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Appearances

April 23, 2015

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What do you get when you pair two lawyers (one a Rhodes Scholar) with Uranium?

TheClintons

 

“The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” 

“The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.” 

“But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.” 

“Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.” 

“As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.” 

“And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.”

excerpts from: The NY Times article by By JO BECKER and MIKE McINTIRE, APRIL 23, 2015 – http://goo.gl/j2phCF

 

It’s all perfectly legal? Nothing New Here? Move along!

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Mind Control

March 12, 2010

by Dahni

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HOW can WE the People regain control of OUR right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? WE have delved into what won’t work in order to find what will work.

The List (simplified)

8.   Establish a new service to restore OUR rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Today: Mind Control

Mind Control? OH my, is this about drugs or some group manipulating OUR thoughts? Rest assured, neither of those ‘extreme’ measures are the purpose of this post. But every voluntary action taken is preceded by thought. If the thought or thoughts are askew, the actions taken will produce consequences. Like garbage in = garbage out. It does not matter if this manipulation is intentional or errors left undetected and uncorrected, the outcome will still end with consequences.

Last time, WE saw that WE the People are precariously in the middle of two different, but similar forces. From one hand, without realizing that it is OUR differences that keep US divided, it is as if WE had taken some blue mindset altering or maintenance pill. From the other hand, without realizing that it is a corrupt “system” that always seeks power and control, it is as if, WE had taken some red mindset altering or maintenance pill. The all pervading effects of each, act as if WE had taken both the blue and the red pill. This mix of colors makes purple. The effects of which, keep US in a Purple Haze, where WE hardly recognize ourselves or OUR republic anymore. But WE have a choice. WE have the power to end this confusion and mindset and restore OUR republic, OUR balance and OUR control over the security of OUR unalienable rights and those of OUR posterity.

Have WE ever heard or read something similar to the following?

WE have looked into the face of OUR enemy and it is US.

-unknown-

or

“…WE are OUR own worst enemy…”

-Louis Binstock-

In OUR failure to recognize what divides US, or the corrupt “system” that always seeks power and control over US, WE by default, allow both to continue. Have WE ever heard or read “knowledge is power?” This is only true in that this power, is only potential power. If WE the people, being informed; empowered by this knowledge do not act upon this knowledge, WE by default, allow the division and the corrupt “system” to continue.

In a previous post WE were introduced to the Hegelian Dialectic. See:

Convening a Constitutional Congress

Hegel is known for the theorem:

‘Thesis, antithesis and synthesis.’

Another way to see this is:

Problem – Reaction –  Solution

And yet another is:

Crisis – Fear – Rescue (but ends with a loss of Liberty)

This theorem may be simply known as, the ‘Hegelian dialectic.’

“…the State ‘has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State… for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.'”

-Author/historian William Shirer, quoting Georg Hegel in his book, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ (1959, page 144)-

In 1847, the London Communist League (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels) used Hegel’s theory (Hegelian dialectic) to back up their economic theory of communism. In the 21st century, this thinking affects our entire social and political structure. This theory is a framework for guiding thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead to a predetermined solution. Simply seen:

Have a crisis, produce a crisis or make US think WE have a crisis + the government comes to the rescue = solution.

“The State is the march of God through the World, its ground is the power of reason realizing itself as will.”

-From G.W.F. Hegel, Philosophy of Law in Jacob Loewenberg (ed.), Hegel: Selections (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1929), pp. 443-444, 447.-

Intentionally or not, if WE the People do not recognize how the Hegelian dialectic drives OUR country, OUR republic and OUR lives, WE by default, allow this “system” to continue.

Hegel’s theorem as applied in OUR country is based on the thesis – the state (OUR government) encounters some conflict, some crisis. The antithesis is the reaction of fear that unless  – the state (OUR government) can solve the crisis, there will be consequences. The synthesis is that if WE the People encountering the crisis and react with fear to it, WE exercise OUR freedom of will to the state (OUR government) to relive US of OUR fears. In so doing, each time the state attempts to solve the crisis, WE the People relinquish more and more of OUR control to it.

As per this theorem, all conflicts of interest are controlled within the state. And remember, according to Hegel, the “state is God’s march through the world.”  Let’s look at an example of Hegelian dialectic in a situation most of US are all too familiar with.

There is a campaign in progress. WE the People are pretty close on the issues. There are two candidates and WE are equally divided on the candidate WE think has the best qualifications. For whatever reasons, let’s say candidate A. is quite certain they cannot win strictly on the issues alone. So candidate A. digs up dirt on candidate B. Candidate B. responds in kind and releases dirt on candidate A. The worse the dirt is and the scarier either candidate appears to US, the further away from each other WE become. In the political spectrum, WE call these positions either ‘far-left’ or ‘far-right.’  In the final outcome, candidate A. wins the election in numbers of votes, not cast for their position on the issues, but by votes cast against the other candidate and that their candidacy would save US from the other. So the process ends by all OUR votes merging as a single entity.

The debate is framed and controlled by candidate A. that wins the election not on the issues, but by convincing both sides that voting for their candidacy would avert the crisis (perceived or real) that candidate B. would cause if elected. WE call these ‘smear campaigns’ and have seen this type of behavior, time and time again. What is the common reaction heard to this? Oh, “it’s just politics,” is commonly something WE hear. WE complain about it, dismiss it, but it does not seem to go away, why? Why, because it is allowed to continue.

Another example of Hegelian dialectic would be, using the same election, is to get some to consider wild accusations and think, maybe they’re true. On the other side, if you can get people to not care because of the negative campaign, they become less likely to vote for candidate B. and not vote at all, which helps candidate A. They are also, more likely to vote for candidate A. if they are promised something they care about; not offered by candidate B. Look at this purely from the standpoint of finances.

Candidate A. has lots of money to spend and candidate B. does not. Candidate A. becomes a ‘darling’ to business and the media, now benefiting from the infusion of cash. Question: Are you more or less likely to favor candidate A. if you are being paid to cover their campaign? People siding with Candidate B. might perceive this as Candidate A. ‘trying to buy the election.’ But their reaction to this could very easily be manipulated by the fear of loss. They do not want to vote for a loser and vote for candidate A. perceived as a winner. With more money to spend than candidate B., candidate A. can spend more money on making promises, specifically to those that don’t care. Even apathy is fear.

In all the examples above, a crisis is perceived and instead of reason applied to voting, fear is the factor and the election is won by candidate A. not on the issues, but by being perceived as the only solution to the crisis. Now take all the same examples and apply the Hegelian dialectic, to the dominating two-party political “system” in OUR country.

Look at every advertisement; every marketing strategy, for nearly every single product or service sold through every vehicle possible. Look at them with new eyes. Are most of these not directed at some fear and the desire to not have the fear and then those offering the product or service come to the rescue as the only solution?

Now it’s one thing for a writer of fiction to develop plots involving heroes and villains; heroines and villainesses and lead the reader to a preconceived conclusion, but this is real life WE are discussing here.

This next image might be somewhat familiar to most of US, but also strangely unfamiliar at the same time. Four wise monkeys, but I thought there were only three?

Iwazaru                  Mizaru                Kikazaru             Shizaru

Speak no evil  –   See no evil  –   Hear no evil  –   Do no evil

The three wise monkeys (Japanese: san’en or sanzaru, or sanbiki no saru, literally “three monkeys”) are a pictorial maxim (saying). Together they express the idea to: “Speak no evil, see no evil and to hear no evil.” But quite often there is a fourth monkey, usually not seen in western culture. Shizaru, symbolizes the principle of “do no evil“. This monkey may be shown covering its abdomen or genital area, or crossing its arms.

Note: Both chimpanzees and monkeys are primates, though monkeys are less closely related to people. The main obvious difference between the two is that monkeys have tails and chimps do not. Monkeys  are structurally closer to four-legged animals like cats and dogs, while chimpanzees and other apes are more similar to human beings, both structurally and in terms of their level of intelligence and behavior. Sorry if I offended any monkeys, chimpanzees or apes. I liked the picture of the chimps better than others found with monkeys. But the story, the pictorial maxim (saying) is about monkeys.    🙂

Perhaps the comparison to monkeys and OUR lives is a little simplistic, but still a great way to live. But what if there is uncertainty or confusion over what is evil that WE should not speak, see, hear or do?

Thomas Jefferson was very keen on education so that OUR decisions are ruled by reason and not by fear. A 1700’s solution is still appropriate for today.

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”

-Thomas Jefferson-

The same four little monkeys (chimps) above, could they not be manipulated by fear to not speak, see, hear or do that which is right? And could these same four little monkeys (chimps) be manipulated to speak of darkness and call it light; see evil and perceive it as goodness; hear evil and internalize it as righteousness, and do that which is wrong and rationalize it as right and justified?

Does this smack of conspiracy or smell like Orwellian fiction coming true?

“The adjective “Orwellian” describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free society. It connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the “unperson” — a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practiced by modern repressive governments”

-Quote from: Wikipedia-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwellian

From the book, ‘The ideological origins of the American Revolution,’ by Bernard Bailyn the following is found.

-from: ‘The ideological origins of the American Revolution’- Bernard Bailyn, page 120-

Here is the father of OUR country in 1774, using the word “systematic,” the root being, “system.” Did he believe in or was he suggesting some conspiracy theory?

Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery.”

-Thomas Jefferson-

Here again, Jefferson uses the word “systematic” and the root of course, again, is “system.” Did he believe in or was he suggesting a conspiracy theory? “Conspiracy,” “deliberate” and “systematic” words aside, is not a reconciliation of the above quotes by Washington and Jefferson possible?  Did either have access to any such written conspiracy? It matters not if there was such a plan existing, actions taken were still “systematic” and “deliberate.” Errors that occurred in the past, neither detected nor corrected and therefore continuing in the present is still a “system,” a mindset. Yes, it is a “system.” Yes, it is a mindset allowed to continue, by failing first to detect it and then failing to correct it.

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”

-George Washington-

To take, hold and keep power is seductive. With power comes what I call the “trappings of power.” It is like the flame that draws the moth or a baited ‘trap.’ Fear of loss of power often brings the reaction of fire, the claws of a predator or the venom in the fangs of a snake. It will defend itself. It will justify itself. It will always seize more power, if left to its own devices.

In our present-day, it is illegal for you and me to have a poker game, to play for money, in the privacy of OUR own homes. But it’s OK if the state sanctions it as lotto or racetracks etc. because it is all for some good cause? It’s OK to go to Las Vegas, visit a casino or if you take risks at the stock market on Wall Street? Extortion is illegal, but high interest like what a ‘loan shark’ might ‘shake down’ people for, is perfectly legal for a bank to charge? Bribery – the offering and  acceptance of a bribe are illegal, but lobbying and accepting campaign contributions is not only legal, but perfectly acceptable? Perjury or lying under oath is a crime, but little ‘white lies,’ ‘spin,’ and depending on “what is, is,” is OK?

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

-George Washington-

Conspiracies and conspiracy theories, what do they do; what do they accomplish, even if true? There have been many such theories in our lifetimes of the 20th Century and even today. Was it known by OUR government in advance, of  the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1942? What about the JFK conspiracies and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? Another theory suggests that no one has ever landed on the moon? Then there is the theory that our own government planned the attack on the ‘Twin Towers,’ September 11th, 2001? There is the New World Order Conspiracy? The list goes on and on. There are two things for certain that all these theories do, whether or not they are true. These conspiracy theories promote fear and influence the casting of blame. What good does fear do or what does blaming others accomplish? Intentional or not, fear and blame are still the by-products of a corrupt “system;” a mindset of that’s the way it is; that’s the way it is done. Do WE not see that this is a corrupt “system;” a mindset?

Question everything and everyone with boldness said Jefferson. WE must research and re-search OUR research again. Then WE must research and re-search until WE are sufficiently educated and well informed. Then WE will see how every time in OUR history that some of OUR liberty has been taken, it is always preceded by some real or perceived crisis. Then the government has been perceived as the only entity to solve OUR problems and allay OUR fears. The price for this service is to charge US dearly for the privilege of taking OUR liberty and to keep US dependent! None have such a right to take what can neither be taken nor forfeited!

For OUR purposes here, it does not matter if this all were some purposed Grand Scheme, an intentional conspiracy with a real person, persons, party or international consortium to blame. It does not matter that it is a corrupt, corrupting and corruptible “system,” that has evolved from errors in the past that have not been detected and therefore, have never been corrected. Why does neither of these matter? Because the consequences would still be the same and they are the same! The beginning was still in 1861! The solution is still in OUR hands!

Next time WE will go through some (not all), of the events since 1861, from the perspective of crises and how laws and even amendments to OUR Constitution ended with more and more of OUR liberty being seized. Am I suggesting the Hegelian dialectic is present in OUR republic? Yes!

Next Time: The Beast Must Eat

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