Archive for March, 2010

The Comedians

March 23, 2010

For almost two years now, we have been blessed by a “problem” which has shielded us from looking at our own selfs. The haunting shadow of our own failure of our own weakness has been but forgotten.

Somehow, I’ve been reminded of Graham Greene’s novel The Comedians. There are similarities to our own fate. The country was governed for a very long time by “Papa Doc” and his “Tontons” have been woven into the fabric. There is a sustained denial of any wrong doing. Nothing which was done in the years up-to the crash may be personalized or even given a name. Or as Stieg Larsson put it, “fraud that was so extensive it was no longer merely criminal—it was business.”

We the Demos handed over our responsibility to Representatives,just as in the days when the horse was the fastest form of communication. Now we look at our representatives in horror and only 13% or less have any faith in their abilities or intentions. Professionally educated people have been prominent in this saga. Few questions have been asked about the state of their education. Science or Junk are we shielding educators that have forgotten the search for knowledge, and  replaced it with the manufactured truth?

In crawling our selfs out of this quicksand there will be no grand victories, only small ones, if we are lucky.

Will The Truth Report alleviate any of my trepidations??
Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why…
… a tide in the affairs of men
Infinite representative wisdom

Vulture Capitalism

March 20, 2010

After a successful spell of Shock Doctrine, the Vultures flock to our shores in all shapes, forms and disguises.

Our own Vultures either attack or welcome them according to their own Vulture interests. Foreign investment in a “free” market system is paramount. To hell with the fact that we can’t pay “our” current debt, lets borrow some more money. We can’t save our selfs without more, without more “stuff” we suffer from irritability, insomnia, depression, anorexia, you name it.

What can we sell, how can we prostitute our selfs, we must satisfy our addiction for more, more, yes for the golden sustainable and endless growth.

Yes, our next fix will come from: casinos, money laundering, destroying our natural resources, and inviting “Blackwater” to use our airspace to prepare for the next war. Sure, our daughters could do with some money.

Vultures are, in spite of their image problem, really marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare. This is apparent in their classic promise that “Job creation” is an inevitable result of their actions, and to their dedication to human progress and survival.

Vulture Capitalism
Keiser Report:
No.23 Greg Palast @gregpalast.com
No.28 Helen Skopis @Athens International

The School of Lies

March 9, 2010

The Bankster School of Lies has a tried and tested technique, “give them something repugnant to deny”,  thus displacing any blame, works every time and while psychopaths have no difficulty with this, normal people do.

Liar(s) could be distinguished by these traits: 1.) Consistent destructive, scapegoating behavior, which may often be quite subtle. 2.) Excessive, albeit usually covert, intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury. 3.) Pronounced concern with a public image and self-image of respectability, contributing to a stability of lifestyle but also to pretentiousness and denial of hateful feelings or vengeful motives. 4.) Intellectual deviousness, with an increased likelihood of a mild schizophrenic-like disturbance of thinking at times of stress.

The mass-media owned by the “Temple” drums the message, “You Owe Us Money!” (equivalent to the older, “You Are a Sinner!”) not specifying the: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. If we are stupid enough to ask for specifics, they respond with broad generalities. It appears that the “extortionists” have conveniently forgotten the insolvency law which states that recourse can only be made to the estate of the bankrupt and not to unrelated parties.

In The Battle For Our Minds we have been treated to the standard diet of: threats of isolation, fatigue, tension, uncertainty, financial jargon (econo-speak) of unintelligible terms, and of course no humor (debt is deadly serious).

Governments, lobbied by the finance industry, have removed all effective regulations including those for crime and fraud, all supposedly made right by the sacred and infallible market, finally shrouding it all in bank secrecy and international treaties, and still corrupt governments and private banks are our penance.

As we go up the hierarchy in organized power structures this pattern becomes even more prevalent and damaging. As the Banksters have through the ages claimed to be the “Treasurers of The Gods.” and to be “Doing God’s Work”, I can’t but include the videos from the Intelligence Squared Debate, due to the obvious parallels in hypocrisy, pride and prejudice, here are Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens.

People have been grappling with this curious lack of ‘humanness’ for a very long time, here is more on the subject:

The Mask of Sanity
People of the Lie: The Hope For Healing Human Evil
Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work
The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money, The Story of Power
The story continues
People with Power Are Better Liars

Victory for Democracy

March 6, 2010

Democracy hasn’t been doing well lately, or as Arundhati Roy put it “the crisis of modern democracy is a profound one. Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities available on sale to the highest bidder”.

The priesthood for the private banker’s theology is all pervasive, and governments have become little more than “escorts” on their payroll. This is all the more peculiar as it should be the legal prerogative of governments of the people by the people to give money its value.

But today we celebrate victory, the people say NO 93,3% – Yes 1,7% to the bailing out of private banks that have pretended to work on the behalf of the people, and in their infinite arrogance, have claimed to be doing Gods Work.

Congratulations Iceland with the National Referendum the first in the history of the Republic.

The Referendum
Birgitta Jonsdottir On the edge with Max Keiser [1] [2]