Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My personal take on gun control

People who've followed my blog for a while know I've participated in a lot of actions with Code Pink. I was actually arrested for disrupting a Senate Committee hearing featuring John "Death Squad" Negroponte. I like and respect Medea Benjamin, who was removed protesting an NRA news conference. I've carried anti-war banners with her, and she's done a lot of good work helping Palestinians. But I have to say I don't agree with her views on the NRA.

A while back when I lived in San Francisco I often went around carrying signs in high traffic areas, for no other reason than it seemed to be a lot better use of my time than to sit around moping about how I lost everything I ever cared about. One of the signs said something like, "Defend Our Bill of Rights." A tough old grandpa pulled up to me and called out, "Does that include the 2nd amendment?" in a cynical tone of voice. I replied, "Without that one I doubt we'd have the other nine for long!" He smiled and drove away, satisfied with my response.

Look, I wish we had no need for assault rifles, banana clips and what have you. They're for killing people. That's what they're designed to do. But you have to admit they also serve a peaceful purpose -- as a deterrent.

Let's assume for a minute that the Sandy Hook Shooting was not in fact a cynical manufactured attempt to disarm the public. And Adam Lanza didn't have access to an assault rifle. What's to stop him from rushing into the school with an axe, a chainsaw, a can of gasoline and a lighter ... see what I mean, folks? If you want to hurt a random bunch of people, there are several ways to go about it. If you want to take out a specific person (say, a bad guy) from a safe distance, a gun is the only way to go.

In the hands of a well-trained person, it is the great equalizer. But no one ever talks about the lives guns have actually saved, do they? And don't tell me I have nothing to fear from my government. The US government doesn't bring order to the countries it invades, it brings chaos. If you want to ban things that kill people, why not start with automobiles, cigarettes, and ... oh, yeah, WAR.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Interesting articles about Sandy Hook shooting

I found these articles on Educate Yourself:

How the Newtown Massacre Became a Mind-Control Television Event by Jon Rappoport (Dec. 18, 2012)

The Shootings, The Globalists and Gun Control: The 2nd Phase of Disarming Americans by Carolyn Hamlett (Dec. 17, 2012)

Ms. Hamlett mentions there may have possibly been "triggers" in the recent Batman movie pertaining to recent shootings. How interesting that I should come across these articles on Portland Indymedia today:

Sandy Hook Reference In Batman: Dark Knight Rises Movie

Jesse Ventura takes on the "Brain Invaders"

I was very happy to see Jesse take on this subject on his show "Conspiracy Theory" Monday night. Note that what they are talking about at around 5 min. into this video appears very much to be this technology demonstrated here: A gun that gags you

Friday, December 14, 2012

Step out of the crowd!

Here are some wonderful examples of people stepping out of the crowd to make a difference:

[You may remember my previous postings on the remarkable efforts of two wonderful ladies on a journey to disseminate information about what really happened on 9-11-01. You'll be glad to know they both made it to the East Coast, though they split up somewhere in the Midwest. This is a story about Rena's journey.]

Rider With a Cause: Islander Takes Journey for Truth

"[Johnny Barnes] is a Bermuda native found waving to passing traffic at the Foot of the Lane roundabout in Hamilton, Bermuda, from roughly 3:45 am to 10 am, every workday, rain or shine. A Bermuda institution mentioned in several guidebooks and profiled in a documentary film, he is known for waving and saying 'I love you, God loves you,' to passing commuters during the morning rush hour into Hamilton. Due to the unique layout of the island and its roads, nearly all drivers at rush hour coming from the western and southern areas of the island pass Barnes at the roundabout."

Hallelujah chorus flash mob


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Is this stuff even for *real*?

Every once in a while (not nearly often enough, but still, more than most people) I have the good sense to step back and take an overview of "the big picture." What's going on in the world right now is really nutty. The news and information I've been getting from alternate news sources is even nuttier. If you would have told me 15 years ago I'd be worried about Satanists trying to take over the world and kill off about 95% of the population, I would have been very concerned about my future sanity. But after years of study and looking at the hard, cold, and perfectly available facts, that's pretty much what indicators are pointing to.

Look, Satanists are real. They themselves admit it and instead of being shunned for their anti-life, anti-human way of thinking, they end up at high levels of power and influence. They've developed stunning and provable connections with what we perceive to be the most powerful people on Earth. People aren't promoted for merit or talent, in fact I've noticed many people with those qualities seem to have been deliberately suppressed.

Instead what you see are people at the highest centers of power who are absolutely the least qualified to be there -- like page sexual harasser Mark Foley, who was chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. You have celebrities who are absolutely the least qualified to be examples to our children on how to behave, and yet they are constantly kept in the public eye, while stories of truly decent people are marginalized and suppressed.

There is something really wrong going on here. It's pervaded not only our government but our entire culture. There are some really horrible people in the world and their connections to the people who make our laws and control our money are undeniable. Yeah, this shit's for real.

So what are we going to do about it? Are we just going to sit back and take it? I say, "no way!" I perceive there is an opposing force to these demons that is much more powerful, which resonates with all decent, loving people. It manifests itself through these same people, but it requires our awareness and willingness to do so. Let us strive to become more aware, spread that awareness, and exercise our will to say "no" to the very real monsters who threaten us.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Voting for lizards

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No,” said Ford…”nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said Ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"


"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"

"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."

Ford shrugged again.

"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it.”

― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

[h/t: Cindy Sheehan. If you've never read Douglas Adams's trilogy (beginning with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) I highly recommend it.]

Saturday, December 8, 2012

What is chi? What can you do with it?

Chi can be a difficult concept for modern Westerners, because most people can't see or hear it. I'm sure most people can feel it though. I know I can. Star Wars fans might recognize it as "the Force." Yogis, martial artists, and Eastern healers are intimately familiar with it as "prana" (Sanskrit), "qi" (Chinese), or "ki" (Japanese). Dr. Wilhelm Reich called it "orgone." It's the life force that animates all things. The following video clip gives you an idea of the types of things a true master of chi can do.

Guess what? You can actually break up clouds, smog and other ominous things by using chi. If you've ever seen the movie "the Fisher King" you may remember Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges doing this in Central Park (but you don't have to be naked to do it!). My recommendation is to study as much as you can about chi. Modern day weapons are using artificial means to manipulate this force. But this force is intelligent, and would much rather be channeled for good than for greed ... and there's an endless supply. Be a good channeller and reap the rewards. My guess is that if you're reading this you're already highly adept at storing chi. Educate yourself, awareness is key.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Directed energy harassment -- a personal account

[I wrote this account in September 2004. I'm reposting it here to provide context to my previous post and to get it on a different server -- in case anything happens to Indymedia's archives, as has been known to happen! As you read this, please keep in mind that things have changed dramatically since 2001, when this all started. At that time, 9-11 truth activists were are rare as hen's teeth. I strongly doubt an expensive campaign of harassment would be launched against someone like me today.]

If you're an anti-war activist, a 9-11 truth activist, or simply a thorn in the side of the ruling elite, you may have been a target of non-lethal weaponry and/or assigned harassment, without even knowing it. How can I make this claim? Well, I don't have signed confessions or "60 Minutes style" leaked documents, but I'm a good observer and compiler of anecdotal evidence, and I believe I've been the target of such dirty tactics since November 2001. Please read on before you label me paranoid, won't you?

One category of "non-lethal" weapons are those which use directed
energy such as microwaves and Extremely Low (wave) Frequencies (ELF). This stuff isn't exactly rocket science. I've read that a directed energy weapon can be made from an old microwave and parts bought from Radio Shack. If you blast someone with microwaves, they're going to become agitated, nervous and sick. That's not hard to believe, is it?

I guess the thing that's hardest to believe is that anyone -- let alone our own government would do such a thing. However, this becomes less difficult to believe when you consider the pepper-spraying of an infant at the Portland anti-Bush protest, the FBI's sinister COINTELPRO operations exposed by Frank Church in the 1970's and the horrendous psychological torture inflicted on inmates at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. Especially when you consider the fact that the perpetrators of this torture may be independent contractors with no obvious connection to the US government.

In October 2001, I did enough reading and research on the subject to become totally convinced that the official narrative of what took place on September 11th was a load of hogwash. Worse than that, it was obviously hogwash — yet no press agency or legislative body were asking any questions — perhaps not surprising in light of the various anthrax threats perpetrated against them that month. Distraught at the prospect of our country morphing into a fascist state, I fired off a letter to the editor, several e-mails, and plastered a bunch of flyers around town. Admittedly, these are not the actions of your typical, well-adjusted citizen. But how many crisis-era activists fit the description of "typical" and "well-adjusted?"

Not long after this, my home life, already strained, became intolerable. I couldn't think clearly and had to drop out of my courses one by one. Prior to this I had maintained a 4.0 average in my university's Master's Program in Geography. By Christmas the man with whom I was raising my two toddlers took them out of state, supposedly to visit relatives for the holidays and give them a break from the unbearable stress. I soon discovered he had no intention of returning. I was a wreck. I quit my job as a Teacher's Assistant and eventually quit school to chase after my family using money from my student loans. I found myself unable to remember events from one day to the next, which ended up severely damaging my already distant relationship with my parents.

As I look back on it, from the outside it must have seemed like I'd suddenly gone crazy, losing my capacity to think logically. This was understandable to a point — I was under a terrific amount of emotional and financial strain. But that doesn't explain (to me, anyway) the day I drank a cup of cocoa from the hotel lobby, went back to my room, and immediately felt drugged. Most notably I felt extremely laid back and really, really good — the exact opposite of the oppressive, jangled despair I'd been feeling for weeks. I can imagine that being in that state would tend to make someone extremely suggestible. Realizing what must have happened to me, I forced myself to get up and leave the room. As I did, I noticed that it was very difficult for me to walk — and my gait resembled the staggering gait I've noticed in footage of a captive John Walker Lindh and also in prisoners entering Guantanamo Bay Prison.

I got to the hotel lobby and plopped down on the couch. I noticed a big guy in sweats and a buzz cut looking at me oddly. I laid my head back and closed my eyes in a stupor which must have resembled sleep. A bit later the buzz cut guy was gone but I could hear a hushed male voice using the payphone around the corner. "she's here on the damn couch ...!"

I lived in hotels from January until May in 2002. I had serious trouble sleeping. My nerves were frazzled; I kept feeling weird sensations somewhere between being burned and being shocked — from the inside out. I later found out that these symptoms are typical of a directed energy attack. Of course, at the time, I attributed my state to the emotional anguish of losing my family.

Here I'd like to point out my contention that an activist's family is often the first target of a harassment campaign. That's because these guys' foremost goal is to knock out their targets' support systems -- and there is no greater support system than a victim's family. After that comes one's job and church affiliation. In the last two years, I've seen every one of these aspects of my life come under attack. But I'm not the only one this has happened to. For a great case study of systematized harassment, read the last quarter of David Morehouse's book Psychic Warrior. BTW, Morehouse is an expert on non-lethal weapons and has written about them as well.)

At the beginning of 2002, I became as serious as a person with such meager resources could possibly be about disseminating the truth about 9-11. To be frank, it was a classic case of displacement. I felt totally powerless against my own personal and domestic demons — so I expressed all my vitriol towards the treasonous Bush gang. I posted to newsgroups, distributed pamphlets, even stood out on the street corner with a sign — "Bush is lying about 9-11." Regardless of my reasons, what I was doing was dangerous in the eyes of some very powerful people. I found it impossible to get a job an soon ran out of money, and I believe the directed energy attacks intensified. I soon suffered a nervous breakdown (from which I made a remarkable recovery once I removed myself from that toxic environment). Not long after that, I would be forced to stay in homeless shelters.

I'm not the only "Enemy of the State" to lose my home the minute I open my mouth, believe me. Mike Ruppert of became homeless for two years, unable to find a job and subjected to extreme psychological stress after exposing the CIA's involvement with drug-running. Voxfux of hid out from the FBI after they raided his apartment, crashing on the couches of friends.

Here's a couple of personal anecdotes I have about directed energy harassment:

Once, a "homeless" guy I was attracted to persuaded me to leave the Salvation Army to ride with him and his friends to another town. When I got there, I found myself in a place with no shelter at all. Another guy offered to let me stay at his place and since he didn't seem to be interested in me sexually I took him up on it. I slept in a little room with a couch in it. I was covered up on the couch when the guy asked if he could come in and get something from the closet. I said sure. I was facing away from him, but as he was digging the closet I heard a click, as if he had switched something on. He quickly left, and I was suddenly gripped with the same feeling I'd had just before I entered the Crisis Center: a raw-nerved, electrical feeling reminiscent of how I sometimes feel near high voltage wires, magnified a hundred times. Only moments before, I had felt relatively calm (given the situation) and had a plan as to what I was going to do. Yet immediately after the guy left the room, I became panicky, even suicidal. I came dangerously close to bolting out of the room and jumping off a nearby bridge. Knowing what I know now, I am convinced that this mood was artificially induced through wave-frequency technology.

Fortunately, I quickly left and got back to the town where my kids were, where I stayed in various shelters. While I lived with other people, I never had a problem with a directed energy attack. I did, however, have quite a bit of difficulty securing a job. The only jobs I could get were low-end jobs where the employer had essentially hired me on the spot. At this point I'll mention that I have a lot of computer skills and a college degree. I can't even remember all the times when I thought I'd be perfect for a particular position and I couldn't even get an interview.

Perhaps my applications, inquiries and resumes never even made it through the mail. I rarely received any acknowledgements and I know people don't always get my e-mail and voice mail. Once I even received a letter (inviting me to a church function) that was two weeks late but had no post mark on it.

For example, my brother never got my phone message to wish him a happy birthday. He did, however, receive all kinds of harassment from creditors looking for me -though I never gave them his address - I didn't even know it! Funny they never called me, since I had a listed phone number during the 6 months I was eventually employed.

At that time I became a member of Open Arms United Methodist church, which blessed me with a great deal of financial and psychological support. I volunteered to run the media/sound board during services. Things were going great until a couple runs into my stint as church sound technician. It appeared as if someone was deliberately messing with the controls so that things would go wrong with the soundboard, making me look (and feel) foolish and incompetent during the service. Finally I took to coming very early to make sure everything went smoothly and no one had time to mess with the controls. I got an idea of who was behind the mayhem from who kept coming upstairs where the soundboard was, seemingly frustrated at my continued presence. This same person (a well - respected member of a large Methodist church there to assist our smaller, "mission outreach") once came up just before the service, did something in a nearby storage area, and left. I immediately felt the discomfort of what I then recognized as a wave—frequency attack. I went back into the storage area and discovered a large brown box, resembling a '70's—era amplifier, which had been switched on. I switched it off and went back to my board with no further problems. I'm ashamed to say, however, this incident led me to stop attending that church. The atmosphere had morphed from being supportive to stressful, and again a valuable source of support slipped though my fingers.

I'm well aware that everything I've said so far can be easily written off as paranoia - but that's by design. The "beauty" of directed energy weapons is that they can increase brain wave frequency to a state of disabling agitation - a state virtually indistinguishable from acute paranoia. So no one ever investigates any individual cases because they're all coming from people who (a) live alone, (b) exhibit symptoms of paranoia, and (c) are usually financially insolvent. In other words, considered in isolation, these victims resemble head-cases. However, I think if anyone bothered to study these complaints en masse, a pattern would emerge. Namely, many of these people are doing something some very powerful people don't like.

I was at an anti-war rally (I think sometime this January) and I felt the same weird energy I had by that time associated with Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) generators. I also noticed that the speakers mentioned at least three people who had wanted to be there, or give a speech, but couldn't make it because of illness or an accident. The COINTELPRO investigations of the 1970's need to be re-opened. I think there are egregious violations against the health, security, and sanity of conscientious dissenters taking place right now, as we speak, perhaps against you or someone you love. We need to take action now.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jesse Ventura talks about Tesla's "Death Ray"

I can attest that this technology is already being used against civilians on a low-level setting. I have experienced (and continue to experience) harassment similar to what the old guy with "splotches" on his back experienced. I think technology like this has been used to cause fast-acting cancers in many activists, including Judi Bari. - Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura DEATH RAY

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good stuff from the Occupy Movement

There's been so much bad news lately, I'm deliberately turning my back to it and trying to focus on the good. Lots of good stuff from Occupy lately. I've already mentioned the terrific work from "Occupy Sandy" who have been sweeping aside bureaucracy and truly helping people in the Northeast storm affected area.

Here's another innovative development I found out about on NHNE-pulse.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sandy: Bad LSD Trip for the Middle Class-Abandoned By FEMA- Raw Survival Below Freezing

[Here's a post from Portland Indymedia by a regular contributor called "rAT". This is exactly why I advocate getting prepared for natural/economic disasters. The government isn't on our side, folks. In the end we're going to have to help each other out ourselves.]

Welcome to Nassau County, Long Island. One of the nicest, blue/white collar middle-class areas on the now battered East Coast. This is the original 50's "Leave It To Beaver" land, the beta prototype for every Mall, strip-mall, and cookie-cutter dream-home in America. The fabled land of Betty & Veronica, muscle cars, manicured lawns and good schools. These are the people politicians are always trying to appeal to. Why? Because these are the people that pay the largest burden of taxes in the entire nation. Nassau County taxes people to DEATH for everything. It BLEEDS them everytime they turn around. Just going to the beach can cost you $20. Without lunch. Free parking is a fairytale from long ago. Property taxes are beyond Earth orbit. These are the families that supplied all those kids for Vietnam and didn't whine when so many came home in a box. These are the people who grew up poor in the 1930's, that slaved in boring jobs day after day to pay their mortgages and send their kids through college. Many in defense plants. They're patriotic. They bought a new car every ten years. They loved Elvis and JFK. They were/are the lifeblood of the country in many ways. They are catered to by the media as bright, educated NEW YORKERS. Nobody's fools. They switch party allegiance when they like a candidate. They think for themselves a lot more than the elite give them credit for, and take television "suburbia" shows with a big grain of salt. So you would think that FEMA, Northcom, and The Red Cross would be all over the place restoring power and distributing batteries, food, blankets, and medical assistance to the hundreds of thousands who still have zero electricity in freezing, wet weather. The latest blizzard (and that's what it is, though the MSM plays it down) has crippled the entire area. Huge swaths of Long Island, Staten Island, and New Jersey are just annihilated. Total devastation. Frozen garbage everywhere. The media is not really covering the true crazy story as regular everyday citizens cope with loose power lines, frozen water mains, blocked roads, closed stores,roads, etc. It's beginning to look like the siege of Stalingrad. DHS and FEMA have sucked up hundreds of millions in taxpayer money and poured it into useless "security measures" at airports, etc. feeling up Grannies and kids, and wasteful "continuity of government" construction projects so they can all be comfy when the shit really hits the fan. When the chips are down, even the so-called backbone of the nation is left flailing and fending for themselves in a situation just as scary and dangerous as Katrina's aftermath. Where's the Calvary? Even the TV Magazine shows were asking "Can't we do better?" Donald Trump is ready to give Obama $5 million for charity for some stunt, but his relief efforts amounted to re-opening his ugly casinos. First things first. Obama took political advantage of the situation and Christie fell for being his campaign foil in a brilliant media stunt just days before the election. But you'll never see Obama squishing through the sleet in Bethpage or Farmingdale these days. It's going to take YEARS to put these areas back together again as it is. Forcing the poorer inhabitants to go into raw survival mode while the affluent go camping in Florida is a mean trick. All those celebritocracy types bragging about their telethons and fundraisers, yet only one, Lady Gaga, has donated a cool million for relief. All these TV/Film jerkoffs have BILLIONS and they're patting themselves on the back for asking US for dough. Go figure. The moral of all this is simply that the Middle Class is just as completely expendable to the globalist mind as the dirt poor. It's like a bad acid trip for many people, but even a bad trip can wake you up to some strong truth. We're ALL in New Orleans in the long run.

[Note at the bottom of the discussion comments "rAT" talks about "Occupy Sandy" and posts a photo of this new group. Check it out!]

You have to ask the central questions.

A lot of freaky stuff is coming out these days, and I'm starting to see a pattern in how the media is dealing with these "revelations." They take these potentially very revealing events, isolate them from everything else by building obfuscating fences around them, ever after talking endlessly in circles (most recent example: the Petraeus resignation). They want you to get lost in the forest for the trees. Instead of climbing up to high ground to get a view of the whole forest, they want you to focus on an insect crawling around in the bark.

It's true that everything is connected -- some things more than others. Some things are like threads to a homemade sweater -- if you keep pulling, eventually the whole thing comes unraveled. I remember the Jeff Gannon story was a lot like that. It was a strange and seemingly inconsequential thing, until you started pulling at it. And pulling at it. The scandal was just getting hot and juicy when the MSM slammed the lid on it, because it very quickly started delving into forbidden territory. Like the Franklin child sex ring scandal. An eye-witness to a "plane" crashing in the Pentagon. Torture at Abu Ghraib. I can closely connect Gannon to all these things. Late night trysts at the White House? Sleepovers with Tony Blair? Why didn't the media do its job???

One thing I like about the Twelfth Bough is that A. Peasant thinks to ask the big questions, like, "How is it possible, in this age of no privacy, for a super famous guy over the course of decades to get away with what Jimmy Savile has done?" Of couse the answer is Savile is not alone, the entire BBC and Scotland Yard and the British Government -- hell, the World Government, is crawling with slime balls just like him. It's a horrifying thing to contemplate, so people allow their focus to be contained. But we'll never get out of the forest that way. It's time to see the bigger picture.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Well, was it worth it?

Yesterday's election was the most expensive in US history. It's estimated that the amount of money spent on TV ads alone exceeded $1 billion dollars.

I always find it hard to wrap my head around numbers like that, so I looked up this website and found that, if you gave people a twenty dollar bill to feed themselves for a day, you could feed 50 million people that way. I bet there's a lot of cold, hungry people on Staten Island that could use that money right now.

I wonder how the cost of ads exploiting the Big Bird "flap" compare to the actual amount of money the government sets aside for PBS -- a paltry $445 million. Imagine how much $1 billion could have been used for educating people instead of spinning lies and spreading pointless propaganda.

But I guess money *can* buy elections. California just voted to keep themselves in ignorance about whether or not they're eating genetically modified foods. I think that's pretty sick, but they were easily persuaded by the finest lies money can buy.

There oughta be a law -- big money out of elections. But how do you change things when big money already owns our government?

One billion dollars in hundred dollar bills. All spent on the boob tube for this election.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jesse Ventura's "Conspiracy Theory"

I was glad to hear that the long-awaited 3rd season of former governor Jesse Ventura's investigative television show is returning to Tru TV this coming Wednesday at 10pm. I must say there hasn't been a lot of hype about it, considering how popular his show has been in the past.

Jesse once did a program about HAARP. If you haven't heard about it, HAARP has been long thought by "conspiracy theorists" to be capable of weather modification, including the manipulation of hurricanes. Skip ahead to about 11:30 min. in the following video to see a physical demonstration of this principle. BTW, I noticed Noor over at "Snippits and Snappits" just posted an article that touches on this theme.

You've got to wonder, if we possess the technology (HAARP) that the inventor's own son says is capable of weather modification, and Hurricane Sandy alone has cost the country billions of dollars, why isn't the study of this technology a national discussion right now??? Why aren't they sinking billions into this research? Maybe the answer is, they already have, and just aren't telling us ...

“Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves” -- Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, April 28, 1997. Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy at the Georgia Center, Mahler Auditorium, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Globalism is the #1 Risk Facing Humanity

[Repost from Thom Hartmann]

In the past - diseases like tuberculosis and malaria have been number one health concerns around the world. But not anymore. In today's world - globalization is the number one health risk facing humanity. A new study released this week by the Blacksmith Institute reveals, for the first time ever, the impact of industrial pollutants on communities across the planet. It found that industrial waste dump sites containing lead, mercury, chromium, pesticides, and other toxic horrors, poison more than 125 million people in 49 different low and middle income nations around the planet.

And the authors of the study say this is a very conservative estimate - and likely even more people are sickened by this rampant industrial pollution. In fact, the report says that industrial pollution is now a bigger global health problem for the world than malaria and tuberculosis. Just look at what's happening in places like Zamfara, Nigeria. It's a state without children - or very few children walking around. Why? because hundreds of children who work in gold mines are exposed to high levels of lead.

Back in March of 2010 - the organization Doctors Without Borders arrived on the scene in Zamfara - and found that hundreds of children had died from lead poisoning - and thousands more were diseased by it. Mortality rates in some villages were as high as 43%. This is a genocide carried out by transnational corporations that have no restraints on how they operate in what were once sovereign nations. That's the consequence of globalism.

Plain and simple - globalization is the empowering of transnational corporations - and the neutering of sovereign governments to keep their populations safe from these transnational corporate behemoths. Globalization tears down borders across the planet - giving corporations free rein to move about the world and set up shop in nations wherever governments are the weakest, wherever there's the least amount of regulation, and wherever workers are willing to work for practically nothing. And since most transnational corporations are far wealthier than nations in the developing world - they just move in and take over, enslaving local populations and using local communities as garbage dumps.

You see - when you leave corporations completely unrestrained - when you leave their drive for neverending profits unchecked - then they stop at nothing to satisfy their greed. If it means they'll save a few million bucks a year - then they'll dump battery acid all over a playground if you let them. They are profit making machines - without compassion. And - as Richard Fuller the President of the BlackSmith Report warned - it's only going to get worse.

He said: "Life-threatening pollution will likely increase as the global economy exerts an ever-increasing pressure on industry to meet growing demands. The damage will be greatest in many low and middle-income countries, where industrial pollution prevention regulations and measures have not kept pace." And it's not just the developing world that's being poisoned - it's the United States, too. According to that same report - there are as many as 300,000 toxic dump sites in the United States alone. And that doesn't include the over 400,000 fracking wells around the United States.

Industry funded scientists say that fracking is perfectly safe - however - study after study shows its deadly. Just last week - a study on fracking found that the closer residents live to fracking wells - the more they suffered from symptoms of throat irritation and sinus infections. Even their pets suffered from the same ailments - and in some cases died. Water and air samples in areas near fracking wells were also found to contain high levels of chemicals associated with fracking.

Americans could have been protected from these dangers of industrial fracking - unfortunately Dick Cheney - being a loyal corporate globalist - was able to carve out an exemption for the fracking industry in 2004 - that keeps the EPA from being able to regulate fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Since then - fracking has exploded - and so too have diseases associated with fracking.

Yet Republicans want this epidemic to continue. As Rick Perry so eloquently recited the mantra of the corporate globalists: American needs Freedom from "over-taxation, freedom from over-litigation and freedom from over-regulation." That means freedom for chemical companies to dump pesticides in our backyards - freedom for fracking companies to inject toxins in our drinking water - and freedom for oil companies to spew unlimited amounts of carbon into our air to accelerate global climate change.

These guys want the new Zamfara, Nigeria to be in Pennsylvania. The point of all this is - corporate globalism will kill us all. Without government protections in place to keep "we the people" safe from industrial malfeasance - then say hello to ever increasing cases of cancer, asthma, autism, you name it. This struggle is nothing new - in fact - it's as old as time. It's the struggle between organized people - or governments - and organized money - or transnational corporations.

We rebelled against transnational corporate power in the form of the East India Tea Company back in 1773, leading to our national independence a few years later. And today - almost 330 [oops, check your math, Thom!] years later - we need another revolution against these transnational corporate killers.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Questions about 9-11

Original link:

Sorry, I have really tried to drink the kool-ade. But there are still too many things about the events called 9-11 that just don't add up.

Here are some of the issues I still have:
Why do demolition experts continue to spend weeks planting and positioning cutting charges, and setting them off in a precisely timed manner, when the building collapses of 9-11 obviously prove that burning jet fuel works just as well in less than an hour? If the official story is true, just set fire to some kerosene, and within an hour, the whole thing will collapse in a uniform manner directly into its' own footprint with minimal collateral damage. I don't think jet fuel burns hot enough to do that. It burns at a lower temperature than charcoal, which is why we use starter fluid (essentially the same as jet fuel) to light up our grills. But strangely, the barbecue grill doesn't collapse or incinerate into ashes, try it and see. So what really caused the buildings to collapse on 9-11?

How is it that BBC reporters were announcing the collapse of WTC #7 as it still stood in the background? Then, about a half hour later, that building did collapse. How did they know it would happen before it did?

Why did FEMA deploy to New York City on the night before the attacks (9-10), with instructions to be ready for action Tuesday (9-11) morning? They were allegedly there to drill for a potential future emergency involving attacks on Manhattan and multiple trauma cases. It turned out to be mighty lucky they were there, even if it was simply by accident. Or was it?

Why did President Bush on 9-11, after the attacks, order private jets to evacuate the entire Bin Laden Family from the United States without investigation? Why was his dad meeting with Salem Bin Laden at the very time the attacks were occurring? According to Bush Sr., they were just talking business: Pipelines, oil, investments, that sort of thing. The fact that the attacks happened on the day they were meeting in a private conference was said to be merely a coincidence.

Why didn't our fighter planes get into the air to intercept the attacking planes? There were 40 minutes after the first strike, during which our government knew we were under attack, knew that multiple planes had been hijacked, and knew where these planes were and what directions they were heading. The attacks occurred in the most heavily defended part of America, with hundreds of fighter planes available from dozens of bases. So why did we not get even one plane into the air?

How is it that we were conducting military drills and exercises on 9-11? Under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney, there were actually two terror attacks on 9-11, one real and one a simulated attack called Operation Vigilant Guardian. Both of them involved multiple hijacked airliners attacking both Washington and New York. Both happened on 9-11 during the exact same time frame. According to the Dept. of Defense the fact that they coincided was simply a fluke.

Why is it that there are no pictures or video of the plane that hit the Pentagon? I've been to the Pentagon, and it is probably the most tricked-out place on Earth with cameras. There are video and still cameras sitting on every light post. The entire grounds, prior to 9-11, were literally covered with motion sensors, cameras, infrared, and the most sophisticated security and surveillance technology available on this planet. I doubt that a sparrow could fly across the property without incurring thousands of images of himself. And yet, we have not one single photo of an airplane at the Pentagon. That is impossible. Somehow, according to the Pentagon, the strike occurred during those tiny milliseconds that occur between the frames of numerous simultaneous cameras.

What about the stock sales before 9-11 that sold United and American stock short? Volume was reportedly 2,000 times normal. We were told by the President that people made money off the attacks. Later we were told that these investors had done so anonymously, and could not be traced. This is impossible. How do you buy and sell stocks anonymously?

What about the calls made from the planes? Even the FBI now says the high-altitude cell calls never happened. The claim by former Bush lawyer Ted Olson that his wife called him twice from her cell phone is false. Technology at the time made it impossible. Later, after a 2006 story I wrote about the cell phones, the FBI changed their official story, saying that there were no cellular calls made from Flight 77, that the calls made came from passenger-seat phones aboard the flight. Unfortunately, none of the 757s in American Airlines fleet in 2001 were equipped with passenger phones, including Flight 77! American Airlines official statement said "There are no passenger phones on our 757s. The passengers on flight 77 used their own personal cellular phones."

Where did the hijackers come from? When a plane gets ready to take off, there are two lists that are strictly documented: Passengers and Crew. There is no third list, no shadowy figures lurking around the plane. You cannot "sneak" a crew of 4-5 Arabic guys onto a plane. Yet none of the hijackers are among those listed as passengers or crew. Every passenger and crew member has been accounted for on all 4 flights, and none of them is an alias for any of the accused hijackers. So how did these fellows materialize out of thin air at 30,000 feet?

Why didn't the Pentagon know a plane was coming? Pentagon officials claimed they had no warning of an approaching aircraft. In fact, a military E-4B, the Air Force's most advanced communications, command, and control airplane, was flying nearby over the White House at the time. The Pentagon is the most guarded structure in the world, complete with advanced radar and surface-to-air missiles, able to intercept and destroy any approaching threat.

Why didn't the Secret Service protect the President? Without explanation, the Secret Service let George W. Bush remain at a Sarasota, FL school for 30 minutes after learning the second tower was struck, ignoring standard procedures to immediately secure his safety in any suspected attack against the United States. Why did they not follow their most basic fundamental orders?

Why did the FAA disarm pilots just before 9-11? The FAA issued an order that banned pilots from carrying pistols just 2 months before 9-11. Prior to that, many pilots carried pistols.

How did Rummy know ahead of time? Donald Rumsfeld, one hour before the attacks started, told a delegation of congressmen that "there would be an event that would occur in the world that would be sufficiently shocking that it would remind people again how important it is to have a strong, healthy Defense Department " How did he know?

More questions: Why was an Israeli-owned company allowed 72 hours of unlimited and unsupervised access to the WTC properties the weekend before the attacks, allegedly to install fiberoptic cables? Why were unusual white vans seen arriving at the WTC at 3 am and leaving at 7 am every night for 4 nights before 9-11? Why, just days before 9-11, did they get rid of the bomb-sniffing dogs who had patrolled the WTC since the 1993 attack?

We have been lied to. We will probably never know the truth. Lest the thousands of dead, including our troops, be dead in vain, there needs to be a new 9-11 Commission, and the questions above (and many others) need to be addressed.


Monday, October 15, 2012

New video from John Hankey: Romney Exposed

I'm a big fan of Hankey's movie connecting JFK's murder with Bush Sr.: JFK II - the Bush Connection. I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but this movie on Romney looks promising.

I personally think Romney has been given the "green light" to steal the election this year. I don't buy these polls saying that he's neck and neck with Obama (not that Obama's any better, mind you ... I might actually be "rooting" for Romney to win because at least that will get the clueless left back out into the streets again ...). The MSM seem to be pushing for Romney to win ... I've seeing the same kind of bias that led to the disastrous Bush/Gore election in 2000.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Portland: “The Story, Last Night, Wasn’t the Broken Windows”

Five businesses had their windows broken by a group of around 50 people Thursday night in Southeast Portland, OR. Is this a harbinger of things to come? Read about it at Portland Indymedia.

From Portland: “The Story, Last Night, Wasn’t the Broken Windows":

People were still buzzing about what had just happened. Absent, was a sense of anger regarding the vandalism. It is curious, how astonishing the absence of something can be. Inner SE Portland is, after all, a sleepy urban community.

I stopped in at Nick's Coney Island for a drink. Police arrived, and questioned the bartender. I asked her what that was all about, to which she replied, "Some protesters took one of our chairs and threw it through the Wells Fargo window."

Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, "That's awesome."

She leaned in, smiling, and replied, "I know! Fuck Wells Fargo."

9-11 Activism: Cross-country cyclist travels through Erie

Rena Patty stopped in Erie on Oct. 10 as she cycles 4,000 miles east across the United States to bring attention to an organization that is calling for a new investigation into the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Patty, 50, of San Juan Islands, Wash., is stopping along the way at fire stations and police departments to spread her message because she says fire and police departments were greatly affected by the 9/11 attacks, and can also understand the importance of this investigation. She is shown here near the Erie Bureau of Fire's Central Fire Station at 12th and Sassafras streets in Erie.

Rena Patty and Pam Senzee are a couple of wonderful women who are making their way across the country to spread 9-11 truth. Somewhere in the midwest the duo split up, Rena is on her way to NYC and Pam is headed to DC. Read about their journey (and contribute to their cause!) here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Survive a Disaster (Full Version)

Let's face it: Shit happens. Any student of history will tell you that sooner or later, if you live long enough, chances are you're going to have to deal with an emergency situation. If you live in the US, I can almost guarantee you'll be faced with something like this soon, because our economic situation is absolutely untenable. So as a service to my readers, I'd like to present this video I found on Now, can I ask you all for a favor? I've been battling a nasty wave of depression lately, and sure could use your positive thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate it. God bless.

DISCLAIMER: Near the end of the film, Germain Lindsay was named as the person who detonated the bomb that injured a female survivor on 7/7/05. I strongly question that assessment.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CNN's selective reporting

RT remarks on CNN's blatant propaganda. [H/T:]

Hillary cackles over war with Iran

Hat tip to NTS.

I didn't use to think the world was being run by a bunch of psychopaths, but I have no other way of accounting for this kind of behavior. These people have no conscience whatsoever. They are a danger to humanity.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Why would anyone believe Netanyahoo?

I heard Nitwityahoo gave a speech at the UN warning us about Iran making nuclear weapons. Here he is a decade earlier trying to con us into believing Iraq was making nuclear weapons:

Here's the result of Americans believing these kinds of lies, and allowing themselves to get dragged into an another imperialist war:


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jewish leaders meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in NYC

I'm not sure how much credence to give the person who uploaded this video, as the Jews depicted certainly aren't Israeli, but appear to be members of a sect of Judaism that rejects Zionism (they believe Israel must be ushered in by the Messiah). I post this here to try to counteract some of the hatred the clearly imperialist and a-spiritual Zionist movement has been trying to drum up in the Middle East with their cheesy non-existent anti-Muslim movie, their mercenaries, their evil false flag attacks, etc.

One of the rabbis, I think, does a good job explaining the difference between Judaism and Zionism.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran

Whoa. I wouldn't believe it if so many people weren't reporting on it. This is just ... beyond criminal.

"Patrick Clawson of the influential neo-con Washington Institute for Near East Studies OPENLY suggests that the US should provoke Iran into taking the first shot.Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran. Just like 911 in New York causing the deaths of American civilians and soldiers, a million dead Iraqis and for what?" -- 88kmitchell

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jesse Ventura for president!

I was fortunate enough to have watched this interview live, and I can tell you Mr. Ventura actually did signal a desire to run for president in 2016. But he said he needed two things to happen before he did that: ballot access in all 50 states, and a guarantee that he would be able to participate in all the debates.

Monday, September 17, 2012

More evidence that Gitmo prisoners are being used as guinea pigs for torture

I've long believed the reason inmates are still being held in Guantanamo Bay is that they are surreptitiously being used in psychological experimentation (as well as convenient producers of torture-induced confessions). Well, now we know they were given mefloquine, a drug known to have a high risk of severe psychiatric side-effects, including hallucinations and suicidal tendencies. Mefloquine is normally used to combat malaria, trouble is, none of the inmates were actually tested for malaria.

I remember when the Guantanamo inmates were marched off the plane upon arrival in Cuba. They all displayed an unusual gait that I'd also observed in footage of John Walker Lindh. Can't help but notice that Aurora, CO shooting suspect looks drugged out in all his court appearances, too. Well, here are the articles:

EXCLUSIVE: DoD Report Reveals Some Detainees Interrogated While Drugged, Others "Chemically Restrained"

David Hicks: The Man Who Was Chemically Tortured

Didn't Obama say he was closing down Gitmo if he were elected in 2008? Maybe we should be saving the truth serum for politicians.

Friday, September 14, 2012

More media cover-ups, and a warning

First the warning: do what you think is expedient if the you knew the dollar was soon going to be worthless. I've been warning people to stock up on food for a while now, and you might as well fill up on gas, while you're at it. That's what this QE3 business is all about, according to Michael Snyder: "what the Federal Reserve is essentially saying is this: 'We're going to print a bunch of money and buy stuff for as long as we feel it is necessary.'"

Also, there's been a new development in the Aurora Shooting case that you've got to see to believe: Aurora theater shooting court documents blows inside job conspiracy wide open (hat tip to Timster). Basically an unnamed claimant filed papers in court as having been forced by police chief Dan Oates and Dist. Atty. Carol Chambers to testify as a fake victim of the shootings, under the threat of being arrested for prostitution and escort services and charity fraud. I, for one, can believe this astonishing development because I watched the Aurora incident as it was unfolding (I've been keeping odd hours these days). I remember seeing witness testimony within an hour or so of when the events actually took place. One of the witnesses was a mannish-looking girl (I guess her name is Jennifer Seeger, here's more of her "eye-witness reporting") who sounded like a very well-briefed eyewitness to an action movie in which she was in no physical danger whatsoever. I happen to be an amateur actress, and I can tell you one of the hardest emotions to fake are grief and horror. Seeger doesn't even bother. Either she is a psychopath with no emotions, or she simply wasn't present at a scene where she supposedly witnessed innocent people get shot or was in peril of dying herself. Call me biased, but I could not believe her account, which came only dozens of minutes after the said attack.

I really don't know why I continue to watch TV, it's a never-ending menagerie of manufactured BS. God knows what's real anymore. That's why meditation and spending time in nature is such a good idea these days. Keep looking up, folks. God is watching over us.

I just looked at some more youtube footage of eyewitnesses. Check this one out. One of the commenters noticed the interview looked like it was being done on a green screen. On examination, it looks to me that he's right! Also, I found what looks to be the interview I described earlier in my post.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Is Muhammad Movie a Contrived Fraud?

In a word, yes. Here's the article by Paul Joseph Watson.

This is beyond absurd. Whose side are we on again? Al Qaeda? Aren't those the guys we supported during the '80's against the USSR? No, wait, they attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001. No, wait, they're the guys we're supporting against the Syrian regime. No, wait, they just raised their flag in Egypt now that they were supplied the excuse for tearing down our American embassy flag by a ultra-low-budget movie that was apparently written for the sole purpose of inflaming tensions between the Muslim world and the West, where even the actors claim they didn't know what kind of film they were making (the religious references, including the name Muhammad, were dubbed in later on). So now Obama can send his drones to Libya to hunt down the killers. Will he deign to send in drones to Egypt, too? This is so twisted and sick and laughable, if it weren't for the fact that the consequences are deadly serious. What the hell is going on?

[From 15 Photos Of Libyans Apologizing To Americans, h/t:]

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Re: Sept. 11, 2012

I never know from day to day whether I'll make it to the library, and it's closed tomorrow, so I thought I'd address this today while I'm here (I don't have a computer at home, which is why it often takes so long for me to post reader comments).

I fully expect *something* to happen this Sept. 11th. It may not be a false flag, but it will be some kind of "announcement." You may recall that exactly 11 years before Sept. 11, 2001, George H.W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress and made mention of the now-infamous concept of a "New World Order":

"We stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective -- a new world order -- can emerge: a new era -- freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace."

You may also notice that on Sept 11, 2012 -- exactly 11 years after the "terrorist attacks" on the WTC, it will be 100 days before the supposed end of the Mayan calendar. Call me nuts, but I take these kind of portents fairly seriously these days. Especially when you consider that there were dubious terrorist shootings both one week before and after the obviously Illuminati-ritualized opening of the London Olympic Games.

So, heads up and you might want to consider this post from New Heaven, New Earth Pulse:
Twelve "Any Time, Any Place" Survival Tips (v3.2)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Remembering Rachel and her friends

A couple days ago I asked my oldest son if he knew who Rachel Corrie was. He didn't. This isn't surprising, being that he's only 14 and doesn't live with me, but still it's disappointing. He's very bright and more than a little socially conscious (much like Rachel Corrie at that age). I'm sure they teach all about Rosa Parks in his school. And deservedly so -- her refusal to give up her bus seat for a white man helped spark the Civil Rights movement. But Rachel did something important, too. She refused to give up her stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian family's home, and she paid for it with her life.

Recently Northerntruthseeker put up an article from Desert Peace called "A Reminder That Rachel Corrie Was Not Alone." I was surprised by how little I knew about the Palestinian conflict myself, and the innocent lives taken for standing out and speaking for justice.

The Zionist boot-licking mainstream media would have us all forget about the lives of Rachel Corrie, and Vittorio Arrigoni, Bassem and Jawaher Aburahma, and the brave crew of the Mavi Marmara, including 19-year-old American Furkan Dogan. Let us resolve to remember them in our hearts. They are our modern-day saints and heroes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WTC: Jet fuel doesn't melt steel

I had my suspicions for entirely different reasons, but when this easily demonstrable fact was pointed out to me, I knew for sure we were being conned about what happened to the WTC on 9-11-01.

Jet fuel is essentially kerosene. If you've ever been camping with a kerosene burner, you know it's not going to melt your stainless steel cookware if you accidentally boil away your water or something. So if you're not afraid to fry an egg on a propane cooker, or fly in a plane without the engine melting, why would you assume fires from jet fuel and otherwise ordinary office fires would cause a massive steel frame building to collapse in on itself?

My answer to that question is, well, I wouldn't assume that. But for the first time in history, ordinary office fires/jet fuel caused 3 massive steel-framed skyscrapers to collapse perfectly into their own footprint. Yet we know there were pools of molten steel at the bottom of the towers for weeks afterward. Droplets of steel spheres were found in the WTC dust (that's how they used to make musket balls in the old days, dropping molten lead from high places). We can actually see the molten metal flowing from the towers in pictures from the collapse:

So if regular office fires don't cause buildings to suddenly collapse, how do you explain this molten steel? Well, thermite burns hot enough to melt steel, and that's exactly what some peer-reviewed scientists who examined the WTC dust think caused the twin towers to collapse (nanothermite).

Trouble with that theory is, cave-dwelling terrorists wouldn't have had access to either the WTC complex itself to apply and coordinate this nanothermite collapse, nor would they have had access to nanothermite itself. So that means someone else was involved. Gee, I wonder who?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Isaac drenches Romney's parade

What a farce! It's as if the ghosts of Katrina invited Isaac back for special anniversary performance, to remind people of the cold-hearted indifference of Republicans to impoverished people's misery. The media did their level best to try to ignore this huge elephant in the room and I even speculate that the storm's potential destructive power was deliberately underplayed so that people wouldn't be reminded of what Bush was doing on yesterday's date in 2005 -- having birthday cake with John McCain, while Condi Rice went shoe shopping.

8/28/12 - ABC News' Live-Feed Coverage of GOP Convention. The audio reveals at least two "journalists" participating in what now goes beyond bias and into journalistic fraud, corruption and malpractice.
Reporter Jokes on Hot Mic: "...They are Happy to Have a Party With Black People Drowning (Laughter)." Listen at 0:09.

Melanie Joy - Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat

A very good presentation about the gap meat eaters have between their natural empathy towards animals and how they get their dinner. H/T: What On Earth is Happening?

Monday, August 27, 2012

To Heaven After the Storm

Thanks, Ari, for reminding me of hope at a time when I really needed a refresher! :)

h/t: nhne-pulse

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mathematical resonance in nature

Whenever you think the world is just the result of a bunch of haphazard accidents and we're all bound for a chaotic and meaningless end, consider the magic of sacred geometry. Even the most rational of left-brained scientific types can't deny there seems to be a kind of mystical math pervading the universe.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Talking to your neighbors about 9-11

As I said on earlier entries, Rena Patty and Pam Senzee are biking across the country talking with regular people (esp. firefighters and church leaders) about what experts have to say about what really happened on 9-11, and how their opinion differs from the "official story." Here's a video about that.

The ladies are currently over the Rocky Mountains and now in the Great Plains. But they can't be everywhere. Talk with your neighbors about 9-11 today! :)

Note: you can follow Pam and Rena's journey on their blogs and/or donate to their cause by visiting

Friday, August 17, 2012

Remember the Iran Contra Scandal?

I guess most Americans don't. Too bad. Those who don't remember history, or deal with the bad guys after a very thorough investigation, are doomed to a sorry future.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The official stories are falling apart

I'd like to direct your attention to a couple of really good articles I've seen lately challenging the official, media-approved narratives of mass murder.

9/11: Shattering the Spell of Mythical Realities

Aurora Massacre: Mayor Steve Hogan “There is Something is Very Seriously Wrong Here”

Also, there's been a kind of media breakthrough in Colorado: this Saturday Colorado Public Television will air “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out.” This will be at 7PM (MDT) during their pledge drive, so be sure to call the station (CPT12) at 800-690-5234 during the show to pledge your support if you can afford it. :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Thoughts on Safety and 9-11 Truth

[Rena Patty is biking across the country with fellow activist Pam Senzee to raise awareness of the work of Architects & Engineers for 9-11 Truth. She is currently passing over the Rocky Mountains. I found her recent comments about safety and the truth to be very compelling, considering the monumental task she is undertaking. This country needs more people like her and Pam. You can donate to their cause by visiting]

I am going off topic for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. AE911Truth organization speaks only about the forensic evidence related to the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11. What follows is my own experience.

The ride over the rough and narrow shoulders has me thinking about everyone who has wished me safety on the road or told me to “be safe out there.” I do value my safety and want to be safe, so this is a tough post for me to write for people who care about me. I know you care about me and want for me, and for all the people you love, to be safe.

I am asking mostly questions here....

Are there times when culturally we consider it appropriate to set a lower priority for one’s own personal safety in order to protect the wellbeing of others? Soldiers are asked to intentionally go into dangerous situations in order to protect the safety of others. Firefighters and police officers have standard operation procedures to protect safety, and at the same time personal safety is one of many considerations when entering a burning building to save the life and property.

My primary objective in deciding to ride my bike across the country is not protection of my personal safety. While safety matters to me, my primary objective is raising awareness of the work of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Open honest discussion about what happened on 9/11 matters to me as much as my personal safety.

I am concerned with security and safety for all people. I am concerned about the safety of young soldiers (the age of my own sons), who have been sent to war under a pretext that is in serious question. PTSD, traumatic brain injury, dismemberment and death – these are the risks we ask our soldiers to take as they go to war. Is it too much to ask that we have an honest discussion about the pretext for war? I am sad for the stresses on soldiers and their families as they face separation, uncertainty and injury.

I also have concern about the wellbeing of people - men, women, children, elderly - trapped in horrible conditions in war zones by no fault of their own. The circle of people for whom I hold concerns for safety and security is broad. Does my personal safety matter more than theirs? If so, why? What can we do together to protect everyone's safety? Are you willing to speak with your neighbors and your elected representatives honestly, openly and respectfully about 9/11? If not, why not?

What else might be worth risking one’s personal safety? How about the inalienable rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights amended to the United States Constitution? These too are part of my 4000-mile prayer as I ride across the country.

I wish that broad public discussion about 9/11 and the wars could happen with less effort and risk. For more than ten years I’ve tried, but my efforts have not yet been sufficiently effective. Will this cross country bike ride effectively open discussion?

I do know that facing challenging situations honestly and with respect and care for everyone involved is essential for healing. How broadly can you, can we, expand our circle of care for the security, safety and well-being of others?

I expect that I've offered plenty to think about. The wide spaces of Montana are not for the faint of heart.

I attended the Whitefish United Methodist Church service this morning. I am grateful for their hospitality and their peace loving congregation. Please remember to pray for the health and wellbeing of everyone we meet along the way.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Urgent Warning-Prepare for What is Coming

Video from Wide Awake News (h/t:

McGrath is right. If you've thought about contributing to the Romney or Obama campaign this year, save your money. You'd be much better off buying one of these items here: 100 Items to Disappear First

Now is the time to do some soul-searching. The United States of America and pretty much the rest of the "free world" has been looted by psychopaths. If you're in law enforcement or the military, it's time to think about your oath and consider your duty seriously. You didn't sign up to protect a bunch of piggish liars and thieves. You signed up to protect and serve the public. Don't let them sucker you into a knee-jerk reaction. In the end we're all in this together. Choose the side of truth. In the end, that's all there is.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This is a bit disconcerting ...

Tanks being transported by rail through Burbank. Note they are not in desert colors.

Short film: "Sight"

[h/t: NHNE Pulse]

A short futuristic film about how pathetic our lives in the smartphone/internet/facebook era have become.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Thoughts on the Sikh massacre

I was crushed to hear about the massacre yesterday. Can you imagine being gunned down in your place of worship? They were preparing for a celebration. These are very good people who feed the homeless. And they've been unfairly targeted (along with Muslims) for 10 years over a cynical, hateful, false-flag lie.

One of my favorite recording artists, Snatam Kaur, is a Sikh. If you've never been blessed to hear her voice, here's one of her English language songs:

Once again, we get initial reports of multiple gunmen, and the police very early on refuting that information. Well, how do they know? And is this going to be national policy from now on, that whenever there is a mass shooting all the neighbors of the alleged shooter have to be evacuated from their place of residence? There was "good reason" to do so in the case of the Batman shootings ... Holmes allegedly told police he booby-trapped his apartment. Such was not the case with this new shooter, Wade Michael Page. BTW, here's a very interesting map that shows the former 9th Psychological Operations Battalion member's former place of residence in Colorado. Thank you, Scott Creighton and willyloman.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

9/11: Journey for Truth

Written by Marta Nielsen

[Original here:]

Orcas Island resident Rena Patty embarks today on the journey of lifetime – a bicycle ride across America. Patty, with traveling companion Pamela Senzee from Phoenix, AZ, expects to take 90 days to reach their destination New York City. Both women are Action Group Team Leaders for the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). Their journey is dedicated to all who have died and suffered loss on account of 9/11. Their mission is to educate the public about the scientific forensic evidence of the destruction of the three World Trade Center (WTC) hi-rises on 9/11 and to introduce people to the experts at AE911Truth.

The women have concern about the accuracy of reports produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government agency tasked to analyze the destruction of the WTC hi-rises on 9/11. WTC building 7 was the third hi-rise to collapse on 9/11. At 5:20 p.m., WTC 7 collapsed suddenly into its own footprint in about 6.5 seconds, the first 2.25 seconds at a rate indistinguishable from free-fall. NIST claims the building fell because of normal office fires. Structural engineers from AE911Truth requested to see the computer model used by NIST to explain the sudden collapse of WTC 7. NIST refused, saying that to release the computer model would “jeopardize public safety.” More than 1700 credentialed architects and engineers have signed the AE911Truth petition calling for an independent investigation into the destruction of the WTC hi-rises on 9/11.

On their journey, Patty and Senzee are distributing a new documentary, “9/11: Experts Speak Out.” The documentary features interviews with the most highly credentialed AE911Truth petition signers. Experts like Richard Humenn, former chief electrical engineer for the WTC complex, and Roland Angle, a civil engineer who was responsible for designing blast resistance of the Minuteman Missile silos. Patty says, “This bike trip is not about us, it’s about introducing people to these experts.” The idea of a bike ride arose two months ago as Patty and Senzee brainstormed ideas of possible legal nonviolent actions to bring attention to this issue. Patty says, “My college degree is in science. The scientific evidence presented by AE911Truth looks extremely important to me. We wanted to do something big enough to let people know how important this issue is to us.”

Anticipating traveling 40–80 miles per day, the women will cross the North Cascades on Highway 20 and continue across the Rockies in northern Montana. They expect to arrive in New York City by late October. Patty visited the WTC site in October, 2011, while participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zucotti Park in New York City.

The two are carrying basic camping gear. Connections for places to stop are drawn from the AE911Truth petition signer list. They also are carrying video equipment to film the ride. To learn more and follow their journey, visit their blog at Donations to support the ride will be accepted through the website.

You can learn more about the tour and contribute to their effort at

Monday, July 30, 2012

Important stuff that's not getting reported

There's a lot of it!

Bandar Bush -- looks like the Syrians killed him.

Voltaire Network says this was in retaliation for the July 18 attack that took out several Syrian generals. "His death constitutes a serious blow to the whole system of Western covert action in the Muslim world. It took Syria only eight days to mount this spectacular reprisal operation." This reportedly happened on the 26th, still no mention on CNN ...

You'd also think the media would warn us if they found out the equivalent of lead paint was deliberately being put in our toothpaste and drinking water. But here's this new study from Harvard that says fluoride lowers IQ, and hardly a peep from the lamestream media.

Few people are talking about the riots in Anaheim. There are also huge protests in Mexico over a scandalous presidential election, but you'd never know it if all you do is watch TV.

There's still a lot of talk about the Colorado shootings, but one thing you're not likely to hear much about is that Aurora's Police Chief Was Giuliani's Head of NYPD Intelligence in back in 2001. I find this rather interesting, myself.

You'd think any investigative reporter worth his salt would be all over the fact that the alleged "Batman shooter" James Holmes's father is FICO scientist Robert Holmes, and is set to testify at the LIBOR banking scandal hearings. According to this site, "He is the lead programer that created the algorithms to calculate FICO and other risk assessments. Those algorythims traced down the top 100,000 off shore bank accounts where the Tarp money went, by name and account number." Do I have independent verification on this? Unfortunately, no. I don't do this for a living. All the "real" reporters are over in London covering the Olympics right now.

Enjoy your bread and circuses!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Let us never forget

[I saw this post at Washington's Blog today, it was like a wake-up slap in the face.]

Largest mass shooting in US history? Try three massacres on Native Americans by Carl Herman

The US government committed the largest mass shootings in national history by opening fire on peaceful families of children, the elderly, women, and men at Wounded Knee, Sand Creek, and Bloody Island. These followed repeated US treaty violations to remove Native Americans by armed military force from their lands.

Each mass shooting killed about 150 innocent people.

But the US government also averages war-murdering 500 human beings every day since 2001.

This is relatively good news because the average since 1945 is 1,000 to 1,500 every day. This totals to 20-30 million since war law made armed attack by military unlawful.

Corporate media is lying in commission and omission when they claim the recent event is the “largest mass shooting in US history.”

Had enough of these psychopath 1% liars in corporate media, government, and finance?

Demand their arrests. War-murder and lying about it is a good place to start the criminal argument.

Monday, July 23, 2012

More on the Batman Shooting

Forgive me for being a bit fixated on something that was obviously meant to be a major distraction. When something like this hits the news, you can be sure something ultimately much more important is taking place behind the scenes. But what can I say? Probably for personal reasons, MK Ultra, Manchurian Candidate type stuff fascinates me, and what went down (or *didn't* go down) in Aurora fascinates me.

I'm not a big Batman fan, but I was surprised when I discovered through a comment at VC that Batman's parents were actually killed outside the Monarch Movie Theatre. Here's what this site has to say about the Monarch Theatre: "While originally named after the Monarch Playing Card Company; a name of the factory which contributed to Joker's birth in 1951, and used to contribute to the nature of Batman and the Joker being mirror images of each other for the film, the theatre became a prominant part of Batman's origin mythos for the comics and games."

Of course, "Monarch Programming" is an extension of MK Ultra, which is an umbrella term used for the "mind control" programs conducted by the CIA.

Be sure to check out these fascinating articles about the shooting:

Was the “Batman Shooting” a Ritualistic Murder Carried Out by Mind Controlled Patsy?


A crazed gunman kills three in a theater in the 1986 comic “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.” Note the red (as opposed to green) hair:

Friday, July 20, 2012

I See a Dark (K)Night Rising ...

Well, well, well, what a coincidence. Only a few miles away from Columbine high school we have another lone nut, who was obviously very clever and well-informed (or at least very lucky) to have come bursting in at the exact time during a premiere movie so as to cause the maximum amount of confusion (during a violent gunshot portion of the movie), who caused even more confusion by using tear gas, and of course the whole place was dark, but immediately the authorities "just know" there was only one person involved (Manchurian Candidate type instances usually have handlers around, or use real professional killers whose handiwork is blamed on a patsy, to make sure things go down the way they are supposed to). And the movie just happened to be the premiere of one of the most widely anticipated movies of the year, already suspected to be connected with the Illuminati, Batman's Dark Knight Rising.

see: The Dark Knight - an Illuminati subliminal mindf**k!

Secrets of Dark Knight Rising: Batman Blockbuster or Illuminati Mind Control Psy Op?

Are we going to have to go through TSA-type searches just to go to the movies now?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Persistent Myths of Combat

[Original here:]


War Is Betrayal

Persistent Myths of Combat

by Chris Hedges


We condition the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. The military is the call of the Sirens, the enticement that has for generations seduced young Americans working in fast food restaurants or behind the counters of Walmarts to fight and die for war profiteers and elites.

The poor embrace the military because every other cul-de-sac in their lives breaks their spirit and their dignity. Pick up Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front or James Jones's From Here to Eternity. Read Henry IV. Turn to the Iliad. The allure of combat is a trap, a ploy, an old, dirty game of deception in which the powerful, who do not go to war, promise a mirage to those who do.

I saw this in my own family. At the age of ten I was given a scholarship to a top New England boarding school. I spent my adolescence in the schizophrenic embrace of the wealthy, on the playing fields and in the dorms and classrooms that condition boys and girls for privilege, and came back to my working-class relations in the depressed former mill towns in Maine. I traveled between two universes: one where everyone got chance after chance after chance, where connections and money and influence almost guaranteed that you would not fail; the other where no one ever got a second try. I learned at an early age that when the poor fall no one picks them up, while the rich stumble and trip their way to the top.

Those I knew in prep school did not seek out the military and were not sought by it. But in the impoverished enclaves of central Maine, where I had relatives living in trailers, nearly everyone was a veteran. My grandfather. My uncles. My cousins. My second cousins. They were all in the military. Some of them—including my Uncle Morris, who fought in the infantry in the South Pacific during World War II—were destroyed by the war. Uncle Morris drank himself to death in his trailer. He sold the hunting rifle my grandfather had given to me to buy booze.

He was not alone. After World War II, thousands of families struggled with broken men who, because they could never read the approved lines from the patriotic script, had been discarded. They were not trotted out for red-white-and-blue love fests on the Fourth of July or Veterans Day.

The myth of war held fast, despite the deep bitterness of my grandmother—who acidly denounced what war had done to her only son—and of others like her. The myth held because it was all the soldiers and their families had. Even those who knew it to be a lie—and I think most did—were loath to give up the fleeting moments of recognition, the only times in their lives they were told they were worth something.

"For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' 'Chuck him out, the brute!'" Rudyard Kipling wrote. "But it's 'Saviour of 'is country' when the guns begin to shoot."

Any story of war is a story of elites preying on the weak, the gullible, the marginal, the poor. I do not know of a single member of my graduating prep school class who went into the military. You could not say this about the high school class that graduated the same year in Mechanic Falls, Maine.

• • •

Geoff Millard was born in Buffalo, New York and lived in a predominately black neighborhood until he was eleven. His family then moved to Lockport, a nearby white suburb. He wrestled and played football in high school. He listened to punk rock.

"I didn't really do well in classes," he says. "But that didn't seem to matter much to my teachers."

At fifteen he was approached in school by a military recruiter.

"He sat down next to me at a lunch table," Millard says. "He was a Marine. I remember the uniform was crisp. All the medals were shiny. It was what I thought I wanted to be at the time.

"He knew my name," Millard adds. "He knew what classes I was taking. He knew more about me than I did. It was freaky, actually."

Two years later, as a senior, Millard faced graduation after having been rejected from the only college where he had applied.

"I looked at what jobs I could get," he says. "I wasn't really prepared to do any job. I wasn't prepared for college. I wasn't prepared for the workforce. So I started looking at the military. I wanted to go active duty Marine Corps, I thought. You know, they were the best. And that's what I was going to do.

"There were a lot of other reasons behind it, too," he says. "I mean, growing up in this culture you envy that, the soldier."

His grandfather, in the Army Air Corps in World War II, had died when he was five. The military honor guard at the funeral had impressed him. As a teenager, he had watched the burial of his other grandfather, also with military honors. Millard carried the folded flag to his grandmother after receiving it from the honor guard.

The pageantry has always been alluring. "We marched a long time," Louis-Ferdinand Céline, who fought in World War I, writes in Journey to the End of the Night:

There were streets and more streets, and they were all crowded with civilians and their wives, cheering us on, bombarding us with flowers from café terraces, railroad stations, crowded churches. You never saw so many patriots in all your life! And then there were fewer patriots . . . . It started to rain, and then there were still fewer and fewer, and not a single cheer, not one.

And nearly a century later it is the same.

When Millard told his mother he wanted to be a Marine, she pleaded with him to consider the National Guard. He agreed to meet with the Guard recruiter, whose pitch was effective and simple: "If you come here, you get to blow shit up."

"I'm seventeen," Millard says. "I thought being in the military was the pinnacle of what coolness was. I was just like, oh, I get to blow up stuff! I signed up right then and there on the spot. But the interesting thing he didn't tell me was that the 'shit' that he referred to would be kids.

"They don't teach you when you're in land mine school that the overwhelming percentage of victims of land mines are little kids. Because, like, in the States, a little kid will chase a soccer ball in the streets. And overseas, a little kid will chase a soccer ball into a minefield. Whether, you know, it happens in Korea or Bosnia or Iraq, kids get killed all the time by land mines. They get maimed by them. And that's just a reality of our military industrial complex. We put out these mines. We have no concern for what they do."

Not that this reality intruded on his visions of life in the military when he began.

"I just thought of it like this stuff you see on TV where cars blow up and stuff like that," he says.

For Anthony Swofford—author of Jarhead, a memoir about being a Marine in the first Gulf War—the tipping point came when the recruiter, who assured him he would be "a fine killer," told him he could book a threesome for $40 in Olongapo in the Philippines. "I'd had sex three times and been the recipient of five blow jobs and fourteen hand jobs," he writes. "I was sold."

But sometimes there's no need for a recruiting pitch. The culture does enough to make war, combat, and soldiering appealing.

Ali Aoun was born in Rochester, New York. His father is Lebanese. His mother is from the Caribbean. He says he wanted to be a soldier from the age of nine. He was raised watching war films. But even antiwar films such as Platoon and Full Metal Jacket celebrate the power and seductiveness of violence. He wanted this experience as his own. He says no one pushed him into it.

"I enlisted," he explains. "It was something I always wanted to do, although I got more than I bargained for. You never really know a woman until you jump in bed with her. It's just like the Army: you never really know about it until you enlist. It's not about defending the country or serving our people. It's about working for some rich guy who has his interests."

• • •

At first Millard liked the National Guard. He was able to enroll in Niagara County Community College as a business major, where he signed up for an African American studies class thinking it would be an easy A. He read The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He read Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. He read Frederick Douglass.

"It was the first time I'd really started to read," he says.

He was in the African American studies class when the attacks of 9/11 occurred. His wrestling coach came into the room to tell him he had been activated. He went home. He packed his bags. He thought about combat.

"I was pissed," he says. "I was like, they attacked us. I was ready to go to war."

But he was confused from the start.

"I really wanted to go to war with somebody, because we were attacked," he says. "But the one question I couldn't answer was, who were we going to go to war with?"

At first he did military funerals. Then he was called up for Iraq. He was by then a sergeant and was assigned to work in the office of a general with the 42nd Infantry Division, Rear Operation Center. He became, in military slang, a REMF—a rear echelon motherfucker. He was based in Tikrit, where he watched the cynical and cold manipulation of human life.

He relates the story of a traffic-control mission gone awry when an eighteen-year-old soldier made a bad decision. He was sitting atop an armored Humvee monitoring a checkpoint. An Iraqi car approached, and the soldier, fearing it might be carrying a suicide bomber, pressed the butterfly trigger on his .50 caliber machine gun. He put two hundred rounds into the car in less than a minute, killing a mother, a father, a four-year-old boy, and a three-year-old girl.

"They briefed this to the general," Millard says. "They briefed it gruesome. I mean, they had pictures. And this colonel turns around to this full division staff and says: 'If these fucking Hadjis learned to drive, this shit wouldn't happen.'

"If you lift your rifle and you look through the sights and you see a person, you can't pull the trigger," Millard says. "But if you lift your rifle and you look through the sights and you see a fucking Hadji, then what's the difference.

"That's a lot of what I saw in Iraq," he says. "These officers, high-ranking officers, generals, colonels, you know, the complete disregard. They knew all the stuff that happened. They got all the briefings. They knew what happened. And they either didn't speak up, they didn't say anything about it or they openly condoned it. When Iraqis got killed, to them, it was one less fucking Hadji around."

Millard's thirteen months in Iraq turned him into a passionate antiwar activist. He is the cofounder of the Washington, D.C., chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War and served as its president for three years. He has taken part in numerous antiwar demonstrations around the country, was one of the organizers of the Winter Soldier hearings, returned to Iraq on a humanitarian aid mission in 2011, and now directs a homeless veterans initiative.

The briefing that Millard and his superiors received after the checkpoint killing was one of many. Sergeant Perry Jeffries, who served in the Fourth Infantry Division in Iraq after being called out of retirement, said the killing of Iraqi civilians at checkpoints was routine.

"Alpha troop and Balad Ruz shot somebody at least once," he says, referring to a troop detachment and to the soldiers manning a checkpoint in a small Diyala Province village. "Somebody else on what we called the Burning Oil Checkpoint, they shot somebody with a .50 cal, shot a guy once, and then several times."

Killing becomes a job. You do it. Sometimes it unnerves you. But the demons usually don't hit until you come home, when you are lying alone in bed and you don't dare to tell your wife or your girlfriend what you have become, what you saw, what you did, why you are drinking yourself into a stupor, why you so desperately want to forget your dreams.

The disillusionment comes swiftly. It is not the war of the movies. It is not the glory promised by the recruiters. The mythology fed to you by the church, the press, the school, the state, and the entertainment industry is exposed as a lie. We are not a virtuous nation. God has not blessed America. Victory is not assured. And we can be as evil, even more evil, than those we oppose. War is venal, noisy, frightening, and dirty. The military is a vast bureaucratic machine fueled by hyper-masculine fantasies and arcane and mind-numbing rules. War is always about betrayal—betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians.

"The biggest misconception about the war is that the soldiers care about politics," Jeffries says. "The right thinks the soldiers want support. They want to feel good. They want everybody to fly their flag and have a bumper sticker and go, 'Rah! Rah! Rah! I support the troops. Yay, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!' The left thinks the soldiers all want to run off and get out of there, that they're dying in a living hell. I think that most of the soldiers are young people that are having a decent adventure."

But, he goes on, "They may be having a very hard time. They're frustrated about the amount of resources they have been provided—how many hours of sleep they get, how nice their day is, whether they get to play their PlayStation or read their book at night or whatever. Like any human, you'd like to have some more of that."

Yet, while soldiers don't want to be forgotten, the support-the-troops brigade only maintains the mythology of war on the home front by pretending that we're actually all in it together, when in fact it's overwhelmingly the poor, powerless, and adrift who suffer.

Jeffries has little time for lawn chair warriors: "I remember hearing that somebody said, 'Oh, we're going to have a barbecue to support the troops.' I heard about this when I was in Iraq. I said, how the hell is that going to support me? It's not doing anything. Don't drink beer. Send me the beer. It's not doing me any good to have you drink it. I still don't like the yellow ribbons."

It is no surprise that soldiers sometimes come to despise civilians who chant patriotic mantras. Those soldiers may not be fans of the remote and rarely seen senior officers who build their careers on the corpses of others, including comrades, either. But to oppose the machine and risk being cast out of the magic circle of comradeship can be fatal. Fellow soldiers are the only people who understand the psychological torment of killing and being shot at, of learning to not think at all and instead be led as a herd of animals. Those ostracized in war have a hard time surviving, mentally and physically, so most service members say and do nothing to impede the madness and the killing.

Jessica Goodell came to understand that torment only too well, as she relates in her 2011 memoir Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq. Goodell wasn't poor. She grew up in a middle-class home near Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother worked at home. But her "universe fractured" when she was sixteen and her parents divorced. She could barely continue "the motions of everyday existence." She was accepted at Ithaca College her senior year, but just before graduation a uniformed Marine came to her high school. He told her he had come to find "tough men."

"What about tough women?" she asked.

By that afternoon she was in the Marine recruiting office. She told the recruiter she wanted to be part of a tank crew but was informed that women were prohibited from operating tanks. She saw a picture of a Marine standing next to a vehicle with a huge hydraulic arm and two smaller forklift arms. She signed up to be a heavy equipment mechanic, although she knew nothing about it.

Three years later, while stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in the desert town of Twentynine Palms, California, she volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps' first official Mortuary Affairs unit, at Al Taqaddum Airbase in Iraq. Her job, for eight months, was to "process" dead Marines—collect and catalog their bodies and personal effects. She put the remains in body bags and placed the bags in metal boxes. Before being shipped to Dover Air Force Base, the boxes were stored, often for days, in a refrigerated unit known as a "reefer."

Her unit processed six suicides. The suicide notes, she told me in an interview, almost always cited hazing. Marines who were overweight or unable to do the physical training were subjected to withering verbal and physical abuse. They were called "fat nasties" and "shit bags." They were assigned to other Marines as slaves. Many were forced to run until they vomited or to bear-crawl—walk on all fours—the length of a football field and back. This would be followed by sets of monkey fuckers—bending down, grabbing the ankles, crouching like a baseball catcher, and then standing up again—and other exercises that went on until the Marines collapsed.

Goodell's unit was sent to collect the bodies of the Marines who killed themselves. They usually blew their faces off with assault rifles in port-a-johns or in the corners of abandoned bunkers or buildings. She and the other members of the Mortuary Affairs unit would have to scrape the flesh and brain tissue from the walls.

Goodell fell into depression when she returned home. She abused drugs and alcohol. And she watched the slow descent of her comrades as they too tried to blunt the pain with narcotics and self-destructive behavior. She details many of her experiences in Shade It Black, a term that refers to the missing body parts of dead Marines, which she colored black on diagrams of the corpses.

In a poignant passage, she talks about what it was like for her and a fellow Marine named Miguel to come home and see all those yellow ribbons:

We'd frequently pass vehicles displaying the yellow ribbon 'support-our-troops decal,' but we never once mentioned it. We probably passed a hundred or more decals—two hundred if you count the multiple decals decorating the cars of the more patriotic motorists—and yet neither of us even once said, 'Look, more support from the citizenry. Let's give the 'thumbs up' as we pass.' . . . I knew that these people on their way to work or home or dinner had no idea what it was they were supporting. They did not have a clue as to what war was like, what it made people see, and what it made them do to each other. I felt as though I didn't deserve their support, or anyone's, for what I had done. . . . No one should ever support the people who do such things.

Stateside "support" not only reflects the myths of war, but it also forces Goodell and her comrades to suppress their own experiences:

Here we were, leaving the ribbons behind us as we sped up on our way to Hell, probably, where we would pay for the sins these magnetic decals endorsed. There was an irony of sorts shaping the dynamic between our ribbon decal supporters and us. They were uninformed but good people, the kind whose respect we would welcome—if it were based upon something true. It was when we were around them that we had to hide the actual truth most consciously.

• • •

Those who return to speak this truth, like Goodell or Millard, are our contemporary prophets. They struggle, in a culture awash in lies, to tell what few have the fortitude to digest. The words these prophets speak are painful.

As a nation we prefer to listen to those who speak from the patriotic script. We prefer to hear ourselves exalted. If veterans speak of terrible wounds visible and invisible, of lies told to make them kill, of evil committed in our name, we fill our ears with wax. Not our boys and girls, we say, not them, bred in our homes, endowed with goodness and decency. For if it is easy for them to murder, what about us? It is simpler and more comfortable not to hear, to wish only that they would calm down, be reasonable, get some help, and go away. We brand our prophets as madmen. We cast them into the desert. This is why so many veterans are estranged and enraged. This is why so many succumb to suicide or addictions. Not long ago Goodell received a text message from a Marine she had worked with in Mortuary Affairs after he tried to commit suicide. "I've got $2,000 in the bank," the message read. "Let's meet in NYC and go out with a bang."

War comes wrapped in patriotic slogans; calls for sacrifice, honor, and heroism; and promises of glory. It comes wrapped in the claims of divine providence. It is what a grateful nation asks of its children. It is what is right and just. It is waged to make the nation and the world a better place, to cleanse evil. War is touted as the ultimate test of manhood, where the young can find out what they are made of. From a distance it seems noble. It gives us comrades and power and a chance to play a bit part in the great drama of history. It promises to give us identities as warriors, patriots, as long as we go along with the myth, the one the war-makers need to wage wars and the defense contractors need to increase their profits.

But up close war is a soulless void. War is about barbarity, perversion, and pain. Human decency and tenderness are crushed, and people become objects to use or kill. The noise, the stench, the fear, the scenes of eviscerated bodies and bloated corpses, the cries of the wounded all combine to spin those in combat into another universe. In this moral void, naïvely blessed by secular and religious institutions at home, the hypocrisy of our social conventions, our strict adherence to moral precepts, becomes stark. War, for all its horror, has the power to strip away the trivial and the banal, the empty chatter and foolish obsessions that fill our days. It might let us see, although the cost is tremendous.