December 30, 2011

Is This The Year?

As 2011 ends, a thoughtful blogger can't help but wonder what may come in the next year. Will 2012 be the year human civilization is changed in some dramatic or fundamental manner? And I'm not just referring to the much-mentioned '21-12-12' date that has stirred up so much controversy (and given the opportunists another pretext for making money). No; this new year presents an unusually high number of potential hazards, both human and natural in origin, that threaten the entire planet. In my own lifetime as a post-war baby-boomer, I have never anticipated a new year with the same degree of unease.

For those blissful readers who haven't yet awakened and still can't 'smell the coffee,' allow me to bring you up to speed on the critical issues that confront humanity at this time in our history.

Perhaps the most obvious or immediate threat to our status quo comes from the financial world. After prolonged months of talk about a crisis in Greece, and giant problems in the 'Euro zone,' Greece finally defaulted late in 2011, followed quickly by Italy. However, no pundit expects that those countries will be the last to have upheaval. The real action is yet to come; and given all the delay, the next defaults will be bigger and have wider impact. What that impact will be is the subject of much speculation, ranging from more of the market uncertainties we've already seen, to the collapse of the Euro currency-- and hence, probably of the EU, too. The latter scenario is often also seen as a trigger that could result in severe pressure on the US dollar... and associated chaos in the USA.

Frankly, the breakup of the EU would be welcomed by the majority of citizens of the member states, if polls are reliable indicators, altho there will be financial consequences for those citizens. The bigger problems begin in the event of a meltdown of the US currency. Things are already bad for almost half the US population, who are considered as living below the poverty level, according to recent analysis. If that proportion should suddenly balloon to some much larger figure, say 75%, you would have the makings of nation-wide, civil unrest. More and more of the once-great middle class of Americans are being sucked under the poverty line as, first, blue-collar, then white-collar jobs are lost to 'off-shoring' and other 'necessities' of the glorious, capitalist system. Americans used to the basic luxuries of life (as seen by the rest of the world) will be driven to extremes in their anger and frustration with a golden goose that now seems to eject nothing but crap on them.

Apparently, the US government fully anticipates exactly such an outcome, since they have been making elaborate preparations for widespread civil disruption. One can easily check the Net for stories, even video, of the now-famous FEMA camps, scattered in various, remote locations around the country. More ominous are the countless stacks of plastic coffins, stored in outdoor compounds, for some unknown contingency-- but one that must entail vast numbers of casualties. Is this the year that makes it clear that the American Dream is d-e-a-d?

Which brings us back to the 'natural catastrophe' possibilities. Some pundits claim that the FEMA camps and the coffins are secret preparations for 'the big one'-- i.e. a huge earthquake, but not the long-expected California quake; rather, a shaking of the 'New Madrid' fault line. Such a tremor occurred in the 19th century, reckoned at about 8 or higher on the Richter scale. It caused relatively little damage simply because the population was very low and scattered at that time. If the same level of shaking occurred today, the rates of death and injury would be overwhelming, even to a nation with the resources of the USA. Making things much worse is the fact that there are many nuclear power generating stations in this region; and as the Japan quake demonstrated, any power plant can fail catastrophically in a major tremor. Many believe that the New Madrid is due for a major quake, and that recent 'fracking' activity by petroleum companies is exacerbating the risk. Is this the year the USA experiences a calamity that exceeds the disastrous Gulf oil eruption?

Those faithful followers of the mainstream news media must be aware that the drums have been beating ever-louder for another war, or pardon me, shall we say 'intervention' in the Middle East. The Anglo-American media machine has been obediently repeating every lie that issues forth from the respective governments regarding the 'dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran.' No matter that they already used that lie to propel themselves into the Iraq debacle... if it worked once, well, heck, why not try it again?

Okay, you've been hearing about Iran for a couple of years, and nothing has happened. Well, there's now Syria to pique the interest of our dear leaders. Syria is a bit of a hard sell to Brits and Americans on the street. But, if they could 'sell' a NATO 'humanitarian intervention' in Libya, well, why not the same thing in Syria? Think of all those poor 'freedom fighters' getting killed by that evil dictator in Syria. Wouldn't you support sending in NATO jets to bomb those nasty forces, and liberate the Syrian people? You hardly noticed a thing when they did it in Libya, remember.

The trouble is, dear reader, both Iran and Syria are of strategic value to a couple of other major players on the world stage-- Russia and China. Without going into details, both of these countries have important interests in keeping Syria and Iran out of American control. Both have already indicated that an attack on these sovereign nations by 'Western' (aka NATO and/or Israeli) forces will be regarded as an act of war against them, too. If the prospect of regional war is not enough to disturb you, there's reasoned speculation that any war against Iran will, inevitably, involve nuclear weapons. Iran's nuclear research has been conducted in underground facilities. To destroy their capacities, it is likely that nuclear bombs would be used.

If nuclear weapons are deployed in an attack on Iran, and if Russia and/or China decide that the invisible line has been crossed and they must respond in kind... then God alone knows how that scenario could end. You may reason that given the global consequences of nuclear warfare, it would never be used. Well, that was the logic that prevailed during the 'Cold War' of the 20th century. Today, it seems that a new, bizarre logic prevails; one that believes in the concept of 'limited nuclear war' that, somehow, can be contained in its effects. Worse than that, there are many people who believe that the world's population is too big and must be drastically reduced. These individuals almost relish the prospect of a new, deadly influenza pandemic... or even, nuclear World War Three. It sounds unbelievable, because most people are still more or less sane, and can't fathom that the persons who run this world are insane criminals. Is this the year the sane ones will have to change their minds about the governors?

Let's see now-- in 2012 we are faced with potential global disaster from economic collapse resulting from financial meltdown; or a huge earthquake in mid-America, that may, in turn, trigger quakes elsewhere; or another military misadventure in the Middle East that could be the flash point for WW3. And I haven't even invoked the scary bogeymen conjectured by the acolytes for a '2012 Apocalypse'. These speculated disasters include close encounters of the worst kind with wayward asteroids, immense coronal mass ejections from our sun, gamma-ray outbursts from the center of our galaxy, an invasion of hostile aliens from another world, and for a cogent few-- the close passage of 'Planet X,' a mysterious member of our solar system. Is this the year of the big turning point in human history?

So, I rest my case: never has a new year commenced with so much apparent potential for the greatest crisis the world has faced since the Great Deluge. Are you prepared for the end of the world as you know it? Oh, you don't have to be squirrelling away food and guns; you just have to open your world-view, such as it is, to possibilities that have until now, remained comfortably confined to the realm of Hollywood's summer block-busters. Can you at least handle that?

November 11, 2011

Hope in the Occupied Zone

As I write, common people all around the world are taking part in 'occupy' movements in various cities, in support of their confreres in New York who are protesting against the Wall Street bankers-- the '1%' who own so much wealth. Have ordinary people really awakened from the delusion, and seen the prison for what it is? Judging from the bits I've seen and read, it appears that, yes, some people have clued in, and realized that the elite who control the system have put the majority into debt slavery.

But, at the same time, the 'occupy' ranks are extremely diverse, being an umbrella group for a wide range of dissatisfied citizens. Some are there because they've seen the middle-class dream morph into a nightmare. Others are idealists who see an opportunity to finally introduce reforms for more equitable redistribution of wealth. Regardless of motivation, the occupiers agree on the big-picture problems... but not necessarily on the solutions.

Altho the occupy movement has much popular support, it also faces very significant opposition forces. The main establishment weapon is the communications media, principally TV. To begin with, the TV news machine totally ignored the Wall St. occupation for the first couple of weeks, apparently thinking it would simply dissipate by normal exhaustion of energy. Instead, concerned citizens in other cities-- first in the USA, then in other countries-- showed their solidarity with OWS by occupying local, central landmarks. It was only when the NY protesters blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge that the American, big-media networks finally decided to inform the already-aware public of what was happening in the Rotten Apple. Big deal! Suddenly, media in other Western countries made it the big story of the moment, as if it were 'breaking news.'

Since discovering this story, tho, the big tri-literal networks have been giving it short shrift. Coverage seems to focus on 'human interest' aspects, while dismissing the important, central issues with a mere summary comment. One feels almost sorry for the poor reporters who submit their on-site stories, since they seem utterly ignorant of the reality that those stubborn occupiers are sacrificing their comfort and safety for the benefit of virtually all of us-- dare I say, '99%' of us... including the TV employees.

To learn anything worthwhile about OWS, you have to go to the Internet, or if you have the range of TV channels, search for RT or some other foreign broadcast. On top of the media meanderings, some observers are convinced that the whole 'OWS' movement is yet another 'NWO' orchestrated gambit on the path towards full tyranny. If true, it would be a truly dismal demonstration of the extent to which 'we' (the great, 99% majority) have already lost the ability to mount a meaningful resistance to the elite puppet-masters who rule the world. The question is: is the allegation true?

At this stage, it is too early for the onlooker to determine. No doubt, the majority of the OWS protesters, regardless of the specific city, are sincere, genuinely seeking to redress the inequities that are now obvious, at least to this segment of the populace who have had 'enough.' Yet, every organized attempt to 'fight the system', going back to the trade unions and similar professional bodies, has almost always been perverted by the Powers that Be, and either co-opted or neutered. The PTB are utterly expert at doing this; after all, they've been at it for a very long time. If the OWS movement is not presently completely under their control, it doesn't matter to them; they always have a Plan-B. In this case, the plan seems to be to just sit back and watch as civic authorities and their police dogs run out of patience, and provoke the kind of confrontation that can be used as the convenient excuse to roust the harried occupiers with brutal force.

Sadly, then, I do not cling to much hope that the Wall St. protest will achieve much, in the end. As the winter of new discontent encroaches on the municipal encampments, only the most diehard protesters will continue the vigil. And meanwhile, the media will simple slide on to the next hot story of the moment... of which there is never a lack. As I write, it's probably the ongoing Greek economic tragedy... or is it comedy? It's been on and off the front burner for months, and never seems to be resolved. And if it is, well there's Italy right behind! And if not Italy, there's... let's see now-- who'll be next? Spain; Portugal; Ireland; France, even?

May 17, 2011

Thru A Glass, Weirdly

Normal life in the abnormal, New American Matrix
Life is getting too bizarre; I have to share this with someone, anyone who'll read it. Watching the TV news or listening to radio, the big story of the past week or more has been the reported assassination of the USA's bogeyman no. one, Osama bin Laden. Yes, it has been widely reported by all the media news outlets as a veritable, and credible fact... although so many of us in the 'alternative news,' parallel world know that the story is complete bunkum.

I've listened to experienced journalists and media pundits analyze the story, discuss its details, muse on its implications, and so on... as if it were an indisputable 'given.' Even the 'conspiracy theories' they cite are utter nonsense: i.e. that bin Laden was not killed that day, but lives on to plot again. Nothing about the story bears the faintest tinge of reality. Yet all these interviews, words, and videos portray it as 'the real deal.'

To those of us who are aware that Mr. bin Laden has been deceased for, lo, the last ten years, all of this theatre rings weird. Can't anyone who professes the title of journalist ask any kind of penetrating questions about this whole 'incredible' narrative? Are all the media mouthpieces nothing more than PR spokespersons for the megalithic corporations that produce our news, which in turn, is little more than regurgitation of government press releases?

This latest manufactured news story does one thing very clearly-- it demonstrates just how thoroughly our world is now the post-1984 society of George Orwell's novel. Virtually everything coming from the US Whitehouse these days is pure lies. Sure, there may be elements of truth included, but overall, every message is a crafted piece of propaganda designed to advance the program of the elite.

For those of us who see the absurdities for what they are, all these lies lead to a growing sense of, what to call it?-- disconnection, is perhaps closest. Those around us seem to be content to listen to all the commentary about bin Laden's 'death,' and treat it all seriously, fully absorbed in the play-act, like participants in 'reality TV.' It's just freaking bizarre!

It's like finding oneself in a Hollywood movie-- think of The Matrix, The Trueman Show, etc.-- where we are the only few who know the whole thing is a big sham. You want to shout, to grab the sleep-walkers by the lapels, shove information in their faces. Yet you know that they aren't capable of handling it. They would treat you as a raving lunatic, and insist that they are the sane ones.

The matrix of illusion has been there for a long time, maybe centuries, but with the evolution of technology, it's becoming the 'virtual reality' of the 21st century. That may be the closest analogy-- global, everyday life is now an artificial construct of multi-media façade.

This 'Age of Illusion' started with a literal bang in 2001 with the piece of theatre known by numeric code as '9-11.' Whatever you may think you know about the attacks that day, none of us can know for certain what really happened. Yes, we saw video coverage; yet all available footage derives from either TV stations or from people with professional connections to media. Much evidence exists to support allegations that the video coverage was fabricated, or at the least, edited before airing. There is no doubt for anyone who can reason for himself or herself that the official explanations of what took place are simply outrageous nonsense.

Surely, many people have nagging suspicions over the glaring inconsistencies of the official story-lines. Yet, they see and hear all those sage journalists and their sage guests carry on discussions that treat those accounts with all convincing gravity. This incongruity between our gut sense and the prevailing consensus outlook produces true cognitive dissonance.

The easy way out, the default option, is to simply shrug and say: 'they must know what they're talking about, and I must be missing something; therefore, I'll just accept the majority opinion.' Rarely does someone stop to consider why they believe what they believe. The whole acceptance of dubious information as 'fact' is premised on the implicit assumption that the 'authorities' (be they government, university professors, professional specialists, or whatever) would not deliberately deceive us. But-- is that assumption really justified?

On one level, we acknowledge cynically that 'all politicians are liars;' yet, we then accept their lies as facts, provided they are concerned with 'the national interest.' It's another curious anomaly of human psychology. How does that patriotic halo get extended to journalists and other media mouthpieces? I'll let you readers mull over that one.

Until a sufficient proportion of the population rouses from their blissful slumber and smells the coffee, we awakened ones are forced to live this bizarre existence in the 'twilight zone' where illusion is supposed to be reality.

Daily, we have to see and hear things like a do-nothing president awarded a Nobel Peace Prize; a zombie-like man trying to light a bomb in his underwear; once-favored dictators suddenly turned into pariahs to be deposed and disposed. Now it's the strange murder of an accused terrorist figurehead who once worked for the CIA, and was never forensically linked to 9-11 that he supposedly master-minded. Please-- tell me the craziness will stop soon! Meanwhile, will the majority ever wake up?

I believe that every person on the planet will be forced to confront the challenge squarely, of whether to grow up and face reality, or else to consciously continue to maintain the charade constructed by the puppet-masters. The hard part for the few is to somehow live in the Matrix when we are painfully aware that it's all a vast deception.

Like isolated, awake members in an audience of hypnotized viewers at a magic show, we don't know whether to pretend to see the 'Emperor's new clothes,' or to project some radical 'reality therapy.' Until something 'un-ignorable' happens, we must wrestle daily with this grating conundrum, and love our complacent neighbors as best we can.

Beyond Boxes

As Morpheus explains to Neo in the movie, The Matrix,
all those who haven't wakened up are your enemy.
In other words, there were only two kinds of people-- those few who were aware of the cyber-dream world, and all those who were still enmeshed in it, and worse-- would fight to maintain it. We are living in that kind of world, not physically as in the movie, but virtually, in the sense that our apparently normal reality is largely a fabrication sustained by the corporate media for the benefit of a tiny elite group.

For those few of us who have seen the Neo-matrix, a.k.a. New World Order, being erected all around us, it is a source of much frustration that the vast majority, including our own families, do not 'see' the true, dark situation. We fervently wish they could pull away the blinders and think outside the box.

I got thinking about how appropriate that metaphor is-- the box. A simple three-letter word for a simple concept with a lot of significance. We understand the box to be a paradigm, a set of beliefs that circumscribe our perceptions of reality. This box surrounds us on 6 sides, has unique faces that filter everything that enters the conscious mind, and thereby, governs absolutely how each individual understands the world. The perception box encloses its owner all around. Yet despite its authority, this box is completely transparent and non-material. Anyone can walk out of this box, if they will to do so... and if, primarily, they are aware of the box!

It's interesting that when we die, we are buried in a box, the final box made of solid material to enclose the last, material remains. Perhaps it's more remarkable that when we are born, we're placed in a cradle-- a five-sided box. It surrounds the baby protectively, but allows free access thru its open top. Symbolically, we could say it represents the reality that a child comes into the world already delimited by fixed structures of race, gender, health, etc. as determined by genetics and parental circumstances. These influences are far stronger in shaping our emergent beliefs than most of us realize. Some students of these factors can tell you an amazing outline of your basic beliefs simply from your place and year of birth, and your birth-order position. (Indeed, author Gail Sheehy and others have written books that paint such sketches of 'generations' with uncanny accuracy.)

In other words, the 'box' is subtly assembled around you, starting from the moment of your conception, and continuing thru your entire growing experience. As they say, give me your child for the first seven years, and I'll shape his character (or mind) for the rest of his life. There's also the old proverb, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. This latter saying explains how the constraints of culture are transmitted from one generation to the next. Clearly, the forces that shape an individual's belief system conduct their work in a million incremental-- and largely unnoticed-- steps.

However, that cradle you lay your little head in had one open side, remember? That symbolizes the opportunity to escape the box-- which you can only do by 'rising upward.' As we grow up, we develop, first, self-awareness, and later, awareness of the world around us. Why are some of us so much more aware than others? I believe that the answer is a combination of environment and character. The 'Western paradigm' is preponderantly left-brained, disdaining intuition and other right-brain faculties. Those raised in this milieu learn that 'logic' and 'reason' are paramount, while imagination and creativity are only useful so long as they are 'constructively channeled,' which is code for 'stuck in the approved boxes.'

By nature, some of us are more 'rebellious,' as labeled by the mainstream society, while the majority are more compliant (since that's where the rewards lie). Those rebels who also exercise their intuition and imagination are, I submit, most likely to be aware of the box. Being aware of it, they can then make an informed choice as to whether to accept the prevailing world-view or some variation. The rest are destined to drift along in the comfort of their mental boxes, believing what the 'box-makers' want them to know.

For any who manage to escape the box of their birth/circumstances (e.g. religion, culture, caste, etc.) the greatest risk to their subsequent freedom is this: that they will simply leave box 'A' and jump into box 'B!' It's almost unavoidable, for that is what we know-- boxes; and that's where we feel comfortable. And thus, the rebel Protestant becomes a Catholic... or vice-versa. A Christian might join the Bahai's, or a Republican may become a Democrat; or an Evolutionist a Creationist; and so on. In every case, the individual gained freedom from one thought-prison only to pick up the shackles of the next... traded one box for another. Big deal!

True freedom lies in avoiding all the 'big boxes,' and keeping one's mind as open as possible. As Jesus told his followers, the truth shall set you free! And truth, contrary to the snake-oil salesmen who peddle their substitutes, does not come in a box. Only when the human mind (soul) allows itself to soar freely among beliefs does it understand real freedom.

The honest answer to most of the transcendent questions of existence is 'We don't know.' But religionists and atheists, alike, insist that their answer is correct, while all others are in error. The cynic (or realist) may assert that mere humans are doomed to live in a box of some type, and there is no total freedom for physical beings. Agreed. Therefore, the object is to live in as large a box as possible-- one that provides as much freedom as feasible for mortal minds. We want a box that encompasses as many other boxes as possible, without being enclosed by another paradigm. Those who insist that their box is the only 'true' one, simply demonstrate how firmly ensconced they are.

If I call myself a follower of Christ, it does NOT mean that I've jumped into a box called a denomination or a church. By studying the scriptures in a non-dogmatic, inquiring manner, and allowing the text to explain itself (under the unction of the Holy Spirit) I discern the themes and unifying principles underlying the words. The words are only tools, often crude ones, that attempt to convey truth. To get hung up on literalism or fundamentalism leads to the next box. Jesus told us plainly "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Scripture also, interestingly, tells us that he is the Word. So, the object of scripture, and study, and religion, is NOT a denominational, cast-in-stone box; it is a being, the person of Jesus the Christ.

As humans, we must believe in something outside of ourselves, be it based on science (so-called) or religion, or possibly something else ('the Force?'). That outer framework provides the solidity of the reality we exist in, whether we are contemplative or not. To accept Christ as the source of that external context of our lives, without submitting to a pre-packaged credo (ie. a religion), is as free as a person can get, in my opinion.

Decoding Religion

You've seen those silly symbols attached on the back of some automobiles-- the 'fish' icon, with the word Jesus enclosed.
Then, later variations quickly appeared, that include little 'feet' below the fish, and the word Darwin inside. It was the latest mutation that really triggered my thinking on the subject of symbols-- the familiar fish... with a 'Star of David' within! Now what the heck is that supposed to mean? Does it signify the assimilation of Judaism by Christianity? In a theological sense; or some other way? My final notion is that it probably indicates a belief in 'Christian Zionism,' i.e. the confused theology of certain, mostly American, evangelical sects that think they can hasten Armageddon by promoting Israeli hegemony.

In fact, if my suspicion is correct, the symbol is far more significant and nefarious than the proud bearer realizes. What the 'star inside the fish' represents to me is the insidious infiltration of Christianity by the virus of Zionism. These so-called Christians are completely ignorant of their own sacred scripture-- the New Testament-- that makes it abundantly clear that 'there is no other name (than Jesus) by which we must be saved.' Contrary to Paul's explicit advice to the Galatians, these uninformed sheep have been bewitched and seduced by the strong wine of legalistic Zionism. Thus, the symbol is entirely appropriate, and chilling to true believers in Christ.

When you examine the six-point star, you have to realize that it is really an occult symbol, the hexagram. It is no coincidence that people speak about casting a 'hex' on someone when they want to bewitch them in some way! This is exactly what has happened to that errant sect of false Christians. The hexagram has great meaning to adepts of Gnosticism and other 'mystery cults' thru the ages, that sought the keys to 'higher knowledge' that would unlock the mysteries of the universe. Composed of two interlocked, equilateral triangles, the hexagram is the two-dimensional projection of a Platonic solid. In the three-dimensional analog, there are two, interposed tetrahedrons or pyramids, whose vertices touch the surface of a circumscribed sphere. Transposing to the heavenly spheres, the planets and stars, it is believed that those points of contact (which occur north and south of the equatorial plane) represent energy points that can be mapped out and used to empower human activities.

Then, going back to the fish, I pondered about how the prophecy of Revelation 13 could actually come about-- that a restored but false Israel would effectively rule the world in the last days. How could a nation of only 6 million people rule over a world with 1000 times that population? Yet it's happening before our eyes! How can they do it? I realized that it's the 'power of the pyramid' so to speak. It's by using the classic, hierarchical, power and control system. The Zionists have installed operatives in key positions in Western (and other) countries, who exercise control over witting or unwitting agents below them, and so on, down to the functional level. Most 'awake' netizens know that the pyramid is an important occult symbol, but now we can see that it has practical significance as well as figurative. This is the occult modus operandi that has well served the satanic cabal in advancing their cause, over the centuries. It is an authoritarian, paternalistic, legalistic system, based on the pyramidal, hierarchy of management.

On the choice of a fish to represent Christianity, there seems to be some doubt. Some might suppose that it had to do with the miracle where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the crowd. But a few scholars state that it is related to the zodiacal age that began around the time Jesus lived, namely, the Piscean Age. In summarizing this still-current age, Wikipedia states succinctly, "The Age of Monotheism, Spirituality, and the Fish."

In any case, there are numerous fish swimming in these theological waters, as the profusion of denominations of ostensible Christianity attests. As for the fishy symbol I noticed, it points to a church that has swallowed the bait of Zionism, hook, line and sinker. This is a church that has no Biblical legitimacy, and depends on the ignorance of its fellowship for existence. Yet it can do much evil in its zeal to force the hand of God and impose Israeli rule over the Middle East and beyond.


Dr. John Dee, the court astrologist of Queen Elizabeth I, in his book Hieroglyphic Monad, includes the following quote:
"'Mahatma Letters,' page 345: 'The double triangle viewed by the Jewish Kabbalists as Solomon's Seal is...the Sri-Antana of the Archaic Aryan Temple, the Mystery of Mysteries, a geometrical synthesis of the whole occult doctrine. The two interlaced triangles are the Buddham-Gums of Creation. They contain the 'squaring of the Circle,' the 'Philosophers' Stone,' the great problems of Life and Death--the mystery of Evil. The Chela who can explain this sign from every one of its aspects is virtually an Adept.'"

From the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry:
"The interlacing triangles or deltas symbolize the union of the two principles or forces, the active and passive, male and female, pervading the universe... The two triangles, one white and the other black, interlacing, typify the mingling of apparent opposites in nature, darkness and light, error and truth, ignorance and wisdom, evil and good, throughout human life."
-33rd Degree Freemasons Albert G. Mackey and Charles T. McClenachan quoted from Codex Magica by Texe Marrs

Atheism and Science

Atheists think they're free, because they've removed their faith from religion.... and placed it in science... believing with religious fervor that science is the route to liberty of the human mind.
But-- science is just another construct of the human mind, and subject to the same weaknesses we know so well. Viewed 'objectively,' science passes every test for religion! Here's the proof.

If, as its practitioners insist, science were truly 'objective,' there should be only one school of thought (or, shall we say, church of belief) because all objective investigation (using the touted methods of reproducible experiments, mathematical equations, etc.) should lead to the same results and conclusions. But, the fact is that there are many schools (denominations) of scientific belief.

Moreover, scientists (believers) in a given discipline object strenuously if a practitioner from another discipline should have the temerity to cross the forbidden boundaries and bring new, fresh beliefs into their hallowed halls. A classic example is the shameful treatment of Velikovsky (a psychiatrist) in the 1950s. After the early space probes sent back data that confirmed his unorthodox theories, did his critics apologize? No; they simply absorbed the new truths... and stopped any mention of his name.

Today, the battle of scientific dogmas rages between the true church of the classic, gravitational model of the universe, versus the heretical, upstart proponents of the electric universe. Like Catholics and Protestants, Sunnis and Shiites, these two camps loathe each other and their aberrant ideologies.

Clearly, scientific orthodoxy becomes as entrenched as any religious views. This is a natural outcome of human nature, and occurs irrespective of the field of knowledge (be it religious or secular). The problem in both spheres, is that true believers of any stripe refuse to acknowledge this truism, and insist that their truths are somehow immune to the human tendency to cast our biases in stone.

Added to the problem of subjectivity in all belief systems, is the influence of purely practical or operational factors, the primary one being finances. All human systems require money to fund the salaries of the priests who conduct the services/research, instruct the initiates/students, and proclaim the dogmas/theories. In this regard, science may be objectively seen as in a more precarious situation than religion. Ministers are generally paid by their congregation or denominational authority, hence find it expedient to preach the message approved by those authorities.

Scientists, as highly educated individuals, feel they deserve high salaries-- much higher than the average pastor. Those salary levels must be secured by performing research and writing papers that are sponsored by well-endowed corporations. Obviously, the research must be of some relevance to corporate sponsors; but more troublesome, it must not compromise the profits of the corporation for fear of having the funds withdrawn. It's a clear conflict of interest that everyone is aware of, but few dare to question, at peril of their income.

Yet, secular humanists cling to this pathetic faith that science is objective, impartial, and the only system capable of yielding credible models of reality. Sure, there have been great advances in the material realm. Many of the great leaps have been born of the scientific breakthroughs of the 19th century, when the pioneers of electro-magnetism laid the ground-work for much of what followed. Advances in steam, and later, gasoline engines were more due to engineering progress, which resulted in trains, automobiles, aircraft, and so forth. Those early researchers were not beholden to the corporate sector as today's graduates, and were more propelled by a true spirit of investigation.

What passes itself off for science in this 21st century, especially at the theoretical level, is really another form of religion, if only its practitioners had the honesty and courage to admit it. All belief systems, whether grounded in theology or in natural observation, are subject to all the limitations of human psychology. They would all do better to cooperate than compete. But in that regard, they behave as purveyors of consumer products, and scramble to grab as much 'market share' as possible for their stake-holders. Bottom line: in the realm of ideas, humans are as irrational as in all their other endeavors.

March 12, 2011

Only One Conclusion

Are we living in the 'Last Days' of Earth, as various sources claim? Or is it all hysteria induced by the stress and pace of change in this era? In this article, I aim to show how a constellation of
widely disparate indicators are converging in our present day, and point to one unavoidable conclusion-- that we are living in the last days.
This is a stretch for many readers; but if you want to be prepared for coming calamities, you've got to stare into the dark abyss!

Regardless of your views on ‘apocalypse,’ I think every intelligent reader will admit that we are living in unpredictable, unstable times. At any moment, the broadcast news could interrupt your regular rhythms to inform you of a deadly earthquake in such a highly developed place as Japan, or of civil uprising in Libya that suddenly jolts gasoline prices skyward, or the bankruptcy of a major company that may send your investment portfolio stumbling down; and so on. That's beside the personal messages that can burst into our lives, and change them forever, such as a diagnosis of disease, a road accident involving a family member, a job loss, and on it goes. We've all had brushes with these incidents. You might believe then, that people would be quite ready to accept new information that could help them prepare for the increasing contingencies of modern life. Instead, sadly, most people take the opposite tack! They are sufficiently harried by the things they can't control, that they blissfully tune out the news that they think they can 'safely' ignore.

For those who can handle reality, aware that foreknowledge is the best insurance they can have, I present this scenario.

In what can be called Jesus' Revelation, Matthew 24, he tells us: As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (vs 37). Here, 'it' means the state of the world. So, what was the state of the world in those days of Noah? If we go back to the account of the Flood in the ancient book of Genesis (ch. 6, vs 5) we find this succinct and chilling statement: The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Surely the degree of comparison expressed in that sentence cannot be missed-- 'every inclination' was 'only evil' and 'all the time.' These words outline a very bleak picture of the terrible moral condition of humanity at that time. Yet, here's the core of it-- and I think most persons of good will know this in their heart of hearts-- the world is today at that same degree of moral corruption that existed in Noah's day!

Our ubiquitous experts, the sage heads in the TV frame, assure us that not only is everything just fine, but society is progressing, just as implied in the dogma of Evolution. Right; just relax, folks; ignore those nagging nabobs of negativity who keep reminding us of the many indications that demonstrate a regression back to the Dark Ages. For those of us who are inveterate skeptics, let's take a survey of the factors that would validate the thesis of a moral regression that echoes the days leading up to the Deluge.

(1) Perhaps the most damning indictment of moral pretensions today is the clear fact that in this 'enlightened' 21st century, the gap between rich and poor is greater than ever, and is accelerating. This disparity occurs both within every country, as well as internationally. In the once-richest nation on Earth, the American dream has finally been definitively dashed, as millions have lost their home with no hope of regaining it.

After decades of donations of billions of dollars to the 'developing world,' (primarily Africa) nothing significant has changed. The poor in those countries are as poor as ever. And if we needed an illustration, we had the Haiti earthquake of 2010 where, a full year after the disaster, most people are still living in primitive tent cities, despite the billions of dollars of aid that was sent or pledged by concerned benefactors.

Most people take money for granted in the sense that they don't think about what it really means. We assume that coins and paper notes are convenient counters that represent a 'medium of exchange.' However, the true situation is that a small cabal of bankers devised a scheme, dating back centuries, to transform money into a debt-note, and by their machinations, that debt is owed to them. Virtually every bank in the world participates in this debt-money system, which means that most people, world-wide, hold debt owed to this monstrous system.

The financial meltdown that shook so many banks and investment houses on Wall Street in 2008/9 should have done what capitalism boasts it does-- shaken out the weak, and left the system stronger. Instead, the instigators skimmed off a goodly amount of the torrent of bail-out money, and the system is as shaky as ever. The bottom line of the world economic ledger has a big, red-ink entry for the poor, and a bloated, black-ink entry for the rich.

Each of the main 'degeneracy factors' entails subsidiary factors that exacerbate the main one. In the case of money, we have to delve into the issue of energy, since (whether we realize it or not) we live in an energy economy. What the 20th century accomplished was the total dependency of the entire world on one, vital substance-- petroleum! Regardless of all professed efforts to develop new energy sources, the petroleum industry has the world hooked on their 'black cocaine.' No alternative source could replace oil within even a decade. And the petrol-masters have no intention of helping humanity break its oil habit. On the contrary, there is evidence to demonstrate that any serious attempt to challenge the supremacy of petroleum with some new innovation is met with crushing opposition. For prime example, stories persist that the genius, Nicola Tesla, had found a means to tap the unlimited, ubiquitous energy of the universe, and intended to make it available freely to the world. He ended his days a discouraged, financial failure, and his discoveries have never seen daylight. Virtually free energy would have meant a huge step towards freedom from poverty for the world's masses. Instead, they are held in bondage to a financial prison run from Wall Street and the City of London.

(2) Another feature of modern society that betrays moral failure is the simple fact that the world is in a constant state of war, somewhere on Earth. How can we ever claim to be 'evolving' as long as this blot of warfare stains every page of human history, from the earliest records to the sorry present? Despite convening a world body, the UN, ostensibly to maintain peace, national armies have been getting ever more efficient at killing mankind. The 20th century, while bringing staggering technological advances, was the bloodiest period in known history. That century began with the latest, most efficient weapon being the machine-gun, and before it was half over, our brilliantly warped minds had devised the atomic bomb... and used it. Bravo! One bomb could now kill hundreds of thousands of our fellow humans at one blow. A true milestone of human ingenuity.

Terrible as it is, the nuclear bomb is not the last weapon to emerge from the fertile minds of military scientists. Oh no; they have been working feverishly on such things as 'directed energy weapons' (based on lasers), biological weapons (supposedly banned, but hey, ya gotta have some surprises up your sleeve), battle robots that can eliminate all worries over the political dangers of conscription, nano-weapons that can produce themselves in hordes, and of course, space-based weapons that can rain sudden destruction on targets that would have not the slightest forewarning. All of these 'advances' are ample proof of the inveterate evil-mindedness of our miserable race.

(3) Our ability to transform and apply any invention, no matter how beneficial it promises to be, into a new menace, is legendary. No doubt, the first spears were very helpful in killing game animals for food; and it's equally certain they were quickly used to skewer other humans. Dynamite was invented to facilitate mining, we're told; soon it was facilitating the murder of people. In the case of atomic energy, we managed to turn the weapon into an energy source... but without first figuring out what to do with the radioactive, spent fuel, and other risks. However, in true form, the military-industrial alliance have found a 'neat' solution to the problem: spent uranium fuel is now molded into munitions used by the US forces in their foreign adventures. First Iraq, and now Afghanistan are being changed into nuclear-radiated dumping grounds. Iraq has one of the highest rates of cancer and birth-deformities in the world. Mission accomplished, as Bush would say.

(4) A sick hallmark of the 21st century is the on-going destruction of our very environment. Everywhere one can tread, we can find the detritus of so-called civilization-- a trail of garbage marks our presence. In those giant metropolises we brag about, the air is poisonous and the known source of premature death for millions of inhabitants. In many places, the water is laced with either contaminants, or else chemicals used to remove those pollutants... a no-win choice. If the water happens to be fairly safe to begin with, our officials add sodium fluoride to it, to ensure that there's something toxic in our system (even if it takes decades to affect a given proportion of the populace). Toxic chemicals from poorly or un-regulated industries are dumped into 'tailings ponds,' or exposed mounds, and seep into the soil, down into the water table, and thence, into our bodies.

Moving away from cities with their manufacturing activity, into the countryside, other industries are extracting resources at a furious pace. Forests that took centuries to grow are torn down in mere weeks or months, leaving exposed slashes of land. Whole mountains are leveled in years by the steady carving away of their minerals by strip-mining. Cities expand by pushing roads and structures over former wilderness, destroying the habitat of the indigenous wild-life, or paving over farm land that would feed their own populations.

Sure, we 'need' space to grow; we 'need' raw material for producing 'goods;' we need industries to provide jobs. The point is that as societies, we have proceeded headlong into these activities with utter abandon. Almost two centuries beyond the start of the 'Industrial Revolution,' we have hardly raised our consciousness an iota towards conservation of the very ecosystem that, ultimately, nurtures our lives. Our leaders don't seem to 'get' that this is the only home we have; there are no more new continents to despoil. If there are cosmic spectators of this planet, they would have no alternative but to judge us insane!

(5) Transhumanism; a word that most people have never even heard of, yet its implications are eerie and far-reaching. Transhumanism intends the use of genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology ('GRIN technologies') as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and perhaps even our very souls. This 'human makeover' includes among other things rewriting human DNA and thereby combining men with beasts. Such Frankensteinian meddling with our natural design harks back to dark myths of 'chimeras,' and forward to fantasies of cyborg hybrids. Either way, the implications are blood-curdling to God-fearing mortals, since it represents the creature arrogantly re-creating himself in his own juvenile image. Where such a path could lead is anyone's guess; but given our perversion of every other technical advance, my conviction is that it would end in horrendous disaster for the whole race. How far will we be allowed to pursue such insane interference with our very nature?

Surely it has to be clear that based on past patterns, if we continue on the present trajectory of human 'progress' we will surely destroy ourselves... and possibly, the planet itself. And there is not the slightest indication that a majority of decision-makers is prepared to reconsider our present course. When you put these characteristics of the modern age together, the inescapable conclusion is that humanity is a very sick species with an incurable death wish!

All of which brings me back to the original thesis: that the world today is in a similar condition as it was in the days leading up to the Deluge that destroyed that antediluvian society to the extent that only a few survivors remained to repopulate the Earth. Whether you believe in God or not, the outcome of present behavior is predictable. Either nature takes its course and humanity destroys itself; or, God/Nature intervenes in some manner or another, and terminates this wicked generation. I say one manner or another because God need not appear in the sky, an angry, old man swinging a celestial brick-bat against his tainted handiwork. No; He can surprise us with any number of natural calamities capable of extinguishing civilization as we know it. As part of the effort to defuse the 2012 doomsday speculation, scientists have compiled a list of ten or so disasters that they consider able to end life on Earth. It's true-- you can find them online. However-- they then assure the reader that none of the selections has much likelihood of happening anytime within eons at best.

God has other ideas about timing and probability, and can send a 'judgment' against us anytime He chooses, using any convenient phenomenon of the natural universe. At the time of the great Flood, God did not pull out a cosmic garden hose and shower the planet. There was a natural cause for that catastrophe, albeit one that so far remains a mystery to us (although some cogent theories have been put forward over the years).

Okay, some of you readers are stubborn skeptics, so there's more. You see, a calamity of the magnitude of the Deluge doesn't just strike one day 'out of the blue.' No; there had to be prior signals that 'something evil this way comes.' Perhaps there were widespread earthquakes; volcanic eruptions in diverse locations; strange formations of clouds and other atmospheric phenomena; maybe flocks of birds falling dead from the sky, and schools of fish floating dead on the shores. Hey, wait a minute-- aren't we seeing things like that happening today? Yes, my friends; that's exactly the point! Think about it... hard.

Death of an Empire

We read various historical accounts of the dying days of the Roman Empire, or perhaps, the Inca Empire, or the Egyptian or Chinese dynasties, and find it all quite fascinating, but remote from our experience. Many may be lulled into thinking 'that was then... we're a long way from those days.' But, not to fret--
we're seeing the unraveling of an empire-- nay, a civilization-- before our own, glazed eyes. The problem is, that most people don't have a clue that it's happening.

But the signs of decay and disintegration are all around us, constantly. If we would but open our eyes, our ears, we'd become all too aware of it. It's often in places we don't regard as having universal importance.

For example, hardly a week goes by when we don't hear a story in the news about bullying. There are earnest programs conducted in elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools... what next, kindergarten? Yet, for all the programs, the pink T-shirts, the tears, the bullying goes on-- often with tragic results.

The bullying mentality carries into every walk of life. As I write, another professional hockey player lies in hospital after taking a brutal hit in his last game. While the police are launching an investigation, and some game sponsors are making angry noises, the head of the hockey league dismisses the incident as a legitimate contact that went wrong. In the hey-day of the Roman Empire, they had gladiatorial combats to titillate the bored crowds; today, we have ice-hockey, the ritualized combat of young men for glory and lucre. Again, some parents, certain pundits, some physicians, have spoken out over the years against the violence that can leave a player with life-long injuries; but nothing seems to change.

If the criminal element has always been violent, and now the common man increasingly resorts to bullying, it's all the more sad to see the police become casual with the use of violence at any opportunity. In any interaction with the public, the police are apt to use force far in excess of what's required... simply because they can. For every story that gets into the media spotlight, who knows how many incidents go unreported? Since it's most often the police who investigate themselves, they are quite secure in figuring that they'll get away with it. The responsible chiefs-- after they've stonewalled for as long as possible-- assure us that it's only a few 'bad actors' who misbehave. Yet the stories have been getting more lurid all the time.

Every attempt to reclaim human morality in the face of the creeping brutality gets smothered in the all-embracing fog of modern hyperactive daily existence. Actually, it's more than that, because a cycle thru the TV dial will demonstrate that violence is woven into the fabric of modern, Western 'entertainment.' After watching years of virtual bullying and 'simulated' violence, is it really a wonder why the citizenry act it out almost by nature?

Indeed, an objective survey of modern entertainment should quickly convince anyone who can recall the dawn of the TV age that the trend is rapidly accelerating to total moral anarchy. In the early days it was enough to show a white sheet covering a 'dead body;' today, we have to be shown a naked cadaver on a slab, with part of it excavated for closer examination of vital organs. A passionate kiss used to convey the desired image of intimacy between lovers; today we are titillated with ‘soft porn’ to get the point across; tomorrow, expect hard porn on the regular dramas. And so it goes.

In sexual mores, it used to be sufficient for mainstream society to show tolerance towards homosexuals. Today, we must take 'pride' in their perversion, as it is paraded annually, in big cities across the Western world. The spectacle of men and women in various costumes and lack of costumes, waving from floats and strutting on the streets can't help but conjure up images of the Saturnalia and other Roman celebrations in which effigies of giant genitalia were paraded thru the streets to the delight of the throngs. Regardless of one's enlightened views, the on-going normalization of sexual deviation is a trend with bleak prospects, and historically, a signal of the breakdown of a society.

Another barometer of societal collapse is the craving for thrills among the youth. Sociologists may argue that the popularity of risky sports, such as sky-diving, bungee-jumping, extreme skiing and snow-boarding, base-jumping, and so on, arose as a substitute for the former 'normal risks' inherent in life before the comfort of modern, urban, artificial living. That idea has a certain ring of authority to it, but does not account for the on-going presence of war as an available outlet for youthful thrill-seeking. No; today's youth seem to be cramming as much 'living' as possible into what may be a limited life-span. Demographers are already predicting that the present generation in the under 30 age bracket will actually have a shorter life-span than their parents, due to the prevalence of obesity and other health factors that modern medicine has proved incapable to eradicate.

The reckless destruction of our environment-- despite the ostensible understanding bestowed by science-- is yet another clear sign of the mass insanity that precedes collapse. Sure, our slick industry spokespersons assure us that their company exercises good stewardship with resources; but after a few decades of hearing such baloney, while the ecosystems continue to be destroyed, the rhetoric sounds sickly hollow. According to pundits like Jared Diamond, this rush to grab all the resources before the next guys is a hallmark of an empire in a tailspin.

A primary characteristic of a civilization in rapid decline is the loss of moral direction, the lack of consensus on what constitutes morality. Western society, in the main, prides itself in having broken free from the shackles of religion. Unfortunately, society has essentially failed to develop a viable alternative. We threw off the mental fetters of corrupt religions, only to joyfully accept the invisible chains of the ersatz substitute proffered by our exalted science, the doctrine of Darwin. Instead of being the creation of a Divine being, we are now the descendents of apes... How great is that? Western man worships at the altars of the pseudo-religion of science, complete with its high-priests, its cathedrals, its credos and orthodoxies. In place of the gospel of Jesus, we have the Theory of Evolution. Instead of 'love thy neighbor,' we have survival of the fittest-- interpreted as the meanest, and most ruthless among us. You may not like the pretenses of religion (neither do I); but we may have done much better to reform religion than to throw it on the scrap heap of knowledge. I hope that the sincere atheist can screw up sufficient courage to acknowledge that the abandonment of traditional religion has come at a high price-- without an agreed ethic, we are at the mercy of whatever intellectual scam can be foisted on a majority of people.

To recap the thesis: signs of the collapse of civilization are everywhere, for those with the perceptions to see them. Every TV show you watch, every commercial message, every magazine and newspaper, all our cultural reflectors, they all encode the not-so-secret message that this is an empire in terminal declension. You can train yourself, like a latter-day shaman, to open your eyes; or you can continue to exist in dreamland-- the red pill or the blue-- the choice is yours.

February 15, 2011

Lesson From Egypt

The drama in Egypt from the 'intifada' of Feb., 2011, is far from over, but there are lessons that observers from the 'democratic' West can discern. Many astute pundits have already written or spoken about various aspects of the events, so I don't claim to have some completely novel insights. But I think it's worth highlighting one particular lesson that we in the West ought to take careful note of. That message is that our governments really don't give a damn about real democracy, they only pretend to support democracy.

One of the immediate hallmarks of the popular uprising in Egypt was the obvious discomfort it created in Western governments. You could detect it in the careful, calculated, half-hearted expressions of 'support' for the Egyptian people and their cause, coming from the mouths of people like Barack Obama, Stephen Harper, and their spokesmen. No doubt, they didn't know whether to laugh or cry. These leaders know very well that most thinking constituents are aware that the USA and its 'allies' have been installing and propping up dictatorial regimes all over the globe for the past half-century or more. At the same time, these leaders of the 'free World' have been touting the great benefits of democracy over the same period of time. So, when the people of a country make it clear they want an end to dictatorship, what's a president or a prime minister to do? Well, er, we are, of course, happy to see the people express their will... and 'er, we look forward to a once-more, stable 'ally' in the region. Ya, sure!

Their double-speak really decodes to something like this: we phony upholders of democracy are surprised to see a popular movement really succeed, after all the money and coaching we gave their beloved dictator, and all the money and weapons we gave their military. Damn it; now we have to pretend that we support this undesirable situation that we created in the first place by our meddling in another country's affairs! We're going to try hard to influence the outcome of this revolution and make sure that the next regime is subservient to our wishes, and friendly to our corporate pillage of their economy, like the last one.

In the case of Egypt, it's not just the USA and Europe that are flummoxed by this turn of events. It's their good friend, ally, and client state, Israel, that is particularly upset. And after all their crowing about being the 'only democracy in the Middle East,' they look truly foolish in denouncing this uprising in Egypt as somehow less than a victory for the people and the overthrow of a clear dictatorship. The Israeli government is scared spitless that a truly democratic Egypt must necessarily take a stand against the predatory, racist treatment of the Palestinians by the Israelis. To hear Israeli spokesmen lash out at Hamas, at Hezbollah, and other Arab/Islamic institutions is nauseating since Israel had a hand in creating many of these organizations in their efforts to manipulate the politics of their neighbors. The sound of Israeli mouthpieces bemoaning the Egyptian uprising as likely to go the way of the Iranian revolution that installed radical Islamicists is equally sickening. The only democracy in the region really wants to enjoy an exclusive franchise. They refused to recognize the freely elected government in Gaza-- Hamas. They refused to acknowledge the legitimate complaints that led to the overthrow of the Shah in Iran. They would like to continue covertly meddling in the politics of Lebanon and Syria. Now they are faced with the possibility that their biggest Arab neighbor will, if allowed to pursue democracy, end up with a government that is opposed to their Zionist agenda.

The whole, gripping Egypt story is far from over. But it has demonstrated the hypocrisy of our so-called democratic governments in the so-called Free, Western World. The lesson should not be lost on anyone, regardless of country of residence on this planet.

January 17, 2011

Portents of Doom? Forget it!

It doesn’t take a trained observer to notice, these last few years, that there’s all kinds of strangeness going on, all around the world. You know, things like floods, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, fireballs, rogue waves, flood tides, sonic booms, sinkholes, not to forget earthquakes, volcanoes, and snow storms. My goodness, the list could even go on! In spite of all these numerous, accumulating examples that show that things are not normal on this planet, most people, apparently, do not get it. The majority wants to continue in blissful ignorance, pretending that these anomalies are all simply random and temporary-- we will eventually get back to normal, even if the baselines may have shifted somewhat. As my other essays indicate, I don’t believe in this fairy tale for a moment. But it’s frustrating waiting for the reality to hit home with so many of my friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

The past few weeks, something was finally reported in the media that should have made the magnitude of the present, looming crisis obvious to all.
The headline that first hit my eye read: “Light shines in High Arctic darkness,’ reported on the CBC website news, datelined Dec. 27, 2010. Well, I’d seen a similar story several years earlier, and it didn’t seem to gain any traction with the population at large.

Then, just a couple weeks later, I was startled to see this headline: “Strange Phenomenon: Sun rises two days early in Greenland?” (Notice how the headline is presented with a terminal question mark.) The story, which appeared on the news website, The Hals Report, stated, “The sun has arrived two days early in Greenland according to KNR Radio. It usually rises on January 13th but for some reason rose on 1/11/11 this year.” Since I had never heard of the Hals Report, I spotted the headline on SOTT (Signs of the Times website). Despite the fact that this sounds like ‘earth-shattering’ news, it was mostly ignored by the mainstream media. Mostly, but not totally, since they seemed to realize that this story would, if nature took its course, spread far and wide, opening a can of worms for the Powers that want to keep the masses ignorant of possible impending doom. It was time to resort to classic propaganda tactics to ensure that the troublesome story just fizzled out.

Since most readers, even those who may remember the headline (if nothing else), are unaware of how media deception is accomplished, this case is eye-opening. On the same day as the Arctic light story, another account hit the mainstream, to the effect that some astrologer claimed that the popular zodiac may actually have shifted a bit, so that: (1) the classic ‘sun signs’ may be a bit out of whack with the usual date-ranges, and (2) there may be a 13th sun sign, called Ophiuchus, between Scorpio and Sagittarius. This article went on to paraphrase the astrologer as saying that “the moon's gravitational pull has since shifted the Earth on its axis and created a one-month shift in the stars' alignment.” Articles written since that date have mostly debunked the first story, but the desired obfuscation was in full swing.

On Jan. 7, this headline was carried by many ‘MSM’ sources: North Pole Shifts, Causes Closure of Runways at Florida Airport. Now this sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it? Who knew? Yet a scan of the text showed that it had to do with the well-known drift of the magnetic north pole, which every nautical navigator corrects for. Some stories advised that this ‘pole shift’ (their words) was not an indication of pending magnetic pole reversal, as has been predicted by some pundits. By this point, you should be at least a bit confused-- that’s the idea.

The story carried by the Hals Report (Jan. 13) included speculations by a few ‘experts,’ for example, local geophysicist, Wolfgang Lenhardt, assuring that “the data of Earth’s axis and rotation would be monitored minute by minute all over the world.” He
also stated it could be an ‘atmospheric phenomenon.’ Scientists consulted by other media to cover the story proposed the theory that ‘global warming’ created temperature inversions in the air that bent the sun’s light, in the manner of an atmospheric lens. The writer for Hals Report had it right when he observed: “One thing is certain, the event continues to baffle scientists who have struggled to come up with an explanation.”

On Jan. 14, the astrological aspect was again paraded in the MSM. CBC picked up the story from CP (Canadian Press) which included this statement: “Parke Kunkle, a board member at the Minnesota Planetarium Society, told a newspaper interviewer that the Earth's wobbly orbit means it's no longer aligned to the stars in the same way as when the signs of the zodiac were first conceived.” CP concluded the article with the cogent quote: "This is not new news. I have no idea why it went viral this time," Kunkle said. "Almost every astronomy class talks about it." Indeed, it’s a story that should not have ‘gone viral,’ yet apparently, some forces decided it should, and gave it the necessary legs.

So there’s the process, unfolding before our eyes. The story of the sun rising two days early in the far north ought to have been the subject of serious, rational investigation by journalists, especially ‘science journalists.’ Because, if true, it is proof that the Earth’s axis is wobbling-- which would account, not only for the sun’s untimely appearance, but also for the global weather chaos we’ve been experiencing for many years. Friends, this is very unsettling news, with far-reaching implications for the future of mankind. Yet, instead of treating the story as it warrants, the media pulled out the propaganda tricks.

They conflated the issue with the reference to astrology, already regarded by many as mere amusement at best, and quackery at worst. They created a conceptual smoke-screen by running stories about the shifting of the magnetic poles, and assurances that the Earth’s rotation is minutely monitored by ‘real scientists.’ Perhaps most damning, they failed to ask the pertinent and obvious questions, such as ‘what could be causing the Earth to wobble?’ Thus, at the end of the day, the casual reader is left to draw his/her own comforting conclusions-- to whit, that the early light in the high Arctic must be due to more ‘global warming’ effects, because if there were anything more to it, our brilliant scientists would be telling us.

An objective onlooker has to almost gasp at the audacious deployment of this ‘disinfo’ strategy... and at it’s obvious success. I mean, not only do they avoid the guano that would hit the fan if people properly understood what is at stake here (all the spin-off effects of a wobble in the planet’s rotation); they also reinforce the false notion that the Earth is undergoing warming, just as those clever scientists in the IPCC said it was. (I don’t disagree that we’re seeing huge climate chaos; but now you can see that it is probably caused by a wobble in the axis, affecting the jet stream, etc. etc.!)

Any time a once-stable system goes into unexpected instability (e.g. a wobble) the outcome is usually a catastrophic phase ending in a new state of stability (that we would regard as rubble). You can imagine why the Powers That Be do not want the general population to know about this planetary crisis. I don’t particularly believe in the ‘public panic’ line of reasoning, at least not at the early stage of an anticipated disaster. But, no doubt, the masses of people would start asking a lot of inconvenient questions, and demanding immediate, straight answers. As the crisis unfolds, widespread unrest would surely occur, and given the magnitude of this calamity, it can be predicted to be very ugly. As disasters multiply, those who planned and participated in this monstrous cover-up will be especially reviled by the deceived public.

For you casual readers/viewers of what passes for news, it is time to get serious, and start truly ‘following’ the news-- monitor a variety of sources for traces of evidence that might help you get a grasp on what is really happening in this battered world of ours. It’s time to put aside the childish trust in ‘our institutions’ and face the dark prospect that ‘thing’s ain’t what they uset’a be!’