SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The target was a poultry farm that ISIS had turned into a staging area. It was located in Syria but the planning for this air strike and hundreds like it was carried out some 6,000 miles away at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
CBS News was given an inside look at the targeting center where intelligence analysts pour over satellite photos.
"In a way like a detective does, we put together the picture with all these bits of intelligence," said Staff Sergeant Penney.
In a typical week Penney and each of the other analysts investigate up to 20 different locations to find three legitimate targets.
"The ultimate intent is to build something that holds water that makes it to the end - that is strikeable," Penney told me.
It is a battle pitting the precision of American weapons against an enemy spread out across two countries.
"Precision is the ability to very specifically know the exact coordinates of any spot on the earth and to hit that spot down to let's say a foot," said Colonel Scott Murray, the chief intelligence officer for the air war.
Murray told us what it took to destroy a building ISIS was using as a weapons factory.
"It was quite the structure," said Murray. "It did take quite a few weapons to do it."
The first two hit and the building disappeared in a cloud of debris. But 18 more satellite guided bombs followed each with a delayed action fuse.
"It just allows the munition to penetrate deeper," said Murray.
The air campaign is an impressive display of American firepower, but is it winning the war against ISIS? Murray says the bombings have helped regain "approximately 700 square kilometers."
That's all in Iraq where ISIS still holds 55,000 square kilometers it seized from Iraqi and Kurdish forces. In Syria ISIS is still expanding.
"ISIL has great leeway in northeast Syria," explained Murray. "They're not opposed on the ground in that region."
In March, the U.S. military plans to start training a force of about 5,000 fighters to oppose ISIS on the ground in Syria. But Pentagon officials say it will be late this year or early next before they are capable of taking back lost ground. -- source
"You're full of shit."
Indeed. Aren't we all? That's the point. We were born into a Matrix of deception, subjected to non-stop programming and propaganda throughout our lives, and herded into positions of certainty regarding what is and isn't "true". How could we not be "full of shit"?
The quote in the title was delivered to me by the wife of a friend as we debated how President Marcos of the Philippines had become so rich. She believed the reports she had absorbed over time from the mainstream media, namely that Marcos had stolen his riches from the poor people of his country. I suggested a different story, an alternate possibility, that he had become rich via payoffs from other rich people for favors rendered. That's when my ideas were dismissed with the title quote.
I was not offended by her pronouncement. I'm no stranger to such dismissals, as can be witnessed in this forum's archives. Dismissals are to be expected by anyone who questions everything and dismisses nothing. Anyone searching for the real truth is going to face a boatload of dismissals. It is how the Matrix polices itself and maintains its deception.
I am pleased, in fact, that my friend's wife questioned my perspective. She should, and I hope she will research all sides of the story to weigh the evidence both pro and con on the issue. This is unlikely however, as most of us are too busy or too lazy or too sure of ourselves to bother. I am less pleased that she would so definitively dismiss my perspective without even investigating it. By doing so, she fails to question her own "facts" and her own beliefs about what is and isn't true.
She also fails to employ a little common sense. We live in a society of enormous wealth disparity. I have often discussed the existing wealth gap that continues to explode. We all see the stats (which must also be questioned) of how 10% of the population holds 90% of the wealth. In those circumstances, who among us gets rich by taking money from poor people? By definition, poor people have very little money. No, we typically get rich by taking money from rich people. How do you think American politicians become so rich? Isn't it through secret, under-the-table deals with "special interest groups"? How do you think "the money" exercises so much control over everything? "Special interest groups" and "the money" are just euphemisms for rich people. The rich people control us. We buy into that control by doing almost anything for money. When someone gets a lot of money in short order, you can be fairly sure that person is acting in synch with the desires of rich people who are paying him in some manner or another.
So, how did Ferdinand Marcos get rich?
In 1949, campaigning on promises to get veterans' benefits for two million Filipinos, Marcos ran as a Liberal Party candidate for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives. He won with 70 percent of the vote. In less than a year he was worth a million dollars, mostly because of his American tobacco subsidies (financial assistance to grow tobacco), a huge cigarette smuggling operation, and his practice of pressuring Chinese businesses to cooperate with him. -- source
It sounds like he got rich the same way most U.S. politicians do. But wait, is that the entire story?
But in 1988, Roxas and the Golden Budha Corporation, which now held the ownership rights to the treasure Roxas claims was stolen from him, filed suit against Ferdinand and wife Imelda in a Hawaiian state court seeking damages for the theft and the surrounding human rights abuses committed against Roxas.
In 1992, Imelda Marcos claimed that Yamashita's gold accounted for the bulk of the wealth of her husband, Ferdinand Marcos.
All this led the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal to summarize the allegations leading to Roxas’ final judgment as follows: "The Yamashita Treasure was found by Roxas and stolen from Roxas by Marcos' men." -- source
Don't I often say the truth is stranger than fiction?
Why yes, I do.
"That an increase of the quantity of money raises prices and a diminution lowers them, is the most elementary proposition in the theory of currency, and without it we should have no key to any of the others. The few who can understand the system (check money and credits) will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests." -- From a letter written by the Rothschild Bros, of London, England, to a New York firm of bankers, June 26, 1863
"My agency in promoting the passage of the National Bank Act was the greatest financial mistake of my life. It has built up a monopoly which affects every interest in the country. It should be repealed; but before that can be accomplished, the people will be arrayed on one side and the banks on the other, in a contest such as we have never seen before in this country." -- Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, 1861-64
"While boasting of our noble deeds, we are careful to conceal the ugly fact that by our iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression, which, though more refined, is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery." -- Horace Greeley on the National Banking Act, 1872
"Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce." -- President James A. Garfield (assassinated 1881)
"A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men ... We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world — no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." -- President Woodrow Wilson, 1916
"Under the Federal Reserve Act panics are scientifically created; the present panic is the first scientifically created one, worked out as we figure a mathematical problem." -- Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr., writing of the panic of 1920
The biggest scam in the world robs us all, or at least 99.9% of us, continually. It never stops robbing us, nor does it ever stop enriching the super rich who control the scam. We have no idea how it has impoverished us, because we have nothing to compare our current poverty to. Instead, we are told that we are rich and prosperous, and we believe it.
The con-artists running this scam have completely fooled us. They brainwashed our grandparents, they brainwashed our parents, they brainwashed us, and they are currently brainwashing our children. We are brainwashed across generations to believe that we are prosperous, that we are great, and that we are right.
You can see the programming when you watch the TV, read the newspapers, play computer games, or pay your taxes -- unless you are brainwashed, in which case you probably won't see it, ever. It's just like The Matrix, where the masses have no idea that they are living in a constructed illusion.
Money is the name of the game. Literally. The primary engine of the con-game is money. Governments are in on the deal, as are the banks. They profit from the scam at our expense. They grow rich and powerful, while we grow poor and weak. They call us "consumers", because what we really consume are their lies and deception. We buy the illusion they sell us.
We are the suckers in this con-game.
We don't have to be suckers. If we learn that there is a con-game, and we learn how it works, we can stop being victimized. If enough of us learn the truth and spread the truth, we can become powerful enough to turn on the con-artists and take them down.
The truth is leaking out. It is spreading. This important video explains the monetary scam as simply as I have ever seen. The scam itself is deliberately complex, so that few will be able to figure it out by themselves. This is one reason why the scam has been so successful for so long.
Once you understand the con-game, you begin to see how it affects, or infects, everything else. For example, the war in Libya last year was all about expanding the con-game. It wasn't about rebels or freedom or democracy. That was just the illusion to get you to buy into the program, into the brainwashing. The real story, the truth, is usually the opposite of what you've been told. But you will never know how badly you have been fooled unless you can admit to the possibility that you have been tricked, and then investigate that possibility.
"Abolish the United States government? Are you insane?!"
Not at all. Our government was originally created from the necessity of abolishing government. This was spelled out clearly and concisely in the Declaration of Independence, whose date -- July 4, 1776 -- is still celebrated every July 4th. If you are not familiar with this most vital document, if you have never read the words and fully understood them, I suggest you do so now. I have quoted from the beginning of the Declaration of Independence below, so that you might understand that abolishing government is, at times, not only necessary, but proper. It was necessary in 1776, and it is necessary now.
"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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." -- Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
The Declaration of Independence goes on to list the "abuses and usurpations" of the government being abolished. Almost every grievance listed has been far exceeded by the current United States government. And just as predicted, Americans are more disposed to suffer, while the evils of their own government are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the form of government to which they are accustomed.
Well, it's time for that to stop. We should suffer no more the evils perpetrated by our government, even when those evils are largely hidden from Americans, or falsely blamed on others, or falsely justified as necessary.
So let's lay out a partial list of abuses and usurpations perpetrated against us by our own government that would merit abolishing that government with expediency and full justification.
1. The most obvious reason for abolishing the U.S. government is that the U.S. government does not fulfill its purpose -- not even close. It does not represent the will of the people or operate in their best interests.
2. By guile and deception, the U.S. government makes every effort to make the people believe it is controlled by the people and operates in their best interest, when it doesn't. The government lies to the people and deceives the people as a matter of standard operating procedure. It pretends to be a democratic republic by offering the illusion of choice to the people, when in fact the primary choices are orchestrated and steered by an assortment of subtle but powerful control mechanisms.
3. The government is controlled by a cabal of hidden, very rich, very powerful, and very dangerous psychological deviants (sociopaths) who are not elected and are not constrained by laws, morals, or ethics. This cabal is an exclusive club that only allows people of similar psychological deviancy to join.
4. Like any criminal operation, the government hides what it is really doing behind layers of secrecy. Secrecy is standard operating procedure. Far too much is "classified for reasons of national security". Obviously, a government cannot represent the will of the people or operate in their best interests if what it does is kept from the people.
5. The U.S. government is fiscally irresponsible to the extreme and is in the process of bankrupting not only the corporate entity that it is (it should not even be a corporate entity), but is also bankrupting all of American society right down to the individual American citizen.
6. The government gave away control of our money to a private, for-profit central bank (the Federal Reserve) 100 years ago. During those 100 years, this central bank has destroyed 98% of the value of the dollar, and will continue this trend until the dollar has no value whatsoever. All dollars will become worthless, and any wealth that Americans hold as dollars will vanish. It is pre-meditated robbery, plain and simple. A legitimate government does not rob people of their hard-earned wealth.
7. The government has actively participated in undermining all social areas that are fundamental to a free and independent people. It has facilitated the undermining of the free press, which is now a tightly controlled press that delivers heavy government propaganda. Education has been turned into a system of behavioral control to turn out obedient workers rather than independent and critical thinkers. All major systems that would normally enrich society - the judicial system, the military, the police, the health care system, the pharmaceutical industry, the transportation system, energy, agriculture, science, and many others - have been twisted into serving the government and not the people.
8. Government policy is clearly one of instigating wars and selling arms. The U.S. government is selling peace and democracy by sweet words, but producing war and tyranny by vile action.
9. The government directed "war on drugs" is fake. In reality, the criminal cabal directing the government profits immensely from the production and sale of illegal drugs. Drugs are made illegal to eliminate competition and establish an effective monopoly for the government to clandestinely dominate the drug industry. Besides the monetary profit from drugs which finances other black operations, the drugs also help anesthetize the general population to keep them passive and ineffectual, facilitating government control and domination over the people.
10. "Free" energy technologies that would benefit the public are vigorously suppressed by the government. This prevents competition with the traditional energy business, which empowers the criminal cabal through lucrative profits and monopoly control of that business. All of humanity is thus denied the abundance it would normally have, if only there were no corrupt government enforcing destructive but lucrative energy policies.
With reasons like those ten above, what more is there left to say?
A lot. How about this, for starters:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people should be considered equal in that they are endowed by their existence with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right and duty of the people to alter or to abolish said government, and to institute a new form of government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them (the people) shall seem most likely to promote their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that humanity is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the government to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of government abuses and usurpations suggests a deliberate conspiracy to reduce the people to a state of despotism by denying them any of their unalienable rights, it is the right of the people, and it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new safeguards for their future well-being.
Big Brother doesn't just watch. He also controls. That's the whole reason why he watches.
Both YouTube and Google have been caught manipulating their search engines to keep the truth about 9/11 from coming out.
Even worse, private emails containing links to the suppressed material have been clandestinely censored! As Edward Snowden confirmed, all "private" communications are being captured, recorded, and indexed by computer. But Big Brother (the NSA, CIA, Mossad, or any number of the other intelligence agencies) doesn't just watch. He also interferes. It's all about control.
Perhaps the most disturbing element of this case study is that for more than two weeks after September 11, 2013, it was impossible for some people to transmit by email the link to the original YouTube Episode 23 that had started to go viral.
An email containing this link would at first appear to have transmitted normally, for it would show up in the sender’s Sent Mail. But it would not be received by the addressees — including the sender, if copied to self. -- source
All this is being done so that the truth about the 9/11 false-flag attack will not be exposed to the general public. 9/11 was an inside job -- inside the United States government. Do you realize what that means?
In other words, all this is being done to keep the public ignorant of the fact that it is being scammed, robbed, murdered, and slowly enslaved on a scale that is hardly believable. The public is being turned into a flock of mindless, reactionary, and predictable sheep. That makes them easier to herd, right up the slaughterhouse chute.
Baa, baa, dumb sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, I'm such a stupid fool.
There's something wrong here. On this planet. In this life. Like a splinter in our collective mind, driving us mad.
I'm supposed to be at my daughter's marriage ceremony today. Evidently, it's very important. Everyone has been brainwashed to believe that, even me. The universe has tried to show me that our priorities are all wrong. It has done this since I was born. It did this yesterday, when it threw up roadblock after roadblock to thwart my plans to be at the wedding, from bad weather, to flight cancellations, to traffic jams, to clocks that failed. Unconsciously, I know the universe is talking to me. I think we all know it. Decades ago, I knew even my own marriage ceremony was insignificant, and I refused to have one. Everything we are supposed to celebrate is fake. From who won the Super Bowl, to who won the presidency, to the changing of the calendar year, to the founding of our country, to the anniversary of our birth day. It is one massive deception, a Matrix, a huge distraction to deflect our attention from what is really important.
So what is really important? That is the real question.
Evidently, it's not important that we are killing each other. It's not important that sociopaths run this planet, and that we help them. It's not important that they lead us to poison our environment, in so many ways that we lose count. It's not important that we continue this sleep walk into self-destruction.
Well, I say it is important, extremely important. Our priorities have been turned upside down, deliberately. We need to address this.
My friend Jerry died yesterday as I was struggling to get to the wedding. He had a cancerous tumor in the intestine, discovered just a couple of weeks ago. Although everyone dies, it is not natural to die like this, from slow-acting poisons that we can't really finger that produce a slow, deadly disease that we refuse to properly cure. Many of us are going to die like this, and it is wrong. Most of us are going to live out our lives in this insidious Matrix, and for what? Why aren't we tearing down the Matrix? Think of all those that died on 9/11. Who did that? Powerful and evil people did that, and they lied to us about it. They got away with mass murder, and they are still out there, running the show.
Isn't that important?
Do we have the "right" to own land? A human is an animal. Do any animals other than humans own land? They might use a small amount of land as their "home", and they might defend their need to use that land for their survival, but do they own it? Did they have to purchase it? Do they ever sell it?
The issue of property rights is called into question by Agenda 21. Communism and socialism before it also called into question property rights. Capitalism, of course, insists on property rights. Capitalism thinks everything can be owned, from the land to the ideas of an individual to the very arrangement of your genes. Is the issue of property rights then a con-game of the rich to maintain their power and control over the poor?
Native American peoples had a different concept of land use. They understood that the land endured much longer than any one man, that it was essentially "on loan" from the Great Spirit to all living things for their needs. The idea that one could "own" what the Great Spirit provided was ludicrous.
There are now about 7 billion people on the planet. There are about 55.5 million square miles of land above water. If we allow private ownership of half the available land, each person could own .0039 square miles of land, or about 2.5 acres. It could be argued that anyone owning more than 2.5 acres is a selfish criminal. Property rights conveniently nullify that idea. That works well for the queen of England, who supposedly owns 6.6 billion (6,600,000,000) acres of land. That's a lot more than 2, and potentially selfish to the extreme.
Could the queen be a sociopath?
I'm beginning to question my brainwashing again, this time with respect to property rights. I have been conditioned to believe property rights are sacrosanct, not to be questioned, and the foundation of my country which was constructed on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yeah, right. Obviously, I have been thoroughly brainwashed to believe such lies. Rich, white landowners founded my country. They had property holdings to protect -- Mount Vernon, Monticello, and lots of other large tracts of land. I can see the conflict of interest, so it's no wonder property rights are so revered in America, just as they were in feudalistic Europe, where the Lords (the 1%) grew richer off the indentured sweat of the serfs (the 99%).
Hey, wait a minute! The 1% and the 99%? You mean the same thing is happening today in the USA?
Could the president be a sociopath?
"While much of the world has baked in a heat wave this month, new research points to a surprising culprit when it comes to killing us — plants.
A study published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics found that during heat waves, plants tend to absorb less pollution from the air. That puts more people at risk of developing respiratory complications, which can lead to death." -- source
National Geographic should be so ashamed. But I'm sure they are not, since they surely profited from publishing this mind-numbing article. And after all, that's why they are in business, to make a profit, and the public can be damned!
Here we have once again an example of how we are taught to defer to authority and let our critical thinking skills atrophy. Plants are killing us because they aren't absorbing our pollution fast enough. What's wrong with that picture? For the critical thinkers out there, it's obvious. Humans are killing the plants and themselves by creating the pollution in the first place! It makes no sense to blame the plants, but there it is, in print, delivered by no less an authority than National Geographic, a beacon of respectability.
So why blame the plants? Once again, it is all about power and control, deception and manipulation, mind control and slavery. The ruling sociopaths have engineered a system that has us working against our best interests. We pollute as a matter of course, due to the sociopathic system we were born into and accept, even though by polluting we are ultimately harming ourselves and all other living things. The insanity of this system is becoming more and more visible, thus the need to sanitize it with propaganda and disinformation lest the sheeple wake up to their manipulation and revolt. So yeah, the plants are slacking off, and we need to fix that! Pay no attention to the sociopaths behind the curtain.
What do they take us for, idiots?
It isn’t laziness that has caused worldwide poverty, it is the disenfranchisement of millions through the perpetuation of corporate greed. Even the mega-corporation of Ben & Jerry’s, makers of the popular ice cream, once had a 5 to 1 board member ruling that the CEO would be limited to a 5 to 1 ratio of earnings over his lowest paid worker, but the company ditched this practice when they couldn’t find anyone to replace Ben Cohen, the CEO that worked for just $81,000 a year. -- source
Idiots! Any excellent idea, poorly executed, will fail. That doesn't mean the idea is a failure.
The flaw in this idea is the 5 to 1 ratio. What ratios will make this idea succeed, and what ratio is optimal for all involved?
If Ben worked for $81K per year, then the lowest paid worker was getting $16.2K per year, or about minimum wage ($8.10/hour).
What if the ratio had been set to 50 to 1? Then Ben would make $405/hour, or $810K per year. Can't find a CEO that will work for that? BS, you can find lots of them. Even I would do it. I've run my own company for 27 years, every one of them in the black.
Maybe the CEO you want requires a million dollars a year. Set the starting salary for the lowest paid employees at $10/hour, and you've got your million dollar CEO, along with some happier employees.
50 to 1 is probably not the optimal ratio, but it clearly works better than 5 to 1. A much higher ratio is probably as poor a choice as the 5 to 1 ratio. Google's CEO takes home an obscene $101 million every year. That's a ratio of 6234 to 1.So what is the optimal ratio that will satisfy all employees and still allow a business to thrive? And if humans are so smart, why haven't we solved this very simple economics problem? And don't give me any of that "free market" BS. There are no free markets wherever sociopaths are running the show, and that's exactly what we've got. At the very least, we need to place limits on the people at the top of the hierarchy. A 100 to 1 ratio seems like a good place to start. And if those at the top want more money? They will have to create the rising tide that lifts all boats. Isn't that really what they are paid to do anyway?
What if the whole world were modeled in the same way, and the richest among us could not be more than 100 times richer than the poorest among us? Can you imagine the improvements that would bring?
Why can't we learn?
A species that can't learn faces either stagnation or extinction. Is humanity such a species?
A house divided cannot stand. The human house is divided. On one side we have the majority for whom empathy is an integral part of their being. They relate to other living things and recognize the diversity and equality common to all. They live and let live. They freely share the gift of life.
On the other side we have the minority for whom empathy is a missing part of their being. They only relate to other living things that also lack empathy. They do not recognize the diversity and equality common to all. They live and let die. They do not share the gift of life. Instead, they trade it like a commodity and horde it for themselves.
The empathetic humans I call People, and the non-empathetic humans I call Sociopaths. People pursue liberty and freedom for all, while Sociopaths pursue power and control over People.
Slavery and genocide are wrong. To those with empathy, these are self-evident truths. A spokesman for the People even said as much in a famous declaration:
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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 1776
To those without empathy, slavery and genocide are their life's goal, the ultimate expression of power and control. A spokesman for the Sociopaths even said as much in a little-known document:
It is patently impossible to discuss social engineering or the automation of a society, i.e., the engineering of social automation systems (silent weapons) on a national or worldwide scale without implying extensive objectives of social control and destruction of human life, i.e., slavery and genocide.
This manual is in itself an analog declaration of intent. Such a writing must be secured from public scrutiny. Otherwise, it might be recognized as a technically formal declaration of domestic war.
-- Unknown, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, 1979
If a house divided cannot stand, then stagnation is not the fate of humanity. Extinction is. Survival lies in a United People. Sociopaths must be exposed and dis-empowered. If the People fail to do this, all of humanity, both the People and the Sociopaths, will join countless other extinct species in the pages of history.
We know where we end if we do not unite. Who, what, when, where, and how do we begin?
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held behind closed doors. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had transpired. As Benjamin Franklin was leaving for the day, a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution specifically prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures of Americans and their property except upon specific and warranted probable cause. It reads:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
When the United States government spies on all Americans indiscriminately by secretly collecting all of their general communications, it knowingly violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.
As an alleged Constitutional scholar, the president of the United States is well aware of the treasonous nature of his and prior administrations, though he will deny it. The Supreme Court is also well versed in Constitutional law, and it too is complicit in high crimes against the American people by ignoring the law it is charged to uphold. And finally Congress, by its consistent inaction and feigned ignorance, has deliberately given its tacit approval to this abomination against the American people.
By violating the Constitution in such a clear, egregious, and undeniable manner, the government of the United States is guilty of high treason against the American people. It is not only the right of the American people to alter or abolish such a criminal government, it is their sacred duty. If the American people fail to act, the great experiment in freedom and justice that so many Americans fought and died for since 1776 will be an abject failure, a complete waste of time and effort, and one of the most monumental defeats in the battle of good versus evil to ever visit the face of the Earth.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." -- Benjamin Franklin
Is that what we need, more masters?
Despite my comprehensive and detailed arguments, a friend of mine overruled me with the following two sentences:
"I hear all your good arguments but must go along with my gut feeling and do what I feel is best. Of course, your arguments are good but...."
How often do we do this? How often do we ignore reason and logic and go with whatever makes us feel good? How often do we let emotion dictate our choices? How often does comfort trump truth?
Often. Maybe even most of the time.
This is, in fact, how the ruling sociopaths herd us like sheep. They use the Hegelian Dialectic, often expressed as "problem, reaction, solution". They create the problem (for example 9/11) that they know will make us react quite emotionally (shock, grief, fear, outrage). Then, when we are in the thick of those emotions, unable to reason lucidly, they give us their prepared solution (attack the "terrorists" by invading Afghanistan), which again plays on our emotions, this time by making us feel good. The so-called solution is exactly what the ruling sociopaths wanted to do all along (but for different reasons and purposes), only they knew they couldn't get away with it if the public was thinking rationally.
Must we go along with our gut "feelings" and do what we "feel" is best? Does anyone realize how much trouble that gets us into? Trouble that we could avoid if we didn't listen to our "gut"?
"Hi, I'm human. Despite having a capable brain, my gut will be making all the decisions, based on how it makes me feel. Enjoy the ride!"
Not too long ago, I did some computer repair work for a friend. It was fairly extensive, and when he asked what he should pay, I gave him a low-end figure of $120. He came over to my house to pay up and presented me with $5. I was delighted and called our business settled.
What just happened there?
Wait a minute! Isn't inflation when prices go up? Not really. Rising prices are just a symptom of the root cause. Inflation isn't even the right terminology to use. Yes, it is in the common vernacular now, but that is by deliberate design. The term "inflation" is just word play, a trick to help pull the wool over the public's eyes and keep them ignorant.
A better term than inflation is devaluation. That's really what's happening -- our money is being devalued. In other words, we are being robbed. But it's being done relatively gently and quite clandestinely.
The $5 was paid using pre-1965 U.S. coins. They are 90% silver and currently worth about 20 times their face value. So I was paid the equivalent of $100 in paper money using $5 in coins. Only I was paid in real American money, true Constitutional money, lawful money, or in a word, silver. By not paying me in junk Federal Reserve Notes, I was more than happy to discount my friend's fee by $20. He was happy, and I was happy. Only the Federal Reserve was not happy, but they should be in prison anyway, instead of living in luxury at our expense.
It is the Federal Reserve, in league with the U.S. government, that has devalued our currency over the last 50 years such that a $5 cart of groceries now costs $100 for the exact same food. Well, not really, as it can easily be argued that the food is less nutritious and more toxic now than it was 50 years ago. You can ultimately thank the Federal Reserve and the U.S. government for that as well. Or to be more accurate, because this is a very complex con-game, you can thank the ruling sociopaths that quietly control the Federal Reserve and the U.S. government. And watch out, as both con-games (devaluing money and de-nutrifying food) are accelerating.
Oh, you think we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people? That's another subject, though it is closely related, as it too is a con-game. Please see my blogs on propaganda, brainwashing, and mind control.
By the way, the cumulative effect of all these con-games (devaluing money, de-nutrifying food, and destroying truth) is to devalue life. Your life, my life, and the lives of everyone living on this planet. That's why rule by sociopaths is the worst of all possible worlds.
And we've got it.
About seventy-five years ago (October 30, 1938), Orson Welles created a national panic with his radio show depicting the invasion of Earth by Martians. The simulated "live" broadcasts convinced many that the end of the world was unfolding in real time right before their eyes.
People packed the roads, hid in cellars, loaded guns, even wrapped their heads in wet towels as protection from Martian poison gas, in an attempt to defend themselves against aliens, oblivious to the fact that they were acting out the role of the panic-stricken public that actually belonged in a radio play. -- source
The lesson was not lost on the ruling sociopaths of the United States or the world.
In a prescient column, in the New York Tribune, Dorothy Thompson foresaw that the broadcast revealed the way politicians could use the power of mass communications to create theatrical illusions, to manipulate the public.
"All unwittingly, Mr. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater of the Air have made one of the most fascinating and important demonstrations of all time," she wrote. "They have proved that a few effective voices, accompanied by sound effects, can convince masses of people of a totally unreasonable, completely fantastic proposition as to create a nation-wide panic."
"They have demonstrated more potently than any argument, demonstrated beyond a question of a doubt, the appalling dangers and enormous effectiveness of popular and theatrical demagoguery...."
"Hitler managed to scare all of Europe to its knees a month ago, but he at least had an army and an air force to back up his shrieking words."
"But Mr. Welles scared thousands into demoralization with nothing at all." -- source
It is no coincidence that in the last 75 ears, the media outlets of the nation and the world have been bought up and consolidated into a few hands. It is no coincidence that false-flag events like 9/11 (1 2 3) and the 7/7 London Tube bombings steer entire nations. It is no coincidence that in the last week, the information about the Boston Marathon bombings presented to the public via the mainstream media differs markedly from the information available from citizens reporting via the Internet.
"You think that's air you're breathing?" -- Morpheus, in the movie "The Matrix".
Ever wonder where our laws in the USA come from? Yes, they come from Congress, but who comes up with the legislation? Who is behind the idea? Obviously, it's not us, the people. We didn't decide it's acceptable to torture, or imprison people without due process, or assassinate citizens on just the President's say-so, or rack up unpayable debt, or leave the gold standard, or invade sovereign nations that have never attacked us. We, the people, actually think those things are NOT acceptable! Evidently, government of the people, by the people, and for the people is just feel-good propaganda designed to make us complacent and leave the decisions to others.
I think it's time the people introduce legislation to Congress. I have no doubt that we would make sensible and compact laws that would fit within a very short paragraph, unlike the shysters who draft the current legislation. In fact, I have some new laws I want to introduce right now for Congress to vote on.
I think if we pass the above laws, it will change the United States into something much better than it has ever been. We need not have any fear of creating the world we would like to see. In fact, it is our duty to do so.
When did the United States of America go so terribly wrong? Was it when Obama was first elected? Or Bush? Or Nixon? Or Wilson?
No, it happened long before that. The Constitution of the United States was the design plan of the government, and it clearly stated who was to have power. The Tenth Amendment specified: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Originally, the States were sovereign, and the federal government was to serve the member States. Today we see the exact opposite, where the federal government is sovereign, and the States serve it in almost slave-like fashion.
So what the heck happened?
Things are not the way we are taught by the well-oiled propaganda machine that shapes our minds. Most often, it turns out they are the exact opposite of what we are taught. I propose that things went wrong when Abraham Lincoln was elected. I propose that "Honest Abe" was not as honest as we are led to believe, that he was in fact guilty of treason. I propose that the Civil War was not a civil war at all, but was the coup where the federal government gained control and consolidated its power over the States. I propose that freeing the slaves was not the underlying issue of that war, as we are taught, but was a political maneuver by Lincoln and the federal government to criminalize the "renegade" Southern States, whose only "crime" was to withdraw from the United States, as was their right. By criminalizing these States, the federal government could justify the tyranny of warring against American citizens in the name of fighting slavery.
I bet you weren't taught that in school. I certainly wasn't. I was taught Lincoln was a great hero who "preserved the Union" (George Orwell would surely be proud of that particular piece of doublespeak). There is currently a blockbuster film about Honest Abe, and I probably won't watch it, but I'm quite sure it will portray Lincoln as a great hero, when he was more likely something quite the contrary. How often do we have to see lawyers become politicians and rise to the heights of power before we recognize sociopaths? We would be wise to learn our true history, for it is repeating. Obama is being portrayed to the public as a great hero, when he is, in fact, preparing the justification for the tyranny of warring against American citizens in the name of fighting terrorism.
The "Civil War" would be more accurately called "The War Against Independent States". The next civil war will be more accurately called "The War Against Independent Minds".
Got "renegade" thoughts? They can fix that. And they will.
The boy who cried "Wolf!" was emotionally deficient, a psychological deviant. Why do you think he was sent out to the countryside to tend the sheep all alone? He knew he was different from the townsfolk, and he despised them. He felt he was smarter than all of them, and he learned to deceive and manipulate them to his advantage to prove to himself that he was indeed smarter. Crying "Wolf!" was just the beginning. As time went by, the boy learned to vary his cries, from "Bank run!" to "Communist!", to "Weapons of mass destruction!", and even "Terrorist!" He learned to practice deep secrecy, making it nearly impossible to be caught. He learned to engage others to do his bidding, buying the services of the weak-minded, so that if his schemes failed, others would be blamed. He learned to organize with other deviants like himself into secret societies where they could plan more sophisticated operations, always for their own benefit at the expense of others. Together, they learned to heavily influence the very minds of the people to make them think in ways that served this small group of parasites. In this manner, through lies and secrecy and deception and manipulation, these psychological deviants, eventually labeled as "sociopaths", came to rule over the people.
The people suffered greatly. The quality of life steadily declined, freedoms disappeared, crime flourished, prisons overflowed with noncriminals, wars were orchestrated and dragged on endlessly, disease was deliberately created and spread, the essentials of life itself were slowly poisoned, and many people died needlessly. With their minds under the influence of pervasive propaganda, the people were unable to figure out what was really happening, and what to do about it. They looked to their puppet rulers for solutions, completely unaware that the hidden rulers controlling the puppets were the real source of their misery.
Well, maybe not completely unaware. There were a few people that were not fooled, that were resistant to the propaganda and mind control, that spoke out in an effort to shake the ignorant out of their stupor so that they could resist the new world order. These few honest people were systematically marginalized, discredited, persecuted, silenced, and even killed by the rulers, so that the status quo would not be disturbed.
One day, the Emperor was parading in front of his ragged and numbed subjects, looking to be admired for his cleverness and fine stitchery, when a little boy pointed at the Emperor and cried out the painful truth most unexpectedly. "Look Mommy, he has no clothes!"
How does the story end?
What do you call government by sociopaths?
It's obviously not a democracy, or rule by the people, even though it often masquerades as such. Sociopaths are master chameleons, very practiced at pretending to be normal, so it's only natural that they would use the same tactic while governing the masses, disguising their government as normal. Some would call it corporatocracy, or rule by corporations, but corporations are just facades for the sociopaths that control them. I've seen it called a kleptocracy, or rule by thieves, which is fitting. An oligarchy seems close, as the thieves do become a wealthy and powerful clique. But today, I learned of an even more appropriate description of the current rule by sociopaths that we wither under. It's called a kakistocracy, or rule by the worst element of society. Richard Sauder alerted me to this possibility here. He suggests that a better name for the United States of America would be Kakistan. You've got my vote on that, Richard!
Although not on any list of government types, I have another term that I think fits the bill -- a parasitocracy, or rule by parasites. It hardly qualifies as government, as it is more like an exquisite banquet for the parasites, and it doesn't seem likely that any people would voluntarily submit to being consumed. But clever parasites could manipulate the brains of the people through subtle mind control and get them to think that being consumed is not only perfectly natural, but highly desirable!
Does that sound ridiculous? Here are similar examples that occur in Nature. What makes you think that a tiny group of parasitic humans cannot exist and thrive right in front of our noses? Mind control, perhaps?
It's not real. It's a charade. The game is rigged at every level. The People don't really select the presidential candidates to begin with. If popular consensus controlled the candidate selection, Ron Paul would have obviously pushed aside Romney. Romney was an unknown compared to Paul. Votes are found to be manipulated in every election, but it's always hushed up. Whether it be programmed voting machines, faked results, false counts, stuffed ballots, or non-existent voters, the fix is in. The Electoral College is the fail-safe, to ensure the People don't have a voice. It's as bought and paid for as Congress, only it's hidden better. The election results are announced before the vote is even counted, much less publicly verified (and there is no meaningful verification). Are we so brainwashed that we can't see the obvious?
How else can you explain a Manchurian candidate with a sealed past, a fabricated birth certificate, and fake Social Security numbers, who is a proven liar that broke every major campaign promise he made four years ago, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for nothing, and is the captain of a sinking Titanic that he himself helped scuttle -- how could such a crook be our President AGAIN?
The answer is as clear as the nose on your face. Can you see your nose? How do you know it exists? You have to feel it, or look in a mirror.
It's that hallowed day when we confirm our gullibility, our stupidity, and our brainwashing. It's the day we believe is the beginning of hope and change, when in fact there will be no positive change (things will only get worse), and the hope is a cruel delusion. Every four years we are treated to this obscene circus of smiling liars, and every four years we have the proof that we were deceived and manipulated, and yet we come back for more with even greater enthusiasm. The insanity is simply startling, yet few can see it. Those that do, like George Carlin, are treated with disbelief (we laugh), derision, and ridicule.
Meanwhile, the real ruling sociopaths, behind the scenes in the darkest of shadows, consolidate their power and tighten their nooses around our necks, holding us hostage to their control systems of money, energy, and information.
None are more enslaved than those that falsely believe they are free.
When I was a child, I was indoctrinated to start each school day with the rest of my collective, at rigid attention, with my right hand placed over my beating heart, all facing in the direction of the national banner, and in unison we would repeat the following like robots every day:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
Now, 50 years later, I am no longer a child. My indoctrination is beginning to crumble. I start each day in bewilderment of the insanity taking place all over the world. I place my right hand over my beating heart, and I realize all people on Earth have the same gift in their chests, and that only the most foul psychological deviants would even think of taking it from them. And they do exactly that, by the thousands, every day. And like a robot, I have been helping those psychopaths my entire life without even being aware of it, as have all of us. Though we still say the old pledge, we follow a new one:
I pledge my servitude to the Dollar
of the Hostage States of Amerika,
and to the Banksters to whom I grovel,
one Deception, underground, Unbelievable,
with lies and injustice for all.
We always have an enemy. It's an unspoken national policy. Good for business, and good for keeping the slaves in line.
A long time ago, when I was just a boy, it was the "Reds" who were the enemy, meaning the Communists. We persecuted our own fellow citizens with that one. Then it was the North Koreans and their Chinese allies. We fought an ugly war in distant Korea over that one, and we still have troops there over 60 years later. Then came the Russians and their imposing nuclear arsenal. We nearly started a fatal nuclear world war in a place called Cuba over that one. Then the backward Vietnamese needed a good paddling (we still hurt when we sit down). Next, we beat up the Iraqis, but we were so cruel that we stopped in mid-swing and declared victory, rather than be recognized for what we were by the watching world. Then we coveted Afghanistan, opium supplier to the world, so we did 9/11 and created the current boogieman, the "terrorist", and we declared that Afghanistan was full of them. Again, we invaded a backward nation. Profits from drug production exploded, and a trillion dollars a year flowed into secret coffers in Washington D.C. Oil was getting expensive, Iraq had oil, and more importantly, they would not cooperate with the dollar hegemony program by selling their oil for dollars only. Naturally, we invaded, occupied, and confiscated. Today, some Americans are starting to wise up, and the American government is turning its sites on them. Our own fellow citizens are being painted as terrorists, and we have come full circle, back to the fear of the Red Scare.
There are, of course, real enemies, but for good reason, we aren't told about them. The good reason is that they run the United States. One arm of those enemies is the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). They have been quietly murdering American soldiers in Iraq for who knows how long, and they record each murder on video. You can watch their crimes here. Our so-called leaders know about this, but have kept it quiet. Of course they would, since they are another arm of the true enemy.
We know our air is heavily contaminated with carcinogens produced by the internal combustion engines in our vehicles, and that the incidence of cancer has exploded over the last 100 years.
We know our water is fluoridated with a neurotoxic waste product from aluminum manufacturing, fluorosilicic acid.
"Fluoride as an additive has a dark past: it was first added to water in the Soviet Gulag (prison system) since it is a neurological poison and made political and other difficult prisoners complacent and therefore easier to manage. It was added to the water supplies of the Nazi death and slave labor camps for the same reason." -- source
You might have wondered why people have become so complacent. Or if you're like most Americans, you just don't care, because the fluoride in the water is already working so well. Hypothyroidism, a medical condition caused by excessive fluoride exposure, is also rampant, growing at an exponential rate of 11% per year, and thyroid medications account for billions of dollars in prescription sales.
So what do the ruling sociopaths do for an encore? This.
It's the flour, pasta, breads, cereals, and other wheat products we consume. Specifically, it's the gliadin. It makes us eat more.
Have you been wondering why obesity is such a problem nowadays? Or diabetes? We've long suspected the increasing use of high fructose corn syrup in foods as one culprit, but did anyone suspect the "staff of life", meaning bread and other wheat products?
What better way to enslave billions of people than to make them dependent on your medical system in order to live? And if hundreds of millions die in the process, do you think sociopaths care?
Regardless of who we put in government, with very few exceptions, they are purchased by the moneyed interests. How could we expect it to be otherwise? We humans are trained from childhood to perform tasks for money. This pervasive and incessant brainwashing steers our lives. It is exactly what the people that control the money want. By controlling the money, they control us. For as long as we accept their money, we are their slaves. They own us.
What wouldn't you do for money? Would you make a military career out of serving the sociopathic masters in their quest for world domination? Millions of us do. Would you contribute your labor and brainpower to companies building weapon systems used to murder other humans in distant lands? Millions of us do. Would you work for government? Millions of us do. Would you give a hefty portion of your earnings (known as taxes) to those running this slave market? Nearly all of us do.
Does anyone see the problem here?
Slavery has come a long way, Baby. It used to be that when you were a slave, you knew it. You were ripped out of your familiar life, chained up, shipped to an unfamiliar land, and put to work under penalty of corporal punishment or death. Today, things are so much more subtle.
Today, when you are working for the Massah, you don't even know there's a master. You think you are working by your own free will, to earn money to buy the essentials of life. What you don't know is that the money is the Massah's script, it's only good at the "company" stores, the prices are rigged, and everything you can choose to buy has been determined for you.
And slavery is no longer an "all or nothing" business. It's done now in slowly but steadily increasing increments. In that sneaky way, few ever realize how their time is being stolen from them to serve the Massah. Allow me to illustrate.
Let's look at the least privileged of the working class, those working for minimum wage. Even they need shelter, a place to call their own, a home. How long do they have to work for the Massah's "company" to earn enough to buy the average new home?
In 1956, when I was just a baby, the minimum wage was $1/hour, and the typical new home cost $11,700. The math is easy in this case. A new home would cost you 11,700 hours of working for the "company".
In 2006, fifty years later, the minimum wage was $5.15/hour, and the typical new home cost $243,067. A new home would cost you 47,197 hours of working for the "company".
You can see the trend for yourself below. Note that unlike the value of money, an hour of work is the same today as it was in 1956.
Year Home Price Min wage Hours
1956 $ 11,700 $1.00 11700
1966 $ 21,400 $1.25 17120
1976 $ 44,200 $2.10 21048
1986 $ 92,000 $3.35 27463
1996 $140,000 $4.75 29474
2006 $243,067 $5.15 47197
That's a pretty good con-game! The Massah has slowly gotten the slaves to work four times longer to buy the same stuff. And most of those people don't even know there's a master or a con-game!
Things have improved some since 2006. We're in a severe economic depression now, debt is astronomical, inflation is rampant but deliberately under-reported, and housing prices have fallen while the minimum wage has risen. It's a great time to buy a house at the bargain price of only 30,163 hours of work!
If you can find a job.
One other note – the figures used for these calculations are from the U.S. government, an entity well known for “adjusting” statistics to make itself look good. That means my calculations are probably the best-case scenario, and the true reality is worse than I have indicated.
(Originally published April 12, 2010 on MySpace.)
Note: The video clip above has been censored. You can see that is the case again
http://www.infowars.com/fox-news-makes-excuse-for-cias-afghan-opium-cultivation/">here. A similar (but possibly sanitized) video can still be seen here.
"Fighting the Opium Trade" is how Fox News labels the above news item, wherein the U.S. government practically announces that "Drugs R US". Are brainwashed Americans really incapable of seeing through this charade? That would appear to be the case, so I've volunteered to help clear things up.
According to this ludicrous propaganda piece, the American military must "tolerate" record levels of opium production in the premier opium belt of the world (Helmand River Valley, Afghanistan), supposedly because opium farmers are held economic "hostage" by the Taliban, who lend the farmers the necessary money to run their farms. Should 15,000 American troops, perhaps the finest fighting force ever assembled (according to our intrepid reporter Geraldo Rivera), move to destroy any of the opium crop, hundreds of simple Afghan farmers would turn against them. So naturally, the military's hands are tied, and they respectfully provide seed and fertilizer to the farmers to get their crop started, and then they protect the fields to ensure a bountiful harvest. Do the farmers pay our military for that seed, fertilizer, and protection with the money they "borrowed" from the Taliban? Don't be silly! Most likely the Taliban and the U.S. military work together with the farmers to produce record amounts of opium, and the three parties then divvy up the lucrative profits. The majority of the profit (TRILLIONS of dollars) flows back into the hands of the criminal sociopaths running the U.S. government, since they provide the "protection" and also ensure that all the drugs derived from the opium have a ready market willing to pay top dollar, that market being primarily the tens of millions of drug users in the United States.
Disinformation like this video report is regularly spoon-fed to the unsuspecting American public. As another example, directly related to the above video, read this. Those very opium fields were falsely presented to Americans as a city of 80,000 spread out over 80 square miles hiding thousands of dangerous Taliban insurgents that needed to be routed out by our troops. That was the excuse given to send those American troops to Afghanistan so that "our" opium harvest could be protected.
For over 50 years, the secretive agencies of the U.S. government have been in the drug-running business. Now it's done out in the open using our regular military. These drug operations, that the public pays for with their taxes, rack up unbelievable profits used to fund expensive "black operations" that the public is not allowed to know about, like hundreds of DUMBs (Deep Underground Military Bases), FEMA camps, and top-secret military space operations. Why? Why do they want to keep us drugged and brainwashed? Are we their slaves or something?
Well, are we?
Democracy — as we understand the term — began in ancient Athens.
Back before the invention of agriculture, when human tribes of hunter/gatherers followed the game herds across the landscape, those tribes had a primitive sort of democracy.
Hunting tribes that still exist in remote parts of the world still show that kind of organization. The male members of the tribe come together in a council to decide issues of importance. One man, one vote.
A new nationwide analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent.
The two panels of 24 randomly selected and demographically balanced voters will hear arguments for and against the measures and call upon subject-area experts during the five-day public review. The panels will review Ballot Measures 82 and 85. Measure 85 proposes allocating revenue from corporate income and excise tax “kicker” refunds to the general fund for K-12 public education. Measure 82 amends the state constitution to authorize privately owned casinos.
News Release from: Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA)
Posted: August 1st, 2012 10:20 AM
Panels' Findings To Be Published in Voters' Pamphlet
Salem - Healthy Democracy, a nonprofit organization working on behalf of the Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review Commission, announced today two panels of voters from diverse perspectives and communities across Oregon that will meet in August to examine two November statewide ballot measures as panelists for the legislatively mandated Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR).
"The entire world economy rests on the consumer;
if he ever stops spending money he doesn't have
on things he doesn't need -- we're done for."
-- Bill Bonner
"Who would appreciate such candor? No one. None of us really likes honesty. We prefer deception – but only when it is unabashedly flattering or artfully camouflaged. Groups seem to need to believe that they are superior to others and that they have a purpose greater than just passing along their genes to the next generation. Individuals seem to need similar delusions – about who they are and why they do what they do. They need heroes, however fraudulent… Studies show that people are more likely to accept the opinion of a confident con man than the cautious view of someone who actually knows what he is talking about. And professionals who form overconfident opinions on the basis of incorrect readings of the facts are more likely to succeed than their more competent peers who display greater doubt.
What’s more, deception works best, according to studies by psychologists, when the person doing the deceiving is fool enough to be deceived, too; that is, when he believes his own lies. That is why incompetent leaders – who are naïve enough to fall for their own guff – are such a danger to civilized life. If they are modern leaders, they must also delude themselves into thinking they know how to make the world a better place. Invariably, the answers they propose to problems are ones that bubble up from their own vanity, the essence of which is to make the rest of the world look just like them!" -- Bill Bonner
Oregon’s state-appointed Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission (CIRC) has selected two measures for review prior to the November election.
Initiative Petition 35 proposes allocating corporate income/excise “kicker” refunds to fund kindergarten through 12th-grade public education. Initiative Petition 36 would allow establishment of privately owned casinos. The review of IP 36 will include an examination of IP 38, a related statutory measure that would allocate a percentage of casino revenue to a state fund.
"It is out of the question that all of these correlations which are the signature of a nuclear explosion could have occurred by chance. This is impossible." -- source
"The presence of rare Trace elements such as Cerium, Yttrium and Lanthanum is enough to raise eyebrows in themselves, let alone in quantities of 50ppm to well over 100ppm. When the quantities then vary widely from place to place but still correlate with each other according to the relationships expected from nuclear fission, it is beyond ALL doubt that the variations in concentration are due to that same common process of nuclear fission.
When we find Barium and Strontium present, in absolutely astronomical concentrations of over 400ppm to over 3000ppm, varying from place to place but varying in lockstep and according to known nuclear relationships – the implications are of the utmost seriousness."
"This type of data has probably never been available to the public before. It is an unprecedented insight into the action of a nuclear device."
"September 11th, 2001, was the first Nuclear event within a major United States city and a global financial center of the world and this is the biggest secret of this century, until now."
The Y-12 electromagnetic plant units were initially operated by scientists from Berkeley to remove bugs and achieve a reasonable operating rate. They were then turned over to trained Tennessee Eastman operators who had only a high school education. Nichols compared unit production data, and pointed out to physicist Ernest Lawrence that the young "hillbilly" girl operators were outproducing his PhDs. They agreed to a production race and Lawrence lost, a morale boost for the Tennessee Eastman workers and supervisors. The girls were "trained like soldiers not to reason why", while "the scientists could not refrain from time-consuming investigation of the cause of even minor fluctuations of the dials". -- Source
Tony Iaccarino has been appointed to the newly-created position of Policy and Projects Director for Healthy Democracy. Iaccarino comes to Healthy Democracy from the City Club of Portland, where he served as the Club’s Research and Policy Director.
“Tony brings a wealth of talent and experience to this organization,” said Tyrone Reitman, Executive Director, Healthy Democracy. “We’re very excited to have him on-board.”
I have been contacted by the Police and asked to go in for an interview tomorrow (June 16) and discuss how I came into possession of this documentary. On legal advice I am posting this statement: on a recent trip to visit family in Seoul I was approached by two North Korean defectors with a request to translate a film. The following day I met with them and they handed me a disc with a copy of the film, which they said had recently been brought into the country by a defector new to their group. They asked me to translate the film and "make sure the world saw it" and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine). Despite my concerns about what I was viewing, I proceeded to translate and post the film here because of the extraordinary content. As I have posted earlier, I don't believe this film was ever intended for a domestic audience. I believe the 'defectors' specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I've chosen to keep posting this film because - regardless of who made it - everyone should see it for the issues it raises. Please share the uploaded parts while it's still on YouTube. I believe it is my right to share this film and that is what I will tell the Police tomorrow.
On May 17, US Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) re-introduced The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2011 (HR 5816), together with 98 co-sponsors. The language in the bill matches that of HR 2894, introduced by Mr. Holt in the 111th Congress in 2009 and would require voter-marked paper ballots in all federal elections. The bill would authorize funding for states to purchase voting equipment, require hand-counted audits of electronic vote tallies, and reform the process of testing voting equipment. The language of HR 5816 is also included as Title VI of the omnibus election reform bill, The Voter Empowerment Act (HR 5799.) It was referred to the Subcommittee on Election of the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
As with earlier versions of Mr. Holt's legislation, Verified Voting is proud to endorse HR 5816. Verified Voting President Pamela Smith notes "this bill provides a baseline standard for our voting systems that's so essential the voter confidence -- not just that the outcome is correct, but that it actually means something when they take the time to go and vote." Reflecting the added urgency of Mr. Holt's legislation since it was first introduced, Smith adds "the funding called for in this bill to support the movement to more resilient and reliable voting systems is urgently needed in many states and counties where voting systems are aging rapidly and need to be replaced."
In 2010, over 60 percent of the nation's voters cast their votes on paper ballots that were read by electronic scanning devices. In the last several years, voter-marked paper ballots have become the most popular means of providing a paper record of each vote. “Paper trail” printers attached to voting machines are an alternative method of providing a paper record, but have reliability problems, such as printer jams. They are cumbersome to recount, raise privacy concerns because they store all votes on a continuous roll, and go unchecked by significant numbers of voters. Three-fourths of the states have adopted voting systems that provide some form of voter-verifiable paper record, but a significant number still use electronic voting machines that offer no voter-verifiable backup. In at least ten states in the 2012 elections, most or all of the votes will be cast on paperless electronic voting systems. These include Indiana, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as well as Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Texas.
Internet voting is not yet feasible, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have concluded. "Malware on voters' personal computers poses a serious threat that could compromise the secrecy or integrity of voters' ballots," said Belinda Collins, senior advisor for voting standards within NIST's information technology laboratory, in an May 18 statement. "And, the United States currently lacks an infrastructure for secure electronic voter authentication," she added.
Collins released the statement in response to an inquiry from Common Cause, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit active in campaign finance and election reform. "This statement should serve as a blunt warning that we just aren't ready yet and proves that we can't trust the empty promises of 'secure Internet voting' from the for-profit vendors," said Susannah Goodman, head of Common Cause's Voting Integrity Project. "We urge election officials and state and federal lawmakers to heed NIST's warning and step back, support further research and STOP online voting programs until they can be made secure," Goodman added.
Collins said NIST came to the conclusion that "additional research and development is needed…before secure Internet voting will be feasible" as a result of preparing a February 2011 interagency report on security considerations for electronic voting for uniformed and overseas citizens absentee voting. The report, NISTIR 7770 (.pdf) concluded that Internet voting systems "cannot currently be audited with a comparable level of confidence in the audit results as for those for polling place systems," Collins said.
Because psychopaths are almost completely in charge of nearly all governments, government response is for the most part corrupt – thinly veiled thefts of money, land, power, and anything else to be had, always "in the people's interest" but never achieving any positive result – at least, not for "the people."
First, we dig up a lot of rock and crush it. This takes time, effort, and very heavy equipment that consumes a lot of fuel, which is burned in the engines. That consumes a lot of oxygen that living things like ourselves need to breathe, but we never worry about that.
Then the rock is transported to a factory, often far away, sometimes across the ocean. More time, effort, and fuel is consumed.
At the factory, a very hot (200 degrees C) mixture of water and lye is mixed with the crushed rock. The particulates are filtered out and thrown away. Lots of energy is used to heat the liquid initially and dispose of the particulate matter. The caustic liquid is then allowed to cool, causing a solid precipitate to settle out of the liquid. The precipitate is collected and dried, then it's heated to 1000 degrees C to melt it (lots more energy consumed here).
While melted in this hot liquid state, a strong electric current, using millions of amps factory-wide, is passed through the liquid (lots more energy required for that). A pure, molten metal is produced. By the way, the required electrical energy is so great, you need to have your own hydroelectric dam nearby. I won't even try to explain how much time, effort, and energy was needed to create that hydroelectric dam. Needless to say, it's HUGE.
The metal is cooled and rolled into sheets. The sheets are transported (more energy) to another factory where they are formed into containers (more energy), filled with filtered water (more energy to obtain and transport that) and corn syrup (lots more energy to produce, grow, transport, and process that), and then shipped all over the world (OMG, still more energy).
We're almost done.
Individuals, using machinery called SUVs (weighing tons that took enormous amounts of time, effort, and energy to manufacture), purchase and consume lots of fuel (itself produced at enormous energy and transportation costs) to travel to distribution points and purchase the metal containers full of syrup water. All of these purchases require money, which itself required vast amounts of time, effort, and energy to obtain. All of these smiling individuals return to their home areas, where they store the containers until they are transported to other locations, opened, and eight ounces of syrup water, known to be disruptive to the proper biochemistry of the body, is ingested.
Then, get this, the flawless container made of highly refined, nearly pure elemental aluminum metal, is THROWN AWAY, after only a single use! It is often crushed and returned to the earth in a landfill!
If that isn't collective insanity, then I don't know what is.
Surprise, there is also an energy crisis. And an environmental crisis. And a health crisis. And an economic crisis. And non-stop war, which is a behavioral crisis that greatly contributes to all the other crises.
We do it for this.
Money ruins everything.
We are brainwashed from childhood to make our decisions based on money. As adults, we will sell out other humans if it adds to our bottom line. We will even destroy the local environment to make money, as long as that destroyed environment is not in our backyard.
But people are starting to wake up. They are beginning to realize that the love of money is the root of all evil. Well, not entirely. We are now beginning to understand that money is not the real problem. The real problem is sociopaths being in control of the money and almost everything else as a result. But we need not split hairs. Sociopaths and money are so closely connected, it almost becomes a "chicken or egg" question.
A valley in Switzerland just demonstrated for us that we are not all completely brainwashed. Of course, this could never happen in the USA, home of the "no mind" zombies, who would stick a knife in your heart if the price is right. But no matter. If you check with people who still know what it means to live like true humans, you find the spark of goodness has not been snuffed out.
An estimate $1200 million dollars in gold ore is in their backyard. The 450 residents in the valley were offered about 3.5% of that, or nearly $37 million, over a period of 10 years, if they would allow the mining to take place. That works out to about $8155 dollars per resident per year for ten years.
They refused to allow their valley to be ruined by a margin of 2 to 1. I guess the price wasn't right.
Know what? There is no price that is acceptable to let others destroy your ancestral homeland. No price. None. Nada.
Some of us still remember that.
Originally posted 1/27/2010
Last night, on my 55th birthday anniversary, an intangible gift from Heaven blew my mind.
Oh, I received some other extraordinary gifts yesterday that had already marked this birthday as a very special day indeed in my otherwise mundane and unremarkable existence. My young and head-strong friend Over Unity continued to butt heads with me, allowing me to analyze and categorize the very same mental "features" (as we jokingly call "bugs" in computer software) that immobilized my thinking for much of my life. My friend Carla, a woman of exceptional insight, once again pointed out a small detail with enormous implications that I had never really thought about, despite its everyday occurrence and its impact on all of our lives. My off-the-wall friend Zephram Stark (when I hear my English friend use the word "loopy", I often think of Zeph), despite creating his own reality that implausibly includes both me and Over Unity, still manages to provoke trains of thought in my mind that lead to new and revealing understandings about the human condition. Yes, these "strangers" (stranger than me, I suspect) that I have never met have enriched my life. These are all wonderful gifts (found in the comments of my prior blog), and I felt very blessed on my 55th birthday.
And then, when I thought the day couldn't be better, another gift fell out of the sky into my lap. That gift was from the mind of one man. Of course, he is only the latest link in a longer chain. He stands on the shoulders of giants, and he readily acknowledges it. But he probed farther with stubborn curiosity and determination, going where no man has gone before, at least not in the last 10,000 years or so. Chances are nearly 100% that you have never heard of this man or the giants on whose shoulders he is perched. That is revealing in itself, especially when you consider that you have probably all heard and accepted as fact the conventional and absurd explanations for the structures he is investigating.
This is the story of a water pump. It doesn't involve motors, or diaphragms, or coiled springs, or even steel. Instead it involves the simplest of things, like stone, precision, gravity, physics, and thinking (something we are encouraged to avoid in our "bread and circus" society -- why is that?). Perhaps "simplest" is a poor word choice here. Instead, let's say it involves the most "fundamental" of things. And finally, it involves one of the largest, "in-your-face" mysteries in the entire world. No, it's not my "why is that?" question.
This time, for a long list of reasons, I'm not going to spoon-feed the puzzle pieces to you. I want you to learn to feed yourself. Like any child being weaned from his mother's breast, many of you are not going to like this. Hopefully later, like that same child, you will understand and be grateful. At least, that is my hope. Should this exercise fail to have the desired result, the fall-back position is that I am, of course, a crazy idiot.
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