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  • rogerglewis 6:22 pm on March 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Chilcott where did it go WTF. The memory hole and disappearing narratives. 

    The Chilcott report WMD´s 2 million dead, Gateway war to the Middle East and North African Mayhem or Article 50 and Brexit, which is most considered in Media Narratives? Is there a pattern here? do inconvenient truth´s for Elites get memory-holed or manipulated into the long grass of oblivion?
    Do some searches and look at the viewer stats on Wikipedia History pages.

    MONEY CREATION, MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN ARTICLE 50. THE NATURE OF POWER (FOLLOW THE MONEY.)

    I did some google searches the other day. Article 50 versus the Chilcott Report.
    Article 50 had something like 500 million hits and the Chilcott report a mere 6 million or so.
    Money Sex and debt did very well literally billions of hits but money creation? a mere 8.5 million hits.
    The causes of things, follow the money.

    https://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/03/money-creation-much-more-important-than.html

     
  • rogerglewis 6:18 am on March 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    House Science Committee Hearing 

     
  • rogerglewis 5:24 am on March 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    EU Propaganda Red Pill. Tony Benn Speaks, Lazarus post. 








    Roger Lewis
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    Tony Benn – EU Referendum – EU Empire – Democracy – Brexit https://t.co/fVRk5bf4Yc via @YouTube

    Tony Benn on the EU “I can think of no body of men outside the Kremlin who have so much power without a shred of accountability for what they do” On Thursday…
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    Roger Lewis I tried to share this earlier, I had to go and get it off You Tube and link to it directly. Left or Right, Tony´s arguments against the EU are essentially to do with participation and subsidiarity and accountability of CIvil Servants and politicians to Citizens ( or Subjects if you are British,m Swedish, Dutch . There is another video which I suspect I would have no problem sharing as much as I liked, some chap stood up with Verhofsted at his side at the EU Parliament. I am more than happy to listen to all arguments from all sides of this question but lets get a metric for Democracy and Tony´s are the best I think I have seen.

    Tony Benn once said this
    “The House will forgive me for quoting five democratic questions that I have developed during my life. If one meets a powerful person–Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler–one can ask five questions: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you? Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.”
    Tony Benn Commons Hansard [16 Nov 1998: Column 685] Volume 319 Debate on: European Parliamentary Elections Bill , from 7.20 pm

    So the gentleman in that other video mentions We can not tell people why Europe is ( insert superlative) This is a Blog I did about Geo-Political Real Politik.

    Quiggleys words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
    ´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
    of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretense that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this is regrettable, but behind their
    reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”

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    Roger Lewis 27 mins  ·  http://www.ecfr.eu/…/the_world_according_to_europes_insurge… This is well worth…
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  • rogerglewis 2:03 pm on March 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Memory Hole Series, Brought to you by Lazarus Blog. 

    The Phoenix Program – Douglas Valentine
    The Lords of Creation – Frederick Lewis Allen
    Blowback – Christopher Simpson
    Underground to Palestine – I.F.Stone
    Hidden History of the Korean War – I.F.Stone
    DuPont Dynasty, Behind the Nylon Curtain – Gerard Colby


    Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, about five historical books that have been actively suppressed and hidden from the American public.

    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/2338-orwell-rolls-in-his-grave


    By Thom HartmannTruthout | Review
    As a member in good standing of the media, I watched “Orwell Rolls in His Grave” with a wince and a feeling of intense deja vu.

    The essence of this documentary is that our media doesn’t tell us the entire story when that story doesn’t work to the benefit of the folks in power. And it’s true. As Michael Moore points out in the movie, the old Soviet Politburo had more turnover than our Congress does with our bought-and-paid “elections.”
    I remember back in 1972 or thereabouts

    Get the original DVD of this ground-breaking documentary here – http://www.orwellrollsinhisgrave.com/Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

     
  • rogerglewis 12:58 pm on March 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Money Creation, Much more important than Article 50. The Nature of Power (follow the money.) 

    I did some google searches the other day. Article 50 versus the Chilcott Report.
    Article 50 had something like 500 million hits and the Chilcott report a mere 6 million or so.
    Money Sex and debt did very well literally billions of hits but money creation? a mere 8.5 million hits.
    The causes of things, follow the money.



    APHORISM, n. Predigested wisdom.

        The flabby wine-skin of his brain
    Yields to some pathologic strain,
    And voids from its unstored abysm
    The driblet of an aphorism.
    "The Mad Philosopher," 1697

    This definition is from The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, published in 1911.




    Federal Reserve quotes[edit]

       The Rothschilds
    "The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependant on its favors,
    that there will be no opposition from that class." -- Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863
     "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws" -- Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild
    Senators & Congressmen:
        "Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal
    Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United
    States" -- Sen. Barry Goldwater (Rep. AZ)
       "This [Federal Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President
    [Wilson} signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized....
    the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill."
    -- Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. , 1913
       "From now on, depressions will be scientifically created." -- Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913
       "The financial system has been turned over to the Federal Reserve Board. That Board asministers the finance system by authority
    of a purely profiteering group. The system is Private, conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits
    from the use of other people's money" -- Charles A. Lindbergh Sr., 1923
       "The Federal Reserve bank buys government bonds without one penny..." 
    -- Congressman Wright Patman, Congressional Record, Sept 30, 1941
    “We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it”. — Congressman Louis T. McFadden in 1932 (Rep. Pa)
       "The Federal Reserve banks are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen.
    There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this nation is run by the
    International bankers -- Congressman Louis T. McFadden (Rep. Pa)
       "Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are the United States government's institutions.
    They are not government institutions. They are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people
    of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign swindlers" -- Congressional
    Record 12595-12603 -- Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (12 years) June 10, 1932
    “I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs….I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices in doing something terrible and unforgiveable to our wonderful country. Deep down in our heart, we know that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected.” — John Danforth (R-Mo)
    “These 12 corporations together cover the whole country and monopolize and use for private gain every dollar of the public currency…” — Mr. Crozier of Cincinnati, before Senate Banking and Currency Committee – 1913
    “The [Federal Reserve Act] as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency… I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency.” — Henry Cabot Lodge Sr., 1913
    From the Federal Reserves Own Admissions: “When you or I write a check there must be sufficient funds in out account to cover the check, but when the Federal Reserve writes a check there is no bank deposit on which that check is drawn. When the Federal Reserve writes a check, it is creating money.” — Putting it simply, Boston Federal Reserve Bank
    “Neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities, intrinsically, a ‘dollar’ bill is just a piece of paper. Deposits are merely book entries.” — Modern Money Mechanics Workbook, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 1975
    “The Federal Reserve system pays the U.S. Treasury 020.60 per thousand notes –a little over 2 cents each– without regard to the face value of the note. Federal Reserve Notes, incidently, are the only type of currency now produced for circulation. They are printed exclusively by the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the $20.60 per thousand price reflects the Bureau’s full cost of production. Federal Reserve Notes are printed in 01, 02, 05, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar denominations only; notes of 500, 1000, 5000, and 10,000 denominations were last printed in 1945.” –Donald J. Winn, Assistant to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system
    “We are completely dependant on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system…. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.” –Robert H. Hamphill, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank
    From General Law: “The entire taxing and monetary systems are hereby placed under the U.C.C. (Uniform Commercial Code)” — The Federal Tax Lien Act of 1966
    “There is a distinction between a ‘debt discharged’ and a debt ‘paid’. When discharged, the debt still exists though divested of it’s charter as a legal obligation during the operation of the discharge, something of the original vitality of the debt continues to exist, which may be transferred, even though the transferee takes it subject to it’s disability incident to the discharge.” –Stanek vs. White, 172 Minn.390, 215 N.W. 784
    “The Federal Reserve Banks are not federal instrumentalities…” — Lewis vs. United States 9th Circuit 1992
    “The regional Federal Reserve banks are not government agencies. …but are independent, privately owned and locally controlled corporations.” — Lewis vs. United States, 680 F. 2d 1239 9th Circuit 1982
    Past Presidents, not including the Founding Fathers
    “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.” — James A. Garfield, President of the United States
       "A great industrial nation is controlled by it's system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated
    in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely
    controlled and dominated governments in the world--no longer a government of free opinion, no
    longer a government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and
    duress of small groups of dominant men." --President Woodrow Wilson
    Founding Father’s Quotes on Banking (May contain some repeats from “Founding Father’s Quotes” / Information tends to converge)
    Thomas Jefferson: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”–Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President.
    Andrew Jackson:
    “If Congress has the right [it doesn’t] to issue paper money [currency], it was given to them to be used by…[the government] and not to be delegated to individuals or corporations” — President Andrew Jackson, Vetoed Bank Bill of 1836
    James Madison: “History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it’s issuance”. — James Madison Misc. Sources “Banks lend by creating credit. They create the means of payment out of nothing” — Ralph M. Hawtrey, Secretary of the British Treasury
    “To expose a 15 Trillion dollar ripoff of the American people by the stockholders of the 1000 largest corporations over the last 100 years will be a tall order of business.” — Buckminster Fuller
    “Every Congressman, every Senator knows precisely what causes inflation…but can’t, [won’t] support the drastic reforms to stop it [repeal of the Federal Reserve Act] because it could cost him his job.” — Robert A. Heinlein, Expanded Universe
    “It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” — Henry Ford
    “[Every circulating FRN] represents a one dollar debt to the Federal Reserve system.” — Money Facts, House Banking and Currency Committee
    “…the increase in the assets of the Federal Reserve banks from 143 million dollars in 1913 to 45 billion dollars in 1949 went directly to the private stockholders of the [federal reserve] banks.” — Eustace Mullins
    “As soon as Mr. Roosevelt took office, the Federal Reserve began to buy government securities at the rate of ten million dollars a week for 10 weeks, and created one hundred million dollars in new [checkbook] currency, which alleviated the critical famine of money and credit, and the factories started hiring people again.” — Eustace Mullins
    “Should government refrain from regulation (taxation), the worthlessness of the money becomes apparent and the fraud can no longer be concealed.” — John Maynard Keynes, “Consequences of Peace.”
       "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from
    them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough
    deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will
    disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you
    wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create
    deposits".- SIR JOSIAH STAMP,(President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, the second richest man in Britain):
        "The modern Banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process
    is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banks can in fact inflate,
    mint and unmint the modern ledger-entry currency".- MAJOR L .L. B. ANGUS:
     "While boasting of our noble deeds were careful to conceal the ugly fact that by an
    iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined, is not
    less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery. - Horace Greeley
        "People who will not turn a shovel full of dirt on the project (Muscle Shoals Dam)
    nor contribute a pound of material, will collect more money from the United States than will the People
    who supply all the material and do all the work. This is the terrible thing about interest ...But here is the
    point: If the Nation can issue a dollar bond it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond
    good makes the bill good also. The difference between the bond and the bill is that the bond lets the money
    broker collect twice the amount of the bond and an addi- tional 20%. Whereas the currency, the honest
    sort provided by the Constitution pays nobody but those who contribute in some useful way. It is absurd to
    say our Country can issue bonds and cannot issue currency. Both are promises to pay, but one fattens the
    usurer and the other helps the People. If the currency issued by the People were no good, then the bonds
    would be no good, either. It is a terrible situation when the Government, to insure the National Wealth,
    must go in debt and submit to ruinous interest charges at the hands of men who control the fictitious value
    of gold. Interest is the invention of Satan". - THOMAS A. EDISON

    “By this means government may secretly and unobserved, confiscate the wealth of the people, and not one man in a million will detect the theft.”–John Maynard Keynes (the father of ‘Keynesian Economics’ which our nation now endures) in his book “THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEACE” (1920).
    “Capital must protect itself in every way…Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.”– Taken from the Civil Servants’ Year Book, “The Organizer” January 1934.
    “The Federal Reserve banks, while not part of the government,…” — United States budget for 1991 and 1992 part 7, page 10
    The Money Power! It is the greatest power on earth; and it is arrayed against Labour. No other power that is or ever was can be named with it…it attacks us through the Press – a monster with a thousand lying tongues, a beast surpassing in foulness any conceived by the mythology that invented dragons, were wolves, harpies, ghouls and vampires. It thunders against us from innumerable platforms and pulpits. The mystic machinery of the churches it turns into an engine of wrath for our destruction. Yes, so far as we are concerned, the headquarters of the Money Power is Britain. But the Money Power is not a British institution; it is cosmopolitan. It is of no nationality, but of all nationalities. It dominates the world. The Money Power has corrupted the faculties of the human soul, and tampered with the sanity of the human intellect… Editorial from 1907 edition of The Brisbane Worker (Australia)
    …I am convinced that the agreement [Bretton Woods] will enthrone a world dictatorship of private finance more complete and terrible than and Hitlerite dream. It offers no solution of world problems, but quite blatantly sets up controls which will reduce the smaller nations to vassal states and make every government the mouthpiece and tool of International Finance. It will undermine and destroy the democratic institutions of this country – in fact as effectively as ever the Fascist forces could have done – pervert and paganise our Christian ideals; and will undoubtedly present a new menace, endangering world peace. World collaboration of private financial interests can only mean mass unemployment, slavery, misery, degredation and financial destruction. Therefore, as freedom loving Australians we should reject this infamous proposal. — Labor Minister of Australia, Eddie Ward, during the inception of the World Bank and Bretton Woods, he gave this warning.

    For why the whole money question is so important I recommend this Dialogue.

    https://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2016/08/neo-liberalism-billy-no-mates-or-just.html

     
  • rogerglewis 1:45 pm on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Memory Hole, Project Censored, Free Speech. Communication Management Units. Gagging Prisons. 

    http://projectcensored.org/21-little-guantanamos-secretive-communication-management-units-us/

    https://embed.ted.com/talks/will_potter_the_secret_us_prisons_you_ve_never_heard_of_before

    0:12Father Daniel Berrigan once said that “writing about prisoners is a little like writing about the dead.” I think what he meant is that we treat prisoners as ghosts. They’re unseen and unheard. It’s easy to simply ignore them and it’s even easier when the government goes to great lengths to keep them hidden.
    0:30As a journalist, I think these stories of what people in power do when no one is watching, are precisely the stories that we need to tell. That’s why I began investigating the most secretive and experimental prison units in the United States, for so-called “second-tier” terrorists. The government calls these units Communications Management Units or CMUs. Prisoners and guards call them “Little Guantanamo.” They are islands unto themselves. But unlike Gitmo they exist right here, at home, floating within larger federal prisons.
    1:08There are 2 CMUs. One was opened inside the prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the other is inside this prison, in Marion, Illinois. Neither of them underwent the formal review process that is required by law when they were opened. CMU prisoners have all been convicted of crimes. Some of their cases are questionable and some involve threats and violence. I’m not here to argue the guilt or innocence of any prisoner. I’m here because as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said, “When the prisons and gates slam shut, prisoners do not lose their human quality.”
    1:45Every prisoner I’ve interviewed has said there are three flecks of light in the darkness of prison: phone calls, letters and visits from family. CMUs aren’t solitary confinement, but they radically restrict all of theseto levels that meet or exceed the most extreme prisons in the United States. Their phone calls can be limited to 45 minutes a month, compared to the 300 minutes other prisoners receive. Their letters can be limited to six pieces of paper. Their visits can be limited to four hours per month, compared to the 35 hours that people like Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph receive in the supermax. On top of that, CMU visits are non-contact which means prisoners are not allowed to even hug their family. As one CMU prisoner said, “We’re not being tortured here, except psychologically.”
    2:41The government won’t say who is imprisoned here. But through court documents, open records requestsand interviews with current and former prisoners, some small windows into the CMUs have opened.
    2:55There’s an estimated 60 to 70 prisoners here, and they’re overwhelmingly Muslim. They include people like Dr. Rafil Dhafir, who violated the economic sanctions on Iraq by sending medical supplies for the children there. They’ve included people like Yassin Aref. Aref and his family fled to New York from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq as refugees. He was arrested in 2004 as part of an FBI sting. Aref is an imam and he was asked to bear witness to a loan, which is a tradition in Islamic culture. It turned out that one of the people involved in the loan was trying to enlist someone else in a fake attack. Aref didn’t know. For that, he was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist group.
    3:45The CMUs also include some non-Muslim prisoners. The guards call them “balancers,” meaning they help balance out the racial numbers, in hopes of deflecting law suits. These balancers include animal rights and environmental activists like Daniel McGowan.
    4:02McGowan was convicted of participating in two arsons in the name of defending the environment as part of the Earth Liberation Front. During his sentencing, he was afraid that he would be sent to a rumored secret prison for terrorists. The judge dismissed all those fears, saying that they weren’t supported by any facts. But that might be because the government hasn’t fully explained why some prisoners end up in a CMU, and who is responsible for these decisions. When McGowan was transferred, he was told it’s because he is a “domestic terrorist,” a term the FBI uses repeatedly when talking about environmental activists. Now, keep in mind there are about 400 prisoners in US prisons who are classified as terrorists,and only a handful of them are in the CMUs. In McGowan’s case, he was previously at a low-security prison and he had no communications violations.
    4:58So, why was he moved? Like other CMU prisoners, McGowan repeatedly asked for an answer, a hearing,or some opportunity for an appeal. This example from another prisoner shows how those requests are viewed. “Wants a transfer.” “Told him no.” At one point, the prison warden himself recommended McGowan’s transfer out of the CMU citing his good behavior, but the warden was overruled by the Bureau of Prison’s Counterterrorism Unit, working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI.
    5:34Later I found out that McGowan was really sent to a CMU not because of what he did, but what he has said. A memo from the Counterterrorism Unit cited McGowan’s “anti-government beliefs.” While imprisoned, he continued writing about environmental issues, saying that activists must reflect on their mistakes and listen to each other. Now, in fairness, if you’ve spent any time at all in Washington, DC, you know this is really a radical concept for the government.
    6:03(Laughter)
    6:05I actually asked to visit McGowan in the CMU. And I was approved. That came as quite a shock. First, because as I’ve discussed on this stage before, I learned that the FBI has been monitoring my work.Second, because it would make me the first and only journalist to visit a CMU. I had even learnedthrough the Bureau of Prisons Counterterrorism Unit, that they had been monitoring my speeches about CMUs, like this one. So how could I possibly be approved to visit? A few days before I went out to the prison, I got an answer.
    6:47I was allowed to visit McGowan as a friend, not a journalist. Journalists are not allowed here. McGowan was told by CMU officials that if I asked any questions or published any story, that he would be punished for my reporting. When I arrived for our visit, the guards reminded me that they knew who I was and knew about my work. And they said that if I attempted to interview McGowan, the visit would be terminated.The Bureau of Prisons describes CMUs as “self-contained housing units.” But I think that’s an Orwellian way of describing black holes. When you visit a CMU, you go through all the security checkpoints that you would expect. But then the walk to the visitation room is silent. When a CMU prisoner has a visit, the rest of the prison is on lockdown. I was ushered into a small room, so small my outstretched arms could touch each wall. There was a grapefruit-sized orb in the ceiling for the visit to be live-monitored by the Counterterrorism Unit in West Virginia. The unit insists that all the visits have to be in English for CMU prisoners, which is an additional hardship for many of the Muslim families. There is a thick sheet of foggy, bulletproof glass and on the other side was Daniel McGowan. We spoke through these handsets attached to the wall and talked about books and movies. We did our best to find reasons to laugh. To fight boredom and amuse himself while in the CMU, McGowan had been spreading a rumor that I was secretly the president of a Twilight fan club in Washington, DC
    8:26(Laughter)
    8:28For the record, I’m not.
    8:31(Laughter) But I kind of the hope the FBI now thinks that Bella and Edward are terrorist code names.
    8:38(Laughter)
    8:41During our visit, McGowan spoke most and at length about his niece Lily, his wife Jenny and how torturous it feels to never be able to hug them, to never be able to hold their hands. Three months after our visit, McGowan was transferred out of the CMU and then, without warning, he was sent back again. I had published leaked CMU documents on my website and the Counterterrorism Unit said that McGowan had called his wife and asked her to mail them. He wanted to see what the government was saying about him, and for that he was sent back to the CMU. When he was finally released at the end of his sentence,his story got even more Kafkaesque. He wrote an article for the Huffington Post headlined, “Court Documents Prove I was Sent to a CMU for my Political Speech.”
    9:33The next day he was thrown back in jail for his political speech. His attorneys quickly secured his release,but the message was very clear: Don’t talk about this place.
    9:47Today, nine years after they were opened by the Bush administration, the government is codifying how and why CMUs were created. According to the Bureau of Prisons, they are for prisoners with “inspirational significance.” I think that is very nice way of saying these are political prisons for political prisoners.
    10:09Prisoners are sent to a CMU because of their race, their religion or their political beliefs.
    10:15Now, if you think that characterization is too strong, just look at some of the government’s own documents. When some of McGowan’s mail was rejected by the CMU, the sender was told it’s because the letters were intended “for political prisoners.” When another prisoner, animal rights activist Andy Stepanian, was sent to a CMU, it was because of his anti-government and anti-corporate views.
    10:40Now, I know all of this may be hard to believe, that it’s happening right now, and in the United States. But the unknown reality is that the US has a dark history of disproportionately punishing people because of their political beliefs. In the 1960s, before Marion was home to the CMU, it was home to the notorious Control Unit. Prisoners were locked down in solitary for 22 hours a day. The warden said the unit was to “control revolutionary attitudes.” In the 1980s, another experiment called the Lexington High Security Unitheld women connected to the Weather Underground, Black Liberation and Puerto Rican independent struggles. The prison radically restricted communication and used sleep deprivation, and constant light for so-called “ideological conversion.” Those prisons were eventually shut down, but only through the campaigning of religious groups and human rights advocates, like Amnesty International.
    11:47Today, civil rights lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights are challenging CMUs in court for depriving prisoners of their due process rights and for retaliating against them for their protected political and religious speech. Many of these documents would have never come to light without this lawsuit.
    12:07The message of these groups and my message for you today is that we must bear witness to what is being done to these prisoners. Their treatment is a reflection of the values held beyond prison walls. This story is not just about prisoners. It is about us. It is about our own commitment to human rights. It is about whether we will choose to stop repeating the mistakes of our past. If we don’t listen to what Father Berrigan described as the stories of the dead, they will soon become the stories of ourselves.
    12:41Thank you.
    12:43(Applause)
    12:50(Applause ends)
    12:52Tom Rielly: I have a couple questions. When I was in high school, I learned about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, freedom of speech, due process and about 25 other laws and rights that seem to be violated by this. How could this possibly be happening?
    13:11Will Potter: I think that’s the number one question I get throughout all of my work, and the short answer is that people don’t know. I think the solution to any of these types of situations, any rights abuses, are really dependent on two things. They’re dependent on knowledge that it’s actually happening and then a means and efficacy to actually make a change. And unfortunately with these prisoners, one, people don’t know what’s happening at all and then they’re already disenfranchised populations who don’t have access to attorneys, not native English speakers. In some of these cases, they have great representation that I mentioned, but there’s just not a public awareness of what’s happening.
    13:50TR: Isn’t it guaranteed in prison that you have right to council or access to council?
    13:55WP: There’s a tendency in our culture to see when people have been convicted of a crime, no matter if that charge was bogus or legitimate, that whatever happens to them after that is warranted. And I think that’s a really damaging and dangerous narrative that we have, that allows these types of things to happen, as the general public just kind of turns a blind eye to it.
    14:15TR: All those documents on screen were all real documents, word for word, unchanged at all, right?
    14:22WP: Absolutely. I’ve actually uploaded all of them to my website. It’s willpotter.com/CMU and it’s a footnoted version of the talk, so you can see the documents for yourself without the little snippets. You can see the full version. I relied overwhelmingly on primary source documents or on primary interviews with former and current prisoners, with people that are dealing with this situation every day. And like I said, I’ve been there myself, as well.
    14:46TR: You’re doing courageous work.
    14:48WP: Thank you very much. Thank you all.
    14:50(Applause)
     
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    Globalisation Un-Entangled. (A FOUND POEM, CIPHER OF GLOBALISM ) 

    A TRILOGY IN FOUR PARTS.

    USURY HELL´S FUEL MANS OPPRESSOR

    BOURGOISE RESOLUTION AND 

    GLOBALISATION UN ENTANGLED.

    In Consensus the three Voices resolve and entreat your contribution dear reader for a fourth part, shall we harmonise.





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     “Ages ago,” Urthred continued, “we certainly used to speak
    languages.



    Globalisation Un-Entangled.

    
    
    ”The reader of Pope, as of every author, is advised to begin by letting him say what he has to say, in his own manner to an open mind that seeks only to receive the impressions which the writer wishes to convey. First let the mind and spirit of the writer come into free, full contact with the mind and spirit of the reader, whose attitude at the first reading should be simply receptive. Such reading is the condition precedent to all true judgment of a writer’s work. All criticism that is not so grounded spreads as fog over a poet’s page. Read, reader, for yourself, without once pausing to remember what you have been told to think´´.
    Henry Morley.
    the idea before it was clothed in words
    heard in minds, as uttered thought
    the communication of arranged ideas
    Thoughts lifting mist from the poet´s page.
    To set the stage, not in the round
    but, to see the scene in the sphere
    Which actors will the playwright lay
    on the page´s narrative to steer.
    Which course to meet
    who to set upon the bridge
    For strength of Bulls Wall Street
    of Bears & onion domes upon our chart
    A heroes pride found in Britannia’s isles
    Monks ´´sans humilite´´ fane ease
    Like Pope we find our actors
    ´´All, all alike, find reason on their side´´
    mais par impatience de souffrir
    On the present discontents, Burke opined
    Putin ,Trump and Farage set courses un-entangled
    Junker , Merkel, Call for straight ahead.
    Few are the partisans of departed tyranny
    of Globalism or Nationalism which be the tyrant?
    Yet passions are deceiving someone,
    so near 50 years behindhand a hero fell.
    “On this day, the day of March
    in my opinion´´, is the end of the
    United States of America
    as the land of the free
    and the home of the brave.”
    Eliza with Rogerian inscrutability
    hears the confession of the mal-contents
    A mirror held up before cosmetic application
    Globalisation and Internationalism confused
    despotism´s nature is to abhor any say
    save that of its own momentary pleasure;
    it annihilates all intermediate situations
    between boundless strength on its own part,
    and total debility on the part of the people.
    Our education can be Our? our, government.
    Our reason can be our Judge, of the rivals;

    Globalism, Authority, coercion and competition.
    or Nationalism, Internationalism, Cooperation.
    Are we to have free will and democracy
    Will we have determined authority
    A struggle of ideals an ancient quarrel
    Parmenides or Heraclitus navigators both

    If centuries be epochs with peculiar discretion

    19th, 20th, 21st a behind hand review
    19th innate goodness of man, nationalism
    20th Fallen man Calvinist rule, Globalism.
    For the 21st partisans for patronage
    Putin and the bear Nationalism
    Trump and the Eagle InterNationalism
    Corbyn of the uncommon people interNationalism
    Farage of the common people Nationalism
    Well May? You ask Globalism, Atlanticism
    Within the Elysian bosom suckling Globalism on the right 
    and Internationalism on the left restricted by two tits. A binary mammary conundrum, for PIIGS have many teets. On which teet will elites suckle, 
    ONLY formula for the masses.
    From good men and bad society, to
    bad men and good society from optimism
    to pessimism and from secularism
    to religion. Creative destruction Globalisation?
    The Simple see war is simply a football match 
    conducted with cannons.wise men look
    not In Nietzsche's Will to Power,
    but In the custom house.Says Bernard Shaw
    shadows cast from secret whispers
    taps on streams of digital Imprints
    what oppressor does not despise
    what oppression will not censor and misdirect
    Secretive cabals of liberal political correctness
    Self censored fearing the exile of dissent
    GCHQ Nsa Kvd , hacking whose democracy
    What democracy sings with the voice of explosions?
    Tripartite accords of old, a Gold Standard
    As Piggs Shit Brics and Lutheran Shards
    profer Gaping anuses and Calvinist certainties
    Divine providence and eminent domain democracy perverted.

    Union now as then in ´38, current quarrels

    Mr Streit’s Union and Mr Orwells Niggers
    Not counting Niggers, the other´s not like us
    six hundred million disenfranchised, is it more today?
    Russia is brazenly refusing to learn from the EU’s
    mistakes and may walk directly into its trap
    How can banking union serve the tributaries of society. Pigs do not fly nor water flow up hill
    Real brothers can curse each other, friends.
    Someday. Britannia will give Columbia a piece of her mind, Elysium also needs telling and she is
    curiously afflicted offering no teet for the eastern bear.
    an exasperated Englishman: “I pray to God
    they keep out of the end of this war anyhow.
    We shall never hear the last of it if they don’t….”
    Cabalists, Gnostics, Manichaeans, the Old Man
    of the Mountains, Knight Templars, Satanists,
    Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Freemasons, Rousseau,
    Voltaire, Cagliostro, Madame Blavatsky, Mrs. Besant,
    Trade Unions, Anarchists, Socialists, Theosophists,
    Communists, Those Bolsheviks, a frightful horde
    all plotting and getting hold of power and handing
    it on and doing down Christianity and the Christian life

    THREE FACTORS IN EVERYONE Sir Arthur Salter,

    for example “Shall we never pluck the best from fate

    and find the Golden Mean? Must we ever choose freedom without order, or order without freedom? Must justice and mercy bring always weakness in their train, and strength bring tyranny? Not one of the educational co-ordinators in Utopia he, or is Elysisum Bodiccea disguised.

    Climate Change, political Change bedfellows both
    the world’s biggest polluter, backs the Protocol
    is it because they want control of emissions quotas
    The imperialist philosophy behind Kyoto?
    Not one of the claims contained in the Kyoto Protocol
    this “scientific” theory on which they are based
    have been confirmed by real facts. Extreme natural
    occurrences are not becoming more frequent,
    and there has been no increase in infectious diseases.
    Unless one sees Globalist imperialism as infectious.

    The proposals to change the current state of affairs –

    included in the rejected European Constitution or

    in the not much different Lisbon Treaty – would

    make this defect even worse. Since there is no European demos –

    and no European nation – this defect cannot be solved by

    strengthening the role of the European Parliament, either

    In practice, the existence of euro has shown that

    forcing an economically disparate Europe into

    a homogeneous entity through a political decision

    is political engineering par excellence, far from

    beneficial for all countries concerned

    “Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences”
    along with other “isms” such as communism, feminism, and liberalism.
    Klaus said that “environmentalism is a religion” and, answering
    questions of U.S. Congressmen, a “modern counterpart of communism”
    that seeks to change peoples’ habits and economic systems.
    Blue Planet in Green Shackles, Vaclav Klaus

    Financial Institutions,Environmental groups Fossil fuel companies
    Alternative energy companies Nuclear energy companies Traditional retailers and marketers governments might use global warming as a rationale for additional taxes
    A central theme , Belief? To coalesce focus
    Climate, Liberal democracy, money
    Abstractions of devotion Scientism Catechism
    each opinion, certain facts codified worshiped
    HACKING THE FACTS, PSEUDO SCIENCE
    FAKE NEWS, POST TRUTH , HERETICAL
    IGNORANCE ALLOWED BLIND FAITH AND DEVOTED
    TO THE PROPAGANDA ABSURD BLINDNESS
    ESCHATOLOGY END TIMES PROPHESY
    PROBLEM REACTION SOLUTION
    SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF EM ASND KEEP EM POOR
    CALVIN SAID Belloc characterised the reformation as

    ´´a rising of the rich against the poor´´,

    ´and indeed Calvin had written the unfortunate statement:

    ´´The people must always be kept in poverty in order that they remain obedient´´.

    CONTINUITY OF GOVERNEMENT COG
    COUPS NO LONGER NECESSARY OUT OF TIME ORDER OR SEQUENCE
    THE DNA OF GOVENENACE SEEMS ORDAINED

    A taste of the ideas doing the rounds in Obama circles is offered by a recent report from the Managing Global Insecurity project, whose small US advisory group includes John Podesta, the man heading Mr Obama’s transition team and Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution, from which Ms Rice has just emerged.´´

    THINGS TWICE , I SAID IT ONCE
    Replace “Obama” with “Hitler”, and you have the original. It’s from Milton Mayer’s classic They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45, and the words are those of a university colleague of the author, explaining “the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people.”

    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true.

    What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,

    Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”

    So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply

    They are merely conventional signs!

    Monnet and Retinger: liberal establishment tools in the founding of Europe
    The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism
    Centralisation Swiss Study, contrast?
    It is very rare indeed for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct
    This retrospective wisdom and historical patriotism are things of wonderful convenience, and serve admirably to reconcile the old quarrel between speculation and practice.
    he represented a group which had been planning the Guidestones for 20 years, and which intended to remain anonymous
    What are they? Sinister, Elephant of Hindustan.
    Tool Hammer and nails Sutherland. Market obsession
    most widely agreed-upon interpretation of the stones is that they describe the basic concepts required to rebuild a devastated civilisation.
    Multinational companies like Google, Oracle, and Ericsson are already using information technology to help migrants and the communities that host them, and volunteers within the IT sector have founded Techfugees 
    Sutherland in 2016.

    With Malmstrom 2012

    It is ironic – and dangerous – that Europe’s anti-immigrant sentiment is peaking just when global structural changes are fundamentally shifting migration flows.
    Consider Sweden, which has transformed its immigration policy by allowing employers to identify the immigrant workers whom they need (the policy has built-in safeguards to give preference to Swedish and EU citizens)
    NATo and attack industry. Security ? who´s security. Back to Spinoza? Back to Burke. Seeing a problem when his salary depends upon not seeing it. Unto this last? What is theme. Maimonides, Guide for the perplexed?? so on and so forth.
    Micawber is known for asserting his faith that “something will turn up”. His name has become synonymous with someone who lives in hopeful expectation. This has formed the basis for the Micawber Principle, based upon his observation:
    “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.” – (Chapter 12)
    POT KETTEL BLACK:

    Deutsche Bank lords it over workers

    MARCH 10, 2011

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

    I wrote to DB last week (as I am sure many people did). He got fired on Friday. Ha.
    Sacco prrrrrrrrrobably doesn’t have a job anymore, though a bad AIDS joke likely won’t keep a good PR person down for too long. Sooner or later

    How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

    A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is worn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion.  Besides, there are few statesmen so very clumsy and awkward in their business as to fall into the identical snare which has proved fatal to their predecessors.  When an arbitrary imposition is attempted upon the subject, undoubtedly it will not bear on its forehead the name of Ship-money
    Self awareness, Transcendence, Self honesty. Loving self Donald Neal Walsh.
    Today’s liberalism is an anachronism. It has no understanding, really, of what poverty is and how it has to be overcome. It has no grip whatever on what American exceptionalism
    ´What would love do now?´´.
    At all breaking points in life there is one question to ask: what would love do now?
    Love is not to retain the best of the other – but the best of your self.
    ‘I would define the episteme retrospectively as the strategic apparatus which permits of separating out from among all the statements which are possible those that will be acceptable within, I won’t say a scientific theory, but a field of scientificity, and which it is possible to say are true or false. The episteme is the ‘apparatus’ which makes possible the separation, not of the true from the false, but of what may from what may not be characterised as scientific.” Michel Foucault.
    Materialism will have the right to proclaim itself as victorious only when the bible of materialism shall have been written,  Tolstoy.
    CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE: ´´In order toreason well …. it is absolutely necessary to possess … such virtuesas intellectual honesty and sincerity and a real love of truth (2.82). The cause [of the success of scientificinquirers] has been that the motive which has carried them to the laboratory and the field has been a craving toknow how things really were … (1-34).[Genuine inquiry consists I in diligent inquiry into truth for truth’s sake(1.44), … in actually drawing the bow upon truth withintentness in the eye, with energy in the arm (1.235). [When] it is no longer the reasoning which determineswhat the conclusion shall be, but … the conclusion which determines what the reasoning shall be … this is sham reasoning…. The effect of this shamming is that men come to look upon reasoning as mainly decorative…´´. http://web.ncf.ca/ag659/308/Peirce-Rorty-Haack.pdfPierces seminal essay How to make our ideas clear
    The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism. All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?
    Convergence, Divergence Wicked problems. ???

    The Class-Domination Theory of Power

    As argued in Who Rules America?, the owners and top executives of the largest corporations, banks, investment firms, and agri-businesses come together as a corporate community
    ITS NOT WHAT? but, Who you Know!

    Questions and Answers

    Q:  So, who does rule America?
    A:  The owners and managers of large income-producing properties; i.e., the owners of corporations, banks, other financial institutions, and agri-businesses. But they have plenty of help from the managers and experts they hire. You can read the essential details of the argument on this site, or read the new seventh edition of Who Rules America?.
    Q:  Do the same people rule at the local level that rule at the federal level?
    Interlocks and Interactions Among the Power Elite

    The Corporate Community, Think Tanks,Policy-Discussion Groups, and Government

    by G. William Domhoff, Clifford Staples, & Adam Schneider

    Diplomacy and Guns.
    Bairns not bombs , Attack not defence industry.
    Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. Business can’t. Diplomacy won’t. It has to be people like us.” 
    ― Robert ByronThe Road to Oxiana

    Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting.” 
    ― Ptahhotep
    Fake news and inconvenient truths?
    Real brothers can curse each other and keep friends. Someday Britannia will give Columbia a piece of her mind, and that may clear the air. Said an exasperated Englishman to me a day or so ago: “I pray to God they keep out of the end of this war anyhow. We shall never hear the last of it if they don’t….”
    Mrs. Nesta Webster
    She has set herself with the greatest industry to trace and link together the long-drawn succession of Cabalists, Gnostics, Manichaeans, the Old Man of the Mountains, Knight Templars, Satanists, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Freemasons, Rousseau, Voltaire, Cagliostro, Madame Blavatsky, Mrs. Besant, Trade Unions, Anarchists, Socialists, Theosophists, Communists, Those Bolsheviks, a frightful horde all plotting and getting hold of power and handing it on and doing down Christianity and the Christian life. Her books are written with-conviction enough to make one look under the bed at nights. She has never quite committed herself to those famous forged Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion
    words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
    ´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
    of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretense that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this iQuiggleyss regrettable, but behind their
    reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”

    Bruce Charlton PC and distraction.
    Epigraph
    This book is intended for normal, mainstream, secular, modern, disaffected and alienated intellectuals; those who are complicit in political correctness (as are all intellectuals) but who are (when not distracted, drugged or dreaming) in a state of despair.
    This book will, I hope, help such people to understand their condition, and present the likely choices. It will not help them to save their world (too late for that) but it may help them to save their souls.
    *
    *

    Note: Why I use the term Political Correctness, instead of Liberalism or Socialism?
    The reasons include:
    1. The confusion over what ‘liberalism’ means – to some a free marketeer, to others a socialist. My definition of political correctness is broad and includes most mainstream conservatives, libertarians and anarchists; who are nowadays all significantly PC. 

    Thus, the major output of the modern international Mass Media consists of only four categories:
    1. Good presented as bad
    2. Bad presented as Good
    (That is to say simple inversion)
    3. Good presented as Good for a bad reason
    4. Bad presented as bad for a bad reason
    (That is to say explanatory inversion)
    These four categories, which can be summarized as either simple or explanatory inversion, account for all sustained and high impact modern major Mass Media stories without any exceptions.
    The problem is that Political education and discourse are so poorly communicated. Read Pedagogy of the Oppressed and what will become apparent is Political liberation is a Praxis and not a party. Freedom is something you live and do not something you join.
    Political correctness, the intellectual elite and the mass media
    PC depends upon at least two necessary (although not sufficient) conditions
    Soviet Union in the Brezhnev era and political correctness in the West, is therefore the presence of a mass media.
    In the old Soviet Union the media were instruments of state propaganda; they were dull, people didn’t pay much attention to them, and the quantity of media output was anyway kept low (because the media content was controlled and checked, item by item).
    In the modern West, by contrast, the mass media are vast, primarily attention-grabbing, and still growing; media content is vivid and varied; and the subject matter is controlled only by self-censorship.
    The moral universe of PC subsists on two distinct realities – good causes and good intentions, but never the twain can stay stuck-together.
    (Note the lack of reference to good outcomes. Being wholly abstract, PC is indifferent to outcomes. ‘Outcomes’ are regarded as having no autonomous reality, but are merely seen as part of abstract theory.)
    When everything is interpretation, action is rendered hazardous, indeed unnecessary.
    The bureaucrat and the media communicator (those who do nothing and risk nothing – but who interpret, and re-interpret reality for the masses) are the modern cultural exemplars: certainly not the heroic producer, maker, act-er and do-er (whose positive behaviors might, at any moment, be re-interpreted; and the erstwhile hero exposed as a modern villain.)
    So, wretched inert submissiveness oscillates with arrogant but empty moral grandstanding.
    Is anybody safe?
    Under PC, whatever you do, whatever willing you show, status is contingent.
    There is no safety even for members of the ruling elite in a system of Political Correctness; anyone at all is susceptible to denunciation for any reason or no reason at any time.
    Since PC is a wave of moral ‘progress’ which leaves-behind all previous moral standards and behaviours – there can be no accumulation of moral capital.
    This applies to the ultra-PC just as much as to the openly reactionary.
    The insanity of pure abstract altruism
    Pure disinterested altruism, imposed on all by abstract systems, is therefore a logical consequence of the moral primacy of pure altruism…
    It is also insane, and lacks any test in reality.
    PC is good by definition and for no other reason; especially not because PC has been found to be good.
    *
    *
    PC stands or falls by the fact of a secular intellectual ruling elite, and can be imposed widely by this elite only by the recent technologies of modern mass media.
    And PC is only possible in a fully materialist and secular society: where this-worldly ‘goods’ and their just (i.e. altruistic) allocation can assume ultimate importance, over-riding all other considerations (such as the saving of souls).
    *
    It is this idealistic quest for pure impersonal abstract altruism, in a secular context, which has caused the anti-human, alienating, aggressive, patronizing, self-hating and suicidal insanity that is political correctness.

    Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

    WHY ARE WE HERE??? BEINGS SEEKING MEANING
    WILL TO MEANING, IN MEANING AND EACH OTHER
    WE FIND PEACE AND WE FIND DIVINITY ETERNAL
    EVERLASTING IMAGINATION CREATIVITY
    RANDOM CHAOTIC AND BEAUTIFUL MESS.
    Misinformation was a key theme of the recent US election, in which Hillary Clinton was demonised daily – often without any factual basis – in both new and established right-wing outlets.


    How sincere is this ?

    (1) Establish a correction mechanism

    One element of an effective strategy against misreporting and fake news
    insurgent parties: Putin, migration and people power


    Publication

    It concludes that foreign policy is no longer an elite game.

    Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, said:
    ““Many of these insurgent parties have views on foreign policy that are closer to President Putin than President Obama.  They are overturning an elite foreign policy consensus based on Atlanticism and liberal democracy that has dominated for the last fifty years”
    13.  The overwhelming majority saw the need for European solutions to specific current challenges. This was least pronounced on the Eurozone crisis where 20 parties opted for European level solutions; scaling up to 24 in favour of European solutions on the refugee crisis, 29 on the Syrian war and 28 on Ukraine; and 34 on terrorism. 
    Correction: Due to an incident that happened with a Chrome extension installed on the personal laptop of one of our staff members, for a couple of days the online version of this press release showed a misspelled version of the name of Donald Trump.
    An interesting discussion Wesley and John boiling down the technical arguments from the political
    seems to have evaded you both it must surely be possible absent moral/political judgements to
    discern how the existing system operates in The Uk and The US and elsewhere after all the systems
    exist? A favourite dialogue of mine is the one between Proudhon and Bastiat summarised here.
    http://praxeology.net/FB-PJP-DOI-Appx.htm I share Proudhons view regarding Interest and see the
    charging of Interest as the biggest part of the monetary system. Jeremy Benthams in defence of
    Usury is in the Bastiat Camp albeit a dialogue between Bentham and Adam Smith
    http://www.econlib.org/library/Bentham/bnthUs.html ( interestingly one sided reminiscent of
    Sam Harris engaging Noam Chomsky, Smith did not respond at all though.) The question about
    issuing money is surely that when Money is created out of thin air it should be created without
    interest and that if Interest is thought to be a good idea then the Interest Component should be
    created at the same time. This is the fundamental question ( Bentham misses it completely and so
    does Bastiat in my recollection of the debate. I personally have philosophical, moral and religious
    objections to the charging of Interest, all Interest charges for me are usurious, My own political
    views actually reject Capitalism as well I do not think it works. We do have the system we have
    though and as JohnG says MMT is supposed to describe how the system we have works. Steve
    Keen is very good on endogenous money creation and bears very close attention I find.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T11PhS6J7Ig . Regardless of Political views it is the interest
    element that causes the damage when money is created as debt. This is the insight at the heart of the
    social credit movement.
    Tradgedy and Hope.
    P 24
    The export of material elements in a culture, across its peripheral areas and beyond, to
    the peoples of totally different societies has strange results. As elements of material
    culture move from core to periphery inside a civilization, they tend, in the long run, to
    strengthen the periphery at the expense of the core because the core is more hampered in
    the use of material innovations by the strength of past vested interests and because the
    core devotes a much greater part of its wealth and energy to nonmaterial culture. Thus,
    such aspects of the Industrial Revolution as automobiles and radios are European rather
    than American inventions, but have been developed and utilized to a far greater extent in
    America because this area was not hampered in their use by surviving elements of
    feudalism, of church domination, of rigid class distinctions (for example, in education),
    p.26
    The most important parts of Western technology can be listed under four headings:
    1. Ability to kill: development of weapons
    2. Ability to preserve life: development of sanitation and medical services
    3. Ability to produce both food and industrial goods
    4. Improvements in transportation and communications
    This shows that there has been a
    sequence, at intervals of about fifty years, of four successive population pressures which
    might be designated with the following names:
    Anglo-French pressure, about 1850
    Germanic-Italian pressure, about 1900
    Slavic pressure, about 1950
    Asiatic pressure, about 2000
    p.32
    Developments in Western Europe
    1. Western ideology
    2. Revolution in weapons (especially firearms)
    3. Agricultural Revolution
    4. Industrial Revolution
    5. Revolution in sanitation and medicine
    6. Demographic explosion
    7. Revolution in transportation and communications
    Developments in Asia
    1. Revolution in weapons
    2. Revolution in transport and communications
    3. Revolution in sanitation and medicine
    4. Industrial Revolution
    5. Demographic explosion
    6. Agricultural Revolution
    7. And last (if at all), Western ideology
    p.34
    Chapter 3—Europe’s Shift to the Twentieth Century
    While Europe’s traits were diffusing outward to the non-European world, Europe was
    also undergoing profound changes and facing difficult choices at home. These choices
    were associated with drastic changes, in some cases we might say reversals, of Europe’s
    point of view. These changes may be examined under eight headings. The nineteenth
    century was marked by (2) belief in the innate goodness of man; (2) secularism; (3) belief
    in progress; (4) liberalism; (5) capitalism; (6) faith in science; (7) democracy; (8)
    nationalism. In general, these eight factors went along together in the nineteenth century.
    They were generally regarded as being compatible with one another; the friends of one
    were generally the friends of the others; and the enemies of one were generally the
    enemies of the rest. Metternich and De Maistre were generally opposed to all eight;
    Thomas Jefferson and John Stuart Mill were generally in favor of all eight..
    p.37
    ”The reader of Pope, as of every author, is advised to begin by letting him say what he has to say, in his own manner to an open mind that seeks only to receive the impressions which the writer wishes to convey. First let the mind and spirit of the writer come into free, full contact with the mind and spirit of the reader, whose attitude at the first reading should be simply receptive. Such reading is the condition precedent to all true judgment of a writer’s work. All criticism that is not so grounded spreads as fog over a poet’s page. Read, reader, for yourself, without once pausing to remember what you have been told to think´´.
    Henry Morley.
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     “Ages ago,” Urthred continued, “we certainly used to speak
    languages.
    THE ABOVE IS AN UNFINISHED COLLAGE A SET OF SPECTACLES THROUGH WHICH,
    WITH THE FOLLOWING TWO POEMS (WHICH ARE COMPLETED) WE MAY REGARDEUR LES TABLEAUX,

    “THE CONQUEST OF DOUGH´´

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, pioneer of the political treatment of the greenhouse effect
    • 1969, on Initiative of US President Richard NixonNATO tried to establish a third civil column and planned to establish itself as a hub of research and initiatives in the civil region, especially on environmental topics.[52] Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixons NATO delegate for the topic[52] named acid rain and the greenhouse effect as suitable international challenges to be dealt by NATO
    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
    – quoted in 
    Robert Sobel‘s review of Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, edited by Mark C. Carnes
    Climate emails hacked by spies’
    Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency, says expert
    A highly sophisticated hacking operation that led to the leaking of hundreds of emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia was probably carried out by a foreign intelligence agency, according to the Government’s former chief scientist. Sir David King, who was Tony Blair’s chief scientific adviser for seven years until 2007, said that the hacking and selective leaking of the unit’s emails, going back 13 years, bore all the hallmarks of a co-ordinated intelligence operation – especially given their release just before the Copenhagen climate conference in December.
    I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.
    FT.COM
    by: Gideon Rachman

    A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force.

    A taste of the ideas doing the rounds in Obama circles is offered by a recent report from the Managing Global Insecurity project, whose small US advisory group includes John Podesta, the man heading Mr Obama’s transition team and Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution, from which Ms Rice has just emerged.´´

    Sooner or later mankind must come to one universal peace, unless our race is to be destroyed by the increasing power of its own destructive inventions; and that universal peace must needs take the form of a government, that is to say, a law-sustaining organisation, in the best sense of the word religious—a government ruling men through the educated co-ordination of their minds in a common conception of human history and human destiny.
    The Catholic Church was the first clearly conscious attempt to provide such a government in the wor1d. We cannot too earnestly. examine its deficiencies and inadequacies, for every lesson we can draw from them is necessarily of the greatest value in forming our ideas of our own international relationships.
    The transformation of the world is a great, complicated and painful process. For this great task a great class is required. Big ships go on long voyages.
    Wells: Yes, but for long voyages a captain and a navigator are required.
    Stalin: That is true; but what is first required for a long voyage is a big ship. What is a navigator without a ship? An idle man.
    Wells: The big ship is humanity, not a class.
    Stalin: You, Mr. Wells, evidently start out with the assumption that all men are good. I, however, do not forget that there are many wicked men. I do not believe in the goodness of the bourgeoisie.

    Wells: There was a case in the history of England, however, of a class voluntarily handing over power to another class. In the period between 1830 and 1870, the aristocracy, whose influence was still very considerable at the end of the eighteenth century, voluntarily, without a severe struggle, surrendered power to the bourgeoisie, which serves as a sentimental support of the monarchy. Subsequently, this transference of power led to the establishment of the rule of the financial oligarchy.
    Monnet and Retinger: liberal establishment tools in the founding of Europe
    Right before and after World War I, Monnet hooked up with leading figures in the Anglo-American establishment. One of the first was Lord Kindersley, who, over the course of his life, was a partner in Lazard Brothers, a chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and a director of the Bank of England. Kindersley’s son is known to have become an executive of the Pilgrims Society [14], a group researched in great detail by this author as it has been the embodiment of the liberal Anglo-American establishment throughout the 20th and early 21st century.
    The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism
    But we are not aware of comparable data sets on nonlisted firms, so we rely on the data on the share of the stock market owned by the top 10 families. By that measure, ownership concentration in modern Russia is higher than in any other country for which the data are available. The top 10 families or ownership groups (a subset of Table 1) owned 60.2 percent of Russia’s stock market in June 2003. This percentage is much higher than in any country in continental Europe, where the share of 10 largest families is below 35 percent in small countries and below 30 percent in all large countries (Faccio and Lang, 2002). In the United States and the United Kingdom, this share The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism 139 is in single-digit percentages (Faccio and Lang, 2002, Claessens et al., 2002).8 In east Asian countries before 1997 crisis, the highest shares of 10 largest families were in Indonesia (58 percent), Philippines (52 percent), Thailand (43 percent) and Korea (37 percent) (Claessens, Djankov and Lang, 2000). The numbers for Indonesia and Philippines include the holdings of Suharto and Marcos families, each controlling 17 percent of total market capitalization in the respective countries. In Russia, the personal wealth of Yeltsin and Putin is considered to be very modest
    Centralisation Swiss Study, contrast?
    It is very rare indeed for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct; as rare to be right in their speculation upon the cause of it.  I have constantly observed that the generality of people are fifty years, at least, behindhand in their politics.  There are but very few who are capable of comparing and digesting what passes before their eyes at different times and occasions, so as to form the whole into a distinct system.  But in books everything is settled for them, without the exertion of any considerable diligence or sagacity.  For which reason men are wise with but little reflection, and good with little self-denial, in the business of all times except their own.  We are very uncorrupt and tolerably enlightened judges of the transactions of past ages; where no passions deceive, and where the whole train of circumstances, from the trifling cause to the tragical event, is set in an orderly series before us.  Few are the partisans of departed tyranny; and to be a Whig on the business of a hundred years ago is very consistent with every advantage of present servility.  This retrospective wisdom and historical patriotism are things of wonderful convenience, and serve admirably to reconcile the old quarrel between speculation and practice.  Many a stern republican, after gorging himself with a full feast of admiration of the Grecian commonwealths and of our true Saxon constitution, and discharging all the splendid bile of his virtuous indignation on King John and King James, sits down perfectly satisfied to the coarsest work and homeliest job of the day he lives in.  I believe there was no professed admirer of Henry the Eighth among the instruments of the last King James; nor in the court of Henry the Eighth was there, I dare say, to be found a single advocate for the favourites of Richard the Second.
    Georgia Guide Stones.
    In June 1979, a man using the self-confessed pseudonym Robert C. Christian approached the Elberton Granite Finishing company on behalf of “a small group of loyal Americans”, and commissioned the structure. Christian explained that the stones would function as a compass, calendar and clock, and should be capable of withstanding catastrophic events. Joe Fendley of Elberton Granite assumed that Christian was “a nut” and attempted to discourage him by giving a quote several times higher than any project the company had taken, explaining that the Guidestones would require additional tools and consultants. Christian accepted the quote.[2] When arranging payment, CWhat are they? Sinister, Elephant of hindudtan.
    Tool Hammer and nails Sutherland. Market obsessionhristian explained that he represented a group which had been planning the Guidestones for 20 years, and which intended to remain anonymous.[2]
    The most widely agreed-upon interpretation of the stones is that they describe the basic concepts required to rebuild a devastated civilization.[14] Author Brad Meltzer notes that the stones were built in 1979 at the height of the Cold War, and thus argues that they may have been intended as a message to the possible survivors of a nuclear World War III. The engraved suggestion to keep humanity’s population below 500 million could have been made under the assumption that war had already reduced humanity below this number.[15]
    Multinational companies like Google, Oracle, and Ericsson are already using information technology to help migrants and the communities that host them, and volunteers within the IT sector have founded Techfugees to coordinate the industry’s efforts. Meanwhile, new start-ups have created apps to deliver real-time information to migrants on the move. Migrants can now use a scattering of Internet hotspots to access digital services and correspond with loved ones.

    The Concordia Summit also will consider measures to improve migrants’ access to education and employment, and look for new ways to channel private-sector investment to host communities. Through public-private partnerships, local governments can support new immigrants without disrupting services to existing residents. In Canada, for example, private citizens can sponsor migrants for resettlement and help them adapt to their new environment.

    Migration is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted public- and private-sector response. But, more generally, we need to change the narrative to correct the many public misperceptions about migrants, while highlighting the numerous economic and social benefits migration brings.

    Sutherland in 2016.

    With Malmstrom 2012

    It is ironic – and dangerous – that Europe’s anti-immigrant sentiment is peaking just when global structural changes are fundamentally shifting migration flows. The most important transformation is the emergence of new poles of attraction. Entrepreneurs, migrants with Ph.Ds, and those simply with a desire to improve their lives are flocking to places like Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Mexico, China, and India. In the coming decade, most of the growth in migration will take place in the global south. The West is no longer the Promised Land, placing at risk Europe’s ability to compete globally.
    The aging of Europe’s population is historically unprecedented. The number of workers will decline precipitously, and could shrink by almost one-third by mid-century, with immense consequences for Europe’s social model, the vitality of its cities, its ability to innovate and compete, and for relations among generations as the old become heavily reliant on the young. And, while history suggests that countries that welcome newcomers’ energy and vibrancy compete best internationally, Europe is taking the opposite tack by tightening its borders.
    But all is not lost. Europe got itself into this situation through a combination of inaction and short-sighted policymaking. This leaves considerable room for improvement. In fact, there are rays of hope in certain corners of Europe.
    Consider Sweden, which has transformed its immigration policy by allowing employers to identify the immigrant workers whom they need (the policy has built-in safeguards to give preference to Swedish and EU citizens). In more rational times, these reforms would be the envy of Europe, especially given the relative resilience of Sweden’s economy. They certainly have caught the attention of Australia and Canada, which aim to emulate them.
    NATo and attack industyr. Security ? who´s security. Back to spinoza? Back to Burke. Seeing a problem when his salary depends upon not seeing it. Unto this last? What is theme. Miamonides, Guide for the perpålexed?? so on and so forth.

    Micawber is known for asserting his faith that “something will turn up”. His name has become synonymous with someone who lives in hopeful expectation. This has formed the basis for the Micawber Principle, based upon his observation:

    “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.” – (Chapter 12)
    POT KETTEL BLACK:

    Deutsche Bank lords it over workers

    MARCH 10, 2011

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Whoever they are, they are right. There has never been a more eloquent expression of David Cameron’s Big Society, a more annihilating wrecking-ball of Conservative rhetoric, a more profound embarrassment of the shallow motto “we’re all in this together” than this picture from last night’s “save the NHS” rally.

    March 22, 2011 8:47 am
    I wrote to DB last week (as I am sure many people did). He got fired on Friday. Ha.

    “We can GET them!” – Jon Ronson’s hilarious & disturbing story about public shaming & mob justice

    http://gawker.com/the-saga-of-justine-sacco-twitters-accidental-racist-1487762376

    Sacco prrrrrrrrrobably doesn’t have a job anymore, though a bad AIDS joke likely won’t keep a good PR person down for too long. Sooner or later, Sacco will be employed again and potentially back on Twitter, except this time she’ll probably be smart enough to keep her racist jokes amongst friends.

    And thus concludes another heartwarming version of “An Internet Story,” just in time for the holidays.
    UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, IAC officially canned Justine Sacco.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html?_r=0

    How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

    By JON RONSON
    The movement against public shaming had gained momentum in 1787, when Benjamin Rush, a physician in Philadelphia and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a paper calling for its demise — the stocks, the pillory, the whipping post, the lot. “Ignominy is universally acknowledged to be a worse punishment than death,” he wrote. “It would seem strange that ignominy should ever have been adopted as a milder punishment than death, did we not know that the human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject till it has first reached the extremity of error.”
    No complaisance to our Court, or to our age, can make me believe nature to be so changed but that public liberty will be among us, as among our ancestors, obnoxious to some person or other, and that opportunities will be furnished for attempting, at least, some alteration to the prejudice of our constitution.  These attempts will naturally vary in their mode, according to times and circumstances.  For ambition, though it has ever the same general views, has not at all times the same means, nor the same particular objects.  A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is worn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion.  Besides, there are few statesmen so very clumsy and awkward in their business as to fall into the identical snare which has proved fatal to their predecessors.  When an arbitrary imposition is attempted upon the subject, undoubtedly it will not bear on its forehead the name of Ship-money.  There is no danger that an extension of the Forest laws should be the chosen mode of oppression in this age.  And when we hear any instance of ministerial rapacity to the prejudice of the rights of private life, it will certainly not be the exaction of two hundred pullets, from a woman of fashion, for leave to lie with her own husband.
    Burns On seeing a louse, Remove the plank , splinter Jesus.
    Self awareness, Transcendence, Self honesty. Loving self Donald Neal Walsh.

    Today’s liberalism is an anachronism. It has no understanding, really, of what poverty is and how it has to be overcome. It has no grip whatever on what American exceptionalism is and what it means at home and especially abroad. Instead it remains defined by an America of 1965—an America newly opening itself to its sins, an America of genuine goodwill, yet lacking in self-knowledge.

    This liberalism came into being not as an ideology but as an identity. It offered Americans moral esteem against the specter of American shame. This made for a liberalism devoted to the idea of American shamefulness. Without an ugly America to loathe, there is no automatic esteem to receive. Thus liberalism’s unrelenting current of anti-Americanism.
    The most profound thing I think I have ever read is a short question posed in Neal Donald Walsh’s, Conversations with God. ´What would love do now?´´.
    At all breaking points in life there is one question to ask: what would love do now?
    Love is not to retain the best of the other – but the best of your self.
    ´
    ‘I would define the episteme retrospectively as the strategic apparatus which permits of separating out from among all the statements which are possible those that will be acceptable within, I won’t say a scientific theory, but a field of scientificity, and which it is possible to say are true or false. The episteme is the ‘apparatus’ which makes possible the separation, not of the true from the false, but of what may from what may not be characterised as scientific.” Michel Foucault.
    Materialism will have the right to proclaim itself as victorious only when the bible of materialism shall have been written,  Tolstoy.
    CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE: ´´In order toreason well …. it is absolutely necessary to possess … such virtuesas intellectual honesty and sincerity and a real love of truth (2.82). The cause [of the success of scientificinquirers] has been that the motive which has carried them to the laboratory and the field has been a craving toknow how things really were … (1-34).[Genuine inquiry consists I in diligent inquiry into truth for truth’s sake(1.44), … in actually drawing the bow upon truth withintentness in the eye, with energy in the arm (1.235). [When] it is no longer the reasoning which determineswhat the conclusion shall be, but … the conclusion which determines what the reasoning shall be … this is sham reasoning…. The effect of this shamming is that men come to look upon reasoning as mainly decorative…´´. http://web.ncf.ca/ag659/308/Peirce-Rorty-Haack.pdfPierces seminal essay How to make our ideas clear
    The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism. All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending? America, since the ’60s, has lived through what might be called an age of white guilt. We may still be in this age, but the Trump election suggests an exhaustion with the idea of white guilt, and with the drama of culpability, innocence and correctness in which it mires us. … This liberalism evolved within a society shamed by its past. But that shame has weakened now. Our new conservative president rolls his eyes when he is called a racist, and we all—liberal and conservative alike—know that he isn’t one. The jig is up. …”

    Convergence, Divergence Wiked poroblems. ???

    The Class-Domination Theory of Power

    As argued in Who Rules America?, the owners and top executives of the largest corporations, banks, investment firms, and agri-businesses come together as a corporate community. Their enormous economic resources give them the “structural economic power” that is the basis for dominating the federal government through lobbying, campaign finance, appointments to key government positions, and a policy-planning network made up of foundations, think tanks, and policy-discussion groups. The CEOs and owners in the corporate community, along with the top executives at the foundations, think tanks, and policy-discussion groups, work together as a leadership group that I call the power elite. However, they do fight among themselves sometimes, leading to moderate-conservative and ultra-conservative factions in the power elite. This class-domination theory developed out of Power Structure Research, going back to the 1950s.
    ITS NOT WHAT? but, Who you Know!

    Questions and Answers

    Q:  So, who does rule America?
    A:  The owners and managers of large income-producing properties; i.e., the owners of corporations, banks, other financial institutions, and agri-businesses. But they have plenty of help from the managers and experts they hire. You can read the essential details of the argument on this site, or read the new seventh edition of Who Rules America?.
    Q:  Do the same people rule at the local level that rule at the federal level?
    A:  No, not quite. The local level is dominated by the land owners and businesses that own downtown real estate and big shopping malls. They come together as growth coalitions, which turn cities into “growth machines” when they gain control of local government. Everything is about land values for them, and that requires office buildings, stadiums, museums, concert halls, shoppers, conventions, and tourists.
    Q:  Do they rule secretly from behind the scenes, as a conspiracy?
    A:  No, conspiracy theories are all wrong for many reasons. It’s true that some corporate leaders lie and steal, and that some government officials — including the President — initiate secret actions and then try (and usually fail) to keep them out of the newspapers. But those activities are not what is meant by a conspiracy theory, most of which involve an imagined small group of people secretly plotting to gain or retain control of the government through illegal means.
    Q:  Then how do they rule?
    A:  That’s a complicated story, but the short answer is through lobbying, open and direct involvement in general policy planning on the big issues, participation (in large part through campaign donations) in political campaigns and elections, and through appointments to key decision-making positions in government.
    Q:  Are you saying that elections don’t matter?
    A:  No, but they usually matter a lot less than they could, and a lot less in America than they do in other industrialized democracies. That’s because of the nature of the electoral rules and the unique history of the South.
    Q:  Does social science research have anything useful to say about making progressive social change more effective?
    A:  Yes, it does, but few if any people pay much attention to that research.
    Q:  Is WhoRulesAmerica.net connected to the “Who Rules America?” documents on natvan.com or ncoal.com?
    A:  No! Those sites (and many others with documents purporting to tell you “who rules America”) are run by white supremacist/neo-Nazi organizations.


    Interlocks and Interactions Among the Power Elite

    The Corporate Community, Think Tanks,Policy-Discussion Groups, and Government

    by G. William Domhoff, Clifford Staples, & Adam Schneider

    Diplomacy and Guns.
    Bairns not bombs , Attack not defence industry.
    Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. Business can’t. Diplomacy won’t. It has to be people like us.” 
    ― Robert ByronThe Road to Oxiana
    Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting.” 
    ― Ptahhotep
    Fake news and inconvienient truths?
    Real brothers can curse each other and keep friends. Someday Britannia will give Columbia a piece of her mind, and that may clear the air. Said an exasperated Englishman to me a day or so ago: “I pray to God they keep out of the end of this war anyhow. We shall never hear the last of it if they don’t….”
    Mrs. Nesta Webster
    She has set herself with the greatest industry to trace and link together the long-drawn succession of Cabalists, Gnostics, Manichaeans, the Old Man of the Mountains, Knight Templars, Satanists, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Freemasons, Rousseau, Voltaire, Cagliostro, Madame Blavatsky, Mrs. Besant, Trade Unions, Anarchists, Socialists, Theosophists, Communists, Those Bolsheviks, a frightful horde all plotting and getting hold of power and handing it on and doing down Christianity and the Christian life. Her books are written with-conviction enough to make one look under the bed at nights. She has never quite committed herself to those famous forged Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion
    words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
    ´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
    of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretense that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this iQuiggleyss regrettable, but behind their
    reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”
    Bruce Charlton PC and distraction.
    Epigraph
    This book is intended for normal, mainstream, secular, modern, disaffected and alienated intellectuals; those who are complicit in political correctness (as are all intellectuals) but who are (when not distracted, drugged or dreaming) in a state of despair.
    This book will, I hope, help such people to understand their condition, and present the likely choices. It will not help them to save their world (too late for that) but it may help them to save their souls.
    *
    *

    Note: Why I use the term Political Correctness, instead of Liberalism or Socialism?
    The reasons include:
    1. The confusion over what ‘liberalism’ means – to some a free marketeer, to others a socialist. My definition of political correctness is broad and includes most mainstream conservatives, libertarians and anarchists; who are nowadays all significantly PC.http://thoughtprison-pc.blogspot.se/
    http://addictedtodistraction.blogspot.se/

    Thus, the major output of the modern international Mass Media consists of only four categories:
    1. Good presented as bad
    2. Bad presented as Good
    (That is to say simple inversion)
    3. Good presented as Good for a bad reason
    4. Bad presented as bad for a bad reason
    (That is to say explanatory inversion)
    These four categories, which can be summarized as either simple or explanatory inversion, account for all sustained and high impact modern major Mass Media stories without any exceptions.

    The problem is that Political education and discourse are so poorly communicated. Read Pedagogy of the Oppressed and what will become apparent is Political liberation is a Praxis and not a party. Freedom is something you live and do not something you join.https://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/world…
    Political correctness, the intellectual elite and the mass media
    PC depends upon at least two necessary (although not sufficient) conditions: an intellectual ruling class and a large and effective mass media.
    The intellectual ruling elite are necessary because only they have the disposition for abstraction, the preference to regard ideas as realer than experience (because PC ‘reality’ is socially constructed), and the tendency to privilege ideas even (or especially) when they are in conflict with commonsense observation.
    The mass media are necessary because the media constitute the discourse – the cognitive process, the mode of thinking – of modern societies.
    *
    Political correctness is (roughly) a mixture of bureaucratic Old Left and subjective New Left, the interspersion of a system of communist/ Fabian totalitarian central planning with irruptions of counter-cultural hedonism.
    *
    The main difference between the late Soviet Union in the Brezhnev era and political correctness in the West, is therefore the presence of a mass media.
    In the old Soviet Union the media were instruments of state propaganda; they were dull, people didn’t pay much attention to them, and the quantity of media output was anyway kept low (because the media content was controlled and checked, item by item).
    In the modern West, by contrast, the mass media are vast, primarily attention-grabbing, and still growing; media content is vivid and varied; and the subject matter is controlled only by self-censorship.
    The mass media disciplines intellectuals and organizations who endanger political correctness: disciplines first by exclusion then by demonization – working like an inquisition by choosing and publicizing suitable anti-PC targets for aggression by ‘the secular arm’: organized Leftist direct action, rioting by approved groups, apparently-random acts by lone vigilantes – and so on.
    The mass media identifies and locates reactionary targets for ‘legitimate’ aggression of many types, including violence.
    And since these reactionary targets are seen as having willfully-provoked violence against themselves, the perpetrators of violence are exonerated from blame.

    The moral universe of PC subsists on two distinct realities – good causes and good intentions, but never the twain can stay stuck-together.
    (Note the lack of reference to good outcomes. Being wholly abstract, PC is indifferent to outcomes. ‘Outcomes’ are regarded as having no autonomous reality, but are merely seen as part of abstract theory.)
    When everything is interpretation, action is rendered hazardous, indeed unnecessary.
    The bureaucrat and the media communicator (those who do nothing and risk nothing – but who interpret, and re-interpret reality for the masses) are the modern cultural exemplars: certainly not the heroic producer, maker, act-er and do-er (whose positive behaviors might, at any moment, be re-interpreted; and the erstwhile hero exposed as a modern villain.)
    *
    So, wretched inert submissiveness oscillates with arrogant but empty moral grandstanding.
    Is anybody safe?
    Under PC, whatever you do, whatever willing you show, status is contingent.
    There is no safety even for members of the ruling elite in a system of Political Correctness; anyone at all is susceptible to denunciation for any reason or no reason at any time.
    Since PC is a wave of moral ‘progress’ which leaves-behind all previous moral standards and behaviours – there can be no accumulation of moral capital.
    This applies to the ultra-PC just as much as to the openly reactionary.
    *
    (In this respect PC is more like communist than fascist totalitarianism: under fascism membership-of and courageous loyalty to the in-group usually brings safety from denunciation; but under communism anybody was vulnerable to denunciation – friends and enemies of the government alternated with bewildering rapidity: nobody was safe.)
    The insanity of pure abstract altruism
    Pure disinterested altruism, imposed on all by abstract systems, is therefore a logical consequence of the moral primacy of pure altruism…
    It is also insane, and lacks any test in reality.
    PC is good by definition and for no other reason; especially not because PC has been found to be good.
    *
    What is more, PC is the creation of that minority of humans capable of abstract thought and who regard abstraction as primary, and experience as derived from theory. This perspective is coercively enforced on that majority of other humans who privilege experience above abstraction (e.g. the majority who spontaneously privilege natural law above moral inversion, beauty above shock, truth above subversion and so on…)
    The mass majority therefore experience coercive altruism as merely alienating – either as aggressive or patronizing depending on whether they are at that moment givers or receivers. 
    *
    PC stands or falls by the fact of a secular intellectual ruling elite, and can be imposed widely by this elite only by the recent technologies of modern mass media.
    And PC is only possible in a fully materialist and secular society: where this-worldly ‘goods’ and their just (i.e. altruistic) allocation can assume ultimate importance, over-riding all other considerations (such as the saving of souls).
    *
    It is this idealistic quest for pure impersonal abstract altruism, in a secular context, which has caused the anti-human, alienating, aggressive, patronizing, self-hating and suicidal insanity that is political correctness.

    Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

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    What future for Europe does Jean Claude Juncker want?

    On 1 March 2017, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a White Paper on the future of Europe, which is meant to be discussed by governments and to encourage reflection on the role of the European Union. Later this month the Treaty of Rome’s will turn 60, 
    More than anything, the White Paper encourages governments, thinkers, and ordinary citizens, to prepare for change. The best case scenario describes what we already expect from EU institutions, so the real message lies in the other options.
    NB Curious Governemetns thinkers and ordinary thinkers? Whieghted IQ and Net worth voting anyone?

    It is time to recognize that the integrity of information is part of the critical infrastructure of liberal democracy.

    The rise of ‘fake news’ sites, internet filter bubbles, and the ever-increasing polarisation of society has given rise to the idea that we are entering a ‘post-truth’ world. This is a scary prospect. When there is no truth, fear reigns. Disputes become unresolvable, politics become zero sum, and societies become cruel.
    NB. Starts from assumption that status quo is right?

    While the breaking of the establishment’s stranglehold on the media is to be welcomed, these changes in the information environment have also meant that there are no longer any sources of information that are universally viewed as credible. The problem with this is not just that it allows occasional lies to be accepted by segments of the population as true. It is that, without an accepted reference point for truth, societies degenerate into rival camps screaming ‘liar!’ at each other.

    One casualty of this is that it is becoming impossible to achieve political consensus even on fairly technocratic issues such as health care and pension reform. The other is that it has increased the possibility of elections being manipulated by special interests and foreign powers. Misinformation was a key theme of the recent US election, in which Hillary Clinton was demonised daily – often without any factual basis – in both new and established right-wing outlets.


    How sincere is this ?

    (1) Establish a correction mechanism

    One element of an effective strategy against misreporting and fake news would be to make sure that clearly factually wrong news and deliberate misinformation cannot be spread as easily through social networks. This is already happening, with Germany set to be the second country after the US to benefit from Facebook’s new ‘disputed’ model for reducing the power of fake news.

    (4) More information education

    A final element would be to improve the population’s awareness about misinformation and fake news. Just as its needs to be conveyed to the average internet users that “password” or “12345” are not secure passwords, the users need to learn the difference between high-quality and low-quality information. To this end, education about how to evaluate the quality of information found on the internet should be added to all school curricula.

    The world according to Europe’s insurgent parties: Putin, migration and people power


    Publication

    It concludes that foreign policy is no longer an elite game.

    Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, said:
    ““Many of these insurgent parties have views on foreign policy that are closer to President Putin than President Obama.  They are overturning an elite foreign policy consensus based on Atlanticism and liberal democracy that has dominated for the last fifty years”
    We can’t dismiss them as fringe parties – they represent a revolution in European foreign policy.  Their chosen weapon is using referenda to whip up popular support on their pet issues.  Even where they don’t win power directly, they are so politically powerful that they are forcing mainstream parties to adopt their positions”
    Among the challenger parties:
    1. Most, 28 in total, thought that a Brexit vote in the UK referendum would trigger EU disintegration. Most, but not all, believed that this would be a good thing. Most parties believed that it would trigger further referenda in the EU.
    2. Most showed a strong suspicion of cooperation with Turkey on the refugee crisis and particular opposition to Turkish accession 36 parties oppose the EU-Turkey deal on the refugee crisis, many of them voicing concern about the EU-Turkey deal because it will lead to closer co-operation between the EU and Turkey.  On other issues, 23 opposed cooperation with Turkey on the war in Syria, and 24 against terrorism. On other issues such as the Ukraine crisis and the eurozone crisis, very few parties could see a case for talking to Turkey at all
    3. The challenger parties are contributing to the European Parliament’s increasingly assertive role in foreign policy, as seen in their opposition to elements of the March 2016 EU-Turkey deal. The great majority of the challenger parties have representation in the EP, and many of them are stronger at this level than nationally.  As they grow in influence, they are likely to use the consultation role of the EP on international agreements reached under CFSP to push their agenda.
    4. Merkel’s ‘refugees welcome’ policy is not widely blamed as the cause of the migration crisis: only seven parties named it in their top two explanations for the Crisis. US strategy in the Middle East was the most popular answer, with President Assad’s regime sponsored violence in Syria in second place in the responses given.
    5. There is no appetite among these parties for intervention in Syria:  On the prospect of collective European involvement in intervention in Syria 32 parties responded that this option should not even be on the table.  This is linked to a general anti-Americanism, and a distaste for the EU towing the US line particularly on foreign policy in the Middle East.  
    6. There is widespread opposition to the Ukraine’s path to EU accession. Only 14 parties responded unequivocally that they supported it, and of these two wouldn’t support NATO accession for Ukraine.
    7. There is scepticism around future European or US interventionism generally, particularly in the Middle East, from Sinn Fein in Ireland, to UKIP in the UK, to the Front National and the Communist Party in France, to AFD and Die Linke in Germany, to Jobbik in Hungary and the Five Star Movement in Italy.  These parties are likely to bolster the intervention fatigue trend in EU foreign policy over coming years, making it even more difficult for national governments to sell the idea of future military deployment to their populations.
    8.  Despite differences between the parties, there was consensus in the external threats faced by the EU.  For 36 out of the 45 parties covered, the refugee crisis or the threat of terrorism and radical Islamism (these issues were inextricably linked in the responses that the majority of parties gave) represented the top or top two priorities for the EU. This response was not the preserve of the right wing: Die Linke in Germany; the French Communist Party, Podemos in Spain, and the Lithuanian Labour Party were also among those who voted in this way.
    9. Suspicions among these parties about the transatlantic relationship are partly fuelled by opposition to the Transatlantic Trade Treaty (TTIP), with 26 out of the parties arguing that the EU should not conclude a TTIP with the US at all. But there were some notable exceptions including the Sweden Democrats; Danish People’s Party, the Finns Party, Estonia Party of People’s Unity, ALFA in Germany, Syriza and Independent Greeks who saw the potential for it to be positive under the right conditions.
    10. The parties confessed to having little understanding of today’s China and how to work with it. There is no real evidence of more support for engagement with China from parties on the right or left:  15 parties simply had no official position.  
    11. The parties are most divided on how to engage with Russia. Although there is a general spread of sympathy for Russian foreign policy (30 parties expressed agreement with at least some recent Russian positions, including particularly for their intervention in Syria in the absence of other actors playing a decisive conflict resolution role) there were more mixed views on whether EU sanctions should be maintained and whether NATO should build up militarily against the Russian threat. These views on Russia policy do not fall naturally along the lines of ‘left’ and ‘right’ groupings.
    12.  Many agree with Trump’s argument that Europeans and others need to pay their way more within the NATO alliance and have a vision of a militarily strong Europe that invests more in its own security – largely at national level – and is consequently independent from the US.
    13.  The overwhelming majority saw the need for European solutions to specific current challenges. This was least pronounced on the Eurozone crisis where 20 parties opted for European level solutions; scaling up to 24 in favour of European solutions on the refugee crisis, 29 on the Syrian war and 28 on Ukraine; and 34 on terrorism. 
    Correction: Due to an incident that happened with a Chrome extension installed on the personal laptop of one of our staff members, for a couple of days the online version of this press release showed a misspelled version of the name of Donald Trump.

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    An interesting discussion Wesley and John boiling down the technical arguments from the political
    seems to have evaded you both it must surely be possible absent moral/political judgements to
    discern how the existing system operates in The Uk and The US and elsewhere after all the systems
    exist? A favourite dialogue of mine is the one between Proudhon and Bastiat summarised here.
    http://praxeology.net/FB-PJP-DOI-Appx.htm I share Proudhons view regarding Interest and see the
    charging of Interest as the biggest part of the monetary system. Jeremy Benthams in defence of
    Usury is in the Bastiat Camp albeit a dialogue between Bentham and Adam Smith
    http://www.econlib.org/library/Bentham/bnthUs.html ( interestingly one sided reminiscent of
    Sam Harris engaging Noam Chomsky, Smith did not respond at all though.) The question about
    issuing money is surely that when Money is created out of thin air it should be created without
    interest and that if Interest is thought to be a good idea then the Interest Component should be
    created at the same time. This is the fundamental question ( Bentham misses it completely and so
    does Bastiat in my recollection of the debate. I personally have philosophical, moral and religious
    objections to the charging of Interest, all Interest charges for me are usurious, My own political
    views actually reject Capitalism as well I do not think it works. We do have the system we have
    though and as JohnG says MMT is supposed to describe how the system we have works. Steve
    Keen is very good on endogenous money creation and bears very close attention I find.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T11PhS6J7Ig . Regardless of Political views it is the interest
    element that causes the damage when money is created as debt. This is the insight at the heart of the
    social credit movement.
    Tradgedy and Hope.
    P 24
    The export of material elements in a culture, across its peripheral areas and beyond, to
    the peoples of totally different societies has strange results. As elements of material
    culture move from core to periphery inside a civilization, they tend, in the long run, to
    strengthen the periphery at the expense of the core because the core is more hampered in
    the use of material innovations by the strength of past vested interests and because the
    core devotes a much greater part of its wealth and energy to nonmaterial culture. Thus,
    such aspects of the Industrial Revolution as automobiles and radios are European rather
    than American inventions, but have been developed and utilized to a far greater extent in
    America because this area was not hampered in their use by surviving elements of
    feudalism, of church domination, of rigid class distinctions (for example, in education),
    p.26
    The most important parts of Western technology can be listed under four headings:
    1. Ability to kill: development of weapons
    2. Ability to preserve life: development of sanitation and medical services
    3. Ability to produce both food and industrial goods
    4. Improvements in transportation and communications
    This shows that there has been a
    sequence, at intervals of about fifty years, of four successive population pressures which
    might be designated with the following names:
    Anglo-French pressure, about 1850
    Germanic-Italian pressure, about 1900
    Slavic pressure, about 1950
    Asiatic pressure, about 2000
    p.32
    Developments in Western Europe
    1. Western ideology
    2. Revolution in weapons (especially firearms)
    3. Agricultural Revolution
    4. Industrial Revolution
    5. Revolution in sanitation and medicine
    6. Demographic explosion
    7. Revolution in transportation and communications
    Developments in Asia
    1. Revolution in weapons
    2. Revolution in transport and communications
    3. Revolution in sanitation and medicine
    4. Industrial Revolution
    5. Demographic explosion
    6. Agricultural Revolution
    7. And last (if at all), Western ideology
    p.34
    Chapter 3—Europe’s Shift to the Twentieth Century
    While Europe’s traits were diffusing outward to the non-European world, Europe was
    also undergoing profound changes and facing difficult choices at home. These choices
    were associated with drastic changes, in some cases we might say reversals, of Europe’s
    point of view. These changes may be examined under eight headings. The nineteenth
    century was marked by (2) belief in the innate goodness of man; (2) secularism; (3) belief
    in progress; (4) liberalism; (5) capitalism; (6) faith in science; (7) democracy; (8)
    nationalism. In general, these eight factors went along together in the nineteenth century.
    They were generally regarded as being compatible with one another; the friends of one
    were generally the friends of the others; and the enemies of one were generally the
    enemies of the rest. Metternich and De Maistre were generally opposed to all eight;
    Thomas Jefferson and John Stuart Mill were generally in favor of all eight..
    p.37

     
  • rogerglewis 12:38 pm on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    back of beyond in Sweden. #conquestofdough #letthemeatcake 

    delighted to find my source noes for this song written bacjk in 2011

    Over 1000 listens/views for an original song is actually quite good for an original song by a nobody in the back of beyond in Sweden.



    Published on Apr 26, 2011

    I’m Happy with the arrangement of this now and the Lyric. I am working on an instrumental break/bridge and introduction but basically I am happy with this now as a song and feel very passionately about the message behind the song itself writing it has helped me deal with a great deal of anger which I am glad I have not had to internalise or express in some of the more destructive ways I have used as crutches in the past.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g…

    Hi Roger Nice setting for an acoustic session….the birds in the background…lovely. The songs coming on a treat and lends itself well to an acoustic treatment. Best wishes to you and yours Take care Steve

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  • rogerglewis 11:56 am on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Globalism Decoded, Usury Hells Fuel, Bourgoise Resolution #ConquestofDough 

    INTJ
    Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
    To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know.
    INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.
    INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be “slacking,” including superiors, will lose their respect — and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.
    In the broadest terms, what INTJs “do” tends to be what they “know”. Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.
    Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ’s Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.
    This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. 🙂 This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete’, paralleling that of many Fs — only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.
    Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to “work at” a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.
    (INTJ stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging and represents individual’s preferences in four dimensions characterising personality type, according to Jung’s and Briggs Myers’ theories of personality type.)

    Personality test based on C. Jung and I. Briggs Myers type theory provides your type formula, type description, career choices
    HUMANMETRICS.COM

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    Ruby Iqbal
    Ruby Iqbal I think I’m INTP…

    Sara Klaverdal
    Sara Klaverdal Interesting. I usually turn out INFJ at these tests.

    Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis Hi Sara, I found the questions fascinating I was surprised at what I found myself having to think pretty hard about. These acronyms are bewildering, lots of different flavours in the Human experience I guess.

    Sara Klaverdal
    Sara Klaverdal It’s the worlds most used personality test, and I think is because it has captured some of the dimensions that people find important in thinking about themselves.

    Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis Introvert(41%) iNtuitive(56%) Thinking(7%) Judging(16%) I had not realised it was quite nuanced in its results Sara. It has given an interesting pause for a bit of introspection, a pleasant diversion for a wet Sunday afternoon.

     
  • rogerglewis 7:38 am on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Globalisation Un-Entangled. #conquestofdough #regardeur/Tableaux. MEME POETRY IN THE MAKING 

    Globalisation Un-Entangled. (Work in Progress, Danger Poet at Work)

    shadows cast from secret whispers, taps on streams of digital Imprints what oppressor does not despise what oppression will not censor and misdirect
    Secretive cabals of liberal political correctness

    Self-censored fearing the exile of dissentGchq Nsa Kvd , hacking whos democracyWhat democracy, sings with the voice of explosions

    Tripartate accords of old, a Gold Standard. As Piggs Shit Brics and Lutherean Shards profer Gaping anuses and Calvanist certainties Divine providence and eminent domain

    Democracy perverted.
    Union now as then in ´38, current quarrelsMr Striets Union and Mr Orwells NiggersNot counting Niggers, the other´s not like ussix hundred million disenfranchised, is it more today?

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     “Ages ago,” Urthred continued, “we certainly used to speak
    languages. We made sounds and we heard sounds. People used to think,
    and then chose and arranged words and uttered them. The hearer

    heard, noted, and retranslated the sounds into ideas. Then, in some
    manner which we still do not understand perfectly, people began to
    _get_ the idea before it was clothed in words and uttered in sounds.
    They began to hear in their minds, as soon as the speaker had
    arranged his ideas and before he put them into word symbols even in
    his own mind. They knew what he was going to say before he said it.
    This direct transmission presently became common; it was found out
    that with a little effort most people could get over to each other
    in this fashion to some extent, and the new mode of communication
    was developed systematically.

    “That is what we do now habitually in this world. We think directly
    _to_ each other. We determine to convey the thought and it is
    conveyed at once–provided the distance is not too great. We use
    sounds in this world now only for poetry and pleasure and in moments
    of emotion or to shout at a distance, or with animals, not for
    the transmission of ideas from human mind to kindred human mind
    any more. When I think to you, the thought, so far as it finds
    corresponding ideas and suitable words in your mind, is reflected
    in your mind. My thought clothes itself in words in your mind,
    which words you seem to hear–and naturally enough in your own
    language and your own habitual phrases. Very probably the members
    of your party are hearing what I am saying to you, each with his
    own individual difference of vocabulary and phrasing.”
    http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200221.txt


    I read this the other day, it forms a stanza in my latest poem.

    Globalisation Un-Entangled. (Creative chaos????, WTF?

    Our education can be our governmentOur reason can be our Judge of the rivalsGlobalism Authority coercion and competitionor Nationalism, Internationalism Cooperation 


    Jsuis a Thought Leader,

     Je Habite La dans la… Ready.-MADES. 

    DU-CHAMPS, “LEADERS OF THOUGHT”. 

    Found Poetry, ready spoken , ready thought, I will not teach I will remind.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/9xt9QeCecQ/
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    Globalisation Un-Entangled. (Democracy Work In Progress)

    Eliza with rogerian inscrutability
    hears the confession of the mal-contents
    A mirror held up before cosmetic application
    Globalisation and Internationalism confused

    despotism´s nature is to abhor any say
    save that of its own momentary pleasure;
    it annihilates all intermediate situations
    between boundless strength on its own part,
    and total debility on the part of the people.
    Our education can be our government
    Our reason can be our Judge of the rivals
    Globalism Authority coercion and competition
    or Nationalism, Internationalism Cooperation
    Are we to have free will and democracy
    Will we have determined authority
    A struggle of ideal´s an ancient quarrel
    Parmenides or Heraclitus navigators both

    If centuries be epochs with peculiar discretion

    19th, 20th, 21st a behind hand review
    19th innate goodness of man, nationalism
    20th Fallen man Calvinist rule, Globalism

    Roger Lewis
    http://www.masswerk.at/eliza/ I was delighted to find HG wells Grappling with the same Regardeur tableaux space in Title: Men Like Gods (1923)
    Author: H.G. Wells
    ´´Mr. Barnstaple felt the ground slipping from under his feet. “But
    I _hear_ you speaking English,” he said.
    “Nevertheless we do not speak it,” said Urthred.
    He smiled still more broadly. “We don’t–for ordinary
    purposes–speak anything.”
    Mr. Barnstaple, with his brain resigning its functions, maintained
    his pose of deferential attention.
    “Ages ago,” Urthred continued, “we certainly used to speak
    languages. We made sounds and we heard sounds. People used to think,
    and then chose and arranged words and uttered them. The hearer
    heard, noted, and retranslated the sounds into ideas. Then, in some
    manner which we still do not understand perfectly, people began to
    _get_ the idea before it was clothed in words and uttered in sounds.
    They began to hear in their minds, as soon as the speaker had
    arranged his ideas and before he put them into word symbols even in
    his own mind. They knew what he was going to say before he said it.
    This direct transmission presently became common; it was found out
    that with a little effort most people could get over to each other
    in this fashion to some extent, and the new mode of communication
    was developed systematically.
    “That is what we do now habitually in this world. We think directly
    _to_ each other. We determine to convey the thought and it is
    conveyed at once–provided the distance is not too great. We use
    sounds in this world now only for poetry and pleasure and in moments
    of emotion or to shout at a distance, or with animals, not for
    the transmission of ideas from human mind to kindred human mind
    any more. When I think to you, the thought, so far as it finds
    corresponding ideas and suitable words in your mind, is reflected
    in your mind. My thought clothes itself in words in your mind,
    which words you seem to hear–and naturally enough in your own
    language and your own habitual phrases. Very probably the members
    of your party are hearing what I am saying to you, each with his
    own individual difference of vocabulary and phrasing.”

    E.L.I.Z.A. Talking is a project to explore speech I/O in modern browsers.
    MASSWERK.AT

    Globalisation Un-Entangled. the idea before it was clothed in words heard in minds, as uttered thought the communication of arranged ideas Thoughts lifting mist from the poets page.

    This is my creative process not pretty.

    Globalisation Un-Entangled. (first rough draft)
    the idea before it was clothed in words
    heard in minds, as uttered thought
    the communication of arranged ideas
    Thoughts lifting mist from the poet´s page.

    To set the stage, not in the round
    but, to see the scene in the sphere
    Which actors will the playwright lay
    on the page´s narrative to steer.
    Which course to meet
    who to set upon the bridge
    For strength of Bulls Wall Street
    of Bears & onion domes upon our chart
    A heroes pride found in Britannia’s isles
    Monks ´´sans humilite´´ fane ease
    Like Pope, we find our actors
    ´´All, all alike, find reason on their side´´
    ´mais par impatience de souffrir´
    On the present discontents, Burke opined
    Putin, Trump and Farage set courses un-entangled
    Junker, Merkel, Call for straight ahead.
    Few are the partisans of departed tyranny
    of Globalism or Nationalism which be the tyrant?
    Yet passions are deceiving someone,
    so near 50 years, behindhand a hero fell.
    “On this day, the day of March
    in my opinion´´, is the end of the
    United States of America
    as the land of the free
    and the home of the brave.”
    Eliza with Rogerian inscrutability
    hears the confession of the mal-contents
    A mirror held up before cosmetic application
    Globalisation and Internationalism confused

    despotism´s nature is to abhor any say
    save that of its own momentary pleasure;
    it annihilates all intermediate situations
    between boundless strength on its own part,
    and total debility on the part of the people.
    Our education can be  our government
    Our reason can be our Judge of the rivals
    Globalism Authority coercion and competition
    or Nationalism, Internationalism Cooperation
    Are we to have free will and democracy
    Will we have determined authority
    A struggle of ideals an ancient quarrel
    Parmenides or Heraclitus navigators both

    If centuries be epochs with peculiar discretion

    19th, 20th, 21st a behind hand review
    19th innate goodness of man, nationalism
    20th Fallen man Calvinist rule, Globalism
    For the 21st partisans for patronage
    Putin and the bear Nationalism
    Trump and the Eagle InterNationalism
    Corbyn of the un-common people interNationalism
    Farage of the common people Nationalism
    Well May? You ask Globalism, Atlanticism
    Within the Elysian bosom suckling Globalism on the right
    and Internationalism on the left restricted by two tits
    A binary mammary conundrum for PIIGS have many teets.
    On which teet will elites suckle, formula for the masses.
    From good men and bad society to
    bad men and good society from optimism
    to pessimism and from secularism
    to religion. Creative destruction Globalisation?
    The Simple see war is simply a football match 
    conducted with cannons.wise men look
    not In Nietzsche's Will to Power,
    but In the custom house.Says Bernard Shaw
    shadows cast from secret whispers
    taps on streams of digital Imprints
    what oppressor does not despise
    what oppression will not censor and misdirect
    Secretive cabals of liberal political correctness
    Self-censored fearing the exile of dissent
    GCHQ Nsa Kvd , hacking whos democracy
    What democracy, sings with the voice of explosions
    Tripartite accords of old, a Gold Standard
    As Piggs Shit Brics and Lutheran Shards
    profer Gaping anuses and Calvinist certainties
    Divine providence and eminent domain democracy perverted.

    Union now as then in ´38, current quarrels

    Mr Striets Union and Mr Orwells Niggers
    Not counting Niggers, the other´s not like us
    six hundred million disenfranchised, is it more today?
    Russia is brazenly refusing to learn from the EU’s
    mistakes and may walk directly into its trap
    How can banking union serve the tributaries of society
    Pigs do not fly nor water flow up hill
    Real brothers can curse each other, friends.
    Someday. Britannia will give Columbia a piece of her mind,
    Elysium also needs telling and she is
    curiously afflicted offering no teet for the eastern bear.
    an exasperated Englishman: “I pray to God
    they keep out of the end of this war anyhow.
    We shall never hear the last of it if they don’t….”
    Cabalists, Gnostics, Manichaeans, the Old Man
    of the Mountains, Knight Templars, Satanists,
    Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Freemasons, Rousseau,
    Voltaire, Cagliostro, Madame Blavatsky, Mrs. Besant,
    Trade Unions, Anarchists, Socialists, Theosophists,
    Communists, Those Bolsheviks, a frightful horde
    all plotting and getting hold of power and handing
    it on and doing down Christianity and the Christian life

    THREE FACTORS IN EVERYONE Sir Arthur Salter,

    for example “Shall we never pluck the best from fate

    and find the Golden Mean? Must we ever choose freedom

    without order, or order without freedom? Must justice

    and mercy bring always weakness in their train,

    and strength bring tyranny? Not one of the educational

    co-ordinators in Utopia he, or is Elysisum Bodiccea disguised.

    Climate Change , political Change bedfellows both
    the world’s biggest polluter, backs the Protocol
    is it because they want control of emissions quotas
    The imperialist philosophy behind Kyoto?
    Not one of the claims contained in the Kyoto Protocol
    this “scientific” theory on which they are based
    have been confirmed by real facts. Extreme natural
    occurrences are not becoming more frequent,
    and there has been no increase in infectious diseases.
    Unless one sees Gloabalist imperialism as infectious.

    The proposals to change the current state of affairs –

    included in the rejected European Constitution or

    in the not much different Lisbon Treaty – would

    make this defect even worse. Since there is no European demos –

    and no European nation – this defect cannot be solved by

    strengthening the role of the European Parliament, either

    In practice, the existence of euro has shown that

    forcing an economically disparate Europe into

    a homogeneous entity through a political decision

    is political engineering par excellence, far from

    beneficial for all countries concerned

    “Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences”
    along with other “isms” such as communism, feminism, and liberalism.
    Klaus said that “environmentalism is a religion” and, answering
    questions of U.S. Congressmen, a “modern counterpart of communism”
    that seeks to change peoples’ habits and economic systems.
    Blue Planet in Green Shackles, Vaclav Klaus

    Financial Institutions,Environmental groups Fossil fuel companies
    Alternative energy companies Nuclear energy companies Traditional retailers and marketers governments might use global warming as a rationale for additional taxes

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, pioneer of the political treatment of the greenhouse effect
    • 1969, on Initiative of US President Richard NixonNATO tried to establish a third civil column and planned to establish itself as a hub of research and initiatives in the civil region, especially on environmental topics.[52] Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixons NATO delegate for the topic[52] named acid rain and the greenhouse effect as suitable international challenges to be dealt by NATO
    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
    – quoted in 
    Robert Sobel‘s review of Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, edited by Mark C. Carnes
    Climate emails hacked by spies’
    Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency, says expert
    A highly sophisticated hacking operation that led to the leaking of hundreds of emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia was probably carried out by a foreign intelligence agency, according to the Government’s former chief scientist. Sir David King, who was Tony Blair’s chief scientific adviser for seven years until 2007, said that the hacking and selective leaking of the unit’s emails, going back 13 years, bore all the hallmarks of a co-ordinated intelligence operation – especially given their release just before the Copenhagen climate conference in December.
    I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.
    FT.COM
    by: Gideon Rachman

    A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force.

    A taste of the ideas doing the rounds in Obama circles is offered by a recent report from the Managing Global Insecurity project, whose small US advisory group includes John Podesta, the man heading Mr Obama’s transition team and Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution, from which Ms Rice has just emerged.´´

    Sooner or later mankind must come to one universal peace, unless our race is to be destroyed by the increasing power of its own destructive inventions; and that universal peace must needs take the form of a government, that is to say, a law-sustaining organisation, in the best sense of the word religious—a government ruling men through the educated co-ordination of their minds in a common conception of human history and human destiny.
    The Catholic Church was the first clearly conscious attempt to provide such a government in the wor1d. We cannot too earnestly. examine its deficiencies and inadequacies, for every lesson we can draw from them is necessarily of the greatest value in forming our ideas of our own international relationships.
    The transformation of the world is a great, complicated and painful process. For this great task a great class is required. Big ships go on long voyages.
    Wells: Yes, but for long voyages a captain and a navigator are required.
    Stalin: That is true; but what is first required for a long voyage is a big ship. What is a navigator without a ship? An idle man.
    Wells: The big ship is humanity, not a class.
    Stalin: You, Mr. Wells, evidently start out with the assumption that all men are good. I, however, do not forget that there are many wicked men. I do not believe in the goodness of the bourgeoisie.

    Wells: There was a case in the history of England, however, of a class voluntarily handing over power to another class. In the period between 1830 and 1870, the aristocracy, whose influence was still very considerable at the end of the eighteenth century, voluntarily, without a severe struggle, surrendered power to the bourgeoisie, which serves as a sentimental support of the monarchy. Subsequently, this transference of power led to the establishment of the rule of the financial oligarchy.
    Monnet and Retinger: liberal establishment tools in the founding of Europe
    Right before and after World War I, Monnet hooked up with leading figures in the Anglo-American establishment. One of the first was Lord Kindersley, who, over the course of his life, was a partner in Lazard Brothers, a chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and a director of the Bank of England. Kindersley’s son is known to have become an executive of the Pilgrims Society [14], a group researched in great detail by this author as it has been the embodiment of the liberal Anglo-American establishment throughout the 20th and early 21st century.
    The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism
    But we are not aware of comparable data sets on nonlisted firms, so we rely on the data on the share of the stock market owned by the top 10 families. By that measure, ownership concentration in modern Russia is higher than in any other country for which the data are available. The top 10 families or ownership groups (a subset of Table 1) owned 60.2 percent of Russia’s stock market in June 2003. This percentage is much higher than in any country in continental Europe, where the share of 10 largest families is below 35 percent in small countries and below 30 percent in all large countries (Faccio and Lang, 2002). In the United States and the United Kingdom, this share The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism 139 is in single-digit percentages (Faccio and Lang, 2002, Claessens et al., 2002).8 In east Asian countries before 1997 crisis, the highest shares of 10 largest families were in Indonesia (58 percent), Philippines (52 percent), Thailand (43 percent) and Korea (37 percent) (Claessens, Djankov and Lang, 2000). The numbers for Indonesia and Philippines include the holdings of Suharto and Marcos families, each controlling 17 percent of total market capitalization in the respective countries. In Russia, the personal wealth of Yeltsin and Putin is considered to be very modest

    • Jan 12 Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
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    1977 age of uncertainty
    Calvinism shaped society work ethic.
    Darendorf,

    abandon Calvinsim adopt hedonism.

    Queen Mab

    Nature! -no!
    Kings, priests and statesmen blast the human flower
    Even in its tender bud; their influence darts
    Like subtle poison through the bloodless veins
    Of desolate society. The child,
    Ere he can lisp his mother’s sacred name,
    Swells with the unnatural pride of crime, and lifts
    His baby-sword even in a hero’s mood.
    This infant arm becomes the bloodiest scourge
    Of devastated earth; whilst specious names,
    Learnt in soft childhood’s unsuspecting hour,
    Serve as the sophisms with which manhood dims
    Bright reason’s ray and sanctifies the sword
    Upraised to shed a brother’s innocent blood.
    Let priest-led slaves cease to proclaim that man
    Inherits vice and misery, when force
    And falsehood hang even o’er the cradled babe,
    Stifling with rudest grasp all natural good.
    Queen Mab Shelly. 44 iv
    44 1v
    Chilcott
    Blair, Bush …. Leader come and go Yeltsin.
    the moment when Corbyn as Labour leader stands up in parliament and condemns Blair over Iraq, is going to be as traumatic as it was for the hardliners of the Soviet Communist Party when Khruschev denounced the crimes of Stalin. It would also destroy Blair’s carefully planned post-Chilcot PR strategy. It is essential to the Blairites that when Chilcot is debated in parliament in two weeks time, Jeremy Corbyn is not in place as Labour leader to speak in the debate.
    Tragedy and hope, On Man, Hereclitus and paramendes
    p.34
    Chapter 3—Europe’s Shift to the Twentieth Century
    While Europe’s traits were diffusing outward to the non-European world, Europe was
    also undergoing profound changes and facing difficult choices at home. These choices
    were associated with drastic changes, in some cases we might say reversals, of Europe’s
    point of view. These changes may be examined under eight headings. The nineteenth
    century was marked by (2) belief in the innate goodness of man; (2) secularism; (3) belief
    in progress; (4) liberalism; (5) capitalism; (6) faith in science; (7) democracy; (8)
    nationalism. In general, these eight factors went along together in the nineteenth century.
    They were generally regarded as being compatible with one another; the friends of one
    were generally the friends of the others; and the enemies of one were generally the
    enemies of the rest. Metternich and De Maistre were generally opposed to all eight;
    Thomas Jefferson and John Stuart Mill were generally in favor of all eight..
    p.37
    In contrast with the nineteenth-century belief that human nature is innately good and
    that society is corrupting, the twentieth century came to believe that human nature is, if
    not innately bad, at least capable of being very evil. Left to himself, it seems today, man
    falls very easily to the level of the jungle or even lower, and this result can be prevented
    only by training and the coercive power of society. Thus, man is capable of great evil, but
    society can prevent this. Along with this change from good men and bad society to bad
    men and good society has appeared a reaction from optimism to pessimism and from
    secularism to religion. At the same time the view that evil is merely the absence of good
    has been replaced with the idea that evil is a very positive force which must ‘ne resisted
    Rise up this mornin’
    Smiled with the risin’ sun
    Three little birds
    Pitch by my doorstep
    Singin’ sweet songs
    Of melodies pure and true
    Saying’, (this is my message to you)
    Babylon’s burning, baby
    Can’t you see?
    Babylon’s burning
    With anxiety
    You’ll burn as your work
    You’ll burn at your play
    Smoldering
    With ignorance and hate
    And with anxiety
    Babylon’s burning
    TpHE present war has produced many catch- 
    I words, among them,

    A War to End War,
    An Inconclusive Peace,
    The Destruction of
    Militarism,
    The Establishment of the Rights of
    Nationalities on an Unassailable Basis,
    Free Nego- tiation by Free Peoples,
    and This Must Never Occur Again.
    Thus we see that none of the catchwords except 
    the last can possibly mean what they say; and
    when they are cheered each time they reappear
    in the Prime Minister's stock peroration. It Is
    evident that he himself offers them as no more than
    oratorical orchestration to the patriotic sentiment
    of the assembly. They can be taken literally
    only by Ignorant and simple persons to whom a



    INTRODUCTION xi

    European war is simply a football match conducted
    with cannons.

    Cato's formula for the ending 
    of the Punic wars was. Annihilate Carthage.
    Carthage was annihilated; but its annihilation
    brought no peace to Rome. The Irish are a con-
    tentious and troublesome people; and the
    proverbial receipt for peace in Ireland is to sink
    the island for ten minutes into the Atlantic. Let
    us suppose that Ireland is duly sunk, with England
    and Prussia moored to it, not for ten minutes, but
    for ever. The white and yellow races will still
    confront one another across the Pacific. Italy,
    France and Spain will still have to divide the heri-
    tage of the Moors. Sweden will still watch Russia
    with her hand qn her sword-hilt; and Russia will
    still bum to protect the Balkans, to wrest Con-


    xii INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT

    stantinople from the followers of "the accursed
    Mahound," to cling to Poland like a big brother,
    and to pick up more of the White Man's Burden
    in Asia than the other Powers may think healthy
    for her, or than India, for instance, may be dis-
    posed to cast on any shoulders but her own. Of
    South America I say nothing except that it does
    not look convincing as a Temple of Perpetual
    Peace.
    The
    wise man looks for the cause of war not In
    Nietzsche's gospel of the Will to Power, or Lord
    Roberts's far blunter gospel of the British Will to
    Conquer, but In the custom house. The formal
    conquest of a territory may loom large as a senti-
    mental grievance; but, as the case of Alsace-
    Lorraine shows, it does not produce war. But
    the appropriation of a market is another matter:
    a very small economic grievance will rapidly be-
    come the nucleus of an enormous mass of martial
    and patriotic emotion. There is no prospect of
    the end of this war being the end of International
    market-cornering and tariff blockades; and as long
    as war remains physically possible, such operations
    will produce it as fatally in the future as in the
    past.

    ”The reader of Pope, as of every author, is advised to begin by letting him say what he has to say, in his own manner to an open mind that seeks only to receive the impressions which the writer wishes to convey. First let the mind and spirit of the writer come into free, full contact with the mind and spirit of the reader, whose attitude at the first reading should be simply receptive. Such reading is the condition precedent to all true judgment of a writer’s work. All criticism that is not so grounded spreads as fog over a poet’s page. Read, reader, for yourself, without once pausing to remember what you have been told to think´´.

    Henry Morley.

    https://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2013/06/reflection.html

    Reflection.

    Time was, a sober Englishman would knock
    His servants up, and rise by five o’clock,
    Instruct his family in every rule,
    And send his wife to church, his son to school.
    To worship like his fathers, was his care;
    To teach their frugal virtues to his heir;
    To prove, that luxury could never hold;
    And place, on good security, his gold.
    Now times are changed, and one poetic itch
    Has seized the court and city, poor and rich:

    Duncan Campbell
    1. The Secret Constitution: Secret Cabinet Committees;
      2. We’re All Data Now: Secret Data Banks;
      3. In Time Of Crisis: Government Emergency Powers;
      4. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO): making up their own law and policy;
      5. A Gap In Our Defences – about bungling defence manufacturers and incompetent military planners who have botched every new radar system that Britain has installed since World War II;
      6. Zircon – about GCHQ with particular reference to a secret 500 million satellite
    PATCHING THE WORLD GOLD STANDARD
    Progress has been made … in the … establishment of a solid basis for exchange stability…. But that general confidence which is essential to international stability is not present….
    Adherence to a common currency system does not mean that individual countries will no longer be able to pursue internal policies of many different patterns. It does mean, however, that in doing so they will have to observe certain general principles … without which no monetary stability can be secured. — J. W. Beyen, President of the Bank for International Settlements, 1938 Report.
    CHAPTER IV
    Patching Won’t Do
    No amendment leaving the states in possession of their sovereignty could possibly answer the purpose. — Hamilton.
    The importance of the Federalist papers is that they expose, from experience and with unanswerable argument, why sovereignty is an insuperable obstacle to the organization of peace, and why the federal principle is the only way forward. — Lord Lothian, July 30, 1938.
    PLAN OF CHAPTER
    Our best post-war machinery for making, enforcing, interpreting and revising world law, the League of Nations, has failed. The trend back to pre-war methods proves this. It proves also how desperately we feel the need of change, for it is only too clear that there is no hope in turning back. Armaments, alliances, the Atlantic ocean, balancing power, proclaiming neutrality, desiring to keep out of war, — all these failed those who trusted in them before. They saved no people from war and between wars they failed to provide even a semblance of world government. The time gained by them costs fearfully in the gaining and risks making the final catastrophe only greater.
    Reforming or patching the machinery we have seems to many the only practical thing to do. By reforming or, as I prefer, patching, I mean leaving basic principle intact. In patching I include any change, in law or fact, which however reached and however great, leaves the existing world machinery based on the principle of national sovereignty.
    Before considering whether patching the League can suffice, we shall examine the possibility of patching one post-war international mechanism that remains in relatively good repute, the gold standard mechanism for giving the world stable money. The monetary problem has the advantage of being the least difficult of the major ones facing the world, and so, if we find it cannot be solved without sacrificing the principle of national sovereignty, we have gone far toward finding that patching won’t do in any field. We need not then waste time examining other possibilities of patching things outside the League and can concentrate on the problem of patching the League. To find that patching it is not enough is to conclude, as this chapter does, that we must tackle afresh the problem of organizing world government.
    PATCHING THE WORLD GOLD STANDARD
    Charles Streit,
    Orwell Anything but the Niggers.
    The unspoken clause is always ‘not counting niggers’. For how can we make a ‘firm stand’ against Hitler if we are simultaneously weakening ourselves at home? In other words, how can we ‘fight Fascism’ except by bolstering up a far vaster injustice?
    Deglobalizing Russia
    The Russian government, especially the Central Bank, has largely managed to preserve financial stability, a brief outbreak of panic in December 2014 notwithstanding. To offset the loss of access to Western financial markets, the Central Bank has relied on a new instrument—foreign currency repurchase agreements. In effect, the Central Bank has lent dollars to Russian banks that essentially posted their own dollar loans to Russian companies as collateral—and in turn used the dollars to repay their external debt. This has allowed Russia to stave off a run on the ruble as well as major defaults on Russian corporates’ dollar-denominated debt.
    The government, for its part, looked into the issue of recapitalizing systemically important banks. This is a critical issue, as isolation is especially costly for the banking system. It is very likely that Russian banks—aside from Sberbank, which is run by Gref—will suffer losses in 2015. The Deposit Insurance Agency has already exhausted its funds and has asked the Central Bank for help.
    While government support is indeed needed, the government itself lacks extra funds. Though the 2016 budget draft foresees cutting spending by 8 percent in real terms, it still includes a budget deficit equivalent to 3 percent of GDP.2 That is why the government has chosen to recapitalize the banks with government bonds rather than cash. Doing so solves the problem for the time being, but it increases major risks in the long run. Essentially, it threatens a vicious circle of sovereign debt and bank default. If banks hold sovereign bonds, then the sovereign debt crisis will hit their capital—and to recapitalize banks, the sovereign budget will need to issue new debt. The eurozone faced this problem in recent years and tried hard to break out of this cycle by creating a banking union. It is ironic that Russia is brazenly refusing to learn from the EU’s mistakes and may walk directly into this trap.
    This being so it is plain that for the Federal Union a common money means an identical economic life throughout the Union. And this too is implied also in Mr Streit’s “customs-free” economy. It is impossible to have a common money when a dollar or a pound, or whatever it is, can buy this, that or the other advantage in one state and is debarred from anything but bare purchases for consumption in another. So that this Federal Union is bound to be a uniform economic system. There can be only very slight variations in the control of economic life.

    Not Counting Niggers”

    A dozen years ago anyone who had foretold the political line-up of today would have been looked on as a lunatic. And yet the truth is that the present situation — not in detail, of course, but in its main outlines — ought to have been predictable even in the golden age before Hitler. Something like it was bound to happen as soon as British security was seriously threatened.
    The unspoken clause is always ‘not counting niggers’. For how can we make a ‘firm stand’ against Hitler if we are simultaneously weakening ourselves at home? In other words, how can we ‘fight Fascism’ except by bolstering up a far vaster injustice?
    For of course it is vaster. What we always forget is that the over­whelming bulk of the British proletariat does not live in Britain, but in Asia and Africa. It is not in Hitler’s power, for instance, to make a penny an hour a normal industrial wage; it is perfectly normal in India, and we are at great pains to keep it so. One gets some idea of the real relationship of England and India when one reflects that the per capita annual income in England is something over £80, and in India about £7. It is quite common for an Indian coolie’s leg to be thinner than the average Englishman’s arm. And there is nothing racial in this, for well-fed members of the same races are of normal physique; it is due to simple starvation. This is the system which we all live on and which we denounce when there seems to be no danger of its being altered. Of late, however, it has become the first duty of a ‘good anti-Fascist’ to lie about it and help to keep it in being.
    Now here I have nothing to suggest about America. I have never, for example, tried to work out the consequences of the absence of executive ministers from the legislature. I am inclined to think that is one of the weak points in the Constitution and that the English usage which exposes the minister to question time in the House and makes him a prime mover in legislation affecting his department, is a less complicated and therefore more democratic arrangement than the American one. And the powers and functions of the President and the Senate are so different from the consolidated powers of Cabinet and Prime Minister, that even when an Englishman has industriously “mugged up” the constitutional points, he is still almost as much at a loss to get the living reality as he would be if he were shown the score of an opera before hearing it played or the blue prints of a machine he had never seen in action. Very few Europeans understand the history of Woodrow Wilson, the Senate and his League of Nations. They think that “America”, which they imagine as a large single individual, planted the latter institution upon Europe and then deliberately shuffled out of her responsibility for it, and they will never think otherwise. And they think that “America” kept out of the war to the very limit of decency, overcharged us for munitions that contributed to the common victory, and made a grievance because the consequent debt was not discharged. They talk like that while Americans talk as if no English were killed between 1914 and 1918 (we had 800,000 dead) until the noble American conscripts came forward to die for them (to the tune of about 50,000). Savour for example even the title of Quincy Howe’s England expects every American to do his Duty. It’s the meanest of titles, but many Americans seem to like it.
    On my desk as I write is a pamphlet by a Mr Robert Randall, nicely cyclostyled and got up. Which urges a common attack on the United States as a solution of the problem of Europe. No countries will ever feel united unless they have a common enemy, and the natural common enemy for Europe, it is declared, is the United States. So to bring about the United States of Europe we are to begin by denouncing the Monroe doctrine. I believe in the honesty and good intentions of Mr Robert Randall; he is, I am sure, no more in the pay of Germany, direct or indirect, than Mr Quincy Howe or Mr Harry Elmer Barnes; but could the most brilliant of Nazi war propagandists devise a more effective estranging suggestion?
    Real brothers can curse each other and keep friends. Someday Britannia will give Columbia a piece of her mind, and that may clear the air. Said an exasperated Englishman to me a day or so ago: “I pray to God they keep out of the end of this war anyhow. We shall never hear the last of it if they don’t….”
    Mrs. Nesta Webster
    She has set herself with the greatest industry to trace and link together the long-drawn succession of Cabalists, Gnostics, Manichaeans, the Old Man of the Mountains, Knight Templars, Satanists, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Freemasons, Rousseau, Voltaire, Cagliostro, Madame Blavatsky, Mrs. Besant, Trade Unions, Anarchists, Socialists, Theosophists, Communists, Those Bolsheviks, a frightful horde all plotting and getting hold of power and handing it on and doing down Christianity and the Christian life. Her books are written with-conviction enough to make one look under the bed at nights. She has never quite committed herself to those famous forged Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion which were published as the articles of association so to speak of that world conspiracy, but she stoutly maintains that though that book may not be genuine, it nevertheless shows the sort of thing of which the Jews are capable. Her book Secret Societies And Subversive Movements concludes: “For behind the concrete forces of revolution—whether Pan-German, Judaic or Illuminist—beyond that invisible secret circle which perhaps directs them all, is there not yet another force, still more potent, that must be taken into account?

    §23. — THREE FACTORS IN EVERYONE

    WE have now exposed, in stripped outline, the primary factors in world affairs at the present time. In all these matters I have written with the complete freedom of a biologically trained and uncontrolled observer. Sir Arthur Salter, for example, in his Security. Can We Retrieve It? (1939), writes with all the discretions and reserves of a responsible politician who has to think and speak within the conventions that I, in my entire irresponsibility, can repudiate and kick aside. His thoughts are capped and gowned and mine are stark. He has an air of scarcely recognizing the realities I assemble. Nevertheless, his intelligence and integrity are manifestly forcing him towards a conception of public policy and the human future essentially the same as those I have stated concisely and brutally here.*
    * See Note 23A for a quotation from his Epilogue.
    Note 23A. Sir Arthur’s Epilogue begins: “Shall we never pluck the best from fate and find the Golden Mean? Must we ever choose freedom without order, or order without freedom? Must justice and mercy bring always weakness in their train, and strength bring tyranny?
    “Shall Peace be never made between equals, but imposed always by victor upon vanquished? Must every peace treaty sow the seeds of future war? Shall the strong never be magnanimous and the weak never secure justice? Must success always sap the will, and the humiliation of defeat incite only to revenge? Shall wars with changing victors be for ever the dire fate of men?
    “We, the free democracies of the world, have the virtues bred and nursed in the pursuits of peace. That is not enough. We need also the sterner virtues—fortitude, daemonic energy, the will to act—and to act together.” (p. 385.)
    “…willing cooperation and the endurance which is only possible to an instructed people who understand the purpose of their effort and approve it.” (p. 384.) Sir Arthur Salter, Security. Can We Retrieve It? (1939).
    Illarionov argued that the real reason every rich nation but America, the world’s biggest polluter, backs the Protocol is because they want control of emissions quotas, something he said will give developed nations unprecedented control of poor countries’ economies.
    “Europe has seen the effects of the national-socialist ideology and the Marxist ideology. The imperialist philosophy behind Kyoto is nothing short of these in its scale,” he said. “This is war. But our cause is just and we will prevail.”
    European Union’s lack of democracy, continuing integration and economic policies:

    The present decision-making system of the European Union is different from a classic parliamentary democracy, tested and proven by history. In a normal parliamentary system, part of the MPs support the government and part support the opposition. In the European Parliament, this arrangement has been missing. Here, only one single alternative is being promoted, and those who dare think about a different option are labelled as enemies of European integration… There is also a great distance (not only in a geographical sense) between citizens and Union representatives, which is much greater than is the case inside the member countries. This distance is often described as the democratic deficit, the loss of democratic accountability, the decision-making of the unelected – but selected – ones, as bureaucratisation of decision-making etc. The proposals to change the current state of affairs – included in the rejected European Constitution or in the not much different Lisbon Treaty – would make this defect even worse. Since there is no European demos – and no European nation – this defect cannot be solved by strengthening the role of the European Parliament, either.[19][20]

    After this point was made, a number of MEPs walked out of the chamber.
    Klaus is a long-term opponent of centrally implemented economic policies in the EU and of the euro as common currency of the eurozone countries. During the observance of the 10th anniversary of the euro in 2008 he expressed his beliefs in a Financial Times article:

    If Europe does not wake up, it will face hard times. A common monetary policy will not help. Member countries already react differently to the appreciation of the euro against the dollar, the rising cost of energy, food or raw materials, and Asian competition. . . . In practice, the existence of euro has shown that forcing an economically disparate Europe into a homogeneous entity through a political decision is political engineering par excellence, far from beneficial for all countries concerned.[23]

    Václav Klaus 2009
    Klaus is a strong critic of the scientific consensus that global warming is anthropogenic. He has also called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change a group of politicized scientists with one-sided opinions and one-sided assignments. He has said that some other top-level politicians do not expose their doubts about global warming being anthropogenic because “a whip of political correctness strangles their voices.”[53]
    In addition he says, “Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences” along with other “isms” such as communism, feminism, and liberalism. Klaus said that “environmentalism is a religion” and, answering questions of U.S. Congressmen, a “modern counterpart of communism” that seeks to change peoples’ habits and economic systems.[54]
    Blue Planet in Green Shackles”. It claims that “The theory of global warming and the hypothesis on its causes, which has spread around massively nowadays, may be a bad theory, it may also be a valueless theory, but in any case it is a very dangerous theory.”
    Special interests and lobbying by non-country interested parties[edit]
    There are numerous special interest groups, organizations, corporations who have public and private positions on the multifaceted topic of global warming. The following is a partial list of the types of special interest parties that have demonstrated an interest in the politics of global warming:
    • Financial Institutions: Financial institutions generally support restrictive policies regarding global warming, particularly the implementation of carbon trading schemes and the creation of market mechanisms that associate a price with carbon. These new markets would require trading infrastructures which banking institutions are well positioned to provide. Financial institutions would also be positioned well to invest, trade and develop various financial instruments that they could profit from through speculative positions on carbon prices and the use of brokerage and other financial functions like insurance and derivative instruments.[23]
    • Environmental groups: Environmental groups generally take ideological positions on global warming and favor strict restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions. Environmental groups, as activists, engage in raising awareness and attracting investment into the advocacy movement to further raise awareness.[24]
    • Fossil fuel companies: Traditional fossil fuel corporations could benefit or lose from stricter global warming regulations. A reduction in the use of fossil fuels could negatively impact fossil fuel corporations.[25][26] However, the fact that fossil fuel companies are a large source of energy, are also the primary source of carbon dioxide, and are engaged in energy trading might mean that their participation in trading schemes and other such mechanisms might give them a unique advantage and makes it unclear whether traditional fossil fuel companies would all and always be against stricter global warming policies. As an example, Enron, a traditional gas pipeline company with a large trading desk heavily lobbied the government for the EPA to regulate CO2: they thought that they would dominate the energy industry if they could be at the center of energy trading.[27]
    • Alternative energy companies: alternative energy companies like wind and solar generally support stricter global warming policies. They would expect their share of the energy market to expand as fossil fuels are made more expensive through trading schemes or taxes.[28]
    • Nuclear energy companies: nuclear energy companies could see a renaissance in a world where fossil fuels are taxed directly or through a carbon trading mechanism. For this reason, it is likely that nuclear energy companies would likely support stricter global warming policies.[29]
    • Traditional retailers and marketers: traditional retailers, marketers, and the general corporations respond by adopting policies that resonate with their customers. If “being green” helps a general corporation, then they could undertake modest programs to please and better align with their customers. However, since the general corporation does not make a profit from their particular position, it is unlikely that they would strongly lobby either for or against a stricter global warming policy position.[30]
    • Governments: On the Australian Sunday morning political discussion show The Bolt ReportRichard Lindzen said in a 2011 interview that governments might use global warming as a rationale for additional taxes.[31]
    The various interested parties sometimes align with one another to reinforce their message. Sometimes industries will fund specialty nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and lobby on their behest.[32][33] The combinations and tactics that the various interested parties use are nuanced and sometimes unlimited in the variety of their approaches to promote their positions onto the general public.
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, pioneer of the political treatment of the greenhouse effect
    • 1969, on Initiative of US President Richard NixonNATO tried to establish a third civil column and planned to establish itself as a hub of research and initiatives in the civil region, especially on environmental topics.[52] Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixons NATO delegate for the topic[52] named acid rain and the greenhouse effect as suitable international challenges to be dealt by NATO
    Entitled Facts Kerry at the UN Syria????
    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
    – quoted in 
    Robert Sobel‘s review of Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, edited by Mark C. Carnes

    ‘Climate emails hacked by spies’

    Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency, says expert
    A highly sophisticated hacking operation that led to the leaking of hundreds of emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia was probably carried out by a foreign intelligence agency, according to the Government’s former chief scientist. Sir David King, who was Tony Blair’s chief scientific adviser for seven years until 2007, said that the hacking and selective leaking of the unit’s emails, going back 13 years, bore all the hallmarks of a co-ordinated intelligence operation – especially given their release just before the Copenhagen climate conference in December.
    I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.
    FT.COM
    by: Gideon Rachman

    A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force.

    A taste of the ideas doing the rounds in Obama circles is offered by a recent report from the Managing Global Insecurity project, whose small US advisory group includes John Podesta, the man heading Mr Obama’s transition team and Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution, from which Ms Rice has just emerged.´´

    Sooner or later mankind must come to one universal peace, unless our race is to be destroyed by the increasing power of its own destructive inventions; and that universal peace must needs take the form of a government, that is to say, a law-sustaining organisation, in the best sense of the word religious—a government ruling men through the educated co-ordination of their minds in a common conception of human history and human destiny.
    The Catholic Church was the first clearly conscious attempt to provide such a government in the wor1d. We cannot too earnestly. examine its deficiencies and inadequacies, for every lesson we can draw from them is necessarily of the greatest value in forming our ideas of our own international relationships.
    The transformation of the world is a great, complicated and painful process. For this great task a great class is required. Big ships go on long voyages.
    Wells: Yes, but for long voyages a captain and a navigator are required.
    Stalin: That is true; but what is first required for a long voyage is a big ship. What is a navigator without a ship? An idle man.
    Wells: The big ship is humanity, not a class.
    Stalin: You, Mr. Wells, evidently start out with the assumption that all men are good. I, however, do not forget that there are many wicked men. I do not believe in the goodness of the bourgeoisie.
    Wells: There was a case in the history of England, however, of a class voluntarily handing over power to another class. In the period between 1830 and 1870, the aristocracy, whose influence was still very considerable at the end of the eighteenth century, voluntarily, without a severe struggle, surrendered power to the bourgeoisie, which serves as a sentimental support of the monarchy. Subsequently, this transference of power led to the establishment of the rule of the financial oligarchy.
    Monnet and Retinger: liberal establishment tools in the founding of Europe
    Right before and after World War I, Monnet hooked up with leading figures in the Anglo-American establishment. One of the first was Lord Kindersley, who, over the course of his life, was a partner in Lazard Brothers, a chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and a director of the Bank of England. Kindersley’s son is known to have become an executive of the Pilgrims Society [14], a group researched in great detail by this author as it has been the embodiment of the liberal Anglo-American establishment throughout the 20th and early 21st century.
    Another very important person was Lord Arthur Salter, whom Monnet first met in 1914. [15] Salter and Monnet would become involved in setting up the Inter-Allied Maritime Transport Council, the Supreme Economic Council at Versailles, and the League of Nations. In 1931, Salter wrote a book entitled The United States of Europe, in which he favored a federal Europe within the framework of the League of Nations. Probably not by coincidence, Monnet’s post-Word War II proposal for a political structure of a united Europe was almost exactly the same; it must have been inspired by Salter. Three years after writing The United States of Europe, in 1934, Salter became a professor at Oxford and a fellow of the university’s All Souls College, referred to by Professor Carroll Quigley as the center of the Round Table Group. In fact, Quigley identified Salter as a member of the Milner Group [16], which was one of several incarnations of the Round Table Group. It is also known that Salter shared a number of boards with Lord Astor and Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, both members of prominent Pilgrims Society and reportedly Round Table families (the Cecils later also appeared in Le Cercle). Salter himself became a regular visitor of Pilgrims Society meetings right after he wrote The United States of Europe. He joined as a formal member in later years.
    Others Monnet became close to were Sir Eric Drummond (the 16th Earl of Perth), a member of a very aristocratic Catholic family in Britain; Lord Robert Brand, of Lazard Brothers, whose brother married Lady Nancy Astor; Andre Meyer and Pierre-David Weill of Lazard, John Foster Dulles, Dean Acheson, John McCloy, Douglas Dillon, and many others. [17] Most persons mentioned here belonged to the Pilgrims Society, with the two British individuals once again having had close ties to Quigley’s Round Table Group.
    Monnet also was a long-time business associate of Elisha Walker, a CFR member who could be found at Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and the American International Corporation. With Walker he clandestinely tried to take over A. P. Giannini’s Transamerica Corporation and its Bank of America network. The effort failed after a lawsuit in which Giannini vowed to fight the “Wall Street domination” on the board of his company. In February 1932, Walker and Monnet were ousted as chair and vice chair respectively. [18]
    The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism Sergei Guriev, Andrei Rachinsky To cite this version: Sergei Guriev, Andrei Rachinsky. The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2005, pp.131 – 150.
    How Did the Oligarchs Gain Control? A common belief is that the oligarchs owe their fortunes to the “loans-forshares” auctions held in mid-1990s, which are widely regarded as the most scandalous episode of Russian privatization. In the classical loans-for-shares scenario, the government appointed a commercial banker to run an auction that would allocate a controlling stake of a large natural resource enterprise in exchange for a loan to the federal government that the latter never intended to repay. Not surprisingly, the auctioneer always awarded the stake to himself for a nominal bid (usually, slightly above a very low reserve price) by excluding all outside bidders. The scheme was designed to consolidate the bankers’ support for Yeltzin’s reelection campaign in 1996 (Freeland, 2000). The conventional loans-for-shares story fits the cases of Abramovich (in 1995– 1997, a junior partner of Berezovsky), Khodorkovsky and especially Potanin. The other two winners were the oil sector insiders Alekperov and Bogdanov, who obtained stakes in firms they already controlled. However, most of those listed in Table 1 did not become oligarchs through the loans-for-shares program. Some of the 22 largest owners tried to participate in the loans-for-shares and even offered more competitive bids, but were excluded by those in charge of respective auctions; some even raised their concerns in public (Freeland, 2000).
    Russian Oligarchs in International Perspective Cross-country comparisons of wealth concentration are usually based on the share of stock market capitalization controlled by a given number (often ten) of families. Certainly, this metric is not a perfect one—after all, it doesn’t include firms not listed on stock markets and emerging markets are likely to provide at best an imperfect measure of value. But we are not aware of comparable data sets on nonlisted firms, so we rely on the data on the share of the stock market owned by the top 10 families. By that measure, ownership concentration in modern Russia is higher than in any other country for which the data are available. The top 10 families or ownership groups (a subset of Table 1) owned 60.2 percent of Russia’s stock market in June 2003. This percentage is much higher than in any country in continental Europe, where the share of 10 largest families is below 35 percent in small countries and below 30 percent in all large countries (Faccio and Lang, 2002). In the United States and the United Kingdom, this share The Role of Oligarchs in Russian Capitalism 139 is in single-digit percentages (Faccio and Lang, 2002, Claessens et al., 2002).8 In east Asian countries before 1997 crisis, the highest shares of 10 largest families were in Indonesia (58 percent), Philippines (52 percent), Thailand (43 percent) and Korea (37 percent) (Claessens, Djankov and Lang, 2000). The numbers for Indonesia and Philippines include the holdings of Suharto and Marcos families, each controlling 17 percent of total market capitalization in the respective countries. In Russia, the personal wealth of Yeltsin and Putin is considered to be very modest
    The first thing that should be obvious to any investigator of this network is that the backgrounds and political, economic and religious ideas of the persons attending these groups are too similar to not conclude that groups as Bilderberg, the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and European Rount Table represent the ultimate form of crony capitalism. Basically everyone here has promoted privatization, deregulation and further political and economic integration as the solution to every problem in the world. They are all great supporters of the United Nations. They all warn against the dangers of global warming. During the Cold War the vast majority were staunch supporters of containment and détente. Virtually all strongly disliked the Reagan-backed Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), an incredibly expensive program aimed at creating a space shield against Russian ICBMs. And the list goes on. Of course, it’s possible to nitpick and find a few examples of disagreement among members on how to reach certain objectives. These differences will always be there, as long as there are people. It doesn’t mean, however, that there’s not a powerful supranational network of private individuals out there with largely similar and somewhat mysterious aims.
    The Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission and even the European Round Table are relatively well-known these days. It actually seems to have been on the agenda to give so much attention to these groups from conspiratorial new agy (Coast to Coast AM), Christian conservative (John Birch Society, Alex Jones) and holocaust-denying, Jew-baiting (Liberty Lobby, Rense) sources that it has become impossible for a well-respected person to even utter the names Rockefeller, Rothschild or any of these groups – which is definitely a problem when discussing a number of important conspiracies. Bring up these names and many people will automatically roll their eyes and lose interest, simply because they have experienced an overload of media-pushed extremists mentioning these names, but mixing them with some of the most bizarre theories possible.
    3_esta
    A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines or principles is engraved on the Georgia Guidestones[8] in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. Moving clockwise around the structure from due north, these languages are: EnglishSpanishSwahiliHindiHebrewArabicChinese, and Russian.
    1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
    2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
    3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
    4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
    5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
    6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
    7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
    8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
    9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
    10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
    The most widely agreed-upon interpretation of the stones is that they describe the basic concepts required to rebuild a devastated civilization.[14] Author Brad Meltzer notes that the stones were built in 1979 at the height of the Cold War, and thus argues that they may have been intended as a message to the possible survivors of a nuclear World War III. The engraved suggestion to keep humanity’s population below 500 million could have been made under the assumption that war had already reduced humanity below this number.[15]

    Rosicrucian Manifestos[edit]

    Origins[edit]

    Between 1607 and 1616, two anonymous manifestos were published, first in Germany and later throughout Europe.[5] These were the Fama Fraternitatis RC (The Fame of the Brotherhood of RC) and the Confessio Fraternitatis (The Confession of the Brotherhood of RC).
    The Fama Fraternitatis presented the legend of a German doctor and mystic philosopher referred to as “Frater C.R.C.” (later identified in a third manifesto as Christian Rosenkreuz, or “Rose-cross”). The year 1378 is presented as being the birth year of “our Christian Father”, and it is stated that he lived 106 years. After studying in the Middle East under various masters, possibly adhering to Sufism,[6] he was unable to spread the knowledge he had acquired to any prominent European figures. Instead, he gathered a small circle of friends/disciples and founded the Rosicrucian Order (this can be deduced to have occurred around 1407).
    During Rosenkreuz’s lifetime, the order was said to consist of no more than eight members, each a doctor and a sworn bachelor. Each member undertook an oath to heal the sick without payment, to maintain a secret fellowship, and to find a replacement for himself before he died. Three such generations had supposedly passed between c. 1500 and c. 1600, a time when scientific, philosophical and religious freedom had grown so that the public might benefit from the Rosicrucians’ knowledge, so that they were now seeking good men.[7]

    Sufism or Taṣawwuf[1] (Arabicالتصوف‎‎), which is often defined as “Islamic mysticism,”[2] “the inward dimension of Islam,”[3][4] or “the phenomenon of mysticism within Islam,”[5][6] is a mystical trend in Islam “characterized … [by particular] values, ritual practices, doctrines and institutions”[7] which began very early on in Islamic history[5] and which represents “the main manifestation and the most important and central crystallization of” mystical practice in Islam.[8]
    Existing in both Sunni and Shia Islam, Sufism is not a distinct sect,[9] as is sometimes erroneously assumed,[9] but a method of approaching or a way of understanding the religion,[9] which strives to take the regular practice of the religion to the “supererogatory level”[9] through simultaneously “fulfilling … [the obligatory] religious duties”[5] and finding a “way and a means of striking a root through the ‘narrow gate’ in the depth of the soul out into the domain of the pure arid unimprisonable Spirit which itself opens out on to the Divinity.”[2] Historically, practitioners of Sufism have been referred to as “Sufis” (/ˈsuːfi/صُوفِيّ ṣūfī), an Arabic word which is believed by some scholars to have originally indicated the “woollen clothes (ṣūf) or rough garb” which the early Islamic mystics wore.[5]
    Historically, Sufism became “an incredibly important part of Islam” and “one of the most widespread and omnipresent aspects of Muslim life” in Islamic civilization from the early medieval period onwards,[10][11] when it began to permeate nearly all major aspects of Sunni Islamic life in regions stretching from India and Iraq to the Balkans and Senegal.[9] Sufism continued to remain a crucial part of daily Islamic life until the twentieth century, when its historical influence upon Islamic civilization began to be undermined by modernism[12] as well as be combated by the rise of Salafism and Wahhabism.[9][13] Islamic scholar Timothy Winter has remarked: “[In] classical, mainstream, medieval Sunni Islam … [the idea of] ‘orthodox Islam’ would not … [have been possible] without Sufism,”[10] and that the classical belief in Sufism being an essential component of Islam has only weakened in some quarters of the Islamic world “a generation or two ago” with the rise of Salafism.[10] In the modern world, the classical interpretation of Sunni orthodoxy, which sees in Sufism an essential dimension of Islam alongside the disciplines of jurisprudence and theology, is represented by institutions such as Al-Azhar University and Zaytuna College, with Al-Azhar’s current Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb recently defining “Sunni orthodoxy” as being a follower “of any of the four schools of [legal] thought (HanafiShafi’iMaliki or Hanbali) and … [also] of the Sufism of Imam Junayd of Baghdad in doctrines, manners and [spiritual] purification.”[14]
    In the eleventh-century, Sufism, which had previously been a less “codified” trend in Islamic piety, began to be “ordered and crystallized”[15] into orders which have continued until the present day.[15] All these orders were founded by a major Islamic saint, and some of the largest and most widespread included the Qadiriyya (after Abdul-Qadir Gilani [d. 1166]), the Rifa’iyya (after Ahmed al-Rifa’i [d. 1182]), the Chishtiyya (after Moinuddin Chishti [d. 1236]), the Shadiliyya (after Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili [d. 1258]), and the Naqshbandiyya (after Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari [d. 1389]).[15] Contrary to popular perception in the West,[16] however, neither the founders of these orders nor their followers ever considered themselves to be anything other than orthodox Sunni Muslims,[16] and in fact all of these orders were attached to one of the four orthodox legal schools of Sunni Islam.[10][14] Thus, the Qadiriyya order was Hanbali, with its founder, Abdul-Qadir Gilani, being a renowned Hanbali jurist; the Chishtiyya was Hanafi; the Shadiliyya order was Maliki; and the Naqshbandiyya order was Hanafi.[17] Thus, it is precisely because it is historically proven that “many of the most eminent defenders of Islamic orthodoxy, such as Abdul-Qadir GilaniGhazali, and the Sultan Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn (Saladin) were connected with Sufism”[18] that the popular studies of writers like Idris Shah are continuously disregarded by scholars as conveying the fallacious image that “Sufism” is somehow distinct from “Islam.”[19][20][18][21] All Sufi orders trace many of their original precepts from Muhammad through his cousin and son-in-law Ali with the notable exception of the Naqshbandi, who claim to trace their origins from Muhammad through the first Rashid Caliph, Abu Bakr.[22]
    Classical Sufis were characterized by their asceticism, especially by their attachment to dhikr, the practice of repeating the names of God, often performed after prayers.[23] Sufism gained adherents among a number of Muslims as a reaction against the worldliness of the early Umayyad Caliphate (661–750).[24] Sufis have spanned several continents and cultures over a millennium, originally expressing their beliefs in Arabic before spreading into PersianTurkish, and Urdu among dozens of other languages.[25] According to William Chittick, “In a broad sense, Sufism can be described as the interiorization, and intensification of Islamic faith and practice.”[26]

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    • Roger Lewis 7:46 am on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If you watched hyper normalisation by Adam Curtis, you might recall the Eliza, AI Rogerian analysis segment. Here is a Java implementation, it's great fun but is a real time confirmation of how human cognisance works, its the same as the Bishop Berkley tree in the forest or sound of one hand clapping idea, or DuChamps Regardeur Tableaux.
      I am currently writing a novel in the grey space between reader and writer, which is why I was so pleased to find Well´s exploration of the same idea.
      http://www.masswerk.at/eliza/

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