Guest Post: Ignorance Is Bliss; So Go Back To Sleep

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of A Lightning War For Liberty blog,

Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience.
- John Locke

When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.
- John Lennon

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
- Jimi Hendrix

Go Back to Sleep
Most of you that are taking the time to read this have already experienced some level of “waking up” over the past several years or longer.  Most of you have also probably felt from time to time that the knowledge you possess is a burden and have fully appreciated the meaning of “ignorance is bliss.”  I know this because I have felt these very same emotions at times.  The most important thing to remember; however, is that we are just awake individuals within a wave or cycle of awakening.  There were those that came before us and there will be many, many more to come after us.

Last Thursday, I was at Freedom Fest in Vegas for a brief stint and I had the honor to meet and break bread with some of the most influential minds in the Liberty Movement.  As I sat there at the table at Delmonico’s, thoroughly impressed with the intellect, commitment and total sense of purpose of the people around me I became more sure than ever that TPTB don’t stand a chance.  The problem for those control freak clowns is that ten years ago they had at least 95% of the American populace completely asleep.  I would estimate that number at the moment to be around 75%.  If I am  anywhere close to being right, that means that 25% of the population is at least somewhat aware that things aren’t as they appear to be.  They are asking serious questions and looking for serious answers.

Breaking it down even further, I would say that 5% of the population can be described as fully awake and somewhat committed to fully committed.  This is something like 15 million Americans and is more than enough.  Most importantly, once you are truly awakened you never go back to sleep.  In my five years or so in this adventure I have seen the transformative process of many, many people within my personal circle of friends and contacts.  Not ONE, I repeat not ONE of them has ever fallen back into the matrix mindset.  It just doesn’t happen and it reminds me of quotes about truth and lies.  As Mark Twain said “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”  Then there is the counter quote from I can’t remember who that “lies require commitment.”  Believe me, they are committed!  That said, too much is coming out now and what TPTB are doing in the markets is desperately manipulating everything so that another wave does not wake up.  There are terrified that this next wave of people will be the tipping point for their control structure.  They are correct but it is coming soon to smack them in the face no matter what they do.

Obama’s Executive Orders…Connecting the Dots
While we all know about the NDAA, which Obama signed into law late last year that opens the door to the incarceration of American citizens without a trial, what is a little less known are a series of Executive Orders signed by our Noble Peace prize winning Assassinator in Chief.  Of particular interest to me are Executive Order 13603, or “The National Defense Resources Preparedness,” and Executive Order 13618,  “The Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.”  You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to get what these EO’s are all about.  The first one basically gives government control of any and all resources it needs (and seemingly the ability to nullify or suspend existing private agreements) “if” there is a national emergency, while the second one does the same for communications.  So essentially our wonderful government that cares about us so very much is setting the stage to take total control (natural resources and the means of communication) whenever this national emergency that they seem to be fully anticipating comes to fruition.  A good summary of all the EO’s can be found here.  They expect the sheeple to be in such a catatonic state of fear and shock that they will beg for daddy government to take away all their rights and ignore the Constitution so that their EBT cards work.  Why else do you think the government is desperately trying to get as many Americans on food stamps as possible?  See my post “The Government is Encouraging More Food Stamp Usage, Calling it “Stimulus”.

Obama Tells Americans “Your Success Wasn’t Yours”
Regular readers understand that I do not believe there is “free market capitalism” in America today.  Sure there are remnants of it left, but increasingly there is simply crony capitalism in which the Federal government partners with large corporate interests to allow them to grow bigger, more powerful and importantly, more dependent on the government itself for its profits and influence.  This is deliberate, just as it is a deliberate plan to get more people on food stamps.  It is all about power and control.  That said, there are still many small businesses and also large business owners that got to where they are through their own blood, sweat, tears as well as intellect and vision.  While the 0.01% financial oligarchs and crony capitalists all over America should be exposed and called out for the traitorous parasites that they are, this should not mean we just lump all successful people into this category.  Yet, this is exactly what our pathological liar President did in his most recent demonstration of verbal diarrhea.  I am sure everyone has already seen this clip, but I am mentioning it nonetheless because it is so significant.  He stated:

Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there… If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.

I mean every time I think this guy can’t hit a new low he manages to achieve one within a week.  No mention of the fact that a top campaign contributor to him, Jon Corzine, is a thieving crook.  Nah, nothing to see here folks. Meanwhile, if you read between the lines of his little tirade (look how angry he looks in the video),  it is clear what he is trying to say.  You are a nobody.  You are nothing without the state and without the good graces of the political elite.  We own you.  If the political leaders in Washington D.C. that produce absolutely nothing but hot air and then steal from you left and right say that you do not even own your own success, then indeed you own nothing.  This fits in perfectly with the Executive Orders I referred to earlier.  The game plan and meme here is obvious.  You are cattle.  The government owns your land and its resources, your success and ultimately your mind.  Are we going to let them have them?

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LawsofPhysics's picture

Don't worry, Robamney is ready to take over- FAIL.  Ron Paul 2012.  End the damn Fed already and end the massive mis-allocation and mal-investment of capital and resources.

Xibalba's picture

they want you to have some high fructose corn syrup and stfu.  

FEDbuster's picture

"There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
And I have become
Comfortably numb."

Pind Floyd

LouisDega's picture

Got any Alans Psychedelic breakfast? I like Marmalade.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



25% of the population...asking serious questions and looking for serious answers.

I am sorry, but the reality is probably less than 1%. 


Raymond K Hessel's picture

I would use the votes for Ron Paul as an indication on the percentage of total Americans and maybe some sort of metric on OWS.

Then I would haircut it.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

I couldnt wait on the figures... 11% of Republicans voted for Ron Paul.  If you consider that OWS camps held about 100 to 200 people, per Wikipedia, with a haircut, I would say that about 8-10% of Americans are awake versus 25%.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

By extrapolation, then about 1-2% are fully awake, versus 5%.


That's 3 to 6 million.  Spread out over millions of square miles.  

Thank you DARPA.  We couldn't have met without you. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I have not met 1 in a 100 Americans that can give me a serious answer to the question, "Why did we invade Afghanistan, and are still there fighting the longest war in American history?"

Flakmeister's picture

For shits and giggles, what is your opinion on the matter?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Certainty: Afghanistan sits geographically between China and Iran. Our occupation of Afghanistan means Persian Gulf oil must flow through the sea lanes, which the US still controls, instead of a pipeline through Afghanistan to China.

Hunch: Afghanistan and/or Iran have large amounts of undeveloped shale oil.

The sad truth is that not one in a hundred Americans I have asked can tell me what country is located to the west of Afghanistan.

Flakmeister's picture

Excellent...we are in agreement but I strongly doubt your hunch is correct...

The fact that you were junked only is proof of your point....

Flakmeister's picture

No, I am not...

But you do agree that tight gas and oil was far off the radar screen at the time of the invasion?

You did follow up your links and read this?

Not to get into a pissing match but Exxon and the Western majors are willing to drill any place they can, they are *desperate*...

Exxon has not replaced its *oil* reserves over the past 10 years and is slowly morphing into a NG company...

Umh's picture

I've always though that the country to the east of Afganistan was more important; you have given me something to think about.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Not in person but online we're all getting to know each other.  Hence, EO to take over communications and shut the internet.

The Gooch's picture

At least we know we're out there...

Cosimo de Medici's picture

Despite all the silliness about running drugs or stealing Afghani natural resources (total worldwide wholesale illicit drug revenues barely match the yearly income of Ray Dalio and whoever comes in second in the HF sweepstakes, and a landlocked Afghanistan makes any resource exploitation---especially during a worldwide economic slowdown---problematic), the real reason the US remains in Afghanistan is because Obama has yet to come up with a definition of "victory", which he could then state the US has achieved, enabling America to pack up and go home.  Advising him to remain there is a gaggle of three stars who know it is far easier to get the fourth star in war time than in peace time.

As for the boots on the ground, when has it ever been about them?

By the way, the Iraqi "victory" has left the US with a "saved" country that hates America, and a Shi'ite President doing his best to cull the Iraqi elite of any and all Sunnis.  Oh, and China gets all the oil and offers polite thanks to the American taxpayer.

PiratePawpaw's picture

I agree, 1% is an optimistic estimate.

95% dont even know that they should be asking questions; much less what the questions or answers are.

75% wouldn't smell fish if you bludgeoned them about the head and shoulders with a live tuna.

monkeyboy's picture

Aye. I'm just not seeing the general population (well here in Oz anyways) waking up to anything.

We're still a minority/fringe that see that the game is rigged, the screws are being tightened. The majority still believe the smoke & mirrors charade - housing always goes up, China & the mining boom will lead us into eternal prosperity, the fraud of superannuation, the government is your friend, who's going to win masterchef, etc. blah, blah.

It may happen but it's going to take some (serious turbulance) crash to wake the passengers.

Until then...

Anusocracy's picture

It is difficult for people to wake up to survival behaviors that they are unable to comprehend.

It's because our genes are harsh mistresses.


Give the Lucky Country a hug for me. I did a 20,000 kilometer bicycle tour there.

THX 1178's picture

What do you get for pretending the danger's not real?

I know! I know! ...A nice rack of lamb and a new wooly sweater!

Sparkey's picture

True Bliss is; being completely aware and, with equiminity, facing reality as it presents it's self! Bliss is in your mind, how your mind has been shaped to process reality is what mainly distinguishes us one from the other. Many believe their Ideology will, or could, miraculously create the World they dream of, if only others would believe it and work for it too, these Ideas are noble and selfsacrificing and are important elements in their internal reverie where noblessness and sacrifice are rewards in and of themself's, as they await that greater reward the ideology often promises all true believers.

Instinct motivates all life on Earth, I state that as a trueism because my observations of the life around me, after having being processed through the shapings of my consciousness, confirms that to me, other men, with other shaping, may reach different conclusions! I'm "OK" with that, no proselytizer me, follow your own instincts.



Not Too Important's picture

"There were those that came before us and there will be many, many more to come after us."

No, no there won't.


XitSam's picture

Fukushima is the imaginings of a ghost.  After Chernobyl and the above ground nuclear tests everyone died.

Anusocracy's picture

As they article states: Ignorance is bliss - especially about radiation exposure.


The conventional approach for radiation protection is based on the ICRP's linear, no threshold (LNT) model of radiation carcinogenesis, which implies that ionizing radiation is always harmful, no matter how small the dose. But a different approach can be derived from the observed health effects of the serendipitous contamination of 1700 apartments in Taiwan with cobalt-60 (T1/2 = 5.3 y). This experience indicates that chronic exposure of the whole body to low-dose-rate radiation, even accumulated to a high annual dose, may be beneficial to human health. Approximately 10,000 people occupied these buildings and received an average radiation dose of 0.4 Sv, unknowingly, during a 9–20 year period. They did not suffer a higher incidence of cancer mortality, as the LNT theory would predict. On the contrary, the incidence of cancer deaths in this population was greatly reduced—to about 3 per cent of the incidence of spontaneous cancer death in the general Taiwan public. In addition, the incidence of congenital malformations was also reduced—to about 7 per cent of the incidence in the general public. These observations appear to be compatible with the radiation hormesis model. Information about this Taiwan experience should be communicated to the public worldwide to help allay its fear of radiation and create a positive impression about important radiation applications. Expenditures of many billions of dollars in nuclear reactor operation could be saved and expansion of nuclear electricity generation could be facilitated. In addition, this knowledge would encourage further investigation and implementation of very important applications of total-body, low-dose irradiation to treat and cure many illnesses, including cancer. The findings of this study are such a departure from expectations, based on ICRP criteria, that we believe that they ought to be carefully reviewed by other, independent organizations and that population data not available to the authors be provided, so that a fully qualified epidemiologically-valid analysis can be made. Many of the confounding factors that limit other studies used to date, such as the A-bomb survivors, the Mayak workers and the Chernobyl evacuees, are not present in this population exposure. It should be one of the most important events on which to base radiation protection standards.


UMass researcher points to suppression of evidence on radiation effects by 1946 Nobel Laureate

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental toxicologist Edward Calabrese, whose career research shows that low doses of some chemicals and radiation are benign or even helpful, says he has uncovered evidence that one of the fathers of radiation genetics, Nobel Prize winner Hermann Muller, knowingly lied when he claimed in 1946 that there is no safe level of radiation exposure.

Calabrese's interpretation of this history is supported by letters and other materials he has retrieved, many from formerly classified files. He published key excerpts this month in Archives of Toxicology and Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.

Muller was awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery that X-rays induce genetic mutations. This helped him call attention to his long-time concern over the dangers of atomic testing. Muller's intentions were good, Calabrese points out, but his decision not to mention key scientific evidence against his position has had a far-reaching impact on our approach to regulating radiation and chemical exposure.

Calabrese uncovered correspondence from November 1946 between Muller and Curt Stern at the University of Rochester about a major experiment that had recently evaluated fruit fly germ cell mutations in Stern's laboratory. It failed to support the linear dose-response model at low exposure levels, but in Muller's speech in Oslo a few weeks later he insisted there was "no escape from the conclusion that there is no threshold." To Calabrese, this amounts to deliberate concealment and he says Stern raised no objection.

Calabrese adds, "This isn't an academic debate, it's really practical, because all of our rules about chemical and low-level radiation are based on the premises that Muller and the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) committee adopted at that time. Now, after all these years, it's very hard when people have been frightened to death by this dogma to persuade them that we don't need to be scared by certain low-dose exposures."

Within a year after Muller and his group persuaded the NAS to accept the linear model for gonadal mutations, the practice was extrapolated to somatic cells and cancer. Twenty years later, NAS adopted the linear approach for chemicals. Soon thereafter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would use the linear model for risk assessment, Calabrese points out.

Some can accept that even the most distinguished scientists have human failings, he acknowledges. But his view is that "the regulatory research community needs to hear about this. The implications of my findings are that we should revisit our exposure regulations because our regulatory history is founded on a deception. We have seen literally hundreds of thousands of cleanup decisions based on a model that was fraudulently derived. I think we should probably have drastically different exposure standards today, and far less fear."

Calabrese believes, "The die was cast by Muller and regulations adopted since then have gone unchallenged. I think he got his beliefs and his science confused, and he couldn't admit that the science was unresolved. So he went ahead and expressed an opinion about how to handle the public health situation."

beachdude's picture

"A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from those who believe it's just a joke.”
Søren Kierkegaard

sickofthepunx's picture

just another sorry excuse for a stupid obama rant.

he's a black, kenyan, evil, marxist dicator waiting for hte exact moment to swoop in, steal all of our guns and lock every free-thinking american in a fema camp. yeah... i get it.  for 4.325th time

anyone want to explain to this asshole who paved the way for this abuse of executive power?

and which branch of gov't sits in silence and lets it happen?

just who the fuck is actually asleep here?

KK Tipton's picture

"Nah, nothing to see here folks. Meanwhile, if you read between the lines of his little tirade (look how angry he looks in the video),  it is clear what he is trying to say.  You are a nobody.  You are nothing without the state and without the good graces of the political elite.  We own you. "

LOL...there it is....


Obama, The Postmodern Coup -- Making of a Manchurian Candidate, by Webster Griffin Tarpley, at The Ralph Nader Library -

One of the scenarios predicted:


One vital ingredient of earlier fascist movements which the Obama agitation so far has lacked is the element of overwhelming grievance, the bitter anger at having been betrayed, the sense of the stab in the back for which there must be retaliation."

"In the third, Obama wins the presidency in November 2008, and then goes on to implement the policies demanded by the Trilateral CFR bankers. Some combination of war, depression, mass privation, economic breakdown, and a general fracturing and dislocation of society result. In the course of this, Obama inevitably disappoints, then betrays, and finally viciously attacks his own base, pitching the lemming legions into acute psychological distress on top of all their other woes. In this scenario, mob action is generated in protest against Obama's betrayal or stab in the back, and a full-blown fascist mass movement, quite possibly of right-wing and racist coloration, results."


Obama is following a script to perfection. This is a totally planned out scenario.
Watch it unfold on the nightly news. A well orchestrated psychodrama.

Read the Tarpley article to see a few of the people behind Obama.
None of this is news to anybody smart. But Tarpley's article puts a lot of it in one place.

Escapeclaws's picture

Good that you bring up this Tarpley article again after a few days. More people need to see it.

At the same time, the author of this article refers to people waking up. I doubt he had Tarpley in mind. More likely, he had Ayn Rand in mind, or someone with similar views. I'm not sure I would call that "waking up". Tarpley refers to some of these ideologies, such as belief in unfettered free markets, as a form of "false consciousness". This is a Marxist term, but Marx did have a lot of insight and there are increasing numbers of people who feel that his diagnosis (not his prescription or remedy) was right on point, especially in his accounting for financialization as the final stage of capitalism.  There are also those that confuse the kind of free market bartering one sees at lower levels--running the gamut from flea markets to small business--with "capitalism". Fernand Braudel  wisely points out that small business is not capitalism per se, which instead has to do with massive corporations and combines which are actually anti-competition. Point being, there's more than meets the eye in the phrase, "waking up". Perhaps the waking up is more like someone who has collapsed in the desert from heat stroke awakening to find that vultures have devoured his eyes.

beachdude's picture

"The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”

Joe Davola's picture

RP 2012 - At least one could legally use drugs to switch off reality.

UP Forester's picture

Has Soma been invented yet?

Colonial Intent's picture

Comparing the US to the other 29 countries in the OECD

(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

life expectancy at birth (24th),

probability of not reaching the age of 60 (25th),

infant mortality rate (25th),

obesity (30),

practicing physicians per capita (23),

acute care hospital beds per capita (25 out of 29),

psychiatric care beds per capita (25 out of 29).

teenage pregnancy births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 (28 out of 28);

paid maternity leave entitlement as a percentage of annual wage (29/29);

child poverty rate (25/26);

percentage of young people (0-14) living with both parents (21/23);

percentage of young adolescents living with both parents (26/26)

divorce rate (29)

voter turnout for parliamentary elections (29)

female parliamentarians (24); 

press freedom index (26/29);

collective bargaining coverage (24/25);

prisoners per capita (29/29);

child poverty (25/26) 

economic inequality (28/29)'s picture

There was a time when the US would top just about every list dealing with wealth and health but the nation was much freer then. The rest of the world looked to America as an example of how to work and live. When we were freer.

Flakmeister's picture

No it was before the keys to vault were given to looters and the vultures...

Is it any fucking coincidence that the slide in those statistics started under Ronnie's watch?'s picture

I'd blame the closing of the gold window, the petrodollar, dollar hegemony, and globalism based on military build ups and outsourcing. All brought to you by your friendly red/blue legislators and regulators with nary a hiccup. Government is the problem.

And for what it's worth I voted for Mondale in the general election after having cast my first vote ever for Jesse Jackson in the '84 primary.

Flakmeister's picture

No... greedy sociopaths are the problem.... And electing them only makes it worse...'s picture

The defining feature of government is a monopoly on the use of force over individuals. How could such a system not be run by sociopaths?

Flakmeister's picture

You would be intellectually consistent if your reserved some of your diatribes for corporate sociopaths...but based on your posting of fabricated quotes, we know better, eh?

And so instead you point out the obvious and posit some kind of naive world view that denies the problem of greedy sociopaths. Maybe you should figure out a way to deal with sociopaths while respecting the freedoms and rights of the vast majority...

You come up empty handed every time...

I'll give you a hint, the sociopaths were among us before goverment existed... And instead of thinking how a political-economy can succeed, identify the modes of failure...You'll make progress that way...'s picture

You refuse to understand that one can act voluntarily or by compulsion and that voluntary interaction is moral and efficient whereas the use of violence is not. 

Flakmeister's picture

And you fail in exactly the same way that disciples of Communism failed, by failing to account for the imperfection of man...

You live in a ivory tower built on a pile of sand..

And to top things off, you are a lieing sack of shit....'s picture


And you fail in exactly the same way that disciples of Communism failed, by failing to account for the imperfection of man...


And who runs the government? Pigeons?


But thanks for clarifying your position: Individual human beings are sinful and must be brought into line by a sacred elite through ministrations of the lash.


And please learn how to spell "lying." You sound like an idiot.

phalfa5's picture

thinking it started earlier than that...  The Peanut Farmer of the United States ? ...New Deal?  ...creation of the "independent" Federal Reserve Bank ?...... the romans, greeks ...  pharohs of Egypt?... 

aww    nvm

Karl von Bahnhof's picture

Press freedom index

And female parliamentarians... Cant stand it anymore. / sniff