Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

When he was about 60 Leonard Cohen (LC) decided to withdraw from public life and spend a long time in a Zen monastery in California. Meanwhile, somewhere else, his accountant was stealthily removing his earthly possessions, perhaps trying to help & foster LC’s spiritual quest. Who knows, but coming back from deep meditative bliss LC has had the courtesy of giving his fans a few more years of his presence, his voice, his hat…and the delicious Webb Sisters. He is now back on tour

“I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah”

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Will America be “engineered” into a war against Iran?

Alt-Market reports that a globalist think-tank suggests using an engineered event as excuse for war with Iran: “what is interesting about this discussion by the Washington Institute For Near East Policy, a Neocon (Globalist) think-tank, is that its primary purpose is not necessarily to debate the current political elements of the Iranian question.  They aren’t contemplating the viability or morality of a war with Iran.  Instead, they are attempting to devise strategies by which the government could CONVINCE the American public and the world that a war with Iran is the “right thing to do”, even if it means fabricating their own justification.  For them, the war is a forgone conclusion, and they will do anything to make it a reality.”

There is a long tradition of false flag operations in recent american history. False flag operations are covert operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.

The replacement of Iran’s Anglo-Persian Oil Company with five American oil companies and the 1953 Iranian coup d’état was the consequence of the U.S. and British-orchestrated false flag operation, Operation Ajax. Operation Ajax used political intrigue, propaganda, and agreements with Qashqai tribal leaders to depose the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mosaddeq. Information regarding the CIA-sponsored coup d’etat has been largely declassified and is available in the CIA archives.

The Gulf of Tonkin incident, or the USS Maddox incident, are the names given to two separate confrontations, one actual and one false, involving North Vietnam and the United States in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The outcome of these two incidents was the passage by Congress of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by “communist aggression”. The resolution served as Johnson’s legal justification for deploying U.S. conventional forces and the commencement of open warfare against North Vietnam. In 1965, President Johnson commented privately: “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.”

The justification of the Iraq War of 2003 and some more recent ones are covered in  Arab Spring, Arab Fall & Where it all began.

“How so? Breaking the law has now become a sort of routine”

In an interview with Die Presse, the former chief economist of the European Central Bank (ECB) discusses the latest decisions taken by this institution and asserts that from 2010 on, the ECB has given in to pressure from the outside (“Sie hat dem Druck von außen nachgegeben”). Asked about whether this pressure originated in the USA, he answered simply that it came from outside of Europe (“Druck von außerhalb Europas”).

Mr. Stark discusses the process by which the ECB, with the acquiescence of Euro zone governments has gradually loosened and finally broken its mandate, the preservation of price stability, and the huge inflationary dangers contained in its latest decisions, most specially the announcement on September the 6th of its Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) program.

Zerohedge  comments the same interview: “…the former banker said what everyone without a PhD understands quite well: “The break came in 2010. Until then everything went well…”Then the ECB began to take on a new role, to fall into panic…. Together with other central banks, the ECB is flooding the market, posing the question not only about how the ECB will get its money back, but also how the excess liquidity created can be absorbed globally. “It can’t be solved by pressing a button. If the global economy stabilises, the potential for inflation has grown enormously… It gave in to outside pressure …pressure from outside Europe” Why, whichever bank headquartered at 200 West, NY, NY might he be referring to?”

At the end of the interview Mr. Stark, when asked about for how much longer can Germany oppose the ECB’s policies, answers: “The German Constitutional Court (GCC) has declared that the purchase of government bonds by the ECB [OMT program] collides with the rule that forbids state financing by the ECB. This leaves the Bundesbank in a conflicting position. A very difficult situation “:

Both the last question by the journalist and Mr. Stark’s answer are the most interesting part of the interview. The question goes like this: “How so? Breaking the law has now become a sort of routine”…

…and Mr. Stark’s answer: “…I would also see it this way: there is a continued collective breaking of the law”.

NYT: “All the News That’s Fit to…Serve the Powerful”

Daniel Simpson, former NYT journalist was recently interviewed by Russia Today. In the interview he explains the way the NYT really works: “All the News That’s Fit to…serve the powerful”.

He has just published a book, “A Rough Guide to the Darkside“, where he explains how he “threw away a  career as a foreign correspondent, aghast at his paper’s pro-war propaganda. Instead, he tried to start a Summer of Love. Renamed Raoul Djukanovic, he had visions of changing the Balkans with a music festival. A Rough Guide to the Dark Side relates how that dream went spectacularly wrong, leaving him fried on drugs in a hunt for the meaning of life.”

It is never easy…perhaps not even in Mars.

Beyond Brain

Tanya Marie Luhrmann published Beyond Brain, an article about schizophrenia and its causes, in The Wilson Quarterly. Some excerpts:

“In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs. Now they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure.”

“It is now clear that the simple biomedical approach to serious psychiatric illnesses has failed in turn. At least, the bold dream that these maladies would be understood as brain disorders with clearly identifiable genetic causes and clear, targeted pharmacological interventions (what some researchers call the bio-bio-bio model, for brain lesion, genetic cause, and pharmacological cure) has faded into the mist.”

“Yet the outcome of two decades of serious psychiatric science is that schizophrenia now appears to be a complex outcome of many unrelated causes—the genes you inherit, but also whether your mother fell ill during her pregnancy, whether you got beaten up as a child or were stressed as an adolescent, even how much sun your skin has seen. It’s not just about the brain. It’s not just about genes.”

“Epidemiologists have now homed in on a series of factors that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, including being migrant, being male, living in an urban environment, and being born poor. One of the more disconcerting findings is that if you have dark skin, your risk of falling victim to schizophrenia increases as your neighborhood whitens. Your level of risk also rises if you were beaten, taunted, bullied, sexually abused, or neglected when you were a child. In fact, how badly a child is treated may predict how severe the case of an adult person with schizophrenia becomes—and particularly, whether the adult hears harsh, hallucinatory voices that comment or command. The psychiatrist Jean-Paul Selten was the first to call this collection of risk factors an experience of “social defeat,” a term commonly used to describe the actual physical besting of one animal by another. Selten argued that the chronic sense of feeling beaten down by other people could activate someone’s underlying genetic vulnerability to schizophrenia.”

“The pushback is also a return to an older, wiser understanding of mind and body. In his Second Discourse(1754), Jean Jacques Rousseau describes human beings as made up out of each other through their interactions, their shared language, their intense responsiveness. “The social man, always outside of himself, knows only how to live in the opinions of others; and it is, so to speak, from their judgment alone that he draws the sentiment of his own existence.” We are deeply social creatures. Our bodies constrain us, but our social interactions make us who we are. The new more socially complex approach to human suffering simply takes that fact seriously again.”

TYR 18 September 2012 reads

Scientific Paper: “The Fukushima Radioactive Plume Contaminated the Entire Northern Hemisphere During a Relatively Short Period of Time” @ Washington’s Blog The peer-reviewed scientific journal Science of the Total Environment reports: the Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time.

U.S. Household Incomes: A 44-Year Perspective @ DShort Mean Household Income (MHI), adjusted for inflation,  for the bottom 50% of the population has barely increased since 1967

If You Want to Help the Poor and the Middle Class, Encourage Deflation @ Oftwhominds We have been brainwashed into believing that inflation is good and deflation is bad. The truth is that inflation is good for banks and bad for households, while deflation is bad for banks and good for households.

Why A Centrally-Planned Heroin Addiction Never Has A Hollywood Ending @ Zerohedge Morgan Stanley: When will fundamentals matter again?….Manhattan is crowded. In our judgment, sentiment is decidedly bullish. Decidedly – both on the earnings outlook and the equity market. We know everyone likes to romanticize that they are a contrarian bull on an island by themselves, but trust us, that island is not vacant. It’s crowded….We have received several emails in the last week from investors with messages of the ilk that “we all know this will end in tears”, but for now, people are not at the rehab center.

Chart Of The Day: Monetary Supply – It’s Not A Marathon, It’s A Steroid-Fueled Frenzy @ Zerohedge Gold’s supply expanded 8% while monetary bases expanded….83% (BoJ)…146% (ECB)…212% (SNB)…223% (FED)…362% (BoE)

Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA @ Russia Today Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, that sued the Obama administration because of NDAA says: “this demented “war on terror” is as undefined and vague as such a conflict is in any totalitarian state. Dissent is increasingly equated in this country with treason. Enemies supposedly lurk in every organization that does not chant the patriotic mantras provided to it by the state. And this bill feeds a mounting state paranoia. It expands our permanent war to every spot on the globe. It erases fundamental constitutional liberties. It means we can no longer use the word “democracy” to describe our political system…Fear is the psychological weapon of choice for totalitarian systems of power. Make the people afraid. Get them to surrender their rights in the name of national security. And then finish off the few who aren’t afraid enough. If this law is not revoked we will be no different from any sordid military dictatorship. Its implementation will be a huge leap forward for the corporate oligarchs who plan to continue to plunder the nation and use state and military security to cow the population into submission”.

TYR reads “Cowardice is destroying America” by Washington’s Blog

Cowardice is destroying America published by Washington’s Blog (WB) addresses the issue of how America`s population has lost the courage that was its birth “trademark”. That by their inability to face uncomfortable truths, americans have allowed the degradation of their democracy. “In other words, ministers, priests, psychiatrists, psychologists, trauma experts, sociologists and other mental health experts say that failure to stand up and face our deepest fears is destroying us as individuals … and as a nation.”

WB addresses America`s cowardice, but the same analysis and conclusions could be applied to most western societies (Iceland being an exception perhaps). By omission born out of apathy, lack of understanding and cowardice, a Neo-Feudal World Order (NFWO) is gradually becoming a reality.

In the article, please note the video of Rep. Brad Sherman exposing how Congress was “blackmailed” into hastily voting TARP in 2008. Note also the graph showing the difference in the US Goverment’s debt levels with or without the Iraq+Afghan wars and Bush’s tax cuts.

The article:

America was founded on courage.

For example, I’ve read a number of biographies of George Washington, who was actually a horriblegeneral. Washington’s early campaigns were disastrous, and the entire Revolutionary War was almost lost due to Washington’s early miscalculations (for example, his first major battle was fought from a low, exposed position, so that the British forced a surrender by seizing the high ground).

But Washington was brave.  He always rode with his soldiers into battle at the front of the line, even when there were waves of incoming cannon balls being hurled in his direction.  (Because Washington was unusually tall for his day, that made him an easy target).  Washington’s courage – and his willingness to consistently fight on the front lines with his men – was one of the main factors in the success of the American Revolution.

The courage of the men at Valley Forge was also a turning point in the war.  Slogging on through the dead of winter without shoes inspired a nation.

On the other hand, cowardice makes people stupid and docile.

Fear of Hurting the Big Banks Has Destroyed the Economy

The New York Times wrote in 2008:

“The rescue is being sold as a must-have emergency measure by an administration with a controversial record when it comes to asking Congress for special authority in time of duress.”***

Mr. Paulson has argued that the powers he seeks are necessary to chase away the wolf howling at the door: a potentially swift shredding of the American financial system. That would be catastrophic for everyone, he argues, not only banks, but also ordinary Americans who depend on their finances to buy homes and cars, and to pay for college.

Some are suspicious of Mr. Paulson’s characterizations, finding in his warnings and demands for extraordinary powers a parallel with the way the Bush administration gained authority for the war in Iraq. Then, the White House suggested that mushroom clouds could accompany Congress’s failure to act. This time, it is financial Armageddon supposedly on the doorstep.

“This is scare tactics to try to do something that’s in the private but not the public interest,” said Allan Meltzer, a former economic adviser to President Reagan, and an expert on monetary policy at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. “It’s terrible.”

Indeed, Congressmen Brad Sherman, Congressman Paul Kanjorski and Senator James Inhofe all say that the government used scare tactics by warning of martial law if Tarp wasn’t passed.

In addition, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others in government made it official policy not to prosecute (and see this) – or even to disclose Wall Street Fraud.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind quotes Geithner as saying:

The confidence in the system is so fragile still… a disclosure of a fraud… could result in a run, just like Lehman.

Former IMF economist Simon Johnson notes:

The main motivation behind the administration’s indulgence of serious criminality evidently is fear of the consequences of taking tough action on individual bankers.

The Obama administration is , and the government’s entire strategy now – as during the S&L crisis – is to cover up how bad things are.

Wall Street fraud caused the Great Depression and the current financial crisisTop economists and financial experts agree that the economy will never recover unless Wall Street fraud is prosecuted.

Because of the cowardice of the government and the people to get tough and throw Wall Street fraud-mongers in jail (or  even to shut off the spigot of never-ending bailouts), our economy has been destroyed.

Fear of Terror Has Destroyed Our Liberties

Sociologists say that fear of terrorism makes people blindly accept false justifications for war.

That is why false flag terrorism – which governments around the world admit that they carry out – has been so effective for 2,000 plus years in allowing government leaders to convince the people that we should go to war.

Government officials say that 9/11 was a state-sponsored attack.  Some say that it was Iran, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Israel or other countries which backed the attack.

9/11 was – at the least – criminal incompetence and then obstruction of justice, and blowback for U.S. support of Al Qaeda over many decades.  At worst, it was false flag terror by the U.S.

Whatever it was, our failure to be brave enough to look without blinking has ruined our country.

Specifically, top economists say that endless war bankrupts a nation.

For example, Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz says that the $3-5 trillion spent on the Iraq war alone has been very bad for the American economy. See thisthis and this.

The endless wars have also been a main component of America’s soaring debt:

TAX CUTS DEBT Cowardice Is Destroying America

And huge debts exert a very real drag on the economy.

We wouldn’t have launched the war against Iraq – or the endless panoply of wars throughout the Middle East and North America – if 9/11 had actually been in investigated.

The police state also started in 2001.  Specifically, on 9/11, Vice President Dick Cheney initiated Continuity of Government Plans that ended America’s constitutional form of government (at least for some undetermined period of time.)   On that same day, a national state of emergency was declared …and that state of emergency has continuously been in effect up until today.

It is beyond dispute that 9/11 was entirely foreseeable, but – due to the extreme negligence and incompetence or lack of caring of the Bush administration (remember, I’m not getting into any other theories in this post) it wasn’t stopped.  Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission said that the attack was preventable.

If there had been a real 9/11 investigation, the government’s  criminal incompetence (or worse) andidiotic policies of backing Al Qaeda would have come to light.   And Americans would have learned that terrorism can largely be prevented if the military and intelligence officers are simply allowed to do their job.

Americans would have learned through any real 9/11 investigation that Cheney’s negligence and mucking around in what should have been the generals’ jobs was partly responsible for allowing 9/11 to happen (Cheney was in charge of all of America’s counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11. See this Department of State announcement and this CNN article.   He messed up.).

In other words, a real 9/11 investigation would have shown Americans that 9/11 should of, could of, and would have been stopped – and that America can protect itself against future terrorist attacks – simply by playing goalie well in our country.

And Americans – instead of being scared into immobility – would have been mad at our government for dropping the ball. And we would have demanded accountability and effective service from our elected officials.  (Indeed, experts have repeatedly demonstrated that fear of terror makes people stupid … and makes them willing to accept a loss of liberty and other abuses they would never otherwise accept.)

Instead – as the 9/11 Commission itself states – there was criminal obstruction of justice and a whitewash of the investigation. See thisthisthisthis, and this.

The Road Not Taken

Americans were led to believe that Al Qaeda was going to get us unless we took the fight to the Middle East and North Africa.  The administration pretended that Saddam Hussein had a hand in 9/11 – one of the main justifications for that war.

Had a real 9/11 investigation been conducted before we launched the Iraq war, it would have taken awayone of the two main rationales for that war. (The FBI was also instructed to blame the anthrax attacks on Al Qaeda, and high-level government officials pointed towards Iraq as the source of the anthrax, even though there was absolutely no basis for those claims. But that’s another story.)

Dan Rather was right when he wrote:

We have been so afraid; so hell bent on destroying enemies … both foreign and domestic … we have hurt ourselves and our democracy.

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser also told the Senate in 2007 that the war on terror is so overblown that it is “a mythical historical narrative”.

And as I noted in 2008:

Former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, a 23-year senior CIA analyst, who “drafted or was involved in many of the government’s most senior assessments of the threats facing our country [and who] devoted years to understanding and combating the jihadist threat”, writes today in the Washington Post that the neocons have whipped us into an irrational fear of the terrorism. In reality, “Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears” and our leaders.

This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The BBC produced a documentary called The Power of Nightmares in 2005 that showed that politicians were greatly exaggerating the terrorist threat for political ends.

And unfortunately, many in government have intentionally whipped up fear in the American public for their own political purposes. For example, FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, constitutional law expert professor Jonathan Turley, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power”.

And former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win reelection. Fear sells.

And because 9/11 was never really investigated, the government – instead of doing the things which could actually make us safer – are doing things which increase the risk of terrorism.

As such, the threats from terrorism form even more of a “justification” for a suspension of our Constitutional rights.

The failure to investigate 9/11 has bankrupted America financially and morally, and has allowed us to stand idly by while our liberty has been destroyed.

What Do Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Spiritual Leaders Say About Fear?

Fear is not a Christian value.  Indeed, real men (and women) – and all real Christians – stand up to tyrants.

Courage is being scared … but facing things anyway.

Let’s take 9/11 as an example.  Numerous mental health experts – including the following list – say that fear of questioning the government’s cartoonish “we couldn’t have foreseen this or done anything to protect the homeland” version of 9/11 is an unhealthy, fear-based delusion which has led to an authoritarian regime in the U.S.:

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, as well as Radiology, at Duke University Medical Center D. Lawrence Burk, Jr., MD
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers University Barry R. Komisaruk
  • Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Michael D. Knox
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Laura Schafer
  • Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Neuroscience, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Michael Gabriel
  • Former Chief Mental Health Coordinator and Director of Manpower Development and Training, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Lecturer in Psychology, Boston University Herbert Hoffman
  • Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago and Northwestern University Jack Sawyer
  • Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies Ralph Metzner
  • Professor Emeritus, Psychology, University of Marburg Gert Sommer
  • Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Ralph Hood
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College. Former Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Vietnam Veteran 7 years service, Jon Bjornson, MD
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska and licensed Psychologist Ronald Feintech

In other words, ministers, priests, psychiatrists, psychologists, trauma experts, sociologists and other mental health experts say that failure to stand up and face our deepest fears is destroying us as individuals … and as a nation.