Oct 312010
 

From Vaughn:

The cock-up has cratered.  The young woman has been released and now they’re claiming that it was a case of someone stealing her identity.  Uh-huh. Yemen bomb suspect released, lawyer says

Nov. 1, 2010 – LA TimesThe Yemen government did not issue a statement on why Hanan Samawi, who was detained Saturday after her cellphone number was traced to shipping orders, was freed. The student’s release could be a political embarrassment for President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had announced her arrest in a high-profile news conference apparently designed to show that his government was moving aggressively against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Who leaves a contact number or uses a legitimate number if your intent is destruction?

A Yemen official in Washington, who asked not to be named, said authorities released Samawi on conditional bail and believed it was a case of stolen identity. The official said “they brought in several people from the shipping company where the package was dropped off. They had them look at the woman and see if they could identify her. All of them said it was not her.”

Haha.  Told you so.  Another cock-up by our ‘masters’.

 Posted by at 5:40 pm
Oct 312010
 

Rogue Government has a article on the bogus ‘bomb’ scare: Ink Cartridge Error Plot

Here’s a series of pictures of what it actually looked like.

And this quote takes the cake:

US Congresswoman Jane Harman, a Democrat from California, told the New York Times newspaper that the powder is pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN),

Didn’t know that anybody in Congress was an expert on PETN.

Everybody will get their chance in just two days to vote the rotten lying bastards out.

At least you can go through the motions if you’re so inclined.
A few statistics:
The following ratios were compiled using data from 2004 National Safety Council Estimates, a report based on data from The National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease Control was used.– You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

– You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane

– You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack

– You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack

– You are 13 times more likely to die in a railway accident than from a terrorist attack

–You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack

–You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack

–You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

–You are 8 times more likely to die from accidental electrocution than from a terrorist attack

– You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack

SOURCE: The Progressive Review

 Posted by at 3:20 pm
Oct 312010
 

Received this from Vaughn this morning:

One last bit on this latest bogus “terror” threat regarding ‘printer cartridges of mass destruction’ (PCMD).This bomb scare is sheer bovine excrement and is debunked in this short BBC interview.  Then, there is the possibility that UPS does not even service Yemen (. pdf version).    There is also the statement from Mohammed al-Shaibah, Air Cargo Director for Yemenia Airways who stated, “No UPS cargo plane left Yemeni lands over the past 48 hours. These accusations are false and baseless.”  Then added, “No UPS or DHL cargo packages heading to Chicago through Yemen took place in the last 48 hours as well.”

Fact is, UPS uses a subcontractor, Sun Tours, to handle shipping in and out of Yemen.  Sun Tours sends their shipments via Yemenia Air.  The original claim was that the suspicious package originated in Yemen and flew to Britain on an aircraft owned by UPS.  The so-called “media” has been showing the mouth-breathers a video of a UPS aircraft being stopped and searched on a runway in Britain, ad nauseum.  We’ve had, so far, 3 days of wall-to-wall TV coverage, about threats from a country from which UPS does not directly operate out of.  Nor did a package leave Yemen, via a subcontractor, to Chicago in the past few days.

The FBI, last Friday, also checked incoming UPS flights into the US and found nothing (had to use Google cache as Bloomberg tried to bury it).  Something else to consider: “No UPS cargo planes left Yemen to other countries in the last days and there are no direct flights from Yemen to the United Kingdom or the United States, a Yemeni official said, after allegations that British and U.S. officials had found suspicious packages on planes that originated in Yemen.”

Yet, it hasn’t stopped the liars-that-be from arresting, most conveniently, a poor young female patsy who lives in Yemen, and her mother.  Many news stories, this morning, are appearing concerning this phony arrest.  One being in the Telegraph UK.  The article is written as though the bomb were real and that explosives were indeed found.  As an example, and check out the key words;  “ The bomb intercepted in Britain on its way to America was designed to explode in mid-air and may have been targeted at the UK.”  The article also then ties in other “terrorists”, and other incidents, meant purely to create hysteria, fear and more hatred towards brown people.  What is amazing is that same publication, just last Friday, reported, “ Officers announced there was no threat shortly before 10am but put cordons back up again at about 2pm.”  The NY Times, along with the Telegraph UK, has gone off the deep-end with this non-bomb, bomb.  Other stories indicate that these women were arrested purely on the basis of suspected associations with “Al Qaeda”.  There is no actual evidence of involvement in the toner cartridge hoax.

I’m still confused as to how anyone can be arrested for something that doesn’t exist and wasn’t found.  But the media is in it’s usual full blown lies-and-obfuscation mode to the contrary.

In short, a toner cartridge that cannot explode shows up on a UPS jet which could not have come from Yemen, and Obummer pounds it for all its worth trying to save the Democrats this coming Tuesday.  Frankly, I think Americans should be outraged not that Obama tried such a stunt, but that after all the times Bush was caught using terror scares for political gain that President Zero thinks that theyt are all stupid enough to fall for it again!  It looks like “Osama Bin Toner” really was a bomb, because it just blew up in Obama’s face!

Best thought so far, over at Zero Hedge, “Maybe someone can ask the administration why they let the planes take off with “credible threat” packages take off instead of halting them on the ground… But that’s a question for the soon to be appointed terrorism czar. And after all, how else could they get footage of a landing aircraft to divert the people’s attention from the fact that US debt is now $13.7 trillion.”

They forgot to add the MBS fraud and subsequent failure of pension funds that invested in them.

Flashback - Top Clinton Official: Only A Terror Attack Can Save Obama (July 14, 2010 – Prison Planet)

Buried in a Financial Times articleabout Obama’s growing credibility crisis and fears on behalf of Democrats that they could lose not only the White House but also the Senate to Republicans, Robert Shapiro makes it clear that Obama is relying on an October surprise in the form of a terror attack to rescue his presidency.

The FT link no longer works.  It sort of does, but that story, too, has now been replaced with this phony bomb scare and arrest of the Yemeni woman and her mother.

“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” said Shapiro, adding, “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”

Well this is it and it, uh, bombed.  I wonder what crap Obummer will pull two years from now to ensure he gets a second term as Teleprompter-In-Chief?.

And of course, the lamestream news is chock-full of more crap:

Mail bomb in Dubai sent on 2 passenger planes

Packages May Have Been Sent by Militants Linked to Schools; Arrests Made

SECONDS FROM LOCKERBIE II

The hyperdrive ‘spin’ going on would make a Star Trek fan envious, and be just as fictional.

Pay close attention (if you even care, I don’t) to all the ‘anonymous sources’ and official sounding statements that don’t actually say a damned thing.  Words like “may have”, “on condition of anonymity”, “U.S. officials” and so on, ad naseum.  The stupid media refuses to source these alleged “facts” hoping none of you will catch on to this gigantic hoax.

U.S. officials have said that Saudi intelligence tipped off Washington over the packages. In his press conference Saturday, Mr. Saleh said all the country’s information about the packages themselves had so far come from Washington.

The Obama Administration should have taken lessons from Bush / Cheney / Rumsfield cabal — they were better at the spin.

Indeed — something was found, and from the ‘released pictures and here, however, it looks like a massive screwup with leaking white powder.  But there are also some really massive lies being spouted, like this:

Qatar Airways said the explosives could not have been detected by X-ray or bomb-sniffing dogs and would not have been discovered without the intelligence tipoff.  Mail Bomb In Dubai Sent On 2 Passenger Planes

Bullshit.  PETN can be detected by bomb-sniffing dogs — and very easily too from something that is not airtight and is leaking “white powder”.

Whatever you now read on this ‘terror scare’ — it won’t be the truth.

Update:

The cock-up has cratered.  The young woman has been released and now they’re claiming that it was a case of someone stealing her identity.  Uh-huh.

Yemen bomb suspect released, lawyer says

Nov. 1, 2010 – LA TimesThe Yemen government did not issue a statement on why Hanan Samawi, who was detained Saturday after her cellphone number was traced to shipping orders, was freed. The student’s release could be a political embarrassment for President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had announced her arrest in a high-profile news conference apparently designed to show that his government was moving aggressively against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Who leaves a contact number or uses a legitimate number if your intent is destruction?

A Yemen official in Washington, who asked not to be named, said authorities released Samawi on conditional bail and believed it was a case of stolen identity. The official said “they brought in several people from the shipping company where the package was dropped off. They had them look at the woman and see if they could identify her. All of them said it was not her.”

Haha.  Told you so.  Another cockup by our ‘masters’.

 Posted by at 10:59 am
Oct 292010
 

Another alleged ‘terror threat’, just in time for the (s)elections is being widely promoted by every major network.  The alleged targets are as suspicious as the timing.

I guess al Qaeda is lacking in their skills these days.  From flying jetliners at 500 mph into towering skyscrapers to wiring together white powder and cell phone components and mailing them thousands of miles via UPS – this must be almost embarrassing for them.

Of course, I don’t believe for one split second that this ‘threat’ is anything more then yet another false flag terror scare being orchestrated by the usual suspects.

Yawn.

Idiot infotainment networks are all over this.

I caught a quick Diane Sawyer click with Richard Clark, who said that “there are 500 – 600 al Qaeda suspected of being in Yemen” (the alleged source of the bombs), “triple the number in Afghanistan”.

Triple?  Triple?

I can do basic math.  We’ve got tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan at a cost of billions and billions to chase down 200 ‘terrorists’?

Oh, wait, it’s only 100 possible terrorists in Afghanistan (1/3 the alleged Yemen count) according to this source: Authorities believe about 300 al Qaeda members or cells operate in Yemen

That’s some deal we’re getting there.  But most people still buy into this sham / scare / fake / terror crap (and can’t do the math or just don’t care).

If anything, this just demonstrates to us and, I think to the Yemenis as well, that we need to redouble our efforts so that we’re able to destroy al Qaeda, and we will.

Uh, no you won’t… since you can’t, and you haven’t been able to so far and to keep spouting off these ridiculous numbers while running the United States into bankruptcy makes no damned sense whatsoever.

I’m not siding with the terrorists — just siding with common sense and refusing to believe the lies that these idiots keep trying to shove down our throats while ‘protecting us’.

Here’s a common sense vid on the topic.

Whatever is finally ‘revealed’ on this ‘threat’, you can be pretty certain that it’s not at all what they spin they started off with.

Perhaps it’s a kid with a Heath Kit he found on eBay and a bad attitude, working in his fathers basement.

Whatever it is, it’s not what we’ve already been told.

 Posted by at 8:10 pm
Oct 292010
 

Cambodians Beaten, Raped, Killed At Illegal UN Funded Detention Camp

101,248 Stops and Searches turns up absolutely zero ‘terrorists’ charges

Airport Screening Increases To Lewd Behavior

Private Prison Push

Pentagon To Screen Billions of Emails, Text Messages For ‘Terror’

US-trained cartel terrorises Mexico

U.S. Seeks to Shield Goldman Secrets

FBI helps create the terrorists, then the FBI arrests them

Reappearance of Huge Plumes of Oil is Making It Hard to Pretend that the Problem Has Disappeared (many links here)

The Right to Food: Corporate, Foreign Gov’t Land Grab Causing Hunger in Poor Countries

What you’ll find underlying all of these stories is deep, rampant corruption, under the guise of ‘protecting us’.  It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, or what country you’re from – massive levels of evil machinations are sweeping up millions and millions of lives under the lie of ‘security’.

And who is behind all of this?  Even a five-year old can see that.

In my last post, I shared the overwhelming need for a complete replacement of what we have today.  This is but a tiny smattering of the daily stories that emphasize this point, there are literally thousands more.

Keep reading Injustice Everywhere for the constant updates on our corrupt law enforcement.  The total saturation of our society and our ‘masters’ to the works of evil is dead obvious.  It is all leading to one inescapable conclusion.

The vast majority of people simply want to be left alone and to live out their lives in peace.  But if you notice, if you pay attention, if you read the news and watch what is happening and even what is being reported in our warped manipulative media, this is NOT being allowed.

The agenda is the same, everywhere you look and in everything you learn.  Control.  Ownership.  Dominion.  Corruption.  Power.  Greed.  All under the guise, the outrageous blatant lies that ‘we are being protected’.

Who is protecting us from the protectors?

 Posted by at 9:48 am
Oct 282010
 

There’s more violence and terrorism in Mexico these days then in any other part of the world.  The entire police force quit after being machined gunned and blasted by drug cartel gunmen.  Another incident left 15 more people dead at a car wash.

It’s not so strange that the United States hasn’t taken the war on terror to Mexico.  Mexico already sells us their oil so there is no need to fight terror there, even if this is far more real that all that fabricated terror ‘threats’ elsewhere.  The 20,000+ dead in Mexico gun battles just aren’t important enough.

But the real reason is drugs.  Drug running under US government supervision has long been encouraged.

The Indonesian tsunami death toll has risen to 343, and expected to climb higher.  Mt. Merapi in Indonesia exploded with a volcanic eruption, killing at least 28 more.

There are definitely some places you don’t want to be. There are even people you don’t want to be, such as a member of WikiLeaks.  The US government now wants to ‘target’ WikiLeaks for a cyberattack.  Can’t have all those government corruption and coverup stories keep leaking out into the public atmosphere.

Only 65% of Americans would replace our entire Congress, a revealing number no matter how you look at it.

We need to dump our entire government from the top to the bottom, but that’s just too much work for people who can only show a titillating interest in an exposed nipple.

There are claims that Obama will be forced out:

A US analyst says US President Barack Obama is unlikely to end his first term as there are serious efforts by American officials to remove him due to his incompetence.

“It is very doubtful at this time that he will last his first term,” Edward Spannaus of Executive Intelligence Review said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

“There are people who are upset within the administration and the Democratic party who are seriously considering how to remove Obama from presidency,” Spannaus added.

Many of them put out all their calls for removing Obama under the amendment 25th of the US Constitution.

I don’t believe it.  Americans, as “angry as there are” (a joke in my opinion, it’s all show and tell still) are not ready to decapitate the status quo.  Which is amazing when you think about it, there is so much damning evidence of gross incompetence, corruption and malfeasance now — nothing less then a complete eradication of our corrupt ‘leadership’ needs to occur.

But don’t look to the (s)election to bring that about, this just lends credibility to a highly corrupt system.

Christopher Bollyn has a exposé on a portion of that corruption and how it changed the entire world (pdf).  Since this ‘event’ led to almost everything else in the last decade (and even before), he’d be right.

There are others events of less ‘significance’, depending on how many bodies it takes to get you to believe that something rather drastic needs to be done.

The gigantic black hole that the US government has become is literally sucking the very life and essence out of humanity, and not just Americans either, but the entire planet.  Behind these corrupt war mongers lies an even more corrupt henchmen who are carrying out the dirty deeds.  Their hands are dripping with the blood of millions and and corrupt lusts of trillions while they orchestrate the world into a colossal crash.

I’ve long wondered just how much evidence it would take to stir the people up.  How many bodies?  How many testimonies?  How many exposé would it take to activate the sleeping giant of humanity to the harsh and bloody truth of the corruption that rules our world?

Apparently, an infinite number.  We have tens of thousands now and even this hasn’t been enough.

This is largely “why” I believe we do not have what it takes within ourselves to save ourselves from those who would destroy us.  We do not need any more evidence.  We do not need any more proof.  We do not need any more investigative journalism.  We do not need any more expert testimony.  We have ALL that we need and have had so for a very long time.

But what we don’t have is what it takes to rebuild, what is quite provably, irrevocably broken, corrupt and downright evil.

The truth is patently clear: we have exactly what we really want, because far too many of us benefit from this.  We’re talking about far, far more then just “big business” and the trickle-down effects of how this provides for millions of us to survive.  We’re really talking about our very way of life and how this whole corrupt system has become us — is us.

Plenty of us are sitting on the sidelines, watching, praying, hoping, wishing it was different.  We’re not directly a part of what is going on, but we’re totally disempowered to do anything about it.  We don’t occupy positions that would permit us to change the status-quo.  We’re just pawns, really, regulated to scavenging for the crumbs they’ve offered us and pathetically ‘voting’ in their rigged (s)elections. We’re angry, but we’re not angry enough.  Still.  After all the ripoffs, and lies, and deceptions and bodies that we’ve counted piling up.

Let me pose just a few questions to get you to ponder their probable answers:

How much more would you “take”?
What constitutes real terrorism in your book?
How many more people need to needlessly die?
How much more destruction of the Earth’s habitat can you handle?
How much more corruption will you tolerate?
How many life threatening effects can you continue to exist under?
How will your children even survive under all of this?

Frankly, I know the answers to all of these questions, and you do too.  Our (long) track record proves this to both of us.

Therefore, the body counts will rise and some of them will be yours.  And the corruption and evil will stay in place and in power because we do not have what it takes to change it.  We’re content to settle for the crumbs, the broken promises and the alleged “changes” that we never ever see.  David DeGraw claims that it will be revolution or world war.  He’s twice right, it will be both, I assure you.

There are definitely places and people you do not want to be.  Right now, being an American is actually one of them.  Being in America is also one of them.  But most of us have no real choice, our way of life here has been gutted and we’re on the drying rack, soon to be fed to the dogs for their winter meal.  You’re only real choice is what I have long advocated, start helping yourself.  Don’t stand around like a deer in the headlights and wait to get run over, you ARE being run over right now.  Get out of the way.

Get real, get practical, get serious, and get down to the business of taking care of yourself for the changes ahead.

I don’t care what you believe about politics, or the environment, or about war, or terrorism or any of the actual and factual real events taking place on this planet, everybody on Earth needs to get deadly serious about how they are going to survive and adapt to these external events.  They are not hyperbole in the least either, they are factual and happening every single day.

Americans need to unplug their minds and their bodies from the crappola that they digest and get both feet planted firmly on the ground and realize that their future is in serious, serious risk. The body counts will continue to rise, the general idea here is don’t let it be you for some useless, pointless exercise on behalf of the evil Empire.

 Posted by at 9:25 am
Oct 272010
 

I have not been able to bring myself to write much lately, because the hysteria and hoopla (and hubris) is so out-of-control now, that it is hardly worth reporting.

The stuff that is happening and worth reporting isn’t being shared much by our media.  We’re more concerned with Charlie Sheen being naked then a tsunami in Indonesia.

Desdemona has lots of stories too.  But am I wrong about saying that we’re just really not that interested?  Nobody cares that starvation is occurring in Pakistan or cholera outbreaks there are now claiming their 100th victim.

Well, maybe some people care, but there is scant little we can actually do about any of this.  This all seems too overwhelming and beyond our control.  Here at home they’re talking more and more about civil war and revolution, a plot that seems to be orchestrated from the get-go to me.  Some of us might be interested in that — or at least what happens next.

If you’re political, or care about what politics might mean to you, you’d be following the next round of (s)elections to come and the promises that won’t be kept (again).  But I say, it’s all useless.  It’s out of control already, even before the next (s)elected candidates are installed into their air-conditioned offices.

I’m sure this sounds totally fatalistic, and you’d be right.  The issues that affect us all, whether your home has been washed away by flood or hurricane, or you’re sitting in a high-rise office building wonder how in hell you’re going to survive there long enough to make a dwindling retirement, it’s all out-of-control to the average man.

I don’t run in the circles of the elite, I don’t rub elbows in their board rooms or smoke their cigars.  I’ve long been content to just be left alone and to live a quiet life, aspiring neither to lofty height of fame or fortune or to a cult of personality.  But that brings me to another point:  Of late the ‘cult of personality’ in the talking head circuit seems to have warped to a new dimension of extreme rhetoric.

Basically, I’m seeing one self-prescribed ‘expert’ engage with yet another self-prescribed expert, engaging in yet another useless debate about what’s going on.  And?  It’s all absolutely pointless.

None of them have a snowballs chance in hell of changing the outcome of the subjects they are talking about, not one of them.  And most of them seem to be missing the forest for the trees.  They advocate changes and measures that simply won’t happen, and cannot be allowed to happen.  The truth is (as I see it), they don’t even seem to understand that the rules as they have known them to be, have all changed and they’re playing a piss-poor job of “catch-up”, trying to comprehend how this affects you and me and “what can be done about it”.

Hehehe, how about nothing?

Not much of a game plan, is it?  It’s not meant to be.  But I do think it is foolish as hell to continue to pretend that any of us should keep playing by the rules that are obviously rigged to work against any real change.  This is why no change ever occurs, the rules are still being followed to designed defeat.

The scale and scope of the changes we need to make as a society are breathtaking — and impossible under the status-quo.  The lies go on and on about “yes we can“, but look back and that’s definitely turned into a “no we can’t” chant of disenchanted voter disgust. But moving on from the (s)election game and the fixed rules of ‘play’, I find the same sort of mythical expectations within the ‘alternative movements’ that are spouting this same kind of rhetoric.   To say that this too is going to fail is to only say what is accurate — but highly unpopular.  A definite ‘deal killer’ if you know what I mean.  Nobody is going to ask me to appear on their show, but I’d not do it anyway.

We seem to have a propensity to continue to fool ourselves about our own proven behavior. Our track record is all you really need to look out. Whether we are trying to roll out a 100 mpg carburetor or a new political party — we can’t do it.

It doesn’t make any difference if this is overdue and necessary, or even the desire of the people at large, we still can’t do it.

Pick ANY noteworthy and significant change desire by the average Joe and what you will discover is a history of oppression, obstruction, blockades, lawsuits and even more heinous crimes that have occurred to keep these changes from being developed.  Real change is not allowed to happen.  Lip service, broken promises and the appearance of change is.

So when I read in the alternative media about how we’re going to change, I just have to laugh, each and every time and say, “bullshit“.  Why do they keep lying to us like we can’t tell?  They’re just talking to themselves like mental cases in a nuthouse, hoping that the doctors won’t drug them again before they can be released.

Out here in the real world, the evidence is very clear — the only changes we’re allowed to “have” are those that have been swallowed and controlled by the giant corporations and big businesses that control (own) the changes we “see”.  Everything else is simply drowned out.

So when I hear talk of revolution or civil war or “sweeping house” in Congress or your backyard, I already know what this really means.  If any of this happens, it is because they’ve hijacked the people’s efforts themselves and let it happen.

And I do not want to be a part of this.  I do not want to be their pawn, or to be used again and again for their agenda.

I do not understand why people do not see that the powers that they rail against remain unaffected by their efforts.  If they’re still left in charge — still left in power — still capable and able to make decisions — then you have accomplished nothing.  You might feel better about yourself and the fact that you’ve tried, but the real change that you seek remains undone.

So far, this country has not yet elevated the discussion (rhetoric) on what this actually is, and the few that have tried, are swiftly singled out and isolated.  Let me tell you all something — what Americans really want is what they’ve already got.  Business as usual.  A return to the way they think “things were”.  Prosperity and profits, a chicken in every pot.  And they’re ALL trying to call this “change you can believe in” by a million different slogans and banners.  And they’re ALL lying.

I call it all bullshit.  It’s a lie, through and through and it’s never going to happen.  It absolutely and utterly fails to address the real issues and the real problems that have created them.  All these talking heads and “key speakers” and book writers and blathering fools are all trying to convince you that they’ve come up with some answers that will work — finally — this time, if you just get on board.  And they are ALL lying, every single one of them, speaking of things of which they know too little about and expecting you to be as ignorant as they are.

I’m not smarter or better educated or any such thing, but I do know this: if you do not permanently remove the problem areas, cut out the cancer, it will come back.  And I have yet to see a single solution offered that is prepared to do the radical and necessary surgery that this country and this entire planet requires.

So that is change you can believe in — except that you simply won’t see it in your lifetime. It may happen one day, as catastrophe upon catastrophe piles up ever higher and higher and these power players are slowly wiped out, either killing themselves off or being killed.  But this next round of (s)elections isn’t it.  Hardly.  This is yet another knee-jerk reactionary movements to stimulate your belief just a little bit longer.  I’ve had healthier bowel movements then this.

If you get a sense that I’m angry or disgusted, you’d be right.  I’m tired of being lied to.  I’m tired of being manipulated. I’m tired of broken promises.  I’m tired of realizing that I’ve little real choice in what happens anymore, that I have to ‘survive’ just to get along.  I’m tired of realizing that nobody has any better answers then I do myself.  Or that the answers that they propose are even worse then my own.  And I’m tired of listen to an endless series of ‘experts’ who categorically fail to connect the dots that even the blind can now see.

We’re literally drowning in the evidence now, but millions of ignorant people are wasting precious time arguing about what is right in front of them.

I know that if you want change, it has to begin with you.  But I’m not so naive as to believe that even that will be enough, not even if ten million of us could change ourselves.  The game is rigged too deep and too far and it’s too corrupt for even ten million to “change” and expect any real impact.

Cut out the cancer if you can, but if you do, make sure you get it all if you do.  Otherwise, you’re going to wish you never let that doctor even touch you.

 Posted by at 2:10 pm

Gulf Coverup

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Oct 272010
 

Steve Lendman has a report on the Gulf spill:

In the six month anniversary of the disaster, marine biologist Riki Ott reported “people (are) now dropping dead,” adding:

“I am dealing with about 3 – 4 autopsies right now….I know of people who’s esophagus’ are de-solving, disintegrating….I know of people with 4.75% of their lung capacity, with enlarged hearts….All of these people have oil (and dispersants) in their bodies.”

She added that “4 to 5 million people in the Gulf were exposed to oil (and dispersants) at dangerous levels that is going to have incredible public health ramifications…and possibly force the President out of office for lies.” In fact, he should be impeached and prosecuted for war crimes abroad and ones against humanity at home.

Deaths continue to be reported as well as people finding volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxins in their blood. According to one observer, corruption, coverup and poisoning are occurring in plain sight. The entire region is affected and will be for decades, the dirty secret BP, government officials, and major media won’t explain.  Gulf Coverup

It is no longer amazing on how controlled the American media is.  But it IS getting harder and harder to know that truth.

As if that makes any difference anymore.

 Posted by at 1:02 pm
Oct 252010
 

I picked up a copy of Bill McKibben’s book, Eaarth and have now read through a little more then half of this book.

First off, it’s really a very good book on covering the difficulties now facing humanity.  I’ve never read McKibben’s books  before (really) but like his writing style, it’s easy to read and worth reading twice.  The breadth of what he covers is as complete as anything I’ve seen.

I’m now to the parts where he starts advocating remedies that we can take, which I think are pretty good.  In fact, I’m a bit thrilled to see something like this in print without a lot of the touchy-feely nonsense I’ve seen elsewhere.

If you haven’t read this, I suggest you do.  I’ll need to get my hands on some of McKibben’s other works, which are also reported to be pretty good.  There is a link on the left side of this blog where you can buy Eaarth through my affiliate Amazon account.

I realize that may seem like a commercial plug, but I’ve never done this before and truly am only saying, read the book.  It would be a great source for those who need to bone up on the changes we’ve wreaked upon the planet with some suggestions on what we can do about it.

 Posted by at 9:37 am
Oct 232010
 

I have been pondering many thoughts of late, dealing with the “known knowns” and the “known unknowns” with regards to the fate of most humans on this planet.

Donald Rumsfeld made complex work out of that statement, in case you didn’t know.

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

He was speaking of entirely different matters with an entirely different perspective and worldview then my own. I’ll leave aside the threats of terrorism and concentrate upon the known knowns of the human future.

We live in a complex world, made even more complex by our worldviews.  That is to say, how we approach living from day to day.  Some lives are more complex then others, others more simple.  Most of us have come to rely upon our technology to a great degree.  There isn’t much difference between a computer scientist who makes his living writing complex computer code and the housewife who microwaves her husband’s breakfast.  The dependencies of these lives are essentially identical as far as daily living is concerned.

But the future holds an entirely different set of expectations then the past-future did.  The known knowns here are that our future, whatever it may actually and truly prove to be, will not be like the future we have now all experienced.  We’ve arrived already in other words at “the future” for the most part, we achieved many things in the process.  We’ve conquered the globe, mastered the atom, and broke the genetic code. We built a complex civilization that quickly outpaced our social structures and cultural ability to adapt, but we didn’t stop there and wait for society to catch up.  We’re still pushing the boundaries with technology, but unfortunately, we have left many of our social “norms” and cultural expectations in the dust, far, far behind.

Because of this, our worldviews have yet to catch up to our technology.  Even the most futuristic among us has trouble with long-held beliefs and social norms inscribed since childhood.  Technology, once thought of as the panacea to our problems within civilization, has come to represent something else entirely – a blunt-edged instrument of social conditioning and dependency.  In many ways too numerous to count, we’ve been literally forced to accept advancing technology as part of our day-to-day existence.  We’ve almost no choice in the matter.  Rapid development and deployment of technological advancements such as the car, the stop light, the electronic cash register and a million other devices are now a ubiquitous part of our lives.

It was probably always like this.  The steam engined revolutionized industry and transportation.  Both were long since in existence, but they took gigantic leaps forward in human consciousness and human activities with the advent of the steam engine.  After that, one technology swiftly replaced another and now we envision a future of nano-size “robots” that could replace every conceivable human and non-human task we could possibly imagine.

But we’re not ready for that, not yet, nor are we really even ready for the technology advancements we already have, with many, many more waiting in the wings so to speak.  We’re still carrying around the baggage of our social constructs and belief systems that refuse to budge from their ancient and traditional roots.  This dichotomy between what exists in our heads and what exists in the outside world creates tension, friction between how things are in the “real world” and how things are in our heads.

Most of us have managed to dance that ethereal line fairly well, living with and using technology wherever it may be applicable in our lives, but existing “within” ourselves in the reality we have long embraced.  The computer scientist sees no reason to resolve any possible conflicts between our internal reality and the work he performs, nor does the housewife.  She does not need to understand “how” a microwave oven works and doesn’t care, it only needs to work when required.

This, in point of fact, is how we view most technology today, it only needs to work when required.  Specialists and inventors, designers and machine fabricators are engaged in the “how” these things work, most often dividing themselves up to narrow, vertical disciplines to accomplish their chosen tasks.  We don’t care they do it, the how they do this is up to them, we’re just happy to have the new fangled toys that go faster, drive farther, fly higher or bring amazing pictures to us from out of the ether.  They just need to work — and in a very short period of time, we find ourselves totally dependent upon them always working.

And so we built our civilization, creating an unending chain of dependencies and expectations for nearly all of the humans on this entire planet.

This is all fine and dandy as long as we can continue this process.  As long as we can mine, manufacture and then train the “replacement humans” we need to keep all these toys and technologies humming along, we will all be fine.  And of course, as long as we can find the raw resources and the mineral required and the energy sources required, we’ll be fine.  Should anything disrupt this chain of events, then we would have a rather major problem on our hands, because most of us simply have no idea at all what we would do if say, the deliveries at Safeway stopped coming, or the fuel trucks stopped delivering.

There is a massive chain of just-in-time delivery systems at work here, keeping us all alive.  A mysterious process to some, but real nonetheless.  They must all work in cooperation, extracting resources, running factories, consuming fuel and energy, delivering products and making replacement, many which are quite essential and very, very necessary for our day-to-day existence.  And of course, many that are not essential, but speak quietly on this, because we’ve demonstrated ourselves to be pretty much incapable of existence or happiness without our toys.

But it is what is behind all of this activity, all this production, all this mining and manufacturing and processing and delivering and financial shenanigans that I’m most interested in today.  Because of what we have built, literally from out of the ground into towering skyscrapers and institutions that dot the global landscape, we have created for ourselves a highly complex and constantly evolving world of change, adaption and dependency that up to now, has sustained us all since our birth.

Along the way, our worldviews changed and adapted too, but not by so much, and nothing at all compared to the change we have seen since we were all children.  It’s been said that by the time you are five years old, you will have already fully developed your personality and characteristics for life.  These traits have a pretty important role to play upon your beliefs, but they are not the only ones.  Parents, schools and various institutions and organizations (notably, all human constructs not yet replaced by either technology or machinery) also have a big influence upon our beliefs and world views.  After that comes experience, as we age and grow older and more “experienced” we either consciously or subconsciously modify our beliefs, but as noted already, we’re literally light-years “behind” the technological revolution that has already taken place.

Science fiction writers and philosophers have long noted this “lack” in the works that they write.  Human societies and indeed, individual humans have not yet caught up to the technological revolution that keeps us all alive.  This is probably, in my opinion, a good thing, because our human-based beliefs are the very things that have kept us from doing something incredibly stupid with the technology we already have (most of the time).

Imagine if you will, what a “technology belief system” would have us do.  Instead of restraint or concern for possible impacts that could arise, a technology based belief system would seek to constantly expand and improve itself without regards to costs or impacts or long-term effects.  The human and non-human costs could be quite catastrophic, as technology would become the ultimate self-serving “robot” with regard to nothing other then itself.

We already know that this would be quite devastating if this were allowed to occur.  It is our human orientation and biological sense of life and being alive that has actually held technological advancements in check, some of which are purely self-servings, such as greed.  Technological advancements such as 100 mpg engines or the cure for cancer or anti-gravity machines would revolutionize the world once again, but the human orientation for greed prevents these solutions from being developed.

Greed is not the only emotion “putting on the brakes” so to speak, but avarice, jealousy, hatred and even love.  Our world has long since divided itself up along the lines of “turf” and what we allow so that we can “stay in control”.  Even love plays a large role in this incessant turf war, but this is a natural human instinct and we have institutionalized its acceptance into our society.

So this is, in part, the complexities of life.  What it means to be alive and living today, or tomorrow, or yesterday.  This is not going to change anytime soon either.  Technology is racing ahead, and we are lagging behind.  As I said, probably a good thing, because now we have reached an impasse, a colossal chasm of diverging returns for the human animal, and indeed, all life on Earth.

We are quite literally, boxed into a corner, having created a civilization that is highly dependent upon the production capacity of technology, and the just-in-time delivery system supported by technology, and the near-total dependency of the entire human civilization on this technology.  The dilemma is as complex as life itself.

Here are the “known knowns”:

We are running out of resources.  Our manufacturing, processing and production facilities are going to come up short.  We already know that most of the natural resources that could have been easily discovered and “harvested” are now irrecoverably gone.  Even most renewable resources are in severe and catastrophic decline.

This “known” ties directly in with this known:  we are entirely dependent upon this production to sustain us, even from day to day.  Without which, we would quite literally and with horrific effects, catastrophically collapse (die off) by the hundreds of millions in short order.

There is another known:  we’re making very little real progress to deal with this issue of declining resources and overdependencies.  I’ve covered this point from time to time, but this needs to be emphasized again.  Most “solutions” being submitted such as “sustainable growth” are oxymoron’s at best, ill-guided and fated to failure.

There are many other actual knows: how much oil we can extract, the decline of productive species (human usable) and habitat, the difficulties of deep sea oil drilling, human population expansion, soil depletion rates and many others.

And now we have the “known unknowns”, such as how severe climate change impacts will become, immigration “upsets”, catastrophic crop failures, rising sea levels, fresh water depletion rates, emerging diseases, ocean acidification and so on.  Much work has been done on these known unknowns, but none are absolutely certain.  Some have high probabilities and current assessments are constantly being refined.

And still, we have our social “knowns” and even the social “unknowns” to deal with too.  Which nations are progressing towards adaption and which are not?  How will humanity adapt to this changing world?  What changes do we need to make within our civilization? What do we not yet understand or comprehend?

Indeed, life is getting more complex in many ways, and in some ways, it’s going to simplify.  But even that scares the living daylights out of most of us. We are not culturally conditioned to accept anything different.  Many people view these changes as going backwards, a concept entirely foreign to our way of thinking.  Our social structures have yet to make even minor adaptions to these changes, while the real world in many ways already is.  Once again, we find ourselves “behind” and this time, it bodes not well for us.

And then there are the “unknown unknowns”, the things which we do not yet comprehend nor understand.  We’re not even able to predict with any degree of accuracy what they may be, we only know that we don’t know enough, understand enough to rule these unknown unknowns out of the rules of probability and how they could come to affect us all.

Complex indeed, but in truth, all real nonetheless, and I’ve only given the briefest cursory view of what is taking place.

We’re going to have to change in ways which we cannot even imagine today, but within those that we can imagine, and with those changes that we can understand, we already know that if we are going to survive, let alone thrive on this planet, those changes are going to be all-encompassing to everything that we have come to know and understand today, including our belief systems.  Our technology might help us through this, but then again, it might even make things go from bad to worse, depending on how stupid we get.  It all depends — on our belief systems.

So we have come full-circle, in a sense, chasing our missing tail, allowing technology to sustain us (only as long as the resources and energy last), but restraining our technological development by those same beliefs that have kept us from adapting culturally.  And now, that very technology, coupled with our avarice and lusts, is swiftly bringing about the destruction of our civilization, and we find that our beliefs are still woefully inadequate to help us much.  A real conundrum as they say.

If we believe that we can infinitely grow, then we will perish. If we believe that technology will endlessly solve our problems, we will also perish.  However, if we believe that we can adapt ourselves, restraining both technology and civilization to exist within the boundaries as prescribed by natural laws and renewable resources, then we might survive.  But first, we would need to overcome our lusts, our avarice and greed, jealousy and hatred.  So this is indeed an iffy proposition, one that is not at all certain and among the “known unknowns”.

We can know however, the “known knowns”, that we constantly fool ourselves into believing what can be demonstratively proven to be false, a perfect example of how our belief systems constantly fail us.  Why this is important should already be obvious — it’s one of the primary reasons why society did not adapt at pace with the technological changes.  If it had, we would potentially be in an entirely different place today.  We may have developed sustainable technologies instead of highly dependent ones — and a civilization to match it.  But we were held back — and still are.

I don’t propose to solve this, it’s complex enough to just try and comprehend this.  But that is always a good place to start.

 Posted by at 5:54 pm