Monday 28 January 2013

Esoteric Interpretation of the Film Prometheus

The science fiction movie “Prometheus” explores theories on the origins of humanity and their relation to extra-terrestrial visitors. While most might find this premise very “fictional”, many aspects of the movie actually symbolically reflect some beliefs and philosophies of the occult elite. We’ll look at the esoteric meaning of the movie “Prometheus”.”
                                                                                      Vigilant Citizen

The Vigilant Citizen runs articles giving an esoteric or occult interpretation of modern popular music and cinema and is one of the darkest yet most interesting sites on the web. It's very hard to make sense of exactly what's going on in these industries, the only thing that seems for certain is that there is a deeper and darker agenda than we know about.

Sunday 27 January 2013

Belgian MP Stands Against War in Mali

My new favourite politician.

Belgian MP Laurent Louis cuts through the propaganda and points at the real reasons behind the French invasion of Mali, as he explains why he will not be voting in support of it. He points out the blindingly obvious contradiction of the USA and EU supporting Islamic fundamentalists in Libya and Syria where they are presented as 'freedom fighters', but opposing them in Mali where they are 'Islamic fascist terrorists'.

He even has the courage to question the 9/11 myth, certainly no punches pulled here!

For subtitles in English click the captions (cc) button on the video.

Edible City: Grow the Revolution

Inspiring documentary on urban gardens, how they engage and revitalise communities and provide nourishing organic food for people who otherwise wouldn't have access to it. Stark contrasts to big business petroleum based agriculture.  

The most powerful form of protest is simply removing oneself from the system.

Saturday 26 January 2013

Tatiana Moroz Performs Love & Liberty on Breaking the Set

Performance by Tatiana Moroz, music inspired by activism. This is followed by an interview with Abby Martin where Ms. Moroz talks about her influences, from speaking to war veterans to Austrian economics. Yes, that's right, someone is making music about Libertarianism and Austrian economics, how cool is that! A refreshing change from the repetitive crap turned out by the music industry, you can bet Lady Gaga won't be going on RT to talk about Austrian economics any time soon!

Now the Drugs (Prohibition) Don't Work

An article in the Daily Mail this week reported that tragically five young people have died after taking contaminated ecstasy tablets. I'm certainly not going to suggest that ecstasy is a safe drug under any circumstances, but the fact that it's criminalised undoubtedly makes it a whole lot more dangerous. There seems to be a parallel here with the prohibition of alcohol in the United States during the twenties and thirties, the following quote from Johann Hari illustrates the point:

Once a product is controlled only by criminals, all safety controls vanish and the drug becomes far more deadly. After 1921, it became common to dilute and relabel poisonous industrial alcohol, which could still legally be bought, and sell it by the pint glass. This "rotgut" caused epidemics of paralysis and poisoning. For example, one single batch of bad booze permanently crippled 500 people in Wichita, Kan., in early 1927—a usual event. That year, 760 people were poisoned to death by bad booze in New York City alone. Wayne Wheeler persuaded the government not to remove fatal toxins from industrial alcohol, saying it was good to keep this "disincentive" in place.”

People taking substances to alter their perception of the world is a practice that has gone on since before the time we lived in caves and will still be going on when we're colonising Mars. How moral is it for one group in society (the government) to use violence to restrict this practice, when the consequence of doing so is the endangerment of the lives of all who engage in it?

The full article by Johann Hari is available at the link above. Hari draws many parallels between alcohol prohibition and the modern day prohibition of drugs, including the power it hands to criminals, the inherent racism of policies and criminalisation of vast numbers of otherwise law abiding citizens.

Thursday 24 January 2013

Neocolonialism in Mali

I can't say that I know all that much about Mali, but does anyone else suspect that the recent intervention has more to do with control of resources than we are being told?

Day 28 of the Hunger Strike

Yesterday was day twenty eight of Barbara Tucker's hunger strike. Still no mention in any mainstream media outside of Iran.

Thursday 10 January 2013

Remembering Cambodia

Today could be said to mark twenty four years since the fall of the Khmer Rouge after the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. The journalist John Pilger was one of the first westerners to enter into the country and witness the aftermath of the genocide that had taken place there, saying:

At the liberation of the Nazi death camp in Belsen in 1945, The Times correspondent wrote: "It is my duty to describe something beyond the imagination of mankind." That was how I felt in 1979 when I entered Cambodia, a country sealed from the outside world for almost four years since "Year Zero".”

John Pilger made several documentaries about Cambodia, the above being the final one of them. It was filmed ten years after the Khmer Rouge fell and documents the cynical geopolitical strategy carried out by China, Britain and the USA to the support the Khmer Rouge as a way of weakening Vietnam. The people of Cambodia were considered expendable.

Most people know about the Cambodian genocide, some know that Richard Nixon killed hundreds of thousands there in a bombing campaign, but not many people are aware of the support given to the Khmer Rouge by Western Governments. This even extended to Margaret Thatcher sending the SAS to train their soldiers, roughly the moral equivalent of training the S.S. That's why I think this history is important. The British and American governments are still successful (although ever less so) in presenting themselves as a moral force for good in the world, history reveals this has never been the case.

Prisons for Children

A recent article in the Daily Mail reported that just under 10,000 parents a year are now being convicted over their children’s truancy.   Of these, 6,438 were fined, 473 undertook community service and 11 were jailed.   Or to put it another way, 6,438 had money stolen from them, 473 were entered into forced works programs and 11 were abducted from their homes and thrown into cages. This is the way we would see it if it were a group other than the State dishing out the punishment.

This is all because 56,500 children are not attending school without seeking permission on a daily basis.  The problem has gotten so bad that armed gangs (also known as the police) are forcing their way into peoples houses, abducting children who don't wish to attend and 'escorting' them there in patrol cars.

At no point is it suggested that the schools themselves may be in any way to blame for these figures, there's even an insert claiming that bullying is actually the fault of overly protective parents, seriously. That there might be something morally wrong and unproductive about forcing children to attend schools whether they want to or not isn't considered.  A bit like smacking, there's a different set of rules for children than adults.

It's interesting to me to consider what this level of coercion says about the way in which our society views children.   Not very highly I would suggest.  I'm not saying we don't care about them, quite the opposite, we're prepared to enact massive amounts of coercive violence to ensure they are educated, what could be more loving than that?   But what this suggests to me is that we believe children need to be forced to do anything that is good for them, if we didn't force them then the vast majority would arrive at age eighteen unable to spell even their own names having spent their entire lives glued to video games.

The video below is a mind map animation (very good animation) of a lecture given by Sir Ken Robinson in which he explores the problems of our schooling system. He points out that it arises from an industrial revolution mind set, that it runs counter-intuitive to the way in which we approach every other aspect of life and that children increasingly need to be drugged just to get through it.  Personally I think that the State's involvement in education is the root of the problem and I'm not advocating replacing the current form of fascist schooling with a more warm and fuzzy one.   However Sir Ken does point right at the dysfunction in the current system and offers creative and inspiring alternatives, alternatives that I believe education will only be able to provide when it breaks free of its control by the State.  

Link to Daily Mail article:

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Monday 7 January 2013

Peace Protester goes on Hunger Strike

I met this lady at Parliament Square a year last autumn, sat at the peace camp along with an Israeli and a Palestinian. Until then I'd always assumed Brian Haw started his protest in response to the invasion of Afghanistan, but it was actually before that. Initially he was protesting the sanctions Britain and the United States imposed upon Iraq, the ones that are reported to have brought about the deaths of half a million Iraqi children during the 1990's alone.

As I write this the sun is setting on the twelfth day of Barbara Tucker's hunger strike. If I've got the details straight, she is refusing food in protest of the British governments refusal to return her tent and its contents, which they stole from her in January of last year. It is her contention, and I see no reason to doubt it, that the British government removed her shelter in the hope that she would go away and take her pictures of Iraqi children deformed by depleted uranium with her. Their images defacing England’s green and pleasant land as they do. Ms. Tucker is not certain that she will survive the cold of another winter without shelter and has therefore decided upon this more drastic course of action.

Thus far, none of the major media in the UK seems to have found this story newsworthy, I wonder at what point they will. I only know about it because I saw the interview below on the Iranian State sponsored Press TV! Personally I find the fact that a female peace protester is right now starving herself to death outside the Houses of Parliament worth a mention.     

You can follow her story at the following link:

Sunday 6 January 2013

Now The Drugs Don't Work

In previous posts I've expressed scepticism as to the wisdom of medicating children as a way of dealing with their perceived psychological problems, especially as the numbers and strength of dose seems to be going up whilst the starting age comes down. Last year the Daily Mail reported that children as young as three are now being prescribed Ritalin, whilst nearly a quarter of all children are described as having 'special educational needs'.

I could speculate as to the motivation behind this trend. From a purely financial point of view, the ideal situation for a pharmaceutical company is for people to start taking drugs as early as possible in life, a bigger potential market. I could also suggest that when a quarter of children don't fit into a system, maybe it's not the children who are to blame.

There's little point however in criticising one paradigm without offering up another to replace it, so here's my attempt to do that. In the above video Brandon Bays is interviewed about the simple therapeutic work she has developed for children. She gives examples of how children’s disruptive behaviour, the kind of behaviour that could earn them a label or prescription, can often be traced back to a traumatic event. What constitutes a traumatic event for a child can be as simple as being embarrassed in front of his or her classmates. When this trauma is addressed and released then behavioural or emotional or even physical problems will often resolve.

Whilst it's probably apparent that I don't like the idea of drugging kids very much, I don't wish to be a zealot either and say that there's never an occasion where it's appropriate or that it should be avoided out of principal. Decisions should of course be based on what's best for the child. I do however feel that it is being completely overused perhaps for reasons not to do with children’s well being. I also feel that more safe, effective and healing alternatives are available.  

Thursday 3 January 2013

Austrian Economics - Why It Matters

“So it goes to show that our society can have less aggression, less injustice, more prosperity and more shared prosperity, if we just put the guns down and stopped having everybody try to loot everybody else through the mechanism of government.”
Tom Woods

As I've expressed before it's my view that if we're ever going to see true justice in the world, we're going to have to wise up to how the money game is played.  It seems to me economic power trumps political every time. Indeed dictatorships the world over have given way to democracies, amidst banner waiving and global celebrations, whilst leaving the underline 'economic dictatorship' in place.   Only now it's worse because everyone thinks they're free.

For this reason I've started reading more about economics over the past few months, it gets quite addictive!  I intend to regularly post about it on this blog. The perspective that has come to interest me the most is the so called 'Austrian School'. Partly I think because it's the most radical and I always like the challenge that engaging with radical ideas presents, but more importantly what appeals to me, is that as far as I can see it is the only system of economic thought that doesn't at its root require violence (or the threat of) to function.  Instead it places it's faith in humanities ability to cooperate in a non-coercive manner.

Over the past several years it seems nobody has had anything good to say about the free-market, (I often wonder which of the two concepts people don't like, freedom or markets?), the belief that too much freedom has brought us to our current economic woes and now we need government to step in and restrict that freedom to stop the robber barons looting us, (the assumption being that government is for us and not the robber barons of course).   What interests me is that many people who adhere to this view are of a liberal disposition and would be opposed to government restricting freedom in other areas.  They're not people who are calling out that there is now too much freedom in education and we need government to restrict what children are learning, so that they don't end up with a head full of wrong ideas!  Too much freedom in health care choices, ban those supplements!   Too much freedom in the media, government must restrict what we know!   No, none of this and yet a special case is made for the economy.

In the above video Tom Woods (he's talking about the American economy, but if you substitute 'Federal Reserve' for 'Bank of England' it'll work just the same) points out the ludicrous nature of blaming the free-market, when we've never had any such thing.   Money, the mechanism of exchange and most important commodity of all, far from being chosen by the market is regulated and produced by the central bank.   This is the antithesis of a free-market.

It amazes me how we've all been conditioned (myself absolutely included) to think that people freely engaging in voluntary exchanges is the problem and the coercive violence of the state the solution.

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Fox News: Are SSRI Antidepressants Causing School Shootings?

On one had children are told to 'Just Say No to Drugs', then on the other they are encouraged to find the solution to their problems through taking drugs. Maybe it's me.

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Israel and Iran: A love story?

It's my contention that to get a population to go along with a war, the other side must be de-humanised somewhat. This de-humanisation can be as simple as knowing nothing about them and therefore being unable to relate to their lives. It's not that we dislike people in Iraq or Afghanistan, but we don't know them and have no real empathetic connection to them. One of the reasons I suspect war has decreased in Western Europe is that many more people, in fact almost everybody now travels abroad. The kind of 'Destroy This Mad Brute!' propaganda that was used against the Germans a hundred years ago wouldn't work today.

In this video Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphic designer, talks about his effort to break down the barriers between the Israeli and Iranian people, using social media. What the citizens of these countries have to say to each other is an incredible and refreshing contrast to the belligerent rhetoric of Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad. It's also an example of what anyone can do by putting their talents to good use, the wave they can create.

Tuesday 1 January 2013

Graeme MacQueen presents at the 9/11 Revisited conference

Remember the postal anthrax attacks of 2001? The ones that killed 5 people. The ones that came with notes saying in broken English such things as 'DEATH TO AMERICA. DEATH TO ISRAEL. ALLAH IS GREAT'. I do. I was working in an office at the time and we were issued with gloves to open the mail, just in case Osama or Saddam or whoever was responsible sent some anthrax our way. Actually, it turns out if we had received some it wouldn't have come from the Middle East, it would have come from the United States Armies own bio weapons laboratory, that was the conclusion of the FBI investigation anyway.

In this lecture from the 9/11 Revisited Conference, peace activist Dr. Graeme MacQueen retells perhaps the strangest story from the 9/11 period, that of the anthrax attacks and how they were used to further demonise the Muslim world before eventually being blamed upon the archetypal lone American nut.

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Richard Gage Presents to the 9/11 Revisited conference in Kuala Lumpur

The Perdana Global Peace Foundation recently held the '9/11 Revisited Conference' in Kuala Lumpur. Coming after the Toronto Hearings last year, it would appear that the dissenting view of September 11th is becoming more prominent with the passage of time not less. Essentially, there are some questions which just refuse to go away.

One prominent question regards the way in which the three building came down. All three (Building Seven especially), look exactly like they were brought down by controlled demolition and not at all like any other building brought down by structural damage and fire. So much so that over seventeen hundred architects and engineers have now signed a petition claiming this to be the case. They may be wrong of course but that's not the point, the point as far as I'm concerned is that they are intelligent people making a well researched argument and can't be easily dismissed. That's not what you would perhaps expect.

In this presentation Richard Gage, the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, presents a summary of the evidence he and his colleges have uncovered to support the controlled demolition hypothesis.