Especially the video of Ben Bernanke testifying before the U.S. Senate about financial matters.
In so many words Bernanke indicated that the austerity obsession which the insane wing of the Republican Party is nursing (with one of Baby Huey's bottles) is wrong headed in the extreme; thus, is damaging to the economy in terms of weakening the already weak but ongoing recovery.
Bernanke said that the austerity plan being used now has already diminished the nation's GDP (during 2012, by 1.5%), and that "The Sequester" (a sequel to the bad, senseless movie "It Was Not Wrong To Ruin The Budget Surplus That President Clinton Developed", starring John "Agent Orange" Boehner) would diminish the economy even further this year.
Bernanke mentored them but they did not get it.
So what's the cause of the ongoing and glaring cognitive dysfunction?
Well, some new science may lead to an understanding of their cognitive malfunction, and may help verify "The Germ Theory of Government", or at least move in the direction of verifying it.
It is an old American belief that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely", which has been the basic theme of this series of Dredd Blog posts.
We are not trying to prove whether the "power corrupts" ideology is true, because that we take for granted as having been proven during centuries of observation (the design of our Constitution was based on it).
What we are looking for is the source of the toxins that corrupt the thinking of politicians who talk their way into vortexes of power, into government.
Already, during this series, we have looked at some remarkable discoveries that those who have gone before us were unaware of, specifically that our genetic makeup contains mostly genes from germs, and that communication takes place between human cells and germs:
I remember the day we found the gene for the inter-species signaling molecule like it was yesterday. We got the gene and we plugged it into a database. And we immediately saw that this gene was in an amazing number of species of bacteria. It was a huge moment of realization. We had wondered for so long what this second molecule was for, and the database told us in an instant this must be about cross-species communication.(The Germ Theory - of Government - 4). The use of the word "germ" is in the context of "microbe", which means small things we can't see without the aid of a microscope, but nevertheless small things that can do big things when there are enough of them around; hence, the inquiry:
We must know scientifically what "germ", if there is one, has caused the failures in our society, through the corruption of power, if we ever hope to solve that problem, or to put it another way, to "cure" that disease: "Our results suggest that during evolution, the colonization of gut microbiota has become integrated into the programming of brain development, affecting motor control and anxiety-like behavior" (Hypothesis: Microbes Generate Toxins of Power - 2, quoting The National Academy of Sciences).(The Germ Theory - of Government). In that light as well, the fertile world of scientific research on stem cells has recently turned up some astonishing discoveries:
Do we need a vaccine of modern epic proportions which all those who sit in the seats of power must be inoculated with (V: The Evolution of the Vaccime)?
We all started out as a fertilized egg: a solitary cell about as wide as a shaft of hair. That primordial sphere produced the ten trillion cells that make up each of our bodies. We are not merely sacs of identical cells, of course. A couple hundred types of cells arise as we develop. We’re encased in skin, inside of which bone cells form a skeleton; inside the skull are neurons woven into a brain.(Stem Cell Malfunction A Quantum Toxin Source?, emphasis in original). This dynamic does not stop at birth, no, various stem cells stay with us for all our lives and are active in repairing us; taking us back to health when we are sick or injured from time to time (ibid, Stem Cell Malfunction A Quantum Toxin Source?).
What made this alchemy possible? The answer, in part, is viruses.
Pfaff and his colleagues propose that the domestication of these virus promoters was a key step in the evolution of mammals with placentas. The idea that viruses made us who we are today may sound bizarre, except that Pfaff is hardly the first person to find evidence for it. Last year, for example, I wrote about how placental mammals stole a virus protein to build the placenta.
Be sure to remember that most germs (microbes, viruses, etc.) in the world way beneath our eyes are helpful to us, so, it is the rogue ones that we consider when we search for the toxins in power (that which makes officials in the seats of government become corrupt and dangerous).
Before signing off today, please let me point out that there may also be toxins of power factors even down at the quantum physics level; toxins that impact us when we get into vortexes of power, into government:
"In this paper we have pointed out that, since the protons are not classical particles but "wave packets" obeying the laws of modern quantum theory, the genetic code cannot --in spite of all precautions-- be 100% stable. Due to the quantum-mechanical "tunnel effect," there is always a small but finite probability that the protons will change place, alter the genetic code, and give rise to mutations. This implies also that this transfer of protons over a distance of about 10-^8 cm may be one of the driving forces in the evolution of living organisms on the earth."(ibid, Stem Cell Malfunction A Quantum Toxin Source?). Perhaps we should encourage our kids to become microbiologists instead of lawyers, because at the macro level of cognition within our plutocracy, we are "doin' a heckuva job Brownie."
Example (graph not included):
See that 5 degrees Celsius we're projected to hit by 2050? That's 9 degrees Fahrenheit. That means the end of human civilization, and possibly of the human race itself. Within our lifetimes.(Digby's Hullabaloo, emphasis added). One of the definitions of "hype" is: "7. a swindle, deception, or trick" (Dictionary).
The International Energy Agency agrees with the assessment.
The Science Pope blog makes clear exactly what this all means:
Your brain will fight it, even with the numbers on the page staring back at you, because the collapse of civilization is simply beyond human comprehension. To really internalize this information means you would need to accept things like:Next to this problem, the deficit isn't just child's play. It doesn't even exist by comparison. Drones? Let's get serious.
- You are among the last people that will ever walk the Earth
- Your children won’t survive to middle age
- All of the beauty, culture, and scientific discoveries we’ve unlocked will return to the ether from whence they came.
Forgive my French, but that is some heavy shit. Yet our ability to understand and feel threatened by this information is hindered by the fact that things don’t seem that bad right now. Sure things feel a little “off”, but how can we be so close to oblivion when life is (generally speaking) so good, modern and happy?
The answer is exponentials. Climate change does not follow a linear path (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc…), it follow an exponential path (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, etc…). Global temperature is increasing exponentially, fueled by humanity’s exponential rise in energy use, population, and economic growth ...
There is one problem on this planet that dwarfs all the others right now, and it barely gets mentioned by the national press except as a niche environmental issue.
So, if the public is not informed of reality they have been swindled out of their right to know so they can demand that the problem be fixed.
The previous post in this series is here.
Dr. James Hansen, of NASA, explains (at about 8:00 in the video below), that the Earth is heating up due to CO2 increases in the atmosphere from civilization's use of fossil fuels.
It is heating up in the amount equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs EACH DAY, 365 days a year: