The Purpose of the Modern Monopolized Press is not to Inform but to Generate and Maintain the Consent of the Governed.

When we look at the events of the last month especially, it should have become more apparent, even to the casual and unawakened people that this is our reality.  Here are just a few examples of major events that have been grossly unreported in MSM.

Fireballs, meteor, and meteorites are raining down like a spring shower, at more than twice the normal rate, and are associated with more and more intense sonic booms (meaning they are low in the atmosphere) and many witnessed fragmentation and explosions occurring.  Yet MSM may report some of the individual events that they couldn’t ignore, but they are going out of their way to not have us link these events as something more specific.  An interesting side note to this is a few alternative news reporters sought information from the Air Force Space Command as to whether or not they “detected” any of the incoming salvo.  Their response was that was “classified information”.  What? After these reports were published yesterday, some attempts have been made to explain that this response was made because the AFSC and more importantly the NRO does not want to reveal the nature of their technology now operating. Interesting, huh?

The true reasons for the Pope’s resignation are not even being mentioned, even though there was specific acknowledgement by the Vatican.  The fact that the Pope would be arrested by Italian authorities for money laundering has not been mentioned.  Check it out for yourself, the arrest warrant is a matter of public record. This also accounts for the fact that the Pope will be cloistered within the walls of the sovereign Vatican nation. If he were to leave, he would be subject to immediate arrest.  There are also the issues of sex crimes against children, and maintaining secret accounts for various politicians and corporate moguls, but that is a whole other story.

There is a major magma pool rising under the Solomon Island, and is being heralded by huge swarms of 5+ earthquakes over the past three weeks.  This is similar in size to the “Jellystone” caldera, being nearly 600 square kilometers in size and sitting on a major Pacific plate conjunction zone. If this were to erupt, the tsunamis generated could have global effects as these would literally travel around the world and affect all oceans.  The steam volume sent into the atmosphere by such an eruption could literally create giant rivers of atmospheric water that would create massive rainfalls inland on all continents.  Not a word said in MSM.

Currency wars are beginning to erupt as central banks and nations try to stave off the coming financial collapse.  The concern of course is that historically when currency wars do erupt (and they have officially begun), global war is not far behind.  Yet MSM is talking about “the fiscal cliff” approaching in the US. Speaking of CONgress, we did have one humorous insight this week. Did you know that the correct term for a large group of baboons is a congress of baboons. Hmmm, that explains a lot.

Then, of course, we have this developing debate concerning gun control. The monopoly media is reporting these stories from within the confines of the false Left/Right paradigm and is ignoring the written purpose of the 2nd Amendment by attempting to frame the debate as one of crime and an irrational fear of violence. We see endless discussions from collectivists insisting that citizens do not “need” military type weapons for hunting or self defense – the System’s accepted purpose for your irrational desire to own firearms. So called assault weapons are evil and unnecessary, therefore only the police should be thus armed. The so called Right counters that gun bans do nothing but make crime worse and that citizens must be able to defend themselves, with these weapons if need be.

Both are false premises because the 2nd Amendment was clearly written as an individual right so that citizen’s militias would be independent of the State. A counter balance the founders left us to prevent what has arisen: a State monopoly in the legitimate use of force. A doomsday provision that would never be needed until the State tried to take it. Even though this element does not seem to be the debate in MSM, the people seem to have understood clearly what’s up as the latest monthly volumes of gun and ammunition sales has skyrocketed, setting records.

These events and others affecting all of us directly and globally are simply not being reported or to find the kind way of saying it, grossly under-reported by MSM.  If there is any good news in this, people have been migrating to alternative news sources that are doing their best to report these issues in the light of what is really going on.  However, these venues are also loaded with disinformation specialists and shills, so it does take effort to sort the rat poop from the pepper. We do have one question that may be relevant. Are there any journalists out there in MSM with the courage or ability to do the right thing.  I know from many sources you are out there and frustrated, find a way to collectively “do the right thing”.

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So here is the lesson. If it does resonate with you, don’t accept it.  If you don’t accept it, make an effort to find the “truth” of the issues on your own as best you can. You won’t always be successful given the fact this is very time consuming, but make the effort.  Share what you find with as many people as possible. Finally, as we are seeing in the Arab Spring, Anonymous, and Occupy efforts, withhold your consent to be governed and managed in this manner.  This only continues if we consent to let it continue. The oldest law of civilized communal living is that those who govern only really can do so by the consent of the people.

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Capitalism?

As we have watched the last 5-10 years unfold economically in the world, it has become intuitive to all that there is no doubt that banksters control the economy and control the world’s political realities, especially demonstrated by the effect of the Citizens United ruling on this last presidential election.  To be honest, it is not like they didn’t tell us what they were doing or planning, and it was not like we were not warned by every leader with integrity.

So why is it now we remain like passive little sheep being led into economic slavery? Are we so programmed, so lulled to sleep, that we don’t see these final trump cards being played? Are the predictions of these arrogant evil few correct in that we either don’t see what’s happening or we are so ignorant and lazy as to resist this blatant final fleecing?

Maybe it is time to just reconsider the words of both the Cabalists over the years that basically said it forthrightly and the words of the great leaders who tried so desperately to warn us.  We would have you consider the following in the chronological order these men and words were delivered to the world.

First the bankster/elites:

“The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” –  William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England, 1694.

“The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class.” – Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild.

“Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.”
– Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild.

“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” –– Benjamin Disraeli, First Prime Minister of England, “Coningsby, the New Generation”, 1844.

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
– Frederic Bastiat – (1801-1850) in Economic Sophisms.

“The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block and as one nation, would attain economic and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds prevailed… Therefore they sent their emissaries into the field to exploit the question of slavery and to open an abyss between the two sections of the Union.” –  German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

“Those who create and issue money and credit direct the policies of government and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people.” – – Reginald McKenna, former Chancellor of Exchequer, England

“Bankers own the earth; take it away from them but leave them with the power to create credit; and, with a flick of a pen, they will create enough money to buy it back again… If you want to be slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let the bankers control money and control credit.”
– Sir Josiah Stamp, Director, Bank of England, 1940.

Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.” – Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference in Evians, France, 1991.

 “Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” – David Rockefeller, Memoirs, page 405.

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”
– David Rockefeller

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years… It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
– David Rockefeller, Bilderberg Meeting, June 1991 Baden, Germany.

In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.”
– Strobe Talbot, President Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State, Time Magazine, July 20th, l992.

We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” – Bill Clinton, USA Today on 3/11/93, page 2a.

We also cannot assert that we haven’t been warned from the very beginnings of our nation by the very founders and subsequent truly patriotic statesmen:

“If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.” – Andrew Jackson.

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” – Thomas Jefferson.

“The system of banking [is] a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction… I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity… is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the Government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson.

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” – James Madison.

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.” – Abraham Lincoln – in a letter written to William Elkin.

Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”
– US President James A. Garfield

A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world – no longer a Government of free opinion no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men…. Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – Woodrow Wilson – In The New Freedom (1913).

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is eager to enter into close relationship with the Bank for International Settlements….The conclusion is impossible to escape that the State and Treasury Departments are willing to pool the banking system of Europe and America, setting up a world financial power independent of and above the Government of the United States….The United States under present conditions will be transformed from the most active of manufacturing nations into a consuming and importing nation with a balance of trade against it.” – Rep. Louis McFadden – Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency quoted in the New York Times (June 1930).

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.” – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House.

“The Trilateral Commission is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power–Political, Monetary, Intellectual, and Ecclesiastical.” – U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, his book “No Apologies”, 1964.

There are many more today who have also tried to sound the alarm, but we believe we have made the points with this sampling.

So there you have it, this insidious plan “hatched” over four hundred years ago has continued unabated and in our faces, and despite so many warnings we have failed to mount any effort to correct the problem. How does that old saying go? “First time shame on you, second time shame on me.”

So what should we do? Is it too late? Are we powerless to act? Not at all.

First we must face the fact that the continual perpetuation of these frauds will only create further problems.  Secondly we should begin the dialogue to facilitate the development and reconstruction of our society in the interests of the people through the removal of fractional banking systems.

Thirdly, we must demand the release of imprisoned and hidden technological advancements and ensure the promotion and development of these technologies in the interests of the people. These technologies will have a profound effect on our economies and living standards. Finally, we must insist that the agencies responsible for administrating the laws of this country do their job and remove the heads of the bureaucracies and banking fraternities that continue to perpetrate this fraud, forcing their hand through litigation, including class action suits by citizens.

Now The Election is Over, We Need To Re-dedicate Ourselves to Patriotism, Not Political Divides!

Politics has always been a dirty game, with sneaky little tricks.  It is just the nature of the “beast”.  When Thomas Jefferson ran against Adams, he called Adams a “sick little hermaphrodite”, and Adams accused Jefferson of “being a violent anarchist”! So this type of atmosphere always exists in the heat of campaigns.  However, what we witnessed during this election crossed well beyond the boundaries of “normal” politics and struck at the very heart of the democratic process.  The disenfranchisement of voters, the destruction of both registration forms and ballots was both criminal and is the antithesis of what we hold dear as Americans. One person, one vote is the very keystone of our democratic process.

We all know our political system is broken and we all know that our elected officials and our Supreme Court have failed us utterly in the last four years, well except for the 13% who still “approve” of congress.  Hitler had 20% of the people with him even as Berlin was destroyed.

When we look at what is happening globally, we’ve got very serious problems. Our financial systems are failing, unemployment is at an all time high, disease and sickness is running rampant, people are going hungry, our environment and our food and water supply are contaminated with toxins, natural disasters are wreaking havoc across the planet, there is deceit and corruption in so many of our governments.

Many are saying it is worse now than it’s ever been before on a global scale. You may or may not agree with that, but it is important to note some of the psychological effects and outcomes this has had on so many of us. For those who feel that they are on the brink of survival, emotions such as fear, anger, and greed can take their toll. Families are destroyed, soldiers are returned maimed and psychological broken, our youth disenchanted and losing hope for a better life every day.

As a result, many tend to focus only on the problems, on the injustice, on the need for revenge and retribution in an upside down world. These feelings are real and understandable, and the problems do need to be brought to the light. However, that is only half of the solution.  We can no longer hope that those we elect will represent our issues.  We know for a fact they do not and even when we do elect someone with “moral” character, they are quickly consumed with the realities they face in whatever legislative body they happen to be members. “Play the game or be marginalized and ostracized”

The reality is WE must now provide solutions to these problems that threaten the fabric of our lives. WE must begin the process of not just talking or exposing these corrupt realities and failures, but we must begin to collectively work toward finding solutions to these issues and on a global scale.  Armed revolt is not the answer, as we have seen in so many countries and we are witnessing now in Syria.  This only creates a vacuum soon filled by the very same corrupt and greedy bastards, only with different names, representing the same 1% that wishes to keep us ignorant and in economic enslavement. The changes we need to initiate will start first in our hearts when we remove our fear and hopelessness, then extend to our neighborhoods, then our communities, then to the very structure of global governance.

As Americans, why did we allow the media and the two parties the ability to marginalize the alternative candidates for office?  It was a sad day in democracy, for example, when Dr. Stein of the Green Party was arrested and detained for 8 hours for conducting a sit-in at the second “presidential debates” because she was not included, or the Ron Paul’s delegates that were usurped and marginalized at the Republican Convention. Do any of us believe this was right or just?  More importantly, why didn’t we speak up?  Why do we still support any media who participates in this obvious muzzling of voices in our country?

We have seen the impacts of social networking in Egypt, Europe, and Yemen.  We have seen how effectively we can powerfully organize an Occupy Movement.  These actions have demonstrated to us we still have our individual power in this society.

We must now, however, begin to “FIX THIS MESS”.  We must work together and raises awareness to the solutions available to us today. With increased awareness of a solution comes increased acceptance of that solution, and through this acceptance it is easier to implement and execute the solution on a larger scale. As a good starting point we strongly suggest watching the Thrive movie, which can be watched for free here: Thrive Movement

Over the next several days, we will present a series of articles looking at specific “areas” of our civilization that are broken and begin the discussions of potential solutions.  We hope you will join us in this dialogue and most importantly you will share what we discover and discuss with as many people as possible.  Complaining and people-bashing alone keeps us stagnant and we need to move forward. If we can find a way to rise above our pain and our differences we can learn that on a base level, we all want the same thing. We want peace, we want abundance and we want love. If we genuinely care for each other we can indeed create a Golden Age on Earth. Our complacency has helped to get us into this mess. In the past, if we didn’t want to think about solutions, someone else did, and many of these solutions were based on greed and personal ego. Now is the time to break this pattern. Get up, stand up, do something, and speak out!

An Editor’s note here, this site has always been commercial free.  Recently however, without our permission, links that link key words in our entries to commercial sites are becoming increasingly more frequently embedded in our articles. There doesn’t seem to be much we can do about this except we ask our readers NOT to support those commercial endeavors.  We have always maintained our independence from creating a commercial site and have tried to maintain an apolitical position in our opinions, but in spite of all of efforts, the very greed and commercialism we rant against has invaded our domain, we do profusely apologize for this unfortunate reality.

Welcome to 2012 –The Year of You

We have begun the year that probably has more words written about it on the internet than any other subject, literally billions of words.  The year the Mayans predict the end of the world as we know, or at least that’s the popular belief of the Mayan calendar.

We are certainly in an interesting time.  Last year at this time we were talking about the EU crisis and said 2011 may be the end of the EU as we know it.  At the beginning of 2012, the collapse of the EU is now almost certain.

In February of 2011, we said it was going to be an Arab spring, a European summer, and an American fall, and all of that seemed also to play out as we had envisioned.  We also envisioned 2011 to be the year of OMG TV.

So what were the OMG TV events?  Well certainly the death of Osama Bin Laden was such a moment.  The fall of Libya and the death of Quaddafi qualifies for that award, and then there was the head of the IMF literally caught chasing chambermaids through the halls of a New York hotel.  The release of Amanda Knox in Italy was hoped for, but we were still surprised when it happened.

However, nothing compared to the stream of clowns running for the Republican nomination for the office of the president of the United States.  Who can forget Sarah Palin recalling the ride of Paul Revere to warn THE BRITISH! Michele Bachman, candidate and serving member on the Senate Intelligence Committee pledging to work diligently to prevent China from getting nuclear weapons! Tough task considering China has had nuclear weapons since the 50’s.

Yes, we certainly had our OMG moments as well.  Witnessing the “police” responding to the various protestors globally has its own set of memorable images.

Global disasters exceeded anyone’s expectations or predictions, and the “sinking” of Indonesia, Malaysia, and some portions of Thailand is going relatively unreported.  Earthquakes, especially those of magnitude 6.0 or greater were statistically more significant during the year as well.

2011 lived up to the hype and more.  So the real question, are we in the end times?  The answer is yes and no.  Yes, I do believe 2012 will be a year of such dramatic change that it will change civilization as we know.  No, it is not the end of the world.  Pole shifts or crustal displacement, or huge solar flares are always possible as they have been any previous year.

Will there be more natural disasters, yes, but again I don’t think at this point that these will be the defining issues of 2012.  The defining issues will focus on the economy and the stacked deck we now call our governments and how we are governed.

This will be the year of secrets revealed, and desperate elite and politicians seeking to escape the backlash of public reaction.  This is be the year of YOU.

I have a sense we have reached a critical point of global awareness and awakening.  We will begin to dismantle the CORPGOV system that have regulated us and begin to reform our governments to reflect the need of the people, the economy, and the global issues that affect us all.

There seems to be a huge release of tension in March of this year that signifies the beginning of the effort globally and ironically there is no further building of tensions through 2014.  Our future generally is trumpeting to us now to take responsibility. It is up to us now.  There is nothing we need, nothing we can learn any further from the past. We must act and act we will.

So you are sitting there at your computer, still not feeling empowered or for that matter, motivated.  What is this nut rambling about now.  Get off your butts and take back control of all aspects of your life. The universe has conspired to make this the time to really achieve our long wished vision for peace and prosperity for all. All we have to do is act now.

Here are some suggestions of what we each can do as individuals.

1. Buy Local Food: One of the most powerful cartels that has their tentacles into government is the food cartel. Their agenda has been to control the basic resources of food (corn, wheat, soy, rice).  The best way to conquer this cartel is by eating local; produce your own food, join and contribute to local cooperatives, and engage your neighbors and community for more local food solutions.  Local co-ops are also a great place to trade locally crafted goods and even services. Obviously, do your best to avoid GMO food and eat organically when you can.  Finally, be vocal and active in your opposition to GMO foods and the cartel control of the FDA.

2. Become More Self-Sufficient:  Our modern society has made us dependent on something or someone other than ourselves for most necessities such as electricity, food, water, medicine, security, and education. This dependence puts us at the direction or disposal of the cartel state. Therefore, the only entity that has the power to grant us liberty is ourselves; and we can take back our independence through self-sufficiency. Being self-sufficient means learning skills that will help you and your family survive economic downturns or other emergencies.  These skills may also help you to be less dependent on your job as they’ll make you a useful independent producer. Lead your neighborhood and community toward production and away from dependence.

3. Get Healthier: The increasing pace of life seems to offer a wealth of distractions from the importance of living a truly healthy and free life.  Our modern world offers easy choices like fast-food in place of fresh produce; TV in place of reading, exercise, or meditation; Internet social networks in place of meaningful personal relationships, etc.  Identify the areas lacking in your own life and resolve to make the necessary changes that will increase your physical fitness, mental acuity, and your spiritual evolution.  These three areas are what truly sustain us in both good times and bad — not smart phones, computer games, and the virtual world.

4. Buy Silver and Gold: America desperately needs a monetary revolution before the dollar experiment completely collapses. Like all revolutions this must start from a groundswell of rebellious action.  A good place to start is to convert your devaluing dollars to physical gold and silver.  This will punish the banks, especially JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve, as well as protect your assets. Furthermore, if the dollar continues to collapse, silver and gold may well become a viable currency in society once again, as it already is in some parts of Michigan. Buying junk silver is something anyone can afford to do and is highly recommended.

5. Expose the Agenda: The “agenda” is one of consolidation of wealth, power, and control in every facet imaginable. The international elite are approaching near one-world control, which they call full spectrum dominance of economies and societies.  In other words; national, local, and individual sovereignty is all but gone.  It is extremely important to engage your local community, especially community leaders and police, to reiterate their obligation to serve the local community under the Constitution, and not to follow illegal Federal demands. Above all, do not give in to the temptation of apathy as you begin to learn more about the systems of control.  These systems first count on your ignorance, then they count on laziness.  Finally, say what you stand for such as peace, liberty, and genuine justice with even more force than shouting about what you oppose.

6. Boycott: In the U.S. it has become obvious that a system has taken hold which is economically designed for one thing: consumption.  This is the value that each person has been given from birth.  So, one key way to assert your power and value in such a system is to vote with your wallet.  Every purchase you make either contributes to, or boycotts this corporatist structure.  Become aware of who the real owners are and what inhumane practices are behind the products you purchase, so that you can make intelligent choices that support your health and promote justice.  Additionally, it is important to learn the true contents of the products you buy, so that you don’t fall prey to slick advertising and corporate misdirection. Join or create campaigns to educate shoppers and force better labeling of products so it is easier for others to consciously boycott them.  Lastly, beyond the brick-and-mortar world, 2012 could very well see the end of the Internet as we know it.  It is time to boycott companies that are actively taking part in the eradication of our Internet freedom.

7. Local Politics: Federal politics has long ago sold out to the higher authorities that fund their multi-million dollar campaigns. However, it is your involvement in small town politics and community initiatives that can make the most tangible difference for you and your neighbors. The future will be built from the ground up, starting right in your own neighborhood. Everything from removing chemicals from public water, to throwing the TSA out of your local airport, or refusing military recruitment or fusion centers in protest of the war on terror, can be accomplished at the local level.  Each minor victory will send shockwaves to other small communities and the country as a whole, so be sure to document the steps you have taken to achieve victory, then share your story for others to emulate.

8. Military refusal: Do not contribute to fraudulent wars, and do not succumb to the pressure of feeling “unpatriotic.”  There are countless groups of veterans who have seen through the government lies that have led to unnecessary deaths, as well as the financial destruction of the country.  There is, in fact, no more patriotic action that can be taken than to demand that our military be used properly to strengthen the country, rather than to weaken it. For some, there is absolutely no excuse for war, ever, and merely the act of showing up contributes to this affliction.  It is a profound resolution of courage to live by your convictions.  So, if opposing the fraudulent wars is your main issue, file as a conscientious objector and contribute to peace instead of war.

9. Don’t Use Banks: The banks have proven to be some of the most immoral, dare we say “evil,” institutions on the planet. Besides their Ponzi-style Wall Street casino and mortgage/foreclosure fraud, they also profit heavily from wars, Mexican drug gangs, and fleecing the public in myriad ways. Some are finding their actions so horrific that they’d prefer to default on their debts rather than give them another dime. That may be extreme given the consequences; however, we can at least vow not to take on any new bank financing of any kind — mortgages, credit cards, or car loans, etc. Where possible, bank with local credit unions instead of the big banks that make up the cartel.  Another powerful action is to start or support a regional competing currency.

10. Read or Watch the Foreign Press

The US media view of the world is corporate-centric.  In other words, US Mainstream Media (the MSM) does not present all sides of all news.  That’s because they know which side their bread is buttered on.  It is buttered by those same folks who write the checks to DC law firms to help “explain” an industry position also who enjoy interlocking directorships; that’s the “good old boy” network that maintains and defends the status quo.

For “Acts of God” news, such as floods, fires, and so forth, they generally do a good job.  But on issues like “Why did we go into Iraq in the first place?” and “Other than opium money and pipeline rights, what justifies the war in Afghanistan?” they don’t fare very well.

Where there’s a war, there is a line of Fortunate 500 companies.  And not all, but many of them, will directly profit from solving international problems with a stick instead of a carrot.

Foreign web sites, Free to Air TV including the book on Amazon “Build your own Free-To-Air Satellite TV System”put free TV within everyone’s reach.

11.  Promise to be in Better Shape Next Year

Not everyone needs to lose weight.  But, almost everyone can eat better, exercise more and get a check-up.  Even if you can’t afford it, most fire stations will put on a blood pressure cuff and tell you how you’re doing on that score, even if you’re homeless.

We hold to the idea that in order to help others, we need to first help ourselves.  So with these first three resolutions for the New Year we figure there will be some physical, intellectual and political health beyond where things are this year.

This one – being in better shape – isn’t a matter of money in most cases, just a matter of commitment.

12.  Grow Something – Anything

Oxygen levels worldwide are declining.  Almost six years ago Peter Douglas Ward came out with his book “Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere”.  In Chapter 2, he notes, in part, that “…not so far back in Earth’s history, perhaps only 5 million years ago, oxygen levels were significantly higher than now, while less than 100 million years ago, oxygen levels were significantly lower than today…”

We’re looking down the barrel of a centuries-long gun on environmental issues, whether we like it, or not.  Peak Oil will occur at some point and it’s likely to set off global war over remaining resources.  And what’s continuing around the world today is the wholesale conversion of a sustainable future into today’s marketable products.

Whether it’s growing food or planting trees, or perhaps even going to meetings on open spaces or public agriculture such as “pea patch” plots, please grow something this year.  It’s cheap, too.

Remember:  Forests and almost all the varieties of food we eat managed to perpetuate themselves without corporate assistance for millions of years.

13.  Turn Your Time Into Money

You may not think about this one very often, but the fact is, most people have three states of being:  Making money, spending money, or sleep.  We resolve to sleep more fitfully and to turn down the spending money time to increase the making money time.  Check out Kill Your TV for some ideas.

14.  Take Action Against Patenting Life

That all existing forms of Life are in the public domain should be obvious.  So are any and all possible combinations.  Consider if you will the Minotaur imagery of ancient Greece.  From those fanciful moments forward, any combination of once “live” elements is in the public domain.

The rest, sadly, is greed-driven exploitation of the financial system for corporate gain.  We would not mix poisons and jellyfish into our plants unless there was an economic incentive to do so.  Nature spent millions of years optimizing the planet and to think the lab coat clowns can improve things may be true in the very short term.

Your action doesn’t have to be expensive:  Support of organic farmers, saying “No!” to Gestapo-like raids on fresh food dealers, or if you’re on a jury in the coming year, listening with your heart instead of being guided solely by laws which were bought and paid for by Franken-food lobbyists.  Tell your Home Owners Association it’s OK to keep a couple of chickens in the back yard, too.

15.  Resist the Police State

The War on Terror is a massive employment scheme.  We get that.  We know that a few radicals somewhere else in the world could be a problem here in America.  But does it make sense to strip-search people in their 80’s and 90’s who are no more terrorists than the Man in the Moon?

Americans were sold a bill of goods with a side order of political correctness.  All 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.  None from Afghanistan and not one from Iraq.

This coming year, as ever more intrusive and unreasonable searches are propagated by a power-thirsty TSA which is now reaching into bus and railroad stations, cooperate only to the degree required by law – no more – and then vote in November according to your experiences.

16.  Demand Just Courts

The most recent appointees to the US Supreme Court have been characterized as believing in a “Living Constitution” – code words for runaway Justices who can’t seem to comprehend the simple language of the Founders.  They don’t belong there.

17.  Believe in Something Greater than Yourself

If we could just get this one right, the rest of our issues would take care of themselves.  Decide to distance from groups that define members by how “others” are different and migrate to those which are organized around “how we’re all the same…” Near as we can tell, all souls weigh the same regardless of race, creed, gender, persuasion, or national origin.

While history will be the final judge of how effective civil resistance was during 2011, what Tahrir Square, Tunesia, Libya, Bahrain, and the Occupy Movements in the US taught us as a fact. Peaceful resistance can effect change.

This change is not about violence, revolution or war as some would have you believe.  It is about effecting change peacefully. It is not about tearing down governments, but restructuring government from the community level and then upwardly creating the environment for change. It is all about us.  It is all up to you.

As Gandhi said, “There is no path to peace; peace is the path.”

What OWS is All About…Really

Two things continue to amaze me about how the OWS movement is being portrayed in the media and by a majority of the members of Congress.  I say majority of Congress because we saw the Jobs Bill get voted down in the Democrat majority Senate.

Secondly, even Progressive pundits continue to imply that the OWS participants “may not understand what they are protesting about”.  Can we really be that deep into a state of denial?  Really?  Well here are facts the 99% of us can agree might be contributing to the frustration.

5 Facts about the Wealthiest 1 Percent

By Natalie Wolchover |  Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in New York City’s financial district and has since spread to hundreds of cities around the country, call themselves “the 99 percent”: They say they’re protesting on behalf of all but the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

The protesters object to corporate control of government policies, which they say has led to unfair tax loopholes, job outsourcing, cuts to public programs and gross overcompensation of executive employees, all of which have caused an ever-widening wealth disparity between the top 1 percent and the rest of the country.

So what is the disparity? How is wealth distributed in the United States?

FACT #1: The wealthiest 1 percent of households own 34.6 percent of all privately held wealth, and 42.7 percent of all financial wealth (total net worth minus the value of one’s home).

The rate of increase is even higher for the very richest of the rich: the top 400 income earners in the United States. According to another analysis by Johnston (2010a), the average income of the top 400 tripled during the Clinton Administration and doubled during the first seven years of the Bush Administration. So by 2007, the top 400 averaged $344.8 million per person, up 31% from an average of $263.3 million just one year earlier.  Meanwhile, according to the NYU economist Edward Wolff a 2010 report, the bottom 80 percent of the population holds just 15 percent of the total wealth and only 7 percent of the total financial wealth (as a large portion of their wealth is tied up in their homes). The bottom 40 percent of Americans — that’s 120 million people — hold just 0.3 percent of the wealth.

The wealth inequality is not solely because of the inheritance of “old money” among the wealthiest Americans; there is also an extreme and growing inequality in the distribution of incomes. While the top 1 percent of earners earned 12.8 percent of the total national income in 1982, their share rose to 21.3 percent in 2006, a level not seen since the Depression era. Today, an American in the top 1 percent takes in an average of $1.3 million per year (that’s about 10,000,000 people in the US), while the average American earns just $33,000 per year.

[Wealth distribution pie chart]

FACT #2: The United States has more income and wealth inequality than most countries that have been studied, including India and China — countries that are traditionally viewed as having unequal distributions of wealth.

The degree of income inequality in each country is assigned a “Gini coefficient” — a number that ranges from zero (if everyone in the country has the same income) to 1 (if one person in the country has all the income). According to data gathered by the Central Intelligence Agency for 2010, the United States has a Gini coefficient of 0.45, on par with such countries as Iran (0.44) and Mexico (0.48); this is higher than the Gini coefficients of 94 of the 134 countries that have been studied, including China (0.42) and India (0.37), and much higher than Canada, Australia and all of Europe. Sweden has the lowest Gini coefficient at 0.23. The United States’ Gini coefficient has been rising for decades; it was just 0.35 in the 1960s. [World map of Gini coefficients]

FACT #3: Among the 299 companies listed in the S&P 500 Index, the average CEO’s compensation was $11.4 million in 2010, or 343 times more than the median pay ($33,190) of American workers. The ratio of CEO pay to median worker pay was just 42:1 in 1980, and is currently 25:1 in Europe.

According to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which tracks executive salaries on a website called Executive Paywatch, those 299 CEOs have a combined income of $3.4 billion per year, which could pay for 102,325 average American jobs.

Bill Domhoff, a sociologist at UC Santa Cruz, claims the ballooning of chief executives’ salaries in recent years has resulted from the fact that, for the most part, they set their own wages. “If you wonder how such a large gap could develop, the proximate, or most immediate, factor involves the way in which CEOs now are able to rig things so that the board of directors, which they help select — and which includes some fellow CEOs on whose boards they sit — gives them the pay they want,” Domhoff wrote in a 2011 article on his website. [Graph of worker vs. CEO salaries]

FACT #4: Between 1979 and 2005, the average after-tax income for the top 1 percent increased by 176 percent, compared with an increase of only 6 percent for the bottom 20 percent. Between 1990 and 2005, the purchasing power of the federal minimum wage actually declined by 9.3 percent when adjusted for inflation.

This rapid widening in the income gap between the rich and poor was identified in a 2007 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report attributed the trend to tax policies that favor the wealthy. According to Domhoff, other contributing factors include the diminishing political clout of labor unions and decreased expenditure on social services. [Graph of widening income gap]

FACT #5: Most Americans have no idea that the wealth distribution is as concentrated as it is, but regardless of their gender, age, income level or party affiliation, they believe wealth should be much more evenly distributed than they think it is.

In 2010, Michael Norton of Harvard Business School and behavioral economist Dan Ariely of Duke University surveyed 5,522 Americans about their views on the country’s wealth distribution. They found that most respondents (regardless of their genders, ages, income levels and party affiliations) guessed that the top 20 percent of Americans hold about 60 percent of the wealth (rather than the 85 percent that they actually hold). Survey respondents also guessed that the bottom 40 percent hold between 8  and 10 percent of the wealth in the U.S. (rather than the 0.3 percent that they actually hold).

Perhaps even more striking than their misconceptions were their beliefs about the ideal wealth distribution. Survey respondents said that the ideal distribution would be one in which the top 20 percent owned between 30 and 40 percent of the total wealth, and that the bottom 40 percent should hold between 25 percent and 30 percent of the wealth — about 1,000 times more than the bottom 40 percent actually do hold. [Graph of actual, estimated and idea wealth distributions]

This article was provided by Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience. Follow them on Twitter @llmysteries, youcan join them on Facebook. Follow Natalie Wolchover on Twitter @nattyover.

Not only are the rich getting richer, they are not paying their fair share.  Most millionaires’ tax burden is less, as percentage, than any other group.  But the really egregious facts are related to both the banking and oil industries.  These are the groups “extracting” the most of the lost wealth and here are the facts, just the facts:

1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings. (Source: Exxon Mobil’s 2009 shareholder report filed with the SEC here.)

2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion. (Source: here, ProPublica here and Treasury here.)

3) General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States over the past five years and, thanks to clever use of loopholes, paid no taxes.(Source: Citizens for Tax Justice here and The New York Times here. Note: despite rumors to the contrary, the Times has stood by its story.)

4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009. (Source: See 2009 Chevron annual report here. Note 15 on page FS-46 of this report shows a U.S. federal income tax liability of $128 million, but that it was able to defer $147 million for a U.S. federal income tax liability of negative $19 million.)

5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year. (Source: Paul Buchheit, professor, DePaul University, here and Citizens for Tax Justice here.)

6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year, received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction. (Source: the company’s 2009 annual report, pg. 112, here.)

7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department. (Source: Bloomberg News here, ProPublica here, Treasury Department here.)

8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury. (Source: Paul Buchheit, professor, DePaul University, here, ProPublica here, Treasury Department here.)

9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2006 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction. (Sources: Profits can be found here. The deduction can be found on the company’s 2010 SEC 10-K report to shareholders on 2009 finances, pg. 127, here.)

10) Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits over the past five years, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent. (Source: The New York Times here.)

How can any sane person say they don’t understand why people are in the streets?  Those who think these groups are just “hippies, druggies, mobs” and are smug in the fact they think they are NEAR the 1%, should realize that close doesn’t count in the wealth game.  If YOU don’t wake up and don’t stop enabling the rape of America, YOU’RE NEXT!

The Arab Spring, The European Summer, and An Americans Fall

As the economy continues to collapse and various sovereigns try to institute the austerity programs that are being demanded by the bankers, we have reached the point I have been writing about for over a year.  The riots have broken out on every continent.

In the last week alone there have been major riots in England, Chile, Israel, China, and the US.  These riots are in addition to  the riots that are on-going in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iran, and Lebanon.  There is no longer any doubt that the Global Revolution has begun.

Words and discussions certainly can help us understand, but understand what?  The fact these riots have begun is simple.  When hope is no longer visible to the masses and basic essential needs of food, shelter, employment, and health care are not met, all Hell will break loose!  Any military veteran will tell you that the most fearless warriors are the hungry ones with no other options.

But I think the following photo journal  of the week’s activities will say it all

The London Riots

The Riots in Chile

The Riots in Israel


The Riots in San Francisco

The next few months are truly dangerous times.  The level of tension is high and the actions of those in charge to stabilize the situation are woefully absent.  My advice is if possible, stay isolated and prepared to survive on your own for 1-4 weeks.  I fear a gross over reaction from various enforcement forces and certainly a military action against the various domestic citizens.  Secondly, most of the riots are involving massive looting which only justifies the over reaction of the various police and military.

We Must Come Together and Act As One

As I watch the events unfolding now, it is apparent that the final assault by the ultra-rich and the banksters to herd us into indentured slavery has begun.  After doing this blog for nearly two years now, I am more convinced now than ever that is exactly what has been going on for the last 30 or 40 years.  I guess the slow motion manner in which it is occurring has lulled us into believing it is NOT happening, much like a tree snake does making its final assault on a bird.

However, any rational person can no longer deny the facts.  For those who don’t see it, well consider these facts.

#1. We are bleeding middle class jobs at a pace that is staggering.  Since the year 2000, the United States has lost 10% of its middle class jobs.  In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

#2. In particular, the United States is absolutely hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs.  Back in 1970, 25 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

#3. The U.S. real estate market continues to stagnate.  During the third quarter of 2010, 67 percent of all mortgages in Nevada were “underwater”, 49 percent of all mortgages in Arizona were “underwater” and 46 percent of all mortgages in Florida were “underwater”.  So what happens if home prices go down even more?

#4. For millions upon millions of middle class families, their number one financial asset is their house.  Unfortunately, many analysts are now projecting that U.S. housing prices will fall much lower than they are now.  For example, Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital says that home prices in the United States are going to decline at least 20 percent and possibly even more.

#5. Most American families have found that their economic situations have significantly deteriorated over the last several years.  In fact, 55 percent of the U.S. labor force has “suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or have become involuntary part-time workers” since December 2007.

#6. As tens of millions of Americans barely scrape by, saving for retirement has become an afterthought.  Today, 36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.

#7. If all of the above was not bad enough, now we are not even living as long.  According to one recent report, the United States has dropped to 49th place in the world in overall life expectancy.

#8. Our young people are supposed to be the hope of the future, but most of them are up to their eyeballs in student loan debt.  Americans now owe more than $875 billion on student loans, which is more than the total amount that Americans owe on their credit cards.

#9. Life is getting harder and harder for those on the low end of the income scale.  The bottom 40 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

#10. In the UK, living standards would have to fall by about 15 per cent in the weaker economies and Government spending slashed if the single currency was to survive.

#11. 35% of Americans already over the age of 65 rely almost entirely on Social Security payments alone.

#12 According to a recent AARP survey of Baby Boomers, 40 percent of them plan to work “until they drop”.

#13. As I have documented here several times, the last of the vestiges of our independence is our pension funds.  As we have seen, those are being systematically raided.  Most all of the sovereign retirement funds, state pension funds, and major multi-national corporations retirement funds are broke.  And now, the assault on PRIVATE pension funds has begun.  The most striking example is Hungary, where last month the government made the citizens an offer they could not refuse. They could either remit their individual retirement savings to the state, or lose the right to the basic state pension (but still have an obligation to pay contributions for it). In this extortionate way, the government wants to gain control over $14bn of individual retirement savings.

Folks, get over your normalcy bias or perish!  I am not a person who tends to be dramatic, but it is time to be alarmed.  We must begin to act or our children and grandchildren will be enslaved forever.  However, let’s be clear here. I am NOT calling for revolution.  That is exactly what the PTB are hoping for as it will speed up the final act.  Look around, I don’t think we have the resources to combat our militarized police and armies that are geared to civil and urban resistance.  We cannot fall into that trap.

What we can do is realize that it not too late to use what we have, our vote.  Last time I counted the “little guys” are favored in that arena.  So, what I am saying is:

1).  Get informed and let your representatives that enough is enough. Remind them of the realities of the voting headcount.

2).  Vote, vote, vote.  But most importantly, be sure you have cast an informed vote.

3).  Hold our politicians accountable on every vote every time.

4).  If that fails, we must collectively begin a passive resistance.  This would take the form of two initial actions.  First, go to bank and draw out your money.  Expose the naked king! Hell, we aren’t being paid any interest anyway.  Secondly, if you are lucky enough to have a job, insist you are paid in cash.  I believe these two simple actions would send shivers down the spines of a few nervous politicians and some very guilty banksters who know the crimes they have committed (assuming these spineless rogues at least have a nervous system).

This was a difficult piece to write, because I never thought we would allow these banksters and corrupt politicians to get this far, but they have and we must stop this criminality. This is a global issue and one which we as global citizens must respond to, as it is a danger to us all and certainly our children.  Let me know your thoughts.

The Decrees of Fate are Many but the Decrees of Destiny are Few

Destiny can be likened to travelling to a distant city whether or not you wish to make the trip. The way the man gets to the city is his only choice and therefore whatever occurs as a result of his decision is where fate comes in.

When I contemplate all that I am currently observing in the world with wars, natural disasters, and economic hardships, I think about us.  I mean the collective “US”. WE, as mankind have a destiny.  We might not know the ultimate destiny, but we all sense we are moving toward something more.  We sense when we are not moving forward to that destiny, as we collectively sense now.  We have lost what we call  “our spirit” or the “spirit of mankind.”  More realistically we can say it is the collective aspirations of all men.  This universal inspiration sets us apart from all other creatures we are aware of in existence.

I wonder how we allowed ourselves to make the choices we have made or are making.  Would are ancient ancestors look with pride at how far we have progressed or will they be saddened that we are still at war, or that there are still far too many of us hungry, sick, or marred in poverty and victimized on a daily basis?

I also wonder that if our current situation is the decrees of fate that has resulted from the choices we have made, then why do we feel so powerless to change those choices?  Let’s be honest here.  On an individual basis, we all are sickened at how many of our finest young men and women are dying in distant wars we know little about and yet as individuals we do nothing more than lip service on occasion to change it. Why?

We all know that a very few have a vastly disproportionate amount of the collective wealth and they are amassing even more everyday and we know they are not using their wealth in any meaningful way for the betterment of all.  Yet we allow them the continued privilege that such wealth generates.  Why?

I understand the wisdom that a man realizes more readily the depth of his soul when confronted with disaster than while sitting in the lap of luxury, but where are WE right now?  For me it came down to some pretty basic stuff.  Do I really have a soul and do I really have a destiny?  For me, the answer to both questions is yes. While trials and tribulations are the tuition of a soul, we have choices, choices as individuals and collective choices.

I feel I am on fairly solid ground here.  This has nothing to do with religious dogma or belief systems.  I don’t pretend to have even the slightest clue to the “TRUTH”.  I think even most agnostics or atheists you would meet would agree that you cannot rule out the possibilities of some sort of eternal  or dimensional existence.

So why am I rambling about this now?  Is it too much coffee or not enough sleep?  No, it’s the stories of people having their retirement plans so impacted that they must continue to work well past 65, or 4500 children dying every minute of starvation or disease.  It is the agony and pain of women, children, and the elderly caught in the vise grips of war and conflict.  It is the deterioration of our systems of education and infrastructure.  It is 2 million families that will be thrown from their homes in just America this year.

Can WE not do better than this?  What is really stopping us from drinking from the Chalice of Fulfillment?  When will these unnecessary hardships and suffering actually become intolerable to us?  Please do not misunderstand what I am trying to say, I really don’t have any of the answers, only the questions.

I know it is easier for the soul in each of us to devolve rather than evolve, but it seems we are almost severed from that which we call the “spirit of man”.  That same spirit that created England and the Magna Carta.  The same spirit that sparked the French and American Revolution. The same spirit that allowed the world to survive two major global wars.

It seems to me that we should re-empower OURSELVES as individuals. We need to reconnect to our spirit of who we are and then collectively we need to clean this mess up pronto.  What say you?

Beware of Pigs in Pokes

This term originated in England during the eleventh century.  The scheme entailed the sale of a suckling pig in a poke (bag). The wriggling bag would actually contain a cat (not particularly prized as a source of meat) that was sold to the victim in an unopened bag. The French term acheter (un) chat en poche (to buy a cat in a bag) refers to an actual sale of this nature, as do many European equivalents, while the English expression refers to the appearance of the trick.

In my humble opinion, this upcoming election defines who we will be as a nation.  Will we remain a country that has a vigorous middle class, an educated citizenry, and opportunity for all or will this election mark the start of a classed nation slipping into a third world status?  I strongly feel the issues have focused to those fundamental levels.

I mean let’s look at things logically.  Logic is apolitical.  Logically, why does a person spend $110 million of their own money to be elected to a job paying $174,000 per annum and only lasting 4 years?  Do the math.  It just doesn’t add up, does it?  What does that person know that I do not know?  Maybe how corrupt the system really has become?

This brings me to the real focus of this election.  Like Deep Throat said, “follow the money.”  Campaign spending for this MID TERM election is up five fold from 2008!  Five fold!  Why and how did this happen?

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court in January rolled back restrictions on corporate spending in federal campaigns. The decision has unleashed a torrent of corporate-funded attack ads in upcoming elections.  “Because speech is an essential mechanism of democracy — it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people — political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it by design or inadvertence,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority.

In his dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens accused the majority of judicial activism and attacked the use of corporate personhood in the case: “The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.”

“With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics,” said President Obama in a statement. “It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans… That’s why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision.”

“The Supreme Court majority has acted recklessly to free up corporations to use their immense, aggregate corporate wealth to flood federal elections and buy government influence. The Fortune 100 companies alone had combined revenues of $13 trillion and profits of $605 billion during the last election cycle,” Wertheimer wrote.

“Under today’s decision, insurance companies, banks, drug companies, energy companies and the like will be free to each spend $5 million, $10 million or more of corporate funds to elect or defeat a federal candidate — and thereby to buy influence over the candidate’s positions on issues of economic importance to the companies.”

“We are moving to an age where we won’t have the senator from Arkansas or the congressman from North Carolina, but the senator from Wal-Mart and the congressman from Bank of America,” said Melanie Sloan, director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The court found that the Federal Elections Commission overstepped its constitutional authority when it barred a conservative group called Citizens United from running ads for a movie attacking Hillary Clinton during the 2008 election season. Corporations and labor unions are now free to advertise — and tell people to vote for individual candidates — as they please. Before, corporations had to funnel money through political action committees to pay for ads, with limits on what could be spent. The court upheld, however, disclosure requirements for corporations that spend $10,000 to produce election-season ads, and ads will still have to disclaim who paid for them.

What we are now seeing is that we are being bombarded by wall to wall political ads on TV that are NOT approved by any candidate, ads attacking one candidate, but not endorsing any candidate, gross distortions of the truth, and blatant personal character assassinations of various candidates.  What we are NOT seeing is thoughtful debate and solid platforms of the candidates.  What does logic say to you?

I am not pro-democrat, pro-republican, or a tea party supporter, and I really don’t judge anyone else on their political persuasions.  I am an American. I believe in the Constitution and support the principles of an open democratic society which I believe America represents to the entire world.  As did my father, my brother, and my son, I served my country to preserve those principles.   I personally resent people who believe that I am basically ignorant so therefore I can be “played” emotionally for my vote.  Unfortunately, those tactics are continuing to be employed because, alas, they are working.

What I do know about “US” is that we are NOT ignorant, a little lazy maybe, but not ignorant.  I also know “WE” do care about our country, our economy, and our educational system.  WE do collectively support universal health care and social security and we don’t want to go back.

However, WE must also ACT.  WE must make informed votes and we all need to vote.  So logically how are you going to act?

The Sad Decline of America or is it?

As I have written several times in this blog, the current economic “recession” is no such thing.  This is a great depression, as bad as the first, and in many ways it may be worse.  As long as we continue to believe the “happy talk” we will not demand the focus on the real issues that are at the center of the current problems.

We have seen the largest transfer of wealth to the top 1% than in any other time in our history.  The middle class has lost $10 Trillion in wealth in just 24 months!  The top 1% now control 43% of the personal wealth in this country.  Financial reforms have been a joke, not attacking the instruments of this war, credit derivatives, Repos, and High Frequency Trading (HFT’s).  Clearly, the banksters and big oil, healthcare and pharmas don’t seem to see any need to change their modus operandi in a compassionate response to the fact they just fleeced the middle class to death.

Mostly by accident, the tea party express has at least shown us that we DO HAVE the ultimate power and that is our vote.  While big business can easily buy votes on the hill doesn’t mean they can buy the votes on the street and it is the vote on the street that trumps the vote on the hill.  What it illustrates to us all is that even whacky activism can “shake things up” a bit.

We do need to wake and begin to shake up our leaders.  In fact, we should rough them up a little as well.  Before anyone starts calling me a radical, let me clearly what I mean by “rough them up”.  I mean we should all be calling or writing our representatives.  We should all turn out to their “town hall” meetings and local offices to let them know we are watching and we are informed and we are not whackos, but the very middle class of this country.  We are the ones who built this nation with our sweat and we are the very same grunts who bought all the big companies’ stuff and invested in their little scams and we ARE THE ONES IN CHARGE HERE.

If you need to get fired up a bit consider this:

15 Shocking Facts About Poverty In America

1.  45 million Americans were living in poverty in 2009

2.  2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.

3.  The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the OECD.

4.  Household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28% since last year.

5.  The number of Americans on food stamps surpassed 41 million for the first time ever in June

6.  As of June, the number of Americans on food stamps had set a new all-time record for 19 consecutive months.

7.  One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.

8.  More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor.

9.  One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.

10.  Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as in 2007.

11.  The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year.

12.  28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.

13.  Nationwide bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th.

14.  More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599.

15.  One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty.

What we need really now is a tea party type movement, but with sanity and reality at its core.  The PTB are counting on that not happening.  While the Republicans are worried in the short term because of their association with the psycho-babblers, they feel in the long run, they will regain control of the far right within the party.  The Democrats are thankful for the tea party because in the mid-term elections, they will help Democrats minimize the damage.

The reality though is that only 8% of ALL voters actually support or believe the tea party agenda!  So it seems to me to be a no-brainer to form an active bloc of the “Silent and Sane Majority”.  We don’t talk much, but when we do everyone will listen.  It is time to put the kids and fools in their place. Look around, who else is going to do it.