Just after starting to evolve this Wiki World Order project of mine into a fuller multimedia format, I thought it would be good practice for me to interview my folks and interesting for a funny sampling of audiences. These early 2010 interviews were partially to help record the story of my earliest activism against Big Tobacco from age nine to 19 with my brother Max, for use in an upcoming episode. But far beyond my own activist beginnings, I hope to have teased out many of their qualities which have helped me to so positively radicalize myself over my first three decades.
Welcome friends, to the Wiki World Order Report: peacefully replacing the corporate-industrial complex. This is episode seven, Clean Elections Fight Corporate Erections. Listener supported video and audio downloads, as well as transcripts with detailed documentation and Research-Along Theaters can be found for FREE online at WikiWorldOrder.org. And please check out Facebook.com/wikiworldorder for more frequent links to potent news, documents, and alternative media in between episodes. I’m your host, Morgan Lesko.
A lot of people feel their like votes are not worth anything anymore, and opt out of participating in that part of democracy. We can use non-participation in trinket capitalism could help defund the corporate-industrial complex, or really send a message via mass strikes. And I do think we need to out-grow our kleptocracy to replace it with a new decentralized system.
But I also strongly believe that while we plan for our future, we must simultaneously steer the present. I think we must maximize our participation in the community and political process in hopes of reclaiming it. It is the only way to change how our government spends its big money funding the status quo, while supposedly working on our behalf. If and when we out-grow our current government, whatever system we replace it with will hopefully embody the principles we establish and fight for right now within the current governing paradigm.
Reclaiming democratic freedom is far from included in your taxes…it takes real effort and real people power. It means…
Informing yourself on important issues from many perspectives
Voting in every election you can, and unelecting legislators who don’t represent you
Frequently lobbying your elected representatives
And even organizing groups in your community
No matter what system of human relationships rules your land, is it not your duty to help ensure it hears each of our voices?
There is a concept largely associated with the military-industrial complex known as the iron triangle. It describes the trading of economic and human resources between interest groups and the government to perpetuate and continually expand the industry. This technique is not just used by the military, but is replicated by many different industries. I argue that one of the primary starting points for these endless cycles is the electoral support in the form of campaign contributions. So if we target this part of the formula, perhaps we will finally be able to make progress in pushing some of these industries back.
I’ve learned from 20 years of experience as an activist that the U.S. House and Senate, and therefore our country, move extremely slow on most issues. The biggest corporate interests sponsor candidates on both sides of the aisle, with some industries supporting red a bit more than blue, but both sides of the duopoly are generally corrupt and co-opted. There are a few brilliant exceptions of course, but they are vastly outnumbered.
Many citizens have fought for DECADES trying to fix issues which are NO-BRAINERS when faced with the facts, so we don’t even get to the point of discussing the underlying problems of the crony capitalism running our system. I want to emphasize that we might have a chance at accomplishing the obvious steps, and then the even more difficult steps, by first cutting our legislative bodies free from their addiction to corporate purse strings. In addition to greatly helping all activist efforts, this could also to improve Congressional oversight over the top secret parts of our government…thereby improving OUR oversight over those private parts.
The US Senate and the House of Representatives are designed to most directly represent we the people. But members of Congress spend a great deal of their time trying to raise money for future or current campaigns, which could be spent legislating. These bodies have been perversely corrupted by trends like the over 12,000 registered lobbyists who spent over $3.5 Billion in 2010. We see bills defeated and passed by politicians who are loyal to their purse strings over their values and sense of equality and justice…usually more concerned about doing what is right for their careers instead of their constituents.
Between November 2008…and Sept. 30, 2009, the financial industry…has given $48.3 million in campaign contributions to members of Congress and their leadership political action committees…
…The 94 members of the two finance committees have received $16.9 million overall. The top 10 committee recipients include the Democratic chairmen: Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.); and the ranking Republicans on the committees: Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) and Rep. Spencer Bachus (Ala.).
Even without the Citizens United case, the standard behavior inside the beltway disgusts me. Like corporations, too many politicians follow their bottom-lines, which generally translate to the needs of their biggest corporate sponsors. It is one thing to make compromises while bills are being crafted and written, but the way politicians trade votes on various unrelated legislation seems backwards to me.
Why wouldn’t our representatives vote on a bill-by-bill basis, based on whether a bill is wise and just?
Why would we want our representatives to vote for bills any differently than their actual positions on the given issue? The political capital that trumps all in my book, is voting and leading from the heart, backed by the facts. That is perhaps the best we can ask of any politician.
What Do Clean Elections Look Like?
One of the secrets in all aspects of life is to envision the swish, before making the shot. There are many different types of reforms promoted, so I’ll do my best to provide a quick road map of the more popular paths towards various levels of reform.
While I focus here on the national level, most of these issues are applicable at each state’s level. Even though most state legislative bodies are also filled with corporate money, fighting for campaign finance reform in individual states is also required to make the whole country more representative of its citizens.
Improvement Set #1: Adding Sunlight (Transparency)
While I am not personally positive what model will work the best if implemented, I do think we desperately need some serious, systemic reform of campaign financing and I do like the Clean Elections/Clean Money model. If enacted, voters could also essentially boycott candidates who do not use public financing.
Since this is such an important issue, there are many groups working on it which you can check out. A few include:
So please sign up for national and local groups which focus on this issue to stay informed and take action when needed.
Billionaires and mega-corporations larger than most countries often donate a fraction of their profits to charities to improve their image for public relations. But very rarely does that generosity counter-balance the vast damage and inequity caused by their profit-maximizing over the years, decades, or centuries. Similarly, I feel we’ve reached a point where the vast majority of signed legislation benefits the Corporate-Industrial Complex, and the average citizen only gets a tiny charitable kick-back in benefits…for political public relations.
Strengthening the citizen representation in Congress and state legislatures with fundamental campaign finance reform could be the most vital step in bringing back our beautiful republic to replace our current plutocracy. So please use your voice to its maximum potential, in whatever way you are most creative, and consider making clean elections one of the big issues in the 2012 elections.
Thank YOU for listening, and participating in the Wiki World Order!
Robin Fox, lady in white, is the communications chair for the Floyd County (Georgia) Democratic Party and a seventh grade science teacher
Next to her was Andrew Giordano, a victim hurt by a couple of the policies being fixed by this bill
Then Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) got totals of $67,475 from Bank of America (including their purchase of MBNA Corp), and $29,650 from Barclays, and $16,125 from AIG, with a grand total of $159,575 from all highlighted contributors, from 2003-2008
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) got totals of $45,500 from JP Morgan Chase, $35,800 from Credit Suisse, and $19,000 from H&R Block, with a grand total of $115,900 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) only got totals of $38,000 from CME Group, $24,000 from the American Bankers Association, and $20,330 from Wells Fargo, with a grand total of $96,330 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) got totals of $37,350 from JP Morgan Chase, $34,900 from Goldman Sachs, $29,399 from Bank of America, with a grand total of $326,699 from all highlighted contributors , from 2005-2010
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got totals of $50,000 from CME Group, $30,000 from UBS, and $30,000 from Wells Fargo, with a grand total of $246,100 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) got totals of $47,600 from NYSE Group, $35,050 from Bank of New York Mellon, and $34,250 from CME Group, with a grand total of $474,000 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) got totals of $66,850 from JP Morgan Chase, $50,300 from Goldman Sachs, $45,600 from Fidelity Investments, with a grand total of $221,250 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC) got totals of $33,250 from Bank of America, $26,500 from the American Bankers Association, and $20,500 from American Express, with a grand total of $214,972 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) only got totals of $8,500 from Fannie Mae, $3,000 from the American Bankers Association, and $3,000 from Morgan Stanley, with a grand total of only $19,900 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) got totals of $111,100 from Citigroup, $93,100 from the Royal Bank of Scotland, and $87,700 from AIG, with a grand total of $885,400! from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) got totals of $44,950 from Bank of America, $44,650 from Citigroup, $35,400 from American Express, with a grand total of $392,850 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) got totals of $105,050 from Fidelity Investments, $49,000 from CME Group, and $47,000 from Bank of America, with a grand total of $581,800! from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS) got totals of $25,119 from QC Holdings, $25,000 from the American Bankers Association, and $24,000 from Bank of America, with a grand total of $297,819 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) only got totals of $26,000 from CME Group, $15,700 from QC Holdings, and $14,500 from Citigroup, with a grand total of $82,200 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) got totals of $65,800 from JP Morgan Chase, $31,000 from UBS, and $30,000 from the American Bankers Association, with a grand total of $279,150 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010 (05-06, 07-08, 09-10)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) got totals of $67,095 from JP Morgan Chase, $31,500 from H&R Block, and $27,000 from Capital One, with a grand total of $341,295 from all highlighted contributors, from 2005-2010
Appendix B: Issues I Care About Which Might Benefit From Clean Elections
I think if we had serious campaign finance reform, we’d have a much better shot at progress in issues I care about like…
Ending ALL of the illegitimate wars around the world, for the sake of all the victims of these wars, and deconstructing the majority of the military-industrial complex
Ending the Patriot Act, rendition, torture, and similar Constitution shredding policies
Ending the War On Drugs which among other things, imprisons far too many citizens and keeps minorities disproportionally disenfranchised and oppressed, a modern incarnation of the old Jim Crow laws
Curbing large-scale pollution and using alternative energies and overunity energies to end our dependence on oil and coal…using solutions that DO NOT try to solve the problem by creating new legal Ponzi schemes to keep the profit-maximizers happy
Creating a true public option to provide all citizens with universal health care, and supporting not-for-profit private health care options (see episode 4 on social businesses)
Protecting farmers from the Monsanto food paradigm
Basic animal rights to prohibit various forms of large-scale and legal torture
Attaining full and equal legal rights for all citizens of all sexual orientations and identities
Appendix C: Episode Music – Clean Elections Fight Corporate Erections
Welcome friends, to Episode 6 of the Wiki World Order report: Critical Thinking To Interpret SPINformation. I’m your host, Morgan Lesko.
All information is delivered with some amount of spin. Some spin is minimal and relatively neutral, while other spin dramatically changes the meaning or significance of information, and is also known as lying. Whether the spin is consciously or unconsciously applied, it must be consciously factored into your interpretation of any source of information. Information is distinct and separate from knowledge, and all of us are in desperate need of a reliable method to scan for viruses as we process everything.
NOAM CHOMSKY: I mean this is way beyond just demonstrating the subservience of the media to power. I mean they have actual — they have real complicity in genocide in this case. The reason the atrocities can go on is because nobody knows about them. If anyone knew about them, there would be protests and pressure to stop them. So therefore by suppressing the facts, the media are making a major contribution to some of the — probably the worst act of genocide since the Holocaust.
….. NOAM CHOMSKY: There is nothing more remote from what I’m discussing, or what we have been discussing, than a conspiracy theory. If I give an analysis of say, the economics system, and I point out that General Motors tries to maximize profit and market share….that’s not a conspiracy theory, that’s an institutional analysis. It has nothing to do with conspiracy theories, and that’s precisely the sense in which we’re talking about the media. The phrase “conspiracy theory” is one of those that is constantly brought up. And I think its effect is to simply discourage institutional analysis. – Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent
JOHN STAUBER of PR Watch: You see a news show, you watch 60 Minutes or a Fox program, or whatever it is, you tend to give more credibility to what you’re told is journalism. If an advertisement comes on, hopefully you tend to be more skeptical of that, because obviously somebody put an awful lot of money into crafting this slick TV ad and airing it. But what you’d probably never suspect, is that that news story you just watched was also crafted by a company, given to the TV station or network with the understanding that they would put their own logos on it, identify it as real journalism, and air it.
NARRATOR: Colonel Sam Gardener would eventually chart 50 false news stories created and leaked by the Bush White House propaganda apparatus prior to and during the assault on Iraq. Foremost amongst these were the lies that led to the war in the first place. It was not bad intelligence that led to the invasion, concludes Gardener. It was an orchestrated effort that began before the war, and was meticulously planned to manipulate the public. – Psywar by Scott Noble
BERNIE SANDERS: People don’t appreciate this. You know, in the last days of the Soviet Union you had dozens of newspapers, dozens of magazines, all kinds of radio and television stations. The only problem is that all of that media was controlled by the Communist party of the Soviet Union or the government of the Soviet Union. We are moving in that direction.
Fewer and fewer people vote. When polls tell us that fewer and fewer people understand the political process — What the media does is trivialize what goes on, sensationalizes it, makes it entertainment, rather than saying look, the function of the media is to educate you to live in a democracy, which is pretty serious stuff. – Orwell Rolls In His Grave
But now that we have built the printing press of our century, we can maximize the power of this technology by reviving critical thinking to take a more methodical approach to interpret the newly found wealth of information. The goals are to reconcile all contradictions of information, constantly striving to increase our certainty regarding the who, what, where, when and why of current and historical events. Critical thinking is indeed critical.
(timestamp 53:54) LISA ARBERCHESKI: Especially when you’re living in an information age, you’re inundated with information. And yet, if you don’t have a system, an operating system, of taking in that information, and thinking critically about it, deciding for yourself, then you’re really left to all of the authorities. And there are plenty of authorities out there that want to tell you how to live your life, and what to do with your money, etc.
PAUL VERGE: I would say pointing out the fallacy arguments in someone’s position, especially an authority figure, allows you to intellectually as opposed to emotionally respond to what they’re saying in a way that’s not necessarily threatening. It’s just truthful and it throws the ball back in their court, in a way where they have to either admit they are using a fallacy or change their position. Whereas they want you to respond emotionally, like a child, to get upset at the fact that they’re saying something to you or ordering you to do something.
LISA ARBERCHESKI: Right, and so you have to ask yourself am I making this decision based on good reasons and on good evidence, and logic, etc? Or am I being overwhelmed by some vivid evidence or circumstance by someone else’s advanced rhetoric?
(1:10:41) RICHARD GROVE: But the summary is that outcome-based education is in the benefit of these corporations and not in the benefit of our friends, families and ourselves, to be learning like that. Rick, what kind of example could you give the audience of the trivium method of learning versus the outcome-based education or the Prussian model of education.
RICK MALCHOW: Well, let’s say someone could teach you a song on an instrument, you know, using outcome-based education. You can be shown where to put your fingers and mechanically how to get through the song by using small portions, and then keep working, you know, one portion at a time, until the song is learned.
But you’ll learn that song faster if you use the trivium method. The trivium method is the opposite of outcome-based education. So what if you wanted to learn another song? Under outcome-based education, we would need to be taught, dependent on someone to teach and guide you through the process of learning another song. Outcome-based education creates intellectual cripples dependent on a system already in place to educate individuals on every new subject — or teaching new songs, per the example. Because the person learning never
mastered the basics, but only the outcome, and he had no way to be creative.
So and then if you were to teach the same song using the trivium method, first you would learn how to learn music, which is the knowledge or grammar portion of the trivium. Second you would learn how to use your fingers, scales, timing, etc, and this would be the understanding or logic portion. And third you would learn proper technique and expression, which would be the wisdom or rhetoric portion.
RICHARD GROVE: Right so it sounds like outcome-based education keeps you coming back for more as a customer of a teacher, instead of that teacher teaching you the one lesson that allows you to learn any other subject on your own much more expeditiously than you can with a teacher in what we know as the traditional system of education.
LISA ARBERCHESKI: Well and the tools of self-teaching enable you to move forward beyond the limits of your teachers and to become creative on your own.
In striving to use the trivium method while evaluating the media, I have consumed many books and an immense amount of random “documentary films” on all topics with an open and critical mind, though I have never been a big reader of random writings or blogs on conspiracies. I look at more from creators who produce quality work, and who clearly strive to offer maximum documentation and earn a record of higher historical accuracy.
As far as consistent news outlets go, now I really like the Corbett Report and Media Monarchy. Just as I am striving to do, they provide more direct documentation to mainstream sources: the same sources on which the mainstream bases their realities. Since we are working uphill against public opinion on a lot of these issues, they have learned to stick to topics with a strongly documented case, and must hone their source and evidence validation to stay ahead of their powerful and endless critics.
While adding lots of documents to my AltBib.Com research database last year, my process on Infowars.com or PrisonPlanet.com was actually to initially avoid reading the articles they wrote. Instead I just keep clicking through all the links provided throughout each alternative article, gradually finding all the new and old mainstream source articles supporting the alternative narrative.
Granted, the independent media sometimes uses hyperbolic headlines just like the rest of the American media. But at the end of this reading process, which is now second-nature to me, I usually felt the hyperbolic alternative headline was reasonably justified based on the facts confirmed by mainstream sources. Then if I am still interested I will read the full alternative analysis and do further independent research of my own.
For all documentation I find interesting or might possibly want to revisit later, I catalog it in my collaborative research database, AltBib.Com. A vast majority of this information is very mainstream, despite being considered evidence for these alternative theories. My stats page (http://AltBib.Com/stats.php) shows that at least three quarters of my documents there are from sources considered totally mainstream. Often, the smoking gun just shows up on page 23 of one prominent newspaper, instead of dominating a full news cycle for a day, week, month, year or decade.
So paradoxically, while the mainstream media has clearly failed us, I personally only feel comfortable defending alternative theories with some adequate quality and quantity of mainstream admissions and declassification of ‘evidence’ that convinces me, or of course, with adequately credible first-hand evidence (primary sources). Anything I haven’t researched myself is like window shopping for me, thinking ‘Oh, some guy thinks that? Wild, good to know some guy thinks that.’
One way to help move values of truth and transparency forward is to cancel your subscriptions to publications which support the corporate-industrial complex and based on the information now accessible, have proven to pass on the lies handed down to them without critical analysis. Instead, test out completely independent, listener supported media and financially support those you find valuable.
This series of my writings and online shows are more focused on WHAT I think, based on my continued research. But I do hope it also sheds ample light on HOW to think, and beg of everyone to check out the Peace Revolution podcast as well as the Tragedy & Hope online community for a more thorough discussion on self-education. As I say, please do not take my word for ANYTHING, because you can only have certainty after doing the research yourself. So if you take away anything from this series, it would be more than enough to just adopt a more critical approach to how you process the information which interests you, and to shed your fear of teaching yourself new areas of study.
I am still learning along side you, a few chapters or books ahead or behind you in my studies, depending on the topic. Being human, I won’t get everything right, but I do all the research and writing for everything I put behind my own teleprompter. And I promise to neverintentionallymislead those who listen to and/or participate in this show. I do want to strongly encourage participation and constructive, documented criticism, through comments on my videos or blogs, sharing links and discussions on the Wiki World Order Facebook page, or emailing me at info~at~WikiWorldOrder.org.
Even better, create your own Wiki World Order reports, upload them to YouTube, and send them my way. Just pick a topic that interests you, do some extra research to provide evidence for your views and start writing, and try to balance the talk of problems with solutions. If your work is well thought out, and maintain an overall positive vibe, I am happy to re-post your work on WikiWorldOrder.org.
I’m also learning how to do all this video stuff along with you, as this is not my background…but the only way to learn is to start trying. First you need a microphone, which you can really get at any price point. I don’t know much yet, but I’ve just heard it’s good to stay within about six inches from your microphone so your voice dominates the background noise of your room. For sound editing I use Audacity: the free, open source software for Mac or Windows.
If you have a smart phone, there’s a good chance you can download a free or cheap app which works as a teleprompter. On my iPhone, I am using a $1 app called iPrompter. Then check this out…I went to my local hardware store to get a piece of glass…and lucked out and they gave me a scrap piece for free! Then I just cut two slots in a cardboard box at roughly a 45 degree angle, and slid the glass through. Put your box on top of a surface at an appropriate height, and throw a dark sheet over the top, sides and back. Inside the box, is a $100 HD Flip Cam on a mini-tripod. With a little trial and error, it didn’t take me long to get a workable shot through my home made teleprompter.
Depending on your room, it might be worth investing in an extra light source or two. And you can hang a cheap green sheet on a wall behind you so you can easily swap out the background to make a video more visually stimulating, adding some sugar with the medicine. I use the free trial of Adobe After Effects, then reformat my computer every month to keep using it free AND legit. And easy yet thorough tutorials on how to use After Effects can be found for free at VideoCopilot.net. There are also tools on WikiWorldOrder.org for making your own reports, including a higher quality episode template without me in it, so feel free to reuse the graphics and animations I have made (all under Creative Commons).
Some future episodes of the Wiki World Order report will be case studies in SPINformation by analyzing personal examples of the mainstream outlets I enjoy listening to most. I will look at key points where they differ with my interpretation of reality, in hopes of learning to consider more critically those outlets who might otherwise take my trust for granted.
No matter what information you regularly take in, please frequently remind yourself of the bias inherent to your preferred outlets, and do your best to drop emotional attachment to things you think you know. And even better, please BECOME your own media outlet. You can start just by really studying any topic which interests you. Then create anything to share what you’ve learned with your friends. Don’t be scared to fail, that’s the only way to learn! This process really tests your understanding and then gets you some feedback.
One of the key underlying solutions to ALL of the overwhelming problems we face is a resurgence of methodical, critical thinking. So please please please check out the Peace Revolution podcast for a more thorough discussion of the trivium and quadrivium. Our own ignorance is what enables us to remain enslaved…in the past century, chains and shackles were traded for advanced propaganda.
Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires active participation. Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Wiki World Order report, thank you for participating, and thank you for thinking critically!
You can find the full transcript with links to documentation for every episode at WikiWorldOrder.org. You can also download full quality video files and download MP3s of the audio version for each episode and all music created, all there for free on the web site.
Furthermore, every episode is also setup on AltBib.Com so you can watch each episode on the left side of the screen, while on the right side of the screen you have all the links to documentation provided in the transcript, presented by timestamps corresponding to the video (or audio). I call this my Research-Along Theater, and I’ve adopted James Corbett‘s methodology of providing detailed web-accessible documentation and my intention is to be an Open Source Intelligence media outlet.
Chances are, that by now you’ve heard of the concept of “Net Neutrality“. It basically means that everyone connected to the internet should have equal access to all web sites on the internet. Right now, we are quite dependent on the internet as a society, and can currently find infinitely unique sources of information. But the big telecommunications players want to change that, just as they did with radio waves and televisions decades ago.
In the future, will you be able to rely on broadcasting your voice via universally public lanes? Will you be able to afford getting your voice heard through mainstream toll roads? We must continue to fight to maintain our net’s neutrality, and we have recently seen threats like the big Google-Verizon deal. So if you like cat videos, and you haven’t already, please go to SaveTheInternet.com NOW to sign their petition, and call your representatives in Congress to tell them to protect net neutrality.
When the internet was invented, everyone fell flat on their face they were so thrilled and the world began to do business in a different way. Now both President Bush’s Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, who I greatly respect, and President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence Admiral Blair, who I greatly respect, have labeled cybersecurity perpetrated through the internet as the number one national hazard of attack on the homeland…. So I mean it really almost makes you ask the question, “Would it have been better if we had never invented the internet, and had to use paper and pencil or whatever?” – and that’s a stupid thing to say, but it has genuine consequence. – Jay Rockefeller on CSPAN
There are some basic threats parroted by political leaders to justify centralizing command for “cybersecurity,” including claims like…
#1. Common email spam and computer viruses are a significant problem. But I argue these issues are inherit in our free internet and we will continue to combat them by downloading software patches and spam filters as needed.
#2. Hackers (or cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists, or cyber-criminals), foreign or domestic, will continue trying to hack into publicly web-accessible banking systems and the Open Government Initiative, Gov 2.0, where we see more government forms and services going online. But I argue this does not justify changing how the rest of the internet works…those services are responsible for their own security if they wish to interact on the public internet. Furthermore, as well-known computer security and cryptography expert Bruce Schneier says, “in the cryptography world, we consider open source necessary for good security; we have for decades…. For us, open source isn’t just a business model; it’s smart engineering practice.”
#3. Hackers might hack into our country’s power grid and bring down large swaths of our access to electricity and other core infrastructure. But I argue just as with highly sensitive military systems and top secret information, there is no reason that these systems should be connected to the public internet if they are so vulnerable. Such systems should be on completely separate networks using Open Source security solutions, and should not need to infringe on the free internet.
Cyber war is going on in some sense right now. … And we need this capacity in a time of war. We need the capacity for the president to say, Internet service provider, we’ve got to disconnect the American Internet from all traffic coming in from another foreign country, or we’ve got to put a patch on this part of it. The president will never take over — the government should never take over the Internet. Listen, we’ve consulted, Senator Collins and I, who are proposing this bill, with civil liberties and privacy experts. This is a matter of national security. A cyber attack on America can do as much or more damage today by incapacitating our banks, our communications, our finance, our transportation, as a conventional war attack. And the president, in catastrophic cases — not going to do it every day, not going to take it over. So I say to my friends on the Internet, relax…(LAUGHTER)… take a look at the bill. And this is something that we need to protect our country. Right now, China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have that here, too. – Joseph Lieberman on CNN, 6/20/2010
So instead of keeping critical and “vulnerable” infrastructure systems off the public internet, the solution being promoted is to give the White House a kill-switch for the web (via the big Internet Service Providers). This may only apply to emergency situations, but we also know very well that such situations can be easily manufactured by rogue elements of the corporate-industrial complex (see Episode 3 of the Wiki World Order report on False Flag attacks). It is also ridiculously difficult to transparently prove the source of sophisticated cyber attacks, so today’s cyber emergency situations can be easily manipulated.
Surely, as internet users we should keep educating each other to stay safe online, and to some extent our government will always need to spend resources on cyber defenses (ideally in fully open source processes). But similar to the War on Terror and “defensive” biological weapons research, we cannot fuel industries for yet another arms race. We do not want to design offensive cyber-weapons to be used preemptively against other countries or groups (as it appears we already are). We do not want such programs in the hands of secretive organizations like the National Security Agency. We must instead use more of our resources to work towards resolving the root causes for which such terrorism is a symptom.
Sure, very few bills will end up passing right now, so late in this session. But on September 21st, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Reuters that the draft bill of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act is “something that we hope to be able to pass before the end of the year, if we can.” So whether you like online news, games, sitcoms, soap operas, sports, cat videos, or researching the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group…your free access is at risk.
And remember, last year the Patriot Act was renewed under President Obama and we are still LOSING the fight to restore our Constitution and non-digital rights. So please tell your representatives in Congress to reject the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act and help defend against recent attacks on net neutrality. Tell them we should instead move any vulnerable infrastructure systems to separate, secure networks based on open source security.
We must constantly defend our internet, because it is the single biggest threat to the establishment, the Corporate-Industrial Complex. And remember…
Every time you trade cyber-privacy for cybersecurity… the NSA kills a kitten video.
We now see Americans increasingly rebelling against the endless predictable crises promoted by the established left and right throughout this decade. Even the mainstream media has had to cover such transitions both parties must undergo.
Acknowledgment of the corruption found on both sides of the political aisle is one of the core concepts which amazing outlets like We Are Change, Infowars and the Corbett Report attempt to spread. I have always found the current two-party system completely inadequate for aggregating the will of the people. I have long adored the idea of having either more parties or no parties.
On larger issues, both parties give us the same results. On smaller manufactured issues, the polarizing effects of having primarily two extreme camps to choose from is hurting more than helping. The negative effects of such polarization also skyrocket when single ideologies are forced on all scenarios, instead of a more flexible case by case basis.
Fortunately the freedom movement has loud voices warning people not to follow any one ideology. So this is a humble request for everyone to keep pushing past the confines separating us, to keep finding increasingly targeted solutions to counter-offer those provided from the top-down system. Avoiding the following two pitfalls might help the movement hone our arguments and improve the messaging of our alternative analysis of deep politics.
More Government VS Less Government? No. Quality Over Quantity.
The first pitfall I see appeals to many of my good patriot friends who stand firmly behind slogans for “Less Government.” To my eyes and ears, such statements feel a bit counterproductive to our shared goals.
The concept of “Less Government” (or “More Government” for that matter) is vague enough to be co-opted by almost any harmful solution provided. This formula should also not be endlessly applied, and our libertarian friends sometimes follow this mantra far too blindly. Most importantly, the slogan implies that the size of government has a causalrelationship with its level of corruption or negative impact. Larger organizations of any type may have more room for bad apples to hide and prosper, but they also have potential for greater good as they grow, like Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. So I argue that our society’s policies and incentives, promoted by our manufactured culture, have far greater influence on the positive or negative nature of the impact of organizations (governmental or not).
With a smaller government than our current monstrosity, in a similarly apathetic political climate, it might be even easier for a given corporation to influence the government and its policies. At the same time, there is a real threat of “Big Government” when corporations can entrench entire departments. They are pro-actively using government agencies to directly enact their corporate agenda and creatively increase their government contracts and budgets in order to keep growing.
We saw this quite publicly during George W Bush’s years as the military-industrial puppet, when in that “small government” administration we saw corporate-owned departments strip themselves down as much as possible, completely disassembling any form of meaningful regulation over themselves. A fresh and painful example of this came to light with the documented failures of the Minerals Management Service to provide any meaningful oversight or regulation on British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig. But don’t worry, the department has been re-branded as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement so we should probably assume it’s all fixed. Our current, predictable “Great Recession” also could have been avoided or at least postponed if trillions of dollars in profit incentives had not been allowed to manifest in the first place as derivatives, sub-prime mortgages and other legal Ponzi schemes.
But if the incentives of our culture were shifted enough, and more procedures were made ~100% transparent to the public, we might be able to find some governmental G spot where the government actually reflects the public’s interest. This may be theoretical, but it should be nearly attainable, not even requiring a revolution but incremental changes in the correct direction. And isn’t this what we should be striving for: an ever more pure realization of those constitutional ideals inspiring us to believe in our remarkable republic, or democracy?
But this process must begin with all deliberate speed. The Tea Parties, initially started years ago by the Ron Paul rEVOLution, were recently co-opted and largely taken over by the GOP in 2009…at least as far as the mainstream eye can see. And I give props to the now very rare Tea Party candidates and their supporters who remain opposed to the GOP, and are willing to keep thinking outside of the mainstream box and trying new things…no matter how distasteful some of their select views may be to me.
On the other side, Democrats don’t seem to be promoting interesting candidates to vote FOR, and are settling in for classic fights for the lesser of two evils…despite ever present disapproval for congress and their utter failure to progress in the past two years. I need to see more liberal candidates to grow balls as big as those rare tea partiers, resisting the lame/moderate/useless Democratic party line…no matter how distasteful select views of theirs may be to me.
The causality implied between more government and bad government does not seem theoretically sound. With a truly responsible government, an increase in size could simultaneously increase citizen freedoms. We must look at the results of our government’s efforts, and its degree of transparency, in order to judge it. We need to focus on uprooting the incentives for corruption in government, perhaps starting with campaign finance reform and revolving door protections, instead of just saying we want to change its size. A wise woman once told me it is not really the size of your government that matters, it’s all about how you use it.
The Capitalism VS Socialism Paradigm
This paradigm is even more polarizing, and I consider it another ridiculous pitfall. Capitalism and socialism often represent the only two options offered to align with, but we don’t even consider trying to come up with any new forms of national economic or governmental organization. Case by case, those rooting for capitalism might tend to dismiss socialist solutions, and vice versa…staying loyal to their dominant ideology. But as humans we sometimes get trapped into acting like these ideologies are some mythical unified theory.
How many “socialized” or “nationalized” services and industries does the public generally approves of? I think of “free” government services like the Highway System, Federal Waterways, National Park Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Prisons, Census Bureau, Social Security, Small Business Administrations and of course, THE MILITARY and the services for veterans. And how many “capitalist” services does the public generally approve of? And are we the people currently healthy and happy with the choices provided for necessities like our food, housing, health care and energy?
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined samples of corporate tax returns filed between 1998 and 2005. In that time period, an annual average of 1.3 million U.S. companies and 39,000 foreign companies doing business in the United States paid no income taxes – despite having a combined $2.5 trillion in revenue.
The study showed that 28% of foreign companies and 25% of U.S. corporations with more than $250 million in assets or $50 million in sales paid no federal income taxes in 2005. Those companies totaled a combined $372 billion in sales for the largest foreign companies and $1.1 trillion in revenue for the biggest U.S. companies.
I strongly oppose any Bush-style income tax cuts which worsen our wealthdisparities. But I do like the idea of taxes being collected from corporations where profits are created from business models, instead of collecting from a laborer’s wages. There are also many who argue that our income tax of last 100 years is even unconsititutional, and I think this is a topic worth considering. For more info on this, you might start your research by watching Aaron Russo’s 2006 film, America: Freedom to Fascism.
The point of terms like ‘crony capitalism’ or ‘predatory capitalism’ is to point out just how far we are from the pure idealized form of capitalism touted by talking heads, or even Adam Smith. It seems the massive mutant capitalist corporations have become so efficient at their business that they went ahead and took over our governments for us, saving us the trouble of regulating those companies. But if we reign in the corporate-industrial complex soon, and we force our government to start buying solar panels instead of bombs, we will encourage the growth and development of less destructive markets.
Unfortunately these ‘ism’s may be false options on yet another level. Because for decades now, our country might best be defined as fascist. This is rooted in the comprehensive corporate influence on the most important functions of government, and controlling both candidates in a single-party state. It might also be defined as a plutocracy (or corpocracy, or corporatocracy) — whatever it is, it has now emerged quite clearly.
Our form of capitalism has been incentivized by selfish wealth maximization without regard to externalities, while providing amazing technological advances with potential for enormous benefits for our species in the long run. But the jury is still out due to our pollution, loss of biodiversity, food mono-cultures, unregulated GMOs, and nuclear and biological weapons industries. But at least we’ve got record-high wealth disparities.
The final problem I have with these false options is that capitalism and socialism don’t seem to be mutually exclusive. As Noam Chomsky says, there is no reason businesses cannot be managed democratically, controlled by their workers and community, and compete with other businesses managed the same way and others. But there are other ways to improve the capitalism formula without even giving up the typical management hierarchies of today’s world.
Social Businesses and Nu Capitalism
One of my dad’s core mantras I’ve adopted is about looking for the right questions to ask. Despite Chomsky’s blind spots and/or self-censoring on select topics he is of course brilliant and inspiring, and he is a relatively early influence on my world view. I really like his approach on this (click here for video):
“We don’t have capitalism, it’s nothing remotely like it. We have some various varieties of state capitalism, including the USSR. That was one variety of state capitalism, was based on wage labor, on management control, central coordination of production. In fact its’ in many ways very much like corporate capitalism. It’s just a different kind of organization.
So of the various kinds of state capitalism that are around, which are the best? I don’t honestly think that’s the kind of question we should be asking. Suppose you’re in the 18th century. Should you be asking, ‘Which is the best kind of feudalism?’ I mean that’s all it was. So which is the best kind of feudalism, and slavery, and monarchy and so on and so forth. It just wasn’t the right question. I mean the right question is, ‘Is there something better?’ Like say, parliamentary democracy. Even though there were no examples of it. There were seeds of it, but no functioning examples. I mean seeds of had it been developed and usually crushed, as in England, but these were legitimate struggles. And you know, they succeeded. I mean by now you have parliamentary democracies, which aren’t fantastic but are better than feudalism.” – The World: The Noam Chomsky Sessions
So suppose you’re in the 21st century, what is the best kind of capitalism? What is the best kind of socialism? Is capitalism better than socialism, or vice versa? Why are we limited to these options?
Capitalism is very flexible, and we must stop supporting large-scale businesses which make themselves legally bound to maximize profits for shareholders no matter the side-effects. We must support businesses which try to maximize benefits for alldimensions of human life. But customers and investors must take more initiative to carefully vote daily with their dollars for social-benefit-maximizing businesses which show enough conscience to mitigate their externalities while providing the world beneficial products and services.
In the “Nu Capitalism” paradigm, the companies which provide the most net social benefit will also be the most profitable. Let me repeat that. In the “Nu Capitalism” paradigm, the companies which provide the most net social benefit WILL ALSO BE THE MOST PROFITABLE.
…a microfinance organization and community development bank … that makes small loans (known as microcredit or “grameencredit”) to the impoverished without requiring collateral. … The system of this bank is based on the idea that the poor have skills that are under-utilized. A group-based credit approach is applied which utilizes the peer-pressure within the group to ensure the borrowers follow through and use caution in conducting their financial affairs with strict discipline, ensuring repayment eventually and allowing the borrowers to develop good credit standing.
I will discuss microcredit more in a future episode on why and how we should End The Federal Reserve. And I strongly recommend you explore this concept and this beautiful human much more, but here is a quick excerpt to whet your appetite:
B Corporation (B Labs) is a leading firm to certify businesses adhering to enough social business principles. According to their web site, over 300 companies have become certified with a branded B Corporation status since 2006, including one I always see at the store named Seventh Generation. The 315 businesses represent $1.5 billion in revenues and 54 industries.
Dollar votes are currently the most powerful form of voting we have, far better than false choice A or B every 2 to 4 years. Quick resources of information needed to educate our daily decisions will be in higher demand, like the The Better World Handbook and a very intriguing iPhone App called the GoodGuide. The GoodGuide app takes advantage of the Universal Product Code system and allows you to scan product barcodes at the store with your iPhone’s REGULAR CAMERA (not the special barcode scanner) and pulls up a quick rating of the product and the company that makes it. It gives four scores for each product scanned: Health, Environment, Society, and an Overall Rating, plus more detailed breakdowns if you’re interested. It of course doesn’t have every product in the world rated yet, but the app is free and you can suggest new items to be rated if you don’t find them in there.
GoodGuide is also certified as a B Corporation, but just like with food, we must perpetually fight to ensure product labeling is as honest, accurate and informative as possible. This is absolutely essential. There is also a separate problem of people buying all the totally useless sh*t they don’t need, whether or not it is made by a good company in a good way. We call this “trinket capitalism.”
So tools like the GoodGuide are already helping consumers take charge of their purchasing powers to make capitalism more consciously democratic. But at the same time, wise progressive businesses will find more ways of clearly posting (and lying about) how good their products are for the health of your mind, body, community, society and world. Already, the battle is on for proper labeling of organic or non-GMO foods. But companies can, and hopefully will, also start directly labeling their products with something like their GoodGuide scores or B Corporation ratings to make it easier for consumers to choose their products over others.
Used alone, neither left nor right, neither more nor less government, neither capitalism nor socialism can save us. So let us please not choose our preferred solutions solely because they fit into one ideology or another. We need to rationally look at the situation and find the maximum good we can muster, no matter what ‘ism’ it implies.
Either ideology, taken to the extreme, can become quite a scary beast, so please don’t use them as your primary basis for every decision. We cannot be tempted to just vote with our party on every issue…are we voting for the lesser of two evils? Such ideologies are like many drugs, which can only be used safely in moderation.
‘Do you lean towards Capitalism or Socialism?’ – Nope, I’m mostly into Social Businism!
In this current economic transition, we need to replace a portion of the worthless trinket capitalism products and services, as well as industries of destruction, with social businesses. We must compete with the corporate-industrial complex, first targeting the industries vital to human life and well-being. With the proper public education via accurate product labeling and wider accessibility to healthier products, we can gradually shift to only pay for products made with our long-term interest in mind, instead of someone else’s bottom-line.
We absolutely need our key industries to start offering competitive Social Business options in the marketplace. There will also always be room for profit-maximizing businesses to coexist, but the decision between social businesses or purely profit-maximizing options would be in the hands of consumers. Simultaneously, we need efforts to upgrade labeling to help customers support healthier options for our minds, bodies, communities, societies and planet.
We can fight with our dollars NOW. We can buy products from Social Businesses NOW. We can start Social Businesses NOW. We can start converting our current employers into Social Businesses NOW. Why wait for Washington when we can make these moves ourselves?
In the 21st century, we the people of the world will do everything possible to ensure that companies which provide the most net benefit to the world WILL ALSO BE THE MOST PROFITABLE companies in the world.
Appendix A: My Personal Preferences for Nu Capitalism
For each area of our society I have listed, I will describe my best estimate for how our current system runs, followed by my current preference…the point to which I want to see us grow.
Judicial and Legislative Branches
Public, with some private non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing additional oversight
Public, with increased private NGOs providing additional oversight
Regulatory Agencies (for all types of industries)
Public, with some private NGOs providing additional oversight
Public, with increased private NGOs providing additional oversight
“DEFENSE”/MILITARY, Homeland Security
Public, with significant outsourcing to private profit maximizers
Public, but dramatically reduced, and no more contracting to private profiteers, and far greater transparency
Federal Bureau of Investigations, Immigration Enforcement, Bureau of Prisons
Public, with significant outsourcing to private profit maximizers
Public, but dramatically reduced, and no more contracting to private profiteers, and far greater transparency
Central Intelligence Agency
Public with private contracting, but also has significant secret budgets (and actions) for which we have NO oversight
Public, but completely REPLACE it with Public Open Source Intelligence with 100% transparency
Federal Reserve System
Quasi-Public (Dennis Kucinich: “No more federal than Federal Express”), with risks public and profits private
Public, but REPLACE with a publicly controlled, completely transparent system serving the needs of the other 90% of the world’s population
Highway System, Federal Waterways, National Park Service
Public, but always room for more transparency
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
Public, but work on solving the root causes, work to change the systemic policies which intentionally keep low-income families down
Private, with some rare Social Business and Public Options
Private, but dominated by Social Business, kick started by the federal government switching as many purchases as possible over to renewable energy
Private, with some very rare Social Business options, and Public Option still in debate
Single-Payer Public Option, with other Private Options dominated by Social Businesses
Private, with increasing Social Business options
Private, but dominated by Social Businesses
Private, some limited Public Options for low-income families, plus the Quasi-Public cases like Freddie and Fannie with public risks and private profits
Private, but dominated by Social Businesses, with some limited Public Options for low-income families until unnecessary
Private with limited Public Options, and Social Businesses are now finally showing up more
Private, but dominated by Social Businesses, and vastly expanded Public Options
Public, with Private Options
Public with far greater funding but also reduced federal control of curriculum, plus Private Options dominated by Social Businesses
False Flag Boycott: The Hegelian Dialectic Resistance Pact, version 1.0
If there is any form of terrorist attack not openly and officially claimed by any foreign government, we the people will not support any reactions of aggression or war against anyone, foreign or domestic. Instead we support the forming of a commission to investigate the goals of the (alleged) terrorists, in an honest effort to understand the root CAUSES, of which violence is a symptom, and analyze potential responses with legislative and diplomatic concessions. In even the very worst case, any violence in reaction must be respectively equal or lesser than the violence inflicted upon us.
This means that in the event of any crises, we the people will be looking very critically at ANY voices looking to ESCALATE violence. We will be looking at the parties with the most to gain in wealth, power or position. We will be looking at documented financial transactions proving foreknowledge of any such events. We will be looking for cover-up commissions which ignore evidence or allow it to be destroyed.
We recognize that for the past century, the United States of America is in fact the LARGEST EXPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD. For this reason, we the people will also be listening to any VALID concerns and demands of such terrorists willing to give their lives trying to tell us their message. We the people support reductions to our Anglo-American imperialist actions and bases around the world. We think these types of changes in our reactions will reduce the number terrorists, and feed them less hate to live off of. First we must stop impeding the freedom and self-determination of other nations, if we are to expect it in return. For more details on this, see the Golden F*CKING Rule. This change in paradigm and policy is not seen as a concession, but as truly logical steps in the right direction for the best of all parties.
Let me be clear: I DO NOT IN ANY WAY CONDONE ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE, and I know that we the people around the world will ONLY win through non-violent methods. I would never never never commit suicide, as there is much to much beauty in this world even though it’s bittersweet and f***ed up…you can do so much more in life than death. Now, this is just my humble opinion, but why are we so quick to dismiss the wishes, goals or demands of [alleged] terrorists? When absorbing information at our preferred flicker-rate, we very easily buy into the ideas of our favorite talking heads. But how many of those heads believe so strongly in what they are saying and doing that they would die for their cause? How many have root goals of money, fame and/or power?
If, as a society, we have driven anyone to feel that their only option is to turn to violence or even self-sacrifice, then is it not our duty to take that serious look in the mirror and figure out how to inch our country towards growing up, instead of punching back in blind rage every time? Oh, yea and these people attack us because they “hate our freedom,” and to deal with their jealousy they attack us, instead of freeing themselves. — Oh wait, WE are actually the ones oppressing them in THEIR HOME, whether there is a physical or military occupation or not.
But aside from the intent, views or demands of terrorists, we must also have more critical reactions to crises themselves. This is because of the thoroughly documented history of the agility of some governments to stage acts of terrorism and frame the enemies of their choice, and the massive expansion of governmentsecrecy ever since the Manhattan Project and the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA has only increased this. We the people have NO OVERSIGHT to shed light on a significant portions of our own government which do significant damage to our world…and we claim to be a “free” “democracy”.
In some well-planned crimes, a criminal plants evidence to throw the cops onto the wrong trail, or even to actively setup and blame someone else. When the crime is an act of terrorism, this form of framing someone is called a “False Flag” attack, and we know this is not just a thing of history. In October of 2008, Wiki Leaks released a US Special Forces counterinsurgency manual which had been US Army policy since 1994 and teaches about the staging of false flag attacks for these same purposes of psychological warfare in the countries we are occupying.
“usually presented in a three-fold manner…comprising three dialectical stages of development: a thesis, giving rise to its reaction, an antithesis, which contradicts or negates the thesis, and the tension between the two being resolved by means of a synthesis.”
This strategic method of Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis is also known as ‘Order Out Of Chaos’ (by Paul Joseph Watson) or Problem-Reaction-Solution. One of the most classic examples is Adolf Hitler’s use of this tool just four weeks after becoming Chancellor of Germany.
REACTION: Wikipedia explains that the fire was used as evidence by the Nazis that the Communists were beginning a plot against the government.
SOLUTION: This was used to justify and pressure widespread suspension of civil liberties, mass arrests, and the Nazis took majority power, only consolidating from there on out.
Problem. Reaction. Solution. Hello World War II.
Most of us cannot fathom attacking people of our own country…or ANYONE for that matter! But we can see examples of many leaders, past and present, near and far, who clearly do not share this conscience. But how many of those leaders, considered horrific in retrospect, had the support of significant portions of their populations leading right up until atrocities start…and even beyond? We must be able to recognize that tyrants rarely come out of nowhere, and even democracies can allow for a slow and consensual takeover by one faction which is just as comprehensive. Luckily, such a takeover is also a house of cards, falling if we can only focus our vision on it enough to call out the myths in the foundation.
America has long passed the tyrant standard, effectively finding ways to kill MILLIONS around the world, in most decades of the past century. With the most advanced forms of propaganda known to history, much of the population need not worry about our exported atrocities…vigilant for better footing the in the rat race while skyscrapers play empire builder. So I vote for voluntarily giving up our empire to return to being a regular country which obeys the rules of war and human decency…the golden rule…before everything is taken from us in retaliation.
Please understand, I have immense gratitude and respect for all the troops in harms way on all sides. They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, theoretically defending their respective theoretical freedom. My own pops served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and I am really glad it helped him overcome some fears — like trying pizza for the first time as a young picky eater — but it did significantly form him and make him the man he is. We all know how painfully pointless and costly that whole war was looking back at the Fog of War, but it was not pointless just because of the idiotic counterinsurgency strategy. It was also pointless because the Gulf of Tolkin incident was not a legitimate reason to initiate a war IN THE FIRST PLACE. The PROBLEM for which a previously intended REACTION AND SOLUTION could be provided.
“What this study demonstrated is that the available intelligence shows that there was no attack. It’s a dramatic reversal of the historical record….There were previous indications of this but this is the first time we have seen the complete study,” Aftergood said.
Now we were duped into this major war of my father’s generation and if this is news to you, many apologies….from the mainstream media. We were also duped into the main wars of my generation. Everybody is familiar with Bush Junior’s alleged WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction), right?
It often surprises me how a president or administration can be simultaneously widely known for lying, while also being believed on other critical and related issues. The administration successfully silenced dissenters in its own agencies and manipulated all the intelligence to make their case on weapons of mass destruction to the United Nations. But after we found out about these lies, we continue to believe much of the intelligence passed down to us.
What kind of crazed conspiracy theory is 19 hijackers from caves defeating the most robust and expensive military-industrial complexes on the planet…four times in one day?! In the week following, the BBC and some other ‘respectable’ news agencies reported that several of those alleged hijackers were stillalive and had been in the middle east at the time of the attacks. Though five years later, the BBC explained this was an error: cases of mistaken identity. But whichever side of this aspect of the story is correct, the Federal Bureau of Investigation to this day has never listed the atrocities of 9/11 on their Most Wanted poster for Osama Bin Laden. This is because there is simply not enough evidence to accuse him of these crimes in a court of law…let alone to start wars with sovereign nations.
But why is it so hard for us to understand, and accept, that [rogue] elements within our own government were capable of pulling off the attacks on 9/11? You might have been scared away from information about “9/11 conspiracy theories” because some presentations try to inject religion or race, which has helped divide and conquer the 9/11 Truth movement more in the past. Personally, I think if there is any single group responsible for these attacks, it is more likely they only share a geopolitical philosophy or life strategy/attitude, not a specific religious sect. But more importantly, we do not have enough information to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspects on our list are guilty. Hence the 9/11 Truth movement generally just fights for a new investigation and to END THESE ORWELLIAN WARS.
Let me briefly explain why I started researching 9/11. That day, I was baffled and offended at the instant war drum beat and the quick certainty in targeting the enemy, Osama bin Laden within minutes…it smelled fishy from the start. But in the coming years, there were major problems with the official story which forced me to keep researching: PHYSICS, my personal favorite of the hard sciences.
In New York that day, two planes hit two buildings and three buildings collapsed. Yes, THREE buildings collapsed that day. Have you heard of World Trade Center 7, the third building which collapsed later that day on 9/11? If not, please Google “WTC 7″ after this episode. ALL THREE of these buildings collapsed at nearly free-fall speed, in 10 to 15 seconds, into their respective footprints. This means that the tops of the World Trade Center buildings fell nearly as fast as they would have if only AIR was beneath them, or a vacuum. But in a world where the basic laws of physics apply (quantum physics miracles aside), all of that steel and concrete below the tops of those buildings should have offered tons of resistance. I finally brought this simple science experiment to perform for people at this month’s street action on the 11th in San Francisco.
According to all video and seismic records, the tops of the buildings in fact managed to fall through the path of MOST resistance through the entire building below, instead of falling off the sides of the buildings which would have offered no resistance. Furthermore, if Al-Qaeda really wanted to inflict maximum damage and death on the people of New York, it would be infinitely easier to make the building topple over to the side than imploding it completely into its own footprints.
It takes a highly scientific controlled demotion team usually days to setup for the collapse of building that large, specifically so that they fall in their own footprint. So, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, it seems like controlled demolition companies should be thinking about just using airplanes to collapse buildings into their footprint instead of wasting all that time ‘planning.’ WTC 1, 2 and 7 were also the first three, and last three large steel buildings to collapse from fire and damage IN HISTORY.
Now despite loving physics most of my life, I majored in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, and you shouldn’t take my word alone for anything. So here is Stephen Jones…
My name is Dr. Stephen Jones. I have a PhD in physics from Vanderbilt University, 1978. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, 1973, I graduated magna cum laude. After PhD work I did post-doctoral work at Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility.
In June 2007 I was examining a dust sample which I had obtained from Janette McKinley. I was using a loop and also just looking at it with my eyes and an ordinary optical microscope, although stereo so that I could see better in three dimensions. And what I found was a chip that looked like it might be a paint chip. I mean early on I was thinking, ‘maybe not too interesting.’
But this chip was rather striking in its appearance. It had an orange-red color first of all. And then I found several of these and they all had some gray material adhering to the side of the red material. So later we found multiple layers but most of these chips had two layer, red, gray. I did take one of these chips down to the electron microscope, the scanning electron microscope, and we looked at it with electron microscope and then we used a system where we could determine the elements. What we found in the red material is a combination of aluminum and iron oxide, and these are the components of thermite.
Of course now we looked with an electron microscope, we looked deeper and deeper, with higher and higher magnification. And I pulled in a colleague of mine Dr. Jefferey Farrer, he’s an expert on the electron microscope machine. So he actually broke a piece off of one of these red chips, and then later he did four different samples, broke a piece off, that gives you a fresh surface. Because in the dust there’s all sorts of stuff, there’s zinc and titanium and calcium, all sorts of stuff.
So he broke off a tip so he could look at a fresh surface. And then what you see in all four samples that we studied in this detail: carbon (which is significant), oxygen, iron and aluminum. We looked at this, and these again are the ingredients (except for the carbon) — and we found that experimenters working with super thermite trying to beef it up, make it more explosive, tailoring it to different weapons applications, they would have silicone in there and an organic material (which means a carbon). So a polymer such as viton (sp?) they would add to this to give it the properties they wanted.
So that fit. Now see that was surprising to me to find silicone and carbon, but then we find in the literature that’s what these guys are doing in the weapons labs, Livermore and Los Alamos. They’re adding organic because that gives you a gas production. When the thermite goes off now you also have gas production, which gives you the explosive force, for instance.
Take a sample of this red-gray chip material and run it through a very sensitive instrument called a differential scanning calorimeter. And he did that. What it does, you heat temperature slowly and a material will react if it’s going to. And if it reacts and produces heat, you’ll get a spike in your calorimeter. And then if it reacts quickly you’ll get a narrow spike. If it, say, burns over a long period of time you’ll see a big broad spike. And the total area there is the total amount of energy released, and it gives you a lot of information.
What we found – what Dr. Farrer found first, and he was real excited when he told me about this. He took one of these chips and he put it in the differential scanning calorimeter, and sure enough it went off at right about 430 centigrade. But more importantly the peak was high, which means a lot of energy released, and narrow, which means (in his terms) it blew up. You know, you say, ‘Man this is it, this stuff blows up.’ It behaves just like nano-th– it has the ingredients of nano-thermite.
He said, ‘Well there should be in a thermite reaction, you should produce molten iron.’ So you should see some spheres of iron. Think of spraying water in the air and you get droplets that are more or less spherical because the surface tension pulls the liquid into a sphere, it’s very simple. Same thing with molten iron from the thermitic reaction, whether it’s ordinary conventional thermite or this super nano-thermite, either way you get this molten iron and you should get these droplets of iron. So he said we’ve got to look for those. If you don’t find those, maybe who knows what it is. But we’ve got to find droplets of molten iron otherwise we’re not sure we have the thermite reaction — the thermitic reaction, in this case it is nano-thermite.
So we looked, and wow what a beautiful sight. As you look at this, after the red materials reacted there are these little spheres, just tons of them. And we compared the traces that we got in this sophisticated calorimeter with traces obtained with known thermite, and these are published data, and our peak is actually narrower. I mean this stuff goes off very rapidly, and with more energy than had been reported by these other researchers working with known nano-thermite.
I used to go to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) yearly for science competitions and that building and organization was like one of my heroes growing up. But here I feel this same organization is been now lying to me right to my face about the very laws of physics they helped instill in me 15 years ago. NIST is in charge of standards for hard core things like HOW MUCH ONE GRAM WEIGHS. How could its leadership betray such logic and trust for this cause?
Under pressure from the Bush administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the brave first responders they DID NOT need masks to protect them from the very toxic dust, and those most inspiring humans have kept painfully dying ever since. In August of 2003, the EPA published a report saying:
“The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) influenced, through the collaboration process, the information that EPA communicated to the public through its early press releases when it convinced EPA to add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones.” – EPA
New York Daily News recently reported that Paula Rodriguez, 44, an New York Fire Department emergency medical technician, died May 30 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while pushing for important legislation for the needed care for all of the first responders and their families. It says she is one of 900 related first-responder deaths, but as New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney explains, “thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors have serious illnesses that will require medical care for life, and our bill will ensure that they get the care they need.”
In the weeks after the tragic event, CBS and the San Francisco Chronicle among others reported on the millions made on the stock market that day. There was an notably high number of ‘put’ options, bets that the stock’s price would FALL, on American Airlines and United Airlines, the two airlines hijacked on 9/11. Despite plenty of solid leads for major red flags on prior knowledge to 9/11, the final 9/11 Commission Report contained this infamous and offensive statement:
“To date, the US Government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance.” – Chapter 5
When I got to the White House, it was being evacuated. I met briefly with Richard Clark, a National Security Council staff member, who had no new information. Then the Secret Service escorted me down to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, otherwise known as the PEOC. …
I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to, “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the vice president, “Do the orders still stand?” And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”
“I do not recall.” When pressed, he expands, “Well, we think that Vice President Cheney entered the bunker shortly before 10 o’clock. And there is a gap of several minutes there, where we do not really know what the Vice President really did. There is the famous phone call between the President and the Vice President. We could find no documentary evidence of that phone call.”
I find all of this highly offense…HIGHLY OFFENSE. Who do they think they are?! Who do they think we are?! Why are they treating us like naive children with all of this propaganda used to overcome the basic laws of physics and rational logic. What kind of f*cked up game is this?!
In retrospect it feels like a horror movie with some open eyes in the audience yelling, “Don’t go in there! Don’t go into that mindset the bad guy led you right into! That paradigm is going to take us right to war!” Coming soon to theaters near you, Cube 247: Trapped in the Corporate-Industrial Complex!
If you haven’t already, it is absolutely required that you find out what information is out there on this event…unless you wish to repeat history, and you wish your children to repeat history, and so on. For an overview of the applicable laws of physics check out the ten minute, or two hour, video Blueprint for Truth by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. For analysis of the official narrative, evidence and 9/11 Commission report, I recommend starting with David Ray Griffin’s 9/11: The Myth and The Reality, an excellent lecture. Then watch Loose Change Final Cut for some deeper followup info if interested. Once you’re convinced of how appallingly ridiculous the official story for 9/11 is, you might want to watch Fabled Enemies to start investigating the leads as to who in fact carried the attacks out. These are all free online, just Google it, because I have only just scratched the surface.
You can search in AltBib.Com for every mainstream article presented in those films and read each entire article to see if the evidence is taken out of context, exaggerated or just to add or remove salt from your take on that piece of evidence. You can try to search for follow-up information on those documents to see if it was later refuted, etc. This process will continue being made easier by using my new tool on AltBib.Com, Research-Alongs…check it out, but there will be more on this coming later.
If this information is new to you, please do your best not to be afraid. It takes almost EVERYONE at least a year or two to really come to terms with most of the evidence against the official story. But at some point in the future, you will look back feeling more open-minded and enlightened, and more impressed with humanity’s ability to fight back with information, knowledge and the shining light of truth.
The 9/11 Truth movement is a truly awe-inspiring story of major underdogs with truth on their side, which I publicly joined all too late but followed from the start. For the past eight years I was effectively self-censored, completely silencing these views of mine for fear of diminishing credibility for my active, public and already stigmatizing work fighting to end the War on Drugs. But for a few years now there has just been far too much solid and scientific evidence to ignore this reality.
I don’t think we have enough evidence yet to know what really happened, but the last eight years of work in open source intelligence by the 9/11 Truth movement and its friends has provided ample evidence for a controlled demolition of the official narrative…into its own footprint. The 9/11 Commission was a cover-up of the highest order on par with the Warren Commission…we just don’t know what exactly was covered up.
So, PROBLEM: 9/11.
REACTION: War vs Anti-War.
SOLUTION: Removal of rights, then Mission Accomplished.
“You’re free! And free is beautiful. And you know, it will take time to restore chaos, and order — order out of chaos — but we will.” – George W Bush
Instead of debating whether or not we should have gone to war, we first really needed to determine whether or not anyone from another country actually attacked us. We needed to first be absolutely sure that elements of our own government were not more responsible than other parties, and had not intentionally allowed the attacks to happen. We needed to investigate the crime first. Outside of shoot-em-up movies, are the police allowed to shoot up a whole neighborhood searching for someone, BEFORE proving beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed a crime? In this crime as much evidence as possible was destroyed, omitted or shielded with state secrecy and national security.
The narrative in the mainstream media was limited to debating whether or not we should go to war, not about the what actually happened and why. We have to learn from our history to see that many administrations are willing to lie during these situations to maximize their power, and to use the mainstream media to propagate these lies. And we ourselves must become more critical of the information we’re provided now that we live in an age of freedom of CHOICE OF INFORMATION.
Even the mainstream media has recognized the similarities between the current Iraq/Afghanistan wars and the Vietnam War from pretty early on, but we have not been able to stop our war machine. Eisenhower warned us, but now it’s all grown up. Now, these examples are offensively similar and blatant, but the formula applies many types of situations and scales. For example…
PROBLEM: Oklahoma City Bombing.
REACTION: Domestic extremists are a threat to national security.
SOLUTION: Increase targeting of domestic threats. “We’re going need to see some of those rights of yours — oh and if you agree our government has become oppressive, can you please hold this stigma.” The official story is that Timothy McVeigh accomplished this attack alone, and I feel confident enough that at least this is not true. But as always, WHETHER OR NOT there is a comprehensive conspiracy directly manifesting this event, THE RESULTS ARE THE SAME and the agenda of choice moves forward!
For more info on this I recommend starting by listening to the Corbett Report’s Episode #38: OKC was an inside job and Episode #140: Requiem for the Suicided: Terrance Yeakey. Then if you are still interested, please check out the documentation he provides, do some more research into all the other evidence you can find, applying your best guess for how much salt to add every single step of the way, and come to your own conclusion based on all the evidence you can lay your eyes on. For this is the best any of us can do.
PROBLEM: GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS! REACTION: Sub-prime mortgages (and derivatives) are the cause, we need bailouts to buy out the banks’ toxic assets. SOLUTION: Actually, we’re just going to buy up some struggling banks while further consolidating wealth, power and grip on markets.
But maybe the most troubling thing is the response. I understand that BP is responsible for the cleanup, but they were the ones reckless enough to cause this situation, why would we trust them with the physical logistics of capturing and cleaning the spill oil? Is that not our nation’s oil and many nations’ ecosystems? So I can understand Obama’s hands offapproach to a point, but after a week or two showing only signs of very poor cleanup work, it seems rational to do all we can to help and send BP the bill.
James Fox: Good morning world. We’re on the corner of Toulouse and Bourbon Street in New Orleans here. We just got back from Grand Isle, went and got these samples. It was pretty amazing, we ran into some workers that were working on the boats (some safety officers) which will remain nameless. And they invited us to go have a beer at the local bar there in Grand Isle. And after a couple of beers they introduced us to one of their coworkers who had collected oil 20 miles out on his boat and had given us a sample straight out.
Now all we can do is send these out and get some answers. We got this one from a shore break in Grand Isle. We got this one from the rock jetty in Grand Isle, right there at the very end, they call it the end of the world which is ironic, but that’s where we were. And this is the one we got from 20 miles out, you can see the oil blog right there.
Anonymous Lab Scientist On Phone: There is a lot of something that is not oil in the oil bugger, if you will, inside the water sample. And that’s why it wasn’t acting really like oil. Now I think a big clue were the results for the Propylene Glycol. Now I have a guestimate — I have an estimate here of how much is in there. Now the number I came up with was 430 parts per million (ppm). Okay that sounds — it’s actually a very large number for Propylene Glycol in water. That’s how much we’re getting from the water.
James Fox: What does that mean?
Scientist: What does that mean? Well let me put it this way, Propylene Glycol is actually part of Corexit, okay. So if I’m measuring 430ppm of Propylene Glycol in the water itself, this is just one part of Corexit…the Corexit itself has to be a much bigger number. And it turns out that the toxic level for Corexit for fish is 25ppm. So we’re measuring at least 425 as toxic in water. And if you’re in the presence of oil, if the fish encounters oil mixed in with Corexit it drops down to 2.6ppm as being toxic. So the sample you handed me is probably about 150 times the toxic level for fish. How’s that for a starter?
James Fox: You’re kidding me.
Scientist: No, I am not kidding you. So that’s just for the Propylene Glycol. Now that means, the fact that the Propylene Glycol is in the water, means that the other components of Corexit must also be in the water. And that means that anybody — that means this water is — well like I said, the fact that it was mixed with oil, that you had a sample there with oil in it, that means that the level of Corexit in that water was about 150 times the toxic level for fish. And for people that also certainly means that the number is way too high. So what I’m seeing here, you don’t even have to see the oil to be exposed to Corexit, because the Corexit is in the water, not only in the oil, it’s in the water itself. Because this G.C. I ran, I drew away from the oil, I did not get oil into the sample, it was just water. So I put just water in the machine, I’m getting 430ppm Propylene Glycol. And then of course the Propylene Glycol is considered to be a minor component, and that’s the stuff I was measuring. The Propylene Glycol itself is 430ppm, that’s just the Propylene Glycol that’s not the others. Those have to be even higher. If you add up all the components, that water was just jammed with stuff. The thing is that the level that you find on the surface is many times higher than what’s needed to kill fish. This stuff is hitting the beaches and it’s coming up as sea spray and people are breathing it. And that could explain — you know if you’re swimming in the stuff, if you’re breathing the stuff, you’re swallowing the stuff, you’re going to have problems. This reminds me, you know I’m thinking about those commercials from the governor of Florida saying “Don’t worry everything’s fine, come on down.” That reminds of that time when the EPA told the people at Ground Zero that there was no asbestos in the air. But there was. Okay. I don’t know where they are getting their information, but this water is poisonous.
Look, I sure don’t have all the facts on this spill yet, but it smells more than fishy. There seems to have been no real effort to prevent this crisis from happening or meaningful cleanup, while there are red flags pointing towards high-level foreknowledge and most solutions offered have made the problem worse either by increasing toxicity, or wasting time, or just burying the problem for some poor sap to find later.
So let us only support truly rational and appropriate solutions, if the administration or congress ever decide to use this crisis to move a political agenda forward. There is enough evidence here to treat all that has happened as somewhat intentional, which changes how we should react. I do not support environmental solutions which rely only on creating new carbon-based ponzi schemes, but more on modern environmentalism will come in an upcoming episode.
FUTURE PROBLEM: Internet False Flag?
FUTURE REACTION: Need for greater cybersecurity?
FUTURE SOLUTION: Relative censorship of the internet.
FUTURE PROBLEM: Middle Eastern/Axis of Evil False Flag Terrorism…again?!
FUTURE REACTION: Yes we believe whatever you, the national intelligence complex, say regarding who attacked us, as you have no vested interest.
FUTURE SOLUTION: Bomb, then invade Iran, Syria, North Korea, maybe Iraq again, whatever. Another steaming hot democracy delivered on time, Mission Accomplished!
Look, we shouldn’t feel too bad, this method has been very effectively used to manipulate and control populations for hundreds if not thousands of years. But, now we have the internet and we must be striving to know ‘the truth’ of significant events in REAL TIME. In a democracy, how are we possibly content with our government keeping such large secrets from us for up to 50 years, when all the bastards are dead by the time the info is finally declassified.
But in this chess game we’ve got to assume they are many moves ahead of us, and they have prepared our reactions for us, leading us anywhere on the board we can be suckered into. We must stop letting them bait us, and must refuse the solutions promoted by the minions in the mainstream media who compress all responses to given events into roughly two.
Open Source Intelligence! In our modern world, post information revolution, there is no reason to keep most intelligence secret. Secrecy is being used as a form of power and manipulation…enabling the most evil of human capacities. We are now ready to enter a new paradigm for intelligence and national security.
If we publish all the information and intelligence we collect and make it public, it turns a significant part of the spy game upside-down and puts the power into the minds of the masses to come to our own conclusions about what we as a country should be doing. Currently all the actionable intelligence is all funneled — and usually only intentionally released — with no way for us to independently verify.
I strongly urge my listeners to watch a 2008 film named Secrecy. It powerfully provides both sides to these issues of intelligence and secrecy and is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen it, please move it to the top of your Netflix Queue today. I will discuss open source intelligence more in an upcoming episode.
One of the key issues is that legislation during crisis is just the worst. And the big ballers playing at the level above the Presidential Puppet position sure know how to create atmospheres of crisis and perpetual fear. We are also being fed plenty of misinformation on both sides. On top of this, the narrow narratives we are restricted to in the mainstream or Congressional discussion have severely limited how rational, balanced and effective our solutions are. No truth can be found on only one dimension, and our public dialogues really need to step it up and ditch the sound byte media in the digital dust.
Even without crisis, the large pieces of legislation passed have most helped the same people who have already consolidated wealth and power. Corporations can spend 364 days a year hurting the world and donate one day’s worth of profits to a charity to act like a good guy. Similarly, the few kick-backs we the people actually get are usually far outweighed by the advancement of the goals of the Corporate-Industrial Complex. At least in my lifetime, I feel the average has been one step forward, two or four steps back…indifferent to which party is in power. I would like to see this aspect of the problem improved with serious campaign finance reform and an end to political parties, or at least this duopoly.
As something of a side-note, I think what the old paradigm calls “conservatives” or “republicans,” naturally more skeptical of government, are quite far ahead of “liberals” or “democrats” in their understanding of the grave nature of these issues and threats to our freedom. This despite the biggest false flag attack in recorded history with the left’s best enemy they could hope for, archnemesis George W Bush in the puppet post, but we couldn’t get it going. And now “our guy” is in power, and despite doing very little to satisfy promises to the progressive left, if we are not vigilant and talking with each other about false flag attacks, we will be fooled and the big ballers pulling the strings of the Obama administration, and of course the congress, will be able to use the next crisis for whatever they have in store for us. We must understand that MSNBC, CNN and ABC are just as bad as FOX and will lie to us whenever needed and possible, even they say things we like more.
“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” says Rob Shapiro, another former Clinton official and a supporter of Mr Obama. “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”
Please let that sink in for a minute, and think about it later. We have seen countless public remarks like this over the years of the last decade from the Neo-Cons, like the report by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) titled Rebuilding America’s Defenses, published the year before 9/11, they describe all the transformation they wish to see in the country and world. Then on page 51 the report explicitly says, “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” But Rob Shapiro’s recent comments are the most offensive similar comments which I have heard yet from the left, so we must remain 100% vigilant for any October surprises which may come this year, or every two years. And we must do our homework if we expect to keep return to a free democracy. We can no longer afford to restrict our discussions and solutions to the mainstream paradigm, and open source intelligence must win.
Whether or not this information is new to you, I recommend that all my listeners check out a brand new documentary which came out just in the last two months by Dan Dicks with Press For Truth, titled “United We Fall.” It is one of the best films I’ve seen on the North American Union and its ties to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group. It’s definitely worth a watch and you can find it free online.
Now, it is true that when we discuss alternative theories of 9/11, we are talking about very shadowy circles of infinite power and danger, close to the centers of our countries’ public political arenas. The scope of these forces make one feel so awkward, scared and vulnerable — I imagine it feels like a spider is tip-toeing across your grundle — and it is no wonder we all go through denial at first. It has taken most of us a year or two after learning this painful information before we could really look it in the eye, and often another year or two before we could talk to anyone about it. But don’t be afraid, most of us in this fight are not here because of fear…we are angry and wish to counteract this evil we see with peace and love. We have simply looked at the evidence at hand, accounted for error bars on sources and information, and have found many alternative narratives to more closely resemble the reality we all sense. Of course please do not take my word for anything, a please do your own research, as it is the only way to come to your own conclusions.
But if you get it, and you decide you agree, please go to Facebook and/or Change.org now and sign the False Flag Boycott: the Hegelian Dialectic Resistance Pact. Because maybe, just maybe, we can force these topics to become common in our mainstream discussions of current events. And if we ensure that we ALL learn ALL the REAL lessons we should learn from 9/11, then perhaps those precious lives taken from our world will not have been lost completely in vain. Don’t be afraid to talk about these issues with your family and peers. Please let the world know we are awake, we are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more!
2. MC Chris – Older Crowd
3. Lady Sovereign – Public Warning
4. Pretty Lights – Aimin’ At Your Head
5. Basement Jaxx – Lucky Star
6. Santagold – You’ll Find A Way
7. Santagold – Shove It
8. Nas – America
9. Dialated Peoples – Proper Propaganda
10. Busdriver – The Troglodyte Wins
11. Santagold – Starstruck
12. Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Starsmith Remix Feat. Ellie Goulding)
13. Couer de Pirate – Comme Des Enfants (Matos Remix)
Despite initial skepticism, I have been blown away over the years of how often there is in fact much more evidence, AND much more convincing evidence, for some “conspiracy theories” than for the official explanations — which are also in fact, usually conspiracies theories too, just with a different bad guy and narrative. The very label “conspiracy” is sometimes used intentionally as a slur, instructing the listener to dismiss, reject or deny anything said as “crazy.” Therefore we who try to approach these difficult topics often prefer to talk about these not as “conspiracy theories,” but just as an “alternate analysis” of an event — a competing theory to be weighed by the evidence at hand.
If you have yet to scratch the surface of such alternative analyses of our shared reality, then a very warm welcome to you. Do not be afraid. Such information may lead you to a very painful reality, but this is such an exciting time to be alive and we must learn from our mistakes if we wish to move forward at this critical period. No matter your familiarity with the information, I stronger encourage all of my listeners to check out the work of James Corbett with his Corbett Report at CorbettReport.com, Open Source Intelligence News. I found his work far later in my research than I would have liked, but he has really covered these topics in a format and voice I have long waited for. I thank him dearly for this, and request that you listen to any of his episodes which spark your interest, for I will usually only scratch the surface here.
A bit over a year ago, while diving into the difficult task of trying to convince my loved ones of my “crazy” beliefs regarding recent history, I had a desire to use some resource to quickly bring the few dozen key mainstream articles with the evidence vital to a few alternative theories. There were some good data dumps on specific topics, but I couldn’t find what I had in mind for the bigger, interconnected picture. My lazy, pass-the-buck first response was to contact Infowars and see if they already had such a thing or were interested in making one, since they are a key nerve [center] for the movement. Having professionally built web-based software for nearly a decade, it only took me a couple days without any response before I started coding.
I built a collaborative online research database to help me organize and backup all this key evidence and documentation which had convinced me of such crazy realities. I hastily named my database InfowarDocs.org, but after growing with it for over a year I have just renamed it AltBib.Com, aka AlternateBibliography.Com. I came to this name because it has essentially become a bibliography for many of the alternative theories, which ironically references mostly mainstream sources.
I basically use it to catalog articles, documents and some video clips I find somewhat compelling related to any of the topics which spark my interest. I use a heavy tagging method and backup the source document on my server, except for the last half of the videos posted (when there’s time). There are now over 4,700 links posted and 6,500 tags/keywords (and 46,000 linkages/taggings). So it’s a great resource for those documents on the tip of your tongue, or to look over the evidence for alternative theories with more distance from the bombastic narratives of alleged conspiracies.
Any visitor can suggest links to the database using the same tool I do, and add tags to links or vote for links as “Interesting” or not. I still personally go through all the suggestions and try to keep the formatting relatively consistent. As a side-note, over the course of adding the first 2,000 links to my database my tagging style developed a lot, so I am still working on re-tagging many of the first 1,600 documents better to match the later style.
But without promoting the site too much and focusing on it as a personal research tool, I still received some encouraging feedback from people online, for example:
“I was motivated to donate to your work because I feel that we really need to concentrate on ‘fact checking’ in order to make real headway.” – Jim
“I have researched for three years on our government corruption and the elite controlling our government. People need to wake up and do some research and reading. The one place I have found more factual documents with the truth than any other is http://www.Infowardocs.org. You will be amazed at the documents they have in there, and they are all verifiable people.” – Janine
A huge thank you to the bunch of people who have suggested a few hundred links, rated links and passed the site on to their friends. And an extra thank you to Jim and the other person who donated in support of my efforts! Pretty early on, I also decided to announce my database on Jason Bermas’ show, The Infowarrior, to share my work with him and his very cool and relevant audience: [see video clips in video version of episode]
The Infowarrior, May 4th, 2009, GCN & PrisonPlanet.tv
Jason: Alright let’s go to Morgan in Maryland. Morgan, you’re on the air.
Morgan: Hi Jason, I just want to help out, I was so excited to hear a few callers call in earlier asking for document lists. And it’s something I came — I came into the same wall a few weeks ago trying to, you know, passionately explain to my parents and my girlfriend about a lot of these issues, and I just wanted a list where I could just search for the words and try to show them the documents…
Jason: Well you know what, well we’re going to come back to you and we’re going to talk about this more. But really, the forums are the place to go, that’s where you can have a subject line, where you can have a quick link. Remember we can’t just give you other people’s information and documents. We have to write stories about that and source it. We’ll come back after this. It’s the Infowarrior with Jason Bermas, PrisonPlanet.tv, Infowars.com. …. Back to Morgan in Maryland. Morgan, go ahead…
Morgan: Thanks Jason. So basically I’ve created InfowarDocs.org. Basically documentation — it’s all the links you guys reference. Last night, for example, I just re-watched the Obama Deception and pulled up every link, entered it as a link in there. So if you’re watching Obama Deception with your friends, you can do a quick Control+F or search or filter by tags on there.
Jason: And that always helps us by the way, we love that Morgan. Somebody did that with Martial Law , if you go to MartialLaw.info, or you just type MartialLaw.info into Google, they did the same exact thing where they went through the entire thing and went through every document that we sourced in that film, and now you’ve done it for the Obama Deception, and even the stuff that we were talking about on our radio programs over the week. This is impressive and we need this kind of dedication, sir.
[* side-note: at least as of May 4th, MartialLaw.info was no longer online *]
Morgan: Great! And I would love for people to add — suggest links, and even if somebody in the studio wants a password, you guys could add links directly. But having people add tags to things and rating things, I think it could be a great open source tool, ’cause I feel that’s our advantage. You know, Google it yourself, learn it yourself. You guys are doing great, thank you so much!
Jason: Thank you Morgan, people go check that out, and hopefully Morgan will get on the forums and show that website to people. So if you do want an archive, if you do want a source list, he’s going to provide it for you.
[* I failed on the forums task, any pros who like the site want to pick up my slack and help promote it? *]
The Infowarrior, May 18th, 2009, GCN & PrisonPlanet.tv
Jason: Let’s go to Morgan in Maryland. Morgan, you’re on the line.
Morgan: Hi! I called you a couple weeks ago —
Jason: How you doin’ Morgan?
Morgan: Good, and you?
Morgan: I’ve been working on this InfowarDocs.org. And last I talked to you I had just gone through the Obama Deception and put all the references and sources and articles up there. Since then, now I’m up to 1,700 documents and articles. I’m pulling from Obama Deception, Endgame, Martial Law 911, Fabled Enemies, Loose Change both Final Cut and 2nd Edition.
Jason: Excellent. So maybe I should this girl who’s doing this paper, this newsletter, over to your site for these sources.
Morgan: Yea yea, it’s not — I mean don’t have like a whole lot — I all the bills from the last month or so at least. But it is a growing resource, and hope to keep adding, so if she wants to add too, that’s awesome. Other than that I just wanted to say ‘great job,’ I finally watched Final Cut for the first time and I had no idea how much new info was in there! It’s amazing, great stuff!
Jason: Oh yea, it’s a completely different movie. Yea no, everyone thinks we’re just going to rehash the second edition. No, we took the best, maybe 20 minutes, MAYBE 20 minutes. Alright, from the first movie — the first movie was 60 minutes long. We took the best 30 minutes, we made a 90 minute documentary. Added a whole hour. Final Cut was a completely new movie. We maybe touched on two or three of the points in the other one, maybe 15 to 20 minutes of old footage, and then you had a two hour and nine minute movie. Literally an hour an forty-five minutes of new material. I’m going to hold you over, Morgan, because I want you to give that website on the other side. It’s the Infowarrior with Jason Bermas, PrisonPlanet.tv, Infowars.com. … Morgan are you still there my friend?
Morgan: Yes I am.
Jason: Excellent, why don’t you give out that website. Again, Morgan is going through all the documentaries that we carry here and have created here at Infowars and myself, and going down the line on the facts, giving you the source articles, much like MartialLaw.info. You’re going through all the films: the Obama Deception, Martial Law , you said Fabled Enemies, Loose Change Final Cut, Endgame —
Alex Jones: — WhatIsTheEndgame.com. Yea that’s a bibliography, I think he’s one of the guys that did that…
Morgan: — I wish [* trying to correct the wrongly placed praise *]
Alex: …and there is the viewers guide at theObamaDeception.net. The viewers guide, when you click on About, is a bibliography we just call it a viewers guide, we probably need to change that. And you can see all the facts there. So I salute all of you.
Jason: Alright give out that website, Morgan.
Alex: I salute you!
Jason: Go ahead Morgan.
Morgan: Thank you, Alex!
Alex: I SALUTE YOUU!
Morgan: I SALUTE YOUUU!
Alex: Hip Hip Hooray!
Jason: Alright, hit up that website, Morgan.
Jason: InfowarDocs.org. Thanks for holding of buddy.
Some of the issues most relevant to my interests as a web-based software engineer, are net neutrality and “cybersecurity.” There is very real potential for losing access to so much this controversial information if it is largely censored with a loss of net neutrality or if the internet is taken down in the name of emergency. Therefore, I soon added another aspect to my database: the offline backup. This one year old backup is really really crappy compared to the current version of the live web site, but it does allows you to browse through backups of these documents and video clips through your web browser without any internet connection. You can download the ~4.5GB ZIP file at http://altbib.com/offline.
The offline backup, includes most sources cited from all featured stories on PrisonPlanet.com from May 1st to June 7th, 2009, and most of the articles referenced in those articles, and those articles, and those articles. The database also includes almost all web-accessible articles, documents and some video clips referenced in the films, The Obama Deception, End Game, Martial Law 9/11, Fabled Enemies, Loose Change Final Cut AND 2nd Edition. Since the making of Offline Backup Version 1, I’ve also added documents referenced in Zeitgeist: Addendum, Who Killed the Electric Car?, The World According to Monsanto, Orwell Rolls in his grave, Mind the Gap, 7/7 Ripple Effect, and David Ray Griffin’s 9/11: The Myth and The Reality. I have also finally added the first episode of the Corbett Report and plan to eventually add all of them, as well as adapting his documentation time stamp format.
As the months went on, I have continued to catalog all the documents I find interesting during the course of my natural research on the various topics at the top of my long list. Periodically, I am compelled to organize my resulting thoughts through writing. This process very much helps me hone in on what I think I know, when wading these conspiratorial waters, and I plan to continue writing more.
So recently I realized that as long as I’m spending dozens or hundreds of hours researching these topics before writing about them, it would at least be worth me reading my writings into the camera to give people wider access to my ideas and information. Not to mention, how many people want to read some guy’s 10 page research paper online? So with a couple weeks worth of my instinctive volunteering/hobby hours I’ve created all the art for a template to turn my blog into a vlog and podcast. Then on top of this, I’m excited to open up this forum to anyone looking to share their perspective with me. Please feel free to reuse and remix the episode template, which doesn’t have me in it, so you can drop yourself in as an unofficial — but way cooler — Wiki World Order reporter.
Many of this movement’s greats have inspired me like John Perkins, Alex Jones, Jason Bermas, William Cooper and of course James Corbett. I encourage you to lend your ear to their work, as it is my goal to minimize trying to replicate old analysis of long past events and maximize focus on promoting the best solutions I can find out there. Some episodes might be more or less theoretical, practical, casual, opinionated, documentary-style or even family-safe, but hopefully all will be relatively informative and constructive discussions of solutions to the world’s most awkward and painful problems.
And of course, never take my word for ANYTHING. I beg of you to research all of the topics that interest you, come to your own conclusions, and share them with the Wiki World Order. Throughout my years of research, for better and worse, I have ignored countless rabbit holes to focus on issues I find most provable and actionable. But we are all still learning and teaching together, and it will be even more beautiful in retrospect…we just need to ensure we all get there together. So look alive, and always keep learning. Thank you.
We are stuck in a truly epic saga between “good and evil”, but almost all sides believe they work for some greater good…so I am searching for perspectives beyond what we know, and fresh chess moves on the grand board. I’m generally trying to avoid one-dimensional analysis where discussions get a severe bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, these battles might be best reduced to transparency against secrecy.
Many of us see true beauty in all of humanity and want to minimize oppression, while unlocking and unleashing the inner passion and genius inside of each and every one of us. But very clearly, there exist those who consciously seek to mold humans into sheeple, even cattle, treating the masses with great contempt, both publicly and privately, both with words and laws.
Open source software is really built by communities of end-users, so on a long enough time-scale, these solutions better meet the needs of these end-users. And they are also not built to break a few months after a warranty expires. The level of bottom-up collaboration humans have achieved in Wikipedia alone is wildly impressive, but it is only the first step. I want to see almost EVERY industry start trending much faster towards open source domination.
You might have seen some TED talks, where many very powerful solutions are presented to some of the world’s most urgent problems. One key way I envision us surviving here is if some of those technologies of a certain societal significance are not made patentable, but instead made free for reuse and remix under open source or creative commons licensing. Such open source blueprints will be translated into languages and materials of people around the world.
We urgently need to replace greed with collaboration for sustainable energy, food and water technologies. These will all inevitably be issues of life and death for our species on this planet…or anywhere we travel. So screw trinket capitalism, boycott it! And why build up a police state instead of preventing these inevitable crises. Let’s replace the CIA and privatized/corporate intelligence with open source intelligence.
What If we had British Petroleum and General Motors give up any and all intellectual property rights related to alternative energy creation, storage and usage…and then re-released it under some kind of Open Source/Creative Commons license? Don’t they both owe us enough?
We do not go along with solutions A or B: both promoted, bought and paid for by the same set of corporate interests with the most hide or gain. Campaign finance reform is an absolute LYNCHPIN which could open up countless legislative avenues for us, but the Supreme Court sure hasn’t been helping there. Therefore, we really need to step it up and start focusing more on voting DAILY with our dollars to de-fund the mega-corporations which own our governments.
At this point in my studies of various slivers of the world, the only solutions I can consistently support are open source and/or increase transparency. It is for this reason that I’m naming this growing counter-force to oppression, the ‘Wiki World Order.’ Infinitely boosted by the internet, this global movement has already taught me a great deal, collaboratively shedding light on the darkest of blind spots and promoting solutions from the bottom-up.
BUT my time and perspective cannot report on this progress alone, it is collaborative by definition. So just in case any one of YOU out there want to start a little web-base show on related issues, you are free to reuse and remix my episode template graphics and music (please see link in video notes). Anyone can upload their own reports to You Tube and email the link for the video and/or podcast or blog/transcript to reports~AT~WikiWorldOrder.org, and I will be happy re-post all your work on WikiWorldOrder.org. I welcome you to this experiment, and a huge Thank You in advance to anyone who takes me up on this offer, or even lends their ear to this Morgan’s random ideas.
But to avoid getting too heavy in my first episode, I will leave you with these quotes used in the theme song in the background, “And You’ve Got To Let Freedom Ring,” which is based on some of my favorite tasty beats by Alex Gopher, Demon and Squarepusher.
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus. And you’ve got to make it stop, and you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all.” – Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcx9BJRadfw
“Let freedom ring. And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring.” – Martin Luther King Jr: I Have a Dream speech, August 28, 1963 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEMXaTktUfA
“I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the streets. All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad! You’ve got to say, I’m a human being, goddamn it! My life has value!” – Peter Finch in Network (MGM, 1976) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ELleCQvew
“Well up next on world business today, you may not have heard of it, but some say Bilderberg is secretly trying to take over the world. We’re trying to find out why some of the biggest names in business and politics are currently meeting very discretely in Germany.”
– Charles Hodson, CNN: Bilderberg Group News Report, 2007? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I3sqpRtKUA
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant, in a free and open society.”
– John F Kennedy: Secret Societies speech,
American Newspaper Publishers Association,
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, April 27, 1961 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces
“In other news, LeBron James is moving to Florida to play for the Miami Heat, and that fact will not affect your life in any way.”
James Corbett: Internet Strikes Back, LeBron Who?, Israeli Nukes
Sunday Update, July 11, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ymmWFcixME
“So of the various kinds of state capitalism that are around, which are the best? I don’t honestly think that’s the kind of question we should be asking. Like in the 18 — Suppose you’re in the 18th century, should you be asking ‘Which is the best kind of feudalism?’ I mean that’s all it was. So which is the best kind of feudalism, and slavery and monarchy and so and and so forth? That just wasn’t the right question. I mean the right question is, ‘Is there something better, like say, parliamentary democracy?’ Even there were no examples of it.”
Noam Chomsky: Alternatives to Capitalism
Source unknown, removed from YouTube, backed up on AltBib.Com: http://altbib.com/bak/youtube/swf/1761.swf
“But today we might better look at geopolitics in the world as the same globe with roughly 200 countries and huge clouds drifting around it, knowing no national borders, following no specific sets of laws. These are the big corporations. They strike deals with the Chinese, and the Taiwanese, and the Tibetans, and the Israelis and the Arab nations. They strike deals with anybody who has resources or markets that they covet. And they have really taken over the planet. They are calling the shots. Wherever you go, the big corporations are calling the shots, make no mistake about it. And the good news is, that the big corporations are totally dependent on you — or your tax dollars. They can’t survive without you. And the marketplace is democratic, if we only choose to make it such.”
“Every time you buy something, or don’t, you’re casting vote. And it’s a very important vote, in fact, I would dare say it’s equally important as or maybe more important than any vote in the voting polls.”
“Let’s change this world! Let’s create a sustainable, just and peaceful world! Let’s not just talk about it, let’s not just look at movies about it, let’s not just theorize about it, LET’S DO IT!”
“This empire has been created without most of us realizing that it’s been happening, and I think that’s extremely dangerous. We claim to be a democracy, and yet a democracy is built on the premise that you have an informed electorate.”
“..he can’t possibly hope to inherit a sustainable, just and peaceful world unless every child growing up in Botswana and Bolivia and Indonesia and Palestine AND Israel has that same expectation. We MUST realize this. We have to understand that we can’t have homeland security here, until we recognize that the whole planet is our homeland. We are truly one people.”
“We know there are conspiracies. There was a conspiracy to keep us all in the dark about weapons of mass destruction.”
“You know the most important thing that you can do, is to follow your passion.” John Perkins: Economic Crisis – The Hit Men Strike Home
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Walnut Creek, CA, February 22, 2010
Side-Note: I attended and gave Mr. Perkins a copy of my DVD with an offline backup of InfowarDocs.org. http://fora.tv/2010/02/22/John_Perkins_The_Hit_Men_Strike_Home
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