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."

Abridged video version of this essay

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

Dairy farmer acquitted on three of four charges in raw milk trial

"This is as close to Prohibition as anything I have ever seen, but this time it’s milk and an Amish farmer, rather than liquor and gangsters," Reynolds said.

Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us.
― David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility 
Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue’.
Robert Anton Wilson
The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.
Terry Tempest Williams, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

What rights should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get and why does it matter?

Needless to say, Tsarnaev is probably the single most hated figure in America now. As a result, as Bazelon noted, not many people will care what is done to him, just like few people care what happens to the accused terrorists at Guantanamo, or Bagram, or in Yemen and Pakistan. But that’s always how rights are abridged: by targeting the most marginalized group or most hated individual in the first instance, based on the expectation that nobody will object because of how marginalized or hated they are. Once those rights violations are acquiesced to in the first instance, then they become institutionalized forever, and there is no basis for objecting once they are applied to others, as they inevitably will be…

Leave aside the fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of nothing and is thus entitled to a presumption of innocence. The reason to care what happens to him is because how he is treated creates precedent for what the US government is empowered to do, including to US citizens on US soil. When you cheer for the erosion of his rights, you’re cheering for the erosion of your own.