How The Military Controls America

Authored by Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org,

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control - they control their home market, which is the U.S. Government, and they use it to sell to its allied governments, all of which foreign governments constitute the export markets for their products and services.

These corporations control the U.S. Government, and they control NATO. And, here is how they do it, which is essential to understand, in order to be able to make reliable sense of America’s foreign policies, such as which nations are ‘allies’ of the U.S. Government (such as Saudi Arabia and Israel), and which nations are its ‘enemies’ (such as Libya and Syria) - and are thus presumably suitable for America to invade, or else to overthrow by means of a coup. First, the nation’s head-of-state becomes demonized; then, the invasion or coup happens. And, that’s it. And here’s how.

Because America (unlike Russia) privatized the weapons-industry (and even privatizes to mercenaries some of its battlefield killing and dying), there are, in America, profits for investors to make in invasions and in military occupations of foreign countries; and the billionaires who control these corporations can and do - and, for their financial purposes, they must - buy Congress and the President, so as to keep those profits flowing to themselves.

That’s the nature of the war-business, since its markets are governments - but not those governments that the aristocracy want to overthrow and replace. The foreign governments that are to be overthrown are not markets, but are instead targets.  The bloodshed and misery go to those unfortunate lands. But if you control these corporations, then you need these invasions and occupations, and you certainly aren’t concerned about any of the victims, who (unlike those profits) are irrelevant to your business.

In fact, to the exact contrary: killing people and destroying buildings etc., are what you sell - that’s what you (as a billionaire with a controlling interest in one of the 100 top contractors to the U.S. Government) are selling to your own government, and to all of the other governments that your country’s cooperative propaganda will characterize as being ‘enemies’ — Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, etc. — and definitely not as being ‘allies’, such as are being characterized these corporations’ foreign markets: Saudi Arabia, EU-NATO, Israel, et cetera.

In fact, as regards your biggest foreign markets, they will be those ‘allies’; so, you (that is, the nation’s aristocracy, who own also the news-media etc.) defend them, and you want the U.S. military (the taxpayers and the troops) to support and defend them. It’s defending your market, even though you as the controlling owner of such a corporation aren’t paying the tab for it. The rest of the country is actually paying for all of it, so you’re “free-riding” the public, in this business.

It’s the unique nature of the war-business, and a unique boon to its investors.

Thus, on 21 May 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump sold to the Saud family, who own Saudi Arabia, an all-time-record $350 billion of U.S. arms-makers’ products, which they’re now obligated to buy during the following ten years, with an up-front commitment of $100 billion during just the first year, so as to make even that one-year commitment an all-time record. This deal is by far the biggest part of Trump’s boost to American manufacturers - but it’s only to military manufacturers, the people who depend virtually 100% on sales to governments, specifically to ‘friendly’ governments: to ‘allies’, such as, in this case, to the Saud family.

In fact, the Sauds’ war against their neighbor Yemen is a good example of just how this sort of operation (profit to the billionaires, bloodshed and destruction to - in this case - the Yemenites) works:

Yemen’s war goes back to the “Arab Spring” revolution in Yemen, which overthrew the U.S.-and-Saud-backed President, former Colonel and then General, Saleh. Wikipedia says of him: “According to the UN Sanctions Panel, by 2012 Saleh has amassed fortune worth $32-60 billion hidden in at least twenty countries making him one of the richest people in the world. Saleh was gaining $2 billion a year from 1978 to 2012 mainly through illegal methods, such as embezzlement, extortion and theft of funds from Yemen's fuel subsidy program.”

And, furthermore: “New York Times Middle Eastern correspondent Robert F. Worth described Saleh as reaching an understanding with powerful feudal ‘big sheikhs’ to become ‘part of a Mafia-style spoils system that substituted for governance’. Worth accused Saleh of exceeding the aggrandizement of other Middle Eastern strongmen by managing to ‘rake off tens of billions of dollars in public funds for himself and his family’ despite the extreme poverty of his country.” Saleh fled to Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s Army installed the Vice President, and former General, Hadi to succeed him. Then, there was a second revolution, and, on 21 January 2015, the Shia Houthi tribe took over, and the rabidly anti-Shia Saud family promptly started their bombing of Yemen, using American training, weaponry and tactical and refueling support. The U.S. Government - like its ally the Saud family — is rabidly anti-Shia.

That’s to say: The U.S. aristocracy, like Saudi Arabia’s aristocracy (the royal family), is rabidly anti-Shia. But, whereas for the Sauds, this is motivated more by hate than by greed, it’s more greed than hate on the U.S. side, because at least ever since the U.S. coup in the leading Shia country, Iran, in 1953, it’s been purely about greed, specifically that of the oil (and other) companies who also (in addition to the armaments-firms) control U.S. foreign policies. (For example, international oil companies need to extract and sell oil from many countries. They’re highly dependent upon the military, though not nearly to the extent that the weapons-firms are.)

The most recent poll that has been taken of American public opinion regarding America’s arming and training Saudi forces to fly over and bomb Yemen was taken during November 2017, tabulated on 28 January 2018, and finally published a month later, on 28 February 2018. This “Nationwide Voter Survey - Report on Results - January 28, 2018” asked 1,000 scientifically sampled American voters, “Question: Congress is considering a bi-partisan bill to withdraw U.S. forces from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Would you say that you support or oppose this bill?” It reported that, “Support” was 51.9%, “Oppose” was 21.5%, no opinion was 26.6%; and, so, 71% of the opinions were “Support”; only 29% were “Oppose.”

That’s more than two-thirds supporting this bill to consider withdrawing U.S. forces from that war. But, when the vote was taken in the U.S. Senate, it was 55% opposing the bill, opposing, that is, consideration of the matter, and 44% supporting consideration of the matter (and not voting was 1% of the 100 Senators). 55% of Senators didn’t want the Senate to even consider the matter. Here’s how the issue had managed to get even that far:

On 4 December 2017, just weeks after that poll of Americans was taken, Russian Television headlined “Saleh’s death means a fresh hell beckons for Yemen”, and the U.S. Government’s participation in the bombing of Yemen then did increase. This event — the murder of Saleh — raised the Yemen war to broader public attention in the country that was supplying the bombs and the weapons to the Sauds.

On 28 February 2018, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was the lone sponsor of “S.J.Res.54 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)”: “This joint resolution directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting Yemen, except those engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda, within 30 days unless: (1) the President requests and Congress authorizes a later date, or (2) a declaration of war or specific authorization for the use of the Armed Forces has been enacted.”

On March 19th, NBC bannered “Senators to force vote to redefine U.S. role in Yemen” - that was merely to force a vote in the Senate, not actually to vote on the issue itself. However, given how overwhelmingly America’s voters opposed America’s arming the Sauds to slaughter the Yemenese, this vote in the Senate to consider the measure was the gateway to each Senator’s being forced to go public about supporting this highly unpopular armament of the Saudis; and, so, if it had gotten that far (to a final vote on the issue itself), the arms-makers might lose the vote, because Senators would then be voting not ‘merely’ on a procedural matter, but on the actual issue itself. So, this vote was about the gateway, not about the destination. 

The next day, Breitbart News headlined “Administration, Bipartisan Interventionist Establishment Kill Aisle-Crossing Effort to Rein In U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen” and presented a full and documented account, which opened: “The Senate resolution invoking the War Powers Act to demand the administration seek congressional authorization or withdraw American support from Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen was defeated Tuesday by a vote of 55-44.” The peace-activist, David Swanson, headlined at Washingtonsblog, “Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen”, and he alleged that the vote would have been even more lopsided than 55% for the weapons-industry, if some of the Senators who voted among the 44 non-bloodthirsty ones hadn’t been in such close political races. The weapons-industry won’t hold against a Senator his/her voting against them if their vote won’t even be needed in order to win. Token-votes against them are acceptable. All that’s necessary is winning the minimum number of votes. Anything more than that is just icing on the cake.

So, this explains how the U.S. Government really ignores public opinion and only pretends to be a democracy. It’s done by fooling the public. On the issue of which countries are ‘allies’ and which are ‘enemies’, and other issues regarding national defense, all necessary means are applied in order to achieve, as Walter Lippmann in 1921 called it, “the manufacture of consent.” He wrote:

That the manufacture of consent is capable of great refinements no one, I think, denies. The process by which public opinions arise is certainly no less intricate than it has appeared in these pages, and the opportunities for manipulation open to anyone who understands the process are plain enough.

The creation of consent is not a new art. It is a very old one which was supposed to have died out with the appearance of democracy. But it has not died out. It has, in fact, improved enormously in technic, because it is now based on analysis rather than on rule of thumb. And so, as a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power.

The CIA virtually controls the ‘news’ media.

Furthermore, even corporations that aren’t on that list of top 100 U.S. Government contractors can be crucially dependent upon their income from the U.S. Government. For example, since 2014, Amazon Web Services has supplied to the U.S. Government (CIA, Pentagon, NSA, etc.) its cloud-computing services, which has since produced virtually all of Amazon’s profits (also see “Cloud Business Drives Amazon’s Profits”), though Amazon doesn’t even so much as show up on that list of 100 top contractors to the U.S. Government; so, this extremely profitable business is more important to Jeff Bezos (the owner also of the Washington Post) than all the rest of his investments put together are.

The most corrupt part of the U.S. Government is the ‘Defense’ part. That also happens to be — and by far — the most popular part, the most respected (by the American public) part. That’s a toxic combination: toxic not only for a government’s domestic policies, but especially for a government’s foreign policies - such as for identifying which nations are ‘allies’, and which nations are ‘enemies’. This type of mega-toxic combination can’t exist in a nation whose press isn’t being effectively controlled by the same general group that effectively controls the Government (in America, that’s the richest few, by means of their many paid agents), the Deep State. In America, one key to it is that the ‘Defense’ firms are privately owned.

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POSTSCRIPT:

On March 24th, Zero Hedge Headlined an opinion-article “The Death of Democracy” and Alasdair Macleod said that, “The Deep State is on course to take control of Congress. If this happens, it will be the next step in a global trend of side-lining democracy in the West, driven in large part by American foreign policy. It has led to governments everywhere increasing control over their people, in an inversion of democratic principles.”

Furthermore: “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has identified 102 seats as ‘competitive' in its red-to-blue campaign programme. Eighty of these seats are vulnerable Republicans, and 22 are seats where the incumbent is retiring. 57 of the 221 candidates standing for the Democratic nomination in these 102 districts are current or past agents of the military-intelligence complex. And of those 102 districts, 44 have one of these candidates, 11 have two, and one has three. Furthermore, there are indications that the financial backers of the Democratic Party are supporting this influx of intelligence operatives, and that they are well-funded.”

Macleod went on to say that they’ve already apparently taken over Trump: “There can be no doubt that the chaos in the White House since Trump’s victory has reflected a fight behind the scenes for control of foreign policy, homeland security and military spending. It has been about the CIA’s ultimately successful attempts to ensure Trump backtracked on relevant electoral promises and complies with its own agenda. So far, Trump has backed down on Russia, North Korea, Iran and on military spending, suggesting he is well on the way to becoming the Deep State’s lackey. It now seems the CIA wants to control the balance of power in Congress.”

His conclusion is: “If the US military-intelligence complex manages to pack out Congress, it will be the killer blow for any democracy remaining in America. It will clear the field for a secret state organisation, which has shown little or no regard for human life and the rule of law, to accelerate its warlike agenda. It will have unfettered access to the national finances to accelerate its programme of global aggression, and damn the consequences for anyone else."

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Comments

MK ULTRA Alpha any_mouse Mon, 03/26/2018 - 05:44 Permalink

He's misses again, the shadow government is CFR, Council on Foreign Relations in NYC.

And the old CIA that controlled the media is gone, who owns all media in the US? Eastern Europeans and southern  Russian Khazars who call themselves Jews.

The CIA releases intelligent assessments for political purpose. This report is given to the president everyday.

Then it is leaked to people like Wolf Blitzer and becomes the rant of the weekly news cycle rant.

It is used to justify the NDAA, National Defense Authorization Act, each congressman who rants we need to declare war and bring this system under congressional control, well any congressman who voted for the NDAA has authorized wars for Israel and wars for global wars for the long term International Communism goal of global domination, and war on the American people.

Our good, so perfect, honest and honorable Jews, have built a multidimensional killing field modeled exactly how they've done it before. They use focus deception, divide and conquer and Trojan horse, ancient military strategy. They've won each time.

So when the lock down comes and the American military is aimed right at the American people don't forget you were told.

Our wonderful Jews trying to start a civil war/race war to flip the switch of our new form of government, lock down of white areas to take the weapons, and the people of color will be placed above the white and the slaughter of the white herd(of which we are called in their books)

Already the Constitution and Bill of Rights has been dismantled in NDAA.

I can point it out, but you will have to do the research to believe it.

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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Mon, 03/26/2018 - 06:09 Permalink

Zionist Christian is a racial caste system of Jews on top, whites and people of color are on the bottom.

They believe if they follow these people calling themselves Jews, then they will go to God.

When they say to you, Bless Israel or we're doomed, this means, we're doomed if we don't keep the racial caste system intact.

They support every war for Israel and the take down of the US, because they believe it is aimed at the people of color. They're going to be real sorry.

Then when they're killed off, a good portion killed off, when their life force comes out of their body, which is what they call their soul, they will find they were set up, and prepared for harvest. They will not go to God.

See, the fake Jews, when the NDAA killing field starts, they will simple place the people of color over the whites and the whites will be in a new caste system, Jew on top, people of color and whites on the bottom.

What would happen if the succeed with a population of armed people of color and disarmed white population.

But they don't understand black people.

 

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Deep Snorkeler beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 19:52 Permalink

The Pentagon is the Largest Criminal Organization in History

1. Responsible for the theft of $trillions

2. the massive falsification of information, budgets

3. untold numbers of civilian and non-combatant murders

4. crazy-expensive weapons never intended to work

5. a history packed with incompetence, errors, negligence, crime

6. 1.2 million man standing army with WW2 technology that is useless in

modern robotic warfare 

7. failure to understand there are no military solutions to America's problems 

 

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squid JimmyJones Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:33 Permalink

You mean like the F35?

That advanced tech? A 400 million dollar airplane that can be shot down and and flown circles around with a 14 million dollar F16 from 1976.

 

And, I'll bet if you updated the avionics and weapons platforms on an F15, that would chew the shit out of the 250 million dollar F22.

 

Corporate welfare.

 

Ridiculous.

 

Squid

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rejected squid Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:19 Permalink

And how about those new destroyers that look like the Merrimack that had to be towed in on their first sea trial.

Oh,,, and the new Carrier that could not launch a fully armed F35 because the catapult couldn't handle the weight.

But hey,,, our new laser weapon is awesome! It smoked a hovering drone, Only took the laser 15 seconds to start the drone on fire. I'm sure Russia and China are shuddering in fear!

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Scaliger squid Mon, 03/26/2018 - 03:49 Permalink

The price-factor for radar-stealth, per similar weight and thrust is 2.

The F-35 represents utter ignorance in Aeronautics.

The root-source disease of the USA is MBA (Monkey-Bussiness Agitation, aka companion of thieves and crooks) "leadership"
instead of Scientists running all shows.

Note: all women-managers are Lesbian thus Communist.

 

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uhland62 beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 20:12 Permalink

Even so - when you make it a double target nothing will be achieved. Presidents will be turned again and again, everything goes on as before.

The link between Isra-el and America is Wall Street. Wall Street is the puppeteer for all of them. May, in just 2 months, is envisaged for the real war on Iran, I read elsewhere. Wall Street wants a free ride again. 

"Elections" coming up in Egypt. If the Russian elections were criticized as endorsements, so must be the "re-election" of Sisi. But no, the US pays Egypt billions of Dollars every year so they can buy weaponry from the US and increase Wall Streets profits!!! 

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Trogdor uhland62 Sun, 03/25/2018 - 23:23 Permalink

All wars are Banker's wars. 

None of this toxic crap could happen if the banksters weren't making trillions in profit and amassing more control.

"No, no ... The IBBC is a bank ... their objective isn't to control the conflict ... it's to control the debt that the conflict produces.  You see, the real value of a conflict - the true value - is in the debt that it creates.  You control the debt, you control everything.  You find this upsetting, yes?  But this is the very essence of the banking industry."  (from the movie "The International")

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falconflight beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 20:26 Permalink

Islamic Association for Palestine in an Oct. 13, 2001 press release, which claimed its source as Israeli radio Kol Yisrael:

According [to] the Israeli Hebrew radio, Col Yisrael Wednesday, Peres warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and turn the US against us. At this point, a furious Sharon reportedly turned toward Peres, saying “ . . . I want to tell you something clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it.”…

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The technique is just like the NYT quoting the GPS Fusion dossier via FBI Director Comey that Trump colluded with the Russians, and then all the media outlets pick it up and disseminate countless times.  It's called disinformation.

BTW, Ayatollah glory hole attendants like you are a dime a dozen.  Wipe yer chin buby.

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WillyGroper beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:54 Permalink

As for his master blaster mind-controller, one has to look no farther than his daddy Kevin Ralph Hogg, who is employed by a defense contractor that trains soldiers and police officers for special-ops in urban warfare exactly like the commando raid against Stoneman Douglas. This, Part 5 in a series on the Parkland school incident, examines the Hogg family link to Cubic Simulation Systems in Pompano Beach and Orlando, which provides tactical training with weapons similar to the firearms used at the school on Valentine's day. Also discussed below are Cubic's connections with the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and its dual-citizens reservists in and around Broward county.

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BlackChicken dark pools of soros Sun, 03/25/2018 - 19:44 Permalink

“His conclusion is: “If the US military-intelligence complex manages to pack out Congress, it will be the killer blow for any democracy remaining in America. It will clear the field for a secret state organisation, which has shown little or no regard for human life and the rule of law, to accelerate its warlike agenda”

Agreed DP; this is reality right now...

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hardmedicine dark pools of soros Sun, 03/25/2018 - 20:26 Permalink

I wanted to say that Republican vs Democrat is not the issue and never was the issue.  The issue is whether or not you have a control file or not.  If you have then you are a slave.  It is my understanding that the congressmen who are there 90% have control files whether (D) or (R).  "democracy" has nothing to do with it.

We have a matrix here.  It is the US.gov and corporations together.  Case in point.  I have been contributing money every month to the Dr. Kelly Ward and Paul Nehlen campaigns.  Both who are running against establishment neocon control-filed incumbents.

 

I wondered why I never say any correspondence from these people.  WEll, last night I found out.  I looked in my spam file!!!

 

Now, someone at Google mail had to go in there and make it a point to put these two people on spam mail.  Every single type of trash and spam gets through into my box but not the political candidates that are trying to stand against the establishment.  This little incident just confirms, every day in thousands of ways the system fights to keep itself in power.

 

The real question is when will the tipping point be reached of people who are awakened and can see the matrix and understand how to withstand the programming.  I feel like we are close because it seems like the propaganda programming is getting more and more frenetic.

 

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OverTheHedge hardmedicine Sun, 03/25/2018 - 23:26 Permalink

You use Google mail?

Think about who and what are in control of your email. I imagine you get the service free of charge? Have we not agreed that if you don't pay, you are the product?

It costs $10 per annum to have your own domain name, and another $20 to have a website, which will include probably 20 email accounts, which you get to administer. What is the value to you, of not being a product? Besides, you can have a cool domain name, like www.ihategoogle.com (that one's already taken, but you get my point, I hope).

Because I have an Android device, I HAVE to have a Gmail account, but I delight in never using it. I couldn't tell you what the email address is, nor the log in password (have to write down stuff that never gets used).

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OZZIDOWNUNDER dark pools of soros Sun, 03/25/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

"It has been about the CIA’s ultimately successful attempts to ensure Trump backtracked on relevant electoral promises and complies with its own agenda. So far, Trump has backed down on Russia, North Korea, Iran and on military spending, suggesting he is well on the way to becoming the Deep State’s lackey. It now seems the CIA wants to control the balance of power in Congress.”

Trump has been a MAJOR disappointment with I'm sure a lot more to come. It's business as usual for the USA Bully boys -- Russia & China must amalgamate & say NO MORE !

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Brazen Heist Sun, 03/25/2018 - 19:33 Permalink

.mil is a nasty parasite.....the cost and burden of empire......and imperial overstretch.

But its funny, nobody in power or in the media wants to start an adult debate about the US empire or how to address its massively oversized footprint.

That giant sucking sound is money going to waste into the .mil racket and them $100K toilets. Yet, no public debate about this anal leakage of US taxes is ever called for. Kind of a big deal when billions upon billions are increasingly thrown into it. And the return on investment? Global instability and terrorism. Oooh but them jobsies!

The poor bastards always need more funding! The Russians are always around the corner! Say, throw us another billion dollar bone to chew on and don't ask why....the reason is always classified!

Trogdor Brazen Heist Sun, 03/25/2018 - 23:38 Permalink

I know a bunch of "God Fearing" people who work at places like Raytheon, L3, Boeing, etc.  I ask them if it bothers them that their very nice living is paid for, essentially, by blood money.  The few that have attempted to answer say that they don't think of it as working on weapons, but working on "defense".

Funny how morals of "good people" go right out the damn window when a paycheck is involved.  I'm sure the same situation is true at all the alphabet agencies - they become "morally flexible" to keep their prestige - and what it buys them.

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soyungato Sun, 03/25/2018 - 19:40 Permalink

Passengers of Greyhound bus traveling between Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas had to force the driver to pull over when they realized she was falling asleep behind the wheel.
Passenger Jasmine McClellan, who caught the incident on video, asserted it was "one of the worst experiences" she has faced.
On Thursday, Philip Hurd, another passenger on the bus, told CBS11 that passengers became concerned as the bus began swerving as the driver struggled to stay awake

"We would go over the white line and everybody would be like, 'Wake up,' and she had tweezers she was poking herself with," Hurd said. "It got to the point where we had to raise our voice, 'Pull over, we have children on this bus, pull over.'"

The 60 passengers aboard the bus were escorted to a safe location by US Border Patrol agents after officers were contacted.

"By morning, we politely asked her to pull over around four or more times," McClellan told The Arizona Republic newspaper. "We were finally able to get the driver to pull over in the middle of New Mexico but not without her almost tipping the bus over with how reckless she was being."

https://sputniknews.com/society/201803251062872268-sleepy-greyhound-bus…

For those of you who think I am referring to our country as the bus and the deep state as the driver , you would be right and here is a gold star award for you. I am seriously exploring the way to get off the bus.

soyungato hardmedicine Sun, 03/25/2018 - 20:56 Permalink

Getting off the grid is not simple. We have several acres of land but in the winter they are frozen solid.This winter we tried to grow vegetables in house. We figured that since we have to keep the house warm we might as well make use of whatever space we have. The plant lights consume about 8 cents a day but the heater to keep the temperature at 60 degree consumes $2.5 a week. The plants did not do well. I have no idea how we can survive long term relying on growing food ourselves.
We explored solar panels. Two solar companies examined the house and presented a plan, the total cost of installation comes to equal to the cost of electricity for the next 20 years. Unfortunately the life time of the solar panels is also 20 years. So it is like paying 20 years of electricity ahead of time.
The property tax has been increasing and I am sure we will be hit hard when the government needs money.
These days, whenever I look out the window I think of the days when a strong flash suddenly appear that will destroy us all. That possibility increases by the day what with the other countries starting to believe the US won't hesitate launching a first strike.
I am thinking about the Southern hemisphere. Used to be NZD $1.5 millions to emigrate to New Zealand. After Trump won, it jumped to NZD$2 millions overnight. Now it is NZD$3 millions and there are only 400 slots a year.

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hardmedicine soyungato Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:03 Permalink

boy I wish i had several acres.  I hear you loud and clear.  the solar is very difficult to maneuver and not always practical in a lot of locations.  you have to be in a place where the sun days are enough to justify what you are investing then you have to find ways to cut your usage on top of that. I know that several people together could whip this thing........... several committed patriot and independent minded families together. I just don't know how to hook up with those people

 

I have a very small and limited "patriot" network here... very limited. and I surely wish there were a way for all of us like-minded people to pool and pull together.

 

I went to Marfa last year but didn't find what I was searching for.

 

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