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"All war is based on deception." 

Sun Tzu, The Art of War


There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

President McKinley told the American people that the USS Maine had been sunk in Havana Harbor by a Spanish mine. The American people, outraged by this apparent unprovoked attack, supported the Spanish American War. The Captain of the USS Maine had insisted the ship was sunk by a coal bin explosion, investigations after the war proved that such had indeed been the case. There had been no mine.

Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an invasion. He told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first. The Germans, convinced they were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland and into World War 2.

FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack. It wasn't. The United States saw war with Japan as the means to get into war with Germany, which Americans opposed. So Roosevelt needed Japan to appear to strike first. Following an 8-step plan devised by the Office of Naval Intelligence, Roosevelt intentionally provoked Japan into the attack. Contrary to the official story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence, but sent messages intercepted and decoded by US intercept stations. Tricked by the lie of a surprise attack, Americans marched off to war.

President Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin to send Americans off to fight in Vietnam. There were no torpedoes in the water in the Gulf. LBJ took advantage of an inexperienced sonar man's report to goad Congress into escalating the Vietnam

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

This brings us to the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy. This is, as they say, a smoking gun.

But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it had become obvious that the US Government, aided by that of Great Britain, was lying to create the public support for a war in Iraq.

First off is Tony Blair's "Dodgy Dossier", a document released by the Prime Minister that made many of the claims used to support the push for war. The dossier soon collapsed when it was revealed that much of it had been plagiarized from a student thesis paper that was 12 years old!

The contents of the dossier, however much they seemed to create a good case for invasion, were obsolete and outdated.

This use of material that could not possibly be relevant at the time is clear proof of a deliberate attempt to deceive.

Then there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations to the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.

This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

Colin Powell's speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after another. Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and Powell's own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.

Powell also claimed to the United Nations that photos showed "Decontamination Vehicles". But when United Nations inspectors visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they were just firefighting equipment.

Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the palm trees of Western Iraq. None were ever found.

Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax. None was ever found.

Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had already confirmed that it was destroyed. The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as "standards" for testing. When the UN suspected that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out.

Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological weapons. The only drones found were short-range reconnaissance drones.

Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for that claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted the claim. No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following the invasion.

Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had authorized his field commanders to use biological weapons. No such weapons were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none were ever found in Iraq.

Powell claimed that 122mm warheads found by the UN inspectors were chemical weapons. The warheads were empty, and showed no signs of ever having contained chemical weapons.

Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of illegal long-range Scud missiles. None were ever found.

Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that Saddam was supporting Osama Bin Laden. But independent translation of the tape revealed Osama's wish for Saddam's death.

Colin Powell's UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high flying aircraft and spacecraft. On the photos were circles and arrows and labels pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as laboratories and storage areas for Saddam's massive weapons of mass destruction program. Nothing in the photos actually suggested what the blobby shapes were and inspections which followed the invasion, all of them turned out to be rather benign. In at least one case, the satellite Powell claimed had taken one of the pictures had actually been out of operation at the time. And many questioned why Powell was showing black and white photos when the satellites in use at the time over Iraq took color images.

Another piece of evidence consists of documents which President Bush referenced as in his 2003 State of the Union Speech. According to Bush, these documents proved that Iraq was buying tons of uranium oxide, called "Yellow Cake" from Niger. Since Israel had bombed Iraq's nuclear power plant years before, it was claimed that the only reason Saddam would have for buying uranium oxide was to build bombs.

This hoax fell apart fast when it was pointed out that Iraq has a great deal of uranium ore inside their own borders and no need to import any from Niger or anywhere else. The I.A.E.A. then blew the cover off the fraud by announcing that the documents Bush had used were not only forgeries, but too obvious to believe that anyone in the Bush administration did not know they were forgeries!

In the end, the real proof that we were lied to about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found. That means that every single piece of paper that purported to prove that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was by default a fraud, a hoax, and a lie. There could be no evidence that supported the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction because Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. In a way, the existence of any faked documents about Iraq's WMDs is actually an admission of guilt. If one is taking the time to create fake documents, the implication is that the faker is already aware that there are no genuine documents.

What the US Government had, ALL that they had, were copied student papers, forged "Yellow Cake" documents, balloon inflators posing as bioweapons labs, and photos with misleading labels on them. And somewhere along the line, someone decided to put those misleading labels on those photos, to pretend that balloon inflators are portable bioweapons labs, and to pass off stolen student papers as contemporary analysis.

And THAT shows an intention to deceive.

Lawyers call this "Mens Rea", which means "Guilty Mind". TV lawyer shows call it "Malice aforethought". This means that not only did the Bush Administration lie to the people and to the US Congress, but knew they were doing something illegal at the time that they did it.

All the talk about "Intelligence failure" is just another lie. There was no failure. Indeed the Army agents who erroneously claimed that missile tubes were parts for a uranium centrifuge received bonuses, while the Pentagon smeared Hans Blix, and John Bolton orchestrated the firing of Jose Bustani, the director of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, because Bustani was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad.

The President of the United States and his Neocon associates lied to the people of the United States to send them off on a war of conquest.

Defenders of the government will point to the cases listed at the top of the page as proof that lying to the people is a normal part of the leader's job and we should all get used to it. And because "Everybody does it" that we should not single out the present administration. But this is madness. We do not catch all the murderers, yet when we catch a murderer, we deal with them as harshly as possible, in order to deter more murderers.

Right now, we have the criminals at hand. and, while other leaders in history have lied to start wars, for the first time in history, the lie stands exposed while the war started with the lies still rages on, to the death and detriment of our young men and women in uniform. We cannot in good moral conscience ignore this lie, this crime, lest we encourage future leaders to continue to lie to use to send our kids off to pointless wars. Lying to start a war is more than an impeachable offence; it the highest possible crime a government can commit against their own people. Lying to start a war is not only misappropriation of the nation's military and the nation's money under false pretenses, but it is outright murder committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal of the trust each and every person who serves in the military places in their civilian leadership. By lying to start a war, the Bush administration has told the military fatalities and their families that they have no right to know why they were sent to their deaths. It's none of their business.

Our nation is founded on the principle of rule with the consent of the governed. Because We The People do not consent to be lied to, a government that lies rules without the consent of the governed, and ruling without the consent of the governed is slavery.

You should be more than angry. You should be in a rage. You should be in a rage no less than that of the families of those young men and women who have been killed and maimed in this war started with a lie.You need to be in a rage and you need to act on that rage because even as I type these words, the same government that lied about Iraq's nuclear weapons is telling the exact same lies about Iran's nuclear capabilities. The writing is on the wall; having gotten away with lying to start the war in Iraq, the US Government will lie to start a war in Iran, and after that another, and after that another, and another and another and another because as long as you remain silent, and as long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.

As long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.


It is time to fire the liars.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing"
--Edmund Burke


U.S.C. TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 § 1001.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, WHOEVER, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by ANY trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or USES any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party's counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.




But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
-- "The Declaration of Independence"




this one 
from way back in 06

The Astounding Leo
Wanta $27 Trillion
Banking Crisis

Crunch Time For The Banks And The Crooks
By Christopher Story
Editor, International Currency Review, London

LONDON, 21 June 2006 ­ The integrity of the international banking system is on the line this week. This is because the behaviour of certain banks is being closely watched by a team of informed observers who are privy to scandals that the banks in question hope can still be swept under their plush boardroom carpets.
Collectively, the scandals represent the most brazen attempt by banks to seize the funds of their depositors, in history. The relevant funds, which amounted ­ when fitfully paid out in 1989-93 ­ to about $27.5 trillion, are now believed to be worth approaching $70 trillion. They represent assets corralled on Presidential instructions by the US Treasury's most distinguished Secret Service financial agent, Leo E. Wanta. He remains the Trustor of these funds.
The financial war chest was amassed for geostrategic purposes at the 'end of the Cold War', after Mikhail Gorbachëv had received $10 billion via certain American-assisted international financial transactions. He has since constructed a colossal headquarters campus outside Moscow, with some of this money*.
As everyone knows, most scams require a counterparty. For the international banks involved, their counterparty was, and remains, the US intelligence community ­ or rather, corrupt elements thereof, led by professional criminal intelligence 'barons' such as George Bush Sr., and Bill Clinton.
Taking their cue from the example of such corrupt operatives, lesser intelligence fry joined in ­ scamming billions from Wanta's fund, which was organised in order to finance, at the supranational (intergovernmental) level, the post-Cold War 'Global Security Environment'. A key front man in this endeavour was Mikhail Gorbachëv, whose 'Global Security Project' initiative was actually designed by Leo Wanta himself, again of course on US Presidential instructions.
Scams are greatly facilitated when irregular parties share a common interest. In this case, both the banks and corrupt elements of the US intelligence community, neither of which of course owned any of these funds, coveted the billions and trillions of dollars raised during 1989-92, for their own purposes.
The banks saw the funds as the answer to liquidity and prospective solvency problems. They accordingly collateralised and cross-collateralised the vast and rapidly expanding deposits placed with them for safekeeping, and performed elaborate hypothecation exercises, using the Trustor's funds as base.
Corrupt CIA operatives and fake CIA lawyers muscled in and, on the basis of Powers of Attorney awarded to certain of their number by questionable means, misappropriated, redirected and even stole billions, with one or more fake CIA lawyers illegally placing the Trustor's funds in foreign bank accounts under their own name.
Moreover the original funds were ransacked even as they were paid out by the Federal Reserve, under the authority of the Fed's former Chairman, Dr Alan Greenspan. An analysis published by International Currency Review in February 2005 of the initial amounts which were misdirected from the Fed, inter alia directly into private offshore bank accounts, found that an estimated $742.5 billion had been misappropriated .
Subsequent investigations have suggested that even this total is understated.
But that was nothing to what happened later. In order to gain control of these funds ­ supposedly assembled in order to make the world a 'safer place' after the 'end of the Cold War' ­ corrupt elements of US intelligence, headed by President Clinton, set the ball rolling by targeting the Trustor himself. Ordered by William Sessions, the head of the FBI, to travel with intelligence aides to Switzerland in 1993 with a brief to arrest Marc Rich, Wanta was himself arrested and flung into a stinking jail for 134 days ­ by the Swiss authorities. Almost simultaneously, Clinton fired William Sessions without giving any reason, and Vince Foster, an FBI informant who had been handling funds 'belonging' to the Children's Defense Fund, a CIA front for funny money, was murdered in the Washington, DC area.
Wanta's effects, including 18 US Treasury instruments worth $18 billion, were removed from him ­ and the official assets worth $18 billion face value have disappeared. Following an urgent intervention by the late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, Mr Wanta was suddenly released, but was then taken, still in shackles, to Geneva airport and flown to New York. After being frog-marched through Kennedy, this distinguished and upright US Treasury intelligence officer was arraigned before a judge on a trumped-up charge at the US Eastern District Court of New York. The judge saw through the ruse and threw the case out, but Leo Wanta was illegally re-arrested on the courtroom steps without a warrant, on instructions from the Wisconsin authorities.
The new false charge alleged that Wanta had failed to pay a tax bill of about $14,000 that he did not owe, in Wisconsin state taxes, dating back to 1982 ­ despite the fact that he had been living mainly abroad on US intelligence business, working directly for the President of the United States, for many years. He was accordingly extradited to Wisconsin, where he was jailed.
During incarceration in that State and elsewhere, attempts were made to have this distinguished US Treasury officer ­ still of course Trustor of the original $27.5 trillion of intergovernmental funds and the relevant accruals ­ declared insane. He underwent five so-called 'lunacy tests', his life being saved when a doctor of Chinese extraction, no doubt familiar with similar abuses back in her home country, refused to certify him. Had she done so, he would have been sent to a Soviet-style 'psychiatric hospital' and never heard from again.
After many vicissitudes, Leo Wanta was released into house arrest in Wisconsin, where he languished for many further years. During this time, he managed to raise the falsely charged state tax, which the State of Wisconsin took ­ but 'lost'. With the help of friends, he later raised the same amount again, and this time, the payment was registered. But in the meantime vast additional penalties, fees and other charges had accrued. His house was sold at a knock-down price without his consent, and the proceeds stolen. In July 2005, a sum of $30,626.97 made available by a friend, was paid in person by Mr Wanta's lawyer to the court in Wisconsin; and on 14th November 2005, he was released from all restrictions.
(Since this final payment included the false state tax bill for the third time, it, too, has reportedly been misappropriated. The problem faced by the Wisconsin authorities was how this payment could legitimately be recorded. It couldn't).
It was only a matter of weeks before the significance of this development started to trickle round the US intelligence community, which, all of a sudden, faced an unprecedented problem.
For it emerged that the CIA had systematically lied that Leo Wanta had long since been dead. This false information was of course exploited by the many US intelligence crooks who had been making illegitimate use of the Trustor's funds.
As for the banks, they likewise took maximum advantage of the CIA's lie. If the Trustor was dead, then the banks could do what they liked with the funds. So they used them for every off-balance-sheet ruse yet invented by their financial engineers.
In other words, neither the banks nor the CIA ever thought that the funds would be claimed. Imagine the cataclysmic shocks that reverberated around the world's international banks when it began to be rumoured late last year that, far from being long since dead, Leo Wanta was alive and had gone to court to obtain a ruling on the disposition of the assets.
These are held in offshore bank accounts belonging to so-called Title 18, Section 6 US Government intelligence community corporations. Such entities were authorised by President Reagan in January 1981, under Executive Order 12333.
Given the inherent criminal tendencies of intelligence organisations, this courted the obvious danger that dishonest operatives might use such corporations for scamming purposes ­ particularly given the well-known fact that the National Security Act 1947, et seq., under which the CIA was established, is effectively a crooks' charter. And so it has proved.
On 15th April 2003, US Federal Judge Bruce Lee, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, released a Memorandum Opinion, in response to Leo Wanta's application for relief, which concluded as follows:
'Plaintiff's sole remedy in this matter is to proceed with the liquidation of the corporations and report these transactions to the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code and then challenge the assessment of any taxes in a refund proceeding'.
In March 2006, Economic Intelligence Review, published by World Reports Limited, London, reproduced, in facsimile format, the entire Memorandum Opinion . It then transpired that knowledge of the existence of this document had been deliberately suppressed within the US official structures ­ since of course it confirmed that Leo Wanta is legally the controller (Trustor) of the funds and is therefore solely entitled to dispose of them in accordance with law and his Presidential instructions.
And the CIA liars and scamsters didn't want that to be known.
In February 2005, International Currency Review , likewise published by World Reports Limited from London, had displayed facsimiles of Federal Reserve computer print-outs, obtained from sources in the public domain. These represented audited sheets on which the Trustor, Leo Wanta, verified or queried the sources and uses of funds finally paid out by the Fed, including the $742.5 billion which was misdirected by the US central bank on Greenspan's authority.
On one of these sheets, which referred to one billion US dollars sent by Banco Exterior de Espana, Malaga, Spain, on 10th August 1989, to Banco de Panama, Panama City, for credit of 'Pilgrim Investments, Jorge Bush', Leo Wanta had annotated as follows:
'Acceptance of value by former US President of the United States, George (Jorge) Bush is direct violation of our USA Title 5, Section 7353, et seq. ­ Jim Baker told me to just "SHUT UP" as I am protected by Rogers-Houston Memorandum to "co-operate", but I kept receipts & notes'.
Separately, George Bush Sr., who was co-signatory of an account belonging to one of the Title 18, Section 6 corporations (Ameritrust), had asked his fellow co-signatory, Leo Wanta, to allow him (Bush Sr.) to remove $210 billion from the account. Leo refused ­ as he did on another occasion, when President Clinton sought Wanta's agreement for the diversion of a substantial sum into his (Clinton's) control.
Both Clinton and Bush Sr., working secretly together, therefore had every incentive to try to have Wanta removed permanently from the scene ­ Bush Sr. especially, since the Trustor had only recently annotated the misdirection of $1.0 billion, into one of Bush Sr.'s offshore accounts.
In summary, Leo Wanta was unjustly sentenced, on the basis of false witness and false charges, to jail/house arrest until the year 2015, a period of 22 years. The principal of the original $27.5 trillion, provided at a deep discount by over 200 international banks at an interest rate of 7.5% annually, for a 20-year period, falls due for repayment in 2012-2013.
But Leo Wanta is now ­ in mid-2006 ­ engaged in a global operation to recover funds of which he is Trustor ­ to the consternation of at least four constituencies:
· The US intelligence criminalist crooks, including two Presidents, themselves.
· Some of the mentioned criminal Presidents' associates, aides and 'gophers'.
· The Central Intelligence Agency deceivers who retailed the gross lie that Leo Wanta was dead, so that the funds could be diverted.
· The international banks that assumed that the funds would never be claimed, and which had a community of interest with their de facto intelligence co-conspirators in choosing to believe the CIA's lie that the Trustor was dead.
Faced with the fact that, on the contrary, Leo Wanta is both alive and free ­ and following the widespread distribution among banks of US Federal Judge Bruce Lee's Memorandum Opinion via Economic Intelligence Review in March this year ­ the international banks and the corrupt elements of the intelligence community faced a prospective crisis without historical precedent in the history of intergovernmental finance.
What to do?
· If they pretended it was corrupt 'business as usual', too many questions were now being asked about why the CIA had lied that the Trustor was dead.
· If they sought help from their governments, they risked exposing the precariousness of their underlying overstretched balance sheets, and revealing details of their vast off-balance sheet transactions.
It is understood that elements of the US intelligence community have been in turmoil as a consequence of these developments.
As for the banks, a number of them have tried to make out that 'there is no business relationship'. In the course of a conference call with US colleagues last March, one of these institutions, Coutts, told Christopher Story, the Publisher of International Currency Review, precisely that.
However Story has documentary proof of the existence of a relevant business relationship in the Coutts case, as in the case of many other banks worldwide where the Trustor's funds are held. Similar ploys have been attempted by certain other European banks. In some cases, bankers have even attempted to deny the existence of funds in certain Title 18, Section 6 corporate offshore accounts.
But these games have now come to an abrupt halt, following a decision by the leading governments concerned, to cooperate ­ rather than, as was previously the case, each government separately defending its own banks.
For the governments themselves have a common interest ­ to prevent this escalating crisis of confidence developing into a systemic melt-down induced by the banks' intransigeance. The stakes could hardly be greater, not least given that derivatives balances outstanding are now believed to exceed some $770 trillion.
Uncomfortably for the international banks concerned, substantial documentation has been accumulated proving the existence of relevant live accounts and banking relationships. These documents will be published in the near future ­ revealing that vast sums belonging to the Trustor are indeed held in the Title 18, Section 6 corporations' offshore bank accounts, and must be properly disposed of in accordance with the Trustor's legal responsibilities and official instructions.
In the meantime, it has of course been universally noticed that the international financial markets have been more than usually volatile since 10th May 2006. This volatility has had almost nothing to do with the spurious explanations typically retailed by ill-informed financial journalists working for the mainstream newspapers.
It has everything, however, to do with liquidity problems facing the banks, which have been, and continue to be, called upon to make available ­ in short order ­ colossal volumes of funds from their off-balance sheet books which they never expected to have to account for. Liquidity constraints typically reflect the fact that funds are in the wrong place, have been cross-collateralised and so cannot be released, or do not in fact exist.
It must have been hard for the banks to have been obliged to face up to the fact that the Trustor's funds are having to be replenished, replaced, and repatriated.
It is embarrassing for the CIA's professional deceivers to have been caught lying, since they take pride in their perverted professionalism, which is governed by one rule only: never get caught.
Most of all, those intelligence community criminals whose hands have been trapped in the till, must be enduring sleepless nights.
But that's the situation 'as we speak'. The banks must deliver, the crooks must be rounded up and brought to justice, and the cynical collaboration between free-wheeling intelligence criminals and international bankers with notoriously flexible morals, must be terminated. Forthwith.
Because if by any chance there is a repetition of what happened in 1989-92, and the Trustor's funds are diverted ­ notwithstanding the exposure of these evils that has occurred to date ­ it won't just be a question of bankers falling out of sailboats on Chesaspeake Bay.
According to reliable sources, seven European bankers had been arrested by early May, while three had committed suicide.
In a worst-case scenario, a number of large foreign institutions face having their assets seized in the United States if they fail to fulfil their immediate obligations to the letter.
And if that happens, some may very well go to the wall.
* * *
1. International Currency Review, Volume 30, Numbers 2 & 3, Winter 2004-2005, page 144.
2. Economic Intelligence Review, Volume 10, Numbers 5 & 6, February-March 2006, pages 37-46.
3. International Currency Review, Volume 30, Numbers 2 & 3, Winter 2004-2005, op. cit. [Note 1].
* * *
* Gorbachëv also maintains a magnificent residence in Switzerland ­ a state of affairs which
would have greatly offended his dictator predecessor, Josef Stalin (a.k.a. Iosif Vissarionovich Djugashvili-Kochba), who ordered his security chief du jour, Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda (1891-1938), to procure the Swiss bank account details of all the leading Soviet revolutionaries. Yagoda duly obliged, but omitted to include details of his own secret Swiss bank accounts. Since Stalin had other means of obtaining the relevant Swiss bank account data, he compared Yagoda's
list with his own, and discovered that his security chief's bank account details were of course missing. Yagoda duly received the requisite bullet through the temples, like all the rest of the high-ranking Comrades, with the exception of Krupskaya, Lenin's widow. She put on a scene and broke down in tears in front of Stalin, and he relented.
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 The Paradox of Our Time

> > > The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings
> > > but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend
> > > more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger
> > > houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have
> > > more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more
> > > experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
> > >
> > > We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
> > > little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too
> > > tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We
> > > have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too
> > > much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
> > >
> > > We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years
> > > to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and
> > > back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We
> > > conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things,
> > > but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the
> > > soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more,
> > > but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to
> > > rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more
> > > information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less
> > > and less.
> > >
> > > These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and
> > > small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are
> > > the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken
> > > homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
> > > morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do
> > > everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is
> > > much in the
> > > showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology
> > > can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to
> > > share this insight, or to just hit delete.
> > >
> > > Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
> > > going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who
> > > looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up
> > > and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to
> > > you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart
> > > and it doesn't cost a cent.
> > >
> > > Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones,
> > > but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it
> > > comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the
> > > moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to
> > > love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts
> > > in your mind.
> > >
> > > Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
> > > moments that take our breath away. Can you think of any?
> > >
> > >
> > > 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and
> > > height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.
> > >
> > > 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
> > >
> > > 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
> > > whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's
> > > workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
> > >
> > > 4. Enjoy the simple things.
> > >
> > > 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath or pee
> > > your pants.
> > >
> > > 6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who
> > > is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
> > >
> > > 7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets,
> > > keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
> > >
> > > 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
> > > improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
> > >
> > > 9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to a friends house, to the next
> > > county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
> > >
> > > 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
> > >
> > > If you don't send this to at least 8 people .... who cares?
> > > George Carlin

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