Lobbying in the United States describes paid activity in which special interests hire well-connected professional advocates, often lawyers, to argue for specific legislation in decision-making bodies such as the United States Congress. It is a highly controversial phenomenon, often seen in a negative light by journalists and the American public, and frequently misunderstood. While lobbying is subject to extensive and often complex rules which, if not followed, can lead to penalties including jail, the activity of lobbying has been interpreted by court rulings as free speech and protected by the US Constitution. Since the 1970s, lobbying activity has grown immensely in terms of the numbers of lobbyists and the size of lobbying budgets, and has become the focus of much criticism of American governance. Since lobbying rules require extensive disclosure, there is a wealth of data in the public sphere about which entities lobby, how, at whom, and for how much. The current pattern suggests much lobbying is done by corporations, although a wide variety of coalitions representing diverse groups is possible. Lobbying happens at every level of government, including federal, state, county, municipal, and even local governments. In Washington, DC, lobbying usually targets congresspersons, although there have been efforts to influence executive agency officials as well as US Supreme Court appointments. It has been the subject of academic inquiry in various fields, including economics, law, and public policy. While lobbyists number of 12,000 people in Washington, DC, those with real clout number in the dozens, and a small group of firms handles much of lobbying in terms of expenditures. As an activity, lobbying takes time to learn, requires skill and sensitivity, depends on deft persuasion, and has much in common with generally non-political activities such as management consulting and public relations.
Numerous reports chronicle the revolving door phenomenon. A 2011 estimate suggested that nearly 5,400 former congressional staffers had become federal lobbyists over a ten-year period, and 400 lawmakers made a similar jump. It is a "symbiotic relationship" in the sense that lobbying firms can exploit the "experience and connections gleaned from working inside the legislative process", and lawmakers find a "ready pool of experienced talent." There is movement in the other direction as well: one report found that 605 former lobbyists had taken jobs working for lawmakers over a ten-year period. A study by the London School of Economics found 1,113 lobbyists who had formerly worked in lawmakers' offices. The lobbying option is a way for staffers and lawmakers to "cash in on their experience", according to one view. Before the 1980s, staffers and aides worked many years for congresspersons, sometimes decades, and tended to stay in their jobs; now, with the lure of higher-paying lobbying jobs, many would quit their posts after a few years at most to "go downtown."
And it is not just staffers, but lawmakers as well, including high-profile ones such as congressperson Richard Gephardt. He represented a "working-class" district in Missouri for many years but after leaving Congress, he became a lobbyist. In 2007, he began his own lobbying firm called "Gephardt Government Affairs Group" and in 2010 it was earning close to $7 million in revenues with clients including Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Visa Inc., Ameren Corporation, and Waste Management Inc.. Senators Robert Bennett and Byron Dorgan became lobbyists too. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour became a lobbyist. In 2010, former representative Billy Tauzin earned $11 million running the drug industry's lobbying organization. called the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Many former representatives earned over $1 million in one year, including James Greenwood and Daniel Glickman.
When getting access is difficult, there are ways to wear down the walls surrounding a legislator. Jack Abramoff explained:
Access is vital in lobbying. If you can't get in your door, you can't make your case. Here we had a hostile senator, whose staff was hostile, and we had to get in. So that's the lobbyist safe-cracker method: throw fundraisers, raise money, and become a big donor.
—Lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2011
The unemployment rate for American military is reaching staggering levels. The housing boom is ready to go bust. The Government is rewriting the Bill of Rights to teach future generations that gun registration is part of that the 2nd Amendment. The U.S. promises 54 different countries that the U.S. will go to war for them. As the central bankers/U.S. government provokes Russia, Russia might decide to bypass the dollar in every oil transaction which would collapse the Dollar. The central bankers/U.S. government are using the propaganda to make everyone believe the SEA is continually cyber attacking the U.S. There is now missing radio active material and this material could be used in a dirty nuclear bomb. Be prepared for a false flag.
Michael Rivero is the webmaster of http://whatreallyhappened.com/ and host of the What Really Happened radio shows on the Republic Broadcasting Network. Formerly with NASA, Michael transitioned his image processing skills (along with a brief stint as an actor) into the then-new motion picture computer animation field and has worked on films such as "Star Trek", "The Day After Tomorrow", and has supervised visual effects on "Brainscan," "LOST", and "Hawaii Five-0." Michael has taken a sabbatical from film work to focus all his efforts on peace activism. Michaels foray into blogging began before the word was even invented, and happened almost by accident when he spotted a suspicious photograph being broadcast on ABC news in 1994 related to the death of White House deputy Council Vincent Foster. Since that sudden beginning, Michaels website has expanded to cover diverse topics including the JFK assassination, the accidental shoot-down of TWA 800, election fraud, health issues, Saddams non-existent nuclear weapons, 9-11, the economy, and of course, the lies used to trick the United States into wars of conquest on Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Iran. Michael resides in Hawaii with his wife Claire, who is a composer and creates much of theme music used on the What Really Happened radio show.
Our friend Wayne Allyn Root joined for another intense interview. It doesn't take much to make the Obama enemy list and Wayne did it quickly. He analyses Obama's latest poll numbers and the results are shocking. The only people who still approve are the hardcore koolaid drinkers. Everyone else has jumped ship and for good reason. Columbia University has done well.
The Fed has been able to keep the banks alive with its money printing scheme. This has done NOTHING for the real citizen. In fact, the average citizen is worse off now than prior to the Financial Crisis. The Fed is beginning to pull the crutch on this system and at the same time wondering why the economy hasn't moved anywhere.
The crutch isn't a crutch after all. It's simply a scheme to fund the banking industry, at the same time devalue the currency.
Fed tapers another $10 billion
CBO: 'Surprised and Disappointed by Pace of Economic Recovery'
States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows
Russian Holdings of U.S. Debt Dropped 20% in Past Year
Part One Of Alex's powerful and insightful interview with British MP, writer and activist George Galloway, renowned for his "colorful rhetoric and combative debating style." Mr. Galloway talks about the crisis in Ukraine and the crimes of Ken Lay and Tony Blair. And Part Two of the incredibly powerful interview with British MP, writer and activist George Galloway, renowned for his "colorful rhetoric and combative debating style." Mr. Galloway talks about the crisis in Ukraine and the crimes of Ken Lay and Tony Blair.
On this Friday, March 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the latest act of citizen journalism as an activist interrupts a BBC live broadcast to warn of "institutional pedophile rings" operating in the United Kingdom. Other news on Alex's radar includes the prospect of the government assassinating protesters, as it planned to do during the government's battle against the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fall of the middle class, and Al Sharpton's move to circumscribe and dominate "civil rights" following Rand Paul's defense of the Bill or Rights. On today's broadcast, Alex talks with British MP, writer and activist George Galloway, renowned for his "colorful rhetoric and combative debating style." Mr. Galloway talks about the crisis in Ukraine and the crimes of Ken Lay and Tony Blair.
Jim Rickards has been featured in 4 out of the 5 episodes that we have released so far in the 'Hidden Secrets Of Money' series - and for good reason. Jim is one of the most articulate thinkers and teachers in the world when it comes to explaining what is really happening in the world of economics today, especially when it comes to gold and silver. Jim's first book 'Currency Wars' was a bestseller and is highly recommended reading for anyone who wants to get an understanding of economics from 'the inside'. As you'll learn in this video, James G Rickards has a massive amount of experience in both the private and public sectors. Watch the video to learn why he thinks that we shouldn't be surprised that at some point gold is quickly valued at $5000 per ounce..
Russia, Turkey and Cuba reported the beating of Alexander Panteleymonov, the director of Ukraine's state-run NTU television company, but the story is apparently not important enough to air on American corporate news networks.
Panteleymonov, as the video shows, was beaten by Svoboda party fascists and forced to resign his office for daring to air the signing ceremony of Crimea joining the Russian Federation after a popular referendum held last weekend voted to secede from the country.
Igor Miroshnichenko, a Verkhovna Rada MP infamous for an antisemitic slur leveled against Ukrainian Jewish actress Mila Kunis, shoved and punched Panteleymonov.
"Write your resignation! Sit down! I told you, sit down!" the gang of ultra-nationalists yelled at the TV network boss. "You are feasting in my Ukraine!... Here is a paper, pen, write the resignation now quickly, you animal... You Muscovite (a derogatory word for Russian) garbage!"
Coup leaders in Kyiv have rejected the Crimea referendum, refuse to pull troops off the peninsula following a March 17 vote to secede, and are preparing for war.
"Crimea was, is, and will be our territory," Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh declared in a statement delivered at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. "Ukrainian forces will stay [in Crimea] until all their tasks have been completed."
U.S. State Department favorite Vitali Klitschko, who was passed over for central banker Arseniy Yatsenyuk to lead the coup government, said Ukrainian troops will stay in Crimea.
Klitscho cited a March 16 peace treaty agreement allowing Ukrainian soldiers to move freely in Crimea. According to Tenyukh, the Russians thus far have respected the agreement. Ukraine has used it to resupply troops on the peninsula.
One of Ukraine's top politicians has told Sky News his country is ready to fight if Russian soldiers cross the border from Crimea into mainland Ukraine.
Serhiy Taruta, governor of the eastern city of Donetsk, warned: "We're going to have a war. Our people will take up arms and they will protect our country."
The tense stand-off came as Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a draft bill for Crimea's annexation and defended his government's actions in a speech to both houses of parliament in Moscow.
A United States surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukranian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday.
"The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with US operators with complex radio-electronic" technology, said Rostec in a statement.
So, let's get this straight. The United States is all for democracy and democracy is about voting and making sure the majority rules. If a majority in Crimea votes to align itself with Russia because most Crimeans have an affinity for Russia, the United States and the United Nations, the latter sitting on the lap of the former, will decide democracy is illegal.
Earlier today Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said he's sure Russia plans to invade Ukraine. This was carried uncritically and sans any objective examination by the corporatist establishment media in the United States:
Incidentally, the fathers of the founding fathers of the EU were Nazis. Maybe that's why the EU is using Hitler's Big Lie to its fullest potential now.
Despite the obvious bias of Reinsalu's comment -- and the ignored fact Ukraine has admitted there are no Russian troops on the border poised to strike -- the media in the United States is now running around like Chicken Little screaming that the sky is falling, Russia will invade Ukraine, and the world demands we do something.
We, of course, means the establishment because, as polls show, the American people want nothing to do with the whole sordid affair.
The NSA Knows more about you than you Know
There goes the LIE that the NSA does not do bulk collection of the CONTENT of our phone calls without a specific individual warrant! If you want to see into the depths of the NSA's criminality beyond what has so far been revealed by Snowden's documents- look up NSA whistle blower Russel Tice. He was one of the main sources for revealing Bush's warrantless wiretapping and has real credibility. In interviews last Summer he has revealed that the NSA spies on our press, courts, lawyers and law firms, Hollywood, our military's leadership, Congress, the Supreme Court- even Obama when he was running for the Senate in 2004. Watch his latest interviews on PBS, RT, Democracy Now, and Sibel Edmonds "Boiling Frogs" whistle blower website- judge the man's own words for yourself. Then look up William Binney, Thomas Drake, Mark Kline, and Sibel Edmonds herself- you'll have your eyes wide opened then. Sibel's "Boiling Frogs" website is a great place for hearing from Government whistle blowers themselves, she has an organization dedicated to helping them get their message out and survive the Government attacks on them.
The NSA is a criminal organization who's chief purposes are political blackmail, industrial espionage/financial fraud, and to obstruct justice. Their "national security" role is PR for the consumption their compartmentalized employees and the general public. The NSA is J. Edgar Hoover resurrected minus any morals, restraint, or a soul. They have corrupted our entire political and economic system.
They have your name, your number, and your credit card records. Debt collectors have a funny way of tracking you down and can take people to court. What can we do? For Lee Campbell, he can rely on keg colleague and college professor Peter Jaworski to magically appear and teach him a few tricks to negotiating with collectors over the phone. Watch as Peter guides Lee through the debt battlefield - you might learn a thing or two.
Before any form of nuclear strike on American soil, or any calling out of Marshal Law, or any organised false flag attack that will cause any of these two cases. He will get the public to accept his erratic rhythm of taking sudden holidays as normal behavior agenda. On one of these events he will completely disappear to the underground caves and into the continuation of government complexes. We will not know where he has gone until it is too late.
Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the 'Europe of Freedom and Democracy' (EFD) Group in the European Parliament -• Debate: Preparations for the European Council meeting (20-21 March 2014)
Council and Commission statements
Video source: EbS (European Parliament)
• EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Webster Tarpley Historian and President of Washington Grove Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C, Webster Tarpley, discussed the conspiratorial mindset, and shared his intriguing analysis of current geopolitical and historical situations. More and more people are turning toward conspiracies because the "official story" behind such events as 9-11 and the JFK assassination are unbelievable or fantastic, he said. Tarpley doesn't consider himself a conspiracy theorist, but a seeker of truth, though he admitted that the uncovering of facts in many instances often does point to conspiracies. We live in an oligarchy run by financiers, and they often do conspire together for shared goals, he noted, adding that they compose a shadow government that secretly rules the US, intersecting with people at the State Dept., the CIA, and perhaps the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.
Tarpley spoke about his forthcoming book about Pearl Harbor and the assassination of FDR. We're told a lot of fakery about Roosevelt like he provoked Japan, and that he kept his Naval Admirals in the dark, but the opposite was true, he said. Further, a group of Wall St. Republicans that FDR put in control of the Pentagon wanted a defeat to weaken FDR in the postwar world, and Churchill knew the time and place of the Pearl Harbor attack but kept quiet in order to draw the US into the war, he continued. Roosevelt was poisoned by a female Russian painter in April 1945, Tarpley claimed, and Stalin reportedly told FDR's son "your father was poisoned/murdered by the Churchill gang."
Tarpley also commented on current situations in France, China, and Russia, as well as Syria and Libya, two countries that he visited during recent turmoils. America can get out of its economic woes by seizing control of the Federal Reserve, and stop using it to give 0% loans to bankers and financial interests, and instead give these loans with a hundred year maturity to the states, who could then start massive infrastructure rebuilding projects, he argued.
Webster Griffin Tarpley is a philosopher of history who seeks to provide the programs and strategies needed to overcome the current world crisis. As an activist historian he first became widely known for his book George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), a masterpiece of research which is still a must read. Tarpley is a member of the "world anti-imperialist conference" Axis for Peace, of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and of a research Netzwerk of German 9/11 authors founded in September 2006. He is featured in the film, Zero: an investigation into 9/11 During 2008, he warned of the dangers of an Obama presidency controlled by Wall Street with Obama: The Postmodern Coup, The Making of a Manchurian Candidate and Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography. His interest in economics is reflected in Surviving the Cataclysm: Your Guide Through the Worst Financial Crisis in Human HistoryAgainst Oligarchy. He is currently completing a study of Pearl Harbor as an episode in Wall Street's war against President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, and FDR's economic bill of rights. His books have appeared in Japanese, German, Italian, French, and Spanish. From 1974 to 1984, he was a correspondent in central Europe, during which time he co-authored Chi ha ucciso Aldo Moro (Who Killed Aldo Moro, 1978) a study of international terrorism. In 1979-80, he appeared as commentator for Teleradiosole, a television station in Rome. From 1984 to 1996, he was a correspondent in Washington DC. Tarpley is the co-author of George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), which has sold 30,000 copies and remains the only critical biography of the former President. In 1997 he published an anthology entitled Against Oligarchy: Essays and Speeches 1970-1996. These books can be consulted on the internet at www.tarpley.net. His 9/11 Synthetic Terror, the Bible of the 9/11 Truth Movement, has sold over 20,000 copies. His two books on Obama are virtually the only critical ones in print from a progressive viewpoint. Tarpley has lectured in numerous colleges and universities around the world. In 1995 he was named a consultant to the Universal Ecological Academy of Moscow. He holds an MA from Skidmore College and a Ph.D. in history from the Catholic University of America. Webster Tarpley's talk show World Crisis Radio is now broadcast on the Genesis World Report on GCNLive Free Internet Streaming Radio, Saturdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern (1-3 Central, 11-1 Pacific), all 4 networks.
A secret Brazil ian government report lists several security "risks" in having the country host the World Cup this year, including political protest and strikes, O Globo daily said.
The office of President Dilma Rousseff told AFP the undated report was "preliminary," not conclusive and merely the result of "informal consultation" with local people in cities due to host the June-July event.
The document indicated security concerns in six of the 12 host cities, including July 13 final venue Rio de Janeiro, where it identified "a difficult relationship between public authorities and society."
Rio authorities are battling to bolster security in the city by increasing police presence in tourist areas while also ramping up a six-year-old policy of "pacifying" the city's sprawling slums.
The report also highlighted as a "potential problem" a 60-million-reais ($25 million) cut in the military police budget for business hub Sao Paulo, due to host the Cup's opening match.
O Globo said another concern was Porto Alegre, the scene of a strike by lorry drivers that authorities fear could spread beyond the southern city.
In the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte, authorities fear that a strike by civil servants may "fuel protests" of the kind that hit the city and several other major venues during June's Confederations Cup.
Angry Brazil ians have taken to the street to protest the $11 billion World Cup price tag, poor public services and government corruption.
Although they have been on a smaller scale than last year, when more than a million people took to the streets, some of the demonstrations have ended in violence.
Another concern, according to the report, is the capital Brasilia, where "opposition parties are attempting to wreck the image" of Governor Agnelo Queiroz of the ruling Workers' Party.
The report also expressed concerns over the security of teams and foreign visitors during the month-long Cup, while the government further fears unrest between indigenous groups and agricultural workers in the northeast.
But an official in the presidential office said: "The information published in the newspaper is not official and has not been verified."
Elite police forces in Rio de Janeiro have taken part in a series of security drills in preparation for a number of upcoming high profile events.
The Brazilian city is set to play host to football's Confederations Cup later this year, ahead of next year's World Cup.
Rio is also hosting World Youth Day in July, as well as the Olympics in 2016.
As part of the drills, bomb squad officers took part in a simulated terrorist attack on a subway station, while special operations officers trained at the feet of the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Rio de Janeiro police take part in World Cup security drills in shadow of Christ the Redeemer
“once a standing army is established, in any country, the people lose their liberty.”
“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”
“If you are an ordinary person, then you can prepare yourself for war by moving to the countryside and building a farm, but you must take guns with you, as the hordes of starving will be roaming. Also, even though the elite will have their safe havens and specialist shelters, they must be just as careful during the war as the ordinary civilians, because their shelters can still be compromised.”
"We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?" Joseph Stalin
The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Governments keep a lot of secrets from their people . . .
Why aren't the people in return allowed to keep secrets
from the government?
PHILIP ZIMMERMAN, DER SPIEGEL
“Some call it Communism, I call it Judaism.”
Rabbi Stephen Weiss
“Anti-Communism is Anti-Semitism.”
Jewish Voice, July - August 1941
Taxing People is Punishing Success
There's the rich, the poor, and the tax payers...also known as the middle class. Robert Kiyosaki
The Tax you pay is The Bill for Staying Stupid
“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is, perhaps, the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banks can in fact inflate, mint and un-mint the modern ledger-entry currency.” Major L L B Angus
The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or so dependent on its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system will bear its burdens without complaint and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.
The Rothschild Bros
"Debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages must be foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through a process of law, the common people lose their homes they will become more docile and more easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government, applied by a central power of wealth under control of leading financiers.
This truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of Capital to govern the world.
By dividing the voters through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance. Thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves what has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished."
USA Banker's Magazine, August 25 1924
Cutting Tax Rates stimulates Economic Growth creates more Profit , more Jobs and therefore The Treasury ends up with more Tax Money
Taxation is legalized Theft
"The Objective of the Bank is not the control of a conflict , it's the control of the debt that a conflict produces . The real value of a conflict , the true value is in the debt that it creates . You control the debt , you control everything . this is THE VERY ESSENCE OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY , to make us all , whether we be nations or individuals , SLAVES TO DEBT " An UNKNOWN Banker
Patriotism is the last refuge... to which the scoundrel clings .... Steal a little and they throw you in jail ..steal a lot and they make you king ....
"Corporations are stealing billions in tax breaks, while the confused, screwed citizenry turn on each other. International corporations have no national allegiance, they care only for profit." Robert Reich
There is NO political answer to a spiritual problem!
Political Correctness is a Political Stand Point that does not allow Political Opposition , This is actually The Definition of Dictatorship
The modern definition of racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal
When People lose everything and have nothing left to lose , They Lose It !
Your Greatest Teacher is Your Last Mistake
The one who Controls the Education System , Controls Perception UNKNOWN
"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."
Albert EinsteinIn The Left Nothing is Right & in The Right nothing is Left
Freedom is not Free
Don't Steal The Government Hates The Competition
"Buy The Rumor , Sell The Fact " Peter Schiff
You can love your Country and not your Government
" The Government Works for ME , I do not answer to them They Answer to ME "
"Tyranny will Come to Your Door in a Uniform "
"The Government is not The Solution to our Problems , The Government is The Problem "
"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato
The world is a tragedy to those that feel, and a comedy to those that think...Beppe Grillo
"The people should not fear the government for it is the government who should fear the people" UNKNOWN
"If You are looking for solutions to the world's problems , look in the Mirror , You Are The Solution , You have the power as a human being on this planet " UNKNOWN
"They don't control us , We empower them " UNKNOWN
"Serial Killers do on a Small Scale What Governments do on a large one..."
Serial Killer Richard Ramirez
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
Schools manufacture people who think that they're smart but they're not.
Education is what you learn after you leave School
" Schools were designed to create employees for the big corporations."
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so" Thomas Jefferson
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism
“True education makes you feel stupid. It makes you realize you have so much more to learn.” Robert Kiyosaki
"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching." - Gerard Way
"Aspire not to have More but to be More "
The losers in life think they have all the answers. They can’t learn because they’re too busy telling everyone what they know.
Robert T. Kiyosaki
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. -This time more intelligently." Henry Ford
What You Own Owns You
If you expect the government to solve your problems, you have a problem. Robert Kiyosaki
"Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security." Benjamin Franklin
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Always trust someone who is seeking the truth , never trust someone who found it" Jordan Maxwell
Be The Change you want to see in The World
Failure inspires winners but defeats losers
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people” A Chinese Proverb
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me." UNKNOWN
Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Morpheus The Matrix 1999