Pipe Dreams on the Road to Serfdom

Pipe Dreams on the Road to Serfdom

There’s a fog upon LA and my friends have lost their way..”~George Harrison

 

So, what incentive could the military industrial complex possibly have for transforming the image of the peaceful, flower children, war protesting ‘hippies’ into raging psychokillers hopped-up on acid?
The question answers itself doesn’t it?

Were the ‘Tate-La Bianca Murders’ actually a PSYOP?

The proposition is certainly not “out of the question”; too impracticable or unlikely to merit discussion, impossible, impracticable, unfeasible, unworkable, inconceivable, unimaginable…

10050 Cielo Drive is the street address of a former mansion in Benedict Canyon, a part of Beverly Crest, north of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, where the Charles Manson “family” committed the Tate murders in 1969.
Some facts about the Sharon Tate murders that have not been widely publicized.

Sharon’s father was high level military intelligence. At the time Bobby Kennedy announced that he was going to run for the presidency, the CIA’s favorite director and Zionist operative, John Frankenheimer, (The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds, Seven Days in May, The Gypsy Moths, French Connection 2, Black Sunday, the Holocroft Covenant, Year of the Gun, Ronin etc.) called Bobby and asked to follow him and film him throughout his election campaign. Frankenheimer went everywhere and filmed everything Bobby did during the campaign. The night prior to the California primary, Bobby Kennedy, Frankenheimer, Sharon Tate and others stayed at the Tate residence, and had dinner and a party there. The following evening, Bobby was driven to the Ambassador hotel along with Tate and Frankenheimer who had kept tabs of Bobby’s every movement during the campaign.

It appears that the Sharon Tate murders were more than an effort to start a race war. Manson was a CIA and Mafia asset, doing hits and black bag jobs for the Boys while running his family using MK-Ultra mind control techniques to manage his “family”. On an early nineties Hard Copy TV program, Manson admitted he killed La Bianco, who was a bookie, because he was holding out money to his superior, Frankie Carbo, the mob boss who was in Federal prison in Illinois at the time and who controlled organized boxing up to Sonny Liston’s time. The interviewer sat there with glazed look while Manson went on how dumb and uninformed the average American is. He denied any connection to the Sharon Tate murder.

There is a strong probability that Sharon Tate was targeted because of her knowledge of the Bobby Kennedy murder and perhaps she was talking to other people about the RFK murder. LAPD did everything they could to stifle the Tate murder investigation but finally had to pick up members of Manson’s “family” who may or may not have been the only killers. The rabbit hole goes deeper than you know.

My understanding is the first time The Beatles stayed at the 10050 Cielo Drive was the night they met Elvis Presley.

Read more: http://60if.proboards.com/thread/2983?page=2#ixzz3uHN8sqsz

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/6126892/Dr-Thomas-Noguchi-LA-coroner-confidential.html

The Tate Murders – The Psyop That Stifled a Generation
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:14
by Miles W. Mathis
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/03/the-tate-murders-the-psyop-that-stifled-a-generation-3127744.html

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Dr. Jose Delgado, funded by NASA and Navy Intelligence, is an expert in controlling behavior through implanted electrodes. Because this is being done at the present time at Vacaville Medical Facility and Atascadero Hospital in California, it is important to relate Delgado’s underlying philosophy, which is used to justify this radical procedure, to the SLA:

“We need a program of psychosurgery for political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated.

“The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective.

“Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain.”

— Dr. J. Delgado
Congressional Record, No. 26, Vol. 118 – February 24, 1974

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THE SLA IS THE CIA part III
by Mae Brussell
…Will tactical support come from a CIA safe-house in the Mojave Desert?

Charles Manson and his “family” were moved from the Spahn Ranch in Topanga Canyon to the Barker Ranch in the Mojave Desert following their “arrest,” and after the Sharon Tate-La Bianca murders.

The SLA reportedly had maps of deserts, parks, wilderness areas and abandoned mines.

At the time of the incident at Mel’s Sporting Goods Store, the Harrises were buying thermal underwear, sleeping bags and other outdoor items.

Twelve and a half million acres of California desert have suddenly been closed to off-road traffic.

Will Emily and William and Patty be protected in government safe-houses, while law enforcement officers spend the entire summer searching vans, campers, communes, airports and highways? The excuse to hunt three SLA members has already caused arrests, and persons stopped at gunpoint as possible suspects.

Law enforcement officials in Ozona, Texas set up roadblocks; 24 persons were busted on pot charges, 20 others were arrested, while looking for Patty.
Many people have been stopped as SLA suspects.

Driving down U.S. 101, Linda Lipsett, her husband and a female friend were followed by police. “We thought they were going to shoot us.” They were forced to lie face down on the pavement, and seven officers held pistols and rifles to their heads.

VII. How Dangerous Was the SLA?

The reason given for the SLA’s instant deaths in Los Angeles was that they were “armed and extremely dangerous.”

The Los Angeles police had records indicating that Donald DeFreeze was dangerous. Yet they gave him considerable freedom when he was in prison. He was allowed to leave prison. They never bothered to bring him back after he “escaped.”

Dr. Foster had been murdered, and Robert Blackburn had been shot. Yet when the SLA surfaced, police didn’t yet believe its members were dangerous enough to be sought. The SLA safehouses and the abandoned apartments in Oakland and Berkeley contained evidence of ownership of weapons, ammunition, and lists of possible kidnapping victims. Still, law enforcement agencies didn’t bother to identify or search for the “army,” except for Joseph Remiro and Russell Little.

Seven of the SLA had weapons registered in their names. All the SLA members except Donald DeFreeze did their target practice at the Chabot Gun Club in Oakland.

Police haven’t bothered to locate the third person who participated in the murder of Dr. Foster, or the third person who helped to kidnap Patricia Hearst.

Willie Wolfe and Angela Atwood, cremated in Los Angeles, were not named as suspects in any crime.

Did the SLA intend to kill anybody?

Were the police violent in not alerting the neighborhood that their lives might be in danger, or that homes might burn down? One neighbor’s three dogs were burned alive.

The LAPD called in its public relations firm to witness the assault on the 54th Street house. The advertising men would later work with their client, the LAPD, to try to justify the extermination of human lives and gain public approval for police actions.

Did the police hope the SLA would accidentally wound or kill persons in the neighborhood during the shoot-out? This could have provided the SWAT teams with the excuse that they were “protecting lives.”

If the SLA and similar groups are dangerous, why do the police supply them with arms? Donald DeFreeze had previously received weapons from the LAPD that were used by him during an armed robbery and shoot-out.

Two men were shot when the SLA left the Hibernia Bank after their robbery. How serious were their wounds? Were the men hospitalized? How come we never heard about them again? Were these shootings sufficient justification to murder six persons
later?

California law enforcement paid three men to stage a prison “escape” in San Jose at the time of the Angela Davis trial. One Of the men was killed. The purpose of this staged incident was to scare the jury deliberating Angela’s fate concerning other matters. Were the Hibernia Bank shoot-out and the shooting in front of Mel’s Sporting Goods Store staged by the same people? Would this prove to the public that the SLA L could fire weapons?

When the same cast of characters stages continuous conspiracy productions, it is important to consider the similarities.

The worst violence committed by the SLA was the murder of Dr. Foster and the kidnappingof Patricia Hearst. Two men c

http://www.maebrussell.com/Mae%20Brussell%20Articles/Why%20Was%20Hearst%20Kidnapped%203.html

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“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
~ Matthew 7:15, King James Bible

CIA Cults and the Global Brainwashing Experiment: The Untold Story of the Jonestown Massacre
John Judge ratical.org
The ultimate victims of mind control at Jonestown are the American people. If we fail to look beyond the constructed images given us by the television and the press, then our consciousness is manipulated, just as well as the Jonestown victims’ was. Facing nuclear annihilation, may see the current militarism of the Reagan policies, and military training itself, as the real “mass suicide cult.” If the discrepancy between the truth of Jonestown and the official version can be so great, what other lies have we been told about major events?

History is precious. In a democracy, knowledge must be accessible for informed consent to function. Hiding or distorting history behind “national security” leaves the public as the final enemy of the government. Democratic process cannot operate on “need to know.” Otherwise we live in the 1984 envisioned by Orwell’s projections and we must heed his warning that those who control the past control the future.

The real tragedy of Jonestown is not only that it occurred, but that so few chose to ask themselves why or how, so few sought to find out the facts behind the bizarre tale used to explain away the death of more than 900 people, and that so many will continue to be blind to the grim reality of our intelligence agencies. In the long run, the truth will come out. Only our complicity in the deception continues to dishonor the dead.
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Is it possible that the 700 who fled were rounded up by these troops, brought back to Jonestown and added to the body count?27

If so, the bodies would indicate the cause of death. A new word was coined by the media, “suicide-murder.” But which was it?28 Autopsies and forensic science are a developing art. The detectives of death use a variety of scientific methods and clues to determine how people die, when they expire, and the specific cause of death. Dr. Mootoo, the top Guyanese pathologist, was at Jonestown within hours after the massacre. Refusing the assistance of U.S. pathologists, he accompanied the teams that counted the dead, examined the bodies, and worked to identify the deceased. While the American press screamed about the “Kool-Aid Suicides,” Dr. Mootoo was reaching a much different opinion.29

There are certain signs that show the types of poisons that lead to the end of life. Cyanide blocks the messages from the brain to the muscles by changing body chemistry in the central nervous system. Even the “involuntary” functions like breathing and heartbeat get mixed neural signals. It is a painful death, breath coming in spurts. The other muscles spasm, limbs twist and contort. The facial muscles draw back into a deadly grin, called “cyanide rictus.”30 All these telling signs were absent in the Jonestown dead. Limbs were limp and relaxed, and the few visible faces showed no sign of distortion.31

Instead, Dr. Mootoo found fresh needle marks at the back of the left shoulder blades of 80-90% of the victims.32 Others had been shot or strangled. One survivor reported that those who resisted were forced by armed guards.33 The gun that reportedly shot Jim Jones was lying nearly 200 feet from his body, not a likely suicide weapon.34 As Chief Medical Examiner, Mootoo’s testimony to the Guyanese grand jury investigating Jonestown led to their conclusion that all but three of the people were murdered by “persons unknown.” Only two had committed suicide they said.35 Several pictures show the gun-shot wounds on the bodies as well.36 The U.S. Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Schuler, said, “No autopsies are needed. The cause of death is not an issue here.” The forensic doctors who later did autopsies at Dover, Delaware, were never made aware of Dr. Mootoo’s findings.[37]

The mainstream media was in on the brainwashing. These people did not “drink the Kool-aid”, then drop where they stood. After Leo Ryan was shot dead, they tried to escape over several days but were hunted down in the jungle by US and British special forces before being dragged back to the site and laid out in neat rows for the press.
There are other indications that the Guyanese government participated with American authorities in a cover-up of the real story, despite their own findings. One good example was Guyanese Police Chief Lloyd Barker, who interfered with investigations, helped “recover” 2.5 million for the Guyanese government, and was often the first to officially announce the cover stories relating to suicide, body counts and survivors.
http://www.sott.net/article/244751-CIA-Cults-and-the-Global-Brainwashing-Experiment-The-Untold-Story-of-the-Jonestown-Massacre

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    • Helter Skelter

      Helter Skelter (1974) is a true crime book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson. The book presents his firsthand account of the cases of Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and other members of the self-described Manson Family. It is the best-selling true crime book in history.[1]

      The book recounts and assesses the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Charles Manson and his followers for the notorious 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, actress Sharon Tate, and several others.

      The book takes its title from the apocalyptic race war that Manson believed would occur, which in turn took its name from “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles. Manson had been particularly fascinated by the Beatles’ White Album, from which the song came

      • “Helter-skelter was the motive for the murders. Manson borrowed that term from a Beatles song on the White Album. In England, helter-skelter is a playground ride. To Manson, helter-skelter meant a war between whites and blacks that the Beatles were in favor of. When the album first came out, in December of ’68, he got a copy, and he came racing back to the ranch all excited and said, “The Beatles are telling it like it is! The s___ is coming down!” It was this war that he felt he could ignite by killing white people and blaming black militants, this war called helter-skelter.

        I’m not aware of any other murder case in American history, other than the assassination of President Kennedy, where [anniversaries] are marked by television specials, news reports and articles. Before the murders, no one associated hippies with violence and murder, just drugs, peace, free love, etc. Then the Manson Family comes along, looking like hippies, but what they were all about was murder. That was their religion, their credo. That shocked a lot of people and definitely hurt the counterculture movement. I think the main reason for the continuing fascination is that the murder case is almost assuredly the most bizarre mass-murder case in the recorded annals of American crime. The Beatles were somehow involved. The killers were young kids from average American homes.”~Vincent Bugliosi (1970 – interview)
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        The Tate – La Bianca Murders were drug related, the killers and victims all knew each other – the PSYOP was the myth of Helter Skelter promoted by Bugliosi.

        http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1915134,00.html
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  1. The Tate Murders – The Psyop That Stifled a Generation
    by Miles W. Mathis

    The alleged Tate murders took place on August 9, 1969. Those living through the events of 1969 didn’t have any hindsight on the current politics, but those of us looking back from the year 2012 do.

    We don’t just see effects, we see causes. From this distance, we can see patterns they couldn’t see back then.

    To start with, the hippie movement was peaking at that time. The Monterey Pop Festival had been in the summer of 1967, and Woodstock would happen just one week after the alleged Tate murders. Note that. The alleged Tate murders were on August 9 and Woodstock would open August 15. Coincidence?

    Right now you will say yes, but by the end of this paper you will probably say no.
    It is also worth remembering that People’s Park at the University of Berkeley, California, opened in April of 1969. Although the primary use of the park was as a makeshift public garden, it was also used for antiwar speeches and gatherings.

    Due to the rising success of these speeches, Governor Ronald Reagan in May ordered the park closed and sent in the National Guard. Over 800 police and guards—given permission by chief of staff Ed Meese to use whatever force was necessary—attacked about 6,000 unarmed protesters, firing live rounds at them.

    One person was killed, one permanently blinded by buckshot, and hundreds injured. Although the University and the city of Berkeley were now on the side of the protesters, Reagan declared a state of emergency and sent in 2,700 more National Guards. Many more anti-war protesters were arrested as the city was under a state of siege by its own government.

    Reagan showed no remorse in defending his actions, and he even passed off the killing of the student on that Bloody Thursday as necessary.

    On the anniversary of the event in May, 1970, he said, “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement.”[1] He was also talking about events the week before, since Bloody Thursday was just a precursor to the May 4, 1970, Massacre at Kent State University,where 4 unarmed students were killed and 9 wounded by the Ohio National Guard.
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    Nixon took office in January of 1969. Hoover was head of the FBI then, as he had been since its founding in 1935. Both Nixon and Hoover hated the hippies with a passion and wished to destroy them. This is now part of the public record, and we know it from many declassified documents.

    Mainly this was due to the anti-war stance of the new generation. War was a big business and the hippies couldn’t be allowed to get in the way of it. It is known that the FBI created an entire mission around infiltrating and discrediting the anti-war movement.

    See COINTELPRO,, which is not a conspiracy theory. It is declassified, is common knowledge, and you can even read about it at Wikipedia by taking that last link. It ran in the 1960’s, peaking in the late 60’s and ending in 1971 (we are assured).

    The FBI was not just spying under COINTELPRO. Its stated goal, according to Hoover, was “to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” any anti-war group, including hippies, socialists, the civil right movement, the NAACP, AIM, the National Lawyers Guild, and even Albert Einstein (in the lead-up to COINTELPRO).

    The CIA had its own version of COINTELPRO, called CHAOS. Again, this is not a conspiracy theory, it is now admitted by the CIA. It is known that CHAOS was started by Johnson in 1967 and then expanded by Nixon in 1969. It was directed by Richard Helms and run by the notorious James Jesus Angleton.

    Nixon also linked COINTELPRO and CHAOS. It went into its tightest security mode in July of 1969, the month before the Tate murders. Seymour Hersh “blew the whistle” on CHAOS in a 1974 New York Times article. Since the NYT is controlled by the CIA, we must assume this was mainly damage control: the admission of lesser crimes to cover larger ones A ‘Modified Limited Hangout’ – or “revetment”]. One of the larger ones remaining hidden until now is the control of the Tate murders.

    If Hersh really knew anything about CHAOS, he would have known of its premier operation, successful beyond all imagining. But Hersh’s articles never once mention the Tate murders.This is why I say his articles were misdirection.

    They hinted at many things, but gave you nothing concrete. The hints all pushed you toward smaller things, which acted as further cover for the big things like the Tate operation.

    But let us back up. Note the quote from Hoover above: “Misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize.” Why have so few ever asked if the alleged Tate murders might have been just another instance of discrediting the hippies, and thereby the anti-war protesters?

    As we look back, we can see that no other event so discredited and neutralized the hippie movement as the Tate murders. Due to the awful press Charles Manson and his followers gave to the hippies, the movement was dead by early 1970.

    The entire anti-war movement was dealt a crushing blow by the Tate murders, since the press used it to marginalize not only the hippies, but all protesters and “malcontents.” This was a well-bought success for the government, since they were able to spin the Vietnam war out for five more years, spending countless billions more and enriching the already rich via Pentagon contracts.

    The Vietnam war didn’t end until 8 months after Nixon’s resignation in 1974. What day did Nixon resign? August 9, 1974, exactly five years to the day after the alleged Tate murders.

    Famous author Joan Didion wrote, “Many people I know in Los Angeles believe the 60’s ended abruptly on August 9, 1969; ended at the exact moment when word of the murders traveled like brushfire through the community.”[1] This would apply not only to Los Angeles, but to the entire United States.

    Given that the Tate murders did end the 60’s and the hippie movement, we should ask if the Tate murders were intended to end the hippie movement. It seems very convenient for Nixon, Reagan, Hoover and the Pentagon that the perfect crime should happen at the perfect time.

    It seems very convenient that the first so-called “cult killings” known in Modern culture should occur as if on cue from the CIA, just in time to stop the rising peace movement.
    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/03/the-tate-murders-the-psyop-that-stifled-a-generation-3127744.html
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    • A movie ranch is a ranch that is at least partially dedicated for the creation and production of motion pictures and television productions. Originally, they were all within the 30-mile (48 km) studio zone, often in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley.

      Movie ranches first came into use for location shooting in Southern California during the 1920s with the rising popularity of westerns. Hollywood-based studios found it difficult to recreate the topography of the Old West on sound stages and studio backlots, so they looked to the rustic valleys, canyons and foothills of Southern California for filming locations. Other large-scale productions also needed large, undeveloped settings for outdoor scenes, e.g., war films for their battle scenes.

      Spahn Movie Ranch
      Main article: Spahn Ranch
      The Spahn Movie Ranch is a 500-acre (2.0 km2) property located on Santa Susana Pass in the Simi Hills above Chatsworth, California.

      The Spahn Movie Ranch, once owned by silent film actor William S. Hart, was used to film many westerns, particularly from the 1940s to the 1960s, including Duel in the Sun, and episodes of television’s Bonanza and The Lone Ranger. A western town set was located at the ranch.

      The Spahn Ranch was once home for the infamous Manson Family. A 1970 mountain wildfire destroyed the film set and the residential structures.

      The Spahn Movie Ranch is now part of the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.[26][27]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movie_ranch
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  2. I lived in the area where these events took place. I lived in both Box Canyon, Topanga Canyon, and the hills of Chatsworth in the mid to late 60’s as well as on into the 70’s. I knew people personally who knew Charley Manson. A guy named Harvey (never knew his last name) was a gun runner for the Irish Republican Army. He used to personally deliver automatic weapons to them in trips to Ireland.

    Of course Harvey was also a drug dealer, mostly hashish. Some spectacular hashish indeed, I rented a room in Box Canyon from a guy named Jim Dippel, who I worked with at Aaron Bros Artmart in Tarzana, on Ventura Blvd. We were both custom framers and matte cutters. the room I was staying in there at Jim’s house was a place that Harvey stayed at when he was around. He hadn’t been around for quite awhile because he was wanted by the police, and was on the lamb. Harvey was very good friends with Manson.

    Jim knew Manson well too. He described Charley as a regular hippy, a wannabe songwriter, and rather charismatic. Jim never would have taken him for a murderer. He said Charley was pretty genuine “peace and love” as far as he could tell. He knew Manson had a long history of being in and out of reform school and jail, mostly for petty stuff, mostly for possession of drugs.

    Frankly everyone who knew Manson that I spoke with were baffled and shocked that he was involved with something as gruesome as what happened to Sharon Tate.

    Of course none of these people were in “the family”, and only knew those people as ‘acquaintances’. Still their opinions of him were pretty roundly that Charley was a mixed up, but a fairly decent guy.

    Of course none of this is proof of Manson’s innocence. But something certainly seems skewed when one really looks into the details of those killings, and the bizarre connections of the Intelligence services that are revealed by such research.

    Things just get curiouser and curiouser following the white rabbit.
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  3. Before we get too far along here, I should state my opinion here that I do not think that Manson was innocent of what he was accused and convicted of. I do however think there were deeper motivations and covert operations behind the scenes directing Manson by the mind control techniques developed by MKUltra.
    It seems that Sharon Tate’s father was involved as some sort of catalyst and that he suffered what could be called “instant karma” in the loss of his daughter by such horrific and brutal means.

    Some of the researchers writing about this seem to insinuate that the whole thing was just staged theater, going so far as to suggest that there were no murders. A rather “Sandy Hook” template, which I also cannot buy. I think both events were PSYOPs by Intelligence agencies, but I do think actual murders were committed in both cases.

    I also need to disassociate with these authors when they get to the point of “totality” in the control of the actors in this era. People like Dave McGowen who claim that the musicians of this era were all operatives of the Intel forces, as he lays out in his “Laurel Canyon” series. Authors such as McGowen have fallen into the trap of superstitious thinking, taking their theories too far as to become irrational; they become lost in their own meme and attempt to transform the world to their own fevered imaginations.
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    • Read Helter Skelter. Hated the song back in the day. I read the book in about 3 days, was fascinated. Bugliosi then became a noted magic bullet guy. Must make your blood boil aye? As with very much all MSM, should be held suspect but then that’s why we’re on this side of the divide. To try to peer between the lines. When truth is blurred, all there is is theory

  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray
    THE PREFACE

    The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

    The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

    Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

    There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

    The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

    The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor’s craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

    All art is quite useless.
    OSCAR WILDE
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  5. ‘A Mother in History: Three Incredible Days with Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mother’
    by Jean Stafford

    Another so-called “psychological profile” by a rank amateur and hack. A short story fiction author writing another piece of fiction framed as fact.
    Marguerite Oswald was of the age that she was likely suffering from dementia from age. Not something that can be projected upon her as the mind she had as a young mother.

    This book clearly belongs in the same junk pile as Jean Davison’s ‘Oswald’s Game’.
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  6. As F.A. Hayek explained in The Road to Serfdom, such an impulse toward dictatorship among those “impatient with the impotence of democracy,” as he put it, occurs frequently. He argued that it is a function of citizens giving their republics too expansive a mandate for addressing the ills of society through central planning. As Hayek put it:

    “…agreement that planning is necessary, together with the inability of democratic assemblies to produce a plan, will evoke stronger and stronger demands that the government or some single individual should be given powers to act on their own responsibility. The belief is becoming more and more widespread that, if things are to get done, the responsible authorities must be freed from the fetters of democratic procedure.”

    For example, Hayek argued that Weimar Germany’s embrace of planning paved the way for the rise of Adolph Hitler:

    “In Germany, even before Hitler came into power, the movement had already progressed much further. It is important to remember that for some time before 1933 Germany had reached a stage in which it had, in effect, had to be governed dictatorially. Nobody could then doubt that for the time being democracy had broken down… Hitler did not have to destroy democracy; he merely took advantage of the decay of democracy and at the critical moment obtained the support of many to whom, though they detested Hitler, he yet seemed the only man strong enough to get things done.”

    When dictators come to power, it is generally because many in the public are clamoring for it, yearning for an Alexander who will cut the Gordian knot of parliamentary discord, and who will use unchecked power to finally deliver all the good things that they believe can only flow from the State. As Padme remarked upon Palpatine’s declaration of the Empire, “So this is how liberty dies: with thunderous applause.”

    http://www.activistpost.com/2015/12/the-plot-of-star-wars-frighteningly-resembles-modern-day-america.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2c22776d5d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-2c22776d5d-387743916
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  7. “I Am The Walrus”

    I am he as you are he as you are me
    And we are all together
    See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly
    I’m crying

    Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come
    Corporation tee shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
    Man you been a naughty boy. You let your face grow long
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
    I am the walrus, goo goo g’ joob

    Mister City Policeman sitting, pretty little policemen in a row
    See how they fly like Lucy in the sky, see how they run
    I’m crying, I’m crying
    I’m crying, I’m crying

    Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye
    Crabalocker fishwife pornographic priestess
    Boy you been a naughty girl, you let your knickers down
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
    I am the walrus, goo goo g’ joob

    Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
    If the sun don’t come
    You get a tan from standing in the English rain
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
    I am the walrus, goo goo g’ joob goo goo goo g’ joob

    Expert texpert choking smokers
    Don’t you think the joker laughs at you? (Ho ho ho! He he he! Ha ha ha!)
    See how they smile like pigs in a sty, see how they snied
    I’m crying

    Semolina pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower
    Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
    Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
    I am the walrus, goo goo g’ joob goo goo g’ joob
    Goo goo g’ joob goo goo g’ joob
    Goo gooooooooooo jooba jooba jooba jooba jooba jooba
    Jooba jooba
    Jooba jooba
    Jooba jooba
    * * * * * * * * * * *
    John Lennon – I AM THE WALRUS

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  8. McMahon: Ah, I have senile dementia; I, I can’t remember, really—anything.
    Most of, of my reflections are, are, are what I have recalled and
    remembered after the fact. In other words, I did it once, and then I
    recalled it, and remembered it. I don’t know how the mind works,
    but I do know that I—that I’m not—OK, I’m a recovering drug
    addict and alcoholic. Do you know what a “wet brain” is? You’re
    looking at one. I damn near died, and I’m not a competent witness,
    because I don’t have good recall—absolutely not—absolute recall.

    Gunn (21:41): With, with regard to the other events that you talked about, ah,
    what, what is your sense of how accurate your memory is of that?
    McMahon: I just told you, I don’t, I don’t have a full deck. Ah [chuckling], I
    don’t know how, how accurate I am, I am presenting anything
    here. So, this is not—at the time I did it, I was not—I was not
    impaired, but I later became impaired. So, whether you’re talking
    to a reliable witness or not is up to you to decide [chuckling].
    http://www.manuscriptservice.com/NPIC-DougHorne/HomerMcMahonTranscript.pdf
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  9. The Coming Saudi Crack-up?
    By Daniel Lazare

    “Exclusive: President Obama, like generations of Western leaders, has coddled the oil-rich Saudi monarchy by tolerating its reactionary politics, its financing of radical Islam and its military support for Sunni jihadist terrorism. But the spoiled Saudi leaders may finally be going too far, as Daniel Lazare describes.

    Is the Saudi monarchy coming apart at the seams? Scholars and journalists have long predicted the kingdom’s demise, but this time the forecasts may finally prove correct.

    The reason is an unprecedented avalanche of problems pouring down on Saudi Arabia since 79-year-old Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud assumed the throne last January. A hardliner in contrast to his vaguely reformist predecessor Abdullah, Salman lost no time in letting the world know that a new sheriff was in town. He upped the number of public executions, which, at 151, are now running at nearly double last year’s rate.”
    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/12/22/the-coming-saudi-crack-up/
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  10. Review: ‘The Tyranny of Experts’ by William Easterly, on global development’s errors

    Can a whole global development community be wrong? Can it be that it’s been wrong since the beginning? That the glittering palaces dedicated to fighting poverty — the World Bank, the United Nations, the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, not to mention the aid agencies, think tanks, and well-meaning initiatives by policy experts and Hollywood stars — are built on sand? Could it be that for 65 years they have operated on false premises and expended untold billions to prop up the very systems that undermine the poor?

    William Easterly thinks so.

    In his provocative “The Tyranny of Experts,” he lays out a passionate, if fitful, argument against the conventional approach to economic development. In the realm of benevolent intervention, the standing rule has always been that you can walk into a poor country and, with enough experts, supplies and bureaucratic correctives, make it rich and alleviate the woes of poverty. But according to Easterly, this is a fatuous idea that has sparked more havoc than good.

    An economics professor at New York University and a co-director of its Development Research Institute, Easterly is no newcomer to the subject. He was a World Bank executive and has sat on what he calls the “technocrat’s” side of the table. He has spent a career struggling with the complicated differences between haves and have-nots.

    ”The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor” by William Easterly. (Basic Books)
    Nor is it the first time he has pitted himself against the machinery of development. The titles of his earlier books alone speak volumes: “The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good” (2006) and “The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics” (2001). But never has he gone for the bureaucratic jugular quite like this.

    Since the very beginning, says Easterly — since 1949, when Harry S. Truman announced the first U.S. foreign aid program — the West has been in thrall to a technocratic illusion: “the belief that poverty is a purely technical problem amenable to such technical solutions as fertilizers, antibiotics, or nutritional supplements.” The modus operandi more often than not has been to hand the job of dispensing the cash and assistance to an autocratic ruler, a dictator, whose very role in the hierarchy ensures that the poor will stay exactly where they are: at the bottom.

    We all know that U.S. foreign policy has often played into the hands of despots, and Easterly brandishes some examples with gusto. He chronicles the story of Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, whom Washington supported and whose lust for power eventually led to a brutal repression of his countrymen. And that of Paul Kagame, whose culpability for human rights atrocities in Rwanda was conveniently ignored by U.S. agencies, inspiring in him a grandiose sense of impunity.

    This capacity to sleepwalk through history — which Easterly says development technocrats are wont to do — may explain why John J. McCloy, as first president of the World Bank, sat down with Colombian President Mariano Ospina Perez in 1948 to discuss the challenges of poverty, and no follow-up report made mention of the fact that the country was rent by violence or that the poor’s charismatic leader, Jorge Gaitán, had been assassinated that very day. Nor were salient facts noted years later, when the World Bank (and the United States) supported one teetering Colombian president after another while reports failed to say much about the hydra-headed “Violencia,” which devoured as many as 400,000 lives in the course of eight years.

    According to Easterly, a deep racism and willful neglect of history have informed much of the West’s relationship with “the Rest,” the poverty-challenged Southern Hemisphere. This prejudice has deep roots, but nowhere has it been expressed more succinctly than in the words of Lord Lugard, the governor general of Nigeria, whose estimation of the darker races has cast a long shadow for almost 100 years: “In character and temperament the typical African of this race-type,” Lugard wrote in 1922, “is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, lacking in self-control, discipline, and foresight.” Of the South in general, he wrote, “We are dealing with the child races of the world.”

    If Easterly has it right, the development business is hobbled not only by a tacit racism in which whole regions of Africa, Latin America and Asia are deemed “helpless,” but by a willful neglect of history. The past, geography, ethnic identities, societal nuances — none of these play a part in the present-day development calculus, he tells us. The “Blank Slate” mentality — the conviction that aid needs no analysis beyond comparative statistics and growth rates — is often the rule in development circles.

    The West’s patronizing attitude toward the Rest dates back to Versailles in 1919, according to Easterly, when Western delegations shot down Japan’s equality proposal, refusing to write into law that Asians were entitled to the same fundamental rights as whites. At the time, there was a reason the Americans didn’t want to sign: In the United States, even as white immigrants poured into the country, Chinese were being barred entry or citizenship on the basis of the racist Exclusion Act. Today, Easterly says, the West continues to be shackled to policies and dictatorships that prevent it from operating neutrally.

    These may look like disconnected lapses on the part of a harried West, but to Easterly they are results of a crystallized mind-set. We fail to see big historic truths; we look away from autocratic injustices. We infantilize the poor. We buy into polarities of right and left, although there are more useful ways to parse the world: We see Nazis and communists as political antipodes, for instance, when we should see that both glorified the mass at the expense of the human being.

    The result is a kind of development-office blindness, a failure to see that the poor deserve individual rights as much as any citizen of a flourishing society. According to Easterly, Adam Smith’s notion of the invisible hand — the natural flow of the democratic process, the will of the people, the power to make a government accountable for its actions, the right to redress grievances — is as potent a motivator in poor communities as it is in the rich ones. How else did indigent neighborhoods of immigrant America become the thriving communities they are today? How else, except by allowing a few key freedoms, has China become an economic powerhouse?

    When a Western development agency marches into a poor country and hands the reins of power to a dictator, it is vitiating the very instrument that will make the poor free, Easterly says. It is expressing disregard for the people it purports to help, for human rights, for the principles of liberty and equality that it claims to stand for.

    What it boils down to, he says, is a debate that was never held between two Nobel-winning economic titans: Gunnar Myrdal and Friedrich Hayek. The Swedish laureate Myrdal claimed that “poor people were neither interested in rights nor capable of much individual initiative even if they had such rights. He said national governments needed to achieve development in spite of ‘a largely illiterate and apathetic citizenry.’ ” He embraced population control and social engineering, arguing that the Third World needed to conquer illiteracy, malnutrition and disease before it declared individual freedoms.

    The Viennese laureate Hayek, on the other hand, denounced development efforts as having an excessive “fondness for authority.” As far as he was concerned, “a policy of freedom for the individual” was the only viable strategy. He contended that a system in which citizens shaped their own lives had been the root of prosperity in the West. Why should it be any different for the Southern Hemisphere? Why should the West deny freedoms to the Rest?

    Nevertheless, it was Myrdal’s philosophy of the helpless poor that was ultimately adopted by the global development community. Myrdal gloried in the unanimous endorsement of his recommendations by “governments and experts in the advanced countries” of the world. And so his word became law.

    Interwoven throughout this patchwork of theory and history is Easterly’s account of an immigrant neighborhood in lower Manhattan and how the notions of individual rights transformed the lives of all who passed through it. Once upon a time, we, too, he reminds us, were a poor, germ-ridden population, with rampant ignorance and high infant mortality rates. It was democracy that made us grow.

    Easterly offers no hands-on solutions, no concrete programs, no manual for dispensing the development community’s largesse. His message is simple: Before you offer a helping hand, look hard at the core beliefs that brought you good fortune.
    . . . . . . . . . . .
    Marie Arana, a former editor of Book World, is the author of “Bolívar: American Liberator,” which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize last month.

    THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS
    Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor
    By William Easterly

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/review-the-tyranny-of-experts-by-william-easterly-on-global-developments-errors/2014/05/02/5e9c46d2-ca1e-11e3-95f7-7ecdde72d2ea_story.html
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    • “In character and temperament the typical African of this race-type, is a happy, thriftless, excitable person, lacking in self-control, discipline, and foresight.” Of the South in general, he wrote, “We are dealing with the child races of the world.”~ Lord Lugard, the governor general of Nigeria
      (1922)
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  11. PHYSICS
    ELEVEN BIG QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD HAVE FOR THE STANDARD MODEL
    by Miles Mathis
    We get a constant line of bald propaganda from physics now, claiming a near-complete knowledge of the universe. This propaganda is not new: it has been building for over a century. Lord Kelvin claimed (around 1900) that there was nothing new to be learned in physics. Relativity and quantum mechanics shushed the Lord Kelvins for a few decades, but soon they were at it again. The Big Brag hit what one might call a new crescendo in 1988 with the release of Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time. There Hawking claimed that we would achieve physical omniscience within a decade, and physics would be finished. Now, over two decades later, we are no nearer omniscience; we are only nearer a perfect hubris. As I showed in my analysis of a recent NASA video on Hulu.com, most science releases meant for public consumption still lead with this claim of near-omniscience. We are told that we are close to complete understanding of physics, and that we need only a couple of small pieces to complete the puzzle.
    […]
    I say “standard model” in my title because although the standard model usually refers only to the status quo in particle physics, there is a standard model of physics in every sub-field. This standard model has ossified into dogma, into a set of beliefs one is not allowed to question. Anyone in academia who questions the standard model can expect to be set upon by the institutional jackals and marginalized into oblivion. He will find his papers refused for publication and his funding cut off. Those outside academia will simply be dismissed as cranks and crackpots.
    http://milesmathis.com/quest.html
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  12. Episode 310 – How Big Oil Conquered The World
    From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day lives that is not effected by the oil industry. The story of oil is the story of the modern world. And this is the story of those who helped shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge of monopolizing life itself.

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    • As the Reece Committee–a Congressional investigation into the activities of these tax-free foundations in the 1950s–discovered, it wasn’t long before Carnegie’s Endowment approached Rockefeller’s Foundation with a proposal: to cooperate on their shared desire to transform the American education system in their own image. Norman Dodd, the director of research for the Congressional committee who was granted access to the Carnegie Endowment’s board minutes, explains:

      So they approach the Rockefeller Foundation with a suggestion: that portion of education which could be considered domestic should be handled by the Rockefeller Foundation, and that portion which is international should be handled by the Endowment.

      They then decide that the key to the success of these two operations lay in the alteration of the teaching of American History. So, they approach four of the then most prominent teachers of American History in the country — people like Charles and Mary Byrd. Their suggestion to them is this, “Will they alter the manner in which they present their subject”” And, they get turned down, flatly.

      So, they then decide that it is necessary for them to do as they say, i.e. “build our own stable of historians.” Then, they approach the Guggenheim Foundation, which specializes in fellowships, and say” “When we find young men in the process of studying for doctorates in the field of American History, and we feel that they are the right caliber, will you grant them fellowships on our say so? And the answer is, “Yes.”

      So, under that condition, eventually they assemble twenty (20), and they take these twenty potential teachers of American History to London. There, they are briefed in what is expected of them — when, as, and if they secure appointments in keeping with the doctorates they will have earned.

      That group of twenty historians ultimately becomes the nucleus of the American Historical Association. And then, toward the end of the 1920’s, the Endowment grants to the American Historical Association four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) for a study of our history in a manner which points to what this country look forward to, in the future.

      That culminates in a seven-volume study, the last volume of which is, of course, in essence, a summary of the contents of the other six. The essence of the last volume is this: the future of this country belongs to collectivism, administered with characteristic American efficiency.

      SOURCE: Norman Dodd interview
      https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-310-rise-of-the-oiligarchs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CorbettReportRSS+%28The+Corbett+Report%29

  13. Operation Chaos

    As a prerequisite to its conduct of the foreign espionage, the CIA was first to secretly develop leads and contacts within the domestic anti-war movement. In the process its infiltrating agents would acquire anti-war bona fides that would provide them some amount of cover when overseas. On that rational, the CIA commenced activity, which continued for almost seven years. Helms kept the operation hidden, from nearly all agency personnel, in Angleton’s counterintelligence office.[210][211][212]

    Civil protest against Vietnam war, Washington DC, April 24, 1971
    “Eleven CIA officers grew long hair, learned the jargon of the New Left, and went off to infiltrate peace groups in the United States and Europe. The agency compiled a computer index of 300,000 names of American people and organizations, and extensive files on 7,200 citizens. It began working secretly with police departments all over America. Unable to draw a clear distinction between the far left and the mainstream opposition to the war, it spied on every major organization in the peace movement. At the president’s command, transmitted through Helms and the secretary of defense, the National Security Agency turned its immense eavesdropping powers on American citizens.”[199][213]

    Yet the CIA found no substantial foreign sources of money or influence. When Helms reported these findings to the President, the reaction was hostile. “LBJ simply could not believe that American youth would on their own be moved to riot in protest against U. S. foreign policy,” Helms later wrote.[214] Accordingly, Johnson instructed Helms to continue the search with increased diligence. The Nixon presidency later would act to extend the reach and scope of Chaos and like domestic surveillance activity.[215] In 1969 intra-agency opposition to Chaos arose. Helms worked to finesse his critics. Lawrence Houston, the CIA general counsel, became involved, and Helms wrote an office memorandum to justify the Chaos operation to CIA officers and agents.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Helms
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  14. Onward through the fog

    ACTIVIST POST

    15 News Stories From 2015 You Should Have Heard About But Probably Didn’t

    TOPICS:Carey WedlerMedia
    DECEMBER 31, 2015
    news-stories-2015By Carey Wedler

    In 2015, the iron fist of power clamped down on humanity, from warfare to terrorism (I repeat myself) to surveillance, police brutality, and corporate hegemony. The environment was repeatedly decimated, the health of citizens was constantly put at risk, and the justice system and media alike were perverted to serve the interests of the powers that be.

    However, while 2015 was discouraging for more reasons than most of us can count, many of the year’s most underreported stories evidence not only a widespread pattern that explicitly reveals the nature of power, but pushback from human beings worldwide on a path toward a better world.

    1. CISA Pushed Through the Senate, Effectively Clamping Down on Internet Freedom: For years, Congress has attempted to legalize corporate and state control of the Internet. In 2011, they attempted to pass PIPA and SOPA, companion bills slammed by internet and tech companies and ultimately defeated after overwhelming public outcry. Then they passed CISPA — which the president threatened to veto, having caught wind of the public’s opposition to heavy regulation of the Internet (earlier this year, Obama reversed his position). However, corporate interests, like Hollywood’s studio monopoly, kept lawmakers’ tenacity afloat.

    In October, Congress passed CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, but as the Electronic Freedom Foundation explained: “CISA is fundamentally flawed. The bill’s broad immunity clauses, vague definitions, and aggressive spying powers combine to make the bill a surveillance bill in disguise. Further, the bill does not address problems from the recent highly publicized computer data breaches that were caused by unencrypted files, poor computer architecture, un-updated servers, and employees (or contractors) clicking malware links.” Just before Christmas, Congress went even further, adding an amendment to the annual omnibus budget bill that strips CISA’s minimal privacy provisions even more. That budget bill was approved, though Representative Justin Amash of Michigan has vowed to introduce legislation to repeal the CISA provisions when Congress reconvenes.

    But CISA wasn’t the only attack on citizens’ privacy this year. Though lawmakers touted the USA Freedom Act as a repeal of the mass surveillance state, in reality, it simply added a bureaucratic step to the process by which government agencies obtain private information. Further, a hack on Italian security firm, aptly called Hacker Tools, revealed that various agencies — including the DEA, NSA, Army, and FBI — possess software that enables them to, as Anti-Media reported, “view suspects’ photos, emails, listen to and record their conversations, and activate the cameras on their computers…” At the same time, the United Kingdom and France moved to tighten their already comprehensive surveillance apparatuses in the wake of multiple terrorist attacks. Though governments claim systematic surveillance is necessary to protect citizens — and Snowden’s leaks endangered that safety — the United States government has been unable to produce sufficient evidence the programs work. Instead, the documents the Department of Defense released this year as proof of the alleged endangerment were entirely redacted.

    2. CIA Whistleblower Sent to Prison for Revealing Damning Information to a Journalist: While the government has no problem invading the privacy of its citizens, it offers swift backlash for those who attempt to violate its own clandestine operations. Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent, had his first altercation with the CIA when he sued for racial discrimination in 2001. He was subsequently fired. Years later, the CIA filed espionage charges against him for speaking with New York Times journalist, James Risen. Sterling had revealed a botched CIA scheme, Operation Merlin, to infiltrate Iranian intelligence that ultimately worsened the situation, gave Iran a nuclear blueprint, and was deemed by some to be espionage, itself. Rather than acknowledge the woeful misstep, the CIA arrested him, charged him, and ultimately sentenced him to 42 months in prison. The trial was reportedly biased, but nevertheless, was severely underreported by the media. Sterling’s conviction reflects the ongoing war on whistleblowers, which Obama has successfully expanded during his presidency. Sterling joins the ranks of Edward Snowden, Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, and others, including a whistleblower who worked for OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program and was fired for exposing dysfunction and incompetence within the ranks.

    3. Press Freedom Continued to Deteriorate: An annual report from the World Press Freedom Index saw the United States slip 29 spots from last year, landing 49th out of 180 total. In January, journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to five years in prison for exposing the findings of hacker Jeremy Hammond. Brown was charged with obstructing justice, aiding and abetting, and separate charges of allegedly threatening the FBI in a rant. Hammond, who exposed severe violations of privacy on the part of Stratfor, a CIA contractor, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Brown’s experience was not an isolated incident. Journalists around the world, like several journalists who were killed while investigating ISIS in Turkey, faced increased danger. One small-town journalist in India was burned alive after exposing a corrupt politician.

    4. Multiple Activists Arrested, Charged with Felonies for Educating Jurors About Their Rights: In an ongoing trend, otherwise peaceful, non-violent individuals were harassed by police and courts — not for exposing secret information, but for providing information to potential jurors about their rights in the courtroom. One Denver jury nullification activist, followed by another, was charged with multiple felonies for handing out pamphlets that explain a juror’s right to vote “not guilty” in a verdict, even if the defendant is clearly guilty. This right was established to allow jurors to vote with their conscience and question the morality of laws, from the 19th century’s Fugitive Slave Act to Prohibition, both of alcohol in the 1920s and of marijuana today. The Denver activists are awaiting trial, while more recently, a former pastor was charged with a felony for the same reason.

    In other unjust convictions and failings of the “justice” system, an African-American man was sentenced to seven years in prison for barking at a police dog, a Kansas mother faces decades in prison for using marijuana to treat her debilitating Crohn’s disease, and a mentally ill man died in jail after being held for stealing five dollars worth of snacks from a convenience store. He had inexplicably been waiting months to be transferred to a medical facility. Ross Ulbricht, founder of the dark web marketplace, the Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison in spite of the fact that he committed no violent crimes — though the FBI attempted to paint a false picture that he did, albeit without filing formal charges. The prosecution was rife with corruption and scandal; two FBI agents involved in the case were charged with stealing Bitcoin during the investigation. In July, one admitted to stealing $700,000 worth of the digital currency.

    5. Six-Year-Old Autistic Boy Killed by Police: 2015 established not only that the justice system remains broken, but the the enforcement class — police officers — continues to terrorize citizens. In one underreported case, a six-year-old boy was fatally caught in the crossfire of a police shootout against his father, who was unarmed. In another case, an African-American motorist was shot and killed by University of Cincinnati police over a missing front license plate. While high-profile cases of misconduct, including Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland, rightly dominated the news cycle, many more cases of police brutality received little attention. In fact, in 2015, it was revealed not only that the media-propagated “War on Cops” in America was a myth, but that American police kill exponentially more people in weeks than other countries’ police kill in years. On the bright side, many police officers did face charges — and even prosecution — in 2015, including one repeat rapist who recently cried upon being convicted of his crimes. The officers involved in the shooting of the six-year-old boy were also charged with murder.

    6. Earth Enters Sixth Mass Extinction: 2015, like many years before, was disastrous for the environment. Researchers from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton determined Earth is entering its sixth mass extinction, reporting that species are disappearing at a rate 100 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions. Further, thanks, in part, to the widespread use of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide, populations of bees and Monarch butterflies dwindled — though, happily, the Monarchs appear to have bounced back. Polar bears also met continued endangerment.

    The much-anticipated Paris Climate Conference yielded what many environmental activists deemed weak, if not fraudulent, solutions. Meanwhile, man-made environmental catastrophes endangered humans. In Flint, Michigan, lead levels in the water led to increased rates of contamination in children’s blood, prompting the mayor to declare a state of emergency. A massive methane gas leak in the San Fernando Valley, located just north of Los Angeles, has sickened residents and forced countless families to relocate. Authorities have been unable to stop the leak.

    Thankfully, some measures to help the environment were taken in 2015, including creative solutions to stop animal poaching, the first flight of a solar-powered plane, the launch of a solar-powered airport in India, and Costa Rica’s successful effort to draw 99% of its energy from renewable sources.

    7. Civilian Casualties in Western Wars Continue: Though ISIS and other terrorist groups were rightly condemned for killing civilians in 2015, the West pointed fingers while committing the same crimes. In fact, one U.N. report released in September found U.S. drone strikes have killed more civilians in Yemen than al-Qaeda. Another analysis released this year concluded Obama’s ongoing drone wars have killed more people than were murdered during the Spanish Inquisition. Though the U.S. military’s bombing of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital received global attention and outrage, many other incidents went underreported. In May, one U.S. airstrike on Syria killed 52 civilians in one fell swoop. Additionally, U.S.-backed coalitions have bombed civilian populations, like in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia killed at least 500 children, not to mention two thousand more adult civilians. In other egregious misdeeds, it was revealed that the U.S. military sanctions pedophilia in Afghanistan.

    8. Insurrection at the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency Over Misleading Reports on ISIS: Over the summer, dissent grew within the ranks of the DIA, the Pentagon’s internal intelligence agency. In September, news broke that 50 intelligence analysts filed a report with the Department of Defense’s Inspector General to expose their superiors’ alleged manipulation of intelligence. The intention of the coverup was reportedly to downplay the threat of ISIS and the U.S.’s losing effort to fight it, all to maintain the Obama administration’s narrative the bombing campaigns have been successful.

    Similar mishandlings of foreign affairs plagued 2015. It was revealed that the Pentagon had no idea what it did with $8.5 trillion, lost track of $500 million worth of weapons and equipment, and spent $43 million on a single gas station in Afghanistan. A DIA report released in June intimated the military was aware of the rising threat of ISIS, and not only allowed it, but welcomed it. The program to train moderate rebels in the fight cost half a billion dollars but yielded only four or five fighters. Further, multiple generals spoke out this year about the U.S. military’s role in creating ISIS. Additionally, news broke in 2015 that one ISIS recruiter had previously been trained by infamous Iraq War profiteer, Blackwater.

    9. Activists Inch a Small Step Closer to Exposing the Actors Behind 9/11: Though few Americans heard about it, in August, a New York judge allowed a trial to move forward that could expose a potential government cover-up in the notorious terrorist attack. The ruling was tepid, allowing a 60 to 90 day window for the case to be dismissed or proceed. A later ruling hindered the effort, citing a lack of evidence; but activists have not stopped fighting for the release of 28 redacted pages from the 9/11 commission report that allegedly implicate Saudi Arabia (a majority of the hijackers on 9/11 were of Saudi origin).

    Whatever the truth may be, 2015 witnessed growing doubts about the Saudi government, which beheaded more people than ISIS this year. It also sentenced a poet to beheading for writing poetry about his experience as a refugee from Palestine, sentenced a young man, Ali al-Nimr, to crucifixion for participating in anti-government protests, attempted to issue 350 lashings to a British man in possession of wine (though the U.K. intervened on his behalf, and that of al-Nimr; neither will be punished), and initiated a punishment of 1,000 lashings for a pro-democracy blogger, Raif Badawi.

    10. The FDA Approved OxyContin for Use in Children: Though the approval of the powerful, addictive painkiller for use in 11-year-olds and younger children was unsurprising to those who follow the agency’s track record, the FDA’s justification was shocking. After lawmakers wrote a letter expressing concern to the FDA, the agency’s spokesperson, Eric Pahon, said the news was, in fact, not that serious because it was already standard practice. “It’s important to stress that this approval was not intended to expand or otherwise change the pattern of use of extended-release opioids in pediatric patients,” Pahon said. “Doctors were already prescribing it to children, without the safety and efficacy data in hand with regard to the pediatric population.”

    However disturbing, the FDA’s decision comported with other related events this year: President Obama appointed a pharmaceutical lobbyist Deputy Commissioner of medical and tobacco products, a study found swaths of heroin users graduate from prescription painkillers, and similarly, 75% of high school students who used heroin had previously abused pharmaceuticals.

    In other stories regarding the misconduct of agencies tasked with keeping people safe, the FDA continued to allow meat companies to use a pharmaceutical additive banned in 150 countries, while whistleblowers at the USDA revealed several plants were producing pork products filled with fingernails, hair, bile, and feces.

    11. The Federal Government Admitted Cannabis May Help Fight Brain Cancer: Though the government has long known about the medical benefits of cannabis — it holds patents on several medicinal qualities — the National Institute on Drug Abuse made waves this year when it published a document acknowledging the healing properties of cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive endocannabinoid. In particular, it noted “[e]vidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors.” Though more research is needed, the government’s admission was unexpected, albeit welcomed by many cannabis enthusiasts. Other studies this year suggested cannabis may help heal broken bones and is associated with lower rates of obesity.

    Though many Americans still faced criminal prosecution for treating themselves and their children with cannabis, 2015 demonstrated the long-term trend of decriminalization and legalization will not be reversed. Nations around the world, from Ireland to Costa Rica to Canada laid groundwork to legalize marijuana to various degrees, while a majority of Americans now support legalization.

    12. Nestle Paid $524 to Plunder the Public’s Water Resources: This year, Anti-Media reported on the insidious relationship between Nestle and the Forest Service in California. The investigation found not only that Nestle was using an expired permit to turn exponential profit on 27 million gallons of water, but that a former Forest Service official went on to consult for the company.

    While corporate exploitation ran rampant in 2015, many countries around the world fought back. India sued Nestle after finding one of its products contained lead, while nations around the world banned Monsanto and GE products. Scotland, Denmark, and Bulgaria, among others, all moved to ban GE crops, while multiple lawsuits, highlighted the serious potential health consequences of the widespread use of pesticides (though the EPA disputed that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was an endocrine disruptor in June, in November, news broke that the majority of studies the EPA used to make its decision were funded by industry). Though corporate power remains all but monolithic, 2015 saw humans across the world rise up to resist it. Most recently (and comically), a proposed initiative in California is about to enter the next phase — signature gathering — to place it on the 2016 ballot. If placed on the ballot and passed, it will force California legislators to wear the logos of their top ten donors while they participate in legislative activities. The effort has drawn widespread praise and enthusiasm.

    13. Establishment Caught Manipulating News to Fit Narratives: Following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, contentious protests broke out, eventually resulting in limited rioting and looting. However, while the media attempted to paint protesters as aggressive, it failed to report officers’ prolonged prohibition of their physical movement, to say nothing of the riot gear police showed up wearing. After being unable to move, a brick was thrown, but the media failed to report the instigation and discrimination law enforcement imposed that ultimately led the students and protesters to grow unruly.

    In other manipulations, it was revealed that one Fox News contributor lied about his experience as a CIA agent; he had never been employed at the agency, and only obtained later national security jobs by lying about his CIA experience. Further, CBS edited out comments from Muslims, who discussed U.S. foreign policy as a driver of Islamic extremism during a televised focus group.

    A study by fact checker, Politifact, revealed that all the major outlets surveyed — Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC— consistently report half-truths and lies. It is little wonder, then, that another survey found only 7% of Americans still harbor “a great deal of trust” in the mainstream media.

    Still, it wasn’t just the media that lied. On multiple occasions, government employees were caught attempting to distort facts. In March, news emerged that an IP address linked to the NYPD had attempted to edit the Wikipedia page on Eric Garner. Computers inside Britain’s parliament were linked to attempted edits on pages detailing sex scandals, among other transgressions. In a related story, the FBI reported it had foiled yet another terrorist plot, and once again, it was revealed the culprits were provided support from an informant working for the bureau. Further, in August, WikiLeaks released cables that showed an American lobbyist for Saudi Arabia organized a $6 million ad campaign against the president’s nuclear deal with Iran, all through a well-funded group called the “American Security Initiative.” The lobbyist, Norm Coleman, is a former Republican senator.

    14. TPP: In one of the most widely-contested pieces of legislation in recent memory, the Trans-Pacific Partnership moved forward, often in secret. The TPP has been condemned as a corporate power grab that ensures profit for pharmaceutical companies, among many other loathed industries. From clamping down on Internet freedom to effectively sanctioning sex trafficking, TPP signals an ominous fate for the future of freedom.

    15. Sharp Uptick in Islamophobia: Amid the carnage of the Paris terror attacks, the recent shooting in San Bernardino, and the surge in Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Western nations, attacks against Muslims skyrocketed in 2015. In the United States, Muslims have been attacked for praying in public, wearing traditional head scarves, and for simply being out in public. Sikhs have been caught in the crossfire for the crime of being brown and wearing cloth on their heads — and thus being confused with Muslims — while at least one Christian has been terrorized as a result of the unmitigated hate currently permeating modern society. Many European nations and U.S. states have rejected the influx of refugees from war-torn Syria.

    Amid the increased hate against Muslims, however, has come an outpouring of love and tolerance. Muslim groups across the world have condemned terror attacks, raised money to help the families of victims, and promoted programs to discourage extremism. At the same time, citizens across Europe, Canada, and even parts of the United States have welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms.

    2015 was a year of chaos, violence, hate, and an ongoing struggle of freedom versus oppression. In many ways, it was like the years, decades, and even centuries and millennia that came before. But amid the conflict and often discouraging headlines, humanity has continued to persevere, offering resistance to seemingly all-powerful forces and paving the way for, if nothing else, potential peace, freedom, and respect for human life.

  15. Some have called Cass Sunstein “America’s Goebbels” since he sugggested that the government “formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech,” and was engaged by President Obama as ‘Information Tzar’. So today’s op-ed from the government’s propagandist-in-chief, condemning those who choose to push back against political correctness, should be read with a Bernaysian perspective as Sunstein attempts to delegitimize any and every effort to argue against the government’s view of the world.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-31/government-propagandist-chief-condemns-political-incorrectness-furthest-thing-brave
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  16. HAPPY FUCKIN’ NEW YEAR…

    6,000 COPS, CHECKPOINTS, SNIPERS, K-9S – WHAT CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR IN A POLICE STATE LOOKS LIKE
    New York City, NY — Like an Orwellian wet dream come to life, the NYPD has announced that more than 6,000 cops will be herding Times Square attendees into spectator pens this New Year’s Eve while violating their Fourth Amendment right prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures. Instead of deterring further acts of violence, the excessive show of force merely reinforces the notion that the terrorists have already won by utilizing fear to turn the state against its own people.

    Armed with rifles, radiation detectors, and bomb-sniffing dogs, over 6,000 uniformed NYPD officers will descend upon the one million spectators expected to attend New Year’s this evening in Times Square. Roughly 1,200 probationary cops and plainclothes police will also be assigned to either watch the perimeter or infiltrate the crowds while working undercover.

    Instead of being allowed to walk freely, the crowd must enter Times Square at one of the 14 checkpoints and submit to body inspections with magnetometers and hand wands as counterterrorism officers armed with long guns stand by. After enduring a secondary screening, people will be allowed to watch the ball drop from one of the 65 massive spectator pens while surrounded by snipers and K-9 units.

    “We’ll have over 5,000 officers assigned to Times Square,” NYPD Chief James O’Neill stated. “There will be hundreds of traffic agents, plus additional mobile cameras, chemical and radiation detectors, specially-trained police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives, cops on horseback, helicopters, and police boats.”

    Although the NYPD and FBI claim that there are currently no threats against Times Square, the additional security measures are clearly a knee-jerk reaction to recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. With police militarization and mass surveillance both having failed to prevent a single terrorist attack, the state continues to justify using these vile weapons at home and abroad in the name of fighting terrorism.

    On December 20, Lakeisha Holloway intentionally drove onto a sidewalk in Las Vegas, killing one and wounding 30 other pedestrians. On April 15, 2013, security at the Boston Marathon failed to stop two brothers from setting off bombs that resulted in 3 people killed and an estimated 264 wounded. Throughout 2015, several videos recorded Israeli soldiers failing to prevent multiple knife attacks throughout Jerusalem.

    Even with Big Brother having access to over 1,000 surveillance cameras covering Times Square, the police cannot stop a psychopath armed with a gun, a car, acid, a homemade explosive device, a kitchen knife, or a Molotov cocktail from suddenly attacking the crowd. This excessive show of force is merely an illusion of safety that actually diverts resources from other parts of the city, leaving many neighborhoods virtually unprotected in areas with high crime rates. When asked about these vulnerable neighborhoods, NYPD Commission Bill Bratton replied, “The ability to protect everything all the time is not possible anywhere.”

    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-state-effect-6000-cops-descend-times-square-years-eve/#EtVzoTFuO6U20xsu.99
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  17. “The ability to protect everything all the time is not possible anywhere.”

    Yea, the obvious futility of the very excuse of a police state.
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  18. Killary Clunton for president

    2015 Winner Of The Award For Reverse Excellence

    TOPICS:Brandon TurbevilleSatire
    DECEMBER 31, 2015
    war_paintingBy Brandon Turbeville

    Toward the end of every year, it has become a Western tradition to initiate the proceedings of a “round up” or “best of” of the people, events, and products of the year and attempt to crown a number of individuals with awards for the most accomplished, best dressed, most influential, or most creative of that year. The world of politics and government is no different.

    However, while politicians and government officials are awash with awards and backslapping trophies, there still exists no official award provided to them at the end of the year for their life’s accomplishments and those made over the past 12 months. It is clearly time to change this.

    But what would such an award look like? We already have the Nobel Peace Prize, a perfect Orwellian award whose name says “peace” but is generally awarded to mass murderers, warmongers, and proponents of genocidal austerity. Unfortunately, we find the Nobel Prize is no longer able to provide us with the pride and confidence in the world’s leaders who are responsible for the killing of innocent people and the destruction of their livelihoods in the way that we desire. Unable to understand the concept of doublethink, the general public is confused by the use of the word “peace” in the title of the prize and thus they believe that the “peace” prize is actual a prize for peace. For that reason, they often see the recipients as weak and ineffectual despite their accomplishments.

    So the award we need must have a title that sums up the true genuine accomplishments of the recipient while, at the same time, appealing to the sense of admiration we have for anyone in a position of authority and the abject fear we feel at the possibility of angering them.

    We considered naming the honor “The Excellence Award,” but it was brought to our attention that a distinct minority of people do not view genocide, war, foreign invasions, austerity, violence, environmental degradation, and police states as excellent. Thus, due to our desire to be politically correct, we decided that no minorities should be excluded and we opted to change the name to “The Reverse Excellence Award” in order to placate the minority who opposes war, resting fairly assured that the term “reverse” will be completely above the heads of the majority that supports it.

    Our biggest challenge was who should receive the award, since there truly are so many qualified candidates.

    The old standards such as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski were obvious choices since both have been responsible for the deaths of millions of people yet still remain free to walk in the halls of power, a true testament to their psychopathy and the corruption of the entire American system. But, alas, Kissinger has received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to exterminate the “useless eaters” and, having succeeding in creating the most widely known terrorist organization of modern times, “al-Qaeda,” it was determined that Brzezinski was also too full of awards to receive another. Both Kissinger and Brzezinski have “Been there. Done that.”

    John McCain was considered due to his role in the drumming up of support for each and every maniacal military adventure presented to the American people as an option (and many that have yet to be presented) and his concurrent affiliation with terrorist leaders while claiming that the maniacal military adventures he supports would be used to destroy the terrorist organizations he also supports. Truly, any man that cavorts with kidnappers, Caliphs, and cannibals deserves an award such as the one being bestowed for 2015. Having repeatedly demonstrated his senility, however, it was determined there was no point in bestowing an award on someone who would not remember it.

    The obvious choice – Barack Obama – was of course floated before the committee. Obama has presided over a number of wars, color revolutions, and near thermonuclear confrontations. He has driven every possible nail into the coffin of the American economy and has set out on a personal crusade against the Constitution and civil liberties. His radical jihad against gun rights and privacy protections, his selfless push to increase the proliferation of GM foods as well as his implementation of Obamacare certainly give him a chance at the Reverse Excellence Award. Obama’s star, however, is fading and we do not wish to bestow an award for a fading star.

    Donald Trump edged in as a potential candidate due to his inflammatory suggestions that religious tests be used to determine entry into the country, walls be built on the borders, Muslims be “banned,” mosques be “monitored,” the Internet be “shut down,” and that internment camps are viable options. While inflammatory statements alone are not enough to receive the award for “Reverse Excellence,” the fact that Trump was able to bring along much of the alternative media – previously opposed to all of the above – is quite the achievement.

    Unfortunately for the Donald, he simply has not been around long enough on the political scene to receive an award for his worthy efforts.

    Thus, the winner was the only logical choice for 2015. Due to her commitment to Constitution-shredding legislation, war, genocide, tainted food, austerity, chemical poisoning, murder, compulsive lying and unmitigated psychopathy amongst many other qualities and commitments, our 2015 winner of the Reverse Excellence award goes to none other than Hillary Clinton.

    Below are only a few of the reasons why Hitlery Clinton is the winner of our first annual award:

    1.) The Clinton Cackle: “We Came. We Saw. He Died.”

    2.) The Killing Of Ghaddafi And The Destruction of Libya.

    3.) Benghazi

    4.) The Funding Of Al-Qaeda Terrorists In Libya And Syria

    5.) Rabid Anti-Gun Obsession

    6.) Pro-Vaccine Propaganda

    7.) Clinton’s Pro-War Record

    8.) Clinton’s Attack On Bashar Al-Assad

    9.) The Fake Bin Laden Killing And The Fake Photos That Accompanied It

    10.) Generally speaking, being as fake as a wedding cake in all aspects of her life

    11.) Getting A Pedophile Off The Hook And Then Bragging About It

    12.) Working For Wall Street!

    13.) The Clinton Foundation

    14.) Support For GMOs

    15.) Connections To Bill Gates

    16.) Getting Her Marching Orders From The CFR

    17.) Supporting the TARP and the Banker Bailout

    18.) Changing Positions At Every Election

    19.) Receiving Praise From Neocons

    20.) Her Infamous Christmas Tree Decorations

    21.) Pimping Obamacare Before Obama And The Republicans

    22.) Connections To George Soros

    23.) Supporting War With Iran

    24.) Her Own War On Women

    25.) Fracking

    26.) Her War On Civil Liberties

    27.) The Family and The Fellowship

    28.) Supporting NAFTA and the TPP

    29.) Emailgate

    30.) The Clinton Body Count

    31.) Hillary’s Support For Israel

    32.) Supported By Major Oil and Gas Giants

    33.) Wal-Mart Connections

    34.) Hillary Is Anti-Labor and Anti-Working Class

    35.) The Climate Obsession

    36.) The Immigration Issue

    37.) Pro-Drug War

    38.) Pro-Police State

    Congratulations to Killary Clinton, the original Wicked Witch Of The West (OK, Margaret Thatcher qualifies for that title too), on her award for Reverse Excellence. Clinton has managed to not only commit these immoral, illegal, and embarrassing acts but she has managed to survive every well-earned scandal that has come as a result of it and still having so little shame that she continues to run for President. She Came. She Saw. She Won.

    But she must never be President.

  19. HAPPY NEW YEAR’S POST

    FBI Frames Mentally Ill Ex-Con in New Year’s Eve ISIS Attack
    Posted: 31 Dec 2015 09:00 PM PST
    NBC News reported on Thursday Emanuel Lutchman was in contact with a member of the Islamic State in Syria who urged him to attack diners at a restaurant in Rochester, New York, with a machete. It turns out Lutchman was instead in contact with an FBI informant who received thousands of dollars from the agency. He didn’t have money to buy masks, zip-ties, knives, duct tape, ammonia and latex gloves that were allegedly supposed to be used in the attack, so the FBI picked up the tab, according to NBC.
    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blacklistednews/hKxa/~3/Zbo5Z7gij18/M.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    New Year, new gun control: Obama to issue executive order on firearms
    Posted: 31 Dec 2015 09:00 PM PST
    President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action on gun control, possibly as soon as next week, according to gun control advocates. The specifics of Obama’s executive order are still unknown as the plan is still not finished, CNN reported. However, gun control advocates are prepared for the actions to be unveiled sometime next week. The plan is said to be a unilateral action that will close background check loopholes. Federal law currently requires that all licensed gun dealers conduct background checks. However, this rule does not apply to firearms sold online or at gun shows.
    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blacklistednews/hKxa/~3/GRkFPEl0QT4/M.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions For International Drug Cartels
    Posted: 31 Dec 2015 09:00 PM PST
    The village of Bal Harbour, population 2,513, may have a tiny footprint on the northern tip of Miami Beach, but its police department had grand aspirations of going after international drug traffickers, and making a few million dollars while they were at it. The Bal Harbour PD and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office set up a giant money laundering scheme with the purported goal of busting drug cartels and stemming the surge of drug dealing going on in the area. But it all fell apart when federal investigators and the Miami-Herald found strange things going on.
    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blacklistednews/hKxa/~3/Osy2JB7UYtk/M.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    Meet Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots
    Posted: 31 Dec 2015 09:00 PM PST
    The robots might one day rise up and take over, but a Palo Alto startup called Knightscope has developed a fleet of crime-fighting machinery it hopes to keep us safe. Knightscope’s K5 security bots resemble a mix between R2D2 and a Dalek from Doctor Who – and the system behind these bots is a bit Orwellian. The K5’s have broadcasting and sophisticated monitoring capabilities to keep public spaces in check as they rove through open areas, halls and corridors for suspicious activity.
    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blacklistednews/hKxa/~3/pKTmngNIxGA/M.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

  20. Deep State Rising: The Mainstreaming of the Shadow Government
    by James Corbett
    TheInternationalForecaster.com
    January 5, 2016

    “It goes by many names: The shadow government. The deep state. The secret team. Whatever it is called, the idea is simple: there is an unelected, unaccountable, largely unknown group behind the facade of the visible government that wields power and works toward long-term agenda goals no matter which political party or puppet politician holds office.

    Long the domain of the dreaded “conspiracy theorist” community, the idea has surfaced here and there over the years. The JFK assassination has given rise to many inside accounts and outside exposés of The Secret Team. The Iran-Contra scandal led to a Bill Moyers documentary on The Secret Government that is still worth watching 19 years later. It was even openly acknowledged that a “shadow government” had kicked into operation on 9/11.

    But an odd phenomenon has taken place in recent years and intensified in recent months: the idea of a “deep state” or a “shadow government” controlling politics, even in the US, is becoming mainstream.

    It has graced the cover of any number of recent books, including “Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry” and “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government.”

    It has found its way into the online political media from both the left (Salon) and the right (The American Conservative) ends of the controlled political spectrum.

    It has been invoked by mainstream financial analysts to describe the actions of the Federal Reserve.

    It has been revisited by Bill Moyers on his website.

    It has found its way into the headlines of The Boston Globe (“Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change“) and the New York Times (“America’s ‘Establishment’ Has Embraced ‘Deep States’“).
    […]
    Even scientific studies are now demonstrating that the United States is not run by political parties but by pockets of special interest.

    Truly the conspiracy toothpaste is out of the tube and there’s no point in trying to put it back. While in many ways this represents the crowning achievement of the tireless efforts of generations of conspiracy researchers who have toiled in relative obscurity, it is not an unmitigated good. As we will see in the 2016 prospective this weekend, the revelation of the ruling elite coincides with a meltdown of social cohesion that is giving rise to dark forces that portend a very tumultuous year”~James Corbett
    https://www.corbettreport.com/deep-state-rising-the-mainstreaming-of-the-shadow-government/
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  21. An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna

    Dear Sheriff Ward,
    I am writing to you today to ascertain your office and position with respect to the
    Hammonds and the developing situation at the Bundy Ranch with respect to “Federal
    Officers”.
    My name is Anna Maria Riezinger, also known as Anna von Reitz because my actual
    name is German and a mile long. I am an American Common Law Superior Court
    Judge in Alaska where operation of the Seventh Amendment Courts started up again
    in conjunction with the Common Law Grand Juries more than a year ago and I also
    serve as a Federal Postal District Court Judge for the Western Region.
    As you can clearly see by reading the Seventh Amendment all matters pertaining to
    living people and their property must be addressed to Common Law Courts. How
    then, are the Hammonds being addressed by federal admiralty courts?

    The answer lies in the past.

    During the Civil War the normal court system owed the people in the South shut
    down and did not immediately reopen. Commanders in the military districts in ten
    states appointed civilian tribunals to function under “Special Admiralty”—– a
    euphemism. For the purposes of these military tribunals, people and property could
    be addressed in an arbitrary fashion without regard for the Law of the Land. This
    was very convenient for the administrators and very unfortunate for the people.
    In 1866 the Supreme Court addressed the situation in Milligan Ex Parte and decided
    that so long as the American Common Law Courts were running there was no excuse
    for the use of any form of martial law. Be advised that the American Common Law
    Courts are up and running.
    file:///C:/Users/Willy–PC/Downloads/AVR095-openlettertosheriffward.pdf
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  22. The Rockefeller Syndicate
    By Eustice Mullins — 5-9-8

    Many American conservatives believe as a matter of faith that the Rockefellers and the Council on Foreign Relations exercise absolute control over the government and the people of United States . This thesis can be accepted as a working formula if one remains conscious of the larger issues . Two writers for whom the present writer has great respect, Dr. Emanuel Josephson and Morris Bealle, insisted on focusing on the Rockefellers and excluding all oth! er aspects of the World Order . This severely limited the effect of their otherwise ground breaking work on the Medical Monopoly.

    This writer advanced a contrary view in “The World Order,” fixing upon the Rothschild monetary power, which reached a point of world control by 1885, and its London policy group, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a the policy makers for what has essentially been since 1900, re-established colonial government in the United States The colonial, or occupation, government, functions primarily through the Council on Foreign Relations, but only as the subsidiary of RIIA and through the Rockefeller Foundation which controls government functions, the educational establishments, the media, the religions and the state legislatures.

    It is true that the American colonials have “free elections”, in which they have the absolute right to vote for one of two opposing candidates, both of whom have been handpicked and financed by the Rockefeller syndicate . This touching evidence of “democracy” serves to convince most Americana that we are indeed a free people . We even have a cracked Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to prove it . American youth have been free since 1900 to be marched off to die in Hegelian wars in which both combatants received their instructions from the World Order . We are free to invest in a stock market which the daily quantity, price and value of the monetary unit is manipulated and controlled by a Federal Reserve System which is answerable only to the Bank of England . It has maintained its vaunted “independence” from our government’s control, but this is the only independence it has ever had .

    The realization that we do indeed live under the dictate of the “;Rockefeller Syndicate” can well be the starting point of the long road back of a genuine struggle for American independence . In exposing “the Rockefellers” as agents of a foreign power, which is not merely a foreign power, but a genuine world government, we must realize that this is not merely a group dedicated to making money, but a group which committed to maintaining the power of a colonial form of government over the American people . Thus the ancient calumny of John D. Rockefeller as a man obsessed by greed (a category in which he has plenty of company) obscures the act that from the day the Rothschilds began to finance his march towards a total oil monopoly in the United States from their coffers at the National City Bank of Cleveland, Rockefeller was never an independent power, nor does any department of the Rockefeller Syndicate operate as an independent power . We know that the Cosa Nostra, or Mafia, with which the Syndicate is closely allied has somewhat autonomous power in the regions which have been assigned to that particular “;family” by the national directors, but this always implies that that family remains under total control and answerable for everything which occurs in its territory .
    http://www.rense.com/general81/eyds.htm
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  23. Choosing Storm Troopers;
    Counter Current News
    Saturday, January 9, 2016

    Police Officially Refuse To Hire Applicants With High IQ Scores

    Many have suspected it, but now it appears to be official: police departments refuse to hire applicants with high IQ scores.

    Critics of law enforcement have long suggested that police officers tend to be selected for their lack of critical thinking, but news that department hiring processes officially disqualify high-scoring applicants might still come as a shock to many.

    While a rare exception to the rule might slip through the cracks, if you are too smart, police departments simply won’t hire you.

    This policy became solidified in a federal ruling dating back almost a decade and a half ago. The ruling came with little fanfare from the mainstream, corporate media, who didn’t apparent find it to be newsworthy.

    In 1999, a Federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by an applicant to the New London, Connecticut police department who was barred from being hired after successfully taking the intelligence portion of the police examinations. The disqualification came because he had scored “too high” on the test. The New London Police Department made it clear that they did not want the “bottom of the barrel” when it came to intelligence, but they also didn’t want anyone who was “too smart” either.

    This little-known ruling was made public back in September of the same year. Judge Peter C. Dorsey of the United States District Court in New Haven, Connecticut confirmed that the plaintiff, Robert Jordan, 48, who holds a bachelor’s degree in literature, had been denied an opportunity to even interview for a job with the department, for no reason other than his high test scores.

    Judge Dorsey ruled in favor of the department, saying that Mr. Jordan was offered no protection under the law in this case. There is no legal protection given to intelligent people from discriminatory hiring practices by individual police departments, Dorsey explained. The judge continued, explaining that police departments held all applicants to this same standard and thus they rejected all applicants who scored high. As a result, this could not be held as discriminatory in nature.

    The next time you cross paths with a law enforcement officer and wonder how anyone so stupid managed to get hired by their department, now you know that this stupidity might in fact be the very thing that qualified them for the job.

    • “The judge continued, explaining that police departments held all applicants to this same standard and thus they rejected all applicants who scored high. As a result, this could not be held as discriminatory in nature.”

      Hahaha!!! You can’t make this shit up!! It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.
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  24. Ad Hominem Fallacies
    Chapter Ten
    Philosophy 404
    Summer 1999

    At times during a discourse episode where arguments are being advanced, a participant will adduce considerations about the person advancing the argument (e.g., their character, habits, appearance, etc.). This argumentative move is known as the ad hominem. This move is dangerous because it often introduces considerations that are irrelevant to the argument advanced by the speaker, and so is at best misleading and at worst disruptive. However, as with many of the argument forms we considered in Chapter 10, this one can be used to positive effect as well. Here is a classification of ad hominem moves:

    Ad Hominem Attack: if in response to a contribution made by speaker A to an argument, speaker B questions A’s character, motives, or right to speak, then B makes an ad hominem attack. (Note that the attack is not directed at the argument A advances, but only surrounding conditions.) These can be justified or unjustified; whether these are justified or not depends on whether they are relevant to the argument advanced.

    If you question a person’s motives and it turns out that they are in fact driven to speak by questionable motives, your attack is justified.

    If they are driven by other, more selfless motives, then your attack is not justified. If you attack their right to speak and they have none, you are justified; if they do have the right, your attack is unjustified.

    Ad Hominem Argument: if B calls into question A’s person as a way of attacking the argument that A is advancing, then B makes an ad hominem argument. These can also be justified or unjustified.

    If B’s argument raises questions about the soundness of A’s arguments, then the ad hominem argument is justified. For example, if A is noted for stretching the truth and B points this out, that would be relevant given that we would wish to evaluate A’s claims for truth.

    If B advances an ad hominem argument that does not give us any reason to question the truth of A’s claims or the soundness of A’s argument, the B’s argument will be unjustified and will be what we call an ad hominem fallacy. Many ad hominem arguments are fallacious, primarily because the argument advanced does not usually depend for its legitimacy on the person advancing it.
    http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~morourke/404-phil/Summer-99/Handouts/Philosophical/Ad-Hominem.htm

    I post this as there is some confusion as to whether ‘Ad Hominem’ can ever be deemed JUSTIFIED.
    Reason itself shows that it can be justified.

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  25. It should be understood and appreciated that the terms “Counter Insurgency” & “Counter Revolutionary” – when spoken by the Criminal Syndicate squatting in DC, actually refers to The Revolution, the American Revolution began by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
    Those who cannot grasp this remain unaware of the true agenda of the current regime ruling the so-called “Western World”.
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    • “The founding generation believed equity – justice according to natural law or right – bound and limited all political power. Government served a limited purpose, as Thomas Jefferson put it in the Declaration of Independence, “to secure these rights,” life, liberty and property. It followed that the people establishing government retained the right and authority to maintain it within those limits. Government was not supreme; it was merely an agent of the people. Written constitutions served a limiting purpose. They provide the “political bible” Paine referred to, specifically circumscribing the scope of governmental power. As Paine put it:

      “A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution, is power without a right.”

      Within this philosophical framework, a sovereign government institution such as Parliament is fundamentally tyrannical.

      Even a casual look at American governance today reveals a system having much more in common with the 18th century British model than the one the founding generation forged nearly 250 years ago. America operates under a “living breathing” constitution with the U.S. Supreme Court taking on the role of sovereign.”~Mike Maharrey

      http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/america-embraces-the-tyranny-its-founders-fought-to-reject.html?
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  26. HOW AMERICANS ARE MANIPULATED BY MASS MEDIA PROPAGANDA

    The Public Relations Regime employs the devices of mass media to control, manipulate, neutralize, and anesthetize entire populations. The success of these mind warping devices depends on them remaining hidden from the masses.

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    • The “Korean War” was a massive war crime by the US and Western Aggressors:

      Pyongyang has just cause to fear America. It knows how it raped Southeast Asia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

      Truman’s naked aggression was devastating, turning most of North Korea to rubble during the Korean War (1950-53). General Matthew Ridgway ordered air force bombers to level Pyongyang and other strategic targets. Scorched earth death and destruction was official US strategy.

      Douglas McArthur wanted commander’s discretion to use nuclear weapons – to spread a radioactive belt from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea.

      US terror-bombing ran out of targets. Principle ones included Pyongyang, Chongyin, Wonsan, Hungnam and Rashin.

      North Korea suffered overwhelming numbers of casualties. Up to four million died, mostly civilians. Terror weapons were used, including napalm and toxic agents – chemical and biological.
      […]
      Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark drafted a Report and Final Judgment on US Crimes in Korea (from) 1945 – 2001, showing Washington used chemical and biological agents on the peninsula.

      By 1952, virtually everything in northern and central Korea was destroyed. Damage assessments showed 18 of 22 cities were half or more obliterated.

      Large industrial ones were 75 – 100% destroyed. Villages were turned to “low, wide mounds of violent ashes.”

      Investigative journalist IF Stone’s “Hidden History of the Korean War” called it US-led international aggression. Truman bore full responsibility for waging war together with fascist South Korean President Syngman Rhee, installed by Washington to serve its interests.

      Pyongyang fears America for good reason. Truman’s war never ended. A longstanding uneasy armistice persists. Beating up on North Korea is relentless after all these years.

      Washington spurns its desire for normalized relations, maintaining an undeclared state of war instead. Pyongyang is vulnerable to the whims of US imperial policy.

      It sees a nuclear deterrent as its best strategic response, giving Washington pause about again waging war. At the same time, wanting peace and stability on the peninsula. US policy prevents it.

      World leaders blasted Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, its first since February 2013, while ignoring the major threat of Western arsenals and Israel’s.

      Imposing new sanctions is meaningless. What else Washington plans remains to be seen. It deployed a long-range strategic B-52 bomber able to carry nuclear weapons provocatively – flying at low altitude over South Korea.

      US Commander of United Nations Command, ROK-US Combined Forces Command and US Forces Korea General Curtis Scaparrotti called Saturday’s flight a “demonstrat(ion) (of) the strength and capabilities of the (so-called) alliance.”

      It took off from Guam, escorted by F-15 warplanes. Commander, US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris stressed America’s “ironclad commitment” to regional allies, notably Japan and South Korea.

      “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. US joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security,” he added.

      America’s regional presence remains hugely destabilizing. Another Asian war could precipitate global conflict – humanity’s greatest threat.

      US imperial policy threatens world peace.

      Stephen Lendman
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-north-korea-wants-nukes-extensive-u-s-war-crimes-committed-against-the-dprk/5500550
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  27. Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, writer and author of several books. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was also the creator of a mathematical theory of time based on patterns found in the I Ching which he termed novelty theory.

    Here are 73 mindblowing quotes from Terence McKenna:

    “I think of going to the grave without having a psychedelic experience like going to the grave without ever having sex. It means that you never figured out what it is all about. The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”
    -Terence McKenna

    “If you don’t smoke cannabis, you may spend your evening balancing your checking account. If you do smoke cannabis you may spend your evening contemplating the causes of the Greek Renaissance.”
    -Terence McKenna

    “Stop consuming images and start producing them.”
    – Terence McKenna”

    “You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
    -Terence McKenna

    “The male dominant agenda is so fragile that any competitor is felt as a deadly foe.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “You simply have to turn your back on a culture that has gone sterile and dead and get with the program of a living world and the imagination.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.”
    – Terence McKenna

    The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Half the time you think your thinking you’re actually listening.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.”
    -Terence McKenna

    “Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don’t matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “You see, a secret is not something untold. It’s something which can’t be told.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.”
    ? Terence McKenna

    “My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it’s not easy.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We can begin the restructuring of thought by declaring legitimate what we have denied for so long. Lets us declare Nature to be legitimate. The notion of illegal plants is obnoxious and ridiculous in the first place.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Some kind of dialog is now going on between individual human beings and the sum total of human knowledge and nothing can stop it.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement. So it’s very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We need to interact with like-minded people throughout the world to establish the new intellectual order which will be the salvation of mankind.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World’s Soul into all of us.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Even as the nineteenth century had to come to grips with the notion of human descent from apes, we must now come to terms with the fact that those apes were stoned apes.”
    – Terence McKenna

    We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat.
    – Terence McKenna

    “If you keep yourself as the final arbiter you will be less susceptible to infection by cultural illusion”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The problem is not to find the answer, it’s to face the answer”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The way you stretch the envelope of culture is by creating language.” – Terence McKenna

    “The real tension is not between matter and spirit, or time and space, the real tension is between information and nonsense.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Nothing lasts but nothing is lost.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Matter is not lacking in magic, matter is magic.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Ideology always paves the way toward atrocity”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas. It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down – sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray. At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing. But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “You don’t want to become so open-minded that the wind can whistle between your ears.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “If you’re not the hero of your own novel, then what kind of novel is it? You need to do some heavy editing.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Culture is the effort to hold back the mystery, and replace it with a mythology.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Unexamined cultural values & limitations of language have made us unwitting prisoners of our own assumptions.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “This is a society, a world, a planet dying because there is not enough consciousness, because there is not enough awareness, enough coordination of intent-to-problem. And yet, we spend vast amounts of money stigmatizing people and substances that are part of this effort to expand consciousness, see things in different ways, unleash creativity. Isn’t it perfectly clear that business as usual is a bullet through the head?”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The culmination of man’s effort in time will be the perfection and the release of the human soul. And it’s not that we are ‘doing’ it. It’s that a natural law that we are still unaware of is inexorably unfolding.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Our world is in danger by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. And so to whatever degree any one of us, can bring back a small piece of the picture and contribute it to the building of the new paradigm, then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit, and that after all is what it’s really all about.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. But we are led by the least among us – the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each other’s teeth in. It’s not a pleasant situation.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Culture is a perversion. It fetishizes objects, creates consumer mania, it preaches endless forms of false happiness, endless forms of false understanding in the form of squirrelly religions and silly cults. It invites people to diminish themselves and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines.
    – Terence McKenna

    “Culture is not your friend. Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions, churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you. It is not your friend. It insults you. It disempowers you. It uses and abuses you. None of us are well treated by culture.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Personal empowerment means deconditioning yourself from the values and the programs of the society and putting your own values and programs in place.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existance is defined in terms of control.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse. If you go to Bosnia or Somalia or Peru or much of the third-world then it appears that the apocalypse has already arrived.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The cost of sanity, in this society, is a certain level of alienation.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The future of communication is the future of the evolution of the human soul.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Our need to feel part of the world seems to demand that we express ourselves through creative activity.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Culture is not your friend, it’s an impediment to understanding what’s going on. That’s why the words cult and culture have a direct relationship to each other. Culture is an extremely repressive cult that leads to all kinds of humiliation and degradation, and automatic, unquestioned and unthinking behaviour.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get this, get that.’ And then you’re a player, but you don’t want to play in the game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. This is what makes it such a political hot potato. Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it’s worth.”
    – Terence McKenna

    “The internet is light at the end of the tunnel…it is creating a global society”
    – Terrence McKenna

    “If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”
    -Terence McKenna

  28. Gun Control & Tyrannical Government
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  29. Jay Dyer discusses magic, mass media and the mind control matrix. We live in a world of illusion, a realm of the unreal. The primal impulses and drives so central to our being – for meaning, purpose, oneness, and love – are diminished and driven out amid the avalanche of disinformation, duplicity and deceit under which we labour, day in, day out. Our culture has become corrupted, our instincts corroded, and the very idea of truth lost in a sea of lies. Many among us think that it has always been so; still others see a species simply gone astray, forlornly searching once more for the way from which we wandered on some fateful day.

    And yet within this matrix of manipulation, we can discover patterns of programming, many of which, while having ancient origins, point to a very modern purpose. An agenda whose endgame is encoded in the symbols and signs that surround us is being expertly executed moment by moment, moving humanity, the Earth itself, and maybe much, much more than that towards a goal impossibly vast. Wading into the world of conspiracy theories, the swamp of secret societies, and a great deal more, we explore intriguing ideas and wild speculation alike, and along the way uncover a decidedly dark and disturbing picture.

    http://jaysanalysis.com/

    Many more interviews at http://www.legalise-freedom.com

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  30. Hoda thunk it. I got a mental disorder. I eat healthy to stay on this side of the lawn in as good a shape as I can while I’m here.
    Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder

    By Waking Times January 8, 2016

    Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder

    Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
    Waking Times

    When you finally realize that mainstream food companies are basically selling us food full of chemicals and devout of nutrients, you may, like many others, start to become a little fanatic about reading ingredients lists, seeking out GMO-free products, supplementing with superfoods, and actually paying attention to what goes into your body.

    Well, guess what? Now, you suddenly may have a mental disorder, at least according to scientists at the University of Northern Colorado who conducted a case study about the obsession of eating healthy. This new eating disorder is called orthorexia nervosa (ON) and is said to be driven by a fear of being unhealthy and disgust for low-quality food.

    “Orthorexia nervosa (ON) is a term introduced to describe a condition characterized by a pathologic obsession for bio-logically pure and healthy nutrition.” ~Ryan M. Moroze, MD. et al [1]

    The psychologists conducting the study argue that healthy eating can become dangerous if one becomes fixated on the types of ingredients in food, how the food is cooked, and what materials are used to prepare it. Those “suffering” from orthorexia may take extra time to prepare their food and carefully consider what they are willing to eat.

    In this day and age, 90% of grocery store shelves, at least in the United States, are filled with processed foods, most of which are scientifically engineered to create physical and psychological dependency. Mega-portion processed meals have lead to spiking rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Shouldn’t conscientious effort to prepare and eat healthy foods be called sensible and smart instead of potentially dangerous?

    Let’s agree that obsessive behavior is never really healthy, regardless of the situation. So what’s really the danger? Thomas Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and co-author of a recent paper believes the following:

    “Such draconian diets can lack essential nutrients, and they make the vitamins and minerals a person does get from meals of exclusively, say, leafy greens, impossible for the body to absorb. This can lead to fragile bones, hormonal shifts, and cardiac problems, along with psychological distress and entrenched, delusional thinking.” [2]

    We have been so meticulously programmed by food marketers that mainstream processed foods are “natural” “healthy” and “nutritious”, yet the statistics speak for themselves: the typical mainstream diet is making us unhealthy. Regardless of the substantial rise in obesity and numerous diseases, even people that follow the mantra of “healthy diet and exercise” are finding it increasingly difficult to be healthy because food bought in stores is just not what is used to be.

    In the face of declining public health, doctors pump us full of pills that don’t really address the issue. Food corporations only care about profits, and their marketers lie to help them get those profits. Who else is left to help us find a path toward optimum health but ourselves?

    How can you judge if you or someone you love is suffering from orthorexia? Similarly to most other mental illness assessment, a quick review of a checklist of potential traits will do. According to Dunn, if you identify with two or more of the following traits, you might need to see a counselor:

    1. You consume a nutritionally unbalanced diet because of concerns about “food purity.”

    2. You’re preoccupied about how eating impure or unhealthy foods will affect your physical or emotional health.

    3. You rigidly avoid any food you deem to be “unhealthy,” such as those containing fat, preservatives, additives or animal products.

    4. You spend three or more hours per day reading about, acquiring or preparing certain kinds of food you believe to be “pure.”

    5. You feel guilty if you eat foods you believe to be “impure.”

    6. You’re intolerant of other’s food beliefs.

    7. You spend an excessive proportion of your income on “pure” foods. [4]

    Considering this list, I’m a certified health nut!

    If psychologists are so eager to create new mental illness, why not create a fancy label for the people participating in hot-dog eating contests, contributing to the daily consumption of 1.9 billion servings of Coca-cola products, or opting for the quad-stacked Big Mac and supersize fries.

    “Orthorexia has not yet found its way into the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), yet is commonly being lumped in with other eating disorders. Stepping back and looking at the ones pushing this label on us shows highly questionable motives. Psychiatry as a whole is deeply in bed with a pharmaceutical industry that makes the drugs to “treat” every one of these “disorders.” It is often these companies that are wielding influence behind the scenes to invent more mental health categories with their toxic products as the answer.” ~ Jefferey Jaxen [5]

    • You eat healthy foods you TEARIST!!
      What could be more obvious than that!!!
      Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeezuz fucking keeyriste!
      The country is run by madmen.

    • ‘We Are The Dead’ (Diamond Dogs)

      Something kind of hit me today
      I looked at you and wondered if you saw things my way

      People will hold us to blame
      It hit me today, it hit me today

      We’re taking it hard all the time
      Why don’t we pass it by?
      Just reply, you’ve changed your mind
      We’re fighting with the eyes of the blind
      Taking it hard, taking it hard

      Yet now
      We feel that we are papers, choking on you nightly
      They tell me “Son, we want you, be elusive, but don’t walk far”
      For we’re breaking in the new boys, deceive your next of kin
      For you’re dancing where the dogs decay, defecating ecstasy
      You’re just an ally of the leecher
      Locator for the virgin King, but I love you in your fuck-me pumps
      And your nimble dress that trails
      Oh, dress yourself, my urchin one, for I hear them on the rails
      Because of all we’ve seen, because of all we’ve said
      We are the dead

      One thing kind of touched me today

      I looked at you and counted all the times we had laid
      Pressing our love through the night

      Knowing it’s right, knowing it’s right

      Now I’m hoping some one will care
      Living on the breath of a hope to be shared

      Trusting on the sons of our love
      That someone will care, someone will care

      But now
      We’re today’s scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow’s double feature
      Heaven’s on the pillow, its silence competes with hell
      It’s a twenty-four hour service, guaranteed to make you tell

      And the streets are full of press men
      Bent on getting hung and buried
      And the legendary curtains are drawn ’round Baby Bankrupt
      Who sucks you while you’re sleeping
      It’s the theater of financiers
      Count them, fifty ’round a table
      White and dressed to kill

      Oh caress yourself, my juicy
      For my hands have all but withered
      Oh dress yourself my urchin one, for I hear them on the stairs
      Because of all we’ve seen, because of all we’ve said

      We are the dead
      We are the dead
      We are the dead

      PART ONE:SWEET THING

      Its safe in the city, to love in a doorway
      To wrangle some screens from the door
      And isnt it me, putting pain in a stranger?
      Like a portrait in flesh, who trails on a leash
      Will you see that Im scared and Im lonely?
      So Ill break up my room, and yawn and i
      Run to the centre of things
      Where the knowing one says

      Boys, boys, its a sweet thing
      Boys, boys, its a sweet thing, sweet thing
      If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
      cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing

      Im glad that youre older than me
      Makes me feel important and free
      Does that make you smile, isnt that me?
      Im in your way, and Ill steal every moment
      If his trade is a curse, then Ill bless you
      And turn to the crossroads, and hamburgers, and

      Boys, boys, its a sweet thing
      Boys, boys, its a sweet thing, sweet thing
      If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
      cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing

      PART TWO:CANDIDATE

      I’ll make you a deal, like any other candidate
      We’ll pretend we’re walking home ’cause your future’s at stake
      My set is amazing, it even smells like a street
      There’s a bar at the end where I can meet you and your friend
      Someone scrawled on the wall “I smell the blood of Les Tricoteuses”
      Who wrote up scandals in other bars

      I’m having so much fun with the poisonous people
      Spreading rumors and lies and stories they made up
      Some make you sing and some make you scream
      One makes you wish that you’d never been seen
      But there’s a shop on the corner that’s selling papier mache
      Making bullet-proof faces; Charlie Manson, Cassius Clay
      “If you want it, Boys, get it here, thing”

      So you scream out of line:
      “I want you! I need you! Anyone out there? Any time?”
      Tres butch little number whines “Hey gorgeous, I want you
      When it’s good, it’s really good, and when it’s bad I go to pieces”
      If you want it, Boys, get it here, thing

      On the street where you live I could not hold up my head
      For I put all I have in another bed
      On another floor, in the back of a car
      In the cellar of a church with the door ajar
      Well, I guess we must be looking for a different kind
      But we can’t stop trying till we break up our minds
      till the sun drips blood on the seedy young knights
      Who press you on the ground while shaking in fright
      I guess we could cruise down one more time
      With you by my side, it should be fine
      We’ll buy some drugs and watch a band
      Then jump in the river holding hands

      PART THREE:SWEET THING (REPRISE)

      “If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
      ‘Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing”

      Is it nice in your snow storm, freezing your brain?
      Do you think that your face looks the same?
      Then let it be, it’s all I ever wanted
      It’s a street with a deal, and a taste
      It’s got claws, it’s got me, it’s got you …

      David Bowie – Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing
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  31. COLLECTIVISM

    A government given the responsibility to care for a peoples every vital need—MUST be given the power to carry such a task out, which means the power to rule your every vital action. This is the very definition of TYRANNY.
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  32. William Fascist Buckley

    “The central question that emerges . . . is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not prevail numerically? The sobering answer is Yes – the White community is so entitled because, for the time being, it is the advanced race. It is not easy, and it is unpleasant, to adduce statistics evidencing the cultural superiority of White over Negro: but it is a fact that obtrudes, one that cannot be hidden by ever-so-busy egalitarians and anthropologists.

    National Review believes that the South’s premises are correct. . . . It is more important for the community, anywhere in the world, to affirm and live by civilized standards, than to bow to the demands of the numerical majority.” — William F. Buckley, from a A 1957 editorial of The National Review titled ‘Why the South Must Prevail”~William F. Buckley (8/24/57)
    https://adamgomez.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/whythesouthmustprevail-1957.pdf

    http://priscusforem.blogspot.com/2008/02/william-f-buckley-remembering-prick.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Buckley,_Jr.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics
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  33. Amerika

    Amerika, also known as The Man Who Disappeared[1] and as The Missing Person[2] (German: Der Verschollene), is the incomplete first novel of author Franz Kafka (1883–1924), written between 1911 and 1914[3] and published posthumously in 1927. The novel originally began as a short story titled The Stoker. The novel incorporates many details of the experiences of his relatives who had emigrated to the United States.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerika_(novel)

    Although I only just now discovered this information about Kafka writing this book, I came to the spelling , “Amerika” very much as a Kafkaesque interpretation of the impetus of Amerikan Exceptionalism as another manifestation of the hideous doctrine of “Might is Right”. This reality juxtaposed with the purported principles expounded in the Declaration of Independence strikes me as particularly hypocritical. And surreal in the lack of acknowledgement of such an obvious situation.

    Of course my critique of Amerika is one from intimate knowledge, having been born and raised in the belly of this beast. Whereas Kafka was relying on secondhand reports and his ever fervent imagination.
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  34. The US thus illustrates that the path to regional and then global power is to pursue unrelenting genocide, land theft, and hegemonic expansion while taking out huge loans through enslaving people, never repaying the loans, and then using the acquired pool of dirty money to start a global-scale, mafia-style loan-sharking business, and make examples of the disadvantaged people who can’t repay the ‘loans’ by terrorizing and killing them, often en masse.
    http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_a_Shining_Example_unto_ISIS/48392/0/38/38/Y/M.html
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  35. The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens
    By John W. Whitehead
    January 19, 2016

    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”~George Orwell

    “Free speech is not for the faint of heart.

    Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat and tidy bow. Free speech is often messy, foul-mouthed, obscene, intolerant, undignified, insensitive, cantankerous, bawdy and volatile.

    While free speech can also be tender, tolerant, soft-spoken, sensitive and sweet, it is free speech’s hot-blooded alter ego—the wretched, brutal, beastly Mr. Hyde to its restrained, dignified and civil Dr. Jekyll—that tests the limits of our so-called egalitarian commitment to its broad-minded principles.

    Unfortunately, our appreciation for a robust freedom of speech has worn thin over the years.

    Many Americans have become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. We’ve come to prize civility over freedom. Most of all, too many Americans, held hostage by their screen devices and the talking heads on television, have lost the ability to think critically.

    Societies that cherish free speech relish open debates and controversy and, in turn, produce a robust citizenry who will stand against authoritarian government. Indeed, oppressive regimes of the past have understood the value of closed-mouthed, closed-minded citizens and the power inherent in controlling speech and, thus, controlling how a people view their society and government.

    We in the United States have a government with a ravenous appetite for power and a seeming desire to turn the two-way dialogue that is our constitutional republic into a one-way dictatorship. Emboldened by phrases such as “hate crimes,” “bullying,” “extremism” and “microaggressions,” the government is whittling away at free speech, confining it to carefully constructed “free speech zones,” criminalizing it when it skates too close to challenging the status quo, shaming it when it butts up against politically correct ideals, and muzzling it when it appears dangerous.

    Free speech is no longer free.

    Nor is free speech still considered an inalienable right or an essential liberty, even by those government entities entrusted with protecting it.

    We’ve entered into an egotistical, insulated, narcissistic era in which free speech has become regulated speech: to be celebrated when it reflects the values of the majority and tolerated otherwise, unless it moves so far beyond our political, religious and socio-economic comfort zones as to be rendered dangerous and unacceptable….
    […]
    In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind lest they find themselves ostracized or placed under surveillance.”
    […]
    Nowhere in the First Amendment does it permit the government to limit speech in order to avoid causing offense, hurting someone’s feelings, safeguarding government secrets, protecting government officials, insulating judges from undue influence, discouraging bullying, penalizing hateful ideas and actions, eliminating terrorism, combatting prejudice and intolerance, and the like.

    Unfortunately, in the war being waged between free speech purists who believe that free speech is an inalienable right and those who believe that free speech should be regulated, the censors are winning. Free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors have conspired to corrode our core freedoms.~John Whitehead

    “1. The purpose of government is to make men free to develop their faculties, i.e., THINK. 2. The freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are essential to the discovery and spread of political truth. 3. Without free speech and assembly, discussion would be futile. 4. The greatest menace to freedom is a silent people. 5. Public discussion is a political duty, and should be a fundamental principle of the American government. 6. Order cannot be secured through censorship. 7. Fear breeds repression; repression breeds hate; and hate menaces stable government. 8. The power of reason as applied through public discussion is always superior to silence coerced by law. 9. Free speech and assembly were guaranteed in order to guard against the occasional tyrannies of governing majorities. 10. To justify suppression of free speech, there must be reasonable ground (a clear and present danger) to believe that the danger apprehended is imminent, and that the evil to be prevented is a serious one.”~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis – concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927).

    “Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards, They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.” Rather, they were “courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government.”~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” ~Thomas Jefferson

    https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_right_to_tell_the_government_to_go_to_hell_free_speech_in_an_age_o
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    • “There exists in our nation today a powerful and dangerous secret cult—the cult of intelligence. Its holy men are the clandestine professionals of the Central Intelligence Agency. Its patrons and protectors are the highest officials of the federal government. Its membership, extending far beyond governmental circles, reaches into the power centers of industry, commerce, finance, and labor. Its friends are many in the areas of important public influence—the academic world and the communications media. The cult of intelligence is a secret fraternity of the American political aristocracy.”~Victor Marchetti & John Marks
      — THE CIA AND THE CULT OF INTELLIGENCE
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      • .
        From Zen Gardener
        Who Are the Real “Conspiracy Theorists”?

        Like many of you, I’m sick and tired of this pejorative label pasted flippantly onto anyone seriously challenging the status quo. There was a time this CIA conspiracy theorist tag, created to fend off questions about the JFK murder, was a marginalized stigmatization in itself used for specific targets, but now it’s used so widely and crudely it’s time we took it down.

        What “flipped my switch” to address this is an almost hard to believe news item that was brought to my attention that makes one sick to their stomach that such a regime could dare to attempt such blatant Orwellian police state tactics on a conscious population.

        And most of all the appalling truth-reversing hypocrisy it represents.

        Reporter Donny Gilson falsely committed to 6 months in St. Cloud MN psychiatric ward for “conspiracy theories”
        VANCOUVER, BC – In an interview from inside the Behavioral Mental Unit of the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN, Donny Gilson, reporter for Truth Frequency Radio, has been able to document his ordeal since a commitment based on family objections to his “conspiracy theories,” thus reporting on how many alternative media and free thinkers on the Internet are targeted by increased surveillance under “psychiatric” laws that hold “conspiracy research” to be a “mental disorder”.

        Donny Gilson and his network Truth Frequency Radio and host Chris Geo are now taking steps to help free him on a writ of habeas corpus or other legal document, as there are no legal or psychiatric grounds for Donny Gilson’s commitment. He is not a danger to himself or to the public at large, and you can judge from this interview. MORE>>

        Who Is Calling Who What?
        In a world based on fear of fictional and created enemies, population dividing ruses and control mechanisms of every deceptive sort, how the hell are they in any place to even begin to say such truth-twisting bullshit to absolutely anyone? Never mind enact laws against truth tellers in a deliberately created milieu of self reinforcing political correctness based on fear designed to gain greater control?

        It’s beyond me. And it should infuriate anyone, no matter what their paradigm or mindset.

        These hypocritical bastards are the true conspiracy theorists, while we are the conspiracy factualists. We’re proven right time and again and should be lauded as society’s watchdogs and true investigators working to save humanity. Their machinations never have any basis in truth, fact or reality, except that which they create, obfuscate or twist for their own designs.

        Instead? Any squeak contrary to their imposed normalcy bias is not just denigrated and shouted down, but now they bandy about labels like “radicalized” for any form of questioning the party line, taking it to the extent they dare to incarcerate such truth proponents.

        And if this sounds like a self-reinforcing way of thinking from a paranoid schizophrenic hellbent on seeing everything in a negative light, you are full on brainwashed and need to wake the hell up. It’s solely because you were programmed and re-programmed to think that way, by the very ones you’re trusting for your “information” and heavily biased viewpoints.

        Dystopia Rules – Or the Rules of Dystopia
        The hate rhetoric regarding the coming Oregon Waco-like standoff is absolutely alarming, and another symptom of this spreading sickness spawned by these same social engineers. The deliberate mass migration is another, deliberately engineering and pitting apparently real opposing sides against each other and forcing a misinformed, unenlightened emotional decision on those affronted by these events, carefully curried by the social engineers and the hidden hand behind them who initiated these conditions and programs.

        Don’t believe me? Read The Anger Trap and The Carefully Calculated Mass Migration Agenda to get a taste of how these psychopathic would be controllers work. They’re age old tactics, now working rather efficiently on a deliberately dumbed down, full on medicated and poisoned brainwashed population.

        If we don’t wake up to the true nature of these conditions we’re living under we’ll never be able to survive this rising tide of absolute insanity, never mind react in a responsible way to help expose and bring down this control system.

        Outright Hypocrites
        Their entire modus operandi is replete with mass media pushed conspiracy “theories”, i.e. outright fabricated, entangled lies portraying false enemies, false paradigms and controlled opposition. If you don’t know what that’s all about see Controlled Opposition – The Hidden Hand of Misdirection.

        Everything you see in this staged world is fake, with just enough measure of some presupposed reality that has already been taken for granted, whether true or false. And where is the problem? It’s been bought by the numbed masses, hook, line and sinker.

        Just look at wars. They’ve almost all been staged. How? By creating enemies via circulated, unsubstantiated “conspiracy theories” that the big, bad bogey man is out there and coming for you and needs to squashed. That, or they create some form of fake enemy they use to justify this insane train of logic. Think the CIA trained bin Laden for starters and it might start to sink in. The list would go down both your arms of deliberately created enemies in countless arenas, which is none other than your classic false flag maneuver in another form. Again, a conspiracy theory splayed for all to buy into.

        That’s their tactic. Plain and simple. And what luck! All this just happens to make tons of money for the banksters and their corporate and military thugs. Oh, but that must just be a coincidence as they re-carve the world’s geopolitical, resource rich landscape to their own psychopathic liking in the wake of these decimating rituals of genocidal sacrifice.

        But who’s looking? Therein lies the true tragedy.

        Democracy, or Hypocrisy – Amazing Disgrace
        Here’s the definition of hypocrisy: “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.”

        Does that ring a bell at least about your government and the fake lying puppets you see in the news everyday? Now apply that to any and every mainstream social proclamation, trend or current narrative you’ve been told to believe. The so-called educational system is nothing but just such a web of ensnaring lies and propaganda.

        Any and every government, politician, war machine, corporation, money manager and the lot do nothing BUT conspire. That’s the whole basis of so called capitalism and getting ahead. How would even a sports team not operate on conspiring to defeat their opponents? And on down the line. And don’t try to tell me their intentions are for good and are therefore justified or you’d have to apply that both ways. Besides, just look at the world today and tell me who created this deliberate mess and who’s benefiting from it?

        I mean, let’s get real here.

        So Let’s Talk Conspiracy
        So what’s with all the “classified” and “national security” documents, covert operations, secret societies and all the sequestered religious archives and occult ceremonies? How about their paedophelia, satanic ritual abuse, organ and fetus harvesting we’re not allowed to fully know about, never mind their obvious and outright eugenics and depopulation agenda? Those aren’t blatant conspiracies?

        We truth seekers put everything out in the open. We don’t form secret societies or hide anything or have forbidden documents and live in armed guarded secrecy with a mega trillion dollar media propaganda machine to cover our tracks. Any yet they fear us and feel they have to stamp us out.

        Getting the picture? A complete reversal of truth that has to be enforced. Why? Because it’s all a lie that is completely non-self sustaining – the exact opposite of the truth.

        That humanity at large has not, cannot, and will not see these obvious connivings is again beyond me. Historical fact is rife with evidence yet this “popular” culture today will only take the historical narrative in terms of what they’re being told by today’s programmers.

        Sadly this dumbed down whirled is absolutely ripe for such mind manipulation, which we’re seeing in our shifting historical narrative, political chicanery, and on into such blatant societal control mechanisms as not just engineered false flags of every sort, but Agenda 21 and 2030, the climate scam, Common Core and a plethora of other trends and programs infiltrating the mainstream mind.

        Turn It Back on Them
        It’s time to turn this around and call them out, clearly and with lucid articulation. We can readily list event after event that they created to confirm their “conspiracy theories” from Pearl Harbor to the Vietnam war on to 9/11, 7/7 and this spree of poorly executed false flag shooting and bombings, backing them up by surfacing documents such as the Gladio revelations and the like.

        The whole economic system is built on false propaganda, literal conspiracy theories regarding what is behind market trends and the state of the economy. All made up with scattered numbers and charts to supposedly substantiate their wild claims, all while every bit of it is controlled and manipulated from behind the scenes.

        It’s time we fully woke up and made this very plain to all who will listen. Let’s turn it on their heads and stand our ground as we call them out for this blatant bullshit. Take another look at myManifesto of the Awakened to get a further sense of how we need to be and act in full authority in this cesspool society they’ve engineered.

        Lies cannot stand up to truth. Let’s get the full on truth out there!

        Much love, Zen

  36. More via Zen; A powerful read
    Alternative Knowledge The Strawman …
    The Strawman is the Ego: The Parasite Cleanse Begins at Home
    Alternative KnowledgeConsciousnessConspiracyEsotericaSocial CommentarySocial Engineeringby Kit Walker – Jan 19, 2016

    by Kit Walker

    Contributor, Zen Gardner.com

    Wetiko

    Humanity needs a parasite cleanse, I think that’s not difficult to see at this point. It’s becoming more and more obvious that, no, it is NOT “human nature” to kill, steal, rape, destroy. Anyone with their eyes and heart open can see that some of us have in fact been infected by a kind of virus, a parasitic cancer of the soul, which is also contagious, and is spreading rapidly. And those of us who have contracted this sickness can be recognized by a cold blooded lack of compassion and basic humanity, a lack of true sense of humor or humility, and the tendency to put oneself and one’s greed first, with no concern for the effects of our actions on others, or on the planet. It sounds “corporate”, doesn’t it? We should probably be asking ourselves: Am I becoming like this?

    In case you have never heard the term, in Native American traditions they have a word for this malignant virus of the psyche and soul. It is called “Wetiko”. More about it here: http://realitysandwich.com/75652/greatest_epidemic/

    In this essay i am going to endeavor to bring to light to just how we can begin to deal with this malignancy, before it overtakes us completely. In order to do that, we will need to see how it has infected us, and how it is using our energy. Although this is not a pleasant topic, take heart. It must be done, and my feeling is that to SEE it clearly is most of the battle. We can see the “nuts and bolts” of how it works in the system of corporate commerce.

    The Strawman and the Ego are Two Sides of the Same Coin

    What is the Strawman? You may have heard this term, and you may even be familiar with what it is, but perhaps you are not really aware of how it works in your life, or, why it is something that you need to be aware of.

    But if you are concerned about the encroaching corporatism that is enslaving humanity and destroying the planet, and you want to be able to be effective in helping to stop this, then your Strawman is the place to start, because it is the corporation that you are supposed to think is you. Yes, that’s right, “you” are a corporation. The parasite cleanse begins at home, by taking responsibility for your “corporate self”.

    But when i say “you”, i mean your ego, not the infinite being that you truly are.

    Here is a great introduction, a very short video called “Meet Your Strawman” :

    The way to identify your Strawman is that it is simply your name in all capital letters. It is the name that is used in all business, on your passport, driver’s license, bills, bank account information, and so forth.

    Just like your ego, your Strawman is an artificial person. http://freedom-school.com/aware/your-straw-man-is-an-artificial-person.html

    But the trick, the deception, is that you are never told that your name in all capital letters is not really you, but a fictitious corporate entity. And you are tricked, time and time again, to sign for this entity, all the while thinking it is you.

    In the same way, most humans walk around thinking that they are the mental duality construct in their heads, which is kept in place by unconscious reactivity, and built on uninspected assumptions about “reality”, inherited from parents, schools, religions, and so forth. This psycho-somatic infection of unconscious society, just going through the motions, like a machine, is called ego.

    They Work Together

    Let’s notice the correlations between the strawman and the ego. They reinforce each other.

    The ego is a false persona, i.e., a mask, a fictitious entity that we have been inculcated from birth to believe is us. It is just an idea, the “I thought”.

    “That which rises as ‘I’ in the body is the mind. If one inquires as to where in the body the thought ‘I’ rises first, one would discover that it rises in the Heart. That is the place of the mind’s origin. Even if one thinks constantly ‘I’, ‘I’, one will be led to that place. Of all the thoughts that arise in the mind, the ‘I’ thought is the first. It is only after the rise of the “I-thought” that other thoughts occur.” Sri Ramana Maharshi

    This ego persona has a name, a nationality, and later, religious beliefs, job, and so forth. It identifies itself by what it does, how much money it has in the bank, whether it is a father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife, etc. It exists as a part of time, because there is no place for it in timelessness. It is how we are bound in time.

    Time is ruled in astrology by Saturn, which is also the ruling planet of the ego. It is Satan, and the sense of separate self. It is the planet of Capricorn, which has to do with business, the corporate world, and the structures of society. No wonder so much Satanic activity exists in the upper echelons of government, religion, and the entertainment (illusion) business! Saturn is the “ring-pass-not”, the walls of society, outside of which you pass at your own risk. It is the rules, written and unwritten, that are enforced outwardly by the “legal” system, and inwardly by group-think.

    Scared, or Sacred

    This is what i am noticing, and I am not seeing anyone mentioning this: the Strawman is the “real-world” representation of the ego. It is a fictitious entity ascribed to you at birth, without your knowledge. When your parents signed your birth certificate, and registered you with the state, your Strawman came into being. It is the corporate version of you. It is what binds you into the system of commerce.

    When you really start to contemplate and comprehend the correlations between the strawman and the ego, everything falls into place. It is the only way the “matrix” is able to interact with you and steal your energy. And every time it does interact with you it steals your energy.

    And ego is the way that your energy gets robbed psychologically, because it places a limit on your infinite being. It locks you in fear. The strawman is the scarecrow. Its purpose is to keep you in fear and without a soul. Made of straw. Scared, not sacred.

    Ego is Self-contraction

    The ego is the self-CONTRACTion. When you begin to understand exactly how ego works, you see how there is a subtle contraction going on in the subtle energy bodies, as well as in the physical body, which gives the sense of “I” and “other”, the sense of duality and separation, which is really the primal wound.

    So we have to see how the system is constantly inviting, and moreover, coercing us to “contract” with it, in SO many different ways, from gross to subtle. Any time you sign any kind of official document, or license, that contains your straw man all-caps name, you are entering into a contract, you are “contracting” within the system of commerce.

    Saturn is Satan, ego, and the principle of contraction, and rules contracts in general. All these things are really of the same energy, that of limitation, and the binding force of duality and separation. We say we are “bound” by a “contract”.

    You may say, well, so what, that doesn’t affect me at all. Don’t be so sure. Remain open. Investigate for yourself. Notice how you feel. You may begin to recognize that in whatever contract you enter into within that system, you will be giving consent for the system to use your energy, to use your life-force like a battery.

    The Parasite

    The system has been referred to in many shamanic teachings and traditions as the Parasite, and for good reason. We have to see beyond the presentation it shows us, into what it is really doing with our energy. Why? Because, the more we “contract” with it, the more it is eating our souls, and thus destroying our capacity to be creative and truly alive.

    Negative emotions of all kinds are food for it. From the Toltec tradition :

    “The Parasite is a garbage eater. It loves fear and drama; it loves anger, jealousy, and envy; it loves any emotion that makes you suffer.” Don Miguel Ruiz : The Four Agreements

    Notice how many of your problems are centered around money, and the commercial system. Notice the way it is designed to keep you in fear, through the scarcity paradigm. If money was not an issue, how many of our problems would be left? This is done by design.

    When someone has no soul, they have lost connection to the Primal Source Consciousness beyond all duality, which is the true source of all energy. The Sun we see in the sky is but a reflection of this Source Consciousness.

    So when we begin to unravel the deceptions that fuel the whole ego process, we will inevitably come up against their “real-world” applications, and we will find the roots of those applications in the Uniform Commerce Code, the commercial system. Remember as well, that the legal system used all over the world, and centered in the private city-state within London called the “City of London”, in the form of the BAR Association, is completely tied into the UCC as well.

    We will see how ego is reinforced by conditions of the system, and our relationships with others. We will begin to understand how unwelcome we have become in the land of the walking dead. It can be a very frightening experience for the awakening soul to really get the ramifications of this.

    As John Lennon said: “the more real you get, the more unreal the world gets”. We begin to see that this is a massive deception going on here, much like in the Truman Show movie. A hologram, a dream (even a nightmare), a virtual reality.

    Uniform Commerce Code (UCC)

    The Uniform Commerce Code is the system by which all corporations interact, and it is in effect all over the planet. Since corporations can only interact with other corporations, and not with living beings, using this “code”, it became necessary that each human being become a mini-corporation of one.

    Since that is something no human being in their right mind would want to be, and since our consent is necessary for it to happen, our consent has to be obtained by way of deception. Why would anyone agree to having their energy stolen? Imagine if farm animals could understand how they were being used? Do you think they would agree to that?

    One way to get your consent is to get it right when you are born, before you know better. And it is done by tricking your parents into signing you away, “regis”tering you to the state, as property of the state, much like cattle, or chattel, through the birth certificate. This is what the term “human resources” refers to. But your parents are not told that. The truth of what is really happening is hidden from them, so they simply think they are doing the right thing.

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    But then also we have to understand how the language of the legal system has been twisted, by assigning alternate meanings to words we use all the time. So that when we agree to one thing, we are in fact agreeing to something else entirely, which, if it were fully disclosed to us, we would never otherwise consent to.

    There is so much great information available now about all of this, that i encourage you to do your own research, to understand exactly how this works.

    Check your Checks

    Here is a dead giveaway. Seemingly small, but the implications are huge.
    If you have a checking account at a bank, take a look at one of your personal checks.
    Notice the line where you are supposed to sign the check. Notice at the end of the line it says “MP”. What does MP mean? It means Micro Print. In other words, that line on which you would sign your name is not really a line, it is actually micro print of some words. But in order to see those words you need a magnifying glass. And what do they say? “Authorized Signature”. Don’t believe me? Check your checks!

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    Let’s look at the crux of the issue. Why is it, that you are not supposed to know that the strawman is not you? Why does it say “authorized signature” SO small on your checks, that you can’t read it without a magnifying glass? The “official” answer is that it prevents fraud. Well, of course, like all official answers, the truth is the exact opposite. Actually, it IS fraud, and you are not supposed to see that.

    Look, if you are the financial officer of a large corporation, and it is your job to sign the checks, there’s no problem. You know what you are doing. You know that you aren’t that corporation, and that it is just your job to sign the checks. It says “authorized signature” in big letters, so you can see that the person who is signing is administrating the account. On the checks of a company or corporation, “authorized signature” is written large enough to see. It is only on personal checks that you have to use a magnifying glass.

    So in the case of your own checking account, you are not supposed to recognize that it is the exact same process going on ! WHY??? inquiring minds want to know !

    Your Natural Sign

    It is because in fact, the state wants to be the administrator of your account, because in the state’s mind, it OWNS you. But, in order to activate your account in the myriad ways it wants to, it needs your signature. It needs the SIGN of your NATURE. Your natural, living self. Your ALIVENESS. It needs your CONSENT. And when you put that signature there, the state, and whatever it is behind that, receives your infinite energy. In many cases, like when you are receiving a bank loan, your signature represents years of your time, energy, and attention, and you are receiving “money” that was created out of thin air, with a couple of clicks in a computer. Now, THAT is fraud.

    Artificial Intelligence

    The entity behind the corporate state is parasitic. It is artificial intelligence. It has no infinite energy of its own. It NEEDS your energy, and it needs you to remain UNCONSCIOUS. It does not like conscious energy. Consciousness Itself is KRYPTONITE to these entities. It is like sunlight to mold, it kills it. This entity survives by being hidden, and in the dark. Like a vampire, it cannot go out in the sun. It will die.

    Think of the wizard in the Wizard of Oz. There is a big sleight-of-hand light show going on, that is mesmerizing everyone. And where does this light show get its electricity? From you, from us, from those of us who unconsciously consent to being used as batteries. As you watch TV, your consciousness is the electricity that lights it up, as it is drained out of you.

    So to me, the crux of the issue, more than anything, is that if you are going to enter the commercial system, you need to do it consciously. You need to understand exactly what is happening, and what are the far reaching ramifications of engaging with it, for yourself, and for others. Understand the ways that it is powered by your energy, and take responsibility for that.

    When you understand that YOU are the administrator of the straw man account, rather than the trustee, YOU are the one in control of it. So it is your decision to enter into a contract or not, fully understanding the ramifications. You remain in your power. But you also are aware of the risks.

    Ego as Servant

    Similarly, sometimes we need to use the ego, as a protective shield, as a vehicle for navigating 3D reality, and so forth. When ego is the servant, its true function is restored. When someone awakens to the Divine Reality, it is as if the King has returned home, much like Odysseus in the Greek masterwork, the Odyssey. The King regains His throne, in the heart. And the impostor ego-mind is pushed out of the throne he has been occupying “illegally”. He is pushed back down to the floor and simply Outshone. The Sun Heart King says, “I am the administrator here, and you are the servant. Get thee behind me.”

    But it is not desirable to “the state” that you enter into the contract consciously, because you will immediately perceive the fraud, and you will have taken back your power. You are no longer the trustee, or the slave, the pawn, the one acted upon. And then the state is restored to its true function, as nothing more than servant.

    Understanding this is key to understanding how commerce can steal your soul, and thus cut you off from the source of creation. And if you are a creative artist, then your art will gradually take on the quality of the corporate system, which is imitation. Artificial intelligence, not real human intelligence. It will happen incrementally, so you won’t ever really notice until it’s gone, and then of course, you won’t have the capacity to notice any more.

    Source Creation: Spontaneous Unlimited Manifestation

    “The enlightened view includes the process of manifestation, includes this constant effulgence that creates all the things in the world from the void, that materializes each thing from nothing. In that sense, reality is a wizard. Out of complete nothingness appears all that we perceive and experience. And it’s as simple and as easy as dreaming something. When you dream, you create a whole universe that feels like solid matter; people get hurt and various things happen, but it’s really not taking any effort. You are completely asleep, completely resting, and it is all happening. It is the same with Quintessence; it is completely still and silent, and at the same time it is unfolding everything with effortless ease and spontaneity.”

    From Diamond Heart Book Five: Inexhaustible Mystery, ch. 13, by A.H. Almaas

    Source creation is the spontaneous abundance of infinite Life. It knows no end, it knows no limitation. It is this unlimited abundance that the Parasite needs to feed off of, because it has no direct access itself to this energy. So its main purpose is to keep you, through the process of attention, distracted from your connection to Source. It does this through commerce, as well as religion and many other means. Ultimately it would prefer to see you permanently disconnected, with it acting as “middle man”, so it can use your eternal energy without any interference from you. That’s why it needs to obtain your consent through deceptive means.

    Strawman as Corpse

    Just as some original cultures feel that every photograph would steal their soul (careful, selfie-takers!!), every time you sign whatever legal or financial documents, it is important to see the process that happens, through your corporation, your corporate persona, your corpse, your straw man.
    The straw man is a corpse. A dead body. A corp(se)oration. It is worth nothing to the state without your consent. It needs the LIVING SIGNATURE to receive the energy it needs to survive. Please recognize this!

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    And understand, as well, that merely seeing this thoroughly, completely changes the game. We do not need to fight against the state. That is exactly what it wants, actually. It can just as easily steal your energy if you are fighting against it, as if you are cooperating with it. When you SEE what is really happening, you can choose to participate or not. Sometimes it will be to your advantage to participate in some way, sometimes not. But you will be able to make an informed decision. And ultimately, when you refuse to play the game, the Parasite loses one more food source.

    Going Truly Off-Grid

    This ups the ante considerably on the whole process of going “off-grid”. It is so much more than just having a solar panel, although perhaps having the solar panel could be a metaphor for having your own direct connection to the Invisible and Indivisible Sun of Divine Reality.

    To withdraw from the entire system at once is tricky. Since there is no alternative yet to that game, it’s the only game in town. Leaving it, is to truly go “off-grid”. This requires a total transformation on all levels at once, which is not something that is going to happen for most of us overnight. But there are steps that can be taken, once we recognize the nature of this game. We can gradually plug the leaks, so to speak, by eliminating all the ways that energy is taken, one by one. Being in debt, especially to a bank, is the first and very obvious one. All debt needs to be eliminated.

    Cooperation is the Antidote to the Corporation

    Also, wherever possible, pass money from hand to hand, without running it through the commercial system. Simplify your life. If we can’t grow our own food, we can perhaps buy it from people we know who do grow it. Whenever possible pass money directly to people who are making a real contribution. Avoid giving your money to large corporations, and avoid getting it through large corporations. All of this requires a major reorientation of your life. But every little bit helps to starve the beast. And, we have to work together. Cooperation is the antidote to the corporation.

    But the most important part is to go “off-grid” within. To drop back from the grid of the mind and time, into the mirror state of the witness, and simply reflect, until all dissolves. The outer will follow suit, especially if enough of us practice this and we sustain it.

    Realization and Renunciation

    As the great masters have said, realization and renunciation are two sides of the same coin. To really see through and dissolve the ego leads to the dismantling of the ego’s part in creating the false construct that is overlaid on Reality. The Strawman is the ego’s “evil twin”. Without the energy of the ego, the straw man falls down, dead. Then one sees through the illusion of ownership, worldly success, power over others, control, and the binding power of the “ten thousand things” on the soul is dissolved.

    As far as i can tell, to have a fully embodied enlightenment that becomes actualization, the inner and outer aspects of our lives need to coincide, and in fact, will, since outside is a reflection of inside.

    It is not that in “renouncing the world”, one pushes the world away through an act of will. This is just more ego. It is just simply that one sees that they can no longer participate in the fruitless and illusory drama of having and doing for its own sake. One wakes up from the dream, which is habitually superimposed on Reality, and one sees things as they truly are.

    The Power of Witnessing

    Let’s not be afraid to look at this. And let’s understand how powerfully transformational it is to the entire morphogenetic field, just to simply see, to simply reflect, to BE the Witness and see all of it, as in a mirror, unclouded by any agenda, whether someone else’s, or our own. Yes, maybe something will need to be done, but it is important to understand that all the so-called “power” that this parasitic system has come from it being hidden, occult, a secret. Bringing it fully into the light will kill it, just like sunlight kills a vampire. It is counting on your denial, and your unwillingness to face it head on, with open eyes. Until we all do that, en masse, nothing will truly change.

    And when we do, EVERYTHING will change in an instant.

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    Kit Walker, explorer in music and consciousness, is dedicated to uncovering and sharing the links between frequency and spiritual awakening. An accomplished musician, well-versed in many traditions, he has also devoted much of his time and attention to the alchemy of human participation in the planetary awakening. This has led him through many diverse spiritual traditions and meditation practices as well as an in-depth study of astrology. His teaching is based on how to bring the practice of music into a total life-art, a yoga which trains and transforms body, mind and spirit. https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com

  37. What’s Really Going on with Oil?

    By F. William Engdahl
    Global Research, January 24, 2016

    If there is any single price of any commodity that determines the growth or slowdown of our economy, it is the price of crude oil. Too many things don’t calculate today in regard to the dramatic fall in the world oil price. In June 2014 major oil traded at $103 a barrel. With some experience following the geopolitics of oil and oil markets, I smell a big skunk. Let me share some things that for me don’t add up.

    On January 15 the US benchmark oil price, WTI (West Texas Intermediate), closed trading at $29, the lowest since 2004. True, there’s a glut of at least some 1 million barrels a day overproduction in the world and that’s been the case for over a year.

    True, the lifting of Iran sanctions will bring new oil on to a glutted market, adding to the downward price pressure of the present market.

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    However, days before US and EU sanctions were lifted on Iran on January 17, Seyyid Mohsen Ghamsari, the head of international affairs at National Iranian Oil Company stated that Iran, “…will try to enter the market in a way to make sure the boosted production will not cause a further drop in prices…We will be producing as much as the market can absorb.” So the new entry of Iran post-sanctions onto world oil markets is not the cause for the sharp oil fall since January 1.

    Also not true is that oil import demand from China has collapsed with a supposed collapse of China’s economy. In the year to November 2015 China imported more, significantly more, 8.9% more, year on year, to 6.6 million barrels a day to become the world’s largest oil importer.

    Add to the boiling cauldron that constitutes today’s world oil market the political risk that has been building dramatically since September, 2015 and the Russian decision to come to the call of Syria’s legitimately elected President, Bashar al Assad with formidable airstrikes against terrorist infrastructure. Add as well the dramatic break in relations between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey and Moscow since Turkey, a NATO member, committed a brazen act of war by shooting down a Russian fighter jet over Syrian airspace. All of this would suggest prices of oil should be going up, not down.

    Saudi’s Strategic Eastern Province

    Then, for good measure, throw in the insanely provocative decision by Saudi Defense Minister and de facto king, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to execute Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Saudi citizen. Al-Nimr, a respected Shi’ite religious leader was charged with terrorism for calling in 2011 for more rights for Saudi Shi’ites. There are approximately 8 million Saudi Muslims loyal to Shi’ite teachings rather that the ultra-strict Wahhabi Sunni strain. His crime was to support protests calling for more rights for the oppressed Shia minority, perhaps some 25% of the Saudi population. The Shi’ite population of Saudis is overwhelmingly concentrated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province.

    The Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is perhaps the most valuable piece of real estate on the planet, double the area of the Federal Republic of Germany but with a mere 4 million people. Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company is based in Dhahran in the Eastern Province.

    The main Saudi oil and gas fields are mostly in the Eastern Province, onshore and offshore, including the world’s largest oil field, Ghawar. Petroleum from the Saudi fields, including Ghawar, is shipped to dozens of countries from the oil port terminal of the the Ras Tanura complex, the world’s biggest crude oil terminal. Some 80% of the near 10 million barrels of oil a day pumped out by Saudi goes to Ras Tanura in the Persian Gulf where it is loaded on to supertankers bound for the west.

    The Eastern Province is also home to Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq Plants facility, their biggest oil processing and crude stabilization facility with a capacity of 7 million barrels per day. It’s the primary oil processing site for Arabian extra light and Arabian light crude oils, and handles crude oil pumped from Ghawar field.

    And it also happens that the majority of oil field and refinery blue collar workers in of the Eastern Province are…Shi’ite. They are said also to be sympathetic to the just-executed Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. In the late 1980’s the Saudi Hezbollah Al-Hejaz, led several attacks on oil infrastructure and also murdered Saudi diplomats. They were allegedly trained in Iran.

    And now there is a new destabilizing element to add to the political tensions building between Saudi Arabia and Erdogan’s Turkey on the one side, flanked by servile Arab Gulf Cooperation Council states, and on the other Assad’s Syria, Iraq with a 60% Shi’ite population and neighboring Iran, aided presently militarily by Russia. Reports are that the instable 30-year old Prince bin Salman is about to me named King.

    On January 13, the Gulf Institute, a Middle East think tank, in an exclusive report, wrote that 80-year old Saudi King Salman Al-Saud plans to abdicate his throne and install his son Mohammed as king. They report that the present King “has been making the rounds visiting his brothers seeking support for the move that will also remove the current crown prince and American favorite, the hardline Mohammed bin Naif, from his positions as the crown prince and the minister of interior. According to sources familiar with the proceedings, Salman told his brothers that the stability of the Saudi monarchy requires a change of the succession from lateral or diagonal lines to a vertical order under which the king hands power to his most eligible son.”

    On December 3, 2015, the German BND intelligence service leaked a memo to the press warning of the increasing power being acquired by Prince Salman, someone they characterized as unpredictable and emotional. Citing the kingdom’s involvement in Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq and Yemen, the BND stated, referring to Prince Salman, “The previous cautious diplomatic stance of older leaders within the royal family is being replaced by a new impulsive policy of intervention.”

    Yet oil prices fall?

    The ominous element in this more than ominous situation revolving around the center of world petroleum and natural gas reserves, the Middle East, is the fact that in the recent weeks oil prices, which had temporarily stabilized at an already low $40 range in December, now have plunged another 25% to around $29, outlook grim. Citigroup has forecast $20 oil is possible. Goldman Sachs recently came out saying that it may take lows of $20 a barrel to restabilize world oil markets and get rid of the glut of supply.

    Now I have a strong gut feeling that there is something very big, very dramatic building in world oil markets over the coming several months, something most of the world doesn’t expect.

    The last time Goldman Sachs and their Wall Street cronies made a dramatic prediction in oil prices was in summer 2008. At that time, amid the growing pressures on Wall Street banks of the spreading US sub-prime real estate meltdown, just before the Lehman Brothers collapse of September that year, Goldman Sachs wrote that oil was headed for $200 a barrel. It had just hit a high of $147.

    At that time I wrote an analysis saying just the opposite was likely, based on the fact that there was a huge oversupply in world oil markets that curiously, was only being identified by Lehman Brothers. I was told by an informed Chinese source that Wall Street banks like JP Morgan Chase were hyping the $200 price to convince Air China and other big China state oil buyers to buy every drop of oil at $147 it could before it hit $200, an advice that fed the rising price.

    Then by December, 2008 the Brent benchmark oil price was down to $47 a barrel. The Lehman Crisis, a deliberate political decision of US Treasury Secretary a former Goldman Sachs chairman, Henry Paulsen, in September 2008, plunged the world into financial crisis and deep recession in the meantime. Did Paulsen’s cronies at Goldman Sachs and other key Wall Street mega-banks such as Citigroup or JP Morgan Chase know in advance that Paulsen was planning the Lehman crisis to force Congress to give him carte blanche bailout powers with the unprecedented TARP funds of $700 billion? In the event, Goldman Sachs and friends reportedly made a gigantic profit betting against their own $200 predictions using leveraged derivatives in oil futures.

    Killing the shale oil ‘cowboys’ first

    Today the US shale oil industry, the largest source of risíng US oil output since 2009 or so, is hanging by its fingernails on the edge of a cliff of massive bankruptcies. In recent months shale oil production has barely begun to decline, some 93,000 barrels in November, 2015.

    The Big Oil cartel–ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell–began dumping their shale leases onto the market two years ago. The shale oil industry in the US today is dominated by what BP or Exxon refer to as “the cowboys,” mid-sized aggressive oil companies, not the majors. Wall Street banks like JP Morgan Chase or Citigroup who historically finance Big Oil, as well as Big Oil itself, clearly would shed no tears at this point were the shale boom to bust, leaving them again in control of the world’s most important market. The financial institutions who lent hundreds of billions of dollars to the shale “cowboys” in the past five years have their next semi-annual loan review in April. With prices hovering at or near the $20 range, we can expect a new, far more serious wave of actual shale oil company bankruptcies. Unconventional oil, including Canada’s huge Alberta Tar Sands oil will soon be a thing of the past, if so.

    That alone will not restore oil to the $70-90 levels that the big oil industry players and their Wall Street banks would find comfortable. The glut coming out of the Middle East from Saudi Arabia and her Gulf Arab allies has to be dramatically cut. Yet Saudis show no sign of doing so. This is what disturbs me about the entire picture.

    Is something very ugly brewing in the Persian Gulf that will dramatically push oil prices up later this year? Is a real shooting war between Shi’ite and Saudi Wahhabi oil states brewing? Until now it has been a proxy war in Syria primarily. Since the execution of the Shi’ite cleric and Iranian storming of the Saudi Embassy in Teheran, leading to a break in diplomatic ties by Saudi and other Sunni Gulf Arab states, the confrontation has become far more direct. Dr. Hossein Askari, former adviser to the Saudi Finance Ministry, stated, “If there is a war confronting Iran and Saudi Arabia, oil could overnight go to above $250, but decline back down to the $100 level. If they attack each other’s loading facilities, then we could see oil spike to over $500 and stay around there for some time depending on the extent of the damage.”

    Everything tells me that the world is in for another big oil shock. It seems it’s almost always about oil. As Henry Kissinger reportedly said back during another oil shock in the mid-1970’s when Europe and the US faced an OPEC oil embargo and long lines at the gas pumps, “If you control the oil, you control entire nations.” That obsession with control is rapidly destroying our civilization. It’s time to focus on peace and development, not on competing to be the biggest oil mogul on the planet.

    F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

  38. LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE

    BOMBSHELL: Declassified Memo Proves Pentagon Told Rumsfeld There Was No Evidence of WMDs in Iraq
    ByColin TaylorPosted on January 25, 2016

    As time goes on and new information makes its way to the public, it is clear that the 2003 invasion of Iraq will go down in history as one of the most effective misinformation campaigns ever perpetrated on such a mass scale; for using blatant lies and fear-mongering to convince the public that the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein represented a clear and present danger to the American people.

    Instead, we now know that the entire pretext for the war was fabricated; that the war was in fact a grand conspiracy orchestrated by President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney to provoke a for-profit conflict, reaping billions for defense contractors and the fossil fuel industry while forcing the American people to shoulder the obscene cost of $1.7 trillion dollars and 4,500 American lives.

    A newly declassified report from the Joint Chiefs of Staff only confirms our worst fears. The September 9th, 2002 document, originating from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, details what the Bush Administration knew about the Hussein regime’s attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Which turned out to be almost nothing, as POLITICO reports:

    “We’ve struggled to estimate the unknowns. … We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program. Our knowledge of the Iraqi (nuclear) weapons program is based largely—perhaps 90%—on analysis of imprecise intelligence.” And while the report said intelligence officials “assess Iraq is making significant progress in WMD programs,” it conceded that “large parts” of Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs were concealed. As a result, “Our assessments rely heavily on analytic assumptions and judgment rather than hard evidence. The evidentiary base is particularly sparse for Iraqi nuclear programs.”

    However, this important document was somehow failed to be delivered to important members of the Bush Administration, like Secretary of State Colin Powell, or other top officials at the Central Intelligence Agency. It also goes to show just how the Bush Administration approached the issue – not as an actual investigation but an effort to justify their predetermined conclusion, like this sentence shows:

    “We believe Iraq has 7 mobile [biological warfare] agent production plants but cannot locate them. Our knowledge of what biological weapons the Iraqis are able to produce is nearly complete our knowledge of how and where they are produced is nearly 90% incomplete. “We do not know if all the processes required to produce a weapon are in place,” the report says, adding that the Iraqis “lack the precursors for sustained nerve agent production” and “we cannot confirm the identity of any Iraqi sites that produce final chemical agent.”

    The war-plotters buried it, recognizing the damage this information would do to their campaign to terrorize the American people into supporting the war, and kept on with their premeditated conspiracy. “Many of us are convinced that Saddam Hussein will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon!” warned Cheney. “We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas!” Condoleeza Rice similarly did not restrain herself when making outrageous statements like “the first sign of a ‘smoking gun’ … may be a mushroom cloud!” When they put it like that, what else were we to believe?

    Of course, once the invasion actually happened, no new WMD program was found. We found remnants of the weapons that we sold them to use against the Iranians (who we were also selling weapons to) during the brutal Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. But no nuclear program was found; no new chemical or biological weapons program – and the Bush Administration knew that it didn’t exist.

    How different would history have played out if this report was circulated among other officials? If the American people knew that all we had on the Iraqis were “assumptions and judgement” as opposed to hard evidence? If the members of Congress were actually presented with the evidence we had, and not the evidence that Bush and Cheney wanted us to see? How many lives would have been saved?

    We were lied to. And for what?

    For 4,425 American deaths and another 32,000 wounded or maimed servicemen? For 165,000 dead Iraqi civilians? For a “free” Iraqi government insistent on playing the reverse of the ethnoreligious politics that Saddam did while abandoning a third of their territory and all the equipment we gave them to a ragtag group of extremists at the first sign of trouble? For $40 billion in profits for Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and another $138 billion for the military contractors that took over the running the war from the US military? For triggering an arms race between US client states and their Shiite rivals? For giving those same states free rein to crack down on any internal opposition and entrench their authoritarian ways even deeper, even though we’ve known all along that Saudi Arabia is theworld’s leading exporter of terrorist philosophy?

    This newest piece of evidence makes it absolutely clear that the Bush Administration conspired to lie to the American people and embark on a war for profit under a false pretext that made the world a more dangerous place. There may be no punishment severe enough to atone for the damage they have done to our nation.

    But it’s never too late to find out.

  39. Indicators, “The Sky Is Falling”

    How Do You Know When Your Society Is In The Midst Of Collapse?

    TOPICS:Brandon Smith
    Economic Collapse
    JANUARY 27, 2016

    As economic turmoil worldwide becomes increasingly apparent, I have been receiving messages from readers expressing some concerns on the public “perception” of collapse. That is to say, there are questions on the average person’s concept of collapse versus the reality of collapse. This is a vital issue that I have discussed briefly in the past, but it deserves a more in-depth analysis.

    What is collapse? How do we define it? And, are some of the notions of collapse in the public consciousness completely wrong?

    It’s funny, because skeptics opposed to the idea of a U.S. collapse in particular will most often retort with a question they think I cannot or will not answer – “So, Mr. Smith, when specifically is this supposed collapse going to take place? What day and time?”

    My response has always been – “We’re in the middle of a collapse right now; you really can’t see it right in front of your sneering face?”

    The reason these people are incapable of grasping this kind of answer is in large part due to the popular mainstream conceptions of systemic collapse. These are conceptions that are for the most part delusional and not in line with the facts. The public idea of collapse comes predominantly from Hollywood, and not from personal experience. For the masses (and some preppers, unfortunately), a collapse is an “event” that happens visibly and usually swiftly. You wake up one morning and behold; the television and phones don’t work anymore and zombies are at your doorstep! Yes, it’s childish and cartoonish, but anything less than a Walking Dead/Mad Max scenario and many people act as if all other threats are benign.

    This is the driving reason why many Americans are absolutely oblivious to the economic instability that is rampant and blatant within our system the past few months. They might see the same signals that alternative analysts see, but these signals do not register in their brains as dangers.

    Look at it this way; say you told a person their whole life that a tiger is a 10-foot tall behemoth with four heads that breathes fire while urinating flesh-rending acid. Say you make movies and TV shows about it and they never have any experience to the contrary. When they finally come across a real tiger, they might try to pet the damn thing instead of running in terror or searching for a means of defense.

    To use another vicious animal analogy, when I encounter skeptics with false assumptions of what a collapse actually is, I am often reminded of that woman in Anchorage, Alaska who jumped an enclosure fence at the zoo to get a closer picture of Binky the polar bear. These people have been made so inept when it comes to identifying threats that they will continue arguing with you as the animal takes a football-sized bite out of their meaty thigh.

    So what is the root of the problem beyond Hollywood fantasies? Well, the problem is that social and economic collapse is not a singular event, it is a PROCESS. Collapse is a series of events that sometimes span years. Each event increases in volatility over the last event, but as time goes on these events tend to condition the masses. The public develops a normalcy bias towards crisis (like the old “frog in a boiling pot” analogy). They lose all sense of what a healthy system looks like.

    It is not uncommon for a society to wade through almost a decade or more of violent decline before finally acknowledging the system is imploding on a fundamental level. It is also not uncommon for societies to endure years of abuse by corrupt governments before either organizing effectively to rebel, or caving in and submitting to totalitarianism.

    But how does one recognize a failing system? How does a person know if they are in the middle of a collapse rather than on the “verge” of collapse? Here are some signals I have derived from research of various breakdowns in modern nations and why they indicate we are experiencing collapse right now…

    The Criminals Openly Admit To Their Crimes

    The surest way to know if your society is in the midst of disintegration is to see if the criminals who created the instability in the first place are openly discussing a collapse scenario or warning that one is imminent.

    A year ago, central bankers presented little more than a chorus of recovery propaganda. Today, not so much. The Royal Bank of Scotland is now warning investors to “sell everything” ahead of a “cataclysmic” year in markets.

    The Federal Reserve’s Richard Fisher has admitted that the Fed “frontloaded” (manipulated) stock markets into a bubble and that payment is about to come due in the form of severe economic volatility (up to 20% crash in equities).

    The Bank for International Settlements, the central bank of central banks, has a track record of warning the public about collapse conditions – right before they happen, leaving little or no time for people to prepare. They have followed their habit by warning in September and December that a Fed rate hike would “shatter” the uneasy calm in markets.

    The former Chief Economist of the BIS now says the economy is in worse shape than it was in 2008 and is headed for a larger fall.

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    What happened between last year and this year and why are these internationalists suddenly so forthcoming about our economic reality? The fact that central bankers are the cause of our current collapse leads me to believe that such admissions are designed to deflect guilt. If they put out a few warnings now, they can then later claim they are prognosticators rather than culprits, and that they were trying to “help us.” Beyond that, the reality is that our situation was just as dire in 2014/2015 as it is today; the difference is that now we are about to enter a new phase in the ongoing collapse, a much more detrimental phase, but still a phase of a breakdown that has been progressing since at least 2008.

    The Fundamentals Break Through The Manipulation Barrier

    Governments and central banks do not have the capacity to artificially create demand for goods or a supply of well-paying jobs in a crashing economy. What they can do, though, is hide the visible problems in supply and demand with false numbers.

    I examined such false economic statistics in great detail last year in a six-part series titled “One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes.” I will not cover them all again here. I would only point out that recently the fundamentals of supply and demand have begun to break through the deceit of manipulated numbers, and this is a sign that the collapse is about to move from one stage to the next.

    With global shipping and trucking freight in steep decline, with retail inventories in stasis and current oil consumption falling to levels not seen since 1997 despite a larger population, the mainstream can no longer deny that consumer demand is crumbling. If demand is falling dramatically, then the financial system is in the middle of falling dramatically; there is simply no way around this truth.

    Stocks And Commodities Become Violently Erratic

    Let’s be clear, if stock markets represent anything at all, they are merely lagging indicators of economic instability. Stock markets are NOT predictive indicators of anything useful. Therefore, any person who does nothing but track equities each day is going to be completely oblivious to the bigger picture behind the economy until it is too late. They will be so mesmerized by the green numbers and red numbers and lines on minute-to-minute graphs that they will lose all sense of reality.

    Violent swings in stocks are a sign of a financial system that is at the middle or end of the collapse process, not the beginning.

    It is also important to note that extreme shifts in stocks and commodity values to the upside are just as much a signal of instability as shifts to the downside. For instance, if you witnessed the recent 9% explosion in oil markets and thought to yourself “Ah, the markets are being stabilized again and nothing is different this time…”, then you are an idiot.

    Of course, the next day oil markets lost almost all of the gains they made the day before. And this is how markets behave when they are about to die; they expand and implode chaotically each day on nothing more that meaningless news headlines rather than hard data. This heart attack in equities inevitably trends downwards as the weeks and months pass. Keep in mind, equities are down nearly 10% from their recent highs, and oil is down approximately 50% in the past six months. Every time there is a dead cat bounce in stocks skeptics come out of the woodwork to call alternative analysts “doomers”, yet they are nowhere to be found when markets come crashing back down. They are not looking at the overall trend because their short attention spans hinder them. Again, extreme swings in markets, whether up or down, are a sign of progressing collapse.

    Deterioration Of Cultural Values, Heritage And Identity

    I have written extensively over the years about the Cloward-Piven strategy; a strategy used by collectivists to destabilize social systems by dumping overt numbers of foreign immigrants into the population without demand for integration. This process has been obvious in the U.S. and Europe for quite some time, but only now is it peaking to the point that collapse is seen as an inevitable result by the public. Europe is worse off than the U.S. in this regard as millions upon millions of Muslim immigrants are injected into the EU’s already dying body; immigrants that intend to transplant their culture from their own failed societies rather than adopting the values and principles of the societies that have invited them in.

    Natural-born Americans and legal immigrants with aspiration of integration appear to be fighting back against the Cloward-Piven strategy with some success by holding onto traditional American values despite being labeled “barbarians” and “racists.” Illegal immigration, though, is still completely unchecked.

    In the EU, the long campaign of cultural Marxism has made natural-born Europeans perhaps the most self-hating people on the planet as well as the most passive and weak. Organized opposition to massive immigration programs in the EU should have taken place years ago. Now it is far too late, and the European system is finishing a social implosion which should have already been obvious to average citizens.

    Open Discussion Of Totalitarian Measures

    When corrupt leadership moves from quiet totalitarianism to more open totalitarianism, your society is in the FINAL stages of collapse, not the beginning of a collapse. The U.S. in particular has been slowly strangled with subversive legal directives and political policies ever since the so called “War on Terror” began. However, there are now multiple signals of a much deeper and open tyranny in the works.

    A few recent examples stand out, including Barack Obama’s insistence that the office of the president has the legal authority to issues executive orders that affect constitutional protections such as the 2nd Amendment. As many liberty movement activists are aware, there is absolutely no constitutional precedent for the use of executive orders and such powers are not mentioned anywhere in the document. They were simply created out of thin air to be used by the federal government and sometimes state governments to supersede normal checks and balances.

    While numerous presidents have issued executive orders, including some that were outright tyrannical, like Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s unconstitutional internment of Japanese Americans into concentration camps, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been the most subversive in their bypassing of the Constitution. Obama, in particular, has tried to hide the number of executive actions he has taken by issuing hundreds of “presidential memorandums,” which are basically the same dirty play by another name.

    These actions have been progressively setting the stage for the removal of checks and balances entirely in the name of crisis management. They are so broad in their nature and vague in their definitions and applications that they could be interpreted by federal authorities to mean just about anything in any given situation.

    If executive actions are not scary enough, corrupt politicians are now becoming blunt in their demands for dominance. Two Republican Senators, Mitch McConnel and Lindsay Graham, are calling for unlimited AUMF-style (authorization of use of military force) war powers to be given to the president. Such powers would allow the president to project U.S. military forces anywhere in the world for any reason without review or time limits. This includes the use of military forces on U.S. soil.

    The rationale for this is, of course, the threat of ISIS. The same group of terrorists the U.S. government helped to create.

    And finally, if you want perhaps the most nonchalant admission of future tyranny in recent days, check out former General Wesley Clark’s call for “disloyal” Americans to be placed in internment camps through the duration of the war on terror, a war that could ostensibly go on forever.

    One could argue that all of these measures are meant only to deter “Islamic extremism.” I would point out that government officials could have stemmed that tide at any time by enforcing existing immigration laws, or, by stopping all immigration for a period of years until the problem is handled. Instead, they have allowed open borders to remain, and have even imported potential terrorists while focusing Department of Homeland Security efforts more on evil white guys with guns.

    If we accept the violation of the constitutional rights of any group of citizens, if we allow the concept of “thought crime” to become commonplace, then we leave the door open to the violation of our own rights someday. And that is how tyrants trick populations through incremental collapse; by applying despotism to a claimed dangerous minority, then expanding it to everyone else.

    America is sitting near the end of the spectrum in terms of economic collapse and in the middle of the spectrum in terms of social collapse. While more violent events are certainly gestating and are likely to be triggered in the near term, we should not overlook the reality that collapse is happening in stages all around us. This process gives us at least some time. All is not lost yet, and the steps we take to organize and prepare today will affect how the collapse process unfolds tomorrow. People who continue to ignore the outright evidence of collapse based on false assumptions of what collapse should look like are only preventing themselves from taking proper action until it is too late. Make no mistake, our system is dying. We cannot allow our false perceptions of this death to cloud the reality of it, or our response to it

  40. “This resolution is a total rewrite of the War Powers clause of the Constitution. Let’s be clear about that,” Democrat Senator Chris Murphy said on the Senate floor last week in regards to S.J. Res. 29, a bill purporting to give the sitting US president the power to declare war on ISIS.

    “It is essentially a declaration of international martial law,” Murphy said.

    Speaking out against the fast-track authorization for the use of military force bill proposed by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Murphy explained the resolution would permanently hand over war-making authority to the office of the president.

    “A sweeping transfer of military power to the president that will allow him or her to send US troops almost anywhere in the world for any reason with absolutely no limitations,” Senator Murphy described, adding that Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution “vests in Congress the responsibility to declare war.”

    “While the ink is still wet on this resolution… it’s safe to say that this resolution is the wrong way to authorize war against ISIS,” Murphy said. “The language of this resolution is dangerous and it is unprecedented.”

    “[The American people] certainly don’t want Congress to hand over the power to the president to send our troops into any country anywhere in the world for almost any reason. And that’s what this resolution would do.”

    Murphy went on: “It gives the power to the president without consulting Congress to deploy US forces in anyone of the 61 countries where ISIS has a single sympathizer.”

    The Senator from Connecticut also warned the bill could possibly give the president the power to deploy troops on US soil:

    “Well as we’ve seen here in the United States the threat of ISIS is present in virtually every corner in the world thus this resolution would give the president total absolute carte blance to send our young soldiers to any corner of the world without consulting Congress.”

    Senator Murphy’s comments were echoed on Sunday by former Congressman Ron Paul, who said the new resolution would make the “Iraq War authorization of 2002 look like a walk in the park.”

    “Let’s be clear: If Senate Majority Leader McConnell succeeds in passing this open-ended war authorization, the US Constitution will be all but a dead letter,” Dr. Paul wrote.

    The bill currently has four co-sponsors, Sen. Daniel Coats, Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen Orrin Hatch.


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  41. The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond
    Posted on January 26, 2016 by Ellen Brown
    The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader in the UK, to Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the Republican polls, to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong challenge to Hillary Clinton – contenders with their fingers on the popular pulse are surging ahead of their establishment rivals.
    Today’s populist revolt mimics an earlier one that reached its peak in the US in the 1890s. Then it was all about challenging Wall Street, reclaiming the government’s power to create money, curing rampant deflation with US Notes (Greenbacks) or silver coins (then considered the money of the people), nationalizing the banks, and establishing a central bank that actually responded to the will of the people.
    Over a century later, Occupy Wall Street revived the populist challenge, armed this time with the Internet and mass media to spread the word. The Occupy movement shined a spotlight on the corrupt culture of greed unleashed by deregulating Wall Street, widening the yawning gap between the 1% and the 99% and destroying jobs, households and the economy.
    Donald Trump’s populist campaign has not focused much on Wall Street; but Bernie Sanders’ has, in spades. Sanders has picked up the baton where Occupy left off, and the disenfranchised Millennials who composed that movement have flocked behind him.
    The Failure of Regulation
    Sanders’ focus on Wall Street has forced his opponent Hillary Clinton to respond to the challenge. Clinton maintains that Sanders’ proposals sound good but “will never make it in real life.” Her solution is largely to preserve the status quo while imposing more bank regulation.
    That approach, however, was already tried with the Dodd-Frank Act, which has not solved the problem although it is currently the longest and most complicated bill ever passed by the US legislature. Dodd-Frank purported to eliminate bailouts, but it did this by replacing them with “bail-ins” – confiscating the funds of bank creditors, including depositors, to keep too-big-to-fail banks afloat. The costs were merely shifted from the people-as-taxpayers to the people-as-creditors.
    Worse, the massive tangle of new regulations has hamstrung the smaller community banks that make the majority of loans to small and medium sized businesses, which in turn create most of the jobs. More regulation would simply force more community banks to sell out to their larger competitors, making the too-bigs even bigger.
    In any case, regulatory tweaking has proved to be an inadequate response. Banks backed by an army of lobbyists simply get the laws changed, so that what was formerly criminal behavior becomes legal. (See, e.g., CitiGroup’s redrafting of the “push out” rule in December 2015 that completely vitiated the legislative intent.)
    What Sanders is proposing, by contrast, is a real financial revolution, a fundamental change in the system itself. His proposals include eliminating Too Big to Fail by breaking up the biggest banks; protecting consumer deposits by reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act (separating investment from depository banking); reviving postal banks as safe depository alternatives; and reforming the Federal Reserve, enlisting it in the service of the people.
    Time to Revive the Original Populist Agenda?
    Sanders’ proposals are a good start. But critics counter that breaking up the biggest banks would be costly, disruptive and destabilizing; and it would not eliminate Wall Street corruption and mismanagement.
    Banks today have usurped the power to create the national money supply. As the Bank of England recently acknowledged, banks create money whenever they make loans. Banks determine who gets the money and on what terms. Reducing the biggest banks to less than $50 billion in assets (the Dodd-Frank limit for “too big to fail”) would not make them more trustworthy stewards of that power and privilege.
    How can banking be made to serve the needs of the people and the economy, while preserving the more functional aspects of today’s highly sophisticated global banking system? Perhaps it is time to reconsider the proposals of the early populists. The direct approach to “occupying” the banks is to simply step into their shoes and make them public utilities. Insolvent megabanks can be nationalized – as they were before 2008. (More on that shortly.)
    Making banks public utilities can happen on a local level as well. States and cities can establish publicly-owned depository banks on the highly profitable and efficient model of the Bank of North Dakota. Public banks can partner with community banks to direct credit where it is needed locally; and they can reduce the costs of government by recycling bank profits for public use, eliminating outsized Wall Street fees and obviating the need for derivatives to mitigate risk.
    At the federal level, not only can postal banks serve as safe depositories and affordable credit alternatives, but the central bank can provide a source of interest-free credit for the nation – as was done, for example, with Canada’s central bank from 1939 to 1974. The U.S. Treasury could also reclaim the power to issue, not just pocket change, but a major portion of the money supply – as was done by the American colonists in the 18th century and by President Abraham Lincoln in the 19th century.
    Nationalization: Not As Radical As It Sounds
    Radical as it sounds today, nationalizing failed megabanks was actually standard operating procedure before 2008. Nationalization was one of three options open to the FDIC when a bank failed. The other two were (1) closure and liquidation, and (2) merger with a healthy bank. Most failures were resolved using the merger option, but for very large banks, nationalization was sometimes considered the best choice for taxpayers. The leading U.S. example was Continental Illinois, the seventh-largest bank in the country when it failed in 1984. The FDIC wiped out existing shareholders, infused capital, took over bad assets, replaced senior management, and owned the bank for about a decade, running it as a commercial enterprise.
    What was a truly radical departure from accepted practice was the unprecedented wave of government bailouts after the 2008 banking crisis. The taxpayers bore the losses, while culpable bank management not only escaped civil and criminal penalties but made off with record bonuses.
    In a July 2012 article in The New York Times titled “Wall Street Is Too Big to Regulate,” Gar Alperovitz noted that the five biggest banks—JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs—then had combined assets amounting to more than half the nation’s economy. He wrote:
    With high-paid lobbyists contesting every proposed regulation, it is increasingly clear that big banks can never be effectively controlled as private businesses. If an enterprise (or five of them) is so large and so concentrated that competition and regulation are impossible, the most market-friendly step is to nationalize its functions. . . .
    Nationalization isn’t as difficult as it sounds. We tend to forget that we did, in fact, nationalize General Motors in 2009; the government still owns a controlling share of its stock. We also essentially nationalized the American International Group, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, and the government still owns roughly 60 percent of its stock.
    A more market-friendly term than nationalization is “receivership” – taking over insolvent banks and cleaning them up. But as Dr. Michael Hudson observed in a 2009 article, real nationalization does not mean simply imposing losses on the government and then selling the asset back to the private sector. He wrote:
    Real nationalization occurs when governments act in the public interest to take over private property. . . . Nationalizing the banks along these lines would mean that the government would supply the nation’s credit needs. The Treasury would become the source of new money, replacing commercial bank credit. Presumably this credit would be lent out for economically and socially productive purposes, not merely to inflate asset prices while loading down households and business with debt as has occurred under today’s commercial bank lending policies.
    A Network of Locally-Controlled Public Banks
    “Nationalizing” the banks implies top-down federal control, but this need not be the result. We could have a system of publicly-owned banks that were locally controlled, operating independently to serve the needs of their own communities.
    As noted earlier, banks create the money they lend simply by writing it into accounts. Money comes into existence as a debit in the borrower’s account, and it is extinguished when the debt is repaid. This happens at a grassroots level through local banks, creating and destroying money organically according to the demands of the community. Making these banks public institutions would differ from the current system only in that the banks would have a mandate to serve the public interest, and the profits would be returned to the local government for public use.
    Although most of the money supply would continue to be created and destroyed locally as loans, there would still be a need for the government-issued currency envisioned by the early populists, to fill gaps in demand as needed to keep supply and demand in balance. This could be achieved with a national dividend issued by the federal Treasury to all citizens, or by “quantitative easing for the people” as envisioned by Jeremy Corbyn, or by quantitative easing targeted at infrastructure.
    For decades, private sector banking has been left to its own devices. The private-only banking model has been thoroughly tested, and it has proven to be a disastrous failure. We need a banking system that truly serves the needs of the people, and that objective can best be achieved with banks that are owned and operated by and for the people.

  42. Zika Freakout: The Hoax And The Covert Op Continue
    By Jon Rappoport

    Thanks to reporters and researchers Jim Stone, Kathy Ford, the fullerton informer, Jim West, Martin Maloney, and Claus Jensen, who have moved this story forward and exposed the scam.

    If you want to hide anything on this planet, twist it into a (fake) story about a virus. You’re home free.

    This is my second article on the Zika-virus scam (article archive here). I’ve been to these rodeos before: HIV, West Nile, Swine Flu, SARS, Ebola. In each case, a virus is blamed for illness and death that actually arises from other causes.

    The Zika virus, now being blamed for the birth of babies with very small heads and impaired brains, has been around for a long time—late 1940s, early 1950s—and suddenly, without warning or reason, after inducing, at best, mild illness, it’s producing horrendous damage? This is called a clue. A clue that scientific liars are lying. Furthermore, many of the women who are giving birth to deformed babies test negative for the presence of the Zika Virus.

    So, what is causing babies to be born with very small heads and brain damage? While researching my first book in 1987-8, AIDS INC., I concluded: don’t assume there is only one cause for illness. That can be very misleading. Various factors can combine to produce disease and death.

    For example, in the case of this “Zika” phenomenon:

    One: Pesticide use in Brazil:

    Brazil, the center of the “Zika” crisis, uses more pesticides than any nation in the world. Some of these are banned in 22 other countries. And as for babies born with smaller heads, here is a study from Environmental Health Perspectives (July 1, 2011), “Urinary Biomarkers of Prenatal Atrazine Exposure…”:

    “The presence versus absence of quantifiable levels of [the pesticide] atrazine or a specific atrazine metabolite was associated with fetal growth restriction… and small head circumference… Head circumference was also inversely associated with the presence of the herbicide metolachlor.” (emphasis added)

    Atrazine and metolachlor are both used in Brazil.

    Two: The TdaP vaccine:

    This is a case of suspicious correlation. A study posted in the US National Library of Medicine, “Pertussis in young infants: a severe vaccine-preventable disease,” spells it out:

    “…in late 2014, the [Brazilian] Ministry of Health announced the introduction of the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women in Brazil.”

    Obviously, pregnant women are the target group; they are giving birth to babies with smaller heads and brain damage, and the recommendation for them to take the vaccine was recent; 2014.

    Barbara Loe Fisher, of the National Vaccine Information Center, writes:

    “Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving influenza or Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to these vaccines that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes…The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists influenza and Tdap vaccines as either Pregnancy Category B or C biologicals which means that adequate testing has not been done in humans to demonstrate safety for pregnant women and it is not known whether the vaccines can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity. The manufacturers of influenza and Tdap vaccines state that human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate and warn that the influenza and Tdap vaccines should ‘be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.’” (emphasis added)

    Three: Genetically engineered mosquitoes that have already been released in Brazil to “combat” dengue fever—a project implemented by Oxitec, a company supplied with grant money from Bill Gates:

    A town in Brazil has reported continuing elevated levels of dengue fever since the GE (genetically engineered) mosquitoes have been introduced to combat that disease.

    The scientific hypothesis is: the trickster GE bugs (males) will impregnate natural females, but no actual next generation will occur beyond the larval stage. However, this plummeting birth rate in mosquitoes is the only “proof” that the grand experiment is safe. No long-term health studies have been done—this is a mirror of what happened when GMO crops were introduced: no science, just bland assurances.

    Needless to say, without extensive lab testing, there is no way to tell what toxic elements these GE mosquitoes may actually be harboring, in addition to what researchers claim. That’s a major red flag.

    Wherever these GE mosquitoes have been introduced, or are about to be introduced, the human populations have not been consulted for their permission. It’s all being done by government and corporate edict. It’s human experimentation on a grand scale.

    Four: Pesticide manufacturing in Brazil:

    Reuters, May 19, 2015, “Brazil prosecutors seek $16 million from pesticide makers”:

    “Brazilian prosecutors said on Monday they would seek at least 50 million reais ($16.6 million) from multinational pesticide manufacturers for alleged safety violations at a collection facility for used pesticide containers… Those manufacturers, prosecutors said, include the Brazilian units of BASF, DuPont, Monsanto, Nufarm, Syngenta, Adama, FMC and Nortox… The charges come as scientists, regulators, public health officials and consumers increasingly complain that Brazil’s ascent as an agricultural powerhouse has led to unsafe and excessive use of pesticides. Reuters reported in April that at least four foreign manufacturers sell pesticides in Brazil that they are not allowed to sell in their home markets.” (emphasis added)

    How convenient for these corporate giants to evade blame for horrific birth effects—out of nowhere a virus is touted as the cause.

    Five: Severe and endemic malnutrition, lack of basic sanitation, and grinding poverty:

    These are major factors in all illness and death, in the areas where they are prevalent (e.g., major parts of Brazil). Suppression of the immune system is the result, and anything that then comes down the pipeline, germs or manmade toxic substances, become catastrophic to the body.

    Six: anti-mosquito sprays:

    The Guardian, January 26, 2015, “Brazil is ‘badly losing’ the battle against Zika virus, says health minister”:

    Sprays are now being given out to 400,000 pregnant women in Brazil. Naturally, the sprays are toxic. What better way to multiply the attack on mothers and their unborn children? For example, widely used organophosphates in sprays can be highly disruptive to the nervous system.

    Some or all of these six elements I’ve listed, in combination, form a sustained attack on human life.

    And as I keep stressing, the virus becomes the formidable cover story that conceals the truth.

    And don’t forget the Rio Olympic Games, coming up in August. There are multiple scenarios which could play out in front of a global television audience. Will Zika be pushed as some sort of worldwide pandemic? Will a Zika vaccine be magically “discovered” and rushed into production, in time to show (as an advertisement) lines of people dutifully trudging up to receive shots?

    Every fake epidemic is, in part, designed to create fear and induce blind compliance to medical and government dictates. The germ is positioned as the “tiny terrorist” in this stage play.

    In my first book, AIDS INC.(1988), I indicated that covert medical ops are the most dangerous, because they appear to be politically neutral, they fly under no flag, and they claim to forward only humanitarian aims. But in fact, modern “Rockefeller Medicine” is built as a vast partner in the Globalization of the planet. Its vision is a universal in-utero-to-cradle-to-grave system for the human race: every human walks a bleak lifelong path of disease-diagnosis after diagnosis, receiving toxic drugs and vaccines at every turn, which weaken his body and mind, and make him unable to consider what is happening outside his perimeter of suffering or resist political totalitarianism.

    Medical freedom means: the freedom to refuse medical care, and it’s based on knowledge of destructive effects. This freedom must win, against any odds.

    “Official science” is a contradiction in terms, and a grand illusion.

    (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)

    The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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  43. Truth, War Propaganda, CIA and Media Manipulation
    By Global Research
    Global Research, January 19, 2015 — 31 March 2011

    Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are – as a society – inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them. The main sources of information, for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media, alternative media, academia and think tanks.

    The mainstream media is the most obvious in its inherent bias and manipulation. The mainstream media is owned directly by large multinational corporations, and through their boards of directors are connected with a plethora of other major global corporations and elite interests. An example of these connections can be seen through the board of Time Warner.

    Time Warner owns Time Magazine, HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN, among many others. The board of directors includes individuals past or presently affiliated with: the Council on Foreign Relations, the IMF, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Warburg Pincus, Phillip Morris, and AMR Corporation, among many others.

    Two of the most “esteemed” sources of news in the U.S. are the New York Times (referred to as “the paper of record”) and the Washington Post. The New York Times has on its board people who are past or presently affiliated with: Schering-Plough International (pharmaceuticals), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Wesco Financial Corporation, Kohlberg & Company, The Charles Schwab Corporation, eBay Inc., Xerox, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly & Company, among others. Hardly a bastion of impartiality.

    And the same could be said for the Washington Post, which has on its board: Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and individuals associated with (past or presently): the Coca-Cola Company, New York University, Conservation International, the Council on Foreign Relations, Xerox, Catalyst, Johnson & Johnson, Target Corporation, RAND Corporation, General Motors, and the Business Council, among others.

    It is also important to address how the mainstream media is intertwined, often covertly and secretly, with the government. Carl Bernstein, one of the two Washington Post reporters who covered the Watergate scandal, revealed that there were over 400 American journalists who had “secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Interestingly, “the use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence-gathering employed by the CIA.” Among organizations which cooperated with the CIA were the “American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald-Tribune.”

    By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc. The CIA even ran a training program “to teach its agents to be journalists,” who were “then placed in major news organizations with help from management.”

    These types of relationships have continued in the decades since, although perhaps more covertly and quietly than before. For example, it was revealed in 2000 that during the NATO bombing of Kosovo, “several officers from the US Army’s 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg worked in the news division at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters.” This same Army Psyop outfit had “planted stories in the U.S. media supporting the Reagan Administration’s Central America policies,” which was described by the Miami Herald as a “vast psychological warfare operation of the kind the military conducts to influence a population in enemy territory.” These Army PSYOP officers also worked at National Public Radio (NPR) at the same time. The US military has, in fact, had a strong relationship with CNN.

    In 2008, it was reported that the Pentagon ran a major propaganda campaign by using retired Generals and former Pentagon officials to present a good picture of the administration’s war-time policies. The program started in the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003 and continued into 2009. These officials, presented as “military analysts”, regurgitate government talking points and often sit on the boards of military contractors, thus having a vested interest in the subjects they are brought on to “analyze.”

    In 2013, Public Accountability reported:

    During the public debate around the question of whether to attack Syria, Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush, made a series of high-profile media appearances. Hadley argued strenuously for military intervention in appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV, and authored a Washington Post op-ed headlined “To stop Iran, Obama must enforce red lines with Assad.”

    In each case, Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria. Hadley earns $128,500 in annual cash compensation from the company and chairs its public affairs committee. He also owns 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate ($77.65 on August 23, making Hadley’s share’s worth $891,189). Despite this financial stake, Hadley was presented to his audience as an experienced, independent national security expert.

    The major philanthropic foundations in the United States have often used their enormous wealth to co-opt voices of dissent and movements of resistance into channels that are safe for the powers that be. As McGeorge Bundy, former President of the Ford Foundation once said, “Everything the Foundation does is to make the world safe for Capitalism.”

    Examples of this include philanthropies like the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation providing immense financial and organizational support to Non-Governmental Organizations. Furthermore, the alternative media are often funded by these same foundations, which has the effect of influencing the direction of coverage as well as the stifling of critical analysis.

    This now brings us to the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and Global Research.

    As an institution which acts as a research centre as well as a source of alternative news through the website http://www.globalresearch.ca, the CRG has become a much needed voice of independence seeking to break through all the propaganda and misinformation.

    To maintain our independence, Global Research does not accept assistance from public and private foundations. Nor do we seek support from universities and/or government.

    While the objective is to expand and help spread important and much-needed information to more people than ever before, Global Research needs to rely upon its readers to support the organization.
    Thank you, dear readers, for your tireless support.

    Supporting Global Research is supporting the cause of truth and the fight against media disinformation.

    Thank you.
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    • Orwell’s Two Minutes Hate: Terror Management and the Politics of Fear
      The opening chapter of Orwell’s dystopian nightmare Nineteen Eighty-four centers around the “Two Minutes Hate.” Winston Smith, the novel’s protagonist, describes pulling up a chair in front of the big telescreen, taking a seat among his Ministry of Truth co-workers, and participating in a ritual designed to reinforce party orthodoxy, Oceania’s version of Must-See-TV.

      What follows is a wild display of enmity, precisely channeled and orchestrated by Ingsoc, the totalitarian rulers of Oceania. The chorus of hissing, squeaking, and screaming is focused on Goldstein, the ultimate enemy of the state, “the self-satisfied sheeplike face” that automatically “produced anger and fear” in everybody. Why? Goldstein stands for everything Ingsoc reviles. He demands peace and advocates “freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought.”

      The Hate celebrates Ingsoc’s slogans—WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH—and helps stamp out thoughtcrime, i.e. the right to hold personal, unorthodox beliefs and value privacy, the very thing Winston secretly lives for. He’s actually a big fan of Goldstein. But even this devout intellectual heretic feels powerless to the overwhelming wave of emotion that ripples though the crowd and makes otherwise reserved and terse people start “leaping up and down…and shouting at the tops of their voices.” Take a look at a cinematic interpretation of this.
      https://uroboros73.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/orwells-two-minutes-hate-terror-management-and-the-politics-of-fear/
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  44. “Our plutocracy, whether the hedge fund managers in Greenwich, Connecticut, or the Internet moguls in Palo Alto, now lives like the British did in colonial India: ruling the place but not of it. If one can afford private security, public safety is of no concern; to the person fortunate enough to own a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges cause less apprehension, and viable public transportation doesn’t even compute. With private doctors on call and a chartered plane to get to the Mayo Clinic, why worry about Medicare?”

    ~Mike Lofgren, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

    “Our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise.

    But we believe that if policy making is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

    Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, Princeton 2014

    “As a congressional staff member for 28 years specializing in national security and possessing a top secret security clearance, I was at least on the fringes of the world I am describing, if neither totally in it by virtue of full membership nor of it by psychological disposition.

    But, like virtually every employed person, I became, to some extent, assimilated into the culture of the institution I worked for, and only by slow degrees, starting before the invasion of Iraq, did I begin fundamentally to question the reasons of state that motivate the people who are, to quote George W. Bush, ‘the deciders.’

    Cultural assimilation is partly a matter of what psychologist Irving L. Janis called groupthink, the chameleon-like ability of people to adopt the views of their superiors and peers. This syndrome is endemic to Washington: The town is characterized by sudden fads, be it negotiating biennial budgeting, making grand bargains or invading countries. Then, after a while, all the town’s cool kids drop those ideas as if they were radioactive.

    As in the military, everybody has to get on board with the mission, and questioning it is not a career-enhancing move. The universe of people who will critically examine the goings-on at the institutions they work for is always going to be a small one. As Upton Sinclair said, ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.'”

    Mike Lofgren
    h/t Jesse’s Cafe Americain blog

    * * *

    As we previously concluded, for all intents and purposes, the nation is one national “emergency” away from having a full-fledged, unelected, authoritarian state emerge from the shadows. All it will take is the right event—another terrorist attack, perhaps, or a natural disaster—for such a regime to emerge from the shadows.

    As unnerving as that prospect may be, however, it is the second shadow government, what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” that poses the greater threat right now.

    Consider this: how is it that partisan gridlock has seemingly jammed up the gears (and funding sources) in Washington, yet the government has been unhindered in its ability to wage endless wars abroad, in the process turning America into a battlefield and its citizens into enemy combatants?

    The credit for such relentless, entrenched, profit-driven governance, according to Lofgren, goes to “another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”

    This “state within a state” hides “mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day,” says Lofgren, and yet the “Deep State does not consist of the entire government.”

    Rather, Lofgren continues:

    It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.

    All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. Also included are a handful of vital federal trial courts, such as the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Manhattan, where sensitive proceedings in national security cases are conducted.

    The final government component (and possibly last in precedence among the formal branches of government established by the Constitution) is a kind of rump Congress consisting of the congressional leadership and some (but not all) of the members of the defense and intelligence committees. The rest of Congress, normally so fractious and partisan, is mostly only intermittently aware of the Deep State and when required usually submits to a few well-chosen words from the State’s emissaries.
    In an expose titled “Top Secret America,” The Washington Post revealed the private side of this shadow government, made up of 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.”

    Reporting on the Post’s findings, Lofgren points out:

    These contractors now set the political and social tone of Washington, just as they are increasingly setting the direction of the country, but they are doing it quietly, their doings unrecorded in the Congressional Record or the Federal Register, and are rarely subject to congressional hearings…
    The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

    As Lofgren concludes:

    [T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change… If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.
    Remember this the next time you find yourselves mesmerized by the antics of the 2016 presidential candidates or drawn into a politicized debate over the machinations of Congress, the president or the judiciary: it’s all intended to distract you from the fact that you have no authority and no rights in the face of the shadow governments.

    http://www.blacklistednews.com/Deep_State%3A_Inside_Washington%27s_Shadowy_Power_Elite/48603/0/38/38/Y/M.html
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  45. Vote for Hillary? Quote, “If all you have in your toolbox is a hammer. Then everything looks like a nail”.
    The hallmark of a corrupted state, put a crook on the tiller.

    • Michael Chrichton
      American best-selling author, physician, producer, director, and screenwriter 1942 – 2008

      “The greatest challenges facing mankind are distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.“

  46. “The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.”
    ~Michael Crichton

    Remarks to the Commonwealth Club

    by Michael Crichton
    San Francisco
    September 15, 2003

    I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.

    We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems we’re told exist are in fact real problems, or non-problems. Every one of us has a sense of the world, and we all know that this sense is in part given to us by what other people and society tell us; in part generated by our emotional state, which we project outward; and in part by our genuine perceptions of reality. In short, our struggle to determine what is true is the struggle to decide which of our perceptions are genuine, and which are false because they are handed down, or sold to us, or generated by our own hopes and fears.

    As an example of this challenge, I want to talk today about environmentalism. And in order not to be misunderstood, I want it perfectly clear that I believe it is incumbent on us to conduct our lives in a way that takes into account all the consequences of our actions, including the consequences to other people, and the consequences to the environment. I believe it is important to act in ways that are sympathetic to the environment, and I believe this will always be a need, carrying into the future. I believe the world has genuine problems and I believe it can and should be improved. But I also think that deciding what constitutes responsible action is immensely difficult, and the consequences of our actions are often difficult to know in advance. I think our past record of environmental action is discouraging, to put it mildly, because even our best intended efforts often go awry. But I think we do not recognize our past failures, and face them squarely. And I think I know why.

    I studied anthropology in college, and one of the things I learned was that certain human social structures always reappear. They can’t be eliminated from society. One of those structures is religion. Today it is said we live in a secular society in which many people—the best people, the most enlightened people—do not believe in any religion. But I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.

    Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.

    There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.

    Eden, the fall of man, the loss of grace, the coming doomsday—these are deeply held mythic structures. They are profoundly conservative beliefs. They may even be hard-wired in the brain, for all I know. I certainly don’t want to talk anybody out of them, as I don’t want to talk anybody out of a belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God who rose from the dead. But the reason I don’t want to talk anybody out of these beliefs is that I know that I can’t talk anybody out of them. These are not facts that can be argued. These are issues of faith.

    And so it is, sadly, with environmentalism. Increasingly it seems facts aren’t necessary, because the tenets of environmentalism are all about belief. It’s about whether you are going to be a sinner, or saved. Whether you are going to be one of the people on the side of salvation, or on the side of doom. Whether you are going to be one of us, or one of them.
    […]>>

    Read the entire speech here:
    https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~kw/crichton.html
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  47. THE PRIVATE PRISON PRIMER: HOW IS THIS EVEN LEGAL?
    BY BERYL LIPTON

    In the beginning, private prisons seemed almost natural.

    A private prison is one run, and typically owned, by the private sector – ideally, for the operator, at a profit. By the time the idea was under consideration by the United States Department of Justice, correctional bits and pieces were already being run privately.

    As privatized prison management was budding in the early 1980s, private halfway house and treatment centers were common; 49 states, and the Bureau of Prisons itself, contracted for juvenile centers. Private probation operations had repeatedly stood up in court. And two federal agencies – Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) and the U.S. Marshals (USMS) – already contracted with private entities to run immigration detention centers.

    Further, the 1988 Report of the President’s Commission on Privatization strongly suggested a foray into privatized prisons and background on the authorization of the Bureau of Prisons to go ahead with the idea.
    https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2016/jan/26/how-are-private-prisons-even-legal-part-i/
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  48. As The Crescendo Approaches

    An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: “What Do You Want Me To Do, Go To War With The Russians?!”

    “Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
    Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

    While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

    In any event, Russia and Iran have encircled Aleppo and once it “falls” (to quote Reuters) that’s pretty much it for the opposition. Or at least for the “moderate” opposition. And the Saudis and Turks know it.

    So does John Kerry, who is desperate to restart stalled peace negotiations in Geneva. The problem for the US and its regional allies is simple: if Russia and Iran wipe out the opposition on the battlefield, there’s no need for peace talks. The Assad government will have been restored and that will be that. ISIS will still be operating in the east, but that’s a problem Moscow and Tehran will solve in short order once the country’s major urban centers are secured.

    As we noted on Saturday, Riyadh and Ankara are extremely concerned that the five-year-old effort to oust Assad is about to collapse and indeed, the ground troop trial balloons have already been floated both in Saudi Arabia and in Turkey. For their part, the Russians and the Iranians have indicated their willingness to discuss a ceasefire but according to John Kerry himself, the opposition is now unwilling to come to the table.

    “Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” an exasperated Kerry told aid workers on the sidelines of the Syria donor conference in London this week.

    America’s top diplomat also said that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition, according to Middle East Eye who also says that Kerry left the aid workers with “the distinct impression” that the US is abandoning efforts to support rebel fighters.

    In other words, Washington has come to terms with the fact that there’s only one way out of this now. It’s either go to war with Russia and Iran or admit that this particular effort to bring about regime change in the Mid-East simply isn’t salvageable.

    “He said that basically, it was the opposition that didn’t want to negotiate and didn’t want a ceasefire, and they walked away,” a second aid worker told MEE.

    “‘What do you want me to do? Go to war with Russia? Is that what you want?’” the aid worker said Kerry told her.

    MEE also says the US has completely abandoned the idea that Assad should step down. Now, apparently, Washington just wants Assad to stop using barrel bombs so the US can “sell the story to the public.” “A third source who claims to have served as a liaison between the Syrian and American governments over the past six months said Kerry had passed the message on to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in October that the US did not want him to be removed,” MEE says. “The source claimed that Kerry said if Assad stopped the barrel bombs, Kerry could ‘sell the story’ to the public, the source said.”

    Of course Kerry won’t be able to “sell” that story to the Saudis and the Turks, or to Qatar all of whom are now weighing their oppositions as the US throws in the towel. “Kerry’s mixed messages after the collapse of the Geneva process have put more pressure on Turkey and Saudi Arabia,” MEE concludes. “Both feel extreme unease at the potential collapse of the opposition US-recognised Free Syrian Army.”

    And so, as we said earlier this week, it’s do or die time for Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha. Either this proxy war morphs into a real world war in the next two weeks, or Aleppo “falls” to Assad marking a truly humiliating defeat for US foreign policy and, more importantly, for the Saudis’ goal of establishing Sunni hegemony in the Arabian Peninsula.

    The only other option is for John Kerry to face the Russians in battle. As is evident from the sources quoted above, Washington clearly does not have the nerve for that.

  49. Makes me wonder, “What’s up with this?” A stark truth displayed on the big screen about the crash of “08”.
    This is a powerful movie. A little too heady for many I would suspect. Why would TPTB expose themselves like this. Reads to me, there’s many factions in this game, could be, something’s on our side.

    • And their lackies
      Warmonger Hillary Clinton Architect of Syria, New Cold War

      © AFP 2016/ Nicholas KAMM
      US

      A prominent economics professor and political thinker has penned an article in which he calls Clinton a “war candidate” in the pocket of the military industrial complex.

      Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, has authored a column in which he attacks presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for her ties to the military industrial complex. Sachs, a senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist, said Clinton’s decisions as Senator and as Secretary of State have put the US in danger and led to an unending state of conflict.

      Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, has recently announced her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
      © AP PHOTO/
      Hillary Clinton Destabilized Libya so the West Could ‘Exploit the Country’
      “The idea that she is bad on the corporate issues but good on national security has it wrong,” Sachs writes. “Her so-called foreign policy “experience” has been to support every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.”
      Sachs goes back to the administration of Bill Clinton, noting that the Clintons both have accepted money from both Wall Street and weapons contractors who have an interest in the US taking an active role in conflict around the world.

      “Just as the last Clinton presidency set the stage for financial collapse, it also set the stage for unending war. On October 31, 1998 President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act that made it official US policy to support ‘regime change” in Iraq,” Sachs explains.

      Sachs points out that, later in 2003, Hillary voted for war with Iraq in the US Senate, a war which many now criticize for having destabilized the region and helping push the US to financial collapse.

      Going forward in time, Sachs calls Clinton’s “record as Secretary of State is among the most militaristic, and disastrous, of modern US history.”

      Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to students and faculty at the Southern New Hampshire University, December 3, 2015.
      © AP PHOTO/ JIM COLE
      US Billionaire Soros Donates $6Mln to Support Clinton’s Presidential Run
      “Hilary was a staunch defender of the military-industrial-intelligence complex at every turn, helping to spread the Iraq mayhem over a swath of violence that now stretches from Mali to Afghanistan. Two disasters loom largest: Libya and Syria.”
      Sachs places a lot of blame on Clinton for the crisis in Syria.

      “Perhaps the crowning disaster of this long list of disasters has been Hillary’s relentless promotion of CIA-led regime change in Syria,” he writes. “Once again Hillary bought into the CIA propaganda that regime change to remove Bashir al-Assad would be quick, costless, and surely successful.”

      He also charges Clinton with fostering the current situation between the US and Russia.

      “Hillary’s support at every turn for NATO expansion, including even into Ukraine and Georgia against all common sense, was a trip wire that violated the post-Cold War settlement in Europe in 1991,” Sachs says. “As Senator in 2008, Hillary co-sponsored 2008-SR439, to include Ukraine and Georgia in NATO. As Secretary of State, she then presided over the restart of the Cold War with Russia.”

  50. The Power Principle part one of three.
    This was released on May 9/12 and is easily as relevant today as then. It’s a clear, concise treatise starkly exposing the machinations and systemic corruption throughout the whole system. This is first class.

  51. Don’t Get On The Bus

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    Red List, Blue List, Black List, You List
    There has been a lot of conjecture in the past 40 years in patriot circles about the existence of government “round up lists”. Large-scale disaster and war planning exercises, like REX-84 (Readiness Exercise-1984) and Jade Helm 2015, have stimulated endless discourse about whether or not the government maintains a so-called “red list” and “blue list” of people that they deem to be dissidents who they might target for harassment, travel restrictions, or even detention without due process of law. Because any such lists would presumably be developed and updated under the wraps of a security classification and the Need To Know rule, this topic is understandably rife with conjecture, speculation, and even downright fabrication. So, in this essay, I will do my best to restrain my inner John Bircher and just stick to the facts. I’ll simply state the facts and add a bit of well-reasoned extrapolation, based on known technological trends.

    The Real Face of FEMA
    The centerpiece of all the speculation is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In my estimation, most of the chit chat on the Internet about “secret FEMA camps” is highly sensationalized. Civil internment is probably the lowest priority of any of FEMA’s contingency missions, and some would describe it as an almost hypothetical contingency.

    Most Americans don’t realize it, but FEMA’s key mission is not disaster relief to the general public. Instead, their highest priority mission is assuring Continuity of Government (COG) following an external attack or following a widespread disaster that disrupts command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) assets and processes. If FEMA’s budget were ever drastically slashed, then the very last of their missions to be de-funded would be COG. In FEMA-speak, the COG part of their mission is listed under “National Continuity Programs”. They prefer to use the term Continuity of Operations (COOP), and that same term is used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These taskings fall under the purview of FEMA’s National Continuity Programs Directorate and are organized per the National Continuity Policy Implementation Plan (NCPIP).

    The COG/COOP mission was further clarified in 2007, under the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20. Therein, the term COG morphed into “Enduring Constitutional Government” (ECG).

    A wiki article on NSPD 51 notes: “Conservative activist Jerome Corsi and Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyers Guild have said that [NSPD 51] is a violation of the Constitution of the United States in that the three branches of government are separate and equal, with no single branch coordinating the others.”

    A 2009 document prepared for the transition of the executive branch of government to the incoming Obama administration used the following euphemistic vanilla wording to describe FEMA’s COG/COOP mission:

    “FEMA provides continuity services, not only for FEMA, but also for the entire Federal government, across the Nation, for common and asymmetric threats alike. It is essential for FEMA to maintain high-performance continuity services in the form of exercises, planning, standards, training, communications, and resiliency measures.”

    In the same briefing binder there are also some more concrete but still slightly obtuse descriptions of FEMA’s COG/COOP responsibilities:

    The criticality of continuity programs can be traced to three foundations. First, continuity programs, led by NCP, directly reflect the first of eight National Essential Functions (NEFs), “Ensuring the continued functioning of our form of government under the Constitution….” Second, continuity programs form the foundation of the seven remaining NEFs by ensuring that the government structures are in place to govern and support the economic, defensive, and social well being of the Nation. Third, continuity programs form the foundation of the National Response Framework (NRF), ensuring government structures at each tier (local, State, and Federal) are in place under all circumstances to sustain their essential functions, deliver essential services, and accept the assistance provided under the NRF. When government departments and agencies are inoperable and their continuity programs fail, the NRF will also fail.

    NCP is responsible for ensuring Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments are capable of performing their essential functions during any situations that may disrupt normal operations.

    Continuity Planning

    NCP develops, publishes and trains continuity capability through Federal Continuity Directives and Non-Federal Continuity Guidance circulars, planning templates, and instruction for Federal, State, and local governments.

    In a subsection, there is also this description:

    Mount Weather Emergency Operation Center (MWEOC):

    The MWEOC, located in Berryville, Virginia, is a continuity of operations (d) relocation site for several aspects of DHS and FEMA. The facility provides operational space for FEMA and DHS Emergency Relocation Group members to perform Departmental and Agency mission essential functions.

    “A Billion Here, and Billion There…”
    In recent Federal budgets FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund has ballooned to around $7 billion per year, but that comes out of a more than $10 billion annual budget. So where is the other $3 billion spent? It’s spent on a whole lot of things, and many of them fall into categories like “administration, training, and interagency liaison”. Even though the big bunkers were built decades ago, still included in FEMA’s budget are many line items that relate to intelligence fusion, “national continuity”, and “continuity of operations”.

    When FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate testified before the congressional Subcommittee on Disaster Preparedness about his agency’s 2015 $10.38 billion budget request, he pointed out that the FEMA is now working more closely with the DHS. Another key point that came up in the hearings was that 2015 was the first year that 25% of the agency’s budget was not formally set aside for law enforcement/terrorism prevention.

    With its traditionally strong COG/COOP emphasis, FEMA long ago invested many billions of dollars to ensure continuity of the executive branch of the Federal government. The Mount Weather complex is reportedly just one of several redundant deep underground bunkers. Some of these facilities were developed by other government organizations, partly for the sake of redundancy. Although they have established deep hardened bunker facilities with accommodations for Federal legislators and some Federal judges, their main focus is directed toward sheltering the White House staff and the directors and key staff of all of the Federal law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, the U.S. military organizations each have their own infrastructures in place for protecting both their C3I networks and safely housing their general staff and related personnel.

    Because of security classifications, it is difficult to know exactly how FEMA’s budget is being spent and how much of that might be directed toward contingency plans for housing of “displaced persons”. A lot could be hidden under that guise. Essentially the only difference between building a temporary city to house natural disaster refugees and one that is built to house detainees is the presence or absence of concertina wire perimeter fences. Parenthetically, I’d be curious to know if FEMA has ever put out Requests for Quotation (RFQs) for the manufacturers of concertina wire or razor wire, as measured in miles. However, here, I’m straying into speculation. So let’s get back to the facts at hand.

    The J. Edgar Days
    In the late 1930s, the FBI developed lists of individuals on cardstock index cards. One of these was the Custodial Detention Index (CDI), also known as the Custodial Detention List. This list was compiled between 1939 and 1941 under the “Alien Enemy Control” program. According to one published report:

    “The Custodial Detention Index was a list of suspects and potential subversives, classified as ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’; the ones classified as ‘A’ were destined to be immediately arrested and interned at the outbreak of war. Category A were leaders of Axis-related organizations, category B were members deemed ‘less dangerous’ and category C were ‘sympathizers’.”

    After the United States entered World War 2 in 1941, these card file lists were put into operation. Large numbers of German, Italian, and Japanese nationals were rounded up and questioned. However, a disproportionately large number of Japanese were actually put in long-term detention—including thousands who were U.S. citizens living in coastal areas, ostensibly because the government “didn’t want to break up families.” This was a gross violation of civil rights, but given wartime exigencies it was hardly even questioned by most Americans until after the war was over.

    According to research by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the FBI’s habit of building card catalogs of people did not end with World War 2. In the 1950s they moved on to building lists of Communist agents, subversives, and their fellow travelers. After the shocking revelations about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Claus Fuchs, and other nuclear weapons technology spies, this recordkeeping seemed well-justified.

    By the late 1960s, when anti-draft protesters were a big concern for the executive branch, the FBI moved on to develop yet another list (actually a group of lists) called the Administrative Index (ADEX). This was before the FBI computerized their operations, so this was still a paper list on index cards. (It was perhaps later supplemented by Hollerith computer punched cards.) Additions to the ADEX were reportedly suspended in early 1978. But before it was discontinued and moved to their inactive files storage, the ADEX cards had merged several sublists, including the “Agitator Index” and the “Reserve Index”.

    Automating The Lists
    In the 1980s, following the lead of the early-adopting NSA and Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the FBI moved into the computing age. Other than a few revelations about REX-84, very little has been revealed about any enemies lists that were developed in the 1980s and 1990s. Even REX-84 itself would have been nothing more than a obscure codename, if it were not for the much publicized Iran-Contra hearings that captivated the American public through what would have otherwise been a boring summer.

    The following appears in Wikipedia’s entry on REX-84:

    Transcripts from the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987 record the following dialogue between Congressman Jack Brooks, Oliver North‘s attorney Brendan Sullivan and Senator Daniel Inouye, the Democratic Chair of the joint Senate-House Committee:

    [Congressman Jack] Brooks: Colonel North, in your work at the N.S.C. were you not assigned, at one time, to work on plans for the continuity of government in the event of a major disaster?

    Brendan Sullivan [North’s counsel, agitatedly]: Mr. Chairman?

    [Senator Daniel] Inouye: I believe that question touches upon a highly sensitive and classified area so may I request that you not touch upon that?

    Brooks: I was particularly concerned, Mr. Chairman, because I read in Miami papers, and several others, that there had been a plan developed, by that same agency, a contingency plan in the event of emergency, that would suspend the American Constitution. And I was deeply concerned about it and wondered if that was an area in which he had worked. I believe that it was and I wanted to get his confirmation.

    Inouye: May I most respectfully request that that matter not be touched upon at this stage. If we wish to get into this, I’m certain arrangements can be made for an executive session.

    Closely associated with REX-84 was Inslaw’s Prosecutor’s Management Information System (PROMIS) people-tracking software. For the sake of brevity, I won’t delve into that. But suffice it to say, PROMIS was fairly simplistic old technology that has been supplanted by much more sophisticated database search software.

    Main Core
    According to an article written for Salon magazine by Tim Shorrock in 2008, the NSA was the lead agency in developing a comprehensive personalities database called Main Core. This is the code name of a database containing personal and financial data of millions of U.S. citizens who are believed to be “threats to national security”. The Main Core data is compiled from the NSA, FBI, CIA, and other agencies. It is believed that this database (or we can safely assume its successor, under a different name) is still active and growing.

    The latest conjecture is that in recent years the Main Core successor program has moved into social media sites, such as Facebook, using them as veritable vacuum cleaners that sweep up personal information. By applying some sophisticated algorithms, the Main Core apparatus determines threat levels and builds extensive “contacts webs” of familial ties and social relationships in an attempt to piece together organizational structures—both formal and informal.

    Through a PRISM, Darkly
    When taken in the light of the public revelations about the PRISM surveillance system that correlates private communications on the Internet, the implications of Main Core now go well beyond just “list keeping”. The presumed fusion of intelligence data that is going on has undoubtedly resulted in the creation of nested and prioritized lists of individuals to be tracked, travel-restricted, questioned, or detained, under a variety of crises.

    Given the well-documented flaws in the FAA’s No Fly List, the errors that can be assumed to exist in Main Core’s successor databases could very well lead to the false arrest of hundreds or even thousands of people. Furthermore, if these databases were misused and applied to political reasons rather than legitimate counter-terrorism investigations, then it would open Pandora’s Box for tyrannical abuse.

    Again, I discount the claims that there are “FEMA Camps” that have already been specially constructed to keep teeming masses behind razor wire. To the best of my knowledge, all that FEMA has done thusfar is to study and designate existing Federal military reservations as potential detention facilities. But there are almost certainly some very lengthy “round-up” lists of immigrants with ties to terrorist organizations. That in itself is perfectly justifiable, given the nature of 21st Century transnational terrorism. However, I fear that the names of tens of thousands of outspoken native born American citizens with high profiles have been listed in one or more databases as “persons of interest” by various agencies.

    The fairly safe presumption of well-established Bad Boy lists that include native born American citizens troubles me, on several levels. Perhaps my biggest concern is that any such lists represent the intent of Federal officials to impose prior restraint, or worse yet their intent to flag “pre-crime” tendencies of law-abiding American citizens. This sort of segregation and prioritization forms the basis of a future “shopping list” for tyrannical bully boys, in the event of a national crisis. This crisis could be triggered by any number of events, including a natural disaster, a foreign terrorist attack, a domestic terrorist attack, an unattributable or misattributed cyber attack, a banking/equities market panic, a rigged/contested election (or a suspension of elections) leading to a constitutional crisis, et cetera.

    Black List
    If anyone reading this is politically active and is an outspoken champion of personal liberty, then it is probably safe to assume that you are already on some sort of list, at least a “watch list”. You might also be on a cyber black list, targeting you for disinformation/discrediting campaigns or perhaps for DDOS ping attack hacking. (It is no coincidence that DDOS ping floods are more frequently directed at politically outspoken blogs and web sites.) The key question is: what is your priority on those lists? If someone is a high priority for travel restrictions or detention, then their passport would be immediately flagged and they might not have the opportunity to leave the country via conventional means– through normal passport controls.

    The recent events at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon illustrated that quickly removing the leadership of any political organization through targeted arrests can render it impotent or at least mute it in the court of public opinion. Think that through: Leaderless groups with redundant secure means of communication are the wave of the future. Activist groups like the Black Panthers were the 20th Century norm. Groups like Anonymous will be the 21st Century norm. But be aware that the use of social media and non-secure communications can be used by governments to build dossiers or even indictments against political organizers. (Facebook was specifically mentioned several times in the recent Malheur indictments.) It is best to avoid social media entirely, but if you must use it, then choose your words wisely!

    You List
    As I have written before, it is important that all prepared families keep their passports updated. You should also have a Plan B and a Plan C. If you suspect that you are high on a priority list, then you might need a Von Trapp family (The Sound of Music) walk-out escape plan. If you live near a coastline, then making the acquaintance of a deep sea trawler operator or a blue water yachtsman might be something to put near the top of your “to do” list.

    Stay Vocal
    I must urge my readers to not feel buffaloed into silence. If we allow ourselves to be frightened into political inactivity and Gray Man obscurity, then the tyrannical statist opponents of liberty will have won. Silence is tacit consent.

    An acquaintance of mine who recently retired from blogging is fond of saying: “Never get on the bus.” I consider that sage advice. Just consider the fact that there are as many unregistered firearms in this country as there are adult citizens. We vastly outnumber those who might someday seek to enslave us. No attempt to round up a large segment of society will be successful if enough people refuse to register their guns, they keep their guns loaded, and they have the willingness to use them. We also have to well in advance commit ourselves to living through the angst of hiding any fellow citizens who come under persecution.

    Lastly, we must never lose our vigilance about the encroachment of tyrannical new laws and policies. Take a few minutes to consider the Jews in the Attic Test.

    This has been a heavy topic to consider, but I felt strongly convicted that it must be raised. Our liberty depends on it! – JWR

    Disclaimers: None of the foregoing is based on any of the briefings or files that I had access to, when I held my TS/SBI security clearance and access to SCI, back in the 1980s and 1990s. Everything contained in this article was compiled from published, open sources. Your mileage may vary. Just avoid any mileage on The Bus.

    (Note: Permission is granted for re-posting of this entire article but only if done so in full, with proper attribution to James Wesley, Rawles and SurvivalBlog, and only if the included links are preserved.)

    • Excellent article Veri!
      Thanks for keeping this thread alive while I dilly dally with the struggle on other websites.

  52. What caused Ike to criticize the “military-industrial complex”?
    By James Ledbetter

    The following is an excerpt from James Ledbetter’s new book, “Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex.”

    The 50th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower’s January 17, 1961 farewell speech, which introduced the concept of a “military-industrial complex,” has caused many to ask: What was the context? Why did a president who had been a five-star general, and had commandeered what was probably the largest military force amassed in the history of mankind to win World War II, seemingly change direction and warn against excessive military influence?

    The launch of the Sputnik satellite, on October 4, 1957, hit the Eisenhower White House like a targeted missile. Whether it represented a scientific breakthrough for the Soviet Union is a matter that can still be debated. But as a public relations coup, it unsettled the administration more than any other event, including the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954. The President set a defiant tone with his insistence that the first Sputnik launch was but “one small ball” thrust into the sky.

    Years of unresolved debates over military budgets and readiness resurfaced with a nagging urgency. To the knowledgeable, the Sputnik launch implied that the Soviets now had the ability to hitch a nuclear warhead to a missile and launch it thousands of miles from their own soil, thus ushering in not only an expensive and disruptive new phase of the arms race but one in which they had the lead. White House advisors estimated that by as early as 1959, as a contemporary press account put it, “the U.S.S.R. could deploy enough intercontinental-range ballistic missiles to smash or paralyze the Strategic Air Command’s U.S. bases. The attack could occur with a warning of no more than ten or fifteen minutes.”

    While the public was focused on the two Sputnik launches, Washington’s elite was arguably more devastated by the release of an exceptionally well-timed panel study—delivered four days after the second Sputnik orbit—that appeared to show the Soviet military threat was even greater than the Administration thought. Entitled “Deterrence & Survival in the Nuclear Age,” it was known informally as the Gaither Report after its panel chairman, H. Rowan Gaither of the RAND Corporation. The report—classified “top secret”—cited “spectacular progress” in Soviet military development after World War II. The Soviets, the authors claimed, had enough fissionable material for 1500 atomic weapons and had “probably surpassed” the U.S. in the production of nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles. They proposed a massive military spending program that would not only match the alleged Soviet offensive capabilities, but commit more than $20 billion to a nationwide system of nuclear fallout shelters.

    In the panic that ensued after the report’s conclusions became known, many public figures—Democrats especially, but also including the nuclear physicist Edward Teller—compared the Sputnik launch to Pearl Harbor. Lyndon Johnson, the Senate majority leader, declared that “the Russians have beaten us at our own game – daring scientific advances in the nuclear age.” Senator John F. Kennedy would make Sputnik a major issue in his 1958 re-election campaign. Demands for an American response—at a minimum, having the President appoint a “missile czar”—were nearly overwhelming.

    The political fallout was considerable. Democrats on Capitol Hill were keen to find a scapegoat, and the Eisenhower Administration’s earlier insistence on balancing military expenditures with fiscal restraint could easily, in panicked retrospect, be made to look as if the administration allowed itself to be outflanked by the Soviets. True or not, having to expend energy and political capital to defend against such charges robbed Eisenhower of his greatest political credential: his monopoly on issues of national security. As the White House prepared its responses, chief aide Arthur Larson wrote to fellow staffers: “More comments are reaching me on the Sputnick [sic] business…these from friends. Reaction of bewilderment is shifting to anger…DDE’s prestige in his special area is slipping…I am amazed at the extent and depth of these reactions as I pick up my contacts around the country.”

    Despite the pressure, neither the President nor his most important advisers were moved to make fundamental policy shifts. Everything that could be done to launch a satellite was put into place, and missile budgets were increased (but not as much as some within the administration wished; Eisenhower was concerned that bumping up missile-related spending too high in the 1959 budget would “lead people to say that nothing had been done in the last five years.”) But in general, the administration did whatever it could, short of releasing confidential data from U-2 spy planes, to convey that it did not share the conclusions of the Gaither Report.

    The period following the Sputnik-Gaither crisis demonstrates Eisenhower’s military-industrial-complex critique in its early stages. After all, who was behind the faulty intelligence and calls for military buildup in the Gaither Report? The leadership consisted of known and trusted Eisenhower advisers, but there could be no hiding the fact that the billions in increased military spending called for by the panel would benefit many of the very people making the recommendations. Two of the report’s principal directors were Robert C. Sprague, who headed his own business of military electronics, and William C. Foster of the Olin-Mathiesen Chemical Company, a producer of gunpowder and ammunition.
    […]
    Congressman Gerald Ford tried to reassure him with a variety of explanations: the Air Force had recently revised its cost estimates; the increase was much less than what many in Congress were proposing; other parts of the missiles appropriation had been reduced. But Eisenhower was not persuaded. According to the meeting notes, “The President protested the political pressures that the munitions industry brings to bear on the Congress, and especially the resort to full-page advertisements such as that by Boeing in regard to the BOMARC. He thought it was clear that other elements than the basic defense of the country were entered into the handling of these problems. . . . Thus, a year and a half before the speech that caused so many Americans to wonder about Eisenhower’s motives, he was well down the path of frustration with the influence, and confluence, of military and industrial power.”
    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/01/14/what-caused-ike-to-criticize-the-%E2%80%9Cmilitary-industrial-complex%E2%80%9D/
    Also see:
    Eisenhower and the Gaither Report:The Influence of a Committee of Experts on National Security Policy in the Late 19505
    by David Lindsey Snead
    Melvyn P. Leffler, Chairman

    This study examines the history of the Gaither committee: Why was it created?
    What were the backgrounds of its members? What evidence did it examine in performing its study? Why did it reach the conclusions it did? How influential was it on the Eisenhower administration? This manuscript illuminates the significance of the Gaither committee in shaping changes in Eisenhower’s national security policies and in the development of President Kennedy’s. It demonstrates that Eisenhower followed a consistent set of values and used an established decision making system to evaluate the Gaither committee’s findings and to make changes in his national security policies. It reveals that Eisenhower sought the assistance of experts from a variety of professions to supplement the advice he received from his official advisers. Finally, it shows that the Gaither committee reached its conclusions based as much on the preconceptions of its members as on the evidence it examined.
    […]
    http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1056&context=fac_dis
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    • Antony Sutton’s work, is of critical value to grasp that the Soviet Union never had it’s own independent industrial complex, all of the technology the Soviet Union had was “gifted” to them by western industry.

      Sutton’s “Wall Street” volumes are of the essence, as well as his most important work of all ‘Skull & Bones’:

      AMERICA’S SECRET ESTABLISHMENT:
      AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ORDER of SKULL & BONES

      ANTONY C. SUTTON


      http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres10/SuttonBones.pdf

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  53. “Political elites and super-bureaucrats are worried. It’s becoming harder to control consensus reality.

    A history stitched together by lies and cover-ups, political assassinations, slight-of-hand false flag deceptions, secret societies, dual loyalties and stolen fortunes – this has been the exclusive privilege of organized crime and the ruling elite for centuries.

    Putting aside history’s ‘big ticket’ items though, the real reason for this authoritarian trend is much more fundamental. By knocking out their intellectual competition, political elites and their media moguls hope to minimalize, and thus eliminate any alternative analysis and opinion by applying the completely open-ended and arbitrary label of “extremist” to speech. They want to wind back the clock, where a pre-internet, monolithic corporate media cartel held a monopoly on ideas.”
    http://wp.me/p3bwni-bt1
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  54. Wall Street and FDR By Antony C. Sutton

    FDR AND THE CORPORATE SOCIALISTS
    The Swope Plan
    “I think this is as revolutionary as anything that happened in this country in 1776, or in France in 1789, or in Italy under Mussolini or in Russia under Stalin.”
    — Senator Thomas P. Gore in the National Recovery Administration Hearings,
    U.S. Senate Finance Committee, May 22, 1933.

    Although the New Deal and its most significant component, the National Recovery Administration (NRA), are generally presented as the progeny of FDR’s brain trust, as we have seen the essential principles had been worked out in detail long before FDR and his associates came to power. The FDR group did little more than put the stamp of academic approval to an already prepared plan.
    The roots of the Roosevelt NRA are of peculiar importance. As we have seen in Chapter 6, allowing for vast changes in the industrial structure, NRA approximated a schema worked out in 1841 by FDR’s ancestor, Assemblyman Clinton Roosevelt of New York. Then we noted that wartime dictator Bernard Baruch was preparing an NRA-like program in the 1920s and that he and his assistant Hugh Johnson were very much an integral part of the preliminary planning. Further, the Roosevelt NRA was in its details a plan presented by Gerard Swope (1872-1957) long-time president of General Electric Company. This Swope Plan1 was in turn comparable to a German plan worked out in World War I by his opposite number Walter Rathenau, head of German General Electric (Allgemeine Elektizitäts Gesellschaft) in Germany, where it was known as the Rathenau Plan. So let’s take a closer look at the Swope Plan…
    […]
    The Swope Plan and Bernard Baruch’s earlier and similar proposal became the Roosevelt National Recovery Act. The Wall Street origins of NRA did not go unnoticed when the act was debated by Congress. Witness for example, the indignant, but not altogether accurate, outburst of Senator Huey P. Long:

    I come here now and I complain. I complain in the name of the people of my
    country, of the sovereign State I represent. I complain in the name of the
    people wherever else it may be known. I complain if it be true, as I am
    informed by Senators on this floor, that under this act Mr. Johnson, a former
    employee of Mr. Baruch, has been put in charge of the administration of the
    act, and has already called as his aides the head of the Standard Oil Co.,
    the head of General Motors, and the head of the General Electric Co.
    I complain if Mr. Peek, who is an employee of Mr. Baruch, or has been, as I
    have been informed on the floor of the Senate, has been placed in charge of
    administering the Farm Act, however good a man he may be and whatever
    his ideas may be.
    I complain if Mr. Brown, who, I am informed on the floor of the Senate, has
    been made an influential manipulator of the office of the Bureau of the
    Director of the Budget, has been an employee of Mr. Baruch, and is now
    given this authority. I complain because, on the 12th day of May 1932,
    before we went to Chicago to nominate a President of the United States, I
    stood in this very place on this floor and told the people of this country that
    we were not going to have the Baruch influence, at that time so potent with
    Hoover, manipulating the Democratic Party before nomination, after
    nomination, or after election.
    […]
    SOCIALIST PLANNERS OF THE 1930s
    There were, of course, many other plans in the early 1930s; indeed, economic planning was endemic among the academics, politicians, and businessmen of this era. The weight of informed opinion considered economic planning essential to raise America from the depression. Those who doubted the efficacy and wisdom of economic planning were few and far between. Unfortunately, in the early 1930s no empiric experience existed to demonstrate that economic planning is inefficient, creates more problems than it solves, and leads to loss of individual freedom. To be sure, Ludwig von Mises had written ‘Socialism’ and made his accurate predictions on the chaos of planning, but von Mises was even then an unknown economic theoretician. There is a mystical lure to economic planning. Its proponents always implicitly visualize themselves as the planners, and the anti capitalist psychology, so well described by von Mises, is the psychological pressure behind the scenes to make the plan come about. Even today in 1975, long after economic planning has been totally discredited, we still have the siren song of prosperity by planning. J. Kenneth Galbraith is one prominently vocal example, no doubt because Galbraith’s personal estimate of his abilities and wisdom is greater than that of America at large. Galbraith recognizes that planning offers a means to exercise his assumed abilities to the full. The rest of us are to be coerced into the plan by the police power of the state: a negation of liberal principles perhaps, but logic was never a strong point among the economic engineers.
    […]
    THE SWOPE PLAN
    While 90 per cent of the proposal text is devoted to give-away pensions for workers, unemployment insurance, life insurance and so on, the core is in the first few paragraphs. In brief, the Swope Plan was a carrot to get what Wall Street so earnestly desired: monopoly trade associations with the ability to use state power to enforce monopoly—Frederic Howe’s maxim of “get society to work for you” in practice.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/Sutton_Wall_Street_and_FDR-3.pdf

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    • Frederic C. Howe
      In 1932 Howe joined with George Norris, Harold Ickes, Felix Frankfurter, Donald Richberg, Edward Costigan, Grace Abbott, Paul Kellogg, Amos Pinchot, and Peter Witt, to establish the National Progressive League. The main objective of the group was support the Democratic Party nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt for president. The organization disbanded following Roosevelt election victory.
      http://spartacus-educational.com/Frederic_C_Howe.htm
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  55. The Right to Know as an informed citizenry verses the “Need to Know” doctrine of military compartmentalization is an issue that is lacking in the public dialog in the postmodern era.
    The concept that the right to know was in fact a need to know was generally understood by the founding generation of this nation.

    However, during the Industrial Revolution persuasive propaganda began to emerge which had deep effects as techniques of indoctrination were beginning to be perfected in a technological and psychological sense.
    The War Between the States occurred in this same time period, and a profound change in the values and understanding of the people took place. The ‘Republic’ was soon reframed as a ‘Democracy’, and the grasp of the founding documents began to fade from the public consciousness.

    As the early 20th century dawned new ideas took shape in the halls of power, while the importation of the Prussian “Educational” system was begun in earnest by those who would rule rather than govern.
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  56. Three-Fifths Compromise

    The Three-Fifths Compromise was a compromise reached between delegates from southern states and those from northern states during the 1787 United States Constitutional Convention. The debate was over whether, and if so, how, slaves would be counted when determining a state’s total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes. The issue was important, as this population number would then be used to determine the number of seats that the state would have in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years. The effect was to give the southern states a third more seats in Congress and a third more electoral votes than if slaves had been ignored (but fewer than if counts of slaves and free persons had been lumped together), allowing the slaveholder interests to largely dominate the government of the United States until 1865. The compromise was proposed by delegates James Wilson and Roger Sherman.

    The USA is Hypocrisy Inc.
    The Three-Fifths Compromise was a moral and ethical compromise masked as a political one.

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  57. When I was a kid, my mother was hooked on the soaps which I hated. Well here’s a later rendition some fifty something years later “As The World Turns”

    Obama’s Most Momentous Decision
    February 15, 2016

    Exclusive: President Obama must decide if he will let the Syrian civil war come to an end with Russian-backed President Assad still in power or if he will escalate by supporting a Turkish-Saudi invasion, which could push the world to the brink of nuclear war, writes Joe Lauria.

    By Joe Lauria

    With the Russian-backed Syrian army encircling Aleppo, cutting off Turkish supplies to rebels and advancing on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, a panicked Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint headquarters to direct an invasion of Syria that could lead to a vast escalation of the war. And there’s only one man who could stop them: President Barack Obama.

    It is probably the most important decision Obama will make in his eight years in office since a Turkish-Saudi invasion risks a direct showdown between Russia and NATO, since Turkey is a member of the alliance.

    President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    The U.S. traditionally has held tremendous power over client states like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. So, an order from Washington is usually enough to get such governments to back down. But Ankara and Riyadh are being led by reckless men whose continued existence in power might well depend on stopping a Syrian government victory – helped by Russia, Iran and the Kurds – and a humiliating defeat of the Turkish-Saudi-backed Syrian rebels, who include some radical jihadist groups.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prince Mohammad bin Salman have shown increasing defiance of Washington. Neither man is the legal ruler of his respective country. But both have seized power nonetheless.

    Erdoğan is technically in a symbolic post, a presidency without power. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu should be leading the country the way Erdoğan did when he was prime minister, but Davutoğlu is still letting Erdoğan call the shots.

    Erdoğan is campaigning for a referendum that would make Turkey a presidential system to legalize the power he already has. But that hasn’t happened yet. So, he is simply acting as a de facto executive leader while potential rivals are afraid to contest his overreach of power.

    Erdoğan’s increasing authoritarianism is alarming some people in Washington. He is routinely throwing in jail journalists and academics who dare criticize him. After a brutal crackdown in the Kurdish city of Cizre inside Turkey this month, leaving much of the city in ruins, Erdoğan has turned his attention to the Syrian Kurds.

    They are among the best fighters on the ground against the Islamic State and are supported by both the U.S. and Russia. And they are threatening to formalize their de facto autonomy inside Syria, which Erdoğan has vowed to crush. By fighting the Islamic State, the Kurds are also messing with Erdoğan’s goal of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Erdoğan has staked much of his power on overthrowing Assad. A Syrian victory against Erdoğan’s five-year project of “regime change” in Damascus could mean the end of him politically. Sensing this danger, Erdoğan has been increasingly belligerent toward anyone standing in his way.

    Erdoğan showed his defiance of the Obama administration when he said, “How can we trust [you]? Is it me who is your partner or the [Kurdish] terrorists in Kobane?”

    Turkey Shells Syria

    On Sunday, Erdoğan began shelling Syrian Kurdish areas in Aleppo province, especially the city of Azaz. “We will not allow Azaz to fall,” Prime Minister Davutoğlu vowed on Monday, reflecting Erdoğan’s hard line. Turkey’s attacks also are aimed at preventing the Syrian government from sealing the Turkish border where the Islamic State and other jihadist groups have smuggled across fighters, weapons and other supplies into Syria – as well as oil from Syria into Turkey.

    With his aggressive strategies toward his neighbors, Erdoğan has been accused of wanting to establish a new Ottoman empire. Azaz is near Dabiq, the town where the Ottoman Empire began in 1516. Because of that symbolism, Turkey’s defeat there could mean the death of Erdoğan’s neo-Ottoman dreams and perhaps of his presidency. (For the Islamic State, Dabiq is the place where a future Christian-Muslim battle will take place heralding the end of the world.)

    The Saudis appear equally spoiling for a fight. Prince Mohammed bin Salman is deputy crown prince, second in line to the crown. But his father, King Salman, is suffering from dementia and the current crown prince, Mohammad bin Nayef, 56, is considered loyal to the U.S. But 30-year-old Mohammed has launched the most independent Saudi military policy in the history of the modern Saudi state. He is said not to trust the United States. And as defense minister, he has recklessly launched a disastrous war in Yemen, where – despite widespread death and destruction – the most powerful Arab army cannot defeat the poorest Arab nation. Mohammed has staked his credibility on the outcome of the Yemen war. But he also has vowed to check Iranian regional influence. So, he may be going for broke now by threatening to invade Syria.

    Turkey and Saudi Arabia have established a joint headquarters at Turkey’s Incirlik base, 62 miles from the Syrian border. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a Turkish newspaper last week that Saudi warplanes and troops would be arriving at the base.

    The Saudis are also planning war games inside the Kingdom with 150,000 troops from 20 Arab nations. Jordan, however, sensibly said it would not take part in an invasion unless it is led by U.S. and British troops and has a U.N. Security Council mandate “with full coordination with Russia.”

    However, the war clouds continued to darken along the Syrian border. On Sunday, Turkey began shelling Syrian Kurdish positions, including the town of Azaz in Aleppo province. And, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Russia “will fail to save” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Jubeir vowed to overthrow. In response to Saudi threats, Hezbollah said it would “slaughter Saudi troops” if they invade.

    Assad Confronting Fanatical Erdoğan

    For his part, Assad has not ruled out that Turkey and Saudi Arabia will invade. He told the French Press Agency (AFP) on Monday: “Logically, intervention is not possible, but sometimes reality is at odds with logic, particularly when there are irrational people leading a certain state. That’s why I don’t rule that out for a simple reason: Erdoğan is a fanatical person with Muslim Brotherhood inclinations. He is living the Ottoman dream…

    “He believes that he has an Islamist mission in our region. The same applies to Saudi Arabia. The collapse of the terrorists in Syria is a collapse of their policies. I tell you that this process is surely not going to be easy for them, and we will certainly confront it.”

    The risks of a Saudi-Turkish invasion of Syria are enormous. If soldiers from NATO-member Turkish are killed by the Syrian army or Russian air force, will they seek NATO protection? If Saudi or its allied troops are killed how would the U.S. respond? An invasion could pit Saudi troops against Iranian forces on the same battlefield in what could be an historic Sunni-Shia battle.

    Despite the tough Turkish and Saudi rhetoric, Saudi Arabia at least, has made it clear that it won’t invade without the U.S. leading the way. That puts the ball squarely in the Oval Office where President Obama has resisted committing U.S. combat troops to another war in the Middle East but reportedly wants to avoid further alienating U.S. “allies,” Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

    At the State Department, John Kerry has made no statement about a possible invasion. Instead he’s using his close ties to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to try to nail down a partial ceasefire that is supposed start on Friday. The ceasefire would allow continue fighting against terrorists, but the U.S. and Russia disagree on exactly who should be included on the list of terrorists. Further, many of the U.S.-backed rebel groups collaborate with Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front in some areas, making targeting difficult even when there is U.S.-Russian agreement of who’s the terrorist.

    Other mixed signals have come from the Pentagon where Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has “welcomed” the Saudi offer of ground troops. The matter was discussed at a NATO defense ministers meeting last week, but the only outcome was the acceptance of special forces from the United Arab Emirates.

    Obama has given no public indication of what he will do if Turkey and Saudi Arabia press ahead with an invasion. It’s not even clear that he still has the leverage to stop Turkey and Saudi Arabia if they press ahead.

    Obama could simply cut U.S. losses in its disastrous Syrian “regime change” policy and accept a Russian and Iranian-backed Syrian government victory, but he would come intense criticism from Washington’s influential neoconservatives as well as Republicans. But does he have another choice if he wants to avoid war with Russia?

    On Saturday, Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s not known what they discussed about a possible invasion of Syria. However, if Obama threatened to intervene if Russia doesn’t end its military support for the Syrian military offensive, we could be in the middle of the most serious game of chicken since the Cuban missile crisis.

    Nor do we know what Obama is telling the Turks and Saudis. On Monday, both countries toned down their bellicose rhetoric. Perhaps Obama delivered the only sane message possible: avoid a military confrontation with Russia at all costs. But it seems the lights will remain on at the Kremlin and the White House as the two nuclear powers look for some way to avoid a collision.

    Joe Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist based at the U.N. since 1990. He has written for the Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the Johannesburg Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. He can be reached atjoelauria@gmail.com and followed on Twitter at @unjoe.

      • Speaking of money makers. This is how TPTB’ll push cryptocurrency viral should they have their way with us. Talk about being anally reamed. Good commentary included.
        The Corbett Report

        TheInternationalForecaster.com
        February 16, 2016

        You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we launched an open source investigation into the war on cash. As I noted at the time, the investigation was spurred by an uptick in anti-cash rhetoric over the last few months from the media, from central bankers and from politicians. Since that investigation took place, however, things have gotten even more in-your-face.

        Just four days after we started the investigation Bloomberg came out with an op-ed urging the banksters to “Bring On the Cashless Future.”

        Four days after that PayPal kicked off their anti-cash, “PayPal is New Money” advertising campaign at the Super Bowl.

        And in the latest move the ECB is now officially considering scrapping the 500 euro note, a move that some worry is just the first step toward limiting cash purchases or eliminating it all together.

        “There is a pervasive and increasing conviction in the world of public opinion that high denomination banknotes are used for criminal purposes … It’s in this context that we are considering action,” ECB President Mario Draghi told a journalist in response to a question about the European Council’s recent resolution to “consider appropriate measures” regarding the future of the 500 euro note.

        mahrerHarald Mahrer is one of the people warning about the move, and he’s not just your average Joe. He’s a Deputy in the Economic Ministry of the Austrian government. “We don’t want someone to be able to track digitally what we buy, eat and drink, what books we read and what movies we watch,” he told Austrian public radio station Oe1 last week. He argues that the ability to use cash should be a constitutional right for Austrians.

        Mahrer is just reflecting what an increasing number of people are beginning to realize: that cash transactions are a key to maintaining anonymity. Heck, when even mainstream propaganda outlets like Slate.com are running pieces making the case that “cash is a classic privacy protection” (in direct contradiction to their earlier anti-cash propaganda) you know the would-be Gods of Money still have a way to go to convince the public to part ways with paper.

        But more than just privacy protection, the true importance of cash becomes apparent in times of banking crisis. Just witness when Greece started clamping down on cash withdrawals during their banking panic and people began literally stuffing it under the mattress. It is no coincidence that we are moving into a time of global economic uncertainty being frontrun by (what else?) a banking crisis in Europe.

        500euroOn this front, at least, it seems like Mahrer and the forces of common sense might actually be beating back the banksters. Draghi for his part had to almost immediately back off of his cash demonizing comments. He came out on Monday to clarify that the potential scrapping of the 500 euro bill is only about cracking down on money laundering and has nothing to do with an attempt to limit cash transactions.

        Trust him as far as you can throw him, but at the very least his backpedaling shows that the banksters have not yet got public opinion on their side on the war on cash. For the time being, anyway…

        bladtheimpailer says:
        02/17/2016 at 2:58 am
        “Money laundering by criminal elements”….Draghi and his ilk mean the subsidiary levels of cost to their drug trade as an excuse to further control the people through forcing all commercial activity through their control centres called banking accounts. Further to this then the banksters will also have ready avail to the credit stored in banking accounts to buff anytime they feel the need. This is the criminal element of the financial class going about housekeeping to make theft on a continuing basis so much easier for themselves while at the same time instituting practically iron clad control over the people.

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        WAYNED says:
        02/17/2016 at 3:41 am
        It is the final point that makes your reporting so valuable, and valid. It is the obvious perspective and ramifications that are so often missing from the Dependent News media reporting model. I mean, by intent.

        Continue to do the right thing, and they will be undermined. (“If you build it, they will come…”)

  58. Long but I found this worth reading you may too
    IT IS HIGH TIME FOR A (R)EVOLUTION! HOW SHADOW GOVERNMENTS HAVE ENSLAVED THE WHOLE WORLD Please scroll down for video 1.3K It is one minute to midnight and enough is enough! I suggest you put everything aside and take really time to read this urgent message and appeal that will not only really spoil things for our ruling clique but will bring tears of rage to their eyes since I will with brutal honesty uncover the perfidious mechanisms by which humanity is kept in slavery. The world continues to descend into chaos that has been fabricated by this emotionless clique. Their final goal: a single unified world dictatorship, the “New World Order” they so hotly desire. The migrant invasion that for months now has been staged by Western and Arab countries and will soon dramatically increase – next to the terror attacks orchestrated by the same perpetrators – to totally destabilize the European continent is clearly the next important step to implement this heinous plan of radical subjugation of our planet. Explosive background information about this migrant invasion can be found here. RELATED ARTICLES ET’s & Shadow Governments: What Else Does This Astronaut Know? The 6 Grand Illusions That Keeps YOU And All Of Humanity Enslaved By now events are picking up speed since the ruling caste is obviously losing time. But there are also peaceful solutions for all the problems in the world that, however, are being suppressed and kept strictly secret. But with increasing speed the truth is moving to the surface and can no longer be suppressed. Buckle up well before reading the next paragraphs! A Great War Against Russia Is a Done Deal The reason the migration wave is being exploited by the media on a daily basis like no other event is based on the fact that it is possible for them to distract people skilfully from other important things. The Western cabal for example has for many months been engaged in substantial preparations for a great war against Russia. To this end a great number of heavy equipment and an ever-growing army of NATO soldiers are deployed above all to Germany and Eastern Europe – directly at Russia’s front door. Even the uninformed should be able to discern that these busy, logistically and technically very extensive preparations are certainly not made in jest and not as a simple saber-rattling. Such a gigantic effort is not made for simple exercises either. The shoot-down of the Russian jet fighter over Syria/Turkey was obviously meant to light another fuse. The message is clear: A great war against Russia on European and German ground has definitely been decided long ago! The one-sided reporting perpetrated by compliant mainstream media outlets that with zealous propaganda and lies present Russia as the single and only bad guy, is meant to attune the European people to this war and have them celebrate the NATO invaders as welcome heroes. And yes, those in power are seeking our approval for this. What about this approval? I will come back to that towards the end of this article. Viewed under formal aspects the sprawling US invasion policy is only possible because Germany is still under occupation as we still do not have a peace treaty with the enemies from World War I and II and as there is a lack of sovereign Germans who in turn would be required for a peace agreement. In the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) we can clearly and unmistakably read what the FRG really is, namely an “administration of the united economic territory” of the Allies that is subdivided into business sectors and acts following business rules and regulations within the occupation zones (see Basic Law articles 65, 125, 133 – hint: the german version uses words like “business divisions”, “business dealings” and similar vocabulary). In other words: The “FRG” is not a state but a trustee administration of the Allies who acts within the structures of a large company. Thus there is no state law ruling within the FRG but commercial law! Since the end of World War II a legal framework was erected that in addition made the Germans stateless and to employees of this FRG company (therefore the “Personalausweis” (personnel ID) instead of a person ID or identity card), and since the establishment of the European Union (EU) this model is also being gradually implemented in other EU countries as well as worldwide. From these facts above all people are being constantly distracted. With some minor exceptions our complete educational system is influenced significantly by the Allies. The same applies to all mainstream media (and even to some alternative media). After the Second World War all press and publishing houses required approval by the allied military administration. Many people don’t know that besides other newspapers the BILD-Zeitung (largest yellow press paper in Germany) had been founded by the CIA, and still today American intelligence agencies are dictating or even writing content for articles that are then being published in the important german dailies. The G10 law passed in 1968 allows the occupying forces unlimited surveillance of all communications. In the course of the disclosures by the whistleblower Edward Snowden concerning espionage activities by the US Americans and the British on German ground it again became abundantly clear how little sovereign Germany really is (in my book Wenn das die Deutschen wüssten… dann hätten wir morgen eine (R)evolution! (If the Germans but knew… we would have a (r)evolution tomorrow!”) I dedicate several chapters to this subject and all the precarious backgrounds, also to the question of how we may become sovereign women, men and children again. The book is available in german only at the moment). The Russian member of Parliament Jewgeni Alexejewitsch Fjodorow, member of the State Duma and chairman of the Economic Council, disclosed in an interview of 2013 highly interesting facts concerning the “sovereignty of Germany”: “(…) Germany is just an ordinary colony of the USA as are many other countries. By the way, in Germany exists a national liberation movement as we have it here in Russia. And this German freedom movement tries to address certain topics publicly like the German gold reserves abroad, the question of the sovereignty of the German people and the right to an autonomous administration of the German territory. And they demand the withdrawal of the American occupational forces from Germany. Other than Russia Germany is directly occupied by US troops stationed there. (…)” This hits the nail on the head. Also interesting is his statement that Russia is also occupied and thus in no way sovereign. I will come back to that in a moment. The USA still maintain their supreme command of their armed forces for Europe, the USEUCOM, in Stuttgart, Germany in order to ensure the domination of Europe militarily and extend it within the frame of their invasion policy (currently: Ukraine/Russia and Syria). The USEUCOM came out of the “Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force” (SHAEF), the headquarters of the allied forces in north-western Europe that were founded in 1944 and headed by Dwight D. Eisenhower. During and after the Second World War a large number of the countries of this world have been subjected or had to submit themselves to the SHAEF military laws. That these are still valid today may be seen in this video in which a US general awards a Ukrainian soldier with a medal. On this medal the unique SHAEF emblem (the fiery sword) is shown to everyone in an almost blatant way – as a sign of conquest – and thus points to the fact that the Ukrainian government serves as a US vassal and that the US will take forcibly and “legally” what according to the SHAEF laws is contractually theirs. Peace agreements between Germans and the occupational forces would end the SHAEF laws and as a consequence also the imposed commercial law since from then on the formerly occupied countries of this world would regain their sovereignty. World peace would then be a lot nearer. Meanwhile the Americans openly and almost verbally admit that they – as the Romans before them – are imperialists and want to bring the whole world under their control, as was revealed last year by George Friedman – head of the American think tank for geo-strategy Stratfor – in an address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. According to him the cooperative coalescence of Germany and Russia must be prevented at all costs, and that if necessary there will be war again in Europe. Germany as a US colony is thus accorded a central role in Europe in the imperialistic US invasion policy, but according to Friedman it is an uncertainty factor since the US never can really be sure how the German government would act in certain decisions. His statements show that behind the “German question” is a lot more than he would admit in front of the cameras. Video: Quite obviously the unprecedented flooding of Germany with migrants serves as a military mass migration weapon and as a means of blackmail to bring the government of the FRG back “on a western course”, or it is the slap on the wrist for the FRG wanting to join the eastern Illuminati alliance (with China as leading force together with Russia) that now also wants “its 100 years” of world domination with their own slave money system. In the spring of 2015 Germany joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member. The AIIB establishes nothing less than an alleged alternative financial system dominated by China that competes with the IMF and the World Bank. This in fact puts the final nail in the coffin of the financial system dominated by the West and the US dollar! The Chinese Yuan shall herewith replace the US dollar as world reserve currency. The recent rise of the Yuan to a world reserve currency not only has symbolic character in this regard. The USA are of course strictly opposed to western countries joining this newly-formed alliance. A worldwide currency reset including a crash seems therefore quite probable for the near future in order to finally implement this shift of power that the West wants to prevent at all costs, if needed by war. In this context the cabal also wants to distract from the current breakup of the Euro and the planned mass expropriations. Should this system change be carried out in favor of the eastern cabal this wouldn’t mean that our planet would have been liberated. In order to gain popularity of the masses some debt forgiveness and maybe some free money at the beginning for everyone is planned. But the ‘slave game’ would enter the next round with definitely more control, more surveillance and less rights for every single person. Just the slave guards would have been exchanged. This needs to be understood and urgently made public worldwide! A brief reminder here that from now on we should stop using the term “illuminati” (which “they” like very much by the way). These are crime syndicates of the most evil kind which are anything but “illuminated” (enlightened). Yet the flooding of Europe with many millions of migrants has another important goal: The dissolution of national states, of cultural values, of national thinking and national sense of belonging. Once the latter is abolished or significantly weakened, there is no more unity amongst the people that otherwise might fight the subjugation by the system effectively. The World Is a Gigantic Brothel and We All Are “Whores” of This Sick System! Since the countries of this world no longer issue their own state-run money but borrow it from the central banks (that are privately owned), the countries must continuously pay interest and compound interest on those loaned funds to the bankers. The governments may only succeed in clearing these interests – but never the payback of the principal credit which the bankers never want as the nation might be free of debt and thus independent – by levying taxes and duties. Yes, you read correctly! For this reason we pay income tax and taxes and duties on all sorts of things. Old national debts are thus only replaced by ever new debts. As a result the interest payments are continuously rising and thus the taxes and duties must also rise. At some point in time pensions as well as other social benefits will have to be cut. When the payments of interests and compound interests can no longer be met the whole affair leads to a national bankruptcy as we have witnessed with Greece in the first half of 2015 when Greek citizens were no longer able to shoulder the inhuman austerity measures and looting of their country imposed on them by the Mafia Troika (IMF, EU and ECB) and refused to knuckle down any further to the international banking cartel. The consequences: Privatizations and the sell off of state property to foreign locusts, creating more poverty in the country. This is classical redistribution from “bottom” to “top”. Today the largest part of our money is created as a mere accounting record electronically only, virtually “out of thin air” – a highly efficient debt based money system which the parasitic cabal installed to subjugate and enslave the whole world. The German Empire (1871 – 1918) had issued its own partially gold backed currency and the highest rate of income tax was a mere 4% for incomes larger than 100.000 Mark which back then was really a huge amount of money. The Empire flourished economically, was sovereign and largely independent of the international financial system, thus serving as a positive example that “threatened” to find followers not just in Europe. This had to be efficiently suppressed by the banking cartel by using the two World wars among other things. The American Federal Reserve Bank wasn’t founded “by accident” in 1913 – just one year before World War I started – which introduced the interest based money debt system that we know today. And in the same year the 16th amendment was “coincidentally” ratified, enabling US Congress to introduce an income tax law allowing the taxation of incomes of all kind. Do you begin to grasp it by now? In the US by the way – in parallel to Germany – we have an almost identical situation. In 1871 the 41st US Congress changed ‘Washington D.C.’, the Government of the United States, into a commercial enterprise. This was the condition by the banks in order to lend money to the ailing states. With the contractual integration of all American states into this “Corporation” every US citizen unknowingly became practically an employee of this company (UNITED STATES CODE, Title 28, § 3002 (15) (A) (B) (C): (15) “United States” means – (A) a Federal corporation; (B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or (C) an instrumentality of the United States.) In this regard an Alaska State Judge has just recently exposed additional interesting information on how criminals once have hijacked the US government and established a parallel system of law. Who thinks Russia as an exception to this whole scenario to be independent and sovereign is highly mistaken. The Russian Central Bank is a member of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the “mother of all central banks worldwide”. This means that the Russian ruble is backed by US dollars and thus tightly embedded in the global slave money system. On the board of BIS sit amongst others representatives of JPMorgan, Rothschild, Goldman Sachs, the Chinese Central Bank, the IMF and the American FED. The solution that Russia apparently strives for in the background is the nationalization of its central bank and its currency and then subsequently the disengagement of the western financial system. But how did the privatization of the Russian central bank come about? The former state bank of the Russian Empire was state property from 1860 until 1917. In 1917, when the Bolshevik Lenin urgently needed funds for his violent usurpation of power (October revolution), he borrowed them from the international banking cartel (amongst others Warburg and Rothschild). In return the bankers got by contract the control over the Russian central bank and the right to issue the Russian currency. According to further information this enslaving contract (debt money system) shall supposedly end in 2016 and Russia does not wish to extend it. I cannot say with 100% certainty whether this is true or not but soon we’ll find out. Considering past events it would at least corroborate the actual warring activities by the US government in Ukraine and the encirclement of Russia. That’s why we all witness this enormous “tug-of-war” between East and West which in the course of 2015 has conspicuously escalated. Money is also a form of energy and money always represents or carries our life force respectively. Just because of this global debt based money system we have to slave away 40 to 60 hours a week to work off the interest on the debts incurred by our governments, making us modern slaves. It really should be openly admitted that it is us who are “prostituting” for the parasitic forces and in doing so burn up our valuable lifetime and our health and thus shorten our natural lifespans. We further are hindered to follow our true life’s calling on this Earth by this “forced labor” just in order to survive. It is this debt based money system that brings about existential fears and fears of loss, (wished) dependence of companies, employers and other people and a general dependence in all possible directions from this abysmally sick system exploiting humanity. Video: We the people and our labor force are used as a kind of security/collateral for the “national debts” imposed by the banking cartel. Our birth certificate acts as a bond here that represents a fictitious legal entity (a “person”) – our “strawman” (must see!) – and not us as living women and men. This certificate is deposited with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). By registering the child and the issuing of this birth certificate we transfer the rights to our now also disenfranchised newborns to the (corporate) government of our country. This is also the reason why the state can at any time take children away from their parents, for instance when they are not attending school and thus are not raised in a “system-compatible manner” (in Germany the theft of national and foreign children by the “youth welfare offices” has taken on epidemic proportions). The same goes for everything else that we register with the government, thus transferring our ownership to the state (and we are left with mere usage rights for our cars, our homes etc. for which we are “allowed” to continuously pay fees (i.e. taxes). You can read more about your “strawman” here. As collateral the gold reserves and other valuable assets of the respective country are stolen as well and brought into custody to Switzerland and the US. Due to space restrictions I cannot address all single aspects in this article. In my book I enter deep into the rabbit hole of all these subjects and connect highly explosive puzzle parts that when joined together illustrate how today’s slave system in its refinement became possible at all, but also how we are able to free ourselves from it – individually and as collective community. For as we have seen, this has for some time not concerned just the Germans but all humans worldwide! The believers in the church and the Pope among the readers (and I deliberately do not mean believers in God!) might be shocked to learn what crucial role the Vatican with its catholic church plays in this world-encompassing slave system and with which abominations and insidious machinations this truly diabolic institution has ensured and extended its enormous power over this planet. Video: Hollywood movies often show us the outright truth: We were born into slavery and just serve as mere batteries to keep this system alive Lies, Manipulations and Mass Consciousness Among other things the rulers make use of two significant elements of manipulation: Through lying propaganda and war mongering against other countries and peoples the cabal seeks our consent for war. Those in power generally always need the consent of the masses for their larger goals. This happens on the one hand through terror attacks (as in Paris last November) planned and staged “from above” and on the other hand through constantly repeated deception and lies. When the majority of us believes those lies and doesn’t question them (or we don’t care what happens to other nations in the world), we scream for solutions and for example agree that other countries “must” be attacked and we also freely waive our freedom for “promised” security. We give our collective approval and thus our consent to war and to all other things that happen to our detriment. That way those in power are always able to whitewash themselves afterwards. Because by downright brainwashing by the press and broadcasting media – also especially by programming our subconscious mind through certain movies, TV series and songs – with the goal to create fears and “belief patterns” in humans (including fear of a pretended enemy, fear of war etc.), following the law of resonance and the law of cause and effect people draw this possible scenario (i.e. the war) into their reality. For energy always flows where attention goes. The secret that you are not supposed to hear about: Those in power feed off of low emotions, above all on the emotions of anger and fear of the people! Our thoughts and emotions provably create our reality ‘on the outside’. The Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto had proved this in many experiments. Group meditations for instance have been able to significantly reduce crime rate in the city and even worldwide. For this only 1% of the population is needed to produce a noticeably positive change (see Maharishi effect). Imagine it would regularly be five or more percent! In the negative sense, however, this means that through lies and manipulation “programmed” mass consciousness – following the law of resonance (“Like attracts like!”) – the goals aimed for by the rulers will be drawn into reality. Thus we create – mostly unconsciously and unknowingly – our own mischief. Yes, correct, the dark cabal uses the masses – i.e. the mass consciousness – as an energetic “multiplier” for the implementation of their plans. You see, this area is our own responsibility. We cannot blame anyone on the outside to be “solely” responsible. It is best to leave the TV switched off and to cancel all pay-tv and newspaper subscriptions. Alternatives worth reading and watching that also extend the consciousness can be found here. The same holds true concerning prophecies of a Third World War that have become very trendy again. They present only one of several possible futures, always based on the actual situation in the present; i.e. the time the prediction was made and based on the subjective mind-set of the clairvoyant medium. As time progresses, the possible future is continuously changing, it is never “set in stone”. And the rulers do everything they can so that people are constantly occupied with these stressful prophecies, worry about their future (have again fears) instead of enjoying their lives in the present – here and now – and focusing their thoughts on peace and freedom. Then in the end we don’t have to wonder when based on our manifesting or our firm “beliefs” the scenario of a war suddenly is carried to our door and is not just happening “somewhere far away”. Energy flows where attention goes! The majority of humanity wants peace and freedom and certainly no war. We all are truly weary of all the wars and all the violence on this globe! But just not wanting a war is not enough if we do not practice or allow love and compassion in our own surroundings. For we project outwards what we carry within us in values and emotions. When we are full of joy and love we infect others with it – and this creates a ripple effect that in turn is drawing ever larger circles. And this is what those in power fear most! Video: If Elections Would Bring Positive Changes They Would Be Forbidden! Elections don’t yield anything positive. We might be able to choose the color of our new prison bars every few years but nothing more. Just look at the last decades. Has anything in the world become better due to elections? Every time we go voting we grant full discretionary power to this manipulated political party system for all its actions and decisions in the coming election period, independently of whether we later approve of those decisions or not. We must accept the politicians’ decisions without grumbling for we have legitimized them with our valuable vote and thus have acquiesced to their “rules of the game”. There is a reason why we don’t have people’s referenda for important issues in most countries of the world. To quote Mr. Andreas Popp of the Wissensmanufaktur (knowledge factory): “Through elections we may effect small changes in the system but no changes to the system!” So why elect parties if they are part of this rigged game? (Even truly alternative and honest parties cannot win in this system since the power elite in Washington and the City of London always decide the outcome). Therefore we should take no interest in Obama, Putin and Merkel. They are just well-paid polit-actors, string puppets installed by the international banking mafia conglomerate who collude behind the world stage in their secret lodges. The task of the feudalistic political junta worldwide is to fuel hatred, resentment and envy among us nations so that we – manipulated by polemic and propaganda – blame each other for nothing. Yes, it’s our governments and our media that incite us artfully against each other, mostly for totally unimportant and superficial reasons. Once a nation is divided there is no unity and thus people are more easily misguided and manipulated. People of this world: It is high time we see through this charade and once and for all exit this backstabbing “divide and conquer” game! And any opposition out there that is not addressing the above mentioned causes and problems (especially the missing sovereignty and the debt based money system) and the following solutions or ignores, conceals or denies them is a controlled opposition initiated from “above” and equipped with agents in order to channel the masses calling for change and to thwart these movements as part of the distraction and let them all run dry in the end. This applies to political parties and especially to demonstration movements! So it’s completely in our hands to take up the reins rather than leave the responsibility to third parties that are not only very happy that the German people is becoming extinct but are actively and feverishly collaborating in its demise. A Peace Appeal to the World Community! Now honestly, who profits from all this hatred fueled from “above”? It’s very detrimental to us, it robs us of our precious life force and thus only profits the cabal who wants to drag us into yet another great and completely senseless war that would bring destruction and annihilation of life to an unbelievable degree. Profit and power is all what is important to them. But the most important key to world peace is LOVE – from which those in power have detached themselves and thus isolated themselves a very long time ago. A question to all of us: Should we follow them or are we, the people, actually able to do it better? So let’s rid ourselves of all resentfulness and all fears and prejudices and let’s finally begin practicing compassion and forgiveness for each other. Let’s stop feeding the dark forces with our low emotions. We can only overcome the cabal and change the course if we all show solidarity and are present FOR each other with love, respect and gratitude instead of acting AGAINST each other. In the light of recent events – and because over the last months this situation has been pushed out of the media and removed from our focus – I would like to say to our Russian and Ukrainian friends at this point that you are our brothers and sisters! Do not forget that! We hear you and we feel with you. This of course applies equally to all other peoples of this Earth. We all have to stand together now worldwide, no matter which religion, race or skin color. These are just superficial aspects, illusions only. In this regard I would like to appeal to especially all those fundamentalist migrants who in the context of the immigration wave are exploited by the rulers for their power games as well and will be “dumped” later on like all other people. To them I would like to suggest this: Do not abuse the tolerance of your hosting countries! Because this will fall back on you, guaranteed. Wake up and realise how you are also abused and look deeper behind the scenes. Join with us and let us pull at the same string to end this exploitive system. For above all we are this: inhabitants of this planet. We are all in the same boat, this planetary boat in which together we cross the universe. We should work together and not against each other. If we tear down the constraints in our heads and our hearts and finally let go of the past, we will be able to move forward and unleash our truly infinite potential. Let’s establish a new peaceful, just and harmonious world together. General strikes are forbidden “by law” in many countries. But I believe that the “comprehensive cover” mentality and the obedience to authorities of many people will soon end. A (r)evolution must and will, so I believe, come from the bottom of the power pyramid, and to this end we’ll need to get rid of the “humble” idea that we’d need to have it confirmed and certified by the “authorities”. Let us use the wonderful power of networking and the independence that for example bartering goods for services and vice versa may bring and thus eventually leave the present system behind as an empty and useless shell. There are manifold solutions for all problems in this world in all areas imaginable. Be it the healing of apparently incurable diseases; a multitude of alternatives in the energy sector that would render us fully self-sufficient up to an alternative economic and social system in which every single one of us would be provided with everything needed for living without cost and so much more. As an intermediary solution an unconditional basic income could be introduced worldwide immediately. This is without a doubt absolutely feasible. This would immediately end poverty on a global scale as well as instantly end most wars, robberies and homicide that happen due to financial problems and poverty. A large part of humanity would no longer agree to be recruited as cannon fodder (soldiers) due to financial need either. This would largely dissolve the tense migrant situation in Germany and thus there would be no civil wars in Europe. People from other countries would no longer be compelled to leave their home countries for economic reasons in the first place. Yes, prosperity and abundance for all people – and without anything like “money” – is definitively doable. In truth we don’t need any financial system at all! The respective plans are all ready. All knowledge and all necessary technologies for implementing this positive change have existed for many decades. A harmonious transition without a crash and without wars would be possible at any time! World peace is possible but to this end every single one of us is called more than ever. Let us therefore clearly and consciously decide for a NO to further wars and a YES to global peace. We are billions of people and “they” are ridiculously few in comparison! With our mass consciousness we are able to co-create and change the world fundamentally to our imaginations even overnight if we truly want it. So let us unite and from now on permanently focus on positive goals only. For every conscious and loving being that applies this knowledge in practice and passes it on to others is contributing positively to the good of the collective and the planet. Let us jointly initiate a global positive ripple effect that will lead to peace and freedom. Let us reach out as friends, join hands and ignite the spark of love in our hearts in millions and billions. In this spirit … It is high time for a (r)evolution! Videos: Note: If some links in the article don’t work anymore (i. e. for reason of censorship or due to technical problems) you might still access a copy at https://archive.org/web/. PS: This article has been translated from german to english. Whosoever feels called to translate this article uncensored into other languages is cordially invited to do so to ensure the information gets spread as far and wide as possible. Many thanks! ( via pravda-tv.net )! READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/it_is_high_time_for_a_revolution_how_shadow_governments_have_enslaved_the_whole_world/127946?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-2016-02-16&utm_source=email

  59. The Future is soooooo fuckin’ weird__way beyond anything I ever imagined as a kid reading science fiction. The most bizarre thing is right here at my fingertips, this computer workstation linking me to Cyberspace, a terra incognita of infinite dimensions. In ways it makes “real life” mundane — I wouldn’t have missed this for anything!

    It is a real Wonderland.
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  60. LEGAL FICTION – ABSURDITY IN LAW

    A legal fiction is a fact assumed or created by courts[1] which is then used in order to apply a legal rule. Legal fiction allows an intellectual tradition of defining a legal standard such as by way of a person, which has resulted in the creation of classic hypothetical figures in law including: The man on the Clapham omnibus, the right-thinking member of society, the officious bystander, the “reasonable parent,” the “reasonable landlord,” and the “fair-minded and informed observer,” and stretching back to Roman jurists, the figure of the bonus paterfamilias.[2] Legal fictions are mostly encountered under common law systems.

    While all creation of law is subject to unintended consequences, that resulting from legal fiction can produce particular outrage because it follows from a premise in pure fantasy.[3] Legal fictions may be counterintuitive to those surprised to hear logic from fantasy as a means to administer justice in the modern course of everyday life, but they are preserved to advance public policy and preserve the rights of certain individuals and institutions. Such an example is when a corporation is treated in judicial proceedings as if it were a “natural person” and thus has the same legal rights and responsibilities as a natural person.

    It’s alleged legal fiction is used as a definition or means for an improvised solution to *antinomy in law,[citation needed] such as the Morton’s fork or double bind in the rules of the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament which specify that a Member of Parliament cannot resign from office, but since the law also states that a Member of Parliament who is appointed to a paid office of the Crown must either step down or stand for re-election, the effect of a resignation can be accomplished by appointment to such an office. The second rule is used to circumvent the first rule.

    [*antinomy, a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.]

    The term “legal fiction” is not usually used in a pejorative way, and has been likened to scaffolding around a building under construction.[4]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_fiction
    Also: http://www.britannica.com/topic/antinomy
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    • Most informed people are aware that a corporation is a “fictitious entity” – greatly ignored however is the fact the The State is equally a fictitious entity.
      Both concepts are Fantasies of Law. In effect, BULLSHIT.

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  61. The 9/11 conspirators are alive and well — And trying to kill people
    Anthrax: The smoking gun

    Barbara Honegger is one of the top researchers around today. She was one of the leaders of the Iran Contra investigation. She was also a major researcher of the 1980 “October Surprise” that put Ronald Reagan and George Bush in the White House.


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  62. The GRAND CONSPIRACY

    There is a Grand Conspiracy, yes; but there are also tributaries, sub-conspiracies that branch off and are contained and compartmentalized in such a way as to avoid making obvious and direct connections to the larger conspiracy.

    A body does not function without a head. There is a center to the power that drives this grand conspiracy, and it’s presence is apparent and unavoidably revealed throughout history. It is systemic and the modus operandi is an open fact. The Power Elite are named and known. There is no real mystery here, only enforced ignorance of the obvious solution.

    The largest problem that humanity faces is human nature itself; most people prefer the pleasant delusions they are fed like candy from the corporatist glove box, to the hard truth of reality.
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  63. Perpendicular v Horizontal

    Angular: at an angle

    Parallax: is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle .

    Vertex: typically means a corner or a point where lines meet. For example a square has four corners, each is called a vertex. The plural form of vertex is vertices.

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  64. The Hegelian Dialectic

    Introduction: Why study Hegel?

    “…the State ‘has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the
    State… for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.'” Author/historian William Shirer,
    quoting Georg Hegel in his The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959, page 144)

    In 1847 the London Communist League (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels) used Hegel’s theory of the
    dialectic to back up their economic theory of communism. Now, in the 21st century, Hegelian-Marxist
    thinking affects our entire social and political structure. The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding
    our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution. If we do not understand
    how the Hegelian dialectic shapes our perceptions of the world, then we do not know how we are helping
    to implement the vision. When we remain locked into dialectical thinking, we cannot see out of the
    box.

    Hegel’s dialectic is the tool which manipulates us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action.
    Every time we fight for or defend against an ideology we are playing a necessary role in Marx and Engels’
    grand design to advance humanity into a dictatorship of the proletariat. The synthetic Hegelian solution to
    all these conflicts can’t be introduced unless we all take a side that will advance the agenda. The
    Marxist’s global agenda is moving along at breakneck speed. The only way to completely stop the privacy
    invasions, expanding domestic police powers, land grabs, insane wars against inanimate objects (and
    transient verbs), covert actions, and outright assaults on individual liberty, is to step outside the
    dialectic. This releases us from the limitations of controlled and guided thought.

    When we understand what motivated Hegel, we can see his influence on all of our destinies. … Hegelian
    conflicts steer every political arena on the planet, from the United Nations to the major American political
    parties, all the way down to local school boards and community councils. Dialogues and consensusbuilding
    are primary tools of the dialectic, and terror and intimidation are also acceptable formats for
    obtaining the goal. The ultimate Third Way agenda is world government. Once we get what’s really going
    on, we can cut the strings and move our lives in original directions outside the confines of the dialectical
    madness. Focusing on Hegel’s and Engel’s ultimate agenda, and avoiding getting caught up in their impenetrable theories of social evolution, gives us the opportunity to think and act our way toward
    freedom, justice, and genuine liberty for all.

    Today the dialectic is active in every political issue that encourages taking sides. We can see it in
    environmentalists instigating conflicts against private property owners, in democrats against republicans,
    in greens against libertarians, in communists against socialists, in neo-cons against traditional
    conservatives, in community activists against individuals, in pro-choice versus pro-life, in Christians
    against Muslims, in isolationists versus interventionists, in peace activists against war hawks. No matter
    what the issue, the invisible dialectic aims to control both the conflict and the resolution of differences,
    and leads everyone involved into a new cycle of conflicts.

    We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.
    http://www.freedomforallseasons.org/EmbattledPropertyOwnerStories/What%20is%20the%20Hegelian%20Dialectic.pdf
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  65. Willy Whitten said:
    “Willy. I’m glad to see that we agree: we have many of the structures required for a police state, but we are not in fact a police state as of yet.”~Petrarch

    Are you purposely misconsruing my words Petrarch, or playing the same rhetorical games Ifon is so fond of?

    I clearly stated it the very first sentence from the post you draw your quote from:

    ‘..all of the police state structure put in place – especially from 9/11 forward *have created an active police state*, but that it has been managed in a subtle manner and spun by media into that fog of mental oblivion that is it’s true purpose.’~2:34 PM

    I assure you, I am not seeking a synthesis here between your ideas and mine. I am not here to go along with the crowd and compromise my thinking.

    For you to assume that because there is not yet blood flowing in the streets, and populations being round up and taken to the FEMA camps that sit waiting their arrival, that this is not that active police state I referred to, you are naive to the point of suicidal.

    And I can only assume that when even these extreme measures are taking place that you will again adjust your thinking and attend to more of this jejune apologia you seem so intent on providing.
    Anything to keep your head under the covers in denial – until you to hear your doors being bashed down.

    And to address Brother John’s entire post with this simple point – the regimes you refer to; “East Germany and other Soviet Bloc…in the 1950s and ’60s,” had ALREADY gone through the pogroms and extremitis of finalization of their police states.

    Too expect some exact template of some historical example as set in stone is not rational. The US is already under control mentally – as is quite obvious on this particular site.

    You believe that your trip went by undetected by the state. Not so, if you were to become “a person of interest,” everything you did on your trip to buy your car has been recorded, and would be available for purusal by the “appropriate agencies” at the push of a few buttons. It is all waiting their in the digital records.
    ww — August 3, 2011 3:42 PM
    . . .
    Willy Whitten said:
    But now to counter the basic myth of the “national debt” that is based on the numbers game I posted above.

    It Is All Contrivance:

    Although many believe the national debt to be real, it is also simply a number in a ledger. The money never existed in the first place until it was created in the ledger. It was lent into existence in the moment of need. It started off as fiction and remains fiction. Since the banks never had the money it lent in the first place, they’re either collecting interest or seizing assets due to default from funny money. It’s not difficult to see how the banks will end up owning everything if this scheme keeps up for much longer.

    Baseline reality, the American people don’t owe this money, just like the people of Iceland or Greece don’t owe their nations’ debts to a shadowy banking cartel. They did not sign a contract to borrow the money. They did not mismanage the funds, or borrow more money to paper over private banking losses. They did not demand wars with any of the victims of the government’s imperial conquest. They did not demand the PATRIOT Act and resulting behemoth surveillance-industrial complex. The taxpayer is not responsible for this debt.

    The answer is not the bankers word, “Default.”

    The answer is the peoples right, “Repudiate”

    Repudiation is grounded in the facts of the fractional reserve scam as explained above. It is a simple open and close case – IF the people of this nation actually understood the reality of their situation.

    ww — August 4, 2011 12:34 AM

    http://www.scragged.com/articles/what-makes-a-police-state

  66. CIA PSYCHOLOGISTS CAN BE SUED FOR CREATING TORTURE PROGRAM, JUDGE SAYS

    Two CIA psychologists who devised a program of enhanced interrogation that included waterboarding and rectal feeding in secret prisons are getting sued for the first time in the US.

    A civil lawsuit alleges that two CIA contract psychologists devised torture methods against three former detainees at secret prisons in the early 2000s. The alleged victims are now claiming damages.
    In a ruling from the bench at federal district court in Spokane, Washington, Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush said he would deny a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against James E. Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.

    Both men are accused of creating programs that executed waterboarding, sleep deprivation, confinement in small boxes, rectal feeding and beatings against detainees, according to a 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee Report.

    The plaintiffs include Mohammed Ahmed Ben Soud, a Libyan who was arrested in Pakistan in April 2013. He allegedly was held in a “secret” Afghan prison where he was tortured. He “continues to suffer deep psychological harm,” the suit reads.

    Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian, was allegedly sodomized and chained to a wall for 14 months in solitary confinement at a secret Afghan prison called the “salt pit.” He now lives in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

    The other plaintiffs are the family of Gul Rahman, an Afghan farmer who died of hypothermia, beatings and other abuse after two weeks in CIA custody in November 2002. The CIA later admitted it was a case of mistaken identity.
    Lawyers for all three plaintiffs want Mitchell and Jessen to pay compensatory damages of more than $75,000, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

    “It’s unprecedented,” said Dror Ladin, the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who argued the plaintiffs’ case in court Friday. “No CIA torture victim has ever taken this step toward accountability. Every previous lawsuit has been shut down before this stage.”

    Lawyers for the defendants argue they were not part of the alleged torture.

    “They did not make decisions about Plaintiffs’ capture, treatment, confinement conditions, and interrogations; and they did not perform, supervise or control Plaintiffs’ interrogations,” defense attorney Christopher Tompkins wrote in court documents.

    Both parties have 30 days to submit documents and gather evidence.
    http://sputniknews.com/us/20160423/1038503159/cia-psychologists-torture-judge.html
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    • Great presentation by our darlin’ Abby!!!

      It is really sickening that this monstrous cunt Clinton will likely become the next “president” of the shit hole DC…
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      • And more on our sweetie Hilary riddled all through this article

        8 Revelations From 2016 That Completely Vindicate “Conspiracy Theorists”

        APRIL 24, 2016
        GovernmentConspiracyBy Claire Bernish

        It could easily be said 2016 has been the year so-called conspiracy theorists were vindicated — and we aren’t yet five months in.

        Before explaining why that is the case, make no mistake — the term conspiracy theorist originated with the CIA as an effort to discredit viable theories from credible people who chanced upon the truth.

        First revealed by the New York Times in 1976, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request, the CIA had written a dispatch of its “psychological operations” — disinformation — specifically to “provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries” and to “employ propaganda assets to refute the attacks of the critics.”

        That said, 2016 thus far has proven remarkable for the sheer volume of information brought to light by people, events, and the general crumbling of the deep-seated establishment narrative — and it’s no small matter for those whose claims had previously been met with scorn and derision.

        Following are just eight items of erstwhile contention, which 2016 has confirmed for posterity — and perhaps to the ultimate detriment of the establishment paradigm.

        1. Though trading a pinch of liberty for an ounce of security has never panned out for anyone but government, people continue to allow the fuzzy blanket feel of increased ‘protection’ from terrorism to cloud their perception of possible future outcomes. Such has been the case with the insidious PATRIOT Act, whose repercussions from blanket, indiscriminate surveillance culminated this year in a gloriously horrible way.

        In March, it was divulged that domestic law enforcement will now have access to information swept up by the National Security Agency’s broad net of data collection performed on all Americans. Shocking though that may be, global tumult in recent years — which naturally has begun to sweep the U.S. — evidences a paranoid and increasingly fascistic government in decline. Its imperative need at this point wholly comprises self-preservation.

        What better way to effect and maintain control than to have its every enforcement arm keen to those who might organize sufficiently to oust said government from its pedestal of power. Of course, when Edward Snowden first revealed the NSA’s dubiously extensive program, privacy rights advocates suspected there would be more to follow — and now we know.

        “What does this rule change mean for you?” queried the ACLU. “In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages.”

        2. While it’s entirely likely eyes will roll at first mention of the name Rothschild, 2016 saw substantiation of theories the notorious banking family claims nearly direct ties with the government — in particular, Hillary Clinton.

        Ongoing, sporadic disclosures of Clinton’s ostensible personal email account have been indexed and made searchable by WikiLeaks — and thankfully so, considering the files comprise thousands of documents. An arbitrary search performed by The Free Thought Project for some conspiracy theorists’ ‘favorite’ family names revealed a doting relationship between Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

        “I remain your loyal adoring pal,” Rothschild penned in one email. Another graciously thanks Clinton for “personally reaching out to us,” and adds, “You are the best, and we remain your biggest fans.” Clinton signs one response to Rothschild, “Much love, H.”

        Though, as reported, nothing overtly nefarious jumps out from this search, it’s worth recalling this gushing friendliness was found in mostly non-redacted and unclassified emails — it’s a matter of conjecture what may have been secreted by the government.

        3. Mainstream media inarguably functions as the de facto propaganda arm of the State, but recent revelations divulged the Associated Press had capitulated to Hitler’s Nazi Party in the 1930s to maintain its ability to report from Germany.

        According to findings by a German historian, the New York-based AP had agreed to report news from a pro-Nazi slant in return for permission to remain in the country while other outlets had been forced to vacate German operations. This comfortable arrangement, The Free Thought Project reported, “created a paradigm in which the AP became virtually the sole hub of information about Nazi Germany being disseminated to the rest of the world.”

        Once those other news organizations fled, the AP’s exclusive lock on information held little value other than serving as Hitler’s mouthpiece. As the Guardian noted, the AP was required “to hire reporters who also worked for the Nazi Party’s propaganda division. One of the four photographers employed by the Associated Press in the 1930s, Franz Roth, was a member of the SS paramilitary unit’s propaganda division, whose photographs were personally chosen by Hitler.”

        4. Building on voluminous anecdotal reports of cannabis’ success in treating epilepsy in children, three official studies in the last five months have declared cannabidiol oil (CBD) enormously beneficial for curtailing — and in some cases halting — seizures in afflicted youth.

        Of countless victims of the State’s insidious and utterly failed war on drugs, perhaps the most inexcusable victims are children living in cannabis prohibition states who suffer dozens, if not hundreds, of seizures daily. CBD, the three studies (of many) found, often halt symptoms in their tracks — and can allow children to live comparatively healthy, typical lives similar to their peers.

        Many parents have turned to CBD after myriad pharmaceuticals proved useless to treat their children’s epileptic seizures and — according to just one of these three studies — fully 45 percent experienced “a significant reduction” in frequency.

        5. In another ostensible conspiracy theory now validated, Deutsche Bank settled a lawsuit for its part in rigging the gold and silver markets — and agreed to turn on co-conspirators as part of the settlement.

        Since 2007, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Société Générale, and Bank of Nova Scotia allegedly harbored no compunctions in taking opportunistic advantage of their position in the daily silver price fix, and, as Bloomberg described, reaped “illegitimate profit from trading, hurting other investors in the silver market who use the benchmark in billions of dollars of transactions.” UBS later found itself added to the list of culpable financial institutions for its role in the silver fix.

        You’ll be kicking yourself for not picking up silver at these prices (Ad)

        As The Free Thought Project pointed out, the “Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the government agency that is supposed to regulate these banks, initiated its own investigation in 2008 and found no wrongdoing.”

        6. January saw the revelation, previously touted only in fringe circles, that Western nations had wielded NATO as a tool to oust Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi — because he sought to abandon the petrodollar in favor of the gold-based Libyan dinar.

        While likely a stunning disclosure to mainstream society, conspiracy theorists everywhere sighed a collective ‘I told you so,’ when Hillary Clinton’s notorious emails provided the information equivalent to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — bad pun intended. Falsely premised as a humanitarian mission, the Western nations-backed Libyan intervention, it turns out, had been fueled by French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s insecurity over losing influence in what some consider Francophone Africa.

        As the West pulled the collective wool of saving lives over the woefully gullible eyes of the American public, a NATO-led military operation quashed Gaddafi’s attempt to bring monetary independence to African nations via his pan-African currency.

        7. Perhaps no other subject in recent years has been as widely dubbed a ‘conspiracy theory’ as the massive effort to reveal the truth behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.

        Now, vindication for those deemed tinfoil-hat wearing nutjobs has partly culminated in national media attention to Saudi Arabia’s virtually indisputable complicity in the attacks — albeit to an extent or capacity as yet unknown.

        In the course of just two weeks, The New York Times revealed Saudi Arabia threatened to pull its nearly $775 trillion in U.S. investments should Pres. Obama decide to allow passage of a bill designed to aid 9/11 victims’ families in seeking justice. Obama then appeared to side with the Saudis in announcing his plan to veto the bill under the guise of protecting Americans abroad — though, in actuality, it appears his motives lie elsewhere.

        Should Obama remove the Saudis’ immunity from prosecution for potential complicity that day, the move would also give breadth to those seeking justice for any U.S. role in both 9/11 as well as any involvement in any terrorist acts worldwide. Appearing to succumb to the pressure of economic and political blackmail, Obama’s veto promise might more accurately amount to a ‘cover your ass’ maneuver. Obama then found himself royally snubbed by the kingdom over the controversy, when King Salman refused to greet his plane upon arrival in Riyadh for an international summit. This story, of course, is still unfolding.

        8. Perhaps the only positive outcome of the 2016 electoral chaos has been the sweeping realization the system is, in fact, rigged to install only establishment candidates.

        Tumultuous most aptly, if mildly, describes the ongoing primary season, which thus far has found the New York City Board of Elections the subject of an audit.

        In fact, in state after state, eligible voters encounter chaos and incompetence at polling sites, if not outright removal from voter rolls. Finally, the American public familiarized itself with the function of superdelegates, contested conventions, winner-take-all states, and closed primaries.

        Relative absurdities have been exposed in platitudes such as ‘your vote counts,’ as well as in the futility of supporting an anti-establishment candidate. America, it optimistically appears, may finally have a collective epiphany over elections — it matters not one iota for whom you cast your vote.

        The State always wins.

        Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

  67. Deep Inspection Of State Sponsored Propaganda Reveals Truth About Information War
    by Bernie Suarez
    […]
    Cognitive Dissonance and Blaming Others

    “Many people don’t realize how much easier (cognitively speaking) it is to blame government corruption on another country or another entity. To use the sports analogy, it’s the difference between accepting that your team is a horrible team that plays dirty and cheats versus thinking that your team is instead the victim of a league full of dirty teams that cheat and has caused your team to lose so many games. It is exponentially easier to blame another entity than to face the reality that you, your team (or your country) needs to fix itself and face change.

    The Intelligence community is very well aware that people will more readily digest that their country is in good standing and the blame is to be put on others. Look around you; all the politicians involved in our current presidential election race are all blaming other countries and other bogeymonsters for the problems of the country. It’s expected for them to lie this way. This cognitive dissonance is deeply embedded into who we are today, especially as Americans. Self-blame for events like 9/11 and the endless wars based on lies is not expected under any circumstances even when not facing up to the reality itself is completely irrational and artificial.”

    Read the entire article here:
    http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/deep-inspection-of-state-sponsored-propaganda-reveals-truth-about-information-war.html?
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  68. The Black Hole of Guyana — The Untold Story of the Jonestown Massacre
    by John Judge — 1985

    “The ultimate victims of mind control at Jonestown are the American people. If we fail to look beyond the constructed images given us by the television and the press, then our consciousness is manipulated, just as well as the Jonestown victims’ was. Facing nuclear annihilation, may see the current militarism of the Reagan policies, and military training itself, as the real “mass suicide cult.” If the discrepancy between the truth of Jonestown and the official version can be so great, what other lies have we been told about major events?
    History is precious. In a democracy, knowledge must be accessible for informed consent to function. Hiding or distorting history behind “national security” leaves the public as the final enemy of the government. Democratic process cannot operate on “need to know.” Otherwise we live in the 1984 envisioned by Orwell’s projections and we must heed his warning that those who control the past control the future.

    The real tragedy of Jonestown is not only that it occurred, but that so few chose to ask themselves why or how, so few sought to find out the facts behind the bizarre tale used to explain away the death of more than 900 people, and that so many will continue to be blind to the grim reality of our intelligence agencies. In the long run, the truth will come out. Only our complicity in the deception continues to dishonor the dead.”
    http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/JohnJudge/Jonestown.html

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      • Thanks Veri,
        That is a perfect video accompaniment for my last entry on Jonestown.
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      • Donald Ewen Cameron — Demon from Hell — MKUltra

        Donald Ewen Cameron (24 December 1901 – 8 September 1967)[1] — known as D. Ewen Cameron or Ewen Cameron — was a Scottish-born psychiatrist who served as President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, American (1952–1953) and World Psychiatric Associations, the American Psychopathological Association and the Society of Biological Psychiatry during the 1950s. Notwithstanding his high professional reputation, he has been criticized for his administration, without informed consent, of disproportionately intense electroshock therapy and experimental drugs, including LSD, which rendered some patients permanently comatose. Some of this work took place in the context of the Project MKUltra mind control program.[2]
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        Project MKUltra

        During the 1950s and 1960s, Cameron became involved in what has later become known as the MKUltra mind control program, which was covertly sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)[2] and which eventually led to the publication of the KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation manual. He is unrelated to another CIA psychiatrist, Alan S. Cameron, who helped pioneer psychological profiling of world leaders during the 1970s and was not associated with the behavioral modification research program.[18]

        Cameron had been hoping to correct schizophrenia by erasing existing memories and reprogramming the psyche. He commuted from Albany to Montreal every week to work at McGill’s Allan Memorial Institute and was paid $69,000 from 1957 to 1964 to carry out MKUltra experiments there. In addition to LSD, he experimented with various paralytic drugs and electroconvulsive therapy at thirty to forty times the normal power.[19] His “driving” experiments consisted of putting a subject into a drug-induced coma for weeks at a time (up to three months in one case) while playing tape loops of noise or simple statements. These experiments were typically carried out on patients who had entered the institute for minor problems such as anxiety disorders and postnatal depression; many suffered permanent debilitation after these treatments.[20] Such consequences included incontinence, amnesia, forgetting how to talk, forgetting their parents, and thinking their interrogators were their parents.[21] His work was inspired and paralleled by the psychiatrist William Sargant, who was also involved with the Intelligence Services and experimented extensively on his patients without their consent, causing similar long-term damage.[22]

        Naomi Klein states in her book The Shock Doctrine that Cameron’s research and his contribution to MKUltra were not about mind control and brainwashing, but “to design a scientifically based system for extracting information from ‘resistant sources.’ In other words, torture.”[23] She then cites Alfred W. McCoy: “Stripped of its bizarre excesses, Cameron’s experiments, building upon Donald O. Hebb’s earlier breakthrough, laid the scientific foundation for the CIA’s two-stage psychological torture method.”[24]

        MKULTRA Subproject 68

        MKULTRA Subproject 68 was one of Cameron’s ongoing “attempts to establish lasting effects in a patient’s behaviour” using a combination of particularly intensive electroshock, intensive repetition of prearranged verbal signals, partial sensory isolation, and repression of the driving period carried out by inducing continuous sleep for seven to ten days at the end of the treatment period. During research on sensory deprivation, Cameron used curare to immobilise his patients. After one test he noted: “Although the patient was prepared by both prolonged sensory isolation (35 days) and by repeated depatterning, and although she received 101 days of positive driving, no favourable results were obtained.” Patients were regularly treated with hallucinogenic drugs, long periods in the “sleep room”, and testing in the Radio Telemetry Laboratory, which was built under Cameron’s direction. Here, patients were exposed to a range of RF and electromagnetic signals and monitored for changes in behaviour. It was later stated by staff members who had worked at the Institute during this time that not one patient sent to the Radio Telemetry Lab showed any signs of improvement afterwards.

        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Ewen_Cameron

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      • William Joseph Bryan

        William Joseph Bryan, Jr. (1926–1977) was an American physician and a pioneering hypnotist. He was one of the founders of the modern hypnotherapy and his work notably found use in psychological warfare during the Cold War.[1] He was a great grandson of United States Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan.

        William Turner and Jonn Christian hypothesized in The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy that Bryan was responsible for inducing Sirhan Sirhan to fire blanks at Robert F. Kennedy with posthypnotic suggestion.[2] Other conspiracy theorists have repeated this claim. Bryan died before he could be brought to justice.
        Bryan was reportedly found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room on March 4, 1977. He was only 51 years old.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Joseph_Bryan
        http://www.orwelltoday.com/readersirhanbryan.shtml

        The CIA, They Make Monsters of Men, Manchurian Candidates

        During the early 1970s, the Lords of Chaos turned California into a killing ground. Among California’s infamous serial killers were the Zodiac Killer, Hillside Strangler, Freeway Killer-William Bonin, Randy Craft, Ron Corona, Herbert Mullin, Edmund Emil Kemper III and John Linley Frazier. Then, there were the racial mass murders of the Death Angels.

        In October 1973, about seven (7) months before former mental-San Quentin parolee, Anthony Harris, made the call to the police exposing a secret circle of racial mass murderers called, the “Cult of the Death Angels,” Alameda County District Attorney, D. Lowell Jensen convened a secret meeting with intelligence specialists from Los Angeles, Long Beach, and the Bay Area to exchange information on a series of unsolved murders and assaults dating back to 1970.

        The secret meeting was presided over by Oakland Police Department (OPD) Captain Robert Bernard. Jensen and Bernard brought these intelligence forces together because it was determined by someone that about 70 murders and deadly assaults on whites in California was linked to a secret black sect. Jensen and Bernard proposed and allegedly theorized that the killing of whites was required for “initiation into the innermost secret circles of a black sect” (SF Chronicle, Theory of Killing for “Initiation”, 1/30/74).
        https://mindcontrolblackassassins.com/tag/dr-william-joseph-bryan/

        Also see:
        Very strange; George the Dancing Kangaroo Turd has deleted most of his entries on this thread…?
        http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=13282

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      • “What follows is a work in progress about Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. In so far as it has a central thesis, it is that Jones initiated the 1978 massacre at Jonestown, Guyana because he feared that Congressman Leo Ryan’s investigation would disgrace him. Specifically, Jones was afraid that Ryan and the press would uncover evidence that the leftist founder of the Peoples Temple was for many years an asset of the FBI and the CIA. This fear was, I believe, mirrored in various precincts of the U.S. intelligence community, which worried that Ryan’s investigation would embarrass the CIA by linking Jones to some of the Agency’s most volatile programs—including “mind-control” studies and operations such as MK-ULTRA.

        This is, I suspect, why Jones’s 201-file was purged by the CIA in 1970, immediately after Jones’s case-officer, Dan Mitrione, was murdered in Montevideo, Uruguay.
        A second finding that will come as a surprise to many is that the Jonestown catastrophe was as much a massacre as it was a “mass-suicide” – contrary to what was reported in the press.”~Jim Hougan
        http://jimhougan.com/wordpress/?tag=richard-dwyer

        Richard Dwyer, whose name was listed in Who’s Who in the CIA, was Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to Guyana at the time.
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  69. THE TRUTH BEHIND THE JONESTOWN MASSACRE
    […]
    Members of Jim Jones’ “church” were bound and gagged immediately after landing in Guyana and taken to the compound. They were pumped with drugs, which were available in vast amounts at Jonestown — enough to drug 200,000 people for more than a year. Among the drugs found there: Quaaludes, Valium, morphine, Demerol, Thorazine (a dangerous tranquilizer), sodium pentathol (a truth serum), chloral hydrate (a hypnotic chemical agent), thallium (which confuses thinking), and, of course, cyanide. Jonestown residents lived in cramped quarters and ate meager rations of often spoiled food. They were then forced to give 16 to 18 hours of slave labor per day. When they weren’t working, they were required to stay up day and night listening to Jim Jones lecture. Among the charming punishments the flock endured were forced druggings, sensory deprivation in an underground box, physical torture, and public sexual rape and humiliation, not to mention your average ordinary beatings and verbal abuse. All of the drugs and environmental conditions forced upon Jonestown residents were also employed in the CIA’s notorious MKULTRA program, which was implemented to test and implement brainwashing and mind control techniques. A 1974 government report admitted that certain “target populations” were used, namely blacks, women, prisoners, the elderly, children, and inmates of psychiatric wards. The Center for the Study and Reduction of Violence, using the research of Strangelovian doctors Jose Delgado and Louis “Jolly” West, drew guinea pigs from the “target populations” to test drugs, implants, and psychosurgery techniques at an isolated military missile base in California. The dead at Jonestown were 90% women, 80% black, and included 276 children.
    http://nstarzone.com/JONESTOWN.html

    At the time of the masssacre, CIA agent Richard Dwyer, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Guyana was present. In a tape recording made immediately prior to the killings, Jones can be heard saying, “Get Dwyer out of here!” [http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=EW24bC_huG8]

    At the end Jones had accumulated a wealth estimated to be between $26 million and $2 billion. The government receivership determined a figure of $10 million. Much of this money has unaccountably disappeared.

    Joe Holsinger, Congressman Leo Ryan’s attorney and friend, said that a few hours after the murder of Ryan he had heard from a White House official that “We have a CIA report from the scene.” Holsinger wrote, ” The more I investigate the mysteries of Jonestown, the more I am convinced there is something sinister behind it all. There is no doubt in my mind that Jones had very close CIA connections. At the time of the tragedy, the Temple had three boats in the water off Brazil. The boats disappeared shortly afterwards. Remember, Brazil is a country that Jones is very familiar with. He is supposed to have money there. And it is not too far from Guyana. My own feeling is that Jones was ambushed by CIA agents who then disappeared in the boats. But the whole story is so mind-boggling that I’m willing to concede he escaped with them.”
    http://www.friendsofliberty.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3541

    WHAT THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU: JIM JONES WAS A CIA OPERATIVE CONDUCTING MIND CONTROL EXPERIMENTS

    THE JONESTOWN MASSACRE

    On November 18 1978, 913 people died in Jonestown, a small compound carved out of the jungles of Guyana, a small country on the northeast coast of South America. The media at the time reported that it was a fanatical group of followers of the Rev. Jim Jones, lead to the jungles of South America to get away from the oppression of life here in America. They also reported that his followers willingly followed their leader into the great beyond by sipping on some cyanide cocktails, laced with purple Kool-Aid. In fact, the notion of a mass suicide at Jonestown has been repeated so many times that it is accepted as fact, and the association is so strong that when most people hear “Jonestown,” the first thing which pops in their head is “Kool-Aid.”
    This association is false.

    The source of the “Kool-Aid Suicide” stories was the U.S. State Department, which presented the story immediately after the “suicides” were reported as though it was the only obvious truth. A U.S. Army spokesman pronounced with complete authority, “No autopsies are needed. The cause of death is not an issue here.” The bodies were then allowed to rot in the jungle. Despite the lack of need for autopsies, Dr. C. Leslie Mootoo, the top Guyanese pathologist, was at Jonestown hours after the deaths, and, refusing the assistance of U.S. pathologists, accompanied the teams that examined the bodies. His conclusions? Dr. Mootoo found fresh needle marks at the back of the left shoulder blades on 80 to 90 percent of the victims. Others had been shot or strangled. A surviving witness stated that those who resisted were forced by armed guards to comply. Dr. Mootoo’s opinion, and that of the Guyanese grand jury investigating Jonestown, was that all but three (only two of which were suicides) were murdered by “persons unknown.”

    If one was to go over the deaths in Auschwitz, it is almost a certainty, considering the horrendous conditions those who were there were under, that 0.2 % of all deaths could be attributed to suicides. Yet if anyone was to argue that Auschwitz was a suicide camp housing a bunch of religious freaks and not the compounds of murder that they were, they would (rightfully) be condemned for intellectual dishonesty, and their motives would be questioned.The suicide hoax is merely the beginning of the deception. The original death count was 408 (an odd number to use if the number was an estimate), with the added claim that 700 had fled into the jungle. The final total was changed to 913. To explain this rather minor difference in arithmetic, American authorities first explained that those backward ignorant Guyanese “could not count.” Perhaps because the first “official” explanation of the bad math was so insulting, it was then proposed that they missed a pile of bodies, as if a pile of dead bodies is something that is easily overlooked. Finally, the official explanation that settled the whole question was presented: Bodies were stacked on top of each other.

    Of the 150 photos taken of the massacre, not one shows any body lying under any others. Those who first worked on the bodies, to release the gasses of decay, had to puncture the dead, making it unlikely that they missed anyone. These facts aside, one must wonder how 408 bodies — 82 belonging to children — could cover 505 others. Talk about bad math. With minor exceptions, pictures show the dead were found in neat rows, face down. The pictures also show drag marks leading to the bodies, indicating that victims were murdered elsewhere and placed there by someone else.

    These facts have lead to a more likely conclusion: 408 was indeed the correct original body count. The other 505 were hunted down and slaughtered, then dragged back. But who would do such a thing, and why? Furthermore, why were American officials giving such deceptive answers about Jonestown? To answer these questions, one must unravel the mystery of a man named Jim Jones. Jones became a Bible-thumping “faith healer,” using wet chicken livers as evidence of cancer which he removed by “divine powers.”
    http://www.whale.to/b/jonestown1.html
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  70. Mark Lane, leading critic of the Warren Commission, dies at 89 — JKFfacts:
    http://jfkfacts.org/mark-lane-leading-critic-warren-commission-dies-89/#comment-875800


    http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth339252/m1/2/
    Dallas (Tex.). Police Dept. [Newspaper Clipping: Mark Lane Aligns Self with Garrison #1], Clipping, May 2, 1967; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth339252/ : accessed May 13, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Municipal Archives , Dallas, Texas.
    More evidence that CIA was concerned about Garrison’s trial of Clay Shaw, and was gaining notable allies.
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  71. Murder in Memphis

    Code Name “Zorro” Later published as: Murder in Memphis by Mark Lane and Dick Gregory

    Was James Earl Ray the solitary assassin, or a “Jackal”-like hired killer? Or was he an unwitting pawn in a far-reaching conspiracy?

    In Murder in Memphis, Mark Lane and Dick Gregory supply you – perhaps the only jury that will ever consider the evidence – with the same explosive information that prompted Congressional leaders to form a special committee to undertake the controversial and infinitely painful task of reopening an investigation not only of the King murder but also of the Kennedy assassination.

    Here are a few of the questions Lane and Gregory examine:

    Why was Dr. King’s police protection removed on the day of the assassination? –and by whom?
    Why was the same FBI squad which was originally assigned to “destroy” King (whom they code-named “Zorro”) also directed to investigate his murder?
    What did the ballistics tests reveal – or fail to reveal – about the alleged murder weapon?
    In what strange way has the most reliable witness been prevented, perhaps forever, from testifying in court?
    To what documented lengths did certain FBI men go to threaten King and suggest that he commit suicide rather than accept the Nobel Peace Prize?
    What of the mysterious “Raoul” who Ray claims masterminded and financed his movements before the murder?
    From an extraordinary assemblage of evidence (much of which has heretofore been revealed only to certain members of Congress) – exclusive documents and taped interviews with former FBI agents, the men charged with King’s security on the day of the murder, eyewitnesses, and James Earl Ray himself – the authors of Murder in Memphis move inexorably towards a singular and grim conclusion about one of the most appalling events in recent American history.

    Publication History

    First published in 1977 as Code Name “Zorro” by Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Subsequently published in 1993 as Murder in Memphis by Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York.

    Reviews and Comments:

    Mark Lane drafted proposed legislation to establish a Select Committee of the House of Representatives to investigate the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and President Kennedy. When Code Name “Zorro” was published various members of congress and others stated their support for such an inquiry:

    Mrs. Coretta King, The New York Times, January 13, 1977

    There has never been an investigation into Martin’s death. I think the investigations are very important because of the questions in the minds of Americans and those abroad about these assassinations.

    Congressman Christopher Dodd, Connecticut, Second District, The Congressional Record, February 2, 1977

    I will not dwell on the many reasons for this new inquiry, other than to say significant unanswered questions exist about the deaths and about the past investigations into those assassinations…I can assure my colleagues that these questions are compelling.

    Attorney General Griffin Bell, Department of Justice, CBS Television, February 13, 1977

    If you read the Report, you could still wonder if there were a conspiracy.

    Congressman Mario Biaggi, New York, Tenth District Former Squad Commander of the New York Detectives of the NYPD The Congressional Record, February 2, 1977

    Speaking from experience, I can say that if it was not Martin Luther King who died in Memphis, but plain John Doe killed in New York, our police force would not close this case. There are too many questions that remain unanswered. We would carry this case as open.

    Congressman Richardson Preyer, North Carolina, Sixth District The Congressional Record, February 2, 1977

    We wish that we could put all the evils of the past behind us, but nothing is settled finally until it is settled right, and this matter just has not been settled finally.

    Andrew Young, US Ambassador to the United Nations speaking as a member of the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives.

    I strongly support those who press for a full scale investigation into the death of Martin King. There remain so many unanswered questions that we cannot say we know who killed him and we have the right to know. I commend the courage of those who insist on such investigations.
    http://www.marklane.com/Murder_in_Memphis.htm
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  72. Plausible Denial – Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy?
    by Mark Lane
    In this bestseller, Plausible Denial reveals starting new information about the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mark Lane, author of Rush to Judgment, previously revealed the cover-up by the government in his critique of the Warren Commission Report. Now he reveals documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and startling revelations obtained during his examination of former CIA operatives and officials during Lane’s legal defense of a newspaper in a defamation case. A Washington D.C. based newspaper published a story written by former CIA operative Victor Marchetti linking ex-CIA operative and convicted Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt to the assassination of JFK. When Hunt sued the newspaper for printing a false story about him, Lane set out to prove the truth of the allegations involving Hunt and the CIA. In the build-up to the trial, Lane subpoenaed and deposed some of the highest echelon of CIA agents and leaders including Richard Helms, David Atlee Phillips, G. Gordon Liddy and Hunt himself. The defense led by Lane was victorious, demonstrating the conspiracy and cover-up. After the verdict, the jury forewoman stated that Lane “was asking us to do something very difficult. He was asking us to believe that John Kennedy had been killed by our own government. Yet when we examined the evidence, we were compelled to conclude that the CIA had indeed killed President Kennedy.” Continuing its tradition of suppressing the truth about the assassination, the establishment media barely noted this historic conclusion. Compelling and articulately written, Lane again leads the way to uncovering the ongoing vast conspiracy to censor the role played by our government in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    http://www.marklane.com/news-and-events.htm
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  73. The Death of Mark Lane
    By James DiEugenio
    Posted May 10, 2016

    “I finally understood the influence and reputation that the late Mark Lane had in America when I arrived in Pittsburgh for the Cyril Wecht Symposium at Duquesne in the fall of 2013. At the airport, I was picked up in a private car and driven to my hotel. The driver asked me what I was in town for. I replied a JFK conference on the 50th Anniversary at Duquesne. He asked me if Mark Lane was going to be there. I said yes he was. He replied that he wrote his first research paper back in college many years ago on the JFK case, and he used a lot of the work of Lane in doing it. He asked me to thank Lane for that inspiration. When I arrived at the hotel, I did see Mark and I conveyed the debt of gratitude from my driver.

    After I did so I went up to my room and thought: Geez, there must be literally tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of people across America who feel that way about Lane. For the simple reason that Lane was literally the prime mover in the dissent movement against the official version of the Kennedy assassination. Within just three weeks of Kennedy’s death, Lane had issued the first legal arguments against the public stampede to condemn the memory of the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, who had been shot and killed by Jack Ruby while in the custody of the Dallas police. Lane wanted to publish his defendant’s brief in The Nation. But that liberal journal—and several other periodicals– would not accept it. So he went to the even more leftist journal The National Guardian.

    At that conference in Pittsburgh, there were a few copies of that original essay on a coffee table. Lane picked one up and said to me, “They had to print several reprints of this issue. They eventually sold a hundred thousand of them.” This was in mid-December of 1963, two weeks after the first meeting of the Warren Commission, when every major media outlet in America was accommodating leaks from people like Jerry Ford, J. Edgar Hoover and Allen Dulles about how compelling the case against Oswald was. But there was Mark Lane, the one attorney standing up for a dead man who was being walked over by every public and private institution in America….”
    […]
    “Marguerite Oswald, mother of the murdered suspect, heard about Lane’s polemic. She wanted him to act as her murdered son’s defense advocate. But the Warren Commission would not allow it. When Lane forwarded his request to the Commission, Chief Counsel J. Lee Rankin wired back to him the following message: “The Commission does not believe that it would be useful or desirable to permit an attorney representing Lee Harvey Oswald to have access to the investigative materials within the possession of the Commission or to participate in any hearings to be conducted by the Commission.” (See Lane’s A Citizen’s Dissent, e-book version, Part 2, “The Great Silence.”)

    In fact, in one of the many travesties of the Commission was that Oswald was not granted counsel throughout the ten-month legal procedure. In that respect, the proceeding was a runaway prosecution. Lane was allowed to appear before the Commission twice, once in March and once in July. These were clearly token, adversarial appearances. In fact, it is hard to find another witness who the Commission treated with such hostility. (Walt Brown, The Warren Omission, pgs. 243-45)

    At around this time in 1964, Lane began to be surveilled by the FBI. Because he was doing JFK lectures abroad, he was also placed on the federal government’s “lookout list” for international air travel. Whenever Lane returned from abroad, the FBI was alerted he was back. (See Lane, op. cit) But beyond that, the FBI now began to interview certain radio hosts who had chosen to place Lane on the air. These Bureau visits resulted in Lane being banned from certain media outlets. And the buzz about those visits discouraged other outlets from having him on.

    In spite of his other considerable achievements, Mark Lane will be forever linked to the JFK assassination. He was, quite literally, a pioneer, a trailblazer in the wilderness.

    But Lane would not let up in his defense of Oswald. He then rented a theater in New York City and began to lecture there regularly, taking apart the evidence presented by the developing official story. With the funds attained by these talks, and his various lectures at home and abroad, Lane set up a Citizens’ Commission of Inquiry to collect evidence ignored by the FBI and the Warren Commission. Lane actually managed to appear on some rather widely distributed talk programs, like the one hosted by Merv Griffin.

    He then began writing a book based upon the Warren Report and its accompanying 26 volumes of evidence. He could not find a publisher for his book in America. Therefore, Rush to Judgment was first published in England in 1966. It became so successful that it was later published in the U.S. and became a smashing bestseller. At a lecture at the 40th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, Lane said he later found out that the reason he could not find a domestic publisher was that the FBI was visiting publishing houses and discouraging them from publishing his work.”~James DiEugenio
    http://www.ctka.net/2016/marklane/the-death-of-mark-lane.html
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  74. Vietnam: The War Crimes Files
    Civilian Killings Went Unpunished
    Declassified papers show U.S. atrocities went far beyond My Lai.
    By Nick Turse and Deborah Nelson
    Special to The Times
    August 6, 2006
    The men of B Company were in a dangerous state of mind. They had lost five men in a
    firefight the day before. The morning of Feb. 8, 1968, brought unwelcome orders to
    resume their sweep of the countryside, a green patchwork of rice paddies along Vietnam’s
    central coast.
    They met no resistance as they entered a nondescript settlement in Quang Nam province.
    So Jamie Henry, a 20-year-old medic, set his rifle down in a hut, unfastened his
    bandoliers and lighted a cigarette.
    Just then, the voice of a lieutenant crackled across the radio. He reported that he had
    rounded up 19 civilians, and wanted to know what to do with them. Henry later recalled
    the company commander’s response:

    Kill anything that moves.

    Henry stepped outside the hut and saw a small crowd of women and children. Then the
    shooting began.
    Moments later, the 19 villagers lay dead or dying.
    Back home in California, Henry published an account of the slaughter and held a news
    conference to air his allegations. Yet he and other Vietnam veterans who spoke out about
    war crimes were branded traitors and fabricators. No one was ever prosecuted for the
    massacre.
    Now, nearly 40 years later, declassified Army files show that Henry was telling the truth
    — about the Feb. 8 killings and a series of other atrocities by the men of B Company.
    The files are part of a once-secret archive, assembled by a Pentagon task force in the
    early 1970s, that shows that confirmed atrocities by U.S. forces in Vietnam were more
    extensive than was previously known.
    The documents detail 320 alleged incidents that were substantiated by Army investigators
    — not including the most notorious U.S. atrocity, the 1968 My Lai massacre.
    Though not a complete accounting of Vietnam war crimes, the archive is the largest such collection to surface to date. About 9,000 pages, it includes investigative files, sworn
    statements by witnesses and status reports for top military brass.
    The records describe recurrent attacks on ordinary Vietnamese — families in their
    homes, farmers in rice paddies, teenagers out fishing. Hundreds of soldiers, in interviews
    with investigators and letters to commanders, described a violent minority who murdered,
    raped and tortured with impunity.
    Abuses were not confined to a few rogue units, a Times review of the files found. They
    were uncovered in every Army division that operated in Vietnam.
    Retired Brig. Gen. John H. Johns, a Vietnam veteran who served on the task force, says
    he once supported keeping the records secret but now believes they deserve wide
    attention in light of alleged attacks on civilians and abuse of prisoners in Iraq.
    “We can’t change current practices unless we acknowledge the past,” says Johns, 78

    http://www.genocidewatch.org/images/Vietnam6Aug06CivilianKillingsWentUnpunishedDeclassifiedPapersShowU.S.AtrocitiesWentFarBeyondMyLai.pdf
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    • AMERICAN SECURITY PROJECT » ABOUT » CONSENSUS » CONSENSUS MEMBERS » BRIG. GENERAL JOHN JOHNS
      Brig. General John Johns

      Brigadier General Dr. John H. Johns served as a combat arms officer in the Army for over 26 years, retiring as a brigadier general in 1978. During his career, he served in command assignments up to Assistant Commander of the 1st Infantry Division. He also served in a number of staff positions, including 8 years on the Army General Staff, retiring as the Director of Human Resources Development. He taught leadership and ethics at the U.S. Military Academy and has lectured on ethics at the Air War College, the Army War College, the U.S. Military Academy, and the Naval Academy.

      After retirement from active duty, Dr. Johns continued to serve in the Department of Defense until retirement in 1995. He served four years as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Career SES 5) before becoming a Professor of Political Science at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair. In addition to teaching Political Science and Strategic Decision making, he taught a 12 week Ethics course to over 700 students over a 10 year period. From 1990 to 1995, he served as the Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, one of the colleges of the National Defense University teaching courses on the US Constitution and on ethics. From 1996 to 2004, he was an adjunct professor at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.
      http://www.americansecurityproject.org/about/consensus/members/brigadier-general-john-johns/
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