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Artie C, you love putting words in other people's mouths. Using google, like reading books, just provides information. It's up to you to discover what is credible, and what is not. As I see it, documented quotes from these people are pretty credible. Do we need to spoon-feed it to you?
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Why Do Radical Muslims Hate Us?

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 11:41 PM
The fact that we've been bombing Muslim nations for the past decade, killing innocents by the thousands, has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact so many of them hate us. Oh, no--never. Yup, they hate us for our freedom. That's the ticket!
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Torture Without Excuses

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:44 PM
During WWII, the Germans' most EFFECTIVE gatherer of intelligence explicitly repudiated torture. He gathered information from allied POW's by giving them a good meal, offering a beer or two, and just talking about the war. One very effective ploy he would use would be to PRAISE the allied forces for their obvious fighting spirit and unity of purpose. Whereupon the POW, without even realizing it, would spill the beans about what was right and wrong with operations on his side. Quite innocently. And this was very reliable, very actionable intelligence.
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Torture Without Excuses

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:40 PM
The Founding Fathers, DagNabbit, took quite an opposite view. Their view was that we should STAY OUT of entangling alliances, for the exact reasons that we DON'T want to get involved in ever-widening foreign intrigues. Our purpose should be to build a prosperous, free society that is the envy of the world.
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Torture Without Excuses

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:38 PM
Slavery was practiced by several Northern states as well (Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey). The South had every right to secede, and would have done so peacefully if the tyrant Lincoln had simply allowed it. WWII is not as black-and-white as many make it out to be. Although we were in fact attacked by Japan, it is also true that FDR did everything he could to maneuver them into doing so. This is why the Neocon's--FDR fans every one of them--are so enamored of the idea of a "Pearl Harbor like event" to justify expanding their foreign wars.
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Inside German Politics

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:31 PM
Well, speaking German myself, I would not be surprised if the term "Mutti", in a addition to being an affectionate term for "mother" (akin to "mommy"), it can also be used to designate a cunning pragmatist. In English, for example, if we referred to Hillary Clinton as "our Mommy", we would not mean it as a term of affection, but of derision.
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Inside German Politics

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:28 PM
A brief addendum: CD's are a legitimate form of invest, ASSUMING that only the money actually saved gets lent out. If that money is pyramided in the typical counterfeiting scheme, it's just as fraudulent as lending out demand deposits. But theoretically speaking, IF CD money is lent out on a dollar-for-dollar basis, then it constitutes honest lending.
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Inside German Politics

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:25 PM
David4 cites a noble and insightful source: the great Murray Rothbard. In an HONEST monetary system, investment comes from savings; that is, from the voluntary forgoing of consumption today, in exchange for more money tomorrow. People who voluntarily give up consumption have a powerful interest in seeing that their savings are invested wisely. Thus, in a sane, sound money system, people make darned sure their money goes to projects likely to produce a good return.
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Inside German Politics

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:21 PM
My my, ThomasHamilton, aren't we touchy? Of course, CD's are a LEGITIMATE FORM of lending. I give up the use my saved capital for a specified period, in exchange for the prospect of profit when that specified period ends. With FRB, however, what happens is that DEMAND DEPOSITS are lent out the second the bank gets them. We have the legal fiction that those deposits are "owned" by the depositor, the lender, and the lendee, all at once. And, under current law, the bank can lend out almost ten dollars for every dollar it has on deposit. That is, quite simply stated, fraud.
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Torture Without Excuses

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 2:34 PM
It is true that there are some big governments that DON'T torture (so far as we know), and some very SMALL governments that DO torture (Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria). Torture is wrong, morally and pragmatically, whether the government doing the torturing is small or large. That which is immoral for an individual, is immoral for a government, which after all is just a particular group of people sharing delusions of grandeur.
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