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Israel and Iran….Are we Ready for the Showdown?

I am embarrassed to say that I do not stay up to date on what is going on in the news and in the world.  I am unable to get passed my feeling that everything we see on the news is just skewed to the perspective that the viewers of that news station want to hear and…….I don’t believe there is any reality in politics AT ALL.

But….I do catch some pieces of information here and there because my husband is Israeli and Israelis tend to know what’s going on in the world.  They kind of have to because they are located smack dab in the middle of a bunch of countries that want to destroy them and the UN seems to support the endeavor

Like I said before, I don’t believe anything that any news channel says.  My husband and I argue about this all the time, but I find it very hard to believe that any body of people that control other people – whether they are considered  “democratic”, “communist” or a “theocracy” ……and especially if they are considered a dictatorship…..have any intention of taking care of anyone but themselves.

I tend to believe that selfless and honorable political leaders like King David are rare and that is why King David is considered heroic and legendary – and most of us even believe that the Messiah is supposed to come from his line of descendants.

The character qualities necessary for a political leader tend to clash with the character qualities necessary for a spiritual leader.  To be both in one…….is extremely rare.

With that being said, since my perspective from the get go is that no leader of any country has good intentions for the country itself, it is kind of hard to even talk about the subject of politics with anyone because I just don’t believe we know what is really going on behind closed doors……and anyone that claims to know should probably do a little more research.

I am sure that they will find many resources that will contradict what they think they know.

So, because I am not an expert on politics I cannot truly have an opinion on what is going on in the political arena…..but I want to mention one thing that is kind of grabbing my attention these days.

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Does it Really Matter What the FDA Says at This Point?

My brother sent me an interesting article about a drug called Qnexa that is about to come on the market.   The company that makes it, Vivus Inc, claims that Qnexa, which combines the appetite suppressant phentermine and anti-seizure drug topiramate, helped patients lose at least 10 percent of their weight after a year of treatment.

You can read the rest of the article here: U.S. Advisers Back Experimental Obesity Pill

So here is what I have to say about this…..

If you read the article, it is basically discussing the fact that this drug has already been rejected by the FDA two years ago, but a panel of outside experts called the “US health advisors” (whoever these people are and represent) recommend approving the drug despite the many potential side effects such as heart attacks and birth defects, because there are just too many obese people and something needs to be done about it.

So, if the FDA does what it is usually does and follows the recommendations of this panel – the “US Health Advisors” (whoever these people are and represent)…this drug will be available sometime in April.

Who cares what the FDA approves and what they don’t approve anymore?  They have approved drugs that have killed many people and will continue to approve many, many more dangerous drugs…..why not approve a drug like this one?

What difference does it make?

Slap a label on the bottle listing all the possible side effects (like death) and leave it up to those who decide that it is worth the risk.

At some point, we, Americans, have to take responsibility for ourselves and our own lives and forget about what the FDA “approves” of and what they don’t “approve” of.

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Mitt Romney and the Poor

I have not been paying attention to any of the GOP nomination stuff that has basically taken over the news, but I wanted to talk about one thing that I thought would be interesting that I happened to hear the other day while my husband was watching.

Apparently, Mr. Romney made the following comment that received a lot of negative backlash….‘I’m not so concerned about the poor, they have a safety net. If it has holes, I’ll repair it.’

I believe that the reason that this remark is considered a political gaffe is because by dismissing the poor by saying there are safety nets in place that must mean that he ultimately has no real intention on focusing on the problem with intent to find a solution.  This statement makes it sound as though he is really saying ;;;;”we don’t gotta worry about poor people because I can just make sure they keep getting their freebies and be done with it.”

Maybe that is really what he was saying, but short of this solution, can anyone think of a better one?  Does anyone really think that there is some hope for the “middle class” in this nation – let alone the poor?

Maybe Newt Gingrich’s solution of offering janitorial jobs to children is a reasonable workable solution…..

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The Federal Reserve is Privately Owned

Yes.  I am not lying nor am I saying something that I don’t know for fact.  I have heard it said more than once and, apparently, this is a 100% fact that no one denies.  And guess who owns it….privately owned banks…..surprise, surprise.

I found an interesting article (“Have You Heard About The $16 Trillion Dollar Bailout?“) that happens to mention this at the bottom, but the gist of the article is that America uses the privately owned Federal Reserve to give much, much, much, more money to banks than we, the American citizens are aware of.

From what I understand, in a nutshell, the Federal Reserve was created out a fear of a bank collapse in the early 1900’s and was initiated by the Rothschild’s and the Bank of England.

This link gives some sort of tree tracing the roots and ownership of the Federal Reserve: “Who Owns the Fed?” …..wouldn’t you know….JP Morgan Chase is somewhere in that tree…..

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To Imitate or Initiate – That is the Question

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Martin Luther King Jr.

We are living in hard times nowadays. There is civil and military unrest as well as economic strife throughout the world. We cannot trust that the intentions of our own government are truly for the benefit of us, the citizens. Everything that we are faced with on a daily basis, including simple things like trusting your “friend” seems to be wrapped up in lies and presentations that are skillfully manufactured.

Is there a remedy for, what seems to be, a dire global situation?

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Status of Occupy Wallstreet

I live in Brooklyn, NY and I was at Zicotti Park in October – before Mayor Bloomberg took action against the protests.  I just want to say that although I was not an active member of Occupy Wallstreet, I was pretty impressed with how well it was organized and how peaceful it was.  Yeah, there were a few loose cannons, but for the most part Zicotti Park was filled with peace activists trying to build a better world for our future.

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New Yorkers – You Are Being Taxed By The MTA!!

If you aren’t aware of this, every New Yorker who files a tax return pays a percentage of wages to the MTA.   Yes, it is true.  The MTA gets some of your money whether you use it (or like it) or not.  Here is the link if you don’t believe me –http://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/mctmt/default.htm.

Here is another link with updated information…

http://www.rocklandcountytimes.com/index.php?p=227

Furthermore, MTA is in fact a corporation…

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the U.S. state of New York…. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Transportation_Authority_(New_York)

So, let me get this straight..corporations are allowed to collect taxes from us?

Who’s next.. J. P. Morgan Chase, Inc.?

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