Hmmm. This one hit me pretty hard, as it is my current state. 

Hmmm. This one hit me pretty hard, as it is my current state. 

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Posted by Fluck from somewhere on the outside. 

Posted by Fluck from somewhere on the outside. 

General Wesley Clark.

And their game continues. It does’t matter who is the de facto leader. the rulers have made the choice already. 

If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, topheavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they fell stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.

From Fahrenheit 451. 

An absolute favorite book of mine for many years. I still have the original copy I first read in 1993. 

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There is a Name for it.

Is there any doubt that we are standing on the edge looking into the abyss? Not a day passes without more revelations coming out that either we have been lied to about the true nature of the global War on Terror, or that the government has been secretly supporting jihadi groups with ties to what we know as Al Qaeda. What does this say about the strange, crazy state of our world? Who the fuck is driving this boat?

I feel the sting of censorship everyday I go to work. I am told what I can and cannot view or read online based upon a crazy notion that by staring at a blank screen  I will suddenly be considered to be more aware or productive. The reality is that the more I stare at the blank screen waiting for something to happen the more lethargic I become. I accept that it is their right as a business to deny me this access to information. It is after all their money, I am their employee, and it is their computer terminal. So, ok, I get that. But, the similarities between that tiny microcosm, and the tacit requests for lethargy we are stealthily bombarded with day in and day out through media and society are really striking when I think about it. 

By flashing numb impotent caricatures of false life and reality in front of our faces and into our ears constantly, we are asked to stare at the blank screen until we are told that something is worth acknowledging(the Breaking News media event). Whenever we turn on the television, or listen to the radio(talk or music), pull up to a stop sign where billboards encircle our location, step into a store or pharmacy, visit the bank, or even listen to conversations at a bar; the glare of advertising rises to meet us. There seems to be a flaccid quality to it all. The passionate ones are the oddballs for sure. They are singled out for dirty looks of incredulity. Sneers, and muffled tones under breath indicate you have crossed the social contractual line. When did it become a crime to show passion, or to speak up?

Its been a long process of inculcation which for most of us started with our parents, who for the most part faced their own set of social conditioning. Onward to the first flashes on the TV screen, which in my youth consisted of 3-6 channels, followed by the advent of cable television in the early 80’s. This was punctuated by the 24 hour news cycle. Then on to school where repetitive instruction on our most basic belief systems of community held us riveted for 7-8 hours a day, and so on. It was a thorough training in a belief system that taught us about our country, our caste in society, and how all things interacted within it. Could it all have been one big, dare I use the word, Conspiracy, to lead us astray in order to then rob us all blind? Well, I hate to say it, but, yes. YES! For the love of God, YES!

To say it, or at least to admit it, seems almost crazy. But, the reality that I have seen through study of history and current events, is that as sinister as it sounds on its face, it really hasn’t been all that hidden when seen in the context of our world stage. For at least the last 250 to 300 years, since the beginnings of what is classically known as the The Age of Enlightenment, there has been a secret hand working in the shadows to reshape the world. In that reshaped world we, those of lower class status, or more to the point, working class folks, have really just been the cogs in the engine of change. The use of media and managed public opinion was, and is, needed to keep the illusion going.

We’re not allowed to know what the ultimate goal is, and we certainly are’t allowed to get a leg up. But it’s there, almost visible if it wasn’t hidden ever so faintly behind the waterfall of public relations blather that has been managed and mastered to pull the wool over the eye of the world, at least until the wolf is close enough to strike. One of my favorite reactionary quotes about the unseen hand comes from George Carlin. After making his observations of it, he states ever so sweetly, “…and nobody seems to notice…nobody seems to care.” 

President Woodrow Wilson, who assisted this mechanism of control by signing the Federal Reserve system into law in 1913, had his own feelings about the unseen hand. He had this to say about the powerful cabal as it was rising in the US. 

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

So who is it? There’s a simple answer to this complex question. It’s the bankers. It’s the monopoly capitalists with names like Rothschild, Mirabaud, and J.P. Morgan, who have strangled economies, fostered wars,  and anointed rulers since the creation of what is commonly known as fractional reserve banking back in the early years of the 18th century. Once it was discovered that interest could be charged on loans, which were backed by other peoples money, stored for safe keeping in the vaults of the earliest money changers, a seemingly unstoppable greed arose. These people were no angels sent to protect other’s assets; no knights protecting the pilgrims. 

As the years wore on, the process became more pervasive, and more obtuse by design. the rules of the system were made in such a way, and with such a language as to leave the common man or women befuddled by its seeming complexity. It is why to this day if you asked the average person on the street what this fractional reserve banking is, which has led to so many staggering highs for the few at the top, and so many crushing lows for the rest, most would not even be able to begin to describe its inner workings. 

In short, its main center of power today rests with the Bank of International Settlements, an international organization of central banks which control monetary policy throughout the world and have zero accountability to anyone. The scope of their power is immense. It even super-cedes monarchical power. Because, without its willing hand, countries would starve and die a thousand deaths. Its hands rest in industry of all kinds. The leaders of this group avoid, and even detest competition. they cannot allow financial control to sway to the side of the common man, because without our backs against the wall, the monetary gains cannot be realized. Its neither capitalist or communist; fascist, or anarchist. In reality, it is all of them rolled into one, based upon convenience. And it will never relinquish control.

Over time it seems to have been realized by these controllers of money that continuing to be willful in world affairs requires a dumbed down demos, or people, who are led to believe that their situation, while strangled and hopeless, is leading to some utopian end. It’s necessary to plant the seeds of necessity of production and group think, as the only methods towards realization of this utopian dreamland. We are being led astray from our communities, our friends and families, and ultimately from ourselves. We are being led down a path of blank stares and shrugged shoulders to where even the most horrific scenes of human brutality perpetrated in the name of progress are no more than an afterthought framed by our nightly newscast as a moral and ethical requirement.

So what?, you may ask. Well, it’s like the alcoholic or drug addict. You have to admit there is a problem before you can heal yourself, and here is the kicker kids. Every media conglomerate, educational institution, governmental think tank, international non-profit organization, or heavy industrial concern amongst thousands of other bastions of society, are either controlled, funded, has its existence owed or has an interested party attached, to it. The Carnegie Foundation, the Koch Brothers, The Rhodes Scholarship, The Federal Reserve, The New York Central Bank, The Bank of England, The John D. Rockefeller Foundation and others, are mere front companies for a wink and a nod strategy of nudging the public mind forward towards an end the people know not well, or completely.

I can only try my best to define it to the best of my ability, and hopefully shed light on it as I, and, dare I say we, move forward. It’s scary, and intimidating. The unseen hand is everywhere. And what we the people of the world, whose futures, and futures of our children and there’s must not do however, is to incite some violent revolution based upon some vainglorious dream of conquering the foe while standing on the hill. they are ready for that, and probably would welcome that as a pretext to shut it all down. No, instead we must go through an evolution. This evolution will not happen overnight, and it is not without risk. It revolves around sustaining ourselves and our communities. It’s about recognizing that what is done in our name, but without our consent, is not the status quo, and is not acceptable. Because it is happening over there, or to someone else’s family, should not give us license to turn away. This system of control wasn’t put together overnight, and cannot be dismantled overnight. But, make no mistake about it, it can be dismantled. It is like advertising. If you don’t pay attention it will go away. If you don’t consume its products, it will not be able to survive. The most powerful weapon we have is our own will to act, or depending on the situation, to not act. To put thought into action by stepping away from TV and popular culture idioms to start a blog or webpage, or paste flyers on walls, or start a newspaper or periodical to get the information out, is essential. These are just a few of the many things that could be done. Whatever way you decide to act please just remember to act. For it is in action that we find luck. And a bit of luck may be enough to light the fires of liberty again.

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