Persian Passover Feast

This festive, colorful Persian dish is a worthy candidate for your seder table. You prepare most of the elements in advance, but assemble and cook them on the eve of the holiday.

For some Persian Jewish families, Pesach is not Pesach without baghali polo − and it’s certainly not a holiday. Baghali polo is a festive layered dish that is flipped onto a large brass platter and served as a main course at the Passover seder. Each layer is briefly cooked on its own before being added to the rest. Once assembled, the dish is cooked for a long time in a small amount of liquid, which steams the ingredients, producing tender and juicy results while preserving the unique character of each layer.

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The “Act of Love” That is Killing America

OUR STUPID, STUPID CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an “act of love” for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas.

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By Frosty Wooldridge

NewsWithViews.com

Last March, 2013, I spent 30 minutes to present U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado, both democrats, a program showing that any amnesty and our current legal immigration influx guaranteed an additional 100 million immigrants into this country by 2050—a scant 36 years from now.

I gave the staff aides 10 books to prove my figures. I gave them one population graph that showed a red curve rising nearly vertically from 319 million of us today to 438 million by 2050.

I showed that seven of our states today suffer water shortages: Florida, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. In fact, today, California faces an extreme drought of over 70 percent of the state. With its current 38 million in 2014, it expects to hit 50 million near 2050. All caused by legal and illegal immigration. But Jerry Brown and not one of the state’s leaders will bring up that fact.

You must wonder if our country, its citizens and leaders enjoy brain-dead lives with cognitive dissonance and denial.

I showed both offices this 10-minute video to prove my points about where we would be and what it would look like in 2050 and in 2090:

“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck; This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling!”

READ THE REST HERE…………..if you dare!

They Come To America – Illegals speaking out

DML RIPS INTO JEB BUSH

Hannity Special: The Cost of Amnesty w/ Dennis Michael Lynch

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OBAMA’S NOT SO SECRET WARS IN AFRICA

Operations appear to have increased as African nations have intensified their search for oil.

Operations appear to have increased as African nations have intensified their search for oil.

U.S. Military Engaged in 546 Separate “Activities” in Africa Last Year

From “AllGov.Com”

Comment by Dr. Fred Austere

“In the United States our veterans have had their benefits slashed and are treated like insane criminals by the government they served.  Meanwhile, an out of control oligarchy in D.C.  is tossing billions of dollars at corrupt 3rd world despots and engaging in obscene military adventures to ensure their consolidation over the world oil, mineral and drug trades. Who is going to pay for this craziness? The pensions and social security accounts of the lamentably naïve American citizenry are even now being considered for confiscation..to be followed by new and crippling taxes foisted upon the middle classes.

 

Far from the headlines generated by the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has a surprisingly active presence on the continent of Africa. As reported by Nick Turse in TomDispatch.com, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), according to commander General David Rodriguez, the U.S. military carried out a total of 546 “activities” on the continent last year.. That number represents a 217% increase in operations, programs, and exercises since the command was established in 2008, according to Turse.

What did these activities involve? According to Rodriguez, ten exercises, 55 operations and 481 “security cooperation activities.” AFRICOM’s mission statement says that the U.S. presence “builds defense capabilities, responds to crisis, and deters and defeats transnational threats in order to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.” But Turse reports that the U.S. military is involved in airstrikes targeting suspected militants, night raids aimed at kidnapping terror suspects, airlifts of French and African troops onto the battlefields of proxy wars, and evacuation operations in destabilized countries. Much of what the U.S. military does in Africa is train, advise, equip and fund local armies.

AFRICOM says it has only one base on the continent, in Djibouti. But there are other installations known by other names in Africa, such as “forward operating sites,” “long-term locations” and “cooperative security locations.” The U.S. military was involved with at least 49 of the 54 nations on the continent.

And the United States isn’t the only Western nation conducting operations in Africa. More than 1,000 troops from 18 nations, including Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and the host nation of Niger, carried out counterterror training on the outskirts of Niamey, the capital, as well as at small bases in Tahoua, Agadez, and Diffa as part of the annual Flintlock exercise.

Operations appear to have increased as African nations have intensified their search for oil. Just last month, Navy Seals stormed a Libyan oil tanker that had been taken over by rebels in the Mediterranean Sea.

These are only a few details of what the U.S. military has been up to in Africa. Military commanders have been reticent about what’s being done on the continent in the name of the American people.

-Steve Straehley

To Learn More:

U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa (by Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com)

AFRICOM Mission Statement

U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Oil and Commandoes (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

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HAMAS ROCKETS RAIN ON ISRAEL– IAF HITS 5 GAZA TARGETS

IAF strikes five targets in Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks

Palestinian medical sources say two wounded in Israeli Air Force strikes • Earlier Thursday, terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets into southern Israel, causing no injuries or damage • Israel holds Hamas reponsible for all rocket fire from Gaza.

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets into southern Israel on Thursday night, prompting sirens to go off in the Shaar Hanegev region and Sderot.

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets into southern Israel on Thursday night, prompting sirens to go off in the Shaar Hanegev region and Sderot.

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Made in Israel: Blue & White Technology”

Made in Israel — Technology

So let the Boycotters incinerate their smartphones, computers, medicines and all the other products developed in Israel.

By the way, boycotting or promoting a boycott of Israel is a serious offence under U.S. law…even when the offence is committed by John Kerry and his cronies.

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Obama Budget “Funding Global Tyranny”

Obama Budget Super-sizes U.S. Funding for UN, Global Military

“The 2015 budget request also seeks almost $50 billion for unconstitutional “foreign aid” via just the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is used to bribe foreign powers”

The UN has also sparked alarm by becoming increasingly outspoken about its vision of “global governance.” Its radical agenda, described in countless documents, speeches, and reports covered by The New American, is completely at odds with God-given individual rights and Judeo-Christian values.

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The infamous “blue helmets” would be more appropriately referred to as international war-making troops

The infamous “blue helmets” would be more appropriately referred to as international war-making troops

At a time of soaring U.S. budget deficits, brutal economic hardship for tens of millions of Americans, and unprecedented levels of federal spending, the Obama administration is asking Congress to drastically increase U.S. funding for the scandal-plagued United Nations and its oftentimes ruthless so-called international “peacekeeping” troops. However, rather than rewarding the widely criticized “dictators’ club” with more borrowed or confiscated funds, critics say U.S. lawmakers should cut off all funding to the UN — and eventually withdraw from the sovereignty-subverting outfit altogether.

In its fiscal year 2015 budget request, which seeks almost $4 trillion in spending overall, the Obama administration is asking Congress to approve a massive 33-percent hike in U.S. taxpayer handouts to the UN and other international organizations. In addition, the White House is pushing “contributions” to so-called global “peacekeeping” schemes that are a full 43 percent larger than last year, sparking outrage from critics.

Most of the proposed increase in UN military funding, the administration says, will go to deploying even more UN troops to prop up the dubious regimes ruling war-torn African nations such as Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more. The self-styled global military already has about 100,000 UN troops and “police” deployed across 15 “missions,” along with more than 15,000 civilians. Apparently, though, the UN and Obama want more.

 

Of course, the Orwellian-sounding UN “peacekeeping” forces — the infamous “blue helmets” would be more appropriately referred to as international war-making troops — have become loathed around the world. Among the most serious problems associated with the global soldiers under UN command: widespread brutality, human-rights abuses, sexual exploitation of civilians, mass murder, spreading deadly diseases, brazen corruption, impunity, ruthlessly propping up illegitimate UN-backed regimes, and more. By late 2013, the stench of scandal and horror around UN “peace” forces was so overbearing that even the establishment press around the world was forced to report it.

Last year, though, the U.S. government still sent over $1.75 billion to prop up the UN’s fledgling armed forces and their lawless “missions” around the globe — on top of paying for almost a quarter of the UN’s budget. In response to the perpetually ballooning scandals surrounding the international war-making troops, the Obama administration now hopes to reward them with more than $2.5 billion borrowed from abroad or extracted from U.S. taxpayers.

The UN and other international outfits, meanwhile, would receive more than $4 billion under the White House request, not including the huge expenditures for the global military. In a perfect example of Obama’s deceitful scheming, instead of ending the “Overseas Contingency Operations” (OCO) expenditures that were sold as a temporary measure to pay for U.S. wars abroad over the last decade, the administration is trying to preserve that funding — and divert it to UN “peacekeeping” operations.

“This appropriation provides funds for the United States to support unforeseen requirements of peacekeeping operations and activities, including peace enforcement missions [sic] undertaken directly by the United Nations, or by regional coalition forces,” explains the relevant section of the administration’s budget request. Obama is seeking $150 million for that particular plot, in addition to the $2.5 billion for regular UN “peacekeeping” and another $235 million for the military forces of illegitimate “regional bodies” such as the “African Union.”

In the meantime, the UN is working to come up with a palatable pretext for global taxation, thereby freeing it from having to operate on “contributions” taken from taxpayers indirectly via member governments and dictatorships. According to analysts, though, even without the highly sought after planetary tax regime, UN “revenue” almost tripled in the decade between 2002 and 2012. Why it would need even more funding from struggling U.S. taxpayers and a federal government that is already drowning the public in debt remains unclear.

At the same time, with help from top Obama administration figures like John Podesta, the UN is working to advance plots targeting even the “behavior” and “worldview” of every last person on Earth for “dramatic” modification, official UN documents show. Indeed, in addition to demanding trillions from Western taxpayers under various guises — “global warming,” supposedly “fighting” poverty, “sustainable development,” and more — the UN is positioning itself to become a full-fledged global government. It has also become increasingly brazen in its open assaults on the U.S. Constitution, state sovereignty, individual liberty, the will of American voters, and more.

Justifying its call for massively expanding the amount of funds extracted from U.S. taxpayers for the UN, the White House claimed implausibly that it was somehow in America’s “national interest” to squander more money it does not have on dictator-dominated globalist organizations notorious for seeking to undermine U.S. sovereignty. “The administration is committed to robust multilateral engagement and to promoting U.S. leadership in international organizations as a means of advancing U.S. national security interests and values,” the request claims. At the same time, the administration is working overtime to “reform” the IMF, which globalists are grooming to become a planetary central bank, by vastly expanding the resources at its disposal while giving up U.S. influence at the outfit.

The 2015 budget request also seeks almost $50 billion for unconstitutional “foreign aid” via just the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is used to bribe foreign powers while also funding domestic projects to attack free markets. “Mindful of fiscal constraints, this budget provides American taxpayers a remarkable return on their investment in American leadership,” the State Department claimed, apparently without intending to sound facetious. The federal government, of course, is not constitutionally authorized to distribute foreign aid or to fund attacks on the U.S. Constitution and American independence via the UN.

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Musical Instruments: “Victims of The Parasite Economy”

Financial parasites have taken over the host company and could not care less about the industry itself.

Financial parasites have taken over the host company and could not care less about the industry itself.

 “This story isn’t about a big box music chain, but how a small number of citizens can subvert every product made, every job offered, and every purchase decision – and how we can regain control of our lives, starting with the musical instrument industry.”

Trends and insights about the transition economy

How to get beyond the parasite economy

If the above sentence appears strange to you, we are in the same boat. I do not know how bizarre and random your life appears to you, but mine is definitely some sort of mysterious fractal. About four months ago, I was elected by the Internet to the position of United Nations Ambassador to Guitar Center. I made a simple, off hand comment about how I was surprised that the company was doing poorly despite all of the gear I bought there, and then the two separate streams of my life – music and business analysis – slammed together. Thousands of people began conflating my life as a somewhat decent bassist with my expertise in strategic forecasting. Now, with every development in the musical instrument industry, I have a flurry of emails and phonecalls from all levels of the business. It is surprising, fun, and as I now discover, significant of a much larger story

I never paid too much attention to the musical instrument (MI) business in my profession of strategic analysis; it simply does not represent enough cash flow to have significance in national economies. For example, the global MI industry is around $13 billion a year. I used to do high-level analysis of the market for antipsychotic medication, something most people know nothing about, which has the same annual sales revenue in the US alone. My only interest in musical instruments was for pleasure, so when I was suddenly elected The People’s Analyst of the Industry, (current salary: $0) I had a lot of catching up to do.

After much deliberation, I see the MI industry as a microcosm of every other problem in the global economy. To borrow from the analysis of Thomas Piketty in his brilliant “Capital in the 21st Century,” the monied interests of society have expanded their reach such that they can concentrate and dominate almost every area of human endeavor, and the deleterious effects are now evident to all.

Guitar Center would use the proceeds from the notes offering to repay a $675 million term loan that backed its Bain buyout.

Guitar Center would use the proceeds from the notes offering to repay a $675 million term loan that backed its Bain buyout.

In the end, this story isn’t about a big box music chain, but how a small number of citizens can subvert every product made, every job offered, and every purchase decision – and how we can regain control of our lives, starting with the musical instrument industry.

News on Guitar Center’s finances – and what it means

If you are a regular reader you know that I have been keeping close tabs on the finances of the Westlake, CA-based retail behemoth. Had their executives never made visits to my Facebook page, I never would have thought that it was worth any research, but my experience is that if you see unusually emotional behavior from technocrats, a bigger story lurks. Confirming my instincts, a perfunctory analysis of the company’s finances showed gargantuan debt structure and a liquidity crisis (also known as being broke.) Because the company is/was owned by a holding company created by private equity firm Bain Capital, it was impossible for me to deduce exactly the structure of their ownership and debt covenants. To summarize the story for those who don’t have a taste for corporate finance, just imagine you had $65,000 in credit card debt financed at a crappy rate, and that you made around $80,000 a year. Things on the horizon would look bleak, and you would be forced to either change your lifestyle or declare bankruptcy and get a fresh start. As such, irrespective of the contradictions inherent in the big box model and the general draining of wealth from their supposed middle class customers, I figured that these guys would be lucky to make it a few more months.

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