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In November ’12 we reported that organic mixed lettuce at a farmer’s market in Queens, NY was $20/pound. On May 5, 2013 the same vendor had organic mixed lettuce for $7/quarter pound ($28/pound), a 40% jump in seven months. Anyone who’s paying attention knows the government goes to great lengths to mislead the American people about the rate of inflation.
The transformation of the U.S. Government into a failed and malevolent body has been going on for years. Perhaps the seeds were laid with the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, which enabled the funding of wars and revolutions — that were misguided but pursued by leaders seeking glory and booty (“interests”).
With the nation’s unfunded liabilities at $123 trillion and tax revenues at $2.5 trillion, the future is anarchy. The gangster run government will continue to Print money, Default on bonds & Social Security obligations, Loot through patronage programs, and Plunder abroad (Iraq to Syria and beyond).
In a 1774 document that he crafted for the Continental Congress, Jefferson presents ‘the path to independence’ — anchored in and derived from the laws of nature.
“But can his Majesty thus put down all law under his feet? Can he erect a power superior to that which erected himself? He has done it indeed by force; but let him remember that force cannot give right.
That these are our grievances, which we have thus laid before his Majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their Chief Magistrate…they know, and will, therefore, say that Kings are the servants, not the proprietors of the people.”
The United States (ruling classes and people) have increasingly tried to liberate themselves from the laws of nature over the years, with unfortunate consequences.
Photograph: Eliot Porter, Courtesy of Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd.
“The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission has a fifty year program for the study of the latent and delayed effects of radiation as well as the possible genetic effects in the human. Their preliminary report indicates that, if future bombings parallel the Japanese picture the casualty distribution by type will be approximately…”
After the ‘A’ Bomb: Emergency Care in Atomic Warfare (Thomas Nellson & Sons, 1951)
“What appalled me most was the way in which decent Germans were falling for Hitler, hook, line and sinker…There is no doubt that it was as great a con as any people had been subjected to.” Sir Dick White, Former Head of MI6, commenting in a 1985 interview on his 1936 travels in Germany
The same can be said today of the Americans who are ignorant of, or indifferent to, the disorder being perpetrated by their government, at home and abroad.
With thousands of people in Washington Square Park today, only a few seemed to notice or care about this banner and its correct message.
A society built on data and egoism is without a reference point for knowing how to judge right and wrong. The resulting disequilibrium is multiplied by technology and willfulness, which doesn’t bode well for children and society.
Anthony Lewis reporter and columnist for the New York Times, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, died today at age 85. LE met Mr. Lewis in 2009, at the CPJ Awards Dinner, and asked him what he thought the U.S. should do in Afghanistan? He didn’t hesitate, saying — “We should get out.”
Commentary: In matters of American foreign policy, Anthony Lewis understood the U.S. had been unjust in not acting in situations that called for it (Rwanda & Bosnia) — “Clinton Fiddles While Bosnia Burns,” NYT March ’93; but also unjust in using force in situations that didn’t call for it (Iraq & Afghanistan).
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“Our modern liberal culture, of which American civilization is such an unalloyed exemplar, is involved in many ironic refutations of its original pretensions of virtue, wisdom, and power. Insofar as communism has already elaborated some of these pretensions into noxious fumes of tyranny, we are involved in the double irony of confronting evils which were distilled from illusions not generically different from our own. Insofar as communism tries to cover the ironic contrast between its original dreams of justice and virtue and its present realities by more and more desperate efforts to prove its tyranny to be ‘democracy’ and its imperialism to be achievement of universal peace, it has already dissolved into pure evil.” Reinhold Niebuhr 1952
And yet what have those same news organizations done to confront the murderous bastards, policies and lies of their own government — which have destroyed millions of lives over the past 10 years? Very little, in fact they’ve been a party to it.
Artwork: Darren Sylvester
This President’s Day in the U.S. coincides with the one-hundredth anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. President Wilson’s relationship with Colonel Edward M. House made the difference in his winning the White House, and contributed to policies that followed including the Federal Reserve Act, U.S. entry into World War I and support for the Russian Revolution, as well as the Balfour Declaration.
When asked about his relationship with House, Wilson had this to say: “Mr. House is my second personality. He is my independent self. His thoughts and mine are one.” The Epic New York City. 1966