe In”, was replaced with, “Putting People First”.  And, just like Obama, Clinton was elected for a number of political reasons that all equaled a campaign platform that promised sound social, economic and political change for the average American. As with Clinton it did not take long for  Obama to show his true colors.

 

“It’s the economy stupid”, was the mantra that kept Clinton focused on the path to the prize.  But in 1992 it was more than obvious to even the casual observer.  With an economy that was in the first throws of Reaganomics... Read More

Occupy Wall Street- DC/ Freedom Plaza

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Approaching the Freedom Plaza Occupy from the north the differences between this protest and their counterparts at McPherson park are obvious. This Occupation does not resemble the typical Occupy camps previously evicted across America. Rather than and embryonic composite of tents, tarps, string, rope, and protest signs this camp appears to be far closer to a military operation.

All Occupy camps are different, but this camp at Freedom Plaza, called Occupy Washington DC (not :Occupy DC) stands out. Freedom Plaza has no grass or trees anywhere and sits exclusively on semi-polished granite with symbols of American democracy throughout. It has a lovely view of the Capitol building looking down the slight grade of Pennsylvania Avenue to the south. On top of this granite sits about 65 tents all in neat rows or congregations around the epicenter of the camp. Many new Occupiers and... Read More

Waking Up with Occupy- 5A.M.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Suddenly, at 5 AM the cacophony of cell phone alarms went off creating a very annoying din. Grumbling could be heard in the corners of the warehouse floor at second Avenue and 32nd St. in Brooklyn New York from the over 275 guest protesters scattered across the floor. Just to be sure the message was clear and very loud voice gave the called action. “It’s 5 AM” he boomed. “It’s time to get up. It’s time to occupy.”

Well, occupiers are notoriously not accustomed to early-morning protest, preferring, to at all costs start no earlier than midmorning. But today they were after different game. It was time, just one year later, Kerry emphasize the origin original message of occupy. Today’s occupation, Wall Street. Sands, the financial district open so damn early, over 275 ashes protesters slowly arose from their cocoons.

The... Read More

National Attack on OCCUPY! Freedom Plaza, Miami, Austin, Honolulu.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

Note: This is the second part of our article which began with the razing of McPherson Park at 5:35 am. this morning Saturday Feb. 5, 2012.Since that story (OCCUPY DC: 5:35 AM. Cops Attack McPherson Park!)  future attacks have taken place on peaceful Occupy camps.AS with the previous story will be updating here as news is available.Please check back.

9:30 PM:

An apparent National assault against American’s First Amendment rights to free assembly began this morning Sat, Feb. 5, 2012 when National Park Service police raided, barricaded, and began razing to the ground all tents at McPherson Park. At almost the same time raids on the other remaining Occupy camps in Austin, Miami, and Honolulu were also commencing.

McPherson Park is one of the two Occupy camps in Washington DC and the eviction of the protesters... Read More

Bloodless Coup at Freedom Plaza: Embedded with Occupy DC/ Part Four.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

When approaching the Freedom Plaza Occupy camp from the north the differences between this protest and  McPherson park are obvious. This Occupation does not resemble the typical Occupy camps previously evicted across America. Rather than and embryonic composite of tents, tarps, string, rope, and protest signs this camp looks more like a military operation.

 

All Occupy camps are different, but this camp at Freedom Plaza, called Occupy Washington DC,               (Occupy DC is the other camp) stands out. Freedom Plaza has no grass or trees and sits on semi-polished granite with symbols of American democracy throughout. The camp has a lovely view of the Capitol building looking down the slight grade of Pennsylvania Avenue to the south. On this granite sit about 65 tents in neat rows or congregations around the epicenter of the camp. Many new Occupiers... Read More

OCCUPY DC: 5:35 AM. Cops Attack McPherson Park!

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

Forty cops on horseback and another forty on motor cycles roared into McPherson Park this morning at 5:35 AM Saturday Feb.4, 2012.

The cops, in an apparent effort to make their authoritarian assault on the park a media event, had contacted main stream media prior to the raid as the first sign of trouble was the arrival of camera crews. Suddenly the police on horseback and the motorcycle cops materialized on all four sides of the camp. They immediately took control of the statue of General James McPherson, the namesake of the park, by using metal barriers. In recent days, as a reaction to the National Park Service notice to stop the Occupiers from camping, the campers had Occupied the statue using a very large tent blue tarp, emblazoned with Occupy slogans, to cover the general.

Police in riot gear have at this point surrounded the statue and removed the... Read More