All posts by Rich Winkel

Russian general warns of growing nuclear war risk

“Russia’s top military commander warned on Thursday of a growing threat of conflicts along its borders that could even escalate into a nuclear war.

“The possibility of local armed conflicts along nearly the whole border has increased sharply,” General Nikolai Makarov said, citing the fact that many of the country’s Soviet partners are gravitating towards Nato.

“The Baltic states and Eastern European countries in the Soviet-era Warsaw Pact defence treaty have already joined, while Georgia and Ukraine have expressed a desire to join the Western defence alliance that was once the menace of USSR and is still considered Russia’s enemy by conservatives.

“In certain conditions I don’t rule out local and regional armed conflicts developing into a large-scale war, including using nuclear weapons,” Makarov said, RIA Novosti reported.

http://www.emirates247.com/news/world/russian-general-warns-of-growing-nuclear-war-risk-2011-11-17-1.428852

AMA still pushing circumcision

“Legal initiatives in California would ban infant male circumcision and penalize any physician who performed it. The AMA is opposed to any attempt to legally prohibit the custom. “There is strong evidence documenting the health benefits of male circumcision and it is a low-risk procedure,” said Peter W. Carmel, AMA president.”

http://www.dailypress.com/health/health-notes-blog/dp-health-notes-ama-new-policies-20111115,0,736882.story

There is strong evidence documenting the health benefits of taking everything the AMA says with a strong dose of whiskey.

USA Arming Syrian Opposition

“The “Free Syria Army” is literally an army of militant extremists, many drawn not from Syria’s military ranks, but from the Muslim Brotherhood, carrying heavy weapons back and forth over the Turkish and Lebanese borders, funded, supported, and armed by the United States, Israel, and Turkey. The latest evidence confirming this comes in the form of a report out of the International Institute for Strategic Studies where Senior Fellow for Regional Security at IISS-Middle East Emile Hokayem openly admits Syria’s opposition is armed and prepared to drag Syria’s violence into even bloodier depths.”

http://www.prisonplanet.com/iiss-syrias-opposition-is-armed.html

Time for an Economic Bill of Rights

“Henry Ford said, “It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

“We are beginning to understand, and Occupy Wall Street looks like the beginning of the revolution. We are beginning to understand that our money is created, not by the government, but by banks.  Many authorities have confirmed this, including the Federal Reserve itself.  The only money the government creates today are coins, which compose less than one ten-thousandth of the money supply.  Federal Reserve Notes, or dollar bills, are issued by Federal Reserve Banks, all twelve of which are owned by the private banks in their district.  Most of our money comes into circulation as bank loans, and it comes with an interest charge attached.

 “According to Margrit Kennedy, a German researcher who has studied this issue extensively, interest now composes 40% of the cost of everything we buy.  We don’t see it on the sales slips, but interest is exacted at every stage of production.  Suppliers need to take out loans to pay for labor and materials, before they have a product to sell.

“For government projects, Kennedy found that the average cost of interest is 50%.  If the government owned the banks, it could keep the interest and get these projects at half price.  That means governments—state and federal—could double the number of projects they could afford, without costing the taxpayers a single penny more than we are paying now.

“This opens up exciting possibilities.  Federal and state governments could fund all sorts of things we think we can’t afford now, simply by owning their own banks.  They could fund something Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King dreamt of—an Economic Bill of Rights.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27611