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Organized Religion: A Tool for Ignorance, Power and Control

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This post by Allen Clifton originally appeared at Forward Progressives.

 

I think anyone who follows me even somewhat regularly knows that I’m a Christian. I know that’s not always a popular thing to be as a liberal, but it’s a fact nonetheless. That being said, I detest organized religion.

What “religion” is to me is a human-made concoction meant to promote the personal views of some while degrading the views of others.

Honestly the only reason I call myself a “Christian” is because it’s easier than saying, “I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the values for which he stood. That being said, I oppose most things that have been written in the Bible as it is clear that much of the text has been influenced by the personal views of those in charge of translating the text through time.”

I’ve talked “religion” with Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Atheists (yes I consider Atheism a form of religion) and it’s amazing how personally we’re all pretty much the same. Our core values as human beings are basically identical. Things like being a good person, helping the helpless and defending the defenseless. Generally just being good people.

And isn’t that what life is about? Isn’t that what we should all strive to be as humans?

Why is it so many care so much about the personal religious views of others? If everyone kept their beliefs private (as they should be), practiced them in the appropriate places and didn’t judge others who believed differently – can you imagine how much more peaceful the world would be? More

Covert chemical warfare: 100,000 deaths a year

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by Jon Rappoport

March 20, 2019

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Medical News Today reports that, in 2011, there was a modest uptick in the number of prescriptions written in the US.

The increase brought the total to: 4.02 billion.

Yes, in 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America.

That’s an average of roughly 13 prescriptions for each man, woman, and child.

That’s about one new prescription every month for every American.

The Medical News Today article concluded, “…the industry should be heartened by the growth of the number of prescriptions and spending.” Yes, I’m sure the drug industry is popping champagne corks.

We’re talking about prescriptions here. We’re not talking about the number of pills Americans took. We’re also not counting over-the-counter drugs or vaccine shots.

Pharmacopoeia, a 2011 exhibition at the British Museum, estimated that “the average number of pills a person takes in his or her own lifetime in the UK is 14,000.” That’s as a result of prescriptions. Including over-the-counter drugs, the 14,000 number would swell to 40,000 pills taken in a lifetime.

What are the effects of all these drugs?

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Cannabis for PTSD?

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So, let me see………we can test deadly vaccines on them by force, expose them to burn pits, douse them with agent orange and depleted uranium, contaminate the water they drink, build bases on top of toxic dump sites and never tell them they are being steadily poisoned…..but they have to be careful about marijuana????  We can send them into illegal wars of aggression where they can be severely injured or killed and then bring them home and do everything we can to make sure they either get a, 

a) no access to VA benefits and care or,

b) subject them to more deadly vaccines, psychotropic drugs in massive doses

c) if all else fails, use electroshock on them to subdue them and shut them up.

Have I got all of this right?  Just want to make sure I understand that weed is far more dangerous (sarc) than what has been done by the government and military to our veterans or what we plan to do to them under the label of “care”.

What Did You do During the Dirty Wars, Daddy?

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“Most German Christians saw no contradiction between the demands of Jesus’ gospel ethic of love, mercy and forgiveness and the ruthless and cruel “gods” of war and wealth – and their pastors didn’t either.”

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“What Did You Do During The War, Daddy?” was the title of a wonderful but sobering book written by Sabine Reichel. Reichel was born in 1946 to Nazi collaborator parents in bombed-out Hamburg, Germany in 1946. Her parents had been upper class citizens prior to the war and they managed to maintain their respectability after the war. Her mother and father, like so many other obedient “good” Germans of the Nazi-era never talked to their child about what they had done during the Hitler years. The unwelcome truth only came out much later, during Reichel’s early adult years. The book details her experiences in trying to obtain the answers to the book’s title question.

“What did you do during the war, daddy” has been a dreaded question for many soldier-fathers (as well as for some civilian parents) who collaborated (actively or passively) with warmongers in times of war, and 10003953_10152109057028863_611290400_nwho then discovered, too late, that they had been on the ethically wrong side of what turned out to be an unjust war – a war that might have been contrary to what they had been told, a war of aggression or corporate resource exploitation and therefore a war that was an international war crime, a crime against humanity or a crime against the peace.

And whether or not they had been deceived by their corporate-controlled governments and media outlets (shadow or otherwise) about the realities of those wars, any parent will dread being asked probing questions such as these: More

START TREATY: RINO REPUBLICANS ARE SURRENDERING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY LIKE THE COWARDS THEY ARE!

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John Wallace 

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New START is simply not adequately verifiable. Lest assurances that the treaty will be “effectively” verifiable obscure that reality, the truth is that the Russians could engage in militarily significant violations with little fear of detection by the United States

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LNO:What the hell are our elected Senators doing? Why are they rushing forward with the START treaty without a full debate on the ramifications of this treaty and the threat to our national security from communist Russia that it poses.

Where are the really tough American men and women that we need in both houses of congress to defend our country’s liberties, Freedoms and national sovereignty?

I for one am getting very tired of Metrosexual Socialist Democrats and RINO Republicans who sell out the American people every chance they get. I want my President, my two Senators and my Congress person to be real tough Americans, who will look out for my interests and those of my fellow American citizens, not illegal aliens, crooked banksters, special interest groups or foreign governments. More

Is Obama a Congenital Liar & Sadistic Torturer, or Just a Man Caught in a Job Much Too Big for Him?

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J.Speer-Williams (c)copyright 2010

The rudest awakening to the real Obama may be his continuance and advancement of the heinous torture policies of his demonic predecessor, George Bush – The Lesser.

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      The Obamas Party, While the CIA Tortures Men,                                   Women and Children

I could only be called semi-handsome … in a dim light … at 20 feet … while taking a shower, many years ago. 

Good looks may not be everything, but they can give one a head start in life. But, paraphrasing Mark Twain, “God must love plain looking (ugly) people as he made so many of us.” And, I’d rather be loved by God than look like a young Sean Connery, or how Cary Grant looked at any age.

Still, next life time, I’d like to have a six foot, four inch tall body, with muscular, well-shaped limbs, a fabulous throwing arm, jet-black hair (that later turns to a steel gray), piercing blue eyes, weighing in at a slim 235 pounds, all top off with a kill-her smile. I’m talkin’ tall, dark, and devastating. No more Willie Nelson looks for me, unless I can sing and write music like he can.

If God will give me such looks, I promise to try to win his love, in spite of my gorgeousness. Which reminds me of another good-looking chap, who needs to work over-time to win God’s love: Barack Hussein Obama, once known as Barry Soetero. 

Why the name change Mr. Obama? Anybody know?

Not long ago Obama, a relatively unknown African-American, was being sheep-dipped (gaining a new identity, to build creditability) as a Constitutional Law professor (when he – by rights – should have been studying our Constitution) at the very highly regarded University of Chicago School of Law, while he doubled as an Illinois state legislator.

And even though flextime Professor Barack Obama had produced no original scholarship papers on US Constitutional Law, he was offered a tenured position at the lofty Chicago School of Law. But oddly enough, hard working Professor Obama refused tenure, as he must have known he was on a much faster greased track to something much bigger … if … he could only improve his poor teleprompter reading skills of what others wrote for him.

And, Mr. Soetero … er… Mr. Obama applied himself to his trade, which was not statesmanship, but neuro-linquistics. And in time, Obama’s teleprompter reading coaches perfected with their student a slow rhythmic flow of spoken words, broken up with many “uhs,” with the same measured cadence as the words appeared on his teleprompter screens. 

Then strangely, in an unprecedented move, the Democratic Party kingmakers gave lowly state Senator Obama a national stage, when allowing him to display his reading cadence at their presidential nominating convention of 2004.

And even more amazingly, the following year, Barack became a United States senator. Then unbelievably, three years later, Mr. Obama became president and commander-in-chief of the most militarily equipped nation on Earth, without ever serving a day in any military. And, unless one is extremely naive, they know that some powerful interests, made Mr. Obama into Mr. President, and then into the President of Broken Promises.   More

Awakening: A 4-part series on the realities behind the current economic system

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This is series of films highlighting the faults in the current economic system, why it can’t work, doesn’t work and was never meant to. 

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The shearing is nearing: The international bankers have taken most of everything

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Op-Ed: James P. Harvey

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Over the last one hundred and fifty years, the international bankers have only failed to do one thing, and that’s cover their tracks. The evidence of their covert control of nations is scattered all over the world, and now, they openly brag about it.

While they systematically gained control of nation’s governments through their manipulative currency and commodity control, then wars and inflation, we watched like a sheep about to be sheared, or a cow to be milked. Soon you will see people stand hypnotized like a rodent about to be struck by a cobra.

In the interim, the people keep on voting the scumbag politicians into positions of power, and they keep on passing laws that rob us of our freedom, property, and future.

So keep on voting for your favorite savior to do the bidding of their masters, and keep on hating and cursing the other party members. You deserve everything you’re going to get, and I’ll be writing about the great rodents roast.

The bankers must surely have found some way to protect their ribs from breaking, due to their uncontrollable laughter. I can just picture them in my mind, rolling on the floor, screaming with glee.

James P. Harvey

Citizen Petitioning for the Constitutional right of redress: If Only!!

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 by: Marti Oakley (c) 2010 All rights reserved

“You have condoned and encouraged the suppression of free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to peaceably assemble, the right to be secure in our papers, persons and property and these assaults on our freedom are non-stop.  From every corner, from every possible venue you attack us.  You create false crises’ and false remedies all the while threatening us with attacks from someone “over there” when it is you we need to fear. 

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I would like to demand the presence of every senator, every representative so that I may enumerate my grievances while looking you in your faces, and for as much time as I may consume……and of course…… for other purposes.

Please be seated and end all your conversations; the doors are locked and you will not be allowed to meander outside chattering in your attempts to display your contempt for my presence here today.  Now sit down, shut your mouths and listen!

Now that all of you are seated I intend to bring to your attention many of the issues, the policies and laws that have been implemented by both your chambers, by both of the two major parties that have aggravated me greatly along with millions of other Americans.  You refused to listen when we called your offices; you cast aside without looking at, the petitions we heaped upon your desks with millions of signatures demanding that you not proceed with some piece of political quackery, and you proceeded to act as if you owed no amount of loyalty or concern to the people whose lives your actions were going to affect directly and immediately.  Today, I will attempt to highlight some of the most egregious actions having occurred in the last eight years and continuing into this new administration.  More

To Alter or Abolish………I couldn’t have said this better….or even as well

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This annonymous letter is directed at those in the federal government……..now we just have to wait for the posters to show up crying about how we “hate America”.  Those who truly hate America and all that she stands for (or did) are those unwilling to defend our country from threats that are domestic.  Marti

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Note: The following letter was found left behind at a local drinking establishment; the authors’ identity is unknown. It is passed along without comment.

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it…” ~ Declaration of Independence of the American Colonies, 1776

Dear Federal Government,

Drop dead.

Excuse us. Some may consider such bluntness to be indecorous, but why beat around the bush? In any case, we’ve been around this bush (Bush?) too many times to count already. It’s time to let you know what we really think of you, what we say behind your back, what we whisper to each other when you leave the room.

We hate you. We want you to drop dead. Or, anyway, to go away and never come back. You are not welcome anymore. We have tolerated you – and we emphasize “tolerated” – for a long time, long after whatever romance there may have been was gone. We can pretend no more. You are disgraceful, boorish, nauseating, corrupt, shameful, arrogant, dishonest, self-serving, parasitic, disgusting, hypocritical, and rotten to the core. You have not even one redeeming quality. There is nothing you offer that we want any longer. We’re not even sure what it is we ever saw in you to begin with.

We suppose you can be forgiven if this letter comes as a shock. “Why,” you say, “what do you mean? I still command great respect and inspire widespread adulation. And I still care about you. Isn’t it obvious?”

It’s true that, in public, we often nod our heads and agree with you, even defer or appear to defer to you. But we assure you that this happens not out of respect; rather, it arises merely from the fact that you have a lot of guns and a bad temper. Inside, we are seething and resentful. Inside, we imagine your demise in the most vivid and gratifying of ways. We may fear your irrational and violent behavior, but we manifestly do not respect or agree with you. We don’t love you. We don’t even like you. (See the part about hate, above.)

At any rate, our revulsion toward you has finally come to outweigh any fear we have of you. We refuse to keep our real feelings in for even one more second. We want you gone from our lives. And we mean completely. Vamoose. Go. Die.

Please understand we aren’t here to argue. No special new subsidy, tax break, or privileged “loophole” is going to sway our opinion or make us change our minds about this. We’ve been there, done that, for too many decades to count now. Likewise, your threats are starting to make us yawn and even laugh. You see, we know all your tricks now. We can see through your lies because we’ve heard them all so many times before. We are fully aware of your true nature, and we see that that nature is radioactive evil, wrapped in a tattered blanket of ignorance, foolishness, and stupidity.

Look, we know it’s only a matter of time anyway. Your dimwittedness, greed, fraudulence, and moral bankruptcy are finally starting to catch up to you. Even your former employees admit as much. Do you remember Paul Craig Roberts, one of your past Treasury officials? Today he says of your latest economy-wrecking and warmongering efforts:

 

“The world has never seen such total mindlessness. Napoleon’s and Hitler’s marches into Russia were rational acts compared to the mindless idiocy of the United States government.”

Mindless idiocy: We could not have said it better ourselves. Wait, yes, we could have, because we would have also mentioned your meanness and malevolence.

Our state governments are starting to feel the same way about you that we do. Many are openly refusing to obey your so-called “REAL ID” attempt at creating a national “your papers, please” regime of Hitlerian proportions. Some are even starting to make noises about the Tenth Amendment, which reiterates that you aren’t allowed to just do anything you feel like doing. (We are not big fans of our state governments either, but at least they don’t start wars, counterfeit our money, and prop up tyrannies across the globe.)

You see? Look in the mirror for once. The emperor not only hasn’t got any clothes, he’s a quadruple amputee demanding that everyone admire his muscular physique. We don’t know whether to laugh at or feel pity for such a pathetic creature.

In conclusion and just so we’re clear: We’re done. Pack up and get out. Better yet, don’t pack – all that stuff belongs to us in the first place. Just get out. And when you finally, mercifully, do kick the bucket, please make sure it is in some place far away from us, where we won’t have to smell the stench of your hideous, rotting corpse.

Signed,

Every Normal Human Being in America and the Rest of the World

 

February 14, 2009

David Bardallis [send him mail] hails from the Glorious Sovereign Republic of Michigan (motto: “Never forget we have all the water!”) and blogs at Suds & Soliloquies.

Copyright © 2009 LewRockwell.com

The War on Terror is a Hoax

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  The War on Terror is a Hoax

By Paul Craig Roberts

[February 04, 2009 Information Clearinghouse” — – According to US government propaganda, terrorist cells are spread throughout America, making it necessary for the government to spy on all Americans and violate most other constitutional protections. Among President Bush’s last words as he left office was the warning that America would soon be struck again by Muslim terrorists.

If America were infected with terrorists, we would not need the government to tell us. We would know it from events. As there are no events, the US government substitutes warnings in order to keep alive the fear that causes the public to accept pointless wars, the infringement of civil liberty, national ID cards, and inconveniences and harassments when they fly.

The most obvious indication that there are no terrorist cells is that not a single neocon has been assassinated.

I do not approve of assassinations, and am ashamed of my country’s government for engaging in political assassination. The US and Israel have set a very bad example for al Qaeda to follow.]

 

Read full artilce here:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21906.htm

 

Social Security……A Ponzi Scheme? Maybe you should look at your insurance company.

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If I hear one more crack pot whining about Social Security being a [Ponzi scheme] I think my head will implode.  SS is a retirement fund and one totally funded by taxpaying workers.  Even to some extent by those [have mores] who only pay on a portion of their earnings as opposed to us [have nots or have less] that pay on all of our earnings.  Come retirement day even the rich guys will be lining up for the monthly Social Security check. They’ll think it’s a really good deal then and won’t say the word [Ponzi].

 

All the chronic whiners who throw old Ponzi out there as though he was some creature from hell seem not to be aware that those insurance companies that charge exorbitant rates for policies they have no intention of honoring, are modeled on the same premise as Social Security is.  Only SS actually pays as promised whereas your insurer most likely won’t unless you sue them..and then you’re not likely to win.  Now there is a refined Ponzi scheme for you: even Ponzi attempted to pay at least some of his investors back……your insurance company has no such intentions unless forced to.

 

As employees, we INVEST in SS with each and every paycheck we earn.  The federal government DOES NOT fund SS in any way.  Currently, and for the past thirty years, SS has produced a massive surplus and is currently producing about 150 billion a year beyond what it needs to pay all claims. 

 

When the government announces the yearly budget, it is immediately offset by the amount that will be stolen from SS and used for other purposes.  So, add 150 billion to the announced budget total: this will give you a more realistic total for what the government is going to spend using your money.

 

Lets look at those insurance companies. 

 

You are forced to buy insurance whether you want it or not, if you own a vehicle.  You are forced to pay extortion rates for health insurance…..or go without.  This leaves you either very sick or on welfare or just treading water until the health issues pass.

 

But what happens to those millions of premiums paid by people who have never accessed their policies or tried to, or who were informed by their insurer that for some reason their ridiculously priced policy doesn’t cover that problem they have?  What happens to those billions and billions of dollars paid in premiums year after year to companies that have no intention of paying anything but the smallest portion of claims?

 

We don’t know what happens to these accumulated premiums because they are used for anything and everything other than honoring the policies the insurance company sold.  For every $1 that is paid out on claims, $2 is spent trying to avoid legitimate claims and even with this, they still honor less than 20% of the claims made on policies.

 

In fact, we just bailed out a few biggy insurance companies that have continued to sell policies and to conduct the business of selling [insurance] after destroying the financial sector of the country with risky business ventures that we can only speculate about.  We have to speculate because they were not required to divulge just exactly where the money had gone and what exactly they had done with it.  All we know is that it wasn’t used for honoring the contracted insurance policies they sold and continue to sell.  I call this breach of contract and you should be able to sue on that premise, but try finding a judge for that one…..in fact, lots of luck even finding an attorney.

 

In fact, a fair portion of the investments we all made in Social Security just this year will go directly to bail out the biggest PONZI schemes ever devised by people who had no intention of ever making good on their promises. 

 

And this is how we come to the [unfunded liabilities] section of the federal budget.

 

  • First we tax workers on their wages for their retirement.

 

  • Then, we make the SS trust fund available to the general fund because it has and continues to produce a massive surplus each year.

 

  • We use the money stolen from workers accounts to finance wars, to cover up the massive loss of revenues from preferential treatment of the upper 3%, and to fund the day to day operations of the government that is the thief of these funds.

 

 

  • Later, we use these stolen retirement funds to bail out Wall Street, corrupt insurance companies and all of our crooked cronies who enriched themselves at the expense of the entire country

 

  • Then we start crying about SS being an [unfunded liability] because we stole so damn much money from this program, which we never had any intention of paying back, we have potentially run it into a hole.  Fearing that the worst could happen, we present this as a false scenario hoping to convince the very people we victimized when we stole their retirement investments that somewhere in the future, at a time far, far away, this retirement investment account might only be able to pay a portion of its claims.

 

Only even that last statement isn’t true. The part about them never intending to pay it back is, but the part about it being in the red in the future isn’t.  The fact is, left alone and untampered with, SS will still produce far more than it pays out.  

 

The next time someone tells you that SS is a Ponzi scheme……direct them to their insurance company and ask them to explain that one.  Then ask them what happens when and if they try to make a claim.  Ask them when the last time was that insurance premiums were seized to finance the repayment to Social Security.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

 

 

 

 

Wrapping our minds around the lack of math skills in D.C.

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How Much Is Too Much To Spend On a Preemptive War?

 

 As of this third week in March 2008, the wars in the Mideast (Afghanistan and Iraq) have cost us $538.6 Billion.  That is $5,686 per U.S. family. Let’s see if we can wrap our minds around the numbers. 

·         $538.6 Billion dollars would buy ALL the fuel for ALL the commuters in Minnesota for 116 years and four months.  (At 12,000 miles per year, 20 mpg, $3.10 per gallon) 

·         $538.6 Billion dollars would pay a year of premiums on a $955 per month health insurance policy for EVERY uninsured person in the United States.  (46,995,000 as of August, 2007) 

·         At $250 Million per bridge, $538.6 Billion dollars would replace 2,154 bridges 

·         $538.6 Billion dollars is a LOT of money. My $5,686 could have been spent in many better ways. At the risk of sounding naïve, why don’t we just buy the oil, instead of trying to control it? 

Dan Martin

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