What Does “Enlightenment” Really Mean?

The more we know and understand who we really are and why we are alive, the more peaceful and wonderful our world can become. We hear and read a lot about “enlightenment” and “empowerment”, but somehow it still eludes us collectively. We think there are a few reasons that this is so.

First, the truth of it is very simple, but so simple it is not intuitively understood in the context of our experience, and therefore eludes us. This is complicated by the religious dogma that is so ingrained in our experience, whether we are religious or not. The truth is very simple; we are not humans having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual entities having a human experience.

Secondly, a significant portion of humans that do manage to achieve some level of enlightenment seem to have a sense of uniqueness or elitism and therefore do not properly “emote” the positive energy gained for themselves to those around themselves. Enlightenment does not mean we are blind to the troubles or ugliness around us. It means we see it clearly and find no reason to be personally upset by it. For many of us, this seems an impossibility, to see darkness and suffering and not suffer ourselves, or be “taken down” by it. But how can we help others to raise themselves out of a hole in the ground if we jump in with them? How will we teach patience, wisdom and harmony if we are impatient and frustrated? No matter how logical or “reality based” our thinking might be, it is important to consider this fact.

It is the state of peace, inside and out, which is required for us to raise our vibrations. There can be no worry or fear, no doubt or resentment to cloud our sights, no feelings of self-doubt or unworthiness, inferiority or superiority. No single group will be singled out for success, other than those who have learned to live at peace with themselves and with those around them. Any impulse toward aggressiveness or revenge will mask our beacon of Light and hold us back. We hope this understanding helps to learn what elevating our vibrations really means.

To be human is what we might call a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we are told we are made in the image of The Creator, which we are, but there are facets to this phenomenon which we may not see completely. The soul that is our essence, is made in the image of The Creator, and we all go on eternally, experiencing various lifetimes, adventures, and exploits, together with our soul mates and fellow travelers of the Cosmos. One of those adventures, a favorite among Masters who wish to evolve along their own soul path and who wish to help others do the same, is to incarnate on Earth in a human form. The human form is especially treasured because it is an amalgam of the DNA of many races, and is the cooperative attempt to create a form – a relatively solid receptacle through which we can all experience life in lower dimensions.

This special form which is humankind is truly the closest form which is capable of expressing our etheric soul qualities. Now, this is not to say that anger and fear, for instance, is a reflection of how we feel in higher dimensions, not at all. As we work our way up the spiritual ladder above the 5th dimension, where we all came from before this life, to our destiny which is unity with Creator, we experience only the various shades of love. However, as we move dimensionally higher, the color and depth of Light and Love becomes more and more intense.

And so, we come to practice here in the lower dimensions in this 3-dimensional version of a human body for the most difficult challenges of all – the experience of duality. Here we feel the struggle between Light and Dark, good and evil, we might call it, which is only possible in the lower dimensions where there is also the illusion of separation from The Creator. Our challenge here is to find our way back to Unity, to see that evil is only a construct we designed to create the house of mirrors filled with ghouls and monsters which are here to push us to the limit. We have been given the free will choice to give up, turn to the darkness, or return in Faith and Love to The Creator who has never abandoned us, but has stood by allowing us the opportunity to feel our own strength.

Each soul came here with this difficult project in mind. It is the bottom line. Will we choose to see the darkness for what it is – the holographic illusion we came here to play out? Or will we curse the darkness, blame The Creator, or Fate, or someone else for the losing game we feel trapped within? It is a tricky balancing act, to see the illusion for what it is, and still do our best to stay in the game while we help others to awaken all around us. This is the challenge a Master takes on, courageously daring to plunge into the deep and murky waters without a life raft, firm in the faith that all is well, even when the sensations and physical evidence seem the opposite.

We are here first and foremost to learn, to teach and to grow. By meeting the challenges we encounter with humor, goodwill and faith in our fellow humans and the Guides and angels who are with us, we rise above the illusion, shake off the fear and anxiety, and restore ourselves to the seat of honor which is our due. The Creator is there, our loving supporter, our cheering section and our greatest fan.

So we see, this is the gradual awakening we are taking part in now. First, we began to read and listen to the messages which can help us to feel connected while we were still behind the thick Veil. Then gradually we began to learn that we manifest what we think about – the Universal Law of Attraction, and then we began to feel the hint of understanding that this entire project, which we have called the Lucifer project, for he was the one who volunteered to lead in the creation of the world of duality and illusion we are now experiencing.

We see, the duality was an illusion, but Mother Earth herself, and we in our human bodies are real. We did not wish to see all of us and our precious Mother destroyed. Many seers and spiritual leaders have told us “it is all an illusion.” This is not true. Only the internal rules of the game are the illusory creation. Each time we are challenged and we manage to keep our balance, hold on to our integrity and maintain our loving attitude it is a mark of our character and our growing strength. We understand there may be missteps, confusion and strong feelings that sometimes “get us down.” When we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and go on, that is a triumph.

We hope these words, inspired by many before us, including Raphael, and others, will help you see more clearly and lighten your load along the road. An old Arapaho proverb says: “If you wonder often, the gift of understanding will come.”

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The World Financial Markets are Changing..Are You Ready?

By creating their own multilateral financial institutions, the BRICS emerging-market powers are shaking up global economic governance but remain far from dismantling the post-war system dominated by the West.

Why these moves should concern each one of us is related to the fact the FED has put us, the US Government in a position of insolvency. If the current world capital systems collapse (The EU is in as bad a situation as the US) the ramifications are very stark and all inclusive. First let’s look at what has happened in the last few months with the BRICS movements and then we will examine the impacts they could force related to the solvency of the US and EU governments.

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For the past 70 years, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have been the pillars of the world’s economic system, coming to the rescue of countries in trouble and supporting development projects, respectively. But the Bretton Woods institutions are regularly criticized for their inability to reflect the growing and important contributions of the major emerging economies to the global economy.

China, the world’s second-largest economy, continues to have just slightly more voting power in the IMF than Italy, about five times smaller. And, since their creation in 1944, the IMF and the World Bank have only been led by Americans and Europeans.

“Broader global governance reforms have become stalled, despite the many commitments made by advanced economies to emerging markets to give them a more prominent role in international financial institutions and other international forums,” said Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Cornell University and a former IMF expert.

In this context, the launch Tuesday of a development bank and an emergency reserve fund by the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — appears to be a concrete attempt to address those inequities. “If the existing institutions were doing their jobs perfectly, there would be no need to go to the trouble of creating a new bank, a new fund,” said Paulo Nogueira Batista, who represents Brazil and 10 other countries at the IMF, in an interview.

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The mere creation of the two BRICS institutions sends a strong signal to Western powers, where some doubt the ability of the five powerhouses to surmount their individual needs and ambitions. The launches “are significant actions that represent a game changer as they turn statements and rhetoric about cooperation among these countries into reality,” Prasad said. Still, many areas of uncertainty cloud the new BRICS structures, giving the IMF and the World Bank a long lead on their fledgling rivals.

– Battles for influence –

For now, only the BRICS countries will be able to draw from the $50 billion in the New Development Bank and $100 billion in the Contingent Reserve Arrangement. However, proof of the new institutions’ effectiveness will come when other countries knock at their door for money. “Will the BRICS take the financial risk to lend to other countries? And what conditions will they impose?” said an IMF official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Accustomed to bailing out a country, and being reimbursed, in exchange for austerity conditions, the IMF has the kind of expertise that “doesn’t happen overnight,” the official said. Some also have concerns that the BRICS institutions — dominated by China — will be less careful about safeguarding the environment or fighting corruption when they make their financing deals.

Aware of their current limitations, the BRICS made a point to say they were working closely with the IMF. Some of their financing would be available only to countries already receiving Fund assistance. Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, said the creation of the BRICS institutions did not mean her country was moving away from the IMF. “We have not the least interest in distancing ourselves from the IMF,” she said. “On the contrary, we wish to democratize it and make it as representative as possible.”

Unsurprisingly, the Bretton Woods institutions responded with offers of cooperation. The IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde, said in a statement Wednesday that her staff would be “delighted” to work with the BRICS team on the reserve fund. The World Bank, facing other new development rivals and undergoing a major internal restructuring, welcomed the arrival of an “invaluable partner” in the battle against poverty, a bank spokesman told AFP.

This display of friendliness, however, could in time give way to rivalries and battles for influence in the corridors of the 188-nation institutions, based in Washington. “The new institutions aren’t created against anyone,” said Nogueira Batista, the IMF representative. “But they are a first step toward a multilateral world.”

1. The meeting started the second cycle of BRICS summits. This time it focused on sustainable solutions for inclusive growth. It confirmed common interests in broadening multidimensional cooperation, including mutual trade and investment. With combined GDP around 21% of global volume, 20% of global trade and 11% of accumulated investments, the five countries represent one of the largest markets in the world.

2. The summit highlighted once again that the BRICS countries play an increasingly significant role in international affairs, an example of which was the prevention of an outright military invasion of Syria, as well as the elimination of chemical weapons in that country.

3. The countries are united in their willingness to coordinate their positions and actions on issues of global development and the reform of the global financial and economic architecture, including the IMF. The G20 format offers the five countries a good framework for such cooperation.

4. Decision to create the New Development Bank (NDB) based in Shanghai will contribute to the efforts to eliminate infrastructure gaps and meet sustainable development needs of the BRICS countries and other emerging markets. With initial authorized capital of $100 billion, including $50 billion of equally shared initial subscribed capital, it will become one of the largest multilateral financial development institutions. Importantly, it will be open for other countries to join.

5. Creation of the Contingent Reserve Arrangement, or currency reserve pool, initially sized at $100 billion, will help protect the BRICS countries against short-term liquidity pressures and international financial shocks. Together with the NDB these new instruments will contribute to further co-operation on macroeconomic policies.

6. Other documents, including the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation among BRICS Export Credit and Guarantees Agencies, as well as the Cooperation Agreement on Innovation within the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism, will offer new channels of support for trade and financial ties between the five countries.

7. The BRICS framework now includes more than 20 equally important cooperation formats, including the BRICS Business Council, the BRICS Banking Forum, the BRICS Exchanges Alliance and others, embracing such areas as information security, healthcare, agriculture, science and technology, and others.

8. Russia is actively engaged in the strengthening of the BRICS framework. Among its proposals are the draft Strategy for Multilateral Economic Cooperation and the Roadmap for Investment Cooperation. We are also proposing to establish the BRICS Energy Association, the Fuel Reserve Bank, the BRICS Energy Policy Institute and a training center for experts in metals industries, as well as to widen cooperation in areas of culture and education.

9. Another important topic is the BRICS “outreach” format. Meetings with leaders of different regions add to the Summits’ agenda and make the work more relevant globally.

10. As Russia is taking over the position of the BRICS Chair, the next summit will be held in the city of Ufa in the Republic of Bashkortostan, in July 2015. We are looking forward to working ever more closely with our international partners.

This all sounds really cozy, except for the fact that the BRICS structure represents MORE assets than currently exists within the World Bank and IMF infrastructure. Secondly, the BRICS is going to be much more inclusive in relationship to their country partners and much less demanding in relation to austerity measures required by participating countries and much less intrusive in relationship to how deals for expanding economies is concerned. This will mean the BRICS will expand their membership and participation rapidly and as that happens countries will abandon the World Bank and IMF and will STOP buying the bonds and treasury bills that fund those organizations.

This is where the Western “house of cards” could collapse very quickly. The impacts could be rapid and very profound. In the US, for example, the FED relies on the sale of treasury bonds to keep afloat. Already they are buying the own TBills at a 40% rate because of a lack of interest by countries like China in acquiring debt instruments that are less and less attractive long term. This combined with the fact that the US dollar is becoming less and less important as the Petrodollar could cause an absolute collapse of the dollar on a global basis.

As early as this fall, the US government might go the very same way as Detroit and end up filing for chapter-11 help. In other words, it will end up asking itself to bail itself out. Now, isn’t that a neat little trick, a piece of magic we would all like to be able to do? Bailing myself out? Heck, I’d do it even if I weren’t in debt. Wouldn’t you? So, is it possible for the US to go bankrupt?

Countries go bankrupt every day around the world, legally declared financially insolvent, totally depleted and destitute. Ruined! A ruined state! I wonder who will step in and break the counters of the Federal Reserve (‘bankrupt’ comes from the Italian ‘banca rotta’ (derived from the practice of breaking up the counters of bankrupt bankers so that they would no longer be able to do business because they had no money left)).

Bankrupt USA?

Countries that go bankrupt are not just the poor ones, the developing ones, the ones that are in the southern hemisphere, the ones we like to point the finger at. The UK was bankrupt right after World War II. The US lent the British $4.34 billion in 1945 to help them get back on their feet (which works out today to $140 billion). That loan back then was just about twice as much as the entire British economy at the end of the war. It took the country until 2006, when the last installment of $84 million was made to pay that money back!

Can the USA go bankrupt?

The US Congress is not scaremongering just yet, but there looks as if this fall there is going to be a shootout between Obama and the Republicans over two fiscal deadlines that are looming fast and in quick succession. October 1st will see the need for the Obama administration getting a measure to tide the country over and to keep it from going bankrupt. Then, in November the Obama administration will need to get agreement to raise the limit that is legally authorized on the borrowing authority. If it doesn’t, then it will face bankruptcy once again since it will default on payments. That will harm the US economy and also bring the markets into disarray. The Republicans, who now control the House of Representatives, will have the possibility of stopping that going through on both dates and thus demand severe cutbacks from Obama if he wants to get these two deadlines out of the way. Republicans will have enough leverage to be able to demand what they want from Obama. That means that there are two choices. Either the country defaults and there is no more money and the country goes bankrupt, or Obama gets what he needs and the country gets austerity as a result. Either way, the future looks far from rosy.

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The last time there was a shootout in 2012 over the budget of the Obama administration, the country got an increase in taxes on the wealthy and that has been a bitter pill to swallow for the Republicans. The 2011 fight over the debt limit of the US resulted in the country getting downgraded by credit rating agencies. Secondly, October will see the start of Obamacare at the same time that Obama will be asking for more money to tide the country over. It looks as if that will be hard to get if Obamacare goes through and begins in October.

Any preliminary fancy footwork between Obama and the Republicans looks as if it won’t happen just yet since Congress will be taking recess on August 2nd. That means that Obama will be left out in the cold for a five-week period. Obama has spoken openly about the Republicans’ ‘manufacturing another crises’ this week also, adding fuel to the fire. On the Republican side people are talking of using this possibility of default on payment as a means to seize an opportunity and gain political ground. This is a dangerous and very ill-advised move and such talk simply doesn’t reflect an understanding of the global impacts and the resultant backlash on the US economy.

For years now many have warned that the debt crisis in Greece, Spain and Portugal in the EU are just a small glimpse of the tip of the iceberg that is ready to crash into other countries. If you believe that the US won’t and can’t go bankrupt, because it is too big to fail, then you should just think again a little. This fall, the US needs to get ready for unrest. Obama’s administration has its work cut out to get the budget approved and it won’t be easy. If it doesn’t, win the showdown between Republicans and Obama’s government then shutdowns will be the order of the day and defaults on payments. Just like in Detroit, there will be basic services that close down or restrict even more. Police forces will stop policing, people will withdraw their savings and hide the stash of cash under the mattress as it becomes worthless, postal workers will stop working as they go on strike demanding pay rises.

Folks, you should at least do some small things to prepare for the worse. How, you ask? There are no specific recommendations, but think about waking up one morning and the money you thought you had is worth only half of what you thought it was worth. You wake up one morning and gas is $12/Gal. and a loaf of bread costs $10. Further the services like mail, food delivery, healthcare, and social security has been suspended, how would you cope? These realities are not out of the realm of possibility as early as this fall. Wake up and get ready.

The Real Dangers of Income Inequality – Starvation Literally!

As a preamble to this article, it is appropriate to discuss why we don’t collectively sense the danger of income inequality. The developed world, and especially the US, has never experienced such a gap between the rich and poor. In addition, the top ½ of 1% control the most wealth that the elite, as a percentage of wealth, have in the history of civilization and still we do not rise up against these systemic rapings of our collective labor and lives.

Is it because we still believe if we work hard and do the right things, we will somehow magically make it to the top? It is impossible to do so now because the game is absolutely rigged against just that, well, with maybe the exception of winning a mega lottery. Yet somehow we cling to the hope. It is time to get real here. The last bastion of any semblance of not being a total economic slave is access to the food and water we need. Well I got some bad news for you.

The world’s food supplies are at risk because farmland is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and corporations, a study has found. Small farmers, the UN says, grow 70% of the world’s food but a new analysis of government data suggests the land which they control is shrinking every year as mega-farms and plantations squeeze them onto less than 25% of the world’s available farmland, says international land-use group Grain. These mega-farms are less productive in terms of amount of food they produce per area of land, the report argues.

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“Small farms have less than a quarter of the world’s agricultural land – or less than 20% excluding China and India. Such farms are getting smaller all the time, and if this trend persists they might not be able to continue to feed the world,” says the report which draws on government statistics and calls for a stop on land grabbing by corporations.

The report suggests that the single most important factor in the drive to push small farmers onto ever smaller parcels of land is the worldwide expansion of industrial commodity crop farms. “The powerful demands of food and energy industries are shifting farmland and water away from direct local food production to the production of commodities for industrial processing,” it says. The land area occupied by just four crops – soybean, oil palm, rapeseed and sugar cane – has quadrupled over the past 50 years. Over 140 million hectares of fields and forests have been taken over by these plantations since the 1960s – roughly the same area as all the farmland in the EU.

“What we found was shocking,” said Henk Hobbelink of Grain. “If small farmers continue to lose the very basis of their existence, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. We need to urgently put land back in the hands of small farmers and make the struggle for agrarian reform central to the fight for better food systems.”

Big farms have been getting bigger nearly everywhere with rising numbers of small and medium-sized farmers going out of business in the past 20 years, say the authors. Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Norway in Western Europe have each lost about 70% of their farms since the 1970s while Bulgaria, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia each lost over 40% of their farms from 2003 to 2010. Poland alone lost almost 1m farmers between 2005 and 2010.

But the concentration of land ownership is seen on every continent. Argentina lost more than one-third of its farms in the two decades from 1988 to 2008. Between 1997 to 2007, Chile lost 15% of its farms with the biggest farms doubling their average size, from 7,000 to 14,000 ha per farm. The United States has lost 30% of its farms in the last 50 years.

The report also found that small farmers often twice as productive as large farms and are more environmentally sustainable. “Although big farms generally consume more resources, control the best lands, receive most of the irrigation water and infrastructure … they have lower technical efficiency and therefore lower overall productivity. Much of this has to do with low levels of employment used on big farms in order to maximize return on investment.

In addition to driving small farms out of business, giants like Monsanto are controlling access to seeds for crops and even has gone to adding a “terminator” gene to the seeds so once purchased they can only be used for one crop and will not produce viable seeds for future crops. Food scarcity, mostly controlled as a market demand mechanism, by these large producers, has driven the price of food globally faster in the last five years than any other time in our history.

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Why This Should Concern Us All

These same mega corporations are trying to take control over water, as well. During 1999, Monsanto launched a new water business, starting with India and Mexico since both these countries are facing water shortages. Monsanto earned revenues of more than $420 million and a net income of $63 million by 2008 from its water business in India and Mexico. By 2010, about 2.5 billion people in the world are projected to lack access to safe drinking water. At least 30 per cent of the population in China, India, Mexico and the U.S. is expected to face severe water stress.

And….

Four dollars for a gallon of gas is ridiculous enough, but $4 for a gallon of water could someday became a reality, that is, if oil tycoons like T. Boone Pickens and water bottling companies have their way. Privatization of water in which companies control the public’s water sources and free water appears to be what Pickens and corporations such as Monsanto, Royal Dutch Shell, and Nestle are banking on to increase their vast fortunes.

Companies, brokers and billionaires are buying up groundwater rights and aquifers. Groundwater is necessary for agriculture and more water is needed to meet a growing demand for food. Many countries have already over-pumped their groundwater to feed increasing local populations. Combine this with climate changes and an ever-increasing strain on water resources due to a rapidly growing world population and you have got a future where water is called “blue gold” because of its scarcity and high cost.

Bleak future

The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development estimates that half the world’s population will reside in areas with significant water stress by 2030. According to a government report entitled Global Water Security, the demand for water will be 40 percent above sustainable water supplies with needs around 6,900 billion cubic meters due to population growth. By 2025, the world’s population will likely exceed 8 billion people.

Private corporations already own 5 percent of the world’s fresh water. Australia is an excellent example of a country already suffering from multiple water droughts. Farmers are selling water rights to brokers, unaware of the long-term effects.

The United States is by no means immune to these plots. Royal Dutch Shell owns groundwater rights in Colorado and oil tycoon Pickens is buying up all he can in Texas. He owns more water than any other person in the U.S. His plan is to sell the water he owns, around 65 billion gallons annually, to Dallas and other major cities affected by droughts. Pickens hopes to profit off of desperation, saying “There are people who will buy the water when they need it. And the people who have the water want to sell it. That’s the blood, guts, and feathers of the thing.” He also owns a massive wind farm in the area and natural gas resources, but has admitted that he is no environmentalist, only an entrepreneur who goes where the money is.

Stopping the madness

The public might not even be able to rely on the government to do the right thing and protect everyone from private water owners buying up all the water and then selling it for as much as people are able to pay. Lawmakers in most states did not foresee water privatization because water was once plentiful. As such, in some cases the only people who legally have a right to stop water privatization plans are the people who reside on the water property. For Pickens and his land near the Ogallala Aquifer this means that he, his wife and three of his employees are the only people who have a say in his privatization plans, according to EarthFirst.com.

The only way people can fight this despicable process is to refuse to support it. Water districts across the U.S. are refusing to purchase water from private companies. If Pickens, Monsanto and others have no one to sell the water to then they will give up. They are only in it for the money. No buyers means no profit.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035603_water_monopoly_privatization.html#ixzz37HEn7FSo

Can’t BE You Say, Well..

Let’s follow up now on the water war in Detroit. So far this year, the water utility has shut off the spigots to 17,000 customers. It wants people to do pay their overdue bills. Many residents are upset with how the city is doing this and ask if some are getting special treatment. People are going thirsty in Detroit, a city with more direct access to fresh clean water than virtually any place in the world. That irony shows up in numerous ways. Here at the Dexter-Elmhurst Community Center, Helen Moore has been passing out bottled water to neighbors. She does that in between mopping the floors here because this building’s pipes are constantly leaking.

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There is no big public outreach campaign to warn people that massive shutoffs were coming, no consideration of whether children or seniors lived in a home and no amnesty program like the city ran when it recently hiked rates on parking tickets. That led activists here to petition a United Nations panel, which later declared the shut offs a human rights violation if they affect people truly unable to pay. This fight is also about who owes money to the water department but hasn’t had their water shut off. Put both GM and Chrysler on that list, both owed millions, though Chrysler has since paid up and GM is disputing its bill. Even the city of Detroit itself owes more than $20 million for its municipal buildings, though it’s paid almost 4 million and the rest of the bill is under review. And Michigan owns almost $5 million for the former state fairgrounds. Though state officials say that Bill was caused by leaky pipes, they shouldn’t be responsible for. But critics point out that other customers, like the Dexter-Elmhurst Community Center, aren’t given that same consideration. Detroiter Cynthia Johnson says the effort to create a new Detroit in bankruptcy court has dumped a lot of issues on what some might call the old Detroit.

As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department shut off water to thousands of residents who are delinquent on their bills. One of the activist groups behind the report, the Detroit People’s Water Board, notes that city residents have seen water rates more than double over the past decade at the same time that the city’s poverty rate rose to nearly 40 percent, putting the cost of basic running water beyond reach for tens of thousands of households. Earlier this year, city lawmakers voted to raise water rates by a further 8.7 percent.

Almost exactly 50 percent of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 323,900 total accounts were delinquent as of March, according to the Detroit News (via Nexis), with a combined $175 million in unpaid water bills outstanding. The department announced at that time that it would begin an aggressive campaign of water shutoffs, and a DWSD spokesman said that it has shut off water to nearly 7,000 separate clients since the beginning of April. DWSD mailed warnings about the shutoffs in March, but the People’s Water Board report says that some residents it interviewed either never received a warning notice or had their water shut off before the payment deadline printed in the notices had passed.

“There are no sacred cows. We aren’t discriminating in terms of individuals or businesses,” DWSD spokesman Bill Johnson said in an interview. “In one month we shut off about 3,600 accounts, both businesses and residential. Everybody is getting cut off who is $150 or 60 days in arrears. That is our policy and we’re ramping up our enforcement of that policy.”

Do we really want all of our food and water controlled by a few corporations interested only in profits? There are certain areas of our reality that should not be subject to the sociopathic greed factor and certainly our access to food and water should be a bright line for us all. If we do not get up off our apathetic lazy asses soon, someone sitting in a glass tower is going to decide whether your children live or die. That may sound a bit dramatic, but we have reached that point. Is that OK with you?

The oligarchs and mega-corporation will not stop trying to maximize profits and control the political game. What we must understand, that contrary to even the Supreme Court, corporations ARE NOT people and they do NOT have the same rights as individual human beings. They are, by their nature, sociopathic institutions that require regulation and sanctions to prevent their excesses from destroying the fabric of our economy and our civilization. That is what we should be demanding in the most forceful peaceful manner we can muster.

How Obscene is The Global Inequality? A Danger to Oligarchs and Us

As the summer progresses, tensions in the world are rising. This should concern us all. The fact is that in every single case the fuel feeding the tensions is global income inequality. Whether it is the demonstrations in Gaza or the children streaming across the Mexican border, the theme is the same. People are seeking to escape crushing poverty. The oligarchs are noticing and beginning to fear the end game here.

What we all should be aware of is that THIS inequality will spill into every community and how we react is going to be very important to the nature of our future. We should all be aware of the inevitable backlash and we should exert our influence to insure two things. First, that we do not get fooled into allowing the elite to direct forces to suppress these outbreaks at the cost of our liberties. Enough of that has already occurred. Secondly, that we, as a people, begin to show compassion with those who are so sorely oppressed and exert our political influence to begin to address the obscene inequality that exists.

horror-at-the-borderNear the Mexican Border – To Appreciate the Scope of the Mass Migration

First, the facts about how severe the income inequality has gotten, especially since 2008:

From Occupy.com comes the real truth about the growing global inequality. Pogge noted that almost half of humanity – roughly 3.5 billion people – lived on less than $2.50 a day, and that all of these people could be lifted out of poverty with an expenditure $500 billion, which is roughly two-thirds of the annual U.S. Pentagon budget. Officially in 2008, the top 1% owned approximately 40% of global wealth while the bottom 60% of humanity owned less than 2%. Every year, approximately 18 million people – half of whom are children under the age of five – die from poverty-related causes, all of which are preventable. The 100 richest people in the world made a combined 2012 fortune of $240 billion – enough to lift the world’s poorest out of poverty four times over. By early 2014, Oxfam released a report revealing that the world’s 85 richest individuals had a combined wealth equal to the collective wealth of the world’s poorest 3.5 billion people – approximately $1.7 trillion. In the last 20 years, the world’s richest 1% increased their income by 60%.

A former chief economist for McKinsey & Company published data in 2012 for the Tax Justice Network that reported the world’s super rich had hidden between $21 and $32 trillion in offshore tax havens – a trend that has been increasing in the past three decades to reveal that inequality is “much, much worse than official statistics show. The world’s top 1% own roughly half the world’s wealth, at $110 trillion. Oxfam noted: “This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems… inevitably heightening social tensions and increasing the risk of societal breakdown.”

world-inequality

Now let’s look at how real the danger is from this gross inequality:

Where there is great inequality, there is great injustice and where there is great injustice, there is the inevitability of instability. This relationship, between inequality and instability, has not gone unnoticed by the world’s oligarchs and plutocratic institutions. The potential for “social unrest” has gotten especially high since the onset of the global financial and economic crisis that began in 2007 and 2008. The top-ranking U.S. military official and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, commented that the global financial crisis was a greater security concern to the U.S. than either of the massive ground wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.

In November of 2008, the U.S. Army War College produced a document warning that the U.S. military must be prepared for the possibility of a “violent strategic dislocation inside the United States,” possibly caused by an “unforeseen economic collapse” and/or a “purposeful domestic resistance” and the “loss of functioning of political and legal order.” Under “extreme circumstances,” the document warned, “this might include the use of military force against “hostile groups” inside the United States.” This means soldiers fighting pissed off citizens. In 2009, the British spy agency MI5, along with the British Ministry of Defence, were preparing for the potential of civil unrest to explode in Britain’s streets as a result of the economic crisis, [noting] that there was a possibility the state would deploy British troops in major cities.

In the EU this week, they are preparing for the use of their combined military against their own citizenry. The EU creates a legal framework for Europe-wide deployment of police and military units . At the same time, the EU Commission is working intensively on the creation of a single EU police unit as well as an EU public prosecutor (more here ).

The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made ​​possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien, so police forces with military status are used. One of the founding countries of the EUROGENDFOR include Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. We provide our services to the police unit of the EU, NATO or the UN.

“The ‘solidarity clause’ is redundant, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in case of disasters. Secondly, the clause amplifies the course to a militarization of domestic politics, since upon request military can be used in another Member State.

The adoption at the General Affairs Council took place in secret: the point was not mentioned on the agenda of the meeting. The press was not informed. Yet this is one of the most controversial clauses contained in the EU treaties. That is precisely the reason why agreement on the details of the solidarity clause was postponed to a later point at the time of the signature of the Lisbon Treaty.

The ‘solidarity clause’ boosts the role of the two intelligence-service-style EU situation centers. But it also creates the legal framework for deployment of the special police units of the ‘ATLAS network’ being developed by the Commission. From Germany, the GSG 9 is involved; last year this Federal Police Special Forces unit was able to head a large-scale ATLAS exercise encompassing several countries for the first time.

Never has humanity – collectively – faced such a monumental challenge: a combination of a massive global economic crisis, growing levels of poverty and hunger, tens of millions dying from poverty-related causes every year, massive global land grabs, high-tech police states and surveillance societies, murder by remote control drone terror campaigns, a more distanced decision-making apparatus than perhaps ever before, and an ecological crisis of such proportions that it threatens the very survival of the human species, let alone all other life forms on Earth.

What is needed now is RESTRAINT in two forms. First, while there is an absolute need to end this gross inequality, and it is apparent that our collective governments are usurped and non-responsive to the reality of the suffering on a global scale, we must use restraint in taking back our governing institutions without destroying ourselves in the process.

Secondly, we must appeal to the very people who will be used to enforce “protection” of the oligarchs. That is, the police and military. Here we must appeal to these brave men and women who are the best of our civilization. They are the ones who risk their lives on a daily basis and are willing to pay the ultimate price for our freedom and our safety. To these outstanding people of our society we must say: THINK about what you are ordered to do in the name of maintaining civil order. While it is your responsibility to uphold your various constitutions and oaths, firing on your family and friends IS AN ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL ORDER! Do not do it. At the point of decision to fire a weapon, YOU are the one in control. Ask yourself if what you have been ordered to do is the truly honorable thing to do. Without you, those few who have taken so much from so many do not prevail. Ask yourselves the question, “Am I protecting the people or am I enabling criminals and greedy sociopaths?”

We all must be awake to the fact that we are in a very serious point of our history. While the reality is we will “correct” this situation, the question is, do we really have to destroy all of institutions to achieve that goal? We think not. We believe that a combination of calm determination on the part of the people of the world to end this inequality coupled with the unwillingness of police and military to enforce “control”, the game is quietly over and we can once again begin to create a fair and just economic and political reality globally.