War Is Over.

Posted on December 3, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live is to love – to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.”

- ISADORA DUNCAN American dancer (1877-1927)

aaa-9Certainly men, women, and children around the Earth would agree that the best Christmas gift they could imagine is being able to say that truly war is over. The vision of a world where in fact war has become extinct is one thought about to varying extents by everybody at certain points in life, during those points coming in line with what John Lennon wrote in Imagine: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”.

One can take some comfort in reports which point out that humanity has become less violent through history until today, yet some distance remains between what is occurring now and that time when the world’s people all experience nearly total peace on Earth. Call such a condition perpetual “Silent nights, holy nights”, imagine the world in that actual state, then see through vision global events and circumstances moving in that ultimately positive direction.

One of the more popular songs at this time of year is “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and the line which stands out is “War is over, if you want it”. Without getting into a lengthy, philosophical, spiritual discussion, let us admit the obvious fact that there is no debate that virtually every single human being on Earth wants war to become over forever.  Some will respond to a vision of life on Earth where all people live in harmony and peace by saying something like “not in our lifetime”.

There is no power which can stop humanity from wanting and striving for war to end, and here’s to hoping that during this special time of the year many more people will think about peace on Earth and good actions to bring such a beautiful vision into reality. Upon meeting an old friend years ago with his grandson, he said about being with his grandson that they were sharing “quality time”. That old friend has since then passed on to the world of spirit, but in memory of him, along with family, friends, and acquaintances who have left this Earth, may all people receive the Christmas gift of experiencing more “quality time” with family, friends, and even total strangers they meet during their lives.

May humanity use the inherent gifts from the Creator/God/Allah/Great Spirit to transform good thoughts, words and actions into making life on Earth correspond to human beings’ highest vision, potential, morality, compassion and benevolence. May people around the world re-energize for the global effort to create a new and better way of living that allows everyone to experience to the greatest extent quality time. May all people begin living the philosophical, spiritual truths which are the foundation underpinning the profound, ultimate concept “love changes everything”.

Such a gift to the human family cannot be described using words in any language.

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Thank you. May the true spirit of Christmas become experienced by all people – not only during this 2014 holiday season, but for all time.

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(Thank you to PhilipCaruso01 at YouTube)

Paul Craig Roberts: Inconvenient Truth.

Posted on December 22, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

oneness3Any man or woman familiar with former U.S. Treasury Department official Paul Craig Roberts knows he doesn’t pull punches when it comes to speaking his truth. One good example of this comes from the following discussion with Greg Hunter when he talked about the “Citigroup provision” tacked on to the U.S. government omnibus spending bill.

The banker-written legalese repeals the most important legislative initiative in the Dodd-Frank rules, where banks have to move their derivatives gambling to subsidiaries not insured by the FDIC, or taxpayers. The omnibus bill passed the House and Senate despite a few strong opponents, Senator Elizabeth Warren the most forceful in her focused speeches against. Now the American taxpayers are “on the hook” if/when any of the God only knows how many trillions of dollars in bets by the banks go south.

Mr. Roberts said about the Citigroup provision: “This is sick, and shows the United States government is the most corrupt on Earth”. Very strong words from the former Treasury official in the Reagan administration. Unfortunately, most elected lawmakers in Washington, D.C. failed to utter words equivalent to Roberts’. In essence the man simply spoke the truth. His perception is that either the Citigroup provision became inserted into the “must pass” spending bill because there may possibly be an imminent crash of a massive derivatives bubble in the trillions of dollars, or that the CEO of Citigroup has a very large ego.

Given the FDIC stock of reserves to cover depositor losses does not even come close to the potential derivatives losses now insured after the bill passed, Roberts, without delving into the subject, spoke of the term “bail-in”. This is when banks cover their losses by confiscating money from depository accounts, and many remember the highly upset Cypriots who went through experiencing bail-ins. Perhaps Citigroup’s CEO has more fear of massive losses from derivatives bets than any extraordinary liking for himself in the form of a giant ego.

In other words, the Citigroup provision does not increase confidence in the American economy, but can only be seen as a strong warning of rough waters ahead. There is no reason that the Citigroup provision cannot become repealed, and the U.S. Congress should rightly repeal it. Citizens from every state in America should take strong action in opposition to this terrible legislative action, and demand that it become stricken now.

Repeal the Citigroup provision now.

Paul Craig Roberts points to two possible causes for the Russian ruble’s recent drop. Hedge funds are selling the ruble short, or someone is manipulating the ruble and has no interest in, or potential to, realize profit or loss. He told Greg Hunter that nothing can explain why the Russian ruble is falling, that it is clearly a manipulation, and that Russia and China are both disadvantaged because their economists have been trained in neoliberalism, what Roberts sees as the main tool of U.S. financial imperialism.

Roberts perceives that Russia and China have established economic systems that are “deplorable”, and dangerous to their own national economic interests – even more dangerous than sanctions. In the following video, a Russian man by the name of Evgeny Fedorov describes Russia’s situation as one where the Bank of Russia, its version of America’s central bank the Federal Reserve, is legally a foreign-controlled central bank, and that Vladimir Putin has no authority over it.

Honestly, what he describes in Russia’s monetary system is new information and surprising; however, if he is giving an accurate assessment of what is occurring in Russia, the events rival the stuff found in the late Tom Clancy’s novels. If he is correct, the central bank of Russia is not controlled by the Russian people, it clearly shows the people of Russia are not sovereign or independent, and that there are perhaps some big-time changes coming soon at their central bank. Could the same observations and circumstances apply to the privately owned Federal Reserve central bank of America?

(Thank you to New Insight at YouTube)

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Paul Craig Roberts discusses resolutions recently passed through the U.S. House and Senate – unanimously in the Senate, only ten in opposition in the House of Representatives, as Roberts puts it, “demonizing” Russia, defining it as a great threat, with terms for the sending of military arms to Ukraine so Ukrainians “fight Russia in place of the U.S.”, all, according to Mr. Roberts, for the goal of breaking economic, political, and cultural relations between Europe and Russia.

He mentions the “Matrix” nature of awareness in these times where economic, military, and political announcements from government institutions stand far from true conditions lived by the American people and those of other nations. Roberts says “we live in a totally made up world”. Paul Craig Roberts is a man whose messages are not pleasant to hear, like Al Gore’s inconvenient, but most certainly pass the test resulting in worthiness of concerned citizens’ highly focused attention.

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(Thank you to Greg Hunter at YouTube)

John Pilger On Global Events.

Posted on December 20, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1Veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger wants people to know that state-sponsored torture is nothing new – and that anyone who thinks it is, is absurd. Could one of the reasons U.S. President John F. Kennedy became assassinated some 50 years ago have been his plan to “break the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into a million pieces…”? John Pilger remembers interviewing an American nun who recalled her American torturer in Central America during the 1980’s.

Speaking of the British press, Pilger leaned on his decades of living in the United Kingdom as a journalist, and points out that the British government is responsible for much of the “mayhem” in the Middle East yet the facts have become “airbrushed” by the media there. He feels that “the media has become almost raw propaganda”. Describing the situation where known-by-everyone in the media and governments of war criminals and their virtual impunity, Pilger, incredibly, says that since the Vietnam War up until today there is a consensus to cover up the crimes.

Pointing to the example of the Iran-Contra scandal during the Ronald Reagan presidency (1980-1988), Pilger says the number of those who committed serious crimes yet went unpunished was in the dozens, “so everybody knew”. It becomes more and more clear that there are separate forms of justice in the world for those who are powerful and those who are not. The crimes committed in wars such as torture – or lying to the world before the 2003 Iraq War, and white-collar fraud varieties most people saw in epidemic proportions during the financial crisis of 2008, very rarely result in perpetrators doing time. Yet, those without financial or political power who commit crimes which do much, much less damage to societies find themselves quickly behind bars.

This is certainly not meant to say that poor and voiceless people who commit crimes should have immunity from prosecution, but that all criminals need to become held accountable – especially the ones whose actions result in massive harm. With regard to unequal justice, criminals with power and influence simply must become deterred through the same harsh punishment, proportional to the harms done, as those without the “right connections”. When massive harm does not result in massive punishment, potential “massive harmers” will not think before acting in the future.

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When asked about resumption of violence in Iraq, John Pilger says he’s “not surprised… Unaccountable power will continue to go into other countries”. That is, Pilger added, “unless the public strongly reacts”. He seems to express some disappointment in saying that it has become very dangerous for people to take part in demonstrations like the ones around the world in opposition to a possible war in Iraq in 2003, and that journalists face the same increased risks.

Asked about Russia, Mr. Pilger says he’s “never known the truth (to become) so inverted (as) on Ukraine, which is a more dangerous form of Cold War than the first one”. He compares the Iraq War of 2003 and Ukraine, because there is “much fiction in both”. He believes that the recent plunge in global oil prices are part of an effort by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to hurt the Russian economy, a perspective increasingly shared by analysts and journalists, born out by the drop in value of the Russian ruble.

John Pilger talked about developments in Ukraine as they relate to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Since the February 2014 violent coup d’état which ousted democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Pilger thinks Putin has been consistent in advocating for a solution based on intensive dialogue. What worries Mr. Pilger is that recently Vladimir Putin has stopped talking diplomatically, and includes the term “red lines” in public addresses.

That describes, according to John Pilger, a situation which has become very dangerous, fuelled in large measure by the “demonization” of Russia. “It’s such a danger”.

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(Thank you to goingundergroundRT at YouTube)

John Perkins Update.

Posted on December 21, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

mountain1(Cross-posted from johnperkins.org – An article written by John Perkins)

Year in Review: Latin America in 2014

By John Perkins

I just returned from a magical trip with a special group of people to amazing Peru. Our group experienced sacred sites and ceremonies with the Q’ero and other Quechua elders and shamans. Now I look forward to facilitating another group as we visit the sacred sites and great Mayan teachers of Guatemala beginning very soon, January 16 (to join visit: http://www.johnperkins.org/a-journey-to-the-lands-of-the-maya-guatemala/).

This year much of my time and energy has been spent in Latin America. I have talked about events in various countries and ways in which people are waking up. With the closing of the year, let’s look at some of these stories and see how they have developed.

Chevron and Big Oil

Big Oil (Chevron, Shell, BP, etc) have long been seen as an enemy of the Amazon, as purveyors of contamination, poverty, and disease. (Blog Post: “Big Oil, Romania, and the Amazon”.) Oil is a tool for bringing a country into economic submission, as I learned during my time as Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm (“economic hit man.”) Ecuador is not the only country to have issues with Big Oil; dependence on fossil fuels has led countries all over the world to economic disaster and civil unrest.

There has often been violence between the multinational companies and the indigenous people who have had their lives brutally impacted by the oil industry. Just in the last few weeks, a brave Ecuadorian Shuar leader, José Isidro Tendetza Antún, was found dead, tortured, and buried in suspicious circumstances mere days before he was scheduled to travel to Lima, Peru for climate talks. He had been a leader in the struggle to rein in mining and oil companies that threaten so much of his native Ecuador.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has sometimes been praised and sometimes castigated for his stance on the Amazon rainforest, most recently exploiting the natural resources of the region by signing permits for oil drilling in one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet. On the other hand, he has also made statements opposing Chevron in the nearly twenty year saga of Ecuadorian villagers against the oil giant over the clean-up of contaminated areas.

Though the Ecuadorian villagers have won against Chevron with the help of a legal team lead by Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo, the Big Oil company is refusing to keep its promise to abide by the judgment of Ecuador’s courts. In typical Corporatocracy fashion, Chevron is not under the regulation of a single government and therefore refuses to respect any. Its executives are threatening not only the lives of the indigenous people of the Amazon, but people all over the world, from Canada to Romania to Myanmar to India. Other governments in those regions continue to do business with Chevron, despite clear evidence that the environment and the people suffer greatly.

Monsanto and “Free-Trade”

Another multinational corporation that is threatening the health of the land and the people of Latin America and most of the rest of the world is Monsanto. (Blog Post: “A Latin American Awakening and Monsanto”.) In Latin American countries, free-trade agreements have paved the way for the Corporatocracy to gain control and have sent thousands of children across the border into the US in desperation.

Throughout history since the Industrial Revolution, the move to take agriculture away from small farmers and give the power and profits to big companies has resulted in poverty and destruction. Not only do these agreements render it impossible for small farmers to make a living from their seeds and produce, but they have also introduced incredibly dangerous chemicals and pesticides into once-pristine environments.

Earlier this year we saw some Latin American governments seek to stand firm for the interests of their people against major privatization of agriculture. The fight is far from over. Groups of citizens have organized to demand that their rights, interests, and cultural values be protected by their leaders and that the corporations abide by new standards and laws.

Awakening

However, as powerful as these big corporations are, the people who are waking up are more powerful. There is much that we can learn from our southern neighbors in how to harness our power to make our leaders work for change. (Blog Post: “Lessons on Capitalism from an Unlikely Source”.)

One striking example of leaders listening to their people is the 20 x 20 Initiative: 8 Latin American nations joining forces to fight global warming. Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru are coming together for this agreement to protect forests and fertile land.

We can do our part to help and support this awakening by calling and emailing our leaders and elected officials and demanding that they work against free-trade agreements such as CAFTA-DR and the proposed TPP. We can vote with our dollars by buying local and small-farm-grown produce and products instead of shopping at big box stores and retailers. Our market power can be made even stronger by sending emails to the Big Business executives telling them we will boycott their companies until they too support local businesses and farmers and provide their employees with higher wages, health care, and retirement pensions. We can join or organize consumer movements to strengthen our messages.

Let’s make 2015 the year we focus our intentions and our dreams on changing the world for a better future through taking positive actions and by educating those around us.

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(Thank you to breakingtheset at YouTube)