Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Give Me Strength"

"As I Mature"




"The Ripe Olive"




"Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man- yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it." - Marcus Antonius

Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Determination"

After 5 Arizona summers that snow looks SO good...

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico


Music: Yanni, "To the One Who Knows"

"Why chase hamburger?"


The great actor Paul Newman died today at age 83. He was married to his wife, Joanne Woodward, for 50 years.
Early in his career he was asked, "You're a great looking guy, and all the women love you. You could have any one of them you want. How do you stay faithful to your wife?" Newman replied, "Why chase hamburger, when you've got steak at home?" A wise man, indeed...

Posse Comitatus

20 Stat. L., 145, June 18, 1878

“SEC. 15. From and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress; and no money appropriated by this act shall be used to pay any of the expenses incurred in the employment of any troops in violation of this section And any person willfully violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding two years or by both such fine and imprisonment.

10 U.S.C. (United States Code) 375

In a nutshell, this act bans the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from participating in arrests, searches, seizure of evidence and other police-type activity on U.S. soil. The Coast Guard and National Guard troops under the control of state governors are excluded from the act.”

- http://www.dojgov.net/posse_comitatus_act.htm

"Now we must look upon each other..."


"Now we must look upon each other as brothers and sisters. Only by joining together in a Spiritual Peace with love in our hearts for the Great Spirit and Mother Earth shall we be saved... If you have a way to spread the truth... Tell what you know to be true.
Should we succeed, we will realize our mistakes of the past and return to the true path- living in harmony as brothers and sisters, sharing our Mother, the Earth, with all living creatures.
In this way we could bring about a new world.
A world which would be led by the Great Spirit...
and our Mother will provide plenty and happiness for all..."

- Chief Dan Evehema of the Hopi Nation

Friday, September 26, 2008

"Our duty..."


“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”- Samuel Adams

"God always gets the blame..."

"And so it begins..."

“For the first time ever, the US military is deploying an active duty regular Army combat unit for full-time use inside the United States to deal with emergencies, including potential civil unrest. Beginning on October 1, the First Brigade Combat Team of the Third Division will be placed under the command of US Army North, the Army’s component of the Pentagon’s Northern Command (NorthCom), which was created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with the stated mission of defending the US “homeland” and aiding federal, state and local authorities.

The unit—known as the “Raiders”—is among the Army’s most “blooded.” It has spent nearly three out of the last five years deployed in Iraq, leading the assault on Baghdad in 2003 and carrying out house-to-house combat in the suppression of resistance in the city of Ramadi. It was the first brigade combat team to be sent to Iraq three times.

While active-duty units previously have been used in temporary assignments, such as the combat-equipped troops deployed in New Orleans, which was effectively placed under martial law in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this marks the first time that an Army combat unit has been given a dedicated assignment in which US soil constitutes its “battle zone.”

The colonel’s remark suggests that, in preparation for their “homefront” duties, rank-and-file troops are also being routinely Tasered. The brutalizing effect and intent of such a macabre training exercise is to inure troops against sympathy for the pain and suffering they may be called upon to inflict on the civilian population using these same “non-lethal” weapons.

According to military officials quoted by the Army Times, the deployment of regular Army troops in the US begun with the First Brigade Combat Team is to become permanent, with different units rotated into the assignment on an annual basis. In an online interview with reporters earlier this month, NorthCom officers were asked about the implications of the new deployment for the Posse Comitatus Act, the 230-year-old legal statute that bars the use of US military forces for law enforcement purposes within the US itself.

Col. Lou Volger, NorthCom’s chief of future operations, tried to downplay any enforcement role, but added, “We will integrate with law enforcement to understand the situation and make sure we’re aware of any threats.” Volger acknowledged the obvious, that the Brigade Combat Team is a military force, while attempting to dismiss the likelihood that it would play any military role. It “has forces for security,” he said, “but that’s really—they call them security forces, but that’s really just to establish our own footprint and make sure that we can operate and run our own bases.”
- Bill Van Auken, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/sep2008/mili-s25_prn.shtml

These people are serious about this, folks, you'd better believe it...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"On the Beach"

“Nevil Shute's novel "On the Beach" is set in what was then the near future (1963, approximately a year following World War III). The conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all animal life. While the nuclear bombs were confined to the northern hemisphere, global air currents are slowly carrying the fallout to the southern hemisphere. The only part of the planet still habitable is the far south of the globe, specifically Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, and the southern parts of South America.

From Australia, survivors detect a mysterious and incomprehensible Morse code radio signal originating from the United States. With hope that some life has remained in the contaminated regions, one of the last American nuclear submarines, the USS Scorpion, placed by its captain under Australian naval command, is ordered to sail north from its port of refuge in Melbourne (Australia's southernmost major mainland city) to try to contact whoever is sending the signal. In preparation for this long journey the submarine first makes a shorter trip to some port cities in northern Australia including Cairns, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory, finding no suvivors.

The Australian government makes arrangements to provide its citizens with free suicide pills and injections, so that they will be able to avoid prolonged suffering from radiation sickness. One of the novel's poignant dilemmas is that of Australian naval officer Peter Holmes, who has a baby daughter and a naive and childish wife, Mary, who is in denial about the impending disaster. Because he has been assigned to travel north with the Americans, Peter must try to explain to Mary how to euthanize their baby and kill herself with the pill should he be killed on the ocean voyage.

The characters make their best efforts to "enjoy" what time and pleasures remain to them before dying from radiation poisoning, speaking of small pleasures and continuing their customary activities, allowing their awareness of the coming end to impinge on their minds only long enough to plan ahead for their final hours. The Holmeses plant a garden that they will never see; Moira takes classes in typing and shorthand; scientist John Osborne and others organize a dangerous motor race that results in the violent deaths of several participants. In the end, Captain Towers chooses not to remain with Moira but rather to lead his crew on a final mission to scuttle their submarine beyond the twelve-mile (22 km) limit, so that she will not rattle about, unsecured, in a foreign port, refusing to allow his coming demise to turn him aside from his duty and acting as a pillar of strength to his crew.

Typically for a Shute novel, the characters avoid the expression of intense emotions and do not mope or indulge in self-pity. They do not, for the most part, flee southward as refugees but rather accept their fate once the lethal radiation levels reach the latitudes at which they live. Finally, most of the Australians do opt for the government-promoted alternative of suicide when the symptoms of radiation-sickness appear.”
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Beach_(novel)

I saw tonight that the government had seized Washington Mutual, in the largest bank failure in American history. Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG, all supposedly invulnerable financial institutions, all gone, almost overnight. The worst is yet to come.

There are many posts here regarding the current economic crisis, which you may have regarded as melodramatic doom-saying or exaggeration. Be that as it may, what’s been posted here is the true and accurate state of events that, like Shute’s atomic war and radiation clouds, are far too powerful to be ignored, and whose inevitable consequences will literally change the world as we’ve known it. No society can survive the complete destruction of its economic infrastructure; ours is no exception. There’s no point in attempting to predict how events will unfold, since there are too many variables affecting the timeline. What we can do, though, is prepare ourselves mentally and emotionally to survive, and respond to events in as positive a manner as possible.

There’s little short term hope for individuals, but far greater long term hope for humanity; we will survive as a people, however different the world may change from today. What’s important is how each of us face what’s coming. Accepting the inevitable, that there really is no escape, and nowhere to escape to, frees us to determine how we face our fate; with dignity, on our feet and not on our knees; as free human beings, not as slaves. Enjoy life now, while you can; don’t put anything off for some future time which may never come. Appreciate your loved ones, let them know you love them. See the pleasures of a sunset, enjoy a happy greeting from the dog, or the smell of a cake baking. Enjoy the rain. Say hello to a neighbor. Help a homeless person. Value each moment. All these countless things sum up the totality of our lives, so much of which we take for granted and ignore. These are the basic core of our “humanity”. Time is short, and the destructive process is accelerating. Go to the sea, watch the waves crashing, the sea gulls flying, and greet everyone there, because we are all on the beach...

"Garden of Prayer", Thomas Kinkade



Adjectives

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Inconceivable
In`con*ceiv"a*ble\, a. [Pref. in- not + conceivable: cf. F. inconcevable.] Not conceivable; incapable of being conceived by the mind; not explicable by the human intellect, or by any known principles or agencies; incomprehensible; as, it is inconceivable to us how the will acts in producing muscular motion.
It is inconceivable to me that a spiritual substance should represent an extended figure. --Locke. --

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Incomprehensible
In*com`pre*hen"si*ble\, a. [L. incomprehensibilis: cf. F. incompr['e]hensible. See In- not, and Comprehensible.]
1. Not capable of being contained within limits.
An infinite and incomprehensible substance. --Hooker.
2. Not capable of being comprehended or understood; beyond the reach of the human intellect; inconceivable.
And all her numbered stars that seem to roll Spaces incomprehensible. --Milton. --

"Full-Spectrum Breakdown"

"On Friday morning, Senator Christopher Dodd, the head of the Senate Banking Committee, was interviewed on ABC's “Good Morning America.” Dodd revealed that just hours earlier at an emergency meeting convened by Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, lawmakers were told that "We’re literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system.” Dodd added somberly, that in his three decades of serving in public office, he had "never heard language like this.”

The system is at the breaking point, and despite Wall Street's elation from the proposed $1 trillion dollar bailout to remove toxic mortgage-backed debt from banks balance sheets, the market is still correcting in what has become a vicious downward cycle. This cycle will persist until the bad debts are accounted for and written off for or until the exhausted dollar-system collapses altogether. Either way, the volatility and violent dislocations will continue for the foreseeable future.

Most people don't understand what happened on Thursday, but the build-up of bad news on the Lehman default and the $85 billion government takeover of AIG, triggered a run on the money markets and a freeze in interbank lending. The overnight LIBOR rate (London Interbank Offered Rate) more than doubled to 6.44 per cent. Bank of America reported overnight borrowing rates in excess of 6 per cent. Longer-term LIBOR rates also rose sharply. On Wednesday, jittery investors removed their money from money markets and flooded short-term US Treasurys for the assurance of a government guarantee on their savings even though interest rates had turned negative which means that their balance would actually shrink at the date of maturity. This is unprecedented, but it does help to illustrate how raw fear can drive the market.

The TED spread (the TED Spread measures market stress by revealing the reluctance of banks to lend to each other) widened and the credit markets froze in place. Borrowing three-month dollars on the interbank market and the U.S. Treasury's three-month borrowing costs widened five full percentage points. That's huge. The banking system shut down.

What does it mean? It means the Federal Reserve has lost control of the system. The market is driving interest rates now, and the market is terrified. End of story.
When the Fed announced its emergency program to dump $180 billion into the global banking system, short term Libor retreated slightly but long-term rates have remained stubbornly high. The noose continues to tighten. These rates are pinned to 6 million US mortgages which will be resetting in the next few years. That's more bad news for the housing industry.

The entire system is deleveraging with the ferocity of a Force-5 gale touching down in the Gulf, and yet, Henry Paulson has decided that the prudent thing to do is build levees around the system with paper dollars. Naturally, many people who understand the power of market-corrections are skeptical. It won't work. Libor is pushing rates upwards--that's the "true" cost of money. The Fed Funds rate (2 per cent) is supported by infusions of paper dollars into the banking system to keep interest rates artificially low. Now the extreme pace of deleveraging has the Fed on the ropes. Trillions of dollars of credit is being sucked into a black hole which is raising the price of money. It's out of Bernanke's control. He needs to step out of the way and let prices fall or the dollar system will vanish in a deflationary vacuum.

The problems cannot be resolved by shifting the debts of the banks onto the taxpayer. That's an illusion. By adding another $1 or $2 trillion dollars to the National Debt, Paulson is just ensuring that interest rates will go up, real estate will crash, unemployment will soar, and foreign central banks will abandon the dollar. In truth, there is no fix for a deleveraging market anymore than there is a fix for gravity. The belief that massive debts and insolvency can be erased by increasing liquidity just shows a fundamental misunderstanding of economics. That's why Henry Paulson is the worst possible person to be orchestrating the so called rescue project. Paulson comes from a business culture which rewards deception, personal acquisitiveness, and extreme risk-taking. Paulson is to finance capitalism what Rumsfeld is to military strategy. His leadership, and the congress' pathetic abdication of responsibility, assures disaster. Besides, why should the taxpayers be happy that the stocks of Morgan Stanley, Washington Mutual and Goldman Sachs surged on the news that there would be a government bailout yesterday? These banks are essentially bankrupt and their business models are broken. Keeping insolvent banks on life support is not a rescue plan; it's insanity.

No one has any idea of the magnitude of the deleveraging ahead or the size of the debts that will have to be written down. That's because 30 years of deregulation has allowed a parallel financial system to arise in which over $500 trillion dollars in derivatives are traded without any government supervision or accounting. These counterparty transactions are interwoven throughout the entire "regulated" system in a way that poses a clear and present danger to the broader economy. It's a mess. For example, there are an estimated $62 trillion of Credit Default Swaps (CDS) alone, which are basically insurance policies for defaulting bonds. AIG was as heavily involved in CDS as they were in regulated insurance products. So why would AIG sell CDS rather than conventional insurance?

Because, just like the banks, AIG could maximize its profits by minimizing its capital cushion. In other words, it didn't really have the capital to pay off claims when its CDS contracts began to blow up. If it had been properly regulated, then government regulators would have made sure that it was sufficiently capitalized with adequate reserves to pay off claims in a down-market. Now taxpayers will pay for the lawless system which men like "industry rep" Henry Paulson put in place. That's deregulation in a nutshell; a system that allows Wall Street banksters to create credit out of thin air and then run weeping to Congress when their swindles backfire.

Inflating the currency, printing more money, and increasing the deficits won't help. The bad debts have to be accounted for and liquidated. The Paulson strategy is to create another ocean of red ink while refusing to face the underlying problem head-on. This just further exacerbates the consumer-led recession which economists know is already setting in everywhere across the country. Demand is down and consumer spending is off due to falling home equity, job losses, and tighter lending standards at the banks. The broader economy does not need the added downward pressure from higher taxes, bigger deficits, or inflation. Paulson's plan is a band-aid approach to a sucking chest wound. The debts are enormous and the pain will be substantial, but the problem cannot be resolved by crushing the middle class or destroying the currency.

The malfunctioning of the markets and the freeze-over in the banking system are the outcome of a massive credit unwind instigated by trillions of dollars of low interest credit from the Federal Reserve which was magnified many times over via complex derivatives contracts and extreme leveraging by speculative investment bankers. This has generated the biggest equity bubble in history. That bubble is now set for a "hard-landing" which is the predictable result of an unsupervised marketplace where individual players are allowed to create as much credit as they choose."

Mike Whitney, - http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney09202008.html

"Courage"



Fact-checking, or not...

True, true...

"Americans are the most entertained and least informed people on the planet."
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., July 2007

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Force majeure"

“Force majeure (French for "greater force") is a common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as war, strike, riot, crime, act of God (e.g., flooding, earthquake, volcano), prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract. Under international law it refers to an irresistible force or unforeseen event beyond the control of a State making it materially impossible to fulfill an international obligation. Force majeure precludes an international act from being wrongful where it otherwise would have been.” -WikiPedia

Familiarize yourself with this term, I suspect you'll be hearing it again, perhaps relating to repudiation of national debts...

A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness

"If I have harmed anyone in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions
I ask their forgiveness.
If anyone has harmed me in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions
I forgive them.
And if there is a situation
I am not yet ready to forgive
I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways that I harm myself,
negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself
through my own confusions
I forgive myself."


"Watch what you say..."



"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence."

Charles Austin Beard, (1874-1948), American Historian

"First they came..."

Deflationary Spirals and Dictatorship

“Now, a short aside about deflationary spirals and the 1930-1932 scenario. Here's what happens. A bank collapses. Now, let's say that this bank had $200B in assets (it's a regional bank, not one of the biggest ones). This removes $2 TRILLION dollars from the economy if those assets are marked down to $0, because of the marvels of fractional reserve banking (check out the Wikipedia article for that and note that the current Federal Reserve reserve requirement is 10%, which means that $1 in deposits generates $10 in currency in the economy).

Okay, so you have less money in the economy, but the same amount of "stuff". So prices AND wages go down. No big deal, you're making less money but things are cheaper. *BUT* your *debts* have not gone down. You can no longer afford to pay your credit card bills. You default on them, along with 100 million *other* Americans. This causes the collapse of yet *MORE* banks. Which in turn collapses the currency even further so prices and wages go down *again*. Which in turn means that yet *more* debts are unpayable. Wash, repeat, rinse, until all assets in the economy are concentrated in the hands of the 5% of the population that had cash in the bank at the start of this cycle, and the remainder of the population, the percentage that owed money (which is virtually all of us), is utterly destitute.

Now, at that point economic activity has *also* fallen, since economic activity needs cash to lubricate it and a lot of cash has been diverted towards futile attempts to pay unpayable debts rather than buying stuff. Figure that the economy is moving 10% of the goods and services that it formerly moved. Furthermore, food was planted and picked at the older, cheaper value of the food. So the stores are full of food, but nobody can afford to buy it because an orange that costs $1 is now only worth 1c but the store can't sell it to you for 1c and make money because they paid the farmer 50c for it at the beginning of the year (thanks to the futures market). The end result is food riots, crops rotting in the fields, and the real threat of a fascist takeover of the country...

In other words, I don't expect the U.S. to go down the path of FDR if we have another Great Depression. I expect a Mussolini, probably some general taking charge to "restore confidence and pride in our government", and the usual stuff that happens when you have a Mussolini in charge. Bad things. Really bad things. You know the drill.”

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin, http://blog.badtux.net/

"The End of America", Naomi Wolf

"They don't care..."

“Denial of the truth envelops our culture like a suffocating fog. People desperately need to understand the consequences of denial of this kind. It is profoundly damaging, and it kills. I have written at length about our national narcissism, and how that narcissism allows us to deny the immense crime the U.S. government has committed in Iraq. You would think the fact that our government has murdered well in excess of one million innocent people would be front page news every day. Of course, you would be wrong. You might prefer to believe that, since the murder continues as I write this, as it will continue tomorrow and for years to come, there might be one or two decent and humane individuals in Washington who are working ceaselessly to make the slaughter stop. And you might like to think that many Americans would be outraged that our military continues to occupy a nation that we have entirely destroyed, and that Americans would demand that the destruction and death cease immediately.

About all of that, you are terribly, grievously wrong. Most Americans can't be bothered about any of that. Most Americans simply do not care.”

- Arthur Silber, http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/

Express Yourself!

To the Young Man and his Lady, Feb. 21, 2009


Renaissance, "Song of Scheherezade"

Republicans

"Every GOP administration since 1952 has let the Military-Industrial Complex loot the Treasury and plunge the nation into debt on the excuse of a wartime economic emergency. Richard Nixon comes quickly to mind, along with Ronald Reagan and his ridiculous 'trickle-down' theory of U.S. economic policy. If the Rich get Richer, the theory goes, before long their pots will overflow and somehow 'trickle down' to the poor, who would rather eat scraps off the Bush family plates than eat nothing at all. Republicans have never approved of democracy, and they never will. It goes back to preindustrial America, when only white male property owners could vote."

- Hunter S. Thompson

"Worth"

"If there is a hell..."

"If there is, in fact, a Heaven and a Hell, all we know for sure is that Hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix..."- Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Conformity





"The pathetic truth is that most people fear genuine independence more than they fear death itself. So desperate are they for "acceptance" and so fearful of being thought "peculiar," they will deny the evidence of their own eyes and mindlessly repeat the lies and ignorance of others. When it comes to a subject like economics or foreign policy, they think: "Oh, that's so hard! I can't understand that. I'll just listen to what the 'experts' say. They know best."

- Arthur Silber, http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/

"Piggies"



"Everywhere there's lots of piggies,
living piggie lives.
You can see them out for dinner,
with their piggie wives,
clutching forks and knives,
to eat the bacon.
In their eyes
there's something lacking,
what they need's a damn good whacking..."

The Beatles, "Piggies"

Govt. to Taxpayers: "Here's what you need..."

"Whiners! Shut up and enjoy the ride!"

How's about some truth for once?


- Noam Chomsky

Democritude

Monday, September 22, 2008

Reverse Speech


“It has been called the discovery of the 7th sense. The research into this phenomenon has been described as being of "Nobel calibre". It has been featured in numerous publications around the world, and in the United States it became a household name in the late 90s. It is called Reverse Speech, the phenomenon of hidden backward messages in speech. It initially gained worldwide fame in the early 80s as those strange backward messages in rock and roll. Since that time, research has progressed significantly and it is now known to exist in all forms of human speech.

If human speech is recorded and played backwards, mixed amongst the gibberish at regular intervals can be heard very clear statements. These statements usually appear in short sentence form and are nearly always related to the forward speech. It appears constantly throughout language, so much so in fact, that it is believed to be a natural part of our speech processes.

The pioneer and 20 year veteran of this field, Australian David John Oates, describes Reverse Speech as another form of human communication. He states that language is bi-level, forward and reverse. As the human brain constructs the sounds of speech, it forms those sounds in such a way that two messages are delivered simultaneously. One forwards, which is the conscious mind speaking, and the other in reverse, which is the unconscious mind speaking.

The applications of this discovery are exciting. On the surface level, it can act as a sort of Truth Detector as Reverse Speech will usually correct the inconsistencies of forward speech. If a lie is spoken forwards, the truth may be communicated in reverse. If pertinent facts are left out of forward speech these may also be spoken in reverse. It can reveal hidden motive and agenda and other conscious thought processes. At deeper levels, Reverse Speech can reveal thought patterns that are unconscious, including reasons behind behaviour and disease. This information can be used to greatly enhance the therapeutic and healing processes." - http://www.reversespeech.com/

Subliminal Messages


Ah, those clever advertising folks. What did you think you were seeing and hearing?
So, how are you really making decisions? How well can you trust your own senses?

"Keep on keepin' on..."

You're lending your banker pals 1,000 of these...

I wonder if they'll be nice, too, the next time YOU need a loan?

Americans React to $Trillion Banker Bailout

"Contentment"



Meanwhile, back on Mars...


Link for the European Space Agency's site, full of great hi-res pictures and info:
- http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Mars_Express/index.html

The Mars Anomaly Research site, which claims evidence of an ancient civilization. Decide for yourself:
- http://marsanomalyresearch.com/evidence-reports/2005/084/hale-civ-evidence.htm

"Serenity Prayer" ?!

Flag of the North American Union

“Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.”
- Sir John Harrington

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Truth: behold your Masters...

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”- Dresden James

Behind the events you see every day is a plan, hundreds of years in the making. Nothing is left to chance, and nothing happens without a reason. Here's the truth:

“The world's economy and politics are largely controlled by a small number of global banking families, some of whom have been at the game for over 200 years. They have simply massive levels of money and resources of all types at their disposal. They control the central banks of America (the Federal Reserve, which is privately owned ~ no more a part of the constitutional Federal government than Federal Express [Fed Ex] is), the European Union, etc.

These families follow a formula when they want to institute changes for their own benefit: thesis, antithesis, synthesis. (David Icke calls this: problem, reaction, solution.) For example, they organized the First World War, and it resulted in mass murder and economic crisis as it went on for years. In the Russian Empire the "thesis" was WWI, the "antithesis" was the effect on the population and the political "blow back" from the war. The "synthesis" was the rise of communism, which they financed and controlled, and the total police state control of the former Russian Empire that it gave them. Prior to WWI the Russian Tsar would not allow the Rothschilds and other global bankers to control his economy. The "synthesis" was one of the true goals of the "thesis" (WWI) and the "antithesis" (the population's response to the horrors of war).

The Great Depression was the antithesis to the excesses (thesis) of the 1920s and the result (synthesis) was a greatly expanded Federal government with massive programs (aimed at ending the Great Depression) that required vast amounts of funding from their privately owned Federal Reserve Bank and its ability to create money out of thin air and loan this back to the government and collect interest on it (instead of the government just creating the money itself without any interest being due to private bankers). Side benefits to the global banking families was a great shake out of wealthy Americans and their ability to capture a much larger amount of corporate ownership/control than had existed before (using cutouts, front men, and corporate control mechanisms established by them).

The game of thesis, antithesis, synthesis is played on many levels and many such "games" are often ongoing at the same time (think of it as multiple interrelated games of space chess). The unchecked banking greed and the lack of proper legal controls and governmental oversight (thesis) has led to the current nightmare events of major banks and insurance companies failing or being bought out or funded by governments (antithesis). The synthesis is that, just in the United States alone, one trillion dollars of new public debt has been created in the last week or so to "solve" the problems. New debt that enriches the private owners of the Federal Reserve System. One trillion dollars of debt, on top of the already massive US national debt, that the American public has to pay interest on for many, many, years. Of course, the "debt solution" is itself a antithesis in a broader game with the synthesis being the New World Order (or a major step towards it).

Its all a great evil scam and we, the public, are too stupid, too scared, too blind, too wrapped up in television/etc. to be educated as to what is really going on. And most importantly, we are simply too lacking in good morality to have the strength, the moral strength, to fight it.

All of this has been planned. Do not let yourselves play the village fool saying "why did they let this get so out of hand", or "you would think that they could come up with something..." The global banking families, whose hands control the levers of political and economic power in most nations of the world (and certainly America, the United Kingdom, France, etc.), are very intelligent and are playing a very sophisticated game ~ actually the eco-political grand strategic control of the world is the most sophisticated of all games. As FDR use to say, "if something happens in politics you can bet that someone planned it to happen".

They are moving the world to a New World Order in which they will have absolute and total control of all wealth and all levers of political and military power. To a world that utilizes 21st Century technology to enslave the population. All based on lies and the greed of a very small number of very powerful people leading the masses into the worst nightmare of human history.

The fact that so many of the secret ruling elite are satanists should not be surprising. Ultimately, where their current End Game in the drive for a New World Order is taking us is a place of total global destruction. Sadly, there is no force, political or otherwise, that seems capable of reversing the trend to global economic disaster and global war.”

Stirling, - http://rense.com/general83/vortex.htm

"Today's savagely cynical rants..."

Today's savagely cynical rants are instigated by this analysis, by Keith at www.housingpanic.com, of the latest collossal corporate rape of the public. And you don't even get a reach-around...

“America is about to be legally stolen from the people, and given to a very small group of powerful men.

Yes, HP can be a bit dramatic sometimes.

This is not one of those sometimes.

The Patriot Act of Finance, otherwise known as Paulson's $700 billion bailout bill, if passed in its present form will be the nail in the coffin for an America by, for and of the people.

Just like the Patriot Act appeared to be written before 9/11, so does this Patriot Act of Finance appear to be written before the housing crash. And yes, both were rushed through a panicked Congress and complacent media in the middle of the night.

A nation founded by the people, for the people will be given to a very select group of bankers. Legally. Without a shot fired. Because Americans were too distracted and too dumb to know what was going on.

Brilliant.

Here's how it will be done:

1) The key line in the proposed bill is this one:

"The Secretary's authority to purchase mortgage-related assets under this Act shall be limited to 700,000,000,000 dollars outstanding at any one time"

What this does is give Hank Paulson, acting as an emperor with unchecked control over the nation's treasury, a $700 billion line of credit in which he can buy up toxic debt for whatever price he'd like to pay, $700 billion at a time.

In other words- he could buy trillions. Trillions and trillions and trillions. Buying and selling, buying and selling.

He can sell the junk he buys from his banker friends for whatever price he wants, saddling the taxpayers with the loss. He keeps this process going, using his $700 billion credit card. Buy for 60 cents on the dollar, sell for 30 cents on the dollar. Buy for 80 cents on the dollar, sell for 5 cents on the dollar. He's in charge.

$700 billion folks IS JUST THE LINE OF CREDIT. He can purchase trillions and trillions of bad debt with this credit card, as long as only $700 billion is OUTSTANDING at any one time.

2) Hank Paulson, CEO of Goldman Sachs on leave, has complete and total control over the nation's treasure. He would be unchecked by Congress, unchecked by the President. He will be king. Here's the text:

"The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation"

Using this power, Hank Paulson of Goldman Sachs could pay Goldman Sachs anything he wanted for their mortgage assets. Let's say the market value was 20 cents on the dollar. Hank Paulson could pay them 100 cents on the dollar. Its his decision and his alone. No oversight. No limitations. Hank Paulson could simply give the nation's treasure to Goldman Sachs.

Get it now?

3) Deputizing the banks and investment banks as "agents of the government". Seriously. Here's the text:

"Designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Government, and they shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Government as may be required of them."

4) Have no outside control over the firesale of assets and loss to the taxpayer. Again, Hank Paulson and Hank Paulson alone shall be in control. No auditors. No oversight. No multiple bids. No nothing. Hank Paulson and Hank Paulson alone. Here you go:

"Sale of Mortgage-Related Assets. The Secretary may, at any time, upon terms and conditions and at prices determined by the Secretary, sell, or enter into securities loans, repurchase transactions or other financial transactions in regard to, any mortgage-related asset purchased under this Act."

5) Hank Paulson has final say. Hank Paulson knows what's best. Hank Paulson cannot be reversed. Hank Paulson cannot be sued. Hank Paulson is king.

"Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency"

So, what can you do? Normally here I'd say contact your corrupt Congressman or Senator. Contact the media. But folks, Congress has been bought. The media have been bought.

The American people have lost.

Deal with it.

So unless there's rage in the street, which there won't be- the new Fall TV season is starting- it's over. They win. In eight short years, they took everything they wanted. And nobody could stop them.

The only hope, for the hopeful? That we can run out the clock, and this bill doesn't pass until Bush and Paulson are gone. But if that's the case, and the bill does pass after January 2009, then the question is- who do you trust more- the outsider or the insider. And with this much on the line, will the outsider be allowed to win?

If this bill does pass ASAP, well, then watch Paulson get busy with his new credit card as fast as he can. He only has four more months. He'll be buying up crap as fast as he can in a desperate and reckless orgy of greed.

Regardless of how this plays out, prepare the best you can. Know what is happening in your former country, and do what is best for you and your family to survive.

I'm off to go find my tin foil hat now. I'm not usually one for conspiracy theories.

Until now.”- http://housingpanic.blogspot.com/

"Hey, you!"

Congress, now and forever...

Whores...

Congress, 2010

Salute Your New Flag

Forget all that "We the people" nonsense, this is how it really is...

"Ambition"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Traitors Among Us!"- Homeland Security

Sullivan Ballou's Letter Home


I've loved this since I first heard it. It comes from a time when honor, duty, and patriotism actually meant something, and the government and country were worth dying for if necessary. One of the most "human" self-expressions I've ever heard...

"Blogging"

OK, I get it, I get it...

“Microsoft’s ‘I’m a PC’ ads created on Macs”

"After dumping its $10 million contract with Jerry Seinfeld after just three ads (only two of which even aired) Microsoft has created new ad copy where regular people and a few celebrities say, 'I’m a PC!' One problem with the campaign’s credibility: the ad work was created using Macs," Daniel Eran Dilger reports for RoughlyDrafted.

"Flickr user LuisDS found that metadata on the creative copy of the 'stereotyped PC user' and other photos appearing on Microsoft’s 'I’m a PC' website revealed that they were produced using Macs running Adobe Creative Suite 3," Dilger reports.”

If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em...

-http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/
comments/18531/

"Exit Doors"

“Kirk: Damn it, Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!”- ”Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”