How is safe, semi and burst related to any of those?!
The idea is that automatic fire is equated with freedom, as it’s restricted by the government. When one is restricted to semi automatic fire only, it’s oppression. When one is restricted to no firing whatsoever, it’s time for a revolution. That’s what this is trying to imply.
A recent lawsuit between the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and a Minneapolis blood broker General Blood has revealed how lucrative the business in selling donated blood can be.
A pint of fresh blood — which is, legally speaking, a pharmaceutical product — sells for between $180 and $300, depending on the market, court documents show. Even expired blood can be sold to research laboratories at a reduced rate. Red blood cells expire 42 days after being donated, but other blood-elements, like platelets, expire in as few as five days.
According to General Blood’s chief executive, Ben Bowman, “the general public — 99 percent of Americans — don’t know that blood is sold.” The industry is utterly dependent upon unpaid donors for its supply — in fact, in most states, there are laws that specifically prohibit the sale of blood in order to protect the supply from unscrupulous potential donors.
OBI’s chief executive officer, John Armitage, told The Oklahoman that his organization has “a charitable side, which is trying to motivate people to do an amazing thing to help their fellow man or woman.”
He then qualified his statement, noting that it is also “providing a drug. On the business side of what we do, the comparison is to a pharmaceutical company.”
“Technically, we like to say the blood is free, but [hospitals] pay a service charge” for testing and delivery of the blood, Armitage said. “It’s arranged, so it’s a service fee.”
OBI generated $85.6 million via “service fees” for the tax year ending March 31, 2013, The Oklahoman reported.
The source of the legal conflict between OBI and General Blood is non-payment of a $426,302 that OBI claims General Blood owes for blood that was not delivered. General Blood claims that it stopped doing business with OBI after the company violated a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement that cost General Blood a $14 million contract with a Utah laboratory.
Terrorism and war have something in common. They both involve the killing of innocent people to achieve what the killers believe is a good end. I can see an immediate objection to this equation: They (the terrorists) deliberately kill innocent people; we (the war makers) aim at “military targets” and civilians are killed by accident, as “collateral damage.” Is it really an accident when civilians die under our bombs? Even if you grant that the intention is not to kill civilians, if they nevertheless become victims, again and again and again, can that be called an accident? If the deaths of civilians are inevitable in bombing, it may not be deliberate, but it is not an accident, and the bombers cannot be considered innocent. They are committing murder as surely as the terrorists.
—Howard Zinn (via descentintotyranny)
One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it. The really striking thing is that it would not take much effort to establish validity in most of these cases… but people prefer reassurance to research.
Israel is perhaps the world’s 4th most powerful nuclear power, with a modern fully mechanized infantry with over 6,500 APC’s and 4,000 tanks, the largest fleet of F-16’s outside of the US, and an $11 million a day subsidy, versus the world’s largest concentration camp, with no aircraft, and no air defense artillery, no armor, no AIPAC, and no blanket UN veto from a permanent member of the Security Council.
Israel isn’t the victim and this isn’t defense; it’s mass murder.
The feeling that nonviolent means of resistance is ignored by the world leads to immense disillusionment. In April, for example, Palestinian prisoners embarked on a hunger strike in Israeli jails to protest administrative detention. Despite the fact that detainees—who are effectively being held indefinitely without trial—went on hunger strike for more than 50 days, their plight was largely ignored by the world. Eventually, it came to an end when the Israeli government hurried through a bill that legalized force-feeding.