Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Why Don't We Go?

I couldn’t help but throw together this song in response to the non-actions of our “courageous” Democrats in Congress. It still needs some work, but not as much as they do.



To friendship,
Michael





Tuesday, May 22, 2007

National Security Presidential Directive 51 – The Last Step Toward Dictatorship

If you like having George W. Bush as your president or The Regime, of which it seems George W. Bush is just a minor part, as your leader, you’ll love National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51. This news was released on the official White House web site.

In it, under almost any catastrophic condition anywhere in the world, as vaguely defined by this directive, George W. Bush will become a dictator. Under NSPD 51, the USA will become the ECG , The Enduring Constitutional Government (and it will be anything but constitutional).

He’ll not be a dictator in The United States of America or, actually, The Former United States of America, as The Regime has divided the citizens of this country against one another.

If the mainstream media does not report on this directive, it will be complicit in installing the first self appointed dictator in the history of our nation.

Two questions come to mind when I think about this directive.

Why now, as we draw closer to the 2008 presidential election?

How can anyone support this regime?




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To friendship,
Michael

“The people should not fear the government, the government should fear the people.” - From the movie “V for Vendetta”

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Other Ron Paul

(originally published by OpEdNews)

It feels as though an elephant is standing on your chest. You can hardly feel your left arm and sweat is pouring from your forehead.

You know that this is a heart attack and you need to get help quickly. You stumble to the phone and dial “944”. That’s right, you dial “944” because the emergency response system has been contracted out to private corporations and, after studying all of the competitors’ literature, you decided that the “944” corporation would give you the most at the lowest cost. Now you need them!

The phone rings once…twice…three.. “Hello, what is the emergency please?” a voice sporting a very thick oriental accent responds.

“I-I-I’m having…(you’re weak and it’s difficult for you to speak)…a”

Suddenly the oriental woman interrupts and again asks, “What is the emergency please?”

In a way you’re relieved that you understood her the first time because you would never have understood what she said this time around. It’s not surprising, either, as the woman who answered the phone is sitting in a large, run down room in Vietnam. She has a computer screen in front of her and loaded into the computer is global positioning software so she can see where you’re located if you get to the point of telling her where you’re located.

“I’m having a heart attack! I need help, please!”

The woman responds, “Where are you located, please” with an accent so thick that, this time, you don’t understand her. The voice doesn’t sound panicked, as one would think appropriate for someone in her position. However, it not only doesn’t sound panicked, it almost sounds indifferent.

You give her your address which is followed for what seems like a life time of silence. In reality, the woman is trying to locate you on the computer database so that she can contact your local emergency services.

“Hello?” you say desperately.

The woman attempts to repeat your address back to you, but it doesn’t sound like your address. You don’t exactly know what it does sound like. You don’t understand her at all.

We could continue this story. Under the best case scenario, the woman in Vietnam who works for the company that the “944” corporation contracts the dispatching service out to contacts your local emergency services and they make it to your house while you’re still alive. Of course, you may pass one, two or even three hospitals on the way to the hospital service which you purchased.

Under the worse scenario…well, we won’t even think about it.

You didn’t realize that this was going to be how the “944” corporation was going to be able to offer you the same service for less when you signed up with them. You didn’t know that they would hire someone in Vietnam to answer incoming emergency phone calls and you didn’t know that person would earn the equivalent of $1.00/hour.

To say that this is how Ron Paul would like to see things would be stretching the point. He probably wouldn’t really like to see things this way.

However, as a Republican who is actually a practicing Libertarian, Paul does not think that it’s the government’s job to do business. Consequently, he believes that anything that can possibly be privatized should be privatized. As a libertarian, Paul doesn’t believe it’s the government’s job to regulate how private business does business. Like all libertarians or Libertarians, Paul doesn’t believe that government should do anything other than provide a basic police force to stop Americans from hurting Americans and a basic military to stop foreigners from hurting Americans and that’s even questionable. Has The Regime proven that the military can actually be privatized? Can you say Blackwater?

Libertarians believe that if business is bogged down with regulations, it cuts into profits and makes it difficult to provide decent paying jobs to Americans. They’ll tell you this is why corporations are outsourcing their work.

They don’t say much about the CEO’s pay cutting into profits. They have spoken about it on The Thom Hartmann Show and have said that, in the grand scheme of things, the CEO’s pay doesn’t cut into the profits at all. They’ll prove this by telling you how large the profits are, showing you just how small of a percentage of those huge profits the CEO’s multimillion dollar compensation really is.

If you’re sharp, you’ll see the irony in the argument. If a multimillion dollar salary doesn’t make a dent in a corporation’s profits, why does that corporation feel the need to outsource its production work to places who pay their employees $1.00/hour?

The Libertarians’ ultimate solution to this business/labor dilemma is to keep government out of the regulation business and allow corporations to regulate themselves. This is what Ron Paul believes, although he doesn’t write much about labor on his web site.

I’ve worked for a multinational Fortune 500 corporation and in an article published at OpEdNews entitled “Shock Over Richards's Rant is Curious”, I give an excellent example of just how well large corporations would do if allowed to self-regulate.

OpEdNews promotes itself as a site for “Tough Liberal, Progressive News and Opinion”, although there have been many conservatives who have offered thoughtful commentary on articles published at OpEdNews. I imagine if there was an exceptional, factually based article written by a moderately conservative writer, OpEdNews may publish it.

However, make no mistake about it. Notwithstanding his passion to end the occupation of Iraq, Ron Paul is anything but a Progressive. The man who appears to be a maverick Republican is not a maverick Republican. He’s a libertarian who’s too concerned with his personal success to register with The Libertarian Party, take his millions with him and run as a Libertarian.

The accolades that Paul is receiving from writers for a Progressive news outlet are very concerning.

To friendship,
Michael

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” – John Quincy Adams


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Friday, May 11, 2007

Just Americans Being Americans

(originally published at OpEdNews)


I like to use baseball analogies. That’s OK, but it does have its drawbacks.

First of all, not everyone who reads OpEdNews is familiar with “the great American past time”.

Secondly, as was the case in my article entitled “It's Time to be Honest About Who and/or What We Do or Don't Support?”, the analogy was far too long and far too strong. I lost the message that I was trying to make by spending far too much time on the baseball part. This made for a poorly written article and I apologize to those who tried to suffer through it.

Having written that, I’m going to use a very brief baseball analogy to explain the title of this article.

There’s a player who plays for the Boston Red Sox. His name is Manny Ramirez. When Manny hits a home run, he stands for a few seconds admiring his handiwork instead of running around the bases.

Opposing teams hate this, but Boston fans have a saying for it. Red Sox fans say that “it’s just Manny being Manny.”.

Hence the title of this article.

Penn Jillette and Raymond Joseph Teller became a team of magicians in 1975.

However, as of late, they, especially Penn Jillette, have become quite politically active.

Their Showtime television documentary series is entitled “Bullshit!”. In it, they morph from masters of deception to people who expose masters of deception or at least people who think that they’re masters of deception.

Sometimes they expose the masters, sometimes they expose the deceptions and sometimes they expose masters of deception.

We all know that The Regime prides itself on being a master of deception.

I happened to watch an episode of “Bullshit!” last evening.

During that episode Penn and Teller’s staff posed as a right wing organization with a name like Americans for Family Values or some such typically right wing Orwellian named group. The staff stood about 200 feet from The US Capitol Building with a petition stating that no protests should be allowed within 300 feet of the US Capitol Building..

It didn’t take long for the petition to fill up.

Some of the reasons that people used for signing the phony petition were:

“The Capitol is a symbol of American democracy and freedom and should be respected as such.”

“I believe in freedom of speech, but there’s a time and place for everything. Within 300 feet of The Capitol Building is not the time nor the place to hold a protest rally.”

“They can do what they want to do, just not in the open.”

Penn Jillette editorialized on some of these explanations.

One statement he made was that he agreed that there was a time and place for freedom of speech in the US. According to Penn Jillette, the time is “any fuckin’ time” and the place is “any fuckin’ place.”

The most insightful statement that Penn made, or maybe the most insightfully sad point he made was that, if such a law was passed, the signatories of the petition would be breaking that law.

And that’s just Americans being Americans.

To friendship,
Michael

“Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.” - Clare Booth Luce

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

A Nation in Silent Anger

Following is one of the most poignantly written articles across which I’ve come at OpEdNews.

Although written much more eloquently, I can’t help but think of two of my own articles, “The Democratic Party is not Broken” and “Priority Number One”.

Before you get to the wonderful article, I have to do some editorializing of my own. Would I have it any other way?

I hear so much about Dennis Kucinich and all of the “out of the box” ideas he has.

Kucinich supported Kerry in 2004!

Like any typical Democrat or Republican corporat, Kucinich isn’t going to do the most logical thing, the most honorable thing and quit the Democratic Party. He’ll run for the nomination sprouting such initiatives such as a Department of Peace and, when he doesn’t receive the nomination, he’ll support the Democrat, even if the Democrat is Adolph Hitler.

The Democratic Party is not broken. Far too many people speak as if the Democratic Party is going to be reformed, on two different levels, to fit them and their agenda. The Democratic Party is what The Democratic Party is. It’s not going to morph to fit us. If we want to call ourselves Democrats, we must change to fit it.

If Kucinich, Boxer or any of those “liberal” Democrats are serious about changing things, they must first change their support for our corporate controlled duopoly.

In fact, Kucinich may be one of the worse kinds of weasels. He’s got to know that he’ll never be nominated for president by the Democratic Party, yet he still pursues its presidential nomination. This way he can receive the support of progressives who think that he’s a Democrat, just a rebel Democrat.

Kucinich is the Democratic Party’s version of John McCain. How many people looked at McCain as a Republican Party rebel? He played up the rebel act until it was to his benefit to kiss George W. Bush at the Republican Convention!

A corporate fed politician by any other name…..

To friendship,
Michael

“Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.” - Bertrand Russell

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A Nation in Silent Anger
by
Manuel Valenzuela
(originally published by OpEdNews)


Reverberations

Can you hear that deep, silent anger inside you, pounding like a heavy iron fist on a wooden door, banging relentlessly every time you notice the America of your dreams vanish more each and every day, instead becoming a most unwelcome nightmare that you are impotent to wake up from? Can you feel the hollow pain in your bones, the restlessness running through your veins every time another freedom is gutted or another right is eviscerated, every time your government climbs one more step up the stairwell of corporatism?

Can you feel the reverberations of resentment echoing in your mind every time a politician votes to expand the power of the elitist and corporate world, once more ignoring the will of the constituency? Can you feel the frustration of being impotent to the machinations of a government once defined as of, by and for the People serving only the interests of money and becoming a government of, by and for the corporatist world?

Can you feel the collective anger of millions as the embedded myth of American exceptionalism is quashed through the attainment of knowledge, transforming the fictions of good into the realities of wickedness, mutating what we once believed into an inconvenient truth? Can you feel the betrayal of millions who for decades have been made to believe in the American myth of a nation benign and altruistic, only to become aware that only wickedness, greed and criminality define the Empire, that beyond the smoke and mirrors America’s government is ruthless, corporatist and concerned only for the interests of the elite?

If you can indeed feel the passions of anger and resentment, of pain and restlessness, of frustration and a sense of betrayal, you are not alone, for growing in this country can be heard a silent anger by a silent majority that has realized over the course of the last six years that there is something fundamentally wrong taking shape in their country. Thanks in large measure to 9/11 and the rise of the Internet, millions of human beings throughout the globe have confronted the perpetual conditioning, brainwashing, deception and propaganda disseminated by government and business to control and manipulate humanity.

In the last six years, the myths and fictions of yesteryear have given way to the reality and truth of today, almost as if the paradigm shift caused by 9/11 has managed to create a mental tidal wave of knowledge and truth seeking. Almost as if 9/11 shook the foundations of thought and the precepts of the real, almost as if it awoke millions of humans from the doldrums of hypnosis, today in the present can we see both the reality of the past and the ominous trends of the future. Today, more than ever, the myth of America is being eroded, it is being revealed for what it really is, exposing the lies and the corruptions and the criminality that has for decades been the norm, both in government and with so-called leaders.

The growing vibrations now being felt are the recalcitrant tremors of an awakening populace sensing a profound decadence destroying the very fabric of America. Millions now see with the clear eyes of knowledge, leaving behind the myopic deceptions of propaganda and brainwashing. Millions now realize the lies and deceptions they have been forced to live in and with for so long, living a life full of purposeful charades and delusions, spoon fed to us on a daily basis by our political overlords and the complicit lackeys we once confused for journalists. The enemies of reality are thus exposed to the growing army of truth.

In the thirst for knowledge that has absorbed millions of Americans who are tired of the lies and distortions fed to us by corporatist journalists and corporatist politicians, a strong realization has dawned that among many adversaries We the People face in corporatist America, two do substantial damage to our collective power. Millions of us are now aware, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, that America’s two party system is but a charade hiding a two headed hydra, or duopoly, oftentimes espousing the same ideology and platform. Indeed, since 9/11, one has become more conservative, thus more fascist, while the other, once liberal minded, has become what the conservative one used to be, practically replacing it with the same conservative thought of yesteryear. Yet both are mere fronts for the corporatist world, hiding the fact that democracy is extinct and choice is but a fantasy. In this post 9/11 world, both parties have shifted further right, further in pursuit of war, and further in the direction of imperial hubris. The end of one regime in 2008 will give rise to another, again switching heads but little else, once again having to prove to its masters that it can wage war and conquest, this time competently.

By the same token, the corporatist media has also become over the years, but especially since 9/11, a very dangerous adversary to We the People. This institution has the power of the television, the greatest weapon of mass control ever devised, and thus it possesses the power of influence, of control, and of concocting views and opinions. This adversary, once a bastion of truth and integrity, has over the years become a tool of corporatism to dictate reality and its version of truth to the people. It lies and deceives to protect the interests of corporations and the state, and its journalists turned propagandists do nothing to dispel the rumor that they are nothing but stenographers to those in power. The corporatist media has over the last six years hidden inconvenient truths from the people, as well as distracted us from reality through the tele-trash they saturate the airwaves with. By hiding truth now known through the Internet and telling us the endless lies of the state as if they are sacrosanct its true nature has been exposed for all to see. A greater adversary to truth and We the People does not presently exist.

Both adversaries are further discussed below.


Adversary One: Political Duopoly

Millions see that government and the corporate world have fused together, becoming bedfellows in the rape of the citizenry, slowly but surely transforming the world entire in the unyielding shadow of a small elite. Through greed and the addiction to power corporatism has been birthed, becoming an anti-Christ to billions of human beings, condemning all but a few at the top to evolved serfdom and slavery. The awakened have become aware that corporatism has become the enemy of the people, the greatest threat to humankind, the 21st century’s version of totalitarianism. The awakened have been forced to confront the truth that the state has itself stopped serving the people, becoming not our servant, but a malicious adversary, our corporatist master. In present day Earth, six and a half billion human beings are the enemy of the state, the corporatist state.

With new understanding and realized truths millions are uncovering their eyes to a matrix of deception and concocted fictions, seeing for the first time reality once hidden through a dark, impenetrable veil of fantasy. Today there exists a growing understanding that elected representatives have become the prostitutes of control and the elite, perpetually bending over, unzipping pants and welcoming in the thrusting commands of their masters. Impregnated by greed and power, inhabiting a cesspool of corruption and decadence, the so-called representatives of the people thus spawn the progeny of corruption and criminality, nurturing and rearing the growing corporatism creeping over our lives.

It is now understood that those elected to represent the people are traitors to the principles by which America stands, betraying their sworn duty to protect and defend the Constitution, our rights and freedoms. They have and continue to commit treason in the pursuit of protecting the interests of a foreign nation over those of the United States, choosing to accept subservience to today’s debased version of Sparta (not to mention today’s version of apartheid South Africa) while ignoring the long term health of America.

It is easily seen how these charlatans, born in wealth and elitism, being of diluted blood and long-extinct talent, possess only the skills to deceive, lie, cajole and enrich themselves and their interests, possessing the worst morals in humanity, being devoid of scruples or human decency, manipulating the masses into being elected, later betraying their voters by pursuing not the will of the people, but the investments of the elite.

This small club of miscreants – commonly called politicians – it has become well known, are the worst humanity has to offer, yet their kind are elected over and over again, with the masses forever falling for the never-ending stream of lies, spin, smiles, talking points and public relations stunts. These individuals rarely vote in the interests of the people, almost always choosing to strengthen corporatism, yet the people vote them in nonetheless. Theirs is an exclusive club where to join wealth and power and corruption must be presented and proved. They will do and say anything to get elected, becoming pathetic creatures of insecurity and immorality. The Congress, therefore, is a club of the elite, for the elite and by the elite, and only they and their progeny can join.

In the years since 9/11 those who have woken from their slumber have realized that there is no major difference between the two political parties in America. This duopoly, or two headed hydra, is but two sides of the same coin, representing the same corporatist interests, the same small elite that is invariably molding America further along the corporatist model.

While one party is more fascist and criminal than the other, they both nonetheless help to expand the world’s right-wing dogma, whether it is related to the political or business world.
Regardless of which party controls the presidency, the interests of the corporate world, that bastion of authoritarianism and conservative thought, of wealth and elitism, together with its perpetual expansion of power and control, is always priority number one.

The usurpation and destruction of democracy, freedom and human rights around the world also becomes a priority if the strategic interests of America or that of her corporations is challenged by a liberal, leftist or nationalist leader caring about the wellbeing of his or her people. Whether a Republican or Democratic president sits in power, in the last sixty years America has overthrown more than 50 democratically elected leaders, either by coup, assassination or clandestine operations designed to subvert the will of the people. In place of democracy, America installs right-wing, conservative tyrants, dictators, puppets, proctors and kings, all supported, financially and politically, by whichever party retains power in America. This intervention will be done through war, if need be, or through clandestine pressure, regardless, as always, of party loyalty.

Regardless of party affiliation, government fills itself up with criminals and murderers, charlatans and corrupt miscreants, war mongers and greed addicts, all playing upon the illusion that democracy exists, that the will of the people is real. In reality, elections cannot be said to be democratic or free of fraud when only two parties are allowed to run candidates, are allowed to participate in debates, are given media time, and control the very apparatus that decides electoral reform and decision making. The charade that Americans have choice, that real differences exist between parties, that elections are democratic and not predetermined through manipulation, omission, distortion and selection of candidates by those in power is yet one more illusion that those who have woken up now see.

When one party seeks to start an illegal and immoral war and the other party does nothing to stop it, even though the blatant lies, deceptions and fictions used to sell the war are known and understood for the chicanery they are, it cannot be said that an opposition exists. When said war turns out to be the greatest strategic disaster in the history of the nation and the so-called opposite party remains silent and indifferent, it cannot be said that an opposition exists. When the Bush administration has proceeded to abrogate the Constitution, Bill of Rights, freedoms, liberties and rights of Americans, and the so-called opposition party stands idly by and in many instances votes to destroy those same principles, (think Patriot Act and its progeny, Military Commissions Act, Habeas Corpus, Posse Comitatus Act, martial law, wiretapping) it cannot be said that an opposition exists. When the Geneva Convention is ignored, torture becomes the new normal and gulags roam the planet, without so much as a whisper of dissent from Democrats, it cannot be said that an opposition exists.

When Democrats chose to remain silent when confronted about the truth of 9/11, when they refuse to acknowledge what really happened, when they ignore the voice of millions who want accountability, when they refuse to call for an independent investigation into the worst act of mass murder in American history, it cannot be said that an opposition exists. When the Republican Party has concocted a fictional war on terror, espousing perpetual fear for perpetual profit, exporting terror and insecurity to America, instilling fear into the American psyche, and the Democrats fail to speak out, act out, and try to stop the madness, it cannot be said that an opposition exists. When the Democratic Party chooses to play politics with the Iraq war, putting the expected attainment of presidential power in 2008 ahead of the lives of thousands of Iraqis and American soldiers, allowing Iraq to disintegrate further into hell in order to secure the presidency and the Congress, creating the illusion that it wants to end the war, yet knowing full well that it will continue well into the future, it cannot be said that an opposition exists.

With both parties beholden to the corporate world, to the Israel Lobby, to the same vices and corruptions, both eager to please their masters and the elite that support them, it cannot be said that true democracy still exists in America. When America’s foreign policy in the Middle East is decided and controlled by the state of Israel because AIPAC, JINSA, the American Enterprise Institute and New York moneyed elite are masters to those in Congress, democracy does not exist. When the military-industrial complex can dictate war, when it can pillage our treasury, aided and abetted by our so-called representatives, democracy does not exist.

In truth, the last two elections were stolen, becoming a fraud against the American people, yet the losing party hardly complained or fought for justice. It hardly fought to stop a war it knew was fraudulent from the very beginning, nor does it act to stop the criminal profit making schemes of the energy industry, which is raping the American citizenry. It does nothing as the middle class is destroyed, our jobs and salaries being eroded and dismantled, the easier to enslave and control us. The so-called opposition has done nothing as the evisceration of education continues unabated, destroying the intelligence and ability to reason of future generations. Knowing that 9/11 was an inside job, as dumb they are not, the so-called opposition bobs and weaves in the pathetic attempt to ignore truth and avoid confronting reality. When the truth serum is injected into their bodies, they can only wither and hide.

Such is the state of democracy in America today.


Adversary Two: Ministry of Truth

Thanks to a perpetual stream of lies, distortions, omissions and purposeful propaganda ever since 9/11 millions of human beings now see that news and media are but the stenographers and propagandists of corporatism, becoming the tools of brainwashing and conditioning, the means by which the fascist state controls us. The corporatist media hides truth, skewers reality and serves to condition us to the policies and machinations of those holding power. This is, sadly, the role to be played by corporatist media in the 21st century, becoming a tool of psychology, of hypnotizing the masses into ignoring what should not be divulged and to believing exactly what is disseminated.

If truth is ignored or made to disappear, if it ceases to be mentioned, then it never existed, it never happened, and it should be discarded and forgotten. If fiction is espoused and showcased, if it is allowed to permeate the airwaves, it is to be accepted as truth, becoming the reality we must believe in and accept. This is the function of the corporatist media, a branch of the Ministry of Truth, an office in the Department of Propaganda, a place where doublespeak is created and furthered, truth is erased from memory, fiction is given life, propaganda is nurtured, where enemies are concocted, fear and terror is disseminated, and reality is manufactured. In short, it is here where the front lines in the war against the American people is fought.

Acting as the propaganda tool of those at the highest echelons of power, the corporatist media serves to make viewers submissive patrons to the decisions of our rulers. When the Democratic Party secures the presidency in 2008, for example, the corporatist media will shift, as they always do, from supporting and facilitating the policies and lies of the Republicans to those of the Democrats, just as they did when Bush I gave way to Clinton and when Clinton gave way to Bush. This is, of course, the role of the sycophants, talking heads and stenographers who work for the corporatist media. They enable power, hide its lies, obfuscate its crimes, create consensus among the masses and promulgate submissiveness and acquiescence among the populace.

We are not allowed to know what those in power do not want us knowing, and this the corporatist media accomplishes by erasing from reality the truth thought inconvenient. Using the distraction of tele-trash and infotainment, of celebrity and gossip, of talking heads and talking points, of spin and counter spin, reality is therefore hidden and ignored, made to disappear from our minds. Instead, lies are propagated and given the aura of uncompromised truth. Myths are elevated to the realm of reality. In the end, up is down, black is white, freedom is slavery and war is peace.

Many Americans, for example, have now seen the blatant complicity of the corporatist media in concocting and selling an illegal war and occupation, in essence lying and deceiving us into a strategic disaster by granting lies a bully pulpit from which to manipulate minds and by ignoring the myriad number of truths that contradicted that same mountain of lies that led us into war. This media has kept war hidden from us so that it may continue, hiding its violent and malevolent reality, ignoring the death of hundreds of thousands, the maiming and plight of American soldiers, the complete debacle in Mesopotamia. It has failed to expose the deceptions and the lies, the criminality and corruption, the truth of the enemy America really fights. Instead, the propaganda is maintained, the illusion of Al-Qaeda as enemy remains, even as it is Iraqi freedom fighters fighting occupation, dehumanization and the rape and destruction of their land that are fighting America.

Thanks to 9/11 and the debacle in Iraq, millions now understand that if the corporatist media fails to report a story, if it chooses to ignore it, it is likely that it is a truth and a reality too inconvenient or damaging to those in power. Such a truth will in all likelihood be erased from reality, as if it never happened, as if its memory is but a hollow fantasy now trapped in the black hole of nothingness. Such is the case with the events of 9/11, which the corporatist media refuses to touch with a ten foot pole, that increasingly allows people everywhere to see for themselves that the corporatist media is as complicit in the atrocities, and the conspiracy, as those who carried it out.

While it was all too eager to do its part in unleashing psychological warfare against Americans on September 11, 2001 by disseminating an unending stream of horror and carnage on television, thereby planting the seeds of anger, hatred and a hunger for vengeance in the American mind, the corporatist media has shown a tremendous reluctance in conducting an investigation as to what indeed transpired on that fateful day. It is very strange that a pillar of America that claims to report truthful news, conduct investigative journalism and hold the power of the state to account has remained silent and inactive regarding the monumental events of the early 21st century. An institution that had a reputation for questioning the state has decided, almost without debate, to follow and believe, point for point, the official narrative of what really happened on 9/11.

The corporatist media has not once gone back to take an in-depth look at the seminal events of a day that resulted in the death of 3,000 people, choosing instead to take the government at its word regarding a conspiracy theory that looks more and more kooky the more time passes. Not once has the corporatist media questioned the official conspiracy theory, even when so many contradictions exist, even when so many so-called coincidences are apparent. Not once has the corporatist media done even a preliminary investigation into allegations that have and continue to surface.

One would think such an important event of history altering ramifications, the new Pearl Harbor of the 21st century, the destruction of three skyscrapers of the World Trade Center, the crashing of a plane into the most heavily defended building on the planet, would garner more than a cursory introspection or reliance on the official conspiracy theory. Yet when it comes to celebrity deaths, paternity tests and multi-million dollar inheritances the corporatist media will leave no stone unturned in order to bring us the truth of what really happened.

If bloggers and ordinary Internet reporting and investigating can uncover the lies and deceptions that led to an illegal war, if they can find the evidence pointing to the many scandals of the Bush administration, if they can find the vast evidence pointing to 9/11 being an inside job of monumental proportions the question arises why the corporatist media fails time and again to expose truth. The answer is not farfetched, nor is it hard to contemplate. The corporatist media are not a bunch of idiots, or buffoons, though they are a bunch of opportunists addicted to power and greed. Most know exactly what the bloggers and the Internet investigators have found, they simply ignore it, for this truth will get you burned.

Most know 9/11 was an inside job designed to become the New Pearl Harbor, opening up the globe to American hegemony, perpetually enriching the military-industrial-energy complex. They understand geostrategic decision-making and the hunger for profiteering through endless war. They understand the system is hungry, its appetite needing to be satisfied through the blood of Arabs and the flow of oil. To these individuals in the corporatist media, it is better to make a deal with the devil than to starve at the hand of truth. They understand that during war the state and those in power offer the corporatist media either the chance to be with those in power or against the state. Most chose to be on the side of the state, knowing that censorship must increase, dissent must disappear, debate must cease to exist and the views and policies of those holding the reins of power must be given credence above all. You are either with the state or against it, becoming a stenographer, a propagandist and an abettor of lies and deceptions or an enemy of those in power, your life ruined, your career in shambles, your reputation destroyed.

In times of war, the corporatist media is the Ministry of Truth and the Department of Propaganda fused together, lest the people be made aware what is done in their name, lest we see the horrors and destruction our leaders unleash upon humankind. Mobilized and conscripted to unleash psychological warfare against the people of America, the corporatist media thus becomes a most important weapon the state possesses, a way to hide the criminality and mass murder of the state, and our leaders.

For the many pseudo-journalists not banished or fired or censored for standing up to principle, those that remain and sell their souls to war and death and destruction, becoming manipulators, liars and propagandists, the silence and deceptions and lies they promulgate make them complicit in the worst crimes being committed by the state and its leaders. Betraying the foundations and principles of their profession, these little Goering’s become complicit in the same crimes they help cover up as well as those they help create.

In hiding truth and altering reality, in remaining silent and indifferent to the decimation of America’s rights and freedoms and liberties, to the death of 3,000 of her sons and daughters, to the creation of an illegal and immoral war based on lies and deceptions, the destruction of the foundations of America itself, they have become treasonous criminals to the principles and virtues of America, betraying 300 million Americans in the process. In a more perfect world, they would be held accountable for their crimes.


The Calling of Our Time

We must rescue the America we love from the duopoly ruining the country, its corruption and ignorance and indifference to the great silent majority becoming apparent each passing day. We must rid the airwaves of the vermin and the cockroaches who have sold their collective soul to the demons living among us. The process of transformation so many of us want, that of returning America to her people, while taking time, can be accelerated by altering the mechanism of duopoly and the role of the media. Both pillars of America have become corrupted beyond repair, becoming cesspools of waste onto themselves, needing complete destruction of their foundations so that they may live again, and flourish.

Both institutions need to be put out of their misery, needing desperately to find transfusions of new blood. They need new oxygen to breathe and thrive, having become corrosive tentacles of a system that is destroying America from within. The mobilization of Americans against duopoly, of ridding the country of the pestilence rotting Washington from inside, of sending out to pasture the elite that comprise the Congress and returning the House and Senate to their rightful owners must commence with an understanding that failure to act will only lead to greater corporatism, greater inequality and injustice, greater disaster for the masses, for all of us. We the People must awaken to the realization that the system is getting more corrupted, more criminal in nature, infested with worse and worse human beings. It will only get worse, and failure to act will lead to an America that we will soon not recognize. Those in Washington are ruining our country, our ways of live and the future of our children. It is time to return Washington to the People. It is time to return America to her children. It is time we leave our children better off than ourselves. It is time we actually mean it. Only a complete evolution of thought and governance can achieve this goal.

The corporatist media is dumbing us down, making us ignorant sheeple indifferent to the criminality taking place. It is ruining the minds of our youth, most of whom have become too disinterested in life beyond the self to take part in activism. Entire generations of children are addicted to television, unable to think for themselves, having the corporatist media implant thoughts and opinions into their minds. We must educate these millions of teens, twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings, whose idea of activism is downloading songs on to their IPod, in the reality and danger of our times. We must teach them truth and knowledge of what is being done to them and their futures. We must show them what 9/11 really was, and what it means for their lives. We must succeed in transforming them from indifferent couch potatoes into knowledgeable activists, for they are the future, they will be the ones who take the torch from the activists of the past.

The American people are at war with the corporatist media, and we must be victorious in the battle for truth. Since it will never expose 9/11 for what it was, and is, and will only tell lies and hide reality, We the People must become active in the dissemination of truth. We do not have its resources, but we have truth on our side. We do not have its money, but we have strength in numbers. We do not have its power of persuasion, but we have billions of hands and eyes, we have the collective mind of hundreds of millions of human beings, each possessing incredible and diverse talents and abilities. All that is needed is desire, passion and a quest for truth. We do not have its machinations, but we have momentum.

Without the participation of the silent majority the cover-up will continue, those responsible will never be brought to justice and America will never recover from its moral erosion. We must push beyond the boundaries of our limitations, seeking truth and justice at every street corner, disseminating 9/11 and Iraq war truth at every opportunity. Using the Internet we must spread like a virus, reaching into every mind that wants to know truth. Using the power of video we can spread truth like a wildfire burning through dry weeds, with flames jumping fences and gaining strength, becoming a giant firewall unstoppable and powerful.

There are millions of minds that are eager to have their eyes opened; they are only waiting for truth to touch them. We must open minds and rekindle long lost flames, sparking the fire of anger and the heat of activism. Millions want to join the Truth Movement, they are just waiting to see truth, to feel the silent anger inside their bodies and minds, to have truth point the way. Slowly, but surely, an entire army of truth will join us, ready to return enlightenment to America, ready to resurrect a nation slowly rotting to its core.

One activist can reach 1,000 people if he or she so chooses, using a plethora of tools at his or her disposal. One activist can do what the corporatist media cannot, spreading truth to the millions of spirits who desperately want to hear it, millions who are simply waiting to have their flame of truth lit. One activist, using her talents and abilities, can in one day change and alter the lives of a thousand people, and they in turn can change or alter the lives of 100,000 more. Her battlefield is the street corner, public transportation, freeways, bridges, email, her voice, DVDs and her undying passion for truth. Her main weapon is truth, for it is contagious, spreading like a most welcome virus from host to host. It engenders strength and conviction, passion and bravery.

In time, through great struggle and patience, under strength and unity, combining the many talents and abilities of the army of truth, the great silent majority, those waiting for truth to come knocking on their door, those angered by what America has become, what 9/11 spawned, will in a not too distant September morning march lock step to the Congress and the White House, demanding to reclaim what rightfully belongs to the People, banging the drums of change and of destiny, ready to alter or abolish a system that has failed miserably, ready to restore a nation crumbling, ready to unleash a new rebirth.

This is the Calling of Our Time, for 9/11 was a war declared against us, a battle not of our choosing, yet a battle against us nonetheless. In its clouds of toxic poison a pendulum was birthed, capable of swinging in two opposite and mutually exclusive directions: one, in the direction of the People, ready to take back their country and their government, returning freedom and rights and liberty to where they belong, saving the America we love, to be cherished by our future generations, or two, in the direction of corporatism and the elite, creating a police state, a nation of cameras and harassment, of invasive measures and censorship, of free-speech zones and authoritarianism, of ignorance and dumbed down minds, of work making one free, of slavery of thought and serfdom of life.

Only time will tell which way this 9/11 pendulum will swing, but swing it will do. Ominous times are upon us, yet so are days of bravery and courage. Corporatism and Power of the People are gearing up for a giant conflagration, and this can be read in history’s trends and seen in the present’s direction and path. Corporatism will be the inevitable result of failing to act, of failing to unite as one, as it has been growing over the last few decades. A clash of futures and destinies is on the horizon; which one will be victorious is up to the People, for only they can decide, only they can chose to become awake or remain asleep, only they can take action.

Can you hear that deep, silent anger inside you, pounding like a heavy iron fist on a wooden door, banging relentlessly every time you notice the America of your dreams vanish more each and every day, instead becoming a most unwelcome nightmare that you are impotent to wake up from? Can you feel the hollow pain in your bones, the restlessness running through your veins every time another freedom is gutted or another right is eviscerated, every time your government climbs one more step up the stairwell of corporatism?

Can you feel the reverberations of resentment echoing in your mind every time a politician votes to expand the power of the elitist and corporatist world, once more ignoring the will of the constituency, once more ignoring the voices of the electorate? Can you feel the frustration of being impotent to the machinations of a government once defined as of, by and for the People serving only the interests of money and becoming a government of, by and for the corporatist world?

Can you feel the collective anger of millions as the embedded myth of American exceptionalism is quashed through the attainment of knowledge, transforming the fictions of good into the realities of wickedness, mutating what we once believed into an inconvenient truth? Can you feel the betrayal of millions who for decades have been made to believe in the American myth of a nation benign and altruistic, only to become aware that only wickedness, greed and criminality define the Empire, that beyond the smoke and mirrors America’s government is ruthless, corporatist and concerned only for the interests of the elite? Can you feel the animosity growing against the corporatist media, whose lies and deceptions make it complicit both in the greatest crime ever to befall America and in the greatest strategic disaster ever?

Can you feel the silent anger growing, its tremors rising through the faults, ready to send shockwaves, knocking crumbling and corrupt foundations down? Can you feel the Calling of Our Time, that beautiful epoch fast approaching, when finally after years asleep, millions suddenly awake? Can you feel momentum, rising like a cloud, heading for the heavens, proclaiming truths aloud? The truth it is a rumbling, waking millions up, in time we will have an army, reclaiming a land once lost. The Calling of Our Time is upon us, let its pendulum swing towards truth.

Let silent anger light our flame, let truth guide our way.

Reproduced with the permission of Manuel Valenzuela.






Wednesday, May 09, 2007

No Gas on the Ides Movement

(originally published at OpEdNews)


From a friend:

NO GAS...On May 15th 2007

Don't pump gas on May 15th

...in April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest to gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are requested to refrain from purchasing gas for their vehicle(s) in protest to high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ Americans who currently utilize the internet and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.
If all internet users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil company’s pockets for just one day. So please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and let’s try to put a dent in the oil industry profits for at least one day.

If you agree, send this to your contact list.


The financial consequences in themselves for the wealthy oil company CEOs make this worth it. Another benefit of this movement may be to help us get used to using less petrol. Each journey begins with the first step.

To tell you the truth, I’d like to turn the activism called for in the above message into monthly activism. May 15, 2007 can merely be the beginning, the first day.

Although the ides refers only to the fifteenth of March, May, July, or October, let’s modernize it, change the ides of the other months from the thirteenth to the fifteenth and call it the “No Gas on the Ides Movement”.

What do you think?

To friendship,
Michael

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” - Joseph Conrad

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Friday, May 04, 2007

It’s Time to be Honest About Who and/or What We Do or Don’t Support?

(originally published at OpEdNews)

I’ve been wanting to write this essay for some time, but I know that it’s going to upset some people, maybe more people than I normally upset. So, before I get into the real message, I’ll point to myself as a hypocrite. Bear with me.

I’m a baseball fan. I played Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth League Baseball when I was a kid. I was a kid until my 18th birthday in 1968 or until my 21st birthday in 1971, depending on by what state’s law one wishes to abide.

I’ve followed Major League Baseball since I was about 10 years old. I love watching my heroes play. I’m originally from Connecticut, so I could have been a New York Yankee fan or a Boston Red Sox fan. These two Major League teams are arch rivals. I chose to support the Red Sox. So, along with my enthusiasm for the game, I suffered until 2004. The Red Sox hadn’t won the championship since 1918. The Yankees had made a habit of winning what we Americans call “The World Series” during most of those years.

Not only hadn’t the Red Sox won The Series during those years, but they would come very close, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on many occasions.

For the first 16 years during which I was a fan of Major League Baseball, I knew who the Boston Red Sox were going to be from year to year, with some exceptions. The reason for this is that players were tied to the team which held their contract. The team had all the power. When they felt like it, they could trade a player to another team, whether the player wanted to go or not.

In 1970 St. Louis Cardinal player Curt Flood refused to be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood likened Major League labor laws to slavery even though the players were paid a fairly decent salary and did nothing else for the team other than play baseball.

Nonetheless, Flood, an African-American, felt that people who worked in other occupations could leave their jobs for a better paying job if the opportunity arose.

After Flood sued Major League Baseball, several players began to refuse to sign contracts, realizing that, not only did the teams “own” them, but their share of the take of a ball game dwarfed in comparison to the owners’ take.

Two things played into what is now called “free agency”. The two facts seemed relatively legitimate at the time.

First, no employer should own employees. Of course, was it that players couldn’t work for another Major League Baseball team or players couldn’t quit their jobs, playing baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and find another job pumping gas? You decide.

Secondly, the players drew the crowds to the parks from which the owners gained so handsomely, yet shared unequally in the profits.

Players won. Free agency was implemented.

Major League Baseball teams no longer “owned” the players. Players were free to test the Major League labor market after playing for one Major League team for five years.

Owners have since validated the players’ claim that they, the players, indeed are the reason the fans come to the parks. They’ve validated this position by paying the players who are the biggest attractions huge salaries when those players are eligible for free agency.

Hence, what began in the early ‘70s as workers refusing to sign their lives over to one employer for life and feeling they deserved a greater part of the company’s profits for the part they played in creating those profits has morphed into players such as Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs receiving salaries of $18 million per year.

Today, Major League owners and players begin renegotiating contracts two to three years before they’re up and actually resign ahead of time for even more money.

Players receive valets and special places in the locker rooms with home entertainment centers, all their own, as part of their contracts.

I still watch Major League Baseball. I’ve loved watching it for 40 years and, for lack of a better word, I’m addicted.

As far as who the Boston Red Sox are going to be from year to year is concerned, that’s an unknown. Free agency may mean that a player playing for the arch rival Yankees this year may sign a multiyear, multimillion dollar contract with the Red Sox next year.

From a union and labor point of view, the first steps that got Major League Baseball to the point it’s at today were legitimate steps in a legitimate labor movement.

However, there are many Major League players who are from and still live in The Dominican Republic, for example. There are millions of dollars going to The Dominican Republic every year, but there’s still plenty of poverty in The Dominican Republic. Why is this? I’ve got mine and you, you with no clothes and no food, screw you?

I like watching baseball though. I think what the owners are doing, paying Major League baseball players far, far more than they’d receive if they quit playing baseball and went to work somewhere else at some other occupation, is wrong.

I think that the players are greedy and teamwork is a joke.

One young player wouldn’t play in a game as long as his manager wanted him to play because he wasn’t going to risk getting hurt “just to win a championship.”

I don’t support them. I watch baseball. I pay for a baseball package. I go to games. I support baseball because it’s good for America. You know, Mom, baseball and apple pie. I just don’t support those players and owners.

Who gets my money when I pay for a ticket or pay for the baseball package?

I went through the above because I know that anyone who reads it will say that I’m a hypocrite. I can’t support Major League Baseball without supporting the owners and the players, right? If Major League Baseball was somehow outlawed until owners and players incomes are either lowered or shared with those who aren’t fortunate enough to play Major League Baseball. Maybe it should be outlawed until there’s absolutely no poverty in The Dominican Republic.

No baseball, no rich owners or rich players, right?

I don’t support the war but I support the troops.

What is the war?

It’s illegal. It’s based upon lies. It’s horrific for those who are “collaterally” involved.

I don’t support the war.

What is the war?

The war is soldiers doing what they’re told, following orders. It’s soldiers not questioning what they’re told.

What is the war?

It’s soldiers holding the triggering mechanisms of all kinds of devices in their hands, engaging those triggering mechanisms, firing the devices and, with malice aforethought, killing human beings who are on the “other team”.

If I’m a soldier, I’m insulted. After all, I know that there are no weapons of mass destruction, I know that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein hated each other and it seems that Iraqis not only don’t want me forcing “democracy” down their throats, but actually want me to leave their country.

I’m not stupid. I know that.

So why am I still lifting up this rifle and looking for Middle Easterners to kill?

Oh, yeah, I’m a soldier. I do what I’m told.

But why are my superiors ordering me to do something that I know I have no business doing?

I’m not supposed to question them, but I’m a human being, an intelligent human being. If they told me to jump from a plane flying at 3,000 feet without a parachute, would I do it?

Let me think. There’d be no reason to just kill myself by jumping from a plane without a parachute. Would my superior tell me to kill myself for no reason at all?

Are my superiors really asking me to kill myself by fighting in this war? I didn’t think those were my orders. My superiors want me to kill others, but they haven’t even given me a reason why I should continue to do that. It’s almost as if they’re telling me to jump from a plane without a parachute. There’s no reason to do that and, likewise, there’s no reason to kill people now that we know that killing people over here in Iraq isn’t in defense of our country.

Iraq never even threatened to invade the United States. They had no WMD and didn’t worked with Al Qaeda to carry out 9/11.

Screw it. Reason or no reason, I’m going to continue to kill people, although I have no reason to do so. After all, no one supports the war but everyone says that they support me. So here goes.

Let’s exit the soldier’s mind because I think I’ve insulted him or her enough.

What actions of the soldiers do we support while not supporting the war? Do we support their eating? Do we support their sleeping? Do we support their walking and talking?

Haven’t we all insulted our soldiers enough? Am I wrong? If the soldiers put down the weapons and refuse to fight, where’s the war? No military, no war. Of course, I’m referring to a war in which The Former United States of America is involved.

The action of the fighting forces is the war. As far as The FUSA is concerned, if the American military leaves Iraq, there’s no war in Iraq.

Military personnel kills and dies. If we support the military, we support their killing and dying and we support the war.

Do we support their living and breathing? If we do, the best way to support the troops is to insist that they exit from the war.

We’re told that this is no longer a war, it’s an occupation. There are still fighting forces killing each other and Americans are among those forces. The occupation is an extension of the war. To protect the health of American military personnel is to take them away from the war in Iraq and bring them home. That’s how we support the soldiers and not the war.

Utah Philips makes this point quite eloquently with his narrative “The Violence Within”.

Ultimately, though, it’s illogical to say that you support the troops whose actions perpetuate a war that you don’t support.

I may be a hypocrite for still supporting rich baseball team owners and spoiled players. However, killing people is not the goal of a baseball game.

To friendship,
Michael

“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.” - Joseph Heller, Catch 22


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