Education

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. -Frederick Douglass

It never ceases to amaze me: the average American is walking around with the entire sum total of all human knowledge in their pocket. And, in doing so, exposing themselves to irreparably harm, these devices are just as dangerous as tobacco, basking anyone around them in the warm glow of microwaves. A good trade off? Maybe so, except, in a recent poll, it was found that 44% of Americans get their news from FACEBOOK, highly edited to a leftist viewpoint, drenched in liberal hate and repression. So, no, it’s as stupid as smoking, a meaningless filthy habit. It’s killing you, but the addiction is too strong.

My daughter tells me that the Internet is not really a very good place for information, since it is all wack jobs (like me) spewing out insane conspiracy theories. Well, I suppose that is true in a way, since the Internet has EVERYTHING. It obviously includes wack jobs (like me) spewing out insane conspiracy theories. It also includes the “Alternative Media”, a self regulating group of very meaningful researchers and journalists who work very hard to cut through the Mainstream Media’s propaganda to provide people with insight and information that will help them to understand the world around them, their place within society, and enable them to make decisions based on this. These people come in all flavors, left, right, feminist, parents, homeowners, VW owners. Finding them, and using them as a resource is not easy. It requires leaving Facebook, Wikipedia, and Google behind. I don’t use Facebook, except as a networking tool (right now I am looking for a luthier to do some repair on Galadriel), and I always log off when I am done.

I used to use Facebook. Then something happened that made me see it  was very dangerous. A good friend of mine posted something about how the Stars and Bars is a symbol of racism, and The War of Northern Aggression was fought to end slavery. Yeah, all well and good for a 6th grader, but anyone who has ever studied anything about the Civil War KNOWS this is not true, not even a little true. It, like the story of Washington and the Cherry Tree, is a myth. The thing is, I know in my heart, after long talks with this person, a lifetime of chats on life, the universe and everything, they know damn well it isn’t true. But here they were pushing the “ban the Confederate Flag” meme. I realized they had caught a disease, a cancer, from smoking Facebook. They would follow a meme, even if it denied what they knew to be true. The meme was the truth. The facts were unpleasant details that no one would bring into the discussion. They were weaving lies in real time, propagandizing THEMSELVES. I logged off Facebook. I considered closing my account entirely, but I am glad I didn’t, I sometimes go there for legitimate purposes, like finding a luthier to fix Galadriel, so it has some uses. The news isn’t one of them.

That doesn’t mean I don’t get my news from the Internet. Far from it. The list of news sites I go to regularly (daily) is intentionally planned to hopefully give me an accurate picture of the world around me. MSM, right wing sites like InfoWars, left wing sites like Common Dreams, and those intrepid individuals who don’t readily fit into any particular group like The Corbett Report and Truth In Media. I have learned EVERYONE is peddling propaganda of their own particular flavor, and if you are interested in forming an opinion of any meaning, you have to take it all in, filter it through you OWN mind, and form your opinion. The news takes me about an hour. This is the same amount of time my parents spent on the news.

The citizen of a free democratic society has to be informed. It is the responsibility of each person to become informed. Jefferson, that slave-owning bastard that wrote the Declaration if Independence, once noted that to stop learning was death. It certainly has proven to be the death of liberty and democracy in America.

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What the @#%! are they doing at CERN?

At CERN, atoms are accelerated to near light speed and then forced to collide. Supposedly this is going to tell us something about the nature of the Universe, although its been pointed out a number of times, this is like hitting a clock with a sledgehammer and trying to figure out how it worked by looking at the broken pieces of the gears. Last year they decided to throw caution to the wind and upped the power, in Emeril terms: *BAM*.

Yeah well, there’s a downside. Not that we can understand it. It seems they have not a clue what is going to happen if they do this. Maybe they will open a portal to another universe….WAIT…MAYBE???? Who’s doing the planning on this experiment? Two kids with Fisher Price Micky Mouse “Computers”? Eh, Dr Hawking felt it was worthwhile to point out:

“The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become metastable at energies above 100 [billion] gigaelectronvolts (GeV). This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time and we wouldn’t see it coming.”

Now, I do not understand a word of that, but it doesn’t SOUND like something I really WANT to understand. I know the Higgs potential might be what I envision as “the 5th dimension”, sort of…maybe….

So, they are going to rip apart the potential for life the universe and everything, on the hopes of perhaps glimpsing whatever is on the other side,which is probably either nothing or another universe. Kind of obvious, if you have the IQ of a lab rat.

Well, they did it…maybe. And immediately, all kinds of shit started happening. Dr. Edward Mantill, supposedly one of the meatbags playing with reality for sport, wrote a “confession” entitled in some sources “I’m a Physicist At CERN. We’ve Done Something We Shouldn’t Have Done.” Nice title. Yeah, so everyone says “it’s not real, it’s made up”. I get it. But then there are all these various reports and pictures of vortexes and weird clouds and flashes and shit, mostly coming from the ultra-religious nutjobs spewing end of the world as we know it crapola, which, if some of this is true, may not be crapola in the end (times). Still. A vortex is a vortex. What it means is something entirely different, maybe.

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The sky at CERN with special bonus UFO 

But more curious…there is this phenomena called the mandela effect. Although it predates the CERN experiment, it seems to have gathered steam of late, and SHIT if it isn’t happening to me! Not all of it, of course, but some of it. My diet is deficient in “New Age Memes”. Most of it I can attribute to not paying attention, like the whole *Mirror Mirror (or MAGIC Mirror) on the wall* gig. Yeah, ok, I admit it, I do not follow the script of kid’s movies very closely. Some of it though…..like C3PO and his silver leg. Nope. Not the way it happened folks. They were both gold. I would have noticed. AND, I just watched Star Wars with a gold C3PO a few months ago. Like I said, I would have noticed. I damn well know it’s the Berenstein Bears. Then there is the car at the Kennedy assassination. 4 seats, or 6? This one is particularly disturbing because there are pictures of the 4 seat limo. I clearly remember a 6 seat limo, with the Connolly’s in the middle. But Life Magazine…

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SO, here’s the thing. What if (Caution! crazy talk ahead) CERN like managed to actually open a portal to another universe and infect OUR reality with ANOTHER reality? It’s not an entirely unheard of idea. Al Bielek, for instance. I am not saying that Al isn’t crazy. Just saying. There is this entire time/space travel thing in some of the more bizarre aspects of The Philadelphia Experiment, and Al seems to have a front row seat. Maybe I have the seat next to his…MAYBE!

What else changed that we didn’t, or maybe CAN’T notice? I remember Hillary Clinton as a psychotic bitch that should be in jail awaiting execution for espionage. WAIT…that’s still true. *sigh of relief*

But that’s not all of it (of course). It seems these *ahem* Scientists like to do things with little or no idea how it will all workout. I recently watch a documentary on “Bio-engineering”, what is known in the common parlance as chem-trails. In one scene, one of the talking heads for these lunatics says in a convention, that they have no idea what the long term consequences of dumping TONS of Aluminum Oxide on the earth will mean, but it’s a risk they are willing to take. Yeah well, aluminum  is toxic. What else do you need to know?

What are the consequences of tossing rouge DNA into the wild? All life on Earth shares DNA that varies only slightly. The damn Evolutionists are forever going on about how this proves their broken theory. Well, by extension a minor change runs the risk of infecting ALL the DNA on Earth. In fact, they even KNOW it can and does happen. They call it “horizontal transference*. Maybe I will call it “not good”.

And I hate to mention it but the Pharms are famous for doing their product safety research after they begin selling it. It’s a form of beta testing done by Microsoft, but with life on the line. The list of drugs that were released as *safe* but later discovered to be horrifically NOT safe is too long to put here.

And by the bye:

Check out Fred. He’s grumpy, old, and funny, too.

 

Take the Last Train To Clarksville

The Monkees are celebrating their 50th anniversary. They have a new release, called “Good Times“, largely made of unreleased out takes from their heyday. It includes a song by Davy Jones, who died in 2012, in much the same way the Beatles released “Free As A Bird”. It is good. It is very much a Monkee’s release. Sadly, they didn’t get another hit off it (yet). The Monkees were really good. For a while, more popular than either the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. It took the release of Sgt. Pepper’s to knock them out of number 1.

It’s widely commented that the Monkees were a fake band, assembled by a production company as part of a sitcom idea. They didn’t record their stuff themselves, they used LA studio cats to cover songs that had been prepared for them. So, basically they were a band that was having their material written by the likes of Carol King and Neil Diamond, and getting help from Stephen Stills and Neil Young in the studio. I defy you to find a band working today that would turn that down! I agree with John Lennon, who told them he thought they were the best comedy since the Marx Brothers, he loved the show, and they had the difficult task of developed a very successful band while doing a weekly TV show.

While is cannot be argued that they were brought together by casting calls, it must be said, they outgrew that quickly. By their third release they had battled the studio execs to get a good deal of creative control, and their best work was done while they maintained the same amount of creative direction as any band active at the time. In 1967 they outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined. Their list of hits is impressive. The Last Train To Clarksville, I’m a Believer, I’m Not your Stepping Stone, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daydream Believer, Valleri, The Porpoise Song, just to name the ones that really had some traction. But the Monkees, at least on their own, didn’t simply make pop hits. Some of their cuts are amazingly experimental, psychedelic, provoking. Deep. Real.

They won the lottery. Fame was simply handed to them because of an interview. 2 musicians and 2 actors, tossed together to make a show about a musical band. As I see, they could have rode that wave for a while. They didn’t. First the musicians, and then all of them, began to fight to make something more, to become a band, to make their own music. In the end their fight for creativity was their undoing, the studio decided it wasn’t worth the fight and canceled the show after its second season. The next incarnation (from the point of view of the studios) of The Monkees was the cartoon group The Archies. Toons don’t ask for creative control. There were no takers for their idea to move to a more Variety Show format. So, The Monkees made more music.

Their finest release is  Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., and was the last release made for the TV show (its songs peppered season 2, along with cuts from Headquarters). Both were recorded by the Monkees, with no more use of studio musicians than any other rock band. The soundtrack of their movie “Head” shows a lot of promise going forward. Sadly, as with so many bands, creative differences finally broke up the group in 1971, long after the show had been canceled.

The local rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song
Seranade the weekend squire, who just came out to mow his lawn

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Rows of houses that are all the same
And no one seems to care

See Mrs. Gray she’s proud today because her roses are in bloom
Mr. Green he’s so serene, He’s got a t.v. in every room

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Here in status symbol land
Mothers complain about how hard life is
And the kids just don’t understand

Creature comfort goals
They only numb my soul and make it hard for me to see
My thoughts all seem to stray, to places far away
I need a change of scenery

Ta Ta Ta…

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Here in status symbol land

Meet the Elite

For most of my life I have held that it is impossible for an outside observer to tell the difference between a conspiracy and an ideology. While I have always believed that there were groups of people attempting to leverage whatever forces towards their own ends, I always felt that the overwhelming power of humanity would even things out. It was the natural course of things for people to slowly move towards the ideal of a free society. I still believe that, but I will also observe that right now, humanity is at a very critical intersection. A conspiracy, while I am sure they come and go, cannot remain hidden long enough to accomplish any lasting damage. History is filled with failed conspiracies. Ideologies represent a lifetime of upbringing and indoctrination, and here lies the real danger for a free society. Not a secret society, simply a way of life. An ideology can never *fail* as long as it has adherents.

In 1966, a man named Carroll Quigley wrote an amazing book. He was no conspiracy theory nut, he had a Doctorate in history from Harvard and taught at Princeton, Harvard and Georgetown (long thought to be a CIA recruiting/training school). He said the book was commissioned, and intended to be an internal document. He considered the book to be far too important to keep hidden, but not for any whistle-blowing reasons. He was proud of the ideals, the movements and the nature of the people he wrote about. They, he believed, represented the very apex of human development, they were, he thought, the natural advancement of humanity. They should, he wrote, shout their accomplishments from the roof tops. So, he took the book to a publisher, and once the editor had read it, there was little doubt, considering Professor Quigley’s reputation, and the subject matter, that this was a good investment. At this point I will let Professor Quigley tell the story.

The original edition published by Macmillan in 1966 sold about 8,800 copies and sales were picking up in 1968 when they “ran out of stock,” as they told me. But in 1974, when I went after them with a lawyer, they told me that they had destroyed the plates in 1968. They lied to me for six years, telling me that they would reprint when they got 2,000 orders, which could never happen because they told anyone who asked that it was out of print and would not be reprinted. They denied this until I sent them Xerox copies of such replies to libraries, at which they told me it was a clerk’s error. In other words they lied to me but prevented me from regaining the publication rights by doing so (on out-of-print, rights revert to holder of copyright, but on out-of-stock, they do not.) Powerful influences in this country want me, or at least my work, suppressed.

[…] Macmillan never got in touch with me offering the plates. I learned in March of this year [1971] that they destroyed the plates, of Tragedy and Hope. I learned in the summer, 1971, because my wife got mad and called Macmillan on the phone, every week, while I was in England, and finally got from them a letter in which they said the plates had been destroyed. They said ‘inadvertently destroyed.’

That, there’s something funny. They lied and lied and lied and lied to me. On everything. And I have letters to prove that

Tragedy and Hope is a long and complex history of the 20th century, and the people behind it. It has to be read to be believed, I am serious. No conspiracy theory can begin to be this nefarious, this ultimately EVIL. To be told is to disbelieve. One wonders if Professor Quigley was making it up. Perhaps the *hope* is that nothing so wicked can ever happen to humanity.

Tragedy and Hope introduced me to the Elite, an ideology held by many people, in many stations. What they believe, how they work to accomplish their goals. They want to bring the entire world together under one government, and one bank, ruled in every way by a small group of people, them. Realpolitick is policy for them, rules do not apply to them, they are above in every way to the rest of humanity. They are ultimately *entitled*. What I found so utterly horrifying about this is the way Quigley presents it. These people are at least sociopaths, if not outright psychotics. They have no emotions at all, no empathy, and absolutely no concern for society, except as it applies to them. Quigley presents the rantings of these lunatics as if they were the very epitome of all that is good and righteous. He finds himself a bit put off by *some* of their notions, but for the most part, they are simply helping humanity to *evolve*.

At 1000 plus pages the book is a hard read. It reads like a History text (for obvious reasons). Most of it is the history of the West in the 20th Century. Of course, there are commentaries, but most of them are highly colored by the agenda of the writer, and it removes something from the experience. Unless you actually hear Quigley say these things, you simply cannot believe them.

It has never been delegated to the dust bin of revisionist history know as *conspiracy theory*, no one has ever tried to say Quigley was crazy, twisted, or lying. There was an attempt, early on, to suppress it. There is absolutely no reason to doubt that this is exactly what it purports to be. And that is the scary part. Quigley gave the world a peek at the real movers in our society, and what they have planned, and when I look at the world around me, I see that they are so very close to their endgame (and the enslavement and/or elimination of most of humanity).

(Quigley’s)… answer appears in a number of places but is especially forceful and clear on pages 979 and 980. He says, in effect, that it is now too late for the little people to turn back the tide. In a spirit of kindness, he is therefore urging them not to fight the noose which is already around their necks.-W. Cleon Skousen “The Naked Capitalist”

Anyone can download and read a PDF file of this book from Professor Quigley’s web site at http://www.carrollquigley.net/pdf/Tragedy_and_Hope.pdf .

The Lesser of Two Evils

I am scared to death of Donald Trump. I see him as, like Adolph Hitler in the 30’s, tapping deep into the anger and frustration that has come to predominate our society, but in a way that is violent and hateful. I am afraid he will bring with him a police state beyond my wildest nightmares, and worse, acts deplorable to me, genocide, ethic cleansing, mass incarceration of innocents and, if we are very unlucky, this brash and uncouth example of American elitism and arrogance will start a shooting war when he overtly offends the wrong person. The only positive I see is a small possibility he is better than the alternative.

Hillary Clinton belongs in jail. She is a shining example of the elite, their attitudes, their agendas. She has spent a life smiling and conning the *less fortunate* as she readily steals everything she can from them. If it is said that the elite have illegally stolen 2/3 of the life and liberty of every American, Hillary, and her partner Bill, are directly responsible for half of it. But worse, Hillary is undoubtedly a traitor, selling American Influence, and American Secrets, for her own gain. There are simply too many scandals to list, and many of them have considerable merit once the thin veneer of her Media Control is scratched away. We have learned from the press, which I am sure was in no way inclined to present the information, that she ran a private server, on which she stored documents that represented information that was meant for the eyes of the Secretary of State of American, not the Russian Premier, nor the vast network of revolutionary armies that have taken aim at a very failed American Foreign Policy. We learn that this server was definitely compromised, and we have evidence that many connections to the server were *foreign* .

In particular are the ones from the time of the horror at Benghazi. An email was found on the server that informed the US Government of the exit strategy of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. This was found on a private hacked server that belonged to Hillary Clinton. Mr. Stevens was killed in the attack. No one has, nor ever will, investigated the connection between these two events, but as far as I can see Hillary Clinton shared Mr. Steven’s escape plan with the enemies he was trying to escape. She knew this. She knew it as she downplayed the event, saying *what does it matter?* She didn’t care about the Ambassador. She doesn’t care about me. She doesn’t care about America, or freedom, or it’s citizens. She supports the TPP and other trade agreements that are thin pretenses for Corporate Sovereignty, the selling not only of Americans, but all the people of the world to Corporations. She supports depopulation by horrific means, both chemical (through poisoned food and water and toxic medicine) and political (she openly advocates a shooting war with the Russians, so seriously that the Premier of Russia has said he considers a pre-emptive attack a possibility).

For anyone who has any familiarity with Carroll Quigley’s massive tome “Tragedy and Hope” this is nothing short of the endgame of the elite *network*. She must be stopped, at all costs. Americans can not imagine in their blackest nightmares the evil this woman brings with her. If she has her way, she will destroy not only America, but any hope for a free society anywhere on Earth. Anyone is better than Hillary. But it is not enough to vote against her, she must be defeated. Hell, far from merely being defeated, she must be arrested, charged, tried and punished.

There is very little I like about Donald Trump. In the ideal many of his positions seem fair enough, but his path to attain them is very aggressive and mean, often hateful. But I will say this, going back again to Quigley’s *network*, both sides hate him equally. It may be true that he is an outsider, and may foil the plans of a century and a half of scheming. If it is true that there really is only one party, and the two parties are simply presentations of the one, then perhaps Trump really is an outsider, not part of the plan. It’s worth considering.

As to the *also rans*, while I have, for years, preached that it is better to cast a vote for the person you believe will be the best, and I have a long record of voting for fringe candidates like Perot, Nader and Paul. That said the situation is now grave, and the time is too short. Things are truly desperate, and to give Jill Stein or Gary Johnson a vote they probably deserve should be carefully considered. In all probability, while they will no doubt grow their causes, in the long run they will be very long shots to come in as winners. My strategy is to fight hard for these two (more so Johnson) in the hopes we CAN grow them into contenders, but on election day, the plan is simple for me. NOT Clinton. If either Stein or Johnson has managed to climb into the public eye, and garner some modicum of support to make one believe they have even a remote change of winning, I will vote for either of them over Trump or Clinton. But, in the end, I will do whatever I can to make sure this country does not fall back into the Clinton’s pit of corruption and despair.

Compassion, Education and Liberty

It is said that compassion has two parts. The first part is an observation: “There is suffering in the world.” The second part is a decision: “I will do what I can to end this suffering.” For me, compassion forms the foundation of my spirituality. If I simply try to act with compassion in my life, I will experience the positive spiritual life that the wise of all beliefs have recommended. Sin is acting without compassion. Compassion implies, explicitly, a world outside of myself, at least experientially, that I will interact with, and directs with simplicity and elegance how I might interact. The mark of truth is simplicity and elegance.

Thomas Jefferson used the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. He could have used freedom, but he did not. Freedom is just that; I am free, I can do anything without restraint. I can take, hurt, even kill, because I am free. Liberty is a higher bar. Yes, I am quite free to kill you, but I won’t because that would be wrong. Jefferson believed ANY government was too much government, he was, at least in the ideal, an anarchist. He also knew that any free society depended on intelligent, moral citizens.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

the final frontier

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Educational? Fun? Both? Welcome to Space Engine. A 3D model of….life, the universe, and everything. Here we are at earth. Home, if you will, and lets go! Where? How about the Andromeda Galaxy? You can see it in the picture above, right where it is supposed to be.

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Here we are, some 2.5 million light years from earth. All the “stars” in this picture are actually galaxies. The graphics of getting here were straight out of Star Trek as we zipped along at some incredible speed that would make poor Einstein’s head swim. Way past the speed of light. It took us about 5 seconds to get here. Now we are here so lets go a hunting. Where no man has gone before.

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A couple of planets from the Andromeda Galaxy. These pics were taken with the internal camera, and not retouched. But hey, some made up procedural planet surfaces, while graphically as astounding as Second Life, ain’t all there is. So pick out your favorite space sight, and head off to have a visit. The Orion Nebula. Compare with NASA, ok, it isn’t perfect, but it’s there. Exactly where it is supposed to be.

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The whole thing just blows me away. Maybe its the trekie in me, but flying around the universe exploring real space objects (according to NASA) is a great way to spend an hour or two, yes? It’s a bit hard to find some things if you do not understand the various naming systems so you can know what to search for, but once you beat back that learning curve, you can go there, see that, take a picture. My favorites? Star clusters. Oh, and simply flying at warp 10 in any direction. One last look. From an frozen world in a star cluster over 17 billion light years from Earth.

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We Hold These Truths…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

In the latter part of the 18th century, a group of citizens “declared” themselves. They continued a long history of the search for true freedom for all people. They wrote words, that in my opinion, represent the most outstanding statement on what is required to have a free society. They fought and died for these ideals. They founded a land on these ideals. When asked what had been the outcome of their work, Ben Franklin famously said “..a republic, if you can keep it.” To me it is these words that are America. This is the heart of the American Dream, the soul of “We the people.” No one can understand the Government they left to us without feeling the words are true. This came first, the Constitution was a codification of these ideals, a formulation of the American conscience. If you do not have the heart of America, you will not understand the conscience and morality of America.

As it turns out, Ben was right. “If you can keep it.” The idea of liberty was attacked from the outset by forces that desired only to enslave the citizens, and follow the Pirate’s Creed: “take all ye can, and give none back.” Now, two centuries later, the dream they had, and the plan they created to allow that dream to flourish are in tatters. Vigilance was required, if we wanted our republic, and we slumbered. It did not happen in a day, it has been happening all along, with wins and losses on both sides. In my youth I realized we had drifted far from the ideals of the founders, that even then, something was very very wrong. I spent my whole life search for an answer, trying to understand where and how we had gone wrong. What I learned was that we did not listen, ever.

From the start, we were warned of the wolves at our door, and all along the way patriots have stood to speak warnings, and even face down the evils that lurks nearby, ready to devour us. We did not listen. Jefferson (who actually penned the words of our declaration) warned of the dangers of an Elitist Tyrant or Oligarchy using our freedoms not as tools for liberty but as weapons for our destruction. He was followed by another and another. In every generation, patriots have stood tall and proclaimed the evil lurking in the shadows.

The Devil’s Pitchfork, the weapon that will destroy any hope ever of a free society, and enslave all men to the whims of a few. The tree prongs of its trident are Militarism, Corporatism, and Financiers. I say “financiers”, as I do not know a better word to describe those who make their living off usury. Those who fought to create this dream, and founded a nation based on the hope of a free society, knew the dangers. America was never intended to have a standing army. In the middle of the 18th Century, Corporations were widely considered bad things, powerful tools that could easily become deadly weapons and they needed strict controls to be useful. Interestingly enough, the father of Capitalism is considered a fellow named Adam Smith , who penned “The Wealth of Nations” Smith was not entirely interested in the idea of Corporations (and certainly saw them as a detriment to a free market). Given the horrific failures of Corporations in Europe at the time of his writing, he was certain they were a failed concept, and doomed to extinction. For Financiers, the history of America up until the 1860’s shows a constant ongoing war between the Government and the Financiers. Each time they managed to acquire some control over the economics of the America, they nearly destroyed it with their avarice and sociopath attitudes about the equality of all citizens.

The 20th Century was their reign. I am sure they believed that had won. And now, as I look around, I suddenly have hope. Each time in history, they have been thrown down by a citizenry that is, to be quite frank, sick of their shit. At one point their humiliation was so complete they had to abandon the name of their Political Party, it was so held in disdain by the general public. And now, right before us, it is happening again. While the corruption and maleficence of any elections make them little better than a bad Monty Python skit, this time I note with some interest the rise of not one but TWO wildly popular candidates, both who seem doomed at the hands of the establishment. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. The corruption of the system is more apparent in this cycle than ever before (I watch Ron Paul robbed of not one but two nominations). While it is not uncommon for a candidate to get a certain amount of popular support on the fringes of politic thought, I can never remember a time when there were TWO of them at once, and both were actually the people’s choice. What I find completely remarkable is not the differences between them, but their similarities. Both are saying one thing. The Elite have taken too much, we the people must find a way to control, or eliminate, them to ensure a free society. It is the approach they take to that end that varies, but both have the same intent, and speak loudly of the Soul of America right now. While the Coronation of Queen Hilary still seems the inevitable choice of the Elite, and most likely outcome of the election, this time it bears the danger of a rebellious citizenry, tired to death of a overtly corrupt Government whoring itself out to a privileged elite, and anxious to do something about it. Once again I hear the words of John Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

The Gangs of America by Ted Nace.

The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

 Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Times by Carroll Quigley 

Tragedy and Hope 101 by Joseph Plummer

Anomaly

“2012, Undisclosed Lab, Key Finding is FOXP2 fragment: Preliminary testing recovered what appears to be a fragment of the Starchild Skull’s FOXP2 gene. This fragment differs from the corresponding human gene fragment in 56 positions along the DNA strand. This gene is highly conserved between species and is essential to human development.  In humans, it is linked to speech and cognitive function. This particular gene fragment is absolutely identical in every human and apes and has only ONE difference in monkeys, lending weight to the hypothesis that the Skull, with 56 differences, is not a human being. This finding, if proven, will raise many questions about how it developed and what abilities it may or may not have had. The results obtained need to be reproduced, verified, and extended.”

I am so fascinated by anomalies. Anomalies show us the cracks in Science, they represent the stuff “outside the box”, the fertile ground of wonder and discovery. There is no doubt anomalies are real things, and yet, they can’t be, not without changing our worldview, at the very least. A perfect human skeleton dated 350 million years ago. Its really hard to explain that in terms of “our current understanding”. An iron tool found in the Great Pyramid in a place that HAD to have held since its original construction. A worm with no mouth or anus. Science rarely even tries, and the lengths they go to to avoid talking about anomalies can be as amusing as the anomalies themselves.

The Starchild Skull is a great example. According to wikipedia:

The Starchild skull is a deformed human skull, likely to have been that of a child who died as a result of congenital hydrocephalus, which paranormalist Lloyd Pye has claimed is of extraterrestrial origin.

Oddly, the researchers don’t seem to make such grandious claims:

“THE STARCHILD SKULL is a 900-year-old bone skull found in Mexico in the 1930s. The Starchild Project has been working with independent researchers attempting to determine what this unusual skull is since 1999. The results uncovered by the research team ruled out all known deformities, and presented the scientific community with a genetic and physical profile so diffferent from human that it could be a new species.”

At the very least, the skull is interesting, and the anomalies it presents (far from the diagnosis of hydrocephalus) are worthy of exploration. I could go on and on about it, really, I could, but its all anatomy and physiology and science, so if you are interested go to the website and read as much as you like. I suggest comparing it to the explanation that is available on Wikipedia. This may reveal another crack in the facade of science, and certainly push you towards the light. At the very least, you may glimpse why I am so fascinated by anomalies.

I end up with this “annotated” Wikipedia definition:

The Starchild skull is a deformed human (there is no evidence this skull is fully human) skull, likely to have been that of a child (the evidence of its tooth wear suggests it lived quite some time) who died as a result of congenital hydrocephalus (the diagnosis of hydrocephalus is thoroughly wrong), which paranormalist (not sure Pye would appreciate that tag) Lloyd Pye has claimed is of extraterrestrial origin (never claimed as more than a possible explanation).

Now I do not know what the skull is, other than an artifact. I do not say it came from space, or died of a childhood disease. I simply do not know. But here I clearly see deliberate misinformation by established science, and the cracks in the facade that show the deeper underlying mythology under which science labors. I see the skull as a point of wonder, of a venue for research. The very purpose of science.

My Socialism is showing!

At the end of the day, I am an anarchist. I believe any law is a bad law, and any government is too much government. I am not so foolish as to believe such an ideal state could exist in today’s world, but none the less it is the ideal I believe I should strive for. As I see it, only one law is really necessary:

Do what you will, so long as it harms none.

One would imagine such a political philosophy would set me down somewhere on the Right, but on a recent trip to The Political Compass I ended up on the Libertarian left. A bit right of Gandhi, but still firmly planted on the left. I found some of the questions hard to answer from my point of view. *Are the rich taxed too highly?* is an example. One the one hand, no one should be taxed, but on the other, if there is going to be a tax, then the rich should pay their share (which they don’t). I found myself in that quandary a few times, and picked the *well, I don’t like it but that’s the way it is right now* answer.

My attitudes about economics, though, are what pulled me left. While I willingly advocate the idea of it, human kind is not yet ready to assume the responsibility for a laissez faire economy. Allowing what are basically economic warlords to rape and pillage the countryside is probably bad, it is not conducive to a free market, and leads to untold misery. We shouldn’t need to tell people its bad, but we do, obviously. I advocate a light hand by society on business, but a hand none the less. At least until we attain the moral fiber to know when our own accumulations are hurting others. I have long said a formal definition of avarice should do fine, but it still needs to happen.

Perhaps the real answer is simply to disengage the entire system. Systems such as Uber, Bitcoin and the use of local currency, as is used in Ithaca, NY, are steps in this direction. Each time we strengthen the local community, we take a step towards regaining our freedom. Creating local markets, like farmer’s markets, that encourage local businesses to produce the products, decreasing reliance on corporate mediocrity. (That is all corporations have really given us. Our “furniture” is made of cardboard, trash. In the rush for profit, a corporation will do whatever is cheaper, faster, and inevitably of less quality.)

With localization comes control. it is far easier for a town to engage the avarice of a few of its citizens, to make meaningful change, than it is to hope to create meaningful change in a country of 300 million people.