Israelis Watch Bombs Drop on Gaza From Front-Row Seats

“The hill has been transformed into something that most closely resembles the front row of a reality war theater. It offers a direct view of the densely populated Gaza Strip. People have dragged camping chairs and sofas to the top of the hill. Several sit with crackling bags of popcorn, while others smoke hookahs and talk cheerfully. When the bombs find their targets, Mr. Krak reported, “cheers break out on the hill, followed by solid applause.”

If we were genuinely concerned with honoring those who have died in war, we would make it our sacred task to eradicate the causes of war. Of course, many Americans — including most notably our leading politicians — couldn’t care less about truly honoring those whose guts have been ripped out, whose limbs have been bloodily and painfully mutilated, whose minds have been destroyed. For the state and its enablers, the war dead are props used to purify and sanctify the ongoing and future campaigns of slaughter, in an endless procession of slaughters throughout history. The war dead are especially useful, since they have been rendered forever mute; they are unable to tell us the truth of what they endured, or about the lies for which they died.
Arthur Silber 
In an expanding universe, Spencer had said, order was not really order, but merely the difference between the actual entropy exhibited and the maximum entropy possible.
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars 
There is no miserable place waiting for you, no hell realm, sitting and waiting like Alaska—waiting to turn you into ice cream. But whatever you call it—hell or the suffering realms—it is something that you enter by creating a world of neurotic fantasy and believing it to be real. It sounds simple, but that’s exactly what happens.
Lama Thubten Yeshe, Becoming Vajrasattva 

Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke


"The liberals and conservatives and libertarians who lament totalitarianism are phonies and hypocrites. … You find the same sort of hierarchy and discipline in an office or factory as you do in a prison or a monastery. In fact, as Foucault and others have shown, prisons and factories came in at about the same time, and their operators consciously borrowed from each other’s control techniques. A worker is a part-time slave. People who are regimented all their lives, handed off to work from school and bracketed by the family in the beginning and the nursing home at the end, are habituated to hierarchy and psychologically enslaved. Their aptitude for autonomy is so atrophied that their fear of freedom is among their few rationally grounded phobias. Their obedience training at work carries over into the families they start, thus reproducing the system in more ways than one, and into politics, culture and everything else. Once you drain the vitality from people at work, they’ll likely submit to hierarchy and expertise in everything. They’re used to it."

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David Rockefeller, Walton Family, Charles Schwab Among Billionaires Getting Welfare In Form Of

Less than a week after the federal government slashed food assistance for low-income families by $5 billion, a Washington D.C.-based research group revealed that 50 of the country’s richest people received over $11 million in handouts from the government, that could be labeled “welfare for billionaires.”

The “welfare” actually came in the form of “farm subsidies” to the 50 billionaires, most of whom are not even farmers nor have anything personally to do with farming.

The American works until he can’t play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness.
― G.K. Chesterton


The greatest barrier to knowledge is believing you already know.

In the US, we are raised to believe that after you make it through the 15,000+ hours of compulsory public schooling, we then have a reasonably vast amount of knowledge about literature, history, civics, etc. So when presented with any facts that conflict with the indoctrination program, we tend to dismiss them. While an open mind is generally seen as a favorable thing, when it comes to information that challenges our perceived reality, we are trained to dismiss that information.

I, for one, find it fascinating that in the 1917 congressional record, congressmen Calloway exposed JP Morgan interests’ efforts to buy up and plant editors at the 25 leading newspapers to control American political discourse. In Normon Dodd’s report to the Reece Committee, NGOs like the Rockefeller Foundation set their sites on driving the U.S. into a war, taking over the State Department, and hijacking public education. The CIA was exposed, through the Church Committee, to have spent lots of time and money studying mind control, and planting stories and “reporters” all over the news to control public perception. The Pentagon Papers exposed how the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a complete fabrication, yet it compelled American troops into one of the deadliest, most senseless wars.

This history is hidden from us intentionally. We are not supposed to know reality, we are only meant to buy into the one we’re being sold.

image: curious by ~cangelir