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  • guendalin

    send me the news plz

  • Bob

    I am trying to find your article on how people dissemble and obfuscate during discussions online. It was perfect and consice but it seems the site update has broken my link to it. Is there a chance you know which article I am talking about? I think it had 25 points of obvious misdirection during a discussion that you illuminated quite well.

  • http://energy-needs-values.blogspot.com/ Charles Hall

    I’m writing a researched and sourced report on alternative energy and our current energy policy. I am attempting to find outlets to get the word out about how the home user can do their own research. this is for educational purposes only and is in no way an attempt to sale anything. If you would be so kind as to review my paper, I’m hoping you will find it acceptable to post here. If not, thanks for the 5 minutes it took to read this and my paper.

    BTW, I love your site, I read it daily along with about 15 other sites.

    • Eric

      What’s disappointing about this otherwise great website is its blocking new people from applying to present their news and commentaries on this site; they’re even more closed than most of the mainstream sites such as huffingtonpost are. That is shameful. They should have “Instructions for Submissions,” and an email address for submissions to be sent to. Right now this site is a closed club.

  • http://na Ole C G Olesen

    I like Your spirit !
    Keep it up .. regardless how futile it may seem ..in between .
    It is the laung haul .. which will count ..in the end

    Mr Ole C G Olesen
    Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Thomas Brown

    This is really great format. I agree with all the things to do about the economy.
    I would ad one really important thing:
    Democratize money. Monesy is system not a commodity.
    The only true and the only way forward to maximaum freedom, justice and prosperity is throught demcoratized money. That is how we all become capitalists that offer helathy competitiveness, cooperation and equality. We can obtain a modicum of equality of condidtion not jsut opportunity for ALL people but it requires they particpate in the most powerful arbirot of justice that exists in our world. Debt evaporates fucntionally, debt cannot accumualte exponetilaly as it does now. This is an aboration I can’t believe more economists aren’t discussing. (Probably because most of them work for banks)

  • Zen’ichi-Maro

    Thank you for this blog and for the hard work you’re doing to keep it on line. I’ve just added to my favourites and will make a point of being a regular reader. I really appreciate your orientation to provide non-biased and factual information and to let the READER decide–quite refreshing in this era of opinion-based “journalism” on the one hand and faithful corporate stenography on the other.

    Well done!
    ZNM

  • E

    Please post or report on this:

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Ellen Kurrelmeyer
    Date: October 16, 2011 11:45:19 AM EDT
    To: Carolyn Schmidt , cozyinnvt@gmail.com, Eric Zuesse , Carol Brigham , Cady White , jonathan heppell , OV Board Kurrelmeyer , Rebecca Bertrand , Kevin Behm , Spence Putnam , Will Stevens
    Subject: Whiting Democrats’ forum on 11/15/11

    Good Morning,

    In an effort to create a more progressive path for our country, the Whiting Democrats are holding a forum – the first formal national discussion on the topic: SHOULD BARACK OBAMA BE THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

    The forum will be on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm, in the Whiting VT town hall, located on South Main Street (Rte 30). Light refreshments will be served.

    Please forward this email to your friends – and anyone you fell would be interested in coming and perhaps joining the discussion. Attached is the flyer we’re using for the event, please print and post. We are also among the “99%”.

    Whiting Democrats
    PO Box 37
    Whiting VT 05778

    Ellen Kurrelmeyer, Chair

  • alan2102

    Your desire to see cooperation between Tea Party and OWS is noble in intent, but — sorry to say — foolish. It will not happen, and should not happen. The Tea Party is a proto-fascist formation, with essentially ZERO relation and common ground with OWS people.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/28/the-rise-of-the-tea-party/

    Weekend Edition October 28-30, 2011
    An Interview With Anthony DiMaggio
    The Rise of the Tea Party
    by SCOTT BORCHERT

    snip

    The problem with the “movement” is that its members’ anger gets manipulated by a small group of partisan and media elites who are essentially Republican Party operatives. This is the dirty little secret of the Tea Party; it’s not really a social movement, but a cluster of elitist interest groups operating locally and nationally, which is quite lacking in participatory elements, and largely driven by a top-down approach, determined and dictated by Republican partisan officials and business elites of the Koch variety….
    A close examination of the various national Tea Party groups finds that they are all lacking in participatory aspects, with active membership extremely sparse, and the leaders of these groups coming from the highest levels of local and national Republican Party chapters and the business system…. the alleged Tea Party “insurgents” who have led the Tea Party “revolution” in Congress are extremely elitist in their policy positions and in terms of their economic backgrounds. They don’t look any different than past political leaders in terms of their support from wealthy business interests, or in terms of their personal affluence, with regard to their past support for the very deregulatory legislation (of the banking industry) that helped destroy the American economy, or in terms of their voting records, which are identical to non-Tea Party Republican members of Congress.

    snip

    It’s the same group of Americans – the 20-25 percent of the public – who are essentially Bush dead-enders. Ideologically speaking, I describe the Tea Partiers as packaging old wine into new bottles. On one level, there is an extremely strong overlap between the Tea Party and the traditional religious right that emerged in the 1980s; on a second level, the Tea Party is representative of the same extreme economic right that has long supported deregulation and an assault on the social welfare state. There is nothing controversial about these claims, as public opinion polling (and analysis of these polls) demonstrates these points very clearly.

    snip

    A major problem with the Tea Party, in terms of “building a bridge” between its members and Occupy Wall Street, is that very few Tea Partiers (only 15%) even blame Wall Street for the current problems we are facing today. While their rage at the stagnation of American prosperity is very legitimate, their attribution of responsibility for this stagnation is so childishly naïve, staggeringly ignorant, and disturbingly proto-fascistic that it makes working with them difficult, if not impossible. How do you work with people that think Obama is a Nazi, socialist, Kenyan Muslim terrorist? Pick your pejorative adjective as applied to Obama, and Tea Partiers likely agree with it. The above descriptions are so often lumped together in Tea Party rhetoric to the point where political ideologies such as Islamic fundamentalism, socialism, and Nazism, etc. are absurdly lumped together, as if these philosophies have anything in common.

    snip

    Tea Party supporters increasingly cling to romantic and ignorant notions that if we could somehow return to the “good old days” of “free market,” deregulatory capitalism, we would put ourselves back on the path to prosperity. They seem totally unwilling or unable to recognize that it was this very deregulation, and the corresponding assault on the welfare state, that put us on the path to economic ruin. They want the Republican Party to move further to the right, failing to recognize that this right-ward drift is the primary cause of America’s problems, not the solution to them.

    • Scott Todd

      You’re delusional as is the article. I’m a TEA Party type and we’re working to overturn the Republican establishment as much as we are the Dems.

  • goldenrhino
  • alan2102

    http://www.onthecommons.org/tea-party-vs-occupy-wall-street

    The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

    Finally, a truly populist uprising

    By David Morris

    Which stands up for the majority of Americans?

    The Tea Party is the first mass movement against the masses

    Host David Gregory complained about Occupy Wall Street protestors “demonizing banks” and wondered, “Is this not a reverse tea party tactic?” Gregory is right. In many respects Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is indeed a mirror image of the Tea Party.

    snip

    Faux Populism vs. True Populism

    Both OWS and the Tea Party might be described as populist but their definitions of populism wildly diverge. That divergence has been clear from their founding. Occupy Wall Street began on September 7, 2011 with hundreds converging on Wall Street. The Tea Party began on February 19, 2009 with a rant from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. CNBC Business News editor Rick Santelli loudly condemned the government’s plan to help people stay in their homes. “(D)o we really want to subsidize the losers’ mortgages”? he asked. Santelli suggested holding a tea party for traders to dump derivatives into the Chicago River. Floor traders around him cheered his proposal. The video went viral after the Drudge Report publicized it. Within days, Fox News was discussing the appearance of a new “Tea Party”. A week later coordinated protests under the Tea Party banner took place in over 40 cities.

    Santelli’s insistence that those who lose their homes are “losers” who have only themselves to blame is a sentiment widely shared among Tea Party Republicans and most recently expressed by Republican Presidential candidate front runner Herman Cain. When asked about Wall Street protestors Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza declared, “Don’t blame Wall Street. Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

    snip

    This lack of empathy for what OWS would call the 99% is palpable wherever Tea Party Republicans come to power…. OWS does demonize powerful banks. The Tea Party demonizes the poorest and weakest of us all.

    For OWS unfairness means taxing billionaires at half the rate their secretaries pay and allowing the top 1% of the population to “earn” as much, collectively, as the bottom 60 percent. For Tea Party Republicans taxes themselves are unfair and inequality is desirable. Indeed, they want to give the 1% even a greater share of the nation’s wealth.

    snip

    Even when they agree that federal spending is profligate, OWS and the Tea Party violently disagree on what should be cut. Signs and speeches at #Occupy events often target the exorbitant military spending and foreign wars. But despite the fact that the Pentagon is the poster child for government waste and incompetence, not to mention corruption, it is also the only part of the government the Tea Party considers all but off limits.

    As soon as Republicans took over the House of Representatives in November 2010, they changed the rules so that military spending does not have to be offset by reduced spending somewhere else, unlike any other kind of government spending. It is the only activity of government Republicans believe does not have to be paid for. The Tea Party’s ascendance has only strengthened the Republicans’ resolve that the Pentagon’s budget is untouchable. An analysis by the Heritage Foundation of Republican votes on defense spending found that Tea Party freshmen were even more likely than their Republican elders to vote against cutting any part of the military budget.

    snip

    OWS also knows that government is the only vehicle through which the majority can fashion rules that increase personal security and restrain unbridled greed and private power. If we give up on government we give up on our ability to collectively influence our future. Which is why high on the list of demands by OWS protestors is to minimize the impact of money on politics and increase the number of people voting. Tea Partiers again take the opposite position. They defend the right of global corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections and they advocate policies that suppress voter turnout.

    snip

    Today the Tea Party has the upper hand. With the backing of some of the world’s richest men and most powerful corporations, it has successfully converted the justifiable anger at Wall Street and government inaction into an unprecedented and ahistorical form of populism: a mass uprising against the masses. The Occupy Wall Street movement proposes a populism more compatible with other mass protests, one that doesn’t turn its back on neighbors, one that fights against massive inequality and concentrated private power, and that urges reforms that can once again allow us to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    • Scott Todd

      OWS- a George Soros funded movement. An uber rich guy, as I recall.

  • David Smith

    Bloggers that don’t identify themselves lose a lot in credibility.

    • nonya business

      What? The author of the piece was identified, what’s the problem?

  • nonya business

    Thanks to Alan2102 for posting this! And thank you to David Harris for writing it! This is the best explanation of the delineation between the tea party and the occupy movement I’ve ever read. People who can’t seem to tell the difference between bought movements and grassroots movements need to read this.

    • alan2102

      You’re welcome, Nonya! Now, if we could get GW to pay attention and comment… :-)

  • http://xenophilius.wordpress.com Xeno

    Great blog, thanks.

  • http://cleverevolutionrealitycorporation.blogspot.com Kelly

    You seem to be doing a Great Job at agglomerating sources and raising awareness, Congrats and Thanks!
    I searched “solutions” on this blog and about 6 posts came up, yet none with any real “solutions”.
    Do you have any solutions to offer? Even any thoughts on possible solutions perhaps?
    I am sure everyone would love to know about them.
    I certainly would.
    Regards

  • http://www.danielbrenton.com Daniel Brenton

    Dear WB –

    Where’s your Twitter account and Facebook page? I spent some time looking here, and you don’t have any links or icons anywhere.

    (You do have these accounts, right?)

    – Daniel

  • http://www.uncorporatemedia.com Neil

    Hello, I am desperately trying to get ahold of the management/webmaster of this website. I have some information/content for them I think will be very useful. I have sent emails to your paypal email for lack of seeing any contact info posted on the site. Please contact me ASAP. neil@uncorporatemedia.com

  • Sheryl

    Thank you for your blog. It is very important. People like you, finding the truth, and sharing it, give us hope.

  • http://kagshop.com John

    I love this website. I first came here during the BP fiasco which is when this blog really took off (from what I am guessing). I come back occasionally to visit. Keep up the good work.

    John

  • Roger

    Why don’t you have a way for people to contact you? Don’t you stand behind the stuff you post here? I look forward to all replies DUStory dash owner at yahoo groups dot com

  • Roger

    PS – spreading lies about disasters does not make them any better? You should be accountable and verifiable, not just spread stuff with no attribution.

  • Tom
  • Debra Sullivan

    I’m greatly concerned with the bad, bad state of the world and very grateful for sites like yours but what I am trying to find is a format for daily discussions and information exchange. I’m limited in my scope of tehnical know-how and was trying to have some kind of discussion on different YouTube postings but am alarmed now after posting a handful of comments that were critical of government I can no longer post. I just get an Error message. Am I being paranoid? Is it just a coincident? Has anyone else had the same experience? And lastly, where can I go to discuss these issues with other informed, like-minded people. Fukushima in particular. Thanks so much.

  • http://itsfraud.com Gordan Finch

    I like what you print, and what you expose.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/ttsmyf/RD_RJShomes_PSav.html Ed Hamilton

    Robert Shiller said this, and it’s the central truth. “The financial crisis that afflicts the country is largely a result of speculative bubbles, built on false hopes, in the housing and stock markets.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/business/09shiller.html

    Strong support for this assertion is that charts that well-show the bubbles are kept little apparent!
    Look here:
    http://homepage.mac.com/ttsmyf/begun.gif http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2006/08/26/weekinreview/27leon_graph2.html http://homepage.mac.com/ttsmyf/RHandRD.html
    Obviously, histories so instructive but unseen is INTELLECTUAL SAVAGERY.
    “Condemn venal journalism for severely fooling the people” at
    http://occupywallst.org/forum/condemn-venal-journalism-for-severely-fooling-the-/

  • Dmitry Robertson

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  • Eric

    How does one become a contributor of articles here?

  • zeev

    gw i’ve been reading your posts on ZH for years now, at least 2 I think but quite possibly since zh started. I”ve commented on them many times, i just wanted to thank you. you’re one of the best consistent posters on zh.

    thank you again.
    from nyc

  • james madison

    Boy you people have seen too many black helicopters or drank up all the cool-aid.

  • Buddy Rojek, CPA

    Dear George Washington (That’s a big pseudonym to live up to!)

    I am based in Australia and developing a grass roots political movement that I believe you and I would agree on. I am coming to the USA to invest in US Property and meet fellow economic bloggers.

    I need your advice on developing a web presence to get the message out. Perhaps you have contacts who can assist me.

    The Australian political system is in disarray. We have forced voting and many people are so apathetic about our current political crop, that a fresh alternative is possible. In the spirit of the historical USA Australian alliance (Thanks for your GI’s getting my Great Grandfather our of PNG in WW2 alive after being shot by the Japanese) , a Australian future under your Political movement aspirations would agree with my political views.

    Please contact me on cvpages dot buddy @ gmail.com
    Buddy Rojek, B.Comm, CPA
    Convener
    The Australian Nationalist Party.

  • KathyP

    To complement the theme about governments murdering their own people, may I suggest reprinting articles from Arthur Silber’s website, http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/
    Thank you for considering my suggestion.

  • 1olde_reb2

    I believe that your entire approach to the situation is incorrect. In your first six bullets, you repeated blame government for the economic problems. Wrong. The problems start with policies of the Federal Reserve (Fed). To assume the Fed is operating for the interests of the government is blatantly incorrect. It is operating as an entity created by the financiers of Wall Street and for their interests alone.

    The Fed is able to conceal $4 billion in profit DAILY from the auctions of Treasury securities. There is no mathematical way the U.S. can have inflation and incur a National Debt without this value being hidden by the FRBNY and being passed on to the (unknown) owners of the Fed Board of Governors. Ref. Federal Reserve Heist, http://www.scribd.com/doc/101937790.
    The financiers give legislators campaign contributions and insider information for individual aggrandizement. They also buy controlling interests in manufacturers of war material with a higher profit margin and a guaranteed purchaser. War is very profitable.

    There will be no salvation of the U.S. economy until the inherent destructive pattern of the Fed’s Ponzi scheme is understood and eliminated—by the government of course. Ref. Rip off by the Fed. http://www.scribd.com/doc/48194264.

    • etls1

      I agree with everything you are saying about the Fed. However, while you yourself correctly state in your comment that financiers gave legislators campaign contributions and insider information etc., the fact is that the Fed is and always has been a banker/government hybrid. The greater culpability goes to the government since they are the ones sworn to uphold the Constitution and have clearly and purposely failed to do so, especially with regards to the Federal Reserve.
      I don’t know if you have read the G. Edward Griffin book, “The Creature fro Jekyll Island”, but if not you should. Global bankers are definitely villains here, but our own government has them beat by default simply for the reason I stated above.

      • 1olde_reb2

        Apparently the points were not sufficiently emphatic.

        Profit of the Fed, by law, belongs to the government.

        The BOG is required by law to make a full report annually of the Fed’s operation to Congress.

        The auctioning of security accounts for deficit spending results in the value of the securities disappearing within the vaults of the FRBNY. If the funds (about $4 billion every day) went to the government, they would not result in inflation nor would the National Debt increase

        The handling of the auction accounts is exclusively by the FRBNY. There is NO report of these accounts to Congress.

        Concealment of funds that belong to the government is embezzlement.

        It would appear that the operation of the Fed is an ongoing criminal activity.
        The ability of the Fed to conceal their perfidity for 100 years in a practice that has occurred numerous times over the past 800 years (ref. Ben Ginsberg–FATAL EMBRACE), with thousands of graduates from Economics schools including Harvard Phd’s not identifying the problem, should not sully the standing of congressional members.

        Griffin (in his plagiarism of Eustace Mullin’s SECRETS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE)
        does not make this conclusion nor is it available from any other source.

        Documentation of the above declarations is in the Scribd article.

        • etls1

          I do not disagree with any of your statements regarding the illegitimacy of Federal Reserve. I do disagree with the ridiculously emotional accusation (apparently because someone dared to disagree with you) of plagiarism on the part of Mr. Griffin whose sources are all thoroughly documented in his work.

          The fact is that pretty much everyone in Congress and the Senate knew when the Federal Reserve Act was passed that it was an unconstitutional piece of legislation, and they still know it today. There should not be any profit by the Fed going to the government, because there should not be any Fed to begin with. It is an entirely illegal entity.
          The notion that economists with Harvard Phd’s have failed to identify this ongoing phemomena for the last 100 years is incredibly naive. People from all walks of life have been literally screaming about it for decades. In fact just about everyone down to street level is aware of the facts you have pointed out regarding the present day criminality of the Fed. Those who are in a position to do something about it simply refuse to do so because they do not represent the people, they represent the criminal bankers. This is what we call treason, plain and simple.

          • 1olde_reb2

            Perhaps plagiarism is too strong of a word–Griffin does not make a ‘word by word‘ duplication. I find very little information in Mr. Griffin’s work that is not documented by Mr. Mullins. Mr. Griffin has performed a considerable service to society by educating the masses. Griffin, to repeat myself, does not allege specific acts of embezzlement.

            There have been innumerable writings and congressional members condemning the actions of the Federal Reserve–in vague, indefinite descriptions including unconstitutional piece of legislation, illegal printing of money, entirely illegal entity, etc.

            I am not aware of any prior criminal accusation that would be sufficient to allege in an indictment. Apparently you believe the ability of the Fed’s operation to hide $4 billion profit daily for international bankers—as a criminal confidence game— is not a new revelation. I had thought the embezzlement was not obvious. But perhaps I overestimate the specific acts documenting auction funds theft.

            It is treason only if the congressional members are aware of the theft of $4 billion daily and then they do nothing. Ignorance of the crime does not make it treason on their part.

            Of course, any source sympathetic to Wall Street would want to ignore and discredit the accusation of theft and assert the problem is in government.

          • 1olde_reb2

            Perhaps plagiarism is too strong of a word–Griffin does not make a ‘word by word‘ duplication. I find very little information in Mr. Griffin’s work that is not documented by Mr. Mullins. Mr. Griffin has performed a considerable service to society by educating the masses. Griffin, to repeat myself, does not allege specific acts of embezzlement.

            There have been innumerable writings and congressional members condemning the actions of the Federal Reserve–in vague, indefinite descriptions including unconstitutional piece of legislation, illegal printing of money, entirely illegal entity, etc.

            I am not aware of any prior criminal accusation that would be sufficient to allege in an indictment. Apparently you believe the ability of the Fed’s operation to hide $4 billion profit daily for international bankers—as a criminal confidence game— is not a new revelation. I had thought the embezzlement was not obvious. But perhaps I overestimate the specific acts documenting auction funds theft.

            It is treason only if the congressional members are aware of the theft of $4 billion daily and then they do nothing. Ignorance of the crime does not make it treason on their part.

            Of course, any source sympathetic to Wall Street would want to ignore and discredit the accusation of theft and assert the problem is in government.

          • etls1

            It sounds like we actually agree on most points. Of course Mr. Griffin used information he gained from other sources, he is a researcher.
            My entire point about complicity on the part of at least a portion of both Congress and the U.S. Senate as well as presidential cabinet members is laid out in the beginning pages of Mr. Griffin’s Jekyll Island book. The original plan for the Federal Reserve Bank was made in 1910 at a secret meeting on Jekyll Island by Republican ‘whip”, Senator Nelson Aldrich, Abraham Piatt Andrew, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and four bankers representing around 25% of the world’s wealth. Griffin also very clearly explains in chapter 22 of this book how deception was used on the part of several very high ranking U.S. politicians as well as President Woodrow Wilson allowing himself to be controlled by Colonel Edward Mandell House in implementing the metamorphosis of what was originally called the Aldrich Plan into the Glass-Owen Bill, co-sponsored by Congressman Carter Glass and Senator Robert Owen and finally after making basically meaningless concessions and changing the name into the Federal Reserve Act, creating the monster central bank which still exists today.
            I guess it boils down to one’s opinion as to how complicit our federal officials were and are in the Fed. I am no fan of Wall Street, but it is my opinion that dirty Washington politicians helped to start this mess and they are still today helping to maintain the status quo which renders most of us perpetual debt slaves. There is plenty of blame to go around for sure.

          • 1olde_reb2

            With all due respect for your effort to be intellectually honest, the error of your conclusion appears to be contained in your brief writing.

            You acknowledge:

            1) a “secret” meeting with a few individuals to formulate a plot on Jekyll Island.

            2) a few individuals and President Wilson were “controlled” by House with “deception.”

            3) it is well known the legislation was passed in a rump session after congress was supposedly adjourned for Christmas.

            4) and you conclude the entire “dirty” congress, even with a 100 year duration, should be accused of treason?

            Isn’t it obvious a cabal connived to pull a fast one on congress and the Nation ? Shouldn’t we believe congressional members would rectify the situation if they had persuasive evidence of embezzlement by the Fed ?? Isn’t the auction account handling by the FRBNY (which you have never challenged or addressed) inescapable evidence of culpable action ?
            If our suspicion is conveyed to congress by educating innumerable constituents (public awareness of the perfidy), couldn’t we believe congress would investigate with an audit of the auction accounts ?

            Let us not be obsessed with history but let us focus on correcting the problem.

          • etls1

            OK. It is obvious that I was wrong about us agreeing. We do not agree on several points. For the sake of argument, let me just ask you this: If it so blaringly obvious to you and me what the inherent problems with the Fed are, including your pet peeve auction account handling, why would it not be obvious to any competent Congressman or Senator? In fact, the very existance of a private central banking cabal which prints fiat currency is a blatant violation of Article 1. sections 8 & 9 of the U.S. Constitution.
            No, I do not believe that Congressional members would rectify the situation if they were aware of it because I believe most of them are aware of it and they are making no moves whatsoever to do anything. Any representative not aware of this problem is Constitutionally illiterate, and I don’t think there are many of them in office. They are in fact making every effort to maintain the status quo of fractional reserve banking and debt slavery despite their acute awareness of the wrongness of it all. In case you’ve forgotten, audits have been proposed on many occasions and the parties who proposed them were blown off as “nuts” using the MSM.

            There is no doubt that there exists a widespread collusion between bankers and our top elected officials and that it has been getting worse rather than better over time. I am not so much obsessed with history as I am simply saying there is ample evidence that they were in it together from the beginning and have even stronger ties now, and on a large scale. You seem to believe that government is totally innocent and naive and has been led down the primrose path by evil bankers. I believe that most government officials are smarter than that, and that there is no realistic scenario under which they could be so thoroughly “tricked” without widespread willing complicity. The truth is they have been co-opted in exchange for illicit favors and the corruption is nearly universal.

            Blame simply cannot realistically be placed squarely on one side or the other; the entire nefarious scheme was designed with government and bankers as a kind of unholy alliance and that is the way it has remained to this day. Abolishing the Federal Reserve Bank entirely and holding all parties from both camps personally accountable is the only way this could ever be remedied, but I’m not holding my breath.

          • 1olde_reb2

            To correct a minor point, the Federal Reserve does not print money. The Fed makes book entry credit for the U.S. government when the government gives a collateral (bill, bond, or note) on the full faith and credit of the government. The Fed purchases money (Federal Reserve Notes also known as legal tender; i.e., an alternate that must be accepted by law for a contract that is denominated in dollars). The Fed paid 4.807 cents for each small FRN (unthreaded) and 8.535 cents for each 1996 series threaded $100 FRN. The series 2004 $100 FRN had an estimated price of 11.798 cents each. Ref. ANNUAL REPORT:BUDGET REVIEW by BOG, May 2010, page 24, MS N-127. [NOTE: This does not take into account the recent QE purchases which appear to have the FR banks acting as commercial banks making loans via checks with no reserve requirements.]

            The real question is whether congressional members, or the public, are aware of the operation of the Fed/ BOG/ FRBNY concealing $4 billion profit daily from the auctions of securities. Would you be so good as to identify any source, including an economics textbook, a magazine article, or even a public statement, that identifies or hints that result as a specific profit of the Fed ?

            I submit that the scam is so cleverly concealed that the inescapable conclusion does not reveal itself. Did you learn it in Economics classes ? Congress-critters are no smarter than you are.

          • etls1

            Thanks for the interesting statistics and the correction. It seems though that you are asking me to attempt to prove your own specific claims of a $4 billion a day profit by the Federal Reserve. I have no proof of it, have not heard about it, and don’t really care whether this specific point is accurate or not. Clearly you know more about the inner workings of the Fed than I. And though I don’t doubt your claim of embezzlement, I think we have gotten off track here. The original subject was your refuting the approach of the author of the above article to our existing problems. Unfortunately these problems are not one dimensional, as in “It’s all the Federal Reserve’s Fault”

            My concern goes back not to a specific instance, nor the Federal reserve Bank itself, but to the fact that the Federal Reserve was but one facet of an array of slickly designed government/corporate hybrid programs created for the sole purpose of implementing exactly the type of smoke and mirror operations to which you refer, with the full knowledge and cooperation of the federal government, all of them pressed by global corporate interests during the administrations of a weak Presidents in the 20th century. This is the big picture. All of these programs have one common goal. Total control over everything and everybody. Control of production and distribution of goods, control over what goods and services are available and who gets how much, without regard for individual achievment. I believe this is the real point the creators of Washington’s blog web-site are attempting to make people aware of. All one need do is look at present conditions; these things did not just “happen”, they were expertly engineered with the full cooperation and awareness of our government, federal down to local levels. The proof is in the existing legislation.

            While you seem to maintain something akin to a blind-faith in our government representatives and their constituents to save the day, my faith lies elsewhere, and I am not talking about religion. Just take a good look around at the “constituents” of today’s false two party paradigm and tell me again that you’re placing your faith in them. It would be laughable if it weren’t so sad.

            Blind faith in governments is the wet dream of these banksters. They have their agents planted deep within every branch and every relevant level of government, including “street-level”. And while there are certainly good people within the government attempting to make things better, the real power lies within the control of production, distribution and flow of wealth. This is the bailiwick of tyrants. And tyrants are exactly who we are dealing with. Any good samaritan getting in the way will be eliminated.

          • 1olde_reb2

            Thank you for your patience and indulgence.

            My previous statements were not meant to have you prove my theory. The inquiries were to establish that there is NO identification of the theory from any other source, including textbooks, magazines, or statements by economists. The scheme has been successfully hidden for 100 years. It was only after examining the concept for several months that I was compelled to conclude there is no other way for the system to work. The numbers will not flow otherwise.

            We surely agree on the destructive and tyrannical path that the nation is following. We appear to differ on the willing or complacent support by the majority of congressional members (as expressed in your article). But we must agree, that without their leadership to change the role of the Fed, the path to alteration becomes very violent.

            I submit congressional tolerance of the Fed’s operation is, in the House, from lack of understanding of the enormous profit that is hidden within the auction accounts and the insidious transfer of wealth to the financiers that will bankrupt the Nation. In the Senate, campaign contributions and insider market information along with other perks by lobbyists create economic benefits for approved legislation that jade their judgment. However, hope is still evident is a few individuals and constituent pressure can hopefully persuade others.

            I additionally submit the economic transfer of wealth that is now $4 billion per day from the auction accounts is the money that has been used to fund many of the collectivists programs and concentration of wealth for the past 100 years. These funds have been available to purchase stockholder control of major businesses by foundations managed by NY bankers (owners of the BOG) to develop interlocking directorships. Competition can be destroyed.

            Rockefeller conceivably used the funds to develop the CFR and Trilateralist group but this is but a component of the Rothschild holdings. Statist think tanks are conceivably funded with this money. Control of both political parties comes from Wall Street but the control is not absolute. Control of the MSM was accomplished years ago.

            The mercantile economic objective of the CIA has been exposed by William Blum and John Perkins. The U.S. government has no interest or gain from exploiting the resources of foreign nations; the CIA is the operating arm to further world -wide financial objectives of the CFR—the New World Order.

            The military-industrial complex has a sizeable role in the CFR with its inherent high profit margin and insatiable demand for expansion and material. Further, the world wide spread of the U.S. military is to compel compliance with CFR/IMF/world Bank exploitation.

            The rampant expansion of control we are seeing by government is to prevent resistance to the oppression that is required to continue funding the exploitation imposed by the Fed’s imposition of National Debt.

            With all due respect, I submit the hiding of auction profits by the FRBNY is the source of all the problems of the United States as detailed in RIP OFF BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE, http://www.scribd.com/doc/48194264/rip-off-by-the-Federal-Reserve-revised and FEDERAL RESERVE HEIST, http://www.scribd.com/doc/101937790.
            An audit of the auction accounts would conclusively confirm the criminal acts of the Fed and expose their nefarious exploitation.. Ref. http://www.scribd.com/doc/48194264/rip-off-by-the-Federal-Reserve-revised and FEDERAL RESERVE HEIST, http://www.scribd.com/doc/101937790.

          • etls1

            I appreciate the fact that you too have remained civil during our discussion. I must say, I find it a bit humorous that the scribd articles you refer me to for proof of your argument appear to have been written by none other than yourself. Honestly, am I wrong?

            In any case, at a cursory glance the articles do seem to have merit. Since my time is becoming limited lately, it will take awhile to thoroughly study the articles and form an honest opinion of them. I can tell you already, I have heard most of what I was able to absorb in scanning before from multiple sources, and do not dispute it. I am familiar with a few of the listed references, especially Carroll Quigley’s “Tragedy and Hope” and I believe I saw Gary Allan’s “None Dare Call it Treason” mentioned.

            The details and a few of the repeated acronyms with which I am unfamiliar are what I want to take a close look at. ( acronyms drive me nuts). My curiosity is peaked now as to whether this is simply a series of opinion pieces or if there is some sort of solid evidence to support your claim that ALL of our problems are caused by the Fed. I suppose from a certain point of view it may be possible but still am not entirely convinced. I’ll look you up and share my opinion when I’m done. Adios for now.

      • http://twitter.com/Hsaive Harold Saive

        Woodrow Wilson’s administration and congress caved to the FED and IRS. Once re-elected, Wilson caved on campaign promise of non-intervention in WWI. Do you think the government played no part in creating the FED?…or even worse?

  • Tech1

    As a real American going back to before the beginning with family who led troops against the British Empire after they burned down Washington DC got buried in Andersonville, GA leading troops in the Civil War, fought in the trenches in World War 1, died sticking the 1st telegraph line across the USA to replace the Pony Express and have Native American blood mixed in I figure I have the right to have my view as much as any newcomer. The real “enemy” of freedom and the ideals of the founders and the hopes and dreams of the American people are at the top the globalist fractional bankers-mostly oil and gas bankers like the Rockefellers and British banker “lords”. Andrew Jackson knew who they were and tossed them out then was the ONLY US president to run this country DEBT FREE! Today however you can go to the Rockefeller Foundation website and see they were set up in 1913 along with the private Fed/IRS scam so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes while the American people did! Fractional banking being the biggest con job in human history anyway they have to run the “business cycle” keeping everyone off balance with wars, market turmoil, currency games, etc. Controlling the nation’s currencies means they control and will own EVERYTHING. Think credit cards! Issued by the bankers-global “money” already just add in the RFID/GPS chips and you control the planet! Total control-they have plenty of “money” it’s the control they desire. Well it seems they already have 95% of it anyway. LIBOR-London Inter Bank Offered Rate? City of London banker “Lords” the ones we thought we beat in the Revolution and War of 1812? Yup! Worked for Pearson Plc. after they bought National Computer Systems in MN shortly before the 911 “attack” for 2.5 billion cash. Bilderberger, Baron and Lord ran it-seventh most powerful man on earth at the time-Baron Lord Dennis Stevenson, CBE, DL, Head of the Queens Appointment Commission for the House of Lords, Chairman of the Tate Gallery in London, Manpower Associates, Bank of Scotland, Halifax Bank, Lazard Bank, keynote speaker at the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC, Davos, etc. etc. NCA was the largest school testing corporation in America if not the world so they paid Akin&Gump to push “No Child Left Behind” and also had GW Bush hand them the no bid cost plus contract to set upeTSA with Lockheed which they over billed hundreds of millions on. Computers have made old style labor obsolete with automation so what will over seven billion humans do all day? Lots of busy work! Computers telling them how things should go and loads of “security jobs” keeping the sheep watching each other and under tight control. The owners will own everything and control everything, done deal unless?……….The vote doesn’t mean anything now Congresss is a bunch of paid off idiots and “presidents” are selected and groomed for the acting roles the REAL rulers are behind the scene like plusge Carlin said. Ron Paul tried to speak out but they just had judges bar him from debates etc. They have the police, military, numerous “security” agencies, the main media plus enough people placated so I don’t see how the people could stop this. End game is a micro-chipped population and the system will just cut your credit off if you object-TOTAL CONTROL! Already for the New age? I’m older and sad but I have yet to see any alternative system for the world. I’d sure like to see one though. Maybe America was just an illusion? You could just end the private Fed/IRS scam and stop the tax free Foundations by taxing them or hand equal shares out to citizens but Congress is scared and paid off. If enough people tried to restore our Constitution, rule of law and real government I think too many are dumbed down and in the security agencies ready and armed to kill if need be. Don’t see a nicer world coming but a highly controlled one, farmed aphids at best.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.coffman.1 Ralph Coffman

      Like you I am an American by Heart & Soul. My mother gave 2 husbands to our country. Both of my fathers died due to their military service. America matters to me. I’m with you 100%.Count me ALL-IN. The International Bankster Crime Syndicate, headquartered in the “City of London” needs to be shut down. Look up in Wikipedia what the “City of London” really is. This 1 sq. mile within London is like an on-shore off-shore money laundering tax haven. The laws of England do not even apply here. It’s a Rouge operation. This is where they have accumulated a $1,800 Trillion Dollar fraudulent derivitive debt that they want US to pay. It’s THEIR fraudulent debt and we all need to get together and refuse to pay. The United States of America needs to issue it’s own Debt Free Currency. Fire the Fed and prosecute the criminals. The 100 year lie is over. We need to Check out the Spire Law Firm’s $43 Trillion Dollar Fraud Lawsuit on behalf of the people.

      • Jarda

        He, he, look into the mirror. The ugly face is yours.

        Regards from Europe.

      • junk_the_bunk-UMM

        Funnily enough, we think it’s us Brits (millions unemployed and not counted in the “statistics,” failing NHS health care, abysmally poor educational standards, crumbling infrastructure et cetera et cetera) who are paying for Americans and the neo-con world hegemony imperialist war insanity…

        • not authorized

          It is the same way here.

    • Guy

      Great mission statement! Sadly, some people won’t understand it, because they can’t see the forest for all the trees. “No way politicians/bankers/lawyers could every be corrupted by unchecked power!”… anyways, thanks for the read.

    • terry1956

      No need to tax foundations at the federal level.
      The founder’s intent was for custom duties normally to make up most of the federal budget.
      A founders intent budget could be done for around 1 trillion with about 800 billion of that going for defense which really is the only reason we need a federal government.
      Proper debt payments, obligations to seniors and the disabled, education, welfare, health care, parks, forest, roads should go back to the states and people where they never should have left in the first place.
      Most governce should be at what Jefferson called the ward republic level, at the neighborhood level.
      Hayek was right about currency, the monopoly should end either central bank or central government monopoly.
      Currency issuers and demand deposit holders should back both by what ever they claim they are backing them with.
      For tax and payment purposes the private issued ( both for profit private and nonprofit private) should be judged by the federal, state, county and local wards by their un leveraged market value in relation to a basic simple unleveraged standard such as physical gold or a group of say 20 to 100 physical commodities of always the same amount of each commodity.
      Maybe in the future if nano tech makes commodities far less costly in a mostly post scarcity world then maybe land somehow could be the standard to judge the competitive private issued currencies by.

    • David Zuniga

      Anonymous ‘Tech1′, I disagree…I *do* see a nicer world coming — but not until a critical mass of Americans sincerely repent before God, so that He will then empower us, even just a small remnant, to perform the duties of popular sovereignty that We The People have abdicated for SIX generations.

      This abdication began in the day of Lincoln, Marx, and Darwin. It was generations in building — since at least Tom ‘Woodrow’ Wilson’s reign, Washington D.C. policy has been definitive communism (per Marx’s ten points in his Communist Manifesto).

      The whole ‘Red Scare’ scam was silly. Abe Lincoln and Karl Marx were buddies; Marx was Horace Greeley’s star journalist at the New York Tribune before Lincoln’s war, for goodness’ sakes!

      But you didn’t know that, did you?

      The government schools have propagandized Americans for over a century, so that now we are truly a nation of idiots, chasing our tails and screaming epithets — but not knowing the cause or cure for our wasting disease.

      READ. Start with just that…READ! Then gird up your loins for hard work, however old you may be. Before putting your shoulder to the yoke with fellow Americans, your reading starts here:

      http://www.AmericaAgainNow.com/faq

      • Macjamm

        Hey are you new to this? This thread is what? Over a year old?
        I saw you on Infowars. And you seem to be vary well informed, BUT you also seem naive as hell… You are saying the exact same things as me, except you actually think we can fix this Nation through proper channels, and i do not.. I am well aware of the fact that revolutions almost always end up badly for the masses.. But in this Country with our history of relative freedom i think a revolution is just what the doctor ordered, with a tradition of freedom and Liberty no-matter how much the reality of that has been trampled, I think this Nation could survive, and yes even flourish after a semi violent over-through of the current criminal Government, and a return to the Constitutional Republic our Founders intended…..

        • ShivaJim

          I think we need to try and have an election based revolution first. Someone above mentioned the success of Andrew Jackson. Perhaps Jesse Ventura is our Andrew Jackson. A revolution is just a civil war. A real revolution here would kill millions as internal civil wars do. And, you know the NSA is watching, which begs the question of why you are talking “revolution” knowing they are watching. Agitating? I’m aware it might be a long shot, but plenty of people are very mad with both parties.

          • Macjamm

            Well we have a God, a destroyer of Worlds here… Hummmm….
            I know Jesse Ventura and he is a F*cking idiot.
            He has never had a original thought in his life, and he is a glory hound..
            He takes credit for other peoples hard work and probably doesn’t understand the Constitution….
            And of course we will need loyal factions of the current military that has sworn allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and wants to restore our Country to the way the founders intended…
            By the way i do not think we have ever had the Country that they intended, it has always been corrupt but that’s where the phrase, form a more perfect union comes in, it will probable never be perfect, but right now its intolerable….

          • Aquaria

            The founders were fine with slavery, and denying women the vote.

            They weren’t gods, stupid. They were imperfect.

          • Macjamm

            Oh shut-up stupid , What the hell do you know,..you’re probably 17,…

    • old_frt

      I am an American and I use paragraph breaks for readability.
      You do not.
      Pity.

  • HajjaRomi

    Thank you for your excellent articles! I am writing about Fukushima, and I have found your posts to be a great source of information.
    To whom can I attribute your articles? “Washington’s Blog” sounds a little evasive, and I would like to put something a little more in the bibliography of the issue I am compiling (I am a professional librarian inter alia). Is there the name of a real person I can use for the author? You can write to me privately at bluesapphire48@yahoo.com if you wish.
    Again, thanks so much!

  • John
  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.galbraith.33 Jim Galbraith

    Hey George – your usual great stuff. Anyway, I got interested in an article with your friends at Zero Hedge concerning the Social Security Trust Fund – Is it real or not? My sense is that it is – and it is invested in US Treasuries – debt securities – but the Republicans, including our own Scott Johnson (R-Wi) – simply don’t want to pay for it. However, I am also aware that Homeland security is spending a lot on arms and bullets seemingly preparing for some sort of “Civil Unrest.” It seems the two are linked – I sure would be pissed off at the government if they decide not to pay out on those who paid in all their lives. Anyway, could you guys address this issue? What is the problem if the US doesn’t default on its debt?

  • acrula

    I get the impression that this website will be dominated by big government and economic conspiracy theorists. Kind of an educated baby boomers’ alternative version of 1950s public opinion from the Cold War – reds under the beds and all of that. There now appear to be bankers and politicians under the beds. What I would like to see, if an opinion is presented, are well-researched substantiated facts and an alternative argument. Your piece on the Atom Bomb seemed OK. An academic article for comment would be even better. Otherwise, it will be just like all the other blogs that proliferate beneath any opinion piece in any suburban newspaper and at the moment they all seem to be saying the same thing, with varying levels of literacy, of course.

  • cosmopolitan person

    Excellent philosophies and articles – please keep up the good work!
    It doesn’t matter where in the world folk originate, we all have an interest in creating a better human society. National governments appear to be a big part of the problem rather than being likely solutions, so let’s remember we’re sisters and brothers first and citizens of particular jurisdictions second.
    All the world has an interest in how the US behaves as the policies and actions touch everyone. So we look to the American people to build a fairer political system and elect leaders that work for the majority, not narrow interest groups.

  • jim_robert

    Tea Party folks are “crazy?” Not that this author is saying that, but that is certainly the meme. Let’s see…. I have two graduate degrees (Univ. of Illinois and Univ. of British Columbia), a number of technical certifications, have been a law abiding, tax paying citizen for almost 40 years, and I strongly support the US Constitution. Oh yea – when I leave Tea Party rallies, they are ALWAYS spotless – no trash, no used condoms, no “nuthin.” But hey! If you are a fascist leftist, or a member of BowelMoveOn.org, gotta get that meme out there!
    Tell you what. Relative to we Tea Party folks – to turn a phrase – “We’re here, we’re NOT queer, and we are never, ever, EVER going away. Get used to it.”

    • robert_13

      You’re already out. You were never in touch with reality. That means you live outside of reality, so you were never in. Reality always wins in the long run, so you’re doomed, but when that happens, you’ll have too much egg on your face to admit you ever thought what you now think.

    • terry1956

      I think you may be misjudging the blogs author but to many people make to much to do about rich people and the gap in incomes between say the top one tenth of 1% and those in the middle, to much about private banks being a enemy.
      The problem is not one making 20 million or even 20 billion a year but its the fact that because of vast amounts of currency devaluation and high degree of other opportunity cost of mass central goverence monopolies the incomes of the vast majority of people poor, middle and rich has fallen.
      This is largely because of concentration of power in DC in the hands of a ruling class made up of only 546 members ( congress, supreme court, president and VP) where a majority of them buy into the goverence theory that between election cycles they can do whatever they want to the rest of us , even the rich and big corporations whenever they want to.
      With voting machines, voter fraud and other election manipulations pushed by most of the incumbent ruling class they think they don’t have to worry about elections that much.
      Plus to many of these control freaks keeps pushing for a one world central goverence so that feet voting can be eliminated.
      While congress salary is far more than I and the vast majority of Americans make, it is still just upper middle income and for some of those control freaks they just live in their office because they don’t care about money, they want power.
      Of course most of the majority of congress as well as their counterparts in the EU, the UN, the CCP of China etc etc want lots of power and lots of money and they figure they can gain both in high level politics.

  • spritzler

    I very much appreciated your analysis of events in Syria: “their terrorists versus our terrorists.” I edit http://www.NewDemocracyWorld.org where I have added your blog to our “Special Links.” The reality, about which that we are both reporting, is a virtual dictatorship of the rich that oppresses ordinary people and creates most of the problems we experience (such as war) for the purpose of enriching the few at the expense of the many. My website is about the need for and possibility of revolution, to create an egalitarian society, as discussed in http://www.newdemocracyworld.org/thinking.pdf, which I think you will find of great interest. I hope to keep in touch. –John Spritzler (spritzler@comcast.net)

  • Jjthree Lyrics

    I wrote a song about it, wanna hear it, hear it go.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRt13X4D3IY&list=PLtbMRpF6YSS8FO6bcc8yGnYvkqvRnz-uW&index=7

    FULL LYRICS BELOW: Here’s the Liberty Bard Blog if you want to hear other tunes I have written. http://libertybard.blogspot.com/
    Three hundred million people

    With three hundred million thoughts

    On how to run a system that’s already been bought,

    By the bankers I mean gangsters

    And one tenth of one percent,

    Of the people on this planet,

    Who use the government:

    To tell us who to hate,

    To tell us what to think,

    To spy on every action,

    To take us to the brink,

    Of tyranny, oppression,

    Authoritarian,

    Ruling oligarchy,

    Enriching all their friends

    Should we try to stop them and fight for liberty?

    Or should we just accept their turnkey tyranny?

    Three hundred million people who look the other way,

    A country apathetic, to what the critics say,

    Whistleblowers whistle, politicians cry,

    They can’t expose our secrets, and no one wonders why,

    The government can watch us but we cannot watch them,

    They’ll label you a traitor if you commit the sin,

    Of showing what their up to, exposing what they do,

    Pulling back the curtain, so we can all see who

    Tells us who to hate,

    Tells us what to think,

    Spies on every action,

    Takes us to the brink,

    Of tyranny, oppression,

    Authoritarian,

    Ruling oligarchy,

    Enriching all their friends

    Should we try to stop them and fight for liberty?

    Or should we just accept their turnkey tyranny?

    Three hundred million people who all should be ashamed

    For being apathetic, while the statist go insane,

    And destroy the fourth amendment, Eviscerate the first,

    It’s just a piece of paper, our founding father’s curse.

    The thing you must remember, when they wrote the bill of rights,

    The world was run by tyrants, that our founders chose to fight,

    They tried to make a system, that was structured to prevent,

    Tyranny emerging, within our government,

    They warned us not to trade an ounce of liberty,

    For the comfort of the promise of false security,

    Collectivist would rule us, every day and every where

    The question we must ask, is simply do we care?

    I have to ask the question, and if you answer no,

    You’ve learned to love your servitude, repeat the words below…

    Tell us who to hate,

    Tell us what to think,

    Spy on every action,

    Take us to the brink,

    Of tyranny, oppression,

    Authoritarian,

    Ruling oligarchy,

    Enriching all their friends

    Why should we try to stop them and fight for liberty?

    We should just accept their turnkey tyranny.

  • MIKE SPRATLEY

    In the truth of things the republican party is a bunch of rich ” KKK ” MINDED SELFSERVING DOGS whose whole party should be done away with. Even as a Christian it’s very, very, hard trying to not to hate these people, I’m really praying on this issue. But starting today I will work with every fiber of MY being to make sure that no republican every win another election in this country as long as GOD allows me to stay here. And further more if they are government workers why are they still getting PAID, THIS HAS TO CHANGE AND CHANGE NOW!!!!!!!,

  • THEBC

    I like it, we’re doing a similar thing at thebitterconsumer.wordpress.com

  • croyboy

    FALSE FLAG: a fact-based narrative w/fictional characters
    about the 9/11 cover-up

    Can serious-minded fiction play a role in creating a better
    understanding of critical contemporary social/political issues like 9/11? Is there a body of 9/11-related fiction?

    This seems to me a subject worthy of editorial inquiry.

    Thanks to the Internet and an increasing number of enterprising
    and courageous individuals, the information now available on a 9/11 cover-up is
    voluminous and convincing. But my perception is that Americans’ understanding
    of this wealth of evidence, or willingness even to consider it, is a small
    fraction of what it could and needs to be in a nation requiring “eternal
    vigilance” by a responsible citizenry to remain free. The choir is being
    preached to with brilliance and passion, but it’s time to enlarge the
    congregation. Exponentially.

    All this evidential intelligence needs to be presented in such a
    way that it permeates the cultural equivalent of the blood-brain barrier. How
    can we bypass that impregnable human defense system known as denial?
    Story-telling, fiction, is certainly one way. As I state at the end of my
    novella False Flag, “Although its central characters are fictional, the story
    you have just read is based on the tragedy we all know so well – or, more
    correctly for many of us, not so well.”

    Following is a link to my investigative narrative w/fictional
    characters which draws heavily on two primary sources to tell the story of a
    9/11 cover-up. One is the brilliant “Miracles” essay by David Ray Griffin, who
    read my screenplay, from which this version of the story is adapted, and
    provided additional invaluable feedback. The other is the heavily researched
    and footnoted 2-part essay by E.P. Heidner which “ties together many previously
    unexplained threads in the 9/11 mystery that are most compelling,” in the words
    of Fred Burks, on whose website wanttoknow.info the essay appeared. Having received much positive feedback as well as suggestions for further research, I’ve also recently added fact-based
    scenes exploring the possibility that 9/11 was a nuclear attack.

    Synopsis: FRANK lost his 26-year-old
    daughter LISA. ANNA lost her husband ARTURO, a cook anticipating promotion to
    sous-chef at Windows on the World. ANITA’s husband ALEX was one of 658
    employees of Cantor Fitzgerald who lost their lives in the controlled
    demolition of the Twin Towers. Through the eyes and the stories of these and
    other fictional characters, we gain new compassion for the victims, and new
    perspective on the events, of 9/11.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/142983438/FALSE-FLAG

    I hope that you or someone on your editorial staff will take a moment to glance at this. If it has the narrative drive intended – and previous readers assure me that it does – that glance
    could well become a read which, with your favorable mention, could help bring
    additional clarity and comprehension to a global crisis.

    (Note that the ms. has a Creative Commons license giving anyone
    the right to download and share it with others for free.)

    Thanks!

    Dick Croy

    • American

      That all changed today. Now the fat lady has sung, it’s all over. If any of your little friends do not believe, Virginia, just show them the link in today’s news to the guy who was in charge at the time, admitting it was all a false excuse for surveillance. Paste it far and wide.

  • David Zuniga

    I find your mission statement appealing. Of course, “actionable information” presupposes that action taken will: a) be legitimate, and b) result in improvement, not further retrogression.
    This appears to be another of thousands upon thousands of theoretical reporting and ‘venting’ sites; perhaps you will actually refer people to TAKE ACTION. Not rash or rebellious action of frustrated serfs, but the responsible duty of every American citizen, as the ultimate sovereigns in our constitutional republic.
    Interested in action rather than more words and argument for the next decade? Start here:
    http://www.AmericaAgainNow.com/faq
    Then watch the 2-minute video on the home page, and read the AmericaAgain! Declaration. Then let’s get to work before our grandkids ask us why we sat through Great Depression II, arguing amongst ourselves and doing nothing constructive.
    http://www.AmericaAgainNow.com/aa_declaration

  • David Zuniga

    I find your mission statement very appealing.

    Of course, “actionable information” presupposes that action taken will: a) be legitimate, and b) result in improvement, not further retrogression.

    There are thousands of theoretical, news aggregator, and social media ‘venting’ sites. Perhaps you’ll consider turning this into a site for *action*?

    Ready to start doing your citizen duty rather than simply typing endless words and argument online, with no action plan? Then read this: http://www.AmericaAgainNow.com/faq

    That gives you the basics and explains where we are, and how we get out of here and restore our republic. Next, watch the 2-minute video on the home page; then read the AmericaAgain! Declaration:

    http://www.AmericaAgainNow.com/aa_declaration

    Then, study some of our blog articles covering contentious but critical issues of our generation.
    This monograph explains how organized crime has owned the table in American money and banking for 151 years – and for 70 years, the world’s central banks and currencies as well. The video series linked early in that monograph is the best video primer I’ve found on money, credit, and banking.

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/exposing_the_fools_gold_standard

    This monograph explains to political partisans that the Democrat and GOP parties are tactical tools that bankers and mercantilists use to keep us in serfdom:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/the_war_to_enslave_the_states

    Then there are tougher issues – sacred cows – that we must face as a people to restore our republic. For instance, this piece describes how most of the military industry has been illegal from inception, making it impossible to maintain constitutional homeland security: Citizen Militia stipulated in Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 of the Constitution:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/support_our_troops

    [Veterans either love that piece and thank me for opening their eyes, or despise me and call me a Muslim or communist. I'm just the messenger; let them despise James Madison, General Smedley Butler, President Dwight Eisenhower, or former West Point professor Andrew Bacevich.]

    Conservative talk radio has made cheering spectators out of citizens whose duty is sovereign action, as I explain in the monograph below. As is true of most single-issue nonprofits, we’ll never hear Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin or any other ‘conservative talk’ star support an action plan to restore the U.S. Constitution and liberty, because actual solutions would kill their golden goose:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/is_conservative_talk_our_poison

    Another sacred cow: is it fair to demand that we be repaid what was stolen from our bank accounts for many years, supposedly deposited in our Social Security accounts? No; first because restitution is mathematically impossible (our federal servant is bankrupt), and secondly because it is unethical for earlier victims to join in plundering later ones. As I explain in this tough monograph, so-called ‘entitlement’ recipients are accessories to theft, and a major impediment to ending American communism:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/are_you_a_marxist_ponzi_schemer

    The TEA Party has caused many GOP faithful to ask why the GOP is ‘leaving its conservative roots’. As I explain in this monograph, it isn’t; the GOP was conceived on the packing house floor of Karl Marx and Abe Lincoln 150 years ago:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/red_roots_of_the_gop

    Doesn’t it seem odd that so many Americans regularly curse politicians, while sending their kids on tour buses to Washington D.C. to gape and swoon at organized crime in imposing, opulent buildings? In this monograph, I explain the psychology of fascist architecture, and that Washington D.C. has been communist for a century, and fascist for almost as long:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/america_becoming_a_foreign_country

    Preppers and self-fulfilling prophets of Police-State Tyranny have been going ballistic because federal agencies purchased several billion rounds of ammo over the past few years, and because federal training documents deal with internment camps for U.S. citizens. So what’s up with that? I apply Occam’s Razor to these issues – an alternative scenario to Civil War II – in THIS monograph, suggesting the constitutional military that has been subverted by the military industry (and unwittingly by America’s military families) since Lincoln first hijacked the Constitution:

    http://www.americaagainnow.com/great_depression_ii

    Hard words? You bet; but we Americans have rejected God. His judgment has been evident for generations, to those with eyes to see. More judgment lies ahead, until we repent. Clearly, 55 million dead pre-born Americans and a Sodom Confederacy of 13 state legislatures attest that Americans have abdicated our founding ethos our peril.

    Yet, I am an optimist because our solution has been right there for 224 years, waiting for us. It’s peaceful, lawful, witheringly powerful, and can last as long as the Constitution does.

    Don’t stop challenging one another, digging up information and studying to establish its truth. But after all the talking and texting, I hope you’ll join us at AmericaAgain! – because there’s *work* to be done.

  • Harold V

    Piracy West Africa in Particular .

    This is a
    serious problem which must be addressed now.

    No not an
    advertising Campaign. or a do
    good’er plea. Certainly not a funding
    request.

    This communication
    is made privately and individually for reasons of both personal and state
    security. Should you read on, you will quickly realise why. Please accept this
    letter in good faith. You may take any measures you like to check my bona
    fides. The identity of all and any persons to whom this letter is addressed,
    shall remain personal to me only and remain so until such time as sufficient
    interest has been confirmed and each and every potential participant has agreed
    to be made known to the others.

    My name is Harold Valman. I am
    and continue to be a Seafarer for now more than 60 years. I am English born and
    British nationality..

    I am not a
    political pawn, a government would bee, or even some bodies agent..

    This rapidly growing problem
    must be tackled at grass roots level, I
    know the answer and how to apply it.

    For many years, I have been
    watching this scenario unfold to the proportions which it has now become.

    To date, no one body, government or other organisation
    has even attempted to discover why.
    Instead they wring their hands in dismay as they pay out billions in
    ransoms, fight their constituency party for more imagined political power, and spend even more utilising world resourced
    military force on a hopeless attempt to close the door after the pirates have
    left.

    Piracy on this scale, is not the tiny minority of
    opportunists, who have little, or even less to lose by attempting to steal to
    survive.

    These so called PIRATES are conducting a well organised financial crime for personal
    gain at the expense of most of the developed world. Knowing
    that currently there is no effective means of capture and punishment, and that
    the local populations used for their purposes are of low value and not missed
    if they disappear in the process.

    The promoters of these crimes are known to the
    organisations paying the ransoms but are conveniently unrecognised because of
    threatened political or pseudo military action against themselves personally.

    World Government forces have their hands tied in
    attempting to prevent the events. They declare we cannot step beyond the line
    of rules of engagement. And, if they are sufficiently diligent to capture
    individuals. It is the duty of the
    respective home government of the captured individuals to examine and punish, not ourselves. (What a
    load of bullshit).

    The developed civilised world has only two
    options to deal with this state of affairs.

    The first which is the
    simplest although it may appear at first to be the costliest, is the cheapest.
    Shut down the oil workings, cap off the wells totally. I mean totally. Remove all essential
    equipment. remove all personnel. Stop all production. Remove all stock and
    cease all import of any form of supply to the oil industry. A Total Boycott…

    Yes this will cause tremendous
    backlash and much dissention among the developed world, because of their vested
    interests in oil production, not the State of Nigeria. For a short time it may even cause a ghost
    oil crises. But all the world can see the oil reserves are not depleted, and
    stability will quickly return as it did after Kuwait, Bagdad, and Libya.

    The more marked effect, is
    that there will be a return to real civil war for a short time in the region…
    Provided
    the developed world does not take sides
    and become involved, on the false promise of some spoils for the victor, this
    local war will quickly polarise, with very little bloodshed. The corrupt influences
    will try and escape to other territories with their funds. What is left, will
    form effective governments thereby
    paving the way for normalisation. The majority of Nigerians have neither the
    education, will or technical ability to operate the oil installations
    themselves, regardless of the hype and propaganda to the contrary. If the World
    operators show that they will no longer allow themselves to be intimidated, the
    current situation will end. Not only in West Africa but worldwide.

    The current situation in and around Nigeria, is being
    used by organised crime, hiding behind the name of pseudo political groupings. However it cannot
    be denied even by themselves, that the ransoms being paid, are in any part used
    to improve the lot of the people they pretend to represent. The entire area is
    a corrupted mess, with the criminals often working both sides at the same time.

    Of course it is not as simplistic as it sounds and of
    course there are interests which will be harmed. But to do nothing is
    considerably more costly in every sense. and will soon result in Active guerrilla
    war around the world in almost every developed state, using the same
    intimidation tactic, in any oil producing State… The blame of course being
    directed at the U S A, China, Russia,
    and of course Europe. Either for
    intervening, or not intervening… Added to by some of the Arab World for
    presumed political advantage.

    The temporary answer, is to organise a small but very efficient
    task force, that will work independently and outside of the current quasi
    military and security forces. To tackle these events as they happen. On their
    ground and with their rules. These Pirate organisations have declared open WAR
    on many occasions in their threats and intimidation of the oil operators,
    whatever nationality. This task force must accept, that is the real situation
    and deal with the enemy on the same terms and by the same means as they are
    doing…

    I am not an advocate of
    violence or antagonism, but by the same token neither you or I would take a
    near fatal blow and then turn the other cheek and say try again… That
    is what is happening in West Africa and will continue to happen until a very
    large positive step is taken to deter it… We must run away or make a positive stand, we cannot do nothing.

    The only solution other than above, Is all out military war against the
    present state of Nigeria and its overthrow, which everyone knows is corruptly
    promoting the status quo. This would be like turning the clock back to 50 years
    of Vietnam, and is unacceptable… Let
    them fight among themselves. Without help or interference from the so called
    developed nations, the emerging leaders of the individual States, will quickly
    polarise and return their state to the feudal pre 1930′s, with their own ethnic
    beliefs, justice and administrations. Corruption on the present scale will
    virtually disappear, The vested interests which have been promoting the current
    status quo, will either escape to other territories or be terminated by their
    own kind… Problem solved permanently.

    I am an active 78 year young technician and sea captain, I
    have little to gain and much to lose by promoting such an organisation. however
    it must be done for the good of all and if I am the first or the only one, I
    shall still continue to campaign until it becomes fact.

    I respectfully ask for your support in this proposal. If you
    are of similar thoughts to myself, please reply briefly expressing your
    support. Even if you disagree in principle, your input will be appreciated.
    Perhaps you have a more suitable alternative, don’t keep it to yourself. The
    overriding factor is the current situation can not be allowed to continue
    unchecked.

    I am not and
    have never been an oil company rep or employee, neither am I a military or
    political activist. But I am a highly experienced maritime engineer, with
    ability to source, adapt and operate specialised small craft 40/50 mtrs, and
    train crews for the purposes described above. To my mind the first alternative
    is going to be at some time, the only alternative. However even that will take months or more to apply. In the mean time the
    risk to innocent life, and robbery continues. Some efforts considerably greater
    than at this time, must be implemented to protect the individuals and
    property. As the operation is seen to
    become reality, greater effort will be made by the enemy to get a last ditch
    hold on anything which might produce revenue. By that time, the deterrent
    should be sufficiently strong to prevent that happening…

    It can only happen
    if sufficient people, who are involved in oil, ship, insurance services,
    manpower and transport get together and form a working group to provide such an
    operation..

    This problem is not political and can never be solved in any
    political manner. It is now commercial and financial and can only be solved in
    that way. Would you prefer to stand on the beach and
    hand out millions in cash to each and everyone who asks, and then watch as others
    of their own kind, rob them and send them back for more. That
    cash does not find its way into the national economy, it migrates like most of
    the billions paid directly by the oil companies, to fuel world inflation in a
    never decreasing spiral…

    History and reasons for the current
    situation

    Prior to the 1960′s the States that now make up Nigeria,
    were independent feudal states that had been that way for many hundreds of
    years. They each had their own administrations and religious beliefs, there was
    an effective power of local law, and each state although vastly different from
    the next, co existed peacefully with its neighbour. there were disputes from
    time, but always local and quickly resolved. Prior to 1960, the states had been
    a British Protectorate for more than a hundred years. In 1960 Britain declared Nigeria Independent,
    with the political intention at the time, of divesting itself of the
    responsibility. However politicians and others with financial vested interests,
    sought to retain control and keep the new state unstable for their own benefit.

    Nigeria was created by the British without consideration
    of the country’s ethnic diversity. It has never integrated as one country. It
    served the British at the time to leave the country in turmoil, they thought it would make it easier to have access to the
    country’s rich oil resources.

    Nigeria has over 300 ethnic
    groups, the more dominant being the Igbo
    in the East, the Hausa-Fulani in the North and the Yoruba in the West.

    When Nigeria gained
    independence from Britain, 1960, the three major ethnic groups, in the East, West,
    and North of the country, which always had their own administration, culture
    and religious beliefs, even under the BRITISH protectorate were now forced into
    a unitary state. ( see Wikipedia history of Nigeria)

    This proved to be an
    impossible task. The Westerners (mostly Yoruba’s) broke away from Nigeria
    declaring themselves the state of Biafra. This did not sit well with the
    easterners who saw the break away as illegal, claiming they were not consulted. On 6
    July 1967, a civil war broke out when the easterners led by the northerners who are the majority, tried
    to force the west to integrate back into Nigeria. Half of Europe supported
    Nigeria,(under Britain’s domination) not
    merely politically but with arms and military assistance, the rest supported
    Biafra politically and socially but did not openly provide military assistance,
    for fear of offending Britain’s vested interests.. The North, dominating both
    the East and the West, by engineered internal strife.

    This was a war of attrition which openly lasted till
    1970, and in one way or another is still going on. The populations of today,
    are the children and young people of the 1960′s, they have grown up and developed
    in a
    state where open bribery, corruption, theft and miss appropriation is the norm.
    Where human life has little value and ethnic, cultural and quasi religious
    values are exploited for personal gain. They have never known any different, or
    how to tell the truth.

    It is inevitable that the state now known as Nigeria,
    will return sooner or later to its original feudal ethnic diversity. The past
    53 years of internal conflict have proven that. It is only the corruption and
    vested interest in high places that have prevented a peaceful natural
    transition back to the three original divisions.

    Each individual area is
    diversely rich in resources and more than capable of sustaining its
    populations within a peaceful environment, without oil revenues. The oil
    extraction occurs mainly within the Niger Delta, a normally sparsely populated
    area. swelled in more recent years by migrant workers, and those that prey upon
    them and the oil installations. If that ceases, the situation will return
    within months to the status of the 1900′s. A condition of stability will
    prevail within about two years, and established good governance will negotiate
    with the established world, the re introduction of oil production in a peaceful
    and economical way.

    Note.

    The published and media reports since 2006, tell less than
    half the story. The sums being paid on a
    regular basis as bribes, salaries for non existent workers or unofficial
    protection fees, are probably twice the amount being paid in ransoms. The most common is the local army chief,
    wearing government uniform, who will demand from an installation a substantial
    sum in cash, to reward his troops, for fending off an imagined attack the
    previous day. Claiming that if he can’t pay them they won’t risk their lives to
    prevent the next one. Which is sure enough carried out by the same troops with
    a different flag.

    Show me just one installation Boss from that area who says
    it does not happen, I will ride naked on
    a white horse through Coventry on Christmas Day…

    Undoubtedly any action as described above,
    will expose the Nigerian military for what most of them are. It is inevitable
    that any allied prevention force will
    sooner or later be involved in a confrontation with the official military, (who will be on
    the losing side).
    How is the current Nigerian Government going to explain that. Will they say as
    they have in the past when caught out,
    it was a rogue commander who made a mistake…

    Informal contact has been made to certain Independent States,
    who have expressed an interest in these proposals to end the current problems.
    I am now canvassing as many individuals as possible, from organisations involved in energy production.
    Particularly those who are in the target area… The only unofficial negative feedback, is from the British F.O.C.o, who
    having been instrumental in the setting up of the State of Nigeria during 1959,
    are still loath to admit that they got it wrong. Britain as a former colonial
    power, has lost all its influence, although it would like to believe it has not, and continues to
    give massive grant aid to Nigeria far in excess of any likely potential return,
    on the very doubtful suggestion of future political control of its vested
    interests… Unfortunately most of this aid is corruptly diverted to local
    government institutions who have little incentive but to promote their own
    private empires for themselves.

    The removal of the oil revenues, and most of the Aid, will
    hit hardest at the centre of the corruptive influences. They will no longer have the wealth of income
    to salt away for themselves, and will have to look towards actually doing the
    job they are in office for, or removing themselves from the scene. They will
    have no alternative. Yes there will be posturing and threats of repercussions,
    but they cannot make the situation any worse than it is at this time.

    The developed world must dismiss from its thoughts, that the
    mere threat by the Oil Producers to create a BOYCOTT, is sufficient to produce
    the effect. Think again… Look back to
    Saddam Husain and Kuwait, he was faced with a similar threat. He sent his army
    in to destroy the installations, if he could not keep them for his own benefit,
    no one will have them. THAT IS WHAT WILL
    HAPPEN IN NIGERIA. Forcing the rest of the world to intervene in a pointless
    conflict… The operation must start covertly and be carried out rapidly. What
    cannot be removed, must be disabled and abandoned… It is inevitable that some factions of the
    military, will go on the rampage and attempt to destroy whatever they can. but
    these will be stopped in a very short time by their own kind, provided there is
    no outside intervention…

  • dickcroy

    FALSE FLAG: a fact-based narrative w/fictional characters about the 9/11 cover-up

    Can serious-minded fiction play a role in creating a better understanding of critical contemporary social/political issues like 9/11? Is there a body of 9/11-related fiction?

    Thanks to the Internet and an increasing number of enterprising and courageous individuals, the information now available on a 9/11 cover-up is voluminous and convincing. But my perception is that Americans’ understanding of this wealth of evidence, or willingness even to consider it, is a small
    fraction of what it could and needs to be in a nation requiring “eternal vigilance” by a responsible citizenry to remain free. The choir is being preached to with brilliance and passion, but it’s time to enlarge the congregation. Exponentially.

    All this evidential intelligence needs to be presented in such a way that it permeates the cultural equivalent of the blood-brain barrier. How can we bypass that impregnable human defense system known as denial? Story-telling, fiction, is certainly one way. As I state at the end of my novella FALSE FLAG, “Although its central characters are fictional, the story you have just read is based on the tragedy we all know so well – or, more correctly for many of us, not so well.”

    Following is a link to my investigative narrative w/fictional characters which draws heavily on two primary sources to tell the story of a 9/11 cover-up. One is the brilliant “Miracles” essay by David Ray Griffin, who read my screenplay, from which this version of the story is adapted, and provided additional invaluable feedback. The other is the heavily researched and footnoted 2-part essay by E.P. Heidner which “ties together many previously unexplained threads in the 9/11 mystery that are most compelling,” in the words of Fred Burks, on whose website wanttoknow.info the essay appeared. Having received much positive feedback as well as suggestions for further research, I’ve also recently added fact-based scenes exploring the possibility that 9/11 was a nuclear attack.

    Synopsis: FRANK lost his 26-year-old daughter LISA. ANNA lost her husband ARTURO, a cook anticipating promotion to sous-chef at Windows on the World. ANITA’s husband ALEX was one of 658
    employees of Cantor Fitzgerald who lost their lives in the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers. Through the eyes and the stories of these and other fictional characters, we gain new compassion for the victims, and new perspective on the events, of 9/11. Here’s the link:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/142983438/FALSE-FLAG

    I hope that you’ll take a moment to glance at this. If it has the narrative drive intended – and previous readers assure me that it does – that glance could well become a read which, with your favorable mention, could help bring additional clarity and comprehension to a global crisis.

    (Note that the ms. has a Creative Commons license giving anyone the right to download and share it with others for free.)

    Thanks!
    Dick Croy

  • lew

    While I agree very much with your analyses of problems and assigning blame to banksters and oligarchs and their political lackies and captive agencies, I do not believe your recommendations for reform are an improvement.

    “Make the Fed a public utility”. Why not abolish it entirely, pass a Constitutional Amendment that says the gov deals in grams of gold for payments and taxes? Simple, easy, no rules to be gamed. The rest of us can use whatever we wish for money, get on with life.

    Your recommendations are all some variety of Progressive/socialist. Surely we all understand that that is how we got here? Successive layers of reforms, each a human-designed system, all of which have been very easily gamed by both insiders and outsiders. Regulatory capture always happens, it is obviously a law of nature which we keep violating.

    Societies fail in times directly proportional to the intensity of the gov’s effort to control the populace and the economy. The USSR, China and EEurope showed us that controlling both completely fails in about 50 years. WEuropean socialism showed us that controlling the major parts of the economy via gov ownership takes somewhat longer to fail, but not much. The Asian Tigers and early US history shows us that economies can grow quickly without much regulation.

    And now Progressivism is failing everywhere tried. Every nation that has implemented Progressive policies is now deeply in debt with an economy of low or negative growth and high unemployment, has insolvent banks and many other businesses, has an unbalanced population age structure that require few workers to support many retirees, has low or negative growth of their native populations, and has a festering immigrant problem that will get much worse with continued economic decline.

    This is the end of the Progressive era, a major lesson of which is that human-designed systems do not perform well in managing large-scale, open, evolving, complex systems such as the society and economy. We cannot engineer society or our economy, all such attempts fail dismally. There are quite fundamental reasons for that in control systems theory, mathematical chaos and epistemology.

    Managing an economy certainly requires economics to be a science. As economic’s data is a subset of historical data, and therefore allows correlations but not experiments, it can never produce cause-and-effect relationships, and is no more useful than history in guiding us to a desired future.

    Running the world by rules (laws, regulations, …) has not worked, the systems are too easily gamed by people willing to be dishonest, and forces everyone to be somewhat dishonest in order to do what is right while following the rules. That cascades, leading to the awful state of our world.

    The alternative is the general rule that everyone must provide all of the information necessary to make a good decision to everyone they deal with. That single expectation greatly simplifies the world, would give the US a huge advantage in generating wealth.

    It is not silly idealism, it is the standard by which the best-run organizations in the world operate.

  • ShivaJim

    Love your stuff. You know, with your name you could do a great talk show in support of your columns. It would also be interesting to see you run for office. With your name recognition, who wouldn’t vote for you. Good luck, and be creative. We have an election coming up.

  • notmuchisasitseems

    Outstanding clear statements of what WB is about, and very helpful. In my experience WB has been very true to this mission of exploring these sorts of topics in a well thought out manner that is digestable for anyone that is open to learn.

    Much appreciation.

  • Robert Searle

    Towards Super Economics, and the World http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Transfinancial_Economics

  • Griebel

    Hi Washington,

    I wanted to let you know that I have decided to delete the CSS link to your site from my browser, and will not be reading anymore.

    The reason for this is that, far from taking the very evident feedback that Zeusse and his ilk are not wanted here, you have let him work him way in, and now I find that it seems that half the articles up are Zeusse this, Zeusse that. I would subscribe to his page, or to any one of countless echo-chamber republicrat talking-heads/bloggers if I wanted that perspective.

    I am sorry to have to say this, but it seems the drift is in the wrong direction, and your site has been either co-opted or neutralized in effectiveness.

    Regrets,
    Griebel

    • anonymous

      I also miss the real George. Tend to skip over certain posters.

  • disqus_tKUiAezKl2

    Outlaw political parties.

  • Baruch Colton

    Truth – Geo politics is very complicated and a History of peoples and geography of hundreds of years has to be considered. You cant take one sided snap shots and present it as FACT. It’s like the picture of an Israeli soldier “taking” candy from a child (as the caption reads) when in FACT he was giving the child a candy! Let’s face facts, In the last 5 years, Egytians in Egypt were killing each other, Syria ditto, Lybia ditto, Iraq oh ya and plenty of US boys and girls, yes eighteen year olds are still children. The Arabs who live in the land that was given to the children of Jacob(you know the guy, he is in that book that is in more homes and hotel rooms than any other in the entire history of the world, the “BIBLE”). Mark Twain said over a hudred years ago about this land that the Romans named “Palestine” (They changed it from the original name “Judea” part of Israel, which before was called Canaan(see Bible, Josephus). The fact is that the IDF protects and saves innocent people and most of the Arab countries in the Middle East do not want a democratic free human rights loving people to exist!!! This blog is either a satire or people who are so uneducated they should learn how to read and think for themselves. When Gaza was gifted to the Arabs they destroyed all the high tech hydroponic farms that the Israeli’s left behind for them. They don’t seem to want to build themselves up and make a life for themselves and their children. They just want to destroy and fight with anyone and everyone. If the US and Israel did not exist God forbid, the Middle East would be a blood bath!!!