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Recently this quote came up in our emails: "When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual, then it became optional, and now it's legal. I'm getting out before Obama makes it mandatory." GySgt Harry Berres, USMC This is the response from a FREE member: "When I joined the military it was illegal to violate the Constitution, and then I was sent to another country to terrorize and kill poor people with whom I have more in common than I do with the elites that sent me there to be traumatized and die. I got out before they made it mandatory to do the same to American citizens living in the United States."


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Iceland, a country that wants to punish the bankers responsible for the crisis Redacción Chile Since 2008 the vast majority of the Western population dream about saying "no" to the banks, but no one has dared to do so. No one except the Icelanders, who have carried out a peaceful revolution that has managed not only to overthrow a government and draft a new constitution, but also seeks to jail those responsible for the country's economic debacle. Peaceful protests, pots and pans and demonstrations against the banks Pressenza Reikjavik, 3/28/11 Last week 9 people were arrested in London and Reykjavik for their possible responsibility for Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008, a deep crisis which developed into an unprecedented public reaction that is changing the country's direction. It has been a revolution without weapons in Iceland, the country that hosts the world's oldest democracy (since 930), and whose citizens have managed to effect change by going on demonstrations and banging pots and pans. Why have the rest of the Western countries not even heard about it? Pressure from Icelandic citizens’ has managed not only to bring down a government, but also begin the drafting of a new constitution (in process) and is seeking to put in jail those bankers responsible for the financial crisis in the country. As the saying goes, if you ask for things politely it is much easier to get them. This quiet revolutionary process has its origins in 2008 when the Icelandic government decided to nationalise the three largest banks, Landsbanki, Kaupthing and Glitnir, whose clients were mainly British, and North and South American. After the State took over, the official currency (krona) plummeted and the stock market suspended its activity after a 76% collapse. Iceland was becoming bankrupt and to save the situation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) injected U.S. $ 2,100 million and the Nordic countries helped with another 2,500 million. Great little victories of ordinary people While banks and local and foreign authorities were desperately seeking economic solutions, the Icelandic people took to the streets and their persistent daily demonstrations outside parliament in Reykjavik prompted the resignation of the conservative Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde and his entire government. Citizens demanded, in addition, to convene early elections, and they succeeded. In April a coalition government was elected, formed by the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement, headed by a new Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. Throughout 2009 the Icelandic economy continued to be in a precarious situation (at the end of the year the GDP had dropped by 7%) but, despite this, the Parliament proposed to repay the debt to Britain and the Netherlands with a payment of 3,500 million Euros, a sum to be paid every month by Icelandic families for 15 years at 5.5% interest. The move sparked anger again in the Icelanders, who returned to the streets demanding that, at least, that decision was put to a referendum. Another big small victory for the street protests: in March 2010 that vote was held and an overwhelming 93% of the population refused to repay the debt, at least with those conditions. This forced the creditors to rethink the deal and improve it, offering 3% interest and payment over 37 years. Not even that was enough. The current president, on seeing that Parliament approved the agreement by a narrow margin, decided last month not to approve it and to call on the Icelandic people to vote in a referendum so that they would have the last word. The bankers are fleeing in fear Returning to the tense situation in 2010, while the Icelanders were refusing to pay a debt incurred by financial sharks without consultation, the coalition government had launched an investigation to determine legal responsibilities for the fatal economic crisis and had already arrested several bankers and top executives closely linked to high risk operations. Interpol, meanwhile, had issued an international arrest warrant against Sigurdur Einarsson, former president of one of the banks. This situation led scared bankers and executives to leave the country en masse. In this context of crisis, an assembly was elected to draft a new constitution that would reflect the lessons learned and replace the current one, inspired by the Danish constitution. To do this, instead of calling experts and politicians, Iceland decided to appeal directly to the people, after all they have sovereign power over the law. More than 500 Icelanders presented themselves as candidates to participate in this exercise in direct democracy and write a new constitution. 25 of them, without party affiliations, including lawyers, students, journalists, farmers and trade union representatives were elected. Among other developments, this constitution will call for the protection, like no other, of freedom of information and expression in the so-called Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, in a bill that aims to make the country a safe haven for investigative journalism and freedom of information, where sources, journalists and Internet providers that host news reporting are protected. The people, for once, will decide the future of the country while bankers and politicians witness the transformation of a nation from the sidelines. Source: www.elconfidencial.com Pressenza Editorial Team in Chile translation: Silvia Swinden


Decision 2012: Prepare for the Least Important Election of your Lifetime author: FREE member Ben. "It doesn't matter who the people voted for; they always for vote for us" - Joseph Stalin Once again, it is summertime in a leap year. Soon people around the world will be gathering around their televisions, radios and buffering Internet streams to see the outcome of that hallowed contest that evokes feelings of pride and patriotism - the Olympics. Here in America folks from all walks of life and with disparate philosophies will come together to cheer our gladiators to victory as they attempt to bring our nation prestige on the world stage. Republicans and Democrats, Bloods and Crips, Hatfields and McCoys, Autobots and Decepticons, Windows and Mac users - all will cast aside their differences and come together in a demonstration of national pride in hopes of hearing the "Star Spangled Banner" play while Old Glory is hoisted above the Olympic podium. Of course, in a few short months many of these newly formed friendships will crumble as we engage in another leap year tradition - the quadrennial quarrel known as the US presidential elections. This year, the rhetoric in the contest for a rent-free stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue promises to be as fiery as ever as the Republicans and Democrats are lining up their armies to flock to the poles in an attempt to attach some legitimacy to their chosen candidates. The media, ever in search of a new sound bite to monetize, is churning the political waters and doing everything it can to convince Americans that one side or the other is inherently good while the other is undoubtedly the source of everything that is wrong in this country. Already the collective American consciousness is starting to become polluted with trumped up issues like the "war on women" or oppressed "job creators". We are even starting to see both sides asserting that this is "the most important election of your lifetime". Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, the presidential elections in this country have become little more than mass entertainment on par with rooting for your favorite team in the Super Bowl. It is true that voting is part of the bedrock of the American attempt at a free society in which the government operates with the consent of the governed. Sadly, this aspiration is so distant from our present reality that voting actually has a detrimental effect - it gives credence to a system in which the governed have limited choice, if any at all. Sure, the teams have different strategies that may appeal to different fans. One side has a great passing game and the other has an incredible ground attack. One side wears red uniforms, and the other side blue. In the end though, if one side beats the other, what really changes? Do the owners lose their franchises because their team does not win? Does the commissioner of the NFL lose his job if the Patriots are defeated? In the end The League always wins. All of the deals, the concessions, the media, the licensing - it all benefits them. In February, when we are left cleaning stale chips out of the couch cushions, pretending that we didn't get all excited about something that is in the end inconsequential, they are laughing all the way to the bank. In fact, there is only one thing The League does not benefit from and cannot abide - the chance that you might be interested in a totally different game, like baseball... or even worse, that you are not interested in games at all. In this year's election, even though the major party conventions have not taken place yet, it appears as if the race will be between President Barack Obama and Former Governor Willard "Mitt" Romney. As much as the mainstream media is trying to portray these two individuals as holding diametrically opposed viewpoints, in fact on most major issues they offer no real choice between alternatives. One of the key distinctions that is being drawn is between the candidates' positions on the President's welfare program for health insurance companies. Neither candidate is offering real solutions to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs. Such measures might include more freedom for people to use natural medicines and supplements, and ending federal government subsidies for genetically modified crops and water fluoridation. On the contrary, both of the candidates support highly regulated socialized sick care - however one supports it at the federal level, and the other at the state level. Both candidates believe that in the end we can spend our way out of our deficits - Barack Obama suggests that the government can spend enough money to grow the economy and Mitt Romney suggests that consumers can borrow and spend the economy back to growth. Both candidates have no plans to change present foreign policy and both have made the imperialist promise to try to work toward a "New American Century". The list goes on and on - indefinite detention of American citizens, the Federal Reserve, the Second Amendment - all the same. Truly, this will be the least important election of your lifetime - the choice between the rock and the hard place pales in comparison. This is not an accident. If the people believe in the illusion of choice, they will accept injustice from oppressive leaders, at least for a little while. Then, once that leader has burned all of his bridges, the people angrily vote out his party and look to the other for change. Since the same powers own both the teams, it doesn't really matter to them who wins. Perhaps the clearest evidence of this in 2012 is the fact that Romney's top donors include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. These same investment banks were among Obama's' top donors in 2008 as well as 2012, so essentially they have hefty investments in both candidates. This strategy is not new; in 1973 David Rockefeller formed the Trilateral Commission, a group founded to advance global agendas. Founding members included both George Bush and James Earl Carter, who would both go on to become Presidents of the United States in different political parties. In fact, in 1980 it was supposed to be George Bush running against Jimmy Carter until Ronald Reagan upset Bush in the Republican primary. Coincidentally, soon after his inauguration, Reagan was shot in the chest by the son of a business associate of Vice President Bush. “The powers that be” will do anything they can to keep from becoming "the powers that were", and the illusion of choice is one tool that they have at their disposal. What do we do if the game is rigged and the house always wins? If you believe that this is the situation and you are looking for a political solution, the only answer is to withdraw any tacit approval from candidates that are willing to sell out your individual liberty and human rights to please their handlers. If you support a candidate make sure that you are truly giving them your consent to govern, not just making a choice between 2 evils. Maybe vote for a third party, or leave the line blank. Whatever your choice, never forget that ultimately you are the alpha and the omega when it comes to the problems that you face. Carry that "Olympic spirit" out into the world, find common ground with your neighbor, and be the change that you want to see in the world instead of looking to political leaders to change things for you. Make sure that you are prepared for the turbulent times over which the next President will attempt to preside. The way things are shaping up right now, some interesting history will be written by the time the next leap year comes around, no matter who wins the Olympics.