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March 19, 2012

Know Your Genocides: Ukraine's Hunger Plague

A colossal failure of government control, the Holodomor (literally, the Hunger Plague) occurred when Stalin's government imposed new farming systems on the people of the Ukraine and Moldova in 1932. The systems were flawed and as a result the fields produced less than half what they did the year before. The government took the majority of the output to feed Russians and left the Ukrainians and Moldovans to starve to death. The penalties for failing to meet quotas were crushing, including a responsibility to provide 15 times the original quota and to hand over all livestock for slaughter. At one point, even possessing food in the Ukraine was evidence of crime. It's hugely controversial and there is disagreement about how much was spiraling failure and how much was premeditated genocide. In total, between six and eight million people died. The Soviet Union denied the event ever happened. Holodomor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомор, 'Морити голодом', literal translation Killing by hunger) was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR between 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the "terror-famine in Ukraine" and "famine-genocide in Ukraine",[1][2][3] millions of Ukrainians died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.[4] Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly; anywhere from 1.8[5] to 12 million[6] ethnic Ukrainians were said to have been killed as a result of the famine. Recent research has since narrowed the estimates to between 2.4[7] and 7.5[8] million. The exact number of deaths is hard to determine, due to a lack of records,[9][10] but the number increases significantly when the deaths inside heavily Ukrainian-populated Kuban are included.[11] The demographic deficit caused by unborn or unrecorded births is said to be as high as 6 million.[9] Older estimates are still often cited in political commentary.[12] Scholars disagree on the relative importance of natural factors and bad economic policies as causes of the famine and the degree to which the destruction of the Ukrainian peasantry was premeditated on the part of Joseph Stalin.[4][13][14][15] Scholars and politicians using the word Holodomor emphasize the man-made aspects of the famine, arguing that it was genocide; some consider the resultant loss of life comparable to the Holocaust.[16] They argue that the Soviet policies were an attack on the rise of Ukrainian nationalism and therefore fall under the legal definition of genocide.[17][18][19][20][21] Other scholars argue that the Holodomor was a consequence of the economic problems associated with radical economic changes implemented during the period of Soviet industrialization.

March 16, 2012

On the anti-semitism and overcompensation of Ulysses S Grant

Grant expelled all the Jews from his area of command in the Civil War, and then when president did everything he could to make up for it. Ulysses S. Grant and General Orders No. 11: How the infamous order changed the lives of Jews in America. - Slate Magazine
On Dec. 17, 1862, as the Civil War entered its second winter, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant issued the most notorious anti-Jewish official order in American history: “The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department and also department orders, are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order.” Known as General Orders No. 11, the document blamed Jews for the widespread smuggling and cotton speculation that affected the area under Grant’s command. That area, known as the “Department of the Tennessee,” stretched from northern Mississippi to Cairo, Ill., and from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee River. Grant ordered Jews expelled from every inch of it and warned that “any one returning ... will be arrested and held in confinement until an opportunity occurs of sending them out as prisoners.” Lest anyone try to change his mind, Grant made clear that “no passes will be given these people to visit headquarters for the purpose of making personal application for trade permits.” Americans today are often surprised to learn that Ulysses S. Grant once expelled “Jews as a class” from his war zone. It seems incredible that he could blame Jews for the sins of smugglers and traders—most of whom were not actually Jewish at all—and expel them from the entire territory under his command. Some Jews at the time wondered whether their new homeland was coming to resemble anti-Semitic Europe at its worst. In the end, only a small number of Jews were seriously affected by General Orders No. 11. Within hours of its issuance, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest staged a daring raid that tore up rail and telegraph lines around Grant’s headquarters at Holly Springs, Miss. The resulting breakdown in communications meant that news of General Orders No. 11 spread slowly. . . . “And so,” Lincoln is said to have drawled when Kaskel displayed General Orders #11 before him, “the children of Israel were driven from the happy land of Canaan?” “Yes,” Kaskel responded, “and that is why we have come unto Father Abraham’s bosom, asking protection.” “And this protection,” Lincoln declared “they shall have at once.”

March 08, 2012

TSA Bodyscanners Busted by Annoying White Guy

I agree with almost none of this guy's stated *opinions*...

March 05, 2012

Must Read: Make Your Thing: 12 Point Program for Absolutely, Positively 1000% No-Fail Guaranteed Success

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February 19, 2012

So, what's the Bible *actually* say about abortion, conception, and the beginning of life?

Honestly, basically nothing. DISCLOSURE: The author of these posts, Ari...