July 4: Land of the free, home of the brave? Ok; are you free and brave enough to demand arrests of US .01% War Criminals?

9-minute video from Tragedy & Hope (adult language):

Do you admire the US Declaration of Independence ideals of unalienable rights, and early Americans having the intellectual integrity and moral courage to defend your country from dictatorial government, and refusing being used as work animals of a .01% self-declared “elite”?

Those of you with Oaths to support and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so you have the honor to enact that Oath here and now?

Those of you who consider yourselves responsible and educated citizens, do you respect the sacrifices of all our families through two world wars to uphold the Emperor’s New Clothes simple treaties that make current US wars Orwellian unlawful? I mean, really: can you tell us any more important law for citizens to understand than when armed attack is and is not lawful?

Unalienable rights are from God, and granted to all humans. Living in the land of the free and the home of the brave means by definition that we uphold all peoples’ freedom, and are brave enough to defend everyone’s freedom from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The most important freedom to defend is what the Declaration of Independence calls “Life”: freedom to not be killed by dictatorial government. The two treaties after each world war make current US armed attacks not even close to lawful. Importantly, all “reasons” given for war to Americans, our military, and the world are now disclosed by US official documents as known to be false as they were told. Of 248 armed conflicts since WW2, the US started 201 (81%), killing ~30 million human beings; more than killed by Germany in WW2.

You wouldn’t know this unless you read alternative media, because in Empires since the Roman’s, governments for the elite insiders rather than the public always control:

  • Government for favorable laws, and to control military, law enforcement, and judges.
  • What is used for money to enrich themselves and pay their minions.
  • Media in order to propagandize the public to “cover” their crimes.

These claims require zero belief. Those of us awake simply ask what the Emperor’s New Clothes child asks the community: look for yourselves at naked crimes in literally ~100 areas. These crimes demand arrests, obviously, as the costs of these crimes centering in war and money dwarf all others:

A lawful revolution is in response to government that abjectly violates its own laws, and refuses all reasonable offers to return government limits within its own constitution. It is a lawful revolution that requests its own military and law enforcement to do their jobs of arresting obvious criminal suspects in their own government.

Are you free and brave enough to stand with those of us simply pointing to Emperor’s New Clothes obvious facts of our own government slaughtering our fellow humans in unlawful, lie-began wars and poverty-murder?

Will you pass this simple test of responsible citizenship to demand arrests of obvious criminals violating the most important laws to stop government wanna-be dictators to continue killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions?

I teach history, government, and economics, and promise you that the above documented facts of two treaties after each world war are what you already learned beginning in elementary school, and finished learning in high school.

Are you free enough to verify what you already know, and brave enough to tell the simple truth of US domestic War Criminals?

If you admire the Founding Generation of Americans for standing against the tyranny of their own government, do you admire yourself enough to stand with them today under circumstances far more obvious than faced by Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and their colleagues?

The thoughts, words and actions you take are what you really are as a human being, and what you give to your children.

Be the American you’ve always wanted to be.

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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.

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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu

Note: Examiner.com has blocked public access to my articles on their site (and from other whistleblowers), so some links in my previous work are blocked. If you’d like to search for those articles other sites may have republished, use words from the article title within the blocked link. Or, go to http://archive.org/web/, paste the expired link into the box, click “Browse history,” then click onto the screenshots of that page for each time it was screen-shot and uploaded to webarchive. I’ll update as “hobby time” allows; including my earliest work from 2009 to 2011 (blocked author pages: here, here).

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How Greece Crisis Could Drag Oil Prices Down

The Greek tragedy is reaching its climax.

The discussions between Greece and its European creditors broke down over the weekend, with the two sides still at an impasse. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras balked at deeper austerity cuts to the Greek economy, cuts that are a prerequisite for further help from Berlin and Brussels.

As a result, Greece is approaching the precipice. With a massive debt payment due on June 30 to the IMF, Greece could default. The extent of the fallout is anybody’s guess, but Greece could see the value of its bonds plummet, putting its banks in crisis, and ultimately the country could be ejected from the Eurozone. The Greek government declared a bank holiday for six days in order to stop the cash exodus from the Greek financial system.

Related: New Safety Feature: A Smart Car Programmed To Let You Die?

The crisis is dragging down global equity and commodity markets. Greece is not a major oil producer or consumer, so it won’t have much sway over oil markets directly. But the spillover could have two immediate effects on oil apart from supply and demand fundamentals.

First, the calamity is spooking investors who fear a broader contagion. While Europe has had several years to insulate itself from Greece’s problems, the mess is still weighing on the bloc’s economic prospects. That will likely pull down oil prices a bit.

Related: U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention?

A second effect comes in the form of currency fluctuations. Greece’s calamity, and the rising prospect that it leaves the Eurozone, will damage the value of the euro. As the euro takes a hit, the U.S. dollar looks better by comparison, both as a safe haven and as an investment vehicle. If the dollar appreciates, that will push down oil – since oil is priced in dollars, a stronger dollar makes it more expensive.

Related: This Week In Energy: Oil Prices Under Pressure From All Sides

The effects could be temporary. If the chaos doesn’t spread beyond Greece, the markets will go back to business as usual. Even if Greece experiences dire economic consequences, if other EU member states are not dramatically affected, and if the euro itself appears safe, global markets including oil should move forward without lingering damage.

On the other hand, if Greece starts dragging down the Eurozone and the euro, oil prices could fall much further.

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

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May the #LoveWins Victory Spur Us On to Increased Political Involvement

#LoveWins is a tremendous, hard won victory of popular persistence and pressure, a new and vibrant illustration that cultural change can be made when a population cares deeply and applies unrelenting, ever-increasing pressure until the job is done, the non-negotiable goal achieved.

This invigorating moment should act as renewed proof that we can make our society whatever we want it to be. And it should not and will not end here. The victory should inspire not only further “domestic” efforts, but spur those of us who tend to limit ourselves to awareness of domestic issues to become more involved in what is commonly called “foreign policy” – our official interactions with almost 100% of the world’s people (the US consists of about 4%).

In fact, foreign policy is a domestic issue. The policies are conceived, approved, ordered, and implemented by US citizens. But when US citizens as a whole pay too little attention or fail to push until we reach our goals, we leave our relations with the rest of the world up to people with major conflicts of interest, who get what they want largely through cronyism and bribery, a practice so common in our society that, to avoid embarrassment, we replaced the word “bribery” with “lobbying”, and then declared it legal (though we still consider it illegal in the private sector, as the US reminded when it recently raided FIFA, though we allow our own biggest offenders to continue their operations).

Whether we take charge of our “foreign policy” or leave it up to a few interested elites, it reflects on us. Thus, at the end of 2013/beginning of 2014, in a Swiss-conducted poll of over 65 countries scattered around the world, with an equal number of people polled in each, the US was voted as the greatest obstacle standing in the way of world peace, receiving 24% of the vote. The runner-up, US-ally Pakistan, received three times fewer votes at 8%, and Russia, several slots further down, received 12 times fewer votes than the US. (The polling agency decided not to ask that question again the next year.)

The illegal invasion of Iraq, the dire consequences of which we see every day, was a US domestic choice, and the invaders came from the US, with some followers from allied countries, though no population in the world other than ours supported the invasion. People operating and coming from the US destabilized Iraq, and killed or caused the death or disablement of millions of people, including gay people who have since been executed by non-state groups that arose after the invasion, inspired and empowered by the cauldron of violence and chaos it created.  Aggressively invading another country is illegal. Many decades ago it was declared the highest international crime and was decided that the aggressive party is responsible for “all the evil that follows.”

A recent comprehensive study by Nobel-winning group Physicians for Social Responsibility has found that ten years of US attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan alone have directly and indirectly, by creating deadly conditions, caused the deaths of 1.3 million people – and that is their conservative figure. They say the true figure may be higher than two million.

Even as he supports gay rights, Barack Obama has, for example, also given massive support to longtime US ally, the wicked Saudi dictatorship, which persecutes and executes homosexuals and has become increasingly more repressive over the last several years, publicly beheading and then crucifying the headless bodies of hundreds of people, and even lashing raped women and journalists, just since the beginning of 2015.

The United States is the world’s biggest arms trafficker, and in 2010, Obama approved the biggest weapons sale in US history – 60 billion dollars worth of lethal hardware – to none other than the Saudi dictator. In addition, in 2013 he sold the despot almost a billion dollars of internationally banned cluster bombs, which his successor, the current dictator, Salman Abdulaziz, later used in a war of aggression against Yemen, assisted by the US. While rescuing downed Saudi pilots, the US refuses to rescue the thousands of US citizens trapped in the Yemen war zone, while eight other countries, including India, Russia, and China, have all carried out risky missions to rescue their own citizens and even foreign nationals.

In addition to these and many other “foreign policy” issues, there are also many “domestic” issues that remain to be solved.

Every member of the United Nations is a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Children (effective 1990), “except Somalia and the United States”, and “Somalia’s domestic ratification has finished”, it just hasn’t “deposited the instrument of ratification with the United Nations.”

rights of child

Shocking numbers of US citizens are killed by state forces, averaging about a thousand people per year (a federally determined statistic acknowledged to probably represent less than half of the total) while police in commonly compared countries often kill no one or only a few people.

The US, which even under slavery constantly touted itself as uniquely free, has the highest prison population in history, higher than the numbers of people kept in Stalin’s gulags. And to quote the US’s leading human rights group, Amnesty International, the US “stands virtually alone in the world in incarcerating thousands of prisoners in longterm or indefinite solitary confinement, a form of torture” that causes “psychological harm”; psychological torture is deemed “as bad as physical torture” by scientific studies and worse than physical torture by Sen. John McCain, who has endured both. And of course, this is all largely focused on the poor and minorities traditionally repressed and exploited in the US: “There is no other country on the planet that locks up a racial minority group at remotely near the rate the United States does with African Americans. Even under the notorious racism of the apartheid regime in South Africa, blacks were not imprisoned nearly as much as in the United States”, while Native peoples remain the group killed most often per capita by US forces. As a Native person commented:

There are no white or black faces rallying around us, marching with us, protesting with us over this injustice. Why? Because we are a forgotten people.”

As we celebrate the advent of marriage equality in the US, we should be invigorated and galvanized not only to redouble our efforts on what we typically call “domestic” issues, but to deepen our dedication and involvement to “foreign policy”, which is really just another branch of domestic policy, especially when we think of ourselves as an “international community”. People outside the US are every bit as important as people inside. There is no value difference, and we should study and respect actual world opinion.

The nationalization of marriage equality is just the latest illustration that, when enough pressure is applied and hard work put in, we can change as a culture and achieve our goals. In the case of marriage equality, the issues noted above, and many others, partial victory or negotiated settlement is unacceptable. As a great scholar of social change, Gene Sharp, notes (ch. 2), “On some basic issues there should be no compromise.”

6/29/15 Update:

From Glenn Greenwald’s piece on this topic:

In 2008 … Barack Obama said … ““I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. . . . I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.” In November of that year, Obama told MTV: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.

In June 2011 … Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer told a gathering of liberal bloggers: “The president has never favored same-sex marriage. He is against it.”

…the Supreme Court has now ruled that the Constitution bars discrimination even in marriage laws is a remarkable development for a country that has for centuries imposed untold ostracization, misery and legal punishment on its citizens for the crime of being gay. … it’s only been 12 years that gay people have had the right to have sex in America without being prosecuted for it.

[The decision] demonstrates that real political change typically comes from citizens, not leaders.

Author is an independent researcher focusing on force dynamics, national and global. On Twitter @_DirtyTruths.

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Admire US Declaration of Independence? Then LIVE those ideals; they require YOU to exist

“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” – US Declaration of Independence, 1776

Matt Damon reads five minutes of Howard Zinn on the necessity of civil disobedience in the face of obvious government crimes (Dr. Zinn, a history professor and author, was a leader in protest of US obvious unlawful war on Vietnam):

With informed consent, the 99.99% would freely choose to live the self-evident ideals of the Declaration of Independence:

  • All humans are created equal under God, with unalienable rights that include our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
  • Government exists to secure our inalienable rights from God.
  • Government’s only powers are from the consent of the people, and only for justice.

The United States exists only because sufficient Americans ~1776 recognized the accelerating gap between unalienable God-given rights from what Americans had become under their own government: “human capital” serving oligarchic profits connected to their own government’s leaders. You learned this beginning in elementary school, remember?

When the Americans’ government attempted to take their guns in 1774 and 1775, that’s when Americans refused to “just follow orders.” In our world of the present, documentations of government-dictated gun control/confiscation show ~70 million deaths in the 20th Century by their own governments after taking the citizens’ guns (and here).

Think you can trust the US government to do better as they continuously ask to take Americans’ guns? You might want to consider their motives given government’s escalating War Crimes. Importantly, all “reasons” given for war to Americans, our military, and the world are now disclosed by US official documents as known to be false as they were told. Of 248 armed conflicts since WW2, the US started 201 (81%), killing ~30 million human beings; more than killed by Germany in WW2.

These claims require zero belief. Those of us awake simply ask what the Emperor’s New Clothes child asks the community: look for yourselves at naked crimes in literally ~100 areas, and perhaps most obvious in:

These crimes demand arrests, obviously, as the costs of these crimes dwarf all others:

A lawful revolution is in response to government that abjectly violates its own laws, and refuses all reasonable offers to return government limits within its own constitution. It is a lawful revolution that requests its own military and law enforcement to do their jobs of arresting obvious criminal suspects in their own government.

When law enforcement and US military refuse to honor the law and US Constitution, then they honor and serve dictators who say/dictate whatever they want done when they want it with whatever bullshit propaganda they think most likely to sell.

Government crimes was America’s challenge that the Continental Congress and Thomas Jefferson addressed in our Declaration of Independence. Please give two minutes of your attention to this central text of being American:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

We the People hold these patriots as heroes today.

I am a history teacher: the Founders considered themselves loyal to their government BECAUSE its history was one of freedom from tyranny, and overthrowing would-be kings that attempted dictatorial rather than limited government. The Founding Generation attempted to uphold British tradition to stop tyranny within their own government, and retain the lessons of history such as the fall of the Roman Republic to tyranny BECAUSE their citizens refused to arrest obvious criminals within their own government.

The American Revolution only occurred a year after its own government attacked its own citizens under an unlawful standing army that attempted to disarm its citizens at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. American leaders wrote and offered the “Olive Branch Petition” asking their government to restrain itself within its own laws and essentially forgive its military-murders of American civilians. Our government responded in 1775 by calling such Americans “traitors” with no retreat from their orders to arrest American leadership whose only “crime” was asking for lawful government.

That is history; this is today.

As always for today, we ask for peaceful, lawful response to what we allege in good faith as “emperor has no clothes” obvious crimes centering in war and money, and obfuscated by a 1% cartel/corporate media. We ask for lawful strength and honor.

My only suggestion to the 99% is to let your heart and mind guide your beautiful, unique, and powerful self-expressions.

hat tip: Tragedy & Hope:

“What we are trying to do, I assume, is really to get back to the principles and aims and spirit of the Declaration of Independence. This spirit is resistance to illegitimate authority and to forces that deprive people of their life and liberty and right to pursue happiness, and therefore under these conditions, it urges the right to alter or abolish their current form of government-and the stress had been on abolish. But to establish the principles of the Declaration of Independence, we are going to need to go outside the law, to stop obeying the laws that demand killing or that allocate wealth the way it has been done, or that put people in jail for petty technical offenses and keep other people out of jail for enormous crimes. My hope is that this kind of spirit will take place not just in this country but in other countries because they all need it. People in all countries need the spirit of disobedience to the state, which is not a metaphysical thing but a thing of force and wealth. And we need a kind of declaration of interdependence among people in all countries of the world who are striving for the same thing.” – Howard Zinn’s closing on his 1970 speech for civil disobedience

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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.

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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu

Note: Examiner.com has blocked public access to my articles on their site (and from other whistleblowers), so some links in my previous work are blocked. If you’d like to search for those articles other sites may have republished, use words from the article title within the blocked link. Or, go to http://archive.org/web/, paste the expired link into the box, click “Browse history,” then click onto the screenshots of that page for each time it was screen-shot and uploaded to webarchive. I’ll update as “hobby time” allows; including my earliest work from 2009 to 2011 (blocked author pages: here, here).

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4 minutes of video: metaphor of human metamorphosis: becoming something unimaginably beautiful

 

Those of us awake can easily, simply, in Emperor’s New Clothes language explain, document, and prove that Earth is dominated by .01% oligarchs who are parasites upon the 99.99%.

Those of us awake require zero belief, only what the Emperor’s New Clothes child asks the community: look for yourselves at naked crimes in literally ~100 areas, and perhaps most obvious in:

These crimes demand arrests, obviously. Costs of these crimes:

The 1-minute video provides a metaphor for the human condition by evolution biologist, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris: a caterpillar becomes so consumptive that an observer unfamiliar with the species might conclude its behavior is self-destructive. Nearing death, the caterpillar ends-up literally upside-down (as our world appears today). Inside the caterpillar, “imaginal cells” emerge with resonance of a foreign frequency for a new future. These new cells are attacked by the existing immune system. However, the emergence of imaginal cells outpaces the immune system’s capacity, with the evolutionary process supporting the emerging cells and causing old cells to die off.

A caterpillar can eat up to three hundred times its own weight in a day, devastating many plants in the process, continuing to eat until it’s so bloated that it hangs itself up and goes to sleep, its skin hardening into a chrysalis. Then, within the chrysalis, within the body of the dormant caterpillar, a new and very different kind of creature, the butterfly, starts to form. This confused biologists for a long time. How could a different genome plan exist within the caterpillar to form a different creature? They knew that metamorphosis occurs in a number of insect species, but it was not known until quite recently that nature did a lot of mixing and matching of very different genome/protein configurations in early evolutionary times. Cells with the butterfly genome were held as disclike aggregates of stem cells that biologists call ‘imaginal cells’, hidden away inside  the caterpillar’ all its life, remaining undeveloped until the crisis of overeating, fatigue and breakdown allows them to develop, gradually replacing the caterpillar with a butterfly!

Such metamorphosis makes a good metaphor for the great changes globalisation, in the sense of world transformation, is bringing about., as Norie Huddle first used it in her beautiful book Butterfly. Our bloated old system is rapidly becoming defunct while the vision of a new and very different society, long  held by many ‘imaginal cell’  humans who dreamt of a better world, is now  emerging like a butterfly, representing our solutions to the crises of predation, overconsumption and breakdown in a new way of living lightly on Earth, and of seeing  our human society not in the metaphors and models of mechanism as well-oiled social machinery, but in those of evolving, self-organizing and intelligent living organism.

If you want a butterfly world, don’t step on the caterpillar, but join forces with other imaginal cells to build a better future for all! – Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, evolution biologist

Developmental biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton on this metaphor in a 3-minute video:

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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.

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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu

Note: Examiner.com has blocked public access to my articles on their site (and from other whistleblowers), so some links in my previous work are blocked. If you’d like to search for those articles other sites may have republished, use words from the article title within the blocked link. Or, go to http://archive.org/web/, paste the expired link into the box, click “Browse history,” then click onto the screenshots of that page for each time it was screen-shot and uploaded to webarchive. I’ll update as “hobby time” allows; including my earliest work from 2009 to 2011 (blocked author pages: herehere).

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Bill Gates’s Idiocy (or Is It Psychopathy?)

Eric Zuesse

Bill Gates was interviewed in the Thursday June 25th Financial Times, about global warming investments, and he said some remarkably stupid things, but explaining what he said requires a lot of intelligence; so, maybe what he said isn’t actually that stupid. Might he be an idiot savant? Perhaps there’s a deeper truth here.

After all, idiot savants should be respected in the areas where they have their gift, but not outside it. Occasionally, distinguishing between an idiot savant and a genius can be hard to do.

For example, at the beginning of the 20th Century, Henry Ford was considered to be a genius of industry and of technology, and he was sometimes America’s wealthiest person, but he was also a bigot, and no one can be stupider than that; so, he was just an idiot savant, after all. He was additionally famous as a philanthropist, having founded the Ford Foundation, but his donations to Hitler’s Nazi Party and his propagandizing in the United States against Jews and for the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” hoax, might have done the world more harm than his Foundation ever did good. It certainly helped to produce World War II, Hitler’s war to exterminate all Jews.

Global warming will do even more harm in the world than anti-Semitism has done; and the only way that it might be prevented from actually destroying the world is if very little of the already-discovered fossil-fuel reserves that are in the ground will ever be sold and burnt — in other words: used. This is the subject that Bill Gates was talking about; so, the key scientific finding about “unburnable reserves” must be stated, as it was clearly expressed in the 25 January 2013 study “Oil and Carbon Revisited: Value at Risk from ‘Unburnable’ Reserves,” from the giant global bank HSBC,  

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook (2012 edition) estimated that in order to have a 50% chance of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2ºC, only a third of current fossil fuel reserves can be burned before 2050. The balance could be regarded as ‘unburnable’.

That’s for only a 50% chance of a livable world in 2050: “only a third of current fossil fuel reserves” can be burnt by that time; the remaining two-thirds must be wasted (left permanently in the ground), if we’re to have just a 50% chance.

Obviously, that’s not good enough. We need a 100% chance of a livable world in 2050; and, if that’s no longer possible, then we’ve got to do everything that we can to approximate as closely to a 100% chance as we can. Two-thirds of current reserves being simply wasted — left forever in the ground — won’t be good enough. It’s got to be as close to 100% as we can make it.

But, for Bill Gates, what’s not good enough seems to be instead too good, too much. He doesn’t want merely for those two-thirds to be burnt; he wants even more oil and gas and coal to be discovered; he wants to add yet more to these unburnable reserves.

And, so, Agence France Presse headlined on 26 June 2015, “Fossil fuel divestment alone will not halt climate change: Gates,” and they reported that he is investing some of the money of his ‘charity,’ the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “in carbon-spewing companies like BP” — the oil giant that caused the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 

This money that his Foundation is investing props up these companies’ stock prices, so that even more oil and gas can be discovered and added to their existing stockpile of unburnable reserves. Exploration, after all, is what a company like BP does: it explores for and develops — sends to market — yet new sources of unburnable oil and gas. If it doesn’t explore for yet more oil and gas and coal, then it simply dies. There are all of those sunk costs, which will kill it, even when they stop exploration altogether. If the assets that they’ve discovered in the past can’t be sold, then certainly new such assets can’t be sold — but Bill Gates wants his ‘charity’ to pay (indirectly) to discover more such ‘assets.’ He apparently wants to burn the planet. But, he says he doesn’t; so, Gates himself also personally “will invest $2 billion in green energy.” Doesn’t seem very smart, does it?

The Financial Times interviewed him and reported that he was “rejecting calls from environmental campaign groups for shareholders to dump holdings in oil and gas companies, on the grounds this will have little impact.” That “little impact” is actually the only chance to salvage our planet. If investors don’t drive down the market-value of fossil-fuels companies, then there will be even more unburnable reserves added to those that these companies have previously wasted money to discover; and those companies will thus become even more desperate to advertise and lobby against governmental actions to stop global warming; so, not only will governmental actions to stop global warming be further delayed, but the companies themselves are doomed anyway. It’s just stupid, but that’s the way the real economy (not the fake one in the textbooks) actually works. It works like the debt-buildups and crashes in 2008, and in today’s Greece, and elsewhere, have worked: crashes which can be predicted with certainty, and which become the worse the longer they’re held off, but whose precise timing is always in doubt among the public (but known among the aristocracy, such as Gates) until the crash suddenly comes. (The world, and economic theory, are corrupt as hell, in order to leave the public-at-large holding the bag at the end, almost every time.) Not only those companies will be doomed; but, by virtue of this needless delay, the planet itself will also be doomed. This is just obvious to any intelligent person; but (if we are to believe him) it’s simply not obvious to Bill Gates. Does he actually believe in the tooth-fairy?

Henry Ford didn’t care enough about past history for him to get past history right. Bill Gates, apparently, doesn’t care enough about future history to get future history right.

It’s even more important to care about the future, than it is to care about the past. But Bill Gates is either an idiot, or else he doesn’t really care about the future, because any investment in a fossil-fuels company is going largely into discovering yet more unburnable reserves. That’s so simple. Why doesn’t he get it? Is he — like Henry Ford was — really just an idiot savant?

The odd thing is that, whereas Gates wants his ‘charity’ to lose money on fossil-fuel stocks that are doomed to become a total waste (they’ve already got more reserves than they’ll ever sell), his personal funds are simultaneously buying alternative-fuels stocks that will be benefiting from replacing those fossil-fuel companies. It’s interesting that, while his ‘charity’ will be losing money, he personally will be gaining money.

The inverse relationship between the values of fossil-fuels companies versus renewable-fuels companies is already evident from stock indexes that follow these things. Here you can see the 5-year performance of renewable-fuels companies; and here you can see the 5-year performance of fossil-fuels companies. Whereas the former are steadily going slightly upward (and a purer fossil-free index has performed even more steeply upward than that), the latter (the fossils) are highly volatile and already seem to be heading slightly downward. Clearly, fossils are at least a little worse than alt-fuels stocks on the overall trend, but they are lots worse even than that when their additional extreme volatility is taken into account. On 25 August 2014, Bloomberg issued a report, “Fossil Fuel Divestment: A $5 Trillion Challenge,” and at the end on page 17, this puff-piece for staying in fossils characterized renewable-fuels investments as having the disadvantage of being “volatile” as compared to fossil-fuels companies — something that they had offered no data to support, and which those three links I just provided show to be the exact opposite of the reality: the renewable-fuels companies are far less volatile, and also have better trendlines. Perhaps billionaires need the public to buy fossil-fuels stocks because that’s what they must themselves get rid of. They know that the sector is inevitably heading for a crash. They know that only a 50% chance of a livable world in 2050 won’t cut it much longer. They thus must sell their trash ASAP, and they need people to buy it.

So: maybe Bill Gates is no idiot after all; maybe he is instead using his ‘charity’ in order to help suppress the current market value of the alt-fuels stocks that he is buying (at those artificially suppressed market-values) for his personal portfolio. Maybe the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is basically a racket for him, not just regarding ‘charity’ tax-deductions, but, even more, in order to suppress the current market value of the stocks that he’s buying right now, so that he’ll experience even bigger capital gains on them as more and more people subsequently dump oil-and-gas-and-coal companies (such as his ‘charity’ is buying) in order to invest in alt-fuels stocks (which he will then be selling — presumably at hefty profits). He just doesn’t care about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation losing some of its money, so long as this will boost his own net worth.

Maybe Gates is intelligent, after all — an intelligent psychopath, that is.

Well: he seems to be a lot like Henry Ford, after all, doesn’t he?

Or, is he, instead, an idiot savant, who is intelligent only about investing, and who has no real conscience — none but the one that he fakes (via his ‘philanthropy’)?

However, that would be just a specific type of intelligent psychopath, wouldn’t it?

Whatever it is, it’s the real world; it’s the way a real economy works — or, at least, ours does.

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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, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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‘HeartMath’: 7-minute research video to harmonize heart and mind

hat tip: David Icke

“As more of humanity practices heart-based living, it will qualify the ‘rite of passage’ into the next level of consciousness. Using our heart’s intuitive guidance will become common sense, based on practical intelligence.” – Doc Childre, Founder of HeartMath

Love and Light,

Heart and Mind

are essential qualities for being human.

Love without the Light of intelligence produces sheeple, the humans we see today too dull to recognize “Big Lie” government, Emperor’s New Clothes obvious crimes in literally ~100 areas, and perhaps most obvious in:

Insufficient love will also stop sheeple from doing the work to discover how and why their planet is being attacked, harmed, and killed in ~100 areas, leaving a shallow love with only lip-service to universal Love. Those who tolerate annual war and poverty deaths in the millions, harm to billions, and looting of trillions lack sufficient love to demand solutions.

Light of intelligence without Love produces our .01% psychopathic oligarch “leaders” (and here), persistently clever in manipulating sheeple to obediently work as their animals. These interconnected oligarchies maximize their own profits: about $30 trillion in off-shore tax havens in current total holdings; somewhere between ten and thirty times the amount to end all poverty on Earth forever while decreasing population growth rates. They reject banking structures that maximize public benefits, maintain increasing public debt rather than debt-free money that ends national debt, block return of tens of trillions taken from sheeple for “investments” in CAFRs, and reject full-employment for infrastructure investment.

This is insufficient intelligence and light to see literal destruction of their own planet, with destruction of love that will produce a viciously antagonistic future for their families and selves.

We, as individual humans, appear to be guests on this beautiful, diverse, and dominated planet. As such, we apparently control only our own self-expressions with a function of perhaps only providing choice to others at this time. We appear to be of sufficient numbers to be noticed, and insufficient in numbers to affect policy.

At least at this point of the game…

Exercise your faith, brothers and sisters; now is the time to fully live that which you stand strongest to create. Faith includes absolute trust that all is connected with love more powerful than we can imagine.

Keep moving forward in good-faith effort, for the best future on this awful-awesome planet :)

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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.

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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu

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Collapse, Part 5: Things Fall Apart

As noted earlier in this series, collapse is not an event, it’s a process, a process we experience as things fall apart. The phrase famously appears in William Butler Yeats’ 1919 poem, The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Why do things fall apart? I have addressed a number of dynamics in the first four essays of this series, but there are many more expressed in Yeats’ few brief lines.

1. Magical thinking dominates all discussions. The truth, being too fearful to contemplate, is sidelined in favor ofmagical thinking:

— we can grow our way out of debt by expanding debt

— if we simply print enough money, we can pay for everything we want

— a miraculous new technology (insert current example) will provide limitless energy/food at near-zero cost

— if we tweak the system with some minor reforms, all the big problems will go away

— new technology always creates more jobs than it destroys

and so on.

2. Same as it always was: politics was always corrupt, humans have always been greedy, etc.–in other words,today’s problems are no different from those of the past, which we handled without major difficulty. The possibility that today’s extremes of financialization and political decay might actually be quantitatively and qualitatively different from the past 50 years is dismissed.

3. The political and financial Elites have lost touch with the citizenry. The falcon cannot hear the falconer, for the Elites have withdrawn into protected circles of privilege with little contact with the rest of us. Since all is well within these circles of wealth and power, all must be well in the system as a whole.

And if it isn’t, the solution is to withdraw even deeper into circles of privilege and cast off in a luxury lifeboat, leaving the citizenry to muddle through on the doomed Titanic.

4. Things stop working well or stop working, period. The causes are many: inefficiency born of self-interest and historical habit, loss of accountability, The Ratchet Effect, Bureaucratic Complexity, diminishing returns, unproductive friction–the list is long.

The net result is things don’t work well even when stupendous sums are thrown at them. Flush with the tax revenue bounty of a gargantuan bubble in housing and tech start-ups, the city and county of San Francisco now has an annual budget of $9 billion–a sum greater than the budgets of many states, all to serve a population of about 850,000.

One would be forgiven for assuming all the essential systems of a metropolis would be working smoothly, greased with an astonishing $9 billion. (It wasn’t that long ago–the late 1990s–that San Francisco’s budget was a mere $3 billion.)

But citizens aren’t experiencing the system as working well. Lapses in public services tax San Franciscans’ patience:

Two weeks ago, we asked City Insider readers what they think of the fact that San Francisco’s budget hit a whopping $9 billion a year — more than the budgets of at least 10 states.

Now that more taxes are pouring into city coffers than ever before, do residents think they’re getting their money’s worth?

We were surprised by the deluge of e-mails, which continue to roll in, and the very vehement responses. Every single person who wrote had valid complaints, and not one thought city services were up to snuff for one of the richest cities in the world.

“One thing is for sure,” wrote Philip Snyder, a retired inspector for the Department of Public Health who lives North of the Panhandle. “If money was blood, San Francisco would make Dracula look like a mosquito.”

What happens when the budget declines by $1 billion in a run-of-the-mill recession? Right now, magical thinking reigns supreme, and the idea that bubbles need only stop expanding to trigger a business-cycle recession isn’t in many minds. But recessions do happen, and those following explosive bubbles tend to be deeper than the average, so a $1 billion drop in tax revenues is to be expected.

In the same vein, the state of California, also flush with revenues from these same bubbles, has a “rainy day fund” of $3.46 billion and an annual budget of $117 billion. In previous recessions, state revenues drop by $10 to $20 billion–meaning the rainy day fund is woefully inadequate.

Here is the budget reality in Greece:

These budget numbers are dated–the current figures are much worse.

The European Status Quo is expending the last dregs of its legitimacy and cash defending its financial Elites. It is impossible to “reform” a Status Quo whose foundation is kleptocracy, just as it is impossible to wean an economy that relies on debt and leverage for its “growth” of excessive debt and leverage: financialization isn’t a feature of the economy, it is the economy.

Things fall apart for systemic reasons that are deeply intertwined; minor policy tweaks and printing more money are simply expressions of magical thinking.

Of related interest:

Greece Is a Kleptocracy

500 Million Debt-Serfs: The European Union Is a Neo-Feudal Kleptocracy

In a Dysfunctional Status Quo, Reform Triggers Collapse

The Cycle of Dependency and the Atrophy of Self-Reliance

The Three Ds: Delegitimization, Definancialization, Deglobalization

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Malaysian Pressure Forces MH17 Investigation to UN

Eric Zuesse

Malaysia, frustrated by the refusal of the official international investigation-team to produce any clear evidence yet of whom to blame for the downing of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the Ukrainian civil-war zone on 17 July 2014, has finally forced the team to request the UN to investigate. They’ve forced the original four nations on the team to accept UN adjudication of any final report. This will enable a court-proceeding to make the ultimate determination of guilt (upon which judgment penalties and compensation will be assessed), and this court-determination would inevitably allow whatever party is being blamed by the five-member official investigating team, to present its own evidence in the case, so that the court will make the ultimate determination — the official investigating team will not be performing that crucial judgmental function.

Malaysia was long prohibited from even participating in this investigational team, but on 5 November 2014, a deal was finally reached with the four nations that did comprise the team — four U.S. allies: Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and (a suspect in possibly having downed the MH17) Ukraine itself (though it had lost none of its citizens in the disaster) — so, the next day, Malaysia’s New Straits Times  headlined “Malaysia to join MH17 criminal probe team,” and reported that, “The prime minister said the country had been invited to play a bigger role in the recovery and investigation of the ill-fated aircraft, believed to have been downed by a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17.” The Malaysian report went on then, pointedly, to note: “In July, the Dutch and Ukrainian authorities agreed that the bulk of the operations would be carried out by the Netherlands, with assistance from countries whose citizens were on board the flight. Malaysia had repeatedly asked to be part of the joint investigation team, currently comprising investigators from the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine.” Implicitly, that phrase “Malaysia had repeatedly asked to be part of the investigating team” said that Malaysia had consistently been refused membership until 5 November 2014. In fact, even by late November of 2014, Malaysia continued to be refused membership, and I headlined on November 30th, “Malaysia Becomes Angry About Exclusion from MH17 Investigation.” That refusal was especially outrageous because, like three of the four nations that already were on the team, Malaysia had lost (44) citizens from the downing. But in addition, Malaysia had lost the plane, from it. There was no excuse for the four pro-Western nations to exclude Malaysia, and for their limiting the investigating-team to only Ukraine (a key suspect in the downing) and three of its allies. And, between November and now, Malaysia has finally become so fed-up with the team’s continuing refusal to act, and to declare the culprit, so that the rest of the team finally consented to Malaysia’s demand to transfer the investigation over to the UN.

On 24 June 2015, Agence France Press, a mouthpiece for yet another Western nation (France), bannered, “Netherlands, Malaysia push for UN tribunal for MH17 culprits,” and Thailand’s Bangkock Post headlined this same story more honestly and directly, as “Malaysia demands UN court for MH17 shootdown,” but carried unchanged the anti-Russian-slanted AFP text. The anti-Russian-slanted AFP ‘news’ report said “It remains unclear, however, whether Russia would back the creation of the special tribunal” (something which they could also have said of the U.S., for example) and included a sub-head: “- Getting Russia on board -,” which section had only this brief and anonymously sourced reference to Russia: “The diplomat [unidentified] said the countries were mindful of the need to ‘avoid a Russian veto’ [as if a Russian veto would have been likelier than an American one, etc.].” That’s propaganda for a regime, not news-reporting for a democracy — it delivers the bias (to whip up support for war), along with its sugar-coated pro-regime facts.

The present writer has already set forth the conclusive evidence that Ukraine downed this airliner, and that the reason Ukraine did it — intentionally, not at all by mistake — was in order to enable the U.S. to blame Russia for it and thus get the EU to hike economic sanctions against Russia. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany isn’t the only nation in history that has used what the intelligence trade calls “false-flag attacks” in order to blame the nations that it itself aims to attack. The U.S. has perfected that technique.

Russia was framed for the downing of MH17, which was a U.S. job carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force. (The EU knows that the U.S. has a mega-criminal government, but they go along with it, thinking that their aristocrats will get some of the loot that’s being yanked off by America’s aristocrats. They do this though 206 of the murdered passengers were EU citizens. And Netherlands, which provided the U.S. key assistance in the buildup to overthrowing Ukraine’s democracy, lost the most people in it, which just goes to show on which side Dutch aristocrats stand — it’s not the Dutch public’s side.)

Finally, Malaysia is having some success in pulling this criminal investigation away from the clearly proven criminal (Ukraine — which now is itself a U.S. client-state) and its friends.

Anyone who believes Western ‘news’ media about international affairs is simply laying his mind out to be raped by agents of the local nation’s aristocracy. Almost everything has become propaganda now. Honest journalism is squelched, if not strangled.

That’s why, if you’ll google the headline of this news-report, none of the major mainstream and ‘alternative’ ‘news’ sites will likely come up — though it has been sent to all of them.

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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, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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Collapse, Part 4: Loss of Faith in Public Institutions

Though we may think of collapse in terms of ATMs not working and rampaging mobs, collapse actually starts with the intangible loss of faith in public institutions:elected officials, law enforcement, the justice system and the agencies of financial regulation (anti-trust, etc.).

Unsurprisingly to those who discern the structural rot of the status quo,Americans No Longer Believe In Their Institutions:

“Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one,” a Gallup spokesman said in a news release. All in all, it’s a picture of a nation discouraged about its present and worried about its future, and highly doubtful that its institutions can pull America out of its trough.

Only 8 percent have confidence in Congress, the lowest of all institutions rated. No wonder, given the Congressional credo that we have to pass this bill to find out what’s in it.The latest monstrosity that is cloaked in secrecy and mumbo-jumbo is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Ellen Brown rightly describes as Straight out of Alice in Wonderland:

The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years or five years, respectively, after the deals have been passed into law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so good for the average American, then why not let us read it and be persuaded by the document itself? Instead, the vast machinery of the American central state is devoted to maintaining the secrecy of the bill and crushing all opposition with threats that are no longer even veiled.

One of the 39 senators who voted against the TPP, Jeff Sessions, concluded “They Won The Vote, But Lost The Trust Of The American People”

Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules.

The same routine plays out over and again. We are told a massive bill must be passed, all the business lobbyists and leaders tell how grand it will be, but that it must be rushed through before the voters spoil the plan. As with Obamacare, the politicians meet with the consultants to craft the talking points—not based on what the bill actually does, but what they hope people will believe it does.

And when ordinary Americans who never asked for the plan, who don’t want the plan, who want no part of the plan, resist, they are scorned, mocked, and heaped with condescension.

Washington broke arms and heads to get that 60th vote–not one to spare–to impose on the American people a plan which imperils their jobs, wages, and control over their own affairs. It is remarkable that so much energy has been expended on advancing the things Americans oppose, and preventing the things Americans want.

No wonder Americans have lost faith in their institutions: those institutions are now devoted to serving their own vested interests or the interests of private financial Elites.

This same loss of trust is underway in Europe. The entire Greek debt issue could have been resolved with fewer losses and much less suffering if Greece had defaulted on the private bank debt in 2010.

But with the complicity of the public institutions that were supposed to serve the citizens’ interests, private banks quickly shifted the vast majority of the Greek debt to the taxpayers: If Greece Defaults, Europe’s Taxpayers Lose.

Here is the debt in 2009–mostly private:

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Here is the debt in 2015–almost all public debt on the backs of taxpayers:

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When institutions serve the interests of the few at the expense of the many, democracy is just a label slapped on financial totalitarianism. In case you missed it, here is Smith’s Neofeudalism Principle #1:: “If the citizenry cannot replace a dysfunctional government and/or limit the power of the financial Aristocracy at the ballot box, the nation is a democracy in name only.”

Of related interest:

Orwell and Kafka Do America: How the Government Steals Your Money–“Legally,” Of Course (March 24, 2015)


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Pentagon Admits for First Time to Testing Mustard Gas, Other Lethal Chem Weapons on 60,000 Troops Circa WWII

As brutal treatment of African Americans and other minorities in the US makes world headlines and is condemned at the UN, NPR reports:

When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn’t complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside.

“It felt like you were on fire,” recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. “Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the guys were just, they were in bad shape.”

The US now officially admits to conducting human experiments with mustard gas and other chemical weapons on 60,000 troops separated by race, including African Americans, Japanese-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and whites of European descent.  This is in addition to other human experiments the US carried out on African Americans, Guatemalans, Marshall Islanders, whom mainstream US culture referred to as “savages“, and others.

The types of experiments with “lethal chemical agents” the US government carried out on the troops were:

[1] Patch tests, where liquid mustard gas was applied directly onto test subjects’ skin; [2] field tests, where subjects were exposed to gas outdoors in simulated combat settings; and [3] chamber tests, where men were locked inside gas chambers while mustard gas was piped inside.

NPR quotes a 95 year old man who recounts being sent into the jungle and then bombarded with mustard gas from US military planes, as well as forced to crawl through fields saturated with the chemical.  “It took all the skin off your hands. Your hands just rotted,” he says.  He still suffers from debilitating skin conditions.

“You had no choice.  You did not know where you were going. They didn’t tell you anything,” said a subject.

Read the full report.

The US is still experimenting on people in various ways and protecting human-experimenters today.

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6/27/15 Update:

A reader points out below that NPR notes that whites were also used in this experiment, and groups were separated by race to see if there were any differences in reactions to chemical weapons agents.  The NPR report only discusses gas and chemical experiments carried out on minority troops, hence my error.  The report notes research suggesting that Puerto Ricans, for one, were tested to see if they “could be used on the front lines while white soldiers stayed back, protected from the gas.”

I have changed the title and the wording of a sentence in the report to reflect that the number of 60,000 troops involved in this human experimentation operation were not all non-whites.  The breakdown is not specified, though it is noted and well known that minorities were considered inferior and were thus often given the worst assignments; that the military was segregated and Jim Crow laws in place in civilian life; that Japanese-Americans but not German-Americans were put in concentration camps; that the US performed other human experiments exclusively on minorities, and that US culture, as noted, considered people like the Marshall Islanders, on whom the US experimented with nuclear radiation, to be “savages” inferior to people of European descent.  And though they were and are certainly treated better, reflecting US/Euro ideas on racial hierarchy, poor whites have also been victimized on many occasions and should be recognized.

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Firsthand Accounts of Israeli Massacre in Gaza

The UN has now released its investigation into Israel’s 2014 massacre in Gaza.  While the report covers crimes committed by both Israel and the comparatively defenseless resistance bands in the Gaza refugee ghetto, international law experts remind that this does not mean there is any equivalence between the “sides” or the gravity of their violations:

“George Bisharat, a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law who has an expertise in law and politics in the Middle East, said that it is ‘sheer nonsense‘ to equate the crimes allegedly committed on both sides.”

It is important to keep in mind, Bisharat continues, that “the gravity of Israel’s violations of international law are far greater than those of the Palestinians.”

“Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights agreed, saying, ‘certainly the commission sought to present a holistic picture but just because it’s holistic doesn’t mean it’s an equal picture.’

‘The number of civilians killed in Gaza was simply unprecedented — this is a traumatized society facing its third military assault in five years and living under blockade,‘ Gallagher said.”

The UN finds that the Israeli massacre killed 1,462 Palestinian civilians, including over 500 children, and 2,100 Palestinians total, while 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians, including 1 child, were killed.  Thus the ratio of Palestinian to Israeli children killed in what Western media, to disguise the reality of the situation, calls a “war”, was about 530 to 1.

The report offers firsthand accounts (see link for more) of people effected by the massacre:

“I was sitting with my family at the table, ready to break the fast. Suddenly we were sucked into the ground. Later that evening, I woke up in the hospital and was told my wife and children had died,” Tawfik Abu Jama told the inquiry.

On 20 July the father of eight lost 26 family members, including all of his children and his wife, in a single bomb attack.

Another account:

“I saw my family all ripped to pieces…”

Another:

“I am 52 years old and I have lost everything I cared for. In only a few minutes, they killed everyone and everything that was dear to me. They killed my dream, and my daughter’s dream who wanted to be a doctor.”

The UN reports that the explosive devices Israel illegally plants and detonates in Gaza can “tear off limbs hundreds of meters from the blast site.”

“The shock waves create thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch”, while “the injury threshold is 15 pounds per square inch.”

The US is the world’s biggest arms trafficker and provides most of those weapons.  Israel is the biggest recipient of US aid, and the amount has been increased by Obama after each of Israel’s massacres against Gaza since Obama has taken office, which include Cast Lead, Pillar of Cloud, and 2014’s Solid Cliff.

Georgetown University international law expert Dr. Noura Erakat reminds that the responsibility “to preserve protection for civilians rests upon the shoulders of citizens, organizations, and mass movements who can influence their governments enforce international law. There is no alternative to political mobilization to shape state behavior.

The US has a long and shameful history, extending to its origins and beyond and continuing today, of carrying out and supporting countless massacres.  We cannot undo these crimes, but we can easily choose to stop allowing them today by, for one, following Erakat’s advice and mobilizing to cut off support for Israel until it decolonizes and stops occupying Palestine, ends its illegal blockade of Gaza, and stops carrying out aggression and massacres.  Ceasing to enable these crimes is both legally required of us and would be helpful for the health of Israeli society.

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Percentage of Health-Uninsureds in U.S. Rises by 1.7%

Since Obama First Promised to Lower It by 100%

Eric Zuesse

On 23 June 2015, Bloomberg news bannered “Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Since Obamacare Implementation” and reported that, “Last year, 16.3 percent of adults under age 65, or about 31.7 million people, lacked medical coverage, according to a CDC survey published Tuesday. That’s down from 20.4 percent a year earlier [2013, when Obamacare started].” 

However, back at the start of 2008, when Barack Obama was campaigning against Hillary Clinton and they were both promising “Making health insurance universal” (The New York Times said that Obama “aims for universal coverage”) or a 0% rate of uninsureds, the most-reliable figure at that time for the percentage who had no health insurance was Gallup’s: 14.6%. Comparing that with the just-released figure from the CDC of 16.3%, there has been a rise in uninsureds, of 1.7%. (However, the latest figure from Gallup is from March 2015, 12.9%, which is a decline of 1.7% from that initial 14.6%, instead of an increase of 1.7% from it.)

What happened since 2008 was that, when Obama became elected in November of that year, the Gallup percentage started rising to a peak of 18.0% in October 2013, when Obamacare first began enrolling people; and it has declined since that time, back down to (according to Gallup in March this year) 12.9%.

Apparently, when Obama became elected, millions of Americans dropped their insurance in the expectation that much better policies (including a public option) would soon become available — those people didn’t want to lock themselves into anything during that interim, while there was uncertainty as to what would soon become available. As the delays in Obamacare became unexpectedly extended until October 2013, more and more people simply became uninsured — waiting for something better. Obama is now comparing that peak versus the latest figures in order to show (by focusing on a claimed decline in uninsureds) that his promise of “Universal Coverage” hasn’t been a total lie — which it is, and was. The media play along with his fraud.

What Bloomberg and other news-media are now doing is to stenographically report the Administration’s deceptions, by comparing the latest percentage to the peak percentage — which was about 17% in 2013 according to Gallup, or about 20% in 2013 according to CDC, which always shows around 3% higher figures than Gallup. That peak was artificially inflated by the accumulation of people waiting for Obamacare before making renewal-commitments; so, comparing to that peak in order to indicate progress at bringing the rate down in comparison to the situation that existed in 2008 is fraudulent.

Honest would be to compare the 2008 uninsureds-rate versus the latest uninsureds-rate. (After all: 2008 is when the promise of “Making health insurance universal” was being made, and upon which voters were relying. It wasn’t being made in 2013 — five years after the election. The 2013 figure is irrelevant.) The latest percentage of uninsureds according to the CDC’s just-released figure was actually 16.3% (which covered throughout all of 2014), but the latest figure in the Gallup survey, March 2015, was 12.9%. The CDC figures appear steadily to be approximately 3% higher than Gallup’s. If the actual uninsureds-rate back in 2008 was 3% higher than Gallup’s 14.6%, or was 17.6%, and if the March 2015 rate was not Gallup’s 12.9% but instead was also 3% higher, or 15.9%, then the March 2015 uninsureds-rate is actually 1.7% lower than was the rate in 2008 — and that’s probably the best possible way to estimate the effect that Obamacare has thus far had on the numbers of uninsured persons: The uninsureds-percentage is probably around 1.7% lower now than it was then.

The Bloomberg News report goes on to say that, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has helped many Americans get health insurance, including about 10 million through new markets with government subsidies, and millions more through an expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor.” Bloomberg’s stenographic report from the Administration further makes clear that some Republican-controlled states have tried to sabotage the ability of Obamacare (“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) to reduce the numbers of uninsureds. However, that Republican effect nationwide actually accounts for very little of Obama’s failure to have lived up to his promise of “Universal Coverage,” which (100% insureds) is something that all other industrialized nations (and some non-industrialized nations) already have. Obama’s plan (which was virtually identical to Hillary Clinton’s and to John Edwards’s) simply wasn’t even designed so as to make universal insurance possible. He (and they) simply lied to Democratic voters, in order to win the Party’s nomination.

Voters were treated like suckers by all of the well-funded candidates. It was a lying-contest (just as the Republican campaigns were). And, subsequently President Obama’s Solicitor General presented an argument to the U.S. Supreme Court that political lying is protected speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, so that no state may legislate any restrictions against it. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of that view as constituting the Founders’ conception of our ‘democracy’ — essentially dictating that ‘democracy’ should be a lying-contest (as if that’s what our Founders had in mind). This is the view that liberals and conservatives — as represented by ‘our’ Government today — now hold about “democracy.” Essentially, they despise democracy, if they even think it’s possible at all. However, regardless of whether democracy exists, it certainly doesn’t exist in the U.S. (even though many people here who should know better continue to say that it does — but maybe they too endorse political lying). And here is the best quickie-summary video on that study, and it even explains why the U.S. has turned into a dictatorship. It shows how this transition, from a democracy into a dictatorship, results from the institutionalization of political lying — the type of thing that all of the well-funded candidates were engaging in during 2008.

Lies control the U.S.; so, it’s no longer a democracy; it’s institutionalized rule by liars: truth-tellers can’t even compete politically. That’s the real reason why the United States still doesn’t have what all other industrialized countries do: healthcare for all — basic essential healthcare as a right, instead of as a privilege that is accessible only to those who can afford it.

So, that’s the fuller story behind “Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Since Obamacare Implementation.” Bloomberg’s headline was intentionally misleading — fraudulent.

The headline here, “Percentage of Health-Uninsureds in U.S. Rises by 1.7%,” using statements from the Obama Administration (which have at various times cited as the latest both the 16.3% CDC figure for 2014 and the 12.9% Gallup figure for March 2015) might instead be (and without sacrificing basic honesty, and this would actually be the most likely true estimate:

Percentage of Health-Uninsureds Declines by 1.7%

Since Obama First Promised to Eliminate It by 100%

Not that it would make much difference, because even a 1.7% decline isn’t anywhere near to being a 100% decline.

In summary, then: Obama lies through his teeth; it’s a fact, no mere charge by Republicans — who are just as much liars as he is. And the press play along by (like they did with “Saddam’s WMD” in 2002 and 2003, propagandizing for an unnecessary multi-trillion-dollar ongoing catastrophe in Iraq) stenographically reporting deceptions by the government as if they weren’t even intended to deceive the public. (“Oh, it’s ‘mistakes’!”) America’s press aren’t in the business of exposing the government’s lies. America’s press are instead in the business of transmitting the government’s lies to the public. (And, then, politicians, if confronted later with their lies, might admit their ‘mistakes’ — as if a lie were instead a mistake — so, that’s yet another lie from such a politician. They think that the American public are endless, irremediable, suckers, people who can never rationally learn from experience.)

Or, in other words: However much trust Americans have in the government and the ruling establishment (including the nation’s press), it’s too much. (For example, this news report is being sent to them all; but if you’ll google the headline here you’ll see how many of them actually report it. One thing that virtually no major news-media report is the virtually total corruption of America’s press, as propagandists for corporate-funded political parties. But that very corruption is my main topic. So, please spread this news-report to everyone you know. It’s samizdat in the U.S., just like was so in the U.S.S.R. — it’s merely exposing fascism, instead of exposing communism. Your friends should know about it, too.)

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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, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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How to Stop the TPP

The House and Senate have rammed through Fast Track.

Here are the senators who voted for Fast Track: http://1.usa.gov/1GtAdTH

And the House members who voted for Fast Track: http://1.usa.gov/1GAl1TT

We always said this would virtually guarantee passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it doesn’t absolutely guarantee it.

One way to stop it would be to pull out a seldom-used tactic in the United States that is indispensible in other nations. We could threaten consequences at the polling place for TPP supporters.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, I know — No, not kidding, I actually know — that in some small percentage of cases this could end up meaning that you’ve committed to voting against someone who faces in a future election someone else who looks even worse. But fear of that has in fact produced a pattern of, in fact, worse candidates followed by even worse candidates for years now. How, pray tell, do you propose to ever get any better candidates?

The TPP is a disaster that towers over considerations of gentility and lesser-evilism. This is Congress, as our supposed representatives, giving the power to overturn its own laws to corporations. Why would you care whom you elect to a body that no longer has the power to make laws? It’s already given up the power to stop wars.

The TPP is NAFTA on steroids, economically and environmentally destructive at home and abroad. Most of it has nothing to do with trade, but is rather about empowering banks and corporations with powers that couldn’t be passed separately or transparently because they’re too terrible and unpopular.

It’s time we take a stand against wrecking the world, even with corrupt politicians who can find someone slightly more corrupt to run against.

It’s time we signed this petition:

If you don’t oppose and vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I will oppose and vote against you in every future primary and general election in which you are a candidate.

Please sign it here.

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Collapse Part 3: No Institutional Path to Contraction

One poorly understood source of collapse is the lack of pathways to contraction and a reduction of complexity/cost. The only pathway that is clearly marked is the one to expansion–of production, debt, credit, government, income, benefits, costs and complexity: more agencies, more regulations, more committees, more staff, more of everything.

The path to less complexity, less debt, less production and a contraction of the entire system doesn’t exist in most institutions.

Many dismiss any talk of collapse as mere fear-mongering. This is a legitimate issue to discuss, for if we focus exclusively on the lurid horrors of being killed by a shark in open water (for example) while ignoring the much higher risks of being killed by falling off a ladder at home, we have distorted the risks of accidental death and done a disservice to our understanding of various risks.

But collapse is not an event, it is a process. As a result, systemic collapse doesn’t lend itself to statistical calculations of probability. Processes are driven by dynamics, not odds.

So those dismissing any discussion of collapse as mere fear-mongering are doing a disservice to our understanding of processes–or lack thereof. One interesting feature of collapse is that it can result from either a choking over-abundance of complex, costly processes or a complete lack of essential processes, conceptually and practically.

Which brings us to the process that is lacking virtually everywhere–the process of contraction: shrinking the system, income, headcount, complexity and being productive with less of everything.

The corporate world offers many examples of what happens when the process of contraction and reducing complexity does not exist: companies buckle, fold and go bust. The world’s corporate darling Apple experienced this precise death-spiral in 1996-1997 before the company’s board brought Steve Jobs back as CEO. (So tentative was the board that Jobs was appointed “interim CEO.”)

Apple had only one path: expansion. More fiefdoms, more staff, more product lines, more models, more sales, more profits. The reversal from profits to losses marooned the company, for there was no institutional history of a vast reduction in products, fixed costs and organizational complexity.

Not only was there no institutional history of downsizing, there was no conceptual or practical pathway from unprofitable bloat and institutional failure to a leaner, flatter more productive system. Without an emergency infusion of cash from Microsoft and the appointment of a manager empowered to slash and burn fixed costs and re-set priorities and product lines, Apple would have collapsed.

The same can be said of the European Union. The bylaws of the EU (as I understand them) define the pathway of expanding the EU but not the pathway of forcibly shedding members. Member nations may elect to leave the EU of their own volition, but there is no mechanism in place for the EU to eject member nations such as Greece.

In other cases, systems are structured so any contraction leads to collapse. This is the nature of our debt/leverage-based financial system: any contraction in debt, credit or inflation will bring the system down because the system is predicated on the permanent expansion of collateral to support more debt and the expansion of income to service debt.

If either collateral or income declines, the system implodes:

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This is not an event, it is a process. If debt and leverage expand while collateral and income decrease, the system becomes systemically more fragile and prone to destabilization. The financial system is dynamic and has multiple inputs; on its current setting, the system will become increasingly fragile. If alternative policies were put in place, it could become increasingly resilient.

Systems with no conceptual or practical pathway to contraction and reduced complexity/fixed costs are more at risk of collapse than systems with institutional pathways for successful reductions in debt, credit, income, fixed costs and complexity.

How many institutions have proven pathways for becoming smaller, leaner, and flatter in organizational structure? Very few, as the default setting for the past 60 years has been expansion and more of everything. Less of everything does not compute.

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