Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mother Of All Enemies - 2

In the first post of this series we discussed the great social damage that the U.S. military has done to Iraq.

In that post we discussed the hunger of many Iraqi people, as well as the millions of Iraqi people who have had to flee their homes, the millions of Iraqi people who have had to flee their nation, and the countless who have had to flee for their lives; to Syria and to other nations foreign to those expatriated Iraqis.

Within those Iraqis who could not flee, who have therefore lived through the holocaust of war in Iraq, there is a massive group of women, the size of a city, who have been deprived of not only the everyday life they once had, but have also been deprived of needed loved ones.

Today we focus on a New York Times piece concerning about 900,000 - 1,000,000 widows in Iraq today:
The Iraqi Ministry of Planning estimates that about ... 900,000, are widows. A separate government agency, the Ministry of Women, issued a statement in June putting the figure at one million ... Confronted with so many widows,
the Iraqi government is providing only minimal assistance, equivalent to about $80 a month to those widowed in the recent conflict.

“We expected we would get a lot of help from all sides, the Americans, the Iraqi government,” Ms. Khalaf, who lost her husband in 2007, said in an interview in her trailer. “But the fact is, nobody really cares about us.”

The rusting trailer camp, across from a car lot, represents a social challenge that is not easily remedied — not least because the gender imbalance makes it exceedingly unlikely most widows will remarry.
(NY Times). This is one of many reasons why it is a Mideastern curse to say "may the Americans bring you democracy".

The oil war with Iraq will bring much more wealth to the 1% of MOMCOM, but will bring only more misery to the 99% they lord it over.

According to psychologists, as Americans become adults they tend to transfer parental sentiments away from their parents toward the government MOMCOM as a replacement for further parenting.

MOMCOM sends them to places to make heroes out of them, so every 80 minutes one of MOMCOM's parented veterans commits suicide.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Empire Strikes Back - 6

In the previous post of this series, we discussed that many blogs were reporting about and discussing this issue.

The American government is a core of a larger Ruling Group Mind (RGM), as the behavioral scientists are wont to call it (Dredd Blog calls it MOMCOM).

Recently that RGM, via the Keystone Komplex, coordinated vicious attacks on "their own", innocent, protesting Americans, Occupy, a movement whose agenda of sorts is described by Naomi Wolfe as:
The No 1 agenda item: get the money out of politics. Most often cited was legislation to blunt the effect of the Citizens United ruling, which lets boundless sums enter the campaign process.

No 2: reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks. This law would correct the conditions for the recent crisis, as investment banks could not take risks for profit that create kale derivatives out of thin air, and wipe out the commercial and savings banks.

No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors.

When I saw this list – and especially the last agenda item – the scales fell from my eyes. Of course, these unarmed people would be having the shit kicked out of them.

For the terrible insight to take away from news that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated a violent crackdown is that the DHS does not freelance. The DHS cannot say, on its own initiative, "we are going after these scruffy hippies". Rather, DHS is answerable up a chain of command: first, to New York Representative Peter King, head of the House homeland security subcommittee, who naturally is influenced by his fellow congressmen and women's wishes and interests. And the DHS answers directly, above King, to the president (who was conveniently in Australia at the time).

In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.

But wait: why on earth would Congress advise violent militarised reactions against its own peaceful constituents? The answer is straightforward:
(Guardian). Welcome to the embryonic Big Brother Homeland Plutocracy which could be a bigger Jabber someday soon.

The previous post in this series is here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Matriarch of The Matrix

In the hit movie The Matrix, the writers of that production articulated well a society of individuals who were inundated 24/7 by an illusionary world generated by a propaganda matrix.

The sole purpose of that all encompassing propaganda matrix was to incessantly cover up and hide from that shell encased populace the reality of their history of involuntary servitude to a very well hidden ruling elite.

Individual humans in that society were embryo like, physically weak, yet fully grown in size, who were attached to the matrix with cable connections that formed a cyborg-like umbilical cord into their subconscious, so that a fully false reality could be pumped into them.

The purpose of the false reality was to perpetuate a well established involuntary servitude to a ruling power structure called "The Sentient Machines".

Other cable connections pumped hydroponic garden style nourishment into them as they grew and existed inside their eggshell like encasement, while other cable connections took energy from them to distribute over a power grid to ultimately end up as the source of sustenance for those who completely ruled over them body, soul, and mind.

The action in the movie comes from the fact that a few humans have escaped from the matrix induced mental slavery to The Sentient Machines, have returned to their original state of mind and physical being, and are, as a consequence of their awakening, mounting an underground counter-coup, counterrevolution, and/or insurrection against their overlords (The Sentient Machines).

In today's post we will consider a hypothesis that society today is not substantially different in principle from that fictional world, but of course does, in degree only, vary from The Matrix (at least from place to place, from time to time, or from person to person).

Now let's attach today's reality to The Matrix theme's graphic schematic just described above.

The 1%, as they have been called recently (Dredd Blog calls them MOMCOM), equate to The Sentient Machines.

The 99%, as they have been called recently, equate to the involuntary human servants of The Sentient Machines.

The underground counter-coup, counterrevolution, and insurrection against The Sentient Machines, those who have been awakened to the enslavement of humanity (e.g. Morpheus, Neo, and Zion's populace) equates to the movement that has recently been called The Occupy Movement.

The Matrix, the carrier of the 1%'s enslaving message equates to the vast 24/7 American Establishment Corporate For-Profit Media (e.g. the press), which Dredd Blog has nicknamed Blind Willie McTell News.

In American society today, behind the scenes, when the 1% think that no one is listening, the 1% call the 99% "the hoi polloi", which is to say "the great unwashed".

That contempt the 1% have for the 99% was recently shown by the statement of Newt Gingrich who recently exclaimed that The Occupy Movement should take a bath, a Freudian link to the 1%'s contempt for the great unwashed, the hoi polloi.

It is also fitting that "newt" means lizard, that "ging" means catapult (the propaganda), and that "rich" is his status after his "service to the government" (he says he taught Fannie Mae "history" for a cold 1.8 million dollars).

The next episode of this series is here.

Occupy your liberty baby!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The W Direction Revisited

The Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, is urging congress to stop the automatic cuts to the military war budget.

At the same time President Barak Obama is telling congress not to bother doing what Panetta is urging it to do, because if congress does pass such a bill, the President goes on to say clearly that he will veto any such legislation, forcing the already-agreed-to cuts to the bloated war budget.

What seems like a mix-up in the Administration's messaging was pointed out by a British source:
The so-called super committee's failure on Monday to agree on $1.2 trillion in deficit-cutting measures triggers up to $600 billion in additional defense cuts over 10 years beginning in 2013.

"If Congress fails to act over the next year, the Department of Defense will face devastating, automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in the nation's defense," Panetta said in a statement.

"The half-trillion in additional cuts demanded by sequester would lead to a hollow force incapable of sustaining the missions it is assigned."

Republicans have vowed to prevent automatic cuts from hitting the military. Republican Representative Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, announced on Monday he would introduce legislation to prevent the military cuts from taking effect.

President Barack Obama, accusing Republicans of scuttling the committee's efforts by refusing to consider tax increases on the wealthy, said he would veto any effort to bypass the automatic trigger.
(Reuters, emphasis added). It is long past the time for huge military spending cuts, because the military is a rogue institution spilling blood and wasting American dollars all over the world (On The Size of Government).

At the same time imperialistic militarism increases the dangers to Americans abroad and at home, by creating more terrorists, rather than diminishing them by giving peace a chance (The Virgin MOMCOM, The Chamber of Corruption).

Not only that, it diminishes our economic health, increases the imbalances in our plutonomy, and perpetuates the recession (Grid and Bear It, War is the Highway 61 of the 1%).

The next episode of this series is here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Appendix of Vestigial Textbooks - 3

From time to time Dredd Blog follows reality by studying, and sometimes noting the changes in textbooks.

For example, in the previous post in this series we noted that textbooks are not always promptly changed then reprinted when new scientific or other discoveries prove those textbooks to contain false information (The Appendix of Vestigial Textbooks - 2).

In general though, we can determine how inquisitive our institutions are by examining the realm of textbooks.

For example, physics has some major debates going (Quantum State Revisited, Quantum Theorem Shakes Physics) that will not make it into textbooks for a while.

The microbiology textbooks are going to go through some major changes (On The New Meaning of Human, Hypothesis: Microbes Generate Toxins of Power) in a short while.

But today, we focus on the Political Science 101 and Civics 101 textbooks.

Will the textbooks from those disciplines be updated to reflect the change in U.S. government, from a constitutional republic with a capitalistic economy, into a plutocracy with a plutonomy (The Homeland: Big Brother Plutonomy) or that feigned propaganda fills today's news conference of choice (The Chamber of Corruption)?

Will the textbooks eventually contain the stories of brutality against peaceful young demonstrators and peaceful elderly demonstrators alike in the Occupy movements (e.g. Occupy Davis, Occupy Seattle, or Occupy Wall Street)?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Chamber of Corruption - 5

In the previous post of this series we focused on a corrupt institution at its face value.

In other posts we have gone down into the inner workings, all the way to the amygdala, then down even deeper, using the microscope of hypothesis and research, all the way down to the single cell level, then finally even further down than that.

Today, however, we are coming back up to the face, to once again gaze into the eyes of corruption, to gaze into the fog of dementia, by observing the whole face of it once again:
To begin with, when "reality" is converted into play pretend by demented officials, through "spin" or propaganda, State Crimes Against Democracy is the driving force those deranged authoritarians call "reality":
''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
(Karl Christian Rove). Musicians, poets, and other artists capture this demented essence sometimes, then put it into words wrapped in music that captures the reality in a memorable way:
Fog's rollin' in off the East River bank
Like a shroud it covers Bleeker Street
Fills the alleys where men sleep
Hides the shepherd from the sheep

Voices leaking from a sad cafe
Smiling faces try to understand
I saw a shadow touch a shadow's hand
On Bleeker Street
(Bleeker Street, Simon & Garfunkel, see photo above). Almost to a person the incoming Republican victors to the House of Representatives deny global climate change and global warming.
(Dumb & Dumber -> Bleak & Bleeker). The Bush II mentor Karl Christian Rove infamously said on the record that reality based thinking is history, and that instead "we" now make it up as we go ("we create our own reality ... we'll act again, creating other new realities ... all of you, will be left to just study what we do").

On the face of it, we have now isolated corruption to the childish, play pretend cognition of politicians who are intoxicated by the toxins of power:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.
(The Ways of Bernays, emphasis added). In the eyes of the 1% elite of the plutocracy, the 99% are not capable of managing themselves, so they do it for to us, charging a fee of course.

A journalist mapped out some recent dynamics of that methodology in Moyers - The Nation, focusing on the path of The Powell Manifesto.

Meanwhile the Chamber CEO gets 4.7 million for taking such good care of business, because that is the way it is when indoctrination is enlightenment.

The previous post in this series is here.

Obama heckled but he does not respond with pepper spray or any other form of oppression: