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Posted in criminal justice system, economics, government, history, law, politics, tagged Arkansas, Bill Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Deborah Robinson, Inter mountain Regional Airport, MENA, Mena airport on April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Film that includes clips from mainsteam media at the time, CBS etc. http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm ARKANSAS GOVERNOR BILL CLINTON PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH CIA DRUGS FOR GUNS CONNECTION By Paul DeRienzo An independent group of researchers in Arkansas are charging that Governor Bill Clinton is covering up an airport used by the CIA and major cocaine smugglers in a remote corner of the Ozark mountains. According to Deborah Robinson of In These Times, the Inter mountain Regional Airport in Mena,Arkansas continues to be the hub of operations for people like assassinated cocaine kingpin Barry Seal as well as government intelligence operations linked to arms and drug smuggling. In the 1980′s, the Mena airport became one of the world’s largest aircraft refurbishing centers, providing services to planes from many countries.Researchers claim that the largest consumers of aircraft refurbishing services are drug smugglers and intelligence agencies involved in covert activities.In fact, residents of Mena, Arkansas, have told reporters that former marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North was a frequent visitor during the 1980′s. Eugene Hasenfus, a pilot who was shot down in a Contra supply plane over Nicaragua in 1986, was also seen in town renting cargo vehicles. A federal Grand Jury looking into activities at the Mena airport refused to hand down any indictments after drug running charges were made public.Deborah Robinson says that Clinton had “ignored the situation” until he began his presidential campaign.” Clinton then said he would provide money for a state run investigation of the Mena airport. But according to Robinson, the promise of an investigation was never followed up by Clinton’s staff. In fact, a local Arkansas state prosecutor blasted Clinton’s promise of an investigation, comparing it to “spitting on a forest fire.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton was ready with a quip after a woman threw a shoe at her as she took the stage for a Las Vegas speech.
Security at the Mandalay Bay casino resort ushered out the woman, who is now in federal custody after the incident at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting.
“My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial,” Clinton said. “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
Clinton dodged the object, which sailed past her head.
Mark Carpenter, a spokesman for the recycling institute, said the woman was not affiliated with the organization nor credentialed for the event.
“Our staff denied her access before she later rushed past security,” Carpenter said in a statement. “An ISRI staffer then stopped her as she approached the stage. She was then handed over to law enforcement.”
Jerry Simms, the outgoing chairman of the recycling institute, offered a “deepest apology for that crude interruption.”
The organization represents more than 1,700 companies that process, broker and industrially consume metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. Both Clinton and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke at the meeting.
Clinton, who has said she’s thinking about running for president in 2016, has been making paid speeches and is finishing a new book about her State Department days that will be released June 10. She’s on a three-state swing of the West Coast.
The Clinton incident evokes a 2008 event in which an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad.
Also from one of our partners:
- “Bombshell: Long-time Clinton associate says he killed people for Bill & Hillary,” Oct. 13, 2013.
- “Hillary Clinton treated Secret Service like servants,” March 11, 2012.
- “Papers of closest friend show Hillary Clinton to be ruthless & vengeful,” Feb. 10, 2014.
- “Hillary Clinton was fired for lying when she was 27 years old,” Jan. 19, 2014.
Al Sharpton finally exposed for the creepy fraud he’s always been:
07 Apr 2014 Al Sharpton on Monday dismissed a report portraying him as a one-time mob informant for the FBI, calling the claims old news and a “crazy” attempt to discredit him. TheSmokingGun.com story describes in detail how Sharpton in the mid-1980s secretly recorded Mafia bosses and other underworld figures for an FBI-NYPD crime task force. The 12,196-word story — in which he is referred to as CI-7, short for confidential informant #7 — says investigators got Sharpton to “flip…” Sharpton did not deny working with the FBI but pushed back on the details in the Smoking Gun report.
Though the task force took a “shotgun” approach in giving Sharpton a variety of snitching assignments, they ultimately wanted inroads into the corrupt New York music industry and realized he had the connections, according to the story.
Sharpton did not deny working with the FBI but pushed back on the details in the Smoking Gun report.
The 59-year-old told FoxNews.com he was just “trying to get bad guys out of the music industry, and that is offensive to the American flag.”
A written response through his National Action Network called the Smoking Gun story “erroneous.”
In the response, Sharpton acknowledged having contact with the FBI, saying he told agents he was threatened by mobsters and that authorities should investigate the mob trying to squeeze black concert promoters. He suggested the relationship did not go much beyond that.
“If they used some of the information that we gathered around crimes with guys … who threatened me and inadvertently led to other cases with me, I have no knowledge and serious doubts they took a lot of other information to go in front of certain judges,” Sharpton said. “I have no knowledge of doing anything more than trying to stop the mob from threatening and limiting our fight for Black concert promoters.”
Sharpton also said he addressed the issue in his 1996 book “Go and Tell Pharaoh: The Autobiography of Reverend Al Sharpton.”
An FBI spokesman said: “As a rule, the [agency] does not confirm the identity of sources.”
Sharpton has been involved in numerous controversies, most notably for championing the 1987 case of Tawana Brawley, a black teen who falsely accused six white males of raping her. In years past, Sharpton has also used slurs against gays and Jews but slowly transformed his career.
In 2011, he joined MSNBC as a commentator and has become a friend and close-but-informal adviser for President Obama.
He has attended numerous private and public Obama White House events. And later this week, the president and Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to travel to Manhattan to attend the National Action Network’s annual conference.
Sharpton told FoxNews.com the SmokingGun.com story was “probably” timed for the conference.
Posted in economics, government, history, law, politics, tagged America, Bank holding company, Chase chairman David Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, National City Bank chairman Walter Wriston, Penn Central, power, President Nixon on April 7, 2014 | 9 Comments »
NIXON’S BANKERS: When What Was Good for Wall Street Was Good for the President
Wall Street’s War
While the protests against the Vietnam War intensified in the first years of the Nixon administration, the financial elite was fighting its own war—over the future of banking and against Glass-Steagall regulations. National City Bank chairman Walter Wriston was a steadfast warrior in related battles, as he fought with Chase chairman David Rockefeller for supremacy over the US banker community and for dominance over global finance.
Rockefeller’s sights were set on a grander prize, one with worldwide implications: ending the financial cold war. He made his mark in that regard by opening the first US bank in Moscow since the 1920s, and the first in Beijing since the 1949 revolution.
Augmenting their domestic and international expansion plans, both men and their banks prospered from the emerging and extremely lucrative business of recycling petrodollars from the Middle East into third world countries. By acting as the middlemen—capturing oil revenues and transforming them into high-interest-rate loans, to Latin America in particular—bankers accentuated disparities in global wealth. They dumped loans into developing countries and made huge amounts of money in the process. By funneling profits into debts, they caused extreme pain in the debtor nations, especially when the oil-producing nations began to raise their prices. This raised the cost of energy and provoked a wave of inflation that further oppressed these third world nations, the US population, and other economies throughout the world.
Bank Holding Company Battles
When Eisenhower signed the 1956 Bank Holding Company Act banning interstate banking, he left a large loophole as a conciliatory gambit: a gray area as to what big banks could consider “financially-related business,” which fell under their jurisdiction. In practice, that meant that they could find ways to expand their breadth of services while they figured out ways to grow their domestic grab for depositors. On May 26, 1970, the “Big Three” bankers— Wriston and Rockefeller, along with Alden “Tom” Clausen, chairman of Bank America Corporation—appeared before the Senate Banking and Currency Committee to press their case for widening the loophole.
During the proceedings, Wriston led the charge on behalf of his brethren in the crusade. Tall, slim, elegantly dressed, and the most articulate of the three, he dramatically called on Congress to “throw off some of the shackles on banking which inhibit competition in the financial markets.”
The global financial landscape was evolving. Ever since World War II, US bankers hadn’t worried too much about their supremacy being challenged by other international banks, which were still playing catch-up in terms of deposits, loans, and global customers. But by now the international banks had moved beyond postwar reconstructive pain and gained significant ground by trading with Cold War enemies of the United States. They were, in short, cutting into the global market that the US bankers had dominated by extending themselves into areas in which the US bankers were absent for US policy reasons. There was no such thing as “enough” of a market share in this game. As a result, US bankers had to take a longer, harder look at the “shackles” hampering their growth. To remain globally competitive, among other things, bankers sought to shatter post-Depression legislative barriers like Glass-Steagall.
They wielded fear coated in shades of nationalism as a weapon: if US bankers became less competitive, then by extension the United States would become less powerful. The competition argument would remain dominant on Wall Street and in Washington for nearly three decades, until the separation of speculative and commercial banking that had been invoked by the Glass-Steagall Act would be no more.
Wriston deftly equated the expansion of US banking with general US global progress and power. It wasn’t so much that this connection hadn’t occurred to presidents or bankers since World War II; indeed, that was how the political-financial alliances had been operating. But from that point on, the notion was formally and publicly verbalized, and placed on the congressional record. The idea that commercial banks served the country and perpetuated its global identity and strength, rather than the other way around, became a key argument for domestic deregulation—even if, in practice, it was the country that would serve the banks.
The Penn Central Debacle
There was, however, a fly in the ointment. To increase their size, bankers wanted to be able to accumulate more services or branches beneath the holding company umbrella. But a crisis in another industry would give some legislators pause. The Penn Central meltdown, the first financial crisis of Nixon’s presidency, temporarily dampened the ardency of deregulation enthusiasts. The collapse of the largest, most diverse railroad holding company in America was blamed on overzealous bank lending to a plethora of non-railroad-oriented entities under one holding company umbrella. The debacle renewed debate about a stricter bank holding company bill.
Under Wriston’s guidance, National City had spearheaded a fifty-three-bank syndicate to lend $500 million in revolving credit to Penn Central, even when it showed obvious signs of imminent implosion.
Penn Central had been one of the leading US corporations in the 1960s. President Johnson had supported the merger that spawned the conglomerate on behalf of a friend, railroad merger specialist Stuart Saunders, who became chairman. He had done this over the warnings of the Justice Department and despite allegations of antitrust violations called by its competitors. With nary a regulator paying attention, Penn Central had morphed into more than a railroad holding company, encompassing real estate, hotels, pipelines, and theme parks. Meanwhile, highways, cars, and commercial airlines had chipped away at Penn Central’s dominant market position. To try to compensate,
Penn Central had delved into a host of speculative expansions and deals. That strategy was failing fast. By May 1970, Penn Central was feverishly drawing on its credit lines just to scrounge up enough cash to keep going.
The conglomerate demonstrated that holding companies could be mere shell constructions under which other unrelated businesses could exist, much as the 1920s holding companies housed reckless financial ventures under utility firm banners.
Allegations circulated that Rockefeller had launched a five-day selling strategy of Penn Central stock, culminating with the dumping of 134,400 shares on the fifth day, based on insider information he received as one of the firm’s key lenders. He denied the charges.
In a joint effort with the bankers to hide the Penn Central debacle behind a shield of federal bailout loans, the Pentagon stepped in, claiming that assisting Penn Central was a matter of national defense.5 Under the auspices of national security, Washington utilized the Defense Production Act of 1950, a convenient bill passed at the start of the Korean War that enabled the president to force businesses to prioritize national security–related endeavors.
On June 21, 1970, Penn Central filed for bankruptcy, becoming the first major US corporation to go bust since the Depression. Its failure was not an isolated incident by any means. Instead, it was one of a number of major defaults that shook the commercial paper market to its core. (“Commercial paper” is a term for the short-term promissory notes sold by large corporations to raise quick money, backed only by their promise to pay the amount of the note at the end of its term, not by any collateral.) But the agile bankers knew how to capitalize on that turmoil. When companies stopped borrowing in the flailing commercial paper market, they had to turn to major banks like Chase for loans instead. As a result, the worldwide loans of Chase, First National City Bank, and Bank of America surged to $27.7 billion by the end of 1971, more than double the 1969 total of $13 billion.
A year later, the largest US defense company, Lockheed, was facing bankruptcy, as well. Again bankers found a way to come out ahead on the people’s dime. Lockheed’s bankers at Bank of America and Bankers Trust led a syndicate that petitioned the Defense Department for a bailout on similar national security grounds. The CEO, Daniel Haughton, even agreed to step down if an appropriate government loan was provided.
In response, the Nixon administration offered $250 million in emergency loans to Lockheed—in effect, bailing out the banks and the corporation. To explain the bailout at a time when the general economy was struggling, Nixon introduced the Lockheed Emergency Loan Act by stating, “It will have a major impact on the economy of California, and will contribute greatly to the economic strength of the country as a whole.” After the bill was passed, not a single Lockheed executive stepped down.
It would take several years of political-financial debate and more bailouts to sustain Penn Central. One 1975 article labeled the entire episode “The Penn-C Fairy Tale” and condemned the subsequent federal bailout: “While the country is in the worst recession since the depression and unemployment lines grow longer every day, Congress is dumping another third of a billion dollars of your tax payer dollars down the railroad rat hole.” (The incident was prologue: Congress would lavish hundreds of billions of dollars to sustain the biggest banks after the 2008 financial crisis, topped up by trillions of dollars from the Fed and the Treasury Department in the form of loans, bond purchases, and other subsidies.)
More Bank Holding Company Politics
Despite the Penn Central crisis, the revised Bank Holding Company Act decisively passed the Senate on September 16, 1970, by a bipartisan vote of seventy-seven to one. The final version was far more lenient than the one that Texas Democrat John William Wright Patman, chair of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, or even the Nixon administration had originally envisioned. The revised act allowed big banks to retain nonbank units acquired before June 1968. It also gave the Fed greater regulatory authority over bank holding companies, including the power to determine what constituted one. Language was added to enable banks to be considered one-bank holding companies if they, or any of their subsidiaries, held any deposits or extended any commercial loans, thus broadening their scope.
President Nixon signed the bill into law without fanfare on New Year’s Eve 1970. In fact, his inner circle decided against making a splash about it. They didn’t think the public would understand or care. Plus, they realized that there was a prevailing attitude that the Nixon administration had favored the big banks, and though it had, this was not something they wanted to draw attention to.
The End of the Gold Standard
The top six banks controlled 20 percent of the nation’s deposits through one-bank holding companies, but second place in that group wasn’t good enough for Wriston, who noted to the Nixon administration that his bank was really the “caretaker of the aspirations of millions of people” whose money it held. Wriston flooded the New York Fed with proposals for expansion. His applications “were said to represent as many as half of the total of all of the banks.” The Fed was so overwhelmed, it had to enlist First National City Bank to interpret the new law on its behalf.
By mid-1971, the Fed had approved thirteen and rejected seven of Wriston’s applications. His biggest disappointment was the insurance underwriting rejection. The possibility of converting depositors for insurance business had been tantalizing. It would continue to be a hard-fought, ultimately successful battle.
Around the same time, New York governor Nelson Rockefeller (David Rockefeller’s brother) approved legislation permitting banks to set up subsidiaries in each of the state’s nine banking districts. This was a gift for Wriston and David Rockefeller, because it meant their banks could expand within the state. Each subsidiary could open branches through June 1976, when the districts would be eliminated and banks could merge and branch freely.
Several months later, First National City Bank was paying generous prices to purchase the tiniest upstate banks, from which it began extending loans to the riskiest companies and getting hosed in the process; a minor David vs. Goliath revenge of local banks against Wall Street muscle.
By that time, the stock market had turned bearish, and foreign countries were increasingly demanding their paper dollars be converted into gold as they shifted funds out of dollar reserves. Bankers, meanwhile, postured for a dollar devaluation, which would make their cost of funds cheaper and enable them to expand their lending businesses.
They knew that the fastest way to further devalue the dollar was to sever it from gold, and they made their opinions clear to Nixon, taking care to blame the devaluation on external foreign speculation, not their own movement of capital and lending abroad.
The strategy worked. On August 15, 1971, Nixon bashed the “international money speculators” in a televised speech, stating, “Because they thrive on crises they help to create them.”16 He noted that “in recent weeks the speculators have been waging an all-out war on the American dollar.” His words were true in essence, yet they were chosen to exclude the actions of the major US banks, which were also selling the dollar. Foreign central banks had access to US gold through the Bretton Woods rules, and they exercised this access. Exchanging dollars for gold had the effect of decreasing the value of the US dollar relative to that gold. Between January and August 1971, European banks (aided by US banks with European branches) catalyzed a $20 billion gold outflow.
As John Butler wrote in The Golden Revolution, “By July 1971, the US gold reserves had fallen sharply, to under $10 billion, and at the rate things were going, would be exhausted in weeks. [Treasury Secretary John] Connally was tasked with organizing an emergency weekend meeting of Nixon’s various economic and domestic policy advisers. At 2:30 p.m. on August 13, they gathered, in secret, at Camp David to decide how to respond to the incipient run on the dollar.”
Nixon’s solution, pressed by the banking community, was to abandon the gold standard. In his speech the president informed Americans that he had directed Connally to “suspend temporarily the convertibility of the dollar into gold or other reserve assets.” He promised this would “defend the dollar against the speculators.” Because Bretton Woods didn’t allow for dollar devaluation, Nixon effectively ended the accord that had set international currency parameters since World War II, signaling the beginning of the end of the gold standard.
Once the dollar was no longer backed by gold, questions surfaced as to what truly backed it (besides the US military). According to Butler, “The Bretton Woods regime was doomed to fail as it was not compatible with domestic US economic policy objectives which, from the mid-1960s onwards, were increasingly inflationary.”
It wasn’t simply policy that was inflationary. The expansion of debt via the joint efforts of the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve was greatly augmented by the bankers’ drive to loan more funds against their capital base. That established a debt inflation policy, which took off after the dissolution of Bretton Woods. Without the constraint of keeping gold in reserve to back the dollar, bankers could increase their leverage and speculate more freely, while getting money more easily from the Federal Reserve’s discount window. Abandoning the gold standard and “floating” the dollar was like navigating the waters of global finance without an anchor to slow down the dispersion of money and loans. For the bankers, this made expansion much easier.
Indeed, on September 24, 1971, Chase board director and former Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon (chairman of the Brookings Institution and, from 1972 to 1975, the Rockefeller Foundation) told Connally that “under no circumstances should we ever go back to assuming limited convertibility into gold.” Chase Board chairman David Rockefeller wrote National Security Adviser (and later Secretary of State) Henry Kissinger to recommend “a reevaluation of foreign currencies, a devaluation of the dollar, removal of the U.S. import surcharge and ‘buy America’ credits, and a new international monetary system with greater flexibility . . . and less reliance on gold.”
With the dollar devalued, investors poured money into stocks, fueling a rally from November 1971 led by the “Nifty Fifty,” a group of “respectable” big-cap growth stocks. These were being bought “like greyhounds chasing a mechanical rabbit” by pension funds, insurance companies, and trust funds. The Chicago Board of Trade began trading options on individual stocks in 1973 to increase the avenues for betting; speculators could soon thereafter trade futures on currencies and bonds.
The National Association of Securities Dealers rendered all this trading easier on February 8, 1971, when it launched the NASDAQ. The first computerized quote system enabled market makers to post and transact over-the-counter prices quickly. With the stock market booming again, NASDAQ became a more convenient avenue for Wall Street firms to raise money. Many abandoned their former partnership models whereby the firm’s partners risked their own capital for the firm, in favor of raising capital by selling the public shares. That way, the upside—and the growing risk—would also be diffused and transferred to shareholders. Merrill Lynch was one of the first major investment bank partnerships to go “public” in 1971. Other classic industry leaders quickly followed suit.
Meanwhile, corporations were finding prevailing lower interest rates more attractive. Instead of getting loans from banks, they could fund themselves more cheaply by issuing bonds in the capital markets. This took business away from commercial banks, which were restricted by domestic regulation from acting as issuing agents. But bankers had positioned themselves on both sides of the Atlantic to get around this problem, so they were covered by the shift in their major customers’ financing preferences. While their ability to service corporate demand was dampened at home, overseas it roared. Currency market turmoil also led many countries to the Eurodollar market for credit, where US banks were waiting. Thus, the credit extended through international branches of major US banks tripled to $4.5 billion from 1969 to 1972.
The market rally, cheered on by the media, was enough to bolster Nixon’s fortunes. In the fall of 1972, Nixon was reelected in a landslide on promises to end the Vietnam War with “peace and honor.” Wall Street reaped the benefits of a bull market, and more citizens and companies were sucked into new debt products. The Dow hit a 1970s peak of 1,052 points in January 1973, as Nixon began his second term.
Posted in death, economics, education, Entertainment, government, health, law, media, military, politics, religion, science, technology, tagged Federal Bureau of Investigation, God, government, health, Israel, United States, war on April 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Here’s a good example of the dysfunctional elite in their sense of timing with Mr. Apocalypse. The stunning, lying hypocrisy of the government in The Land of The Me and the Home of the Slave, is the stuff of Grand Guignol, Arguably they know they are lying, morally bankrupt, sacks of shit but they can’t help themselves. They’re a lot like someone who wants to entertain so badly that they don’t mind that their general audience (the ones who appreciate them) have an IQ south of 70 or resemble the residents of a Florida geriatric complex that has forgotten their own names and doesn’t know yours (until they get wired up with the necessary tech).
It doesn’t matter. It’s all about the smell of the grease paint and the roar of the crowd and irrespective of your performance being not unlike that of a south of the border dog and pony porno flick, you’re unmoved by the obvious comparison. You’re in show business, proud as all get out to follow the elephant in the circus parade.
Since we are looking at either an upcoming Cannibal Apocalypse or a tabla rasa, it’s probably important for you to learn a few survival skills in the short term, as the long term always seems to take care of itself and also depend heavily on the short term anyway, That’s just one of the things you might profit from knowing and if it interests you, then… there’s a whole bunch more. I give this out by way of exampling the point that there are all kinds of things we could know and even some that we should know. As always though, it all depends on where you look.
This world, being a world of misdirection, is devoted to detours, also called umleitung in certain locations. Because of conditioning, people are unaware that they are being routed to one form of perdition or another and also convinced that what’s truly good for them is frightening and dangerous, as well as destructive to their social standing. You see forms of this every day, like that Austrian study that says vegetarians are more likely to catch cancer and have heart disease than meat eaters. In case you didn’t see it, here it is. Given the connection between colon cancer and meat eating, this is complete disinfo. I could go into detail about how very, very wrong this is but… why bother? Only certifiable morons would believe something like that. Yeah, if you believe that, I’ve got an insertable, vibrating iPhone5 that works as a Kundalini activator and also records messages and then transmits them to your inner ear. You too can hear voices. You’re living the dream, baby.
In the world of scriptural incidentals there are a whole lot of different creeds and convictions. Within all of the major manifestations of the teaching of one or the other simple, though illuminated souls, there are many schisms and each one of them is certain they have the right idea, which came birthed out of an imagined integrity to recapture the original duplication of something that has happened over and over many times before and most of which are unremembered and, indeed, of which no record even exists. Their imagined integrity was driven by an awareness of corruption in the original duplication and didn’t last all that long before it developed corruptions of its own. Sometimes it came out of a corruption within, where the founder discovered that all that was required was to rehash the teachings of the original duplicate and they would have their own money machine. They would have their own money machine AND be swathed in personal mystery that was guaranteed to provide them with bodies of whatever sexual persuasion they were inclined to express themselves upon, as a verification of their authentic rewriting of one or the other original duplication.
It’s impacted on every so called spiritual path that there is, whether that be Sunni, Wahhabi or Shiite, Mahayana or Hinayana, or any of the subvariables; including all of the myriad Christian sects. Truth is neither dual nor non dual. Using terms is not the same as understanding them and carrying a heavy attitude about ones level of insight is proof positive one possesses none. Even singular new age constructs have their offshoots and ingrown toenails of convoluted doctrine. Satanism isn’t what it used to be either, since most of it is just a reverse moralized cover for psychopathic antics, having only incidental connection to any actual worship of anything besides the evil in one’s self… hardly a satisfactory facsimile of the Prince of Darkness.
The truth of the matter, insofar as I have discovered and which only applies in that regard; leaving you free to believe whatever you please is… all this dual and non dual and having a head full of dogmatic cant and the fruits of metaphysical speculation birthed from the ruminations of a tiny separated mind add up to, well, squat actually. Sure… there is truth to be discovered in both dual and non dual thought but, it is not discovered, it is revealed and unless you’ve impressed the dispenser of all things real, you don’t have much except for your pretensions and whatever sophistication you’ve managed to engineer into whatever front you present to the world. Anyone can have the ear of the world for a moment or two and anyone can attain to levels of relative importance in the relative world but not everyone has the friendship of the ineffable or his agents and without that, you got nothing.
Of course, anyone and everyone is free to dispute this and to insist that there is some other way, or that one can damn well accomplish whatever they want, as a product of their own industry. But… whatever it is that you think you have acquired or come into the possession of will only sustain itself up unto the gates of death. Following that little incidental, one finds themselves engaged in a dialogue with a particular entity, to whom one must give an account of their words, actions and accomplishments (or lack of) here.
I will allow for there being the possibility that any number of loopholes and metaphysical wormholes may exist but I’m not keen to pursue any of those possibilities. I am utterly and completely convinced that you can’t get from here to there without a bonafide guide. I’m convinced you can’t get there without the grace of a master, or luminous entity with juice in the higher realms. I am convinced that we are all among the condemned, unless we have a friend of the court; an amicus curiae to plead our case… someone to say, “Hey, he’s with me” and that would be one who has already passed through the checkpoints you MUST PASS THROUGH in order to arrive in the worlds of light. Far greater souls than myself have attested to this and I have also heard it from the one who decides these things in one form or, seen and unseen.
Another thing that Bawa said, this time about me, when a friend went to him during the period I was in deep shit and facing a life sentence was, “Oh, he’s be alright, he’s just taken a different path.” I’m quite certain he wasn’t just talking about that particular condition. It’s because of this and similar statements and events that have come and gone and also permanently branded themselves upon my soul that I awaken with such a perpetuating optimism. It’s all those things hidden in the wide unknown, in the zones I am unaware of but which radiate with invisible force through every day and night.
If what you have discovered is real, it will not only endure, it will intensify, as ones connection to it strengthens through trial, test and experience. Eventually everything but this departs and these other things make their exits in the course of your “Voyage of Life.” When the parts that make all these distractions possible are gone from within you, they are simultaneously gone from without.
One can only understand anything from the level one occupies. The meaning given to anything and ones ability to use or apply anything, is totally dependent on what the level permits. Once the level shifts, it is altogether possible that both the meaning and function of most anything can radically alter from what it seemed to be. This is one more reason why, “I don’t know” is a most potent mantra. Conscious, “I don’t know”, coupled with humility and a sincere core of genuine aspiration, will engineer contact with the one who does know. Nothing is more important than making contact; in my view, from my perspective, in my opinion. Absolutely nothing I can imagine is more important than making a personal connection with the ineffable. Following that, everything takes care of itself as if by magic; seen in comparison with anything that went on before.
Posted in economics, government, history, law, politics, tagged American market system, electoral process, government, political action committees, private control, Public financing on April 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Outrage over the most recent decision of our Court of Supreme Profits is understandable if coming from people only recently introduced to the American market system of private control of everything, especially the electoral process. But those who’ve been tilting at this windmill for many years really need to stop and think:
How can they go on trying to simply control and not end private financing of elections and still believe in an alleged public power they call democracy?
Conscientious citizens have long been discouraged at the power of money over the political process and expressed frustration along with feeble attempts to limit rather than end such private control over what is supposed to be a democracy. More recently there has been a growing awareness that such power is at the root of economic inequality, social injustice, environmental destruction and minority anti-social controls that are bringing the nation and the globe closer to ruin. The present angry response needs to become a demand for public financing of all politics in America or it will amount to the usual reforms that simply make buying and selling politicians a bit more involved with paperwork but still profitable to the minority that owns and operates the nation.
When Common Cause was formed a generation ago by people genuinely disgusted with our deformed-by-dollars-democracy, what resulted was the corporate rich combining their campaign investments into collective funds, political action committees and other accounting techniques to avoid any real change in the system. Instead of millionaires making personal purchases, a group of millionaires pooled smaller individual contributions into a fund even larger than their previous political bank accounts allowed. Common Cause still tries to control wealth by creating more jobs for accountants and lawyers. Since it introduced sincere but substantially useless financing changes, national, state and local elections have increased in costs by hundreds of millions of dollars. Presidential elections now involve billions spent on the branding, packaging and hyping of political products costing American taxpayers more and more, at an electoral mall that is an even greater disgrace to the notion of democracy than previous constitutional commodity marketing.
This process is an integral part of the same system that is destroying nature at a faster pace, making fewer people wealthier than ever before, and placing the burden of their increased profits on the degradation of material life and the absorption of greater loss for millions of taxpayers. Inequality reigns supreme, the rich have become much richer, they still run the country and with even more control than before. Progress? Through financial reform of private electoral financing? Would rape become tolerable if rapists wore white gloves and took their victims to dinner before the assault?
The spectacle of wanna-be American presidential candidates publicly lining up to privately kiss a billionaire’s lower anatomy, while professing their passionate love for his favorite charity Israel, has become ordinary. The conservative Talmudic Toadies who participated in this shameful performance have been criticized by some liberal Zionist Zealots, but the regular prayer meetings conducted by the AIPAC Israeli lobby in our (?) nation’s capital at which most of congress is in dutiful attendance is a bi-partisan fund raising orgy for both sides of the bought-and-owned one party hired class of politicians. And of course it isn’t only Israel that gets a wholesale deal on political power; that’s only regarding foreign policy concerning the Middle East.
All aspects of corporate profiteering are handled by political investments which guarantee support for making greater private profits, which accrue to less and less people, with the loss mounting for a growing majority.
This is not only nothing new but has been the American “way” since that “way” was founded by the original 1% way back in 1776. It’s just getting much, much worse and if all this righteous anger at the Supremes is channeled into simply putting more bookkeeping and accounting expenses on (alert for the irony challenged) an already over-burdened billionaire class, it will continue to get worse until a social collapse brings on total breakdown.
Public financing of all elections is one in a series of absolute necessities – others include public banking – if we have any notion of ever having a democracy. The idea that we used to have one and it is being taken away is only half correct. The majority in this nation has never for one microsecond had a national democracy. Local and smaller elections can indeed feel, seem and sometimes are truly democratic, but even they have been diminished by the power of private financing. Until a public, democratically funded electoral process becomes the demand and reality, all else will simply represent another way to manipulate good people into carrying bad people and more important, a rotten system, on their backs. Our collective national spine will suffer ultimate breakdown under the weight of this massive, anti-democratic and anti-social system.
Public financing of elections will not solve all our problems , but it will help solve most of them and in the process take a giant step towards real power for the people, instead of the present hypocritical theory and practice hideously disguised under the name of democracy.
Frank Scott writes political commentary and satire which is available online at Legalienate
Posted in foreign policy, government, politics, tagged Israel, Israeli government, Israeli Spy Milchan, The United States, United Nations, United States, Washington on April 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I would like to go a bit beyond the comments that both of my colleagues have made and suggest not only that Israel is no ally, but also that it is not actually a friend, because it does actual damage to the United States through using its considerable access to Congress and the media to promote policies that are neither good for the United States nor for Israel. I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression that a friend does not let a friend drive drunk. Well, the United States has been driving drunk for quite some time, and that dangerous behavior has to some extent been caused by Israel and its many supporters in Washington.
Israel might or might not have been an actual enabler of the disastrous American invasion of Iraq but it is undeniably true that the American officials extremely close to the Israeli government were behind the rush to war and the forgery of phony intelligence that fed the process. If the Washington goes to war with Iran in the near future it will not be because Tehran actually threatens America, it will be because Israel and its powerful lobby in the U.S. have succeeded in creating an essentially false casus belli to mandate such action.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who once commented that 9/11 was good for Israel, has repeatedly sought to commit our government to draw red lines that would narrow options for the White House and de facto require it to take action with the military against Iran. Congress is meanwhile advancing legislation that would commit the United States to intervene militarily in support of a unilateral Israeli attack, meaning that Israel could easily be empowered to make the decision on whether or not the US goes to war.
Nothing relating to Israel is quite like the US interaction with other countries. Delinda and Janet have outlined the dollar costs and special financing arrangements that go to support Israel, measures that are not in place for any other nation. Congress also approved on Wednesday as part of the United States Israel Strategic Partnership Act by a vote of 410-1 an Israeli exemption from the reciprocity mandated by the so-called visa waiver program. Israelis will be able to travel freely to the United States while their government will be allowed to refuse entry to American citizens.This is a privilege that is granted to no other country. One congressman has recently even introduced a bill to cut off federal funding for any academic organization that engages in boycotting Israel. Boycotting other countries is okay.
Israel interferes in American elections, most recently on behalf of Mitt Romney, it has corrupted our congress, its head of government publicly rebukes our own head of state, [its] government ministers insult and ridicule John Kerry, and its intelligence officers actually provide alarmist and inaccurate private briefings for American Senators on Capitol Hill. I also would not doubt, that accustomed to behaving with impunity toward its alleged friend and patron in Washington, might manufacture a pretext to draw the U.S. into a new conflict. Something reminiscent of the Lavon Affair in Alexandria Egypt in 1954 or the false flag attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. Israel currently strongly supports using force to intervene in Syria, a proposition that is opposed overwhelmingly by the American public. In short, Israel has no reluctance to use its enormous political and media clout in the US to pressure successive administrations to conform to its own foreign and security policy views.
One other very good reason why Israel should not receive billions of dollars in military assistance annually is its persistent espionage against the United States. Grant Smith has described how friends of Israel stole enriched uranium from a Pennsylvania refinery to create a nuclear arsenal. More recently we have learned how Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer born in Israel, arranged for the illegal purchase of 800 nuclear triggers. Milchan picked an Oscar last Sunday without any interference from the FBI.
The existence of a large scale Israeli spying effort at the time of 9/11 has been widely reported, incorporating Israeli companies in New Jersey and Florida as well as hundreds of “art students” nationwide. Five Israelis from one of the companies were observed celebrating against the backdrop of the twin towers going down.
While it is often observed that everyone spies on everyone else, particularly true when one is referring to our own NSA, espionage is a high-risk business that most countries are extremely careful when spying on friends for fear of blowback. Israel, which relies on Washington for billions of dollars in aid and also for political cover in international fora like the United Nations, does not spy discreetly, largely because it knows that few in Washington will seek to hold it to account. There were, for example, no consequences for the Israelis when Israeli Mossad intelligence officers using [US] passports and pretending to be Americans recruited terrorists to carry out attacks inside Iran, as noted by Mark Perry this morning. Israelis using US passports in that fashion put every American traveler at risk.
Admitted Israeli Spy Milchan does not hide; Instead he ‘Shows Up for Oscars’ and Wins.
Israel, where government and business work hand in hand, has obtained significant advantage by systematically stealing American technology with both military and civilian applications. The US developed technology is then reverse engineered and used by the Israelis to support their own exports. Sometimes, when the technology is military in nature and winds up in the hands of an adversary, the consequences can be serious. Israel has sold advanced weapons systems to China that are believed to incorporate technology developed by American companies, including the Python-3 air-to-air missile and the Delilah cruise missile. There is evidence that Israel has also stolen Patriot missile avionics to incorporate into its own Arrow system and that it used US technology obtained in its Lavi fighter development program, which was funded by the US taxpayers to help the Chinese develop their own J-10 [fighter].
The reality of Israeli spying is indisputable. I might cite the names of Jonathan Pollard, Ben-Ami Kadish, Stuart Nozette and Larry Franklin as spies for Israel who have been caught, but they are only the tip of the iceberg. Israel always features prominently in the annual FBI report called “Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage.” The 2005 report states “Israel has an active program to gather proprietary information within the United States. These collection activities are primarily directed at obtaining information on military systems and advanced computing applications that can be used in Israel’s sizable armaments industry.” It adds that Israel recruits spies, uses electronic methods, and carries out computer intrusion to gain the information.
A 1996 Defense Investigative Service report noted that Israel has great success stealing technology by exploiting the numerous co-production projects that it has with the Pentagon. It says “Placing Israeli nationals in key industries …is a technique utilized with great success.” A General Accounting Office (GAO) examination of espionage directed against American defense and security industries described how Israeli citizens residing in the US had stolen sensitive technology to manufacture artillery gun tubes, obtained classified plans for reconnaissance systems, and passed sensitive aerospace designs to unauthorized users.
The GAO has concluded that Israel “conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any US ally.” In June 2006, a Pentagon administrative judge overruled an appeal by an Israeli who had been denied a security clearance—if you can imagine that, an Israeli with a security clearance at the Pentagon, but any way, they overruled it what he appealed it —and said
“The Israeli government is actively engaged in military and industrial espionage in the United States. An Israeli citizen working in the US who has access to proprietary information is likely to be a target of such espionage.”
More recently, FBI counter intelligence officer John Cole has reported how many cases of Israeli espionage are dropped under orders from the Justice Department. He provides a “conservative estimate” of 125 viable investigations into Israeli espionage involving both American citizens and Israelis that were stopped due to political pressure.
So the answer to the question of “is Israel an ally of the United States” is most definitely no. Is it even a friend? Well, I suppose there are all kinds of friends in the world, but if you judge Israel by its record on how it interacts with the American government and people I think the answer would also have to be no.
Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Giraldi is a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a regular contributor to Antiwar.com in a column titled “Smoke and Mirrors” and is a Contributing Editor who writes a column called “Deep Background” on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine. He has written op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain, has appeared on Good Morning America, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and local affiliates of ABC television. He has been a keynote speaker at the Petroleum Industry Security Council annual meeting, has spoken twice at the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC convention in Washington, and has addressed several World Affairs Council affiliates. He has been interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Britain’s Independent Television Network, FOX News, Polish National Television, Croatian National Television, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, 60 Minutes, and Court TV. He prepares and edits a nationally syndicated subscription service newsletter on September 11th issues for corporate clients.
Giraldi is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East.
This country, and the world, has had enough of the psychotic Bush family.
Now we learn that another Bush sociopath, Jeb, is planning a run at the presidency in 2016.
Do we need more of this family’s blood-letting, thefts and general mayhem?
First, there was George ‘Poppy’ Bush, who was involved in the murder of JFK, then as president gave us the war against Panama. We were told, no lied to, that it was to save American soldiers in Panama, when actually it was to get hold of or destroy pics of George Jr. and his sordid cocaine fueled and sex escapades in an island off Panama.
For that, we killed thousands and thousands of Panamanian civilians, all to uphold the ‘honor’ of the Bush family, who refused to up the amount paid to Panamanian dictator Noriega who wanted more dinero to protect cocaine that was being shipped out of South America, thru Panama.
Then to secure his reelection, ‘Poppy’ ginned up a war against Iraq, to benefit the Jew bankers benefiting from all this murder. He lied America into ‘Operation Desert Slaughter’ Part I in 1991 but wasn’t able to trick the nation into voting for this sorry ass fuck another time.
Then we got ‘Jr.’ who who put his father’s mass murder record to shame by using the FALSE FLAG/INSIDE JOB of 9/11 to initiate ‘Operation Desert Slaughter’ Part II in 2003, when we went to war against a nation that was NO threat to the USA and had no part in 9/11, another Jew banker war started to trick Americans into thinking they were like Israel, with all the assorted pathogens.
Since then, we have been murdering brown people by the millions, definitely putting a smile on those ‘Too Big to Fail’ banks, but running this country into an economic cataclysm that we will never recover from, unless we tell the Jew bankers to ‘Fuck Off,’ we’ll start printing out own debt free currency, thank you very much.
We don’t need another blood-drenched Bush in the WH, on his knees before Israel, begging to please, as long as a few Shekels are tossed in his direction.
A bit deep and hopefully meaningful. Seems appropriate to repost this at TIP.
Posted in criminal justice system, government, law, politics, tagged Assemblyman Katz, legalization of medical marijuana, marijuana, medical marijuana, New York State Assembly, New York State Assemblyman Stephen Katz, Stephen Katz on March 28, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Notorious medical marijuana-opponent, New York State Assemblyman Stephen Katz,
was arrested and charged with possession of what was deemed a “small bag of marijuana” after getting pulled over at a police traffic checkpoint on the New York State Thruway early Friday morning. Initially the assemblyman was stopped due to a speeding infraction, which would only lead to more problems after the trooper who conducted the traffic stop smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana. Subsequently enough, the trooper found Katz to be in possession of a bag of what many call the most common illicit drug used in the United States. In a brief contemptuous statement released by Katz following his arrest, he is dauntless in saying that he is “confident that once the facts are presented, that this will quickly be put to rest.”
Known by many as an assertive force against the legalization of medical marijuana, Katz serves as a member of the New York State Assembly’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, Higher Education Committee and has a history of voting against any propositions to legalize medical marijuana, as he did in 2011 when an initiative was contemplated.
Assemblyman Katz was not handcuffed and was immediately released following his arrest, but is scheduled to see his day in court on Thursday, March 28th. Aside from being considered a political newcomer among most in the states’ chamber, Stephen Katz is also a prominent veterinarian who earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and has served as a field researcher for the World Wildlife Fund, as well as assistant director of the Hai Bar Biblical Wildlife Preserve. He has been a veterinarian in private practice since 1989, all while maintaining a residence in the Mohegan Lake region of Yorktown, New York.