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Commentary by: Roger Landry (TLB)

All presidencies have issues, a crises and maybe even a disaster, BUT never before in my three generations on this planet have I seen such poor leadership, so much indecisiveness, so few right answers and so many national disasters in progress or looming just in front of us. Even the most staunch Supporters of this president are losing faith as is readily apparent from the latest polls. I have seen lame duck terms before, but never dead duck terms.

Now before you jump bad with what you are about to read, and say … all our woes are not his doing … I agree but please tell me one promise he made (twice) that he has kept to facilitate an end to this madness. Yea he ran on a platform twice to alleviate most of these boggy men that haunt this country, but has produced NOTHING and in most cases …  the exact opposite of anything he promised (that is an easy statement to prove)!

This president is presiding over the most turmoil America as seen in recent history, yet he has more tee times under his belt and more hyper expensive vacations than just about any other president in history. While We The people tighten our belts until our stomachs are touching our backbones, he is enjoying the high life extraordinaire. No I don’t begrudge him a vacation or a tee off on occasion but my God … Research it Yourself !!!

Here are just a few (short list) of the present or impending disasters, unresolved or exacerbated many fold in six years, We The People are facing … Can this possibly be a monumental case of incompetence, or the intentional means to an end …

We have a wide open southern border allowing just about anyone to cross unimpeded (can you say terrorists), all but mandated by this government. Wait didn’t he swear to uphold the Constitution? Isn’t it the constitutional responsibility of our president to protect the sovereignty and borders of this country?

We are being threatened by some of the most ruthless radicals in history (of our own construct), while we continue to manufacture more terrorists across the middle east with our blatant militaristic imperialism. Didn’t he run on the promise to end this imperialism … not compound it many fold?

We have multiple government health agencies that are so corrupt that their policies are sacrificing the lives of millions of citizens and children all for the sake of the corporatocracy, and with zero accountability. Didn’t he sign the Farm bill containing the Monsanto protection act after promising us transparency on GMO’s in our food?

We are being poisoned on a daily basis beyond anything conceivable a few short generations ago, by mechanisms such as Geo-engineering, Fluoride, Vaccines, GMO’s, Environmental toxins and Pharmaceuticals to a point where the cognitive functionality of most Americans is at a grade school level. Doesn’t he appoint the heads of these government agencies knowing full well before he did exactly where their loyalties are?

The Dollar is collapsing at an ever increasing rate, our economy is tracking in a negative direction continuously (regardless of the lies we are told), the middle class has all but disappeared, yet we continue to spent over fifty cents of every tax dollar to support the most awesome military this planet has ever seen. Wasn’t he the anti war, anti corporate favoritism candidate (a Democrat)?

We continue to use the concept of baseball bat diplomacy across this planet infuriating sovereign nation after nation with totally cavalier attitude of “So what are you going to do about it?” and nations who CAN do something (Russia and China) are already teaming up to DO so. Is he NUTS ???

The American people are suffering more under this presidents leadership (or lack of) than any president since the great depression, and that only takes into account the economic woes! America is failing on ALL fronts except global brutality, and this fiasco continues to spin up out of control at an ever accelerating rate of speed …

AND OBAMA GOES GOLFING

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If bad OR worse things happen, will Obama be able to handle it, or will he simply check out? In one of his harshest criticisms yet, Bill illustrates his concern.

Early Check Out: The World Gets Crazier and Obama Goes Golfing

See original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO0AnMh6J7I

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By TLB Contributor: Rabah JL

How?

In face of rabid Israeli support for the indiscriminate slaughter of thousands within a mere few weeks, the first question to cross any rational-thinking mind is “How?”.

How is it that a people who were persecuted in Europe for centuries are now inflicting the same measure of horror upon others?

How do you effectively brainwash so many human beings to become incapable of guilt nor humanity?

How is it possible to breed unthinking, uncritical, and unquestioning people whom seek to justify every single act their government pursues?

Worse yet, how do you enslave an entire population into regurgitating completely illogical and constantly conflicting “explanations”?

Israelis have seen the senseless massacre of 2,100 entrapped human beings during the past month (including 89 families completely wiped out), the abduction of more than 18,000 Palestinian children since 2008, and quite literally witness demolition of Arab homes across the West Bank and East Jerusalem on a daily basis. Yet “Operation Protective Edge” remains under popular support by the Israeli public. How?

As a humanitarian first and foremost, I believe in the inherent qualities we all possess as human beings: compassion, kindness, and empathy. Therefore, I can only see Israel’s public reaction (exceptions do of course exist) as a deeply festered psychological disease which either limits or isolates these qualities.

Taking into consideration the outrage which followed the recent death of a four year old Israeli child (caused by a car explosion after Hamas mortar fire), there is evidence of the aforementioned qualities. Thousands of Israelis showered their condolences and presented their grief.

While interviewing these same commentators of grief, I questioned their feelings for the 500+ children killed in Gaza, including a 6 month old baby boy and more than 2,000 wounded. I also asked their opinions on more than 270,000 children in Gaza currently suffering from all sorts of diseases of the body and mind including malnutrition, amputation, and trauma. Their immediate reaction was “Hamas did this”.

I narrowed my question down to the children which were deliberately shot with sniper rifles of IDF soldiers, tank fire at a ten meter range, starvation due to the Israeli blockade, Kenan and Saji El Hallaq (3 and 5 year old brothers), and the four young boys killed by an airstrike on the beach a month ago. The reaction was again “Hamas…”.

I urged these Israelis to at least sympathize with the children’s deaths and stop deflecting in favor of other connotations. The idea was that they could simply wish these children would rest in peace; any innocent dead child, Arab or Israeli, deserves the condolences and well wishes of the entire planet. The response, again, was “Hamas…”.

It seems that the value of life between an Arab child and an Israeli child is so far apart in these peoples’ minds that there is no reconciliation possible. By now I realized that that they were so desensitized towards the killing of Arabs that they would ignore a brutal murder by trying to find an excuse instead to somehow justify Israel’s involvement in it.

Two explanations come to mind.

1) Israel enforces conscription. This makes military service compulsory for all, with the exception of some minority groups. Hence, almost anyone over the age of 18 must spend two years (women) or three years (men) in the IDF. As of the year 2000, more than 3 million women and men are listed as active for military service.

This means that if you are over 21 and could serve, you either have or are imprisoned for refusing to. Considering the average age in Israel is 30, nearly every single person in Israel has been part of the IDF.

Given the barrage of military operations against Palestinians over the past 66 years, nearly every single person in Israel has also had some sort of military role during one or more operations. Thus, logic would suggest that every single person in Israel is somehow connected to the IDF- through family, friend, or neighbor.

Being a former, an active, or related to a member of such a large and overwhelming organization which practically covers the entire population would realize a stark separation of values to a person’s daily life.

A psychological condition by the name of dis-inhibition comes into effect.

Dis-inhibition releases normal behavioral restraints such as self-monitoring, self-awareness, and other long-term norms as well as qualities. Ignoring such norms allows human beings to act on their immediately relevant emotions (be it patriotism, hatred, malice, or revenge) and motivations (territory, security, or vindication) regardless of considerations such as humanity, empathy, or compassion- considerations that usually result as a form of self-awareness.

This condition occurs mainly due to the consistent subconscious reassurance and confidence that you are acting in a group of collectively shared emotions and motivations, therefore there is no risk of reprisal. Self-monitoring becomes unnecessary.

Dis-inhibition on such a large scale makes it easier for the Israeli public to justify the crimes of Israel as there is a constant feeling of support and loyalty accompanied when such vindication is assumed. The necessity to justify every action the IDF commit is simple mob mentality, where actions higher up the hierarchy easily influence those lower down.

Effectively, when such a control mechanism has been intact for more than sixty years, across three or four generations, every single person in Israel is somehow part of the IDF. Dis-inhibition becomes a national phenomenon, and self-awareness becomes subsidiary. The population is no longer monitoring their own actions, so it is impossible for them to monitor their government’s. Combine this with relentless propaganda, and you have a population being told how to think, and how to act.

2) Cognitive dissonance. By pure definition, this psychological condition relates to the reluctance in accepting new information when it contradicts information one presumes they already know.

Most of Israel’s public are completely unaware of their ancestry which escaped European persecution to live in peace with Arabs pre-1917, nor are they aware of the existence of Palestine under international law.

There are many instances of uncontroversial fact which is either consciously or imminently neglected by these people. However, when evidence of such fact is communicated to them, it is simply rejected.

No logical reason is given for this rejection, nor does it seem that one is perceptibly necessary from their vantage point. Fact becomes as relevant as fiction to those suffering cognitive dissonance if it does not fit the narrative they have already been ingrained with.

This works particularly well when “fear” is the “information”. Instilling the belief that every Arab (Hamas have been used as a scapegoat in this case) is out to kill Israelis, destroy their families, and wipe out their homeland for example.

Every supporter of Zionism holds this brainwashed notion as a firm belief and any evidence to the contrary is deflected without thought. This subconscious and undercurrent fear becomes relative to every action committed in their daily life.

Arabs become the epitome of evil, even though no aggression whatsoever need be personally experienced by the person holding this irrational “fear”; as a result, preemptive (verbal or physical) attacks are believed necessary under the pretext of security.

Extreme conditions of cognitive dissonance ultimately lead to distress due to the constant inconsistencies bred. This results in depression, other trauma, and could explain why an IDF soldier is five times more likely to die from suicide than on the battlefield.

In all honesty, I cannot help but feel sympathy for such people whom live day in and day out under the delusion of collective values, manipulated ignorance combined with an unwillingness to learn, and a deep bitterness birthing from baseless fears. There is nothing more to do than inform them of their conditions and hope for a swift recovery.

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How to stay safe when exercising your rights.

By: Stefan Verstappen

If you’re planning on participating in a peaceful demonstration or protest, keep one thing in mind: at any time it could turn into a bloody riot.

In the past it has been a common practice for governments to send provocateurs to mingle among the demonstrators until a given time or signal, and then to begin instigating violence as both a way to demonize the peaceful protesters in the media, and as an excuse to send in the riot troops to bust heads. As demonstrations around the world can attest to, this tactic has not gone out of fashion.

So what should you do if suddenly rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and flash bang grenades are whizzing past you and a hundred Mad Max extras waving clubs start goose-stepping in your direction?

The following will provide you some tips and advice to keep you as safe as possible should you suddenly find yourself in a war zone.

Clothing

When the stormtroopers make their appearance at your protest march, you’ll notice they come dressed to kill. They typically wear helmets, face shields, gas masks, chest protectors, elbow pads, knee and shin pads, and combat boots. In addition, they will carry shields, batons, Tasers, radios, medical kits, shotguns and pistols. Meanwhile, you are standing there in a t-shirt and flip flops. The first tip is to come dressed for the occasion.

What to Wear

Long pants and long sleeves to reduce the exposure of skin to RCAs (Riot Control Agents). Wear only cotton or wool. Natural fibers are fire resistant, whereas most of the synthetic materials are highly flammable and can quickly ignite from a spark from a flash bang or Molotov cocktail. When these materials burn they will melt right into your skin and cannot be removed without taking the skin with it.

A bicycle helmet can be a life saver in case agitators begin throwing rocks and you happen to be in the line of fire. Also useful as protection against police nightstick attacks.

A backpack; fill the book pocket, the pocket that is closest to the back straps, with a large hardcover book. This can act like body armor protecting your back from rubber bullets. In addition, it can be used as a shield by placing your forearm through the shoulder straps and holding the pack as a shield if front of you if you have to escape volleys of projectiles and rubber bullets.

A bandanna can be used as an emergency bandage, sweat band, improvised dust mask, and washcloth.

Bring work gloves to protect your hands if you have to escape through broken windows, or other sharp wreckage caused by rioting. Wearing gloves will also help prevent burns if you have to remove smoking teargas canisters.

Wear work boots or hiking boots, or at least good high-top leather runners. This is to help protect your feet from broken glass and sharp debris on the ground, and will help support your ankles when running, or climbing over barriers.

Wear protective eye-wear. The sports-style sunglasses with padding on the inside such as used in racket all and other sports works best. This is to protect against RCAs, rubber bullets and fragments from teargas canisters and Flash Bangs.

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What to Carry

The riot police typically carry a lot of gear and it is a good idea for you to carry some items on your person as well.

Water: you can quickly become dehydrated standing outdoors, and access to water may be restricted. Local stores may be closed for fear of rioting and looting and police may block off access to public fountains and washrooms. Bring 2 liters minimum and double if the temperatures are high.

Snacks: the excitement and physical exertion can quickly use up your glucose stores and leave you feeling weak and nauseated. Bring some snacks to nibble on through the day to maintain your blood sugar levels.

Cell Phone: to call for help, an attorney, or a cab to help you get out if you become trapped or arrested. A cell phone is also useful for filming the violation of human rights.

Pocket First Aid Kit: to treat minor injuries like cuts and blisters. Add one or two a chemical cold packs to help treat welts raised by rubber bullets and baton strikes.

Small Flashlight: in case you’re out after dark and the power goes out.

Cash: to pay for parking, or public transportation, or to hire a taxi.

Dust Mask: to help filter out riot control agents.

Identification: in case you are detained or arrested; providing I.D. can get you released sooner.

Attorney’s Business Card: If you participate regularly in an activist community you will eventually have an encounter with law enforcement. It is best to be prepared ahead of any such encounter by finding a reputable lawyer that specializes in civil rights cases and get several of his or her business cards to keep in your wallet and another in your protest emergency kit. Don’t rely solely on your cell phone for contact information since cell phones and other electronic devices will be seized when you are arrested.

How to Deal With Riot Control Agents

The term “riot control agents” (RCAs) refers to several gases commonly known as ‘Tear Gas’ or ‘Pepper Spray’. Exposure to these chemicals can cause skin, nose, and eye irritation, nausea, and respiratory difficulties within minutes. In rare cases, RCAs can cause long-term health complications, blindness, and even death. The effects generally last less than half an hour but can be extremely uncomfortable.

The first defense is to try to stay out of the line of fire and away from the front lines of the police. If the chemicals are released in front of you, you should run straight behind you to get out of range. Try to get upwind of the point of release where there is fresh air.

If RCAs are deployed inside a building, get out as quickly as possible. The chemicals do not dissipate as they would outdoors, and the high concentrations can be extremely dangerous with prolonged exposure.

Get to high ground. RCAs are heavier than air, and the highest concentrations thus tend to be near the ground. Try to get to the highest point possible. This could be up a hill, atop a wall, etc.

If you are caught in a smoke cloud, soak a bandanna or other cloth in apple-cider vinegar or lemon juice and tightly cover your mouth and nose with it. (Bring these items in your kit.)

Finally, avoid wearing oil-based creams or sunscreens, as these aid absorption of the RCAs. If you are exposed to these agents follow decontamination procedures.

In emergencies, dry powder such as flour, baking soda, detergents, or even soil can be used to reduce the quantity of chemical agent available for uptake through the skin. Pouring flour onto the chemical followed by wiping with wet tissue paper is reported to be effective against the nerve agents soman, VX, and mustard gas.

How to Escape a Riot

Try to look as inconspicuous as possible, and slowly and carefully move to the outside of the mob. Stay close to walls or other protective barriers if possible.

Get inside and stay inside if you can. Find a retail store, office building, or coffee shop to go into and off the streets. Look for a rear exit to these buildings that will lead out to a back street where there are no rioters or police and carefully make you way home.

It can be dangerous to move against a crowd, so go with the flow until you are able to escape into a doorway or up a side street or alley. It may also be advantageous to stay with the crowd until you are certain you can safely escape because it will help you remain inconspicuous and improve your odds of survival if shots are fired. In addition, police may barricade side routes and ambush anyone seeking to escape the main mob. You do not want to be the only person trying to get past a police barricade.

Avoid public transportation. Buses, subways, and trains will likely be out of service, and stations and depots will probably be packed with people. Even if you succeed in getting on a train or bus, rioters may stop it. Subway stations are particularly bad places to be, both because they are difficult to escape and because riot control agents are heavier than air and may drift down into subway stations and accumulate there.

Protesting in a police state can be a dangerous exercise of your basic human rights. You cannot trust that unstable elements within the ranks of law enforcement would not instigate violence that would trigger the police into attack mode. You could be entering a war zone, and so to protect yourself and fellow activists make sure you follow the advice given and come prepared.

See more and read comments here: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/practical-guide-to-protesting-in-police.html#disqus_thread

TLB recommends you visit Activist Post for more great/pertinent articles and information.

Related:

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Stefan H. Verstappen is a Canadian writer, adventurer, and martial artist. He has worked as a wilderness survival instructor for Outward Bound programs, a street youth councilor, a First Aid and CPR instructor for St John Ambulance, and a martial arts instructor. Since first backpacking through Europe alone at age sixteen he has also traveled extensively and spent four years living in the Orient. You can read more from Stefan Verstappen at his site The Art of Urban Survival, where this article first appeared. You can also find Stefan’s instructional books and videos here.

 

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Political Commentary By: Roger Landry (TLB)

Let us start this discussion off by addressing the fallacy that just about any modern day national level politician (Senator, Congressman, President) participating in the the two party system (with a few Very Rare exceptions) is a true blue all American representative of the unwashed masses, having only their constituents well-being at heart. Let’s shed light on the fact that these politicians neither adhere to the published party platform, represent the citizens who elected them, or abide by any code of ethics or morals that does not directly benefit or may prove a detriment to themselves or more importantly, their puppet masters, those responsible for their ascension to power …

This premise is based on the institution of legislation such as the Patriot Act and the Indefinite Detention clause in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), both passed and ratified on multiple occasions, eliminating their passage as a one time mistake, and much more recent tyranny both legislated and by executive order, all aimed squarely at you and me. We must also consider the affordable healthcare act (Obama care) which is anything but affordable and is intended to facilitate the utter ruination of the American middle class, the mechanism responsible for the building and greatness this country had at one time achieved!

To consider that these individuals are dedicated to We The People and not their own or their masters’ gains is a misconception shared by so many Americans who trustingly but mistakenly assume that a candidate’s beliefs are bound to their political parties platform or indeed the ideals of the grass roots individuals who make up the party. To this charade the retort can only be … bull crap!

The labels Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Progressive or NEOCON are simply tools to engage and divide the masses, to play us against one another and to keep us distracted while the true tyranny is perpetrated, hidden in plain sight. Even those who would claim these titles in leadership are but pawns in a game We The People are never to be permitted to win.

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So let us open our eyes and delve into the misdirection, hypocrisy and tyranny disguised as patriotism and the deceitfully false show of concern for the welfare of America. Because to continue in ignorance sounds the death toll for this once great nation now in crisis.

To help demonstrate the validity of this argument let us examine our most recent Republican president. George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama could not possibly be more different in every definable way, or so, through rhetoric and platform, we are purposely deceived into believing. But if we examine their deeds, then reality is a shocking wake up call for those who have been lulled into these beliefs by the lies and misdirections of the puppet masters via their most powerful and effective propaganda tool, the mainstream media (MSM)!

A characterization (snapshot) of the Bush presidency.

We start with Bush quite in character as a right wing neo-conservative, kowtowing to the Corporate Military Industrial Complex which boomed under his administration. Immediately following the 9/11 incident (another story of tyranny, lies and deceit), this country geared up for war spurred on by the fervent rhetoric of his administration! Cries of revenge and retaliation where contained in every speech and public address. The American people where whipped into a patriotic froth, waving flags and looking to exact their pound of flesh! Any Muslim, regardless of their actual nationality or allegiance was looked at with unwarranted (based on blatant lies) fear. Fear is the most effective form of control over man’s mind ever devised by mankind and serves only to perpetuate hate and protracted ignorance. This gave rise to the most expensive, expansive and destructive manhunt in the history of this planet, but was in reality a perfectly choreographed and pre-planned exercise in smoke and mirrors, lies and deceit.

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No price in national treasure, respect or even human life was too large to be suffered in order to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, the devil incarnate! So we pumped up the military machine, and proceeded to invade and occupy Afghanistan. After an extended period of time, Bin Lauden was thought to have escaped through the mountain passes of Tora Bora into Pakistan. We did not leave Afghanistan but settled in to rebuild the country as we, or to be more precise, the puppet masters, thought it should be, all the while raping its society for all the gains the international banking cabal and the soulless corporate criminal elements could extract from it and a new term was coined: Nation Building. At this point we also began performing cross border raids into Pakistan, another sovereign nation, and sending Predator drones in to kill anyone who opposed us or our goals, all in the name of finding someone we were being told at the time was already dead.

Next we were told that Iraq was an eminent threat to our national security because they had weapons of mass destruction including the makings of a nuclear bomb, even though the information available to the administration at the time showed conclusively that Iraq and Sadam Hussein where willing to do “ANYTHING” to avoid war with the USA … no that just wouldn’t do for the elitist agenda. So again the nation was lied to and whipped into a frenzy to support another invasion of a sovereign nation on what we were told was a mission of extreme patriotic importance, justified by the need to protect the homeland … really? Protect it from who, or what? It seems very clear to us now these are the questions many of us should have been asking but the finely tuned engine of propaganda (the MSM) was very effective and successful in quelling any dissenting rhetoric.

So we the American public were entertained with the spectacle of “SHOCK & AWE” … WOW what a spectacle … that made the 4th of July seem weak in comparison, and we all cheered (or most of us anyway) while the reality was … thousands of innocent people were meeting their maker right before our blood thirsty eyes! Now please tell me again just what it was the Iraqi people had ever done to the American people that deserved this … ???

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Again, no price in national treasure, respect or human life (both American and Iraqi) was to be spared. We marched in and decimated a county where the people enjoyed one of the highest standards of living in that part of the world and bombed it back to the stone age, eventually killing millions and poisoning generations to come through the massive utilization of depleted uranium ammunition. And guess what, no weapons of mass destruction!

At this point you would think any decent peace loving nation would have left, but not us. Again we settled in for another long session of nation building, repeating the process of raping its society for all the gains the international banking cabal and corporate vultures could extract from it, and contrary to the lies being told, we remain in both countries, in force to this day via a mix of military and mercenary force!

The winners:

The military industrial complex who continue to make billions from these wars.

The CIA drug lords who now control 90% of the world’s very lucrative heroin markets through the poppy fields in Afghanistan that thrive with US military protection.

The oil companies who again with the protection of American military might firmly entrenched in the region, began the process of building a pipeline through these occupied nations to control the sweet crude oil needed to prop up the failing petro-dollar.

The international banking cabals who immediately set up central banks in these countries.

The corporate power brokers who continue to suck the life’s blood out of anything worth stealing from these sovereign nations economies.

And the crooked politicians who supported these unnecessary wars and in turn profited from them in favor or treasure.

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The losers:

The people of the sovereign nations we invaded and occupy with millions of innocent civilians dead, maimed for life or displaced from homes that no longer exist.

The massive numbers of stillbirths and birth defects that will plague these nations for many generations to come via the mechanism of depleted uranium ammunition that saturates their lands.

The American people with well over a trillion dollars wasted on these imperialistic endeavors each year that this madness continues.

The dead American servicemen who were deceived into believing they were giving their lives to protect a homeland that was never in danger to start with.

And the respect for this country once seen by the world as Camelot or the shining castle on top of the hill and now thought of as the eight hundred pound gorilla/bully on the block, hated and feared as even the old USSR never was!

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How many Americans are even aware that these wars were all planned in detail in the mid to late 1990′s during the Clinton years (fact). Seven nations including Afghanistan and Iraq where put on a hit list, five of these nations being in the Middle East and all with one thing in common … they had no central banking system tied to the international cabal who, via a very powerful Oligarchy, controls the ebb and flow of capitol and wealth across the globe via institutions such as the US Federal Reserve. But a reason, a catalyst was required to set this all in motion … 9/11 … Yea this event was a mighty convenient occurrence for something already planned but I digress. As of this point, Bush is in character as a full blown NEOCON but as bad as this is, for We The People it gets worse!

G.W. Bush, while claiming to be a true conservative, is in fact responsible for initiating the largest (at the time) increase in government spending and national debt in this nation’s history (very Un-Republican). This was done on several fronts, those being the massive military spending required to fight two wars simultaneously, massive tax cuts to large and favored corporations and hidden tax hikes for the middle class already suffering the economic slowdown. In his second term a we saw a series of stimulus packages, extended unemployment benefits and corporate welfare (bailouts) designed (supposedly) to help pull this country out of what was to become the deepest recession since the great depression, triggered by the housing bubble collapse.

This economic collapse was the result of horrendous mismanagement and criminal misuse of billions, if not trillions of dollars entrusted to the world’s preeminent financial institutions, yet no one goes to prison because these are in fact the puppet masters who own the political system and the politicians (including the president). So while the middle class embarks on a downward death spiral, our government and the Federal Reserve begin to pump what would eventually exceed an estimated $16 trillion (a total far exceeding the entire federal debt at the time) and some say many times this amount internationally (some estimate over $70 trillion), in loans, bailouts and corporate welfare into the very entities responsible for the catastrophe. In essence it can be argued that the criminal perpetrators got rewarded for their misdeeds and the innocent masses got what may still eventually prove to be a fatal bi*ch slap, administered by our trusted elected representatives … lead by Bush!

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It is not only our treasury and world respect that have suffered catastrophic losses during the Bush years but also our liberties, rights and freedoms! For those of us who reportedly reside in the land of the free and the home of the brave, this may be the worst of the Bush legacy! Prior to Bush the citizens of this country could not even conceive of institutions or laws controlling and usurping our freedoms and rights, such as was being done on a daily basis via vehicles such as the Patriot Act, a name ill-suited for its intent and ramifications. Then we were forced to contend with the expanded powers of the TSA, Homeland Security and FEMA as well as others we may not even be aware of. What we observed in the name of safety and security was our rights and freedoms being watered down and trampled on in a progression that continues at an accelerated pace! Witness the birth of a police state! Surely our founding fathers who sacrificed so much to bequeath to us our Constitution and Bill of Rights outlining our freedoms, liberties and unalienable rights where rolling over in their graves!

We must also contend with the fact that during his administration the government grows in leaps and bounds including it’s size, scope, influence and intrusion into our daily lives. The list of what most people would describe as very liberal, even progressive and in some cases criminal policies and actions goes on and on, all perpetrated by a supposed right wing, Conservative, anti-big and intrusive government, Republican. Can anyone explain the basis for any of this in context with the stated Republican platform? Is this even a supposed Republican mindset, or is this the blurring of the party definition by those who own the party, in fact both parties, and all to serve an intended and predetermined goal, preparing America for its role in the New World order …

This is the George W. Bush legacy in all its splendor! A man whose policies followed both Progressive (Liberal) and NEOCON (Conservative) lines of reasoning to a new crescendo of radicalism that benefited only the Bankers, Wall Street power brokers and the Military Industrial Complex to the extreme detriment of We The People!

So here we have laid bare the actions of a so called Republican who played the role of a NEOCON, and also a Progressive or Democrat. A man who’s actions cross the entire political spectrum and all its extremes. Bush was railed against, called a war criminal, a murderer and even a tyrant. His economic policies and support of the Federal Reserve’s tactics where denounced in the 2008 presidential elections by all major candidates from both parties (especially Obama) as being too radical in nature or as a total abject failure and his foreign policy was railed on for the imperialistic warmongering it in fact was! His popularity in the lame duck years of his presidency was dismal at best and we all figured anyone would be better than him … we were so very wrong!

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As radical as Bush was, as damaging to this country as his economic and political actions and mandates where, and as tyrannical as his freedom robbing ideals seemed, even this pales in comparison to his successors exploits!

Next in this series we will examine the roll of a Democratic President who displays the hallmarks of a Progressive, a Socialist a NEOCON, and a Fascist all simultaneously while blatantly epitomizing to a growing number of Americans the consummate definition of a Tyrant in Part #2 of America, a Nation in Crisis: The Tyranny of the Two Party System.

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Very impressive Chinese cities, but where are the people?

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

As ISIS is rampaging across Iraq and Syria, Ebola is on the loose and the flames of civil discontent are spreading across the United States, the country stands at a crossroads. There are many in the media who believe that America sits on the precipice of martial law followed by World War III. All signs certainly point to these fears coming to fruition. A question that very few seem to ask is what will society be like after World War III and the ushering in of the New World Order?

The United States has a canary in the mine from which to predict its future and it has to do with how China is implementing the United Nations based Agenda 21 policies. Agenda 21 certainly is impacting our daily lives, however, the big changes will not felt until after the United States collapses or is conquered. If one wants to know what life will be like when that time comes, we can look across the Pacific to China.

China has long led the world in repressive and inhuman enforcement of its population with repressive one child policies, mandatory sterilization and forced abortions. We also know that China permits corporate slave labor (e.g. Walmart) within its boundaries by globalist corporations. China is also becoming a model for the implementation of Agenda 21 and this implementation phase is taking a new and dramatic twist through the creation of a series of “ghost cities” in which monolithic cities are built, but there are only a few to no residents occupying these cities. Dateline Australia estimates that as many as 10 of these cities are being built every year. We, in the United States, should watch this Agenda 21 canary in the mine because it represents our future.

Agenda 21, the United Nations and You

The United Nations Agenda 21 policies are in the early stages of nudging the planet into a “more equitable and just new world order”. Although Agenda 21′s influence is seemingly everywhere and completely noticed by those who are in tune to the present globalization trends, the dramatic and full influence will not be fully realized until the United States has collapsed economically. In other words, Agenda 21 is a blueprint for a post-Constitutional America. This leads to the inevitable question as to when the economic collapse of the United States will take place? There is no definitive answer to this question. However, when we consider that the United States has a 17 trillion dollar deficit, an estimated 240 trillion dollar unfunded set of liabilities (e.g.Medicare, Social Security) and the estimated derivatives debt, that the American taxpayer was forced to assume in the “bailouts”, is estimated to be between one quadrillion to 1.5 quadrillion dollars. These three numbers represent the chest pains; the fatal American economic heart attack could come any day.

The Ecocity Builders is a non-profit non-governmental organization, affiliated with the United Nations, which is a collaboration of international networks of associates that influence and actively participate in local city planning projects all across the US. Through training courses they promote the ecocity approach as the future of human civilization. 

Ecocity is a major implementation arm of the United Nations Agenda 21 urbanization policies.

Through coercive conferences like the International Ecocity Conference series is an international movement toward building locally and globally. The ecocity advocates have created UN sustainable cities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, a dozen countries in Europe, Korea, Australia and the focus of this article, in China.

An ecocity is often characterized in terms with Agenda 21 precepts including:

  • Human settlements modeled after sustainable development that functions with natural ecosystems and living organisms

  • Reduce the inhabitants ecological impact on the environment

  • Restoration of ecosystems after the recolonization of humans into dense cities

  • Sustainable living under Agenda 21 supports regional, national and global economic systems

The recolonization of humans into dense cities is the focus for the remainder of this article.

Agenda 21 Comes to China In Stealth

Agenda 21 is being implemented in China at breakneck speed and the latest phase is coming in under stealth and deception.

The Chinese government is in the process of relocating 250,000 people per week from rural farmlands to densely populated urban areas into what has been dubbed as the Chinese ghost towns. Many of us have heard about these Chinese ghost cities. However, until this year we didn’t really know the true purpose of why these ghost cities were being built. However, the veil is being lifted and now it is becoming very obvious as to what the Chinese are up to.

Is this landmark located in Paris, or somewhere else? The answer will surprise you>

In one of these ghost towns, the Chinese built a nearly deserted replica of Paris complete with its own Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees. In the process, the Chinese even leveled a range of 700 mountains as even geography can’t stand in the way of another ghost city. 

Adrian Brown filed a very telling report with the Australian division of Dateline in 2011 on the topic of ghost cities. The 15 minute report received almost no attention in the United States but it received a stunning three million views in Australia.

China Is Now an Urban Country

China’s urban population has passed the 50% mark, according to China’s Bureau of Statistics. America reached this milestone in 1920, almost a full century before the Chinese and our urbanization was fueled by the demand for cheap labor to fill the new factory jobs. The Communist Chinese regime touts urbanization as the engine behind China’s future economic development. The Chinese propagandists are telling the masses that they must accept relocation from rural to urban because it will fuel the Chinese economy of the future. And what the Chinese propagandists are telling the people is a lie and as with many things in politics, there is the reason and there is the real reason.

Chinese Propaganda

Although the Chinese government and a select few globalist corporations claim that the Chinese urban population migration is fueled by the need for workers, other Chinese experts tell a different story.

In a Nov. 23, 2011 report, the Beijing Times, one of the most liberal of the Chinese newspapers, quoted the deputy inspector at China’s National Land Bureau, Gan Zangchun, said that the government land acquisition has created “fake urbanization.” In other words, the Chinese urbanization, based upon economic reasons, is a fraud. Then why is there such an urgency on the part of the Chinese government to move its population to urban areas at such a rapid pace and with such inhumanity?

The Real Reasons

For the past few years, people in the West were baffled as to why the Chinese were building massive ghost cities that can house over 1 million people each and yet, these ghost cities were dormant until just recently. The Chinese have over 65 million micro-apartments (i.e. apartments which are under 500 square feet) which lie vacant in these ghost cities.

The urbanization of America took place in proportion to the number of factory jobs which were available well into the industrial period of our history. The American factory jobs enticed future workers to leave the farm and relocate to cities. However, China is taking a “build it and they will come” approach. In other words, the more naive among us are supposed to believe that if the people move into the cities, factory jobs will follow. Stalin tried it as did Pol Pot, and it did not work and what we are really looking at here is a cover story.

More Chinese Experts Debunk the State Propaganda

Chinese political refugee and Princeton University professor, Cheng Xiaonong, stated that in several Chinese locations, farmers are being forcibly relocated at gun point and forced to relocate to urban areas. Cheng said, “[Party chief] Bo Xilai has been promoting a policy of moving farmers into towns, building apartments and moving forcibly relocated farmers into these stack and pack apartments and treating this as urbanization.” Cheng said urbanization isn’t about calculating how many farmers are relocated into cities, but about farmers being able to move into the city and gaining some measure of sustainable employment and adequate living conditions. These relocated farmers, without the prospect of jobs, is a recipe for economic and social disaster. Soon, there will be tens of millions of Chinese totally dependent on government handouts to survive. This is the power that governments strive to obtain because it gives them total control. This Chinese scene is reminiscent of the Agenda 21 inspired movie, Hunger Games.

Cheng makes the same observations as many other Chinese experts as he added that “urbanization is generally accompanied by economic growth as was the case in the US. In other countries, urbanization happens naturally, but in mainland China, urbanization is the result of the Chinese regime forcefully pushing farmers off of their land.”

Since the Chinese are not industrialized to the point which would justify the mass movement of 1 million people per month into its ghost towns, any reasonable person would be asking the question, why?

Who Is Behind Chinese Urbanization?

The Chinese government has held many conferences in which they have received consultation from some very disturbing sources, known to most of us as the global elite.

paulsonWho could forget Hank Paulson, the former Secretary of the Treasury and the former CEO of Goldman Sachs? Paulson is championing the strategy of forced relocation. In relation to Paulson’s observation and encouragement of Chinese urbanization he states, “The country’s economy is heading in the right direction. This is more important than achieving short-term growth.” Paulson went on to say that the economic growth in China has made urbanization a necessary and proper development. Are you kidding me? We have heard from Chinese experts, both inside and outside the country, who claim that economics is not fueling urban growth. Chinese urban growth is being fueled by bayonets and bullets. Hank Paulson is such a gem. I’m sure you remember “Mr. too-big-to-fail”, Hank Paulson, when he told Congress that if we, the American taxpayer, did not bail out Wall Street, there would be an economic collapse and we would have martial law and the rest as they say, is history. Bailout after bailout has come and gone and the net effect is that the American economy is in a tailspin. One has to legitimately have to wonder why the Chinese are taking economic advice from him? That’s like taking advice from Dr. Kevorkian on how to preserve life.

Another key globalist, Dominic Barton, the global managing director of McKinsey & CO., and he too sounds like a Paulson clone, as he recently stated, “The good news is that there is an underlying force of growth and that’s urbanization. What we’re basically seeing is more than 250,000 people moving from rural areas to cities every week.”  

Maurice Strong and George Soros are also players in this mass migration movement. If job demand is not fueling urbanization, then what is?

Getting Down to the Truth

It would seem that key globalists are trying to disguise the real reasons on why the Chinese government is forcibly relocating one million farmers per month to their ghost cities. Ask yourself America, where have we seen the philosophical belief that rural areas should be uninhabited and the population should be herded into densely populated stack and pack cities?

Make no mistake about it, the Chinese with the backing of globalist corporations like Goldman Sachs, are engaged in full-blown Agenda 21 relocation of its civilian population from rural areas to the stack and pack of their mega-cities. From the outside looking in, it looks like a beta test. And there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the same is preparing to happen in the United States.

The Chinese Are Behind a Barrel and They Have Pointed That Barrel At Their People

Why would the Chinese be taking marching orders from Paulson, Strong, Soros and company? The answer is simple, the Chinese government hopes to survive the coming bond collapse in the US which could happen in mere days, weeks or months. The Chinese hold much of our debt in bonds. The Chinese have undoubtedly come to the full realization that their economy will massively implode when American bonds crash and the best way to control the people’s backlash is to herd them together in what has become dubbed as “stack and pack” Agenda 21 cities.

Analysis

By moving one million people per month to the ghost cities, the Chinese will find that subjugating their country will be much easier when a martial law crackdown is instituted as necessitated by the coming economic catastrophe. that is going to befall both China and the United States.

It is also not difficult to speculate that the Chinese have made an under the table deal with the global elite to be the beta test for Agenda 21 style population forced relocation in order to temporarily to stave off absolute financial ruin.

Many are probably wondering if there is anything going on inside the United States which parallels the forced relocation of the population to these “stack and pack” cities?” The short answer is, most definitely. The days are numbered for both American suburbs and rural areas.

Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and the San Francisco City Council, the concept of transition towns, inner city developmental tax breaks for construction and much more, America is following suit with the Chinese style Agenda 21 policies on many fronts and this is the topic of Part two of this series.

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Preface by: Lucille Femine, Executive Assistant for The Liberty Beacon project

The following heartfelt message was written by Dawn Egelseer, a completely devoted supporter of The Liberty Beacon project since its inception two years ago. That day also happened to be Roger Landry’s birthday, the founder of TLB.  So, on Tuesday, August 19th, we will be celebrating both events – the launching of The Liberty Beacon project and Roger’s 60th birthday!

Personally, in my search for liberty-minded groups, I have found many and most truly are sincere and devoted to freedom in this country. I am still connected to some, one way or another.

But there is something very special about The Liberty Beacon project which I noticed and felt very quickly after beginning my journey several months ago as a writer, editor and executive, working very closely with Roger. I have hardly met anyone who works so tirelessly and passionately to help right the wrongs in this country and the world. And with so much compassion, knowledge, honesty and understanding. And always willing to praise others in their efforts to do the same.

The Liberty Beacon project is well worth supporting and contributing to in any way you can. We have some talented, devoted staff and we always need more to help forward truth and education, our mission.

Here’s Dawn’s birthday wish:

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Have a great Birthday week, Roger and always!

If anyone truly represents the “White Lion” it is you, you are all the lion represents and more! The word courage comes from the Latin “cor” which literally means heart. The original use of the word courage means to stand by one’s core and conscience.

This is a striking concept that reinforces the belief found in almost all traditions that living from the Center is what enables us to face whatever life has to offer. To encourage means to impart strength and confidence, to inspire and hearten.

So, the question unfolds: How do we encourage ourselves, each other, and the world? And just what does it mean to live a life of encouragement? If to find our way to our core is to face the lion, then to stand by our core is to be the lion. And to sustain the practice of living from our core, to live out of our courage is to find our way in the world by tracking inner courage and where it lives.

The courage we all admire, where ordinary people summon unexpected strength to run into burning buildings or to stand up to tyrants, or an abusive leader, this inspiring and mysterious impulse to rise to a dangerous situation, which Hemingway referred to as grace under pressure, grows from another kind of courage—inner courage.

By inner courage, I mean the ground of quiet braveries from which the more visible braveries sprout. These are the ways of living and being that make bravery possible in the first place, not just as an event, but as an approach to life, as a way of life. It is a devotion to exploring those quiet braveries, in an effort to understand not only what constitutes courage in its deepest sense, but in knowing what is the soil in which it is seeded, watered, cared for, and grown.

Thinking about courage in this way opens us to an array of small and constant efforts that no one ever sees, but which have changed the world: the courage to face ourselves, each other, and the unknown, the courage to see, to feel, to accept, to heal, to be.

Efforts of this nature often go unnoticed and unrecognized. Like the courage to break life-draining patterns and let the story of our lives unfold, to stand by one’s core, and to persevere through the doorway of nothing into the realm of everything. Like the courage to choose aliveness over woundedness, to remember what matters when we forget, and to build on the past instead of hiding in it. Like the courage to choose compassion over judgment and love over fear, to withstand the tension of opposites, and to give up what no longer works in order to stay close to what is sacred.

These subtle yet essential states, and more, make up the elements of living, and so, it serves us well to explore how they grow singly and together.

The Liberty Beacon project is an education I never had in school, but which life has been shouting for as long as I can remember. This is an education of what matters. I have come to believe that we can only learn about and discover the capacity and meaning of our courage in the context of our struggles, in how we face and inhabit the challenges life presents to us.

In this, courage is an applied art of spirit. It is not something we can manipulate, but only live into. Recovering the Source and living it out in the world, alone and together, is a lifelong devotion. One that we must, ultimately, inhabit alone, but one which we must enliven together. It all starts with “you”.

We cannot change others but we can change (or grow) to become the person we want to see in the world… and if all of us where just like you with your knowledge, strength, courage and strong spirit we could and will make that happen! I wish you many birthday blessings today and always!

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By TLB Contributor: Robin Koerner

I don’t know anyone of any political stripe in the United States who doesn’t believe that for exactly the same job, a woman should be paid the same as a man, or that a woman should have the same standing as a man in law; that she should have the same political representation and equal social influence. If these more-or-less ubiquitous truisms are the fruits of feminism, then we all – men and women alike – have much to thank it for.

But I am sensing a tectonic shift away from feminism as an assertive philosophy. Whereas Millennials, in particular, are starting to reject the former because of its failures, they are perhaps starting to transcend the latter because of its successes.

Generalizing from anecdotes is always dangerous but there’s little alternative to drawing on personal experience and conversations in observing the relationship between men and women and the meaning of gender in our culture.

I remember distinctly as a young teenager having no idea what to do with girls except to be nice to them – just as I was supposed to be nice to everyone. I recall thinking that any kind of physical advance on a girl was by definition aggressive, and therefore I was a better person for not making them. I realize now, of course, that that may well have been a convenient rationalization of my own cowardice, but all the same, it was the rationalization that most naturally made itself available as I was growing up.

In my 14-year old mind, there was a compelling logic to “if men and women are equal, then I should treat men and women in exactly the same way”. By the other end of my teenage years, I had no more idea about what to do with girls – except to continue being nice to them.

By my last year of university, I had been with only one girl – my first girlfriend, whom I’d actually met before I arrived at university. That relationship had finished a few years before, and by my last year, I’d had none of that sexual fun that students were supposed to be having – and that window was about to close with my upcoming graduation. Nevertheless, many of the most attractive women at my college would often take advantage of my open door policy and come around for tea and conversation.

So when a fellow student, who lived in the same building as I and was known as something of a womanizer, asked me how it was all the college’s most attractive females were visiting me on a regular basis, I answered, “Because I am not doing with them what you would want to do with them”.

I heard myself say those words. When I started saying them, I thought I was making a statement of my own moral rectitude. By the end of the sentence, I realized I was making a statement about my own emasculation.

And more or less in that moment, I resolved to try something different. The next time one of those attractive girls came up for tea, I broadened my conversation to include flirting. I didn’t call it that. I didn’t call it anything, but I think if I’d been asked, I’d have called it, “being less pathetic”.

And lo and behold, these women – good friends, all of them – started responding in kind. Where there was only tea, there was now tea and chemistry. I didn’t go “all the way” with any of them – I only had a few months of university left and wasn’t that much of a quick study – but I discovered the fun of actually playing with gender and sexuality.

Ten years later, I find myself sitting in a bar in Manhattan with a friend, discussing how, based on more experiences in the intervening decade than I can begin to list here, women actually like men to be men. I was speaking in a sexual context and, obviously, drawing on conversations and experiences with women with whom I’d actually been close enough to be able to discuss or even directly test the hypothesis. Presenting my findings to my friend as some kind of exciting discovery, I ventured that women seemed to like those traditionally male qualities of self-assuredness, assertiveness, and in the right context, even dominance, and especially when they were harnessed in the expression of desire. Women, I’d found, wanted men to make the first move with confidence, rather than to ask whether this, that or the other was ok. They wanted men to take risks.

The fact that I was about 30 years old and any of that was surprising, and the fact that behaving in such ways that are attractive to so many women felt so “risky” to me as a man, told me something about the culture I was brought up in: they pointed to an over-reach of the politics of feminism into cultural and personal experience in a way that wasn’t serving anyone very well. Put simply, some of the moves that most women who are attracted to a man want him to make might prompt another woman to claim sexual harassment. Context is everything, for sure, but no one taught the young men of my generation about that: rather, since the imbalance of power is always in favor of the man, we as men are dangerous by default. When I was a young adult, the rules of thumb for how good men behaved said nothing of context.

Moreover, a man of my generation, unlike my Dad’s, is taught no codified language to signal attraction to a woman in a non-threatening way. My father’s generation engaged in such a thing as courting. There were safe ways to signal one’s desire for a woman, and for her to respond. There was an etiquette of attraction, if you will. But male Generation-Xers, who reached manhood as feminism reached its political peak, had no such codes. So I, wanting to treat everyone in my world well, was careful to do nothing that could possibly be interpreted as being predatory. And I set a high bar for myself, as approaching anyone with the goal of getting from them a gratifying experience for myself was predatory by definition – wasn’t it?

Back to the bar in Manhattan. There I was with my friend, chatting about all these things, and a woman comes up to us, telling us that she’d been listening in; that we were so right; that she wished more men knew this, and that we really should be teaching seminars on this stuff to other men. Since then, I have had dozens of conversations with women who’ve said the same thing. In a strange recurrence, the most recent, a month ago, was with a lady who owns a dating and match-making company, and was so excited to hear a man venture this hypothesis that she invited me to come and speak to her clients.

What would be the thesis of such a speech?

It would be that to be human is to be gendered; that some of the most intense, sublime and human experiences available to us are sexual; that our experience of our sexuality is an experience of polarity – the gap between the masculine and feminine. Femininity, masculinity and sex are delicious to the extent that the polarity exists, is directly experienced and is even amplified.

Men and women are indeed equal in humanity and moral agency, but the most intense experience of being a man, or of being a woman, is in the difference between them – not their sameness. This is not to make either superior. Rather, it makes them more equal than any political account of gender ever can, since it asserts their utter dependence on each other. If you cut a magnet, with a north pole and a south pole, in half, you end up with two small magnets, each with north and south. There is no north except with a south, and vice versa. There is no magnet without both. It is impossible even to define each pole except by defining the other.

How is this fundamental truth of our sexuality, intensely experienced by most people repeatedly in a lifetime, nevertheless hidden to us? Consider the reaction, especially among women, to “Fifty Shades of Grey“, a book about a relationship based on male sexual dominance and female sexual submission, which sold 100 million copies. The only thing surprising about its massive success is that anyone is surprised about it. What is the cultural context that can make so many of us so unable to observe our own sexual responses and motivations that we are actually surprised by them when we see them out in the open?

I’m not a reader of “gender theory” or “feminist theory”. My “polarity theory” is simply one that I have evolved to explain both my personal experiences and those of almost everyone to whom I’ve ever spoken about this topic. I recently ran it by a relationship therapist. I was fascinated by his response. He said that not only was I right but that this theory explains why he has so many more lesbian couples come to him with sexual problems in their relationship than gay male couples. He expounded that gay couples tend more often to begin a relationship with sex, and so that polarity of energies – the masculine vs. feminine – is established from the beginning – and if it can’t be, then no relationship gets off the ground. Lesbian couples, on the other hand, he explained, are much more likely to come to him for help with sexual difficulties in their relationship, because those relationships usually do not begin sexually and so that polarity is not established: rather, the sexual aspect of their relationship grows out of everything else that brought them together, often leaving them to discover that without that polarity, the sex simply doesn’t work.

It was around the time of that conversation with the therapist that a rather attention-grabbing article about just this issue came out in the mainstream-as-it-gets New York Times Sunday supplement. Although many have taken issue with some of its findings since publication, there was one line that summed it up and is consistent with my own experiences and those of the people with whom I’m close enough to discuss such things.

the values that make for good social relationships are not necessarily the same ones that drive lust….

That should be so obvious as to be a banality, but my generation has been trained not to see it. Many women, for example, want to be pursued. But a decent man brought up in the feminist era is immediately faced with a problem: if we are pursuing, then, by definition, the woman is running away – so we must be doing something that the woman doesn’t want. The right thing to do – the thing that respects her “equality” – is to stop the pursuit. After all, if she wanted what we wanted to give her, she’d already have told us, or, at the very least, let herself be “caught” as quickly and easily as possible.

I remember back in my teenage years, the “No means No” marches in London. And in the context that that slogan was meant to be applied to, the point is clearly both correct and morally essential. But in some contexts, “No” can mean “Not yet, but I’m open to your continued, respectful or playful attempts”. And just as a young man must be taught to respect a woman’s “no”, he needs also to be taught how to read women, to read context, and to do both without feeling guilty or anxious about the desires that naturally drive him. If we fail as a culture to give men even that, then the good men – as all too many women seem now to be finding – will continue to default to a safe, scared, hands-off mode, and we all end up losing much of the pleasure of being sexual beings.

The experience from which that woman in the bar in Manhattan was speaking – as confirmed by many others to whom I’ve spoken since – is that, indeed, many men don’t know how to make a woman feel like a woman. And both men and women are suffering from that. A woman wants her man to help her feel like a woman – to establish that polarity. If he can’t do that, because he can’t feel himself as a man, then we are on a vicious cycle of destroying the polarity – that experience of the very difference that makes gender and sex so … well … sexy.

Feminism should surely be celebrated for the political, and indeed, cultural successes it has had. They are too many and too obvious to miss.

But it seems now, perhaps, that whereas the political and institutional benefits of feminism have been almost entirely to its credit, women, themselves, are now experiencing in their personal lives – in the actual experience of being a woman – the damage that has been done by a culture that has removed the permission, even ability, of men to revel in the pole of the sexual magnet that they represent.

And I don’t mean that faux, superficial masculinity of sports teams and large trucks that American advertisers like to push at us. I mean that which each man defines for himself – whatever it is that makes him feel powerful, able and attractive – and confident enough to know that he can go to that place of assertiveness with his sexual partner in the bedroom, without that saying anything about his treatment of women anywhere else.

By the right man, a woman likely wants to be pursued. By the right man, a woman likely wants to be taken. Some want to be dominated, and others, at the very least, want to be in the presence of dominance. And nearly all women want to feel like women – and would like their men to play their part in that.

Since I started making notes for this article, some weeks ago, as if as confirmation of its main theme, I discovered the existence of the Men’s Rights Movement – and the many women who populate it – and the springing up on social media of anti-feminists.

The fact that such sentiments are now moving mainstream speaks to a cultural hypothesis I am currently testing out – that feminism, like the modern Progressivism that has its roots in the ’60s, is at the end of its two-generation lifespan – and that the pendulum is beginning – just beginning – to swing back.

And no one should be surprised. Approximately two generations after the beginning of feminism, young adults, especially young women, get to assess its outcomes while taking for granted its successes. To generalize, many of the political successes that feminism fought for may well be responsible for giving some of those anti-feminists some of the security, education, representation and, indirectly then, power to declare that they don’t like feminism for the bits that don’t suit. They don’t like feminism because they blame it for taking the man out of their men, the woman out of themselves, and if you’ll allow me to be a little more literal, the man out of the women, too.

My favorite teacher at high school was the Head of Mathematics. His students liked him because of his dry sense of humor and his provocative way of educating – at least 10% of the time about life, rather than math. I can’t recall the context… but one of the most memorable lessons he ever gave concerned the meaning of “equal”.

To say a woman is equal to a man is like saying a giraffe is equal to an elephant. Equal has a particular meaning. It means “is the same as”. Giraffes are not equal to elephants because they are different.

In the ’90s, that tongue-in-cheek comment was sufficiently provocative that it has stayed with me for two decades. Now, though, it will do as a concise explanation of why, culturally, if not politically, Feminism, like all -isms, is, at best, incomplete.

Feminism is about enabling women to have what they choose. But women choose to feel like women – to experience the delectable polarity of the female and the male, and that requires a culture that empowers, and celebrates, both.

Robin-KoernerRobin Koerner is Publisher, WatchingAmerica.com, Founder, Blue Republican (TLB partner), Contributor to The Liberty Beacon project and Contributor to the Huffington Post, Daily Paul , Moderate Voice and Ben Swann.com. Follow Robin on Twitter: www.twitter.com/rkoer

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By: Wesley J. Smith

I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART.

But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number of children–called “carbon legacies,” as a means of fighting climate change. From the article:

A carbon footprint is the aggregate of resource use and carbon emissions over a person’s life. A carbon legacy occurs when a person chooses to procreate. All people have carbon footprints; only people with biological children have carbon legacies.

I don’t know if Richie coined the term, but it is ridiculous. Children are children, not bundles of carbon producers.

ART is an almost unregulated industry, a lamentable circumstance with which many bioethicists are content. But Richie says global warming has to change the field’s thinking about ART.

Through the use of ARTs multiple children are born, adding to worldwide carbon emissions. This is a burden on the already over-taxed ecosystem to support new beings who might not have existed without medical intervention. It is therefore the obligation of environmental policymakers, the ethical and medical communities, and even society to carefully weigh the interests of our shared planet with a business that intentionally creates more humans when we must reduce our carbon impact.

All those IVF babies are melting the ice caps!

While population growth and ARTs are not the primary environmental issue that should concern ecologists and bioethicists, the numbers of ART babies are increasing at an exponential rate. If we were to look at these numbers in terms of carbon emissions instead of raw population growth data, the statistics look grim.

No, grim is the exploitation of surrogates in biological colonialism and the eugenic impetus that has sunk its fangs deep into the heart of the industry. In the face of such human objectification, sorry, I can’t get upset about global warming.

It’s time to regulate!

The unregulated ART business can no longer be endorsed and the medical industry ought not operate in an environmental vacuum. Retrenchment in all areas of life is the key to slowing down or halting carbon emissions that lead to climate change. For each child made through medical intervention a carbon legacy results. ARTs should be allocated with due concern for the environment and sober consideration for the implications of climate change.

Carbon caps on the fertility business and eliminating funded ARTs for those who are not biologically infertile are the beginning of an environmentally sustainable ART business.​

“And Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little carbon legacies to come onto me’…” Good grief.

About the author: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.

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Obama

Dr James Petras

Chaos reigns and spreads as enraged leaders in the US, Europe and their clients and allies pursue genocidal wars. Mercenary wars in Syria; Israel’s terror bombing on Gaza; proxy wars in the Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia.

Tens of millions of refugees flee scenes of total destruction. Nothing is sacred. There are no sanctuaries. Homes, schools, hospitals and entire families are targeted for destruction.

Chaos by Design

At the center of chaos, the wild-eyed President Obama strikes blindly, oblivious of the consequences, willing to risk a financial debacle or a nuclear war. He enforces sanctions against Iran; imposes sanctions on Russia; sets up missile bases five launch minutes from Moscow; sends killer drones against Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan; arms mercenaries in Syria; trains and equips Kurds in Iraq and pays for Israel’s savagery against Gaza.

Nothing works.

The Chaos President is blind to the fact that starving one’s adversaries does not secure submission: it unites them to resist. Regime change, imposing proxies by force and subterfuge, can destroy the social fabric of complex societies: Million of peasants and workers become uprooted refugees. Popular social movements are replaced by organized criminal gangs and bandit armies.

Central America, the product of decades of US direct and proxy military interventions, which prevented the most basic structural changes, has become a chaotic, unlivable inferno for millions. Tens of thousands of children flee from their ‘free market’- induced mass poverty and militarized state and gangster violence. Children refugees at the US border are arrested in mass, and imprisoned in makeshift detention camps, subject to psychological, physical and sexual abuse by officials and guards on the inside. On the outside, these pitiful children are exposed to the racist hatred of a frightened US public unaware of the dangers these children are escaping and the US government’s role in creating these hells.

The US-backed Kiev aviation authorities re-directed international passenger airlines to fly over war zones bristling with anti-aircraft missiles while Kiev’s jets bombed the rebellious cities and towns. One flight was shot down and nearly 300 civilians perished. Immediately an explosion of accusations from Kiev blaming Russian President Putin flooded Western media with no real facts to explain the tragedy/crime. War-crazy President Obama and the slavering prime ministers of the EU ejaculated ultimatums, threatening to convert Russia into a pariah state. ‘Sanctions, sanctions, everywhere . . . but first… France must complete its $1.5 billion sale to the Russian navy.’ And the City of London exempts the Russian oligarchs from the ‘sanctions’, embedded as they are in London’s money-laundering, parasitical FIRE (Fire, Insurance and Real Estate) economy. The Cold War has returned and has taken an ugly turn… with exceptions…for business.

Confrontation among nuclear powers is imminent: And the maniacal Baltic States and Poland bray the loudest for war with Russia, oblivious to their positions on the front lines of incineration…

Each day Israel’s war machine chews up more bodies of Gaza’s children while spitting out more lies. Cheering Israeli Jews perch on their fortified hills to celebrate each missile strike on the apartments and schools in the densely populated Shejaiya neighborhood of besieged Gaza. A group of orthodox and secular entrepreneurs in Brooklyn have organized group tours to visit the Holy Sites by day and enjoy the Gaza pyrotechnics by night . . . night goggles to view the fleeing mothers and burning children are available at a small extra charge…

Again the US Senate votes unanimously in support of Israel’s latest campaign of mass murder – no crime is depraved enough to ruffle the scruples of America’s leaders. They hew close to a script from the 52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations. Together they embrace a Beast from the Apocalypse gnawing on the flesh and bones of Palestine.

But, Sacre Bleu! France’s Zionists have prevailed on the ‘President-Socialiste’ Hollande. Paris bans all anti-Israel demonstrations despite the clear reports of genocide. Demonstrators supporting the Gazan resistance are gassed and assaulted by special riot police – ‘Socialist’ Hollande serves the demands of powerful Zionist organizations while trashing his country’s republican traditions and its sacred ‘Rights of Man’.

The young protestors of Paris fought back with barricades and paving stones in the finest traditions of the Paris Commune waving the flags of a free Palestine. Not a single ‘red banner’ was in sight: The French ‘left’ were under their beds or off on vacation.

There are ominous signs away from the killing fields. The stock market is rising while the economy stagnates. Wild speculators have returned in their splendor widening the gap between the fictitious and real economy before the ‘deluge’, the chaos of another inevitable crash.

In industrial America’s once great Detroit, clean water is shut-off to tens of thousands of poor citizens unable to pay for basic services. In the midst of summer, urban families are left to defecate in hallways, alleyways and empty lots. Without water the toilets are clogged, children are not washed. Roscoe, the master plumber, says the job is way beyond him.

According to our famed economists, the economy of Detroit is ‘recovering . . . profits are up, it’s only the people who are suffering’. Productivity has doubled, speculators are satisfied; pensions are slashed and wages are down; but the Detroit Tigers are in first place.

Public hospitals everywhere are being closed. In the Bronx and Brooklyn, emergency rooms are overwhelmed. Chaos! Interns work 36 hour shifts . . . and the sick and injured take their chances with a sleep-deprived medic. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, private clinics and ‘boutique’ practices for the elite proliferate.

Scandinavians have embraced the putschist power grab in Kiev. The Swedish Foreign Minister Bildt bellows for a new Cold War with Russia. The Danish emissary and NATO leader, Rasmussen, salivates obscenely at the prospect of bombing and destroying Syria in a replay of NATO’s ‘victory’ over Libya.

The German leaders endorse the ongoing Israeli genocide against Gaza; they are comfortably protected from any moral conscience by their nostalgic blanket of ‘guilt’ over Nazi crimes 70 years ago.

Saudi-funded Jihadi terrorists in Iraq showed their “infinite mercy” by… merely driving thousands of Christians from ancient Mosul. Nearly 2,000 years of a continuous Christian presence was long enough! At least most escaped with their heads still attached.

Chaos Everywhere

Over one hundred thousand agents of the US National Security Agency are paid to spy on two million Muslim citizens and residents in the USA. But for all the tens of billions of dollars spent and tens of millions of conversations recorded, Islamic charities are prosecuted and philanthropic individuals are framed in ‘sting operations’.

Where the bombs fall no one knows, but people flee. Millions are fleeing the chaos.

But there is no place to go! The French invade half a dozen African countries but the refugees are denied refuge in France. Thousands die in the desert or drown crossing the Med. Those who do make it, are branded criminals or relegated to ghettos and camps.

Chaos reigns in Africa, the Middle East, Central America and Detroit. The entire US frontier with Mexico has become a militarized detention center, a multi-national prison camp. The border is unrecognizable to our generation.

Chaos reigns in the markets. Chaos masquerades as trade sanctions: Iran yesterday, Russia today and China tomorrow. Washington, Watch out! Your adversaries are finding common ground, trading, forging agreements, building defenses; their ties are growing stronger.

Chaos reigns in Israel. War-obsessed Israelis discover that the Chosen People of God can also bleed and die, lose limbs and eyes in the alleyways of Gaza where poorly armed boys and men stand their ground. When the cheers turn to jeers, will they re-elect Bibi, their current kosher butcher? The overseas brethren, the fundraisers, the lobbyists and the armchair verbal assassins will automatically embrace some new face, without questions, regrets or (god forbid!) self-criticism –if it’s ‘good for Israel and the Jews’ it’s got to be right!

Chaos reigns in New York. Judicial rulings favor the pirates and their vulture funds demanding one-thousand percent returns on old Argentine bonds. If Argentina rejects this financial blackmail and defaults, shock waves will ripple throughout global financial markets. Creditors will tremble in uncertainty: Fears will grow over a new financial crash. Will they squeeze out another trillion-dollar bailout?

But where’s the money? Printing presses are working day and night. There are only a few life boats . . . enough for the bankers and Wall Street, the other ninety-nine percent will have to swim or feed the sharks.

The corrupted financial press now advises warlords on which country to bomb and politicians on how to impose economic sanctions; they no longer provide sound economic information or advise investors on markets. Their editorial rants will incite an investor flight to buy king-sized mattresses for stuffing as the banks fail.

The US President is on the verge of a mental breakdown: He’s a liar of Munchausen proportions with a bad case of political paranoia, war hysteria and megalomania. He’s gone amok, braying, ‘I lead the world: its US leadership or chaos’. Increasingly the world has another message: ‘It’s the US and chaos.’

Wall Street is abandoning him. The Russians have double-crossed him. The Chinese merchants are now doing business everywhere we used to be and we ought to be. They’re playing with loaded dice. The stubborn Somalis refuse to submit to a Black President: they reject this ‘ML King with drones’ . . . The Germans suck on their thumbs in total stupor as Americans monitor and record their every conversation…for their own safety! “Our corporations are ingrates after all we have done for them”, the First Black President whines. “They flee from our taxes while we subsidize their operations!”

Final Solutions: The End of Chaos

The only solution is to move on: Chaos breeds chaos. The President strives to project his ‘Leadership’. He asks his close advisers very hard questions: “Why can’t we bomb Russia, just like Israel bombs Gaza? Why don’t we build an ‘Iron Dome’ over Europe and shoot down Russian nuclear missiles while we fire upon Moscow from our new bases in Ukraine? Which countries will our ‘Dome’ protect? I am sure that the people of East Europe and the Baltic States will gladly make the supreme sacrifice. After all, their leaders were at the very front frothing for a war with Russia. Their reward, a nuclear wasteland, will be a small price to ensure our success!”

The Zionist lobby will insist our ‘Iron Dome’ covers Israel. But the Saudis may try to bribe the Russians to spare the oil fields as Moscow targets the US missile bases near Mecca. Our radio-active allies in the Middle East will just have to relocate to a new Holy Land.

Do Obama and his advisers imagine reducing the Asian population by a billion or two? Do they plan several hundred Hiroshimas because the Chinese crossed the President’s ‘red lines’: China’s economy and trade grew too fast, expanded too far, it was too competitive, too competent, too successful at gaining market shares, and they ignored our warnings and our unparalleled military might.

Most of Asia will inhale nuclear dust, millions of Indians and Indonesians will perish as collateral damage. Their survivors will feast on ‘radiated fish’ in a glowing sea.

Beyond Chaos: The New American Way:

Because our ‘Iron Dome’ will have failed us, we will have to re-emerge out of toxic ashes and crawl from our bunkers, dreaming of a New America free from wars and poverty. The Reign of Chaos will have ended. The ‘peace and order’ of the graveyard will reign supreme.

The emperors will be forgotten.

And we never will have found out who fired that missile at the doomed Malaysian airliner with its 300 passengers and crew. We will have lost count of the thousands of Palestinian parents and children slaughtered in Gaza by the Chosen People of Israel. We will not know how the sanctions against Russia panned out.

It won’t matter in the post-nuclear age, after the Chaos…

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Professor James Petras, Boiling Frogs Post contributing analyst, is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. Dr. Petras received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. You can visit his website here.

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