Guest Post: Mother, Should I Trust The Government?

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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog,

Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb?
Mother, do you think they’ll like this song?
Mother, do you think they’ll try to break my balls?
Ooh ah,
Mother, should I build the wall?

Mother, should I run for president?
Mother, should I trust the government?
Mother, will they put me in the firing line?
Ooh ah,
Is it just a waste of time?

Pink Floyd – Mother

The lyrics to Mother had both a literal and figurative meaning for Roger Waters. He was literally describing his overprotective single mother (his father was killed in World War II) building walls to protect him from the outside world. The figurative meaning is Big Mother sending its boys off to war and using fear to control and manipulate the masses. At the time he wrote this song in 1979, the Soviet Union was thought to be at its peak of power and the Berlin Wall represented a boundary between good and evil. Nuclear war was still a looming fear. Waters has always had a dim view of totalitarian states and institutions (English schools). Having seen his Wall Tour performance this past summer at Citizens Bank Park with a diverse crowd of 40,000, ranging in age from senior citizens to teenagers, it seems this song has gained new meaning. He sang a duet with himself from 1980 projected on the Wall and when he sang the lyric, “Mother, should I trust the government?” the entire stadium responded in unison – NO!!! This revealed a truth that is not permitted to be discussed by the corporate mainstream media acting as a mouthpiece for the ruling class. A growing legion of citizens in this country does not trust the government. This is very perceptive on their part.

In part one of this two part series – Hey You – I examined how an invisible government of wealthy, power hungry men have utilized the propaganda techniques of Edward Bernays and lured the American people into a narcissistic, techno-gadget, debt based servitude. Over the last one hundred years they have created a totalitarian state built upon egotism, material goods, and fulfilling our desires through Wall Street peddled debt and mass consumerism. It has been an incredibly effective form of control that has convinced the masses to love their servitude. The ruling oligarchs correctly chose the painless, amusement saturated, soft totalitarianism of Huxley’s Brave New World over the fearful, pain inflicting, surveillance state, house of horrors detailed in Orwell’s 1984.

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

The nefarious establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913, launch of welfare programs in the 1930s, expansion of the entitlement state in the 1960s, creation of the credit card in 1970, mass media marketing propaganda, and the formation of an empire of debt laid the foundation for a society based on triviality, egotism, irrelevance and mass delusion. The conscious manipulation of the habits and opinions of the masses by an invisible government of powerful men using media propaganda and easy to access consumer credit has reached its mathematical limit. The oligarchs built a society dependent upon exponential growth. This unsustainable prototype began to show signs of strain in the 1990s. The powerful interests have been growing ever more desperate and blatantly obvious in their looting and pillaging of the debt bloated carcass of a country. They used their control of the political system to repeal Glass-Steagall, allowing the Wall Street banking cabal to become Too Big to Control. The oligarch puppets at the Wall Street controlled Federal Reserve did the bidding of their masters by reducing interest rates and expanding the money supply to create two epic bubbles.

The Dot.com bubble was created by Wall Street utilizing hype and misinformation to fleece millions into believing we had entered a new paradigm. The only people who got rich were the Wall Street hucksters, shysters and shills.

When the Dot.com bubble burst, Alan Greenspan came to the rescue, at the urging of Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman, by creating the largest banker made bubble in the history of the world. The combination of excessively low mortgage rates, complete lack of regulatory oversight by the Federal Reserve, control fraud committed by the Wall Street banks, and buying frenzy stirred up by the corporate MSM and NAR, led to the biggest financial collapse since 1929.

The white collared psychopathic criminals on Wall Street reaped billions in profits, paid themselves millions in bonuses, and cost taxpayers trillions when it all blew up in 2008. The ruling elite have added $6 trillion to our national debt and their central banker has added another $2 trillion to our ultimate tab, while providing free money to their Wall Street bank owners. They realize their efforts to restart the exponential growth engine have failed. They gutted our productive manufacturing based economic system by shipping the blue collar jobs overseas to Chinese slave labor facilities, replaced workers with machines, stimulated consumption with unlimited distribution of high interest debt, and allowed conglomerates to drive small business owners out of business with their cheap foreign sourced goods, all in the name of capitalism. The plan worked so well that real wages haven’t risen in 40 years, inflation has destroyed the purchasing power of the middle class, 47.7 million people are dependent on food stamps to survive, and the masses can’t even afford the cheap slave labor produced trinkets anymore. There is too little cash, too few jobs, too much debt, too many takers, too few makers, too many bankers, too much delusion, and too few resources to sustain the unsustainable. We have entered the end stages of a ravenous locust swarm. The fields have been stripped barren.

When the men in smoke filled rooms realized their soft totalitarianism was losing its grip on the oblivious, submissive, egoistical, distracted masses, they began phase two of their effort to retain their wealth, power and control. They began to institute Orwellian measures to strike fear into the populace. Their illusion of control is dissipating and they are resorting to force in order to maintain hegemony. It began with the immediate passage of the Orwellian Patriot Act one month after 9/11. Did the corporate media question how a 363 page all-encompassing expansion of police state power was written in a few weeks after 9/11 and passed by October 26? They did not. The bill was pre-written and ready for instant implementation when the time was right. The Orwellian version of America was launched.

“If the ideology had been a lie, then they are not heroes and gods on earth, but monsters and criminals, and their life has been self-serving and meaningless, without significance and honor. And that is the credibility trap. It is the impulse for the leaders to keep doubling down in the hope of a win, until exhaustion and collapse.” – Jesse       

Obedience to Authority

“Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.”  - Stanley Milgram – Obediance to Authority

  

Just as Edward Bernays knew the unruly masses could be manipulated by propaganda and molded to believe whatever the small group of intellectually superior men wanted them to believe, conditioning using fear and authoritarian methods have also been perfected by the ruling class. Doctor Stanley Milgram unwittingly provided the oligarchs with confirmation the average citizen could be ordered to do anything by invoking expertise and authority over their subjects. Milgram started his experiments in 1961, shortly after the trial of the World War II criminal Adolph Eichmann had begun. Eichmann’s defense that he was simply following orders when he exterminated millions of Jews roused Milgram’s interest. How could millions of Germans participate and condone such genocide? Milgram’s testing suggested that it could have been that the millions of accomplices were merely following orders, despite violating their deepest moral beliefs.

Writer Kendra Cherry describes the experiment:

The participants in the Milgram experiment were 40 men recruited using newspaper ads. Milgram developed an intimidating shock generator, with shock levels starting at 30 volts and increasing in 15-volt increments all the way up to 450 volts. The many switches were labeled with terms including “slight shock,” “moderate shock” and “danger: severe shock.” The final two switches were labeled simply with an ominous “XXX.”

Each participant took the role of a “teacher” who would then deliver a shock to the “student” every time an incorrect answer was produced. While the participant believed that he was delivering real shocks to the student, the student was actually a confederate in the experiment who was simply pretending to be shocked.

As the experiment progressed, the participant would hear the learner plead to be released or even complain about a heart condition. Once the 300-volt level had been reached, the learner banged on the wall and demanded to be released. Beyond this point, the learner became completely silent and refused to answer any more questions. The experimenter then instructed the participant to treat this silence as an incorrect response and deliver a further shock.

Most participants asked the experimenter whether they should continue. The experimenter issued a series of commands to prod the participant along:

    • “Please continue.”
    • “The experiment requires that you continue.”
    • “It is absolutely essential that you continue.”
    • “You have no other choice, you must go on.”

The level of shock that the participant was willing to deliver was used as the measure of obedience. How far do you think that most participants were willing to go? When Milgram posed this question to a group of Yale University students, it was predicted that no more than 3 out of 100 participants would deliver the maximum shock. In reality, 65% of the participants in Milgram’s study delivered the maximum shocks.

Of the 40 participants in the study, 26 delivered the maximum shocks while 14 stopped before reaching the highest levels. It is important to note that many of the subjects became extremely agitated, distraught and angry at the experimenter. Yet they continued to follow orders all the way to the end. Why did so many of the participants in this experiment perform a seemingly sadistic act on the instruction of an authority figure? According to Milgram, there are a number of situational factors that can explain such high levels of obedience:

    • The physical presence of an authority figure dramatically increased compliance.
    • The fact that the study was sponsored by Yale (a trusted and authoritative academic institution) led many participants to believe that the experiment must be safe.
    • The selection of teacher and learner status seemed random.
    • Participants assumed that the experimenter was a competent expert.
    • The shocks were said to be painful, not dangerous.

The American people have been participants in their very own Milgram experiment being conducted by their government since 9/11. Since the passage of the Patriot Act, the government continues to demand that its citizens increase the voltage in the name of security. Since 2001, the Orwellian measures have included:

  • Warrantless domestic surveillance.
  • The ability to search telephone calls, emails, financial matters especially involving foreign individuals, and medical records for people who are “suspected” of endangering the country.
  • Color coded risk levels designed to keep citizens fearful of non-existent terrorists.
  • Pre-emptive invasion of foreign countries.
  • Committing U.S. forces to war without a declaration of war by Congress as mandated in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Assassination of people on presidential kill lists.
  • Extermination of “suspected” enemies by predator drones.
  • Camera systems monitoring the movements of Americans in cites and streets across the United States.
  • Torture of detainees in camps outside of the United States.
  • The authority to indefinitely detain America citizens without trial.
  • Executive orders giving the President the ability to unilaterally disregard the U.S. Constitution and take control of private industries.
  • Use of drones to monitor the activities of American citizens.
  • Allowing the very bankers that destroyed the worldwide economic system to blackmail the American taxpayers into handing them $700 billion.
  • Not prosecuting one Wall Street criminal after the largest Ponzi control fraud in the history of the world.
  • Cameras and listening devices on public transit and other public locations.
  • Military exercises conducted in U.S. cities in order to condition the masses.
  • Attempts to control and censor the internet through the introduction of the SOPA bill.
  • The use of tragic mass murders by mentally defective young men on psychotropic drugs to disregard the 2nd Amendment and disarm American citizens.
  • TSA thugs molesting little old ladies and young children to desensitize citizens to gestapo like tactics and treat them like criminals.
  • Government partnering with Facebook, Apple and other corporate entities to monitor, censor, and report the activities of citizens to the authorities.
  • The use of public schools to teach children what to think rather than how to think. Thought control is vital to an agenda of keeping the masses fearful and pliable.
  • Government agencies (FBI, ATF) creating terrorist plots, luring young dupes into the plots, providing fake explosives, and then announcing with great fanfare they have foiled a terrorist plot.
  • “See something, Say something” government media campaign designed to make citizens paranoid and fearful.

Just as Milgram pondered how the German people could follow the orders of those in authority to slaughter millions, one must ponder how the American people have allowed those in power to strip us of our Constitutional freedoms and liberties in the name of safety and security. They have conditioned the masses to passively accept their fate by utilizing fear, authoritarian measures, thought control, and propaganda. Human beings never change. They have been driven by emotions throughout history – fear, greed, love and hate. There will always be psychopathic men who seek wealth, power, glory and control. It happened during the decline of the Roman Empire and it is happening today during the decline of the American Empire.

“A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”Tacitus

Big Brother is Watching You

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”George Orwell – 1984

  

What the average person can’t seem to process through their government public school educated non-critical thinking brains is that there are actually a small group of bankers, politicians, corporate executives, media magnets, and shadowy billionaires who call the shots in this country. They constitute Bernays’ invisible government, run the show, mold the minds, form the opinions, suggest the ideas, and create the reality for the masses because they believe they are intellectually superior. The left/right and Democrat/Republican discord is a planned diversion for the masses. The country has devolved into a corporate fascist warfare/welfare state. We are clearly moving in the direction of Orwell’s state in which government monitors and controls every aspect of human life to the extent that even having a disloyal thought will be against the law. The longer this is allowed to progress the more likely any effort to resist like Winston Smith will be met with brutal measures.

The parallels to Orwell dystopian nightmare state grow by the day. Those in control use technology to bombard Americans with psychological inducements designed to overwhelm the mind’s capability for autonomous thought. In Orwell’s 1984 the giant telescreen in every citizen’s room blasts a constant stream of propaganda designed to make the failures and shortcomings of the Party appear to be triumphant successes. In Obama’s 2013 the 72 inch Chinese made HDTVs in every McMansion blasts a constant stream of propaganda designed to make the zombie-like occupants buy trinkets and gadgets with a thin piece of plastic and makes the failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya appear to be triumphant successes. Our corporate/fascist party uses their control over the media message to indoctrinate and control the public mind through propaganda and repetitive messaging. In Orwell’s world, the Party undermines family structure by inducting children into an organization called the Junior Spies, which brainwashes and encourages them to spy on their parents and report any instance of disloyalty to the Party. In our world children are indoctrinated in government run public schools that fill their brains with government manufactured history, social engineering claptrap and what they should think, rather than how to think. The Orwellian Department of Homeland Security (Thought Police) instructs them to report anyone they think is suspicious with their “See something, Say something” campaign. Children are “encouraged” to re-educate their parents about green energy and global warming. Corporations fund schools to advertise their products within the hallways of learning. The outputs of this corporate/fascist partnership are non-critical thinking, functionally illiterate, willfully ignorant Proles who obey the Party and consume products as instructed.

In Orwell’s 1984 the Party keeps the population in a general state of exhaustion by making them work long grueling hours at government run agencies. This was designed to keep them from thinking or having the energy to resist. About one in six workers work for the government in the United States, with a substantial portion of private jobs dependent upon government largesse. The true distinction in our society can be seen in the income levels over decades of our own Inner Party, Outer Party and Proles.

income percentile

The government educated masses were purposely not taught about the impact of Federal Reserve created inflation on their lives. Even using the government manipulated CPI, the real household incomes of the masses have barely risen in the last forty five years. Using a true measure of inflation, the real household incomes of the average family have fallen. In addition, prior to the 1980s those household incomes were predominantly provided with one parent working and the other raising the children. Today the vast majority of households require both parents to work in order to just tread water. Child rearing was delegated to the state and parents have been kept in a constant state of exhaustion, like hamsters in a cage on a spinning wheel. Household income was replaced by credit card debt, mortgage debt, auto debt, and student loan debt peddled by our very own Inner Party (Wall Street bankers). The Inner Party members have seen their incomes soar over the last four decades. This was not an accident.

As those at the top accumulate an ever increasing percentage of the national wealth, while consolidating their power through ever more sophisticated use of technology for surveillance, warfare, and financial theft; urban decay and blight spreads across the land. Totalitarian regimes are ferociously effective at augmenting their own power and wretchedly incompetent at providing for their citizens. Just as the London in Orwell’s dystopian world was a decrepit, rundown city in which buildings were crumbling, amenities such as elevators never worked, and basics such as electricity and plumbing were exceedingly undependable, the urban killing fields that are home to tens of millions in the United States are dangerous, disintegrating, hallowed out carcasses of once thriving metropolises. Hunger, poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and violence are the earmarks of society for the Proles. True unemployment exceeds 20%, with youth and minority unemployment exceeding 40%. There are 47.7 million Americans subsisting on food stamps (program administered by JP Morgan), accounting for 20% of all the households in the country.

The incompetency and mismanagement by our totalitarian governing body is evident for all to see, as bridges collapse, water mains burst, gas lines explode, mass transit shuts down and structures deteriorate due to decades of neglect. The priorities of those in power are clearly visible as they spend trillions on weapons used to attack sovereign countries, distribute billions in “aid” to foreign dictators, provide trillions to the criminal banking cabal on Wall Street, and devote billions to technology designed to monitor and control their citizens. Our entire rotting, fetid, bloated, corrupt society has about reached its limits. It is only a matter of time until it implodes like the former Soviet Union.

Diminishing returns of ever-increasing complexity addressed with ever-more layers of complexity, larded with systematic lying based on mystifying, opaque jargon, sanctioned statistical misreporting, felonious cronyism, and scuttling of the rule of law. In short, the markets have been taken over in effect by a criminal racketeering syndicate. In doing this, so much resilience has been removed from these market structures that they are riddled with rot, like a mansion infested with carpenter ants.” – Jim Kunstler

We Have Always Been at War with Eastasia

Hush now baby, baby, don’t you cry.
Mamma’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true,
Mamma’s gonna put all of her fears into you,
Mamma’s gonna keep you right here, under her wing.

  She won’t let you fly, but she might let you sing,
Mamma’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm.
Oooh babe, Oooh babe, Oooh babe,
Of course Mamma’s gonna help build the wall.

Pink Floyd – Mother

The concepts of Doublethink and Newspeak are alive and well in our increasingly Orwellian society. The massive long-term campaign of large-scale psychological manipulation, described in detail by Edward Bernays in 1928, has succeeded in breaking down the capacity for independent thought by the masses. Those in control of the media have molded the minds of millions to believe anything the government tells them, even while possessing information that runs counter to what they are being told. On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the government and their media propaganda mouthpieces had convinced 69% of the American public that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks, even though there wasn’t a shred of evidence to support that claim. The storyline of Iraqi soldiers murdering Kuwaiti babies in their incubators during the first Gulf War was another example of propaganda designed to manipulate public opinion. By controlling the media message, those in power control the present and can manipulate the past. The government controls the curriculum in public schools and writes our history to conform to whatever storyline that supports their agenda. With 20% of the adult population in this country functionally illiterate, the formulation of ideas or critical thought is virtually impossible for these people. This is exactly what is desired by the ruling class.

The outrageous example of Doublethink in Orwell’s 1984 occurs during the Hate Week rally.  The Party shifts its diplomatic allegiance, so the nation it has been at war with suddenly becomes its ally (Eurasia), and its former ally becomes its new enemy (Eastasia). When the Party speaker suddenly changes the nation he refers to as an enemy in the middle of his speech, the crowd accepts his words immediately, and is ashamed to find that it has made the wrong signs for the event. The American people have been programmed to accept the same logic from our leaders. Saddam Hussein was our ally when he was fighting our enemy Iran, who had been our ally ever since we had overthrown their democratically elected leader in the 1950s. Then he became our enemy for using weapons of mass destruction, provided to him by the U.S., on his own people and threatening our control over Middle Eastern oil. Osama bin Laden was our ally when he was fighting our mortal enemy, the Soviet Union. Then he became our mortal enemy because we refused to leave Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War. Ghadafi was our sworn enemy after blowing up an airliner filled with Americans, until he helped us after 9/11 and became an ally. Then he became an enemy again for fighting to maintain his dictatorship. Mubarak was an ally for decades as we provided him billions in military hardware so he could brutally maintain control. Then he became an enemy when we decided he was no longer of use. Do you get the picture?

Do you see any parallels between Orwell’s Ministry of Plenty (oversees economic shortages); the Ministry of Peace (wages war); the Ministry of Truth (conducts propaganda and historical revisionism); and the Ministry of Love (the center of the Party’s operations of torture and punishment) and our Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Department of Homeland Security?  

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”George Orwell

Should I Trust the Government?

So the oligarchs have utilized all the plays in Huxley’s playbook and are half way through Orwell’s playbook, but they are rapidly losing their credibility as a small minority of critical thinking people is using the internet to spread the truth and form phyles with like-minded citizens with similar values based on liberty and freedom. The political system is broken beyond repair as $2 billion was spent during this last “election” to maintain the status quo. The looting and pillaging of the middle class continues, while the poor are kept controlled, sedated and enslaved by entitlements, debt, drugs and prisons. The financial system is succumbing to the mountains of debt that have been accumulated trying to keep the game going. In the last ten years worldwide total credit market debt, on balance sheets, sovereign obligations, corporate debt, household debt – has grown from $80 trillion to just over $200 trillion. U.S. unfunded liabilities committed to by the politician parasites that pass for our representatives surpass $200 trillion. There are $1.2 quadrillion of interconnected derivatives outstanding in the world today, 20 times the size of the worldwide economy. The accumulation of worldwide debt, aging developed country populations, depletion of resources, perpetual war, financial fraud and rampant corruption are going to lead to a collapse of epic proportions. It may not happen in 2013, but it will happen within the next five years. Jesse explains why the status quo will never relinquish their power, illegally acquired wealth and control without a fight:

“A credibility trap is a condition wherein the financial, political and informational functions of a society have been compromised by corruption and fraud, so that the leadership cannot effectively reform, or even honestly address, the problems of that system without impairing and implicating, at least incidentally, a broad swath of the power structure, including them. The status quo tolerates the corruption and the fraud because they have profited at least indirectly from it, and would like to continue to do so. Even the impulse to reform within the power structure is susceptible to various forms of soft blackmail and coercion by the system that maintains and rewards.

And so a failed policy and its support system become self-sustaining, long after it is seen by objective observers to have failed. In its failure it is counterproductive, and an impediment to recovery in the real economy. Admitting failure is not an option for the thought leaders who receive their power from that system.  The continuity of the structural hierarchy must therefore be maintained at all costs, even to the point of becoming a painfully obvious hypocrisy.”

The people of this country must regain a sense of responsibility for their lives and the lives of future generations. Enough people need to perceive they are being manipulated, controlled and used by the thought leaders and awaken from their narcissistic materialistic debt financed lives. Our culture has failed. The animosity and anger in the country is beginning to bubble over. The masses are beginning to realize they have been screwed. They haven’t figured out who to blame because they are still trapped in the Republican/Democrat false dogma. There is one Party putting on a show, as displayed this week with the fiscal cliff farce, as the government controlled media proclaimed victory because the status quo was maintained, nothing was cut, and $4 trillion was added to the National Debt. More people need to question and challenge the authorities. We must cast aside our willful ignorance of facts and accept the consequences of decades of bad decisions and delusions of grandeur. More government is not the answer. We must break free of the conditioning and mind control used to make us love our servitude and trust those in power.

Kyle Bass recently revealed a fact about our government leaders:

“They’re not going to tell you that a collapse is coming. You’re going to have to see it for yourself. The government’s never going to tell you that it’s going to happen. These guys are never going to tell you the truth, because they can’t tell you the truth. Their job is to promote confidence, not to tell you the truth.”

We need more people to respond to Roger Waters’ question, “Mother, should I trust the government?” with this answer before we can begin to tear down the wall that seemed too high.

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”George Orwell

 

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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:45 | 3117240 Rogue Trooper
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Many thanks. I have not seen this version.

Considering how many have read and studied the novel in their youth I find it truly depressing that so few even contemplate the warnings that Orwell so carefully articulated.  No one will be able to say they where not warned when the shit storm we are all heading towards hits. Sheep to the slaughter wagon.

Good luck to us all.... see you in Room 101 if they get you first.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:57 | 3116885 beaglebog
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As ever, StormCloudsGathering says it so well.

 

The State is fixing to do some killin'.

 

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4Nxa3QrSNw&feature=youtu.be&a

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:29 | 3116886 Ima anal sphincter
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Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Sheep

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:59 | 3116887 UGrev
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was just listening to this on the way home.. on the way to work was the Animals Album (pink floyd for you younger peeps). One of the most under-rated albums ever. Dogs, pigs, sheep..  what else can an albums' song titles say about the world :)

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:32 | 3117192 Ima anal sphincter
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+1000   You're exactly right.

There were others who knew "The Big Picture." Take a listen to this: Same Old Wine

As far as The Wall goes, truly great album, but absolutely played to death on the radio. I was burnt out on it within 3 months. Wish You Were Here and Animals tops my list.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:09 | 3118780 mvsjcl
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You better watch out,
There may be dogs about...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:00 | 3116889 Kastorsky
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Start by always lying to them.

I always give fake phone #, zip code, fake height, eye color, address.

When not critical, naturally.

If enough people do this, it will render there databases useless.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:01 | 3116897 DavosSherman
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NO!

Super read!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:03 | 3116903 ramacers
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so what? distrust is cheap. who can put it all on the line? not many.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:06 | 3116911 lordbyroniv
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This guy took an oath to defend the Constitution!!!!

 

He needs to be disbarred !!!!

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/opinion/lets-give-up-on-the-constituti...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:07 | 3116918 lakecity55
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Lucifer is on the loose!

The best weapon is 2 Bibles and Prayer.

Hollow out 1 Bible and put a .45 Colt inside.

Carry on.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:23 | 3116968 knukles
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The 40 oz'ers only fit in the Extra Big Large Print Editions.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:27 | 3116984 DoChenRollingBearing
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.45 Colt inside?  I would pick an Oracle text, bigger and fatter, more room...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:32 | 3116993 knukles
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they'll be confiscating Bibles anyway....

(Book of Eli)

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:34 | 3117000 DoChenRollingBearing
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"They'll have to get the guns first, before they can grab anything else."

(handbook of DoChenRollingBearing)

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:48 | 3117043 A Lunatic
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They already grabbed all the food, energy, healthcare, transportation, finances and justice. Grabbing guns and bibles shouldn't be too difficult..................

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:42 | 3117018 Jerome Lester H...
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Now that's funny! Probably would evoke less suspiscion too. While the Bible will elicit interest just by it's very existence in a room, not too many people will notice an Oracle book or become curious about it!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:22 | 3117162 AgAu_man
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0.45, no. 0.46, YES!
More compelling to get through thick-skinned game.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:39 | 3117212 Notarocketscientist
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Yep.  Why dontcha run down to the movie theatre or the primary school and waste some fuckers?

All you big mouths with your big talk about your guns...  oOoooooooHHHHH you are so fucking tough - but all you can do is kill children.

Put your guns where your mouths are and take a ride down to Wall Street.

 

Fucking Losers

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:49 | 3117576 adventuretime
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No thread is complete without a crybaby.  Don't your representatives wear powdered wigs in UK?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:08 | 3116921 Banksters
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FUCK THE GOVT.   

 

They lie and steal with out reproach- WMDs in IRAQ?  Prosecution of bankers? Graft?  Crony Capitalism?  Medical experiments on unwitting souls? False Flags?  Propaganda? Fisa? Patriot Act?

 

All of the above!   

 

I repeat, the Govt does not have our best interest in mind.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:13 | 3116938 edifice
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Only 1/3 of the citizenry gave a shit in 1775 and, even less fought in - and won - the Revolutionary War.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:12 | 3117120 SAT 800
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The Revolutionary War was won by world class formidable military hardwar, supplies, officers, and ships of the line; provided by our military ally; France. the United States came into existence during the signing of a peace treaty in Paris in 1781; it was considered a matter of secondary importance. Read history it is often more fantastic than fiction; especially the fiction they fed you in public school.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:14 | 3116940 The Gooch
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I'll see you, Mother and raise you Great Gig In The Sky  

 

"And I am not frightened of dying,

any time will do, I don't mind.

Why should I be frightened of dying?

There's no reason for it,

you've gotta go sometime."

"I? never said I was frightened of dying."

"If you can hear this whispering you are dying..."

On a long enough timeline...

Hope theres a zero hedge bar on the other side.

 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:16 | 3116944 UGrev
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I'm slowly seeing people changing avatars to spartan helmets.. anyone else notice this too? not just here (haven't seen it here as much) but other places I visit have been doing so quite a bit. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:39 | 3117014 DoChenRollingBearing
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"Molon Labe" is catching on...

Exhibit One: Gun stores doing HUGE business.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:47 | 3117030 akak
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"Molon Labe"

I have seen that phrase for a long time now (only online, though), but out of an inverted sense of curiousity I have never bothered to look it up --- and nobody that I have seen using it has ever used it in a way from which the meaning was obvious given the context.  Somehow, though (perhaps given my moderate dyslexia), I always end up reading it as "Melon Labia".

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:48 | 3117040 UGrev
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...I have never bothered to look it up --- and nobody using it has ever used it in a way from which the meaning was obvious given the context.

So, which is it? have you never looked it up? or have you? if you claim the use hasn't been proper, then you've looked it up or know what it means. So I'm cornfused about your statement. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:55 | 3117070 akak
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Actually, UGrev, I did not claim that the use of the phrase (here or anywhere else) is improper, as I do not know what it means in the first place, so I could not comment in that regard.  I merely meant to say that I have never seen it used in such a way as to make it obvious, or even to suggest, what its meaning actually is.  I've always been waiting for it to become obvious via context, and have actually purposely NOT looked it up precisely because it never seems to be used in such a way, which I find curious in and of itself. 

Having said all that, I have said vastly more on this minor point that I wish to, or ever expected to.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:05 | 3117100 knukles
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It's from ancient Greek meaning literally "Come and take them"

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:11 | 3117113 nmewn
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If its got labia in it I'm all about that ;-)

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:05 | 3117101 DoChenRollingBearing
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"Molon labe" (Come and take it) is what Spartan King Leonidas supposedly responded to the Persian demand to surrender (or something like that).

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:18 | 3117147 Jam Akin
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Correct.  The Persians asked the Spartans to drop their weapons and surrender and Leonidas said "come and get 'em".   He was the first icon of laconic speech.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:44 | 3117233 akak
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And so now I finally know.

ZH, always a learning experience.

Thanks guys!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:33 | 3117368 CrockettAlmanac.com
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I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it,
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Oh, oh, have a!
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
You know you got it if it makes you feel good,
Oh, yes indeed.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:40 | 3117383 UGrev
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my mistake. It sounded like you were making a claim. I see you got your answer below. :)

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:46 | 3117034 UGrev
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I hope it starts spreading like a fart in an elevator.. and fast.. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:52 | 3116951 Zap Powerz
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The problem with the "Freest Country on Earth" is that only about 7-10% of the country really wants to be free.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:01 | 3117090 A Lunatic
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That's because being free is a pain in the ass, and once you're actually free you are completely fucked since there is no going back to the depths of sleep from whence you came. You can pretend to not give a fuck about the cold hard world and all of the ignorant assholes in it, but the cat's already out of the bag, and has in fact, run off into the brambles of the road not taken................

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:18 | 3116954 John Law Lives
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Congratulations to the pumpers:

On Jan 3, 2000, the S&P 500 closed at 1,455.22

On Jan 3, 2013, the S&P 500 closed at 1,462.42

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=%5EGSPC&a=00&b=3&c=2000&d=00&e=3&f=2000&g=d

Considering the recent massive increase in the federal debt, the Fed's balance sheet, the number of Americans on Food Stamps, and the ongoing destruction of the US Dollar, this performance isn't too impressive.

FUBAR.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:28 | 3116983 knukles
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Nor U, unadjusted U's, GDP, %age in the workforce, real disposable after tax income, not to mention the accelerating collapse of ethics, morals, integrity and civility at every level of society.

Fuckin' Awesome..... 

If for the Devil's Spawn, it's certainly "Mission Accomplished."

("I am evil, the destroyer of men's lives.")

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:23 | 3116966 q99x2
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Nice essay. Let the party begin.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:23 | 3116967 gnomon
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Ninety per cent of the world's population needs to be liquidated by one means or another over the next 20 to 30 years.  That is what they have in mind.  Each sector of the globe has a different game plan.  Some plans are interlocked, others are at loggerheads.  East vs. West.  Brown vs. Black. Muslim vs. Christian.  All vs. White.  

This can go so many ways, but the end result will be roughly the same.

This is Twelve Monkeys times ten.  And the Devil take the hindmost.  It is over, (all but the liquidation).

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:07 | 3117106 A Lunatic
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Well, if I can have any say in the matter I do hope that I'm made into a bar of soap, which Ben Bernanke drops in the shower while, unbeknownst to him, his home is being invaded by a mob of horny, angry, aids infected, homeless, bull queer psychopaths that are jacked up on pcp laced crystal meth..............

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:10 | 3117110 centerline
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Don't know about the percentage there - but I figure the gist of it is about right.  TPTB can't have too many mouthbreathers sucking up resources.  The current cycle is maxed out and liquidation is on the horizon - one way or another.  This time on an unheard of scale.  Scary thing to realize we are in the topping process, which I figure really kicked in about 12-13 years ago.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:31 | 3117190 AgAu_man
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Probably. You don't have to be in the Top 10% of IQ, education, skills, wealth and political/worldview flexibility, but it helps.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:37 | 3117202 Notarocketscientist
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'They' will not have to liquidate... we will self-liquidate....  since we are at the End of Growth (because we have reached the end of CHEAP fossil fuels)... a massive reality is about to strike...

7 billion hungry mouths will not react well to the End of Growth scenario.  

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:27 | 3117355 gnomon
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Agreed.  But they are planning to "shape" and "ride" the liquidation to the best of their ability, competing with other world players as they do so.  Liberty is the first casualty as we are seeing now.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:14 | 3118194 Seer
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I have no idea what "they" "have in mind," but given the fact of declining resources and the all-to-persistent gnawing of entropy I'd have to say that it was always going to happen via nature.

TPTB raced us way beyond sustainability.  How fitting, I suppose, that one of the last big things that they did was to create Viagra- rather symbolic of the Big Picture (over-inflated to the point of rupture; the wad has been spent).

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