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| 05 Feb 2018 | Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he will not stop the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) from conducting autopsies of children who are suspected to have died as a result for receiving shots of the anti[sic]-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The Secretary reacted to the calls of Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) which included former Department of Health (DOH) chief Esperanza Cabral who urged Aguirre to order a stop to the autopsies being conducted by the PAO. Aguirre has issued Department Order (DO) No. 792 dated December 12, 2017 which directed the PAO “to extend free legal assistance in civil, criminal and administrative cases to all possible victims of Dengvaxia [vaccine] related injuries, illnesses and deaths.”

Philippines: DOJ won’t stop Public Attorney’s Office autopsy of children who got vaccine

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This is a care home for children in the Philippines.
The Philippines is a Christian country.
This is a girl in care in Indonesia.The nurse in charge was a Christian lady.

We have more such photos, but they are too shocking to show.

This is an adult in care in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo appears to be just another asset of the CIA. Joko’s ‘s sole nomination for police chief is a bribery suspect. Jokowi police pick a graft suspect.  And, Joko has a Brutal new Defence Minister

Both the Philippines and Indonesia have rich elites, protected by the military, who work for the CIA and the Pentagon.

The Pope is coming to the Philippines.
So, “street children as young as five are being caged in brutal detention centres alongside adult criminals in a cynical drive to smarten up the Philippines capital…” 
The children “sleep on concrete floors … many of them are beaten or abused by older inmates and adult prisoners and, in some cases, starved and chained to pillars.”

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28 Apr 2014 The United States and the Philippines have agreed on an accord that will allow increased presence of US troops in the Philippines, US officials said. The new 10-year military pact will give the American military greater access to selected military camps across the South East Asian nation and allow it to preposition fighter jets and ships.

The new 10-year military pact will give the American military greater access to selected military camps across the South East Asian nation and allow it to preposition fighter jets and ships.

Further details of the size, duration and location of the increased US presence are yet to be worked out, according to USA Today, citing White House officials.

The agreement came in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit to Manila on Monday, the last stop on his four-country Asian tour. Obama has already visited Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which has been under negotiation for eight months, is seen as an effort by Washington to counter China which has maritime disputes with its neighbors in South China Sea, including with the Philippines.

Obama has been careful not to antagonize China on his Asia trip.

“We’re not interested in containing China,” he said in South Korea on Friday. “We’re interested in China’s peaceful rise and it being a responsible and powerful proponent of the rule of law and an international system.”

Experts say the US is likely to underplay the China-related aspects of the new defense agreement.

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, a senior fellow with the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, said: “My guess is that although a lot of attention will be on the Philippines’ territorial dispute with China, an effort will be made to frame this security cooperation in terms of other interests also.”

The interests include counterterrorism operations in the Philippines’ restive South and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

 

U.S. announces accord that will allow increased presence of American troops in Philippines

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THERE IS MUCH speculation that the recent, unnaturally speedy typhoon in the Philippines was man-made. Shocked? You shouldn’t be. Weather-modification technology is by now well established, with many countries routinely employing it to bring rain, divert storms, and for other more nefarious purposes. You didn’t hear about the hurricane on 9/11? | More: | Geoengineering | The SBX

So, hypothetically, let’s imagine that Typhoon Haiyen was induced or enhanced. So who and why? The most likely suspect, by a mile, has to be the USA (or, more accurately, elements within the US Secret Government). Okay, so why? To remove thousands of ‘useless eaters’, to help support the crumbling Global Warming scam, as a general distraction from Middle East war preparations, US martial law, the impending economic collapse… or something a little more left field?

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‘On the Weather Modification Association’s own website, they admit such programs have existed for over 60 years in conjunction with other agencies:

“The Weather Modification Association (WMA) was organized in 1950 to cultivate a better understanding of weather modification techniques, impacts, and expectations among program sponsors, program operators, and the scientific community, and to promote ethical professional conduct and a free exchange of information.”

Government installations are already conducting ‘atmospheric heating experiments’ around the globe, including operational centers and radar observation stations in the immediate vicinity of what has been dubbed this week as “the world’s largest ever storm”.

Weather-watcher, Dutchsine, discovers data relating to microwave pulse activity linked to this most recent Typhoon Haiyan (named “Typhoon Yolanda” in the Philippines) event in South East Asia. He also suggests that the storm system known “Zoraida” is also a man-made microwave directed storm.’

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WALL STREET IS WAR STREET

War Is A Racket

By Major General Smedley Butler

Contents

Chapter 1: War Is A Racket

Chapter 2: Who Makes The Profits?

Chapter 3: Who Pays The Bills?

Chapter 4: How To Smash This Racket!

Chapter 5: To Hell With War!

Smedley Darlington Butler

* Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881

* Educated: Haverford School

* Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905

* Awarded two congressional medals of honor:

1. capture of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914

2. capture of Ft. Riviere, Haiti, 1917

* Distinguished service medal, 1919

* Major General – United States Marine Corps

* Retired Oct. 1, 1931

* On leave of absence to act as

director of Dept. of Safety, Philadelphia, 1932

* Lecturer — 1930’s

* Republican Candidate for Senate, 1932

* Died at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, June 21, 1940

* For more information about Major General Butler,

contact the United States Marine Corps.

CHAPTER ONE

War Is A Racket

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the

most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the

only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the

losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not

what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside”

group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of

the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few

people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the

conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were

made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted

their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other

war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of

them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go

hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent

sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and

machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of

an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are

victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory

promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung

dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the

bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones.

Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic

instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries.

Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war

was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully

realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering,

as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

Again they are choosing sides. France and Russia met and agreed to

stand side by side. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar

agreement. Poland and Germany cast sheep’s eyes at each other,

forgetting for the nonce [one unique occasion], their dispute over

the Polish Corridor.

The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia]

complicated matters. Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies,

were almost at each other’s throats. Italy was ready to jump in.

But France was waiting. So was Czechoslovakia. All of them are

looking ahead to war. Not the people — not those who fight and

pay and die — only those who foment wars and remain safely at

home to profit.

There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our

statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not

in the making.

Hell’s bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be

dancers?

Not in Italy, to be sure. Premier Mussolini knows what they are

being trained for. He, at least, is frank enough to speak out.

Only the other day, Il Duce in “International Conciliation,” the

publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,

said:

“And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and

observes the future and the development of humanity

quite apart from political considerations of the moment,

believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of

perpetual peace. . . . War alone brings up to its

highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of

nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet

it.”

Undoubtedly Mussolini means exactly what he says. His well-trained

army, his great fleet of planes, and even his navy are ready for

war — anxious for it, apparently. His recent stand at the side of

Hungary in the latter’s dispute with Jugoslavia showed that. And

the hurried mobilization of his troops on the Austrian border

after the assassination of Dollfuss showed it too. There are

others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or

later.

Herr Hitler, with his rearming Germany and his constant demands

for more and more arms, is an equal if not greater menace to

peace. France only recently increased the term of military service

for its youth from a year to eighteen months.

Yes, all over, nations are camping in their arms. The mad dogs of

Europe are on the loose. In the Orient the maneuvering is more

adroit. Back in 1904, when Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out

our old friends the Russians and backed Japan. Then our very

generous international bankers were financing Japan. Now the trend

is to poison us against the Japanese. What does the “open door”

policy to China mean to us? Our trade with China is about

$90,000,000 a year. Or the Philippine Islands? We have spent about

$600,000,000 in the Philippines in thirty-five years and we (our

bankers and industrialists and speculators) have private

investments there of less than $200,000,000.

Then, to save that China trade of about $90,000,000, or to protect

these private investments of less than $200,000,000 in the

Philippines, we would be all stirred up to hate Japan and go to

war — a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars,

hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more

hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced

men.

Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit —

fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be

piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders.

Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well.

Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn’t they?

It pays high dividends.

But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it

profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their

sweethearts? What does it profit their children?

What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means

huge profits?

Yes, and what does it profit the nation?

Take our own case. Until 1898 we didn’t own a bit of territory

outside the mainland of North America. At that time our national

debt was a little more than $1,000,000,000. Then we became

“internationally minded.” We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice

of the Father of our country. We forgot George Washington’s

warning about “entangling alliances.” We went to war. We acquired

outside territory. At the end of the World War period, as a direct

result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt

had jumped to over $25,000,000,000. Our total favorable trade

balance during the twenty-five-year period was about

$24,000,000,000. Therefore, on a purely bookkeeping basis, we ran

a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well

have been ours without the wars.

It would have been far cheaper (not to say safer) for the average

American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements.

For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld

rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is

always transferred to the people — who do not profit.

CHAPTER TWO

Who Makes The Profits?

The World War, rather our brief participation in it, has cost the

United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400

to every American man, woman, and child. And we haven’t paid the

debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our

children’s children probably still will be paying the cost of that

war.

The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are

six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time

profits — ah! that is another matter — twenty, sixty, one

hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent — the

sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the

money. Let’s get it.

Of course, it isn’t put that crudely in war time. It is dressed

into speeches about patriotism, love of country, and “we must all

put our shoulders to the wheel,” but the profits jump and leap and

skyrocket — and are safely pocketed. Let’s just take a few

examples:

Take our friends the du Ponts, the powder people — didn’t one of

them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder

won the war? Or saved the world for democracy? Or something? How

did they do in the war? They were a patriotic corporation. Well,

the average earnings of the du Ponts for the period 1910 to 1914

were $6,000,000 a year. It wasn’t much, but the du Ponts managed

to get along on it. Now let’s look at their average yearly profit

during the war years, 1914 to 1918. Fifty-eight million dollars a

year profit we find! Nearly ten times that of normal times, and

the profits of normal times were pretty good. An increase in

profits of more than 950 per cent.

Take one of our little steel companies that patriotically shunted

aside the making of rails and girders and bridges to manufacture

war materials. Well, their 1910-1914 yearly earnings averaged

$6,000,000. Then came the war. And, like loyal citizens, Bethlehem

Steel promptly turned to munitions making. Did their profits jump

— or did they let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? Well, their

1914-1918 average was $49,000,000 a year!

Or, let’s take United States Steel. The normal earnings during the

five-year period prior to the war were $105,000,000 a year. Not

bad. Then along came the war and up went the profits. The average

yearly profit for the period 1914-1918 was $240,000,000. Not bad.

There you have some of the steel and powder earnings. Let’s look

at something else. A little copper, perhaps. That always does well

in war times.

Anaconda, for instance. Average yearly earnings during the pre-war

years 1910-1914 of $10,000,000. During the war years 1914-1918

profits leaped to $34,000,000 per year.

Or Utah Copper. Average of $5,000,000 per year during the

1910-1914 period. Jumped to an average of $21,000,000 yearly

profits for the war period.

Let’s group these five, with three smaller companies. The total

yearly average profits of the pre-war period 1910-1914 were

$137,480,000. Then along came the war. The average yearly profits

for this group skyrocketed to $408,300,000.

A little increase in profits of approximately 200 per cent.

Does war pay? It paid them. But they aren’t the only ones. There

are still others. Let’s take leather.

For the three-year period before the war the total profits of

Central Leather Company were $3,500,000. That was approximately

$1,167,000 a year. Well, in 1916 Central Leather returned a profit

of $15,000,000, a small increase of 1,100 per cent. That’s all.

The General Chemical Company averaged a profit for the three years

before the war of a little over $800,000 a year. Came the war, and

the profits jumped to $12,000,000. a leap of 1,400 per cent.

International Nickel Company — and you can’t have a war without

nickel — showed an increase in profits from a mere average of

$4,000,000 a year to $73,000,000 yearly. Not bad? An increase of

more than 1,700 per cent.

American Sugar Refining Company averaged $2,000,000 a year for the

three years before the war. In 1916 a profit of $6,000,000 was

recorded.

Listen to Senate Document No. 259. The Sixty-Fifth Congress,

reporting on corporate earnings and government revenues.

Considering the profits of 122 meat packers, 153 cotton

manufacturers, 299 garment makers, 49 steel plants, and 340 coal

producers during the war. Profits under 25 per cent were

exceptional. For instance the coal companies made between 100 per

cent and 7,856 per cent on their capital stock during the war. The

Chicago packers doubled and tripled their earnings.

And let us not forget the bankers who financed the great war. If

anyone had the cream of the profits it was the bankers. Being

partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not

have to report to stockholders. And their profits were as secret

as they were immense. How the bankers made their millions and

their billions I do not know, because those little secrets never

become public — even before a Senate investigatory body.

But here’s how some of the other patriotic industrialists and

speculators chiseled their way into war profits.

Take the shoe people. They like war. It brings business with

abnormal profits. They made huge profits on sales abroad to our

allies. Perhaps, like the munitions manufacturers and armament

makers, they also sold to the enemy. For a dollar is a dollar

whether it comes from Germany or from France. But they did well by

Uncle Sam too. For instance, they sold Uncle Sam 35,000,000 pairs

of hobnailed service shoes. There were 4,000,000 soldiers. Eight

pairs, and more, to a soldier. My regiment during the war had only

one pair to a soldier. Some of these shoes probably are still in

existence. They were good shoes. But when the war was over Uncle

Sam has a matter of 25,000,000 pairs left over. Bought — and paid

for. Profits recorded and pocketed.

There was still lots of leather left. So the leather people sold

your Uncle Sam hundreds of thousands of McClellan saddles for the

cavalry. But there wasn’t any American cavalry overseas! Somebody

had to get rid of this leather, however. Somebody had to make a

profit in it — so we had a lot of McClellan saddles. And we

probably have those yet.

Also somebody had a lot of mosquito netting. They sold your Uncle

Sam 20,000,000 mosquito nets for the use of the soldiers overseas.

I suppose the boys were expected to put it over them as they tried

to sleep in muddy trenches — one hand scratching cooties on their

backs and the other making passes at scurrying rats. Well, not one

of these mosquito nets ever got to France!

Anyhow, these thoughtful manufacturers wanted to make sure that no

soldier would be without his mosquito net, so 40,000,000

additional yards of mosquito netting were sold to Uncle Sam.

There were pretty good profits in mosquito netting in those days,

even if there were no mosquitoes in France. I suppose, if the war

had lasted just a little longer, the enterprising mosquito netting

manufacturers would have sold your Uncle Sam a couple of

consignments of mosquitoes to plant in France so that more

mosquito netting would be in order.

Airplane and engine manufacturers felt they, too, should get their

just profits out of this war. Why not? Everybody else was getting

theirs. So $1,000,000,000 — count them if you live long enough —

was spent by Uncle Sam in building airplane engines that never

left the ground! Not one plane, or motor, out of the billion

dollars worth ordered, ever got into a battle in France. Just the

same the manufacturers made their little profit of 30, 100, or

perhaps 300 per cent.

Undershirts for soldiers cost 14¢ [cents] to make and uncle Sam

paid 30¢ to 40¢ each for them — a nice little profit for the

undershirt manufacturer. And the stocking manufacturer and the

uniform manufacturers and the cap manufacturers and the steel

helmet manufacturers — all got theirs.

Why, when the war was over some 4,000,000 sets of equipment —

knapsacks and the things that go to fill them — crammed

warehouses on this side. Now they are being scrapped because the

regulations have changed the contents. But the manufacturers

collected their wartime profits on them — and they will do it all

over again the next time.

There were lots of brilliant ideas for profit making during the

war.

One very versatile patriot sold Uncle Sam twelve dozen 48-inch

wrenches. Oh, they were very nice wrenches. The only trouble was

that there was only one nut ever made that was large enough for

these wrenches. That is the one that holds the turbines at Niagara

Falls. Well, after Uncle Sam had bought them and the manufacturer

had pocketed the profit, the wrenches were put on freight cars and

shunted all around the United States in an effort to find a use

for them. When the Armistice was signed it was indeed a sad blow

to the wrench manufacturer. He was just about to make some nuts to

fit the wrenches. Then he planned to sell these, too, to your

Uncle Sam.

Still another had the brilliant idea that colonels shouldn’t ride

in automobiles, nor should they even ride on horseback. One has

probably seen a picture of Andy Jackson riding in a buckboard.

Well, some 6,000 buckboards were sold to Uncle Sam for the use of

colonels! Not one of them was used. But the buckboard manufacturer

got his war profit.

The shipbuilders felt they should come in on some of it, too. They

built a lot of ships that made a lot of profit. More than

$3,000,000,000 worth. Some of the ships were all right. But

$635,000,000 worth of them were made of wood and wouldn’t float!

The seams opened up — and they sank. We paid for them, though.

And somebody pocketed the profits.

It has been estimated by statisticians and economists and

researchers that the war cost your Uncle Sam $52,000,000,000. Of

this sum, $39,000,000,000 was expended in the actual war itself.

This expenditure yielded $16,000,000,000 in profits. That is how

the 21,000 billionaires and millionaires got that way. This

$16,000,000,000 profits is not to be sneezed at. It is quite a

tidy sum. And it went to a very few.

The Senate (Nye) committee probe of the munitions industry and its

wartime profits, despite its sensational disclosures, hardly has

scratched the surface.

Even so, it has had some effect. The State Department has been

studying “for some time” methods of keeping out of war. The War

Department suddenly decides it has a wonderful plan to spring. The

Administration names a committee — with the War and Navy

Departments ably represented under the chairmanship of a Wall

Street speculator — to limit profits in war time. To what extent

isn’t suggested. Hmmm. Possibly the profits of 300 and 600 and

1,600 per cent of those who turned blood into gold in the World

War would be limited to some smaller figure.

Apparently, however, the plan does not call for any limitation of

losses — that is, the losses of those who fight the war. As far

as I have been able to ascertain there is nothing in the scheme to

limit a soldier to the loss of but one eye, or one arm, or to

limit his wounds to one or two or three. Or to limit the loss of

life.

There is nothing in this scheme, apparently, that says not more

than 12 per cent of a regiment shall be wounded in battle, or that

not more than 7 per cent in a division shall be killed.

Of course, the committee cannot be bothered with such trifling

matters.

CHAPTER THREE

Who Pays The Bills?

Who provides the profits — these nice little profits of 20, 100,

300, 1,500 and 1,800 per cent? We all pay them — in taxation. We

paid the bankers their profits when we bought Liberty Bonds at

$100.00 and sold them back at $84 or $86 to the bankers. These

bankers collected $100 plus. It was a simple manipulation. The

bankers control the security marts. It was easy for them to

depress the price of these bonds. Then all of us — the people —

got frightened and sold the bonds at $84 or $86. The bankers

bought them. Then these same bankers stimulated a boom and

government bonds went to par — and above. Then the bankers

collected their profits.

But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.

If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the

battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in

the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which

I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen

government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about

50,000 destroyed men — men who were the pick of the nation

eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government

hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead,

told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as

among those who stayed at home.

Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and

offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There

they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to “about

face”; to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put

shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were

entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained

them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed.

Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another

“about face” ! This time they had to do their own readjustment,

sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers’ aid and advice and

sans nation-wide propaganda. We didn’t need them any more. So we

scattered them about without any “three-minute” or “Liberty Loan”

speeches or parades. Many, too many, of these fine young boys are

eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that

final “about face” alone.

In the government hospital in Marion, Indiana, 1,800 of these boys

are in pens! Five hundred of them in a barracks with steel bars

and wires all around outside the buildings and on the porches.

These already have been mentally destroyed. These boys don’t even

look like human beings. Oh, the looks on their faces! Physically,

they are in good shape; mentally, they are gone.

There are thousands and thousands of these cases, and more and

more are coming in all the time. The tremendous excitement of the

war, the sudden cutting off of that excitement — the young boys

couldn’t stand it.

That’s a part of the bill. So much for the dead — they have paid

their part of the war profits. So much for the mentally and

physically wounded — they are paying now their share of the war

profits. But the others paid, too — they paid with heartbreaks

when they tore themselves away from their firesides and their

families to don the uniform of Uncle Sam — on which a profit had

been made. They paid another part in the training camps where they

were regimented and drilled while others took their jobs and their

places in the lives of their communities. The paid for it in the

trenches where they shot and were shot; where they were hungry for

days at a time; where they slept in the mud and the cold and in

the rain — with the moans and shrieks of the dying for a horrible

lullaby.

But don’t forget — the soldier paid part of the dollars and cents

bill too.

Up to and including the Spanish-American War, we had a prize

system, and soldiers and sailors fought for money. During the

Civil War they were paid bonuses, in many instances, before they

went into service. The government, or states, paid as high as

$1,200 for an enlistment. In the Spanish-American War they gave

prize money. When we captured any vessels, the soldiers all got

their share — at least, they were supposed to. Then it was found

that we could reduce the cost of wars by taking all the prize

money and keeping it, but conscripting [drafting] the soldier

anyway. Then soldiers couldn’t bargain for their labor, Everyone

else could bargain, but the soldier couldn’t.

Napoleon once said,

“All men are enamored of decorations . . . they

positively hunger for them.”

So by developing the Napoleonic system — the medal business —

the government learned it could get soldiers for less money,

because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there

were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed

out. It made enlistments easier. After the Civil War no new medals

were issued until the Spanish-American War.

In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept

conscription. They were made to feel ashamed if they didn’t join

the army.

So vicious was this war propaganda that even God was brought into

it. With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to

kill, kill, kill. To kill the Germans. God is on our side . . . it

is His will that the Germans be killed.

And in Germany, the good pastors called upon the Germans to kill

the allies . . . to please the same God. That was a part of the

general propaganda, built up to make people war conscious and

murder conscious.

Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to

die. This was the “war to end all wars.” This was the “war to make

the world safe for democracy.” No one mentioned to them, as they

marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war

profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be

shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told

them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be

torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They

were just told it was to be a “glorious adventure.”

Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided

to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large

salary of $30 a month.

All they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear

ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat

canned willy (when they could get it) and kill and kill and kill .

. . and be killed.

But wait!

Half of that wage (just a little more than a riveter in a shipyard

or a laborer in a munitions factory safe at home made in a day)

was promptly taken from him to support his dependents, so that

they would not become a charge upon his community. Then we made

him pay what amounted to accident insurance — something the

employer pays for in an enlightened state — and that cost him $6

a month. He had less than $9 a month left.

Then, the most crowning insolence of all — he was virtually

blackjacked into paying for his own ammunition, clothing, and food

by being made to buy Liberty Bonds. Most soldiers got no money at

all on pay days.

We made them buy Liberty Bonds at $100 and then we bought them

back — when they came back from the war and couldn’t find work —

at $84 and $86. And the soldiers bought about $2,000,000,000 worth

of these bonds!

Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. His family

pays too. They pay it in the same heart-break that he does. As he

suffers, they suffer. At nights, as he lay in the trenches and

watched shrapnel burst about him, they lay home in their beds and

tossed sleeplessly — his father, his mother, his wife, his

sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his daughters.

When he returned home minus an eye, or minus a leg or with his

mind broken, they suffered too — as much as and even sometimes

more than he. Yes, and they, too, contributed their dollars to the

profits of the munitions makers and bankers and shipbuilders and

the manufacturers and the speculators made. They, too, bought

Liberty Bonds and contributed to the profit of the bankers after

the Armistice in the hocus-pocus of manipulated Liberty Bond

prices.

And even now the families of the wounded men and of the mentally

broken and those who never were able to readjust themselves are

still suffering and still paying.

CHAPTER FOUR

How To Smash This Racket!

WELL, it’s a racket, all right.

A few profit — and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it.

You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate

it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups

can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively

only by taking the profit out of war.

The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and

industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted.

One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the

nation — it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let

the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of

our armament factories and our munitions makers and our

shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of

all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as

the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted — to get $30 a

month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.

Let the workers in these plants get the same wages — all the

workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all

managers, all bankers — yes, and all generals and all admirals

and all officers and all politicians and all government office

holders — everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly

income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!

Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all

those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and

majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and

pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.

Why shouldn’t they?

They aren’t running any risk of being killed or of having their

bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren’t sleeping in

muddy trenches. They aren’t hungry. The soldiers are!

Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over

and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will

smash the war racket — that and nothing else.

Maybe I am a little too optimistic. Capital still has some say. So

capital won’t permit the taking of the profit out of war until the

people — those who do the suffering and still pay the price —

make up their minds that those they elect to office shall do their

bidding, and not that of the profiteers.

Another step necessary in this fight to smash the war racket is

the limited plebiscite to determine whether a war should be

declared. A plebiscite not of all the voters but merely of those

who would be called upon to do the fighting and dying. There

wouldn’t be very much sense in having a 76-year-old president of a

munitions factory or the flat-footed head of an international

banking firm or the cross-eyed manager of a uniform manufacturing

plant — all of whom see visions of tremendous profits in the

event of war — voting on whether the nation should go to war or

not. They never would be called upon to shoulder arms — to sleep

in a trench and to be shot. Only those who would be called upon to

risk their lives for their country should have the privilege of

voting to determine whether the nation should go to war.

There is ample precedent for restricting the voting to those

affected. Many of our states have restrictions on those permitted

to vote. In most, it is necessary to be able to read and write

before you may vote. In some, you must own property. It would be a

simple matter each year for the men coming of military age to

register in their communities as they did in the draft during the

World War and be examined physically. Those who could pass and who

would therefore be called upon to bear arms in the event of war

would be eligible to vote in a limited plebiscite. They should be

the ones to have the power to decide — and not a Congress few of

whose members are within the age limit and fewer still of whom are

in physical condition to bear arms. Only those who must suffer

should have the right to vote.

A third step in this business of smashing the war racket is to

make certain that our military forces are truly forces for defense

only.

At each session of Congress the question of further naval

appropriations comes up. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington

(and there are always a lot of them) are very adroit lobbyists.

And they are smart. They don’t shout that “We need a lot of

battleships to war on this nation or that nation.” Oh no. First of

all, they let it be known that America is menaced by a great naval

power. Almost any day, these admirals will tell you, the great

fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate

125,000,000 people. Just like that. Then they begin to cry for a

larger navy. For what? To fight the enemy? Oh my, no. Oh, no. For

defense purposes only.

Then, incidentally, they announce maneuvers in the Pacific. For

defense. Uh, huh.

The Pacific is a great big ocean. We have a tremendous coastline

on the Pacific. Will the maneuvers be off the coast, two or three

hundred miles? Oh, no. The maneuvers will be two thousand, yes,

perhaps even thirty-five hundred miles, off the coast.

The Japanese, a proud people, of course will be pleased beyond

expression to see the united States fleet so close to Nippon’s

shores. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California

were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese

fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles.

The ships of our navy, it can be seen, should be specifically

limited, by law, to within 200 miles of our coastline. Had that

been the law in 1898 the Maine would never have gone to Havana

Harbor. She never would have been blown up. There would have been

no war with Spain with its attendant loss of life. Two hundred

miles is ample, in the opinion of experts, for defense purposes.

Our nation cannot start an offensive war if its ships can’t go

further than 200 miles from the coastline. Planes might be

permitted to go as far as 500 miles from the coast for purposes of

reconnaissance. And the army should never leave the territorial

limits of our nation.

To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket.

1. We must take the profit out of war.

2. We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to

decide whether or not there should be war.

3. We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.

CHAPTER FIVE

To Hell With War!

I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. I

know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we

cannot be pushed into another war.

Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in 1916 on a

platform that he had “kept us out of war” and on the implied

promise that he would “keep us out of war.” Yet, five months later

he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.

In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether

they had changed their minds. The 4,000,000 young men who put on

uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they

wanted to go forth to suffer and die.

Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?

Money.

An allied commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before

the war declaration and called on the President. The President

summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke.

Stripped of its diplomatic language, this is what he told the

President and his group:

“There is no use kidding ourselves any longer. The cause

of the allies is lost. We now owe you (American bankers,

American munitions makers, American manufacturers,

American speculators, American exporters) five or six

billion dollars.

If we lose (and without the help of the United States we

must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay

back this money . . . and Germany won’t.

So . . . ”

Had secrecy been outlawed as far as war negotiations were

concerned, and had the press been invited to be present at that

conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the

proceedings, America never would have entered the World War. But

this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost

secrecy. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was

a “war to make the world safe for democracy” and a “war to end all

wars.”

Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than

it had then. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia

or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under

democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or

Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.

And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us

that the World War was really the war to end all wars.

Yes, we have had disarmament conferences and limitations of arms

conferences. They don’t mean a thing. One has just failed; the

results of another have been nullified. We send our professional

soldiers and our sailors and our politicians and our diplomats to

these conferences. And what happens?

The professional soldiers and sailors don’t want to disarm. No

admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without

a command. Both mean men without jobs. They are not for

disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of arms. And at all

these conferences, lurking in the background but all-powerful,

just the same, are the sinister agents of those who profit by war.

They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously

limit armaments.

The chief aim of any power at any of these conferences has not

been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more

armament for itself and less for any potential foe.

There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of

practicability. That is for all nations to get together and scrap

every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane.

Even this, if it were possible, would not be enough.

The next war, according to experts, will be fought not with

battleships, not by artillery, not with rifles and not with

machine guns. It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases.

Secretly each nation is studying and perfecting newer and

ghastlier means of annihilating its foes wholesale. Yes, ships

will continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their

profits. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles

will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge

profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for the

manufacturer must make their war profits too.

But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and

ingenuity of our scientists.

If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more

fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they

will have no time for the constructive job of building greater

prosperity for all peoples. By putting them to this useful job, we

can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war —

even the munitions makers.

     So...I say,

     TO HELL WITH WAR!Source:
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WB7: History does rhyme.

A hat tip to all who served honorably and to those who paid the highest price.

And let us not forget to flip the bird at our beloved Politicians as they flatter themselves with hypocritical bullshit on a day that should be reserved strictly for quiet national contemplation.

Happy Memorial Day 2013!

DR STRANGE DEBTS

And to hell with you too Ben Bernanke!

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The United States would consider stationing troops on New Zealand soil if our Government asked for them as part of a burgeoning defence relationship, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta says.

Mr Panetta left New Zealand on Saturday after a whistlestop visit as part of a broader US push to shore up allegiances in the Pacific to counter China’s rising influence in the region.

His visit marked a watershed in the relationship, after he announced the US would lift a ban on New Zealand naval ships using US ports, and scrap the requirement for a waiver before defence top brass from both countries meet.

Both measures were retaliation for New Zealand’s anti-nuclear legislation, and Anzus split in the 1980s.

As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the US has begun repositioning its forces, including up to 2500 marines who could be deployed to Australia. It is also talking to Singapore and the Philippines about boosting its military presence there.

Asked yesterday if troops could be stationed in New Zealand, Mr Panetta said that was up to New Zealand. But he suggested the US would be interested.

“If New Zealand feels that that’s something New Zealand would support or want, that’s something I think that would be very helpful.”

But he left the door shut on a return to the Anzus military alliance, which previously comprised New Zealand, the US and Australia.

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(NaturalNews) In recent years, more and more doctors have started warning their patients to avoid genetically modified foods and the results are paying off. Jeffrey Smith now tells us that thousands of doctors are reporting the elimination of disease simply when patients cut genetically modified foods out of their diets. They are finding the elimination of immune disorders, arthritis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, skin problems, general pain, migraines, and restless leg syndrome, among other problems. According to one doctor, the results happen pretty quickly too.

“In terms of allergies,” Dr. Lindner tells us, “it might take two to five days. In terms of depression, it starts to lift almost instantaneously. When I change people from a GMO diet to a GMO-free diet, I see results instantaneously in people who have foggy thinking and people who have gut symptoms like bloating, gas, irritation.”

Dr. Lindner is getting her patients off the most common genetically modified foods including soy, corn, canola oil, and sugar and recommending that they buy organic to avoid even more of them. Full results, she tells us, normally take four to six weeks.

The elimination of disease by dropping genetically modified foods isn’t limited to people either. Farmers have been finding the same thing.

Jeffery also tells us that when a Danish farmer switched to non-GMO soy for his 450 pigs and their offspring, within two days the animals’ diarrhea problems virtually disappeared. “During the following year,” he says, “death from ulcers and bloat, which had claimed 36 pigs over the previous two years, vanished. Conception rate was up, litter size was up, diseases were down, and birth defects were eliminated.”

One has to wonder if the 36 pigs that died were a direct result of eating the scientifically modified foods. It seems like it could have been quite a few. And if 36 out of 450 pigs died, one has to wonder how many human deaths the muted foods are also responsible for. In any case, it wouldn’t be the first time that animals have died as a result of eating these scientific creations.

In India, thousands of sheep have died after eating genetically modified cotton plants, even though grazing on nature’s cotton plants is common and produces no harm. Genetically modified corn was also implicated in cow deaths in Germany, as well as the deaths of horses, water buffalo, and chickens in The Philippines.

About the author:
Kim Evans is an author and natural health writer. Her book, Cleaning Up! The Ultimate Body Cleanse, outlines deep and powerful at-home body cleansing methods to address the root cause of most health problems. While it’s becoming common knowledge that most people carry an extreme toxic burden and that these toxins can cause any disease imaginable, most people don’t know that there is a direct connection between our spiritual reality and the state of our bodies as well. The methods in Cleaning Up! help folks gain both their health and their spiritual connectedness back to live in a love-based reality. Learn more at http://www.cleaningupcleanse.com

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The first US marines have arrived in Australia, as America boosts its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. More than 2,000 personnel will be deployed here over the next few years and adds to America’s military footprint in such countries as the Philippines and Singapore – all in China’s backyard. For more on the story RT talks to James Corbett, editor of The Corbett Report, an independent news website based in Japan.

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It is a war rarely talked about in the US – even less so than the US military operation in the Philippines or the efforts to prop up Yemeni Dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. It is the broad US war across Africa.

Ever since its 2007 creation, US African Command (AFRICOM) has been harping about militant factions inside Africa which pose virtually no conceivable threat to the US, and each time, the US throws a little something at the conflict to prove they’re doing something.

Sometimes it is drones, sometimes it is military advisers, sometimes it is just massive amounts of cash to whichever dubious dictator the US is pretty sure is the answer to militancy. But just four and a half years after AFRICOM’s creation, the US is in wars virtually across the continent, a war most Americans are totally unaware of.

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How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up

BY CARL BERNSTEIN

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.

Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists’ relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap. Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services—from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go‑betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without‑portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring‑do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full‑time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad. In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.

The history of the CIA’s involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception for the following principal reasons:

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It is useless to appeal to any “American” sense of morality: we have none. It does not matter how immense the pile of corpses grows: we will not surrender or even question our delusion that we are right, and that nothing we do can be profoundly, unforgivably wrong.

As I detailed in “The Blood-Drenched Darkness of American Exceptionalism,” the United States exhibits all the symptoms of severe neurosis brought on in significant part by “the extreme nature of the delusions necessitated by an unquestioned belief in the myth of American exceptionalism.”

It is not enough that our national political culture completely ignores the deadly, catastrophic consequences of the U.S. government’s actions. Our national delusions, and our national neurosis, compel us to invert every moral value and principle. This is a world in which evil becomes good, and death becomes life:

The American exceptionalist myth tells us that the United States is unique and uniquely good. It is not sufficient to ignore negative consequences of our actions: we must transform any and all negative consequences into a positive good. This process has been rigorously followed for every American intervention ever undertaken (going back to the Philippines, then with the American entrance into World War I, on into many interventions after World War II, on into Iraq and Afghanistan today), and the identical process has been well underway for several years in connection with Iraq in particular.

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In response to Part I, I received some comments that need to be addressed.

CS: “Jim, the country you thought you lived inside of did not exist outside of story and fable. I admit that it was the acceptance of this fable that allowed some people to acquire a technical education and become a cog in the great machine and swell with pride on the 4th of July.

However in American history we have multiple examples of the narrowness and cowardice of the mass of men -from Thoreau’s non-support of the Mexican War that got him jailed to Dred Scott being forcibly taken across state lines to the KKK to the slaughter in the Philippines to the famous Schenk vs. United States in which a man handing out anti-recruitment literature during World War I was arrested and jailed because it was like “shouting fire in a crowded theater” to the internment of Japanese to the savage dogs turned on Americans of African ancestry demonstrating for civil rights. Alongside this tradition there is also that of a rabble rouser, always outshouted by the mob.

Even Tom Paine lost favor after the American Revolutionary War-except of course in England.”

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