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LEGO Hits the Jackpot

May 25th, 2016 By James Corbett

I'm not afraid that my son will be lured over to the dark side by violent toys. But I do worry that a constant influx of police-state centered or militaristic entertainment will make him think that mobile police units and surveillance helicopters are normal parts of the landscape.

There's a big mural that lines the wall of the toy department in our local electronics store. It's an advertisement for some line of Japanese action figures that I'm (thankfully) unfamiliar with, a team of nearly identical red-and-silver-clad Mighty Morphing Power Ranger lookalikes. The mural shows them lined up side by side, each striking some sort of heroic-looking pose. Lit from behind with a type of starburst aura, the central figure is giving some version of the Nazi/Bellamy salute.

My son likes to play in the toy department while daddy shops for printer ink and external disk drives and other such supplies. But as my son plays with the toy trains or uses the toy cash register my eye keeps getting drawn to that mural looking down on us. It's violent, menacing and off-putting in a way that's difficult to put my finger on.

But perhaps I'm not alone in noticing the dark turn of the toy department into some type of indoctrination for the police state. We've already looked at how kids games are indoctrinating the next generation of children into the cashless society, but now a tea...

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Obama in Hiroshima

May 21st, 2016
By James Corbett

... lest we forget, for every Hiroshima and Nagasaki there is a firebombing of Tokyo or Dresden. It is not a question of the valiant, virtuous and spotless Allies against the unmitigated evil of the Axis as the comic book version of history written by

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NATO Frets Over Libyan ISIS Problem That It Created

This farce is illustrative of the utter breakdown of Libya as a whole. Any pretence that Libya cohered as a single country was shattered along with the government that was bombed off the face of the earth in 2011.

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Count Your Blessings

May 10th, 2016
By James Corbett

...it would be borderline insane to be consciously thankful for everything that's good in your life at all times. But all too often we run the risk of the exact opposite insanity: dwelling only on our problems and focusing only on the things we hate.

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Going Going Gold

May 4th, 2016
By Alfred Adask

Again, it's too early to say for sure, but it certainly looks as if the price of gold has hit a turning point that augurs well for rising prices for the balance of 2016.

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Hastert Goes to Jail

April 30th, 2016
By James Corbett

This type of miraculous narrative of how a child abuser suddenly became a good man once getting into office would be bad enough if the media was reporting in good faith and didn't have any information on his nefarious activities in office.

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Oil Bloodbath

April 27th, 2016
By James Corbett

But it's not just the big name oil producers that are feeling the pinch. The next phase of the oil glut and crash is being felt by the petroleum engineers who were enticed by the promise of the $100000+ starting salaries that were attainable just a few years ago.

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How to Lose 9 Billion

April 23rd, 2016
By James Corbett

Given Theranos' board, it isn't difficult to determine that securing contracts with the DoD has been a part of their business plan for some time. It's also not hard to see why military contracts are such a plum prize for a medical technology company with questionable products.

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How To Re Brand The IRS

April 20th, 2016
By James Corbett

How about a picture of a typical American workplace with good worker zombies shuffling in for another day of labour underneath a giant arch that reads: Taxation Macht Frei!

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The Debt for Nature Scam

April 16th, 2016
By James Corbett

 Never heard of the GEF, or debt-for-nature swaps, or the proceedings of the 4th World Wilderness Congress? Of course you haven't. The powers -that - shouldn't - be have decided it's better for their scheme if you don't.

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