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Posted in economics, government, law, media, politics, tagged Brunei, Iceland, New York Times, New Zealand, Politics of Iceland, Robber baron, United States, World Trade Organization on December 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
IMPOTENCE is where the world of 2013 is, at the moment.
Real POWER comes directly from our ability to “Let-Go” of greed and blatant arrogance in order to recognize and embrace the full-circle of life which actual power enables.
Iceland has been working on changing their country since 2007, in ways that will enable a participatory-society in which people have not just a voice, but have chosen to act in their own affairs and on their own behalf.
This knowledge has been purposely kept from Americans’ because their successful revolt against the obsolete planet, might have triggered the same kinds of actions in this country; if we had but known how much progress Iceland has been quietly making towards actually changing their world from a totally controlled power-base for global-corporations, into something that goes beyond just interests, all the way to living in a reality that has recognized the most basic laws of society that must be changed: If the world is going to be able to sustain itself beyond the end of 2013. Just clutching every cent in every system is no longer a sustainable-policy for any country in the world today.
“As Iceland struggles to regain its footing with a new government, U.S. citizens may or may not be able to look to Iceland as an example of perfect democracy in action. The real question, though, is why weren’t U.S. citizens given the information about the ousting of the Icelandic government and the jailing of the unscrupulous bankers? Are journalists in control of the mainstream media or is there some truth to accusations that big business may, in fact, be strong-arming reporters to keep quiet about world events that could inspire similar actions here in the U.S.?” (1)
Some of What is Really at Issue:
Iceland is trying to set a new global-standard of living in which ordinary people can take back their lives and their nations from the privatized-powers that have stolen everything from people everywhere else.
Obviously the ancient rule of the “Totally-corrupted ruling classes” worldwide must be stopped. Interestingly Americans did that when we put chains on the Robber-Barons after they crashed so many U.S. banks in 1929. Those Outlaws have been slaving away to since 1929 to regain their illegal-dominance over people everywhere, to the point now where they are about to “legalize” the unthinkable idea of Global-Corporate-Nationhood to go with the already-illegal idea of Global-Corporate-Personhood.
The scheme is called the Trans-Pacific-Partnership or TPP, which Obama is trying to fast-track in SECRET, as this comment is being written. If he succeeds then people will no longer have any rights at all in that criminal-world which will soon be run by privatized Corporate-Nations Only: You might want to think long and hard about that.
If this “plan” succeeds then the possibility of regaining a viable world will not be possible. Global-chaos will triumph over natural-balance as is shown below.
“The expansive plan is a proposed free-trade agreement between the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
The agreement would create new guidelines for everything from food safety to fracking, financial markets, medical prices, copyright rules and Internet freedom.
The TPP negotiations have been criticized by politicians and advocacy groups alike for their secrecy. The few aspects of the partnership leaked to the public indicate an expansive agenda with highly limited congressional oversight…
A New York Times opinion piece previously called the deal the “most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995.”
Last week, the White House website released a joint statement with the other proposed TPP signatories affirming “our countries are on track to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.”
“Ministers and negotiators have made significant progress in recent months on all the legal texts and annexes on access to our respective goods, services, investment, financial services, government procurement, and temporary entry markets,” the White House said.
The statement did not divulge details of the partnership other than to suggest a final TPP agreement “must reflect our common vision to establish a comprehensive, next-generation model for addressing both new and traditional trade and investment issues, supporting the creation and retention of jobs and promoting economic development in our countries.”
In February, the Open the Government organization sent a letter to Obama blasting the lack of transparency surrounding the TPP talks, stating the negotiations have been “conducted in unprecedented secrecy.”
“Despite the fact the deal may significantly affect the way we live our lives by limiting our public protections, there has been no public access to even the most fundamental draft agreement texts and other documents,” read the letter…
…The groups warned issues being secretly negotiated include “patent and copyright, land use, food and product standards, natural resources, professional licensing, government procurement, financial practices, healthcare, energy, telecommunications, and other service sector regulations.”
Lack of oversight
Normally free -trade agreements must be authorized by a majority of the House and Senate, usually in lengthy proceedings.
However, the White House is seeking what is known as “trade promotion authority” which would fast track approval of the TPP by requiring Congress to vote on the likely lengthy trade agreement within 90 days and without any amendments.
The authority also allows Obama to sign the agreement before Congress even has a chance to vote on it, with lawmakers getting only a quick post-facto vote…
“The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement,” said Wyden.
However, Obama has so far refused to give Congress a copy of the draft agreement.
Regulates food, Internet, medicine, commerce
The TPP is “more than just a trade deal,” wrote Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a New York Times op-ed last June.
“Only 5 of its 29 chapters cover traditional trade matters, like tariffs or quotas. The others impose parameters on nontrade policies. Existing and future American laws must be altered to conform with these terms, or trade sanctions can be imposed against American exports.”
Wallach and Beachy spotlighted several leaks in the proposed TPP text, including one that would regulate the price of medicine.
“Pharmaceutical companies, which are among those enjoying access to negotiators as ‘advisers,’ have long lobbied against government efforts to keep the cost of medicines down. Under the agreement, these companies could challenge such measures by claiming that they undermined their new rights granted by the deal.”
Amnesty International USA warned draft TPP provisions related to patents for pharmaceuticals” (2)
Part of the key to this global-takeover resides in the fact that the Privatized-Outlaws have already stolen the real meaning and intent in the languages of the world. Lending themselves the right to use Newspeak and Double-Speak freely whenever they need to, to confound and confuse the public at will…
They have succeeded in turning all language into nothing but legalese that serves only the narrowest of interests and assures that all profits will be kept by the Ruling Oligarchs at the expense of every private person on the planet. This is one of the factors which the Icelandic idea has exposed, as they move toward Participatory-Public-Sustainability in a world where only privatized-outlaws and global-Corporate-Nationhood will be allowed to survive.
The sustainability of the planet is currently under threat by privatized-corporate interests. Their demand that requires corporate-interests to constantly-grow, without limitation, each and every quarter of every year is not sustainable in a world of finite resources.
Another clear requirement, if we are to survive in this world, is that media can no longer be privatized. The fact that this successful Icelandic project has been going on since 2007, with virtually no-word of their progress ever reaching American media, speaks for itself!
Turn the card back around, so that we can all share in what should have been ours all along?
The world has been reeling from the chaos of power-mad megalomaniacs for centuries: To the point that ordinary people have been totally left out of every discussion that has anything to do with the real-outcomes in any future that the global-ruling-classes seek!
Revisit these two articles and come to grips with the massive government lies that we’re actually living-in and under at this moment. Then maybe what’s happening in Iceland might not seem quite so unusual: In fact maybe with the truth of what we have been buying-into all this time might finally find enough real clarity to warrant taking action on your own? (3)
The public can no longer afford to put up with allowing the banks to be both Commercial Banks and Investment Banks at the same time. What we must do is to reinstate the laws that this government trashed: The final act of which came under Clinton’s destruction of the Glass-Stiegel Act. In brief we need to put the legislative chains back on that the bankers that were imposed after the 1929 phony-stock-market crash—immediately. But first we must kill the TPP dead in the water, forever!
1) Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking Fraud-No Word From US Media – 1hr 43min 04 sec VIDEO
2) Obama secretly signing away U.S. sovereignty
3) Death of the Media
Government As God – 21min 07 sec VIDEO
Atzmon and O’keefe scrutinize the role of language in political discussion and Palestine solidarity discourse in particular. In this segment they examine Zionism, Israel, Jewish tribalism and the usage of the ‘J word’.
Posted in enviroment, government, politics, technology, tagged Caracas, Diosdado Cabello, Jesse Chacón, Monday Night Football, Nicolás Maduro, Power outage, United States, Venezuela on December 3, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
(Reuters) – Venezuela’s second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro’s government and cries of incompetence from its foes.
Power went off in Caracas and other cities around the country soon after 8 p.m. local time (0030 GMT), to the intense annoyance of residents and commuters.
“I feel so frustrated, angry and impotent,” said sales adviser Aneudys Acosta, 29, trudging through the rain along a street in the capital after having to leave the disrupted underground transport system.
“I live far away and here I am stuck under the rain. Something’s going wrong that they’re not sorting out. The government needs a Plan B. This is just not normal.”
Monday’s outage appeared similar to a massive September 5 blackout that was one of the worst in the South American OPEC member’s history.
Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver who narrowly won a presidential election this year after the death of his mentor and former leader Hugo Chavez, accused the opposition then of deliberately sabotaging the power grid to discredit him.
His powerful ally and National Assembly president, Diosdado Cabello, repeated the same accusation after Monday’s blackout that affected more than half of Venezuela.
“I have no doubt that today’s electricity sabotage is part of the right-wing’s plan,” Cabello said on Twitter.
In some wealthier parts of Caracas, where opposition to the socialist government is strongest, people began banging pots and pans out of their windows in a traditional form of protest.
Some shouted, “Maduro, resign!”
Venezuela has been suffering periodic electricity cuts around the country since 2009, although the capital has been spared the worst outages.
Critics say the power problems symbolize the failure of the government and its 15 years of socialist policies in resource-rich Venezuela. The country has the world’s largest crude oil reserves and big rivers that feed hydroelectric facilities generating two-thirds of its power.
The blackouts, some due to planned power rationing and at other times to utility failures, have not affected the oil refineries, which are powered by separate generator plants.
State oil company PDVSA said its installations were all working normally on Monday night, with fuel supplies guaranteed.
Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon said the same major transmission line that went down in September – and carries about 60 percent of national supply – had again been affected.
Power began returning to most parts of Caracas within an hour or two, though remoter parts of the nation of 29 million people were still in the dark late into the evening.
“We ask Venezuelans for patience,” Chacon said.
PRESIDENT CUT OFF LIVE ON TV
Maduro was giving a live address on state TV when he was abruptly cut off. He later Tweeted that he was continuing to work in the presidential palace despite the “strange” blackout, and appeared live on state TV surrounded by school children.
“Be strong against this electrical war that yesterday’s fascists have declared against our people,” Maduro said in another address to the nation at about 11 p.m. local time.
Security services were on alert, while the oil industry had been “put on emergency”, the president said.
Since winning office in April, Maduro has accused political opponents of conniving with wealthy businessmen and their allies in the United States to undermine his government.
As well as accusing them of sabotaging the power grid, he has alleged plots to assassinate him and to destroy the economy through price-gouging and the hoarding of products.
Venezuelans are suffering from a 54 percent annual inflation rate, as well as scarcities of basic products from flour to toilet paper. Nationwide local municipal elections on Sunday are seen as a major test of Maduro’s standing.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said government officials’ bellicose statements were “pathetic” at a time of national disquiet. “For once in your lives, be responsible,” he Tweeted.
Capriles and others say the reasons for the power failures are obvious and simple: lack of investment, incompetence and corruption within the state-run power company Corpoelec since Chavez’s 2007 nationalization of the sector.
Venezuela has a maximum generation capacity of about 28,000 megawatts and normal demand of about 18,000.
The government constantly chides Venezuelans, however, for wasteful habits in a nation where the average household consumes an average of 5,878 kilowatt hours per year, about double the average in Latin America.
Posted in economics, government, history, law, media, military, politics, religion, taxes, tagged LAS VEGAS, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, rothschild, Rothschild family, Seattle, United State, United States Constitution, World War II on November 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
CONSEQUENTLY, in the interest of future world order, peace, and tranquility, it was decided to privately wage a quiet war against the American public with an ultimate objective of permanently shifting the natural and social energy (wealth) of the undisciplined and irresponsible many into the hands of the self-disciplined, responsible, and worthy few.  Energy Section [Emphasis added]
The above paragraph, along with hundreds of similar philosophical ideas, comes from a document that had its ‘conception’ after the end of World War II, and which was to become the playbook for what United States of America citizens apparently are experiencing today.
This is what it was – and is – all about:
In conclusion, the objective of economic research, as conducted by the magnates of capital (banking) and the industries of commodities (goods) and services, is the establishment of an economy which is totally predictable and manipulatable.  Energy Section [Emphasis added]
The last word “manipulatable” apparently is referring to the economy being capable of being manipulated. If nothing more, that paragraph sets the guidelines for the economic downturn the USA has experienced and from which it seems not to be recovering, nor will it ever recover, if the controllers and other “worthy few” have their say and way. Now, doesn’t it all make sense? Oh, how we have been played like a fiddle that’s never had the tune up it so badly needs!
Additionally, they set out deliberately to dumb down the population illustrated in phrases like:
The quality of education given to the lower class must be of the poorest sort, so that the meat of ignorance isolating the the [sic] inferior class from the superior class is and remains incomprehensible to the inferior class. With such an initial handicap, even bright lower class individuals have little if any hope of extricating themselves from their assigned lot in life. This form of slavery is essential to maintaining some measure of social order, peace, and tranquility for the ruling upper class. [Emphasis added]
How many U.S. citizens realize that they have been programmed from pre-school or kindergarten to be living in slavery so that the “ruling upper class” can have “some measure of social order, peace, and tranquility”? Who ever heard of such elitist class action warfare? Maybe in Germany in the late 1930s.
Under the subtitle of “Descriptive Introduction of the Silent Weapon,” we find how they planned to implement their “Quiet War” with this:
It [the war] shoots situations, instead of bullets; propelled by data processing, instead of chemical reaction (explosion); originating from bits of data, instead of grains of gunpowder; from a computer, instead of a gun; operated by a computer programmer, instead of marksman; under the orders of a banking magnate, instead of a military general.
Unabashedly, they acknowledge the game plan using data processing, the computer, and the banksters (banking magnate). So much for all the technology everyone bought into that has us so enthralled, we don’t know which end is up, i.e., to answer a cell phone or voice mail; send a tweet or finger a text message using phonics instead of words. See how dumb we’ve become.
In talking about all the technology, they say this about their silent, secret weapon(s):
The public cannot comprehend this weapon, and therefore cannot believe that they are being attached [sic] and subdued by a weapon. [Emphasis added]
That, dear readers, is the critical issue everyone must recognize, realize, understand, and decide how to react to, and what action you will take.
If the above doesn’t gore your bull, then this ought to smack your donkey:
When a silent weapon is applied gradually to the public, the public adjusts/adapts to its presence and learns to tolerate its encroachment on their lives until the pressure (psychological via economic) becomes too great and they crack up.
Silent weapon – applied gradually – learn to tolerate its encroachment – pressure becomes too great – they [we] crack up! Now, isn’t that what’s going on in virtually every segment of society in which we have been living for the last two to three decades, especially terroristic fears?
Then we have the periodic traumatic events that galvanize us into an untenable state of fear so that we will gladly respond to what has been termed the Hegelian Dialectic – problem-reaction-solution – the very method the controllers have instituted to enforce the “Quiet War” and empower themselves to take away our human and civil rights.
Consider the flack that’s going on about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights as outdated documents. How those very tenets of governance and jurisprudence that have guided the USA and its society since its inception have now been cast aside and even trampled upon by none other than those who should know better.
Recall the events of 9-11, especially Building 7 self-imploding with no airplane hitting it. 
Recall how Watertown, Massachusetts, was turned into a closed ‘police state’ looking for a lone gunman. Wasn’t that the perfect drill that may have been undertaken to comply with?
The solution of today’s problems requires an approach which is ruthlessly candid, with no agonizing over religious, moral, or cultural values.  Security Section
What the controllers are counting on was the discovery by Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1743-1812) of the Rothschild banking family.
What Mr. Rothschild had discovered was the basic principle of power, influence, and control over people as applied to economics. That principle is “when you assume the appearance of power, people soon give it to you”.  Mr. Rothschild’s Energy Discovery
Are U.S. citizens unwittingly guilty of acquiescing to the above Rothschild ‘principle’? When will we wake up and get out from under that spell of black magic?
What Rothschild’s real discovery was about was that he could
induce people (inductance, with people corresponding to a magnetic field) into surrendering their real wealth in exchange for a promise of greater wealth (instead of real compensation).
Rothschild, in essence, invented a “philosopher’s stone”  regarding monetary matters that banksters, money lenders, and Federal Banks use to create wealth and manipulate disparity for the rest of us.
Mr. Rothschild had discovered that currency gave him the power to rearrange the economic structure to his own advantage,,[sic] to shift economic inductance to those economic positions which would encourage the greatest economic instability and oscillation.
Readers, please read the above statement again. That’s what’s been going on for longer than we have been led to believe, by banksters and, particularly, by the Federal Reserve Bank System, I’m inclined to think.
As if that’s not enough to get your juices running, under the “Quiet War” section termed “The Economic Model,” we find this confirmation:
The Harvard Economic Research Project (1948-) was an extension of World War II Operations Research. Its purpose was to discover the science of controlling an economy; at first the American economy, and then the world economy. It was felt that with sufficient mathematical foundation and data, it would be nearly as easy to predict and control the trend of an economy as to predict and control the trajectory of a projectile. Such as [sic] proven to be the case. Moreover, the economy has been transformed into a guided missile on target. [Emphasis added]
So, there’s the apparent answer to what’s going on with the U.S. economy, the European Union economic problems, and probably what’s on the financial radar screen for Japan and China, two of the world’s most prolific economies. China is the world’s second largest economy after the USA. Japan is the third largest economy in the world. Fukushima just may ruin Japan’s economy if there are more radioactive problems that TEPCO can’t deal with and the government of Japan has to step in and take over. Maybe that’s why the Japanese government is letting TEPCO handle the ‘cleanup’?
Now that we’ve learned that the economy is part of the “silent weapon technology” in the “Quiet War,” do you think there will ever be a peace armistice? With the real estate bubble burst in 2007-09 that helped lead to the never-ending recession; the stock market crash of 1929 and subsequent hits in 1987, 2000, and 2008; it would appear that we are due for another financial ‘hit’ or “projectile” of some sort, if the “Quiet War” is to remain on target.
Could the next “silent weapon” come from the insurance world, e.g., sticker shock that healthcare insurance consumers are experiencing? With five million healthcare insurance policy cancellations rendered and replacement policies that will cost anywhere from double to quadruple premiums, doesn’t that sound like healthcare insurance is a targeted projectile in the “Quiet War”?
What projectiles can we, the citizens, send back? Complaints, more and louder complaints to members of Congress, Letters to the Editors of newspapers and, of course, to the White House. Comments can be telephoned to the White House switchboard at 202-456-1111.
As this writer sees it, voters have been asleep at their voting booth levers. We need to wake up and not be ingrained in party politics. We need to see the overall picture of what’s going on rather than salute a party’s candidate. They did that in Germany in the 1930s and look what that got them. We did that in 2008 and 2012 and look what it’s gotten us! We can no longer take the party line as truth. Look what the Democrats were able to pull off with regard to the Affordable Care Act. It’s anything but affordable. Voters have to become educated—and real fast—otherwise, the controllers will win the “Quiet War.” Human dignity and human compassion cannot allow that to happen in the USA, in the European Union, nor anywhere. What will you do?
George Carlin and Bill Hicks are comedic geniuses whose material is still very relevant today.
Posted in economics, government, military, politics, tagged Carlyle Group, George H.W. Bush, House of Saud, IBM, James Baker, John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Washington on November 26, 2013 | 2 Comments »
A revealing documentary about the international world of private equity banking.
The Carlyle Group, one of the largest investment banks in the world, is based in Washington and has accumulated its capital mainly by investments in the defence industry. On their list of employees are people like Lou Gerstner (former chairman of IBM), George Bush Sr., James Baker III, John Major (former British Prime Minister) and Fidel Ramos (former Prime Minister of the Philipines). The Carlyle Group invests in areas that are closely tied to government policy: aero space and defense, telecom, real estate, health care and the banking business. With 16 billion dollar under management they have the reputation of being the best-connected company in the world. Their list of private investors include George Soros, the Saudi Royal Family and the Bin Laden Family. How does the Carlyle Group operate, who are the people behind the Carlyle Group and how much power does Carlyle have? This film explores the fine line between the conflict of interests and a new global way of doing business.
Director: Shuchen Tan
Research: Gijs M. Swantee, Ger Wieberdink, Christina Berio
Producers: Mariska Schneider, Nicoline Tania
Editors in chief: Doke Romeijn, Frank Wiering, Hans Keller
Posted in economics, enviroment, government, history, military, politics, science, technology, tagged Banking, Central Intelligence Agency, God, government, NSA, pentagon, politics, Wall Street on November 24, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, history, law, media, military, politics, tagged Barack Obama, Federal Reserve System, Internal Revenue Service, Karen Hudes Exposes, Senior Counsel, United States, World Bank, Yale Law School on November 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Former WORLD BANK Senior Counsel Karen Hudes Exposes IRS and JESUIT connection, OBAMA being blackmailed, NUCLEAR False Flag attack on US soil….and MORE. YOU MUST SEE ALL 3 PARTS OF THIS INTERVIEW.
Posted in criminal justice system, economics, education, enviroment, foreign policy, government, health, history, law, media, military, politics, taxes, tagged ARPANET, Asia, DARPA, Federal government of the United States, Google, London, Super-Rich Are Abandoning America, United States on November 6, 2013 | 1 Comment »
The super-rich are often people who grab control of national resources, use high levels of government influence, pay extremely low wages, and squash competition.
The Robber Barons were “businessmen who used exploitative practices to amass their wealth.
“These practices included exerting control over national resources, accruing high levels of government influence, paying extremely low wages, squashing competition…”
These Robber Barons included people such as Andrew Carnegie, Edward Harriman, James Hill and Henry Plant.
What we are talking about is the Feudal System, whereby a rich elite, belonging to more than one religious group, exploits the ordinary citizen.
The Feudal system is not something new.
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, history, law, media, military, politics, tagged Christian Zionism, Collecting, DEVIL, Mammon, politics, Recreation, United States, Watts Gallery, zionism on November 6, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Stupid is the one who does not see the obvious because it has been explained to stupid as something other than it actually is, so stupid has accepted a definition that goes contrary to the evidence of elementary logic, common sense AND the senses. Stupid believes what it is told, even when it takes accepting complete absurdity to believe what it is told because of the impossibility of it being actual.
Right about now, or well before this, you realized or are realizing that much of this post is offensive. Really? Why? If it’s true and more radically so than being shown, it’s not offensive, it’s true. Study this headline. Do you get any sense of the ironic there? One can be defined as seriously stupid, if they don’t know this is going on, a coward if they don’t oppose it at every opportunity and a monster if they support it. For me, stupid is not simply being quasi-operational in a narrow bandwidth of awareness. It’s being unconcerned about man’s inhumanity to man and blindly supportive of it because you are deaf to common sense and capable of being convinced of anything no matter how ridiculous the argument may be, because…? Because you are stupid. Because you are stupid, people die. Because you are stupid, people go hungry and homeless. Stupid does not live alone. Stupid lives in a crowded apartment with all of the other unsavory life forms that live off of stupid and are alive because of stupid.
Stupid is what makes it possible for billions of dollars known and many billions more, unknown, to go to Israel, while food stamps are cut in the US AND food stamps and all of the other poverty programs are only necessary because of what Zionist bankers have done and are allowed to do to the economy in the first place. The true cost of stupid cannot be measured. Once again, stupid occurs when the vibration of materialism is more powerful than the vibration of one’s objective awareness of it. The true interpretation of religion is that which you give your devotion and fealty to (“where your heart is, etc”.). It is what your internal genuflections are given to. It is what your focus of desire is set upon (there your treasures are). When your devotion is co-opted and programmed by the conscious force of what has been called Mammon, you are just one more pre-desiccation fly in a spider’s web. You are on your knees at the altar of materialism, in the Church of Stupid. You think you are worshiping so and so but you are worshiping and serving The Devil and this is especially true of Christian Zionists; all fundies actually.
You can have college degrees. You can have a high IQ. You can be the practitioner of a skilled profession. You can live in a big house with a thin wife, with big grasping claws and flashing stones on many fingers. You can have lots of money in the bank. You can vacation in Bermuda with all the other tasteless dressers, where black people still know their place. You can be all these things but still be certifiably stupid because these things dictate the state of your mind and the level and direction of your awareness. The apex of stupid is to be cluelessly suicidal because all of your attention is on ♫I… I…. me… me… mine ♫ and driven by a frenzy for acquisition, at the expense of everything worth having and the loss of all of what makes life worth living. It happens every day. It happens all day long; smart, powerful and rich people proving that “stupid is as stupid does.” Not only do they go down the tubes themselves but the sucking draft of their passage and their influence on the lives of others brings about a conga line of stupids behind them.
Posted in economics, government, history, politics, tagged Australia, CANBERRA, Edmund Barton, Indigenous Australians, James Anaya, John Pilger, Uluru, White Australia Policy on November 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The corridors of the Australian parliament are so white you squint. The sound is hushed; the smell is floor polish. The wooden floors shine so virtuously they reflect the cartoon portraits of prime ministers and rows of Aboriginal paintings, suspended on white walls, their blood and tears invisible.
The parliament stands in Barton, a suburb of Canberra named after the first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton, who drew up the White Australia Policy in 1901. “The doctrine of the equality of man,” said Barton, “was never intended to apply” to those not British and white-skinned.
Barton’s concern was the Chinese, known as the Yellow Peril; he made no mention of the oldest, most enduring human presence on earth: the first Australians. They did not exist. Their sophisticated care of a harsh land was of no interest. Their epic resistance did not happen. Of those who fought the British invaders of Australia, the Sydney Monitor reported in 1838: “It was resolved to exterminate the whole race of blacks in that quarter.” Today, the survivors are a shaming national secret.
The town of Wilcannia, in New South Wales, is twice distinguished. It is a winner of a national Tidy Town award and its indigenous people have one of the lowest recorded life expectancies. They are usually dead by the age of 35. The Cuban government runs a literacy programme for them, as they do among the poorest of Africa. According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth report, Australia is the richest place on earth.
Politicians in Canberra are among the wealthiest citizens. Their self-endowment is legendary. Last year, the then minister for indigenous affairs, Jenny Macklin, refurbished her office at a cost to the taxpayer of $331,144.
Macklin recently claimed that, in government, she had made a “huge difference”. This is true. During her tenure, the number of Aboriginal people living in slums increased by almost a third, and more than half the money spent on indigenous housing was pocketed by white contractors and a bureaucracy for which she was largely responsible. A typical, dilapidated house in an outback indigenous community must accommodate as many as 25 people. Families, the elderly and the disabled wait years for sanitation that works.
In 2009, Professor James Anaya, the respected UN Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, described as racist a “state of emergency” that stripped indigenous communities of their tenuous rights and services on the pretext that pedophile gangs were present in “unthinkable” numbers – a claim dismissed as false by police and the Australian Crime Commission.
The then opposition spokesman on indigenous affairs, Tony Abbott, told Anaya to “get a life” and not “just listen to the old victim brigade.” Abbott is now the prime minister of Australia.
I drove into the red heart of central Australia and asked Dr. Janelle Trees about the “old victim brigade”. A GP whose indigenous patients live within a few miles of $1,000-a-night resorts serving Uluru (Ayers Rock), she said, “There is asbestos in Aboriginal homes, and when somebody gets a fibre of asbestos in their lungs and develops mesothelioma, [the government] doesn’t care. When the kids have chronic infections and end up adding to these incredible statistics of indigenous people dying of renal disease, and vulnerable to world record rates of rheumatic heart disease, nothing is done. I ask myself: why not? Malnutrition is common. I wanted to give a patient an anti-inflammatory for an infection that would have been preventable if living conditions were better, but I couldn’t treat her because she didn’t have enough food to eat and couldn’t ingest the tablets. I feel sometimes as if I’m dealing with similar conditions as the English working class at the beginning of the industrial revolution.”
In Canberra, in ministerial offices displaying yet more first-nation art, I was told repeatedly how “proud” politicians were of what “we have done for indigenous Australians”. When I asked Warren Snowdon — the minister for indigenous health in the Labor government recently replaced by Abbott’s conservative coalition — why after almost a quarter of a century representing the poorest, sickest Australians, he had not come up with a solution, he said, “What a stupid question. What a puerile question.”
At the end of Anzac Parade in Canberra rises the Australian National War Memorial, which historian Henry Reynolds calls “the sacred centre of white nationalism”. I was refused permission to film in this great public place. I had made the mistake of expressing an interest in the frontier wars in which black Australians fought the British invasion without guns but with ingenuity and courage – the epitome of the “Anzac tradition”. Yet, in a country littered with cenotaphs not one officially commemorates those who fell resisting “one of the greatest appropriations of land in world history”, wrote Reynolds in his landmark book Forgotten War. More first Australians were killed than Native Americans on the American frontier and Maoris in New Zealand. The state of Queensland was a slaughterhouse. An entire people became prisoners of war in their own country, with settlers calling for their extinction. The cattle industry prospered using indigenous men virtually as slave labour. The mining industry today makes profits of a billion dollars a week on indigenous land.
Suppressing these truths, while venerating Australia’s servile role in the colonial wars of Britain and the US, has almost cult status in Canberra today. Reynolds and the few who question it have been smeared with abuse. Australia’s unique first people are its Intermenschen. As you enter the National War Memorial, indigenous faces are depicted as stone gargoyles alongside kangaroos, reptiles, birds and other “native wildlife”.
When I began filming this secret Australia 30 years ago, a global campaign was under way to end apartheid in South Africa. Having reported from South Africa, I was struck by the similarity of white supremacy and the compliance and defensiveness of liberals. Yet no international opprobrium, no boycotts, disturbed the surface of “lucky” Australia. Watch security guards expel Aboriginal people from shopping malls in Alice Springs; drive the short distance from the suburban barbies of Cromwell Terrace to Whitegate camp, where the tin shacks have no reliable power and water. This is apartheid, or what Reynolds calls, “the whispering in our hearts”.
John Pilger’s film, Utopia, about Australia, is released in cinemas on 15 November and broadcast on ITV in December. It is released in Australia in January. Click here to watch the trailer (external link).
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29 Oct 2013 A group of nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives held a press conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday to demand Congress avert an automatic food stamp cut scheduled to take effect on Friday. “The average family of four will see a $36 cut in their monthly benefits, bringing the average per-person benefit from $1.50 a meal to $1.40 a meal,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said. “Shame on this Congress for allowing this to happen.” But the cut, which will reduce monthly benefits for all 47 million Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by roughly 7 percent, is happening thanks mainly to Democratic votes that hastened the demise of a benefit increase from the 2009 stimulus bill. Each of the representatives at Tuesday’s presser voted with their party for a pair of 2010 spending bills that set the cuts in motion.