Thursday, September 5, 2013

Marilu Henner can remember every single day of her life since she was 12 years old in 1964

Via Daily Timewaster

She can recall almost every day back to age seven. In her earliest memories, she’s still a baby.

For decades Henner—nicknamed the Memory Kid and Univac, after an early computer—sought the perfect analogy to explain her baffling memory. “You know how a card catalog works?” she used to say. When VHS tapes became commonplace, she talked about a tape that she could cue. Then the DVD was invented, and she had the perfect metaphor: her brain had a scene selection function.

When she thinks of a certain year—say, 1976—the major dates come in first. “I see, oh yeah, Christmas was on a Saturday. My birthday was on a Tuesday. And it just starts filling in, filling in, filling in,” she says. “Simultaneous little videos are playing next to each other, all these 365 days—well, that year, 366. Some of them are a little dark and haven’t come in fully yet, but if I sat here for like 15 minutes, I could do every day of 1976.”

Henner is one of only 33 known cases of highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) in the world. Originally called hyperthymesia (a term Henner doesn’t like because it sounds like a malady), HSAM was identified by James McGaugh, professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, in 2006. Its two defining characteristics, McGaugh wrote in the journal Neurocase: “the person spends an abnormally large amount of time thinking about his or her personal past” and “the person has an extraordinary capacity to recall specific events from their personal past.”

When McGaugh’s team scanned Henner’s brain, they found that several regions related to memory were much larger than normal. They also tested Henner by giving her ten random dates throughout her lifetime (beginning at age 15) and asking her the day of the week, what she did, and a public event that happened within a month. Henner received a perfect score.

More @ The Core

Orwell Was Right

Via Angry Mike

Probably no short discourse upon political rhetoric and the political lexicon can match George Orwell's paper "Politics And The English Language." Those of us who've followed developments on the politico-linguistic battlefield over the century past can hardly dispute Orwell's critical assertion:
[O]ne ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
But of course, political chaos through linguistic degeneration must necessarily start with the perversion of individual words.

What are the central contentions of those who are beating the war drums for a strike on the Assad regime over Syria?
  • "The use of poison gas is a violation of human rights."
  • "The use of poison gas is forbidden by international law."
The incredible abuse that's been heaped on the essential political term rights has been a thorn in my flesh for many years. The above isn't particularly egregious -- indeed, in one sense it doesn't abuse the word rights itself -- but it serves to illustrate the sort of mischief activists can commit with words.
Follow along with me, please:

Do You Remember?

Take me back to the 1950's, please, please, please with apologies to James Brown.:)

   Memories Of James Brown     


Via Knuckledraggin' My Life Away


Liberty Slipping: 10 Things You Could Do in 1975 That You Can’t Do Now

Via Knuckledraggin' My Life Away

In 1975:

1.You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID.

2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.

3.You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID

4.You could buy a gun without showing an ID

5.You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government.

6.You could get a job without having to prove you were an American.

7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID

8.You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who called you.

9. You could open a stock brokerage account without having to explain where the money came from.

10. You could open a Swiss bank account with ease. All Swiss banks were willing and happy to open accounts for Americans.

There are thousands of other examples. The monitoring is in place all that is required from here is the clampdown.

The differences, between now and 1975 in the business sector are even more prevalent. In recent years, in industry after industry regulations and prohibitions have been poured on top of free markets. It doesn’t look like things will get any better in years to come. Eventually, the economy will suffocate and collapse, if this continues.


Accoutrements of the modern Minuteman

Via Sandman: "The go-gear of a modern Minuteman. For Hearth, Home and Brotherhood."

Koni Dole Amputee Football Return runs for 2 TDs after leg amputation Inspirational Story

Via Freedom Outpost

NC (1) : Three Crucial Senate Races For The Liberty Movement

At the present time, only three out of one hundred United States senators are friendly to the liberty movement: Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz; in that order.

It will be a while before the liberty movement can be close to claiming a majority in the Senate, however only a few more senators are needed in order to create a "third party" of sorts which the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties will have to respect if they want to get anything done.

I want to center in on three races in particular which the liberty movement needs to focus on. They are by no means the only Senate races of importance, but they do represent races which are foreseeably winnable, and they do feature outstanding candidates. Interestingly, all three border each other. They are the states of North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Below you will find their website, a summary of each race, as well as a video of one of their speeches.

North Carolina: Greg Brannon

The real race in North Carolina will be the Republican primary. Kay Hagan, the Democrat, barely won in 2008 on the coattails of Obama and the unpopularity of George Bush and Elizabeth Dole. North Carolina is trending Republican-Romney won in 2012 and in 2014, a midterm year, the turnout of Democratic minority voters is expected to drop sharply.

Many prominent North Carolinian politicians are surprisingly declining to enter the race, thus at this point it is a two man struggle. On the establishment side is State House Speaker Thom Tillis. Tillis is very unpopular on both sides of the isle, seen as a symbol of "good ole boy" corrupt politics. He is known for his support of expensive toll roads and ferry lanes, government-enforced utility monopolies, and his endorsements of former Democrats over Republicans, which are a few of the reasons he was censured by the Craven County GOP.

In short, Tillis is the John Boehner of North Carolina.

On the other hand, we have Dr. Greg Brannon. A pro-life OB/GYN by trade, he has delivered over 9,000 babies. He has been married for 25 years, and has 7 children, 3 of whom are adopted from China.

Greg is extremely active with Tea Party, Republican, and Liberty groups throughout the state. He created the organization Founders Truth, which emphasizes the need to return to our Constitution and follow the wisdom of the Founders. He is highly recommended by former State Rep. and Ron Paul supporter Glen Bradley.

On the issues of the importance like civil liberties, monetary policy, the Constitution, foreign policy, and fiscal conservatism, Greg is 100% rock solid.

But can a non-politician really win a Senate seat?

The answer in this case is yes. Being a non-politician is often a disadvantage, but is can be overcome. For example, look at Rand Paul and Mike Lee. There is strong evidence to believe Greg Brannon can replicate the model Paul and Lee used. First, he has actually out-polled Tillis in 2/3 of Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls taken. Second, he has the great gift of articulation and is being noticed by national organizations. Greg recently spoke at the RedState Gathering, and is scheduled to speak at Liberty Political Action Conference in September. The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) has proudly endorsed him. Third, absent more candidates, people will be forced to choose between him and Tillis, which is not a hard choice at all.

Rumors have been circulating that Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are considering endorsements if Brannon proves he can fund-raise sufficiently. If that occurs, this will create a domino effect and will lead to Brannon's victory.

Egypt eyes Obama's brother for terror list


President Obama’s Kenyan half-brother, Malik Obama, appears headed for the Egyptian terror watch list because of his Muslim Brotherhood ties.

Complaints have been filed with Egypt’s prosecutor-general calling for Malik to be put on Egypt’s terror watch list and brought to Egypt to be questioned by state criminal investigators for allegedly financing terrorism, according to former PLO member and native Arabic-speaker Walid Shoebat.
According to Egyptian newspaper and television reports, Malik Obama has become a target in an Egyptian government terrorist investigation because of his role as an owner and investment adviser for the Sudan-based Islamic Dawa Organization, or IDO, and the organization’s umbrella group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Shoebat has provided the following translation of a report from an Egyptian media source, Youm 7, detailing criminal complaints filed against Malik Obama with the Egyptian attorney general and the Egyptian High Court, petitioning to put him on the terror watch list in Egypt:

 More @ WND

Sunny TV News - More nudging, Syria, and the minimum wage strike. :)


What Do We Stand For?

Via WiscoDave

At the very edge of oblivion, some men reflect, and some men snivel and cry. I have spent many years now studying the societal strengths and failings of modern American culture, and I have to say, that most citizens within our once grand Republic will do far less reflecting and much more crying when the bell tolls. This is not to say that I believe the fight is lost. Far from it. In fact, I would consider myself an optimist amongst many of my peers in the Liberty Movement as to our chances of defending Constitutional freedom today. There is a very strong core within our country that still embraces the ideals of individualism and independence. The problem is, those who are awake face each day surrounded by lunatics and and the giggling blind. It's difficult to find solace within the asylum of the “mainstream”, and so, we begin to assume we are alone.

Even worse, we sometimes have to deal with misguided and biased persons that join the Liberty Movement, not to stand upon any solid fundamental principles, but who seek to impress their own twisted world views upon us as if they “know better”. You would think that the concept of freedom would be simple to understand and grasp, but for some, it is like plunging into a trigonometric wonderland of confusion.

As the U.S., led by the Obama Administration, moves towards yet another possible war in the Middle East, using covert terrorists as proxies and enacting violent policy based on dubious or non-existent evidence and far flung accusations, I realize that with all the blathering voices out there telling us what to think, what to do, what to fear, who to admire, who to worship, how to live, and what to aspire, perhaps it is time for each of us to solemnly question what we stand for, and what America is supposed to stand for?

More @ Zero Hedge

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The City of Weapons Re-post

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Video: Syrian Rebels Execute 7 Government Soldiers

The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.

The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse. 

“For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.” 

The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet. 

This scene, documented in a video smuggled out of Syria a few days ago by a former rebel who grew disgusted by the killings, offers a dark insight into how many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow. 

China, EU, BRICS emerging economies & Pope Francis warn of dangers of military intervention w/o approval of U.N.

Via Billy


U.S. President Barack Obama faced growing pressure from world leaders on Thursday not to launch military strikes in Syria at a summit on the global economy that was hijacked by the conflict.

The Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies met in St. Petersburg to try and forge a united front on how to revive economic growth, but failed to heal divisions over a U.S. plan to wind down a program to stimulate the world economy.

The club that accounts for two thirds of the world's population and 90 percent of its output looked as divided over therapy for the economy as it is over possible military action following a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Obama arrived in Russia's former imperial capital with a showdown looming at a dinner hosted by President Vladimir Putin, with a debate on Syria the main course on the menu.

Obama wore a stiff smile as he approached Putin and grasped his hand. Putin also wore a businesslike expression and it was only when they turned to pose for photographers that Obama broke into a broader grin. There was no clutching of arms or hugs.

                                                                          More @ Reuters

George Zimmerman gets $256 speeding ticket

George Zimmerman has been pulled over for speeding again, and this time it was much closer to home.Zimmerman, who is now sporting a beard, was pulled over for going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary, police said.

You can hear the exchange between the officer and Zimmerman on the video.

Officer: Hello. Here's why I stopped you. It's for speeding.

Zimmerman: Sorry.

Officer: 60?

Zimmerman: I didn't know. Sorry

More with video @ WESH

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

Via Billy

The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems. These nations compete with one another–the Great Lakes loses factories to the Southeast, and talent flees the brutal winters and high taxes of the city-state New York for gentler climes–but, more important, they develop synergies, albeit unintentionally. Wealth generated in the humid South or icy northern plains benefits the rest of the country; energy flows from the Dakotas and the Third Coast of Texas and Louisiana; and even as people leave the Northeast, the brightest American children continue to migrate to this great education mecca, as well as those of other nations.

The idea isn’t a new one–the author Joel Garreau first proposed a North America of “nine nations” 32 years ago–but it’s never been more relevant than it is today, as America’s semi-autonomous economic states continue to compete, cooperate … and thrive. Click on the thumbnail of our map to see our predictions for the job, population and GDP growth of these 10 regional blocks over the next decade, and read on below for more context.

More @ Forbes

Surrender in the Culture Wars

It All Over, Don´t it?

How the hell did it happen?

I lived, 1951 to 1956, aged six to eleven, in the Arlington suburbs of Washington and, ´56 to´57, in smalltown Athens, Alabama, and eighth grade through high school in rural King George County, Virginia, graduating in 1964. Another country. Another world. What happened?

The Arlington of then was entirely white, peopled largely by men several years back from World War Two, enjoying the fantastic surge in prosperity following the war. The dominant culture, the only culture, was that of Reader´s Digest, clean cut, honest, and confident. We watched the Mousketeers, all soap and good manners. We joined the Boy Scouts, and were told to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. We were, at least sorta, most of those. Pornography meant monitoring the advance of Annette Funicello´s bustline.

At age eight I walked every morning the perhaps six blocks to Robert E. Lee Elementary School, alone. Why not? There was nothing to be afraid of. My friends and I rode to Westover, the shopping center on Washington Boulevard, and left our bikes on the sidewalk for hours while we read comic books in the drug store. Why not? Nobody stole bikes.  My family never locked the doors of the house. Why should we? There weren´t any burglars.

And in summer evenings thirty kids, girls and boys, played hide-and-seek across several blocks, and parents didn´t give it a thought. Why should they? It was safe. We were the dominant culture, the only culture, and we didn´t do pederasty, engage in gang attacks, or muggings, or drive fast on kid-littered streets. It wasn´t our way. If we had suffered a natural disaster, no one would have looted. It wasn´t what we did.

I´m not sure what would have happened if a gang of high-schoolers had robbed a candy store. It was impossible, because we didn´t do such things. A child molester? I don´t know. It would have one way or another been a case of God help him and he never would have been seen again. The culture didn´t tolerate child molesters.

And now, and now….

Gold miners near Chicken cry foul over 'heavy-handed' EPA raids

Via avordvet

When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quite know what to think.
Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water?

Some of the miners, who run small businesses, say they felt intimidated.

Others wonder if the actions of the agents put everyone at risk. When your family business involves collecting gold far from nowhere, unusual behavior can be taken as a sign someone might be trying to stage a robbery.

How is a remote placer miner to know the people in the jackets saying POLICE really are police?

Miners suggest it might have been better all around if officials had just shown up at the door -- as they used to do -- and said they wanted to check the water.

Lots of Federal land in Alaska


Alaska’s vast Interior, which sprawls to the Canadian border, has been the site of federal-local distrust in the past. It was near this area, 130 miles northwest of Chicken, that National Park Service rangers pointed shotguns at, then tackled and arrested a septuagenarian, for not stopping his boat in midstream of the Yukon River in the fall of 2010. Jim Wilde, 70 years old at the time, had been ordered to prepare to be boarded for a safety inspection.

                                                          More @ Alaska Dispatch

The Tense Moment When a GOP Congressman Challenged John Kerry With Benghazi Questions During Syria Hearing

Via avordvet

 Rep. Jeff Duncan & John Kerry Get Into It Over Bhengazi

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) during the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on Syria Wednesday got into a tense back and forth with Secretary of State John Kerry after the congressman brought up last year’s deadly Benghazi terror attack to question the White House’s credibility on foreign affairs.

“The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people,” Duncan said, “due to unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago.”

He went on to mention some of the other major scandals that have plagued the Obama administration, including the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice’s monitoring of the Associated Press.

“Bottom line is there’s a need for accountability and trust-building from the administration,” he said. “The administration has a credibility issue.”

“Mr. Kerry, your predecessor asked, ‘What difference does it make now?’” he continued, referring then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s infamous hearing outburst earlier this year. “Well, this is the difference, Mr. Secretary.”

More @ The Blaze

Man Says Cops Violently Beat, ‘Tortured’ & Jailed Him For Two Days Before Eventually Releasing Him With No Charges

Via avordvet

 David Byrket

A California man is alleging that police officers in California threw him in jail, beat him and stripped him of his clothes before releasing him with no charges two days later.

David Scott Byrket told the New York Daily News he feared for his life as members of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department reportedly “tortured” him for hours.

“They told me they were going to kill me,” Bryket said. “There were multiple officers involved, it was scary.”

More @ The Blaze

Russians: Gas attack meant to destabilize


'There is no doubt that this hysteria will work against' cooperative solutions. 

There are increasing indications that Islamic foreign fighters associated with the Syrian opposition may have unleashed the poison gas attack Aug. 21 on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria.
The U.S. State Department says the attack killed 1,429 people.

WND has reported on videos showing captured canisters in the hands of the opposition and foreign fighters firing artillery rounds of chemical weapons. In addition, the United Nations has information poison gas had been produced in Iraq by supporters of the fallen Sunni Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, then shipped to Turkey where it was distributed to the foreign fighters.

There is no word yet on whether the U.N. plans to investigate the information.
U.N. inspectors in Damascus investigating allegations of chemical weapons use, at the invitation of the Syrian government, entered a tunnel in the area occupied by the opposition and found it filled with poison gas precursors. However, they had to leave after some of the investigators were overcome by fumes.

The development further reinforces an allegation by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who pointed out the chemical weapons attack occurred at the very time Russian and American officials were meeting to prepare for the next Geneva conference to discuss Syria.

Lavrov contends the attack was designed to sabotage the meeting, since the Syrian opposition doesn’t want to have the meeting with officials of the Syrian government present.

More @ WND

Russia says it's compiled 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for a chemical weapons attack


Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.

In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russia said the report had been delivered to the United Nations in July and includes detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal.

Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency that governs adherence to treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. It said samples that Russian technicians had collected had been sent to OPCW-certified laboratories in Russia.

The report itself was not released. But the statement drew a pointed comparison between what it said was the scientific detail of the report and the far shorter intelligence summaries that the United States, Britain and France have released to justify their assertion that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons against Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21.

More @ McClatchy

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CRS: DOD Estimates ‘Over 75,000 Troops’ Needed to Secure Syria’s Chem Weapons

Just forget it.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in a report released on August 20 that the Pentagon has estimated it would take “over 75,000 troops” to secure Syria’s chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, the draft text of the resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use force in Syria that is being taken up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today prohibits the president from putting ground troops in Syria "for the purpose of combat operations"--but appears to leave open the possiblity that the president could put troops in Syria to secure chemical weapons.

More @ CNS News

Report: China Sends Warships to Coast of Syria

Via Billy


China has reportedly sent warships to the coast of Syria to “observe” the actions of US and Russian ships as tensions build in preparation for a potential military strike on Syria which could come as soon as next week.

According to the Russian news outlet, the People’s Liberation Army dispatched the Jinggangshan amphibious dock landing ship and the vessel was seen passing through the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal, the waterway in Egypt that leads to the Mediterranean Sea and waters off the coast of Israel, Lebanon and Syria.

According to the report, the ship has not been sent to engage in any aggressive actions but is merely there to “observe” the actions of Russian and US warships. However, the Jinggangshan is equipped for combat, has conventional armaments and secondary cannons, and was utilized as part of a “show of force” in maneuvers aimed at defending the South China Sea earlier this year.

The report states that additional PLA warships have also been sent to the region but that their identity is unknown.

More @ Infowars

Al Qaeda Syrian Rebels Attack Christian Village, And We're Supporting Them?

Via Billy

Early Wednesday, Al Qaeda Syrian rebels attacked a Christian village in a densely populated area in west Syria. The conflict between Al Qaeda rebels and Christians in Syria is likely to in It's nonsensical.

Even to the most casual observer, one not versed in complicated international politics, the prospect of military strikes in Syria is illogical and completely flawed. It benefits no one, will likely cause extreme harm to Israel, and worst of all, will empower our most dreaded enemy Al-Qaeda. Or are they still our enemy?

Mideast Syria Minority FearsThe country's top leaders have flip flopped, deciding going to "war" is the best option. The very same morons who vehemently opposed a war in Iraq are hell bent on striking Syria in an effort to oust the Assad regime. Who wins? No one wins, except Al-Qaeda.

Putin will send missile shield to Syria if US launches attack without UN approval

Via Billy

 Vladimir Putin


World leaders will gather in St Petersburg on Thursday for what has transformed into an international showdown with Vladimir Putin threatening to send a missile shield to Syria if the US launches an attack without the authority of the United Nations.

The G20 summit, hosted by Putin, had been expected to focus on the world economy and growth, but will now be dominated by the Middle East crisis, even if the formal agenda remains fixed on the slowdown of growth in emerging markets.

Barack Obama, speaking during a stopover in Sweden before the summit, denied his political credibility was at stake but admitted relations with Russia had hit a wall. He insisted he had not set the red lines requiring a military response if the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons.

Assange Tells Ron Paul: US Using Syrian WMD Claim

Something we all know, but the more reports the better.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday the United States was taking advantage of a humanitarian crisis in order to engage in military action in Syria.

"They really felt what they needed was for there to be some humanitarian outrage in Syria and once they had it, that would legitimize going in with a big air strike," Assange said on the Ron Paul Channel — — the subscription-based Internet channel launched last month by the former Texas Republican congressman.

Assange, confined in a room in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for more than 1,000 days, clarified that he did not believe the chemical weapons attack was "a fabrication," but said "it is still possible that the rebels did it."

"Most of all, for a bigger involvement, they needed a bigger humanitarian outrage to hook it all onto. We have seen that. To be sure it is being taken advantage of," Assange said. "They did not give a damn about Syrians" until recently.

More @ Newsmax

John McCain in "Missing, Presumed Dead"

Via LH

Putin Says John Kerry 'Is Lying. It's Sad'

Washington and Russia remained publicly at odds over Syria on Wednedsay with President Vladimir Putin accusing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of lying by playing down the role of al-Qaida with rebel forces.

"He is lying and knows he is lying. It's sad."

More @ Newsmax

Obama Confuses Assad

Via Daily Timewaster