The Occult Symbolism of the movie "Metropolis" and its Importance in Pop Culture

The Occult Symbolism of the movie “Metropolis” and its Importance in Pop Culture

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Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie “Metropolis” is one of those timeless classics that withstand the test of time. Rather than becoming forgotten and obsolete, “Metropolis” is increasingly relevant as many of its predictions are becoming reality. We will look at the  underlying occult message of the film and the usage of its imagery in the acts of  pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue and others.

 Metropolis is a silent science-fiction movie released in 1927 by Fritz Lang, a master of German Expressionism. Set in a futuristic dystopia divided into two distinct and separate classes—the thinkers and the workers—Metropolis describes the struggles between the two opposite entities. Knowing that it was produced in 1927, viewing this movie today is quite an experience as many “sci-fi” aspects of the plot are eerily close to reality. Metropolis describes a society where the “New World Order” has already taken been implemented and a select elite live in luxury while a dehumanized mass work and live in a highly monitored hell.

 As we have seen in previous articles on The Vigilant Citizen, Metropolis is excessively echoed in popular culture, especially in the music business. Whether it be in music videos or photo shoots, pop stars are often portrayed as the character Maria, an android programmed to corrupt the morals of the workers and to incite a revolt, giving the elite an excuse to use violence repression. Are pop stars used by the elite in the same matter, to corrode the morals of the masses?

Movie Analysis

The Workers

The movie opens by showing the workers and their city, situated deep below the earth’s surface. They are shown dressed alike, walking in sync, holding their heads down in submission, resignation and desperation. Throughout the movie, the human cattle is depicted as being physically and mentally exhausted, highly impressionable and, let’s say it, all-around dumb. Like a flock of sheep, the workers move in crowds, are very impressionable and can easily be deceived. This description of the masses corroborates those of Walter Lippmann, an American thinker who, five years earlier in Public Opinion, compared the general public to a “bewildered herd” that is not qualified to manage its own destiny. Joseph Goebbels, the head of propaganda of the Nazi regime, was also in accord with the movie’s conception of the general public. Hitler famously said “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think”.

The workers labor in a monstrous machine, a hellish industrial complex where they must accomplish repetitive and dehumanizing tasks. At one point, the machine is compared to Moloch, the ancient Semitic deity honored by human sacrifices.

 The tasks assumed by the workers are purely mechanical, needing absolutely no brain power, making them nothing more than an extension of the machine.

The Thinker s

If the workers live in a hellish underground dystopia, the thinkers conversely evolve in a gleaming utopia, a magnificent testimony of human achievement. This shiny city could not, however, be sustained without the existence of the Machine (Moloch) and its herds of workers. On the other hand, the Machine would not exist without the need to sustain a city. We find here a dualistic relation where two opposite entities exist in mutual dependence, a concept that has deep occult resonance.

 Joh Fredersen, the Demi-God

The city was founded, built and is run by the autocratic Joh Fredersen. As the creator and only ruler of Metropolis, Fredersen is likened to the Gnostic demiurge, a demi-god who is creator and ruler of the material world.

Joh’s son, named Freder, who, like all sons of managers, was enjoying a life of luxury, discovers the harsh reality of the workers of down under. Wanting to experience the worker’s reality first-hand, Freder descends to the lower level and trades places with a worker. Freder therefore becomes a Christ-like figure, a savior who descends from above. He also becomes enamoured with Maria, a saintly young women from the proletariat.

Maria

Maria is a charismatic woman that is highly admired by her fellow workers. Understanding their suffering and despair, and knowing that a revolt is brewing, Maria preaches peace and patience, prophesying the coming of a “mediator”, who would become the “heart between the head (the thinkers) and the hand (the workers)

At one point, Maria tells the story of the tower of Babel, upon which would be written:

“Great is the world and its Creator! And great is Man!”

This statement has a deep resonance in Mystery Schools as it is taught that men have the potential to become gods through enlightenment. Throughout the ages, monuments and architecture were used to communicate the principles of the Mysteries and to celebrate the greatness of the human mind. Partially for those reasons, there are numerous links between Freemasonry and the Tower of Babel.

 “As regards to Masonry, Babel of course represented a Masonic enterprise and early expositors reaped full benefit from the facts. They remembered that the people, who were of ‘one language and one speech’ journeyed from the East to the West, like those who have been tried and proved as Master Masons. When they reached an abiding place in the land Shinar, it is affirmed that they dwelt therein as Noachide, being the first characteristic name of Masons. It was here that they built their high tower of confusion. Out of evil comes good, however, and the confusion of tongues gave rise to ‘the ancient practice of Masons conversing without the use of speech.’”
-Arthur Edward Waite, A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: Their Rites, Literature and History, Volume I

 “In several early Masonic manuscripts – for example, the Harleian, Sloane, Lansdowne, and Edinburgh-Kilwinning – it is stated that the craft of initiated builders existed before the Deluge, and that its members were employed in the building of the Tower of Babel.”
- Manly P. Hall,
The Secret Teachings of All Ages

 “… at the making of the Tower of Babel there was Masonry first much esteemed of, and Nimrod was a Mason himself and loved well Masons.”
- John T Lawrence, The Perfect Ashlar

 However, says Maria, “one man’s hymns of praise became the other man’s curse”. In other words, the monument praising the greatness of the human spirit was built with the blood and sweat of workers who knew nothing of the Thinker’s grand vision. And, in the film, the same thing is happening all over again. The name of the demi-god Joh Fredersen’s headquarters? Of course … The New Tower of Babel.

Rotwang

Upon learning that the workers are planning an uprising, Joh Federsen seeks the advice of Rotwang, an inventor and mad scientist. Although his work utilizes the latest of technologies, many clues within the movie indicate that he also taps into ancient occult knowledge to create his inventions. He is said to live in “a small house overlooked by the centuries,” symbolically meaning that the scientist’s arcana descended from ancient occult traditions; the basement of his house has a secret trap door leading to 2,000 year-old catacombs, further alluding to the ancient and mysterious sources of Rotwang. Furthermore, the front door of his house bears a pentagram, which refers to the Pythagoreans, occultism and Freemasonry.

If we were to do real-life comparisons, Rotwang is to Joh Fredersen what John Dee was to Queen Elizabeth I: an esteemed advisor immersed in the worlds of science, magic, astrology and Hermetic philosophy. If Fredersen represents our world’s rulers, Rotwang is the occult pendant of decision-making, the mystical entity that is hidden from the public but always historically present.

The inventor proudly presents to Fredersen his latest invention, the Machine-Man, which he considers to be the “Man of the Future”. The android has the faculty of taking the form of any person and, says Rotwang, “no one will be able to tell a Machine Man from a mortal!”. The transhumanist dream was already present back in the early 1920s.

 Fredersen then tells Rotwang to give the Machine-Man the likeness of Maria in order to use her credibility and charisma to spread corruption among the workers.

 So what do today’s pop stars have in common with this android, programmed by the rulers, with a mix of science and occultism? Well … everything.

 Metropolis themes are also very prevalent in fashion.

 Back to the movie. The android completed, Rotwang tells it:

“I want you to visit those in the depths, in order to destroy the work of the woman in whose image you were created!”

Robot-maria responds: One eye closed with devilish grin. You probably know the importance of the single eye from previous articles and the ridiculous amount of pop artists who flash it.

 The Maria android is then sent to Yoshiwara, a man’s club, where she performs erotic dances. In one of her acts, she is portrayed as Babylon, the Great Harlot from the Apocalypse.

Playing the role of the Great Harlot Babylon of the Book of Revelation. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, having a golden cup in her hand”. She is held up by the seven deadly sins.

Do this scene remind you of a classic music video? Madonna – Material Girl. How many realized that she was playing the role of Babylon here?

The programmed Maria performs mesmerizing dances in front of an avid public, causing men to fight, to lust, to be jealous and to commit the rest of the deadly sins. When she’s with her fellow workers,  Maria acts as an “agent-provocateur”, inciting the working men to riot and giving Joh Fredersen reason to use force against them. She is basically acting against the best interest of the public and for the interest of the elite.

With the help of their foreman (because they can’t really think for themselves), the workers ultimately realize that they have been mislead by the android. Believing that she’s a witch, they find robot-Maria and burn her at the stake.

 A bunch of things happen after that, but I won’t spoil the ending for you (though can you really be mad at someone for spoiling the ending of a 83-year old movie?). The movie finishes with this caption.

 This “moral of the story” is basically a message to the elite, a tip to keep the masses in check: in order to keep the oppressed content, you must capture their heart. That is what the media accomplish.

 Which is kind of reminiscent of this music video ending.

 Madonna’s Express Yourself video heavily borrowed its imagery from Metropolis. In turn, Christina Aguilera’s Not Myself Tonight, heavily borrowed from Express Yourself.

 The Moral of the Story

The moral of the story of Metropolis is not “let’s abolish all inequities and rebuild a world where everyone is equal” and it is certainly not “let’s be democratic and vote for who we want as a ruler.” It is more “let’s send the workers back to the depths where they belong, but with the addition of a mediator, who will be the link between the workers and the thinkers”. So, when all is said and done, the movie is intrinsically “elitist,” as it still calls for the existence of an elite group of people holding most of the resources and managing a working class. In the end, the workers – and Freder – were duped, believing that their conditions would change. In fact, the status-quo remained and Joh even got his naive son to give the elite a friendly image while reporting everything happening in the depths, resulting in tighter surveillance and control.

 Who is the Freder of today’s working class? The media. Media is the mediator. That is its function.

 Mass media manipulate the masses’ thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, tricking them into loving their oppression. Popular culture is the entertainment branch of mass media and pop music is the fun way to communicate the elite’s message to the youth. References to Metropolis in pop music are almost winks to those in the know, the initiates, as if to say “this star is working for us”. So go ahead and be an ignorant, degenerate and materialistic person, like in the videos … that’s what they want you to be.

Analogies Between Metropolis and Today’s Pop Culture

But why Metropolis? Why has it become the code for “Illuminati star”? If you’ve read other articles on this site, you’ve probably realized that the movie touches upon all of the themes of today’s “Illuminati agenda”: transhumanism, mind control, dark occultism, degradation of morals, police state, all-seeing government. Metropolis is basically a blueprint for population control. Like Maria, today’s pop stars are recruited from the working class and literally programmed and reinvented to become the hidden ruler’s spokespersons. Notice how many pop stars have wild alter-egos, with a different name and personality. Part of the stars’ role is to promote the elite’s agenda through music and videos, making it sexy and attractive.

In Conclusion

Metropolis is a definitely a movie “by the elite, for the elite”. It tackles the concerns of those managing the world and presents a solution that does not disturb the status-quo. The movie is also permeated with Masonic symbolism and contains many symbols referring to ancient Mysteries which were meant to be decoded by proper initiates. In other words, the movie was primarily aimed at the ruling class.

 So why do singers love it so much? Well they probably don’t love it as much as those behinds the scenes, the directors and image-makers, those who have power in the music business. They decide what the stars do and stand for. And today’s popular culture is elitist, permeated with Illuminati symbolism and promotes moral degradation and the debasement of traditional values. Our pop stars channel Maria, the programmed android, through their acts and accomplish the same functions. Why else would they dress like her? If artists always embodied absolute freedom and creativity, why do singers play the role of a mind-controlled android? Because that’s what they are.

 Metropolis is indeed a great movie. So great that it is only becoming relevant 80 years after its release. But if the elite have it their way, it will be even more relevant in the years to come.

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Who Are The Illuminati?

By Richard Stone 

“A loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires” (Paul Simon).
“The world is governed by far different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes” (Benjamin Disraeli).
“Give me control over a nation’s currency, and I care not who makes the laws” (Mayer Rothschild).

Conspiracy theory is the theory that most of the world is secretly governed by a small group of men who operate behind the scenes. Conspiracy theory is now an accepted turn of phrase but sometimes one hears the expression, sometimes whispered rather than spoken. “The Illuminati”.

What does this mean? Who are the Illuminati? They are, in essence, a cartel of international bankers and industrialists based in Western Europe and North America. The names of certain families persist over long periods of time. Some of the most important names are Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Lazard, Warburg, Schroder and Schiff.

The pivotal family is probably the house of Rothschild, the descendants of Mayer Rothschild (1743 – 1812) of Frankfurt. The male descendants of this family, for at least two generations, generally married first cousins or even nieces. The family established banking institutions in Vienna, London, Naples and Paris as well as Frankfurt. Ever since the middle ages, these families have been building their power by lending money at rates of interest to the monarchies and governments of Europe who were forever in debt, particularly in times of war. Sooner than tax the population to raise funds, always an unpopular measure, they usually preferred to borrow money from the money-lenders. This was the birth of the concept “the national debt.” The countries of the world are forever in debt but where there is a debtor there is a creditor – who is this money owed to? It is owed to this coterie of international bankers.

By the nineteenth century the power of the Rothschild family was immense. They increased their wealth with great cunning and cleverness, while maintaining a low public profile. A notable example of their methods was their exploitation of the battle of Waterloo. The Rothschilds had spies watching the course of the battle and as soon as became evident that Wellington had won, a Rothschild agent traveled at maximum speed to London, arriving hours before Wellington’s own messenger. Rothschild received the messenger and began conspicuously selling his stocks. The whole stock exchange assumed that Wellington had lost and Napoleon had won so everybody started selling, at this point, other Rothschild agents bought up huge stocks at give-away prices. Thus an already massive fortune was massively increased.

The Rockefeller family may be equally important. The pivotal figure in this family was J.D.Rockefeller, who made his fortune out of Standard Oil or Esso in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also controlled the railroads. When rival road transport systems were established he attempted to block them by parking his trains across the roads at level crossings. His basic business technique was the elimination of competitors at all costs, followed by the establishment of a monopoly, followed by profit taking. He rapidly gained a name for huge wealth, secrecy and hard and dirty business practice. In his later years he had a harsh and gaunt appearance, so to counter his bad “public image” JD more or less invented the PR industry. He had short films of himself made, calculated to charm the public, himself playing golf with a pretty little child for instance. This film was shown on TV recently. It has a rather false and amateurish air but was very effective with the public of the day.

The Rockerfellers currently have controlling interests in Exxon (the world’s biggest company) and the Chase Manhattan Bank, which turns over trillions of dollars a week. With so many billions in their hands already, what does more money mean? Obviously it means more power and more control over other human beings, but to what end and in whose name?

Apparently in the name of Lucifer, the fallen angel also known as the bringer of light, hence the name “Illuminati”, which means “the enlightened ones”. Lucifer is also known for the characteristics of pride, deception and impermanence. The illuminati were apparently founded in Bavaria in 1770 by one Adam Weisshaupt, a student of the Jewish philosopher Mendelsohn, and backed by the Rothschild family. The society has always been based on the lodges of Freemasonry, which was taken over at the highest levels during the course of the eighteenth century by agents of the Illuminati. Freemasonry is a very secretive institution, to the extent that members at one level do not know what members at another level are doing. Hence it is an organisation which is full of bonhomie and good deeds at the lower and middle levels, while its motives and deeds at the highest levels veer towards the dark side.

Both Freemasonry and Judaism have strong roots in the ancient Egyptian systems of religious belief, and it was this very similarity which attracted the illuminati to Freemasonry, for most of them were Jewish. It is a source of controversy today to speculate whether or not they are still predominantly Jewish. No unfair racism intended – they either are or they aren’t. Certainly there is much evidence to suggest that they are not, George Bush for instance, a prominent illuminati figure and obviously not Jewish.

The all seeing eye on the U.S. Dollar Bill

The United States of America is more or less a creation of Freemasonry. The symbol of Freemasonry was placed on the cornerstone of the Whitehouse, while the assembled Freemasons lodges stood and watched the ceremony. The famous all-seeing eye in the pyramid appears on the one dollar bill. It is one of the main symbols of Freemasonry. This bill also bears the inscription, in Latin, “1776, the year of inception of a new world order”. If one joins the dots formed by the stars of the thirteen original states one obtains an exact Star of David.

The goal of the IlIuminati is total control of the world. The only nations, which are holding out against their power, are some Islamic nations and China but this resistance is limited because the Illuminati have crushing economic power.

There are certain methods of subjugation and control which are indispensable to this power. The first is, of course, complete control over all financial systems, all borrowing and lending. All banks, all building societies, all insurance companies have to be under their control. At the lowest level even the smallest bank will be forced to toe the line. At the highest level the World Bank decides the fate of countries. It is an interesting and amazing fact that both the Federal Reserve Bank and the Bank of England are controlled by these Illuminati dynasties, in spite of the names of these banks, which suggest that they are run for public benefit. It is said that both Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy wanted to change this system.

The second essential component is control of the media. It is controlled through business fashion. If the board meeting, or the management meeting, or the sales meeting, or the training meeting suggests that facts should be presented in a certain way, who is going to present them differently? There is an implied threat to one’s job and one’s career. Few people would gladly face demotion, retrenchment or the dole and most people are so ambitious they will do nearly anything “reasonable” to court favour with their superiors. This is how business is controlled and the media is the most important part of business, for it controls people’s minds. People are very suggestible and often lend more credence to what they see on “the box” than to what happens on their own street. The Illuminati know this and use this suggestibility factor to the full. Lenin’s key move during the Russian revolution was the capture of the radio station.

The third factor in the control system is the universities, and through them the whole education system. Particular effort is put into the schools of sociology, politics, economics and education, hence “liberal” systems of education which are often degenerate and even violent. Their men are inserted into the universities through the power of funding by big business. They then spread their influence downwards through tertiary to secondary and primary education.

The fourth factor is the enormous influence wielded by two similar organisations, The Council of Foreign Relations in the USA and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in England. These institutions are schools for statesmen, Illuminati statesmen. They are the stamping grounds of men such as Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinksi and Lord Carrington. These two “think tanks” have a crucial influence on all US and British governments, no matter which party is “in power”. The statesmen produced by these institutions can and do decide the fate of nations.The tax-exempt foundations are also instruments of Illuminati power. The Ford foundation and the Rockefeller foundation are two prominent examples of this type of “charitable” institution. They were heavily involved in supporting various communist powers when the cold war was at its height. Communism versus capitalism arms race = more money and power for the Illuminati. So these are some of the structures through which the Illuminati work but what methods do they use?

Pitting one side against the other, using a theory devised by Hegel, which is: Thesis versus antitheses – synthesis.

Every force tends to have an opposite counterforce. The conflict between the two results in a new situation, the synthesis. The illuminati make it their business to be the synthesis. Thus no problem situation is ever “nipped in the bud” it is rather fostered and used, just as the Soviet Union was fostered and used.

The insertion of immigrant groups into countries is a variation of this divide and rule process. Each group can be played off against the other.

“Double talk” and “double think”. George Orwell knew instinctively what was going on when he invented these two expressions:
I categorically deny = it will happen a bit later.
Peace = war by another means.

To say one thing and do another is fundamental to Illuminati practice. They believe that the public will accept these lies through laziness and wishful thinking. Unfortunately they are usually correct.

“Keep them busy busy busy, back on the farm with the other animals.” We are kept so busy with business (or busyness) that we do not understand or participate in the decisions and events that will crucially affect our future.

When a real power move is made it is usually done secretly and suddenly often with the pretence that nothing has happened. There is preparation for opposition, but conflict is often not necessary as most people have been trained to be so passive that they will probably not create an effective opposition.

Use of front men in important positions. These front men have the characteristic of “servile obedience”, probably because of a blot or blots on their character which they are anxious to conceal. Most of the Presidents of the USA fall into this category. The current situation springs to mind. Behind the opponent stands the man with real power, who has long been groomed for this position. Men like Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Bush are in this category.

The assassination of opposing leaders as quietly and as secretly as possible, so as to simulate a natural death. If this is not possible due to time constraints or other limited circumstances, surrogates are used and the lines of suspicion are covered by deception, false accusation and if necessary, multiple assassinations. Induced heart attacks, fake motor accidents and apparent suicides are also favoured methods of assassination.

Social engineering. An easily manipulated rabble is what is required. Mixed population groups with weak morals, weak traditions, low educational standards and weak group willpower are the aim. Those with special aptitudes can be taken out and trained to serve the illuminati for technical purposes, security purposes or as part of the propaganda apparatus. The middle class will become surplus to requirements and will be reduced to relative poverty.

Mockery and submission of the manners and morals of societies which show any resistance. Control of the media, the fashion industries and the education systems are essential components in this strategy. “Free love”, the cult of youth, mockery of the Christian and Muslim faiths also fall into this category. “I don’t give a rats ass about Jesus Christ” is one recent masterpiece from one of Hollywood’s biggest starts. He probably didn’t realise what he was saying, which makes him a “useful idiot’. A “useful idiot” is much more effective than a conscious supporter. By these means of subversion societies and nations are conquered from within and open battle is usually not necessary.

The conduct of unrelenting economic warfare. This is the real war and continues even while the bombs are falling and the bullets are flying. The important part is the control of the enemy’s economy after the conflict. The recent economic crash in the far-eastern countries is in reality an assertion of the Illuminati’s economic power, an expression of economic dominance. The Illuminati now control 10-15% of the Japanese economy. This is public knowledge, that is what has been bought at bargain prices. In reality they probably control much more.

Control and exploitation of the standards of public health. The sale of prescription drugs is a huge business generating mega profits. Medical operations and treatments can also be very profitable to big business. These extreme treatments have their place but are over-used for the sake of profit.

In fact big business, particularly the big drug companies, have a vested interest in the ill health of the population. These companies, working through the US Food and Drug Administration, have tried to suppress the health food industry. In this they have largely failed but now the game is to own it and control it so that health foods can only be afforded by the elite.

Argument through defamation of character. The factual debate is ignored while characters are defamed. This is usually a very effective technique as many human beings are very suggestible and seem reluctant to use their reasoning abilities. Thus a “smear campaign” can easily draw attention away from the facts.

To conclude, it is growing increasingly evident that a world government is developing, and many would say that it is probably no bad thing, but few have asked for what purpose this “new world order” is created. Nor have they asked themselves what the consequences will be. These consequences (or some of them) will probably be as follows:

• Increasing profits for big business, increasing poverty for the middle class (who they despise). A rapid decline in moral standards and the promotion of social decay.

• Transience. Jobs that don’t last; neighbourhoods that don’t last.

• Increasing levels of crime and violence.

• Decline and demise of public services; replacement by private enterprise – good service for the few who can afford it.

• Ongoing ill health for the bulk of the population because of stress; poor quality foods; food additives; genetic engineering; pollution and drugs. There may be good health for those who can afford it – only the rich and well informed.

• The gradual phasing out of national governments, which will have powers more like the regional governments of today.

• The formation of several conglomerations like the United States.

In time a world leader will be announced, a real one this time. A pity he will have a cynical contempt for the most of humanity. Do we deserve it?

Israel Warned SEVENTEEN Times That School it Shelled Housed Civilian Refugees

Introduction — July 30, 2014

Scenes of devastation on the streets of Gaza after Iraeli bombardmentLet’s not kid ourselves, Israel is committing War Crimes. These are not errors or oversights as some of its defenders claim.
Israel is deliberately and repeatedly targeting UN schools housing displaced civilians, refugee compounds and hospitals. These are War Crimes and they are being committed with the aid of the Western media.
For example, the report below is straightforward enough but I had to change the headline. Because the original headline asked: “Did UN warn Israel SEVENTEEN times that bombed school was housing refugees?”
Reading the article itself it’s pretty obvious that there is no question about it. The IDF was indeed informed no less than SEVENTEEN times that the UN run school housed displaced civilians.
However, the Daily Mail’s editors in London decided to pose the question “Did UN warn Israel SEVENTEEN TIMES…”, which helps divert attention from Israel’s obvious culpability. Until you start reading the article, of course.
Much of the Western media’s coverage is similarly slanted. Like the Mail’s headline, much of it subtly deflects the attention of the casual observer from Israel’s blame. But can you imagine how it would be if things were the other way round? If over 1200 Israelis were now dead and nearly sixty Palestinians had been killed, all but three of them of them combatants?
Can you imagine the outcry? The Western media would be in uproar filled, no doubt, with editorials demanding the U.S. and Britain aid Israel militarily.
As it is the U.S. is already aiding Israel to the tune of billions every year. While British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected criticism of Operation Protective Edge on the grounds that “Israel has a right to defend itself“.
Hundreds of people were said to have been out shopping after days of being unable to buy basic provisions. Click to enlarge

Hundreds of people were said to have been out shopping after days of being unable to buy basic provisions. Click to enlarge

Looking at the mounting casualties among Palestinian civilians however, one wonders whether Israel is actually defending itself or exacting retribution?
Meanwhile, Israel’s latest atrocity came when its warplanes struck a market filled with hundreds of Palestinians buying food on Wednesday. At least 16 Palestinians were reported killed. The attack on the market came DURING A FOUR HOUR TRUCE declared by the IDF.

Israel Warned SEVENTEEN Times That School it Shelled Housed Civilian Refugees

Simon Tomlinson — Daily Mail July 30, 2014

Israel was warned no fewer than 17 times that a school it destroyed with tank strikes killing 16 Palestinians and injuring 125 others had been housing refugees, the UN claimed today.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in the Jabaliya refugee camp when shells smashed into the complex overnight.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said it was the sixth time one of the organisation’s schools had been struck by Israeli bombardments during the 23-day conflict.

In a furious response to the attack, he said: ‘This is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today, the world stands disgraced.

‘We know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site.

‘These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.

‘The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times to ensure its protection – the last being at 8.50pm last night, just hours before the fatal shelling.’

Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein UN school. Click to enlarge

Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein UN school. Click to enlarge

Continues …

The Humidity of Mortality on Pinball Planet

Visible Origami — July 30, 2014

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
May your noses always be cold and wet.
I’ve just learned that on the day of my accident, one of the great men (Stephen Gaskin) of the last century passed away. Here was a true practitioner of Broad Daylight Awareness; a true teacher and living example for many other souls. He was humble, sharp and no nonsense. He might not have been everyone’s cup of tea but he meant a great deal to me and the hundreds of souls that lived around him and the thousands and thousands that came and went. I’ll not seek to provide a synopsis for Mr. Monday Night Class. You can read up on him. Like Terrance McKenna, Buckminster Fuller and a handful of others, he left this world a better place than he found it. It’s possible that his passing didn’t even make it into the Crass Media. He wasn’t one of theirs.
The other reader who saw the strange and silent black, bat-like creature glide across their sight-line, close in time to when it happened to me, also suffered a fall and got seriously banged up. That’s pretty strange.
Yesterday I was toodling around pretty good; went into town and also did some terrain training as well. I’m guessing there was about 10K accomplished yesterday. Today I found that they had cut back on my medication yet again. This happens every few days and so I was barely able to make it to breakfast and back. Dr. Napoleon (so called because of his obvious Napoleonic Complex) will be coming around any minute so I can let him hear about it. If they had doctors in The Stasi, he would have been the Chef Artz. Most everyone else around here has a good attitude and are willing and helpful across the board. However, it is one of those secret laws of existence that in any operation there has to be at least one major dick, so demonstrating for whatever the purpose of that would be.
I have zeroed in in a city not far from here where there are many rentals and surprisingly inexpensive as well. I’m planning on heading there next week, staying in a pension and not leaving before I find something. As per another law of nature, I walked into town yesterday with this fellow who looks like a gym rat but is a former (and possibly) future heroin user. He says he much prefers crystal meth. He admits that this is stupid so… I’m supposing he’s not entirely dim. He tells me that every 3rd person, in this city I am looking to live in the outskirts of, is a heroin addict. Someone close to me told me it is the happening zone of this country right now for young people, the arts and music (which are the same sort of) and I was planning on migrating there because there would be all kinds of clubs to play in, as well as get this language down by attending an immersion course (or two). “Rawhide!!!”
I am hoping (and have reason to believe) that certain comestibles are going to precipitate out of the ethers any day and I expect my mood to reflect that process, once said process reaches the manifestation end of it. Presently it’s somewhere in the middle two states of the creative and formative planes; most likely in the formative.
I heard an ominous statement by Putin yesterday. He was talking about the impact of sanctions and somehow the cost was around 20 billion (nothing to sneeze at) and he said something like, “None of this is important next to the reality that war is coming to Europe.” Do I really want to stay here? I keep juggling with the idea of just giving away my possessions and shipping what I can’t let go of to Hawaii and taking my chances. Somehow it feels like if I am in the jungle somewhere, it is going to take awhile for the global horse manure to make its way to me. I got a direct statement from the invisible that there were no plans in operation to destroy the islands. That still leaves the door open for all kinds of less than pleasant actions short of that, including haole shish kabob. The pretender in chief has connections to the islands. Damn… nothing is harder these days than weighing all the pros and cons of all the locations on this Pinball Planet. Sure… I’d love to go to the Maldives but I don’t have a suitcase full of cash. Indonesia has all kind of wonderful features with a big red flag that says ‘Fundie Muslim Alert’ on it. I’ve been around the globe in my head and landed nowhere. That means something, should you be bright enough to tumble to the implications. I’m not. It’s hard to focus on what requires a very narrow window of intensity to give up its secrets, when they are partying day and night at Dumb Ass Junction across the way. Even if that is actually thousands of miles… sound travels.
Living in The Age of Official Documents is a bit of a drag. You can’t go anywhere without conditions. You might could go to where you are a citizen, if it weren’t a police state. A part of me knows that I could go any number of places and just stay off the radar and remain indefinitely.
Next week, as I understand it, I get dropped off at the train station with my two bags that I can’t possibly juggle and work the crutches too. This will require some amount of the creative forward thinking strategy mind that I have a relationship with and… I do like puzzles. Of course… If Elvis actually makes it here, I should be more than capable of morphing into one of those four armed devas or deities and that’s the end of it.
I’m starting to understand some things about pain. I realize that, in many ways, I have been without the sort of pain that most people carry with them wherever they go. I cut most things loose a long time ago so they can’t sink their daggers into my heart, mind or ass like they do with most people. I’m not inflamed with desire for this or that worthless object or pursuit; pretty much if I have a small space to operate in and enough food to sustain me, I’m good to go and no complaints. When you find something you love doing… and I have several, you don’t have the time or energy (usually) for mind numbing and heart stopping dumb shit. You just want to do these things all the time. You wish there were more time to do more of them. And… should you have even a small measure of cosmic Love… what else of everything else matters a damn? Given that everything other than Love damns you anyway, at least to chasing the uncatchable tail (to catch the uncatchable taillllllll! cue The Impossible Dream), or worse, someone elses and you never saw the rental agreement prior too. More fool you.
And proving that I am no less a dumbass and projectionist than any other fool; the doctor just came by. He was smiling and in a good mood. I got on him about cutting the medication back. He didn’t say anything. He just keep radiating this ironical smile. Then he asks me where I am going. I tell him and he says, give the address to the nurse. I don’t see how that can mean anything else but that they have arranged a ride back for me and will not be dropping me at the train station. They did drive me down here and I did put in a certain amount of lobbying efforts prior too, as well as pleading diminished capacity and I don’t think they want me falling down in the train station, should I get in a Chaplinesque fugue state. He shook my hand several times. Maybe it’s all because it is our last official meeting.
If one is the sort that takes broad sketches as any kind of any evidence of something, it seems everything is working itself out in a timely manner and not in any sense beforehand. As most of you know, most of us have a good backhand but not much of a beforehand; just one of the realities of life, supposing life has any realities and is not just shapes in a perpetual mist of multi-colored fog.
I was playing the dead man’s game today and possibly I’ll get a pass on the sexism angle with this one. What it is is… when I look at everyone as one of the condemned. It’s only a matter of time. We’re all here for some reason, a reason never precisely established but surely for a reason, lest the whole thing be pointless and that’s possible too, if you’re one of those people that spent too much time reading contemporary western philosophers, or those pretending to be the same.
Why would Putin say that? Why would he say that war is coming to Europe? Are we/is he, talking about the whole of Europe or just those disposable buffer states where the actual body count gets manifested? I’m guessing I can walk by then and hopefully run as well (grin).
There are far too many of us here, given the choices made in terms of reasons for being here. Why are we here and who is it that is here? These are important questions but they don’t get asked often enough nor are they compelling enough for the vast majority of life forms in this time. They are critically important to me but I tend to focus on things that fall out of the regular fields of interest for the junkies of routine. I don’t care one way or the other about all the subjects that raise their lethal fevers in the minds of mortals. It’s the heat generated from these fevers that creates the multi-colored fog I was talking about earlier; a result of the condition I am prone to naming as The Humidity of Mortality. There’s all kinds of precipitation that goes on there too and only a very few of us are crystallizing and distilling in anything remotely identifiable as a Hermetic manner. I’m guessing it’s always like this. If ageless wisdom is so named because it is always the same then I suppose the departures from and pathologies generated from that departure must also be the same.
End Transmission…….

Visible’s Self-Improvement Guide,

Spiritual Survival in a Temporal World
‘An Exploration Toward the Ineffable’
Visible's Spiritual Survival in a Temporal World. Click to enlarge

 

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19 killed at U.N. school in Gaza as residents go without electricity

John Vaise, Holly Yan — CNN July 30, 2014

Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Tuesday, July 22. Click to enlarge

Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Tuesday, July 22. Click to enlarge

While dueling political leaders blame each other for the carnage in Gaza, residents in the besieged territory are grappling with a new, nightmarish life:

Dozens of deaths reported each day. Dwindling fuel and water supplies. And now Gaza’s only power plant is off the grid after it was struck.

The violence continued Wednesday morning, when Israeli forces shelled the Abu Hussein School in northern Gaza and killed at least 20 people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said it is investigating.

The school was a U.N. facility based in Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency said. Agency spokesman Gaza Adnan Abu Hasna said 19 people were killed and 126 were injured.

Abu Hasna attributed the high number of casualties to the timing of the attack — when many had gathered for morning prayers.

The daily bloodshed is now exasperated by crumbling infrastructure from the violence.

Palestinian officials blamed an Israeli airstrike for the attack on Gaza’s only power plant. But Israel said it didn’t target the power plant.

“I’ve gone through our air force, our navy, our ground forces on the ground. Haven’t been able to determine it was IDF activity,” Israel Defense Forces spokesman Peter Lerner said.

Either way, residents must depend almost entirely on small generators for electricity. Clean water is inaccessible for most. And some 3,600 people have lost their homes.

“We cannot supply electricity” for hospitals, sewage treatment or domestic use, said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Natural Resources Authority in Gaza. “This is a disaster.”

Salah Jarour owns a small convenience store in Gaza. He now runs the store in the dark.

“This is not fair. We have children. Hospitals need power,” Jarour said. “The Israelis are not human.”

Many roads in Gaza City are deserted, except for ambulances pre-positioned to assist in case of an Israeli airstrike.

At least 1,242 people in Gaza have died and more than 7,000 have been wounded since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said.

The number of militants killed is unclear, but the United Nations estimates that 70% to 80% of the dead are civilians.

On the Israeli side, 53 soldiers have died since Operation Protective Edge began July 8, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Three civilians have been killed in Israel as well.

No cease-fire, but lots of blame

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Comment — July 30, 2014

In addition to shelling two United Nations School compounds where refugees were sheltering, Israeli forces have also hit two of Gaza’s biggest hospitals and killed six U.N. aid workers. Israel says it is “investigating”, which is another way of saying it will play for time and do nothing.
Schools, refugee compounds, hospitals and aid workers have been hit repeatedly this week. These are not accidents, as Israel’s defenders may claim. It’s happening too often for that.
As a mentor once said, ‘there is no such thing as coincidence’; and far from fighting terror, as it claims, these incidents are the result of a deliberate Israeli policy to sow terror among Palestinians.
In carrying out what are essentially War Crimes Israel is showing its true face and exposing the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of its Zionist supporters.

On Israel’s Doomed Fate

Gilad Atzmon — gilad.co.uk July 30, 2014

the end of the roadIDF’s colossal defeat in Gaza this week leaves Israel and Israelis with just three political and personal options:
1. Mass expulsion – ethnic cleansing of the entire Palestinian population from territories controlled by Israel. Such action may sound unreasonable or even phantasmic, but it is actually consistent with Zionist ideology and has many supporters within Israel and within the current Israeli cabinet. Moreover, oppression and brutality are embedded within Jewish political culture and even within the culture of the Jewish Left*. Clearly Israel possesses the military capability and fire power to proceed with such a plan for Nakba II.
2. Exodus – mass emigration of Israelis who, quite reasonably, prefer to run for their lives. This option is obviously embedded within the exilic Jewish culture and completely consistent with Jewish diaspora identity. Emigration is available to most Israelis at the moment. However, it is likely that as violence in the region continues to escalate and Israel finds itself complicit in more and more war crimes and human rights abuse, Israelis may find out that their freedom to travel around the world is gradually restricted.
3. Buying time –Israel’s favourite option. And certainly Benjamin Netanyahu’s preferred policy.
While both the 1st and the 2nd options are consistent with Jewish ideology, heritage and culture, it is the 3rd option that has been chosen by Israel’s governments for decades. It entails constant devastation of Gaza by means of medium scale massacres in the hope that Palestinians will eventually surrender and accept the domination of the Jewish State.
Just a month ago it seemed as if only divine intervention could save the Palestinians. However, as things stand at the moment, even God may find it difficult to rescue his favourite people. Israel has sunk into a fatal political, military and ideological paralysis. The destiny of the Jewish State has been revealed. It has no future in the region.
The key to understanding of Israel’s paralysis is not complicated. As much as Israelis favour the deployment of their devastating military might and its fire power, Israelis do not like to be caught with blood on their hands. As much as they like to kill, they hate to be the killers. This dilemma has matured into a political, ideological, strategic and spiritual deadlock. It puts the Jewish State into an impossible scenario that makes dwelling on someone’s else land simply unimaginable.
Noticeably absent among the viable options above is peace. Reconciliation is not a viable concept anymore. The notion of ‘peace’ as we understand it in the west (harmony and reconciliation) does not exists in modern Hebrew. The word ‘shalom’ that is commonly translated as ‘peace” is understood by Israelis as ‘security for the Jews.’ Israel has had plenty of time to reach harmony and reconciliation with the Palestinians. But it didn’t happen and for a reason. Israel is the Jewish State, it is ethno centric to its core, it is blind to the notion of universal rights and totally dismissive of the Palestinians and their rights.
It may be crucial at this point to add that the final stage of the Jewish State and the genocidal enthusiasm in which it manifests itself, throws a devastating light on Jewish culture and the dangerous aspects that are entangled with Jewish identity politics and Jewish national collectivism.
The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power in particular – available on Amazon.com  & Amazon.co.uk
* It was Stalin’s ‘willing executioners’ who wiped out millions of Ukrainians in the name of ‘collectivization’ in the 1930s (Holodomor). It was the Yiddish Speaking International Brigade that massacred Catholics and burned their churches in Spain (1936), once again in the name of the ‘revolution.’ It was the Zionist Left which expelled the Palestinians in 1948. Killing en masse in the name of a great ideal, be it Moral interventionism, Gay rights, or even Jewish suffering, is unfortunately, consistent with Jewish political culture and attitude.

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Russia must accelerate domestic military parts production – Putin

Russia Today — July 28, 2014

President Putin. Click to enlarge

President Putin and in the background, an all-weather air defence Su-33. Click to enlarge

Russia’s military-industrial complex should produce all components and materials domestically to alleviate contract and political risks, the Russian president said. Current ‘hard times’ will be beneficial for the industry at large, said Vladimir Putin.

The Russian military industry should phase-out imports rapidly and began full-cycle production of all necessary components and materials, stated President Vladimir Putin at a meeting dedicated to domestic military production on Monday.

“The questions we are discussing are absolutely key issues of Russia’s military and economic security, our technological and industrial independence and technological sovereignty. Our task is to deliver ourselves from contract default risks posed by foreign partners, and the political risks included,” said the president.

EU-member countries instigated by the US continue to introduce sectorial sanctions against Russia over the political crisis in Ukraine. The recent crash of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine only put more oil on the flames, as the EU introduced more mutually non-beneficial sanctions against the Russian economy.

Putin called “to advance the efforts on import substitution within the military-industrial complex and maximum possible transition to domestic materials and components in the production of special hardware and weapons.”

The quality of units and components must be a matter of utmost control, the president stressed.

Vladimir Putin said he’s “absolutely sure” that Russia’s defense industry could be fully self-sufficient, with the major issues to be observed without fail: fair pricing, meeting delivery time limits and guaranteed high quality of components produced.

“The difficulties (the Russian military-industrial complex is currently facing) would eventually serve to our benefit, because we’d be forced to organize new production lines we have been previously lacking,” Putin said, stressing that Russian industry should not adopt outdated technologies, but pick up only on cutting edge technologies.

“Be sure not to waste money and calculate all expenses in advance,” the president advised in his address to the conference.

Last week an influential Russian daily reported that the national arms industry had developed a plan to replace its Ukrainian suppliers, lost during the latest crisis in the country, with companies in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The deputy PM in charge of the defense sector, Dmitry Rogozin, earlier announced the Russian government would prepare a plan on import replacement in conventional weapons and present it to the president.

 

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War Is Coming

Paul Craig Roberts — paulcraigroberts.org July 28, 2014

Illustration accompanying the Economist article on Putin entitled 'A Web of Lies'. Click to enlarge

Front cover of the Economist, which featured the article on Putin entitled ‘A Web of Lies’. Click to enlarge

The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be vaporized due to the US missile bases that Europe hosts to guarantee its “security.”
As reported by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, the Russian response to the extra-legal ruling of a corrupt court in the Netherlands, which had no jurisdiction over the case on which it ruled, awarding $50 billion dollars from the Russian government to shareholders of Yukos, a corrupt entity that was looting Russia and evading taxes, is telling. Asked what Russia would do about the ruling, an advisor to President Putin replied, “There is a war coming in Europe.” Do you really think this ruling matters?”
The West has ganged up on Russia, because the West is totally corrupt. The wealth of the elites is based not only on looting weaker countries whose leaders can be purchased (read John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for instruction on how the looting works), but also on looting their own citizens. The American elites excel at looting their fellow citizens and have wiped out most of the US middle class in the new 21st century.
In contrast, Russia has emerged from tyranny and from a government based on lies, while the US and UK submerge into tyranny shielded by lies. Western elites desire to loot Russia, a juicy prize, and there stands Putin in the way. The solution is to get rid of him like they got rid of President Yanukovich in Ukraine.
The looting elites and the neoconservative hegemonists have the same goal: make Russia a vassal state. This goal unites the Western financial imperialists with the political imperialists.
I have recorded for readers the propaganda that is used in order to demonize Putin and Russia. But even I was stunned by the astounding and vicious lies in the UK publication The Economist on July 26. The cover is Putin’s face in a spider web, and, you guessed it, the cover story is “A Web of Lies.” http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21608645-vladimir-putins-epic-deceits-have-grave-consequences-his-people-and-outside-world-web?spc=scode&spv=xm&ah=9d7f7ab945510a56fa6d37c30b6f1709
You need to read this propaganda both in order to see the gutter level of propaganda in the West and the obvious drive to war with Russia. There is no evidence whatsoever in the story to support The Economist’s wild accusations and demand for the end of Western “appeasement” of Russia and the harshest possible action against Putin.
The kind of reckless lies and transparent propaganda that comprises The Economist’s story has no other purpose than to drive the world to war.
The Western elites and governments are not merely totally corrupt, they are insane. As I have previously written, don’t expect to live much longer. In this video one of Putin’s advisors and Russian journalists speak openly of US plans for a first strike on Russia:
http://financearmageddon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/official-warning-u-s-to-hit-russia-with.html

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The Shocking Reason Putin Isn’t Worried About The $50 Billion Yukos Ruling

Tyler Durden — Zero Hedge July 28, 2014

Having $50 billion of assets under potential seizure is enough to make anyone whince. However, despite a quickly worded statement on the Yukos award, Vladimir Putin seems less than anxious to find a resolution. We think we know why, and it’s very concerning.

As The FT reports confirming our earlier comments:

The award is a landmark not just for its size – 20 times the previous record for an arbitration ruling. The tribunal also found definitively that Russia’s pursuit of Yukos and its independently-minded main shareholder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a decade ago was politically motivated….

Though Russia cannot appeal against the award, Moscow said it would pursue all legal avenues for trying to get it “set aside”.

Even if the ruling stands, shareholders face a tortuous battle trying to enforce it. If Moscow refuses to pay, they must pursue Russian sovereign commercial assets in the 150 countries that are party to the so-called 1958 New York Convention on enforcing arbitration awards.

But perhaps this explains why Putin is not coming out swinging, as The FT concludes,

One person close to Mr Putin said the Yukos ruling was insignificant in light of the bigger geopolitical stand-off over Ukraine.

“There is a war coming in Europe,” he said. “Do you really think this matters?”

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American Expat Considers Returning Home

Joe Spickard — henrymakow.com July 29, 2014

(This was grafted from an article by Joe and an email.)

aapanamacityI came to live in Panama about seven years ago.
It was not a closed society or did it contain an exotic culture or a center of spirituality. But it was a refuge at the time.
You see, I was convinced that the United States would undergo cataclysmic changes. And, indeed, it has. Its economy has never recovered to its former strength as its economic recession started the month that I left the States. I believed that it would become a fascist security state, and that is still becoming very true.
I may return to the United States to live. There appears yet to be some time left before things go the way of Bible prophecy. The situation in Panama seems to be more volatile than the United States, as it does elsewhere in Latin America. In many ways, there is more chance of a revolution happening here in Panama before any such an event would occur in the States. Truly from political and social index charts, Panama is being compared to its not “doing so-great” neighbors such as Mexico, Columbia, and Venezuela in several aspects.
My experience may mirror Mike Adams, of Natural News. He spent some time in Ecuador, before getting disillusioned and returning to the United States. Basically, he said that he was tired of being a “target,” and wanted to go back when he blended in as opposed to sticking out. It is kind of like the proverb–”Birds of a feather flock together,” to summarize his desire to return to the States.
I know many Americans down here. The rule of thumb is, that after about two, to five years, you see what it is going on here, and you figure it is no longer for you. For diehards like me, it takes about seven. I have seen quite a few go back.

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Putin is ‘thuggish, dishonest and reckless’, says British ambassador to U.S.

Introduction — July 29, 2014

Illustration accompanying the Economist article on Putin entitled 'A Web of Lies'. Click to enlarge

Illustration accompanying the Economist article on Putin entitled ‘A Web of Lies’. Click to enlarge

Suddenly across the corporate media a new refrain is being heard. As if in unison and from different shades of the political spectrum we are being told that President Putin is bad.
In this case the word is coming from Sir Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the United States, who describes the Russian president as “thuggish, dishonest and reckless”‘.
Moreover, Sir Peter doesn’t just condemn President Putin. He implies that Russian involvement, directly or indirectly, helped bring down MH17.
Sir Peter’s condemnation of President Putin appeared the same week that London’s influential The Economist demonised the Russian leader.
Is it a coincidence that such influential voices in the media and diplomacy are suddenly denouncing Putin in unison? We think not. As Paul Craig Roberts has pointed out, this “has no other purpose than to drive the world to war“.
I’m not writing in defence of Putin but find it curious that a rash of articles attacking and denouncing him appear simultaneously across our “free press”.
Finally it should be noted that Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8, 2014. However the ground offensive only began on July 17, the very day that Flight MH17 went down over Ukraine. In fact the ground assault commenced within a matter of hours of MH17 crashing and we wonder if this was more than a “coincidence”?
A mentor was told me that “there is no such thing as coincidence” and one wonders if the two events were not timed to coincide: so that together they could be used to disorientate and confuse more effectively?
After all, the beginnings of s potential third world war may be brewing in the Ukraine but many might not have noticed with the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While conversely, Israeli has embarked on a genocidal campaign in Gaza while much of the world’s attention is caught up by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.
Could it be that Jewish/Zionist elements in the New World Order have struck a deal with their Anglo-American counterparts: with each intent on fulfilling their own murderous agenda?

Putin is ‘thuggish, dishonest and reckless’, says British ambassador to U.S.

Lizzie Dearden — The Independent July 29, 2014

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Westmacott-Putin

Britain’s ambassador to the US has called Vladimir Putin “thuggish, dishonest and reckless” as sanctions against Russia are stepped up in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Sir Peter Westmacott was asked to describe the Russian President by American pundits who called for tougher action to stop the country’s alleged support of rebels in Ukraine.

“The usual KGB playbook response, a pack of lies, doesn’t convince anybody,” he told MSNBC.

“He thought he’d done pretty well after he stole Crimea from Ukraine but it doesn’t look so good now.”

The Russian Government has repeatedly denied involvement in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine amid widespread allegations of arming separatist rebels.

Both Washington and Downing Street have said the latest evidence showed Russia continued to transfer weapons into Ukraine and to provide practical support to the militants.

Ukrainian security officials announced on Monday that black box analysis showed shrapnel from a rocket, allegedly fired by rebels who thought the aircraft was a military transport plane, had caused MH17 to crash.

Sir Peter said current sanctions against Russia were beginning to have an impact but more needs to be done to stop the supply of arms, broker a ceasefire and stop cross-border shelling.

“We’ve had some very bad behaviour from the Russian side for a long time now and now we’ve had this terrible atrocity, the shooting down of the aircraft,” he added.

“We need to ratchet up the response because [Putin] has not met any of the conditions we set in Normandy and indeed since the authority, we’ve seen yet more, not less, Russian interference across the border.”

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Symbolic Pics of the Month 08/14

Vigilant Citizen — Vigilant Citizen July 28, 2014

In this edition of SPOTM : Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Dakota Fanning and more proof that Illuminati symbolism in popular culture never stops.
Miley Cyrus is one of the selected “it” girls of the Monarch system. For this reason, there’s a steady stream of strange, upsetting pictures and videos of her. She recently posted pics on Instagram doing “arts and craft” while looking completely out of it. In this pic she has a butterfly on her cheek, which can mean that her “retreat” might actually be about “programming”.

Miley Cyrus is one of the selected “it” girls of the Monarch system. For this reason, there’s a steady stream of strange, upsetting pictures and videos of her. She recently posted pics on Instagram doing “arts and craft” while looking completely out of it. In this pic she has a butterfly on her cheek, which can mean that her “retreat” might actually be about “programming”.

Pics of her driving in LA, still looking out of it, with a butterfly on her cheek. Some media sources asked if she was in a “downward spiral”. As I stated in an article last year, she is unfortunately headed for a MK meltdown and those in power want us all to witness this.

Pics of her driving in LA, still looking out of it, with a butterfly on her cheek. Some media sources asked if she was in a “downward spiral”. As I stated in an article last year, she is unfortunately headed for a MK meltdown and those in power want us all to witness this.

Speaking of upsetting, this picture certainly is. It features a 13 year old Willow Smith laying in bed with a 20 year-old shirtless Moises Arias. He is a Disney child star who is most famous for his role in Hannah Montana (yes, starring Miley Cyrus). Willow is being pushed into a terrible path.

Speaking of upsetting, this picture certainly is. It features a 13 year old Willow Smith laying in bed with a 20 year-old shirtless Moises Arias. He is a Disney child star who is most famous for his role in Hannah Montana (yes, starring Miley Cyrus). Willow is being pushed into a terrible path.

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Ten More Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza

News Commentary — July 28, 2014

IDF battle-weary and shaken by level resistance in Shujaiyeh, Gaza. Click to enlarge

IDF battle-weary and shaken by level resistance in Shujaiyeh, Gaza. Click to enlarge

The Israeli military says ten of its soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Gaza Monday.
According to Israeli military spokesmen, four IDF soldiers were killed in a mortar attack earlier Monday. While a further six soldiers were killed during ongoing combat operations in Gaza.
The announcement brings the total of Israeli soldiers killed during the current campaign against Hamas to 53, almost five times more casualties than the last major Gaza offensive in 2009-2009.
Hamas has proved a formidable foe for Israel, partly with help from Hezbollah and Iran, which have provided sophisticated new weapons; and partly through a combination of new tactics and fighting techniques.
In response Israel has simply killed more Palestinians, so that for each Israeli soldier killed nearly 20 Palestinians have died, most of them civilians, particularly children.
In fact in the last week Israel has targeted areas were non-combatants would be most likely to congregate: such as hospitals, schools and United Nations run refugee compounds. Of course the Israel claims that these were either hit by mistake or that Hamas fighters had been using them as “shields”.
But as Israeli military death have climbed so too have those among Palestinian civilians and one can’t help wondering if the mounting death toll isn’t a form of retribution.
So while ten Israeli soldiers were killed Monday another ten Palestinian children were killed the same day when Israeli forces bombed a park near the beach in Gaza City.
The Israeli Defence Force appears to have met its match so what does it do? Being unable to defeat its adversaries on the field of battle, it does the next best thing, for a coward. It kills their women and children.
Indeed one wonders it this isn’t a manifestation of Jewish law in action? An example of an “eye for eye” Talmudic law in operation.
Unfortunately, this is far from over. In fact it may only just be beginning.
On Monday night Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the IDF may be about to embark on a prolonged campaign.
“It has been a difficult, painful day,” Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation.
“We need to be prepared for a protracted campaign”.
Meanwhile Israel has castigated Washington’s envoy to the Middle East for his efforts to promote peace in the region. Leading Israeli lawyer Yoram Sheftel, a personnel friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu, declared that the “U.S. Secretary of State is an enemy of the Jews“.
While according to columnist Ari Shavit in Monday’s Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. “Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a ‘strategic terrorist attack.’”
The U.S. was reportedly fuming over the Israeli criticism but what can America do? The Zionist lobby has the U.S. media and political process so firmly in its grip that any change is unlikely to come without sweeping and fundamental transformation within America itself.

Poll finds Israelis don’t believe charges of excessive force

Gil Hoffman — Haaretz July 29, 2014

Less than four percent of Israeli Jews accept accusations from the international community that the IDF has used excessive firepower in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge, according to the monthly Peace Index poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.

The poll was conducted in three stages during the operation. On July 14, 246 Israeli adults were surveyed, 185 on July 16 to 17, and 216 on July 23.

In none of the stages of polling did more than 3.8% say the IDF used excessive force. The balance believed that the IDF used an appropriate level of firepower (37-60%) or insufficient firepower (33-57%).

Over the course of the surveys, Israeli Jewish public opinion has been consistently nearly unanimous in its definition of Operation Protective Edge as justified – an average of 95% over the course of the three surveys.

When asked to rate the government’s performance throughout Operation Protective Edge on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being very poor and 10 being very good), Israeli Jews’ ratings were 8, 6.3, and 8 in the three surveys.

Like other polls, the Peace Index found that Israeli Jews were overwhelmingly opposed to an Israeli cease-fire. Eighty percent opposed a unilateral cease-fire and two thirds opposed a bilateral cease-fire to discuss conditions for maintaining quiet.

Only a cease-fire that would take effect after an agreement for sustaining quiet was reached attracted a majority of Israeli Jews, some 60%.

Regarding the outcome of Operation Protective Edge, a majority of Israeli Jews believed that there will be a further round of battle with Hamas – 77%, 65%, and 50% in the three polls.

A minority believe that a long-term quiet, like that was achieved on the northern border after the 2006 Second Lebanon War, will be achieved – 8%, 16%, and 30% in the three surveys.

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Jeffery Goldberg and the Israeli Defeat

Gilad Atzmon — gilad.co.uk July 29, 2014

goldberggaza1As one of the first to predict an immanent Israeli defeat in this round of violence, I was delighted to read this morning that Zionist mouthpiece Jeffrey Goldberg admits that Israel has lost the war. “Why Is Israel Losing a War It’s Winning?” asks Goldberg. The Jewish State is a regional super power, its lobbies dominate Western politics, it is technologically superior, so what could have gone wrong?
Jeffrey Goldberg, a veteran Israeli concentration camp guard produces a few uniquely amusing arguments that deserve our attention.
He writes, “In a fight between a state actor and a non-state actor, the non-state actor can win merely by surviving.”
I suspect Israel’s military leadership is aware of this argument by now. But the Palestinians have achieved far more than merely ‘surviving.’ They brought Israel to its knees. Palestinians performed heroically on the ground and displayed total unity, two things Israel did not anticipate. They have also delivered a clear message to the Israeli people, to world Jewry and even to the miniature Jewish ‘anti Zionist’ clan – this battle is not about ‘occupation,’ 1967 or the ‘two state solution.’ It is about human dignity – the right to exist. The Palestinians do not have any plans to fade away, they are the people of the land, and they will be back. The IDF may be able to destroy a few tunnels, murder elders, women and children and turn streets into piles of debris, but it can’t even scratch the Palestinians’ will. Eventually, even Goldberg may be forced to admit, that the Palestinians prevailed because their objectives and goals are far greater than mere ‘survival.’
“People talk a lot about the Jewish lobby. But the worldwide Muslim lobby is bigger,” complains Goldberg.
But is that really the case? In fact, most commentators including Goldberg himself (and in the same article) agree that Hamas and the Palestinians have never been more isolated politically even within the Muslim world. The explanation is the opposite of that preached by the ‘anti-Zionists.’ The Jewish progressive paradigm suggests that the building of alliances and leagues would ‘help’ the the Palestinians, but, in reality, once isolated and with their backs against the wall, the Palestinians prevailed militarily, politically, strategically, diplomatically and most important, spiritually. The reason? With your back to the wall and a gun to your face, it is pretty difficult to bend over.
Goldberg, makes the routine complaints about anti Semitism: “If you’ve spent any time these past few weeks on Twitter, or in Paris, you know that anti-Semitism is another source of Israel’s international isolation.”
As we know, lying and spinning for the ‘cause’ is a kosher sport. However, we still expect Zionist merchants such as Goldberg, Regev or Dershowitz to show slightly more sophistication. Instead of ‘anti Semitism,’ what we have in Paris is a puppet government controlled by the forceful Jewish Lobby CRIF. This government is indeed unpopular and its unpopularity reflects badly on its paymasters. What we see ‘in Paris’ and ‘on twitter’ is basically a reaction to Jewish power. Is it ‘anti Semitism?’ Not at all. Does it oppose Jews as a race or as a religion? Not at all. Does it oppose Jews simply for being Jews? Not at all. Instead it epitomizes resistance to Jewish lobbies and, in particular, crimes committed by the Jewish State in the name of the Jewish people.
“Anti-Semitism has been with us for more than 2,000 years; it is an ineradicable and shape-shifting virus,” says Goldberg.
Here he is simply wrong. Anti-Jewish feelings are the natural reaction to Jewish bad-behaviour. Jewish bad-behaviour is a dynamic notion, it has and has had many faces and permutations. Its different shapes and forms throughout history have evoked different forms of opposition. It is sad that Jewish bad-behaviour is as old as the Jews, probably caused by the tribal, racist and supremacist roots of Jewish tradition, heritage and texts. And it is the same Jewish racial exclusivism that is manifested in contemporary Jewish politics both Zionist and ‘anti.’ Practically speaking, opposing the Jewish State’s barbarism or its advocates, is not anti Semitism, it is humanism per se.
Goldberg, who whines about anti-Semitism on a daily basis, obviously doesn’t understand that it is he and his ilk who evoke anti-Jewish sentiment. In a patronising tone he lectures the democratically elected American government on what to do and how to behave. “Kerry’s recent efforts to negotiate a ceasefire have come to nothing in part because his proposals treat Hamas as a legitimate organization with legitimate security needs.” The Goldbergs, AIPAC and the Dershowitzes of this world do not admit that it is not up to the Jews to define the boundaries of legitimacy. On the contrary, an American liberation is long overdue. The American people could free their media, culture, finance and politics from that corrosive and repressive ideology that has dominated America for so long. Its influence on American foreign interests and diplomacy has ruined its value system and moral ethos and its effects on finance have left much of the country impoverished.
For years I have argued that the struggle in Palestine is our battle for humanity because we are all Palestinians. The triumph in Gaza is a wake up call for humanity. Without fear, we should identify the corrosive elements that have robbed us of our true Athenian spirit of truth and freedom and planted Jerusalem and Goldbergs in our midst.
The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power in particular – available on Amazon.com  & Amazon.co.uk

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Britain Sends 1,300 Troops to Eastern Europe for ‘Exercise Black Eagle’

Introduction — July 28, 2014

Pictured above: 4 British Typhoon fighters of the sort that will be sent to conduct patrols over the Baltic where they will join NATO AWACS and 4 French Rafale. Click to enlarge

RAF Typhoon now patrolling the skies over the Baltic. Click to enlarge

The West continues its efforts to isolate Russia and encroach militarily on its neighbouring territories. In recent months Britain and France have deployed fighter jets for routine patrols over the Baltics, while in June NATO deployed troops and tanks for war games in Latvia.
Now British Defence Minister Michael Fallon has announced that over 1,300 troops and more than 350 military vehicles, including some armour, will be deployed to Poland for military manoeuvres in the coming months.
The drills seem intended to reassure NATO’s new-found allies in eastern Europe who are increasingly nervous over Russia’s possible response to the growing crisis in Ukraine.
However, a couple of minor points need to be noted. Strictly speaking Russia did not “annex” the Crimea, as the following report claims.
The Crimea had been part of Russia since the time of Catherine the Great (1729-1796). After the 1917 it became a Soviet Republic and only in 1954 was it transferred to the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
However, its inhabitants are predominately Russian-speaking and they VOTED overwhelmingly on March 16, 2014, to rejoin Russia after Kiev began shifting to the West. So to claim the Russia “annexed” Crimea is a gross misrepresentation of what actually happened.
According to my compact Oxford English Dictionary annex means to “seize (territory) and add it to one’s own”, which is hardly what happened with Crimea.

Britain Sends 1,300 Troops to Eastern Europe for ‘Exercise Black Eagle’

Matt Chorley — Daily Mail July 28, 2014

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (left) announced Britain would send 1,300 troops to take part in Exercise Black Eagle during a visit to Warsaw with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (second left), meeting their Polish counterparts, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski (right) and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (second right). Click to enlarge

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (left) announced Britain would send 1,300 troops to take part in Exercise Black Eagle during a visit to Warsaw with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (second left), meeting their Polish counterparts, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski (right) and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (second right). Click to enlarge

Britain is to send more than 1,300 British troops to eastern Europe as a show of strength against Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ‘destabilisation’ of eastern Ukraine.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced the details of Exercise Black Eagle in Poland, as EU member states prepare to impose tough sanctions on Russia’s financial, defence and the hi-tech energy sectors.

David Cameron warned Britain must accept some economic ‘pain’ from the crackdown, as it emerged tomorrow he will meet families of the 10 Britons killed when Malyasian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

Mr Cameron is pushing for a tougher crackdown on Moscow, with travel bans and asset freezes aimed at the ‘cronies’ of Vladimir Putin whose billions depend on their influence in the Kremlin.

In an escalation of tensions with Russia, ministers unveiled details of what they are calling Exercise Black Eagle.

At least 1,350 personnel and more than 350 armoured and other vehicles will be sent to Poland in October, but the Ministry of Defence refused to give details of where the exercise would take place.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it would be the largest British commitment to the region since 2008.

The UK has already deployed RAF Typhoon jets to the Nato Baltic Air Policing mission.

And at the end of light infantry troops from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will take part in Exercise Sabre Junction in Poland, a US-led exercise involving 16 Nato and partner nation.

Last week it emerged General Philip Breedlove, Nato’s top commander in Europe, had drawn up plans to create a new beefed-up HQ in Poland to allow for a swift response to any new threat from Russia.

Speaking on a visit to Warsaw, Mr Fallon said that it was important to underline Nato’s commitment to the collective security of its members at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

‘It is right that Nato members and partners demonstrate our commitment to the collective security of our allies in Eastern Europe,’ he said.

‘In particular, the commitment of a battle group to Exercise Black Eagle shows our sustained and substantial support to Nato’s eastern border.’

He said that the issue would also be high on the agenda when Nato leaders gather for their summit in Wales in September.

‘We have a strong opportunity at the Nato summit to discuss how we will continue our response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its destabilisation of eastern Ukraine,’ he said.

‘The UK is playing a central role and we are not ruling out further enhancements.’

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Ayn Rand – Another Communist Jew

Henry Makow Ph.D. — henrymakow.com July 28, 2014

The Passion of Ayn Rand.

The Passion of Ayn Rand.

Recently, I dusted off my old VCR and rediscovered my collection of movies on videotape.
When I was younger I used to scour movies for meaning and direction. I went to the theater 1-2 times a week and would purchase copies of the few films that spoke to me. Last week, I rewatched “The Passion of Ayn Rand” (1999) and was astonished at how intelligent it was. It reminded me that movies could inspire and stimulate.
Often, a new movie was an “event.” It spoke to our condition.
As Cabalist possession has taken hold, art has been replaced by occultism, predictive programming, porn and social engineering.
Real art is concerned with revealing truth. The Ayn Rand movie gave my parched soul a rinse.
The title “Passion of Ayn Rand” is ironic because Rand didn’t believe in passion. She believed in “reason.” She fell in love with a disciple half her age, Nathaniel Branden, and then tried to destroy him when he dumped her for a younger woman.
The movie is based on the book by Branden’s wife, Barbara, who was also a disciple and friend of Rand’s. Although she too had been betrayed, she urged Rand not to destroy his career:
Barbara Branden: I’m asking you to show compassion.
Ayn Rand: Why?
Barbara Branden: It’s what humans do.
This cuts to the core of Ayn Rand’s philosophy. She didn’t believe in the existence of the soul. Our soul is our true identity. It is our connection to God, what makes us “human.”
Rand didn’t believe in God or religion, which she termed “the supernatural.” She was a materialist. Her “reason” is totally based on the senses: “emotion ultimately derives from the thinking one has done, or has failed to do.”
(In fact, reason divorced from moral absolutes is nothing but opportunism.)
As a materialist, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was identical to a Communist. Her real name was Alice Rosenbaum and she took her name from her typewriter. She could have been Ayn Remington, but that wasn’t as catchy.
In addition to being a materialist, she was like a Communist Jew in another respect. Her whole doctrine is essentially anti-Christian and ridiculed the Christian ethos.
Christ taught that the gospel of love is the path of human evolution. Love your neighbor as yourself. Be considerate. We are all part of one family. Personal and collective happiness require reciprocity.
Instead, Rand asked: “Why is it moral to serve the happiness of others, but not your own?”
I didn’t know that selflessness had become a serious social problem. Ayn Rand gave people permission to be selfish and greedy just like Freud allowed them to indulge their sexual libido.
A reader directed me to a 1928 journal entry where Rand exulted that the quote “what is good for me is right” expressed “the psychology of a real man.” What better description of the arrested development of the Cabalist Jew? See this solipsistic, narcissistic psychopathy operating in Gaza today. They’re not just God’s Chosen people. They’re the only people.
When are Christians going to wake up and realize that Cabalist Judaism is a satanic cult, and the NWO represents its ascendency? The Illuminati will destroy the world in their quest to be God. Indeed world war may be imminent in Ukraine.

WHO IS JOHN GALT?

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Gaza Bloodbath

Montecristo — Darkmoon.me July 28, 2014

PALESTINIAN CHILD ,
HALF HER HEAD SHOT OFF BY AN ISRAELI JEW

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Lasha Darkmoon says: Seldom have I seen a more sickening atrocity picture. Send it to all your friends with a simple message attached:
JEWS ARE DOING THIS, AND THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT GIVES ITS FULL SUPPORT TO THESE SADISTIC CHILD KILLERS.
According to the Jew-controlled American mass media, it is the child-killing Israelis who deserve our deepest love and sympathy in the ongoing Gaza bloodbath.
As for the hundreds of dead Palestinian children, their heads blown off and lying in mangled heaps of blood-sodden bone on their mothers’ equally shattered bodies, we must rejoice in the death of these evil “terrorists”.
No, I do not exaggerate. If you think I am lying, listen to this sickening 11-minute video on Fox News.
This short video will show you that America has lost its moral compass: that America as a nation can sink no lower and deserves our utmost contempt: and that the American government, beyond redemption and evil to the bone, is now no more than a criminal syndicate of psychopaths.
If you want to see a psychotic bully, Sean Hannity, shout down a Palestinian guest on his TV program and display to the world his sick, twisted little soul, watch below.

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85 Super Wealthy People Have More Money Than The Poorest 3.5 Billion Combined

Michael Synder — The Economic Collapse July 27, 2014

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. click to enlarge

‘The rich get richer and the poor get poorer’. Click to enlarge

The global economy is structured to systematically funnel wealth to the very top of the pyramid, and this centralization of global wealth is accelerating with each passing year.  According to the United Nations, 85 super wealthy people have more money than the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet combined.  And 1.2 billion of those poor people live on less than $1.25 a day.  There is something deeply, deeply broken about a system that produces these kinds of results.  Seven out of every ten people on the planet live in countries where the gap between the wealthy and the poor has increased in the last 30 years.  Despite our technological advances, somewhere around a billion people go to bed hungry every single night.  And when our fundamentally flawed financial system finally does collapse, it will be the poor that will suffer the worst.

Now, let me make one thing clear at the outset.

Big government and more socialism are not the answer to anything.  Big government and more socialism almost always result in increased oppression and increased poverty.  If you want to see where that road ultimately leads to, just look at North Korea.

What we need is a system that empowers individuals and families to work hard, be creative, build businesses and to take care of themselves.

But instead, we have a system where all power and all wealth are increasingly controlled by giant banks and giant corporations that are in turn controlled by the global elite.  The “financialization” of the global economy has turned almost everyone on the planet into “deft serfs”, and the compound interest on all of that debt enables the global elite to constantly increase their giant piles of money.

As I have written about previously, the total amount of government debt in the world has increased by about 40 percent since the last recession.

And when you consider all forms of debt, the grand total for the planet is now up to a whopping 223 trillion dollars.

This enables the super wealthy to constantly become even wealthier.  It is like a giant vacuum cleaner that sucks wealth out of all of our pockets and transfers it to them.

It has been reported that the global elite have approximately 32 trillion dollars stashed in offshore banks around the globe.

But that is only what we know about.

What we don’t know about is probably far greater.

Just like most people don’t realize that men like Bill Gates and Carlos Slim are not the wealthiest men on the planet.

The people that are really at the top of the food chain are masters at hiding wealth and they absolutely do not want their names being thrown around in the media.

Meanwhile, those at the bottom of the pyramid continue to suffer.

For example, it was been widely reported that there are more people in slavery today than ever before in human history.

That is an absolutely amazing statistic.  It is hard to comprehend how that could be possible, and yet it is.  A new UN report says that there are 21 million slaves around the globe right now

Nearly 21 million people are working as modern day slaves, falling victim to trafficking, forced labor and sexual exploitation, a new UN report finds. The illicit market in exploited people generates billions of dollars in profit worldwide.

The report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), which draws on information gathered in a 2012 survey, also found that annual profits stemming from forced labor are three times higher than previous estimates.

“Put into perspective, the 21 million victims in forced labor and the more than US$150 billion in illegal profits generated by their work exceeds the population and GDP of many countries or territories around the world,” the ILO says.

This is an utter abomination, but this is actually happening all over the planet.  The following is one story that I recently came across out of India

Dialu Nial’s life changed forever when he was held down by his neck in a forest and one of his kidnappers raised an axe to strike.

He was asked if he wanted to lose his life, a leg or a hand.

Six days earlier, Nial had been among 12 young men being taken against their will to make bricks on the outskirts of one of India’s biggest cities, Hyderabad.

During the journey, they got a chance to escape and ran for it – but Nial and a friend were caught and this was their punishment.

And yes, he did end up losing his hand.

Fortunately, most of us are not facing that kind of oppression.

But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t slaves.  The borrower is the servant of the lender, and over the past four decades the total amount of debt in America has gone from about 2.2 trillion dollars to nearly 60 trillion dollars.  Many of us work as “debt serfs” our entire lives, and we never even know the names or the faces of those that we are making rich as we slowly pay off our debts.

And all of this debt is one of the primary factors destroying the middle class in America.  Just this past week, the New York Times reported that the wealth of “the typical household” in the United States has declined by 36 percent over the past decade…

The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 94 percent of the population had less wealth and 4 percent had more.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worth increased 14 percent over the same 10 years. Other research, by economists like Edward Wolff at New York University, has shown even greater gains in wealth for the richest 1 percent of households.

Does that upset you when you read that?

It should.

And the outlook for the next generation is even worse.  Most of our young adults are absolutely drowning in student loan debt and other forms of debt, and wages for new college graduates are terrible.

Sadly, most people don’t even realize how the global financial system works or why the gap between the super wealthy and the rest of us continues to grow so rapidly.

It has been estimated that the wealthiest one percent currently have 110 trillion dollars.

That is 65 times more wealth than the bottom half of the global population combined.

They are hoarding wealth as we approach some of the most unstable days in all of human history.

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Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital ‘hit by Israeli missile’

Robert Tait, Hannah Strange — Telegraph.co.uk July 28, 2014

A hospital employee inspects damages at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. Click to enlarge

A hospital employee inspects damages at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Click to enlarge

An Israeli missile has hit the compound housing the biggest hospital in Gaza, it has been reported.

Palestinian officials said the strike on Shifa Hospital had caused casualties though there was no immediate word of how many.

The attack hit a building close to the main gate of the hospital in Gaza City, medics said.

An AFP correspondent at the scene said a wall of a building inside the compound was damaged by a missile apparently fired by a drone.

An Israeli military spokesman suggested the explosion might have been caused by a rocket misfired by militants. He told The Telegraph: “We are looking into it but there’s a chance that there was a mislaunched rocket by Hamas. I cannot confirm 100 per cent but I know that we are looking into it in order to understand if Hamas launched a rocket that fired on itself.”

The Al Shati refugee camp was also reportedly hit in a separate strike which medics said killed at least 10 people including seven children.

International pressure has been building for an end to the conflict in Gaza on Monday after the UN Security Council called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, backing a similar plea from President Barack Obama.

As the UN resolution came, there were hopes that the three-week war between Israel and the Islamist movement, Hamas, might be winding down following a relatively quiet night in the coastal strip.

But that lull was broken on Monday morning by a tit-for-tat exchange as Israel mounted three air strikes in response to a rocket fired from Gaza.

Emergency services in the Strip also said a four-year-old Palestinian boy was killed when a house was hit by a shell from an Israeli tank near Jabaliya, where clashes had recently erupted between Israeli troops and Hamas militants.

The 15-member UN Security Council issued a statement following an emergency meeting early on Monday calling for an immediate humanitarian truce in time for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

It voiced “strong support” for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”, allowing for urgent deliveries of aid, and urged all sides to “accept and fully implement” the truce.

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Strike hits Gaza park, killing at least 10

Associated Press — July 28, 2014

A Gaza park was attacked Monday, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including children, a Palestinian health official said. Israelis and the Palestinians traded blame for the strike.

Children were playing on a swing when the strike hit the park in the Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, said Ayman Sahabani, head of the emergency room at nearby Shifa Hospital.

He gave the death toll and said 46 people also were wounded.

The strike on the park occurred a few minutes after the hospital’s outpatient clinic was hit, leaving several people wounded. Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa.

Gaza’s police operations room, Civil Defense and Sahabani said the deaths and injuries were caused by Israeli airstrikes.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, denied Israel was involved. “This incident was carried out by Gaza terrorists whose rockets fell short and hit the Shifa Hospital and the Beach (Shati) camp,” he said.

The strikes occurred on a day of heavy fighting after a temporary humanitarian cease-fire as international efforts intensified to end the three-week war between Israel and Hamas militants.

Israeli jets struck several sites in Gaza and rockets continued to fall on Israel, the Israeli military said, disrupting a relative lull in the Gaza war at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

The United Nations on Monday called for an “immediate” cease-fire in the fighting that has already killed over 1,040 Palestinians, 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side. On Sunday, President Barak Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push for an immediate end to the conflict.

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Goldenberg reported in Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations and Yousur Alhlou in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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Appearances are Lies in Manifestation

Reflections in a Petri Dish — July 27, 2014

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
May your noses always be cold and wet.
These are strange times. There’s no getting around that and within the atmosphere of the greater strange is the smaller strange, which is our life, lived in that atmosphere. Evil has ramped up its intensity. By that I mean all the avenues of application that are evil by definition in respect of their impact on other life forms. Although evil may have a central source, or point of entry into the manifest, via the human organism, it is not an organized effort in its totality. It is a collection of various organized groups and individual entrepreneurs, who are often at odds with one another, just as they are at odds with their own essential being, save where that feature has booked and left nothing but an animatron to be driven wild by whatever now occupies it.
I don’t know that my own life is anything with which I can draw comparisons to a larger scheme. What I do know is that my life has not been so uncertain as it is in a very long time. Finding a new location and troubleshooting my form from here to whatever way station I am likely to occupy, until something opens up for me, possesses a much higher degree of difficulty than I was expecting. Of course, it’s not insurmountable, given the application of a focused will; hopefully reflecting the intent of that more mysterious all pervading impetus that none of us can define or understand. What will be will be. We’ve all heard some version of that. Just how much of what we do has to do with what comes to pass anyway, well… people have been arguing about that for a long time.
There is no question we have entered a greater degree of pervasive intensity. This means the level of general uncertainty has risen. I can feel it. I can see it around me but I do not see that there is anything like a common awareness of it going on. People may feel a bit more nervous. There may be a shared uneasiness running around from mind to mind but the reason for it, I suspect, is not making itself known to the generic mind. Obviously the Powers that Mess with Us have accelerated events to a new Defcon. Whatever they think they know they know. They got a time table and they want to get to wherever it is they want to get before conditions change and it might get harder to get there. It’s like the Russia question, the madmen manipulating Howdy Doody and all the other politicos, put into office to do their bidding, have been told that the balance of power lists heavily to the potential profit of the Zio-Satanic Alliance. In their minds, nuclear war is winnable. They believe there is a good chance that they can wipe out a significant portion of Russia and China and still keep on rocking in the no longer free world.
Maybe they know things the rest of us don’t know, about Fukushima, or things that haven’t even been subjects of commentary and discussion. Maybe there’s something going on with alien infiltration or, well, I couldn’t begin to speculate. Maybe the bean counters have crunched the numbers and… no matter what… it always comes up the same and the only sane course that they see, given that they are completely insane, is to wipe out a significant portion of the world, keeping a certain percentage of the underclass around to see to their needs. For all I know, that’s what all those kids across the border is really about.
I’m not evil, so far as I know, nor am I illuminated to the degree that I can know what evil knows simply by turning my attention in that direction. I’ve no idea what they are really up to and there’s a good argument that could be made that neither do they. I don’t know how much autonomy actually exists. Maybe there’s wide latitude and maybe there is very little.
Outside my window of the moment, the thunder is crashing as if it showed up as punctuation points of some kind. I’m wondering if I’m picking up on all kinds of things or simply a temporary captive of a kind of group think. I’m used to being alone and not alone but by myself in the sense that there aren’t other people around. Now, I’m in something resembling a large hotel and they’re all as like unto each other as I am unlike them. It’s hard to be completely independent of the hive mind impact when it surrounds you on all sides, especially when you’ve been brutalized into a state of temporary submission and made dependent on a closed system. Sometimes you just have to pass through something; keeping in mind, in many cases, that the intestines are the last ports of call prior to your exit (grin).
I am as aware of the planets whirling through space as I am aware of them interfacing within me. Their combined rubbing up against one another through smaller and larger orbits, across closer or further distances, sets the stage for all the multiplicity of events which take place moving from one intricate configuration to another. It’s to be assumed that we all handle it differently. It presses on us in different ways. It motivates us to different ends and… of course… we’ve all got different objectives in play. Sometimes the planets will favor you and sometimes not.
There are many distressing trends afoot these days. One of the worst of them is the combined docility and depravity of the gen pop. The force of materialism is overwhelming the force of idealism on most fronts. A few decades back, so much of what is taking place would generate a collective outrage across the board. Now it generates a listless apathy. Perhaps that is why it is happening today. Not all that long ago, many of the trends being promoted by the scoundrels in power and their media would not have been tolerated. Something happened to the public will. Something has occupied the public mind and areas of that organism have been rendered non operational. Also, these days, even when the public will comes out in opposition to to something, the bought and paid for judiciary overrules the public will.
When the truth is made known, such as Hamas not being responsible for killing 3 members of the master race, or when it is made known that Ukrainian jets were shadowing the Malaysian airline that got shot down, it doesn’t seem to make any difference. So what? It’s not likely to get mentioned in the Crass Media and… once again, so what if it is? So what? I can hardly think of anything more dangerous and depressing than that. All manner of evil is now performed with impunity. I keep expecting newscasters and TV/film personalities to suddenly rise to their feet in the middle of their professional activities and say, “This is all lies and bullshit, I can’t take it any more.” It doesn’t happen.
How far can this all progress before it no longer has any momentum at all, or before something comes about that throws the totality of existence into doubt of its continuance?
I’m just a tiny molecule in a vast sea of countless molecules. All of these other molecules are moving in directions I cannot justify to myself and so I cannot move in those directions. I can strive to become an ignited molecule that instigates a chain reaction but the possibility of having any significant impact on some greater number of molecules is not great. Perhaps it is all wrapped up in the mystery of time and space and possibly, depending on the degree of integrity in any specific molecule, should it come to a particular level of effect, it might well affect the whole of the molecules. I’d like to believe that. I’d like to believe that there is time for that.
I cannot submit to what appearances tell me. I cannot accept that what should be is what is, or that what appears to be is what is. Despite the strong power of appearances and the crushing weight of materialism in all directions, I cannot submit. I am not alone in this. There are many of us who cannot submit, who will not submit; who have already submitted to something else. We shall see what proves stronger in the long run.
Something keeps telling me it is all individual; that destiny and circumstance all materialize from individual actions and individual perspectives. Something tell me that simply because ten million or a hundred million souls have decided to crawl down into a well of darkness that it is not required that others among us must do the same. Something tells me we are all being watched to see what we will do and that that is the purpose of the whole affair and it will all be settled individually, no matter how collective it might appear.
End Transmission…….

Visible sings: ♫ Prevail ♫
‘Prevail’ is track no. 6 of 11 on Visible’s 2001 album ‘God in Country’
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