Month: October 2007

Stuff that makes me go 'huh?'

Stuff that makes me go 'huh?'

I stopped in a gas station today to get a bottle of water for my wife and a Coke a Cola for me. The water cost $1.29 for a 16 oz bottle and the Coke cost $1.25 for the same size bottle.  Apparently carbonated water and syrup cost less than water.

American car manufacturers are moving their plants overseas while overseas car manufacturers are moving their plants to America.  I’m pretty sure wages are lower in S. Korea than in Alabama.  Probably.

If America started the war in Iraq over oil and are now making real progress in ending it why is the price of a barrel of oil at a record high? But then America didn’t start the war in Iraq over oil – they started it for some other reason. I dont’ know what that is either.

14 identifying characteristics of fascism

14 identifying characteristics of fascism

For those of you who think it can’t happen here I reprint the 14 identifying characteristics of fascism by Laurence W. Britt

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.