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NoMenDuring the Reign of Terror in France (1793-4) a French Royalist, Mallet Du Pin, is reported to have said: “There are no longer any men in France, there are only events.”

Today in the United States the same could be said — with one addition: “There are no longer any men in the U.S., there are only events and brands.”

In the recent case of Ray Rice, the NFL player involved in domestic violence, we see the “NFL” brand and the “NOW” brand (National Organization for Women) more concerned with their brands than with the persons involved. The result is comic book justice, driven by mobs, as the Justice League swings into action. “Rice has to go!” “Godell has to go!” “Assad has to go!”

If the National Organization for Women were truly coherent in their activism against domestic violence, they would also be working to end abortions. Over 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. each year — the worst kind of domestic violence — with victims all around.

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King2014iObama’s options dim when the protesters and cops act just like him.

One day we see Obama on the side of the rebels, throwing Molotov Cocktails (see Ukraine & Syria), and the next day on the side of the oppressors, murdering civilians (see Israel).

The answer can be found in being truthful, and not an egoist. Self-centeredness is not the way to be.

MadMen2014Brand anthropologists and Baptist ministers (especially corrupt ones) like to encourage herd and mob behavior.

Herds (faceless numbers) and mobs (raging sex organs) tend not to embody the truth, justice, and unity that engender healthy persons and society.

The mounting mental illness in America is testimony to that.

JohnDean073014bJohn Dean, White House Counsel for Richard Nixon (1970-73), was hawking his latest book: The Nixon Defense on the Upper West Side this evening.

It seems an odd title for the book given Dean’s role in the Watergate break-in, and the subsequent bringing down of the Nixon White House.

Mr. Dean recounted confronting Nixon with the news that a “cancer” had formed on his Presidency, and yet it doesn’t appear that Mr. Dean did anything, as White House Counsel, to prevent the cancer in the first place.

He was asked about “Nixon’s illegal (secret) bombing of Cambodia” and why he didn’t say anything to oppose it? Dean replied: “Why did I (as Counsel) not step in and say something about his bombing of Cambodia and the additional deaths that that would cause? The primary reason is because I was totally unaware of all those activities.”

That’s unlikely given that the press reported the story in May 1969.

Referring to the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia (1969-70), Walter Isaacson said in his book Kissinger: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 1992): “American policy was edging toward what had heretofore been an unfamiliar realm: the use of military power not anchored by concerns about morality and international law.”

Analysis: Even a casual reading of American history, reveals that the U.S. government’s disconnect from morality and international law began long before the bombing of Cambodia. While Nixon may have been forced from office, his pardon by President Ford (a former member of the Warren Commission) represents the continuation of a pattern of no accountability in Washington, that continues to this day.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

TheBeast1TheBeastOn a day that saw a civilian jetliner shot down in the (American made) war-torn area of Eastern Ukraine, and the (American made) Israeli Military prepping to invade Gaza, President Obama roared through Manhattan to attend two PAC fundraisers.

It was Woodrow Wilson’s donors who most influenced his decisions to: enter World War I, support Zionism, and back the Russian Revolution.

The American ‘way of life’ (since 1846) is killing people.

“To abuse ye, an’ to scorn ye/ An’ to plunder ye like sin.” James Russell Lowell on President Polk’s plan to take California from Mexico in 1846

IndependenceDay2014
You certainly have good reason
For feeling as you do
No wonder you are anxious
Because its perfectly true
You own a world that has had its day.
—W. H. Auden.

SafeBondsDuring the Great War (1914-1918) the U.S. Government pressured ordinary Americans into buying government Liberty Bonds ($25 billion) to fund the Allies’ war of choice. The government did not repay the bonds to the people as promised. Instead the bonds were rolled into new securities. When the people were finally repaid, in the 1930’s, it was not with gold, as had been promised, but with devalued dollars, wiping out many households — thus the Great Depression.

In 1910 the U.S. National Debt was $1.26 billion (6.8% of GNP), by 1919 it had grown to $25.49 billion, and by 1947, $258.29  billion. A good portion of the debt came from the government loaning (Liberty Bond money) to war combatants who then bought war supplies from the U.S. but didn’t repay the original loans. In his War Memoirs, David Lloyd George recounts exporting $600,000,000 worth  of gold to the U.S. prior to America’s April 1917 entry into the war.

“By the time America came into the War, our capacity to produce further securities to sell in the States to pay for our purchases there was approaching the end.” David Lloyd George, War Memoirs (1934)

But the British had something the American Zionists (who got Wilson elected) desperately wanted, and for which Wilson had lobbied Lloyd George, Palestine. On November 2, 1917 the Balfour Declaration was delivered. On November 3, 1917 (as Lloyd George recounts in his Memoirs) the first Americans died on the Western (French) Front.

Today the government of Israel is selling Israeli Bonds for as little as $100 to anyone who wants to buy them. One insider we spoke with said there have been $34 billion sold, including to American pension funds. The government of Israel has debt of over $200 billion with revenues of $68 billion (2011). It doesn’t take a PhD to see trouble ahead for holders of Israeli debt.

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the leaders and people of the United States and Israel cling to notion that they are exceptional — possessing moral authority, while making the world safe for democracy.

PrideNYC2014r“Tis pride that pulls the country down.” Shakespeare, Othello

Pride leads to darkness, blindness and brokenness. Only humility can heal us, and lead us to know the love of God.

Father'sDay2014 (2)For the United States, a country without father and mother, supplements are often used to fill the void.

A better way starts with being in the Spirit.

We’re not orphans when we participate in being in a conscious and concrete way.

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