Rule from the Shadows – The Psychology of Power

“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

-President Woodrow Wilson in his book the “The New Freedom” published in 1913

Excerpts, StormCloudsGathering – “The quest for power is the primary driving force of history, always has been, always will be. Those who fail to recognize this principle are not spared in the grand chess game, but rather are moved and manipulated by forces that they do not understand.

From the perspective of those who dominate the board it is obviously preferable to have a population of ignorant pawns than it is to have an array of opponents which are capable of mounting an effective resistance. To that end it has always been in the interest of the ruling class to cultivate illusions which obscure the true nature of the game…”

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

- Edward Bernays – “Propaganda” 1928

“The invisible government that Walter Lippmann, Edward Bernays, and Woodrow Wilson had referred to was not just an abstract concept. It was a very real and concrete reality, and they were were well positioned to comment on it, because they directly participated in its creation.

It all started as an inquiry. “The Inquiry.” to the select few who knew, was a group of 150 men assembled by Woodrow Wilson to gather the data they thought necessary to “make the world safe for democracy” after World War I was over.

Among the known members of the inquiry were Walter Lippmann, Paul Warburg (better known as the father of the Federal Reserve), and Edward House, Wilson’s closest advisor, the man responsible for convincing Wilson to sign the Federal Reserve Act in 1913.

From 1917 to 1918, the group compiled over 2000 documents to be used during postwar negotiations. The most famous of these was the 14 points document, authored by Walter Lippmann, which proposed the creation of the League of Nations, the predecessor to the United Nations.

After the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 a portion of the Inquiry met at the Hotel Majestic with a number of British diplomats to discuss forming a permanent institution. This meeting eventually led to the decision to join forces with a group of high-ranking officers of banking, manufacturing, trading and finance companies led by Elihu Root, a powerful corporate lawyer who was also a former United States Secretary of War, and leading advocate of Americas entry into the World War I. On July 29, 1921 the merged group filed a certification of incorporation, officially forming the Council on Foreign Relations, also known as the CFR.

The CFR, went on to build a membership comprised of the worlds most powerful business leaders, politicians and corporations. Among the corporate members are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Chevron, Exxon, Shell, BP Oil, General Electric, Raytheon, Lockhead Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Bloomberg, Rothschild North America, and Dyncorp international. You can find a complete list on the CFR website.”

Group psychology is a weapon and like all weapons it is capable of being used for good or for evil. For many years it has been in the wrong hands. It has been hidden from the public and used against them. It’s time for the people to pick up that weapon and use it to free themselves.

Time to start studying.

Read Gustave Le Bon’s books: “The Crowd” and “The Psychology of Revolution”.

Read Edward Bernays’ books: “Propaganda” and “Crystalizing Public Opinion”.

And read Gene Sharp’s books: “From Dictatorship to Democracy” and “National Security Through Civilian-Based Defense”

Learn the theory. Learn the techniques and start using them to spread the truth rather than hiding it. Start using them to prevent wars rather than start them. Start using them to stop the militarization of the police and to end the surveillance state. Use them to bring this corporate mafia to its knees.

To some of you this might be a bit frightening. This is dangerous stuff. These are ideological m-16s with boxes of ammunition.

If even a few motivated individuals started using these techniques effectively it could seriously disrupt the balance of power.

But that’s exactly what’s needed.

I challenge you to look around. Look at the state of the world. Look at where these psychopaths are taking us. If you do not feel the imperative to change the course we are on, then you are not paying attention.

To be continued (Parts 2 and 3 are already under way).”

Read Full Story With Sources, Full Transcript and Bonus Footage Here

Government Agencies Add Pages for Kids to Their Websites

Activist Post – “A plethora of government agencies have decided to open up their websites to kids in a blatant attempt at brainwashing them.

The Environmental Protection Agency has added a kids page to its website. It has games and quizzes and characters called Stanley and Stella who are environmental explorers

So has the Transportation Security Administration; it’s called TSA kids. It has a little cartoon doggie and explains security check points and searches.

The FBI calls their page Fun and Games. It is aimed at kids from kindergarten through to 12th grade. Lots of interactive fun to be had here for mini feebies.

The NSA has opted for Cryptokids which features games, secret code making tips, battles with crypto-baddies and an entire section called ‘How can I work for the NSA?’

The CIA has opted for Kids Zone which features a cartoon spy with a cell phone embedded in a stiletto heeled shoe. Aimed at kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, with age-related activities.

The United Nations has tons of stuff for children. The Cyber School Bus provides lots of ‘fun’ activities with titles like “What should be done about child soldiers?”, “Stop Disaster” and a “super” online game called “Against All Odds” which increases awareness of refugee situations…”

Full Story on Activist Post

Tha Truth

Tha Truth is a conscious/political underground hip hop artist and “rap-tivist” (rapper/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling inequality, poverty, discrimination, and injustice. He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, marches, conferences, and benefits…

“Since 2006 Tha Truth has released four underground political rap albums that attack the forces that maintain the status quo. In 2006 he released “Tha Civil Rights Movement,” which was followed in 2007 by “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II.” 2008 saw the release of “Tha People’s Music” album, on which Tha Truth sums up U.S. history from 1492 to present (inspired by Howard Zinn). Tha Truth’s latest work, “Tha Mis-Education of the Masses,”  was released on May 19th (Malcolm X’s birthday and 2 days before Harvey Milk’s birthday). This CD makes the same points as his previous projects, while adding sarcasm, humor, metaphors, and a more diverse array of beats.” Bio

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I first met up with Jay waybackwhen on MySpace. He is a most gracious & inspiring man who went out of his way to help me transcribe his lyrics so they could be shared with prisoners…I’ve never forgotten his kindness – and I sure have never stopped enjoying his outstanding tunes. I hope everyone takes some time to check out the rest of his work here at Tha Truth. Check out more tracks from Mis-Education of The Masses – or better yet, order a copy of one of his CD’s!

“Conspiracy Theory”: Foundations of a Weaponized Term

Subtle and Deceptive Tactics to Discredit Truth in Media and Research

 via Global Research

“Conspiracy theory” is a term that at once strikes fear and anxiety in the hearts of most every public figure, particularly journalists and academics. Since the 1960s the label has become a disciplinary device that has been overwhelmingly effective in defining certain events off limits to inquiry or debate. Especially in the United States raising legitimate questions about dubious official narratives destined to inform public opinion (and thereby public policy) is a major thought crime that must be cauterized from the public psyche at all costs.

Conspiracy theory’s acutely negative connotations may be traced to liberal historian Richard Hofstadter’s well-known fusillades against the “New Right.” Yet it was the Central Intelligence Agency that likely played the greatest role in effectively “weaponizing” the term. In the groundswell of public skepticism toward the Warren Commission’s findings on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA sent a detailed directive to all of its bureaus. Titled “Countering Criticism of the Warren Commission Report,” the dispatch played a definitive role in making the “conspiracy theory” term a weapon to be wielded against almost any individual or group calling the government’s increasingly clandestine programs and activities into question.

This important memorandum and its broad implications for American politics and public discourse are detailed in a forthcoming book by Florida State University political scientist Lance de-Haven-Smith, Conspiracy Theory in AmericaDr. de-Haven-Smith devised the  state crimes against democracy concept to interpret and explain potential government complicity in events such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the major political assassinations of the 1960s, and 9/11.

“CIA Document 1035-960” was released in response to a 1976 FOIA request by the New York Times. The directive is especially significant because it outlines the CIA’s concern regarding “the whole reputation of the American government” vis-à-vis the Warren Commission Report. The agency was especially interested in maintaining its own image and role as it “contributed information to the [Warren] investigation.”

The memorandum lays out a detailed series of actions and techniques for “countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries.” For example, approaching “friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors)” to remind them of the Warren Commission’s integrity and soundness should be prioritized. “[T]he charges of the critics are without serious foundation,” the document reads, and “further speculative discussion only plays in to the hands of the [Communist] opposition.”

The agency also directed its members “[t]o employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose.”

1035-960 further delineates specific techniques for countering “conspiratorial” arguments centering on the Warren Commission’s findings. Such responses and their coupling with the pejorative label have been routinely wheeled out in various guises by corporate media outlets, commentators and political leaders to this day against those demanding truth and accountability about momentous public events.

  • No significant new evidence has emerged which the [Warren] Commission did not consider.
  • Critics usually overvalue particular items and ignore others.
  • Conspiracy on the large scale often suggested would be impossible to conceal in the United States.
  • Critics have often been enticed by a form of intellectual pride: they light on some theory and fall in love with it.
  • Oswald would not have been any sensible person’s choice for a co-conspirator.
  • Such vague accusations as that “more than ten people have died mysteriously” [during the Warren Commission’s inquiry] can always be explained in some natural way e.g.: the individuals concerned have for the most part died of natural causes.

Today more so than ever news media personalities and commentators occupy powerful positions for initiating propaganda activities closely resembling those set out in 1035-960 against anyone who might question state-sanctioned narratives of controversial and poorly understood occurrences. Indeed, as the motives and methods encompassed in the document have become fully internalized by intellectual workers and operationalized through such media, the almost uniform public acceptance of official accounts concerning unresolved events such as the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing, 9/11, and most recently the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, is largely guaranteed.

The effect on academic and journalistic inquiry into ambiguous and unexplained events that may in turn mobilize public inquiry, debate and action has been dramatic and far-reaching. One need only look to the rising police state and evisceration of civil liberties and constitutional protections as evidence of how this set of subtle and deceptive intimidation tactics has profoundly encumbered the potential for future independent self-determination and civic empowerment.

Kids Suspended From School For Using Airsoft Gun…While Not At School

“It’s terrible. I won’t get the chance to go to a good college,” Khalid said. “It’s on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun and I was trying to hurt someone…”

Excerpts, NY Daily News – “A seventh-grade student was suspended from his Virginia middle school for shooting an airsoft gun — yet the 13-year-old boy was not using the “zombie hunter” on school property or even at the local bus stop, he claims.

A three-member disciplinary panel unanimously voted to suspend Larkspur Middle School student Khalid Caraballo for one year, a Virginia Beach city public schools official told the Daily News on Tuesday. However, the panel voted to hold the suspension in abeyance to allow Khalid to attend an alternative education program at Renaissance Academy Middle School.

“Because students were on their way to or at a school bus stop when they were struck by pellets, the school division has jurisdiction to take disciplinary actions against those students responsible for the disruption,” school principal Matthew Delaney said in a statement before the hearing took place. “There is an expectation that all students should be able to travel to and from school in the safest environment possible.”

A total of three students were suspended for firing the guns, according to WAVY.

Khalid’s mother is upset with her son because he played with the gun without her permission, but she is baffled that the school believes they have the right to punish him. In his statement, the principal says that “a child was only 10 feet from the bus stop” while the students were playing with the guns. The Caraballos’ home is located 70 yards away from the bus stop, according to WAVY.” Full Story Here

“My son is my private property,” Solangel Caraballo told WAVY in Virginia. “He does not become the school’s property until he goes to the bus stop, gets on the bus and goes to school…”

 

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(I don’t much care for the RP/TeaParty graphics at the end of this one; the rest of the images fit too well for me to pass it up…)

Common Core…Or Common Porn?

How is a book like the one quoted below considered educational? What would my high school daughter gain if she were forced to read a book like this for class? She’s currently (voluntarily) reading “Brave New World” maybe I should go interrupt her and give her some guv’rmint approved reading material like “Dreaming In Cuban” so that she doesn’t  end up being the one kid that gets left behind, eh?

And while we cannot teach sex-education/pregnancy prevention in schools…we can assign kids to read books like this that amount to soft-porn? SERIOUSLY?? Am I the only one who thinks that might not be the best of plans..? 

Excerpts, The Daily Caller – “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a project that attempts to standardize various K-12 curricula around the country. By design, American students subject to the Common Core will experience a reading regime that focuses heavily on nonfiction.

There will be a slice of fiction here and there, though. One such slice for sophomores at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz. is an utterly minor 1992 novel called “Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia, reports Eagnews.org.

An unidentified parent claimed in an email to Eagnews that “Dreaming in Cuban” was assigned to everyone in one of her son’s 10th-grade classes. In addition, students read the book out loud during class.

And what a book for high schoolers to read out loud!

“Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.”

That steamy, erotic passage comes from page 80 of “Dreaming,” in a chapter called “The Fire Between Them.” The passage continues:

“Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapped him sharply when he asked.

“‘You’re my bitch,’” Hugo said, groaning.

“In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.”

The Appendix also helpfully points teachers, students and others to the official webpage hawking the novel’s author, Cristina Garcia. There’s a huge, unavoidable advertisement for her latest novel, “King of Cuba.” You can also find out how to book Garcia for an or enroll in an expensive writers’ workshop taught by Garcia.”

Read Full Article & Watch Related Video HERE

Balance Your Budget – Wisdom From Washington

money_on_fire_op_449x600-224x300Last year hubby & I got pulled into some bad dealings with a very unscrupulous boss/businessman. Without going into a lot of boring details, I’ll skip ahead and say that today we are headed to court to finalize our bankruptcy…the end result of our accepting promises without legally binding contracts.

Needless to say, none of this has made me very happy…left to my own devices, I’ve only ever had 2 credit cards with under $1,000 limits. I have spent my entire adult life trying to avoid our bogus credit ratings and whatnot…and here I am now in my 40’s, dealing with the gov’t in ways I never dreamed I would – and it’s been more irritating than I ever imagined – and believe me, I have one hell of an imagination!

As part of the bankruptcy deal, we’ve had to pay to take 2 online financial courses that are mandated by law. Grumble, grumble…but hey, maybe I’ll learn something, right?

Learn. About budgeting my money. From the government. What was I thinking???? 

Here’s what I *learned* from the government approved and mandated *financial help* classes:

  • Buying several insurance policies saves me money on my monthly budget.
  • Full coverage auto insurance saves me money.
  • Dental insurance is a necessity and saves money.
  • My (total, combined) utility bills should not exceed $60 during any given month.
  • Eating before I shop saves money.
  • The FTC exists to protect me and this also saves me money.

If you’ve been struggling to stay afloat and balance your budget, you’ve now got the secret tools and tips you need to get ‘er done! Just buy more insurance, turn off your heat and water and be sure to eat up before you head out to shop for shoes! And don’t worry about the rough financial times, folks…as soon as Uncle Sammy applies these awesome money-saving tips in DC, I’m sure the deficit will be wiped out and the economy will be back on track in no time! Money-down-the-toilet-106-300x207

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives

“Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite.”

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RawForBeauty.com

“Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.”

What Did You Learn In School Today?

What did you learn in school today,

Dear little boy of mine?

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I learned that Washington never told a lie.
I learned that soldiers seldom die.
I learned that everybody’s free.
And that’s what the teacher said to me.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school…

I learned that policemen are my friends.
I learned that justice never ends.
I learned that murderers die for their crimes.
Even if we make a mistake sometimes.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school…

I learned our government must be strong.
It’s always right and never wrong.
Our leaders are the finest men.
And we elect them again and again.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school…

I learned that war is not so bad.
I learned of the great ones we have had.
We fought in Germany and in France.
And some day I might get my chance.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school…

Written by Tom Paxton, performed by Pete Seeger.

The United States of Idiocracy

The (D)evolution…

Of America…

Is already in progress…

“Welcome to Costco, I love you…”

 

New Law Proposed in MO: Criminalize the Failure to Notify Schools of Your Private Business

“A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require parents to notify their children’s school if they own a firearm.”

This irks the living crap out of me. Set aside the standard gun-issue arguments of whether or not we should own guns, how many or of what caliber and consider the concept underneath all of that…this law (or others like it) could be expanded…report to the school if you have medicines, objectionable books, cleaning products…think about it.

A 2nd point to consider…who is going to PAY for this?? Literally…where is the money going to come from to enforce this right now?

Who is going to go door-to-door and search the home of every child enrolled in MO schools? By what authority??? With – or without – search warrants and the all-too-common use of SWAT teams?

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Excerpt“The bill, introduced by Missouri Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, would make it a crime to fail to report gun ownership to a school and to store a firearm in a place where a child could possibly access it. The legislation also criminalizes failure to prevent illegal possession of a firearm by a child under the age of 18.

“This act requires a parent or guardian to notify a school district, or the governing body of a private or charter school, that he or she owns a firearm within 30 days of enrolling the child in school or becoming the owner of a firearm,” the bill reads in part. “The written notification only needs to include the names of the parent and any child attending the school and the fact that the parent owns a firearm…

Failure to report a firearm to a child’s school would result in a fine of up to $100 or $1,000 if the parent is also found guilty of “negligent storage of a firearm,” in addition to any other required punishments.”

Read Full Story Here on Daily Caller

5 Year Old ‘Taught a Lesson’ by Cops

Sometimes I can’t even wrap my brain around how insane this country has become..!

“In Mississippi, if kindergarteners violates the dress code or act out in class, they may end up in the back of a police car.

A story about one 5-year-old particularly stands out. The little boy was required to wear black shoes to school. Because he didn’t have black shoes, his mom used a marker to cover up his white and red sneakers. A bit of red and white was still noticeable, so the child was taken home by the cops.

The child was escorted out of school so he and his mother would be taught a lesson…” 

Full Story Here

Where Was All Of The Food?

“My food comes from the grocery store, of course…”

I’ve heard so many children make that statement above…and each time, I cringe inside.

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