Bono: “Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid”

By   •  Monday August 12, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  •

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Our Research Fellow George Ayittey met the Irish rock star Bono in July 2007 during a TED conference.Professor Ayittey was speaking and in knowing that Bono would be in the audience, he explains that “I made a special effort to rip into the foreign aid establishment…. Later, Bono said he liked my speech but did not agree with me that foreign aid is not effective in ending poverty. So I gave him a copy of my book, Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Development.”

Bono (nee Paul David Hewson) is the lead singer in the rock group U2, one of the most successful rock groups in history. Bono also became a major proponent of greatly expanded U.S. foreign aid and other government programs (including debt cancellation) to alleviate the dire plight in the world of HIV/AIDS, malaria, abject poverty, and other issues.

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One Man’s Resignation from the Military Industrial Complex’s War Machine – disinformation

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Common Dreams

I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately

I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.

I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.

Sincerely,

Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan

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The crux of the NSA story in one phrase: ‘collect it all’

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/15/crux-nsa-collect-it-all

How the NSA is still harvesting your online data

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/nsa-online-metadata-collection

Inside America’s Dirty Wars

http://www.nationinstitute.org/featuredwork/fellows/3260/inside_america%27s_dirty_wars/

Revealed: Pentagon’s link to Iraqi torture centres

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/06/pentagon-iraqi-torture-centres-link

The Global Intelligence Files

http://wikileaks.org/the-gifiles.html

Leaked HBGary Documents Show Plan To Spread Wikileaks Propaganda For BofA… And ‘Attack’ Glenn Greenwald

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110209/22340513034/leaked-hbgary-documents-show-plan-to-spread-wikileaks-propaganda-bofa-attack-glenn-greenwald.shtml

Guantanamo Detainee Begs to Be Charged as Legal Limbo Worsens 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324069104578527012686080732.html

Collateral Murder

http://www.collateralmurder.com

The Failure of the Libertarian Movement | Freeman’s Perspective

This is an except from Paul Rosenbergs article over at Free Man’s Perspective.

Simple Truths

How many personal problems do you suppose thrive on low self-esteem?
How many personal disasters happen because people are afraid to act on their own judgment?
The answer to both of these questions is “most of them.”
So, why are self-esteem and judgment at such abysmal levels? The answer is simple: Because the state and its agents are dedicated to this result. They’ve been doing this since their inception, and they have no other choice. Can you imagine trying to get tax money out of people who felt perfectly confident in themselves and their own judgments?

Read the full article here:
http://www.freemansperspective.com/libertarian-movement-failure/

Robert Jordan, Husband Of Florida Medical Marijuana Activist, Won’t Face Charges For Pot Plants

Robert Jordan, the husband of Florida medical marijuana activist Cat6hy Jordan, will not face criminal charges for a February raid on the couple’s home that turned up 23 pot plants. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the prosecutor’s office “announced that it believed Jordan could successfully mount a medical necessity defense in court.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post

Working from home is like saying no to drugs

Originally Posted by Micah on Micah’s Musings
Whenever the topic of working from home comes up, I always find myself defending my productivity. A colleague will say, “Well, it’s nice, but you’re just not as productive as if you were in the office.” Something about the argument never sat well with me, and I’ve finally nailed down what it is: it treats productivity as if it’s the only thing that matters.

Frankly, I don’t really care if I am less productive working from home than in the office. Productivity is only one variable in a complex equation. Another very important variable is personal happiness. I want to be productive, but I also want to be happy, and sometimes those goals conflict and I have to sacrifice one for the other. Working from home is where I am potentially sacrificing productivity for happiness. Now, to be clear, I’m not conceding that working from home makes me less productive, but instead I’m saying that I really don’t care. It’s a moot point in the argument.

There’s a lot of evidence that Adderall makes you more productive. Many college students use it regularly as a performance enhancing drug to study harder and longer. It stands to reason that many knowledge workers would benefit from a productivity increase by taking Adderall. Ignoring for the moment that Adderall is a Schedule II substance that will land you in jail, what if your employer started handing out Adderall every morning? You might say, “I don’t want to take it.” The reply, “Well, that’s nice, but you’re just not as productive as if you were on Adderall.” To me, that’s the same argument as asking everyone to come into the office to maximize productivity.

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Also found here at Lifehacker

 

Working from home is something that I’ve always wanted to do, and I love reading articles that may help me in achieving that goal. I am really tired of the rat race.

-Sean