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English: Hemp plants (industrial hemp) – foto ...

English: Hemp plants (industrial hemp) – foto by paul b. toman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The short answer is, “Yes.” The long answer is, “Yes, and here’s why.”

I was going to write an article about how hemp is by far the most useful and beneficial plant ever found in nature. There’s almost nothing you can’t make from hemp, from medicines that actually cure things with no toxic side effects, to far superior hemp concrete; plastics that are either biodegradable or will last for decades, to replacement auto body parts that are stronger than steel. Paint used to be made with hempseed oil that was far better than anything we have available today.

You get the same amount of fiber from one acre of hemp as four acres of trees and you can get one harvest a year (two in the south) as apposed to one harvest of trees every twenty years. (A no brainer, right?)

I was going to write that but, when I talked to a couple of friends and told them I had a “HEMP” folder with a few dozen articles they said they would rather see that as it would be a lot more informative and I agree.

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English: McDonalds' sign in Harlem.

English: McDonalds’  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every mouthful of McDonalds meal contains a handful of chemicals that raise ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, increase diabetes risk, lower immunity, and damage DNA. In fact fast food contains so many harmful ingredients that I wouldn’t even feed it to a pet because it would be cruel.

When you go to the fast-food drive-through, you are:

  • paying to harm your own health;
  • your children’s health;
  • reducing your quality of life because the toxicity of eating synthetic chemicals will trigger illness;
  • put more money into the hands of the medical insurance companies.

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 Photo: Franz Anton Mesmer, the founder of hypnotism. [May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815].

The Shadow Patsy Rises Again: How Mind Control Is Connected To Gun Control.
Inmate: James Holmes Told Me He Was ‘Programmed’ To Kill by “Evil” Therapist.
Shooter James Holmes and DARPA Weird Science.
David Hammer Talks About McVeigh and Government Prior Knowledge of OKC Bombing.
A Deeper Look At “The Dark Knight Rises” Shooting: A CIA Black Op?

“The big key to the thing is that only the small secrets need to be kept. You can find just about anything the government is doing by going into scientific journals and doing research. But the big secrets are kept by public incredulity and your study and your experience is in an area which is not secret. All this has been known for a long time, but people don’t want to believe it and there is a great deal of denial.” – Walter Bowart, “The Secret History of Mind Control.”

A trained psychiatric professional can put someone under hypnosis and tell him to commit a certain act very easily. Sirhan Sirhan, the patsy who was blamed for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy, was put under hypnosis several times by a psychiatrist in his jail cell in which he re-enacted the murder.

For more information, here is an excerpt from an article published in The Milwaukee Journal on March 25, 1969, called, “Sirhan Re-enacted Kennedy Killing Under Hypnosis”:

Sirhan Sirhan re-enacted the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy while under hypnosis in January, it was revealed at his trial today.

The 25-year-old Jordanian, placed in a trance by a psychiatrist, Dr. Bernard Diamond, pulled an imaginary pistol from his belt and fired it convulsively as he shouted, “You son-of-a-bitch, you son-of-a-bitch.”

Sirhan re-enacted the assassination during an interview with Dr. Diamond in a prison cell in Los Angeles, the psychiatrist testified.

Dr. Diamond said he had hypnotized Sirhan on six separate occasions. He put him into a trance each time in less than 10 minutes by holding a coin in front of him and repeatedly ordering him to relax.

Keep this strange news piece from 1969 in mind when reading about Steven Unruh’s account of what James Holmes told him after the Dark Knight Rises shooting in July.

According to Unruh, a fellow inmate, Holmes said he was programmed to kill by a psychiatrist. Unruh has no reason to lie. It is very possible that Holmes was under hypnosis while he was at the scene of the mass shooting on that night in July.

Hypnosis is a science that can be used for deadly ends. Sirhan Sirhan was put under hypnosis in 1969 by a psychiatrist in under ten minutes, so imagine what government psychiatrists can do with mind control subjects and government patsies in our era.

Paul Joseph Watson elaborates on the strange similarities between the Robert F. Kennedy shooting and the Dark Knight Rises shooting in his article, “Inmate: James Holmes Told Me He Was ‘Programmed’ To Kill by “Evil” Therapist”:

The parallels between Sirhan Sirhan and James Holmes are alarming. Both were described as behaving as if in a trance or under the influence of drugs, both cannot remember any of the details of the shootings, and in both cases eyewitnesses reported more than one gunman at the scene.

In both the RFK and ‘Batman’ shootings, eyewitnesses described other shooters, dismantling the “lone wolf” narrative. According to Nina Rhodes-Hughes, another man was shooting at RFK and the authorities tried to alter her account of what happened. “What has to come out is that there was another shooter to my right,” Rhodes-Hughes said in an interview with CNN. “The truth has got to be told. No more cover-ups.” Sirhan’s lawyers also presented evidence that “two guns were fired in the assassination and that Sirhan’s revolver was not the gun that shot Kennedy.”

Similarly in the case of Holmes, eyewitnesses described two shooters, noting that one of the gas canisters was thrown from the opposite side of the theater to where the killer was standing. It has also been suggested that Holmes had an accomplice. Eyewitnesses described the killer talking on a cellphone before the shooting and then standing in the emergency exit and beckoning someone else over.

Holmes, a neuroscience student, was also fascinated with mind control. During his time at Salk Institute of Biological Studies, Holmes designed a computer program to alter mental states using flicker rates. Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was also obsessed with mind control.

While there is no way to confirm Unruh’s account, he seems to have little motive in making it up out of fresh air. Added to the other unexplained inconsistencies surrounding the ‘Batman’ massacre, the story will only serve to bolster the view amongst some that the full story about the tragic events of that night has not yet come to light.

It is a pattern for government patsies to talk openly to fellow inmates about their nerve-racking experiences. David Paul Hammer, who was the inmate of Timothy McVeigh, another famous patsy, informed the world about the true nature of the Oklahoma City bombing in two books called, “Secrets Worth Dying For: Timothy James McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing,” and, “Deadly Secrets: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.”

In May 2010, Hammer spoke with Alex Jones about his conversations with McVeigh in prison and what they revealed about the Oklahoma City bombing.

The Dark Knight Rises shooting was not politically motivated, as the Oklahoma City bombing was said to be, but it has had damaging consequences on the struggle for gun rights. The public perception of the virtues of civilian gun ownership is negatively affected by shocking shooting stories in which ordinary people are mercilessly murdered at public places.

Quickly after the traumatic incident in July, many in the mainstream media jumped on the gun confiscation bandwagon. They no longer held back their true opinions about gun rights in a national period of tragedy and grief.

The government-run media reported the shooting without checking the background of Holmes or informing the public about the history of government staged terror events in the United States.

The media’s strange behaviour was a small clue that a bigger and sinister agenda was at work. Also, the public’s understandable emotional response to the shooting marked another propaganda victory in the establishment’s ideological and political war against gun rights.

Unruh’s revelations about Holmes’s awareness of his own programming is another clue that there is more to this story.

We would be fools to ignore these clues.

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Cynthia McKinney, peace activist and former U.S. Congresswoman, presents to the “9/11 Revisted: Seeking the Truth” conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 201

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Stockholm is bristling with weaponry today. Fighter jets can be seen and heard racing through the skies over a wondering populace. Is Sweden at war?
Not officially, but since WWII and despite a political position of neutrality, Sweden has been playing an increased role in international warfare. This can be clearly seen today, because this week FDS Nordic is taking place in Stockholm.

The Future Defence & Security Exhibition is “the most important trade fair in the Nordic and Baltic countries covering the topics of defense and security. Among the professional visitors are decision-makers from governments and the military, as well as representatives from emergency services.”

At these arms fairs, which drum up sales in the undeniably lucrative weapons and defense industry, many areas are promoted: ammunition, command systems, control systems, electronic warfare systems, telecommunications, surveillance, and tactical equipment – the list is lengthy.

The FDS site suggests the weapons (or “products”), “meet the requirements from the government and military units, produced for the homeland defence and peacekeeping around the world.”

But like many countries that emphasize their roles in simple and noble ‘peacekeeping’, there’s usually more going on than meets the eye. Corruption in the arms trade is ubiquitous, and Sweden is no exception.

Speaking of eyes, once again a symbol is used by the powerful and influential denoting what looks like the omnipresent All-Seeing-Eye. The logo of FDS Nordic, naturally:

“Point, Click, Kill: The Warfare of Tomorrow”

The topics discussed by guest speakers are what you might expect from such an event: “Nano-ID Security Systems”, “Tactical Training”, and “Legal aspects of doing business in Sweden”.
However, to the average person, the workshops might seem somewhat unnerving. The “Point, Click, Kill” seminar is a talk about cyber espionage and cyber economic warfare, but it also communicates the modern ease with which war and extrajudicial killings are carried out – from a distance and impersonally with remote drone technology. Click, kill, done.

Drones, with their remote surveillance and attack capabilities, are also a big player in ‘neutral’ Sweden.

How does one maintain ‘noninterference’ while still engaging in warfare?

“War, Soldiers and Swedish Confusion”

“Krig, soldater och svensk förvirring” is an appropriately named seminar during FDS Nordic. It translates to English: “War, Soldiers, and Swedish Confusion”.

The seminar is given by Johanne Hildebrandt, “a former journalist, but also a writer and columnist. She is known for her journalistic work about the war and conflict in which she, among other things, has worked as an “embedded” reporter with U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan” (Source)
In fact, one of her books was so well received by the establishment, that she was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences in 2012.

Swedes are right to be ‘confused’ about their involvement in international warfare. The rest of the world, also, remains largely ignorant about the reality of Sweden’s legendary political policy of ‘neutrality’. It’s an idea that is repeated, but not supportable.

Wikipedia tells the public that “Swedish neutrality – national policy since the end of the Napoleonic Wars – was maintained during World War II.” That’s true, if you consider arming both sides of a conflict to be ‘neutral’.

Swedish Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson declared Sweden neutral on 1 September 1939, but the idealized intent on paper was not necessarily what resulted on the ground. While it’s very true that Sweden suffered hardships for their proclaimed uninvolvement, (such as trade blockades, food shortages, supply rationing, and a dangerous political dance), Sweden also supplied Europe willingly, and in doing so, supported and lengthened the bloody war.

Perhaps the most important aspect of Sweden’s concessions to Germany during the Second World War was the extensive export of iron ore for use in the German weapons industry, reaching ten million tons per year.
Sir Ralph Glyn, a British Member of Parliament, claimed that a cessation of Swedish iron ore exports would bring the war to an end within six months.

These shipments were attacked by British aircraft and submarines in the Atlantic and North Sea and by Soviet submarines in the Baltic. About 70 vessels were sunk and 200 sailors lost their lives


As for the Allies:

US planes were allowed to use Swedish military bases during the liberation of Norway, from spring 1944 to 1945, and the Allies were also collaborating with the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service. Sweden allowed Allied spies to listen to German radio signals from a station on Öland. A location was also established in Malmö for the British military to lead bombing actions in Germany.


The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, Winston Churchill, accused Sweden of ignoring the greater moral issues and playing both sides for profit during the conflict.


This accusation rings true in modern times, even while Sweden still seemingly sports the guise of neutrality. The argument that Sweden is NOT neutral as long as it arms foreign lands has sustained since 1939.

Stephen Prokesch wrote for the NYTimes in 1989;

Sweden has long had mixed feelings about its position as a major exporter of weapons.
On one hand, it has believed that it needed a large weapons industry to maintain its neutrality and that was impossible without exports. On the other hand, Sweden has also taken the position that it should not ship weapons to regions where there are conflicts, tensions or human rights violations.
Now a series of scandals and Sweden’s economic struggles to maintain its weapons-manufacturing base are forcing the country face these conflicting aims head on.
Government-appointed commissions have been re-examining Sweden’s rules and policies on arms exports. Export controls were tightened last year in an effort to make sure that weapons were really going to the authorized foreign customer. Government and industry officials predict Sweden will soon adopt policies that could lead to tougher restrictions on exports to third world nations.


In addition, the Government is preparing legislation for new restrictions on exports of technology that could have peaceful uses but could also be used for mass destruction. These include chemicals, technology that could be used in ballistic missiles and equipment that could be used to make biological warfare weapons.

Unfortunately, even to this day Sweden deals in arms while hiding behind a perceived impartiality, much in the way NATO bombs foreign countries under the guise of a ‘right to protect’ the civilians of the land.

As recently as 2010, the headlines revealed that “USA’s Sweden ambassador has reported that Sweden is a “strong and pragmatic partner”, whose official non-alignment does not reflect reality, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks”. Source

There’s probably a lesson to be learned in this strange state of things. “1984” author George Orwell famously wrote ““War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” Those timeless oxymorons stand for how ideas can be contorted and words are meaningless – they can be twisted to mean whatever you wish them to, no matter how ironic, sad, or contradictory. The powerful, then, can use to our perceptions to control us.

Tragically, we’re experiencing an era when men and nations are awarded Peace prizes while they create and prolong wars, support dictatorships, destabilize countries, and beget suffering, murder, poverty, and genocide.

Does today’s Sweden really believe that,
Involvement is Neutrality,
Weaponizing is Peacekeeping,
Peril is Security?

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Meet Robocod, the latest weapon in Homeland Security’s increasingly high-tech underwater arsenal, a robotic fish designed to safeguard the coastline of America and bring justice to the deep.

Well almost.

The new robot, named BioSwimmer, is actually based not on a cod but a tuna which is said to have the ideal natural shape for an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

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Fishy business: Homeland Security's latest drone - the BioSwimmer - unmanned underwater vehicle is based on a tunaFishy business: Homeland Security’s latest drone – the BioSwimmer – unmanned underwater vehicle is based on a tuna

Its ultra-flexible body coupled with mechanical fins and tail allow it to dart around the water just like a real fish even in the harshest of environment.

And while it does have a number of security applications, this high maneuverability makes it perfectly suited for accessing hard-to-reach places such as flooded areas of ships, sea chests and parts of oil tankers.

Other potential missions include inspecting and protecting harbors and piers, performing area searches and military applications.

BioSwimmer uses the latest battery technology for long-duration operation and boasts an array of navigation, sensor processing, and communications equipment designed for constricted spaces.

It is being developed by Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG) basesd in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Trials: The BioSwimmer's flexible body and mechanical fins make it extremely maneuverable Trials: The BioSwimmer’s flexible body and mechanical fins make it extremely maneuverable


The fish-like design makes BioSwimmer perfectly suited for accessing hard-to-reach places such as flooded areas of ships, sea chests and parts of oil tankersThe fish-like design makes BioSwimmer perfectly suited for accessing hard-to-reach places such as flooded areas of ships, sea chests and parts of oil tankers


BioSwimmer uses the latest battery technology for long-duration operation and boasts an array of navigation, sensor processing, and communications equipment designed for constricted spacesBioSwimmer uses the latest battery technology for long-duration operation and boasts an array of navigation, sensor processing, and communications equipment designed for constricted spaces

David Taylor, program manager for the project at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told Fox News: ‘It’s all about distilling the science. It’s called ‘biomimetics.

‘We’re using nature as a basis for design and engineering a system that works exceedingly well.

‘Tuna have had millions of years to develop their ability to move in the water with astounding efficiency. Hopefully we won’t take that long.’

BioSwimmer is also capable of operating in high viscocity fluids such as crude oil, which could make it a valuable tool for off-shore drilling operations.

It can be controlled by an operator using a laptop computer but is also being designed to function autonomously.

AGS Director Mike Rufo added: ‘It’s designed to support a variety of tactical missions and with its interchangeable sensor payloads and reconfigurable Operator Controls, and can be optimized on a per-mission basis.’

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Don’t believe the hype.

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg’s Michael McKee explains why you shouldn’t get excited over reports of sales gains on Black Friday.

The following chart from Merrill Lynch demonstrates that since 2006 there has been little correlation between Black Friday numbers and total holiday sales.

It pays to look at data, not hype.

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These young Australians say they are ready to risk everything to support Israel, and the recent violence has only increased their enthusiasm.

Australia’s youth Zionist groups organise activities and Jewish education programs for teenagers in the hope they will actively support Israel.

For young Zionists, the state of Israel is central to Jewish life and there is a long tradition of them leaving home and moving to Israel.

It is called ‘making Aliyah’.

In the past four years, more than 400 Australian Jews have made the move and most of them have done compulsory military service.

Reuben Bolaffi oversees Australia’s young Zionist groups and he says the recent conflict has strengthened the resolve of young Australian Zionists to support the Jewish homeland.

“People who have the desire to be in Israel, it’s not really going to change for them,” he said.

“They have a vision of how they want to see Israel, and part of the vision [is] they want to go and build the state to how they want it to be and I think the recent Gaza conflict only increase that desire.”

‘Risk I have to take’

Ben Milston is one of many young Australian Jews who wants to be a combat soldier in the Israeli Defence Force.

He has started training around Bondi Beach to build up his fitness for what lies ahead.

“I imagine [you need to be] pretty fit. I’m trying to build up strength and core and everything, got to get prepared,” he said.

It is an ambition which will put Mr Milston on the front line in an ongoing and bitter conflict.

“It’s one of those things; what are you willing to give up and what are you willing to die for?” he said.

“If I saved lives doing what I’d be doing… that’s the risk I have to take.”

Mr Milston works in a Jewish cafe in Bondi and lives a comfortable life.

What are you willing to give up and what are you willing to die for? If I saved lives doing what I’d be doing… that’s the risk I have to take.

Ben Milston


Leaving friends and family to take up arms for Israel was not part of his life plan, but a gap year in Israel changed that.

“I guess I realised how comfortable I am being with other Jewish people, other people that might have the same emotions or experiences, in terms of whether or not it’s from the Holocaust or whether it’s other anti-Semitic things that I’ve had throughout my life,” he said.

“It’s just I guess a really nice connection to be with your own people.”

That sense of connection is what made Mr Milston decide he wanted to live in Israel permanently and he says that comes with responsibilities.

“If I wanted to live in that country, then I wanted to do my bit to try to defend it as well,” he said.

Zionist youth camp

Mr Milston is not alone. There are other young Australian Jews – many of them members of youth Zionist groups – who are also preparing to fight for Israel.

Last weekend around 100 Zionist youth leaders met at a camp near Ballarat in Victoria.

For 20-year-old Sam Gosling, it was the last camp he would attend before leaving for Israel in less than three weeks.

He says he knows he is risking his life.

“I am putting my life on the line for Israel. I’ve made that decision that it is such an incredible place that I’ll join the army for it,” he said.

He says it has been a little unsettling watching the recent conflict on television, knowing he is going to be there soon.

“It was a little worrying but really it doesn’t change anything. If anything, I want to go there more now that I see other people helping out,” he said.

“I’m going because I love the country. My goal is not to change it. I’m going there to really enjoy the country.”

Daniel Crook, 24, is another young Zionist about to emigrate to Israel.

Pacifism is central to his beliefs.

“I’m choosing to work towards a reality where violence is no longer an answer and where the IDF may not even need to exist,” he said

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Whether we are left with the Fiscal Cliff or a Grand Bargain, workers in the U.S. face massive cuts to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, Food Stamp assistance and other needed social safety nets. This is an example of “austerity” which has largely been pursued in the U.S. until now, on a statewide and local level.

The policies of austerity are not unique to the U.S. They are being enacted internationally. In Europe they have been aggressively put into play for four years. While austerity has been pursued on all continents, this article will focus on Europe and the U.S.

What are the policies of austerity?

They involve the cutting of public investment and services such as education, health care, and retirement insurance. In addition they also include the privatizing of existing government assets. Public employees suffer wage freezes or cuts and mass layoffs as part of austerity measures. Labor laws are revised to empower employers at the expense of employees’ job security, wages, benefits, and voice on the job. And austerity also involves increased taxes and fees on working class people.

Austerity is sold as the only available means of reducing the debt. However, there is plenty of money to take care of these financial imbalances. It is in the pockets of the wealthy and big business elites whose think tanks and politicians are, not coincidentally, the architects of austerity. They want nations’ economies to be run more like the corporations and banks, prioritizing that their shareholders get paid first and foremost at the expense of everyone else.

In Europe the level of debt is 87 percent of its collective GDP, necessitating a severe approach, according to their outlook. However, in the U.S., which is in the beginning stages of an austerity campaign, the level of debt is over 100 percent of our GDP. Considering this level of debt and the size of the U.S. economy, the largest dose of austerity measures are yet to come, and it will be working people who will be expected to swallow them.

Austerity and Recession

What are the results of austerity? They depress the economy in the countries in which they are enacted and reduce the government’s revenue while fattening the big business elites’ financial reserves. With the January 1st Fiscal Cliff deadline in the U.S., the Economist Intelligence Unit cut its expectations for growth. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Spain’s economy will contract by 1.5 percent, Italy’s by 2.3 percent, Portugal’s by 3 percent, Greece’s by 5.2 percent, Britain’s by 0.6 percent, Germany’s by 0.9 percent, and France’s by 0.1 percent.

These contractions are in addition to the devastating impact the Great Recession has had on workers internationally with high unemployment rates and a declining standard of living. Today life in Greece has been likened to living under occupation during World War II. Spain and Italy are not far behind. Given this, clearly what benefits the financial powers behind austerity comes at a great cost to the vast majority of people and the health of the economy as a whole.

The truth is that the world economy is not in crisis because of debt. It is because too many have too little to buy what has been created. Without a stronger consumer base the capitalists have no reason to invest in making more commodities and creating more jobs. How are they going to realize a profit if few can afford to buy what is produced?

Before the Great Recession the big business elites of the world had gotten around this problem by indulging in an orgy of financial speculation, especially in the U.S. This extra cash, created out of nothing, enabled them to continue handing out dicey loans while repackaging and selling these toxic assets as good investments. As long as the cash spigot was flowing today, why worry about tomorrow, was the line of reasoning for the 1%. This created massive financial bubbles in, for instance, housing in the U.S. and several European nations.

The ultimate effect of all this financial gambling was to inflate the fundamental problem with the economy, which was the crisis of overproduction. When it was no longer possible to get beyond this limit, the resulting crisis was so deep and wide that even today, four years later, there is no real end in sight. This has been greatly exacerbated by massive bailouts to the banks both in the U.S. and Europe as well as costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan conducted by the U.S.

Shared interests?

Given the ongoing suffering of working people as a result of the Great Recession and austerity’s stunting effect on economic growth, why are the big business elites and their politicians pursuing these measures now? Aren’t we all in the same boat? Shouldn’t our fortunes rise together?

This myth is what is brought to center stage to justify the fanciful notion of “shared sacrifice” when confronting economic ills. However, it is working people who are doing all the sacrificing while the 1% fattens their shares. The relationship between the ruling economic circles and everyone else is that of predator to prey. Austerity is the result of especially acute conditions regarding this relationship today and revealing its essential antagonism to millions of people.

If governments were to take a growth approach and provide federal funds to create jobs according to social need, this would result in inflation. While it would be easier for people and governments to pay off debts, the money paid back to the investors who hold the bonds would be worth less. This is unacceptable to those who hold the purse strings, though such an approach would greatly benefit the vast majority. Austerity is a way of putting a stop to such hopes.

Big business is hoarding trillions of dollars rather than investing these funds in job creating production and services. In the U.S. alone it is estimated that these funds are up to $2 trillion. (1) Without a thriving consumer base, the big business owners have no motivation to invest in goods and services. Without this investment, there will be no thriving consumer base. The economic elite sees no way out of this Catch 22, so they are looking for other ways to enrich themselves.

One way they are doing this is by treating the world economy as an enormous casino. For instance, it has been estimated that the total amount of derivatives being played in the market comes to $1.2 quadrillion — 20 times the amount of money currently in the global economy. (2) While the results of such reckless investment produce impressive portfolios for a few today, everyone else is exposed to potentially disastrous risks in the future.

The 1% does need to obtain real money from somewhere, however. Productive investment is out of the question for the reasons discussed above. Austerity is a weapon they can use to muscle their way towards grabbing the vast pools of social capital in government programs meant to benefit working people. Rather than acting as organizers of production, the corporation and bank owners are using austerity to act as parasites, draining the economy as a whole.

Austerity also serves the business elite’s interests at the expense of everyone else in another way. Without a strong safety net, workers are left in an even more desperate competition with one another to find work. This enables those on top of the economy to depress wages, benefits, and rights since they have a larger reserve of workers to pick from who are willing to take anything.

Finally, austerity is a weapon to weaken the Labor Movement, the first line of defense for working people against corporate greed. For instance, in the U.S., it is not a coincidence that austerity measures are aimed first and foremost at public employees and teachers. These are the nation’s two most heavily unionized sectors. If their unions can be broken into accepting austerity, sweeping aside the rest of Labor in the pursuit of greed will be an easier task for the 1%. In short, austerity is a program of class war.

Push Back

Such an aggressive tearing up of social contracts that generations have taken for granted, as is required by austerity, has been provoking a fight back. In Europe this response has taken place at different rates across the continent. Greece is where the struggle is most acute with at least 18 general strikes in the last two years, and many more mass mobilizations against austerity. This example is beginning to spread.

On November 14, a series of Labor protests and political strikes swept across Europe in a coordinated protest called by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Many millions of people are estimated to have participated in these events. In Spain and Portugal there were national general strikes. Nine million Spaniards stayed at home, or 77 percent of the workforce of the country.

Even in the U.S., where the struggle has yet to advance to this potentially pre-revolutionary level, we have been experiencing an upsurge in mass collective protest as a result of austerity. The occupation in Madison, Wisconsin’s capital was in response to cuts aimed at union public workers and teachers as well as an attempt to gut their collective bargaining rights. Occupy’s proclamation of “We are the 99 percent” was an appeal for mass unity against those promoting austerity for their own enrichment. Finally, the inspiring example of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, which unified wide sectors of the city’s workers and community, was provoked by attacks on public education justified by bipartisan austerity arguments.

A Counter Proposal?

Frightened by these responses, some leading policy makers, especially in Europe, have been arguing for the need to curb austerity, combining it with growth investment to relieve the downward pressure on their nations’ rebellious countrymen for now. The business magazine “The Economist” put forward this line in the following way when countering the Financial Times pro-austerity writer Gideon Rachman:

“One puzzling mistake Mr. Rachman makes is in implying that the only fiscal alternative to austerity is stimulus; in fact, less austerity is also a decent option.”

Later the article states:

“But structural reforms are not an inseparable part of some reform cocktail that necessarily includes austerity. On the contrary, structural reform and adequate demand are two great tastes that taste great together; without some wage inflation in Germany, efforts to boost Spanish mobility won’t succeed in generating sufficient migration.”

Aside from the jeers that would greet the suggestion that Eurozone fiscal policy should encourage Spaniards to migrate to Germany to find good jobs, there are other problems with the method of this argument. A little stimulus for some European countries, a little austerity for others, is not a recipe for the golden mean. It is more like trying to mix water and oil.

Less austerity” is not a decent option for workers still suffering from the effects of the international economic crisis.

Considering the depth of this crisis and that there is no end in sight that relies on capitalist investment, either fiscal policy will benefit the 1% or workers, not both. Ultimately the outcome will be determined by a showdown between these social forces that will require a fundamental transformation of the political/economic system if workers are to prevail.

Moving Forward

The first step for workers is the building of an independent social movement that can advance its political understanding and organizational strength through mass collective struggle. To do this it is necessary to mobilize on the basis of what workers are willing to take united action on now in the fight against austerity cuts.

Each nation’s working class will proceed at their own pace in this process according to their own national situation influenced by international developments. It is inevitable that some national social movements will be able take mass action around more revolutionary demands sooner than others. A slogan that may work in one country might not connect in another. The criteria for a slogan should be if it can unite workers into taking collective action now and how this struggle increases their strength, political understanding, and ability to take on more advanced demands.

For instance, in the U.S. President Obama won the election, in part, because of his promise to increase taxes on the rich. However, it has become clear that he is more resolute in pursuing austerity policies, proposing a Grand Bargain to slash the deficit $4 trillion over 10 years with a 3 to 1 mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. (3) Consequently, in order to combat austerity, it is necessary that workers mobilize not only for taxing the rich, but also to demand that the tax rate is raised high enough to prevent cuts, create good jobs for all, and rebuild the public sector.

Likewise, the call for a general strike against austerity policies in Eurozone nations is becoming more familiar and possible in a growing number of countries. The Greek unions have used this weapon numerous times. Still, austerity presses on, necessitating, in the minds of Greek workers, the need to build from the unions higher forms of organization that encompass the vast majority of working people so as to advance their struggle for a government that truly represents the majority of working people, not the rich. As a result, the Greek left party, Syriza is rapidly growing, having won 52 percent of the vote of people between 18 and 24 years of age in the last elections.

In the U.S., calling for general strikes to oppose the Fiscal Cliff or Grand Bargain cuts has no connection to the actual level of consciousness of most working people at this time. Even the rank and file in the unions are insufficiently organized to push this demand from the bottom up now. In addition, the call for a Labor Party, while an absolutely necessary development, is still a good distance away from what will connect with and compel millions of people into united action today.

At this point, however, it is possible to agitate for Labor taking the lead in building mass mobilizations against the looming cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, public education and other needed social programs. From this organizing and its resulting political lessons, it will be possible to advance a discussion on how U.S. workers can better combat austerity.

While austerity presents a great threat, the struggle against it holds the promise of establishing a world founded on majority rule, where equality and solidarity on an international basis can flourish.

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“I’m worried about the soul of our own country from the effects of what we do. That’s certainly on my mind.” – James Hillman, American psychologist. (R.I.P.), from the video, “James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy & the Soulless Society.”

Mythically speaking, America is both the Shire and Mordor. America is the land of both childhood innocence and supernatural evil. America’s spiritual predicament is truly special and unique because its superpower status is in conflict with its historic legacy as a free country with a revolutionary political system.

But, a nation can’t be both a global empire and revolutionary at the same time. So America sacrificed its revolutionary character to become a global empire.

And the effects have been disastrous. As Ron Paul said in his farewell speech to Congress, the “constitution has failed.” The Constitution lost its power and meaning when the private Federal Reserve banking system was established in secrecy in 1913. This bank from hell  has been used to bring about the destruction of the United States of America as a sovereign national entity and the creation of a world government.

Since the false flag September 11 events, America has waged aggressive and illegal wars that are not in its national interest. The Federal Reserve cartel has been given the magical power to print all the money that is needed to fund these apocalyptic wars.

As a result of the giant 9/11 lie everything has been turned upside down in the world. And nowhere is this more evident than in America. The destruction of the American empire and the American system of government could not have been possible without the 9/11 deception and the transformative war on terror.

The other major turning point in 20th century American history that also proves that the Constitution is meaningless is the CIA’s assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The murder of JFK was the symbolic mid-way point that saw the hardening of the bankster-hijacked American Empire and the breaking away of the American republic from its constitutional roots.

But there is also a deeper esoteric interpretation of JFK’s death and what it points to in the spiritual life of America and the world. The assassination of JFK was a ritual sacrifice of the highest order, in the same vein as the 9/11 ritual.

Film critic and author John David Ebert addressed this deeper dimension in his two-part video on the assassination. He examined the ancient conflict between the Oak King and the Holly King, which symbolizes a larger struggle between light and dark, and connected this process to the ritualistic death of JFK. Read a transcript of his talk here.

Robert Livingstone lays out the esoteric aspects at the scene of JFK’s murder in Dallas in his article, “The Killing of The King Rite – The JFK Assassination.” Here is an excerpt:

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The most historical instance of protesting against taxation without representation is now being taught in Texas schools as a terrorist act.

As recently as January of this year, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative included a lesson plan that depicted the Boston Tea Party, an event that helped ignite the American Revolution, as an act of terrorism. TheBlaze reports that in a lesson promoted on the TESCCC site as recently as January, a world history/social studies class plan depicted the Boston Tea Party as being anything but patriotic, causing many people to become upset with the lack of transparency and review for lessons.

“A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port,” wrote the teachers in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party. “Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.

“It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.”

The controversial TESCCC lesson is a product of CSCOPE, a well known non-profit whose media centers that help teach the curriculum received $25 million in funding last year, according to TheBlaze. Supporters of the program indicate that the lesson hadn’t been taught in Texas schools since August 2010, but the lesson plan remained on CSCOPE’s website until at least January of this year.

The news of the curriculum in some Texas schools comes about a month shy of the 239th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.


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AUSTRALIA will abstain from a looming vote to give Palestine observer status at the United Nations.

The Labor caucus discussed the issue today, resolving against Australia taking a position in the UN vote on Thursday.

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Second presidential debate: Assault weapons ban


Obama’s Gun Ban List Is Out


Turn Them Over: Feinstein Moves To Ban ALL Assault Rifles, High Capacity Magazines, and Pistol Grips



UN APPROVAL: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2012/dc3389.doc.htm SIGNED BY OBAMA


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