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This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet Down With Us

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Duty to Warn

Submitted by Dr Gary Kohls

By Guest columnist Chris Hedges – Truthdig.com – First Posted on March 7, 2011

The modern belief by evangelical Christians in the Rapture, which does not exist in biblical literature, is no less fantastic, one that at once allows for the denial of global warming and of evolution and the absurd idea that the righteous will all be saved—floating naked into heaven at the end of time…and the worse it gets the more we demand illusionary Ronald Reagan happy talk. Those willing to cater to fantasy and self-delusion are, because they make us politically passive, lavishly funded and promoted by corporate and oligarchic forces. And by the very end we are joyfully led over the cliff by simpletons and lunatics, many of whom appear to be lining up for the Republican presidential nomination.”

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I have walked through the barren remains of Babylon in Iraq and the ancient Roman city of Antioch, the capital of Roman Syria, which now lies buried in silt deposits. I have visited the marble ruins of Leptis Magna, once one of the most important agricultural centers in the Roman Empire, now isolated in the desolate drifts of sand southeast of Tripoli. I have climbed at dawn up the ancient temples in Tikal, while flocks of brightly colored toucans leapt through the jungle foliage below. I have stood amid the remains of the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor along the Nile, looking at the statue of the great Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II lying broken on the ground, with Percy Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” running through my head:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Civilizations rise, decay and die. Time, as the ancient Greeks argued, for individuals and for states is cyclical. As societies become more complex they become inevitably more precarious. They become increasingly vulnerable. And as they begin to break down there is a strange retreat by a terrified and confused population from reality, an inability to acknowledge the self-evident fragility and impending collapse. The elites at the end speak in phrases and jargon that do not correlate to reality. They retreat into isolated compounds, whether at the court at Versailles, the Forbidden City or modern palatial estates. The elites indulge in unchecked hedonism, the accumulation of vaster wealth and extravagant consumption. They are deaf to the suffering of the masses who are repressed with greater and greater ferocity. Resources are more ruthlessly depleted until they are exhausted. And then the hollowed-out edifice collapses. The Roman and Sumerian empires fell this way. The Mayan elites, after clearing their forests and polluting their streams with silt and acids, retreated backward into primitivism.

As food and water shortages expand across the globe, as mounting poverty and misery trigger street protests in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, the elites do what all elites do. They launch more wars, build grander monuments to themselves, plunge their nations deeper into debt, and as it all unravels they take it out on the backs of workers and the poor. The collapse of the global economy, which wiped out a staggering $40 trillion in wealth, was caused when our elites, after destroying our manufacturing base, sold massive quantities of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to pension funds, small investors, banks, universities, state and foreign governments and shareholders. The elites, to cover the losses, then looted the public treasury to begin the speculation over again. They also, in the name of austerity, began dismantling basic social services, set out to break the last vestiges of unions, slashed jobs, froze wages, threw millions of people out of their homes, and stood by idly as we created a permanent underclass of unemployed and underemployed.

The Mayan elite became, at the end, as the anthropologist Ronald Wright notes in “A Short History of Progress,” “… extremists, or ultra-conservatives, squeezing the last drops of profit from nature and humanity.” This is how all civilizations, including our own, ossify and die. The signs of imminent death may be undeniable. Common sense may cry out for a radical new response. But the race toward self-immolation only accelerates because of intellectual and moral paralysis. As Sigmund Freud grasped in “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” and “Civilization and Its Discontents,” human societies are as intoxicated and blinded by their own headlong rush toward death and destruction as they are by the search for erotic fulfillment.

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DEVELOPING A WINNING STRATEGY (Speech to SF Bay Area leaders)

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Rosa Koire/PPJ contributor

July 29, 2012

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DEVELOPING A WINNING STRATEGY (Speech to SF Bay Area leaders)

As I travel around the country I’m asked the same question: What can we do—is there a chance of winning?

I’m asked this question by women and men, by Republicans and Democrats, by Libertarians and Tea Party members, by young and old, by rural and urban residents. My answer is always the same. We can do a lot and yes, we will win.

Now, that’s a powerful statement and has to be backed up with tactics or it’s just empty rhetoric.

In this gathering today, in addressing you who are in leadership and organizing positions, it’s necessary to discuss strategy. A good idea acted on at the wrong time is wasted. An action with no follow-up is lost. An assertion without a solid grounding in facts destroys credibility.

The shocking truth that we all deal with on a daily basis is that UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all resources, both human and natural, all means of production, and all information in the world. Twenty years ago the Agenda for the 21st Century was agreed to by our government and then implemented through executive order in 1993. It hides in plain sight—masquerading as regional plans, climate action plans, as scenic byways, as smart meters, as domestic surveillance, as land trusts, as Outcome Based Education, as sustainable communities strategies, as public/private partnerships, as comprehensive or master or general plans. Because it is a stealth plan we are at a tremendous disadvantage in bringing it to the public’s awareness. We are smeared in the media and in our neighborhoods, called conspiracy theorists, and disregarded. We’re subjected to a disinformation campaign that is Delphi’ing the entire world.

What you and I know is that it takes courage to fight this, and that is against us, too. Because most people are afraid. We live in a culture of fear. Global warming, terrorism, food shortages, economic collapse—these are all part of UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. More

Corporations contaminating agriculture

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved 

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‘A problem arises as a result of family farmers and ranchers not having the bags of cash needed to dump into USDA and FDA to buy access as the bio-pirates do.”

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While Homeland Security continues to claim that we must not centralize agricultural production because some terrorist might then poison vast quantities of our food supply, the USDA and FDA continue to rig the system in favor of corporate agricultural producers who are doing that very thing.  Maybe they get away with this because what these global corporations are producing can’t really be classified as food, or at least not as food we would recognize as fit for human consumption. 

Let me make this perfectly clear: there is no unnamed terrorist in a cave on the other side of the world salivating over the idea of contaminating a corn field in Iowa.  We know who the terrorists are, and they all have the word, “Corporation” attached to their names.  And they aren’t in caves either; many have very nice and spacious offices right inside the USDA and FDA.  

While biotechnology is touted as being the answer to the world’s food requirements, no one has stopped to ask why all this tampering with, mother nature was necessary in the first place.  Biotechnology has not caused an increase in food supplies as the bio-pirates claimed it would.  In fact, supposedly a world-wide food crisis is building and a larger percentage of people around the world suffer from hunger and starvation.  Now, one of two things has to be true here if there is actually a food shortage. 

  1. Biotechnology does not increase production as claimed or,
  2. Food is being intentionally withheld from various populations.

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Victory Gardens Produce Abundance

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MORPHCITY.com

by Cassandra Anderson
February 17, 2011

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Food is a market that will always exist.  Many people are turning away from industrial farmed food, seeking healthier choices and getting back to the basics.

Victory gardens in America produced up to 40% of all vegetables consumed during World War II. Over 20 million home gardens, apartment rooftop plants and community plots produced 9-10 million tons of produce; equal to the amount of commercial production at that time. The population during the war years increased from approximately 132 million people in 1940 to 140 million in 1945. Current US population is approaching 311 million people.

A family in Pasadena, California is making a living from selling produce grown in their yard to neighbors and restaurants. They grow 6,000 pounds of produce on 1/10th of an acre of cultivated land per year.

While organic food accounts for only 1%- 2% of all food sales worldwide, the organic market expands up to 20% per year. We believe that the organic market is small right now because of lack of education about health dangers of GE (genetically engineered) food and the lack of labeling of GE food. Most Americans don’t realize that about 75% of their diet is GE. As Americans awaken, the demand for pure non-GE foods is increasing. Organic farming is not only healthier but yields can increase, pollution decreases and water use can be decreased (click here for an example).

Some Americans barter or sell produce grown in their yards to neighbors, farmer’s markets, church communities, etc. You can earn extra money selling produce grown in your yard. Because there is a wealth of information on the Internet about how to grow produce in your yard, we will explore some other innovative ideas and suggestions for creating markets. There will always be a market for food.

Some Americans barter or sell produce grown in their yards to neighbors, farmer’s markets, church communities, etc. You can earn extra money selling produce grown in your yard. Because there is a wealth of information on the internet about how to grow produce in your yard, we will explore some other innovative ideas and suggestions for creating markets. There will always be a market for food. More

I can’t buy local: I don’t live in China!

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 AllRights Reserved 

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“Most people have the idea that food in our grocery stores just magically appears; maybe it just pops up out of the floors or drops down from secret store rooms in the ceilings.”

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Buy local? Ok! I will do that!  Wait…..this says product of China, product of Brazil, product of Mexico, product of Egypt, Guatemala, Argentina ………where is the stuff produced in the US?  How am I supposed to buy local to support my local economy when there is nothing here that was produced locally or even in the United States?  And this stuff over here?  It just says “distributed by” a company in the US and I have no idea where the heck it came from.  

In what I see as a sick joke mouthed by sick individuals in our government, the call has gone out to “buy local!  Know your farmer!”  I know the farmers in this area but they are being regulated and pressured out of business with the passage of the fake food safety bill in the senate.  Maybe I should say by one senator…..”Dirty Harry” Reid.  It was his one, unanimous vote in an empty senate chamber that broke the back of independent agriculture in the US.  

Food riots coming to a town near you! Or maybe even yours.

By now we have all heard of the massive riots in Egypt.  Previously, Tunisia’s government was overthrown and the riots in Greece and Italy and India against rising taxes, food prices, and corrupt governments comprised of self-entitled elitists, is growing.  The so-called global economy promoted as some perverted form of capitalism and riddled with jingoistic terms like “free trade”, is destroying one economy after another.  Face it: A global economy as it is practiced is not only economically disastrous, but also is the tool used to destroy nations.  In that sense, it is working. More

Monsanto Lies, Again (and Again and Again)

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From:   CORPORATE CRIME DAILY   

http://corporatecrime.wordpress.com/

Excerpted from the full article:
  • Two labs conducting glyphosate safety studies for Monsanto were cited for “routine falsification of data” and other offenses. One lab study claimed it used “specimens from the uteri of male rabbits….”
  • An EPA scientist found Monsanto doctored studies and covered-up the dioxin contamination of a wide range of its products. She concluded that the company’s behavior constituted “a long pattern of fraud.”
  • In response to the publication of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking indictment of the pesticide industry, Silent Spring, Monsanto and other chemical companies launched a major p.r. offensive. The industry sponsored public forums with purported “independent” experts speaking on the benefits of pesticides; the company’s propaganda tools included publication of a pamphlet called The Desolate Years, which posited a world of massive food shortages resulting from over regulation of pesticides (the company continues to repeat this lie to this day, in countless ads and public statements suggesting that food shortages will result unless the world unquestionably accepts its genetic food experiments).
  • For decades, Monsanto dumped highly toxic PCBs in Anniston Alabama, then spent years covering up the dumping and the attendant health hazards to residents. As the Washington Post reported,

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The Great Oil Scam

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I could have seen this one coming a mile off.  Maybe even further.  CHINA is collaborating with CUBA (gasp!!) to drill for oil in OUR Gulf of Mexico.  Only where they are supposedly going to drill is within the 50 miles of territorial waters that belong to Cuba, not the U.S.   And no one mentioned that the plans for drilling are years away not only in implementation, but even more so in production. 

But you’re scared now, right?  Now you’re mad as hell at those enviromentalist that have been blocking the drilling for oil in the gulf, ANWAR, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming.  Gosh.  You are so easily duped.

Even if the ANWAR fields were to begin construction today, it would take ten years to see any production from those fields and there is an estimated one years worth of oil there.  Of course we tax payers would have to subsidize all that construction and drilling, and the Fed would have to give oil cartels billions more in tax breaks. 

There are currently 60 million acres owned by oil producers within the US, known to have vast oil reserves under them.  That’s 60 million acres that could have been under construction and well on their way to refinery.  Of course most of what is owned in Montana and Wyoming is owned at least in part, if not fully, by VP Cheney under one of the multiple corporations he uses to conduct his rape and pillage of the US economy. Of course, this would take another ten years minimally to begin producing.

OPEC has been bounced around as the reason for high oil prices too.  Only OPEC has not increased their prices; only kept their production at the current rate and refused to increase the amount of oil they put on the market at any one time.  That’s just good business.  All you free-trader’s who think unregulated trade is such a good deal can at least appreciate the supply and demand aspect of this.  And keep in mind, if it was Mobil/Exxon that was refusing to increase supply so that the price remained steady you would think that was just great.

There is another aspect to this that is more subtle, and most likely more lethal.  By creating an oil shortage and allowing the price of a barrel to exceed its actual real value, many Americans might rethink their opposition to the Iraq war in favor of lower gas prices which could be expected if we just admitted we were there to steal their oil and went ahead and razed the entire country and openly took it over, dispensing with the puppet government we installed.  At a possible $5.00 per gallon of gas…….how many of us would be screaming for war with Iran?  After all, they have some of the largest known oil deposits in the world. 

With oil cartels reporting the largest profits in history of any corporation ever known there is no reason that we have to continue subsidizing them with billions of taxpayer dollars or why they should be receiving billions in tax credits.  In fact, these corporations should be penalized for failing and refusing to build refineries over the last twenty years. 

The current gas prices cannot, and will not be solved by drilling in the Gulf, ANWAR or anywhere else for that matter.  Not drilling in these places has not caused the current hike in gas prices.  Beginning drilling construction in these areas now will not ease the current squeeze on American consumers, and it won’t for many years to come. 

Like the building food crisis and shortage, the oil crisis has been carefully staged.  None of this is accidental and the intent is not to reduce gas prices or to make oil more readily available.  The intent is to collapse the economy of the US. 

We have already seen the collpase of our housing markets.  We are preparing for a created food crisis we are told is coming if not already here. Legislation is pending to take control of our water rights and supplies so that they can be privatized and now we have an energy crisis. 

Housing, food, water and energy.   Basically the foundations of our lives are under assault from within our own country.  All these planned shortages, prices hikes, rigged markets, mortgage frauds, water theft, food shortages and inflated gas prices have been carefully planned and implemented to make us more readily accepting of the North American Union and the New World Order. 

There are those in our government and those behind the scenes who will stop at nothing until they have devastated this country from coast to coast, border to border, and then some.  We are being crushed and destroyed not by terrorists from “over there”, but from those within our own borders who have neither allegiance nor loyalty to the US and Who could care less what we endure.

To correct the current created crisis i would suggest these things:

1. Repeal all tax breaks and subsidies for all oil cartels.

2. Institute a Windfall Profits Tax to prevent oil cartels from artificially inflating the market.

3. Fine and penalize oil cartels that seem to be able to plan for future shortages but have failed to construct, build or maintain adequate refineries, or to drill oil deposits they already have access to.

4.  Cap the price per gallon of gas. 

Now I know these suggestions just lit the fires under the “free-traders”.  At some point you have to conclude that free trade is not the same as fair trade in a free market.  Without regulation, without oversight, free trade is devastating our economy and killing off our country.  As gas prices rise, as corporate profits rise even higher our economy will come to a grinding halt.  Exactly what is intended.

Ask yourself what good a free market without fair trade regulations is to you if you can no longer support yourself or your family because the cost of just living has risen so high?  At some point we have to conclude that remaining viable is far more important than becoming subservient. 

Marti Oakley (c)2008

 

 

 

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