5 Best Countries to Escape America’s Decline

Source: Activist Post, October 25, 2010
Published here: Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:21 PM

Okay, you’re upset with the direction America is headed and you’ve been thinking of moving to another country. Perhaps you feel exhaustedly cynical about the political, economic, or social situation in the U.S. and think it is beyond repair. You wouldn’t be alone. Many top economists and other trend forecasters are now openly predicting that a total economic, environmental, and social collapse may be imminent in America.

Americans, young professionals and baby boomers alike, are increasingly saying that their main desire for moving out of America is to seek “political asylum” of sorts.  In the past, this political discontent was typically drawn along party lines — under Bush’s 8 years the exodus mainly consisted of bitter Democrats, while as recently as March Rush Limbaugh declared, half-jokingly, that he’d move to Costa Rica if “Obamacare” became law.  However, these days, more Americans have grown cynical of the system itself and have given up on left-right politics.

Many believe that dropping out of the system as much as possible is the best form of protest. And now, because many people can telecommute through the Internet, it seems that living outside the U.S. is more do-able than ever. Furthermore, the lower cost of living in many other countries may actually increase the standard of living for some people.

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REPORT: 104 Republicans In Congress Want To Privatize Social Security

Source: Thinkprogress.org, Oct 27, 2010
Published here: Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:26 AM

This is the second installment in a three-part series on legislation that may emerge from a GOP-controlled Congress. Click here for part one on ending birthright citizenship.

After their attempt to privatize Social Security in 2005 was met with widespread public outcry, the GOP’s strategy on Social Security has been two-fold. First, Republicans deny they are interested in privatization. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently told the Wall Street Journal that “no one has a proposal up to cut Social Security,” (his own book proposes doing so), while conservatives in the media have tried to argue that Republicans don’t actually want to privatize Social Security. Continue reading “REPORT: 104 Republicans In Congress Want To Privatize Social Security”

San Diego Diocese Sex Abuse Case: Lawyers Release 10,000 Unsealed Documents

Source: The Huffington Post, October 24, 2010
Published here: Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 11:00 PM

Attorney Irwin Zalkin poses for a photo in his office in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, April 8, 2010. Zalkin sued the diocese on behalf of some of the victims of now defrocked priest Stephen Kiesle. A letter obtained by the Associated Press and bearing the signature of the future pope shows then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger resisted defrocking Kiesle who had a record of sexually molesting children after his case had languished four years at the Vatican. The 1985 letter was typed in Latin and is part

SAN DIEGO — Attorneys for nearly 150 people who claim sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests made nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed internal church documents public Sunday, revealing at least one previously unknown decades-old case in which a priest under police investigation was allowed to leave the U.S. after the Diocese of San Diego intervened.

After a three-year legal battle over the Diocese of San Diego’s internal records, a retired San Diego Superior Court judge ruled late Friday that they could be made public. The records are from the personnel files of 48 priests who were either credibly accused or convicted of sexual abuse or were named in a civil lawsuit.

The 144 plaintiffs settled with the diocese in 2007 for nearly $200 million, but the agreement stipulated that an independent judge would review the priests’ sealed personnel records and determine what could be made public.

The files show what the diocese knew about abusive priests, starting decades before any allegations became public, and that some church leaders shuffled priests from parish to parish or overseas despite credible complaints against them. Continue reading “San Diego Diocese Sex Abuse Case: Lawyers Release 10,000 Unsealed Documents”

Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency

Source: Before It’s News, October 28, 2010
Published here: Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 10:00 PM

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat Continue reading “Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency”