The new age is upon us
And yet the past refuses to rest in its shallow grave
For those who hide behind the false image of the son of man
shall stand before God!!! It has begun
The beginning of the end
Yeah... yeah, yeah
The voice of racism preaching the gospel is devilish
A fake church called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist
Forgetting God is not a religion, but a spiritual bond
And Jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Qu'ran
They bombed innocent people, tryin' to murder Saddam
When you gave him those chemical weapons to go to war with Iran
This is the information that they hold back from Peter Jennings
Cause Condoleeza Rice is just a new age Sally Hemmings
I break it down with critical language and spiritual anguish
The Judas I hang with, the guilt of betraying Christ
You murdered and stole his religion, and painting him white
Translated in psychologically tainted philosophy
Conservative political right wing, ideology
Glued together sloppily, the blasphemy of a nation
Got my back to the wall, cause I'm facin' assassination
Guantanamo Bay, federal incarceration
How could this be, the land of the free, home of the brave?
Indigenous holocaust, and the home of the slaves
Corporate America, dancin' offbeat to the rhythm
You really think this country, never sponsored terrorism?
Human rights violations, we continue the saga
El Savador and the contras in Nicaragua
And on top of that, you still wanna take me to prison
Just cause I won't trade humanity for patriotism
It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view of the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Read about the history of the place that we live in
And stop letting corporate news tell lies to your children
Flow like the blood of Abraham through the Jews and the Arabs
Broken apart like a woman's heart, abused in a marriage
The brink of holy war, bottled up, like a miscarriage
Embedded correspondents don't tell the source of the tension
And they refuse to even mention, European intervention
Or the massacres in Jenin, the innocent screams
U.S. manufactured missles, and M-16's
Weapon contracts and corrupted American dreams
Media censorship, blocking out the video screens
A continent of oil kingdoms, bought for a bargain
Democracy is just a word, when the people are starvin'
The average citizen, made to be, blind to the reason
A desert full of genocide, where the bodies are freezin'
And the world doesn't believe that you fightin' for freedom
Cause you fucked the Middle East, and gave birth to a demon
It's open season with the CIA, bugging my crib
Trapped in a ghetto region like a Palestinian kid
Where nobody gives a fuck whether you die or you live
I'm tryin' to give the truth, and I know the price is my life
But when I'm gone they'll sing a song about Immortal Technique
Who beheaded the President, and the princes and sheiks
You don't give a fuck about us, I can see through your facade
Like a fallen angel standing in the presence of God
Bitch niggaz scared of the truth, when it looks at you hard
It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view in the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Martial law is coming soon to the hood, to kill you
While you hanging your flag out your project window
The fourth branch of the government AKA the media
Seems to now have a retirement plan for ex-military officials
As if their opinion was at all unbiased
A machine shouldn't speak for men
So shut the fuck up you mindless drone!
And you know it's serious
When these same media outfits are spending millions of dollars on a PR campaign
To try to convince you they're fair and balanced
When they're some of the most ignorant, and racist people
Giving that type of mentality a safe haven
We act like we share in the spoils of war that they do
We die in wars, we don't get the contracts to make money off 'em afterwards!
We don't get weapons contracts, nigga!
We don't get cheap labor for our companies, nigga!
We are cheap labor, nigga!
Turn off the news and read, nigga!
Read... read... read...
Its been a while since I posted on here and even longer since I put some of my own words onto this blog.
This started some 4 years ago as a medium to communicate our findings, our, I refer to
Mike and myself.
Mike, a Swedish photographer, an ex tennis pro and self trained life success. He taught me, in exchange for sharing my rent payments and joint projects, the art of HTML and photography, perhaps I shared my abilities in the art of persuasion, it seemed to be a reciprical arrangement.
We publicised via the blog our new reality, the trail through 911, mysticism, fractional reserve banking, alternative history and onwards through the murky, but well followed trail of truthers, it was important to post the articles, videos and feelings we experienced as a way of trying to do what the force told us we had to do, share, and as McKenna would say, find the others.
As ive followed the path it seperated, Mike went his way and I mine.
For him, I can say no more apart from he continues to post on his own blog and we share the basic impulse to wake up the general larger population.
I have gone my own way; as always the path less trod. I no longer work for money and have a repulse to the money, slave, debt system that pushes me further away from conventional reality day by day. More recently as ive personally navigated a path through the woods and seen the forest from the trees, the need to post on a regular basis.
In March last year I moved onto a farm in the central mountains of Portugal and started a self sufficiency off grid project in an attempt to walk my talk. The farm is of 3 hectares fronted by the Mondego river and sided on the East by a 100 foot waterfall where I draw my water and irrigation. 3 km from the nearest village down a track that will ruin most vehicles. Tranquility, water, an ancient sacred site, flat fertile terraces and me, a Permaculture student of 18 months with books and grubby hands.I spin most days at the sheer power of the place and my posibilities to create an abundance or an arse of myself.
As the money ran out my internet connectivity dwindled to the point of a a specific date in the month when I can go to the local village, sip a 60C cafe and download from the links you see on truthwarehouse sidebar. I realise im out the game, a formal nodal point is now a trainee farmer.
So without further ado, I want to say thank you and adios, I will be doing my best on permaculture senda verde but a new online presence beckons, smaller, more concise, frugal.
I would like to leave you all with Neil Kramer, one of my torches through the dark woods these last few years, his blog, The Cleaver, is aptly named. Enjoy. See you on the farm. Fraser
Reality, Simulation And Culture
From time to time, it is instructive to take a blade to the culture of the mediaplex. In so doing, we expose the informational viscera, freed from the distraction of epidermal appearance, and begin to get a sense of what really composes this peculiar beast. What we find, is that it’s not an organic entity at all – it is a macabre fabrication of synthetic appendages far removed from natural origins.
The embedded bias of the mainstream media has been dealt with previously on The Cleaver and it is not the intention of this text to re-examine its on-going duplicity. Indeed, most readers are most likely all too aware of the integrity deficit in their respective CNN/BBC news flashes. No, what we are to do here is something a little different. Rather than the customary practice of providing alternative scenarios to the mainstream fiction, then evidencing them with specific references and research, I offer instead a perspective shift that gives an opportunity to reframe and clarify what is occurring in the media. The reader may then ponder the implications for themselves. In so doing, it is my hope that we may find occasion to re-tune the mind’s sensitivity to falsehood and understand that, at root, it is not the data itself that is important, but rather the framing and prioritization of it. From here, we get a feeling for the primal energetic motivations behind the projected illusions. We dissolve the circuit of simply trying to determine whether a piece of information is true or false, and more constructively contemplate its affects on us, both on a personal and collective level.
The faces of the real enemies of the Empire do not appear on the cover of Time Magazine and Forbes Magazine. There is no such thing as a massive intelligence leak. There have been no paradigm-cracking triumphs of liberty that have compromised international political and military figures or organizations. For those outside the loop, it certainly looks like there have been. But it ain’t real. No-one is exposing the diktats of the Control System. On the contrary, figures like Michael Moore, Bianca Jagger, Ken Loach, Jemima Khan and even the venerable John Pilger, despite their good intent, succeed only in amplifying an elaborate Psyop and helping to assemble a false, albeit very neat, polarity on a very old chessboard.
What is in question here, is not the A-to-Z content and veracity of Wikileaks’ data, but rather the unprecedented exposure it has been receiving and the media’s curious contextualization of it. Indeed, it is the sheer volume of column inches that have been lavished on Wikileaks that really gives the game away. At any point, the routine military-industrial habits of pulling the plug, gagging the media and sequestering information as a military asset (that was ostensibly in the public interest), could’ve been executed. They weren’t. There has been an intelligence community stand-down of 911 proportions.
Actual esoteric intelligence leaks are erased faster than an uncooperative African dictator. Troublesome people, data and entire personal histories are routinely cleansed from the face of the earth every single day. Shadow ‘Cleaners’ do this 24/7 across the global theatre, quite unfettered by international laws and unaccommodating human rights conventions. Nothing survives for long outside the tightly controlled enclaves of Control System media portals without precise examination and authorization. Even those credible and substantive topics that bounce around the underground forums are quickly massaged into blurred disinformation. The distinction between what is real and unreal becomes increasingly imcomprehensible. No-one quite knows what’s going on or what to believe. This is the sting. Whatever gets out, is let out. Whatever grabs the headlines, is pre-planned to grab the headlines. This doesn’t mean that Assange and co are on the payroll. Far from it. It just means that the apparently positive influence of their information releases is far more diluted and complex than first appears.
Certainly, headlines suggesting that “US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis” may be heartening to all independent-minded citizens who have become disenchanted with the current political climate. But it isn’t quite that simple. After a little broader reflection, one might wonder why exactly a media that is wholly controlled by the Control System would diminish its own master. In the 21st century, hearts and minds/propaganda/psyops warfare is more critical to imperialist domination than killing people with conventional weapons. The theatre of operations is not in the deserts of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan, it is in the homes of ordinary people. So perhaps current Control System self-harming could be correlated with the 1898 sinking of the USS Maine, the 1933 burning of the German Parliament building, or the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center. If so, the Wikileaks debacle signals an imminent, coordinated shift in the power dynamic; a changing of the colours and a handing over of the imperial baton.
Understand that this is a game played on the surface layer only. For players who operate only on this level, it is good old ‘us vs them’ again. This is the foundational con on which all Control System power is based. It shrewdly leverages the human compulsion to have an identifiable enemy into which we can channel our inner fear and hostility. They set up the good guys and the bad guys, black and white, good and evil, but of course they control both of them (whether the opposed participants know it or not). The first step in overturning this simulation is to become conscious of the simulation itself. Get used to perceiving mediaplex hype as exoteric pawn shuffling; irrelevant and deceitful, regardless of data veracity. Otherwise, when the system turns the ‘two minutes of hate’ against itself, when sufficient spleen has been vented, when the human batteries are empty, the game-rules gearshift to the next level but the song remains the same.
The antidote to the poisonous odium is to fundamentally acknowledge that we are the shadow. No-one else is to blame. The responsibility lies with us. With you. For readers new to this concept, I recently summarized this ancient teaching in the following way: “Each and every polarized negative entity that manifests in this world is our responsibility, our creation. The immutable flow from mind to matter, from consciousness to creation, does not allow us to disregard a given challenge. We cannot just let things go unresolved, try as we might. Negative energy patterns - destructive impulses concealed in dysfunction, fear and pain - cannot simply be abandoned. They must be faced and understood in order for their patterning to dissolve. Ignoring a negative energy pattern ensures that it will return again and again. Each time it does, it gains density.” When a certain level of density is reached, the energy pattern may actually ‘entitize’. That is, it can become a physical event or person. Just another form of energy, but one in which disowned negativity is a core imperative. In this way, we create the demons of the world. It is only by facing and comprehending our own incipient emotions (for this is where many negative energy patterns are formed) that we can short circuit the escalation routine. When the energy dynamic and its associated emotional patterning is understood, it will never return. Externalized shadow entities begin to dissolve.
Bad People Are Plotting
Alongside the Wikileaks press coverage, there has been a seasonal resurgence of super-hyped reporting of the ever-present terrorist threat. A suicide bomber in Sweden, twelve men arrested in Britain, Newark airport terminal shutdown, a bomb in a printer cartridge, suspect computer monitors, bombs in underwear. Goodness me. I have personal experience of how this affects the peaceful traveler. After a recent (and rather convoluted) two-way transatlantic crossing, I had occasion to pass through JFK Airport in New York, Charles De Gaul Airport in France, Manchester Airport In England, Reykjavik Airport In Iceland and Penn Station Train Terminal in New York. I was body scanned, patted down, questioned, biometrically scanned, had to remove my belt, shoes and jacket multiple times, laptop scanned, and most puzzlingly, I had my feet (without shoes) inspected with a hand scanner in Iceland. It was quite silly. Of course, it is comforting to know that the passengers and luggage on my plane had been thoroughly checked, but stepping outside of my own self interest for a moment, the security measures seem enormously disproportionate to the actual threat. They create massive amounts of fear, psychological negativity and logistical problems, weighed against the statistically minuscule physical threat. To me, this is what suggests that this latter effect is actually the desired one.
The terror meme endures. Consider that most well informed and sincere journalists, politicians, military personnel and educated citizens know full well that there is no Al-Qaeda. Yet this vulgar fantasy is parroted over and over again in connection with all kinds of unrelated insurgent strikes against the Empire. That it has been repeatedly proven that Al-Qaeda dooes not exist as any sort of cogent, structured organization, and that top ranking CIA operatives have admitted that Al-Qaeda was invented simply to promote fear, is totally ignored and discounted in the mainstream. Their existence is actual only as an idea, a meme. Try substituting ‘Al-Qaeda’ for ‘bad people’ every time you hear a news announcer say Al-Qaeda. This gives an amusing but instructive sense of this meme’s simultaneous absurdity and power.
In short, Al-Qaeda is a CIA asset that served its initial function back in 1989, in helping to achieve Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Following this, Al-Qaeda’s secondary function was to serve as a fictional collective term for any troublemakers who could be positioned into a single phantom Empire-threatening entity. Just like 1984’s Emmanuel Goldstein.
People under continual duress may eventually seek to destroy that which oppresses them. So if you’re a freedom-fighter attempting to weaken a country that has illegally invaded your country – going over to bomb their native soil hardly represents breathtaking terrorist audacity or inventiveness. It is only to be expected. The bombing of planes, trains, power stations, shopping malls, temples, schools and tourist attractions is similarly predictable. The problematic reality however, is that statistically, these things very rarely happen. To rebalance the books, the Control System basically blows stuff up themselves and makes it look like some foreign terror outfit. This ancient sleight-of-hand is known as a false flag operation. It is reasonable to postulate that many of the innocent citizens (of all nationalities) getting blown up in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Britain, America and Europe are being murdered not by radicalized terrorist cells, but by state-sponsored black-ops teams. Parapolitics in action.
Genuine terrorist bombings rarely happen. Most human beings don’t want to do stuff like that, regardless of their culture, background, religion or inner motivations. We all know that killing people is a very poor way of achieving anything. Though it may disappoint xenophobic right-wing Republicans and Conservatives, many people who live outside of Europe and America are just as nice as we are.
Culture And The Individual
The on-going management of a perceived terrorist threat, as the CIA themselves have stated, is designed to generate fear. It is nothing to do with public safety or protecting a certain way of life. Check out Adam Curtis’ enlightening documentary ‘The Power Of Nightmares: The Rise Of The Politics Of Fear’ for a good initial research platform (it is freely available to watch online). Fear makes people compliant. It also has the effect of making people imagine that the whole place is teetering on the edge of chaos and we will plunge into oblivion without the dedication, professionalism and courage of our police, military and governments to protect us from the hordes. Reality check. Nobody wants to destroy anybody when they are in their right mind. They simply want to live, love and be loved, create and feel joy. What takes people out of their right mind (or right thinking if we consider this in terms of Buddhist thought), is Control System conditioning that one culture is superior to another. Reality check. No culture is superior to another. They’re just different. Unique. There’s no hierarchy. It certainly doesn’t help to coerce one culture to adopt the ideologies of another. It kind of upsets people.
It is empowering to acknowledge that one doesn’t have to like Chinese communism, or German capitalism, or American ladies who lunch, or Burka wearing Muslim ladies, or pungent Asian food, or greasy English breakfasts. We don’t have to embrace anything. We don’t have to celebrate anything. We don’t have to uphold anything. There’s really no need. Things simply are as they are, perfectly distinct from one another and inherently singular. We know in our hearts that the promise of a democratic, benevolent meritocracy that equitably apportions rights, opportunities and rewards amongst its citizens, is an entirely erroneous belief. Isn’t this the exact opposite of what the Control System actually does? Do we really believe Obama and Cameron when they say they love the American and British people and wish to improve our quality of life? They do not know how to love. They do not know how to live.
Unthinking people get very worked up about ‘protecting their way of life’. The fact is, humans are just naturally more comfortable with stuff that is like their stuff. When the sense-data of appearance, feel, sound, taste and smell correspond with what is familiar, it feels nicer and more secure. Yet, as the human mind cultivates itself to be a more enquiring, exploratory and inclusive conscious apparatus, we understand that it’s actually quite interesting to let go of the mooring ropes that tie us to our own shit. We find it is quite cool to try new things; new sights and languages, new architecture and clothes, new music and philosophy. One learns that by observing novel and unknown modes of expression, not only are they often more pleasing than our own accustomed modes, but overall, it can lead to growth, refinement and a deeper appreciation of the wider human endeavour.
So where does the reluctance come from? Why cling to our own culture? To answer this, let us reflect on who exactly creates ‘our’ culture. Who fabricates its artifacts? Who funds it? Who operates it? Who mediates its trends, themes, images and icons? It isn’t me. Is it you? Is it any of your friends? Or their friends? No. It is the elites who create culture. In the old days it was religion. Then it was the state and its upper classes. Today it is the corporations. When Terence McKenna said that “culture is not your friend”, he was highlighting this very consideration. What we perceive as ‘our culture’ is not actually ours at all.
The western culture of today is created by unseen thinktanks who transmit their conditioning through people like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Rupert Murdoch, James Cameron, Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, Mark Zuckerberg and JK Rowling. These are the unknowing conduits of prefabricated cultural nihilism. For cultural snobs who (understandably) scoff at such uncouth lowbrow pop-culture drivel, there is a tempting regressive impulse that can lure one back into a time-travelling vortex of the apparently more civilized artistry of bygone eras... Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Shakespeare, Rembrandt. While pleasingly self-indulgent, this too is in vain.
Mass culture is a control mechanism that devalues the individual. It is aimed solely at promoting collectivism. It seeks to enforce the dependence of the individual human on a collective group and the priority of group ideologies over individual life paths. It is, at the base level, the very heart of socialism, communism, fascism and totalitarianism. It employs nationalistic impulses to setup polarities of antagonism that exclusively benefits a set of ruling elites. At the top level, the elites fully comprehend that there are no distinct nations, ideologies or cultural imperatives to speak of. To them, there is only power and no power.
Real human culture, the natural expression of the individual at the pure creative level, always emanates a degree of uniqueness, spontaneity and asymmetry that is unfeasible to manufacture or mass produce. It does not lend itself to reproduction or packaging. The value of real culture is therefore to be observed in that which is handmade, distinct, crafted, skillful, and is a profound representation of an individual, not an organization. It is anti-commercial to its core.
Still Day Beneath The Sun
To depressurize from the restrictive symmetry of the mediaplex and its intrusive cultural conurbations, we can turn to nature. In its effortless elegance, sublime detachment and profound teachings, we find that nature is indeed the very opposite of the mediaplex.
Some scholarly interpretations of Gnosticism equate the divine entity of Sophia (a female entitization of wisdom), with the Earth itself. We can say, as indeed does the instructive John Lash, that Sophia parallels the notion of Gaia. I.e. the planet itself is a living embodiment of divine intelligence. It is sentient, whole and intrinsically hyper-dimensional in its overlaying of the physical and the psychic aspect. With this in mind, the elegance, design and nuances of the natural world are supreme guides for true organic life. The blueprint for harmony, growth and transcendence is encoded into the earth itself; the trees, the leaves, the rocks, the oceans, the clouds, the animals, the people.
This philosophy of this reality model is highly relevant today. If we look for a modern example of how this wisdom can be contemplated by a western mindset, and actually applied to everyday life, there are numerous fine practitioners to choose from. However, rather than look to spiritual, philosophical or esoteric teachers, let me propose a far more down to earth personage.
The English woodsman, survivalist and naturalist, Ray Mears, knowingly or unknowingly, constantly reminds us what is truly valuable and authentically human, as he calmly goes about his studies of various bushcraft techniques amid diverse world landscapes and native communities. I had the pleasure of attending one of his lectures a couple of years ago, where he spoke about travel, nature, bushcraft and the wisdom heritage of indigenous peoples. A very modest and understated man, Mears nevertheless exuded an engaging passion and respect for the natural world and its inhabitants; something that is implicit in his television programs, but very explicit and vivid in person. In many ways, he represents the antithesis of contemporary culture: he is anti-corporate and inescapably individualistic. Mears’ films insist on letting the land do the talking and giving the limelight to the indigenous people who really know what it means to live as natural humans tuned into the land.
Mears makes a conscious choice to teach bushcraft as something deeper than just the current trend for extreme survival. In his own words, “I’ve made a point of presenting the subject in a non-macho way. When people say it’s about ‘pitting yourself against nature’… look, nature will always win. This requires a little bit of wisdom and humility.”
Mears' observations are not limited to the expected exotic tribespeople of the Amazon or the Arctic. We see contemporary Maori, Scandinavian, Australian, North American and British people who actively practice and refine their traditional customs, in their natural environment, passed on directly from their forefathers. They are living customs, rituals and skills that evolve over time and emanate from real people - not organized religions, governments or corporations. There is a subtle but infectious joy in observing the making of canoes, knives, tools, clothes, shelters, bowls and stoves. How to walk quietly, how to listen, how to see, how to navigate, how to be invisible. Many of the underlying principles in these supreme skills are highly appropriate today. Not least in the ever-immediate question of just how we find, prepare and cook our food. How we can procure drinking water. How to stay warm or cool. Across many diverse ecologies, Mears consistently places an emphasis on one’s inner psychological state as the primary tool, not only for survival, but for success in thriving, finding peace, knowing communion and being happy.
In this zooming down from the macro to the micro, we come to know that the media hailstorm of leaks, bombs and celebrity is anti-nature. It is therefore anti-human. We should not imagine that nature is something outside of ourselves. As the inimitable Alan Watts said, “we do not come into the world, we arise out of it.” There is no separation between nature and man. There is no separation between one thing and another thing. To chronically divert our attention away from ourselves, away from our connections to our environment, and into an abstract construct of someone else’s creation, is a foolish and dangerous way to live. The toroidal flow of the universe is upward, not downward. Nations, laws, spiritual systems and communities are meant to be generated from the upward flow of the people, not the other way around.
When we hear of the important news items that are ‘the talk of the nation’ (as NPR like to put it), what we are witnessing is the self-referential narrative of the Control System. These headlines are not the news of the individual, or even echoes from the communities that are composed of individuals. The media’s ‘hot topics’ of the day, are collectivist memes that are set against the natural path of the individual. The exercise of turning off the TV and discarding the newspaper, demonstrates just how utterly irrelevant the news is to the progressive human narrative. The most profound, revelatory and exhilarating moments in our lives are always manifested by our own hands. They do not arise out of screens, institutions or ideologies. When we extricate ourselves from the mediaplex, we regain that which is our heritage – a knowingness that we are here to explore, to grow, to love and to experience. Nothing more and nothing less.
Posted by Fraser at 1:09 PM
In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger traces the history of propaganda to Edward Bernays, the American nephew of Sigmund Freud, who invented the term "public relations". Bernays believed in "engineering public consent" and creating "false realties" as news. Here are examples of how this works today.
Edward Bernays, the American nephew of Sigmund Freud, is said to have invented modern propaganda. During the first world war, he was one of a group of influential liberals who mounted a secret government campaign to persuade reluctant Americans to send an army to the bloodbath in Europe. In his book, Propaganda, published in 1928, Bernays wrote that the “intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses was an important element in democratic society” and that the manipulators “constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power in our country”. Instead of propaganda, he coined the euphemism “public relations”.
The American tobacco industry hired Bernays to convince women they should smoke in public. By associating smoking with women’s liberation, he made cigarettes “torches of freedom”. In 1954, he conjured a communist menace in Guatemala as an excuse for overthrowing the democratically-elected government, whose social reforms were threatening the United Fruit company’s monopoly of the banana trade. He called it a “liberation”.
Bernays was no rabid right-winger. He was an elitist liberal who believed that “engineering public consent” was for the greater good. This was achieved by the creation of “false realities” which then became “news events”. Here are examples of how it is done these days:
False reality The last US combat troops have left Iraq “as promised, on schedule”, according to President Barack Obama. TV screens have filled with cinematic images of the “last US soldiers” silhouetted against the dawn light, crossing the border into Kuwait.
Fact They are still there. At least 50,000 troops will continue to operate from 94 bases. American air assaults are unchanged, as are special forces’ assassinations. The number of “military contractors” is currently 100,000 and rising. Most Iraqi oil is now under direct foreign control.
False reality BBC presenters and reporters have described the departing US troops as a “sort of victorious army” that has achieved “a remarkable change in [Iraq’s] fortunes”. Their commander, General David Petraeus, is a “celebrity”, “charming”, “savvy” and “remarkable”.
Fact There is no victory of any sort. There is a catastrophic disaster; and attempts to present it as otherwise are a model of Bernays’ campaign to “re-brand” the slaughter of the first world war as “necessary” and “noble”. In 1980, Ronald Reagan, running for president, re-branded the invasion of Vietnam, in which up to three million people died, as a “noble cause”, a theme taken up enthusiastically by Hollywood. Today’s Iraq war movies have a similar purging theme: the invader as both idealist and victim.
False reality It is not known how many Iraqis have died. They are “countless” or maybe “in the tens of thousands”.
Fact As a direct consequence of the Anglo-American led invasion, a million Iraqis have died. This figure from Opinion Research Business is based on peer-reviewed research led by Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, whose methods were secretly affirmed as “best practice” and “robust” by the Blair government’s chief scientific adviser, as revealed in a Freedom of Information search. This figure is rarely reported or presented to “charming” and “savvy” American generals. Neither is the dispossession of four million Iraqis, the malnourishment of most Iraqi children, the epidemic of mental illness and the poisoning of the environment.
False reality The British economy has a deficit of billions which must be reduced with cuts in public services and regressive taxation, in a spirit of “we’re all in this together”.
Fact We are not in this together. What is remarkable about this public relations triumph is that only 18 months ago the diametric opposite filled TV screens and front pages. Then, in a state of shock, truth was unavoidable, if briefly. The Wall Street and City of London financiers’ trough was on full view for the first time, along with the venality of once celebrated snouts. Billions in public money went to inept and crooked organisations known as banks, which were spared debt liability by their Labour government sponsors.
Within a year, record profits and personal bonuses were posted, and state and media propaganda had recovered its equilibrium. Suddenly, the “black hole” was no longer the responsibility of the banks, whose debt is to be paid by those not in any way responsible: the public. The received media wisdom of this “necessity” is now a chorus, from the BBC to the Sun. A masterstroke, Bernays would surely say.
False reality The former government minister Ed Miliband offers a “genuine alternative” as leader of the British Labour Party.
Fact Miliband, like his brother David, the former foreign secretary, and almost all those standing for the Labour leadership, is immersed in the effluent of New Labour. As a New Labour MP and minister, he did not refuse to serve under Blair or speak out against Labour’s persistent warmongering. He now calls the invasion of Iraq a “profound mistake”. Calling it a mistake insults the memory and the dead. It was a crime, of which the evidence is voluminous. He has nothing new to say about the other colonial wars, none of them mistakes. Neither has he demanded basic social justice: that those who caused the recession clear up the mess and that Britain’s fabulously rich corporate minority be seriously taxed, starting with Rupert Murdoch.
Of course, the good news is that false realities often fail when the public trusts its own critical intelligence, not the media. Two classified documents recently released by Wikileaks express the CIA’s concern that the populations of European countries, which oppose their governments’ war policies, are not succumbing to the usual propaganda spun through the media. For the rulers of the world, this is a conundrum, because their unaccountable power rests on the false reality that no popular resistance works. And it does.
Peace revolution Podcast
By Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Sat, 28 Aug 2010 16:13 CDT
Oceanographic satellite data now shows that as of July 28, the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico has stalled as a consequence of the BP oil spill disaster. This according to Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian theoretical physicist, and major complex and chaotic systems analyst at the Frascati National Laboratories in Italy.
This could be the most significant man-caused Earth Changes news thus far in my lifetime. This morning, Lesie Pastor informed the New Energy Congress of a report by Your Own World USA that as of July 28,
Oceanographic satellite data now shows that the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico has stalled as a consequence of the BP oil spill [volcano] disaster. This according to Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian theoretical physicist, and major complex and chaotic systems analyst at the Frascati National Laboratories in Italy.
He further notes that the effects of this stall have also begun to spread to the Gulf Stream. This is because the Loop Current is a crucial element of the Gulf Stream itself and why it is commonly referred to as the "main engine" of the Stream.
The concern now, is whether or not natural processes can re-establish the stalled Loop Current. If not, we could begin to see global crop failures as early as 2011.
Images of The Day After Tomorrow flashed in my head. The disruption of major ocean currents is no small thing. The climate ramifications are massive, worldwide.
The Gulf Stream is what keeps the east coast of the U.S. as well as Britain and Europe more temperate, compared to what they would be without this warm current passing by.
After reading through the article, seeing its scientific backing, and discussion of the ramifications, I went to Google to see if this is getting mainstream press attention. A Google News search for "Loop Current" Stalled came up null. Nada, nothing.
loop current google search
"How could that be?" I wondered. This is huge, and it's something that mainstream science and the mainstream press could easily verify and report.
I then placed a call to Paul Noel, who seems to always be up on things like this. I caught him in the middle of a family vacation event at a museum, so I was only able to speak with him for a couple of minutes, but he said that he had noticed that the current had stalled. "I check the loop current periodically", he said. He also said that a new phenomenon had cropped up on the beaches. Something about a "bathtub ring" of oil residue. I didn't catch how this was new, and he had to go.
So apparently, this is a breaking development that will most likely take a while to sink in, just as the initial BP rig fire and sinking and oil volcano took a while for people to realize its significance and impact. The people still living near the Gulf may yet be in denial as to the impact of the toxic fumes coming off the slick, poisoning their rain and crops and groundwater. Now the other shoe drops. The Loop Current stalls, and now the globe will feel the impact.
The mechanism by which the oil slick could lead to something like this could have to do with the changed viscosity of the water penetrated with oil to great depths due to the Corexit dispersant; and it could have to do with the darkened water attracting more solar heat, increasing its temperature.
Here is the rest of the story from Your Own World USA
An Open System in Trouble
The Loop Current is a clockwise flow that extends northward into the Gulf of Mexico and joins the Yucatan Current and the Florida Current to the Gulf Stream.
Although at first glance the Loop Current appears confined within the Gulf, scientists define it as an "element of an extremely complex, open system": as all other "elements" of the so-called "Earth System", are not separable from the others.
These various "elements" of the Earth System (i.e., atmosphere, landmasses and so forth) are so strongly correlated to one another that at some point, they become indivisible.
Dr. Gianluigi Zangari
Why is this important to all life on the planet? The Gulf Stream is a strong interlinked component of the Earth's global network of ocean conveyor currents, which drive the planet's weather systems.
For this reason, Zangari's concern is that should the Loop Current fail to restart, dire global consequences may ensue as a result of extreme weather changes and many other critical phenomena. The repercussions of which could trigger widespread droughts, floods, crop failures and subsequent global food shortages.
While pundits are certain to trivialize the ramifications of this event, "the real worry" says Zangari, "is that that there is no historical precedent for the sudden replacement of a natural system, with a dysfunctional man-made system. That is, except for the atomic bomb blasts and contamination as a result of nuclear waste and nuclear plant accidents, such as the April 1986, Chernobyl disaster
In what is now widely regarded by many as "Oil's Chernobyl," Americans, and particularly Gulf Coast residents are disheartened by a steady stream of bureaucratically bungled responses, which are now proving to be just as a deadly as the initial event itself.
Perhaps even more so, as this toxic brew of incompetence, greed, corruption, oil, Corexit dispersant and other chemicals has unleashed a man-made disaster in the Gulf, with frightful possibilities for the future.
The Corexit Curse
lThe use of Corexit as a dispersant was first brought to the public's attention during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
A powerful solvent used as a dispersant for oil slicks, public knowledge about the dispersant and its long-term effects is hampered by the proprietary protections of its manufacturer, Nalco Holding Company, which is associated with British Petroleum (BP) and Exxon.
What is known, is that this petroleum-based formula is regarded as being at least four times more toxic to life, than the oil it disperses by many environmentalists.
Officially, just over one million gallons of Corexit has been spayed in the Gulf of Mexico, but reliable sources tell Yowua.com that the actual amount could easily be twice that much.
Either way, current satellite data of the Gulf feeds tell Zangari that the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico has clearly stalled due to environmental impacts from a man-made introduction of oil, which were then compounded by other agents (Corexit and so on).
Worse yet, these real-time satellite data feeds offers clear evidence to Zangari that a new artificial system has been generated in of the Gulf in a remarkably short period of time. It is this new and unnatural system which has changed the viscosity, temperature and salinity of the Gulf's seawater, thereby causing the Loop Current to stall. A system that has existed for millions of years.
Consequently, there is no possible way for scientists to predict its future evolution, though corporate spinmeisters and media pundits will no doubt be sure to offer a bevy of right-sounding predictions. Their goal as it has been throughout this ordeal, will be to deflect attention by trivializing the severity of the event with simplistic and misleading explanations.
However, researchers like Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, offer insights that transcend the politics of oil.
As a theoretical physicist, he currently holds a position as an associate member of the Research Division of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics at Frascati National Laboratories (LNF) of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Italy. A prestigious research facility focused on high-energy physics.
However, what makes Dr. Gianluigi Zangari's findings so vital to the common man, is that for over a decade, he has conducted his continuous global analysis climate research, using publicly available data. Unlike the jealously guarded formulas for Corexit, anyone can vet his research without having to run through a gauntlet of corporate lawyers.
Tracking Zangari's Data
Zangari's assessment is based on daily monitoring of real-time data oceanographic satellite public data feeds called "Real-Time Mesoscale Altimetry" from the Jason, Topex/Poseidon, Geosat, Follow-On, ERS-2 and Envisat satellites.
These satellite feeds are are captured and made publicly available by NASA, NOAA and by the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
These CCAR data maps offer researchers like Zangari a continuous stream of markers for sea and ocean dynamics: surface height, velocity, temperature. A fourth marker that Zangari has found to be especially helpful, are chlorophyll infrared emission maps. This is because they show him real-time changes in the shape of the Gulf Stream.
In addition to changes in ocean velocity, Zangari is reporting an equally troubling analysis with sea surface temperatures. The data published by Rutgers University is from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data maps. Dr. Zangari re-elaborates and checks these data maps using his own calculus system called SHT (patented in 1999.)
© Frascati National Laboratories, NOAA and Rutgers University
Sea Surface Temperatures Acknowledgments: Frascati National Laboratories, NOAA and Rutgers University (http://marine.rutgers.edu). Analysis by Dr. Gianluigi Zangari (Frascati Labs), July 29, 2010.
Taken altogether, these four oceanographic markers began taking a turn for the worse, shortly after the Deepwater Horizon well explosion on April 20, 2010. This rapid turn of events raised Zangari's concerns about the Gulf's Loop Current, and then on July 28, 2010 the worst case imaginable happened. "The Loop Current simply stalled," Zangari noted sadly "and we have no idea if it can reorganize itself, because now we're dealing with troubling unknowns."
Velocity and Temperature Worries
At present, Admiral Thad Allen is trying to assure Americans that the worst of the disaster has passed and that the oil slicks have disappeared due to natural processes. However the markers from oceanographic satellite feeds Dr. Zangari is studying tell him an entirely different story.
The millions of gallons of Corexit sprayed in the Gulf have given BP and the US government a convenient way to mitigate public concerns by removing the threat from sight. The logic being that since the oil is disappearing, so is the crisis. However, taking oil from the surface and spreading through the water column is not a PR matter. Instead, it has become a convenient way to cover up one massive mistake, with a tragically larger one.
To help understand why, let's assume that what is really happening in the Gulf is not much different from what happens when you shake a bottle of oil and vinegar salad dressing. Leave the bottle on the shelf for a while and the oil and vinegar will naturally separate, each with it's own unique viscosity.
However, when the bottle is shaken the two are mixed. This creates a new, and overall thicker viscosity, hence the dressing pours more slowly. In very simple terms, this is what happened in the Gulf of Mexico, which begs another question. Was the Gulf of Mexico intentionally written off early on, so as to protect the Gulf Stream and America's NATO partners?
Will This Stall Spread Into the Atlantic?
The importance of the Gulf Stream was brought to the forefront in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) where the Gulf Stream stalled, causing temperatures in New York City to plummet from sweltering to freezing in a matter of hours.
Based on real science, the film showed movie audience how the the Gulf Stream transports warm water from the equatorial regions of the Earth, along American's Eastern seaboard and then across the Atlantic to Northern Europe.
Now, current temperature measurements for the Gulf Stream on the Atlantic Front (from 76 to 47 meridian) now appears to be about 10 degrees Celsius cooler than it was this time last year. Consequently, a direct causality nexus has now been established, between the stall of the Gulf Loop Current and this new temperature drop in the Gulf Stream on the Atlantic Front.
For this reason, the focus of Zangari's research is presently centered on finding signs of a return to the former natural equilibrium of the Gulf. Again, he stresses making predictions (pessimistic or optimistic alike) because "these phenomena are unpredictable because they are ruled by strong non-linearities."
Nonetheless, we must must ponder the question: What does this new nexus portend for our future? To that, Zangari says "we can affirm that this system (the Gulf Stream) is changing in an unpredictable way, which may produce serious consequences on planetary scale."
Yowusa.com will report new developments in Dr. Zangari's research as they become available.
God help us all. This planet is in crisis.
Thanks to SOTT for the article
Britain is bankrupt. There's no getting around that fact. We have a national debt of over £900 billion and rising. We have a massive black hole in the public pension pot of £1.2 trillion. We have personal debt of £1.5 trillion.
That is a total shortfall, today, of £3.6 trillion.
£6 Trillion - £188,000 Each
If we add corporate debt onto this figure, then the nation, its people and its employers owe somewhere in the region of £6 trillion to bankers in one form or another, complete with its burden of interest. And we are told we can solve this debt problem by creating more debt.
2.7 million people are presently unemployed - a rise of about 1 million people since the government bailed out the banks. And as a result of the already announced government cuts of between 25% and 40%, a further 1.5 million - 3 million people are going to lose their jobs.
Even if every man and woman capable of work were working and paying tax - around 32 million taxpayers - each of us would be working like slaves to service an average of £188,000 in debt. How does it feel to have a second mortgage hanging round your neck?
To add a final nail to the coffin, much of this debt is denominated in one foreign currency or another, leaving us at the mercy of exchange rates. Welcome to the third world.
The cuts announced in Osborne's recent budget are designed, he would say, to deal with the government deficit. Even if that were true, they will do nothing for the national debt, for personal debt, nor for corporate debt.
In fact, based on Osborne's plans, we won't even be able to cover the interest on the national debt. By the end of Cameron's first Parliament, the interest replayments on
Government debt will be in the region of £70 billion per year, which is more than 10% of today's annual tax revenue. To put that in perspective, that's equivilent to approximately 70% of the entire NHS budget.
Let's make no bones about it, we are in a deep, deep hole. Once further Quantitative Easing (money printing) is brought into the equation (as it already has been in the USA), and the imminent European banking collapse, one has to wonder how we will ever get ourselves out of this mess? I think it is no exaggeration to say upfront that people are going to die as the effects of the strategy of austerity and debt upon debt begin to bite.
I could wax lyrical about the specifics of how this has happened. But what can I say that has not been said already? So instead, let's put it in these terms: we are in this mess because of the corrupt thinking of all but a few in this country and the world. The corruption has been led by our so-called qualified economists, politicians and bankers, and has been followed by the rest of us who have ignored the very basic economic schooling we received when we were children.
The God Of Money
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to waken up and remember that economy has nothing to do with money. The Satanic thinking of economists which has turned money into a commodity, which, they claim, has a value which can be traded on markets, has brought us to a place where money is worshipped as an alternative to God. It's fair to say that the saying "the love of money is the root of all evil" really is a truism, is it not?
Basic Infrastructure & Production, Not Money
The reality is that the only thing that creates value is the work we do. But not any old work - productive work. We only create value when we create something physical that people need. This rule of thumb does not include the printing of money, of course. Taking that route destroys value.
In order to support productiion of real physical goods, we need real physical infrastructure. Electricty, gas, water supplies, and equally importantly, transport infrastructure are absolutely fundamental requirements to any kind of real economy. These things are the foundation of any economy.
The worshippers of the great god money have quite deliberately and intentionally destroyed our basic economic infrastructure, just as they have destroyed our productive capacity. They have sold our infrastructure off to private corporations who have used it as a cash cow; sending us massive bills to use it, while spending the minimum to keep it running, sort of.
The chronic state of our roads network, our rail network, billions of gallons of water lost each year to leaking pipes and end of life nuclear and conventional power stations, is no more than organised criminal asset stripping of the nation. Very soon now, these companies will announce that they don't have enough money to build the new infrastructure needed to continue their ponzi scheme. Where will they come to bail them out, do you think?
Less than 20% of Britain's working population is involved in actually producing something. The rest of us are economic protitutes, doing no more than circulating money around the "economy" by servicing each other.
Since we don't produce anything which can be sold, how can the economy grow? Where does all the extra money come from?
Most people are aware by now that it appears out of thin air, or rather, at the punch of a key on a computer keyboard. In fact, since 1997 when Tony Blair became Prime MInister, the Bank of England has allowed the amount of Sterling in circulation to rise by 400%. But the "economy" has only "grown" by 30% in that time. Is that growth?
Or is that fraud?
While we have all been servicing each other and feeling drunk on rising house prices and staggeringly obtuse mortgages, we have systematically destroyed any capability we might have had to pay the piper when he came a-calling. We continue to destroy that capability quite deliberately and systematically, don't we Mr Cameron? Just ask Sheffield Forgemasters.
What Is The Solution?
Today we face a bigger threat to our nation and way of life than we did when war was declared in 1939, and none of that threat comes from immigration! In fact, if we are to get out of this mess, we will need everyone living here to get their hands to the pumps. It is no exaggeration to say that we need to mobilise as a people in a way that hasn't been seen since 1939.
If we continue to allow the Banks to behave as they have been, and more importantly, if we allow them to pull the puppet strings attached to our politicians and businessmen, we have no hope. They are effectively trading while insolvent, which is illegal, as it should be.
Banking In Administration
When any business gets into financial difficulty, it is absolutely standard practice put it into "administration". This is a very powerful process for control, where a company is insolvent and facing serious threats from creditors. The Court may appoint a licensed insolvency practitioner as Administrator, which places a moratorium around the company and stops all legal actions. This gives the company time to restructure itself and make rational decisions about the rescue of the company.
Why did this not happen with the banks?
We are staring a second, more serious, "credit crunch" in the face, as the banks struggle to store up enough capital to cope with an imminent market "event." We should not be waiting for this event to happen - let's get control of the banking system right now by bringing in Glass Steagall style banking regulation (e.g. separating retail and investment banking), writing off all illegitimate debt (anything which does not meet the standards of the new banking regulations), and protecting those functions of the retail banks that we find useful, e.g. savings and pensions. This still leaves a fairly big mess to sort out, but at least we would not be putting massive profits in the hands of the criminals who got us into this mess in the process.
Replace The Bank Of England
It really is time to replace the Central Bank - owned by the taxpayer, but run independently from government by commercial bankers. The Chairman of the Court of Directors, Sir David Lees, received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic in July 1996. What for? This is a German state decoration, and although they seem to give them out like they're sweets, it begs the question, where do the loyalties of Sir David Lees lie?
The Bank of England holds assets in a wholly owned nominee company, Bank of England Nominees Limited. According to Hansard, these assets are owned by heads of state, including the Queen, but also foreign royalty and foreign governments. The Bank considers these people to be their customers. And yet, we the taxpayer, owners of the Bank. have no right to know what assets are held and for whom. Where does the loyalty of the Bank lie? Is it with the British nation, or is it with its foreign private corporate customers?
The opacity of the Bank of England is such that it cannot be relied upon to operate in the interests of the nation. It is simply acting as a broker between the government and the City of London. Its role then to to maximise profit from the debt owed by the nation, for the benefit of the commercial banks. It should be shut down and replaced with a national bank, whose functions would include real regulation of the financial system and its participants, and mangement of our sovereign currency, issued as public credit through Act of Parliament. This national bank would serve no commerical interests outside those of the nation, and would be required to be completly transparent and accountable.
Even once the work of financial regulation and debt restructuring is done, we still have a long way to go to get out of the mess. The pension black hole is a particular problem, and the only way we will be able to sort it out is by producing our way out if it.
Massive Infrastructure Rebuilding
A productive economy cannot be built, however, without infrastructure. Inexpensive electricity, gas, water and transportation are all required before restarting our manufacturing in any meaningful way.
We should be organising a massive publicly funded building programme to refresh our power stations, reservoirs and water pipes, railways and roads using the latest technology possible. That means using nuclear power and maglev trains. It also means taking back ownership of what's left of our current infrastructure. As mentioned above, this programme would be run on a scale not seen since 1939. It would be used as the driver to kick start industry and the real productive economy. In parallel, our schools, technical colleges and universities would be retasked to focus on real high tech engineering, machine tool design, and so on.
How Would We Pay For It All?
It should be obvious that if we can find trillions of pounds to bail out bankers, we can find it for good purpose as well. All money issued is debt, and we shouldn't be getting excited about that fact. The question is, should this debt be to a bank which will charge interest, or to ourselves, the people of this nation? We're not, after all, going to charge ourselves interest, and where our new shiny national bank is lending money to private corporations to fund the above projects, it can do so at small, simple interest of say 1-2%. So there would be the opportunity for British companies (globalist empire builders need not apply) to tender for exciting high tech projects which will provide productive employment, training and, in the end, infrastructure to support a real growing economy.
The International Angle
The British people should have been ashamed, the day Gordon Brown attended the G20 as the "Global Chancellor Of The Exchequer" pushing his globalist debt upon debt bailout solution on the rest of the world. Isn't it time we packed our current Prime Minister off to the G20 to propose international agreements among soveraign nation states, based on the economic principles discussed here? I would strongly suggest such an initiative is the only hope for civilisation.
Its been a time since I put some personal emotion onto this blog and not just published interesting articles or research lines ive been following, but its time for a vent.
I was going to post the excellent Connecting the dots monthly article from Signs of the Times, but the more I read the more it depressed and reflected my current life, All be it in smaller disasters, more localised problems, nothing in comparison but bells ringing to be sure.
I consider myself a nodal point of information, Ive been publishing this blog, Virtual World 360 for over three years, I woke up sharply in 2006 after an NDE and have not stopped researching and changing my life based on the facts that I believe to be true, after critical thinking and online independent research.
I launched an off grid self sufficiency project in March, Permaculture Senda Verde in my attempt to walk the walk and talk the talk, non violent non compliance with the system.
I believe the system is not changeable from the inside, Ive given 20 years of my life doing the best I could until the penny dropped, a nepotistic dog eat dog lie does not fit a meritocatic humane outlook on life. You cant win out there these days.
No matter what subject you research, agriculture, education, medication, public policy....we are doing it wrong, Ocams razer my arse, its time to wear a tin foil hat with pride and start finding out just whats going on.
Start investigating through independent internet media outlouts subjects that you have an interest in, once you find the first whopper you will be off on an terrible trail, but a trail that leads to self knowledge, self power and the ability to protect your family and loved ones from what, and I say this as a nodal point, is coming down very fast.
Its too late if ever it was possible to change it from the inside, from protest and demonstration, the NGOs are all bought off, the quangos rule the governments, the governments are all worse than arse lickers, not a man or woman of moral substance between any of them, in any country. all bought and paid for by the corporations.
I refuse to comply with corrupt, unjust, imorral and in humane laws that mean nothing to me, a Freeman, free born with the rights that source gave me. I suggest anyone with fire in their blood and a black vision of the future go research the Freeman on the land concept, you will find plenty of links on my side bar. But after hours on it you will find, if you stick the course that its nothing more than an attitude. I am a human being and I have a right to live happily on this planet without interference from people that are trying obviously to do me harm.
We got to get angry, but in a Gandhi way, non violent non compliance with the system is your natural source given right.
When the tide is turning it can still feel like everything is against you, but from the sheer furry of the complete shite that is going on globally I can only conclude its time to stand tall, dig deep, and look for the dawn. The darkest dark is always before the lightest light, it soon comes.
Check out SOTT monthly article, believe nothing, research everything and go with your gut not your head.
Connecting the Dots: Whistling Past The Graveyard
July 2010 saw extreme weather and the further apparent collapse of our planet's eco-system come front and center. Despite these dire warning signs, the psychopaths in power continue to do their best to obfuscate the facts and embroil as many normal human beings as possible in conflict, strife, suffering and death.
Recently the unelected potentates of the EU Commission in Brussels have sought to override what has repeatedly been shown to be the overwhelming opposition of the European Union population to the spread of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in EU agriculture. EU Commission President now has a Maltese accountant as health and enviromnent Commissioner to rubber stamp the adoption of GMO. The former EU Environment Commissioner from Greece was a ferocious GMO opponent. As well, the Chinese government has indicated it may approve a variety of GMO rice. Before things get too far along, they would do well to take a closer look at the world GMO test lab, the USA. There GMO crops are anything but beneficial. Just the opposite.
What is carefully kept out of the Monsanto and other agribusiness propaganda in promoting genetically manipulated crops as an alternative to conventional is the fact that in the entire world until the present, all GMO crops have been manipulated and patented for only two things—to be resistant or “tolerant” to the patented highly toxic herbicide glyphosate chemicals that Monsanto and the others force farmers to buy as condition for buying their patented GMO seeds. The second trait is GMO seeds that have been engineered genetically to resist specific insects. Contrary to public relations myths promoted by the agribusiness giants in their own self-interest, there exists not oné single GMO seed that provides a greater harvest yield than conventional, nor one that requires less toxic chemical herbicides. That is for the simple reason there is no profit to be made in such.
As prominent GMO opponent and biologist, Dr Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute of Science in London has noted, companies such as Monsanto build into their seeds herbicide-tolerance (HT) due to glyphosate-insensitive form of the gene coding for the enzyme targeted by the herbicide. The enzyme is derived from soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Insect-resistance is due to one or more toxin genes derived from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). The United States began large scale commercial planting of GMO plants, mainly soybeans and corn and cotton around 1997. By now, GM crops have taken over between 85 percent to 91 percent of the areas planted with the three major crops, soybean, corn and cotton in the US, on nearly 171 million acres.
The ecological time-bomb that came with the GMO according to Ho, is about to explode. Over several years of constant application of patented glyphosate herbicides such as Monsanto’s famous and highly Roundup, new herbicide-resistant “super-weeds” have evolved, nature’s response to man-made attempts to violate it. The super-weeds require significantly more not less herbicide to control.
ABC Television, a major US national network, made a recent documentary about the super-weeds under the rubric, “super weeds that can’t be killed.”
They interviewed farmers and scientists across Arkansas who described fields overrun with giant pigweed plants that can withstand as much glyphosate as farmers are able to spray. They interviewed one farmer who spent almost €400000 in only three months in a failed attempt to kill the new super-weeds.
The new super-weeds are so robust that harvester combines are unable to harvest the fields and hand tools break trying to cut them down. At least 400000 hectares of soybean and cotton in Arkansas alone have become invested with this new mutant biological plague. Detailed data on other agricultural regions is not available but believed similar. The pro-GMO and pro-agribusiness US Department of Agriculture has been reported lying about the true state of US crop harvest partly to hide the grim reality and to prevent an explosive revolt against GMO in the world’s largest GMO market.
One variety of super-weed, palmer pigweed can grow up to 2.4 meters high, withstands severe heat and prolonged droughts, and produces thousands of seeds with a root system that drains nutrients away from crops. If left unchecked, it takes over an entire field in a year. Some farmers have been forced to abandon their land. To date palmer pigweed infestation in GMO crop regions has been identified in addition to Arkansas, also in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Mexico, Mississippi and most recently, Alabama and Missouri.
Weed scientists at the University of Georgia estimate that just two palmer pigweed plants in every 6 meter length of cotton row can reduce yield by at least 23 percent. A single weed plant can produce 450 000 seeds. 
Roundup toxic danger being covered-up
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the US and the world at large. Patented and sold by Monsanto since the 1970s under the trade name Roundup, it is a mandatory component of buying GMO seeds from Monsanto. Just go to your local garden store and ask for it and read the label carefully.
As I detail in my book, Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, GMO crops and patented seeds were developed in the 1970’s with significant financial support from the pro-eugenics Rockefeller Foundation, by what were essentially chemical companies—Monsanto Chemicals, DuPont and Dow Chemicals. All three were involved in the scandal of the highly toxic Agent Orange used in Vietnam, as well as Dioxin in the 1970’s, and lied to cover up the true damage to its own employees as well as to civilian and military populations exposed.
Their patented GMO seeds were seen as a clever way to force increased purchase of their agricultural chemicals such as Roundup. Farmers must sign a legal contract with Monsanto in which it stipulates that only Monsanto Roundup pesticide may be used. Farmers are thus trapped both in buying new seeds from Monsanto each harvest and buying the toxic glyphosate.
France’s University of Caen, in a team led by molecular biologist, Gilles-Eric Seralini, did a study that showed Roundup contained one specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA. Seralini’s team demonstrated that POEA in Roundup was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than even the glyphosate itself. Monsanto refuses to release details of the contents of its Roundup other than glyphosate, calling it “proprietary.” 
The Seralini study found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns! The French team studied multiple concentrations of Roundup, from the typical agricultural or lawn dose down to concentrations 100,000 times more dilute than the products sold on shelves. The researchers saw cell damage at all concentrations.
Glyphosate and Roundup are advertised as “less toxic to us than table salt” in a pamphlet from the Biotechnology Institute promoting GMO crops as ‘Weed Warrior.’ Thirteen years of GMO crops in the USA has increased overall pesticide use by 318 million pounds, not decreased as promised by the Four Horsemen of the GMO Apocalypse. The extra disease burden on the nation from that alone is considerable.
Nonetheless after introduction of Monsanto GMO seeds commercially in the USA, use of glyphosate has risen more than 1500% between 1994 and 2005. In the USA some 100 million pounds of glyphosate are used on lawns and farms every year, and over the last 13 years, it has been applied to more than a billion acres. When questioned, Monsanto’s technical development manager, Rick Cole, reportedly said the problems were “manageable.” He advised farmers to alternate crops and use different makes of herbicides produced by Monsanto. Monsanto is encouraging farmers to mix glyphosate with its older herbicides such as 2,4-D, banned in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for links to cancer and reproductive and neurological damage. 2,4-D is a component of Agent Orange, produced by Monsanto for use in Vietnam in the 1960s.
US Farmers turn to organics
Farmers across the United States are reported to be going back to conventional non-GMO crops instead. According to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture, retail sales of organic food went up to $21.1 billion in 2008 from $3.6 billion in 1997. The market is so active that organic farms have struggled at times to produce sufficient supply to keep up with the rapid growth in consumer demand, leading to periodic shortages of organic products.
The new UK Conservative-Liberal coalition government is strongly backing lifting a de facto ban on GMO in that country. UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Prof. John Beddington, recently wrote an article in which he misleadingly claimed “The next decade will see the development of combinations of desirable traits and the introduction of new traits such as drought tolerance. By mid-century much more radical options involving highly polygenic traits may be feasible.” He went on to promise “cloned animals with engineered innate immunity to diseases” and more. I think we can pass that one up, thank you.
A recent study by Iowa State University and the US Department of Agriculture assessing the performance of farms during the three-year transition it takes to switch from conventional to certified organic production showed notable advantages of organic farming over GMO or even conventional non-GMO crops. In an experiment lasting four years—three years transition and first year organic—the study showed that although yields dropped initially, they equalized in the third year, and by the fourth year, the organic yields were ahead of the conventional for both soybean and corn.
As well, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) has recently been published, the result of three-year deliberation by 400 participating scientists and non-government representatives from 110 countries around the world. It came to the conclusion that small scale organic agriculture is the way ahead for coping with hunger, social inequities and environmental disasters.  As Dr Ho argues, a fundamental shift in farming practice is needed urgently, before the agricultural catastrophe spreads further across Germany and the EU to the rest of the world.
 Super weed can’t be killed, abc news, 6 October 2009. See also,Jeff Hampton, N.C. farmers battle herbicide-resistant weeds, The Virginian-Pilot, 19 July 2009, http://hamptonroads.com/2009/07/nc-farmers-battle-herbicideresistant-weeds
 Clea Caulcutt, ‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands, Clea Caulcutt, 19 April 2009, http://www.france24.com/en/20090418-superweed-explosion-threatens-monsanto-heartlands-genetically-modified-US-crops
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Publication Date (Web): December 23, 2008.
 Carolyn Dimitri and Lydia Oberholtzer, Marketing U.S. organic foods: recent trends from farms to consumers, USDA Economic Research Service, September 2009, http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB58/
 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, IAASTD, 2008, http://www.agassessment.org/index.cfm?Page=Press_Materials&ItemID=11
 Ho MW.UK Food Standards Agency study proves organic food is better. Science in Society 44, 32-33, 2009.
F. William Engdahl is the author of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation
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