Comic of the Day

October 6, 2008

Thanks to Sinfest for making me laugh and cry at the same time.

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Delicate Truths

October 2, 2008

We are all guilty of dereliction of the basic duties of citizenry. 

The War on Terrorism has consumed the modern age.  It is a war without boundaries, limitations, ethical considerations and a war that may be fought in perpetuity.  It is a war in which we have given blind faith to our government, to act ceaselessly, without question, so that we may feel secure in our own homes.  

Like most people, I do not put much faith in our government.  They exist because without their existence there would be chaos, but the illusion of security they provide is not reason in itself to unabashedly trust their actions.  

Like most people I believe we will never know the full story behind 9/11.  We know the highlights, we think we know who to blame (sadly more than a 1/3 of this country still believes Iraq had something to do with it.)  But people somewhere, within our government are lying, still actively trying to cover-up small details that threaten to unravel the web of deceit… 

PBS is due to release a documentary called ” The Shadow Factory,” in a matter of days.  It’s uniquely topical in our neo-fascist state by elaborating on the eavesdropping techniques of the national security agency.  What is uniquely interesting about this documentary is that the FBI prevented two active agents from explaining to James Bamford, the documentarian, how the CIA deliberately withheld information from the FBI prior to the 9/11 attacks.  

It is well known that the ball was dropped somewhere within our government and that many individuals deserve to be reprimanded for dereliction of duty, yet none have been punished.  Instead the government continues to actively conceal the truths through intimidation and coercion.  

It is a frighteningly fascist path… their plan is… “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” 

It’s analogous to the recession.  For months as our economy suffered through a recession our government refused to call it a recession, believing that they could spin it… it’s now “a crisis that could lead to a long and protracted recession” to quote the President.  The government’s function is to continually lie about basic circumstance… to provide the illusion of security.  It’s not a conspiracy theory because we are all complicit… we believe the big lies. 

 

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” – Adolf Hitler


A Prophecy

February 26, 2008

I stood on a balcony overlooking the city of San Francisco. I felt a wave of energy emanating that I thought was lost in time. Shenanigans will befall, and there will be scandal. An election, not stolen, but utterly incompetent will be a strong impetus, but the momentum has been growing for some time. The populace can only take so much abuse of policy, there needs to be a stool pigeon. The unjust war is a start, but it needs to be something more social. Energy, or immigration… something to coral a too comfortable populace into action.

When the time comes there will be great suffering, not on the level of past plagues, epidemics, and disasters, but financial and mental suffering. A suffering at the hands of a system we have for too long be complicit within.

A great leader will emerge to unite, but in doing so will divide. A second great leader will come on par with the first, representing the division of thought. Progress will win, but only after the emergence of a 3rd. One of great foresight who will purge the corruption and sacrifice themselves for the perseverance of the corrupt and flawed system that began the vicious cycle.

“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.
Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.
A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.” – Hopi Indian Prophecy from Koyannisquatsi.


The Price of Gold – on the precipice of an economic empire

January 31, 2008

The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee or GATA is shelling out $264,000 for a full page ad in the Wall St. Journal to call attention to the fact that our gold reserves haven’t been audited for more than a half a century. The announcement of the ad-buy elicited a sharp response from the Treasury Department’s general counsel.

“While the entire gold stock is not physically re-counted in any one year, over a period of years, by our continuous sampling process, the entire stock has been counted, and is effectively re-inventoried,” explains Rich Delmar, counsel to the inspector general of the Treasury Department.

KPMG was the independent auditor to the Treasury Department’s 2006 Annual Report, though it’s role was to inspect the balance sheets and custodial gold policy, not an inspection of actual physical inventory. Custodial gold is reserves being held for other countries in one of our mints and accounts for approximately 90% of a mint’s balance sheet.

According to GATA, the current price of gold can plausibly be a result of systemic manipulation. GATA alleges US gold reserves are being shipped overseas to settle complex transactions performed by the Federal Reserve and US Treasury to suppress the price of gold. They cite as evidence multiple Federal Reserve meeting notes as far back as 1995 indicating that the Treasury Department’s Exchange Stabilization Fund had undertaken gold swaps. “The objective of this manipulation is to conceal the mismanagement of the U.S. dollar so that it might retain its function as the world’s reserve currency,” reads the ad-copy.

GATA has filed a request through the freedom of information act for the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve to disclose details on any gold swapping or leasing activities. The concern is that our gold reserves at Fort Knox and West Point may be seriously depleted. Craig Smith, the founder of Swiss America Trading Corp, alleges this corruption exists on an even wider time-frame. Smith noted any number of financial crises since the late 1980s that “should have propelled gold way beyond the 1980 high of $850,” including the savings and loan debacle and the birth of the Resolution Trust Corporation, the sub-prime security crisis, as well as the on-going devaluation and de-pegging of the US dollar.

Of course Smith’s company would benefit greatly from a gold crisis.  Swiss America hawks gold coins to unsuspecting consumers at the same price as gold bullion, despite the coins having less value than the bullion.

In the information age of unlimited information the lack of transparency into Treasury Department policy is disconcerting. Even more troublesome is the large amounts of money people are willing to spend to call attention to the lack of transparency, and the frightening implications if they are right. America’s empire is not like the empires of the past, based on sheer size of landmass and army, but rather is an economic empire, propped up by the fact that the almighty dollar is a more stable reserve than gold.  If this illusion dies, so does the empire.

GATA Wall St. Journal Ad

*Editor’s note: Unlike many propagators of conspiracy theories, GATA is a pretty legitimate organization. Check out their website, which has a pretty nice collection of essays and research into the empirical evidence of collusion in financial markets.  They also have an email list and take online donations for those who want to explore the cause.

For those concerned about the potential economic impact from a scandal involving our gold reserves, you can play it safe with little adjustment to your portfolio.  Most investors recommend a portfolio of at least 10% gold (or mix of gold, precious metals and other commodities).  I’d recommend expanding this percentage of your portfolio to 20% – buying strongly in gold, managed timber.  Corn, soybeans and sugar cane are also good recession-resistant positions.  Be sure to remember that there is always someone making money when many people are losing money; make sure that you have enough liquidity in your portfolio to take advantage of future uncertainty.


Water Fluoridation – or why we can’t let the communists sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids

January 11, 2008

From Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic, “Dr. Strangelove, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.”

Ripper: Mandrake?
Mandrake: Yes, Jack?
Ripper: Have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water?
Mandrake: Well, I can’t say I have.
Ripper: Vodka, that’s what they drink, isn’t it? Never water?
Mandrake: Well, I-I believe that’s what they drink, Jack, yes.
Ripper: On no account will a Commie ever drink water, and not without good reason.
Mandrake: Oh, eh, yes. I, uhm, can’t quite see what you’re getting at, Jack.
Ripper: Water, that’s what I’m getting at, water. Mandrake, water is the source of all life. Seven-tenths of this earth’s surface is water. Why, do you realize that seventy percent of you is water?
Mandrake: Uh, uh, Good Lord!
Ripper: And as human beings, you and I need fresh, pure water to replenish our precious bodily fluids.
Mandrake: Yes. (he begins to chuckle nervously)
Ripper: Are you beginning to understand?
Mandrake: Yes. (more laughter)
Ripper: Mandrake. Mandrake, have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rain water, and only pure-grain alcohol?
Mandrake: Well, it did occur to me, Jack, yes.
Ripper: Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation. Fluoridation of water?
Mandrake: Uh? Yes, I-I have heard of that, Jack, yes. Yes.
Ripper: Well, do you know what it is?
Mandrake: No, no I don’t know what it is, no.
Ripper: Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?

It’s hard to imagine fluoride as a communist plot, but rather curious that most western European countries have abandoned the practice. Ask any American which option they would choose, fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated water – the vast majority will choose fluoridated water, why? The only answer is that because fluoride is good for your teeth.

Most Americans remain unexposed to recent studies disproving the effectiveness of fluoridation as a preventive measure against tooth decay. Fluoridation is not necessary.

From Paul Connett, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
St. Lawrence University:

“Most Western European countries are not fluoridated and have experienced the same decline in dental decay as the US (See data from World Health Organization in Appendix 1, and the time trends presented graphically at http://www.fluoridealert.org/who-dmft.htm ). ”

From Ted H Spence, DDS, ND, PhD/DSc,MH:

“Some 61,000 cancer deaths in the US result from fluoridation each year. I repeat 61,000. (Burk and Yiamouyiannis) One study found that fluoride elevates cancer mortality 17% in 16 years in large cities. (from Gerald Judd, PhD) “You have been led to believe the fluorine makes teeth harder. The fact is, it actually makes teeth softer.” (George Meinig, a founder of the American Academy of Endodontics)”

“Fluoride [a toxic] does not stop rampant tooth decay. [Fluoride only hardens to outer surface of the enamel and may prevent calcium from being deposited when a tooth is re-mineralized.] Nutrition stops tooth decay. I have developed a nutritional supportive program which will totally stop tooth decay in less than two weeks… I have watched many children go from all 20 carious deciduous teeth, to 20 ebernated [hardened] teeth, which are non-painful and hard as rock. I have never seen fluoride do this [after 21 years of dentistry] and fluoride is not even a part of my caries prevention program.”

The main issue with fluoridation is that if there is no national health benefit from fluoridation, then it is tantamount to force-feeding. Why are citizens forced to consume something that is potentially hazardous to their health, and where the benefit is non-existent?

To be a valid conspiracy there must exist a group of people with a motive and the results derived from this policy must benefit that group. There is no clear consistency to attribute the policy to a cohesive conspiracy – click to see state by state statistics on the percentage of public water that is fluoridated.

It makes more sense to attribute the policy to bad science, and the slow reversal of the policy to indicate not only poor scientific judgment, but the attempt to correct the policy without acknowledging its failures and indemnify the ADA, AMA, and WHO.

From Ted H Spence, DDS, ND, PhD/DSc,MH:

“According to Websters Dictionary, water fluoridation means “the addition of a fluoride to the water supply (to prevent dental decay).” But, the ADA is now telling us that a country doesn’t have to actually add fluoride to its water to be listed as ‘practicing water fluoridation.’ Instead, it simply has to have some area of its nation-state with elevated levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the water. It also puts a very peculiar connotation on the word “practice”. ”

Bad science, not conspiracy.


The man-made HIV/AIDS conspiracy

January 10, 2008

As ridiculous as it may seem, the majority of people I’ve spoken with in the black and homosexual communities believe the man-made AIDS conspiracy, and their vociferous declarations have inspired me to do my own research.

A few scientists have publicly declared a belief that AIDS is man-made: Alan Cantwell MD, Robert Strecker MD, William Campbell Douglass MD, and Eva Snead MD are the only notable ones who have produced any research or.  

The generally accepted theory of the origination of the HIV virus comes from Avert.org a non-profit AIDS awareness web-page.  The page explains how the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) was transfered and adapted to humans to form the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV):

“The most commonly accepted theory is that of the ‘hunter’. In this scenario, SIVcpz was transferred to humans as a result of chimps being killed and eaten or their blood getting into cuts or wounds on the hunter. Normally the hunter’s body would have fought off SIV, but on a few occasions it adapted itself within its new human host and become HIV-1. The fact that there were several different early strains of HIV, each with a slightly different genetic make-up (the most common of which was HIV-1 group M), would support this theory: every time it passed from a chimpanzee to a man, it would have developed in a slightly different way within his body, and thus produced a slightly different strain.”

 

The theory is a reasonable postulate given the lack of evidence behind the transfer.  The strongest link is that the czb strain of the SIV virus appears to be nearly genetically identical to the HIV-1 strain.  Because no evidence of transfer exists, logically it could not be ruled out that it’s transfer to humans was deliberate.


Dr. Alan Cantwell explains how the “War on Cancer” may have lead to the human engineering of the HIV virus.
 

In 1970 the discovery of a cell enzyme, called “reverse transcriptase” by Howard Temin and David Baltimore, allowed molecular biologists to detect so-called retroviruses in some animal cancers. It was soon recognized that retroviruses could be found normally in the genes of many animal cells, and that scientists could manipulated these viruses to produce detrimental effects on the immune system. In “species jumping” laboratory experiments, many viruses were transferred between different animal species and were also adapted to human cells… As part of President Richard Nixon’s “War on Cancer, ” genetic engineering of viruses became an integral part of the now largely forgotten Special Virus Cancer Program, conducted under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)… By the late-1970s the War against Cancer and the Virus Cancer Program proved a bust with no cancer-causing retroviruses found in humans. The Program was winding down in 1978, at the exact time when government scientists were also enrolling thousands of gay men in New York City to serve as guinea pigs in the hepatitis B experiment that took place that same year at the New York Blood Center in Manhattan. In 1979 the first cases of AIDS in gay men were reported from Manhattan.

Dr. Strecker created the Strecker memorandum (this link is to a video of his presentation from the 80s). According to Strecker, scientists in the late 70s wrote in to the bulletin of the World Heath Organization (WHO) requesting that pandemic level viruses be created to study and anticipate the potential effects on the human population. It’s a laborious task, but if you watch the Strecker Memorandum it’s not difficult to reach the conclusion that the HIV virus was created especially for this purpose, especially given the relatively innocuous fact the many governments worldwide experiment with biological weapons.

Dr. William Campbell Douglas is described as a “medical maverick”and was voted “Doctor of the Year” by the National Health Federation. His book, AIDS and Biological Warfare is a fairly comprehensive catalog of the history of biological warfare and attempts to build links to evidence of government sponsored creation of the HIV virus.  It is strongly circumstantial in it’s attempts to link the HIV virus to a Government sponsored program.  The most convincing evidence is that governments have experimented with biological weapons for thousands of years: The Egyptian empire would coral together hoards of people suffering from the plague and push them into enemy armies.  The Assyrians purportedly poisoned enemy armies with ergot, a rye fungus that functions similarly to LSD. The American Government gave blankets infected with small pox to Native Americans as a peace offering!  So one could understand why it would seem we’re capable of creating something far worse than the HIV Virus. 

Dr. Eva Sneed is well known for her AIDS vaccine research as well as research proving a link between polio vaccines and childhood leukemia. Some could argue her advocacy of holistic medicine tarnishes her credibility, but it takes a careful mind to avoid the fallacy of poisoning the well.

The argument for the man-made AIDS virus is predicated on the government possessing the motive, means and opportunity to create such monstrosity.

The will to create is the easiest to argue. Throughout history the governments of the Roman Empire, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States government and countless others have participated in the development and use of chemical and biological weapons. The will to do so exists purely because it has been a trend of governments to develop biological weapons throughout history; in order to maintain stability and security governments must experiment with weaponizing scientific advancements.

The motive is arguably more difficult. Homosexuals and black people have been a target of prejudice throughout history. Some on one extreme may argue that their plight is another conspiracy in itself to upset a peaceful and moral establishment, while some on the other extreme blame the establishment as the root of all their social ills.

A democratic society however, is in theory a nameless and faceless entity generally unable to possess a moral attitude against a group of people. Obviously the theory is flawed throughout its application as our democratic government not only enslaved African-Americans, but has continually denied them rights, even up to this day. Those with the power to control the government occasionally harbor some extreme ideologies, and given a history of oppression of minorities, it is plausible that the HIV was release with malicious motive.  

Is it more plausible that the virus jumped from a monkey in Africa, or that it was intentionally targeted to eradicate the homosexual and black communities?  Given all the hype surrounding the potential for “Bird Flu” to jump to humans and cause a global pandemic, I’m beginning to think a bit more skeptically about what our government tells us regarding HIV and viruses in general.


Voter Fraud update

January 10, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s resurgent victory in New Hampshire has many pollsters confused and scratching their heads.

To quote ABC’s polling director Gary Langer:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenumbers/

“It is simply unprecedented for so many polls to have been so wrong. We need to know why,”

I’ve read a few reports that the Diebold voting machine votes are not correlating to the hand cast ballots.

It seems that the Diebold machines were inappropriately granting votes to Clinton and Guiliani and taking votes away from Ron Paul. Hand ballots in the democratic race track Obama as a 2% winner over Clinton, suggesting that the voting machines gave her a 5% bump.

Guiliani seemed to receive a 0.5% bump to place above Ron Paul whose electronic votes tracked 2% lower than hand ballots allowing Guiliani to avoid a second primary embarassment that should have ended his campaign. The cost of a recount is apparently only $67,000. In an election where $2 Billion plus is being spent on presidential campaigns, $67k seems like a pittance to ensure that our democracy is not being hijacked, though it appears unlikely that either Obama or Paul will press for a recount.

Pragmatists will suggest that since independent voters in New Hampshire can vote for either primary, makes any poll data unreliable. Rasmussen evaluates the arguments suggesting voter behavior as the culprit for the the polling data/actual results discrepancies.  His conclusions support the pragmatic theory, but cannot account for the discrepancy between the hand count and the machine count.