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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mark of the Beast $$$

Mark of the Beast $$$

By Jason Holland
RINF.com
September 20, 2017

Money and the power it imbues atrophies the living daemon in all
who are subjected to capitalist games.

It is a manipulator of perception, a truth twister, a divider of
people.

All who wade into the capitalist pool will be permeated with,
“money values” and those who stay too long in the tides become
part of the tide itself.

Consumed in the endless blinkered waters.

When capitalist ideals possess a victim their natural will is
absconded by selfish desire, and they begin capitulating to
the pitchfork wielding devil on their shoulder who is forever
whispering “Why don’t you just take it all for yourself?”

The money values eventually take precedent over human values
and even a capitalist’s own happiness will become unimportant
when they adopt the idea of saving just a little bit more then,
then…Then, they can focus what is truly important, family,
friends, and that kinda shit.

But the accumulation of money somehow always becomes the
central focus, and when the tipping point arrives for a society
where money is held in higher regard than human contentment
trust erodes, societal collapse becomes inevitable, and a slide
into insanity assured.

There is a fine line each individual walks with money.

If awareness isn’t emphasized one will never recognize
the moment equilibrium was lost.

Creeping capitalism falsely rewards neurons, misleading conscious
thought into slippery pleas to chase the dragon for another hit
while wrapped in cozy pragmatic rationalizations.

Pragmatism shifts soon after into malicious thoughts of competing
with others over trivialities because who the fuck are they to take
more than you, and if you don’t take more then someone else will,
is how the ravenous logic goes.

Money absorbs people without them knowing.

It’s dark magic. It casts spell.

Good people who once stood for decent things start making all
kinds of excuses for why things shouldn’t change.

It warps their worldview, where they once may have been against
all unnecessary suffering but now they don’t mind so much as long
as it maintains their status.

Capitalists sound something like humans, or tryl however, you can
hear the warbling insincerity in their inflections.

The weak-willed vacillations are pasted through capitalist dialect.

Should a capitalist be confronted for their actions they’ll
perpetually speak to some future time when that thing, like
poverty, or war, or homelessness, or man-made environmental
apocalypse will be fixed, but be patient because, you know,
things can’t happen overnight.

But they’ll promise you at some point in the very near future
these fixable problems can be remedied, but just not today.

Maybe, just maybe, next election cycle if you’re all good little
plebeians we’ll get you some nicer prisons.

Or for the better treated servants perhaps you can make $15
an hour in eight or so years…maybe, but for now, buck up.

The language becomes a giant facile excuse to sponge up more
for themselves no matter the cost to anyone else.

GOLLUM! GOLLUM!

They become an effigy of their most selfish inclinations, and in a
half-hearted attempt to assuage guilt they’ll superficially harden
to puritanistic sexless family values because they wouldn’t want to
seem like ostentatious clods for taking everything for themselves.

Sure, there may be a genocide or two along the way, or putting
people through a lifetime of work for what they spend on a yacht,
or a bomb, or a toilet, but they deem their free will to exploit is
more important than the most basic needs of others, so goes the
Randian apologia.

Bret Easton Ellis’s book American Psycho highlights the bloodlust
money induces.

Where the suffering of others becomes inconsequential relative to
the short term pleasure seeking and ego stroking among privileged
cronies.

The hounds of hell are the capitalist dogs in suits intoxicated
with smug idiocy.

They don’t live and let live, they hunt till there is nothing left
but null.

Authoritarian tools of control are those built into social hierarchy
which unleash lecherous narcissistic devils in the human disposition.

Money is their most effective weapon to date, even better than
organized religion.

Money enables a vampiric social hierarchy which beats down
the chain of command damaging trust through the entire social
construct where the most vulnerable are sacrificed on the altar
of all about me-ism.

The me.

The dear sweet please think about privileged me.

“Oh did you say something about your poverty? Well, why don’t you
first stop to think about my right to take as much as I want. Did you
not think about that?” says the diseased capitalist mind.

Perpetuating a system of inverted liberty, equality, and
accountability where the desires of those who need the
least are prioritized above all else.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological torture and none are better
at it than gutless capitalists.

They blame the victim, while they re-frame, re-brand, re-orient
the basis of the argument.

They present an array of hackneyed contrived stats to tell you
that your reality is false and theirs supreme, which just happens
to coincide with continuing to reward capitalist bank accounts
and status quo abuse.

Convenient.

The capitalist system becomes an entity in itself, an abusive friend
who tries to endlessly sell you Amway ponzi scheme garbage and
will subsequently blame you should you succumb to their prattling.

Caveat emptor is not a warning, rather it’s the core philosophy of
capitalists, with a subtext that says I’m going to try to exploit you
so it’s your own fault if you aren’t careful what you’re buying from
me.

They justify lying in the name of playing a game, one they say
is fair but in reality is exploitation clothed as meritocracy.

The cream does not rise to the top in a capitalist system, it’s the
most exploitative, the least compassionate, and the least ethical
who seize command, those who have served the beast with the
most aplomb.

It’s the game that must end.

There is no need to play nice with people who have already rigged
the outcome, and it’s not enough they take all you have, but they
want you to be part of the cult.

Time to pack up the capitalist game board and burn it, a game
that if sold under a more truthful moniker would be called,
“Demonic Ouija” on sale now for the small cost of your soul.


http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/mark-of-the-beast

Monday, September 18, 2017

World Politics

World Politics

By Paul Cech
Dissident Voice
September 18, 2017

pseudo-sincerity
flows from their pores
as they invoke their deity’s name…
natural disasters
terrorism
war
famine
and other “evils”
are their favorite subjects for invocations

while…
corruption
poverty
injustice
exploitation
neglect
abuse
adultery
etc.
remain whispers in poorly illuminated halls of justice


https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/world-politics

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Decline From Democracy To Tyranny

The Decline From Democracy To Tyranny

By Jeff Thomas
RINF.com
September 14, 2017

The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and
inevitable one.

That’s not a pleasant thought to have to consider, but it’s a fact,
nonetheless.

In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the
electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largesse
from their government.

This process may be fascism, socialism, communism, or a basket
of “isms,” but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy.

Like the destruction of a sandcastle by the incoming tide,
it requires time to transpire, but in time, the democracy,
like the sandcastle, will be washed away in its entirety.

Why should this be so? Well, as I commented some years ago:

"The concept of government is that the people grant to a small
group of individuals the ability to establish and maintain controls
over them."

The inherent flaw in such a concept is that any government will
invariably and continually expand upon its controls, resulting in
the ever-diminishing freedom of those who granted them the
power.

Unfortunately there will always be those who wish to rule and
there will always be a majority of voters who are complacent
enough and naïve enough to allow their freedoms to be slowly
removed.

This adverb “slowly” is the key by which the removal of freedoms
is achieved.

The old adage of “boiling a frog” is that the frog will jump out of
the pot if it’s filled with hot water, but if the water is lukewarm
and the temperature is slowly raised, he’ll grow accustomed to
the temperature change and will inadvertently allow himself to
be boiled.

Let’s have a look at Thomas Jefferson’s assessment of this
technique:

"Even under the best forms of Government, those entrusted with
power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into
tyranny."

Mister Jefferson was a true visionary.

He knew even as he was penning the Declaration of Independence
and portions of the Constitution, that his proclamations, even if
they were accepted by his fellow founding fathers, would not last.

He recommended repeated revolutions to counter the inevitable
tendency by political leaders to continually vie for the removal
of the freedoms from their constituents.

Around the same time that Mister Jefferson made the above
comment, Alexander Tytler, a Scottish economist and historian,
commented on the new American experiment in democracy.

He’s credited as saying:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist
as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to
exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote
themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that
moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who
promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result
that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy,
which is always followed by a dictatorship."

So, was each of the above gentlemen throwing a dart at a board,
or did they each have some kind of crystal ball?

Well, actually, neither.

Each was a keen student of history.

Each knew that the pattern, by the end of the 18th century,
had already repeated itself time and time again.

In fact, as early as the fourth century BC, Plato had quoted
Socrates as having stated to Adeimantus,

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated
form of tyranny and slavery comes out of the most extreme form of
liberty.

Today, much of what was called the “free world” only half a
century ago has deteriorated into a combination of residual
capitalism, which has been largely and increasingly buried by
socialism and fascism.

It should be mentioned that the oft misinterpreted definition of
“fascism” is the joint rule by corporate and state, a condition
that’s now manifestly in place in much of the former “free”
world.

Today, many people perceive fascism as a tyrannical condition
that’s suddenly imposed by a dictator, but this is rarely the case.

Fascism is in fact a logical step.

Just as voters succumb over time to the promises of socialism,
so a parallel decline occurs as fascism slowly replaces capitalism.

Fascism may appear to be capitalism, but it’s the antithesis
of a free market.

As Vladimir Lenin rightly stated:

"Fascism is capitalism in decline."

Comrade Lenin understood the value of fascism for political
leaders.

Whilst he retained a close relationship with New York and London
bankers, and a healthy capitalist market was tapped into for Soviet-
era imports, he was aware that his power base depended largely on
denying capitalism to his minions.

So, from the above quotations, we may see that there’s been
a fairly erudite group of folks out there who have commented
on this topic over the last 2,500 years.

They agree that democracies, like sandcastles, never last.

They generally begin promisingly, but, given enough time, any
government will erode democracy as quickly as the political leaders
can get away with it, and the progression always ends in tyranny.

We’re presently at a major historical juncture, a time in which
much of the former free world is in the final stages of decay and
approaching the tyranny stage.

At this point, the process tends to speed up.

We can observe this as we see an increase in the laws being passed
to control the population, increased taxation, increased regulation,
and increased promises of largesse from the government that they
don’t have the funding to deliver.

When any government reaches this stage, it knows only too
well that it will not deliver and that, when the lie is exposed,
the populace will be hopping mad.

Therefore, just before the endgame, any government can be
expected to ramp up its police state.

The demonstrations by governments that they’re doing so are now
seen regularly, raids by SWAT teams in situations where just a small
number of authorities could handle the situation just as well.

Displays of armed forces in the street, including armoured vehicles,
in instances of disruption.

In London, Ferguson, Paris, Boston, etc., the authoritarian displays
have become ever-more frequent.

All that’s now necessary is a series of events (whether staged or
real) to suggest domestic terrorism in several locations at roughly
the same time.

A state of national emergency may then be declared “for the safety
of the people.”

It’s this justification that will assure the success of tyranny.

Historically, the majority of people in any county, in any era,
choose the illusion of safety over freedom.

As John Adams was fond of saying:

"Those who would trade freedom for safety will have neither."

From this point on, it would be wise for anyone who lives in the EU,
US, UK, etc. to watch events closely.

If a rash of “domestic terrorism” appears suddenly, it could well be
the harbinger that the government has reached the tipping point
when tyranny under the guise of “protecting the safety of the
people” is inaugurated.

The most essential takeaway here is that, although some may
object (even violently), the majority of the people will trade
their freedom for the promise of safety.


http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/the-decline-from-democracy-
to-tyranny

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Importance of September 11, 2001

The Importance of September 11, 2001

By Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford
September 11, 2017

September 11, 2001 seems destined to be the watershed event of ​
our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes.

The evidence of government complicity in the lead up to the
events, the failure to respond during the event, and the astounding
lack of any meaningful investigation afterwards, as well as the
ignoring of evidence turned up by others that renders the official
explanation impossible, may signal the end of the American
experiment.

It has been used to justify all manners of measures to legalize
repression at home and as a pretext for behaving as an aggressive
empire abroad.

Until we demand an independent, honest, and thorough
investigation and accountability for those whose action,
and inaction, led to those events and the cover-up, our
republic and our Constitution remain in the gravest danger. ​

-- Lieutenant Colonel Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Debt Ceiling

The Debt Ceiling

By Expotera
September 9, 2017

Yesterday Congress put the United States of America one step
closer to, "Bankruptcy" by voting to raise, "The Debt Ceiling"
once again.

The debt limit also known as, "The Debt Ceiling" is the maximum
amount of money the U.S. Treasury can borrow and by increasing,
"The Debt Ceiling" this allows the Treasury to continue to borrow
even more money to pay for the Government’s current financial
obligations.

On March 16, 2017 the statutory debt limit was reinstated,
freezing the national debt at just under $20 trillion dollars.

Since then, the Treasury has been forced to employ,
“Extraordinary Measures” that enable it to manage the
government’s finances for a limited amount of time.

According to the Congressional Budget Office those, "Extraordinary
Measures" will likely be exhausted in early to mid-October.

Now most Americans say that they put and they place a very high
priority on strengthening the Country and looking out for the next
generation.

Yet the Federal Government is on an highly irresponsible, as well
as highly unsustainable fiscal path with spending programs growing
more quickly than the economy can keep up with and with tax
revenues projected to chronically fall short of all of the spending.

Robert H. Hem­phill is the Cre­dit Mana­ger of the Federal Reserve
Bank of At­lanta and here is how he explains our Country's current
financial situation:

"Central bank monopoly on the creation of legally recognized
‘tender’ must be maintained in order for the simmer-the-frogs-to-
death-slowly game plan to unfold. The fractional reserve banking
Ponzi depends on this absolute cornerstone for its very survival.
It can’t fulfill its single mandate of creating booms and busts,
repeatedly, to ensure that all the best assets get concentrated
into the fewest hands (and the hands that empower the fractional
reserve banking racket). If all the bank loans were paid up, no one
would have a bank depo­sit, and there would not be a dol­lar of
cur­rency or coin in cir­cu­la­tion. This is a stag­ger­ing thought. We
are com­pletely depen­dent on the com­mer­cial banks for our money.
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 mone­tary sys­tem. When one gets a com­plete grasp
upon the pic­ture, the tra­gic absur­dity of our hope­less posi­tion
is almost in­cred­ible – but there it is. It (the bank­ing prob­lem) is
the most im­por­tant sub­ject in­tel­li­gent per­sons can in­ves­ti­gate and
reflect upon. It is so im­por­tant that our pre­sent civi­li­za­tion may
col­lapse un­less it is widely under­stood and the defects reme­died
very soon."

President Herbert Hoover once said, "Blessed are the young for
they shall inherit the national debt."

Young Americans now stand to inherit a Country
in unprecedented crisis and unprecedented debt.

The debt, endless wars, inequality, climate change, corruption
and corporate control of our government and democracy, are
symptoms of interconnected economic, ecological, and political
system failures that show few signs of correcting themselves.

The overarching trends are so grim that some people like
Bob Massie, President of the New Economics Institute have
already thrown in the towel, dismissively labeling the current
cadre of folks under forty as, “Generation Screwed.”

Now over the past 16+ years George Bush and his Administration,
along with Barack Obama and his Administration, have now stolen
well over, "$15 Trillion Dollars" from the United States of America
and the comment below by former U.S. Senator John Danforth from
Missouri, pretty much sums up this entire, "Post" as well as what has
honestly now happened to our Country since September 11, 2001:

"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
unforgivable 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."
-- Senator John Danforth

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner

By Expotera
September 07, 2017

Tonight the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs
kicked off the start of the 2017 NFL Season and speaking of,
"Kicked Off" Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was, "Kicked Off"
his former team the San Francisco Forty Niners for refusing
to stand for, "The National Anthem" during the entire 2016
NFL Season.

Now, "The Star Spangled Banner" was originally written by
a man named Francis Scott Key and beyond being both an
American Lawyer and American Author, Mr. Key was also
an American, "Slave Owner" as well.

Most Americans have heard or in some cases even know the
words of, "The Star Spangled Banner" to be the following:

O say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

But in the original version of Mr. Key's, "Star Spangled Banner"
the third stanza of this poem/song went as the following:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You see the original version of, "The Star Spangled Banner"
was a celebration of, "Slavery" and it was not a celebration
of, "The Nation" as history has now incorrectly taught us.

Yet, Colin Kaepernick is the, "Bad Guy" simply because he refused
to stand for the, "National Anthem" but men like George Bush and
Barack Obama are still considered to be a couple of, "Good Guys"
even though they have now stolen well over, "$15 Trillion Dollars"
from the United States of America just over these past 16+ years??

So inclosing and in the final words of Edward Snowden:

"We have seen enough criminality on the part of the government.
It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me."

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Working Class Responds To Hurricane Harvey

The Working Class Responds To Hurricane Harvey

By Joseph Kishore
WSWS.org
August 31, 2017

The official preparation for and response to Hurricane Harvey
have been characterized by a stunning level of incompetence
and indifference from the lack of a coordinated evacuation and
emergency housing plan, to the completely ad-hoc character of
rescue operations.

As Houston and other parts of Texas drown and the death toll
mounts, various government officials, from the White House
on down, have spent much of the past several days patting
themselves on the back.

“You have been terrific,” Trump told the governor, the head of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and other officials in Texas
on Tuesday, hoping that no one would notice what was happening
around him.

The flooding, however, has produced an overwhelming response
from workers in Texas and throughout the region, who have rushed
to volunteer for rescue operations, using their own equipment and
receiving nothing in return.

The New York Times, which generally refers to the working class
only to disparage it, wrote on Wednesday that “the response to
one of the worst disasters in decades has been, in many ways,
improvised.”

The article continued: “Recreational vehicles—airboats, Jet Skis,
motorized fishing boats have rushed to the aid of people trapped
in their homes, steered by welders, roofers, mechanics and
fishermen wearing shorts, headlamps and ponchos. The working
class, in large part, is being saved by the working class.”

Perhaps thousands have participated in these efforts to save those
stranded in their homes, often traveling great distances.

Many of these rescues have been coordinated by means of an online
map, "houstonharveyrescue.com" put together early this week by a
local software developer.

Individuals and families needing assistance are able to register
on the site.

Thousands have done so in the first few days of its operation
and the site reports as of Wednesday night that nearly 5,000
have been “marked safe.”

A report in Quartz notes that:

“The army of rescuers, who can also register on the site, can then
easily spot the neediest cases. A team of 100 phone dispatchers
follows up with those wanting to be rescued, and can send mass
text messages with important information. An algorithm weeds
out any repeats.”

The response of workers raises broader issues.

Hurricane Harvey, like Hurricane Katrina and many other disasters
in the US and Internationally, has exposed the class reality that the
media and the political establishment attempt to cover up.

As always, it is the working class and poor of all races
and ethnicities, that are the hardest hit.

It is they who are either without insurance or face insurance
companies that refuse to cover damages.

It is they who will see the media and ruling class politicians
depart as the flood waters recede and the major industries
resume operations.

No small part of the reaction of the media and political
establishment to the disaster is motivated by fear that it
will spark social unrest, serving as kindling for a conflagration
arising from the immense contradictions of American society.

At the same time, the response of workers to the hurricane
expresses a basic class consciousness and solidarity that the
ruling class works so hard to undermine.

Contrary to the claims promoted in particular by the Democratic
Party, that American society is driven by racial hatred, the
emergency operations have involved white, black and Hispanic
workers on both sides in the boats and in the stranded houses.

The response makes a powerful case for independent workers’
organizations and workers’ control, not only of the basic industries
and means of production, but of all essential resources and
services.

Workers have a much greater understanding of what needs to be
done than those who currently determine government policy, the
corporate and financial aristocracy and beyond it the top 5 or 10
percent of the population.

If workers had been involved in decisions over how to allocate
resources, the level of preparation for the hurricane itself would
have been far more advanced.

Trillions of dollars would be allocated not to bailing out Wall Street
and financing the American military machine, but to building social
infrastructure.

The flooding, after all, was neither unforeseeable, nor unforeseen,
it was just not planned for.

The destruction of the fourth largest city in the United States
is one expression of a general phenomenon.

In a million different ways, the basic requirements of a modern
mass society preparation for natural disasters, the distribution
of food, the development of health care and education systems,
not to speak of ensuring a livable income for all of humanity,
come into conflict with the subordination of society to the
dictates of profit.

The domination of the stock markets ensures that all is sacrificed
to the quarterly corporate figures.

The case for socialism is inextricably bound up with this.

Economic planning is made not by utopian dreams,
but by the concrete demands of social development.

In every aspect of social life, the working class must take matters
into its own hands, through the organization of workers’
committees in factories, workplaces and neighborhoods to assume
control over the production and distribution of resources.

These organizations must begin with the needs of the working
class and be democratically controlled by the working class.

They must take ever greater responsibility for unifying workers
and organizing their common struggles against the capitalist
class and its political representatives.

The establishment of genuine democratic control over production
and economic organization is the necessary basis for the
development of a rational plan to replace the anarchy of the
market and ensure that all decisions are based on social need.


http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/31/pers-a31.html