Monday, December 31, 2018

here is a paul craig roberts piece i saved some time ago and so don't have the link but suspect a search of his site would easily reveal that info.  he always is clear and direct in my experience and in this also includes statistics revealing much about the aims of 'our' rulers;

The shameless liars that comprise the US media intentionally exaggerated the marchers against “gun violence” by four times the actual number.
Why are the media presstitutes involved in advocacy of agendas and not in reporting factual news?
Recent polls show that a majority of Americans believe that gun ownership makes people safer. Americans do not believe that people should be denied safety because of an occasional nutcase or a staged shooting to advance the gun control agenda. Indeed, they wonder who is behind the gun control agenda. They wonder about the dumbshits who are protesting the Second Amendment instead of Washington’s rush into conflict with Russia.
I have no doubt that gun control groups are organized by agents of the police state. The United States is falling apart. All of the increase in income and wealth is going to the One Percent. Everyone else is hurting more each day. See Chris Hedges, for example:
The vast majority of Americans are being ground into the dirt by government at all levels. There is no democracy. There is only looting. The One Percent fear that sooner or later even insouciant Americans might rise up. But they can’t if they are disarmed. That is all gun control is about.
Deaths from what the propagandistic “gun violence” shills for the police state hype as a massive problem are such a small percentage of US deaths that they do not even show up statistically. Yet we have all this protest over an infinitesimal number of deaths, and no protests at all by opponents of “gun violence” over police killings, which are larger than “gun violence” deaths or over America’s massive murders on a world scale. Where are the “gun violence” protests over the millions of deaths and millions of displaced peoples in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan? Where are the “gun violence” protests against Trump’s chosen national security adviser John Bolton’s plan to bomb Iran and North Korea into the stone age?
They are nowhere to be found. How much more evidence do you need that the “gun violence” people are totally insensitive to real violence and only serve a police state agenda?
A reader sent me this. I don’t have the time to check it out. So some of you check it and let me know. If correct, I will acknowledged it, and also if incorrect.
This was posted by a friend on FB, I thought it worthy…
Sharing this data from a friend who has researched these statistics
thoroughly. There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms,
and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as
of June 22, 2016 (the last searchable census numbers) Do the math:
0.000000925% of the population dies from gun related actions each
year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never
told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in
perspective as compared to other causes of death:
-65% of those deaths are by suicide, which would never be prevented by gun laws.
-15% are by police.
-17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally
ill persons.
-3% are accidental discharge deaths.
So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to
5,100. Now lets look at how those deaths spanned across the nation:
-480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
-344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
-333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
-119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of
those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that
is the root cause. This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of
the nation, or about 75 deaths per state -an average because some
States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had
1,169 and Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but
it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number
of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all
cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something
other than the tool causing the gun deaths.
Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other
deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the
commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery,
death, rape, assault are all done by criminals. It is ludicrous to
think that criminals will obey laws. That is why they are called
But what about other deaths each year?
Nearly 75% of all deaths in the United States are attributed to just
10 causes, with the top three of these accounting for over 50 percent
of all deaths. Over the last 5 years, the main causes of death in the
U.S. have remained fairly consistent.
1. Heart disease
2. Cancer (malignant neoplasms)
3. Chronic lower respiratory disease
4. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes
8. Influenza and pneumonia
9. Kidney disease (nephritis, nephritic syndrome, and nephrosis)
10. Suicide
Guns don’t even make the top ten list. Not to mention:
-40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
-36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths.
-34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths
even if you include suicide).
-200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical
errors. You are safer walking in the worst areas of Chicago than you
are when you are in a hospital!
-710,000 people die per year from heart disease. Where is the real war
on fast food? Why are we not teaching healthy eating in schools?
So what is the point? If the liberals and the anti-gun movement
focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in
cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all
gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10%
reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total number of gun
deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides -Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions! So you have to
ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns?
It’s pretty simple: (to Steven Waugh’s point)
Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this
nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power
may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to
disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand
that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.
Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S.
Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs. So the next time
someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look
at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: “Before a
standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed.”

seventy minute video speaking of the latest rumor: military tribunals, and their participants. i've heard much of this and have mixed feelings, like for example, its an abrogation of the constitution. it will be interesting to see if this becomes real and the criminals are dealt with. then again at this point this is effectively a rumor and this video speaks of what might be proven;
the fearful gun grabbers tell us of the nirvana to be found in places like the uk where guns are very rare and tightly controlled, and then we find articles like the following illustrating reality which ain't like the fearful tell us, but reality won't affect their actions;

When proggies advocate for UK-style gun control laws show them this: Police struggle to stop flood of firearms into UK


Obviously banning guns means nothing, absolutely nothing, to those who are determined to break the law.
From The GuardianPolice and border officials are struggling to stop a rising supply of illegal firearms being smuggled into Britain, a senior police chief has warned.
Chief constable Andy Cooke, the national police lead for serious and organised crime, said law enforcement had seen an increased supply of guns over the past year, and feared that it would continue in 2019.
The Guardian has learned that the situation is so serious that the National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken the rare step of using its legal powers to direct every single police force to step up the fight against illegal guns. The NCA has used tasking powers to direct greater intelligence about firearms to be gathered by all 43 forces in England and Wales.
Another senior law enforcement official said that “new and clean” weapons were now being used in the majority of shootings, as opposed to guns once being so difficult to obtain that they would be “rented out” to be used in multiple crimes...........

go to this site several times a day and always find good stuff, like this most excellent carlin quote;

here's an easy example of why those who say private gun ownership is unnecessary and you should just let the police solve your troubles i present the following, and it ain't an isolated case;

Women who are in abusive relationships, or relationships they fear will become abusive, are often told to reach out for help to prevent things from progressing further. Lauren McCluskey, a track athlete at the University of Utah who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on October 22, 2018, did just that.
She alerted the campus police. She showed them threatening text messages from her ex, told them about his criminal record, which she found out about a month into their relationship.
Recent reports by the University of Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah Department of Public Safety, along with publicly released 911 calls, reveal that McCluskey expressed concerns to police officers six times in the 10 days before she died. None of it mattered. She was left to fend for herself.............

Sunday, December 30, 2018

a friend sent this in an email this am. i post it in the event that some may wish to investigate this bit of news which may be revealing indeed. the friends comment is the darker font followed by the comment and they didn't say where it was found but the implications are most interesting;

For what it is worth, as I have noted before, the comments to videos are sometimes revealing and informative. Well, here's another:  

As a reply to my own comment (LOL), in George Bush’s last four years in office I clearly despised him. And then as he left office he became more humble. I’ve seen him in social settings and with Clinton and such, and the way he interacts with Michelle Obama and jokes around, and also his appearance on the Ellen show, he has a good personality. However, I hate to think that he had anything to do with 9/11. I would like to think that was all Dick Cheney. And that they did not put the president in the loop of what was going on. However I was an employee at CSX Transportation Railroad in 2002 when George Bush took our CEO to be the Secretary of Treasury. It was one of the most corrupt deals I have ever seen, and George Bush got four shipping ports that the RR owned, and passed them through the Carlyle group and made a few million for him and his cronies. then he got CSX world terminals (1/6th of the entire world’s shipping ports),and sold them to Dubai,in one of the shadiest money making deals I have seen, amongst other perks that benefited all of the hierarchy. So no matter how humble he may seem, he is a criminal. He does not care about the little man no matter his personality… And I hate to think that. But it is the truth. It is all about power and money for everyone of them. And sadly, they are going to have to pay.
so israel is unhappy their neighbors don't appreciate them but evidently don't bother to consider what they may be doing to create that;

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry says its embassy in Jordan has filed a strong condemnation with the kingdom over a picture of a Jordanian government minister stepping on an image of the Israeli flag.
The ministry said Sunday it took the incident extremely seriously and had also summoned Jordan's acting ambassador to Israel to convey its objection.
A photo published on the Jordanian website Jfranews showed Information Minister Jumana Ghuneimat stepping on a large image of the Israeli flag. Footprints were also printed on the flag, which Israel said was displayed at a gathering of Jordan's engineering union.
Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement in 1994, but relations have often been frosty amid differences over Israeli policies in Jerusalem, where Jordan is custodian over Muslim sites, and toward the Palestinians.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
sent by a friend anna von reitz shows you how things aren't always as they seem especially with 'official' opinions;

By Anna Von Reitz

The single worst incubator of mind-control and propaganda technology on Earth got its start even before the League of Nations and called its less-than-savory pastimes by innocuous-sounding labels like: "social-psychology" and "group dynamics" and more recently, "systemic psycho-dynamic approach".
What Tavistock actually specializes in, is manipulation of public opinion and human emotions using lies, False Flags, fake opinion polls, and fake news. It's job is to sell us on wars and to excuse and justify wars when no such justification exists, so that we can all feel good about acting as underpaid mercenaries, and then later, agree to pay all the war debts, too.
When they aren't ginning up excuses for war, war, and more war (for profit---they just don't mention that part), they are busy concocting fodder for politicians that will support war, war, and more war (for profit) and feeding the crappola through wire services owned and operated by their own biggest clients.
In this way, they not only manipulate Public Opinion, they manipulate politicians, elections, belief systems and human emotions.
They rule the air waves and the communications industries, and if anyone says anything they don't like on one of the major networks, they have that person fired or they slap a "National Security" label on the story, whether it has anything to do with any national security issue or not.
Tavistock and its organizational predecessors killed journalism as a profession during the First World War, and when our American journalists threatened a resurrection after World War II, they hired Walter Cronkite, the original Silver-Tongued Devil, to make us feel comforted at the same time he calmly and sonorously announced assassinations, massacres, and body counts.
Thanks to Tavistock, the Mainstream Media Outlets are all owned by members of the Bilderburgers who also just happen to be members of the Committee of 300 and major stockholders in the Federal Reserve ---- and almost nobody knows that and nobody questions that, because Reuters and the AP have reduced journalists to the level of Zombies endlessly repeating themselves and echoing each other.......
this is a funny short video of what we once called a transvestite going postal on a clerk who chose the wrong words when speaking to an obvious man in a breakdown because his personal choices weren't mirrored by that clerk;
in this bit about the pledge of allegiance you can discover , power has clear aims that may not be evident at first glance. like the village in vietnam that had to be destroyed to save it, benh troi, in texas you are required to say the pledge to teach you about free choice. if this story had been about a white girl i imagine the coverage may have been a bit different but you can decide as you work your way thru this, as there's lots of things just below the surface here;

A Texas school district has settled out of court with a high school student who sued them after she was expelled for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance, reportedly claiming she was singled out because she was black.
During the 2016-17 school year, India Landry, attending Windfern High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, chose not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Texas law states students must recite the pledge unless a parent or guardian gives them permission to opt out. Standing is not optional if the student’s parents do not file the letter giving them permission.
Landry was allegedly repeatedly sent to the office for refusing to stand for the pledge. Principal Martha Strother saw Landry sitting, prompting her to tell Landry to stand. When Landry refused, Strother expelled her, and reportedly told her to leave the school or police would be called. Landry later said, “I don’t think that the flag is what it says it’s for, for liberty and justice and all that. It's not obviously what's going on in America today.”
After Landry filed suit against the school district, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement, saying, "Schoolchildren cannot unilaterally refuse to participate in the pledge. Requiring the pledge to be recited at the start of every school day has the laudable result of fostering respect for our flag and a patriotic love of our country.” He added, “The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents have a fundamental interest in guiding the education and upbringing of their children, which is a critical aspect of liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.”
In a court filing submitted by Paxton, he wrote, “The United States flag represents the values of liberty and justice that form the foundation of this country and are defended by our armed forces. It is thus deserving of the highest levels of reverence and respect, which is expressed through every recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Last July, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison rejected Cy-Fair ISD's request to have the case dismissed. Randall Kallinen, the attorney for India Landry and her mother, said, "If Cy-Fair wants to bury its head in the sand and say we will violate these people's rights, then we will go to the court and we will go all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, “Landry told reporters in July that her opposition to the pledge was political, inspired by NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to draw attention to a surge of police violence against African-Americans. The lawsuit accuses the principal, vice principal, secretary and two teachers of violating Landry's rights to free speech, equal protection and due process and of singling her out because she was black.”
you are what you eat, and if that food contains poison i believe you know where that's headed. wheat problems seemingly come from the practice of spraying roundup on wheat to 'cure' it, for example.  guess when wheat allergy problems began to arise? we're assaulted on all sides from a government that only serves the wealthy and since citizens united we're officially fascist, as that decision by the supremes legalized corporate control of 'elections'. remember mussolini's definition of fascism: the combination of corporate and government;

Remember this word: Bioengineered.
It's the term the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has settled on for food labels that will indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms or GMOs in our food. In a final rule published earlier this month, the Agricultural Marketing Service arm of the USDA spelled out the new national mandatory food disclosure standard for bioengineered or BE foods.
It will require "food manufacturers, importers, and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredients. This rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods. Establishment and implementation of the new Standard is required by an amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946."
The use of the word bioengineered, which must be fully implemented by large and small food manufacturers by Jan. 21, 2022, is not surprising. Earlier this year, when the USDA released the first draft of the rule, it was clear the term bioengineered would be used — and the not the terms already familiar to the general public: genetically modified or genetically engineered.........
i haven't read this but the intro info indicates it will reveal truth to those who have need of such and to those who prefer to avoid said reality should they choose to read it. a few citizens have been watching the crimes committed by 'our' government in favor of israhell and would like the rest of 'consumers' to open their eyes;

Health Editor’s Note: The Host and the Parasite: How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America is a great title for this compendium of demonstrations of how Israel has become the tick on America.  Among other subject matter this book contains explanations of U.S. presence in Vietnam and why we were really there…to protect the world against Communism, who believed that? You will also gain an insight into the fantastical alteration of our political system, the invention of Bin Laden and the demonizing of the of the religion of Islam and the reasons for the birth of our present islamaphobic environment, zionization of the U.S. beginning with Ronald Reagan presidency, the 9/11 (New Pearl Harbor) fallacy, the failed proof of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) the more recent quagmires of Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. doing the bidding of Israel  no matter how unjust the outcomes.  The U.S. is committing political suicide and much, much more.
Have a read and open your eyes and minds (if they are not already open), if you still believe planes brought down the towers on 9/11 and that Israel has no designs on using America up after reading this book, well I do wonder about your sanity.  If you have believed any of the information fed to American by the biased press and politicians, you will be very  angry as you digest information that has been hidden, glossed over.  The experience of reading this book will produce emotions above the previous level of disappointment or disdain, you felt as a child when you were told/lied to that Santa Claus and all that comes with him was a lie. Watch how the distractions have worked to keep many of you in the dark……Carol
The Host and the Parasite: How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America, Expanded Post-Obama Edition  Money Tree Publishing  Copyright 2017 by Greg Felton   Soft cover $30.00  549 pages.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

we live in an empire where its said there are about fifty of 'our' representatives who are citizens of israel as well as supposed citizens of america. who do you suppose they work for? the following link takes you to a list of the most wealthy americans who may also be israeli with lots of cash they provide to israhell;

Forbes magazine has recently released its annual list of “The Forbes 400”, ranking the 400 wealthiest people in America. Breaking Israel News wondered: How many of these Jewish and Christian billionaires are also “Zionaires” who use their fame and fortunes to support Israel through donations, investments, and advocacy? Below, find BIN’s exclusive list of the top 20 Zionaires in America, each of whom has a net worth of over $2 billion.............
if you want to see what facebook doesn't want you to see explore the link below;

After the New York Times on Thursday published an exposé of Facebook‘s global censorship rulebook, journalist Rania Khalek called out the social media giant for taking down a video in which she explains how, “on top of being occupied, colonized territory, Palestine is Israel’s personal laboratory for testing, refining, and showcasing methods and weapons of domination and control.”
Tweeting out the Times report—and noting that while, according to the newspaper, “moderators were told to hunt down and remove rumors wrongly accusing an Israeli soldier of killing a Palestinian medic,” Israeli soldiers did fatally shoot an unarmed 21-year-old female paramedic earlier this year—she announced Friday morning that Facebook had “just removed” her video.......
i may have posted this three minute video a long while back but could easily do so weekly as it highlights the reality of the empire in ways true believers won't approve of;
the first sentence clinched it for me and the rest just became evidence;

If the Founders of our country were alive today, there already would have been a Second American Revolution. And if the people alive today were alive back then, there never would have been a first one.
The Declaration of Independence was written to explain why the colonies wanted to be independent of England and why they thought it was worth fighting a war to do just that.
Read this excerpt from that document. But read it slowly. I’ll wait… 
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Our country is based on certain concepts: all people are created equal, and their creator, God, gave them unalienable rights. Equality means, or at least what they meant by it, is that nobody has a right to be a king or a ruler. There is no royal family or royal line. We would have representatives to represent the people, a Senate to represent the states, an executive to carry out the laws, and courts to mete out justice.
God gave people unalienable rights, rights that precede and supersede government, rights that the government cannot take away, change, or interfere with.
We establish a government for the purpose of securing and protecting those rights. And if it doesn’t, we are told to change it or get rid of it and make another one...........
could this be the case of a blind squirrel finding an acorn or incredible bravery for speaking the unspeakable and its from the days it happened but here you'll find hurricane trump speaking truth;

The collapse of the World Trade Towers on 9/11 was caused by a controlled demolition, Donald Trump claims. Speaking to Channel 9’s Rolland Smith and Andy Marcus, Trump appears to side with academics and thousands of architects and engineers who all believe that there is no possible way that planes could have brought down the two towers. reports:  Here’s what Trump had to say, taken from this interview:
It wasn’t architectural defect…The World Trade Center was always known as a very very strong building…Don’t forget that building took a bomb in the basement (1993). Now the basement is the most vulnerable place because that’s your foundation, and it withstood that…I got to see that area, about three or four days after it took place because one of my structural engineers actually took me for a tour, because he did the building and I said “I can’t believe it.” The building was standing solid and half of the columns were blown out…So, this was an unbelievably powerful building..............
more good graphics from the link provided here;

the situation in england is similar to that here in the seat of the empire. there are interest groups that have arranged for the rest of us to be forced into their particular box of choice. here and there its the charge of 'anti-semitism' that is used to beat us into line;

Gilad Atzmon is fighting a battle for free speech in England. Here’s why it matters in the United States. Atzmon was prohibited by a local council, Islington, made up almost entirely of Labour Party members, from playing the saxophone with his band the Blockheads. The ban followed a complaint from a far right Zionist, who in his own social media posts frequently disparaged and threatened the Labour Party and its leader as anti Semitic.
The complainant submitted a number of quotations from Atzmon taken out of context and cut and pasted for the desired effect. In fact, Atzmon is not an anti Semite, although he is critical of identity politics and particularly of Jewish identity politics (for example, the group Jewish Voices for Peace, why not All Voices for Peace?). The council concluded that Atzmon’s views were “at the lowest provocative and distasteful or at the highest anti-Semitic and racist”.
England has hate speech laws and with that conclusion one might have expected the council to file a complaint. But Atzmon has never been charged or even questioned under such laws. Through a convoluted series of rationales, the council, which does not have policing power, decided it had the right to prohibit a saxophone player from joining his band. The Labour Party seems to support the council’s decision: the Guardian reported that a spokesman for the Labour Party, without proof, labelled Atzmon a “vile anti-Semite“. Would Atzmon, a critic of Israel, been allowed to have the council deny admission to hard core Zionists? Could the council ban Muslims in burkas about whom Zionists complained?............
the world is getting much stranger daily and in this piece you'll have the opportunity to discover more of that, in case you haven't already. for most of my years the sort referred to in this article was called a transvestite but apparently you can't call them that anymore and must use new words created in ways to make them feel good about their choices;

It's an amazing time to be alive, full of wonder and terror and confusion all mixed together in a soup of "what could possibly happen next?"  that keeps us all on our toes. Today's dose of insanity comes from a viral video of a transgender man who had a testosterone-fueled meltdown because someone called him "sir" in a GameStop in Albuquerque, New Mexico (video below). The minimum-wage employee who took the brunt of the all-male rage-a-thon should win Employee of the Year for trying his hardest to diffuse the situation.
It's interesting that his first outburst is at a woman standing off camera who calls him "sir," as if a woman, who can clearly see for herself what she is looking at, should have to cater to a man's particular fantasy and properly "gender" him according to his wishes and not according to her own eyeballs. This is the kind of insanity the left wants to foist on biological women in the locker room. Can you imagine encountering him when you're half-dressed and scared? Yikes.
The employee is going to be under fire if I know anything about the outraged tranny mob, so buckle up for a smear campaign to get him excused from his position and rendered unemployable anywhere else. This is despite the fact that he apologized to this tantrum-throwing man several times and began calling him "ma'am," as requested. If you're a six-foot-tall 200-pound man who likes to be called "she," shouldn't you have some compassion for others around you who have no idea? For all the guy behind the counter knew, maybe it likes to be called "xe" or "they." How is anyone supposed to know? (And it is more than a little humorous that he pulled out the "I'll show you a sir" line when it suited him to be a tough guy.)
The other problem here is the idea that one person can force others to comply with his personal fantasies. This man, who wants to be seen as a woman, is living in his own fantasy where he demands that others not involved in the same fantasy take part in it. This is not what a free society looks like. Mister Roid Rage (as I've taken to calling him in my head) has a right to live how he pleases and dress how he pleases but he does not have the right to force free people around him to take part in his internal delusions. If he wants to be around people who will look past the obvious and call him "her," then he should go to drag bars. But if he's shopping in the real world, he should expect that normies are gonna normie and call a man a man, not to belittle, but because that's the reality.......
this exploration of where 'our' democracy went is involved and detailed. you will need to read this slowly to ingest it all, but when done you will know where much of it went and why we're really an oligarchy;

Authored by Rainer Mausfeld, translated by Terje Maloy via,
The citizens are disenfranchised and conditioned to be politically apathetic consumers. In recent decades, democracy has been replaced by the illusion of democracy. New forms of organization of power and psychological methods for manipulation of our consciousness protect the powerful against the risks of democratic empowerment and strengthen their position.
Democracy and freedom. Two words that are charged with unheard-of social promises and that can release tremendous energies of change to achieve them. Today, hardly more than a shadow remains of the hopes originally associated with them. What happened? Never before have two words, to which such passionate hopes were attached, been emptied of their original meaning in such a socially far-reaching way. They have been falsified, abused, and turned against those whose thoughts and actions are inspired by them.
Democracy today really means an elected oligarchy of economic and political elites, in which central areas of society, especially the economy, are fundamentally removed from any democratic control and accountability; at the same time, large parts of the social organization of our own life lie outside the democratic sphere.
And freedom today means above all the freedom of the economically powerful.
With this Orwellian reinterpretation, these two words now have a special place in the endless dictionary of falsified words throughout history. With the poisoning of these two words, our hopes for a more humane society and a containment of violent ways of solving things are confused, clouded, broken and almost wiped out from the collective memory. The loss of the civilizing dreams associated with these two concepts makes it hard for us today to politically articulate an attractive, decent alternative to the prevailing power relations, or even worse, think of any at all.
Democracy, which was originally associated with great hopes for political self-determination and a safeguarding of internal and external peace, is left only as a formal shell in the real structure of society. Democracy has been reduced to a staged spectacle of periodical elections, where the population can choose from a given «elite spectrum». Real democracy has been replaced by the illusion of democracy; free public debate has been replaced by opinion- and outrage-management. The guiding principle of the responsible citizen has been replaced by the neoliberal ideal of the politically apathetic consumer.
Of the hopes associated with the concepts of democracy and freedom, only the empty words of a false promise have been retained by the powerful; with these words it is possible to effectively manipulate the consciousness of the subjugated majority.
International law has also today largely developed into an instrument of undisguised power politics. The self-declared ‘Western community of values’ has openly reverted to its almost religious belief in the effectiveness of violence, the wholesomeness of bombs and destruction, drone killings and torture, support for terrorist groups, economic strangulation, and other forms of violence that serve their purposes. This is a political fetishization of violence, whose effects can be seen all over the globe..........

Friday, December 28, 2018

by now any regular attendees at this blog have noticed i have several 'favs' and kunstler is one posted here without any comment needed;

You had to love the narrative that the financial media put over about the 1000-plus point zoom in the DJIA on Wednesday: that pension funds were “rebalancing” their portfolios. It dredged up the image of drowning man at the bottom of the deep blue sea with an anchor in one hand and an anvil in the other, switching hands.
Thursday’s last minute 900-point turnaround was another marvelous stunt to behold. Somebody gave the drowned man a pair of swim fins to kick himself furiously to the surface for a gulp of air. The truth, of course, is that pension funds are sunk, however you balance their investment loads while they’re underwater. They over-bought stocks out of sheer desperation during ten years of near-ZIRP bond yields, and started rotating back into bonds as they crept above the ZIRP handle, and now with bond yields retreating, they’re loading up again on still-overpriced stocks that pretend to be “bargains.” Everybody knows that this will not end well for pension funds. Glug Glug.
The financial press and their red-headed step-siblings in the regular news media seem to think that getting rid of Mr. Trump will power the perpetual bull market into an Elon Musk nirvana of Martian vacations, hyperloops, and another chapter of US world domination — with Wonder Woman running the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spearheading an army of eunuchs. The New York Times made yet another pitch for impeachment today (Friday) in an editorial by the revered swamp fossil Elizabeth Drew, 83, who laid out everything but a credible case against the Golden Golem of Greatness. The newspaper makes itself more ridiculous each day in its furious gyno-narcissistic hysteria......
the z man asks some good questions here and provides evidence for those questions. it wraps around charlottesville in many ways as that was a charade created by the 'authorities' in that town and no one  polled us citizens to see what we thought. a few made a decision without the input of those involved, as happens all the time here in the empire, and then we're told its for our own good, or a variation of that excuse. its the old saw of pissing down our back and telling us its raining;

By What Authority?

When you start out in your life, you have no conception of right and wrong, for the same reason you don’t understand string theory. Babies start out with the absolute minimum of knowledge to live. Just as you had to learn to tie your shoes, you had to learn the difference between right and wrong. There are things you should not do and things you should not say. Similarly, there are things you should say or do. Morality is the set of social rules you initially learn from your family and then from your community.
Morality comes from authority. The reason why you accept the moral instruction of your parents is they are your parents. It may be that you are programmed to accept them as moral authorities or simply that they are the default moral authorities in your life as you grow up. Similarly, maybe you accept the morality of your community, because it is what your parents accept. If there is a conflict between what you learn at home versus what you learn outside, you have to decide who is the moral authority.
This is what experts and theologians call “the obvious.” Morality is the code of conduct of your community. For most of human history, the moral authority was the religion of the people. The holy men of the religion, perhaps relying on an oral tradition or written texts, would shape and enforce the moral code of the people..The check on the holy man was that everyone knew the rules and the source of the rules, things like stories and legends, so he could not just wing it. He had to live within the code too..........
i can't remember how long its been since i had any trust in 'our' government. i do know that putin increasingly seems to be much more honest than any i've seen here since the cia killed jfk. the following was sent by a friend earlier and i post it here;

Russian businessman Viktor Bout, jailed in the US on accusations of being an international arms dealer, said he won’t smear Russia’s honor in exchange for any type of deal with the American justice system.
There was talk about me telling the US authorities about corruption in the Kremlin. I replied: ‘What do I have to do with it at all and how am I supposed to speak about something that doesn’t exist?’
Such offers were made to him “on numerous occasions” by lawyers aligned with the US side, Bout said in a public telephone conversation with TASS.
The legal eagles also “loved talking about this with the family; with my wife, proposing different options, including a green card,” he added.
However, the entrepreneur said that exchanging him for any of the US citizens accused of crimes in Russia was never on the table.
Also on Revolution in US is inevitable, says jailed Russian businessman Viktor Bout
Bout has been in custody for a decade now, after being arrested in 2008 in Thailand during an American sting operation. He was eventually convicted in the US in 2012 on a charge of conspiring to kill American citizens, by allegedly selling weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and was handed 25 years in prison.
As for any deals with the American justice system and what it really is – the American justice system isn’t just deaf and blind, but, apparently, out of its mind.
Before hanging up, Bout expressed “full confidence” that someday he’ll be back in Russia. The 51-year-old has always maintained his innocence and insisted that he has only been involved in legitimate cargo business.......
i found this years ago and saved it for several reasons, most of which may be obvious, thinking it would one day provide a place from which to write a more focused article for my local fishwrap. i didn't write a letter so focused but have used this as a thinking platform on occasion, and here it is for you to consider;

Our owners encourage you to agree to the following;
I won’t oppose any authority.
I will consume endlessly.
I will believe everything the “official” media describe.
I will accept all regulations even though I didn’t vote on them.
I will work longer hours and accept higher bills.
I will continue accepting the false promises that advertising presents.
I won’t protest in any form.
I will continue to accept wars and poverty.
I will continue to accept corruption and rule by a rich minority.
I will continue to believe that I can’t make a change.
I will suppress my true self to fit into this materialistic society.
I won’t stand up for what I believe to be right.
I will argue that this is just the way it is.
I will do what I’m told.

Ongoing methods towards Americanfascism;
Name a threat.
Establish secret prisons.
Develop paramilitary forces.
Spy on ordinary citizens.
Arbitrarily detain citizens.
Target key individuals.
Control the press.
Label dissent treason.
Weaken the rule of law.
Disarm the citizens.

Most people don’t have time to investigate every government claim. Even with the big ones; people don’t have time to re-think them in detail. They sense the personal cost, knowing if they ever discovered that they’ve been lied to deliberately, they’d lose faith in government. It’s like abandoning your religion; the costs are high. To abandon faith in the official line means admitting that you had previously fallen for a grand deception. You were played the sucker. You were, in Lee Harvey Oswald’s words: a “patsy”.

“Your government” claims the right to take over your relationships with your children or with your spouse. They’ve forcibly set themselves as the judge of your marriage; they took the right to steal your children and to force you to do business, or not do business, with whomever they specify. The claim of the intruders; “We’re doing this for your own good” doesn’t change the fact that they’re controlling your relationships by force.

Having come from a family correctly split by court order due to abuse I still find it crazy to imagine that outsiders have any right to control our families, yet that’s what’s done to us. We allow this because once people see official abuse as normal, and everyone around them accepts the “official crime”, they do too.

Harriet Tubman, escaped slavery, and then made dozens of trips back into slave territory and freed hundreds more, wrote: If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more. If it was hard to convince Southern slaves that they were slaves, this problem is significant. People can come to see nearly any type of abuse as normal and once they do, they usually defend their previous choices. Agents of the status quo always resort to intimidation and confusion. The answer to these abuses is moral clarity.

The state clearly inserts itself into our relationships by force. What holds people back from facing this obvious conclusion is fear. Not so much fear of punishment, but a fear of facing the truth within ourselves.
Neither our marriages nor our families, not to mention business relationships, are really our own. An armed referee stands above them, carrying a permanent threat of force. How well could you raise your children with an armed neighbor following you around and enforcing their will?

This isn’t a wild example; it differs from reality only in that the enforcer’s presence is in your mind, rather than in physical form and if the enforcer is notified, he will show up in physical form. Children are stolen from parents nearly every day, and not just when the parents are monsters. We all know this, and fear of the enforcer is very real to us.

The sort of law now existing in America provides two categories of persons: Those above the law: “our government” and its agencies, including NSA, FBI, DOD, etc.; Wall Street and government contractors who are never prosecuted for their crimes; the rich who are politically connected and can succeed legally against anyone simply by throwing money at lawyers, and you.

Everyone else is below the law, living in constant fear of getting sued and stripped of their savings, or arrested, intimidated into accepting a plea bargain, and locked up. You can now be detained indefinitely without charge, kidnapped from anywhere in the world, transported to a “black site” and tortured. You can be put on trial without being informed of the charge and convicted based on evidence that is kept secret from them. Your communities can be placed under martial law without cause and you can be shot on sight without provocation of suspicion of wrongdoing.

In an ideal world, cops would do nothing except protect people from thieves and attackers. In the real world, however, far more injustice, violence, torture, theft, and outright murder have been committed by “law enforcement,” than has been committed in spite of it.

Watch some documentaries about some of the atrocities committed by the regimes of Stalin, or Lenin, or Chairman Mao, or Hitler, or any number of other tyrants in history. When the jackboots are about to herd innocent people into cattle cars, or gun them down as they stand on the edge of a ditch, and then ask yourself, “When should you shoot  back?” Keep in mind; the evils of those regimes were committed in the name of “law enforcement” And as much as the statement may make you squirm, history would have been a lot less gruesome if there had been a lot more “killers” around to deal with the state mercenaries of those regimes. Ask an American Indian if you can find one.

Voting is meaningless and will change nothing. The corruption is too deep. The existing crap must be removed before there’s a chance to put this country on some sort of sustainable path. That won’t happen through “voting” but in the streets, on future battlefields, within our borders. The entirely predictable implosion of our corrupt financial system will be the trigger. It might happen tomorrow or it might happen in five years, but it will happen.

People around the world are waking up to the manipulations and deceptions of the “official American story”. Instead of stopping their lies, our Empire’s imperial masters keep pumping up the lies. They must really think we’re stupid and in many cases they’re correct. Then again, if they can convince us that 19 pseudo-Muslims led by a terminal kidney patient in Afghanistan could outwit the world’s most advanced air defense systems and blow up three buildings with two planes, they have good reason to think we are stupid enough to believe almost anything.

We live in an expanding police state built on government inspired paranoia.