I’ve had a habit for many years, as I’m sure many others have, of clearing paths that I travel by foot. I can’t help it. I kick stones out of the way, clear branches, whatever I happen upon. It only makes sense and I’ve never thought anything of it. I was thinking today what a perfect metaphor for life that is. We don’t have to take the whole world on at once, just deal consciously with what’s in front of us.
Just imagine if everyone cleared the path for others in whatever way they could, even just a little at a time.
It doesn’t take much. A little kick here, a toss there as obstacles appear. Some are not as easy as others. Some need chainsaws and bulldozers a team will need to provide in some form. We can each do what we can do. Many “rock kickers” have joined into teams of “earth movers” and I’m blessed to know many of them. Either way, even with the seemingly small stuff, just kick it aside and keep on.
We each make a huge difference in spite of what we’ve been told. It’s the activation of that conscious impulse that matters, and our response to the immediate need.
No matter how seemingly small or insignificant, we each make a huge difference. And our accumulated effect is something we can derive huge inspiration from. Keeping proactive in all of these small ways has a much greater impact than can be calibrated. Have you ever watched a column of leaf cutter ants work their way back and forth from a nearby crop of leaves they’re harvesting? Talk about focus, teamwork and determination…one responsible ant at a time.
The beautiful thing is that it’s happening with humanity. It’s not new by any means, but in an increasingly callous world it is a radical act to be unselfish. It’s very similar to Orwell’s adage on speaking the Truth in an oppressively deceptive climate such as we’re seeing today:
“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
So is behaving lovingly and responsibly in a world seriously infected with selfishness and fear.
The North and South Node of the Moon moved into Libra and Aries on February 18th, the pair of signs in which they will remain in until November of 2015. The Lunar Nodes are points of intersection between the Sun-Moon-Earth system. They were originally calculated because they could be used to predict eclipses, and thereby brought a certain order to one of nature’s most awe and terror-inspiring phenomenons. They have been a part of horoscopic astrology since the earliest records of the art’s practice in the first century B.C.E.
The two nodes are referred to by a variety of different titles. They are sometimes called the ascending and descending nodes, the north and the south nodes, Caput and Cauda Draconis (“Head and Tail of the Dragon” in Latin), and in Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu.
Like the Sun, Moon and planets, the nodes have a regular cycle. Their motion takes them around the zodiac approximately every 19 years. Unlike the planetary bodies, which all travel the zodiac in a counter-clockwise manner, while the Nodes move clockwise, and thus they travel the signs backwards, from Aries to Pisces to Aquarius, and so on. The Nodes are always almost 180 degrees away from each other, so when the North Node is Aries, the South Node is in Libra, and when the North Node is Scorpio, the South Node will be in Taurus, and so on. Because of this, the Nodes end up stressing the nature of those signs opposed in the zodiacal mandala.
The action of the South node removes energy from what it touches and the North Node adds it. As you might intuit, these processes are by no means disconnected. The South Node liberates energy and then the North Node indicates the area of life where that energy should be properly reinvested. Although the resultant transfers of energy are easy to track, the process is often very complicated and, from the point of view of the person experiencing it, very confusing.
These powers of increase and decrease, wax and wane, make a perfect cycle when conjoined. However, when each operates without regard for the other, chaos reigns. The North Node’s power of increase, without decrease to limit it, degenerates into avarice, greed and overindulgence, all of which are associated with Rahu in the Hindu astrological tradition. Meanwhile, the South Node’s power of decrease, when not properly balanced, leads to indiscriminate rejection, feelings of disgust and unhealthy extremes of asceticism. It is therefore of great importance to understand that although the Head and the Tail appear distinct, they are in fact parts of one primeval Dragon.
On the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, a mob led by Peter the Lector brutally murdered Hypatia, one of the last great thinkers of ancient Alexandria. (Mary Evans Picture Library / Alamy)
An avowed paganist in a time of religious strife, Hypatia was also one of the first women to study math, astronomy and philosophy
Theon taught mathematics and astronomy to his daughter, and she collaborated on some of his commentaries. It is thought that Book III of Theon’s version of Ptolemy’s Almagest—the treatise that established the Earth-centric model for the universe that wouldn’t be overturned until the time of Copernicus and Galileo—was actually the work of Hypatia.
She was a mathematician and astronomer in her own right, writing commentaries of her own and teaching a succession of students from her home. Letters from one of these students, Synesius, indicate that these lessons included how to design an astrolabe, a kind of portable astronomical calculator that would be used until the 19th century.
Beyond her father’s areas of expertise, Hypatia established herself as a philosopher in what is now known as the Neoplatonic school, a belief system in which everything emanates from the One. (Her student Synesius would become a bishop in the Christian church and incorporate Neoplatonic principles into the doctrine of the Trinity.) Her public lectures were popular and drew crowds. “Donning [the robe of a scholar], the lady made appearances around the center of the city, expounding in public to those willing to listen on Plato or Aristotle,” the philosopher Damascius wrote after her death.
Hypatia never married and likely led a celibate life, which possibly was in keeping with Plato’s ideas on the abolition of the family system. The Suda lexicon, a 10th-century encyclopedia of the Mediterranean world, describes her as being “exceedingly beautiful and fair of form. . . in speech articulate and logical, in her actions prudent and public-spirited, and the rest of the city gave her suitable welcome and accorded her special respect.”
Her admirers included Alexandria’s governor, Orestes. Her association with him would eventually lead to her death….
Linda George, Contributor
“The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” -Kahlil Gibran
Sorrow, grief, the heart squeezing pain surges in waves that spill over eyes and down cheeks. We all know the feeling. In the wake of a loved one’s death, the end of a significant relationship, twins loss and grief become constant companions. Ebbing and flowing, waves of grief wash through the body, at times almost unbearable, then, receding, eventually, bringing a strange calm in their place… until the next wave comes.
What is it that gives birth to the waves of grief? The bonds of a deep love broken apart, and the memories of the love shared. But more starkly, it is thought. Memories become thought, and thought becomes emotion. Without the thought – there is no emotion.
I know this. I have been witnessing it, sadly, through the life of my mother. My mother has Alzheimers. Her short term memory has been reduced to seconds. In the past few years, she has lost all capacity to remember what she just had for lunch. Yet she is strong and well in her body – and she retains many of the character traits that we’ve always known and loved – she is happy. She comments frequently on the beauty around her, in nature and in other people, she smiles and sings and sways with the music and you feel her contentment.
A couple of years back she went through a period of sadness – when she must have known on some level, what was happening to her. She seemed to withdraw. Too scary to say much, it would have been a shock to be corrected or informed about what had happened in the recent past, and to realize she didn’t know anymore what was going on around her. Now, she keeps conversations short and they are necessarily superficial. But she is happy. Her uncomplicated personality is more so now.
In short – my mother lives absolutely in the NOW. Isn’t this the place the spiritual literature tells us we need to be? I’m here to tell you, this is not where we need to be. Mum is completely absorbed in what is happening around her in this, one moment. There is clearly some contentment in that space for her. But for us, the path is not so easy.
Having Dinner With Friends
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
— Ellen Goodman
The word Utopia, from the modern Latin, literally translates to mean “nowhere“, and was coined by Sir Thomas More in his book of the same title. It’s themed story was that of an allegorical imaginary island enjoying perfect legal, social, and political systems. It’s Greek reference is defined as “any perfect place“.
It was when I read this meaning and etymology of the word that I instantly recognized the Utopia all around me; as if a veil had been lifted.
Let me explain…
(…and if you create a little space for a breath you are Now Here!)
Other U.S. Approved Ingredients Banned In Other Countries
“If you see any of the following ingredients listed on the nutrition label, don’t buy the product,” Calton warns. “Leaving these banned bad boys on the shelves will speak volumes to grocery stores and food manufactures about what informed consumers simply won’t tolerate.”
Found In: Cake, candy, medicines, sport supplements, protein powders, carbonated beverages, and many processed foods
Why the U.S. Allows It: Sugar substitutes such as sucralose and aspartame are more intensely sweet than sugar and may rewire taste receptors so less sweet, healthier foods aren’t as enjoyable, shifting preferences to higher calorie, sweeter foods, and increasing food industry profits.
Health Hazards: Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine is nature’s Doberman attack dog, a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 11 to 27 percent of ingested sucralose is absorbed by the human body (FDA 1998). Research published by the manufacturer of sucralose (Roberts 2000) shows that when 8 healthy male adults where given sucralose (in 1 mg/kg amounts), between 10.4% and 30.6% of the sucralose was absorbed. In addition, 1.6% to 12.2% of the sucralose accumulates in the body.
Found In: Beverages, chewing gum and processed foods
Why the U.S. Allows It: Another sweetener that is very cheaply manufactured with a wide range of applications in the food industry.
Health Hazards: Represents one of the food additives used for sweetening aliments and drinks. It is approved by the FDA, but there are several potential problems correlated with consumption of this food additive. Even though there are many studies that attest its safety, acesulfame potassium is still suspected of causing benign thyroid tumors. In rats, the development of such tumors took only 3 months, a period in which the concentration of this additive in the consumed food was between 1 and 5 percent. This is a very short period of time, so the substance is believed to have significant carcinogenic properties. Methylene chloride, a solvent used in the manufacture of acesulfame potassium, is the substance that may give the food additive its potential carcinogenic characteristics.
Ingredients: Coloring agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6)
Found In: Cake, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese
Why the U.S. Allows It: We eat with our eyes. “Recent studies have shown that when food manufacturers left foods in their natural, often beige-like color instead of coloring them with these chemical agents, individuals thought they tasted bland and ate less, even when the recipe wasn’t altered,” Calton says. This may explain why the use of artificial dyes–the most popular being red 40, yellow 5, and yellow 6–have increased five-fold since 1955.
Health Hazards: Back in the day, food coloring came from natural sources, such as saffron and turmeric. “Today most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is also used to seal-coat products to preserve and protect the shine of industrial floors,” Carlton says. “It also appears in head lice shampoos to kill off the small bugs.”
Ingredients: Olestra (aka Olean)
Found In: Fat-free potato chips
Why the U.S. Allows It: Procter & Gamble Co. took a quarter century and spent a half a billion dollars to create “light” chips that are supposedly better for you, Calton says. They may need another half a billion bucks to figure out how to deal with the embarrassing bathroom side effects (including oily anal leakage) that comes with consuming these products.
Health Hazards: ”This fat substitute appears to cause a dramatic depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids, robbing us of the vital micro-nutrients,” Calton says, adding that many countries, including the U.K. and Canada, have banned it….
Twin tech behemoths AT&T and IBM have announced a global partnership to apply their wide-ranging communications and technology applications into as many homes across the globe as possible.
This announcement follows Google’s recent purchase of Nest Labs, a company specializing in machine intelligence that can be embedded in physical objects.
These major companies are betting big on the vision of a world matrix of embedded sensors in every home and business, in every city, that will collect and analyze information and transmit the results. Computer algorithms will then determine the best course of social engineering to be implemented by city planners, completing a new contract between humans and machines.
STEPHEN COHEN: Where do you want me to begin? I mean, we are watching history being made, but history of the worst kind. That’s what I’m telling my grandchildren: Watch this. What’s happening there, let’s take the big picture, then we can go to the small picture. The big picture is, people are dying in the streets every day. The number 50 is certainly too few. They’re still finding bodies. Ukraine is splitting apart down the middle, because Ukraine is not one country, contrary to what the American media, which speaks about the Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Historically, ethnically, religiously, culturally, politically, economically, it’s two countries. One half wants to stay close to Russia; the other wants to go West. We now have reliable reports that the anti-government forces in the streets—and there are some very nasty people among them—are seizing weapons in western Ukrainian military bases. So we have clearly the possibility of a civil war.
And the longer-term outcome may be—and I want to emphasize this, because nobody in the United States seems to want to pay attention to it—the outcome may be the construction, the emergence of a new Cold War divide between West and East, not this time, as it was for our generation, in faraway Berlin, but right on the borders of Russia, right through the heart of Slavic civilization. And if that happens, if that’s the new Cold War divide, it’s permanent instability and permanent potential for real war for decades to come. That’s what’s at stake.
One last point, also something that nobody in this country wants to talk about: The Western authorities, who bear some responsibility for what’s happened, and who therefore also have blood on their hands, are taking no responsibility. They’re uttering utterly banal statements, which, because of their vacuous nature, are encouraging and rationalizing the people in Ukraine who are throwing Molotov cocktails, now have weapons, are shooting at police. We wouldn’t permit that in any Western capital, no matter how righteous the cause, but it’s being condoned by the European Union and Washington as events unfold.
OUTERNET: Company plans to beam ‘free Wi-fi to everyone’ using low-earth orbit cubesats
The Outernet project aims to begin deploying prototype satellites to test their technology by this summer. The project is being sold as a way to “bring the free internet to the masses, for free”, but what is it really?
Project leaders also claim their new net will ‘bring the free-flow of information to the oppressed peoples of China, and North Korea’.
Here’s a clue: “Outernet will broadcast the Internet to you and allow you to flick through certain websites…”
Certain websites? Sound a lot like China and North Korea to us…
Aside from the very high likelihood that this ‘cubesat’ (image, left) network will be co-opted and then absorbed by one of the major ISP’s – or Google-NSA Inc, there is the health and safety issue of microwaves used in WIFI (of course, this is at the top of their list of concerns – yeah, sure it is). The negative effects of WIFI are only now becoming known, so a system like this will mean that no one will be able to opt-out of WIFI.
More questions need to be asked before this new cubesat ‘net’ becomes a reality…
Life Imitating Art; Minority Report and Big Brother Merge; Caution: Serious Creep Factor.
When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer recently. And he didn’t have a violent criminal record, nor any gun violations. In August, he incredulously told the Chicago Tribune, “I haven’t done nothing that the next kid growing up hadn’t done.” Yet, there stood the female police commander at his front door with a stern message: if you commit any crimes, there will be major consequences. We’re watching you.
What McDaniel didn’t know was that he had been placed on the city’s “heat list” — an index of the roughly 400 people in the city of Chicago supposedly most likely to be involved in violent crime. Inspired by a Yale sociologist’s studies and compiled using an algorithm created by an engineer at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the heat list is just one example of the experiments the CPD is conducting as it attempts to push policing into the 21st century.
Predictive analytical systems have been tested by police departments all over the country for years now, but there’s perhaps no urban police force that’s further along — or better funded — than the CPD in its quest to predict crime before it happens. As Commander Jonathan Lewin, who’s in charge of information technology for the CPD, told The Verge: “This [program] will become a national best practice. This will inform police departments around the country and around the world on how best to utilize predictive policing to solve problems. This is about saving lives.”
But the jury’s still out about whether Chicago’s heat list and its other predictive policing experiments are worth the invasions of privacy they might cause and the unfair profiling they could blatantly encourage. As Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Verge: “My fear is that these programs are creating an environment where police can show up at anyone’s door at any time for any reason.”
“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”
— William H. Borah
(Please do not give into the fear. By exposing certain deep uncomfortable truths like this we all can rise together. They are the very, very few. We are the very, very many. One by one by one we take a stand and say in solidarity, “No Basta”.)
Editor’s Note: As a followup to his many informative articles that include an expansive investigation into FEMA camp locations around the United States, Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show blows the doors open on the legislation, executive orders and policies that, in essence, allow for the mass detainment of American citizens. This is certainly a controversial topic, but one that has merit. The evidence is absolutely startling and lends ever more credence to the notion that our government’s security apparatus is preparing for a large-scale event that will require the domestic mobilization of military personnel, local law enforcement, and even foreign troops in order to “normalize” the situation. This may sound like something out of a movie, but as you’ll see in the report below, it’s as real as it gets.
This is not just another FEMA camp article which can be easily debunked. This article deals with the fact that a recent government manual, leaked to the public, details the plans for mass arresting dissident Americans and stripping them of their citizenship so as to be able to violate the Constitution and the Geneva Convention for the treatment of prisoners.
The previously mentioned document which has been leaked online, is entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations (PDF). The document was originally to be kept secret, but everyone in the military command structure, as we know, is not on board with the encroaching tyranny sweeping across this country.
There are two terms which should concern you, namely, Internment and Resettlement (I/R). As if this needs any further elaboration, the two terms simply mean that you will be snatched from your home and sent to a detention camp for an undetermined period of time and treated in a manner which will not be defined by any law.
The Authorities Practice Targeting Second Amendment Supporters
There exists solid evidence that our illegitimate government, hijacked by the banksters, possesses a detailed plan to mass arrest Americans and it has moved from the pages of government documents and it is actually being practiced by authorities on American soil.
Jesse Hathaway wrote for MediaTrackers in which he said that a recent Ohio State National Guard exercise “reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with ‘anti-government’ opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.” Hathaway’s article went on to say that the “Ohio National Guard Communications Director James Sims II, MediaTrackers claims, told the website that it was “not relevant” as to why conservatives may feel targeted by being portrayed as anti-government extremists”. “Okay, I’m gonna stop ya there. I’m going to quit this conversation,” Sims told the site when reached for comment. “You have a good day.”
Then there is the ’fake” $96 million dollar Northern Virginia town which is being used to train the military to enforce martial Law. Of course, the government says that this is a foreign town being used to train our troops to occupy a foreign town. If this is true, then someone needs to explain why the town has a Christian church, handicap parking spots, Washington DC subway logos, loading zone signs and road signs in English. A picture is worth a thousand words as you will see in the following video.
In the Words of the Government
Straight from the Internment/Resettlement article (12 February 2010 FM 3-39.40 1-5) it states the following:
“…I/R operations may place Soldiers in continuous contact with or near insurgents, terrorists, or criminals who will exploit every opportunity to escape and kill or injure U.S. personnel or multinational partners“.
Whether you believe there are Russian troops training on our soil, along with other UN “Peacekeeping” troops is an irrelevant argument at this point. The above excerpt makes it clear regarding the INTENT to use “multinational partners” to round up and detain American citizens.
The following is a list of involved agencies involved in the soon-to-be roundups of American citizens who are not drinking from globalist Kool-Aid.
AGENCIES CONCERNED WITH INTERNMENT AND RESETTLEMENT
1-40. External involvement in I/R missions is a fact of life for military police organizations. Some government and government-sponsored entities that may be involved in I/R missions include—
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
International Organization of Migration.
Local U.S. embassy.
Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
There can be no doubt as to the meaning of the above quote from the manual. This government plans to enlist the aid of foreign troops in conjunction with the UN, DHS and FEMA for the purpose of rounding up and detaining American civilians.
Next time you see a corporate sporting event promoting the troops as F-16 fly in formation overhead with a huge American flag covering nearly the entire ballfield, costing millions to stage for TV viewers…think of this.
The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting “intelligence”justifying those activities. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies.” — Ralph McGehee, former Career Intelligence Medal recipient officer of the CIA (1952 to 1977) and critic of the agency.
Military And Intelligence History: How Nazi Scientists Taught The CIA To Dose Soviet Spies With LSD
Ukraine Protests Carefully Orchestrated: The Role of CANVAS, US-Financed “Color Revolution Training Group”
It took a long time for the opposition to accept the results of democratic elections in Venezuela. They tried a military coup, backed by the US in 2002; when that failed they tried to topple the government with an oil strike. They lost an attempt to recall the president in 2004 and cried foul; then they boycotted National Assembly elections for no reason the following year. The failed attempt to de-legitimize last April’s presidential election was a return to this dark but not-so-distant past. It remains to be seen how far they will go this time to win by other means what they have not been able to win at the ballot box, and how long they will have Washington’s support for regime change in Venezuela.
(The only question left is does Obama abdicate and hand over the palace to Hilary or decide to stay King awhile longer???)
For those who missed it, President Obama cracked a joke during French President Hollande’s visit to Monticello this week. According to the official White House Press Pool report:
“At 4:45 POTUS and president Hollande walked out from a portico and strolled in Front of your pool with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation. Looking at a terrace she said that Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there. POTUS said that he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to ‘break the protocol’.
“’That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want’ he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman. Pool now in the mansion as the leaders will come and visit Jefferson’s study.”
It was merely a joke, of course, delivered with the President’s trademark ear-to-ear grin, but the sentiment no doubt reveals more truth about his mentality than he intended. After all, this is the same President Obama who used his State of the Union address to pledge that he will act “with or without Congress” to further his political agenda for the rest of his lame duck term. This is not idle talk, either. So far in his five years in office Obama has issued 168 executive orders (presidential decrees that circumvent the legislative process).
As former Congressman Ron Paul writes in a scathing piece excoriating these executive orders this week:
“Sadly, his [Obama’s] pledge to use his pen to implement laws and policies without the consent of Congress not only received thunderous applause from representatives of the president’s party, some representatives have even pledged to help Obama get around Congress by providing him with ideas for executive orders. The Constitution’s authors would be horrified to see legislators actively aiding and abetting a president taking power away from the legislature.”
And Obama’s claimed authority as President goes even further. This is the president, after all, who signed the NDAA 2012 with its provision allowing him (and any future president) the power to have the military detain anyone (including American citizens), anywhere (including on American soil), and to hold them indefinitely. This is also the president who has weekly meetings to discuss a secret kill list, which includes the names of American citizens who have been deemed “threats” to the country and whom he claims the power to kill on command without trial.
These are not the powers of a president, but a Caesar.
If only all of this could be blamed on Obama or on the Democrats, then perhaps there would be some hope. But as Paul, a former Republican, goes on to note in his piece, the concentration of power in the executive branch is by no means limited to Democrats or Obama personally, and in fact is most obviously flaunted by the neocons, who continue to scheme for the Oval Office in 2016.
These are dark days for the American Republic, and we can only echo the sentiment conveyed in the title to Ron Paul’s essay: “Will No One Challenge Obama’s Executive Orders?”
Classic Carlin; The American Dream
Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior, courtesy of 171 recently installed LED fixtures. But they probably will not realize that the light fixtures are the backbone of a system that is watching them.
Using an array of sensors and eight video cameras around the terminal, the light fixtures are part of a new wireless network that collects and feeds data into software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates and even identify suspicious activity, sending alerts to the appropriate staff.
The project is still in its early stages, but executives with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, are already talking about expanding it to other terminals and buildings.
To customers like the Port Authority, the systems hold the promise of better management of security as well as energy, traffic and people. But they also raise the specter of technology racing ahead of the ability to harness it, running risks of invading privacy and mismanaging information, privacy advocates say.
‘The Dept. of Defense (DoD) is using biometrics to fight terrorism, catalogue active duty troops and maintain national security interests. The Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA) utilizes biometrics to “identify the enemy” and verify individuals to ensure secure business and governmental functions.
The US Department of State Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) has more than 90 million people’s photographs data based with the continuous use of the Department of Facial Recognition Software.
The DHS Automated Biometric Identification System tracks an estimated 250,000 biometric communications a day. Over 126 million fingerprints, photographs and biographical information are filed for the US government to use at their discretion.
The National ID card by Oracle would establish “a standard and secure national identifier, we could ensure that any system that chose to use it could effectively share information with other systems that use it.”’
“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called ‘The Pledge’. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called ‘The Turn’.
The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call ‘The Prestige’.”
This is a useful analogy to understand what the Fed, the BoJ, the BoE, the ECB, and just about every other major central bank on the planet is engaged in right now with their various easing and lending programs. What we’ve witnessed since the Lehman collapse has been ‘The Pledge.’ Simple, ordinary bailouts, emergency lending facilities, and quantitative easing programs. In other words, the establishment of the act by showing us the objects we’re dealing with. But once the audience has become used to the pledge and the markets have priced in the stimulus, it’s time for the magic to commence. Enter the turn.
This week the Bank of Japan shocked no one by keeping their economic assessment unchanged and declining to increase the rate of money printing in their monetary stimulus program. Upon seeing this, USD/JPY, S&P, and the Nikkei (all locked in the same dead cat death bounce spiral) all took a brief dip before shooting through the roof.
So what happened? The audience looked again and noticed the turn, that’s what happened. Turns out the BoJ surprised everyone by doubling the ceiling on their bank lending facility from 3.5 trillion yen to 7 trillion yen. At first glance, it makes no sense. It makes no difference to the Japanese economy. It’s not like there are prohibitive interest rates keeping a debt-hungry public from taking out a loan. It’s not like there are businesses in Japan that are clambering for loans at the moment anyway, and the raising of the BoJ’s lending ceiling isn’t going to change consumer sentiment. It literally effects nothing. But there’s something so compelling about the move that markets just have to react, so they did. This is exactly what the turn looks like. The audience is buying into the act.
Of course, the magic of the turn will wear off without fail. The only question is how many days (or hours) this euphoria will last, and what the talking heads will blame it on when it all goes south again. The cold weather? The price of tea in China? A butterfly flapping its wings in Taipei? Whatever it is, they will focus endlessly on that explanation until the next event arrives.
This does raise the question of what the prestige is going to look like in this particular magic act, though. Unfortunately for the audience, this might be less of a magic act than a con. And in that case, the prestige is going to involve making their pensions, retirement savings and paper “wealth” disappear.
They don’t call them the wizards of Wall Street for nothing.
February 20th, 2014
Via: The Hill
The federal government may actually expand the controversial surveillance program that collects Americans’ phone records in a bid to preserve evidence for the multiple lawsuits filed against the National Security Agency, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The decision comes despite President Obama’s instruction in a speech on American surveillance practices last month that government officials find a way to end the data collection program.
Obama tasked Attorney General Eric Holder and members of the intelligence community with finding a way to wind down the government program without eroding the government’s intelligence capabilities.
But, according to the Journal, government lawyers are worried that if they shut down the program, they could violate evidence preservation rules requiring them to maintain the databases amid ongoing litigation.
Via: Fast Company
Tech giant Cisco thinks there’s something to all this talk of ”smart cities”–and that connecting roads or license plate readers to the Internet is going to be big business.
In the latest installment of their ongoing expansion into the Internet of Things, Cisco recently announced an agreement with Swiss security firm AGT International to develop smart traffic systems for cities around the world.
In early February, Cisco and AGT unveiled the details of an upcoming Internet of Things-enabled traffic management system that incorporates sensors embedded in pavements, license plate-reading systems, social media feeds, and video cameras to “identify, respond to, and resolve” traffic incidents in real time. According to a press release, the system is designed to provide long-term analytics on traffic accidents and to allow different agencies to share video feeds.
Some people may find the AGT-Cisco product a bit creepy–after all, it’s a traffic management system that reads license plate numbers and integrates social media. Nevertheless, it’s part of a much larger trend in which city, state, and federal agencies use sensors to monitor the smallest aspects of everyday urban life.
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HOW TO COOK UP A FAKE “PEOPLE’s UPRISING”!
Are you having a problem with pesky nations that refuse to comply with the Globalist or Zionist program? Worried about the cost and unintended consequences of another Neo-Con war? Well, before you do anything rash, try overthrowing the target government with a “Soft Power” revolution instead. See recipe below.
- A ton of American cash from the CIA and/or George Soros
- Small army of undercover CIA agents
- Controlled “Human Rights /Pro Democracy” groups
- Idealistic “Western wannabee” college brats
- Easily manipulated do-gooder “libtards”
- Professional signs & banners written in English
- Bribable / blackmailable journalists
- Bribable / blackmailable politicians
- Bribable / blackmailable academics
- Corrupt Union bosses
- Violent “Agent Provocatuers”
|Soros and CIA drug money is limitless! Pass it around!|
|“Feed the children!”|
|If bribery doesn’t work……|
If the target nation has large Labor Unions, corrupt labor bosses will be very happy to cooperate with you. Yankee dollars are king!
(Now you are ready to get cooking!)
Pick a catchy theme or color for your “revolution”. Examples include “Prague Spring”, “Velvet Revolution”, Saffron Revolution”, “Cedar Revolution”, “Rose Revolution”, “Orange Revolution”, “Green Revolution” or “Arab Spring”. It’s all about marketing baby!
Kick off your “revolution” with a “spontaneous protest”. Use your CIA agents and their controlled NGO idiots to make allegations of “human rights abuses”, or “government corruption” or “election fraud”. It doesn’t matter if the allegations are true or not. Just be passionate!
Roll out your “spontaneous” banners and protest signs, written in English. You are, afterall, trying to manipulate American policy makers and the gullibe American public.
Add in your wholly owned labor bosses, academics, and spoiled “Western wannabee” college brats. Turn up the heat on the target government. This will swell the ranks of the protestors to include malcontents, people with legitimate grievances, “bandwagon” types, and folks who are just bored and want something to do.
The major American and European media outlets will now assist you by portraying the uprising as a “popular” and ”spontaneous” reaction to corruption / tyranny / voter fraud etc. Tell your agents not to laugh as the cameras are filming them.
Now that “the world is watching”, stage an incident. If you can manipulate some fanatic into setting himself on fire, do so! Otherwise, fake an atrocity, Use fake blood, fake tear gas, and photo shopped images. Make sure the “victim” is a woman! The international media, as well as your paid local propagandists, will run with the atrocity story. The destabilized target government will soon lose support among many of its own people!
Add in your violent agent provocatuers. Use them to FORCE the police into violent acts. This will embarass, intimidate, and destabilize the government to the point where it becomes delegitimized in the eyes of “the world community.”
Add in your traitor politicians and wait for the US, UN, & EU to “pressure” the “oppressive” target government into submission. The threat of economic sanctions, “no-fly zones”, bombing, or even an armed “rebel” uprising, should convince the government to either bend to your wishes, or to step down and call for new elections.
If “Color Revolution / Spring” should fail, then prepare for military action!