“Conservative Americans were worried in 1960 that should a Catholic become President, then America would somehow be controlled by the Pope. Instead, we have an America that is in thrall to a handful of initiates in a few small secret societies that share a hidden agenda, a covert brotherhood, and a contempt for individual liberty…and no one is bothered by this at all except the crazies, the loonies, the militiamen…”
“…with the Bush family in “trading with the enemy” before and during World War II– were also Bonesmen? That the Psi Upsilon secret society abandoned its pretence of being a literary society early on and admitted its preference for members with a proven ancestry? That there is little to associate these Orders with the popular conception of college fraternities represented by such films as Animal House?”
Peter Levenda Sinister Forces A Warm Gun: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion– when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing– when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors– when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you– when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice– you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982), Russian-American author
One should note that not by any stretch of the imagination, Ayn Rand is advocating for the existing structure of fiat money or the banking system that produces it. However, libertarians misinterpret these words and are used by right wing advocates of “free market” to further deregulate a system that puts restrictions and regulations on the lower classes, while restructuring a system of deregulation of elite banking institutions.
“Since banking is fraud, then any other ‘alternative banking system’, e.g.: the gold standard, is still fraud. Unless, as Tim Madden says, someone out there has a quadrillion dollars to bail out the banks, we are headed for a financial collapse. If we do not have barter in place, there will be suffering. ‘Money’ is purely and simply an illusion used by the banks to steal the efforts of our production and to enslave us all. It would behoove us all to get out of the fraudulent banking system sooner than later. Barter however, still suggests a debtor/creditor relationship. We are at our happiest when we are being who we really are, whether this is lending our energy, exuding our talents, giving our time.”
Mary Elizabeth Croft, Spiritual Economics
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The picture circulating of Trump bowing to the Saudi king is not only getting big publicity in the United States and the western world but all over the Middle East. What does it say? It says the “anti-Muslim president of the United States” will do anything to appease the Saudis to sell more arms to destabilize the Middle East.
Trump is no different than Obama and people are delusional to believe differently. The Arab and Muslim world see this as the United States being subservient to the Islamic religion- no matter what “Christians” believe. The corporate world will do anything- kill, injure, poison us all- to make a buck.
If Trump was so powerful and had any principles at all, he could have refused this public humiliation- but he didn’t. It’s time that Americans wake up to the fact we are being played for fools.
As a straight male, I didn’t identify with David Bowie’s image but loved his music as he had much to say about the world we live in. Rock musicians before Bowie were pretty much a one dimensional persona and he was an artist in the true sense of the word. His contemporary musicians rarely wrote their own songs with the exception of the truly big acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and a few others.
Bowie was different too as he was more than just a front man for a band- smooth singer, songwriter, saxophone, piano and guitar player, producer, designer of sets, album covers, not to mention his persona changes that reflected his changing personalities. All these added up to an interesting mix of styles that were imitated but never quite perfected. He was creative in the world of music that often as not didn’t make the kind of money the bigger bands brought to the corporate pocketbook.
I would rank his Diamond Dogs album based on Orwell’s 1984 as his best as every song was a hit and had something to say. He wrote it in the hopes having it done as a Broadway musical but was deemed too depressing for the contemporary shallowness of theater.
His albums starting from the Man Who Sold the World to Let’s Dance in 1983 were some of the most creative works in the history of music. Each album represented a different and highly reflective view of an artist such as Picasso who changed styles like we change socks.
The video below tries to capture the essence of Bowie but fails on many levels, ignoring his works and focusing more on the borderline folks around him rather than those who actually made the music with him. For me, that comes off as pretty superficial but it is worth viewing only as another view of a man who was truly a “changling.”
“Regime theory holds that authoritarian systems are inherently fragile because of weak legitimacy, overreliance on coercion, overcentralization of decision making, and the predominance of personal power over institutional norms….Few authoritarian regimes— be they communist, fascist, corporatist, or personalist—have managed to conduct orderly, peaceful, timely, and stable successions.”
Andrew J. Nathan, Authoritarian Resilience, Journal of Democracy, 14.1 (2003), pp. 6-17.
Freedom of speech also allows lies. This is just insanity in a country where politicians are supposed to be respected citizens.
Whether you believe or not in Christianity, but notice how he is portrayed in the Bible, which is far different than what today’s Christianity has morphed into…
“…if you analyze so-called primitive Christianity and the teachings of Jesus you find an emphasis on caring, non-violence, and compassion. He stopped the stoning of a woman, he fed the hungry and he healed the sick— “women’s work,” right? He exemplified stereotypically feminine values. Only later did the Church become authoritarian and rigidly male-dominant. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch-burnings— these are all chapters of our history that we need to understand for what they were— wars against women by the Church. So it wasn’t simply a question of religion, and it certainly had nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. It is one of the ways that dominator systems distort this enormous human yearning for bonding and for connection that we have, by constantly associating it with domination and with violence. So I can’t really put it at the door of the Church. But what I can say is that it’s shocking that to this day the Church has not condemned violence in intimate relations— be it against children, against women, or against men — as part of its central teachings. That is shocking and highly immoral.”
Riane Eisler, author, widely recognized for her work in anthropology, human rights, peace, and environmental studies
I ate there in the 70s- Sam Woo was a real piece of work- food was alright, but I got a chuckle out of the businessman who ordered lot’s of dishes and Sam would let him eat one bite and then he’d take it away and then bring him another, insulting him all the time- it was a scream.
Adam Smith literally “wrote the book” on capitalism. In 1776, in The Wealth of Nations, Smith wrote:
“The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. A tax upon house-rents, therefore, would in general fall heaviest upon the rich; and in this sort of inequality there would not, perhaps, be anything unreasonable. It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”