Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The gullible mind explained



(NaturalNews) In light of the string of the blatant falsehoods being announced by the U.S. government these days (FDA, DHS, White House, etc.) it's interesting that so many people still believe whatever they are told by "official" sources. It brings up the question of the functioning of their brains: How could a person swallow official information so gullibly and so completely without even asking commonsense questions about the reliability or factual basis of that information?

These people, it turns out, are operating from what I called The Gullible Mind. It is a psychological processing malfunction that filters out information based on its source rather than its integrity. People who operate from The Gullible Mind tend to have misplaced trust in governments, institutions, mainstream news networks, doctors, scientists or anyone who wears the garb of apparent authority.

Whereas a normal, intelligent person would raise commonsense questions about information they receive from all sources, the Gullible Mind wholly accepts virtually any information from sources that occupy the role of apparent authority in society.

Governments never lie

But how does this work inside their heads? It's an interesting process. Gullible Mind people do believe it is possible for a government (or institution) to lie; but they believe that governments, institutions and doctors choose NOT to lie even when it would serve their own self interests to do so.

Follow this carefully, because this is the fascinating part. These Gullible Mind people effectively believe that even though a government official could lie about something, they would never actually do so. And why wouldn't they? Because, ultimately, the Gullible Mind crowd believes that governments, institutions and mainstream media outlets operate from a sort of honor code. So even if it were in the interests of our own government to lie to us, it would never happen because that would violate this imaginary honor code.

Where does this honor code exist? Where is it written down? Nowhere, of course. It is imaginary. But to The Gullible Mind, it seems real. Interestingly, even though this "honor code" only exists in the imagination of The Gullible Mind person, they project this honor code onto sources of authority, imagining that they abide by it.

Extreme gullibility

This is how The Gullible Mind person believes that network news always reports the truth. The news networks have a sense of "honor," they believe, and this sense of honor requires them to always report the truth and never manipulate the news for any nefarious purposes. So news networks never "shape" the news and they only report what is factually true without any consideration whatsoever of politics or advertiser profits.

This view of the world is, of course, laughably naive. And yet it is the core belief system of at least half the population -- the Gullible Mind half that believes everything it is told by its own government, media or authority figures.

Interestingly, the Gullible Mind is also inwardly gullible because it does not recognize its own gullibility. Instead, it believes it is operating as a Rational Mind. This false Rational Mind believes it functions as a critical filter of incoming information, but even this is self deception. In truth, this false Rational Mind is on "auto filter" so that it filters out any information that conflicts with the information it is receiving from official sources.

This is the key to understanding the Gullible Mind -- it isn't the quality of the information itself that matters; it is the confirmation of the story from official sources that "makes it real" in the Gullible Mind.

The Easter Bunny killed Bin Laden!

For example, let's say a Gullible Mind person comes across an announcement that says the Easter Bunny has killed Osama Bin Laden. The report claims that colored eggs were found near Bin Laden's body, and there was evidence of feathers being left at the scene, which proves the Easter Bunny was there.

Now, an intelligent, rational mind would have a lot of questions about this. For starters, rabbits don't have feathers. And the Easter Bunny is a piece of fiction, too. On top of that, how could the Easter Bunny kill Osama Bin Laden? An intelligent person would, upon reviewing the holes in the story, be forced to conclude the story is fiction. The only logical conclusion from that is that the government is lying to them.

A Gullible Mind person, however, would not ask whether rabbits have feathers, or whether the Easter Bunny is capable of conducting a military raid. Instead, the Gullible Mind person would first look to other confirming news sources in order to determine the reliability of the story. They would turn on the TV or surf the internet, looking for the news to be repeated through "official" sources.

Once they found CNN, or Fox News, or some other "official" source reporting that the Easter Bunny killed Osama Bin Laden, then that news report would instantly become "real" in their minds. Suddenly it has shifted from their mental processing queue to the "absolutely truth" part of their brain, and from that point forward, no one can question that reality in their heads.

Don't bother arguing with a Gullible Mind - they are immune to facts

At this point, their rational mind is completely shut off on the topic. No accumulation of facts can, at that point, rattle their "reality." For example, a person who believes the government's story of 9/11 has already embraced the Easter Bunny version of terrorists flying airplanes into the World Trade Center towers. So how did this act cause the WTC 7 building to collapse in a demolition-style free-fall a few hours later, when WTC 7 was never struck by airplanes? How can a steel and concrete building suddenly and magically collapse in perfect structural synchronicity merely from being on fire?

The answers don't matter to The Gullible Mind, you see. There is no room for facts inside their heads, because all the space has been taken up with what is essentially a cult-like belief in institutions of authority.

We saw this in the Heaven's Gate cult in California a few years back. The leader of that cult, a man named Applegate, positioned himself as the one and only source of authoritative information among the cult followers. So HE became the authoritative source whose information was wholly accepted without questioning or skepticism of any kind. At that point, he was able to quite easily convince his followers that an alien race was going to land a UFO on the far side of a comet, and that if they killed themselves, they would be transported onto the alien ship (or something like that).

The belief in such a story may seem silly... until you realize that the governments of the world use the exact same cult-like tactics to get their own "followers" to believe everything they say, without question. So if President Obama announced that an alien race was going to land a mother ship on the White House lawn, and that people who voted for him would have their consciousness transferred to an immortal alien body, the remarkable truth is that millions of people would believe that. Perhaps tens of millions. They would even worship him as an interstellar saint.

Remember Orson Welles' radio program that announced aliens had invaded the Earth and were destroying our cities? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa...) Huge numbers of people believed it was really happening... and not because it made any sense, but because the information came from the source they trusted. To those people, the alien invasion was just as real back then as Bin Laden's official death is to government followers today.

Throughout history, many conspiracy theories have turned out to be true

Government lying, of course, has been going on for as long as governments have existed. Not all conspiracies theories are true, of course, but so many of them turn out to be true that the idea of "not believing" in conspiracies makes no rational sense.

To not believe in conspiracies means you don't believe two people have ever sat down and plotted to take advantage of others in some unethical and deceptive way. Well gee, that describes virtually every board meeting of every large corporation in the world! Conspiracies are not just commonplace; they're practically synonymous with modern-day capitalism! Even right now, Apple is being accused of a conspiracy to keep employee wages artificially low: http://www.appleinsider.com/article...

I wonder: Do the Gullible Mind people also not believe in that conspiracy theory? Are all conspiracy theories automatically tossed out merely because of the word "conspiracy?"

For those who don't know their history, here's a list of 33 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true: http://www.newworldorderreport.com/...

The Manhattan Project, of course, was a secret government conspiracy. The Tuskegee Syphilis experiments on African Americans was a secret medical conspiracy. Operation Northwoods was a conspiracy plot to create support for a war on Castro by staging terrorism events in U.S. cities.

These are all historical facts. They are indisputable. But to The Gullible Mind, none of this history exists. What's real is only what they are being told right now by the White House. When George Bush occupied the White House, the daily fibs were things like, "The Iraqis want us to occupy their land with military personnel because we are setting them free!" Oh yeah, that's a bit of twisted logic, for sure. But it's no different from Obama's version of the war fairytales, which includes such gems as, "We're only dropping humanitarian bombs on Libya." Or, "It's not actually war. It's only kinetic military action."

But you see, it makes no difference whether anything they say is actually true... at least not to The Gullible Mind, which believes there is no such thing as a conspiracy theory. There is no such thing as a nefarious government, either. Heck, when Columbus landed in the New World, his entire crew shared food and wine with the Native American Indians, we're told. There was no raping, no murder, no genocide. That's why we continue to celebrate Columbus Day every year! Because the Gullible Mind wants a reason to get off work for a day, even if it requires a complete revision of actual historical facts.

The most popular issues of Gullible Mind people

Vaccines are good for you - Vaccines are "safe and effective" merely because doctors and the CDC say they are, not because of any reliable scientific evidence.

The economy is in great shape - Gullible Mind people are easily influenced to stop thinking about the $14 trillion national debt that's growing by the day and simply go along with whatever economic fictions are being woven in Washington.

Governments and corporations are looking out for your best interests - The drug companies only want to find cures and make everybody healthy. The government is here to help. We should all stop asking questions and just do what we're told.

Nothing will ever run out - There's no such thing as Peak Oil. Our world can continue its throwaway economy without end, they believe. We'll never run out of gas, water, soil or natural resources. Keep using stuff up and throwing it all away!

Food additives are good for you - Otherwise, the FDA wouldn't have approved them, would they?

There's no such thing as a cure for cancer - The ultimate pessimists, the Gullible Mind crowd believes cancer has never been cured! And if a cancer cure did exist, we would know about it by now, right? (Because our scientists already know everything that's worth knowing, you see...)

There are no other non-terrestrial civilizations or beings in our universe - Amazingly, we are the only intelligent forms of life that have ever existed, they believe. Any talk of non-Earth intelligence is just a bunch of "fringe" nonsense. There was never any life on Mars, either.

Herbs and plants have no medicinal value - That's right, only conventional medicine can "treat" you, because that's what the doctors say. Herbs and plants have zero biological value beyond their calories alone, they insist.

... and on it goes, one delusion after another. A Gullible Mind, it seems, will believe almost anything if it comes from a "trusted" source. But that same Gullible Mind will discount straight-up facts if they don't come from those same trusted sources.

How to stop being a Gullible Mind

Interestingly, most of the people who are intelligent, skeptical thinkers today used to be Gullible Mind people at one time or another. There was a point where they simply "awakened" and began to consciously question the world around them.

Intelligent, informed skeptics are the people asking questions like:

• Why do twenty different mainstream news sources all report the exact same news, using the exact same words, on the exact same day? (http://www.naturalnews.com/032022_m...) If they were all investigating and writing their own news, wouldn't their news be different?

• Why did Wall Street get a multi-trillion-dollar bailout from Washington while the American people are still required to pay taxes that involve sending money to Washington? If Washington can just magically create a trillion dollars overnight, why do we pay taxes, then?

• Why does the USDA now actively conspire with GMO seed companies to keep approving genetically modified seeds even without any scientific evidence of their long-term safety?

• If mercury is one of the most toxic substances known to modern science, why is it still being deliberately placed into the mouths of children in the form of "silver" fillings? And why are they called "silver" when they actually contain more mercury than silver?

• Where does the fluoride used to fluoridate the public water supplies really come from? (http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=42652...) And if fluoride is so good for people, then why is it so hazardous to handle, and why is it considered a hazardous chemical by the EPA?

• What really happened on 9/11? How did WTC 7 collapse if it was never hit by any airplanes? Why did they sweep away the rubble before a proper forensic analysis could be performed?

• Are vaccines really safe? Where's the study comparing vaccinated children with non-vaccinated children? Why won't the vaccine industry allow such studies to http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifbe conducted?

• Why does the cancer industry seem a lot more interested in treating cancer and recruiting cancer patients than actually curing cancer and ending the epidemic? Why does the industry refuse to talk about cancer-causing chemicals or the anti-cancer effects of vitamin D?

• Why are toxic food additives still allowed in the food supply? What's the real story on aspartame and the FDA? Why did the FDA oppress stevia for so many decades?

• Why is the medical police state now using guns to force parents to medicate their children? In what kind of medical system is it necessary to use the threat of violence to force compliance?

• Why did Clinton bomb the Sudan in the middle of the Monica Lewinsky crisis? Why did Obama suddenly announce the death of Bin Laden in the middle of his "birther" crisis?

• Why do we still have the DEA's "War on Drugs," especially since there is ample evidence that the war is a total failure that only increases the prison population while actually enriching the drug gangs with higher street prices?

• Why is the TSA still reaching down our pants at the airports if Bin Laden is now dead? Wasn't he the whole reason we created the TSA and hired on those 60,000 security agents in the first place? (http://www.naturalnews.com/032267_B...)

An intelligent, skeptical thinker would ask these questions (and many more) as a natural course of basic human curiosity. But a Gullible Mind, attacks the questioner for even daring to ask such questions.

Who are some of the awakened people?

That's why the Gullible Mind is more than merely gullible: It is a cowardly mind. It is afraid to ask questions on its own, and it simultaneously attacks those who have the courage to stand up and actually ask those questions (like Jesse Ventura).

Most members of the conventional press are, of course, cowardly minds. They almost universally buy the corporate spin (or the White House spin) and never ask any tough questions anymore. Some of the REAL heroes -- the people who are asking intelligent questions about our world -- include:

Do you see a pattern here? Each one of these individuals has been marginalized or viciously attacked and slandered simply because they chose to ask intelligent questions about the world around them. Now, I don't agree with every single thing said by each one of these people, but I admire each of them for having the courage to ask the questions that need to be asked if we are to move forward as a society (and civilization).

These kind of people represent the complete opposite of The Gullible Mind. They are, instead, the "true skeptics" of the world. The reason they are viciously attacked is because our world is so steeped in deceit and conspiracy that only Gullible Minds are tolerated. Those who question the status quo are not merely annoying to the powers that be, but actually dangerous because the most dangerous activity in which you can engage today is helping others awaken to what's really happening around them.

It is that "awakening" that is so utterly despised by the web of corporations, governments and media lackeys that they will do everything in their power to prevent any sort of awakening from taking place at all. The functioning of the Matrix, after all, depends on people believing in the illusion.

And it is so much easier to govern, of course, if people just believe whatever you tell them. Gullible Minds make great voters and willing slaves. But lousy company.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dividing And Conquering America At The New Madrid Fault



"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness." - James Thurber


by Nicholas West and Zen Gardner

Activist Post and Before It's News

The Powers-That-Be seem to be ramping-up efforts to drive a stake right into America's heart(land). Natural disasters are on the rise, and an increasing amount of evidence is leading to the conclusion that these natural disasters might not be completely natural.

Some already have speculated that we are entering a time of weather and earthquake wars, as the incidence of mega disasters has risen across the world. Is government experimentation simply going awry, or is it being orchestrated on purpose? Are they hiding behind or even amplifying current natural earth changes such as the strong solar cycle and the on-going magnetic pole shift to accomplish some furtive plot?

The hidden hand has always cloaked itself using a wide array of techniques to conceal its divide-and-conquer agenda. By owning the ultimate weapon -- the very climate upon which we all depend -- entire regions can now be put under a full spectrum of remote control already served up through climate change, economic instability, and the military-surveillance complex brought in under the false threat of terrorism.

Let's first look at the evidence for the manipulation of natural disasters and the proposed government solutions, then move to the massive preparation being undertaken by FEMA indicating that something big is on the way for the area of The New Madrid Fault as indicated by the current cluster of disasters in the region. We'll then finish with the solutions at our disposal to thwart the efforts of the elite cabal of gangsters that seeks control over humanity.

The Evidence of a Plan

Predictive Programming -- This is where the groundwork is laid for directing people toward an imagined future. Through books, video games, movies, propaganda placement, and education, the passive receiving of orchestrated information can literally change the future. Elites have always been obsessed with mind control . . . and the best form is that which is the least obvious. The unaware are manipulated and controlled without a single shot being fired, or a single piece of legislation written. However, once one becomes attuned to their methods, it becomes incredibly obvious. Besides the constant bombardment of mega-disaster and end of the world scenarios, one prime current example is geoengineering (aka chemtrails). This chemical spraying has now wormed into movies and public places as an example for children to embrace the new normal of planes laying down a tic-tac-toe murky gloom across our skies.



HAARP --The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program based in Gakona Alaska is under constant scrutiny, as researchers track its relationship to weather modification and earthquake activity. This facility and its substations scattered throughout the U.S. have been tracked by intrepid weather researcher Dutchsinse who has made some startlingly accurate predictions based on the tell-tale radar flares of these facilities, already linked to earthquakes in the area of the New Madrid seismic zone. Subsequent flooding is so severe and unprecedented that locals are even saying it seems like the whole area is sinking
It is thought this weather manipulating technology is being tested and fine-tuned for worldwide use, as other such antenna arrays are located in Norway (EISCAT), Australia (Exmouth), and several other countries, as well as via space-based facilities. Benjamin Fulford is among those who claim to have spoken to insiders about specific threats made to Japan prior its 9.0 event. Video showing distinct vibrational patterns, as well as purported "punch holes" have been cited as evidence. Increased HAARP activity seems to correspond and, curiously, the HAARP site has been taken down. While the evidence that exists is somewhat tangential, HAARP's stated capabilities are indeed ground penetrating.



Geoengineering -- This might be the most obvious part of the elite plan for global control. Books like Ecoscience by Obama's science czar, John Holdren; the military plans for Owning The Weather by 2025 ; and the recent Royal Society proclamations all point to a relatively small group of selected sociopaths who would love to play God with our climate, backed by ultra-elite front organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As described above, there already has been a conditioning program for people to accept seeing planes spray across the skies. Now, the evidence is in: it is a chemical cocktail which contains dangerous levels of toxic particulates such as barium and aluminum. Certainly Monsanto seems to have accepted this reality, as they were quick to develop an aluminum resistant gene to insert into their GM crops. The recent mega-twister outbreak, which has led scientists to conduct a disaster autopsy, might also point to evidence of weather modification experiments that are facilitated by the presence of heavy metals in chemtrails that intensify the effect of manipulative EMFs.



The Ground Wave Emergency Network

Electromagnetic Control -- It is known the toxic soup of electo-magnetic waves already in place through power lines, cell towers, WiFi, radio, television and a host of other broadcasting devices has a seriously deleterious effect on human health and mental well being. HAARP and its various localized outposts and GWEN towers (Ground Wave Emergency Network) has the known capability to affect human thought.

Another even more sinister capability using other inaudible ELF and UHF (extra low and ultra high frequency) electromagnetic signals is also in place since the 1990's. This secret program nicknamed the "sounds of silence" operates within the frequencies the brain operates on, and the PTBs have been piggy-backing inaudible, subliminal programming to manipulate humanity for decades. No wonder so many are entranced by the media and the country appears to be so upset, confused, fearful and divided.




The Department of Defense even tested this Silent Sound Spread Spectrum (SSSS) technology during the first Iraq war, causing unwary battle-tested Iraqi soldiers to act like submissive children running to American troops for protection. It's also in use in the private sector and goes by the name of Silent Subliminal Presentation System and is used as an advanced marketing technique, among other things. It is believed this technology is one of the PTBs main tools being used for the subjugation of the American people.

Big Oil and Gas Fracking -- Since September of 2010, nearly 800 earthquakes rattled Arkansas and the New Madrid Fault Line. The entire state only experienced 38 quakes in 2009. The New Madrid Zone is believed to be a part of a complex of faults that extends down the Mississippi Valley into The Gulf of Mexico. In fact, the oil volcano that was unleashed by the BP disaster last year is thought to be at the southern tip of this volatile area. Not only are oil and gas being extracted from beneath this zone at enormous rates, but an extraction process called fracking is further exacerbating seismic activity in the region and might even trigger a mega-quake. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) pumps water and chemicals into the ground at a pressurized rate exceeding what the bedrock can withstand, resulting in a microquake that produces rock fractures. A close look at Arkansas’ history of earthquakes and drilling reveals a shockingly noticeable surge in quake frequency following advanced drilling. Fracking is now a global technique for finding natural gas.


Animal Die-offs -- Perhaps the most puzzling, and one of the most alarming of unnatural phenomena recently has been the sudden and unexplained animal deaths. Many factors could be at play, but the increasingly apparent weather modification effort by the powers-that-be seems to be the primary suspect. Concentrated radio beams, both HAARP and local-based, have been detected in the very regions of these die-offs. The deliberate war on nature is also displayed by GM poisoning that is now leading bees to seal off parts of their hives as a defense mechanism.



Government Preparation

So, there are clearly elitists who wish to control populations en masse, and they are fully aware that much of their scientific experimentation with nature could have unintended consequences. For the eventuality of such chaos, they seem to be preparing to restore order with a rather harsh approach.

Back in 2009 Shepard Ambellas brought to light a mass grave site in Phoenix, Arizona, replete with plastic coffins and FEMA camp complexes. This has now been confirmed by many independent researchers, and is a theory endorsed by ex-governor and Conspiracy Theory host, Jesse Ventura, who was shocked to learn that this isn't a theory at all; there really is a continuity of government agenda with 10 proposed FEMA regions to be controlled by selected governors. In fact, this police state agenda is so real that outside pressure led to the episode being pulled after release, and even remotely erased from the DVRs of TiVo, Comcast, DirectTV and AT&T customers. Nothing to hide? No plans? Right.

Doubters, or those who might feel comforted by the government's version of disaster preparation, would do well to remember FEMA's intervention following Hurricane Katrina and how horrendously that worked out for tens of thousands holed up in their stadium concentration camp where children weren't even immune from rapes and beatings. By connecting the following dots, one should see that whether or not the chaos is deliberate, accidental, or even natural, one should think twice before entering the FEMA version of Club Med when societal collapse arrives.

--NLE 2011 -- FEMA's largest National Level Exercise in history has commenced. It reportedly involves over 1 million people. The states that are involved are those that already have experienced record tornado outbreaks, horrendous flooding, and consistent earthquake tremors. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers has detonated 250 tons of TNT in this fault zone to so-called mitigate flooding . Residents are now reporting that decontamination units have been set up as part of this "exercise".

--FEMA has placed a rush order of $1 billion in dehydrated food.
Homeland Security has ordered expedited printing of over 350,000 national emergency detainee handbooks.



-The U.S. Navy released images of the future geography of America . . . divided nearly down the middle.

As we consider the events that have taken place in this region over the recent past, there clearly is something major going on. Since Katrina we have witnessed dead birds and fish, increased earthquakes, The BP Disaster, and the worst disaster since Katrina: the mega-tornado outbreak.

Regardless of the theories (and evidence) showing signs of an attempt to orchestrate a divide-and-conquer strategy for America, we would do well to prepare ourselves for an increasing number of these disasters, as well as to prepare for the official response.
Solutions: It all comes down to self-sufficiency

Once we are alert to the machinations of the elite overlords, we can then devise our own plans for preparation and eliminate the fear that they require for our subservience. The system needs dependence from the population; we must, therefore, do all we can to reduce our dependence and render our would-be controllers impotent. Here are the 4 key areas where we can help ourselves, our families, and our neighbors break free from the elite stranglehold:

Economy

Of all the scams, the worldwide banking system is one of the most mind-boggling. Once you "buy into it" you're already ensnared, and it's either eat, or be eaten. That's their design. Never mind the entire false premise of fiat money and the debt system -- vast amounts of this illusory "currency" get shifted every micro-second in a wave of deceit and piracy. If we are to break free of our engineered financial shackles we must develop and promote competing currencies and barter systems. They are already trying to imprison people for doing just that, which is a sure sign that it is an Achilles heel. They can't lock up everyone, so get started now developing your own private currency and discussing alternatives to The Federal Reserve fiat system.

Food and Water

This is the second main method of control the world over. Globalists use the IMF to literally use food as a weapon, which is exactly what was proposed in State Department Memorandum 200 from 1974 where Henry Kissinger addresses much of what we see happening across the globe in 2011. Food inflation already has begun in earnest, while environmental destruction is impacting food and water quality planet-wide. By all means begin by filtering your water . And it's never too late to learn off-the-grid methods for food production such as aquaponics and permaculture. If you find that food growing is simply not possible, then learn where your local growers are so that you can support the strength of the community that can help you best in times of crisis.

Shelter and Skills

Much has been made of the massive rise in doomsday bunker purchases, as well as purchases to enter self-sustaining underground communities. This path is certainly not for everyone, as the most serious disasters could last for an indeterminate length of time. Perhaps a better path is to stay mobile, rather than fixed. It is sad that many people have lost their permanent homes during the financial collapse; however, for those in such a position you might just be best suited toward survival. The ability to pick up and go has proven to be important as the fallout from the Fukushima disaster has circled the globe. There is always someplace safe; it is important to identify where that is and be prepared to move when necessary. Rather than "running for one's life" as a cowardly act, this should be viewed as running toward better opportunities when presented with adversity beyond one's control. All true survivalism depends on one's ability to physically adapt, then to have the mental fortitude to make the best from unfortunate circumstances. Some key areas of focus are radiation protection, plug-in scalar technology, orgonite and EMP protection. With recent news from NASA that Comet Elenin is affecting Earth , it would be wise to also move to higher ground if possible.

Community

We saved the best survival tactic for last. Ironically, the pooling of resources is the single most effective and inexpensive strategy to ensure your own independence. Disaster preparation can seem like an overwhelming task to take on single-handedly -- much better to befriend people who are already skilled (and well-stocked) in certain areas. Every community already has people well-trained in mechanics, craftsmanship, food production, and tactical weapons. Rather than try the nearly impossible task of gaining skills in all of these areas, offer your current skills, property, or ideas to other key people and strategize about what-if scenarios. Just such a project has begun in New Hampshire. The Free State project is a recruitment for liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. You can read their statement of intent to decide if this might be the path for you. This is a brilliant plan for people to connect with other like-minded individuals and carry out a shared goal. This erases the feeling of being alone, which lead so many people to inaction as they see their current neighbors turn a blind-eye to the problems we have outlined above.

We all sincerely hope that we don't have to encounter a collapse scenario, but simple wishful thinking might not be enough; best to balance continued optimism with sound preparation.

* Nicholas West is a frequent contributor to Activist Post writing on topics such as HAARP, predictive programming, and government conspiracies real and imagined.

* Zen Gardner is the Contributing Editor for Alternative News at Before It’s News, and also posts at ZenGardner.com.

Friday, May 6, 2011

US-Pakistani-Chinese Tensions Growing

US stunt to salvage tenuous regional dominion faces Pakistani-Chinese ire.
by Tony Cartalucci


Bangkok, Thailand May 5, 2011 - The immediate reaction by most across the world upon hearing of "Bin Laden's" death was that America now had the excuse it needed, real or not, to gracefully depart from its disastrous "War on Terror." However, the architects behind America's foreign military adventures over the past several decades have already begun clamoring about the need to not only expand their global war, but to implicate Pakistan as being complicit in harboring the mythological "Bin Laden."
An Offer Pakistan "Can't Refuse"

Brookings Institution, and in particular, the policy wonks that penned the treasonous, extralegal, extraterritorial "Which Path to Persia?" report, are busy handing Pakistan "an offer it can't refuse" on the heels of this obvious hoax. One such wonk, Michael E. O'Hanlon of Brookings recently wrote, "U.S.-Pakistan: Bad Union, No Divorce" where he outlines a series of "incentives" to coax Pakistan back down the road of serving America's regional interests. Somehow, free-trade deals, the promise of reduced drone attacks, and more unsolicited aid is supposed to convince Pakistan to acquiesce to American demands in the wake of this recent, intentional frame up of their populous South Asian country.



Citing the cartoonish "bin laden" hoax, where the long-dead elusive CIA asset has now been "killed" down the street from Pakistan's military academy, Pakistan is expected to acquiesceto numerous demands and concessions from the US.

Such demands being placed upon Pakistan, according to O'Hanlon, involve scaling back Pakistan's nuclear program, reducing Pakistan's unilateral relations with neighboring Afghanistan, and of course America's continued free reign within Pakistani territhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifory itself. In other words, the complete relinquishing of Pakistan's national sovereignty to a foreign power in exchange for less brutality, less engineered destabilization, and diminished economic independence.

US Insistence that Pakistan's Concerns are "Paranoia"

Fellow "Which Path to Persia?" author Bruce Riedel of Brookings weighs in with his piece, "Pakistan Plays Hardball" published in Newsweek. Concerning is the level of intellectual dishonesty Riedel laces this piece with, as he convinces readers that Pakistan's paranoia toward American interests in the region is unwarranted.



Brookings' Bruce Riedel calls Pakistan "paranoid" even as fellow policy wonks openly call for the carving up of the country - in particular the "liberation" of the Baluchi region (in pink).


Riedel might want to revisit his work in "Which Path to Persia?" to see where this very warranted suspicion comes from, as the report openly recommends the use of foreign-funded revolutions, armed insurrections, and military coups in tandem to force concessions or even regime change in target nations. Similar calls have been made specifically in regards to carving up Pakistan. Riedel for his part, seems to suggest toward the end of his piece that once again, manipulating Pakistan's political scene would be the best method to rein in an increasingly defiant Pakistan.

Enter China

Fellow corporate-financier policy wonk Selig Harrison of the Soros-funded Center for International Policy, openly called for the carving up of Pakistan in two reports earlier this year. He explicitly calls to "aid the 6 million Baluch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression." This further justifies Pakistan's growing suspicion and defiance while it undermines Western accusations of unwarranted paranoia.

Harrison specifically mentions China's growing influence in Pakistan and how it is undermining America's interests throughout the region. Coupled with O'Hanlon's belief that a similar scenario is playing out in Afghanistan where Kabul is slowly slipping out from under US influence with Pakistan's help, brings to light the deterioration of the West's regional agenda. This signifies not just a failure in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but an overall, irreversible failure to contain China as part of the "String of Pearls" strategy.

Such a failure becoming apparent might be a good reason why the West has decided to "find" Bin Laden all the sudden in the heart of Pakistan's military and intelligence community. An anonymous opinion piece in the Boston Globe calls for the extortion of Pakistan in light of this "revelation." Immediately recognizing the unfolding implications, China rushed to Islamabad's defense. China has called for support from the international community for Pakistan and stated, "China also suffers from terrorism. Some terrorist forces are engaged in a great many violent, terrorist activities for the purpose of splitting China, and seriously threaten China’s national security, and regional peace and security."

China did not state specifically who these "terrorist forces" were, but these comments - indeed this entire confrontation between United States, Pakistan, and China - comes just weeks after China openly accused the West of interfering in its internal affairs. After an attempted color revolution feeding off the current US-funded "Arab Spring," an April 2011 Reuters report, "China crackdown driven by fears of a broad conspiracy," stated that "Chinese leaders believe domestic foes, their foreign backers and Western governments are scheming to undermine and ultimately topple the Communist Party. Recent speeches and articles from security officials echo with warnings of subversive plots backed by Western "anti-China" forces."



A map from the SSI report "String of Pearls" regarding the containment of China. Pakistan is included, along with Bangladesh, Myanmar,Thailand, Vietnam and the South China Sea. The worst case-scenarios discussed regarding China's containment are now playing out.

The evidence is overwhelming that the current "Arab Spring," the subsequent foreign-funded revolutions simmering in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, and now the recent row with Pakistan are targeting Moscow and Beijing directly. The threat of destabilization is meant to force concessions, create tension within target nations, and eventually effect regime change favorable towards the goal of Western military and economic hegemony. This is explicitly expressed in Brookings' "Which Path to Persia?" report in regards to Iran and the Middle East, and is reiterated in the Strategic Studies Institute's report "String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China's Rising Power across the Asian Littoral."

Conclusion

What will most likely unfold next is a series of attempts to leverage concessions from Pakistan, further isolate nationalist elements, and reestablish control over Pakistan and Afghanistan. China, Pakistan, and the corporate-owned Western media all seem to agree that an attempt to create political upheaval, including a color revolution-style campaign against Islamabad is imminent. Coupled with plans openly articulated by the Center for International Policy to arm separatist insurgents in Pakistan's Baluchistan region, and consistent attempts to drive a wedge between the government and the ISI, we see all the necessary ingredients for a "Which Path to Persia?" style intervention in Pakistan.

While the West insists war with Pakistan is untenable, one would have thought framing Pakistan with one of the most ridiculous hoaxes in recent history - claiming to find Bin Laden on the doorstep of Pakistan's military academy - was equally untenable. With notorious globalist rags like the Economist attempting to tell us that the collapsing dollar is merely an adjustment between trade imbalances, and as America continues to hit impasses both politically and stragetically with a growing number of nations, we are confronted with an unprecedented psychosis across Western leadership, the corporate-owned media, and the general public itself.

There is no resolution for the West's decline as long as those that have brought it upon us remain firmly in control. Likewise we must be vigilant against pretenders and false reformers, especially out of the military-industrial complex - for example, life-long globalist servants like General David Petraeus who might attempt to "save us" from our "flawed civilian leadership."

We must commit ourselves as individuals and as local communities to the restoration of the US Constitution at a local level, seize back individual and local sovereignty, and reject entirely the proven failure that is globalization. The stronger the central United States government seems to become, the more precarious America's existence as a sovereign and free nation is. While deciphering the intentions and designs of our "leadership" is difficult and finding voices at a national level we can trust nearly impossible, we can easily discern on a local level whether we are moving towards or away from freedom and independence. It is important to stay informed globally, but more important to become active locally.

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Top Government Insider: Bin Laden Died In 2001, 9/11 A False Flag



Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations Steve R. Pieczenik says he is prepared to tell a federal grand jury the name of a top general who told him directly 9/11 was a false flag attack

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
May 4, 2011

Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who held numerous different influential positions under three different Presidents and still works with the Defense Department, shockingly told The Alex Jones Show yesterday that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 and that he was prepared to testify in front of a grand jury how a top general told him directly that 9/11 was a false flag inside job.

Pieczenik cannot be dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter, while also working under Reagan and Bush senior, and still works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. A former US Navy Captain, Pieczenik achieved two prestigious Harry C. Solomon Awards at the Harvard Medical School as he simultaneously completed a PhD at MIT.

Recruited by Lawrence Eagleburger as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Management, Pieczenik went on to develop, “the basic tenets for psychological warfare, counter terrorism, strategy and tactics for transcultural negotiations for the US State Department, military and intelligence communities and other agencies of the US Government,” while also developing foundational strategies for hostage rescue that were later employed around the world.

Pieczenik also served as a senior policy planner under Secretaries Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Schultz and James Baker and worked on George W. Bush’s election campaign against Al Gore. His record underscores the fact that he is one of the most deeply connected men in intelligence circles over the past three decades plus.

The character of Jack Ryan, who appears in many Tom Clancy novels and was also played by Harrison Ford in the popular 1992 movie Patriot Games, is also based on Steve Pieczenik.

Back in April 2002, over nine years ago, Pieczenik told the Alex Jones Show that Bin Laden had already been “dead for months,” and that the government was waiting for the most politically expedient time to roll out his corpse. Pieczenik would be in a position to know, having personally met Bin Laden and worked with him during the proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan back in the early 80′s.

Pieczenik said that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001, “Not because special forces had killed him, but because as a physician I had known that the CIA physicians had treated him and it was on the intelligence roster that he had marfan syndrome,” adding that the US government knew Bin Laden was dead before they invaded Afghanistan.

Marfan syndrome is a degenerative genetic disease for which there is no permanent cure. The illness severely shortens the life span of the sufferer.

“He died of marfan syndrome, Bush junior knew about it, the intelligence community knew about it,” said Pieczenik, noting how CIA physicians had visited Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American Hospital in Dubai.

“He was already very sick from marfan syndrome and he was already dying, so nobody had to kill him,” added Pieczenik, stating that Bin Laden died shortly after 9/11 in his Tora Bora cave complex.

“Did the intelligence community or the CIA doctor up this situation, the answer is yes, categorically yes,” said Pieczenik, referring to Sunday’s claim that Bin Laden was killed at his compound in Pakistan, adding, “This whole scenario where you see a bunch of people sitting there looking at a screen and they look as if they’re intense, that’s nonsense,” referring to the images released by the White House which claim to show Biden, Obama and Hillary Clinton watching the operation to kill Bin Laden live on a television screen.

“It’s a total make-up, make believe, we’re in an American theater of the absurd….why are we doing this again….nine years ago this man was already dead….why does the government repeatedly have to lie to the American people,” asked Pieczenik.

“Osama Bin Laden was totally dead, so there’s no way they could have attacked or confronted or killed Osama Bin laden,” said Pieczenik, joking that the only way it could have happened was if special forces had attacked a mortuary.

Pieczenik said that the decision to launch the hoax now was made because Obama had reached a low with plummeting approval ratings and the fact that the birther issue was blowing up in his face.

“He had to prove that he was more than American….he had to be aggressive,” said Pieczenik, adding that the farce was also a way of isolating Pakistan as a retaliation for intense opposition to the Predator drone program, which has killed hundreds of Pakistanis.

“This is orchestrated, I mean when you have people sitting around and watching a sitcom, basically the operations center of the White House, and you have a president coming out almost zombie-like telling you they just killed Osama Bin Laden who was already dead nine years ago,” said Pieczenik, calling the episode, “the greatest falsehood I’ve ever heard, I mean it was absurd.”

Dismissing the government’s account of the assassination of Bin Laden as a “sick joke” on the American people, Pieczenik said, “They are so desperate to make Obama viable, to negate the fact that he may not have been born here, any questions about his background, any irregularities about his background, to make him look assertive….to re-elect this president so the American public can be duped once again.”

Pieczenik’s assertion that Bin Laden died almost ten years ago is echoed by numerous intelligence professionals as well as heads of state across the world.

Bin Laden, “Was used in the same way that 9/11 was used to mobilize the emotions and feelings of the American people in order to go to a war that had to be justified through a narrative that Bush junior created and Cheney created about the world of terrorism,” stated Pieczenik.

During his interview with the Alex Jones Show yesterday, Pieczenik also asserted he was directly told by a prominent general that 9/11 was a stand down and a false flag operation, and that he is prepared to go to a grand jury to reveal the general’s name.

“They ran the attacks,” said Pieczenik, naming Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley, Elliott Abrams, and Condoleezza Rice amongst others as having been directly involved.

“It was called a stand down, a false flag operation in order to mobilize the American public under false pretenses….it was told to me even by the general on the staff of Wolfowitz – I will go in front of a federal committee and swear on perjury who the name was of the individual so that we can break it open,” said Pieczenik, adding that he was “furious” and “knew it had happened”.

“I taught stand down and false flag operations at the national war college, I’ve taught it with all my operatives so I knew exactly what was done to the American public,” he added.

Pieczenik re-iterated that he was perfectly willing to reveal the name of the general who told him 9/11 was an inside job in a federal court, “so that we can unravel this thing legally, not with the stupid 9/11 Commission that was absurd.”

Pieczenik explained that he was not a liberal, a conservative or a tea party member, merely an American who is deeply concerned about the direction in which his country is heading.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Historic Flooding Unfolding Along Mississippi, Ohio Rivers

By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
Apr 29, 2011; 12:42 PM ET

As if tornadoes and damaging thunderstorms were not enough, historic flooding is also threatening the Mississippi River, below St. Louis, as well as the lower part of the Ohio River.

The rising waters are expected to top levels set during February 1937. This mark is the middle Mississippi Valley's equivalent to the 1993 event farther north along Old Man River.

Even if rain were to fall at a normal rate for the remainder of the spring, the consequences of what has already happened in the Midwest will affect the way of life, property, agriculture and travel/shipping/navigation for weeks in the region.

While the amount of evacuees currently numbers in the hundreds, it could soon number in the tens of thousands as levees are topped or breached and rivers expand their girth into more farming communities, towns and cities.



The flooding problem is not only affecting the major rivers, but also smaller rivers and lakes in the region.

In order to mitigate flooding on the Ohio, water releases were being cut back at Kentucky and Barkley dams on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers and will result in record lake levels.

The current stretch of rain-free weather is forecast by AccuWeather.com meteorologists to come to an end over the weekend. The area experiencing the worst flooding could be hit with up to a half foot of rain over a several-day stretch late in the weekend into early next week.



River levels along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri, western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee are forecast by National Weather Service hydrologists to set new record highs this weekend.

The level Friday at Cairo, Ill. was within 0.5 of a foot of equaling the record mark of 59.5 feet.

Cairo, with a population of nearly 3,000 people, lies on the peninsula of where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet.



A general 6 to 12 inches of rain fell on portions of southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio and western Tennessee this month. However, there have been much higher amounts locally.

Cape Girardeau, Mo., has received over 19 inches of rain so far this month, which is over five times that of normal for the entire month of April. A total of 14.50 inches of rain has fallen in five days in the city along the Mississippi River.

Cincinnati, Ohio has received over a foot of rain, which is around four times its normal rainfall for the entire month.

The additional rain forecast could prolong flooding problems by slowing the recession of waters days later or leading to a second crest in some cases.

Record- or near-record water levels are taxing levees in the region.

Levee breaches have resulted in flooding in Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Pocahontas, Ark. along the Black River.

The stress on the levees in some locations will not only last days, but weeks, as huge rivers such as the Mississippi and Ohio take much longer to fall below flood stage than smaller rivers, even as heavy rain comes to an end. However, the high water levels on these big rivers are affecting the drainage of other smaller rivers that feed in.

Flooding Farmland to Save a Town?

The Army Corps of Engineers got the go-ahead to breach the levee at Birds Point, Mo., in order to possibly prevent a levee breach at Cairo, Ill. It is believed this may take some of the pressure off the levee protecting the town.

Birds Point is a farming community. The planned breach prompted a court battle between the Corps and the Missouri attorney general late this week.

Although not forecast to reach record levels, there are other stretches of the Mississippi River farther north and south, and part of the Ohio River farther to the east, that have been and will continue to remain well above flood stage.

Agricultural Impacts

The high water and saturated ground will continue to delay the planting of some crops.

Fortunately, the growing season in this region is long, and evaporation rates will continue to increase into the first part of the summer.

The region and the souls that work the land are notorious for bouncing back after spring flooding, provided conditions turn favorable in the month or two ahead.



More Problems in May

As a pocket of chilly air develops in the Northeast during the first part of May, the battle zone may still lie over the Midwest, where the warm, moist air continues to charge in from the South and rise violently, forming the relentless downpours and big storms.

While the rainfall forecast during May will probably not sustain the flood levels at present or soon to be experienced, it could continue to produce well-above-average stream flows and river levels above flood stage through much of the balance of spring.

In addition, the weather pattern will favor, at the very least, episodes of flash and small stream flooding on a local basis in the region through much of May.

With the shift in the cool pocket and further confrontations with warmth and chill, there may be an increase in the risk of storms with severe weather and flooding farther north over the Midwest than what we have seen so far this spring.

The surge of high water will also continue to work downstream in the weeks ahead, reaching areas from Memphis to New Orleans.

The flooding Ohio River at Louisville, Ky. has impacted some Kentucky Derby Festival events, forcing them to move to higher ground. Ohio River flooding is not expected to impact Churchill Downs for this week's race activities and the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 7.

Scots windfarms paid cash to stop producing energy


Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged.

The turbines, at a range of sites across Scotland, were stopped because the grid network could not absorb all the energy they generated.

Details of the payments emerged following research by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF).

The REF said energy companies were paid £900,000 to halt the turbines for several hours between 5 and 6 April.

According to the REF research, the payments made cost up to 20 times the value of the electricity that would have been generated if the turbines had kept running.

The largest payment was given to Whitelee windfarm in East Renfrewshire, owned by Scottish Power, which was paid £308,000 in April.

The RWE nPower-owned Farr windfarm, south of Inverness, received £265,000 in the same month.
'Very wasteful'

Hadyardhill in South Ayrshire, which is owned by SSE Renewables, was given £140,000 to stop producing energy, while Blacklaw windfarm in Lanarkshire - also owned by Scottish Power - was given £130,000.

The Millennium windfarm in the Highlands and Beinn Tharsuin, just north of Alness, each received £33,000 and £11,500 respectively.

Dr Lee Moroney, planning director for the REF, which has criticised subsidies to the renewable sector in the past, said: "The variability of wind power poses grid management problems for which there are no cheap solutions.
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"However, throwing the energy away, and paying wind farms handsomely for doing so, is not only costly but obviously very wasteful.

"Government must rethink the scale and pace of wind power development before the costs of managing it become intolerable and the scale of the waste scandalous."

The National Grid said the network had overloaded because high winds and heavy rain in Scotland overnight on 5 and 6 April produced more wind energy than it could use.

Spokesman Stewart Larque said: "One of our key roles is to balance supply and demand for energy."

He added: "On the evening of the 5th into the 6th of April, the wind in Scotland was high, it was raining heavily, which also created more hydro energy than normal."

Mr Larque said a transmission fault in the system meant the surplus energy could not be transferred to England and so generation had to be cut.

He also confirmed that the National Grid spent £280m balancing supply and demand.

A spokesman for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), described the incident as "unusual" and said more electrical storage was needed.

He added: "In future we need greater electrical energy storage facilities and greater interconnection with our EU neighbours so that excess energy supplies can be sold or bought where required."

A Scottish government spokesman said electricity generated by renewables accounted for 27.4% of Scotland's electricity use.

He added: "National Grid is responsible for balancing the supply of electricity from all sources across the grid to match demand and generators will sometimes be required to reduce output as part of that process.

"At the same time, the Scottish and UK governments have been working with the National Grid and others in the industry to strengthen grid capacity and address access constraints."