Friday, October 31, 2008

"Blind Faith"

The Georgia Guidestones

“The Georgia Guidestones are a huge granite artifact in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. It is sometimes referred to as an "American Stonehenge", a title which has been applied at times to a number of other structures. A message comprising ten guides is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

The artifact is almost twenty feet (6m) tall, and made from six granite slabs weighing more than 100 tons in all. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some clarifying notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones.

A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines or principles is engraved on the Georgia Guidestones in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. Moving clockwise around the structure from due north, these languages are: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, ancient Chinese, and Russian. The message in English reads:

MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000
IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE

GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY —
IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY

UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING
NEW LANGUAGE

RULE PASSION — FAITH — TRADITION
AND ALL THINGS
WITH TEMPERED REASON

PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS
WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS

LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY
RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES
IN A WORLD COURT

AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS
OFFICIALS

BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH
SOCIAL DUTIES.

PRIZE TRUTH — BEAUTY — LOVE —
SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE
INFINITE

BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH —
LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE —
LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE

A shorter message appears on the four vertical surfaces of the capstone, again in a different language and script on each face. The explanatory tablet near the Guidestones identifies these languages/scripts as Babylonian Cuneiform (north), Classical Greek (east), Sanskrit (south), and Egyptian Hieroglyphs (west), and provides what is presumably an English translation: "Let these be guidestones to an age of reason."

Limiting the population of the earth to 500 million will require the extermination of nine-tenths (90%) of the world's people. The American Stonehenge's reference to establishing a world court foreshadows the current move to create an International Criminal Court and a world government. The Guidestones' emphasis on preserving nature anticipates the environmental movement of the 1990s, and the reference to "seeking harmony with the infinite" reflects the current effort to replace Judeo-Christian beliefs with a new spirituality.

What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there was a covert group intent on:

(1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world.
(2) Promoting environmentalism.
(3) Establishing a world government.
(4) Promoting a new spirituality.

Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events. The fact that most Americans have never heard of the Georgia Guidestones or their message to humanity reflects the degree of control that exists today over what the American people think. We ignore that message at our peril.”
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

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Hunan, Fujian, China. Many thanks for stopping by.

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Hubble's Ultra Deep Field
"Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute, on March 9, 2004, unveiled the deepest portrait of the visible universe ever achieved by humankind. Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), the million-second-long exposure reveals the first galaxies to emerge from the so-called "dark ages," the time shortly after the big bang when the first stars reheated the cold, dark universe. Over 10,000 galaxies are visible. The new image should offer new insights into what types of objects reheated the universe long ago." -http://space-galaxy.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-hubble-images.html

This helps put my problems in proper perspective. Might work for you, too...

Studs Terkel

"Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Studs Terkel, the Pulitzer Prize- winning author and enduring radio-show host whose oral histories chronicled the travails and triumphs of America's working class, has died. He was 96.

Terkel died today at his home in Chicago, his son, Dan Terkel, said in an interview. “He just went very quickly and was in no pain at all,'' Dan Terkel said. “He lived a very long, full, satisfying though sometimes impetuous life.''

Born in New York, Terkel became synonymous with Chicago, the city where he moved at age 10 and rarely left. His parents ran a boarding house and a men's hotel during the Great Depression, giving the young Terkel a steady diet of the struggles of ordinary people whose stories became his life's work.

“People's everyday experience can be as profound and as compelling as any celebrity,'' said Russell Lewis, chief historian of the Chicago Historical Society, which houses many of Terkel's collected works. “Everyday experience is powerful, and Studs understood this.''

Terkel's most popular books, “Working,'' “Hard Times,'' and “The Good War,'' which earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1985, were compilations of transcribed interviews with waitresses, truck drivers, gravediggers and prostitutes telling their own stories.

An unabashed leftist who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, Terkel considered President Franklin D. Roosevelt a hero and credited his New Deal programs for getting the U.S. economy moving again. Terkel, who always wore a red article of clothing as a symbol of his sympathies with labor, would later rail against welfare reform and other “small government'' policies that he said hurt working Americans.

- http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a9nj2Wu3ZEoY&refer=us

“I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now.”

“Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.”

“The September 11 assault was horrendous. But there's another assault that's taking place. It's an assault upon our intelligence. It's an assault upon our sense of decency as well as upon our faiths too, I believe.”

“That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting.”

“With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.”

“I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.”

- Studs Terkel

"An educated mind..."

What's wrong with this picture?

Wells Fargo Bank published interest rates, Friday, October 31

"With sources of credit still largely frozen, banks borrowed a record amount from the Federal Reserve in the past week, according to Fed data released Thursday. The Fed reported that commercial banks borrowed a record $111.9 billion a day, on average, from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending window over the past week. That's up $6.1 billion from the $105.8 billion they borrowed in the previous week. "Banks literally have an open checkbook to acquire cheap liquidity," said Matt McCormick, portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor Investment Council. "Borrowing will continue until morale improves." Investment banks, meanwhile, borrowed $87.4 billion a day, on average, down $23.9 billion from $111.3 billion a week ago. Some analysts believe that investment banks are borrowing less as the federal government gears up its program to invest up to $250 billion in banks.

Meanwhile, legions of financial institutions have turned to the Federal Reserve for funds, as the traditional source of lending from private banks dried up after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in mid-September. "The last resort is always the Fed, and that's where they're going to," McCormick noted. As a result, the federal government has instituted several programs aimed at easing funding concerns for banks and encouraging lending between financial institutions. These include measures such as lowering interest rates, injecting capital into banks and providing insurance on all non-interest bearing accounts. One such program, the Fed's Commercial Paper Funding Facility, has helped lower borrowing rates and provided critical short-term financing to businesses in desperate need of cash. The Fed said it has bought up $143.9 billion in commercial paper since the program began Monday. Many of these programs have only recently come online, and analysts say it will take time for the new initiatives to reduce the lending stranglehold currently gripping banks.

"The unprecedented amount of liquidity coming from the Fed and Treasury will find a home eventually, and that will be good for the market," said McCormick. "It's taking a bit longer than the industry wants, but down the road it will make a significant impact across the board."

- David Goldman, CNNMoney.com staff writer, http://biz.yahoo.com/cnnm/081031/103008_fed_borrowing.html

So what can we make of this? The Fed's latest interest rate cut brought the rate down to 1%. This week the banks borrowed $778,000,000,000 from the Fed, at 1% interest. Wells Fargo, and the others, want to charge you the rates posted above. Remember many large banks just received a $25,000,000,000 "stimulus" from the Treasury, yet still borrow astronomical sums of money. Does the word "usury" come to mind? But don't YOU dare get behind in those mortgage payments or credit card bills. There are a few other words I'd use right now, but it wouldn't be polite...

"Sheeple"

“Sheeple is a term of disparagement, a portmanteau created by combining the words "sheep" and "people." It is often used to denote persons who acquiesce to authority, and thus undermine their own human individuality. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe whatever they are told, especially if told so by authority figures, without processing it to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them. The term is generally used in a political or religious sense. The singular form of the term is "sherson;" however, the plural form is most often used.

The term is also used for those who are tolerant of government intrusion and regulation. In a column entitled "A Nation of Sheeple," columnist Walter E. Williams writes, "Americans sheepishly accepted all sorts of Transportation Security Administration nonsense. In the name of security, we've allowed fingernail clippers, eyeglass screwdrivers and toy soldiers to be taken from us prior to boarding a plane." This usage emphasizing unneeded or excessive tolerance is sometimes extended to those who are very accepting of capitalism, those in favor of globalization, or those affected with consumerism. It is also used to describe those who easily recognize and submit to authority figures or appointed leaders.

The term also has been applied to zealously religious people. In political usage, it can be used to refer to a member of any political party, but especially those who take a hard party line stance or who are especially trusting of any politician.The term is also used more broadly to describe any person the speaker feels is exceedingly conformist to consumer culture and popular culture.”

- Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheeple

"The real tragedy of life...

"If all else fails, try ignorance."

“As the FED cut the overnight lending rate to 1%, not to be outdone, Japan cut their rate to 0.03%. This is nothing new for Japan who found themselves in the same economic predicament as the U.S. finds ourselves today back in 1990. Japan has been in a recessionary mode for nearly 19 years and has in not so distant past reduced their central bank lending rate to 0%. It’s hard to go a whole lot lower than zero. But then, Japan is not America, we have a whole lot more debt. Guess to whom the U.S. owes the most money? If you said the recessionary country of Japan, you would be correct. So how does the world’s second largest economy make loans to the world’s first largest economy? To begin with, being the biggest anything is not necessarily good. Some times, less is more. As a for instance, the U.S. is the world’s largest debtor; less would be better.

Japan loans us money because they are an export nation. They make things to sell to other nations at a profit. The U.S. on the other hand, ships our pesky industry to places like Japan and then we buy the products that we used to make back from the foreign nations who graciously accepted our pesky industry. We buy $700 Billion annually more than we export!!! The foreign nations then loan us enough of our own money back to tread water and charge us compounding interest for the privilege. This arrangement works out fairly well so long as the U.S. can pay back the interest and at the same time continue to buy the foreign nations products. When I say “works out fairly well,” I am of course referring to the foreign nations.

There really is no end to the above arrangement so long as we have room to store the imbalance (called a trade deficit) in a big building called the National Debt House, or The Halls of Congress. “So if we have a $14 Trillion economy, why do we have to borrow money?” Excellent question. If you had a business that took in $1 million per year and spent $2 million, in a very short period of time, you would reach the technical point that is referred to in business as being “busted.” The U.S. in the technical language of business finance is “busted.” There is no way that we will ever, ever, ever see GDP growth that will balance our business model of buying more than we make. But have no fear, if our leadership has to mortgage your grandchildren’s grandchildren, they are going to try.

No business in the world could survive the management that the U.S. employs; that would be Congress. It is probable that our annual budget deficit for next year will reach $2 Trillion. Please remember that our total funded National Debt in 1970 was $371 Billion. The last bailout alone was $850 Billion.

At some point and time, foreign nations will realize that the world’s largest debtor (that would be us) is a poor credit risk and will cut off our funding. We are ill prepared for that occurrence. We have jettisoned our tech and every sector of industry and manufacturing for the prospect of greater corporate profits, while at the same time increasing immigration to our jobless society.

The profiteers on Wall Street encourage you to invest your hard earned U.S. dollars in foreign companies, foreign markets, and foreign currency. After all, it's a world economy they say. HORSE PUCKY. There was a time in this country when a person making such suggestions would have been hung for treason. It’s a dreadful setup that has been perpetrated on the American Middle Class by our own government. And next Tuesday, we will go to the polls and beg for more of the same.

We borrow money from, buy our products from, and send our American jobs to such nations as Communist Red China! We rely on the most radical unstable nations on earth for our life giving energy. We spend billions and billions on a military complex that is deployed around the planet. Yet, we are approaching a $2 TRILLION ANNUAL DEFICIT.

“There are only two things that are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein.

- Mike Folkerth, http://mikefolkerth.com/2008/10/31/if-all-else-fails-try-ignorance/

"When you really want something to happen..."

“When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires
so that your wish comes true” - The Alchemist

"So When Will Banks Give Loans?"

SEC Chairman Coxe, Fed Chairman Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Paulson
Celebrate Bailout Bill Passage

"It was Oct. 17, just four days after JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive, Jamie Dimon, agreed to take a $25 billion capital injection courtesy of the United States government, when a JPMorgan employee asked that question. It came toward the end of an employee-only conference call that had been largely devoted to meshing certain divisions of JPMorgan with its new acquisition, Washington Mutual. The JPMorgan executive who was moderating the employee conference call didn’t hesitate to answer a question that was pretty politically sensitive given the events of the previous few weeks.
Given the way, that is, that Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. had decided to use the first installment of the $700 billion bailout money to recapitalize banks instead of buying up their toxic securities, which he had then sold to Congress and the American people as the best and fastest way to get the banks to start making loans again, and help prevent this recession from getting much, much worse.

In point of fact, the dirty little secret of the banking industry is that it has no intention of using the money to make new loans. But this executive was the first insider who’s been indiscreet enough to say it within earshot of a journalist. It is starting to appear as if one of Treasury’s key rationales for the recapitalization program — namely, that it will cause banks to start lending again — is a fig leaf, Treasury’s version of the weapons of mass destruction. With all of this money being added to the financial system, does it not strike anyone as being “odd” that none of this ‘liquidity’ has filtered down to the grass-roots level?

Understanding the fallacy that “IS” the OTC derivatives complex begins and ends with the obscene concentration[s] that were allowed to propagate within the Fed-friendly confines of J.P. Morgan Chase – initially in the interest rate complex through unbridled growth in Interest Rate Swaps – which aided and abetted the falsification of inflation data to render interest rates ineffective as arbiters of capital and later through the proliferation of artificial, price suppressing supply through exchange traded [COMEX] precious metals futures. The true purpose of these systemic corrupting instruments is EXACTLY the reason why Sir Bubbles of Greenspan so ardently lobbied for them to remain unregulated – he bloody well knew these instrumentsWOULD NEVER SURVIVE the scrutiny of daylight!

Having seemingly tamed [eradicated, perhaps?] the effectiveness of interest rates [circa, early to mid nine-teen nineties] – the Federal Reserve and their globalist allies in government were now positioned to profligately reshape the world without the historic constraints of rising rates or the sounding of the historic clarion alarm bell – rising precious metals prices. To suggest that this was not planned and executed at / by the very highest levels of the U.S. leadership is to be completely ignorant of the sense of entitlement clearly exhibited through the words of such luminaries as, V.P. Richard Cheney, when he reiterated to [then] Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, 'Reagan proved deficits don't matter," Dick Cheney told Paul O'Neill during a Cabinet meeting. "We won the (2002) midterms. This is our due."

What folks need to understand is that the global OTC derivatives market – measured in tens or hundreds of Trillions - is virtually all U.S. Dollar denominated. Its SYSTEMIC failure – which is now occurring – requires U.S. Dollar balances to clear [settle] the trades [bets]. This has created the paradoxical global demand for U.S. Dollars – the currency of a country that is fundamentally bankrupt. By rationing credit to hedge funds that were naturally levered and “long commodities” [institutions like J.P. Morgan routinely took the other sides of their customers commodities bets, ruining institutions like Nat. Gas player Amaranth] - and propping up the balance sheets of those who were “short commodities” – the Banks - the Federal Reserve led cabal of Central Bankers have ENGINEERED the collapse in commodities prices while creating the illusion that market commentator, Dr. Jim Willie, so aptly described as, The US Dollar Death Dance.

The engineered collapse of the commodities complex became necessary in the eyes of monetary elites because the rush for tangibles and corresponding repudiation of fiat money was becoming manic – as so CLEARLY evidenced by the emerging shortages of precious metals, gold and silver bullion. If the Fed / Treasury wanted to ensure that banks would actually lend any of this freshly-created-out-of-thin-air money, they WOULD NOT have undertaken the dramatic round of issuance of CASH MANAGEMENT BILLS – giving banks and financial institutions the sovereign surety offered by Treasuries. In the absence of these Cash Management Bills, idle cash would have “piled up” on banks balance sheets – forcing them to behave like commercial banks are supposed to, lending to corporate customers.

To begin wrapping our heads around what these clowns are really up to, one only needs to examine the most famous, historical “government / bank fleecing” – during the GREAT DEPRESSION – which serves as a handy guide:
…in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt dealt with a monetary and banking crisis by confiscating all privately owned gold; paying for the gold at $20.67 per ounce; immediately devaluing the dollar by 40 percent; and setting the price of gold at $35.00 per ounce. At a single stroke, Roosevelt increased the government's gold assets, stabilized the monetary system and increased wholesale prices by more than 33 percent. However, he also inflicted losses of 40 percent on gold owners and stripped them of the gold that they saved to insure their financial futures.

In a world which has embraced globalism, and one where America has most assuredly already disposed of most, if not all, of its sovereign gold stocks [the real reason that the Fed / Treasury refuses to permit a proper 3rd party audit] – another gold confiscation is apparently not in the cards. The reason: the Fed / Treasury are only too aware that the gold bullion they have squandered is now – irretrievable - in the hands of other sovereign entities. After all, the bullion banks that the bearded and bald one are now bailing out – they brokered the swindle – and know exactly where all the bones are buried!

When one stops to consider that the foundations of the science of ‘economics’ is built upon the study of past conditions and events and looking for similarities in modern times; we can use this methodology to predict likely outcomes in the here-and-now. Well, we’ve got intrinsically valuable tangibles [commodities and real estate] prices beingENGINEERED down by monetary authorities. Bank’s balance sheets are being “artificially” bolstered by their partners in government to take advantage of depressed prices prior to “REFLATION” [likely to be signified by the cessation of issuance of Cash Management Bills?]. And heck, the most bankrupt entity on the planet – the U.S. Treasury – is even getting in on the act by purchasing mortgaged backed securities for ‘pennies on the dollar’. Just think about that: when the great reflation occurs – The U.S. Treasury might even have their pitiful “leaky” balance sheet restored and made whole once again?It would only be history repeating itself – all at the expense of folks who acted prudently in the face profligate government / banker money creation. You just can’t make this stuff up. Sounds like a true story-book ending, eh?"

- Joe Nocera, "So When Will Banks Give Loans?", http://britanniaradio.blogspot.com/

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Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA. Many thanks for stopping by.

"US Dollar Death Dance"

"Last weekend in Brussels, G8 Finance Ministers met. Among other things, they discussed a reform to the global banking structures. For the many challenged on geography, that city is in Belgium, headquarters for many European Union functions, in Western Europe. Creditors were not present, which means the finance ministers were talking to themselves. Credit masters were not invited. The nations whose banking systems are in the process of implosion are essentially attempting to revise the global currency system. Those in attendance constitute the losers! However, the Arabs and Chinese were not present. This seems entirely backwards. The bankrupt nations do not dictate to the creditors terms of a revised agreement.

Imagine a large business saying the following. “We are bankrupt. We want a meeting. We are going to dictate to you bankers anyway. We are broke. Our economies are shattered. Our banking systems are in ruins. But we going to tell you how we are to restructure our debt and rework a new system. We realize our debts to you are bigger than we can ever repay. We realize we cannot continue in commerce without your continued extended credit. But we will force upon you a new system. It does not matter what your opinion is. You do not have a seat on this elite committee, sorry!” THIS FLOW IS NOT FROM THE WORLD OF REALITY!

No! Bankruptcy receivership is next, where creditors will be left with few options. They will be compelled to run management committees, and dissolve many functions of government. Creditors will probably await the G8 initiative, then summarily reject it. They will next propose their own new global financial structure. The teenager’s credit card is about to be taken away, when the irresponsible kid proposes a new repayment system, new promises, new chores done even. The kid has burned down half the neighborhood, yet thinks he can call the shots! Sadly, the parents will probably ground him and force a tutor to direct his studies, and force a strict drill sergeant to direct his work activities. His friends will not be permitted to form new teams that include him. A ‘Post-US World’ is being planned, and Americans are the last to know. Entire new barter systems between a key pair of nations is about to be launched. Regional bond and commodity organizations are being formed, with exclusion of the US. The US press reports nothing on these important developments.

Foreign creditors will form new committees, which will be recognized in time as the Receivership Committee. Foreigners are watching in horror. Decisions have already been made, with Americans the last to know. In order to arrest the cancer they so clearly see, they are ready to force a complete upheaval. The USDollar will lose its global currency status, a thoroughly abused privilege. The above lack of disclosure only reinforces their motive to take action. They will move when they must, upon a system failure, or when they are challenged, or when flimsy attempts by debtors are made to dictate reform.

Without any changes forthcoming soon, the foreign banking systems and economies face huge threats to failure. To friends, family, and contacts, my approach has been to attempt to explain the underlying forces behind revolutionary financial change. Foreigners must cut off a cancerous body part, the one attached to the United States. Foreigners must cut off flow from a toxic systemic organ, the one attached to the United States. CUT IT OFF OR RISK DEATH. They must disconnect of USDollar from the global currency system attached intimately to their own financial and economic systems. They must to survive."

- Jim Willie, http://financialsense.com/fsu/editorials/willie/2008/1023.html US Dollar Death Dance

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"I once was a little child..."

Iraqi child, wounded in Baghdad.

"I once was a little child who longed for other worlds,
but I am no more a child for I have known fear,
I have learned to hate, how tragic then is youth
which lives with enemies, with gallows ropes.
Yet, I still believe I only sleep today, that I’ll wake up,
a child again, and start to laugh and play.”

- Hama Herchenberg, 14 years old.
Died December 18, 1943, Auschwitz concentration camp.

Don't look away, this is what we have done, all of us. What have we learned since 1943?

Chief Joseph

"Chief Joseph, known by his people as In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat (Thunder coming up over the land from the water), was best known for his resistance to the U.S. Government's attempts to force his tribe onto reservations. The Nez Perce were a peaceful nation spread from Idaho to Northern Washington. The tribe had maintained good relations with the whites after the Lewis and Clark expedition. Joseph spent much of his early childhood at a mission maintained by Christian missionaries.

In 1855 Chief Joseph's father, Old Joseph, signed a treaty with the U.S. that allowed his people to retain much of their traditional lands. In 1863 another treaty was created that severely reduced the amount of land, but Old Joseph maintained that this second treaty was never agreed to by his people. A showdown over the second "non-treaty" came after Chief Joseph assumed his role as Chief in 1877. After months of fighting and forced marches, many of the Nez Perce were sent to a reservation in what is now Oklahoma, where many died from malaria and starvation.

Chief Joseph tried every possible appeal to the federal authorities to return the Nez Perce to the land of their ancestors. In 1885, he was sent along with many of his band to a reservation in Washington where, according to the reservation doctor, he later died of a broken heart. Quotes:

“I have carried a heavy load on my back ever since I was a boy. I realized then that we could not hold our own with the white men. We were like deer. They were like grizzly bears. We had small country. Their country was large. We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit Chief made them. They were not, and would change the rivers and mountains if they did not suit them.”

“All men were made brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.”

“The earth and myself are of one mind.”

“I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. I will tell you in my way how the Indian sees things. The white man has more words to tell you how they look to him, but it does not require many words to seek the truth.”

“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace. Treat all men alike. Give them a chance to live and grow.”

“I am tired of fighting.... from where the sun now stands, I will fight no more.”

- Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840-1904), http://www.powersource.com/gallery/people/joseph.html

"America's Economic Condition"- Here's Why

"America today is burdened with deeply rooted and unsustainable economic challenges. From credit debts and loss of manufacturing nationwide, to foreign nations buying our best companies and propping up the economy with loans, these issues impact every citizen. Here are the 16 major problems America faces today:
1. Wholesale sellout of core strategic assets to foreign acquirers: according to official figures, more than 16,613 American companies have been sold to foreign corporations in the last 30 years. Total foreign purchases total more than $1.5 trillion.
2. Subprime Fallout: more than one million home foreclosures have occurred in the first nine months of 2008 due to sub-prime lending. These negligent acts of predatory lending have taken houses from innocent homeowners and robbed the ability of deserving individuals to attain credit. The criminal behavior has also crippled America’s financial institutions. Banks such as IndyMac and Bear Sterns have collapsed while mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, seek a government bail-out to help shore-up $12 trillion in guaranteed home loans.
3. Housing Bubble Burst: America’s homes have hit their lowest value and sales rate while foreclosures soar. The median home value, as of June 2008, was $215,100, down 6.1 percent from the previous year. Home sales reached their lowest level in 10 years at an annual pace of 4.86 million, down 2.6 percent from June of 2007. Home values in 20 major metropolitan were down 15.8 percent while foreclosure filings rose 121 percent from the second quarter of 2007 to 2008.
4. Decline of vital industries through bankruptcy, foreign predatory competition, and foreign acquisition: examples include steel, publishing, textiles, machine tools, automobiles, electronics, movies and others.
5. Inability to manufacture competitively: American manufacturers suffer a 22 percent structural cost disadvantage compared to overseas competitors through taxes, health and pension benefits, litigation, regulation, and unequal environmental protection.
6. Overdependence on imports: $1 in $4 of US consumption of manufactured goods now goes immediately and directly to imports.
7. Massive wealth transfer to foreign ownership: our trade deficit, at $711.6 billion in 2007, equal to almost $1.3 million per minute.
8. Loss of job and career opportunities for people at all educational levels: 3 million high-paying manufacturing jobs lost over past 5 years.
9. Insourcing of foreign manufacturers destroys our domestic industries, takes profits and taxes overseas, and provides only low-skill jobs for American workers: foreign manufacturers operating in the US now account for over 20 percent of our exports and manufacturing assets, and a large percentage of our employment.
10. Dependence on foreign financing of vast majority of government debt: foreign countries now control more than 44 percent of our total federal deficit and finance nearly 100 percent of all new borrowings. Our competitors are now our bankers. China, Japan, Great Britain and Saudi Arabia account for more than $2.3 trillion in loans. Japan holds around $517.2 billion while China holds nearly $405.5 billion in loans.
11. Outsourcing key manufacturing, research, and design: unchecked offshore outsourcing benefits individual companies and shareholders but destroys entire industries and communities.
12. Transition to services-oriented economy: high-paying goods-producing industries have lost net employment over the past 25 years while lower paying non-tradable service-providing employment has nearly doubled. Most new jobs are only in service positions in bars, resturants, hotels and hospitals.
13. Lost scientific, engineering, technological prowess: in 2004, China and India graduated a combined 950,000 engineers versus 70,000 in the US. US ranks near the bottom of science/math proficiency.
14. Record levels of personal and government debt: household liabilities at record levels, federal government adding record levels of debt each year financed mostly by foreign countries, trade deficits transferring unprecedented accelerating amounts of wealth to foreign hands each year. In 2005, the average U.S. savings rate was a negative 1%
15. Misleading commonly used economic statistics: misleading incomplete statistics like GDP, job creation, and productivity belie our crumbling economic infrastructure. In June 2007, Businessweek reported that 40% of the gains in manufacturing could be non-existent due to a miscalculation known as “phantom GDP.”
16. Proven failed trade policies and other legislation contributing to our demise continue unchallenged: destroying our industry and allowing our assets to be sold or taken from us.”

- http://www.economyincrisis.org/articles/show/1138

"Great Nebula in Orion"

“The Great Nebula in Orion, also known as M42, is one of the most famous nebulae in the sky. The star forming region's glowing gas clouds and hot young stars are on the right in this sharp and colorful two frame mosaic that includes the smaller nebula M43 near center and dusty, bluish reflection nebulae NGC 1977 and friends on the left. Located at the edge of an otherwise invisible giant molecular cloud complex, these eye-catching nebulae represent only a small fraction of this galactic neighborhood's wealth of interstellar material. Within the well-studied stellar nursery, astronomers have also identified what appear to be numerous infant solar systems. The gorgeous skyscape spans nearly two degrees or about 45 light-years at the Orion Nebula's estimated distance of 1,500 light-years.”

- http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap081023.html

Aquila ka Hecate

“As temporarily incarnate humans, we each have what seems to us a natural sphere of vision – an area which includes all that we hold dear, all that we consider important, and all that we concern our little selves with.

As we grow, this sphere seems to expand, and includes more and more of what we consider to be important stuff – while leaving the unimportant stuff beyond the circle’s boundaries, often tagged in demeaning ways – loony left, wingnut right, feminazi, ecomentalist. As if tagging these points of view in such a way renders them safely unimportant, or more properly invisible. I can’t see them, therefore they don’t exist. Or exist only to radically insane people. It’s the same thing.

So, I’ve been thinking – how much vision is enough? How much of the trap should we/must we be able to see?

Is it enough to see through religion as manmade structures to entrench and retain power-over?

Is it enough to recognise the ravenous, destructive nature of consumerism?

Enough to see that civilization is eating away at the very ground it is built upon, until eventually we are left like some mythical Kilkenny cat colony, devouring each other?

As the Integral folks know, when we grow into new developmental spaces, we include the vision space of our previous spheres, and include them in our new vista. It seems a bit of a joke on the Integral practitioners that people undergoing growth – in their terms, no less – get to a point where they have outgrown the Integral worldview itself. But we see it. We transcend and include that paradigm along with all the others.

Is it enough then, to recognise that humans are the disease-carrying vectors of a sickness which threatens the very fabric of life itself? To see the trap that civilisation – with its institutionalised education, infinite capacity for resource consumption and its necessity for keeping its prisoners blind, deaf and dumb –has us all caught in?

The trap, you see, is not just laid for us. It has us. All.

Seeing the trap for what it is can only be a first step; a totter in the direction of the exit. I see the trap. How difficult should it be to understand that we are seemingly requiring endless resources for endless material growth and that we patently don’t have them?

By the definition of life, we cannot have infinite supply of resource. But that is exactly what we are wanting, and – roping in science, technology and human ingenuity – we are praying with our eyes squeezed shut that we will find our way out of this logical dilemma.

Time to open the eyes, people.

Stop that praying. No magical being is coming to our rescue.
As Life, we are It.

And we will cease our existence upon this material plane – taking with us all other life forms and the plane itself –
if we don’t cut this denialist crap very, very soon.”

- Aquila ka Hecate, An Anarcho-Primitivist Shaman

Wisdom here: http://aquilakahecate.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=
2008-10-26T11%3A46%3A00%2B02%3A00&max-results=4

Used without permission, like sunshine...

"The Native American Diety?"

“The Old Testament God rules with a heavy hand over a static moral world, but I believe that our world is instead presided over by an alternative entity, the Native American deity, Coyote. Coyote is indestructible, lecherous, hilarious, and improvisational, frequently straying toward catastrophe, and surviving...Many native creation myths do not feature a world that was perfect in the beginning, but one that was made by flawed, humorous creators who never finished the job. In that world, there was never a state of grace, never a fall, and creation continues...In Yahweh’s world, only the good do good, and only virtue is rewarded. Coyote’s world is more complicated.”

– Rebecca Solnit, from "Hope in the Dark"

Oh lord, I'd never heard this tale before, but I kind of like it! ;-)

Money to Burn?

Fed $120 Billion Bailout of Emerging Markets
Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis Bailouts Oct 30, 2008 - 07:44 AM

"While all eyes were focused today on the Fed's rate cut, the big news was the Fed's latest cockamamie effort to save world. Indeed, just when you thought the insanity couldn't get crazier, the Fed announced it's now going to funnel a massive $120 billion of U.S. funds into Brazil, South Korea, Singapore, and Mexico.

And that's on top of the IMF bailouts already committed to the Ukraine ($16.5 billion), Iceland ($2.1 billion), and Hungary ($25.5 billion)!

In response, some folks are cheering with glee, blindly believing that Mr. Bernanke can play Santa Claus, the Pied Piper and the Fairy Godmother all in one act. But anyone with any experience with the real world is quickly coming to the realization that Mr. Bernanke is:

* Desperate- resorting to the most radical measures of all time.
* Playing his last cards- realizing that if these last-ditch rescues don't work, it's game over.
* Taking huge risks- that his rescue-the-whole-world schemes will backfire in the form of falling confidence in the U.S. government as a whole!"

- Martin D. Weiss, "Best Financial Markets Analysis" Article

Where are all these billions and trillions coming from?

"Big Brother IS Watching"

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States- in the fields of commerce and manufacturing- are afraid of somebody. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” - Woodrow Wilson

Yesterday I posted about the Bank For International Settlements in Switzerland.
Look who paid us a visit today...

"Loaded dice..."

“More than 150 prominent U.S. economists, including three Nobel Prize winners, urged Congress to hold off on passing a $700 billion financial market rescue plan until it could be studied more closely.

In a letter to congressional leaders, 166 academic economists said they opposed Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's plan because it's a "subsidy'' for business, it's ambiguous and it may have adverse market consequences in the long term. They also expressed alarm at the haste of lawmakers and the Bush administration to pass legislation.

"I suspect that part of what we're seeing in the freezing up of lending markets is strategic behavior on the part of big financial players who stand to benefit from the bailout,'' said David K. Levine, an economist at Washington University in St. Louis, who studies liquidity constraints and game theory.

Of course, I have no way of knowing directly whether and to what extent this is true or not, neither does Levine, and neither do you. But in terms of the logic of the situation, I find the idea that this is occurring completely believable. In fact, I would go further: I think it must be true, because of the way in which the ruling class operates. And remember that much of our knowledge is not direct in that sense: we reason by inference on the basis of facts that are known to us. If we are careful and conscientious in our method, such knowledge is as fully valid as knowledge based on direct observation.

Many people have correctly noted that what is occurring with the economic "crisis" is identical in crucial ways to the leadup to the invasion of Iraq, in particular with regard to the purposeful creation of an atmosphere of crisis and possible catastrophic consequences if action is not taken. And there is a critical related point: to make certain that the action that is finally taken is what the ruling class has decided it wants, the evidence and the facts will be endlessly distorted, misrepresented, and not infrequently lied about altogether. This is the way the ruling class operates, so as to convince a sufficient number of Americans that what is being done is in their own "interests," that it is best "for America," that it is the obvious course of action to be followed.

What all that means, in fact, is that the already decided upon course of action is what the ruling class wants. The ruling class wants what it wants because their preferred course of action will strengthen their own existing power, and increase their power and wealth still more. But if too many Americans don't go along, there might be some resistance. That could mean trouble, at least along the margins. The ruling class prefers not to be inconvenienced in this manner. So, key elements of the ruling class are playing craps with your life- and they've loaded the dice.”

- Arthur Silber, http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2008/09/game-theory-playing-craps-with-your.html

"Dreamers"



“We grow great by dreams. All real achievers are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening.
Some of us let these great dreams die,
but others nourish and protect them;
nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely
hope that their dreams will come true.”
- Woodrow Wilson

Near you?

Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

There will never be ads or clicks or any of that nonsense here. But I do have an invisible StatCounter, which shows me where visitors are from, how long they stayed, etc. For fun, every day I'll post a picture of someplace near one of you. Today's lucky victim is from the UK. You know who you are, many thanks for stopping by... :-)

Socialism

“Yes, the old socialist tiger is being dusted off and trotted out again. Socialism - what a terrifying term! Let's look in the dictionary to see what monsters lurk beneath this horrible, horrible word:

so◊cial◊ism [soh-shuh-liz-uhm]
–noun 1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. 2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory. 3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

We're already socialist, kinda...

The truth is, the United States government already spreads the wealth around. Most governments do. That's why we pay income taxes, and in return, enjoy government infrastructure such as paved freeways, postal service, Social Security (Medicaid/Medicare, if you qualify), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (sigh), and unemployment benefits. It's why we have a national forest service.

I'm not suggesting that these services are perfect, that our roads aren't in need of repair, or that the government operates with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine. And I do believe that it's fair to question whether government is always the best method for handling certain problems. I don't believe, like some do, that libertarianism is dead, because as long as Ayn Rand's books are still in print, there will be people who believe in putting the individual first. I do sincerely hope that we will reconsider deregulation in the future, especially since it seems that American financiers can never be trusted to earn an honest buck.

While the United States is technically a capitalist country, you'd struggle to find an example of a public service that is not funded, in some way or another, by tax dollars. You will not find an industry that does not benefit from tax breaks by the federal government (oil industry, car industry, defense manufacturing, farming, wooden arrow makers, you name it - they all benefit from some kind of tax break or another). Those tax breaks are known as "pork", and they are written into law on both sides of the Congressional aisle, no matter what either party would have you believe about the lobby-loving instincts of the OTHER side.
We've had times in which our country was much MORE socialist. Take the New Deal, engineered and implemented by Franklin Delano Roosevelt at a time when our country was facing some very dire straights. You can argue, as many have, that FDR introduced socialism to the United States in a way that was palatable, as well as desperately needed. In fact, that's where Fannie Mae came from (as well as the FDIC, SEC, FHA, etc.).

If you don't think that socialism is a fairly weak force in the US, just look at labor unions. The very basis of many socialist economies, unions have never been so undermined and maligned in America as they are today. Sweden, often offered up as an example of the most egregious socialist state in the Western world, doesn't seem to be any worse for the wear. They're not experiencing USSR-style drabness of dress. Despite traditional McCarthyist claims, socialism is not actually related to totalitarianism, even though communist governments have historically trended in that direction.

What this means is that allowing the government to partially own certain industries or markets doesn't automatically strip you of your right to vote for your elected officials (we've got voter purges taking care of that right here in the US!).
Were our government not facing a monumental debt, two wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, and a looming trade deficit, I might be a stronger advocate of the federal goverment pouring non-existant dollars into failing industries; technically, I'm still on the fence about what direction I think the government should head in in order to stave off a much large crisis and recesssion. This crisis might settle down in the coming months with little intervention. But if our economy does crash and burn, and we are facing another Depression - wouldn't that be exactly the time to start experiementing (again) with socialism?”

- Andrea Dickson, http://www.wisebread.com/three-reasons-to-stop-freaking-out-about-socialism

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Flinch not from the unknown..."




“Flinch not from the unknown. Welcome change.
Embrace the unexpected.

Remind yourself as often as necessary that the mystery we
encounter is largely benign.

Plan for all that we can, and seek logical explanations with industry but with honesty. Stand ready still in each moment for logic to be exhausted, for reality to defy understanding. Receive thus the gifts of grace in the guise of tragedy.”

– Josh Mitteldorf

"Celtic Heart"


Justin Hayward, "Celtic Heart"

"Start a Journey"





“Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.”

- Erich Fromm

Will Rogers on Congress

The Cave of Crystals

Crystal forest: People clambering through the Cave of Crystals in Mexico wearing suits and backpacks of ice-cool air to cope with the 112F temperature.

“Until you notice the orange-suited men clambering around, it's hard to grasp the extraordinary scale of this underground crystal forest. Nearly 1,000ft below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, this cave was discovered by two brothers drilling in the Naica lead and silver mine. It is an eerie sight.

Up to 170 giant, luminous obelisks - the biggest is 37.4ft long and the equivalent height of six men - jut across the grotto like tangled pillars of light; and the damp rock of their walls is covered with yet more flawless clusters of blade-sharp crystal. They are formed from groundwater saturated in calcium sulphate which, warmed by an intrusion of magma about a mile below, began filtering through the cave system millions of years ago.

When, about 600,000 years ago, the magma began to cool, the minerals started to precipitate out of the water, and over the centuries the tiny crystals they formed grew and grew until 1985, when miners unwittingly drained the cave as they lowered the water table with mine pumps.

Because the crystals resemble giant icicles, the picture suggests it must be very cold inside the Cave of Crystals - but appearances can be deceptive. In fact, the temperature is a sweltering 112F, with a humidity of 90-100 per cent. This is why cavers wear protective suits and carry backpacks of ice-cooled air. Such conditions, and the fact that it takes 20 minutes to drive to its entrance through a twisting mine-shaft, haven't deterred would-be looters- one of the crystals bears a deep scar where someone has tried, and failed, to cut through it. But the cave has now been fitted with a heavy steel door, the better to preserve this beautiful wonder for generations to come.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1081072/Pictured-The-Cave-Crystals
-discovered-1-000ft-Mexican-desert.html

Bank for International Settlements

The Central Banker's central bank, pictured at right.
"The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the worlds' central banks which were themselves private corporations. The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups."
-Professor Carroll Quigley, 1966

"Succeed"

"Edge of the Glacier"

Location unknown.

The Puppet Masters





"The world is governed by very different persons to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scene". - Benjamin Disraeli,
British Prime Minister to Queen Victoria.

"Systemic Collapse"

“Systemic collapse has ten principal parts, each with a somewhat causal relationship to the next. Fuel, metals, and electricity are a tightly-knit group, since no industrial civilization can have one without the others. As those three disappear, food and fresh water become scarce. Matters of infrastructure then follow: transportation and communication. Social structure fails: government, finance, and education. After these ten, there is psychic breakdown: madness and chaos.

If we look at a chart of human population over the millennia, we see what is virtually a horizontal line. Then around 1800 or 1900 the line begins to curve upward, so that for the last few decades it has been basically a vertical line. In other words, there are billions of human beings, and every few years that number doubles. That isn’t merely a mathematical curiosity. It’s a great misfortune. Half the people in the world go to bed hungry, and the other half have to fight tooth and nail to make sure they get a meal. Those facts cannot be learned from watching TV, perhaps not even from browsing the Internet, but anyone who is not too lazy to read books can confirm all the above statements.

The number of humans on the Earth is roughly the same as the number of mice, or the number of rats, as far as can be determined. It is not natural for a large mammal such as Homo sapiens to be so numerous. We outnumber wolves, for example, by about a million to one.

No one can really learn much by watching TV. The mainstream news media are tightly controlled by a very small number of very powerful corporations. They do not censor a great deal, although they distort considerably, but one thing they do not allow is any story that casts aspersions on the first principle of capitalism: that “economic growth” must never be curtailed, although it is only growth in the sense of “profits.” “More, bigger, faster” makes profits. And yet the fundamental truth is that the planet Earth is dying from two problems, each the converse of the other: resource-consumption and overpopulation.

“Modern civilization” is unique in the sense that it is global rather than local. It is also unique in the sense that its means of production is not the labor of humans or draft animals, but a malodorous substance known as petroleum- oil. This substance was rarely used until the late nineteenth century, when it was realized that a steam engine could be modified to run on petroleum. These new engines were soon everywhere. Petroleum is a great mixture of hydrocarbons, and some of the variants could be used or modified to produce other substances such as plastic. In almost no time, we had created a world that was literally “driven” by oil. The planet Earth seemed infinitely large now, and we not only stopped worrying about overpopulation, but we felt that there would be no limits to industrialization, capitalism, “free enterprise,” and all the rest of the ideology that was remarkably lacking in “ideo-.” We just never got around to thinking that all of this was dependent on that dirty substance known as oil.

But even if we didn’t like to talk about it, this black muck seemed practically unlimited, as if the entire planet was just a liquid-filled balloon. By the end of the twentieth century, we were pumping 30 billion barrels out of the ground every year.

We were becoming more addicted. Like any previous civilization, ours required metals such as iron and copper. We dug miles into the ground to get those metals. All of this digging required powerful machinery. What was it run on? Oil. We have dug those metals out of the ground so much that they are becoming scarce, at least in their more-workable forms, and without that machinery we would have no metals at all.

We have also needed electricity, which acts as the nervous system of any machinery. The electrical grids, with their enormous towers, are by far the largest devices ever built by humans. But electricity is not a source of energy, it is merely a means of carrying energy. Electricity can be based on any form of energy, from dammed-up rivers to nuclear fuel, but most of it comes from hydrocarbons such as oil or coal.

Around 1950, a number of engineers realized that there were several ways of putting the history of oil use on a graph: the amount of oil produced, the amount that was discovered each year, the number of giant oilfields discovered, and so on. But no matter which data were selected, the result was the same: oil would start to run out soon after the beginning of the twenty-first century. Although this was learned around 1950, not many people talked about it, and even fewer people were listening. One of the oddities of corporate behavior is that shareholders start to panic when a company announces that production will decline: declining production does not necessarily mean declining profits, but the average shareholder cannot deal with such mathematics. So the oil companies said nothing. While the chronology of Egyptian civilization could be measured in millennia, that of our own must be measured in centuries or decades. We have burned up our resources with a profligacy that no TV program will reveal.

With oil, metals, and electricity gone, the rest is sure to follow: food, fresh water, transportation, communication, government, finance, education. And after that there is another layer, more psychological or sociological, that I call “the four Cs.” The first three are crime, cults, and craziness- the breakdown of traditional law, the tendency toward anti-intellectualism, the inability to distinguish mental health from mental illness. There is also a more general one that is simple chaos, which results in the pervasive sense that “nothing works any more.”

The road from culture to chaos, from oilfields to etiquette, is no less real for being ineffable. Everywhere I see graduate students who cannot add or spell, I meet thirty-year-old adults who have the social skills one would expect of ten-year-olds. The “will of the people” has been replaced in this generation by no will at all, sheer nihilism. Slumped in front of a TV set, these creatures are asking nothing, and they are being told nothing. Such an account of Homo televisionus, however, is not meant as a value judgment, far less as old-fashioned lamentation. It is merely a reflection on the psychic or spiritual aspects of that systemic collapse.” - Peter Goodchild

- Peter Goodchild, is the author of Survival Skills of the North American Indians, published by Chicago Review Press. He is temporarily living in the Sultanate of Oman. He can be reached at odonatus@live.com.
October 29, 2008, - http://www.Countercurrents.org

"Dominoes"

"Handicapped"




“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with
a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.”
- J. Edgar Hoover

"What to Expect If Martial Law is Declared"

"After the coming economic financial collapse, a state of world-wide martial law will be declared. Considering the current events which are in direct alignment with documented plans for totalitarian one-world government, (white paper plans published by the Tri-Lateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, and Club of Rome), martial law will be imposed without official dissent upon the various countries of the world. Martial law is military rule imposed upon civilian populations in a time of war or during a (sic) “State of Emergency”. The following elements can be expected to occur once the t.v. news anchors tell people not to panic, but that a State of Emergency has been declared due to the crash, and a (sic) temporary state of martial law has been declared, which will be rescinded once the State of Emergency has passed.

What the news people won’t tell you is that given the history of martial law, the suspension of such a draconian state is far more difficult to achieve than its original imposition. Esteemed reader, ask yourself the question, why dictator or group of dictators ever voluntarily relinquished their dictatorial powers? I’m searching really hard through the history files of the world to find out the handful of amazing people who did so. So far, all I can find is George Washington who declined being elected “King”.

Whenever the “Powers That Be” decide to impose martial law, the following items can be expected:

1. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE ENDED
Under martial law, the U.S. Constitution is suspended and the citizens immediately lose all the protections, safeguards, and human rights guaranteed by that document. The citizens also lose every rights and privileges granted under The Bill of Rights. The constitutions of other countries will likewise be suspended with similar conditions imposed upon the citizens of those other countries.

2. CURFEW ENFORCEMENT
Anyone caught outside after curfew can be shot dead. There are no exceptions for personal emergencies unless of course, these people have some sort of official written permission or are in possession of other material which gives them a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card.

3. WRIT OF HABEUS CORPUS SUSPENDED
This means that soldiers can bust into your house, or arrest you on the street without warrants, and can throw you into prison without explanation or access to legal counsel. They can hold you there for months, even years, since there are no time limits imposed on how long you can be imprisoned.

4. PERSONAL FIREARMS WILL BE SEIZED
Armed forces can invade your home and force you to surrender any weapons you have, regardless of your constitutional right or need to bear arms for your self-defense. If you refuse, you could be shot dead in your living room, and all your possessions seized. If you’re lucky, you might just get Tasered, or butt-ended with an AK-47, to eventually wake up in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) Detention Center with a Prison Identification Number which you will go by as a “name” instead of your old name, the one on your birth certificate.

5. PERSONAL PROPERTY CAN BE SEIZED
This means that under the excuse of “requisitioning”, soldiers can kick you out of your home, and seize both your home, all the contents inside that home, as well as any vehicles, or other items you have on your grounds. They also can claim the actual real estate of the acreage as well. If you refuse or resist in some way well….I guess you can fill in the blanks or use your imagination.

The following list of Executive Orders have already been signed by past U.S. presidents are in effect immediately upon declaration of a national State of Emergency or Martial Law:

Executive Order 10995: All communications media will be taken over by federal authority: radio, television, websites, newspapers, even CB and Ham radio systems. Freedom of expression, otherwise known as the First Amendment will be canceled until further notice.

Executive Order 10997: All fossil fuels, related substances as well as all electrical power, both corporate as well as privately owned devices and generators will be seized by the federal government.

Executive Order 10998: All food, means to produce such food and related products and machinery, warehouses and collectives which obviously include corporate and private farms will be seized by the government. You will not be allowed to hoard food since this is regulated. If you are caught hoarding food, you could be shot dead, or perhaps you will be lucky enough to be Tasered, knocked to the ground, sent to a FEMA camp and be immediately classified as a “domestic terrorist”, otherwise known as an “Enemy of the State”.

Executive Order 10999: All modes of transportation will be placed under complete government control. Any vehicle can be seized.

Executive Order 11000: All civilians will be drafted into forced labor which the t.v. anchors will euphemistically call “volunteer labor” at a variety of designated work places or camps under federal supervision. Go watch old film reels of the slave labor images under Nazi prison camps, or if you prefer, go watch a copy of Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman, to get a more modern updated “American flavor” of what it’s like to be part of a slave labor chain gang. Of course, you must always remember, that if you go against the Boss, you will be accused of “A Failure To Communicate.”

Executive Order 11490: Absolute dictatorial “presidential” control will be exercised over all US citizens, business as well as church institutions during a State of Emergency where martial law is declared necessary.

Executive Order 12919: At the direction of the president, this Executive Order allows various Cabinet officials to take over all aspects of the US economy during a State of National Emergency.

Executive Order 13010: This Executive Order allows FEMA to take control over all other government agencies.

Executive Order 12656: “Assignment of Emergency Preparedness Responsibilities” - This order allows for the declaration of a State of Emergency during natural disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergencies that seriously threaten the national security of the United States. This order allows for total, unquestioned federal takeover of every local police enforcement agencies, as well as local price fixing and wages. It also forbids reassignment of personal financial assets within or outside of the United States.

All in all, it makes me wish I was born several hundred years in the future, because by then, we will be genetically designed to obey without question, with no personal will or identity of our own. So in that case, we won’t know what we’ve lost, because all the history books, or shall I say history “discs” will have been rewritten. Hopefully, this game plan will be abandoned, and the planned scenario will never happen to us, even though plans have been written for just such a scenario. Hopefully, the decision will be made to abandon this plan and revitalize the world economy without dramatic incident so such draconian methods are not necessary to unite all countries under the one world globalist banner. I don’t think anyone is going to resist the transition to a one world police state anyway. Most people just want to be able to pay their bills and get by, and enjoy what little free time they have, no matter what group is ruling. After all, this transition is already being achieved as we speak.”

- Timothy K.Perry, http://foundingfather1776.wordpress.com/2008/10/24/
what-to-expect-when-martial-law-is-declared/

Planet X Discovers, Invades Earth


Satire from the FKN Newz. ;-)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ministry of Homeland Security Message




The Gadsden Flag

"In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an essay in the Pennsylvania Journal under the pseudonym American Guesser in which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit:

“I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretentions of quarrelling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenceless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defence, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her. Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag

"Is it time for a rebellion?"

“Mere days after President Bush signed into law an $810 billion bailout bill aimed at rescuing the Wall Street financiers, one of the recipients, American International Group Inc., threw a $440,000 bash for its executives at a swanky resort, complete with spa treatments, banquets and golf outings. At the same time that AIG execs were celebrating lavishly, indirectly at taxpayer expense, nearly 12 million American taxpayers, who owed more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, were in danger of foreclosure.

This is not relief, it is economic slavery. It has become increasingly clear that the greatest threat to our freedoms--and our bank accounts--does not lurk outside our borders. Rather, it prowls among us, in the form of a government of wolves that is running wild and riding roughshod over our freedoms.

There was a time when such a blatant disregard for the burden being laid upon the American taxpayer would have elicited howls of outrage, protest marches and perhaps even outright rebellion. Today, however, many Americans understandably feel helpless to do anything about their plight. After all, despite the fact that calls and emails to congressional offices were overwhelmingly against the $810 billion pork-laden bailout, the legislation passed anyway.

Yet consider this: at its core, the quest for the American dream is about gaining sovereignty over one's life and property. Without it, there can be no freedom. While we have become accustomed to equating property with land ownership, the term is much more fundamental and personal. It refers to a kind of sovereignty over one's life and possessions--especially one's money. Questions about who has ultimate control over our money, how much of it can be claimed by government and how it gets spent go to the heart of the battle over property rights.

Governments generate no wealth on their own. Any resources that they have at their disposal have been appropriated from the original producers of that wealth, the citizens. This fundamental truth has largely been forgotten over the years. Yet the government's respect for and treatment of the property of its citizens often reflects its attitude regarding its citizens' rights as a whole. Conversely, a government that doesn't respect the rights of its citizens will have even less regard for their property--be it land, money or personhood. With the Wall Street bailout, the President and Congress simply disregarded the clear will of the people. And while secret agreements were obviously made and backroom bargains struck, the Constitution and our rights were not even given a second thought.

However, those who wrote the Constitution drafted our founding document with the intention of ensuring that the power of government remained with the people. The Framers wanted citizens to know what the government is doing and how it spends taxpayer funds. And if the elected officials aren't doing their jobs or the people disagreed with their performance, the Framers empowered the people to unseat their representatives. Without these safeguards, there is no representative government.

Since the country's inception, America has been synonymous with the concept that there are certain individual rights and freedoms that no one, not even government agents, can violate. As the Declaration of Independence boldly proclaims: "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."

These were revolutionary ideas in an age of kings and serfdoms, and they served as a springboard for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These rights were considered absolute and so precious that no government can violate them. And the early American colonists believed these principles were not only worth fighting for, they were worth dying for.

One of these was the right of the people to change or do away with a government that attempts to undermine their rights. As the Declaration concludes, "whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or 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."

Governments are brought into being to protect our rights. When they systematically violate them, the people have a right--nay, a duty--to resist. This was the true spirit of 1776 that moved the American colonists to start a revolution against a government that was violating their rights. This willingness to stand and fight against corrupt government was what it meant to be an American in our nation's early years. And if we truly want to be Americans today, it will mean practicing every form of nonviolent resistance available to us as citizens--including picketing, mass protests, sit-ins, boycotts and so on.

It will certainly take more than voting for or against a particular politician. Thomas Jefferson was right: "What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

- John W. Whitehead, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/is-it-time-for-a-rebellio_b_135333.html