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Freddie Gray…Who’s the real criminal? May 1, 2015

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A reader responding to the Freddie Gray story on Yahoo News posted an alleged arrest record and referenced it as justification for his death.
Well, if we’re going to use past history to determined ones credibility, then all so- called “White Americans” should be incarcerated because of the salaciousness of the crimes that’ve been perpetrated and perpetuated against people of color since the inception of this so-called “country”. By the way, it’s not a country but a business and anybody that has the means to purchase…can have a piece of it which is why conditions in Baltimore and any other city USA are politically manipulated to maintain a permanent underclass.
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WE THE PEOPLE AND NOT THE BANKERS BANK… April 1, 2014

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It seems that no matter who’s in office… Will we ever get some satisfaction (i.e.) “We The People”?

 

The private banking monolith is an autocracy, virtually independent of regulation. In its latest show of power, JPMorgan acquired Bear Stearns at bargain basement prices in a hostile takeover conducted behind closed doors, funded with a $55 billion advance from the bankers’ bank, the Federal Reserve. (See “The Secret Bailout of JPMorgan,” webofdebt.com/articles.) The CEO of JPMorgan sits on the Board of the New York Fed, making decisions that benefit his own very extensive stock portfolio. Federal statute makes this sort of conflict of interest a criminal offense. (See “What’s the Difference Between Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns?”, webofdebt.com/articles.) But who is there to complain? Politicians say they can do nothing. The banking lobby is too big to be policed.

Congress has no authority over the Federal Reserve. Like the market itself, legislators just wait with bated breath to hear what the Fed Chairman is going to say next. State leaders who have attempted to police the banks, from Huey Long to Eliot Spitzer, have been taken down themselves. The proposal now on the table is for the privately-owned Federal Reserve to police the whole banking industry, a clear case of the fox guarding the henhouse. (See “April Fools,” webofdebt.com/articles.)

So who has the clout to stand up to the banks? We the people will have to do it ourselves, armed with some hefty lawsuits. Banks are now facing what could become a tsunami of private litigation. (See “Let the Lawsuits Begin,” webofdebt.com/articles.) We can catch that wave and ride it to shore. This blog page aims to address how we might set up a lobby or coalition for that purpose. Your thoughts are invited!

This ain’t your mama’s economy! February 1, 2014

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2014 is upon us…You Thought George Orwell Was Off…READ THIS !!! December 31, 2013

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2014 is upon us. In the seventies I was in the military fresh out of high school and college; imagine what weaponry looked like in the military then as oppose to NOW! The 21st century has been a science fiction concept associated with us… George Orwell’s 1984 seemed so far in the future we would never get there and “ Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film: 2001Space Odyssey Hell; it’s been nearly 40 years since that film came out…and the thought of people saying that was over kill and it would never happen. Well…

Did we get there in Orwell’s sense? In terms of surveillance technology, we are far beyond Orwell’s imagination. In terms of the unaccountability of government, we exceptional and indispensable people now live a 1984 existence. In his alternative to the Queen’s Christmas speech, Edward Snowden made the point that a person born in the 21st century will never experience privacy. For new generations the word privacy will refer to something mythical, like a unicorn.

Many Americans might never notice or care. I remember when telephone calls were considered to be private. In the 1960s and 1970s the telephone company could not always provide private lines. There were “party lines” in which two or more customers shared the same telephone line. It was considered extremely rude and inappropriate to listen in on someone’s calls and to monopolize the line with long duration conversations.

The privacy of telephone conversations was also epitomized by telephone booths, which stood on street corners, in a variety of public places, and in “filling stations” where an attendant would pump gasoline into your car’s fuel tank, check the water in the radiator, the oil in the engine, the air in the tires, and clean the windshield. 5 dollar’s worth would purchase nearly a full tank.

Even in the 1980s and for part of the 1990s there were lines of telephones on airport waiting room walls, each separated from the other by sound absorbing panels. Whether the panels absorbed the sounds of the conversation or not, they conveyed the idea that calls were private.

The notion that telephone calls are private left Americans’ consciousness prior to the NSA listening in. If memory serves, it was sometime in the 1990s when I entered the men’s room of an airport and observed a row of men speaking on their cell phones in the midst of the tinkling sound of urine hitting water and noises of flushing toilets. The thought hit hard that privacy had lost its value.

I remember being  was advised never to telephone anyone whom I had not met, as it would be an affront to invade the privacy of a person to whom I was unknown. The telephone was reserved for friends and acquaintances, a civility that contrasts with American telemarketing.

The efficiency of the USPS protected your privacy of the telephone. What one did in those days in the US was to write a letter requesting a meeting or an appointment. It was possible to send a letter via the Mail in the morning and to receive a reply immediately. When you flies today, unless you plug up your ears with something, you’re liable to hears one’s seat mate’s conversations prior to takeoff and immediately upon landing. Literally, everyone is talking nonstop. One wonders how the economy functioned at such a high level of incomes and success prior to cell phones. I can remember being able to travel both domestically and internationally on important business without having to telephone anyone. What has happened to America that no one can any longer go anywhere without constant talking?

If you sit at an airport gate awaiting a flight, you might think you are listening to a porn film. The overhead visuals are usually Fox “News” going on about the need for a new war, but the cell phone audio might be young women describing their latest sexual affair.

Americans, or many of them, are such exhibitionists that they do not mind being spied upon or recorded. It gives them importance. According to Wikipedia, Paris Hilton, a multimillionaire heiress, posted her sexual escapades online, and Facebook had to block users from posting nude photos of themselves. Sometime between my time and now people ceased to read 1984. They have no conception that a loss of privacy is a loss of self. They don’t understand that a loss of privacy means that they can be intimidated, blackmailed, framed, and viewed in the buff. Little wonder they submitted to porno-scanners.

The loss of privacy is a serious matter. The privacy of the family used to be paramount. Today it is routinely invaded by neighbors, police, Child Protective Services (sic), school administrators, and just about anyone else.

Consider this: A mother of six and nine year old kids sat in a lawn chair next to her house watching her children play and ride bicycles and  scooters in the driveway in the cul-de-sac on which they live.

Normally, this would be an idyllic picture. But not in America. A neighbor, who apparently did not see the watching mother, called the police to report that two young children were outside playing without adult supervision. Note that the next door neighbor, a woman, did not bother to go next door to speak with the mother of the children and express her concern that they children were not being monitored while they played.

The neighbor called the police. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mom-sues-polices-she-arrested-letting-her-kids-134628018.html

“We’re here for you,” the cops told the mother, who was carried off in handcuffs and spent the next 18 hours in a cell in prison clothes.

The news report doesn’t say what happened to the children, whether the father appeared and insisted on custody of his offspring or whether the cops turned the kids over to Child Protective Services.

This shows you what Americans are really like. Neither the neighbor nor the police had a lick of sense. The only idea that they had was to punish someone. This is why America has the highest incarceration rate and the highest total number of prison inmates in the entire world. Washington can go on and on about “authoritarian” regimes in Russia and China, but both countries have far lower prison populations than “freedom and democracy” America.

I was unaware that laws now exist requiring the supervision of children at play. Children vary in their need for supervision. In my day supervision was up to the mother’s judgment. Older children were often tasked with supervising the younger. It was one way that children were taught responsibility and developed their own judgment.

When I was seven years old, I walked to the neighborhood school by myself. Today my mother would be arrested for child endangerment.

In America punishment falls more heavily on the innocent, the young, and the poor than it does on the banksters who are living on the Federal Reserve’s subsidy known as Quantitative Easing and who have escaped criminal liability for the fraudulent financial instruments that they sold to the world. Single mothers, depressed by the lack of commitment of the fathers of their children, are locked away for using drugs to block out their depression. Their children are seized by a Gestapo institution, Child Protective Services, and end up in foster care where many are abused.

According to numerous press reports, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 year-old children who play cowboys and indians or cops and robbers during recess and raise a pointed finger while saying “bang-bang;When Ice-T said F—k the police and Bob Marley said “I shot the sheriff” they( police)tried to arrest them. According to the article mentioned: the mother that was arrested and carried off to jail in handcuffs as threats to their classmates. In my day every male child and the females who were “Tom boys” would have been taken to jail. Playground fights were normal, but no police were ever called. Handcuffing a child would not have been tolerated.

From the earliest age, boys were taught never to hit a girl. In those days there were no reports of police beating up teenage girls and women or body slamming the elderly. To comprehend the degeneration of the American police into psychopaths and sociopaths, go online and observe the video of Lee Oswald in police custody in 1963. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDDuRSgzFk

Oswald was believed to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy and murdered a Dallas police officer only a few hours previously to the film. Yet he had not been beaten, his nose wasn’t broken, and his lips were not a bloody mess. Now go online and pick from the vast number of police brutality videos from our present time and observe the swollen and bleeding faces of teenage girls accused of sassing overbearing police officers.

In America today people with power are no longer accountable. This means citizens have become subjects, an indication of social collapse. Paul Craig Roberts (Global Research)2013

Happy Birthday? You’re only born once! December 2, 2013

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Though most individuals celebrate their birthdays with equal zeal and passion, the traditions involving their celebrations do differ according to their place of origin.

In Africa people celebrate the birth of a new born baby with immense enthusiasm. The Pygmies would sing out some popular birthday-songs dedicated to the child. According to traditions prevalent in Kenya, the mother of the new born takes the baby strapped to her back into a thorn enclosure where cattle are kept, where her husband, accompanied by some village elders, wait eagerly in order to confer a name upon the child.

The traditions in West Africa however, are a bit different from that observed in Kenya; after the baby is eight days old, the mother takes the new born for its first walk in this big world, and friends and family are duly invited on this occasion in order to introduce the new member to the rest of the family and friends.

Many other African nations celebrate their birthdays according to their unique traditions…for instance, many hold initiation ceremonies for groups of children instead of recognizing individual birthdays. When these children reach a certain designated age, such as nine through twelve, they are then entitled to learn the laws, beliefs, customs, songs and dances of their respective tribes. In other tribes, there are tests or initiation rites that they undergo.

For example, when Masai boys are around thirteen to seventeen years old, they undergo a two-stage initiation. Stage one lasts about three months. The boys leave their parents’ homes, paint their bodies white and are taught how to be warriors. When the state is completed, their heads are shaved and they may be circumcised. Stage two may last a few years. The young warriors grow their hair long and live in a camp called a “manyatta” where they practice hunting wild animals. When determined ready, they marry and become owners of large cattle herds, as did their fathers.

Girls are initiated too. At about fourteen to fifteen years of age, the older women of the tribe or village teach them the duties of marriage and how to care for their babies.
In many other cultures, though birthdays are celebrated or recognized, there are traditions associated with the celebrations that have some religious or spiritual significance, usually involving the food that is served; sometimes celebrations are held just for specific years, such as the 1st and 6th in China, as well as the 60th, or the 3rd, 5th and 7th in Japan.
In my research on this topic, what struck me was the lack of focus on the individual as is celebrated in Western (read: American) “culture”. Yes, other cultures give gifts and hold parties in honor of the “birthday” person, but the gifts and food have some meaning attached. Unfortunately, many of these countries have begun or already practice, the Western style birthday celebration.
The question I pose to you, dear reader is this: What did you do to get here?  The answer is simple: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
Why then, does everyone make such a big deal out of “It’s my birthday!” and then expect everyone to heap all kinds of praise, attention and gifts upon them as if they accomplished some great deed? This is what’s wrong with this country! Self-aggrandizement, self-worship, self, self, self! Where in God’s word does he command you to celebrate your “birthday” especially when you are only born once!
What would be the spiritual and rightful celebration to recognize the womb that  co-created, carried and BORE you, for without her, YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE! Or better still, following the biblical significance of the number 3, you should recognize and celebrate your great-grandmother! Along with the matriarchal recognition, you should be giving honor and praise to your Heavenly Father, Allah, Yahweh,  Jehovah, or whatever name you call him by, for blessing you with the grace of living another year. You should be giving to and serving others in recognition of the fact that your Creator allowed you to see another year pass and pray that He keeps you in good health and prosperity for another year (even though we know the morrow is promised to no one).
We as a people born of the flesh, bone, fiber and ligament should get to know and understand more about our purpose, both spiritual and carnal..at some point this perpetual cycle of ignorance concerning connectivity to the most precious gift we have must be broken!

Wanna know what determines the “SOUL” of a Nation??? October 6, 2013

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“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul”, Nelson Mandela says, “than the way in which it treats its children”.

Who would disagree?

Yet today children may be assaulted, diseased, or killed by pervasive corporate drugs, junk-foods and beverages, perverted by mindless violence in multiple modes, deployed as dead-end labour with no benefits, and then dumped into a corporate future of debt enslavement and meaningless work. How could this increasing systematic abuse be publicly licensed at every level? What kind of society could turn a blind eye to its dominant institutions laying waste the lives of the young and humanity’s future itself?

The abuse is built into the system. All rights of child care-givers themselves – from parent workers to social life support systems – are written out of corporate ‘trade’ treaties which override legislatures to guarantee “investor profits” as their sole ruling goal. Children are at the bottom, and most dispossessed by the life-blind global system. The excuse of “more competitive conditions” means, in fact, a race to the bottom of wages and benefits for families, social security, debt-free higher education, and protections against toxic environments to which the young are most vulnerable. At the same time, escalating sales of junk foods, malnutrition, and cultural debasement propel the sole growth achieved – ever more money demand at the top.

The mechanisms of abuse are not tempered by reforms as in the past, but deepened and widened. Omnibus Harper budgets stripping even scientific and social fact-finding bodies and transnational foreign corporate rights dictated in the name of “Trans-Pacific Partnership” and “Canada-Europe Trade Agreement” advance the Great Dispossession further. An unasked question joins the dots, but is taboo to pose. What war, ecological or social collapse is not now propelled by rapidly creeping corporate rights to loot and pollute societies, ecosystems and – least considered – the young?

I explain the entire system in the expanded second edition of the Cancer Stage of Capitalism. Omnivorous money sequences of the corporate rich multiply through their life hosts overriding social life defenses at every level and silencing critics. None are bound to serve any life support function but only to maximize profits.

They surround, they intimidate, they bribe and threaten with corporate lobby armies to overrun legislatures and launch attack ads and wars with the mass media as their propaganda vehicles. All the classical properties of bullying abuse are there – pervasive one-way demands, ganging up, threats of force, false pretexts, weaker opponents picked on and exploited, and brutal attack of what resists.

Yet bullies are seen only among the young themselves, while government in the interest of children’s well-being is increasingly sacrificed to the fanatic doctrine that the market God’s “invisible hand” is Providence and all commodities are “goods”.

How Corporate Abuse Moves to the Insides of Children

Recall General Electric frontman and U.S. president Ronald Reagan broadcasting the post-1980 war against unions, peace activists, environmentalists, and any community not subservient to U.S. corporate rights.

Tiny and starving Nicaragua which had arisen against U.S.-backed tyranny by bringing public education and health benefits to poverty-stricken children was singled out for example. “All they have to do is say ‘Uncle’, Reagan smirked to the press when questioned on what Nicaragua could do to stop the U.S. attacks. They did not and the U.S. mined their central harbour and financed Contras with drug money for weapons to attack and burn the schools and clinics.

The Reagan government and the media then ignored the six-billion dollar judgement of the International Court of Justice against the war crimes and the false claim of “self defense”. Abusers always continue if not named and children are always the primary victims.

With now the bank-engineered collapse of social-democratic Europe, oil-rich opponents cleared for corporate looting across the Middle East, and the Earth’s primary life support systems in slow motion collapse, you think we are apt to overlook the direct corporate invasion of the minds and bodies of children.

As in other areas, “giving them what they want” is the justification. And all the buttons are pushed to hook the young to addictive corporate products – child and adolescent fear of being left out, addictive desires for more sugar, salt and fat, primeval fascination with images of violence and destruction, craving for attention in stereotypical forms, inertial boredom with no life function, the loss of social play areas by the great unfunding, restless compulsion to distraction, and black hole ego doubts. All the enticements to addictive and unhealthy products form a common pattern of child abuse, and it is far more life disabling than any in the past. Beneath detection, a pathogenenic epidemic grows.

In response to commodity diseases from skyrocketing obesity and unfitness to unprecedented youth depression and psychological numbing to violence, almost no public life standards of what is pushed to the young are allowed into the super-lucrative market. Even while children’s growing consumption of multiplying junk foods, big pharma drugs, and life-destructive entertainments addict them to what may in the end ruin their lives, preventative life standards are furiously lobbied against. As Joel Bakan’s Childhood Under Siege/ How Big Business Targets Your Children shows, the systemic abuse is ignored, denied and blocked against public regulation. Even with deadly diabetes by junk foods and beverages and hormonal disruption and body poisoning by the countless untested chemicals, materials and drugs fed into their lives, the young find no protection from this systemic growth of corporate abuse, not even mandatory packaged information to prevent their still rising profitable hedgemony of body and mind.

Understanding Corporate Child Abuse as Systemic Pathology

Bakan’s classic film and book, The Corporation, has revealed step by step the “corporation as psychopath”. Professor of law as well as parent, he recalls the “overarching idea” of modern civilization which has been aggressively pushed aside: “that children and childhood need the kind of public protection and support that only society could offer” (p. 164). Now he observes, the big corporations are “free to – – pitch unhealthy ideas and products- – to pressure scientists and physicians to boost sales of their psychotropic drugs – – – to turn children’s environments – indeed their very bodies – into toxic stews – – and to profit from school systems increasingly geared to big business” (p. 164). Horrendous hours and hazards of child labour are what has long attracted attention, and Bakan reports that these are returning today (e.g., pp. 129-38).

R.D. Laing’s classic Massey lecture, The Politics of the Family goes deeper than issues of child labour by arguing that the young are made to live inside a dramatic play whose roles are mapped from one generation to the next. They are “good” or “bad” as they follow or resist the roles imposed on them. The sea-change today is that the stage and script are dictated by the pervasive marketing of big-business corporations (pp. 3-5 and passim).

They set the stages and the props of youth activities and dreams across domains of sport, peer play and relations, identity formation, eating and drinking, creative expression, clinical care, increasingly schooling, and even sleeping.
Their ads condition children from the crib onwards and hard-push harmful addicting substances. This is why, for example, “only 1% of all ads for food are for healthy nourishment” (p. 210). Selling unhealthy desires through every window of these impressionable minds has multiplied so that almost no region of life including schools are free from the total agenda.

All the while corporately-controlled governments abdicate an ultimate obligation of modern government – enabling protection of these children young lives and humanity’s healthy future. On pervasive corporate violence products, for example, the American Medical Association reports: “Aggressive and violent thought and behaviour are systematically induced in virtually all children by corporate games” (p. 201). The occupation of childhood and youth has now reached 9 to11 hours daily for ages 8-to-18-year-olds who are glued to multi-media, orchestrated by commercial corporations (p. 207). Children are motivated by unneeded desires and adaptation to a surrounding culture which has a “panopticon marketing system” to hook into their “deep emotions” (pp. 17-27). Non-stop repetition of slogans and false images substitute for reason and life care, and the logic of ads is that you are defective without the product. In essence, addictive dependency to junk commodities of every kind drives the growth of corporate sales and disablement of children’s life capacities follows. What greater abuse of children could there be?

Bakan reports copious findings on Big Pharma buying doctors with favours, planting articles in name journals, inventing child illnesses to prescribe medications to, and drugging the young from infancy on with the unsafe substances they push (pp. 65-114). Along with the corporate invasion of children’s healthcare goes the invasion of public education (pp. 139-71, 245-56). Administrators with now corporate executive salaries for no educational function collaborate with the agenda, and mechanical testing devices closed to independent academic examination are the Trojan horse for a mass lock-step of miseducation (pp. 140-62). Bakan is aware that the whole trend of corporatization of the classroom and educational institutions “undermines the role of education in promoting critical thought and intelligent reflection” (p. 47). Indeed it wars against them in principle. For reasoning and critical research require learners to address problems independently of corporate profits and to penetrate behind market-conditioned beliefs. Big-business demands the opposite. It maximizes money returns as its first and final principle of thought and judgement, and selects against any truth or knowledge conflicting with this goal.

Corporate child abuse, in short, far surpasses all other forms of child abuse put together. But in a world where both parents are at work to survive and big money always wins elections, the life interests of children are bullied out of view. “Corporations [are] large, powerful and dominating institutions”, Bakan summarizes, “deliberately programmed to exploit and neglect others in pursuit of wealth for themselves” (p. 175).

So what is the resolution? Bakan emphasizes the pre-cautionary principle and laws against clear harms to the young. He emphasizes “values” and “teaching what is good for them and what is not” (pp. 49-50). Yet we have no principled criterion of either. They are self-evident once seen. The good for children is whatever enables life capacities to coherently grow, and the bad is whatever disables them. Corporate dominion goes the opposite direction. Thus unfitness, obesity, depression, egoic fantasies, aggressive violence, and aimlessness increase the more its profitable child abuse runs out of control. This is the heart of our disorder.

$50 trillion what??? The Imbalance of Wealth June 13, 2013

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Some years ago, I read a book called The Evolving Self. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, it profoundly affected the direction of my life. Here’s the section of the book that became a splinter in my mind and resonated the most with me:

“In order to gain control of consciousness, we must learn how to moderate the biases built into the machinery of the brain. We allow a whole series of illusions to stand between ourselves and reality…. These distortions are comforting, yet they need to be seen through for the self to be truly liberated… to come ever closer to getting a glimpse of the universal order, and of our part in it.”

Since I read that book, I have dedicated my life to coming “ever closer to getting a glimpse of the universal order, and of our part in it.” After years of research and analysis, I’ve come to hard-fought, battle-tested conclusions that I’ve been sharing with people to great effect, and now I’m going to share it with you. This will not be for the faint of heart, those easily offended; It will hit hard and we don’t have much time, so let’s get right down to it.

At this point, if you spend much time researching power politics or the distribution of wealth, resources and basic necessities, it seems evident and undeniable, dare I say, “common sense,” that we, in fact, live in a neo- feudal colonial society built on debt and mental slavery.

That may sound like over-the-top rhetoric, and it obviously sounds extreme to propagandized and conditioned minds, and yes, it is extreme. However, it is the unfortunate reality of the present situation. The facts are there for the rational and unbiased mind to absorb and comprehend.

If you have a few minutes I’d like for you to read this through, and I will easily prove it to you. We will look at how the system works, and then, hopefully, we will begin the process of evolving society together, as grandiose as that may sound.

Let’s start by giving some context and perspective on present circumstances by breaking down some economic data. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

I: Unprecedented Wealth

For the past 35 years, with technological advancements, there has been an explosion in production and profits, in wealth creation. That unprecedented increase in wealth, as many of you know, has gone to the top economic 1%. Most of it, the lion’s share of it, went to not even the top economic 1%, but to the top one-hundredth of one percent, to the modern day aristocracy.

After analyzing the most recent data, here’s the headline: US millionaire households now have $50 trillion in wealth. They have $39 trillion in legally accounted for wealth, and an estimate of $11 trillion hidden in offshore accounts.

Let that sink in for a moment… 50 TRILLION DOLLAR$.

Most people cannot even comprehend how much $1 trillion is, let alone $50 trillion. One trillion is equal to 1000 billion, or $1,000,000,000,000.00.

Only one-tenth of one percent of the population makes one million dollars a year, and, again, most of that wealth is in the top one-hundredth of one percent.

To show how consolidated the wealth is, even in the upper most portion of the top one percentile, the richest 400 people have as much wealth as 185 million Americans combined; that’s only 400 people with as much wealth as 60% of the entire US population.

Before continuing, let me defuse the reactionary propagandized mind’s instinctive response. This is not about demonizing people just because they have money. There are many people who are using their wealth and resources to improve the human condition. It’s important to understand that the focus here is not on the people who have a mere $10 million or so in wealth. When discussing the modern day aristocracy, the main focus is on the pathological, shortsighted and greed-addicted forces that are doing much more to limit human potential than enhance it.

Broadly speaking, the aristocracy is composed of governments, political parties, policy groups, think tanks, intel factions, private military companies, large global corporations, banks and media empires. Included in that are mega-wealthy billionaires and CEOs who have unprecedented control of wealth and resources, for example, the Business Roundtable, the people who run the 147 inter-connected corporations who control half of the world economy.

However, the ultimate point here is to show people that there is presently more than enough wealth and capabilities to solve societal problems. We can truly evolve society in unprecedented fashion. At this point, there is an overwhelming majority of the population, even a majority of the mega-wealthy, who realize that our present systems are obsolete, unsustainable and unstable. We don’t need to spend our finite time and energy fighting with each other. We already have a critical mass of aware citizens, we just need to inspire and organize them to build the cultural and political will. Once we do that, we will be an unstoppable force.

Let’s get back to that 50 trillion number, because we have had an entire generation of mind-blowing wealth creation that has been systematically withheld from the population.

$50,000,000,000,000.00

Can you comprehend how much money $50 trillion is? Just to give a little context, we can end world hunger and provide clean drinking water to everyone on the planet for an estimated $40 billion. Again, one trillion is one thousand billion, and we are talking about $50 trillion.

Imagine what could be done with that amount of wealth. Imagine the implications, the possibilities. Imagine how we could evolve society, to the benefit of everyone, with modern technology and just a fraction of that staggering amount of wealth.

The average American cannot comprehend how much wealth there is because there is no frame of reference, no comparison of scale or historical precedent. If Americans had an understanding of how much wealth is being kept from them and the possibilities of what we could do with that wealth, we would have a full-blown societal evolution right now. I don’t mean to bore you through the massive impartation of information, therefore I will continue with part two towards the months’ end…

SEQUESTRUTIN AND THE SMOKIN MIRRORS SENSATIONALISM March 3, 2013

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A civilian employed by the Army, said, “I can’t say if this is happening in all branches of the military, but here’s what’s happening here. They are giving us ‘forced furloughs’ amounting to two days off every two weeks, without pay.”

In other words, these support-level workers will take a 20% reduction in salary without having their pay rate reduced.

Some won’t get to choose the 2 days of unpaid leave they are forced to take off, and they will not be able to file for unemployment benefits, because they are still employed.

The Masses are dismissing the sequester as “only” a 2% cut in the government’s budget.

But it appears it will be paid disproportionately by the little guys just trying to make ends meet. For some a 20% cut in pay for someone making $50,000 is significant for them!

Poloticians,  yeah! I said it, may still work out a deal if the sequester causes a stink. We have a better plan…

Things you can do… Avoid ill effects of Sequestration In Your Life

One thing that is abundantly clear in all of this fiscal cliff and sequestration drama. Anyone who relies on the government for their livelihood had better help yourself and start your own business and protect you and yours.

Jobs and entitlements can come and go, and your so-called Congress can axe them at any time.

It granted a large increase in the spending limit in exchange for future budget cuts.

Republicans “are unwilling to sign onto a plan in which 50 percent of the savings would come from tax increases. While concerned about the impact on defense, ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said the military’s worries are “not desperate enough to raise taxes” when there are other options.” – See more at: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Joint-Chiefs-Assess-Impact-of-Sequestration

Here’s what the Commander in Chief said about it at that time: “Is this the deal I would have preferred? No. But this compromise does make a serious down payment on the deficit reduction we need, and gives each party a strong incentive to get a balanced plan done before the end of the year.” -President Barack Obama

He was right: there was a huge incentive for both sides to get a better deal.

The law said that if the two parties couldn’t come up with a better solution, two things would happen:

1. The borrowing limit would automatically increase by another $1.2 trillion.

2. Automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called a “sequester” would kick in

Conservatives did not want to raise the debt ceiling any more, and liberals did not want social programs slashed, so it seemed like the strong-handed tactic might actually work.

But lawmakers failed to act in 2011 … and then waited until December of 2012 before they even started looking at a possible solution.

Economists sounded the first warning. They claimed that if the sequester, combined with the mandatory tax-hikes, actually took effect, it could cause irreparable harm to the already-fragile economy. They warned it might push the U.S. off the brink of recovery into a new recession.

That’s why many began calling it the “Fiscal Cliff.” And it turned into quite a circus.

Politicians pointed more fingers. News media fanned the flames. It was a frenzy.

The average citizen didn’t have a clue what the so-called “fiscal cliff” was all about, but at least he knew it was serious business… and that something had to be done soon. Or bad things would happen.

Here’s what did happen: in the wee hours of January 1, 2013 … Congress saved the day!

Sort of.

They passed a hefty tax increase for the wealthy, and allowed a significant tax increase to creep back into 86% of the American working public’s paychecks.

But that was only half of the “cliff” problem.

They simply kicked the other half (the sequester part) down the proverbial road. The automatic budget cuts were delayed until March 1,2013. Legislators claimed it would give both sides time to craft a “more equitable” plan rather than relying on sequestration.That’s because most elected officials loathe a government spending sequester.

Why? Because it’s a brute-force budget-balancing tactic that hasn’t been used since 1987. Besides …

To Do Business by way of Sequestration Is the “DUMBASS” Way…

Say you ran a small business with about 12 people you that employ. A couple of them were intelligent workers that brought tremendous worth to your organization and increased its profitability. Two of your employees were slackers who seriously underperformed in their duties. The rest were average workers.

The bad economy was affecting your business and forced you to make a 20% cut in your payroll. Which of these two scenarios would be smarter:

1. Fire the two underperforming employees, eliminating 20% of your workforce, or
2. Slash 20% of all 10 employees salary on an equal basis

A wise business owner would never pick #2 and punish his star employees in order to be “fair” to the slackers. That’s plain silly.

But that’s what a government sequester is all about: Every department pays equally. Across-the board cuts without taking into consideration the value of the program.

At least, that’s what we were led to believe.

And that’s why leaders on both sides of the political aisle where screaming and making threats about the dire effects of the sequester earlier this year.

Conservatives groused about how the sequester would harm our national security and gut our military.

Liberals whined that it would leave grandma out on the street without a blanket.

“Unfair” was the battle cry sounded on both sides. But neither side was right, because the reality is …

The Sequester Has Plenty of Loopholes

It turns out the “across the board cuts” politicians were threatening weren’t really across the board.

The Congressional Research Service released their official report last month called “Budget Sequestration and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules.”

The large document identifies certain programs that are 100% exempt from sequestration. These exceptions were squeezed into the the dark corners with fine print in the original “Budget Control Act” Obama signed into law back in August, 2011.

There are plenty of full exemptions from the sequester, including:

  • Social Security and Medicaid benefits
  • Refundable tax credits to individuals
  • Food Stamps
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Supplemental Security Income

In other words, none of these political “hot-button” items will be affected at all. They’re exempt.

And, oh yea, all of the Congress’s special pension and insurance payments? Yup. Exempt. Go figure!

Another one of those exemptions is: “Compensation for the President” (Page 19)

The bill cited a constitutional provision which prevents the President’s salary from being reduced while he’s in office.

So Who WILL Pay for the $85 Billion in Cuts?

With so many exemptions, you may wonder who’s going to bear the brunt of the $85 billion in cuts that will kick in tonight at midnight.

The answer isn’t totally clear just yet, but one thing is clear: the military is on the hook for 50% of the sequester.

This hasn’t gotten a lot of press, because another one of the “exempt” items is military pay. In other words, the sequestration law does not permit anyone employed by the military to have their pay cut.

That’s why many analysts were predicting HUGE layoffs in the military, especially among its civilian workers.

We couldn’t find any good recent info on that,

The nice lady, a civilian employed by the Army, said, “I can’t say if this is happening in all branches of the military, but here’s what’s happening here. They are giving us ‘forced furloughs’ amounting to two days off every two weeks, without pay.”

In other words, these support-level workers will take a 20% reduction in salary without having their pay rate reduced.

They won’t get to choose the 2 days of unpaid leave they are forced to take off, and they will not be able to file for unemployment benefits, because they are still employed.

Many are dismissing the sequester as “only” a 2% cut in the government’s budget.

But it appears it will be paid disproportionately by the little guys just trying to make ends meet. A 20% cut in pay for someone making $50,000 is significant for them!

Politicians may still work out a deal if the sequester causes a stink. We have a better plan…

The Berbers…original MOORS of spain January 15, 2013

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The original Berbers, who were called Moors, were the North African ancestors of the present day dark brown/black people of the Sahara and Sahel, mainly those called Fulani, Tuareg, Sanhaja, Kunta, as well as the Trarza of Mauritania and Senegal, and various tribes presently living in Chad, Morocco and Algeria. Tariq Ibn Ziyad, a commander of the Moorish army led the first conquest into Spain by Muslims in 711 A.D. On April 30, 711, Tariq landed on the Spanish Coast with 7,000 troops. His troops consisted of 300 Arabs and 6,700 native Africans (Moors). An early source, Ibn Husayn (ca. 950), recorded that these troops were “Sudanese”,  an Arabic word for Black people.

He seized a great cliff and an area surrounding it and there established a fortress. This cliff was called Gibraltar – from the Arabic Jibal Tariq (mountain of Tariq). Toledo, Spain was actually handed over to the invading Tariq by the Jews of that city who, like many other people of Spain, saw Tariq and his troops as deliverers from the tyranny of the Visigoths.

When the Arab rulers later arrived, the hardest part of the job had been done. Instead of treating the Moors fairly, the Arabs assigned themselves the most fertile regions. The dissatisfied Moors were not long in coming to blows with the Arabs (The History of Spain by Louis Bertrand and Sir Charles Petrie, 1945, page 36). Ultimately, the Moors acquired two-thirds of the peninsula, which they named Al-Andulus.

In Spain, the Moors would build one of the most beautiful and astonishing civilizations in history. Moorish culture was a composite culture as the Moors acquired knowledge from both East and West.  The Moors were able to draw knowledge from the science and philosophy of ancient Egypt, Cush, Akkad, Hebrews and Greeks thus learning from the contemporary cultures of China, India and Persia now what is known as Iran today. Eventually, Moorish Spain became a cultural and intellectual Mecca where all the great manuscripts and learned texts were collected, translated and classified, and where scholars from far and wide could gather to study them. The Moors developed farming, the arts, sciences and beautiful cities with magnificent buildings, gardens, streets and a culture and civilization far surpassing that of the rest of Europe at that time.

The city of Cordoba, under their administration, had more than 200,000 houses and over a million inhabitants.  At night, one could walk through it in a straight line, along paved streets, for ten miles by the light of public lamps. Seven hundred years after this time there was not as much as one lamp in London.

According to one historian, Cordoba had 471 mosques, 70 libraries and 300 public baths. There were upwards of 80,000 shops. Water from the mountains was distributed through every corner and quarter of the city by leaden pipes into basins of different shapes, made of the purest gold, the finest silver, or brass plates as well as into pools and fountains. The houses of Cordoba were air conditioned in summer by ingeniously arranged draughts of fresh air drawn from the garden over beds of flowers, chosen for their perfume, warmed in winter by hot air conveyed through pipes embedded into the walls.

The Moors had been able to create a harmony in the rhythms of life in the city and the countryside. They kept the surrounding countryside fertile and productive with advanced drainage and irrigation systems, reservoirs, aqueducts, sophisticated storage facilities and efficient marketing and trading networks. The Moors also brought the countryside into their cities with fantastic gardens, parks, lush inner courtyards and a constant supply of pure water.

In the field of science the Moors also made terrific advances. This is a crucial period in the history of world civilization that many historians have intentionally glossed over.

However, some did not. Robert Briffault writing in the Making of Humanity, explained:

The debt of our science to that of the Arabs does not consist in startling discoveries or revolutionary theories, science owes a great deal more to Arab culture;  it owes its existence. The astronomy and mathematics of the Greeks were a foreign importation never thoroughly acclimatized in Greek culture.

The Greeks systematized, generalized and theorized, but the patient ways of investigation, the accumulation of positive knowledge, the minute method of science, detailed and prolonged observation and experimental inquiry were altogether alien to the Greek temperament.

 What we call science arose in Europe as a result of a new spirit of inquiry, of new methods of experiment, observation, measurement, of the development of mathematics, in a form unknown to the Greeks. That spirit and those methods were introduced into the European world by the Arabs (Moors).
“Arabic poetry was crafted, above all, for recital and song. Its lyric forms, zajal and muwashshah, some say, inspired the first ballads of the European troubadours. The soul-stirring adagios of cante jondo, the deep song of Gypsy flamenco, still trace moods and rhythms to this lost age.”(Miles Davis)

The Black Moors were over there in Spain because Africans had conquered Spain a long time ago. In the Andalusian area you have a massive amount of African influence in the music, architecture as well as in the whole culture…So you had a black African thing up in there while playing… feeling of the music in the bagpipes, trumpets and drums.”-From “Miles: The Autobiography”.

The civilization of the Moors created an intellectual climate that served as a beacon for Europe, while Europeans were falling and stumbling in darkness.

The Islamic Scholars brought the works of Dynastic Egyptian and classical Greek back to Europe by translating into Arabic the Greek texts of Aristotle, Plato, Ptolemy, Euclid, Galen, Hippocrates and others. They analyzed and improved upon these works, drawing from their wide-ranging intellectual experiences and observations in the vast territories they ruled.
Professor Thomas T. Hamilton of Old Dominion University made this point clearly when he stated:
“Between the middle of the Eighth and the beginning of the Thirteenth centuries, the Arabic Speaking people (Moors) were the main bearers of the torch of civilization throughout the world, and were the medium through which ancient science was recovered, supplemented through Africa, Spain and Sicilian such a way as to make the Renaissance possible.”

Toledo, Cordova and Seville were the centers of Moorish culture and science. Students from many countries in Western Europe would visit the Moor’s Universities to learn mathematics and astronomy. After Toledo fell in 1085, to Castilian forces, this city became the focus of a major translation effort, where teams of translators translated thousands of texts from Arabic into Latin. By 1200, Europe had recovered much of ancient science as well as appropriating several centuries of scientific, medical and philosophical works written by Muslim scholars.

The Christian kingdoms in the north started gradually to “reconquer” Spain.
The so-called Reconquista – a seven-and-a-half century long process by which Catholic Christians conquered the Iberian peninsula (modern Portugal and Spain), eliminated the Muslim and Moorish states of Al-Ándalus. It was not really a “Reconquest” since Spain had never been Catholic – the Visigothic brand of Christianity had been Arian.

On January 2, 1492, the last Muslim ruler, Abu ‘abd Allah Muhammad XII, surrendered to Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon. Ferdinand and Isabella now ruled Granada.
1492 was a pivotal date. Secure in its borders Spain now funded sea expeditions such as that of Christopher Columbus the same year. Following the Christian victory, Muslims and Jews were given a choice of exile, conversion or death. So many left that within a few years the economy would collapse.

Most Muslims and Jews were forced to either convert to Christianity or leave Spain and Portugal and have their assets seized. Many Muslims and Jews moved to North Africa rather than submit to forced conversion. The Christian hierarchy demanded heavy taxes and gave them nominal rights, but only in heavily Islamic regions, such as Granada, until their own power was sufficient, and the influence of the Inquisition strong enough, to make further expulsion both possible and economically feasible.

Seven hundred years of Moorish influence left an unmistakable mark on Spain, making it markedly different even today from the rest of Western Europe. The Moors not only brought their religion, but also their music, their art, their view of life, and their architecture.

 

Black Spain and North Africa…Berbers/Moors Check it… January 3, 2013

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