Category Archives: “Modern Life”

Eyes on Egregious Excuses for Evil

Evil is at the door of each man’s heart, don’t let the torturers  get away with hardening your hearts. The truth will set you free. Look! and shun these liars who boldly look us in the eye and dredge up 9-11 to justify their heinous priggish dark and evil torturers against men, women, and children.  These workers of iniquity and their perpetration of horrors against mankind must be stopped and brought to justice!

Featured photo - Civil Rights Groups Call for Prosecution of Torture Architects

Photo AP/Luis M. Alvarez

“those responsible for signing off on [abuse] are still being feted on book tours and talk shows. We are still a long way from acknowledging the horrors of the CIA’s torture program, and achieving real accountability.”

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141209/14122029374/former-cia-director-hayden-we-didnt-lie-about-interrogation-program-torture-report-yeah-you-did-repeatedly.shtml

Former CIA Director Hayden: We Didn’t Lie About Interrogation Program. Torture Report: Yeah, You Did. REPEATEDLY.

from the I-swear-I-thought-you’d-never-find-out! dept ,

by Tim Cushing

Former CIA director Michael Hayden warned anyone who would listen that the release of the Torture Report would turn our enemies against us… or further against us, or something. He also claimed that he and the CIA had been generally forthright and open about this program over the past several years.

“To say that we relentlessly, over an expanded period of time, lied to everyone about a program that wasn’t doing any good, that beggars the imagination,” Hayden said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Briefings to the full Committee beginning on September 6, 2006, also contained numerous inaccuracies, including inaccurate descriptions of how interrogation techniques were applied and what information was obtained from CIA detainees. The CIA misrepresented the views of members of Congress on a number of occasions. After multiple senators had been critical of the program and written letters expressing concerns to CIA Director Michael Hayden, Director Hayden nonetheless told a meeting of foreign ambassadors to the United States that every Committee member was “fully briefed,” and that “[t]his is not CIA’s program. This is not the President’s program. This is America’s program.” The CIA also provided inaccurate information describing the views of U.S. senators about the program to the Department of Justice.

A February 2007 report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which the CIA acting general counsel initially stated “actually does not sound that far removed from the reality” was also criticized. CIA officers prepared documents indicating that “critical portions of the Report are patently false or misleading, especially certain key factual claims. CIA Director Hayden testified to the Committee that “numerous false allegations of physical and threatened abuse and faulty legal assumptions and analysis in the [ICRC] report undermine its overall credibility.'”

The committee has given us instead a one-sided study marred by errors of fact and interpretation—essentially a poorly done and partisan attack on the agency that has done the most to protect America after the 9/11 attacks.

In December 2003, a CIA Station overseeing CIA detention operations in Country [x] informed CIA Headquarters that it had made the “unsettling discovery” that the CIA was “holding a number of detainees about whom” it knew “very little,” Nearly five years later, in late 2008, the CIA attempted to determine how many individuals the CIA had detained. At the completion of the review, CIA leaders, including CIA Director Michael Hayden, were informed that the review found that the CIA had detained at least 112 individuals, and possibly more.

CIA Director Hayden typically described the program as holding “fewer than a hundred” detainees. For example, in testimony before the Committee on February 4, 2008, in response to a question from Chairman Rockefeller during an open hearing, Hayden stated, “[i]n the life of the CIA detention program we have held fewer than a hundred people.” {See DTS #2008-1140.) Specific references to “98” detainees were included in a May 5, 2006, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) report on Renditions, Detentions and Interrogations.

According to tlie CIA’s June 2013 Response, “Hayden did not view the discrepancy, if it existed, as particularly significant given that, if true, it would increase the total number by just over 10 percent.”

According to an email summarizing the meeting, CIA Director Hayden instructed a CIA officer to devise a way to keep the number of CIA detainees at the same number the CIA had previously briefed to Congress. The email, which the briefer sent only to himself, stated:

“I briefed the additional CIA detainees that could be included in RDI numbers. DCIA instructed me to keep the detainee number at 98 ~ pick whatever date i [sic] needed to make that happen but the number is 98.”

Contrary to statements later made by CIA Director Michael Hayden and other CIA officials that “[a]ll those involved in the questioning of detainees are carefully chosen and screened for demonstrated professional judgment and maturity, CIA records suggest that the vetting sought by [redacted] did not take place.

In testimony on April 12, 2007, CIA Director Michael Hayden referenced medical care of detainees in the context of the ICRC report on CIA detentions. Hayden testified to the Committee; “The medical section of the ICRC report concludes that the association of CIA medical officers with the interrogation program is ‘contrary to international standards of medical ethics.’ That is just wrong. The role of CIA medical officers in the detainee program is and always has been and always will be to ensure the safety and the well-being of the detainee. The placement of medical officers during the interrogation techniques represents an extra measure of caution. Our medical officers do not recommend the employment or continuation of any procedures or techniques. The allegation in the report that a CIA medical officer threatened a detainee, stating that medical care was conditional on cooperation is blatantly false. Healthcare has always been administered based upon detainee needs. It’s neither policy nor practice to link medical care to any other aspect of the detainee program.” This testimony was incongruent with CIA records.

CIA Director Hayden prepared a statement that relayed, “despite what you have heard or read in a variety of public fora, these [enhanced interrogation] techniques and this program did work.” The prepared materials included inaccurate information on the operation and management of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, as well as the same set of examples of the “effectiveness” of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques that the CIA had provided to policymakers over several years. The examples provided were nearly entirely inaccurate.

Similarly, CIA Director Michael Hayden represented to the Committee on April 12, 2007, that “KSM also provided the first lead to an operative known as ‘Issa al-Hindi,’ with other detainees giving additional identifying information.” The CIA provided similar inaccurate representations regarding the thwarting of the United Kingdom Urban Targets Plot and the identification and/or arrest of Dhiren Barot, aka Abu Issa al-Hindi, in 17 of the 20 documents provided to policymakers and the Department of Justice between July 2003 and March 2009.

The CIA represented that CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah provided “important” and “vital” information by identifying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) as the mastermind behind the attacks of September 11, 2001 CIA Director Hayden told the Committee on April 12, 2007, that:

“..it was Abu Zubaydah, early in his detention, who identified KSM as the mastermind of 9/11. Until that time, KSM did not even appear in our chart of key al-Qa’ida members and associates.”

On at least two prominent occasions, the CIA represented, inaccurately, that Abu Zubaydah provided this information after the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.

On November 16, 2006, CIA Director Hayden briefed the Committee. The briefing included inaccurate information, including on the CIA’s use of dietary manipulation and nudity, as well as the effects of sleep deprivation.

Director Hayden testified that detainees were never provided fewer than 1,000 calories a day. This is inaccurate. There were no calorie requirements until May 2004, and draft OMS guidelines from March 2003 indicated that “[b]rief periods in which food is withheld(1-2 days), as an adjunct to interrogations are acceptable.”

Director Hayden testified that detainees were “not paraded [nude] in front of anyone,” whereas a CIA interrogator told the inspector general that nude detainees were “kept a center area outside the interrogation room,” and were “‘walked around’ by guards.'”

February 14, 2007, during a hearing on CIA renditions, Director Hayden provided inaccurate information to the Committee, to include inaccurate information on the number of detainees held by the CIA.

At the April 12, 2007, hearing, Director Hayden verbally provided extensive inaccurate information on, among other topics: (1) the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, (2) the application of Department of Defense survival school practices to the program, (3) detainees’ counter-interrogation training, (4) the backgrounds of CIA interrogators, (5) the role of other members of the interrogation teams, (6) the number of CIA detainees and their intelligence production, (7) the role of CIA detainee reporting in the captures of terrorist suspects, (8) the interrogation process, (9) the use of detainee reporting, (10) the purported relationship between Islam and the need to use the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, (11) threats against detainees’ families, (12) the punching and kicking of detainees, (13) detainee hygiene, (14) denial of medical care, (15) dietary manipulation, (16) the use of waterboarding and its effectiveness, and (17) the injury and death of detainees.

At the CIA briefing to the Committee on December 11, 2007, Director Hayden testified about: (1) the information provided to the White House regarding the videotapes, (2) what the tapes revealed, (3) what was not on the tapes, (4) the reasons for their destruction, (5) the legal basis for the use of the waterboard, and (6) the effectiveness of the CIA’s waterboard interrogation technique. Much of this testimony was inaccurate or incomplete.

He lied to protect a program he thought was valuable, even when the CIA’s own documents and findings contradicted this belief. The pendulum swings toward “incompetent,” but doesn’t quite make it that far. There’s far too much calculation lying below the obfuscation to believe Hayden didn’t know exactly what he was doing when he spent briefing after briefing and hearing after hearing lying to his overseers about the extent of the program and the hideous details he was actively hiding from them.

It would almost seem as though Hayden’s concerns about the safety of the country are simply a projection of his concerns about what the report reveals about him. This is the guy who wants the public to believe the CIA was screwed by a partisan hatchet job and that domestic surveillance programs are every bit as necessary as torture when it comes to hunting down terrorists. But his own words and actions show he shouldn’t be trusted with an op-ed, much less the safety of American people.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141209/14122029374/former-cia-director-hayden-we-didnt-lie-about-interrogation-program-torture-report-yeah-you-did-repeatedly.shtml

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Featured photo - Torture, ‘Meet the Press’ and Cheney’s Quest for Revenge

Torture, ‘Meet the Press’ and Cheney’s Quest for Revenge

Dick Cheney gave no ground in his “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, but he did something arguably even better: He bared his twisted soul.

Parrying questions from Chuck Todd with what he must have figured were winning talking points about the 9/11 terror attacks, Cheney unwittingly demonstrated how profoundly he has renounced fundamental American concepts of morality and justice.

Cheney’s most telling response was to Todd’s questions about people who were detained completely by mistake but who were nevertheless tortured — in at least one case to death.

You have to be something other than a normal human being not to be troubled by that.

But Cheney’s response was: “I’m more concerned with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that, in fact, were innocent.”

And he would famously do it all again. “I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective,” he said. “‘I’d do it again in a minute.”

What Cheney was saying is basically: If you have a goal and you kill innocent people while you’re at it, tough shit. That is how terrorists think; it’s not how moral people think — or at least are supposed to think.

I suspect that in the not-too-distant future, the defense of “rectal feeding” will become as signature a moment in torture apology as Cheney’s famous prediction that U.S. troops would be “greeted as liberators” has become to the false case for war in Iraq.

Any normal human being would be appalled by Todd’s question about how “Majid Khan’s lunch tray consisting of hummus, pasta, sauce, nuts and raisins was pureed and rectally infused.”

But not Cheney. “I believe it was done for medical reasons,” he said.

(“Rectal feeding” is not a medical procedure; it is a particularly sick and brutal form of abuse that in at least one case left a victim diagnosed as suffering from “an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapse.”)

After listening to him on Sunday, it has never been clearer that to Cheney the interrogation of detainees was all about revenge — and about having, feeling and exercising power after feeling impotent in the face of an attack on the homeland. (After all, if he or anyone else in a position of power in the White House had paid an iota of attention to the issue before 9/11, the attack could likely have been averted.)

For Cheney, however, his “Meet the Press” appearance was still a win – at least in the short term, until history passes a more considered verdict.

Because our elite political media is unwilling to call out the morally abhorrent self-interested ravings of a torturer, Cheney’s statements effectively push the envelope for what is treated as legitimate debate.

So while we finally have this long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report, full of achingly detailed descriptions of abuse and lies even more depraved and duplicitous than any of us had imagined, the media just sees the “revisiting of a debate” about torture.

Last year, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established by the Constitution Project did a good job of explaining how absurd it is that we are actually still arguing about any of this.

The blame for that rests in two places.

One is the Obama administration, for covering up what happened and trying to stifle any sort of national conversation on the topic.

The other is the media, for splitting the difference between the facts and the plainly specious, morally defective arguments led by Dick Cheney.

Photo: NBCNews.com

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/15/torture-meet-press-cheneys-quest-revenge/

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https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/16/u-s-tv-media-gives-ample-platform-american-torturers-victims/

U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims

 

 

 

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/torture-911-evil-last-13-years.html

Torture Architect Tries to Justify Program … Fails Miserably

To Be Free

https://twitter.com/hashtag/assange

https://newmatilda.com/2014/11/17/siege-julian-assange-farce

Britain WikiLeaks

chomsky_assange_londres

Richard Stallman:Edward Snowdon: Julian Assange (July 2013)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/02/x-things-keep-mind-ever-get-read-torture-report/

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/03/us-supported-egypt-188-protesters-sentenced-die-days-mubarak-freed/

https://twitter.com/rustyrockets

http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2014/11/21/americas-500th-drone-strike/

http://www.reprieve.org/uploads/2/6/3/3/26338131/2014_11_24_pub_you_never_die_twice_-_multiple_kills_in_the_us_drone_program.pdf

Key findings of the report include:

  • In Pakistan, 24 men were reported as killed or targeted multiple times. Missed strikes on these men killed 874 people, including 142 children.
  • In Yemen, 17 men were reported killed or targeted multiple times. Missile strikes on these men killed 273 others and accounted for almost half of all confirmed civilian casualties and 100% of all recorded child deaths.
  • In targeting Ayman al Zawahiri, the CIA killed 76 children and 29 adults. They failed twice, and Ayman al Zawahiri is reportedly still alive.
  • It took the US six attempts to kill Qari Hussain, a Pakistani target. During these attempts, 128 people were killed, including 13 children.
  • Each assassination target on the US government’s so-called Kill List ‘died’ on average more than three times before their actual death.

The US government’s drone programme has come under increasing scrutiny after a number of strikes that hit large numbers of civilians by mistake. It was recently revealed – as a result of investigations by Reprieve – that the US government compensates civilian victims of drone strikes in Yemen.

Jennifer Gibson, Staff Attorney at Reprieve who compiled the report, said: “These ‘high value targets’ appear to be doing the impossible – dying not once, not twice, but as many as six times. At the same time, hundreds of unknown men, women and children are also caught in the crosshairs. President Obama continues to insist drone strikes are ‘precise’, but when targeting one person instead kills as many as 128 others, there’s only one conclusion that can be drawn – there’s nothing targeted about the US drone programme.”

http://www.reprieve.org/us-drone-strikes-kill-28-unknown-people-for-every-intended-target-new-reprieve-report-reveals.html

 

Eggs, Leave Mine Alone, Bill Gates Can Eat All the “Artifical Eggs” He Wants

NOOOOOO, Thanks, Bill and Melinda Gags, if you insist, you may eat them, better yet if you’re so concerned about overpopulation why don’t you just quit eating altogether and save the planet the expense of YOUR upkeep? Human beings are not a burden to the earth, but there may be exceptions to this truism…….it seems you are out to prove that you and your kind are a boil upon the butt of the solar system, so sad to watch your lunacy roll out and flow over the world through the corporate owned media……but maybe not so loony? Hummmm? Just think of the profits in all that “egg goo”! Now that’s brilliant beyond brilliant!

http://wchildblog.com/2013/11/23/bill-gates-gmo-zombie-eggs/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/08/hampton-creek-foods_n_4408710.html

Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt global egg industry

 

Coal Power Clean Plants Threatened with Closure

The war against coal has over the years been made complex and confusing, and climate change that has been proven to be beyond anthropocentric (man centered) control, contributes greatly to the de-industrialization, jobs bleeding, and povertization of the USA.

 

Despite the debunking of man made global warming, see any number of scientific references here;

http://www.climatedepot.com/

there is an economic battle over coal that pits our need for affordable electric power against the profiteering carbon based trading industry that has effectively closed x coal powered electricity generating plants. http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/epa-powerplant-closures

http://www.americaspower.org/video

 

We have the coal, we have the need, we have the technology, so are we going to let the lights go out?

Wake up! In Proverbs 6:10-11, we are told,

“10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

 

Here’s one more coal story, just one of thousands;

Coal-state Republican warns Obama’s climate plan could harm economy

http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/epa-powerplant-closures

UN Agenda 21 Using “Happiness” of Tiny Poor Bhutan as Preparation for Developed Countries Decline into Third World Economic Status

I wrote on this subject about a year ago and a fellow blogger made a comment that I agree with whole heartedly,

Susan says:
May 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm (Edit)

Interesting “watchword” Muse. I wonder how their “happiness” compares with “the joy of the Lord”….? It seems their “world” is very “Orwellian”, in that whatever word they use, the opposite is the actual truth, so in this case “happiness” actually translates to be:
 MISERY

 

April 26, 2012, this post; https://materread.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/did-ya-know-happiness-is-the-new-watchword/

Did Ya Know? Happiness is the new watchword

Happiness, it is always interesting to discover what the newest watchword is for the globalist push for all nations to join in the long term sustainable green economy global transition, there’s even a UN drafted Covenant that would supersede nations’ constitutions that includes Happiness as an avenue to convincing leaders of communities and cities regions and counties of the wisdom of their proposals.

Draft
International Covenant on
Environment and Development, Fourth Edition 2010

To introduce you to the basics,

The UN Plan For Running The World: Global Carbon Taxes, Global Safety Nets And A One World Green Economy Link to Michael Snyder article; http://www.libertyroundtable.com/content/un-plan-running-world-global-carbon-taxes-global-safety-nets-and-one-world-green-economy

Fast forward to March 2013, United Nations Press Release Note No. 6384

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/note6384.doc.htm

Marking First International Day of Happiness, United Nations Academic Impact

to Co-host Event on ‘Happiness, Well-being’ with Permanent Mission of Bhutan (a tiny, poor country with a very low GDP per capita, but ranked among the happiest nations in the world)

To mark the first International Day of Happiness, the United Nations Academic Impact of the Department of Public Information will host, on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013,  a conversation on “Happiness and well-being: Essential for a sustainable future.”

From BBC News UK Breakfast videos;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21855292

United Nations launches International Happiness Day

also “More like this” “The answer to real happiness?”

Co-ordinated article in United States USA Today;

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/20/international-day-of-happiness/2004087/

U.N.’s Day of Happiness strikes chord

[…]The day had a trending hashtag on twitter — #HappyDay — and its own website. DayofHappiness.net is led by Action for Happiness, an 80,000-member movement to promote happiness, and Cheers, a positivity and happiness app founded in Los Angeles.

“The U.N. declaring this day is punctuating a movement that’s been going on for a while,” says Farhad Mohit, founder of Cheers. “People are starting to question the way of measuring progress. More income doesn’t equate to more happiness – and it’s hard to argue with happiness, that’s not a bad goal.”

There was even a Hackathon for Happiness. The H(app)athon Project had people in New York, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Bogota, Tokyo, London and Oslo using the latest marketing technology to try and shift the world’s view of value away from gross domestic product.

“We want to create a personal happiness indicator that can teach people: You are worth more than money.” says John Havens, founder of the H(app)athon Project.

The International Day of Happiness was originally suggested by Bhutan, a country that uses the Gross National Happiness Index to evaluate their progress, rather than a gross domestic product (GDP) model.[…]

Now moving close to today we read Sunday, May 12, 2013,

article from United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

The UN and happiness

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A picture is worth a thousand words

[…]Now why would the UN make a matter as private and subjective as happiness into a public and global one? And, why on 20 March? As with many a good fairy tale, the whole thing started with a king wanting the best for his country. In 1972 the king of Bhutan, a tiny and poor, yet happy Himalayan kingdom, grew tired of countries being measured by its gross domestic product solely, and coined the term Gross National Happiness (GNH).

Bhutan, a country with a very low GDP per capita, but ranked among the happiest nations in the world, then started efforts to put happiness on the global agenda. Last summer, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development” http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39084  , recognizing the pursuit of happiness as a universal aspiration embodying the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals.[…]

The UN and Happiness plan for we in the developed world is to mentally prepare us to embrace “a very low GDP per capita” such as “Bhutan, a tiny and poor, yet happy Himalayan kingdom”.

UN Agenda 21 wants an equally poor communitarian planet of nations going backward together into a “poor, yet happy” United Nations run world.

Comments from an attendee on of the April 23-25, 2012, Stockholm+40  by Alan AtKisson author of books, Believing Cassandra and The Sustainability Transformation, can be found on his blog; Alan Atkisson  http://alanatkisson.wordpress.com/ .

Religion also plays a great part;

http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/un-marks-first-international-day-of-happiness-21906

Ecumenical News

UN marks first International Day of Happiness

Sasha Mercier
Wednesday, March 20 2013

Tag:
International Day of Happiness, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Gross National Happiness

Another Picture Worth a Thousand Words in UN Propaganda Use of More Happiness, Bhutan's Gross National Happiness index
Another Picture Worth a Thousand Words in UN Propaganda Use of More Happiness, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index

The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe – UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU,

governments,

the media,

NGOs,

schools, and

local authorities.

All of the above entities are being taken over from the peoples they represent  by those who want UN Agenda 21 to level and standardize the all nations into an equality of poverty and dependence upon those few 0.000001% who have formulated this definition of “Happiness”.

Central banks and global corporations own the UN, they ARE the UN (just one example, remember the $10 billion dollars that Ted Turner donated to the UN?), and they are guilty of causing the lion’s share of, ” “The economic crisis, accelerating environmental degradation and growing discontent around the world” that is being blamed upon the 99.999999% of humanity who have been lead into this moment of growing global MISERY.

If the UN Agenda 21 achieves its “Happiness” goals there will be MISERY as never before experienced upon this world…..but………I cannot imagine that this insanity could ever be pulled off, yes, some of it has already been begun…….but really……….you can fool some of the people some of the time………..No, I think UN Agenda 21 will go down as another Utopian nightmare, it’s just too unnatural, never gonna stamp out life and light.

Looking More and More Like Jim Rodgers Agriculture Farmer Advice Is Great

Jim Rodgers has been telling everyone in the world to look to agriculture and hard assets to invest in and that farmers will be the ones driving Lamborghinis in the next 20 to 30 years.

Rodgers’ Investment views from;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Rogers

In 2002, Rogers said that Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s “reaction to the stock-market bubble has caused two more bubbles to grow: a real-estate bubble and a consumer-debt bubble.”[14] In 2006, Rogers said he was shorting US financials, home builders and Fannie Mae.[15][16]On November 4, 2010, speaking at Oxford University’s Balliol College, Rogers urged students to scrap career plans for Wall Street or the City, London’s financial district, and to study agriculture and mining instead. “The power is shifting again from the financial centers to the producers of real goods. The place to be is in commodities, raw materials, natural resources.”[17]In May 2012 he remarked during an interview with Forbes Magazine that “there’s going to be a huge shift in American society, American culture, in the places where one is going to get rich. The stock brokers are going to be driving taxis. The smart ones will learn to drive tractors so they can work for the smart farmers. The farmers are going to be driving Lamborghinis. I’m telling you. You should start Forbes Farming.”[18]

 

But seriously folks, not everyone can or wants to follow his advice and move to Singapore like he did;  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Rogers

[…]In December 2007, Rogers sold his mansion in New York City for about 16 million USD and moved to Singapore. Rogers claimed that he moved because now is a ground-breaking time for investment potential in Asian markets. Rogers’s first daughter is now being tutored in Mandarin to prepare her for the future. He is quoted as saying: “If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia.” In a CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo broadcast on May 5, 2008, Rogers said that people in China are extremely motivated and driven, and he wants to be in that type of environment, so his daughters are motivated and driven. He also stated that this is how America and Europe used to be. He chose not to move to Chinese cities like Hong Kong or Shanghai due to the high levels of pollution causing potential health problems for his family; hence, he chose Singapore. He has also advocated investing in certain smaller Asian frontier markets such as Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and currently serves as an Advisor to Leopard Capital’s Leopard Sri Lanka Fund.[8] However, he is not fully bullish on all Asian nations, as he remains skeptical of India’s future – “India as we know it will not survive another 30 or 40 years”.[9] In 2008 Rogers endorsed Ron Paul for President of the United States.[10][…]

 

But…………the signs are everywhere that this financial age is ending and the jobs and occupations of the future will not follow the post WW2 ‘upwardly mobile’, ‘rat race’ that has lead to our IT world that really does not need humans to function. So to survive our progeny our will have to look at different models of employment, investment, and survival. The future is hot on our tails………..

Traditional jobs just keep on being ‘farmed out’ to anyone who will accept the ‘opportunity’ to undercut the current holder of the job.  Just one example from Canada;

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/04/05/bc-rbc-foreign-workers.html

[…]Dozens of employees at Canada’s largest bank are losing their jobs to temporary foreign workers, who are in Canada to take over the work of their department.[…]

This despite Canada’s workers’ protection guidelines,

[…]Displacement against rulesHowever, it is against federal rules for any company to bring foreign workers into Canada temporarily if it will put citizens out of work.“The rules are very clear. You cannot displace Canadians to hire people from abroad,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.[…]

(Of course these undercutter job replacers will be disposed of by computer and robotics ASAP in the already begun robot age).

 

A world without humans? Not happening, but those PTB are crazy to try their experiments in eugenics and robotics, so the illusion of the modern world is soon breaking down to the realities of the thread of life here on this beautiful sustaining earth.

As Pearl S. Buck wrote, Good Earth
Good Earth, it would be good to get to know it. We’re made of it, it feeds us, and it will receive us in the end.

Feminism 2.0 (Sheryl Sandberg Feminist “Lean In” Author vs Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and former top State Department official) Memes for Worker Bees

Feminism 2.0 (Sheryl Sandberg Feminist “Lean In” Author vs Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and former top State Department official) Memes for Worker Bees 

This represents a Hobson’s Choice. The absence of a third way, a traditional wife and mother role from this debate seems to assume that is an impossible or passe, old fashioned choice.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook, Silicon Valley executive manager and author of “Lean In”, sponsored, launched, or interviewed by

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, at the offices of the Bloomberg Foundation, on East 78th Street, NY, NY

CBS Program, “60 Minutes”

Time Magazine,

“Makers,” a new documentary on feminist history,

Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College, who invited Ms. Sandberg to deliver a May 2011 commencement address about gender in the workplace

Cosmopolitan magazine ( which is publishing a 40-page supplement to its April issue devoted to Ms. Sandberg’s ideas, and plan to spread her message to community colleges),

Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times,

Rachel Sklar, founder of a networking list for women in technology, who is on the Lean In launch committee,

and many other mainstream media outlets plus,

World Economic Forum in Davos, Ms Sandberg  spoke on the topic at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.

Sheryl Sandberg, “Women in management positions show less flexibility to move to other companies and new areas of responsibility than men, which hampers careers. Little American boys can imagine becoming president, but little American girls cannot.”

vs

Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton professor and former senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton)

Sandberg’s focus, women’s lagging ambition vs. men (“We will never close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap,” she has said), “is a much, much smaller problem than our social and political structures,” Slaughter contends. Sandberg’s message, she adds, “isn’t taking account of the full spectrum of women who are not superhuman and rich. Sheryl Sandberg is both superhuman and rich.”

and

 Atlantic Magazine article titled, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” last year arguing that feminism — and Ms. Sandberg — were holding women to unattainable standards.

Women Don’t Need to “Lean In” More; Powerful Men Need to Reach Out ,  Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, a consultant who works with companies to improve their gender balance.

Fortune magazineSlaughter vs. Sandberg: Can women have it all?

By Patricia Sellers June 25, 2012,    “Is this a “face-off,”, as the New York Times proclaimed, between two elite, superstar women about what is right or wrong with workaday lives and careers? “It’s a debate about how we solve a common problem,”….. “Since then, both women quietly developed perhaps the most notable feminist row since Ms. Friedan refused to shake Gloria Steinem’s hand decades ago.”

Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique,” and Gloria Steinem’s MS magazine worked for the same goal, their methods squabbles not withstanding caused great upheavals of traditional human society were two sides to the coin of male/female work place relations, occupations, and personal relations.

(In a related development the Queen of England at age 86 has just this week announced her support for gender equality thereby opening up the throne to women succession. I wonder why the “old girl”, is doing this at this late date? Speculate, speculate, speculate………in any case there is only one crowned head at a time, not much room at the top…….anywhere in the world, is there?)

And finally that reminds me. There are few corner offices and even fewer penthouse offices for anyone to attain. So why train so many for the race to the top at all? Is it a question of conditioned obedience to the corporate model?

worker bees?

Yes, that must be it. I like honey quite a lot, but I’m not envious of those creatures at all, bee society doesn’t appeal to me in the least! But UN Agenda 21 proponents think the hive is grand. Yet that is a failed philosophy built upon a reprobate misunderstanding of the very nature of humans. In the end we aren’t bees and can never be contained in the planned communities Agenda 21 daydream.

What few women and men attain to the lofty goals of both Ms Sandberg and Professor Slaughter might examine whether the sacrifices they advocate to get to the CEO Suite give life meaning or simply lead to regrets of lost opportunities for more valuable experiences in the wider world of existence for the sake of breath itself.

I don’t believe many were meant to rule, the air is too thin for most up there on the top floor. Even if you reach Mt. Everest you can’t live there very long and would you, if you could……in any event it’s the climb and the companions that make for a successful contented happy life, and sometimes its the view, but often even that is obscured, then a kind word and a hot cup of coffee or tea would make all the difference……………

What Cannot Modern Man Accomplish? BIG Science, BIG Ideas Revealed in Stories, Parables, and Fiction

I wax philosophical here as a very limited small minded inquirer into the ‘What Cannot Modern Man Accomplish? BIG Science, BIG Ideas Revealed in Stories, Parables, and Fiction’ and I restate the old wisdom that Fact is stranger than Fiction.

I believe that Fiction being organized into a coherent story with beginning, middle, and ending is much easier to communicate through than Facts which are patently harder to examine, quantify, and know as a mathematical set with anything like finality and confidence. And this is why human beings love stories. The best fictional writers always draw upon reality and what is possible, weaving their stories together with these threads of genuine universal truths.

The greatest story teller of all time, Jesus Christ, communicated genuine universal truths to his disciples through plain speaking, but through Parables did he communicate unto the crowd.

One example of a Modern Man as story teller of genuine universal truths, Michael Crichton, illustrated and illuminated BIG Science, BIG Ideas, through his fictional writings as well as his factual essays and lectures which are found all over the Internet. I mourn the loss of his revelations and high abilities to communicate the strangeness of technological advancements to the crowd through his fictional writings.

I wonder whether Crichton knew of the historical archival records out of New Zealand that nonfictional writer Ray Waru revealed in his book, Secrets and Treasures:  Our Stories Told Through the Objects at Archives New Zealand.

Crichton, who died in 2008, was an avid researcher and deeply interested man of wide education so it is possible that he could have come across something like  ‘Project Seal’ and or the archives which were written about in this article;  Tsunami bomb NZ’s devastating war secret By Eugene Bingham 5:01 AM Saturday Sep 25, 1999

Top-secret wartime experiments were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfect a tidal wave bomb, declassified files reveal.

An Auckland University professor seconded to the Army set off a series of underwater explosions triggering mini-tidal waves at Whangaparaoa in 1944 and 1945.

Professor Thomas Leech’s work was considered so significant that United States defence chiefs said that if the project had been completed before the end of the war it could have played a role as effective as that of the atom bomb.

Details of the tsunami bomb, known as Project Seal, are contained in 53-year-old documents released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Papers stamped “top secret” show the US and British military were eager for Seal to be developed in the post-war years too. They even considered sending Professor Leech to Bikini Atoll to view the US nuclear tests and see if they had any application to his work.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1Treasures: Our Stories Told Through the Objects at Archives New Zealand&objectid=14727

Whether he had knowledge of those archives or not Michael Crichton wrote a fictional account in his story of a plot to use a tsunami making device for a political end in his 2004, Science Fiction, Techno-thriller, Dystopian Novel, State of Fear.

Overview from widipedia.org;

State of Fear is, like many of Crichton’s books, a fictional work that uses speculative science and technological innovations as fundamental storyline devices. The debate over global warming serves as the backdrop for the book. Crichton supplies a personal afterword and two appendices that link the fictional part of the book with real examples of his thesis.[…]

[…]In the finale of the story, the group travels to a remote island in the Solomons to stop the ELF’s “piece de resistance”, a tsunami that will inundate the coastline of California[…]200px-MichaelCrighton_StateOfFear

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Fear

Now my emphasis in this post is not the debate over global warming and I will reserve that aspect of the novel for another time. I rather want to state the obvious fact that Michael Crichton has demonstrated in his writings that he was very well informed about scientific and medical research and that he wrote his novels with well documented background material as inspiration for them.

Despite their fabulous entertaining aspects Crichton’s writings contain reams of facts in the areas of science and politics and history all into the mixture of his novels that serve as the basis of further research and inquiry into the marvelous What Cannot Modern Man Accomplish.

Michael Crichton because of his vast intellectual honesty and brilliant mind was very much a thorn in the side of those who would politicize science, his voice is greatly missed, especially now that things such as ‘Project Seal’ are becoming widely known. I close this post with the Author’s Afterword/appendices from wikipedia;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Fear

[…]In Appendix I, Crichton warns both sides of the global warming debate against the politicization of science. Here he provides two examples of the disastrous combination of pseudo-science and politics: the early 20th-century ideas of eugenics (which he directly cites as one of the theories that allowed for the Holocaust) and Lysenkoism.

This appendix is followed by a bibliography of 172 books and journal articles that Crichton presents “…to assist those readers who would like to review my thinking and arrive at their own conclusions.” (State of Fear, pp, 583).[…]

 

 

A Tale Of Two Countries

A Tale Of Two Countries.

via A Tale Of Two Countries.

 

 

Interesting title, reminds one of that era when ‘reason’ tried to turn the world upside down, ending with loses of many ‘crowns’, and beginning the present age of the mob ruled by trader banker oligarchy………………CO2 definitely one tool that is brandished for their enrichment which rears its head at every change in the weather.